Gorillaz share “Skinny Ape,” announce New York and London AR shows

Gorillaz share “Skinny Ape,” announce New York and London AR shows
They’ll bring their larger-than-life avatars to Times Square and Piccadilly Circus on December 17 and 18, respectively.

By Raphael Helfand

December 08, 2022

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In anticipation of their eighth studio album — Cracker Island, due out February 24 via Parlophone Records — Gorillaz have shared a new track titled “Skinny Ape” and announced two augmented reality performances in New York and London for later this month.


The song follows previously released offerings “Cracker Island” (feat. Thundercat), “New Gold” (feat. Tame Impala and The Pharcyde’s Bootie Brown), and “Baby Queen” as the record’s fourth single. It’s an upbeat tune with an uplifting message that molts its acoustic beginnings in favor of a triumphant electronic groove.

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The AR events in support of the new track will take place in New York City’s Times Square and London’s Piccadilly Circus on December 17 at 2:30 p.m. EST and December 18 at 2:00 p.m. GMT, respectively, with fans gathering to watch the bands famous cartoon avatars tower among their cities’ skyscrapers, a larger-than-life performance made possible by Gorillaz’ endless imagination (and considerable financial success).


Watch a trailer for the immersive live shows and listen to “Skinny Ape” below.


How Courtney Marie Andrews learned to let the light in

How Courtney Marie Andrews learned to let the light in

On her seventh album, Loose Future, the Grammy-nominated country singer-songwriter sounds hopeful, determined, and completely at ease.

By Alex Robert Ross

October 07, 2022

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Courtney Marie Andrews didn’t expect to be nominated for a Grammy, and she definitely never expected her first Grammys would look like last year’s. “The one time I was nominated, it was a Zoom call,” she chuckles. “It was hilariously what you would not want for your first Grammys.” Her sixth album, Old Flowers — a mournful and unsparing country record about a shattering break-up — had been shortlisted for Best Americana Album. And while the nod itself was a shock and the night not what people have in mind when they imagine an awards ceremony, it was all oddly fitting. “In some ways, it was perfect for Old Flowers. It should have been quite up-close and personal. I had a few friends over for an outdoor fire and we celebrated together. That was its own sort of beauty.”


Old Flowers may have been the apotheosis of this peculiar beauty, an album so intimate and delicately rendered that listening to it felt at points like eavesdropping. But Andrews had been working in that deeply melancholy atmosphere since releasing her first albums as a teenager. It’s what makes her new album, Loose Future, such a revelation. The mix is wide open and airy, and a newfound optimism pours in from the sides. “I am older now / I am ready for a change,” she sings near the top of the album, a lyric that sounds more like a thesis statement. More striking still is “Satellite,” a softly psychedelic country track which Andrews says is “a love song without caveats.” Andrews’s subtly dextrous voice is still there, and her songcraft is still impeccable, but Loose Future is in outlook the polar opposite of its predecessor.

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As Andrews explained when she joined me for The FADER Interview live on Amp a few weeks back, it was only after a period of enforced isolation and self-reflection that she was able to find that happiness. Written mostly on a Cape Cod beach, recorded mostly in New York, and tinkered with in Andrews’s “spiritual home” of Bisbee, Arizona, Loose Future is a reflection of its time and its places. But, above all, it captures the calm that settles in after the storm, the borderline bliss of looking to the future and seeing hope, however tentative.


This Q&A has been edited and condensed from an episode of The FADER Interview live on Amp.


Was it quite a challenge to write “Satellite,” a “love song without caveats?” Did you find yourself reaching instinctively for those caveats?

No, that’s the funny thing. And I feel like that’s the only reason I made this record. There’ve been so many people throughout my career — my family and other people — who ask, “Why don’t you write a happy song?” It’s the classic thing some artists get told, and it’s not that I never want to write a happy song. I’m sure there are moments of happiness in my songs. But it just never made sense for me, and I can’t fake it. I’m not going to write a song because I think it’s going to do well or connect with the most people. This is a time in my life, a period in my life, that felt very real. I was staying in this little beach shack and — I think for the first time — I truly accepted who I was and allowed a type of healthy love in that I really hadn’t before. A lot of these songs are written after a very dark period in my life, and I was truly ready to embody summer and the feeling of love, and not shy away from joy. Because joy also happens, as well as heartbreak.

I know that Cape Cod was an important location for this album. When did you head there for the first time?

I went through quarantine with a friend. I was living alone in my house during the pandemic, and I obviously wasn’t really seeing anyone. My friend was also living alone. She was actually running this beach shack, so we just decided to quarantine together because we were both living alone. That was where it started. It was such a dark period of self-reflection, having a lot of existential thoughts. All these feelings I had been escaping for so long came flooding in, and I dealt with these demons and then came to this beach shack. We spent every day at the beach, and I spent every morning writing, and I was, for the first time, truly connected with my body and myself. Some might say it was a “coming to Jesus moment,” where I realized that these are the important things: friendship and love, all these things you can deprive yourself of in a capitalist world.


Capitalism in lockdown also meant the pressure to create. I know I found it hard to do anything bordering on creativity during lockdown. Were you the same until you went to Cape Cod?

I was. The first part of lockdown — the first four or five months — was so hard. I was stunted creatively because of the shock. I was finally also processing a breakup that I had escaped by leaving all the time and kept keeping myself busy. I was really not creative and more [focused on] doing a lot of personal work to try and understand how I was feeling. So when I arrived in this Summerland, it was like I had already gone to the depths of hell internally. It was like crawling out of a volcano when I arrived there.

How much did it help to have another person to bounce off? Even if you weren’t sharing ideas necessarily, just sharing even the simplest conversation.

So incredibly powerful. So much of Loose Future is about that very thing: the sweetness of a friend or lover, those sweet things that became so apparent during that time, and how necessary those relationships are.

Did you go there with any thoughts about writing songs?

I didn’t, actually. I was primarily painting during the first few months. I couldn’t do my normal craft. It didn’t make sense to me. So much of my music is socially oriented. I write the songs alone, primarily, and I’m usually alone when I write them, but they’re fed by humans — things happening in my life, personal and heart-involved things. So I didn’t write for the first half of 2020, the longest period of time that I didn’t write. And as soon as I got [to Cape Cod], it was like clockwork. I just felt so much. Seeing a friend and spending time up there during the summer, I wrote every day. I wrote a song every morning. It felt like a mediation practice, almost.

Did you find, being under a time constraint, that you had to change the way that you wrote and processed music?

The thing is, I didn’t feel like there was any time constraint. That whole time, I was supposed to be touring the record that I had just put out, Old Flowers, and suddenly my whole schedule was canceled. I felt like I had the most time in the world. Suddenly a song a day didn’t seem so daunting or hard. If anything, it made me freer; there wasn’t pressure to make the best song, because I only had five days off on tour. It was just endless months of being able to practice my creative creativity every day.


There’s obviously a sonic shift on this record; things are more expansive. Were there other records you were looking to as touchstones?

[Paul Simon’s] Graceland was thrown out a lot, just for percussion sounds. I really wanted a record with a driving beat, percussive, not like the traditional rock kit. But more than harkening back, I think both of us [Andrews and producer Sam Evian] wanted to look forward and not try and make something that was a throwback. I’ve made lots of records with classic sounds, and we wanted to shy away from anything being too overtly classic.

You moved around a lot during the making of this album: between New York, Cape Cod, and Bisbee, Arizona. How much of that was an intentional attempt to change your mindset and outlook while you were creating?

