Illinois and New York passed new marijuana legislation that will result in more than 1 million minor cannabis-related cases being expunged. Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday (June 25), while New York passed a bill decriminalizing small amounts the substance on last Thursday (June 20).
The new Illinois law will allow resident adults to buy and possess up to 30 grams cannabis as well as purchase marijuana edibles. Money raised from marijuana sales taxes, which will depend on the potency, will first go toward expunging roughly 770,000 criminal cases, according to USA Today. Leftover funds will be diverted to drug treatment and enforcement programs, mental health services and the state’s general fund.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker hopes expungement and legalization will continue to reform a system that disproportionately targets minorities. State regulators will also give priority to minority individuals seeking business licenses for growing marijuana.
Illinois is making history once again. I’m signing the most equity-centric cannabis legalization in the nation, recognizing and addressing the past harms discriminatory drug laws.
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) June 25, 2019
While still not recreationally legal, the decriminalization marijuana in New York will allow about 900,000 low-level marijuana arrests over the past 20 years to be expunged. The new law will enable individuals to avoid criminal penalties for holding less than two ounces weed.
Illinois marijuana sales will begin January 1, 2020.
New York, NY – Charlamagne Tha God has had plenty tense interviews in his career, but one stands out above the rest. During an appearance on Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj’s, the Breakfast Club host picked Nelly as his most heated on-air confrontation with an artist.
“The most obvious answer would be the Birdman interview when he came in there with like six or seven guys and then all the goons filed out in a single file line, like they walked out in single file line,” Charlamagne said. “But actually, the most intense one where I was like, ‘Aight, this dude might knock my head f,’ was Nelly.”
He added, “You gotta think, Nelly is an athletic brother. He’s in shape, and he was very calm. And he just looked at me and he said to me, ‘You know I keep retainers for guys like you, cuz.’ I understand that talk.”
Charlamagne was asked why he received such a strong reaction from Nelly. The radio veteran recalled the situation, which involved a very blunt assessment the diamond-selling rapper’s career at that time.
“It was him being cold,” Charlamagne explained. “I used to do this thing called ‘The Freezer.’ And I was like, ‘You’re ice cold right now as a recording artist.’ He was actually on the show for the segment]. During the interview, I told him it was cold to his face.”
Charlamagne never issued an apology, but he did take heed Nelly’s warning.
“I didn’t apologize, I just shut the hell up,” he noted. “You just gotta know when to shut the fuck up.”
Revisit the infamous interview above.
Los Angeles, CA – With nearly 40 million followers, Snoop Dogg is one the most entertaining public figures on Instagram. On Sunday, (June 23) he flexed his social media muscle on comedian Haha Davis’ photo with North Carolina rapper DaBaby.
“Go where I want I’m good,” he captioned the photo the two standing side by side.
Snoop jumped in the comments with a haymaker remark on the somewhat visible resemblance between the two.
“Y’all got the same daddy,” he commented in cold comedy blood.
Multi-platinum producer Rick Rock recently spoke about being a part some the most legendary studio sessions and the first time he met Tupac on the Murder Master Music Show.
In an interview published on June 6 by Underground Society, Rock discusses his involvement in the recording process Pac’s controversial hit “Hit ‘Em Up,” the late rappers decision to name drop Xzibit and Chino XL and the “Ain’t Hard 2 Find” studio session that involved E-40, B-Legit, C-Bo, Richie Rich and D-Shot.
“I was with Mike Mosley and we all caravanned from the Bay. It was me, Mike Mosely, C-Bo, and Richie Rich to get with Pac. We went to Death Row studios and he is playing us the album. Right after that, he said, ‘let’s do a song,’ and he was talking to 40 and C-Bo and all them. I use to carry SP12 discs with me, 1200 discs, so in the studio, they had a 1200. While they were waiting I just loaded up, I put a disc in, pressed play and Pac said, ‘what’s that?’ and I said, ‘that’s you!’ It was that ‘Tradin’ War Stories’ song, Pac wrote his raps so fast!”
