#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

HipHopDX Premiere – Singer-songwriter Jon Brown, who co-wrote “Jesus Walks” with Kanye West, linked up with Jack Splash for the recently formed Kill The Motherboard duo. As they prep their debut album, The Legend of Picasso Jones, they’ve dropped a new single titled “The Water” featuring Eric Biddines.

“As soon as Jon and I started this song I could tell it was going to take on a very mystical vibe,” Splash tells HipHopDX about the song. “His lyrics about life and death and the cyclical nature of everything really blew me away. I knew as soon as we finished Jon’s parts that we needed to add Eric Biddines to the song.

“Eric had told me he grew up in a Jehovah Witness community, so I knew he would probably have a very interesting perspective and take the song to the next level lyrically/spiritually. Honestly, I still get chills every time I listen to this song because of how Eric Biddines comes in at the end like Hip Hop spiritual guru for a generation of lost souls.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Kill The Motherboard Recruits "Hip Hop Spiritual Guru" Eric Biddines For "The Water"

Brown adds, “‘The Water’ is a song about redemption or second chances. I feel like no matter what we’ve done in our life, no matter how egregious the act, we all deserve a second chance. you know, an opportunity to make things right. Every moment we’re alive is another opportunity to change or improve upon ourselves.

“In God’s eyes, we don’t run out of second chances, we just run out of time.”

The Legend of Picasso Jones is expected to arrive in the near future. Until then, listen to “The Water” up top.

50 Cent Lawsuit Could Get Teairra Mari Arrested

Los Angeles, CA – A judge has reportedly issued a bench warrant for Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood personality Teairra Mari.

The Blast reports Mari was expected to show up at a Los Angeles courthouse on Tuesday (April 23) for a hearing related to the 50 Cent case — but she was a no-show. Consequently, the judge issued the bench warrant in the amount of $5,000.

50 set up the hearing to dig into Mari’s finances in an attempt to collect the $30,000 he was awarded in the original revenge porn lawsuit. Mari was suing the Power exec for allegedly leaking her sex tape.

She accused 50 and her ex-boyfriend, Akbar Abdul-Ahad, of engaging in a plan to sexually objectify, threaten, intimidate, humiliate and degrade her. Mari said Abdul-Ahad logged into her Instagram account and posted the sexually graphic video, which featured “ejaculate” on her face.

50 then re-shared the video on his Instagram page, going as far to apply a “black and white” filter to highlight the color contrast of semen on Mari’s face. He added his signature hashtag, #getthestrap,” which Mari said could have encouraged his fans to hurt her.

The judge dismissed all claims against the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ OG and concluded Mari must pay his attorney fees.

50 wanted her to pay his entire $161,660.15 legal bill, but the judge didn’t agree to his demands. Instead, she was ordered to pay $30,618.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Teairra Mari in 50 Cent Legal Battle

Teairra Mari is a wanted woman.

A judge has ordered a bench warrant for the singer’s arrest after she failed to appear at a hearing in her legal battle with 50 Cent. According to The Blast, Mari was ordered to appear in court today, but she was a no-show.

A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant in the amount of $5,000. The “Love & Hip Hop” star will be arrested if she comes in contact with law enforcement.

50 Cent was granted an order to examine Teairra’s finances including her income, bank accounts, and property, so that he can collect the $30,618 she owes him in attorney fees.

In January, a Los Angeles judge ordered Mari to cover part of 50’s $161,660.15 legal bill after he prevailed in the revenge porn lawsuit she filed against him. Last month, he served her with legal papers at the airport and documented the process on Instagram.

Teairra fired back at 50 with her diss track “I Ain’t Got It,” on which she says she doesn’t have the money she owes him. In response, 50 claims to have filed a trademark for Mari’s catchphrase and is selling his own merch with her tagline.

In the meantime, 50 continues to publicly demand payment from Teairra. “Look I’m not playing with you, you better get me my money,” he wrote last month.

T.I. Bails Out Nonviolent Offenders for Easter

T.I. celebrated Easter by granting freedom to some nonviolent offenders.

