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|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 9:48 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The song has been the latest of her singles to create waves over on TikTok, and now Doja Cat has blessed her fans with a visual to "Streets." If the song sounds familiar, it's because you've most likely watched one of the thousands of the red-light special #SilhouetteChallenge videos that recently stormed social media. The California artist is readying the release of her sonically-eclectic album rumored for release this year, but Doja decided to revisit her 2019 Hot Pink release to give fans the visual that they begged for.
The haunting clip stars Queen Sugar and Girls Trip actor Kofi Siriboe as the cab driver who becomes entranced by Doja's moves. She caught him slipping and spun a web made just for him, but in the end, you'll have to decide if this was all a fantasy or reality. Fans have praised Doja and her team for this one, noting how much the Pop-Rap star has grown since her "Mooo" days.
Make sure to tune into the Grammys on Sunday, March 14 to watch Doja Cat take to the stage as one of their many performers, and while we wait to see what she'll come up with, check out the visual to "Streets" above.
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 9:27 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The legal issues continue to escalate for T.I. and wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris. What began as an allegation from Sabrina Peterson has developed into a barrage of sexual assault and rape allegations against the couple. Peterson first accused the rapper of holding a gun to her head, an allegation that T.I. has denied. After engaging in a back and forth, Peterson resurfaced with a number of women who claimed that they were victimized by both T.I. and Tiny with many of them sharing allegations of being held against their will, being drugged, or enduring sexual assault.
Jesse Grant / Stringer / Getty ImagesT.I. and Tiny have released statements through their attorney adamantly denying the accusations but it's reported that many of the women have acquired legal representation. In a report made by the Daily Mail on Monday (March 8), six additional women have come forward with allegations that they were sexually assaulted, adding to the more than one dozen others.
The outlet shared information about a few of the accusers, stating that one person is a member of the military, another was a 17-year-old high school student who allegedly interned at one of T.I.'s studios, and a stripper. The woman who interned for T.I. is 22-years-old now and claims that she was drugged and anally raped on a tour bus. The military woman said she met the couple at a club and went back to their hotel where she allegedly took a sip of Tiny's drink and felt dizzy. She claims they took a shower together and before passing out. T.I. allegedly told her he wanted to put his foot inside of her vagina. The woman says when she woke up, she felt sore.
Attorney Tyrone Blackburn penned a letter to authorities in both California and Georgia in hopes that a formal investigation will be launched. With these new allegations, he's written a new note. "These women are unaware of each other, and without any leading on my part, they recount eerily similar events of sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, terroristic threats and false imprisonment,” he reportedly wrote, adding that the accusers aren't seeking a financial payout.
T.I. and Tiny deny all accusations of forcing or coercing anyone to do anything they didn't want to do. No charges have been filed against either party.
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 8:54 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The changes over at 1501 Certified Entertainment have helped in the label's success and speculation. The buzz about the Houston collective increased astronomically following the success of Megan Thee Stallion's "Big Ole Freak," and soon, the rapper became the new "it" artist in the game. We've continued to watch Megan's career reach new heights with each release and collaboration, but her conflict with her label has taken center stage. Megan is managed by Roc Nation as she and her label are looking to end their legal battle, which will be soon, according to Rap-A-Lot Records legend J. Prince.
The label moved on to Erica Banks, a Dallas rapper that has been taking the world by storm. She's an artist on the rise thanks to her "Buss It" single taking over TikTok with its own challenge, but she's not the only woman in rap that 1501 has been working with. Wife and mother of four Kona Lisa is also on the roster but a recent video she shared suggests that she's at odds with her team. She dropped a few bars and alleges her label is no longer progressing her career.
"No I'm not from Dallas but I'm still a star b*tch / My label they ain't really f*ckin wit me 'cause they found out I was a smart b*tch," Kona Lisa spits over Pooh Shiesty and Lil Durk's "Back in Blood" beat. Later, she even drops Pooh Shiesty's name and references Gucci Mane as she closes her rhymes out with, "Even Pooh say I'm so shiesty / I should've signed to so icy."
Kona Lisa doesn't expand on her label issues other than that, but you can check out her bars below and let us know if she would be better fitted with Gucci Mane and his team.
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 8:21 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It was devastating enough for Vanessa Bryant to lose both her husband and their 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash, but after learning that deputies at the scene were taking and sharing photos, the widow was vexed. A bartender reportedly filed a complaint with authorities after overhearing a patron, a deputy, hitting on a woman at a bar by telling her he had personal crash-scene photos that included the remains of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. When he allegedly took them out and proved that they were real, the bartender took action. In September 2020, Vanessa filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriffs and it's been a point of contention regarding whether or not the names of the deputies involved should be shared with the public.
In a recent ruling, a federal judge has stated that Sheriff Alex Villanueva can no longer keep those names private. The judge denied the request to withhold that information and reportedly explained his ruling in a two-page document. The deputies were hoping that their personal information would be kept under wraps due to safety concerns, especially considering the international movement behind Kobe Bryant and his career. They were mistaken.
