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Rich the Kid Hit With Lawsuit for Posting Lawyer’s Number on Social Media

A prank by Rich The Kid went awry, now the joke seems to be on him. It now is being reported that he’s being hit with a lawsuit because of the prank. Maro Burunsuzyan, the attorney for Rich’s former landlord, is suing the “New Freezer” rapper for allegedly posting her number on social media, according to reports from TMZ.

According to the lawsuit, Rich is being accused of sharing Burunsuzyan’s number on Twitter on February 14. This action by Rich led to harassment from his followers. He posted “Valentines calls me” with her number attached, which allegedly prompted at least 500 text messages and numerous phone calls according to TMZ.

Burunsuzyan is representing Haikuhe Chichyan, the landlord suing Rich for more than $30,000 overdue rent. She believes he put her number on blast because she’s been after him in court, attempting to get damages and back rent for her client.

The lawyer claims she had a conversation with Rich back on Valentine’s Day and she had alerted him that would no longer be talking to him since he refused to pay her the money allegedly owed to her client. She went on to claim that he reacted by saying, “Oh, really?” and posted the tweet soon after their conversation.

Burunsuzyan is asking for an unspecified amount of damages. Rich hasn’t commented on the lawsuit as of Wednesday night.

We will have more information as the story develops.

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Swizz Beatz Presents Exhibit on ‘Black Renaissance’ Art in L.A

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean is regarded as one of the greatest producers ever in hip-hop. Along with collecting chart-topping hits, Swizz has garnered a reputation as collector and lover of fine art. Now it’s being reported that Swizz is partnering with UTA artist space to develop a new show that highlights ‘Black Renaissance’ works. Entitled “Dreamweavers.” the exhibition opens on Feb. 13 and continuing through April 13th amidst L.A.’s convergence of art fairs including Frieze LA and Art Los Angeles Contemporary with works by Kehinde Wiley (portraitist of Barack Obama), Kerry James Marshall and more.

“Dreamweavers.” is curated by Nicola Vassell, who also serves as an art advisor to Dean. “At this particular moment, it feels like the doors have been flung open and the conversation is welcome,” Vassell observed. It’s a super positive moment in that these narratives are being embedded institutionally. And the consequence of that is economic success and cultural influence.”

Explaining the process, Swizz noted, “This show had to happen right here, right now. Many of the artists are my friends and some of the works you’ll see on view are from The Dean Collection,” his initiative with wife Alicia Keys that they describe as a “family art collection focused on the support of living artists.” Adds Dean of the UTA show, “It’s a family gathering, Nicola is my long-time collaborator and UTA was passionate from the beginning. L.A. is always on my mind.”

Swizz love of art is well documented. He and his wife, multi-Grammy award winning Alicia Keys previously announced their artist grant program that awards $100,000 in grants of $5,000 among 20 artists around the world to “put on their first show” on Instagram. Swizz also serves on the board of the Brooklyn Museum. He launched the “No Commission Art Fair,” which is free for artists who also get to keep all profits from each sale.

 

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Nas to Perform ‘Illmatic’ With Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Nas’s Illmatic is still the holy grail of Hip-Hop albums 25 years after its initial release. Young “Nasty” Nas literally transformed the rap game and things were never the same. Just last year, on Great Performances — Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, Nas performed Illmatic in Washington D.C., accompanied by an orchestra. The Queensbridge MC must have really enjoyed because he set to perform once again with a full orchestra.

Now, it has been reported by Okayplayer that Nas will perform tracks from Illmatic backed by the Detroit Orchestra. The Detroit Pistons announced today that Nas will perform with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in conjunction with the Detroit Pistons Black History Month festivities at Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center on March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit programs that stem from the Detroit Pistons partnership with the DSO and the Sphinx Organization, which provides opportunities to young African-American and Latino string players to develop and showcase their talents in the communities they serve.  The Detroit-based national organization identifies, recognizes, rewards and nurtures young and talented musicians of color while making classical music accessible and relatable to diverse audiences.

Tickets to Nas – with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and presented by the Detroit Pistons go on-sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 26 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com.

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Gucci Mane, Lil Pump And Smokepurpp Form “Gucci Gang” Supergroup For Coachella

Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, and Smokepurpp have been revealed as members of a supergroup called ‘Gucci Gang’, with the trio confirmed to perform at Coachella 2019.

The iconic California festival yesterday revealed its full lineup for 2019 this week, with Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala taking the top billing. This year’s festival takes place over the weekends of April 12-14 and 19-21.

The lineup included a mystery group called ‘Gucci Gang’. It has now been revealed to be a collaboration between the three rappers.

The trio have taken the name of Lil Pump’s breakout 2017 track ‘Gucci Gang’.

The news of Gucci Gang’s Coachella appearance was almost overlooked due to Kanye’s pulling out of the festival due to “artistically limiting.”

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Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Benedict College and Key to City of Columbia

After devoting the last six years of her life to social change since the unjust murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, this past weekend Benedict College and the city of Columbia presented Sybrina Fulton with an honorary doctorate degree and the Key to the City. Fulton was stationed as the Commencement Convocation speaker for the HBCU’s 2018 winter graduation ceremony.

