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Chance The Rapper Tapped to Host Reboot of MTV ‘Punk’d’ on Quibi: Watch Trailer

Chance The Rapper will be hosting the reboot of MTV’s successful series Punk’d, it has been announced today.

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The MTV prank series made famous by Ashton Kutcher, will find home on Quibi, the upcoming mobile-only streaming service that is quite anticipated by the industry. Punk’d will be produced by STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios with Jason Goldberg serving as an executive producer.

“‘Punk’d” is one of MTV’s most iconic franchises,” the Grammy-winner said in a statement. “I grew up watching this show and it’s surreal to be in the driver’s seat this time around on Quibi.” The trailer has been released where you can see Megan Thee Stallion having an encounter with a gorilla. Watch it below.
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Quibi is set to launch on April 6. It’ll cost $4.99 per month for ad-supported streaming, and $7.99 for ad-free service.

LL Cool J Taps Legendary Artist Shepard Fairey To Design Logo For New Clothing Line

(AllHipHop News) Queens rap legend LL Cool J is launching a brand new clothing line centered around one of his best-known hits.
According to WWD, LL is prepping to expand his Rock The Bells brand with a new limited run of apparel.
LL Cool J worked with his in-house design team to create the new Rock The Bells merch, which is inspired by the fashion sensibilities of artists like Slick Rick, Kurtis Blow, and Big Daddy Kane.
“We’re staying true to where the culture came from, but reimagined for now,” LL Cool J of the line, which is also named after his 1986 hit song featured on his groundbreaking album Radio.

And, LL tapped legendary artist Shepard Fairey to design the logo for his Rock The Bells clothing line, which will officially debut on January 28th.
This is not the first clothing line for LL Cool J. In 2008, LL Cool J launched a clothing line with Sears, a collection of casual wear for juniors, girls, boys, and young men.
But he has been making power moves with the Rock The Bells brand since he won a lawsuit against the promoters of the popular Rock The Bells festival, and blocked them from using the name.
In 2018, the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star teamed up with SiriusXM to launch his own 24/7 Rock The Bells classic hip-hop radio station. 

YG Arrested For Robbery In L.A. As Cops Try To Solve Murder Case

(AllHipHop News) Rapper YG was arrested in Los Angeles early this morning as part of an ongoing investigation according to cops.
The rap star was officially charged with suspicion of robbery. He's currently being held in the Men's Central jail on a $250,000 bond.
Police have not released any more info about the 29-year-old's arrest or the ongoing investigation.
"This arrest is one that caught YG completely off guard because there is no truth to them,' YG's lawyer Joe Tacopina said in a statement. "YG has no idea what investigators are talking about and we have not been provided with any details ... we are learning about this case through the media."
Last month, the police turned to the public to get helo in solving a murder case involving a vehicle belonging to rapper YG.
In July of 2019, a person driving a Cadillac Escalade registered to the YG led police on a high-speed chase through L.A.
The gunman shot up a cop car and killed an innocent 65-year-old man riding a bike who was caught in the crossfire.
Later that month, the police raided the Bompton rapper's house in search of evidence linked to the murder, but YG has maintained he had nothing to do with the shootout.
The rapper's arrest comes just days before he was supposed to hit the stage at the Grammy's to take part in an all-star tribute to late rapper Nipsey Hussle. 

R. Kelly's Alleged Sex Slave Confronted By Her Mom Outside Of Court

(AllHipHop News) R. Kelly's girlfriend Joycelyn Savage was confronted by her estranged mother outside a Chicago, Illinois courthouse on Thursday (January 23rd) after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge.
The count relates to an early January brawl with Azriel Clary, one of the incarcerated singer's ex-girlfriends, at the Chicago apartment they used to share before Clary's recent split from Kelly.
Savage officially entered her not guilty plea in a hearing on Thursday, but drama followed the court appearance as her relatives took advantage of her public outing to try and make her see sense.
In video footage, Joycelyn Savage is seen talking on her cell phone while leaving the building, as two younger girls, said to be her sisters, attempt to catch her attention.

