UK Rapper Bugzy Malone "Seriously Injured" In Motorcycle Accident

Bugzy Malone, a grime rapper from the UK, has suffered some serious injuries from a motorcycle accident that took place on Wednesday night in Manchester. The Greater Manchester Police Department confirmed that they responded to a call about a collision between a quad bike and another vehicle at roughly 9:20pm on Wednesday.

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“Shortly before 9:20pm last night, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, police were called to Rochdale Road, Bury, to reports a collision involving an Audi car and a quadbike,” a spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said. “Emergency services attended and the driver the quadbike, a 29-year-old man, was seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.” Footage the incident has been circulating online, with many criticizing whoever felt the need to film the crash site.

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Bugzy is a rapper and actor from Manchester, who has been credited one the key artists that played a crucial role in the “grime revival” in the UK. Many his fellow British artists, as well as The Manchester City football club, took to Twitter to show their support for the injured star and send him their well wishes.

Batman’s New Batmobile Is Sick

Die-hard Batman fans can be hard to please, but we seem to be coming together to support the teasers we’ve seen so far. 

The internet loved bashing Ben Affleck for his take on the classic superhero, and even before we got to see a trailer the upcoming Batman, fans were hesitant about Robert Pattinson attempting to play Bruce Wayne in director Matt Reeves’ revival the series. However, we have all been pleasantly surprised by what we’ve seen so far.

First, it was the new Batsuit, which hints at Batman wearing the gun that was presumably used to murder his parents, as motivation for his vengeance on Gotham City’s villains. 

Now, fans and the general public are approving the new-look Batmobile. It’s a modern take on Batmobiles the past. Think classic muscle car meshed with supercar. Looks like something The Weeknd would drive. 

Here’s what some the internet thinks:

But what do YOU think the new-look Batmobile? Is Robert Pattinson is going to do it justice?

The new Batman film is slated for a 2021 release date. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with news as it comes along!

The Weeknd Teases "After Hours" Short Film Dropping Today

The Weeknd shared a teaser for a short film titled After Hours, announcing that it will be dropping today. It appears as though the film, which bears the same name as The Weeknd’s upcoming album dropping on March 20th, will follow his journey over the past few months as he navigates his current musical revival. The brief trailer features shots The Weeknd donning his signature “After Hours” era outfit while one the album’s singles, “Blinding Lights,” plays sporadically.

One the clips near the end the teaser shows Jimmy Kimmel shaking The Weeknd’s hand following his performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! back in January. “That was great, thank you so much,” Jimmy says to him. “The Weeknd, everybody!” he exclaims to the crowd. Despite the seemingly positive energy the post-performance moment, the trailer cuts to a close-up shot The Weeknd looking concerned and in shock, setting the tone for what’s sure to be a wild ride a film.

The superstar has been a very busy man since kicking f his current era, and he’s showing no signs stopping. The After Hours album will drop in just a few weeks following the release the short film today, and to support the project, The Weeknd has announced that he’ll be hitting the road. He’ll kick f the tour on June 11th in Vancouver, traveling around Canada and the United States for a few months. After a quick break in September, the After Hours tour will pick up again on October 11th in London, after which The Weeknd will make several stops around the UK and Europe. He’s definitely got a lot to look forward to, and, luckily, so do we.

Suge Knight & Death Row Must Pay $107 Judgment To Former Employee

A revival Death Row is in the works, even with Suge Knight serving out a lengthy sentence behind bars. The rap mogul is one the most revered and feared executives in the game, and with the help good friend and business associate Ray J, Suge is hoping to put Death Row on the map once again. Nick Cannon is at the helm his penning the infamous character’s autobiography, but while there is much positive movement in Suge’s camp, a judge recently affirmed a $107 million against the former mogul.

Suge Knight & Death Row Must Pay $107 Judgment To Former Employee
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A woman named Lydia Harris originally stated that way back in 1989 when Death Row was just at its inception, she and her husband Michael invested in the record label. Harris also claimed that she was recognized as Death Row’s first vice president, but after the cash flow began to come in, Harris said Suge edged her out the company.

She took Suge and Death Row to court and was awarded $107 million, but back in September 2019, both Harris and Suge asked that the judgment be voided. According to Harris, she was used as a pawn by her “former attorneys, the bankruptcy trustees, and others to use her to wrongfully obtain the judgment,” reports NBC Los Angeles.