The brewed social activist was awarded with the Doctor of Humane Letters by the seminary ultimately granting her the respective title of ‘Dr’ and was also presented with the Key to the City by the mayor of South Carolina Steve Keith Benjamin. She took to Instagram moments after the ceremony to share her profound title. “I present to you……Dr. Sybrina Fulton,” the caption reads. “I went from the 2018 Commencement Convocation speaker at Benedict College to Doctor & I also received the key to the city from the Mayor of Columbia, SC.”

The ceremony took place on Saturday (Dec. 15) inside of the institution’s Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena. Upon the institution’s announcement, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College recognizes Fulton’s passionate endeavors towards social injustice, gun violence, and gender profiling by highlighting her cogent strength:

“Sybrina is a model of grace and strength, ” said Dr. Artis. Because of her passion and dedication, ‘we are all Trayvon’ and demand social justice for our sons.”

Since the senseless and tragic loss of her son in 2012, Sybrina started the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the emotional and financial support of families who have lost a loved one to the unexpected about of gun violence which is the precursor of her “Circle of Mothers” enterprise and “Mothers of the Movement” initiative. Last year, Fulton along with Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon co-authored a book that turned into a six-part series with Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z as executive producer titled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

 

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The Diplomats Tell Hilarious Story About Laurence Fishburne Encounter: ‘We Don’t Give a Fuck About You!’

Respectfully one of the most influential groups throughout Hip-Hop history, the Diplomats affectionately known as Dipset, are on the verge of making a noisy comeback and the collective’s distinguished members are taking up the surface big time. The group recently sat down with Billboard to discuss the Diplomats’ official comeback and amid the dialogue described a comical airport encounter with actor Laurence Fishburne which involves a couple of ‘eff yous,” making the story a certified Dipset tale.

“We see him in the airport. My first album’s not out or nothing; we’re just on a promo tour for my first album,” said Cam’ron. ‘Jim is like, “There go Laurence Fishburne!’ Jim had done a couple scenes on New York Undercover and shit, so Jim had seen him somewhere else like Toys R’ Us or some shit—and he was like, ‘If you call him Larry Fishburne, he loses his mind!’ Like we’re just sitting there chilling in the airport waiting for our flight and Jim tells us this.”

According to Jones, he had previously witnessed The Matrix actor go ballistic on someone who called him Larry inside of a Toys R Us on a Christmas day. During this encounter, it was their close buddy Fat Shawn, who Cam’ron notes passed away just two months ago, that turned it up on Fishburne by calling him by his disfavored moniker.

“He’s like, ‘I said, ‘Hello, Larry!’ But you gotta realize…we’re not no celebrities! We’re just some guys trying to get a record out, so we’re like, “Oh shit! Fucking Laurence Fishburne!’,” Cam’ron recalled. ‘So we’re just in awe that’s Larry! So listen though, he comes back and sits down with us! Like, ‘Yo, why you keep calling me Larry?’ And n—-s is like what! And this n—a Shawn is like, ‘our mother named you Larry, I’m calling you Larry!’ N—a pulls out his I.D. like, ‘What does this say?!’ We’re like, ‘Get ‘em, Larry! Get ‘em!”

After trying to convince Fishburne of their brewing prominence in entertainment with Jim JonesNew York Undercover gig and the coming drop of Cam’ron’s solo debut, the “Dipset Anthem” spitters got fed up after he rejected their efforts and sent the legendary actor into the fields of forget-yous.

“And Jim is like, ‘Yo, we’re trying to get on! We got the album coming out! I’m on New York Undercover!’ He’s like, ‘I’m not helping y’all!’ We’re like, ‘Yo Laurence, don’t pay that nigga no mind! That n—a’s stupid, man!’ He’s like, ‘I need to know what’s going on with y’all.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, fuck him! My man on New York Undercover, I got the album…’ He like, ‘Look man, I’m not helping y’all!’ So then it got to the point where I’m like, ‘Yo you know what? Fuck you, my n—a!’

Surprisingly for the Diplomats, the School Daze actor ended up becoming a fan of the Harlem spitters weathered raps years after their pre-famed encounter. Cam’ron views the moment as a lesson about memory, ultimately highlighting the power behind organically memorable moments.

“What’s crazy is, he probably just thought we were some ignorant n—-s who don’t know who we is. Because let’s say about 4-5 years later, my friend James is driving my pink Range Rover and Laurence Fishburne pulls up next to him and he’s like, “Hey, is that Cam’ron’s car?” He’s like, “Yeah, yeah!” He’s like, “Yo, tell him I’m a big fan! I fuck with him!” So James called me and he’s like, “Yo, Laurence Fishburne just pulled up to the car and said he loves your shit!” And I’m like, “See he don’t even know that that was us!”

Now the class act Harlem rap group is preparing for their official comeback album Diplomatic Immunity 3, which will reportedly come with a visual project between a documentary and biopic. The uncertainty is based on Dipset’s lengthy 21-year history and the desire to tell the tale in its full context. According to Cam, they are seeking the most financially wise direction to take the story of the Diplomats, but overall want the tale to make a similar and bigger impact than that of BET’s “The New Edition Story”. Well, on a bigger scale, profiling the story of Harlem’s most influential rap group will help raise awareness towards the importance of knowing hip-hop history.

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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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DOUBLE DRAGONS 🐉 @champagnepapi

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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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