T.I. Sued For $10M For Allegedly Stealing "Bankroll Mafia": Report

T.I.‘s Atlanta supergroup Bankroll Mafia released their self-titled debut in 2016. Although. The members the group —  consisting Young Thug, London Jae, Shad Da God, PeeWee Roscoe, and Lil Duke — went on to focus on their solo careers with no mention a follow-up project in the works. Now, a man from Georgia is suing T.I. for the formation the supergroup, claiming the rapper stole the idea “Bankroll Mafia” from him.

T.I. Sued For $10M For Allegedly Stealing "Bankroll Mafia": Report
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According to Bossip, a man named Nicholas Partridge has filed a $10M lawsuit against T.I. for theft intellectual property over the name “Bankroll Mafia.” Patridge claims that he create the name and concept for “Bankroll Mafia” in Gwinnett County Jail when he was locked up in 2014. He said that he was placed in protective custody and began fleshing out ideas for the “Bankroll Mafia” company and brand. He said once he was released in October, he found out that T.I. used the name. He believes that T.I. stole the idea from him.

Partridge claims he suffered a massive financial loss as a result T.I.’s supergroup. He’s suing T.I. $10M, claiming he never gave the rapper permission to use the name.

As April 16th. T.I. hasn’t responded to the lawsuit. 

We’ll keep you updated on more information regarding Nicholas Patridge’s suit against the rapper. 

Karrueche Goes On Rant Defending L.A., Clapping Back At Those Who Call It "Fake"

Someone must have really spoken out against Los Angeles in earshot  Karrueche because the model and actress has jumped to Instagram to defend the city she calls home. Karrueche has seemingly been in and out the city recently for business and pleasure (as we can see her Instagram stories) but where ever she is LA is her number one and she isn’t down for people disrespecting her stomping grounds. 

Karrueche Goes On Rant Defending L.A., Clapping Back At Those Who Call It "Fake"
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“I love LA and am PROUD to be from here. A lot people have misconceptions about LA.. saying they don’t like the vibes out here or how fake it is.. (when really they’re referring to “Hollywood” and “the industry”) but that judgement comes from the people who aren’t from here.. who move here with hopes and dreams (which there is nothing wrong with) however, it bothers me to hear people say “LA is so fake,” Karrueche captioned an image herself looking down.

“LA natives are far from that.. very far. And if you have a problem with LA.. move back home. Please 🙂 Sorry for going on a rant but I miss the fuck out LA. (hence my facial expression in this photo). I could be from anywhere in the world.. and I’m from one the greatest, realist cities out here.”

Jhene Aiko Pens Loving Message To Family Members Days After Big Sean Love Note

A few days ago, Jhene Aiko put her guard down and penned a loving note to her ex, Big Sean, for all to see since it was in the rapper’s Instagram comment section. Big Sean posted a tribute to Nipsey Hussle and considering that Jhene performed at Nipsey’s memorial she was clearly feeling all kinds emotional.

Jhene Aiko Pens Loving Message To Family Members Days After Big Sean Love Note
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“You are so special to me,” she wrote. “To the world. While we’re both still on this planet I just want to say…I love you beyond measure. Even tho I get big mad and u trigger the fuckk out me. u make me feel. and I appreciate that. because I thought I was dead inside. my ego has no say when it comes to you.” 

Now a couple days later, Jhene has now taken to Instagram once again, to send love to family members that hold a special place in her heart. Right after posting an image her supposed grandfather, Jhene shared a trio images and notes to her brother who has always been by her side. “I’m just…. feeling very thankful that i still have you here brother. i don’t ever want to take that for granted. u been helpin raise me since 88 and i just wouldn’t be me if there never was a you,” she wrote. 

Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

Nike and Foot Locker’s ongoing “Home & Away” collection shifts its focus to Dallas this week with a pair limited edition Nike Air Max 97s.

Equipped with a black, bright crimson and white color scheme, the Dallas “Home” Air Max 97 is highlighted by a wavy “Rage Green” stripe that wraps around the iconic silhouette. Rage Green also owns the outsole, while the tongues feature shimmering iridescent detailing and “Triple D” logos. Lastly, the heel tabs sport the Dallas area codes.

Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

The Dallas “Away” Nike Air Max 97 consists  a red, white and blue colorway equipped with starry detailing throughout and the same Triple D logo on the tongue. 

According to Foot Locker, both “Home & Away” Dallas Air Max 97s will be available in-store and online on Thursday, April 18. Each pair will retail for $170.

Check out some additional photos the kicks below.

Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

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Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

Nike Air Max 97 Away “Dallas”/Foot Locker

Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

Nike Air Max 97 Away “Dallas”/Foot Locker

Nike Air Max 97 "Dallas" Releasing In Home & Away Colorways

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Ja Rule Owes The IRS $2 Million In Back Taxes: Report

There are only three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and Ja Rule taking an L. Whether it be at the hands 50 Cent, or at the hands angry festival goers who got scammed out a once in a lifetime experience at Fyre Festival, Ja Rule always seems to be a target some kind. While Ja is used to the 50 slander and the Fyre Festival jokes, the one person you don’t want to upset is Uncle Sam. Well, that’s exactly who is after Ja Rule right now as the IRS is claiming he owes them over $2 million in back taxes.

In files obtained by Bossip, Ja received multiple liens from the IRS for the years 2016, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. For each those years, Ja owes $443,442, $830,717, $353,536, $231,775, and $172,282 respectively. Those are some pretty hefty sums and now Ja is on the hook for all it. In the report, it states that his wife Aisha has also been sent liens for her own income.

The artist hasn’t replied to any the notices so far. Instead, he’s been out in Thailand celebrating his marriage to his wife, who he has been with for two decades now.

It remains to be seen how Ja will get himself out this one.

YG Passes The Joint To Nipsey Hussle "One Last Time" At His Gravesite Memorial

A video surfaced on Saturday in which YG can be seen smoke a ceremonial joint/blunt with the late homie Nipsey Hussle. As you’ll see below, YG isn’t just smoking in front Nipsey’s gravesite for the sake it, he’s motioning to pass him the joint as if he were present in the exchange.

The ritual is imbued in emotion, over time spent in each other’s company. In light the social effects it engenders, passing the joint is inherently a  spiritual activity, and that’s before you consider the conscious effect it has on the brain. It’s as simple as that.

YG Passes The Joint To Nipsey Hussle "One Last Time" At His Gravesite Memorial

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YG took a few days to himself following Nipsey’s death to process the new reality he and others were bound to face – they were that close friends. In an Instagram post dedicated solely to his late friend, YG spoke about the ways in which they circumvented their opposing ganglines to chart a mutually-beneficial come-up story.

“Lost for words kuz i got so many em,” wrote YG. “We went thru so much shit together tryna make it out LA with this rap shit, But we always got thru it then talked about it & after we talked. We laughed! You was a real big bro to me no kap. YOU 1 OF A KIND!”

As you likely saw first hand, YG was among the noted figures chosen to speak at Nipsey’s vigil on Thursday, where he kept his message condolence brief and to the point, with respect to Nipsey’s immediate family – most deserving the spotlight.

 

Trippie Redd Claims Biting Young Thug Is The Secret To Success

Trippie Redd appears to have dusted f his contemporary hip-hop family tree, as the young rapper has come to an epiphanic conclusion. In short, he may very well have discovered the elixir success, which is to say, biting Young “Jeffery” Thug’s unimitable style. 

“I’m telling you, the only way you ever gon’ be anything in this industry, is if you make yourself sound like Thug. You trash when you don’t sound like Thug. Just sound like Thug.” In other words, Redd is essentially claiming that Thug fathered the entirety the game – or at least, those currently dominating the charts. While the claim is certainly riddled with hyperbole, Trippie is indeed raising an interesting point. Thug’s influence should not go unnoticed, be it for a variety levels.

For one, Thugger’s melodic flows can be heard within the DNA many-a contemporary banger. Likewise for his malleable cadence, which has many a youth turning in double duty on their vocal inflection drills. Though Thugger has never been much a Billboard chart magnet, his prolific nature and versatility have kept him ahead the curve; be it the hard-hitting Slime Season series, the masterful and occasionally island-tinged Jeffery, or even the countrified Beautiful Thugger Girls (which I’d bet Lil Nas X had on repeat prior to laying down “Old Town Road). 

Do you think Trippie has a point? Sound f below. 

Trippie Redd Claims Biting Young Thug Is The Secret To Success

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Tyga Honors Nipsey Hussle With A Mid-Concert Tribute

Make no mistake about it, Tyga is a west coast veteran. As such, he’s likely familiar with Nipsey Hussle‘s importance to the community, having previously collaborated with Nip on the throwback cut “Snitches Ain’t Shit.” Now, T-Raww has taken a moment to honor the slain rapper’s memory during a concert in Vancouver. The homage comes on the heels a previous IG post, which found Tyga eulogizing Nipsey’s memory with a heartfelt post. 

