Romeo Miller Faces Off With Angela Simmons & Boogie Dash On "GUHH"

WEtv is kicking out these seasons  Growing Up Hip Hop. The show has been faced with major changes now that Romeo Miller and his father Master P have stepped away from the series. Fans will now get a glimpse into what led up to the hip hop mogul family deciding that they no longer wanted to be associated with the franchise.

Romeo Miller Faces Off With Angela Simmons & Boogie Dash On "GUHH"
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A trailer for the new season  Growing Up Hip Hop was released on Friday (March 27) and the show is certainly turning up the drama. Pepa and Treach’s daughter Egypt Criss finds herself at odds with her friends over her fiancé Sam. Things even come to blows with Briana Latrise, former step-daughter to Mary J. Blige. While things kick up with that storyline, the tit-for-tat between Angela Simmons and Romeo rages on

The Millers suggested that Romeo was doing the right thing with Angela, especially because he could have taken advantage her while she was morning the death her son’s father, Sutton Tennyson. In a later scene, Romeo and Master P are confronted by others like Dame Dash’s son Boogie Dash and Eazy-E’s son Lil Eazy-E. Things get heated during the talk and Percy Miller wasn’t about to have anything go left in his presence. Check out the trailer for the explosive season below including Dame getting arrested and speaking about the accusations against him.

Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Package Into Law

President Trump has officially signed the much-anticipated $2.2 trillion aid package (the CARES Act) into law. The stimulus, which is the largest in American history, provides support to medical facilities, businesses, and individuals who are struggling because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) reached a compromise on the stimulus bill earlier this week. Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously (96-0, with the missing four senators in self-quarantine because of COVID-19) to pass the measure, thereby sending it to the House of Representatives.

House members were expected to vote on the far-reaching financial-support plan early this morning, but the process was delayed by Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie, who protested the bill’s cost and perceived lack of benefits for individuals. Many lawmakers had to double back to the Capitol, and Representative Massie’s request for a roll call vote (one wherein each member’s response is recorded) was overruled in favor of a simple voice vote.

After these last-minute dramatics, President Trump promptly signed the legislation into law. As , the $2.2 trillion stimulus includes extended unemployment benefits for freelancers and salaried workers, small-business loans, bailout funds for distressed companies, approximately $100 billion for hospitals, $1,200 payments for the majority of American adults, and other recovery-minded elements.

Prominent music industry figures appear to be satisfied with the stimulus’s assistance for artists.

Speaking of the CARES Act, BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill said: “We are extremely pleased that the federal stimulus package will offer relief to America’s songwriters and composers, who are, in many cases, our nation’s ultimate small businesses.”

Recording Academy interim CEO Harvey Mason Jr., for his part, said, “The Recording Academy thanks the Congressional leaders who worked with the music community to craft a bill that allows the music to play on.”

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to prevent many Americans, and particularly musicians and others who work with crowds, from earning a living.

The United States has reported the most COVID-19 cases of any country in the world, chiefly because a substantial number of tests have been administered. To be sure, a recent study conducted by Icelandic doctors found that more than half of COVID-19 carriers will exhibit no symptoms whatsoever.

These individuals are still capable of transferring the virus, however, and a large segment of the U.S. population—and the world—remains in self-isolation and lockdown as a result. President Trump hopes to “open the country up” by Easter, potentially by further upping testing and curtailing COVID-19 restrictions in areas that have experienced relatively few cases.

Jon Jones’ Arrest Caught On Tape With Police Body-Cam

Jon Jones was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Thursday morning and was hit with three charges. The main charges had to do with driving while intoxicated, as well as negligent use a deadly weapon. Jones was found in his jeep while a firearm and half-empty bottle tequila were next to him. Police were prompted to approach his vehicle after a report that he had allegedly shot f a round.

According to TMZ, the video the arrest has been made public thanks to body-cam footage taken by one the ficers. In the video below, Jones appears to be slurring his words as he explains that he needed to get out the house because the pandemic is making him go stir-crazy.

