Category: Music-News

FBI Investigating Judge Who Sent Rapper Meek Mill to Prison....

The FBI has launched an investigation into the relationship between a rival Philadelphia music executive and the judge who sent rapper Meek Mill to prison for violating his probation. Last Monday, Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill to 2-4 years in prison following 2 arrests this year on misdemeanor charges. Both charges were dropped but Brinkley said the arrests violated the terms of his probation. The Philadelphia FBI field office is reportedly investigating Brinkley’s relationship with local music executive, Charlie Mack, who allegedly asked Mill to sign with him. The FBI wants to know if Brinkley, 61, used her power and influence as a judge to facilitate business deals for Mack. A source tells the NY Post Mack had previously told Meek how he “knows the judge and he could help him with his case.” The Daily Mail Online reports undercover FBI agents were in the courtroom when Judge Brinkley sent Mill to prison. After she sentenced Mill to prison, she reportedly said, “I’ll be done with you.” According to Mill’s attorney Joe Pacopina, Brinkley met with Mill, 30, and his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, 34, in her judge’s chambers and asked him to record a Boyz II Men song and give her a shout out on the track. When Mill laughed off her bizarre request, she allegedly replied, “suit yourself.” Brinkley also allegedly asked the troubled rapper to leave his current management company — Roc Nation — and sign with Mack. A rep for the FBI’s Philadelphia field office refused to confirm or deny the reports. “Per Justice Department policy, we neither confirm nor deny the existence of investigations.” A petition calling for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to pardon Mill has collected over 300,000 signatures. But the governor’s office said his hands are tied by local law. In February 2016 Brinkley sentenced the rapper to 90 days of house arrest over another violation stemming from his 2008 arrest on drugs and gun charges. He was also ordered to perform daily community service and was placed on parole for a further six years for a total of 10 years. Mill is serving out his sentence at the state prison at Camp Hill, near Harrisburg, Pa., where he is known simply as inmate # ND8400.

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The Weeknd Gets Revenge........Steps out With Justin Bieber's Ex-Girlfriend Yovanna Ventura

And the feud continues! Amidst Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber getting back together, Selena's ex The Weeknd was recently seen holding hands with Justin's ex-girlfriend, Yovanna Ventura. Another day, another drama.... Justin, 23, briefly dated 21-year-old Yovanna throughout 2014 and 2015. They documented a string of romantic dinner dates as online and were even spotted canoodling in public. But now, it appears The Weeknd, 27, has the last word — at least when it comes to Yovanna. Yovanna and Justin posing together in 2014. (Photo Credit: Shots) The Weeknd — whose real name is Abel Tesfaye — was seen out at rapper French Montana's birthday party getting cozy with Yovanna, who is signed with Yooventura Wilhelmina Models. "The Weeknd was there hand in hand with Yovanna Ventura all night," a source told Us Weekly. "They arrived together. They were holding hands. He was there for a solid two hours with her and everywhere they went they held hands." Selena and The Weeknd during New York Fashion Week 2017. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "He was parading her around," a second source said. "He was trying to make it obvious that he was with someone. They were pretty affectionate and were together the entire night." The next night the maybe-couple was photographed again in the seat of an SUV as they left Hyde nightclub. Selena and Justin rekindled their longtime romance after Sel called off her 10-month relationship with The Weeknd. And it seems like The Weeknd had to find someone to rebound with, and quickly— especially since his ex-girlfriend Bella Hadid has been rejecting him. Sources exclusively revealed to Life & Style that The Weeknd wants Bella back and he's been texting her and sending her flowers, but Bella "isn’t having any of it," insiders said.

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Meek Mill Heads to Prison to Start His Sentence Despite Public Outcry

