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|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 6:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Deshaun Watson is currently in the midst of various legal battles as he is being sued by 22 women who claim he sexually assaulted them. These allegations arose in March as attorney Tony Buzbee began to alert the media of various allegations being leveled against the Houston Texans quarterback. The women all have similar stories as they are massage therapists who say they were approached by Watson on social media, where they then booked massages. It was here that Watson allegedly began to get inappropriate, and now, the women are taking action.
While Watson and his legal team have denied the allegations, Buzbee claims that the women all have valid stories and that they won't be settling out of court no matter what. According to TMZ, Buzbee says all of his clients want to see these lawsuits go to court and that they won't be backing down.
Carmen Mandato/Getty ImagesBuzbee is also saying that four of the accusers have been interviewed by the NFL, who are currently investigating Watson over these allegations. Despite this, the women believe the NFL has acted unfairly towards them and was even disrespectful at times.
This is a legal battle that could last a very long time, so stay tuned to HNHH as we will continue to keep you informed on the matter.
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|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 6:41 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Well that didn't take long. Just a day or two after going viral for his racist rant, comedian Tony Hinchcliffe has been dropped by his talent agency, WME, TMZ reports.
If you happened to have missed it, footage of comedian Tony Hinchcliffe went viral this week after he went on racist tirade during a stand up set. It all happened in Austin, Texas last week when the comedian, known for the Comedy Central Roast series and working on Joe Rogan's podcast, did a set after being introduced by fellow comic Peng Dang (who is of Chinese descent). However, things quickly took a turn for the worse when Hinchcliffe went off the rails and started attacking Dang for being Asian.
“How about one more time for the filthy little fucking ch*nk that was just up here,” Hinchcliffe said before going on to mock his accent. “Oh we make gunpowder. Oh you want extra soy sauce. Oh you borrow money from us! And you guys are just eating it up, you fucking pussies,” Hinchcliffe added.
In an interview with TMZ, Dang spoke about the experience and explained he has no idea what Hinchcliffe’s intention was. “I’m from China, I’ve been in this country for almost 11 years,” he said. “I lived in Alabama, Georgia, Texas… and I had never heard anybody call me that C word. So I was very, very shocked when I heard it.”
He added that prior to Hinchcliffe’s comments, he said the audience responded well to his set, which focused on stopping Asian hate. He mentioned that “some of the audience were visibly uncomfortable” following the introduction of Hinchcliffe, “especially the female audience members.”
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 6:16 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Skrillex may very well have had the most successful rebrands in recent memory, having gone from fronting the emo band From First To Last to becoming one of the biggest DJs in the industry. Now, Skrillex has returned with a new single in "Butterflies," enlisting the assistance of Starrah and Four Tet for the up-tempo house-inspired collab.
As expected, Skrillex's production is lush and meticulous, his control over the pace that of a practiced master. He's not alone in that assessment, having enlisted another established beatmaker in Four Tet. Together, they conjure up a dancefloor-ready piece of music without dipping into obnoxious territory. It's the perfect backdrop for Starrah to put in work, her sensual and heavily processed vocals adding character to the minimalist banger. "Everybody love somеbody," she sings. "Know you’re not just anybody, butterflies whеn you touch my body."
Check out Skrillex, Four Tet, and Starrah's new single "Butterflies" right now.
QUOTABLE LYRICSEverybody love somеbody
Know you’re not just anybody
Butterflies whеn you touch my body
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 6:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Back in 2019, there was this wild story of an aspiring Baltimore-rapper, named Chad "Focus" Arrington, who allegedly stole over $4 million dollars from his then employer to help fund his music career. At the time he was being charged for "federal charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft" and faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted. Well it appears he’s getting a two and half year sentence.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, 33-year-old Chad Arrington, aka “Chad Focus,” received his sentence Wednesday, getting 30 months for his role in the crime. And after completing his prison sentence, Chad will serve 12 months of home confinement as part of three years of supervised release. The judge also ordered him to pay back $4,142,435.31 in restitution to cover the victim’s losses.
Prosecutors say he had used the stolen money to buy billboards across the U.S., including one in Times Square that touted him as the “#1 recording artist in the world.” He is also accused of using some of that money to purchase social media followers as well as services that artificially increased online streaming of his songs. He allegedly conducted the scheme from at least January 2015 to August 2018.
“Chad Arrington illegally used a company credit card to spend more than $4 million to promote himself as a hip-hop artist and to promote his company,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan F. Lenzner. “Now Arrington will spend more than two years in federal prison. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland will continue to utilize our resources to prosecute this type of costly fraud.”
