California Passes AB5, Handing aMajor Defeat to the RIAA, A2IM

Earlier today (September 18th), California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB5 into law.

The purpose of AB5 is to give benefit and wage protections to those who work for both rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft and other crowdsourcing companies.  One big downside, however: the law could also “gut the music industry” in the state.

AB5 makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Unlike the former, the latter are entitled to benefits such as workers compensation and have to be paid a minimum wage.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who is the sponsor of AB5, says that the law could affect one million workers in the state. But it might not affect them all in a positive way.  Major music industry organizations, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Music Artists Coalition, believe that AB5 could wipe out independent music in the state and have been vehemently opposed to it.

Under the law, the following contractors could now be considered employees of music artists:

  • Producers
  • Engineers
  • Publicists
  • Managers
  • Dancers
  • Background Vocalists

Gonzalez says that she talked to people in the music industry during the course of writing the bill, but she insists that the industry was unable to come up with a consensus in terms of how to amend the bill.
In the end, she says the music industry preferred opposing the bill instead of amending it.  Other industries, by contrast, had worked at creating carve-outs, time-delays, or flat-out exceptions.  In fact, the list of industries receiving special exemptions is lengthy, though music industry organizations seemed unwilling to give an inch.

Richard Burgess, who is the president and CEO of A2IM, was disappointed with AB5’s passage and reiterated how it could destroy the local music industry.

But in a joint statement made with the RIAA and attorney Jordan Brinkley, he vowed to keep fighting the law until it includes protections for the music industry. He says until then, it may be difficult to make music in California.

Kanye West’s Going To Trial In $600K Lawsuit Despite Attempts To Have It Thrown

Kanye West has a few legal issues to tend to these days. He’s still in an ongoing legal dispute over a publishing contract but aside from music, he has other ongoing legal troubles regarding the Yeezy brand. The rapper was previously sued by a Japanese fabric company over claims that Ye didn’t cough up money to cover a six-figure bill. Ye argued the product was never delivered so he didn’t have to pay for the work. He also alleged this was simply an attempt to get money from him.

Kanye West's Going To Trial In $600K Lawsuit Despite Attempts To Have It Thrown
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Although Kanye has demanded that the lawsuit gets thrown out, it appears as though he’ll also have to take the L on this one. According to The Blast, a judge on the case sided with the Japanese fabric makers in the case and denied Kanye’s motion to have the case thrown out. The judge revealed that the trial will begin on May 11, 2020 and last four to five days.

Aside from the case, Kanye recently confirmed that he has a new album on the way. Jesus Is King was previously announced by Kim Kardashian but the rapper recently confirmed that it would arrive on September 27th. It appears that Jesus Is King could be a project that was created while the Chicago artist hosted his weekly spiritual Sunday Services events across America. 

DJ Premier Grabs Nas To Announce Brand New Gang Starr Album

The legacy Guru and Gang Starr live on forever. Although it’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Gang Starr, DJ Premier has said that there’s posthumous music in the cut. We’ve yet to hear any it but it appears as though we will soon. Earlier today, DJ Premier took to Instagram to tease a brand new album from Gang Starr. With the help Nas, he announced that a new album was on the way. 

Premier posted a video on his Instagram page which shows a landline telephone and captioned, “I Gotta Call @nas.” Although no one is seen, Nas voice is heard through the phone. “Yo Premier, what up man, it’s your man Nas,” he said. “Is it true there’s a new Gang Starr album? That’s crazy, man. Let me know. Aight, chill.”

Premier was hinting at the release a new project earlier this week. The famed DJ shared a tweet that read, “I wonder what people would say if I released a new…”

Nas involvement in this project — if any — hasn’t been announced but we’d definitely be excited to hear the Queensbridge rapper on the album. I mean, he runs a label called Mass Appeal and Gang Starr’s biggest song shares the same name so it would only make sense. 

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for any more updates on DJ Premier’s upcoming Gang Starr album.

E-40 Taps Payroll Giovanni & Peezy For I "Come From The Game" Video

Detroit, MI – Bay Area veteran E-40 flexes his bi-coastal reach with a serious lob East to Detroit rappers Payroll Giovanni and Peezy in the video for “I Come From The Game” from his acclaimed Practice Makes Paper album.