Meek Mill is inmate ND8400 at state prison in Camp Hill, but how he ended up there is the source of much debate. His supporters see the man behind the musician, a 30 year old suffering from an opioid addiction and being made an example of by a Philadelphia judge. He popped some wheelies on his dirt bike, traveled outside of Pennsylvania for shows and got into an altercation with a St. Louis airport employee who was taking his photo. That unfairly yielded 2 to 4 years in prison, according to more than 250,000 people who've signed a petition asking Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf for help. Dozens of celebrities have also expressed support for Mills and slammed the racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley is part of that system. She sees a man who has been in an out of her courtroom for a decade, defying her 10-year probation order. "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court," she said during sentencing Monday. She sees the man known legally as Robert Rihmeek William, who was on probation since a 2008 conviction for dealing drugs and gun possession. He's the Philly rapper with a national audience, who was arrested twice this year: March. He was charged with a misdemeanor for an altercation with a St. Louis airport employee who was trying to take his photo August. He was charged with reckless driving while filming a music video and illegally riding his dirt bike in Manhattan. Charges were dropped in the first case and Mills took a dismissal deal in the second, according to the New York Times. 'Enamored' judge Brinkley is a focal point in the case, partially because critics disagree with her sentence and partially because Mill's attorney has made her one. One of Mill's attorneys, Joe Tacopina, told the New York Times that Brinkley has acted inappropriately during the case, including giving advice on who should be his manager. The judge has also been vindictive, he said. Tacopina said Brinkley asked Mills to do a remake of Boyz II Men's "On Bended Knee" and mention her name, according to Philly.com. Mill laughed it off, the attorney told Philly.com, ultimately telling the judge, "I can't do that. It's not my music. I don't sing that stuff. And I don't do, like, you know, shout-outs to people in my songs." Brinkley responded with, "OK, suit yourself," Tacopina said. He told CNN Brinkley's behavior was "a little stalkerish," claiming last year she showed up at Mill's "community service for the homeless" and "watched him do community service." The judge hasn't responded to the allegations. The Philadelphia court system spokesman, Gabriel Roberts, on Wednesday issued a short statement: "Because this matter is subject to future litigation, there will be no comment at this time." Tacopina said on CNN he will appeal the sentence issued by Brinkley, who has "exhibited enormous bias" and is "enamored" with Mill and takes "a personal interest in the case." 'I'm asking for mercy' The New York City lawyer describes his client as "frustrated." "He's being treated different than anyone else," Tacopina said on CNN Thursday. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't be in jail and he certainly wouldn't be on probation. He's been on probation for nearly 10 years. Nobody goes on probation for 10 years." Mill initially had a five-year probation. Brinkley extended it after after additional violations. The rapper was previously sent to prison in July 2014 for parole violations related to performing out of state without permission. Brinkley ordered Mill to take etiquette classes. Mill told Billboard magazine he spent most of that prison stay in solitary confinement. He spoke briefly in court this week before sentencing. "I'm human. I'm not perfect," Mill said, according to a report from Philly.com. "I'm asking for mercy. You gave me the ladder to do what I have to do to prevail in my struggle. I made it this far, I can't really go back and start over." That's when Brinkley said, "I gave you break after break, and you basically just thumbed your nose at this court." Brinkley issued the 2 to 4 year sentence, going against the recommendation of the prosecution. Both the district attorney and Mill's probation officer recommended "no incarceration." Seeking help from Gov. Wolf Celebrities and supporters on Monday joined a chorus of people admonishing Brinkley for her sentence. "The sentence handed down by the Judge -- against the recommendation of the Assistant District Attorney and Probation Officer -- is unjust and heavy handed," rapper Jay-Z posted on Facebook Monday. "We will always stand by and support Meek Mill, both as he attempts to right this wrongful sentence and then in returning to his musical career." Comedian and actor Kevin Hart shared this: "Praying for my brother @meekmill right now. God sometimes puts the toughest battles on his strongest soldiers. I'm here for you man!!!! My brother for life...Always here for you man!!! This storm will pass...Stay strong & keep your head up" A petition for Mill's release started almost immediately. It's called "Somebody Save Meek Mill" and it had more than 257,000 signatures as of early Saturday morning. The thousands of signers are asking Gov. Tom Wolf, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons for help. The petition says: "We humbly ask for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons to grant relief in his sentence and call on Governor Tom Wolf to closely look into this matter and address why Meek, and thousands of other young, black men throughout the state are unnecessarily incarcerated for minor parole and probation violations."  

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NICKI MINAJ ADDRESSES THE ‘CONSPIRACY THEORIES’ ABOUT CARDI B AND ‘MOTOR SPORT’

Nicki Minaj and Cardi B linked up for their first collaboration last week, with Migos’s “Motor Sport,” and it only took about 60 seconds before conspiracy theories started spreading like wildfire. Some fans and outlets have claimed that the two rappers didn’t know the other would be on the track, and others have even suggested that they were taking shots at each other with their respective verses. Nicki’s apparently fed up with all that talk, so she hopped on Twitter on Tuesday night (October 31) to set the record straight. “I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it,” she began in a series of tweets. “He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end. Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe.” Nicki went on to clarify that any published music has to get her written approval before being sent to streaming services. With that in mind, Nicki and Cardi would’ve both heard the track and spoken up if they had a problem with it. She continued, “These are men in our culture who simply refuse to let it go. They don’t do this to male M.C.’s. But yo #Motorsport #1 added on urban radio🙏🏽.” The “it” in question is the fabricated beef between Nicki and Cardi, which people have been talking about ever since “Bodak Yellow” started climbing the charts, despite both rappers publicly showing support for one another. In fact, Nicki capped off her series of tweets by reiterating Cardi’s thoughts on the issue from a recent interview: “We could make out & it wouldn’t be enough. I’m done.”

