Desean Jackson Gets Nipsey Hussle-Themed Rolls-Royce Cullinan

Desean Jackson has pimped his ride with a tribute to Nipsey Hussle.

The NFL wide receiver showed off his Nipsey-inspired Rolls-Royce Cullinan on social media, sharing photos of the vehicle’s interior and rims decked out in the Crips’ signature blue colors. The car’s doors also feature custom lighting projecting Nipsey’s likeness on the ground.

“The game is sold not to be told !!” Jackson wrote on Instagram. “@nipseyhussle you already know I had to do it Loco NipBlu.”

The Nipsey-themed Rolls-Royce isn’t the first time Jackson has paid homage to the slain MC. The former Pro Bowler, a fellow Crenshaw native like Nipsey, has also sported Neighborhood Nip’s image and quotes on his cleats during NFL games.

Jackson upped the ante of his tribute last season by auctioning off his game-worn cleats and donating the proceeds to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

Check out Jackson’s Nipsey-inspired ride above and view his cleats below.

Lizzo Covers Rolling Stone: ‘Behold, A Big Grrrl In Her Natural Habitat’

Lizzo continues to rack up those career milestones. Just ahead of the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards — where’s she nominated in eight major categories — the pop powerhouse has unveiled her first Rolling Stone cover.

The cover shot features Lizzo surrounded by two half-naked men kneeling at her feet holding bouquets of lilies as they look up at her adoringly. Lizzo is draped in a flowery body suit and a green shall thrown over her head.

“Behold, a big grrrl in her natural habitat,” she wrote on Instagram. “@Rollingstone cover by @david_lachapelle.”

During the Rolling Stone interview, Lizzo marvels at where she is in her career today. Her No. 1 Billboard single “Truth Hurts” didn’t actually explode until years after it was initially released — but she always knew she had something special.

“When we were making it we knew it was ahead of its time,” she says. “Now we have the proof that these songs are timeless. They will connect when they need to connect.”

In terms of the seemingly constant barrage of fat shamers who visit her social media pages daily, Lizzo is unfazed and reveals she made peace with her body a long time ago.

“I’ve come to terms with body dysmorphia and evolved,” she says. “The body-positive movement is doing the same thing. We’re growing together, and it’s growing pains, but I’m just glad that I’m attached to something so organic and alive.”

But Lizzo says she doesn’t want that to be the sole focus of her career.

“I’m so much more than that,” she explains. “Because I actually present that, I have a whole career. It’s not a trend.”

The Grammy Awards take place on Sunday (January 26) at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Until then, check out more of the photos from Lizzo’s Rolling Stone shoot below.

Walt Mossberg Spotify Podcast Ads are a 'Planned Violation of Privacy'

Spotify is planning on inserting streaming podcast ads later this year. Walt Mossberg calls it a ‘planned violation of privacy.’

Spotify at CES this year. Dubbed Streaming Ad Insertion (SAI), the tech will ‘help further monetize podcasts available on Spotify’s platform.’ Spotify made a big push into podcasts this year, with over $500 million spent on acquiring podcasting start-ups.

Spotify pushing for podcast streaming will change the way podcasts are experienced. Not everyone is happy about it, either.

Former Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg derided the news on Twitter. “This planned violation of privacy by Spotify is a huge reason to stick with Apple for podcasts,” he wrote. “Ads in podcasts are fine with me, and I’ve even bought products advertised on some of my favorite shows. Ads based on vacuuming up my private info aren’t OK.”

Mossberg appears to be referencing a headline from The Verge in his tweet. The headline reads, “Spotify will use everything it knows about you to target podcast ads.” That shouldn’t be too surprising to users, though.

Every year Spotify gives users a taste of its Big Data collection with its Unwrapped playlist. The playlist shows what individual users have been listening to all year, including their most popular artists, albums, and individual tracks.

Spotify has used its data gathered to make funny advertisements for its service in New York City. The fact that Spotify plans on inserting personalized ads into podcasts is just another way to harvest personal data.

