Kodak Black’s Lawyers Describe Rapper’s "Low Income" Upbringing To Petition For Release

Federal prosecutors aren’t letting Kodak Black out on bond without a fight. They’ve painted a picture the rapper as being a danger to society, especially following the news that his fingerprints were linked to a Florida shooting. Kodak remains behind bars following his arrest prior to his Rolling Loud performance when he was taken into custody on charges  making a false statement in connection with the acquisition firearms from a federally licensed dealer.

The 21-year-old’s lawyers have petitioned the court to allow Kodak to be released so that he may fight his sexual assault case in South Carolina. In documents obtained by The BlastKodak’s attorneys are hoping that their portrayal the rapper as a victim the environment he grew up in will sway the judge’s decision.

“Born on June 11, 1997, the boy who would become Kodak grew up in Golden Acres, a small, barracks like cluster public housing originally built in the late 1940s to house farm workers.” They write that his community “spans just over 80 acres and over 170 units” and mirrored other “low income housing tracts” by having an overwhelming presence gangs and drug activity. “People in his old neighborhood talk about a quiet little boy walking around with a notepad, constantly writing rhymes.”

The legal team also state in these latest court documents that they have a plan set in place for Kodak to be under constant supervision. They also argue that the rapper hasn’t ever thought he was using “illegal drugs” because he has a valid license to use cannabis and his mother has gone on  record to say she “has never witnessed her son use illegal drugs.”

Logic Signs Exclusive Publishing Deal with Universal Music Publishing Group

Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has confirmed a new deal with a major rapper.

Def Jam artist Logic has signed an exclusive, worldwide administration deal with the major publishing company.

The deal comes after the rapper’s latest album, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.  This marks his third No. 1 album.  Last month, Logic – real name Sir Robert Bryson Hall II – also became a New York Times bestselling author following the release of his paperback fiction novel, Supercrown.

Throughout his career, the rapper has amassed billions of streams on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.  Logic has also sold well over five million albums.  His Def Jam catalog includes four albums and seven mixtapes.  ‘Homicide,’ the rapper’s single featuring Eminem, also reached No. 1 on Spotify.  Last year, he earned a Grammy nod for ‘1­800-273-8255’ (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline).  Following the single’s release, NSPL’s calls jumped 27%.

This fall, the rapper will launch the North American Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Tour.  He’ll perform in 26 cities, including Portland, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Miami, among others.

Speaking about the signing, David Gray, UMPG’s Executive Vice President and Head of West Coast A&R, explained,

Logic is a supremely creative artist and songwriter with a tremendous work ethic.  From his earliest days creating mixtapes, he’s grown into a superstar who has conquered writing, rapping, singing, producing and beyond. Logic is at the top of his game and only going up.  The UMPG team looks forward to delivering outstanding opportunities in support of his incredible music.

Expressing his joy about the signing, Logic said,

I’m truly excited to begin my new creative partnership with UMPG.  My conversations with Jody Gerson, David Gray, and those who I have met thus far have been inspiring, and I know they will be a fantastic help to bringing my creative visions to life.

 


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Seth Rogen’s GQ Cover Sparks A Stream Of Thirsty Tweets

With the release  Long Shot and Lion King set to arrive this summer, Seth Rogen has a lot on his plate these days. The star has been known to dabble in fields that extend way past just acting; including: writing, producing, directing, and most recently, managing his own cannabis company “Houseplant.” Rogen continues his spur productivity by gracing the latest cover GQ, and fans can’t help but notice a major glow-up.

The photos from his beach shoot, which were unveiled on Tuesday, set f a flurry thirsty tweets, with some users remarking on the star’s transformation, and others asserting that they’d been O.G. fangirls Rogen’s long before the cover. 

While the Long Shot star received a lot love across the internet, his adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel puppy, Zelda, who also had the honor being featured on the cover, definitely had a few fans thirsting over her too. Even Rogen himself couldn’t help but fangirl over the dog. 

This one pup even took a thirst trap pic for Zelda!

