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October 12, 2019
You could say T.I. was ahead of the curve in looking for and promoting a female rapper during one of the more lean years in hip-hop gender parity. Unfortunately, that curve threw the King of the South for a curve in the form of the Mouth From the South—if the “South” was “Down Under”—problematic rapper Iggy Azalea. “I’m still actively looking for another female rapper who can undo the blunder of Iggy Azalea,” the Grand Hustle Records honcho admitted. “That is the tarnish of my legacy as far as [being] a [music] executive is concerned. To me,this is like when Michael Jordan went to play baseball.” And sports fans know how that turned out. To say that Iggy Azalea, the most prominent female rapper associated with T.I., didn’t turn out as he hoped is an understatement. Most recently, the Australian-raised Azalea, who miraculously rapped as if she had been raised in the South all her life, was Twitter-thugging again trying to low-key disparage Lizzo. Of course, one can’t forget rapper Azealia Banks’ colossal Twitter rampage against Azalea and T.I.’s insertion into the melee. Today, the Bankhead rapper looks back at that time with regret. But T.I. has rebounded and, for him, attending the epic Tyler Perry Studios grand opening this week was confirmation. “I did some shit right to be here,” he shared. “I’m my toughest critic and I’m always kind of hard on myself about the times that I had the game eating out the palms of my hands and I fucked up but that was a clear representation that if I had fucked up too bad, I wouldn’t have been in that motherfucking room.” T.I. was in a confessional and appreciative mood as he spoke about his latest TV show, Rhythm + Flow, on Netflix from The Gathering Spot, a black-owned private club in Atlanta. The show, which he co-hosts with Chance the Rapper and Cardi B, is a first for a hip-hop competition and unusual for Netflix, which is staggering the show’s episodes instead of making them binge-able. As the trio searches for the best rappers to compete in L.A, they also get to showcase their respective cities. In L.A., where the final showdown takes place, the late great Nipsey Hussle also lent a hand. Other rappers like Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Quavo, Big Boi, Snoop, Twista and Royce Da 5’9 also weigh in. One of the most distinctive aspects of this hip-hop competition show is the number of female contestants. For T.I., that’s just a reflection of where hip-hop is right now. “There’s a lot of dope female talent right now in the industry. There’s a lot of dope female talent out there trying to get in the industry,” he explained. “So I think [the show is] a fair representation.” Asked about his attempts to work with female rappers, namely Xtaci, a Down South duo in the vein of Salt-N-Pepa, T.I. shared that a lot of things get in the way. While he cited “boyfriends” as a contributing factor, he also said that “sometimes people just grow up and find out that maybe their time, efforts and attention would be better applied elsewhere but, right now, we do have Tokyo Jetz.” The Jacksonville, Fla. native known for “No Problems” is reportedly pregnant with her first child.
October 11, 2019
Rihanna did an interview with VOGUE recently and confirmed that she did in fact turn down an offer to performing during the Super Bowl halftime performance last year in support of Colin Kaepernick. “I couldn’t dare do that,” she said in a recent story she said. “For what? Who gains from that? Not my people.” Many began praising Riri for being a “real one” and standing with Kap, especially since JAY-Z announced his controversial partnership with the NFL recently. People are accusing Hov of turning his back on the former quarter back, although he has refuted these claims. But The Blast reports that the singer made those comments without knowing the Roc Nation head honcho was partnering with the league. Sources say she had “no idea” they were in negotiation to begin with. Which is believable, because Jigga moves in silence. Plus, Rihanna is still signed to Roc Nation so it wouldn’t make sense for her to be throwing shade.
October 9, 2019
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will learn his fate a week before Christmas. The rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez — who pleaded guilty to various charges, including racketeering in September — will be sentenced on December 18 at 10 a.m. Tekashi’s attorneys requested the rapper’s sentencing be expedited in a letter to United States District Judge Hon. Paul A. Engelmayer. The case has received attention for Tekashi’s celebrity and his willingness to act as a witness for the state. Part of his testimony featured details from his life of crime with a violent street gang, including getting abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew. He faces a minimum 47-year sentence, but could receive lighter punishment in exchange for his testimony. During his testimony, the rapper and admitted Bloods gang member claimed that Washington Heights-born, Bronx-raised hip-hop artist Cardi B and Bronx rapper Jim Jones are also Bloods gang members.
October 8, 2019
R. Kelly and his attorneys are fighting to get the singer released on bond, but the prosecution believes that this would put his victims and their families in danger.  According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the prosecution claims that R. Kelly will be a threat if he's released from jail. To attempt to prove this, they pointed to his history of intimidating witnesses and victims. The prosecution showed the court typewritten letters to an unnamed accuser's lawyer. In the letters, Kelly threatens to release "compromising and potentially embarrassing photographs" if she pursued a criminal case against him. To halt Kelly from claiming that his learning disabilities would prevent him from writing the letters, the prosecution provided the judge with screenshots of Kelly's conversation with the woman and the pictures that he planned to release. These items were allegedly attached to the letters that were sent to the victim. They claim that Kelly has a reputation of "coercing women to write letters containing false and embarrassing allegations" while several women claim that he issued "veiled threats designed to prevent [them] from testifying against him."  The prosecution also went after Kelly's claims that financial constraints will prevent him from being a flight risk. According to their documents, Kelly is owed "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in back royalties. They say Kelly would be able to redirect this money from his frozen accounts to accounts under another name. They continue by saying this money could not only be used to help the singer evade prosecution, but that the prosecution believes that Kelly would also use this cash to either pay off the witnesses or have them harmed.
October 5, 2019
A woman who says Antonio Brown made an unwanted sexual advance toward her in 2017 and was fired after not reciprocating received what she characterized as intimidating texts from the Patriots wide receiver on Wednesday night in the wake of a Sports Illustrated story detailing her allegations, according to her lawyer in a letter sent to the NFL on Thursday evening, which included screen shots of the messages. The woman previously told SI that Brown had hired her two years ago to paint a mural of him in his home but “ghosted” her after she ignored his advance. On Wednesday night, the woman says, she received a group text message that appeared to come from the same phone number Brown provided to her in 2017. The text chain, with four other phone numbers on it, included photos of her and her children, with the person she believes is Brown encouraging others in the group to investigate the woman. The texter accused the artist of fabricating her account of the 2017 incident for cash. (In her letter to the league, the woman’s attorney repeated that the artist is not seeking remuneration from Brown in connection with the alleged incident.)
October 4, 2019
Inside the courtroom, many observers cried as Botham Jean's brother forgave and hugged former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who had been convicted of murder in Jean's death. Outside, protesters denounced the 10-year sentence Guyger got as too lenient. The conclusion of the trial mirrored the gamut of emotions displayed during the week-long proceedings, with Jean's parents taking the stand with poignant testimony about their son, Guyger saying she wished she were the one who was shot and prosecutors describing the former cop as negligent in missing myriad signs that would have tipped her off that she was on the wrong floor, in the wrong apartment.Jurors convicted Guyger on Tuesday for murder in the fatal shooting of Jean. Wednesday, after hours of moving victim impact statements, the same panel sentenced her to 10 years in prison. She'll be eligible for parole in five years.After the conclusion of a case that has become part of the national conversation around policing and violence against people of color, a group demonstrated in the streets of Dallas against a sentence they saw as too light. LaVar Ball has been sued by his ex-business partner who is accusing the basketball father of embezzling over $2.5 million from the family-owned companies and exploiting his own children for personal wealth and fame. According to new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Alan Foster is suing Lavar Ball alleging he diverted and spent company money, to fund his own extravagant lifestyle.
October 2, 2019
DALLAS — The case was unusual from the very beginning: An off-duty police officer in Dallas said she came home from work one night last year, and, believing she had found an intruder inside her apartment, shot the man inside. But it quickly became clear that the officer, Amber R. Guyger, who is white, was in the wrong apartment. And the man she shot was not an intruder, but her neighbor, Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old black accountant who was watching television and eating ice cream in the apartment he rented directly above Ms. Guyger’s. On Tuesday, Mr. Jean’s family braced themselves for the possibility that his death would be treated like many others across the country, in which police officers have been cleared of wrongdoing in the killings of unarmed black men. But that moment never came: A Dallas County jury found Ms. Guyger, 31, guilty of murder, choosing the more serious conviction over a lesser option of manslaughter.
October 1, 2019
Uncle Luke has a bone to pick with Jay-Z. Last week, the NFL announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be the performers for the halftime show at the 2020 Super Bowl, which will take place at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla., on Feb. 2, 2020. On Monday (Sept. 30), Luke, who is a Miami native, penned a pointed Miami New Times editorial calling out the NFL and Jay-Z because they didn't choose any Miami artists for the performance. "Neither Lopez nor Shikira is from Miami," Luke says. "Lopez and Shakira don't get involved in social issues that concern the community. They don't volunteer to help the needy. To me, that's a settler. This Super Bowl is supposed to be about showcasing Miami for more reasons than one." Luke adds that Hov should have called him before letting the NFL announce their Super Bowl halftime performers. "Jay-Z is in violation of the G code," Luke writes. "When you go into another man's city, you are supposed to consult with him. In this case Jay-Z should've had a conversation with me before coming up with this ludicrous idea," he wrote. "The NFL is disrespecting the hard work of black entertainers who have made Miami the center of the rap game." "On the NFL Network, league officials said the show is going to promote Latinx culture because Miami is all about Hispanic people," he continued. "That's a slap in the face to the African-American community, which includes a diverse mix of Bahamian, Jamaican, and Haitian people." Uncle Luke's editorial follows behind his rant that he left on his Instagram page last Friday (Sept. 27). In the clip, the 2 Live Crew frontman said that the NFL should have tapped Miami artists for their halftime show. “We got whole-class entertainment here [in Miami],” he said. “I would have thought you have sense to go and get Pitbull, Florida, Ross or somebody, Trick Daddy or something. Really?” “Jay-Z you gotta fix this shit, I’m just going to keep it one hundred,” added Luke. The NFL nor Jay-Z has responded to Uncle Luke’s grievance over the Super Bowl halftime performers. Watch his video below. Read More: Uncle Luke Calls Out Jay-Z for Super Bowl Halftime Performers - XXL | https://www.xxlmag.com/news/2019/09/uncle-luke-jay-z-super-bowl-halftime-performers/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral
September 28, 2019
Jay Z is being criticized following the announcement of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. The media mogul partnered with the NFL as its Love Music Entertainment Strategist. When asked about Colin Kaepernick during a press conference, Jay revealed that this is his plan to help the league’s social injustice initiative. This sparked a controversial debate globally as folks questioned whether this was a business move on the rapper’s end or if he is really for social reform. In a statement released by PepsiCo’s Senior VP Adam Harter says: “We are so excited to announce that global superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will take the stage together for the very first time at the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show. We’ve been working closely behind-the-scenes with our long-standing partners at the NFL, and now alongside Roc Nation to bring these mega superstars together. It is a testament to our partnership and commitment to push the envelope of what is possible.”
September 27, 2019
Actor Malik Yoba stormed off the set during an on-camera interview with The Root Friday after being asked about allegations that he solicited sex from a minor who engaged in survival sex work in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The walkout was also seemingly triggered by questions about his motives for publishing an Instagram post that declared his love and attraction for trans women, which has since been deleted. During the conversation at The Root’s studios, The Root asked Yoba to respond to a Facebook post by Mariah Lopez Ebony, in which she accuses the actor of soliciting sex from her at ages 13 and 16. Yoba said, “I don’t know the woman,” and “I have no idea who she is.” In a phone interview with The Root on Saturday, Lopez, now 34, stood by her claims, saying her first sex act with Yoba took place at age 13, and the second act occurred at age 16. Lopez was born April 27, 1985, so the first sexual act would have likely taken place in 1998 and the second act in 2001. Lopez is a long-time trans rights activist and executive director of STARR, the Strategic Trans Alliance for Radical Reform, founded by trans pioneers Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Lopez alleges Yoba, now 52, would drive around New York’s Greenwich Village area looking for trans women to pay for sex.
September 25, 2019
Last week, a conversation between Jim Jones and Mel Murda calling for 6ix9ine to get "violated" leaked onto the Internet. Now, it appears that the FBI released new audio between Mel Murda and 6ix9ine's former manager, Shotti. The transcript of the conversation previously was released online following the arrest of the Tr3yway camp. In the phone call, you could hear him saying, "I'mma feed him." Prosecutors said they believed this meant "feeding" him bullets.  The conversation occurred right after 6ix9ine's second interview at the Breakfast Club. This was also around the same time that the rapper announced that he was parting ways with Tr3yway. Much of the dialogue between Shotti and Mel Murda revolve around 6ix9ine "dry snitching" on The Breakfast Club. While Mel was evidently upset about the whole thing, Shotti's heard laughing throughout the conversation. Shotti later discusses setting up an interview with TMZ to respond to the claims 6ix9ine made in that interview.
September 24, 2019
The government had a key cooperating witness in the investigation of the Nine Trey Bloods before Tekashi69 flipped — the Brooklyn rapper’s driver. The driver, Jorge Rivera, testified Monday that he began helping the feds in May 2018, after he was thrown in immigration jail because he is an undocumented immigrant. He was released in July of last year and returned to his job driving the rowdy rapper. Later that month, Rivera was behind the wheel with Tekashi in the backseat of a Chevy Tahoe when they were rear-ended. Security cameras in the ride captured the dramatic moment when two men identified by Tekashi as Anthony “Harv” Ellison and “Sha” kidnapped the “GUMMO” artist at gunpoint. “I thought we were going to get killed. And we would be robbed,” Rivera said on the stand in Manhattan Federal Court through a Spanish interpreter.
September 21, 2019
Former Compton Police Officer & Death Row Security & CEO Reggie Wright Jr. Talks about his podcast the Gangsta Chronicle, The Beginning Of Death Row, The Beef Between Bad Boy & Death Row, What Happened to Tupac, Was Snoop Snitchen? His thoughts on 69 & More!
