AR-Ab Reportedly Convicted Of Running ‘Large-Scale’ Drug Trafficking Ring In Philly

Philadelphia, PA – AR-Ab has built a steady following in the Philadelphia area on a foundation of hard-hitting gangsta rap, earning the respects of Drake, Swizz Beatz and Birdman along the way. But evidently, his lyrics weren’t all talk.

On Tuesday (November 19), federal jurors convicted AR-Ab — real name Abdul West — and three members of his crew for turning their Original Block Hustlaz (OBH) record label into a sizable North Philly drug trafficking operation implicated in several murders, according to The Inquirer.

AR-Ab received guilty verdicts on several counts, including conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

“West and his crew transported illegal narcotics across the country to push here on our streets,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division Michael T. Harpster said in a press release. “They used violence to maintain their hold on their drug territory, in order to keep the cash rolling in.

“The FBI and our partners on the Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force are determined to dismantle dangerous trafficking operations like this and bring those involved to justice, as we push every day to make this city safer.”

AR-Ab was officially charged in October 2018 along with eight other men.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison under recidivist provisions in federal drug laws.

Tory Lanez Hits Drake With Inside Joke Before Epic Fan Announcement

After the release his stunning new album Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez is ready to get back in the studio to work on even more vibes. If you ask him, he’ll tell you that the body work is the greatest addition to the long-running series, explaining that the idea has been fully hatched and he knows exactly who he is as an artist. Deciding to have some fun with his buddy Drake, Tory Lanez pulled out an inside joke to troll his mans, getting a stack Chupa Chups lollipops, tagging the artist and then proceeding to make an epic announcement.

Before treating his fans, Tory used the opportunity to troll his former rival, at’ing Drake and saying: “I deadass flew all these chupa chups out just for u.” Finally, he unleashed his secret, telling his social media followers what was really on his mind.

“Really wanted to do something special for my loyal fans that have been holding me down,” said Lanez. “I already announced this yesterday on text and had a crazy amount entries so decided that I’m going to choose 5 fans instead one. The winners are going to be flying out to Miami, grabbing lunch with me, hitting the studio, and making some music from scratch.”

Offering fans a better chance to know the real Tory Lanez, this is an opportunity unlike any others. You get the chance to create lifelong friendships with other Tory fans and even get to spend the afternoon with him in the studio! Sign up here.

Tory Lanez Hits Drake With Inside Joke Before Epic Fan Announcement

Drake Flexes Millions In Watches; Peep His Incomparable Drip

Drake is cut from a different cloth. He knows what he wants and he has no problem going out there and taking what’s his. Do you think you become the biggest global superstar in the world without working hard? Everything that Drake has earned, he’s deserved. Regardless how you feel about his music, you’ve got to respect his hustle. Even though his flexing habits are very subtle at times, the Canadian rapper isn’t out his element when he shows f the material goods that he’s now able to afford. At this stage in his life, Drake can cop himself anything he wants. He bought himself a freaking plane this year… Overnight, he felt like putting a week’s worth watches on his arm, showing us just how rich he truly is.

Drake Flexes Millions In Watches; Peep His Incomparable Drip
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With two expensive watches creeping in the background, Drake draped his wrist and forearm in some crazy Patek Philippe glow. He’s got a pretty solid collection, housing some bust-down models, a couple Plain Janes, and one with an orange band for when he feels like being a little daring. When Drizzy gets a sudden urge to flex, he does so in a different manner. This man is unlike anybody else out there.

Peep the latest addition to his Instagram story below and let us know which watch is your favorite. Personally, I’m going for that orange joint in the middle.

Ari Lennox Hurt Over Soul Train Award Losses: "I Just Really Cared About This One"

The 2019 BET Soul Train Awards were last night, with big winners like Lizzo, Chris Brown, and Drake taking home multiple awards. However, the evening turned a bit a let-down for one artist in particular. Though she was nominated for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Album/Mixtape the Year, and Best Collaboration Performance, Ari Lennox lost to H.E.R., Lizzo, and Chris Brown featuring Drake, respectively.

