Tee Grizzley Speaks Out Following Aunt/Manager’s Shooting Death

Detroit, MI – Only a few days after Tee Grizzley’s manager was killed in a Detroit shooting, the Motor City rapper has spoken out about her untimely death. On Friday (August 23), Tee shared a video of 41-year-old Jobina Brown to his Instagram account.

“Since I was 12,” he wrote in the caption. “We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

In the clip, Brown doesn’t realize Tee is filming her but once she does, she smiles and quickly covers her face.

Several of Tee’s peers sent words of encouragement in the comment section.

Fetty Wap wrote, “She watching over you now bro keep showin out for her,” while PnB Rock said, “YOU GOT A HELLUVA ANGEL NOW BRO.”

Casanova, Moneybagg Yo, Young Ma, Fabolous, Asian Da Brat and Jay Rock showed their support as well.

Brown was shot and killed on Tuesday night (August 20) after a gunman opened fire on their Cadillac Escalade. Tee and the driver weren’t hit, but Brown was struck multiple times and ultimately succumbed to her wounds.

Dutch Regulators Force Ticketmaster to Refund Fees on Canceled Events

Ticketmaster Netherlands has announced that it has adopted a new policy that will provide refunds on ticket service fees to events that were postponed or canceled.

They are the first ticket agency in the country to adopt such a policy, and they did so after both a Dutch consumer affairs association and a government regulatory agency requested them and others to modify the policy.

When fans in The Netherlands — and most other countries — buy a ticket to an event such as a concert, ticketing agencies like Ticketmaster add a bevy of surcharges.  These fees range anywhere from 2-10 euros and are mostly tolerated by consumers.  But until now, they were nonrefundable regardless of whether the event happened or not.

Last month, the Dutch Consumers Association, which is also known as the Consumentenbond, demanded that ticket agencies change their service fee policy. They indicated that there was no good legal reason not to refund the service fee along with the price of the actual ticket when a scheduled event fails to take place.

The Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM), which is a government organization that protects consumer rights, agreed with Consumentenbond.

At the moment, the Live Nation-owned Ticketmaster is the largest ticket agency in the country. But Eventim, which is the second-largest agency, is said believed to be quickly narrowing the gap.  While Eventim has yet to change its service fee policy, the ACM is asking that it and other ticket agencies in the country follow the policy as well.

The price of seeing concerts in the Netherlands has been getting higher, irrespective of service fees. Not only did the price of concert tickets rise 3% this past year, but value-added taxes (VAT) on concert tickets rose as well, from 6% to 9%.

Real Estate Agent Found Stealing from Homes of Usher, Adam Lambert

A pair of real estate agents in Beverly Hills are accused of stealing from celebrities’ homes in Southern California.

Prosecutors say real estate agent Jason Emil Yaselli and Benjamin Eitan Ackerman have been charged with seven criminal counts. They are accused of stealing more than $500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

According to the County district attorney’s office, some victims included and .

Ackerman was arrested on August 16th while Yaselli was arrested on Wednesday. For almost two years, the duo managed to steal luxury items from 14 homes. The items were then sold, and the money was used to make payments on Yaselli’s credit card.

Prosecutors say the men identified their targets and then committed the burglaries during open houses. Thefts occurred in Beverly Hills and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of West Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, and Brentwood.

Both men have been charged with money laundering, residential burglary, and identify theft. Conspiracy to commit robbery and money laundering are also included in the charges.

Ackerman has pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment on Monday. His bail is currently set at $1.2 million. Yaselli is expected to be arraigned later today.

According to authorities, Ackerman was arrested in connection to the burglaries last year. However, he was released after prosecutors could not definitively link him to the thefts.

His attorneys say they will have no better chance to do so now. His attorneys accuse the district attorney of trying to attract public attention to the case by name dropping.

“The district attorney’s press release, by specifically naming Usher Raymond and Adam Lambert as alleged victims, only emphasizes what we have believed from day one, that this is a publicity driven prosecution.

The people’s case is no better today than it was a year ago. Unlike a fine wine, this case does not get better with age. Mr. Ackerman is not just presumed to be innocent; he is, in fact innocent.”

