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Hamberders: Russian Agent President Trump Served NCAA Football Champs Fast Food

President Trump Hosts College Football Champion Clemson Tigers At White House

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President Donald Trump has pulled some amazing stunts during his time in office, and his latest act might be one of the zaniest yet. On Monday (Jan. 14), the nation’s leader invited the NCAA football champions Clemson Tigers to the White House to celebrate their win, offering a spread of good ol’ ‘Murrican fast food for the student-athletes. 

“Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning (Jan. 15).

Hamberders. We’ll just let that hang there a bit.

Trump shamelessly mentioned the federal shutdown as the reason for serving the team McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and pizza. Imagine blowing out one of the top college football teams to win the championship, only to be served fast food in honor of your big win.

Twitter has rightly seized on President Trump’s insistence to clog up the arteries of these young men and the jokes have been flying. We’ve collected some of the best responses.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

First The Fat Boys Broke Up: Slim Jxmmi Hints Rae Sremmurd Split, Twitter Is Aghast

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd perform on stage at Perfect Vodka Amphitheater

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Of all the young Hip-Hop acts out today, Rae Sremmurd has enjoyed a number of chart-topping moments as a duo. However, a cryptic tweet from Slim Jxmmi seems to suggest the crew is no more.

“I’m not Rae Sremmurd I’m slim jxmmi and ima sink or swim by myself,” Jxmmi wrote in a now-deleted tweet. While it was clear that Swae Lee was becoming the breakout star of the two, it didn’t seem to put much distance between them as a crew despite the triple Sremm Life 3 album that featured solo efforts and a joint effort from them both.

In a series of messages captured by Boots Blog in a tweet, Jxmmi seems to confirm he’s moving on from the crew despite claims from Swae Lee just last week that the crew is still very much intact.

On Instagram, Slim Jxmmi once again goes for the mysterious, posting an image reading “Rip slim Jxm” and that a project is dropping some time this year.

As one can imagine considering the news that Lil Uzi Vert is out the game, Twitter fans aren’t taking the news too well as evidenced by the reaction below.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Lil Uzi Vert Retires From Music, Twitter Fans Are Hoping It’s Just A Moment #LilUziVert

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Lil Uzi Vert is, without doubt, one of the top young rap artists of his era and has notched a number of smash hit singles over the past three years while amassing a loyal fan base. On Twitter Friday, the Philadelphia rap superstar and fade deliverer has decided that he no longer wants to be part of the music business and says he’s leaving it all behind.

Vert took to Instagram Stories to share a photo and message with his fans regarding his decision.

“I WANNA TAKE THE TIME OUT TO SAY I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY SUPPORTS BUT I’M DONE WITH MUSIC I DELETED EVERYTHING I WANNA BE NORMAL…I WANNA WAKE UP IN 2013,” read the post’s message.

Immediately, fans took to social media, chiefly Twitter and Instagram, to voice their dismay. It isn’t clear why the 24-year-old rapper is deciding to walk away from what still feels like a fruitful and promising career. It was also a shock to fans who were anticipating his upcoming second studio album, Eternal Atake.

While we don’t know why Lil Uzi Vert is stepping away, we wish him the best in his journey.

Check out the reactions on Twitter below.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Trouble In Toronto: Is The Weeknd Coming For Drake On New Track?

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The Weeknd unleashed new heat to the masses on Thursday (Jan. 10) with French producer Gesaffelstein and the track “Lost In The Fire,” but fans are wondering if there’s a new beef brewing between the singer and Drake. On the track, The Weeknd seemingly throws a shot at Drizzy’s secret baby situation and fans on Twitter have something to say.

“And I just want a baby with the right one/‘Cause I would never be the one to hide one,” goes the lyric from the artist born Abel Tesafaye. It isn’t confirmed of course, but one could imagine that Drake’s son being unknown to the world before Pusha T’s explosive “The Story of Adidon” track is the inspiration.

Speculation over “Lost In The Fire” is pretty high and heavy right now, and we’ve scoured Twitter for some of the reactions thus far.

Check out “Lost In The Fire” below.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency From Life Sentence, Twitter Reacts #CyntoiaBrown

Cyntoia Brown

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Supporters of Cyntoia Brown have been rallying on her behalf to see that she have her life sentence for murder commuted, considering Brown says she was a victim of sex trafficking.  With the news that Brown will soon see Freedom, many on Twitter are reacting to the news.

