G Herbo Arrested In Atlanta For Battery After Altercation With Baby Mama

Atlanta, GA – G Herbo has found himself behind bars once again after being arrested and charged with battery on Wednesday (April 18) in Atlanta, Georgia.

TMZ reports that Herbo was arrested after an argument with his baby mama, Ariana Fletcher, escalated allegedly turning physical.

The Atlanta police department says that the couple was arguing early Wednesday morning when Herbo assaulted Fletcher and left the scene with their child, later returning. Fletcher sustained minor scratches from the altercation.

Unfortunately, this is not Herbo’s first run-in with the law.

The Chicago rapper had recently been released from jail on March 1 following his arrest alongside two other men for the possession of an illegal firearm in February.

Herbo is currently still in jail. His bond is set at $2,000.

Kelly Rowland Heralds Beyonce "The Genius" In Appreciative "Homecoming" Tribute

It’s all in writing, so don’t bother trying to play spoiler. Kelly Rowland is proud her former ringleader Beyonce for churning out a memorable homecoming performance on her latest live album. Rowland began her special dedication to Bey by revealing that she’d never gone to college because it put her in line for a boot camp line other, run by Matthew and Beyonce Knowles no less.

Even so, Kelly appears to be eternally grateful for the way things played out. She expressed her gratitude in an Instagram earlier this morning, a post containing a video her and her sisters on the big stage, synched over a finite loop Beyonce’s “Baby Boy.” Much to her dismay, Michelle Williams’ once again gets cast aside with the chips on the table.

“Thank you sis, for an experience I WILL NEVER FORGET! I love you, genius! If you haven’t yet seen Homecoming, check it out! Let me know what you think,” Kelly used the characters at her disposal to pen an homage to Beyonce’s Homecoming: The Live Album, the soundtrack to the Netflix special bearing the same name. Kelly ain’t the only person singing Bey’s praises in the days that ensued after Homecoming’s unexpected release. Kehlani sat there bewildered with the same kind hive mentality that drives her fans subservient – Twitter fingers set to automatic relay.

In a Stunning Defeat, Madonna 'Vogue' Co-Writer Beats Warner Music Group in Court

A federal appeals court has found Warner Music Group had wrongfully kept Madonna’s co-writer’s royalties – his livelihood – for years.

Two years ago, the co-writer behind Madonna’s ‘Vogue’ filed a lawsuit against a major music group.

Taking on Warner Music Group, Robert ‘Shep’ Pettibone that the label group had withheld royalties from the 1990 hit.

He alleged both WMG and Warner/Chappell “admittedly withheld and failed to pay Pettibone royalties owed to Plaintiff for its defense of the VMG Salsoul lawsuit, despite Plaintiff’s demand that they pay these royalties to him, and despite giving them notice of breach.”

VMG Salsoul had sued Madonna and Pettibone for allegedly infringing on a 1976 song, ‘Love Break.’  Siding with the pop singer and her songwriter, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision.

Yet, in overruling the lower court’s decision, the appeals court handed Pettibone some pretty bad news.  He was no longer entitled to attorneys’ fees, which totaled over $500,000.

Now, Madonna’s co-writer has received a major victory in court.

How to take on a major label – and win.

When Pettibone challenged the ruling, WMG swiftly defended itself.

The major label group said it remained entitled to withhold royalties as part of “an indemnification agreement between the parties.”  WMG had kept nearly $1 million in royalties.

Naturally, the songwriter disagreed.  He stated the indemnity clause doesn’t cover “a deductible under the errors-and-omissions policy.”

In another major setback for Pettibone, former Manhattan U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Sullivan sided with WMG.

He ruled that the copyright administration contract granted the label group the right to withhold royalties.

The agreement unambiguously requires Pettibone to indemnify Warner for the attorneys’ fees and costs it incurred.

Following oral arguments late last month, Judge Sullivan’s now-fellow Circuit Judges Barrington D. Parker and Peter W. Hall disagreed.

Calling the contract language “tortured,” “garbled,” and “ambiguous,” both hinted that Judge Sullivan may have forced Pettibone to pay “enormous” legal fees just to defend his rights.  After all, Warner Music Group had likely paid its own counsel, Alexander Kaplan, around $1 million for his services.  So, why had he ruled WMG should keep Pettibone’s royalties?

Slamming WMG’s counsel, Judge Parker told Kaplan,

Don’t play games with me.