Remember that you joyfully filled out a few weeks ago? Congrats, Spotify now knows the names of your pets and what they are.

Mossberg has a point that most podcast sponsors can do ad placement better than Spotify. But Spotify is all about engagement, and it has to recoup that somehow.

Downtown Music Is Going Full Stack, Acquires Netherlands-Based FUGA

Downtown Music Publishing’s AVL Digital Group has acquired FUGA, an Amsterdam-based digital-music distributor and service provider.

The purchase, which was announced publicly this morning (January 22nd), is the latest in a series of aggressive, growth-minded investments from Downtown.

In March of 2019, the company finalized a $200 million deal and assumed ownership of AVL Digital Group, which, through its
subsidiaries—Sounddrop, AdRev, DashGo, and CD Baby, one of the largest digital distributors of independent music—helps independent artists monetize their work.

Per the deal’s terms, FUGA will continue to operate independently.

Factoring for the Dutch company’s 100 or so team members, Downtown now has more than 500 employees working on its behalf, as well as offices in New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Amsterdam (separate from FUGA), and London.

Founded by Justin Kalifowitz in 2017, Downtown has quickly risen to the top of the artist-rights and royalty-collection sphere. The brand’s ability to attract (and maintain) high-profile acts is without doubt; The Beatles, One Direction, Bruce Springsteen, and other extremely popular artists are part of the Downtown banner.

By acquiring FUGA, which will complement and benefit AVL’s platforms, Downtown is signaling that its long-term goals aren’t limited to North America—or even Europe.

FUGA debuted in 2014, as a small, ambitious startup with big ideas, limited funding, and only 12 employees. In less than half a decade, FUGA’s team size shot up, and the company opened its own international offices. CEO Pieter van Rijn has long spoken of his intention to establish a foothold in the Asian and African markets, and doing so will be easier with the contacts and supplemental resources of Downtown at his disposal.

The financial terms of the Downtown-FUGA deal were not disclosed.

Interview: DJ Lord Jazz Talks Upcoming Lords Of The Underground Album

Miami, Florida – The platinum-selling trio of DoItAll, Mr. Funke and DJ Lord Jazz (collectively known as Lords Of The Underground) rose to prominence in the early 90s, with their first two albums spawning post-Golden Era essentials “Chief Rocka” and “Tic Toc” — among others.

Though their third and fourth releases, which dropped in 1999 and 2007 respectively, may have slipped under the mainstream radar, the group (now in their 27th year) has remained remarkably active.

After the release of their last group album, House Of Lords, the trio all worked on solo releases — Doitall’s 2010 American Du project (which includes the Pete Rock-produced “Surrender”) being the first. Lord Jazz’s 2012 The Plain Dealer was next, followed by Mr Funke’s Deus Ex Machina Pt 1, which dropped in 2017.

Still, it’s been 13 years since fans have gotten a collective body of work from the trio. That all changes in 2020, as they prepare to drop their fifth studio album, So Legendary — announced earlier this year alongside the first single “Insomnia.”

According to Lord Jazz, the new album was simply a matter of time — and the group is back for the long haul.

“We love and are always recording,” Jazz tells HipHopDX. So Legendary is produced entirely by German production team The Snowgoons, who’ve developed a reputation in recent years for putting golden era heavyweights back on the map.

“Working with Snowgoons was a no brainer for me,” he notes. “These guys have dope beats and a great work ethic … I like that about them. The new project is definitely for both our fans and Snowgoons fans — we combined forces and knocked it out.”

Jazz explains that he first became aware of the Goons while living in Paris, France, from 2000 to 2012. “I would see them while doing gigs in Germany and all around Europe. I love their albums and what they have contributed to Hip Hop. Our European management (Latfro Agency) actually suggested that we do the album and made it happen.”

The project was recorded in Germany while the group was on tour. “On our days off we would record,” he says. “Hip Hop is about whats going on in your surroundings, so Du and Funke are actually painting a picture of what was happening while in Germany, listen to the verses.

“It was a plus that we were all together vibing in the studio and not in three different places,” he adds.