According to D.C.’s Fox 5, the rapper partnered with a Georgia church, as well as Scrapp Deleon of VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop,” to raise $120,000 to bail out 23 nonviolent, predominantly first-time offenders.

The New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia initially set out to raise $40,000, but by the end of Lent, they had reached $120,000, allowing seven women and 16 men to be brought home in time for Easter Sunday.

As part of the “Bail Out” program, each individual will also be connected with a mentor for weekly check-in meetings. A portion of the donations will also go towards college savings for the children of the recipients, including Tyron Pollard.

“For people to just reach out, willing to help out of the blue, them not knowing you from nobody…that’s a blessing,” said Pollard. “I was doing drugs before I got locked up … but I don’t want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids.”

Dr. Jamal Bryant, senior pastor at New Birth, applauded the efforts of the “Bail Out” program. “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” said Bryant. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

T.I. has become an activist in his community. He recently spoke out against Fox News host Laura Ingraham following her disrespectful comments in the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death. Earlier this year, he called for a boycott of Gucci over its wool jumper, which sparked controversy for its depiction of blackface.

PartyNextDoor’s New Album Update: "It’s Coming"

Singer-songwriter PARTYNEXTDOOR has been MIA for almost two years now. The release his studio-album PartyNextDoor 3 dates back to 2016, while his most recent project and EP Seven Days shortly followed the consecutive year. Though the Canadian artist continued to wow lyrically and sonically through his production and writing contributions to many your favorite artists’ albums (Rihanna’s “Work” and “Sex With Me”), it seems he’s neglected to do the same for himself. 

Following a well-timed rant by Hip Hop connoisseur DJ Akademiks where he condemned the current state R&B as “wack”, the call-out garnered more information on the “Run Up” singer’s whereabouts. In the aforementioned tweet, Akademiks states “Man where PartyNextDoor been at?? So many wack niggas making wack music… and this nigga Party is MIA …whichever u industry Niggas got him in a dungeon writing your next single … let him drop something real quick.” Shortly afterwards, PND’s producer Neenyo, known for having worked on tracks for Drake, Future and 6lack chimed in with the answer we needed. “It’s coming” was the reply with a finger-crossed emoji.

PartyNextDoor's New Album Update: "It's Coming"

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Relatedly, in early March, Party teased an upcoming track with Rihanna and the upcoming release the anticipated project named be Club Atlantis. Hence despite PartyNextDoor’s fleeting status on the scene, the wait may almost be over.  

T.I. & Scrapp DeLeon Link Up With Georgia Church To Bail Out 23 Non-Violent Offenders

For 23 people in Georgia, Easter miracles were provided to them as they were able to join their families for the holiday. During the Lent season, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Lithonia, Georgia launched its Bail Out Program. It was their mission to raise money to help post bond for non-violent or first-time fenders who couldn’t afford to bail out jail. The church was able to raise $40,000 alone, but once T.I. and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Scrapp DeLeon got involved, donations flowed in and rose to $140,000.

The money was used to help 23 people—16 men and seven women—get released from jail in time to spend Easter with their families. “I was ecstatic. I was shocked. I broke down and cried,” Tyron Pollard told Fox 5 News. “It wasn’t just: Here you’re free, you’re on your own, go to the street and do what you gotta do. They’re willing to help.” According to reports, those released will also be connected with a certified mentor that they will meet with weekly to check-in on their progress. Portions further donations will also be used to set up college funds for children inmates.

Jamal Bryant, the senior pastor New Birth, said he wants to make sure that first-time fenders are fered second chances and not just lost to the streets or the system. “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan—somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” Bryant said. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

Scrapp, who was recently released from jail after being sentenced to five years (he served two) plus 15 years probation on charged drug trafficking marijuana, shared a video himself speaking about the Bail Out Program. He also wrote, “Saturday was an amazing experience I had the honor to partner with Dr. @jamalhbryant for #BailOutDay he and @newbirthmbc set a goal 40k to release inmates behind bars for Non Violent fenses. He exceeded his goal and raised 140k and used part the money to set up a trust fund/college fund for the kids at #CitizensTrust bank. The released inmates were ever so thankful.”

