New York rapper Cardi B isn’t a one-hit wonder but her biggest single to date is doing serious numbers. The hip-hop star went online this week to react to “Bodak Yellow” flirting with nearly 10 million sold copies.
Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill knows the importance of September 17. The hip-hop veteran has shared his 2 cents on Tekashi 6ix9ine testifying today in a federal courthouse in a drug trafficking case.
Meek went to Twitter and didn’t hold back on reminding fans crime doesn’t pay.
6ix9ineappeared in court today to testify against two alleged New York City street gang members as part of an agreement with the feds.
One of the defendants, Anthony Ellison, is accused of kidnapping and robbing 6ix9ine last year after a falling-out. Ellison denies the charges. 6ix9ineadmitted in a guilty plea this year that he joined the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and helped try to kill a rival gang member. With the plea deal, 6ix9ine can gain leniency at sentencing from what otherwise would have been a mandatory minimum 47 years in prison if he admits all crimes and testifies truthfully when summoned. (USA Today)
In a recent interview, New York rapper 50 Cent said he believed Tek could return to the spotlight once he gets out of jail but wouldn’t be able to rap about the same content.
“I did tell him not to go to Chicago. They did it anyway but they did it to make fun instead of going out there like that,” Fif said referring to 6ix9ine previously going to Chi-Town to flex his muscle during a feud with rappers like Chief Keef. “I never seen that before. While he’s doing what he’s doing, he’s not actually living the cause of the actual lifestyle. What they identify with is him, they pardon him because he would like to be away from the lifestyle. I don’t think he knows – it’s going to be hard to make the right record because what do you say? All the stuff he was saying, he can’t say. If he made a record from wherever he sat down at, because he doesn’t have to come out to do it. If he made the record, I believe the audience will play it.” (Hot 97)
Beyond CBD products, Alkaline is working on other offerings including flavored waters. The idea going forward is to create differentiated brands to target diverse demographics. The Alkaline88 line will be focused on families, while AQUAhydrate will target active lifestyle consumers and athletes. “The AQUAhydrate and Alkaline88 brands align well and will support exciting innovations in flavors, sparkling and CBD products.” (Forbes)
Since exploding onto the market the past few years, CBD has grown in popularity throughout the nation.
Overall CBD use, according to the tweets collected, seems to be more popular in the western portion of the country. But as usual, Florida found itself at the center of the national stage, this time as having the most tweets about cannabidiol usage. According to the DankGeek data, Florida accounted or 19% of the total CBD-focused interactions on Twitter over the past four weeks. (Observer)
AQUAhydrate has blown up in recent years notably from partnering up with celebrity supporters including music mogul Diddy, Jillian Michaels and Mark Wahlberg.
As part of the deal, Alkaine Water will retain all three celebrity backers, Diddy, Michaels and Wahlberg, to endorse the company and its brands. Diddy and Wahlberg will also remain investors in The Alkaline Water Company; they have already invested more than $20 million to develop the AQUAhydrate brand. (Forbes)
Alkaline Water Co. Inc. announced Tuesday that it has entered into an all-stock deal to acquire Aquahydrate, a water brand that’s backed by Sean “Diddy” Combs and Mark Wahlberg. The two celebrities invested more than $20 million into the development of Aquahydrate. In a statement, Alkaline said the company expects combined fiscal 2020 revenue of $65 million. Alkaline’s sales during the last fiscal year were $32.3 million. FactSet forecasts sales of $48.6 million for fiscal 2020. The deal will help Alkaline move further into the areas of “premium water,” wellness and CBD products, said Richard Wright, the company’s chief executive, in a statement. (MarketWatch)