How Should Hip-Hop Respond To Kodak Black’s Sentencing?

From mid-2016 onwards, the narrative surrounding Kodak Black underwent a notable shift. Within months Drake co-signs and debuting on the Billboard Charts alongside French Montana with “Lockjaw,”  the self-proclaimed Project Baby had the law nipping at his heels. Dogged by cases and controversies varying severity, his symbiotic relationship with trouble formed a collective opinion that Kodak was either unwilling or incapable making the necessary changes that’d lead to longevity in hip-hop.

For a fleeting moment, it seemed as though his release from jail in August 2018 had deterred him from getting chewed up in the gears the system again. In the wake dropping his acclaimed post-prison project Dying To Live,Kodak spoke to The Breakfast Club about moving to California and the self-preservation that governed his decision:

“I’m in Calabasas. It’s just different, positive. Ain’t too much black people there,” he said to the chagrin Charlamagne. “In Florida, everywhere I go, people just like me. You is your environment so if everyone pack a nine, I’m gonna need to be on bullshit too. I moved] as soon as I came home this time.”

How Should Hip-Hop Respond To Kodak Black's Sentencing?

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Predictably, this levelheadedness wouldn’t last and now we’ve arrived at the logical terminus for the 22-year old. As he doled out a sentence 46 months— as opposed to the ten years that could’ve been imposed, the judge summarized why an extended period incarceration had become a prerequisite at this stage:

“Young people do stupid things,” said Federico Moreno. “But the problem is that you’ve been doing stupid things since you were 15.”

Hidden away for the foreseeable future, the news come hot on the heels reports that he’d hospitalized a correctional ficer. But after the term was bestowed upon him, Kodak’s trademark braggadocio came to the surface in an Instagram post and its accompanying Kevin Gates quote:

“Hold It Down While I’m On Lock. Calling Shots From The Box #Literally 🎯🤞🏾”

Out sight but still dwelling in the genre’s mind, the question turns to how hip-hop as a whole should respond to Kodak’s latest ordeal, if at all.

Depending on who you ask, the artist— real name Bill K Kapri— is either worthy compassion or condemnation. Unapologetically brash, his infamous insistence that he’s “living for the moment” has done little to dissuade him from the wayward path that’s mould him. Since he came out the gate, Kodak’s hubristic claims being “the best rapper alive” or surpassing Tupac and Biggie did little to endear him to any consumer base that went beyond his fervent supporters. And where Kevin Gates reciprocated Kodak’s nod to “RBS (Intro)” with unequivocal love and well-wishes, others have extracted glee from the court’s verdict.

Without a semblance empathy for his plight, many have quantified Kodak’s four-year-bid as karmic retribution in full effect.  

Reviled for his well-documented comments in regards to Nipsey Hustle and his widow Lauren London, the situation and ensuing calls for a boycott his music made him a pariah in the eyes countless fans and artists; to the extent that Dave East felt compelled to remove his feature from new record Survival.

“I just couldn’t have a song called ‘The Marathon Continues’ where I’m talking to my brother—and he’s on it—and a few songs before it, you know,” he told Big Boy. “But like I said, I don’t have no problems with homie.”

Stationed at a point in his career where his fellow artists are actively refraining from association, much like Bobby Shmurda and DaBaby have drawn a line under working with 6ix9ine, it paints a grim prognosis what reception he’ll return to after this  bid.

Projecting an outward refusal to accept culpability that came through in his half-baked apology to Lauren London, as well as storming out his Hot 97 interview after Ebro brought up the ual assault charges levelled at him, it raises the question whether maturity and reflection are what’s needed to realign Kodak’s priorities.

Once again forfeiting the opportunities that the rap game has allotted him, his behaviour continues to fall afoul the renewed perspective that has routinely seeped into his music. From 2017’s Project Baby 2 onwards, his lyrics have exhibited a cognizance his upbringing’s encroaching effect on his mentality and the innate contradictions between best laid plans to change, and the lingering allure that his past still harbours. One minute, he’s defiantly staking his claim to be “Still in The Streets,” before lamenting over personal betrayals and optimistically claiming that “my watch got rocks, no more drug dealin” on tracks such as “Could Of Been Different.”

