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JAY-Z Enters the Cannabis Industry as Chief Brand Strategist For Caliva

The billions just keep on ringing in for Hov! JAY-Z, a Renaissance Man of many hats, is now getting into the business of bud by signing on as the Chief Brand Strategist of cannabis consumer product company Caliva.



The California-based organization was founded in 2015 and boasts the top-selling indoor flower brands Fun Uncle, Bad Apple, Deli and its namesake strand Caliva. For Mr. Carter’s part, the rapper will work alongside the brand to fight social justice issues relating to the legalization of marijuana. Hov also sees major potential in the product, stating in a quote on the company’s website, “Caliva’s expertise and ethos makes them the best partner for this endeavor. We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good and bring people along the way.”

Here’s an official description of what his role will entail, via Caliva:

“In this position, Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration – many of who are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization – through advocacy, job training, and overall employee and workforce development.”

Being that Caliva currently only delivers to customers located in California, we can see how including someone like, you know, the biggest rapper in the game for the better part of two decades now could be beneficial to overall brand notoriety. We might even see the celebrated MC get his own strand named after him, too. “Hova Hash” or “Carter Kush” sounds pretty good right about now!

Read up more on JAY-Z’s new venture with Caliva on the brand’s website. Enjoy responsibly!

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix For ‘Massive Fraud’

The New York Post’s Page Six has reported that Hip-Hop billionaire Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation are suing a city licensing firm, alleging it of bilking investors in a “massive years-long fraud,” according to a new lawsuit. Roc Nation first sold the men’s clothing brand Rocawear to Iconix for $204 million in 2007.

According to court documents in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the suit says that the Iconix Brand Group Inc., duped it and other companies — including Ecko, Ed Hardy and PONY — into doing business by not being honest about its financials, and then made off with their money without delivering the services that the company promised.

The feds have been investigating Iconix, which court documents reveal have “amass[ed] a portfolio of trademarks under false pretenses,” and detailed that they committed fraud by having “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised.” Roc Nation had been doing business with the firm after selling men’s clothing brand Rocawear to them for $204 million back in 2007. Though the company’s stocks were strong through 2015, the suit points out that, today, they are worth “less than a dollar per share.”

Iconix then “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised,” the court documents allege.

“Plaintiffs never would have entangled their business interests with Iconix had it disclosed the true condition of its business or the massive accounting fraud in which it was engaged,” the court documents claim.

The representation for Roc Nation is requesting that Iconix should pay for the all legal costs accrued when Jay-Z had to testify after the SEC subpoenaed him and for other unspecified damages.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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Legendary Musician Stevie Wonder Facing Health Challenges

Legendary musician Stevie Wonder is facing serious but manageable health problems, but he continues to perform and make music, sources close to the singer say.

Reports have been coming out that the iconic Motown star is “doing better now than he was a couple of months ago,” one close friend of Wonder told the Detroit Free Press, as he prepares to head overseas for a pair of concerts. Wonder has been traveling with a medical team, the source said.

“He’s got some health challenges, but he doesn’t want a big PR thing out of this,” said musician Joan Belgrave, a longtime friend of the singer. Her late husband, Detroit jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, met Wonder when the latter was a 13-year-old Motown prodigy, she said.

He knows what he has to do to get himself together, and he’s doing it,” Belgrave said. “He’s got a team around him — that’s what he needs. He’s got people around him who love him.”

Wonder was “joking and laughing” when they spoke by phone earlier this week, she said.

“He’s in great spirits. You would never know anything is going on. That’s how he wants it, and that’s how he wants to keep it,” Belgrave said. “He’s making music and doing what he does, and that’s what he wants to focus on.”

Speculation spread like wildfire on June 25 when a video went viral from a Philadelphia radio personality claimed that Wonder is suffering kidney failure and has begun dialysis.

Wonder’s publicist, Shelley Selover, declined to comment beyond saying: “Please know that nothing is verified unless it comes directly from us.”

Wonder has been trying to keep his health matters private, those close to the singer said, but he’s aware concerns if his legion of fans have for him.

“He said, ‘I love prayers, but tell them not to make a big deal about it,’” said Belgrave.

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Ray J Enters Cannabis Industry With $5M Investment in New Company Featuring “Ray Jay’s” Joints

The business portfolio of Ray J just got a little bit bulkier. The singer, reality star, and business man recently dropped a $5 million dollar investment into his own cannabis brand named William Ray LA, TMZ reports.

