Kodak Black’s Tour Buses Raided While He Performs In Washington, D.C.: Report

The legal troubles surrounding Kodak Black seem to be increasing. He was recently arrested at the Canadian border upon re-entering the United States. He and his entourage were found with copious amounts marijuana and a number loaded firearms. He also is facing charges sexual assault in South Carolina, a trial that may begin sometime later this year.

Aside from his regularly scheduled conflicts with his fellow hip hop stars, Kodak can’t seem to stay out the law’s way. According to The Blast, the rapper was performing on stage in Washington D.C. when police raided his fleet tour buses. The publication reports that the Metropolitan Police Department the District Columbia entered the rapper’s tour buses and searched accompanying vehicles. The Blast claims that their sources tell them weapons were found, once again, and members the rapper’s entourage were arrested.

Kodak Black's Tour Buses Raided While He Performs In Washington, D.C.: Report
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Their source emphasized that none the weapons belonged to Kodak and he was on stage, unaware the search when it all went down. It has not yet been made public why the authorities were examining the rapper and his team’s vehicles in the first place, but his recent run-ins with the law certainly don’t help. Police may have been responding to an anonymous tipster who dropped a dime on the rapper and his crew, and if so, there may be a weak link in the chain.

Dave East Blames The Internet For Exaggerating His "Old Town Road" Hate

New York, NY – During a Tuesday (April 22) interview on The Zach Sang Show, “Old Town Road” singer Lil Nas X (once again) responded to Dave East’s criticism of his viral hit. Initially acknowledging the rapper with a Tweet on April 18, this time he was more direct, noting “I do not give a fuck about what Dave East is saying.”

According to a Wednesday (April 24) Instagram story, Dave East thinks Lil Nas X responded correctly.

“You gonna ask the lil nigga what he thinks about what I say, he ain’t supposed to give a fuck what I say,” said East. “I don’t give a fuck about what nobody says.

“I couldn’t even get mad [at him],” he added, noting that while he saluted him for doing his thing, he still thinks it’s a bad song. Though, he did blame the internet for blowing it out of proportion.

“Internet tried to twist the whole shit,” he says.

East took to Instagram last week letting fans know his thoughts on the Billboard smash, stating: “I don’t know what the fuck is going on with Hip Hop; with rap [and] I ain’t no hater but that shit is wack. With a cape on it! And super wack!”

Watch the full clip of Dave East’s response, below.

50 Cent Trolls Young Buck’s Alleged Transsexual Relationship & Gets Challenged To Rap Battle

50 Cent continues to antagonize Young Buck over the Nashville-bred artist’s alleged transsexual relationship. Now, a full-fledged beef has emerged after the G-Unit leader taunted his own artist Instagram on Wednesday (April 24).

“Young buck is almost ready to drop his album,” 50 wrote. “He worked hard on this project, I told him his personal choice to date a tran sexual will confuse some of his core audience but with the support of the LGBT he should be fine. New heat coming soon.”

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Buck jumped on Instagram Live and slammed his longtime collaborator in response.

“I thought you was 50 Cent,” he said. “I’ve been around you for a long time. I thought you had some real nigga tendencies, homie. I’m a phone call away or a face-to-face meeting away with anything. Nigga, you a real-life sucka trying to manipulate the fans’ minds and play with these people. Telling these people all these ol’ fake ass, false ass lies and shit.”

He also claimed 50 is sabotaging his career behind the scenes. The veteran rapper suggested they should settle their dispute in a rap battle.

“I’m trying to fulfill whatever was there to keep it moving,” Buck said. “You’re trying to sabotage me, pull my music down, send cease and desists everywhere, put up little posts and jokes for laughs while you do weak ass shit behind my back and try to keep me tied to a contract. If you such a real nigga, why don’t you let me go? You understand? And we’ll fight the battle like that. Whatchu scared for, sucka? Line me up like Ja Rule, nigga. Go bar-for-bar with me, nigga. Play that game. You scared? You wanna do sucka shit. You ain’t gonna get away from me though.”