Propelled by Forty Water’s flawless flow, the visual seamlessly meanders between rappers with the added boost of fiery ad-libs from Sada Baby, who does not appear in the video.

“I Come From The Game” follows videos for the album cuts “Chase The Money” and “Made This Way.”

Watch the full video for “I Come From The Game Above” in addition to the aforementioned visuals below.

Lauren London Proves Nipsey Hussle Was A Gentleman In This Photo

It’s been months since we lost Nipsey Hussle and still, his death is affecting so many people on the daily. It took The Game a long time to cease his regular memorial posts and Lauren London, the late rapper’s girlfriend, ten shares her favorite moments with him. It doesn’t need to be a special occasion for London to remind everyone how incredible her man was. Today is just a normal Wednesday but the actress and model was feeling sentimental, looking back on old photos the two together and posting one that made her smile.

Lauren London Proves Nipsey Hussle Was A Gentleman In This Photo
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Sharing the picture without a caption, Lauren London showed everybody just how much Nipsey Hussle cared for her. In the heavy rain, Hussle stood closely behind his partner, covering them both from the storm and living peacefully with his love. The comments are supportive and beautiful with India Love noting that their bond was unconditional on the weather. “Rain or shine,” she wrote. Other friends London told her to remain strong, realizing that she’s going through an emotional time in her life.

The Marathon Continues each and every day. Nipsey Hussle is still with us in spirit and he will continue to influence the future generations musicians and activists around the world.

Trippie Redd Recalls Simpler Times After 6ix9ine Snitches: "Love You All & My Life"

It’s about to be a pretty crazy few days in the world hip-hop. For nearly a full year, we’ve been waiting to see how this situation would turn out and, now, we’re watching it all unfold before our very eyes. Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently on trial and, as we write this, he is speaking to the judge about his involvement in the Nine Trey Blood gang. One the most shocking revelations the rapper made while he was testifying yesterday had to do with his enemy Trippie Redd though

6ix9ine literally had no reason to bring up the Ohio artist’s name during his time at the stand. He wasn’t prompted to speak about Trippie Redd and he wasn’t even asked about other gang members outside the courthouse. However, for some reason, he decided to expose the red-haired vocalist by claiming he’s also part a gang. Trips isn’t exactly making reference to this in his latest social post but he is looking back on simpler times, throwing back to when he had different hair, zero face tattoos, and a happy smile in his most recent reflection.

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“Lmao I was so determined to get to where I am now love you all and my life,” wrote the “Love Scars” rapper on Instagram. Of course, the comments section is filled with remarks about 6ix9ine’s statement in court. “6ix9ine snitched so hard u had to change color,” said one the top commenters. “Blicky got the stiffy uh , boutta snitch on trippie yuh,” said another fan.

Do you think Trippie Redd will ficially respond to this madness?

Chance the Rapper Will Pursue A Stand-Up Comedy Career

Back in June, TMZ shared leaked footage Chance the Rapper giving a stab at stand-up at Chicago’s Laugh Factory. Of course, everyone was curious to check out Chance’s comedic chops but many were disappointed after clicking on the clip. The video started circulating with the headline that he told fart jokes, which he did. For example: “White people know me as the guy who does stuff for schools. What do I do for schools? Nobody knows what I do for schools. I’ll tell you what I do…I go to all your kid’s schools and I fart in their desks. I wait for the weekend to be over, see if it’s still stale in there.” 

However, it appears the Internet’s negative feedback on his debut did not deter him from his comedy dreams. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, Chance shared that he is still intent on pursuing a stand-up career when he has a chance. But at the moment, he is even struggling to juggle tour life and family time, as he just postponed his The Big Day tour in order to spend time with his new daughter. Perhaps we shouldn’t be too harsh on Chance’s comedic capabilities because he did reveal to Kimmel that he was “wasted” that night at the Laugh Factory, which could possibly account for why he was f his game. 

In the interview, Chance also detailed his father’s writing credit on his latest album

Kobe Bryant Explains How Hornets GM Disrespected Him After Lakers Trade

Kobe Bryant is one the best players to ever step on a basketball court and for close to 20 years, he played with the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s almost unfathomable to think Kobe could have played with any other team although many forget he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. Bryant’s tenure with the team was short-lived as he was immediately traded to the Lakers on the day he was drafted. 

