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|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 10:01 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tevin Biles-Thomas, 26, was acquitted from all charges linked to a 2018 shooting on Wednesday.
He was suspected of pulling the trigger after a fight broke out in the middle of a New Year’s Eve party. Multiple victims were hit at the scene, two who died there and one who later died at the hospital.
Biles-Thomas was acquitted due to a lack of evidence supported by inconsistent testimonies of the shooter’s description and clothing.
One of the victims was Biles-Thomas’ own 23-year-old cousin. The other victims were 19-years-old and 21-years-old.
Tevin Biles-Thomas' mugshotWhen the verdict was announced, one of the victim’s mother’s lashed out in frustration, making a scene in the court. She jumped up and ran towards Biles-Thomas screaming out, “You have to be f***ing kidding me. I’m going to kill you." The mother had to be restrained by officers but will not face charges.
Joseph Patituce, Biles-Thomas' attorney told TMZ, "We get it, she’s angry. She was led to believe Mr. Biles was guilty when he wasn’t, and she reacted like a mother. We don’t fault her for that."
Simone Biles has yet to comment on the recent ruling but spoke on the incident stating, "My heart aches for everyone involved, especially for the victims and their families" back in 2019.
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:58 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Back in April of last year, Wale teased an upcoming track. At the very end of the year, EarthGang and Wale finally unleashed the collab "Options," which is set to appear on their forthcoming project Ghetto Gods. They followed up the hit with a remix featuring newly-crowned XXL Freshman Coi Leray in late May.
EarthGang has released an official visual for the collaboration alongside Coi and Wale. In the video, the four rappers turn up together in a house party thrown by the Dreamville artists. Speaking about their forthcoming release Ghetto Gods, the duo explained on Twitter, "Ghetto Gods Is about finding the God in you. It doesn’t matter if your from the Ghetto or not. We all have the light in us. Elevate and let it shine."
"[It] is some of our best work so far and we’re going to give it to you the right way," they added. While they originally wanted to drop the same day Dreamville head honcho J. Cole unleashed his project The Off-Season, they ultimately chose not to. The move, which was inspired by Cole dropping the same day as Kanye back in 2013, would likely have overshadowed the upcoming project.
Watch EarthGang's video for "Options Remix" featuring Coi Leray and Wale above and let us know your thoughts down below.
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:44 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In the past few months since Bobby Shrmuda's release from prison, we've heard no new music from him. You can't really blame him since he's making up for some of the prime years that he lost while behind bars. Though he has previewed snippets of new music, fans are still eager to hear whether the Brooklyn rapper still got it.
Brad Barket/Getty ImagesIt seems that the rapper has been getting his business in order before proceeding with releasing new music. The rapper took to Instagram this week where he shared a video of himself leaving the Roc Nation office which could hint that a management deal under Hov's company is in the works. "If it's up then it's up, n***a," he said in a video he shared to his IG Story. "Gang."
This doesn't seem entirely shocking since Jay has been expanding the Roc Nation roster in recent years. Plus, Bobby Shmurda is scheduled to perform at Jay-Z's Made In America festival this summer, a sign that new music is coming soon.
Bobby's been slowly previewing new music and has been spotted in the studio with several major name artists, like Meek Mill, who is managed by Roc Nation. Quavo recently revealed that he has a song alongside Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel, though he didn't reveal whether it would be released soon.
Brad Barket/Getty Images "He trying to get it together. We waitin' on him," Quavo said of a Shmigo collab. "We got one, actually. I got one right now with us, Bobby and Rowdy. He just sent it to my phone. I gotta check it out," he added during Migos appearance on Angie Martinez's radio show.
Peep Bobby's video below. Are you excited about his return? Sound off in the comments.
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|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:42 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Yung Bleu is taking the high road after getting snubbed for a spot on the 2021 XXL Freshman List. Every year, the rap publication releases a list of some of the most exciting young stars coming up in hip-hop, and today, they gave the honors to Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Flo Milli, Blxst, Rubi Rose, 42 Dugg, Morray, and others. One artist that many people were expecting to see on the list was Yung Bleu but, unfortunately, XXL skipped out on including him this year.
Despite his platinum and gold certifications, Yung Bleu continues to fly under the radar for some music fans. He has a Drake co-sign and plenty of other artists on his side, but the independent star didn't earn enough support to get him onto the XXL list, being snubbed. Instead of going off on the outlet (like he did after he was snubbed at the BET Awards), the Alabama native congratulated his peers, showing maturity in his response.
