In an interview with VladTV, Knowles said two unidentified members the R&B quartet Jagged Edge sexually harassed Beyoncé and Rowland on a tour bus. The incident allegedly occurred while the two groups were on the road with Jon B, who toured with them in 1998.
The mastermind behind Destiny’s Child made the claim while discussing former members LaTa Roberson and LeToya Luckett’s exit from the group.
“That started from a poor decision that I made in putting … both Destiny’s Child and Jagged Edge on the same tour bus,” he told DJ Vlad. “Now remember, the girls are minors. They’re minors. They’re 16 years old. The guys are 21, 22 years old. I have a fiduciary duty with minors by the law. There’s a certain way I have to manage that.”
He continued, “I got a call from Kelly and Beyoncé — and I talk about this in the book in detail — saying that they were constantly being harassed by two the members Jagged Edge. And I couldn’t have that. And I literally had to put the guys f the bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. That began all this drama with Luckett and Roberson].”
Vlad closed out the video by asking Knowles as a father, not a manager, how he dealt with knowing these men in their early 20s were trying to sleep with his teenage daughter.
“We won’t talk about that on camera,” Knowles said with a smirk.
Knowles’ version these events differs from the story told on TV One’s series Unsung, which featured Jagged Edge in an episode.
According to those involved, Jagged Edge’s Brandon Casey was in a relationship with Roberson and his brother Brian was dating Luckett. Roberson claimed Jagged Edge was booted from the tour bus for standing up for Luckett’s mother, who was allegedly threatened to be kicked f the tour by Knowles if she got on the bus.
Listen to the other side the story below.
Fresh out jail on an assault charge, Obie Trice is apparently ready for action. On Tuesday (December 10), the ex-Shady Records affiliate stepped into the ring to defend his former boss Eminem with a Nick Cannon diss track called “Spanky Hayes.”
“Y’all niggas are broads/You really charlatans, y’all frauds (yeah)/Y’all ain’t ready for real/Detroit City bitch, you get killed,” he raps.
At the end the YouTube clip, the words, “Fuck Nick…Tell his Bih to come h]ere” roll across the screen.
The whole fiasco kicked f last week when Fat Joe dropped “Lord Above” featuring Shady who takes several shots at Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah Carey. Cannon followed up with two diss tracks, “The Invitation” and “Pray For Him.”
So far, Em has only responded two tweets. In one, he calls Cannon a “boujie f*ck” and in another, he demands an apology.
U mad bro? Stop lying on my dick. I never even had a chauffeur, you bougie f*ck.🤡
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 10, 2019
I demand an apology Nicholas, you've made my gardener so jealous!
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 10, 2019
Los Angeles, CA – Besides being the frontman multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning group Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am has spent the past decade deep in the world tech, with highlights including being an early Beats investor, creative director for Intel, founding the new-gen outlet iam+ and a host others.
Creating a new consumer-tech company BUTTONS, the rapper/producer/mogul/philanthropist has released a new pair wireless earbuds exclusively through luxury apparel outlet Fred Segal.
The earbuds, made jewelry-grade ceramic materials, are water-resistant, Bluetooth enabled, fer touch controls and up to eight hours playtime.
Last week, the company held a Cyber Monday sale BUTTONS through millennial-focused shopping app NTWRK.
“BUTTONS are designed with culture first in everything from the product to the packaging. They are designed to be bold, we want people to express themselves,” said will.i.am.
The BUTTONS earbuds are exclusively available at Fred Segal’s Sunset location in West Hollywood.
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Tune in TODAY, at 8pm ET / 5pm PT as we partner with @ntwrk on the exclusive release our amazing project, BUTTONS. ❤️ These state the art earphones are breaking industry molds with their premium ceramic materials, luxury design details, and state the art audio features. Each pair is water resistant, Bluetooth enabled, and comes with upgraded touch control and dual microphone design for optimized calling experience. Download the app, and hit "Notify Me" to secure the drop. Make sure to refer your friends to receive $15 in free NTWRK credits. The more referrals you make, the more credits you earn. #NTWRK #BUTTONS #WILL.I.AM
Though it’s been a year since Black Eyed Peas released Masters The Sun Vol. 1, the trio have released several loosies including the Snoop Dogg guest “Be Nice” alongside “Mami” with Piso 21, “eXplosion” featuring Brazilian pop-star Anitta and most recently the J Balvin-featured “RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)” from the Bad Boys For Life soundtrack.
