Charlamagne Tha God, T.I. & Shaka Senghor Discuss How To Fix The Criminal Justice System

Atlanta, GA – As criminal justice continues to be a hot topic, Charlamagne Tha God moderated a panel on the problems and fixes for the American criminal justice system with T.I. and historian Shaka Senghor.

During this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta, Charlamagne led the discussion “How Can We Fix the Criminal Justice System” with T.I. and Senghor. Each man told about their own prison experiences and how the prison can rehabilitate with the right adjustments. They spoke on the difficulties of post-prison life, the school-to-prison pipeline and improper sentencing.

“You create your own destiny,” T.I. stated after hearing Senghor talk about Oprah reading his book. “Each and every last one of you. There’s someone somewhere that has the same amount of problems you have, and won with them.”

Many Hip Hop artists like JAY-Z and Meek Mill have spoken out against the criminal justice system.  Mill has gone a step farther by becoming a criminal justice reform advocate. He has used his own experience with the system to speak on the subject.

The past few weeks have been eventful for both Charlamagne and T.I. Charlamagne was accused by Joe Budden on his podcast of helping Netflix to steal the concept for the rap competition show Rhythm and Flow while T.I. claimed Iggy Azalea “a tarnish” on his legacy.

Jay Z To Host Blackjack Tournament For Shawn Carter Foundation

To benefit his Shawn Carter Foundation, JAY-Z will reportedly be hosting a blackjack tournament down at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Nov. 15th. The event will include silent and live auctions and a blackjack tournament with a $100,000 buy-in, which JAY-Z will participate in, with a $500,000 jackpot for the winner.

Attendees can also spend $40,000 on a package that grants them VIP access for the weekend event. The black tie event may be invite-only, but reports suggest artists like Meek Mill, Rihanna and Beyoncé are all expected to attend. Additionally, Alicia Keys will perform the day after on Nov. 16 in a live concert that the hotel website describes as “an intimate one-time-only performance.”

JAY-Z launched the Shawn Carter Foundation with his mother, Gloria Carter, in 2003. The foundation fers multiple programs with educational opportunities for low-income students, such as the Scholarship Fund, College Prep, International Exchange and Study Abroad, Community and Goodwill programs and the Annual HBCU Bus Tour.

Proceeds from the gala will go towards the foundation’s fund. “Equipping our youth with the tools to succeed will always be a priority for me and my family,” JAY-Z said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing that mission at this year’s Shawn Carter Foundation Gala Weekend, where we’ll celebrate our scholars and continue to support young people in a meaningful way.”

Stream Kash Doll’s Debut Album ‘Stacked’

Ready set.

After earning a BET Award nomination for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, touring the country with Meek Mill, and collaborating on the Charlie’s Angels soundtrack, Kash Doll steps out with her highly-anticipated debut album Stacked.

The Detroit native shows her flirty side on the Lil Wayne-assisted “Kitten,” while celebrating her come-up on “Ready Set” featuring Big Sean. The 17 tracks also include collaborations with Summer Walker, Trey Songz, and Teyana Taylor.

“I’m so happy to be free! I’m so happy for the world to get to know who I am,” said the 27-year-old MC.

To coincide with the album, Kash Doll has also released a video for the album’s autobiographical opener “KD Diary,” which was shot in her hometown of Detroit.

Stream Stacked below.

The Game Readies Final Album ‘Born 2 Rap’ for November

The Game is gearing up for the final chapter.

After a series of delays, the Compton rapper has announced that his last album Born 2 Rap will now arrive in November his newly-launched imprint Prolific Records.

“To my day 1 fans & those waiting on the album…. I know I’ve been quiet but I’ve been grinding, tightening up the album for a November release,” he told his 11 million Instagram followers. “In the process, I started @prolificrecordsla & I will drop my last studio album #Born2Rap on this imprint.”

The album was previously due in October. In August, he dropped the Mad Max-inspired video for his street single “West Side” co-starring Dave East and Jackie Long.

