Nicki Minaj’s Brother Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Child Rape

Nicki Minaj’s brother will serve 25 years to life in prison for child rape.

A judge sentenced Jelani Maraj in a Long Island courtroom on Monday, several months after a bid to set aside a verdict due to jury misconduct.

The sentence comes over two years after a jury found Maraj guilty of predatory ual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. He was accused of raping his then-11-year-old stepdaughter while he was married to her mother. During the trial, which lasted less than three weeks, the defense claimed the allegations were fabricated to extort $25 million from Maraj’s famous sister.

In 2015, Nicki paid for her brother’s $100,000 bond. She visited him while he was locked up in 2017, but she reportedly only went to support her mother Carol and hasn’t been close to Jelani since he was charged with the crime.

Nicki has rapped about her older brother in the past, including on 2014’s “All Things Go.” “I know Jelani will always love me, and I’ll always love him,” she raps. “And I’m just his little sister, not Nicki Minaj when I’m around him.”

She never testified during the trial despite claims made by her brother’s defense team that she would.

Eminem Dedicates "Music To Be Murdered By" To Juice WRLD

Notably, Juice WRLD’s vocals found a place on Eminem‘s newest Music To Be Murdered By album where he makes his appearance on “Godzilla” as he delivers on the track’s chorus.  Now as fans have begun to enjoy physical copies Shady’s latest, they have shared new copies the CD’s liner notes that show that the album is dedicated to Juice WRLD along with CeeAaqil Allah Barnes, Eminem’s late bodyguard.

The album garnered its fair share criticism, considering the subject that especially came to light with a line with Em uttered in reference to the 2017 Manchester bombing at an Ariana Grande concert.

“This album was not made for the squeamish,” Eminem would reply in response to the backlash. “If you are easily fended or unnerved at the screams bloody murder, this may not be the collection for you. Certain selections have been designed to shock the conscience, which may cause positive action. Unfortunately, darkness has truly fallen upon us …] So you see, murder in this instance isn’t always literal, nor pleasant. These bars are only meant for the sharpest knives in the drawers. For the victims this album, may you rest peacefully. For the rest you, please listen more closely next time. Goodnight! With deepest sympathy, Eminem.”

Tom Holland-Led "Uncharted" Film Delayed Until March 2021

Sony’s upcoming Uncharted film has been delayed, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The film will now be released on March 5, 2021, a date that was previously held for Sony’s “Master the Universe.” “Masters the Universe” no longer has a release date scheduled.

Uncharted stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Sully. The director spot is currently vacant. 

Earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Ruben Fleischer was the company’s first choice to take over behind the camera. He’s recently lent his talents to Venom and Zombieland 2. Travis Knight had to give up the job after a scheduling conflict.

Uncharted has seen six directors and faced numerous delays since it was announced in 2008. Wahlberg was originally set to star as Drake, but in the time since, he’s aged out the character and has been moved into the Sully role.

The story is expected to take place prior to the events from the first installment  the PlayStation video game series created by Naughty Dog. The latest game in the series is 2017’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Naughty Dog’s newest game has also been delayed. The Last Us Part II releases on May 29, 2020. 

Eli Manning Announces Retirement From Football: NFL Fans React

Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, Eli Manning, will formally announce his retirement from the NFL at a press conference scheduled for this Friday, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano and Jordan Raanan.

Manning had been the New York Giants’ starting QB ever since he replaced Kurt Warner during his rookie season in 2004, but he started just four games this past season as the team transitioned to rookie QB Daniel Jones. Rather than signing with another team as a free agent this f-season, the 39-year old signal caller has elected to retire as a member the G-Men.

Over the course his 16 years in the NFL, Manning earned Pro Bowl honors four times and was named Super Bowl MVP twice (2011 and 2017), following victories against the New England Patriots. He currently ranks seventh all-time in passing touchdowns (366) and seventh in passing yards (57,023).

Although he was benched in favor the rookie midway through the season, Manning returned to the field in Week 15 for one final home game against the Miami Dolphins. He led the team to a 36-20 victory, bringing his career record to an even 117-117. 

Check out some the instant reactions to news  Eli’s retirement, as well as some those memorable highlights, in the tweets embedded below.

Tim Tebow Marries Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters In South Africa

Former NFL QB Tim Tebow and 2017’s Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters are ficially husband and wife following their wedding at the La Paris Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. According to People Magazine, the 30-minute ceremony was attended by over 250 guests.