If the duo is convicted, they face a maximum sentence of 31 years in state prison.

Drake, Lizzo, A Tribe Called Quest, Mac Miller & More Flourish On Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist

Former president Barack Obama is back with his annual summer playlist and this year is just as diverse as ever. Obama tweeted out a screenshot of the 44-track sonic adventure on Saturday morning (August 24).

“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy.”

From Drake’s “Too Good” collaboration with Rihanna and The Spinners classic “I’ll Be Around” to Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino and Oumou Sangaré’s “MOOD 4 EVA”and Lizzo’s “Juice,” Obama’s tastes are all over the place.

Obama, who’s always been outspoken about his love for Hip Hop, also included Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” SZA’s “Go Gina,” Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak’s “Dang” and — yep! — Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ massive hit, “Old Town Road (Remix).” 

And for those Hip Hop purists, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” and Erick Sermon’s “Music” featuring Marvin Gaye is on the list as well.

Check it out above (obviously).

Missy Elliott Makes Triumphant Return With "Throw It Back" Video

Not even 24 hours after its release, Missy Elliott’s new “Throw It Back” video has already amassed over 3.5 million YouTube views. It’s safe to say the inimitable Misdemeanor has been missed.

Presented by The Goldmind and Atlantic Records, the colorful, eye-popping visual finds Missy front and center as she “throws it back” with a crew of talented dancers. It also features a cameo from Teyana Taylor who kicks off the video as host to the “Hall Of Missy.”

“Throw It Back” is one of five fresh cuts from the Iconology EP, Missy’s first project in 14 years.

The new video arrives only days before the Grammy Award-winning artist will be honored at the 2019 MTV VMAs with the Video Vanguard Award, the first female MC to ever accomplish this feat.

Missy made history once again when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

Watch the “Throw It Back” video above.

Damon Dash Says JAY-Z ‘Ain’t Sh*t’ for Taking NFL Deal

Damon Dash is putting JAY-Z on blast.

The hip-hop mogul, who co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with Hov, is weighing in on the Roc Nation boss’ new NFL partnership, claiming the deal has exposed him as a backstabber.

“I mean everybody knows JAY ain’t shit like that. Everybody knows that,” he told Adam22 on the “No Jumper” podcast ( TMZ).

According to Dame, JAY is only out for himself. “If you ask anyone in the industry, it’s common knowledge that JAY ain’t shit,” he said. “He’s about the bag. We all know that. He’s self-preserving, period. It’s just that the people he does it to don’t have Beyoncé next to him, they don’t have that kind of power.”

He cited other instances when JAY would deceive him. “It’s not even a secret. He do that shit to me with girls,” said Dame. “I’ll be talking to a chick and I’ll be like, ‘Yo, she asked me to do this that and the third.’ And he’ll be like, ‘I wouldn’t do it.’ And then the next day he’s wifed her.”

The comments shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Dame and JAY’s rocky past. He feels JAY betrayed him when he cut him out of the Roc-A-Fella deal and caused the label’s demise.

JAY-Z has been criticized for taking the NFL deal despite Colin Kaepernick still not having a job in the NFL. But despite the backlash, Dame thinks JAY is untouchable and even compared him to Trump.

“There’s always been a pattern with that dude. Everyone always forgives him,” he added. “He’s like Trump in that way. He could do anything, say anything, and everyone goes with the populist sometimes.”

Funkmaster Flex previously claimed that Jermaine Dupri was offered a similar deal to JAY-Z with the NFL, but JAY told him to turn it down. However, the So So Def mogul shot down Flex’s claim during an interview with Atlanta’s V-103. “It was never nothing like that,” he said. “He never told me don’t do what I was doing.”

Lil Uzi Vert Offers to Pay Student’s $90,000 Tuition

Lil Uzi Vert is giving back in a big way.

The Grammy-nominated rapper agreed to pay a Temple University student’s $90,000 tuition, and it was all captured on video. While walking through a department store in Philadelphia on Thursday night, Uzi ran into a fan named Raheel Ahmad, who asked if he would give him $90,000 for his college tuition.