Yesterday morning, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York handed Warner Music Group a rare defeat.

In vacating the label’s previous win, the federal appeals court ordered Judge Sullivan to rule in favor of Pettibone.

The court found WMG’s agreement with Madonna’s songwriter was “pock-marked with ambiguity.”  In fact, the agreement actually suggests each party would pay for their own legal fees.

[T]o the extent Warner urges that it intended to bury…a highly unorthodox fee-shifting provision that is astonishing in its breadth, the contractual language undoubtedly ‘fails to disclose its purpose.’

Thus, WMG had no right to withhold Pettibone’s royalties.

With Warner’s legal fees nearing $1 million, the federal appeals court ruled Pettibone shouldn’t have to pay the price.

Warner would have us read the Agreement to shift attorneys’ fees of this magnitude to individual songwriters for any and all infringement claims brought against them, regardless of merit or frivolousness.

Because the Agreement’s language does not come close to unambiguously requiring such an extraordinary result, we hold that Warner cannot enforce [the Agreement] against Pettibone.

In a statement to Digital Music News, Richard Busch, Pettibone’s lawyer, hailed the ruling.

I am thrilled for Shep.  Warner literally wanted to apply the indemnification provision of their contract, even though Shep breached no warranty and we defeated the underlying claim of infringement.

“They have just kept his royalties that he relies on for years.  This is a truly sweet victory, and will hopefully prevent others from trying to pull the same nonsense in the future.

You can view the summary order below.

 


Featured image by Rodrigo Campos Cardoso (YouTube screengrab).

Conor McGregor Phone Smashing Arrest Caught On Police Body Cam

Conor Mcgregor has been dominating the UFC headlines as late despite not having a fight since back in October. On March 11th, McGregor was arrested for an incident that occurred at a Miami nightclub, where McGregor took the phone out the hands a fan and stomped on it. The man, Ahmed Abdirzak, filed a police report against McGregor who was then arrested the same morning at a private residence in Miami. Now, TMZ has obtained footage the arrest thanks to body cam footage that was taken by a Miami Police ficer.

As you can see from the footage, McGregor went peacefully and was eventually released later that day. Abdirzak had filed a lawsuit against McGregor for the incident, although the lawsuit was eventually dropped as the two settled out court.

When the incident first occurred, Abdirzak explained how the whole ordeal took him by surprise.

“I’ve got pictures my son that I didn’t even save on my iCloud that I’m gonna lose,” Abdirzak told TMZ Sports. “That’s really what pissed me f the most. I’ve got pictures my son that I’m never gonna get again.”

Now, McGregor has to worry about an ongoing investigation over a bar fight he allegedly got into while in Dublin. 

G Herbo’s Arrest Stems From Assault Of His Pregnant Baby Mama: Report

Earlier today, we reported that G Herbo had been arrested in Atlanta on battery charges, noting that he was still in jail. Finally, a clearer image what happened has been fered and it’s not looking great. We all know about the difficulties Herb has had with his baby mama Ari Fletcher. The two do not see eye-to-eye at all. They recently reunited at their son’s birthday party, seemingly getting along until they got into an altercation outside the party. According to TMZ, they got into another physical fight, which is what led to Herbo’s arrest this week.

G Herbo's Arrest Stems From Assault Of His Pregnant Baby Mama: Report
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The publication writes that G Herbo‘s bond is currently set at $2,000 after he was arrested for getting into an altercation with his ex-girlfriend. Atlanta police are reportedly claiming that they got into a fight yesterday morning – which was primarily a verbal altercation – when cops say the rapper assaulted Ari. The report notes that Herbo left with his son before returning to speak with police ficers who arrested him for battery. 

Fletcher’s injuries are reportedly minor, suffering several scratches during the altercation. Fletcher is currently pregnant with boxer Gervonta Davis’ baby, which could pose a problem for G Herbo. Attacking a woman is terrible to start with but once you tack on the fact that she’s pregnant… Yikes. The story is still developing and we will continue to update you with further details.

G Herbo's Arrest Stems From Assault Of His Pregnant Baby Mama: Report
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Q Money Wanted In Atlanta For Murder Of Fellow Cleveland Rapper

DeKalb County, GA – According to police reports obtained by AJC.com, up-and-coming Cleveland-bred rapper Q Money (born Qamar Williams) has officially been charged with the murder of a 24-year-old rapper in Atlanta.