He continued, “All ya little gay games you playing and all that ol’ sucka ass shit you doing around here on social media, this shit don’t work, homie. You understand what I’m saying? Get the fuck out of here. Nigga, you ain’t had a hit—you ain’t even been involved in music. I dare you to pick up a mic and come this way. Nigga, I’ma slice yo ass up … I’ma get away from yo bitch ass and get up out this contract, then I’ma serve you.”

Buck wrapped up his rant by reiterating his challenge and taking a few more shots at 50.

“We gonna see who Ja Rule who, bitch,” he declared. “I’m talking ’bout pick up a microphone, sucka. Fuck all this social media game … You know I’m your partner. I know what’s going on. You know I know you don’t even be running your social media accounts and shit. You dig what I’m saying? You know I know what’s going on. Let’s keep it 100. I’m talking about real raw, pick up a microphone. This is the essence of Hip Hop, nigga. I’ma slice yo ass, nigga … You’re a better comedian than you are a rapper or an actor, nigga. And Power ain’t shit no more. We don’t even watch that shit no more.”

He concluded, “You have these folks thinking a nigga out here with a fucking transsexual. Why you doing shit like this? Man, we looking at you laughing at you, homie. And then you wanna hold me on a contract. You serious? You gonna tell ’em everything, tell ’em the truth. Tell ’em what you really doing. Tell ’em ’bout them cease and desists you sending out. You’re trying to pull my music down. Let’s be real. Let’s speak factual shit. Let’s not try to hide it away from the fans, throw rocks and hide your hands. You know you’re good at throwing rocks and hiding your hands. Don’t forget, nigga, I know you now. Don’t forget I can play your game too.”

Karlie Redd Blasted By Party DJ For "Eating Out Pooh’s Cookie Jar"

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta returned for an 8th season back in March and as such, the series continues to wow viewers with impending drama. At the highlight the show’s primary storylines stands reality television star Karlie Redd, both jolly and in high spirits following her engagement to new beau Maurice “Mo” Fayne.

Karlie Redd Blasted By Party DJ For "Eating Out Pooh's Cookie Jar"

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Earlier this season, a newly introduced cast member named Pooh Hicks made her debut on the show. The housewife was quickly linked to Karlie once she mentioned not having been invited to the anticipated engagement party. In an attempt to sort things out, Pooh showed up to Karlie’s store with questions. Karlie Redd revealed she no longer wished to affiliate with Pooh, resulting in an exchange insults and injuries.

As Pooh became Karlie’s arch nemesis, the ex-friend found herself doubly uninvited to the television personality’s engagement party. Though, in true Love & Hip Hop messiness, it did not stop there. After sharing heartfelt words appreciation with her future husband, Karlie received an unexpected message from her nemesis the DJ she hired to spin at her party. Che Mack, the DJ in charge, proudly revealed to be Pooh’s friend and delivered an insulting message where she exposed Karlie for munching on Pooh’s cookies. Awkward…

In this situation, I believe the saying “don’t shoot the messenger” fails to apply. 

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

With the NBA Playoffs underway and the start of the festival season, Vivid Seats and Audiomack aim aim to celebrate the connection between basketball and Hip Hop with their Hometown Hoops, inspired by the likes of Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott, Chance The Rapper, Migos Post Malone, and their home cities.

The two sets of jerseys for Chicago, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Toronto, Houston and Dallas were designed to represent both local legends and promising up-and-comers.

The inspirations are in the details. The cloud-patterned fabric of Chance’s jersey pays homage to his debut mixtape, 10 Day.

JAY-Z, who previously was a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, gets his imprint with the incorporation of the Brooklyn Bridge into the shorts’ design as well as three lines on the shoulder strap, reminiscent of his cover art for The Blueprint 3.

Astroworld drives the Travis Scott-inspired Houston jersey, with visuals mirroring the theme park and his Astroworld set design. Scott named his album, tour and Houston festival after the theme park, which may be getting rebooted thanks to his efforts.

