Mo’Nique’s Multiple Tax Liens Add Up To $620K Owed To The IRS

The tax man is coming after these entertainers with a vengeance. Recently there have been reports that Jermaine Dupri, Offset, and Young Thug have been hit with liens over unpaid taxes, and now Mo’Nique is adding to her alleged bill. Back in 2017, The Blast reported that there were multiple liens against the Academy Award-winning actress: $201K for 2013, $188K for 2014, and $171K for 2015. 

At that time, the exact total taxes reportedly owed by both Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks was $560,625.22, but it looks as if there’s more to be added to that debt. New court documents reportedly show that the Georgia Department Revenue has issued yet another lien against the couple for an additional $60K. This goes back to 2015 and 2016 and includes interest and fees added to the original $31K debt.

According to The Blast, the Department Revenue isn’t going to wait around for long to get the lien paid f. The publication states that if the lien isn’t handled sooner rather than later, the IRS will begin seizing the Hicks’ assets and property. 

Meanwhile, back in April, news circulated that Ja Rule owed the IRS $2 million while DMX reportedly put his home up for sale in an effort to pay f his $1.7 million tax bill. Vince Herbert was said to have owed $4 million in taxes, while Rick Ross had an astounding $5.7 million tax debt.

Klay Thompson’s Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

Klay Thompson is one the most impressive shooters to ever play the game basketball and this past summer, he signed a huge contract extension with the Golden State Warriors. When it comes to endorsement deals, Thompson is actually one the highest-paid players in the league thanks to his sneaker deal with Chinese company ANTA. While it may not be a traditional sneaker brand, Thompson has been putting in work with ANTA and this season, he will be releasing his fifth silhouette.

This latest silhouette has been revealed and the images below, courtesy Sneaker News, show f what the ANTA KT5 is all about. As you can see, the shoe is made with a plethora materials with an overall colorway black, red, and blue. This first colorway is being called “Klaytheism” which is a pretty hilarious yet clever name. 

If you’re looking to cop these, they will be dropping in the United States sometime in October this year for $120 USD. Stay tuned for all the latest updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.

Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

  Sneaker News

Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Lil Wayne Stars In Trailer For “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint”: Watch

After his minor run in with police this past weekend, Lil Wayne is back in the news today, but this time he’s starring in a new promo clip for Ubist’s upcoming Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint video game.

The five-minute trailer finds Weezy and some friends throwing on the headsets and showing f the new 4-player co-op gameplay while Weezy’s song “Uproar” plays in the background. At one point, Weezy, who looks to be playing from a mansion on the beach, interrupts the gameplay by answering his phone, and eventually comes back to win the game for them.

“More than anything, the key point all action is to tell a story. And in this spot, we’re telling a story with these characters, not only in the world the game, but we’re telling the story the characters in the world at home,” director David Leitch said about the clip. “You get to see we have fun juxtaposition with the different characters and their voices… but you’ll also see sort a differentiation in their styles from the game and, obviously, their physicality on the couch to their prowess in the game.”

Look for Ghost Recon Breakpoint to hit stores & retailers next month. Check out the trailer (below).

In other news, Lil Wayne is still gearing up for the release his next album, Funueral, which according to him is “all done” and coming later this year. We’ll continue to keep you posted on details with that moving forward.

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Seeks Bond to Get Out of Jail

One of the individuals who’s been accused of organizing and carrying out the murder of rapper XXXTentacion is attempting to secure bond ahead of his trial.

21-year-old Trayvon Newsome has been jailed in Brownard County, Florida, since surrendering to police on August 7th, 2018. Police had been searching for Newsome beforehand, as he’d been identified and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. In Florida, those found guilty of first-degree murder can be sentenced to death.

Newsome and his lawyers argue that he’s entitled to bond, and the appropriate forms have been filed, making the request official.

Newsome, along with Robert Allen, Michael Boatwright, and Dedrick Williams, is believed to have murdered XXXTTentacion in June of last year. Moreover, prosecutors allege that Newsome was one of two gunmen who fired the shots that killed XXXTentacion.

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, was shot and killed on the afternoon of June 18th, 2018.

Newsome and the other suspects blocked XXXTentacion’s car into the parking lot of a motorcycle dealership, exited their vehicle, and attempted to rob him; he resisted and was shot multiple times. XXXTentacion passed away shortly after being transported to the hospital. He was just 20 years old.

It didn’t take police long to identify the suspects, as two of the four involved individuals (Allen and Williams) followed XXXTentacion and his uncle into the motorcycle store and had previously purchased two black masks.