Born 2 Rap marks Game’s ninth album and first since 2016’s 1992. Earlier this year, he previewed the project, including collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, and Snoh Aalegra.

“I put everything I had into this album,” he told fans. “My TRUE FANS deserve this CLASSIC!!!”

The Game Announces His Last Studio Album Drops Next Month

Los Angeles, CA – The Game is apparently done with the game. On Tuesday (October 15), the veteran MC hit up Instagram and announced his last studio album Born 2 Rap will arrive next month his new imprint, Prolific Records.

“Hood morning (no typo),” he wrote in the caption. “To my day 1 fans & those waiting on the album…. I know I’ve been quiet but I’ve been grinding, tightening up the album for a November release. In the process, I started @prolificrecordsla & I will drop my last studio album #Born2Rap on this imprint.

“I’ve created classic merch & here are a few of my favorites !!!! Go to theprolificrecords.com & shop NOW !!!! REAL FANS ONLY !!!! Get the merch before the album drop next month [CLICK THE LINK IN MY BIO] #Prolific.”

In June, Game explained why Born 2 Rap would be his final album during an interview with Power 106.

“It is the last album,” he said. “You know what man, 10 albums is good. No other rapper outside of Drake has more number one albums than me. We tied at nine. But, my album comes out, hopefully, he don’t throw no shit out before me!”

Nipsey Hussle and Meek Mill are among the guests expected to make the album.

Big Sean Enlists Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, & Meek Mill for New Album

Big Sean is back in beast mode.

As he gears up for the release of his fifth album this fall, the Detroit-bred rapper is revealing more details about the highly-anticipated project including some of his collaborators.

Post Malone appears on “Wolves,” a track about family, which also features ad-libs from A$AP Rocky. “[That song is about] my family growing up,” Sean tells Entertainment Weekly. “Everybody’s in there, my grandma, my mom, my brother — it’s like they were a pack of wolves and they were the sweetest and strongest. It’s one of my favorites on the album.”

Rocky also guests on another song with MadeinTYO. “Rocky had a verse on [‘Wolves’ originally], but he ended up doing the verse to another song that he and I felt fit a little better with the album,” he adds. “That’s another song I got with MadeinTYO. But I just kept it dialed-in throughout.”

In addition to “Single Again” and the A$AP Ferg-assisted “Bezerk,” Meek Mill and Diddy make cameos. “There’s a song where Meek Mill just says two lines, and Puff had a couple of lines,” reveals Sean.

For the first time, he also opens up about being diagnosed with a heart disease at the age of 19. “I couldn’t even walk from one side of the room to the other without getting super-tired,” he tells EW. “I passed out once in the shower and got rushed to the emergency room.”

He addresses the scary moment on “Lucky Me,” crediting his mother’s holistic medicine for curing him. “Lucky me, I was diagnosed with a heart disease at 19,” he raps. “Doctors said they had to cut it open put a pacemaker on it to put it back on beat / ‘Til my mother took me to holistic doctors and they prescribed me magnesium for two weeks / Went back to the regular doctors and they said, ‘Huh? damn, looks like we don’t need to proceed.’”

Sean does even more personal reflection throughout the album, his first solo project since 2017’s I Decided. “I took some time to work on myself and I was able to have a good therapist, good mentors,” he says. “I truthfully feel like it’ll really shine through on the full album.”

Meek Mill Redeems Himself On The Court With Slow-Mo Self Alley-Oop

Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill has been on a tear on the basketball court this week. While he might not be sinking too many jumpers or landing clutch dunks to close out the game, he can get flashy with his moves. His music peers clowned him after the artist shared a video himself going up for a slam dunk, failing hard and not achieving a pristine result. He knew that he would need a miracle in order to redeem himself and it would appear as though the basketball gods visited him during his slumber because he woke up with much better skills than the previous day.

Meek Mill was back on the court yesterday and he attempted to prove to his fans that he can indeed dunk the basketball. We’re not sure how many attempts were made as he filmed the perfect self alley-oop but the “Going Bad” rapper came through with a nice little f-the-glass finish. Slowing down the video for peak motion capture, Meek passed the ball to himself f the backboard and landed the shot with one hand, impressing the masses. Somehow, his boys are still roasting him though. 

