Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion back campaign condemning plan to overturn Roe v. Wade

Billie Eilish and Megan Thee Stallion back campaign condemning plan to overturn Roe v. Wade
Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus are also among 160 names supporting Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies.

By David Renshaw

May 13, 2022

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Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Olivia Rodrigo, and Halsey are among 160 names backing Planned Parenthood’s #BansOffOurBodies campaign. Organizers took out a full-page advert in today’s New York Times outlining their condemnation of the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion that threatens to overturn the protection of abortion rights in the U.S.

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“The Supreme Court is planning to overturn Roe v. Wade, taking away the constitutional right to abortion,” the advert notes. “Our power to plan our own futures and control our own bodies depends on our ability to access sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion.”

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Other signees include Clairo, Phoebe Bridgers, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Hailey Bieber, Camila Mendes, Ariana DeBose, King Princess, and Angel Olsen. The Bans Off Our Bodies Day of Action is scheduled to take place on Saturday, on May 14 with a series of rallies, marches, and events due to take place across the country in support of abortion rights.

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For more information and necessary links to where you can donate and support abortion rights in the USA click here.

Twitter reportedly enters takeover talks with Elon Musk

Twitter reportedly enters takeover talks with Elon Musk
The deal is said to be “fluid and fast-moving.”

By David Renshaw

April 25, 2022

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Elon Musk’s attempt to stage a takeover at Twitter appear to be gathering pace with the New York Times reporting on Sunday that the Tesla CEO has entered negotiations with the board of the social media company.

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This latest development follows Twitter’s decision last week to take the “posion pill” option of diluting its stock in order to make any potential takeover prohibitively expensive. Musk, the Times reports, responded to that move by updating his proposal and securing the $46.5 billion in financing needed to buy Twitter.

The Times report suggests Musk and the Twitter board are discussing the timeline of a potential takeover, as well as the financial fees should the deal collapse at any stage. The deal is said to be “fluid and fast-moving” with the suggestion that it could be finalised as soon as this week.

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Twitter has yet to comment on the report. Musk, meanwhile, spent his weekend showing the full capacity for Twitter as an intellectual medium.

in case u need to lose a boner fast pic.twitter.com/fcHiaXKCJi

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2022

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Mayor Eric Adams lifts vaccine requirement for New York City concert venues

Mayor Eric Adams lifts vaccine requirement for New York City concert venues
Restaurants, bars, and fitness centers are also no longer required to request proof of vaccination from patrons.

By Raphael Helfand

March 04, 2022

Photo by Fin Costello/Redferns via Getty Images.

 

New York City mayor Eric Adams has announced changes to COVID-19 requirements within the five boroughs. The Key to NYC rules that went into effect last summer — and currently require restaurants, bars, fitness centers, and concert venues to check for proof of vaccination before customers can enter — will be phased out on Monday, May 7. “Businesses previously covered… will still have the flexibility to require proof of vaccination or masking indoors if they choose,” the mayor’s office clarified.

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The news comes as the city’s COVID rate continues to decline, dropping below two percent on February 27 for the first time since fall 2021, according to New York Times data. Along with discontinuing the Key to NYC regulations, Adams announced that K–12 students in New York’s pubilc school system will no longer be required to wear masks in the classroom, though they will still need to complete daily screeners to ensure children with symptoms don’t attend.

The mayor stressed that all current requirements could still go back into effect if rates rise again. “COVID changes, it shifts, it modifies” he said, “and we must be willing to do the same.”

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Watch his full speech below.

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NFL denies suggestion Eminem was banned from taking knee at the Super Bowl

NFL denies suggestion Eminem was banned from taking knee at the Super Bowl
A spokesperson has said officials knew the moment was coming.

By David Renshaw

February 14, 2022

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When Eminem finished performing his song “Lose Yourself” during the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show he took a knee. Though unconfirmed by the man himself, many have interpreted this as a show of support for Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player who was largely ostracized by the league after he began kneeling before games in 2016. Early reports from Sunday suggested that Eminem had been prohibited from making the gesture while on stage, and that his decision to do it went against the NFL’s demands.

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However, speaking to the New York Times, a spokesperson stated this was not entirely accurate. Brian McCarthy said league officials had “watched it during rehearsals this week” and knew what to expect.

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Eminem took part in a spectacular halftime show that also included Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, and Snoop Dogg. 50 Cent made a cameo appearance, recreating his upside down “In Da Club” moment, while Anderson .Paak played drums at the climax of the performance.

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Cardi B awarded over $1M in damages in libel case against YouTube blogger

Cardi B awarded over $1M in damages in libel case against YouTube blogger
Tasha K was found guilty of slander in court on Monday.

By David Renshaw

January 25, 2022

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Cardi B has been awarded $1.25M in damages after filing a lawsuit against celebrity blogger Tasha K who, in 2018, claimed the rapper was a sex worker that used illegal drugs and had a sexually transmitted disease, the New York Times reports.

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The initial lawsuit by Cardi B was filed in 2019 after Tasha K, the creator behind popular YouTube channel unWinewithTashaK, had posted more than 20 videos in which she spread what the lawsuit described as “malicious rumors.” In court on Monday, January 24, a jury found Tasha liable on two counts of slander plus one count each of libel and invasion of privacy.

