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.
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.
Photo: Bernard Smalls
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.
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.
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.
Burna Boy has been bubbling as an artist since releasing his debut studio album L.I.F.E. back in 2013. Fresh from winning a Grammy Award for his latest set Twice As Tall, the “AfroFusion” artist talks up his still blazing career, how he’s transformed the musical landscape, and what It means to be a leader for his generation.
Sitting down with British GQ, the entertainer born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu spoke with the publication from his home of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The piece opens up with the prideful moment when Burna won the Best Global Music Album award at the 63rd Grammy Awards show and the celebration that ensued. Burna’s acceptance speech made sure to center those within his nation and all of Africa.
The interview pointed to the fact Burna hasn’t truly opened up in interviews, preferring to let his songs speak for him and provide insight into his life. As the sound of AfroFusion became Burna’s trademark, so did his fame around the world rise. It is amazing to note that Burna’s style of music has crossed over to western ears but it should be expected when the music is as rhythmic as the style he employs.
As evidenced in the interview, Burna Boy realizes what he represents to his Nigerian brothers and sisters, and it appears he’s ready to accept the responsibility.
“I wasn’t celebrating because of myself,” he tells me. “It was almost as if I’ve broken a mental cycle of our people. Because our people have been very mentally oppressed to feel like they can’t do certain things and that certain things are unreachable. You are what you think, at the end of the day. [It is] time to start thinking about ourselves, not what the society said we should be or what our limitations say we should be. I’ve come from Port Harcourt, the bottom of the map in Nigeria, and now I’ve become a champion. It may not mean anything to someone else, but to me, and to us, it means more than you can imagine.”
The entire piece is a worthy read. Check out the full chat at Britsh GQ here.
The National Football League and Kid Cudi have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind Starter pullover jacket to commemorate the 2021 NFL Draft, taking place April 29-May 1 in Kid Cudi’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
The symbolic Starter jacket showcases the NFL Shield, all 32-team logos, and Kid Cudi’s Moon Man logo in a mix of embroidered and chenille patches. The jacket features an all-over logo design, a hidden front pocket, an elastic waistband and cuffs, and a hood with drawstrings. Additionally, we get toggle closure on the neck. This piece is made of crinkled nylon material with poly satin lining for the interior.
This drop is a 180-degree turn from the rapper’s very polarizing fashion choices when he recently appeared as the musical talent on Saturday Night Live. As a tribute to Kurt Cobain, he sported a Virgil Abloh designed dress that featured a floral print that resembled the infamous dress the Nirvana frontman once wore.
“Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece. Thank You @virgilabloh ur a f***in genius!! Love you man we did it!!!” Cudi wrote on Twitter.
Travis Scott has kept a lower profile of late after last dropping a project in 2019 with the collaboration album JackBoys. While he preps his latest studio album in Utopia for a 2021 release, the raging star announced the return of his Astroworld Festival for this coming November in Houston.
On Friday (April 30), which also happens to be Cactus Jack’s 29th birthday, Scott shared that the festival is on its way back with an expanded two-day format.
The event will hit H-Town’s NRG Park in the fall on November 5 through November 6, kicking off a weekend that will leave lasting memories for Scott’s legion of fans and for any concertgoers who miss the feel and energy of the live show due to the pandemic robbing many of that outlet for over a year and change.
The theme for Astroworld 2021 is “Open Your Eyes To A Whole New Universe” and the lineup will be meticulously curated by Scott himself and fans can expect to see rock star energy from all performers and set designs that will match the expectation of fans.
As the festival’s headlining act, Scott won’t disappoint in terms of performance and theatrics and while we don’t know yet who will join Scott on the Astroworld stages, his address book is stacked with some of the game’s best and brightest.
Passes for Astroworld Festival 2021 will be available on May 5 at 10 AM CT at AstroworldFest.com. Two-day General Admission and VIP packages will be available. Portions of the ticket sales will go towards the Cactus Jack Foundation which supports the educational endeavors of young people.
Check out the trailer for Astroworld Festival below.
The announcement of Apple’s AirTag was met with a lot of positive reactions, but its best feature is seemingly its most concerning one due to a potentially dangerous loophole.
If you’re that person who always seems to misplace things like your keys, then Apple’s AirTag is the perfect investment for you because the device helps you precisely track down missing items or even your pets with the help of tracking software and your iPhone, of course.
When the tracking device was first announced, Apple made sure to address possible misuse of the AirTag in the form of potential stalking but, as with anything it does, was very vague with the details in regards to privacy protections built into the system. The issue with the AirTag is that it could be an affordable tool for abusers to keep tabs on their victims, being that one AirTag only costs $29, with a four-pack costing $99.
Now, normally if someone places an AirTag without your knowledge, your smartphone is supposed to send you an alert telling you that an active AirTag is in your area or on you. The alert is supposed to come rather quickly for iPhone users when you arrive at your home address or a location you frequently visit if you happen to have an unknown tag on you. But it could take up to three days for that same message to be sent to Android users.
FastCompany shared concerns from a nonprofit that focuses on the issue of domestic violence.
“Technology often comes with unintended consequences, explain representatives from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a leading nonprofit with the goal of ending violence against women. NNEDV sits on advisory boards for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Uber and has consulted for both Google and Apple in the past (but not on AirTags). The organization’s representatives say that while Apple AirTags are a cheap, easy-to-use product to find a lost item, they are also a worrisome surveillance tool that could be leveraged by an abuser to discreetly track a partner. An AirTag simply needs to be slipped into someone’s bag or jacket pocket to track exactly where they go.”
“So abusers who live with partners using Android can constantly pair and re-pair an AirTag so that it won’t set off an alert, a problem so core to the design of AirTags I’m skeptical it can be fixed with a software tweak.”
“Three days won’t work if you’re going home every day to the same person tracking you. . . . That’s a learning space [that] hopefully Apple will consider and work to build in protections with that threat model,” says Corbin Streett, technology safety specialist at NNEDV. “[Apple] is thinking about the threat model where it’s a stalker who is walking by someone on the street they don’t know—that stranger danger model—but what about when it is the person you come home to every day?”
It definitely sounds like something Apple needs to address immediately.
Photo: Apple / Apple AirTag