With a pronounced inner dichotomy on display, it seems that there’s at least part the young artist that wishes to reform. Yet in the recent months since he was apprehended at Rolling Loud in Miami, that confrontational glint has remained present and would emerge on a new freestyle recorded from behind bars. Radiating that same destructive energy which has led some hip-hop consumers to cast him aside, Kodak Black’s jailhouse freestyle included bars that disparaged Southside and Yung Miami for good measure.

“I bought Yung Miami a ring, she wanted 808 baby, when I see her I’ma hit that bitch in her stomach. The way I keep my shit too real, they say I’m fucking up my money.”

As proven by that last couplet, Kodak Black isn’t ignorant the detrimental effect that his conduct has on his standing in the industry. But as tracks such as “Transgression” prove, he feels powerless to change, no matter the cost.

“I hate I fell in love with thuggin’, I give my mama anxiety.”

With one foot still entrenched in Pompano Beach, there’s a reason why they call it the trap. A state play that has led No Jumper’s Adam22 to claim he’s “disappointed in him,” Kodak’s reluctance to relinquish that chapter his life once and for all is at odds with the rags-to-riches narratives that’s been perpetuated by hip-hop’s true greats.

From Hov to Pusha T, there’s no shortage rappers that had once partaken in criminal enterprise to keep themselves afloat. In a modern context, Guapdad 4000 transferred his aptitude for credit card scamming to finessing the rap game, while A$AP Rocky has spoken about close calls:

“I never got in the streets] too deep to the point where I let it get the best me,” Flacko told MTV. “Everybody’s dream is to make it big with that shit and get out. I didn’t make it big so I got out.”

Kodak’s narrative, then, is nothing new. However, the difference is that for everyone from The Ferragamo Falcon to Freddie Gibbs, their criminal dealings were always a means to an end, something they would hope to one day let go. Where, in Kodak’s case, he’s regularly conducted himself with the same destructive attitude that he’d had when he was spending time in juvie. As a result, it makes you wonder whether it’s time to push Kodak’s clear-cut potential to aside, in favour artists who are actively trying to better themselves (and we need not look any further than the rapper Kodak chose to quote on Instagram– Kevin Gates).

An open letter from the incarcerated Kodak contained a pearl wisdom which suggests that he may have finally pinpointed which path to head down.

“4 Months Ago I Was Jus Facetiming Da Baddest Females On Planet Earth, Na Im Makin Jail Calls Waitin On Mail Call.”

But as we know from his lyrics, conjuring up a sentiment and sticking with a new outlook are two very different things. Plus, if he’s found guilty in the pending criminal ual conduct case— which carries a maximum penalty 30 years— it could be too little, too late. If not, there may still be time for Kodak to prevent himself from becoming an allegorical footnote that teaches MCs where the lines between a checkered past and a bright future must be drawn.

As has been made evident in recent years, the only person that can help Kodak is himself. Led into the waiting arms the penitentiary once more, the only hope is for him to finally internalize what he rhymed back on Project Baby 2’sVersatile.”

“Seem like I lost more than I ever gained

Ain’t get nun out these streets but pain

Ain’t get nun out these streets but hard times

‘Cause in these streets ain’t nun but hard times”

Safaree Wants To Sue Donald Trump After Erica Mena Sprains Ankle In New York

Safaree and Erica Mena are patiently waiting for the arrival  their first daughter together and the “Hunnid” rapper has already been sending her messages in patois so she can be accustomed to her father’s voice before her debut in the world. Erica has been showcasing her growing bump on Instagram and unfortunately, the Love & Hip Hop star has sprained her ankle seemingly putting her on bed rest. 

Safaree Wants To Sue Donald Trump After Erica Mena Sprains Ankle In New York
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Safaree uploaded a video to his Instagram feed that sees his wife wrapped in a fur coat getting escorted from a hospital after her fall. Erica looks like she’s doing fine with a big smile on her face while Safaree’s caption jokes about taking the matter up with Donald Trump.

