Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary Leaving Neverland Receives Five Emmy Nominations

Both Leaving Neverland and Surviving R. Kelly received Emmy nominations.

Leaving Neverland, the 2019 HBO documentary that tells the story of two individuals who claim that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children, has received five Emmy nominations: Outstanding Directing, Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Overall Picture, all in the Documentary/Nonfiction program section.

The 2019 Emmy Awards will take place on September 22nd and will air on Fox from 8-11 PM EST (5-8 PM PST).

Additionally, Surviving R. Kelly, a multipart Lifetime documentary that explores allegations of sexual abuse that R. Kelly is said to have committed, received one Emmy nomination, for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.  Surviving R. Kelly was a commercial success and a major influencer of public opinion.

Kelly was charged with sexual abuse crimes at the state level earlier this year, and last week, Kelly was arrested for federal sex-crimes charges.

The lawyers for Michael Jackson’s estate vehemently denied the accusations made in Leaving Neverland, and an additional documentary, Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, will be released on August 13th; the work will aim to disprove the allegations made in Leaving Neverland.

Chase the Truth is being distributed by Amazon and will debut on a multitude of on-demand video services.

Moreover, R. Kelly and his lawyers have also denied the charges, and it’s worth mentioning that in 2008, a jury found Kelly not guilty on 14 of 14 similar counts.  Kelly is currently being jailed — he was labeled a threat to the community and was refused bond — and will reappear in court on September 4th.

Beyonce’s Netflix special, Homecoming, was also nominated for six Emmys. Also, Sara Bareilles received a nomination for her songwriting contributions to CBS’s Tony Awards. Despite being nominated in the past, both women are trying to secure their first Emmy award.

El Chapo Sentenced To Life In Prison & Ordered To Forfeit $12.6 Billion Fortune

New York, NY – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will reportedly spend the rest of his life behind the bars of Colorado’s Supermax prison.

According to CNN, the infamous Mexican drug lord was in court on Wednesday morning (July 17) and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. As part of the deal, Guzman was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.

During the trial, Guzman spoke for roughly 10 minutes and condemned the New York prison where he’s been held for the past two and a half years. He also referenced a report that a juror had spoken about misconduct by other jurors.

“There was no justice here,” he said in Spanish. “It’s been torture, the most inhumane situation I have lived in my entire life. It has been physical, emotional and mental torture.”

Guzman — who’s been the subject of plenty of rap songs — was convicted in February on 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, drug trafficking and firearms charges.

The 62-year-old’s fate is unsurprising. Witnesses during the trial testified he ordered and sometimes participated in the torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies.

“The long road that led ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from the mountains of Sinaloa to the courthouse was paved with death, drugs and destruction, but it ended today with justice,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said. “Mr. Guzman thought for more than 25 years that he was untouchable.”

Due to his history of escaping from two Mexican prisons, Guzman is expected to serve out his sentence in the nation’s most secure federal prison in Florence, Colorado.

“He’s going to Supermax, I’m sure, in Colorado,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said in February. “No one has ever escaped. It’s absolutely impossible. It’s not even an issue.”

New Music: Lil Baby feat. DaBaby ‘Baby’

A year-and-a-half after releasing Control the Streets Volume 1, Quality Control is set to debut the next chapter in the series with Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 2.

In advance of its Aug. 16 release, the label has dropped a pair of singles off the compilation including a collaboration with Lil Baby and DaBaby, aptly titled “Baby.” Over the Wheezy production, Lil Baby puts on for his city (“I’m really a millionaire, still in the projects”), while the “Suge” hitmaker boasts about his boss moves (“Baby CEO, shake the game like he Diddy”).

City Girls and Saweetie also team up on their Volume 2 collaboration “Come On.” On the DJ Durel-produced banger, the ladies show who’s boss while flaunting their sexuality. “Let’s make ’em spend it on us all night long / It’s time to get it,” they sing over the twerk-ready beat.

The compilation also features QC’s newest signee, R&B artist Layton Greene, who just dropped her debut video for “Leave Em Alone” featuring Lil Baby, City Girls, and PnB Rock.

R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to multiple sex crimes charges.

The R&B singer was in a Chicago courtroom on Tuesday (July 16) for his bond hearing, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackled at the ankles. He has been in jail for five days on separate federal indictments in Illinois and New York, and will remain behind bars after a judge denied him bail.