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Cardi appeared in court during the trial, with her lawyer stating that her client told the jury she “felt extremely suicidal” after the videos were posted online, adding that “only an evil person could do that.” It was argued that the claims could damage the rapper’s career as well as her relationship with her fans.

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On Monday Tasha K tweeted: “My Husband, Attorney’s, & I fought really hard,” adding, “it’s only up from here.”

A second lawsuit was filed against Starmarie Ebony Jones, a guest on one of the offending episodes of unWinewithTashaK, in her native New York. She was found liable on counts of libel, slander and invasion of privacy in 2021.

Last week Cardi B made headlines when it was revealed that she will cover the funeral costs for those who lost their lives in a deadly blaze at a Bronx high rise.

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Ian Urbina issues apology after controversy erupts over The Outlaw Ocean Music Project

Ian Urbina issues apology after controversy erupts over The Outlaw Ocean Music Project
The journalist, author, and label owner was accused of dealing dishonestly with the project’s contributing artists.

By Raphael Helfand

December 09, 2021

Photo by Steve Crowly / Creative Commons.

 

Former New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Ian Urbina has been accused of misleading musicians to help him promote his 2019 book, The Outlaw Ocean, “for free,” and of listing himself as a collaborator on “music he did not write” in order to pay out a lower share of streaming royalties. The initial call-out came from YouTuber Benn Jordan, who posted a video on December 2 detailing Urbina’s alleged “scam.”

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Urbina has expanded The Outlaw Ocean, which began as a Times investigative column in 2015, into a multimedia project that includes “other narrative forms such as music initiatives, educational games, podcast episodes, tv series, animation, and documentary films,” according to its website. The project’s stated goal is to produce “high-impact investigative stories about lawlessness at sea and the diversity of environmental, human rights, and labor abuses occurring offshore around the world.”

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, which currently comprises work from 382 named artists from “dozens of countries” and across 12 listed genres, is an “attempt at an alternative form of storytelling and an experiment in translation from the written word into music.” The FAQs section of the project’s website explains that its other main goal is “to fund more reporting using streaming revenue derived from the music.”

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But Jordan claims in his video that Urbina was dishonest when laying out the project to artists, distancing himself from the label behind it, Synethsesia, which he owns and operates. Synethsesia and the artists who participate in the project split streaming revenues down the middle, but this distribution is complicated by the fact that Urbina lists himself as a co-artist on every song in the project’s catalog. Contributing artists include Urbina’s field recordings in their work and are ostensibly inspired by his reporting. But the de facto result of this practice is that Urbina collects more streaming revenue on the project’s music than the artists who created it do.

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Furthermore, Jordan claims — and Urbina has confirmed in an interview with Pitchfork — that Urbina used his Times email to reach out to artists for the project in 2020, though he stopped working there in 2019 and the project was no longer affiliated with the paper. Jordan also says Urbina floated the potential of a Netflix film, a Spotify podcast, and heavily promoted concerts once the project took off.

In his Pitchfork interview, Urbina said these incentives were not meant to be manipulative, though none of them have come to fruition, claiming that Leonardo DiCaprio’s production had signed onto an adaptation of The Outlaw Ocean in 2016 and that he had been in talks with Spotify about an Outlaw Ocean podcast that was never greenlit. The Times email address, he said, had been his main communication platform for 20 years, and the idea that he meant to imply the project was connected to the institution was “[c]ompletely false.” He also pointed to The Outlaw Ocean Music Project’s FAQs section, which states that hope of earning more streaming revenue through exposure from the project “should not be the key motivation for an artist to join.”

Urbina dismissed Jordan’s video and the subsequent online backlash against The Outlaw Ocean Music Project as a “mass trolling” in a December 5 Substack post. But two days later, he issued an apology.

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“You convince artists to invest their time, brand, effort, audience, trust and creativity into your project, it’s important to communicate with them fully, ensure they get royalty statements and paid on time, answer their questions quickly,” he wrote. “I failed to do these things. The label I created to run the project and the subcontractor I hired to do these things surely could have done much better. I apologize unequivocally.”

In addition, Urbina is now giving all Outlaw Oceans artists the option to withdraw from the project and retain sole ownership of the music they created for it. From his apology: “[I]f musicians now feel (or previously felt) like the project got too large or didn’t perform well for them, the ethical way forward, seems to me, is clear: we hand you back your music and you’re free to publish elsewhere on your own.”

The FADER has reached out to representatives of The Outlaw Ocean Project for further comment.

Japanese Breakfast is the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson

Japanese Breakfast is the next guest on The FADER Uncovered with Mark Ronson
Read The FADER’s 2018 cover story ahead of Michelle Zauner’s conversation with Ronson on next week’s podcast.

By David Renshaw

October 18, 2021

The FADER Uncovered, the podcast series in which host Mark Ronson talks with the world’s most impactful musicians, is back for a second season. For the third episode of the new season Mark is joined by Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner. Together they revisit Zauner’s 2018 FADER cover, written shortly after the release of the second Japanese Breakfast album Soft Sounds From Another Planet.

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Since then the band has released new album Jubilee while Zauner published her memoir, New York Times best-seller Crying In H Mart, written about losing her mother and establishing her own identity. Zauner guides new fan Ronson through her career to date, from her early forays into music through to the viral New Yorker essay that led to her book, and onto her most recent project; scoring indie video game Sable. They also spend time discussing their shared love of Japanese city pop and coming to terms with your artistic voice.

