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"Who knew?" Eddie Murphy shares the worst advice he's ever received

ABC/Randy HolmesIt's a good thing Eddie Murphy decided to forge his own path early on in his career, because according to the legendary comedian, he received some pretty "bad advice" when he first started out.

In a new feature with W Magazine, Murphy reveals that the worst advice he's ever received was from late comic legend Rodney Dangerfield.

"In the early days, I don't remember getting any good advice. I remember some bad advice I got years ago," Murphy recalls. "I played the Comic Strip in Fort Lauderdale, and I was maybe 17, 18 years old. And Rodney Dangerfield comes in, he bumps everybody. It was like, 'Dangerfield is here. Dangerfield's going up.'"

"I was really full of myself back then," he continues. "So I would say, 'Mr. Dangerfield, after the show, will you watch my set?' And he was like, 'Yeah, yeah, sure kid.' "

Murphy then explains what Dangerfield witnessed.

"Back then, I was really dirty and did edgy, racial stuff," Murphy says. "And so, afterward, Dangerfield sees me and he's like, 'Hey, kid, I don't know where you're gonna go with that, you know? The language, and the race stuff,' and I was crestfallen."

However, according to Murphy, Dangerfield's criticism didn't quite inspire him to switch up his comedy style.

"Cut to two, three years later, I got on Saturday Night Live, and had gotten really successful," he says. "And I was in Vegas in the bathroom at Caesars Palace. I was at the urinal, and Rodney Dangerfield comes to the urinal right next to me. And I look over, and he looks at me and says, 'Hey, who knew?'"

It's safe to say Murphy's still doing pretty well, with a number of film projects and a comedy special lined up.

The issue of W Magazine featuring Murphy hits newsstands on February 4.

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Watch now: Ray J celebrates family love and his birthday in new video, “Party’s Over”

Courtesy VH1Ray J is celebrating his birthday, as well as the love of his wife and two children, in his new video, “Party’s Over.”

Following the birth of his second child, Epik Norwood, on December 30, the singer/actor has much to celebrate as he turned 39 years old on Friday.

He features his wife, Princess Love, in his new video, which is full of home footage of the couple and their first child, 17-month old daughter Melody. Ray J also roams through Times Square in the clip, which he co-directed.

The song features vocals by K. Michelle, though she doesn't appear in the video.

“Party’s Over” is the new single from Ray J’s Emerald City EP, which he dropped December 13. 

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Rihanna covers and curates i-D magazine 40th anniversary issue

ABC/Lou RoccoRihanna is spotlighting cultural leaders who are reshaping the world in the 40th anniversary issue of i-D Magazine.

RiRi is the on the cover and also curates the new edition, which, according to the publication, “champions the people reshaping wider culture across the worlds of fashion, art, cinema, music and activism.”

"For me, this very special issue of i-D represents change and culture," Rihanna says of the project. "It is dedicated to some of the people who are progressively reshaping the communities across fashion, music, art and activism -- creating a more inclusive and diverse future." 

Among the cultural leaders the Fenty Beauty CEO features in the issue is WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith, rapper Young M.A., and writer/producer Lena Waithe.

“Professional success is about having the freedom to tell stories the way I see fit, and having the power to make art that is not put through a filter,” Waithe says in the magazine. ”So some of my most successful moments were the moments where I was writing scripts without any interference. I did that with the pilot of The Chi, and I did that with Queen & Slim.

The "Rihannazine" 40th anniversary print edition of i-D magazine, which ships January 27, is now available for pre-order on the magazine’s website.

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Congrats: 'Being Mary Jane' star Raven Goodwin reveals she's pregnant with her first child

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Women in FilmCongrats are in order to Being Mary Jane star Raven Goodwin. The actress has announced she'll soon become a mom.

In a new Instagram post, Goodwin shared the exciting news in a series of photos.

"Nurturer, survivor, daughter, sister, friend & now a MOMMY," she wrote, captioning the first photo that showed her in a beautiful lavender dress, cradling her pregnant belly. "I cannot believe that it’s my turn."