September 20, 2019
Rapper Tekashi 69 on Thursday named fellow rapper Jim Jones as a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang, an admission which stunned the court and people following the trial on social media. Tekashi, whose birth name is Daniel Hernandez, is on trial for racketeering, drug trafficking, and other crimes, and was asked by prosecutors who Jones was. “He's a retired rapper,” Hernandez said in a Manhattan federal courtroom. “Is he a member of the Nine Trey Bloods gang?” prosecutors asked. Hernandez replied, “Yes.” Hernandez also named Cardi B as a member of the gang. She has publicly talked about her affiliation with the gang before, most recently in a 2018 profile by former GQ writer Caity Weaver. ADVERTISEMENT “I used to pop off with my homies,” Cardi said. "And they'd say, 'Yo, you really get it poppin'. You should come home. You should turn Blood.' And I did. Yes, I did. And something that — it's not like, oh, you leave. You don't leave.” However, in a statement to BuzzFeed News, a representative for Cardi said, "This news is not true." Cardi herself, seemingly responding to the allegation, posted a video on Instagram of the much-used meme where actor Keke Palmer says, "Sorry to this man." Instagram: @undefined In a now-deleted tweet, Cardi said she was associated with a different set of Bloods called Brim, not Nine Trey. Jones' representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But people on Twitter had plenty to say.Nicole Perez@nicole_perez1 *Tekashi will you continue to be a snitch yo whole life?* 6ix9ine :08:42 PM - 17 Sep 2019ReplyRetweetFavoriteScooby@TheRealistDom Tekashi 69 is on that stand like: You’re a Nine Trey Gangster Blood You’re a Nine Trey Gangster Blood 🤦🏾‍♂️🤣🤣🐀 #Tekashi69 #6ix9ine #Snitch06:58 PM - 19 Sep 2019ReplyRetweetFavorite ADVERTISEMENT Hernandez, 23, was a rising star with a polarizing image. His single “Gummo” — which included members of the Bloods in the music video — was a viral success, but his association with Nine Trey may have clipped his wings before he was able to fully soar as an artist. Paras Griffin / Getty Images, Rich Fury / Getty Images Nine Trey is a street gang associated with violent crimes, including attempted murder and armed robbery. In court on Wednesday, Hernandez was asked to decipher the lyrics of “Gummo,” which is laden with gang-related words like “Blicky.” “It’s a song toward, like, somebody who I didn’t get along with,” he said. “I don’t know. I thought it was cool at the time.” On social media, when word of Hernandez’s decision to out members of the gang began to circulate, he was roundly criticized by folks who dubbed him “Tekashi Snitch Nine.” Other rappers chimed in as well, including Meek Mill and Snoop Dogg. “Message of the day don’t be a Internet gangsta,” Meek Mill said Tuesday on Twitter, mocking Hernandez. “be yourself! #cloutisnottheroute get money.”Meek Mill@MeekMill 69 going up in s federal courthouse today kids! Message of the day don’t be a Internet gangsta... be yourself! #cloutisnottheroute get money07:24 PM - 17 Sep 2019ReplyRetweetFavorite   Snoop Dogg, creatively choosing to weigh in via emojis, essentially called Hernandez a “rat” earlier this week. Details of Hernandez’s plea deal revealed that he would be given a lighter sentence if he were to cooperate with authorities. Prior to the deal being made, Hernandez was looking to spend a minimum of 47 years in prison. And because of the sensitivity of the matters discussed in the defendant’s testimony, the deal stated that he may require witness protection at a later date.
September 18, 2019
During a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, soul singer Fantasia Barrino offered advice on why she thinks many modern women are single today. The 35-year-old married her hubby, Kendall Taylor, in 2011. She recently revealed that she was elated that her partner brought up the idea of a prenup before she did. The two seem to be deeply in love, so Fantasia shared what she thinks the key to their relationship is and spoke openly about why she thinks many women struggle to find love. “Most women are trying to be a leader, that’s why you can’t find a man. You can’t be the king in the house. Fall back and be the queen and let your man lead the way,” she told the radio hosts. She explained that men and women bump heads because they struggle with power dynamics. “It’s a generational curse, and how society [has] placed our men. And how women have to stand up to be the mother, and the father and the provider. So now you are so bad that you can’t be told nothing. That when the right man come, you lose him because you’re trying to be the man,” she said. Continuing, “At the end of the day, I’m the neck, my man’s the head. He can’t make any moves without his wife, you know what I mean? It all works together.” When co-host Angela Yee offered that sometimes women don’t have a choice but to take on the dominant role, Fantasia doubled-down on it being a generational curse. “You have to learn how to submit,” she urged. Many women would willingly give over control to a significant other whom they deeply trust, unfortunately, there is deep healing needed within our communities to even foster an environment where we feel safe enough to let down our guard and let someone lead.
September 17, 2019
When Antonio Brown agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots a little more than 24 hours before the first Sunday of the NFL season, it was supposed to be the end of the soap opera. A drama-filled summer with the Raiders had culminated in his release; now, he was joining the league’s most successful franchise. The distractions were sure to fade away under Bill Belichick, and the legendary head coach was sure to dismiss any that didn’t. Tom Brady was “a million percent in” on Brown joining the team, and even offered to put the receiver up in his homewhile he looked for a new one, according to a story relayed by Sunday Night Football play-by-play man Al Michaels. Brown’s arrival in Foxboro was going to, finally, make it all about football again. That illusion didn’t last long. Brown’s first full week as a Patriot included a civil lawsuit filed against him by former trainer Britney Taylor, who alleged that she was the victim of several instances of sexual assault by Brown, including one in which Brown “forcibly raped” her at his residence in 2018. Taylor’s accusations are the most serious to be levied against Brown, but, as Sports Illustrated has learned, they are far from the only ones. SI conducted interviews with more than two dozen people who have employed, worked for, coached, or played alongside Brown—some who have taken legal action against him, and others who have not—and reviewed police and court documents from jurisdictions ranging from Miami to Pittsburgh to Oakland. In a half-dozen lawsuits, he is accused of refusal to pay wages to former assistants and part-time employees. Court documents and interviews also suggest a pattern of disturbing, sometimes bizarre behavior—including, SI has learned, a second woman’s allegations of sexual misconduct by Brown. Neither Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, nor his lawyer, Darren Heitner, responded to SI’s emailed list of questions, seeking Brown’s responses to each of the accusations within this story. (UPDATE: After this story published, Heitner tweeted that Brown had reviewed the new sexual misconduct allegations against him and “denies that he ever engaged in such activities.”)
September 14, 2019
The Blueprint showed me how selfless Jay was. This was the time when ‘Takeover’ was out and ‘Ether’ and everything. The energy was kind of crazy,” Lenny S. said. “I was so mad, I wanted to cry… I was angry. I knew Jay is the best, Jay’s the best rapper, he’s the best businessman, he’s the best entrepreneur. In my heart, I felt he was the best.” After hitting both Hov and Kareem “Biggs” Burke on a two-way pager to express his feelings, Jay reached out to Lenny via phone. “Jay’s on the phone with me, convincing me that this has to happen in life. We have to go through ups and downs… He just spent 15 minutes convincing me why this was necessary and that it’s alright. This man just took a loss. A public loss to a rival rapper. And he’s convincing me… of like why I need to be OK with this and let it go and not take it to heart… Jay took the time when he could have been selfish, or pissed off, and took the time to school me. And that’s from The Blueprint.” The Blueprint would go on to be one of the best Hip-Hop albums in history, Jay’s “Loss” would be in the history books but followed by man career wins including eventual peace and friendship with Nas.
September 13, 2019
Antonio Brown, as detailed on The MMQB, has been sued by his former trainer, Britney Taylor, for sexual battery and related claims. Taylor, a former gymnast and operator of a training center in Memphis, claims that Brown raped her in his Miami home last year and inflicted other sexual harms against her in his Pittsburgh home in 2017. Taylor’s complaint also includes screenshots of what her attorney describes as text messages sent by Brown to Taylor. In those purported texts, Brown seems threatening and volatile, and he also directs obscenities at Taylor. At this time, those messages have not been authenticated. Also, the context is unclear as they appear to be parts of longer “back-and-forth” conversations. Through his representatives, Brown categorically rejects the accusations of sexual misconduct. Brown’s camp depicts Taylor as knowingly lying about her relationship with Brown in order to inflict harm on his NFL career. Brown’s camp also contends that Taylor is vengeful because Brown refused to invest $1.6 million in a business project that is depicted as a scheme to purchase property owned by Taylor and her mother. As to the alleged rape, representatives for Brown insist that it was consensual sex. It does not appear that Taylor notified the Miami Police Department about her rape accusation, nor does it appear that she sought hospitalization services in the immediate aftermath. Taylor’s complaint asserts that she suffered significant emotional trauma and accompanying physical distress. Her complaint also suggests that she was able to go public with her account only after receiving counseling and other health services. Still, it is unexplained why, after feeling able to go public with her accusations, Taylor did not report the incident to the police but instead filed a lawsuit. Regardless, her civil complaint provides the Miami Police Department notice of the rape allegation. The police could now investigate and request to speak with Taylor and Brown. At this time, there is no indication that an investigation will take place. U.S. District Judge Rodney Smith, a former prosecutor who President Donald Trump nominated to the court in April and who took office in July, will be the presiding judge.
September 11, 2019
"In order to give those ideas a fair chance to breathe, I think my opinion requires a little more time and dialogue," he said. After the first episode debuted on Apple Music, that featured  LL Cool J, Ice Cube, and Tiny, Tip's podcast jumped to #1 on the charts. Since the debut episode, a new conversation has been released that hears T.I. and Rick Ross discuss "snitching," steadying the podcast on the charts.  “I think any time you share your perspective and open your views and opinions with the world, it’s impossible not to learn something,” the "Whatever You Like" rapper added. “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with the diversity of my personality, and how dark my sense of humor is!”
September 10, 2019
During a recent phone interview with Rap Radar, the former music executive refuted ongoing claims that his relationship with Sara Molina more than platonic. "That's not true at all. Everything that you hear online is coming from... I guess the PR team he's working with. I don't know who it is," Shotti told the reporter. "We had a relationship as friends because, you know, we spent a lot of time together. But other than that, it's all made up. I don't even see why he would say that. That's embarrassing for him. I don't think he started the rumor." "We definitely had a relationship, but it wasn't on the terms of having sex or nothing like that," he added. "It was all about family and friendship." Molina herself has previously denied the claims. Elsewhere during his interview, Shotti suggested that 6ix9ine barely knows his current girlfriend Jade. "Oh, that's his girl, though?" he said of Jade. "Yeah, I met her the same time he met her, like, my people paid for her fly out to LA for him to meet her, you know what I'm saying?" "He probably met that girl six or seven days before he got arrested. They don't even know each other." During an interview with Vlad TV earlier year, Sara Molina claimed that 6ix9ine got “a few” women pregnant during their relationship, adding that one of them may have been born.  Soon after the interview was published, Shotti was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the 6ix9ine racketeering case.
September 7, 2019
A lawyer who represented rapper A$AP Rocky for a time during his lengthy legal saga in Sweden was reportedly shot multiple times on Friday. Henrik Olssen Lilja was shot in the head and chest in a stairwell of an apartment building in Stockholm, Swedish newspaper Expressen reports. Lilja first represented Rocky following his July arrest before being replaced by Slobodan Jovicic. Mia Edwall Insulander, the secretary general of the Swedish Bar Association, confirmed to CBS News that Lilja had been shot, and stated that he is alive and is currently in the hospital. A woman, who is also a lawyer and who had been ordered not to contact Lilja, was arrested at the scene of the shooting on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the Expressen. The woman’s name has not been released, but the paper reports that she is connected to Lilja in some way and has been convicted of a violent crime in the past. However, the gunman has been identified as a man. Before the shooting, Lilja was seen wrestling with another man, one witness claimed, according to the Expressen. Despite being shot, Lilja was reportedly able to borrow a neighbor’s phone and call the police for help, and he was transported to the hospital via an ambulance that responded to the scene. Following the shooting, a black SUV was reportedly observed fleeing the scene, and authorities are currently searching for the vehicle, as well as welcoming any tips regarding its whereabouts, according to the Expressen. Police have stated that the shooting was an “isolated incident with no known connection to recent violent crimes,” according to CBS News. “The police have arrested several people for questioning. The investigation is at an intense stage and the police are working on several different fronts to make progress,” the Swedish Police Authority said in a statement, according to The Hill. Rocky and his two co-defendants were found guilty of assault last month, marking the end of a case that gained international attention. The 30-year-old rapper, born Rakim Mayers, avoided further jail time and was instead given a conditional sentence involving a two-year probationary period and various fines. The prosecutor in the case, who initially asked that Rocky be jailed for six months, has said that he will not appeal the ruling.
September 6, 2019
Nicki Minaj says she's leaving the music biz ... she's decided to retire because HER family's the next priority. The rapper made the stunning announcement in a Thursday morning tweet ... saying she's gonna retire because she's ready to become a mom. She wrote, "I've decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, X in the box- cuz ain't nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE. But yesterday, Nicki Minaj's fiance Kenneth Petty flashed gun on instagram live and fans have been reacting to the circulating screenshot ever since   Lil Nas X has explained why he decided to come out publicly as gay — during a conversation that ended up being more about Kevin Hart, the comedian who interrupted him. During an episode of HBO’s The Shop: Uninterrupted that aired September 3, Lil Nas X was asked why it was important for him to come out publicly and why he did so by making an announcement on Twitter. “He said he was gay! So what?” Hart interrupted. Lil Nas X continued by saying he came out because it was important for him to combat anti-gay sentiment in society. “I’m growing up to hate this shit,” Lil Nas X said, referring to being gay. Hart interrupted him again, with a high-pitch squeal and a puzzled look: “Hate what? Why?” Every episode of The Shop — produced by HBO in collaboration with LeBron James and Maverick Carter — features a roundtable-like discussion about topics at hand and a mix of celebrities, on-air personalities, musicians, and athletes. Lil Nas X and Hart were joined on the show’s September 3 episode by basketball players Kevin Love and CJ McCollum, football player Rob Gronkowski, and radio DJ Charlamagne Tha God. The interaction between Hart and Lil Nas X was a very brief part of the 30-minute episode, but it has become a focus since the episode aired. “If you’re really from the hood, you know,” Lil Nas X said to Hart, implying that Hart should know about homophobia and anti-LGBTQ sentiments in the black community. “Any other time, like, I’m doing this for attention in my eyes,” he continued. “But if you’re doing this while you’re at the top, you know it’s, like, for real. It’s showing, like, it doesn’t really matter.”UNINTERRUPTED✔@uninterrupted .@lilnasx speaks the truth about his choice to come out while at the top. More of The Shop on @HBO now!85.8K11:11 PM - Sep 3, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 16.4K people are talking about this Lil Nas was making a point about representation and his belief that had he come out at a different time, it may have been seen as a publicity stunt. But with his song “Old Town Road”having just set the record as the longest-running No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 chart (where it held the top spot for 17 weeks), the rapper suggested that coming out allowed him to use his fame to champion representation. His “really from the hood” clapback to Hart was the closest any of the guests on the show got to acknowledging that Hart has made homophobic comments and jokes in the past. Hart was famously picked to host the 2019 Oscars and then quit amid backlash after he initially refused to apologize for homophobic jokes and comments he’d made in the past, saying he'd already apologized for them and changed his ways. Though he eventually said he was sorry for any hurt he’d caused, he did so only after repeatedly referring to those who were upset about his old jokes and comments (Hart had used gay slurs on social media and said that if his son would come out as gay, he would break a dollhouse on his head) as trolls and haters. It's uniquely puzzling that Hart was part of a national conversation about homophobic comments that cost him an Oscars hosting gig, only to interrupt a gay person’s answer about coming out while seeming to suggest he couldn't picture the homophobia that person might have faced. That no one else who was part of the conversation confronted Hart about his comments was also curious — though, to be clear, we don’t know if anything was said during filming that was later edited out.must be the season of the witch✔@MikelleStreet I wanted to tweet a long thread about how much this upset me but I have other things to do. Instead I'll just say everyone in this room who left Lil Nas X to explain this himself as if he were making it all up is a fucking coward. All of their names should be noted. Period. https://twitter.com/outmagazine/status/1169273641667715072 …Out Magazine✔@outmagazine The comedian, who once joked he would become violent with his own son should he find him playing with dolls, feigned ignorance as to why @LilNasX weighed coming out so seriously. https://www.out.com/television/2019/9/04/watch-kevin-hart-gaslight-lil-nas-x-over-homophobia?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=television …38512:07 PM - Sep 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 62 people are talking about this Lil Nas X was literally referring to homophobia he grew up with and the importance of representation, and here was Hart, whose homophobic remarks and indignant apologies for said remarks made national news, appearing to feign naiveté. Hart, along with others in the discussion, went on to say that being gay shouldn’t be an issue in 2019. “What I wanna say to Lil Nas X is that in no way shape or form should you have to defend [yourself] … when you have a voice and simply say ‘this’ [being gay,] there is no back-and-forth about what ‘this’ is. Nothing else needs to be said,” Hart says. Those are generous and supportive words. But because of Hart’s past comments and behavior regarding LGBTQ issues and his failure to acknowledge that history on The Shop, many have questioned his sincerity, saying his interaction with Lil Nas X feels more like a gaslighting.Janelle Belgrave L.Ac@JSoAbove Kevin Hart's reaction to Lil Nas X reminds me of what I see from the men in my own family and it's disturbing. And when you try to call them on it they shut down and try to gaslight you.9310:19 AM - Sep 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 19 people are talking about thisG O L D I E.✔@goldietaylor "He said he was gay. So what!" Kevin Hart knows exactly what the "so what" is here and why a young black boy would closet his sexuality until he believed it was safe. Why not simply listen, give @LilNasX the space and deference to tell his own story... https://twitter.com/yashar/status/1169232154980753408 …Yashar Ali ✔@yashar I love @LilNasX so much10.3K9:22 AM - Sep 4, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy 1,805 people are talking about this Additionally, the rest of the male athletes and celebrities did not address their own experiences with homophobic sentiments in sports or pop culture. The brief discussion ended with some members of the panel praising Hart’s perseverance and ability to pick himself up after his failures, noting that because of these failures, he's a good person to listen to for advice. “That’s the most impressive thing to me [about Kevin Hart],” Charlamagne Tha God said. “That’s what inspires me about Kev the most … you could have given up and said, ‘Fuck it,’ but you kept going.” The Shop could have provided a startling look at how many people, and men in particular, shy away from addressing anti-LGBTQ sentiment in their personal lives, and how that can discount ideas of representation and the courage it takes for LGBTQ celebrities and athletes to come out. But the way this conversation was presented, it seemed like no one except Lil Nas X was aware of the points being made. Instead, the discussion ended with Kevin Hart being hailed as a hero and a gentle mentor to Lil Nas X. And the failure is that neither the show nor many of its participants dared to suggest that Hart might be anything else.