“My wife fell and sprained her ankle last night on a bum ass New York City hole in the street… I’m so mad. We should sue the city or trump! but at least she looks fabulous,” he wrote. 

“We’re going to be selective but at the same time, this baby will come out the womb working,” Safaree joked when discussing how he and Erica plan to keep their daughter out the spotlight. “I was working very early.  I’m about to pull a DJ Khaled. As soon as this baby comes out, we are working.”

HNHH TIDAL Wave: Lil Baby, Drake & Dave East Are Stars This Week

Another week, another solid seven days for music. Each Wednesday, we present you with our ficial staff picks playlist. Exclusive to TIDAL, the chart usually contains a number the highest-prile releases mixed with some more underground cuts. With brand new albums from Dave East, Doja Cat, bbno$, and others, our editors were busy checking out another heavy schedule drops. 

Starting f the playlist this week, Lil Baby’s brand new single “Whoa” gets us ready for the party. This is classic Baby, showcasing his melodic prowess and featuring the Atlanta rapper flowing smoothly in his unique voice. Immediately after, we get into the latest Drake remix MC Kevin O Chris’ “Ela É do Tipo” before Tory Lanez’ Chixtape 5 single and Doja Cat’s collaboration with Gucci Mane get us in the mood. Elsewhere, we’ve included some tracks from Dave East’s Survival, Reason’s new single, 88GLAM’s return and some brand new Griselda vibes.

Let us know who’s got your favorite choices this week out the entire staff. If you’re not signed up for TIDAL yet, get on game and do that here. They’ve got the best sound quality on the market so, if that’s your streaming priority, you should consider switching up.


Alex Zidel (Editorial)

bbno$ – bad thoughts
bbno$ & Lewis Grant – on god
Doja Cat – Bottom Bitch
Young Scooter – Trap Museum (feat. Lil Keed)
Yung Lean – Blue Plastic

Chantilly Post (Editorial)

Doja Cat – Streets
Doja Cat – Like That (feat. Gucci Mane)
Deante’ Hitchcock – How TF (feat. 6LACK)
Skip Marley – Slow Down (feat. H.E.R.)
Tinashe – Touch & Go (feat. 6LACK)

Alex Cole (Editorial)

Emotional Oranges – Iconic
Emotional Oranges – West Coast Love
Doja Cat – Addiction
88GLAM – Bankroll (feat. Lil Keed)
FKA twigs – sad day

Noah C. (Editorial)

Rosalía – A Palé
Clams Casino – Lyre
FKA twigs – mirrored heart
Lil Baby – Woah
Kilo Kish – NICE OUT

Aron A. (Editorial)

J Hus – Must Be
Dave East – Seventeen
Lil Baby – Woah
REASON – Same Ol Shit

Mitch Findlay (Editorial)

Griselda – Chef Dreds
REASON – Same Ol Shit
Lil Baby – Woah
J Hus – Must Be

Arielle London (Editorial)

Dave East – On Sight (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Teyana Taylor & Kehlani – Morning
Dave East – Seventeen

Rose Lilah (Editorial)

Young Scooter – Don’t Reach For My Chain (feat. Casino)
Tory Lanez – Jerry Sprunger (feat. T-Pain)
Gallant – Sharpest Edges
MC Kevin O Chris – Ela É do Tipo (feat. Drake)

 

Apple Music Slots Jessie Reyez as Their Latest 'Up Next' Artist

Apple Music has announced that Canadian singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez has been selected as the latest artist to be featured in its monthly Up Next program, which is an initiative aimed at identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent.

Reyez is the first Canadian female singer to become an Up Next artist. As part of the program, she will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 21.

According to Apple, they have had their eyes on Reyez going back to August of 2016. This is when Zane Lowe premiered Reyez’ song “Figures” on Beats 1. The song was further featured on numerous popular Apple Music playlists, such as:

  • New Music Daily
  • R&B Now
  • The New Toronto

While “Figures” reached Shazam’s Top 25 charts in the United States and Canada, in April of this year, Reyez’ song “Great One” reached Shazam’s Top 25 Global Chart. All together, her music has received more than 325 million streams on Apple Music alone.

