AR-Ab Reportedly Convicted Of Running ‘Large-Scale’ Drug Trafficking Ring In Philly

Philadelphia, PA – AR-Ab has built a steady following in the Philadelphia area on a foundation of hard-hitting gangsta rap, earning the respects of Drake, Swizz Beatz and Birdman along the way. But evidently, his lyrics weren’t all talk.

On Tuesday (November 19), federal jurors convicted AR-Ab — real name Abdul West — and three members of his crew for turning their Original Block Hustlaz (OBH) record label into a sizable North Philly drug trafficking operation implicated in several murders, according to The Inquirer.

AR-Ab received guilty verdicts on several counts, including conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

“West and his crew transported illegal narcotics across the country to push here on our streets,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division Michael T. Harpster said in a press release. “They used violence to maintain their hold on their drug territory, in order to keep the cash rolling in.

“The FBI and our partners on the Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force are determined to dismantle dangerous trafficking operations like this and bring those involved to justice, as we push every day to make this city safer.”

AR-Ab was officially charged in October 2018 along with eight other men.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison under recidivist provisions in federal drug laws.

New Spotify Premium Offer Practically a Giveaway ⁠— 3 Months for $9.99

Spotify is hoping to re-capture the attention of former subscribers with a new offer on Spotify Premium.

rs who have used Spotify Premium but canceled the service are eligible for the promotion. Former subscribers can pay the regular monthly price of $9.99/month ⁠— and receive three months of service.

That giveaway is nearly as good as the three-month new subscriber trial for consumers. But you can bet ARPU will take a huge hit there. Spotify’s stock has also taken a battering after Amazon for Amazon Music.

Spotify’s Q3 2019 metrics revealed how well its three-month promotion is working to attract new users. Monthly active users are up to 248 million ⁠— nearly 30% growth from the same period last year. That growth is up 7% compared to the previous quarter. Spotify continues to maintain around a 45% radio of premium to ad-supported subscribers.

Spotify claimed 113 million paying users in Q3 2019 ⁠— up 31% from 87 million in Q3 2018.

Revenues topped $1.9 billion and are up 28% year-on-year and 4% quarter-on-quarter. Spotify also shared that it expects to report a loss for Q4 2019.

With a new Spotify Premium holiday deal like this, that’s not really surprising. Spotify’s quarterly loss estimate for Q4 2019 is between $34 million and $145 operating loss. Spotify also said it believes it is growing roughly twice as fast as Apple in that report.

“Relative to Apple, the publicly available data shows that we are adding roughly twice as many subscribers per month as they are. Additionally, we believe that our monthly engagement is roughly 2 times as high and our churn is at half the rate.”

This new Spotify Premium offer starts November 18 and runs through December 31st. rs who ended their subscription after October 19, 2019, are not eligible. People who have never subscribed to the service can get a for individuals and family plan accounts.

Seth Meyers Shares The One Thing Rihanna Is "Bad At"

Seth Meyers became even more popular this past summer when a video him day drinking with Rihanna hit the web showcasing him and singer’s drunken conversation as they sipped on his handcrafted cocktails. All his drinks were based on Rihanna‘s most popular hits and the “Needed Me” singer wasn’t shy about how she really felt about them. 

Seth Meyers Shares The One Thing Rihanna Is "Bad At"
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More recently, Seth paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and discussed his time with Rihanna, even admitting the one thing he thinks she’s not good at. “She, at one point, took my phone and took a bunch pictures while we were day drinking,” Seth explained. “And then, when I went through them and looked at them, I’m like, ‘Rihanna’s bad at taking pictures.'”

Seth made it clear that despite his great time with the beloved singer, they have not managed to stay friends. Jimmy then asked if he even got Rihanna’s number. 

“I think it would be, like, too dangerous to have,” he answered. “You know what I mean? Like, I would spend all day thinking like, ‘What’s a funny thing to text Rihanna?’ … I shouldn’t have Rihanna’s phone number in the same way Donald Trump] shouldn’t have nuclear codes.” 

A$AP Rocky Is Designing Uniforms To Donate To Swedish Prison

It was recently announced that, next month, A$AP Rocky will be making his first return to Sweden since his arrest. On December 11, he will be performing a concert at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Forbes reported that Rocky shared at Summit L.A. that “most the proceeds from performances in Sweden] will go to inmates and prison reformation.” 

The rapper’s first step towards improving the living conditions  the inmates  Kronobergshäktet – the prison where Rocky spent four weeks in custody – is donating new wardrobes. Furthermore, Rocky will be designing the clothing himself. “When I was going through my whole situation, the whole time I used to look on television and see Swedish fans showing me so much love and I want to give it back,” he said at the summit. ”I’m trying to do what I can with what I can, I just want to keep creating and encouraging whoever is after me to do it better.”

Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladetconfirmed that Rocky has reached out to the prison to arrange the donation. Kronobergshäktet’s Detention Manager, Fredrik Wallin, told the paper that Rocky’s lawyer had e-mailed him designs for green sweaters (with “PROMENVD” printed on the chest) and trousers, but the arrangement has not yet been finalized. 

Rocky was found guilty assault in August, but the fense was not deemed severe enough to warrant more jail-time

LeBron James Praises Dave Chappelle For Dropping "Gems" At Lakers Practice

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers had a special guest at the practice facility on Monday, as comedian Dave Chappelle stopped by to drop some jokes, knowledge and buckets on the top-ranked Lakers. As seen in the footage embedded below, Chappelle got some shots up with LeBron and worked on his step-back three-pointer with point guard Quinn Cook.

No word on whether or not he served up pancakes for everyone afterward, a la the classic Chappelle’s Show skit (shown at the bottom this post).

In addition to the jokes and jumpers, Chappelle seems to have left an impact on the Lakers player and coaches by simply talking with the guys about life.

“He’s just a funny person,” Kyle Kuzma said, according to the LA Times. “I think he may have tried to be serious but he ended up just kind being funny because that’s who he is. Just telling us what he thought about life and how to be happy.”

“That’s kinda for him to share. I know what things I took from it,” Danny Green said, according to the LA Times. “More so breaking down you can’t be afraid to make mistakes or be yourself, basically. And that’s the point where he’s at in his life, where he’s not really trying to filter anything, and he’s carefree and more honest with himself than anybody. And that’s where it starts.”

LeBron shared a team photo with Chappelle on IG, and praised the comedian for taking the time to stop by the practice facility on Monday.

“THANK YOU so much for taking the time to come see us and give us some your gems about this whole thing called “Life” we live in and what comes with it! You’re the ABSOLUTE GREATEST OF ALL TIME in your field for more than just being able to make people laugh! The world with you in it is simply a better place my friend! 🐐 Dave Chappelle”

Up next for the Lakers (11-2) is a home-and-home with the Oklahoma City Thunder, starting with tonight’s game at Staples Center. Check out Chappelle’s classic Charlie Murphy x Prince skit, as well as some additional photos from yesterday’s Lakers practice, below.

50 Cent Addresses Deactivated Instagram Account

Did Instagram shut down 50 Cent’s account?

The rapper suddenly went MIA from social media last week, prompting speculation that his antics finally caught up with him. Earlier in the week, he trolled Naturi Naughton by posting a meme of the “Power” star alongside Goro, a character from the video game Mortal Kombat.

But many of his followers including Naughton didn’t find it funny. “@50cent did we have a fight and I not know about it? so confused,” she wrote.

Shortly thereafter, his account was deactivated. “He knew what he did was shady and apologized for it,” Naughton later told Page Six. “He realized it wasn’t the nicest thing to do. I accepted his apology, I’ve moved on.”

Now 50 is addressing his disappearance from Instagram, saying it had nothing to do with the meme. “LOL Im cool with all these false report, if you don’t know why something happens,” said 50, who reposted a screenshot of an erroneous headline. “you can’t just make some shit up smh I turned my own IG page off SUCKERS.”

One fan told him to stay off the ‘Gram until he cleans up his act. “Good BYE!!! Dont go back until you got some manners,” wrote the user, prompting 50’s blunt reply: “Shut up bitch.”

But it looks as though he has no plans to return to Instagram anytime soon. “I like twitter better then IG right now follow me over here,” added 50, whose known for his controversial posts.

When someone addressed the Naughton meme, he defended his actions. “I was sticking up for her, they just went and made some shit up.”

Joe Budden Is "Grateful" To Migos For "Ice Tray" Diss, Isn’t Salty About It

A meme-able moment that went down in hip hop history was when tensions arose between Joe Budden and Migos at the 2017 BET Awards. Culture critic Joe Budden has ten been vocal about the new generation hip hop, including acts like Migos, but when they came together at the award show for an Everyday Struggle interview, things got weird. Joe ended up dropping his microphone and walking f set, and later there were reports that things almost turned physical f-camera. 

Later, Migos and Lil Yachty dropped “Ice Tray,” a song that seemed to intensify their beef with the line: “If a n*gga hatin’ call him Joe Budden…P*ssy!” Recently, Tory Lanez sat down with Joe on his Pull Up series to talk about Tory’s Chixtape 5 release, but for a brief moment, the tables were turned. Tory wanted to pick Joe’s brain about “Ice Tray” and if he was salty about the song, especially if he hears it out in the streets.

“I was grateful to those Migos guys if you want me to be honest,” Joe said. “Yo, Joe Budden, when you get away from my rap and hip hop persona, ’cause n*ggas have watched me make all my mistakes publicly, I’m really a humble and grateful guy. The fact that they put… N*ggas have dissed me for 20 years. Who cares? I’ve never been dissed in a smash! In a hit! Now, this is a hit.”

