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JAY-Z’s Streaming Service Tidal Is Reportedly Under Investigation Overseas

A serious investigative probe appears to be heading towards JAY-Z’s streaming company, Tidal. According to Bloomberg.com, this subscription-based music and video streaming service is in the process of getting their numbers verified through an intense investigation by the Norway authorities.

The Norwegian Authority for Investigation of Economic and Environmental Crime (Okokrim) launched the probe after receiving multiple reports from a local newspaper Dagens Næringsliv alleging that Norwegian acts have lost money due to “the manipulation of streaming data,” and American artists like Beyoncé and Kanye are experiencing uncommon inflation.

Read More: TIDAL Accused of Consciously Bluffing Kanye West and Beyoncé Streaming Numbers

This is not the first time that Tidal has been under scrutiny based on the numbers. JAY-Z had his issues with the company. In 2017, he reached out to the original owners, Schibsted ASA, to check them about pumping up the subscriber numbers when he originally closed the deal.

These new numbers causing suspicion comes from Norwegian copyright and music associations, who have pushed Okokrim after the Dagens Næringsliv report came out last year. Also Norwegian University of Science and Technology have produced a report that numbers are not on the up and up.

Read More: Tidal Hires Cyber-Security Firm to Investigate Data Breach

The attorney representing Okokrim stated via email to Bloomberg.com, “It has been made known through media coverage that the reports relate to Tidal’s streaming service and a suspicion that someone has manipulated the number of plays of some songs…”

Tidal’s attorney, Fredrik Berg at Fend, an Oslo-based law firm, while not giving a lot of information about the investigation does contend that Tidal is not suspected or charged.

The official statement is as follows: “Tidal is not a suspect in the underlying investigation… We are communicating with Økokrim. We are aware that at least one person we suspected of theft has been questioned.”

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Joe Budden Cried Watching ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’ Dame Reveals He Questioned JAY

Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly has struck a nerve with many in the Hip-Hop community.

While some have joined the “Mute R. Kelly” movement, others used their podcast platforms to express their disgust. Most notably was Damon Dash, who not only lashed out at Kells but divulged another reason why the Roc-A-Fella dynasty fell apart. Dame mentioned that one of the reasons he had an issue with JAY-Z’s “moral fabric” was that he worked with a man that had statutorily raped his fiancé and finessed her into an illegal marriage at the tender age of 15.

Read More: #HERSourcePoll: Do You Think Aaliyah Should’ve Been Left Out the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary?

Hearing Dame get choked up was refreshing and expected. He has on many occasions, shared that Aaliyah was one of the great loves of his life. At one point, he even checks his co-star when he attempts to blame the parents who left their daughters with R. Kelly, implying that whatever happened to them while they were around the alleged pedophile was their fault for being more protective. Stopping him in his mid-sentence, a passionate Dash says: “I love Aaliyah more than anything and she loved her parents more than anything.  One thing, I am not gonna do is ever make her or her parents or her legacy feel uncomfortable. There are some things I just can’t address.”

The passion poured from The Hip-Hop Motivation Show over to The Joe Budden Podcast. While talking about the six-part series, Budden and his co-hosts Rory and Mal applauded executive producer, Dream Hampton for taking great care to create an honest film that not only told the truths of multiple women who claimed to have been with R. Kelly while they were under-aged and people from Kelly’s life (family, teachers, employees, law enforcement, press), but also tap experts in ethnomusicology and psychology to break down the reasons why the public has this love/hate affair with the singer. The most candid revelation made during the podcast is that Joe Budden, who also is the star of State of The Culture, cried almost minutes into the documentary.

“It aired and one minute in, I was in tears (8:01pm). Which I always feel a way about because Cyn is so much tougher than I when it comes to watching things.  I’m always the cryer.” Joe continues to reveal, “I knew that this would be heavy… but with the background music,  with the confessionals, with the teasers… from a production standpoint this was done really well.”

