Saturday, June 23, 2018

YG Sued by Fan for Assault, Battery and Theft

YG has found himself in hot water after reportedly being hit with a lawsuit for assault, battery and theft, TMZ reports.
In the suit, a male fan claims to have approached the "Suu Whoop" rapper to take a photo as him and his entourage were strolling through the casino area of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas last month. YG, however, allegedly refused to do so and then began cursing out the fan. What followed the berating of the fan appears to have escalated rather quickly.
According to the defendant, he began to walk away until the Compton native allegedly ordered his posse to “get him.” The fan then claims that YG’s entourage assaulted him. YG apparently stole the gold chain around the fan's neck as well as its diamond-laced pendant, and quickly fled the scene. The defendant is seeking $250,000 in damages and is also reportedly suing the Cosmopolitan Hotel for inadequate security.

While YG has yet to comment on the harrowing situation, the "Twist My Fingaz" rapper has been gearing up for the arrival of his forthcoming album Stay Dangerous. Back in February, YG shared the project's title as well as the lead single during his The Boogie All-Star Weekend event. Since the announcement, the rapper has yet to follow up with more details regarding a release date. However, early Thursday afternoon (June 21), YG shared that he will be taking over Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on August 5 to the further promote the album with his Stay Dangerous live concert.

Quavo Earns Songwriter of the Year at 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards

To cap off a successful half-year, Quavo took home the award for Songwriter of the Year at the 2018 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday night (June 21) in Los Angeles.
The Migos member was honored thanks to some of the hits he penned which include Migos' "Bad and Boujee," "Slippery" and "T-Shirt," as well as DJ Khaled's "I'm the One." Quavo also wasn't the only Migos member to be honored, as the entire group took home the Vanguard Award, which recognizes "the impact of new and developing musical genres, which help shape the future of music."
Offset also stepped in for his pregnant fiancée, Cardi B, who was given the ASCAP Urban award for "Bodak Yellow" but was unable to attend. Offset accepted the award on her behalf and posed on stage with the award as her song played in the background.
Up next for Quavo and the Migos crew, the rapper has hinted at solo projects from the three. During the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Huncho said the trio was busy at work and said fans should be on the lookout for new music.

While the rapper wouldn't reveal any release dates, he did say a project from DJ Durel would be dropping in the summer and will feature some of the solo songs from him, Offset and Takeoff.
"We got a lot of projects coming this summer," Quavo said. "This July we got DJ Durel; he gonna be releasing a lot of our solo songs on his album. So, we do got solo singles that's coming this summer."

Bruce Bowen rips Kawhi Leonard: 'Not one time has he said anything'

Bruce Bowen, who won three NBA titles with the San Antonio Spurs, took Kawhi Leonard to task for his dealings with the team this year, saying, "There's nothing but excuses going on."
Speaking on Sirius XM NBA Radio on Thursday night, Bowen said: "First, it was, 'Well I was misdiagnosed.' Look here: You got $18 million this year, and you think that they're trying to rush you? You didn't play for the most part a full season this year. And you're the go-to guy, you're the franchise and you want to say that they didn't have your best interest at heart? Are you kidding me?"
Leonard played just nine games this season because of a quad injury. News of his desire for a trade surfaced last week after he told confidants he no longer wanted to play in San Antonio.

"I think he's getting bad advice," Bowen said. "I think what you're starting to see now is an individual given a certain amount of advice, and it's not the right advice. Here it is: You were protected in San Antonio. You were able to come up during a time where you still could lean on Tim [Duncan] Tony [Parker] and Manu [Ginobili]."
Bowen was a fixture in the starting lineup and on All-Defensive teams as San Antonio won championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007. The former ESPN analyst is now a game analyst on LA Clippers broadcasts.
Bowen said Leonard has not been forthcoming about his issues with the team.
"Not one time has Kawhi come out and said anything to the effect of, 'You know what, hey, I really enjoy being in San Antonio.' Or, 'I can't stand what's going on here in San Antonio,' " Bowen said. "Not one time has he said anything."
Bowen also said he thought Leonard's decision to rehab in New York instead of with the team was a problem.
"As a player, if I'm a leader of a team, my team goes on the road in the playoffs, I'm with my guys," he said. "Because that's what it's all about. It's about camaraderie. It's about fellowship. It's a brotherhood. When that didn't happen, it's all kinds of sirens and alarm signals that says to me, 'Is this person fully vested?' ... I don't want to take on a player who's not willing to support his guys during the course of their time needing him."
Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said Thursday night that the franchise's desire is to keep the disgruntled Leonard in the fold but that the club "will explore all of our options."

