Star (2016) s03e04 Episode Script

All Falls Down

1 Okay, so last time you all saw Star CARLOTTA: I still believe in Take 3.
Y'all still under contract.
Y'all owe me another album.
You're starring in the movie with Noah.
SIMONE: Mateo's been all over that reporter in the office.
CARLOTTA: Figured out who your investor is.
Xander? I need you to run a little money through the club.
I told you I was going legit.
ALEXANDRA: Her sister Bianca died in the plane crash.
I obviously can't bring her sister back.
Thank you.
DEREK: You remember anything else? He had a brand on his shoulder.
- Bankhead Crew all day.
- I want independence.
I'm going with Cassie and Maurice.
BATISTA: You asked me to check the county jails.
I also checked the John Does.
These were your father's.
BRODY: I love you, Star, and I always have.
Hey, hey, hey.
- So, what y'all think? I mean, it's all right, but I liked the other one better.
- Okay.
- MISS BRUCE: It's midnight.
Will y'all just please pick a damn song so we can get to rehearsing? Orange Night is in three days.
Look, I just don't think this is the right sound for a gun control fundraiser.
Well, whatever it is, it's got to be a banger.
Mateo's invited a bunch of industry heavyweights, and we got our solo stuff coming up.
I mean, we can't do solo anything until we get this Take 3 album and give it to Miss C.
Right, but you're working on a movie.
She's working on solo tracks.
I got to have something for me and the baby after this album drops.
Oh, shoot, Star, I forgot to give you this from accounting.
I think this your royalty check from your single.
You forgot? Bitch, it ain't my damn check.
So, how much money did you make dissing us? Let's see.
I'm gonna get what I want out of that check.
- You can get a little something.
- Yes.
But the rest of it's for studio time.
- Yo, you got to be kidding me.
- What? Maurice made himself a producer on the song.
He took half my money.
Now you can go buy you some real sequin.
- Whoo Oh Oh, yeah, the game was done.
Whole stadium knew it.
Them boys needed a half a yard to win.
Yo, I remember that play like it was yesterday.
You jumped over the offensive line like Superman, and bam! The ball was loose.
Hey, if you got to end it, end a champion.
I know that's right.
- Yeah.
- Cheers.
- Cheers.
Hey, yo, bro, when we lost you to injury that year, we lost a beast.
I came up all right.
Found out the music game's my real passion.
Now I got my own label and a new club.
And I'll be in this club popping these bottles - like I pop out those babies.
- Hey, yo, get your mind right.
- I'm good.
I heard you were back in the "A.
" Hi.
I didn't want to miss your B-day.
- DREA: Ah, thank you.
- MEGAN: Been too long.
Hi, Mo.
It's good to see you.
You back for good? Yeah.
My law firm's on Peachtree.
So, what do you think about the spot? I've been working hard to build my own company, a new life, trying to be a better man.
I was hoping we could still have that talk.
Oh, my God, sorry I'm late, man.
How you doing? Came through the front, man.
I got mobbed.
You're looking at my hottest artist at Karma Sound.
Noah here's about to put us on the map.
- Man, cut it out.
How you doing? - I'm a big fan.
Megan Jetter.
Oh, M-Maurice's sister? His ex-wife.
: Bye.
Who we talkin' 'bout? It's okay Just do it when you see me then Man, how'd you mess that up? Long story, bruh.
Mama, it is after midnight and you still up working? Look, I got four months to make Gravity Records solid and make sure my artists don't lose their deals.
Okay? Mateo can't wait for me to slip up.
Yeah, like you did at Karma the other night, huh? Mama, this has got to stop.
- You got to take a break.
- Would you quit playing? Mama, you been ripping and running since Jahil passed.
I just want you to get one good night's rest.
You are all I have.
Please, Mama.
Okay, baby.
Come on, let's let's get this out.
- JAHIL: Get down! Oh, my God, you're hit.
