Lil Baby Announces He Has A Mixtape & An Album On The Way

For a while, Lil Baby teased that his sophomore album, titled My Turn, would be arriving before the end 2019. In an interview with Hip-Hop-N-More in October, he said: “I’m working on an album coming later this year. You’re going to have to wait and see. I had a big year already though. I won my first award for Best New Artist at the BET Awards and hit over 9 billion streams worldwide.”

Despite these notable achievements, the Atlanta rapper explained on Instagram Live that the title symbolizes that his big moment has yet to come. “I called it My Turn ’cause I feel like everybody else had a lil’ turn. It’s my turn now. Everybody dropped their mixtapes, their albums – go number 1, number 2, number 3.” During this live session, he also detailed that the project will consist approximately fifteen songs and include features from Young Thug, DaBaby, Gunna and Moneybagg Yo. While he didn’t mentioned Future‘s name, the collaboration they released in June, “Out The Mud”, is said to be My Turn‘s first single.  

“Woah”, which dropped last month, apparently serves as its second single. Lil Baby made a Triller account under @myturn2020 when he shared the song, informally announcing that the album had gotten pushed back to next year. While this change plans may be slightly disappointing, he’s making it up to his fans by providing them with both an album AND a mixtape, likely in the not-too-distant future. Lil Baby took to Twitter today to spread this news, announcing My Turn as the ficial title the album and Lamborghini Boys as the ficial title the tape. 

Fat Joe’s "Family Ties" Proves To Be An Apathetic Farewell

While the black-and-white album artwork for Fat Joe’s 11th studio album very easily could have found its way into an infomercial for Rolls-Royce Manhattan, it better serves as a representation Joe’s musical disposition in 2019. Parked alongside partner-in-crime Dre Cool & Dre fame, Joe can be seen dangling his bedazzled wrist out the window, a steady stream Armand de Brignac pooling between the twin Phantoms like sea foam lapping at the hulls passing ships in the night. It’s an image awash in bombast and luxury, ideal for the grand farewell its skipper has imagined for himself. 

From trading bars with Big L to appearing in the Def Jam: Fight For New York video games, Fat Joe has long stood on the rap frontlines as an intrepid rabble-rouser. He has a way with words that is the byproduct witnessing Big Pun flip muttered tongue twisters into iconic couplets, and a “predator or prey” mentality that nourished his rise from the Forest Housing Projects. Although the era white Cadillacs and Terror Squad chains is now a fragment the past, it lives on through Joe’s animated retellings $50,000 cash withdrawals and subsequent door-to-door shake downs after being informed his balance had dipped into the red. He recounted all this and more during his visit to W 25th Street’s 40/40 Club on Tuesday night, where he spoke at length with Elliott Wilson as part Tidal’s ongoing #CRWN interview series. With the utmost respect for Wilson, Joe had little need for discussion facilitation, enchanting those in attendance with vivid studio vignettes and tales run-ins with the likes Dapper Dan and First Take’s Stephen A. Smith. “What I’m missing is a classic album,” Joe told the bewildered moderator, a Celtics green tracksuit gripping to his every gesture as if directed by some invisible puppeteer in the rafters. 

Unfortunately for all those involved, Family Ties is no such masterpiece, even as Joe pulls out all the stops and calls in plenty favors from friends far and wide to assemble the 11-track ensemble. If Family Ties is indeed his final album, then at the very least it’s an admirable enough send-f for the Bronx-bred behemoth, albeit one that doesn’t muster much replay value beyond its 42-minute duration. Arriving at a time when many the genre’s old guard are being sent to the breakers, the closing chapter to Joe’s 26-year-old discography struggles beneath the cruel hand Father Time in an effort to postpone such a fate, and in the process manages to scrounge up mostly run–the-mill scraps. That’s not to say that it lacks redeemable qualities, but rather that it’s forcibly linear in its tastes, which is a shame given Joey Crack’s aforementioned back catalogue stories and credentials.

