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THE WORD | Bryan Michael Cox Claims Jay-Z Told Jermaine Dupri to Turn Down a Similar NFL Deal

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Hip Hop Icon Jay-Z has been all over the news recently after holding a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing a multi-year partnership with the professional sports league, in which the 49-year-old rapper will consult on the halftime show and work with the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change.
The controversy around the business move is not only centered around the NFL’s problematic relationship with its players of color, but also JAY Z’s own public statements damning the organization, even declining an invite to perform at the Super Bowl. 

“I said no to the Superbowl, you need me, I don't need you
Every night we in the endzone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too” Jayz. The Carters APESHIT

Shortly after the news initially broke, Grammy award-winning songwriter/producer Bryan Michael Cox – credited with some of the biggest R&B hits of the last 20 years (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) revealed that his longtime friend and fellow Urban hitmaker Jermaine Dupri was offered a deal similar to Hov’s by the NFL a year ago.

Cox says Jay personally contacted JD and told him to decline the very deal (to co-produce the Super Bowl) he’s now signed.  View Cox’s remarks below and let us know what you think.

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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 | Noname’s book club

Rapper Noname has started her own book club! The Chicago native, known for her sophisticated lyrics, knowledge of black culture, and overall intelligence and style has formed an overnight club that viewers are eagerly joining. The club started as a subtle idea on Twitter, after she posted book recommendations online and simply asked, “retweet if you’d be a member of Noname’s book club?”

After posting the tweet last week it’s since received over 10,000 likes and retweets. Since then Noname has taken quick initiative to kickstart the club, create a site, and give the list of reading material for the month of August. The book club is something close to her heart, as she posted that her mother was the first black woman to own a bookstore in Chicago. She went on to state “noname books will honor that legacy.”

The rapper is still forming the club and elevating it so that individuals can meet in person to talk about the books, but for now pick your selection and get to reading! Chicago what do you think? Will you join? 

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THE WORD | DaBaby Cleared of Charges in Walmart Deadly Shooting

Charges against DaBaby for his connection to a deadly shooting in North Carolina have been dropped, WSOCTV reports. The incident took place at a Walmart in Huntersville, North Carolina on Nov. 5, 2018. He had been charged with carrying a concealed gun and was the only person arrested in the killing of 19-year-old Jalyn Craig.

The police came to the scene after shots went off in the store. Craig had been hit in the stomach and died at Walmart. Four people were subsequently taken into custody by the Huntersville Police Department to be questioned.

DaBaby verified that he was indeed involved in the shooting, explaining that it was a matter of self-defense and that the camera footage would support his story.

.“If them gunshots ain't go off, n***a, my fuckin' daughter could've got hit, son could've got hit, me,” he said. “Fuckin' lawyers telling me not to say something and shit, fuck all that. Two n***as walk down on you and your whole muthafuckin' family, threaten y'all, whip out on y'all, n***a, let me see what y'all gon' too. You feel me?”



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.”

"More Life" gives Drake a well deserved break.

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Our weekend in music was given life with Drake's release of playlist "More Life." A compilation of various genres of rap and pop mixed into one extraordinary track list which features, Young Thug, Lil' Wayne, Quavo, PartyNextDoor, and more. 

The project- assumed to originally be released in December 2016- a 22 track collection of the Toronto raised artist in rarest form. It is one of the most international music based playlist released by a rapper in history. Vibes ranging from West Indies in his own Caribbean flare, a touch of UK, Giggs in No long Talk features, all mixed with Drake originality and the rap honoring trap wave, More Life is a diverse album contrasive to that of the old Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson crossovers. The most distinctive of each song is Drake's story and lyrical context in finding love, exonerating trust, and keeping his top spot in the music game. 

The drop of More Life led Drizzy ordained as the only artist with over 10 billion Spotify streams. A great notion given the praise from fans on social media.

The artist to succeed many evolutions in hip hop and pop genres, Drake has taken many tracks in More Life to deliver his feelings to his audience as truthful as over the past few years. Lyrically, we can tell Drake still deems no one trustworthy, has feelings for past exes, and wants to be the best to ever do it without bringing others down. He takes shots at Meek Mill going ghost in Free Smoke, "How you let the kid fightin' ghostwritin' rumors turn you to a ghost? Oh, you niggas got jokes." and what appears to be a Nicki Minaj reference in Ice Melts," Look, I want you to myself But I know you just left someone elseI know you did, he did a number on you.That must be why you move so icy." 

Drake is definitely an artist of his own genre as he has been for years reconciling from hip hop, a smooth R&B, and afro beats style, as he proclaims he can't be stopped, given last year's beef  with numerous artists from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and of course Meek Mill. His views on the industry has become more hostile, not violent but defensive- understandable when you have a top spot you must defend the throne to carry a crown. The good thing Drake expresses in More Life, the industry won't tear him down, brought by Mama Graham in Can't have Everything as a voicemail recording inspiring him to aim high- referencing a famous Michelle Obama quote plays in closing "When others go low, We go high."

"You know, hon, I'm a bit concerned about this negative tone that I'm hearing in your voice these days. And I can appreciate where your uncertainty stems from, and you have reason to question your anxieties and how disillusioned you feel as well, feeling skeptical about who you believe you can trust. But that attitude will just hold you back in this life."- Sandi Graham

She assures her son of his inspiration to the world and how much she believes in the greatness that is Drake. This message could symbolize a new beginning for Drake, an ending of a chapter that started on top and ending in the same position with less associates, mature meanings, more enemies, and a head full of thoughts only to be released through his music for clarity. The Views author ended his "playlist" announcing his break away from the music world, no it's not the end for Drake, time off to get back to his old self may be just what the doctor ordered.

 “Take the summer off ’cause they tell me I need recovery. Maybe getting back to my regular life will humble me. I’ll be back 2018 and get you the summary.”