Hip Hop Week In Review: R. Kelly, Jussie Smollett & Meek Mill

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, R. Kelly turned himself in to the Chicago Police Department after being charged with 10 counts of felony sexual abuse. Also, Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now a former actor of the present after he was axed for allegedly faking a hate crime.

Lastly, Meek Mill roasted Michael Rapaport for calling him a “trash” rapper.

R. Kelly Bond Set At $1 Million

R. Kelly‘s bond has been set at $1 million, TMZ reviews. However, Kelly wasn’t capable of provide you with the $100,00zero wanted to safe his launch.

On Friday (February 22), R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated felony sexual abuse.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who has been working this case on behalf of 4 of Kelly’s alleged victims, shared three screenshots from an unearthed VHS tape of the Chicago singer allegedly partaking in sexual activity with a 14-year-old lady.

Kelly’s lawyer went on document to say he thinks all of his alleged victims are mendacity.

Read extra about Kelly’s sentencing right here.

Jussie Smollett Fakes His Own Attack

Jussie Smollett garnered the help and love from associates, household, Empire co-workers and followers following a hate-fueled assault in Chicago final month. But, in line with newly acquired proof, Smollett seems to have staged the entire thing.

During a current press convention, the Chicago Police Department unveiled textual content messages between Smollett and Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo who allegedly helped orchestrate the faux assault.

Now, Jussie is now not a part of the present and his castmates have deleted their help from social media.

Read extra about Smollett being axed from Empire right here.

Meek Mill Clowns Michael Rapaport

During Meek Mill‘s NBA All-Star efficiency earlier this month, actor/director Michael Rapaport determined to tweet his ideas concerning the Philly-bred artist and referred to as him a “trash rapper.”

“Meek Mill, nice story,” he tweeted. “Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry. Meek Mill have a listening to drawback? Because he rhymes off the precise beat on every little thing he’s on. Literally off the beat, like NoFlow.”

Never one to carry his tongue, Meek fired again and questioned his rights to talk on the tradition.

“Aye @michaelrapaport don’t ever use the phrase trash whenever you talking on nothing from our tradition until you tryna get trashed,” he wrote. “#2 who gave you authorization to be talking on us? #three what you charging now? Last time I seen you you needed a selfie. be nice tho on the web.”

Rapaport later apologized and took again what he stated.

Read extra about Meek clowning Michael Rapaport right here.

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#DXCLUSIVES: De La Soul, Smif-N-Wessun & Bobby J

Maseo Confirms Pete Rock & DJ Premier Are Producing 2 New De La Soul Albums

De La Soul’s Maseo confirmed with HipHopDX’s Kyle Eustice that the follow-up to 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody is on the best way in addition to AOI three.

Check out Maseo’s feedback right here.

Smif-N-Wessun Say ninth Wonder Pushed Them To Be Great For “The All” LP

Smif-N-Wessun dropped their new album The All on Friday (February 22). Tek and Steele clarify to DX’s Justin Ivey why it was lastly the best time.

“I believe that it’s half non secular and it’s half desperation,” Steele says. “Once you begin getting in a seven-year, 10-year window … quietly, it has been a very long time. Not as a result of we slowed down our course of however as a result of we’ve been doing different stuff. So for us on a non secular degree, seven years for us already equates with the God, the seventh letter made, the ‘G.’”

Read the total Smif-N-Wessun interview right here.

Bobby J From Rockaway Credits Divine Intervention For Kwamé Connection

In a dialog with DX’s Riley Wallace, Bobby J defined why an opportunity assembly with platinum-producer Kwamé helped mould him.

“He simply sort of noticed one thing in me actually early on and simply took me below his wing as a rapper as a result of, at the moment, all I needed to do was battle,” he says.

Read the total Bobby J interview right here.

Future & HNDRXX Square Off For Reebok Classics

Atlanta, GA – The ever-stylish — always superfluous — Future HNDRXX has divided his Billboard Chart-topping twin personalities for Reebook Classics aggressive new campaign.

“HNDRXX is extra over-the-top,” the Atlanta trapstar defined, concerning 50 p.c of his make-up whereas specifying Future is extra “robust” and “direct.”

Reebok is assured the Aztec kicks Future is modeling ($90) are their premiere sneaker for any inventive trailblazer.

His 30-second spot proceeds Cardi B’s trek into the 90s tradition for the time-tested sports activities model.

Check out the Future vs. Hndrxx industrial up above and take a look at how Future rocks his Aztecs down under.