The rising rappers honored in the jersey sets include Joey Purp, Jimi Tents, Lil Keed, Sean Leon, Megan Thee Stallion and Tay Money.

Check out all the jerseys below.

Travis Scott

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

JAY-Z

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Chance The Rapper

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Migos

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Post Malone

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Megan Thee Stallion

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Joey Purp

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Tay Money

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Lil Keed

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Jimi Tents

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Sean Leon

Vivid Seats & Audiomack Unveil Basketball Jerseys Inspired By Drake, JAY-Z, Travis Scott & More

Bun B Shoots Masked Intruder At Houston Home & Goes About His Business

Houston, TX – Bun B and his wife Queenie experienced quite the scare on Tuesday (April 23) night when a masked intruder attempted to break into their Houston home. According to KHOU, the UGK legend was forced to shoot the man who had pulled a gun on Queenie as she answered the door.

TMZ reports the intruder demanded valuables, so Queenie offered her Audi. But before the suspect could make his escape, Bun rushed down the stairs and a shootout ensued. The intruder fled the scene by foot, leaving his gun behind.

Statik Selektah, who recently collaborated with the Houston Hip Hop staple on the TrillStatik project, was immediately impressed by Bun’s resilience and explained he was back to business shortly after the confrontation.

“I was just blown away that during and right after he was so focused,” Statik tells HipHopDX. “We were back talking about album promo and videos like 10 minutes later like nothing happened. The cops were there and he was calm, talking about album stuff. Dude is one in a million.

“Upmost example of what a man does in that situation. Him and his wife have a bond that everyone should envy.”

The seasoned producer also shared an Instagram post about the incident.

“You got no clue how stressful yesterday was,” he wrote in the caption. “To happy my big bro & his wife are ok. Trill OG x 10000. Handled what he had to. #trillstatik.”

The suspect later showed up at the hospital for treatment and was ultimately arrested at the hospital.

He was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a weapon and one count burglary.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

Strong women have long shaped the course history. We’ve been the voices and the backbones many a movement, yet, far too ten have we gone unrecognized for fueling change. Hip-hop as a genre, and a business, which some may deem to be male-centered, has been no different. Despite creating amongst an industry that is geared towards amplifying the voices men, strong women in hip-hop have always prevailed. From OGs like Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, to MC Lyte and Lil Kim, to Nicki Minaj, we have seen the landscape and placement  women in rap ebb and flow over the course time. Now, women who are products the 21st century are taking their own shot at the mic and shifting the current status the industry in the process.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape
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The amount new and emerging female rappers is the highest it has ever been in the past decade. With the surge so many new women in the playing field– it’s safe to say now is a wonderful time for hip-hop. Prior to today’s climate, any conversation that surrounded women in hip-hop was dominated by the idea that there could only be one staple voice for women in hip-hop, one woman who “held the throne.”

Now, it seems that out  this dark cloud, a new narrative has arisen. From Dreezy to Kash Doll and Megan The Stallion, the sheer number new voices (and versatility) in the game make it almost impossible to put girls against one another. Rather, the female rapper the 21st century does not abide by any male created business model or any singular persona that seeks to stroke the male ego and appease the male gaze. The biggest tool in the female rapper’s arsenal is her individuality and her ability to step outside the box, musically.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

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Take artists such as Rico Nasty and Bali Baby for example. These two have been at the forefront women who are creating their own unique, genre-mixing sounds. With Rico combining elements punk rock and heavy metal with rap, and Bali intertwining grudge elements into her bars, the two have created previously-uncarved lanes for themselves and, in the process, they’ve helped in shine a spotlight on new SoundCloud artists who may be experimenting with sound in a similar way. The two have been able to rack up massive success both on and f the charts, based on pure individuality and a rejection the status quo. Rico has forged her own path and lived by her own rules throughout her entire career. She is uniquely herself, in every aspect, down to her tone and sound: her raspy, gritty, hard-hitting vocals are a clear detion from the norm. She flips the music industry’s social constructs on its head and blurs the lines between gender norms. Much to the chagrin male counterparts who prefer to only see the feminine side any female, Rico welcomes androgyny in both sound and imagery. Her raw authenticity and one–a-kind Sugar Trap sound, has lead her to a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30, top charting hits, an Atlantic Record Deal, plenty magazine covers and millions devoted fans. Her 2018 release Nasty fully cemented her as an artist that can always deliver, while changing the conversation for women in rap at the same time. Chances are, she is probably on your favorite rapper favorite rapper’s moodboard, already receiving praise from hip-hop tastemakers like A$AP Rocky and Dame Dash.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

