Kodak Black Reportedly In Good Spirits & Working On New Project In Prison

It’s looking like Kodak Black is in a much better head space than where he was at a couple weeks ago. If you missed it, the Florida rapper made headlines earlier this month when he said he thought he might die at prison following the “cruel & unethical” treatment he was receiving from the guards. He claimed to have been drugged, beaten and denied food and medical attention among other basic needs, and expressed his fear that he would end up dead if these circumstances continued. Well hopefully things have changed because he is apparently in a better spirit according to his lawyer Bradford Cohen.

Kodak’s lawyer recently visited the Florida rapper and gave fans an update on his Instagram yesterday, saying that his client is in good spirits right now. He says he is reading a lot and working on a new project at the moment as well.

“It was good to see him and he was in good spirits. He is working on new projects and reading. He wants to thank all you for the support,” Kodak’s lawyer wrote as his caption while sharing the pic from outside the prison (see below).

This report comes just days after learning the release date for Kodak Black. The Florida rapper is scheduled to be released from prison on August 14th, 2022.

Tyler, The Creator Says Grammy Win Feels Like ‘Backhanded Compliment’

Tyler, The Creator is celebrating his first Grammy win.

Last night, he took home the award for Best Rap Album for IGOR at the 62nd annual Grammys. During his acceptance speech, he thanked Pharrell and his mother, who joined him on stage. While speaking with reporters backstage, Tyler said he had mixed emotions about the win.

“I’m half and half on it,” he said. “On one side, I’m very grateful that what I made could just be acknowledged in a world like this, but also, it sucks that whenever we–and I mean guys that look like me–do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category, which is–I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. That’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word to me.”

He added, “When I hear that, I’m just like, ‘Why can’t we just be in pop?’ Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like, ‘Oh, my little cousin wants to play the game, let’s give him the unplugged controller so he could shut up and feel good about it.’ That’s what it felt like a bit.”

However, he is still grateful to be recognized. “But another half of me is very grateful that the art that I made could be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff, I’m not played in Target, I’m in a whole different world than what a lot of people here listen to.”

Tyler also hit the Grammy stage for the first time for a fiery medley of IGOR hits, “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND,” featuring Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson.

His fellow nominee Meek Mill congratulated him on the award along with his “boyfriend” Jaden Smith.

The L.A. native also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died hours earlier in a helicopter crash. “That news was heavy, especially just being in L.A. and just being here at the Staples Center,” he said. “Within a short period of time between him and Nipsey—if you’re from Los Angeles and depending on what sector you’re in, like that shit is really, really heavy. We take an L tonight and rest in peace to Kobe, that hurt, but also we took a win just being from Los Angeles and taking that home. So it’s mixed emotions.”

Ice Cube Reflects on Kobe Bryant’s Death

The hip-hop community is mourning Kobe Bryant.

A day after the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Ice Cube reacted to the devastating news. In an interview with ESPN, the L.A. native remembered the Lakers champ.

“Kobe is some of the glue that holds L.A. together,” said a somber Cube.

He also revealed that he texted Kobe upon hearing about his death from a friend. “To see if he would hit me back,” he said. “And when I didn’t get it back, you don’t immediately start to worry ’cause he’s Kobe and he always get back sooner or later.”

While his city and the world is in mourning, he especially grieves for Kobe’s family. “I just toss and turn all night thinking about Vanessa and his daughters, thinking about his mother, and his father, his sisters, thinking about Vanessa’s parents, just everybody in his immediate life that loved him, what they lost. I know what we lost as fans.”

Cube said he looked up to Kobe, despite the fact that he was younger. “Me personally, I don’t have too many heroes that’s younger than me, and that was one of ’em,” he continued. “It’s profound but I think more about his family and I hope the city wraps their arms around the family and embrace them as much as they embraced Kobe ’cause the family’s gonna need it.”

A heartbroken Cube also expressed his sadness on Twitter, writing, “I can’t believe that my hero and friend is gone too soon. I’m numb.”

Other celebrities have reacted to the news including Drake, Lil Wayne, Barack Obama, and Justin Timberlake, who penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend. “You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time,” wrote the pop superstar.