Usually, Joe is quick-witted and has a comeback for everything. This time, not so much.  The conversation also addressed tour and rapper entourage culture. Rory spoke on the elephant in the room, that girls/women are not always treated well when they are in the company of those in the light of celebrity and close to the light of celebrity. As Rory sought to also direct his disgust at those that worked with or for R. Kelly, Budden notes that those people were on the payroll. The room seemed to think that even if Joe had under-aged girls around, they would have checked him for messing with them.

Joe called bull crap.

“No you wouldn’t, if you made 5 mil a year off me. I am not sure that you would.” Joe asserted as he further explained that the complexity of capitalism compromises the best of us.

 

 

 

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Aaliyah’s Mother Diane Haughton Fires Back at Backup Singer Who Reportedly Witnessed R. Kelly Having Sex With His Former Protegeé

Once again, Lifetime is at the forefront of a controversy having to do with late R&B singer Aaliyah. Thankfully, this time it isn’t another attempt at a horrid biopic. Unfortunately, it does have to do with a horrid allegation made forth by a former backup singer for R. Kelly, the subject of the network’s three-part Surviving R. Kelly documentary scheduled to start airing tomorrow.

After Jovante Cunningham, the former employee of Kellz at hand, made the shocking claim to have witnessed seeing R. Kelly and Aaliyah doing “things that an adult should not be doing with a child” while on a tour bus in 1994, Baby Girl’s notoriously silent mom Diane Haughton released an official statement denying the claims and calling Cunningham “a liar.” According to Yahoo! News, Mrs. Haughton is stating that Cunningham is lying about “seeing, meeting or even breathing the same air as [Aaliyah],” continuing on by stating “My husband and I were always on tour with her and at interviews and every place she went throughout her entire career. Whoever this woman is, I have never seen her before anywhere on planet earth, until now.”

See the full statement below, which as of now has only been confirmed by fans of the late singer that died in 2001, but we can only hope that none of this tarnishes the legacy of a beloved music icon any further:

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Our President Still Cooler Than Yours: Barack Obama Top Songs of 2018

While living in the era of Trump seems like an ontological nightmare that we just can’t seem to wake up from, we continue to get glimpses of the good old Obama days. You know those days… when the our Commander In Chief looked like us, watch the same movies we did, inspired us to hope and even listened to some of the same music/songs that we in everyday Hip-Hop America listened to. There were so many ways that 44 sought to connect with Gen X and Millennials, many have felt a sense of withdrawal with out his consistent engagement.

However, this holiday season he and his family have been keeping us smiling with their random acts of charities, Michelle’s new book and look what we have here… a new listicle of his favorite tunes.

Michelle Obama Extends Her Becoming Book Tour

And keeping in the tradition Obama set while in office, he is sharing on social media his year end list of favorites of 2018: Songs, Movies & Books.

At the head of the lists that he posted are some shockers (proving that 44 has his finger on the eclectic pulse of a generation). His favorite songs of the year included some of Hip-Hop’s hottest tracks like The Carters’ “Ape Sh*t,” Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” J. Cole’s “Kevin’s Heart,” and The “Wow” Freestyle by Jay Rock (featuring Kendrick Lamar).  His list of favorite movies included some industry blockbusters and critically exclaimed projects like Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman and the new film based on the  James Baldwin book, If Beale Street Could Talk.  Topping his book list was Michelle Obama’s Becoming and some amazing African authors such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe and Nelson Mandela.

Check out the list and let me know if you agree with his taste in artistic expression.

 

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Aye Verb Continues To Fight For A Place of Mt. Rushmore; Battles Icon Lux in 2019

Harlem battle rap legend Loaded Lux is set to make his long-awaited return to SMACK / URL next year, with a NOME 9 appearance battling against St Louis’ Aye Verb in Houston, Texas.

Without a doubt, one of the greatest battle rappers of all-time, news of the return of Loaded Lux to the world’s biggest battle rap stage in URL has sent battle rap fans in a frenzy and looks to set up 2019 as the biggest year for battle rap yet. Facing a formidable opponent in Aye Verb (who most recently took it all the way and then some with Murda Mook on RBE earlier this year), this is the battle that fans have been requesting ever since then. The announcement yesterday on Christmas Day was the greatest present that owner Beasley could have gifted fans.