Ari Lennox Hurt Over Soul Train Award Losses: "I Just Really Cared About This One"Leon Bennett/Getty s for BET

In a series tweets following the show early Monday morning, Ari said that her debut album, Shea Butter Baby, which was released this past May, “will always be special” and that she “made a soul album for black people.” While it may not initially be obvious that she is referring to her bewilderment about losing all three awards in these tweets, Ari gets a little more direct, tweeting: “I just don’t understand. At all actually. But cool,” followed by “I want this sh*t way more than it wants me. I’m learning I have to stop caring,” and finally, “Yea I’m hurt. I’m not built for these things lmao.”

Ari Lennox Hurt Over Soul Train Award Losses: "I Just Really Cared About This One"Paras Griffin/Getty s for BET

Ari addressed her earlier tweets later on Monday, saying: “It’s not an ungrateful energy. It’s not ego. I’m sorry people view my tweets in that manner. I just really cared about this one. If ball players can get upset about losing so can I. This was simply something I’ve always wanted.” She followed that tweet with: “My heart is just really in this sh*t and I can’t not say something. I’m grateful for all the people who f*ck with SBB. I love you guys more than you’ll ever know.” While Ari is clearly devastated about her losses, she assures that she is still grateful for all the support on her album, and appears to just be disappointed that her hard work couldn’t be recognized in some way. Best luck next time, Ari!

Post Malone Earns 2 Top 10 Spots On Billboards Top Albums Of The Decade

There’s no denying Post Malone‘s impact this decade. From the release “White Iverson,” he became the biggest pop star in the world and making his imprint across several genres. His debut album, Stoney arrived in 2016 before dropping beerbongs & bentleys and this year’s Hollywood’s Bleedings. As we approach the end the decade, Billboard has released their top 200 albums the decade and Posty has earned himself two back to back spots. Stoney currently sits at #6 while beerbongs holds it down at number 5. 

Post Malone Earns 2 Top 10 Spots On Billboards Top Albums Of The Decade
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Post Malone’s manager, Dre London, celebrated the dub on social media earlier today. “Men Lie, Women lie… These stats don’t!! So f*ckin proud you @postmalone,” London wrote on Instagram along with a screenshot the top 10 which also includes Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. Ed Sheeran is the only other artist who has two spots in the top 10.

Adele’s 21, released in 2011, takes the number one spot while Taylor Swift‘s 1989 takes the #2 spot. #3 and #4 go to Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) and the Frozen soundtrack, respectively. Drake’s Views holds it down at number 9 while Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. rounds out the top 10.

It shouldn’t be surprising that Post managed to take two spots up in the top 10. He’s become a streaming giant in his own right. Earlier this year, he joined the likes Drake, Ariana Grande, and more as one  Spotify’s most popular artists. 

Tencent Talking with Potential Co-Investors for UMG Bid

Tencent is reportedly looking to find co-investors for its bid to purchase a 10% interest of Universal Music Group (UMG) from Vivendi.

According to Bloomberg, Tencent is approaching a number of companies to join it. This includes both Hillhouse Capital and a sovereign wealth fund in Singapore called GIC Pte. If the Chinese tech giant eventually does form a consortium of some kind, it is expected that it will still lead it and complete the purchase within the next couple of months.

Of the 3 billion euro price tag for the 10% UMG interest, Tencent plans to raise a third of it through debt financing with the remainder coming from equity investments.

Tencent (and any minority partners it may take on) could eventually buy as much as 20% of UMG, as the company has a one-year call option from Vivendi for an additional 10% of UMG.

Sources knowledgeable about the talks between Tencent and potential co-investors say that these talks are currently ongoing and that it is far from certain that any kind of consortium will eventually form.

Tencent declined to comment about the report, and so did Vivendi, Hillhouse and GIC.

The news, though, helped Tencent’s stock price rise as much as 2.1% in Hong Kong trading. It comes on the heels of the company announcing last week that its music earnings had by more than 30% in the third quarter of 2019.

Last month, a broker named Oddo BHF indicated that there is a chance that the U.S. government will ultimately block the UMG deal given the current tenuous state of U.S.-Sino trade relations. But because it is believed that the U.S. government does not consider music and entertainment critical sectors of the economy, it is unlikely that the deal will be blocked.

If completed, the deal could help UMG promote its cadre of artists, such as Drake and Taylor Swift, in currently underserved Asian markets.

