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|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 6:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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The murder of up-and-coming rapper Pop Smoke, Bashar Barakah Jackson, just over a year ago was already jarring, but the latest detail of the circumstances makes it extra painful. Reportedly, the "Dior" rapper was robbed of his diamond-studded Rolex before he was shot and killed by a teen.
The New York Daily News reports that a 15-year-old suspect admitted to shooting Pop Smoke after he and his crew of mostly teenaged assailants broke into the home he was renting out in the Hollywood Hills. Their goal was to rob the rapper of his Rolex watch and his cuban link gold chain.
According to the cop's testimony, the four defendants, who have been charged with murder, were able to sell the watch for just $2000.
The officer got the details from a recording of a conversation the accused shooter had with a cellmate at a juvenile detention center in May 2020. The shooter is the youngest of the defendants.
"He admitted that he shot the victim three times with a Baretta 9 (mm,)," LAPD Det. Carlos Camacho reportedly testified on Friday (May 7), at a hearing for Corey Walker, 20, the only adult defendant in the case.
Apparently, both Walker and the teen shooter snitched on themselves, with the former also flapping his gums to an informant who was placed into custody with him after his arrest in July 2020.
Reportedly, Pop Smoke was confronted by the home invaders while he was naked in the shower. Although he initially complied and gave up his watch, a fight broke and Pop Smoke "rushed" the intruders per Camacho's testimony. It was then that he was pistol whipped before being shot in the chest. The murder occurred around 4 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2020. Pop Smoke was just 20.
Read the full details over at the New York Daily News.
Rest in power Pop Smoke. You deserved much better.
|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 4:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Slowly but surely, music festivals are roaring back this year with some exciting events already announced. Adding to the growing tally, Lyrical Lemonade and SPKRBX's Summer Smash Festival will make its return to Chicago with a three-day event featuring some of Hip-Hop music's established giants alongside rising stars.
This summer in the Windy City, fans will be able to take in a full weekend of hits, slaps, anthems, and chants with headliners A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, and Lil Uzi Vert all commanding and closing the stages respectively between Friday and Sunday.
On Friday, August 20, the A$AP Mob honcho will share the stage with Swae Lee, Lil Skies, Yung Bans, Mulatto, and more. On Saturday, August 21, Lil Baby will have the stage set for him by Coi Leray, Blueface, Ski Mask the Slump God, and others. On the festival's closing day on Sunday, August 22, Vert will be preceded by NLE Choppa, Young M.A., Lucki, $not, and a gang of other folks.
Joining in the festivities will be Gunna, City Girls, Lil Yachty, Pooh Shiesty, Baby Keem, Carnage, The Kid Laroi, Earl Sweatshirt, Benny The Butcher, 24KGOLDN, and plenty of other notable acts across the genre.
Three-day GA passes went on sale Friday (May 7) along with VIP packages and this event is slated to sell out fast so swift action is encouraged. The site of the festival will be announced in the coming weeks, including pertinent details such as the food and drink situation, onsite activations, and more.
To get on top of procuring your place at the Summer Smash Festival, please click here for more.
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|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 3:51 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Prosecutors and police shared details on a sweeping gang conspiracy indictment unveiled on Thursday (May 6), leading to 18 members of a Brooklyn gang being charged.
Gothamist reports that 18 young men allegedly involved in a string of shootings, including a drive-by that left 1-year-old Davell Gardner dead at a cookout last summer, were charged. According to the NYPD, the takedown focused on the Hoolie street gang, comprised of fewer than 100 men whose territory is around Roosevelt Houses in Bed-Stuy. Among the 18 arrested was Dashawn Austin, accused of firing the fatal bullet that killed Gardner.
According to the indictment, Austin, 25, and other Hoolie members, including Akeem Artis, traveled in a three-car caravan to carry out the shooting as part of an ongoing turf war, through at least September 2020, against the rival 900 Gang. That feud is believed to date back to a 2018 shooting by members of 900, which wounded Artis and killed another Hoolie member.
The chain of retaliatory violence has resulted in four murders and eight non-fatal shootings involving nine victims, prosecutors allege. Just six of the 13 total victims were believed to be members of a rival street gang.
During a press conference on Thursday, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, "This is the type of gun violence that has made people fearful to leave their homes," while breaking down the 63-count indictment that was the product of a two-part investigation that saw 19 other members of the 900 gang arrested.
At the time of Gardner's death, community leaders called for more action from Mayor Bill de Blasio to combat gun violence steadily rising both nation and city-wide. Since the fatal incident, it continues to rise in the city.