“I literally just got stir-crazy,” Jones said. “I just wanted to have a drive. This is my first drive in 2 weeks. And, I saw these homeless guys. I was being nice to them, having a conversation with them, treating them like humans.”

After being arrested, Jones began to cry as he was escorted into the police vehicle. It was then that he admitted he was scared for his family and even said he wanted to be a police ficer growing up.

Stay tuned for updates on this story as we will be sure to bring them to you.

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Netflix Creates $100 Million Relief Fund for Production Crew Members

Netflix Creates $100 Million Relief Fund for Production Crew Members

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Netflix has established a $100 million fund to assist on-set crew members financially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In keeping with a nationwide shutdown, Netflix halted the production of its many television shows and films earlier this month. And while the decision was tough for actors and fans, on-set professionals, including makeup artists, electricians, sound technicians, camerapersons, and more, found themselves in a particularly difficult position. Like artists, they were (and are) temporarily unable to earn a living.

The majority of the $100 million aid package will be distributed among Netflix employees; the content-streaming giant creates a multitude of programs, from The Witcher to Stranger Things, in-house. These payments will come in addition to the two weeks’ salary that Netflix previously promised cast and crew members.

Plus, Netflix has donated $15 million from the fund to third-party charities that are providing relief to film and television crew members, besides pledging several million dollars yet to other COVID-19 assistance organizations, including SAG-AFTRA’s COVID-19 Disaster Fund.

It’s likely that Netflix’s $100 million fund—and other film and television industry support efforts—will indirectly benefit the music community.

With the production of new shows and movies having halted because of the pandemic, licensing opportunities, and particularly sync, have experienced a corresponding drop off. The more relief visual-media employees receive, the better they’ll be able to weather the financial implications of the pandemic.

The House of Representatives was expected to vote on a $2.2 trillion stimulus package this morning; the legislation will provide unemployment benefits if passed in its current form, as it’s widely expected to be. At the time of this writing, however, Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie was stalling the vote because he believes that the bill is lacking in its support of individuals and is wasteful.

In the music community, , , , Rihanna, and others have stepped up to assist those who’re suffering—financially and otherwise—because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Curly Neal, Harlem Globetrotters Legend, Dies At 77

If you grew up in the 70s and 80s, you got to experience the peak the Harlem Globetrotters. The team was known for having some the most talented basketball players in the world. They were and still are a traveling act that always comes through with some insane tricks out on the basketball court. One the most celebrated members the Harlem Globetrotters was Curly Neal who was known for his handles and infectious personality. 

Unfortunately, Neal died on Thursday morning at the age 77. Immediately after the news his death, Jeff Munn, the Globetrotters general manager, took to Twitter to fer a statement on the death a beloved star.

“We have lost one the most genuine human beings the world has ever known,” Munn said. “Curly’s basketball skill was unrivalled by most, and his warm heart and huge smile brought joy to families worldwide.”

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also fered some condolences saying: “Hard to express how much joy Curly Neal brought to my life growing up. RIP to a legend.” It’s clear that Neal had a huge impact on many people’s lives and he will certainly be missed in the basketball community.

RIP to a legend.

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U.S. Officially Has More Coronavirus Cases Than Italy & China

Yesterday, we reported on how the United States was posed to overtake two the countries that have been hit worse by the Coronavirus pandemic, that is, Italy and China. Well, shortly after that, it did indeed happen.

This morning, alongside news that even U.K’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has tested positive for Coronavirus, we also received news that the United States is ficially ahead Italy and China with confirmed Coronavirus cases. Around the world, countries are doing their best efforts to flatten the curve, that is to say, stifle the amount new cases on a daily basis and slow the spread the virus and disease in order to put less a burden on the economy and perhaps more importantly, people.

Where China has a reported 81,000 cases COVID-19, and Italy has approximately 80,000, United States is said to have accumulated 82,000 confirmed cases the deadly virus. This is according to a report from John Hopkins University, where they’re tracking the grand tally cases. The U.S. has reported 1,200 deaths due to the Coronavirus– 400 those in New York, whereas Italy has an astounding 8,200 deaths. 

