Eric Garner: NYPD Officer Will Not Be Charged For Death

It’s been over five years since the death Eric Garner who was murdered at the hands the NYPD. Daniel Pantaleo, the arresting ficer, went after Garner on suspicion selling loose cigarettes. Pantaleo ended up putting Garner in a chokehold and suffocating him to death, despite Garner repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” Even though the medical examiner determined Garner’s death was a homicide, prosecutors have decided against charging Pantaleo for the death Garner.

Eric Garner: NYPD Officer Will Not Be Charged For Death
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After the Justice Department concluded their five-year investigation, Pantaleo will not be facing any charges for murdering Eric Garner in the streets New York. Attorney General William Barr followed the recommendation the prosecutors on the case. The decision arrives just a day before the fifth anniversary Garner’s murder which simultaneously served as the deadline for prosecutors to file charges against Pantaleo. Despite the AG’s decision, the Civil Rights Division were caught f guard by the decision.

Unsurprisingly, the decision to not charge Pantaleo is based on “insufficient evidence” as well as lack pro that the ficer “willfully” killed Garner during the arrest. Apparently, the video evidence Pantaleo suffocating Garner until he was lifeless wasn’t enough pro. Despite the medical examiners ruling and the fact that chokeholds are prohibited by the NYPD, Pantaleo argued that he used a “seatbelt” on Garner which is an approved tactic by the New York Police Department. Additionally, Pantaleo’s lawyer said that prosecutors decided that his client didn’t violate anyone’s civil rights.

WWE’s Jeff Hardy Reportedly Found Passed Out In Stairwell Before Arrest

WWE superstar Jeff Hardy was arrested over the weekend for public intoxication, after police reportedly found him passed out in a stairwell in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

TMZ reported the new details Hardy’s arrest on Tuesday, including how the 41-year old wrestling legend admitted to drinking vodka before he was discovered passed out in the stairwell. According to TMZ, Hardy has already paid a $153 fine for public intoxication, so the case is considered closed.

Hardy, who is still working on his comeback following a recent knee surgery, has had a number  other issues with alcohol and substance abuse over the years. Among them, a car crash in North Carolina in 2018, in which Hardy reportedly had a blood alcohol level .25. He was ultimately charged with a DWI.

WWE issued a very brief statement regarding his most recent run in with the law. According to Wrestling Inc, that statement reads, “Jeff Hardy is responsible for his own personal actions.”

US-Based Streaming Music Revenues Slated to Reach $8.4 Billion In 2019

 

U.S. music streaming revenues are slated to jump another 33% in 2019 at least according to this report.

Despite signs of a streaming slowdown, total revenues are still increasing dramatically.  According to the Consumer Technology Association’s U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts, the forecast for 2019 remains green-n-sunny, with continued growth ahead.

The report is published twice per year, in July and January.

Specifically, the CTA indicated that the revenue of “on-demand music services” will cross the $8.4 billion mark this year —which marks a growth of about 33 percent.  This continued uptick in music service subscriptions comes alongside a huge increase in the number of smart speakers and innovative mobile devices, including smartwatches and wireless earbuds.

Per the same report, wireless earbuds will be up almost 50 percent in both revenue and sales volume this year, while smartwatch revenue will see a 20 percent bump from 2018 levels.  Not bad for two CE devices that barely existed a decade ago (or even five years ago in substantive quantities).

More encouraging yet is that the broader streaming category is also surging; this point illustrates the nationwide (and perhaps the worldwide) bility of the subscription business model. Video-streaming revenue will near $18 billion in 2019, according to the CTA; this is an increase of about 25 percent compared to 2018.

Also, gaming streaming, memberships, and micro-transactions will coordinate to produce almost $40 billion in 2019, a boost of 11 percent.

Perhaps one caveat worth mentioning: CTA’s numbers are probably on the bullish side, given the trade group’s constituency of CE manufacturers (and its ecosystem of supporters).  That said, CTA’s specific interest in streaming is less direct, given that consumer electronics devices are typically adaptive to the specific format demands of consumers.

