Your Old Droog Issues Apology To Logic & His Fans Following Series Of Tweets

New York City, NY – Rapper Your Old Droog isn’t one to hold back on Twitter. So, understandably, rapper and New York Times’ number one best-selling author Logic—no stranger to Twitter shade—is far from off-limits. Though he’s been critical of the MC in the past, a recent string of tweets crossed a few lines, prompting Droog to issue an open apology to both Logic and his fans.

“My misguided attempt at social media humor, perhaps better known as ‘trolling,’ caused me to set aside my own dignity and scruples,” he wrote in the letter, posted on his Twitter Thursday (October 17).

“I managed to publish three tweets wishing death upon another human being simply because I could. It was not funny. It wasn’t even close to being remotely funny,” he added.

As he explains, the three tweets in question resulted in him being locked out of his Twitter account and suspended for 12 hours.

“I will be taking more time to -re-examine myself and consider the thoughts that I choose to put out into the world and the internet,” he concluded, signing the letter as “Your Old Friend.”

Hating Logic’s music isn’t by any means a new phenomenon in various rap circles. Most recently, Joe Budden dubbed the platinum-selling artist as one of the worst rappers to ever touch a mic.

Logic, meanwhile, is currently on the road for The Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind Tour with J.I.D. and YBN Cordae. He’s also been promoting an upcoming beat tape.

Read Your Old Droog’s letter in full below.

O.T. Genasis and Malika Haqq Reportedly Expecting Baby

Congratulations are in order for O.T. Genasis and Malika Haqq.

The rapper and his ex-girlfriend are expecting a baby together, according to Us Weekly.

Last week, the reality star announced that she was pregnant with her first child, who is due next year. The father’s identity was a mystery until now. “I listen to my heart, and I’ve decided that the rest of my life will be the best of my life. I’m pregnant!” Haqq captioned a photo of herself holding a positive pregnancy test. “I didn’t know when, I just knew one day. God said it’s my turn, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the little spirit that grows inside of me. I am yours, baby, and you are mine.”

In June, Haqq confirmed that she split from the 32-year-old rapper after dating on and off for two years. “Single,” Haqq wrote at the time.

Genasis has yet to confirm the baby news. Last October, he penned an “open love letter” to Haqq. “To the world you may be one person but to me You’ve become my world. My life has changed with you in it,” he said. “Before you I was lost and confused and didn’t know how to let my guard down. You know I always play you love songs but now I know what the songs actually mean. I came in thinking I had it figured all out but you gave me the structure I needed to stay balanced. As men we often have PRIDE that makes us not wanna do certain things. I would do anything in this world for you. YOU and only YOU made me a better man and want to be a better man.. You’re not only my partner but my best friend.”

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My Open Love Letter, To the world you may be one person but to me You’ve become my world. My life has changed with you in it. Before you I was lost and confused and didn’t know how to let my guard down. You know I always play you love songs but now I know what the songs actually mean. I came in thinking I had it figured all out but you gave me the structure I needed to stay balanced. As men we often have PRIDE that makes us not wanna do certain things. I would do anything in this world for you. YOU and only YOU made me a better man and want to be a better man.. You’re not only my partner but my best friend.. God told me to love you forever and that’s what I plan on doing. This letter is to thank you for everything you do and to tell you I LOVE YOU. @forevermalika ❤️

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Haqq’s BFF Khloé Kardashian also celebrated the mom-to-be. “My baby is having a baby!!!!!!!!” wrote the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star. “I am literally so so so excited!!!! Congratulations Mika!!! I love you!!!!”

This will be Haqq’s first child. O.T. already has a 9-year-old son from a previous relationship.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Thinks He’ll Be Out Of Prison By Early 2020

New York, NY – Tekashi 6ix9ine made some incredulous statements during his recent testimony against alleged Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack last week.

Not only did he identify Cardi B and Jim Jones as Bloods, but he also detailed the inner workings of Nine Trey.