"Although the Court recognizes that this case has been the subject of public scrutiny and media attention and that the Deputy Defendants are legitimately concerned that they will encounter vitriol and social media attacks, such concerns, by themselves, are not sufficient to outweigh the public’s strong interest in access," the ruling said.
Vanessa took to Instagram to celebrate the bittersweet news. Check out posts about the court-ruling below.
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 7:52 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The news regarding Jay-Z's monumental sell-off of Tidal to Jack Dorsey's Square, Inc. revealed that Hov took home $297 million, but it sparked a conversation about his co-owners. Others who bought-in when Jay acquired Tidal back in 2015 include Beyoncé, Rihanna, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Daft Punk, Chris Martin (Coldplay), Calvin Harris, deadmau5, Madonna, Jack White, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire), and Jason Aldean. Variety recently shared a report where they broke down the numbers, including how much each of these partners will walk away with in this latest Tidal deal.
According to the outlet, those who partnered with Hov were "gifted 3% in equity in Tidal," and it's estimated that each artist (or artist paring) will receive approximately $8.91 million. Jay's latest move has been heavily criticized from all sides, but regardless of where one stands about the Rap mogul's business decisions, they all prove to be lucrative in maintaining his billion-dollar empire.
“Tidal started with the idea of honoring artists by being artist-owned and led, focused on an uncompromised experience of the art," Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey recently tweeted. "It’s refreshing and right. The vision only grows stronger as it’s matched with more powerful tools for artists, inclusive of new ways of getting paid.”
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 7:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
We're far from being "bored in the house and in the house bored" under quarantine like we were this time last year when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the world to undergo a lockdown. There are still restrictions in place, but we're finding ourselves adjusting to our new normal. There have been a few ideas created during quarantine that have developed into money-makers, including Verzuz, but now that we're no longer under lockdown, 50 Cent doesn't quite see the continued purpose of the music-centered online show.
Brad Barket / Stringer / Getty ImagesThe Rap mogul sat down with The Morning Hustle where he discussed his potential participation in the series after Fat Joe recently stated he'd only do a Verzuz if it was with Fif. "I thought Verzuz was something we did when we was stuck in the house. Look, as soon as we got out of the house and we come back outside, I was like, Verzuz didn't make sense to me," said Fif. One of the hosts suggested that maybe artists can take Verzuz on the road and make money that way, but 50 Cent wasn't convinced.
"The reason why—the Verzuz part, to me, because of how it came, I looked at it like...Verzuz showed up and was the hottest thing. I was paying attention to it and watching it like everybody else. This is when D-Nice is like, the only DJ on the planet, right?" he added with a laugh. "This is like, COVID, this is crazy, what are we doing, we're just looking and trying to figure out what we're doing next."
"Soon as we come back outside I'm like, I don't know why we're still doing [Verzuz]. I think when they did the Jeezy, Gucci Mane [Verzuz], I think that that was desperation on Jeezy's part trying to sell a record." When asked if he felt as if the promotion ploy worked, Fif answered, "No, the record didn't sell."
"But I think that's what that was leading up to it because they looked at how much a catalog would sell and how much exposure you'll have 'cause he was releasing a record at that point. Other than that, I don't know why you would do that." Check out the clip, and 50 Cent's full interview with The Morning Hustle below.
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|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 6:43 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Hip Hop culture is never without beef. Since its inception, there have been verbal battles and wars regarding who is the best lyrically, what rapper has the greatest flow, and who consistently drops the hardest bars. There haven't been issues when comparing one artist to the next, but as social media has become the leading force of entertainment, fans have introduced new avenues of pitting rappers against one another. We've witnessed these rising beefs turn violent or even deadly, and many entertainers are opting to stay away from the controversy instead of feeding into it for "likes."
Rich Fury / Stringer / Getty ImagesBack in February, Saweetie and Cardi B fans were debating if the two chart-topping rappers were secretly at odds. With Cardi married to Offset and Saweetie paired up with Quavo, their fans expected the women to show themselves interacting more. Cardi's sister Hennessy Carolina quickly shut down the rumors and said that the ladies didn't have any beef with one another and were actually in talks to collaborate, and Saweetie confirmed that information during her sit-down with The Breakfast Club.
"Yeah, our teams have definitely been talking. I think we're just kinda waiting for that right record," said Saweetie. Shee explained why she believes things were blown out of proportion. "I think the media just likes to take things out of context. I'm loving how women artists are starting to realize that sometimes it's the media that creates something that's not there. I think it just shows mature and it shows growth amongst me and my peers to not be affected by what the media says."
Check out the clip below and revisit our previous story about the fans' speculation here: Is There Beef Between Cardi B & Saweetie?