September 4, 2019
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s former manager Shotti will be sentenced by a judge this week and prosecutors want him locked up for 15 years. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, prosecutors are laying out their case prior to Shotti’s (real name: Kifano Jordan) sentencing, which is scheduled for September 6. Shotti was arrested on federal charges around the same time Tekashi was locked up for the same crimes. In their motion they argue, “The defendant was a high-ranking member of the racketeering enterprise known as the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods (“Nine Trey”).” It seems that there is a big difference between JAY-Z the rapper and Shawn Carter, the kid from Marcy Projects. And within that space between those two realities, a philosophy of what causes police brutality has emerged from the RocNation head honcho. Depending on who you ask, this mindset is the undercurrent that supports his new controversial and complicatedly secret partnership with the National Football League. It is also why so many people have jumped on this video where he seems to be victim blaming. In the video he seems to offer up a reason why young people from single-parent households don’t respect authority, and how that lack of respect yields the violence perpetrated against poor Black and Brown people in our country’s urban jungles.
September 3, 2019
Yoba directed his post toward black men stating intimidation isn't a form of masculinity."Trans love is ok and bullying has nothing to do with masculinity or HETEROSEXUAL behavior." "Trans people deserve love and respect as do those who love them! "Yoba captioned. "I love all women and count myself among those who find themselves trans attracted." After making the assertion in the lengthy post, Yoba admitted to feeling the societal shame a lot of men do for loving trans women. "I too have felt the self-imposed shame that comes with that truth but it’s time to speak up. It is NOT about GENITALIA OR SEX but about attraction to the soul and humanity of an individual and often the beauty that is in the courage and conviction to live one's truth!" A Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent that J. Prince and Scarface have accused of corruption could be facing some serious prison time. According to a press release, which the U.S. Department of Justice issued on Wednesday (Aug. 28), former DEA special agent Chad A. Scott was convicted on two counts of perjury, three counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of falsifying government records. Over the course of the seven-day trial, prosecutors used evidence that pointed to Scott committing these crimes during his time as a DEA special agent in and around the New Orleans and Houston areas. Evidence indicates that Scott directed a Houston-based drug trafficker to purchase a Ford F-150 truck worth approximately $43,000 and forfeit the vehicle to Scott as part of the trafficker’s cooperation. Afterward, prosecutors say, Scott falsified the paperwork for the seizure of the truck in numerous ways. Prosecutors say he lied about seizing the truck in New Orleans instead of in Houston. This led to the vehicle being forfeited and given to Scott as his official government vehicle. Before Scott was indicted for the charges last May, Scarface called out the former DEA special agent on two songs separate songs, "Look in My Eyes" and "The Gangsta Shit," featured on his 2000 album, Last of a Dying Breed. "Can't be stopped, not even by a bad soul/Fuck Jed and Chad, it's J. Prince and Brad," Scarface raps on "The Gangsta Shit." Scott will be sentenced on Dec. 4, which is nearly 19 years to the day that the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform reviewed both Scott and his partner Jack Schumacher's publicized investigation into J. Prince's Rap-A-Lot Records. After Scott was arrested last year, J. Prince shared his thoughts on the matter n an Instagram post. In the post, Prince says Scott and Schumacher tried to take him and his record label down. "They finally caught one of the two DEA agents assigned to take my life over a decade ago," he wrote on Instagram.
August 31, 2019
The NFL and Jay's Roc Nation just announced a new Inspire Change apparel line and a music showcase called Songs of the Season. The music part of that deal will begin with Meek, Meghan Trainor and Rapsody performing at the NFL Kickoff Event in Chicago on Sept. 5. Meek and Rapsody are Roc Nation clients, but Meghan is not ... which shows that despite facing a wave of criticism, Jay still has plenty of entertainers willing to support his NFL venture. All 3 artists are the first Inspire Change advocates. The bigger part of the deal, though, is the apparel line -- because it seems to have Jay's fingerprint all over it. After successfully launching his Rocawear and Paper Planes (that Roc Nation logo you see everywhere) ... he knows there's big money in clothing and caps. Roc Nation and the league say the revenue from Inspire Change apparel will fund Inspire Change programs across the U.S. -- with a focus on  "economic empowerment, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform." Play video contentWE'RE PAST KNEELINGNFL As you know, Jay-Z took a ton of heat after a meeting with Roger Goodell to announce their partnership. Many critics, including athletes and entertainers, felt like Jay was turning his back on Colin Kaepernick and the kneeling protest he started for social justice.
August 30, 2019
You speak ill of Eminem and Royce Da 5’9 will be sure to check you on it, which Lord Jamar found out and has recently responded to. The Brand Nubian member made an appearance on Vlad TV where he stated “real n***as” don’t listen to Eminem, prompting a swift response from Royce. “Lord Jamar—you a legendary rapper. You’re a part of a legendary rap group. It’s like you’re going in there sitting on a couch, sitting in this man’s chair, and you running up all these views because you have all this controversial shit to say about one f**kin’ person and he walks away with the check and you walk away craving attention,” Royce said. “I don’t care about none of that shit. You don’t have to respect me just don’t disrespect me.” Lord Jamar took to Instagram Live for his reply: “I bet y’all thought I wasn’t going to reply to Mr. Royce Da 5’9,” Jamar said during the session. “Wrong! Let’s unpack this, shall we? An IG just surfaced recently a couple days ago of Royce Da 5’9 talking about me. What up Royce? Apparently, you were a little upset—again. I thought the video was old actually. But nope, it’s a new one. People don’t really ask me about you Royce. They ask me about Eminem, but for some reason, you like to respond. OK. I get it. You’re a loyal guy.” He would also point out how Royce calls him a legend. “The reason why he would call me a ‘legend’ and my group ‘legendary’ is because when Brand Nubian came out, our debut album received five mics in The Source,” Lord Jamar added. “Does the hood listen to Eminem. Now, he disagreed with me, as far as the whole Eminem being a guest in the house of hip-hop, but he did agree with me that n***as in the hood don’t really listen to Eminem,” Jamar added. “In general, black people don’t f**king listen to Eminem. It’s not a f**king diss, it’s a f**king fact. Did you come at Conway with all this energy you came for me? Did you come at Gucci Mane who also stated the same thing?… You say nobody cares about my opinion, but my opinion seems to bother you very much.” A bill signed into law 30 days ago takes effect today, partially decriminalizing marijuana possession (again). Residents across New York State can publicly possess or smoke up to 2 ounces of marijuana without criminal penalties. The new law changes Marijuana Possession in the Fifth Degree from a low-level misdemeanor to a non-criminal violation. That means police, in theory, can’t arrest people but can only issue summonses that could lead to fines. The maximum penalty is $50 for possessing less than one ounce of pot and a maximum of $200 for between one and two ounces. But there are a WHOLE lot of caveats. Violations are still trouble. A violation isn’t a criminal conviction, but they can still have significant consequences, according to Emma Goodman, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society. “It's still something that shows up on your record and stays with you for a very long time,” she said. “And it can affect your ability to get jobs and housing and all of the things that criminal convictions can affect.”
August 28, 2019
Twitter was abuzz on Monday afternoon with a salacious story surrounding two of the greatest comedians who have ever graced a stage: According to Richard Pryor’s bodyguard, the late comedian’s young son was “violated” by Paul Mooney decades ago. That unsubstantiated report published Monday rocked social media and propelled Mooney’s name to the top of Twitter’s trending topics as tweets flooded timelines with opinions on the unfounded report by Rashon Kahn, who spoke out during an interview promoting his upcoming book. Richard Pryor Jr. has seemingly confirmed the sexual misconduct claims against Paul Mooney, the comedian who is accused of "violating" him decades ago. The allegations were fueled by a recently published video featuring Rashon Kahn, the former bodyguard of Richard Pryor Sr. Khan claimed Pryor Sr. and Mooney's personal and professional relationship began deteriorating around 1986, because "Mooney had fucked Richard's son by that time." Khan, who is promoting his forthcoming tell-all book, Everything Wasn't Funny, did not indicate when the purported "violation" took place; however, Richard Jr. has indicated it happened when he was under age. "Whatever happened in my life, it happened when I was young. Way before the '80s," Pryor Jr. told TMZ when asked about the allegations against Mooney.  The cameraman then questioned whether the sexual relationship was consensual, to which Richard Jr. replied: "How can any relationship be consensual if I was a teenager?" The 58-year-old refused to speak on the claims that his late father had put a $1 million hit on Mooney for the alleged molestation. Mooney's representative has continued to deny the allegations, telling TMZ that Khan's story doesn't add up. The representative highlights the fact that Mooney and Richard Sr. were seen hanging out as late as the 1990s, about 20 years after Khan claims their relationship had gone sour. The rep also points out that Richard Jr. never mentioned Mooney by name when he was speaking to TMZ about the nonconsensual sex.
August 27, 2019
"I’m also proud of my brother JAY Z for showing how it should be done." When it was announced Jay-Z was partnering with the NFL, many raised their digital eyebrows in suspicion. It's been five years since Colin Kaepernick's took a knee bringing national attention to police brutality, and Jay-Z was one of several celebrities who publically supported Kaepernick's activism. In the weeks since Jay's announcement, a line has been drawn. Some are in full support of Mr. Carter, while others have taken to social media to express what they think is a betrayal. Longtime friend and collaborator Sean "P.Diddy" Combs took to Instagram Monday (Aug. 26) to express his support of Jay-Z's newest venture. "Hov is one of the greatest to ever do it. He has been there more than anybody from the hip hop culture, including me. He always has been so selfless and fights for other people. We as a people can not be divided and conquered at this time!" Combs captioned. Diddy also made sure to publically acknowledge Kaepernick and his social justice: "I’m so proud of @kaepernick7 and the attention he was able to bring and the efforts he continues to make. I’ll continue to support him in every way possible." Catching up on the news and subsequent backlash Jay-Z has received, Diddy said he was hurt to know his friend's decision wasn't entirely being properly received. "I was just watching everything last week but it hurt me to my heart because I know this man personally. He’s one of the most genuine and intelligent black leaders we’ve ever had. We cannot go against each other, there’s not enough of us. I applaud Jay Z and I applaud the NFL for bringing him in." ⁣ This isn’t just about the NFL, it’s about how black and brown people are treated daily across this country," Diddy continued. "We have to come together and make the hard decisions, nobody is going to do it for us."
