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THE WORD| Gunman Opens Fire at Tee Grizzley in Detroit, Killing Tee’s Aunt/Manager Jobina Brown


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Grizzley was reportedly involved in a Detroit shooting that left his aunt/manager, Jobina "JB" Brown, dead.

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Law enforcement indicated that the incident occurred Tuesday night as the rapper got out of the passenger side of his Cadillac Escalade. 


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It has been noted that the gunman approached the vehicle on foot and opened fire, hitting Brown on her left side as she sat in the backseat. The 41-year-old was pronounced dead shortly after she was rushed to the hospital.

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Grizzley nor the driver were wounded during the shooting as officials mention. At this time, it's unclear if the rapper was the target. 

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Our thoughts & prayers go out to Grizzley and his family.

THE WORD | Is Drake The G.O.A.T ?

Drake Ties The Beatles for Second-Most Top 10s,  in the Billboard Hot100with Chris Brown’s track "No Guidance" debuting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake is getting closer to proving that his claim of having "more slaps than The Beatles" is actually true.

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 "No Guidance" becomes Drake's 34th top 10 song on the Hot 100, tying him for the second-most ever with The Beatles. What makes this all so interesting, he accomplished all this in a time span less then a decade.

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 "No Guidance" is Drake's 194th entry to the Hot 100 thus far. His first Top 10 hit on the chart was his breakthrough single "Best I Ever Had." Seems like drake is on a winning spree.


Congratulations to Drake for another win on the charts. But with this all being said does this make Drake the GOAT?

THE WORD | RIHANNA BECOMES RICHEST FEMALE MUSICIAN WITH $600 MILLION FORTUNE

According to Forbes, Rihanna is now the wealthiest female musician in the world, ahead of the likes of Madonna ($570 million), Céline Dion ($450 million) and Beyoncé ($400 million).

Most of that comes not from music but from her partnership with LVMH, the French luxury goods giant run by billionaire Bernard Arnault. Rihanna (pronounced "Ri-ann-ah," not "Ri-ah-nah," as she recently clarified) and LVMH co-own the makeup brand Fenty Beauty. Fenty launched in September 2017, it racked up a reported $100 million in sales in its first few weeks. 11 of the 80 women on Forbes' list of the Richest Self-Made Women made their money in beauty or skin care products.

THE WORD | Philadelphia Court Grants Meek Mill New Hearing In 2008 Case

Meek Mill and his fight against the Philadelphia court system and Judge Genece Brinkley has took a turn for the best. The Philadelphia rapper will reportedly now get an opportunity to fight his 2008 conviction on gun and drug charges.

After fighting for years, trying to get an appeal, the Pennsylvania Superior Court has granted his request with a hearing set for July 16. Meek Mill is questioning the credibility of officer Reginald Graham after he was featured in a list of cops that have been involved in corrupt behavior.

He has previously been on probation for the conviction, and then sentenced to two-to-four years in prison after Judge Brinkley ruled that he violated probation for popping a wheelie in New York City.



THE WORD | JAY Z IS HIP-HOP'S FIRST BILLIONAIRE

“It’s bigger than hip-hop … it’s the blueprint for our culture," Swizz Beatz says in the article. "A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us. If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be. Because he’s only just starting.”

Jay-Z has officially become hip hop's FIRST billionaire! Forbes breaks down the report which comes through investments in liquor, art, real estate, and multiple investments such as Uber.


FORBES BREAKSDOWN HOV’s FORTUNE

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Jay-Z has used his music to shill the $300 gold bottles of the "Ace of Spades" champagne since launching the brand with the 2006 video “Show Me What You Got." More recently, his verse on Meek Mill’s “What’s Free" put a half-billion-dollar value on the wine, which seems like a bit too bubbly a number.

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A vast investing portfolio includes a stake in Uber worth an estimated $70 million. He reportedly purchased his piece for $2 million back in 2013—and then wired founder Travis Kalanick another $5 million in an attempt to increase his holdings, but was rebuffed

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Jay-Z’s cognac, a joint venture with beverage giant Bacardi, moves almost 200,000 cases and has grown nearly 80% annually. “Jay-Z resonates with consumers who are attracted to the ultra-premium lifestyle," says Eric Schmidt, Beverage Marketing Corp.’s Director of Alcohol Research.

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This wide-ranging entertainment company started over a decade ago as part of a joint venture with concert giant Live Nation. Roc Nation represents some of the top stars in the entertainment through its sports agency (Kevin Durant, Todd Gurley) as well as its record label and artist-management arms (Rihanna, J. Cole).

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Before the beginning of his stint as Def Jam’s chief in 2004, Jay-Z negotiatedthe eventual return of his master recordings from the aforementioned label that helped launch his career; in a separate deal with EMI, he clawed back his publishing rights. Wise move: his hits now clock close to 1 billion streams annually.

