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Cardi B’s producer J. White raves about rapper’s ‘unreal’ ascent into stardom: ‘It’s crazy to see her grow’

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Cardi B's producer J. White raves about rapper's 'unreal' ascent into stardom: ‘It’s crazy to see her grow’

J. White, the musical mastermind behind Cardi B’s billboard smashes “Bodak Yellow” and “I Like It,” didn’t hold back in his praise for the rapper’s unlikely evolution into becoming an international superstar.

White knew from the beginning the “Be Careful” rapper was special and told Fox News he’s excited to witness Cardi’s rise firsthand.

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“Working with her, man – I started with her. So to me, it’s just crazy to see her grow,” White told us Sunday on the Grammys red carpet. It’s crazy to see this girl become the girl everybody said ‘no’ to – now everybody is like, ‘Oh, my God – Cardi B!’ It’s just unreal to see her do the commercials and see her do television and see her get recognized like that. The whole ride is dope – hell, I’m here talking to you! It’s dope. Hard work pays off.”

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Cardi, who is known for her willingness to say whatever is on her mind, nearly stole the show Sunday night when she made history becoming the first solo woman to take home a Grammy award for best rap album – beating out Nipsey Hussle, Pusha T, Travis Scott and the late Mac Miller.

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During her speech, the new mother took the stage with her husband Offset and struggled to hold back tears as she accepted the coveted hardware.

“I want to thank my daughter,” she said. “I’m not just saying thank you because she’s my daughter. It’s because, you know, when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete, like three songs that I was for sure having. And then you know, you know how it was, we was like, we have to get this album done so I could still do videos while I’m still not showing. And it was very long nights.”

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Despite her teary acceptance, Cardi admitted, “The nerves are so bad” and joked with the audience, “Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”

In addition to winning best rap album for “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi also scored nominations for album of the year, best rap performance with “Be Careful,” record of the year with, “I Like It,” and pop duo/group performance with Maroon 5 for “Girls Like You.”

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MTV contest winner reveals details of wild weekend with Van Halen in 1984

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In 1984, MTV gave contest winner Kurt Jefferis a chance to party all weekend with his heroes: the notoriously depraved band Van Halen.

The then-fledgling music-video channel flew Jefferis and a pal from Phoenixville, Pa., to Detroit, where they met up with the band at Cobo Hall. First things first, Jefferis told The Post, “a guy handed me a bottle of Jack Daniels. I took a sip and asked for more.” After being passed a joint, “I took a couple hits and a couple more swigs of Jack Daniels.”

During the show, Jefferis got smashed in the face with cake and showered in champagne by the band members, then he went backstage where there was a feast of lobster, filet mignon and cocaine.

“I did a couple lines. Then David [Lee Roth, the singer] said, ‘I think Kurt needs Tammy,’ ” Jefferis recalled.

The groupie “took off her clothes and started dancing naked. The two of us wound up together in the shower.”

After that, things got fuzzy. Unbeknownst to MTV, Jefferis had suffered brain trauma a couple of years earlier, as a result of falling 13 feet over a stairwell, and was not equipped to handle Van Halen-level partying.

Read more from the New York Post.

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Kanye West brings Sunday service to Coachella for Easter

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As promised, Kanye West brought his “Sunday Service” to Coachella on Easter morning, as dozens of musicians, singers and dancers performed a set of spiritual songs, covers and songs by the rapper himself — including a new one called “Water” — for an audience of thousands from a hilltop on the festival grounds in Indio, Calif. While he rapped briefly on a couple of songs, West was generally the ringleader of the service, as he has been on previous incarnations in California and Oregon since he began leading the service early in January.

To reach the site, Coachella attendees walked some distance from the festival’s parking section to a cordoned-off area of the campground. A full band — complete with harp — was set up on the plateaued top of a circular mound covered with freshly laid sod. A waist-high fence surrounded the hill, which had a sort of VIP area extending up another grassy hill behind the stage. Across the field, patrons could purchase food and beverages including orange juice, coffee and smoothies, plus chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos and burritos. Yet many more were interested in the “church clothes,” — a.k.a. merch — for sale, including sweatshirts for $165-$225, “Jesus Walks” socks for $50, $70 T-shirts reading “Trust God” on the front and “Sunday Service at the Mountain” on the back.

The service opened with a slightly eerie organ prelude, as West and the dozens-strong choir, glad in purple-beige robes, made their way toward the hill. Gradually they arrayed in a circle around it while more robe-clad singers and dancers arrayed atop the hill behind the stage.

After around 15 minutes of prelude, percussion kicked in and the band began playing jazz-fusion-flavored music reminiscent of Stevie Wonder’s and Roy Ayers’ early ‘70s albums. It was a large band, with at least five percussionists, a big horn section, a harpist as well as the dozens-strong choir, all of whom were wearing headset microphones.

