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Maxo Kream, Vic Mensa & Tiara Thomas on Join SpringHill Co. For Mental Health Clubhouse Convo

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Maxo Kream, Vic Mensa and Tiara Thomas revealed their experiences with Mental Health during a Clubhouse convo with SpringHill Co.

Last month Maverick Carter and LeBron James’ SpringHill Co. teamed up with Clubhouse to produce audio programming related to big moments in sports and culture.

The world celebrated World Mental Health Day was Oct. 10. The production company hosted a Mental Health Chat on the audio platform as a continued celebration.

They were joined by artists such as Maxo Kream, Vic Mensa and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, Tiara Thomas. The conversation was moderated by radio host, Yesi Ortiz and Dr. Milo Dodson.

The three artists spoke on the vulnerability they have shared and continue to share in their music, with the understanding of how difficult it is to do. The consensus that music provides therapeutic relief was universal.

Tiara Thomas mentioned the lyrics from her hit feature with Wale, “Bad,” where she highlighted the authenticity of her lyrics from personal experience.

Vic Mensa has expressed mental health advocacy in both his music and verbal conversations. He spoke on the frequency of self-medicating when copping with mental health issues.

Maxo Kream talked about his surrounding while growing up in Houston.

The destigmatization surrounding Black Mental Health continues as more conversations occur. The expression and vulnerability expressed during these chats helped to advance the fight against being afraid to

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A Clip of ‘95 2Pac’s Gangsta Boogie To “Let’s Play House” Goes Viral

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From classic movie scenes to powerful messages to iconic outbursts that have influenced some of the biggest names in today’s Hip Hop, moments from the life of legendary recording artist 2Pac go viral daily.

While today is no different, a clip that shows the groovy side of the thespian two-stepping inside a nightclub in 1995 to the West Coast classic “Let’s Play House” by Tha Dogg Pound goes viral on Tuesday (Oct. 12). “He was so gangsta,” tweets @Meanie_McFeeny on Twitter in the comment section of the 13-second clip.

Posted on October 12 by the popular social media account, @AuxGod_, on Twitter, the tweet captioned “Tupac dancing to ‘Let’s Play House’ (95)” has generated 52,000 views, 2,466 likes and 714 retweets — so far. The clip stems from rare footage of 2Pac at Club 662 in Las Vegas. The one-time nightclub was owned by Suge Knight. You may watch the full video of Shakur dancing on the packed-out dance floor below.

MORE: Fat Joe Responds To Fans Upset with DaBaby Tupac Comparison

“Let’s Play House” appears on Tha Dogg Pound’s classic album Dogg Food (1995). Signing with Death Row Records in 1992, their debut album, which also features the infamous diss track “New York New York” featuring Snoop Dogg, peaked at #1 on Billboard in November 1995 and went 2x platinum, according to RIAA. 

In 1995, the rapper-actor was shot five times during the New York robbery that spawned the infamous beef with best friend-turned-bitter rival Notorious B.I.G. and sentenced to up to four and a half years in jail for sexual abuse. His third album, Me Against the World, was released in March 1995 via Interscope/Jive Records. While in jail, 2Pac signed a multi-album deal with Death Row Records in September 1995. 

MORE: Today In Hip Hop History: Tupac Shakur Signs To Death Row Records 26 Years Ago

On Death Row, 2Pac and Tha Dogg Pound collaborated on the track “Got My Mind Made Up” off the Diamond-selling Death Row debut All Eyez on Me. On the album’s production, Daz Dillinger produced “Ambitionz az a Ridah.” Tha Dogg Pound left Death Row in 2001.

You can revisit the visual to the Dogg Pound classic below.

Rest in Peace Tupac Shakur

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ICYMI: Common Offers Music Production Program At Stateville Correctional Center

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Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois is launching a new music production program for inmates with the help of Grammy Award winning rapper Common.

Chicago native Common’s non-profit organization Imagine Justice, helped to fund the initiative. On Tuesday, a special ceremony was held at the Stateville Correctional Center to unveil the program.

Common shared his excitement of the launch in a statement to Chicago news outlets.

“Coming back home to be a part of this opportunity for the people of Stateville is my honor. I know personally how music can heal and allow the human spirit to be free regardless of your environment. I wanted to offer a world class studio experience to support these residents as they are committed to changing their lives. And this is just the beginning.”

The new state-of-the-art studio that was built at the facility features musical instruments, mixing boards, sound panels and other equipment. The non profit organization is also providing funds for a professional musician to teach the class. According to reports, this program is the first of its kind at IDOC.

