LESS NIGHTMARES, MORE DREAMS: Meek Mill’s Airport Assault Case Dismissed
23.10.17

Meek Mill has another victory in court.

In March, the Philadelphia rapper was charged with misdemeanor assault after an alleged airport altercation in St. Louis. Now, he’s struck a deal to have the case dismissed, according to TMZ.

As part of the deal, Meek had to perform community service, which he’s already done at the Veterans Association in Philly, as per Mill’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina.

Earlier this month, Meek also accepted a deal in a separate reckless driving case. The rapper also had to complete community service hours in order to have that incident expunged from his record. He must also avoid problems with the law for six months.

It’s been a busy year for Meek in and out of the courtroom. In July, he released his third studio album, Wins & Losses, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Earlier today, Meek also teased a new song on Instagram with the caption: “Okkkkkkk I’m reloaded….. MMG X DC.”

Okkkkkkk I’m reloaded….. MMG X DC

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WHO DOESN’T LIKE CHANCE?: Chance The Rapper Fires Shots Back At Joe Budden During Concert (WATCH)
23.10.17

Despite Chance The Rapper’s continuous efforts to push positive messages of hope and light, someone always has something to say about him. For the most part, he’s one of the few rappers who’s steered clear of any rap feuds. Joe Budden shared a laugh with his co-hosts on “Everyday Struggle” after he claimed that Chance’s recent single, “First World Problems” featuring Daniel Caesar was “too positive.” Chance later threw some very subtle shade at Joe Budden during an interview while addressing Budden’s comments on the song. It was merely a quick brush off the shoulders for Chance but he recently decided to throw another shot at the “Mood Muzik” rapper.

During a recent live performance at Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix, Chance fired a more direct shot at Joe Budden. The rapper was on stage, freestyling when he rapped, “I might fire Joe Budden.” Of course, you could expect that the crowd went wild after he dropped that bar. This comes shortly after Budden responded to Chance’s interview. On an episode of Everyday Struggle, Budden said that he’s willing to expose Chance The Rapper and offer receipts to the things he’s been “lying about.” He said that Chance’s comments weren’t necessarily towards his feelings about the song but rather, the conversation that he’s had pertaining to being an independent artist. “When you attack me and my credibility, you’re going to force me to take the mask off of you,” Budden said.

It’s interesting to see Chance actually respond to Joe Budden’s claims considering the amount of success that he’s been receiving. This past Friday, it was reported that Chance the Rapper made his debut on the Billboard’s Rock Airplay charts for his feature on Francis and The Lights’ song “May I Have This Dance.” Along with that, he also revealed that he’ll headline the Obama Foundation Summit along with the Nationals and Gloria Estefan. He’ll also be curating the rest of the line-up, as well.

Check out the clip below:

#chancetherapper takes shots at #joebudden on stage .

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THE BIGGEST MONEY MOVE OF ALL?: Did Cardi B Snag a Beyoncé Collaboration? This Engineer Is Dropping Hints
23.10.17

Once you become one of the best, in the eyes of your industry peers, it’s only a matter of time before you start working with the best.

At least that’s what’s happening to Cardi B. It’s no secret that her unprecedented success with the single “Bodak Yellow” has opened a considerable amount of doors for her within the music industry. The rumors about who she’s collaborating with on her next music project(s) have been ratcheted up in intensity over the past few days, but nothing could’ve prepared fans and/or detractors for the news that Cardi’s engineer, Michael Ashby, shared via his Instagram story.

According to Ashby, there may in fact be a Cardi B and Beyoncé teaming on a future track from the young female rapper. Stating that “this feature is big,” Ashby is certainly predicting a monstrous musical return for Cardi in the near future. There’s no telling is this is the only potential collaboration between Cardi and Queen B that looms on the horizon, but if the “Bodak” songstress was able to nab one of the greatest female artists of all time as a feature, then who knows who else she hooked for some studio work as well. Start making those wish lists folks – I think Cardi is gearing up for some very high-profile releases before it’s all said and done.