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 6:15 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Another successful NBA All-Star Weekend is in the books, but not without scandals. The city of Atlanta lit up this past weekend as dozens of nightclub events were hosted by several of the hundreds of celebrities in town. We saw videos from just a few of the parties, as well as the not-so-pleasant occurrences from those looking for a come-up. There were a handful of photos floating around showing that while people were inside of the clubs, others were taking the tires off of their cars. Two people reportedly died over the weekend including rapper Chucky Trill who was reportedly shot and killed on a highway.
When there is a celebrity-centered event on the horizon, especially sports-related, models will do all they can to make sure they're seen. However, just because someone is flexing online doesn't mean they have the means to afford their travels, and often, people end up stranded. That's what was said to have happened to a woman who goes by "Yazz Theestallion."
“I went to Atlanta for all star weekend with $400 only booked a one way because I was waiting on my unemployment to pay my way back but they baited I need help surviving and making back home to New York please anything will help!!!” she wrote in her original GoFundMe post that has since been deleted. She asked for a goal of $1,500 and after making $1,600 with the help of over 50 donors, her post was taken down.
Lil Yachty couldn't help but draw attention to "Yazz" over on TikTok. "Why did you go? You shoulda stayed home. Anybody that want to help this poor girl, they shouldn't because you shoulda stayed home." Then, he decided to scream it for good measure. "You shoulda stayed home!" 50 Cent couldn't help himself and had to weigh in, as well, over on Instagram.
"Is this real [laughing emojis] or is somebody trying to pull some bullsh*t. LOL ALLSTAR weekend is over." Some have suggested that this was all a scam, but truthful or not, it made someone $1,600 richer. Check out the posts below.
@lilyachty##greenscreen U SHOULDA STAYED HOME!!!!!!!!
♬ original sound - lilyachty😂🤦🏽♀️no way
Posted by Yazz TheeStallion on Sunday, March 7, 2021I really broke the internet just being myself 😭Funny 😂😂😂
Posted by Yazz TheeStallion on Monday, March 8, 2021Y’all keep asking me if I’m okay 😂I am perfectly fine idc bout these negative ass comments I am literally laughing with y’all . I done caught 50 cent Herbo and lil yatchy attention just from being a clown😂
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|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 5:43 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
No one expected Papa Johns to be entangled in a racism controversy, but that's exactly what happened in 2018. In May of that year, a conference call involving then-CEO John Schnatter, the man from those memorable commercials, became the talk of the town after it was alleged and he used the n-word. There were several excuses Schnatter gave at the time as to why he used the racial slur, but in the end, he stepped down from his position after alleged urging from the board of directors. Schnatter recently sat down for an interview with the far-right, pro-Trump-supporting One America News Network where he revisited his controversy, only he made more statements that added fuel to the fire.
Rob Kim / Stringer / Getty ImagesSchnatter said that when he saw his name being "smeared" in headlines, he was in a "state of shock." He added, "I couldn't understand it. I mean, you have a public board who paints its chairman—complicit, passive or active—they paint the founder as a racist. They know he's not a racist. It's just unbelievable. I used to lay in bed just going, 'How did they do this?'"
He said that there have been "three goals" for the "last 20 months," and one of them surprised the public. "To get rid of this n-word in my vocabulary and dictionary and everything else because it's just not true [and] figure out how they did this and get on with my life." Schnatter wants the board to come forward to admit that they jumped to conclusions and didn't offer a proper investigation into the conference call incident before asking him to step down.
Schnatter previously maintained that he was repeating what someone else said and that his comments were taken out of context. During the call in question, Schnatter was asked how he would distance himself from racists online after calling out the NFL during the kneeling controversy. Schnatter reportedly stated that “Colonel Sanders called blacks n*ggers," but the KFC founder never received backlash, so he wasn't concerned. In December 2020, his lawyer reportedly launched an investigation into the 2018 incident to prove that Schnatter didn't use the term to degrade anyone. Check out the clip of his interview below.
|Mon, March 8, 2021 at 5:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
They closed out the month of February with a major music announcement about the arrival of Silk Sonic, and now Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak are begging the Grammys for a spot on the stage. We've already received the news from The Recording Academy that they've chosen acts like Lil Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Post Malone, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, and many more, but Mars and .Paak wants Silk Sonic to become a last-minute addition.
Instead of working things out behind the scenes, Bruno Mars decided to pen an open letter to the Grammys that he shared on Twitter. "Dear Grammys, If you can see it in your hearts to allow two out of work musicians to perform at your show, we would really appreciate it," wrote Mars. "We just released a song and could really use the promotion right now. We have a lot riding on this record (and the Pelicans game next week, but that's another story)."
"We haven't been able to perform in a while and we just want to sing," he continued. The singer added that they'll take as many COVID-19 tests that are required and even offered to send in an audition tape. Bruno Mars promised that they wouldn't be "extra" and just wanted the opportunity to "gig again." Soon, thousands of fans joined in their crusade and supported their efforts with the #LetSilkSonicThrive hashtag, but there has yet to be an official response from The Recording Academy. We'll have to wait and see if they can pull this off, but in the meantime, check out Mars and .Paak's funny tweets below.