Harris’s former attorneys filed their own paperwork asserting that the judgment should carry on as is, and a judge agreed with them, especially because Harris has already reportedly pocketed a million dollars. The woman’s new attorney insists that she’s not received any money. The former attorneys are reportedly set to receive approximately 40 percent the judgment under the agreement Harris made with them.

50 Cent Reveals Plans To Executive Produce & Finish Pop Smoke’s Album

In a recent post, 50 Cent has revelaed that he intends to executive produce and finish the late Pop Smoke‘s album.

“I’m on the move listening to Pop smoke, I decided I’m gonna executive produce and finish his album for him,” penned Fif on Instagram. 

He’s already teased a possible colaboration for the new project, following up with a post inquiring on the whereabouts Roddy Ricch.

Pop Smoke, who was gunned down during a home invasion in Hollywood Hills last month, was ten compared to 50 Cent during his meteoric rise. The energy surrounding tracks such as “Welcome To The Party” and “Christian Dior” echoed a similar energy found in 50 Cent’s earlier contributions to a revival sorts in New York’s stake in hip-hop. The same could have been said for the trajectory the young Brooklyn rapper. 

Shortly before his death, he issued his Meet The Woo V.2 studio album. As for just what the tentative name his poshumous work will be is not quite certain. Since Pop Smoke’s death, a number tributes have initiated in his honor including an appearance from a hologram at a nightclub in Paris this past week.

Hilary Duff Hints At Issues On Disney+ "Lizzie McGuire" Reboot

Millenials who tuned into The Disney Channel’s hit series Lizzie McGuire back in the day were thrilled to hear that Hilary Duff and co. would be returning for a reboot on the Disney+ streaming service. However, after news that the show’s original creator Terri Minsky was fired for creative reasons, Duff made it pretty clear that she wasn’t happy in the least bit with the show’s sudden halt in production.

Hilary Duff Hints At Issues On Disney+ "Lizzie McGuire" Reboot
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Minsky was fired back in January after filming just two episodes in the reboot. The decision was reportedly centered around the debate Minsky’s more “adult version” Lizzie at 30 years old versus Disney’s desired “family-friendly” version that would align with the original show’s core audience. Speaking with Variety, Terri said the following: “Hilary has a grasp  Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing. That’s the part where I am completely in the dark. It’s important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy that kind devotion.”

Duff hasn’t made an ficial comment yet, but she did hop on social media a few days ago with a post in her IG Stories that showed us who she was aligning with without saying too much. “Sounds familiar,” Hilary wrote on top a screengrab to news that Disney+ canned the planned Love, Simon series after it was deemed not family-friendly enough. That show will now be moving to Hulu under the new title Love, Victor, where showrunners will be free to talk about the topics rumored to be Disney’s reason for a distaste with the series, including alcohol use and ual exploration.

A new showrunner for the Lizzie McGuire reboot hasn’t been named yet, but Disney has confirmed a spokesperson that the show hasn’t been canceled, saying “Our goal is to resume production and to tell an authentic story that connects to the millions who are emotionally invested in the character, and a new generation viewers too.”

Peep Hilary Duff’s slight shade to Disney+ below, and let us know if you think she has a point in being upset: 

Ari Lennox Tells R&B Artists To "Keep Killing Sh*t" Amid Debate About Genre

People continue to weigh in on what’s been called the lack R&B music in the culture at the moment, and artists are a little tired hearing it. Young M.A ruffled a few feathers when she tweeted, “Music don’t feel the same because we barely have R&B. R&B brung that balance to music.. now everything is leanin one way smh so it gets played out quick! We need R&B for the balance no kap!”

Ari Lennox Tells R&B Artists To "Keep Killing Sh*t" Amid Debate About Genre
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Diddy recently took to his Instagram page to share a video himself talking about how “the world is missing R&B” and that as the “code holder” the genre, it’s up to him to bring it back. Both PJ Morton and 6LACK have responded to these criticisms by saying there are plenty talented R&B artists out there, it’s just up to the public to discover them and for the industry to promote them.

Standing by the side her fellow artists is the First Lady Dreamville, Ari Lennox. The soul singer hopped on social media a few minutes ago to share her thoughts about people claiming that good R&B tunes are hard to find. “To all my fellow RnB friends killing sh*t, I love you and we got this,” she wrote. “Back in the day people use to judge and hate on the evolution soul music as well.”

“It’s a vicious cycle that every generation artists goes through,” Ari added, “Don’t be discouraged because real music deserves to be heard. We have angels that love and support and go so hard for us, which is the coolest blessing. What we are doing now may not be fully appreciated or seen due to a sh*t agenda, but it will last forever. Real music is forever.” Check out Ari Lennox’s post and Diddy’s video below.

