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|Sat, November 7, 2020 at 12:54 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
ATLANTA, GA - Twitter has exploded with "RIP King Von" posts following reports the Chicago native was shot during an altercation in Atlanta, Georgia. On Friday (November 6), the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported gunfire erupted outside of the Monaco Hookah Lounge during a fight between two large groups of people.Two people were killed, one person, thought to be King Von, was rushed to the local hospital in critical condition and two others were injured but in stable condition.Shortly after the news broke, King Von's close friend and producer Chopsquad DJ confirmed the 26-year-old rapper succumbed to his injuries in an Instagram post."My heart can't take this," he captioned a photo of himself with Von. "No bro. Why you. Why bro. Just please FaceTime me bro. Why they had to take you. Ima see you again this shit ain't over. It's far from over. We still just getting started. RIP my Bestfriend. The only n-gga to listen to me word for word from day 1."We sat on FaceTime for hours making songs together. Every bar had a meaning and every song was a part of our soul. Every moment meant something and to grow wit you made me feel like I was a real producer. I love you bro."
The incident reportedly took place around 3 a.m. local time. Two off-duty police officers, who were working security at the club, did shoot back but were not injured.
"That physical altercation escalated into an exchange of gunfire with those groups," Atlanta police Deputy Chief Timothy Peek said. "Two police officers who were working at that particular club, or lounge, noticed the altercation and engaged some of the people involved. There was an exchange of gunfire with police as well."
King Von was just beginning to gain national notoriety. Signed to Lil Durk's record label Only The Family, he released his latest album Welcome To O'Block on October 30. HipHopDX sends our condolences to all those who loved him.
|Wed, October 14, 2020 at 3:44 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Kanye West's celebratory tweets about leading the polls in Kentucky were premature. On Tuesday (October 13), a noticeably thrilled Ye took to Twitter to share what turned out to be invalid early election results."GET THE WEST WING READY!!!" he tweeted alongside a video of himself pointing to the results. "This is how I felt when I saw the Kentucky pole result."
Ye - who managed to get on the ballot in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Utah and Vermont - should've done his due diligence. According to LEX18, who originally reported the numbers, it was simply a test.The Lexington-based news station cleared up the confusion with a tweet shortly after Kanye's victory lap, writing, "Someone discovered a cached web link that we used during June's primary election to post Associated Press election results. The old link was still populating current AP data and showed test results, which is part of the preparation the AP does in advance of elections."The results shown were not valid. They were simply part of a test. We regret the discovery of the cached web link and have removed the data from that page. We apologize for any confusion.
|Wed, October 14, 2020 at 3:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The long-awaited sequel to Eddie Murphy's 1988 classic Coming To America officially has a release date.According to Variety, Amazon Studios has acquired Coming 2 America from Paramount Pictures in a deal reportedly worth $125 million. They've set the premiere for December 18.
The movie revolves around Murphy's character Prince Akeem discovering he has a son in America just before he's about to become the king of Zamunda. Stars tapped for the film include Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, Tracy Morgan, Arsenio Hall and even Rick Ross - whose house was also used to shoot portions of the film.During an interview with HipHopDX in August 2019, Rozay revealed the unlikely news just shortly after he'd filmed his first scene.
The release date should be some good news for Ross, who's currently mourning the loss of his beloved Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals. He took the L in stride after Game 6 on Sunday (October 11) though, directly from the opposing city of Los Angeles at Dr. Dre's house."It's still Heat gang," he said when his team lost. "Let's hold our head high, next season we gon' shine."He ended the night by gifting Dre with a Black Bottle Boys jacket and promised some new heat on the way
|Wed, October 14, 2020 at 3:12 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tory Lanez appeared before an L.A. County judge via telephone on Tuesday (October 13) for his first hearing regarding the Megan The Stallion shooting incident.The Canadian rapper was charged with felony assault last week and was supposed to have his initial arraignment Tuesday morning. But Lanez's attorney Shawn Holley asked for a continuance and it was granted. Therefore, Lanez didn't enter a guilty or not guilty plea.
Megan did score a small victory as a result of the hearing though. TMZ reports the judge issued a protective order against Lanez, which means he's now required to stay at least 100 yards away from Megan and have zero contact with her.Lanez bail was reportedly set at $190,000, which he'll be posting with a bondsman at the hearing.
The protective order arrives on the same day Megan published an op-ed with the New York Times titled "Megan Thee Stallion: Why I Speak Up For Black Women." While she doesn't get too specific about what happened on July 12, the night the shooting occurred, she did explain why she was initially hesitant to identify Lanez as the triggerman."My initial silence about what happened was out of fear for myself and my friends," she wrote. "Even as a victim, I have been met with skepticism and judgment. The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted."
As Lanez mentioned numerous times on his 17-track DAYSTAR album, he "ain't do it." On Friday (October 9), Lanez promised the truth will prevail, once again asserting his innocence."[Time] will [tell]... and the truth will come to the light," he wrote on Twitter. "I have all faith in God to show that ... love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart ... a charge is not a conviction. If you have supported me or meg thru this, I genuinely appreciate u."
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|Fri, March 6, 2020 at 5:22 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Ever since blowing up in the rap game, DaBaby's found himself in quite a few legal situations (and some scandalous ones), but for now he won't have to worry too much about that batter case he caught in Miami.