Check out the BUTTONS earbuds below.
Nigeria – Cardi B made time to give back to those in need during her first trip to Africa. Before her performance in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday (December 7), she stopped by the Motherless Babies Home orphanage in Lekki to donate supplies.
Food, water and diapers were among the items Cardi dropped f as donations. The Grammy Award-winning rapper shouted out the workers at the orphanage in an Instagram post.
“Gotta thank the ladies and the gentlemen that nurtured these kids that need just a little bit more love and protection and gear them up for a better place, destiny and future,” Cardi wrote. “People like YALL MATTER!”
Music executive Brooklyn Johnny also shared his thoughts on the experience social media. He pointed out the crew filled their fleet with as many items as possible to deliver to the children.
“We spent our only free time in Nigeria shopping for children in need,” he wrote on Instagram. “We literally bought as much as the vehicles we had in our convoy could carry … Today was a good day.”
On Saturday night, Cardi performed at the Livespot X Festival in Lagos. During her travels in Africa, Cardi also made a quick trip to Ghana.
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We spent our only free time in Nigeria shopping for children in need. We literally bought as much as the vehicles we had in our convoy could carry… Today was a good day. Tonight’s show will be special 🔥🔥🔥 THANK YOU LAGOS for all the love! 🇳🇬 #CardiB #Lagos #Nigeria #Naija #LiveSpotNation
YNW Melly’s mother has shut down rumors claiming the incarcerated rapper died. After fake stories emerged about Melly supposedly being stabbed to death in jail on Monday (December 9), Jamie Demons-King refuted the fabricated tale about her son during an Instagram livestream.
“Melly is fine,” she said. “I just talked to him this morning. He has not been injured whatsoever. He’s fine. He’s in great spirits. And he’ll be home soon.”
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According to the fact-checking outlet Snopes, claims about Melly dying surfaced on prank-generating websites such as Channel 45 News and NSF News. Both sites allow users to create fake stories designed to trick people on social media. The hoax worked, spreading on social media and other websites.
Rumors about Melly circulated at a vulnerable time for many Hip Hop fans, who were mourning the actual death Juice Wrld. On Sunday (December 8), the 21-year-old artist passed away after suffering a seizure at Chicago Midway International Airport.
Melly, whose real name is Jamell Demons, is currently behind bars at the Broward County Jail in Florida awaiting trial in a double homicide case. He has been accused murdering his friends Anthony “YNW Sakchaser” Williams and Christopher “YNW Juvy” Thomas Jr. in October 2018.
Brockhampton delivers a creative yet grizzly clip for their Ginger cut “Sugar” after teasing the video on social media.
The group’s Kevin Abstract, who directed the visual, ramped up the hype Twitter on Tuesday (December 10).
“30 MINUTES OMFG IM SO NERVOUS,” he tweeted.
30 MINUTES OMFG IM SO NERVOUS #BROCKHAMPTON
— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) December 10, 2019
The four-minute visual opens on a sex scene between a man and a woman that gets disrupted by an alien, who busts through the door and shoots the man in the head. As the woman cries out for him, Dom McLennon and Merlyn Wood enter wearing orange overalls and shake their heads in dismay.
Later, the clip finds Matt Champion in what appears to be hell as he dances with the devil, surrounded by flames. Abstract shows up stuck on the ceiling in green goo as the jello-like substance drips down to the floor, hitting Bearface in the cheek.
Following its arrival, Abstract shared what inspired the zany clip on Twitter.
“P.s. i was having a really hard time coming up with the concept for the video for sugar and then one day I woke up from an insane nightmare and was like holy fuck that’s the video,” he wrote.
p.s. i was having a really hard time coming up with the concept for the video for sugar and then one day I woke up from an insane nightmare and was like holy fuck that’s the video
— kevin abstract (@kevinabstract) December 10, 2019
“Sugar” was the second track on the collective’s fifth studio album, Ginger, which arrived in August.