Scrapp DeLeon Talks Non-Relationship With Moniece Slaughter & Praises Tommie Lee

VH1 viewers are currently watching Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Mona Scott-Young and friends document Scrapp Deleon’s release from prison and acclimation back into society. However, fans were thrown a curve ball when they saw Tommie Lee’s ex-boyfriend cuffed up with L&HHATL newcomer Moneice Slaughter, someone who has previously been linked to Rich Dollaz from Love & Hip Hop New York, AD Diggs from Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, and, course, the father her son Lil Fizz from B2K and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.

Scrapp spent his Easter weekend partnering with T.I. to post bail for 23 non-violent fenders, but he took some time out to chat with the Domenick Nati Show about his ties to Moniece and Tommie. When asked about the seriousness his relationship with Moniece, Scrapp said they’re just friends who were enjoying some benefits.

“Me and Moniece are really good friends. We’re really good friends at this current moment. I don’t think I’m gonna be proposing to anyone anytime soon. I mean, I would love to get married. It’s definitely on my bucket list as something I wanna do and I look forward to doing. It’s just I don’t see it as being next month or next week…We were never in a committed…relationship. We had an understanding. I like you, you like me, we did things that couples do, you know. You know how it goes, Domenick. Don’t act like you don’t know,” he said while laughing.

When it came to Tommie and her recent child abuse charges that could put her away for 50 years, Scrapp said he never witnessed his ex lay a hand on her children. “What’s actually crazy is that when I heard about those charges, I was completely shocked because me and Tommie were together at one point. I’ve never even seen Tommie whoop her children. The most she may do is threaten to whoop ’em or just holler at them, but Tommie takes really good care her kids. They love her to death. She actually spoils them. I think Tommie’s a really good mom. When I heard those charges I was like, ‘Nah, not Tommie’.”

“I’ve never seen any signs that,” he continued. “To be honest, I actually just wrote a character letter for her and just sent it to her lawyer just yesterday. Just speaking highly about her and the person that I know she is and things that nature. I don’t want her to get convicted. I don’t think she’s gonna get convicted. I’m rooting for the win for her.

Check out Scrapp’s entire interview, including what he had to say about Kodak Black talking recklessly, below.

Salt-N-Pepa Reflect On Longevity in Hip Hop: "There Was No Plan B"

Their careers have spanned three decades and they’ve gone down in history as hip hop icons, and according to Salt-N-Pepa, they aren’t slowing down any time soon. There was a point when Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandy Denton (Pepa) took some time apart, but for years they’ve been touring and, most recently, wowing fans in Las Vegas as they enjoyed their residency on the strip—a show that boasted the first ever hip hop residency in Sin City.

The pair sat down with OK! Magazine to talk about what it’s been like as two women in rap who have broken through barriers, set records, and created a legacy that other female hip hop artists could follow. “It’s been one those things in hip hop, believe it or not, it was a question would hip hop even last, then in the later time it was like, damn, we gon’ end up in Vegas one day,” Denton said. James chimed in, “And that used to be a joke. It was like Vegas was where your career goes to die, and now that’s where you go to live.”

Salt-N-Pepa Reflect On Longevity in Hip Hop: "There Was No Plan B"
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Denton noted that when they first came together, they weren’t necessarily worried about creating timeless music. According to Denton, they were focused on being all in as artists and giving one hundred percent. “It’s not even knowing the music would be timeless], it’s knowing who we are and the type  people] that we are,” Denton said. “Coming into the game knowing that this is something…we in it, we gotta go for it, we gotta stay focused, we gotta do it. So the fact that it paid f is what the blessing is and the celebration because we went in doing it. Once we was like, okay, we could do this, we went for it.

“And women, being women in hip hop at a time when it wasn’t that many women, we felt like we had more to prove,” James added. “There was a lot thumbs down, they’re not gonna last, that type thing. So we had to go hard in the paint. And for me personally, I was in college. I always say school is great, but it’s not for everyone. For me, it wasn’t working out and I always wanted to be an entertainer, so it was just…there was no plan B for me. When you think that way, it’s like, do this or die. That’s how I felt.”