Rogen’s rugged good looks aren’t the only thing who should be praised for though, as a quote from GQ about the visionary’s evolution throughout the year stated, “For people whose casual impression Seth Rogen begins and ends with the gallery quasi-employed, stoned men-children he played in his 20s, it might be hard to fully comprehend that he, now 37, is a legitimate Hollywood operator and entrepreneur in his own right, with a career that extends well beyond acting and writing. In addition to developing, writing, and acting in his own film projects, Rogen produces television, does voice work, and with his wife, Lauren Miller-Rogen, created @hilarityforcharity, a series comedy shows that’s raised millions for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research.”

Philadelphia D.A. Looking To Grant Meek Mill A New Trial

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has reportedly filed new documents with the Pennsylvania Superior Court to request a new trial for Meek Mill.

According to documents obtained by HipHopDX, the D.A. believes Judge Genece Brinkley’s appearance of bias has been evident throughout his case, which should yield a new trial with a different judge.

In the docs, D.A. Larry Krasner cites a surprise visit Brinkley made to a homeless shelter where Meek was doing court-ordered community service and explains that’s a probation officer’s job. The docs assert Brinkley also “abused her discretion” when she sentenced him to two to four years in prison for “technical violations” of his probation.”

Krasner also states, “The court abused its discretion when it imposed a two to four year state prison sentence based on the technical violations of probation in issue here.

“For the above stated reasons, [Meek Mil] should be awarded a post-conviction relief in the form of a new trial. In the alternative, his recusal motion should be granted and this matter should be remanded for a violation of probation hearing before a new judge.”

Despite the controversy surrounding Meek’s case, Brinkley has repeatedly refused to recuse herself from it, leading many to believe she has some kind of personal vendetta against the 32-year-old rapper.

Meek walked out of Chester State Prison in April 2018. Last June, Meek appealed and asked for a new trial, but Brinkley refused.

Since his release, Meek has dropped a No. 1 album, Championships, and co-founded the REFORM Alliance with JAY-Z. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to “reform the criminal justice system by lobbying for change in its laws and policies, beginning with probation and parole.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 76ers owner Michael G. Rubin and other prominent leaders have contributed over $50 million to the organization.

Following Wednesday’s hearing, Meek’s lawyer Jordan Siev concluded in a statement sent to DX, “We are very pleased that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has confirmed to the Superior Court that Meek is entitled to have his conviction vacated.

“The brief is also significant in that it marks the first time the DA has publicly outlined in writing that it supports Judge Brinkley’s recusal based on her ‘appearance of partiality’ and ‘public perception of unfairness and bias.’”

Aaron Rodgers Roasts The "Game Of Thrones" Finale In Epic Rant

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is a big fan  Game Of Thrones and even got have his very own cameo in the penultimate episode the series. Much like many the fans the show, Rodgers was disappointed by how the show ended. Some felt like the show was rushed, while others thought the writing was poor compared to previous years. 

Rodgers was one the people who was angered by the finale as he was asked about the show in a recent interview. WSIN News 12’s Stephen Watson tweeted out a video Rodgers’ answer that has since been deleted. In it, Rodgers was highly critical what he saw.

“I love the show and it was a great 10 years, but no,” Rodgers said when asked if he enjoyed the ending. “I mean, you come down to the end and Tyrion says the person with the best story is Bran, who by the way three episodes ago said he wasn’t Bran Stark anymore.”

Rodgers then proceded to give his own theory on everything that went down, saying a lot it didn’t actually make any sense.

“Here’s the thing, though, here’s my last theory,” Rodgers said. “If Bran, the three-eyed raven who’s all about the health the realm, let’s think about what he did. Basically wanted the Throne the whole time because he’s the one that told the Starks knowing that Sansa would tell Tyrion, knowing that Tyrion would talk to Varys, knowing they’d scheme for Dany’s death, knowing that would piss her f, which led her to be the Mad Queen. So, he the entire time had to set this whole thing up? And at the end, he goes, ‘I don’t want to be king, but why did I travel all this way to be here?’ No.”