This is just one more battle that URL has lined up, that has fans trembling with joy. The other announced battle that is on deck is Goodz vs. Cassidy. Goodz is one of the most formidable emcees in the culture and Cassidy… well everyone knows about the Philly vet.

Coming up battling for years off-camera throughout New York before making his on-camera debut, Loaded Lux has previously battled in the SMACK/URL DVD era against Midwest Miles (aka Young Miles in 2006), and most famously against Murda Mook over eight rounds back in November 2003 in the Bronx. Lux then went on to battle half a dozen times on the now defunct 106 & Park on BET in 2009. In the most modern era post-SMACK DVD on URLTV, Lux headlined Summer Madness 2 vs. a young Calicoe in a classic and battled a very tough Charlie Clips on a heated Summer Madness 5 three years later in 2015. Lux has also had a classic vs. Hollow Da Don on UW (2014), rematched with Murda Mook on Eminem’s Total Slaughter in 2014 before most recently battling Arsonal Da Rebel on UW mid last year for Arsonal’s then supposed retirement battle.

Verb will be no easy opponent by any stretch of the imagination for Lux. The experienced Verb has had near 50 battles on camera over the last decade since the Grind Time era on multiple platforms. He has stood on that stage and like Lux also faced off against Charlie Clips, Hollow Da Don, Arsonal, T-Rex, Midwest Miles (twice) and of course most recently with Murda Mook in a performance which really made its own case for him to now face Lux. Aye Verb’s complete battle resume is one of the most impressive overall, having also battled the likes of K-Shine, Math Hoffa, O-Red, Pat Stay, Hitman Holla, Dizaster, Tsu Surf, Cortez, Goodz amongst dozens of others.

This battle has been long in the making for seven-plus years already, and Verb’s recent strong showing vs. Mook coupled with strong fan support for this battle to go down now means the time is now finally right for Lux to greenlight it. The battle means a lot to both, a Lux win will really see him cement his place at the top end of battle rap table while a win for Aye Verb would really rattle the battle rap Mount Rushmore. Stay tuned to The Source for news as the lead-up to this monumental battle.

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Cardi B Wows With Her Lavishly Luxe “Money” Music Video

After already making it to the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, despite being leaked just a few days prior of its official release, Cardi B’s new single “Money” now has a music video that’s a visual treat from beginning to end. And yes, our girl Belcalis is baring all!



The video, directed by Jora Frantzis, for the latest single that will appear on the upcoming deluxe edition of her chart-topping debut album Invasion of Privacy proves that Cardi is truly a queen in every sense of the word, from the opulent gold-laced wardrobe design to the overall tribute to her unashamed days as a New York City-based stripper. As of now, “Money” is sitting comfortably at No. 29 on the charts, but we’re sure it’ll rise now that we have this eye-grabbing music video to gaze at and stream to the top of the charts. We even think Kulture makes her directorial debut in a few scenes as well!

Watch the music video for Cardi B’s “Money” music video above, and expect the Invasion of Privacy deluxe edition to drop on January 25.

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Sybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Benedict College and Key to City of Columbia

After devoting the last six years of her life to social change since the unjust murder of her son, Trayvon Martin, this past weekend Benedict College and the city of Columbia presented Sybrina Fulton with an honorary doctorate degree and the Key to the City. Fulton was stationed as the Commencement Convocation speaker for the HBCU’s 2018 winter graduation ceremony.

The brewed social activist was awarded with the Doctor of Humane Letters by the seminary ultimately granting her the respective title of ‘Dr’ and was also presented with the Key to the City by the mayor of South Carolina Steve Keith Benjamin. She took to Instagram moments after the ceremony to share her profound title. “I present to you……Dr. Sybrina Fulton,” the caption reads. “I went from the 2018 Commencement Convocation speaker at Benedict College to Doctor & I also received the key to the city from the Mayor of Columbia, SC.”

