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Ty Dolla $ign Demands Change on Powerful New Song ‘You See It’

Ty Dolla $ign is turning to music to cope with trying times.

While some celebrities donate money to Black Lives Matter causes and others march in the streets to demand justice, the L.A. native has recorded a powerful song called “You See It,” dedicated to George Floyd and other black Americans who have lost their lives to police brutality and injustice.

“I know you see it / My people dying in the streets / They ain’t breathing,” sings Ty. “I know you heard about it / You know the issues, but the problems you ain’t speaking.”

He goes on to demand change before more lives are lost. “How many more of my brothers / Do I gotta lose till I see change?” he asks. “I know you see it, but we need change.”

He recorded the passionate track last night with Skrillex, Ant Clemons, and Nia Miranda. “Shits been happening for far too long now,” said Ty, who’s working on his new album Tyrone. “It’s time for change and we demand it !”

Earlier today, YG released his own protest anthem called “FTP (F**k the Police)” in response to the police brutality in America.

Listen to Ty’s minute-long snippet below.

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Tory Lanez, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Bun B, Karrueche + More Urge People To Vote Today

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Canadian hip-hop star Tory Lanez, Megan Thee Stallion, Cardi B, Bun B, Karrueche Tran and more high-profile entertainers are speaking out. Some of the biggest names in the entertainment biz have encouraged people in select states to go out and vote in their primary elections.

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Over the past few hours, social media has erupted with positive messages. Rap’s biggest names talked about the importance of people uniting and letting their votes make a difference.

“I love seeing everyone come together to make a difference!!! We have power in numbers we need to get unified and organized! GET UP AND GO VOTE ✊🏾” -Megan Thee Stallion’s Instagram

Megan Thee Stallion is among those who are telling everyone to vote today

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The Observation

Recently, Cardi B weighed in on police brutality and protests going on all over the country. She took a moment to address what’s trending and explain why some demonstrations have turned violent.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged it makes me feel like, ‘Yes. Finally! Finally, motherf*ckers is gonna hear us now! Yeah! And as much as people are so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt. It’s just really frustrating, you wanna know why? Because police brutality been going on way before I was born but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting popping. And ever since, let’s say since Instagram started, that’s just one app – how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags freaking keep repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality, I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*cking police brutality was f*cked up and the only sh*t that’s changed has been my f*cking teeth. So it’s like, people are tired.” -Cardi B’s Twitter

Cardi B speaks on a police brutality solution

Wait, There’s More

Instead of ending the discussion there, Cardi took things up another notch. B detailed the importance of using the power of voting to create a massive switch in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

“Motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers could take the grown and adult way and act peaceful, people are tired of that. Now this is what people have to resort to. And another thing, I also want to say this, another way for people to take power, I don’t want to make everything political but it is what it is. It’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the president. We can vote for mayors. We can vote for judges and we can also vote for district attorneys. Yes, we can vote for these people for our community. We sure can. The people who are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks. That’s why every single time some f*ck sh*t like this happens, it goes to their favor because these people have the power. The judges, DAs, they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f*ck sh*t.” -Cardi B’s Twitter

Before You Go

Last week, rap star Nas and vixen Tori Brixx reacted to protests turning violent across the country. The pair shared shots of both a car and building being set on fire.

“5/29/2020” -Tori Brixx’s Instagram

“Minnesota my heart is with you!” -NasInstagram

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Big Sean Speaks Out About Protests, Being Black in America

Big Sean is using his platform to demand justice and bring awareness to racism and police brutality in America.

The Detroit rapper took to social media on Monday night to address the Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of a white police officer. In a post titled “From the heart,” Sean called for action and said things need to change before they can get better.

“Clearly, we got the whole world’s attention, obviously,” he said in his three-minute PSA. “And justice has to be served, period. And if it’s not, I don’t think things are going to change or get better.”

Sean, who is working on his album Detroit 2, reflected on his own experience protesting. “It’s been a lot of unity but I’ve also seen a lot of people with ulterior motives that look like undercover cops…starting a lot of the conflicts, a lot of the issues,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s to make us look like we wild beasts or don’t have control, but we clearly are not wild beasts. We’re extraordinary, talented, magical people that if you took us out of the equation, the world would be very, very bland.”

He went on to address the U.S.’s history of slavery and systemic oppression. “Our ancestors built this country for free, OK? So I’m just talking from the heart right now but one of my biggest issues is that…this current government and country, is built on a racist foundation. A lot of us know this. You want to talk about systemic oppression, you want to talk about the justice system being targeted to people that look like me.”