Brown, now 30, was at the center of an August 2004 case where she agreed to meet and have sex with a 43-year-old man in Nashville, Tenn. After traveling to his home, Brown shot the man and returned stolen goods and the man’s vehicle to her pimp. Brown admitted to committing the crime after initially stating she acted in self-defense although that was thrown out in court. She was sentenced to 51 years to life in prison, serving 15 years thus far before today’s announcement.

In that time, supporters of Brown and anti-sex trafficking advocates have rallied around her in a bid to gain her freedom. Brown has also rehabilitated her life to a satisfactory degree, which was noted by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in his statement. Brown will go free in August of this year, which has garnered an explosive reaction by celebrities and others via Twitter.

We’ve collected some of the reaction to Cyntoia Brown’s clemency below.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Jay-Z Hit D’usse Palooza at The Hammerstein, And Its Future Is Bright

D'usse Palooza Hammertein 2

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Kameron McCullough’s phone is blowing up, but the D’usse Palooza founder makes time for a few questions. Like did he ever imagine an invite-only party with friends in his Harlem apartment could turn into a full-blown concert in Midtown, NYC with celeb guests that highlighted a certain Brooklyn rapper of note?

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“We just wanted to have fun, party with each other,” explains Kam to Hip-Hop Wired. “It just so happened that a few of my friends [are] very influential people via social media and stuff. Something cool, we make a little bit of change off it. I didn’t see it maybe for the first two or three years that it could be this.”

The “this” he’s referring to the latest D’usse Palooza, which went down Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at the Hammerstein Ballroom, its second time at the venue. If you don’t know, D’usse Palooza is basically a touring party/concert, hitting festivals like Made In America and cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami throughout the year.

Recently hitting its sixth anniversary, the initial gathering of friends that include writer Kazeem Fayumide, blogger/host Nile “Low Key” Ivey, DJ/producer Austin Millz, and Rory Farrell of The Joe Budden Podcast fame amongst others, has spawned much more thanks to business smarts, influence, and particularly good timing.

“Building a brand via social media was really starting to pop in ’13, ’14,” explains Kam. “I remember when I saw it and that was when we went from Tammany Hall to the Well in Brooklyn. We went from 600 people stuffed in Tammany to 1800 people. That was the moment for me, ‘Oh this is something.’”

The Hammerstein, which is only part of the Manhattan Center, is the shindig’s biggest venue to date and is basically now its home.

Adds Kam, “As a New York City kid, I would come to Hammerstein for big shows, rap concerts. Hammerstein to me was like a Mecca, Manhattan Center, that’s 34th Street. I couldn’t ask for better partners in this situation because it is a full-on production. It’s a show. The screens, the setup, the pyrotechnics, it’s a show. So with that, you need the right people to be aligned with. They’ve been doing this forever and it’s an independently owned venue in Manhattan. When you walk in the building, this feels bigger than a party should feel.”

As the party grew, Kam admits he and his business partner Benner Hall had to become more business-minded, buckling down to book new venues and acts, which name Wale and Pusha T in the past as stars who have graced the D’usse Palooza stages. The OG team of the aforementioned founders play their roles while the agency that serves as the umbrella is called The TNTH, its name a homage to W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of the Talented Tenth.

As renown for the party, formerly dubbed Hennypalooza, grew, the namesake Hennessy brand never aligned itself with the organizers. It appeared to be a win-win to the average person if the brands joined forces, but it just never manifested.

“Things like that are weird,” says Kam. “Logic says, it’s a no-brainer, it’s in your backyard, everyone you ‘target’ is there, it’s a layup. But, what I’ve figured out is brands are gonna do brands man. At the end of the day, if they don’t feel it, they don’t gotta move on it. In their mind, they’re getting all this free promo anyway. I would say it’s our fault, but sh*t, we didn’t know it was going to be this.”

But others saw the untapped potential. About a year ago, via Roc Nation VP Lenny Santiago, a deal to partner up was put forth and Jay-Z agreed to formally bring the D’usse cognac brand into the fold.

“It’s crazy what a little support would do,” says Kam. “With the D’usse situation, it’s night and day because you have someone who has been at the forefront of our culture for 20 years. He sees everything. He reads everything. He knew about us in our third year. Not to say we weren’t popping, but we weren’t like that. So for him to know that just shows me that one, he does his homework, [and] two, he is who he is for a reason. The partnership has been lovely. They just support us, we’re aligned. It just different when someone gets it.”

Hova even came through the latest party, kicking it backstage with the team as well as Meek Mill and Joe Budden.

D'usse Palooza Hammertein 2

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Says Kam, “It feels good to have somebody you can go to, somebody you can reference. Someone who’s done it. He’s the idol of my generation. For that, it’s been great. I’m hoping for many years of this, this partnership and collaboration. This is just opening up the floodgates.