“I was there when he recorded, ‘Hit ‘Em Up,’ where he was like, ‘I’ll make sure all your kids don’t grow!’ I seen the Outlawz come in and tell them about whoever was saying something – Chino XL or somebody else like, Xzibit saying something. So, they was talking about that so he went in there and recorded it.”
The beef between Chino XL and Tupac began after Chino name-dropped the West Coast rapper on his 1996 debut album, Here to Save You All.
Chino’s opening verse in the song, “Riiiot!” included the line, “By this industry, I’m trying to not get fucked like 2Pac in jail.”
“It was right after the confrontation at the Soul Train Awards with Pac and Biggie and them. They came back to Can-Am studio] and me and Mike was still in there working on a beat for them. Left Eye was in there, Goodie Mob was up in there! That shit was crazy.”
You can listen to the full episode here.
Never one to hold her tongue, Asian Da Brat voiced her displeasure with A$AP Ferg removing her verse from his new single “Wigs.” While she did mention that there is no love lost for Ferg, the 22-year-old rapper believes he made a major oversight by not keeping her on the song.
The artist formerly known as Asian Doll tweeted, “I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me f “WIG” was a big mistake … I BODIED THIS SHIT IN MY SLEEP.” Along with the post, was a video her and the A$AP vet in the studio rocking to her verse.
— Asian Da Brat (@AsianDaBrattt) June 25, 2019
Fans speculated the friction between the 1017 artist and Yung Miami caused her to be replaced. The released version “Wigs” features the City Girls and ANTHA. The two female entertainers briefly engaged in an indirect social media confrontation over writing lyrics versus having ghostwriters.
We be writing our shit @theestallion 🤷🏽♀️
— Asian Da Brat (@AsianDaBrattt) June 2, 2019
I’m mad he took her f … I feel like everybody got something against her .. and I want smoke about it https://t.co/vrJG0mO7ux
— Pimp T 💙 (@Tshantell98) June 25, 2019
Right cz yung M was already on the track as well idk why they mad mayb he took her f bcz the beef wt the i write my own raps post asian made 🤷🏽♀️
— Hair Beau'TiQue (@rainbo2) June 25, 2019
This is not the first time Asian Da Brat has tweeted her concerns. She posted in May wishing she was an independent artist still and unsigned. In the same month, the Dallas native also revealed her sister was shot.
According to Deadline, the two rappers have landed roles in the upcoming television reboot the anthology Creepshow.
Big Boi is featured in an episode titled “The Man in the Suitcase,” which is written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner. Cudi will star in an episode called “Bad Wolf Down” written and directed by Rob Schrab.
The original Creepshow film was helmed by two icons the horror genre, Night Of The Living Dead director George A. Romero and best-selling author Stephen King. The movie was released in 1982 and spawned a sequel, Creepshow 2, in 1987.
The TV version Creepshow will debut on Shudder, a streaming service that specializes in horror, later this year. Greg Nicotero, a director/producer for the hit show The Walking Dead, is serving as the showrunner.
Over the weekend, we watched Lil Kim hit the stage and kill sh*t next to her sis Mary J. Blige, who was honored at the 2019 BET Awards. In true MJB fashion the legend performed her own tribute and toward the end, Kim came out to rap her verse on their joint effort “I Can Love You.” It was an amazing moment in music — even Rihanna caught a vibe, not to mention tabloids are still talking about it days later.
As we honor the greats who’ve paved the way, we want to highlight the new wave of rap queens who are being ushered in. Cardi B, for example, won Viewer’s Choice and Best Female Hip Hop Artist that night. Megan Thee Stallion recently dropped her critically acclaimed project, Fever, and has us all prepping for a Hot Girl summer, indeed.
We would be remiss if we didn’t also mention Rapsody in all her glory, as well as Tierra Whack and Rico Nasty, who were both featured on this year’s XXL Freshman Class cover. It’s been a long time since Hip Hop saw so many women coming together going hard in rap and as Black Music Month comes to a close, we’re here to celebrate it.
Take the quiz below to see which millennial rap queen you get.
When the news broke Michael Jackson had died on June 25, 2009, Twitter, AOL IM and Wikipedia all crashed. The King Of Pop was arguably the biggest star in the world and his death impacted millions people across the globe.
