Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lord Jamar, Tay-K & More Top HipHopDX’s 2019 Turkey Awards

It’s that time again when HipHopDX rolls out the annual Turkey Awards. Par for the course, there was no shortage of bonehead moves that took place this year.

For the 2019 edition, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lord Jamar and Tay-K top the list as artists who have behaved in such abhorrent ways, we had no choice but to label them a turkey.

6ix9ine, who turned the government’s star witness in the case against Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack earlier this year, earned the appropriately titled Golden Snitch Award, while Lord Jamar earned the newly minuted VladTV Couch Potato Award for his constant musings on Eminem.

Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lord Jamar, Tay-K & More Top HipHopDX's 2019 Turkey Awards

Meanwhile, Tay-K was given The Keeping It Too Real Award for not only receiving 55 years behind bars for murder but also getting indicted for yet another murder — while in jail.

An honorable mention goes to DJ Khaled for his Tyler, The Creator rant. After he threw a fit about IGOR nabbing the No. 1 Billboard 200 spot over Father Of Asahd, he’s been awarded the We The Second Best Award.

There are a slew of other awards this year, including The Most Determined Stan of the Year, The Hide Ya Kids and The I Don’t Want To Get Paid.

Find the full list here. 

Ja Rule Emerges From $100M Frye Festival Lawsuit Without A Cent To Pay

Ja Rule is reportedly off the hook in the $100 million class action lawsuit stemming from 2017’s failed Fyre Festival. According to Billboard, Ja Rule — real name Jeffery Atkins — and Fyre Fest’s chief marketing officer Grant Margolin have been dropped from the ongoing case in an order filed November 7.

Both the Murder Inc. founder and Margolin were originally dismissed in a July decision by Judge P. Kevin Castel.

However, the plantiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos filed an appeal to keep Rule and Margolin locked in the case, although they couldn’t prove people were persuaded to purchase tickets for the botched event as a result of Rule’s promotional tweet in April.

Rule’s attorney Ryan Hayden Smith said, “In July, the Court dismissed all Fyre Festival claims against Mr. Atkins. After this loss, plaintiffs’ law firm Geragos & Geragos appealed that decision, and the Court denied their appeal. This ruling is nothing short of a total vindication of Mr. Atkins.”

Fyre Festival and its founder Billy McFarland are still facing the class action lawsuit against them.

McFarland was sentenced to six years behind bars for wire fraud in October 2018.

Lori Loughlin Could Face 3 Years In Prison If Convicted In College Scandal Case, Expert Says

The feds cracked down on a college admission scandal that involved several high-prile celebrities. Felicity Huffman was among them. She pleaded guilty and spent less than two weeks behind bars for the crimes. However, Lori Loughlin, another high-prile actress involved in the scandal, has previously suggested that she won’t be found guilty at all. Despite her confidence, if she is found guilty, there’s a good chance she’ll be behind bars for a lot longer than Huffman.

Lori Loughlin Could Face 3 Years In Prison If Convicted In College Scandal Case, Expert Says
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On a recent episode  Good Morning America, they revealed that they obtained transcripts from the case and found that the judge was particularly harsh on the defendants. The judge even told one the defendants that he must “pay a substantial and conspicuous price for such unconscionable conduct.” That defendant was Toby MacFarlane who will be in prison for six months for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He  paid a $450K bribe and lied about his kids background in sports to get them into University Southern California.

MacFarlane’s case is similar to Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli who faced similar allegations. According to Dan Abrams, a legal analyst for Good Morning America, there’s a good chance Loughlin will be doing a few years if she doesn’t cop a plea. “This was someone who’s accepted responsibility for it, and is still getting six months. So you’ve got to believe if Loughlin] were to take it to trial, with the additional charge that’s been thrown on her, if she was convicted, she’d be looking at a few years. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got 2 to 3 years if she’s convicted.”

Kodak Black Claims He Was Drugged and Set Up for Prison Fight

Kodak Black attacked a prison guard behind bars, but he claims it was all a setup.

