KieranCulkin, brother child-star Macaulay Culkin and successful actor in his own right, has been making press rounds for the upcoming season HBO’s Succession. During a recent sit-down with The Guardian, Culkin answered some questions about Michael Jackson and the documentary Leaving Neverland from earlier this year.
When asked directly, Culkin claimed that he hasn’t spoken with a publicist on how to handle the situation but had this to say, “To me, it seems like there’s two sides to this thing and because I can’t be helpful on one side or the other, anything I say and anything that gets put out in print could only hurt somebody and there’s already a lot really hurt feelings. There are already a lot people who are in a difficult position and if I contribute in any way, it’s just going to hurt someone because I can’t actually help.”
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Michael Jackson and his estate have always denied any allegations pertaining to sexual misconduct. Jackson has stated publically that he shared a bed with both Kieran and Macaulay Culkin at the Neverland ranch. In a 2003 documentary, Living With Michael, Jackson explained, “When Macaulay Culkin was little], Kieran Culkin would sleep on this side and Macaulay Culkin on this side, his sister is in there. We’re all just jammed in the bed. Then, we’d wake up, like, dawn and go in the hot air balloon.” Macaulay Culkin has defended Jackson in the past.
It appears one Cardi B’s “muscle” guys were busted for selling crack yesterday. PageSix reports that Brooklyn native Jeffrey Bush, who allegedly served as “muscle” for Cardi during her Queens strip club brawl last year, was arrested yesterday at his Williamsburg home for selling $12,000 worth crack cocaine. Police say they found a bag “believed to be crack” along with pills, pot, a scale, and nearly $15,000 in cash.
Bush pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Thursday afternoon in Brooklyn federal court and was held without bail with prosecutors arguing that his connection to Cardi B made him a “flight risk.”
“Based on the defendant’s prit from just the crack sales … as well as the celebrity connection with Cardi B], he has myriad means at his disposal to enable his flight,” a detention memo states.
It was last August when Bush & Cardi hurled bottles Champagne at two bartender sisters at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York. One sisters was allegedly thought to be sleeping with Cardi’s husband Offset, so Cardi and her “muscle” took action. Reports say one the sisters had her head slammed into the bar. As a result, the hip-hop star and Bush have both pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted assault, harassment, conspiracy and criminal solicitation. The case is still pending though.
Bush is due back in court for this drug charge on Sept. 10th.
According to multiple reports, Jamie Foxx‘s new young “friend” Sela Vave has moved in with him. However, he insists it’s all business related.
Rumors a romance between the two started last weekend after the couple were spotted in LA holding hands while leaving a nightclub. Then the next day reports surfaced saying Jamie had split with his long time girlfriend Katie Holmes months prior. Now single, Jamie is reportedly working with Sela Vave, and now she’s staying at his house.
Foxx confirmed that she was in residence, but insisted he is just helping to launch her music career. “When I met Ed Sheeran, I didn’t know him from Adam,” Foxx said. “He slept on my couch for six weeks. Nick Cannon was 13 years old, he used to sleep at my old house … everybody come to my crib.” Foxx continues, “I did the same thing with her … We took her under our wing … We wanted to treat her the same way and give her the opportunity.” He called speculation about a romance with Vave a “double standard.”
“I spoke to that girl’s mom and she put her trust in me,” Foxx added. “We don’t ever cross lines like that, personal. I wanted to let you know, for all who were scandal chasing, that’s our artist, that’s our family … We are working.”
What do you think? Is Jamie telling the truth here and just working or nah?
Casual fans the show may only have heard Bunni as one the girls that nearly wrecked Cardi B‘s marriage to Offset. It turns out that she’s a whole homewrecker because here she is destroying another family. As reported by Bossip, Bentley and Anderson are dangerously close to calling it quits on their marriage because the recent revelation that A1 made.
