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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Def Jam Announces Rodney Shealey as EVP, Theda Sandiford as SVP

There has been a position shakeup at Def Jam Recordings which now has label vet Rodney Shealey in the Executive Vice President seat.

Music Business Worldwide details the label also promoted Theda Sandiford to the Senior Vice President, Commerce position in a move that is detailed “to strengthen and restructure the top levels of [our] executive leadership team.”

The personnel changes were announced by Paul Rosenberg, the Chairman and CEO of the label.

Shealey is set to work with Def Jam artists, managers and more for the execution of strategies across all platforms, while Sandiford will head the commerce and digital marketing initiatives.

“Rodney and Theda are seasoned, veteran leaders who have earned the respect of their colleagues throughout Def Jam, UMG, and the industry at large,” Rosenberg said.

“They represent the forward vanguard of imaginative executives whose task it will be to develop global success for our outstanding roster of artists.”

“I’m excited to hit the ground running in this new role at Def Jam, the label I’ve called home for the past twelve years,” said Shealey. “In that time we’ve had a lot of success, broken a lot of records, and launched the careers of a lot of superstars. It’s time to take up the mantle of a new set of goals and challenges.

“Returning to lead the commerce and digital teams at Def Jam where I started my label career in single sales takes my career full circle,” said Sandiford.

Shealey previously served as the Executive Vice President, Urban Promotion, a spot he held since 2014. He first joined the promotions division of Def Jam in 2007. This is the second consecutive year with a promotion for Sandiford as she moved into the Senior Vice President, International Commerce & Digital Marketing position in 2018.

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ONE Music Fest 10th Anniversary Proves the South Still Got Something to Say

Andre 3000 went on stage during the 1995 Source Awards and said “the South got something to say” and the 10th annual ONE Music Fest proves that the region is still talking.

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Atlanta to enjoy the Southeast’s largest annual urban music festival. The two-day festival had a diverse line-up consisting of Queen Naija, Busta Rhymes, Tory Lanez, Three 6 Mafia , Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Raphael Saadiq, Teyana Taylor, Summer Walker, Musiq Soulchild, DMX, Rick Ross, Ari Lennox, Wu-Tang Clan and a cadre consisting of Trina, T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Uncle Luke and more being billed as the Florida All-Stars. They also recognized producers Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri for their contributions in the game.

But Atlanta’s own DJ KP the Great’s set proved that Atlanta has made an undeniable impact in Hip Hop. He brought out his SUPERFRIENDS: Lil Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Bone Crusher, Lil Nas X, Trey Songz, Monica, Pharrell, and Usher.

The 2019 ONE Music Fest was more than enough confirmation that the South is still on top of their game two decades later.

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Welcome to Wyoming! Kanye West Drops $14 Million USD to Purchase ‘Monster Lake Ranch’

For those that loved Kanye West’s ye album from last year, you might agree that he does some of his best work while being isolated in the far out lands of Wyoming. Thankfully for Team Yeezy, it looks like the Chicago-bred rap king will be spending way more time out there to record new music as he reportedly just bought a massive property located in the city of Cody.



Jetting around on ATVs a few days ago, as seen in the clip above, Kanye seems to be getting more in tuned with being a man of the mountains. The property that he purchased is called Monster Lake Ranch, and comes with eight lodging units, a pair of freshwater lakes, a restaurant, event center and meeting facilities for all those important DONDA meetings, as TMZ exclusively reports. The specs are spacious to say the least: more than 9,000 acres make up the property, with 4,500 of those that Kanye can now claim as his own and the remaining being leased from the federal government. Reportedly, Ye didn’t even have to pay the full $14 million USD that Monster Lake Ranch is worth. Steal!

Kanye West’s new Wyoming residence is reportedly where he’ll be finishing up his new album, Jesus Is King. Let’s pray for another banger this time around!

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Judge Grants Jurors Permission to Use Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Music Videos for Trial

Manhattan federal court judge Paul Engelmeyer said he’d allow jurors to see snippets of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s “Billy,” “GUMMO” and “KOODA” music videos to prove their case against reputed Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack.

The Brooklyn rapper is expected to testify against the two men during their upcoming trial.
The judge made it clear that he’s not a fan of #6ix9ine’s music. “Rap musician?” Engelmeyer asked the disgraced rapper’s lawyers. “Rap artist,” responded Ellison’s attorney, Deveraux Cannick.

The judge paused, before saying: “That raises the age-old issue of ‘what is art?’” In addition to the music videos, the judge will not be using #Tekashi’s prior conviction on a charge of use of a child less than 17 years of age in a sexual performance.

