Hip Hop News | Trending Hip Hop Stories – The Source http://thesource.com Latest in Hip Hop, Entertainment, Sports and Film Fri, 22 Feb 2019 23:20:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 Roman Reigns To Appear On The This Week’s Monday Night Raw http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/roman-reigns-leukemia-raw/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/roman-reigns-leukemia-raw/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 22:25:45 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489213 WWE announced Thursday that Reigns will appear on Monday's episode of Raw in Atlanta to address his progress in fighting the illness.

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It has been more than four months since Roman Reigns (real name Joe Anoa’i) announced on Monday Night Raw that he was taking a leave from WWE to focus on his battle with leukemia.

WWE announced Thursday that Reigns will appear on Monday’s episode of Raw in Atlanta to address his progress in fighting the illness.

Reigns shocked the world on Oct. 22 when he announced he was relinquishing the universal championship, and was stepping away from the company to focus on his health. It has been 11 years since he was first diagnosed with the disease.

Reigns has kept a relatively low profile since his diagnosis. He has been spotted on vacation in Hawaii, and also on the set of Hobbs and Shaw where he will star alongside his cousin, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

With Reign’s scheduled to give an update “smack dab” in the middle of WrestleMania season, many speculate that he is doing very well and could be set for a WrestleMania return.

It’s hard to imagine WWE scheduling its top star in such a tough spot, during its busiest season, to deliver sobering news that would take the air out of an already flat build to WrestleMania 35.

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R. Kelly Charged with Ten Counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/r-kelly-charged-with-ten-counts-of-aggravated-criminal-sexual-abuse/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/r-kelly-charged-with-ten-counts-of-aggravated-criminal-sexual-abuse/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 18:37:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489268 The Chicago Sun-Times details R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The charges were filed in Cook County and he is set to go to court on March 8. Additionally, R. Kelly is stated to be under investigation by three different law enforcement agencies. The FBI, IRS, and Department […]

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The Chicago Sun-Times details R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The charges were filed in Cook County and he is set to go to court on March 8.

Additionally, R. Kelly is stated to be under investigation by three different law enforcement agencies. The FBI, IRS, and Department of Homeland Security have also launched investigations into the singer, which ABC7Chicago reports the latter is looking into sex trafficking and child exploitation crimes.

Yesterday, two additional women in Baltimore stated that had sexual encounters and were offered drugs with Kelly while they were teenagers.

More updates on this story as they become available.

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‘Empire’ Executive Producers Will Remove Jussie Smollett’s Character Out This Season’s Remaining Episodes http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/empire-writes-out-smollett/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/empire-writes-out-smollett/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 16:41:48 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489253 Empire actor Jussie Smollett apologized to the cast and crew of the FOX show, however, he remained to his statement of not being behind the attack that has dominated headlines all month. In reaction to the charges placed against Smollett by the Chicago Police, Empire officials have removed Smollett’s character, Jamal, from the final episodes […]

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Empire actor Jussie Smollett apologized to the cast and crew of the FOX show, however, he remained to his statement of not being behind the attack that has dominated headlines all month. In reaction to the charges placed against Smollett by the Chicago Police, Empire officials have removed Smollett’s character, Jamal, from the final episodes of the show for the season. The decision was revealed in a statement.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

The statement was submitted by the show’s executive producers, Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer. Smollett posted bond Thursday and went to the studio where Empire is filmed, however, TMZ reports some of his castmates want Smollett fired.

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Soulja Boy: Blac Chyna Hacked My Phone, I Just Wanted to Smash http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/soulja-boy-blac-chyna-hacked-my-phone-i-just-wanted-to-smash/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/soulja-boy-blac-chyna-hacked-my-phone-i-just-wanted-to-smash/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:58:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489203 Well, that ended quickly! Soulja Boy took to social media to let the world know that the fling between him and Rob Kardashian’s baby momma was nothing more than that. The Crank Dat internet sensation was very adamant about the fact that all he wanted from the former stripper was a “hit it and quit […]

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Well, that ended quickly!

Soulja Boy took to social media to let the world know that the fling between him and Rob Kardashian’s baby momma was nothing more than that.

The Crank Dat internet sensation was very adamant about the fact that all he wanted from the former stripper was a “hit it and quit it” and that he’s already involved in a committed relationship.

However, that works.