During a recent appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast, Bryant spoke about what it was like being traded and how he was disrespected by the GM the Hornets, Bob Bass. Bass came across pretty salty over trading Bryant and had some interesting words for him while delivering the news he was going to Los Angeles.

We couldn’t have used you anyway,” Bass told Kobe. As you can imagine, Bryant was pretty shocked by the comments and they ended up motivating him. “I was triggered. I was ready to go to the gym.”

In the end, Kobe got the last laugh as he went on to win five NBA championships while the Hornets have been irrelevant for decades. Despite being owned by Michael Jordan, the Hornets have yet to find success and are headed into yet another rebuild. Having said all that, we’re sure Bryant is happy with how things turned out.

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Cam Newton Injury Details Revealed By Panthers Safety Eric Reid

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the Carolina Panthers, well, simply put, it has. The team has started the season 0-2 and in those first two games, Cam Newton didn’t play like himself. The MVP-winning quarterback has been having a rough campaign so far and now, it’s gotten even rougher. We reported yesterday on how Newton didn’t practice due to a lingering foot injury. There was no word on the extent his injury and whether he’d have to miss time but according to safety Eric Reid, it might be more serious than originally expected.

While speaking to reporters, Reid confirmed that Newton is currently in a walking boot. The Panthers have not confirmed whether or not Newton will be able to play on Sunday, although it’s clear that he isn’t feeling his best right now. This is a horrible development for the Panthers as they are trying to pick up their first win the season and Newton gives them their best chance to do so.

Cam Newton Injury Details Revealed By Panthers Safety Eric Reid

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Since the start his career, Newton has suffered numerous injuries which have kept him f the field for long periods time. Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck retired from the NFL this past fseason thanks to his lingering injuries and some fans are worried that Newton could do the same.

If you’re a Panthers fan, this can’t be how you imagined the season playing out.

Bronny James Jr. Channels LeBron With Insane Windmill Dunk: Watch

Bronny James Jr. has been the talk the youth basketball community over the Summer thanks to some the incredible highlights that have been hitting the internet. Bronny is about to play with Zaire Wade at Sierra Canyon High School this year and fans are excited to see what kind chemistry they are going to have. As the son LeBron James, there are some pretty lty expectations being placed on Bronny but so far, he seems to be rising to the occasion and proving to people just how good he is.

One thing that has impressed basketball fans is Bronny’s ability to dunk the basketball at such a young age. Simply put, Bronny’s got hops and he takes every opportunity to show people. In the past, he’s tried to give us a glimpse his windmill although it’s needed work. In his latest video, Bronny pulls f the windmill move flawlessly and if you’re playing against Sierra Canyon this year, you should be very afraid.

Based on the video above, there is a reason to be excited about Bronny’s development as a player. There is a possibility we could see Bronny playing for a top tier college in 2023 and perhaps he’ll even be good enough for the NBA.

Needless to say, LeBron has plenty reasons to be proud.

"The Rookie" Producers Find No "Inappropriate" Behavior In Afton Williamson’s Accusations

The Rookie star Afton Williamson made some scathing accusations against a number people involved with the ABC series. Afton, who portrayed the character Talia Bishop on the show, claimed that she experienced racial discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, and was the target inappropriate comments. She said that she reported her encounters to those in charge, including Human Resources, but nothing was done to correct any behaviors.

“During the Season, it continued along with Sexual Harassment from a recurring guest star,Demetrius Grosse,and the racist commentary & bullying from the Hair Dept.Head, Sally Ciganovich escalated into Sexual Assault at our Wrap party,” Afton wrote back in August. “The Sexual Harassment though reported directly to the Showrunner/EP remained undocumented and was not reported to HR as promised.Ciganovich was fired ONLY after the sexual assault and NOT for an entire year outward racism/racially charged language and bullying behavior in and out the Hair and Makeup trailer. HR protocol was never adhered to following the above reports given by me to my Showrunner/EP and an investigation was never issued for any my claims.”

Later, it was announced that Afton quit the series because her conflicts, and a formal investigation was launched by production to find out if there was any legitimacy behind her claims. On Tuesday, Variety shared an ficial statement by Entertainment One, also known as eOne, that stated they determined that nothing inappropriate occurred on set. The company shared that they used a third-party law firm to examine the evidence and investigate close to 400 hours interviews.

