RAPPER SHAWTY LO KILLED IN FATAL HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT

ATLANTA – Atlanta rapper Carlos Walker, aka “Shawty Lo”, was killed in a fatal hit-and-run accident Wednesday morning.

The Moultrie, Georgia native was 40 years old.

Atlanta radio personality Ryan Cameron broke the news on Twitter.
Walker is a founding member of the hip-hop group “D4L” and in 2003, founded D4L Records. He is perhaps best known for his debut single “Dey Know”.

In 2008, he received a “Rookie of the Year” BET Award.

Photos | Shawty Lo through the years

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 15: Shawty Low, Fabo and Lil Tony visit the Reebox Hospitality Lounge backstage during the 18th. annual HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash at Philips Arena on June 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Reebok) Rick Diamond, 2013 Getty Images
ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 15: HeadKrack and Shawty Low visit the Reebox Hospitality Lounge backstage during the 18th. annual HOT 107.9 Birthday Bash at Philips Arena on June 15, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Reebok) Rick Diamond, 2013 Getty Images
ATLANTA – OCTOBER 18: Recording artist Shawty Lo accepts an award during the 2008 BET Hip-Hop Awards at The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 18, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET) Rick Diamond, 2008 Getty Images
NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Hip-hop artist Flo-Rida (L) and Shawty Lo appear on MTV’s ‘Sucker Free’ at TRL Studios on January 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) Brad Barket, 2008 Getty Images
NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Hip-hop artist Shawty Lo appears on MTV’s ‘Sucker Free’ at TRL Studios on January 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) Brad Barket, 2008 Getty Images
ATLANTA – JUNE 19: Recording Artisst Young Shawty backstage at Magnum Live Large Project at Phillips Arena on June 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Trojan) Rick Diamond, 2010 Getty Images
NEW YORK – JANUARY 23: Hip-hop artist Shawty Lo appears on MTV’s ‘Sucker Free’ at TRL Studios on January 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) Brad Barket, 2008 Getty Images
ATLANTA – JUNE 19: Recording Artist Shawty Lo backstage at Magnum Live Large Project at Phillips Arena on June 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Trojan) Rick Diamond, 2010 Getty Images
ATLANTA – JUNE 19: Recording Artist Shawty Lo (center) backstage at Magnum Live Large Project at Phillips Arena on June 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Trojan) Rick Diamond, 2010 Getty Images
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JUNE 23: Singer Shawty Lo performs at ASCAP’s 21st Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on June 23, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images) Vince Bucci, 2008 Getty Images
ATLANTA – JUNE 19: Recording Artisst Young Shawty Lo and Monica backstage at Magnum Live Large Project at Phillips Arena on June 19, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Trojan) Rick Diamond, 2010 Getty Images
ATLANTA – MAY 11: Recording Artist Shawty Lo attends the press conference held by Gucci Mane to announce his plans for the future and address issues that arose while he was incarcerated on May 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images) Moses Robinson, 2010 Getty Images
ATLANTA, GA – OCTOBER 01: Kidd Kidd, Shawty Low and Genasis attend the BET Hip Hop Awards 2011 at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images) Chris McKay, 2011 Getty Images
According to GDOT, Walker’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle while on I-285 southbound at Cascade Road. Walker’s car hit two trees before catching on fire. Authorities say one person died after being ejected, and two others were transported to the hospital.

More on the fiery crash, here.

Photos from the scene

BOBBY SHURMDA COPS A PLEA DEAL

US rapper Bobby Shmurda has agreed to a plea deal on charges of conspiracy and possession of a weapon.
Under the deal, he will face a minimum of seven years in prison to avoid going on trial on weapons and drugs charges.
He had been accused of conspiring with a Brooklyn street gang involved in violent drug wars.
Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, is best known for the hit song Hot Boy and the “Shmoney” dance which featured in one of his videos.
The rapper has been in jail since late 2014, along with 15 other defendants who were accused of crimes including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing.
Bobby Shmurda
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A police officer at the time said the rapper’s songs and videos were like a real-life document of what the gang was doing on the streets
‘No sympathetic jury’
A reporter for TMZ magazine, who was in court, heard their lawyer advising them to take the deal because they would never get a sympathetic jury and some of them were facing life.
If Shmurda had refused the deal and gone on trial, he would have faced decades in prison.
He has already served 20 months, which will be taken into account when a release date is set.

DESIGNER ARRESTED ON GUNS AND DRUG CHARGES

The Brooklyn rapper Desiigner has been charged with gun and drug possession.