“Projects” is a decent tone setter, its rattling percussion chiseled around street buzzwords as Dre and Joe exchange platitudes. “Been Thru,” originally intended to be a solo single for Dre, is a similarly-structured rags to riches ode, with a chorus that fashions bullet holes “big enough to fill Shaquille’s socks.” Listeners (particularly disciples the Wu) will recognize the sample Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter” on “Heaven & Hell” but will likely find themselves perplexed by the manic use Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” on the Lil Wayne-assisted “Pullin’.” Crooner Jeremih pops up on the album’s two R&B cuts, first with Bryson Tiller as part “Hands on You” and later with Ty Dolla $ign for the sensual, coupe-for-every-day–the-week “Drive.” Elsewhere, lead single “YES” attempts to fill empty space with shoddy strip club lyrics, while “Lord Above” finds Eminem taking provocative cracks at Nick Cannon in what has been one the most talked-about if preposterous rap beefs in recent memory. 

Fellow New Yorkers Mary J. Blige (“Lord Above”) and Remy Ma (“Splash”), the latter whom collaborated with Joe in 2017 on joint LP Plata O Plomo, display excellent chemistry with their host. Yet even the presence such high-flying acts does little to distract from the apathetic blend trap melodies and inner-city parables that is Family Ties. For what it’s worth, Joe does well to hold up his end the bargain, and there are glimpses his intellect as an emcee, both in his delivery and diction (“Seen more faces than Midnight Marauders”). But by in large, both Joe and Dre indulge a mold that overcompensates in accommodating past glories and the stylistic inclinations the new generation. Perhaps this isn’t the end the rope and there will be more striking musical endeavors from the certified hip hop hall famer in the future. In the meantime, the bonds fatherhood call. “I want to make sure every time (my daughter) turns around, her dad is there … and I’m there for her,” he said during an appearance on CBS This Morning. Retirement is a fickle thing, but family ties are forever.

JAY-Z & Kanye West Reconcile At Diddy’s 50th Birthday Party

Los Angeles, CA – Diddy celebrated his 50th birthday with a star-studded party in Los Angeles on Saturday night (December 14). Among the many guests were Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Big Boi, Post Malone and Tyga.

At some point during the evening, it appeared Hov and ‘Ye finally reconciled after years of not speaking — at least not publicly. While taking photos with the birthday boy, they stood near each other and eventually began talking. They also shared a handshake. 

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In a video clip captured by one of the party goers, the two Hip Hop giants are smiling and laughing as they go about their evening.

Kanye and Jay were close friends at one point and collaborated on multiple projects, including 2011’s Watch The Throne. But in November 2016, Ye went on a lengthy rant during a Saint Pablo Tour stop in Sacramento and essentially accused the Hip Hop billionaire and his wife Beyoncé of being a bad friends.

As a result, Jay referenced Kanye on the 4:44 tracks “Kill Jay Z,” “Caught Their Eyes” and “Bam.”

“I know people backstab you, I felt that too,” he spit on “Kill Jay Z.” “But this fuck everybody attitude ain’t natural/ ut you ain’t the same, this ain’t Kumba Ye/But you got hurt because you did cool by Ye/You give him $20 million without blinking/He gave you 20 minutes onstage, fuck what was he thinking?/Fuck wrong with everybody?’ is what you saying/ But if everyone is crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”

During a 2017 interview with Rap Radar, Jay explained what led to their fallout.

“It’s not even about Kanye,” he said. “It really isn’t. His name is there, but it’s just the truth of what happened, but I’m sayin’ the whole point is you got hurt because this guy was talking about you on a stage, but what really hurt me is you can’t bring my kids and my wife into it.

“We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it. Now that’s a problem with me. That’s a real, real problem. He know it’s a problem ’cause me and him would have been talked about it. We would have been resolved our issues, but he know he crossed the line.”

Although there were allegedly attempts at making peace, this is the first time they’ve been seen together publicly in years.

Check out some of the photos from Diddy’s party below.

