AR-Ab Reportedly Convicted Of Running ‘Large-Scale’ Drug Trafficking Ring In Philly

Philadelphia, PA – AR-Ab has built a steady following in the Philadelphia area on a foundation of hard-hitting gangsta rap, earning the respects of Drake, Swizz Beatz and Birdman along the way. But evidently, his lyrics weren’t all talk.

On Tuesday (November 19), federal jurors convicted AR-Ab — real name Abdul West — and three members of his crew for turning their Original Block Hustlaz (OBH) record label into a sizable North Philly drug trafficking operation implicated in several murders, according to The Inquirer.

AR-Ab received guilty verdicts on several counts, including conspiracy and distribution of crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

“West and his crew transported illegal narcotics across the country to push here on our streets,” Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division Michael T. Harpster said in a press release. “They used violence to maintain their hold on their drug territory, in order to keep the cash rolling in.

“The FBI and our partners on the Violent Gang Safe Streets Task Force are determined to dismantle dangerous trafficking operations like this and bring those involved to justice, as we push every day to make this city safer.”

AR-Ab was officially charged in October 2018 along with eight other men.

He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison under recidivist provisions in federal drug laws.

Phife Dawg & Consequence Trade Queens-Bred Bars On "No Place Like Home" Single

Phife Dawg would’ve turned 49 on Wednesday (November 20) but sadly, the Tribe Called Quest MC passed away in 2015.

In honor of the Hip Hop luminary’s upcoming birthday, ATCQ affiliate Consequence has shared a new song called “No Place Like Home” featuring Phife, which Cons says he started working on at the same time Tribe was crafting its 2016 album, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service. 

“Phife and I worked on ‘No Place Like Home’ in the same time frame as the beginning stages of the last Tribe LP,” Cons said in a press release. “Even though he was living in The Bay during the last years of his life, we kept in touch frequently and I even brought my son Caiden to meet him in person while he was in New York, which led to both of us making a cameo appearance in his last solo video.”

Cons continued, “A couple of months later Phife, unfortunately, passed away and Q Tip asked me to re-join Tribe to help make sure the last LP represented us and Phife’s legacy to the fullest. Once we released We got it from Here, Thank You 4 Your service, I always knew I wanted people to hear this record, but it just felt like the timing had to be right. This year it feels right.”

Phife struggled with diabetes for the majority of his life. He died from complications of the disease on March 22, 2015, a day before the “Flawless” video dropped. Cons believes the new song is the best way to honor him.

“The one thing I know about Phife is that he’s a rapper’s rapper,” he added. “The best gift I could give him for his birthday this year is to let the world hear the ‘5 Foot Assassin’ once again!”

“No Place Like Home” was produced by Consequence and Mike Cash, with additional production from Fede Vindver and Rich Keller and will be available on all digital platforms beginning Wednesday (November 20).

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Freddie Gibbs Drops Comedic Blaxploitation "Gat Damn" Short Film

The Zebra Lounge – Fresh off his Album of the Year Tour, Freddie Gibbs has hopped in a time capsule back to the days of s-curl activator and spoon necklaces to deliver his “Gat Damn” video from the critically acclaimed Bandana album with Madlib.

Directed by M. Corey Whitted and co-starring G Perico as “Tootie Mo” and Slink Johnson as “Leviticus ‘Levi’ Johnson,” Freddie Kane keeps his Lords in check as they drip O-Line all over the big stage during their marquee performance.

“Gat Damn” serves as the fourth official video behind “Crime Pays,” “Giannis,” and “Half Manne Half Cocaine” from the DX-perfect rated album. Released on June 28, 2019, the album debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,868 total album-equivalent units in its first week.

Watch the “Gat Damn” video and the rehearsals above.

An Armed SpaceGhostPurrp Threatens To Shoot Tory Lanez

SpaceGhostPurrp is evidently not feeling Tory Lanez’s new Chixtape 5 project. With a gun in his hand and a young boy hopping in and out of the video screen, the Florida-bred rapper threatens Lanez for allegedly making a “whole album” about his girl.