Future & HNDRXX Square Off For Reebok Classics
Future & HNDRXX Square Off For Reebok Classics
Future & HNDRXX Square Off For Reebok Classics
Future & HNDRXX Square Off For Reebok Classics

Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics

Bronx, NY – Cardi B is dripping in 90s finesse for Reebok‘s newest marketing campaign.

The Grammy Award-winning celebrity was born on the high of the revered decade so she took on the nostalgic period that made her and Reebok’s all-new burnt orange Aztrek sneaker in a brand new video. She may be seen displaying off the basic kicks with a windbreaker to match.

In the video, Bardi stacked up as many slap-on bracelets on her arm as she will. The Bronx-bred entertainer candidly admitted she doesn’t know easy methods to ship a fax and hit the favored Macarena dance one time.

The larger-than-life rap star additionally decoded some 90s slang within the video like “Oh snap” as in, “Oh snap! You obtained the brand new Reebok’s! You wavy!,” she charismatically provided as a solution.

The Aztrek sneakers the Invasion of Privacy rhymer is rocking go for $80 a pop on Reebok‘s web site and so they are available a plethora of colorways.

Cardi’s partnership with Reebok was introduced in November.

“Everything that you just love about Cardi B is what you like about Reebok,” Reebok stated in a press launch. “Reebok has a longstanding legacy of nonconformity, whether or not it’s creating the primary exercise shoe completely for girls or placing bold-faced expletives and fresh-faced hip-hop stars in its massive advert campaigns within the early ’00s.”

The 90s vibe of her marketing campaign falls proper in step with the vibe of her and Bruno Mars‘ New Jack Swing-inspired single “Please Me” that dropped earlier this month in addition to the remix to Bruno’s 24Okay Magic bop “Finesse.”

Watch the video of Cardi B’s video with Reebok in full above and peep how she wears her Reebok Aztrek’s beneath.

Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics
Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics
Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics
Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics
Cardi B Gets 90s Nostalgic For Reebok Classics

Soulja Boy Reveals Drake’s Reaction To Viral Breakfast Club Interview

The Gram – Drake slid into Soulja Boy’s DMs to say “it’s at all times been love,” in his first response since Soulja’s viral Breakfast Club interview.

After Soulja Boy talked about Drake in his IG story, the Scorpion rapper set the document straight.

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“You comprehend it’s at all times been love all jokes apart…I dunno know if you happen to was critical in regards to the video factor however I by no means knew you wished to do a video for we made it you understand I’d have executed that shit,” Drake wrote about their 2013 “We Made It” collab. “But on some actual shit Draaaaaaaaaaaaaake?!?!”

Now that the 2 are again on good phrases, we may see some new Draco and Drizzy music sooner or later.

Jamie Foxx Salutes Spike Lee’s Oscar Win As Donald Trump Condemns Him

Hollywood, CA – Spike Lee scooped up his first Oscar on Sunday night time (February 24) throughout the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood. The celebrated director took residence the gilded trophy within the Best Adapted Screenplay class for his movie BlacKkKlansman.

Fellow Oscar winner Jamie Foxx couldn’t have been happier for his longtime pal. He advised TMZ it was “fantastic second” to see Samuel L. Jackson hand Lee the Oscar.

But Donald Trump wasn’t so impressed. Toward the top of Lee’s acceptance speech, he referenced his 1989 movie Do The Right Thing and utilized it to the 2020 election. Anyone studying between the traces instantly acknowledged it was a slight aimed on the present POTUS.

Par for the course, Trump took to Twitter on Monday (February 25) to sentence Lee’s actions and pat himself on the again.

“Be good if Spike Lee may learn his notes, or higher but not have to make use of notes in any respect, when doing his racist hit in your President, who has achieved extra for African Americans (Criminal Justice Reform, Lowest Unemployment numbers in History, Tax Cuts,and so forth.) than nearly some other Pres!” he wrote.

Despite Lee’s Oscar win, the Brooklyn native was noticeably upset when Green Book gained Best Picture, beating out BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Roma, Vice, A Star Is Born and The Favourite. 

Once the winner was introduced, Lee reportedly threw his fingers up and tried to exit the venue. In the press room, he later defined he was pissed off that he misplaced to Driving Miss Daisy in 1989, though Do The Right Thing wasn’t even nominated that yr.

