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Outkast’s Big Boi Steps In For Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

The original ATLien will be in the building for the Super Bowl!

It has been confirmed that Outkast’s Big Boi will be added to the Maroon 5 and Travis Scott half time show for the 49th Annual Super Bowl being held in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.

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#SBLIII ATL let’s Get it !

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With much fanfare, it was reported that Cardi B wanted $1 million to perform, which pushed her out of the runnings for a performance spot, but critics say that her support for Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick kept the “Bodak Yellow” star away from the Super Bowl.

It has also ben reported that Jay-Z reached out to Travis Scott in an alleged attempt to get him to halt his halftime performance.

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Charlemagne The God Apologizes To R. Kelly Victims For Past Statutory Rape Comments

The Breakfast Club‘s Charlemagne The God recently came under fire for comments made on Twitter in 2010 regarding R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography case after appearing on the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.

Additionally, some of the viewers were critical of the fact that Charlemagne, who faced a statutory rape charge in 2001 when he was accused of raping a 15 year old girl, but plead out to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, was asked to participate in the documentary.

With so much controversy surrounding the subject, Charlemagne apologized to one of Kelly’s accusers, Lisa Van Allen, during her recent interview on The Breakfast Club, for his insensitive comments.

“I apologize for any jokes that I’ve made that may have upset you or any of the other victims. Honestly, none of us were thinking about that ten, fifteen years ago. We were just thinking about clowning R. Kelly, but we weren’t thinking about the actual victims,” said Charlemagne.

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San Diego Police Shoot And Kill Nick Cannon’s Artist Ryan Bowers

The San Diego Police Department has revealed the victim of a police involved shooting and it’s been reported that the victim was an up and coming rapper named Ryan Bowers.

Bowers was 23 years old.

Media reports stated that a 911 call prompted police at Bowers’ home. alleging that he had cut his own throat.

Police claim that when they attempted to subdue Bowers, he pulled out a knife and lunged towards the officers, in which one of the officers shot Bowers once, killing him.

Nick Cannon sent a special shout out to his rookie rapper, who began his career on an episode of MTV’s Made in the early 2000s, but went on to work with artists like DJ Premier and The Game.

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This honestly hurts my heart to have to post this right now, but I’m just requesting prayers and positive energy for my young guy! @RyanBowersOB has to be one of the most talented and gifted youngsters I’ve ever met but more importantly one of the most resilient and strong spirits I’ve personally witnessed. He had such a troubled and haunted journey when I first signed him that I wasn’t aware of because he did it all with a smile. One of the nicest and sincere kids you could ever meet. About 5 years ago I created a alternative rap group for him and @Kehlani along with a few other talented young artist called “PWD”. They were all so dope that I invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in them. They had amazing songs with @E40 @losangelesconfidential @djpremier and more. They toured with @therealtechn9ne and even performed on Wildnout, at SXSW and other festivals. And Bowers was the energy of the group, a writer, rapper, singer, skateboarder.😊! The kid could do it all, but like most of us he had his own demons and darkness that he struggled with. We would often talk about God and Spirituality and he got to a place where it all was confusing for him and he couldn’t trust anyone. I told him I would always have his back and would be there for him so when I got the call today that he slit his throat and then immediately after the San Diego police shot him numerous times. My heart sunk. Through the grace of the Most High Ryan Bowers is still here with us, but he needs your prayers and positive energy. I promise you if my guy pulls through I will make the world know him and appreciate his amazing journey and gifts!! I love you my dude! I know you are going to pull through! 🙏🏾

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DeAndre Hopkins Donates NFL Playoff Check To Help Murdered Girl’s Family In Houston

In the wake of Jazmine Barnes’ family mourning her horrific death, Houston Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins has stepped in and pledged his playoff check to the Barnes family to help with funeral costs and support Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, journalist Shaun King and Mayor Sylvester Turner to help find Jazmine’s killer.

Aside from donating his $29K check to the family, Hopkins will dedicate Saturday’s wildcard game against the Indianapolis Colts to Jazmine, according to ESPN.

Hopkins said,

“When I see Jazmine Barnes; face, I see my own daughter, I’m pledging my playoff check this week to help her family with funeral costs and to support Shaun King, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez bring this man to justice, On Saturday, I will be playing in your honor Jazmine.”

As we reported, the 7 year old girl was shot and killed in a Houston-area Walmart by an unidentified white make in what appears to be a racially motivated attack.

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Pusha T: Kanye West Is NOT Wearing His MAGA Hat Anymore

Does King Push have a revelation for Hip Hop fans and political pundits alike?

Well, according to the visible half of the twin Clipse duo, G.O.O.D. Music head honcho Kanye West has taken off his ode to Donald Trump; the infamous red “Make America Great Again” hat.