The deceased’s name has yet to be revealed, but it’s being specified that he also hailed from Cleveland and is said to have known Q Money personally.

On Monday morning (April 15), Q Money was allegedly seen standing over the victim’s body inside the living room of a residence in the 3500 block of Lehigh Way, before a roommate alerted the victim’s cousin and they both took the weapon from the “Neat” rapper, forcing him out of the residence and locking the door.

When asked what had happened, Q Money reportedly just stuttered “I” multiple times.

The victim was said to have been shot in the right side of the head.

Responding officers say several guns and shell casings were found throughout the home and the deceased man had been staying in the home for three or four days before being shot to death.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first instance of gun violence to circulate the 23-year-old budding star.

On July 25, 2018, during the “Neat” video shoot in Cleveland, 27-year-old Cortez Ruffin was the lone fatality after seven people were shot following a melee. During the time of the shooting, Q Money vowed to stop using prop guns in his music videos and apologized to the victims.

This past Wednesday (April 17), 25-year-old Tyreid Manningham, who had been arrested in connection for Ruffin’s murder, was released from the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

As of press time, Q Money has yet to turn himself in.

Michael Jordan On Tiger Woods: "The Greatest Comeback I’ve Ever Seen"

Adding Michael Jordan to the list superstar athletes who were impressed by Tiger Woods’ performance at The Masters last weekend. Woods, 38, put on the green jacket for the first time since 2005, and fifth time overall, on Sunday afternoon as he now sits just three career major titles behind all-time leader Jack Nicklaus.

Following his return atop The Masters leader board, Woods received an outpouring support, which included congratulatory messages from Serena Williams and Kobe Bryant, as well as a sneaker tribute from Chris Paul. President Trump also revealed that Tiger will receive the Presidential Medal Freedom.

In a recent interview with The Athletic’s David Aldridge, MJ described Tiger’s latest achievement as “the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”

“I took two years f to play baseball, but nothing like that,” Jordan told Aldridge. “I’m pretty sure he questioned himself, whether he could get it back, and he had to put a lot work in. But he took it head-on. He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit. To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”

In addition to MJ’s praises, legendary broadcaster Jim Nantz, who has covered the PGA Tour for three decades, described Tiger’s victory on Sunday as, “the best event I’ve ever covered.”

Nantz tells The Washington Post:

“We didn’t get to have Jack have a celebration scene. Tell me when you’ve seen a better celebration scene than this one Sunday? The chanting and the moment with his family, I’d have to rank that number one.”

“It’s the best event I’ve ever covered. And I feel very fortunate to have been in that spot. It inspired millions, watching people see what he did.”

Michael Jordan On Tiger Woods: "The Greatest Comeback I've Ever Seen"
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TikTok Banned In India — Apple, Google Quickly Rip Down the App

Why is TikTok getting deleted by India?

After child safety concerns were raised, Indian officials have swiftly taken action against TikTok.  As of early this morning, TikTok has disappeared from the Google and Apple app stores in India following a ban by the federal government.

We’re not sure if existing app downloads will be impacted, however.  At the time of writing, users who already downloaded the app could still access it.

The Madras High Court ordered TikTok to be removed from app stores because of concerns about the platform being used to spread pornography.

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the app, claimed to have removed over six million videos in India that violated user guidelines. Still, India’s government is worried the app makes teens vulnerable to sexual predators.

These issues are being introduced as part of a wider conversation in the country about the damages caused by social media. Sexual predators and pornography are only part of that conversation.  Other topics include the spreading of false information and people being urged to commit suicide.

These issues often receive heightened attention when children are involved.  As a result, India’s central government is looking into requiring companies to increase censorship of content.

Of the 120 million users in India, many of them are teenagers.

This is true of the TikTok user base worldwide.  On TikTok, users post short videos of 3-15 seconds, or short looping videos of 3-60 seconds. Most of the shared content is videos of people dancing or lip syncing, to music or competing in online challenges.

In Asia and the USA TikTok is the leading platform for short videos.

This is not the firstthe video sharing app has gotten into hot water.  TikTok is banned in Bangladesh, for example.  The app also paid a $5.7 million settlement in the U.S. for illegally collecting children’s information.

This is not the end of the story for TikTok in India, however.

The court will hear the case again on April 22nd.  Bytedance remains optimistic about TikTok’s future in the country, despite the serious slap-down.