Sources close to the rapper tell TMZ that last month’s fight at Miami’s Federal Detention Center was started after someone slipped something in Kodak’s drink.

Surveillance video shows Kodak drinking a cup of coffee about 20 minutes before attacking a fellow inmate. His reps believe the coffee was spiked with a chemical substance intended to make him lose control.

An FBI agent testified Wednesday that witnesses said Kodak appeared to be under the influence when the fight broke out. Kodak allegedly grabbed the corrections officer’s testicles before he was sprayed with mace. It took several prison guards to restrain Kodak, who showed incredible strength. The staff member was taken to a hospital to undergo surgery.

Black’s reps don’t know who drugged him, but apparently there are several people who want to see him remain behind bars. Kodak’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, is currently investigating the fight.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old rapper was sentenced to 46 months in prison on weapons charges, which is considerably less than the maximum 10-year sentence he was facing.

Before his sentence was handed down, Kodak accepted responsibility for his crimes. “I’m sorry for the actions that led me for where I’m standing,” he said. “I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”

6ix9ine’s Former Associate Found Guilty of Kidnapping Rapper

A former associate of 6ix9ine’s has been found guilty in his kidnapping case.

On Thursday, a jury found Anthony “Harv” Ellison guilty of kidnapping in aid of racketeering. He was also found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and maiming and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.

Ellison, who was accused of kidnapping and beating Tekashi in summer 2018, was found not guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering. The jury did not reach a verdict on the firearms offense charge because Ellison was found not guilty of the dangerous weapon charge.

In addition to Ellison, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and narcotics trafficking.

During his three-day testimony last month, Tekashi identified Mack and Ellison as the culprits in his abduction. He also testified that both men orchestrated the kidnapping after their relationship turned sour. Dash cam footage from the July 2018 incident shows Mack and Ellison pulling Tekashi out of his SUV, demanding money, and threatening to shoot him.

Tekashi was hospitalized after being pistol-whipped, but he testified that he initially lied about the kidnapping because he was embarrassed.

While Mack and Ellison face multiple years behind bars, Tekashi is expecting a reduced sentence in return for his cooperation. He was initially looking at a minimum of 47 years in prison, but could be released as early as next year.

Judge Denies R. Kelly’s Request for Release

R. Kelly will remain behind bars for now.

A judge has denied the singer’s request to be released from jail on bail. According to TMZ, prosecutors say Kelly is definitely a flight risk if he gets out of jail while his criminal case is pending.

Kelly’s legal team argues that the singer’s passport does not contain a single stamp showing travel because he rarely goes outside the U.S. However, prosecutors say Kelly wanted to travel to Dubai with his two girlfriends earlier this year after he was released on bail in Illinois.

Prosecutors also refute claims that Kelly won’t tamper with or intimidate witnesses, saying the singer “has a history of coercing women to write letters containing false and embarrassing allegations” so he can use them as blackmail.

Despite claiming that he is broke, prosecutors say Kelly continues to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties for his music. The government alleges that he’s redirecting royalties to the bank account of a childhood friend, but could easily redirect the money to himself.

Kelly’s legal team reports that he has suffered health issues including numbness in one of his hands, anxiety, and an untreated hernia while he remains in a Chicago jail. However, the government has not responded to those claims.

A Chicago judge has set a trial date for April 27, 2020 in the singer’s federal case where he is accused of child ography and obstruction of justice.

R. Kelly Says He’s Having Health Problems in Jail

R. Kelly’s health could be at risk.

The embattled singer says his health has been compromised while he sits behind bars in a Chicago jail where he awaits his various trials.

Kelly’s lawyer has filed legal docs, obtained by TMZ, which outline the 52-year-old’s various medical issues, including numbness in one of his hands, anxiety, and an untreated hernia.

Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, claims the singer is not receiving adequate medical treatment in the facility and describes the conditions of his confinement as “stifling.” Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, the two women who lived with Kelly at Trump Tower in Chicago, are not allowed to visit him at the same time. According to Greenberg, Clary currently has visitation and Savage must wait before she can see Kelly.

“Although he lives and has lived with two lady friends, only one of them is allowed to be on his visiting list, and after 90 days he’s required to switch,” says Greenberg.

Kelly is currently being held without bail. His legal team promises the judge that he is not a flight risk. His passport does not contain a single stamp showing travel, because he rarely goes outside the U.S. Greenberg also says Kelly will not tamper with or intimidate witnesses if he is released.

Earlier this month, it was reported that Kelly was released from solitary confinement and is back in general population. A Chicago judge has set a trial date for April 27, 2020 in the singer’s federal case where he is accused of child ography and obstruction of justice.

XXXTentacion’s Murder Suspect Wants Out Of Jail; Asks Judge To Set Bond

It appears one the men accused murdering XXXTentacion believes he should be allowed out jail while he awaits trial. According to a report from TheBlast, suspect Trayvon Newsome’s lawyer is demanding the judge grant his client bond.

His lawyer states, “defendant is presently being denied bond. Defendant is entitled to bond as a matter or right, unless pro is evidence and the presumption guilt is great.” He believes Newsome is entitled to pre-trial release and is requesting a hearing be set.

Newsome has been serving time behind bars ever since August 7th 2018 when he was first arrested as a suspect. He is currently being charged with 1st degree murder and robbery with a firearm. The other men charged for the murder were Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright and Robert Allen.

A judge has yet to rule whether or not Newsome will be granted his wish for bond, but one has to think if it hasn’t happened yet, it’s probably unlikely to. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you posted moving forward. Should a murder suspect be allowed out on bond or nah?

Juelz Santana Looking Swole In Latest Pic From Prison

It looks like Juelz Santana has been keeping busy in the weight room during his time behind bars. Over the weekend, the NYC rapper decided to share an updated pic himself from prison along with some fellow inmates, and he’s looking rather swole.

Unfortunately there wasn’t any caption to the pic, but from what we can see he looks to be in good spirits. Many Juelz’s fellow peers and rapper friends flooded the comments with their support. DJ Clue wrote “Free My Guy,” while T.I. added “Free Ju.”

If you forgot, Juelz is serving a 27-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to possession a firearm and controlled dangerous substance at New Jersey airport back in 2018. He recently welcomed a newborn son into his life as well, who he’s only met once since being in prison (see below).

We’ll continue to keep you posted on Juelz’ prison release moving forward. As now, he’s looking at an early 2021 release. 

Kodak Black Shares Reflective Statement From Jail Following Guilty Plea

Kodak Black is now one weekremoved from submitting a guilty plea in his federal gun case.

In a candid moment, the South Florida-bred artist took to social media to give fans an update on his stint behind bars. The visual comes courtesy a photo featuring Kodak’s fan mail and the usual commissary pickups: Ramen Noodles, Minute Rice, and mackerel fillets.

Under the photo, he begins to reflect on his most recent run-in with the law, citing his failure to stay out trouble and alluding to a higher being for the rhyme and reason behind his unfortunate circumstances.

“4 Months Ago I Was Jus Facetiming Da Baddest Females On Planet Earth , Na Im Makin Jail Calls Waitin On Mail Call,” he begins. “Ya Sometime I Come Off A Lil Arrogant But You`ll Be Too If You Was Young & Rich Comin Up Out Da Projects , Shiddd I Walked Out A Juvenile Detention Center To Millions Of Dollars #IMAGINEDAT .. On Da Real , Im Feelin Its Sumn God Wanna Show Me Or Want Me To Do Cause Im Steady Going Through Da Same Thing , Hopefully These Lessons Turn To Blessings. I Appreciate Ya`ll Screamin To Me Too LOVE.”