August 24, 2019
Last week the NFL announced a partnership with Roc Nation, the company founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z. As part of the deal, Roc Nation will help produce musical performances at major NFL events, like the Super Bowl. The company will also "amplify the league's social justice efforts." "This partnership is an opportunity to strengthen the fabric of communities across America," Jay-Z said in statement. The rapper also intends to become a part owner of an NFL team, according to reports. The agreement was announced three years to the day after then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started protesting what he calls "systemic oppression" of minorities by refusing to stand for the national anthem before games. Kaepernick, who has been out of the NFL since 2017, has been the target of intense criticism as a result of his protests. He also had many vocal supporters — including Jay-Z. The rapper wore a custom Kaepernick jersey while performing on "Saturday Night Live" and dedicated a song to the quarterback during a concert. Why there's debate: Many of Kaepernick's supporters say Jay-Z is betraying the social justice mission he previously supported by partnering with the NFL. The league is seen by some as "blackballing" the quarterback because of his political views. Eric Reid, a former Kaepernick teammate who joined him in kneeling during the anthem, accused Jay-Z of making "a money move with the very people who’ve committed an injustice against Colin." Others argue that the deal is a natural extension of the work Kaepernick has done in compelling the NFL to taking social justice seriously. "I think we’ve moved past kneeling. I think it’s time for action," Jay-Z said. Some have also expressed the belief that Jay-Z is free to make whatever business decisions benefit him and his company, regardless of Kaepernick's situation. What's next: Kaepernick released a workout video showing that he was in shape and "still ready" to return to the NFL. There is speculation that Jay-Z's involvement with the NFL may signal that the quarterback's absence from the league could end soon. "I feel like Jay-Z can bring back Colin Kaepernick," rapper Cardi B said. “I feel so. I feel like he has that power." Perspectives Jay-Z should give a more thorough public explanation of his decision-making "More details are bound to follow on this partnership. And more questions too. None more pressing than the one that asks Jay-Z about how he went from supporting Colin Kaepernick to cutting deals with the league that has been accused of locking him out." — Charles Robinson, Yahoo Sports Jay-Z's motivations don't matter if his involvement brings results "If the resources of the most powerful league in the country are utilized to improve the lives of minorities and spur real change in the criminal justice system, does it really matter if the NFL did so for publicity or Jay-Z for money?" — LZ Granderson, Los Angeles Times Jay-Z may not understand the implications of the partnership "While Jay’s support for Kaepernick was almost certainly genuine, he is in bed with Kap’s primary enemies, those who fought the hardest to silence him and his message." — Bomani Jones, The Undefeated Kaepernick himself has sold out his principles for money "The problem with viewing the Roc Nation-NFL partnership as this great schism between Kaepernick The Good and Jay-Z The Bad is that Kaepernick himself has already profited from the very same move Jay-Z is using now. The NFL’s exploitation of Jay-Z — the man and the brand and all the signifiers that come along with him — is identical to Nike’s exploitation of Kaepernick in that much-celebrated yet fundamentally repugnant ad campaign last year." — Billy Haisley, Deadspin Jay-Z undermines his support for social justice by partnering with the NFL "Jay-Z can’t stand up for Kaepernick while tucking himself into bed with the NFL. It is disingenuous. It is hypocritical. It is fake." — Kevin B. Blackistone, Washington Post Working with the NFL can't be off-limits forever "Was Jay-Z supposed to never be involved with the NFL again, even after Kaepernick settled his lawsuit? If Kaepernick and the NFL are done with each other, is everyone who felt sympathy for Kaepernick obliged to participate in a forever boycott of the league?" — Kyle Smith, National Review
August 23, 2019
MIAMI (AP) — Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal weapons charges stemming from his arrest just before a scheduled concert performance in May. Black entered the change of plea in a Miami federal court. Prosecutors charged him with crimes including falsifying information on federal forms to buy four firearms from a Miami-area gun shop on two separate occasions. Black, 22, was able to obtain three of the weapons: a 9 mm handgun, a .380-caliber handgun and a semi-automatic Mini Draco weapon. Authorities said one of the guns was found at the scene of a March shooting in Pompano Beach. Black also faces drug, weapons and sexual assault charges in other states. When U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno asked Black why he needed so many weapons, he shrugged and said he needed them for “protection.” In a previous hearing, his attorney, Bradford Cohen, said the rapper faced threats from gangs and other rivals. Black is a Florida native who was born to Haitian American parents as Dieuson Octave and who now goes by the legal name of Bill Kapri. He has been in federal custody since he was arrested during a Miami-area hip-hop festival in May that was marred by several violent incidents. Authorities are still investigating three unrelated shootings in the Miami area with possible connections to the festival, one of which involved a property owned by President Donald Trump. Moreno previously denied Black’s request for bond, ruling that he was a danger to the community. The rapper, known for the singles “ZeZe” and “Roll in Peace,” could face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 13. Dame Dash suffers from a particularly biblical sort of curse. He turns into a pillar of salt any time he looks back on his partnership with JAY-Z. With people piling on Jiggaover his NFL deal, you know that Dash had to find a mic fast.  In an interview with Adam22 of No Jumper, Dame addressed the rumor that JAY-Z snaked Jermaine Dupri to get a deal with the NFL. Both Funkmaster Flex and Brian-Michael Cox claimed that Jay talked Dupri out of working with the NFL, then turned around and secured a partnership for himself. Dash couldn't be less surprised. "I mean, everybody knows JAY ain't shit," Dash said at the 29:00 mark. "If you ask anyone in the industry, it's a common knowledge that JAY ain't shit." Dash explained that JAY has no motivators beyond money and claimed that he regularly stiffs small fries, knowing that they don't have a platform to push back. "He's about the bag. We all know that. He's self-preserving. Period. It's just that the people he does it to don't have Beyoncé next to 'em," he said. "They don't have that kind of power, but this dude here, everyone's looking."
August 21, 2019
Longtime Jay-Z associate Irv Gotti told Page Six that the rapper looks as if he’s being “used like a pawn” by the NFL. The “Empire State of Mind” rapper shocked fans last week by making a deal with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to join its “social justice campaign” — after backing Colin Kaepernick in his struggle with the league over his kneeling protests. And Gotti — who called Jay “my brother” and was reluctant to talk about the issue until we pushed him on it — said that it appears as if Goodell could be using Jay to rehabilitate the league’s image in wake of the Kaepernick debacle. While he said that he hopes that the hip-hop idol is planning to improve the league from the inside, Gotti told Page Six, “To sit there and watch Jay talk [at their recent, widely publicized meeting] while Roger Goodell is sitting there quiet, it almost looks like the NFL manufactured and manipulated Jay to be the front and face of the bulls–t, knowing Jay is so powerful that he can make people forget about [Kaepernick and others] kneeling.” Gotti called it “a brilliant move for the NFL” and added, “If it was a masterminded plan, then you just used Hov for a masterminded plan and made him look like a pawn in this whole f–king thing.” He added that he’s willing to see how it plays out before making a final judgment on it.
August 20, 2019
So far,Jay-Z has been getting flak from each and every direction after the announcement of his new multi-year partnership with the NFL.  NOW IT APPEARS JAY WASN’T THE FIRST HIP-HOP MOGUL APPROACHED BY THE LEAGUE WITH A SIMILAR PROPOSITION Over the weekend, record producer and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox aired his thoughts on the situation during a recent appearance on Loola TV. Hov’s name came up around the 14-minute mark of the conversation. The Grammy-winning songwriter revealed that Jermaine Dupri had initially been approached by the NFL with a similar deal less than a year ago. Cox didn’t go into any details as to what the deal encompassed. Negotiations were nipped in the bud after Jay personally called Jermaine and advised him to decline the deal. “I’m not saying it can’t turn into [something] good,” Cox said of the recently announced collaboration. “But we’re also talking about a guy who single-handedly picked up the phone and called Jermaine to tell him not to do it. When we all had that meeting with the NFL, all that sh*t was part of the same s**t.”
August 17, 2019
Jayz had multiple reasons for becoming part of the NFL family, and TMZ Sports has learned one of them is that he is going to become part owner of an NFL team ... and it's going to happen soon. Sources connected to Jay and with direct knowledge tell us ... Jay is going to have a "significant ownership interest" in an NFL team. As for which team ... we're not being told, but we are told "it is going to happen in the near future." We're told Jay wants to become a part owner "because he's a huge fan, already has a sports business and wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL." There's a question ... can Jay manage players if he owns a team? Our sources make it clear ... "Jay is not an NFL agent and does not take part in the operations of the NFL players in Roc Nation."
August 16, 2019
NEW YORK -- Unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick might as well have been seated next to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during Wednesday's news conference to officially announce the league's new partnership with Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's entertainment company. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's presence was definitely in the room. Several of the questioners echoed the sentiments of many on social media, who have expressed disappointment and anger that Carter would agree to have his company, Roc Nation, lead the NFL's endeavors in music and entertainment. Through music and entertainment, Carter said, he can help amplify the league's Inspire Change initiative for social justice. And the opportunity to potentially accomplish big things and uplift many in communities important to him was an opportunity he couldn't ignore. "We forget that Colin's whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase," the entertainment magnate said. "There [are] two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, 'I hear you. What do we do next?' "For me it's like action, [an] actionable item, what are we gonna do with it? Everyone heard, we hear what you're saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you're saying [in Kaepernick's underlying message]. So what are we gonna do? You know what I'm saying? [Help] millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job." Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was the first player to join Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem, also posted a tweet Wednesday night in response to the deal and Jay-Z's remarks on Kaepernick.
August 14, 2019
The NFL and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, have launched a partnership in which Jay Z will take a prominent role in a social-justice program the league launched last year at a time when it was still roiled by controversy over player protests during the national anthem started by Colin Kaepernick. The parties said Roc Nation will also expand and play an integral role in the NFL’s entertainment operations—not just the halftime show, but also the production and distribution of other new football-related content together on streaming services. That could include original music, in addition to podcasts for players to voice their opinions on social and cultural issues that are important to them. Front Office Sport first reported an NFL-Roc Nation partnership. The deal effectively positions Jay-Z—who once rapped “I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me, I don’t need you”—as the face of the NFL’s social-justice program, Inspire Change, which was launched earlier in the year after years of unrest among its players. But the topic has been a prickly one for the NFL, as Kaepernick has gone unsigned for two years since inspiring the movement while some players continued to demonstrate through last year.   Nicki Minaj and Joe Budden got into a heated discussion during the newest episode of Queen Radio — which was also the 1-year anniversary of the show — that aired yesterday (Aug. 13). Joe Budden, along with his podcast partners and co-hosts Rory and Mal, were guest of Queen Radio and things began to take a left turn when Budden suggested that the rollout of Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki’s new single, “Hot Girl Summer,” was “calculated.” “You like tearing down women when they can’t defend themselves,” Nicki told Budden. After a brief back and forth about the past situation surrounding “Motorsport,” Minaj confronted Budden on his drug allegations surrounding the Beam Me Up Scotty spitta. The tension got so high that the Queens native cut Budden’s mic off. “Cut [Budden]‘s f*cking mic,” Nicki told her producer after drug allegations came up. “It’s been malicious and specific to me because he and I were under the same people when we were coming up,” she says. “I used to think to myself, this man is so bitter… I didn’t think his ego was that out of control that he couldn’t admit when he was wrong.” The two would eventually made up, with Nicki Minaj even pulling up to The Joe Budden Podcast to record a new episode on their show. Megan Thee Stallion was originally supposed to be Queen Radio but could not. appear on this week’s episode. “And that’s that on that,” Nicki said, regarding the cancellation Nicki also confirmed that her forthcoming album is due out “soon,” and that there’s a “dope” executive producer attached to the project, however she won’t confirm who they are, yet. When discussing her love life, she left two big clues. That her album will be coming out and she will be legally married all within 90 days. When talking to Ts Madison, after Joe Budden and crew left, Nicki said, “I’ll be married before my album comes out, but I’ll probably have my wedding after the album comes out.” Lastly, Trina’s head A&R went public and accused the New York superstar of not supporting thier collaborative single “BAPS” plus being a “deceiver” and “Manipulator.” Nicki addressed the situation directly. “Trina’s camp is saying that I didn’t do enough to promote her song ‘BAPS.’ What the fuck?” she says. “When people you have helped continue to speak bad about you.. the people I’ve helped are the ones who start the narrative, so that’s the problem. I could say so much, but I don’t. I’m not addressing men anymore, my husband will.”
August 13, 2019
Pusha T and Lil Wayne were set to be on the sixth installment of Rick Ross‘s “Maybach Music” series. The collaboration was pitched as a ceasefire between two rappers who have spent the better part of a decade trading subliminals back and forth, to the point that Wayne’s protégé, Drake, inherited the beef. The animosity between the two dates back to Pusha’s days in Clipse, the each accusing the other of stealing their style, and sparring over their stylistic influence over hip-hop. Earlier this week, during an interview with Bootleg Kev & DJ Hed, Ross tried to dispel that there was any bad blood between his frequent collaborators. “Me being on Pusha’s album, me always being on Wayne’s album, me always being on Drake’s album, and me understanding it and looking at it from a real boss perspective. I felt like the differences they had that just came from Wayne being a soldier to his big homie,” Ross said. “Whatever differences Pusha may have had with Stunna. And I felt like Drake was being a soldier to his big homie. So is it really personal? And whatever was said is over with.” Then Port of Miami 2 was uploaded to streaming services, and the hyped Pusha verse was glaringly absent. Predictably, the lost contribution leaked online in all its poised, calculated, and incendiary glory. It didn’t take long for fans to claim the Virginia rapper was aiming several bars at Drake, continuing their beef, which previously culminated in 2018 with a blackface accusation and baby-revealingblow from Pusha. “Crowns on these clowns it’s like you colored they nose,” Push begins the verse. “We talking skill set or popularity polls / When you speak truth to power your popularity grows.” In a short call into The Joe Budden Podcast, Pusha shared how he felt about the removal of his verse. “We here to rap, bro. That’s what I’m here for,” he declared. “We all have to do what we do best. I have to do what I do best. The next guy gotta do what he does best. It’s lanes for everybody. It’s part of the game. I can’t complain about it.”
August 10, 2019
The late Nipsey Hussle collaborated with Rick Ross half-a-dozen times during his lifetime, and he popped up once again on Ross' new album, Port of Miami 2. The song “Rich Nigga Lifestyle” features Nip and Teyana Taylor, and finds the Los Angeles rapper addressing a pair of controversial subjects. He kicks things off by taking a shot at 6ix9ine, the Brooklyn rapper whose rap career came crashing down last year following federal racketeering charges. 6ix9ine is reportedly cooperating with authorities:How many niggas on your payroll? Rich gangbangers, yeah I ain’t even know they make those Double caseloads, push buttons, I got say-so When it’s war time, never lay low, y'all play roles I can’t name a fake nigga that was not exposed How y'all niggas so surprised that Tekashi told? Ain’t a real street nigga ‘less you got a code Nip previously expressed his distaste for Tekashi’s brand of troll-fueled clout in an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood earlier this year. “You can’t even really get on Tekashi, you gotta demand more from the public. You got people reacting to how the public reacting to Tekashi disrespecting them,” Nip said. “The public should not even react to clown shit. The public should follow the real niggas, if the real niggas ain’t reactin' so y'all don’t react. Put the dude on goofy time and just let him sit over here doing what he doing till that shit expire, cause it always gonna self-destruct, clearly.” According to a recent Complex report, 6ix9ine is expected to testify in court later this year, and will explain that the lyrics to some of his songs were meant as threats to rival rappers. As we all found out overnight, Pusha-T's "Maybach Music VI" verse didn't make the final cut of the Port of Miami 2 track featuring Lil Wayne. In a new interview with Hot 97, Rick Ross has addressed Pusha's absence, confirming (after similar comments from Pusha's team) that the verse was cleared. The decision to not include it, he said Friday, simply came down to not feeling the long-awaited bringing together of these two icons would have been organic enough under these circumstances.
August 9, 2019
BOXER Adrien Broner has announced his retirement from the sport - for the third time. The former four-weight world champ uploaded a message onto Instagram of his decision to walk away. He wrote: "I'm retiring. Boxing is a lonely sport. I'm done with this s**t. "Give me a brick and let me turn it into 8 with some phyt." His last fight was a loss against legend Manny Pacquaio - with Broner beliving he was cheated out of victory. However the judges and most people watching disagreed. A month after his fourth loss, Broner appeared to quit boxing in a worrying social media post. He wrote: "I am done with boxing and this fake ass business. "I will DIE a real n**** before I let an mf [mother f*****] f*** me over or play me!!!!!! #Back2DaStreetz #NoCap." THIRD RETIREMENT FROM BOXING But he was soon talking up future fights against the likes of Regis Prograis and Jose Ramirez. When showing his boxing skills, Broner was a credit to the sport. However his attitude before, during and after his fights, as well as out of the ring made more headlines. Jermaine Dupri isn’t afraid to speak his mind, which he recently made clear with his controversial “strippers rapping” comment.  Now, the So So Def powerhouse is coming for Lil Nas X, who recently beat Mariah Carey’s Billboard record for longest-running No. 1 hit with “Old Town Road.” On Wednesday morning (August 7), Dupri defended Carey’s legacy while ostracizing the 20-year-old breakout star. “No!! You can’t sit with us,” he wrote. “go sit over there and based on the stats and this chart, @mariahcarey is the greatest song writer in history.” Lil Nas X initially dropped “Old Town Road” independently last December. But over the past few months, the song has exploded in popularity thanks to the power of social media. The track has been remixed four times with a wide array of artists contributing to various incarnations, including country superstar Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and Young Thug. “Old Town Road” surpassed the previous record of 16 weeks at No. 1 set by Carey’s “One Sweet Day” featuring Boyz II Men and Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” with Justin Bieber. After Lil Nas X beat Carey’s record, the Grammy Award-winning singer playfully passed the torch to her blossoming successor. “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history!” she wrote. “We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!” Dupri has collaborated with Carey numerous times, beginning in 1995 with the chart-topping single “Always Be My Baby.”