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Before the interview goes live, check out Japanese Breakfast’s FADER cover story from 2018. Follow The FADER by clicking on the cover photo, taken by Ana Cuba, below.

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Follow and subscribe to The FADER Uncovered here and check back for new episodes every Monday. This week’s episode with Kelis is available now.

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Halsey – Darling Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Really can’t remember where I left my spine
Carryin’ my body and a bag full of dimes
Hidden in the pages of the New York Times at home
And maybe I’ll be better if I take my meds
Ain’t a doubleheader if you lose your head
Try the medication that I bought instead
It’s workin’ for a little, but there’s not much left

[Chorus]
Darling, don’t you weep
There’s a place for me
Somewhere we can sleep
See you in your dreams

[Verse 2]
Ever since a little girl, I found it sweet
Drivin’ past a graveyard on a lonesome street
All the little flowers gave me somethin’ to believe in
Never knew the feelin’ of a stable home
Been a couple years of livin’ on the road
Couldn’t really tell you where they’d leave a stone
To visit me when I am dead and gone

[Chorus]
Darlin’, don’t you weep
There’s a place for me
Somewhere we can sleep
I’ll see you in your dreams
Darlin’, don’t you cry
Head fast toward the light
Foolish men have tried
But only you have shown me how to love bein’ alive

[Bridge]
Until it’s time to see the light
I’ll make my own with you each night
I’ll kidnap all the stars and I will keep them in your eyes
I’ll wrap them up in velvet twine
And hang ’em from a fishin’ line
So I can see them anytime I like

[Chorus]
Darlin’, don’t you weep
There’s a place for me
Somewhere we can sleep
I’ll see you in your dreams
Darlin’, don’t you cry
Head fast toward the light
Foolish men have tried
But only you have shown me how to love bein’ alive

Dua Lipa blasts “appalling” NYT ad accusing her of antisemitism

Dua Lipa blasts “appalling” NYT ad accusing her of antisemitism
A full-page ad in the New York Times paid for by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network equates Dua Lipa and Gigi and Bella Hadid’s pro-Palestine activism “antisemitism”, a claim Lipa vehemently rejects.

By Shaad D'Souza

May 24, 2021

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Dua Lipa has taken to social media to slam an advertisement in the New York Times this past Saturday (May 24) which describes her and Palestinian-American influencers Bella and Gigi Hadid as antisemites. The ad, paid for by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network, features the headline “Bella, Gigi and Dua, Hamas calls for a second Holocaust. CONDEMN THEM NOW,” accompanied by a photo of the three alongside Hamas rockets. The ad was run in response to the support the three have shown for Palestinians currently subject to mass violence from the Israeli government, and says that Lipa and the Hadids have “vilified the Jewish state” with their activism. Lipa has been vocal about geopolitical conflicts before, and she is currently dating the Hadids’ brother, Anwar Hadid.

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In response to the advertisement, Lipa wrote:

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“I utterly reject the false and appalling allegations that were published today in The New York Times advertisement taken out by the World Values Network. This is the price you pay for defending Palestinian human rights against an Israeli government whose actions in Palestine both Human Rights Watch and the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem accuse of persecution and discrimination.I take this stance because I believe that everyone — Jews, Muslims and Christians — have the right to live in peace as equal citizens of a state they choose. The World Values Network are shamelessly using my name to advance their ugly campaign with falsehoods and blatant misrepresentation of who I am and what I stand for. I stand in solidarity with all oppressed people and reject all forms of racism.”

View the ad, and Lipa’s post, below.

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— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) May 22, 2021

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this full page ad published in the NYT today??? pic.twitter.com/NGtygtEinD

— Matthew (@matthewduchesne) May 22, 2021

DMX in critical condition in ICU following heart attack

DMX in critical condition in ICU following heart attack
The rapper’s family are gathering at a hospital in New York.

By David Renshaw

April 05, 2021

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DMX is in an ICU after suffering a heart attack, TMZ reports. The rapper, real name Earl Simmons, was taken into care at a hospital in White Plains, New York on Saturday evening and has spent the weekend on life support.

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His lawyer, Murray Richman, confirmed that his client is receiving medical attention, telling Pix11: “He had a heart attack. He’s quite ill.”

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On Sunday, The New York Times reported that DMX remained on life support and in a “vegetative state.” as the rapper’s manager Nakia Walker told the Times. “We’re just praying,” manager Nakia Walker said, adding that relatives of the rapper have been gathering at the hospital.

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A spokesperson told TMZ: “Earl has been a warrior his entire life. This situation represents yet another road he must conquer. The Simmons Family appreciates the overwhelming outpouring of heartfelt love, encouragement, support and prayers for Earl. Earl is someone whose life and music have been a source of inspiration and strength to so many people around the world. It is reassuring to see his fans return that same passion and energy to him during his time of need.”

DMX has battled substance abuse and has been to rehab several times, most recently in 2019 after he completed a 12-month prison sentence for tax evasion. Richman refused to comment on whether the heart attack was triggered by a reported overdose.

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T.I. & Tiny Harris Responds To Serious Accusations Of Abuse & Lawsuit

Atlanta Rapper T.I. and his wife are facing heat after more than 30 victims have come forward to ask for a criminal investigation into claims of forced drugging, kidnapping, rape, and intimidation.