"I’m so thankful to be carrying a healthy baby girl who’s energy has been nothing short of strength," Goodwin  continued, revealing the gender of her baby. " I love you baby girl! To my life partner and best friend you are going to be a beautiful father seeing you and her together will heal me in more ways then you know! We are parents baby!!!"

She then shared her due date: "Coming soon! April 2020."

Goodwin's fiancé, as seen in the third photo, is actor Micah Williams. The couple are joined by a group of Goodwin's friends -- which included All American actress Chelsea Tavares and Insecure's Dominique Perry -- who were all in attendance at a recent party to celebrate Goodwin's pregnancy.

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Porsha Williams asks for prayer, says she's still "figuring out" her relationship with fiancé Dennis McKinley

Tommy Garcia/BravoAfter announcing last month that her and fiancé Dennis McKinley, were officially "re-engaged" and "working on [their] family," it now appears Porsha Williams is unsure if she and McKinley will actually walk down the aisle.

During Sunday's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Cohen asked Williams about the recent report circulating that he had been entertaining four women during a night out on the town.

“I don’t know...The blogs -- you know" he was out," she said. "I don’t know. Can y’all just continue to comment and speculate, and let me just figure out my life? I’m figuring out my life.”

Cohen then asked the status of Porsha's engagement with McKinley, who was recently seen re-proposing to her in a new episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

"You know, we're working on our relationship," she said, later adding that when it came to trusting her fiancé, it was a "work in progress."

"We have a daughter together, and just pray for us," she told Cohen. "You know, you pray for yourself, and add us in there, too, baby.”

As previously reported, Williams and McKinley, who share 8-month-old daughter Pilar Jhena, split earlier last year after Williams learned that McKinley had cheated on her while she was pregnant.

In December, Williams told Cohen that she and McKinley were re-engaged, but working out their issues.

“We’re working on our family. It takes time,” Williams said. “I love him and he loves me and we’re doing what’s best for our family. That’s really all you can do.”

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Whitney Houston Hologram tour aims "to get a feeling again of being in her presence"

BASE HologramAs the February launch of the Whitney Houston Hologram tour approaches, tour director and choreographer Fatima Robinson hopes to create a magical experience for fans of the iconic singer.

"I wanna do the Whitney hologram show because I loved her as a live performer," Robinson says in a behind-the-scenes video of dancer auditions. Fatima choreographed the "I'm Every Woman" video in 1993, and she says her goal for the tour is "to get a feeling again of being in her presence."

The tour will feature Houston's hits, including "I Will Always Love You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "The Greatest Love of All."  A live band will perform with backup dancers.

"Her music touched every generation so we're gonna take a little bit of movie magic and add it into our live performance," Robinson adds of Whitney. "Married together, it's gonna be incredible."

An Evening with Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour is being produced by BASE Hologram in partnership with the Houston estate.

The international tour kicks February 25 in Sheffield, U.K., with shows through April 1 in Stockholm, Sweden. Dates will be announced later for a Northern American tour that will begin in the fall.  Tickets are now on sale on the tour website.

Last week, it was announced that Whitney will be posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 2 in Cleveland.

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Michelle Obama's workout playlist features Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cardi B, Lizzo and more

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaMichelle Obama wants to help you get your body in shape for 2020.

After celebrating her 56th birthday Friday, the former first lady lady revealed her workout playlist Sunday, featuring music by Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Cardi B, Bruno Mars, Lizzo and many more.

"It's about that time when New Year's goals and resolutions get just a bit harder to stick to,” Michelle wrote on Instagram. "To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to 2020 #WorkoutPlaylist with all of you."

The list includes 27 songs, plus nine more to “cool down,” with songs ranging from hip hop, to R&B, and pop.