August 7, 2019
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – A decision on whether rapper Meek Mill will be retried in a drug and gun case has been delayed until later this month. The 32-year-old Philadelphia native attended a hearing Tuesday morning at the Criminal Justice Center in Center City to discuss the next steps in his case. Last month, the Pennsylvania Superior Court tossed out Meek’s decade-old drug and gun conviction. ‘It’s About Time’: Appeals Court Throws Out Meek Mill’s Decade-Old Conviction, Grants New Trial With New Judge  This is a big deal for the rapper who has been on probation for almost a decade now. Meek has been trying to get a 2008 conviction stemming from drug and weapon charges tossed out. The state Superior Court ruled last month that the conviction should be tossed out based on evidence that lawyers say undermines the credibility of the officer who testified against Mill at his trial. Now, the judge has said it is possible a different verdict will result at a new trial. City prosecutors also backed Meek’s bid for retrial citing bias from Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley who sent the rapper to jail for minor probation violations. Brinkley has since denied those allegations. The whole process has turned Meek into a celebrity for criminal justice reform. Meek Mill’s Attorneys, Prosecutors Agree Philadelphia Rapper Should Get New Trial In Decade-Old Conviction  “The work I want to do is actually make a smart probation and parole act where you can gain your life back, get your life back on track, not just be caught up in a loop and going in and out of the system,” Meek told “CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King last month. On Friday, the federal government laid out its plans for the upcoming trial in the 6ix9ine racketeering case. In a 41-page filing, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman talked about what 6ix9ine (identified only as "CW-2" for "cooperating witness" in the documents) will be saying if he appears on the witness stand in the case against his accused kidnapper Anthony "Harv" Ellison and alleged drug dealer Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack. [The Southern District's Public Affairs office refused to officially confirm that CW-2 is 6ix9ine, but didn't deny it. "Most of the time we sort of lead you right to the answer, but I just officially can't confirm it for you," spokesperson Dawn Dearden told Complex. Dates and other identifying details between "CW-2" and 6ix9ine match exactly.]
August 6, 2019
Nipsey Hussle's business partner, David A. Gross, took to Instagram to reveal the longstanding battle that he, Nip, and Blacc Sam had with the city of Los Angeles over The Marathon store. He shared a letter sent to him from Deputy City Attorney Nancy Hagan who essentially tried to blame them over some of the issues in the Crenshaw district. "The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office was trying to end us. Literally. They wanted to expel The Marathon Store from Slauson Plaza. No doubt, if Nipsey was alive they’d still be stalking it, after doggedly pursuing him, his brother, his team and his businesses for damn near a decade. To no avail," he wrote. "So the City Attorney then came at me. And then sent the cops at me. And ultimately tried to leverage the press against me by leaking docs and emails to the NYtimes to smear us, and make our ownership of the lot seem like the problem in the Crenshaw District."  He further explained that the issues they presented ultimately screwed up business plans. Peep the whole post below.  At least 31 people were killed in back-to-back mass shootings over the weekend — first in El Paso on Saturday, then in Dayton, Ohio, 13 hours later — leaving the country shaken and refueling the national conversation on access to firearms. On Sunday, in the wake of the shootings, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who leads the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, posted a tweet comparing statistics on other causes of death in comparison with gun deaths, writing: “Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.” For people still reeling from the tragedies, however, his perspective didn’t provide much comfort. What’s more, it was difficult to determine the accuracy of the data he shared.
August 3, 2019
Since Nipsey Hussle’s murder in April, his former fiancée Lauren London has transformed her Instagram account into a vigil for the celebrated community organizer, entrepreneur, and recording artist. As she’s publicly mourned his absence and inconceivable loss, she’s provided heartfelt insight into their relationship, as well as updates on the numerous business ventures Nip (born Ermias Joseph Asghedom) had in place prior to his passing. On Thursday, the Games People Playactress delivered a shocker, courtesy of The Marathon Clothing store, that a tower commemorating the Victory Lap rapper is under construction. “As a notice to the public, we’re putting up a gate on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 to enclose the plaza at 3420 W. Slauson Ave to start the early development stages of the forthcoming Nipsey Hussle Tower to commemorate and to honor the life and legacy of Nipsey,” the statement read. “The Marathon Store will remain closed, but you can shop online at TheMarathonClothing.com.” In a statement to The Root, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson pledged his continued support to Nipsey’s family and team and their “shared vision for an incredible development in the heart of Crenshaw that puts the community first and serves to honor Nipsey’s legacy of reinvention, perseverance and community investment.” As a Los Angeles resident, it’s been beautiful to see the community step up in Nipsey’s absence, and projects and initiatives such as these will forever ensure that the marathon continues.
August 2, 2019
Nothing is new under the sun, including the way Rick Ross and 50 Centfeel about each other. The two are currently on a promo run and have managed to take us back to the early aughts with their recent interviews. First up is Rick Ross, who recently stopped by Big Boy's Neighborhood to talk about his upcoming tenth album Port of Miami 2. During the interview, Ross talked about having a record with Lil Wayne and Pusha T on his album. When asked if would be open to working with 50 Cent the rapper said the rapper no longer has value in the rap space. Prince is as well known for his intimidating stature as his record label, and he's not letting these pressed pills slide. "All of my adulthood life I had to avoid being set up by law enforcement and the streets. I vowed with an oath to God in my early 20’s to never contribute to this aspect of the game anymore in my lifetime," he wrote on Instagram. "So, you can only imagine how I’m feeling about this violation that’s taking place in the streets of Houston with my brand @rapalotrecords on narcotic pills." Prince questioned whether it was a set-up or if someone in Houston was dumb enough to steal his logo. "I need to know if the police or the streets are behind this, because it’s a violation. If you are caught making, selling or using narcotics with my branding illegally imprinted on them, you’re in violation and will have bigger problems than just the police," he said. In the same manner as the call-out that got YBN Almighty Jay's chain back, Prince asked his connections to shake the bushes and let him know if they can find the source of the phony Rap-A-Lot pills.
July 31, 2019
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The victim in a deadly drive-by shooting over the weekend in Southwest Philadelphia has been identified as 21-year-old Ezra Weah, also known as rapper Bankroll Gambino, his manager tells CBS3. The shooting happened outside of a home on the 2600 block of Carroll Street Sunday night as a group of about 10 men were about to start shooting a promotional video for the rapper’s social media page. Weah moved to Philadelphia from Liberia when he was 5-months old. Police say Weah was shot in the head and killed, and five other men were rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. “I cannot understand what happened, why they had to shoot, who did it, we have no clue. We have no idea who did it,” Weah’s aunt, Francis Tailey, said. Philadelphia Police Department Homicide Captain Jason Smith says Weah may have been targeted because he was shot at while in a vehicle in the morning on the same day he was killed. “Our preliminary investigation indicates that the decedent may have also been shot at while driving his vehicle at 4:12 a.m. on July 28th in the area of 53rd and Baltimore Avenue,” Smith said.
July 30, 2019
Nipsey Hussle would have celebrated his 34th birthday on August 10th, and while many fans are anticipating to celebrate his life, the LAPD is bracing for trouble. Los Angeles law enforcement is expecting a big turn out in front of The Marathon retail store. TMZ reports there will be 100 officers in the area. The meetup will presumably be a celebration, therefore violence isn’t expected, but the LAPD is taking precautionary moves. Nipsey’s estate has not officially announced any plans for the late rapper’s birthday. Earlier this month, it was reported that the Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation Nip and his associates prior to his death, but they claimed that he wasn’t a target. It’s worth noting that they didn’t deny that they were trying to evict the Victory Lap rapper from the area where his retail store stands. Kodak Black was placed behind bars once again this May after police connected a gun that he owned to an attempted drive-by shooting. While he remains in jail, he still found some time to get a new freestyle out. Kodak, who has faced allegations of violence towards women in the past, decided to violently threaten City Girls rapper Yung Miami in the freestyle. "And I bought Yung Miami a ring, she wanted 808's baby/When I see her I'mma hit that bitch in her stomach/The way I keep this shit too real fuckin' up my money," he raps.
July 27, 2019
Fabolous is threatening to sue TMZ over a story about his breakup with Emily B. Fabolous is insisting that he and Emily B are still together, and he wants all breakup rumor to stop. The celebrity gossip site reported Thursday afternoon that Fabolous and longtime girlfriend Emily B had parted ways and were actively dating other people. But the New York rapper took to Instagram to deny the allegations and said that TMZ was running a false story. “I’ve never said I split up from Emily I love Emily Bustamante!!!,” the New York rapper said early Friday morning. We are a couple working on our relationship That @tmz story & blogs are LIES.” Fabolous doubled down on his statement in a caption that read “I LOVE YOU EMILY That @tmz_tv story is fake. I never told anyone I split up from Emily. And I wasn’t on a date. That whole story is made up. #TMZ.” Vic Mensa has released a political new music video for his Travis Barker-produced song “3 Years Sober.” The track is credited as a joint release between Mensa and his new rock band, 93PUNX. Directed by Mensa and Franc Fernandez, the “3 Years Sober” clip follows on the heels of Mensa’s previous release, “Camp America,” in its political provocation. Mensa puts on lipstick and a dress blaring the Confederate flag design in sequins, before getting into a tug-of-war with Vice President Mike Pence, infamous for his anti-LGBTQ attitudes and supportive stance toward conversion therapy. The video later sees Mensa getting attacked by two men, who write “fraud” and “homo” in marker on his face, and him getting arrested for trying to use a women’s bathroom.The ‘3 Years Sober’ video is a statement about identity,” said Mensa. “I put on a confederate flag dress to be able to laugh at a symbol of hate, and played tug of war with Mike Pence over birth control. I had my face written on to get ahead of everything I know people will say about me and had a diner full of BBQ Becky’s call the police on me for using the women’s bathroom. I know some in hip hop culture will see this and say ‘Vic’s gay’ (which I’m not), whereas if I was white they’d just say ‘he’s a rockstar.’ 93PUNX is about being yourself, fuck what people think.”
July 26, 2019
TMZ has obtained photos of the alleged victim's alleged injuries ... injuries that formed the basis of the assault charge against A$AP Rocky. You see a bloody arm, a bloody finger, blood on the back of an arm and a streak of blood on a bicep. There's also a gash on another body part and various cuts. 3:46 AM PT -- The prosecutor tells TMZ ... he will NOT recommend the full 2 year sentence if A$AP is convicted. He won't say what his recommendation will be -- he says it depends on how the trial unfolds. As for the trial, he's recommending it begin next Tuesday, and continue Thursday and Friday. BTW, a panel of 4 judges will hear the case, and at least 3 of them must decide an assault was committed for a conviction. If it's a tie, the prosecutor can ask for a new trial. If Rocky is convicted, a judge will decide the sentence a week later. A$AP Rocky has just been charged with a crime after spending weeks in a Swedish jail ... prosecutors just hit him with Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm stemming from a street brawl in the country's capital ... and if convicted he could spend 2 years behind bars. The prosecutor said A$AP will continue to be held in jail pending a trial ... and the trial date has not been set, although it could be today. A rep for the prosecutor tells TMZ the trial will be held within the next 2 weeks. The prosecutor expects the trial will last 3 days. Two members of Rocky's crew have also been charged with the same crime and they will also be held pending trial. The Swedish prosecutor just boasted he had access to more information than people on the internet. He said he's reviewed video and also talked to witnesses, and determined the claims by Rocky and his 2 crew members of self defense and provocation didn't hold water, despite the fact the alleged victim is the one who unrelentingly harassed and attacked Rocky and his crew first. The prosecutor says he also considered the alleged victim's statement, which he says was supported by witness statements. We're told the alleged victim admits striking A$AP's bodyguard with a set of headphones, but only after the bodyguard lifted him off the ground by his neck, so the prosecutor viewed the headphones attack as self defense. BTW, the lifting by the neck is not on video, and interestingly, if the prosecutor really felt the bodyguard was the aggressor he would have been presumably charged ... and the bodyguard has already been cleared. The charge has been 3 weeks in the making ... A$AP has been in jail alongside two of his associates since turning himself in to Swedish authorities earlier this month. Prosecutors inadvertently played their hand last week, announcing they were going to charge the Harlem rapper ... and on Thursday the hammer finally dropped. The only good news for Rocky ... he and his crew will not be charged with Aggravated Assault, a more serious crime which carries a 6-year prison sentence. Play video contentTHE INCITING INCIDENT As we reported ... the man who attacked A$AP's crew in the streets of Stockholm will NOT be prosecuted for any crime, even though he incited the violence and kept harassing Rocky until he eventually snapped. In the initial video ... you hear A$AP attempting to diffuse the situation, playing peacemaker and saying no one wants to go to jail. Play video contentVICIOUS ATTACKTMZ.com In video from the street brawl ... A$AP finally loses his cool, throwing his attacker to the ground and absolutely pummeling the guy. The Swedish justice system is not bowing to pressure from the U.S. government ... with the Prime Minister essentially telling President Trump and the State Dept. to butt out after their attempts to free A$AP. Play video contentBRING A$AP HOMETMZ.com A$AP's mom thinks Sweden is out to get her son, and she believes it's because he's black ... even though A$AP himself says he won't make race an issue in his assault case.
July 24, 2019
Rapper Tay-K sentenced to 55 years in prison for deadly robbery (CNN)Texas rapper Tay-K was sentenced to 55 years in prison and a $21,000 fine Tuesday on a murder charge for a 2016 robbery that left one man dead, according to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office. The Tarrant County jury also sentenced Tay-K, whose legal name is Taymor McIntyre, to 30 years in prison on one count of aggravated robbery and 13 years for each of the remaining two counts of aggravated robberyThe sentences will run concurrently, a court clerk said. The 19-year-old was found guilty of murder last week in the death of a 21-year-old father in the incident. Tay-K was one of seven defendants, CNN affiliate KTVT reported. The other six either were found guilty or reached plea deals, according to KTVT. According to witness testimony, Tay-K was part of a plan to steal drugs and money from the victim's home in Mansfield, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, KTVT reported.The victim, Ethan Walker, didn't have the drugs or money the robbers were after, the witnesses said, according to KTVT. Walker's girlfriend testified that he was shot while his hands were in the air.Tay-K's attorneys argued that he wasn't the person who fired the gun and so shouldn't have been found guilty, according to KTVT. Prosecutors said Tay-K knew that the plan was to rob Walker. Tay-K gained notoriety in 2017 when he cut off his ankle bracelet and fled house arrest. He released a song called "The Race," which now has more than 174 million views on YouTube. The video shows Tay-K posing next to a wanted poster of himself.Tay-K was captured in New Jersey after three months on the run, KTVT reported. A cargo ship that was seized last month with nearly 20 tons of cocaine on board — with an estimated street value of $1.3 billion — belongs to JP Morgan Chase, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to CBS News. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said this was the largest vessel ever seized in the agency's 230-year history.  The ship, the MSC Gayane, is owned by JP Morgan Asset Management clients through a transportation fund managed by the bank, a source said. JP Morgan leased the ship to Mediterranean Shipping Co., a Switzerland-based shipping company, which is solely responsible for the vessel's crews and operations. JP Morgan Chase declined to comment on the record. Mediterranean Shipping Co. said in a statement,"Unfortunately, shipping and logistics companies are from time to time affected by trafficking problems." The shipping company said it is cooperating with U.S. law enforcement on the investigation. Neither JP Morgan Chase nor MSC are targets of the criminal investigation.