“I got your girl bruh,” he says in the video. “She with a real nigga. You over hear making love songs about her and guess what? She’s over here kicking it with me … You gotta get your mind right, man.”

He later accuses Lanez of “stalking” his girl and adds, “You so much of a bitch, I’ll shoot you in your leg…and have you walk around with one leg.”

Elsewhere in the video, SpaceGhostPurrp pulls the woman’s hand into the screen and points the gun directly at the camera.

“This hand right here got you making songs about it, man,” he says. “You better not ever try to get on some real nigga shit, you understand me? You better not ever try to act like you a real nigga.”

For over 16 minutes, the A$AP Mob affiliate continues clowning Lanez and bragging about how he stole his girl. He also goes in on T-Pain, calling him a “fat koala nigga.”

Watch the entire video above.

Ariana Grande Cancels "Sweetener" Tour Stop After Being In "So Much Pain" From Illness

Ariana Grande is still travelling for her Sweetener tour that kicked f in March and ends on December 22nd in Los Angeles. Unfortunately for fans in Lexington, they won’t get to see their singing star since she’s had to cancel the show due to illness. 

Ariana Grande Cancels "Sweetener" Tour Stop After Being In "So Much Pain" From Illness
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“Okay, so I woke up kind 10 times worse and it hurts so bad to swallow,” Ariana said on Instagram. “I’m not really sure what’s going on, but I unfortunately don’t think I will be able to push through tonight and I’m so upset and sorry.

She added: “I’m so upset, but course, obviously you’ll be refunded, etc. I’m just devastated. Thank you for understanding and sending love, etc., whatever. I’ll keep you posted as soon as I know what’s going with my body, but thank you for understanding, and I am so sorry.”

Although the show was cancelled, a group die-hard fans still met up at the arena and had their lunch covered by Ariana. “So we all met up at Rupp Arena, took a bunch pictures, laughed, talked, basically made a sad situation into a happier one,” Donald Sneed, who co-runs Ariana’s fan account said the evening. Apparently the “Ghost” singer DMd the account and asked how she could help, leading her team to cover the food bill at a nearby pub.  

YouTube's 'Royalty-Free Audio' Library Results In Mass Copyright Strikes

Several popular gaming YouTubers have had videos that receive mass copyright strikes. The use of the track “Dreams” by Joakim Karud is the center of the controversy.

YouTuber Matt Lowne took to Twitter over the weekend to ask about copyright strikes he was receiving. He’s been uploading videos of the space simulation game Kerbal Space Program since 2013.

Lowne’s intro samples the track “Dreams” by Joakim Karud ⁠— which he obtained from YouTube’s audio library.

Despite going through the proper channels (and not being a problem for six years), all hell broke loose last week. Lowne began receiving email after email from YouTube for copyright strikes. Every single one of his Kerbal Space Program videos had been targeted.

Copies of the email said the videos “may have content owned or licensed by SonyATV, PeerMusic, Warner Chappell, Audiam and LatinAutor.” Now all ads displayed on those videos split the revenue between all named companies.

The composer of the track in question has allowed anyone to use his music on YouTube commercially for free. Matt downloaded the track from YouTube’s own audio library, so what’s the issue here? Does this mean any music in that library is not safe to use for creators?

Matt tried to protest the automated claims manually, but they were all rejected. Now his only option is to appeal the decision for each video.

If an appeal is lost, videos are removed completely, and he will receive a copyright strike. With hundreds of claims against his account and a three-strikes you’re out policy ⁠— Matt isn’t eager to tackle the issue.

The issue isn’t isolated to one Kerbal Space Program video maker either. Several reports on Twitter surfaced after Matt revealed what happened to him ⁠— and it finally painted a clearer picture of why the claims happened.

Both SonyATV and Warner Chappell were aggressively claiming the song because it samples another song ⁠— Kenny Burrell Quartet’s “Weaver of Dreams.” That 1956 song’s copyright is owned by none other than SonyATV and Warner/Chappell.

