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Tyrese Thinks Fans Should Hold Their Judgements of R. Kelly

Tyrese Thinks Fans Should Hold Their Judgements of R. Kelly

R. Kelly is still a hot topic and one of his industry friends, Tyrese, is sticking up for him. Speaking with Fat Joe on his Instagram Live show, Tyrese says that no one has room to judge Kells.

R. Kelly with all of his videos, what he was doing musically and sonically and how he figured out a way to change and evolve and stay relevant all of those years,” Tyrese said. “I know he’s got a lot of controversy and heat on him, I get it. So ain’t no need to get in my comments and if you write some goofy shit I’ma say it’s okay.”

He would go on to state that he can’t fake it, while also stating other people that are notable have things in their life they don’t want people to know about.

“Just let God do his job. And if I were to find out about what everybody is into, we probably wouldn’t be a fan of anybody,” Tyrese added. “There’s some people that do what they do and they know how to keep they shit completely in the closet and again, when you have drug problems, you are an alcoholic or you got vices that may be inappropriate or whatever the case may be, you’re just trying your best to do whatever it is that you’re doing just hoping that people don’t find out about it. “

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Today In Hip Hop History: Syndicated Hip Hop Video Show ‘Rap City’ Premiered On BET 31 Years Ago

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On this date in 1989, BET debuted Hip Hop’s youngest syndicated video show, known best under the name Rap City, which was a spin off of Rap Week hosted by long time BET VJ Alvin Jones aka “The Unseen DJ.” Rap City was an underdog competitor to MTV’s Yo! MTV Raps, however, the appeal of Rap City were not only the guest DJs, but more importantly Rap City’s catering to the up and coming rappers seeking some shine to get on.

Rap City featured numerous hosts including the original “Mayor of Rap City” comedian Chris Thomas, Joe Clair, Big Lez(Leslie Segar) and the logest tenure was held by Big Tigger. Lasting almost two decades, Rap City’s coveted freestyle booth, otherwise known as “The Basement”, was where guests on the show would go in the booth and unleash their bars, luring hosts Joe Clair and Big Tigger into their zone to spit their hottest off the dome bars.

BET cancelled Rap City in October 2008, airing its last episode on November 2008, ironically hosted by Big Tigger and special guest Eminem. BET replaced Rap City with The Deal with DJ Diamond Kutz, however, to little fanfare.

Salute to the pioneers of Hip Hop visuals at BET and everyone who was a part of making Rap City a piece of Hip Hop History!

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PETA and Carole Baskin Call for Protection of Animals in Response to Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Video

Cardi B Releases Single and Video for 'WAP' Featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” video was full of beautiful women and colorful scenery, but accenting some of those areas were exotic cats and now PETA would like a word.

“If Tiger King taught us anything, it’s that tigers and other wild animals are abused for music videos, selfies, and gawking roadside zoo visitors. So if real animals were used instead of computer-generated imagery, the message sent is that animal exploitation is Okurrr—and it isn’t. If Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion really care about pussy liberation, they wouldn’t use suffering big cats as props.”

PETA to Billboard

Yes, PETA used Cardi’s trademark against her in their statement. Ironically, they also mention Tiger King and Joe Exotic’s archnemesis Carole Baskin recently had something to say as well.

“My guess is that most people won’t even see the Photoshopped cats in the scenes because the rest of it is so lurid,” Baskin said. “I was happy to see that it does appear to all be Photoshopped. It didn’t look like the cats were really in the rooms with the singers. In fact, probably most of the rooms were Photoshopped in via green screen.”

Do you agree with either PETA or Baskin’s points?

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Roddy Ricch Says He is Aiming to Create a ‘Full Blown Masterpiece’

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Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial ran up the score on Billboard and dropped off a slew of singles including “The Box” and “High Fashion.” A masterful debut, right? Well, Roddy says his next album will be a full-blown masterpiece.

The California native spoke with GQ and stated that he could immediately double back with more heat, however, has decided to make sure that it is done right.