The rapper and movie star, whose real name is Clifford Harris, along with his wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris, have denied the allegations, which were first made in January. None of the victims have filed a lawsuit against the pair, although at one point, Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom said she was representing a number of victims who hired her. Additionally, no criminal investigation has been instituted, although some persons, including former friend Sabrina Peterson who brought the allegations to light, have publicly called on the authorities to launch a criminal investigation.

Another Attorney-at-Law, Tyrone A. Blackburn, says he has asked the police on behalf of at least eight alleged victims who claim the couple or members of their entourage violated them, the New York Times reported.

In a news conference, the attorney said the majority of the incidents occurred in Atlanta and dated back to 2007. According to the lawyer, the allegations from the women range from claiming that they had been drugged and sexually assaulted by the couple, and one of them also alleged that a security guard working for the couple had kidnapped her at gunpoint and eventually sexually assaulted her after driving her to the woods.

In addition, the attorney referred to the victims as more than “[30] women, survivors and witnesses”, who all share similar accusations of “forced drugging, kidnapping, rape and intimidation.”

The attorney also said many of the allegations go back to as much as 30 years ago and are what he calls “eerily consistent.” There are also specific allegations against T.I.’s wife, Tiny Harris. The victims say they were “coerced by Tiny to ingest drugs” or that they were “unknowingly administered drugs to impair the victims’ ability to consent to ‘sexual acts.”

The attorney says he has since sent letters to Georgia’s Attorney General and the Authorities in California for criminal investigations to be launched into the allegations. He says the basis of the requests falls under several laws, including the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and Georgia’s Rape, Kidnapping, RICO, and Terroristic Threats Statutes. The statutory minimum sentence under this act is 25 years, and the maximum sentence on conviction is either the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

As the story unfolds, five victims also spoke to the New York Times say they were drugged or sexually assaulted by the couple or by others who are in their close circle.

Meanwhile, Steve Sadow, the Attorney-at-Law representing the couple, has put out a statement from them which denies the allegations.

“Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming. These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises [sic] implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system.”

The reference to a shakedown campaign is directed at Sabrina Peterson, who had initially alleged that the rapper had put a gun to her head and had threatened to kill her. She says she is now being harassed by the couple who are smearing her name, and she has now filed a lawsuit for defamation.

According to the claim, Peterson says the statements made by T.I. and his wife, including social media posts, have damaged her good reputation. According to her, the couple has been harassing her since she made the disclosure to the public about the gun incident in which she says she had gotten into an altercation with the rapper’s assistant, and that was when T.I. pointed his gun at her head and said: “B**ch I’ll kill you.”

Peterson says Tiny has exposed the identity of her son to her millions of followers, and this poses a danger to the child.

She also says T.I. caused her reputation to suffer damage when he mentioned her in an 8-minute response he had posted to social media in which he asserted him and his wife’s innocence and bashed Peterson for harassing his family, and referred to her actions as “evil at play,” which has led to threatening messages on Instagram and harassment from his followers.

Her lawsuit made claims of infliction of emotional distress in addition to the defamation claim. The celebrity couple turned community advocates are yet to reply to Peterson’s case.

Bob Dylan sells entire music catalog to Universal Music Publishing

Bob Dylan sells entire music catalog to Universal Music Publishing
The landmark deal was reportedly over $300 million.

By Sajae Elder

December 07, 2020

Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI.

 

Universal Music Publishing has acquired Bob Dylan‘s entire music catalog in a landmark deal reportedly worth over $300 million, according to the New York Times.

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The acquisition encompasses over 600 copyrights spanning 60 years, from 1962’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to “Murder Most Foul” from earlier this year. Previously, Dylan had control over most of his compositions, held in the U.S. by his own company and Sony/ATV Music Publishing in most other countries.

“To represent the body of work of one of the greatest songwriters of all time — whose cultural importance can’t be overstated — is both a privilege and a responsibility,” UMPG CEO Jody Gerson said in a statement announcing the deal. “We look forward to working with Bob and the team in ensuring his artistry continues to reach and inspire generations of fans, recording artists, and songwriters around the world.”

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The past year has seen copyrights increase in value, and artists like The Killers and Mark Ronson selling large portions of their catalog to private investment firms like Eldridge Holdings and Hipgnosis Songs Fund. Most recently, Primary Wave acquired 80% of Stevie Nicks’ publishing catalog for a reported $100 million.

Megan Thee Stallion shares Good News tracklist

Megan Thee Stallion shares Good News tracklist
Beyoncé, SZA, Popcaan, Lil Durk, City Girls, and more all feature on her debut album.

By Jordan Darville

November 17, 2020

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for EA Sports Bowl at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest

 

Megan Thee Stallion‘s debut album Good News is out this Friday after being announced just last week. Today, Megan has shared the tracklist for the project.

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Good News will be 17 tracks long, and comes with a lot of features. The project will contain the Beyoncé-featuring hit “Savage (Remix)” as well as the most recent single “Don’t Stop” with Young Thug. Other features include SZA on “Freaky Girls,” “Do It On The Tip” featuring City Girls, “Movie” with Lil Durk, “Intercourse” featuring Popcaan and Mustard, “Cry Baby” with DaBaby, and Big Sean and 2 Chainz on “Go Crazy.”

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In the lead up to the announcement of Good News, Megan performed on Saturday Night Live and at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards and wrote a New York Times op-ed,

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Report: Guitar Center considering bankruptcy

Report: Guitar Center considering bankruptcy
The company is exploring different options with creditors as profits drop during the pandemic.