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Meek Mill And 2 Chainz To Appear On LeBron James’ HBO Series ‘The Shop’ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/meek-mill-and-2-chainz-to-appear-on-lebron-james-hbo-series-the-shop/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/meek-mill-and-2-chainz-to-appear-on-lebron-james-hbo-series-the-shop/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:30:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489224 Lebron James has a new show on HBO called The Shop and the upcoming episode features none other that Philly rap king Meek Mill and ATL Hip Hop mainstay 2 Chainz. The NBA legend will also feature NFL Pro-Bowler Antonio Brown, NBA All-Star Anthony Davis, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, and comedian Jerrod Carmichael on the […]

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Lebron James has a new show on HBO called The Shop and the upcoming episode features none other that Philly rap king Meek Mill and ATL Hip Hop mainstay 2 Chainz.

The NBA legend will also feature NFL Pro-Bowler Antonio Brown, NBA All-Star Anthony Davis, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, and comedian Jerrod Carmichael on the show along with the two slang spitters.

James and his business partner Maverick Carter have previously sat down with the likes of Drake, Mary J. Blige, Nas, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Odell Beckham Jr., Candace Parker, Jimmy Kimmell, and Jon Stewart, but the 2 Chainz/Mill episode is guaranteed to be historic.

This episode of The Shop is set to debut March 1 at 10:30pm EST on HBO.

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Black History Month: 7 Facts That You May Not Know About The Founder Of The 5% Nation http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/black-history-month-7-facts-that-you-may-not-know-about-the-founder-of-the-5-nation/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/22/black-history-month-7-facts-that-you-may-not-know-about-the-founder-of-the-5-nation/#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:03:47 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489217 Many people may have heard of the “Five Percenters” or the teachings that stem from this cultural phenomenon born in the ghettos of America, but there are very few who are familiar with the origins of the 5% Nation(also known as the Nation Of Gods and Earths) or that of the founder of the Five […]

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Many people may have heard of the “Five Percenters” or the teachings that stem from this cultural phenomenon born in the ghettos of America, but there are very few who are familiar with the origins of the 5% Nation(also known as the Nation Of Gods and Earths) or that of the founder of the Five Percent, who is best known as Allah. Of all of the religious and nationalist movements of the revolutionary 1960s, his story is always left out of Black History Month recognition, even though Allah met the same treacherous fate as many of the Black leaders of that era.

Born on this date in 1928, the man known as Allah was born Clarence Edward Smith to Louis and Mary Smith in Danville, Virginia. He moved to Harlem, New York as a young adult and it was from there that he began his lifelong journey in establishing a legacy of pride, righteousness and all-inclusivity among the youth that has expanded all over the globe.

In commemoration of Black History Month, TheSource.com brings you seven facts about Allah and what his 5% Nation has brought to the Black, Latino, Asian and white youth in the United States and around the world.

  1. Allah fought in the Korean War; won several medals including the Silver Star and Purple Heart.
  2. He was a member of Nation Of Islam’s Temple No. 7 under Minister Malcolm X, however, left the NOI in 1963 shortly before Malcolm’s departure.
  3. Allah was given the “Street Academy” at 2122 7th Avenue(now known as Allah School In Mecca) by NYC Mayor John Lindsay in 1967.
  4. Allah was proficient at martial arts, which he learned in Korea and was an instructor to the members of NOI security, Fruit Of Islam.
  5. Allah was not anti-white and taught white 5%ers, including Mayor Lindsay’s assistant Barry Gotterher.
  6. Allah was killed by unknown assailants on June 13, 1969, however, it was revealed in a document de-classified by the FBI in 1981 that he was a target of J.Edgar Hoover’s COINTELPRO initiative aimed at Black leaders.
  7. The message of the 5% is not a thing of Hip Hop’s past. Artists such as Manolo Rose, Allah Magnetic, Kasim Allah, Detroit’s Njeri Earth and a host of others continue to carry on Allah’s teachings through their music.

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Two Baltimore Women Accuse R. Kelly of Sexual Misconduct When They Were Teens http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/two-baltimore-women-accuse-r-kelly-of-sexual-misconduct-when-they-were-teens/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/two-baltimore-women-accuse-r-kelly-of-sexual-misconduct-when-they-were-teens/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:37:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489165 R. Kelly is facing accusations from two more women who state the singer is guilty of sexual misconduct with them when they were teenagers. The women are from Baltimore and state they were victims of the singer. Gloria Allred is representing Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, who appeared with her at a press conference and […]

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R. Kelly is facing accusations from two more women who state the singer is guilty of sexual misconduct with them when they were teenagers. The women are from Baltimore and state they were victims of the singer.