“As a result the independent investigation, we have concluded that those identified in Ms. Williamson’s allegations did not conduct themselves in an unlawful manner or demonstrate behavior inappropriate for the workplace,” eOne stated. “It was also concluded that the executive producers, including showrunner Alexi Hawley, addressed matters which they were made aware promptly and in a fair and reasonable manner.”

They added, “We recognize and respect that as individuals, the lens through which we view situations, interactions and comments, can differ based on our experiences and perspectives. As such, we regret that Ms. Williamson’s time on the series was not a positive one for her, and we respect her decision to move on to other projects.”

A spokesperson for ABC also released a statement on behalf the network. “We are glad that eOne has completed an investigation into allegations on the set ‘The Rookie.’ We are confident that eOne takes these matters seriously and that they will continue to look for the best ways to surface concerns and address complaints.” The second season  The Rookie premieres on September 29.

Swizz Beatz Tells Son That The Racism He Experiences May Be A Form Of Love

For 25 years, Swizz Beatz has crafted dozens chart-topping hits that are considered to be hip hop favorites. When he’s not in the studio working with some the greatest music acts our time, the married father is enjoying family life as he helps raise five children. Recently, the 41-year-old super-producer visited The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM Urban View to promote the upcoming EPIX miniseries Godfather Harlem. Swizz acts as the music producer the gangster series that stars Forest Whittaker, Giancarlo Esposito, and Vincent D’Onrio.

While chatting about his latest project, the subject family came up in the conversation, and Cane asked Swizz how he, in today’s political climate, teaches his children about their history. “We’re very candid with conversations and different things,” Swizz replied. “They come back from school and bring up different words and different things. My son plays soccer and he goes through this thing where they like to use the n-word with him a lot.”

The producer goes on to explain that the kids aren’t white but Mexican children that play soccer with his son who use the racial slur. Instead being reactionary and angry, Swizz claims he tries to teach his son to move strategically. “I would have had a different outlook, but then I just had to tell him, ‘We can’t move forward with using ignorance with ignorance, right?’ ” he said. “If I go up to his game and step to that person’s dad, that doesn’t turn into the right thing.”

Then, Swizz stated that he told his son that the other children using the n-word is a form love that isn’t being expressed properly. “So I just simply tell him, ‘Look man, when people call you those names, that just lets you know who they want to be. They just don’t know how to tell you that you did good today.’ I said, ‘Let people call you whatever they want to call you,” he said.” They can’t touch you though, but let people call you whatever they want to call you because that’s just their way letting you know that they love you. They just can’t express it. Right? And just turn the negativity into your drive and play a harder game.’ When they come in tell them, ‘You liked the way I won that game today. Right? I know you love me. Don’t worry. I’m gonna beat you again next time.'” Listen to Swizz talk about his son’s encounters below and share your thoughts.

Lizzo Ties With Cardi B For Longest-Running Hot 100 Single By A Female

Lizzo’s debut single “Truth Hurts” is sitting pretty at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 list and has now hit a new record. The ‘Cuz I Love You singer has now tied with none other than Cardi B for having a track that’s been in the same spot for three weeks. The duo has made history with Lauryn Hill‘s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” from 1998, making a team woman who’ve hit this accomplishment without any features. 

Lizzo rang in the milestone by showing love to Cardi (her Hustlers co-star) and all the “schmoney” they’re pulling in. 

“WE’RE NUMBER 1. THIS IS A W FOR ALL OF US. ANYBODY WHO EVER FELT LIKE THEY VOICE WASN’T HEARD. ANYBODY WHO FELT LIKE THEY WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE. WE ARE. CHAMPIONS. I LOVE YALL 3 MUCH. LIZZBIANS UNIT,” Lizzo shared when her big tune first hit #1

Lizzo Ties With Cardi B For Longest-Running Hot 100 Single By A Female
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The Detroit born artist recently spoke on the double standard she comes across in the industry when it comes to her shape and size. “When people look at my body and be like, ‘Oh my God, she’s so brave,’ it’s like, ‘No, I’m not,'” she said. “I’m just fine. I’m just me. I’m just sexy. If you saw Anne Hathaway in a bikini on a billboard, you wouldn’t call her brave. I just think there’s a double standard when it comes to women.” 