We be poppin' them bottles Fireworks when they bring 'em out STAR: What's up, Maurice? Hey, Maurice! You don't see me right here? Why don't you tell all your little fancy friends how you feel so untalented that you got to steal from other people? Yo, what the hell are you talking about? - You coproduced my song? - Yeah, I gave you the beat.
I was behind the board.
I positioned the release.
I pushed you to get the lyrics out.
That song cost me way too much.
You not taking half my money.
- Noah, watch your back.
- Yo, can you please escort her out? When you take from me, - you taking from my baby now.
- Now, come on.
- Forget this dude, come on.
- Which means you're stealing from the wrong one and you should know that by now! I'm good, Jackson.
I can kick myself out.
- No, I'm good, I'm good.
- What are you doing? [CROWD GASPS.]
- Touchdown, Maurice.
- Come on, let's go.
- MAN: Y'all see that? - Security, what am I paying you for? I bring me Get mine, 'bout mine, go hard Looking for another like me Boy, stop I bring me Whose love is the tightest? - Whose kiss is the nicest? - Me Whose touch is the rightest? Me I bring me I bring, I bring me.
You were out late last night.
You out playing cop again? You know that scares me.
I was just hanging with my boys, but now I'm here, and that's all that matters.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
It's Olivia.
She wants to know if I want her to bring me a coffee.
We're hanging out today, so Tell her you don't need a coffee.
I'm waking you up this morning.
- Okay.
Well - Okay? I'm still gonna text her back.
Look, she's still grieving her sister.
All right? I get that she can be anxious.
I still can, too, sometimes.
I know, but she's, like, coming off way too strong.
- Really? - Like Yeah? Shh.
- Intensely - Yeah, it's okay.
Why are we still talking about her? Hmm? Come here.
Why are we still talking about her? Derek, come here.
All right, all right.
It's a nice office, huh? Man, last night was crazy.
I love seeing my old team.
I only get up with them cats once a year.
No, I'm-I'm talking about Star.
She went in on you.
She's got revisionist history.
Bump her.
Have a seat.
I'm focused on the future.
Noah Brooks Night at Karma is gonna be the hottest night at the club.
That's what I wanted to talk to you about.
I-I was thinking we put that on hold until I get my next album going.
No, I need you onstage once a week.
Look, man, I didn't sign up to be no cash cow for Karma.
You promised me creative freedom that I couldn't get at Gravity Records.
Oh, creative freedom is all about what you sing.
You got that, bruh.
But I also need you to headline the club.
You mean to tell me I traded in one plantation for another? - You're trying to play me.
- Now, you know - it ain't like that, Noah.
- Come on, man.
Freedom comes at a price.
I've been running - For far too long - [DISTORTED, ECHOING GRUNT.]
- Please be good To me Be good to me CASSIE: Ease up, Mike Mike.
His ass ain't going nowhere.
Plus, I need you to pick me up some cash - and bring it back here, okay? - What about him? I got some time to babysit.
My hands are sore All right.
Carrying promises [MUFFLED GRUNT.]
Scream and see what happens, bitch.
That I've lost My time is yours I'm not a snitch, Cassie.
I know you're not.
'Cause you're not gonna be around.
Damn, I really liked you, Andy.
I mean, you could sing like a songbird, and your bed skills was on point, too, but you had to mess that all up.
I was just desperate.
" And now you done cost me my sister.
I mean, my own blood wants to destroy me all 'cause of you.
- I'm sorry.
- Don't be sorry, 'cause once I clean this cash and get rid of your ass, I'm done with this life.
I'm-a be a whole new Cassie.
I'm happy for you.
- Cassie, don't put that - Babe.
To me Be good to me - Be good to me.
Do we really need to be spending all of this money sponsoring Orange Night? Look, this is an introduction to Atlanta high society for us and our company.
Hmm? Hey, can I talk to you guys for a minute? MATEO: Yes.
Anything for Carlotta.
You want to discuss why everyone is talking about how the head of Gravity Records lost it at a nightclub? I'll get them talking about something else: a music and multimedia festival, concerts, film screenings, exclusive parties.
I'm calling it Rhythm & Bells.