With 2023 marking their 30-year milestone, Jazz says he hopes Lords Of The Underground’s legacy will be longevity, positivity and great music that never degraded women.

“It’s up to us to write our own history because if we don’t somebody else will — and it won’t be authentic,” he says. “We strongly believe in helping others like Harriet Tubman did … Doitall is heavy into politics and making a big impact not only in his City of Newark but worldwide. I’m starting a DJ course at the school of Arts in Florida and teaching students about music and the great influence it has in the world.”

As for what keeps Jazz creativity motivated after almost three decades is simple: his family.

“My kids and wife keep me motivated. I have to provide for them so I’m always motivated and doing what I have to do,” he explains. “Creatively, just waking up and seeing the sun and breathing fresh air is motivation for me.

“My daughter DJ Glo keeps me on my Ps and Qs with the latest music,” he adds with a laugh. “She’s also a DJ, producer, actress and plays three different instruments … that’s motivation enough for me.”

The Lords Of The Underground’s long-awaited fifth album, So Legendary produced by The Snowgoons is coming soon. The group is also on tour in Europe this April. Jazz is also working on an EP with Jersey artist Tru Trilla.

The Estate of Michael Jackson and BMI Extend Catalog Representation

The Michael Jackson Estate has inked a renewal agreement with BMI to continue to represent the performing rights in Michael Jackson’s songwriting catalog.

The new deal extends BMI’s uninterrupted 41-year relationship with the King of Pop. The Estate and BMI last renewed the agreement back in 2014.

Jackson first signed with BMI at the beginning of his solo career. His songwriter credits include more than 150 songs, with more than 20 reaching multi-million performance status. His music has achieved over 6.5 billion streams, and he remains one of the most popular artists of all time.

Last year the Michael Jackson Estate contended with several ual assault allegations. The Leaving Neverland documentary on HBO sparked several lawsuits and raised questions about Michael’s relationship with children.

The Estate also for using footage of Jackson in a film called The Last Days of Michael Jackson. Disney-owned ABC broadcast the documentary without receiving approval to use Michael Jackson’s imagery. The Estate settled with Disney and filed a request to dismiss that lawsuit.

Now in 2020, a California appeals court is from the men who allege Jackson ually abused them. The judge presiding over the case reversed the previous dismissals of lawsuits filed by James Safechuck and Wade Robson.

The cases were able to be reopened because of a change to California law. The amendment extends the statute of limitations for victims of child abuse. Victims can now sue perpetrators up until their 40th birthday. Those lawsuits will be revisited later this year.

For now, it appears as though the ual allegations re-emerging hasn’t dented the Jackson Estate’s value too much.

While certain performers like Weird Al have opted out of performing his Jackson-based songs, the catalog is more profitable than ever. BMI says on-demand music streams of Jackson’s catalog increased 23% this year.

 

Sonos Will Stop Updating Older Speakers in May Despite 92% 'Still In Use'

Sonos will stop updating its older speakers and hardware in May, the company has announced.

Sonos says it is retiring old products because “they have been stretched to their technical limits in terms of memory and processing power.” The change will affect many Sonos customers, as 92% of its products are still in use.

The Sonos Play:5 speaker released in 2009, and all earlier devices are affected. The issue will affect anyone who is still using older hardware and even those who have mixed equipment.

Sonos says older products can still be used, but it will prevent new speakers from receiving updates. Sonos says it is because all speakers run on the same software, so old hardware will cause the system to lag behind.

The company plans on launching a way for customers to segment their older products in a separate speaker group. Let’s be clear here; these speakers still work just fine. Sonos speakers used to be a ‘for life’ purchase for many.

Sonos is offering a ‘recycling’ program that gives users 30% off of new hardware. But the recycling program bricks your old device, rendering it completely unusable afterward. This scheme isn’t some cash for clunkers buyback program Sonos is doing here; it’s planned obsolescence.

Sonos says its recycling program is about “sustainability,” but e-waste recyclers confirm that’s not entirely true.