Gloria Allred is representing Latresa Scaff and Rochelle Washington, who appeared with her at a press conference and revealed that they were both manipulated by R. Kelly and offered drugs and alcohol, all while underage.

TMZ live streamed the press conference where the women are looking to be an example for others who may have been impacted by the singer in the past. Allred referred to the alleged victims as women who want “to encourage others who may have been victimized by him to come forward.

“At the time I thought meeting a celebrity would make me be happy but in this case it didn’t,” Washington said Thursday. “I just wanted to have fun . . . I could never forget that day. I can’t get it out of my mind, what I saw and what happened.”

R. Kelly recently has given up his studio in Chicago but also is under fire for what is stated to be another sex tape, which shows him engaging with another underage girl.

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Barack Obama Bands With NBA and FIBA to Form Official Basketball Africa League http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/barack-obama-nba-fiba-basketball-africa-league/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/barack-obama-nba-fiba-basketball-africa-league/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 20:34:32 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489147 The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama is using his affection for basketball to benefit the sport in the continent of Africa. On Saturday (Feb. 16), the NBA announced the coming of a pro league team in Africa in partnership with the FIBA, the governing body of the sport called the […]

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The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama is using his affection for basketball to benefit the sport in the continent of Africa. On Saturday (Feb. 16), the NBA announced the coming of a pro league team in Africa in partnership with the FIBA, the governing body of the sport called the Basketball Africa League. Obama is reportedly expected to have hands-on involvement.

According to the NBA, The Basketball Africa League is set to be a 12-team league and will begin to play next year, January 2020. Qualification tournaments are positioned to take place later this year to determine which existing club teams will join the league. Teams reigning from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia are marked as participants and each country will only be allowed to have a maximum of two teams in the league.

In a video during Saturday’s announcement, former President Obama confirmed his involvement with words of motive.

“Through sport, if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said.

On Saturday afternoon, Obama tweeted about the groundbreaking initiative noting his desire for the league to expand the continent beyond the sector of athletics.

“I’ve always loved basketball because it’s about building a team that’s equal to more than the sum of its parts. Glad to see this expansion into Africa because for a rising continent, this can be about a lot more than what happens on the court,” Obama tweeted.

Prior to the coming of the Basketball Africa League, Obama has made contributions to the design such as his participation in assisting Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian native, with the giants of Africa youth basketball program.

This will be the first non-North American operation of the NBA. According to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, the endeavor has received fluent support from many NBA team owners and partners of the league including Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan brand. “As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from several of our NBA team owners,” said Silver. “Several of our partners have also expressed an interest to work with us in Africa.”

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[WATCH] 2 Chainz x LeBron James Share Second Trailer From ‘Rap Or Go To The League’ Interview http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/watch-2-chainz-x-lebron-james-share-second-trailer-from-rap-or-go-to-the-league-interview/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/watch-2-chainz-x-lebron-james-share-second-trailer-from-rap-or-go-to-the-league-interview/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:00:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489121 2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC , confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Rap Or Go To The League, which is A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release on the Def Jam imprint. The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two […]

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2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC , confirms his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Rap Or Go To The League, which is A&R’d by LeBron James, is set for a March 1st release on the Def Jam imprint.

The countdown to March 1st is officially on, as Apple Music rolls out the first two trailers for 2 Chainz x LeBron James Rap Or Go To The League, an exclusive in-depth conversation between two of the biggest titans in their respective fields. As longtime friends and fans of one another, 2 Chainz and LeBron represent the true intersection of music and sports.

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Jussie Smollett Staged His Attack Due to Being Upset With His ‘Empire’ Salary http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/jussie-smollett-staged-his-attack-due-to-being-upset-with-his-empire-salary/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/jussie-smollett-staged-his-attack-due-to-being-upset-with-his-empire-salary/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:49:28 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489111 Jussie Smollett turned himself into the Chicago Police early Thursday morning (Feb. 21). The Empire actor will have a court date at 1 p.m. Central time. It has been revealed that he also sent himself the threatening letter. The reason for all of this is because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.” The press and […]

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Jussie Smollett turned himself into the Chicago Police early Thursday morning (Feb. 21). The Empire actor will have a court date at 1 p.m. Central time. It has been revealed that he also sent himself the threatening letter. The reason for all of this is because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”

The press and people of Chicago were updated by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, stating that Smollett disrespected an entire city who embraced him as one of their own.