Later this week, Brockhampton will kick f their international tour, starting with back-to-back performances at the Hollywood Palladium In Los Angeles on Friday (Dec. 13).
Watch Brockhampton’s “Sugar” above.
New York, NY – Feed Tha Streets rapper Roddy Ricch sat down with The Breakfast Club on Tuesday (December 10) to discuss new music, Juice Wrld’s death and what being antisocial means to him. In the interview, the 21-year-old performer told a story about his relationship with fellow Compton native Kendrick Lamar.
When DJ Envy asked how other Compton rappers had influenced his career, Roddy revealed the only rapper he’d encountered during his come-up was the DAMN. MC. Roddy revealed he was a teenager the first time he crossed paths with K.Dot.
“I ain’t really see nobody but Kendrick.” he said. “Kendrick was a real big inspiration for me. I seen him when I was younger. ‘Rigamortis’ was out ..] Maybe I was like fourteen. I had rapped for him back then. He was like ‘You’re good.’”
Recently, Roddy was able to reconnect with the Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer. A mutual acquaintance arranged for the two to meet in an undisclosed location last Wednesday (December 4). Roddy told hosts DJ Envy and Charlemagne he asked Kendrick for advice on family and finances during their reunion.
“ I feel like he’s just one the people that’s gonna give me some solid advice on just what I’m thinking about pursing just on a business point, on family, on anything,” he said.
Roddy admitted he’s only been taking rap seriously for a few years, but the significance reuniting with Kendrick wasn’t lost on him. He said the To Pimp A Butterfly mastermind also remembered their early encounter; the incident was brought up in their recent meeting.
“As I got older, and I just been going through all this shit and really just making it… after doing all that and reuniting and seeing him again, it was love,” he said. “That’s hard. “
Although Juice Wrld’s ficial cause death hasn’t been confirmed, the 21-year-old reportedly swallowed several Percocet pills prior to the fatal seizure he suffered at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday (December 8).
In the wake his death, countless rappers and rap fans are speaking out and Trippie Redd is one them. The face-tatted rapper hopped on Instagram Live over the weekend and let his 8.5 million followers know he was done with illicit drugs (unless it’s marijuana).
“We ain’t doing it no more,” he said. “Period. If ain’t weed, we ain’t doing it no more. when I saw we, I mean us as a group, us as a whole — the whole emo music. No drugs.”
In July, Juice Wrld revealed he was struggling with an addiction to lean, which is basically codeine cough syrup. He told his then-girlfriend Ally Lotti Twitter he was committed to quitting.
“Bae I’m sorry I be tweaking, you’ve put up with more than ppl know I know I be scaring you, fuck Codeine I’m done,” he tweeted. “I love you and im letting it be known publicly that ain’t shit fucking up the real love I found. Learn from this everyone. Addiction kills all but you can overcome.”
Over the past two years, drug overdoses have been responsible for the deaths several notable artists, including Mac Miller and Lil Peep. It appears Trippie is intent on not becoming one them.
New Orleans, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project has announced the lineup for the ninth edition the festival, which is scheduled to take place at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans on March 20-21. The two-day event will feature a heavy dose Hip Hop with artists such as Tyler, The Creator, Megan Thee Stallion and Run The Jewels booked for the festivities.
Other notable acts set to perform include Roddy Ricch, JPEGMAFIA, Kaytranada, Flatbush Zombies, Ari Lennox, GoldLink, Young M.A and KOTA The Friend. Outside Hip Hop, the lineup features noteworthy artists such as Flume, Charli XCX, Glass Animals and Alison Wonderland.
General admission passes and VIP packages for the 2020 BUKU Music + Art Project go on sale on Friday (December 13) at 10 a.m. Central. Presale tickets will be available American Express and Tunespeak on Thursday (December 12).
Sales for Amex cardholders open at 8 a.m. Central. Fans can participate in the Tunespeak presale, which begins at 10 a.m. Central, by signing up for access on BUKU’s website. Both presales will end on Friday at 9:30 a.m. Central.
Check out the full lineup for the 2020 BUKU Music + Art Project below.
Raleigh, NC – J. Cole is hosting another Dreamville Fest in 2020. The multi-platinum selling MC and his team have announced their second annual festival will return to Dorothea Dix Park Park in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 4, 2020.