Stationed in California, William Ray LA, a recreational cannabis brand will kick off with what appears to be a key feature, pre-rolled “Ray Jay’s” joints. The pre-rolls will be available in sativa and indica varieties in which the “Wait a Minute” artist plans on overall specializing in indica strains OG and sativas strains LP for the brand, offering both glass jars and pre-rolls.

Ray J has reportedly been working on this venture for a year and already has an indoor grow facility and expert team in place. Along with his own ganja knowledge, William Ray LA is supported by a group of top cannabis experts who specialize in cultivation, branding, and marketing. Ray J’s manager, David Weintraub told TMZ the new cannabis brand will focus on “non-traditional marketing strategies in media, music and entertainment.”

William Ray LA will not only offer cannabis products and merchandise, but in addition, marketing services and more to fellow cannabis business owners who are looking to expand their audiences.

The Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood star has actually been in the talks of his new venture, most recently in an Instagram video back in May where he gives kudos to his team in a promising post.

“Been working on deal for a year now!! Stayed up for days at a time getting work done! That’s why I look hella tired all the time,” he wrote. “But It’s about to finally be official this week!! Jus wanna say thank you to my team in Kentucky, Arizona, California and Las Vegas! We’ve work hard to get to this point! Now let’s go get these MMMMs!”

Ray J is certainly on a roll. He is the founder of Raytroniks, an American consumer electronics company which rose to popularity thanks to electric bike brand, Scoot-E-Bike which he sold to Canadian company LOOPShare in a 7-figure deal back in January. Once the success of Scoot-E-Bike surfaced, he expanded Raytroniks product selection and launched Raycon Global Inc.

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5 Rap Albums That Explain What Fatherhood Looks Like as a Hip-Hop Star

Happy Father’s Day, everybody!

Celebrate as you will, but try to take a minute today to pay proper homage to all the father figures in your life — blood-related, a best friend or even a mentor count on this annual dedication to the dads. Being that a lot of rappers in the game today have definitely passed on their genes, some more than a few times over, we wanted to highlight a few moments in the recent history of Hip-Hop where emcees used their album to break down their respective experiences as a “Hip-Hop Dad.” With all that comes with being a celebrated rapper in this fast-paced lifestyle, we respect those who also understand the importance of taking on that lifelong role with strength, responsibility and for all to see.

Keep scrolling to check out five albums by rappers that used their music to show the world what it’s like being a dad in today’s rap game:


Offset – FATHER OF 4 (2019)

Motown / Quality Control

The homie put all of his kids on the cover of his debut album! If that’s not love, we don’t know what is.


DJ Khaled – Father of Ashad (2019)

We the Best / Epic

The superproducer made sure we’d know that Asahd Tuck Khaled would be a music mogul since before he even came out the womb. Three successful years later and the accolades of this project itself prove Poppa K knew exactly what he was talking about.


Jay-Z – 4:44 (2017)

Roc Nation

Hov had already been Big Poppa to Blue Ivy for five-and-a-half years before the arrival of 4:44, but he’d also just welcomed a world-renowned set of twins two weeks prior to the album’s release. As a result, the album really saw the prolific rap icon standing in his place as both a king of his rap era and king of his new five-person household. It’s inspiring to witness coming from an OG to the game.


Dave East – Kairi Chanel (2016)

Mass Appeal

Representing for the new era, Dave East has always managed to keep it real in his his raps. That energy translates well into his personal life as well, especially as it relates to his three-year-old daughter Kairi Chanel. Back when she was born, the Harlem-bred MC was so moved by her arrival that he dedicated his best work to date in her honor. We saw her beautiful face pop up on the cover of last year’s Paranoia 2 as well, so clearly the fatherly love hasn’t faded one bit.


Birdman and Lil Wayne – Like Father, Like Son (2006)

Cash Money / Universal

This piece of nostalgic Hip-Hop history shows us how good it can be to reflect on the good times, even if your current relationship with the old man doesn’t really exist at all. Overall, even if you need to take some time apart, you’ll always have something to look back on. Probably not as good as “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” though, but still.


Happy Father’s Day to everyone celebrating — sending props to all the pops out there!

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Nas to Release New Children’s Book ‘I Know I Can’

Education starts at home and legendary Queensbridge MC Nas is planning to help our children start off on the right path.