Tory admitted that he and Joe are good friends but when Tory’s out at the club and “Ice Tray” comes on, he can’t help but rap the lyrics. Joe added that no matter where he was, if “Ice Tray” came on, “it was like a salute.” Watch the full chat between these two below.

Bernie Sanders Flexes Wet Jumper And Gets Straight Buckets: Watch

Bernie Sanders is currently in the midst a battle to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. Sanders is currently in the primary stage and is one the top three candidates along with Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. The senator from Vermont has been in politics for a long time but he only got national attention in 2015 and 2016 when he ran against Hillary Clinton for the same position. Sanders is mostly known for his populist approach to democratic socialism which has caused quite a bit tension between him and the more moderate candidates.

Whether you agree with Sanders’ politics is one thing but what you can’t deny, is just how silky smooth his jump-shot is. In footage obtained by TMZ, Sanders comes through five straight buckets that will seriously have you reconsidering your vote.

Sanders has been campaigning across the country as late and his jump-shot is just another way endearing himself amongst voters. When candidates are relatable, they tend to do quite well and this could potentially be an example that. Even though it’s such a small clip, his cool factor certainly goes up, despite being the oldest candidate in the race.

While Sanders is promising free health care and education, he’s also promising free buckets.

Jay-Z Never Said He’s "Disappointed" In Colin Kaepernick, Roc Nation Confirms

Colin Kaepernick may have been scheduled for a private workout for the NFL 0with reps from all 32 teams but that didn’t exactly go as planned. Kaepernick had issues with the league’s terms agreements but it was reportedly Jay-Z that pressured the NFL commissioner into giving Kaepernick a shot. Jay, who’s been under fire for his initial decision to partner with the NFL, told Goodell that he had taken a “reputational bullet” for the partnership which helped Kaep’s case, apparently.

Jay-Z Never Said He's "Disappointed" In Colin Kaepernick, Roc Nation Confirms
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At the last minute, Kaepernick announced that he’d be changing the location his workout due to the terms that came along with the league’s waiver. After the workout wrapped up, reports emerged that Jay-Z was actually disappointed in Kaep. “Sources” close to the situation said that Jay felt the former 49ers QB used the moment as a “publicity stunt” when he decided to switch the location the workout. 

A much more reputable source that is much closer to Jay-Z has revealed that the “disappointment” statement isn’t actually true. Roc Nation’s ficial Twitter account dead the rumors earlier today. “A source at Roc Nation tells us JAY-Z hasn’t spoken to any sources,” the tweet reads. Of course, one can’t help but laugh at the sarcastic tone to the tweet but overall, it appears that Jay’s learned to remain quiet when it comes to any public comments regarding Kaepernick and the NFL. 

Megan Thee Stallion Busts Out Her Bra For Seductive Magazine Shoot

Megan Thee Stallion is one the biggest musical stars in the entire world. Each day, her fanbase grows exponentially, adding hotties into the fold and inching the Houston superstar toward the top the game. She is still riding high from the success Fever, her latest mixtape, and we’re expecting the H-Town Hottie to come through with her debut studio album next year. Before then though, she’s been hustling on surrounding ventures, establishing herself as a household name and popping up on magazine covers around the country. Her most recent appearance on the newsstands comes i-D Magazine, who will be featuring her as a cover star in the coming week.

“Hottiesss I made the COVER OF @i_d MAGAZINE,” wrote the excited rapper on social media, sharing a trio photos from the shoot. The first image shows Megan in what has become her signature look: a bra and some booty shorts. She flaunts her famous curves in other additions, playfully bending down à la Coppertone on the actual cover shot.

Meg says that this could very well be her favorite interview to date. The full piece is already available online here. Take a look at the photos and be sure to grab yourself a copy when i-D hits stands on Monday next week.

Celtics’ Tacko Fall Issues Ominous Warning To G League Players

Heading into the 2019 NBA Draft, Tacko Fall’s status was uncertain. While he may be one the 40 tallest people in the world, there were doubts that he could keep up with the pace necessary to play consistent minutes in the NBA. In the end, Fall ended up going undrafted but was signed as a free agent by the Boston Celtics. Fall started the season on the Celtics roster but since he’s on a two-way contract, the team decided recently to send him to the G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

According to Sean Deveney, Fall was recently asked about what it’s like playing in the G-League and how he feels about players trying to come after him. In order to stop a guy like Fall, you have to be physical but as he explained, that might not be the best idea.

Celtics' Tacko Fall Issues Ominous Warning To G League Players

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“If you’re going to do it, be ready because it’s not going to go your way,” Fall said. It’s unclear what he actually plans to do in these situations but his size is enough to make you want to rethink the aggression. Fall can block you just as easily as he can dunk on you so if you want to get on his good side, maybe it would be best to exercise caution.