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Quavo To Judge "Making The Band" Atlanta Auditions

Quavo and 112’s Mike and Slim will serve as judges for the Making The Band auditions in Atlanta, along with Monica and Quality Control’s Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Kevin “Coach K” Lee. Casting auditions for the reboot, which Diddy ficially announced last July, will commence this weekend, beginning in Atlanta on Friday, February 28th at Center Stage Theater. While the ficial Making The Band’s social media accounts have confirmed that Mike and Slim will be joining the ranks Monica, Pee, and Coach K, according to TMZ‘s production sources, fellow Atlanta native Quavo will also be partaking in the judging process to help find the next R&B supergroup.

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Hopeful talent will audition in front these celebrity guests as well as the “Combs Cartel”—which includes Diddy and his sons Quincy, Christian, and Justin. The open casting call will take place on Friday from 10:00am-6:00pm, with callbacks scheduled for Saturday by invitation only. Once the Atlanta auditions are complete, the Combs Cartel will head over to Houston and then to Charlotte, where DaBaby will serve as a judge alongside the famous father and sons to evaluate North Carolina’s budding talent. New York auditions will then take place from March 21st-22nd.

Drake’s ‘Top Boy’ Series Renewed On Netflix

London, UK – Drake’s executive produced show Top Boy will return for its second Netflix season and fourth season overall. Cast members Ashley Walters, Kane Robinson, Michael Ward and British rapper Little Simz are also set to return, as well as the show’s original creator Ronan Bennett, who will co-produce the season.

Drake took to Instagram on Wednesday (February 26) to announce the news.

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“WE BAAAAAAAACK,” he captioned a photo of Top Boy scripts.

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That same day, Netflix’s official Top Boy Twitter handle confirmed the announcement.

“We’re back,” they wrote. “TOP BOY Season 2 begins filming this spring. @AshleyWalters82, @TheRealKano, @onlymikes_ and @LittleSimz will return as Dushane, Sully, Jamie and Shelley. Stay tuned.”

Initially debuted in 2011, the British gang drama was dropped from its network after its second season. However, Drake’s interest in the show led to its revival, with its third season airing on Netflix last September. The OVO boss serves as executive producer on the show, alongside his business partner Adel “Future” Nur and SpringHill Entertainment’s Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson.

Back in 2017, it was reported that Drake and UK rapper Skepta would be featured actors in the show. While he hasn’t appeared on camera, Drake and his OVO team did supply a soundtrack for the series’ Netflix debut.

Filming for Top Boy season four will begin this spring.

Diddy Undergoes Fourth Surgery In Two Years: "I’m Clumsy"

Send a few prayers Diddy‘s way. The hip hop mogul shared with his millions followers earlier today that he was undergoing surgery on his quadriceps after taking an accidental tumble. Diddy was in the hospital and looked to be preparing for surgery as he pulled out his camera and spoke directly to the public. In a series slides on his Instagram Story, the Bad Boy founder explained how he ended up on a gurney.

“I just found out yesterday, they squeezed me in for today,” said Diddy. He had to cancel an appearance in San Fransico because his health concerns. “Pray for ya boy, I’m gonna see you all next time and make it up y’all.” Then, he revealed that he had to make a “confession” to everyone: He’s accident-prone.

I’m clumsy. I trip. I fall. I fall in holes. It’s always been like that,” he shared. “I have a good recovery, but this is my fourth surgery in two years. I’ve had two rotator cuffs, a knee replacement, and now it’s on quad. At the end the day, this is God’s work to slow me down, to take better care my body, and really eat right and to stop treating my body like a machine.” 

He asked that people don’t show him sympathy because “I did it to myself by accident.” Diddy also posted a video to his Instagram Page prior to his surgery as he talked about what kind talent he’s looking for on Making the Band. Check that out below.

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Royce Da 5’9" Talks "The Allegory," Eminem’s Best Album, & Yelawolf Issue

With his new album The Allegory set to drop tomorrow, Royce Da 5’9″ hit up Real 92.3 for a conversation about his recent creative endeavors; aside from his own project, he also laced two production credits on Eminem‘s gold-certified Music To Be Murdered Byas well as three typically solid verses. Speaking on his turn to production, Royce explains that he has been hitting the studio every day to practice his craft. “I hadn’t planned on doing anything,” he admits. “I started messing with the beats, learning how to make beats. One thing led to another and I was halfway through a project. Had a direction in mind, knew what I wanted to say and went with it. This is the first project that happened to me.

