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  • This 20-Year-Old Baton Rouge Rapper Has the Number One Album in the CountryThis 20-Year-Old Baton Rouge Rapper Has the Number One Album in the Country
      View this post on Instagram   A post shared by 38 BABYBEEN THAT (@nba_youngboy) on Oct 18, 2019 at 4:00pm PDT Embattled Louisiana MC Youngboy Never Broke Again celebrated his 20th birthday and his first #1 album this weekend. After his release from a Baton Rouge (La.) jail for probation violation, Youngboy Never Broke Again dropped the highly-anticipated AI Youngboy 2 on October 11th. Over the weekend, some impressive first-week numbers came in. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, his first #1 release. Its 110,000 album units in the first week are the equivalent of 144 million streams, according to Billboard. His YouTube numbers are even more impressive. According to ChartData, Youngboy’s YouTube videos grabbed 73 million views on the week of October 17th. That number easily doubles the second and third-ranked acts, fellow Baton Rouge native Kevin Gates and Post Malone. Top 10 artists on YouTube US (October 11-17) 1. @GGYOUNGBOY 73.5M 2. @iamkevingates 35.3M 3. @PostMalone 34.4M 4. @DaBabyDaBaby 32.2M 5. @chrisbrown 26.7M 6. @JuiceWorlddd 26M 7. @lilbaby4PF 25.4M 8. @Ozuna_Pr 24.6M 9. @sanbenito 23.7M 10. @JBALVIN 22.4M — chart data (@chartdata) October 20, 2019 Youngboy’s arrest came after a shootout in Florida where an innocent bystander was killed in the crossfire. His girlfriend Kay Marie was struck and hospitalized in the incident. The probation agreement is related to his involvement in a drive-by shooting from 2016. Source: Billboard The post This 20-Year-Old Baton Rouge Rapper Has the Number One Album in the Country appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • White Tennessee Man Named Tupac Shakur Arrested On Meth Possession ChargesWhite Tennessee Man Named Tupac Shakur Arrested On Meth Possession Charges
    Photo Credit: Johnson City Press The Elizabethton, Tennessee resident reportedly pulled a knife on police before being subdued by officers. A white man named Tupac Shakur was arrested in Tennessee on Saturday. Johnson County police charged Tupac Amaru Shakur — who shares the exact same name as the legendary rapper — with aggravated assault, simple meth possession, and having unlawful drug paraphernalia. READ: Tupac Superfan Asked To Resign From Government Job A Day After Emailing Tupac Lyrics To 4,300 Employees According to the department’s release, Shakur was approached by officers while sitting in the passenger seat of a car. When the officers attempted to place him in custody he pulled away, attempting to turn towards them with a knife in hand. After a brief struggle, Shakur was placed in custody, where officers found a syringe and multiple baggies of methamphetamine. READ: John Singleton Recalls Telling Tupac to Quit Rap and Pivot to Acting Shakur is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $18,000 bond. He will be arraigned on Monday afternoon. Source: Johnson City Police Department H/T: CNN The post White Tennessee Man Named Tupac Shakur Arrested On Meth Possession Charges appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • Funk Flex Shares Top 50 Living MCs List, Puts Drake In Top Five Despite Having “Questionable Pen”Funk Flex Shares Top 50 Living MCs List, Puts Drake In Top Five Despite Having “Questionable Pen”
    Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage Drake wasn’t the only rapper to get a “questionable pen” marker on the list either. Just as we thought that we’d gotten a break from celebrities and notable figures in hip-hop sharing their top rapper lists, Funk Flex has made a list of his own. READ: This All-Time Terrible Best Rapper List Is Why Joe Budden Is Trending Focused on the top 50 living MCs, Flex chose his list based on “skill level (bars),” “body of work” and “impact.” Most of his top five is pretty safe (Jay-Z, Andre 3000, Nas, Rakim) except for who he places at the number five spot — Drake. It’s worth noting that he marked the Canadian rapper with a “questionable pen” marker, which is likely a reference to his alleged use of ghostwriters for his music. What do you think of Funk Flex top 50 living mcs list? — Karen Civil (@KarenCivil) October 21, 2019 Drake wasn’t the only one to be branded with a questionable pen descriptor though. Kanye West, who Flex placed at number 17, also received the