A record-breaking amount Americans have applied for unemployment amid all this, as we reported yesterday those numbers reached an all-time high– 3.3 million Americans.

We’re hoping that everyone is staying safe out there, and staying at home as much as possible, as we all do our part to help quell this pandemic.

Lizzo’s DJ Sophia Eris Firmly Establishes Her Independence With ‘KDJA’ Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Being Lizzo’s touring DJ comes with plenty of notoriety, but Sophia Eris is a talented singer in her own right. On Thursday (March 26), Eris unveiled a new visual for “KDJA,” which was inspired by a celebrated 90’s sitcom and finds the Minneapolis-based artist singing her heart out.

“I wrote ‘KDJA’ after a break-up while being heavily inspired by the show Living Single, specifically the character Khadijah,” Elis tells HipHopDX. “I wanted an anthem to provide confidence and strength while moving forward into independence.”

Over the past eight years, Eris’ tireless work ethic has taken her from a respected solo artist to an international touring DJ with Lizzo and morning show host at Go 95.3FM. The GRRRL PRTY member has also collaborated with Prince, appeared on the Power Rangers soundtrack, released a solo EP and performed at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

She’s now focused on her solo debut, Trapper Keeper, which is produced by Doomtree vet Lazerbeak and Twin City veteran Bionik (Ice-T, Aceyalone, Far East Movement).

Lizzo's DJ Sophia Eris Firmly Establishes Her Independence With 'KDJA' Video

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Produced by longtime collaborator Prophis, “KDJA” serves as a one-0ff while she’s finalizes her inaugural album.

Trapper Keeper is expected to arrive this spring. Until then, check out the video up top.

Scarface Tells Willie D He Has COVID-19

Scarface has joined the growing list of people to test positive for COVID-19. The legendary MC told fellow Geto Boys member Willie D about his difficult experience with the coronavirus in an interview on Willie’s YouTube channel on Thursday (March 26).

“This whole three weeks has been an ordeal, Will,” Scarface said. “It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever done and seen in my life. Like I’ve been to the point where I just felt like I was gonna die, bro. I threw up so much until it was just like hot sauce. Like your gases and shit in your stomach, yo acids, it’s hot. I didn’t have no food in my stomach, man. It was just coming up like bile, bro. I could breathe, Will.”

Scarface’s situation has become precarious because he’s also dealing with kidneys problems. He told Willie his coronavirus issues are preventing him from finding out what’s wrong with his kidneys.

“I got to feeling really, really, really bad, Will,” he recalled. “I started off with pneumonia in both of my lungs. Three, four days later, my kidneys failed. Three or four days after that, they tell me I can’t move out the quarantine … I gotta wait till this subsides so I can go see what’s going on with my kidneys now.”

Willie asked his longtime rap partner to detail his multi-week ordeal to get properly diagnosed. According to Face, he’s been in and out of the hospital.

“I woke up Sunday morning,” he explained. “I had a itch in my throat, called my doctor. He got me some Z-Pak and Prednisone. Take that, take that, take that. Come Thursday, my fever just kicks in; bam! 100, 101, 102, 103 [degrees]. Fever going up out the roof, right? It’s Thursday.”

He continued, “Then Friday, Saturday, Sunday, I go to the ER. I get in there. I’m freezing to death. They stick these needles in my arm and started running me IVs. Through my IV, they bring antibiotics through my veins. Through my IV, I couldn’t take it. So, they run me three or four bags a day of that shit. I leave. I go in Sunday, Monday, I’m out Tuesday. That next Friday, I’m back in sitting [there] even sicker.”

Scarface Tells Willie D He Has COVID-19

Slim Thug Says He’s Tested Positive For COVID-19: ‘It’s Real Out Here’

Scarface finally got some clarity this past week, learning he had COVID-19.

“So, I stay in [the hospital] until Sunday,” he noted. “They swab my nose trying to find out if I got coronavirus. Come back in there again that next Wednesday, Thursday. Nothing! Last night, they call me to tell me at 11:30 at night that I tested positive for the COVID-19.”