In a new segment airing on VH1, A1 is confronted by Anderson and her friend Sia about his flirtatious FaceTime call with Summer Bunni when Lyrica straight-up asks if he’s ever slept with Summer. His response was telling. “Did you sleep with her?” he asked in return, circling away from the line questioning. Finally, after he’s pressed hard enough, A1 admits that he was indeed intimate with Offset’s alleged former fling. He goes on to point out that Lyrica has cheated on him in the past and in order to “not stress her out,” he kept his cheating ways a secret.
Lil Nas X was dethroned yesterday after a strong nineteen-week run on the Billboard charts sitting at #1 with his hit “Old Town Road.” Taking his coveted spot was none other Billie Eilish with her single “Bad Guy” from her debut studio album WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? Lil Nas’ run on the chart out beat “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men as well as Justin Bieber, Daddy Yankee, and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.”
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While Lil Nas will surely miss his spot, he’s proved to be a respectable contender in the game since wishing Billie a congratulations for her new #1. “congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!” he tweeted.
Billie followed up with a reply her own with a little joke on how Lil Nas may be feeling butthurt about the whole thing. “i know he mad on the low,” she wrote. “LMAO BUT THANK YOU B! LOVE YOU @lilnasx.”
Billie recently opened up to V Magazine about her appreciation for her team and how they never swayed her to be something she’s not.
“I am really, really lucky and grateful that I have had the experience that I had with my label and with my team and everyone, because I never had any issues with people trying to pull me in a different direction, one in which I would not want to be headed,” she explained. “I think that might just be because I have always been the kind person that knows what the fuck I want, and if it’s not what I want, then I am not going to do it.”
With all the partying that 50 Cent has been doing this week, many were surprised to see him during an appearance on morning television. The world-renowned rapper was a guest on Good Morning America this week and he claimed that he was entirely ready for the early start to his day. Judging from the time Fif is the most active on social media, he usually begins his day pretty early on. However, with the Tycoon Pool Party now in the past, people didn’t expect him to continue his regular routine this week. Bow Wow is among that crowd. He reposted a video the superstar waking up and heading to the television studio for his spot, noting that his homie is capping when it comes to being wide awake and ready for the day.
In the video, Fif looks pretty sleepy in his suit before he opens a drawer for seemingly no reason, closing it seconds later. Bow Wow just had to comment. “Yo dont let @50cent lie to yall he not up,” said Bow. “Look at bro eyes haha tycoon weekend gottem hurting! Peep how he opened the drawer for no reason then closed it.”
Rick Ross debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with Port of Miami 2, which sold 80,000 equivalent album units (25,000 in album sales) in its first week. The highly-anticipated sequel to his 2006 debut, which features Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nipsey Hussle, is Ross’ highest-charting album since 2014’s Mastermind debuted at No. 1.
Additionally, Port of Miami 2 is Ross’ tenth top 10 on the chart. All 10 of his charting major-label releases have reached the top 10, with five of them hitting No. 1.
Trippie Redd also debuts in the top 10 at No. 3 with !, which sold 51,000 equivalent album units (7,000 in album sales). It marks his third top 10 effort following 2018’s A Love Letter to You 3 (No. 3) and Life’s a Trip (No. 4).
Elsewhere, Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project drops 2-5 (43,000), Chris Brown’s Indigo slides 5-6 (36,000), and Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You rises 8-7 (33,000). Last week’s chart-topper, Drake’s Care Package, falls 1-8 in its second week (31,000).
Khalid’s former No. 1 Free Spirit re-enters the top 10 at No. 9 (30,000), while Lil Nas X’s debut EP 7 rises 11-10 (29,000).
Billboard 200 Top 10
1. Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind – 118,000
2. Rick Ross – Port of Miami 2 – 80,000
3. Trippie Redd – ! – 51,000
4. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – 44,000
5. Ed Sheeran – No.6 Collaborations Project – 43,000
6. Chris Brown – Indigo – 36,000
7. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – 33,000
8. Drake –Care Package – 31,000
9. Khalid – Free Spirit – 30,000
10. Lil Nas X – 7 – 29,000
There have been plenty the accused who have denied being with Celina and others who have kept quiet after videos have made their way to the internet. She came forward with claims that she was pregnant with Offset’s baby, only to later admit that she was lying about being with child. Celina has made a “career” out having sex with famous people, married or not, and sharing her experiences with the world, yet still, there are plenty others who are lining up to bed the 24-year-old.