The 19-year-old was involved in a dispute that occurred at the Lincoln Tunnel at approximately 1 a.m, according to police sources.

In an alleged road rage incident, Desiigner allegedly brandished a gun prompting the other party to call 911.

Police say they found drugs in Desiigner’s white Range Rover in plain sight. Police said the drugs seemed to be Oxycontin, along with the gun.
Desiigner was subsequently charged with with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of controlled substance with intent to sell and third-degree menacing.

Four others with Desiigner were also charged.

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After living overseas, he moved to Pittsburgh and attended Taylor Allderdice High School.
TRIVIA
He won a BET Award for Best New Artist in 2011 and his song, “Young, Wild & Free” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013. His last name means successor in Arabic.
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He has a son named Sebastian with model Amber Rose. He and Rose were married for about a year before she filed for divorce in September 2014.
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DRAKE’S “ONE DANCE” IS THE TOP TRACK OF THE SUMMER ACCORDING TO SPOTIFY & BILLBOARD

Drake’s recent run of success appears to have no end in sight as the rapper’s smash hit “One Dance,” claimed the title of the most played track on Spotify within the last 3 months.

The song also took the top spot of Billboard’s Songs of the Summer chart.

Billboard reports that the track dominated Spotify’s annual list of the most-streamed songs on both a global and national level on the platform.

Heavyweight artists such as, Rihanna, Sia, Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, Mike Posner, and mew comer Desiigner made the list as well.
Drake’s song “One Dance,” featuring Wiz Kid and British singer Kyla from his album Views certainly made noise on the charts.

The track managed to top the UK charts for 15 consecutive weeks, falling just two weeks short of breaking Bryan Adams’ record as the longest-running number one in the country.

JERRY HELLER LAID TO REST, BUT FUED WITH N.W.A LIVES ON

Veteran West coast music executive Jerry Heller was laid to rest today (September 7), which ironically is Eazy-E’s birthday.

Heller was laid to rest in a service in San Fernando, where family friends and others paid their finalist respects.

No members of N.W.A. attended the services, which was held on what would have been Eazy’s 52nd birthday.

Read Jerry Heller’s obituary below:
Jerry Heller, the music executive famous for managing the legendary rap group NWA, passed away on September 2, 2016.

He was 75 years old.

Together, with the late rapper Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, the two formed Ruthless Records.

With Heller and Wright as equal partners, Ruthless became the first entirely black-owned record company to release gold, platinum and multi-platinum rap albums.

Eazy-E was the founding member of the group NWA, which rose to fame with members Dr. Dre (Andre Young), DJ Ren (Lorenzo Patterson), DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby), and Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson).

NWA became famous after the release of their highly publicized 1988 album, Straight Outta Compton. It was followed by the release of Wright’s debut solo album, Eazy-Duz-It.

Compton was now an international household name.

In addition to NWA and Eazy-E, among the labels’ many other artists, were HWA and the Grammy-winning Bone Thugs-N- Harmony.

Ruthless also signed will.i.am. The group he formed was called the Atban Klann. Their completed album was never released by Ruthless, because of Wright’s death.

Three years later, will.i.am achieved fame, with his reformed group, the Black Eyed Peas, released by Interscope Records.

The success of Ruthless Records inspired fans around the world, spawning the careers of future artists.

Heller often referred to NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, as “the most important albums of the twentieth century.”

Music industry executive Irving Azoff, who represents major artists including the Eagles, knew Heller for decades.

Despite his many accomplishments, Azoff is most known for managing the Eagles, for more than 40 years.

For the last three years, Azoff has also served as CEO of Azoff MSG Entertainment, a business enterprise with Madison Square Garden.

Azoff previously served as the CEO and Chairman of Ticketmaster Entertainment, and was executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment.

With one of the most enviable resumes in the music business, his credentials seem endless.

In a statement for this story, Azoff stated of Heller’s death, “Jerry was an incredible talent. And it was unfortunately often unappreciated talent.”

Added Azoff, “Jerry reinvented himself, over and over, and he was always on the cutting edge.”

Azoff reflected, “Jerry, more than anyone, taught me to care about my artists.”

As far as Heller’s detractors, Azoff stated, “As can be expected in Hollywood, and especially, in the rap business, there is a lot of acting going on.

“I knew Jerry, as well as anyone. Many unfairly maligned him. I know the Hollywood version was not true. The negative depiction of him was entirely fictional. However, those that really knew him, know otherwise.”

Because of his fame, Heller was a public figure. Therefore, he had little, if any control of the many fictitious claims made about him.