Reyez responded to her selection as an Up Next artist by saying:

“Honestly, Apple is a giant — I’m working to be one — so I appreciate them putting me on their shoulders as the next Up Next artist.”

Nadeska Alexis, who is an Apple Music host, also commented on Reyez’ selection to the program. She said, “I’ve been intrigued by Jessie Reyez since I saw her perform an acoustic version of ‘Figures’ on her guitar back in 2016, and her growth since then has been incredible to watch. In addition to her raw talent, the honesty in her songwriting makes her extremely relatable. On ‘Far Away’ for example, she tackles something as universal as romantic relationships and as culturally important as immigration with ease.”

Early next year, Reyez will release a studio album from FMLY and Island Records. It will include the single “Imported,” which the RIAA has already gold certified.

Kevin Hart Calls Stripper’s Claim "Baseless" In $60M Sex Tape Lawsuit

Two years ago, Kevin Hart’s wild weekend in Las Vegas was made public when he got caught cheating on his wife with a traveling stripper named Montia Sabbag. A tape scandal was formed, leading Montia to sue Kevin for $60 million naming him, his former freind Jonathan Todd Jackson and a publication called Fameoulous in the suit for conspiring to release the tape as a way to get publicity.

Kevin Hart Calls Stripper's Claim "Baseless" In $60M Sex Tape Lawsuit
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Jonathan was later sued by Kevin for attempted extortion and his former friend denied any wrongdoingThe Blast now has more recent updates on the case since the Jumanji actor is fighting to have Montia’s initial case thrown out, calling it “baseless.” According to the publication, Montia asked for an extension on her case since she claimed to be in settlement discussions but Kevin denied that he was in talks with her. 

“As a factual matter, Defendant Hart was not a party to any such settlement discussions, and has had no recent communications with Plaintiff or Plaintiff’s counsel regarding settlement,” documents state. “Plaintiff is improperly attempting to drag out the litigation in order to delay the inevitable determination that her claims are, in fact, baseless.”

The case is ongoing. 

Kehlani Opens Up About YG Relationship on ‘You Know Wassup’

Kehlani pours her heart out on her new song “You Know Wassup.”

The singer opens up for the first time since her boyfriend YG was seen getting cozy with another woman outside a nightclub on Halloween.

“Why I gotta beg to be chosen over your vices, over your liquor?” she asks on The Rascals production. “Why I gotta ask for flowers / I deserve roses / I deserve bigger / I know you’re trying to change, but is it all worth the wait?”

A vulnerable Kehlani admits that it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. “I watch your demons cause me drama / Now I’m triggered / All this drama / You’re embarrassed and in shock and we still in love.”


But despite the pain he’s caused her, she still loves the Compton rapper. “And I still tell the world I’m in love with you / ‘Cause I ain’t ashamed to say / Got your name tatted on my wrist / Any bitch got a bone to pick, you know whose phone to hit.”

Kehlani goes on to profess her love for YG and even reveals plans to take his last name. “You’re still my love / You’re still my heart / That’s still my dick / Still wanna be Mrs. Jackson,” she sings. “Waited five years to be on the team / Look damn good fuckin’ with me.”

Last month, video surfaced of YG seemingly kissing a mystery brunette in his red Lamborghini after leaving Todd Gurley’s Halloween party in L.A. He later addressed the cheating allegations, saying he was drunk, but did not kiss the woman.

“He was drunk, got carried away and it was very regretful for putting himself in that situation and hurting Kehlani,” his rep told The Shade Room. “He has no romantic connection to the girl, just a drunken moment carried away.”

The rapper, 29, and singer, 24, went public with their relationship during New York Fashion Week in September. Kehlani shared several photos of them kissing and showing PDA while at dinner. “5 years in the making,” she tweeted.

Remy Ma Calls Brittney Taylor Case A "Waste Of Taxpayer’s Money"

It was yet another court appearance for Remy Ma on Tuesday. The rapper was spotted at a Manhattan Criminal Courthouse in connection to the alleged assault against her Love & Hip Hop New York co-star, Brittney Taylor. Earlier this year, Brittney came forward on social media with accusations that Remy punched her in the face at a concert in New York. She also shared a photo her face showing f a black eye and claimed that Remy hit her for no reason.