Savage ignores the pair and continues to make her way to a waiting car with her lawyer before her mother runs up from behind and demands a moment to speak to her daughter.
"Mama needs to talk to you!" she repeatedly shouts at Savage, who dodges her parent and jumps into the vehicle with her legal representative, as her sisters urge Savage to "look at the documentary" - an apparent reference to the "Surviving R. Kelly" docuseries, in which a string of his alleged victims detail the sexual misconduct they suffered at the hands of the veteran musician.
"He's been lying!" the girls add.
The family's attorney, Gerald Griggs, reveals Savage's parents are desperate to simply speak to their daughter as they continue to worry about her well-being, claiming she's been "completely different from the Joycelyn they have known her entire life" since she began dating Kelly in 2016.
Her father, Timothy, had previously gone public with his concerns for Joycelyn in a bombshell Buzzfeed article in 2017, claiming Kelly was holding his daughter captive as part of a sex cult - allegations the R&B singer vehemently denied.
The "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker has since been arrested and charged on a 13-count federal indictment for sexual abuse in Chicago, while he is also facing a racketeering and sex trafficking trial in New York.
He has pleaded not guilty to all allegations and remains in custody as he awaits his day in court.

YG Arrested in Connection with Robbery

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YG was arrested and booked for robbery on Friday.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the rapper’s San Fernando Valley home around 4 a.m. with a search and arrest warrant related to a robbery case.
YG’s vehicle was involved in a high-speed chase back in July, which ended in a deadly shootout. Police were called to apprehend a DUI suspect in his Escalade. While they were chasing the suspect, someone in the SUV allegedly opened fire, killing a 65-year-old man on a bike.
YG previously denied any involvement. “I was nowhere near the scene of this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood,” he told TMZ. “I was there until after midnight on the Fourth of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened.”
It’s unclear if the Friday morning raid is related to that case. A couple weeks after the shooting, a Hollywood Hills home leased by YG was raided and at least one person was arrested for a weapons charge. YG was not present during that raid.
The Compton MC is currently in custody and is being transported to a jail to be booked for robbery. He is slated to perform during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the Grammys on Sunday. It’s unclear if this will affect the performance.
Following his arrest, his fellow rapper The Game tweeted: “Funny how @YG gets arrested the weekend of the Grammy’s when he’s supposed to hit the stage in Nip’s honor. #LAPDtheBiggestGangHere.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Reveals Pharrell, SZA, Juicy J Collabs on Debut Album ‘Suga’

Megan Thee Stallion is set to release her debut album Suga later this year. On Thursday night, she gave fans the first glimpse of it with the Tupac-sampled single ‘B.I.T.C.H.‘

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The Houston rapper also called into Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1 to discuss the song, plans for her album, collaborations we can look forward to and more. Megan revealed that she got the idea for ‘B.I.T.C.H’ when she was about to take a shower following a gig. She shared that she was locked into the studio with Pharrell (I’m sure she meant Neptunes) for four days recently.

“So, um, we lock in the studio for about four days and we, we got some fire. Like, he is so cool and he just, he calls me the Machine. Megan the Machine. Because I got in there and I was knocking them verses out so quick and knocking them songs out. You gotta get in the studio and you gotta show Pharrell what you can do. So as quick as he knocking them out, I’m back dooring and knocking them out. So he was like ‘Oh, you a machine.” And I was like “Damn. Pharrell called me a machine. That’s great’,” she said.
Adding to the collaborations, she told Zane that SZA will also be a guest on Suga on a track produced by Juicy J. “I’m not gonna lie, um, my friend SZA, uh, she pulled up on me in the studio, uh, because we have a song that’s gonna be on my album too and it was so fire making that song with her. Um, Juicy J produced it. We know I love Juicy J. So yeah, we got, we got a lot of bangers on that album.” Watch the chat below. According to a press release about the new single, Kehlani is also a guest on Suga.

Lauren London Reveals Nipsey Hussle PUMA Collection

The Marathon continues.
Lauren London has revealed a first look at PUMA x The Marathon Clothing’s new collection honoring Nipsey Hussle. The collaboration, titled “Hussle and Motivate,” will feature reissued key pieces from Puma’s debut collection with the late rapper.
“To continue honoring the vision and legacy of Nipsey Hussle, PUMA and The Marathon Clothing are reissuing their debut collection together,” PUMA said in a statement to Newsweek.
The campaign stars Nipsey’s family and friends including London and YG, as well as Nipsey’s All Money In artists J. Stone, Killa Twan, and Pacman Da Gunman, who model black and red tracksuits in the promo images.

