Jussie Smollett’s Team Clears Up Phone & MAGA Hats Claims

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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett‘s team is setting the record straight. New reports claim the actor’s representatives have cleared up multiple reports claiming he refused to hand his phone over to law enforcement and saw his attackers wearing Make America Great Again hats.

According to the latest reports, Jussie did not refuse – but instead – felt uncomfortable turning his phone over to cops.

The sources say cops “informally asked” Jussie if he would surrender his phone … to verify he was talking to his manager on his cell when he was attacked. We’re told he felt “uncomfortable” doing that and declined, but he was never asked about phone records. A Chicago police official had said Jussie refused to turn over both the phone and records. We’re told Smollett has already said he will provide the records, and is in the process of gathering them. (TMZ)

Smollett’s team also addressed MAGA and rope stories connected to the attack.

The sources underscore what TMZ first reported … that Jussie never said the men were wearing the hats. Rather, they screamed “MAGA country.” And the last point … there are reports that Jussie had the rope around his neck long after the incident when he was being treated at the hospital. We’re told that is not the case. He did have the rope around his neck when cops arrived at his building 42 minutes after the incident. The sources say he kept it there to “preserve the evidence.” (TMZ)

Last night, the actor/singer’s sister Jurnee Smollett Bell came forward to address his Chicago attack.

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Jussie is currently slated for a scheduled weekend performance
During a Thursday press conference, President Donald Trump called the assault nothing less than horrible.

On Thursday, the President of the United States was asked about the homophobic, racist attack against Smollett by a reporter in the Oval Office. “That, I can tell you, is horrible,” Trump said. “I’ve seen it, last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse as far as I’m concerned.” (E! News)

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Cardi B Busted FaceTiming You-Know-Who Amid Reunion Denials

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New York rapper Cardi B might want to watch her back. The hip-hop diva couldn’t avoid a paparazzo this week after getting caught low-key talking to estranged husband Offset.

New footage has surfaced of Cardi and Off FaceTiming each other at Los Angeles International Airport.

Cardi touched down at LAX Thursday with a big grin on her face and her phone in hand. The person on the other end? Offset! Our photog spotted the Migos rapper on Cardi’s screen and asked who it was … Cardi’s response … “My significant other.” (TMZ)

Yesterday, Cardi shut down reports claiming she had officially reunited with the Migos rapper.

Update: Cardi B was in court Thursday morning for a hearing in her strip club fight case, and as she was leaving, she commented on the status of her relationship with Offset. When asked how things are going on that front, Cardi responded, “We’re working things out, baby.” There have been signs pointing towards a potential reunion, and now TMZ is reporting that the two are back together. However, Cardi B said that isn’t true: A bit after 9 AM EST this morning, Cardi wrote in a tweet that was quickly deleted, “TMZ why ya be lying. I haven’t even been in Atl since Christmas.” (UPROXX)

This week, buzz developed about Cardi and offset possibly reuniting following a winter break.

Sources close to the couple tell us … Cardi’s returning to the Atlanta home they shared before the breakup. We’re told this is the first time she’s been back to stay there with Offset and Kulture since December … when she ripped into her husband for allegedly cheating. We’re told one of the key factors was Offset changing his phone number, in order to show Cardi he’s serious about being honest and faithful. Our sources say the new digits are strictly for Cardi and business calls. (TMZ)

Last month, reports emerged about Offset low-key reuniting with Cardi in Puerto Rico.

Cardi and Offset were vacationing in Puerto Rico, and it’s a real sign his full-court campaign to win her back has worked. Eyewitnesses tell TMZ they seemed very much like a couple as they laughed and played on and in the deep blue sea. They were there with friends. No sign of baby Kulture, but it’s a safe bet she’s there.
Cardi has a set Friday night in San Juan at the Electric Holiday festival. (TMZ)

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Dave East Uses Perfect Emoji To Describe New Album

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New York rapper Dave East is in album mode and has the emojis to prove it. The Harlem native has updated fans on what’s cooking up in the recording studio.

Dave jumped on Instagram last night (January 31) to share an in-studio pic and tease fans about the fire he has in the stash.

Recently, Dave and rap executive Dame Dash hinted at a business venture brewing up.

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Last year, Dave East hit up Dame about wanting to appear in his next movie production.

“Honor Up! Dame, word to my mother, if I’m not in the next movie, I’ma feel a way, bro. You got these n*ggas looking like f*cking movie stars for real. Honor Up!”