Despite the seemingly endless controversy surrounding Jackson, his death was one the sadder moments in pop culture history, with thousands mourners simultaneously grieving his sudden passing.
According to CBS News, fans have left more than 18,000 roses outside the Jackson’s mausoleum at Forest Lawn Cemetery in California where he rests.
WATCH: Tuesday marks 10 years since Michael Jackson died. Fans gathered at Forest Lawn Cemetery in California where more than 18,000 roses and other tributes to Jackson have been placed outside the mausoleum where the "King Pop" is buried pic.twitter.com/i49xOTq6rx
— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) June 25, 2019
In November 2009, Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was found guilty involuntary manslaughter for prescribing drugs that ultimately led to Jackson’s demise.
A jury seven men and five women took two days to come to the verdict. Although Murray was charged with the lowest possible homicide fense, Judge Michael Pastor denied probation and gave Murray the maximum sentence four years in prison.
On the 10th anniversary his death, fans and celebrities alike are paying tribute to the iconic singer on social media. In fact, #RIPMICHAELJACKSON is currently a trending topic on Twitter.
Check out some the reactions below.
“The meaning life is contained in every single expression life. It is present in the infinity forms and phenomena that exist in all creation.” – @michaeljackson💭 #ForeverInOurHearts #MJ pic.twitter.com/QF1iCNwEZD
— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) June 25, 2019
It appears the movement to cancel Michael Jackson didn’t really take. Just from what I’m seeing. Am I wrong?
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) June 25, 2019
— Malik Obama (@Malik_obansa) June 25, 2019
— Steve Harvey Radio (@SteveHarveyFM) June 25, 2019
— Carlos Granda (@abc7carlos) June 25, 2019
— Thriller Live (@ThrillerLive) June 25, 2019
Michael Jackson (8/29/58-6/25/09)
10 Years Today. Depending on which side the Fence you’re on, this Man has amazed and horrified the Entire World. His Life and Legacy will forever carry an asterisk next to it along with question marks we’ll never truly understand. pic.twitter.com/Ax49qRaY4r
— 80sThen80sNow (@80sThen80sNow) June 25, 2019
Michael Jackson Will Not Ever Be Muted Or Forgotten! His Genius Will Live Forever. Younger and Younger Generations are Following Michael Now! LONG MAY THE KING OF POP REIGN! 👑♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/324fRKjYvs
— Brenda Harvey Richie (@BrendaRichie) June 25, 2019
— Five Times August (@FiveTimesAugust) June 25, 2019
— heaven. (@satanshawtyy) June 25, 2019
"Fame can be imprisoning. But the best part being Michael Jackson is that I know I can interact with millions people, and in that interaction, we exchange something…which is LOVE. It is exhilarating. It is magic." Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/DzEeTcb86D
— INNOCENT KING OF POP (@teelawon4ever) June 25, 2019
I will always listen to your music.
I will always love you.
I will always be your fan.
You will always be in my heart.
💔💔 #10YearsWithoutMichaelJackson #RIPMichaelJackson @michaeljackson pic.twitter.com/R9SlKroX9u
— Aaricia (@narryciaaa) June 25, 2019
“𝘈 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘦. 𝘐𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘯𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘢 𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘴𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦.”
― Michael Jackson, Dancing the Dream 1992]#10YearsWithoutMichaelJackson #HonorMJ pic.twitter.com/OedwNMCqco
— kapowski (@santikapowski) June 25, 2019
Bucharest, Romania remembers Michael Jackson with a beautiful display paintings and flowers placed beside a monument dedicated to his memory. #10YearsWithoutMichaelJackson ❤️🙏(Video by: @Simona1979) pic.twitter.com/HSAGlc2CLK
— MJJLegion ♕ (@MJJLegion) June 25, 2019
Boston, MA – Don Trag, the 22-year-old rapper from Massachusetts that was severely beaten by DaBaby’s security team last month outside Centro Nightclub, is now suing the “Suge” rapper, according to TMZ.
Trag claims DaBaby did not “adequately train his team bodyguards” and was aware their “violent tendencies” when he ordered the attack. He sustained serious injuries to his eyes, head, neck, and spine and experienced major brain and neck swelling, in addition to slipping into a coma following the attack.