Federal prosecutors described him as “an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

“This risk of obstruction is real. This risk is ongoing. This risk is heightened by the defendant’s fame and power,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull told Judge Harry Leinenweber.

Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, said his client can be trusted not to flee if released from custody.

“Unlike his most famous song — ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ — Mr. Kelly doesn’t like to fly,” said Greenberg. “How could he flee? He has no money. There’s no evidence that he’s a risk to minors at all at this point.”

The 52-year-old singer appeared in federal court for an arraignment on charges, including production of child porn, sex-trafficking, racketeering, crossing state lines for sex with underage girls, and obstruction of justice. Greenberg submitted a not guilty plea for Kelly to charges in the indictments.

Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, Kelly’s girlfriends who live with him at Trump Tower in Chicago, showed up to court to support the singer.

“Today’s decision to deny bond is a small glimmer of hope, but we look forward to feeling the full rays of justice,” Joycelyn’s mother, Jonjelyn Savage, said in a statement.

Kelly faces a maximum prison sentence of 195 years in Chicago, with decades more in New York.

Quality Control Announces ‘Control the Streets Volume 2’

Quality Control is about to feed the streets once again.

The Atlanta-based label that is home to Migos, City Girls, and Lil Baby is readying the second installment in their Control the Streets series. QC artists including Migos and Lil Yachty revealed the Volume 2 cover art on Instagram along with the release date: Aug. 16.

The first Control the Streets compilation was released in December 2017. It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and featured contributions from Migos, Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Kodak Black, and more.

During an interview with Rap-Up TV last year, Yachty hinted at a Control the Streets sequel. “It’s very tight-knit,” he said of his bond with his QC labelmates. “It’s probably the tighest label out. It’s real family. We can all call each other and depend on each other, see each other if we need to. It’s not fake.”

Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 2 will feature two new singles including City Girls and Saweetie’s “Come On” featuring DJ Durel and Lil Baby and DaBaby’s “Baby.” Listen to both below.

Freddie Gibbs Clarifies Jeezy Mention On "Crime Pays"

New York, NY – Midway into Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s catchy Bandana single “Crime Pays,” there’s a perceived shot at Jeezy, who the celebrated lyricist dissed on his initial MadGibbs project Piñata five years ago.

On the tale end of the second verse, Gibbs raps, “And Roc, he done went and bought Jeezy a pair of new shoes, that nigga was dick-sucking.”

During his Breakfast Club interview on Tuesday (July 16), Gibbs revealed that wasn’t the case.

“It was a show in Chicago and [Jeezy] wanted some Timbs to go with his outfit,” Gibbs recalls, admitting he wasn’t there because his former boss SnowGlo didn’t want to pay for his stage time.

“But my homeboys were dick-ricking and they wanted to go to the show,” he continued. “I guess they standing there looking in awe at the nigga and [Jeezy] is like, ‘I need some shoes’ and he just used them to get some Timberlands and then they came back with the shoes, [Jeezy] was like, ‘These the wrong ones’ and just tossed them to his homeboy.’

When Gibbs’ friends hit him the next day to inquire about being down $200 and everyone got the icy shoulder.

“That was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back,” Gibbs stated before adding, “I ain’t got no problem with Young Jeezy. Not at all.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gibbs was asked about his reaction to the perfect rating Bandana received by HipHopDX to which he cooly replied, “As they should.”

Watch the full Freddie Gibbs Breakfast Club interview where he also discusses Madlib’s unorthodox studio practices recording with Mos Def a.k.a. Yasiin Bey and how Tunji Balogon helped lift his blackballing throughout the industry.

Snoop Dogg Recalls Working With Tupac: ”It Was More About Fun Than Work”

Los Angeles, CA – In the most recent episode of HipHopDX’s interview series Crook’s Corner, KXNG Crooked stopped by Snoop Dogg’s studio to chat about his upcoming LP I Wanna Thank Me and much more.

In a bonus clip, the two share a moment — reminiscing on a time they were both in the studio with the late Tupac Shakur.

“I walked in there and seen y’all two standing at the booth. I was like, damn, I can’t believe this shit,” Crooked I told Snoop. “It took my mind to a whole nother place. Like they can, maybe you can make it one day.”

As Crook explained, the two were in the studio recording the audio for their 1996 St. Ides commercial, which was part of the 90s brand campaign produced by the iconic DJ Pooh.

“I was lucky and blessed,” he continued. “I ain’t know how blessed I was.”