“I’m also concerned about what this means moving forward for hate crimes,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel issued a statement stating:

“A single individual who put their perceived self-interest ahead of these shared principles will never trump Chicago’s collective spirit.”

You can read the entire statement on the developing story below.

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LeBron James is the A&R of 2 Chainz’s New Album ‘Rap Or Go To The League’ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/lebron-james-is-ar-of-2-chainzs-new-album-rap-or-go-to-the-league/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/lebron-james-is-ar-of-2-chainzs-new-album-rap-or-go-to-the-league/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 15:37:18 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489098 The GOAT and the Hair Weave Killer create a classic? Set to be released on March 1st, 2 Chainz announced on IG that his latest project, Rap Or Go To The League, will have NBA living legend LeBron James serve as the project’s A&R.   View this post on Instagram   I HONESTLY HAD ONE […]

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The GOAT and the Hair Weave Killer create a classic?

Set to be released on March 1st, 2 Chainz announced on IG that his latest project, Rap Or Go To The League, will have NBA living legend LeBron James serve as the project’s A&R.

The Pretty Girls Love Trap Music rapper also shared some BTS footage of why the 14 track album originally had 16 tracks, but the GOAT suggested that they shave two of the songs and save them for a deluxe version of the album about a week later.

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SOURCE SPORTS: Breakdancing Could Make Its Olympic Debut At Paris 2024 http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/source-sports-breakdancing-could-make-its-olympic-debut-at-paris-2024/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/source-sports-breakdancing-could-make-its-olympic-debut-at-paris-2024/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:50:46 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489085 Reports have confirmed that organizers are proposing to have breakdancing to be included as a sport in the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The International Olympic Committee must make a final decision by December 2020 in regards to approving breakdancing as a sport. The other sports that are being considered are climbing, surfing and skateboarding. The […]

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Reports have confirmed that organizers are proposing to have breakdancing to be included as a sport in the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

The International Olympic Committee must make a final decision by December 2020 in regards to approving breakdancing as a sport. The other sports that are being considered are climbing, surfing and skateboarding.

The IOC likes the proposal, admitting that the proposal is part of the objective of making the Olympics great again.

“We are pleased to see that Paris 2024’s proposal for new sports to the Olympic program is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic program gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban,” an IOC statement read.

Meanwhile, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding are all set to make their Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 as additional events.

Squash, snooker and chess had also launched public bids for inclusion in Paris 2024 Olympic Games but will be disappointed by the announcement Thursday.

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The Carters Accepted Their BRIT Award #APESHIT Style http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/the-carters-accepted-their-brit-award-apeshit-style/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/the-carters-accepted-their-brit-award-apeshit-style/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:15:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489029 The Carters are the winners of the Best International Group at the 2019 BRIT Awards. While they were not present in the building, the superstar couple of JAY-Z and Beyonce made their presence felt with their acceptance video. As they accepted their award, they stood in front of a Meghan Markle portrait, reminiscent to their APESHIT […]

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The Carters are the winners of the Best International Group at the 2019 BRIT Awards. While they were not present in the building, the superstar couple of JAY-Z and Beyonce made their presence felt with their acceptance video.

As they accepted their award, they stood in front of a Meghan Markle portrait, reminiscent to their APESHIT visual. The duo was looking at the camera, eventually saying thank you to their fans and family and BRIT Awards for the honor.

“You guys have always been so supportive. Everything is love, thank you.” JAY-Z then says “You’re welcome” in a joking manner before they turn and face the portrait. A child, more than likely Blue, in the background says “Why?” It was so cute! The portrait of Meghan represents their support of the Queen.

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‘Empire’ May Suspend Jussie Smollett Following Felony Indictment http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/empire-may-suspend-jussie-smollett-following-felony-indictment/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/empire-may-suspend-jussie-smollett-following-felony-indictment/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:12:24 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489053 Prior to the criminal charges, reps for the Fox series Empire made statements that Jussie Smollett’s character would not be removed from the show, but after being charged with filing the false police report in the created and rehearsed hate attack, Smollett maybe removed from the TV drama. Sources close to the show’s producers say […]

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Prior to the criminal charges, reps for the Fox series Empire made statements that Jussie Smollett’s character would not be removed from the show, but after being charged with filing the false police report in the created and rehearsed hate attack, Smollett maybe removed from the TV drama.