August 22nd marked the date that Kodak and his legal team switched from an originally not guilty plea to his current standing. He’s been in custody since Miami’s Rolling Loud Festival this year and is set to be sentenced on November 13th.

Murs Passes "The Breakdown" Torch To Page Kennedy: "Are Bars Enough To Make It In 2019?"

Los Angeles, CA – The Breakdown is back! For the first episode of 2019, former host Murs has passed the torch to rapper/actor Page Kennedy who asks: “Are Bars Enough To Make It In 2019?”

“There are so many amazing rappers who can bend words, hit you with the dopest metaphors and paint vivid pictures with their lyrics,” Kennedy begins. “But a lot of them are overlooked and remain as ‘underground rappers,’ especially in the internet age.”

Throughout the roughly 15-minute segment, Kennedy analyzes artists such as DaBaby, Tierra Whack, Megan Thee Stallion, Blueface, YBN Cordae, Joyner Lucas, Logic and more.

Watch the full episode above.

Adult Film Actress Pleads Guilty To Hiring Hitman To Kill Baby Daddy

A porn actress spent her 32nd birthday behind bars but that will likely be the first many trips around the sun that she’ll spend locked up. Porn actress Katrina Lynn Danforth admitted to the court that she put a hit on the father her children. Danforth, who’s from Idaho, pleaded guilty to illegal use interstate commerce in order to hire a hitman. 

Although it’s unclear why she placed a hit on her baby daddy, she told the court that she found a hitman to kill a man who was listed in the plea agreement as R.H. Her plans to have her husband murdered were done through an acquaintance who connected her with the hitman. But there was a major twist in her plans — the man she hired as a hitman was actually an undercover police ficer. 

From there, the police ficer began to crack down on her plans slowly. The plea agreement detailed the instructions to him which stated that “she had specific requirements that the hitman was to accomplish.” Clearly, she didn’t have much remorse about murdering him or anyone around him. She asked him to make sure the body was easily found and that she also “did not care if others who lived in the home were harmed,” aside from her own child.

As she continued to plot on R.H.’s death, Danforth sent the ficer $2,500 and a thank you card as a “down payment for the hit.” The $2,500 was half the money she owed for the hit. 

Danforth’s sentencing is set to take place on December 2nd. 

Free Market Coalition Urges the DOJ to Maintain PRO Consent Decrees

Several free-market-focused lobbying groups and organization have asked the Department of Justice to keep consent decrees that regulate ASCAP and BMI.

The coalition of organizations and lobbying groups feel the age-old regulations are required to address ongoing anticompetitive concerns.  In statements issued earlier today, the message was clear: the music licensing market is “inherently anti-competitive” and needs regulations to function.

Protesting parties include Frontiers Of Freedom, Citizen Outreach and Institute For Liberty, all of whom are stepping up pressure during a pre-decision commenting period.

and remain the collective performance rights behemoths in the United States.  And despite competition from multiple rival PROs, ASCAP and BMI remain the only PROs subject to the Department of Justice’s decades-old restrictions, with smaller SESAC striking a separate agreement.

Other US-based PROs include Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights (GMR) and PRO Music.

Of course, a ‘free market’ sounds like the opposite of bureaucratically-controlled publishing rates — but Washington is rife with irony these days.

The consent decrees in question were imposed by the DOJ in the 1940s, and have been lambasted as out-of-date measures that restrict open-market music licensing.  The Decrees have been tweaked in recent years, and last year, the DOJ signaled a broader review of a range of consent decrees across numerous US industries.  Now, that review process is coming to a head — hence the stepped-up protests and input from various parties.

Of course, BMI and ASCAP have been rallying to release the Decrees, with limited success. In lieu of scrapping the measures, both PROs have asked for more limited decrees that include sunsetting provisions. Ditching the decrees would enable direct licensing with PRO licensees, including bars, restaurants, sporting arenas, and other establishments that currently pay statutory rates for public performances.

So why not let the free market simply dictate who pays what?