On Thursday (June 13) the “If I Ruled The World’ rapper made the announcement via a post on Instagram, writing, “My first kids book is on the way,” mentioning that he and Mass Appeal have launched a kids brand called MAJR.

The description of MAJR reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

Nas posted a photo of a potential book cover on his Instagram.  The book is titled I Know I Can after his children empowering song, “I Can.” The book series is listed on MAJR’s official website as part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

MAJR launches with a selection of apparel available with matching designs for parents and children. The first toy in the collection, “Boomblox”, a set of building blocks that form into an old-school boombox, has also been announced, with shipping expected to take place in the fall.

In addition to apparel and toys, a cornerstone of the new brand will be a collection of kids’ books driven by some of the biggest names in hip hop. The first book, inspired by Mass Appeal co-owner Nas’ hit song “I Can”, will be the “I Know I Can” book series, empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

“I’ve always understood the limitless power of young people, and being a father has brought it even closer to home,” said Nas. “We’re introducing MAJR to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. Our goal is to help children of all backgrounds fully realize their potential by tapping into their creativity in new and innovative ways.”

While the book’s release date has not been announced, Nas will be busy performing all through the country as he kicks off his 22-date North American summer tour with Mary J. Blige on July 11.

 

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@MassAppeal launches @MAJR our kids brand. My first kids book is on the way.

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Viceland Renews Two Action Bronson Shows

After a hiatus, Queens MC and Television personality Action Bronson is returning to Viceland’s airwaves. The network has announced the renewals of his food documentary series F**k, That’s Delicious and his comedy show Traveling The Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens.

“We couldn’t be happier to have more Action on the channel,” Viceland president Guy Slattery said in a press release. “He’s a singular talent whose passion, knowledge and energy leap off the screen.

The relationship between Bronson and Viceland seemed to be fractured beyond repair just last year. Last October, he criticized Viceland after it compared him to chef Nusret Gökçe, a.k.a. “Salt Bae,” on Twitter.

On Twitter, Bronson wrote, “YOU WEIRDO MOTHERFUCKERS ARE LUCKY TO HAVE EVER BEEN IN MY PRESENCE.” “FUCK YOU AND ALL YOUR BULLSHIT. ILL TAKE MY TALENTS ELSEWHERE BECAUSE YOU SURE DON’T APPRECIATE WHAT I’VE DONE FOR YOU. FUCK THATS DELICIOUS IS FOREVER BITCH. I OWN ALL RIGHTS. I CREATED IT.”

He went on, “YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD USE THEIR PLATFORM TO PROMOTE THE SHOW ON THEIR CHANNEL PEOPLE ACTUALLY LIKE. I WAS ALSO ON THEIR RECORD LABEL THAT HAD ONE EMPLOYEE. I MUST BE OUT OF MY MIND.”

F**k, That’s Delicious follows Action Bronson as he travels around the world, visits various restaurants, and eats everything from street food to fine cuisine. The series regularly features Bronson’s friends and fellow rappers, Meyhem Lauren, Alchemist, and Big Body Bes, as well as numerous world-renowned chefs.

Traveling the Stars: Action Bronson and Friends Watch Ancient Aliens (alternately titled Action Bronson Watches Ancient Aliens) is a comedy-documentary that focuses on rapper Action Bronson sitting on a couch, smoking marijuana with his friends, and watching the TV show Ancient Aliens. As with F**k, That’s Delicious, Bronson is joined by music producers The Alchemist and Knxwledge, his cousin Big Body Bes, and various guest stars, including musicians, actors, and other associates of his.

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Hot 97’s Sold-Out Summer Jam Celebrates Hip-Hop with Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos & More

Hot 97 once again shut down the tri-state area with their annual Summer Jam. This past Sunday (June 2), Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ was the Hip-Hop center of the universe with a concert headlined by Cardi B, Meek Mill, and Migos.

The full day celebrating Hip-Hop sparked with lively performances at the Festival Stage featuring Trippie Redd, City Girls, Blueface, Melii, Nicole Bus, and G4 Boyz. Also taking the festival stage was Na Boogz and Mod Da God, who represented the Who’s Next Destination Summer Jam contest.