In short, consumers are quickly gravitating towards subscription services — especially music streaming services.  As a consequence, nearly every other music format except for vinyl is tanking, including Apple’s once-steady iTunes paid download.

Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Pandora are all “in the mix” when it comes to securing new subscribers and convincing existing subscribers to switch services. For now, the companies have little to fret about in terms of attracting new customers; the market is taking care of that.  But as overall growth slows, these brands may need to draw subscribers in with even spicier deals and features, and accordingly, it appears that customers will continue to win for quite a while to come.

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Ex-Manager Shotti Cops Plea Deal For NYC Restaurant Brawl: Report

Ever since it was revealed that Tekashi 6ix9ine was cooperating with authorities in his federal case, we’ve seen his entire team crumble. His legal team has been working hard towards getting him a lighter sentence, even hoping that all the defendants’ take deals so the case wouldn’t have to go to trial. Although there’s one co-defendant that will likely move forward with the trial, one the bigger players in the case has taken a deal for his involvement in a restaurant brawl in NYC.

According to Page Six, 6ix9ine’s former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan” took time served for pleading guilty to one count second-degree assault. The assault stems from an incident that occurred after 6ix9ine was only sentenced to probation for child sex crimes that plagued the rapper’s reputation in the first place. A brawl broke out at Philipe Chow in Uptown where a security guard was hit over the head with a chair. The security at the restaurant didn’t cop to Tekashi, Shotti, and their crew getting into a melee at the restaurant. Jordan was reportedly shot twice by the security guard who fired a licensed pistol.

Shotti previously pleaded guilty to two gun charges in connection to a robbery in Manhattan and a separate shooting that occurred in Brooklyn. He’s facing a minimum sentence 15 years behind bars. 

Post Malone Announces ‘Runaway Tour’

Post Malone is on the run.

The chart-topping singer has announced dates for his “Runaway Tour.” Produced by Live Nation, the North American arena trek kicks off Sept. 14 in Tacoma, Wa. and travels across the U.S. and Canada, with stops at Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful Festival on Sept. 22 and his own Posty Fest in Dallas on Nov. 2, before wrapping Nov. 20 at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

His “Sunshine” collaborator Swae Lee and his signee Tyla Yaweh will join him as special guests during the two-month run.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time. A pre-sale for Citi cardmembers begins Tuesday, July 16 at 10 a.m. local time.

Malone, who toured with 21 Savage last spring, recently dropped his new single “Goodbyes” featuring Young Thug, while “Wow” peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Runaway Tour Dates

Sept. 14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Sept. 16 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
Sept. 17 – Portland, OR – MODA Center
Sept. 19 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Sept. 21 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center*
Sept. 22 – Las Vegas, CA – Life Is Beautiful Festival
Sept. 26 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sept. 29 – Detroit, MI – Little Ceasars Arena
Oct. 3 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
Oct. 6 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Oct. 9 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Oct. 11 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
Oct. 12 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Oct. 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct. 17 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
Oct. 20 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Oct. 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Oct. 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Arena
Oct. 27 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival
Oct. 29 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Nov. 2 – Dallas, TX – Posty Fest
Nov. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Nov. 8 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Nov. 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Nov. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Nov. 14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Nov. 16 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Nov. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum

*Swae Lee not appearing

Steve Kerr Says Shaq Has To Kiss His Feet After Old Comments Surface

Steve Kerr is one the best coaches in the NBA and if you ask Swaggy P, he’s also a great blunt roller. With that aside, it’s interesting to note that Kerr was able to lead the Golden State Warriors to five straight NBA Finals and even got the team to win three championships. That’s an impressive resume that would certainly be a dream for any NBA coach. Having said that, some people thought his accomplishments would never be seen. For instance, after having gone to four NBA Finals in five seasons, Shaq said another coach would never be able to do such a thing. He even went and said that if a coach was able to do that, he would kiss their feet with cheese on it.

Kerr ended up seeing this clip and hit up Shaq on Twitter who felt some serious shame about his horrible prediction. Shaq could be found in the replies where he said: “I guess I’ll c u in fear factor, and make sure it’s kraft cheese lol.”

