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|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.
|Mon, June 10, 2019 at 12:54 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
HOUSTON, TX - Bushwick Bill's death is reportedly official. Following several erroneous reports stating the Geto Boys legend died on Sunday morning (June 9), members of his family quickly shut down the rumors and said he was still "fighting for his life."But according to Rolling Stone, a rep for the Houston rap luminary revealed he passed away on Sunday evening at a local hospital."Bushwick Bill passed away peacefully this evening at 9:35 p.m.," the statement reads. "There were incorrect previous reports that he had passed away this morning. We are looking into doing a public memorial at a later date. His family appreciates all of the prayers and support and are asking for privacy at this time."
Bill was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. During an interview with TMZlast month, he insisted he wasn't scared to die."I'm not really afraid of dying because if anyone knows anything about me from [his 1992 song] 'Ever So Clear,' I died and came back already in June 1991, so I know what it's like on the other side."Bushwick was 52.TMZ reports Bushwick Bill is "still alive and fighting cancer" in a hospital.Although the site originally reported Bill's death, his publicist spoke with hospital staff to confirm the Geto Boys member didn't pass away Sunday morning (June 9).Bill's daughter confirmed her father is still fighting for his life in an Instagram post."Contrary to what has been prematurely, insensitively, and inaccurately posted/reported - My dad IS NOT dead, he's still alive and fighting for his life," she wrote. "He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it's messed up because yall really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill. Thank you @tmz_tv & @realdawn_p for the updated report. On behalf of the family we're requesting privacy until further notice.