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Lil Uzi Vert Brings "Futsal Shuffle 2020" To The Stage For First Time At Rolling Loud LA

Last Wednesday, Lil Uzi Vert asked his Twitter followers what day Rolling Loud Los Angeles was, so he could make sure to drop his new song, “Futsal Shuffle 2020” in time (as if he didn’t know the festival was merely two days away). On Friday, Uzi delivered on his promise and dropped the song which we’ve been hearing the same snippet for weeks now

Not only did we get a song, but a challenge – a dance challenge, to be precise. “Futsal Shuffle” calls on us to step as furiously and swiftly as we possibly could to its entrancing synths. Uzi first previewed the track – which serves as the lead single f his forthcoming album, Eternal Atake – with an instructional dance video. The Philly rapper took the rapid footwork displayed in that video to the Rolling Loud stage on Saturday night. The crowd cheers him on as he does the dance that’s sweeping the nation. His stomps are accentuated by bursts fire and anime visuals play behind him before the beat reaches its momentous drop. Rolling Loud also shared a clip him giving a lit performance the fan-favourite, “Do What I Want”. 

Since we love Uzi dancing so much, we compiled a complete history all the times he shared his skills with us and brought us joy

Juice WRLD Becomes Most-Streamed Artist In America Following His Death

Juice WRLD’s passing shook the hip-hop community to its core. It was reported that Juice WRLD overdosed after swallowing multiple pills in order to hide them from the police. This has caused many rappers to give up taking pain killers, something that is long overdue in a culture that went from celebrating drug dealers in the 90s to praising drug takers in the last decade. According to Rolling StoneJuice WRLD has become the most streamed artist in America following his passing. 

Juice’s on-demand audio streams inflated 487 percent on Sunday to over 38.2 million in America, nearly 24 million more than any other artist. Songs by Juice WRLD accounted for four the top ren songs across streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.“Lucid Dreams” was the most-streamed song the day, with approximately 4.4 million audio streams, according to data from BuzzAngle Music. “Legends,” which features the self-prophesizing lyrics “What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21,” was fourth with 3.1 million streams. “Robbery” and “All Girls Are the Same” followed at seventh and ninth, respectively. Juice also had the top two albums on the day his passing when combining both digital and physical album sales. His 2018 debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, took the top spot with roughly 13,000 units, and 2019’s Death Race For Love followed with nearly 10,300 units.

Summer Walker Surprised With Car From London On Da Track & Her Label

The blessings keep coming to Summer Walker in 2019 and she deserves it all. She released a fantastic debut album, Over It, and has been putting detractors in their place left and right. Therefore, we had no choice but to stan. If you’ve checked out some our year-end recap lists, you’d see that we’ve definitely been stanning Summer. She qualified for our “Top 10 Breakout Artists” roundup and appeared quite high in the rankings our “Top 15 Hottest R&B Albums“. 

We’re not the only ones recognizing her achievements. Last night (Dec. 14), the R&B songstress was surprised by her boyfriend, London On Da Track, and her record label, LVRN (LoveRenaissance), with a Mercedes G Wagon. She seemed taken aback as she checked out her luxurious gift, which even came with the red leather interior that she wanted. “I feel so awkward,” she said as she sat in her new whip for the first time. While it may have been hard to express sufficient gratitude for such a gift in the moment, Walker later wrote on her Instagram story that “the worst day turned into the best day.” This post makes more sense with the added context someone commenting in one the videos, “Bitch, you ain’t sick no more, huh?”

Watch Summer’s stunning performance “Playing Games” on Fallon last week

Diddy Celebrates 50th Birthday With Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kim K, & More

Sean “Diddy” Combs is a legend. The Bad Boy creator has been monumental to hip-hop culture and Black history. That’s why the celebration his half-century birthday needed to be one for the books, and it was. Diddy’s actual birthday is November 4th, but he waited to make sure he could get all his friends together for an extravaganza. As reported by TMZ, Diddy held his birthday celebration on Saturday at his $40 million Holmby Hills home. The guest list was extensive, with several celebrities in attendance including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Dr. Dre, Cardi B, Offset, Pharrell Williams, Post Malone,  Chadwick Boseman, Tyga, Tyler Perry, Kobe, Machine Gun Kelly, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and many more. For performances, Mary J Blige, Usher, Lil Kim, and Doug E. Fresh blessed the stage. 

The home was filled with expensive fine dining, and some more casual McDonald’s desserts like apple pies as well. Marijuana and Ciroc were everywhere, and it appears that everyone in attendance had the time their life. Diddy had a tumultuous year, losing the mother his kids, Kim Porter, roughly a year ago. It was amazing to see the mogul have a night to put the stress to the side and just enjoy life. The inscription on his birthday cake, “LOVE,” was the overall vibe the night. 