Snoop quickly responded, “We never do. I didn’t either … we never do. You know, we always got hindsight when we look back at it and be like those are some precious moments.”

As Snoop explained, Pac was incredibly funny — adding they had a light clash, though it was never serious.

“I remember those moments with him more being about fun than work. Like he would always let it be fun.“

He also broke down how Pac’s well-documented work ethic rubbed off on his own process.

“Back then, you’d make a record, you listened to it for a week and you just keep listening to it. [He’d] make a record and be like, ’All right, we heard it move onto the next one,’” Snoop says.

Watch the full clip, above.

LAPD Still Investigating Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Gang Ties

Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s tragic shooting death in March undoubtedly left a huge hole in not only the rap community but also the Los Angeles community. But according to a new Los Angeles Times article, the slain MC is still the subject of a LAPD investigation at the time of his death.

Officials in the Police Department and city attorney’s office were reportedly looking into his alleged gang affiliations. They were investigating Nipsey, his property and business associates in an effort to determine if the strip mall at the corner of Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue was a gang activity hub.

That same intersection was the location of Nip’s Marathon Clothing store and sadly, the very spot his life was taken on March 31.

The LAPD’s investigation will continue in the wake of Nip’s passing, meaning there’s a possibility authorities could take action against his business partners.

Although the city pressured Nip’s former landlords to evict the Grammy Award-nominated rapper and his associates as part of the investigation, the landlords instead sold the property to Hussle and a group of investors for $2.5 million earlier this year.

Despite his Rollin ’60s Crips affiliations, Nipsey rightfully earned the nickname “Neighborhood Nip.” Before his murder, he was working with the city to reduce gang violence.

The 33-year-old intended to build new apartments, which was considered an “important investment” in the neighborhood in the face of gentrification. He often offered gang affiliates jobs and tried to help former inmates who had served prison time for gang-related crimes.

Why Does Drake Look Like A Grandpa In This Picture?

If you’ve ever imagined what Drake will look like when his hair starts to go grey, the artist himself got equally curious and decided to share an image himself as an old man. At just 32-years-old, the Toronto native has accomplished so much in his career. He keeps levelling up and as he gets his financial goals in check, he’s pretty much set for life. The man is being gifted private planes so he’s likely never got to worry about money for another day in his life. If ever he does want to stunt the natural ageing process, he has all the resources in the world to do so. For now though, Drake wanted to unravel a mystery, finding out what he would look like with wrinkles, and grey in his beard.

Why Does Drake Look Like A Grandpa In This Picture?
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Asking his fans to come up with the perfect caption for the photo, Drake still hasn’t committed to one the many replies that flooded his inbox. Some the best include: “OLDVOLD,” “Just hold on, I’m getting old,” “ChampagneGrandpapi,” “Nothing was the same,” and more. Despite his grey hair and heavy smile lines, Drake still looks like he can steal any man’s girl as a 60-year-old. Be warned, gentlemen. There is no escaping the constant pull Drizzy Drake.

What would your caption be for this shot?

Snoop Dogg Shares Iconic 96′ Death Row Squad Throwback Pic

Snoop Dogg‘s relationship with Death Row may have ended on a sour note, but it’s clear the Doggfather still holds the legendary label close to his heart. The story Tha Row is one rife with artistic splendor and sudden tragedy, infighting and fractured loyalty. For much it, Snoop was fixed at the center, having been signed to the label between 1991 and 1998, releasing Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather during his tenure. Yesterday, Snoop continued his favored pastime sharing old flicks, this time posting an image the Death Row roster during a simpler time
 Snoop Dogg Shares Iconic 96' Death Row Squad Throwback Pic

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The caption, which reads a simple yet effective “Death Row 1996,” sets the scene. In the picture itself are a young Snoop, presumably in the recording stages  Doggfather, MC Hammer, cigar-toting attorney David Kenner, the late 2Pac Shakur, producer Johnny J (All Eyez On Me), and course, Suge Knight.

Despite the dark turn the label ultimately went on to take, it’s still fascinating to see remnants a true hip-hop dynasty – one that came to define the culture in various ways, especially sonically. It’s likely that every hip-hop listener over the age twenty-one has a favorite Death Row project, and if you don’t, it’s never too late to familiarize yourself with history. Thanks for sharing, Snoop. 