Despite this news, the weekend wasn’t exactly a great one for Cardi B and those who count themselves as part of her entourage. She was kicked out of an Albany hotel early Sunday morning after there were multiple complaints about excessive noise. On her way out, she called at least one of the hotel employees racist, a claim that she’s since stood by in social media follow-ups. That incident may have been fueled by residual emotions that stemmed from her sudden breakup with rapper boyfriend Offset. However, that uncoupling was shortlived, as she has since backpedaled and stated that she “overreacted.” One thing is for sure: music or otherwise, there’s never a dull moment in the life of Cardi B.


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SURVIVING R. KELLY: R. Kelly’s Ex-Girlfriend Says Their Abusive, Bizarre Relationship Made Her Consider Suicide Or Murder: “He Honestly Scared Me”
23.10.17

Following reports from this summer that R. Kelly is holding women against their will in a “sex cult,” several women (like this one, this one, and this one) who have been involved with Kelly have come forward and shared their stories about the sickening and bizarre conditions they were subjected to. Now, Kitti Jones, a former radio DJ and Kelly’s ex-girlfriend, has shared her story in an extensive Rolling Stone feature, in which she discusses everything from the night she met the singer to the last time they saw each other in person.

Jones met Kelly at a concert afterparty in Dallas in June 2011, when she was instantly charmed by the singer. Things quickly took a strange turn, though, when she texted him after their initial meeting and he responded by demanding she only refer to him as “daddy.” After the two had been talking regularly, via phone and text, over the next couple months, Kelly invited Jones to meet him in Denver. When Kelly arrived at the hotel room Jones was in, she says he just brushed past her.

“I’m thinking we’re going to hug or peck each other,” she said. “But he plopped down on the couch and pulled out his penis and started pleasuring himself.” She dismissed the incident as a sexual quirk, and after having oral sex that weekend, Jones said Kelly started telling her things like, “I gotta teach you how to be with me,” and, “I gotta train you.”

In November 2011, she quit her job and moved in with Kelly in Chicago, when he told her about his relationship with women:

“He said, ‘I have friends and I have girls I’ve raised.’ I didn’t know what he meant by ‘raised’ at the time. He said, ‘I eventually want you to meet them, but I want to make sure you’re mentally ready for that.’”

Jones said that “almost instantly upon moving to Chicago,” Kelly began controlling every aspect of her life, and said that less than a month after the move, the first instance of physical abuse occurred when she confronted about the video that was at the center of his child pornography trial.

“He said, ‘B*tch, don’t you ever f*cking accuse me of something like that,’” Jones says. “He never had spoken to me like that before.” When she met him at the airport after a trip to Dallas, she says Kelly slapped and kicked her multiple times:

“I was putting my hand over my face and telling him I was sorry. He would start kicking me, telling me I was a stupid b*tch [and] don’t ever get in his business.”

Jones said that March 2013 is when Kelly began forcing Jones to have sex with other women, first introducing her to one of his other girlfriends by bringing her in naked and making her perform oral sex on Jones. “He told me, ‘I raised her. I’ve trained this b*tch. This is my pet,’” Jones said. She went on:

“He videotapes everything that he does, and sometimes he’ll just make you watch what he’s done to other girls or girls that he had be together. He would masturbate to that and then have you give him oral sex while he’s watching what he did with somebody else on his iPad.”

By August 2013, Jones was in a bad mental state, saying that “his voice scared me, seeing that he called scared me, hearing a door open and close scared me.” It was at this point that Jones felt her only ways out were suicide or murder:

“I just said, ‘I’m gonna kill myself and it’s gonna be his fault. I can either kill myself or kill him. What use am I when I walk out of here?’”

In September 2013, Jones told Kelly she was taking a trip to Dallas to see her son, but she actually made her escape, since she never returned to Chicago. That November, Jones met up with Kelly in Dallas for what would ultimately be their last in-person contact:

“I walked on the bus and I was like, ‘Hey daddy!’ And I went to go hug him and he was like, ‘B*tch, I’m not giving you sh*t’ and he was just attacking me. I knew he wasn’t going to kill me, but it was a lot of force. I was thinking, ‘I’m not going to call the police.’ I just felt so stupid.