Well, the arguments against doing in 2019 are pretty similar to the ones advanced in the 30s and 40s. Simply stated: ASCAP and BMI control so much market share that they can’t be trusted to set fair rates for licensees.

Organizations like Frontiers of Freedom and Citizen Outreach maintain that the consent decrees “remain extremely relevant to a functioning marketplace.”

The Free Market Coalition’s joint letter to Attorney General William Barr appears on the Frontiers of Freedom website.

Rather than competing against one another to sell their products, the vast majority of songwriters and publishers have chosen instead to band together under the ASCAP and BMI umbrella (representing about ninety-five percent of all music) in order to collectively set a standard price for music.

This approach of music sellers colluding instead of competing recently led a Federal court to find that SESAC, the next largest music collective, with less than five percent of all music licenses, does possess market power. This finding resulted in the much smaller SESAC agreeing to an antitrust settlement with terms similar to the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees.

This sort of market power, collusion, and price fixing is antithetical to a traditional free market, yet it remains necessary for the music licensing market to operate efficiently. 

A$AP Rocky Released from Prison as Judge Deliberates; Trump Credits Pressure from U.S. Government

A$AP Rocky has finally been released from jail, but he’s not yet in the clear.

The judge who’s presiding over Rocky’s case made an exception and more or less granted him bail. Because Sweden doesn’t have a cash-based bail system and because authorities previously ruled A$AP Rocky to be a flight risk, he spent the vast majority of July—and the first days of August—behind bars.

It’s unclear what exactly prompted the judge and authorities to flip-flop on Rocky’s bail situation after what was, objectively speaking, a month of ample controversy, criticism, and pressure.

President Trump stated that his efforts, including calling Sweden’s prime minister, dispatching the lead U.S. hostage negotiator to Rocky’s trial, and sending a powerfully worded letter, did the trick. He may well be right; before this, it seemed highly unlikely that Rocky would be allowed to leave jail, let alone travel to the United States, before his trial’s conclusion. (He touched down in the States on August 2nd.)

A$AP Rocky took to Instagram to thank the many individuals who’ve been supporting him.

Rocky must appear in court when his verdict is returned. And if he’s found guilty, he will be required to serve his sentence. He faces a maximum of two years behind bars, though prosecutors have said that they’d recommend a sentence between six months and one year in length, provided the decision goes their way.

During this court case, which many expected to be a cut-and-dry, by-the-books display that proved Rocky’s innocence, prosecutors introduced new video footage and text messages that provided a different perspective. However, these same prosecutors admitted that the victim had been following and taunting Rocky and his crew before the alleged assault took place, and Rocky and his defense maintain that the altercation was the result of self-defense.

The court case’s verdict is expected to be announced on Wednesday, August 14th.

R. Kelly Promises To Stay Away From Minors, Rock A GPS Device If Released

R. Kelly‘s behind bars right now after he was hit with federal charges last month. He’s been in federal custody ever since after a judge denied him bond. The singer’s been begging to be released from prison where he’s currently placed in solitary. In an attempt to sway the judge’s decision, he said that he’d be on his best behavior and wear an ankle monitor if they give him bond.

R. Kelly Promises To Stay Away From Minors, Rock A GPS Device If Released
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According to The Blast, the rapper is asking the judge to allow him out on bond in his federal case. The singer refuted claims that he’s a flight risk by explaining that his finances are incredibly tight. He also said that he’ll stay away from contacting or communicating with minors while also promising to wear a GPS monitor to track his movements. His team said, “Mr. Kelly no longer has the money or the entourage he once did to help him in his endeavors.”

The conditions he’s fering is to be monitored while under house arrest along with promises to stay away from minors. His team also made an fer to “make it virtually impossible to attempt to contact any witnesses without being caught” by giving Kells limited access to the Internet.

His lawyer added that the singer made every single court date between 2002 and 2008 during his last trial. They continued to argue that he was placed in the hole “because who he is, not what he has done.”