Johnson City, TN – A whiter than white Elizabethton, Tennessee man was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department over the weekend. Normally, that wouldn’t be anything out of the norm for a Friday night — except the man just happens to share a name with one of the most prolific Hip Hop artists to ever walk this earth.
According to WBST22, Tupac A. Shakur was taken into custody on aggravated assault, resisting arrest, simple possession of meth and unlawful drug paraphernalia on Friday (October 18).
Earlier that afternoon, the Carter County Sheriff’s Department received a call the 40-year-old man, who had several active warrants, was in the East Unaka Avenue area of Johnson City.
When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a vehicle leaving with Shakur inside. Authorities later located the vehicle and made contact with Shakur.
During the arrest, Shakur reached for his waistband and turned toward the officers with a knife in-hand. He was apprehended after a brief struggle.
Authorities said Shakur also had a syringe and multiple baggies of methamphetamine on his person. He was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where was held on an $18,000 bond.
Atlanta, GA – As criminal justice continues to be a hot topic, Charlamagne Tha God moderated a panel on the problems and fixes for the American criminal justice system with T.I. and historian Shaka Senghor.
During this year’s A3C Festival in Atlanta, Charlamagne led the discussion “How Can We Fix the Criminal Justice System” with T.I. and Senghor. Each man told about their own prison experiences and how the prison can rehabilitate with the right adjustments. They spoke on the difficulties of post-prison life, the school-to-prison pipeline and improper sentencing.
“You create your own destiny,” T.I. stated after hearing Senghor talk about Oprah reading his book. “Each and every last one of you. There’s someone somewhere that has the same amount of problems you have, and won with them.”
Many Hip Hop artists like JAY-Z and Meek Mill have spoken out against the criminal justice system. Mill has gone a step farther by becoming a criminal justice reform advocate. He has used his own experience with the system to speak on the subject.
The past few weeks have been eventful for both Charlamagne and T.I. Charlamagne was accused by Joe Budden on his podcast of helping Netflix to steal the concept for the rap competition show Rhythm and Flow while T.I. claimed Iggy Azalea “a tarnish” on his legacy.
“When I posted that retirement tweet, I knew that I still had music that I already had recorded that was still gonna come out,” said the Queen. “The retirement was talking about my album, meaning do I want to go back and record my fifth album. That’s what I was talking about. But I knew that, course, features… you know I always get asked to do features and I like features. So, it was really about the fifth album.”
Nicki says that she didn’t know her fans would react the way that they did but, considering how big a name the artist is, she should have seen that coming. Are you hoping for new music from Minaj soon?
The two are constantly sparring about the Cowboys on ESPN’s First Take and this was especially true this morning as the Cowboys defeated the Philadelphia Eagles last night in convincing fashion. Irvin came into the show with a purpose as he continued to rub the Cowboys win in the face Smith, who couldn’t do anything but just sit there and take it.
As you can see from the clips above, Irvin was in an explosive mood and thought the whole thing was pretty hilarious. Smith laughed at times and tried to get a word in edge-wise but it was too late as Irvin had practically already won.
With the win, the Cowboys are now 4-3 on the season and have sole possession first place in the NFC East. Meanwhile, Smith’s Steelers have been struggling all season without Big Ben.
Might Quavo‘s mother have started a wave? Following Quavo’s hilariously embarrassing baby picture,Snoop Dogg decided to set his own course and pull a few relics from the stash. Dubbing the photo-series as “Puppy Dogg,” Uncle Snoop shared six pictures drawing back to when he was but a mere “nephew.” Perhaps it was his recent birthday that prompted the spur nostalgia. Perhaps it was simple desire to share with his fans and followers, many whom reached out to usher in his forty-eighth year.
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There’s not much to say about the images, except that they remind us all that even a legend like Snoop experienced his own journey. Not only from the Chuuch to the Palace, but from the high-school football field to the family function. Not to mention, each image serves as a harsh reminder that rustic film-photography is becoming a thing the past. One day every throwback baby picture will arrive with high definition resolution, touched by mild photo-editing and an abundance filters.
Happy belated birthday to Uncle Snoop, and shout out to the young pup. Check out the pics below.
The superstar’s girlfriend, who is known as Dej Rose Gold, has been criticized for her connection to the rapper but she swears their bond is real. Commenting back to a fan who asked which rapper she would be going after once she finishes up with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Dej joked that Tupac Shakur was next on her list. Clearly, she plans on roughing things out with YoungBoy.
The influence Future‘s The WIZRD is only now beginning to manifest. Considered among the year’s lowkey best albums, Future’s darkest project in a minute featured plenty mysterious and hazy imagery. It’s no wonder that the team behind HBO and Damon Lindel’s Watchmen series, a “remix” Alan Moore’s iconic graphic novel, looked to Big Future for sonic inspiration. In what may very well prove to be the crossover event 2019, the series premiere kicked f with Future’s “Crushed Up,” sending social media into a celebratory uproar.