“Respected u so much dawg.Real legend in the city.always kept it solid and 1000 with me!” it wrote. “I wish we could’ve worked and done more together. U inspired me to be my own leader and someone I truly admired. Ur soul will live forever! God got him a true King. Luv ya big dawg.”

He certainly kept the same energy onstage, when he implored fans to join him in honoring Nipsey, quieting the raucous crowd to say a few words. “West coast legend,” says Tyga, while an image Nip fills the big screen. Afterward, the DJ queues up “Last Time That I Checc’d,” while Tyga leads the crowd. Once again, the hip-hop community unifies in their support for Nipsey Hussle, and respect to Tyga for holding it down.

Kodak Black Sued For $500K For Bailing On Several Shows: Report

Kodak Black‘s failure to meet his contractual obligations have resulted in a six-figure lawsuit. According to The Blast, Kodak Black’s been hit with a lawsuit by a promoter who claims the rapper screwed him over by bailing on three concerts.

A man from Arizona by the name Nicholas Fitts is taking Kodak Black to court for blowing f three scheduled performances in 2017 after Kodak made a talent engagement agreement with Fitts. In the lawsuit, Fitts claims that Kodak was contractually obliged to perform on March 3rd in New York but he failed to show up. Kodak later rescheduled with the promoter for an April 2017 date but again, Kodak failed to show up. Fitts rescheduled with Kodak for the third time but history repeated itself and Kodak bailed again. 

The promoter said that he spent thousands and thousands dollars on the promotion the concert as well as securing a venue.

Fitts claims that his reputation has taken a blow by the incident, adding that he had “suffered a loss ticket revenue, directly resulting from Kodak Black’s refusal to fulfill his contractual obligations under the terms the Agreements, totaling more than $500,000.00, including reimbursement funds from ticket presales.”

Nicholas Fitts is suing Kodak Black for $500K in damages.

We’ll keep you posted with updates on the lawsuit. 

Two More Plead Guilty in 6ix9ine Federal Case

Two more men have pled guilty in 6ix9ine’s federal racketeering case.

On Wednesday (April 3), Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones and Faheem “Crippy” Walter both entered guilty pleas. This brings the total number of guilty pleas in the case to five including 6ix9ine, his former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, Jensel “Ish” Butler, Jones, and Walter.

According to court documents obtained by Complex, Walter pleaded guilty to two counts: violent crime in the aid of racketeering and a firearms offense in connection with an armed robbery in Manhattan in April 2018.

In a statement, Walter’s lawyer Edward Sapone acknowledged his defendant’s guilty plea. “Mr. Walter is to be commended for having the courage to honestly and publicly admit his wrongdoing,” Sapone told Complex. “By his acceptance of responsibility, he has put the old behind him as he starts a new life that his children can be proud of. He looks forward to demonstrating to Judge Engelmayer the compelling reasons why the minimum sentence of 60 months is the right sentence.”

The same day, Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones entered his guilty plea. Jones was known as the “godfather” of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, making him the highest-ranking member on the streets, according to the New York Daily News.

6ix9ine’s former manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, faces a minimum prison sentence of 15 years in connection with the robbery and discharging a firearm during a shooting at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

In February, Tekashi pleaded guilty to nine federal charges including hiring a hitman to kill Chief Keef and distributing drugs. The 22-year-old rapper struck a deal with the feds in an attempt to lighten his sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2020.

Ghostface Killah Names Drake, Nipsey Hussle & Kendrick Lamar As Favorite Rappers

Anyone who doesn’t qualify Ghostface Killah as a legend should hold no shortage Ls. Yesterday, Ghost-Dini emerged to hit ‘s r/hiphopheads with an ficial AMA, in which he fielded a variety entertaining questions. Though somewhat selective in his responses, Ghost did provide a few interesting tidbits surrounding his perspective on the game at large. Upon being asked about his current crop favorite rappers, Ghost listed f a top 5: Nipsey Hussle, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Harley, and KO. 

Ghostface Killah Names Drake, Nipsey Hussle & Kendrick Lamar As Favorite Rappers

The selections speak to Ghost’s esteemed tastes, and his shout out to both Harley and South African rapper KO reveals an ear kept to the underground. Interestingly enough, Ghost has never actually collaborated with either Drake Kendrick Lamar, though Drizzy did previously shout out the Wu on the aptly-named “Wu-Tang Forever.” Not to mention, Ghost is but one many OGs holding it down for the late Nipsey Hussle, a testament to Nip’s legacy.