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Damn! Omarion Performed for a Nearly Empty Show

After garnering success in 2014 with his hit "Post To Be", Omarion has had issues getting a release for his fifth album, Reasons. Apparently, he's also having trouble getting fans out to his shows. During a recent show in Namibia, South Africa, Omarion performed for a nearly empty venue. Why? Well, a number of reports said that Omarion was scheduled to appear at a press conference, but did not show up. His manager ultimately called and said the singer couldn't make it, citing "exhaustion" after a lengthy flight. Omarion showed up in Namibia, REFUSED TO SHOW UP AT A PRESS CONF. AND Namibians paid him back in kind by not showing up to his concert Phil Mphela, a South African entertainer, called the boycott an example of the "Namibian press, influencers & people" teaching Omarion "a lesson. DONT DISRESPECT US!!" Despite how it looked, Omarion posted a video from the event... and it looked like he had enough fans that a few ladies rocked with him on stage. As long as you had a good time.  

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Cable Networks In Bidding War Over Who Will Air Cardi B And Offset’s Wedding!

TV weddings have guaranteed high ratings for networks everywhere. From Kim and Khloe Kardashian’s elaborate wedding specials to their now exes to the most recently talked about all-white knot-tying ceremony of Keyshia Ka’oir to Gucci Mane — Viewers tuned in making massive numbers. Now that the new hip-hop royalty couple, Cardi B and Offset, have announced their plans to marry — BET and VH1 are in competition to make a deal with them. Cardi B started out as a social media star who went from making popular videos on Instagram to completing two seasons of “Love and Hip Hop: New York.” After leaving the show, she went on to sign a record deal and top charts with “Bodak Yellow.” Offset, on the other hand, doesn’t have a TV background at all. The member of number one rap group Migos is currently busy with preparing for the release of their new album, that features Cardi B, titled “Culture 2.” When the “Bad and Boujee” musician proposed in front of thousands at Powerhouse, stans of the couple went crazy. In true internet culture, a Twitter user thought up a name for a wedding special to be titled “Never Let Migo.” Meanwhile #BET and #VH1 are bout to have a bidding war over who gets to produce #CardiB and #Offsets wedding 😜 Cardi is having the BEST year ever, all thanks to Je-ZUS as she says it 😂💕 #TeaTENDERS via @bardiset.page A post shared by TeaTENDERS_LIV (@teatenders_liv) on Oct 29, 2017 at 12:20am PDT When The Shade Room posted a screenshot of the idea the BET Instagram account commented: “@iamcardib @offsetyrn – #wegotyou when you ready!” “Love and Hip Hop” mastermind, Mona Scott Young, fired back with her own proposal stating: “Love ya @BET but $wegotthis. #anothercheckfrommonascott @vh1 #4evah!” It looks like the two networks are going head-to-head to see who can air the next most anticipated celebrity wedding! Naturally, you would expect the couple to choose VH1 since that’s where Cardi got her big break; however, she left the series because of how the producers were portraying her meaning that there could possibly be bad blood between Cardi and the channel. On the other hand, since this special would be surrounding the couple, it would mean that the rap songstress would be able to play executive producer and have things the way that she wants it so VH1 still has a fighting chance to be chosen. No one even knows if Cardi and Offset even want to air their vows, but if they chose to it would be a brilliant financial move. They could choose for it to be a one-time thing or follow in the footsteps of Keyshia and Gucci and make their own spin-off series.

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Talib Kweli Reveals 'Radio Silence' Track List ft. Anderson .Paak, Jay Electronica and More

Featuring production from Kaytranada. Alchemist and more After teasing the project for the better part of the last two years, Talib Kweli‘s eighth studio album, Radio Silence, is finally set to arrive November 17th.... The campaign for the album began with the Rick Ross-assisted single “Heads Up Eyes Open,” but continues today with the reveal of the album’s track list, featuring appearances from Jay Electronica, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, as well as Bilal and Robert Glasper on the album closer, “Write at Home.” Production credits include at least Kaytranada and Alchemist according to BrooklynVegan, who also notes that a release party for the album has just been announced at Brooklyn Bowl on November 16th. Grab your stubs for that via TicketFly and hit the link below pre-order your copy of Radio Silence on iTunes today. Scroll on for the full track list. PRE-ORDER Radio Silence Track List: 1. The Magic Hour 2. Traveling Light (feat. Anderson .Paak) 3. All of Us (feat. Jay Electronica & Yummy Bingham) 4. She’s My Hero 5. Chips (feat. Wake Flocka) 6. Knockturnal 7. Radio Silence (feat. Amber Coffman & Myka 9) 8. The One I Love (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid) 9. Heads Up Eyes Open (feat. Rick Ross & Yummy Bingham) 10. Let It Roll 11. Write at Home (feat. Datcha, Bilal & Robert Glasper)

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WATCH VIDEO: RZA admits Russell Crowe spat at Azealia Banks.....