I’m extremely sensitive to environment. Environments impact me a lot, and going to new places is going to affect how I write and how my songs sound. This record was very slow in one sense — I was in these places for months — so it was like I was slowly getting to know a place. Bisbee is a place I have gone back to again and again. It’s a place I went as a teenager, and since I grew up in Arizona, it was this sort of sanctuary. It’s a place dedicated to art in the purest sense, and I feel so comfortable creating there because of that. Nobody’s doing it for the riches and the fame. They are just creating to create. Writing a song or two there for Loose Future just made sense; every time I’m there, I can’t help but make music. It’s in the air, and in this really powerful and pure way.

Can you tell me a little about Bisbee? Because all I knew about it, before learning you spent some time there, was that the comedian Doug Stanhope lives there.

[Laughs] I know Doug! Doug is Bisbee in the truest sense. It’s a place full of unhinged freaks, which is why I love it so much. Nobody is trying to be the cool kid; they’re all just themselves — like, the most distilled version of themselves. The town allows you to be that, which is so rare these days. I think that’s why I love it so much. It doesn’t feel like it’s trying to be anything but itself, and I think that’s why it’s such a beautiful place.


‘Triangle of Sorrows’ actress dies in New York

The leading lady in the film “Triangle of Sorrow” South African actress and model Charlbi Dean died at the age of 32 in New York, Deadline reports.

According to the publication, Dean died in a hospital in the city on August 29 due to a sudden illness.

Charlbi Dean Creek was born on February 5, 1990 in Cape Town. From the age of six, she began acting as a model in commercials and catalogs. In October 2008, she was in a car accident, after which she took a short break.

The film debut came in 2010, when she starred as Amanda in the film Malek. (Spud). Her greatest success came this year, when the film “Triangle of Sorrow” (Triangle of Sadness) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Dean played the main role in the film.

Recall that August 31 marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

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Sohu: the appearance of Russian oil in New York was a slap in the face for the United States

Russian oil ended up on the market in New York, which caused discontent among the White House, and India is the culprit.

Observers of the Chinese edition of Sohu came to the conclusion that the presence of Russian oil in the United States is a slap in the face to Washington.

The authors of the article explained that the US partner in the person of India continues to purchase oil from Russia and even increased them with the beginning NWO in Ukraine.

On this occasion, there was no reaction from Washington in terms of restrictions, since this could simply push New Delhi to join the Russian camp.

As a result, Russian oil turned out to be in the market in New York, which caused discontent among the White House, and also became a slap in the face of the Americans.

Moreover, the United States is concerned about the fact that India hides the origin of this oil.

It is noted that an Indian vessel met a Russian tanker at sea, after which the cargo was delivered to a port in Gujarat.

There it was processed into a product used for the production of single-use plastic, after which it was shipped to New York.

“This is a real slap in the face for the Americans. For the first time, India has violated anti-Russian sanctions in such a gross way that the US has clearly expressed its displeasure. Washington has already expressed its “concern” about New Delhi. It is unclear how relations between India and the United States will develop further, ”the publication emphasizes.

Nevertheless, against this background, India is unlikely to refuse to purchase oil from Russia, since now this market is for purchases energy resources is one of the most profitable, Sohu quotes the PolitRussia portal.

The Chinese edition recalls that the Russian authorities have reduced the export duty on oil to $53 per ton.

Earlier, Topnews wrote that Russia achieved a jump in oil prices by turning off the valve to three European countries.

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Why is a village in Ukraine called New York?

New York — an urban-type settlement in Donetsk region of Ukraine, located seven kilometers from the border of the DPR.

From 1951 to 2021, the settlement was called Novgorodskoye, after which the Ukrainian authorities returned its historical name.

New York, DNR. Photo: Commons.wikimedia.org/V&A Dudush

Where did the name New York come from?

According to one of the versions, the settlement was founded in the years of the reign of Catherine the Great, who called the Germans to the Russian Empire. They were offered to settle in Novorossia and on the territories of the present-day Saratov and Samara regions.

However, the origin of the American name for the German settlement is not known for certain. There is a version that the local industrialist Jakob Ungercould call the village so in memory of his trip to New York, which had a great impression on him. According to another version, the Germans settled in Novorossia closer to the end of the 19th century, and before this land belonged to landowners Fursovs, under whom New York had already appeared.< /p>

In 1951, by decree of the Verkhovna Rada of the Ukrainian SSR, the village was renamed Novgorodskoye.

What is known about the village of New York?

New York is located in  ; Toretsk urban community of the Bakhmut district of the Donetsk region. About 12 thousand people live in it. people.

The Dzerzhinsky phenol plant is located in the village. In & nbsp; New York there is a railway station "Fenolnaya" on the line Konstantinovka—Yasinovataya».

Among the iconic places of the village  monument to Bogdan Khmelnytsky, phenol plant park and German cemetery.



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The Ministry of Defense accused the Armed Forces of installing MLRS near the village of New York

Ukrainian forces have equipped firing points in Dobropolye and New York hospitals in Donbass and installed MLRS near medical facilities, according to the Russian Defense Ministry

firing positions and ammunition depots on the territory of a polyclinic, a hospital and an ambulance station in settlements in the Donbass, said Colonel-General Mikhail Mizintsev, head of the National Defense Control Center.

We are talking about the urban-type settlement of New York (located in the Bakhmutsky district of the Donetsk region; until the early 1950s it was called New York, and after—Novgorodskoye;in the summer of 2021, the Verkhovna Rada returned its historical name to it) and the city of Dobropolye.

According to Mizintsev, “Ukrainian nationalist formations” deployed armored vehicles, artillery, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), mortars and heavy machine guns on the territories adjacent to medical facilities in New York and Dobropolye.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

At the same time, he claims, residents of nearby areas were not evacuated.

In addition, according to Mizintsev, the Armed Forces of Ukraine deployed artillery and MLRS on the territory of the city hospital No. 28 in Kharkiv and equipped firing positions in Odessa, in the buildings of hospital No. 411 and hospital No. 11.

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On May 13, the head of the Donetsk People's Republic, Denis Pushilin, called for the use of “additional forces of the allied forces, primarily the Russian Federation,” due to the increased shelling in the Donbass, in which the authorities of the DPR blame the Ukrainian military. According to Pushilin, an understanding has already been reached on this issue. With whom exactly, he did not specify.

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Been Stellar find themselves on “My Honesty”

Been Stellar find themselves on “My Honesty”
Check out the impassioned new song and read a Q+A with the NYC indie band.

By David Renshaw

June 07, 2022

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Of all the ’90s comedy icons to name your band after, Ben Stiller wouldn’t necessarily be everyone’s first pick. And yet, New York indie rockers Been Stellar saw something in the Reality Bites and Zoolander star that gave them their moniker (they even met him a few years ago so there’s a chance Ben Stiller is a fan of Been Stellar). If that was the case then it would come as little surprise given the band’s timeless alt-rock sound, a mix of anthemic choruses and nonchalant guitars that combine to create something both deeply considered and effortlessly cool.