Putting your old Play:5 speaker into after 21 days. Bricked devices cannot be reused and end up in a landfill. The bricked hardware can’t be repaired, either. The recycling process puts the speaker’s serial number on a blacklist on Sonos’ servers.

The news sparked outrage when it hit social media, which Sonos defended. The spokesperson said the Trade-Up program is intended to “help customers that are interested in upgrading to the next generation of Sonos products.” Well, now it seems like Sonos is forcing those customers’ hands if they want an up-to-date home entertainment system.

Amazon Claims More Than 55 Million Music Streaming Users

Amazon says its Amazon Music streaming service has surpassed 55 million customers. There are six different pricing tiers for its streaming service, including a free ad-supported tier.

Amazon Music first launched in October 2016, but it still lags behind and . Just last summer, Apple Music announced 60 million subscribers. Last quarter, Spotify confirmed it has around 113 million paying subscribers and 248 million users globally.

There is no drill-down for how many users are in each of the Amazon Music tiers. Amazon does reveal that the growth of Amazon Music Unlimited is up 50% over the last year.

Amazon Music Unlimited is available in the United States, UK, Germany, Japan, and Brazil with HD-quality. France, Italy, Spain, and Mexico were also significant contributors to growth, though HD-quality music is not available yet.

Amazon’s subscription tiers encourage Prime members to give its services a try. Amazon’s dominance in the smart speaker market means there’s an Amazon Music tier just for its Alexa devices. Prime users also get a discount on the Amazon Music Unlimited service, undercutting rivals.

Spotify is focusing on music and podcast exclusives to help differentiate. But during its last earnings call, Spotify gave some insights into Amazon’s growth.

Amazon’s music streaming business is picking up more ad-supported users than paying subscribers, according to Spotify.

“Our data also suggests that Amazon’s user base skews significantly more to ‘Ad-Supported’ than ‘Premium,’ and that average engagement on our platform is approximately 3x,” Spotify said during its .

Spotify says that Amazon’s ad-supported growth leaves the company open to continue growing its paid streaming service. Spotify needs to be careful here, though, Amazon’s ecosystem is attractive to people who want all services under one provider.

Amazon has its fingers in storage, video, reading, games, and now music. If Spotify isn’t careful to diversify beyond just music, larger tech companies like Apple and Amazon could surpass it.

Meek Mill Reminds Tekashi 6ix9ine He Snitched Following New Prison Photo

Meek Mill had something to say about Tekashi 6ix9ine’s latest prison photo.

Shortly after the incarcerated rapper’s alleged girlfriend shared a photo of 6ix9ine her Instagram account, the Dream Chaser Records founder hopped in the comment section to remind 6ix9ine he’s still a snitch.

“That witness protection drip,” he wrote.

Meek Mill Reminds Tekashi 6ix9ine He Snitched Following New Prison Photo

In the photo, 6ix9ine’s signature rainbow-colored hair has been replaced by dark brown roots and dirty blonde tips. He’s dressed in an all-white prison jumpsuit and all-white sneakers, making his tattoos appear even more prominent.

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They kidnapped you , they had with the mother of your child , they get caught on the phone trying to kill you & their stealing millions of dollars from you . If you snitch , for the rest of your life people are gonna try to kill you for being a rat but if you don’t snitch , you’re doing 47 years in prison where they’re gonna kill you anyway because they were already talking about it . Sammy the Bull kills 19 people and gets 5 years . You kill no one and gets 2 years . This shit is so fucked up …. LMFAOOO they can’t break you , no one understands why people still love you and support you . 💕13X PLATINUM 💿 8X GOLD 📀 AND YOU HAD NO FRIENDS IN THIS INDUSTRY TO START OFF YOUR CAREER YOU TOLD EVERYONE SUCK YOUR DICK !!! THEY KNOW THE INTERNET HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT I LOVE YOU BABY #FREE YOU 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜

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The caption on the photo has seemingly infuriated the mother of 6ix9ine’s child Sara Molina who had plenty of vitriol for his current ride-or-die. Molina took issue with the line about her that read, “they had with the mother of your child.”