Hip Hop Album Sales: Anderson .Paak’s "Ventura" & Beyoncé’s Live Album Score Top 10 Debuts

South Korean boy band BTS have claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, but Hip Hop and R&B dominate the Top 10 with seven entries this week.

Anderson .Paak’s Ventura debuts at No. 4, marking a new career-high for the Aftermath Entertainment artist. Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s Homecoming: The Live Album has managed to hit No. 7 despite only being tracked for two days.

Elsewhere, Khalid’s Free Spirit slips to No. 3 following last week’s chart-topping debut. Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap also continues to perform well, remaining in the Top 5 for its third consecutive week.

Anderson .Paak Reaches Top 5 For 1st Time

Ventura has become the highest-charting album of Anderson .Paak’s career thanks to a No. 4 debut. The Grammy winner had never been in the Top 10 prior to Ventura, peaking at No. 11 with last year’s Oxnard.

In its first week, Paak’s latest album moved 55,146 total album equivalent units. 38,548 of those came from pure album sales.

Beyoncé Cracks Top 10 In Just 2 Days

Beyoncé didn’t even need a full week to attain the No. 7 spot on the Billboard 200. The R&B superstar’s Homecoming: The Live Album racked up 37,737 total album equivalent units — 14,498 of which were pure album sales — during two days of tracking activity.

Queen Bey surprised fans last Wednesday (April 17) by dropping the 40-track live album. The project was released as a companion piece to her Netflix documentary Homecoming, which premiered that same day.

Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap Maintains Chart Stronghold

The death of Nipsey Hussle has prompted a dramatic increase in his album sales and streams. For this week’s Billboard 200, Neighborhood Nip’s Victory Lap settles in at No. 5 on the chart.

Victory Lap, which was released in February 2018, re-entered the Billboard 200 earlier this month at No. 2. After slipping to No. 3 last week, it’s fallen a few more spots but remains in the Top 5 after selling 54,711 total units.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 04/18/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

1. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 3 — 82,312 (15,326) [86,644,946]
2. Anderson .Paak — Ventura — No. 4 — 55,146 (38,548) [20,519,110]
3. Nipsey Hussle — Victory Lap — No. 5 — 54,711 (8,534) [58,121,397]
4. Beyoncé — Homecoming: The Live Album — No. 7 — 37,737 (14,498) [28,039,828]
5. Juice WRLD — Death Race For Love — No. 8 — 34,361 (560) [51,772,382]
6. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 9 — 29,472 (1,545) [37,877,959]
7. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Hoodie SZN — No. 10 — 28,734 (149) [42,300,311]
8. Drake — Scorpion — No. 11 — 28,210 (1,832) [34,864,959]
9. Various Artists — Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse — No. 12 — 26,832 (5,006) [28,121,484]
10. DaBaby — Baby On Baby — No. 16 — 23,965 (292) [31,996,132]

The Real Reasons Artists Succeed on Spotify — From a Playlisting Pro

Follow these tips and win.

George Goodrich of Playlist Push has witnessed thousands of successful Spotify playlist campaigns. He partnered with Digital Music News to share the most important tips he’s learned.

(1) Write long albums with short songs.

Rappers like Drake have turned this technique into an art, with albums loaded with lots of shorter tracks. And he isn’t alone. The strategy generates far more plays, thereby ensuring a top-charting album while multiplying per-stream revenue.

For developing artists, the strategy also increases the odds of landing on big playlists — while also increasing positive metrics around songs (more on that later).

(2) Make an impact in under :30

Fact: Spotify doesn’t pay for any song that gets skipped before the 30-second mark. But this goes beyond the simple payment.

“Curators and streamers alike want to be captivated by a new song in under 30 seconds,” Goodrich told us. “Make your song flow well, but also don’t waste time during the first crucial seconds of a song.”

(3) Songs are getting shorter — so think about length.

