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Nas Joins Google In $20M Gaming Investment

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Nas adds another solid addition to his list of investments as he supports Google and others with the initial investment of African gaming company Carry1st.

A report from The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Nas has joined Google and other related investors and in a gaming company, which is projected to see a 96 percent monthly revenue growth.

The African mobile game publisher called Carry1st will use this initial investment to help build the company’s content portfolio and product/engineering teams to acquire tens of millions of new users, while also moving into game co-development.

“We’re excited to partner with this world-class group of investors who, in addition to capital, bring expertise across gaming, fintech, and web3,” said Carry1st co-founder and CEO Cordel Robbin-Coker in a company statement. “In 2021, we launched multiple games and digital commerce solutions achieving really strong growth. Together we can accelerate this growth and achieve our goal of becoming the leading consumer internet company in the region.”

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adidas Originals x Prada Launch User-Generated NFT Art Project

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After establishing its ambitions for the new digital frontier, adidas Originals is diving deeper into the metaverse to introduce a new chapter of its ongoing partnership with luxury collaborator, Prada

The two iconic brands are joining forces to disrupt the metaverse through a charitable lens that puts creators at the forefront. Prada’s foray into the metaverse will take the form of a global, user-generated NFT art project, utilizing blockchain Polygon Web3. This first-of-its-kind interactive platform will allow the metaverse community to contribute to an NFT made up of 3,000 individual tiles that will then be developed into one final art piece by digital artist & educator Zach Lieberman.

The final adidas x Prada NFT piece will be auctioned off with primary sale profits going to climate-focused organizations Slow Factory and UNESCO Sea Beyond, and a percentage of sales will be split between the creators of the tile artwork – including any secondary sales of Lieberman’s final work each time it is sold. Acknowledging the fundamental role of creators, all 3,000 works featured in the final NFT project will be minted as unique NFTs that each contributor will own and can sell on the secondary market.

Each tile and the final piece will be inspired by the recently releasedPrada Re-Nylon collection – a sustainable, reimagined luxury sportswear collection, released in collaboration with adidas, that is composed of Prada’s signature, recyclable Re-Nylon fabric.

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Bobby Shmurda Clowns Rappers Posing With Guns in Videos: “Y’all Ain’t Using Them Anyway”

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Bobby Shmurda tells rappers with guns in the videos to stop the cap.

Since his homecoming, we’ve seen nothing but smiles and joy from the “Hot Ni**a” rapper. Following a six year bid in prison, Shmurda came home to quintuple platinum record in his debut single and a platinum record for its follow up, Bobby B**ch.”

Lately, his dance moves have been the topic of conversation, but the talks does not phase Shmurda. He is living on a natural high since his release from prison. Even Wiz Khalifa chimed in by saluting the Shmurda moves, calling it “hella awesome to watch.”

The Brooklyn rapper recently took to Instagram to call out rappers who carry guns in their music videos.

“I don’t wanna see nooo guns in Videos this year str8 Gyal,” he said. “y’all ni**as ain’t using them anyway you on the gram with it ni***aa.”

In the post, Shmurda is surrounded by a handful of woman and is living his best life. We would not want to see it any other way for Bobby Shmurda.

In a previous IG post, he explained why he dances so often now that he’s a free man. The video shows a man in jail dancing with a machete knife.

“Watch them Mf’s who be dancing when they come out of jail…had one the size of my foot I used to walk around with in my socks (frank &beans),” he says in the caption. “lol nah but Rns I rather dance outside free in videos stages clubs iG TicToc wherever I could then to do it in there again so remember appreciate your freedom!!!!”

Last month he dropped his first track since his homecoming with Quavo and Rowdy Rebel, called “Shmoney.” Of course the dances are on displayed throughout the video.

His latest release is something to hold fans over until his long-awaited debut album.

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Chance the Rapper Mistaken for Quavo by Ghanian Fan

Chance the Rapper Mistaken for Quavo by Ghanian Fan

This was strange but happened.

Chance The Rapper began the new year in the Motherland. The Chicago rapper visited Ghana with fellow Chicagoan, Vic Mensa. He even was able to link with Ghanian rapper, Sardokie.

While the two were enjoying their time, Chance stumbled upon a guy who had mistaken him for another rapper – Quavo.

“What’d you say when you first walked over,” asked Chance.

“Qua?” the man said unknowingly.

Chance began jokingly rapping one of the Migos’ hits, “Pipe it Up.”

While the resemblance is extremely questionable, it is likely that the man identified the Grammy winner as the first rapper that came to mind. Based on his response, the result happened to be Quavo.

The two have collaborated on a few hits with DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber: “No Brainer” and “I’m the One.” The latter topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

Based on his response, Chance found comic relief within the incident. His response was more friendly than other artists who have been mistaken in the past for their peers.

Most recently, Jason Derulo got into a physical altercation with a fan who mistook him for Usher. Whether the fan jokingly did so or not, I don’t think any singer would be offended being mistaken for a generational legend. Derulo on the other hand, perceived it to be disrespectful.

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Freddie Gibbs Clowns Gunna After Diss Fails To Live Up To The Hype

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Gunna and Freddie Gibbs have been going back and forth on Twitter for the past week. On Friday, Gunna dropped his newest album, DS4EVER, which features Young Thug, Lil Baby, 21 Savage, Chlöe Bailey and more.

Earlier in the week, Gibbs insisted that Gunna was a snitch after posting a CNN segment where Gunna spoke on a criminal case involving his cousin. Gunna responded.

Prior to the album’s release, Gunna hinted at a Freddie Gibbs diss on his album after the two rapper’s quarrel-like exchange on Twitter.

“When my album drop Freddie Gibbs will the biggest moment of his career,” tweeted Wunna.