After about 20 minutes the musicians stopped playing, except for a single guitarist keeping rhythm, as West took the stage alongside the percussionists, fist-bumping bandmembers along the way.

The music resumed, switching between the full band and organ prelude music, with a pair of vocalists scat-singing while more choir members filed onto the hill, occasionally saying “He is risen!”

The livestream occasionally pulled back to an aerial shot that showed how the performance area, with the cleared grass around it, resembled an eye. (Many commentators on social media also pointed out the setup’s similarity to the fictional world of the surreal 1990s children’s TV show “TeleTubbies”.)

After about 45 minutes the singing began in earnest, with the choirleader exhorting the singers as well as the crowd: “Come on, turn up a little volume on that praise! Can we hear that name one more time? He is Jesus!”

After a gospel vamp around the phrase “You’re the only power!,” the singer suddenly broke into the chant from West’s 2010 hit “Power,” clapping out the rhythm. That quickly morphed into “Higher,” and another that seemed to be a rearrangement of Otis Redding’ “Try a Little Tenderness” with a chorus of “Jesus won’t leave us,” then Stevie Wonder’s “As” and then a stirring take on Soul II Soul’s 1990 hit “Back to Life,” the chorus of which sounded stunning sung a capella by a gospel choir.

The music gradually segued into Teyana Taylor singing her West-produced “Never Would Have Made It,” which morphed into a take on West’s “Fade,” which itself interpolates Motown artists Rare Earth’s cover of the Temptations’ “(I Know) I’m Losing You.”

INDIO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 20: Kanye West performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella)

INDIO, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 20: Kanye West performs during 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 20, 2019 in Indio, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Coachella)

The choirmaster continued to lead the choir through vamps on phrases like “We absorb the light” and “We have everything we need.” Dozens more dancers were arrayed around the hills surrounding the performance area, breaking out synchronized dance moves.

Through the performance, West — with his short-cropped hair dyed several shades of purple— was beaming and joining in, but not really performing until toward the end, when he sat down at a keyboard and chopped up some soulful vocal samples with beats while a choir member danced.

“Ye, we all want some of that brighter day!” the choirmaster shouted as the choir broke into Kirk Franklin’s song of the same name.

The group continued vamping on various phrases and snippets of songs — we even think we heard someone briefly say “Poopity scoop,” a reference to West’s jokey song “Lift Yourself” — until finally West picked up a mic and, with his voice hoarse, rapped on “All Falls Down,” with the choir joining him on the chorus.

He then announced a new song called “Water,” a low-key song with spiritually themed lyrics and a gentle rhythm revolving around the chorus “We are water,” closing with some verses from “Ultralight Beam.” After more extended vamping, the set ended with a long take on West’s 2004 song “Jesus Walks”; West picked up the mic and hoarsely rapped the song’s verses, finishing on his knees on the hilltop as cameras and applauding singers surrounded him.

Finally, he rose and smiled at the camera, pausing for several long moments before the band played a medley of gospel and soul covers and the dancers filed off of the hill.

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Miley Cyrus, Emily Ratajkowski strip down for Easter

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Miley Cyrus, Emily Ratajkowski strip down for Easter

He is risen, alright.

Miley Cyrus posted a nude snap on her Instagram stories to celebrate Easter, while model Emily Ratajkowski covered up just slightly more.

Wearing nothing but a pair of bunny ears on a headband, Cyrus, 26, captioned the snap, “Hoppy Easter.”

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Miley Cyrus posed in nothing but bunny ears.

Miley Cyrus posed in nothing but bunny ears.

She added bunny faces to cover her nipples in the photo, which is likely a few years old, as she still had her once-signature short haircut in the photo.

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The “Malibu” singer posted a series of other snaps with a more current style to mark the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

Sporting pale pink shoulder-length waves and a pink seersucker off-shoulder top, Cyrus poses with flowers, sunglasses and other symbols of spring in a series of Instagram videos.

Ratajkowski, meanwhile, posed in black bedazzled bunny ears, white lingerie, pale pink knee-highs and a black corset.

In her photos, the model, one of whose signatures is her long brown hair, rocks a long rose-gold wig and stood in front of a seated Easter Bunny in handcuffs.

“My Easter vibe,” she captioned her series of snapshots.

The photos are likely from a recent shoot with Love magazine.

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The Inamorata designer posted a video with said Easter bunny in various sexy-silly poses.

Ratajkowski and Cyrus share more connections than their penchants for nudity and dancing with Robin Thicke: Ratajkowski channeled Cyrus’ godmother, Dolly Parton, in a recent sexy shoot.

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