The premiere, titled “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out Ice,” was directed by Nicole Kassell. She revealed that it was actually Lindel who co-signed the Future placement, speaking with Complex about the showrunner’s visionary status. “I think one my favorite things about Damon’s work is his use music,” she revealed. “And he’s so good at finding a song that is a perfect contradiction to a scene yet then it somehow works. And the words that song is actually really relevant to the theme the episode or the title the episode.”
Clearly, the wisdom Future knows no bounds. May his presence continue to infiltrate HBO in the coming months. Have you watched The Watchmen yet?
Everyone seems to want a piece Nicki Minaj lately. Besides her feud with Tracy Chapman over copyright infringement, the rapper’s ex-stylist Maher Jridi is suing her over designer clothes. The stylist worked with Nicki in 2017 and claims to have spent thousands on rented outfits from a wardrobe company, but was never reimbursed. According to Maher, Nicki Minaj refused to give back expensive clothes that he borrowed from a third party. The company that fered him the clothes then sued him for $74k and won. Maher is, therefore, suing the rapper for refusing to pay the bill, and causing him emotional distress.
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Nicki Minaj didn’t hesitate to counter-sue him, claiming she overly compensated him with $12k in the past, and although he promised to repay her, he never did. She also denied his claims refusing to return clothes and demanded the dismissal this suit. Nicki Minaj also recently pleaded for the judge to seal her videotaped deposition with ex-stylist from September 20th. She claimed she has the right to privacy due to confidential information being exchanged in good faith. The motion included, “given Maraj’s fame as a world-renowned rapper and entertainer, she fears the Plaintiff intends to publicly disseminate confidential document discovery and pre-trial testimony in order to embarrass or otherwise damage her.”
Minaj’s lawyer is fighting hard to keep this video deposition sealed, but Maher’s counsel keeps demanding that the judge refuse the motion. Maher is stating that Minaj should not get special privileges only because she’s a celebrity. The judge has yet to rule. In other news, Nicki Minaj was really proud to launch her Fendi collection, which exploded in countries that live for designer brands, such as Saudi Arabia. It seems that the lawsuit over expensive clothes did not tarnish Minaj’s partnership with the expensive brand.
The rapper’s pastor, Adam Tyson, recently spoke with Christian-based media outlet Apologia Studios ( XXL) about Kanye’s religious rebirth and how its affected his music.
“[Kanye] started visiting our church back in mid-May,” said Tyson, who is the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, Calif.
After showing up to service a few times, he requested to speak with Tyson. “[Kanye] said, ‘About five weeks ago, I got radically saved,’” shared the pastor. “He just started telling me a little about his testimony.”
Kanye told Tyson that he turned to Christianity after feeling the “weight of sin” from fame and the music industry. “The guilt of sin brought him down low,” he said. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”
At one point, he even considered giving up rap altogether. “One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson revealed. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”
Ye ultimately decided not to abandon his craft, but use it as vehicle to spread his beliefs. He continues to host his gospel-themed Sunday Service performances, which made a recent stop in Jamaica. His religious-themed album Jesus Is King is reportedly now due Oct. 25, while his film of the same name arrives in IMAX theaters the same day.
It’s Halloween season! During this time year, children can’t wait for trick-or-treating, while parents take pride in pumpkin picking with their families. Carving out pumpkins and taking pictures with their children is what makes this season so fun, besides the haunted houses and creative costumes course. One the many parents taking the opportunity to bond with the family is Erika Hart. Kevin Hart’s wife was recently spotted at a pumpkin patch with her child, Kenzo, but Kevin was apparently nowhere to found.
Considering what Kevin Hart has gone through this past year, including the court battle with ex-business partners, a tape leak, and an almost fatal car accident, it’s understandable that Kevin needs to take his time out the spotlight. He’s still recovering from his car accident, which had caused 3 spinal fractures and back surgery. That didn’t stop the comedian from getting back to work. He’s working on the new Jumanji movie, but he’s not fully recovered just yet. Although he’s not feeling 100%, he’s definitely giving 100% to make this new movie a success. He may have missed out on pumpkin picking with his kid, but that didn’t stop Kenzo from smiling, laughing and having a blast with his mother. He really takes after his father, always finding the positive light in every situation.
It’s also clear that Kevin will take his time to recover, as his wife takes control their parental duties for the time being.
It was only a matter time before the story Suge Knight graced the screen. Straight Outta Compton notwithstanding, as he was a peripherary character with limited screentime. Given that the infamous mogul helped birth one hip-hop’s longstanding musical dynasties, Suge’s biopic would make for a compelling and interesting cinematic journey. Not to mention, it might serve to provide a little bit insight into one the game’s most feared and (occasionally) revered figures. Now, according to a report from TMZ, the time may very well be upon us.
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Apparently, the incarcerated Suge has ficially sold his life rights to none other than Ray J. A decision spurred by financial foresight, Suge seems to have deemed Ray J the perfect catalyst to deliver his message, an objective party capable doing his story justice. Citing their longtime friendship and mutual trust, Suge has given Ray J carte blanche to handle any and all dealings regarding to Suge’s life story. And that goes for all mediums, from the big screen to the page.