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 6:00 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Ruth B. is back with her recently-released single, "Situation," this time inviting fans in for a more intimate and stripped down version of the all-together-lovely record.
For those unfamiliar, the Edmonton, Alberta-born singer has been slowly carving out a name for herself in the r'n'b space. "Lost Boy," her debut single back in 2015, was the first record to really put her on the map, and ever since then, she's been low-key putting out fire music. "Low-key" because she may not have as much visible "clout" as modern-day r'n'b stars like, say, a SZA or a Kehlani, but nonetheless, she has a dedicated, cult-like fanbase.
After featuring the original version of "Situation" back in mid-April when it first dropped, we're back with this breezier, lighter version of the record. For the visual component, Ruth B. is sitting in a studio, surrounded by flower arrangements, creating this aura around her. Meanwhile, her attire is simple, an over-sized brown corduroy jacket with a black-mock neck means.
Let us know if you're a fan of the singer, and check out more of our favorite r'n'b jams with our R&B SEASON playlist on Spotify here.
And for more r'n'b newcomers you should be familiar with, check out our Next Generation of R&B editorial.
You're always full of jokes, I'm kind of soft spoke
But when we get together I feel understood
You say we're having fun, then you say that I'm the one
But this is so dumb, got me so confused
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 5:58 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On April 21, a 42-year-old Black man named Andrew Brown Jr. was fatally shot in the head by North Carolina police as they were allegedly carrying out a warrant for Brown's arrest. In the weeks following the tragedy, residents of Elizabeth City, North Carolina have taken to the streets to protest the police shooting, especially after the Pasquotank County District Attorney Andrew Womble has claimed that Brown Jr. was threatening the officers involved with his car prior to the shooting.
As previously reported, the sheriff's office has stated that it's legally prohibited from releasing further details, including bodycam footage, without having an order from the court, but the family of Andrew Brown Jr. has continued to do the legwork to properly represent him in court. After conducting a private autopsy that revealed that Brown had been shot by police five times, the family's lawyer, Chance Lynch, has spoken out against the district attorney's allegations in an interview with TMZ.
Sean Rayford/Getty Images"I don't know where the elected got his recollection of facts or what video he saw," Lynch tells TMZ. "What we saw, was an unjustified killing, and we never saw Mr. Brown pose a threat to law enforcement at any time while he was there in his vehicle.
Reiterating that the misleading accusations made by District Attorney Andrew Womble can still be easily resolved, Lynch says, "What I've said from the beginning is this: I'm not sure what the elected is saying he saw because [it] clearly doesn't match what we saw. There's one way that we can dispel the myths, and it's one way that we can clear any discrepancies: release the footage."
At the time of writing, the body cam footage from Andrew Brown Jr.'s fatal encounter with police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina has not yet been released, so stay tuned for updates.
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 5:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It appears Prince Harry has joined the chorus of backlash against Joe Rogan’s recent comments about the coronavirus vaccine, arguing that the influential podcast star should have chosen his words more carefully. If you missed it, Joe Rogan made a controversial statement about the covid vaccine last month, telling his millions of Spotify followers that he doesn't believe a young, healthy person should worry about getting the vaccine.
“If you’re like 21 years old, and you say to me, ‘Should I get vaccinated?’ I’ll go no.” Rogan said. “If you’re a healthy person, and you’re exercising all the time, and you’re young, and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about this.” He later clarified his remarks, explaining: “I said, ‘I believe [the vaccines are] safe,’ and I encouraged many people to take them… My parents were vaccinated. I just said, ‘I don’t think that if you’re a young, healthy person, that you need it.’”
Appearing on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s Armchair Expert podcast on Thursday, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex said “the issue is in today’s world with misinformation endemic, you’ve got to be careful about what comes out of your mouth.”
Taking aim at Joe, Prince Harry said it would have been better for Rogan to “just stay out of it” and that “with a platform comes responsibility.” His intervention is notable given that he and Rogan are podcastmates at Spotify, where they both have exclusive deals.
Prince Harry appeared on Armchair Expert to promote his Apple TV+ series with Oprah Winfrey, The Me You Can’t See, which premieres next Friday, May 21.
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|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 5:38 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
While hip-hop fans are no stranger to rap beef, every so often, feuds can also arise in the realm of hip-hop media. Those who pay close attention to the podcasting world are possibly aware that former Joe Budden Podcast co-hosts Rory and Mal, both of whom were given the boot from the long-running series only yesterday, have been embroiled in a heated and highly disrespectful feud with DJ Akademiks.