DaBaby chimed in in the comments with a bunch laughing emojis while YFN Lucci had a stronger message. “That goal small af my boy I prolly can dunk that one,” wrote the Atlanta rapper.

Do you think you can take on Meek Mill in a game one-on-one?

Music Industry Gigs: FFRR, Spirit, Reform Alliance, Calm, SESAC, SME

Here’s a recap of recent executive shuffles — including both hirings and in-house promotions — from across the music industry.

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Full Frequency Range Recordings (FFRR), which is a dance imprint of Warner Music that was founded in 1986 by DJ Pete Tong, has appointed A&R executive and DJ Andy Daniell as its new president. Daniell previously worked for Defected Records, which is a British independent label.

Smack has promoted Robin Palmer. She will become the company’s chief creative officer, where she will be responsible for managing and developing the company’s roster of songwriters.

Spirit Music Nashville has announced that Kara Jackson and Katie Flynn have both joined the company as creative directors. They will report to Frank Rogers, who is the company’s CEO. Jackson previously worked as a creative coordinator for BMG while Flynn was a catalog manager for Universal Music Group.

Former Director of Brand Partnerships at Universal Music Group Courtney Phillips has just joined Calm as Head of Music. Calm is a top sleep and meditation app.

Sony Music Entertainment has just tapped Maciej Woć as its Managing Director for Sony Music Entertainment Poland and Eastern Europe.  He will be reporting into Daniel Lieberberg, president of Sony Music for Continental Europe and Africa.

The Syndicate has hired Billy Burrs as its senior vice president of artist development and global commerce, which is a newly created role at the company. Burrs previously worked at RCA, where for 15 years he was the company’s senior vice president of rock music.

SiriusXM announced the hiring of Denise Karkos as its chief marketing officer. She was previously the chief marketing officer at TD Ameritrade, and she will be responsible for the marketing efforts of both SiriusXM and Pandora.

The Reform Alliance, which is headed by Jay-Z and Meek Mill, announced that it has hired Bob Pilon as its president and chief growth officer. Pilon was previously the chief development & partnerships officer for ONE, which is an international advocacy and campaigning organization that Bono co-founded.

Elsewhere in the music industry, SESAC Nashville announced that it had promoted Lydia Schultz and ET Brown to senior directors, creative services. Schultz, who joined the organization in 2016, will manage the organization’s country genre while Brown, who joined in 2009, will manage Americana and pop/rock genres. Both will report to Sam Kling, who is the senior vice president of creative operations.

We Are Hear has hired Nanci Walker as its head of music publishing and film & TV. She will also be an A&R consultant and will report to Linda Perry, who is the founder of the company. Walker previously held A&R positions with Columbia Records, peermusic, Island Def Jam and UMPG.

Meek Mill & His Alleged GF Take Romantic Trip To The Islands

For months, Meek Mill has been rumored to be dating streetwear brand owner Milano Di Rouge. The two have made appearances on each other’s social priles and although they’ve never truly admitted whether or not they’re dating, they have made it clear that they are good friends. Milan and Meek seem to be enjoying an early week getaway because, from the looks their separate uploads, they were in the same tropical location at the same time, leading fans to believe they’re definitely more than just buddies.

Meek Mill & His Alleged GF Take Romantic Trip To The Islands
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The sleuths over at The Shade Room were doing what they always do… stalking celebrities and trying to find out more about their personal lives. Meek Mill was their target this weekend. The Philadelphia rapper posted a video himself by a gorgeous pool in a sunny destination and right away, their spies took to Milano’s page to see what she was up to. Surprisingly enough, she was also sharing shots with the same view, meaning that they were likely together in their vacation paradise. 

Neither Meek nor Milan have confirmed that they were together but from the look the videos below, it’s pretty clear that they were. Do you think they’re dating? Has Meek finally found the right one for him? We’re crossing our fingers!