It's something I've been working on ever since we lost the tour.
All I need is the perfect host.
Now, we already have Ryan French hosting Orange Night.
His popularity and credibility bring numbers and gravitas to any event.
He'd be the perfect person for Rhythm & Bells.
Well, I hope so, because your six-month window is closing very fast.
Rhythm & Bells Fest is money in the bank.
Trust me.
For your job's sake, you better get it done.
Simone, wait up.
You've been avoiding my calls.
Yeah, well, I saw that you and Mateo were kissing, so I guess you've just accepted whatever he had to say about that reporter.
I just think you deserve better.
We are in an open relationship, but we do have rules, and he broke them.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to judge.
It's been a long time since I had a friend look out for me like that.
I was actually calling about Orange Night.
Mateo, he gave a ton of money to have us honored in front of Atlanta's elite crowd, and I want you to introduce us.
- Me? Why? - Mm-hmm.
For the exposure.
I mean, you're the star of our first feature.
Yeah, but I-I don't do well speaking in front of people.
I-I can't do this.
Just be that same badass that you were when you walked into that room and pitched yourself for the movie.
I know you can do it.
VALET: On my way.
Ryan French, Carlotta Brown.
Gravity Records.
Oh, see my producer for bookings.
Uh, listen, actually I want to book you to be the official host of Gravity Media's winter festival.
Gravity Media? Owned by Mateo and Nina Ferrera? Yeah, I'll pass.
Can I ask why? They slapped their logo all over my event, booked a performance for Take 3, and then invited all these industry folks.
Orange Night is about keeping our children from dying.
Mateo likes to do things big.
Well, it's shameless self-promotion.
I create platforms to impact people's lives.
And that's what Rhythm & Bells is.
Actually, Mateo changed the performance to Alex Crane.
It's all about rising from the ashes.
Alex Crane? Well, that's more appealing to me.
Listen, why don't you let me introduce you to him tonight? We'll see how it goes.
- Thank you.
- Deal.
I mean, y'all, I'm telling you, this speech is long.
I mean, what's the big deal? You sing onstage all the time.
This is different.
How? You don't even got to stay on key.
- Oh, she don't do that no way.
Don't even listen to her.
STAR: Carlotta, you get a chance to talk to legal yet about Maurice? He's taking money out my pocket and I'm not Star, you gonna have to handle this yourself.
Okay, look.
We got a change of plan.
Alex will be performing solo at Orange Night.
- Wait, why just Alex? - I'm trying to land Ryan French to host the winter festival.
The only way he'll sign on is if he believes that Gravity Media has a strong social impact.
Alex has the strongest message.
The rich girl is gonna sing about gun violence? Yeah, says ghetto Barbie.
CARLOTTA: Look, Alex, I know you've been writing and you've been journaling about your experience.
Maybe it's finally time you show us what you've been working on.
It's not ready.
- I'm not ready.
- I stay ready.
This is not up for debate.
Alex, you need to finish the song.
Star, you're benched this go-round.
Are we clear? - Yep.
I'll go get my money, like I always do.
And I got a song to write, like I always do.
CARLOTTA: I know it's long, just All right.
You all right, C? You need a little girl talk to take the edge off? I'm fine, Bruce.
Just close the door on your way out.
All right, boss lady.
- Hey, you.
- Hey.
Maurice send you here to talk to me? No, I just left some things in the studio.
He's strong-arming me, too.
- Then walk away.
I'm serious, Noah.
You just signed that contract.
Find a way to un-sign it.
That's easier said than done.
What you gonna do? - I mean, you know me.
I'm-a hit him where it hurts.
I just got to find out what he cares about other than himself.
- Which is a difficult task.
- Uh-huh.
I'll see you later.
Be careful.
You always wanted to be your own boss.
I said I wanted a lot of things.
Some of it came true, some of it didn't.
Yeah, and I want to make that up to you.
I know I messed up when I got injured.
Football has been all I have for so long, and then it was gone and And you tried to replace it with other women.
I'm sorry.