“This is my sixth glass [of champagne] and you recognize why,” he advised reporters. “I’m snake-bit. Every time somebody is driving someone I lose. But in ’89 I didn’t get nominated, so.”

He added, “I assumed I used to be courtside on the Garden and the ref made a nasty name.”

Check out Lee’s full press room speech beneath.

Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Gunna & More To Headline 2019 JMBLYA Festival

Austin, TX – For the seventh annual JMBLYA Festival, rap famous person visibility corresponding to Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, Gunna, Kevin Gates, Blueface and extra shall be entrance in heart for Texas concertgoers.

The RatingMore Shows occasion is about to go down on Friday, May three at Fair Park in Dallas, adopted by Day 2 on Saturday, May four at Circuit of The Americas (Lot A) in Austin.


Additional performers for JMBLYA 2019 embrace City Girls, Maxo Kream, P-Lo, and Austin and Dallas rappers WhooKilledKenny and 10ok.caash, respectively.

Last yr’s fest boasted of 60,000+ attendees all within the title of Hip Hop.

Tickets go on sale Friday (March 1) the official website. This yr’s VIP packages embrace the Pinky Ring VIP ($179), Gator Boots VIP ($249), Fur Coat VIP ($499) and the Drop Top VIP bundle ($2500 — which includes a private photographer, personal porta-potty with attendant, private shout-out’s on pageant social channels, devoted trailer and extra).

#DXCLUSIVE: Jackie Spade & Dreamville’s Lute Reflect On Their Childhoods In "Section eight" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Jackie Spade has enlisted the assistance of Dreamville’s Lute for his newest video, “Section eight.” The observe is taken from his just lately launched Aurafication album, which dropped final Friday (February 22).

“Low revenue housing, meals stamps, and dope are all stigmas of the place I’m from in Kinston, North Carolina,” Jackie mentioned in a press launch. “‘Section eight’ brings mild to the darkish surroundings I used to be raised in.

“I’m telling a narrative of progress via circumstance. The uplifting hook and glorifying message makes this tune a hymn to be sung throughout the ghettos of the world.”

“Section eight” is the second official single from Aurafication. The album serves because the follow-up to Jackie’s Eclectic EP.

Check out the “Section eight” video up high and cop the album here.

Lil Pump’s Charges Dropped After Officer Goes Ballistic

Only a couple of days after physique cam footage of Lil Pump’s airport arrest was launched, his costs have been dropped. According to TMZ, Pump’s legal professional Kenneth Weisman appeared in a Miami courtroom on Monday morning (February 25) and the decide overseeing the case determined to not pursue the disorderly conduct cost.

Pump was stopped on the Miami International Airport final December as he was making an attempt to fly to Los Angeles. Officers accused the 18-year-old rap star of carrying weed in his baggage. When Pump denied it was his, an officer flipped out on him and began screaming in his face.

However, Pump was in the end arrested for disorderly conduct.

Unsurprisingly, Weisman was glad with decide’s determination and applauded the State Attorney’s Office.

“I commend the State Attorney’s Office for concluding that the underlying incident was nothing greater than an emotionally charged police-citizen encounter that concerned no prison wrongdoing on the a part of [Lil Pump],” he mentioned.

The Miami Police Department is at present reviewing the tape to find out if the officer did certainly overreact. For now, Pump is within the clear on this one.

J. Cole Drops Ominous "Middle Child" Video

Dreamville – For his newest buzzworthy single “Middle Child”, J. Cole is being each cryptic and direct along with his messages for the official music video.

Directed by fellow North Carolina artist Mez, HipHopDX’s 2018 Rapper of the Year juggles his time between doing mudslide donuts with the homies, hanging out within the morgue with a slew of his “casualties”, and even retreating to a winter log cabin to plan extra assaults.

Mez — most well-known for his Dr. Dre Compton visitor spot — took to Instagram to alleviate his ideas on establishing the visible.

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“Crazy…I wrote and directed the ‘Middle Child’ video,” he started. “Thanks to the group I had leaping these hurdles with me. Special because of @Scott_Lazer for being such a selfless real dude. I’m not usually a fan of the IG lengthy discuss, but when that is gonna be the first time I do that, it’s value it. I’m so grateful my massive bruh @realcoleworld believed in me like this. He took a shot on me as a result of he mentioned my concepts have been at all times subsequent degree and so was my style. I’ve acquired quite a lot of love for him for that amongst many different issues. I thank God for letting me rise to the event. The first time I ever directed a video it ended up being for a billboard prime 5 document.”