In exchange for 6ix9ine’s cooperation, prosecutors agreed to seek a lighter sentence. He was originally looking at at least 47 years in prison. But while on the witness stand, the polarizing rapper said he believes he will be out by early 2020.

During cross-examination, Mack’s attorney asked 6ix9ine, “If you get time served you’d get out at the beginning of next year, correct?” to which he replied, “Correct.”

Although he hasn’t been sentenced yet, the 23-year-old Brooklyn native also made it clear he understands what he’s facing. He explained what a 5K1 letter was to the attorney.

“It has the good bad and the ugly about me,” he said. “The judge gets it, and can go under my mandatory minimum. Like, time served.”

As defined by, 5K1 letter is a letter prepared by the United States Attorney that is sent to the sentencing judge detailing the extent of the cooperation of the defendant in order for the judge to take into consideration when sentencing someone.

The trial is expected to wrap up this week.

The New York Times suggested 6ix9ine could enter the witness protection program following the trial. However, it’s “unlikely” the Unites States Marshals Service would pay for the removal of his giant face tattoos.

Sony Rejects a Breakup Demand by Activist Investor Third Point

Sony has roundly rejected the break-up proposal, which was initiated by activist investor Daniel Loeb.

Just hours ago, Sony Corp. officially rejected a plan to spin off its semiconductor business in a 8-page letter it sent to its shareholders.  The plan had been proposed by activist investor Daniel Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund.
That doesn’t affect subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment directly, as the label conglomerate wasn’t the source of Third Point’s ire.  But it does signal a greater focus on merging media and technology under the broader Sony umbrella.

Kenichiro Yoshida, who is the CEO of Sony, expressed in the letter — titled “Enhancing Corporate Value Over the Long Term as a Creative Entertainment Company With a Solid Foundation of Technology” — that his company’s strategy of diversification was working well.

As proof of this, he cited the record profits Sony has experienced during the course of the past two years.

Yoshida also indicated in the letter that Sony’s board of directors did agree with one point of Loeb’s proposal, which stated that the company’s Imaging and Sensor Solutions division was a “Japanese crown jewel and technology champion.”  But he said that the division, which produces image sensors for various smartphones such as the iPhone, would continue operating as an integral part of Sony.

He went on to say that the conglomerate sees sensing and artificial intelligence being utilized in the future across a full range of applications, which includes IoT, Games, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Medicine.

The company further believes that image sensors will one day evolve from purely hardware to complete platforms and solutions.  They believe as well that the technology industry and media are converging, with many top entertainment companies purchasing technology while technology companies were beginning to dabble with entertainment.  That theoretically applies to Sony Music, whose day-to-day is now defined by tech platforms.
In 2013, Loeb acquired an interest in Sony. Even then, Loeb was trying to get the conglomerate to spin off divisions as a means of increasing the company’s value.  Initially, Third Point was trying to get Sony to sell its motion pictures division. Ironically, this year, as Third Point’s stake in Sony increased to $1.5 billion, Loeb now wants the company to sell its technology divisions while making entertainment its core business.

Uber, Lyft, and the Music Industry Become Strange Bedfellows Against AB5

Ridesharing giants and the music industry stand united against California’s AB5 — though the opposition doesn’t seem to be working.

Ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have formed an unlikely alliance with the music industry to oppose California’s Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).  Just yesterday, the California Senate approved the measure, setting up likely passage in the coming days.  California Governor Gavin Newsom has pledged to sign the bill.

If implemented in its current form, the bill will make it . And because these workers would then need to be identified as employees, they’d be entitled to an hourly minimum wage, health insurance, vacation days, sick time, and much more.

That’s a huge attack on the ‘gig economy’ ushered in by Uber and Lyft, though scores of other companies rely on temporary contractors.  That includes musicians, labels, and publishers, among other music industry stakeholders.

