Blueface Shooting Trial To Begin Next Month

Last November, Blueface was arrested in the Newhall area Santa Clarita, California following what investigators claim was a shooting accompanied by an accident on the 14 freeway. According to reports, it was around 10:00 p.m. when shots were fired at a gas station after a man described as a Hispanic male was suspected robbing a driver a Mercedes.

Immediately following the altercation on a nearby highway, there were two vehicles involved in an alleged shooting where occupants both vehicles fired upon the other. While details are scarce, a car crash occurred when the rapper’s vehicle reportedly hit the freeway median. Blueface was arrested on charges suspicion assault with a deadly weapon. His jury trial will begin on August 16.

Back in February, the rapper was arrested once again after it was reported that the Los Angeles Police Department had been alerted that there were rappers in downtown L.A. carrying large amounts cash and wearing expensive jewelryTMZ reports that ficers only responded to the neighborhood because it was a location known to be a high-crime area, but when they arrived Blueface and his entourage allegedly tossed their weapons and scattered. The rapper was arrested on a charge felony possession carrying a loaded firearm and later released on bond. For that case, he is reportedly facing three years in jail.

Nicki Minaj Remixes DaBaby’s ‘Suge’

Nicki Minaj brought Queen Radio to the West Coast for a special edition on L.A. radio station Power 106 on Friday.

During the hour-long episode, the Queen premiered a brand new remix to DaBaby’s “Suge.” Over the top 10 hit, Barbie bosses up with some heavy-hitting bars. “Queen sleazy era / They never see me ever / I send my shooters and they introduce us as soon as I pull the lever,” she raps.

She also gave DaBaby her co-sign. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars,” said Nicki of the Charlotte-bred MC.

During Friday’s episode, she revealed that she turned down $1.5 million to perform in Saudi Arabia and that she is working on a new album as well as her long-awaited documentary, which she promises is coming soon.

Hear Nicki snap on her “Suge” remix.


A Nat King Cole Anthology of 200 Early Recordings Is Being Released

Nat King Cole’s music before he joined Capitol Records in the 1940s has been mostly mysterious. Now a new anthology will spotlight those early years of his career.

Resonance Records is releasing a box set entitled, Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-43). The collection contains nearly 200 early tracks Cole recorded as a young artist, many instrumental only.

Some of the tracks include never-before-released material. The collection will be available starting November 1st as a 10-LP set and a seven-CD set.

The label says it has no immediate plans to make Hittin’ the Ramp available on streaming services.

A Nat King Cole Anthology of 200 Early Recordings Is Being Released

Nat King Cole’s official discography tends to focus on his years with Capitol Records.  This anthology marks the first time these early recordings have been made available together in one release.  The collection is an attempt to create an annotated archive of early recordings for Nat King Cole fans to enjoy.

Resonance told the New York Times this anthology release is one of the most important projects the label has undertaken. Zev Feldman, co-president of Resonance, confirmed that the amount of research involved was bewildering.

“We’ve done important projects before, but this is almost on another level in terms of the amount of material, the research involved, and everything that goes into it.”

Music historian Will Friedwald gave Feldman the idea to restore Cole’s early music history. Mr. Friedwald served as co-producer for the project, writing the main essay in the liner notes. The difference between Cole’s earlier material and his work as a chart-topping musician is stark.

While Nat King Cole is most famously remembered for his voice, he wanted to be known as a piano player.

He started his career in Chicago as a stride pianist, which comes through in the anthology. Many of the tracks are instrumental and showcase Cole’s dexterous piano playing. Guitarist Oscar Moore is also featured on these early tracks.

 

New Music: Yella Beezy feat. Chris Brown ‘Restroom Occupied’

After collaborating with everyone from Justin Bieber to Juvenile on his album Indigo, Chris Brown joins Yella Beezy on their new collaboration “Restroom Occupied.”

On the OG Parker-produced slapper, Breezy get freaky with your girl in the restroom. “I’ma take your bitch, watch me / You look around, she is nowhere to be found,” he sings, while the Dallas rapper adds his own sexually-explicit rhymes.

“Restroom Occupied” can be found on Yella Beezy’s new mixtape Baccend Beezy, which also features Young Thug, Too $hort, and K. Michelle.

