The messy run-in occurred in WeHo’s swanky Maxfield’s boutique, where the Philly rap hero and his former Queens queen were apparently shopping. Minaj, who was with her ex-con hubby Kenneth Petty, The arguing would’ve gotten physical if it wasn’t for Meek security and store employees. Name calling was the height of the beef, but Nicki made sure to add that Meek still wants her.
Earlier it was reported that Kodak Black believes that his life is in jeopardy while he is serving time. Well, if no one is taking him seriously, his mother is. So much so, his mom has enlisted the support and help of civil rights attorney Ben Crump to work his case and get him out.
Earlier in the week, Kodak Black (whose real name is Bill Kapri) shared that he believed that the correction officers and inmates at the facility he has been sentenced to are treating him poorly and threatening his life. His momma, Marcelene Simmons, is not having any of that and according to News 7 Miami, enlisted to high profile attorney to make sure nothing is happening to her baby.
“I want to make sure my son is OK,” said Simmons. “I want to make sure they don’t kill my son. If they kill my son, if my son dies, I’m going to kill myself too. My son, after God, my son is life to me. My son is everything for me.”
As a reminder, this is why she is concerned. Her son took to social media and got his entire Tekashi 69 on tattling on everyone in the prison wronging him.
“Lieutenant F. Arroyo has been very vindictive towards me and I have a strong feeling it has something to do with me being set up, laced, bruised and brutally beaten two weeks before my court date. There is a big conspiracy going on in this building on Me. Santiago Torres is using her position wrongfully in Miami FDC and is abusing her authority. She has been writing falsified incident reports on me, to take phone privileges that I get once a week while in solitary. Also, doing anything to take my gain time so that I come home literally when I am supposed to. One morning, she pulled me out my cell to tell me she is going to “Take my pretty little girlfriend off my visitation list’. For no other reason but to add insult to my distress. Not being able to see my significant other while locked away in this hell hole. Also, I was denied visit with my mother on December 23, two days before Christmas. Not only does my incoming mail take an average of a month To get to me but they are messing with my outgoing mail as well. My family hasn’t received any of my letters for the holidays. Which is borderline cruel and unethical, but as if all this is not enough, on December 31 New Year’s Eve to be exact, I was handed an empty tray for breakfast. I brought it to their attention, but nothing was done for me. Since the camera shows them entering a tray through my flap, but meanwhile there is nothing in my tray when i. opened it. They are strategically killing me slowly in here. I have been humiliated over and over again. I am highly disappointed in the way they have treated not only me, but all the other inmates in this facility. With their self serving agenda they will always side with their fellow officers whether right or wrong.”
The second questions how fragile he is in prison (because it is prison) but was so defiant to authorities, the press and #MeToo advocates when the allegations about him raping an adult-aged high school student in South Carolina in 2016 popped up and he was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Or when he called light-skinned Black women “easier to break down” and dark-skinned Black women “too gutter.” Or when he threaten to punch a pregnant Yung Miami in the stomach. Or when he made reckless comments about Lauren London days after Nipsey Hussle died. Or when he talked about singer Tiny from Xscape’s looks. Or trolling The Game, disrespecting Tupac and Biggie, telling Michael Rapaport to SABD, and even acting super suspect by hitting on lesbian rapper Young M.A.
By no means do any of his past actions justify ill-treatment while he is in the prison, but it also shows that he is no… angel and there might be more to the story than is being released in an Instagram post.
However, if his rights are being violated, Crump would seem to be the man to tap. He has a reputation of being no-nonsense and working hard to protect the rights of any Black person unjustly being harassed.
“We know something happened in that prison,” Crump said to the press.
As his regular attorney Devon M. Jacob revealed that he has had difficulty meeting ith his client because they have moved him from place to place, Crump offers the team’s belief on why this is happening, further making the case that his rights have been violated.
“We believe they intentionally moved him, so he couldn’t meet with his attorneys,” said Crump.
Just to be sure that he is “ok,” asserting not that he should be treated with special treatment, the legal team and his mother want to do a welfare check.