AB5 was written with Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing businesses in mind, and these companies oppose the legislation for obvious reasons, including that it would dramatically increase their costs and make it much harder for freelance drivers to complete gigs at their convenience.  That said, the bill will also affect independent musicians, the vast majority of whom rely on one-off freelance work as they develop and release their songs.

RIAA, A2IM, and the Music Artists’ Coalition wrote a letter that made clear their opposition to AB5, which they said will result in up-and-coming artists having to “employ” producers, mixers, engineers, recording professionals, music-video creators, and many others.

Because this is financially and logistically impossible for most new musicians, the letter indicated that independent artists will likely leave the state unless sweeping exceptions are established. To be sure, the authors wrote, “Get ready, Nashville and New York — it looks like you’re about to have your own recorded-music boom…”

So far, the music industry’s fight seems to be ineffective.

Lorena Gonzalez, who has represented California’s 80th Assembly District since 2013, co-authored AB5. Speaking to reporters, she stated that dialogue with music industry representatives hadn’t brought a consensus on precisely which exemptions should be included in AB5, and that as a result, no special conditions were added to the final text.

Instead, organizations like the RIAA seem to be focused on crushing the law entirely, instead of accepting piecemeal exemptions.  Gonzalez stated that “the recording industry preferred no legislation at all,” instead of an exemption.  A number of other industries and professional areas, including doctors and lawyers, have been busily crafting special exemptions under AB5.

Though Gonzalez placed the blame squarely upon the shoulders of music’s representatives, she seemed open to forging some middle ground.  The question now is whether the music industry is willing to accept some form of compromise, however imperfect.

6ix9ine To Testify That His Job For Nine Trey Was To Bring Money For The Gang

Tekashi 6ix9ine may have once had the protection the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods but it appears as though he’ll be testifying against them next week. The majority the defendants on the case copped a plea deal with the exception two who are fighting the charges against them. Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, two affiliates the gang, are accused kidnapping 6ix9ine. As they’re set to stand trial next week, 6ix9ine will take the stand where he’ll tell the court about his role in the gang.

According to Complex, a letter issued from U.S. Attorney Gefrey Berman revealed what the government has in their case against the accused including their plans to have 6ix9ine take the stand. The Government expects CW-2 6ix9ine] to testify that one his roles in Nine Trey was to make money for the gang and distribute that money among Nine Trey members,” it reads. 

Ellison and Mack are arguing that they were hired to kidnap 6ix9ine as part a publicity stunt to boost the rapper’s prile in the music industry. The letter said that there are text messages from Ellison sent around the time the kidnapping that ask about the rapper’s location and the press coverage surrounding the alleged attack. The feds also say they have messages surrounding the jewelry that was stolen from 6ix9ine.

The trial begins on Sept. 16th.

Bon Iver's Obsession With the Letter 'i' Results In a Spotify 'Viisualiizer'

Bon Iver’s latest album has an unexpected visual component.

Not every musician is a big fan of streaming, especially those who were around before it all happened.  But some artists are truly embracing the culture and all its possibilities. This includes the indie folk band Bon Iver, who have partnered with Spotify to develop an immersive online experience in conjunction with the release of their new album, which is called i,i.

The experience is called “Viisualiizer,” and you really need to see it to appreciate it.  While playing one of Bon Iver’s trending new songs in the background, it displays a collection of artwork created with the letter i. Users can interact with this artwork by move their finger (or mouse cursor) across the artwork.

Viisualiizer also displays information about the song playing, such as how many people are streaming it at any given time and which country currently has the most streams of the song. You can further view streaming data on a daily basis as well.

Judging by current statistics, the experiment is a huge success. As of this writing, the album had nearly 70 million total streams and close to 4 million hours of listening.

Justin Vernon, who is the singer-songwriter of Bon Iver, says that the entire concept represents a new way of thinking about music, where “sharing and building” is more important than ownership.

i,i was originally slated to be released at the end of the August, but the band released it nearly a month early. They will be promoting it during their North American tour, which began at the end of the August and will continue through the middle of October.  The band also released a mini-documentary on YouTube about the tour called “Bon Iver: Autumn.”

