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Infamous Suge Knight Inks Deal to Have Biopic Produced

 

Hip-Hop Producer Suge Knight sighted smoking a cigar walking on Wilshire Boulevard

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The infamous former head of Death Row Records, Suge Knight, has taken the first step to having his life story on the big screen.

According to reports, the music executive who co-founded the iconic label that entrenched gangster rap further into the cultural landscape by signing Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg among others has struck a deal with producer Steve Whitney and his TSW Films company to produce a film on his life. The terms of the arrangement ha Knight signing over his life rights to the producer to begin the process, and actor/writer Nick Cassavetes has been tapped to pen the script for the film.

Suge Knight has factored in as a major subject in movies and documentaries within the past decade, with Straight Outta Compton and All Eyez On Me just being two of the more notable entries. For the 56-year old who is currently incarcerated after pleading no contest to crashing his car into Heayweight Records co-founder Terry Carter and filmmaker Cle Sloan in 2015—killing Carter and causing severe injury to Sloan – he felt the time was right to tell his story the way he wanted.

“Over the last 30 years, there has been so much talk about Compton, me, the inner cities, and Death Row – A lot of talk. Even when it comes to making my movie there has been so many imposters saying they have my rights, or they got the deal – that was, and is, all talk,” he said when contacted by Deadline about the deal. Referencing a friend at Ruthless Records who helped him out during tense dealings with that label, he elaborated further: “Mike Klein told me about it and I respect him for it—We became friends. So when it came time to do a real movie and tell the truth about it he introduced me to Steve Whitney. Now, Steve, Mike, and I, and the woman that has my back, are making this movie. Taking it to the next level!”

“During the golden era of rap and hip hop, all roads led through Suge Knight,” said Whitney when contacted. “That era helped define a new brand of music and culture that changed the world.” Knight is currently serving his sentence in the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, California and is eligible for parole in 2037.


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Diddy Buys Back Sean John: Velour Suit Twitter Is Pleased

Sean Diddy Combs

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Diddy has his baby back. He has just won a bidding war for the rights to his Sean John clothing brand.

 

As spotted on Women’s Wear Daily the mega mogul has bought back the line that he made global back in the 1990’s. According to sources he shelled out a whopping $7.551 million dollars to win control of the brand. He detailed his enthusiasm in a formal press release. “I launched Sean John in 1998 with the goal of building a premium brand that shattered tradition and introduced Hip-Hop to high-fashion on a global scale,” Combs said. “Seeing how streetwear has evolved to rewrite the rules of fashion and impact culture across categories, I’m ready to reclaim ownership of the brand, build a team of visionary designers and global partners to write the next chapter of Sean John’s legacy.”

After being sold to Global Brands Group, a brand management group, Sean John started to show its’ age as Hip-Hop looked to other lines for the drip. Leadership at GBG would try to breathe new life into the line by enlisting the talents of several current talents including BIA, Derez DeShon, and BlocBoy JB but that wasn’t enough. In July GBG filed for bankruptcy hoping to sell off all their assets which also include Aquatalia, Ely & Walker and Tahari.

For five consecutive years, from 2000 to 2005, Sean John was nominated for its excellence in design. In 2004, Sean John was awarded the CFDA Men’s Designer of the Year award. At this time there is new set date for a new collection.

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Swizz Beatz Doubles Down On Calling Out Phony Friends At DMX’s Funeral

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Swizz Beatz was closer to DMX than most, and made it a point to call out the phony friends who weren’t there for the late rapper when he was alive at his homegoing. In a recent interview with Angie Martinez, Swizz stood by what he said about X not getting the love he needed, and sycophants in his cipher.

“I just wish all these people showed up for him when he was here,” said Swizz at the Barclays Center on April 24. “You got thousands of people claiming who they are and tickets and things like that. This man needed everybody. He didn’t need everybody when he’s not here, he needed everybody when he was here. We have to learn to celebrate each other while we’re here.”

That’s all facts.

Martinez asked about who he was referencing. Although he didn’t name any name, Swizz pointed out that it wasn’t the fans he had issues with, but people closer to X who showed their true colors after his death.

“From the fans’ standpoint, X got a lot of love. It’s just the other love he was looking for I don’t think he got a lot of,” said Swizz “And that’s what made me want to say what I said at his homegoing because I was dealing with a lot of that. And I was with X a lot. Especially, recently. So I was very current in his life and understanding where he was at and what he was going through. So when I started seeing things, naturally as his brother, it just bothered me.”

Rest in power Dark Man X.