Prince Williams/Getty Images"Congrats to all the artist that made this list," he wrote on the post.
Yung Bleu isn't the only artist that people think deserved a spot on the XXL Freshman list. Others, including The Kid LAROI, EST Gee, Sheff G, and $NOT were also left off the tally.
What do you think about the 2021 XXL Freshman List? Did they get it right this year or are they missing anyone?
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:28 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On Tuesday (June 15), we reported that protests had erupted in front of an LGBTQ+ bar in D.C. after a woman named Keisha Young was dragged out of the establishment by security. The woman, identified as Keisha Young, said she was confused for another person in the bar, which led to security dragging her down a set of stairs by her hair.
She explained, "[Security was] trying to get some other people out because somebody else brought a bottle in there. Somehow I got mixed up in an altercation because I look like somebody else and I got hit and dragged down the steps." The bar has since issued a public statement on the incident, but Young is demanding a direct apology from the establishment, hiring a lawyer to help get the job done.
According to TMZ, Young does not plan on letting the establishment off the hook too easily. Her lawyer Brandon Burrell explains that his client feels singled out, namely because she is a Black woman. Young is requesting that the bar owners speak to her personally and offer a sincere apology, adding that the statements shared on their Facebook page don't even acknowledge her name.
Burrell also hinted that a lawsuit was currently pending and they are simply awaiting the doctor's prognosis about the potential injuries she sustained that night. Keisha's legal team also wants the security guard to be hit with criminal charges and prosecuted as severely as possible under the law.
“She does want justice,” Burrell shared in a statement to a local news outlet. “So we’re going to at least do our part to file the report and see what the prosecutors make of that.”
She's set up a GoFundMe page to help deal with her legal fees and mental health services. You can donate to it here.
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:16 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Singer John Legend assured the public that his wife, model and media personality Chrissy Teigen, is "doing great" after she publicly apologized on Monday for previous actions on social media via a long-form blog post on Medium.
During a quick run-in with TMZ on Tuesday in West Hollywood, Legend happily let the photographer know that his wife is holding up well after she resurfaced with an emotional apology following a scandal that brewed in May, when media personality Courtney Stodden claimed that Teigen told them to kill themselves in a private DM years ago. Teigen took some time away from social media and came back with an apology that emphasized regret in her past actions, affirming her commitment to being a better person.
Teigen added that she would be reaching out privately to the individuals she's harmed and insulted throughout the years on social media in an effort to make things right and move forward. Despite her intentions, her return and apology weren't immediately met with universal praise and forgiveness from some corners. Michael Costello, a fashion designer who has appeared on "Project Runway," detailed in an Instagram post that Teigen's past cyberbullying led him to the point of suicidal thoughts.
In the post, Costello alleged that Teigen's harmful comments – which she mentioned in her Medium apology were all attempts to be funny and personable on social media – brought him deep emotional trauma that spurred suicidal thoughts and ideas. Teigen reacted to a supposed photoshopped comment of Costello using the "N" word on Instagram, claiming that he'll have his career ruined and that he deserved it for using the derogatory slur. While Costello himself has been hit with claims of bullying and harassment by singer Leona Lewis, it's clear that Teigen's past comments have led to a reckoning on social media etiquette.
See video of Legend's comments at the link below.
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:16 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Baddest B*tch is back with some brand new heat on this fine Wednesday. Trina slid through with a brand new banger titled, "Receipts" today, capitalizing off of her upcoming Verzuz battle tonight. Trina brings out the vibrant Miami bounce vibes on this one with big flexes about her frivolous expenditure. The self-empowering anthem celebrates Trina's long money and her boss status where ever she goes.
"Look, when they put the tab down, I grab that before the n***as/ 'Cause you fuckin' with a rich bitch, this pussy seven-figures," she raps matter-of-factly on the record.
The release of her new single arrives hours before she's set to face off against Eve on Verzuz. Chances are she'll be rocking this single at some point in the evening.
Are you feeling the latest release from Trina? Sound off in the comment section below.
Aye, bring the rose in, bring the rose in
When I come through the building, bring the hoes in
Black, white, Spanish, Asian
You ain't welcome to Miami unless you fuckin' with a Haitian
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 9:04 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Kanye West split from his wife of seven years Kim Kardashian earlier this year. While rumors of their divorce began circulating long before the official announcement came, those reports weren't confirmed until Kim officially filed for divorce from the Yeezy CEO. While they have parted ways, they seem to be dedicated to providing a healthy co-parenting environment for their four children and remain on good terms.