Justin Timberlake Reveals Lizzo, Meek Mill, & SZA Collaborations

Justin Timberlake is lining up some big-name collaborations.

It’s been a year-and-a-half since his last album, but the singer is back in the studio cooking up some heat. During an interview with “Entertainment Tonight,” JT revealed that he has collaborated with Meek Mill, SZA, and Lizzo.

“I just called my publishers and I said, ‘I just wanna work with young, fresh people, and I want to collaborate more,’” he said. “I’ve been songwriting and producing for so long, I wanna experience that energy and I wanna work with people that I think are truly amazing and Lizzo came by.”

He met the “Truth Hurts” rapper at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in June. “I was like, ‘I’m such a fan. If you ever wanna write…’ I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple of ideas and I don’t know when they’re gonna come out, but they’re pretty good.”

So what can fans expect from their collabo? “It’s flames. It is so good. I’m so excited about it,” said Timberlake, who shared footage from their studio sessions on social media.

He’s also been in the lab with SZA and Meek Mill. “I’m having these experiences that are fueling me in such a different way,” he said. “I think it was really birthed out of what can I do right now to just be a part of my community and integrate.”

SZA previously spoke about connecting with the “Cry Me a River” singer. “Before I was like, ‘What the f**k am I doing in the studio with Justin Timberlake right now? This is crazy,’” she told Kerwin Frost. “But when I heard his music and we started singing together… It’s like, ‘Oh, we speak the same language. The same frequency.’ Our ears speak the same language. I understood where he was going before he could finish a run.”

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Meek Mill Shamelessly Shoots His Shot And Misses

Meek Mill, known as “one rap’s few voices for the everyman” by the Rolling Stones, just posted a video showcasing his basketball skills on Instagram. To our surprise, he isn’t any good. The North Philadelphia rapper always makes waves when it comes to music, but apparently he can’t dunk a ball into the nest to save his life. 

He’s a man humor, and can laugh at himself in times like this, which is what makes us love him. Mill is hard ball whose been through a lot in his life, and he depicts that struggle beautifully in his music. When it comes to making jokes, and joking about himself, the rapper never fails to make us smile. 

The Instagram post is a slow-motion video Meek Mill running to dunk a basketball, making us believe he’s about to make it — but hilariously misses the shot, while cracking a smile. He captions the video, ”when you shoot ya shot but you not really fully lit yet 😂😂😂😂 I was disappointed when I came down lol.” He claims he was disappointed, and a lot may find embarrassing, but anyone who can laugh at themselves is a winner. It’s just a post, not meant to showcase his basketball skills, but to make people laugh in a world in need laughter. 

He was recently featured on a couple legendary albums, including Wale’s Wow… that’s crazy, and he’s collaborated with Justin Timberlake. This just shows that the North Philadelphia rapper is multi-faceted, is there anything he can’t do? — besides dunking a ball.

Justin Timberlake Speaks On New Music With Meek Mill & SZA

The last we’ve heard Justin Timberlake dropping new music, we reported on him possibly working with Lizzo. Indeed, rumors a collaboration between the two first sparked after both Justin Timberlake and Lizzo shared a video themselves amidst a jam session this past Thursday. Moreover, Timberlake captioned the creative moment with the following: “Lizzo flames, brb.” On the other hand, the “Truth Hurts” artist posted the same video her Instagram story with the words “Did some Rap Sh*t wiff JT.” And now, reports from HipHopNMore confirm that JT will not only be collaborating with Lizzo, but also Meek Mill and SZA.

“I just called my publishers and I said, ‘You know, I just want to work with young, fresh people, and I want to collaborate more. I’ve been songwriting and producing for so long — I want to experience that energy, and I want to work with people that I think are truly amazing,” shared Justin. He also spoke on his upcoming collaboration with Lizzo: “I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple ideas,” he teased. “I’m not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio. If she wants to tell you she can, but it’s flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it.” There happens to be unreleased music featuring Meek Mill and SZA. So, this is definitely exciting news and we can’t wait to hear. 