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2 Chainz & Ariana Grande Link For Must-Hear “7 Rings” Remix

Ariana Grande 2 Chainz 7 Rings Remix

Def Jamn’s 2 Chainz and Ariana Grande have just released the soundtrack to everybody’s weekend. The duo linked up and premiered their must-hear “7 Rings” remix.

Last night, Grande shocked fans by revamping her hit banger with the Chainz twist.

Ariana Grande has shared a remix of her hit single “7 Rings,” which features 2 Chainz adding his own twist with a new verse. “My ideas are priceless/I know I’m the nicest,” the rapper adds to the pop track, which opens with a riff on “My Favorite Things.” He adds, “I knew you would like this/I must be psychic/I’m from the streets, baby, I’m nothin’ like them.” (Rolling Stone)

The new winter anthem is expected to appear on Grande’s upcoming thank u, next album.

Ariana Grande dropped “7 Rings” last month, along with a colorful music video. It marked the third single from her forthcoming LP thank u, next, following “imagine” and the album’s title track. thank u, next is slated for release on February 8. Grande’s previous album Sweetener arrived last year. (Pitchfork)

Deuce and Grande both flooded their Instagram pages to promote the new single.

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Jussie Smollett’s Sister Breaks Silence On Chicago Attack: “There’s A Light In Him That Can’t Be Dimmed”

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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett‘s sister is speaking out. Jurnee Smollett Bell has stepped forward to address her brother’s horrific Chicago attack.

Last night, Jurnee went to Instagram to discuss the possible hate crime aftermath and released a family statement.

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Jussie is currently slated for a scheduled weekend performance and expected to address the Chi-Town assault.

Jussie has a concert Saturday night at the legendary Troubadour, and we’re told the show will go on. Tickets for the venue — which has a capacity of 400 — were available Tuesday, but with all the hubbub it’s now sold out. The tickets were going for $20-$35 a pop, but they’re being resold for 70 bucks and more. We’re told Jussie, who still bears scars and swelling, will almost certainly make reference to homophobia, racism and MAGA. (TMZ)

During a Thursday press conference, President Donald Trump called the assault nothing less than horrible.

On Thursday, the President of the United States was asked about the homophobic, racist attack against Smollett by a reporter in the Oval Office. “That, I can tell you, is horrible,” Trump said. “I’ve seen it, last night. I think that’s horrible. It doesn’t get worse as far as I’m concerned.” (E! News)

Coincidentally, Smollett’s attack came from alleged Make America Great Again supporters.

4:00 PM PT — Chicago PD confirms to TMZ Jussie told them, in a follow-up interview, about the attackers yelling, “MAGA country.” They add Jussie still had the rope around his neck when he made contact with cops at 2:42 AM. Remember, the attack happened around 2 AM. (TMZ)

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Nicki Minaj Goes Game Of Thrones-Type Futuristic W/ New HARD WHITE Video

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Young Money’s Nicki Minaj is on her music grind. The hip-hop diva has come through on her promise to drop a highly-anticipated “Hard White” video.

Last night, Onika dropped her hard-hitting and must-see Queen visual to the masses.

Yesterday, Nicki hyped up the new video and promised to premiere it Thursday night.

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This week, Minaj announced plans to launch her own Queen fragrance.

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People Under The Stairs – “Sincerely, the P” (Album Review)

The People Under the Stairs are a legendary hip hop duo from Los Angeles, California consisting of Thes One & Double K. They dropped a handful of great albums over the past 20 years like Question in the Form of the Answer, O.S.T., …Or Stay Tuned & their previous album 12 Step Program back in 2014. However, Thes One announced his retirement from music just a few months ago & now the 2 are now giving fans their 10th full-length album before officially disbanding.

Things kick off with “Encore”, which really sets the tone over some crowd cheering. The next track “Reach Out” is an emotional look-back at their career while the song “Let the Record Show” is a funky relaxation anthem. The track “Hard” talks about how they’re doper than ever with a perfect scratch-hook & a decent drum-beat while “The Effects of Climate Change on Densely Populated Areas” intellectually touches down on just that over a smooth beat. “The Red Onion Wrap” is a funky party anthem that goes over pretty well while the song “Redeemer” is charismatic crowd mover.