Google and Apple have not commented.

Nashville Metro Council Condemns Spotify's Anti-Songwriter Stance

How long will Spotify continue to hold out against growing opposition?

Spotify doesn’t seem to have many friends in the music industry anymore.

From top executives – including – and major publishers – such as – the industry has roundly condemned the streaming music giant.

The criticism comes after Spotify (along with three other major tech firms) opposed the Copyright Royalty Board’s (CRB) recent ruling.

In a split decision last February, the CRB a significant 44% streaming royalty increase for songwriters.

As expected, Spotify an appeal, outright refusing to pay the increase.

In published last week, hit songwriters – including Ali Tamposi, Frank Dukes, Teddy Geiger, Babyface, and Nile Rodgers – wrote,

We’re hurt and disappointed.  You created a songwriter relations team and ingratiated Spotify into our community.

You have used us and tried to divide us but we stand together.”

They pushed for the streaming music giant to drop the appeal.

Yet, the company just doesn’t care.

Speaking about the firm opposition to its appeal, CEO Daniel Ek the criticism.  The company would have to increase its prices to pay for the songwriter royalty increase, something it just won’t do.

We think $10 a month is a very, very cheap and an amazing proposition.  But the amount of people who wake up in the morning thinking, ‘Hey, I want to like pay $10 a month for music’ isn’t as great as most people would believe.

Now, as the company continues to ignore songwriters’ real needs, a major music hub has entered into the fray.

When Nashville says No.

In a largely symbolic move, the Nashville Metro Council has adopted a new resolution against Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Pandora.

The resolution, sponsored by Metro Council member Jeff Syracuse, demands the tech firms accept the CRB’s ruling.

Syracuse, who also works in the licensing department at BMI, explained,

I have seen firsthand how technology changes in the industry have not been met with the needed copyright maturity to ensure creators are properly compensated.

We can never take for granted what it means to be Music City.

As stated earlier, the resolution remains largely symbolic.  It doesn’t require the four companies to respond.

Stating Nashville has the “greatest concentration of songwriters” in the world, Syracuse added Spotify has the responsibility to pay them their fair share.

 “It’s obviously critically important that we have ble songwriters, because they are the basis of the entire music industry.

 


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Charlamagne Tha God Says Wendy Williams Will Pay For Their Dinner Date

Wendy Williams and Charlamagne Tha God have been at odds for over a decade but their feud came to a screeching halt after the Breakfast Club host reached out to his former mentor on the phone after filing for divorce. Wendy has been having a rough go at things over the last few months. She checked herself into a sober living house after relapsing on alcohol, filed for divorce from her longtime husband, and suffered a hairline fracture in her shoulder. The talk show host ended up leaving her show on hiatus but she’s ficially back and she’s spilling all the tea. One night this week, she kept getting distracted by her phone, telling her audience that DJ Bo and Charlamagne Tha God pestered her with date requests. She’ll be going out with both them but according to Charlamagne, she’ll be the one footing the bill.

Charlamagne Tha God Says Wendy Williams Will Pay For Their Dinner Date
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If Bo and Charlamagne were trying to come f as gentlemen, they probably would have fered to cover the cost her dinner. However, with the amount money that Wendy Williams makes, Charla explained that it’s probably more appropriate if she covers the charges. Speaking with his co-hosts this morning, he noted that they spent a long time on the phone together. In fact, over four hours were spent on the phone before they decided to call it a night.

After such a long time away from each other, you can imagine that Charla and Wendy had a lot to catch up on. On the radio show this AM, Charlamagne seemed annoyed that the phone call was even mentioned, saying “It’s not a date at all.” He continued by showing support for Wendy but shooting down any romantic speculation. “For me, someone that used to work with Wendy, having a front row seat to a lot the abuse I saw her endure, I’m just happy that she’s finally free,” he said.

Watch his full explanation below.

Charles Hamilton Says Kanye Was Living "Black American Dream" With White Woman When They Met

Hip hop artist and producer Charles Hamilton isn’t afraid to speak about how he’s influenced many today’s chart-topping artists, and during his sit down with Bedroom Beethovens, he specifically spoke about his relationship with Kanye West. Beginning a little before the 20-minute mark, Hamilton says that West stole an idea  his and used it on “Swagger Like Us,” T.I.‘s hit feature Ye, Jay Z, and Lil Wayne, an assertion that he’s brought up in the past.