marker. Drake has previously spoken about ghostwriter claims against him. In a 2015 interview with the Fader, he said: “I need, sometimes, individuals to spark an idea so that I can take off running. I don’t mind that,” he said. “If I have to be the vessel for this conversation to be brought up — you know, God forbid we start talking about writing and references and who takes what from where — I’m OK with it being me. It’s just, music at times can be a collaborative process, you know? Who came up with this, who came up with that — for me, it’s like, I know that it takes me to execute every single thing that I’ve done up until this point. And I’m not ashamed.” The post Funk Flex Shares Top 50 Living MCs List, Puts Drake In Top Five Despite Having “Questionable Pen” appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • Suge Knight Reportedly Signs His Life Rights to Ray JSuge Knight Reportedly Signs His Life Rights to Ray J
    Photo Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesPhoto Credit: Prince Williams/Wireimage According to TMZ reports, the former CEO hopes to profit from Ray J’s investments after serving a 28-year prison sentence. Suge Knight will be behind bars for most of the next decade but, according to TMZ, he’s not taking the time lying down. Sources close to Knight say that Suge has signed over his life rights to Ray J. Sources went on to say the two are planning a documentary about Suge and Death Row, as well as a Tupac Shakur project, and — if all goes well — a possible Death Row revival. Ray J is currently working with manager David Weintraub and Too $hort on a documentary about raising daughters in Hollywood. READ: Suge Knight Says YG Is His Favorite New Rapper, Calls Cardi B “The Most Incredible Artist” Resuscitating the label would require multiple investors. Suge believes Ray J is the man for the job–in the past year, he’s cut two seven-figure deals. The first was selling his scooter business, Scoot-E-Bike to Canadian company LOOPShare back in January. This past August, he became the chief strategic media officer for marijuana crowdfunding site READ: Suge Knight Gets Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison After Pleading No Contest to Manslaughter Suge was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter charges. As part of the deal, he could be released in just over ten years due to overcrowding and time served. SOURCE: TMZ The post Suge Knight Reportedly Signs His Life Rights to Ray J appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • Nicki Minaj Speaks About Her Recent Retirement AnnouncementNicki Minaj Speaks About Her Recent Retirement Announcement
    Photo Credit: Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images She also shares details on her marriage plans, who she’d like to collaborate with and more. Nicki Minaj recently took to social media to announce that she’d be retiring from music. Now she has decided to clear the air around this topic and her ongoing marriage plans in a new interview with The Shade Room. Before getting into details about an alleged new album, she spoke about her upcoming marriage: “We’ll definitely do the paperwork portion of the marriage, but the actual wedding, I don’t know. You know when you’re a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairytale. But then the things that used to matter to you don’t matter as much because I remember wanting those things with people, where real love wasn’t there.” On a possible fifth album: “So, it was really about the fifth album. Where do I stand with it, I didn’t know my fans were going to act like that with the tweet, and it hurt my feelings. I felt like the way I did it was like insensitive to my fans, I didn’t know it was going to be that big of a deal. So that’s why I deleted it because it had like 600,000 likes and it was up for like less than an hour, and it took on a life of its own.” Throughout the interview, she didn’t expand on the possibility of a future project. But she did share specific artists who she’d like to work with including DaBaby and Gunna. Minaj also later spoke about Kanye West trying to turn one of their unreleased collaborations into a gospel song. At the moment, she notes that she wrote three different verses but they aren’t seeing “eye to eye.” Source: The Shade Room The post Nicki Minaj Speaks About Her Recent Retirement Announcement appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • Michael Jai White, the Star of the Original ‘Spawn’ Movie, Has Doubts About a Reboot: “It Doesn’t Make A Lot of Sense To Me”Michael Jai White, the Star of the Original ‘Spawn’ Movie, Has Doubts About a Reboot: “It Doesn’t Make A Lot of Sense To Me”
