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50 Cent’s ‘Power’ Production Crew Member Killed On Set, Production Shut Down

50 Cent has confirmed th ebad news that one of the production crew members on his Starz series Power was killed on set early this morning, causing the show to completely shut down production indefinitely.

Crew member Pedro Jimenez was killed after being hit by an SUV while setting up parking cones at a Brooklyn location, causing an immediate halt in production of the show’s sixth season.

We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘Power’ family,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”

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Today In Hip Hop History: Mobb Deep Dropped Their ‘Infamy’ LP 17 Years Ago

On this date in 2001, NYC kings of crime rhyme Mobb Deep released their fifth full length studio album entitled Infamy on the Loud/Columbia imprint.

As the QB duo’s first album following their publicized beef on wax with Jay-Z, the controversy helped to bolster the album’s sales, recognized by the RIAA as certified gold, despite being created during the advent of the internet, in an era that will forever be known as ringtone music.

As one of the last full length projects from the Mobb, Infamy offered up one of the few albums during that era that was approved by the streets as well as the industry. Tracks like “Get Away” and “Hey Luv”, which featured Bad Boy R&B group 112 spearheaded the album to commercial success with a more “acceptable” sound, while tracks like “The Learning (Burn)” featuring Rapper Noyd and Vita is an example of their ability to show you that the Mobb is still “Infamous”.

Salute to Prodigy(RIP), Havoc, Noyd and the rest of the Mobb who helped create this timeless piece of Hip Hop history!

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Four New Women Claim Child Support From Chief Keef

Chief Keef has found out that he has four more baby mamas and they all want more bread.

The Chicago drill music pioneer, whose real name is Keith Cozart, found out during a recent court visit that he has four more children from four new women and they all want child support.

For the children, who are all under the age of 5, the “Love Sosa” rapper has been ordered to pay $564 per month for each child.

Keef alleged in court that he only made $9K from his rap career, which mainly went to expenses.

In addition, Cozart is in a child support battle with a 43-year-old woman who claims he has fallen behind in his $2,500 per month payments for their child.

A judge will make a ruling in that case this week.

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XXXTentacion’s ‘Skins’ Projected for 160K in First Week

The first posthumous album from XXXTentacion was released this past Friday and has been welcomed heavily by fans of the late rapper. The new album, Skins, is projected for between 140,000 and 160,000 units in the first week.

Skins is the third studio album from XXXTentacion and features Kanye West. In support of the album, Kanye released an animated video that brought in the assistance of Adult Swim cartoonist for the “One Minute” single.

We’ll check back in for the official count and see where XXX stacks up against heavyweights like Gucci Mane later in the week.

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Nick Cannon Digs Up Homophobic Tweets From Amy Schumer & Sarah Silverman

Nick Cannon must have been listening to “That’s What Friends Are For” the last couple days. Cannon came to the defense of his friend Kevin Hart who announced that he was withdrawing as host of the 2019 Academy Awards.

According to the “Wild N Out” creator, if the cancel culture came for Hart then there are other comedians that deserve the same treatment for there controversial remarks. Cannon posted old homophobic tweets from Sarah Silverman, Chelsea Handler, and Amy Schumer.

Nick Cannon is arguing that the culture of cancellation is selective in who it targets. But Cannon’s quest to hold everyone accountable for their tweets has caused some backlash as well.

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New Netflix Documentary Examines Jam Master Jay’s Unsolved Murder

The death of hip-hop icon Jam Master Jay is still a mystery today. The founding member of the legendary rap group Run-DMC was killed 16 years ago. Just like the unsolved murders of 2Pac and The Notorious BIG, Jay’s murder has left a dark cloud over hip-hop.

A new documentary on Netflix, Remastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay, premiered on December 7th. Narrated by Hip-Hop journalist and documentarian Rahman Dukes, the documentary examines the life, death, and all the question that are still unanswered around the investigation of Jason Mizel. The documentary is a part of a new series from Netflix that will chronicle a number of prominent events focusing on some of the most iconic personalities in the music industry. Each episode will feature a story from another artist.

Aside from co-founding Run-DMC, one of the most influential acts in the history of music, Jay also established Jam Master Jay Records as he became a music executive. Through this label venture, Jay discovered fellow Queens artists Onyx and 50 Cent.

Giving commentary on the Netflix documentary is DMC, Russell Simmons, and Jay’s family and friends.

You can view the trailer below:

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Juicy J Secures a Major Bag After Core Hydration Water is Sold for $525 Million

Three 6 Mafia’s Juicy J is having himself quite a year. He’s been in talks about an executive position at Columbia records and his music is sampled left and right by the current generation of rap stars. Now, an investment he made has just given him a big payday.