 

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Ultimate Rap League’s Ultimate Madness 3 Tournament Round 2 Launches Saturday

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The Ultimate Rap League (URL) launched its latest Ultimate Madness 3 tournament back in April with both expected and surprising results. Round two of the battle rap showdown takes place Saturday night (May 8) as the competitors prepare to unleash their best bars at a chance to snag a $100,000 cash prize from Drake himself.

The preparation and turnaround time was a swift ordeal as the winners of the opening round last battled on April 24 live via the Caffeine app. In round two, the lineup is another star-studded list of rising battle rap wordsmiths and established veterans who have graced a number of big stages during their careers.

Saturday’s Ultimate Madness 3 Round 2 lineup is as follows:

  • Jakkboy Maine vs. Cortez
  • Drugz vs. Rum Nitty
  • Casey Jay vs. Prep
  • Swamp vs. Geechi Gotti

At this stage of the game, the hunger should be high for all involved and the added incentive of the cash grab to go along with the bragging rights comes complete with an appearance at the URL’s upcoming Night Of Main Events (NOME) show this June.

Check out the teaser for round two of the Ultimate Madness 3 tournament. Click here for more information.

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Drake Accused Of Being A Homewrecker On Instagram

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Real talk, would you trust your woman to spend time alone with Drake Diesel? Even if it was to get a record deal? We thought not, but someone did and it went exactly as you’d expect it to, allegedly.

Over the weekend the Certified Lover Boy artist was accused of being a homewreckin’ snake by a man named Jamie Sun, who said the Canadian crooner slept with his former fiancé, singer Naomi Sharon. Taking to IG to spill the tea (and picked up on Reddit), Sun described how a “world star” celeb hit up Sharon to offer her a record deal and then flied the couple out to meet them, and began recording vocals for Certified Lover Boy.

In the IG post Sun described the encounter with the “world star” before revealing that suddenly the trust was gone and he had “knifes” in his back and heart.

While he never named names, Jamie got the buzz going when he made a Drake reference in an IG post stating “I don’t drink champaign papi.”

If this is true, Drizzy ain’t sh*t for this one. Since Sun put Sharon on blast for allegedly creeping with the King of The North, the comments have been turned off on her IG page as y’all know social media users would have their own knives out for her. To be fair though, we just noticed her now because of the allegations so having the comments turned off might’ve been something she’s been doing.

Peep Naomi doing her thing below.

She’s pretty good actually. No wonder she caught Drake’s ears and eye. Y’all know he likes them thick.

Neither Noami nor Drake has responded to the allegations, but Sun seems convinced that it went down between the two. He’s since stated that he’s moved on from the 8-year relationship and “with the healing I want to be together with.”

In the end what we got from this is that if Drake wants to sign your girl to a record deal, just say no or break-up with her because it may not end well.

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Is Big Sean The Worst Rapper? Twitter Debates, Seriously

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Twitter is at again. The latest faux outrageous debate involves Big Sean and whether or not he is actually a good rapper, no pun intended.

While Hip-Hop tastes are subjective, let the record show that Big Sean is indeed a “good” rapper. In fact, considering he has six proper albums, and numerous mixtapes to his name, he is way better than the average rapper. We’re not even going to reference record sales, or the fact that his peers respect his talents or that the Detroit native has a way with words. Did these folks not listen to “Blessed” or “Mercy” or the Dark Sky Paradise album? Nevertheless, that isn’t stopping folk on social media from adamantly slandering the man.

Maybe it’s because it’s a Sunday. Maybe it’s because people are bored. Maybe it’s because he’s still romantically involved with Jhene Aiko. Whatever the reason, some of y’all are cold and are actually entertaining that he is the “worst” rapper.

It seems to have popped off after many started RT’ing and replying to this rogue tweet. “who’s the worst rapper you’ve heard n why is it big sean,” asked Twitter user @blondedwavyx on May 1. 

Worst rapper, though? Considering the litany of weak-barred MC’s polluting airwaves and playlists. Even Lil B recognized the audacity.

Big Sean’s latest album, Detroit 2, was released back in September 2020 to generally positive reviews. We compiled some of the most stirring anti-Big Sean tweets, as well as some of the most supportive, for archival purposes. Remember that Twitter says a lot of things, but they’re not always accurate.

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Jay-Z Closes Sale Of TIDAL To Jack Dorsey’s Square

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A lot more people than are willing to admit it now thought that Jay-Z was crazy when he purchased TIDAL back in 2015. Getting in on the streaming wave early paid off for the Brooklyn rapper turned mogul, who has finalized the sale of the streamer to Jack Dorsey of Square fame for $350 million.

TMZ reports that the deal was closed on Friday, May 30. Dorsey announced in March that he intended to give Jay-Z a bag for TIDAL, at least partially.