The only reason why I'm a champion is because I never gave up on the game until I played every last play in the book.
That hasn't changed.
I need your respect back.
Maybe that could start with dinner.
I am not ready for that yet.
Well, I'm here when you are.
- [SIGHS.]
CARLOTTA: I understand, but I need all the press around Orange Night to focus on Gravity Records' social justice impact.
- L-Let me call you back.
What the hell they doing with Jahil's trailer? Excuse me.
This is private property.
What are you What-what the hell are you doing? I told them to take it, Mama.
Hanging on to the past ain't getting either of us anywhere.
You had no right to do that without asking me.
Don't you touch that RV.
I'm just here to do my job, ma'am.
If you put your hands on that RV, I will rip you to pieces.
I promise you that.
Now get the hell off my property! Mama.
Look, Olivia, I don't think we can really work - on your music today, I'm sorry.
- Uh, are you kidding? I'm getting an up close and personal look at how Alex Crane writes a song.
- This is everything.
Hey, D.
- What's up? - [CHUCKLES.]
I was, uh, trying to see if you want to grab something to eat.
Oh, she can't.
Carlotta gave her a solo at Orange Night.
We have to write.
- Congratulations.
- Thanks.
- Aw, y'all cute or whatever.
- Can you give me a minute with my girl, please? Yeah, sorry.
I'm being intense.
It's okay.
You don't even seem like you into it.
I mean, I'm writing - a song about the crash.
And the pain and guilt from it, so, yeah, it's weird.
And I don't know if I'm ready for everybody to see that side of me, so If anybody can do it, you can do it.
It'll also really help if you and Olivia are there.
DEREK: Don't you think you're doing a little much with this Olivia girl? - Why are you so worried? - 'Cause I can be.
Just be careful, okay? I got to go, but - I'll be there to cheer you on.
- Okay.
Uh, I'm sorry.
Your your assistant said I could come in.
I'm sure she did.
Um, to what do I owe this surprise? Um, I was looking for some professional advice.
And you think I can help? Definitely.
Um, I was hoping you could take a look - at my contract with Karma.
- Maurice's club.
I need somebody who knows him.
Like, knows his weaknesses.
Because I feel like I'm getting the short end of the deal.
Is that gonna be a problem? Star, you know I can't have you wilding out like that anymore now that you're pregnant.
First of all, I'm-a do whatever I want.
And just 'cause I'm pregnant doesn't mean I'm about to go soft on people.
And last time I checked, you don't make enough money to take care of a baby.
So I kind of got to do what I got to do.
Well, whatever you're doing, I'm in.
This is our baby.
All right.
I got to find a way to get back into Karma.
Get into it You know what I want I don't want to be too forward - Mmm.
Now, that is sexy.
- [SIGHS.]
It's a lot.
Sitting on my bed, looking in the mirror - [SIGHS.]
- Mm-hmm.
I'm not in the mood, X.
I'm not in the mood.
Look, this is too much damn money.
I'm-a look suspect trying to clean all of this cash when you know I'm trying to go legit.
Relax, babe.
I mean, can't I just pay you back for the loan you gave me to start the club? I mean, I can make that happen.
I just need a second.
Well, now, you wouldn't have to do that if you just clean this cash.
I said I was trying to go legit.
- Did you not hear that? - [LAUGHS.]
Now, why are you trying to be somebody you're not, Cass? You're a thug.
A cold-blooded killer.
But you are who you are.
- And that's never gonna change.
- Don't tell me who I am.
I'm not cleaning your money.
Get the hell out of my office and go back to your wife with your slimy-looking ass.
: Too many storms Have passed your way And you're all washed out 'Cause it rained on your parade Seems nobody cares about you anyway Now you're living your life like a castaway Search for strength inside, was it all in vain? 'Cause the deeper you dig, you find more and more pain Don't let your tomorrow be like yesterday 'Cause I spoke to God I called out your name, and on your behalf I just asked if he would be there for you - I want you to - Be blessed - Don't live life - Don't live life in distress Just let go and let God - He'll work it out for you - He'll work it out I believe it, I believe it - And I pray - I pray That your soul That your soul will be blessed, yeah, yeah Forever in his hands For you You deserve his best, no less [SIGHS.]
