As reported back in February, Ariana Grande has been facing a lawsuit over her “God is a Woman” music video for many months now. Finally, that suit has been dropped. According to The Blast, Las Vegas-based artist, Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas filed a notice voluntary dismissal, effecting ending his suit against the pop-star.
The notice reads, “Plaintiffs VLADIMIR KUSH and KUSH FINE ARTS LAS VEGAS, INC. hereby give notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against all Defendants, with prejudice, as the parties have reached a resolution.”
Originally, the fense stemmed from a shot soon after the one-minute mark in her music video. A woman appears inside a fire atop a candle in the sky. Kush believes this idea was stolen from a painting he finished twenty-years-ago. The piece was apparently copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. The amount for which he was suing is unspecified. Alongside Grande, Universal Music Group, the video’s director, producer, and production company were all listed in the suit.
The case, as well as all charges that have been filed against the aforementioned parties, will be dismissed. Check out the music video for Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” below.
A pair of real estate agents in Beverly Hills are accused of stealing from celebrities’ homes in Southern California.
Prosecutors say real estate agent Jason Emil Yaselli and Benjamin Eitan Ackerman have been charged with seven criminal counts. They are accused of stealing more than $500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.
According to the County district attorney’s office, some victims included and .
Ackerman was arrested on August 16th while Yaselli was arrested on Wednesday. For almost two years, the duo managed to steal luxury items from 14 homes. The items were then sold, and the money was used to make payments on Yaselli’s credit card.
Prosecutors say the men identified their targets and then committed the burglaries during open houses. Thefts occurred in Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, and Brentwood.
Both men have been charged with money laundering, residential burglary, and identify theft. Conspiracy to commit robbery and money laundering are also included in the charges.
Ackerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on Monday. His bail is currently set at $1.2 million. Yaselli is expected to be arraigned later today.
According to authorities, Ackerman was arrested in connection to the burglaries last year. However, he was released after prosecutors could not definitively link him to the thefts.
His attorneys say they will have no better chance to do so now. His attorneys accuse the district attorney of trying to attract public attention to the case by name dropping.
“The district attorney’s press release, by specifically naming Usher Raymond and Adam Lambert as alleged victims, only emphasizes what we have believed from day one, that this is a publicity driven prosecution.
The people’s case is no better today than it was a year ago. Unlike a fine wine, this case does not get better with age. Mr. Ackerman is not just presumed to be innocent; he is, in fact innocent.”
If the duo is convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 31 years in state prison.
Just like the original “Viotech” Nike SB Dunk Low, the upcoming Nike Air Max 90 sports a rainbow colors throughout the sueded upper, highlighted by the sneaker’s namesake Viotech purple around the mudguard and portions the outsole.
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The streets Toronto haven’t been kind to Kid Buu. Recently, there were rumors floating about that the 30-year-old rapper got himself caught up in some trouble after he was robbed during a visit to the Canadian city. DJ Akademiks and No Jumper‘s Adam22 shared video clips and images a masked person flaunting Kid Buu’s jewelry, suggesting that the rapper had been robbed. The alleged thief wears one chain while displaying another along with an iced out watch.
“Goons in Toronto claimed they robbed #kidbuu…most likely a stunt but idk,” Akademiks wrote in the caption to the video. A Canadian outlet named 6ixBuzz TV also shared the news Kid Buu’s alleged robbery and commented on Akademik’s post, “Nah its facts crodie. @kidbuu can’t be acting up in the city 😤💯.”
Lord Jamar is one of Eminem’s most outspoken detractors and VladTV has provided the perfect platform for the Brand Nubian MC to spew his vitriol at Slim Shady for years.
But Royce Da 5’9 has evidently had enough. On Thursday (August 22), the Slaughterhouse alum went on a nearly 10-minute diatribe slamming both Jamar and DJ Vlad for continuing to criticize Em.
“If people knew how much money he made off this shit they’d probably look at it different,” Royce begins “Especially Lord Jamar. You a legend in the game, you part of a legendary group. You going and sitting in this man’s couch, sitting in this man’s chair, and you running up these views cause you got so much controversial shit to say about one fuckin’ person. [Vlad] walks away with the cheque and you walk away craving attention. I don’t even like seeing niggaas in that space. I don’t like seeing you in that space brutha.