“Can you pay for my college tuition?” asked Ahmad before Uzi stopped in his tracks to ask him how much. “Ninety grand, I go to Temple, bro,” replied Ahmad.

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“Ninety grand? I could pay for that,” said Uzi before revealing the terms of his donation, including that the student finish school. “But this is the thing, though. If I pay for your college tuition, are you going to finish college or are you going to bullshit?”

After Ahmad vowed to keep his end of the deal, Uzi then asked for his Instagram handle and told him to send all his transcripts. “If you don’t show me, you won’t get 90 grand,” he said.

On Friday, the generous rapper also teamed up with Yo Gotti on their new collaboration “Pose.”

A$AP Rocky Reportedly Refused to Thank Trump

The White House is reportedly upset that A$AP Rocky didn’t issue a public “thank you” to President Trump over his attempts to pressure the Swedish government to release the rapper from jail.

According to a new report from Yahoo! News, Trump’s team got involved in trying to secure Rocky’s freedom under the condition that they would receive a public thank you.

“The White House didn’t ask for anything. There were no conditions attached, but my condition and Kareem [Lanier]’s condition was that all I’m asking for you guys to do is say thank you,” said Darrell Scott, an Ohio pastor and Trump surrogate, who helped to advocate for the rapper’s release.

According to Scott, Rocky’s manager John Ehmann consented. “If a serial killer gets Rocky out of jail, I would have no problem saying thank you to the serial killer,” Ehmann allegedly said.

Despite Trump’s attempt, a Swedish court convicted Rocky of assault, sentencing him to the time he already served and two years of probation. Rocky previously spent a month in Swedish jail.

After his release, the White House was expecting a public acknowledgment that Trump had helped with his case, hoping that his plea for the rapper would help his image with black voters. Rocky thanked his supporters on Instagram, but made no mention of Trump.

When Trump’s team spoke with Ehmann, he reportedly started making excuses about Rocky needing time to travel and rest. Within two days after he was freed, his team stopped responding to text messages from Trump’s people.

Scott told Ehmann, “I hope you guys aren’t going back on what you said you were going to do.”

Rocky apparently wouldn’t even thank the White House behind the scenes. “All he had to do was do a two-minute call to say thank you,” said Scott. “Rocky hasn’t even called us and said, ‘Hey, man, thank you guys. I appreciate it,’ in private. Just in private.”

Lanier, co-chairman of the Urban Revitalization Coalition, attributed this to the potential backlash that Rocky could face for embracing the President. “One of the problems that we have as a culture — and I’m talking about black Americans — is herd mentality,” said Lanier. “Right now it’s popular for those guys to bash President Trump.”

Watch a Trailer for Travis Scott’s Netflix Documentary ‘Look Mom I Can Fly’

Travis Scott is bringing Astroworld to Netflix.

After announcing the project with a surprise pop-up in his hometown, the Houston rapper has debuted the trailer for his Netflix special, Look Mom I Can Fly.

The documentary, which was shot in the months surrounding the release of his chart-topping album Astroworld, chronicles his journey to superstardom and includes footage from his live shows and home videos from his childhood.

The trailer opens with La Flame performing for a small crowd at a show in 2014 before watching the same footage in present day. He is then seen raging in front of a crowd of thousands while fans their share testimonies (“He saved my life,” says one).

The 85-minute film, directed by White Trash Tyler, also features highlights from Travis’ life and career, including him becoming a father and performing at the Super Bowl. His girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi also make cameos.

Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly hits Netflix on Aug. 28. Watch the trailer below.

Nipsey Hussle’s Family Launches Neighborhood Nip Foundation

In the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death, the rapper’s family has launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the foundation will continue Nipsey’s efforts in his community, including creating opportunities for young people who are hoping to break into music.

It was inspired by Nipsey’s own involvement in the Watts Towers program, which gave the then-teenager access to a recording studio for free.

“We used to talk a lot about [what the Watts Towers program] meant to him. A push, a little help can go a long way, and that’s what this foundation will 100% be about,” said Hussle’s brother, Samiel Asghedom. “The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him.”

Nipsey Hussle's Family Launches Neighborhood Nip Foundation

Atlantic Records, who partnered with the rapper’s All Money In imprint to release his debut album Victory Lap last year, has already made a six-figure donation.