July 23, 2019
R. Kelly's crisis manager resigns for 'personal reasons' (CNN)R. Kelly's crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, has stepped down for "personal reasons," he said in a text to CNN Monday. Darrell Johnson"Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg!" he texted, referring to Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg.Greenberg also released a statement to CNN thanking Johnson "for his tireless assistance" and looks forward to Johnson's return. "He shares our confidence that this is an unprecedented assault against R. Kelly by others, for their own personal gain, and in the innocence of R. Kelly," Greenberg's statement read. Johnson's resignation comes hours after he appeared on "CBS This Morning" with Gayle King and said: "I would not leave my daughter with anyone that's accused of being a pedophile." Johnson also said during the interview that he was worried about Kelly, saying he was "a mess," scared and isolated. He also told King he thinks Kelly is on suicide watch. R. Kelly to be escorted by US Marshals between federal courts in New York and ChicagoThe singer has been in solitary confinement with no access to television or contact with other people, Greenberg has said. Kelly, 52, has repeatedly denied allegations of sexual misconduct that have been levied against him for years. He has been indicted on 18 counts -- 13 in Illinois and five in New York -- that include sexual exploitation of a child and kidnapping,Kelly is set to be arraigned in a federal court in New York on August 2. He is scheduled to be in a federal court in Chicago on September 4 for a status hearing.
July 20, 2019
A North Texas jury found Tay-K guilty of murder Friday morning, CBS Dallas reported. The 19-year-old rapper faces between 5 and 99 years in prison for the 2016 slaying of Ethan Walker during a home invasion. The jury previously asked to see evidence presented when the medical examiner testified about the 21-year-old victim. The group took another look at autopsy photos, as well as the single bullet that killed him. Walker was shot in the stomach after he told the rapper and a group of other robbers that he didn't have any drugs or money. The rapper, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, wasn't the person who fired the gun that killed Walker, and his attorneys argued that was one of the reasons he should be found not guilty. The man who shot Walker was sentenced last year to life in prison. Prosecutors have said McIntyre was charged with murder because he recruited the triggerman and organized the robbery. Prosecutors made their case arguing that he knew the plan to steal drugs and money from the house in Mansfield would end with someone being shot. A 15-year-old girl reportedly planned the home invasion robbery. Earlier this week, one of her friends testified that she reached out to the rapper on Instagram, believing he could get guns for the robbery.
July 19, 2019
R. Kelly is relieved to be in solitary confinement as he awaits trial on federal sex-crime charges against underage girls because he fears for his life behind bars, according to a report. The accused pedophile’s lawyer, Nicole Blank Becker, told TMZ that when she visited him in federal prison he told her his life would be in grave danger if he was kept with the general population. But Becker also noted that the rapper has no one to lean on in the slammer while in solitary, adding that he finds everyday tasks difficult, including deciphering what’s on the commissary list because he’s illiterate. He also only has access to a phone for a total of 15 minutes a month to speak with his family and friends, while inmates in the general population can make calls whenever they want, according to the site. Kelly has been ordered held without bail in Chicago as prosecutors labeled him “an extreme danger to the community, especially underage girls.’’ He is awaiting trial on a 13-count indictment involving charges that include child porn, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice.
July 17, 2019
Nipsey Hussle was praised by the LAPD as a peacemaker in the wake of his death -- a hero of sorts in his community for trying to stem gang violence -- but it turns out the very same police department was secretly investigating Nipsey for possible criminal prosecution for alleged gang activity. The probe was centered around Nipsey's Marathon Clothing store in South L.A., as a possible hub for gang activity ... this according to The New York Times. It's a stunning development, because the LAPD was both investigating Nipsey and embracing him at the same time. He was set to meet the LAPD Police Chief the day after he was murdered, to discuss gang violence. What's more ... a few years before his death, the City of Los Angeles was trying to pressure Hussle's landlords to evict Nipsey from Marathon Clothing ... this according to The NYT. As it turned out, Nipsey bought the building with some investors. Although the City can no longer prosecute Nipsey, the City continues to investigate Nipsey's business partners. Nipsey was a member of the Rollin' 60s Crips back in the day, but disavowed gang life and worked heroically to stem gang violence and even worked with former gang members who got out of prison to help get them back up on their feet. The outlet reports that city officials suspected the strip mall where his clothing store was located -- which Nipsey owned along with a bevy of investors -- was a hotbed for gang members, and that the exact type of violence that took the MC's life was rampant there.
July 16, 2019
Young Thug, who recently remixed Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” with viral yodeller Mason Ramsey, has said that X “shouldn’t have told the world” that he was gay. Prior to his remix release, Young Thug spoke with No Jumper podcaster Adam22 at Wireless Festival earlier this month in which he discussed Lil Nas X coming out to the world. He said he is not speaking from a homophobic perspective, instead repeatedly noting his respect for the rising rapper and how he is concerned what backlash Lil Nas X could face. Young Thug said in the interview: “I feel like he probably shouldn’t have told the world. He shouldn’t have told the world. These days, motherf*ckers, it’s just all judgment. Motherf*ckers is just judging. It ain’t even about the music no more. Once you found out he was gay, as soon as the song come on now, everybody like, ‘This gay-ass n*gga.’ N*ggas don’t even care to listen to the song no more… It’s just like, to certain people, you know what I’m saying?…” “I just feel like he young, and backlash can come behind anything. [His coming out] wasn’t a bad idea, and it was most definitely the best time to do it, during Pride. That was the best time to do it. That was a G’s move. But he young, and I know he going to be dealing with it in his mind. I dealt with this sh*t before. I know what he dealing with. So I was like, ‘F*ck, he should have never said that, never should have told them’.” “I really f*ck with Lil Nas X. He already showed me the most respect by saying that I inspired him. So I ain’t even caring to get in his way. I want him to get, like, a trillion dollars. I want him to get more money than me.” Listen to what Young Thug has to say about Lil Nas X around the 15-minute mark in the interview above. The Atlanta rapper also touched on an upcoming album drop, as well as comparing Juice WRLD to Lil Wayne stating “he’ll never run out of nothing to say because he’s that smart.” On Monday, Chart Data tweeted that K. Dot's good kid, m.A.A.d city album has tied Eminem's The Eminem Show as the only hip-hop studio albums to appear on the Billboard 200 chart for 350 weeks.  Besides their Dr. Dre connection and mainstream numbers, Eminem and Kendrick are connected by the admiration Dot has for Eminem. The Pulitzer Prize winner dubbed Eminem the "best wordsmith ever" during a 2018 interview with Vanity Fair. He also went on record stating that observing Eminem's studio behavior inspired GKMC's "Backseat Freestyle." "When I have that aggression in the record like that [on "Backseat Freestyle"], that's tricks that I learned being in that studio and dedicating myself; being a student," Kendrick told Vibe. "Eminem was definitely a sought-out player that I always respected and looked up to." Now the student is in a position to surpass the teacher. GKMC currently sits at No. 152, a decent position to overtake the record.
July 13, 2019
Two separate federal indictments were unveiled against R&B superstar R. Kelly - a 13-count indictment in the Northern District of Illinois and a five-count indictment in Brooklyn. Combined, they encompass charges of producing child pornography and transporting it across state lines, racketeering and transporting women and minors across state lines for sex, conspiracy to obstruct justice by destroying evidence and bribing witnesses and criminal sexual abuse. As NPR's Colin Dwyer reports, these charges mark a significant escalation in the singer's legal jeopardy. COLIN DWYER, BYLINE: R. Kelly was already tangled in a messy skein of indictments in Illinois. Cook County prosecutors charged Kelly with sexual abuse in February and announced a second indictment in May after nearly three decades of questions about his conduct with underage girls. But even with that in mind, the past 24 hours mark a turning point. PRIYA SOPORI: If found guilty, frankly, of any one of these charges, he would be facing a significant amount of prison time. DWYER: Priya Sopori is a former assistant U.S. attorney in California. As a federal prosecutor, she pursued plenty of sex crimes cases like the ones against Kelly. She says the federal system can pack steeper penalties for crimes against children than a state system, including higher mandatory minimum sentences. SOPORI: So in other words, if he is found guilty of having produced child pornography, a judge will have no discretion to sentence R. Kelly for fewer than 15 years. DWYER: These indictments also represent something well beyond the particulars of Kelly's case. JIM DEROGATIS: I think these federal charges are so broad and so deep that they finally encompass the enormity of his crimes. DWYER: Jim DeRogatis helped reveal the allegations against R. Kelly as a reporter in Chicago nearly two decades ago, and he recently published a book detailing those accusations. He says he talked to some of the alleged victims today and says they greeted the news with complicated feelings. DEROGATIS: It is a weird mix that these victims are feeling today of relief that finally justice is being served, but also, how could this have taken so long? DWYER: Kelly, for his part, maintains his innocence, and in a statement, his legal team says that he is looking forward to his day in court. For now, though, he remains in federal custody in Illinois at least until next week; that's when a judge will determine when he heads to Brooklyn to face his second set of charges.
July 10, 2019
Migos rapper Offset will no longer be prosecuted on gun possession, drug and traffic charges stemming from a July 2018 arrest in Jonesboro because there’s a larger federal investigation that’s being conducted, authorities said. The Clayton County District Attorney’s Office sent AJC.com documents that dismissed all charges against the 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, on July 1. However, according to the documents, the district attorney’s office is stepping down at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is continuing a “much larger investigation.” On July 20, 2018, Clayton County police officers were told by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to look out for two vehicles under their surveillance, the documents said. One of those vehicles was Cephus’ 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera, which also had his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, inside. Master P's independent approach to music transformed the industry. Now the rapper is looking to take what he's learned and apply it to Hollywood. During his latest appearance on the Breakfast Club, Master P explained how necessary it is for black creatives to own their content. He does this by dissecting one of Hollywood's biggest cultural hits, Black Panther.  "You got to realize why it's so important," P said. "When we do a project like Black Panther, we didn't benefit off that man ... Like black people was in the movie and we were happy and excited, but it wasn't us." Master P then went on to explain how his upcoming film I Got the Hook Up 2 is the start of black people controlling what they create.  "We did this for the budget, we did it more and we did it for millions of dollars, but imagine if we had hundreds of millions of dollars to make a project? How would it look?" Master P continued. "This is the growth. This is why this is important because we're coming back into the community, putting money back into the community. But it's a process. We got to grow with this. Just like I did with music."
July 9, 2019
Rapper Snoop Dogg has called for the U.S. women's national team to be paid as much as their male counterparts following their success at the FIFA Women's World Cup. The United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 in Sunday's final, making it back-to-back world titles and four overall in their history. On his Instagram account (h/t Josh Thomas of Goal), Snoop Dogg compared the fortunes of the women's side to the men's, who were beaten 1-0 by Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday, and said Jill Ellis' squad deserve more compensation for their success: "What I want to talk about is that they [USWNT] only get $90,000 per player, but the men, if they win it, they get $500,000 per player. "The sorry ass f--king men from the US men's soccer team may never win s--t, ain't ever win s--t, can't even get out the f--king first round. Man, pay them ladies, man. Pay the girls what they're worth. "The women should be getting $500,000 per athlete. Snoop Dogg says so. Them girls have won four World Cups and only $90,000—man please." The subject of equal pay has been prominent for some time, and before the World Cup quarter-final with France, U.S. sportswriter Grant Wahl waded into the debate. The topic of payment in the women's game has been discussed throughout the World Cup. FIFA President Gianni Infantino recently saidhe wants to expand the number of teams and double the prize money on offer for winning the Women's World Cup to $60 million (£49 million). Per Rob Harris of the Associated Press, even that amount would not put the purse for the tournament close to that of the men's game for the upcoming 2022 World Cup in Qatar: A new photo of Kodak Black behind bars has surfaced and it's drummed up the infamous clone rumors that a handful of his peers have faced. In a side-by-side photo of a pre-jail Kodak and the latest picture, internet sleuths are pointing out the difference in his grill (it went from platinum to gold), a difference in the shape of his eyes and a noticeably fuller face. Of course, all of these things are normal changes, but this hasn't stopped the internet from sharing their theories. "That’s not Kodak black....that’s Polaroid Brown," one fan wrote on Twitter. "Kodak Black dead n been replaced with a clone. Joining the ranks w Avril Lavigne & Guwop," another wrote.Kodak has been behind bars since he was arrested before he was set to perform at the 2019 Rolling Loud Miami festival in May. It was at that point that he was arrested on federal firearms charges. He has pleaded not guilty and will have to sit behind bars until his trial begins in August. The rapper is facing up to 10 years in prison.
July 6, 2019
Since Nipsey Hussle's passing his family has been overwhelmed with several legal battles. Now their burdens have gotten a little lighter as their case against the official Crips organization has been resolved. According toThe Blast, an official for the Crips LLC released a statement claiming that the organization that was formed on behalf of the Crips street gang will not move forward with trademarking Hussle's "The Marathon Continues" slogan. They also issued an apology to Hussle's family while offering to relinquish all rights to Nipsey's intellectual property.  "There will absolutely be no trademark legal battle between their organization and Blacc Sam, brother of the late Nipsey Hussle," the organization told The Blast. "[The Crips] respectively vows to support the wishes of Lauren London and the Asghedom family... We realize that our actions may have been offensive and we have reached out to his family, respectively Nip's sister, Samantha Smith." The organization's corporate communications director, William King Hollis, went on to explain that at the time of Hussle's death the rapper and the Crips LLC were working on a "mutual collaboration" that required the slogan. This was why they filed a trademark on the phrase, not to undercut the family during their time of grief. YG says he had absolutely nothing to do with a high-speed chase through the streets of Los Angeles involving an SUV registered in his name ... an incident that started with a deadly police shootout. The Compton rapper tells TMZ ... "I was nowhere near the scene of this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood. I was there until after midnight on the Fourth of July and didn't learn of these events until after they happened."
July 5, 2019
On Wednesday, Fifty uploaded a picture with a caption that was seemingly shady, then he confirmed that it was shady in the comments. “Some people are not built to make it, their habits and instincts will pull them right back to struggle,” 50’s caption reads. “you put them on,they fuck up the package. 50cent #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac” Directly below that in a now-deleted comment, 50 Cent dissed the whole crew. “Do you realize G-unit only did 5 shows together with out me,” 50 wrote. “In 16 years, every time you saw them together it was my show. Now that’s a big bag they fucked up.” He continued going in on the guys while responding to a few fans. “Banks would have went far in the game,” one fan wrote, to which the Queens native responded, “You don’t know the boy. He is doing what he do best right now. LOL” The last time G-Unit worked as a group, including Kidd Kidd, was in 2015, when they released the EP, The Beast is G-Unit.  Rapper TI is among 25 members tapped for a task force that will come up with a way to repurpose Atlanta's city jail, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on Tuesday.Bottoms said the goal is to convert the Atlanta City Detention Center into a "multi-faceted use center for wellness and healing, skills-building, economic mobility and crime prevention." "This Task Force reflects strong local leadership, willing to help us progress towards a safer, and just city," Bottoms said in a news release. "It is my hope this building will serve as an epicenter for resources, education, and training for the community. With the help of these members, I am optimistic that what is reimagined will be the future of One Atlanta." Bottoms signed legislation in May to close and repurpose the jail, citing a declining number of inmates and increased operating costs. The jail has historically held violators of city ordinances and traffic laws."The final closure of this Detention Center symbolizes a new era for the city of Atlanta," Bottoms said in a May news release.