“Bitch don’t mention me if you ain’t gonna see me,” Molina responded in an Instagram post. “You’re weak asf, imagine sleeping with a nigga, while he still with his baby moms, ENDING UP WITH THE NIGGA, BUT YOU STILL MENTIONING ME FOR WHAT. He not even hugging you or kissing you. boy look like he’s dying inside standing right next to you. you the only one that looks happy dummy.”

6ix9ine was sentenced in his racketeering case last month.

In addition to the 14 months he’s already served, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer sentenced him to 24 months in prison with five years supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a $35,000 fine.

Megan Thee Stallion & Lizzo Stunt With Their Beyoncé Ivy Park Shipments Amid Criticism From The Plus-Size Community

With the controversy between Beyoncé‘s Ivy Park and the plus-size community growing, Megan Thee Stallion and Lizzo posted videos on social media of their Ivy Park shipments.

Megan posted an Instagram video of herself twerking to Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” as she received her box from Ivy Park.

The rising rap superstar captioned the video, “Omg what’s in theee boxxxxx. Thank you Beyoncé Ivy Park.”

Pop phenom Lizzo posted a video of her own on Instagram, acting out City Girls’ “This for Rachael,” alongside her creative director Quinn Wilson.

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“This is for Rachel”.. 😫 @quinnwilsonn

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Both women have been proud Beyhive members as well as sharing the hometown – Houston – along with the celebrated pop icon. The athleisure collection officially launched on January 17 with celebrities and influencers receiving boxes.

Their shipments came at a time when the collection has been facing backlash for the lack of inclusivity from the plus-size community. The controversy began when essayist Candice Marie Benbow and blogger LaToya T. Wright pointed out the faux pas. Many fans have been voicing their opinions over the lack of sizes beyond XL in the collection – for both men and women.

Wright composed an essay on her blog Curvy Fashionista regarding the exclusion, even going as far as to point out Beyonce’s emphasis on inclusivity in a December 2019 press release for the collection.

Check out Benbow’s Twitter post below.

PartyNextDoor Gets The Claymation Treatment For Drake-Less ‘Loyal’ Video

Claymation Amazonian women and a post-apocalyptic Toronto are the focus of PartyNextDoor’s latest video “Loyal.” 

The new visual, which dropped on Tuesday (January 12), stars a claymation version of PND as he tracks down three gigantic women wreaking havoc in Canada’s most populated city. OVO co-founder Drake, who sings on the track, is noticeably absent from short feature, animated or otherwise.

In the clip, the city of Toronto has been taken over by a trio of massive, scantily clad women. The Canadian government, who has tried and failed to reclaim the capital city, calls in PartyNextDoor for assistance.When the Canadian singer-songwriter arrives on the scene to find half-naked women who are several stories tall, the mission goes awry.

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LOYAL video out now

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The video’s creator William Child has several other music video credits to his name. He created the video for “Disco Shit”by 03 Greedo and Kenny Beats featuring Freddie Gibbs. He’s also the brains behind the visuals for “Someone Else” by Emotional Oranges.

“Loyal” is one of two songs released by PND ahead of his upcoming album. Late last year, the 26-year-old musician told fans Twitter to expect a new album sometime in January 2020. Neither an album title nor official release date has been announced.

Watch the video up top.

Orlando Brown Claims He Let Nick Cannon Give Him Oral Sex — & He ‘Liked It’

Whether Orlando Brown is trolling remains to be seen but according to a recent Instagram Live video, the actor/singer claims he let Nick Cannon give him oral .

“You want me to tell everybody and let everybody know that — fine. Nick, I let you suck my dick,” he says in the clip. “OK, fine. I said it. I let Nick suck my dick — and I liked it. It was OK. It was fine. Nick, you sucked my dick. But everybody knows you did it as a female but Nick, you sucked my dick.

“I don’t want to say that. Nick been sucking dick [laughs]. Nick, you know you’ve been sucking dick. You don’t want me on Wild ‘N Out. Nick been sucking dick. Everybody in the world gonna be like, ‘Nick been sucking dick.’