“He doesn’t [wear it] anymore,”

Pusha T told The Daily Show. “He stopped. He stopped, though.” Pusha T also said that the two almost never politics when they’re in the studio together.

“Can you imagine having those conversations while he’s trying to make my album?” he said. “He basically has my life in his palm and I have to tell him that I hate something. We always have real conversations, though. Always.”

“I think that’s why me and him connect so well and I think that’s why ‘Daytona’ came out so well. It’s a give and take. If I don’t like something, I say it and he tries to correct it, and so on and so forth.”

The beef continues between Pusha’s nemesis Drake and Yeezy. Just last week, Kanye went on a Twitter rant being transparently critical of his former Canadian homie.

The plot thickens on this one as the Six God has yet to respond.

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Vic Mensa Shares His Convo With Jay-Z About World Renowned Artist BANKSY

Chi-Town slang spitter Vic Mensa has managed to put himself in a no-lose situation, being under the wing of Roc Nation head honcho Jay-Z, but Mensa says that his conversations with his boss are now becoming cross cultural.

During an interview with Ebro Darden for Apple Music’s Beats 1 Radio show, Mensa had a chance to kick it with Ebro about choppin’ it up wit Hov about internationally known street artist BANKSY.

“I was having this conversation with Hov the other day and I was playing him one of the 93 Punks records. That record – it’s subject matter is like a real incident that happened recently,” said Vic. “It’s so much carnage and it’s so dark that he was like ‘Damn, I want to dance to it, but it’s hard to, knowing what the lyrics are about.’”

Mensa went on about his convo with Jay, “I told him, ‘That’s kinda what I meant to do is make people uncomfortable.’ Then he started telling me this story about how he reached out to Banksy when Banksy did that shredder on the painting that sold all crazy. Hov was like, ‘I respect the way you’re on these n*ggas neck right now.’ And Banksy’s like, ‘You really let me know I could do it when you had the Lourve ushering you and Beyonce through the museum and you made ‘Big Pimpin.” At its essence, the sh*t that we’re doing is counterculture.”

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Young Thug, NBA YoungBoy And 21 Savage Threaten Enemies With Gang Rape

Three millennial rappers are in hot water on social media over their “unorthodox threats to their open enemies.

Young Thug, NBA YoungBoy and 21 Savage have taken to their Instagram accounts to send a PSA to all of their opps if they get caught lackin’.

The 27-year-old ATLien put up the controversial post on his IG, stating,

“if @nba_youngboy don’t like u, if i hate, if @21savage say f##k u, we going rape u”.

NBA Youngboy added on to the social media fervor, proclaiming, “#onGOD BITCH.”

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, blatantly threatening to rape somebody is criminal to say the least.

Let’s tone it down a bit fellas.

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Wu-Tang Clan Commemorates ’36 Chambers’ 25th Anniversary With NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Yesterday (Dec. 5), in commemoration of their conquering 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Wu-Tang Clan got together to perform a native influenced long-winded session of Wu hits on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. Together, Raekwon, RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Cappadonna, alongside the son of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Young Dirty Bastard, fed onlookers with a wealth of musical wisdom than obtains 25 years of brilliance.

Starting off with a top-notch classic, “Triumph” which arguably accommodates one of the greatest verses in hip-hop history, Inspectah Deck spewed the famed moment, preceding into their early mantraesque hits from “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” to “Method Man.” Touching base on their iconic solo still-Wu gems, the concert flew into tracks in the likes of Raekwon’s “Glaciers of Ice”, Method Man’s “Bring the Pain,” Ghostface Killah’s “Run” and ultimately sealed the show with the affectionately received “C.R.E.A.M.”

While both Method Man and Ghostface Killah were not present, the group successfully managed to set forth a nostalgic performance which was reminiscent to the traditional rap cypher their gritty craft tends to reflect. Young Dirty Bastard appears to be on a role with the undertaking of his late father’s eccentric vigor, as he is seen portraying Ol’ Dirty Bastard segments in modern-day performances.

With the help of strings of The Green Project, RZA dropped a “dart” where he accumulates his Wu experience in live time.

“I used to be a metaphor whore/I would search through the core of my brain to find a metaphor better than yours/But now I’m a spiritual lyricist mystic/And I realize Hip-Hop has a sickness/So I’m going to cure the sickness without a pill/That’s better than me saying dollar dollar bill…”

Last month the super group’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) reached a new milestone of 25 years since its iconic release. In extended honor of the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, the clan will hold two respective east coast celebrations in Philly and New York. Watch the clan swarm through their “Wu Classics” playlist with Tiny Desk, here.