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ is just 1:53, the shortest chart-topper since 1965. And that’s hardly the exception: Lil Pump’s ‘Gucci Gang’ is just 2:04, while Kodak Black’s ‘Calling My Spirit’ is 2:32.

Songs are definitely getting shorter, and Goodrich says the reasons are simple. People are more distracted, and shorter songs grab people faster and reduce the chances of skipping.

They also result in bigger payouts for artists (see #1).

(4) Repackage to win.

This one’s genius.

Goodrich told us that clever artists are now re-releasing older tracks, with the same ISRC code and previous playcounts. “Artists that are smart are repacking singles into albums or compilations,” Goodrich said.

The repackaging pushes the ‘brand-new’ tracks with lots of plays into ‘new’ algorithm playlists like Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, and your followers’ Release Radar.  The refresh can result in a surge of new interest for an older cut.

(5) Use Spotify for Artists — correctly.

Most artists are doing Spotify for Artists wrong — and that dramatically reduces their chances of playlist inclusion.

The number one mistake: artists should be uploading tracks into Spotify for Artists at least 7 days before it hits the platform. Otherwise, the track isn’t guaranteed to hit your followers’ Release Radar playlists, which means that all of that free promotion is lost.

“A lot of artists are gunning down playlists but don’t even have access or utilize Spotify for Artists,” Goodrich said.

(6) Be nice to your distributor — you need them more than they need you.

Stop bitching at your distributor and start working to become their favorite artist.

“Most distributors have direct deals with Spotify, which means at least one person at your distributor speaks directly to someone at Spotify,” Goodrich told us. “There are always different brand deals and playlists opportunities that can pop up only your distribution company.”

(7) Own your genre — or pioneer your own.

Hip hop is huge, but other genres are also generating lots of money on Spotify. Overnight, bedroom producers are minting cash on platforms like Lo-Fi Beats, and they don’t even have to tour.

But that’s just one playlist catering to a growing class of people using music to focus better. “Thanks mainly to the startup world and people just trying to focus better at work, stripped down repetitive beats are the top choice when it comes to writing or doing detailed technical work,” Goodrich said.

Even crazier: Goodrich said playlists like Lo-Fi Beats and Yoga & Meditation are spawning an entirely new generation of artists . “There are hundreds of artists out there making thousands of dollars on these micro-niche genres across the platform,” Goodrich said. “Most of them with little-to-no fanbase outside of the platform, which they are completely fine with!”

(8) ‘Going viral’ is a fool’s errand — think long term, release lots of songs, and develop long release schedules.

Songs still go viral occasionally, but ‘going viral’ isn’t a good strategy. “In order to get noticed and get on Spotify playlists, most artists think they need a hit or just one banger to put them on,” George said.

“In reality you don’t need a hit, you need to release more records to drastically increase your chances of creating a banger. The more releases, the more chances you have to trigger the algorithms when a new release hits Spotify.”

(9) Try to establish a direct connection with a Spotify curator.

Yes, you can directly connect with Spotify curators if you’re lucky.

No, you cannot do this by spamming them constantly.

George recommended LinkedIn as a good place to start finding curators. Try starting here. Just make sure to target the right person for your genre (i.e., don’t splatter-spam). It’s time-consuming and not guaranteed, but the right connection can result in a plum playlist add. “If you do choose to go this route be polite in your messaging and don’t expect them to respond instantly,” George said.

(10) Pay attention to cover art.

Album art isn’t a lost art — even though it’s a tiny thumbnail these days. “Visual should not be an afterthought,” George said, while urging artists to imitate the artwork of releases from successful artists.

But don’t go crazy on a thumbnail — just make it high quality and fun. “Don’t spend $5,000 on a designer,” George laughed.

(11) Obey the simple rule of thumb: engagement is good, disengagement is bad.

Nobody knows Spotify’s exact algorithms for rating a track. But some basic principles apply.

Anytime a listener saves a song or adds it to a personal playlist, that’s good and shows positive engagement. Anytime they skip it or remove it, that’s bad because it indicates disengagement. Keep this basic guideline in mind.