Bon Iver was formed in 2006 and released its first album a year later called For Emma, Forever Ago. Their 2012 album Bon Iver won Grammy Awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.

British Band Makes a T-Shirt Inspired by Abysmal Spotify Royalties

While She Sleeps has taken an unexpected step to bring attention to paltry Spotify royalties.

While She Sleeps, a British metalcore band, has released a t-shirt that’s meant to spread awareness of their lackluster Spotify royalties — and, more broadly, the financial difficulties faced by today’s musicians and bands.

The shirt’s design consists solely of text, which as you can see above, reads,

“One t-shirt is the equivalent to 5000 streams on Spotify. 76% of all music in 2019 is streamed and not bought physically or digitally. Band merchandise is the most direct way of supporting an artist.”

The t-shirt’s design was posted on While She Sleeps’ Twitter page.

An open letter, written by the band’s members, accompanied the design.  The letter indicated, amongst other things, that the t-shirt’s image can be used for free by other musicians who’re looking to bring about positive changes to the way streaming royalties are calculated and dispersed.

The letter also highlighted the difficulties that artists encounter when attempting to get by on unpredictable tour earnings, lackluster merchandise sales, and meager streaming royalties.

While She Sleeps isn’t the only member of the music community to take issue with Spotify’s royalty payments.

Earlier this week, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor that made clear his immense dissatisfaction with the state of the music streaming industry.  “We HAVE to tour,” Taylor wrote.  “It’s the only way we can make a living.  Merch helps, but the merch companies make the lion’s share.”

“Streaming is pricing artists — old AND new — out of careers.”

The t-shirt can be purchased through While She Sleeps’ official website.

High-profile artists have been voicing their support for fundamental changes to the music streaming landscape for years.  But little has changed, especially at Spotify.  Despite endless protests and horrifyingly-low streaming payouts, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek has repeatedly pointed blame at major recording labels, while stating that Spotify has paid billions in royalties since its inception.

Over time, Ek noted that artist protests against streaming royalties have ‘started to die down,’ though it’s unclear if that’s simply the result of a numbed and defeated group of artists.

Still, there’s progress happening.  Apple Music, thanks to efforts by former Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine, has remained adamantly pay-only.  Apple Music now boasts , which is short of Spotify’s 108 million, though the gap is narrowing.

Separately, Apple has been supportive of broader royalty increases for publishers and songwriters, while Spotify, Alphabet/Google, Amazon, and Sirius/Pandora have protested proposed increases.

While She Sleeps is currently touring to support their latest album, So What?, which was released in March.

The band has performance dates arranged well into next year, and fans in America, France, Greece, Germany, Australia, and multiple other locations can buy tickets to watch them perform live.

In addition to being an awesome way to have fun and enjoy live music, buying concert tickets is also a means of supporting musicians.  Though this support isn’t a long-term solution to artists’ woes, it certainly won’t hurt their ability to make a living.

Nicki Minaj Faces Stepped-Up Pressure to Cancel Her Gig in Saudi Arabia

The Human Rights Foundation is calling on Nicki Minaj to cancel an upcoming performance at the Jeddah World Fest.

The festival takes place in Saudi Arabia later this month.

The HRF sent Minaj an open letter describing what it calls a “human rights crisis” in Saudi Arabia.  Minaj is slated as one of the headliners for the festival along with Liam Payne, Steve Aoki, R3 Wire & Varski.

The event will take place on July 18th.

The open letter implores Minaj and other performers to think about what performing in the country will mean.

“If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder.”

Lawyers for Minaj have not directly responded to requests for comment.

The HRF’s open letter criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The Crown Prince is financing the event and authorized Minaj’s performance, probably with a big fat check.