Hopefully, Rodgers can give his Packers a better season finale next year then he got with Game Of Thrones.

Flipp Dinero On How Joey Bada$$ Put Him On, Meeting DJ Khaled, & Drake’s Co-Sign In "On The Come Up"

One New York’s shining stars right now is Flipp Dinero. The young talent has been on the rise for years and ever since releasing “Leave Me Alone,” he’s been overwhelmed with all the opportunities on his plate. The 23-year-old is working hard to become someone that will be viewed as an inspiration to future generations musicians. He doesn’t want to be perceived as somebody who’s just in this for the money, even though that’s definitely a nice perk. Flipp Dinero might not be the biggest name in the world yet but he’s well on his way to becoming one your favourite artists.

Despite having Dinero in his name, that’s not all he’s about. He grew up listening to Haitian music because his parents but whenever he had time to himself, he would be bumping some rap classics like Jadakiss, Styles P, OutKast, and more. His mom and dad weren’t necessarily messing with his music taste and they would ask him to shut f his sound system all the time. Thankfully, he kept listening to the greats and honed in on his craft, quickly learning to take music seriously and wanting to morph himself into somebody that could change the world through his art. 

In our latest episode On The Come Up, Flipp tells us all about how he got discovered by fellow New Yorker Joey Bada$$, his ties to DJ Khaled, Drake‘s co-sign, and more.

Flipp Dinero started f his artistic journey by writing poetry and at a certain point, he began to spit his rhymes over beats. By the time he was 12 or 13-years-old, he was already heavy into songwriting. As for the first song he ever recorded, Flipp reveals that he was inspired by Meek Mill’s freestyle over Nicki Minaj‘s hit song “Moment 4 Life.” After hearing Meek spit bars over the track, Flipp felt like he needed to get into the studio and try it out. The rest was history.

Flipp Dinero On How Joey Bada$$ Put Him On, Meeting DJ Khaled, & Drake's Co-Sign In "On The Come Up"

One his first-ever connections in the game was Joey Bada$$, who put him in contact with many the men and women he still works with today. Joey presented his sounds to all his Pro Era peers, who were messing with it, and then he invited Flipp to meet the owner Cinematic Music Group. Of course, many us first heard the Brooklyn sensation because his alliance to DJ Khaled. The mega-producer used to share him all over his socials when he was just starting out and he helped Flipp earn a large fanbase before even hitting a home run with “Leave Me Alone.” Now that he’s added a couple other hits to his arsenal, he keeps Khaled around as one the men he respects the most in the industry.

Flipp Dinero On How Joey Bada$$ Put Him On, Meeting DJ Khaled, & Drake's Co-Sign In "On The Come Up"
After performing a spot-on DJ Khaled impression, Flipp Dinero told us about how he found out Drake was messing with his music. He recalled that moment as one where he absolutely lost his cool, calling his father to tell him the good news. The Canadian superstar had just posted a screenshot “Leave Me Alone” to his Instagram story but we all know just how powerful his reach is. A Drake co-sign can take you the extra mile and with Flipp Dinero, it ended up working out.

Having already opened up for Jay-Z and Beyoncé on their joint tour at this early stage in his career, Flipp Dinero is absolutely destined for big things. Keep an eye on him because he’s got a lot planned for this year. Follow our OTCU playlist on Spotify below to peep some his magic.

Dirty Paper Plate Used by Kurt Cobain Sold For $22,000 at Auction

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A dirty paper plate Kurt Cobain used to eat pizza and compose a setlist for a Nirvana show in 1990 has sold for $22,400 at auction.

California-based auction house Julien’s tweeted the following image of the paper plate, along with its history. The plate’s handwritten setlist features Cobain’s writing and was used at the 9:30 nightclub in Washington D.C., on April 23, 1990.

The paper plate was featured in Julien’s “Music Icons” collection, which sold in-person at the Hard Rock Cafe in NYC. So how did the paper plate end up in their hands?