Today the band share new song “My Honesty,” a driving and urgent moment of truth from a band finding their feet on once shaky ground. Frontman Sam Slocum takes center stage, combining his widescreen choruses with more introspective spoken word moments. There’s a strong sense of Turn On The Bright Lights-era Interpol to the way Skylar St.Marx’s guitars stab and swoop while Laila Wayans drums add gravitas and precision. The song itself represents a breakthrough moment for the band as they reconvened IRL after the pandemic and went on a mission to find a path of their own. “The song is about the search for authenticity in oneself,” the band say in a statement. “The pandemic really made us realize that we were previously really trying hard to achieve someone else’s vision artistically – i.e. the sounds and aesthetics of our influences. This serves as an oath to ourselves that the only things worth pursuing are those that we can confidently claim are our own.”

Check out “My Honesty” below and read on for a Q+A with the band about their new song and future plans.


The FADER: What does “My Honesty” mean to you as a band?


Been Stellar: This was the first song we wrote once the pandemic struck. We believe it was the first time we came up with something that was wholly our own and not solely indebted to our influences. Speaking on the meaning of the phrase “my honesty,” it’s meant to refer to the part of yourself that isn’t actively trying to be anything, and just is what it authentically is. This idea aligns with the core ethos of the band.

Give us the potted history of Been Stellar from day one to today I understand you underwent something of a reinvention during the pandemic. What did that entail exactly?

The five of us met our first year at NYU. We started out by playing DIY and bar shows around the city, but then began focusing more on our writing process and developing the music we were playing. Once the pandemic hit our junior year, we quickly realized that if we were going to do music it had to be entirely honest to ourselves and not just an addition to the rock dogpile. We started writing songs originating from naturally occurring jams rather than preconceived ideas, which made for a more authentic process.


You’re a New York band. In what ways if any, do you feel your music embodies the city?

Our music embodies the city simply by being made in it. For us, New York is the type of place that inevitably influences the creative process. It’s a very overbearing place to live, it imposes itself on you everyday, and for that reason it can feel like it’s all you know. We take our position as a New York band very seriously because there’s such an incredible lineage here. We find it very selfish to take inspiration from the city and not make a genuine artistic contribution in return.

Where can people see you live next?


In the U.S. we’ll be touring throughout June supporting Ultra Q. In July we’ll be in the U.K. and parts of Europe on a headline tour.

Watch Bad Bunny’s extremely New York video for “Tití Me Preguntó”

Watch Bad Bunny’s extremely New York video for “Tití Me Preguntó”
The Un Verano Sin Ti track gets a new visual treatment from Stillz.

By Raphael Helfand

June 02, 2022

Bad Bunny has shared a music video for “Tití Me Preguntó,” a track from his fourth solo studio album, Un Verano Sin Ti. The Stillz-directed visual treatment finds the reggaeton star delivering the track — a tongue-in-cheek apology for having too many girlfriends — across a tapestry of New York settings, from the block to the bodega to the barber shop, before he’s kidnapped and spirited away to a rural estate to marry a woman who descends from the clouds in a flowing bridal gown.


Un Verano Sin Ti sold 274,000 album equivalent units, in the week following its May 6 release dethroning Future’s I Never Liked You (released the previous week) with the highest week-one album sales to date. It was knocked out of the top spot the following week, however, by Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers (295,000 AEUs), which in turn was blown out of the water by Harry StylesHarry’s House (521,000 AEUs).

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Bobby Shmurda calls for nationwide adoption of New York’s Rap On Trial bill

Bobby Shmurda calls for nationwide adoption of New York’s Rap On Trial bill
The Brooklyn rapper’s lyrics were used against him in his 2014 indictment — a trend echoed in the current case against Young Thug, Gunna, and other alleged YSL members.

By Raphael Helfand

May 20, 2022

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images.


New York’s state senate passed a bill on Tuesday that would restrict the use of song lyrics in court, a common practice disproportionately applied to prosecute rappers. Senate Bill S7527, co-sponsored by state senators Brad Hoylman and Jamaal Bailey and dubbed the Rap Music on Trial bill, would require prosecutors to prove a lyric is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional,” before presenting it to a jury.


On Thursday, Brooklyn rapper and recent FADER Interview guest Bobby Shmurda praised the bill in a Thursday interview with TMZ. Shmurda saw his lyrics on trial in 2014 when he was indicted and eventually plead guilty to weapons and murder conspiracy charges, resulting in a seven-year prison sentence. “I’m grateful for it,” he said. “I feel like it needs to happen all over the country, especially with what’s going on in Atlanta right now.”

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The latter statement refers to the recent indictment of Young Thug, Gunna, and 26 other alleged members of the Young Slime Life crew for of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, as well as 55 other linked charges — applied differently to each defendant. Song lyrics are listed as predicate acts in both Thug and Gunna’s cases, once again raising questions of free speech (though not among the crowd that usually raises them these days).


In New York, a companion bill to S7527 sponsored by Queens state assembly member Catalina Cruz currently awaits a committee vote that would allow it to be voted on by the full assembly and delivered to Governor Kathy Hochul for review.


New York to tighten gun laws after Buffalo shooting


On Tuesday, May 17, New York City officials will introduce a package of laws to combat gun trafficking, said State Gov. Kathy Hokul, CBS reports. .

This is how the Governor reacted to the shooting at the Buffalo supermarket near New York. Ten people were killed in the attack, and three more were injured.

“This must be stopped. On Tuesday, we already planned to announce a comprehensive package (of laws. — RBC) to combat arms trafficking in order to eliminate the remaining loopholes in the current legislation,— she said.

Hokul vowed that New York State would do “everything possible to keep laws tough to give law enforcement the resources they need.”

Shooting at Tops Friendly Supermarket Markets in Buffalo, New York took place on May 14th. According to the latest police reports, ten people were killed and three others were injured. At the same time, 11 out of 13 victims were African Americans.

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The police specified that the attacker was an 18-year-old white man who was heavily armed, wearing a helmet and other equipment. After the shooting, he was apprehended.

BNO News reported that the shooter broadcast his attack on Twitch and published an extremist manifesto. “In the document, he identified himself as an 18-year-old male and identified himself as a white supremacist, racist and anti-Semite,” published the publication. Twitch temporarily blocked the man's account and promised to take measures to prevent the distribution of the record, follows from the company's statement.

Later, the New York prosecutor's office charged the man with first-degree murder— the state's most serious allegation, Attorney John Flynn said at a news conference. The article provides for life imprisonment without the right to parole. The suspect was assigned a medical examination and may be charged with terrorism, said the prosecutor.

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A$AP Rocky and Rihanna are the King and Queen of New York in the “D.M.B.” video

A$AP Rocky and Rihanna are the King and Queen of New York in the “D.M.B.” video
Watch visuals for Rocky’s just-released new song.

By Jordan Darville

May 05, 2022

Say what you want about A$AP Rocky – I’m of the mind that the TESTING backlash was a bit overwrought – but the man knows how to make a music video. The visuals for his new single “D.M.B.” (an acronym for Dat’s My Bitch, not Dave Matthews Band) is one for the books even in the context of Rocky’s impressive resumé.


Co-starring Rihanna, Rocky’s partner and the mother of his child, the “D.M.B.” video takes a song about embracing total infatuation and spreads it into a psychedelic love letter to New York City and the underbelly that has so enraptured popular culture. Skepta, Hector Delgado, Krash, Nort Ollem, Shlohmo, and D33J all contribute to the song’s production, which finds Rocky revisiting the chopped-and-screwed inspired sound that made him famous while leaning into the stranger experimentation that keeps him an artist to watch.

“D.M.B.” could be the first taste of Rocky’s upcoming album All Smiles, which was “90 % done” a year ago and featured contributions from Morrissey. In Paril, Rocky was arrested in connection with a 2021 shooting in Los Angeles.