For now, it would seem a documentary is among the first projects in the works, with rumblings a 2Pac-related project to follow. All well and good, though it feels like a missed opportunity for an arthouse-inspired Suge Knight biopic. Perhaps that’s yet to come. Are you trying to learn more about Suge Knight’s life story?
A recording artist in his own right, Dennis Graham is the father one the world’s biggest musicians ever. He’s got himself a signature look with his mustache and round shades, attracting attention wherever he goes in the Los Angeles area. He’s a regular on the club scene and last night, he was spotted getting comfortable with former Flavor Of Love star Tiffany Pollard. If you don’t remember the entertainer, who ten goes by “New York,” we recently caught up with her here.
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Drake‘s dad and the self-proclaimed HBIC seemingly hit it f right away and, at the end the night, they were missing each other dearly. They both posted photos with one another on their socials and Pollard’s post made it clear that she’s down for a second date. “@therealdennisg you made the night MAGICAL,” she wrote as her caption. In the comments section, Dennis Graham came through with some flirtatious vibes. “Thanks sweetheart so did you, I just tried calling you from a 901 number,” he revealed.
Do you think we’ve got a new couple forming? What do you think these two?
Although Future may not be the easiest partner and father to pin down, he makes sure to shower his large clan with gifts. According to our Complete Guide to Future’s Baby Mamas, Brittni Mealy is the mother Prince and has vowed to never be with Future again.
However, Brittni and Future’s arrangement may have resulted in her acquiring some luxurious items. On Sunday, Brittni posted a photo her extensive watch collection on Instagram, asking her followers whether the seven pricey timepieces would qualify her as an addict. The majority the watches appear to be Rolex’s, a few them encrusted with diamonds. Brittni is also an Instagram model and founder clothing brand, Unicorn Universe, so it’s possible that neither Future or anyone else is responsible for fueling Brittni’s watch addiction.
One the more popular Air Jordan colorways to come out over the last few years has been the “Shattered Backboard” and the proceeding 2.0 model. These shoes are filled with orange, black, and white tones which leads to a pretty interesting and clean combination. Sneakerheads have loved these models and Jumpman is well aware that. This year, the infamous sneaker company is bringing the “Shattered Backboard” back, this time with a 3.0 model.
Thanks to the teaser images, the shoe has been suffering some scrutiny at the hands sneakerheads due to the crinkled shiny leather that graces the upper. While the colorway itself is impressive, the leather has had fans divided although there are still those who are fiending to cop them. Over the weekend, Jordan Brand came through with the ficial images which give fans a better opportunity to inspect the shoe before making a purchase decision.
As for the release date, nothing has changed as these are still expected to drop on Saturday, October 26th for $160 USD. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping.
Eminem fans probably know the name Ray Benzino. Chances are, they have no love for the former mogul. Still, having helped bring The Source into the world Zino has earned the right to speak on his career. Over the weekend, the former Made Man rapper slid through Noreaga’s Drink Champs for a conversation, and it didn’t take long before Em’s name was thrown into the mix.
Explaining that his whirlwind lifestyle and unmitigated spending habits were getting the better him, Benzino opened up about his legendary war with Shady Records. As the conversation reaches the thirty-six-minute mark, Zino admits that he did use his position at The Source to his advantage against Em. “The only time I gave myself the mics was the Eminem situation,” he reflects. “It was me against the staff, me against everybody. At that point, it was just fuck everybody. I was in a dark place where I felt like ‘I’m standing for something that’s right.’ I felt like nobody backed me.”
“You can’t look at the industry to be righteous,” he muses, prompting Nore to ask whether he’d change his tactics if given the chance. “At that time, I felt deep about what I was standing for,” says Benzino. “My thing is hip-hop is the only thing that made white people come to the culture, buy into the culture, spend money, and also interact with the culture through hip-hop…I felt like once they get a white rapper and make it so white people want to buy him, they fuck with that balance. Cause now white people will just fuck with him cause his skin color. Before they had to fuck with us cause the music.”
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“With Eminem, I felt hip-hop is big now, it’s pop now,” continues Zino, fueling his prediction that the industry would mobilize behind a popular white rapper. “He came in, there was a whole demographic white people who just ain’t fuckin with n***as, period. I don’t give a fuck. Those are the guys who’d vote Donald Trump.” He goes on to explain that while Eminem raps, he’s not ” the culture.” “Eminem is not in the culture that I’m from,” he elaborates. “That’s not a bad thing. I’m not mad at that. He grew up one way, I grew up a whole different way…He grew up where there weren’t a lot black people.”
Despite the fact that Zino’s claims may very well be unfounded, given Em’s widely-documented come ups with D12, Royce Da 5’9″, and The Outsidaz, it’s still interesting to hear him reflect on a beef that many hip-hop heads hold dear. Of course, Em has likely forever tarnished Zino’s reputation in the eyes the Stan-army, but we can’t forget what he did contribute to hip-hop culture. The Source remains a legendary publication, and arguably the most impactful piece hip-hop media to date. Check out his full Drink Champs appearance below.