Fabolous has rejected a plea deal for allegedly battering and threatening his baby mama Emily B. that would have put him in a program for first-time offenders, BOSSIP has learned. The “Throw It In The Bag” rapper’s lawyer announced that he would take his chances at a possible trial during a hearing Thursday. (Bossip)
Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly isn’t worried about the hype surrounding Eminem‘s “Killshot” diss record. Instead, MGK has taken the heat off battle record aimed at him and promised to drop a new Binge EP in the coming hours.
MGK hopped on Twitter last night (September 19) to thank fans for remaining loyal and announced his body of work would arrive sharply at midnight.
fans been holdin it down crazy i love y’all so much. stay unfazed. can’t wait tomorrow at midnite — BINGE EP drops #EST4life
According to reports, Em’s “Killshot” YouTube video had the largest debut of any hip-hop song in YouTube history.
The official audio of “Killshot” earned a record 38.1 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours of its release on Friday. It now has over 72 million views on the site. YouTube said “Killshot” also had the third-highest debut of any song in the site’s history, and the track is on top of the site’s US trending chart. (Business Insider)
Hollywood actor Joseph “Tommy” Sikora just brought back one of “Power” fans’ favorite and most-hated characters. The on-screen bad guy reunited with his character’s former love interest Lucy “Holly” Walters.
Why do these rappers think that with all of the security to protect our country against terrorism, that they can casually board planes with guns?
Well, Florida rapper Plies was the most recent rapper to be listed as one of “America’s Dumbest Criminals”, when he attempted to board a Delta flight at Tampa International Airport when the TSA discovered that Plies, whose real name is Algernod Lanier Washington, was carrying a Glock with a fully loaded magazine in his carry-on luggage.
According to TMZ, Plies had no permit for the gun, and was arrested by airport police for carrying a concealed weapon, which is a felony in the state of Florida. He was in custody at Tampa International and was transferred to Hillsborough County Jail.
On this day in Hip Hop history Craig Mack released Bad Boy’s second LP as a label Project: Funk Da World. This successful debut introduced Craig Mack as one of Bad Boy’s original artists alongside The Notorious B.I.G., 112, Faith Evans and Total.
Unlike like Bad Boy’s debut, Biggie’s Ready to Die, Project: Funk Da World concentrated less on the hardcore street aspect of Hip Hop and focused more on getting it’s listeners moving on the dance floor. Similar to the West Coast’s G-Funk movement, this LP was smooth and effortlessly funky. It created a vibe that every time it was spun, did exactly what it’s title intended. The album featured Craig Mack’s smash hit single “Flava in Ya Ear”. The version of the is single featuring Biggie Smalls was actually Bad Boy’s first release, and the duo’s only collaboration.
The album was certified gold within the year of it’s release although partially overshadowed by the quadruple platinum Ready to Die.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is heading a new initiative with her “Worth It” campaign with her Reach Higher organization. Mrs. Obama has tapped Questlove, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon, Ciara, Jussie Smollett, Karlie Kloss, Bailee Madison and more to have them motivate others with their own success stories.
The campaign is set to share the stories of your favorite celebrities and provide words of encouragements to bypass the hurdles of life and achieve success, such has been found in higher education.
The video encourages students to participate in an online community and celebrate their own achievements while learning about what’s needed to get to and finish college.
“We started Reach Higher because we want every student, no matter their background, to know that higher education is worth it – they are worth it,” said Eric Waldo, Reach Higher’s executive director. “All of the hard work that goes into applying to and completing college will lead to a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.”
Reach Higher was started by Michelle Obama while she was spending time in the White House. The program was created to inspire every student in the U.S. to complete their education through high school and promoting attending a professional training program, a community college or a traditional university.
Students can sign the pledge and join the movement here.
Bill Cosby is scheduled for sentencing in his sexual assault conviction next week but The Hollywood Reporter details the man who was once America’s favorite TV dad is trying to sidestep the time to be handed to him. Cosby and his legal counsel filed a recusal motion to overturn his death sentence, but it has been denied.
Cosby was convicted for the aggravated sexual assault of Andrea Costand. He attempted to reset the case by overturning a ruling from February 2016 that stated his due process rights were not being violated. The grounds of the request cited a personal feud between Judge Steven O’Neill and Cosby. The motion was too late and was stated to not have merit.
“This court simply has no bias against any witness called by the defense or the Defendant himself,” was stated in rebuttal from the courts.
The sentencing for Bill Cosby will still occur next week.
When it comes to royalty among ladies in Hip-Hop there is no name bigger than Queen Latifah. A couple weeks after Nicki Minaj and Cardi B almost threw hands, the Queen visited Live with Kelly and Ryan and expressed the two superstars need to put their issues behind them.
“I have a lot of respect for female rappers. We are such a powerful minority,” said Latifah. “I say powerful in the sense that if you hear a female rapper’s record come through on the radio, you hear that record, you know that record, you memorize that record. We just stand out. I’d really rather see ’em shoot the fair one on a record and take everybody out.”
After the New York Fashion Week incident, Nicki Minaj hit Queen Radio and spoke on the events that made the news, stating she was embarrassed and chastising Cardi for her reaction. Cardi, on the other hand, has not directly acknowledged the incident, but just subliminally provided posts regarding such on Instagram. Hopefully, they both find the message from legend Latifah and let it all go.
New York City ballet icon Arthur Mitchell has passed away at age 84 in Manhattan. The New York Times reports the Founding Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem passed away due to complications of heart failure.
Arthur Mitchell served as the director of The Dance Theatre of Harlem after becoming one of the most popular dancers in the New York City Ballet in the 1950’s and 60s.
Mitchell danced under legendary choreographer George Balanchine, resulting in placement in leading roles in storied ballets, which at the time placed him with known white female counterparts. The most notable of the placements was in the 1957 production Agon.
The idea for The Dance Theatre of Harlem was sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Mitchell aimed to ensure that dancers of all backgrounds would find a placement in the dancing world. Arthur Mitchell stepped down nearly a decade ago. However, in the last month Anna Glass, current executive director at the Dance Theater, states Mitchell spent time in the last month assisting in restaging a classic ballet of his to be performed at the 50th anniversary of the company.
Arthur Mitchell, a charismatic dancer with the New York City Ballet in the 1950s and ’60s and the founding director of the groundbreaking Dance Theater of Harlem, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 84. https://t.co/W45rGEO4kY