Except for Joyner Lucas. The rapper made it clear that he doesn’t want to be involved with the pressional groupie by sharing a screenshot a brief DM exchange on Instagram. In the photo, Celina writes, “Can’t wait to make you my 850,001 body on Saturday babyyyy.” Lucas responds directly in such a way that there could be no other interpretation other than a rejection.
“If Jesus Christ himself came down to earth and told me that I had to sleep with you or he would send me to hell….I would dose my own self in gasoline and light the sh*t.” He wrote in the caption, “Please keep this hoe away from me 😭,” as his friends laughed in the comments, including Fabolous and Chris Brown.
The preservation history is one the important responsibilities we have as consumers music. And while hip-hop is a relatively young culture, being ficially born on August 11th, 1973, there remain many key figures responsible for shaping its development. Jaz-O, known by many as “The Originator,” stands among them. A marquee player behind the evolution flow, Jaz’s fingerprints are smeared across today’s music. Should you be familiar with the “triplet flow,” most currently popularized by the likes Migos and more, you’re looking at his handiwork.
Having risen in fame during an era creative splendor, in which countless New York artists were establishing themselves, Jaz O’s wisdom emerges from a place experience. The man has witnessed the evolution both artistic trends and industry shake-ups, though none the latter served to faze him. Perhaps that’s what happens when one is driven by a desire to create first and foremost, even after more than three decades in the game.
I had the pleasure speaking with the legendary musician a few weeks ago. Following a new business deal with his former protege’s Roc Nation, we discussed growing up in an era where hip-hop was on the rise, working with Jay-Z during the early nineties, crossing paths with the Notorious B.I.G, the legendary D&D Studios, and course, the iconic “Hawaiin Sophie” Video. Check out the full transcription below.
HNHH: Hey Jaz, what’s up? It’s a pleasure to speak with you. Thanks for taking the time.
Not a problem. Not a problem.
How’s your day going so far?
It’s going great. It’s pretty busy, but we’re in New York. That’s what happens.
I’m really interested in the history hip-hop. Knowing that hip-hop was born in New York City, do you have any recollection growing up as the movement was starting to rise?
Yeah. My first recollection was in high school. I went to high school for music and art and that was my first exposure to hip-hop, how they did it uptown. It was different. People were rhyming and stuff – you know, the old b-boy movement- in Brooklyn as well but everything was borrowed from the Bronx and uptown Manhattan. A couple friends and myself basically brought that whole feel to our area in Brooklyn, which was Bed-Stuy, Marcy, because we were exposed to it.
How did you get started rapping and immersing yourself in a more serious hip-hop scene?
A friend mine told me “You should write a rhyme,” because Jack and the Juice from the Lightpost having the block parties. People would come out and say a couple rhymes. You had your local guys that always did it and he was telling me that I should do it. I ignored him for a long time but then, one day, I just wrote something and he loved it. It encouraged me to do it more. I guess I took it seriously after I came back from college, years later. More people were doing it and some other cats from Brooklyn like UTFO. While I was in college they came out with the song “Roxanne, Roxanne,” and I was like “I gotta come home and get busy.” I didn’t want to be in college anyway. That wasn’t my life.
Were you still persuing music while you were in college?
Nope. I was going to be an accountant.
So much would’ve changed.
When did you start developing your signature triplet flow? When did you realize that was really gonna catch on?
Well, I didn’t. The reason I did it was because in one-sixteenth cadence and your average four-fourth time signature beat, if you have more than sixteen syllables in a measure, all the sudden, you’re stuck with a dilemma to express yourself in a certain way or to get your point across the way you choose. I had to stuff those words, those extra syllables in the sixteen so it would transform those syllables into twenty-fourths, which became a triplet an eighth. That’s why I called it the triplet style.