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We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality. A mentality that I would take with me throughout my whole career and still use every day. As the years went by, I watched you do things that seemed humanly unimaginable. And, through ups and downs, championships and injuries, you still remained with an unwavering resolve about your mentality to remain fierce to competition. But, every time we would speak or text, something started to change… your patience and ease grew. And it inspired me to continue to grow for myself. Years passed, and the “old man” jokes would start to be traded back and forth. We both appreciated a good “ribbing.” We joked about “The Vino Club.” You nicknamed yourself ‘Vino’ to represent how one could age gracefully as a fine wine does. But, you never stopped aiming to inspire me. Your confidence in me was huge – it really affected me because I admired you so much. I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person. People sometimes can confuse a will to win with a lack of compassion. That wasn’t you. You had both qualities. The last conversation that we shared was about being fathers and what that meant. That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy. Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me. I am sending my love to Vanessa and your family and to the families of everyone connected in the mourning of this terrible tragedy. My heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers. Kobe… You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time. I know that will be a source for me every day as it has been for so many days before. Your legacy is with us. It’s our responsibility to pass it down now. I hope you I can continue to make you proud, Vino. Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.

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Planters Halts Promo Of Mr. Peanut’s Death In Sympathy With Kobe Bryant News

Last week, Mr. Peanut became a trending topic as Planters started promoting ads on social media apps that announced the death its 104-year-old mascot. The marketing campaign was intended as a lead-up to the Kraft-owned snack company’s Superbowl commercial, starring Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. While the 30-second clip Mr. Peanut and the actors experiencing a car accident is still set to air during this Sunday’s event, Planters has decided to dial back the ads Mr. Peanut’s demise in light the passing Kobe Bryant. 

On Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26), it was reported that the NBA legend was killed in a helicopter crash while he was travelling with his daughter Gianna to her basketball game in Thousand Oaks, California. Seven other passengers also perished in the crash, including John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, Mamba Academy coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.

In the wake this tragedy, Planters has revised their plan to advertise death-related posts on people’s social media feeds. Planters said in a statement that it will “evaluate next steps through a lens sensitivity to those impacted by this tragedy. The company added that “at this point, the pause impacts only paid advertising on channels like Twitter and YouTube, and some other outreach in the immediate wake this tragedy. No change has been made to our plans for Super Bowl Sunday.”

Kobe Bryant Spent Saturday On Daddy-Daughter Date With 3-Year-Old Bianka Bryant

The last moments for the nine people who lost their lives in the Calabasas helicopter crash is something that no one could imagine. Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria-Onore “GiGi” Bryant were killed in the accident along with John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, 13-year-old Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan. As devastating as this news continues to be for a world mourning an icon, it’s reported that Kobe’s last hours were spent with his daughters.

It was previously reported that on Sunday (January 26) morning, prior to boarding the helicopter with his daughter and seven others—which was headed to the Mamba Sports Academy in nearby Thousand Oaks, California—Kobe and Gianna went to church together. According to The Daily Mail, the father-daughter duo attended “Catholic Mass and received Communion at the Cathedral Our Lady Queen the Angels in Newport Beach.”

TMZ now reports that the day prior on Saturday (January 25), Kobe spent the late afternoon with his three-year-old daughter Bianka Bryant enjoying the simpler things life has to fer as they strolled around Newport Beach’s Fashion Island Mall. The pair were captured on camera as Kobe watched his toddler admire the koi pond (you can check out that brief clip here). It’s reported that the Bryant family frequently visited the Fashion Island Mall and that it was a normal occurrence to see the icon with his girls at many the Orange County city’s local establishments. Scroll through a few Kobe’s family photos and videos from his Instagram account below.

Diplo Responds To Sia’s Sex Proposition, Loves That She’s A "Loose Cannon"

You miss out on 100 percent the shots you never take, so Sia decided to shoot her shot with Diplo. The LSD (Labrinth, Sia, Diplo) collaborators have made magic in the studio, and Sia admitted in an interview with GQ that she not only admired him as an artist but as a good-looking man she wanted to bed down.

Diplo Responds To Sia's Sex Proposition, Loves That She's A "Loose Cannon"
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“Much our relationship is just being spent trying not to have so that we wouldn’t ruin our business relationship because he’s super-duper hot,” Sia told the publication. “This year I wrote him a text, and I said, ‘Hey, listen, you’re like one five people that I’m ually attracted to, and now that I’ve decided to be single for the rest my life and I just adopted a son, I don’t have time for a relationship,” Sia added. “If you’re interested in some no-strings , then hit me up.'”