Yella Beezy will join Breezy on his “INDIGOAT Tour,” which kicks off Aug. 20 in Portland with Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, and Joyner Lucas.

Listen to Beezy meet Breezy.

No Spotify or Slack Here — iHeartMedia's Shares Fall as Much as 7% on Its First Day on NASDAQ

Emerging from bankruptcy, iHeartMedia returned to Wall Street yesterday morning.

Unfortunately, the nation’s largest radio broadcaster wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms.

Now trading under “IHRT” on NASDAQ, investors swiftly punished the stock shortly after embattled top executives Bob Pittman and Rich Bressler rang the Opening Bell.

Choosing a direct listing, the broadcaster’s top executives had aimed for a Spotify-like success.  The company didn’t find it.

Previously traded under “IHTM,” iHeartMedia’s stock soon fell 7.4% from its opening price of $17.

Spinning the company’s recent emergence from bankruptcy in May, Pittman explained iHeartMedia had previously spent too much money on interest payments.

We’ve had a very good operating business, but our capital structure was not in good shape.

Shares fell as low as $15.75.  Prior to the market’s close, however, the company rebounded, closing at $16.50 per share, down 3%.

Underscoring investors’ skepticism of iHeartMedia stock, Justin Patterson, analyst of investment bank Raymond James, asked,

I think the question to be asking there is really the same question we ask of say, a Netflix versus traditional media itself: How exactly does the incumbent player, the one who is at a more mature stage, has traditionally operated through linear delivery channels, or in this case terrestrial radio, how does that pivot in an increasingly digital world?

Revealing why Wall Street readily supported Spotify and Slack, but remained on the fence about iHeartMedia, Evercore ISI’s Kevin Rippey explained,

You have obviously a lot of investor excitement over [Spotify and Slack] given the growth profile and … potential disruption.  iHeart and the broader portfolio of terrestrial radio stations that it controls are a very well understood business and have been around for a long time.”

Prior to its direct listing on NASDAQ, the broadcaster also revealed disheartening numbers.  Last year, iHeartMedia generated $3.6 billion in revenue – flat compared to the previous year.  The company also posted a net loss of $38 million on a pro-forma basis.

 


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John Cena Teases Appearance At WWE’s Raw Reunion

John Cena has been away from the WWE since his brief appearance as The Dr. Of Thuganomics at Wrestlemania 35 in April, but he may be coming back as part WWE’s Raw Reunion on Monday.

Cena, who has been in England filming “Fast & Furious 9,” recently returned to The States, specifically Florida, which is where the reunion will be held. During an interview with Deco Drive, the 16-time WWE Champ flirted with the possibility joining the list WWE legends already scheduled for the July 22 edition Monday Night Raw. 

“They say it’s going to be one the biggest RAWs all time, and it’s certainly memorable. Um… we’ll see?,” Cena said with a smile, while hitting his trademark “You Can’t See Me” gesture.

During Sunday night’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view in Philadelphia, WWE first announced the upcoming Raw Reunion Special, which will include a plethora WWE icons such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, among others.

The Raw Reunion, billed as “the biggest reunion in WWE history,” will air on Monday, July 22 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. WWE has also announced a WWE Network special called “Smackville,” that will take place just two weeks before SummerSlam.

The list wrestling legends advertised in the promo video for the Raw Reunion include:

  • Steve Austin
  • Hulk Hogan
  • Ric Flair
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Razor Ramon
  • Diesel
  • Kurt Angle
  • Sgt. Slaughter
  • Christian
  • Ted DiBiase
  • Eric Bischf
  • The Boogeyman
  • Jimmy Hart
  • Hurricane
  • Santino Marella
  • Jerry Lawler
  • D-Von Dudley

Jussie Smollett Is Fighting To Dismiss A Special Prosecutor From Reviewing His Case

Jussie Smollett may have been dropped from his 16 felony counts after he was indicted for allegedly lying to cops about a homophobic attack, but it doesn’t mean his court appearances are over anytime soon. Last month we posted about the special prosecutor that was appointed to Jussie’s case who would look over his case files with a fine-tooth comb to catch any irregularities. “If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest justice the special prosecutor may take such action,” court documents detailed. 