While the reality TV star has been vocal about desiring to take a break from dating, Ye has allegedly already moved on. After spending a romantic getaway together in Europe for his birthday, the Yeezus artist and Irina Shayk have reportedly been confirmed as an item. A new source confirmed to Page Six that Ye had his eye on Shayk shortly after he and his estranged wife split up.
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The source tells the publication that the rap mogul has been interested in dating Shayk for some time, actively pursing the model not long after his split with his influencer beau. “Kanye always had a thing for Irina, so she came to mind early on in his divorce from Kim. He decided to shoot his shot, and it worked,” the insider shared.
Although she's getting involved in another romance, she's making sure her 4-year-old daughter shared with ex Bradley Cooper remains her top priority. “Irina is a very hands-on mother and won’t let a new romance distract her from her daughter, so it’s perfect that things with Kanye are very casual and laid-back at the moment,” the source continues.
“They’re still getting acquainted, but the spark is definitely there, and Kanye likes where things are headed.” Neither Kanye nor Irina have commented on the rumors.
As for how Kardashian feels about her ex's new relationship, an insider told the publication, “Kim is fine with it,” an insider previously said of West’s new relationship. “She just wants him to be happy and healthy.”
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|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 8:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's officially time for the annual summer Hip-Hop tradition of seeing which new rising acts are given the stamp of approval by XXL. Yes, right on time for the summer, the 2021 XXL Freshman Class has finally been revealed. Some of the artists featured on this year's freshman cover already have a Billboard chart-topping single under their belt, while others are just now breaking out onto the mainstream stage. Regardless, a case can be made for any of the eleven Hip-Hop artists who have made the cut and been crown the lastest XXL Freshmen.
For context, last year's Freshman cover featured artists who would go on to become rap superstars, such as Polo G, Mulatto, Rod Wave, Jack Harlow, and several others. With such a stacked 2020 XXL Freshman Class, this year's class of newcomers definitely has big shoes to fill, so without further ado, here are the 2021 XXL Freshmen.
Coi Leray, Pooh Shiesty, Murray, Iann Dior, Lakeyah, DDG, 42 Dugg, Blxst, Rubi Rose, Toosii, and Flo Milli have been named XXL's 2021 Freshman Class, which the beloved Hip-Hop magazine describes as "out of this world."
The reveal comes months after a rumored Freshman list leaked that featured many of the artists who made the cut for the official cover as well as other rumored freshmen, such as The Kid Laroi, Sheff G, EST Gee, and $NOT. When that list leaked in March, rising artists Asian Doll and Drakeo the Ruler publicity criticized XXL's list, and unfortunately, both artists didn't make the final 2021 Freshman cover either.
Now that the Hip-Hop community finally knows who this year's XXL Freshmen are, get ready for the freestyles, cyphers, and interviews that will be popping up over the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, check out XXL's reveal video for this year's Freshman class.
What are your thoughts on this year's XXL Freshman Class? Is it stronger or weaker than years past? Is there anyone who you think landed the cover that didn't deserve it? And most importantly, who do you think is missing?
|Wed, June 16, 2021 at 8:44 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
There is no group icier than the Migos. So, it only made sense that they'd be executive producing a new series about diamonds for YouTube. The group launched a trailer for Ice Cold: The Untold Story Of Hip-Hop Jewelry, a four-episode YouTube Original that explores the history behind diamonds in connection to the hip-hop industry. "Told through the multi-faceted prism of jewelry, Ice Cold explores Hip Hop’s ability to reimagine and transcend established notions of wealth, status, and superiority," a description for the series reads.
Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesThe show will include an array of some of the entertainment world's finest like Migos, Lil Yachty, A$AP Ferg, French Montana, Lil Baby, J. Balvin, City Girls, and more. The show dives not only into hip-hop's connection to jewelry but also speaks to "deeper issues driving the passion for jewlery: racial inequality, access to the American Dream & the sheer resilience of hip-hop culture."
"If you're in America, you have to participate in capitalism. It's where a lot of people who haven't been able to build the same type of generational wealth as white people in this country. That's where you could show that you're a good capitalist, 'Look how big and fly my chain is,'" Talib Kweli says in the trailer.
Ice Cold is set to launch on July 8th. Are you tuning into the Migos EP'd series?