Bali Baby at the HNHH fice

Bali Baby has also helped in re-mixing what it means to be a “female rapper.” The young creative’s sound has evolved since her early candy-coated mixture pop and rap on tracks like “Iggidy.” In fact, her latest album, Baylor Swift, takes a much different approach. Bali proves her versatility even more as an artist shifting her focus into rock/rap territory, while also exploring a much darker sound alongside revealing personal issues. Her recent aesthetic borders on emo/grunge rap with songs like “Stanley Steemer,” intertwining with heavily distorted reverb and hard baselines.

Elsewhere, someone like Dreezy has shaped the field representation for women in the genre. In 2012, we saw young legends such as Chief Keef arrive on the scene and swiftly change the culture music. Drill music swept America. The cultural shift brought a new class young pioneers Fredo Santana, Young Chop, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, leading up to G Herbo’s viral “Chiraq” release in 2016. For some time, young men spitting over slow-tempo drill beats was the clear face Chicago music. Dreezy came and shook up Chicago’s status quo– mixing R&B with her own unique rapping flow.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

City Girls at the HNHH fice

Aside from sound, the new generation women in hip hop have become symbols feminism and sexual liberation; perhaps no surprise here. A prime example: the renowned Miami duo City Girls. City Girls bring the ball back in their own court and flipped the script on male gratification. Instead, they tell the story from the point view a woman out for pure sexual gratification and self-indulgence– a tune we haven’t heard much since Trina. One thing remains clear about their music, the girls demand respect. Their boastful tracks are not only a reminder that women can be as sexually liberated if they so choose, without the stigma shame, but also that, even so, they know their worth and keep men in check.

Today’s women in hip-hop are taking over the business playing field as well. With Kamaiyah gearing up to launch her own hair braiding company, Cuban Doll starting a charity for people with cancer, Saweetie starting her own lipstick line and Rico signing huge marketing deals– it is almost impossible to be a modern voice for women in hip-hop without having your hand in multiple business investments. Although young, the girls are priming themselves to become future moguls, creating legacies that will transcend, both inside and outside the world music.

With that future legacy always in mind, the current girls our generation are blazing trails and creating new avenues for those that will come after them. Women no longer have to match the “sound” their generation or have their voices limited to a 16 bar feature on their male counterparts track. These new paths are a testament to the fact that there is no direct formula for what it takes to be a female rapper in today’s industry. 

Interview: French Rapper Rilès Dispels Myths & Spits Bars

New York, NY – Hosting your listening party at Quad Studios in New York City is a bold move…especially if you know your Hip Hop history.

For what it’s worth, Algerian-by-way-of-France rapper Rilès does know his Hip Hop history, and he seems humbled — cowed, even — to be in such an energetically-charged place to host the listening party for his upcoming debut album on Republic Records, a division of Universal Records.

“This is amazing,” he tells HipHopDX exclusively. “Never did I think I would be here.”

By “here,” of course, he means not just in New York City — not just in Quad Studios — but having a rap career that he used to only dream about when he was growing up in Rouen, a small city that sits on the River Seine in the north of France. Born Rilès Kacimi, the budding Hip Hop star is quick to point out that, despite the American stereotype of France being nothing but baguettes, fine cinema, the Eiffel Tower, and strolling along the Champs-Elysees to shop at the haute couture shops, the struggle is just as real in France as it is in the United States.