Jussie Smollett Is Fighting To Dismiss A Special Prosecutor From Reviewing His Case
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TMZ now reports that Jussie and his legal team are fighting back since they filed three motions today (Friday, July 19th) in an attempt to overturn the prosecutor calling it double jeopardy for Jussie. The Empire actor and his legal team are sticking to the story that the Osundairo brothers attacked Jussie, got caught and then blamed him for their homophobic actions. Jussie’s attorney, Tina Glandian, is even citing text messages from the brothers where they degraded another man by calling him a “fruit.”

Jussie and his legal team are looking to get a grand jury testimony from the Osundairo brothers. A decision has yet to be made. 

Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

The Nike Air Max 97 has seen a bit a resurgence over the past couple years and has quickly become one the most popular Air Max shoes on the market. Nike has taken advantage this newfound popularity by coming out with a plethora new colorways. One the colorways people love is the “Bred” model which features a mostly black upper with red highlights all the way throughout. 

Nike has released an updated take on the “Bred” model as this time it features silver reflective highlights on the upper and on the tongue. Depending on the lighting conditions, the reflective material shines bright and will make your feet look incredibly flashy which to be quite honest, is never a bad thing. 

If you’re looking to cop this brand new sneaker, you can do so on Nike.com where sizes from 6-15 are still available for $160 USD.

Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Nike Air Max 97 "Bred Reflective" Is Available Now: How To Cop

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Aubrey O’Day’s "Dream" Sperm Donor Is Barack Obama

Ever since Diddy announced that he’d be bringing back Making The Band, Aubrey O’Day has managed to catch another wave relevance in the media. Although she’s managed to score roles on reality television as most successful artists do, she’s made headlines this past week after criticizing Diddy for revamping Making The Band. She claimed that he’s the reason why the group ultimately disbanded but she’s been met with criticism for her claims. Strangely enough, that hasn’t been the craziest thing she’s said this week. According to Page Six, she admitted that she’s ready to have children but wants the baby daddy to be America’s 44th president.

Aubrey O'Day's "Dream" Sperm Donor Is Barack Obama
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If Aubrey O’Day had her way, Barack Obama would be her sperm donor. She recently explained that her dream donor would be the former POTUS because he has all the qualities a great woman deserves. “I would like to do a show about inseminating me with some brilliant man’s sperm so I can have a child,” she said. “Dream donor, Barack Obama… Because he’s brilliant, classy, kind, compassionate, witty, gorgeous. Everything that a great woman deserves, and that’s why he’s got a great woman.

Considering the type men she’s dated in the past, it makes sense why she’d want someone like Barack Obama as her sperm donor. But the chances that happening are non-existant. 

Netflix’s "Dear White People" Drops Off Final Trailer Before Season 3 Premiere

The trailer for season three Netflix’s Dear White People has arrived and in it, we can see that there will be some serious changes at Winchester University. Off the top, it’s evident that the series lead, Samantha White, takes a break from her Dear White People radio broadcast where her friend, Joelle, takes over.

Netflix's "Dear White People" Drops Off Final Trailer Before Season 3 Premiere
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“My hair is very different,” Logan Browning (who stars as Samantha) previously said her character in season three. “Sam is now focusing on other things. She’s focusing on her documentary. She’s left the radio station. She just doesn’t want to be this mouthpiece, this persona, so she’s really trying to figure out who she is outside this world and she’s having a difficult time because she has been made up the radio station and made up being the on-campus voice.”

Elsewhere in the ficial trailer, an obvious growth in certain character’s lives are taking place such as Lionel Higgins who explores more into his sexuality. The season will also invite some new stars to the roster, with guest features by LaVerne Cox, Blair Underwood, Nicole Brown, Flavor Flav, and creator Justin Simien.

Peep the trailer below and catch season three on Netflix August 2nd. 

Former Giants Player Mitch Petrus Dies Of Heatstroke At 32: Report

Tragedy has struck the NFL today as it was announced that former New York Giants fensive lineman Mitch Petrus passed away in Arkansas. It was reported by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Petrus had been saying he felt ill and was eventually taken to the Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock. Shortly upon arriving at the hospital, Petrus died severe heatstroke.

Petrus had been working outside at his family’s shop in heat that was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. His death comes at the same time that a heat advisory was delivered to those living within Arkansas. This dangerous heat warning is spilling into Friday so people in Arkansas should be wary venturing outside. 