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After welcoming twins in 2017, Jay-Z and Beyoncé bought a pair of homes to match: a $26 million East Hampton mansion and a $88 million Bel Air estate. Jay-Z also owns a Tribeca penthouse, snagged for $6.85 million in 2004.

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In the song "Picasso Baby," Jay-Z boasted about a “Basquiat in my kitchen corner." He probably wasn't kidding. For over a decade, he’s been scooping up masterpieces like Basquiat's “Mecca,” purchased in 2013 for a reported $4.5 million. "He's rapped about it all in detail," says Fab 5 Freddy, a contemporary and friend of the late painter. "Jay-Z helped educate millions of hip-hop fans mentioning Jean-Michel."

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In 2015, Jay-Z submitted a bid to purchase the Scandinavian streaming service’s parent company for just shy of $60 million. He relaunched Tidal later that year with a roster of celebrity investors including his wife, Beyoncé, and other music luminaries, from Kanye West to Calvin Harris.

 

THE WORD | Lil Durk Is Facing 5 Felony Charges, including Criminal Intent To Commit Murder

On May 29,2019, Lil Durk revealed that he planned to turn himself in, which implied that he was expecting to be arrested by police. According to TMZ the Atlanta Police Department has issued a warrant for the Chicago rapper's arrest.

TMZ says the authorities plan to charge Durk with criminal intent to commit murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and associating with a criminal street gang to participate in a crime. At press time, Durk is not in police custody. WSB-TV Channel 2’s Michael Seiden talked with Durk Derrick Banks’ attorney, who confirmed his client will surrender later Today (May 30).

Lil Durk’s attorney said the charges are in connection with a shooting outside The Varsity a few days after the Super Bowl.

THE WORD | YNW Melly Facing Possibility of Death Penalty

YNW Melly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Cops say the rapper shot two of his friends back in October, then staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting. According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the State intends to seek the death penalty against Melly.

Prosecutors have also characterized Melly as a "criminal gang member."

Publicly viewable court information shows that the state's notice of intent to seek death penalty was filed April 18.

THE WORD | G Herbo Arrested and Charged With Battery After Incident With Baby Mama

G Herbo was arrested yesterday (April 17) in Atlanta for simple battery with his child’s mother Ariana Fletcher. According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers responded to a dispute call and spoke with a woman who said “she was in a verbal altercation with the father of her child when at some point he assaulted her then left the location with their son.” The woman also “sustain[ed] minor scratches as a result of the incident,” according to APD.

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Herbo was arrested and charged after he returned to the location. TMZ reports that Herbo is currently in jail and his bail is set at $2,000. An investigation is ongoing, the Atlanta Police Department says.

THE WORD | Jay-Z Announces "B-Sides 2" Will Be At Webster Hall

For the past two years, New York City's Webster Hall has been closed down due to a scheduled three-year hiatus for structural improvements. But the wait is quickly coming to an end. According to reports, the popular nightclub and concert venue will be reopening this month with a special performance from Jay-Z. The Announcement came via Webster Halls Instagram.

This isn't just any show, however. Hov is expected to perform his "B-Sides 2" set, which will spotlight particular tracks from his discography that he rarely performs live. Below is an iconic freestyle Hov spit during the first B-Sides concert.


THE WORD | Meek Mill Receives Highest Honor From City Of Atlanta

One by one, cities throughout the nation are honoring rapper Meek Mill for his recent efforts to fight the country’s broken criminal justice system. The latest city is Atlanta, which gifted the Philly native with his own day and the city’s highest honor.

On Monday, City Council President Felicia A. Moore and Councilman Cleta Winslow presented Meek with a proclamation declaring March 25, 2019, Meek Mill Day in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, the city wanted to highlight Meek’s work in the political field by honoring him with the city’s highest honor, the Phoenix Award.

Atlanta describes their Phoenix Awards as “a small number of awards are issued to individuals who have made significant contributions to the local community, and are celebrating a major milestone.” The city confirmed that the rapper is considered an “honorary citizen.”

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THE WORD | CAM NEWTON IS GIVING UP SEX FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH

Former NFL MVP, Cam Newton, recently sat down with James Corden on The Late Late Show to share his new journey. According to the Carolina Panthers quarterback, he has chosen to commit to no sex for the entire month of March. Newton goes on to say he has given up something every month since the beginning of the year. For instance, in January it was gambling and in February, it was meat. The Month of March it was sex and climaxing.

“It makes my mind stronger, said the 3-time pro bowler. “So when the season comes around, I say if I did those things, I’m mentally stronger.”

THE WORD | CHANCE THE HUSBAND!

Over the weekend, Chance The Rapper got married to his high school sweetheart. Fans knew he was getting married, but we didn’t know when. Earlier last week, Chance posted a a Twitter thread on how he met his wife, giving us a trip down memory lane and showing us why they are relationship goals. With their fellow friends and family, The Bennetts celebrated their wedding the right way.