“Poverty is everywhere,” he said. “Racism, everywhere. Struggle, everywhere. No country is immune to it. Not even France. And I, too, had to struggle. And that’s what I explore in my music.”

“His music,” of course, has a distinctly European flavor (which is to be expected, especially if authenticity is the goal), but one that’s become wildly popular in a short period of time. He gained notoriety in his home country when he composed, mixed and mastered 1 song per week for a year with no songs already pre-made. The challenge garnered huge exposure for him and he independently racked up over 250 million views on his YouTube channel (which, as of this writing, sits pretty with 1.2 million subscribers). He went on to sell out his first tour with more than 30 shows throughout Europe and North Africa, at venues with 10,000 + capacities.

Despite his obvious creativity, talent, and yes, success — including directing and editing all of his visuals — Stateside success eluded him. But he hopes that this will change with his upcoming tour of the United States, and his soon-to-be-released debut album on Republic Records, a division of Universal Records.

“For many artists in Europe, there’s nothing they want more than to be American superstars,” he said. “I hope to be amongst them.”

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#DXCLUSIVE: UnderCover Presents Drops "A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders"

HipHopDX Premiere – A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders turned 25 last November, but the classic album is still celebrated no matter what day it is. Serving as ATCQ’s third studio album and follow-up to 1991’s The Low End Theory, the project bridged the gap between Hip Hop and jazz, much like Guru did with the Jazzmatazz series.

In honor of the Tribe masterpiece, the Bay Area UnderCover Presents collective has sewn together a tribute, the appropriately titled A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. 

Founder Lyz Luke explains to HipHopDX, “If there was ever a time to release a tribute album to A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders,’ that time would be NOW,” says Lyz Luke. “In order to do this right and fully represent ATCQ, I knew we needed to bring in Starita as music producer, based upon his deep production experience across a multitude of genres in addition to his relationship and work with Phife Dawg and ATCQ.

“Apart from this album being released digitally, this is the first time in the history of UnderCover where we will be releasing a double vinyl to commemorate ATCQ and Phife Dawg.”

The 14-track effort boasts appearances from 13 local bands from a wide range of genres, seven MCs, over 100 artists, nine engineers, five music studios and a vinyl pressing plant. Blackalicious’ Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truthspeaker and vocalist Gina Madrid are just three of the many whose fingerprints are on the project.

“When Lyz first approached me to work on this project, I instantly knew there were some critical pillars that we needed to uphold in order for this tribute album to resonate,” Starita adds. “Let’s be clear. This work is sacrilegious. This is a tribute album, not a cover album. This is already a perfect album. There’s nothing to re-make.

“To introduce this classic record to new audiences, our goal was to pay homage by pulling together the best of the best artists to make an album of re-interpreted songs representing the full breadth of the imagination that is ATCQ’s music.”

In conjunction with the album’s digital release, the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in San Francisco will play host to three shows May 16-18 that will incorporate elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, graffiti and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-form nature of jazz instrumentation.

The city has proclaimed that week “A Tribe Called Quest Week” and will present Phife Dawg’s wife and other family members with “PhifeDay.”

Check out the album up top, pre-order the vinyl here and cop tickets  the YBCA website.

Megan Thee Stallion Calls Q-Tip Her "Bestie" & Talks Double Standards In Hip Hop

‘Tis the season Megan Thee Stallion, because the Houston rapper is staking her claim in hip hop. The 24-year-old artist has been around for a few years, but she seems to have burst onto the rap scene in 2019. Her single “Big Ole Freak” has been making waves, so much so that Trey Songz even tried to shoot his shot on social media. Her ever-growing fan base can’t get enough her twerking videos and freaky lyrics, and if you think Megan Thee Stallion is a handful now, just wait until her alter ego “Hot Girl Meg” comes along with the release her forthcoming album, Fever.

Fever was set to drop this month, but after her mother unexpectedly passed away, she delayed it further. “I definitely have to pray and spend a lot time by myself when I can,” she told Billboard. “Sometimes, when you’re doing too much, things get overwhelming. So I just have to calm myself down and think, ‘What would my mama want me to do?’”