“I can see my influence in Kanye West but I choose not to say too much about it because after a while, it ain’t about talking,” Hamilton said. He was then asked, as an activist who has known West for quite some time, to give his perspective on Ye’s recent actions praising Donald Trump, posting controversial messages on social media, and then blaming his behaviors on mental health issues.

“When I met Kanye West he was sipping champagne with a white woman, so he was already living 75 percent the black American dream,” Hamilton said. “I also, I spit with him or whatever. It is what it is, you got skills or whatever…they kept cutting me f before I was about to go Hamburgalar. So I think them n*ggas know I’m not to be slept on…I played some joints from The Pink Lavalamp for him, and he was about to cry…with his white woman.”

Hamilton went on to say, “I might be guilty giving Kanye more creative props than he really is worth…What shuts me up and what makes me keep my opinion to myself is that] everybody whom I have a low opinion or no opinion, because they are factually bullsh*t, have more money documented than I do. So, they’re winning. So, if I say, ‘Yo, you’re a fucking fa***t,’ to either Kanye or anybody rapping or at all, all they gotta say is, ‘I checked my bank account, I guess today was a good day.’ Damn, That shuts the whole conversation down. And I don’t get fended when it comes to money talk.”

Beyoncé 'Homecoming' Documentary Comes With a Streaming Music Surprise

Beyoncé released her new Homecoming documentary on Netflix in the early hours of this morning, alongside a surprise.

Beyoncé fans have come to expect that extra touch after the singer’s first secret album dropped in 2013. She’s had a knack for keeping fans on their toes with releases like Lemonade and Everything Is Love.

Now, Beyoncé has also released a new, unannounced live-album version of the Homecoming concert.

The Homecoming documentary and live album center around Beyoncé’s performance at last year’s Coachella festival.

Beyoncé’s appearance marks the first time a black woman headlined the event.  With dozens of backup dancers, a marching band, and a massive musical set, the Homecoming documentary explores the event in a behind-the-scenes perspective.

At one point, more than 170 musicians were on stage during Beychella.  The stage-plotting alone must have taken hundreds of hours. Several big binders in the behind-the-scenes footage of Homecoming suggest what a feat the performance was.

One poignant part of the documentary suggests that Beyonce set out to change Coachella from the beginning.

“Instead of me pulling out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Bootlegs of that (better known as Beychella) have circulated online since it happened. Beyoncé made an official version of it available with the documentary and surprise album drop.

Homecoming is being billed by Netflix as a film by Beyoncé that features rehearsal footage and several backstage moments.

Homecoming: The Live Album breaks down more than two hours of performance into 40 tracks. Former Destiny’s Child groupmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams appeared for performances of “Say My Name” and “Soldier”.

The new album also includes an a cappella version of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by Blue Ivy, the eldest daughter of Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

The live album is available on all major streaming platforms including Apple Music, Google Play, and Spotify. Netflix subscribers can watch the Homecoming documentary right now.

Beyoncé 'Homecoming' Documentary Comes With a Streaming Music Surprise

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Beyoncé 'Homecoming' Documentary Comes With a Streaming Music SurpriseBeyoncé 'Homecoming' Documentary Comes With a Streaming Music Surprise

Amazon Prime Video’s Additions For May Include "Suspiria" & Plenty Of "Friday The 13th"

Amazon Prime Video just released their itinerary for the upcoming month, and it looks to be a good one at that. At the top the month, Prime subscribers will be rewarded for their choice with newish titles such as Suspiria, scored by Thom Yorke Radiohead fame. Smack in the middle the month, Prime will make the Idris Elba-directed Yardie available to its user base.

Unfortunately, the majority the new submissions are slated for May 31st, including a bevy titles belonging to the illustrious Friday the 13th horror franchise. Donald Glover’s Guava Island co-production with Rihanna will likely be in its second rinse cycle by the time Spring nears completion, not to be outdone by yet another season the underappreciated Sneaky Pete, starring Giovani Ribisi, who you might remember for his role in James Cameron’s Avatar. 