“They wanted to be the first to donate,” said Asghedom. “It’s important we let people know that.”

Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald said, “Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community. Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy.”

Before his death, Nipsey was working with PUMA on a collaborative collection with his Marathon Clothing brand. The collection will be released Sept. 5, with 100% of net proceeds going to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

“Nipsey always put his community first and we know he wouldn’t want it any other way,” said PUMA in a statement. “He was a visionary who believed in the power of optimism, inspiration and action and The Neighborhood Nip Foundation will continue his legacy as a champion of the people.”


Hasbro Toys Now Owns Death Row Records

Death Row Records has reportedly been acquired by the Hasbro toy company, the same entity responsible for several classic toys such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe.

According to Rolling Stone, Hasbro announced on Thursday (August 22) they had purchased Entertainment One, a multimedia company that owns the children’s franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks.

eOne also has a music division, which just happens to be one of the largest independent labels in the industry. During this year’s first quarter, the company took in $30 million worth of revenue.

“Hasbro will leverage eOne’s immersive entertainment capabilities to bring our portfolio of brands that have appeal to gamers, fans and families to all screens globally and realize full franchise economics across our blueprint strategy for shareholders,” CEO Brian Goldner told Deadline. “We are excited to welcome eOne’s talented employees from around the world into the Hasbro family.”

eOne has owned Death Row’s catalog for several years. The company spent roughly $280 million to buy it in 2013, seven years after the legendary Hip Hop label was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Toys Against The World?

99% of Americans Don't Care About the Headphone Jack

A survey of over 3,000 smartphone owners found most Americans don’t care about the headphone jack.

Ting — a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO) — conducted the survey.  Only 1% of those who responded said the headphone jack is a top-three feature for them. The question was asked to over 3,640 respondents.

The survey asked participants to rank the three most important features they consider when choosing a new phone. Respondents could pick from a pre-selected list of options like price, camera, battery, storage space, specs, operating system, headphone jack, and cool factor.

Only 1% of respondents picked headphone jack as one of the three most important factors.

So what did smartphone buyers rate as the most important factor when choosing a new phone? Unsurprisingly, 35% of respondents said the price was the main factor.  30% of respondents picked operating system as an important factor.  The third-most picked option was specs at just 14% of the votes.

Despite a lot of hand-wringing and noise, it seems as though smartphone buyers in the U.S. are doing just fine without the headphone jack.  Most smartphone manufacturers are , anyway.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched last week , spelling death for the rest of the Android world. Samsung was the last major manufacturer hold out for the technology. Now that phones cost over $1,000, it’s much easier to get someone to .

Even though Bluetooth audio is objectively worse than good old analog wires, most consumers don’t care.  Heck, even the cool factor option scored 2%, which means more people care about having a cool phone over a conventional jack.

One interesting point from the survey is that most people keep their old devices. 46% recycled them to children, while 28% said they use their old phone . You know, the old phone with a headphone jack for easy listening. Funny world we live in, isn’t it?

Apple Music Tries to Kill Stale Playlists With 'New Music Daily'

Apple Music has launched a new human-curated playlist that updates on the daily.

The new playlist is called New Music Daily, and it aims to provide a look at the newest tracks in music. The debut lead single for the playlist is Taylor Swift’s “The Man,” from her brand-new album, Lover.

Apple will likely use the new playlist as a way to promote lead artists on a rolling basis.

The long-time playlist Best of the Week will cease to be now that New Music Daily is here. The old playlist was updated once a week on Friday. The new list will be updated daily with “new music you can’t miss from across the world and genres.”

The result is a more dynamic mix of tunes that will refresh daily. You can add the playlist to your library for automatic updates as the list changes. Apple Music currently offers a 3-month free trial if you don’t use the service, with Spotify recently matching the generous 90-day term.

But Apple is still far behind Spotify in terms of subscribers, and playlists offer one way to catch up. New Apple Music playlists like Rap Life and ALT CTRL have launched to compete with Spotify’s branded playlists. A big part of Spotify’s success can be attributed to the popularity of its playlists .
But playlists are only one theater in this war. The two streaming giants have duked it out in the past with and . Both services offer a bevy of exclusive music content and podcasts to entice users, though major labels like UMG have put the kibosh on restrictive exclusives.