Enter a place where you - [BUTTON CLICKS.]
: Too many storms Have passed your way And you're all washed out 'Cause it rained on your parade It's a work night.
I can't pregame.
Don't think I don't think you need this drink.
That Mexican held your heart, and your mind is messed up.
- How many times I got to tell - I know, Peruvian, child.
Just never imagined he wouldn't be around.
I pray to God and ask why, and But maybe it ain't for me to know as long as God knows.
See, I'm-a say this with love and I ain't being funny.
Bitch, you look tired.
Promise me you're gonna get some rest.
You can't keep walking around with all this pain in you like that.
You got to figure out how to release it.
You ever thought about going to get some help? Look, I told you, I prayed about it.
Okay? I'm good.
At least I'm-I'm getting there.
All right.
But right now we got to get you to this benefit.
Get out of here and go murder them hos tonight.
You know it's a gun violence fundraiser, right? Uh, well, I mean, I don't mean murder, you know.
I mean, like, go slay them hos.
Slay 'em? You can't even find the word.
- Bitch, just go get the trophy.
- You know, thank you, baby.
Thank you.
I'm-a go get that trophy and hopefully some money.
JACKSON: Lady Hulk is not letting us in the door, so let me go in first, I'll figure it out, and then I'll slip you in.
What are you doing? What are you ? - STAR: I'm not drunk! - JACKSON: Okay.
- STAR: I told you I'm not drunk.
- All right, you're not.
- I'm not.
- All right.
All right.
You never listen.
: Or we could just do that.
I want you to get on the first thing smoking and never show your ass in the "A" again.
You're gonna let me live? This ain't about you, it's about me.
There ain't no such thing as one kill before I go legit, because if I were to do that, I would prove everybody right.
But don't make me regret it.
Old Cassie ain't far away.
Have you landed Ryan French? I'm gonna introduce you to him now.
Now, you start the conversation about Rhythm & Bells.
Mateo Ferrera.
Mateo, Ryan.
Hi, Ryan.
Pleasure to meet you, man.
This cause is very close to our hearts.
Is it? Or does it fix your PR nightmare? What, Joyce Sheree pulls a gun on Star Davis and suddenly you're throwing money at Orange Night.
No, we're trying to be part of the solution.
When my life got so much stress Even when I do my best I'll try to smooth Ryan out after the performance.
He's a big fan of Alex's, so hopefully her song can speak to him.
- Thank you.
Hey, you know anything about Bankhead Crew? I don't.
All right.
- Why do I got to be the lookout? - 'Cause I know how to snoop.
And I know what I'm looking for.
Years in foster care.
Plus, my daddy was a con, so I guess it's in my blood.
Please don't teach our kid that.
I'm-a teach her whatever she needs to know to survive.
Listen, I know you feel like you can't count on anybody since Brody's gone and now Maurice but just just know that I got you.
STAR: You really felt like right now was the time for this conversation? [CHUCKLES.]
: Damn.
STAR: I keep forgetting this fool won the Super Bowl.
Gotcha, bitch.
Keep Bankhead out your mouth, bruh.
- What's up? - Come on, bruh.
- What's good? - [SIREN WHOOPS.]
Hey, uh, have you seen Derek yet? I haven't seen him, but I got you all day.
And I don't want you to think I'm coming on too strong or intense, like he thinks.
Why would you say that? I just feel like Derek doesn't get why we're so close.
And, you know, I get it.
He wants you all to himself.
- [SIGHS.]
- Here.
There you are.
Listen, Mateo had me rewrite the intro so as to - not offend Ryan French.
- No.
- What? - I have this one memorized.
Breathe, Simone.
It's okay, we don't have time to print it out, but the teleprompter's gonna guide you.
I can't read that.
I'm gonna be sick.
Thank you for your support and attendance for the gun control issue in our state.
You are twice as likely to get shot to death in Georgia than in New York.