XXXTentacion’s second posthumous album, Bad Vibes Forever, is set to release sometime this fall. The record’s first single, “Royalty,” dropped on July 19th. Lil Wayne, Blink-182, Rick Ross, Lil Nas X, and many other well-known bands and artists contributed to the work. Prior to this, Skins released in December 2018 and featured contributions from Kanye West and Travis Barker.

Trial dates have not yet been set for XXXTentacion’s murder suspects.

California Passes AB5, Handing aMajor Defeat to the RIAA, A2IM

Earlier today (September 18th), California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB5 into law.

The purpose of AB5 is to give benefit and wage protections to those who work for both rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft and other crowdsourcing companies.  One big downside, however: the law could also “gut the music industry” in the state.

AB5 makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Unlike the former, the latter are entitled to benefits such as workers compensation and have to be paid a minimum wage.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who is the sponsor of AB5, says that the law could affect one million workers in the state. But it might not affect them all in a positive way.  Major music industry organizations, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Music Artists Coalition, believe that AB5 could wipe out independent music in the state and have been vehemently opposed to it.

Under the law, the following contractors could now be considered employees of music artists:

  • Producers
  • Engineers
  • Publicists
  • Managers
  • Dancers
  • Background Vocalists

Gonzalez says that she talked to people in the music industry during the course of writing the bill, but she insists that the industry was unable to come up with a consensus in terms of how to amend the bill.
In the end, she says the music industry preferred opposing the bill instead of amending it.  Other industries, by contrast, had worked at creating carve-outs, time-delays, or flat-out exceptions.  In fact, the list of industries receiving special exemptions is lengthy, though music industry organizations seemed unwilling to give an inch.

Richard Burgess, who is the president and CEO of A2IM, was disappointed with AB5’s passage and reiterated how it could destroy the local music industry.

But in a joint statement made with the RIAA and attorney Jordan Brinkley, he vowed to keep fighting the law until it includes protections for the music industry. He says until then, it may be difficult to make music in California.

Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "University Red" Coming Soon: Best Look Yet

Over the past few weeks, Virgil Abloh’s infamous collaborations between his brand Off-White and Nike have been gaining traction online. Almost two years after the release “The Ten” collection, Off-White continues to thrive and within the next month, another collab with Nike will be making its way to consumers. This time, Abloh is lending his signature aesthetic to the Nike Dunk Low which a classic in the Swoosh’s library kicks.

There are three colorways being released, two which have been shown f in detail so far. Of course, those two colorways are the “Pine Green” and “Navy Gold” ferings. As for the “University Red” version, there haven’t been many teaser photos although today we got a clear photo courtesy @hanzuying. As you can see from the photo, the shoe has a silver base and red overlays including the Nike swoosh. There are red laces on the top while orange rope laces are interwoven throughout the upper.

As right now, there is no concrete release date for these so stay tuned for all the latest updates as we will be sure to bring them to you. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping these.

Victor Cruz Comments On If He’d Want To Make NFL Comeback: Watch

Victor Cruz was one the most electrifying wide receivers in the NFL at the beginning the decade. While playing with the New York Giants, Cruz was a highlight-reel machine and helped the team win numerous games. If you’re a Giants fan, you know all about Cruz’s greatness and just how important he was to that franchise at the time. As Cruz’s career progresses, injuries and the decline Eli Manning ultimately had him questioning his role as a player. A Summer ago, Cruz confirmed his retirement from football after a season away from the game.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Cruz was asked about the possibility a comeback and as he explained, he still thinks about making a return. Not to mention, he’s adamant he is still in good enough shape to pull it f.

“I still wake up thinking about it,” Cruz said. “I’m still in good shape. I can still run, jump and do all those things. Absolutely.”

While Cruz is firm in his belief that he can still play, he realizes a team won’t sign him at this point considering how long it’s been since he played. Cruz said he’s now focusing on other avenues in his life and wants to make a living in different ways. 

With Daniel Jones starting for the Giants now, perhaps the team could use a dynamic receiver like Cruz.

Tekashi 6ix9ine "Snitches" Against Nine Trey Gang Members in Federal Court

 

Earlier this week, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified in federal court against alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang, which may eventually require him to enter a witness protection program.

But if Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was unnerved by this, he certainly wasn’t showing it.  He even bopped his head along to his own music when it was played in court.

The rapper testified against Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison, who are both members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and former associates of Tekashi 6ix9ine. Mack is accused of dealing drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, and ecstasy while Ellison is facing charges of robbing and kidnapping Tekashi. The latter allegedly did this at gunpoint back in July of last year.

During Tekashi’s testimony, prosecutors played music videos from two of his songs: “Kooda” and “Gummo.” This was so the rapper could point out alleged gang members in the videos, and this is when the rapper began bopping to his own songs.