    Source: New Line Cinema The original movie’s star recently discussed issues surrounding a potential remake with Yet another potential Hollywood reboot has received less-than-stellar feedback from its original star. In the wake of the superhero movie boom, Image Comics founder Todd McFarlane has discussed a Spawn remake for the last couple of years. The idea garnered interest from names like Jamie Foxx and Jeremy Renner but the project still hasn’t gained much traction. READ: HBO’s Watchmen Premiere Is Centered On One Of The Worst Race Massacres In US History At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the artist explained what he needs for a successful reboot. “The money’s sitting on the sidelines ready to go. I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script,” McFarlane said. “As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. Trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I’m trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I’ll just walk away from it all.” The star of the 1997 adaption Michael Jai White doesn’t see the point. The artist is reportedly pitching the idea of a horror film in which the titular character won’t have much screen time. “I don’t understand it, personally,” White said of McFarlane’s plans. “I wish him the best of luck. But Todd explained to me that this will be a character that you didn’t see. You never see the character. It’s just a character that’s scarcely on film. Personally, I don’t get it.” READ: The Role Black People Play in the World of ‘Joker’ White also cited concerns about McFarlane’s lack of directorial experience. “I would think a Spawn movie would cost a lot of money, right? And if there’s somebody giving Todd McFarlane, a man who’s never directed a movie that much money, that will be a first in my experience. I’ll believe it when I see it,” White said. Source:: The post Michael Jai White, the Star of the Original ‘Spawn’ Movie, Has Doubts About a Reboot: “It Doesn’t Make A Lot of Sense To Me” appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • “Grow the Fuck Up!” Watch Danny Brown Berate a Heckler For Yelling at Opening Act“Grow the Fuck Up!” Watch Danny Brown Berate a Heckler For Yelling at Opening Act
    Photo Credit: Vickey Ford for Danny Brown recently paused a performance to call out a heckler who momentarily interrupted his opening act, Ashnikko’s performance. Danny Brown‘s uknowhatimsayin¿ tour seems to be off to an eventful start — at the expense of any naysayers. On the tour’s stop in Dallas on Friday (October 18th) the show paused for a brief intermission. According to the opening act Ashnikko’s Twitter account, a heckler taunted her repeatedly throughout her performance. When the headlining Brown showed up he addressed the incident, sending the heckler home in shame. last night some lame ass dude was heckling me n shouting that my “music sucks” while I was onstage. put his own headphones on & nearly had me in fuckin tears midset. Then @xdannyxbrownx comes onstage & stops his show to say this! a legend! I will never stop singin his praises — Ashnikko (@ashnikko) October 19, 2019 WATCH: Danny Brown Talks About the Advice Nas Gave Him While Crafting New Album ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’ “I heard that hoe ass shit you said to my niece,” Brown said. “How you think I’m supposed to handle that? It ain’t no jokes, we respect women. If you’re a real fan of Danny Brown, you respect them the same way you respect me. Grow the fuck up!” LISTEN: Stream Danny Brown’s New Album ‘uknowhatimsayin¿’ Executive Produced by Q-Tip The tour is currently on the West Coast, with shows in Arizona, California, and Oregon in the coming weeks. uknowhatimsayin¿ is available on all streaming platforms. SOURCE: Ashnikko Twitter H/T: The Fader The post “Grow the Fuck Up!” Watch Danny Brown Berate a Heckler For Yelling at Opening Act appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • A 30-Foot-Tall Outkast Mural Has Been Erected In AtlantaA 30-Foot-Tall Outkast Mural Has Been Erected In Atlanta