Considering how gross this would be, we’re sure Kerr will spare Shaq the trouble. Let’s be honest, no one actually wants to see this happen. Although, it is pretty funny to see Shaq get something completely wrong in such embarrassing fashion. It’s what makes his analysis on TNT so interesting.  

Cap Gold Announces Babygrande Records Deal With "All In" Single

New York, NY – San Antonio native Cap Gold has announced he’s the latest signee to Babygrande Records. To mark the momentous occasion, the 20-year-old rapper has dropped a new single called “All In,” his first for the New York-based indie label.

Produced by Nashi and Seph, the track effortlessly showcases Cap’s melodic range with its smooth, guitar-based instrumental sound and his seamless delivery.

Cap first emerged in 2018 with “HighClass Fever” and started gaining more notoriety thanks to the the viral video that came along with it. The single was then featured on the eighth annual A3C Festival compilation series, A3C Volume 8.

In March, Cap captivated the 11th annual SXSW Takeover audience alongside DaBaby, J.I.D, Flipp Dinero, Reason, Lucki and Thutmose, among others.

Armed with his signature gold grill, Cap is poised to release several more projects with Babygrande in the near future.

Until then, bump “All In” above and cop it here.

R. Kelly’s Inner Circle To Be Indicted In Connection To Federal Sex Charges: Report

R. Kelly is facing some serious charges that will likely put him away for years to come. He’s yet to take any sort accountability for the crimes — in fact, he’s continued to deny the allegations — but people in his inner circle are going to have to come up with some sort explanation for his alleged crimes. According to the Blast, R. Kelly’s inner team are set to be indicted for enabling the singer’s alleged crimes.

R. Kelly's Inner Circle To Be Indicted In Connection To Federal Sex Charges: Report
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People close to the federal investigation on R. Kelly said “more indictments are on the way” in reference to the singer’s group enablers that helped facilitate the alleged sex crimes over the years. His manager, Derrel McDavid and the singer’s former employee, Milton Brown have already been included in the indictment with Kells. 

Many employees involved in Kelly’s alleged crimes were responsible for helping get the victims traveling across America to see the singer. With the pressure on Kelly’s inner circle right now, some his ex-employees helped turn over recent video evidence in the singer’s federal indictment. However, Kelly’s protection lies among those who aren’t willing to cooperate with investigators but those are the ones who are currently being focused on. That being said, it’s doubtful that any them will actually end up holding it down for Kelly. Sources close to Kelly believe they will fold in this situation. 

Drake’s Luxurious Mansion Features An OVO Basketball Court

Back in 2015 Drake dropped a reported $6.7 million on a property in Toronto’s Bridle Path neighborhood where the music maker tore down a house that was previously on the property, to build his own crib from the ground up. The “Started From The Bottom” rapper has previously shown progress shots the stunning home and by the looks his recent shares to Instagram, the most important aspect the house is complete – the basketball court. 

Drake’s latest upload to his feed shows two video clips the OVO stamped court. One clip shows his view from the rotop, looking down on the court from the glass ceiling while the other clip shows Drake sinking a shot from a balcony view the court from inside the home – what a life. “Basketball, dinner, @euphoria on a Sunday,” he captioned the post. 

Euphoria is one the latest series to drop on HBO that Drake has proudly been involved in. The show stars Zendaya, Maude Apatow among others as a teen struggles with sobriety while her group friends are dealing with just as many issues that come with blooming into an adult. “Tonight one the most remarkable creations I have ever been apart will be shared with the world!” Drake wrote on Instagram for the show’s premiere.

Safe to say Drake’s Sunday was done right.  

Boosie Goes Off About How Lion King Brought Him To Tears, Meek Mill Co-Signs

Boosie Badazz is constantly making headlines for his hot takes on Instagram. Many them have been controversial, ten resulting in some sort backlash, but everyone might be able to agree on his latest take. The remake  Lion King is set to hit theatres across the world this Friday and ahead its reminder, Boosie wanted to remind everyone that even the biggest gangstas have shed tears to the original Lion King.

“N***as actin’ like they all gangstas. N***a, if you watched Lion King as a child, you shed tears, n***a. ‘Cause that bitch made me cry,” he said. “And I know every n***a that I had asked around me when I was a child, that bitch made them cry… When Scar dropped that n***a f that motherf — aye, bruh. C’mon, dawg. You gotta keep it real.”