He continued, “I’m Big blessed. Nobody is aware of I’ve been writing video remedies for years now. People additionally don’t know I’m nonetheless coping with the enterprise aspect of music proper now. (For anybody who asks the place’s my tasks and many others and many others) When shit acquired sluggish and acquired disturbing, I by no means stopped being inventive. I’ve been working within the reduce in order quickly as alternative presents itself, I’d be prepared. And that is the first of many examples. I’m going to be current in music trend and movie. I keep in mind a time once I wouldn’t say what I’m bout to do out of concern of followers or business individuals doubting me like I can’t do it. Projecting they fears on me. Never once more. The stars are aligning for ya boy. I simply needed to be affected person. @heirsentertainment going up.”

Check out J. Cole’s “Middle Child” up above.

Uncle Murda’s Tekashi 6ix9ine Diss Wishes For His Jail Rape

New York City, NY – It seems savage Tekashi 6ix9ine diss file by Uncle Murda might see the sunshine of day, assuming the social curiosity is there.

“I by no means tried this earlier than 30ok feedback and I’m dropping this,” the G-Unit rapper promised Instagram on Sunday (February 25). In the brief — however completely potent — preview, he not solely acknowledges the truth that he’s collaborated with the jailed rapper (on “Get The Strap”), however that he has no qualms with kicking him whereas he’s down.

Over the reworked instrumental of Ice Cube’s “Today Was A Good Day,” he raps, “Hope he get raped whereas they bought him in PC by an enormous black nigga that seem like Adebisi/I’m kicking him whereas he’s down, yeah fuck that rat nigga/Didn’t you do a tune with him?/Fuck that lure nigga.”

Elsewhere within the clip, he calls 69’s child mom Sara Molina a slut, and — because the clip abruptly ends — appears to start eluding the potential hazard his mom and youngster may very well be in.

Check out the complete snippet, under.

Wakanda Forever: "Black Panther" Wins Big At 2019 Academy Awards

Hollywood, CA – The 91st Academy Awards occurred on the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night time (February 23). Par for the course, Hollywood’s greatest and brightest stars paraded into the venue to witness the annual ceremony go down.

The Ryan Coogler-helmed movie Black Panther was up for seven awards, together with Best Picture, Original Song, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Original Score.

Although Kendrick Lamar and SZA didn’t stroll away with the Original Song award for “All The Stars,” the celebrated Marvel movie scooped up a gilded trophy within the Production Design, Costume Design and Original Score classes.

Black Panther was launched final February and smashed quite a few field workplace information. Upon its launch, it turned the highest-grossing movie by a black director, highest-grossing 2018 movie within the U.S. and Canada and second-highest-grossing movie of 2018 worldwide.

It additionally turned the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time with over $1.35 billion in gross sales worldwide in addition to the third highest-grossing movie of all time in North America with over $700 million.

Okay. Dot and TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith curated the movie’s soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album, which included “All The Stars.”

Earlier this month, Ludwig Göransson’s rating for the film received an Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, whereas Kendrick, Future, Jay Rock and James Blake received a Grammy within the Best Rap Performance class for “King’s Dead.” 

Tyga Gets Manhandled Outta Floyd Mayweather’s Party & Tries To Grab Bodyguard’s Gun

Hollywood, CA – Last evening (February 23), Floyd Mayweather’s 42nd birthday bast wasn’t the best of instances for Tyga.

While reports are scattered as to what led to the melee, a number of movies recorded the “Taste” rapper being dragged out of Hollywood’s Sunset Room by a safety guard following a heated alternate with an unidentified patron.

Once outdoors, a visibly angered Tyga repeatedly reached for his bodyguard’s gun and apparently engaged in an argument after he wasn’t allowed to retrieve the weapon.

Following the aforementioned alternate, Tyga and his entourage dispersed with out additional incident.

A rep for the occasion released a statement that learn, “The video that has been shared within the press and within the media of Tyga being escorted out of the venue was unlucky and troubling. Though we’re not sure of what precisely brought about the altercation, we’re sure that Floyd Mayweather and TMT weren’t concerned. Tyga had arrived to the venue round 12:30 am, simply 10 minutes earlier than being eliminated. Security took applicable measures to deescalate the state of affairs and to do what was in the perfect curiosity of everybody’s security.”