Billboard Lists Top 125 Artists Of All Time, Drake & Rihanna Crack Top 20

It’s been a big year for lists. It’s tricky to pinpoint the source this obsession with ranking artists and their work, but on a surface level, it’s all very entertaining. Something about lists entice you to click to see how your faves fared, and curse your screen when their standings don’t correspond to your faultless opinion.

For its 125th anniversary, Billboard decided to join in on the list craze because, after all, ranking things is a significant part what they do. While most the lists that have been circling the Internet recently have been based on people’s opinions – thereby giving rise to contentious debate – Billboard derived their list the ‘125 Top Artists All Time’ solely on stats. Artists were ranked according to their performances on Billboard‘s Hot 100 songs and Billboard 200 albums charts. 

Considering this method, it shouldn’t be too surprising that The Beatles reign supreme, followed by The Rolling Stones. The Beatles hold the record for most No. 1 hits in the 61-year history the Hot 100, with 20. The holder the second-most hits, with 18, is Mariah Carey, who also happens to be the highest ranked female on Billboard‘s list. When asked how it felt to hold this monumental title, Carey told Billboard, “Look, I’ve devoted my life to this career and writing songs. Obviously I have my own babies now. But these are my little song babies.”

Drake landed at #16 and Rihanna at #18. Since both their careers are likely nowhere close to over, they will probably continue to churn out hits and climb up the chart history’s most successful recording artists. 

Future Drops New Track ‘Last Name’ with Lil Durk

Future continues his prolific output.

After releasing his Monster mixtape to streaming services last month, the Atlanta rapper re-ups with a new single featuring Lil Durk. On “Last Name,” Hndrxx gets real about his rockstar lifestyle.

“Brokenhearted, fuck my bitch every night / I don’t know her name, she wanna have my child,” he raps. “Laughing to the bank, got me running wild / Numb to the pain, so I keep a smile.”

He also addresses his baby mama drama. A woman recently claimed that Future is the father of her 3-month-old son. “Took my last name / This ain’t ’bout the child,” he raps. “Real classy jazzy, but don’t do no trolling / Gotta treat you like dead when when you playing bogus.”

But Durk urges him to keep cool. “See, Pluto you my brother gotta stay focused / Sometimes I get in my feelings too / I wish I wore a Trojan.”

It’s been a momentous year for Future. In January, he dropped his album The WIZRD, followed by his Save Me EP in June. He and Drake have also been teasing a potential What a Time to Be Alive sequel.

Migos Win 'Walk It Talk It' Copyright Infringement Case

The hip-hop group Migos has a copyright suit filed by an artist from North Carolina who claimed that their song “Walk It Talk it” infringed on his own.

In October of 2018, rapper M.O.S. — whose real name is Leander Pickett — insisted that the hit single from Migos infringed on a 2008 song that he released called “Walk It Like I Talk It.”

But U.S. District Court Judge Analisa Torre disagreed. She indicated that the only similarity between the two songs was the lyric “walk it like I talk it,” which she says is a “short and commonplace phrase” and hence not protectable by copyright law. The judge further indicated that the phrase had been used in a number of other songs prior to the one by M.O.S., such as:

  • “March ‘n’ Step” by Paul Wall
  • “3 A.M.” by Young Jeezy
  • “Be Easy” by Wiz Khalifa

Another reason the judge gave for dismissing the suit was that M.O.S. had not registered the copyright of his song before initiating the suit, which would have been necessary for the complaint to move forward.

Dana Whitfield, who is a lawyer for M.O.S., told Billboard that he and other members of the rapper’s legal team are “exploring options for an appeal” of the judge’s decision.

The lawsuit named more than just Migos, which includes Quavo (Quavious Marshall), Offset (Kiari Cephus) and Takeoff (Kirsnick Ball). It also named Quality Control Music, Capitol Records and Migos Touring Inc. as well as the producers of “Walk It Talk It”: OG Parker (Joshua Parker) and Deko (Grant Decouto).

Migos was founded in Lawrenceville, Georgia back in 2008. Their debut album Yung Rich Nation came out in 2015, and their follow-up albums Culture and Culture II both reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2017 and 2018.

“Walk It Talk It,” which included vocals from Drake, reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2018.

