Will Smith recalls being called a “soft” rapper, Rico Nasty drops a new single and more

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-On a recent episode of David Letterman‘s Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No IntroductionWill Smith opened up about being mocked early on his music career. 

In the sit-down interview, which was reportedly filmed before the Oscars slap, Smith talked with the late night host about his life and acting career, including feeling hurt when he was called “soft” for his nonexplicit songs.

“Dave, I hated that, being called soft,” he said, adding, “I couldn’t even curse well.” The actor told the story of a time his grandmother found one of his rap books that had lyrics with profanity in it. Recalling that incident, Smith said, “[She] wrote a letter in [the] front of my book and said, ‘Dear Willard, truly intelligent people do not have to use words like these to express themselves. Please show the world that you’re as smart as we think you are. Love, Gigi.'”

Smith said the exchange with his grandmother was the reason he never cursed in any of his records. 

–Rising DMV rapper Rico Nasty released her latest single “Intrusive” on Tuesday, along with the accompanying music video. The “beautifully, chaotic” new single — as described in a press release — follows “Vaderz,” which was released last month on 4/20, and will be featured on her upcoming project. 

Sharing an image of the single’s artwork, the rapper alerted fans of the new drop on Instagram, saying, “INTRUSIVE OUT NOW ! Go watch the video link in BIO.”

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–Complex Magazine reminded fans about ComplexLand kicking off Wednesday. The free digital experience takes place May 25-27 and features exclusive sneaker drops, art, daily prizes and more. To join the brand in the “metaverse” this week, visit ComplexLand.com.

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