Tay-K Reportedly Indicted For Shooting & Killing Man In Chick-Fil-A Parking Lot

Bexar County, TX – Incarcerated rapper Tay-K was reportedly indicted on a capital murder charge in Bexar County last week.

According to ABC 12 San Antonio, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office has accused Tay-K — real name Taymor McIntyre — of shooting and killing Mark Anthony Saldivar during an April 2017 robbery.

Tay-K, who was only 16 at the time of the shooting, was named as a triggerman in Saldivar’s murder as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the victim’s mother Lucia “Lucy” Saldivar last year.

The suit says Saldivar was in a vehicle with Tay-K and two other people when Saldivar was robbed of his “expensive camera equipment” and forced out of the vehicle. Saldivar then “jumped onto the hood” of the car in an effort to stop them from getting away before the vehicle pulled into a Chick-fil-A parking lot.

That’s when Tay-K allegedly pulled out a handgun and shot Saldivar to death, leaving the man to “die on the street.”

Tay-K has already been convicted of a separate murder charge in Tarrant County and sentenced to 55 years in prison. On August 9, he was extradited to the Bexar County Jail, where he’s currently awaiting trial.

Kanye West Speaks at Joel Osteen’s Sunday Service

Kanye West brought Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s church.

As promised, the rapper appeared before Osteen’s congregation of 45,000 and TV audience of 10 million during the 11 a.m. service at Lakewood Church in Houston on Sunday.

“Come on, let’s welcome Mr. Kanye West today,” said the pastor to cheers from the crowd. “We feel blessed to have you, Kanye.”

Wearing a black suit, Kanye spoke about rediscovering religion. “I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” said Ye. “When I was at my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me.”

He also reflected on being in the hospital after his 2016 “mental breakdown.” That’s when he decided to start a church in Calabasas. “Even after that, I went and made the Life of Pablo album. I said, ‘This is a gospel album.’ And I didn’t know how to totally make a gospel album and the Christians that were around were too beaten into submission by society to not speak up and profess the gospel to me because I was a superstar. But the only superstar is Jesus.”

At one point, he addressed one member of the congregation who interrupted him. “I really appreciate the support, but I would like for everybody to completely be silent so I can let God flow through me as I speak to you guys today.”

He said that he’s channeled his “arrogance, confidence, and cockiness” into God. “Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him,” he said with a laugh.

Kanye went on to speak about attending church as a child and raising his family. “There’s a blatant responsibility for me to become more like my mother, who’s gone to heaven, and more like my father, who’s building a water purification center in the DR,” he said.

He also declared that his Jesus Is King track “Closed on Sunday” is the “hardest record ever made.” “It’s hard as an N.W.A record because it’s talking about protecting your kids from the indoctrination of the media,” said Ye. “The thousand and thousands of images that are fed to children by the age of six or seven, and within those images there are images mixed in that we don’t know about as parents that are purposely mixed in to lower the kids superpower and esteem so that they can be more susceptible to consumption.”

Osteen then played one of his favorite songs off Jesus Is King, “God Is,” as Kanye rapped along with his eyes closed.

At one point, West also defended Osteen against his critics. “There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the video, he keeps showing you how good God is,” said Ye.

Kanye and his traveling Sunday Service choir will return to perform at Lakewood later in the evening. The free tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes.

Donald Trump Hosted A Screening Of "Joker" At The White House

CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz is reporting that President Donald Trump hosted a screening Todd Philips’s Joker at the White House on Saturday night. A senior White House ficial tells Yahoo News that the screening welcomed “family, friends, and some staff.” The source also says that Trump liked the film.

Joker has now amassed over $1 billion in earnings since it’s release, making it the first R-rated movie to do so. With a budget only $62.5 million, it is one the most successful movies all time. Even with concerns about mass shootings upon release, the film still drew in a major audience.

Earlier this year, Trump spoke about another controversial film. After Universal Pictures canceled the release  The Hunt, Trump said, “They’re treating conservatives very unfairly. … Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist. What they’re doing with the kind movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country. The movie coming out is made in order to inflame and cause chaos. They create their own violence and then try to blame others. They are the true racists, and are very bad for our country!”