“Talking about Em like ‘real niggas don’t listen to his music. First of all, you not the measuring stick of who’s real, who’s cool. I don’t know what you think about us over here, or you think about me. I understand you said you respect 50, but the other niggas know who I don’t respect. I don’t care about none of that shit. You don’t have to respect me just don’t disrespect me. I don’t want no problems with nobody and I don’t want to have to fuck nobody up.”
Royce also questions when Jamar became the metric for what people listen to in the hood.
“You’re not cool to me, you’re not tough to me, you’re not the measuring stick of what street niggas listen to,” he continues.”I don’t look at you like no type of street nigga. I look at you the same way you look at Marshall [Mathers]. You say he talk about a bunch of shit he don’t do? I feel like you rapped about a bunch of shit you never did, and you still ain’t doing. What’s really the difference?”
He then challenges Jamar to highlight one bar from his rap career that gives him the right to rip apart a gifted lyricist like Eminem.
“Please tell me one line you have said in your career that qualifies you to critique a top tier lyricist?” he says. “I don’t give a fuck if you don’t like his music, the muthafucka is in everybody Top 5. You don’t get there just by being a white rapper.”
Nickel Nine also disagrees with both Nick Cannon and Jamar’s claim that nobody bumped Em in the streets.
“There’s a small community of muthafuckas that went to the Hip Hop shop before we got on,” he explains. “We was the backpack niggas. All of us, we listened to Em’s album. Everybody in the hood was listening to Em’s album that was into lyrics.
“Every real nigga ain’t street and every street nigga ain’t real. Every nigga in the hood ain’t a street nigga that only want to listen to Jeezy. Every nigga that sit his broke ass on DJ Vlad couch don’t qualify to speak for real niggas. Ya’ll niggas ain’t fuckin’ cool man, ya’ll goofy as fuck!”
The 42-year-old wraps up his comments by touching on JAY-Z and his alignment with the NFL while wondering why he’s the only Hip Hop billionaire.
“It ain’t never been about no tough guy shit,” he concludes. “It’s about what can yo offer the culture? What can you do that’s gonna make you last? Are you gonna make a classic album? I don’t give a fuck about your radio song. I don’t care about that dog. I’ve been here for 20 years. I’ve seen niggas come and go.
“Would you rather make $700,000 for 20 years straight or would you rather make $2 million for two years straight and then fall off? That’s depression and suicide waiting to happen.”
Nipsey Hussle will be remembered forever as somebody who truly cared for those around him, putting on for his neighborhood and bettering the lives so many. Although he’s no longer with us, his legacy carries on through his family and those who share his positivity and light with the world. Thankfully, we still have his music, which will always be there to fall back on. When he passed away, the Neighborhood Nip Foundation was launched to raise awareness to the causes that were near and dear to the rapper’s heart. According to a press release from Karen Civil, one Nipsey Hussle’s close friends and business partners, Atlantic Records has just donated a substantial amount cash to the foundation.
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On the eve the release Nip’s Puma collaboration, Atlantic Records reportedly came through with a major donation to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, giving up an undisclosed six-figure sum. The exact number has not been revealed but wherever the needle lands in that range is pretty special. Hussle’s All Money In label was partnered with Atlantic during his lifetime so to see the massive business still supporting Nipsey after his murder is heartwarming.
Shoutout to Atlantic Records for the donation. Keep Nipsey Hussle’s family and friends in your prayers.
Fourteen years since her last album, Missy Elliott is giving fans new music. On Thursday night, the hip-hop trailblazer will release her Iconology project, a collection of feel-good dance tracks.
Taking to Twitter, she made the big announcement. “This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses,” tweeted Missy. “You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you…”
She continued, “At midnight tonight I’m dropping a collection of new songs! Let’s #ThrowItBack to a time when music just felt good and made us want to dance!”
This year has been a tremendous year for me…I am humbled and grateful. THANK YOU for allowing me to smell the roses. You, my fans, and God are the reason I am here and have celebrated every milestone with me! So, I have a SURPRISE for you…
Missy will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV VMAs on Monday and also take the stage for her first performance in 16 years. To celebrate, MTV will launch the Museum of Missy Elliott, an interactive experience honoring Missy and the creative visionaries behind some of her most iconic music videos.
Iconology marks Missy’s first new body of work since 2005’s The Cookbook. Since then, she has released singles including 2015’s “WTF (Where They From),” 2016’s “Pep Rally,” and 2017’s “I’m Better.”
It’s been a big year for Missy. In June, she also became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
WWE announced on Thursday that they’re launching their own podcast network with Endeavor Audio, which will include several superstar-focused series.