The Game Pines For The Days When Snitches Still Got Stitches

The Game is no stranger to a gangbanger’s lifestyle. Having been one the most popular Blood-repping rappers in hip-hop history, Game has long been associated with his gang ties, thus earning respect from the streets and his peers alike. And yet it’s been over a decade since his introduction to the industry, and times have changed. Where a buzzing single was worth its weight in gold, today has social media antics as the dominant currency. As such, record labels have taken to salivating at the slightest hint controversy, which in turn led to 6ix9ine securing a massive post-prison deal upon his release.

The Game Pines For The Days When Snitches Still Got Stitches

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The news left several key figures feeling disheartened, from Meek Mill to The Game. Himself no stranger to sparking controversy the Gram, albeit never at the cost his moral code, Game has weighed in on young Tekashi’s recent good fortunes. “It used to be #SnitchesGetStitches,” he begins, like a wistful father lamenting the days a nickel Bazooka Joe. “These days its #SnitchesGetRecordDeals.”

Not only does the former have a nicer ring to it, but it remains in keeping with hip-hop principles and traditions that have kept the genre moving for generations. And now, with snitches looking to prosper in a new era, all bets are indeed f. What might hip-hop look like in twenty-years, should this timeline reach its logical conclusion?

NYPD Wants Casanova, Pop Smoke & More Removed From Rolling Loud Lineup

Queens, NY – The Fader has obtained a letter from the New York City Police Department requesting several acts be removed from the Rolling Loud Festival lineup, including Casanova, Pop Smoke, Sheff G, Don Q and 22GZ.

The event takes place on Saturday (October 12) and Sunday (October 12) at the Citi Field in Queens but because of each artist’s alleged gang affiliations, the NYPD doesn’t want them to participate.

The letter reads in part, “The above listed performers have been affiliated with recent acts of violence citywide. The New York City Police Department believes if these individuals are allowed to perform, there will be a higher risk of violence. I look forward to working with you in an effort to keep this event safe.”

NYPD Wants Casanova, Pop Smoke & More Removed From Rolling Loud Lineup

Rolling Loud co-founder Tariq Cherif explained Twitter the festival organizers will still pay every artist their full performance fees and try to book them at other Rolling Loud festivals around the country.

“I can’t speak on this much,” he wrote. “but I want everyone to know that we are still paying all of those artists full booking fees AND sending them offers for future Rolling Loud’s in other cities.”

Rolling Loud has a packed lineup this weekend. Travis Scott, Wu-Tang Clan, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky and Lil Uzi Vert are just a handful of the acts booked for the event.

Meek Mill Finds Life Inspiration In Throwback Diddy Videos

Diddy‘s Instagram page is a place inspiration. Whether it’s just bits knowledge he drops or passion-fueled rants, there’s enough recorded documentation to have daily inspirational quotes from Diddy in a calendar. Now, in all seriousness, Diddy’s a legend and if there’s anything you can learn from him, it’s how he’s stayed hungry and hustled harder in the decades he’s been in the game.

When you look at some the top rappers this generation, the majority, if not all them, would say that Diddy has been an inspiration to them. He got it out the mud, launched Bad Boy and expanded his empire past music into television, film, and more. Meek Mill is among those who’s expressed his aspiration to reach the levels someone like Diddy or Jay-Z. Meek took to Instagram to share some his emotions which are encapsulated in a timeless video Diddy wearing a Von Dutch shirt.

“What’s next? What’s next? I gotta get it, I’m not going to stay fuckin’ down. I’m not going to stay fuckin’ lying down. I’m not, I can’t do that, man. I can’t do that. What’s next? Give me something else. What can’t you do? I can do it,” Diddy says in the throwback clip. Meek simply captioned the video, “This how I feel inside…..”

It’s lovely that Meek is motivated and all but he did promise us a summer pack that he never actually dropped. Perhaps he should drop that f before getting carried away in whatever other venture he plans on pursuing. (Just kidding, Meek. Please drop that pack, though)