“I’ve been looking forward to three things,” said Tebow, according to People. “The first moment I see her in her wedding dress, the first kiss, and the first dance together as man and wife. It’s such a special night.”

“I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest my life with. I was waiting for the right person to come along. And now I’m marrying Demi. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. All my dreams have come true. It was 100 percent worth the wait.” 

Nel-Peters told PEOPLE:

“We’re both very traditional. We wanted to look back at the wedding and see that it was intimate, elegant, and traditional. We definitely wanted it to be something that we could look back on and know that nothing was dated. We want to remember this day for the rest our lives.”

As for the wedding cake, the couple reportedly opted for a “keto-friendly” cheesecake so Tebow didn’t have to stray from his diet.

David Lynch Interrogates A Monkey In Netflix Premiere “What Did Jack Do?”

David Lynch is known for popular series such as Twin Peaks, DumbLand, Hotel Room and more and now – completely out nowhere – the famed filmmaker has dropped f a short, 17-minute film on Netflix called What Did Jack Do?  The movie has arrived on what marks David’s 74th birthday and the synopsis that accompanies the short is simple and to the point: “In a locked-down train station, a homicide detective conducts an interview with a tormented monkey.”

David Lynch Interrogates A Monkey In Netflix Premiere “What Did Jack Do?”
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The movie sees David as he interrogates a small, suited monkey about a murder. The duo is seated in a small window-less room and has an unexpected amount humour to balance out the questionable investigation. The monkey – who can talk – is accredited as Jack Cruz but it’s unclear who really voices the little actor. Many have assumed that this project is the first a fruitful partnership with David and Netflix and BMD reports that the movie isn’t new at all, since it premiered in Paris in 2017. 

We can’t confirm if more projects such as this latest short are on the way but for now, fans should stream the fering and let us know what they think. 

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Black Satin" Available Early

Jordan Brand is releasing another “Satin” Air Jordan 1 High OG this week but you don’t necessarily have to wait until January 18 to get your hands on them. The “Black Satin” Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG has already surfaced on StockX and, unlike the previous Satin AJ1s, you can score a pair early at their $170 retail price. In fact, you can even find select sizes for under retail.

Considering how popular the previous colorways were, this might come as a bit a surprise. For example, both the Air Jordan 1 Satin “Royal” and Air Jordan 1 “Banned” carry an average resale price well over $1,000, with some sizes selling for upwards $3K.

Resellers have also cashed in on the “Shattered Backboard” and “Black Toe” women’s exclusives, both which go for four or five times the retail price. The “Shadow” Aleali May x Air Jordan 1 Satin collab is another one that checks in at $750 on StockX. 

The upcoming “Black Satin” Air Jordan 1 doesn’t pull on inspiration from a classic OG colorway like the aforementioned styles, which is the main reason why they’re going for under retail right now. That said, if the previous Satin AJ1 release are any indication, it might be wise to scoop a pair or two before the price skyrockets.

Click here to cop your pair today ahead this weekend’s release.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Black Satin" Available Early

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Sonny Digital Teams With Black Boe For ‘Black Goat 2’ EP

Multi-platinum selling producer Sonny Digital has linked up with Travis Porter’s Black Boe, formerly known as Quez, for a new EP titled Black Goat 2.

The collaborative release is a sequel to the duo’s previous team-up Black Goat, which dropped in 2017. The eight-song EP features contributions from Skooly and Rich Kidz.

Check out Sonny and Boe’s Black Goat 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Sonny Digital Teams With Black Boe For 'Black Goat 2' EP

1. Work
2. Way Up
3. Squat
4. A Million
5. Up
6. Life
7. Psychedelic Earthquake
8. Wassup f. Skooly & Rich Kidz

Rocko Ordered To Pay $10K In Lawsuit Over Botched House Flip: Report

Rocko has been dealing with a lawsuit regarding a property he purchased but a judge has now ordered him to cough up $10K to his neighbor. According to Bossip, a judge in Georgia handed down a default judgment to Rocko for $10K after he failed to respond to his neighbor Minnie Lindsay’s suit. 