HRF also draws a stark contrast to Minaj’s support of the LGBTQ community .

“You recently celebrated Pride Week to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Yet, if you move forward with this performance, you will be condoning, and serving the public relations needs, of a government that executes homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being who they are.”

The HRF says the performance would be disastrous for a public figure of Minaj’s standing.

It will be interesting to see how she responds to the pressure.  Several high-profile singers and performers have faced public scrutiny over performing in Saudi Arabia.  , Enrique Iglesias, OneRepublic, and are just a few names who have performed in the Kingdom.

The Human Rights Foundation has been leading the charge on each of these call-outs, though they seem to be falling on deaf ears.

You can read the rest of the open letter here.

Yo Gotti Fights $6.6M Judgment Against Him For Bailing On Rap Collab

After a $6.6 million judgment against him for failing to perform a rap collab, Yo Gotti is asking a judge to vacate the settlement.

Judge Todd Burke of Forsyth Superior Court awarded the $6.6 million settlement to Michael Terry, manager of rapper Young Fletcher. The case was over a $20,000 payment — real name Mario Mims — was paid to perform a verse on Young Fletcher’s song. The deal was struck to bring attention to Young Fletcher as a relatively new rapper.

Yo Gotti never signed the paperwork for the song’s release, which means Young Fletcher couldn’t legally release the song. In the ruling, An affidavit filed with the lawsuit alleged that Yo Gotti’s performance would have helped Young Fletcher get more attention. The affidavit also says Yo Gotti attempted to get Fletcher to sign with his label, Epic Records.

A non-jury trial occurred last month, with Judge Burke ruling that Yo Gotti engaged in deceptive and unfair trade practices.

The ruling offered Fletcher $2.2 million in damages and then tripled that number to $6.6 million. Yo Gotti and his attorneys were not present at the trial on May 28th and filed no written letter in answer to the suit. The suit was filed in the Forsyth Superior Court on January 24th, 2018.

According to Yo Gotti’s attorneys, the rapper was never officially served with the lawsuit. Instead, a member of his security team received a complaint from the sheriff’s deputy. The security team member did not have the authority to accept the lawsuit on Yo Gotti’s behalf. Now his attorneys are asking the judge to vacate the $6.6 million judgments against him.

Yo Gotti never signed a side-artist agreement to allow the song’s release, despite Terry and Young Fletcher’s attempts to contact him. Yo Gotti even recorded a song with the verse he initially recorded for Young Fletcher’s song. Fletcher’s lawyers argue that releasing the verse makes it appear as though their plaintiff copied Yo Gotti, rather than collaborating with him.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Ex-Wife Mackenzie Pledges Half Of $35B Fortune To Charity

Jeff Bezos was dubbed the richest man in the world in 2018. Despite being so wealthy, he was apparently not as giving as you might seem. Earlier today, his ex-wife, Mackenzie Bezos, who received half the Amazon fortune, signed f the Giving Pledge.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Ex-Wife Mackenzie Pledges Half Of $35B Fortune To Charity
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Mackenzie Bezos revealed that she’ll be donating half her $35B Amazon fortune to charity over her lifetime in her will. It’s interesting since Jeff Bezos refused to decline it for years and now that Mackenzie’s divorced the Amazon founder, it appears as though she may have disagreed with their decision to sign the Giving Pledge. 

“We each come by the gifts we have to fer by an infinite series influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount money to share,” she wrote in a letter. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty,” she said in the letter which was published today.”

Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to praise his wife for the decision. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie,” he wrote.

"The Batman" With Robert Pattinson Will Reportedly Feature These Classic Villains

Reports are running rampant that Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman for DC and Warner Bros. The reports, coming from several news outlets all over the world, at first failed to mention one important fact. The deal has yet to be set in stone. While Pattinson is the front runner for the role, nothing has been made ficial. Although he is expected to take the role, Nicholas Hoult is also in the running to play the Caped Crusader. Hoult is no stranger to the comic book movie world since he played Beast in the X-Men movie series for the past 8 years. Now, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision Newsletter is reporting that two Batman’s most legendary villains are heading to the big screen for the DC reboot. 