By Jordan Darville

October 28, 2020

Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images

 

Music retailer Guitar Center is considering multiple restructuring options including bankruptcy in the wake of a missed $45 million bond payment, according to reports in the New York Times and Bloomberg. The company has amassed nearly $1.3 billion in debt, a financial situation worsened by store closures caused by COVID-19 lockdowns.

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It’s the company’s second brush with bankruptcy this year; in April, Guitar Center missed another interest payment but avoided bankruptcy thanks to a distressed debt exchange. However, this time around the company reportedly contacted its creditors with a plan for bankruptcy that would allow the company to file for bankruptcy this year and “[return] from it in early 2021,” according to the Times.

Whatever plan is decided on may need to happen fast: the $45 million bond payment was reportedly missed earlier this month, and the Times reports that Guitar Center could go bankrupt in November.

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Guitar Center opened in 1959 and runs 300 stores across the United States as well as 200 associated outlets. In a statement to Bloomberg, a source from the company said online sales are strong and the company began reopening select storefronts in July.

6ix9ine reportedly sued over 2015 child sexual performance video

6ix9ine reportedly sued over 2015 child sexual performance video
The rapper took a plea deal in 2018 after footage emerged of him groping a 13-year-old.

By Jordan Darville

October 20, 2020

Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

 

Rapper 6ix9ine is being sued for “child sexual assault, child sexual abuse and infliction of emotional distress,” TMZ reports. The new lawsuit stems from a 2015 video in which New York City prosecutors alleged that 6ix9ine can be seen groping a naked 13-year-old and sitting her on his lap. In 2018, 6ix9ine secured a plea deal of four years probation after pleading guilty to one count of Use of a Child in a Sexual Performance.

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The unidentified girl from the video, now 18, is reportedly behind the new lawsuit. She claims that she was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when she was sexually assaulted by 6ix9ine associate Tay Milly, who is also named in the lawsuit. The documents allege that three sexually explicit recordings were made and uploaded to the internet.

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6ix9ine first spoke publicly about the video in 2017 in an interview with DJ Akademiks and misrepresented its contents and the case against him. He claimed the 13-year-old girl was actually 17 and said he did not touch the girl. In a 2020 interview, he used his 2015 charge to favorably compare himself with Tupac Shakur.

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The FADER has reached out to 6ix9ine’s representative for comment. In a statement to TMZ, 6ix9ine’s attorney Lance Lazzaro said the rapper will “defend the lawsuit vigorously.”

If you or someone you know is suffering from sexual abuse, please call RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673)

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Megan Thee Stallion pens New York Times op-ed: “Black women are still constantly disrespected”

Megan Thee Stallion pens New York Times op-ed: “Black women are still constantly disrespected”
The rapper touched on the recent shooting incident involving Tory Lanez and more.

By Sajae Elder

October 13, 2020

Photo: Rich Fury/Getty Images for Visible.

 

Megan Thee Stallion shared a New York Times op-ed she wrote on the importance of protecting Black women and her own experiences with violence and stigmas. In the piece, Meg first spoke about the shooting incident involving Tory Lanez back in July that left her with bullet fragments in both of her feet.

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“I was recently the victim of an act of violence by a man… I was shot twice as I walked away from him,” she wrote, going on to explain that she was initially apprehensive about sharing the details of the incident out of fear of being met with judgment and skepticism. “The way people have publicly questioned and debated whether I played a role in my own violent assault proves that my fears about discussing what happened were, unfortunately, warranted.”

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She also touched on receiving backlash over her recent Saturday Night Live performance. Using audio samples of Malcolm X and activist Tamika Mallory, she called out Kentucky’s attorney general Daniel Cameron for not charging three officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, instead only charging one with wanton endangerment.

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“I recently used the stage at SNL to harshly rebuke [Cameron] for his appalling conduct in denying Breonna Taylor and her family justice,” she wrote. “I anticipated some backlash…But you know what? I’m not afraid of criticism.”

Meg went on to discuss racism within the healthcare system, the prevalence of violence against Black trans and gender-nonconforming people, and the pressure placed on Black women voters in the upcoming election. “We know that after the last ballot is cast and the vote is tallied, we are likely to go back to fighting for ourselves,” she wrote. “Because at least for now, that’s all we have.”

In addition to the op-ed, the piece came with an accompanying video featuring Meg and a whole of other Black women from all walks of life. She later took to Twitter to share the video on its own. Watch the video below and read the full op-ed here.

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I will never stop using my voice ✊🏾Thank you to all the beautiful women involved pic.twitter.com/EnefD8XKfP

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) October 13, 2020

Report: Tory Lanez charged in shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, faces 22 years in prison

Report: Tory Lanez charged in shooting of Megan Thee Stallion, faces 22 years in prison
The July 12 shooting left Megan wounded in the foot.

By Jordan Darville

October 08, 2020

Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for BMI

 

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged Tory Lanez a.k.a. Daystar Peterson in the shooting of Megan Pete a.k.a. Megan Thee Stallion, according to New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli. Megan was shot twice in the foot on July 12, and alleged that Lanez was her attacker; Lanez denied this with lyrics contained in his new album DAYSTAR.