While walking the Grammy Awards red carpet on Sunday (January 26), Diplo caught up with PEOPLE and was asked about his friend’s revelation. The correspondent wanted to know if he’d taken Sia up on her fer, to which he playfully replied, “No comment” with a laugh. “I love her to death and value our relationship a lot more.”

Taking that as a negative, Diplo said he wasn’t aware that she was going to share that with the world. “But she’s a loose cannon, and she does whatever she wants,” he said. “Yeah, but she’s spontaneous and insane, so I love her for that.” Watch Diplo’s full clip below.

LeBron James Breaks Silence On Kobe Bryant’s Death: "I’m Heartbroken & Devastated"

They may have been seen as rivals on the court, but Kobe Bryant and LeBron James were longtime friends who shared a mutual love and respect. They’re hailed as two the greatest players to ever pick up a basketball and f the court, their families were woven together as one. Since news broke on Sunday (January 26) that Bryant, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “GiGi” Maria and seven others, had lost his life in a tragic helicopter crash, hundreds thousands  the Los Angeles Lakers legend’s loved ones and admirers have vocalized their grief and disbelief.

LeBron James Breaks Silence On Kobe Bryant's Death: "I'm Heartbroken & Devastated"
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NBA games continued on schedule and players could be seen sitting courtside weeping. Fans converged onto the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, the home the Lakers, blocking traffic as the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were being held inside. People who had followed the career the basketball star openly cried in the streets cities worldwide. Sports figures, from all fields, shared their memories or condolences social media and in emotional interviews. 

Kobe’s last Instagram post was a photo himself with LeBron, and in the caption, Bryant praised his friend for passing his third-place spot for the NBA’s all-time scoring list. LeBron doesn’t owe the public a response to the death his friend, but the Lakers star used the opportunity to share in the global grief that family, friends, and fans are experiencing together. 

He wrote:

“I’m Not Ready but here I go. Man I sitting here trying to write something for this post but every time I try I begin crying again just thinking about you, niece Gigi and the friendship/bond/brotherhood we had! I literally just heard your voice Sunday morning before I left Philly to head back to LA. Didn’t think for one bit in a million years that would be the last conversation we’d have. WTF!! I’m heartbroken and devastated my brother!! 😢😢😢😢💔. Man I love you big bro. My heart goes to Vanessa and the kids. I promise you I’ll continue your legacy man! You mean so much to us all here especially #LakerNation💜💛 and it’s my responsibility to put this shit on my back and keep it going!! Please give me the strength from the heavens above and watch over me! I got US here! There’s so much more I want to say but just can’t right now because I can’t get through it! Until we meet again my brother!! #Mamba4Life❤️🙏🏾 #Gigi4Life❤️🙏🏾”

We continue to send our condolences to Kobe Bryant’s loved ones.

Wiz Khalifa Show Shut Down After Concertgoer Throws Bottle At Cop: Report

Wiz Khalifa concerts are usually pretty peaceful. There’s typically a lot weed smoke and liquor involved and Wiz himself is encouraging the good vibes. Unfortunately, an issue with a police ficer seemingly escalated and resulted in a recent concert getting shut down, Page Six reports.

Wiz Khalifa Show Shut Down After Concertgoer Throws Bottle At Cop: Report
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Wiz was turning up on Saturday morning at Hotspot Park City Live in Park City, Utah when a police ficer was hit with a bottle. Chief Police Wade Carpenter asked Wiz Khalifa, who was smoking on stage, to put out his joint. It’s a Wiz Khalifa concert so the idea putting out a joint wasn’t necessarily a reasonable request. So the rapper refused and then someone in the audience threw a bottle that hit the ficer. 

“Officers from the PCPD were conducting compliance checks on Main Street Friday night January 24, 2020, and found multiple code violations at PC Live. Despite warnings, the music venue was eventually shut down,” a spokesman for the Park City Police Department said. “A PCPD ficer was struck in the head by a thrown object. Luckily, his injury did not require medical attention but did result in a small laceration.”