Check out Scarface’s full conversation with Willie below.

Scarface Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Brad Terrence Jordan, better known as the rapper Scarface, has ficially tested positive for the coronavirus. The news was revealed during a live stream between Face and his Geto Boys partner Willie D, who appeared visibly shaken by the unfortunate news. Scarface came through to provide an update about his experience dealing with the virus, claiming that his past three weeks have been an “ordeal,” an understatement to be sure. 

Scarface Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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“It’s the craziest shit I’ve ever done and seen in my life,” explains Scarface. “I’ve been to the point where I thought I was going to die, bro. I threw up so much until it was just hot sauce. Like your gas and acids don’t sit in your stomach. I didn’t have no food in my stomach, it was coming up like bile, bro. I couldn’t breathe well. I was Hazmat, homie.”

“I got to feeling really really really bad,” he continues. “It started f with pneumonia in both my lungs. Three-four days later my kidneys failed. Three or four days after that they told me I can’t move, I’m quarantined. I gotta wait until it subsides so I can wait and see what goes on with my kidneys now.”

Scarface also confirms that he’s been staying away from his family, with Willie joking that his house is big enough to make that an easy feat. Through the laughter comes a hard reality. “I’m saying Will, it’s a cold thing big homie,” says Face. “Let me save your life man. Don’t play no games man. I woke up Sunday morning, I had an itch in my throat. I called my doctor, he got me a z-pack and some Prednisone. Come Thursday, my fever kicks in like bam. One hundred one, one hundred two. Fever going up out the ro. Friday, Saturday, Sunday I go to the ER. I get in there, freezing to death. They stick these needles in my arm and start running me IVs.” 

Check out Scarface’s emotional talk with Willie D below, and send the legendary rapper your thoughts, prayers, and positive vibes. 

Jon Jones Hit With DWI And Gun Charge Arrest In New Mexico

Jon Jones is a legendary UFC fighter who will most likely go down as the greatest fighter to ever do it. Unfortunately, he has had his fair share problems with the law. According to TMZ, Jones faced yet another issue as he was arrested in the early hours Thursday morning in New Mexico. He was hit with charges Driving While Intoxicated, Possession an Open Container, and Negligent Use a Deadly Weapon.

This all started when police responded to a report that someone had fired f a weapon at 1 AM in Albuquerque. Once cops got onto the scene, they found Jones sitting in his new Jeep where he appeared to be heavily intoxicated and even smelled alcohol. After doing a search the car, they found a handgun and a bottle tequila that appeared to be half-empty.

Jon Jones Hit With DWI And Gun Charge Arrest In New Mexico

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A breathalyzer test was performed on Jones and as you can imagine, he failed twice. As right now, this story is still developing so we will make sure to give you the latest updates as soon as they become available.

Jones’ last fight was a win against Dominick Reyes to keep his undefeated record. It remains to be seen how the UFC will react to this latest legal trouble.

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$2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill Offers Unemployment Support to Artists

The Senate’s $2.2 trillion stimulus package contains support provisions for gig workers and freelancers, in addition to measures designed to help small businesses, individuals, and others.

Yesterday, the Senate voted unanimously (96-0) in approval of the legislation, which has been sent to the House of Representatives for a vote that’s expected to take place tomorrow morning. It’s anticipated that the House will also vote in favor of the financial-relief plan, and President Trump has indicated that he will sign the massive aid package into law once it reaches his desk.

The stimulus package is set to bolster unemployment benefits for four months, extend unemployment protection for 13 additional weeks, and forward these advantages to non-traditional employees—that is, freelancers and gig workers, artists and musicians among them.

Addressing the stimulus package in a statement, Chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier said: “We applaud Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Secretary Mnuchin, and all Members of the Senate and the Administration…The music community always steps up to help Americans get through trying times and circumstances, and this legislation steps up to help our community face unique circumstances during this national emergency.”