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jay-Z Named as Puma’s President of Basketball Operations

Jay-Z makes his latest in what's been a two-decade string of big moves. Today (June 18), the rapper was named Puma's new President of Basketball Operations. A rep for Puma confirmed as much with XXL earlier today.
According to the rep, Hov, who founded his own sports agency back in 2013, will assist the brand in every aspect of their re-entry into the basketball shoe portion of the industry, helping with "player signings, product design, and marketing strategy."
This news arrives on the heels of Puma announcing the signing of bluechip NBA prospects like University of Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III, and Texas Tech's Zhaire Smith. With Hov steering the ship and these three players NBA lottery-bound players all aligned with the brand, it looks like Puma could be up to some big things in the very near future.
In related news, Jay is now just two days removed from dropping his long-rumored joint album with his wife BeyoncĂ©. The project, which finds the power couple operating under the duo name, The Carters, is titled Everything Is Love. Checking in at nine tracks, the LP, which features production from Cool & Dre, Pharrell has been the talk of Twitter for the last two days. Hov and Bey are currently in the midst of their On the Run II Tour. Clearly, Mr. Shawn Carter is doing some big things.


XXXTentacion was fatally shot in Deerfield Beach, Florida on Monday (June 18). The rapper born Jahseh Onfroy was 20 years old.
According to TMZ, X was shot inside his vehicle while shopping for motorcycles. Witnesses told police that a Louis Vuitton bag was taken from the rapper's car. X was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead on Monday evening by the Broward Sheriff's office.
XXXTentacion's death follows a year in which the young artist experienced breakout commercial success that was frequently overshadowed by his alleged history of domestic violence. Onfroy was facing 15 felony charges, including counts of false imprisonment, aggravated battery of a pregnant woman and domestic battery by strangulation, for incidents involving his ex-girlfriend in 2016.
The rapper spent time in jail and on house arrest while awaiting trial for the charges. During this time he appeared in XXL's 2017 Freshman list and released his first two studio albums, 17 and ?. Both debuted strongly on the Billboard 200, with 17 reaching number two and ? peaking in March at number one. In May, Spotify temporarily banned the rapper's songs from its in-house playlists due to a policy change intended to curb the promotion of artists with alleged histories of hateful conduct.
Born and raised in Broward County, Fla., XXXTentacion built an early audience on SoundCloud with a strain of lo-fi rap featuring distorted bass and guitar riffs, abrasive melodic vocal approaches and melodramatic lyrics derived from punk and emo. He was reported to be working on a new album titled Skins.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

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Lil Wayne Released From Cash Money Records Deal With 10 Million Dollar Settlement

After a long legal battle and public back-and-forth, Lil Wayne has reportedly finally reached a settlement with Birdman, Cash Money and Universal Records. According to The Blast on June 7, Howard King, who is the "Vizine" rapper's attorney, filed a notice on May 23 with the court, revealing that all parties were ready to dismiss the suit, which releases Weezy from his Cash Money deal.

Conflicting reports about the exact dollar amount of the settlement are being circulated, though it's rumored to be more than $10 million. A source told the outlet that Birdman did not fork over any of the dough for the amount, as it was covered by Universal Records. The major label reportedly settled for the large sum of money due to their belief that they can recoup it from Drake and Nicki Minaj's forthcoming projects.

Weezy will also reportedly be able to release his long-awaited Tha Carter V album, but it will drop through Universal Records and not Cash Money, as he has finally severed ties with the veteran hip-hop imprint.

If you recall, the Wayne has been in a long legal battle with Birdman and Cash Money after originally suing them to void his recording contract. The veteran rapper claimed that the label owed him tens of millions of dollars, including an $8 million advance for Tha Carter V, as well as $2 million after the album was completed. Previously, it was reported that Weezy was also asking a judge to declare him the joint copyright holder of all of Young Money Entertainment recordings.
Now that he has been released of his contract, hopefully Lil Wayne can deliver his anticipated Tha Carter V album in the near future.