“She wants to make sure that while he’s in their custody, that he doesn’t end up dead,” said Crump, “so she is very concerned as well as all of her family that these allegations are to be taken seriously.”
“These allegations are to be taken seriously, so we’re here trying to get to the truth of what happened to Kodak Black,” said Crump. “His mother is demanding the truth.”
Kodak Black is currently serving a sentence to almost four years in federal prison after pleading guilty to weapons charges.
According to a new court filing, New England Patriots Owner, Robert Kraft, could be facing a felony charge, and up to five years in jail, in connection to his prostitution case. New court documents reveal that Prosecutors argue that Kraft may have committed a third-degree felony.
Kraft was arrested back in February and hit with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at a Jupiter, Florida massage parlor. Kraft pleaded not guilty and issued an apology with a statement that stated: “I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”
However, the chance that Kraft is formally charged with the felony is highly unlikely as the warrant has been thrown into question. In May, a judge threw out the evidence police gathered against Kraft, ruling that authorities did not have a lawful “sneak-and-peek” warrant at the massage parlor.
“The ‘sneak-and-peak’ warrant to investigate Robert Kraft was illegal because it didn’t indicate when the hidden cameras were supposed to stop recording.
Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann tweeted Saturday. “Prosecutors now want to charge Kraft with a felony. Good luck with that.”
Tekashi 6ix9ine’s sentencing hearing is taking place today and the rapper will see more time behind bars. Judge Paul Engelmayer sentenced the rapper to two years behind bars with an additional five years of supervised release.
The rapper appeared in court today and according to Inner City Press, the hearing involved statements from 6ix9ine’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, a victim of acts caused by the gang Tekashi 6ix9ine claimed along with a personal statement from 6ix9ine.
The end result was Judge Paul Englmayer acknowledging his cooperation with federal authorities and the 13 months already served, but more time behind bars.
“Mr. Hernandez, I’ve given it a lot of close thought, including your cooperation. The following are my thoughts, & this is going to take a little while,” Engelmayer said according to Inner City Press. “You are in custody for 13 months. I agree you deserve a great deal of credit for cooperation.”
Judge Englemayer would commend the work 6ix9ine did to assist the government, citing he met with federal authorities 26 times.
“However, I cannot agree with your counsel that time served it appropriate. In my judgment, your conduct is too violent and selfish to make 13 months reasonable. You will not be going free today,” he added.
Judge Engelmayer would go on to detail acts against Trippie Redd, attacks on Rap-A-Lot record members, Casanova, Chief Keef, shootings in Times Square, and other gang activities that went into his decision.
Rounding out a stellar year, SMACK and his band of winners have pressed forward with one more event to satisfy the battle rap fan. Doing it almost better than any other league, they have mastered big stages, talent scouting, small rooms, artistically experimental (just think about the way you felt the first time you saw to a BANNED performance) and innovative concert/ sporting experiences that are comparable to any event that AEG could ever produce.
It is hard to believe that their modest official staff consisting of less than ten people (20 if you include those that support on a need to need basis). Star-makers, this 10th year of industrialization has been neck-breaking as they have attempted to out due themselves card after card. Clearly, they are their own measuring stick- which is obvious by the pending Volume 5 Card coming up this weekend.
Volume cards are closed to the public and extremely intimate. Maybe 30 people in attendance, two-star status-ed emcees are stripped down to put lyric and brawn to the test. Classic battles are made on the Volume stage and it is here in this exposed environment that you really get to see the chinks in your favorite rappers battle armor. Legends are made, but legends have also fallen. This weekend, Volume is on steroids, leaving people scratching their heads overwhelming as big boss Beasley has added another day of contest.