The venue opened back open on Saturday where the Chainsmokers performed. Wiz seemingly acknowledged the altercation, writing, “I had to run from the cops last night. Good thing I remembered my training #taylorgang.” Adding, “Homie wit tha badge can succ it easy. He ruined it for everybody.”

Dave Chappelle’s Reason For Missing Grammy Award Acceptance Revealed

When it was shouted into the microphone that Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones” had won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album, many viewers probably got excited that he would appear onstage to give a humorous acceptance speech. Instead, they got one those awkward moments when the presenters – in this case, Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker – wait for the applause to die down for them to inform the audience that the winner is not there to receive the award. 

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Considering how marred the Grammys have been by controversy, every absence from the ceremony tends to be interpreted as an act boycotting. This may explain why Taylor Swift was not in attendance at this year’s show. However, there’s a more simple reason for why Dave Chappelle wasn’t there to accept his golden gramophone: traffic. 

A representative for the comedian told Page Six that “It was nothing more than #LATraffic.” While this could suggest that Chappelle’s absence was beyond his control, he probably would have made sure to head to the Staples Center earlier if the Grammys were a top priority for him. He did eventually make it there, though. Photos show him mingling with Ellen DeGeneres backstage. 

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Dreamville Dominates The Grammys Red Carpet In Style

Though their reputation might not suggest it, Dreamville can flex with the best them. Lest we forget that time EarthGang convinced J. Cole to join them for a debaucherous evening at the strip club, making it rain torrential downpours in the process. Since then, they’ve only become bolder in their flexing efforts, as evidenced by the squad’s latest appearance at the 2020 Grammy Awards. 

Dreamville Dominates The Grammys Red Carpet In Style

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Joined by Guapdad 4000 and his ten-foot durag, the Ville was represented in dapper fashion by J.I.D, Johnny “Olu” Venus and Doctur “Wowgr8” Dot EarthGang, Cozz, and Ibrahim H. The boys made sure to post up for a badass picture, each one looking dapper for the occasion. Special shout out to Venus, who came through hard with the androgynous drip. 

At some point, the Spillage Village crew even connected with Atlanta’s mayor Keisha Bottoms, a testament to their growing pull in their home state. Elsewhere, The Ville was also represented by Bas, who held it down alongside his own associates. Check out some the pics below, and sound f — is Dreamville destined for a major campaign in 2020?

Roddy Ricch’s "The Box" Holds #1 On Billboard Hot 100 For Third Straight Week

If there’s one newcomer that’s positioned for longevity, it’s Roddy Ricch. Since the release  Feed The Streets II, Roddy Ricch has made a strong case as to why he’s the next up. The release  Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial only solidified that with the single, “The Box” becoming his biggest song to date.

After shooting to the top the charts two weeks ago, the rapper has now secured the #1 spot with “The Box” on the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week in a row. The song garnered 75M US streams, according to Billboard, in the week ending on Jan. 23rd. The rapper has yet to unleash a music video for the song, although reports claim that the visuals for the single have been completed.

The strength “The Box” is clearly enough to block out three the biggest rappers from hitting the top spot on the chart. Future and Drake‘s “Life Is Good” maintains the #2 spot for a second week in a row. Meanwhile, Eminem and Juice WRLD’S “Godzilla” debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Godzilla” previously topped the UK charts.

In related news, Roddy Ricch recently earned himself his first Grammy for Nipsey Hussle‘s “Racks In The Middle” alongside Hit-Boy. Additionally, he touched the stage with Meek Mill to perform their then-unreleased single, “Letter To Nipsey.”

DaBaby Teases New Album & Potential Drake Collab

It looks like DaBaby is getting ready to drop some new music soon. While on the red carpet at the Grammy’s last night, the Charlotte sensation caught up with Billboard and was asked a few things abut what he’s got in stored for us.

When asked about carrying the momentum from last year into 2020, DaBaby said he’s already done with new music and just needs to put it out and present it. He said he’s just getting started and now it’s really time to “ball.” “2019 that was play time, that was the layup line. It’s time to ball now” DaBaby says confidently into the camera.