The track “Streetsweeper” gets on the battle tip over a sinister beat while the song “We Get Around” is about how they’ve always done what they did for their fans over a mellow beat. The track “Stars in the House” talks about their impact over a fittingly spacious beat while “Here, for a Good Time” is a predictable party banger. The track “Letter to My Son” is a Thes One solo cut that’s easily one of the most endearing moments on the album while the song “Family Ties” sees the 2 recalling memories with their families over a summery beat. The penultimate track “Dream Sequence ‘88” sees the 2 trading bars back & forth over a guitar while “The Sound of Memory” ends things fantastically with a soulful boom bap beat.

All & all, this was a great way for the duo to go out. There are a few cuts that I can personally do without because I feel like they’re either too predictable or blandly produced, but it really sounds like Thes & Double K took their time with it as it’s a mostly reflective & consistent final bow.

Score: 8/10

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Intellect – “Out Of Left Field” (Album Review)

Eager to introduce a new sound to Hip-Hop, Pensacola, Florida born Michael Dowd, better known as new recording artist Intellect is ready to make his debut. Known for his raw, uncensored, and unfiltered look on life, the proud veteran is ready to impress with his personal story. Creatively titling his debut, Out of Left Field, Intellect is prepared to shock and awe first time out the gate.

Out of Left Field is a 12-track of one of the million stories under the Hollywood sign in the City of Angels. Helping Intellect narrate the story is several exceptional guests including Kay Flow, Cap, and Taylor Bandit. Intellect on his new album: “The essence of Hip-Hop in its truest form. The rebirth of amazing production intertwined with intricate lyricism.”

Stream Intellect New Album, Out of Left Field below, courtesy of Soundcloud.
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The project’s production mirrors the Los Angeles streets, dark, gloomy, deep bass, and suspenseful as the story is being told. Matching Intellect’s dark vocals and bravado, the deeper into the album, the pace intrigues and will draw listeners into a trance-like state of focus. The production draws out the project’s spirit, and while dark, shines bright with anticipation of more greatness to come from the rising star.

Lyrically, Intellect enters the genre as a game changer with his fascinating, gritty, and in-depth story-telling. Entertaining, he makes a bold statement with his opportunity and solidifies a well-respected reputation as a lyricist. On Out of Left Field, Intellect best moments come on “Then There Were Two”, “Fonics”, and “Ink Out My Mouth”. Directing an outstanding body of work, Intellect is ready for bigger feats in the near future.

Imagined to emulate Nas’ 1994 classic, Illmatic, Intellect’s Out of Left Field does check the boxes but a carbon copy? Close but not yet. The story is theatrical, the lyricism from Intellect is indeed crafty, inspiring, and compelling, like a film, it has its flaws between the beginning, climax, and finale. Appealing, Intellect shows a promising future on his first outing as Out of Left Field is surprisingly a must-hear for any Hip-Hop addict.

Rating: 9/10

Highlights: Storytelling

Follow Intellect on Twitter: @intellectmusic1

Source: UndergroundHipHopBlog.com

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Mass Appeal STARTING 5 Tour Now FREE w/ RSVP Thanks To Puma & Monster Energy

In partnership with Puma and Monster Energy, Mass Appeal presents the first-ever STARTING 5 North American tour showcasing the latest and greatest from Nas’ Mass Appeal roster of next-gen hip hop stars including Fashawn, Stro, Ezri, Cantrell & 070 Phi. This tour is now free thanks to Puma & Monster Energy! RSVP now at TIX.TO/STARTING5TOUR.

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Video: Nicki Minaj – ‘Hard White’

Barbie’s back. Nicki Minaj has been keeping a low profile lately, but she returns for the new year with a new video for “Hard White,” a standout off last year’s Queen album.

The Queen rules her kingdom of darkness in the sinister clip. The self-proclaimed “bad guy” takes her seat on a throne while presiding over her zombie-like subjects. She switches up her look several times, donning a metallic outfit in one scene and a snakeskin headdress in another.

“Partying in Paris, these bitches is embarrassed / ‘Cause they know I’m the queen, I still didn’t pick an heiress / Mirror, mirror, who’s the fairest?” asks Nicki.

“Hard White” is the latest Queen song to receive a visual following “Ganja Burn,” “Barbie Dreams,” “Bed,” “Chun-Li,” and “Good Form.”

Starting next month, Nicki will head overseas for her “Nicki WRLD Tour” with Juice WRLD. The European trek kicks off Feb. 21 in Munich, Germany and travels to 22 cities, wrapping March 28 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Source: Rap-Up.com

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