Moving forward, Royce shares a hilarious story about the time he allowed Griselda’s entire tour team to crash at his studio. “Before I even knew Benny existed I was a big Griselda fan,” he shares. “They didn’t get a hotel room, they were just sprawled out everywhere. Merch laying everywhere. Suitcases opened up everywhere. My studio was a mess — a bunch real hood-ass n***as!” Meanwhile, Royce was working on a beat in his room with the key players when he noticed Benny whispering some bars. “I was like, what’s up homie, you got something to this? He was like ‘yeah I got something.’ And he went in my booth and torched my booth.”

Royce Da 5'9" Talks "The Allegory," Eminem's Best Album, & Yelawolf Issue

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In a moment that’s sure to elicit a few playful barbs from Eminem, Royce declares The Real Slim Shady to be his favorite his rhyming partner’s album; it’s unclear as to whether he’s referring to The Slim Shady LP, or The Marshall Mathers LP on which “The Real Slim Shady” can be found. He also kindly ranked Revival as his least favorite Em’s project, though he neglects to elaborate further. When asked about his involvement in Em’s latest record, which has the staunch approval both DJ Hed and Bootleg Kev, Royce maintains that he had nothing to do in the creation — aside from hooking up a monstrous feature. “This is something he wanted to do,” confirms Nickle. “He called me about the ‘Yah Yah’ song, and told me he wanted Black Thought. I went and got him Black Thought.”

On the topic Royce’s recent shot at Yelawolf on “Over Comer,” he explains that it comes down to the topic respect. “He did something I felt was disrespectful,” explains Royce. “There was a window time where he could have called me to clarify or just say something to me. He didn’t even think he needed to call me — he didn’t even extend me that respect. It was something that happened behind closed doors and he knew I knew about it. I took fense to it, and how I handled it was addressing it on a song. I felt it was the only way I could handle it — for me to to air it out publically would imply I’m using it as a vehicle to push an album or be vindictive. I’m not a vindictive person…I felt the only way to do it was let him know it’s on my radar. I’m aware.” 

Check out the full interview with one the greatest rappers our time below, and look out for that Allegory project to arrive in full at midnight.

Royce Da 5’9" Talks "The Allegory," Eminem’s Best Album, & Yelawolf Issue

With his new album The Allegory set to drop tomorrow, Royce Da 5’9″ hit up Real 92.3 for a conversation about his recent creative endeavors; aside from his own project, he also laced two production credits on Eminem‘s gold-certified Music To Be Murdered Byas well as three typically solid verses. Speaking on his turn to production, Royce explains that he has been hitting the studio every day to practice his craft. “I hadn’t planned on doing anything,” he admits. “I started messing with the beats, learning how to make beats. One thing led to another and I was halfway through a project. Had a direction in mind, knew what I wanted to say and went with it. This is the first project that happened to me.

Moving forward, Royce shares a hilarious story about the time he allowed Griselda’s entire tour team to crash at his studio. “Before I even knew Benny existed I was a big Griselda fan,” he shares. “They didn’t get a hotel room, they were just sprawled out everywhere. Merch laying everywhere. Suitcases opened up everywhere. My studio was a mess — a bunch real hood-ass n***as!” Meanwhile, Royce was working on a beat in his room with the key players when he noticed Benny whispering some bars. “I was like, what’s up homie, you got something to this? He was like ‘yeah I got something.’ And he went in my booth and torched my booth.”

Royce Da 5'9" Talks "The Allegory," Eminem's Best Album, & Yelawolf Issue

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In a moment that’s sure to elicit a few playful barbs from Eminem, Royce declares The Real Slim Shady to be his favorite his rhyming partner’s album; it’s unclear as to whether he’s referring to The Slim Shady LP, or The Marshall Mathers LP on which “The Real Slim Shady” can be found. He also kindly ranked Revival as his least favorite Em’s project, though he neglects to elaborate further. When asked about his involvement in Em’s latest record, which has the staunch approval both DJ Hed and Bootleg Kev, Royce maintains that he had nothing to do in the creation — aside from hooking up a monstrous feature. “This is something he wanted to do,” confirms Nickle. “He called me about the ‘Yah Yah’ song, and told me he wanted Black Thought. I went and got him Black Thought.”