Rocko Ordered To Pay $10K In Lawsuit Over Botched House Flip: Report
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Rocko copped a house and began doing renovations on the property but eventually, he ended up bailing on the job, according to Lindsay’s. The botched renovations resulted in $15K worth damages to Minnie’s place and she ended up filing a lawsuit against Rocky in May 2019. She explained that the rapper bought the neighboring house in 2017 and began with the renovations before abandoning the entire project a month later.

Minnie claimed that her brick retaining wall was taken down without her discretion. Since then, the fence that was supported by the brick wall has caved in, she said in court papers. Lindsey’s lawyer claims Rocko hired a contractor to fix the wall but later scrapped rebuilding it. She suggested there’s a possibility that he ran out money. The site is now entirely abandoned, Minnie’s attorney said.

The rapper is now owing $6,741 for the damage, $2,500 in attorney fees and $391 in court costs. Minnie’s attorney said that she had to track the rapper down in Birmingham during a club appearance to serve him papers. 

Soundgarden 'Exploring a Possible Resolution' with Widow of Chris Cornell

A new in the lawsuit that the widow of Chris Cornell is against both Soundgarden and its business manager indicates that their dispute over unpaid royalties may soon be resolved.

Last month, Vicky Cornell filed the suit in the Miami Division of the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Florida. She is accusing the surviving members of Soundgarden — Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Hunter Benedict Shepherd — and business manager Rit Venerus of not paying her royalties, in an attempt to force her to hand over unreleased recordings Cornell made before he committed suicide in May of 2017.

Cornell has insisted that her husband made the recordings without the participation of Soundgarden, so they have no rights to them. In spite of this, she has maintained that she is willing to provide the band the recordings for use in a new Soundgarden album if her husband’s producer were involved in the project and if she were kept in the loop in regards to its marketing. However, she says that, while the band initially acceded to these demands, they have since reneged and demanded the recordings unconditionally while also asserting ownership of them.

In the new filing, in which the defendants in the lawsuit are asking for an extension of time to answer the complaint, it is specified that the extension is directly related to a possible resolution of the matter.

The defendants want to extend the deadline to respond from January 15 to February 3, and this request is not being opposed by the plaintiffs in the case. They further say: “Moreover, Defendants Venerus and Cal Financial are exploring a possible resolution of this matter. Accordingly, the additional time to respond is in the interest of judicial efficiency.”

So, we should know in the next few weeks whether this “possible resolution” comes to fruition or not.

Ruben Fleischer Is Top Candidate To Direct Tom Holland Led "Uncharted" Film

Sony Pictures is eyeing Ruben Fleischer to direct the upcoming Uncharted film starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg.

As reported by Deadline, Fleischer is atop Sony’s shortlist after a fast-tracked schedule knocked Travis Knight f the job. Holland’s scheduling conflict with the filming Spider-Man 3 has drastically impacted the schedule for Uncharted

Fleischer is best known for the Zombieland series and Venom. His most recent work, Zombieland: Double Tap, earned over $100 million at the box fice and was met with general praise from critics and fans alike.

In November, Deadline confirmed that Wahlberg would star opposite Holland. 

Uncharted has seen six directors since it was announced in 2008. Originally, Wahlberg was set to star as Nathan Drake, but that role has moved to Holland. Wahlberg will likely star as Drake’s mentor, Victor “Sully” Sullivan instead.

The film will be set before the events the first installment in the PlayStation video game series created by Naughty Dog. Uncharted is one the best selling video game franchises all time and has seen widespread critical acclaim since its first release in 2007. The latest game in the series is 2017’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

No ficial release date has been set for Uncharted, but you’ll be able to see Tom Holland in a third Spider-Man film in 2021.

Uncle Murda Releases ‘Don’t Come Outside Vol. 2’ LP

Uncle Murda has dropped a second volume of Don’t Come Outside. The first entry in the series was released when the Brooklyn-bred rapper used Lenny Grant as his stage name in 2017.

Don’t Come Outside Vol. 2 includes 12 tracks. Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, Jadakiss, Styles P, Tory Lanez and Dave East are among the guests featured on the project.