Post Malone Announces Runaway Tour With Swae Lee & Tyla Yaweh

Los Angeles, CA – Post Malone is hitting the road with his “Sunflower” collaborator Swae Lee. The Beerbongs & Bentleys creator has announced the Runaway Tour, which will feature Swae and Tyla Yaweh as supporting acts.

Malone and company are scheduled to begin their run of shows in Tacoma, Washington on September 14. The North American tour will conclude in Inglewood, California on November 20.

In addition to being the name of the tour, Runaway could also be the title of Malone’s next album. The Billboard 200 chart-topping artist recently began selling some new merchandise that comes with a copy of his third studio LP once it’s released.

As of Monday (July 15), Malone hasn’t officially announced a new album. But, his upcoming tour may be a strong hint the project is coming sooner rather than later.

Tickets for the Runaway Tour officially go on sale this Friday (July 19) at 10 a.m. local time LiveNation.com. Citi cardmembers can purchase in advance starting Tuesday (July 16) at 10 a.m. until Thursday (July 18) at 10 p..m through Citi Entertainment.

Check out all of the show dates below.

September 14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
September 16 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
September 17 – Portland, OR – MODA Center
September 19 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
September 21 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center*
September 22 – Las Vegas, CA – Life Is Beautiful Festival
September 26 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
September 29 – Detroit, MI – Little Ceasars Arena
October 3 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
October 6 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
October 9 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
October 11 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
October 12 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
October 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
October 17 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
October 18 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
October 20 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
October 24 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
October 25 – Jacksonville, FL – Vystar Veterans Arena
October 27 – New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Festival
October 29 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
November 2 – Dallas, TX – Posty Fest
November 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
November 8 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
November 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
November 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
November 14 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
November 16 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
November 20 – Inglewood, CA – Forum

*Swae Lee not appearing

Tyler, The Creator’s GOLF Le FLEUR* Teams Up With Lacoste For A Summery Pastel Lookbook

At the start last month, June 9th to be exact, Tyler, The Creator took to his Instagram to post a picture himself at the French Open in the Palace Versailles, sporting quite the statement pale pink fuzzy sweater. As is usual with the trendsetting musician/designer, people flooded his comment section with questions asking what the different articles his outfit were with one fan saying “BRO PLEASE I NEED THIS CARDIGAN.” Little did we know at the time, that the very same cardigan would actually be one the pieces featured in Tyler’s GOLF le FLEUR* and Lacoste’s collaborative range, which has wittily been called “GOLF le COSTE*.” The collection all follows the same “ice-cream dream” theme, featuring hazy, pastel tones throughout. The pieces all take on the same color scheme st, loungey tones like “litchi” (a super pale baby pink), “geode” (a sandy beige) and “mascarpone” (a creamy f-white) to reimagine signature courtside tennis staples with subtle ’80s undertones.

The collection is an embodiment lounge-wear, reworking classic comfortable styles from Lacoste – like their polo shirt and tracksuit bottoms – into a gender-neautral, stly striking, color-challenging array. The cream and forest green varsity jacket embodies something a little more a  “masculine” silhouette, but the rest the playful pieces fer no other discrimination in terms gendered construction. The whole collection follows through with one consistency, which is color blocking. Something unique about Tyler’s design visions is that he tends to bring together elements (usually color, but sometimes silhouette as well), that do not otherwise seem like they would go together, yet somehow he makes it work. He does so again here, even going so far as to feature some tri-colored pieces too, bringing together Cabana blues, bright mulchy browns, and neutral cream tones.

There are a lot layering pieces, from the heavier varsity jacket, to more fall friendly wind-breakers, as well as long and short sleeve polos, crew-neck tees, epically color blocked shorts and tracksuit bottoms, as well as matching socks and jersey bucket hats fto compliment them. Perhaps the most statement piece though, is Tyler’s pink and cream fluffy cardi.

Prices the pieces range from $48 USD to $650 USD apiece, and will hit Lacoste’s web store, as well as specialist luxury-wear boutiques like SSENSEKITH and Concepts on July 17. FOR A FULL LOOK AT THE COLLECTION, CHECK OUT HYPEBEAST’S ARTICLE AND LOOKBOOK HERE.

Geto Boys’ Willie D Explains Why He Didn’t Attend Bushwick Bill’s Funeral

Willie D recently sat down with VladTV to discuss a myriad of topics, including why he didn’t attend Bushwick Bill’s funeral. The OG member of the Geto Boys passed away last month after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February.