It looks like Gibbs and fans were anticipating the “biggest moment” when DS4EVER dropped. The moment came on the track “Poochie Gown” when Gunna raps:

I can't f**k with Freddie Gibbs (No)
N****s tellin' fibs (Fibs)

Instead, all parties were let down. Gibbs took to Twitter to post a classic meme of Tiffany “New York” Pollard where she sits in the bed with her hands folded in anticipation.

“Me waiting on the biggest moment of my career today,” Gibbs said with a laughing emoji in his caption of the meme. He tweeted it as his mood for the day.

Fans also expressed their disappointment after Gunna’s tweet grew anticipation of a “diss,” as oppose to a few lines.

One fan, DJ Akademiks, did call Gunna’s “Pooch Gown” a classic following the Freddie Gibbs diss.

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[WATCH] 11-Year-Old Rapper Makes “Miss You” Video For His Dead Homies

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A young, Shreveport, Louisiana rapper has used his talents to show love to his friends who have fell victim to gun violence and the age of the rapper coupled with the content of his music have created an emotionally viral moment.

Ray Da Yungin made the song and visuals for “Miss You” in memory of his one of his closest friends, 12-year-old Xavier Perry, who was shot and killed last month. What makes this so impactful is that Ray comes from the state with one of the highest homicide rates in the country. The video resonated so well in his community, Ray was requested for an interview with local news station called KLFY to talk about the video.

“If people just put the guns down and stopped the violence, people could do more than what they’re already doing,” said Ray Da Yungin.

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Draya Michele Hopes For Second Chance At Savage X Fenty Deal

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Everyone deserves second chances and Draya Michele is looking for hers in the new year.

As 2021 comes to a close, New Year’s resolutions become a theme once again. Draya Michele is no different. The former Basketball Wives star recently took to her Instagram story to manifest the return of her Savage Fenty endorsement.

“I would like my @savagexfenty deal back in 2022. Just wishful thinking,” she wrote over a picture wearing a red set from Rihanna’s highly requested brand.

In 2020 Draya received backlash for her insensitive response to the shooting incident between Tory Lanez and Megan Thee Stallion.

“I predict that they had some sort of Bobby and Whitney love that drove them down this type of road and I’m here for it – I like that. I want you to like me so much you shoot me in the foot too.”

The 36-year-old was immediately dragged for her tone-deaf comment. She later followed up with a series of apologies on social media.

“I truly don’t glorify domestic violence… I was trying to say just love me deeply, she said in a tweet. “But while trying to be funny I offended many, including Meg. And I’m sorry.”

Draya’s reaction was documented on of her Zeus Network show, Dosses of Drea back in September.

After her Instagram story plea reached The Shaderoom, the Pennsylvania native took to the comment section to emphasize her growth since the incident. She started by owning her mistake in front of the world.

“I definitely learned a lot from this experience and I was adamant about making sure my apology was as loud as a harmful comment,” she wrote.

In the new year, Draya looks to be “bouncing back.”

Only time will tell if Draya’s redemption plea is enough to represent Rihanna’s brand.

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Moneybagg Yo Honors Virgil Abloh with new Louis Vuitton

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Moneybagg Yo is dripped out in Louis V in memory of Virgil Abloh.

The death of the fashion and cultural icon shocked the world last month. The 41-year-old designer passed away after a private battle with cancer. He was laid to rest earlier this month.

Since his passing many have honored the Off-White founder in their own way. Moneybagg Yo recently took to Instagram to flex his latest $25,000 Louis Vuitton jacket.

“I See A Million Next To A Shark I Probably Dive In #RipVirgilAbloh” Bagg wrote in the photo’s caption.

From the comments, fellow rappers approved of his drip selection.

“25 thousand on a jacket wear it once,” said Lil Baby, while Yung Bleu told Bagg he was “fresh as a mf no cap.”

The Memphis native dropped the video for his latest single, “I Gave It” on Christmas Eve.

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Goodr And Gunna To Host $100,000 Gift Card Giveaway At College Park Walmart

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Walmart shoppers in College Park (6149 Old National Hwy, College Park, GA 30349) will have the chance to receive a $150 gift card and a special gift from multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rapper, Gunna, this Thursday, December 23rd, thanks to his partnership with Goodr. The YSL/300/Atlantic artist will present the gift cards to 750 pre-registered families in his hometown, at an event powered by Goodr.

Goodr and Gunna are frequent philanthropic partners, most notably going viral earlier this year after opening a free clothing and grocery store at McNair Middle School where the rapper had attended; called Gunna’s Drip Closet & Goodr Grocery Store. The two have also provided his community with free Pop-up Grocery Markets as well as coat giveaways.

Gunna continually finds ways to give back to the community that raised him.” Goodr CEO Jasmine Crowe says. “We at Goodr value this partnership and look forward to helping Gunna’s efforts whenever we are called upon.”

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[WATCH] Cop Pulls Gun On Unarmed Travelers During Brawl At Miami Airport

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Miami International Airport was the center of a humongous brawl when passengers became “unruly”, which resulted in the arrest of two men.

The situation quickly escalated when an officer attempted to arrest one man, but was surrounded by other travelers who were trying to free the man from the officer’s chokehold. Once the man was freed, the officer then pulled out his firearm and haphazardly pointed it at the closest travelers to him.

“Like airports across the country, (Miami International Airport) is seeing record-high passenger numbers this winter travel season,” read a statement from MIA Director and CEO Ralph Cutié.

“Unfortunately, that passenger growth has come with a record-high increase nationwide in bad behavior as well, such as the incident this evening at MIA,” he said. “Disruptive passengers face police arrest, civil penalties up to $37,000, being banned from flying, and potential federal prosecution.”

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