May 1
Shanghai (2010)

May 2
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

May 3
Suspiria (2018)

May 5
Crash (2004)

May 8
Action Point (2018)

May 9
Dinosaur 13 (2014)

May 10
Sneaky Pete: Complete Season 3
Wishenpo: Complete Season 2c

May 13
The Romantics (2010)

May 14
King Thieves (2018)

May 15
Yardie (2019)

May 16
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

May 17
Fleabag: Complete Season 2
The Durrells: Complete Season 3
Poldark: Complete Season 4

May 19
Federal Hill (1994)

May 20
Jesus’ Son (1999)

May 22
Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

May 25
Morning Glory (2010)

May 26
The Frozen Ground (2013)

May 31
Antitrust (2001)
Awaiting (2015)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body Evidence (1993)
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emperor (2012)
Eulogy (2004)
F/X (1986)
F/X2 (1991)
Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung (1976)
Flawless (2007)
Fluke (1995)
Forbidden Ground (1969)
Free Money (1998)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Fun Size (2012)
Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang (1983)
Hart’s War (2002)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou (1973)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Murimgori (1982)
N.Y.C. Underground (2013)
Night the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Night the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma (1983)
Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma (1980)
Tao tie gong (19790
The ‘Burbs (1989)
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
The Doors (1991)
The Ghostwriter (1997)
The Gift (2000)
The Letter (1940)
The Lonely Man (1957)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
The Secret NIMH (1982)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007)
X Y (2014)
Good Omens: Complete Season 1

Russell Simmons Says Sexual Assault Case Is Ploy For Fame

An anonymous woman who is accusing Russell Simmons of a 1988 sexual assault claims the Def Jam Recordings co-founder fled the United States and settled in Bali in an effort to avoid extradition. But Simmons insists that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The Hip Hop mogul has been on a spiritual sabbatical in Indonesia where he’s continuing his yoga studies and working on his personal growth. He’s traveled back and forth from Los Angeles to Bali multiple times to attend his child’s graduation and tend to other private matters.

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When i meditate i usually have a few minutes where instead of settling my mind I take inventory. I watch all the thoughts come and go and i see things without so much of the “dirt” on my lenses….things are often distorted by the ignorance of the busy mind. So in this mornings meditation i could see the good in how i went from being driven around in a 500,000$ maybach to riding a 1000$ scoopy scooter and from living in a 10 million dollar house to living in a rental , a house that i could buy for less then 100,000$ dollars! Its been an amazing year… i feel a much greater presence of God in my life and clearer direction on how best to serve him. The rest of my life will be about bringing people together for his kingdom! ❤️ God is not finished with me. He’s just been polishing me and i am ready! So get ready …the best is yet to come. #service #conciousness #enlightenment

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The woman – who goes by Jane Doe in the lawsuit against Simmons – believes he left the country after she and several other women accused him of sexual assault. She is suing Simmons for $10 million, but he sees it as nothing more than an attempt to gain notoriety for the attorneys handling the case.

“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 told HipHopDX. “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.”

Simmons has maintained his innocence since the allegations started trickling in two years ago. In March 2018 — while in L.A. — TMZ asked Simmons about the accusations and he replied, “I don’t have a stitch of violence in me. I would never hurt anybody. And I never had any violence in me. It’s a difficult time for everybody.”

Jane Doe is expected in court on Thursday (April 18).

The Game Shares An Emotional Dedication To Nipsey Hussle

Nipsey Hussle‘s death continues to weigh heavily over the hip-hop community. Many have chosen to seek comfort by looking to his legacy, examining some his ideologies and using them as a point inspiration. One need only look to his Celebration Of Life to see the positive energy that Nipsey inspired throughout his community. And yet, he’s still gone, a devastating fact his loved ones must grapple with every day. Today, his friend and collaborator The Game took a moment to pen another heartfelt dedication to Nipsey, revealing the depth their friendship. 

“The 1st thing that comes to my mind when I wake up is you bro,” begins Game. “I don’t have to force the thought, you’re just there. I still have mixed emotions about how or why & there are so many unanswered questions surrounding your passing that I have yet to bring myself to understand the reality you not being here. I look at my daughter & I think about yours… I look at my sons & I think about yours… I text your sister daily to make sure she’s straight.”

The Game continues his message, attempting to find inspiration amid the void. Given the unification between gang members, Nip’s family, and his fanbase, it’s not difficult to see traces Nipsey’s vision manifest in a variety ways. “I look around the world & I see the love,” writes Game. People standing unified from all over. Some expressing their love with art, others with words & I can’t do anything else but smile at it all. Which is why I chose this picture you to post this morning.”

The Game Shares An Emotional Dedication To Nipsey Hussle

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