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Big Sean has had enough of interviews

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Nobody is safe from a diss nowadays and it’s pretty evident they won’t slow down anytime soon. Big Sean dropped some bars on his new single “No More Interviews” and no one was safe from his raft.

Big Sean’s vented about everything from world issues to his ex’s book coming out saying, “And you know the funny thing about it is my ex wanna write a tell-all/ F---ed up thing about it is she ain’t even tell all/ Like how I introduced her to meditation, positive thinking/ And the books she probably read in daily rotation.”

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He referenced Kid Cudi who he worked on for their 2013 collaboration First Chain along with Nas, "When I put you on that song with Nas you had told me that you was forever grateful. “And that we brothers, so it hurt to hit the Internet to find out that me and you don’t f--- with each other.”

He won't let you forget his ten year rise in the game, he's “a king, a legend, man, you n---as ain't worthy.”

He sat down with Jay-z earlier this year and tossed the idea of a fourth album teasing  Billboard in August that he couldn’t reveal any details but just know it will be his favorite.

Listen to “No More Interview” below:

Chicago Producer Smylez Has Passed Away

Chicago producer Smylez has reportedly passed away, according to multiple reports. Smylez, born Izerrick Aigbokhan, reportedly passed away due to a heart attack, according to Hip Hop artist Rico Recklezz. Rico took to IG to mourn the lost of his friend and producer.

“Stop saying Smylez got shot. He had a heart attack. God [just] called his angle home. He was a legend and will [forever] be that [100]. RIP Smylez. Love you.

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Smylez was raised  on Chicago’s South Side. He attended Paul Robeson High School alongside fellow legendary producer Young Chop. It was Chop who taught Smylez how to produce.

Smylez is credited with spearheading the Chicago drill movement that sparked the careers of some of Chicago’s hiphop artists such as P. Rico, Lil JoJo, Lil Jay, Rico Recklezz, Swagg Dinero, Killa Kellz and many more.

Freddie Gibbs Acquitted of Sexual Assault Charges in Austria

Freddie Gibbs has been acquitted of the sexual assault charge brought against him by Austrian authorities in June. The Vienna regional court gave Gibbs, 34, whose real name is Fredrick Tipton, the benefit of the doubt that he not had sex with the girl, who was 17 at the time.

According to the AFP, the local media reported, that on the charge sheet  Gibbs took the alleged victim and a 16-year-old friend back to his hotel after a concert in Vienna on July 5, 2015.

It said both girls had been drinking heavily backstage and their drinks were possibly spiked. At the hotel he was alleged to have had sex with the 17-year-old, who was too intoxicated to resist.She made the claims after having flashbacks of what allegedly happened eight months later, leading to his arrest in France in July and his extradition to Austria

According to Pitchfork , Gibbs was found not guilty of “sexual abuse of a defenseless or psychologically impaired person.” The rapper’s lawyer issued the news in a statement, saying:

“We are pleased and thankful that the Court recognized the same trust and confidence we and all of his fans have had in Freddie that justified and resulted in his absolute acquittal.

“While we are appreciative of the verdict of not guilty, nothing has changed. The actual facts have always demonstrated that Freddie was and is 100% innocent. It is now self-evident he was wrongly accused.

“The trial has confirmed our belief that after a searching and complete investigation and trial the true and actual facts would be revealed – that there always was an absence of any scientific, physical, or credible evidence that would warrant in any way such an accusation.

“Freddie and his family look forward to returning to the States so he can resume his life and career.”

Gibbs, released on bail in August, had denied the charges. He had faced up to 10 years in jail if convicted. The verdict can still be appealed.

SHAWTY LO Rapper dead at 40 in a fatal car crash

Atlanta Rapper Carlos Walker aka “Shawty Lo” is dead at the age of 40 after a fatal crash in the early hours of Wednesday morning according 11Alive Atlanta.

Walker was a member of the rap group D4L, which was spawned several hits including the 2005 hit “Laffy Taffy.” He also had several well-known solo tracks, including the 2008 song “Dey Know.”

Walker’s official Twitter account confirmed the tragic news. “My brother has passed he is no longer here but his spirit, his kind heart, and his music will live on Long live Shawty Lo King of Bankhead,” the tweet read.

According to 11alive Atlanta the rapper’s was driving a white Audi when he hit a guardrail causing him to flip over hitting two trees and then caught on fire. Walker was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, while two passengers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Earlier this year, three men from also from Atlanta who also owned an Audi which sits relatively low, were killed when one of the men was driving the vehicle along the Buford Highway Connector and lost control, veering off the road and onto – and then over – the barrier before the car fell to the interstate, police said.