There are nine students in the initial class that will last 12 weeks. They will learn about music production, song writing and audio engineering. The individuals who wanted to be considered for the music program had to apply and take part in an interview. Each participant who completes the course will earn time off their sentence at Stateville Correctional Center.

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Common Launches Music Production Program At Stateville Correctional Center

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Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois is launching a new music production program for inmates with the help of Grammy Award winning rapper Common.

Chicago native Common’s non-profit organization Imagine Justice, helped to fund the initiative. On Tuesday, a special ceremony was held at the Stateville Correctional Center to unveil the program.

Common shared his excitement of the launch in a statement to Chicago news outlets.

“Coming back home to be a part of this opportunity for the people of Stateville is my honor. I know personally how music can heal and allow the human spirit to be free regardless of your environment. I wanted to offer a world class studio experience to support these residents as they are committed to changing their lives. And this is just the beginning.”

The new state-of-the-art studio that was built at the facility features musical instruments, mixing boards, sound panels and other equipment. The non profit organization is also providing funds for a professional musician to teach the class. According to reports, this program is the first of its kind at IDOC.

There are nine students in the initial class that will last 12 weeks. They will learn about music production, song writing and audio engineering. The individuals who wanted to be considered for the music program had to apply and take part in an interview. Each participant who completes the course will earn time off their sentence at Stateville Correctional Center.

Share your thoughts with us on social media.

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Rick Ross to Pay $11K in Monthly Child Support

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Rick Ross will be giving up some racks to his childrens’ mother, Brian Singleton.

After a brief battle in court, the case was finally settled. The case began in May 2020, when Singleton sued Rozay while pregnant with their third child.

TMZ reports that the MMG CEO will also be ordered to pay for his children’s health insurance and extracurricular expenses once it passes $7,560. He’ll also dish out additional annual payments of up to $3,000 per child.

Ross reportedly brings home a monthly income of $585,000 per month, while Singleton brings home $142. The “Hustlin” rapper will also be responsible for paying her lawyer fees of $25,000 as well.

In May 2020, Singleton made it mandatory for Rick Ross to take a COVID-19 test to see their three kids: Berkeley, Billion, and Bliss.

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H.E.R. Hosts Lights On Festival With Chris Brown, Erykah Badu, Chloe Bailey & More

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H.E.R. is a heaven-sent R&B goddess. This past weekend, the Bay Area native made sure that R&B music was brought to the forefront, and the Bay Area was in for a treat.

The annual festival galvanized tens of thousands of attendees at the Concord Pavilion in California to see performances by classic and current R&B acts. Rhythm and Blues brings forth a feeling of nostalgia and that feeling was on full effect.

Erykah Badu and Keyshia Cole took the stage to perform their classics songs as the crowd sung word for word to each tune. In true Baduism fashion, she donned a 10-piece garment, highlighted by her platinum jacket. Oakland native Keyshia Cole performed beloved hits such as “Love, “I Should’ve Cheated,” and “Let it Go.”

Fans went crazy when Chris Brown joined H.E.R. to perform “Come Through” as a surprise guest. California native Saweetie touched the stage as well to perform “Best Friend.”

Ty Dolla $ign, Bryson Tiller, and Ari Lennox took the stage as well. It was the “Paranoid” crooner’s first live performance since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. For Tiller, he had not touched the stage since then as well.

Fresh from her VMAs debut, Chloe Bailey joined H.E.R on stage for an energy-filled performance as well.

Light On Festival also highlighted R&B singers VanJess, Tiana Major9, Kiana  Ledé, Lucky Daye Masego, and more. Masego’s cameo was underscored by his infamous saxophone, which soothes the crowd into a sonic daze.

H.E.R. closed out the show with a dynamic performance of her most beloved songs.

“I don’t know why people say R&B is dead when R&B lives in everything, it’s the foundation,” she says. Her annual festival proved that to be nothing but facts.

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Kanye West Buys New $57 Million Malibu Pad

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Kanye West is going back to Cali!

Ye’s highlight anticipated DONDA album, dedicated to his late mother throughout the summer, remained a topic of discussion. West has been pretty busy from his impromptu stadium listening sessions to the behind-the-scenes work and his back and forth feud with Drake.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, Kanye finally released his 10th studio album, DONDA. Since then, he was released several music videos for songs “24” and “Come to Life.” Since its release, West has traveled to Berlin, Germany, and has been back and forth to Los Angeles. While we are well aware of his Wyoming ranch, it looks like he will be spending more time in California.