At the time of his death, Heller was involved in a lawsuit that he filed last October, in response to the fictionalized characterization of him, which was played by Paul Giamatti, in the 2015 theatrical release, “Straight Outta Compton.”

Despite the fictional biopic’s depictions, Heller had never been fired by Wright.

In real life, there were never any financial indiscretions on Hellers’ part. Nor was Heller ever sued by any artist during his long career. No financial indiscretions were ever found, or proven to exist when it came to Ruthless Records or Jerry Heller.

There were always rumors swirling about Wright and Heller. In an interview just before his death, in an interview, Wright commented on what he said was the most common misperception about Ruthless Records.

Clarifying that he, himself, owned the label, and that he had a fifty-fifty partnership with Heller, Wright stated, “I don’t work for Jerry, Jerry works for me.”

Although every major label had turned down signing NWA, and the group had sold only a few copies, Heller was so committed to Wright, and so solidified in his own faith when it came to the group’s talents, that he even took on the risk of taking a mortgage out on his home, in order to finance NWA’s first tour.

Drama soon followed, which included a letter from the FBI, criticizing NWA’s lyrics, which strongly addressed inappropriate treatment of young black males by police officers.

In 1989, NWA publicist Phyllis Pollack and longtime music critic Dave Marsh penned a highly publicized cover story in the Village Voice, which attacked the FBI’s letter that threatened the constitutionally protected lyrics of the group.

The resulting publicity drew even more attention to NWA.

Oprah Winfrey even dedicated an entire episode of the Oprah Winfrey show to the discuss the article.

Heller brought in attorneys to defend the First Amendment rights of his artists.

Clearly to all who knew Jerry Heller, Eazy-E was like a son to him. Heller, himself, often used that terminology.

After the demise of NWA, Dr. Dre produced a stable of successful artists, including Snoop Dogg and Eminem.

With his branding of the Beats Pill by Dr. Dre, he became hip-hop’s first billionaire.

Cube focused on predominately Hollywood comedy-based films.

Prior to working with NWA, Heller worked as a booking agent, and he managed artists.

It was Heller that first brought the multi-Grammy-winning artist Elton John to the United States, when he booked the British singer to perform his legendary American debut gig at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, in 1970.

Working as a booking agent and manager, Heller represented a roster of artists that also included Pink Floyd, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Grass Roots, Journey, the late artists Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding, among many others.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, after graduating high school, Heller moved to Los Angeles, and worked his way up in the music business.

Heller’s autobiography, Ruthless: A Memoir, was published in 2006, by Simon & Schuster-Simon Spotlight Entertainment.

Heller suffered a fatal heart attack, while drive. He was taken to Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks, where he soon died.

Survivors include his cousin Gary Ballen, Kenneth Heller, Jerry’s younger brother and father of Jerry’s nephew, Terry Heller, who is a restaurateur and real estate investor.

Terry Heller said of his famous uncle, “To the world, they lost a legend. I lost a best friend.”

Heller was surrounded by family as he passed away.

Heller spent his final moments in the hospital, doing what he loved most, listening to Eazy’s-E’s music.

Terry Heller brought a CD player with Wright’s tracks, playing “Eazy-Duz- It,” “We Want Eazy,” “Still Talkin,” and “Boyz-N-the Hood,” as a final goodbye to a man that was loved by so many fans, and so many people in the music business.

Donations in memory of Heller may be sent to the Grammy Foundation’s MusiCares.

NEW NOTORIOUS B.I.G & TUPAC BASED THRILLER “LABRYINTH” TO STAR JOHNNY DEPP

Long time actor Johnny Depp is slated to play the lead role in the upcoming film “Labyrinth,” which is based on the true story of Los Angeles Detective Russell Poole and his role in investigating the deaths of Hip-Hop legends Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

The Hollywood Reporter indicates that Depp will play the role of Poole with the film to be directed by Brad Furman of Good Films, the company behind Bryan Cranston’s crime drama “The Infiltrator.”

Also, Christian Contreras wrote the screenplay for the film which is adapted from the Randall Sullivan penned book, Labyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records’ Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal.

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Detective Poole spent months investigating the murders of the Hip-Hop stars before he discovered that “gangsta cops in his own force were not only involved but were also tied to Death Row Records and the Bloods street gang.”

This eventually led to Poole entering into retirement early in protest.

Ironically, Russell Poole died of a heart attack in August of 2015 during a meeting about the murders at the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting for the new thriller “Labyrinth” will begin later this year.