Although Boosie did have a point, one the people in the background said that he didn’t watch Lion King until he was older. Boosie proceeded to clown the individual.

Meek Mill hopped in the comments afterward to co-sign Boosie’s sentiment. “Especially when ya daddy really got killed … that shit hit you,” Meek wrote with several laughing emojis. With the remake set to come out this week, we’ll have to see if Boosie and Meek think the film is on par with the original. 
Boosie Goes Off About How Lion King Brought Him To Tears, Meek Mill Co-Signs

Post Malone Announces "Runaway Tour" With Swae Lee & Tyla Yaweh

It’s ficial. Post Malone is hitting the road with his buddies and he’s about to make a splash in your city. The rapper has been striking heavily with any single he chooses to releases, finding a permanent home on the Billboard charts and cementing his name in the history books. Posty has had one the most unlikely success stories in modern music history and his distinct ear for unique melodies and harmonies has got him exactly where he is today. He’s a fan favourite in most households, impacting both pop and rap radio with his crossover genius. If you’ve been waiting on the Texas-raised superstar to announce a new batch tour dates, it’s your lucky day today because the artist will be hitting the road very soon.

Starting September 14, Post Malone will be embarking on the Runaway Tour, hitting Tacoma, Washington before driving across the country with further performance plans. The tour will be running until after his second-annual Posty Fest, which was announced a few days ago. The rapper will be throwing a huge festival in Dallas on November 2, inviting some his famous friends to hit the stage and perform for his thousands hometown fans. Before Posty reaches his own fest though, he’s touching town in Detroit, Toronto, New York, Atlanta and more before ending the Runaway Tour in Inglewood at the iconic concert venue known as The Forum. Supporting him will be his frequent collaborator Swae Lee and his artist Tyla Yaweh.

Take a look at the tour dates below and let us know if you’ll be buying yourself a ticket. Sales begin this Friday.

#DXCLUSIVE: Ceschi, Open Mike Eagle, Onry Ozzborn & P.O.S Posse Up For "Incesticide"

HipHopDX Premiere – Ceschi Ramos was hanging out in Sasktoon, Canada with longtime collaborator/producer Factor when he heard an instrumental he just had to use. The result is his own posse cut titled “Incesticide” featuring Open Mike Eagle, Onry Ozzborn and Doomtree’s P.O.S. 

“Factor had done a remix for a Canadian band that broke up before ever using this instrumental,” Ramos explains to HipHopDX. “I thought it was such fire that I pretty much had to use it.”

The Fake Four, Inc. co-founder admits he doesn’t normally ask features on his records. In fact, he says it’s “pretty rare.” But Ramos had very personal reasons for uniting his friends Onry and P.O.S on a track together at the time.

“This seemed like the perfect one for those guys to rock, but it was formatted as a track for four people,” he says. “I had never worked with Open Mike Eagle on a track before even though we had toured together and known each other for close to a decade. He seemed like the perfect person to ask.”

Ramos describes the concept for the track as “some kind of eulogy to scenes of our youth,” specifically the “indie rap” world they all came from.

The title itself is a reference to Ramos’ favorite childhood bands, Nirvana, which dropped an album of the same name in 1992. It also directly refers to the story Ramos tells in the liner notes of his latest project, Sad, Fat Luck.

“Incesticide” comes from Ramos’ upcoming effort, Sans Soleil, which is expected to arrive on August 4. It’s the second installment in the Sad, Fat Luck trilogy.

As described in a press release, the album “completely ignores cohesiveness.” From grimy lo-fi Hip Hop to heart-wrenching folk to prog-reggaeton Spanish rap to spoken word poetry to cinematic pop — no songs on the album sound alike.

Contributors also include Yoni Wolf of Why?, Squalloscope and many more.

Check out “Incesticide” above and cop the album here.