Beyoncé and Cardi B both have three tracks on the list.  Obama chose Queen Bey’s “Before I Let Go, “Lose My Breath” by Destiny’s Child, and “Apes***,” from Beyoncé’s The Carters duo album with Jay-Z, Everything is Love

Cardi is represented by “Press,” the “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars, and her “South of the Border” collabo with Ed Sheeran and Camila Cabello.

Bruno, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and Anderson .Paak each have two songs on the list.

Super Bowl halftime show headliner Jennifer Lopez is also on the list with her “Feelin’ So Good” remix, featuring Fat Joe and Big Pun. Michelle also loves to work out to “Soulmate” by eight-time Grammy nominee Lizzo.

“These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts," Obama adds in the post caption. "What's on your playlist?”

You can stream her playlist on Spotify now.'

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It's about that time when New Year's resolutions get a bit harder to stick to. To offer a little inspiration, I want to share my go-to #WorkoutPlaylist with you. These songs always seem to give me that extra boost to get through my toughest workouts. What's on your playlist? pic.twitter.com/GFP56Yi9A6

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) January 19, 2020


Mo'Nique lands Showtime comedy special, 'Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta'

Susan DeLoach/SHOWTIMEIt's been a long time coming but thanks to Showtime, Mo'Nique has officially set a brand-new stand-up comedy special.

Premiering on February 7, Showtime will air Mo's first major comedy special in ten years: Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta. Filmed at Atlanta's Variety Playhouse, the hour-long special will feature original stand-up from the Oscar winner along with special guests that include Chappelle's Show vet Donnell Rawlings, and new comedians Prince T-DubTone-XCorrey Bell and Just Nesh.

In the trailer, Mo' seemingly alludes to her ongoing issues with Netflix, which she alleges broke the law when the streamer lowballed her for a comedy special. Mo' subsequently filed a gender and racial discrimination lawsuit against them.

"They tired to shut a b**** out. They tried to make a b**** disappear. But you can't keep a good b**** down," Mo' says in the Showtime promo.

As previously reported, Netflix reportedly offered Mo'Nique $500,000 to shoot a comedy special for them, which Mo argued wasn't reasonable since Amy Schumer was offered $11 million for her Netflix special and other notable comedians, like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock, were offered $20 million. Netflix responded to Mo'Nique's claims in a motion filed last week, calling the comedian's retaliation claims "nonsensical."  There's no public word on how much Showtime paid Mo'Nique.

Mo'Nique & Friends: Live From Atlanta airs Friday, February 7 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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Treach of Naughty By Nature fondly remembers the humorous side of Biggie and Tupac

WE tvIn May, The Notorious B.I.G. will follow Tupac Shakur as only the second solo rap artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame. Treach of Naughty By Nature was close to both late icons, but beyond their extraordinary talent, he fondly remembers them for their sense of humor.

“When it was me, Big, Pac, man, it was the 90's. Everybody was tight,” Treach tells ABC Audio. “One thing they probably wouldn’t know about Big, he was a comedian. Big would have you in stitches. Not only just one of the dopest to ever do it, but he was a family man. He was about his clique. He was about his surroundings. Man, he was a great dude. Miss him.”

Treach and Tupac began their careers as roadies on the same tour, which featured Queen Latifah and Digital Underground. They became good friends, and Tupac arranged for Treach to appear with him in the 1992 film Juice.

Treach says Tupac was very funny, but in a different way than B.I.G.

“He was…a militant comedian himself. Yo, we laughed more than we did anything,” the O.P.P. rapper recalls.

Treach realizes people may be surprised to hear that because of Tupac's hardcore image, but in reality, the "All Eyez On Me" rapper was very personable. 

”When you look at the tattoos and the jewels, you first get an impression on who somebody is, until you sit down with them and see like, 'We people,'” he notes. 

Treach was married to Sandy “Pepa” Denton from Salt-N-Pepa, and he’s starring with their daughter Egypt Criss in the WE tv reality series, Growing Up Hip Hop. He’s also developing a Naughty By Nature biopic, and Egypt will be featured in the production.

