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Lil Uzi Vert and Don Toliver Announces as The Smoker’s Club Festival Headliners

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Lil Uzi Vert and Don Toliver will perform as the Smoker’s Club Festival headliners on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at the Orlando Amphitheater.

GloRilla, Denzel Curry, Ice Spice, Ken Carson, Young Nudy, Smoke DZA, Kenny Mason, Big Yavo, Skaiwater, Rot Ken, That Mexican O.T., Lil Maru, Slayter, Chris Patrick, Moreno ITF, Joony, Marco Plus, Bad Neighbors, Sid Shyne, and Dess Dior will all make appearances.

Hip-hop is recognized at the Smoker’s Club Fest as one of the significant influences on the popularization of cannabis culture. Shiest Bubz will serve as the event’s host, and Druski, who will be presenting 4Lifers, will serve as the host of the VIP Halloween afterparty.

This festival continues the storied occasions held twice a year in Southern California. The club was established in 2010 by Jonnyshipes, Smoke DZA, and Shiest Bubz. Following the club’s debut performance at SXSW, a companion event was created. Since then, the event has expanded and is now held on the East Coast.

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Mystikal Accused Of Forcing Victim To Pray With Him Before Sexual Assault

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Earlier this month, NOLA rap star Mystikal was formally charged with first degree rape for an incident that allegedly occurred in the rapper’s Ascension Parish home earlier this summer. Now, with more facts being discovered in the case, it has been revealed that the victim claims that the former No Limit soldier made her pray with him before sexually assaulting her.

The incident in which the alleged victim said began over Mystikal accusing her of taking $100, she claims he ripped her braids out of her hair and then took her car keys so she couldn’t leave his residence. After that, Mystikal, whose real name is Michael Tyler, is accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on the woman before forcing her tot pray and finally sexually assaulting her. She eventually escaped and was treated for her injuries at the Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Mystikal was arrested and booked on first-degree rape, simple robbery, felony domestic abuse battery by strangulation and two other counts. He is also facing an additional five drug counts along with the rape/robbery related charges. Mystikal remains in custody in the Ascension Parish Jail with no bond pending trial.

If convicted, Mystikal could face a life sentence behind bars. TheSourcecom will update this story as details develop.

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GloRilla, Conway the Machine, & More Party VIP Style with D’USSÉ at Rolling Loud NY

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D’USSÉ Cognac celebrated Day 2 of this year’s Rolling Loud in New York, which featured headlining performances by A$AP Rocky, Lil Baby, GloRilla, and Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

Conway the Machine, Statik Selektah, Key Glock, Joyner Lucas, Lil Gnar, G Herbo, Moneybagg Yo, Westside Gunn, Nardo Wick, Lola Brooke and more were allowed to relax before and after their performances at the VIP backstage bar that D’USSÉ provided at the D’USSÉ stage.

D’USSE collaborated with media personality and influencer Rama Sall, who met up with rappers Symba and Conway the Machine for their afternoon shows.

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Diddy Delivers Hits, Joined by King Combs and Bryson Tiller at iHeartRadio Music Festival

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At the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Sean “Diddy” Combs performed live. His set included hits such as “Victory,” “Bad Boy 4 Life,” “All About the Benjamins,” “I Need A Girl,” “Last Night,” “Been Around The World,” and Biggie’s “Juicy” as well as other timeless songs.

Bryson Tiller would join Diddy for their collaborative “Gotta Move On.” King Combs, Diddy’s son, joined him on stage for a combined performance of “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop” and “Mo Money Mo Problems,” two of King’s most recent songs, making the evening even more memorable.

The Notorious B.I.G., Heavy D, Andre Harrell, and Kim Porter were all included in a video montage, while Diddy performed a unique version of “Missing You” to end the performance.

“Gotta Move On” has over 35 million global streams and is now ranked #12 on both the Urban and R&B charts. On YouTube, the video has received over 7.6 million views.

You can see images from the night below.

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Dr. Dre to Rihanna on Forthcoming Super Bowl Performance: ‘Put the Right People Around You and Have Fun’

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Following the reveal that Rihanna will lead the inaugural Apple Music Super Bowl LVII Halftime Show, Dr. Dre joined Ebro Darden live today on Apple Music 1. Dr. Dre responded to the news, explained why he’s looking forward to Rihanna’s performance, and offered some guidance as she gets ready to sing on music’s largest stage.

“Oh, my God,” Dr. Dre opened. “Let me tell you something, man. I actually just got the news that Rihanna’s going to do it, and I’m a super fan of Rihanna. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do. 

“I just like her and what she does, and her get down, and how she approaches her artistry and the whole nine. It’s fantastic. She has the opportunity to really blow us away. I know we set the bar extremely high.”

When asked what Rihanna should do in preparation, Dr. Dre kept the solution short: “Put the right people around you, and have fun. That’s basically what it is, making sure you have the right creative people around you. She might want to look into some of the people that we used to do our show.”

During the Sunday noon slate of football games, Rihanna shared an image of her holding a football. The meaning: Rihanna will be performing at halftime of the Super Bowl.

This year’s game will be performed at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Roc Nation has confirmed her performance.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z in the official announcement. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career,” Seth Dudowsky, NFL’s head of music, said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”

Could it mean that music is on the way? Hopefully so. You can see the announcement below.

