R. Kelly Allegedly Broke Jail Rules With Illegal Communication: Report

R. Kelly‘s star power may have got him out a few binds in the past but these days, the feds have all eyes on him. As the singer awaits his day in court, he’s facing more allegations from the prosecutors about his alleged conduct inside the jail system. According to The Blast, prosecutors have accused R. Kelly violated prison regulations with unmonitored communication with the outside.

R. Kelly Allegedly Broke Jail Rules With Illegal Communication: Report
Michael N. Todaro/Getty s

It all started when Kelly tried to file a motion in his recent criminal case demanding to know the names the two Jane Does list in the criminal indictment for his own defense. Prosecutors later argued his history harassment towards his accusers. “At the time his arrest Mr. Kelly was living in a small condominium, working with his longtime producer, without other employees note, and effectively without any income. He had no “enterprise” as the government likes to call his career and his business, RSK Enterprises,” said Kelly’s lawyer.

Prosecutors pointed out an incident a threatening letter sent to an accuser. Kelly’s lawyer said that he doesn’t know how to read or write but the prosecutors said that doesn’t mean he can’t direct others to write it for him. 

In terms unmonitored conversation, they said he took purposeful “steps on multiple occasions to bypass these safeguards. 

In November 2019, the defendant, in contravention prison regulations, used an intermediary to smuggle a letter a third party wrote to him into the detention center where he is currently housed. The letter was marked “Legal” – in an attempt to avoid inspection the correspondence – and was provided to the defendant during a legal visit by an attorney who is not one the defendant’s attorneys record in this case (the “Attorney”) during a visit with the Attorney. Again, it is clear, despite the defendant’s claims to the contrary, that he has methods passing messages between himself and his confederates with no evidence visits or telephone calls between them.

These incidents demonstrate that the defendant has sought out, and likely will continue to seek out, clandestine means communication. It also demonstrates that the defendant has, at his disposal, individuals willing to assist him in bypassing the traditional methods used to monitor the defendant’s communications while incarcerated. In these circumstances, the defendant’s attempt to paint himself as being completely isolated from the outside world and unable to communicate without monitoring such that obstructive conduct would be impossible is simply not credible.

These same documents filed also alleged Kelly used his marriage to Aaliyah to avoid prosecution. 

Skip Bayless Disses Jimmy G and Says 49ers Should Get Tom Brady

Skip Bayless is one the most polarizing figures on sports talk television and that’s even considering the contributions Stephen A. Smith. Skip has come through with some pretty dubious opinions over the years and has upset sports fans because it. Regardless how you feel about Bayless, there is no denying just how entertaining he is. When paired with former NFL star Shannon Sharpe, Skip is truly a delight to watch, even if you hate what comes out his mouth.

Today, Skip came through with one his most bizarre opinions yet. Essentially, Bayless believes the San Francisco 49ers are an underdog in the Super Bowl because Jimmy Garoppolo simply isn’t good enough. In fact, Bayless thinks the 49ers should go out and get Tom Brady if they lose the Super Bowl.

Brady is a free agent for the first time in his career this Spring and would certainly be a perfect fit for the 49ers. Brady and Garoppolo have some history as the latter was Brady’s backup in New England. Of course, Bayless’ assertions are still farfetched when you consider how solid Garroppolo has actually been. If the 49ers lose the Super Bowl, it will be because the Chiefs fense and not the shortcomings their QB.

What do you think Bayless’ take here? Is he right or way f?

Swae Lee Declares Eminem To Be A Legend

In only a few years, Swae Lee has established himself as one the game’s strongest melodists. Between his work with Rae Sremmurd and his own solo output, the work speaks for itself. The quality was not lost on Eminem, who came through to give Swae Lee a shoutout on his recent album Music To Be Murdered By. 

Swae Lee Declares Eminem To Be A Legend

Christopher Polk/Getty s 

In the climactic bars intro track “The Premonition,” Em sets up a scheme about how his fans have been violently pulling him in various directions. “I need to get me some Dre beats / No, I should hook up with Tay Keith,” he raps. “Fans keep on pulling me one way, haters pull me in another / got more hooks in me than Swae Lee.”

It didn’t take long for Swae to catch wind the reference, taking some time to show Em some love. After acknowledging that yes, he does indeed have a substantial volume hooks, Swae declared Eminem to be “a legend.” Common knowledge to hip-hop heads, but a statement that might prove divisive to younger listeners. Perhaps one day we shall see the pair join forces. Until then, check out the praise below. 

50 Cent Fed Up With Teairra Mari’s Games As He Tries To Collect $30K Judgment

50 Cent‘s been at odds with Teairra Mari over the past two years. The rapper found himself in a middle a lawsuit filed by Teairra Mari after her tape leaked and Fif shared a screencap it on his Instagram page. As the revenge continued, the judge sided with Fif and awarded him $30K in attorney fees. This was at the beginning 2019.

p>Fif’s been trying to hound down Mari in order to collect his money, even demanding that she pays penalties for taking so long. According to new documents obtained by The Blast, Fif returned to court to accuse Mari shrugging f her court battle and withholding financial information such as her paychecks from VH1.