HipHopDX originally reported the altercation occurred when he approached DaBaby and requested a photo. Trag was initially treated at Lawrence General Hospital and released, but was rushed to another Boston-area hospital after collapsing at his mother’s home.
Court documents show that Trag accumulated nearly $30,000 in hospital bills and anticipates another $75,000 in expenses in the near future. He is currently suing DaBaby for damages.
Watch the clip the altercation below.
Right f the bat, the Grammy-nominated lyricist was impressed by King Mez’s lines from his Data Plan .002 cut, “MF+G.”
“The last line is what took it all away: ‘I rap like a bitch with a million followers.’ That’s an ill way to say how confident you are,” she says.
Rapsody settled on a 2.5 for DaBaby‘s “Suge (Yea Yea)” lyrics and recognized another North Carolina native, J. Cole’s, verses right away in his 2018 freestyle, “Album the Year.”
“Man, this is ill right here. I gotta say, this a Cole line?” she asks, before awarding him a 4.5.
Tyga’s “Startender” line, ‘Got the rims so biggie that my tires look skinny,” got a laugh and a 4 from Rapsody.
“Homie’s real confident in his bars, but I like how he describes his confidence,” she adds.
The lowest ranking went to Bhad Bhabie’s lyrics, “I ain’t nothin’ like these hoes / Don’t compare me to no one / Money green like a CeeLo / Yeah, my pocket so swole up” from her single “These Heaux.”
“I ain’t even gonna try to break that down,” Rapsody says. “I ain’t gonna give you a one, but I’ll give you a one and a half… Who wrote that? Yeah, that’s bad.”
Rapsody recalled Kendrick’s bars from their collaborated Laila’s Wisdom cut, “Power,” giving him a 5.
“The best thing about Kendrick is his rhyme scheme,” she says. “You could teach a course on these lines, that’s how in-depth they are.”
She also broke down her own lyrics on “Sojourner,” her J. Cole-assisted single from last year.
“I’m the author that,” she says. “When you really write the bars, you know the bars.”
Phonte earned praise for his verses on Drake’s 2007 “Think Good Thoughts.”
“That’s bars!” she says. “This is a 6. Phonte one the best ever to do it… I used to ride around and study Phonte, like the depth his lyrics.”
Rapsody closes the segment by calling Lauryn Hill the G.O.A.T. and comparing her “Lost Ones” lines to The Color Purple. She also gives frequent collaborator and Grammy-nominated producer 9th Wonder, known by his rap name 9th Matic, props for his storytelling bars on “Make It Big.”
Check out her Rate The Bars episode above.
Houston, TX – Before Bushwick Bill’s untimely passing, the Geto Boys MC was extremely concerned about taking care his four children. He wanted to make sure they were financially secure. In response to many fans inquiring about how they can help, his family has taken action.
Earlier this month, the family launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to raise $100,000 for numerous reasons — not solely for Bushwick’s funeral as previously reported. They clarified their intentions in an Instagram post.
“There’s been some confusion due to false reports, in regards to the intent the GoFundMe page,” the caption reads. “It appears that many people have either not read the description on the page (photo 2), or just completely misunderstood the context. This amount wasn’t configured solely for the funeral expenses, hence why it’s not even listed in that category nor mentioned on there.”
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There’s been some confusion due to false reports, in regards to the intent the GoFundMe page. It appears that many people have either not read the description on the page (photo 2), or just completely misunderstood the context. This amount wasn’t configured solely for the funeral expenses, hence why it’s not even listed in that category nor mentioned on there. The description clearly states that the Bushwick Bill Fund was created in his honor by the family for 2 reasons: To provide everyone who inquired about how they can help out/where they can donate with a trustworthy place to give directly to us (to help with ALL the expenses his), and also to fulfill his final wish that his kids are taken care with what he wanted them to have (originally from the tour that was canceled.) This was created to combat all the fake/unauthorized events composed by random people claiming proceeds would be donated to the family. It’s unfortunate and insensitive that people are going so far to misconstrue this entire situation and create some kind messy scandal out it. We hope this clears things up for you all, and we appreciate the support. Sincerely, The Family #bushwickbill #vladtv #news #update @vladtv
The caption continued, “The description clearly states that the Bushwick Bill Fund was created in his honor by the family for 2 reasons: To provide everyone who inquired about how they can help out/where they can donate with a trustworthy place to give directly to us (to help with ALL the expenses his), and also to fulfill his final wish that his kids are taken care with what he wanted them to have (originally from the tour that was canceled.)