Jay-Z & Kanye West Appear To Be On Good Terms At Diddy’s Birthday Party

It’s been years people trying to figure out what exactly is the status Jay-Z and Kanye West’s friendship. Around 2017, we were given several reasons to believe that The Throne was no longer accommodating the two them.

While there has been an ongoing suspicion that their relationship is fraught, both them have taken opportunities to clarify in interviews that they will always remain brothers despite the bumps in the road. In an interview with Zane Lowe in October, Kanye explained the ups and downs their friendship as an expected cycle. “With Jay, I love all these people, but you got to know there’s a lineage Jay to Ye to Drake,” he said. It’s, this person is your idol. Then you get to know ’em, then you be friends, then you turn to frenemies, then you turn to enemies, and then you gotta bring back the positive energy. But that is the lineage rap kings and inspirers.” In 2017, Jay told The New York Times’ T Magazine that him and Ye have “a complicated relationship”, but “there’s genuine love there.”

Jay-Z & Kanye West Appear To Be On Good Terms At Diddy's Birthday PartyKevin Mazur/Getty s

Despite these shared sentiments, Hov and Ye are still rarely spotted in the same vicinity these days, which makes their apparent reunion at Diddy‘s 50th birthday party last night (Dec. 14) newsworthy and relieving. Despite Diddy actually being born on November 4th, the festivities were held on Saturday night (Dec. 14) at his Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles and, as you could expect, there were a ton A-list guests. Beyonce, Post Malone, Offset, Kim Kardashian, NellyPharrell, Quavo and The Weeknd were all in attendance according to social media. The most widely circulated footage from the affair, though, is the video Diddy, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Kanye posing for a photo together. While Jay and Kanye weren’t side-by-side in this legendary shot, they were also seen exchanging a few words. If Kanye’s aggressive gum-chewing in the video is no indication tension, then The Throne appears to be fine. 

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Selena Gomez Reveals New Album "Rare" Featuring Kid Cudi & 6lack

Earlier this week, Selena Gomez revealed the tracklist for her upcoming album, Rare, which is set to release on January 10th.

The singer announced the information on Twitter writing, “Can’t believe I’m revealing the art and title for my new album RARE, out January 10th. It’s the most honest music I’ve ever made and I can’t wait for you to hear my heart. 🖤 You can preorder RARE now ✨.” She also included a short video trailer. 

Rare will be Gomez’s first album since 2015’s Revival. In the years since, she’s focused on her acting career, working on a number films such as The Fundamentals CaringThe Dead Don’t Die and more.

The tracklist includes two noteworthy features for hip-hop fans: Kid Cudi and 6lack are featured on “A Sweeter Place” and “Crowded Room” respectively. Gomez has collaborated with other rappers in the past, including A$AP Rocky, Gucci Mane, Cardi B and more.

Check out the full tracklist below and pre-order the album here.

1. “Rare”
2. “Dance Again”
3. “Look At Her Now”
4. “Lose You To Love Me”
5. “Ring”
6. “Vulnerable”
7. “People You Know”
8. “Let Me Get Me”
9. “Crowded Room” Feat. 6lack
10. “Kinda Crazy”
11. “Fun”
12. “Cut You Off”
13. “A Sweeter Place” Feat. Kid Cudi

50 Cent Slams Oprah for Only ‘Going After Black Men’ with #MeToo Documentary

50 Cent is putting Oprah Winfrey on blast.

The hip-hop mogul thinks that Oprah is targeting famous black men accused of being ual predators but is giving their white counterparts a pass.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, 50 called out Oprah while posting a photo of her alongside Russell Simmons, who has been accused of ual misconduct. “I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men,” he wrote. “No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad.”

He also posted an image showing Bill Cosby, Jeffrey Epstein, Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, R. Kelly, and Donald Trump with “Jail” written on the black men and “Walk” on the white men.

“I just want to know why she is only going after her own,” he tweeted. “When it’s clear the penalties have been far more extreme for African American men.”

His comments follow the announcement of Oprah’s upcoming #MeToo documentary for AppleTV+ about ual assault in the music industry. The film, which she is executive producing, spotlights former Def Jam executive Drew Dixon, one of the women who accused Simmons of ual misconduct.