During the conversation, Willie insists they didn’t like each other and felt showing up would’ve been an inauthentic gesture.

“When somebody has a funeral man, it’s like this — I feel like it’s disingenuous for somebody to come to your funeral who you don’t like,” he explains. “Bill didn’t like me. I ain’t like Bill, you know what I’m saying? That’s the truth. This ain’t no phony shit. I know that everybody want to do some politically correct shit and all that, but that’s the truth, bro.

“The truth is the truth. I know that if Bill had his choice, Bill probably see me walk up and be like, ‘Get that muthafucka outta here.’ That’s how I feel. The energy is not right, bro. And I don’t need nobody looking upside my head and shit like I did something wrong, like I fuckin’ caused him to die. Nah, I don’t think that I would be welcomed.”

Willie goes on to discuss the death of DJ Ready Red, a founding member of the Geto Boys. Red died unexpectedly last August of a suspected heart attack. Willie says he didn’t go to his funeral either.

“Me and Red was cool for a long time, but like the last year and a half of Red’s life, we didn’t speak,” he admits. “That’s because Red was bitter. He was still mad at how things went down with the Geto Boys and how we wouldn’t let him back in the group after he walked away. He wanted to come back in the group after he walked away, basically abandoned the group.

“Then [DJ] Domo steps in and he’s the most consistent member of the group. He’s our DJ now and he’s consistent. He’s on his game at all times — 100 percent reliable. Red first started trying to get back in the group after a year or so. So every year or two, Red would make a strong move to try to get back in the group.”

Willie wasn’t done there. He wanted to go into further detail about why he wasn’t at Red’s service.

“I didn’t want to come to funeral because I felt I would have brought bad energy,” he says. “Anybody you got a problem with, if they come to your funeral, somebody that really, really love you and care for you, they may see you as the enemy.

“They don’t know what transpired between y’all. All they know is they had a problem with you, so I gotta problem with you … I didn’t feel welcome at that funeral.”

The conversation wraps up with Willie discussing the Geto Boys’ legacy.

Watch the full clip above.

Tory Lanez ‘Melee’

Tory Lanez continues to build anticipation for Chixtape 5.

Following “Broke Leg” with Quavo and Tyga, the prolific rapper holds fans over with his latest for “Melee.” In the self-directed video, the One Umbrella boss flaunts his jet-set lifestyle, from private runways to kicking back at a waterfront property, and hanging out with models.

“You don’t want us to get it / Don’t want us to win it,” he raps. “We get money a lot / It been like this since way back.”

Lanez is now readying his long-awaited Chixtape 5 mixtape, and assured fans that it will be worth the wait. “I kno it’s taking long guys . But perfection is perfection … and I promise it’s worth the wait,” he said. “I’ve never been in my bag like this ‘production , writing , creative concepts’ this project might really be the best one yet and that’s hard for me to say but the more time that gets spent on it is the better it sounds.”

Starting Aug. 20, Tory will join Chris Brown on his “INDIGOAT Tour,” which also features Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas, and Yella Beezy.

Christian Louboutin Says He’s "Vaguely Horrified" Seeing His Shoes On Some People

London, England – Christian Louboutin’s line of footwear may be one of the most namechecked fashion items in hip hop. Even before Cardi B was talking about her “red bottoms,” top-tier artists like Lil Kim, Foxy Brown and even JAY-Z and Fabolous mentioned the French designer’s high-profile shoes and heels.

While it might seem like the French designer should be over the moon about the free advertising he’s received from these icons and others, he’s expressed a bit of concern about how people choose to rock his kicks.

Speaking at a London press event in conjunction with an upcoming show at Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris, Louboutin admitted to being “vaguely horrified” at times by how people wear his shoes.

Louboutin didn’t go into any specific detail regarding what he finds so objectionable, nor did he namecheck any specific people.

Perhaps aiming to not alienate his customers, Louboutin concluded that how people wore his shoes was up to them, not him.

“If I thought people should wear a shoe in a very specific way, I would probably do a proposal for that,” Louboutin said.

He went on to specify that he is “not a clothes designer” and that has never been his desire. He also mentioned being “happily surprised” by how some customers style his shoes.

Since his iconic red-soled shoes debuted in 1993, Louboutin has been a force in the fashion industry. Other items sold by his brand include fragrances, bags, lipstick, and nail polish. He currently has an estimated net worth of $85 million.