July 3, 2019
It looks like Nipsey Hussle’s murder case has added yet another layer to its investigation. According to AP News, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has opened an internal affairs investigation in connection with the woman who claimed to have driven suspect Eric R. Holder away from the crime scene on March 31. The investigation involves a desk officer’s conduct, who reportedly turned the woman away after she turned herself in while a manhunt was underway for the shooter. As The Root News Writer Dara Sharif recently reported when the transcripts were initially released: Los Angeles police have long said the fatal shooting happened after a personal dispute between Hussle and Holder, but the transcript, made public by court order, provides more details and context. The woman Holder was dating drove him away from scene following the shooting after Holder threatened her, say prosecutors, who said they intend to have her testify against him, according to the Times. Authorities are protecting her identity due to death threats she’s received and have offered her immunity. Per the transcript, the woman turned herself in at the 77th Street Community Police Station after noticing her car and license plate was on the news. AP News reports: “Oh my God,” the woman, whose name has not been released, testified that she told her mother. “My car is on here and everything, and I didn’t do anything. I didn’t know this boy was gonna do this.” Her mother called police but was told detectives wouldn’t be available until 6 a.m. the next day, grand jury transcripts show. When they arrived at the station the next morning, the front desk officer said “don’t worry about it” and “don’t listen to the news,” the transcript shows. The woman left the station, returning later to speak to detectives after her mother called police again. LAPD Detective Cedric Washington testified that the woman had been turned away. The LAPD’s Office of the Inspector General has confirmed the matter is under administrative investigation. “While the initial indications pointed to a miscommunication, we have initiated an administrative investigation to ensure all policies and procedures were followed,” LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein wrote in an official statement Monday. “We will review all statements that have already been given, interview all of the individuals involved, and look for any potential body cam video that may have captured the interchange.” Recently, at the 2019 BET Awards, Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith accepted the late rapper’s Humanitarian Award and briefly addressed her experience with a police officer at the scene of her son’s murder. “[The officer] said, ‘The paramedics took him to California Hospital, I think’,” she recalled. “I said, ‘Will you please double-check with the paramedics to make sure so that I do not drive to the wrong location?’” Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot outside of his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31.
July 2, 2019
Lil Nas X confirmed he was a member of the LGBTQ+ community on Twitter on Pride day, alerting fans that the message was there all along. Many in the Hip-Hop community supported the chart-topping artist in his reveal. Boosie Badazz is not a part of that many. “Some of y’all already know, some of y’all don’t care, some of y’all not gone fwm no more. but before this month ends i want y’all to listen closely to c7osure,” Lil Was X shared on Twitter. Boosie hopped in The Shade Room comments to let off a response to X’s announcement: “NOW U KNOW WHAT HE WAS RIDING ON THE OLD TOWN ROAD.” Chris Brown has responded to the backlash he has faced over his "black b**ches with nice hair" lyric in his new song "Need A Stack". Chris Brown has taken to Intstagram to respond to the backlash he is facing over controversial lyrics about black women with "good hair" in his song "Need A Stack" from his Indigo album. Chris Brown's 'Ex' & Megan Thee Stallion's Flirty Instagram Exchange Sparks Dating Rumours Last Friday (Jun 28th), the 30 year-old artist released his anticipated project Indigo. The enjoyment of the album quickly was overturned when fans noticed a derogatory line where Breezy sings "Only wanna f**k the black b**ches with the nice hair". Fans took to social media to address beauty standards in the hip-hop community and Eurocentric ideals of what "good hair" and "bad hair" is - especially in the context when discussing black women. Many fans suggested the singer doesn't appreciate the natural afrocentric look and some claim he doesn't like black women. The "Undecided singer responded: ""Weird ass angry people," he allegedly wrote. "Sincerely, from the bottom of my balls...I DON'T GIVE A F*CK BOUT YALL NEGATIVE BOOTYFACE ASS B*TCHES." He continued: "IM START GIVING AWAY FREE LACE-FRONTS FOR ALL YOU WIERD FEMALES WIT THE SKID ROW EDGES AND LOW SELF ESTEEM. ASIDE FROM THAT...HOP OFF THESE NUTTS."
June 30, 2019
CEO Of Hip Hop Motivation & LA Native Kenyatta Griggs Speaks on the Untimely passing of his friend Nipsey Hussle. Kenyatta talks about the last conversation had with Nipsey. The Feeling around LA. What he really thinks is goin on with Nipsey's Murder, The suspect behind and the reasoning. Very Powerful Interview! There’s no reason for him to still be breathing,Samiel thought. But Nip was. Air rushed in and out of his nose — strong and loud. Growing up in turf claimed by the Rollin’ 60s Crips gang, Samiel had seen death up close. Bullets, when they hit their target in the chest like the ones that hit Nip, were cruel and quick. He’s meant to be alive, Samiel thought.  ::: On Wednesday, Samiel recounted his brother’s final moments to The Times. He says he is haunted most by the way the shooting happened. They were best friends. He was by Nipsey’s side when he was selling T-shirts and CDs from his car as a teenager, there when he opened a clothing store in the strip mall where they used to hang in the parking lot, and there when he signed a record deal with a major label. Last Sunday was no exception. Police say Nip, born Ermias Asghedom, was gunned down by Holder, a 29-year-old aspiring rapper. Video from a nearby security camera captured the brazen attack, which occurred in broad daylight. Footage has been circulating on social media. What it doesn’t show is Holder talking to Nip a few minutes earlier. Holder was a familiar face in South L.A. Pictures on social media show him wearing the Crips-blue bandannas, but in recent years, he seems to have vanished. He re-emerged at the Marathon Clothing store on Sunday. The two men talked, shook hands and Holder left. Nips would pop up in and out of his store without notice, his brother and others said. Samiel worried about his safety, and urged him to stop hanging in the parking lot and come inside. Nips had a bodyguard, but he moved freely through his neighborhood and those of rival gangs without worry. “Nip is sporadic,” Samiel said. “Nip gonna pull up and hop up out of the Jordan Downs projects, Nickerson Gardens, in any ‘hood in L.A., Compton, Watts — solo with $150,000 of jewelry on his neck and [an] $80,000 Rolex with no security. That’s why the people loved him.” He straddled many worlds with ease. His cool demeanor and regular appearances at the store made him relatable. Nip built his reputation in the street, saying in a 2014 interview with the YouTube channel Vlad TV that he had joined the Rollin’ 60s as a teenager. But over the years, he grew his street hustle into legitimate businesses, connecting with the larger community of Los Angeles and the world, including some cops and politicians His music echoed his environment, but it also spread his message of entrepreneurship and the importance of planning for long-term success.
June 29, 2019
Moments before Nipsey Hussle was gunned down in front of his Marathon Clothing store, the famed rapper had a final exchange with his alleged shooter. Shortly after having a brief conversation with Eric Holder on March 31, Hussle was shot several times and kicked in the head by Holder, according to grand jury transcripts unsealed on Thursday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times. As he lay dying after being shot at least 10 times, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told the court, the “Double Up” rapper, 33, turned to Holder, 29, and allegedly told him, “You got me.” Hussle’s heartbreaking final words were just one of the many details that were unveiled this week from the May grand jury proceedings. RELATED: Everything to Know About Nipsey Hussle: From $100 Mixtapes to Lasting Love with Lauren London During McKinney’s opening statement, he alleged that Holder and his girlfriend pulled into a busy parking lot at the time to get food from a burger restaurant, according to the Los Angeles Times. That’s when Holder allegedly spotted Hussle, McKinney said. “Apparently, the conversation had something to do with [Hussle] telling Mr. Holder that word on the street was that Mr. Holder was snitching,” McKinney said in his statement. “The conversation wasn’t particularly intense. It wasn’t particularly belligerent.” McKinney went on to explain that Holder was heard asking Hussle, “So you’ve never snitched?” or “Haven’t you snitched?” Holder then got back into his car, and he and the woman drove off. As she was driving, Holder allegedly pulled out a gun and told the woman to drive around the block so that he could load the weapon, the D.A. told the grand jury. He then allegedly told her to pull over and said he’d be right back. It was at that moment that McKinney said Holder allegedly approached Hussle outside of his store and shot him multiple times, before kicking the rapper in the head and fleeing. When he got back into the car with the woman, he told her to quickly drive away, McKinney alleged. When she questioned him about what happened, she said he threatened to slap her if she didn’t just drive, the D.A. told the grand jury.
June 28, 2019
Nipsey Hussle spent part of the afternoon of March 31 signing autographs, taking photos with fans and talking with friends at the Hyde Park strip mall where he owned several businesses. Less than a half hour into his visit, Eric Holder approached the famed rapper, who was with a larger group, and the two shook hands. They had a four-minute conversation, and at some point, the topic turned to snitching. “Apparently, the conversation had something to do with [Hussle] telling Mr. Holder that word on the street was that Mr. Holder was snitching,” Deputy Dist. Atty. John McKinney told a grand jury in May, saying that was a serious offense in the gang world. “The conversation wasn’t particularly intense. It wasn’t particularly belligerent.” But the conversation was enough, the prosecutor said, “that it moved Eric Holder to a point of wanting to return to the parking lot and kill Nipsey Hussle.” After they talked, Holder picked up chili cheese fries from a nearby burger shop, got in a woman’s car and they drove off. Soon after, the 29-year-old man returned, a gun in each hand, and allegedly opened fire. Hussle fell to the ground, suffering at least 10 gunshot wounds, authorities said, adding that before fleeing, Holder kicked him in the head. “You got me,” Hussle said after he was shot. The chronology of Hussle’s final moments comes from 515 pages of grand jury testimony ordered released at a hearing Thursday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry after the Los Angeles Times argued in court for public access. Holder’s public defender had sought to keep the grand jury proceedings secret until after his trial, arguing that making the transcript public could jeopardize his right to a fair trial. For most of Thursday’s hearing, Holder stared stoically ahead, occasionally looking at spectators. Three deputies stood close behind the defendant, who wore glasses and a yellow jail shirt with his wrists cuffed, while several other deputies were scattered throughout the courtroom. The documents, which include the prosecutor’s opening statement during the May hearing, as well as the testimony of several witnesses to the killing and investigating officers, provide the most detailed account to date of Hussle’s slaying and potential clues to the prosecution’s case against Holder. Two others were wounded during the shooting. The grand jury panel returned a six-count indictment charging Holder with one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held in lieu of $6.5-million bail. If convicted, he faces life in state prison. He has pleaded not guilty. Hussle, 33, born Ermias Asghedom, was a celebrated rapper as well as an investor, activist and entrepreneur, whose death sparked days of memorials and grieving far beyond his South L.A. neighborhood. Los Angeles police have said the motive for the shooting was a personal dispute. But the documents reveal more details about the words alleged to have been exchanged between Hussle and Holder. They include the first account from a woman Holder was dating who drove him to and from the strip mall and was offered immunity for her testimony. The woman, who works as a caregiver and driver, was not identified by name because of numerous credible threats to her safety. She said she and Holder met in February. When she and Holder first pulled up to the burger joint, she testified, she spotted Hussle and got excited. She pulled into a parking lot and Holder walked over to Hussle’s group. She wanted a photo with Hussle, so she also approached and said she heard Holder telling Hussle: “Cuz, have you ever snitched?” She snagged a selfie with the rapper and went back to her car, where she uploaded it to her Facebook profile. Holder, meanwhile, picked up his fries and returned to the car. As she drove around the block, Holder pulled out a gun and started loading it, she testified. “You’re not gonna do a drive-by in my car,” she recalled telling him. He put the gun away. She pulled over so he could eat, and a few minutes later, he told her he’d be right back. Moments later, she said that she heard two gunshots. People ran from the area. The woman said Holder returned angry and jumped back into her car. She testified that when she asked what happened, he said to drive away or he would slap her. She dropped him off at his cousin’s house, she said. Holder called her later, asking if he could stay with her that night. The next day, she said, he asked for her help securing a motel room. The prosecutor asked if it occurred to her that he was trying to hide out. “No,” she said. By then, she was seeing social media posts implicating him in the shooting. When she confronted him at the motel later, he started breathing harder, but stayed quiet, she said. He asked her to take him to get cigarettes and food from Jack in the Box. When she got home later that night, she saw her car — and license plate — on the news. She testified that she and her mother went to the police station early the next morning, telling a desk officer that her car was linked to a murder. “Don’t listen to the news,” a police officer said, according to her testimony, turning her away. She called the police later that morning, and was told to return to the station. According to the transcripts, detectives interviewed her for five hours, during which she told them that, before she heard the gunshots, Holder “wanted to do a drive-by.” She objected to using her car, and Holder told her to pull around back, she told detectives. The transcripts also include testimony from Herman Douglas, who worked for Hussle, and Kerry Lathan, who was wounded in the shooting. Douglas said he heard Hussle and Holder greet each other that afternoon. “Man, you know, they got some paperwork on you,” Hussle told Holder, according to Douglas. “Like you need to maybe take care of that.” Douglas explained that to mean that there were rumors Holder had snitched on someone. Hussle was “basically telling the guy you need to be careful,” Douglas said. Douglas had gone inside to eat his lunch when he heard gunshots. When he got to the front door, Hussle was on the ground, Holder running, he said. “He was still breathing, you know, like biting his tongue a little bit, then he — he was just trying to fight it, trying to gain consciousness, and he was going out. And he just kept — he just kept fighting.” Lathan, who testified in a wheelchair because of his injuries, was also offered immunity to testify. He said he was released from prison in 2018, after more than two decades behind bars in a murder. Two weeks after his release, Hussle, whom he’d never met, gave him a care package of shoes and clothing. He said he went to the strip mall that day to go shopping, and was there for about two minutes before he was shot. Just before the shooter opened fire, Lathan testified, he said, “You’re through.” A coroner testified that Hussle sustained at least 10 gunshot wounds, including to his scalp, chest, abdomen and foot. Six bullets were removed from his body. Holder was arrested in Bellflower two days after the shooting. An aspiring rapper who went by the moniker Fly Mac, Holder has sung of body bags, “38 gun blasts” and bloody homicides. Don’t expect Nicki Minaj to make an appearance on BET any time soon. The rapper, 36, called out the the network in response to a tweet from the account @musicnewsfacts claiming Sunday’s BET Award Show earned the lowest ratings in the show’s history, with a reported 2 million views. “When u go out of ur way to b spiteful & hurt artists who have always supported ur show… when you fire great ppl who have put their heart & soul into the show… when you’d rather be a messy reality show than a prestigious award show… when ur still being dragged by that lace,” Minaj wrote on Twitter. However, on Thursday, BET released its 2019 ratings via Nielsen, revealing the BET Awards claimed the No. 1 spot for the fifth consecutive year, drawing in 12.7 million total viewers.