How much should rappers worry about Eric Adams’ war on drill?

How much should rappers worry about Eric Adams’ war on drill?

Jack Lerner, co-author of Rap On Trial: A Legal Guide For Attorneys, breaks down the significance of the New York mayor’s recent statements.

By Raphael Helfand

February 16, 2022

Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images.


In an off-topic Q&A following a Friday press conference on pay raises for essential gig workers, a reporter asked New York City Mayor Eric Adams for his thoughts on the relationship between the city’s violent crime rate and drill music. The rap subgenre’s violent lyrics and street-focused aesthetic make it an easy target for politicians, and Adams’ response has prompted concern from some in the hip-hop and legal communities who feel it reflects a long tradition of criminalizing rap.


“I had no idea what drill rapping was, but I called my son, and he sent me some videos, and it is alarming,” Mayor Adams said. “We are going to pull together the social media companies and sit down with them and state that you have a civic and corporate responsibility… We pulled Trump off Twitter because of what he was spewing, yet we’re allowing music displaying guns, violence… to stay on these sites, because look at the victims… We are alarmed by the use of social media to really overproliferate this violence in our communities… This is contributing to the violence that we’re seeing all over this country. It is one of those rivers that we have to dam.”

The mayor’s comments came after two teenage New York drill rappers — Tahjay Dobson (TDott Woo) and Jayquan McKenley (Chii Wvtts) — were murdered in Brooklyn the previous week. Both had histories of repping local gangs and name-checking recently deceased members of opposing crews in their songs and videos. In response to the violence, Hot 97’s DJ Drewski, a major promoter of drill, vowed to stop playing diss tracks on his show.


Adams delivered an emotional speech on Thursday calling McKenley the victim of a “broken system” who suffered from “severe cognitive disabilities” (which, according to McKenley’s father, is not entirely accurate). But he quickly pivoted to discussing drill. “He was a drill rapper, part of a scene which involves using music as a challenge for social media posts,” Adams said, “posts that bled out into violent real-world confrontations.”

Speaking to Fox 5 News, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzales echoed the mayor’s sentiment but added an important caveat. “These drill rap videos are causing young people to lose their lives,” he said. “It’s not that the music is the cause of the violence, but it’s fueling the desire to retaliate.”

At the Friday press conference, Adams acknowledged that many drill rappers “are coming from communities where they believe [drill] is the only pathway for their success.” He also addressed the need for a community-based solution, announcing he’d be forming a coalition with “some of the top known rappers…who see what this drill music is doing.” He’s already met with Shyne and Fat Joe — the latter of whom, at least, is not fully aligned with Adams’ thinking on the matter.


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Mayor Adams recently partnered with a “Grants For Guns” program that offered incentives such as cash, iPads and jobs training for those willing to turn over their firearms to the state. But he’s been much more vocal about the punitive measures he intends to put in place during his first term in office: He’s pushed for rollbacks of significant bail reforms and of the Raise the Age law, a 2017 act that excludes 16- and 17-year-olds from being prosecuted as adults in criminal court. And he’s announced plans for an anti-gun police unit that critics worry will bring back some of the discriminatory practices plainclothes NYPD officers used during the stop-and-frisk era.


These proposals have created a rift between Adams and the more progressive wing of the New York State Democratic Party. In Albany, State Senators Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Jamaal Bailey (D-Bronx) are pushing a law dubbed the Rap Music On Trial bill, which would set a higher bar for prosecutors to prove the relevance of hip-hop lyrics and videos to criminal cases before introducing them in court.

This week, The FADER spoke with Jack Lerner, a clinical professor of law at the University of California Irvine and the co-author of Rap On Trial: A Legal Guide with fellow professor Charis Kubrin and students from UC Irvine’s Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. He gave The FADER his legal take on Adams’ recent statements, placing them in historical context while assessing their broader implications.

The FADER: What’s your initial reaction to Eric Adams’ recent statements on drill?

Jack Lerner: To me, this is just one incident in a long line of policy makers, the media, and law enforcement scapegoating the artistic expression of young Black men to stoke fear and redirect attention away from the bigger problem. Drill music, like many other forms of rap and many forms of other art, reflects society around it. It does not mean a rapper is literally describing his life. It’s artistic expression, not a diary. Every kind of art is drawn from life. If you look at country music, it’s full of violent images, stories of murder and betrayal. Just as in country music or any other form of music, rappers take on public identities and personas, but that doesn’t mean that’s who they are. Fundamentally, rap music — whether it’s drill or any other form — is not driving crime. It’s reflecting the reality around the communities where it’s made. When you target the music and act like that is the cause rather than a reflection, you’re not getting at the underlying problems. And you’re certainly not getting at the very serious problems with policing and the criminal justice system.

Mayor Adams has said he hopes to get social media platforms to censor drill rappers by taking down inflammatory videos. If he’s successful, would that be a First Amendment violation?

I don’t think it’s realistic that he could compel platforms to remove rappers. Not only would it be a First Amendment violation, section 230 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 [which shields websites from liability for third-party content] would prevent that. Could he use the bully pulpit to try to get platforms to take this music down? I wouldn’t bet on it. It’s absurd to put any type of rap music that’s not a direct and explicit threat, which is exceedingly rare, in the same category as the kind of harmful conduct that is causing people to question section 230 [e.g. child pornograpy, COVID misinformation].

Anyone who’s been sentient for the last 30 years knows that rap music occasionally contains descriptions of criminal activity, or violent and explicit content. But Eric Adams and others should also know that doesn’t mean every rapper is doing all the things he talks about — I don’t think Special ED, when he recorded the song “I Got It Made,” actually owned an island in the Pacific — and that rap music has been misinterpreted, twisted and misused to put young men of color away for over two decades now. It’s irresponsible and harmful to now characterize drill as causing criminal activity or as criminal activity in and of itself. In most cases, you can’t draw a line from the rap to the criminal activity. And if you do, it’s reflecting, not driving, that activity.

Adams has also pledged to meet with high-profile, non-drill rappers to discuss drill’s alleged contribution to violent crime in New York, implicitly signaling that drill is a more dangerous artform than hip-hop at large. Legally, do you think these distinctions can be made with any real nuance?

It’s true that sometimes crews might issue raps that mention specific individuals or other crews. But you can’t take a whole genre of music and assume that’s all that’s going on there. If somebody’s making an actual threat — that they intend to be a threat and that others perceive as a threat — the law already has an answer for that. But giving a shoutout to your crew is not the same as actually making a threat.

To be fair, I don’t think he’s suggesting that rappers shouting out their crews should be censored. I think he’s taking issue with lyrics and videos he sees as encouraging further violence or provoking retaliation. Although he hasn’t actually specified his criteria for removal.

Again, if it’s actually a threat, the law already has a remedy for that. But if it’s not, then you have to let people talk about what’s going on. On occasion, people are describing factual events with a lot of specificity or making clear threats. That’s different from something that’s merely inflammatory; inflammatory is going to happen here, there, and everywhere. You don’t tar and try to cancel an entire genre of music for that reason.

Adams is making these statements at a time when he’s also touting new tough-on-crime legislation. Could all this combined set the stage for harsher prosecution of rappers based on their lyrics?