Hopefully, Fall can impress with the Red Claws and get himself back in the NBA.

LeBron James Left Hanging By Dwight Howard, NBA Twitter Reacts

Being left hanging is probably one the worst feelings in the entire world. You stick your hand out waiting for some contact and instead, you get a palm-full absolutely nothing. Last week, we reported on how this exact same thing happened to LeBron James while trying to dap up the Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach. Luckily, Jared Dudley was able to swoop in and save the day which as you can imagine, led to a lot memes.

Last night, the Lakers were putting up a dominant performance against the Atlanta Hawks and during a timeout, LeBron put out his hand for Dwight Howard. Unfortunately, LeBron was stymied, once again, and had to perform the embarrassing deed dapping up himself. It’s a sad state affairs for the player they refer to as, “The King.”

In cases like this, the internet can be pretty funny and they immediately began making jokes at LeBron and Dwight’s expense. For instance, James kept getting compared to Josh Hart who was notorious for high-fiving himself after being ignored by his teammates on the floor. 

Regardless, it seems like Dwight and James have a ton chemistry out on the court and this little mishap won’t do anything to erase that. Either way, it’s pretty hilarious and you can’t help but just laugh at it all.

Zaire Wade Receives Exclusive Air Jordan 1 Custom

Well known sneaker customizer Dominic Ciambrone, aka The Shoe Surgeon, has been killing the Air Jordan 1 game as late, which has resulted in the release a luxe Chicago colorway Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 1, as well as a tie-dye pair made from AstroWorld merch and another exotic “What the Scrap” Air Jordan 1 colorway.

For his latest AJ1 project, The Shoe Surgeon crafted a 1–1 for Dwyane Wade’s son, Zaire.

The “Zaire Wade” Air Jordan 1 borrows design cues from Virgil Abloh’s popular Off-White x AJ1 collab, featuring “02” detailing as a nod to the year Zaire was born, as well as “Zaire” printed on the white midsole and his middle name “Blessing” stamped on the translucent, tie-dye sole.

The Shoe Surgeon notes:

“We handcrafted these 1/1 AJ1s for Zaire Wade with up cycled tie dye fabric, Zaire printed on the midsole and his middle name Blessing printed under a translucent tie dye outsole.”

Click here to check out Zaire’s exclusive “Sierra Canyon” Nike LeBron 17 PE.

Tay-K Indicted For Capital Murder In Second Murder Case: Report

In July, Tay-K 47 (born Taymor McIntyre) was sentenced to 55 years in prison for a murder committed when he was 16. The murder occurred in 2016 during a Tarrant County home invasion and Tay-K spent the next year on the run, fleeing from house arrest. In April 2017, a few months before he was caught by the police, “The Race” rapper allegedly killed another person, Mark Anthony Saldivar. According to KSAT 12News, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office wrote in a press release Friday that McIntyre is being indicted for capital murder in the Saldivar case. 

Saldivar, a 23-year-old photographer, was allegedly robbed by Tay-K and his two accomplices his expensive camera equipment and tossed out their car. After Saldivar jumped onto the hood the car to try to stop them from getting away with his belongings, the car pulled into a Chick-fil-A parking lot on the North Side, where Tay-K allegedly shot Saldivar to death. Saldivar’s mother, Lucia “Lucy” Saldivar, filed the wrongful murder lawsuit and is seeking $1 million in damages for the loss her son.

In August, Tay-K was extradited to the Bexar County Jail, where he currently awaits trial to determine his fate. Although capital murder convictions subject the fender to the death penalty, Tay-K’s manager has insisted in the past that this will not be the case for the rapper. The supposed reason for this exemption is Tay-K’s status as a minor. 

Michael Bloomberg Apologizes For Stop-And-Frisk Police Strategy

Gearing up for a rumored run to join the race for the presidency, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is backing away from his support the extremely controversial stop-and-frisk policing strategy.

According to the New York Times, in Brooklyn, Bloomberg apologized to a mostly black crowd for the program which disproportionally targeted Latinx and black communities. 87% the stop-and-frisk searches in 2011 were performed on black or Latinx New Yorkers.

“Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself: I got something important wrong,” Bloomberg said. “I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives, but as we know: Good intentions aren’t good enough.”

“New York City had 650 murders a year when I came into fice, and the toll fell heaviest on black and Hispanic young men,” Bloomberg explained to Politico last year. “We were determined to do everything possible to stop gun violence, both by taking guns f the street and by taking on the NRA—when few other elected ficials were willing to do that.”

If Bloomberg runs, The New York Daily News is reporting that he plans to spend upwards $100 million on anti-Trump advertising.