(12) Dedicated followers = “guaranteed playlist real estate”

Artists with lots of Spotify followers are “guaranteed playlist real estate,” according to Goodrich. The reason is that anytime an artist releases new music on Spotify, it automatically populates the customized Release Radar playlist of every follower (just make sure you’re releasing properly through Spotify for Artists).

That doesn’t guarantee placement on a top playlist, but it builds a lot of momentum.

(13) Start big, end big to reduce skipping.

Artists like Kodak Black immediately hit you with the hook to grab your attention. But Goodrich is noting another trick: a lot of artists are now ending with the hook to keep listeners attentive.

Slower fade-outs and energy drops can lead to late-stage skips — which can result in negative strikes (see #11).

(14) Avoid long intros and slow builds.

More often than not, long intros kill placements. So it’s better to avoid them.

“There are long intros that work, but if you want to really crush it on Spotify, long intros aren’t the way to go,” George told us.

(15) Off-Spotify popularity helps, too.

Artists with weak Twitter and Instagram followers can have difficulty gaining traction on Spotify playlists. “It’s all relevant,” George explained, while noting that he politely guides artists with IG followers under 300 back to their SoundCloud accounts.

But beyond social networking, there’s also Google SEO to think about (SEO stands for ‘Search Engine Optimization,’ and basically refers to your Google search ranking). For example: is your song appearing in the first page of Google results, and preferably, is it one of the top, above-the-fold results?

Remember: Google owns YouTube, so a YouTube result with good track metadata and information will often bubble to the top. “If the song’s performing well, it can go into feeder playlists like Fresh Finds, and then an actual human at Spotify may listen to it,” George explained.

And another pro-tip: George also advised shouting out Spotify in tweets, IG posts, and Facebook blasts.  They just might notice.

(16) Should you get signed? A note on the power of major label representation.

It’s hard to say exactly what transpires between major labels and Spotify. Major labels oftentimes have serious sway with Spotify, but George warned us that this really depends on the specific label.

“We really don’t know what happens behind closed doors,” George said.  “Some labels have better relationships than others.”

In many cases, however, the impact can be dramatic. Beyond pulling favors and blasting Drake-style promotions, major labels are oftentimes experts in crafting streaming-friendly songs. “They know how to create and craft songs,” George said.

Hopefully these tips were helpful! Happy playlisting.

50 Cent Reacts To Teairra Mari’s New Arrest Warrant: "I’ma Need 75K Now"

At first, it was all fun and games for 50 Cent when he won a lawsuit against Teairra Mari. The Love & Hip Hop star had sued him for posting a still image from her sex tape, calling it revenge porn. Despite having solid legal representation, Teairra lost and was ordered to pay Curtis a total $30K. For months, she publicly said that she would not be paying the rapper a single cent and now, further action has been taken to make her pay up.

As reported by The Blast, a warrant has been issued for Teairra Mari’s arrest. Mari was scheduled to appear in court today but, instead, she was absent and a judge ordered her arrest. The hearing was set by 50 Cent, who has been asking the reality star for his money repeatedly. If she comes into contact with the police, she will be taken into custody. As expected, 50 Cent reacted to the news on social media but this time, he wasn’t laughing about it.

50 Cent Reacts To Teairra Mari's New Arrest Warrant: "I'ma Need 75K Now"
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“See the shit ain’t funny now, is it Funky,” wrote the entrepreneur. “You best be coming up with my money. I’m a need 75K now after they add all additional legal fees. The Law is The Law.”

Teairra was clearly serious when she said that Fiddy would never see her money. However, he took action and now, she’s in even more trouble than before.

T.I. Celebrates Easter By Posting Bail For 23 Nonviolent Inmates

DeKalb County, GA – Hours before the Easter holiday began on Sunday (April 21), 23 nonviolent inmates at DeKalb County Jail were released. Why? T.I. decided to help post bail for all of them, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. 

Anthony Gordon, who was accused of stealing a car over the weekend, heard over the intercom, “Hey, pack it up, you’re going home.”

Gordon explained, “I came back down, and I hit the little intercom and said, ‘Are y’all sure you’re calling me?’”

