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2 Chainz Launches Marijuana Brand ‘GAS Cannabis Co.’

This business was inevitable for Chainz.

The Green Street Agency has partnered with Tauheed Epps, whose best known in the Hip Hop world as 2 Chainz, to create his own marijuana business, GAS Cannabis Co.

The creative agency has already partnered with a variety of other musicians including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Waka Flocka Flame and Rae Sremmurd to launch perfectly legal weed brands.

The L.A.-based distributor has just launched a shop out of Van Nuys and offers three different strains of marijuana both in-store and online.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in California back in November of 2016. It was the first of nine states. It has also been legal for medicinal use since 1996.

According to Chainz, GAS stands for “Good a** s**t.” He took to his personal Instagram page to excitedly share the news of one of his lifelong dreams. He broke down each of the strains and showcased the products for fans and cannabis-users alike.

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Styles P Partners With PETA to Promote Plant-Based Diets

The animal advocacy group, PETA, linked up with Styles P for a campaign to promote plant-based diets. For the battle, or, in other words World Vegan Month starts, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), travels to the Brooklyn-based, Ghost-co-owned, Juices for Life vegan juice bar.

Talking on the advantages of adhering to plants, the Hip Hop vet giggles as he portrays the sudden points of interest of the eating routine. “A plant-based diet kinda makes your soul lighter,” he begins in the video. “I had a newfound respect for all life.”

Somewhere else in the video, Styles, who helped discovered Juices for Life with the end goal to give fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income neighborhoods, sets the record straight that he’s not down for the mistreatment of animals. Especially after surviving the trenches of Yonkers.

“Coming from a poor community and [as] a brown man, I fully understand mistreatment,” says Styles, who dropped off his Beloved joint project with Dave East last month. “It kinda made me have a deeper understanding for the animals.”

It is in light of that compassion that Styles is hoping to advance PETA’s message of Love Is Love.

Look at Styles P’s new PETA video for yourself just underneath.

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Chris Brown And Drake End Beef, Unite On Stage In LA For First Time Since 2009

The heartthrobs of Hip Hop and R&B have reunited after almost a decade of beef.

R&B swooner Chris Brown and Hip Hop’s top contender Drake rekindled their friendship after a nine year riff, which is highly believed to have started after Breezy physically assaulted Rihanna in 2009.

Breezy and Drizzy linked up again on stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during Drake’s Aubrey and the Three Amigos tour stop in Los Angeles.

Both artists took to their IG pages to post the news that they were reunited.

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The two artists last faced off in NYC at Greenhouse nightclub, when a physical altercation broke out in the club, leaving Brown scarred from a broken bottle allegedly thrown by Drake.

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New Jersey Sets October 29th As Date For Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Gov. Phil Murphy and New Jersey lawmakers finally have a date in mind for passing what could be the biggest legislation in years: marijuana legalization and they want to get it done by Halloween.

There is one potential stumbling block; a tax. Lawmakers are talking about a pretty hefty tax that they want to impose on the drug once it becomes available commercially.

Murphy and lawmakers say they’re looking at Oct 29 as the day the state Legislature should pass a bill legalizing marijuana in New Jersey. It’s not clear if the governor would actually sign it that day or right afterward. Murphy was asked about marijuana legalization during a recent Facebook live interview, and he told the audience that he’s looking at signing something “sooner than later.”

He also said that, based the tenor of the discussions and the give-and-take between the Murphy administration and lawmakers, Oct. 29 “feels about right.”

Murphy said there will be several pieces to the legislation, including expansion of the medical marijuana program. The “biggest mountain to climb,” he said, will be legalizing the drug for recreational use.

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[LISTEN] Lil Wayne Admits When He Shot Himself It Was Really A Suicide Attempt On ‘Tha Carter V’

To much anticipated fanfare, Lil Wayne released his Tha Carter V album this week and he revealed one of the many mysteries that has shaped and molded him into the living legend he is today.

One of the most memorable aspects of his life was at 12 years old, when the young Dwayne Carter shot himself in the chest, almost taking his own life. It has been long thought that the self inflicted gunshot wound was accidental, but Wayne puts those rumors to rest on the last song on his album entitled “Let It All Work Out” from his 12th solo album Tha Carter V.

On this track, the Young Money general spit on the third verse, “I found my mama’s pistol where she always hide it / I cry, put it to my head and thought about it / Nobody was home to stop me, so I called my auntie / Hung up, then put the gun up to my heart and pondered / Too much was on my conscience to be smart about it / Too torn apart about it, I aim where my heart was pounding / I shot it, and I woke up with blood all around me / It’s mine, I didn’t die, but as I was dying / God came to my side, and we talked about it / He sold me another life, and he made a prophet.”