The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 16. If convicted, the men face up to life behind bars.

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DMX Spontaneously Pays for Family’s Back-to-School Sneakers

DMX might be a little rough around the edges, but he has a big heart.

The rapper isn’t ashamed to let it be known that he’s a God-loving man, and wants to give back to those in need.

The veteran rapper was scheduled to perform at Rock Row in Maine earlier this week and ran into Nikki Cutchens and her family. Cutchens was doing back-to-school shopping for her teenage daughter and went into Journeys to cop her a pair of kicks to look fresh for school.

When they got to the register the man next to them kindly offered to cover the charges, and it turned out to be DMX!”Technically, they’re his shoes,” Grace joked. “I just say I have DMX’s shoes.”

Of course Nikki questioned his random, but kind gesture and he said he was blessed with 15 children and wants to bless someone else.

X put the bow on the gift by posing with the ladies for a sweet photo.

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Roc Nation and NFL Donate $400,000 to Chicago Organizations That Empower Youth

Ahead of their Inspire Change performance at Chicago’s Grant Park on Thursday, Meek Mill, Rapsody, Vic Mensa and Megan Trainor will visit local organizations in Chicago. The NFL and Roc Nation will donate $400,000 to the Better Boys Foundation Family Services and Crusher’s Club.

TMZ details the two organizations were picked by JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation. Meek and Megan will visit Crusher’s Club, whose mission is to help Chicago youth “restore their lives and improve their neighborhoods.” Mensa and Rapsody will head to the BBF Family Services, which has been around since the 1960s and aims to provide education, employment, and youth services while supporting 400 families through health programs.

The Chicago organizations will set the blueprint for how Roc Nation, the NFL, and the Players Coalition aim to Inspire Change across each NFL city.

Meek, Trainor, and Rapsody will perform at the NFL Kickoff Event in Chicago, which is the host for the start of the season with a battle between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. The three artists will serve as the first Inspire Change advocates.

Along with the concert, the NFL announced a new apparel line, which along with the concert, are stated to provide proceeds to the overall Inspire Change movement.

Response to the concert and apparel announcement, along with the deal overall, has split social media with some advocating to see if the partnership led by JAY-Z will yield any positive results and others calling Hov a sell-out.

 

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Akon Owns the First Black Solar Energy Company

Akon is not only a musician, but he’s a businessman. He has a record label, clothing brand, numerous charities, and a number of philanthropic endeavors in Africa. He also has a hand in cryptocurrency and launched his first solar energy efforts in the states last year.

Ever since 2014, his company Akon Lighting Africa has been helping provide energy throughout the continent. In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, the mogul says it’s environment friendly and it’s cost effective.

Akon also discussed how beneficial his lights can be, especially during times of natural disasters or power outages.

Check out the interview in its entirety below. He discussed his mission around the 22:00 minute marker and DJ Envy is pretty much floored.

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Dave Chappelle to Host Block Party for Dayton Shooting Victims

Dave Chappelle is putting together a block party in support of the victims of the Dayton shooting. The free benefit concert, called Gem City Shine, will be held at the Oregon District at 4 p.m. this Sunday (August 25).

“This event will honor the lives lost and to reclaim the community’s favorite places to shop, dine and enjoy time with family and friends,” a Facebook event page stated.

The comedian famously hosted a 2004 block party which was documented and made into a film, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Although he’s a Washington D.C. native, Dave Chappelle spent a lot of time growing up in Yellow Springs, Ohio and he currently resides there.

The location of the block party is where the shooting went down on August 4th. The gunman, Connor Stephen Betts, killed nine people including his sister, and injured more than two dozen before the police fatally shot him.

Shortly after the mass shooting, many public figures like Rihanna spoke out about the tragedy. And now Chappelle is taking action.

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21 Savage, Future Shut Down ATL Six Flags for ‘Hood Day’

Future, 21 Savage, and Atlanta rapper Big Bank Black joined forces to put together a “hood day” in their hometown.

The artists rented out the entire Six Flags amusement park in ATL for $300K and literally invited the whole hood. The Zone 6 celebration not only included a free day in the amusement park but attendees enjoyed free food and drinks.

It was a good ole time! People were having chicken fights in the water, and dunking each other. 21 Savage and Big Bank even joined the crowd in the lazy river.

Other celebrities who were in attendance included Love and Hip Hop’s Tommie and Shekinah Anderson. Check out the footage below.

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