Gordon was one of the 23 people bailed out by the “Bail-Out” program sponsored by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Tip and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta personality Scrapp Deleon. At the beginning of Lent, the church set a fundraising goal of $40,000 but 40 days later, had reeled in over $120,000.

Subsequently, seven women and 16 men were brought home to their families just in time for the Easter holiday.

“It’s like a whole new clean slate,” Tyron Pollard, another program recipient, said. “I was doing drugs before I got locked up … but I don’t want to do nothing but do right and strive to be a model citizen for my kids.”

In addition to the initial assistance getting out of jail, New Birth is connecting each individual with a mentor for weekly check-ins. They’re also using a portion of the donations to kickstart college funds for the children of returning citizens.

New Birth senior pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant was thrilled to see the church community take action for their fellow DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale county citizens.

“It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming,” Bryant said. “They’re appreciative to be able to press the refresh button.”

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Victim Released From Jail: Report

The tragic passing Nipsey Hussle surely left an enormous, gaping hole within the Hip Hop community. The father two was tragically shot and killed close to a month ago today. And  the numerous bystanders having witnessed Hussle’s slaying was a close friend, Kerry Lathan.

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Victim Released From Jail: Report

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Lathan was recently released from jail following the completion a 25-year sentence linked to a murder charge. The 56-year old man was placed under strict restrictions upon his release which included a ban on any gang-related affiliations. Hussle, who was a member the Crips set “Rollin 60’s”, met up with the released felon at his store “Marathon” to gift clothes in celebration  Lathan’s release from prison. It was then that the rapper was struck along with Lathan, who managed to survive the attack.

Since Nipsey’s passing, Lathan was arrested on the count breaching parole regulations and detained in a California detention center. Since then, all charges were dropped. According to Page Six, the slain rapper’s associate was released from police custody due to strong consideration that he was simply an innocent bystander. Lauren Noriega, Mr. Lathan’s lawyer, added  KABC “he wasn’t there to propose any business to Nipsey. He had no idea that Nipsey would be there.” 

Hip Hop Week In Review: Beyoncé Netflix Special Makes Huge Debut & Dave East Calls "Old Town Road" Wack

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Beyonce‘s Homecoming special made its debut on Netflix. Also, Dave East sparked some controversy and got dragged over his critical comments about Lil Nas X ‘s “Old Town Road” and lastly, Kodak Black was arrested at the United States-Canada border.

Re-watch Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance On Netflix

Beyoncé unleashed her Netflix documentary Homecoming this week, along with a live album titled Homecoming: The Live Album, where exactly 40 tracks live.

Homecoming follows Queen Bey days leading up to her electrifying performance at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.

After the R&B superstar’s doc made its debut, reports began to circulate that Ariana Grande got paid double the amount of money for her Coachella performance.

According to The Blast, those reports were proven to be false. Sources say, Grande and the “I Been On” star both earned $4 million for each weekend.

Watch Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary on Netflix here.

Dave East Doesn’t Like “Old Town Road”

Dave East thinks Lil Nas X‘s viral Billboard hit “Old Town Road” is “wack.” He shared his criticism of the catchy, breakout tune on Instagram this week.

“I don’t know what the fuck is going on with Hip Hop; with rap [and] I ain’t no hater but that shit is wack. With a cape on it! And super wack!” East said.

The Harlem rhymer may think “Old Town Road” is wack, but Twitter seemed to share those same feelings about his music and proceeded to drag him.

The young artist responded to East with a soundbite from Joe Rogan’s podcast featuring Kevin Hart.

“What’s cool is being negative,” Hart said in the clip Lil Nas posted to his Twitter. “This is a great example…we talk about Titanic. Titanic, one of the biggest movies of all-time, fuckin’ great movie, (acting as Joe) yes it was a great movie, and one guy for no reason goes ‘I fuckin’ hated it!’”

Read more about Dave East clowning Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” here.

Kodak Black Arrested & Release From Jail

Kodak Black was arrested at the United States-Canada border this week and charged with gun and drug possession.