Sources close to the show’s producers say that the producers have cut Smollett’s season 5 episode scenes back and are considering suspending him after receiving the news of his arrest.

Chicago PD have placed Smollett under arrest for today(February 21) for filing a false police report and is scheduled for a court hearing at 2:30 pm EST.

TheSource.com will bring you updates on this story as it develops.

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Young Nudy Granted Bond from Dekalb County Jail http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/young-nudy-granted-bond-from-dekalb-county-jail/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/young-nudy-granted-bond-from-dekalb-county-jail/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 14:05:30 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489021 On Wednesday, Young Nudy was released from jail after he was granted bond at Dekalb County. The bond put up by the rapper was for $100,000. If you can recall on Sunday, February 3 that 21 Savage and he went to jail at the same time but with different charges. 21 Savage was arrested by […]

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On Wednesday, Young Nudy was released from jail after he was granted bond at Dekalb County. The bond put up by the rapper was for $100,000. If you can recall on Sunday, February 3 that 21 Savage and he went to jail at the same time but with different charges. 21 Savage was arrested by ICE, as not being an American citizen, and Nudy’s arrest was gun-related.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nudy’s attorney won’t be held accountable for the gun charges.

Once 21 was released and won’t be guilty of the charges, fans were asking where is Nudy. Of course, he was charged but early Wednesday morning, DJ Real BJ tweeted “My brother on his way home! Nudy free thank Big God!”

We hope to hear the Atlanta rapper soon with music with him being home.

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BREAKING NEWS: Actor Jussie Smollett turns himself into Chicago Police! http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/jussie-smollett-turns-himself-in/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/jussie-smollett-turns-himself-in/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:34:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489036 Actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in early Thursday morning at central booking after being indicted on Wednesday February 20, 2019.

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Actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in early Thursday morning at central booking after being indicted on Wednesday February 20, 2019, according to Chicago PD. Less than a month ago, Smollett was a victim of a very disturbing hate crime which has now turned into a felony.

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has turned himself in to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck.” –Chicago PD

Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi stated that “the charges were approved by the Cook County State’s Attorney Office and Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest.” The 36 year-old actor is expected to appear in court later today after a morning news conference held by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Jussie could be looking at up to three years in prison as well as being held financially responsible for the cost of the investigation into his report of his beating.

According to CNN, Prosecutors stated that “Smollett’s transformation from victim to suspect in a reported attack that captured national headlines came on the same day that a high- ranking police source said Chicago detectives were working to obtain the actor’s financial records”.

On Wednesday February 20th a Cook County grand jury met, just a few weeks after Jussie reported being a victim of a hate crime which led to a statement released by his attorney.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

A bail hearing is set to happen at 1:30 p.m. CT time today. Stay tuned while this story continues to unfold…

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Today in Hip-Hop History: DJ Quik Drops His Third Album ‘Safe + Sound’ 24 Years Ago http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/today-in-hip-hop-history-dj-quik-drops-his-third-album-safe-sound-24-years-ago/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/today-in-hip-hop-history-dj-quik-drops-his-third-album-safe-sound-24-years-ago/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:25:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489041 On this day in 1995, Compton’s own DJ Quik released his third album entitled Safe + Sound. Released on Profile Records, it peaked at number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA by July 11. Executive produced by Suge Knight, the LP featured the singles “Dollaz & Sense” […]

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On this day in 1995, Compton’s own DJ Quik released his third album entitled Safe + Sound. Released on Profile Records, it peaked at number 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA by July 11. Executive produced by Suge Knight, the LP featured the singles “Dollaz & Sense” and “Safe + Sound”.

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Jussie Smollett’s False Claims Latest in America’s History of Hoax Cases http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/smollett-false-mericas-history-of-hoax/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/21/smollett-false-mericas-history-of-hoax/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:24:43 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=489008 As Jussie Smollett is charged with a felony count of disorderly conduct, his hoax seems small compared to other major hoaxes in America's recent history.