Biggie’s Debut Album "Ready To Die" Commemorated With Mini-Docs & Artwork

Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way – The Notorious B.I.G.’s rookie release album Ready To Die turned 25 years old, and to commemorate its place in the annals of rap history, Amazon Music has produced an eight-minute mini-documentary billed as The Birth of Biggie.

The silver anniversary vignette for the Brooklyn-born artist takes viewers through his upstart journey and marks his legacy-defining breakthrough. The doc details how producer DJ Mister Cee played a pivotal part in Biggie’s rise to fame by redoing the late rapper’s demo and submitting it to The Source editor Matty C to be included in the magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” series.

“When Puff heard me, he got me to the office,” the late rapper says in the doc as he recalls his days of building underground buzz while dealing drugs. “He was like, ‘Yo Money, this is a serious thing. You need to come up here. I’m really ready to sign you for some big money.’ Came down, let’s sign me, let’s put me to work.

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“I made the record for New York, but I want the world to hear it… I want to be that one n***a that come in, present, and bow down like, ‘Thank you all,’ you know what I’m saying?”

Amazon’s short film predominantly features commentary from album producers Easy Mo Bee, Mister Cee as well as Biggie biographer Cheo Hodari Coker and Rob Stone, the former SVP of promotions for Arista/Bad Boy. It’s complemented by featuring archival audio and photos of the self-proclaimed “black Alfred Hitchcock,” who was 21 years old at the time of the album debut.

“When he started rapping, it was like he became a different person,” said Mister Cee. “He was very shy when I first met him. Whenever he talked to me he’d either have his head up in the air with his eyes closed or his head down with his eyes closed. But when he started rapping, it was like he became a different person.”

The mini-doc also touches on how Puff Daddy helped shape the album and encouraged Biggie to write more commercial songs so that it could appeal to a wider audience.

The Notorious B.I.G. x Apple Music – Ready To Die 25th Anniversary

Separately, Apple Music also released a six-minute video of commentary on Ready To Die from the likes of DJ Premier, Lil’ Cease, and again Easy Mo Bee and Stone.

“Raw. Uncut. Lyrical — he didn’t sound like other MCs,” said DJ Premier.

From movies to static images, the commemorations have come from all corners for Ready To Die’s quarter-century anniversary.

In New York, his don-like figure is portrayed in two murals sponsored by Optimo Cigars in Bed-Stuy and Williamsburg. It’s billed as “Biggie Inspires,” and a third mural will be painted later this month in Atlanta.

Optimo is name dropped in Biggie’s classic opus “Big Poppa” in Ready To Die.

“It’s beautiful,” said Voletta Wallace, Biggie’s mother, per The New York Daily News. “It gives me the shivers just to know he’s not here to see all of this. It’s sad but it’s also kind of nice, nice to know that he’s remembered in such a very very beautiful way.”

Check out flicks from the event down below.


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Golden State Warriors Unveil Six New Uniforms, Including San Fran Throwback

The Golden State Warriors have today unveiled six different uniforms to be worn in the 2019-20 season as the team moves into their new home, the Chase Center, in San Francisco.

The most notable uniform the six revealed on Tuesday is the Warriors “Classic Edition” San Francisco uniform that pays homage to the uniforms worn by the Warriors when the franchise relocated from Philadelphia to San Fran in 1962. 

Among the new uniforms revealed today are the familiar white and blue jerseys that don’t look all that different, except for some subtle updates to the logo, showcasing a “more accurate portrayal the Bay Bridge.” Additionally, the Warriors have tweaked their black “The Town” jerseys, as well as their gold “The City” and “The Bay” uniforms.

Take a look at all six the Warriors uniforms in the tweets embedded below.

In addition to the new arena and uniforms, the Warriors’ roster will also have a whole new look and feel in the upcoming season. As part Kevin Durant‘s move to the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State acquired another All Star guard in D’Angelo Russell, who will team up alongside two-time MVP Stephen Curry while Klay Thompson recovers from his ACL injury.

The Warriors will open the 2019-20 season on October 24 as they host the Los Angeles Clippers at the Chase Center in San Francisco.