Simmons, who has denied the “horrific accusations,” has since spoken out about the doc. “Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community,” wrote the 62-year-old mogul. “This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today ‘womanizer’) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an insane number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences.”

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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT / (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers, their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary “FLAVOR OF LOVE”!? In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind

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In his post, 50 also called out Oprah’s friend Gayle King for her controversial interview with R. Kelly, who is also facing a series of ual abuse allegations. “Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary,” he added. “Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts. These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”

Oprah previously hosted HBO’s “After Neverland” special with two of Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

This is not the first time 50 and Oprah have been at odds. She previously criticized rap for its use of the N-word and misogynistic lyrics, while he disparaged her audience. They seemingly settled their differences in a 2012 interview on OWN’s “Oprah’s Next Chapter.”

Juice WRLD Remembered at Chicago Funeral

Five days after his tragic death, Juice WRLD’s closest relatives and friends gathered to pay their respects on Friday.

According to TMZ, the “Lucid Dreams” rapper was laid to rest in an open-casket funeral at Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Christ in Harvey, Ill., located about 45 minutes south of Chicago.

His mother, Carmella Wallace, delivered a touching tribute to her son, along with Juice’s siblings and grandmother. Executives and staffers from his label Interscope Records were also in attendance, along with his friend and collaborator, Ski Mask the Slump God.

“We loved Jarad with all of our hearts and cannot believe our time with him has been cut short,” his mother told TMZ earlier this week. “Jarad was a son, brother, grandson, friend and so much more to so many people who wanted more than anything to see him defeat addiction.”

The funeral program featured a photo of Juice, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, on the cover. Inside, there was a collage of photos from his childhood and career, along with personal tributes from family members, and an obituary.

“Jarad was a kid and loving person who left a lasting impression on those he interacted with,” reads the obituary, which also mentions his “special friend” Ally Lotti. “His laugh was contagious, and he had a way of lighting up a room.”

On Sunday, the 21-year-old rapper died after suffering a seizure following a flight to Chicago. Authorities believe he overdosed on Percocet pills, but additional testing is needed before an official cause of death can be determined. Feds seized 70 pounds of weed and bottles of codeine from his private plane.

In the wake of his death, there have been tributes from fans and friends, including Trippie Redd and Nicki Minaj, who dedicated her speech at Thursday’s Billboard Women in Music event to her tourmate. “I felt like he was a kindred spirit and looking back now, I wish I did something differently or said something to help,” she said.

Tyler, The Creator & Megan Thee Stallion To Perform At Buku Music + Art Project

The BUKU Music + Art Project has announced the lineup for its 9th anniversary. The New Orleans festival will take place on March 20 and 21, 2020 on the iconic Mardi Gras World grounds. With a diverse set performers – featuring some the biggest names in the music industry and burgeoning local talent – BUKU 2020 is sure to be special. The festival is loved for being rooted in the artistic subculture New Orleans, harnessing the vibe an underground warehouse party while boasting large-scale attractions and installations. 

Tyler, The Creator will bring his IGOR theatrics while serving as headliner. Electronic acts, Flume and Illenium, also top the lineup. More dance-inducing sets will come from Kaytranada, who just dropped his excellent sophomore album, BUBBA, and rising producer, Channel Tres. In terms hip hop, Run The Jewels, Flatbush Zombies, JPEGMAFIA, Young M.A., Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are some the notable artists on the bill. BUKU also covered some R&B ground with 2019 favourites, Ari Lennox and Lucky Daye. 

Not only is the lineup fire, but BUKU also has an awesome ethos: “We Believe in Those Who Strive to be Dope. Originality, Creativity, Freedom and Community is Our Anthem.” These pillars freedom and community underlie their strict stance on inclusion and safety. The organizers and the BUKREWE community practice a zero-tolerance policy for: “ual harassment, acts aggression, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry… or any other form hatred or discrimination. BUKU is intended to be a safe space to enjoy music, art, expression and community in complete freedom from any harassment or discrimination.”