“[He was] instilling the fear back in me. When a person sees that you’re not calling the police or the press on them… it’s like, ‘Let me make my mark so you’ll be afraid.’ And it worked.”

Now, Jones says she’s setting up a nonprofit organization called Stop Protecting Your Abuser:

“By me being silent, it allowed him to feel untouchable, that he could keep things going as long as he could pay people off and put enough fear and shame in us that you would never speak on it again. Staying silent absolutely protects your abuser.”

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NOTABLE QUOTABLES: Sam Smith Says He’s Gender Non-Binary: “I Feel Just as Much Woman as I Am Man”
23.10.17

In a recent interview with The Sunday Times writer Louis Wise, British singer Sam Smith revealed an affinity for high heels and makeup, saying, “I feel just as much woman as I am man.”

Smith, who is gearing up for the release of the follow-up to his debut album, In The Lonely Hour — his first album in two years. He also talked about being a teenage gender role-smashing rebel. “When I was 17, I remember becoming obsessed with Boy George and Marilyn, and all that. There was one moment in my life where I didn’t own a piece of male clothing, really. I would wear full make-up every day in school, eyelashes, leggings with Dr. Martens, and huge fur coats — for two and a half years.”

The “Too Good At Goodbyes” singer also shared his favorite location in Sydney, Australia for drag shopping: It’s called House of Priscilla, and he says that he visits whenever he visits Oz, “Oh my God, I just buy everything — heels, dresses. We have a great time.”

Smith also talked about his “addictive personality,” relationships, and his “deluxe set of fairy godmothers” in Ian McKellen, Elton John, and the late George Michael.

Smith’s sophomore album, The Thrill of It All, is due out on November 3 through Capitol Records.


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DON’T FORGET ABOUT US: James Packer Says Dating Mariah Carey Was a Mistake; Should’ve Stayed With His Ex: “I Should’ve Never Let My Marriage to My Ex Wife Fail”
23.10.17

James Packer recently opened up about his relationship with Mariah Carey, which famously went south after just 18 months together.

Packer said that, from the beginning, the relationship was a “mistake” and that it was simply the case that they met each other at the wrong time.

“I was at a low point in my personal life,” Packer told The Australian. “Documenting the negotiations with my sister was taking longer than expected.”

Although Packer had good things to say about Carey, he admitted that the relationship simply was not good for either of them.

“She was kind, exciting and fun,” he recalled. “Mariah is a woman of substance. She is very bright. But it was a mistake for her and a mistake for me.”

Their romance was plastered all over the news, especially after Packer proposed to Carey with a $10 million engagement ring in January 2106. The two of them broke up in October of that year, and Carey sued him for $50 million for causing her distress.

However, when asked if he had any regrets, Packer spoke out not about Carey but about ex-wife Erica Packer.

“It is my biggest regret that I let my marriage to Erica fail,” he said. “It is what it is and she is doing an incredible job with the kids and we are in a great place.”


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SAY WHAT NOW?: Lil Wayne Allegedly Petions to Have Young Money Records Closed?
23.10.17

There was a time when Young Money, as a collective, had a major influence on hip hop’s landscape. When Drake and Nicki Minaj were just starting to blossom into their careers, Weezy’s Young Money imprint was the label that nurtured them into being the superstars they are today. Sadly, it seems that Lil Wayne want to shut down shop.

Lil Wayne is allegedly trying to close down the Young Money imprint, according to reports from The Blast. The feud he’s been having with Birdman seems to have trickled down to his own imprint. The report says that Lil Wayne is sick of Birdman cashing in on his hard work and either wants the music label to be dealt with properly or shut down completely. Wayne reportedly said he feels he’s brought an enormous amount of talent to the company, especially with Drake and Nicki Minaj, but says he was bamboozled by Birdman.

In alleged documents that Wayne filed, he’s asking the court to “appoint a receiver to supervise the operations of Young Money Label joint venture or order the termination of Young Money Label joint venture and appoint a liquidator.”