Petrus played with the Giants from 2010 to 2012 and even won a Super Bowl with the team before moving on to the Tennessee Titans. The lineman ended up retiring in 2013 and moved back to his home state. Petrus’ death marks the second former Giants player to die in as many weeks. Former back up quarterback Jared Lorenzen died at the beginning July due to an infection.

Our condolences go out to Petrus’ family during this difficult time. 

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XXXTENTACION’s Estate Drops "Royalty" Single From “Bad Vibes Forever” Album

Los Angeles, CA – The late XXXTENTACION flexes his Jamaican heritage on the new posthumous single, “Royalty.”

Produced by past X collaborator JonFX (“Jocelyn Flores”) — who rose to notoriety after crafting Gyptian’s smash “Hold Yuh” — the single is the first taste of the upcoming Bad Vibes Forever LP, which is dropping soon Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE.

Dipped in X’s melodic flow, the song features verses from Ky-Mani Marley, Vybz Kartel and Stefflon Don.

The single follows the trailer for an upcoming documentary on the slain rapper, which his estate released last month.

X narrates the clip (which has racked up over 6 million plays) himself and states, “This is the story. This is the full story and this is the last time I will tell it.”

Stream XXXTENTACION’s “Royalty” single below.

Comethazine Drops Dramatic Visual For A Cappella Single “Stand”

St. Louis, MI – After breaking into YouTube’s top trending charts, 21-year-old phenom Comethazine has blessed fans (and even more so producers) with his unorthodox new a cappella single/video “Stand.”

Paired with a dramatic black-and-white treatment, the mildly subdued “Stand” is characterized by a haunting atmosphere. He creates a truly hypnotic effect, harmonizing over his own trailing echoes.

The single is the latest from Bawskee 3.5, which is the third installment of the series that began in 2017 and — officially — is being billed as his debut album.

Comethazine Drops Dramatic Visual For A Cappella Single “Stand”

With well over 107 million combined streams on Spotify alone — and a gold certification for his single “Walk” (which sported an A$AP Rocky-featured remix) — it’s clear Comethazine is just getting started.

Watch Comethazine’s ”Stand” above.

Tay-K Found Guilty Of Murder, Faces 99 Years In Prison: Report

Over two years ago, rapper Tay-K was arrested under suspicion capital murder and aggravated robbery. His trial began this week and it was reported that he was found guilty robbery. Now, a new update has arrived in his case and it’s extremely serious. Although he has not been sentenced yet, Tay-K has ficially been found guilty murder and he will be spending some time in prison.

According to Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Tay-K, born Taymor McIntyre, is facing a minimum five years in prison and a maximum ninety-nine years after being found guilty murder. The verdict was decided today during a scheduled court hearing. McIntyre previously pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges, pleading guilty to aggravated robbery on Monday. The jury had reportedly deliberated for four hours before returning with a decision.

It is important to note that Tay-K was not found guilty capital murder. Had that been the case, he would have automatically gotten forty years in prison with a high chance a life sentence. His sentence has not been determined yet but it will be lighter as a result.

Stay peeled for all future updates on his sentencing, which should be coming soon.

Curren$y Announces New Album "Hot August Nights"

Curren$y may very well be the most prolific man in hip-hop, and that’s saying something. This year alone, Spitta has delivered no shortage new music, including a recent drop with Berner by the name  Pheno Grigio. And while that project was an enjoyable romp through purple haze and sunshine, Spitta has somehow found time to line up a full-fledged solo album before summer’s end. Enter Hot August Nights, the latest endeavor from Jet Life Records, arriving rather appropriately in the month August.
 Curren$y Announces New Album "Hot August Nights"

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Whether the night its release will prove “hot” across the board is anybody’s guess. What is certain, however, is that Spitta will once again bring his expected level unwavering consistency. The man has yet to falter in an egregious fashion, remaining imaginative in his depictions both muscle cars and marijuana. One can never betray their lot in life. 

Are you still expecting Curren$y to deliver a showstopping project? If so, what are you expecting from Hot August Nights? All things considered, his release tally currently hovers around sixty projects both the mixtape and the album variety. Placing this one in the grand scheme things may prove difficult, but Curren$y has always been a master navigation. Look for Hot August Nights to arrive on August 16th.