Apple recently debuted a that features the most searched for songs using the Shazam service. Count that as another unique playlist that sets Apple Music apart from other services.

Despite a proliferation of smart tastemaking algorithms, many listeners prefer the human-curated touch of a playlist, which is supposed to be an intensely personal thing. Even Apple has taken shots at Spotify for its algorithm-driven playlist selection, though it .

Despite Getting Broiled, Scooter Braun Offers High Praise For Taylor Swift

Despite the bad blood between Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift — or perhaps because of it — Braun congratulated the singer on her latest album.

Braun made headlines after purchasing Big Machine Label Group, which stores the ultra-valuable recording catalog of Taylor Swift.   The deal was rumored to be worth $300 million and was orchestrated through Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, a move that enraged Swift.

In the moments after the deal, we quickly learned that Taylor Swift absolutely hates Scooter Braun.  Suddenly, Braun became Swift’s next ex-boyfriend, or some variation thereof, always an unenble role.

Swift took to Tumblr back in July to air her grievances about the deal, lamenting about the raw deal that took place.  “Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it,” she wrote.

Now, Braun is taking the high road by praising Swift’s recent album campaign on Twitter.

Regardless of what has been said the truth is you don’t make big bets unless you are a believer and always have been. Brilliant album with #Lover,” he wrote. “Congrats @taylorswift13. Supporting was always the healthier option.”

Despite Getting Broiled, Scooter Braun Offers High Praise For Taylor Swift

Lover is Swift’s seventh studio album and one that she owns exclusively. Now, Swift has confirmed her plans to re-record and re-release all of her earlier albums to regain her IP.

At first, a move to re-record seemed out of the realm of possibility.  But apparently Swift’s contract states that from November 2020 she can start .  Accordingly, Swift will re-record her first five albums to help take some of the wind out of .

Swift has been extremely vocal about the treatment she received from Big Machine founder and Braun. Now, the re-recording option offers a nice, high-profile game of payback, with Braun himself standing to lose hundreds of millions in long-term equity as Swift dilutes her catalog with duplicates.

The specter of earlier and later versions sitting side-by-side on platforms like Spotify — with Swift urging her fans to listen to the latter — is a nightmare scenario for Braun and his investors. Whether litigation is the next step is uncertain, though Braun and Ithaca may also attempt to cancel the deal with Big Machine given the prospect of extreme asset devaluation.

Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

During her career, she has sold over 150 million singles and 50 million albums. She has 10 Grammy Awards under her belt, with countless other accolades. Time Magazine has named her one of the most influential people of the year on multiple occasions.

Most recently, Swift has advocated for and has begun voicing her political opinions after years of shying away from it.  Any way you look at it, Swift wields a lot of power — including the power to drastically complicate life for Scooter Braun.

Atlantic Records Makes 6-Figure Donation To Nipsey Hussle Foundation

Los Angeles, CA – Atlantic Records gave a generous gift to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation reportedly in the sum of over six figures. The exact amount of the donation was not disclosed though payment was confirmed through Nipsey Hussle’s business partner and friend, Karen Civil to HipHopDX.

The announcement comes on the eve of his Puma signature shoe release scheduled in September — a deal he had in place before his untimely demise.

The Hip Hop Icon began a partnership with Atlantic Records in 2017 along with his All Money In label when he signed a multi-album deal.

“Nipsey is not only an extraordinary MC, but a true visionary and innovative entrepreneur,” Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman and COO Julie Greenwald said in a joint statement after his signing in 2017.

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They continued, “Over the past seven years, he has built an incredible brand that reflects his independent, non-traditional approach to what it means to be a creative artist in the modern music marketplace. We are thrilled and honored that he has chosen Atlantic as his label home.”

Since the Los Angeles prodigy was murdered in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in March, many fans have paid homage through supporting his clothing business.

The enterprise has amassed over $10 million from then. The physical location is temporarily closed while a Nipsey Hussle Tower is being constructed.