TMZ is reporting that the Miami State Attorney's Office has announced that they're going to be dropping the battery charge DaBaby was hit with after he was accused of being involved in the beating and robbery of Kenneth Carey in South Beach. According to the report one of the alleged victims of the jux refuses to cooperate with investigators, hence, the dropping of charges.But the Kirk rapper isn't out of the woods yet as police are still investigating the incident.Even though the battery charge has been tossed, cops are still investigating the alleged robbery of Carey ... so DaBaby could potentially be charged.That being said, DaBaby still also faces a monetary lawsuit as a result of the same offense.Carey sued DaBaby claiming DB and his crew beat him to a pulp and in the process jacked his phone, money and credit card over a business deal gone wrong. That lawsuit - Carey's suing for more than $6 mil - is still active.DaBaby still maintains his innocence and predicts he'll be found innocent of all charges. Lord, we hope so..
|Tue, June 18, 2019 at 9:31 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Missy Elliott worked it and is now the first official female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The platinum-selling artist received the honor on Thursday (June 13) at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.Queen Latifah was tasked with inducting Missy and spoke about their decades-long friendship, while former first lady Michelle Obama sent in a taped video that aired during the ceremony.
"Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways," Obama said. "Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard."
As Missy was giving her acceptance speech, she broke down in tears."Every time I come up to a podium ... even with all the work that I've done, I don't know, and I'm assuming it's just God, I don't know why I am here," she said. "I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, 'Do not give up.' We all go through writer's block."Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don't give up because I'm standing here. And this is big for Hip Hop, too."
Misdemeanor addressed her special evening on Instagram later that night."Make sure yall SWIPE LEFT because last night my heart was full," she captioned the post. "@Queenlatifah one of my besties your a Queen i love you & @lizzobeeating @sosobrat my sisters i Love yall & yall MERKED IT!!! Well @MichelleObama you are Everything I LOVE YOU! You are AMAZING & FIERCE most def give at da cookout electric sliding tease"I am humbly grateful for your kind words and to the committee of Songwriters Hall of Fame i Thank you all for voting for me i am SPEECHLESS 20 some years of writing for myself and others is worth it. Thankful to smell my flowers while i'm here and the other WONDERFUL songwriters who were inducted Congratulations."
Missy Elliott will officially become the first female Hip Hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.CBS This Morning revealed the 2019 class of inductees on Saturday (January 12). Naturally, the "Supa Dupa Fly" mastermind celebrated the news on social media."I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 "Song Writers Hall of Fame," she wrote on Twitter." also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING. I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also. I love you all #SHOF2019
Other 2019 inductees include British singer Cat Stevens, country-folk icon John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Dallas Austin who wrote radio hits for TLC, Monica, P!nk, Boyz II Men and Madonna.Misdemeanor is only the third rapper to be inducted. JAY-Z was inducted in 2017 while Jermaine Dupri made his entrance last year. In addition to her own songs, Missy has also lent her songwriting talent to Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and the late Aaliyah.The 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City
|Tue, June 18, 2019 at 9:05 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Fans of The Boondocks can rejoice as it appears that 2020 will bring a new season of the critically acclaimed animated series - with creator Aaron McGruder back at the helm.As first reported by Variety, the announcement was made on Wednesday (June 12) by Sony Animated Pictures president Kristine Belson during the 2019 Annecy Animation Festival, in Annecy France.A co-production with Sony Pictures Television, the reboot is set to be a "complete re-imagining" of the OG series fans first fell in love with in 2005."[The show] chronicles the adventures of the Freeman family against the evil local government tyrant Uncle Ruckus, who rules fictional Woodcrest County, Maryland with an iron fist," a statement from Sony explains.John Witherspoon, who voices Granddad, first confirmed that the show would be returning during an interview with Joe Rogan - though he didn''t elaborate on timelines.The Breakfast Club''s very own Charlamagne Tha God witnessed the imminent comeback firsthand, having previewed a few new comic strips on his Instagram this year. And he understands the cultural significance of the show''s return."The Boondocks is one of my top three TV shows of all time," Charlamagne tells HipHopDX. "Aaron Mcgruder is a genius and I don''t use that term loosely. Programming like The Boondocks is what always made me via my platforms have the perfect balance of ratchetness and righteousness because if you ever watched The Boondocks you understood the messaging in it was way deeper than animation."They truly knew how to put the medicine in the candy and this new incarnation of The Boondocksaligns with my current adult sensibilities the things I care about the most now will definitely be seen via the lens of the World of Woodcrest and I can''t wait," he addedThe series was initially set to end after three seasons but was revived without the involvement of the show''s creator - citing the reason for the spilt as a disagreement over the production schedule
|Tue, June 11, 2019 at 12:08 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Yo Gotti's lawyers are attempting to have a $6.6 million default judgment against the rap star vacated.Yo Gotti's lawyers claim their client was never properly served with a lawsuit filed against him by Stack Money Empire and their artist Young Fletcher, who won the huge award in May.
Young Fletcher and Stack Money Empire say they forked over $20,000 for an exclusive verse by Yo Gotti.But they never signed the proper agreements with Yo Gotti which would have allowed them to commercially release the verse Young Fletcher recorded.Instead of signing the paperwork, the CMG boss presented Young Fletcher with a deal of his own, worth $150,000. When Young Fletcher rebuffed the deal, Yo Gotti allegedly recorded the exact same verse in question for another track.
Yo Gotti failed to respond to Young Fletcher and SME's lawsuit and as a result, he was smacked with a $6.6 million default judgment for engaging in unfair and deceptive trade practices.
In the latest round of court action, Yo Gotti's lawyers say a member of Gotti's security who was not authorized to accept the legal paperwork on his behalf was the one who received the lawsuit, and he was never told to hand the documents over to the rapper.The rapper's lawyers also argued that Yo Gotti did not intentionally mean to defraud Young Fletcher of SME. They also say there was no reasonable justification for such a large verdict against Yo Gotti.The next court date over the matter is slated for June 24.