He admitted the suicide attempt back in 2016 on Solange’s “Mad”, but had previously lied about it in an interview with MTV’s Chris Connelly, who he told, “I was full of weed. Trippin’, young, playin’ with [a gun]. I didn’t know that when you take the clip out the gun, if you cocked it, one [bullet] is already in the chamber. I didn’t know it had been cocked. So I’m just playin’ [and shot myself]. That was crazy.”

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Beyond The Streets Curates Beastie Boys’ ‘Live And Direct’ Book Tour Exhibit

Beyond The Streets Art Collective is curating an exhibit with the Beastie Boys for their forthcoming 600-page memoir entitled The Beastie Boys Book: Live And Direct.

The six-date, four-city book tour, which is scheduled to begin later this month in NYC, will have events featuring readings, Q&A sessions with Mike D, Ad Rock, a guest moderator and a live score from DJ Mix Master Mike. This project is part of an ongoing collabo with Beyond The Streets and adidas skateboarding.

The traveling exhibit will feature memorabilia from the trio’s unforgettable career, giving visitors a deeper look into their four decade legacy as one of Hip Hop’s most groundbreaking acts.

The Beastie Boys Book: Live & Direct Tour kicks off with a pair New York City stops beginning in Manhattan on October 29 at Town Hall and then moving to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on October 30. Mike D and Ad-Rock then head out to the West Coast for appearances at Los Angeles’s Montalban Theatre on November 3 and 4 and at San Francisco’s City Arts & Lectures at Nourse Theater on November 5. The brief run will culminate on November 30 in London, England at EartH.

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Travelers Now Allowed To Go Through LAX Airport With Marijuana

Travelers can now pack their marijuana along with their vacation essentials as long as it stays within the legal limit in the state of California.

Los Angeles International Airport will allow anyone 21 years of age or older to bring up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and 8 grams of concentrated marijuana, in accordance with Proposition 64, according to the airport’s new policy.

Transportation Security Administration, a federal agency, can still turn people away if they find marijuana since marijuana is illegal under federal law, but if this happens, airport police will not confiscate weed products as long as it doesn’t exceed the state’s legal amount.

Although marijuana is legal here in California, travelers need to remember that it may not be at their destination.

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Woman Files Restraining Order Against Beyoncé Over Supposed Witchcraft

A woman is claiming that Beyoncé took the James Brown saying “give the drummer some” to an esoteric level.

Beyoncé’s former drummer has filed a restraining order for claims that the superstar pop singer has harassed her through witchcraft and magic spells.

Kimberly Thompson has filed a restraining order against Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, alleging that the OTR II Tour co-star has been harassing her through “extreme witchcraft” and “magic spells of sexual molestation.”

In the request for the restraining order, Thompson claims that Knowles has tapped her phones and says that she even murdered her kitten.

The original request for the order was denied, but a hearing for the matter is scheduled for October 11.

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Soren Baker’s ‘The History of Gangster Rap’ Out On Abrams Books on October 2

In the mid-1980s, gangster rap didn’t have a name; but virtually everyone who heard it realized its potency. Artists like Schoolly D, Ice-T, Boogie Down Productions, Eazy-E, and N.W.A had created a new style of rap, one that contained graphic, X-rated stories of violence, drugs, and sex and served as first-person street reporting that recounted the violence ravaging black, urban America at the time.

From still-swirling conspiracy theories about the murders of Biggie and Tupac to the release of the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, this era of gangster rap continues to fascinate music junkies and remain at the forefront of pop culture. The History of Gangster Rap is a deep dive into this compelling phenomenon from one of its most noted documenters, journalist Soren Baker.

Sixteen detailed chapters, organized chronologically, examine the evolution of gangster rap, its main players, and the culture that created this revolutionary music. With a critical eye and insider’s perspective, Baker covers all the most important singles, albums, and projects, and reveals how their music led to the next generation of artists and the evolution of the genre.

Filled with interviews with key players such as Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, and dozens more, as well as sidebars, breakout bios of notorious characters, lists, charts, and more, the book hones in on the story of the music itself. The History of Gangster Rap is the essential book that contextualizes the importance of gangster rap as a cultural phenomenon.

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[WATCH] Chief Keef Brings Fredo Santana’s Son On Stage At Rolling Loud Concert

There’s no better way to honor a family member who has passed away than by being there for their children and drill rap general Chief Keef saluted his slain cousin and artist Fredo Santana in a supreme way.

At the sold out Rolling Loud Bay Area show, Keef brought out Fredo’s son Legend as he performed his hit “Me” featuring Tadoe.

Fredo Santana died from a seizure in January of this year. Santana, whose real name is Derrick Coleman, was one of Keef’s premiere artists best known for his 2013 Savage Squad album debut Trappin Ain’t Dead.

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