The ceremony took place on Saturday (Dec. 15) inside of the institution’s Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena. Upon the institution’s announcement, Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, President and CEO of Benedict College recognizes Fulton’s passionate endeavors towards social injustice, gun violence, and gender profiling by highlighting her cogent strength:

“Sybrina is a model of grace and strength, ” said Dr. Artis. Because of her passion and dedication, ‘we are all Trayvon’ and demand social justice for our sons.”

Since the senseless and tragic loss of her son in 2012, Sybrina started the Trayvon Martin Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the emotional and financial support of families who have lost a loved one to the unexpected about of gun violence which is the precursor of her “Circle of Mothers” enterprise and “Mothers of the Movement” initiative. Last year, Fulton along with Tracy Martin, the father of Trayvon co-authored a book that turned into a six-part series with Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z as executive producer titled Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story.

 

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Alfonso Ribeiro Takes Legal Action On Creators of Fortnite for Jacking Iconic Carlton Banks Dance Move

Epic Games sure does have a knack for Hip-Hop-like moves. According to TMZ, after being exposed by BlocBoy JB for jacking his “Shoot” dance and earning a lawsuit from 2 Milly from mishandling his “Milly Rock” sway, Alfonso Ribeiro is taking legal action against the creators of Fortnite for copying his iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air move.

On Monday, the famed Fresh Prince actor filed a suit against the developers of Fortnite, Epic Games, accusing them of biting off the dance his character Carlton Banks made popular throughout the classic series six-year run. According to court documents, Ribeiro states that the popular multi-player games released a new dance for game characters called the “Fresh emote” and it is identical to the signature dance his displayed throughout the ’90s on the Fresh Prince sitcom.

His attorney, David Hecht told the online tabloid about the legitimacy of Alfonso’s suit, overall acknowledging Epic Games improper use.  “It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite,” said Hecht. “Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property.”

Alfonso also revealed he is currently undergoing the process of copyrighting the renowned Carlton Banks dance move, ultimately leaving no room for denial. The lawsuit is reportedly nearly identical to that of 2 Milly being the common cause of intellectual theft. With this being Fortnite’s third accusation, the game’s popularity has not necessarily suffered as of yet, but only time will tell.

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The Diplomats Tell Hilarious Story About Laurence Fishburne Encounter: ‘We Don’t Give a Fuck About You!’

Respectfully one of the most influential groups throughout Hip-Hop history, the Diplomats affectionately known as Dipset, are on the verge of making a noisy comeback and the collective’s distinguished members are taking up the surface big time. The group recently sat down with Billboard to discuss the Diplomats’ official comeback and amid the dialogue described a comical airport encounter with actor Laurence Fishburne which involves a couple of ‘eff yous,” making the story a certified Dipset tale.

“We see him in the airport. My first album’s not out or nothing; we’re just on a promo tour for my first album,” said Cam’ron. ‘Jim is like, “There go Laurence Fishburne!’ Jim had done a couple scenes on New York Undercover and shit, so Jim had seen him somewhere else like Toys R’ Us or some shit—and he was like, ‘If you call him Larry Fishburne, he loses his mind!’ Like we’re just sitting there chilling in the airport waiting for our flight and Jim tells us this.”

According to Jones, he had previously witnessed The Matrix actor go ballistic on someone who called him Larry inside of a Toys R Us on a Christmas day. During this encounter, it was their close buddy Fat Shawn, who Cam’ron notes passed away just two months ago, that turned it up on Fishburne by calling him by his disfavored moniker.

“He’s like, ‘I said, ‘Hello, Larry!’ But you gotta realize…we’re not no celebrities! We’re just some guys trying to get a record out, so we’re like, “Oh shit! Fucking Laurence Fishburne!’,” Cam’ron recalled. ‘So we’re just in awe that’s Larry! So listen though, he comes back and sits down with us! Like, ‘Yo, why you keep calling me Larry?’ And n—-s is like what! And this n—a Shawn is like, ‘our mother named you Larry, I’m calling you Larry!’ N—a pulls out his I.D. like, ‘What does this say?!’ We’re like, ‘Get ‘em, Larry! Get ‘em!”