Absolutely. This demonization of rap is a tool that’s been in the playbook of law enforcement for a long time. It’s used to drive harsher prosecutions and more discriminatory practices that take rap music and use some of its more explicit content to introduce bias into judicial proceedings, and ultimately take shortcuts [in building a case]. Rap music has been used countless times to impugn the defendant’s character but less commonly as actual evidence of a crime. Some courts are starting to push back and that’s what our Rap On Trial Legal Guide is about: helping defense lawyers understand how to fight back.

When you’re talking about a rapper or a group of rappers who might have some inflammatory lyrics or videos, every moment you spend talking about that is a moment you don’t have to talk about Rikers Island and the conditions there, or the harm that incarceration causes to families. If you’re in court, every minute you spend talking about what the rapper said in his raps is a minute you don’t have to spend actually proving your case and actually talking about the elements of the crime. And there’s now a large body of social science research showing that once you start talking about rap, you end up introducing bias into the proceedings and making it very difficult for the defendant to get a fair trial.

The FADER has reached out to the mayor’s office for further comment.

New York prosecutor’s office decided to interrogate Trump’s children

The Attorney General's Office of New York called the children of ex-US President Trump to testify The reason was the investigation into the business empire of Donald Trump during his presidency. The investigation is interested in possible manipulations with the value of Trump's assets. The ex-president's children worked for the Trump Organization

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

The New York State Attorney General's Office, as part of a civil investigation into the business practices of former US President Donald Trump, decided to interrogate two of his adult children, reports The New York Times.

This is the son of ex-President Donald Trump Jr. and his daughter Ivanka Trump.

The state attorney general, a member of the Democratic Party, Laetitia James, is conducting a civil investigation into this case. She wants to find out the details of how Trump's business empire worked during his presidency.

The publication notes that Trump's three eldest children are & mdash; Donald, Ivanka and Eric & mdash; were involved in my father's business and the Trump Organization, where they were all recruited immediately after graduation.

When Trump became president in 2017, he turned over the business to his sons Donald and Eric, as well as longtime Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg. During the investigation, James wants to find out whether Trump has not fraudulently inflated the value of his assets to secure bank loans and did not underestimate them in other cases in order to reduce taxes.

If James finds evidence of a violation, she can sue. Since her investigation is civil, she cannot bring criminal charges, the publication specifies.

An investigation is already underway against the Trump Organization: the New York Attorney General's Office suspects a company that controls real estate and assets Trump for fraudulent and misleading information to obtain tax breaks and secure loans. This investigation is criminal in nature and is being conducted in conjunction with the Manhattan attorney. This investigation began in 2019, when Trump was still president of the United States.

Trump said that the investigation against the company was launched for political reasons, and that it was lobbied by the Democratic Party. Trump stepped down as CEO of the Trump Organization in 2017 when he became president of the United States.

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Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York

In New York, on December 2, a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony was held in the square near Rockefeller Center. & nbsp; The tree, installed this year, is 85 years old and is 24 meters high. Its branches are hung with 50 thousand lamps, the total length of the garlands is about 8 kilometers. At the top of the spruce is a star weighing more than 400 kg, decorated with Swarovski crystals.

The tradition of installing spruce at Rockefeller Center dates back to 1931, and since 1933, a lighting ceremony has been regularly held.

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Indoor masks strongly recommended in New York

Plot of a novel coronavirus pandemic that spread from China

New York City Public Health Head Dave Chokshi said the city has issued a decree urging everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear protective masks indoors, TASS reports.

At the same time, Chokshi noted that the requirement to wear masks in public transport, schools and medical institutions remains in force.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced restrictions & nbsp; due to a new strain of the omicron coronavirus. We will remind, a new variant of the causative agent COVID-19 was discovered in Botswana. Later it became known about the appearance of those infected with this type of virus in South Africa and other countries. The WHO announced a high probability of the global spread of the omicron strain and called on states to increase the rate of vaccination of the population.

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New York lawmakers present bill to limit use of rap lyrics in criminal prosecution

New York lawmakers present bill to limit use of rap lyrics in criminal prosecution
Two NY State Senators are set to introduce legislation this week that would help take rap music off trial.

By Raphael Helfand

November 17, 2021

State Senator Brad Hoylman. Photo by Photo by Michael Loccisano / Getty Images.


New York State Senators Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Jamaal Bailey (D-Bronx) plan to introduce legislation later this week that would severely limit the criminal prosecution of rap music and culture, Rolling Stone reports. If passed, their “Rap Music on Trial” bill will set a high bar for prosecutors to demonstrate “clear and convincing evidence” that a defendant’s lyrics, videos, or other “creative expression” is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional,” before they can present it to a jury as evidence.


The practice of crimalizing hip-hop is rampant and unparallelled in any other musical genre or artform. In just the past five years, high profile rappers such as Drakeo the Ruler, YNW Melly, Maxo Kream, and Tay-K have been subject to this prosecutorial tactic. Independent researchers and civil liberties advocates such as the University of Richmond’s Erik Nielson, Georgia Law’s Andrea Dennis, and CUNY Law’s Babe Howell have found hundreds of less famous instances in which defendants — overwhelmingly young, Black men — have had their music turned against them by criminal prosecutors as circumstancial evidence. Such evidence is highly prejudicial, especially in a nation where African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites.

The “Rap Music on Trial” bill would help end one of the many systemic factors that contribute to our country’s mass incarceration of Black and brown people. Hoylman and Bailey told Rolling Stone they hope to have it “on the governor’s desk before June.”


50 Cent Wants Nicki Minaj To Star With Him In A Romantic Comedy

50 Cent eyes Nicki Minaj as his co-star in a romantic comedy.

According to the Black Mafia Family executive producer, if he was to star in a romantic comedy, he’d like to have rapper Nicki Minaj as his co-star. While on the “Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man Podcast,” the rap legend was quick to single out Minaj as his favorite co-star.

“You know who would probably be fun to work with? Nicki,” said 50 Cent. “Nicki Minaj would be fun to be in a romantic comedy with.”

The “Get Rich or Die Trying” rapper has always spoken highly of Minaj, who also grew up in the New York neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, like 50.

According to him, he feels he can relate to Minaj because he knows how she is.

“I kinda understand her a little bit more than the other people,” he said. “When she’s being an asshole because she’s telling you, ‘You’re not going to take advantage of me.’”

Minaj has recently been heavily criticized for her sentiments towards the vaxx in which many felt she was misinformed. However, Minaj had clarified that that was not the case as she would eventually take the vaccine to travel and do tours but that she had many questions that she’s seeking to do research on.

While Minaj can be said to have a tough, intimidating personality, 50 says he understands the kind of person she is and what causes her to react. He also defended her relationship with her husband, Kenneth Petty, who is presently facing charges for failing to register as a sexual offender in California due to a previous 1995 attempt rape conviction in New York.

The rapper has always shared his love for Nicki, noting that he admired her.

While speaking with Lil Wayne on Young Money Radio last year, he called her an “alpha female.”

“I love me some Nicki. This na actually happens to come from my neighborhood. It happens to be a girl, but that na is tough!” he said.

“She be harder than the n*a she fk with. She be harder and she’s an alpha female! That motherf**ker tough! You see what I’m saying, son? You got to watch her or she’ll go–she’ll do something that’s pulling a move to assert herself.”

Minaj has been on an extended hiatus since giving birth to her son last September. Her baby, who she calls Papa Bear, is celebrating his first birthday this week.