It wasn’t so much a style, it was just a necessity. Like they say, “Necessity is the mother invention.” I did it, it sounded good, and I started to do it a lot more. I didn’t know whether it was gonna catch on or not. I knew that it was something unique and something that nobody was doing in hip-hop, but you head it some places like blues or jazz with the scat and things that nature. Besides that, we were just having fun with it. We didn’t know it would come to this.
If you look at today, the triplet flow has become a new normal for so many artists. I wonder if they even know the origin where it came from.
I was curious about your experience with battle rapping. It seems like a lot New York legends were involved in battle rapping for a bit. Are there any particularly legendary battles that you’d like to share?
There was an MC contest that was held called Broadway International. This was in the mid-eighties. Just-Ice and his partner, I can’t remember his name, were in the contest. Dana Dane was in the contest. He was apart this group called “The Kangol Crew,” and Slick Rick was actually a member that group, but Dana himself was in the battle. Just-Ice kind nudged his partner away because he ran out rhymes. That was one legendary battle. I won the battle.
What was it like, the battle scene? Was it in the spirit healthy competition? Did anything ever go too far or was it simply “may the best man win?”
Yeah, it was more like that. This one, in particular, was an MC contestand the prize was five hundred dollars, which was a nice take-home back then.
How do you prepare for something like that?
That’s just it. You gotta be ready. It’s one those things where you have to already have it in your arsenal. We found out less than a week before the contest and we didn’t know any the other contestants so, it’s one those things.
Before we spoke, I was actually watching your “Hawaiian Sophie” video. It’s definitely a classic. They don’t make videos like that anymore. What was your experience like filming that, and have you watched it recently?
I’ve seen it. I’ve watched it recently. It reminded me a different time. Rap music was moving more into a novelty phase if you will. The overall vibe on the set was a lot different than how it is now. The best word I could use, it was a lot more innocent. I don’t judge. It’s not tarnished per se, it’s just different. Today, they have the girls mostly naked. We had a couple girls that were mostly naked, but it was tasteful. They were, for the most part, hula girls. It was just different.
There were people there, the jury and stuff like that. That was a Brooklyn thing, we had to do that. It was a lot more innocent. It was conducted like a business. It was a good vibe. That song wasn’t my first choice to do, it was something EMI wanted to do and they were spending the money so I figured, “if you’re spending the money, you’re gonna do the deed for the most part. You’re gonna do what it takes to make the song happen, to make me popular, as opposed to me fighting with you and you putting out what I want to put out and not going at it wholeheartedly.”
I got to ask, whose idea was it to have Jay-Z parachuting?
It was not mine. I asked him if he minded doing it. He didn’t want to do it and I wouldn’t have knocked him if he didn’t, but he chose to do it. He was a better man than me that day for sure.
It’s a piece history, that video. People need to know the steps that hip-hop has been through. I think that’s important for younger artists to understand. Speaking Jay, you’ve played a very pivotal role in his artistic development. When you guys first connected, what were some the lessons you worked to instill in him, both in and out the booth?
The raw talent was already there. It was really about some the logistics rhyme structure. I was making beats from way back then so I familiarized him with bars. Something that’s a common thing nowadays was something that we sort educated people on. Brought people into the fold knowing time signatures, bars and things that nature. Dealing with music time or real-time in music. That was mostly it. A lot people may have thought every single thing, but no, he came into the picture with raw talent. I advised him on some things, but he advised me on a couple things. There were a couple things I was doing where he was like “You should do that.” The whole triplet style, he was like “You should do that more.” He was more into popularization and marketing and I was more into the craft.
Do you have any particular stories from a memorable studio session you had?
They were all memorable. We could talk about the mix sessions that I got to late and falling asleep on the mixing board, on the console and all that. That was just the fast life catching up to me. There were memorable stories. Just seeing the people in D&D studios in general. Just seeing all the people who worked in the studio, even if not on a regular basis. What was fascinating was the people that, through myself and Jay, ended up frequenting that studio based on projects we were apart . We saw everybody from Mary J. Blige to B.I.G. to M.O.P., Primo, a whole bunch people. Sauce Money, Memphis Bleek, just an array different talent that, under any other circumstance, would not have frequented that studio.
What is it about D&D that made it such a legendary place? Was there something in particular?