Tory Lanez and Chris Brown Have 9-10 Tracks Done for Joint Project

Tory Lanez is not slowing down.

Hot off the release of Chixtape 5, the prolific artist is already lining up his next projects which include his long-awaited joint effort with Chris Brown. During a recent interview with Rap-Up, Tory revealed that they have recorded 9-10 tracks (“A little short EP joint”) and plan to return to the studio to finish.

“We about to lock in and get it going,” said Tory, who toured with Chris on his “INDIGOAT Tour” over the summer. “We could damn near put out a project right now if we wanted to.”

For now, the two can be heard on their Chixtape 5 collaboration “The Take,” which samples Chris’ 2008 hit “Take You Down.” They also recently collaborated on “Tell Me How You Feel” and “Lurkin” for Breezy’s Indigo album.

“When me and Chris work, we just work mad fast,” said Tory. “I didn’t think he would do it honestly and he just came out the clutch and sent it one day.”

In addition to Chris, Chixape 5 features a slew of big-name collaborations including Ashanti, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri, The-Dream, Mýa, Trey Songz, Fabolous, and more.

“The Chixtape series is something that has a cult following. The Chixtape series is bigger than Tory Lanez,” added Tory. “I know that this means a lot to [my fans], bringing it back, because they thought that it was gonna end at 4. It’s a way more important experience this time.”

Lizzo Sued by Postmates Delivery Woman Accused of Stealing Food

A former Postmates delivery woman is suing Lizzo after the singer-songwriter accused her of stealing her food.

Tiffany Wells is suing Lizzo — whose real name is Melissa Jefferson — for libel, emotional distress and false-light invasion of privacy. She insists that a Twitter post Lizzo wrote in September that accused Wells of stealing her food directly led to threats and the loss of her livelihood.

In a tweet that Lizzo has since deleted, the “Truth Hurts” singer told her more than one million followers: “Hey @Postmates this girl Tiffany W. stole my food she lucky I don’t fight no more.” She further accompanied this tweet with a picture of Wells.

According to Wells, the backlash against her was both immediate and deadly serious. She said that people threaten violence against her and that she “feared for her physical safety.” This eventually led her to leave her Postmates gig and loose her livelihood.

Wells further insists that she did not steal Lizzo’s food.

She says that she made the delivery to the Revere Hotel in Boston as Lizzo requested, but because there was no room number on the order and because Lizzo had made the order under an assumed name, she could not make the delivery. In spite of this, she still waited 5 minutes at the hotel with the order before leaving, which is standard operating procedure at Postmates.

Lizzo herself received backlash because of the tweet. Many on Twitter criticized her for using her large platform to attack someone who was not in a position to fight back. Eventually, the singer herself realized that she had erred and tweeted, “I apologize for putting that girl on blast. I understand I have a large following and that there were so many variables that could’ve put her in danger.”

This is only the latest of a slew of that Lizzo has faced in the past month.

"Friends" Reunion Special Rumoured To Be In Development At HBO MAX

To call Friends beloved would be an understatement, with many going so far as to deem the NBC sitcom as GOAT tier. Between Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Ross, and Joey, the cast characters remains one the most iconic ensembles in TV history, and many have openly speculated on whether a reunion special was ever in the cards. Seeing as we’re ficially in the business picking up where older shows left f (see Deadwood and Breaking Bad for two recent examples), would it really be surprising to see Friends hitting Central Perk one more time for old time’s sake?

Now, a report from Deadline has suggested that HBO MAX is indeed moving forward on a reunion special. Now, before you get excited, understand that the report points to an “unscripted” format; it’s far more likely we’re looking at a sit-down reflection, rather than a continuation where the story left f. Still, it should be noted that Jennifer Anniston recently “broke the internet” with a full cast reunion picture, which quickly became one IG’s most liked images. If there’s anything to be gleaned, it’s that the fans are ready for more. 

As now, concrete details surrounding any possible “reunions” remain scarce, though it’s likely HBO MAX is eager to celebrate having snatched the sitcom from its competitor Netflix. Should you be so inclined, check out the full report over at Deadline right here. Are you a Friends fan?