As if the programming of the first-day card did not shake the rooms with some really interesting battles, the next day looks like a “Rookie vs. Vet” card. #LooksLikeThatButItsNot
First Day of Volume 5: Ace Amin and Swamp are the newbies on the card. Both emcees are two of the most exciting battlers we’ve seen in a couple of years. Ace, the Holy Shit saying Goonie, has mastered crowd control with his raw street aggression. Son simply smells like “don’t f*ck with me,” and after epic shoulder bump against Snake Eyez we’re pretty sure no one will. Despite his rough acting persona, lyrically he is sharply manicured – as manicured as his intentionally lined beard. And then you have Swamp. Swamp is battle rap’s T.I. His grand hustle (all puns intended) has tsunamied him into the eye view of the culture’s most coveted personalities (again the puns are intended). His drawl is unique. His posture is confident. And what’s most attractive about him as an artist is that he is not about the hype and cemented firmly in his fight. Swamp is a different type of battler- super comfortable whooping ass all year like somebody’s “I ain’t gonna say it no mo’” granddaddy. No idea who will take it.
Geechi Gotti and O-Red are set to spar on this card. Both former “Champions of the Year,” one might expect them to be the top billers of the night. BUT THEY ARE NOT! Not because they are not fire enough to fill the slot, it is just that the star power of this particular Volume supersedes even this crown champs. #whatinthenameofJayBlac
We know what they came to do. It would seem to be redundant to roll out stats and history on these two. After all, when the shark-like Geechi steps on that stage- it is a fact- that he is going to punch heavy stone-handedly like Thanos (not making you dissipate, but knocking you the f*ck out) in every f’cking bar! But Red… Psychologically, like the color, approaches the art of battle rap with dangerous energy, a spirit of war, strength, power, and a determination that out-balances the passion, desire, and even the love of his opponent.
Nu Jerzey Twork vs. Ave is a battle that has been brewing all summer… all year. Beast against Beast. Monster challenging Monster. Twork brings the gutter of the Trenton to his performances, energetically and creatively in a way this arena has never seen. The leader of the notable crew ‘The Goonies,’ if he is on… and lately there have been few times that he has not been that scary-ass fully-prepared dude to take the ‘w’… Twork devastates. #TrentonMakesTheWorldTakes
And Ave looks like he wants to take.
If Tay Roc is a General in Cave Gang, then Ave is probably a Major (not equal but a star or two away from the top guy). And like a Major, he moves with authority and commands like a boss. Street-laden in his approach, Ave is a shit talker. Southern like Swamp, but he is not someone’s granddaddy. As he likes to say, he is people’s “Daddy.” He schools them. He makes them stand straight and get uncomfortable. He becomes larger than life and his words- this negro’s words- are like a big leather belt that whips up on these young and older whippersnappers that try to talk back. And people be talking back to Ave… we are not forgetting how K-Shine made us forget is emerging star power… but at the same time… we are NOT going to forget how he made the VET and arguable a battle rap god, Arsonal da Rebel, seem ordinary… transparent… PGish even.
This is going to be something crazy to watch- PLEASE LET THIS BE WHAT WE THINK IT WILL BE.
Rum Nitty and Chilla Jones are smack dab in the middle of the card. This is probably going to be the most lyrical battle of the night. Content withstanding, these brothers are going to try and take each other’s heads off. WRITERS BLOCK is in the name of the group that molded both of their styles.
Rum Nitty’s performance value is getting better… and despite coming off that ‘L’ with Th3 Saga… he remains one of those guys that you simply can’t go in and “beat.” Chilla Jones is the same.
Sure… Chilla is not as electric as other dudes and he kinda sounds like Droopy Dog when he raps, but homeboy pen is fire. That’s why he ain’t dead nowhere. He can rap rap. He can scheme scheme. He actually holds Beantown on his back– and let’s not forget he is a former King of The Dot champion.
And so, the question is if they know each other’s weakness and glitches… are they relational and if so does that add or hinder the contest. Will we get the bigga-nine-wrist-bent-jumping-like-a-monkey Nitty? Cause that dude is fire (which is why he was one of The Source‘s “2017 Unsigned Hype” frat brothers. Or will we get the Chilla that been cleaning up those Canadians, hoping to return to URL to fight with the culture’s elite? We will see.
The next battle is Arsonal Da Rebel vs. Chess. The Old Head vs. The Young Buck. New Jersey vs. The Bronx. Experience and Prestige vs. Hunger and Fearlessness. The two will meet as a war against disrespectful words. Neither of them cares about anything… much less the other. They see themselves as diety in this culture. They both gonna just say the God-goodness- most horrible things that they can to each other… and because it is in a closed and small room their vile projections will sting just the more.