Remy Ma Calls Brittney Taylor Case A "Waste Of Taxpayer's Money"
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Remy has vehemently denied the allegations against her, but after Brittney filed a report, the rapper was arrested. The State the Culture host quickly made bond and has carried on with her life, but this has been looming over her throughout 2019. Page Six shared a video Remy as she recently sat inside the courthouse and was asked how she was feeling about the case. “Just more a waste the taxpayers’ money,” she said somberly.

Aside from his continued court drama, Remy shared that she’s excited to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday in December, saying that they may opt for a Mickey Mouse-themed party for the toddler. Meanwhile, months after accusing Remy assault, Brittney was arrested for allegedly clawing and throwing a phone at a woman. Those charges were later dismissed. Watch the clip below.

80s MTV Returns ⁠— VEVO Introduces Music Video Channels On Pluto TV

VEVO has struck a deal with Viacom’s Pluto TV for ten new music video channels. Pluto TV is a free streaming service acquired by Viacom earlier this year.

The first channel to debut as part of the deal is VEVO POP ⁠— launching today. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but VEVO is expected to roll out more channels in the future.

VEVO President of Sales and Distribution Kevin McGurn says the partnership was a natural one. A holiday-themed channel will be launching later this year.

“Pluto TV is an exciting partner for Vevo, enabling us to offer a linear-programmed lean-back music video experience to our audiences. Bringing music videos into the home alongside other linear and on-demand programming ensures that music videos are available to audiences on devices and platforms that are already integrated with their day-to-day lives.”

The launch of these new lean-back music video channels hearkens to the early days of MTV.

VEVO experimented with its own streaming offering back in 2013 but eventually discontinued the service in 2016. Now the company is focused on maximizing licensing revenue from third-party platforms ⁠— like Pluto TV.

VEVO has licensing deals with other popular streaming services like YouTube, Amazon, Roku, Apple, and others. It is the world’s largest premium music video provider with 26 billion monthly views and over 400,000 music videos in its catalog. The full channel line-up hasn’t been revealed, but you can check-out VEVO Pop on Pluto TV right now.

Pluto TV boasts over 18 million monthly active users in the United States alone. The service offers over 200 live, linear channels, and thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows.

The channel interface is designed to feel familiar to anyone who has used cable in the last 50 years. Content from Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CNN, NBC News, and more can be viewed for free on the streaming service.

The MLC Is Choking On a 'Once-In-a-Lifetime Opportunity'

Major streaming services appear to be growing increasingly frustrated with the as-yet-unformed Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.

Just this morning, a top executive at one of the largest streaming platforms in the world — who wished to remain anonymous — shared this statement with Digital Music News.  It describes a disheartening situation around the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), a group that was envisioned by the Music Modernization Act to fix the current mechanical royalty mess but seems determined to avoid fixing serious copyright problems.

Remember, the streaming services — or ‘DSPs’ in industry-speak — are being asked to pay $66.25 million just to get the MLC off the ground.  They’ve already , with a separate DSP source noting that the figure was ‘easily three times’ the company’s cost estimate.

Here’s the executive’s statement, unedited by DMN.

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The MLC Choked on Its Copyright Office Submission, But It’s Not Too Late for Superstardom

The passage of the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the music copyright owner community to rectify ownership data problems that have impeded royalty payments for U.S. streaming activity for over a decade, all on the dime (or shall we say eight-figure check) of the streaming services. Yet, according to public comments filed with the U.S. Copyright Office (“Office”) last week, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (“MLC”), the entity designated to administer the MMA’s license regime, seems determined to find obscure reasons to shy away from one of their core responsibilities: to collect ownership data from musical work copyright owners to build a central database of rights information.

While submissions from other parties (including copyright owner organizations) thoughtfully laid out the types of data the MLC should collect from copyright owners, the points in the creation/distribution chain in which ownership should be documented, and various means of incentivizing catalog submissions, the MLC stated that the Office should decline to define any specific obligations for copyright owners to submit their catalog data to the MLC.  Their reason?  Copyright owners are too diverse to be able to define practices that could apply to all of them.