Dwight Howard Claims Lakers & Clippers Are A Possibility For Him

Ever since his days with the Orlando Magic, Dwight Howard has had a tumultuous career in the NBA. He’s been bounced around from team to team and has also been flooded with rumors about his personal life. All these things have made Howard an easy target when it comes to the jokes and memes made by NBA fans. During the fseason, Howard was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Memphis Grizzlies where he’s not expected to play a single game. This is because reports are saying the team wants to move him. If they can’t move him though, they will have no choice but to release him from the team. This would mean Howard could go to whichever team he wants as long as they’ll take him.

During a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Howard explained how he would be down to return to the Lakers and would even play for the Clippers if given the opportunity.

Dwight Howard Claims Lakers & Clippers Are A Possibility For Him

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“I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do love L.A.,” Howard said. “Staples Center is going to be rocking this season. When I played there it was rocking every night. The atmosphere is crazy, not just for the Lakers but the Clippers, too. I just think all the hard work they’ve put in is paying f now. They’ve always been viewed as the Lakers’ little brother, but they decided to stand out and be different and you have to thank guys like Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul for laying the foundation for this team, and then what Doc Rivers] has done has been great. This is just all that hard work paying f.”

The Lakers and Clippers are considered title contenders right now so if Howard wants to win his first championship, he’d certainly increase his chances in Los Angeles. 

Fear of God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official Images

Fresh f the release some colorful Nike Air Fear God 1s comes yet another project from Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear God and Nike. 

The Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II, which originally debuted in two colorways back in December, will be available again on July 18 in the familiar “Light Bone” color scheme. The kicks, priced at $150, will initially be available at select retailers overseas, but a U.S. release is expected to follow shortly after the July 18 drop.

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Inspired by Nike’s early 90s running sneaker, the Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II comes equipped with a luxurious leather inner lining and a new toggle lacing system as well as glossy, light bone-colored patent leather swooshes and Fear Of God script near the heel.

Continue scrolling for ficial images the Fear God x Nike Air Skylon II “Light Bone,” and stay tuned for the global release details.

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Fear  God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official s

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Fear  God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official s

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Fear  God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official s

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Fear  God x Nike Air Skylon 2 “Light Bone” Coming Soon: Official s

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R. Kelly’s Daughter Reveals She Considered Suicide Due To Bullying About Her Father

On Thursday, R. Kellywas out walking his dog when he was stopped and arrested. We reported on the 52-year-old singer being charged with 13 federal counts related to obstruction justice, enticement a minor to engage in criminal activity, and child pornography. For decades, Kelly has been at the center accusations that have crippled him both personally and pressionally, and when Lifetime’s award-winning documentary Surviving R. Kelly was released, opposition against the singer intensified. 

There are people who are not ten spoken about, but who are directly connected to, the infamy associated with Kelly. His family ten bears the brunt his alleged sins, especially his children who have grown up in the shadows these heinous accusations. Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly and his 21-year-old daughter Buku Abi are newest cast members on Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, and unsurprisingly the drama surrounding Kelly is the core their storyline.

In an emotional segment, Abi spoke openly about what it’s been like being on the receiving end cruel messages from strangers who have taken to cyber-bullying. “Having to deal with everything in the media with my father is not easy,” she said. “People are constantly like, ‘How do you feel about the scandals?’ I don’t give a f*ck about the scandals. I have an issue with my father. I had to drop out school. I’ve had parents not let their children hang out with me. I spend a lot days, or nights, crying. But, like, damn. I’m sad, and I have the right to be sad.”

“Literally the other day I had somebody DM me on Instagram,” Buku said to her mother. “She said that she wished you would’ve been stronger and I was like, ‘My mom made the strongest move in the world by leaving him.’ Like, if I get a negative comment or people come at me, delete. You’re blocked. I’m not even reading it.”

“I get that all the time,” she continued. “People don’t realize how bad…Sorry, guys.” She stopped because she began to cry. “People don’t realize how bad that hurts, because it’s, like, I didn’t do anything, you know? I didn’t ask to be here….We’re still trying to heal from a lot, like, a lot, a lot, to the point where I almost tried to take my life. Like, that is heavy sh*t. And then to turn around and be like, ‘Oh, you should not feel that way. You’re selfish for feeling that way,’ it’s just, like, y’all are really heartless.”