According to WWE, Endeavor’s studio has produced “The Bellas Podcast,” the weekly show hosted by the Bella Twins, as well as “Blackout” Rami Malek and QCode, and “Freaknik,” a podcast about Atlanta’s infamous spring break.
“Storytelling is at WWE’s core, and we are eager to add the audio genre to our portfolio,” said WWE Jayar Donlan, Executive Vice President, WWE Advanced Media. “Partnering with Endeavor Audio, an expert in podcasting, will enable us to provide our fans with unique content and reach new audiences across the platform.”
“We’re always looking to pair dynamic content with the best formats for listeners,” said Moses Soyoola, Senior Vice President, Endeavor Audio. “Through our new partnership with WWE, we’re looking forward to tapping into their iconic event portfolio and talent base to create compelling audio content for their fans.”
Additional details regarding the launch timing and content creative will be announced in the coming weeks.
Additionally, the WWE is gearing up for the SmackDown Live 20th anniversary special which will air on Friday, October 4, as the show makes it’s FOX debut. A number WWE legends are scheduled for the event, including the Undertaker, Sting, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, Goldberg, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mark Henry and Ric Flair.
The forthcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ film Just Mercy, which was inspired by the extraordinary exoneration of falsely convicted death row inmate Walter McMillian in 1987, hits theaters this Christmas.
A notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl was the spark of life-changing events for McMillian despite a plethora of evidence pointing to his innocence. The upcoming movie recounts the events leading to the false murder accusation and incarceration of McMillian, played by Jamie Foxx, as he later becomes connected with a lawyer named Bryan Stevenson, who’s played by Michael B. Jordan.
The film shadows Stevenson through a maze of legal and political obstacles coupled with racism. The lawyer tirelessly battles for MacMillian’s innocence as well as another black man (portrayed by O’Shea Jackson Jr.) who was wrongly convicted of murder in Alabama.
With assistance from Eva Ansley, the local operations director of the Equal Justice Initiative played by Brie Larson, Stevenson worked on one of his first and most malevolent cases that ultimately became historic.
Director Destin Daniel Cretton brought the all-too-familiar story to life with the help of Stevenson’s 2014 award-winning bestseller Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
The drama will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and debut in theaters on Christmas Day (December 25).
Louisiana’s Nilly, one of the participants from VH1’s competition series Signed, is back with a new single titled “Badder Than Bad.” The DJ Fresh Prince-produced track is a collaboration with Maxo Kream, who is coming off the release of his major label debut Brandon Banks.
“Not too many artists have the respect from the lyricists, the ladies and the streets all in one,” Nilly tells HipHopDX. “Maxo can cater to all crowds.”
He adds, “This is a song for the ladies to dance to. I want all women to feel like the baddest in the building when they hear this.”
Listen to Nilly’s “Badder Than Bad” featuring Maxo above or other streaming platforms here.
Lil Uzi Vert isn’t the most active guy on Twitter but today, he had some positive news to get f his chest so he took to the social platform to let loose. For the last few months, he’s been quietly helping his grandmother through her health issues after she suffered a stroke. She had lost the ability to walk and today, Uzi learned that she’s healthy enough to head home for the first time in a while. He celebrated with his fans online.
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“I love you grandma you got this,” wrote the Philadelphia rapper before elaborating. “I’m scared excited happy and sad but mostly thankful. So Today my Grandma is coming home she was in the hospital and rehab for months she cannot walk. She cannot talk all the way but I feel her gettin better by the second. My grandma been in the hospital for MONTHS man she had a tumor over her eye the Doctors removed half it when she finally woke she had a stroke on her entire left side and cannot move it. IF YOU DONT KNOW THATS WHO RAISE ME. I love my grandma more than Clothes.”
Since Uzi loves him some fashion, you just know that his connection to his grandmother is special. Uzi says that he’s been dealing with this on the low because he needed privacy, which is understandable. His decision to open up means a lot to his fans, who have been wishing him and his grandma well in his replies. Send him and his family some love!
Taylor Swift is about to make life very complicated for music industry heavyweights Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.
Earlier today (August 22nd), Taylor Swift confirmed during an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” that she intends to re-record her first 5 albums so that she can gain control over the songs’ master recordings.
This follows earlier comments on “CBS Sunday Morning” indicating that re-recordings were happening.