With a rate of 4.
9 deaths per 100,000 residents, we must act now.
Please allow a moment of silence for those we've lost to gun violence.
Hope Dawson.
Lavonda Finklea.
Scott Marthone.
- JAHIL: Get down! RYAN: Jocelyn Shepherd.
Oh, my God, you're hit.
RYAN: Jitka Vesel.
Somebody call 911! Just push down on him.
RYAN: Norris Lowe.
Dean Delawalla.
Thank you.
I've been on a wave all night and day Trying to feel a broken high Take another one to numb the pain I can't lie I love the ride I gotta get away from this Another day and I might go insane I just wanna Breathe Sometimes I just wanna get away Yeah - Breathe - Yeah, yeah, yeah Breathe Lately everything's been complicated OLIVIA: Lately things been complicated ALEXANDRA: Nothing seems to help the pain Nothing seems to help the pain, no Drowning in my fears - Intoxicated - Intoxicated, oh One more day of this and I might go insane I might go insane Gotta get away from this Another day and I might go insane I just might go insane I just wanna Breathe Sometimes I just wanna get away and Breathe Find a place to hide away, yeah - Breathe - Oh, breathe, yeah Sometimes I just wanna get away - Yeah - Breathe Yeah I just wanna Oh, breathe Sometimes I just wanna get away I just wanna get away Breathe Yeah Breathe.
This is not what we had planned.
Go fix it now, please.
- What the hell was that?! - Oh, my God, I'm sorry.
I-I thought I was helping you.
Please don't be mad.
Are you mad? That was that was messed up, but just don't cry, okay? I just knew you were nervous, and me and Bianca, we used to do that sometimes.
That was supposed to be my first solo performance.
Just don't pull another stunt like that and and we're cool.
You said Alex was gonna share her message.
- That's a PR stunt.
- Listen.
Rhythm & Bells will be different.
Yeah, you said that about this.
It'll be different because it-it's mine.
Look, my life has not been easy.
The love of my life died in my arms.
Now, the only way that I keep it together is by finding purpose in my work.
We could do some real good with Rhythm & Bells.
That's not who Mateo is.
But it's who I am.
And I'd only be working with you? My word.
I'm not making any promises.
Let me check my schedule.
Stop smiling.
I'll be in touch.
I came here with my mother at age ten.
I couldn't understand what the teacher was saying.
It's okay.
I get it.
Look, I'm not illiterate or anything like that.
I'm just not good at it.
And the teachers would just pass me on to be the next person's problem.
- Well, let me help you.
- No.
Don't tell anyone.
And don't tell Mateo.
Or else he'll replace me in the movie, and I've That's all I got after Take 3.
- But, Simone, I - I got to keep your secret.
You can keep mine, too.
How much you think we could get for it? Was he a good player? Probably, like, 50 grand.
And after you pay me, you'll have a little left for some studio time.
You are so bold.
You know that? You finagled your way into this entire situation.
And you used my lips to get in the door.
I feel violated.
Come on, you know we had fun on tour.
And it wasn't just hooking up.
Tell that to the broken condom.
Aw, isn't this cute? I know you jacked my ring, Star.
Unless you brought your lawyer here to give me back - my song rights, get out my yard.
- Jackson, talk some sense into your girl.
I don't want to call the cops, but I will.
- Call the cops, Maurice.
- Okay, listen, I'm not telling her anything, 'cause she's right.
But we're gonna squash this here.
No need for cops.
Yeah, good luck with all that crazy, homey.
Don't ever, ever take nothing out my hands again.
You needed to stay in your lane.
Star, he probably has cameras all over his club.
And, what, the mother of my kid's gonna go to jail? Over something so stupid? - We'll find another way.
- We won't do nothing.
It's no "we," Jackson.
- Don't do this.
- Good night.
Yo! Hey, bitch.
Where you think you going? [TIRES SCREECH.]
: No, no.
Andy, what the hell are you doing here? Oh, my God.
Oh! Oh! Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Come here.