Gonzalez praised the NYPD's investigative work saying it was a product of surveillance footage, forensics, social media, and recorded telephone calls. Of those who the NYPD arrested, ten of them are between the ages 19 and 33-years-old and have been charged with second-degree murder and face up to 25 years to life in prison.
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|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 3:40 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Safaree and Erica Mena's marriage has been shaky to say the least. Wendy Williams has chimed in on their relationship and Erica told her she can catch those hands.
As spotted on The Grio the recent news of the celebrity couple expecting another child together was met with mixed feelings throughout media outlets and the world of Hip-Hop. This became a hot topic for the queen of gossip this week on The Wendy Williams Show. "We're not trying to do anything, you're the one putting it out there, Erica," she said. "You and Safaree. I don't really know you much Erica, but I do know Safaree enough and you all need to stop fighting and threatening divorce so much. And you all need to grow up and grow into being parents and if you're not gonna want to be married, then get a divorce and co-parent" she added. "And babies don't save marriages, but good luck, at least your first six months. Good luck."
Naturally the non solicited advice got back to Erica and she responded with an invitation to a fight. "@WendyWilliams At this point let's link up so I can beat your ass. Your ex-husband didn't do a good enough job," she tweeted. The poor performance Mena was referring is a direct jab to Wendy's very tumultuous marriage to Kevin Hunter. This is not the first time the two women have have talked spicy to each other. Back in 2015 Wendy dragged Erica when she was still Bow Wow's fiancé.
|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 2:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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In the United States, major sporting leagues are slowly embracing athletes and their right to engage in peaceful protests such as kneeling or making a statement with their clothing. In contrast, the Olympics has banned protests and shirts containing the words "Black Lives Matter" after polling international athletes who are reportedly in favor of the ruling.
Back in April, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) doubled down on their commitment to keep protests and political messaging banned from the upcoming Games according to a report from ESPN around two weeks ago. According to a survey of the athletes, it was discovered that many of the athletes agreed with the ban and would eliminate a number of protests that include fist-raising, taking a knee, and wearing messages with the threat of punishment should those acts and instances occur.
This point was hammered home during a press conference back in April from the IOC which detailed the findings of the survey of over 3,500 athletes to ascertain their desire to keep the ban of protest and political messaging in place.
"A very clear majority of athletes said that they think it's not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies or at the podium," Kirsty Coventry, the International Olympic Committee's commission chief, said. "So our recommendation is to preserve the podium, field of play and official ceremonies from any kind of protest or demonstrations or acts perceived as such."
The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23, 2021. The IOC and its legal commission are expected to determine what the proper punishment will be for violating the ban. A global union and a German activist group said it will offer legal assistance to any athlete that disrupts the ban and are punished.
|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 2:16 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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The search for Dipset affiliate 40 Cal's missing daughter seems to have come to an unfortunate tragic end.
PIX 11 reports that the rapper's 19-year-old daughter, Saniyya Dennis, who is enrolled at Buffalo State College, is believed to be dead due to suicide. Authorities believe Dennis took her own life following a breakup.
The sad news was confirmed by Erie County District Attorney John Flynn on Thursday (May 6) when he said, "It appears this poor girl took her own life." Before her apparent suicide, Dennis was last seen leaving her dorm on the evening of April 24 and revealed that she was arguing with her boyfriend, which subsequently led to him calling off their relationship. In a series of text messages that she sent following the argument, Dennis threatened to take her own life.
Despite the text messages she sent to her boyfriend, Dennis claimed that she felt better and even reconsidered taking her own life after speaking with friends. But around 11 PM, Dennis reportedly tossed several items in a trash can, but it has not been revealed exactly what those items were.
Flynn further explained that Dennis hopped on two buses before getting off at a stop near the Niagara Falls Visitor Center. She contacted her mother around midnight to tell her that she loved her and message her the next day. Dennis also reached out to a male friend and told him that she would not be seeing him this summer.
Dennis can be seen on surveillance footage from cameras on the bridge along Goat Island Road around 12:17 a.m. EST. There she spoke with a friend for about 45 minutes, telling him that she would jump off a bridge. Dennis took a Snapchat selfie near the Nikola Tesla monument with Niagara Falls in the background around 1 am before telling another friend she was on her way back to Buffalo. But that was not the case. Authorities say just minutes after she sent that text, her phone was either powered off or destroyed.
Dennis has been missing for two weeks, with her father taking to Instagram to reveal he has been desperately and understandably searching for his daughter, even offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to her safely being found.
"My daughter Saniyya is missing out of Buffalo State College," the rapper wrote on Instagram. "Anyone with any helpful info hit my dm, any other matters respectfully don't contact me! $10,000 for any info that connect."