During the “Good Morning America” interview, Swift indicated that her contract allows her to re-record the 5 albums beginning in November of next year, and this is when she plans to start the process. She further indicated that she’s pumped up about the effort — and damn serious about doing it.
The re-recordings would likely flood platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, resulting in duplicate versions and lots of confusion. The move, if successful, is almost guaranteed to diminish the value of the original catalog, and could spark legal warfare over Swift’s right to re-record.
Swift went on to say that she will be re-recording the music because she feels that music artists should have the right to their own music, which is currently not the case with her previous records.
Those recordings now belong to music manager Scooter Braun, whose Ithaca Holdings bought the rights to Swift’s recordings this past summer through the purchase of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group. Ithaca Holdings reportedly paid $300 million for the purchase, with a large percentage of that price predicated on the long-term value of Swift’s intellectual property.
In reaction to the deal, Swift fumed at Braun in a Tumblr post, calling the deal her “worst-case scenario.” She also accused Braun of having previously bullied her through the actions of Justin Bieber and Kanye West, who are clients of Braun.
Swift will not have to worry about the ownership of her 7th album, which is called Lover and which will be released on August 23rd, as she told Roberts that she will have full control over its master recordings.
This news generated a burst of applause from Swift’s fans, who were watching the interview live in New York’s Central Park.
Taylor Swift is one of the biggest-selling music artists of all time. During her career, she has sold 150 million singles and 50 million albums. She has also won 10 Grammy Awards and numerous other awards and accolades, including being named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world on multiple occasions.
No response yet from Braun, Ithaca Holdings, or Scott Borchetta.
Ahead of his forthcoming album, Joell Ortiz drops off a gritty black-and-white visual for his Hesami-produced single, “Before Hip Hop.” Inspired by Craig Mack’s classic “Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)” music video, the Devon Johnson-directed clip finds Ortiz looking straight into the camera while he spits candid bars.
“The ‘Before Hip Hop’ video is black and white by design. I didn’t want to dress it up. I wanted it to remain as cut and dry and honest as possible,” Ortiz said in a press release. “I wanted the camera in my face so the viewer could look in my eyes and see that it’s pure.”
While the song reflects on how Hip Hop changed Ortiz’s life, the video pays tribute to fallen childhood friends, as flashes of their photos continue throughout the clip.
“Before Hip Hop, I was a different person. I grew up in a rough environment that made me behave, respond and live in a certain way,” he continued. “I lost childhood friends way before I could even fully comprehend death. Yet, I found ways to smile, have fun and enjoy the hood with the homies almost every day. A simple video for the simple truth of a rapper from Cooper Park House in Brooklyn, NY. I’m just happy to be here.”
The ex-Slaughterhouse rapper’s 9th studio album, Monday, is expected to arrive August 30 and will feature vocals from Blakk Soul and vocals and production from Big K.R.I.T., as well as additional production by Nottz, Apollo Brown, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Heatmakerz and more.
Check out Ortiz’s video for “Before Hip Hop” above.
There were plenty photo ops earlier this week and Snoop Dogg was happy to oblige, smiling bright in many the pictures circulating from the Power premiere. Backstage, he ended up running into La La Anthony and her son, Kiyan Carmelo, and they all decided to keep the moment close to their hearts by posing for a snapshot. “Power moves with the family @lala 💙💯 lil melo,” wrote the rapper, riffing on the title the television program.
Snoop has shared several photos from that night, including a couple with Dapper Dan. Check out the image him, La La and Kiyan below.
We’re in the thick the summer months and this heatwave doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. To help kids from their neighborhood cool f and have fun, Atlanta rappers 21 Savage and Future partnered with the CEO Duct Tape Entertainment, Big Bank Black, and reportedly rented out Six Flags White Water and invited everyone from Zone 6 in the eastside the city.
According to TMZ, the artists spent upwards $300K for the event, with food and drinks included. There were also a few reality stars enjoying themselves as well, as Love & Hip Hop Atlanta‘s Tommie Lee and Shekinah Anderson were in attendance. Everyone seemed to have had a fun, wholesome time judging from the video clip the wet and wild, family-friendly event.
Future and 21 Savage are well-known for investing back into the youth Atlanta. Over the years, both artists have hosted a number events where they’ve gifted kids with back to school items, holiday toys, or overall helped families in their communities who were struggling financially. Last year, around this same time, Future, 21 Savage, and Big Bank Black hosted Zone 6 Day at a local park where they fered school supplies, haircuts for boys, hairstyling for girls, games for all the children, and free food.