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Nicki Minaj’s Husband’s Accuser Says She’s Getting Threats Since Tell-All Interview

Jennifer Hough says fans of the Queen of Hip Hop have been terrorizing her after she spoke out on an interview on the daytime television show The Real where she alleged that Kenneth Petty and Nicki Minaj were harassing her to recant her story in order to help his charges in L.A.

The victim shared screenshots of DMs she received all part of the backlash she’s getting after she spoke about the rape incident, which led to Petty being convicted for attempted rape in 1995 and serving almost five years in jail.

Hough was speaking as she dropped a lawsuit for harassment on Nicki Minaj and her husband.

Hough’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn, says she has been bombarded with hate-filled messages from Nicki’s fans known as the ‘Barbs.’

According to TMZ, some of the DMs bash Hough while others include death threats, and one also made it known to Hough that her personal information was not a secret and she could be easily found.

“Nicki is not dumb and works with the Kardashian lawyers. You are sick,” wrote one of Nicki’s Barbz, while another called Hough a “clout chaser” and wished death upon her. “Hope you die bitch…Your clown ass will be exposed don’t come for my queen.”

The screenshots also saw Hough replying to some of the messages. “I’m not bothering anyone. just speaking facts,” she wrote. “I wish they would have just left me alone and been happy.”

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During her emotional interview on “The Real,” Hough said since Kenneth Petty got married to Nicki Minaj, her identity became exposed, and she has been in fear and has had to move away from New York because her identity was found out and it was not safe for her or her family to be there as she received threats.

She said the aftermath of the rape saw her life change drastically.

“I had to leave my family, I had to leave my home and I had to move away,” she said.

She also outlined efforts by Minaj and people claiming to be associated with Minaj who approached her to change her story to help Petty. Still, she says she’s finally standing up to her rapist and his shenanigans.

“I feel like the actions that were taken in regards to this whole situation put me in a different type of fear at my age now, and it was wrong,” she said. “And I don’t want to be afraid anymore. The only way not to be afraid is to continue to speak up.”

Meanwhile, because of the conviction in New York, Petty had to register as a sex offender if he moved to the state of California per the law there. He failed to do so and is now facing up to 10 years in jail. He recently accepted a plea deal for not registering in California.

However, it sees the new legal troubles that have sent the Pettys desperate for any damage control. Hough says Minaj personally called her and told her she heard Hough wanted to do something for them, which was her asking her to recant her story so that Kenneth Petty could get off on the current charges.

However, Hough sees Minaj and Petty for witness intimidation, emotional distress, harassment, assault, and battery. She is seeking damages as well as statutory damages and attorney’s fees.

Neither Minaj nor Kenneth has responded to the allegations. The pair got married in 2019 and now has a one-year-old son.

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Watch the Fugees perform their classics at their first show in 15 years

Watch the Fugees perform their classics at their first show in 15 years
The Fugees are back for their first tour in 25 years, and footage from the first show looks spectacular.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 24, 2021

The Fugees are back! After 15 long years, the inimitable Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel finally took to the stage together last night for an intimate impromptu show in New York ahead of their forthcoming world tour. Given the band’s tumultuous history, and the shots Ms. Hill, Wyclef and Pras have taken at each other in the press over the past decade-and-a-half, this was something that fans might have previously assumed unthinkable. But from all reports, the show was spectacular, with all three members seeming overjoyed to be onstage performing their classics. For those of us not lucky enough to see the show ourselves, videos have mercifully been uploaded to YouTube of the trio performing many of their hits, including “Ready Or Not”, “How Many Mics”, and “Killing Me Softly”; the show seems to have been worth it for the spectacle of Ms. Hill’s wild, regal dress alone. Watch clips of the Fugees performing together above and below. (Photo: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)



Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”

Kurtis Wells finds hope at the end of tunnel on “Abyss”
The Trinidad-born, Germany-based artist’s new song is an emotional rollercoaster.

By David Renshaw

September 17, 2021

Berlin-based artist Kurtis Wells is looking to switch things up in life on “Abyss,” his playful and pained new singe. “I think I need a change. Too much of the same things,” he sings over spacey synths. “I’m going insane.” It’s a dark song wrapped in a bright wrapper, a catchy melody and slick electric guitars masking the exposed emotions in the middle.


Born in Trinidad, and having spent time pursuing music in Atlanta, New York and LA, Wells has spent his time recently in Berlin, isolated and focused on his solo career. “Abyss” follows his debut single “A Song About The Sun,” released earlier this year.

Speaking to The FADER about Abyss, Wells said: “In my darkest moments, while drowning in an abyss of emotional bankruptcy, reflecting on the universal truth reminded me that the difference between success and failure is one more time.”


James Blake shares new song “Famous Last Words”

James Blake shares new song “Famous Last Words”
Friends That Break Your Heart is out on October 8.

By Jordan Darville

September 13, 2021

We were supposed to get James Blake’s new album Friends That Break Your Heart last week, but vinyl manufacturing delays led to a pushback to October 8. Fortunately, we’ve got a lovely new song called “Famous Last Words” to help tide us over.


The new song got that cinematic, subterranean feel that defines a lot of Blake’s production, with synths that ping pong like radar as Blake tracks how he’s unable to let go of someone particularly toxic. My favorite moment is when the music drops into an almost-acapella Blake, who sings “You’re the last of my old things.” A perfect “finger hovering over phone screen’s Block This Caller button” soundtrack.

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“Famous Last Words” joins the previously released singles “Say What You Will” and “Life Is Not The Same. Below, you can find dates for Blake’s North American tour, kicking off in San Diego this week.


James Blake 2021 tour dates

9/16 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park
9/19 – San Francisco, CA – Greek Theatre
9/21 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
9/22 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
9/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
9/28 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore
9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
10/2 – Detroit, MI – Fillmore Auditorium
10/3 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
10/6 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre
10/8 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia
10/9 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
10/12 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
10/13 – Charlotte, NC – Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle


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Nicki Minaj’s Husband Kenneth Petty Pleads Guilty In Sex Offender Case

Kenneth Petty has pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to register as a sex offender after moving from New York to California after marrying Nicki Minaj. Petty was required by law to register once he moved state because of a previous conviction for attempted rape in New York.

Nicki Minaj’s husband had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge, but on Thursday, he changed his plea, according to PEOPLE. His case will now immediately move to sentencing in January.

Petty’s charges stem from a traffic stop conducted by police in Beverly Hills in November 2019 when he was arrested. According to authorities, Petty was arrested after police learned that he had moved from New York to California and failing to register his offender status. He was later released on $20,000 bail. However, he was re-arrested in 2020 when he was charged in connection with the incident.

Petty is presently out on a $100,000 bond.

Kenneth was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in New York in April 1995 when he was 16 years old. He served just over three years in jail for the crime and was required to register his offender status should he leave the state.

Meanwhile, both Kenneth Petty and Nicki Minaj have come under fire after the victim sued the couple for harassment and claiming that both of them tried to force her with a payoff to recant her account of the incident. Minaj, who has been raked over the coals for allegedly using money to bribe the victim, has in the past stated in interviews that the conviction destroyed Petty’s life and that the conviction stemmed from a lie by the victim.

The victim, who has identified herself as Jennifer Hough, claimed in her lawsuit that Petty and Minaj began contacting her and members of her family after his arrest in California, where she offered half a million dollars for the victim to recant her story.

The victim also claims that a prepared document recanting the attempt was also given to her with a promise of $20,000 offered upon her signature.