After trying to convince Fishburne of their brewing prominence in entertainment with Jim JonesNew York Undercover gig and the coming drop of Cam’ron’s solo debut, the “Dipset Anthem” spitters got fed up after he rejected their efforts and sent the legendary actor into the fields of forget-yous.

“And Jim is like, ‘Yo, we’re trying to get on! We got the album coming out! I’m on New York Undercover!’ He’s like, ‘I’m not helping y’all!’ We’re like, ‘Yo Laurence, don’t pay that nigga no mind! That n—a’s stupid, man!’ He’s like, ‘I need to know what’s going on with y’all.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, fuck him! My man on New York Undercover, I got the album…’ He like, ‘Look man, I’m not helping y’all!’ So then it got to the point where I’m like, ‘Yo you know what? Fuck you, my n—a!’

Surprisingly for the Diplomats, the School Daze actor ended up becoming a fan of the Harlem spitters weathered raps years after their pre-famed encounter. Cam’ron views the moment as a lesson about memory, ultimately highlighting the power behind organically memorable moments.

“What’s crazy is, he probably just thought we were some ignorant n—-s who don’t know who we is. Because let’s say about 4-5 years later, my friend James is driving my pink Range Rover and Laurence Fishburne pulls up next to him and he’s like, “Hey, is that Cam’ron’s car?” He’s like, “Yeah, yeah!” He’s like, “Yo, tell him I’m a big fan! I fuck with him!” So James called me and he’s like, “Yo, Laurence Fishburne just pulled up to the car and said he loves your shit!” And I’m like, “See he don’t even know that that was us!”

Now the class act Harlem rap group is preparing for their official comeback album Diplomatic Immunity 3, which will reportedly come with a visual project between a documentary and biopic. The uncertainty is based on Dipset’s lengthy 21-year history and the desire to tell the tale in its full context. According to Cam, they are seeking the most financially wise direction to take the story of the Diplomats, but overall want the tale to make a similar and bigger impact than that of BET’s “The New Edition Story”. Well, on a bigger scale, profiling the story of Harlem’s most influential rap group will help raise awareness towards the importance of knowing hip-hop history.

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Wu-Tang Clan Commemorates ’36 Chambers’ 25th Anniversary With NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Yesterday (Dec. 5), in commemoration of their conquering 1993 debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the Wu-Tang Clan got together to perform a native influenced long-winded session of Wu hits on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. Together, Raekwon, RZA, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, U-God, Cappadonna, alongside the son of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Young Dirty Bastard, fed onlookers with a wealth of musical wisdom than obtains 25 years of brilliance.

Starting off with a top-notch classic, “Triumph” which arguably accommodates one of the greatest verses in hip-hop history, Inspectah Deck spewed the famed moment, preceding into their early mantraesque hits from “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit” to “Method Man.” Touching base on their iconic solo still-Wu gems, the concert flew into tracks in the likes of Raekwon’s “Glaciers of Ice”, Method Man’s “Bring the Pain,” Ghostface Killah’s “Run” and ultimately sealed the show with the affectionately received “C.R.E.A.M.”

While both Method Man and Ghostface Killah were not present, the group successfully managed to set forth a nostalgic performance which was reminiscent to the traditional rap cypher their gritty craft tends to reflect. Young Dirty Bastard appears to be on a role with the undertaking of his late father’s eccentric vigor, as he is seen portraying Ol’ Dirty Bastard segments in modern-day performances.

With the help of strings of The Green Project, RZA dropped a “dart” where he accumulates his Wu experience in live time.

“I used to be a metaphor whore/I would search through the core of my brain to find a metaphor better than yours/But now I’m a spiritual lyricist mystic/And I realize Hip-Hop has a sickness/So I’m going to cure the sickness without a pill/That’s better than me saying dollar dollar bill…”

Last month the super group’s debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) reached a new milestone of 25 years since its iconic release. In extended honor of the 25th anniversary of 36 Chambers, the clan will hold two respective east coast celebrations in Philly and New York. Watch the clan swarm through their “Wu Classics” playlist with Tiny Desk, here.

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