BIG K.R.I.T TWEETS HE IS A FREE AGENT, LEAVES DEF JAM

Big K.R.I.T. is officially an independent artists, after leaving Def Jam Records.

Def Jam was the place the Mississippi rapper started his professional career, under the tutelage of Sha Money XL. ““And at this moment right now, I want to share with you, that I am no longer with Def Jam,” he tweeted.

Signed in June 4, 2010, K.R.I.T. dropped Live From The Underground and Cadillactica, two heralded albums.
He celebrated the victory with the release of a new mixtape, 12 For 12, which was released as successive restyles in one day.

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LGBT CLAPS BACK AT BOOSIE BADAZZ OVER GAY COMMENTS HE MADE

Boosie recently revealed that he is another rapper to express that he believes TV is forcing kids to be gay. Boosie believes if things don’t change soon, the vast majority of the population will be waving a rainbow flag. He sat down with DJ Vlad last month to discuss TV shows and their gay characters, accusing producers of pushing a gay agenda. Boosie even went as far as saying he doesn’t hate gays, but he would slap one of his kids back straight if they came out as gay.

Boosie also took offense with cartoon shows featuring gay characters and relationships as well. LGBT magazine, Advocate, pointed out that Hulu debuted Rosaline, (a feature-length animated fairy tale featuring a love story between two girls), and Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe featured the first lesbian animated couple, in a leading role.

Advocate also decided to clap back letting Boosie know that TV isn’t “turning” anyone gay. They also wanted Boosie to know that family rejection is one of the leading causes of LGBT youth being homeless. Advocate tells Boosie that while he tries to find a way to deal with a child that may identify as LGBT, LGBT advocates will continue to push for greater inclusion across all realms, even rap music. What are your thoughts?

IS APPLE BUYING TIDAL?

Apple is currently exploring the potential acquisition of Jay Z’s new streaming service Tidal.

According to The Wall Street Journal the negotiations are “ongoing” and not guaranteed to lead to a deal.

The reports follow the recent news of Tidal on the lookout for potential buyers, with the organization even holding talks with Napster last year.

If this major acquisition were to go through it would definitely eliminate a bit of the competition in the music streaming industry, while simultaneously beefing up the newly founded Apple Music.

Apple Music, which got it’s start in the streaming industry in 2015, has 15 million subscribers.

[ALSO READ: Tidal Streaming Service Reaches One Million Subscribers ]

Tidal has seen its subscriber base triple in the last six months from 1 million to just over 3 million.

However, Spotify has the most subscribers in the industry with the company sitting at 30 million.

The competition is very intense.

Spotify recently claimed that Apple is intentionally blocking an update of the streaming service from its App Store.

Ultimately, the terms of the deal are unknown and a Tidal executive has denied that the talks with Apple were even held.

WAS THERE TENSION BETWEEN FUTURE AND DESIGNER BACKSTAGE OF THE BET AWARDS?

Rumor has it that there was tension behind the scenes between not only Future and Desiigner, but also between their crews backstage at the 2016 BET Awards. Desiigner has been taunted since the beginning as fans, and even some in the industry, believe he completely jacked Future’s style and sound.

Allegedly, there was much tension between the two rappers, and a source said the drama was so unnecessarily hyped up and instigated by those around them.

We would like to believe that both Future and Desiigner are indifferent about the whole comparison, but it seems like Future really does feel some type of way as he said that fans at one of his concerts must have been Desiigner fans as he tried to warm up the crowd. From the clips that have appeared online from a Desiigner’s listening session, it sounds like his whole ‘New English’ mixtape may sound like Future. LOL.

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FORMER RAP MOGUL SUGE KNIGHT SUES CHRIS BROWN FOR 2014 CLUB SHOOTING INCIDENT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight might be in jail but he still has access to the courts. So he’s sued Chris Brown and the owners of a popular nightclub on Monday because he was shot seven times at a 2014 party hosted by the R&B singer.

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Brown and the West Hollywood nightclub 1 Oak of failing to have adequate security and allowing at least one armed person into the venue during the party.

Knight survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm. The Death Row Records co-founder has cited complications from those injuries, including a blood clot, in court appearances on an unrelated murder charge.

His attorneys, however, are trying to connect the two events: They say Knight’s fear months after the shooting led him to flee when he was attacked in his car, running down two men and killing one. Knight, who is a two-time convicted felon, is in jail awaiting trial.

The lawsuit does not state how much money Knight is seeking, but it asks for a judgment ordering the defendants to pay past and future medical expenses for his injuries.

An email sent to Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, was not immediately returned Monday. 1 Oak’s owners declined comment. The club also has venues in New York, Las Vegas and Mexico City.

The lawsuit contends 1 Oak should have taken special security precautions because events hosted by Brown have a history of violence. It accuses Brown of gang ties and a “well-documented track record of hosting events and/or parties in which violence frequently erupted.”