Added Sean, “And it’s impossible to get out of once you in there, you know?… Some of the first police forces ever was made during slavery, down South, in them Southern states. And their main focus was to capture, apprehend, beat, discipline slaves, rip them apart from their families, keep them apart and God knows whatever else.”

Sean also revealed what it’s like to be black in America. “So you want to talk about land of equality and freedom? I don’t feel equal and I don’t feel free,” he said. “Of course let’s speak up and be heard, but things have to change.”

He ended by encouraging everyone to remain strong and keep up the fight. “It feels like it’s a long road ahead of us so I’m just wishing to my sisters and brothers, again, so much strength, and to everyone supporting us, black lives matter, God bless you, and I’m so proud to be black.”

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YG Drops Protest Anthem ‘FTP (F**k the Police)’

As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the United States and the world, YG has released his own protest anthem.

On “FTP (F**k the Police),” the Compton rapper expresses his outrage over the police brutality in America and vows revenge. “F**k the police, that’s how I feel / Buy a glock, burn down the block, that’s how I feel,” he raps. “Murder after murder after all these years / Buy a strap, bust back after all these tears.”

He echoes the sentiments of millions across the nation in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police officers. “It’s the Klu Klux cops / They on a mission / It’s the Klu Klux cops,” he repeats.

But he’s had enough of the injustice. “I’m tired of being tired of being tired / I’m tired of being shot at like an opp,” he raps. “Protect and serve mean duck and swerve.”

YG had planned a protest in Hollywood for Tuesday, but decided to put it on hold due to safety concerns. “I was told today that my protest was not safe and that people could get hurt or shot and I’m not trying to get none of my people hurt or shot so I’ma cancel today,” he told his followers.

He plans to reschedule it for another day in partnership with Black Lives Matter. “I’ma come back bigger and better and we gon’ do this shit the right way for the people, for the city, and for all the artists that wanna pop out and participate.”

YG has used his music to speak out against issues facing his community. In 2016, he took aim at Donald Trump on the politically-charged “FDT (F**k Donald Trump”),” which featured Nipsey Hussle.

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YG Cancels ‘Violent’ Protest Plans + Drops New F**k The Police Song: “I Couldn’t Wait For The Label”

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West Coast rapper YG has switched up plans. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to announce a last-minute protest cancellation and release his new “F*ck The Police (FTP)” song to the masses.

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On Tuesday, the California native jumped on social media to update fans on why he had to nix initial protest plans. YG did deliver positive news by announcing his new anti-police brutality song is now out.

“Aye, so I got bad news. I was told today that my protest is not safe and that people could get hurt or shot. And I’m not trying to get none of my people hurt or shot so I’m a cancel today. It’s f*cked up but I’m going to come back bigger and better. I’m gonna partner with Black Lives Matter and do this sh*t the right way, for the people, for the city and for all the artists that want to pop out and participate. With that being said, ‘F*ck The Police’ is out right now. It’s in my bio. I couldn’t wait for the label. Yeah! I’ll see y’all outside!” -YG’s Instagram

The Initial Rollout

Hours prior, YG hit up his Instagram Story to announce protest plans. Despite any negative perception, the rap star told followers it would be positive and people would not loot.

Wait, There’s More

This week, YG delivered his huge music news. The hip-hop veteran revealed plans to release his new “F*ck The Police” record to the masses.

#F*CKTHEPOLICE this week” -YG’s Instagram

Before You Go

This past weekend, married music superstars JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé relied on the power of social media to speak out on black man George Floyd’s death. Young Hov discussed the Minnesota governor taking serious action to have the cops prosecuted while Bey released a personal video message.

“If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.” -Beyoncé’s Instagram

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LL Cool J Drops Powerful New Freestyle: “After Chauvin Killed George Floyd, We Got Next!”

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Rap icon LL Cool J is putting his pain into the music. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to release a must-watch and thought-provoking freestyle inspired by the death of black man George Floyd and nationwide protests. #BlackoutTuesday

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Cool J went to his social media pages this week and didn’t hold back. LL shared a powerful freestyle centered on how many people – himself included – are feeling toward the government and law enforcement.

“For 400 years you had your knees on our necks/A garden of evil with no seeds of respect/In America’s mirror, all she sees is regret/Instead of letting blood live, they begging for blood lead/Revenge is a dish that’s served on platelets/Transfusion or confusion, abusing our intellect/I can’t be bought with a 1200 dollar check/Even though 1200 dollars can make a meal stretch/My mama wasn’t rich but she earned my respect/She made a little bit of money for a lot of blood, tears and sweat/Jumping up and down on police cars, I’m vexed” -LL Cool J’s Instagram

YG x FTP

This week, rap star YG delivered some huge news. The hip-hop veteran revealed plans to soon release his new “F*ck The Police” record to the masses.