Tory Lanez Clowned Drake After Being Booed Off Stage At Camp Flog Gnaw

Tory Lanez and Drake haven’t always been the closest friends. In fact, there was a time when they were mortal enemies. During his come-up, Lanez had taken aim at his fellow Torontonian, attempting to prove to the world that he had the 6ix on lock. The two global recording artists have since patched up their differences, making up a few years ago and uniting the city through their newfound bromance. If you’ve had your eye on the news this week, you surely know about what happened with Drake at Tyler, The Creator‘s annual Camp Flog Gnaw festival this weekend. The audience was waiting on a mystery performer, convinced that Frank Ocean would be performing a set. When Drake appeared in his place, he was booed f stage promptly. It turns out that, after the incident, Tory Lanez felt the need to clown his homie over text message, telling him it was a bad idea from the jump.

Tory Lanez Clowned Drake After Being Booed Off Stage At Camp Flog Gnaw
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During a recent appearance on Real 92.3 Los Angeles, Tory Lanez promoted his upcoming album Chixtape 5, also touching on the Drake situation with Big Boy. “I think personally if the people weren’t waiting on somebody else, I don’t think that it would have been that,” said Tory during the interview. “You know, me and Drake laughed about it. We was deadass on text laughing about it. But it’s just like ‘boy, you know you had no business being at Camp Flog Gnaw.’ He was just laughing like, ‘yo that’s one for the books bro.’ It just didn’t matter to him.”

Tory Lanez’ new project arrives tomorrow. Are you checking for it?

Drake Flexes First-Ever $700K+ Custom Rolls-Royce Bushukan On The Road

When you’re living like Drake, you can afford anything that your heart desires. A new plane to take you across the world? Sure, why not? A million-dollar outfit? Bet. How about the first-ever Rolls-Royce Bushukan on the road? Best believe he’s got that too. The man is out here living his best life and he made sure to remind us that fact in his most recent story on Instagram.

Drake Flexes First-Ever $700K+ Custom Rolls-Royce Bushukan On The Road
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Taking a few quick snaps his brand new car, Drake flexed hard by reminding his fans that he’s not driving a regular Rolls-Royce. Nah, a Phantom or a Wraith isn’t enough for the King Toronto. Instead, the Canadian sensation opted for the Bushukan model, which easily goes for over $700K will full customization. From the looks it, he cashed out on some pretty special specs, including an OVO Owl on the hood, a custom wrap, and more. 

Just a few days ago, Drake was being clowned online for being booed f the stage at Camp Flog Gnaw. This is exactly what we want to see from him following that. After all, he’s still the biggest artist in the world so, to come f a fresh L with this kind energy is pretty dope. Who’s laughing now?

Migos Win "Walk It, Talk It" Lawsuit, Judge Cites Other Songs That Use Phrase

In October 2018, it was reported that Migos were being sued by M.O.S. for allegedly ripping f his 2007 song, “Walk It Like I Talk It”. Both M.O.S.’ song and MigosDrake-assisted hit, “Walk It, Talk It”, repeat the phrase in their titles. When Migos member, Quavo, was asked about the lawsuit a few months after the story came out, he claimed he was not even aware it, but denied it being guilty regardless. “‘Walk it, talk it’ is a saying from Atlanta,” he explained. “It had been a saying since the 2000s. Everybody say ‘walk it, talk it.’ My grandpa, my uncles and shit say ‘walk it, talk it.’ Man, that shit’s an old saying, man. We been saying ‘walk it, talk it.'”  

According to AllHipHop, a judge has sided in Migos’ favor, invoking a similar argument as Quavo. “Because songwriters must be free to borrow sayings and expressions from popular culture, the Second Circuit and courts in this district have found that short and commonplace phrases are not protectable, even when used as the title or repeated lyrics a song, as is the case here,” Judge Analisa Torres ruled. 

Judge Torres also cited other examples rap songs that make use this phrase in the same repetitive fashion, such as Paul Wall’s 2005 song “March ‘n’ Step”, Young Jeezy’s 2006 song “3 A.M.” and Wiz Khalifa’s 2007 song “Be Easy.” 