June 26, 2019
When rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris took the stage at the 2019 BET Awards to introduce the genius of rapper and philanthropist Nipsey Hussle, the pain was visible. T.I’s eyes teared up, but he continued to illuminate the community and social activist work that Hussle focused on in addition to the rapper’s various companies and his music. It’s only been three months since the rapper was slain outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, and the proverbial wounds are still fresh for close family and friends. “He was a leader well beyond his years,” said T.I. The family - including Hussle’s grandmother, his girlfriend Lauren London, his mother Angelique Smith, his father and his children - all walked to the stage to accept the award and all of them had something poignant to say. Hussle’s grandmother said she was overwhelmed by the worldwide support for her grandchild. “Thank you guys for your love and support,” added London. “The marathon continues again.” Filmmaker Tyler Perry recently revealed that the land where he built his Atlanta studio was once home to a Confederate army base in Georgia.  “When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids can see that a black man did that and they can do it too,” Perry said while accepting the Icon Award at the BET Awards over the weekend.According to the the director’s website, the land, which he purchased in June 2015, was once by the Confederate Army as a base during the Civil War. After acquiring 330 acres of the land, Perry transformed the area into the Tyler Perry Studios. “The studio was once a Confederate army base, which meant that there were Confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negros enslaved,” Perry said in the speech. “Now that land is owned by one Negro."  “I don’t want to be an icon. I want to be an inspiration,” he continued, before advising the audience: “Own your stuff. Own your business.”
June 24, 2019
On Ep 146 of the Uncensored Truth Podcast CEO Of Viral Hip Hop News SamAnt & CEO Of Hip Hop News Uncensored O'God talk to the Artist behind all the music on Viral Hip Hop News Hip Hop News Uncensored & The Uncensored Truth Podcast, "Riz" about his rise to music. the inspiration behind More Malcom Less Martin, Nipsey Hussle's Legacy & More! 14
June 23, 2019
Nipsey Hussle'sfinal music videoarrived Friday, part of DJ Khaled's album release for his new full-length song collection, "Father of Asahd," named after the "Major Key" artist's two-year-old son.  Khaled shared the story behind the video's release on social media, where he announced that the song’s proceeds will go to Hussle's children and confirmed that the clip would be the last from Hussle. The rapper and community activist, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shotoutside his Los Angles boutique on March 31. “Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years. It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend Nipsey Hussle,” Khaled wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called, 'Higher.' After much prayer and reflection; and with the full blessing of the Asghedom family, I am sharing that moment with you." Lord Jamar is one of several rappers Eminem dissedon his tenth studio album, Kamikaze, which was released last August. During a recent interview with RapMatic, the Brand Nubian MC (once again) fires back at Slim Shady and blatantly dismisses the multi-platinum selling rapper. “My thing about Eminem and all that — and I hate bringing his fucking name up — my thing about this muthfucka is you can’t crown somebody king and circumvent the true kingdom,” he says. “Like white people will crown Eminem king because he sold the most records out of all rappers. “But, when we go into every day life of black people, people who are the originators of this shit, we don’t fucking listen to Eminem. We don’t listen to Eminem. We don’t go to the gym and turn on Eminem. We don’t listen to him on the way to the club. We don’t play him in the club … now, corny places I can’t speak for that.”
June 23, 2019
Lord Jamar is a legend in hip hop, but that doesn't mean he's above the wrath of Fofty. In a recent interview with RapMatic, longtime Eminemadversary Lord Jamar continued his tirade against the Detroit icon, explaining why he isn't a fan. "My thing about Eminem and all that, and I hate bringing his f*ing name up— my thing about this mothaf*cka is you can’t crown somebody king and circumvent the true kingdom," he said. "Like, white people will crown Eminem king because he sold the most records out of all rappers," he continued. "But, when we go into everyday life of black people, people who are the originators of this sh*t, we don’t f*cking listen to Eminem. We don’t listen to Eminem." If Eminem has beef with anyone, the rapper is known to keep things on wax in order to execute multiple blows to their ego, however, 50 Centdoesn't hesitate in using social media to publicly shame his foes. Fifty didn't take too kindly to Lord Jamar's words and shared his displeasure on Instagram. "Lord Jerome better sit his ass down," 50 wrote. "I thought you died already N*gga. Get the fuck outta here 🤔you ain’t Grand Puba anyway. I’m gonna need a bum ass n*gga in one of my shows. I’ll be reaching out shortly."
June 22, 2019
We Spoke to Goodz about his Battle Vs. Cassidy. What he Feels about he 7 minute diss recored Cassidy put out after the fact. Was Cassidy in over his head? & What he Really felt about the battle.  Is Cassidy really the best battler ever and is his record really with an undefeated record? Could Cassidy keep his spotless record if he were ever to step on a stage with killers known to eat industry rappers for dinner? Did Half-A-Gallon Goodz, the Henny-drinking-style-on-them-hustler beat Cassidy in a battle back in the day at a Ruff Ryders’ video shoot?1
June 22, 2019
nine years ago,two unlikely lunch partners sat down at the Hollywood Diner in Omaha, Nebraska. One, Warren Buffett, was a regular there. The other, Jay-Z, was not. The billionaire and the rapper ordered strawberry malts and chatted amiably, continuing the conversation back at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway offices.  Buffett, then 80, walked away impressed with the artist 40 years his junior: “Jay is teaching in a lot bigger classroom than I’ll ever teach in. For a young person growing up, he’s the guy to learn from.” This moment, which was originally captured in our 2010 Forbes 400 package, made it clear that Jay-Z already had a blueprint for his own ten-figure fortune. “Hip-hop from the beginning has always been aspirational,” he said. Less than a decade later, it’s clear that Jay-Z has accumulated a fortune that conservatively totals $1 billion, making him one of only a handful of entertainers to become a billionaire—and the first hip-hop artist to do so. Jay-Z's steadily growing kingdom is expansive, encompassing liquor, art, real estate (homes in Los Angeles, the Hamptons, Tribeca) and stakes in companies like Uber.
June 22, 2019
On Thursday Tmz dropped disturbing info about TI's sister Precious Harris Death Which left TI Enraged. He went on IG to show his displeasure followed by Tmz issuing an apology. T.I. and his family are hurt and furious, and they have a point. Precious was a vital member in her community throughout her life. She was a proud member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She mentored children and young women in need over the years. She was an ambassador for Saving Our Daughters, a nonprofit created by parents Curtis and Debbie Benjamin, who lost their child to a brain tumor. In her efforts connected to Saving Our Daughters, she helped girls overcome the many obstacles they face growing up -- bullying, dating abuse, domestic violence and more. She worked tirelessly over the years with Hosea Feed the Hungry, an organization that feeds the homeless and hungry in Atlanta, alongside the daughter of civil rights icon Hosea Williams. She was a supporter and advocate for Motherless Daughters and the Covenant House. Motherless Daughters supported and advocated on behalf of daughters who have lost their mothers by providing emotional support, guidance and resources. She started the Precious Academy, an early education initiative where she provided early education, nurturing and supporting children and their families. Precious was an active member of Salem Bible Church, where there is a Community Center in her name, to serve people in need in the area where she grew up. She was recently granted a scholarship in her name -- by VH1 -- the Precious Chapman Scholarship. Precious worked alongside her brother in Atlanta for more than 10 years on philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives, including the annual Senior Thanksgiving, where they feed more than 7,000 seniors and grandparents raising their grandchildren. She also cohosted the annual Holiday Caravan, where she supported daycares in need, provided Christmas gifts for Children's Hospital and serviced youth in need throughout the Bankhead section of Atlanta.   Precious was only peripherally involved in T.I. and Tiny's reality show, and wasn't in the spotlight as a celebrity. We got this wrong and we regret posting the M.E.'s findings.
June 22, 2019
A Louisiana woman appears to be the first person on record whose death has been ruled a marijuana overdose — but some medical experts are skeptical that was the true cause. The 39-year-old woman was found slumped on her couch dead in her La Place apartment in February, but an autopsy found she had healthy organs, no illnesses, and no elevated traces of alcohol or other drugs in her body — but high levels of THC, the active ingredient in pot. “It looked like it was all THC because her autopsy showed no physical disease or afflictions that were the cause of death,” St. John the Baptist Parish coroner Christy Montegut told the New Orleans Advocate. “There was nothing else identified in the toxicology — no other drugs, no alcohol,” Montegut said. THC is the main mind-altering component of marijuana which at high levels can cause heart palpitations, extreme anxiety and, according to Montegut, heart failure. The woman’s boyfriend told investigators she used a marijuana vaping pen, and had been to the ER three weeks before she died because of a chest infection and said doctors sent her home with over-the-counter medication. The level of THC in her blood was 15 times the detection threshold which led him to rule the death as a THC overdose. “For marijuana to show up positive on our toxicology test, the level has to be greater than 0.5,” Montegut told the paper. The woman’s THC level was 8.4 nanograms per milliliter of blood. “I’m thinking this lady must have vaped this THC oil and got a high level in her system and (it) made her stop breathing, like a respiratory failure,” he continued. There have been no recorded deaths attributable to a marijuana overdose, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a federal government research institute. Doctors and medical experts immediately disagreed with Montegut’s finding, with one calling it “incredibly unlikely.” “That number is not very high,” Bernard Le Foll, an addiction professor and scientist at the University of Toronto said of the amount of THC in the woman’s blood. Dr. Noah Kaufman, an ER doctor in Colorado, told CBS affiliate WWLhe was skeptical after reviewing the woman’s autopsy but added he has seen more pot-related illnesses in the emergency room. “THC is becoming so powerful these days that we are kind of playing with fire a little bit, and there may be more and more and more people that start to have some kind of an adverse reaction,” he said.
June 22, 2019
DJ Khaledis poised to hit the Billboard Chart with a monster lawsuit alleging the organization unfairly disqualified more than 100,000 sales of “Father of Asahd,” robbing him of the No. 1 spot. Khaled was furiouswhen his album came in at No. 2 to Tyler, the Creator’s “IGOR,” after Billboard allegedly discounted downloads sold by the DJ and producer as part of a “bundle deal” with an energy drink. Bundle deals, which offer album downloads alongside merchandise, are a standard but controversial industry practice to boost sales. We’re told Billboard had agreed it would count downloads from Khaled’s energy drink package, which sources in the artist’s camp say amounted to more than 100,000. Billboard later backtracked, disqualifying Khaled’s entire sales from the promotion, arguing there were “anomalies” in his figures. Page Six has exclusively learned that lawyers for Khaled have fired off a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, SVP of charts and data development at Billboard.  DJ Khaled source said, “When Khaled’s team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge.” The source said the situation was all the more unjust because Tyler, the Creator’s bundle deal figures were included in his total sales. On May 30, Billboard announced Tyler debuted at No. 1 with 165,000 albums sold, with Khaled at No. 2 at 137,000. Not fair, argues Khaled’s team. Page Six exclusively reported a few days ago that Khaled had a tense meeting with Sylvia Rhone, chairman and CEO of his label Epic, over the matter. The source explained, “Khaled was frustrated his label didn’t fight harder for his bundle sales to be included.” A Billboard source disputed that 100,000 DJ Khaled sales were disqualified but admitted an undisclosed number of his sales were ruled out because “there were strange anomalies in the data,” adding that the decision was based on chart rules following talks with Khaled’s management, Sony Records and Nielsen. Billboard announced it has reviewed its rules allowing artists to bundle albums with merch and will outline a new policy for 2020. Reps for DJ Khaled didn’t comment, and Billboard also declined to comment.
June 22, 2019
Family and friends, including DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla Sign, are mourning the loss of André Wakefield, a.k.a “DJ Official.”  The Grammy award-winning producer and father to a newborn son, was killed in a double drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles Friday (June 14). He was 26. Wakefield and his friend were shot while sitting outside of his home. The gunfire startled his grandfather who was mowing the lawn at the time. The killer fled the scene in a black SUV. “All he did was go to work and come home,” Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angelesof his grandson. “He didn’t belong to [a] gang or nothing like that.” According to a cousin, Wakefield was at the studio with Nipsey Hussle two days before the 31-year-old rapper was killed. One of his final Instagram posts was a dedication to Hussle. DJ Mustard took to Instagram with a dedication to Wakefield who belonged to his 10 Summers imprint. “I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,” he wrote. “I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”
June 22, 2019
FULTON COUNTY, Ga.- Rapper Lil Durk was in court Friday for a probable cause hearing about his alleged involvement in a shooting outside The Varsityin downtown Atlanta.  The shooting happened on Feb. 5 at 5:49 a.m. An Atlanta police detective said Lil Durk, whose real name is Durk Derrick Banks, was seen on video shooting a man near The Varsity while he was driving. Just before 2 p.m. Friday, the judge found probable cause for Lil Durk and his co-defendent, DeaVonte Bennett, to be charged with possession and criminal intent to commit murder, among other charges.  Before he surrendered last month, Lil Durk spoke exclusively with Channel 2 investigative reporter Mark Winne.He said he had "nothing to hide." Now, two weeks later, Lil Durk and Bennett were in court, hearing Atlanta Police Department detective Jeffrey Churchill lay out evidence against them. “I spoke to a witness who was there at the scene when the incident took place,” Churchill said. Churchill said the witness told him she was standing outside, talking to Banks and Bennett in front of a cigar bar around 5 a.m. Feb. 5 when they saw a fight in the car in front of them. “Mr. Banks pulled out a weapon. They heard gunfire,” Churchill said. Lil Durk and Bennett sat and listened as prosecutors described the case as gang-related. Prosecutors said Lil Durk and Bennett are members of Chicago gangs and that they knew the victim, Alexander Weatherspoon, had $30,000, an expensive chain and a nice car -- and that's why he was targeted. The rapper’s attorneys tried to create doubt that he did any shooting. “You don't see Mr. Banks shooting on the street at any time. The only time you believe he was shooting is when he was in the camouflage Jeep, correct?" an attorney for Lil Durk asked Churchill. "That's the only time I can see him shooting,” Churchill responded. After two hours in court testimony and statements by prosecutors and defense, the judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to go to trial. Lil Durk and Bennett will be back in court in a month to ask for bond.
June 19, 2019
For a brief moment over the weekend, it seemed that LaVar Ball would have to put aside his Big Ballfather persona and accept that his dreams of Lonzo Ball becoming the next Lakers great were dashed after two seasons. The glimpse of genuine humanity lasted for mere seconds as Drew League fans in a packed gym filmed his realtime reaction to the Pelicans-Lakers trade. Minutes later, LaVar was back in character, guaranteeing that the Lakers wouldn't win a title and lobbying for the Ball brothers to team up in the NBA. By Monday, he was back on national TV, and it didn't take long for LaVar to make news for the wrong reasons. During an interview with ESPN's "First Take", host Molly Qerim was trying to do her job and mediate the discussion. She said to LaVar, "LaVar, can I switch gears with you because I have a question here." To that, LaVar responded, "You can switch gears with me anytime." Uh… Qerim handled it well and told LaVar to stay focused, but really, she shouldn't have to deal with those remarks on live TV. It wasn't a good look from LaVar, who had previously made sexist on-air comments to FS1's Kristine Leahy. Stephen A. Smith looked especially disappointed by the comment, reacting with a scornful look and a "good lord." Former ESPN personality Jemele Hill applauded Qerim for how she handled herself and urged ESPN to stop putting LaVar on TV.
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