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As the drama of Jussie Smollett plays out in a more dramatic fashion than an episode of his hit series Empire, the actor and singer is finding himself in the hot seat as he was officially indicted Wednesday night by an Illinois grand jury which alleges that he actually staged the assault he reported to Chicago police in January. He was charged with a felony count of disorderly conduct. The announcement follows news report and statements from the Chicago police department that called Smollett’s story into question.

The FBI estimates there are roughly 400 cases of hoax emergency calls every year, but few make headlines in such a dramatic fashion as did Smollett’s story, which had all the headline-grabbing elements of 2019: homophobia, racism, political tension. Yet while Smollett might have cost the city of Chicago a great deal of manpower and resources, his hoax remains relatively tame compared to other major hoaxes or false alarms in America’s recent history.

Susan Smith, false claim of kidnapping, 1994

In October 1994, South Carolina mother of two Susan Smith frantically called the police, claiming that an armed black man had hijacked her car with her two sons inside. She provided a police sketch and an extensive manhunt ensued throughout the southeast. A little over a week later, Smith admitted to drowning her sons by putting them in her car and letting it roll into John D. Long Lake. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2024.

Duke Lacrosse Players, falsely accused of rape, 2006

In March 2006, Crystal Gail Mangum, working as a stripper and escort at the time, accused Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans, all members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team, of raping her at a party held in March of 2006. Like the Smollett case, Durham District Attorney Nifong suggested that the alleged rape was a hate crime as the accused were white and the alleged victim was Black. In response to the allegations, Duke University suspended the lacrosse team for two games on March 28, 2006. A week later, Duke lacrosse coach Mike Pressler was forced to resign under threat by athletic director Joe Alleva. Duke  canceled the remainder of the 2006 lacrosse season. The case drew passionate responses from the media, faculty groups, students, the community, and others, sparking debate about racism, media bias, and “rape culture” on college campuses. 

On April 11, 2007, following an extensive investigation, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper dropped all charges and declared the three lacrosse players innocent of the rape allegations. Cooper stated that the players were victims of a “tragic rush to accuse.” The lead prosecutor, Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong was ultimately forced to resign.

Yet while names are cleared and cases settled, feeling aren’t so easy to turn on and off. For a year, many people believed the Duke players were rapists. For a month, the public lived in fear of unnamed carjackers/kidnappers, causing heightened suspicion towards young black men in North Carolina. For a month, the city of Chicago remained synonymous with bigotry and hate. All cases did a serious disservice to actual cases of domestic violence, kidnapping, rape, and hate crimes, doing serving as nothing more than to provide a sensational story- and doing absolutely nothing to solve the real problems facing our country.

Ashley Todd, false claim of political assault, 2008

In October 2008, less than two weeks before the 2008 presidential election, Ashley Todd, a volunteer for Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign, claimed to have been assaulted and robbed in a politically motivated attack by an Obama supporter. She claimed that her attacker was a “six-foot-four African American of medium build, dressed in dark clothes wearing shiny shoes.” Yet following an investigation, surveillance photos and a polygraph test showed that she fabricated the story. She was charged with filing a false police report, and entered a probation program for first-time offenders.

Yasmin Seweid, false claim of racial attack, 2016

In December of 2016, college student Yasmin Seweid claimed that three white men attacked her on a New York City Subway, tearing the hijab from her head, yelling “Donald Trump” and other anti-Islamic slurs. Following an investigation, Seweid admitted to making up the story because she didn’t want to get in trouble for breaking her curfew after being out late drinking with friends- including a Christian boyfriend. She was charged by the New York City police department for filing a false report and sentenced to six months of counseling and three days of community service. If she fulfills the terms of her deal, the more egregious charges will be dropped and her crimes will be reduced to a single violation.

Tyler Barriss, false claim of a hostage situation, 2017

In late 2017, following a dispute with a fellow online gamer, Barris called the authorities on 28-year-old Andrew Finch, alleging that Finch had shot his father in the head and was holding his mother and a sibling at gunpoint. A police SWAT team responded to the call, which turned out to be a hoax, and subsequently shot and killed Finch. Barriss pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges involving not just the hoax towards Finch, but also numerous fake bomb threats, murders, and other violence reported at schools, shopping centers, TV stations, homes and government buildings across the country. He is awaiting sentencing in Kansas.