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'Cherish the Day': OWN sets release date and drops full trailer for Ava DuVernay's anthology series

OWNAfter teasing fans with a first look of Ava DuVernay's highly anticipated anthology series, Cherish the Day, OWN is now giving fans a full length trailer. along with an official release date.

The series, which stars Xosha Roquemore and Underground star Alano Miller, will have a two-night premiere beginning on Tuesday, February 11 at 10 p.m. and continuing Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.

As previously noted, Roquemore stars as Gently James and Miller as Evan Fisher, a couple who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles over the course of five years and eight episodes. As seen in the trailer, the families of Gently and Evan aren't necessarily on board with their whirlwind romance.

"I want you to take good care of my girl," says Cicely Tyson, who plays Gently's boss, Miss Luma Lee Langston.

In addition to Tyson, the series also stars Anne-Marie JohnsonMichael Beach and Kellee Stewart.

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Bad Boys forever: Sony working to develop 'Bad Boys 4'

ABC/Randy HolmesWill Smith and Martin Lawrence really "ain't goin' nowhere" -- thanks to Sony.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the studio is currently working on developing a fourth installment of Bad Boys with Chris Bremer, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, set to pen the script.

THR reports that there won't be such a long period of time between the Bad Boys for Life and the fourth film, as there was between Bad Boys II and Bad Boys for Life. Smith and Lawrence are also expected to return for the next installment. 

While the third film was initially touted as the final chapter of the Bad Boys franchise, Bad Boys for Life has left plenty of doors open for a potential sequel.

As previously reported, the latest film, directed by Moroccan-born directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, centers on a new "highly specialized police unit" that butts heads with Smith and Lawrence's old-school ways when "a new threat emerges in Miami."

Bad Boys for Life is now in theaters.

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Pack on the PDA: Michelle Obama gets sweet happy birthday message from Barack Obama

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaMichelle Obama kicked off her 56th birthday Friday with a sweet message from her husband, former President Barack Obama.

"In every scene, you are my star," Obama wrote to his wife on Twitter. "Happy birthday, baby!"

Along with the message, Barack Obama shared a series of four photos of the happy couple -- married for nearly 30 years -- posing in each other's arms.

Michelle Obama is celebrating her 56th birthday one month after being named the most admired woman in the world for the second year in a row in a Gallup poll. 

The former first lady, a mom of two, is also gearing up for the Grammy Awards later this month. She's nominated in the best spoken word category for the audio version of her best-selling memoir, Becoming.

The bestselling book turned into a world tour for Obama, with stops in major arenas around the globe. Michelle Obama was interviewed by high-profile women including Sarah Jessica ParkerReese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.

Last month, Michelle Obama released a guided journal that's meant to accompany her memoir.

In writing Becoming, Michelle Obama said she hoped to inspire the next generation to become whomever they aspire to be.

“I think that young people are the future,” she told Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in 2018, ahead of the book's release.

“And if my story, my journey somehow gives them hope -- that they can build a powerful journey for themselves and that they can own their voice and share their story, that that's part of what makes us great," she continued. "If I played a role in that for some young people comin' down the line, then ... I'll feel good about it."

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Welcome to the Dollhouse: Kash Doll announces first headlining tour

Republic RecordsAfter opening Meek Mill's The Motivation Tour last year, Kash Doll is ready to be a headliner.

The “Ice Me out” singer announced Friday she’s hitting the road for her "Dollhouse" tour, kicking off March 15 in her hometown, Detroit.

“This is my very own tour... I’m so grateful,” she commented on Instagram, where she also posted the tour dates.

The singer, born Arkeisha Antoinette Knight, will perform in 14 cities with Rubi Rose and Jucee Froot as her opening acts. Tour stops include Atlanta, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Houston and Dallas. The tour wraps up April 9 in Boston.

“I can’t wait man and shout out to @therubirose & @juccefroot I’m sooooooooo happy!!," Kash Doll continued. “Thanks everyone who’s been riding.”