“Could I drop a new album right now? Yes. Will I? No,” Ricch said. “It’s really not about it being ready or not ready. It’s more about the timing. I really just drop when I feel like it. The next album is going to be a full blown masterpiece. A real idea. A real body of work.”

Currently, Roddy is making himself heard across the world so its no rush to return and in fact, is making less at the moment. You can read the full feature here and get a preview below.

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Machine Gun Kelly Says ‘Blame My Balls’ as Reason For Video Delay

Machine Gun Kelly Says 'Blame My Balls' as Reason For Video Delay

Machine Gun Kelly explains to his fans why there has been a delay in the release of his music visual for “Concert for Aliens.” The Texas rapper released two songs last week titled, “Concert for Aliens” and “My Ex’s Best Friend.”

Fans have been waiting for the release of the music video to Concert for Aliens, but after realizing it’s taking longer than expected, Machine Gun Kelly explains the reason for the delay on his Instagram live.

“My balls peeked through the nurse’s gown outfit so we couldn’t put out the video because my balls would be all over the video,” he mentioned. The rapper then posted the clip of the explanation to his page for all fans to know the embarrassing reason behind the video delay. “so umm…this is why the video is pushed back a couple of days. #ConcertForAliens #blamemyballs,” he captioned the clip.

Maybe this time around the rapper will decide to re-shoot…..with some underwear. Despite the embarrassing wardrobe malfunction, the Wild Boy made sure to let fans know that his new album, “Tickets to My Downfall” should release by the end of September.

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Lil Kim and Boyfriend Mr. Papers Concern Fans With IG Jokes

Lil Kim Explains Why She 'Hated' Naturi Naughton's Portrayal of her in 'Notorious' Documentary, Actress Responds With Biggie Lyrics

Is everything ok over there? Fans are wondering about the safety of Lil Kim following an interesting IG post between her and her boyfriend, Mr. Papers. Lil Kim and boyfriend, Mr.Papers share a beautiful girl together, Royal Reign, although they share this blessing, things have not always been peachy in paradise.

In 2015, the Crush On You rapper filed a domestic violence lawsuit on Mr.Papers. Mr.Papers publicly denied those accusations. When the Queen Bee moved on to another relationship, Papers trolled the two on social media. Once that romance ended it seemed like the perfect opportunity for Kim to reunite with her baby father.

Interestingly enough, Kim and her Brox rapper boyfriend had an exchange on Instagram that caused fans to raise an eyebrow. “If you cheat, Ima kill you b*tch @lilkimqueenbee,” wrote Mr. Papers to his IG story.

“If you cheat, Ima sue you,” Kim wrote back with the shrugging shoulders emoji. While some were concerned and deemed the relationship as toxic, others thought it was a joke and got a little laugh out of it.

Can you say tit for tat?

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Beenie Man Drags Billboard for Excluding Him and Bounty Killer From Verzuz Cover Story

Beenie Man and Bounty Killer to Appear in Next Verzuz Battle for Memorial Weekend

The Verzuz battle series was one of the best things that came out of this pandemic. It shined a spotlight on many industry game-changers that aren’t celebrated enough on a mainstream scale.

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created the platform and fans had the honor of seeing Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, John Legend, DMX, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Alicia Keys, and more take us in moments of time on IG live. But it’s mind-boggling that the participants of highest viewed Verzuz and arguably the most entertaining one weren’t included in Billboard’s cover story.

“I guess billboard is REALLY THAT GUY 🤔,” Beenie Man tweeted. “When will DANCEHALL get it’s recognition???? Nuh matter how the impact, no matter the hard work, no matter how powerful the music is, them still try it everytime them get a chance. Ah time now man. #FixUp… Big up Swizz & Timz but this is what our genre face! Everybody fwd and tek piece and build up dem thing and then do everything to undermine the genre DANCEHALL where they got it from.”

Swizz posted an edited version of the cover including the Dancehall artists. “To our fans, while we are honored that Verzuz made the cover of Billboard, this would not have been possible without Beenie Man & Bounty Killer who set a big tone for our audience and represented for Jamaica. 🙏🏽🙏🏽,” Swizz wrote in the caption. “Thank You Billboard for the acknowledgement but, we feel this version of the cover best represents THE VERZUZ EFFECT.”