The newsletter claims that director Matt Reeves is eyeing both Penguin and Catwoman as villains for the film. Reeves has teased that the film will feature a “rogues gallery” bad guys, and the script is reportedly based on the Year One comic series. In that comic, Batman is young and learning his way around crime fighting in Gotham. Many villains appear in the story, and Batman ten does have to deal with a handful enemies at once throughout his most epic tales. Penguin and Catwoman were both in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, and Catwoman resurfaced for The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. 

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline

Our suspicions have been confirmed. After witnessing a series cryptic wheat pastings inside the Rolling Loud grounds (Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium), festivalgoers have come to learn what they represent. Apparently, the symbol depicted on many the posters – a feminine half-head encrusted with a burning moon insignia, is at the center a brand package associated with Kid Cudi‘s new Adidas partnership.

As May 12, 2019, Adidas has stamped the product as ficial. Both sides have collaborated in a “freelance capacity” in the past, culminating in the release the TRESC run sneaker. The “feminine half head,” as it’s been described, will be present on everything they put out together, giving the Kid Cudi line its very own imprint, like a Jordan symbol.

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline


To mark this wondrous occasion, Adidas set up a special URL where would-be consumers/fans can ascribe to a newsletter informing them any updates along the way. Kid Cudi and Adidas hope to encourage “mental wellness through music, art, and design,” with every season or product reveal that leaves their desks. Part their promise to Kid Cudi, aside from an undisclosed salary, figures to be the launch footwear, and plenty gear to match. You can sign up for updates here.

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline


Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline


Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos

With Pride Month coming up in June, sneaker companies like Nike tend to show their support for the LGBT community by developing some sneakers to mark the occasion. Usually, these sneakers consist rainbow patterns which coincide with the look the pride flag. The Pride packs have been quite popular in the past and it appears as though this will be no different in 2019.

Nike’s latest Air Max model, the Air Max 720 will be getting a Pride makeover this year and it’s looking pretty clean based on the ficial images. The upper consists silver, while the air max unit is translucent and reveals a red layer underneath. As you go towards the inside the shoe, there are rainbow stripes with “AIR” written in white block letter inside them. The kicks have a blue Nike swoosh, while a branded tag hangs over the side. 

As right now, there is no ficial release date for the shoe but expect it to drop sometime in June for $180 USD, according to Sneaker Bar Detroit.

Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos


Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos


Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos


Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos


Action Bronson Shares The Letter He Wrote To Saddam Hussein In 1990

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a young child convinces himself that handwritten might alter the balance power zillions in nether regions the world where a bloody conflict is taking place. As this morning, we’ve come to learn that Action Bronson fits the very description I just outlined. Not only did he pen a letter to Saddam Hussein in 1990, in outlining his early pacifist approach to foreign diplomacy. As history would have it, Saddam Hussein was embroiled in the global conflict with the United States over the liberation Kuwait when the letter was written.

Action Bronson Shares The Letter He Wrote To Saddam Hussein In 1990

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Years after the dust had settled over the conflict, Operation Desert Shield came to be known for what it really was: a measure taken by the US government to protect Saudi oil reserves over a marauding Saddam. The trouble is, intervention efforts were misplaced by whoever set out to mail the letter in-person. It never left the work study.

Some years later, Action Bronson finally realized he’d fallen trap to a total sham job. Upon finding the letter encased in a souvenir box, Bronsolini quickly uploaded the media to his Instagram, along with a caption that reads, “!M PISSED BECAUSE THIS LETTER WAS NEVER SENT OUT. HANDWRITTEN IN 1990.” Bronsolini would inevitably find alternate means to affect the global political climate, by sneaking his vape pens across several enemy lines in the 2010s.