Julien’s says after Cobain finished eating the pizza and , Johnny Riggs of the band THUD snagged the paper plate. Riggs provided a signed letter of authenticity and a flyer for the show. He apparently held onto the plate for three decades before putting it up for auction.

Dirty Paper Plate Used by Kurt Cobain Sold For $22,000 at Auction

Julien’s listed the paper plate with an estimated value of $1,000 to $2,000, but the plate sold eleven times more than expected. Despite being used by Cobain to eat greasy pizza, those stains appear to have faded over the years.

Alongside the paper plate was another piece of Cobain memorabilia; an argyle mohair sweater that Cobain wore in his last official photo shoot.

A book from the photographer featuring Kurt in the sweater featured as part of the auction, which sold for $75,000. The sweater was featured in the band photo shoot with Jesse Frohman for the album In Utero. The photo shoot was supposed to take place in Central Park, but it was relocated to the basement of the hotel due to Cobain being sick. Julien’s site notes that Cobain showed up three hours late to the shoot and asked for a bucket due to his nausea.

Courtney Love later gave the medium sized sweater to an acquaintance at his funeral. The piece was originally estimated to be worth $20,000 but sold for more than three times that amount.

Yung Miami & Joseline Hernandez Threaten Each Other On IG Over Hazel-E Diss Track

Tuesday evening was a cluster drama on Instagram between City Girls rapper Yung Miami as she battled against Hazel-E and Joseline Hernandez. Hazel has previously accused City Girls sampling her 2017 track “Actin Up” and using it for their hit 2018 song “Act Up” without permission or credit. Yung Miami has defended her single, asserting that no one affiliated with the production “Act Up” took anything from Hazel. The two engaged in a brief social media spat, but Hazel wasn’t finished. It seems that the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star is looking to capitalize f the moment by dropping a diss track titled “Add It Up.” In it, Hazel targets City Girls, Quality Control Music, and Lil Yachty who helped pen “Act Up.”

Hazel talks about everyone under the sun on her scathing record, including family members her targets. Yung Miami issued a warning after hearing the song, writing “Just know when I see you sir I’m beating your ass on sight for speaking on my mom and my son you lame ass hoe!” Hazel’s friend, former Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Joseline Hernandez, showed support for Hazel in her comments, so Joseline became Yung Miami’s second target.

Joseline hopped on camera to give Hazel-E a shout out and to tell Yung Miami that she’s about that life. Things were already messy, but the ladies just go back and forth, video for video, as the City Girls rapper continuously asks Joseline to meet up.

“Ian bout to play with no mans on coke y’all hoes want attention now y’all got it!,” Yung Miami wrote in a post. “On my son I will beat either one you hoes to death just cause b*tches throw drinks and pull hair cross tables on TV don’t do sh*t to me! I’m from Miami I don’t see none that commercial sh*t joseline you on coke bad you get high eat p*ssy for fun who respects you hoe? Hazel you wish you were signed to QC nobody know you or your music… what checks you signing you delusional ass b*tch you was crying for berg to help with your career you clown ass b*tch.”

Like many other internet beefs that exist, nothing came this one. We’re hoping that they can keep it on wax and realize that throwing hands over this just isn’t that serious.

NLE Choppa Snaps At Fan Who Compares Him To NBA YoungBoy

In his music, NLE Choppa has been compared to NBA YoungBoy on numerous occasions. The two rappers have similar styles, both hailing from the south and spitting rhymes about their experiences in the street. Choppa is a newer face than YoungBoy but considering the fact they’re both teenagers, sound similar and have near-identical come-ups, the comparison makes sense. In the past, Choppa hasn’t been too disturbed by the YoungBoy talk. After all, the 19-year-old is insanely successful and has one the biggest followings in the world. On another note though, Choppa wants to stand out from the crowd so the Memphis spitter finally clapped back at a fan when he got sick hearing about YoungBoy.