A huge shift from his original statement about the 2016 confrontation...... Last year, Azealia Banks accused Russell Crowe of assaulting her. The singer said that Crowe spat on her, called her the n-word, choked her and threw her out of his hotel suite. RZA, who had accompanied Banks to the party, claimed she was lying, releasing a statement that denied her claims and called her an “obnoxious erratic individual”. A recent interview with the Wu-Tang producer on the Breakfast Club sees RZA tell a different story now though. “He spit at her. I saw that,” RZA admitted when probed about the incident. “Did you check him at that point? That’s a white dude spitting on a black woman,” host Charlamagne tha God asked. RZA then attempted to explain the spit wad wasn’t big, and landed near Banks rather than on her. He added that Crowe apologised to him – no word on an apology to Banks though. At the time, the actor claimed he removed the “212” actor from his party after she threatened to cut other guests’ throats. The case was dropped by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office in December. “UNTIL HE IS READY TO APOLOGIZE (TO ME) PUBLICLY, HE CAN GO BACK TO SUCKING RUSSELL CROWE’S DICK FOR INVITES TO HOLLYWOOD PARTIES,” she wrote in response on Instagram. “Nobody understands how badly I wanted to die the moment RZA LIED and told the world I deserved to be spat (at). People laughed at me and said I lied.” RZA is currently on the promo circuit for the latest Wu-Tang album and his film Love Beats Rhymes, starring Banks in her acting debut. What we should take with this, among the host of other experiences shared by women – and of utmost importance here, women of colour – is that we should believe women. Don't gaslight them. Out abusers. Show solidarity with survivors. Watch the full interview with RZA below.

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Rick Ross Responds To Birdman Rant "Your A Year To Late To Pay Lil Wayne"

Hours after Birdman called out critics who claim he’s holding money back from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross delivered his own message to the Cash Money boss.... "Boy, you a year late, and five years late paying that man his money. Pay that man his money," Ross said on Snapchat, referring to Lil Wayne. "We know you ain't right. Stop with the jokes, nigga. Bring that shit. Bring it." Rozay wasn’t done. After a change of scenery, the MMG founder addressed Birdman’s "shit talking" before inserting a warning. "That’s what’s so beautiful about life, it ain’t no ceilings. You go far as you want to go. Have no fear," he said. "All that talking shit, nuh uh, all that shit don't work round here, baby. We'll put you in check, nigga, We'll put you somewhere else […] Shut up and pay niggas." Ross has never been afraid to share his thoughts on Birdman or the way he allegedly conducts business. The Bawse has addressed  claims that Birdman has stiffed Wayne and other artists in the Rather You Than Me track "Idols Become Rivals." "I pray you find the kindness in your heart for Wayne/His entire life, he gave you what there was to gain," Ross raps. "I watched this whole debacle so I'm part to blame/Last request, can all producers please get paid?" During an interview with Complex earlier this year, Ross spoke about the track and his intentions behind it. "A lot of people may have took that as a diss record, but for me I hope homie took something from that,” he explained. “I hope something good come from that. I hope that him and Wayne will be able to work out whatever it is, and anybody else that's watching will understand there's different ways to deal with things."

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Universal Hip Hop Museum, Hip Hop Hall of Fame compete to open first in the Bronx

Two separate organizations are duking it out to create the city’s first hip hop museum, DNAinfo reports. The news follows just a month after we learned that the Universal Hip Hop Museum had finally found itself a home in a new Bronx affordable housing complex, Bronx Point..... The Museum’s competitor, The Hip Hop Hall of Fame, announced this past summer that it was closing in on a site at 125th Street to build the Hall of Fame, along with a hotel, and shops. Now both organizations are competing to open first, and both claim they are the city’s first hip hop museum. That being said, neither project is actually set in stone. The Universal Hip Hop Museum, on its part, has a ton of city backing. It’s located on a site that was identified for development by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, and it has the backing of the local community board, the Bronx Borough President, and the City Planning Commission. However, it is still going through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), and needs final approval from the City Council. The Hall of Fame meanwhile hasn’t actually finalized a deal on its space. The founder of the organization told DNAinfo that they are in final negotiations on a plot of land, and are hoping to close by the end of the year. If everything does fall in place, the Hall of Fame certainly does have a shorter construction timeline. They hope to break ground at the end of next year, and open in late 2020 or early 2021. The Universal Hip Hop Museum however won’t open until 2022. The museums might be duking it out to open first, but for hip hop lovers two separate spaces can only mean good things.

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