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Offset’s Mama Reveals He Was A Backup Dancer For Whitney Houston and TLC

Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, Offset was literally made for entertainment and was apparently destined for some type of victory in it. In a recent story with the New York Times, the crowd-pleasing Migos artist’s mother, Latabia revealed that at one point of her now famed son’s journey, he was a professional back up dancer and even worked for the late Whitney Houston and the CrazySexyCool, TLC.

Centered around the influence of his absentee father, Latabia recalled her stance during Offset’s adolescence which she spent trying to lure her son away from the traps of the streets. As most mothers do, she got her son involved in sports, but it was his deed as a young professional backup dancer at the tender age of 10 years old. Offset was featured in Whitney Houston’s 2002 “Whatchulookinat” music video.

Just last month, he shared a photo on Instagram highlighting the moment, not necessarily slating the backup dancer identity, but hyping up his familiarity with fame.

“I BEEN DOING THIS ENTERTAINMENT GOD MY WITNESS WHICH ONE IS ME????,” says the caption.

Offset overall reminisced about his coming to fame by recollecting his childhood and the challenges that came with it. From his juvenile criminology to premature fatherhood, the Atlanta creative has found refuge in his Hip-Hop ascendancy.

“I’ve just been making them bangers since that,” he said. “Oh my God, it feels so good to be a winner,” said Offset via New York Times.

And through Hip-Hop, he found the love of his life, his superstar wife Cardi B and brought a precious baby girl into the world, Kulture- thanks to the art of modern-day rapping. The “Versace” rapper truly embraced the quality of life thanks to Hip-Hop.

“I have a wife and a child — that changed my whole everything,” he added. “I was a young hothead, but now I understand the value of life.”

Without a doubt, Migos is one of the leading forces of modern-day Hip-Hop music and culture and with Offset’s organic attraction to the mold of an entertainer, it shovels the new school spitter’s ability to promote substantial rap.

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Will.i.am Is Not Confident About Hip-Hop’s Longevity: ‘It’s Become the Lowest-Hanging Fruit’

After spending over twenty years making top-notch hits and ultimately paving his own lane, it appears that Will.i.am owns a very unsteady theory about the future of the Hip-Hop genre. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Black Eyed Peas rapper expressed his thoughts about the livelihood of Hip-Hop’s global dominance and anticipated the coming and takeover of artificial intelligence rappers.

“What’s the number-one sport on the planet? Soccer, because anyone can play it. The problem with hip-hop is everybody could do it,” he said. “It doesn’t take much fucking skill right now to make hip-hop. It’s become the lowest-hanging fruit. It’s no longer about Rakim-level, Nas-level, not the deep, metaphorical simile shit. Out of respect for the Nases of the world, let’s not call it hip-hop. Let’s say that’s rap. But instrumental music is going to be the next biggest shit.”

If there is one thing out of Hip-Hop’s history that is telling of its universal appeal, which leads to its unlimited creativity, it is its barefaced journey to global recognition from being heavily discredited to a lasting folkway. Hip-Hop’s mesmerizing entrance was a green light to those who were linear to the culture and blatant migrants and eventually gave birth to the myriad of carbon rappers and unrestricted sectors of sub-genres. It was the showcased lifestyle of the prime catchy-rhymer that most aspiring rappers have spent the past 30 years crafting non-traditional tunes about, an often misleading and misunderstood expression.

With the help of name-dropping distinguished music acts, Will.i.am went on to elaborate on the contents of true Hip-Hop music, by highlighting the importance of a Hip-Hop musician being able to embrace their artistry.

“The John Coltranes, the Stan Getzes, the Jimi Hendrixes, the musicianship. That’s the only way to prove intelligence or taste: demonstrating your artistry. Right now we’re competing human on human, and eventually we’ll be competing human on machine – the moment there’s a fucking AI mumble rapper [laughs] . . . it’s inevitable, bro! Like, the reason why Star Wars is Star Wars is because the Jedis kept the machines in check.”

Will’s confidence in artificial intelligence is certainly not artificial, there is a sound reason behind his confidence. He is currently one of the most sought-after tech innovators of the 21st century and one of the lead advocates of artificial intelligence. According to Rolling Stone, since his 2015 Puls smartwatch exertion, Will.i.am has received over $100 million in funding for his company I.am, a personal artificial intelligence device.

The Grammy-award winning producer isn’t keeping his tech knowledge to himself, he instinctively mingled Hip-Hop into the game. The Black Eyed Peas teamed up with Marvel for the curation of their graphic comic Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles. The virtual reality version was released earlier this year and offers a full-fledged honorable Hip-Hop voice-over cast including Redman, Queen Latifah, and Snoop Dogg. There is a great deal of actuality in Will.i.am’s stance and his luxurious experience as a modern day musician with a Hip-Hop foundation is enough to justify the worth of his expression.

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