The 16-year-old Choppa posted a photo himself with some Jamaican slang as his caption, writing, “Dread Headed Don DaDa NO RAP CAP.” One fan hopped into his comments to make a comparison that, at this point, has simply run its course. “Wanna be youngboy so bad,” said the hater. The comments section has since been disabled but according to Akademiks’ page, the artist came back with some words to differentiate himself from NBA YoungBoy. 

“Bitch u sound dumb ash,” he said. “I’m half Jamaican and don dada is a Jamaican slang/term shut yo dumb ass up yall mfers think youngboy started everything so if younoy tryna be Jamaican fytb.”

Clearly, NLE Choppa has had enough the back-and-forth and he’s ready to move past the constant shadow NBA YoungBoy.

Young Thug Premieres New Song "Surf" During Mysterious Livestream

Not long after launching a surreal and eerily uneventful livestream titled “Meet Me At The London,” Thugger interrupted the regularly scheduled programming to premiere a new song, which may or may not be titled “Surf.” The track itself marked a plesant surprise for those committed to the stream, and brought forth a gleeful sounding banger lined with signature Thug wit. Throughout, the rapper weaves across the instrumental, and while I didn’t catch any direct lines, he did mention cooking a ham once or twice. 

Young Thug Premieres New Song "Surf" During Mysterious Livestream

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At the moment this writing, a woman wearing a green dress is in the midst stuffing a cactus-shaped pinata full skittles. Lining the ceiling are dozens balloons, black, white, and lime green. The cactus pinata hangs, rotating. Nobody speaks. The woman lies down on the bed. The whole thing feels like performance art, and we’re left trying to make sense it all. Could the cactus symbolize the once-teased collaboration with Travis Scott? At this point, we’ need Thugger to weigh in with some grounded perspective.

Has anyone been watching the livestream? Oh damn, a suited man has entered and escorted the woman from the room. Back to the cactus. The confusion is reaching a strange apex. We can only hope that another new song will follow suit. Try to catch “Surf” if you can, but if not, rest assured that it’s on the way. You’ve gotta hand it to Thug, who has once again come through with an interesting display creativity. Who else is looking forward to that album?

George R.R. Martin Offers Thoughts On "Game Of Thrones" Ending

While much hand-wringing ensues over the recently concluded Game Of ThronesGeorge R.R. Martin has been busy watching his series unfold from afar. Presumably toiling away at Kong itself – The Winds Of Winter – as well as myriad television projects, Martin took a moment to weigh in on the finale seen ’round the world. Though David Benif and Dan Weiss have been dragged through the wringer late, George made it a point to stand behind them, as well as Thrones writer Bryan Cogman. But first, a bit reflection, served with a glass Robin Arryn’s signature “Mother’s Milk.” 

“It is hard to believe it is over, if truth be told,” he begins. “The years have gone past in the blink an eye.  Can it really have been more than a decade since my manager Vince Gerardis set up a meeting at the Palm in LA, and I sat down for the first time with David Benif and D.B. Weiss for a lunch that lasted well past dinner?  I asked them if they knew who Jon Snow’s mother was. Fortunately, they did.”

George R.R. Martin Offers Thoughts On "Game Of Thrones" Ending

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He proceeds to marvel at the sheer popularity  Thrones, which helped propel him into a surprising state celebrity. Unfortunately, the added spotlight has occasionally made his Winds Of Winter writing process all the more frustrating. Yet rest assured, it’s coming, and for now it’s still In George We Trust. “How will it all end? I hear people asking.  The same ending as the show?” he ponders. “Different? Well… yes.  And no.  And yes.   And no.   And yes.   And no.   And yes.” 

“I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget.   They had six hours for this final season.   I expect these last two books mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them.” He also closes with one his favorite open questions, when the topic adaptation is broached. “Book or show, which will be the “real” ending? It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? How about this?  I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.” 