View Uncle Murda’s Don’t Come Outside Vol. 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Uncle Murda Releases 'Don't Come Outside Vol. 2' LP

1. God I Fuck With You
2. What I Mean Is
3. 62 f. Tory Lanez
4. We Outside f. Que Banz
5. Freedom f. Jadakiss, Benny The Butcher & Que Banz
6. He Did That Shit f. Conway The Machine & Styles P
7. Who the Boss Is
8. Dope Money
9. Slide My Way f. Derez De’Shon & Que Banz
10. Blame Us f. Ator Keys & Que Banz
11. Hold Up f. Dave East
12. It Hit Different

Cavs Coach John Beilein Apologizes After Saying "Thugs" To His Players

John Beilein has been having some growing pains as an NBA coach. For years, Beilein was an NCAA coach who pulled f quite a bit success. The NCAA and NBA are two completely different leagues and Beilein has learned that the hard way. The Cleveland Cavaliers are near the bottom the Eastern Conference and are struggling to string wins together. Beilein has received a ton criticism for his coaching and yesterday, he found himself in a strange predicament.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Beilein told his players that they weren’t playing “like a bunch thugs” anymore. Cavs players were reportedly shocked by his comments which led to a stern talking-to from his coaching staff. Beilein recently apologized for the faux-pas and said he meant to say “slugs.”

“I didn’t realize I had said the word ‘thugs’ but my staff told me later I did and so I must have said it. I meant to say slugs, as in slow moving,” Beilein said. “We weren’t playing hard before…now we were playing harder. That’s what I was trying to say. I meant it as a compliment.”

Beilein’s explanation appears to be quite convenient and based on the reactions to Woj’s story, not many people are buying it. At the end the day, all that matters is how his players feel about him. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to him in the following days.

Managers of Lil Peep Deny Any Wrongdoing in Rapper's Overdose

The managers of the late rapper Lil Peep have papers in a California court, denying all responsibility for the rapper’s death from an overdose in 2017.

Liza Womack, who is the mother of Lil Peep — whose real name is Gustav Åhr — filed the lawsuit in October of last year. It accuses First Access and its associates of both negligence and breach of contract, claiming that their actions (or the lack of them) contributed to the rapper’s death.

She says that First Access “allowed, normalized, and even encouraged and promoted” her son’s drug use in spite of knowing his issues with addiction. She further says that, when the rapper told his managers that he was not feeling well during his last tour, “defendants ignored these cries for help and instead pushed decedent onto stage after stage in city after city, plying and propping decedent up with illegal drugs and unprescribed controlled substances all along the way.”

In their filing with a Los Angeles Superior Court, First Access not only “vehemently” denies the charges made by Womack, but they also insisted that — even if the allegations were true — they would not be liable because of the inherent nature of their contract with him.

They are arguing that they are not liable “because Mr Åhr’s relationship with them was a business relationship governed by a contract that barred tort claims, and because these defendants did not owe an independent duty of care to Mr Åhr, breach such a duty, or cause his death.”

Lawyers for Womack have already responded to First Access’ filing. They believe that the relationship between the company and the rapper was far closer than what the company is letting on. They further believe that they had control over the rapper’s personal and professional life.

It is now up to the court to decide the issue.

Vinyl Record Sales Surpass 1.24MM Units During Christmas Week

Billboard is reporting that vinyl record sales in the United States during Christmas week exceeded 1.24 million units, making it the biggest week for such sales since Nielsen Music began tracking them back in 1991.

What’s more, it is the first time since then that vinyl record sales have exceeded one million units.

The list of the biggest sellers combined classics with recent hits by modern artists, which suggests that the audience for vinyl records is more than just older people nostalgic for a time long past.

Here are the list of the biggest sellers, along with how many units they sold:

  • Fine Line by Harry Styles (16,000)
  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish  (16,000)
  • Abbey Road by the Beatles (12,000)
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Soundtrack (12,000)
  • Greatest Hits by Queen (11,000).

The surge of vinyl record sales also seems to be an ongoing trend.

The second best week for such sales was set only a week earlier, when 973,000 units were sold. Of the top 10 weeks for vinyl sales, five of them happened this year while three happened last year. One each happened in 2015 and 2017.

Interestingly, while many think that it was CDs that knocked vinyl records from being the predominant medium of recorded music, compact cassettes actually overtook them in the early 1980s before they themselves were overtaken by CDs a decade later.

Not long ago, vinyl records were considered mostly obsolete. But, in the first decade of the new century, they started making a comeback. Last year, vinyl record sales incredibly represented nearly 12% of all album sales in the United States, marking the 13th consecutive year of growth.

The trend has created an interesting dilemma for many record companies. After Sony decided to make vinyl records again after a 30-year hiatus, they had to who had experience with the medium.