Fulton County police spokesperson Cpl. Maureen Smith told reporters that while it was originally called a hit-and-run, “it has been confirmed now that it was a single car accident,” The “Betcha Can’t Do It Like Me” performer is survived by 11 children, whom he shares with 10 women.

Lil Durk Chicago's best rapper?

Chicago rapper Lil Durk in a recent interview with Rolling Stone stated that he is the best rapper in the City of Chicago. The statement by lil Durk comes to no surliest because of confident demeanor but with artists such as Kanye's new prodigy Chance The Rapper, Lil Herb, Lil Bibby, Vic Mensa and Chief Keef coming from Chicago, that statement might be challenged. 

 "No shade to the other artists in Chicago … but if you got confidence in yourself and you know you're Number One, say it," said Durk on his stature in Chicago's music scene.

Also in his Interview Lil Durk mentioned that he started auto tunes amongst current rap artists. If you don't count T-Pain or Lil Wayne as members of this era of Hip Hop, then he might have an argument. In the interview he says he was giving validation from Birdman, Future and others that told him that he was the originator.

Lil Durk is gearing to drop his new EP titled

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P.Diddy announces Bad Boy Reunion Tour

P.Diddy announced that Bad Boy would be hosting a reunion tour this summer beginning in August, stretching out to October, for a series of concerts that will feature Carl Thomas, FrenchMontana, Lil Kim, The LOX, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Mase and Faith Evans, and some surprise guests. Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 20. More information on that here.

Fan starts a petition against the Grammys

A petition has been started by Max Krasowitz, a true fan of Chance The Rapper to help the independent hip hop artist in his goals of achieving a Grammy award. The petition which already at 20,000 plus signature will be sent to the Natioba Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which requires artist to sell their body of work in order to be eliable to when the award.

  "It's obvious that these artists are making their music more accessible to people who deserve it even if they can't afford it, as well as decreasing pirating and illegally downloading music. "Not all artists should be forced to release their music for free, but the ones who do should not be punished for doing so. If you would like to discuss this issue further please contact me @krazo05 on Twitter. "

These remarks was provided by Krasowitz. This petition has taking over social media just days before Chance The Rapper releases his highly anticipated third mixtape titled "Chance 3". As mentioned in his iconic verse on Kanye West's Ultralight beam, "I heard you had to sell it to win a Grammy," but if we know chance "selling" out is not an option. So we know we can expect some hard free BARS. 

Below is a link to the petition: 

https://www.change.org/p/national-academy-of-recording-arts-and-sciences-allow-free-music-to-be-eligible-for-grammy-nomination?recruiter=538960019&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink?recruiter=538960019&utm_source=petition_show&utm_medium=copylink 

 

 

Z-Verse Releases Highly Anticipated Project "The Antidote" Fresh Off Tour With Lupe Fiasco

Artist Z-Verse has been making major noise around the country, especially coming off the #TourForTheFans tour with iconic Lupe Fiasco, Billy Blue and The Boy Illinois. He continuously gathers national attention by releasing great positive singles, that are gaining numerous views on all major sites. Z-Verse is back into the music scene and it doesn't seem like he will be going away any time soon, with his highly anticipated project “The Antidote” dropping on April 26th

“The Antidote” is meant for people to begin the discussion of controversial issues such as police brutality, global warming and societal problems our communities embark on. This project is to serve as a solution guide, with answers to our problems through Z-Verse’s perspective. “Instead of making music that expresses that hurt in an angry or violent way”, Z-Verse sets out to explain, “we are trying to literally spread love to defeat the pain, we rather give people a solution, rather than see them wallow in disappointment and despair.” Most production on “The Antidote” project were done by Xcel Beatz, The Gift and Z-Verse himself.

Z-Verse is one artist who spread heartfelt, deep messages and positive vibes in majority of his music.He’s a member of Lupe Fiasco’s Society of Spoken Art lyric guild organization, which connects artists and MCs all around the globe. Verse is currently working with composer Ira Antelis on a new body of work called “Gone But Not,’’ with producer Dr. Dexter who's remixing Ira’s compilation of jazz songs naming the project  the second “Duality.” Z-Verse released “Never Gone” visual from “Duality” tackling the topic of police brutality.

With a vast library of work on his previous album, "More than Music: The Street Album" which debuted in 2009, Z-Verse is definitely back, releasing singles like “Victory,”  “You Know I Care,” “World So Bad” and “Never Gone” that has been fueling up the anticipation of “The Antidote” project with fresh new sound.

Notable top traditional and online publications such as Fake Shore Drive, Thisis50, Sun Times, Red Eye, and amongst others, are recognizing Z-Verse’s efforts in the music game, he will undoubtedly make a long standing mark in hip-hop. “The Antidote” project will be available for consumers on most digital retailers for free.

 

The Antidote Project: https://soundcloud.com/zverse/sets/the-antidote