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breaking: Tory Lanez has been charged with shooting Megan Thee Stallion, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office pic.twitter.com/eJw6rkvt95

— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) October 8, 2020

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According to the release, Lanez will be charged with “one felony count each of assault with a semi-automatic firearm – personal use of a firearm – and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. [Lanez] also faces a gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.”

The Office’s release refers to a “24-year-old victim,” likely Megan Thee Stallion. The statement reads that Lanez and the victim were arguing in an SUV traveling in the Hollywood Hills when the victim exited the vehicle. “The victim exited the vehicle and Peterson is accused of shooting several times at her feet and wounding her.”

Lanez is scheduled to be arraigned on October 13 at the Folz Criminal Justice Center. If convicted, Lanez faces a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in prison.

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The FADER has reached out to Tory Lanez’s representative for comment.

6ix9ine in New York Times interview: “There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur”

6ix9ine in New York Times interview: “There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur”
The rapper also discussed Black Lives Matter, Trump, and his abusive past in his first post-prison newspaper interview.

By Jordan Darville

September 02, 2020

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1

 

Since his release from prison this year after cooperating with federal authorities, 6ix9ine has become an even more polarizing figure in hip-hop, and has doubled down on his most trollish impulses in order to stay relevant. He’s embraced his reputation as a snitch (his upcoming album is titled TattleTales) and devoted himself to remaining a spectacle in the age of algorithms. Of course, 6ix9ine himself may not see it that way: on Wednesday, The New York Times shared a somewhat-revealing and wholly revolting interview with 6ix9ine, wherein the rapper favorably compared himself to Tupac Shakur.

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The conversation turns to Shakur when the interviewer, Joe Coscarelli, asks about 6ix9ine’s conviction for using a child in a sexual performance. 6ix9ine points to Shakur’s own sex abuse conviction in 1995 — and falsely states that Shakur was convicted of rape — in order to exonerate himself: “Is Tupac Shakur loved or hated? Loved! What’s the difference between me and Tupac Shakur? I never caught a rape charge — ever.”

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Coscarelli brings up the respective qualities of Shakur and 6ix9ine’s catalogs, and cites Tupac’s tendency to “give back through his work.” In response, 6ix9ine plays Tupac’s song “Troublesome ’96” on his phone, and asks the interviewer, “What’s the difference between that and [the 2018 6ix9ine song] ‘Billy’? ‘A born leader, never leave the crib without my heater!’ You’re telling me he gave back through his art? You’re lying to me.”

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6ix9ine says that the music he creates benefits the world, and its “turn up” quality is dictated by modern trends. “I got to feed what, in 2020, is relevant. I got to feed the masses. There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur.”

Elsewhere, 6ix9ine mercifully declines to comment much on the Black Lives Matter movement, jokingly suggests that he’d vote for Trump, and discusses the allegations of domestic abuse levied against him by his ex-partner Sara Molina. Read the full interview here.

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Frank Ocean was reportedly working on a music video with director Luca Guadagnino

Frank Ocean was reportedly working on a music video with director Luca Guadagnino
The unnamed video was set to be helmed by Guadagnino, director of Kid Cudi’s upcoming show We Are Who We Are.

By Sajae Elder

August 20, 2020

Photo: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images.

 

Frank Ocean and director Luca Guadagnino reportedly have, or at least had, a secret project in the works. Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name and Kid Cudi’s upcoming HBO series We Are Who We Are, told New York Times writer Kyle Buchanan that he and Frank were “collaborating on a music video that never happened.” He went on to add a plea for the project to come to fruition. “I use the Times to launch an appeal to Frank: Frank, let’s do that video,” he said.

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While no additional details about the project were mentioned in the interview, the hypothetical release would follow a handful of post-Blonde singles including “In My Room,” “DHL,” “Dear April,” and “Cayendo.”

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Zoe Saldana apologizes for taking on the role of Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana apologizes for taking on the role of Nina Simone
The actress says the music icon “deserved better.”

By Sajae Elder

August 05, 2020

Photo: Frazer Harrison/David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images.

 

Actress Zoe Saldana has apologized for taking on the role of late music icon Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic Nina. For the film, Saldana wore skin-darkening makeup, a prosthetic nose, and fake teeth in order to play the singer, a move largely panned by fans, critics, and Simone’s family.

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“I should have never played Nina. The leverage that I had 10 years ago [was] a different leverage but it was leverage nonetheless,” she told Pose creator Steve Canals in an interview with Bese around the 41-minute mark. “I should have done everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman.”

Saldana faced criticism for taking on the role, including from Simone’s daughter Simone Kelly. “[My mother] was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark,” Kelly told the New York Times in 2012 when the casting was announced. “Appearance-wise this is not the best choice.” Songs like “Four Women” are important markers of how Simone’s artistry and journey through the music industry were inextricably linked to her appearance and to larger conversations about colorism.

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Despite previously doubling down on her role, telling Allure Magazine there was “no one way to be Black” in 2016, Saldana now says the music icon “deserved better.”

“I thought back then that I had the permission because I was a Black woman,” Saldana said. “And I am. But it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and a journey that should be honored to the most specific detail.”

Watch the full interview below.

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Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) sits down with "Pose" (@poseonfx) creator and executive producer Steven Canals (@stevencanals) to chat about Afro-Latinidad, colorism in the Latinx community, Nina Simone, and more. #AfroLatinx #AfroLatinidad #BESE #ZoeSaldana #StevenCanals #Pose #PoseFX #AfroLatinos #Dominican #PuertoRican

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Social distancing violations at Chainsmokers concert prompts state investigation

Social distancing violations at Chainsmokers concert prompts state investigation
Video from the concert shows attendees standing close together.