Jay-Z launched Tidal back in 2015—he purchased the Spotify rival for a healthy $56 million—with a celeb-filled announcement that included “partners” like Kanye West, Rihanna and Madonna. No word on whether or not they’ll be getting a check courtesy of the sale, if they’re still around. However, the deal reportedly includes Square getting an 80% ownership stake in Tidal along with the licensing deals with major record labels.

Word is that, besides Jay-Z himself who had been spotted kicking it with Jack Dorsey in the Hamptons, Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez also helped broker the deal. This isn’t the first time Jay-Z got a healthy return on his investment. Back in 2017 he reportedly sold a one-third of the company to Sprint for an undisclosed amount.

Expect Jay-Z’s name to be at least a little bit higher on the next schedule Forbes list. He’s also keeping busy with his other gig. Jay-Z’s verse on “Sorry Not Sorry” with Nas off the DJ Khaled’s latest compilation album, Khaled Khaled, has been getting props across the Internets.

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Supreme To Open A New Store in Milan On May 6

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The rumors were true. Ubiquitous streetwear brand Supreme is opening a new brick and mortar store in Milan, Italy in May.

Per NSS magazine, the purveyors of the box logo will be opening up shop on May 6. The store’s address is Corso Garibaldi 20, and the building reportedly unveiled a huge Supreme logo as part of the reveal.

The recent Supreme social media posts tagged in Milan were surely a dead giveaway, too.

Supreme has plenty of ties to Italy, good and bad. The luxury Air Max 95’s the brand dropped in late 2019 sported Italian leather. However, also in 2019, there was a brand called SUPREME Italia finessing and selling blatantly knock-off gear throughout Europe, and flourishing.

But the legal battle with Supreme and Supreme Italia is over, so now hypebeasts will get to cue up locally for the latest dropped, socially distanced, of course.

Supreme was acquired by the VF Corporation in late 2020 for a cool $2.1 billion. Supreme Milan will be the brands 13th physical store.

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Fatal Shooting In Louisville Nightclub Leaves 1 Dead, Jack Harlow In Attendance

Jack Harlow "Thats What They All Say" Album Release Dinner

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A shooting turned deadly inside a Louisville nightclub where area rapper Jack Harlow was in attendance. The incident left one person dead and another injured after an apparent argument took place inside the establishment.

According to local outlet Courier-Journal, the shooting took place early Saturday morning (May 1) at the Vibes Restaurant and Ultra Lounge as part of a Kentucky Derby weekend event. As reported by the outlet, officers arrived at around 1:30 a.m. at the nightclub and discovered a woman was dead from a gunshot wound with another man suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.

As spotted by TMZ, Jack Harlow was in the building enjoying the scene as captured by an attendee’s smartphone. Off to Harlow’s right, the video clip shows a man and a woman arguing, and suddenly, a gunshot goes off while the partygoers scramble. It isn’t known if the victim of the shooting is the woman in the video. We will not share that video here due to its graphic nature.

LMPD officials say that they’re on the lookout for the suspect who carried out the shooting and is asking the public to assist with the investigation.

Jack Harlow was unharmed according to accounts.

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#JayZ: Fans Praise Jay-Z’s Bars On DJ Khaled’s “SORRY NOT SORRY”

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On Jay-Z‘s excellent “A Million and One Questions,” the Brooklyn superstar playfully asks “Is he gon’ ever fall off” to which most know the answer by now. After delivering yet another powerful string of bars on DJ Khaled’s “SORRY NOT SORRY” track, fans are propping up Hov and rightfully so while also giving his track partner Nas some shine too.

First, let’s share the lyrics from “SORRY NOT SORRY” below:

Sorry, that’s another B/Haters still ain’t recover from the other B/Mm, that’s a double B/Nah that’s a triple B, can’t forget ’bout the other Bey (Hey)/It’s the white gloves for me/Hater know not to touch me, I’m with the f*ckery (F*ck with me)/Humbly (Humbly), nah, respectfully/I’m a project baby, f*ck y’all expect from me (Technically)/’Merica’s disrespect for me/You killed Christ, you created religion, unexpectedly/Circular ice on Japanese whiskey, on my mezzanine/Overlookin’ the City of Angels, the angel invested in things

Nas glided on the track as well, making sure to mention his recent investment win in the cryptocurrency space with CoinBase among his other ventures. Jay-Z’s slight mention of angel investing also caught folks’ ears as well. The song has emerged as one of the early favorites from DJ Khaled’s Khaled Khaled album.

Thus far in 2021, this is the second major appearance of Jay-Z on a track, the first being “What It Feels Like” featuring the late Nipsey Hussle from the Judas & The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album project.

While it might be a long shot if we’ll ever get a follow-up to the excellent 4:44, Jay-Z is solidified in the eyes of many.

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