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Megan The Stallion’s "Fever" Review

In the last couple years, women in rap have gone from relatively niche to a massive explosion potential stars in a way we’ve never quite seen before. Plenty people will point to certain rappers such as Nicki Minaj or Cardi B for “kicking in the door” so to speak, but the fact remains that over this decade a number female rappers have been building cult audiences across the country, culminating in a whirlwind artists who suit any and every sort style one can think . From the comic raunch Cupcakke, the brashness Asian Doll, the eccentric Rico Nasty, the f-the-wall ratchet boasts the City Girls, it’s never been such a diverse a time. However, one the names who’s become the biggest and most hyped in such a short amount time is Houston, Texas’ Megan Pete; best known as Megan Thee Stallion. And with her debut album Fever, Megan Thee Stallion is hoping to not only establish herself as one the major players in this rapidly developing realm lady rappers, but one the best out in the whole wide world rap. 

Since getting signed to 300, Megan Thee Stallion has been proving herself time and time again as a rapper with impeccable technique and an aggressive style that never lets up. She typically provides you with tongue twisters boasts regarding sexiness, sexual provocation and general flashiness. Perhaps the strangest thing about her is the fact that Megan doesn’t sound like anyone else in the rap game. She doesn’t echo back to Missy Elliot’s madcap stylings, she doesn’t recall Trina’s bawdiness, or any the few canonical women in rap before her. Instead, because her unrelenting disposition, she manages to feel like a rapper, first, and a woman, second, in a way that avoids characteristics, and equally, avoiding this “pitfall” (as it were) that many “female rappers” do succumb too. Even when she refers to alter egos such as her previous “Tina Snow” monicker or her newly-debuted “Hot Girl Meg,” there’s very little detectable variation. Megan might actually have the rare issue for ladies in rap, where, she’s so skilled as a rapper her persona on wax seems slight. Fortunately for her, those skills do their best to carry her a long way.

Clocking in at 14 tracks that generally stick around the two to three minute in range, Fever is an incredibly taut and lean album that feels combat-ready. Every song comes in with a punch and relies on Thee Stallion’s machine gun precision to keep momentum going at all times. Features are incredibly sparse, with only DaBaby (who admittedly steals the show on “Cash Shit”) and Juicy J making cameos alongside Megan. Thus, Meg who is not only the center attention but the main presence in a constant sea throwback trap or up-tempo club rap with fast drum tracks and heavy bass to keep you moving while she sets the pace. On the production side, Juicy is responsible for a few tracks as well as one song from Supah Mario (best known for collaborations with Young Thug and Drake), but the majority the beats come from local Texas producers who aren’t on that high-tier celebrities in the rap game. This feels like a strategic decision in which little if any elements the album can distract you from Megan and the breakneck pace her rap, which is a commendable decision for an artist still fresh in the eyes the industry, trying to make a name for themselves. While perhaps more than the occasional break from Megan would help give her some contrast, there’s no denying she works hard to hold her own for the majority the album.

Interestingly, Megan has always made it a point portraying herself as a major Houston representer, and you can hear the echoes Lil Flip and Bun B in her flows. Still, the easy highlights the album are the aforementioned Juicy J productions in which Thee Stallion leans hard into the old school Memphis styles Three Six to incredible effect. On “Pimpin,” “Simon Says” (featuring a particularly enthusiastic Juicy on the guest verse) and “Dance,” Megan Thee Stallion sounds like Gangsta Boo 3.0. These, along with the Pat-sampling “W.A.B.” and the “Sippin’ On That Sizzurp” tributary “Bring Drank” feel like immediate standouts that shift the mood without changing drastically from the album’s overall tone. Tracks like these not only boost the album tremendously but suggest that perhaps further collaborations with the likes Juicy and the rest the old Memphis scene or even new rappers with an equal affinity for this style would be perfect for Thee Stallion’s trampling beats. 

As it stands, Fever is as tightly-focused an album as you can get for a debut. It’s 100% designed for showcasing Megan as a serious rapper while simultaneously working to provide the kind quick and potent bangers that’ll keep fans coming back. While there’s certainly room to get an even bigger picture her capabilities (as pre-album singles such as “Big Ole Freak” and older mixtape material has demonstrated), it’s easy to see her potential and imagine a bright future from this album alone. Given her constant grind, it won’t be long before Megan Thee Stallion demonstrates just how much more she has to fer the rap game.