Transitioning into the Stadium, the mainstage was introduced with a trio of the future women of Hip-Hop in Kash Doll, Melii and Megan Thee Stallion. Casanova followed and ushered in the next wave of stars in Nigerian artist, Davido, Rich Forever CEO Rich the Kid who let off a round of bangers and hometown hero A Boogie who turned the massive crowd into a choir with his hit single “Look Back At It.”

Bobby Konders & Jabba of Hot 97 set the mood in the arena with a lively Caribbean set and made way for Meek Mill to tear down the stage. Meek’s set was peppered with classics among his current Championships singles and a special guest appearance from Fabolous for “Uptown Vibes.” Before he would close with his classic “Dreams & Nightmares” anthem, Meek made sure to show love to late Nipsey Hussle.

After a ten-minute set from Funk Flex, Migos took over the stage for a run of hits from their discography including “Bad and Boujee,” “Handsome and Wealthy,” and more. The Atlanta trio also brought in some help with Saweetie whose charisma with her bae Quavo radiated throughout the arena from the stage.

The night was then primed for Cardi B who unloaded every hit single in her clip and gave the first live performance of her new single “Press.” Cardi arrived on a three-wheeler, shining in yellow and glitter throughout her bikini top and shorts to a massive ovation. Throughout her set, not only did she let off every hit from “Bodak Yellow” forward but brought her husband Offset back to the stage for “Clout,” along with more surprises in City Girls for “Twerk,” Pardison Fontaine for “Back It Up” and Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus for “Old Town Road.”

The night was punctuated by Tory Lanez who took Metlife Stadium home with his hit single “Luv.”

Additional surprises guests included A$AP Ferg, Calboy, Jay Critch, Memphis Bleek, Afro B, Kid the Wiz, Flipp Dinero, Shaboogie and King Combs. In attendance for the big night were Naomi Campbell, Remy Ma, Wendy Williams, Jojo Simmons, Queen Naija, and Don Q & Trap Manny.

































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Tyler, The Creator Lands His First Number 1 Album With ‘IGOR’

According to reporting from The New York Times IGOR, Tyler the Creator’s latest album, topped DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd LP for the coveted no. 1 spot in this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart. Surprisingly or not, this is Tyler the Creator’s first no. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart and his fifth album overall. IGOR had 165,000 equivalent album units to Khaled’s 136,000. Khaled actually edged out Tyler in streaming numbers (123.2 million versus 122.9), but Tyler made up for it in the number of copies sold (74,000 to 34,000).

Both albums’ physical numbers were helped by merchandise bundles Tyler sold the full album alongside t-shirts, stickers, and political signage, while Khaled bundled his with an energy drink.

The rapper himself also achieves a historical accomplishment as the first solo rapper to debut at No. 1 with a self-produced and self-arranged record.

Responding in a pair of tweets, “honestly didnt think people would enjoy this album based on alot of thing, so again, thank you, i mean it. alot alot of effort put into this. not that that should dictate if people like it or not but im happy all that time and attention paid off.”

Other notable albums to appear on the chart were the National’s new album I Am Easy To Find debuted this week at #5, right behind Billie Eilish’s WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? and Khalid’s Free Spirit.

Check out the video below of Tyler receiving the news of his first number one album:

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Jim Jones Says he’s Not Boycotting Gucci

Many members of the Hip Hop community decided to boycott Gucci following the release of their controversial sweater that resembled black face. But not everyone is down with the cause.

Jim Jones took to Instagram to announce that he is not going to stop wearing the luxury brand. “Don’t ask me about Gucci goofy when dap start sellin 2 DD’s instead of 2 GG’s I will stop rockin it but until then eat ur heart out any rappers have a issues wit tht I’m never hard to find AMEN
Ps lookin like I brang th Scurl back lol”

Not sure what was the reason behind his post because it came seemingly out of nowhere. But he made his stance clear. It’s also unclear which rappers he’s referring to in his post, but he made it clear he’s “never hard to find.”

His comment section was just as divided as the entire controversy. “Where T.I at,” one user commented on Jim Jones’ post. Tip was one of the leads of the Interney Gucci boycott and has previously called out folks he saw still rocking the Italian brand.

“People just stupid period.Wasting time on what someone buys and wears.The people commenting can’t even afford to buy Gucci.Jimmy can wear whatever the fuck he wants,and don’t have to follow what T.I. is saying.DAMN DUMMIES!!!” another one commented.

What’s your take on the whole Gucci boycott?

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