The MLC gave the following example: “composers in remote countries who may communicate in rare languages and have limited or no access to the Internet” may not be able to comply with practices set out by the Office. Come again?

You’re probably scratching your head and wondering how rare languages in remote countries have anything to do with cleaning up publishing data for U.S. streaming activity. The short answer: nothing. The longer answer: the MLC is looking for any possible hook to relieve musical work copyright owners from what they may perceive to be a burdensome requirement to submit data to the MLC. Instead, the MLC suggests that publishing data should come primarily from streaming services and record labels. Unfortunately, that is a short-sighted strategy that will hurt musical work copyright owners by publicly setting the tone for a low level of engagement from that community in creating the MLC database. It is also contrary to a core principle of MMA: that musical work copyright owners take back the responsibility for fixing their own data while streaming services pay for these efforts.

The MLC is right to have a healthy fear of this task. It will require a herculean effort by various factions of the music industry to tackle. However, the MLC’s suggestion that information about who owns music should come from streaming services, instead of from the people who actually create and own it, is misguided and will worsen the already complex state affairs. While the MLC has not yet grasped the dangers of intermediaries touching ownership data, copyright owners on the sound recording side of the business seem to have gotten the message loud and clear. Consider the following quotes from other comments filed with the Office last week:

Recording Industry Association of America: Suggests the MLC receive “unaltered, verified Sound Recording Metadata sourced directly from a single, authoritative source, such as Sound Exchange” in order to “avoid the possibility that different [streaming services] submit disparate and possibly contradictory sound recording data to the MLC that would then need to be resolved somehow.”

Recording Academy: States that “[t]he sound recording copyright owner (usually a record label or artist) should be considered the preeminent source of information related to the sound recording” and cautions against relying on “third-party databases that may have flawed or incomplete information.”

Paul Jessop (previous CTO at IFPI and RIAA): States that “[i]t is the experience of many practitioners in this area that data degrades the further it gets from the source … thereby making matching harder” and notes that “[i]f the MLC is faced with multiple data sources … it will be faced with the task of reconciling them and re-creating a single authentic data record. This will be difficult, expensive and probably unreliable.”

The streaming services, who have grappled with reconciling publishing data for many years, seem to understand that this lesson applies equally to publishing data. In their filing with the Office through the Digital Licensee Coordinator (“DLC”) they draw attention to the fact that the statute intentionally limits the publishing data that should flow through streaming services to the MLC and note that “putting responsibility on the MLC to gather [publishing] ownership data directly from copyright owners will remove unnecessary intermediaries from data collection efforts, which will in turn increase the reliability of the data received by the MLC and prevent the MLC from having to unnecessarily reconcile multiple versions of the same data set.”

No one has said that fixing this large-scale, decades-old problem will be quick or easy. It will require investment in new tools and technology and changes in behavior across a large spectrum of industry participants. No one pretends to have all of the solutions now, or that the many cooks in the kitchen will always agree on what those solutions should be. But there is one thing that’s certain: this is no time to cower behind near-extinct languages and shoddy internet access. This is a time to send a clear message asking musical work copyright owners to rise to the occasion because, frankly, they may not see this opportunity again — one where they have massive funding, educational support from the Office and other organizations, and huge mindshare across the music industry to help make this database work.

As rapper Eminem wisely recounts in his classic song: “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime. You better lose yourself in the music, the metadata…” Ok, I may have added that last part about metadata, but like the tale set out in the song, the MLC’s submission to the Office is akin to mom’s spaghetti vomited onto Eminem’s sweater when he chokes at his first freestyle battle. I get it; this is scary stuff (with absolutely no sarcasm intended). But, as evidenced by the later ascent of the song’s protagonist, the MLC still has the opportunity to rise to the occasion and prove themselves to be an MMA superstar to the industry; not by having fully-baked solutions now, but by setting the proper tone and by stating their clear intent to educate, prepare, and support musical work copyright owners with the heavy lift ahead, instead of shying away from the task.