Drink up.

Check out more photos from the latest D’usse Palooza, which included a performance from T-Pain and DJ sets from DJ Mister Cee and DJ Clark Kent, in the gallery.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Rep. Rashida Tlaib On Comrade Cheeto: “We’re Gonna Impeach The Motherf*cker” #RashidaTlaib

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Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib is off to a rocking start in Congress after becoming newly sworn-in while making herself a known opponent of President Donald Trump out the gate. At an event to celebrate her new role in the House of Representatives, Tlaib told a crowd of supporters in reference to the former business mogul that “we’re going to impeach the motherf*cker.”

With the House enjoying a Democratic Party majority with Rep. Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker of The House, the chamber is as diverse and perhaps divided as ever. Tlaib, who was at an event Thursday hosted by MoveOn, said to the crowd of gatherers that her side intends to move on with impeachment plans for President Trump despite Speaker Pelosi urging that the Democrats would rather wait until Robert Mueller’s investigation is concluded.

“And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Mama look, you won. Bullies don’t win,’ and I said, ‘Baby, they don’t,’ because we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf*cker,” Tlaib said Thursday by way of a video posted on Twitter by Nestor Ruiz, who works with United We Dream which has since been deleted.

Still, the words were loud and clear and the reaction on Twitter has been robust from both sides with those in support united in supporting the congresswoman. We’ve collected some of those responses below.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 15 Albums Of 2018: The Ones We Slept On

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On New Year’s Eve, we dropped our favorite 15 Hip-Hop albums of 2018 with a promise we’d be back with 15 more projects that will be worth your time. For this list, we’re focusing on the releases of last year that we enjoyed but didn’t get to spend enough time with, regrettably. 

Like all year-end lists, this one will most likely omit a favorite of yours, or we’ll miss the mark completely on projects that should get our attention. We get it, but even as studious as we were, some albums just fell out of our field of vision. In an attempt to correct that, we’re going to list 15 projects of last year that were undeniably dope and deserving of more airtime.

Check out our top 15 Hip-Hop albums of 2018 in alphabetical order. And why 15? Everyone does 10 or 20, we dare to be a little left of the usual sometimes. We also didn’t add streaming links because we think that if you’re on the Internet, you also know how to use a search engine, so go forth and make us proud!

Please ignore the numerals on the side. Thanks!

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 15 Albums Of 2018: The Ones We Slept On

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On New Year’s Eve, we dropped our favorite 15 Hip-Hop albums of 2018 with a promise we’d be back with 15 more projects that will be worth your time. For this list, we’re focusing on the releases of last year that we enjoyed but didn’t get to spend enough time with, regrettably. 

Like all year-end lists, this one will most likely omit a favorite of yours, or we’ll miss the mark completely on projects that should get our attention. We get it, but even as studious as we were, some albums just fell out of our field of vision. In an attempt to correct that, we’re going to list 15 projects of last year that were undeniably dope and deserving of more airtime.

Check out our top 15 Hip-Hop albums of 2018 in alphabetical order. And why 15? Everyone does 10 or 20, we dare to be a little left of the usual sometimes. We also didn’t add streaming links because we think that if you’re on the Internet, you also know how to use a search engine, so go forth and make us proud!

Please ignore the numerals on the side. Thanks!

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Hip-Hop Wired’s Top 15 Albums Of 2018: The Ones We Sat With

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On the last day of 2018, we decided to wait until the last minute to give our readers and other curious souls our takes on 15 of the best Hip-Hop albums we heard this year more than once. Given the sheer volume of music that’s dropped in the past 12 months, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with.

Let’s face it, year-end lists can either be a corny affair or an inside attempt to fudge numbers and approval on the back end. We’re doing none of that over here. The albums we listed in our top 15 list are there because we as a team actually rocked these records on our commutes, in the gym, at the crib and beyond.

We already know that we’re going to get some people tight by missing an artist or two, and believe it when we say that we understand and forgive us for the potential for oversight.  To hopefully make up for that, we will put up a second list of our fave albums that were dope but we didn’t give them enough spins for various reasons on New Year’s Day (that’s tomorrow, folks! We want to go party too!)

For now, check out our top 15 Hip-Hop albums of 2018 in alphabetical order. And why 15? Everyone does 10 or 20, we dare to be a little left of the usual sometimes. We also didn’t add streaming links because we think that if you’re on the Internet, you also know how to use a search engine, so go forth and make us proud!

Please ignore the numerals on the side. Thanks!

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Source: HipHopWired.com