Fif filed new documents demanding the judge grant his motion to pay an additional $5,295.60 in sanctions on top the $30K that’s already owed. “To date, Mari has failed to pay a single dime to Jackson in satisfaction the Judgment despite earning over $100,000 this past year. Her previous claims under oath that she is “broke” no longer ring true, and it is more clear than ever that she has no intention paying her debts,” he said in court documents. He added that she’s  “actively conceal her assets and prevent” him from receiving the money owed. 

A judge has yet to rule on the motion. 

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.

Quavo Endorses Kanye West’s "Jesus Is King" In Head-To-Toe Merch

A huge part any experience provided by Kanye West is the merch. Every Ye era has its own aesthetic that fans can call to mind upon the mentioning an album title. His latest album, Jesus Is King, had no shortage merch associated with it. Not only were products being sold online both ahead and after the project’s release, but they were available at the events Kanye hosted in multiple cities. He also rarely presented the same batch clothing. The designs switched up frequently, one drop even recruited A$AP Rocky’s creative collective, AWGE, for some wild graphics.

Quavo is evidently a fan the JIK merch because he just posed a photo him dripping in it from head-to-toe. He rocked an f-white (the shade, not the brand) crewneck with biblical paintings printed onto it, the blue vinyl-themed sweatpants and, last but not least, a pair simple JIK socks. Surprisingly, the Migos member didn’t complete the look with some Yeezys. He opted instead for the chaotic-looking Nike x Off-White Dunk Lows (the brand, not the shade), which dropped in December. 

It’s unclear whether Quavo purchased these articles clothing himself or Kanye gifted his friend with the whole bundle, like Beyoncé has been doing with the new Ivy Park x Adidas collection

Draya Michele Seeks Inspiration From Ciara’s Marriage Following Break Up

Draya Michele is newly single and everybody knows about it since the reality star has been posting subliminal shots at her ex-fiance Orlando Scandrick for weeks now. “Don’t hug a clown. Don’t kiss a clown. You’ll get their makeup on your face and everyone will know,” she wrote in one tweet, while another read: “People be waaaaaaacccckkkkk when you take a step back and look at them.”

Draya Michele Seeks Inspiration From Ciara's Marriage Following Break Up
Charley Gallay/Getty s

While we can’t confirm the reason behind their break-up all sings allude to the idea that maybe Orlando did Draya dirty. In the meantime, Draya’s been keeping busy by hitting the gym and working on her physique but every now and then she’s been tempted to drop f another line about her single status. The latest share to Draya’s Instagram story is a re-shared image Ciara‘s husband Russell Wilson and her son, Future Jr. The caption reads, “What I gotta do?”

Considering how Ciara has previously expressed that she prayed for Russell to come into her life, maybe Draya’s hoping for a similar blessing. “I prayed for a God-fearing man; I prayed for discernment; I prayed for wisdom, to really learn from the wisdom that I gained from the experience I was going through. I prayed for a man that loved kids because obviously, me having my son— if you’re going to love me, you have to] love him,” Ciara previously admitted

Draya may have to keep praying a little longer. 

DeSean Jackson Shows Off Nipsey-Inspired Rolls-Royce Truck

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson honored the late Nipsey Hussle throughout the NFL season with different custom cleats bearing the late rapper’s lyrics and imagery. With the season now over, Jackson will continue to pay tribute by cruising around in a Nipsey-inspired Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

The one–one truck comes equipped with an all black exterior, complimented by “Nipsey Blue” rims and a matching leather interior, as well as a blue Rolls-Royce hood ornament. Additionally, Jackson’s new Cullinan features custom lighting built into the doors that projects Nipsey’s face and logo on the ground whenever someone hops in or out the vehicle.

Check out the photos and videos Jackson’s new whip in the IG post embedded below.

Jackson, who grew up in the same neighborhood as Nipsey, was one the many athletes who were grief-stricken following Nip’s murder last March. At the time his passing, D-Jax said, “Can’t b life !! How they even allow this to happen ?? Bro I remember us being young homies before all the fame and money two young south central kids connecting and making something out our life’s and giving bac for our ppl & hood !!”

Lori Harvey’s Still Showing Off Her Best Black Girl Magic Moments From Jamaica

Lori Harvey celebrated her 23rd birthday in Jamaica by renting out a gorgeous mansion that was filled with her close friends, family and boyfriend Future. The trip was quite literally a movie (that’s arriving soon) and as we expected, the guest list – that included Winnie Harlow, Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, Jordyn Woods and more – provided endless content hot snaps, videos and sweet moments that were enjoyed in the gorgeous tropical land. 

Lori Harvey's Still Showing Off Her Best Black Girl Magic Moments From Jamaica
Araya Diaz/Getty s 

Lori is now back home in Los Angeles and as we posted just yesterday she’s pleaded not guilty in her hit and run case from October. The model faces up to one year in jail if convicted but all her worries that stem from the case can easily be fixed when looking at photos from her vacation. Lori recently uploaded new images from Jamaica to her Instagram that sees her, Normani, Ryan Destiny, Jordyn Woods and other homies posing fiercely in their bikinis. “Brown Skin Girls 👑” she captioned an image. 