To be fair, the streaming services have yet to  take a public position on the equally importantly issue of funding the MLC. Within the next week, the services will have to file their case with the Copyright Royalty Board setting out what they believe they should pay to operate the collective, unless they come to a voluntary agreement with the MLC beforehand. It is fair that equal attention be paid to whether the streaming services approach their core MMA responsibility thoughtfully and with consideration for the difficult task at hand.

One final thought: if U.S. songwriters and publishers are wary of wading into the deep sea of their own catalog metadata, I’d venture to say that the eleven remaining humans who speak Liki on a remote island of Indonesia, and the two remaining humans who speak Chamicuro in Peru, would rather be left out of the fray as well. Although, I’m sure they appreciate that the MLC was willing to divert its mission in case they were unable to submit their catalog online (sarcasm intended this time).

Gucci Mane Vibing In A Giant Bubble Bath Will Get You Through The Day

Gucci Mane is really out here living his best life. The iconic Atlanta rapper has been working closely with luxury fashion brand Gucci on the release their new collection, serving as the face their campaign. The results his photoshoot with the Italian label have already been released but it would appear as though behind-the-scenes was pretty lit as well.

Gucci Mane Vibing In A Giant Bubble Bath Will Get You Through The Day
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Wherever Guwop goes, it’s a party. The man has released so many bangers over the course his career and, last month, he dropped another solid project in Woptober 2. It may no longer be Wop’s month but he’s still having a blast in his daily life, showing us just what he’s all about in a brand new video posted to his social accounts. 

Noting that the video was taken in Italy in between takes his photoshoot with Gucci, the star could be seen vibing out in a giant bubble bath with all his jewelry on. Several assistants wipe f the floor behind him and one man checked the temperature the water to make sure it’s to LaFlare’s liking. He’s truly living the life. 

Watch the video below and be sure to take time to yourself today. We all deserve some me-time — Gucci Mane knows that.

Cuba Gooding Jr.’s Girlfriend Goes Off On Him At Bar & Gets Removed By Security

Cuba Gooding Jr. has at least three women accusing him inappropriate acts despite his denial any wrongdoing in the number cases. The Snow Dogs actor recently pleaded not guilty in a butt pinching case and while he thinks he may have dodged any female confrontation he was mistaken after this past weekend’s incident. 

Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Girlfriend Goes Off On Him At Bar & Gets Removed By Security
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Cuba was in South Beach at Mango’s Tropical Cafe with his girlfriend Claudine De Niro as a way to celebrate her birthday. TMZ  got its hands on video footage Claudine going f on Cuba causing a bit a scene. In the video below, you can see that Claudine’s anger resulted in her throwing a few objects f the bar and sources told the publication that she was escorted from her own party after she got a little aggressive with the security team. 

The latest update on the dispute details how Claudine was mad at Cuba because a friend showed up late to her birthday dinner and when she confronted Cuba, he took the friend’s side. Apparently they’re on good terms now and the silly argument is now history. Cuba’s lawyer Mark Heller commented on the situation detailing how Claudine was “overly playful.”

BMG Announces a 30,000 Square Foot LA Office Upgrade

BMG has announced that it will be moving its Los Angeles operations 7 blocks from its current facility, to a 30,000-square-foot space on the very same street: Wilshire Boulevard.

This is just the latest of office moves for BMG, whose L.A. operations represent its largest grossing unit. In September, the company a massive new facility in Nashville, and they unveiled a new office on Park Avenue in New York a year-and-a-half before that.  According to the company, each city operates independently of each other while reporting to the same CEO, Hartwig Masuch.

The new L.A. location will house the following:

  • Publishing and recording
  • Synch and licensing
  • Film and Books

The facility will also integrate BMG Production Music and Rise Records, which it recently acquired. The company currently employs 135 people in Los Angeles.

Among the many artists under contract by BMG are the following:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • 21 Savage
  • The Raconteurs
  • Blanco Brown
  • Tool
  • Juice WRLD
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Godsmack
  • Lindsey Stirling,
  • The Zac Brown Band
  • 311

Masuch commented on the deal by saying, “This marks another significant investment in our fast-growing US business. It is consistent with BMG’s philosophy — all our services under one roof, operating off the same platform, and taking a global perspective.”