There have been a number artists who have rallied in Megan’s corner including her “bestie” Q-Tip who “always encourages me to be myself and not let anybody change me,” Solange who Megan met and became friends with, and SZA who supports her at every turn. However, while many women have supported her give-no-%&$#s attitude, Megan shares that many men have attacked her on social media for showing too much skin or behaving too sexually.

“It really shows how insecure a lot these dudes are,” she says. “Half the time it’s an up-and-coming rapper who’s trying to get a reaction so somebody can check out their music instead]. Or some dude that’s probably been hurt before by a girl who looks like me. Or maybe a guy that I didn’t direct message] back in 2013? I don’t know what it could be, but that’s just not my problem.”

“We gotta break these double-standards and get women to loosen up a bit,” Megan continued. “We gotta show them that we can do what we want to do how we want to do it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can get to stepping.”

Cardi B Continues Rant About Negative Reporting In Urban & Hip Hop Blogs

Taking a break from going f on The Shade Room and accusing them  only sharing negative reports about her family and her friends, Cardi B continued to air out her grievances on social media. She’s asked the publication not to mention her name at all, but although they respected her wishes, earlier today she went on a social media rant claiming that TSR attacks her friends and associates instead.

This sparked another point for Cardi to make as she shared on Instagram that non-urban media outlets have turned to capitalizing f the controversy surrounding urban celebrities because urban blogs have raked in lucrative incomes from negative reports. “People be in the comments like, ‘Oh why are they making documentaries about R. Kelly? Why are they making documentaries about Michael Jackson?’ Well, let me tell y’all why. Because y’all make people feel like it’s okay to do so.”

Cardi B Continues Rant About Negative Reporting In Urban & Hip Hop Blogs
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“Why wouldn’t a white Caucasian person try to capitalize from the drama that happens in the urban and the black entertainment business, when black blogs, black-owned blogs capitalize f they own drama and problems. You don’t see Donald Trump,” she continued. “You don’t see Charlie Sheen sh*t going viral every year, every so. ‘Cause they don’t give a f*ck anymore. Back in the day, TMZ used to report about Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, all these Caucasian celebrities, all these celebrity actors. Now, all they do is post about hip hop artists, people that’s in the black entertainment business because black blogs capitalize f black entertainer’s drama.”

Although we can see her point, to be fair, Donald Trump is the President the United States and is both dragged and hailed in the media almost every minute every day. And Charlie Sheen, well, his “Tiger Blood” days are behind him, and he’s pretty much lived a quiet life doing whatever it is that Charlie Sheen does. Angelina Jolie is a United Nations ambassador with a hoard children, and both she and Brad Pitt have been in the headlines as late now that their divorce is ficial. 

Also, the influence hip hop culture is undeniable as is transcends borders that that society has created. There are people, worldwide, who know more about famous rappers than they do their elected ficials. Non-urban-centered blogs know this, so they piggy-back f the hip hop media to bring in those readers. However, well-balanced news sources are most effective, and at the heart Cardi’s rant, that’s all that she wants.

#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

HipHopDX Premiere – Singer-songwriter Jon Brown, who co-wrote “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West, linked up with Jack Splash for the recently formed Kill The Motherboard duo. As they prep their debut album, The Legend of Picasso Jones, they’ve dropped a new single titled “The Water” featuring Eric Biddines.

“As soon as Jon and I started this song I could tell it was going to take on a very mystical vibe,” Splash tells HipHopDX about the song. “His lyrics about life and death and the cyclical nature of everything really blew me away. I knew as soon as we finished Jon’s parts that we needed to add Eric Biddines to the song.

“Eric had told me he grew up in a Jehovah Witness community, so I knew he would probably have a very interesting perspective and take the song to the next level lyrically/spiritually. Honestly, I still get chills every time I listen to this song because of how Eric Biddines comes in at the end like Hip Hop spiritual guru for a generation of lost souls.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

Brown adds, “‘The Water’ is a song about redemption or second chances. I feel like no matter what we’ve done in our life, no matter how egregious the act, we all deserve a second chance. you know, an opportunity to make things right. Every moment we’re alive is another opportunity to change or improve upon ourselves.