The inaugural Dreamville Fest was held at Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park last April after originally being scheduled for September 2018. Hurricane Florence forced the event to be postponed, delaying the festival’s debut until 2019.
“On behalf the Dreamville team, we couldn’t be more proud to announce the festival’s return to Raleigh and the beautiful state North Carolina,” Dreamville Records president Ibrahim “IB” Hamad said in a press release. “Being able to experience firsthand the positive and substantial impact that this festival made in the local community was a humbling experience and something I hope we can continue to build upon for years to come.”
Dreamville’s creative director Adam Rodney added, “We, just like our fans, are eager to get Year 2 underway. I look forward to seeing our Dreamville family come out and enjoy the fest again this April.”
Artists scheduled to perform at the second Dreamville Fest will be revealed in early 2020. The entire lineup is being curated by Cole.
A limited number discounted tickets are on sale now. To gain access, fans must sign up for a presale code on the Dreamville Fest’s website.
General admission tickets and VIP packages ficially go on sale on Wednesday (December 11). A portion the proceeds will be donated to the Dreamville Foundation and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy.
Los Angeles, CA – Lizzo has been on an Instagram rampage lately, posting several nude and nearly-nude photos and videos herself. In the process, she’s received plenty criticism regarding her size and willingness to let it all hang out.
Following her appearance at a recent L.A. Lakers game, where she twerked in an revealing outfit, the Grammy Award-nominated artist issued a statement to her Instagram Stories, making it clear she’s unfazed by the negative comments about her body.
“Who I am and the essence me and what I choose to do as a grown-ass woman can inspire you to do the same,” she says in the clip. “You don’t have to be like me. You need to be like you. And never, ever let somebody stop you and shame you from being yourself. Like, this is who I’ve always been. Now, everybody’s looking at it and your criticism can just remain your criticism. Your criticism has no effect on me.
“Negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been and I’m surrounded by love. I just want to spread that love and also spread these cheeks. And, you know what, if you really, really don’t like my ass, you can kiss it ’cause kissing it makes it go away. I promise.”
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#PressPlay: #Lizzo started to make headlines for the outfit choice she decided to wear at last night’s Lakers game. Some people weren’t here for her choice clothing. Nonetheless, she could care less about what critics have to say about the way she decides to show her body.
Lizzo showed up at The Staples Center for the Lakers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves game on Sunday night (December 8).
When the Lakers cheerleaders started a routine to her hit song “Juice,” the 31-year-old got up and began to dance then bent over and revealed her bare butt cheeks. The camera quickly diverted back to the dancers.
Twitter, course, weighed in with a myriad colorful opinions, prompting Lizzo to speak out.
— NEQA DA DIVA ⭐️ (@Thereal1Uniqua) December 9, 2019
For the cut, Cannon flips JAY-Z’s “Renegade” into his own and recruits members The Black Squad to contribute.
“Lord forgive us/I know that it’s kinda wrong/For five brothers this talented to be on one song,” the song begins. “But that white boy, he is nice/But he crossed the black man, Jesus Christ/We gonna pray for him/And move Hailie out the way when we spray cans/We don’t shoot kids and women/We shootin’ 8 man.”
Hitman Holla then comes in with, “I mean at this point it’s bullying because I know he ain’t gonna clap back,” before Conceited implores Shady to show up at Wild ‘N Out.
“Big mag in the cans that get rid Slim-Fast,” Conceited spits. “Instead staying in the booth to get your rhyming out/It’s season 15, here’s your invite to Wild’n Out.”
For Cannon’s part, he plays with one Eminem’s verses on “Renegade.”
“No you debate and hated and viewed in America as a motherfuckin’ drug addict,” he raps. “You’ll never be a legend. Now when you stop and start to stare at who’s in the mirror/Look at all that fucking botox, bitch I know you embarrassed … I bet you never though the killshot would come from a Cannon.”
Elsewhere, Shady is accused voting for Donald Trump and having “mommy issues.”
Although Em hasn’t responded to the latest diss (yet), he did respond to “The Invitation” Twitter on Monday night (December 9). He simply told Cannon to stay f his “dick” and then demanded an apology.
Listen to “Pray For Him” above.