On the topic Royce’s recent shot at Yelawolf on “Over Comer,” he explains that it comes down to the topic respect. “He did something I felt was disrespectful,” explains Royce. “There was a window time where he could have called me to clarify or just say something to me. He didn’t even think he needed to call me — he didn’t even extend me that respect. It was something that happened behind closed doors and he knew I knew about it. I took fense to it, and how I handled it was addressing it on a song. I felt it was the only way I could handle it — for me to to air it out publically would imply I’m using it as a vehicle to push an album or be vindictive. I’m not a vindictive person…I felt the only way to do it was let him know it’s on my radar. I’m aware.” 

Check out the full interview with one the greatest rappers our time below, and look out for that Allegory project to arrive in full at midnight.

Eminem’s "Music To Be Murdered By" Goes Gold

Eminem‘s Music To Be Murdered By, marketed as a soundtrack to be enjoyed while “being done in,” has clearly served its purpose. Despite only having been released for about a month, Em’s eleventh studio album has yielded him another gold certification for his already expansive collection. The accomplishment was celebrated by his rhyming partner Royce Da 5’9″, with whom he worked intimately on songs like “You Gon Learn,” “Darkness,” “Yah Yah,” and “I Will.” Taking to Instagram, Royce allowed a single emoji to symbolize the global scope Em’s reach.

Eminem's "Music To Be Murdered By" Goes Gold

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For that keeping score, it also serves as a cool milestone for Slim — Music To Be Murdered By is ficially the first record the new decade to achieve gold certification. Given that the Juice WRLD-assisted “Godzilla” is already tapped to be the album’s next single, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this one hit platinum before long. As now, every other Eminem album has gone platinum except for Revival, which has seemingly plateaued at gold, and his cult classic debut Infinite. 

Congratulations to Eminem, and much respect to Royce for showing support. Look for his own new album The Allegory to hit this Friday, and keep an eye out for Em’s upcoming “Godzilla” video to drop in the imminent future. Are you still bumping Music To Be Murdered By?

Jordan Peele’s Nazi-Fighting "Hunters" Series Gets The Red Band Trailer Treatment

Jordan Peele has seen major success over the past few years in Hollywood, ranging from his big screen hits Get Out and Us to hosting a small screen revival the classic sci-fi series The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. Now he’s gearing up to hunt Nazis over on Amazon Prime Video with Hunters. Oh, and it’s most definitely going to be a gory story based f the newly-released Red Band trailer.

Jordan Peele's Nazi-Fighting "Hunters" Series Gets The Red Band Trailer Treatment
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The series is adapted from true events and will see veteran actor Al Pacino starring as Meyer Offerman, leader  a Nazi-hunting collective in 1970s NYC that come across Nazis hiding out in the Big Apple with plans  assembling a “Fourth Reich” in America. Pacino is accompanied by an ally troops that include Tiffany Boone (The Chi), Logan Lerman (The Perks Being a Wallflower), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy) and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) amongst others. Based f the R-rating and Peele’s involvement overall, this one is sure to be a must-watch when it premieres later this month.

Check for Hunters to begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video starting February 21, but peep the Red Band trailer below in the meantime to get the full effect excitement:

Fire At Manufacturing Plant Threatens Global Vinyl Record Supply

A massive fire burned through the manufacturing and storage facility for Apollo Masters in Banning, California, Thursday, according to The Desert Sun.

No employees were injured, but with Apollo Masters being one the only manufacturers  lacquers in the world, the fire could shake up Vinyl production worldwide. “We are uncertain our future at this point and are evaluating options as we try to work through this difficult time,” a statement on the company’s website reads.

Pitchfork spoke with Ben Blackwell, co-founder  Third Man Records, email: “From my understanding, this fire will present a problem for the vinyl industry worldwide,” Blackwell wrote. “There are only TWO companies that make lacquers in the world, and the other, MDC in Japan, already had trouble keeping up with demand BEFORE this development.

“I imagine this will affect EVERYONE, not just Third Man Pressing and Third Man Mastering, but to what extent remains to be seen.”

Pitchfork also contacted David Read, vinyl production and sales coordinator for Duplication, who believes that the damage “will directly affect all vinyl plants, bands/labels, mastering engineers, plating facilities etc., anyone who used lacquers as part their vinyl production. In my almost 40 years experience the vinyl industry as a whole is incredibly resilient and filled with talented pressionals who will, and already are, teaming together to find a way out this current problem.”

Vinyl popularity has been on the rise in recent years. In 2018, sales grew 12 percent from 8.6 to 9.7 million according to The Verge.