Thomas Scherer, who is the company’s executive vice president of repertoire and marketing, also commented on the move. He said, “It is just 10 months since the reorganization of BMG US and I am glad to say we are enjoying success across the board. The move into a new, even bigger, facility is a significant development for BMG in LA. As with all our initiatives, everything is being designed to optimize service to our songwriter and artist clients.”

BMG is the latest Los Angeles music giant to expand its Los Angeles operations.

Back in March of this year, Warner Music also to new facilities, opening a location on South Santa Fe Avenue.

Joe Budden & His New Girl Get Flirtatious In IG Comments Section

In September, rumors started circulating that Joe Budden was dating an Instagram model and boutique owner, named Shadee Monique. After initially being spotted hitting it f at Joe’s pool party, the two simultaneously posted photos in Turks & Caicos a few weeks later. While the supposed couple tried to stay low-key by not posting any pictures together, it wasn’t too hard for Internet detectives to put the pieces together and hypothesize that they went on a romantic getaway. 

While Budden and Monique (whose IG handle is ‘therealcateyes’) have successfully kept things secretive, a slip-up seems to have confirmed that they are in fact still dating. Monique posted a photo on IG, showing f her killer body and acknowledging how banging she looks with the caption, “And to think… I changed clothes before going out.” Budden popped up in the comments asking which occasion she was referring to and she gave the suggestive response, “U already know when n where tongue out emoji].” Based on this interaction, one can infer that the two have been spending time together. 

Joe Budden & His New Girl Get Flirtatious In IG Comments Section

Perhaps we’ll learn more about Joe’s new boo on the tenth season  Love & Hip Hop: New York, since Joe has signed on to return to the show. If this ends up being the case, Monique might get dragged into a messy situation with Joe’s castmates and exes, Cyn Santana and Tahiry

London On Da Track Can’t Get Enough Of Girlfriend Summer Walker

Ever since London On Da Track and Summer Walker debuted their love to the world it’s been nothing but sweet moments and sentimental messages shared by each party. The couple made it clear they were together weeks before Summer’s debut album Over It arrived and the whole project was solely produced by London. 

A couple weeks back, something went adrift and the “I’ll Kill You” singer made it clear that she and the famed producer were over but not after he surprised her on stage and they got back together. “Im a alpha female so I guess when I think for myself/make my own decisions it’s taken as disrespect. That was cute tho. God bless him still a sweet man deep down inside,” she wrote before their reconciliation

Now that things are back to normal – meaning London can’t stop posting about his gyal while Summer can’t stop sharing videos about her man – we’ve been treated to yet another share that shows how much love they got for each other. London posted an image Summer to his feed with a caption that reads: “I love posting u on my page they gon think it’s yo page 🖤🐍🐍🐍🐍👑.”

A while back London made it clear that he has plans to “change her name.” Only time will tell when it becomes a reality. 

Faith Evans Recalls A Time She & Biggie Smoked Weed With Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston may be gone but she’s surely not forgotten since some her friends have recalled some memorable moments with the beloved singer from years ago. The latest to do it is Faith Evans who recently recalled a time that she and her ex-husband Biggie Smalls would hang out with Whitney and Bobby Brown. 

Faith Evans Recalls A Time She & Biggie Smoked Weed With Whitney Houston
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“Whitney and Bobby Brown] used to live in the same country club as me and my ex-husband and one day they came to our house,” Faith told Page Six. “We were drinking wine, smoking joints, and they had this thing where they would] dance and curse at each other.” Apparently Whitney suggested to Faith that they should do a reality show. “And I said, ‘Girl y’all just did the first episode right here,” she added. 

Faith further explained how she and Whitney got really close when Biggie passed away. “One the first places she invited me was Donatella Versace’s house in ’97 … I was like, ‘Girl I don’t have no outfit.’ So she brought me one… It was a dinner party… and men with no shirts were] serving platters,” she said. 

Check out more Faith’s stories on her former friend below.