Brown has completed probation in a 2009 felony assault case in which he attacked singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. He has not been implicated in the August 2014 shooting, and no arrests have been made.

“As a result of the negligence of the defendants, one or more unknown individuals were allowed access to the event with weapons, including firearms,” the lawsuit says. “As a foreseeable result, gunshots were fired by those admitted into the event and (Knight) was shot and seriously injured.”

Singer Pia Mia, who co-hosted the party, is also named as a defendant. An email sent to her publicist was not immediately returned.

Knight also was shot and wounded at a 2005 party hosted by Kanye West in Miami Beach. He sued the rapper, blaming him for lax security, but a judge ruled in West’s favor after concluding there was no evidence a shooting was foreseeable.

Knight has a string of legal problems dating back more than 20 years and was charged in two separate cases soon after the 2014 shooting.

Chris Brown performs in June 2015 in East Rutherford,
Chris Brown performs in June 2015 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Photo: Scott Roth, AP)
The 51-year-old and comedian Katt Williams were accused of stealing a celebrity photographer’s camera in Beverly Hills within days of the shooting. Both men have pleaded not guilty to robbery charges.

Months later, Knight was charged with running over two men with his pickup truck outside a Compton burger stand, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Knight’s attorneys have said he was fleeing armed attackers in the January 2015 collision.

They say Knight was acting in self-defense when he struck Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was punching Knight through the window of his pickup truck, and also hit Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.

Attorneys J. Tooson and Jeremy Lessem linked Knight’s injuries from the nightclub shooting to the Compton incident, saying he was afraid for his life and still recovering.

“Mr. Knight was still extremely frail from his gunshot injuries less than five months earlier,” Tooson wrote in a statement. “When the facts are finally revealed in this case, we’re certain it will be apparent that our client was simply trying to flee for his life.”

Knight was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s and has been kept under tight security since he turned himself in to authorities after the deadly collision.

His Death Row Records label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy.

Knight pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years’ probation for assaulting two rappers in 1992. He was sentenced to prison in 1997 for violating his probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight’s car.

WATCH A REAL ALL-STAR LINEUP OF MUSIC ARTISTS HONOR PRINCE AT THE 2016 BET AWARDS

BET had a lot going for its Prince tribute at this year’s BET Awards ceremony.

After the Billboard Awards’ Madonna-lead tribute to the legendary singer received mix results, BET released a video on social media to subliminally throw shade at Billboard and promised that their show truly honor Prince like it should have been done.

Fortunately, BET successfully said goodbye to The Purple One by recruiting a star-studded lineup including Erykah Badu, The Roots, D’Angelo, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Bilal and several other artists.

Introduced by Dave Chappelle, whose comedic portrayal of Prince earned him a long-lasting friendship with the singer, the 6-minute tribute squeezed in so many songs from Prince’s catalogue to make it feel like one long album of his best songs.

Erykah Badu started the tribute by singing “The Ballad of Dorothy Parker,” followed by Bilal singing “Beautiful Ones.”

Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly then sang “Take Me With You,” followed by stellar cover of “Purple Rain” by Jennifer Hudson and Roots guitarist Kirk Douglas.

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DRAKE AND FUTURE WIN AT 2016 BET AWARDS

Drake and Future won Best Group thanks to their hit album What A Time To Be Alive. The duo beat out Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’ ColleGrove group, as well as The Internet, Puff Daddy & The Family and Rae Sremmurd.

So far, Drake has also won Best Male Hip-Hop Artist. Check out Future accepting the award, since Drake isn’t attending.

BEYONCE AND KENDRICK LAMAR GET AGGRESSIVE WITH “FREEDOM” AT 2016 BET AWARDS

Beyonce suprised attendees at the 2016 BET Awards, when she hit the stage for a performance with Kendrick Lamar.

The two literally gave a fiery performance of the song with Bey drenched in water. “Freedom” is taken from her hit album Lemonade.

Check it out.

GUCCI MANE RESPONDS TO CLONE CLAIMS

It’s pretty clear that the new Guwop will take some getting used to for some of his fans. Upon Gucci Mane’s release from Prison, one couldn’t help but to notice his shockingly different appearance. The rapper has significantly slimmed down. With the help of his girlfriend entrepreneur Keyshia Kaoir, the rapper really has the post prison glow up down. Well the internet seems to believe that the person who Keyshia has been showing off on social media is actually a Gucci clone! Quotes from a satirical site also went viral claiming that Boosie BadAzz said that the man everyone’s been seeing isn’t the real Gucci. Gucci seems to find humor in the clone rumors as he made a video saying that he would not confirm or deny them. Do you think this is the real Guwop? Some claim that some of his tattoos are missing too.

#LilBoosie thinks the #GucciMane we’re seeing all over social media isn’t really him. Thoughts?
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