By Sajae Elder

July 28, 2020

Photo: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vevo.

 

Video from a Chainsmokers concert over the weekend has sparked concern from New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, and prompted a Department of Health investigation, according to the New York Times. The clip shows attendees at the Safe & Sound show largely failing at social distancing, standing close to each other, and not wearing masks.

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“Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations,” Cuomo said in a tweet. “We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health.” The event’s organizers released a statement insisting that proper safety protocols were followed, including temperature checks, and having security “encourage” mask-wearing and social distancing.

Originally billed as a “drive-in music experience” with tickets costing upwards of $25,000, it was expected for guests to sit outside of but close to their parked vehicles in the spaced-out venue. Chief executive of Goldman Sachs, David M. Solomon, also known as D.J. D-Sol, also performed. “This will be a safe and controlled environment, setting the bar for all events to come,” the organizers said of the event.

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“I am at a loss as to how the Town of Southampton could have issued a permit for such an event, how they believed it was legal and not an obvious public health threat,” said New York’s health commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker in a letter.

See footage from the concert and Gov. Cuomo’s response below.

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Videos from a concert held in Southampton on Saturday show egregious social distancing violations. I am appalled.

The Department of Health will conduct an investigation.

We have no tolerance for the illegal & reckless endangerment of public health.pic.twitter.com/gf9kggdo8w

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 28, 2020

Logic announces plan to retire with new album due next week

Logic announces plan to retire with new album due next week
“Time to be a great father.”

By David Renshaw

July 17, 2020

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Logic will release No Pressure, an album he claims will be followed by his retirement, on July 24. The album sees Logic reunite with producer No I.D., who produced his 2014 debut, Under Pressure.

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Confirming news of No Pressure‘s release date alongside the album artwork, Logic wrote on social media: “Officially announcing my retirement with the release of “No Pressure” executive produced by No I.D. July 24th… It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father.”

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Officially announcing my retirement with the release of “No Pressure” executive produced by No I.D. July 24th… It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a great father. Art by @samspratt

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Logic has released four albums since he dropped Under Pressure six years ago, all of which have hit No.1 on the Billboard 200. The Incredible True Story landed in 2015 and was swiftly followed by Everybody in 2017, YSIV in 2018, and 2019’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.

Last year Logic also published his debut novel, Supermarket, under his real name, Bobby Hall. The novel was a New York Times fiction bestseller and came with a soundtrack of the same name. He is married to fashion designer Brittney Noell. The pair wed in 2019.

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Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91
Morricone passed away in Rome, Italy his family has confirmed.

By David Renshaw

July 06, 2020

Ennio Morricone poses with the Oscar for Best Original Score, The Hateful Eight, in the press room during the 88th Oscars in Hollywood on February 28, 2016.

 

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Ennio Morricone, the Italian film composer whose credits include work with Sergio Leone and Quentin Tarantino, has died. Morricone’s lawyer told the New York Times that his client passed away in a Rome hospital having fractured his femur in a fall last week.

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Morricone, who was 91 at the time of his death, made his name in the 1960s after providing the enduring soundtrack to Leone’s spaghetti western classics A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He scored over 500 movies throughout his career and most recently worked on 2016’s The Correspondence.

Widely regarded as one of the most innovative composers in Hollywood history, Morricone received Academy Award nominations for his work on Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven, plus The Mission, The Untouchables, Bugsy and Malena. He won his only Best Original Score Oscar for 2016 Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. Prior to that, Morricone received an honorary Academy Awarded in 2007 for his contribution to cinema.

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In the wake of the news of Morricone’s death fellow composer Hans Zimmer said he was was “one of a kind” while director Edgar Wright tweeted that he had the ability to “make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend.”

Kenny Chesney – Rich And Miserable lyrics

Green grass, hope the cows graze, Hedge Fund, 401
Cake, milk and honey in the land of the free
New York Times, Farmer’s Almanac
Too busy to call our mamas
Back porch ain’t what it used to be
We don’t know what we want
But we want it and we want it all right now

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
(We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable)

Go to school to get a job
Don’t make enough to pay it off
And on and on it goes
Right wing blue jeans, gotta get the new thing
Whatever it takes to make the world look at you, thing

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

And maybe we’ll get it
(And maybe we’ll get it)
Maybe we won’t
(Maybe we won’t)
But even when we get it
(But even when we get it)
Really we don’t

We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

Come on, get rich and miserable
Come on, get rich and miserable

She’s Alaska – Nicotine lyrics

You taste like Nicotine and broken dreams
You’re losing yourself only seventeen
And I’m falling fast

Your leather jackets and bright blue eyes
Bad intentions and little white lies
You’re holding back

You’re whiskey and I am wine
You’re rough at the edges, I stay in the lines
Your house if filled with ghosts
And I’ll be the one who haunts you the most
And you’ll be the one to break me…

You look like silver screens and magazine
So innocent I feel unclean
And I’m falling hard

Your classic novels and dark brown eyes
Morning coffee, the New York Times
I don’t show my cards

You’re whiskey and I am wine
You’re rough at the edges, I stay in the lines
Your house if filled with ghosts
And I’ll be the one who haunts you the most
And you’ll be the one to break me…

You’re whiskey and I am wine
You’re a dark alley and I’m a streetlight
You’re blinded and I see clearly
You’re bad news
But I need you near me…

You’re whiskey and I am wine
You’re rough at the edges, I stay in the lines
Your house if filled with ghosts
And I’ll be the one who haunts you the most
And you’ll be the one to break me…

You taste like Nicotine and broken dreams
You’re losing yourself only seventeen
And I’m falling fast

JAY-Z Supports Meek Mill At Philly 4:44 Concert Plays “Dreams & Nightmares”

JAY-Z showed Meek Mill some support at his “4:44” concert in Philadelphia on Friday night.