Core Hydration, a premium bottled company, announced it was acquired by Keurig Dr. Pepper in a deal worth $525 million. Juicy was one of several celebrities who had the good fortune to invest in the company four years ago.

In a statement, CORE’S founder Lance Collins said, “KDP been an outstanding partner for CORE and I am certain that, under its ownership, CORE will continue to see tremendous long-term success. I am a strong supporter of the KDP strategy and business model and am looking forward to being a shareholder in the company.”

Other celebs scoring a huge payday include Katy Perry, Becky G, Diplo, and Max Martin.

The brand has been making moves up since its 2015 launch. According to reports, Retail sales were close to $200 million according to the brand. According to the announcement, KDP expects to realize $90 million in tax benefits in the deal.

Juicy took to Instagram to express how excited he was over the news about his investment.

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The best investment i made in my life 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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Meek Mill to Top Billboard Charts With ‘Championships’

It has been said that “Men lie, women lie but numbers don’t.” With that being said, Meek Mill is the truth. It’s safe to say that he is the hottest rapper out right now.

With the release of highly anticipated LP Championships, Meek has come full circle from being incarcerated just last year. He’s counting more wins than loses these days. Continuing his hot streak, Championships is set to top the Billboard album charts.

According to sales figures, Meek’s first week sells amounted to 208,000 with 34,000 being pure sales.

Many have said that Championships is Meek’s best work to date. It features Jay-Z, Drake, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Jeremih, and host of others. Production was handled by Bangladesh, Cardo, C-Sick, Don Cannon, Hit-Boy, Hitmaka, Tay Keith, and Wheezy, among others.

Championships is a statement of Meek Mill becoming the artists and the man that he was always destined to be.

Below are the complete sales figures of rap albums that were released.

Meek Mill’s Championships 208K First Week (34K Pure)
Lil Baby’s Street Gossip sells 84K First Week (6K Pure)
Ski Mas the Slump God’s Stokeley sells 52K First Week (5K Pure)
Earl Sweatshirt’s Some Rap Songs sells 29K First Week (10K Pure)

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Janelle Monáe Accepts ‘Trailblazer Award’ at ‘Women in Music’ Awards

Android artist Janelle Monáe is having an incredible week and year. She received news that she was nominated for two Grammys including “Album of the Year” for Dirty Computer. Then, she received the “Trailblazer Award” at Billboard’s 13th annual Women in Music Awards last night in New York City.

“I’ve discovered the most difficult trail to blaze is the one that takes us inside of who we are, individually and as a whole,” Monáe, who revealed earlier this year that she is pansexual, told the audience during her acceptance speech. “Being a trailblazer is about diving into spaces unseen and undiscovered, which can be very exciting and frightening at the same time. By us walking in our truths, it can sometimes give the next person the courage to walk in theirs.”

Dirty Computer is a Monáe third LP and it’s another critically acclaimed body of work in her discography. The album features Pharrell Williams, Brian Wilson, and Zoe Kravitz.

Other honorees 2018 Women in Music included Ariana Grande (Woman of the Year), Cyndi Lauper (accepting the Icon award), Kacey Musgraves (the Innovator award), SZA (the Rule Breaker award) and Hayley Kiyoko (the Rising Star award)

Below is the entire speech:

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‘A Different World’ Cast Gifts HBCU With $100K Scholarship

A Different World is arguably one of the most impactful shows in the 1980s. The Cosby Show spin-off celebrated young Black students.

A series’ cast members included Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Darryl Bell, and Cree Summer, who recently visited Southwestern Christian College in Texas. Talking about the show’s effect and the remarkable encounters of Black people across the country, Guy shared, “I loved the diversity of the cast. Usually, actors are the Black person on a show [as in there’s only one type of black person] and it’s very hard to represent everything about Black people in one person. We had different classes, different colorings, different backgrounds, different aspirations and that’s one thing I loved about A Different World. It showed the true spirit about what being Black is, and that it is diverse within itself.” Darryl Bell went on to comment on the show’s success adding, “No matter what topic was discussed, it wasn’t a monolithic response; it was something that was always challenging and relevant, it was important and we managed to be funny while we did it! That’s why I think it lasted so long and stayed evergreen.”

While at the college, the cast surprised the attendees with a $100,000 check to the school. The check will go towards a grant support and was a piece of Ford’s Ultimate Homecoming Takeover, an exertion propelled with the plan to enhance projects of concentrate at HBCUs and colleges provide opportunities for their Black students.

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