Interview: Miss Moe Money Pays Tribute To Harlem, "Love & Hip Hop"

New York, NY – Monisha Brown — recognized to the world at giant as Miss Moe Money — didn’t have one of the vital attention-grabbing storylines on Love & Hip Hop: New York. The most that may be stated about her “storyline” is that she obtained friend-zoned by Cisco Rosado after a struggle with Mariah Lynn.

And that, frankly, is completely fantastic by her.

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Love and Hip Hop was a platform that was good for what it was,” she stated, in an unique cellphone interview with HipHopDX. “Television is a good way to get your music out to the plenty. And whereas they did a whole lot of issues with me that I didn’t essentially agree with, I’m not mad at them in any respect. There’s a superb and a nasty in every part.”

For Miss Moe Money, the “good” clearly got here from the platform, which gave the rapper an opportunity to indicate off her music to the world. Once often called a member of the group Bad Bitches on Deck (BBOD), Miss Moe Money is now exhibiting off her chops on her personal. The video for her latest single, “Money Gang,” options tight lyrics and stream, and a manufacturing worth that’s on par with that of a number of the main label artists that have been additionally featured on the present.

Her music, too, pays tribute to a number of the finest occasions in New York — particularly, the so-called “Old New York” of the 1980s and 1990s. The Harlem neighborhood of the 21st Century is mild years away from the gritty metropolis that birthed hardcore Hip Hop teams like The Diplomats, although it hasn’t grow to be absolutely gentrified a la Kings County.

The previous — and the brand new — Harlem is the unstated “third characters” within the video for “Money Gang,” very similar to the previous New York was the unstated third character within the authentic Law and Order. But for Miss Moe Money, that alternative was a deliberate one. As a Harlem native, she’s tacitly conscious of what all has gone on with “her metropolis,” and the way the modifications have impacted her in each a nasty — and a superb — means.

“I attempted to make one thing my neighborhood may connect with,” she stated. “And, you realize, I do know Harlem’s modified. The bars and the block events have now made means for the espresso outlets and the hipster shops. I’m actually not going to say that Harlem has fully modified for the higher. But I’m going to say this: issues all the time want to alter, to maneuver ahead, to evolve and be higher, so that individuals can develop too.”

Keep up with all of Miss Moe Money’s exploits on Instagram at @msmoemoney.

Tyga Gets Manhandled From Floyd Mayweather’s Party & Tries To Grab Bodyguard’s Gun

Hollywood, CA – Last evening (February 23), Floyd Mayweather’s 42nd birthday bast wasn’t the best of occasions for Tyga.

While reports are scattered as to what led to the melee, a number of movies recorded the “Taste” rapper being dragged out of Hollywood’s Sunset Room by a safety guard following a heated trade with an unidentified patron.

Once exterior, a visibly angered Tyga repeatedly reached for his bodyguard’s gun and apparently engaged in an argument after he wasn’t allowed to retrieve the weapon.

Following the aforementioned trade, Tyga and his entourage dispersed with out additional incident.

A rep for the occasion released a statement that learn, “The video that has been shared within the press and within the media of Tyga being escorted out of the venue was unlucky and troubling. Though we’re not sure of what precisely triggered the altercation, we’re sure that Floyd Mayweather and TMT weren’t concerned. Tyga had arrived to the venue round 12:30 am, simply 10 minutes earlier than being eliminated. Security took acceptable measures to deescalate the scenario and to do what was in the most effective curiosity of everybody’s security.”

Attorney Michael Avenatti Tweets Out R. Kelly Sex Tape Screenshots

Chicago, IL – R. Kelly was arrested on 10 counts of aggravated prison sexual abuse on Friday (February 22) after turning himself in to Chicago police. At the middle of the investigation is a intercourse tape allegedly displaying the disgraced R&B star partaking in lewd acts with a 14-year-old woman.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who’s representing no less than one in all Kelly’s 4 alleged victims, shared three screenshots from the tape to his Twitter account shortly after Kellz was indicted on Friday afternoon.

“I can be addressing these images in the course of the press convention scheduled to start shortly after 5pm ET (4pm CT),” Avenatti captioned the tweet.

According to FOX59, Kelly is scheduled to look in courtroom on Saturday (February 23) for a bail listening to. Kellz’s lawyer Steve Greenberg described his shopper as an harmless man and believes Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx succumbed to public stress.

“I believe all the ladies are mendacity,” Greenberg stated. “Mr. Kelly is robust, he’s bought a whole lot of assist and he’s going to be vindicated on all these fees — one after the other if it must be.”