According to Kodak, the Cadillac Escalade’s GPS he was driving accidentally led him and his team to the Canadian border. The goal was to drive from Detroit to Boston where he was expected to perform at the House Of Blues on Tuesday (April 17) night.

Kodak was released from Niagra County Jail on Wednesday (April 18).

Read more about Kodak Black’s arrest here.

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#DXCLUSIVES: 03Greedo, DJ Premiere & Russell Simmons

03 Greedo Says New LP Promotes L.A. Unity: “That’s Really Powerful For The City”

03 Greedo is serving 20 years in a Texas prison currently and he spoke with HipHopDX behind bars about what his new LP Still Summer In The Projects, executively produced by DJ Mustard, represents for the city of L.A.

“We are connecting the East/West side and that’s really powerful for the city – especially right now,” The Wolf of Grape Street rapper told DX.

Read the full 03 Greedo interview here.

DJ Premier Recalls Daring Hospital Visit To Pay Guru His Last Respects

Iconic Hip Hop talent DJ Premier shared with HipHopDX the story of him slipping into the late Guru’s hospital room undetected.

“It was risky, but like I said, I love a challenge,” Premier recalled. “I’m like, ‘I’m gonna figure this out. I’ve got to see him.’ Again, I always credit his nephew, Denzel. His nephew was the one that stressed to me.”

Read the full DJ Premier interview here.

Russell Simmons Says Sexual Assault Case Is Ploy For Fame

Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons told HipHopDX in an exclusive interview that the woman suing him for sexual assault is in vain.

“I have no intention of getting in the mud with this woman or feeding her lawyers’ interest in gaining fame, space or ground into this incredibly lucrative practice of extortion,” Simmons said. “People ask how could anonymous person seek fame. It’s the lawyer who is seeking fame and that’s why we are seeking sanctions against him.”

Read the full Russell Simmons interview here.

Ja Rule Calls 50 Cent a ‘Parasite’ and ‘Cancer to the Culture’

The saga continues in Ja Rule and 50 Cent’s ongoing feud.

Taking to Instagram on Friday (April 19), Ja Rule put his longtime rival on blast. The former Murder Inc. rapper went off on the G-Unit rapper, calling him a “parasite” and a “cancer to the culture.” His words were accompanied by a video of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan talking about a “unity party with punks.”

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THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist he’s a parasite a cancer to the culture and our ppl… he comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy comes out with his show takes shots at Taraji always downing his own ppl… always running his fucking yuk mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life… lmao smh then when the minister called for both of us to sit with him for hip hop unity you gave this man your ass to kiss complete definition of a SUCKER… I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy ass nigger Curtis Ratson!!! #BootlickingkneekissingCOON #cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world can’t buy class… 🤷🏾‍♂️ #Iconn 12.XII.Twelve

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“THIS is why me and 50 will NEVER co exist he’s a parasite a cancer to the culture and our ppl,” said Ja, who called out 50 for taking shots at his own people. “He comes out with music takes shots at me Kanye etc. comes out with liquor takes shots at Diddy comes out with his show takes shots at Taraji always downing his own ppl… always running his fucking yuk mouth until the smoke gets thick then you wanna make anonymous calls to the Feds and NYPD talking about you scared for your life.”

He claimed that Farrakhan tried to organize a unity meeting between him and 50, but 50 turned it down. “lmao smh then when the minister called for both of us to sit with him for hip hop unity you gave this man your ass to kiss complete definition of a SUCKER…”

But he said that this will be the last time he engages his rival. “I’m saying all this to say I will not be engaging in any more back and forth with this goofy ass ni**er Curtis Ratson!!!” said Ja, adding, “#BootlickingkneekissingCOON #cloutchasingclown you can have all the money in the world can’t buy class.”

Ja’s post comes after 50 mocked him for reportedly owing $2 million in back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. “LOL come on I know he not that bright but damn,” 50 captioned a screenshot of the headline.

The rappers have been beefing for nearly 20 years and according to 50, the rivalry won’t end until one of them is dead. “It’s never over. We may take a break, but [it] ain’t over till one of us gone,” he wrote in an Instagram comment.