    Source: JEKS The mural was inspired by a photo of the pair taken by iconic hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion. A mural dedicated to Atlanta’s very own Outkast has popped up in the city. READ: André 3000’s 12 Best Guest Verses According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a 30-foot-tall mural of the rap duo painted in hyper-realistic black and white has been erected in a back parking lot in the city’s Little Five Points neighborhood. The mural was created by Greensboro-based muralist JEKS.   View this post on Instagram   What an awesome week. So much love here in Atlanta. Huge thanks to @jonathanmannion @gregmike the @outerspaceproject team and @wishatl for making this wall happen. Being able to collaborate with the legendary photographer @jonathanmannion on this project was a dream Hope I did the goats justice. @outkast @bigboi @andre3000 @dungeon_family . . @lordscrew86 @um_crew @goingnowherekrew @vacation_crew #jeks #Jeksnc #graffiti #graffitiporn #streetart #streetarteverywhere #atlanta #atl #dungeonfamily A post shared by LORDS | UM | GNK | PV (@jeks_nc) on Oct 20, 2019 at 10:42am PDT The mural is inspired by a photo iconic hip-hop photographer Jonathan Mannion took of Outkast. JEKS told the AJC that the plan was to always make a mural dedicated to Outkast but it was only solidified once Mannion agreed to collaborate. The mural has since been shared on social media, with Big Boi himself even posting about it on Instagram.   View this post on Instagram   Dope ass Mural in Little 5 points ! #ATL @jeks_nc A post shared by Big Boi (@bigboi) on Oct 19, 2019 at 3:26pm PDT As the AJC noted, the mural was created as part of the Outer Space Project, an annual international event aimed at beautifying public spaces. Recently, it was reported that Andre 3000 was working on a new album. However, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown dismissed the rumor during an interview on Atlanta radio station MajicATL. “Lies,” Big Boi said, adding, “Dre, he was probably playing some music but he’s not working on a record. He’s been recording songs for years.” “He personally hit us and said, ‘Look man, if I was gonna do that, y’all would be the first to know,” Sleepy Brown added. Source: AJC The post A 30-Foot-Tall Outkast Mural Has Been Erected In Atlanta appeared first on Okayplayer. Read more »
  • ‘Songs That Shook America’ Episode Two: How Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” Became the Rallying Call for the Black Lives Matter Movement [Recap]‘Songs That Shook America’ Episode Two: How Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” Became the Rallying Call for the Black Lives Matter Movement [Recap]
    Source: Interscope AMC’s Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America is a docu-series that will focus on six individual rap songs that changed the genre. The latest episode took a close look at Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece “Alright,” the defining protest anthem of our time. “We see what’s going on out here. This isn’t just a one-time thing where this unarmed Black person gets killed for no reason. Why are we so silent?” That was Questlove in this week’s episode of Hip-Hop: Songs That Shook America speaking on the lack of socially conscious music in the wake of countless police killings of Black people. The deafening silence he heard through the celebratory music of the time led him to go on Instagram in December 2014 and challenge all artists to make protest songs. It’s unclear if Kendrick Lamar consciously accepted that challenge, but this week’s episode about his Grammy-award winning single “Alright” explores how it was exactly what Questlove, and the world at large, needed.    View this post on Instagram   I urge and challenge musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in. I know that many see what happened to Dixie Chicks’ #NatalieMaines @mainesmusic (she bravely expressed her opinion/dismay on the Bush administration declaring war & was unjustly targeted….while in hindsight being CORRECT) suddenly there was an onslaught of radio silence from artists across the board (correction not everyone was silent, but the silence was deafening) although I’m kinda/sorta addressing the hip hop nation I really apply this challenge to ALL artists. We need new Dylans. New Public Enemys. New Simones. New De La Roachas. New ideas! But it just doesn’t stop there!! We need outlets (hello #ClearChannel #RadioOne #Vh1) to balance the system. Yeah I’m just as guilty of feeling the high of all that I despise (“Devil’s Pie” D’angelo) but the reason why this nation seems to be moving 3 steps ahead in some areas…..but