In his last post he shared 3 days ago, he wrote:
"Do me a favor , nobody ever address me and ask.. What's Good? , think before you speak!!! Ain't nothin good about what I'm goin through."
Hip-Hop Wired is sending our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to 40 Cal and Saniyya Dennis' family and friends.
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|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 10:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Ever since being released from prison, Bobby Shmurda's been living his best life copping new clothes, ice, white women, and now some ink that pays homage to two beloved family members and a historical icon that will surprise many.
According to TMZ the "Hot N*gga" rapper got himself some new tattoos of his mother, grandmother, and iconic American abolitionist and political activist, Harriet Tubman. Naturally a family oriented person wouldn't have a problem getting a family member or two tatted on their person, and as for Harriet Tubman, the tattoo artist, Daz Leone, says that she was always an idol of his since learning about her in school.
We're told Shmurda's body art is meant to honor strong Black women, and for Tubman specifically ... Daz says Bobby told him her story has always resonated with him as he first learned about her in school, and even more in recent years.
But don't think Bobby is done getting inked up in honor of past historical figures. Leone says more is coming in the future so be ready.
According to Daz, Bobby's planning to get more tattoos acknowledging Black history after this one. Daz also tells us he's known Bobby since they were kids and he's one of the first people he ever tattooed ... so his ink is always on the house.
We wonder who'll be next to become a part of Bobby's body. Malcolm? Martin? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 10:52 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Rapper Honeykomb Brazy has been arrested.
A local news channel, FOX 10, reports that the Mobile, Alabama rapper born Nashon Jones was apprehended on Monday morning in connection to a shootout, for which there had been a warrant out for his arrest.
The District Attorney's office states that the incident took place outside a barbershop in Montgomery, AL a couple of days before Brazy, whose real name is Nashon Jones, was planning to travel to Mobile for the funeral of his grandparents who were killed in a house fire in February.
Reports reveal that Gunfire erupted between Brazy's crew and some rivals, with the DA saying the incident was either shared or live-streamed on social media. The footage reportedly showed a car driving up and opening fire at Brazy and his friends, with the rapper purportedly returning fire.
Honeykomb Brazy arrest comes two and a half months after his grandparents, Tony and Lelia Lewis' Happy Hills home exploded moments after neighbors heard gunshots; both of them were killed. The Alabama rapper was booked on an outstanding warrant for violating his probation stemming from a shootout the rapper was involved in just days before his grandparents' murder.
"I hate y'all got caught up In my Sh-t smh this Sh-t hurt," Brazy wrote on Instagram in February, alongside a photo of his grandparents.
According to the news report, the autopsy confirmed his grandfather died after being shot multiple times, however his grandmother's cause of death still has not been determined.
Investigators believe their murders were in retaliation for a beef Jones had with someone.
The DA's office says the rapper will have a hearing where they will present their evidence asking the judge to revoke his probation for the new charges and for leaving the state without permission and not reporting to his probation officer.
He's also facing gun and drug charges.
Check out the report below.
|Fri, May 7, 2021 at 9:52 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not run for re-election this year.
On late Thursday night (May 6), the Democratic Mayor made the announcement that she has no plans to seek re-election as the city Mayor this year. Citing that while she still intends to make a difference, the next season of her life will not include being in the office of the Mayor, and she added that the decision was an emotional and difficult one to make.
"As (husband) Derek and I have given thoughtful prayer and consideration to the season now before us, it is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as Mayor," Bottoms wrote in a letter published online. "While I am not yet certain of what the future holds, I trust that my next season will continue to be one full of passion and purpose, guided by the belief that within each of us is the power and responsibility to make a positive difference in the lives of others."
While she didn't list her reasoning for coming to the shocking decision, Bottoms did reveal that her decision was not based on an inability to fundraise, a belief that she wouldn't win again, or fear of competition in her bid for a second term as 60th mayor of Atlanta.
"I have engaged in several elections, facing multiple candidates, and never once have I cowarded from the competition," Bottoms continued.
The move is a shocking reversal for Bottoms, a mayor with a rising national profile who had launched her reelection campaign and held a fundraising event featuring President Joe Biden in March, which was the first headlined by the president since taking office raising over $500,000 for Bottoms' reelection bid.
Bottoms wrote in the letter she is "not yet certain of what the future holds," and she is confident she could win if she ran for reelection.
"It is my sincere hope that over the next several months, a candidate for mayor will emerge whom the people of Atlanta may entrust to lead our beloved city to its next and best chapter," she wrote.
The decision creates a wide-open mayor's race this year and is likely to open the door for a slew of new candidates.
Check out Mayor Bottom's full statement below or click here.