Arsonal will not be able to lean on his laurels, because Chess is not Cassidy… they just have the same “C” and two “S’s.” And Chess has to stay focused on solidifying himself as a top tier emcee. This will be interesting to watch, but it might also be dangerous. Chess is hot-headed and drenched with the spirit of don’t f*ck with me. Arsonal is a clinician, and his experience will kick in- lending to a strategy to win with posture and aggression. While it might not be the battle of the night, it will be the one with the most nuclear potential.
The card gets incredibly more dense with the last two battles.
Tsu Surf will battle Reed Dollaz. If you saw the face-off, you see that there is a history between the two. There has been a shift since the very first time a battle between them was ever engaged. Back in the day, Tsu Surf was the young buhl on the streets. He was getting in the game throwing rocks at an already established spit-fire legend. From Philly, Reed put in substantial enough work that not just Surf but his whole class was looking up- itching for a chance to knock him over. But that was then.
Now, Surf is probably battle rap’s most popular talents (outside of the three or four lyricists on Nick Cannon’s show).
He has had substantial recording success, with his critically acclaimed Seven 25 charting and still accumulating streams across multiple digital platforms, one of its single’s “What Changed?” featuring Cascio included on HOT97 regularly, he appeared in the inaugural “Future/ Unsigned Hype” issue of The Source magazine, as one of the heads you have to keep your eyes on, an Amazon best-selling book (#1 on African American Urban Literature Charts) entitled House in Virginia and his new mixtape Blood Cuzzins with West Coast rapper Mozzy doing 5 Million streams between Spotify, Apple, and YouTube in less than 2 months, it is impressive that he is even still interested in battling. And he is… he is interested in battling names that matter and will continue the trajectory of elitism that has made him… well Tsu Surf.
“Reed is a LEGEND,” Surf says. “Whether or not you are familiar with his work, or fond of it, he still is a LEGEND. I also believe that he is perfect for my resume. And that’s what I care about. My resume and my catalog… that’s all you leave.”
Reed is… but he still has to prove something on the stage that matters. And if you speak to people who are familiar with his body of work, they are convinced that his giftedness will speak volumes over all that Surf brings to the table. This is clear that like the Chess vs. the Arsonal battle and the Chilla vs. Nitty battle, this tango is more about legacy and historicity than murder and body catching. This will be a great match up.
The headliner of the card is DNA vs. Aye Verb.
Easily both of these titans could be on anyone’s Battle Rap Mt. Rushmore. Standing alone on their investments into the culture, they are marathons away from almost everyone on the card. Still, neither one has achieved the success that either of them believe that their gifts should warrant.
DNA is one of the most brilliant freestylers that has ever graced the stage. He is paced. He is clear-minded. He thinks quickly on his feet. Aye Verb is a warrior, and he not a warrior because he tells us that he is one. He is hardworking and courageous. Arrogantly constituted to lift the entire midwest movement from marginality to the forefront, and still humble enough to take the gods as well as the newbies.
This battle has the potential to be exciting, as few really know what to expect. These are big room superstars. These two are the ticket sellers with “GTFOHs” and “Showtimes.” Moreover, they represent something critical to a 10th anniversary year, closing card: THEY HAVE HELPED BUILD THE HOUSE WHERE SMACK SITS!
The second day of this Volume card will feature a series of other battles with the next class itching to get their chance to be invited to the V6.
Kid Chaos will take Craig Lamar. Lotta Zay will go against Duce. Prez Mafia will spar against Lucas Castro. Also, fans will get to see Pass and Don Marino, while Jerry Wess and Glueazy (same class) will duel.
Shotgun Suge (aka “The Gatekeeper”) will be paired up against Snake Eyez, Big T vs. Franchise and rounding everyone out is Swave Sevah and The Goonies’ Ryda.
Card gonna be fire. Exhausting trying to give an opinion on it, and moreover excited to get to check it with friends. #Didyougetyourpayperview
Grand Theft Auto V first arrived on PS3 and Xbox 360 back in 2013 before being released on 2014 current-generation consoles PS4 and XBOX One and is still going strong. Rockstar Games announced that Detroit’s own, Danny Brown will be hosting a new radio station in the game.