Based on popularity and based on a quality product. You had Primo who was a mainstay, who eventually got his own room up there and eventually took over the whole studio. Then you have myself, who, by the way, was the first artist/producer who sampled and scratched. When I got my deal with EMI, they were looking for a studio, and what we found out about D&D at that time was that they only did rock music and some reggae. When we did the equipment rental, they asked my management, “What is this guy gonna do with a drum machine, sampler, turntable, and a keyword with some sound modules?” and they were like “We don’t know, but he knows what he’s doing.”
I stayed in that studio for twenty-four hours straight. I went in at noon and I left at noon. It was the weirdest feeling I ever had because I didn’t take a break. I was so enthusiastic. I had a brand new deal and I just kept working. Before I knew it, somebody told me “Your session’s over in two hours.” It was a weird feeling leaving the building because when I walked in the sun was shining and when I left it was the same thing after all that time. I didn’t see the shadow hour or the night.
That must have been a rewarding time creatively.
You mentioned crossing paths with The Notorious B.I.G. Would you mind sharing an experience you had with him?
We never collaborated on anything that came out, but, when I got my deal, Jay, Irv Gotti and myself had come back from London. I actually moved like three weeks after coming home. I moved out Marcy and into a brownstone in Clinton Hills and one my cousins from Virginia was having some problems so I had him move up with me. We were basketball fiends and at that time, after recording the album, I had a lot free time on my hands. We would go to the basketball court, shoot around and talk. If somebody was out there, we’d play two-on-two, three-on-three or what have you. I saw Big out there a lot times and one day he came up and was like “You think I don’t know who you are? I know who you are.”
I was a street legend with the lyrics and we had done a couple mixtapes but mixtapes, back then, were actually cassette tapes with emcees rhyming over beats. My tapes got around. I had some tapes with me rhyming for like forty-five minutes straight in Virginia, down to the Carolinas. Luke Skywalker had some my stuff. You got to remember, this was before social media, this was before the internet. It was word mouth. Anyway, Big knew who I was and we talked briefly. We didn’t talk a lot or none that. He was probably doing his one-two in the park. We were just shooting around. It was just funny because I would see him after the Bad Boy deal, years later, and he’d be like “I see you,” and I’d just laugh and he’d laugh. It’ be the same thing every time, “I see you.”
Was there ever a notable shift in the culture in New York? When all these different artists were coming out, yourself, Jay-Z, Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan, what was it like occupying the space with so many different artists?
It was nice. It was nice because contrary to what a lot people thought, there was a lot camaraderie. There wasn’t any, “Okay, these cats are over here and I’m over here. Fuck those guys.” It really wasn’t that. Most the time, there was a lot admiration. The same thing that they criticized us about with the movement, with the “Dirty South,” with Atlanta and Alabama, people started saying “They work together and collaborate.”
I’m like “Y’all people weren’t even apart it. You can’t speculate on any that.” I told people “I was there. It was much comradery. It was much love.” That’s society. Certain people don’t like each other, but in general, for the majority that era, there was an abundance artists who had mutual respect.
Do you feel that started to change in the late ’90s when there was a second coming New York talent, or was it the same kind thing?
Yeah, but it didn’t have anything to do with new talent. It was a new agenda. That agenda was to take some the consciousness out hip-hop and turn all the songs into an elongated commercial ad. If you notice the structure the music or the structure hip-hop songs have changed. Now, you got much more repetition than in the beginning. In the beginning hip-hop recordings, you had a song that didn’t even have a hook. Now, every song not only has a hook, but it’s much more repetitive. There’s almost as much chorus or hook as there is in the verse. The chorus or hook a song is more dominant.
Did you find it had an impact on the production that you were doing at the time? Was it hard to adjust to the changes?
Nah. Not at all. An advantage that I have is that I have a structure and what I do is produce in a certain way. If I don’t like it, I’ll turn the drum machine f. I still use a drum machine. If I do like it, I make a decision: Do I actually want this for myself? Every song or beat I make has a structure where it has a certain verse. I always make the verse sequences and the chorus sequences. I make a chorus sequence with a fill, be it a drum-fill or a sample, and sometimes it’s the same thing for a verse-fill depending on how I feel. There’s always a general structure that varies based on feeling because music has a feel, and if you aren’t feeling, then you aren’t making music.