“This was created to combat all the fake/unauthorized events composed by random people claiming proceeds would be donated to the family. It’s unfortunate and insensitive that people are going so far to misconstrue this entire situation and create some kind messy scandal out it. We hope this clears things up for you all, and we appreciate the support. Sincerely, The Family.”
In the campaign’s description, the family reiterated it was the only “ficial” fundraising campaign for the late Houston rap icon.
“This was created in response to the hundreds people that have reached out and inquired about how they can help, as well as to combat the recent fake/unauthorized memorial events being promoted and claiming to donate proceeds to the family,” the description reads. “ALL donations will be contributed toward his family’s expenses, as well as carry out Bill’s final wish that his 4 kids are financially taken care .”
The 52-year-old rapper died in a Houston hospital on the evening June 9 after being diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in February. In the days leading up to his death, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and never made it out.
In the last 10 days, Bushwick’s family has raised just $435. Head here to donate to the GoFundMe campaign.
Beverly Hills, CA – A year has passed since Lecrae dropped the Zaytoven-assisted album Let The Trap Say Amen and speaking with HipHopDX at the 4th Annual Culture Creators Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch in Beverly Hills, he has more plans under his sleeve as well outside music.
“It’s been busy in the tech space and film while trying to knock out this album at the same time is a lot work,” he said. “We’re about 40 percent done with the project.”
For Lecrae’s segway into Hollywood behind the camera, he started his own film production company that’ll exist on both major and indie collaborations.
“We started a film company Three Strands Films and we have a couple films on the docket right now,” he explained. “We’re working with an independent company and Sony Pictures so stay tuned.”
On the tech side things, Lecrae invested in Grammy Award-winning sound engineer Jacob “Biz” Morris’ start-up MXD. The service essentially allows artists to get music mixed and mastered by A.I. algorithms for a fraction the price.
“I love technology so I’ve always been into the tech space,” Lecrae explained. “It’s basically artificial intelligence but working to make the music industry work a lot better. Independent artist can be able to mix their projects without worrying too much about cost.”
When it comes to the music side things, Reach Records recently signed Wande as the label’s first female artist.
According to Lecrae, it was the right time.
“We’ve been around for 15 years and have multiple awards, recognition and Grammys,” he explained. “We’ve done all these things and there wasn’t gender equality happening. We thought it was time to really let the ladies shine. We found Wande and built that out.”
Alongside Lecrae wanting to have a female voice, he mentioned the idea transcendence in pop culture happening in regards to faith and spirituality.
“It’s more an open dialogue now,” he said. “We got Chance The Rapper], Kanye West] and Kirk Franklin being involved. The things I’ve been able to do or look at Tasha Cobbs working with Nicki Minaj. I think people are pretty open to it and Wande has a great future ahead her.”
That level transparency displayed by Lecrae sometimes leads to controversy including some comments made following Alabama’s recent ban on abortions. On Twitter, the Houston-native even admitted to paying for an abortion once.
I’ve paid for an abortion. I regret it. I won’t pretend I’m fully educated on the policy nuances or women’s experiences. I just don’t seem to hear the voices crying against the murder children inside the womb, crying about those outside the womb
— Lecrae (@lecrae) May 16, 2019
Despite catching flack for the controversial tweet, Lecrae says he wasn’t attempting to pick a political side to the issue but, give a nuanced explanation based on his own experience.
“All the issues are important to me,” said the Grammy Award-winner admitted. “I wasn’t trying to ring a political bell but, there are a lot issues that we should be concerned about. A lot times, we focus on one single solitary issue and ignore things are very parallel to it. If you care about people, care about them from the womb to the tomb.
“The whole way through.”