The author of the article defended herself after she was attacked online and reassured that she had no creative control over the cover.

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Federal Agents Seize Shipment of Fake Yeezys and Jordans Worth $4.3M

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According to a report from TMZ, federal agents seized $4.3 million worth of bootleg Yeezys and Jordans at the Texas/Mexico border on their way into Mexico.

U.S Customs and Border Protection reported that the shipment contained 1,800 pairs of fake limited edition Dior X Air Jordan 1, which sell in stores for $2,000 per pair.

The agents believe that the shoes were made and shipped from China. They said that the poor packaging and poor quality of the sneakers tipped them off. They also contend that fake Nikes and Adidas were included in the shipment as well.

No one was arrested with the shipment.

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Lauryn Hill’s Daughter Opens Up About Absent Father, Mother’s Harsh Discipline in Two Hour IG Live

Lauryn Hills Daughter Opens Up About Absent Father Mothers Harsh Discipline in Two Hour IG Live

Lauryn Hill’s personal life is kept tightly under wraps. In recent years, she built a reputation for arriving at performances hours later. But other than that, we don’t know much about her love life and her children are out of the spotlight.

But her daughter with Rohan Marley, Selah, hopped on Instagram live for two hours on Monday to talk about her relationship with her parents.

The 21-year-old admitted to having severe daddy issues due to her father being absent. “Honestly guys, I’m just hurting. I can’t even front that I’m not,” she said. “I’ve been hurting for so much of my life and so much of my life has been me avoiding how much I’m really hurting just from the circumstances.”

Selah called her mother an “amazing woman” but revealed that she was “angry” and she used to spank the children, who stayed with their grandparents “half the time.” “She was just very angry. So, so, so, so, so, so angry. She was literally not easy to talk to and then half the time we didn’t live with her. I lived with my grandparents half the time… It’s crazy, I’m playing this trauma back in my head as I speak to you.”

Selah said the singer would hold them by their raised arms and beat them like that. “And then the threats, the constant threats… That belt man. That’s that slave sht. That was some slavery sht. All Black parents were on that sh*t.”

She admitted things were more calm when she became a teenager. Lauryn Hill hasn’t publicly commented on the live stream, and probably won’t.

But you can check it out below:

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D.L. Hughley Believes Kanye West is ‘Conveniently’ Mentally Ill to ‘Serve His Purposes’

D.L. Hughley Believes Kanye West is 'Conveniently' Mentally Ill

D.L. Hughley isn’t convinced that Kanye West’s mental health issues are the cause behind his most recent episode.

The comedian appeared on Fanroom live with Chanel Omari and says Ye’s mental health doesn’t excuse his recent behavior. “There is no doubt that he suffers from some level of mental illness, but it isn’t why he’s misogynistic, it isn’t why he’s disrespectful to our history,” Hughley said around the interview’s nine-minute mark. “You don’t have to be mentally ill to put an asterisk on slavery and he consistently does it whether it’s Harriet Tubman, when he denigrated her, whether he’s talking about slaves—he’s not so mentally ill that he’ll talk about any other people. He talks about people he can get away with.”

Kanye West has been vocal about struggling with bipolar disorder. But many people think his bid for the 2020 Presidential election, and bizarre behavior at his South Carolina rally is apart of a manic episode. Hughley thinks the rapper is “conveniently” ill.

“He’s not so ill that he’s trying to be a disruptor in the political forum,” Hughley said. “He took $5 million in the PPP payments. So he seems to be conveniently ill when it serves his purposes. And, to me, Kanye West is exactly like Donald Trump so it would make sense they are attracted to one another.”

Kanye’s Presidential campaign is a whole circus. Not only is he suspected of voter fraud, but he’s allegedly receiving help from the Republican Party. He was specifically asked if his intentions are to sabotage Joe Biden’s chances in a recent interview with Forbes and he responded that he’s “walking to win.”

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