Tekashi further indicated that, prior to the production of the video for “Gummo,” he asked members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods to participate.  He did this because he wanted them to be part of the video’s “aesthetic.”

In the lengthy testimony, 6ix9ine also revealed a core insight into rap marketing — at least the modern variation of ‘gangsta rap’.

“I knew the formula was to repeat the gang image,” Hernandez said.  “That’s what people like.”

Interestingly, prosecutors gave the jurors in the trial transcripts of the lyrics for “Gummo,” which Tekashi said were meant to disrespect fellow rapper Trippie Redd, who is allegedly a member of an offshoot of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods called Five Nine Brims. Both Tekashi 6ix9ine and Trippie Redd have been signed to Caroline/UMG.

As part of his testimony, Tekashi told the court that he decided to cooperate with federal prosecutors within a day of authorities arresting him and the others.  That led to a wave of criticism; Snoop Dogg flat-out called Hernandez a “snitch”.

Years ago, Tekashi 6ix9ine was working in a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York when a customer told him he had the right look to become a rapper. This led to the making of “Gummo” in 2017.

Ameer Vann Drops "EMMANUEL" EP

Former Brockhampton member Ameer Vann has emerged from his hiatus with a new EP titled EMMANUEL. The project is his first release since his exit from the group following allegations of ual abuse and misconduct.

Vann’s solo EP is comprised of six tracks. Production is handled by Hit-Boy, Cool & Dre and G-Dav, among others.

Check out Vann’s EMMANUEL stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Ameer Vann Drops "EMMANUEL" EP

1. Emmanuel
2. Pop Trunk
3. Glock 19
4. Los Angeles
5. Sunday Night
6. Plastic

Red Bull Announces Atlanta & Chicago Music Festivals

Atlanta, GA – November is a special month for Red Bull, as they generally tie down a nice town for 30 days and deliver nonstop performances.

For 2019, the ante has been indefinitely upped. Red Bull is unveiling the news on not one but two music festivals in Atlanta and Chicago.

From November 1-14, Atlanta will host knockout talent such as Teyana Taylor, Ari Lennox, Shawty Redd, Zaytoven and Lex Luger for performances and panels. Zeltron a.k.a. Denzel Curry and Joey Bada$$ will also reunite for another edition of Zeltron Vs. Zombies.

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From November 17-30, the festivities will head to Chicago where Lupe Fiasco will perform his HipHopDX perfectly-rated debut album Food & Liquor in full. Tierra Whack will also headline her first Chicago show, and Theaster Gates will curate a Black Monastic at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Saba, Pivot Gang, Jamila Woods, and Smino’s Zero Fatigue are among the other notables scheduled to take the stage in the Windy City.

Tickets are currently available for both Atlanta and Chicago.

See below for the full schedule.

Red Bull Announces Atlanta & Chicago Music Festivals

"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max

With everything going on in the media these days, it seems like a great time to bring back The Boondocks. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. According to Deadline, HBO Max has ordered two seasons  The Boondocks for 2020. The new season from Aaron McGruder and Sony Pictures Animation will debut in fall next year with a 50-minute special. The previous seasons will also be available on HBO Max upon the new season’s debut.

"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max
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“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder said about the relaunch the series. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

The story will continue to follow Robert Freeman, and his two grandsons, Huey and Riley Freeman but in the revamp, Uncle Ruckus will be the “tyrannical leader” a suburban community in Maryland.

The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story Gangstalicious’,” CCO Of HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”

With the 2020 elections and R. Kelly‘s upcoming trial, along with 6ix9ine’s case and more, there is plenty content to cover the 24 episode order. 

Aaron McGruder took to Instagram to share a glimpse the new characters. Check it out below. 

KAABOO Bought Through Virgin Fest Affiliate ⁠— Branding Will Stay

The KAABOO festival brand has been acquired by Virgin Fest. Jason Felts will lead the festival next year.

Virgin Fest is the music festival arm of Richard Branson’s multi-national conglomerate, Virgin Group Ltd. Virgin Fest founder and CEO Jason Felts will oversee the launch of the festival in Los Angeles next year. He’ll also oversee KAABOO, which will move to Petco Park in San Diego.

launched five years ago at the in California. Bryan Gordon and Seth Wolkov of Madison Companies helped turn the festival into one with international acclaim.

The sale is a 100% asset sale and will continue to target KAABOO’s millennial demographic. The planned will target the early 20s demographic. With KAABOO under new ownership, fans can expect to see plenty of new entertainment. The press release made a point to emphasize that the branding won’t be changing, either.