Meanwhile, Minaj and Petty have been quiet about the lawsuit and his charges. However, Nicki defended her husband, stating that he and the victim were “in a relationship” when the incident reportedly took place.

Although the victim denies the claims, Nicki Minaj has said that Petty was wrongfully accused of rape.

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Spice Blast Chug It After Failed Miami Show, Promoter Threatens Legal Action

Spice put promoters of Chug It on blast over failed Miami performance amid threats of legal actions.

For the Labor Day Weekend, the Queen of Dancehall was set to perform in Miami, Florida, on September 5 (Sunday), but according to Chug It, the artiste did not show up. To explain the misconceptions, Spice took to her Instagram live on the night of September 5 to explain from her point of view what exactly occurred.

Spice went back to the beginning of the story as soon as she hopped on IG Live, where she recalled that two of her travel parties which were traveling from Jamaica and another from New York, both could not board their flights as they received an email that their tickets were canceled. The airline disclosed that the cancelation was a result of the flight tickets being purchased using a fake credit card.

Spice then continued saying that, even though the flight information she received for herself was late, she endured the confusion and purchased a flight ticket out of her own pocket, which was the first instance where her contract with Chug It was breached.

Spice was furious and revealed that she wanted full reimbursement as she had to pay for her own flight ticket.

Chug It responded to that, saying that they’d pay through Cashapp, but since their cards kept declining, Spice told them she wanted the money in cash.

The second breach stemmed from the lack of transport when she and her travel parties made it to the airport. Spice claimed that she was waiting for almost an hour, and the ride still hadn’t shown up, which left her no choice but to hire a Lyft, which came at 7:30 after her flight had already landed at 6:30.

To make matters even worse, Chug It went ahead and procured a regular room at a hotel, so Spice had to get her own suite after her business manager, Elsie, talked to the manager at the hotel to tell them that Spice was an international artiste and she couldn’t stay in a regular room at their establishment. While in New York, Spice still failed to get information from them.

In light of the situation, Spice sent an extremely frustrated email to the Chug It administration, explaining the struggles she had gone through to make it to the show.

Chug It later responded to Spice was an apology, which contradicted the Instagram story they posted a few hours later, saying, “Please be informed that CHUG IT has met all obligations with paying the Artiste Spice $38, 773.42 despite the no show. Our attorneys will be proceeding with taking immediate legal action for refund and damages caused.”

Spice continued to reveal a multitude of receipts she gathered up throughout each failure on her way to the event, such as; her snapshots taken at the airport and a plethora of screenshots of her conversations with the Chug It team.

Spice went on to reveal that she couldn’t believe that the promoter, Andrew French Wright, would do this to her. She also identified her travel parties, her manager, and her makeup artist as her human (live) receipts, who were there with her every step of the way.

“You can try fi sue me, but unu caa win cause a sue fi sue…Andrew yuh wicked to me,” Spice continued to declare throughout her live, targeting the crew responsible for Chug It as well as the owner and founder of the Chug It series.

Spice also brought to light that, in a previous meeting they held with a Chug It counterpart, Mr. Lewis, and through text messages, Chug It confirmed that her performance would start at 8:15 pm, but they lied about the itinerary and the confirmation of time.

It was quite suspicious since the flyer stated that the show would be held from 12 pm to 8 pm.

The “Frenz” singer acknowledged that when she went to the venue at the given time, police had already closed off the venue to the public.

Spice also clearly stated that she was professional, and she has never missed a show nor flight no matter the time that it was being held as she knows how much her fans and supporters look forward to her performances.

“A 20 years mi a perform inna dancehall, mi neva miss a flight; nuh care how mi av show back to back, nuh care how the flight a six o’clock inna morning, mi neva miss a show, mi neva miss a flight, yuh deliberately set mi up fi miss da show yah, a doh know the reason but unu caa trick mi,” she stated.

In the last few minutes of her IG Live, Spice sincerely apologized to fans for everything that occurred as Spice knew how excited fans were to see her. She also took the time to inform Chug It that she has now hired a lawyer to bring charges of defamation of character against the Chug It organization.

Spice’s backup dancer also revealed that the venue that Chug It was going to hold the Labor Day Weekend show at is a venue she’s never heard of before and that if indeed something was supposed to be kept there, it would be in the morning and not so late in the night.

On top of that, she claimed that Chug It was also trying to pull Spice into a second scam by inviting her to an after-party, which was going to be held the next day.

Spice’s fans have continued to send her support during this time;

“We stand with you Spice,” one fan commented.

“This look like them use Spice name fe promote them event, so its like bait and switch. Them can’t win God is in control,” another concluded with a red heart.

Since the allegations started Chug It official Instagram has been made private and comments turned off, as Spice’s fans who are not be messed with bombarded their page over the issue.

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Drake – Way 2 Sexy Lyrics

[Intro: Right Said Fred]
I’m too sexy for my shirt
Too sexy for my shirt
So sexy, it hurts
I’m too sexy for Milan
Too sexy for Milan
New York or Japan

[Chorus: Future]
Yeah, woah, woah, woah
I’m too sexy for this syrup
Too sexy for your girl
Too sexy for this world
Too sexy for this ice
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for this chain
Too sexy for your gang
Too sexy for this fame, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for the trap
Too sexy for that cap
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah

[Verse 1: Drake]
Okay, alright, that’s fine, okay (Okay)
I’m feelin’ too sexy to accept requests (Way too sexy)
And I’m way too sexy to go unprotected (Way too sexy)
And she popped a Tesla, now she goin’ electric
Okay, alright, that’s fine, okay
Think we got too sexy for that metro housin’ (Way too sexy)
Diamond popped out, almost swallowed sixty thousand (Sixty piece)
Section need more tings in here, I like it crowded, ayy (Woah, woah)
Yeah, I like it crowded
Oh, you like the boy? Well, tell me what you like about him
You a turnt up little thotty, ain’t no wife about it
I’ma fuck her friends and send her back to Metro housin’

[Chorus: Future]
Yeah, woah, woah, woah
I’m too sexy for this syrup
Too sexy for your girl
Too sexy for this world
Too sexy for this ice
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for this chain
Too sexy for your gang
Too sexy for this fame, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for the trap
Too sexy for that cap
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah (Yeah)

[Verse 2: Future]
I pop out, get ghost on a bitch, she don’t know where I went (Where I go?)
Pray for all my dogs, all my niggas behind the fence (Prayer)
Drippin’ in it, I be spillin’ in it, new designer gear bicoastal
Pay attention to the detail, goin’ two-tone on a choker
Young niggas always ready to murk somethin’, call them some smokers
Young nigga havin’ motion, he gon’ make sure the car get—
Did a 360 windmill when I left the scene
That’s that action, her best work on her knees
Too sexy for this cash
Too sexy for this syrup
Too sexy for these pills, I’m too sexy for this
I get cash wherever I fly, got bitches sexin’ on me
Money, cars, and all this jewelry make a bitch look sexy
I get cash wherever I fly, got bitches sexin’ on me

[Chorus: Future]
Yeah, woah, woah, woah
I’m too sexy for this syrup
Too sexy for your girl
Too sexy for this world
Too sexy for this ice
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for this chain
Too sexy for your gang
Too sexy for this fame, yeah, yeah
I’m too sexy for the trap
Too sexy for that cap
Too sexy for that jack, yeah, yeah

[Verse 3: Young Thug]
Too sexy to count (Ah), fetty (Oh)
My neck baguetty (Hoo)
Red diamonds, spaghetti (Oh)
This paper, I shred it (Yeah)
I swindled, no sweatin’
I saw you (Bitch), beggin’ (Ho)
Goddamn, you petty (Ha)
I ain’t done spending (Yeah)
No penny pinch, I spend it (Spend)
Bags in and out (Let’s get bags)
My man ain’t gon’ steal it (On God)
Hundred bags for her (Hundred bags)
Make these young hoes wish they was rich (Woo)
All-green gators, they look like a switch
Giorgio, I spent twenty-six licks (‘Mani)
I’m too sexy (Yeah)
My neck (Yeah), baguetties
Molest me (Woah), caress me (Woah)
I’ll let you (Ah), todayski (Ski)
I been kickin’ shit (Woah, woah), might need a prosthetic (Yeah)
I pray to the chopper under my pillow, tooth fairy (Woo)

Bobby Shmurda is back with new song “No Time For Sleep”

Bobby Shmurda is back with new song “No Time For Sleep”
The return of Shmurda.