The BET Awards nominee for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist dropped her debut album, Stacked, in October featuring Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Summer Walker, Teyana Taylor and Trey Songz.

Tickets for the "Dollhouse" tour are now on sale on Kash Doll’s website.

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Hulu renews 'Wu-Tang: An American Saga' for a second season

HuluThe saga of the Wu-Tang clan will officially continue on at Hulu.

On Friday, the streamer announced that they've picked up Wu-Tang: An American Saga for a second season.

Created and written by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA and Superfly writer Alex Tse, the Wu-Tang-inspired drama follows the group's formation and examines how Bobby Diggs, better known as RZA, took his vision for the group and made it a success.

Shameik MooreAshton SandersSiddiq SaundersonMarcus CallenderZolee GriggsErika Alexander, Julian Elijah Martinez and Joey Bada$$ star in the series, which, according to Deadline, has helped attract new African-American audiences to the streamer.

A return date for Wu-Tang: An American Saga has yet to be announced.

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“Fight Night”: Quavo involved in altercation at Paris Fashion Week party for Offset

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesIt appears that Quavo was living out the lyrics of Migos’ 2014 hit “Fight Night” Thursday in Paris.

The 28-year-old rapper was in the City of Lights to attend a fashion week show presented by his fellow Migos member, Offset. According to TMZ, when he arrived at the after party, Offset and wife Cardi B had already left, and Quavo had trouble gaining entry when security did not recognize him.

He was eventually admitted to the party, and was caught on video throwing a punch as he walked through the venue.  No charges were filed and police were not called to the scene.

Cardi posted a shot of her head-turning outfit on Instagram; a full-length, sheer body suit beneath a black mink coat. She commented about how proud she was of Offset on his Paris Fashion Week debut.

“Congrats babe on your bomb a** fashion clothing collab with @chazajordan," Cardi wrote.  "I am so proud of you! From filming on two shows, recording and working on so many other things...I love you."

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Solange cancels two shows in Australia due to “health reasons”

Courtesy Saint Heron Solange has canceled two of her four shows scheduled for later this month in Australia, due to “health reasons.”

The “Cranes in the Sky” singer was set to perform on January 27, 28, 30 and 31 at the Sydney Opera House. Now, she'll only perform on the 30th and 31st.

“Solange has made the difficult decision, for health reasons, to shorten her time in Sydney this month,” the Opera House says in a statement. “Due to the physical demands of the shows and having sought medical advice, the artist has decided to reduce the number of performances at the Opera House. As a result, the shows on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 January 2020 will no longer take place, and will not be rescheduled.”

“Solange apologizes for any disappointment and looks forward to putting on the best shows possible for her Australian fans on the two remaining dates,” the statement ends.

No details were given about Solange’s condition. Two years ago, the Grammy winner revealed ago she was suffering from a nervous system disorder.  In November, Solange announced she had separated from her husband Alan Ferguson after nearly five years of marriage.

This week, it was announced that Solange will perform at the tenth annual Governors Ball Music Festival being held June 5-7 in in New York City. Other artists on the lineup include Missy Elliott, H.E.R., Summer Walker, and Swae Lee from Rae Sremmurd.

As previously reported, the 33-year old singer is scheduled to receive the first Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact on February 28 at Town Hall in New York City.

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Charlie Wilson drops “Forever Valentine,” co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars

RCA RecordsCharlie Wilson has an early Valentine’s Day present for his fans.

The former Gap Band lead singer dropped his new single, “Forever Valentine,” on Friday, co-written and co-produced by Bruno Mars.

Uncle Charlie sings, “I don’t need the 14th to show how much you mean to me…Will you be mine? My forever valentine/Say you will and make me the happiest man alive.”

Wilson performed on the final leg of Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour in 2019, and Bruno worked on the song with his production team, the Stereotypes and D’Mile. Charlie feels so close to them, he calls them family.

"I had so much fun working on this record with my nephews @BrunoMars, @Stereotypestv & @DMile85,” Charlie commented as he posted the lyric video on Instagram.