CEO Glazer then said that his organization, which represents America’s leading record labels, was “grateful” for the stimulus package’s offering emergency unemployment benefits to artists.

Glazier, who has worked for the RIAA for two decades, further commended the aid package’s other provisions, including small-business loans, and closed by stating: “We know the power of music will help us get through this crisis, but we also know that economic pain will continue to cut even deeper in the weeks and months ahead. We look forward to working with the House to get this relief across the finish line as quickly as possible.”

The aforementioned small-business loans extend risk-free cash to local companies in exchange for their not laying off employees. A Federal Reserve-controlled $425 billion fund will be used to support distressed businesses, but aid recipients must meet comparatively stringent requirements (that is, compared to the requirements associated with the 2008 bailout).

Finally, the $2 trillion stimulus package will provide hospitals with $100 billion and most American adults who earn $75,000 or less with $1,200 payments.

Much of the described financial assistance, and particularly the small-business loans, boosted unemployment benefits, and individual payments, will become available very quickly after the stimulus package is signed into law.

Will Smith Shows Joyner Lucas Major Love

Regardless how you might feel about Joyner Lucas‘ staggered approach to releasing ADHD, the experiment’s conclusion is nearly at an end; the project is set to arrive in full this Friday, with the full tracklist having arrived earlier this morning. On that note, Joyner also happened to drop f the aptly-titled single “Will,” a flute-driven bop penned in loving dedication to the man, the myth, the (I Am) legend — Will Smith. 

Will Smith Shows Joyner Lucas Major Love

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To further intensify the homage, “Will” came complete with an elaborate video, in which Joyner dons several Smith’s iconic cinematic looks. From Jim West to Agent J, Smith’s entire film career is given the slideshow treatment, bolstered by several referential lyrics from the ADHD rapper. “I’m in Cali with a vest, that’s the wild Wild West,” he raps, sliding in a reference to the t-maligned yet strangely appealing steampunk western. “They must not know me, they cannot control me ’cause I ain’t no I, Robot,” he continues, before declaring Smith to be his idol. “Yeah, I grew up on a legend and I gotta show it.” 

It didn’t take long for word the track to reach Smith’s ears, and the iconic actor took to Instagram to return the love back to Joyner. “Joyner Lucas, yo, that joint is crazy.!” he declares, his quarantine beard in full-effect. “Dude, I am humbled and honored. One the lines you say in there, ‘you inspire people and you don’t even know it.’ It has been my intention from day one to go into the world and put positive energy and be able to use my creations to inspire and elevate and empower. I just love what you’ve done, it’s creative. Brother, I’m humbled and hope to meet you one day.” 

Who knows — perhaps when all this madness is over, the pair will sit down for a beer and some good conversation. Are you excited for that ADHD album?

Da Brat Calls Bow Wow "Spoiled" While Discussing His "GUHH" Exit

She’s respected as being like a big sister to him, so if anyone knows what’s going on with Bow Wow, it’s Da Brat. Earlier this month, Bow Wow shared with the world that he was exiting WEtv’s Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta. “We on to bigger and better things! @angelasimmons lets do the unthinkable #history,” the rapper wrote on his Instagram Story. He went on to say the WEtv needed to get their ducks in a row. “Get yall sh*t together! Until then WE OUT! aint no show w out Bow know that! Good luck.

Da Brat Calls Bow Wow "Spoiled" While Discussing His "GUHH" Exit
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While recording a segment for the Ricky Smiley Morning Show, Da Brat addressed the rumors. “Chile, Bow Wow go back and forth,” she said. “He quit one day, he there the next… He does have a lotta things in the works. He’s got movies and he’s doing all kinda stuff but this is his baby. He’s an executive producer] on this show, too. So I don’t think he’s gonna wanna get rid this check.”

She went on to call Bow “spoiled,” but that’s a title she’s hit him with in the past. When the Millennium Tour 2020 headliner made the announcement about leaving the series, they were in the middle production, so something may have happened that rubbed him the wrong way. “He might not come back this time, we don’t know,” Da Brat added. “It ain’t sad. He got a lotta stuff. Don’t be sad for him.” Watch the clip below.