By David Renshaw

September 03, 2021

Bobby Shmurda has dropped his first solo track since being released from prison earlier this year. “No Time For Sleep” is the New York rapper’s first release in seven years and comes with a video in which he performs the freestyle surrounded by women, guns, and flamesin a remote barn. Check it out above.


Shmurda was released from prison in February, five years after he was sentenced and seven years after his 2014 arrest on gang conspiracy, gun, and drug charges. In July, Shmurda appeared alongside J Balvin and Daddy Yankee on a remix of Eladio Carrión’s “Tata.” He also sat down for a lengthy interview with Showtime hosts Desus & Mero.

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Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy

Cryptic Drake billboards tease features from Young Thug, Jay-Z, more on Certified Lover Boy
Drake season is well and truly upon us.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 01, 2021

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Drake season is well and truly upon us: earlier this week, the Toronto rapper revealed the hilarious cover art for his forthcoming record Certified Lover Boy, shortly after announcing the record would drop this Friday, September 3; now, billboards have been erected in Atlanta, Chicago, California and New York teasing the features on the album. As Pitchfork points out, California’s shouts out Ty Dolla $ign and Giveon; Atlanta’s billboard references Young Thug, Future, 21 Savage and and Lil Baby; Chicago’s mentions “Laugh Now Cry Later” featured artist Lil Durk; and, most cryptically, New York’s billboard says that “the GOAT” features on the record, suggesting that Jay-Z will feature on the album. View all four billboards below.


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The U.S. government has sold Martin Shkreli’s one-of-one Wu-Tang album

The U.S. government has sold Martin Shkreli’s one-of-one Wu-Tang album
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been purchased from an unknown buyer.

By Jordan Darville

July 27, 2021

Martin Shkreli. Drew Angerer/Getty Images.


The sordid affair of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang album he bought for $2 million has officially concluded. The United States government, which seized the album from Shkreli, has sold it to an unspecified buyer, according to a press release published by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.


The Wu-Tang project Once Upon A Time In Shaolin was sold in order to resolve a $7.4 million penalty levied against Shkreli, who was convicted of securities fraud in 2018 and sentenced to seven years in prison. “Shkreli has been held accountable and paid the price for lying and stealing from investors to enrich himself,” said Acting United States Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis in the press release. “With today’s sale of this one-of-a-kind album, his payment of the forfeiture is now complete.”

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Soon after outraged rap fans learned about the sale, RZA insisted that he attempted to purchase the album back from Shkreli but was prevented from doing so due to contractual issues. The controversy did not, however, prevent RZA from taking a producing role in a Netflix film about the saga, currently in development.


Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine announce joint album, A Beginner’s Mind

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine announce joint album, A Beginner’s Mind
The pair also shared the project’s first two singles.

By Sajae Elder

July 07, 2021

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine have announced their upcoming collaborative album, A Beginner’s Mind, set to drop this fall.


The two artists reportedly worked on the album while staying at an upstate New York cabin, where the films they watched daily provided inspiration for the record. In addition to the announcement, the pair shared the project’s first two singles: the soft and acoustic “Olympus” and “Reach Out,” which is accompanied by a music video.

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Earlier this year, Stevens shared the five-volume, 49-track album, Convocations.


A Beginner’s Mind drops September 24 via Asthmatic Kitty Records. Watch “Reach Out” above, and check out “Olympus” and the album tracklist below.


A Beginner’s Mind tracklist:

1. Reach Out
2. Lady Macbeth in Chains
3. Back to Oz
4. The Pillar of Souls
5. You Give Death a Bad Name
6. Beginner’s Mind
7. Olympus
8. Murder and Crime
9. (This Is) The Thing
10. It’s Your Own Body and Mind
11. Lost in the World
12. Fictional California


Watch Mach-Hommy and Westside Gunn’s “Folie à Deux” video

Watch Mach-Hommy and Westside Gunn’s “Folie à Deux” video
Pray For Haiti is out now.

By Jordan Darville

June 07, 2021

One of the best rap albums of the year so far is Mach-Hommy‘s Pray For Haiti. The New York City rapper reunited with Griselda rapper Westside Gunn, who served as the project’s executive producer, and delivered song after song of punishing lyricism and deep emotion rooted in his cultural pride. Today, Hommy shares the video for the Westside Gunn-featuring Haiti track “Folie à Deux,” as Pitchfork points out. The Daily Gems-directed visuals is full of portraits of people and places around New York, including one regal-looking stone building where Hommy and Gunn perform. “Left with the Moon came back with the Sun,” Gunn said in a statement. “This sounds like a da Vinci painting.” Watch it above.


Summrs – True Story 2 Lyrics (feat. YP4AM)

Yeah, Eddie, Ed, let’s go Ed
Let’s go Ed, Rino Gianni
Rino Gianni, 2020, and we still on that
Rino Gianni, Yeah

Keep it real with you lil bitch you the baddest bitch that I’ve seen
And I f*ck with the same niggas that I came up with in 2018
They say I changed now I grew up I just got more mature
She fell in love with this dick when we f*ck she pullin’ all on my hair (Lil bitch)
Chanel sweater that bitch made out of cheetah print fur
I don’t do too much I just get money and get high
I don’t know why these bitch ass niggas stay on my dick I wonder why
Is it ’cause I get money
Is it ’cause I got all of this ice
Is it ’cause I’m always fly
Is it ‘causе I’m still that guy
You shake your ass on the gram but when wе in person you shy
I just got off my flight, landed in New York
This bitch so f*ckin’ precious man that ass hangin’ out the shorts
Yeah, niggas really nerds and some dorks
I ball out of control I don’t even ball on the f*ckin’ court, yea
Lil Rino, fo shit sho
Yeah nigga, fo shit sho, no kizzo (NinetyNiiine, Gianni)

That’s what they tell me, and I know, I’m like ‘I know’
Chanel No. 9, could you smell me, yea, I know
I f*cked his hoe, and he cryin’, please don’t cry, bro
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worriyn’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch (Lil bitch)
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
In your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
I wipe my ass I know I’m the shit
She got that ass she know she thick
I put him on blast like he a bitch
I’m sippin’ with Jozizzy, man, that nigga put me on the Tris
You know we gotta keep a stick ’cause you know how ugly this shit can get
God why they hatin’ on me everyday
God why they hate on me everyday
I put up with this shit everyday
And they still tryna take me out my glory
Tryna take me out my bag
Man this a true story
True story
Man this a true story