Several people in the comment section are accusing Brown of being high on crack, while others are skeptical of the claim altogether. In particular, the line about Cannon being “a female” as he allegedly performed the elicit act raised a few eyebrows.

Over the past few years, Brown has been arrested numerous times. In June 2018, he was busted with crack cocaine in Las Vegas while wandering around an area known for prostitution and illegal drug activity. Six months later, he was arrested a fifth time for breaking into his friend’s restaurant and attempting to change the locks.

In December 2018, Brown appeared on the Dr. Phil show where he insisted he was four years sober, was the son of Michael Jackson and had four children “that he knows of” but couldn’t remember their names or ages. The host expressed concern about his mental health.

Brown started his career as a child actor on shows such as That’s So Raven and The Jamie Foxx Show. 

6ix9ine Denied Home Confinement Request

6ix9ine will remain behind bars.

A federal judge has denied the rapper’s motion to serve his 24 months under home confinement. On Tuesday, Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled that Tekashi must remain in jail for the remaining 10 months of his sentence.

“The Court’s determination was, and is, that a 24-month prison sentence is necessary in this case,” wrote Engelmayer. “A shorter sentence would disserve the assembled [factors], including that Mr. Hernandez’s sentence reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”

According to TMZ, Tekashi requested home confinement out of fear for his safety. He is concerned that he may be harmed by members of the Bloods, the same gang he testified against in order to receive a reduced sentence.

The judge acknowledged that the private jail where Tekashi remains doesn’t have the rehabilitative programs of other facilities, but said that granting his request would “eliminate the remaining prison component of his sentence in favor of lesser forms of confinement.”

Tekashi had been facing a minimum of 47 years behind bars on racketeering and firearm charges, which was reduced to two years. He has already served 14 months, which will count toward his sentence. Upon his release, he will be on supervised release for five years, and will have to complete 300 hours of community service and pay a $35,000 fine.

Tekashi’s attorney plans to appeal the decision.

Offset Says Migos’ ‘Culture III’ Will Be the ‘Last Chapter’

Culture III is on the way.

Offset is teasing the final installment in Migos’ popular Culture series. Taking to Instagram on Monday, Offset announced a 2020 release date: “CULTURE 3 2020 LAST CHAPTER.”

His caption prompted speculation that this could be Migos’ final album, but it may just be the last chapter in the Culture series. Either way, fans have been eagerly anticipating the long-awaited project since it was first announced in 2018.

“I feel like it’s more about Migos that y’all don’t know yet,” Quavo told Business Insider. “And I feel like this album is going to be prolific. I feel like this album is going to be the album to do it. And I think it’s Culture III, but I don’t know. I think we may change the chapter.”

The trilogy already includes 2017’s Culture featuring the No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee,” and 2018’s Culture II. The latter spawned the hits “MotorSport,” “Stir Fry,” and “Walk It Talk It” featuring Drake.

Each member also released solo projects–Quavo’s Quavo Huncho, Takeoff’s The Last Rocket, and Offset’s Father of 4–before reuniting as a group. “No straight gang shit from now on,” Offset told a fan last year.

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Watch The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ Video

The saga continues.

The Weeknd delivers more thills in the action-packed video for “Blinding Lights.” The cinematic clip serves as a sequel to the chart-topping “Heartless,” which dropped last month.

It opens with a bloody Abel laughing before flashing back to him stumbling through the Las Vegas streets while reliving his wild night. The XO crooner races through the streets of downtown L.A. in his drop-top Mercedes and shows off his Joker-inspired dance moves while donning a red blazer and smoking a cigarette. After dancing with a gorgeous woman, the night ends with him being assaulted by two men, but he is somehow able to find humor in his tragedy.

“Blinding Lights” can also be heard in the Mercedes-Benz EQC campaign, for which The Weeknd serves as creative director.

The Uncut Gems actor will perform his latest single on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night. He previously performed “Blinding Lights” and “Heartless” on “The Late Show” last month.