Bruno posted a photo of them two of them and wrote, “The world could use a little love right about now and who better to bring it to you than one of the greatest of all time. Uncle @imcharliewilson. I had the Honor to produce and sing a little background for him with my Bro’s @stereotypestv and @dmile85.”

Wilson will perform on the Grammy Awards on January 26th.  Don’t be surprised if Bruno, who's an 11-time Grammy winner, joins him on stage.

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Tune in: 'Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story'

LifetimeRobin Roberts' newest project, Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, airs on Saturday, offering fans the opportunity to watch real-life drama ripped straight from the headlines.

The film, produced by Roberts' movie and documentary production company, Robin Roberts Presents, is based on the true story of a young woman who learns at age 18 that she was abducted as a baby and that the family she lives with is not her own.

Nash plays Gloria Williams, the woman who abducts Mosley at a South Carolina hospital shortly after her birth. Nash tells WABC that she's was ecstatic to work on a project with Roberts, who was often on set.

"It was just like, 'Hey, Robin Roberts is a part of this? Where do I sign?'" Williams said. "I mean, we all love Robin, and we were so excited when she came to set."

Roberts, who recently celebrated 30 years at ABC News, said the project was the perfect opportunity for her to start a new chapter in her life.

"This is different," Roberts said. "This is stretching a different creative muscle for me as opposed to being at Good Morning America, one that I am so challenged by and so fascinated by, the whole process."

Stolen by My Mother is part of Lifetime's Ripped from the Headlines slate of shows, which are all based on real-life crime stories. The film also Niecy NashRayven Symone Ferrell and Ta’Rhonda Jones, and will be followed by a documentary featuring the real-life people depicted in the movie.

Robin Roberts Presents: Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story premieres Saturday, January 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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Eminem sparks controversy with lyric about Ariana Grande and Manchester bombing

Shady/Aftermath/Interscope RecordsShortly after dropping a surprise album Music to Be Murdered By Friday, Eminem was sparking controversy.

The rapper, who’s known for his inflammatory lyrics, was under fire for one song in particular containing a reference to the 2017 Manchester, England bombing that killed 22 people as they left an Ariana Grande concert.

"I'm contemplating yelling ‘bombs away' on the game like I'm outside an Ariana Grande concert,” Eminem raps on the song “Unaccommodating,” followed by an explosion noise.

Fans quickly condemned the lyric on social media, getting the hashtag #EminemIsOverParty trending.

"i wish i could unhear this. this is so low & disgusting. this isn't something to joke about for money & clout! i can't believe this would even cross his mind," one fan tweeted.

Another wrote, "I love Eminem but this guy really has a bar in his new song mocking the Ariana Grande concert bombing and then has a explosion noise straight after."

It’s not the only allusion to mass violence on Music to Be Murdered By. In his music video for the song “Darkness,” Eminem references the 2017 Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival and calls on viewers to vote for gun law reform.

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Bad Boys for ever? Will Smith says 'Bad Boys for Life' may not be the end of the franchise

ABC/Randy HolmesAfter being touted as the final chapter to the Bad Boys franchise, it appears that Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's upcoming sequel, Bad Boys for Life, may not be the official end.

In an interview with E! News, Smith says that he and Lawrence are open to continuing their action-packed films.

"We're going to wait for the audience," Smith said. "When the movie comes out this weekend-- and we absolutely love working together-- we would certainly be willing to do it again if the audience loves the chemistry."

As previously reported, Bad Boys for Life centers on a new, "highly specialized police unit" that butts heads with Smith and Lawrence's old-school ways when "a new threat emerges in Miami."

The new installment, directed by Moroccan-born directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, reunites Smith and Lawrence after the last Bad Boys film, 2003's Bad Boys II. In that movie, the two played Miami narcotics detectives on the trail of a Cuban drug smuggler.

The original Bad Boys movie came out in 1995.

Bad Boys for Life is now in theaters.

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