DaBaby then talked about his upcoming music, saying it’s coming “asap.” After joking that he wanted to “leak his whole album,” due to the excitement, DaBaby said that their camp was letting Stunna4Vegas have his shine & time coming f the release Rich Youngin’ but that he’s coming right after that.

“Stunna4Vegas from Billionaire Dollar Entertainment. He just dropped this past week. We had to let him have his season, and I’m right behind him, Boom! Right behind him,” he reiterated. 

Lastly, before leaving to go into the venue, DaBaby was asked about the rumored Drake collab, saying that he’s waiting on Drizzy to link up. He says they already planned to do it, but are wanting to have it happen organically rather than just rushing it.

“Whenever Drizzy ready I’m ready. We already chopped it up and spoke. We gon’ let it happen naturally. Organically that’s what it’s all about,” he says before answering that the sound their hit would be that a “billboard.”

Watch the short, 2-minute interview with DaBaby (below).

Summer Walker Serves BDSM Energy In New Sexy Instagram Share

Summer Walker’s been feeling herself lately and we’re all here for it. The “I’ll Kill You” singer has been enjoying life with her man London On Da Track by her side as well as her real friends who she spends quality family time with and coordinates matching attire with. While the latest share to Summer’s Instagram feed saw her cuddling up to London in the studio, Summer’s latest update sees her solo fronting a y lingerie piece. 

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The black and white image below shows Summer holding a gun in her barely-there fit while caressing her ponytail. Just last week Summer posted a screenshot a comment a fan left on her Instagram explaining how she’s just a “regular degular girl from ATL.”

“She real because she don’t give AF. She’s not a fake, primp and prissy celebrity afraid to be herself,” the user wrote Summer. “She posts without makeup, she posts when she isn’t dressed like a fashionista etc. She is a reminder and example that these celebrities are real people too.” In other Summer news, Rick Ross recently dropped the visuals for “Summer Reign” featuring Summer and Rick living a champagne-fueled love story.

Tyler, The Creator, DaBaby & More Make Our 2020 Grammys Best Dressed Picks

The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night (Jan. 26). The event was tinged with sadness as the passing Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash was announced just a few hours before airtime. This loss weighed down even harder on those in attendance, as they sat in the Staples Center, which the evening’s host, Alicia Keys, aptly described as the “house that Kobe built”. However, everyone tried to transpose their sadness into a celebration life and one its greatest joys: music. 

Billie Eilish had a record-breaking night, being the youngest artist to win in all four the Grammy’s major categories. Tyler, The Creator, J. Cole and 21 Savage all took home their first prizes from the Recording Academy. YG sidestepped a questionable arrest on Friday to partake in a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle alongside Meek Mill, Roddy Ricch, John Legend, Kirk Franklin and DJ Khaled. Overall, the affair was filled with highlights, another which were the outfits that the stars rocked on the red carpet. Here’s a roundup some our favorite looks.  

Lil Nas X

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Big Freedia

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YBN Cordae

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Swae Lee

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DaBaby

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YG

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Saweetie

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Guapdad 4000

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Tyler, The Creator

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FKA twigs

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H.E.R.

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EARTHGANG

 

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Derek Jeter Pens Tribute To Kobe Bryant: "Kobe Just Loved Being A Dad"

It’s indescribably difficult to put into words the overwhelming sadness brought on by the passing Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant, 41, and his 13-year old daughter Gianna were among nine killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday afternoon and the world is still attempting to come to grips with it all.

In the aftermath the tragic accident, those who knew Kobe best have attempted to articulate the pround impact he had – not just on the sport  basketball, but the world as a whole. Specifically, Kobe’s closest friends have expressed just how much he loved being a father above all else.

New York Yankees’ Hall Famer Derek Jeter penned a touching tribute to Kobe for The Player’s Tribune on Sunday night, during which Jeter explained, “He loved his family — he was his family. That’s what was important. And that’s the Kobe I’ll remember.”

Writes Jeter:

Kobe just loved being a dad. And when it comes to his legacy, I really hope we’re able to take the time to remember that as an essential part it.

Rest in peace to Gianna Bryant. Rest in peace to the other passengers on board.

And rest in peace to Kobe Bryant — who knew that his life was only as important as the love he had for the people in it. Who knew that he was born to play basketball. But it was family over everything.

Click here to read Jeter’s tribute in it’s entirety.