Morning Soul: Sometimes I Have To Fight ‘Cause My Mouth Too Slick

  • Janelle Monáe praised her friendship and collaboration with Prince on her new album Electric Lady, saying she feels "forever indebted" for his friendship. [BB
  • A judge ordered an investigation into the treatment and well-being of Paris Jackson following her alleged suicide attempt. [HR
  • Erykah Badu christened her new role as artist in residence with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with a weekend concert series spotlighting her 2008 album, New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War, as well as new works with composer Ted Hearne. [WNYC]
  • The popular Breakin' Convention will make its debut at the Apollo Theater, the first time the hip-hop festival has come to the US in its 10-year history. [NYT
  • Two wrongs don't make a right: Producers of the upcoming Nina Simone biopic announced plans to have Dr. Dre score the film starring Zoe Saldana. [HHDX]
  • Clayton Armstrong Hill, who claimed he helped cover up the murder of Notorious B.I.G., escaped federal prison in Georgia by "walking off the grounds."  [AHH]

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