“The KAABOO brand and signature, multi-sensory experience around live Music, Comedy, Art, and Culinary will remain and will not be rebranded. Under new ownership, fans can expect to continue to enjoy a hospitality-driven experience that engages all five senses.”

The acquisition was brokered and negotiated on behalf of Virgin Fest by a team at Latham & Watkins led by Ken Deutsch.

Since its flagship property in Del Mar, KAABOO has expanded to the Cayman Islands. In a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys, the festival headed to Dallas for KAABOO Texas. It’s likely Virgin has more international aspirations for the festival as part of its music festival arm.

This year’s concert was headlined by the Dave Matthews Band and Mumford and Sons. That’s the third year in a row the event has sold out well before it takes place. Fans interested in attending KAABOO San Diego at Petco Park can now buy passes for the event.

Jeezy Reflects On His $1.8M Album Cover, Boyz N Da Hood, JAY-Z’s Business Mind & More

Hollywood, CA – Jeezy took a look back at this storied career during a recent stop by the HipHopDX offices in Hollywood. As part of his conversation with DX, the trap rap pioneer recalled using $1.8 million in real cash for his Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 album cover and explained why his stint in the group Boy N Da Hood was so brief.

“When we did the deal that was the negotiation — I told [JAY-Z] and L.A. Reid I’m gonna do this deal with Puff [Daddy], but I’m only gonna make it a one-off,” he said of Boyz N Da Hood. “So, I was only in the group for one album.”

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The veteran artist also opened up about his dealings with JAY-Z, the star-studded “I Do” remix and how one of his songs turned into Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” He additionally detailed Gary Vee’s appearance on the TM104 intro “The enTRAPreneur” and shared insight on the ways he continues to motivate himself.

Watch DX’s interview with Jeezy above.

eBay Has Sold More Than 24 Million Vinyl Records Since 2007

eBay is promoting its second annual ‘Vinyl Obsession Week’ with deals and a focus on physical retail.  The effort follows sales of more than 24 million LPs since 2007.

Beyond (almost) all expectations, the vinyl record format is continuing to grow.  A recent report suggests vinyl sales could outpace CDs for the , thanks to a 10 year resurgence.  That’s been buoyed by retail initiatives like ‘Vinyl Obsession Week‘ in which exclusive albums are highlighted.

eBay says it has sold more than 24 million pieces of vinyl since 2007 and that continues to go up.  In 2017 alone, eBay shifted around 3.6 million records.  The online auction site supports retailers by partnering with them to find vinyl albums new homes.

Some of the highlighted collectibles include The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 mono promo LP, the Beatles Yesterday and Today 1966 ‘butcher cover’ mono LP, and the Beach Boys Pet Sounds sealed mono LP.

Playing to the audiophile crowd, eBay is also offering a free, three-month TIDAL Hi-Fi subscription with purchase of select records.

eBay is partnering with Authorized Seller Network for authentic . Users can support local record stores in 29 different states by shopping on the site. As part of the limited week-long promotion, eBay says you can find a wide selection of records at great prices.

Several albums autographed by the artist are also being . Signed albums from Miley Cyrus, Kacey Musgrave, and LL Cool J will all benefit the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares.

Actually, this isn’t the first time eBay has partnered with TIDAL for free music memberships.  Last year’s ‘Vinyl Obsession Week’ offerings also offered a free three-month subscription for users.  That tie-up didn’t get as much attention, though eBay is hoping to change that.

The event goes from now until September 22nd, so vinyl fans can browse to their heart’s content.  Vinyl albums from Billie Eilish, David Bowie, Metallica, Bob Dylan, and Prince headline the week.

XXXTENTACION Murder Suspect Seeks Bond To Get Out Of Jail

Broward County, FL – Trayvon Newsome, one of the men accused of murdering XXXTENTACION, is hoping a judge will give him a path to getting out of jail. According to The Blast, his lawyer has filed documents requesting a judge set bail for his client.

Newsome’s lawyer contends his client is permitted to have a pre-trial release on bond. Newsome has been behind bars since August 7, 2018, when he surrendered to police and was booked on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon.

“Defendant is presently being denied bond,” his lawyer argued in court documents obtained by The Blast. “Defendant is entitled to bond as a matter or right, unless proof is evidence and the presumption of guilt is great.”

Newsome is one of four suspects in the XXXTENTACION homicide case. Robert Allen, Michael Boatwright and Dedrick Williams have also been charged with first-degree murder. An indictment identified Newsome and Boatwright as the gunmen.

XXXTENTACION was shot and killed in Deerfield Beach, Florida on June 18, 2018. He was 20 years old.