While the AMA remains relatively (in truth, extremely) brief, he does fer a cryptic update on his lost DOOMSTARKS project. When asked about the status, Ghost implores the fan to ask Doom, who apparently holds all Ghost’s parts. One has to wonder if that one will ever see the light day. If it does, however, wouldn’t it be nice to see a Kendrick Lamar feature on deck?

Ghostface Killah Names Drake, Nipsey Hussle & Kendrick Lamar As Favorite Rappers

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Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect, Eric Holder, Has Been Captured: Report

Moments after we reported that the getaway driver in Nipsey Hussle‘s murder case had reportedly admitted to transporting Eric Holder to and from the rapper’s store in Los Angeles, it is being said that Holder has ficially been captured. The LAPD have been searching high and low for the primary suspect in the slaying Nipsey Hussle and finally, it appears as though the man has been caught.

According to CBS Los Angeles, Holder was captured in Bellflower, California. Other than the fact that he’s been found, there isn’t much information at this time. We will continue to update you as information breaks.

Blueface, Trippie Redd, Melii & More Announced For Summer Jam Festival Lineup

Later today, the full lineup will be announced for Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert. Already, we’ve got a decent enough idea where the organizers are headed with the line-up though. Each year, Hot 97 puts on one the most memorable hip-hop shows the year, giving back to the community with tons up-and-comers and established artists on the card. This year’s edition will infiltrate Metlife Stadium and a good portion the invited guests has already been announced HHNM

Blueface, Trippie Redd, Melii & More Announced For Summer Jam Festival Lineup
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According to the report, the Festival Stage performers list is set with a few today’s most buzzworthy rappers signing on to entertain the crowd. Blueface and Trippie Redd will both be at Summer Jam with the City Girls, Melii, Nicole Bus and G4 Boyz all listed as well. Hopefully, JT is out jail in time for the City Girls’ performance; if not, we’re sure Yung Miami will hold it down.

The Stadium Stage lineup will be announced later today and right now, speculation is building over who will be headlining this year’s show. Names are being thrown into the hat but with nothing confirmed yet, all we’ve got is rumors. In due time, we’ll be finding out who is listed on this year’s card. For now, enjoy the video below, courtesy HHNM.

Kendrick Lamar Holds A Moment Of Silence For Nipsey Hussle After Tragic Death

It’s incredibly difficult to process the death somebody as prolific as Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old was a major part his community, giving back and truly serving as an inspiration to his city. Yesterday, he was killed after reportedly being shot six times and the hip-hop community has been shaken to the core. Last year, we had to go through too many moments like this and now, so soon into 2019, Nipsey Hussle has passed away. The feeling is terrible and we sincerely send our condolences to Nipsey’s family and friends. 

Kendrick Lamar collaborated with Hussle on his Grammy-nominated album Victory Lap, growing up close to the rapper in California. Before taking the stage at Lollapalooza Argentina last night, Kenny was informed Hussle’s passing, choosing to tribute the young man on stage in front thousands fans. 

Kendrick Lamar Holds A Moment Of Silence For Nipsey Hussle After Tragic Death
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“Before we got on stage, we got wind that our brother, our warrior, our soldier Nipsey Hussle passed away,” said Kendrick Lamar. The crowd reacted with shock, instantly dipping in energy before Lamar asked his audience to join him in a moment silence. “We wanna take this time-out, truly, to give a moment silence. Can we do that?” asked the Compton product.

The crowd obliged, clearly still having trouble processing the news that Nipsey had passed away. RIP Nipsey Hussle.

Take A Gander At Blueface’s New 46-Carat Chain By Avianne & Co.

Blueface’s new Benjamin Franklin decoration is one thing to behold. The Cali rapper did not guide his session in a Santa Cruz pawn store. Nope, the most recent addition to Blueface’s private jewel field was designed and chiseled down by the largest title within the enterprise: Alex Moss, the Creative Director for New York-based Anne & Co.

It would not take a genius to determine why the founding father was chosen for the pendant, as Blueface’s whole persona solely is dependent upon the U.S.’s hundred greenback invoice retaining its worth. This is the closest look anyone us will get to the Benjie piece, contemplating its substantial worth on the open market, if it was ever disassembled. The pendant and chain are made up  7200 particular person stones, all licensed by Anne’s order status.

To prime all of it f, Alex Moss recommended 46-carat diamonds to mark the event, every “weighing 355 grams 14ok gold,” because the Anne & Co. Instagram web page went to describe alongside a video publish an identical to Alex Moss’ from a day in the past. While I am not normally one to take a seat and evaluate hood ornaments, if Blueface desires to reward himself with an Anne this luster and shine, he should have finished one thing advantage to attract the lead designer aboard his private mission.