Future clearly played a major role in organizing Lori’s birthday festivities just days after the couple made their romance ficial onInstagram. “You really outdid yourself, thank you ❤️@future,” Lori wrote at the time

R. Kelly’s Reported Reason For Marrying 15-Year-Old Aaliyah Revealed With New Allegations

In August 1994, a 27-year-old R. Kelly wed 15-year-old Aaliyah in one the most controversial moments in the disgraced singer’s career and, given all the information that has leaked out about him, that’s saying a lot. Had she not passed away during a tragic plane crash years after, Aaliyah would have been celebrating her forty-first birthday last week. The star has been brought up numerous times in the midst R. Kelly’s dramatic unfolding in court, including in brand new documents that appear to point to the specific reason why Kelly would get married to an underage Aaliyah in the first place.

R. Kelly's Reported Reason For Marrying 15-Year-Old Aaliyah Revealed With New Allegations
Chicago Police Department Getty s

According to The Blast, R. Kelly is currently demanding to know the identity two “Jane Does” in his legal cases. Prosecutors are against providing him with that knowledge and they’re pointing to his past to explain why. In relation to Jane Doe #1, Aaliyah’s identity was suggested in court documents, which appear to explain why Kelly wanted to marry her.

“As early as 1994, the defendant took steps to prevent law enforcement from discovering and investigating his crimes,” reportedly state prosecutors in new court documents. “As alleged in the EDNY indictment, in August 1994, the defendant and others bribed a government employee to create false identification for Jane Doe #1. Witnesses have advised the government that the defendant engaged in this bribery scheme to obtain a marriage license so he could quickly and secretly marry Jane Doe #1 to avoid criminal charges for engaging in a ual relationship with Jane Doe #1, who was a minor at the time. Specifically, the defendant believed that his marriage to Jane Doe #1 would prevent her from being able to testify against him in the event he were prosecuted for his criminal ual relationship with her.”

R. Kelly is not currently allowed to know the identity either Jane Doe but it should be pretty clear for him to figure this one out.

R. Kelly's Reported Reason For Marrying 15-Year-Old Aaliyah Revealed With New Allegations
Brenda Chase/Online USA/Getty s

Payola Claims Lead FCC Commissioner To Ask Record Labels To Investigate Issue

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly is fighting against the issue payola in the music industry — a concerning practice that many have made allegations for decades. In September, O’Rielly previously shared a letter asking the Recording Industry Association America to look into the issue payola. In response, the RIAA said they weren’t in a position to investigate their members’ practices and suggested that the FCC inquire directly to the labels themselves.

O’Rielly shared a letter on Twitter sent to the three major record labels, Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, asking them to investigate “accusations that financial enticement is in some cases driving chart rankings, album and song sales, and commercial success.”

“Such practices, in turn, create unfair financial advantages for some, to the detriment others. Additionally, artificially and secretly facilitating the commercial success certain performers—or their management—at others’ expense disadvantages American consumers by undermining access to artists they might otherwise prefer,” he explained. 

The FCC is requesting these labels to submit information pertaining to their knowledge payola, their understanding the current rules and what rules and laws need to be applied to curb the issue. 

Among the questions are how the company defines payola and if employees are required to be trained in “payola prohibitions and potential penalties.” Peep the full letter here. 

Meek Mill & Rumoured GF May Have Just Exposed Their Relationship On IG

Meek Mill and his rumoured girlfriend, fashion designer Milan Harris, may have to fess up to their highly speculated relationship once and for all, after clues their budding romance were spotted on social media on Wednesday. The detective work began with a photo that Milan, who founded the fashion brand Milano di Rouge and goes by Milano, posted on Sunday. She shared a mirror selfie showing f her baby bump and clutching a Louis Vuitton bag.

It didn’t seem like much, at first; after all, she had already revealed to the public that she was pregnant at her fashion show in December, which immediately lead to fans suspecting that Meek was the father. Meek shared a photo on his Instagram story after Milano posted the above photo, though, in which the same Louis Vuitton bag can be seen on the table. The keen eyes the Internet also noticed another matching detail between content shared by these two alleged lovebirds. Meek posted a photo on his story  himself standing on a patterned carpeted floor, and 7 hours later, Milano posted a photo herself standing on the same carpeted floor, captioned “Spa day.”

There have been a multitude hints that these two are a couple that date all the way back to the beginning last year. Neither Meek nor Milano have ever confirmed their rumoured relationship, but speculation continued and ultimately rose when word spread about her pregnancy. The two them have continued to hang out since her announcement, and Meek even recently tricked fans by seemingly alluding to impregnating Milano. However, the tables have turned now that they’ve been caught red-handed. These two will either have to give a good explanation or finally admit to their undying love for one another.

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.

View this post on Instagram

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 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜

A post shared by JADE ⚡️ (@__ohsoyoujade) on

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.