Hov has been a staunched critic of the justice system since the MMG rapper was sentenced to 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. The Roc Nation boss supported the #FreeMeekMill movement during the Philly leg of his “4:44 Tour” by playing the rapper’s hit single “Dreams & Nightmares” during his set. He leads the crowd on a “Free Meek Mill” chant. The rap legend also penned an op-ed in the New York Times last month throwing his support behind Meek, while calling out the justice system for its mass incarceration of young black men.

Some Philadelphia 76ers players including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons were at the concert showing their support for Meek Mill. The due wore T-Shirts that says “STAND WITH MEEK MILL.” The fans on Meek’s home turf poured in their numbers to fill up the arena for a sold-out crowd. JAY-Z also showed his support to Colin Kaepernick by wearing his jersey at the sold-out show. R&B singer Trey Songz and rapper Yo Gotti were also showed up to show his support and was also spotted at the after party.

“That sh*t [Kaepernick’s protest] is not about inanimate objects,” Hov said. “It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.”

RELATED: Meek Mill & JAY-Z’s Roc Nation Sued By Family Of Slain Concertgoer

Meek Mill, real name Robert Williams, is currently awaiting the outcome of his emergency bail application. The Pennsylvania Superior Court handed down a ruling last month directing Judge Genece Brinkley to make a ruling on the rapper’s bail. She is the same judge who handed down the unjust sentencing after she claimed that the rapper broke his probation by getting arrested earlier this year for breaking up a fight and popping wheelies in the streets of New York.

Stand with Meek Mill. #FREEMEEKMILL #444TOURbr pic.twitter.com/G7qyWutG3d

— Team JAY-Z BR (@99jayzbr) December 2, 2017

Drake Calls For “Free Meek Mill” During Show in Australia


Drake joins the long list of rappers who are calling for Meek Mill freedom from prison.

The 6 God is currently touring in Australia and during his show in Melbourne on Saturday night, he paused for a few seconds to support the “Free Meek Mill” movement. We all know the history of Drake and Meek beef is littered with Ws and Ls with the Toronto rapper being the recipient of the Ws. The beef left a bitter taste in both rappers mouths and the two have not spoken to each other or made peace since.

During his performance, Drizzy spotted a fan wearing a T-Shirt that says “Free Meek Mill” and that’s when he paused to share his feelings. “I see you got the Free Meek Mill shirt,” the Views rapper said. “Free Meek Mill too, for real. You right.”

The Philly rhymer is currently serving 2-4 years in prison for probation violation. He was sentenced two weeks ago to serve time in a state prison, but the judge’s heavy-handed sentencing drew widespread outrage among the rapper’s fans and his celebrity peers including JAY-Z who wrote an op-ed in the New York Times speaking out against the justice system and its unfair practices towards African American male.

Drake seems to have the same feelings about Meek Mill’s sentence despite their differences. You can recalled, Meek was the one who instigated the beef when he trashed the Toronto rapper on Twitter while accusing him of not writing his own raps. Drake responded with two scathing diss records, “Charged Up” and “Back To Back.” The later went on to become an anthem and even earned Drizzy a Grammy nomination.

Earlier this year, Drizzy did an interview where he spoke about the beef and said that he and Meek will never be friends again. “That’s just somebody that I never wanna be friends with… I’m not trying to make any songs or be boys, you stay over there and I stay over here,” he said.

Drake says "Free Meek Mill" after shouting out a fan who brought a sign to the show. #bmwt #boymeetsworldtour pic.twitter.com/onDEXW0WER

— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) November 19, 2017

 

Kenny Chesney – Rich And Miserable (Lyric Video) letras

[Verse 1]
Green grass, help the cows graze, hedgefund 401
Keg and milk and honey in the land of the free
New York Times, Farmer’s Almanac
Too busy to call our mamas
Back porch ain’t what it used to be
We don’t know what we want
But we want it and we want it all right now

[Chorus]
We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

[Verse 2]
Go to school to get a job
Don’t make enough to pay it off
And on and on it goes
Right wing blue jean, gotta get the new thing
Whatever it takes to make the world look at you, think…

[Chorus]
We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable

[Bridge]
And maybe we’ll get it
(And maybe we’ll get it)
Maybe we won’t
(Maybe we won’t)
But even when we get it
(But even when we get it)
Really we don’t

[Chorus]
We’re too young until we’re too old
We’re all lost on the yellow brick road
We climb the ladder but the ladder just grows
We’re born, we work, we die, it’s spiritual
Enough is never enough
American dream never wakes up
Too much is never too much
We won’t be happy ’til we’re rich and miserable
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

[Outro]
Come on, get rich and miserable
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Come on, get rich and miserable