“The only similarity between the two works at issue, the lyrics “walk it like I talk it,” is not original to the author and is, therefore, not protected by the copyright laws,” Judge Torres ruled. Even though M.O.S. would likely not have been successful in copyrighting this phrase, since it has other origins in Atlanta’s culture, he hadn’t even copyrighted his own song until after Migos’ song was released along with Culture II. Judge Torres pointed out that this also compromised M.O.S.’ case. “As courts in this district have held, a copyright infringement claim will be dismissed where the allegedly infringed work, in this case, the musical composition, was not registered at the time the original complaint was filed,” she said. 

Drake Returns With Epic Comeback After He’s Booed Off Camp Flog Gnaw Stage

Los Angeles, CA – Drake apparently wasn’t too bothered by the boos coming from the Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival crowd over the weekend. According to a recent Instagram post, the multiplatinum-selling artist just signed a new contract with the Camp Flog Gnaw powers that be.

“Plot twist…just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw,” he captioned the photo. “sorry kids see you EVERY SINGLE YEAR till you are 30.”

Drake was the surprise guest at Tyler, The Creator’s annual festival on Sunday (November 10). The audience was expecting to see Frank Ocean and made it clear they weren’t pleased with the 6 God’s appearance.

Subsequently, Tyler berated those who booed Drake Twitter.

“I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE!” he wrote in all caps. “BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW.

“SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT.”

It appears the joke is on them.

Drake Breaks His Silence On Camp Flog Gnaw Debacle With "Plot Twist"

Among the many wild turns events in 2019, who would’ve thought the biggest artists out right now would ever get booed f any stage? Well, anything can happen in this day and age and that’s exactly what happened when Drake touched the Camp Flog Gnaw stage last night as the surprise performer. Unfortunately, those in attendance expected Frank Ocean to hop on stage, although it’s unclear how they came up with that conclusion.

Drake has since responded to the whole situation after a day letting the clips go viral. The Canadian artist is clearly not that hurt about it, and if he is, he’s doing a great job at hiding it. The rapper took to Instagram to share a few pictures his visit to Camp Flog Gnaw all while trolling the people who booed him f the stage. “Plot twist…just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw sorry kids see you EVERY SINGLE YEAR till you are 30,” he joked. Akademiks previously received statements from Drake who seemed who dubbed the incident as a “moment humility.”

Tyler came to Drake’s defense on Twitter while bashing those who booed the rapper. “MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH,” he wrote. 

Tyler, The Creator Goes On Twitter Rampage Following Drake Backlash

Los Angeles, CA – Tyler, The Creator isn’t pleased with some of the concertgoers who attended his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival over the weekend. On Sunday night (November 10), Drake appeared onstage at the Dodger Stadium as a surprise guest, drawing boos from the crowd who’d expected to see Frank Ocean.

The Odd Future vet took to Twitter on Monday (November 11) to give those who gave Drake a hard time a little piece of his mind, making it abundantly clear he didn’t condone their behavior.

“I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE!” he wrote in all caps. “BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT.”

Tyler added he felt the way they behaved reflected poorly on him and the Camp Flog Gnaw crowd.

“THIS NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS!” he continued. “SONG IS BEAUTIFUL. ALSO, MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH.”

The IGOR mastermind also noted he felt like he was seeing cancel culture offline, while defending Drake at the same time.

“THAT SHIT WAS LIKE MOB MENTALITY AND CANCEL CULTURE IN REAL LIFE AND I THINK THAT SHIT IS FUCKING TRASH,” he wrote. NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! THAT SONG IS BEAUTIFUL! MOST GUYS DONT DO ALBUM CUTS! THANK YOU AUBREY!”

Tyler ended his tirade on a high note.

“BUT HEY MAN SHIT HAPPENS, ALL JOKES ASIDE SHIT LOWKEY FUNNY HAHAHA,” he continued. “ASIDE FROM THAT, HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD TIME. AGAIN, NO ARREST NO BULLSHIT MAN A LOT OF PEOPLE ENJOYED IT, THANKS AGAIN!”

He added, “AGAIN, THANK YOU DRAKE! ( IM FUCKING PISSED HOTLINE BLING WAS NEXT THATS MY FUCKING SHIT IM GONNA PLAY THAT IN THE SHOWER RIGHT NOW),” appearing to confirm Drake ended his set early.

Footage of Drake’s foiled set starting making the rounds shortly after the show went down. Revisit footage below.