Justin Bieber Announces Collaboration With Deodorant Brand

After releasing his latest track with Ed Sheeran dubbed “I Don’t Care,” Justin Bieber is now making moves into the beauty industry. The “Sorry” singer shared an image to Instagram with a caption announcing his collaboration with Schmidt’s, writing: “Ready for Here + Now… new collab coming this Fall with @schmidtsnaturals.” 

PEOPLE reports that Justin’s roll-out deodorants with the brand will be available at the end summer and are made with cruelty-free, vegan and plant-based ingredients. “The time was right to make something happen and bring to life an exclusive product collaboration that will bring new fans into the naturals category,” Schmidt’s CEO and co-founder Michael Cammarata told the publication. “If Justin can make the switch from conventional to natural, it’s a choice that’s open to everyone.”

Justin Bieber Announces Collaboration With Deodorant Brand
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Michael detailed how the company has worked closely with Justin to make sure he and his team are happy with the product they will be sharing with the world and Bieber’s fan base. 

“It’s more than just a deodorant; it’s a lifestyle and a connection to those around you,” he added. “It’s about the small, but intentional choices we make every day that help us to lead happier and healthier lives, mentally and physically.”

R. Kelly Is Optimistic & Believes He Will Have Fair Trial, According To Lawyer

Singer R. Kelly is facing numerous cases in a handful states but according to his Lawyer, he’s remaining positive through it all. Attorney Raed Shalabi exclusively chatted with The Blast to discuss, as much as he could, the trials awaiting his client. There’s an upcoming criminal trial in Chicago, multiple sexual assault cases, and federal investigations in New York surrounding tax evasion and sex trafficking.

“We’re briefing him all the time and we’re talking,” Shalabi said. “With the court system itself, yes, he believes he’s going to get a fair trial and things like that. However, he does realize the court public opinion is not really on his side at this point. And that’s kinda why he wants to get his side the story across.”

R. Kelly Is Optimistic & Believes He Will Have Fair Trial, According To Lawyer
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“For the past couple weeks, I think that court public opinion is changing, but not probably to the level an even playing field yet just because what’s been going on with the Lifetime thing and things like that at this juncture.” He also mentions that he’s the attorney on one Kelly’s civil cases and says that one the singer’s accusers, Heather Williams, recently requested money. Shalabi lamented that she didn’t ask for a restraining order or an apology, but she filed the lawsuit specifically to capitalize f the current chaotic climate surrounding his client.

“Look at what these alleged victims are doing,” Shalabi added. “Look at what books they’re writing. Look at what lawsuits they’re filing for money. That’s the motive. It’s clear.” Shalabi also stated that Kelly’s legal team has yet to come up with a strategy for his federal indictments because they’re waiting for the feds’ first move. Meanwhile, Kelly is reportedly planning a big comeback and has been working on creating new music in hopes putting this legal headache behind him.

Kit Harrington Politely Tells Haters Of "GoT" Ending To "Go F*ck Themselves"

HBO’s Game Thrones is ficially over after a strong eight-season run. We’ve already rounded-up some reactions from the show’s final episode after Emilia Clarke defended the ending. Now another star, Kit Harington, has echoed the same sentiments as Emilia, this time not dropping any spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the questionable ending. 

“Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go fuck themselves,” Kit told Esquire. “Because I know how much work was put into this.”

Kit Harrington Politely Tells Haters Of "GoT" Ending To "Go F*ck Themselves"
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Kit detailed hows he’s not meaning “to sound mean about critics” but the show means a lot to him and doesn’t deserve being dragged. “A lot jobs, everyone goes back to their apartments at the end the day. They have their lives and they have their families and they have their girlfriends or boyfriends back home,” he detailed. “I think part what made ‘GoT’] successful was the fact that we got on like a family. Everyone who came in was welcomed into the family.”

As we previously posted, a petition to remake the final season has been created and it’s really sitting at over one-million signatures.