London also shared another photo wearing a white tee that reads: “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the endurance and unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”
The first PUMA x TMC Collection dropped in September 2019 and sold out quickly. The reissue will launch on Feb. 1 at select retailers and on PUMA.com, and includes co-branded tracksuits and T-shirts featuring checkered patterns and TMC motifs, as well as PUMA’s signature California sneakers in black and white. Prices will range from $40 to $100.
Last month, London debuted a video for PUMA’s “Forever Stronger” campaign. The three-and-a-half-minute clip, which was created by the actress herself, serves as a heartfelt tribute to her late boyfriend.
All net proceeds from the sale of the PUMA x TMC Collection will go directly to the Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation, which empowers the South Los Angeles community and neighborhoods alike across the globe.

Rapper Beaten Into A Coma By DaBaby Busted For Selling Fentanyl

(AllHipHop News) A rapper who is suing DaBaby for beating him into a coma before a performance is now facing some bigtime legal problems of his own.
Earlier this week, Don Trag was busted for selling fentanyl, and carrying a firearm without a license.
His brother was also arrested for selling the deadly synthetic drug, in addition to possessing an arsenal of firearms and ammunition.
Don Trag is suing DaBaby over a vicious beatdown at the hands of the North Carolina rapper's bodyguards before a show in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The rapper attempted to approach DaBaby for a picture in May of 2019 and was brutally pounded by the North Carolina star's hired muscle instead. 

YG Arrested for Robbery

YG is not off to a good start this year as he was arrested early this morning in L.A.

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The L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the rapper’s San Fernando Valley home around 4 AM with a search warrant and raided his home, reports TMZ. He was being transported to jail and set to be booked for robbery. The exact history behind the robbery case is not known at this point. Last summer, an SUV registered in his name was involved in a deadly shootout which ended in killing of a 65-year-old man on a bicycle.

YG had denied that he had anything to do with the case. “I was nowhere near the scene of this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood,” he said. “I was there until after midnight on the Fourth of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened.”
It isn’t clear yet if these two cases are connected.

Dame Dash Says Steve Stoute “Threw Jay-Z Under The Bus” During Recent Meeting

The Dame Dash-Jay-Z-State Stoute saga continues even in 2020. The Roc-A-Fella co-founder made another stop on The Breakfast Club this morning to speak with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God.

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Dame Dash interviews are usually entertaining and he was again at his chatty best this time. Around the 20 minute mark, Envy asked about Dame apologizing to Jay-Z, Steve Stoute and others after their years of friction and whether he really “forgives.” Dame said that he doesn’t have a beef with anybody and that he recently met with Steve who threw Jay-Z under the bus to save himself.

“‘You know that all that time you were yelling at me about Jay? Jay was setting up those meetings’,” he said, sort of paraphrasing what Steve told him. “He just threw Jay under the bus,” he continued. The background isn’t exactly known but it looks like Steve was supposedly telling Dame about some behind the scenes stuff that Dame was mad about with Jay-Z. He later said that he doesn’t care if what Steve was saying is the truth.

Back in 2014, Dame called Steve Stoute a “culture vulture” and even took 50 Cent’s side in his little situation with Steve. “he makes artist from our culture make themselves corny by working for corperate so he can personally gain…he’s wack and he makes everyone around him look wack…beware,” he had said.

Watch the full interview below where he also spoke on working on a Rock album, other business ventures, legal troubles and more.
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Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For Brand New Album “Funeral”

(AllHipHop News) Lil Wayne has revealed the release date for his highly anticipated new album titled Funeral.
Earlier this week, Weezy teased fans with the artwork for the project, but he didn't reveal anything else.
Reps for Lil Wayne have confirmed he's going to drop Funeral, which is his 13th studio album on Friday, January 31st.
The new body of work will drop via his own label, Young Money, which is distributed by Republic Records.
Funeral will be the first official batch of music from Wayne as a solo artist since the release of his delayed album Tha Carter V.
Tha Carter V was held up for almost four years as the rap star battled his former label Cash Money Records in a $51 million lawsuit over his career and the holdup of the album.
Lil Wayne and Birdman eventually settled the lawsuit in June of 2018 and the rapper parted ways with the label, paving the way for the release of Tha Carter V, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and moved over 480,000 copies when it was released in September of 2018.
Lil Wayne is also launching a limited line of merchandise to celebrate the release of Funeral. Take a look.