Hitmaka’s Assault Accuser Denies Being Part Of A Home Invasion

Los Angeles, CA – Hitmaka’s alleged assault victim has denied she took part in a home invasion. In a statement obtained by The Blast, the woman, Talia Tilley, is adamant the VP of A&R at Atlantic Records physically assaulted her and there was nothing more to it.

“I want to respond to the allegations that are being made against me,” Tilley said in the statement. “They are completely false. At no time during the assault on me were the police ever called to his residence about any robbery or suspicious activity happening in his backyard. I have not and would never be a part of what I am being accused of. I was in fact the only person physically hurt and the only person that called the police that morning.”

She added, I’m an honest, decent woman from a military family. I’ve always had a good character and people who know me personally would never question that. I have never threatened anyone nor committed any crime.”

The alleged incident took place at a private residence in Los Angeles earlier this month. Tilley reportedly told police Hitmaka pistol whipped her, which resulted in a trip to Cedar-Sinai Hospital.

Last week, Hitmaka’s attorney issued a statement claiming the alleged assault was part of an elaborate plot to rob his client.

“Even though it was late and approximately 50 degrees outside, Ms. Tilley strangely suggested they get in the hot tub,” the statement read. “Mr. Ward declined her request. After some physical intimacy, Ms. Tilley made a calculated, unprovoked attack on Mr. Ward, slapping and punching him repeatedly. Mr. Ward defended himself against the attack.

“In the middle of the assault by Ms. Tilley, the security alarm for the back door of Mr. Ward’s house went off. The ADT security company has records of the alarm, and the home security company Ring captured video footage of two armed assailants jumping the fence into Mr. Ward’s backyard, while a third man acted as a lookout. The robbers were unable to get into the house because the back door was secured by a heavy chain with a lock.”

Tilley also stated the Los Angeles Police Department is actively pursuing an investigation and revealed she’s retained high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom who represented actress Janice Dickinson in her defamation case against Bill Cosby as well as actress Mischa Barton in her revenge case.

“I can’t describe the amount of physical and emotional pain that I am suffering from, the embarrassment of everything being said against me, most of all the false accusations. My life has been turned upside down. I’ve also lost my means of earning a living as a model, and my credibility in this industry has been stained.

Hitmaka’s Assault Accuser Denies Being Part Of A Home Invasion

Hitmaka Says Alleged Pistol-Whipping Assault Was Actually ‘Calculated Attack’ On Him

“The LAPD is currently investigating this crime and I am freely and willingly providing them with anything to prove my innocence of what happened that morning. As of now I have retained counsel and am being represented by Lisa Bloom. My family and I will not rest until I get justice.”

Tilly currently has a temporary restraining order against Hitmaka.

Tory Lanez Roasts Drake For Coronavirus Test

Tory Lanez has a history trolling his friend Drake. The two haven’t always been on the best terms but, in recent years, they turned their competitive feud around and became the best buds. Usually, the two Toronto natives can be found in the comments section Instagram, playfully roasting one another with jokes that hit pretty close to home. That was the case again this morning when Tory Lanez brought up Drake’s highly-publicized coronavirus test.

After hanging out with Kevin Durant, who tested positive for COVID-19, Drake took measures into his own hands and made a responsible decision, getting tested for the coronavirus and revealing that it had come back negative. Tory Lanez thinks the star is capping though, as evidenced by his response to the matter on social media.

Sharing a photo himself at a Euphoria event, Drake looked ahead but Tory Lanez was focused on the present.

“When u said u tested negative for corona but u tested positive .. and only u know,” wrote Tory as a caption. In the picture, Drake definitely does look like he could be holding in a secret mischievously.

Always good for a few laughs, Tory and Drake’s camaraderie fails to disappoint. Especially during a time like this, it’s important to keep a smile on your face and your spirits high. This will get better.

Tory Lanez Roasts Drake For Coronavirus Test