“In God’s eyes, we don’t run out of second chances, we just run out of time.”

The Legend of Picasso Jones is expected to arrive in the near future. Until then, listen to “The Water” up top.

50 Cent Lawsuit Could Get Teairra Mari Arrested

Los Angeles, CA – A judge has reportedly issued a bench warrant for Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Teairra Mari.

The Blast reports Mari was expected to show up at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday (April 23) for a hearing related to the 50 Cent case — but she was a no-show. Consequently, the judge issued the bench warrant in the amount of $5,000.

50 set up the hearing to dig into Mari’s finances in an attempt to collect the $30,000 he was awarded in the original revenge porn lawsuit. Mari was suing the Power exec for allegedly leaking her sex tape.

She accused 50 and her ex-boyfriend, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, of engaging in a plan to sexually objectify, threaten, intimidate, humiliate and degrade her. Mari said Abdul-Ahad logged into her Instagram account and posted the sexually graphic video, which featured “ejaculate” on her face.

50 then re-shared the video on his Instagram page, going as far to apply a “black and white” filter to highlight the color contrast of semen on Mari’s face. He added his signature hashtag, #getthestrap,” which Mari said could have encouraged his fans to hurt her.

The judge dismissed all claims against the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ OG and concluded Mari must pay his attorney fees.

50 wanted her to pay his entire $161,660.15 legal bill, but the judge didn’t agree to his demands. Instead, she was ordered to pay $30,618.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Teairra Mari in 50 Cent Legal Battle

Teairra Mari is a wanted woman.

A judge has ordered a bench warrant for the singer’s arrest after she failed to appear at a hearing in her legal battle with 50 Cent. According to The Blast, Mari was ordered to appear in court today, but she was a no-show.

A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant in the amount of $5,000. The “Love & Hip Hop” star will be arrested if she comes in contact with law enforcement.

50 Cent was granted an order to examine Teairra’s finances including her income, bank accounts, and property, so that he can collect the $30,618 she owes him in attorney fees.

In January, a Los Angeles judge ordered Mari to cover part of 50’s $161,660.15 legal bill after he prevailed in the revenge porn lawsuit she filed against him. Last month, he served her with legal papers at the airport and documented the process on Instagram.

Teairra fired back at 50 with her diss track “I Ain’t Got It,” on which she says she doesn’t have the money she owes him. In response, 50 claims to have filed a trademark for Mari’s catchphrase and is selling his own merch with her tagline.

In the meantime, 50 continues to publicly demand payment from Teairra. “Look I’m not playing with you, you better get me my money,” he wrote last month.

T.I. Bails Out Nonviolent Offenders for Easter

T.I. celebrated Easter by granting freedom to some nonviolent offenders.

According to D.C.’s Fox 5, the rapper partnered with a Georgia church, as well as Scrapp Deleon of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” to raise $120,000 to bail out 23 nonviolent, predominantly first-time offenders.

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia initially set out to raise $40,000, but by the end of Lent, they had reached $120,000, allowing seven women and 16 men to be brought home in time for Easter Sunday.

As part of the “Bail Out” program, each individual will also be connected with a mentor for weekly check-in meetings. A portion of the donations will also go towards college savings for the children of the recipients, including Tyron Pollard.

“For people to just reach out, willing to help out of the blue, them not knowing you from nobody…that’s a blessing,” said Pollard. “I was doing drugs before I got locked up … but I don’t want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids.”

Dr. Jamal Bryant, senior pastor at New Birth, applauded the efforts of the “Bail Out” program. “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” said Bryant. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

T.I. has become an activist in his community. He recently spoke out against Fox News host Laura Ingraham following her disrespectful comments in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death. Earlier this year, he called for a boycott of Gucci over its wool jumper, which sparked controversy for its depiction of blackface.