#F*CKTHEPOLICE this week” -YG’s Instagram

Wait, There’s More

This past weekend, married music superstars JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé relied on the power of social media to speak out on black man George Floyd’s death. Young Hov discussed the Minnesota governor taking serious action to have the cops prosecuted while Bey released a personal video message.

“If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.” -Beyoncé’s Instagram

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Before You Go

Sunday night, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz revealed JAY personally reached out to him. Walz referred to the music entertainer as more than a musician.

“I received a call last night – to understand how big this was – from Jay-Z. Not international performer but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served. … It was so incredibly human… It was a dad, and I think quite honestly a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew. His words summarized that justice needs to be served here. … [Jay-Z] said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking. He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of a stature, that has a presence like that, is focused in the moment of what Minnesotans are focused on.” (CBS Minnesota)

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Cardi B Sacrifices Blackout Tuesday To Deliver Vital Message: “It’s So Important!”

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New York rap star Cardi B is staying politically active. Despite #BlackoutTuesday taking place today, she took to social media to remind followers of upcoming elections this week.

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Cardi B went to her Instagram Story to ask followers to vote on Blackout Tuesday. She excused herself for not going all black and still posting, but emphasized the importance of the ballot and exercising your rights.

“Okay sorry sorry sorry. I know should go all black out but I just want to say PRIMARY ELECTIONS AREGOING ON IN SOME STATES THIS WEEK !PLEASEEE DONT MISS IT .ITS SOOOOOO IMPORTANT!!!!!”

On Blackout Tuesday, Cardi B took to IG to speak about the primary elections

The Observation

Recently, Cardi weighed in on police brutality and protests going on all over the country. She took a moment to address what’s trending and explain why some demonstrations have turned violent.

“Seeing people looting and going extremely outraged it makes me feel like, ‘Yes. Finally! Finally, motherf*ckers is gonna hear us now! Yeah! And as much as people are so against it, at this point, I feel like I’m not against it even though it do scare me and I don’t want anybody to get hurt. It’s just really frustrating, you wanna know why? Because police brutality been going on way before I was born but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting popping. And ever since, let’s say since Instagram started, that’s just one app – how many peaceful protests have we seen? How many trending hashtags have we seen? These hashtags freaking keep repeating themselves. I feel like I’ve done videos against police brutality, I feel like this is my seventh time. I’ve been doing f*cking police brutality was f*cked up and the only sh*t that’s changed has been my f*cking teeth. So it’s like, people are tired.” -Cardi B’s Twitter

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Wait, There’s More

Instead of ending the discussion there, Cardi took things up another notch. B detailed the importance of using the power of voting to create a massive switch in law enforcement and the criminal justice system.

“Motherf*ckers are educated. Motherf*ckers could take the grown and adult way and act peaceful, people are tired of that. Now this is what people have to resort to. And another thing, I also want to say this, another way for people to take power, I don’t want to make everything political but it is what it is. It’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the president. We can vote for mayors. We can vote for judges and we can also vote for district attorneys. Yes, we can vote for these people for our community. We sure can. The people who are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks. That’s why every single time some f*ck sh*t like this happens, it goes to their favor because these people have the power. The judges, DAs, they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do f*ck sh*t.” -Cardi B’s Twitter

Before You Go

Last week, rap star Nas and vixen Tori Brixx reacted to protests turning violent across the country. The pair shared shots of both a car and building being set on fire.

“5/29/2020” -Tori Brixx’s Instagram

“Minnesota my heart is with you!” -NasInstagram

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Rihanna Shuts Down Sales of Fenty Brands in Honor of Blackout Tuesday

Rihanna is putting business on hold in observance of Blackout Tuesday.

In response to the protests demanding justice for George Floyd and other black Americans who have been killed at the hands of police, the singer has halted global sales of three of her brands—cosmetics company Fenty Beauty, lingerie line Savage x Fenty, and luxury house FENTY.

Rihanna announced that she and her businesses would be participating in Blackout Tuesday, a social media campaign that encourages people and businesses to pause their daily activities and bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement, while also acknowledging black Americans’ spending power.

“We ain’t buying shit!!! and we ain’t selling shit neither!! gang gang! #BLACKOUTTUESDAY AF!!!” Rihanna wrote on her social accounts.