 

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Michael Rapaport Regrets Calling Meek Mill A ‘Trash Rapper’: ‘I Should Not Have Used That Word’ http://thesource.com/2019/02/20/michael-rapaport-meek-mill-trash-rapper/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/20/michael-rapaport-meek-mill-trash-rapper/#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:01:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=488997 After calling Meek Mill a “trash rapper” on Twitter during his 2019 NBA-All Star performance, and getting hurdled with a disgraced response, Michael Rapaport has expressed regret in his commentary. The actor called into Sway in the Morning on Tuesday to explain his recent rant with Sway and Heather B and took back his use […]

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After calling Meek Mill a “trash rapper” on Twitter during his 2019 NBA-All Star performance, and getting hurdled with a disgraced response, Michael Rapaport has expressed regret in his commentary.

The actor called into Sway in the Morning on Tuesday to explain his recent rant with Sway and Heather B and took back his use of the word “trash” to describe the talent of Meek Mill and used his trait of bleak hip-hop judgment as an excuse. “I should not have used that word. He’s absolutely not a trash rapper,” said Rapaport. “I shouldn’t use that word. It was wrong and it wasn’t the right word. He’s not a trash rapper. I can’t say it and I wish I could take that word back. I’m harsh with my Hip Hop opinions and it’s the wrong word and it’s just not valid, it’s not true and it’s not reasonable. It was a stupid word to use.”

He continued to explain his reason behind the lengthy rant to whom he placed the blame on hip-hop bloggers and critics. He expressed how he felt as though their voices were technically irrelevant as hip-hop writer and critic is not one of the core elements of hip-hop culture. He ultimately revealed his sense of hurt over the well-documented case of culture vulture identification plagued by hip-hop critics.

“The thing that led me to carry on is these so-called Hip Hop bloggers, these culture critics, what are the four elements of Hip Hop? Nowhere in the elements of Hip Hop is there anything about a blogger or a fucking culture critics … listen, these mother fuckers … and all this culture vulture shit. I’ll quote the great Mantronix, ‘It’s for black, Puerto Ricans and the white people, too.’ This is an inclusive music.”

Rapaport went on to single out “fair-weather Meek Mill fans” who he says did not support the Philly rap star during his 2015 feud with Drake. When asked by Sway why he was focused on the now squashed feud- since the two have even gone on to do a collab, he claimed he was on Meek Mill’s side during the battle and went back to questioning the loyalty of the “Going Bad” rapper’s fan base. “I was rooting for Meek Mill to bury him in a battle form.” He continued, “These fans, where were you when they were dissing this guy calling him Mr. Minaj…”

In the light of Meek Mill and Michael Rapaport’s Twitter scuffle, Mill’s fan base was transparent on social media defending the transparency of his talent as a rapper. It is likely Meek’s fan base showing out has influenced Rapaport’s apology, but the Higher Learner actor seems to have concurrent beef with his critique being critiqued.

Watch Michael Rapaport’s call into Sway in the Morning, below.

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R. Kelly’s Ditches His West Side Chicago Studio http://thesource.com/2019/02/20/r-kelly-leaves-studio/ http://thesource.com/2019/02/20/r-kelly-leaves-studio/#respond Wed, 20 Feb 2019 22:00:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=488948 R. Kelly has tapped out on being a tenant of the warehouse on Chicago’s West Side that holds his studio. Lawyers for the troubled R&B singer have revealed Kelly will no longer use it for recording purposes. Near the top of February, the access for the singer to use the facility was restricted to being […]

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R. Kelly has tapped out on being a tenant of the warehouse on Chicago’s West Side that holds his studio. Lawyers for the troubled R&B singer have revealed Kelly will no longer use it for recording purposes.

Near the top of February, the access for the singer to use the facility was restricted to being between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., however, he opposed the order stating that he was the most creative at night. To beef up his claim, R. Kelly likened his creative process and who he was as an artist to that of Beethoven and more.

R. Kelly and his legal counsel cited the extra attention on the singer in 2019 from the documentary where women chronicle decades of his sexual misconduct and the headlines that followed as the driving force.

“R. Kelly can never be creative and do his job under these circumstances which leaves him no choice but to leave his building,” the statement revealed.

The recording studio added to the singer’s troubles as of late. Beyond facing a substantial amount of fines, the location had the police called to the building after a news crew from Atlanta states to have seen the singer on the premises after the hours that were allowed. The crew details that a member of Kelly’s entourage stole the key fob from their rental car in response.

Away from the building, R. Kelly is facing more heat as a new sex tape has been provided to the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office, which reportedly shows him engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl.

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