It would be the end of an era if Young Money ends up terminated as a company. It initially started as a joint venture between Wayne and Cash Money back in 2003.

Wayne’s original beef with Birdman and Cash Money Records stems back to 2014 when Wayne said that Cash Money is refusing to release Tha Carter V and that Wayne has yet to receive his $8 million dollar advance from Birdman.

Despite Wayne’s claims, Birdman continues to deny that he or Wayne have any issues. A few weeks prior, Birdman went on an epic rant on his Instagram story where he said that he’s taken care of Wayne regardless of what the media or others are saying.

“Bitch, you think I ain’t gonna make sure he straight? Suck a n**a dick, bitch. I’m gonna show all you pussy ni**as that got in my business, fuck you ni**a,” he said.

The beef between father and son doesn’t look like it’ll come to a halt anytime soon.


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WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT?: T.I. Claims that He “Invented” Trap Music: “Facts Are Facts”
23.10.17

Per usual, There’s no dispute with Tip. He said what he said.

It was back in April that the self-proclaimed King of The South made headlines after claiming that he created the subgenre of Trap music. Naturally, it sparked a sea of controversy and some informative debate with many unearthing what they perceived to be the origins of the southern Hip-Hop subgenre.

“A lot of people really don’t know that I created trap music,” T.I. said in an interview with Angie Martinez, “there was no such thing as trap music prior to [T.I.], it didn’t exist.”

Despite all the pushback, it seems that the rapper, born Clifford Harris, isn’t rescinding anything he said, and in a new interview with HipHopDX, he declares that “facts are facts.”

In a recently published exchange with the publication, T.I. was questioned on his thoughts on the expansion of trap music, since he did claim to have invented it. After a very brief back-and-forth, TIP attempted to get his interviewer, Dana Scott, to admit he did, in fact, create trap music before even answering the question.

“Wait a minute, I don’t want it to be hearsay like I’m speculating or proclaiming this personally,” he said. “I want you to tell me when did you first hear the words “trap music” put together before Trap Muzik dropped?”

“I’m from Connecticut where boom-bap production was more prevalent back then,” Scott noted. “So I wasn’t familiar with the term.”

“It doesn’t matter where you’re from. Facts are facts,” the Hustle Gang honcho proclaimed. “…We can go back historically and check actual references that before that album dropped, the term didn’t exist.”

“Just say it how it is,” he went on to add. “But it has grown from the contributions of others who have taken it far beyond where I left it or where I could have taken it. It has expanded so much, so wide, and so broad that at this point you just have to sit back and watch and just be proud. As long as it’s people who come from that walk of life who could look to the charts and feel like there are hit records out there right now that represent them and their lifestyle, and talk about how they live every day, I feel like trap music is very much alive.”

No matter what your stance on the topic is, it’s undeniable what T.I.’s influence on the sound has been, and there’s certainly no debating his role in popularizing the term, and it looks like TIP still couldn’t agree more…and then some.


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GIRL, WHAT?: Amber Rose Demands Sex from 21 Savage Every Single Day
23.10.17

For Amber Rose, birthday sex isn’t a thing; she wants that good loving from her boyfriend 21 Savage every day. She says as much in a new interview with TMZ, though she’s probably at least half-joking.

“I demand sex every day from my boyfriend, absolutely,” she tells the outlet as she’s getting into her car. “It’s very healthy,” she continues. The reporter continues to ask about Amber and 21’s sex habits as she talks on the phone with Blac Chyna. Amber then reveals that the Atlanta rapper’s birthday is just the day after her’s, which was this past Saturday (Oct. 21).

At this point, Amber and 21 are easily one of pop culture’s biggest infatuations of the moment, and it’s easy to see why. Though being a lover and a fighter were never mutually exclusive things, people probably never imagined that the hardcore East Atlanta rapper would venture into the lovey-dovey spaces he has over the last several months. Speaking on Amber this past Spring, the East Atlanta rapper let it be known that no disrespect toward Amber would be tolerated.