The YEEZY billionaire recently purchased a $57 million Malibu beach home. Ye’s new 4,0000 square-foot pad is one of many homes designed by Japanese archaist Tadao Ando, and it includes four bedrooms and four and a half baths.

While the home differs from his Wyoming ranch in terms of proximity to neighbors, Ye’s judgment for art is never questioned. He previously stated in an interview that he doesn’t want neighbors if he drops millions on a home, and it looks like that has since changed.

The Malibu home is only a half-hour drive away from his Hidden Hills residence he once shared with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and their four children.

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Rick Ross Gifts Son Wingstop Franchise for 16th Birthday

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Rick Ross is known for his boss moves. Earlier this year, Ross’ 235 acre Atlanta estate was the Coming to America sequel stage. Over the year, his investment portfolio has grown with several fast-food chains (Checkers and Wing Stop) in addition to real estate. He says he got his real estate knowledge from his mother, work invested while working as a nurse.

“She would just keep buying houses. And I would say, ‘Mom, what do you think about the stock market?’ And she would say, ‘Son, I don’t really rock with the stock market. I don’t know much about it, but I know about real estate. So when you buy something, make sure you can touch it.’”

Ross’ 16-year-old son, William Roberts III, recently celebrated his birthday. His father gifted him with one of his many assets. Now he is sharing those assets with his son.

“Everyone wish my son @mmbigbank HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY !!! Today he became the owner of his 1st @wingstop franchise. Your now officially a BOSS !! Keep Going.”

The generational wealth is certainly being passed down in the Roberts family.

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Lecrae Launches Hip-Hop Convict Contest & Financial Literacy Web Series

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Lecrae continues to expand his palette of endeavors.

The Houston native recently announced several new ventures that are set to launch this Fall.

Lecrae took the initiative to start his own media production company after many film offerings.

In one of its first partnerships with Experian, he hosts a new 6-part web series entitled “Protect The Bag.”

“I wanted to take the knowledge that I’ve gained, in addition to the experts from Experian and put everything together,” said Lecrae.

Lecrae also mentions his experience with educating his artists as well.

“I have nine artists on my record label, says the Grammy winner. “I had to walk them into banks and teach them how to do so many things. We’ve also held workshops for them, which sparked the idea of how many more people we can help.”

Each episode will cover a key point of building a financial legacy including, but not limited to, budgeting, identity protection, investing, and more.

To deliver the content, he is blending “Dave Chapelle and The Tonight Show” with relatable sketches for its audience.

Viewers can expect “Protect The Bag” to debut later this Fall on Lecrae’s YouTube channel.

In addition to teaching financial literacy, Lecrae will host the first Hip-Hop contest for those behind bars. In a joint effort with Aventiv Technologies, the incarcerated individuals will submit a track over one of three beats by Grammy-winning producer, Zaytoven.

The students of Morris Brown College will choose the top 25 finalists. From there, Lecrae will choose the winner, whose song will be recorded, mastered, and released.

All proceeds generated from the contest will go towards reform support for the corrections community.

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Chris Paul Invests in Plant-Based Protein Shake Brand Koia

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Chris Paul continues to pursue his plant-based mission with a financial investment in Koia, leaders in 100% plant-based nutrition shakes. This investment expands Paul’s goal of providing better access to healthy foods to all and promoting the benefits he personally experiences from a plant-based lifestyle.

Paul and Koia share a mission of making plant-based nutrition available to everyone, especially communities who lack access to healthy, low-sugar food options. As a first step in achieving their mission, Paul and Koia will introduce a Koia vending machine program on HBCU campuses focusing on campuses with which Paul has relationships. The initial pilot program will take place this year with a broader roll-out in 2022.

In addition to the HBCU program, Paul has made a commitment to purchasing 50,000 bottles of Koia Straw-nana Dream Smoothie, the best-selling flavor of Koia’s newest and most successful innovation line, for GoPuff customers nationally. Paul has an investment and partnership with GoPuff and Koia is currently the top-selling better-for-you beverage sold on the platform.

“My hope for investing in Koia and other changemakers in the industry is that we work together toward a bigger systemic culture shift where underserved communities have access and opportunity to live better, healthier lives,” said Paul.

“We are thrilled to partner with Chris Paul because he’s an exceptional human being on and off the court, embodying the power of plant-based nutrition,” said Chris Hunter, Co-founder and CEO of Koia. “We are aligned with Paul around a vision of the future where everyone has access to healthy food and look forward to working together to make that a reality.”

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