The new station will be called iFruit Radio, a play on Apple Radio. It will be available to GTA Online players as part of the Diamond Casino Heist update arriving on Thursday (December 12), breathing more life into the game that has sold over 115 million copies. Skepta will be joining Brown as a special guest on the channel.
One of the culture’s most influential movements is about to get their story properly told. A project based on Uptown Records is on the way.
Deadline is confirming that BET Networks has given green light to a miniseries on the record label that birth the careers of Jodeci and Mary J. Blige. According to the story Uptown will be a three part originally scripted show that will highlight the inner workings of Andre Harrell’s brain child. Jesse Collins Entertainment (The New Edition Story, The Bobby Brown Story) will be in charge of production.
Harrell detailed his enthusiasm in a formal statement. “I am thrilled to partner with BET Networks and Jesse Collins Entertainment to share my story, the rise of Uptown Records and successful black entrepreneurship, and the management and cultivation of some of the most iconic artists to come out of the late 80s and 90s hip hop, R&B, and soul music era,” he stated.
Uptown Records not only produced several classic albums but is credited for popularizing the New Jack Swing sound, a style that merged R&B and Hip-Hop together. Diddy FKA Puff Daddy got his professional start as an intern at the company where he quickly rose up the ranks as a the hottest A&R in the music industry.
Uptown is scheduled to air on BET Networks in 2020.
Legendary Hip-Hop trio Digable Planets make their way down to Australia and New Zealand for the very time next month for a string of highly anticipated shows.
Consisting of Butter Fly, Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug, Digable Planets are of course most notable for the two classic albums they released in the 90s – the successful crossover debut Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) in early 1993 on Pendulum/Elektra Records and Blowout Comb in late 1994. Their heavily jazz inspired debut album was initially self-produced in-house by Butter Fly clocking in just shy of an hour. It featured no guest appearances and their debut single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” released in late 1992 would go on to win a Grammy Award in 1994 for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Both the album and lead single charted well internationally, and both went Gold in America. The group went on a hiatus the year after, with all going on to work on various projects individually.
Digable Planets followed up their successful debut with the critically acclaimed yet ultimately not as commercially successful “Blowout Comb”. The release featured notable appearances from the late Guru of Gang Starr, Jeru The Damaja and DJ Jazzy Joyce amongst significant original music credits. While the album both the singles from the album “9th Wonder (Blackitolism)” and “Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)” failed to attract widespread mainstream success at the time, the release has go on to be a widely considered classic and seminal mid-90s album which captured a certain vibe of Brooklyn at the time.
The group reformed in 2005 and released the compilation album Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles, a remastered best-of album largely with the notable addition of two new tracks and remixes. Creative differences led to a break in late 2012 for the group, before again reforming in 2015 and embarking on a series of tours and releasing a live album in 2017. Now 25 years since the release of Blowout Comb, Australian and New Zealand fans have the opportunity to witness the Digable Planets experience live and direct with a full band as they take in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland just before Christmas.
French Montana had an “unexpected visit” from law enforcement, which resulted in cardiac issues and hospitalization.
TMZ details officers arrived at Montana’s home in Calabasas at 1 p.m. in reports to a possible robbery. The responding officers said the robbery was a false alarm but noticed French appearing bothered, resulting in an alert to medical personnel and a trip to the hospital by ambulance.
Sources detail the “No Stylist” rapper was experiencing nausea, severe stomach pains, and an elevated heart rate. Early belief is French was exposed to contaminated food as he traveled to exotic destinations around the globe.
French is stated to be “alert” and is receiving treatment at the San Fernando Valley hospital. He is expected to be released within the day.
Money Mayweather is seemingly ready to step into the UFC ring too, could that bring some sort of Conor McGregor rematch? As you remember he beat the UFC star to hit the 50-0 mark in 2017. Mayweather previously retired in 2015 after his match with Andre Berto. Are you interested in a Floyd Mayweather return?