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National Fenty League: Rihanna to Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Is the music return of Rihanna on the way? During the Sunday noon slate of football games, Rihanna shared an image of her holding a football. The meaning: Rihanna will be performing at halftime of the Super Bowl.

This year’s game will be performed at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Roc Nation has confirmed her performance.

“Rihanna is a generational talent, a woman of humble beginnings who has surpassed expectations at every turn,” said Jay-Z in the official announcement. “A person born on the small island of Barbados who became one of the most prominent artists ever. Self-made in business and entertainment.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Rihanna to the Apple Music Super Bowl Halftime Show stage. Rihanna is a once-in-a-generation artist who has been a cultural force throughout her career,” Seth Dudowsky, NFL’s head of music, said in a statement. “We look forward to collaborating with Rihanna, Roc Nation and Apple Music to bring fans another historic Halftime Show performance.”

Could it mean that music is on the way? Hopefully so. You can see the announcement below.

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Moneybagg Yo Delivers First-Ever Tunnel Game Performance at Titans-Raiders Game

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Moneybagg Yo delivered the first-ever tunnel walkout performance in the NFL. Ahead of the Tennessee Titans’ battle with the Las Vegas Raiders, Moneybagg Yo performed “See Wat I’m Sayin’” as his hometown team led by Derrick Henry took the field. The Titans won 24-22 for their first W of the season.

When it was released in May, the song reached the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts at position #14. The rapper from Memphis, who has long supported the Titans, had a song called “Blitz” ft. Tripstar used in the Madden 22 soundtrack music video.

Moneybagg Yo released his most recent single, “Blow,” on his birthday this past Thursday, keeping him busier than ever this year. The rapper is up for awards from iHeartRadio and Billboard Music.

You can see pictures from the performance below.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Shyne Dropped His Eponymous Debut Album 22 Years Ago

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On this date in 2000, Bad Boy Records premiere artist JamalShyne” Barrow released his self-titled debut album on the ever-popular Bad Boy imprint under the leadership of BB honcho, then known as “P. Diddy.”

Shyne’s debut album release was a bittersweet one, with his LP being dropped while the Belize-born rapper was serving 8-10 years in an upstate prison for a shooting in Club New York in Manhattan just a year prior involving his boss and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez. Despite Barrow having to do time behind bars, his album was an undisputed success, selling over a million copies in less than a year. It also was a tremendous help that Shyne’s voice was eerily identical to slain Bad Boy artist Notorious B.I.G.

With the album content surrounding Shyne’s real-life gangster image, the project’s leading singles, “Bad Boyz”, which features reggae legend Barrington Levy and the thug love story “Bonnie And Shyne”, were not only popular in the streets, but also did their numbers on-air, with the singles in constant rotation on the radio around the country.

Salute to Diddy, Shyne and the rest of the Bad Boy staff for bringing the people such a timeless Hip Hop classic!

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Rihanna & A$AP Rocky’s Studio Session Sparks New Music Rumors

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky have been seen hitting the recording studio recently.  The couple has been spotted several times at a Los Angeles studio in the past few weeks, adding to the rumors that Rihanna may release a new album. It’s been six years since Rihanna dropped her last album ANTI.

 The Grammy-winning singer gave birth to her and Rocky’s son back in May, and fans have shared their surprise and excitement that she could already be making music again.  

READ MORE: Rihanna is Expanding Her Empire With Fenty Hair

Meanwhile, Rocky is facing felony firearms charges and a civil suit, which he and his lawyer call an extortion attempt from a former member of ASAP Rocky’s crew.

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NY Correctional Officers Plead Guilty of Smuggling Contraband Into Rikers for Bloods Gang

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On Tuesday, two New York City corrections officers pled guilty to smuggling contraband into Rikers Island. 

According to the Department of Justice, prosecutors say Krystle Burrell and Katrina Patterson accepted a total of $44,000 to bring narcotics and cellphones into the facility.  The duo was reportedly taking bribes from bloods gang members, with Burrell helping one inmate facilitate business. 

Krystle Burrell, 35, pleaded guilty to bribery, admitting that she accepted nearly $10,000 in bribe payments from her co-defendant Terrae Hinds in exchange for smuggling unauthorized cell phones into the Anna M. Kross Center at Rikers. She also facilitated Hinds’ sale of narcotics and other contraband items at the facility.

READ MORE: 46 Georgia DOC Officers Arrested In Drug Trafficking Sting

 Katrina Patterson, 31, had previously admitted to accepting $34,000 in bribes when indicted on Aug. 16. Patterson was smuggling contraband into the Robert N. Davoren Center on Rikers Island for her co-defendant Michael Ross. Ross, who is a Bloods gang member, has also pleaded guilty to a bribery offense and is awaiting sentencing.

“The defendants threw in their lot with Bloods gang members and betrayed their sworn duty to maintain the safety of incarcerated individuals and other correction officers at Rikers Island by smuggling cell phones and drugs into the jail,” stated United States Attorney Breon Peace.  “This Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to rooting out corruption at Rikers Island.”

“When correction officers betray their oath to serve and protect, the public is put at risk and the entire law enforcement community is tarnished,” stated NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. “We have zero tolerance for such misconduct. With today’s guilty plea, Ms. Burrell joins Ms. Patterson in publicly acknowledging that their actions were immoral, unethical, and without integrity – diametrically opposed to the core requirements of our profession.”

When sentenced, Burrell faces up to ten years in prison and Patterson faces up to five years. Charges against Hinds remain pending. 

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