“We just been kicking it, man. She’s a real cool woman. She treat me like a king, so it is what it is,” Savage explained at the time. “And no disrespect will be tolerated at all. Keep your mouth closed, no hoes, no bitches, no nothing. Because I’m pulling up on God.”

Since then, 21 has popped up to support Amber’s annual Slut Walk and serenaded her with love songs. This past weekend, he once again put his vocals to the test as he crooned to Amber at Rolling Loud in the Bay Area.

Watch Amber joke about demanding sex from 21 in the short clip below.


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SHAME ON US ADULTS: Asahd Khaled’s First Birthday Party Was Better than All of Ours
23.10.17

Leave it to DJ Khaled to throw his pride and joy Asahd the most extravagant first birthday party in history. So long are the days of pony rides and balloon animals in the backyard, because the We The Best head honcho has completely changed the game.

Social media evidence shows that the Grateful executive producer’s big bash was thrown at LIV Nightclub at Fontainebleu in Miami, Fla. TMZ writes that DJ Khaled spent six figures for his baby boy’s big night, and that there was a an after-party at Komodo to end the five hour, jungle-themed event. Diddy was the host for the party, and Betty Wright sang Asahd “Happy Birthday.”

“Asahd you bring JOY TO THE WORLD !! You are a 👑!” Khaled wrote in one of the many posts he shared on Instagram. “Asahd your chosen !! Your smile your glow Is what I called THANK YOU GOD!!!!!!!”

Check out some videos from the shindig below.


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WELL THIS COULD GET REALLY GOOD: As Justin Timberlake Confirms He’s On Superbowl Halftime Duties; The NFL Confirms Janet Jackson Isn’t Actually Banned
23.10.17

Talk of who will perform at Super Bowl LII has been swirling for some time. There were rumors JAY- Z would grace the coveted stage and then Justin Timberlake’s name got thrown into the batch. On Sunday (Oct. 23) with a little help from his homeboy, Jimmy Fallon, Mr. Sexy Back himself confirmed he’s indeed the performer.

I DO have the time. Half the time…#PepsiHalftime #SBLII @Pepsi @NFL @JimmyFallon @FallonTonight pic.twitter.com/4Z4Dz29l3X , Justin Tweeted.

Now that Timberlake has officially been announced as the performer for 2018’s Super Bowl LII, everyone’s attention quickly turned to Janet. In 2004, Timberlake performed with Janet Jackson and ripped part of Jackson’s wardrobe exposing her breast. Timberlake later apologized and Jackson’s camp said it was a wardrobe malfunction. However The Federal Communication Commission leveled a half a million dollar fine against CBS and later instituted a video delay.

A few years ago, an NFL spokesperson told TMZ that Janet Jackson was ‘ruled out’ as a potential Super Bowl performer. However, According to the NFL now, Janet Jackson has NOT been officially banned from performing during the halftime show and Justin has full authority to invite her if he wants to.

As it stand now, Timberlake hasn’t confirmed any surprise guests. His return to the Super Bowl will be his third. Timberlake performed in 2001 with *NSYNC and in 2004.

Super Bowl LII will take place Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. If Justin doesn’t bring out Janet, I’m writing a letter. A very stern letter (lol.) What do you guys think? Should Janet come back?


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AWWWWW!!: You’ve Gotta See This Footage of Chance the Rapper Opening Up His Grammys with His Daughter (WATCH)
21.10.17

Chance The Rapper, real name Chancellor Bennett, made history at the most recent Grammys when his streaming-only album netted him several nominations.

It was the first year that the Grammys considered streaming-only albums, which makes his win for “Best Rap Album” that much more impressive. He also won the Grammys for “Best New Artist” and “Best Rap Performance.”

But it’s his interaction with his daughter that is stealing the show now.

Chance got his adorable little girl involved with the unboxing of his precious Grammy awards, and the whole interaction was caught on camera as he helped her hold up one of the awards and she got to carry it to put it with the other two. Then, she gave her dad a huge hug.

Check out the heartwarming moment below.


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