Lil Reese Resurfaces On Instagram Live After Being Shot In The Neck

Chicago, IL – Lil Reese is evidently on the mend. Days after being shot in the neck, the 26-year-old Chicago native resurfaced on Instagram Live, although his face was mostly covered up by a hoodie.

In the clip, he appears to be sitting in a car and listening to some R&B. However, he doesn’t say a word.

Reese — real name Tavares Taylor — was reportedly shot at a busy intersection in County Club Hills, a south suburb of Chicago, on Monday afternoon (November 11). Investigators revealed a car pulled up on Reese and fired multiple rounds with an AK-47.

Witnesses say Reese left in a separate car and was discovered by police at South Suburban Medical Center in Hazel Crest. He was later transferred to a Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn in “critical condition.”

The suspect reportedly fled in a white or grey Chevy Malibu with tinted windows and Wisconsin plates.

Meek Mill Reveals His Top 5 Rappers

Who’s in Meek Mill’s top 5?

The Dream Chasers boss is sharing his favorite MCs. During a recent Ask Meek Q&A with fans on Twitter, he revealed the list, which includes his mentors JAY-Z and Rick Ross. Lil Wayne earned a spot, while Yonkers’ own Jadakiss and DMX also made the cut.

“That’s my era top 5,” said Meek.

He also shared his current favorite albums including Rod Wave’s Ghetto Gospel, YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s AI YoungBoy 2, Young Thug’s So Much Fun, and DaBaby’s KIRK.

And could fans be getting a new Meek album before the year is over? “I’ma set shit straight just to be in the convo of the 2019 albums,” he tweeted before adding, “Idk it’s getting shakey!!!! Lol.”

Meek can also been seen in Jeezy’s new video for “MLK BLVD,” their collaboration off TM104: The Legend of the Snowman.

Tory Lanez Reveals ‘Chixtape 5’ Tracklisting

Tory Lanez is taking it back.

On the eve of its release, the Toronto native has revealed the star-studded tracklisting for his highly-anticipated album Chixtape 5. In addition to his remake of T-Pain’s “I’m Sprung” (“Jerry Sprunger”), Tory takes on some of his favorite R&B songs from 2000-2006 featuring some of the biggest names from the era.

The nostalgic 18-track set includes appearances from Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, The-Dream, Mýa, Trey Songz, Lloyd, Lil Wayne, Fabolous, and Ashanti, who also appears on the cover art.

“I just tried to find my favorite songs and songs that people were gonna be like, ‘You’re not gonna get that cleared,’ or like, ‘That’s just too big,’ or ‘That’s just too much of a classic for you,’” Tory told Rap-Up. “That’s what I aimed for this time around.”

The first Chixtape was released in 2011 and quickly became a fan favorite, paving the way for three more in 2014, 2015, and the latest, Chixtape 4, in 2017.

Chixtape 5 drops at midnight. See the tracklisting below.

Chixtape 5 Tracklisting

1. “Jalissa’s Back!” (SKIT)
2. “The Trade” (feat. Jagged Edge & Jermaine Dupri)
3. “Jerry Sprunger” (feat. T-Pain)
4. “Beauty in the Benz” (feat. Snoop Dogg)
5. “Blowin’ Mine’s // Leah’s Introduction” (SKIT)
6. “The Take” (feat. Chris Brown)
7. “Broken Promises”
8. “The Fargo Splash” (feat. Ludacris)
9. “Luv Ya Gyal // Love Sounds” (feat. The-Dream)
10. “Yessirr”
11. “Best of You // Busted” (feat. Mýa) [SKIT]
12. “The Cry” (feat. Mario)
13. “Still Waiting” (feat. Trey Songz)
14. “A Fools Tale (Running Back)” [feat. Ashanti]
15. “Thoughts” (feat. Lloyd & Lil Wayne)
16. “If You Gotta…” (feat. Fabolous)
17. “Room 112″ (feat. Slim & NYCE). ”
18. “Last Love Letter” (SKIT)