As shots have been exchanged from both sides, with certain personal lines having been crossed, it's no surprise that Ak would have much to say regarding the unceremonious firing of his rival Rory. As the news began to circulate, Ak quickly took to Twitch to stage a "funeral" by his own admission, cracking a bottle of Hennessy and queuing up a memorial playlist of sorts. The glee in his eyes was undeniable as Ak fired off a relentless stream of gloats. "You tried to be a boss, but got told you were a worker," he taunts, over the mournful words of Diddy's "I Miss You."
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There's certainly much more where that came from, as Ak's Twitch stream lasted well over an hour with his chat army lining up to throw fuel on the fire. Though some might accuse the divisive media man of being a nosy Nellie, it can't be denied that Ak may very well have played a role in stoking tension between the former Joe Budden Podcast co-hosts. Especially given that Joe has been teasing a reunion with his Everyday Struggle alumni, a development that likely didn't sit well with Rory and Mal -- both of whom have fielded frequent disrespect from Ak.
For those who can appreciate a bit of Hennydemiks shenanigans, check out his reaction to the firing of his longtime rival below. Do you think Joe Budden would be wise to reunite with his former cohort?
WATCH: Akademiks goes in on Rory and Mal after their exit from the Joe Budden Podcast
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 5:33 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Despite the momentum burst from Isaiah Rashad's triumphant return with the Duke Deuce-assisted "Lay Wit Ya," it feels premature to declare it anything close to TDE season. At least, not yet. The legendary label has been in the midst of a lengthy lull, with many of its biggest artists having taken some serious time off. Last we heard, from Ab-Soul was 2016, while Kendrick and SZA's latest albums came in 2017. Jay Rock blessed us with Redemption in 2018, while ScHoolboy Q dropped off CrasH Talk in 2019.
On the topic of Q, the rapper actually teased a quick follow-up to CrasH Talk, prompting fans to assume he'd be coming through with a proper back-to-back. Unfortunately, the months quickly passed with no word of a new Q album, and soon enough his once-teased album became part of the TDE purgatorial pause. At least, until recently. It would appear that Q has decided to hit the reset button, seemingly beginning work on an entirely new project.
Roy Rochlin/Getty ImagesIn fact, all signs suggest that Q's motivation is at an all-time high. He recently shared a promising Instagram story, which can currently be seen right here, that provides insight into his work ethic. "I been walking str8 to the booth lately," he states, alongside a clip of himself doing exactly that. "3 hrs at a time." Though not much to go off, it certainly suggests that Q has been focused on his craft, a promising sign that he'll be plotting a proper return before long.
Though it's likely Isaiah will be the first TDE artist to drop something new, as The House Is Burning is certainly overdue, perhaps we'll be receiving a new Q project before the end of the year. It would certainly go a long way in reasserting TDE's dominance, as many fans have been eager to see what hip-hop's most esteemed golf connoisseur has been cooking up. Are you among those excited for some new Q?
|Thurs, May 13, 2021 at 4:38 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Among his many other titles -- diamond-selling emcee and television mogul among them -- 50 Cent has become an unexpected cultural commentator, thanks to an unapologetic penchant for gallows humor and a no-filter Instagram page. It's reached the point where if any of his hip-hop peers do anything that catches his eye, they'll be sure to hear about it.
Most recently, Fif has opted to set his destructive sights at his old pal and rival Kanye West, whose unconventional new Yeezy sneaker caught his eye late last night. Boasting a design that feels like something a Druid might sport in a fantasy RPG, the design proved too much for 50 to handle. Yet in place of overt hostility came simple amusement in knowing that Ye's influence would lead to a demand in certain circles, deemed ever so lovingly as "fools" by the legendary rapper.
Steven Ferdman/Getty Images"LOL Kanye gonna have you fools walking around in these shit’s," he raps, aghast at the possibility. "LMAO oh my God." Generally tending to favor the all-caps "LOL," his invocation of "LMAO" (an acronym for laugh my ass off for the younger readers) speaks volumes about his feelings on the matter. And he's not alone -- comedian HaHa Davis dubbed them "the Tree Stomp 3's," while Waka Flocka added that they had to be seen to be believed.
Despite the ridicule, it can't be denied Kanye West knows exactly what he's doing, having built his Yeezy brand into one of the biggest sneaker companies in the game. Though it's clear that 50 won't be sporting a pair anytime soon, there are many who eagerly throw ducats at all things Kanye, no matter how outside of the box his designs may be. Check out the sneakers in question below, and sound off if you agree with 50's disapproving assessment.