then 7 steps backwards in every area is a lack of balance. I’m not saying every song gotta be “Fight The Power” but in times like these we need to be more community minded (taking a wild guess that “urban radio’s” format didn’t change much from the pre program stuff (using that word *politely*) we’ve been hearing for years. & when I say challenge I don’t mean breathless race to the finish on who makes the more banging “Fuck Tha Police” sequel. I mean real stories. Real narratives. Songs with spirit in them. Songs with solutions. Songs with questions. Protest songs don’t have to be boring or non danceable or ready made for the next Olympics. They just have to speak truth. I laugh & have fun w “Bitch You Guessed It” like everyone else. But my soul is aching man. Seriously just ONE or Two songs that change the course. This is something I feel the need and urgency to put out there. #EricGarner #MikeBrown #JusticeForAll #FeedMySoul #HandsUpDontShoot #ICantBreathe A post… Read more »
  • HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Premiere Is Centered On One Of The Worst Race Massacres In US HistoryHBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Premiere Is Centered On One Of The Worst Race Massacres In US History
    Source: HBO The first episode begins with the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Watchmen‘s cinematic universe has made references to different aspects of American history since the film first came out in 2009. In the opening credits of the movie, The Comedian can be seen assassinating John F. Kennedy, and in another scene he and Dr. Manhattan are shown fighting soldiers in Vietnam (helping the U.S. win the Vietnam War). WATCH: The Official (and Batshit Crazy) Teaser for HBO’s Watchmen Series is Finally Here In the premiere of HBO’s Watchmen TV series, the episode begins with the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921. Known by other names like the Tulsa race massacre, Greenwood Massacre and the Black Wall Street Massacre, the incident found mobs of white residents attacking black residents and businesses of the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 31 and June 1, 1921. The riot began as a result of Dick Rowland, a black shoeshiner, being accused of assaulting Sarah Page, a white elevator operator. After being taken into custody, rumors spread that Rowland had been lynched which alarmed black people in Tulsa. Some had arrived at the courthouse Rowland was being held at armed, and shots were fired, resulting in 10 white people being killed and two black people being killed. Once news of the deaths circulated, mob violence broke out. In the Watchmen series, relatives of victims of the 1921 Tulsa massacre have been granted reparations, known as “Redfordations” in Watchmen after the president in the show, actor Robert Redford. “This was to the point where we had to build an entirely fictitious Supreme Court. If Redford is elected in ’92, then what was Nixon’s Supreme Court, and what’s Redford’s, and if we’re eventually solving for this thing called the Victims of Racial Violence Act that passes some form of reparations, how did that get passed?” showrunner Damon Lindelof said of the alternate history the series presents. Since the episode’s premiere, the incident that inspired it has trended on social media, with users bringing awareness to the the Black Wall Street Massacre. I see Black Wall Street trending and I wish more people knew about it. They bombed the area since African-Americans becoming rich so of course they weren’t ready for it. To any black man or women who doubts themselves, take inspiration from this right here #BlackWallStreet — Nathan Amazan (@AmazanNathan) October 21, 2019 #BlackWallStreet had 600 businesses, 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, 2 movies theaters, 6 private planes PLUS hospital, bank, schools, libraries, law offices & bus system. This hard-working community was bombed and burned to the ground by white mobs.#Blackhistory — Alexis Carter (@carter_royalty) October 21, 2019 Actual video from #BlackWallStreet (Tulsa)THIS is why this country owes Black people #reparations. These businesses would be worth MILLIONS that would've been passed on for Black families. I would LOVE for "us" to build this again. — K.A. Holmes (@KimWrites4U) October 21, 2019 It’s amazing how white Americans know so little about their own history… Read more »
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