- Wh-What? What's the matter? - What - I did what you told me to do.
But I think Cassie It's-it's okay.
I got you now.
Just-just hold on.
I'm not gonna let nothing happen to you, okay? - I'm gonna be all right? - Yeah, you gonna be all right.
I got you.
I'm-I'm not gonna let you die, all right? Cotton! Somebody, call 911! I'm-a save you.
I'm-a save you.
Put some pressure on this.
Stay down, baby.
You okay, baby? [PANTING.]
- It's gonna be all right.
Andy? Andy.
Andy! [SIGHS.]
: Come on, not again, not again, not again.
Not again, not again.
MAN: Coming through.
You got it? How did this happen? Andy was into it with some bad people.
And he didn't say anything until he was already drowning.
I failed him.
No, you didn't, Miss C.
Miss C.
Is that Mateo? Tell that damn Latin dictator you ain't in no state of mind to be working.
It's okay.
I got to meet, uh, Ryan at 3:00, and-and then I got to get ready for this big sponsorship meeting tomorrow.
- I'll be fine.
- No, Mama, you won't be fine.
Look at you.
Y-You're vibrating more than your phone is.
I got work to do.
I don't treat you right.
Never have.
Don't try to play me this morning, X.
You always held me down.
And I promised you the world, and I gave it to somebody else.
You think I'm nothing.
And you know what, maybe I ain't.
Maybe I am who I am.
I'm sorry.
Keep your sorry.
Lately, late-lately It's clear to me Andy died last night.
I heard.
He had a silver spoon in his mouth, and he still couldn't make his life perfect.
Baby Look, I get why you gave the ring back to Maurice.
I just hate getting played.
I get it.
You've lost a lot, Star.
But with this kid coming, I can't afford to lose any more.
I got to stay on top.
That's why I hustle so hard.
Or you could keep asking me for help.
- I have a home studio.
It's nothing special, but it works.
You're just now telling me this? Yes, Miss No Handouts.
Plus, I got to kick it with you.
But if you don't want to, it's you don't You talk so much.
You know that? - Let's try something.
- What? Let's see how long you can go without talking.
- Right now? - Right now.
All I want is you.
- MAURICE: Mm-hmm.
My man.
All right, all right! What's up, baby? It's time to renegotiate my deal.
All right? I'm only doing two shows a month at Karma, and I need something bigger than your stage to make up for the international tour I lost.
No, you got it all backwards, player.
Negotiations end once you sign.
That's funny, 'cause my new lawyer seems to think otherwise.
Right hand, right hand, left be working Then the right coming right back, yeah, I left If you can give my client what he wants, he's willing to compromise on some of these deal points that give him tremendous leverage.
Got to love that leverage.
- What the hell is this? - It's a preliminary meeting to get past some of the awkwardness.
Can you excuse us for a minute, Megan? [WHISPERS.]
: It's all right.
I got partners with me when I walked in Lot of shooters waiting You sure you want to do this? [CHUCKLES.]
Oh, come on, man.
This is strictly business.
See, you could say no to me, but she she got your ass begging like Keith Sweat.
And she fine.
Real fine.
Enjoy the night! Yeah! Thank you, man.
Where have you been? - I was worried, Derek.
- I got arrested.
But before you freak out, sitting in that precinct got me thinking.
I can't keep going like this.
Look, I know you're trying to find the dude that hurt Ruby, but if you get hurt in the process I can't lose anybody else.
- I'm done with it.
- You promise? I promise.
Too many storms - Have passed your way - [SIGHS, SNIFFLES.]
- And you're all washed out - Mm.
- 'Cause it rained on your parade - [SNIFFLES.]
Seems nobody cares about you anyway Now you're living your life like a castaway - Search for strength inside - [WHIMPERS.]
Was it all in vain? 'Cause the deeper you dig, you find more Mama, I'm not letting you stay up late work Don't let your tomorrow be like yesterday Mama.
'Cause I spoke to God I called out your name And on your behalf I just asked If he would be there for you I want you to Be blessed Don't live life in distress, just let