Kevin Hart sat down with Shade 45’s Sway in the morning to discuss his upcoming projects and the shade Mike Epps and Aries Spears threw at him while they interviewed with Sway as well. This is the first time Kevin Hart is even addressing the situation, the interview starts with jokes and pleasantries, as Sway compliments Hart on his successes over the past few years and Kevin goes into detail about his ability to sell out arenas multiple times over in the span of a day. The pair also discuss racism in Hollywood and Hart, while acknowledging it exists, opts to stand on his own merits and discuss the 19 years of grind-time he put in before having his breakthrough. He chooses to define his own discourse rather than add to the conversations about racism. Good for Kev. Crabs in a barrel can’t help themselves, Soak in everything he said,
At about 17 minutes in, the talks turn to some of the criticism Hart has received of late from comedian Aries. Aries has spoken negatively about the fact that Hart has writers that help him in crafting his standup routines. Hart tackles the critique head on, saying that no one–Pryor, Murphy, Rock–has made it alone, and that every comedian on his level has gotten there with similar help. Hart suggests that the criticism may, in part, be from a lesser known comic who is trying to capitalize on someone with greater name-recognition.
At that point (22:00), Sway counters by going back to some very pointed comments Mike Epps made about Kevin last month. Along with accusing Hart’s writers of stealing the jokes of other comedians for him, Epps also said a number of times that Hart’s talent was eclipsed by his marketing skills. At this point, Kevin speaks for several minutes about his making it on the merits of his talent, the ignorance of someone criticizing him for marketing his own abilities, and suggests that Epps’ comments are a result of his own insecurities. He wishes Epps well and says he’d be willing to work with him in the future, including in Epps’ upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, but it is clear that Epps’ words have left a mark with Hart.
Speaking of Kevin Hart, he just brought his ex-wife Torrie a brand new car…Big shout out to my baby daddy/friend @kevinhart4real for my brand new @cadillac Escalade. We have had our rough patches but God and prayer can change anything. My family for life. Thanks for always having my back. Now all I have to do is throw some Ds on this B*tch!! #blessed #happy #bestpiscesseasoneve r #cadillac #escalade
$70,000 to keep the peace? Might be worth your sanity. Baby daddies take note!