Tickets for BUKU are now available here

Juice WRLD’s Intimate Funeral Held In Illinois On Friday

There’s still a cloud disbelief looming over Juice WRLD’s death as his loved ones, as well as his fans, wrap their minds around the 21-year-old’s untimely passing. Investigators are still working to figure out what led up to the rising star’s seizure that resulted in the cardiac arrested that took his life. There have been speculative reports pouring in from news outlets in these past days since Juice WRLD, real name Jarad Anthony Higgins, took his last breath, but it’s clear that the beloved artist will be missed. 

Juice WRLD's Intimate Funeral Held In Illinois On Friday
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Lil Durk recently called Juice WRLD an “icon” and Nicki Minaj revealed that she thought him as a “kindred spirit” during her tribute to him at Billboard’s Women in Music event. Those sentiments were echoed by his close friends and family members who gathered together at the Holy Temple Cathedral Church God in Christ in Harvey, Illinois on Friday.

TMZ reports that aside from the rapper’s family members, Interscope executives as well as Juice WRLD’s friends like Ski Mask the Slump God were in attendance. At the intimate, open-casket funeral, Higgins’s mother, Carmela Wallace; his siblings Brian, Alyssa, and Maya; and his grandmother Cecelia Darden all shared touching tributes to the late rapper.

Carmela has previously shared that she hopes her son’s death will help others receive help with their dependency and addiction issues. We send our condolences once again.

Russell Simmons Blasts Oprah Winfrey Over Doc, Calls It "Flavor Of Love"

On Thursday, 50 Cent took to his Instagram page to question why Oprah Winfrey would decide to produce a documentary about former music executive Drew Dixon. The forthcoming film is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and will highlight Dixon’s accusations  ual assault against famed hip hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Russell Simmons Blasts Oprah Winfrey Over Doc, Calls It "Flavor Of Love"
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Dixon has repeatedly stated that Simmons not only harassed her but he raped her back in 1995, an accusation that the music icon vehemently denies. Fif shared that he believed Oprah was “targeting black men” with her latest venture and because her After Neverland show with Michael Jackson’s Leaving Neverland accusers.

Simmons has stepped forward to address his former friend himself with a lengthy caption that accompanied a photo Simmons and Oprah together. “Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction it in this blog,” Simmons wrote. “Ihave given you the gift meditation and the groundbreaking book’THE POWER OF NOW ‘we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry.”

He states that’s he’s admitted that in previous years he’d acted as a “playboy” or a “womanizer” by “sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know.” He calls the number women he’s had ual encounters with “embarrassing” and “that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection the same experiences.”

Simmons claims that he took and “passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS.” He detailed why the accusations against him have little merit and said, “Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. Maybe you should name your documentary ‘FLAVOR OF LOVE’!? In closing, I am guilty exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone.” Read his message to Oprah in full below.

50 Cent Slams Oprah Winfrey in #MeToo Documentary

Rapper 50 Cent attacked media mogul Oprah Winfrey in an Instagram post after learning that she was producing a documentary on allegations that producer Drew Dixon made against Def Jam Recordings co-founder Russell Simmons.

In a post that features a smiling Simmons and Winfrey arm-in-arm during happier days, 50 cent accused her of focusing only on black men accused of ual harassment while ignoring white men who had done likewise. He wrote:

“I don’t understand why Oprah is going after black men. No Harvey Weinstein, No Epstein, just Micheal jackson and Russell Simmons this shit is sad. Gale hit R Kelly with the death blow documentary. Every time I hear Micheal jackson I don’t know whether to dance or think about the little boys butts.These documentary’s are publicly convicting their targets, it makes them guilty till proven innocent.”

The rapper also shared a collage of men who have been accused of ual harassment while indicating that the only ones who are in prison are black.

The collage included Bill Cosby and R. Kelly, along with Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Donald Trump, with the caption: “You think Oprah don’t notice how this s**t is playing out?”

It should be noted that, while Epstein currently is not in prison, he died while in prison after he was arrested for his alleged crimes. What’s more, authorities in New York have filed serious criminal charges against Weinstein for his conduct and many other criminal investigations of him are ongoing.

Simmons, too, is unhappy with Oprah. In his own Instagram post, he says, “Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog. I have given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book ‘THE POWER OF NOW’ we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary.”