Without revisiting old wounds, can you tell me about your reunion with Jay-Z during the 4:44 tour?
Someone set up the reunion, if you want to call it that. I was in town. Obviously, he was in town. I got some credentials to have all-access and we met up. It felt like we hadn’t seen each other in six-months as opposed to twenty-years. It was good. For the record, it was never really a beef or anything like that. That word is way too serious to equate the situation, in any form or fashion. It wasn’t a beef. It’s just one those things. He’s doing what he does. I’m doing what I do. It was very heartfelt on my part. I missed him. I hadn’t seen him in a very long time. I think he felt the same way. We joked around a bit. He introduced me to some other people and we drank some water. He went on stage and did his thing. What really touched me is that, while on stage, he took time to thank me and I really appreciate that. It was great.
Thanks for sharing.
So, tell me about your new deal that you just signed. Congratulations by the way!
How did that come about? What are you looking to build going forward?
I’m looking to build my brand, which is Jaz-O, but most definitely Kings County Media Group, and to express myself and put out some good music. Usually, the first thing that everybody says is “money, money, money,” but that’s not how I came into this thing. When I came into the whole thing doing music, it was an outlet, an expression creatively. That was the whole point. I’m not saying that money’s not involved. This is big business. Money is involved, but, what has to be known is, that’s not my primary agenda. This is a way for me to express myself on an expanded platform as opposed to throwing some stuff out totally independent and promoting it on social media hoping somebody hears it. Money is good. Let’s not talk badly about money at all.
Thank you so much for your time and everything you’ve contributed to hip-hop. It’s been a pleasure hearing your stories and I wish you the best luck in all your future endeavors.
This past year, Jordan Brand has been creating some interesting new sneakers and apparel with French soccer team, Paris Saint-Germain. So far, an Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 5, and Air Jordan 6 has been released using the PSG colors and now, an Air Jordan 1 Low is on the way. We already reported on the ficial images for the shoe which reveals what the colorway will consist .
Just like the other shoes in the pack, this model is an all-over black, while white appears on the midsole. From there, a hint red appears near the back, while a Jumpman-infused Paris Saint-Germain logo is placed onto the back heel. It’s a simple shoe that will look good with any outfit and if you’re a PSG fan who is in the market for that kind footwear, then these are the way to go. Thankfully, @j23app came through with the details on how to cop these so none you soccer fans end up missing out.
If you were hoping to scoop these up, they will be dropping on Tuesday, August 20th for $110 USD through the Nike SNKRS App. They will most likely be relatively limited so don’t sleep on release day.
According to new reports, ISIS has claimed to be responsible for a recent suicide bombing that took place in Kabul. It was a Pakistani assailant who detonated a vest inside a ShiaweddingonSaturday, killing 63 people and injuring at least 180 more.
The attack comes just days before Afghan Independence Day is to be celebrated on Monday. It marks the latest ina string similar attacks in the area, Earlier in the month, three suicide bombers working for the Taliban killed 14 people and injured 145 more. The areas where the attacks have taken place within Kabul is an epicenter for Shiite Hazara Afghanis, targets the Taliban and ISIS terrorist organization who do not recognize Shiite Muslims as true follows the Islam faith.
Among those killed in Saturday’s attack were women and children.
“We were planning to sleep when we heard the sound a loud explosion,” an anonymous witness told CNN. “When I came outside, I saw smoke coming out the hall. I saw dead bodies and wounded people, who were being taken to hospitals by policemen and Kabul ambulances. We are too in shock, too upset by the incident.”
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani took to Twitter to condemn the attack, also placing blame on the Taliban for providing a “platform for terrorists.”
“My top priority for now is to reach out to the families victims this barbaric attack,” Ghani added on Twitter.