Visitors to her brand websites were met with a message explaining their participation in the campaign. “We are not staying silent and we are not standing by,” reads a statement on SavageX.com, FentyBeauty.com, and FENTY.com. “The fight against racial inequality, injustice, and straight up racism doesn’t stop with financial donations and words of support. In solidarity with the Black community, our employees, our friends, our families, and our colleagues across industries we are proud to take part in #BlackoutTuesday.”

The statement continues, “This is not a day off. This is a day to reflect and find ways to make real change. This is a day to #PullUp.” The #PullUp hashtag was inspired by Rihanna’s own speech at the NAACP Image Awards in February.

They also shared links and encouraged customers to donate to three organizations including Black Lives Matter NY, Reclaim the Block, and The Bail Project.

Rihanna’s LVMH-backed FENTY brand will be donating funds to Color of Change and Movement for Black Lives. “We ask you to speak up, stand up, and pull up against racism and discrimination in all forms,” the brand wrote on Instagram.

Last week, an emotional Rihanna reflected on the death of Floyd, who was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. “For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!” she wrote.

Her peers including Drake and The Weeknd are also doing their part to help by donating to Black Lives Matter causes. The Weeknd contributed $500,000 to organizations including Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, and the National Bail Out program.

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Drake + The Weeknd Fight For Racial Equality With $100,000+ Donations: “Say Less Brother”

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Music superstars Drake and The Weeknd are giving back. After being called upon by Canadian poet and songwriter Mustafa the Poet, they’ve stepped up and provided some serious money for the movement against racial inequality. #BlackoutTuesday

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After Mustafa provided $400 for the National Bail Out Fund, Drake upped the ante and donated $100,000, and then The Weeknd followed.

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Drake and The Weeknd donate to the National Bail Out Fund

Gimme Some More

The Weeknd gave even more. He gave $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, $100,000 to the National Bail Out Fund, and another $200,000 to the Know Your Right Camp.

“keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives. Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it’s a small amount. #blacklivesmatter (links in story)”

Wait, There’s More

Drake‘s dad Dennis Graham won’t stay silent. The hip-hop star’s pops has come forward to speak out on the latest unthinkable action of President Donald Trump toward protestors.  

“Are you kidding me this man Donald Trump has actually had the military to bring back German Shepard dogs that they used in the 50s and 60s to bite people of the UNITED STATES in 2020, My Brothers and Sisters, The honorable MalcomX tells you exactly what to do when you’re being attacked by German Shepards and it’s handler, $2.00 worth of gasoline in a water bottle takes care of the dog and it’s handler,George Wallace one of the most racist White Klansmen in the world used these same tactics against Martin Luther King and every other Black person in the Civil Rights movements,George Wallace ended up in a wheelchair and asked Black people to forgive him for what he had done.” -Dennis Graham’s Instagram

“Do you guys see what this psychopath is doing???????In the 50s and 60s they sicked Shepard dogs on Black people and just by this president suggesting this is the most racist sh*t I have ever seen on this earth, Please google MalcomX on dogs attacking all people”

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A few days ago, Trump went to his Twitter page to threaten attack dogs on protestors. He said anyone pulling up on the White House would have to deal with weapons and ‘vicious’ canines.

If protesters had attempted to breach the White House fence Friday, Trump tweeted, “they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least.” The remarks were met with outrage in many quarters, and a scathing reply from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D, who said the president had “glorified violence” by recalling some of the worst images in civil rights history. (SF Gate)

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The Weeknd Donates $500,000 to Black Lives Matter Causes

The Weeknd is stepping up in a big way.

The After Hours singer has donated half-a-million dollars to causes supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Taking to Instagram, he shared receipts of his donations including $200,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network. He gave another $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative to “help advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.” And another $100,000 to the National Bail Out program to help bail out protestors who can’t afford their own bail money.

“Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives,” he wrote. “Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it’s a small amount.”

The Weeknd also encouraged others to donate by sharing links on Instagram Stories to all the organizations he supported.

His fellow Canadian Drake also donated $100,000 to the National Bail Out program after Toronto musician Mustafa the Poet asked him to match his donation. “Let’s help reunite black families,” wrote Mustafa, to which Drake replied, “Say less brother.”

Protests continue across the globe following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Celebrities are using their platforms to bring awareness to the issues. Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to demand justice for George Floyd, while JAY-Z spoke with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and pledged his commitment to fighting for justice.

The music industry is also observing Black Out Tuesday. The initiative was started by two black female music executives, who ask that their peers refrain from conducting business as usual. “It is a day to take a beat for an honest, reflective, and productive conversation about what actions we need to collectively take to support the Black community,” reads a statement on TheShowMustBePaused.com.

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