Chris Brown and Afro B Join GASHI and DJ Snake on ‘Safety 2020’

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GASHI re-ups for 2020 with the remix to “Safety” featuring Chris Brown and Afro B.
Over the hypnotizing rhythm, produced by DJ Snake, Mally Mall, and Space Primates, Breezy adds his smooth touch. “True love just makes it hard (Yes, it does) / Sometimes you go too far,” he sings.
The original version of “Safety,” which has been streamed and viewed over 25 million times, appears on GASHI’s self-titled debut album. Later this year, GASHI will launch a headlining tour across North America in support of the album.
Breezy recently collaborated with H.E.R. on the remix to “Slide.” Earlier this week, Afro B dropped his own remix of “Amina” from his album Afrowave 3 featuring Wande Coal and Team Salut.

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Russ Unveils ‘Shake The Snow Globe’ Tracklist Ft. Rick Ross, Benny The Butcher, Devin The Dude

Russ’ new album Shake The Snow Globe is set to arrive in stores January 31st, going head to head with Lil Wayne’s Funeral album.

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Today, the Atlanta based rapper and singer has shared the official tracklist for his third studio album. His projects usually aren’t feature heavy and he carries on the same trend this time around as well. Rick Ross appears on track #2 ‘Guess What’ while Benny The Butcher guests on ‘I Thought You Got Me’. Devin The Dude appearing on the set is a nice little surprise too.

Check out the full tracklist below. Russ’ current single ‘Best on Earth‘ feat. Bia makes the cut as a bonus cut. The track has moved to the #68 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 this week which marks Russ’ highest position on the chart. Last week, he shared the video for his latest song ‘Nighttime (Interlude)’.

Wale Discusses Past Concerns Over Bouncing Back From Depression

(AllHipHop News) Throughout his decade-long career, Wale dealt with a lot of personal and professional issues. The 35-year-old emcee has been very open about his battles with depression and anxiety. 
Despite those setbacks, Wale continued to progress as a recording artist. His Jeremih-assisted single "On Chill" peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 chart in 2019, and the record earned the Rick Ross protégé another platinum plaque.
Last October, the DC-raised performer spoke with local CBS affiliate WUSA9 backstage at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. The news outlet recently published the interview which includes Wale talking about family, fame, and his mental health.

"Having a daughter, having my album not perform well, being in legal battles over my finances all at the same time, it was tough for me," admitted Wale to WUSA9 reporter Mikea Turner.
He continued, "I didn't know if I could bounce back. Obviously, I'm going to work like it. I'm not going to put it in my mind. But in retrospect, I didn’t know. That sh*t was hard."
The Grammy-nominated rapper was able to bounce back with 2019's Wow... That's Crazy. The project was Wale's fourth Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. He enlisted Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Jeremih, Kelly Price, 6LACK, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Boogie, Lil Durk, Mannywellz, and Pink Sweat$ for the LP.

Jessie Reyez On Writing “Love In The Dark” Single

(AllHipHop News) Jessie Reyez announced her forthcoming debut studio album Before Love Came To Kill Us will arrive on March 27. As a precursor to the LP, the Colombian-Canadian singer-songwriter dropped a new record and video titled "Love In The Dark."
"I wrote this during a really sad time in my life, I remember crying. I hope people understand how vulnerable it is," states Reyez about her latest single.

Before Love Came To Kill Us Cover Art
Mad Ruk Entertainment's Se Oh directed the visuals for "Love In The Dark" which feature Jessie submerged in purple-tinted water under a purple-starred sky. The Before I Love Came To Kill Us track follows Reyez's collaborations with Eminem, 6LACK, Kehlani, Normani, Daniel Caesar, and more.
The Toronto-born Juno Award winner released the Kiddo EP in 2017. She received a Best Urban Contemporary Album Grammy nomination for 2018's Being Human in Public EP. Jessie Reyez is also scheduled to perform at the 2020 Coachella Festival.