Nine-year-old Brandoniya Bennett was sleeping on the couch her Roseland Townhome in Dallas, Texas. There was nothing out the ordinary about that day, aside from the fact that 19-year-old rapper Tyrese Simmons was in the area searching for his foe. According to police, Simmons was upset because fellow rapper, 17-year-old Benny Fountain, dissed him in a song lyric during a rap battle. Witnesses at the Roseland Townhomes stated that they saw Simmons lurking around the property, telling his rival to come outside.
However, the person he was shouting for told Simmons that he wasn’t going to meet him. The refusal infuriated Simmons who began firing at the building toward the home he believed Fountain to be in, without rhyme or reason. During the melee, young Brandoniya was struck and killed. Emergency responders reportedly did all that they could to save the little girl but she would later lose her life at Baylor University Hospital.
“When one family hurts, we all hurt,” said community activist Maurice Ash. “The whole community hurts. The saddest thing is that my daughter will never be able to get to know this young girl. This will never happen because her life was cut down, cut short because senseless gun violence.”
Simmons was identified in a news conference and later turned himself into police. He is being held on $500K bond and is facing a capital murder charge.
Los Angeles, CA – There’s a little more than a month left until summer ends and fall begins, but Megan Thee Stallion — who’s declared the current season as “Hot Girl Summer” and recently filed to have the phrase trademarked — has a plan for the upcoming season.
Megan, who’s also in her third year at Texas Southern University, wants things to take a turn for the academic with her declaration of an upcoming “Hot Nerd Fall.”
While at BeautyCon LA, Megan was asked by Access Hollywood about “Hot Girl Summer,” including the single of the same name featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. She was also asked about the changing of seasons and what “Hot Girl Fall” might entail.
“Being a hot girl is like a lifestyle, and everyone knows I’m still in college,” Megan said. “It’s gonna be a real hot girl semester, you know what I’m saying? Real Hot Nerd Fall, so I’m just about to start puttin’ on for all my school girls.”
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Megan discussed how her stacked schedule has required her to switch to online classes, but she said she misses “being on campus” and hopes to “start regular classes again in the fall.”
At the end of the Access Hollywood clip, Megan is asked about her confidence and what advice she had for those looking to boost their own confidence levels.
“You cannot worry about other people’s opinions,” she stated. “Like, you gotta love yourself. You wake up with yourself, you go to sleep with yourself, and you should be the only person that you’re trying to please.”
New York, NY – Rick Ross stopped by The Breakfast Club this week to discuss Port Of Miami 2, his forthcoming memoir Hurricanes and a bevy of other topics. After revealing he used to sleep on Erick Sermon’s floor back in the day, he was inevitably asked about the comments Nicki Minaj made about him during a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast.
Nicki claimed she went to speak with President Obama about Meek Mill, her boyfriend at the time, and saw a text from Ross calling her a “keeper.” So when Ross dissed her on 2017’s Rather You Than Me track “Apple Of My Eye,” she told Budden she believed it was a cheap tactic sell records and ordered Ross to “sit your fat ass down.”
Ross explained to The Breakfast Club (rather diplomatically) that Nicki was an obstacle between Drake and Meek back then but is grateful everyone moved on.
“I mean, if somebody went to meet Obama with you, she is a keeper until you find out otherwise,” Ross said. “She was around me a few times but other than that, she was a huge talent but she was playing a very important position at the time. She was in between Meek and Drake at the time. And what she don’t know, and what she might not understand coming from a big homie like myself, playing that position, that was a very fragile role. And it would be very easy to put that responsibility on her. But that ain’t what I tried to make it to.
“But most definitely when I seen it go sour, it would be easy to assume she may have had something to do with that and if somebody tells you they didn’t, they’re lying. But everybody moved forward. She moved forward, she doing her thing. I’m happy to see her do that. Meek doing his thing. Drizzy, they doing they thing.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Ross opens up about his various business endeavors, his relationship with T.I., health issues and more.
“‘So much fun’ at midnight. THE ALBUM,” he wrote. Some commenters mistook the post as an album announcement from Travis himself but clearly, they’re not up on Young Thug. Who else is excited for Friday?