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Slim Thug Survives COVID-19 And Helps Others From Getting Sick

(AllHipHop News) The other day Master P made a huge donation to his hometown, even setting up time to shop for seniors and sanitize their homes for free.Megan Thee Stallion gave Houston seniors devices so that they could communicate with their families while they are quarantined in.
Now, rapper Slim Thug (also from Houston) is adding his name to the roster of rap artists giving back to the community during the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic.
What makes Slim Thug’s donation even more powerful, is that he recently recovered from the disease that many have died from.
Slim Thug will be donating 1000 bottles of hand sanitizer to some of the city’s essential workers, METRO police department and METRO bus drivers.
According to ABC 13, there is a high demand for the cleaner.
Slim Thug has partners.
On this project, he will work with Smoke Shield and Baby Bash and the team plans to donate 1,000 more to the cops and bus drivers. They will also provide hand sanitizer for health care professionals/ workers.
Slim Thug is giving back, but he is also out here making moves and getting money.
He has new styles of his “Texas Made” shirts. In a video on IG, he encourages his fans to support him as a Black-owned business.
“Don’t slip on the drip.” He stunts. “We Texas so we gotta keep us a Texas belt buckle… We quarantine but we still get fresh.”

Drake's New Home Takes Luxury To Another Level

(AllHipHop News) They don’t call him Champagne Papi for nothing.Rooted in his ability to humbly stunt, the Canadian rapper Drake is what you call “flossy.”
And his Park Lane Circle home, situated in one of Toronto’s most exclusive communities, is nothing but evidence of how blessed he is.
After purchasing the plot in 2015 for chump change totaling almost $7 million, he tore everything down to create a mansion comparable to something you might imagine Michael Jackson owning: gluttonously lush.
According to Architectural Digest, the magazine that he has given the exclusive rights to premier his home (which he calls The Embassy) to the world, materials included throughout the mansion are real bronze (not the brass you see might see at Rent-A-Center), real black granite, Macassar ebony and brown agate.
SON, WHAT IS AGATE?
"It's overwhelming high luxury," Drake told Architectural Digest. "That message is delivered through the size of the rooms and the materials and details of the floors and the ceilings. I wanted to make sure people can see the work I've put in over the years reflected from every vantage point."

Drake’s home is a 50,000-square-foot property. Some of the most stunning aspects of the mansion are his 3,200-square-foot master bedroom complete with a one-ton bed and two-story closet, a 4,000 pound tub made out of one single slab of black marble, and an NBA replicated basketball court (featuring his brand's owl logo in the center circle).

As one walks through his hallway, you see that he has decorated it with all kinds of sports star jerseys and some of his GRAMMYS.
He also has a full studio to make more hits… so he can make more money... to get more precious stones and gems to adorn his crib with.
Drake has surely come a long way since he was the regular kid, Jimmy, in the wheelchair on Degrassi.

50 Cent's Black Mafia Family Project Gets Greenlighted By Starz

(AllHipHop News) Call 50 Cent whatever you want… epic troller… bully… whatever… but what you can’t ever say is that the rapper with a thousand jobs is lazy.And while the 90s gave us the emcee, and the first two decades gave us the executive… we now have 50 Cent, the Hollywood hustler and don’t you think TV is just a little more interesting cause he is in it?
Coming off of his epic run with the hit STARZ series "Power," the anticipation of those four spin-off shows and the hype around his ABC show "For Life," people are wondering what else could he do as a television visionary that can top them.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdTRDxSLhyc
A biopic about one of the most infamous organized crime families in American history: The Black Mafia Family.
While he announced he was going to do the project last year, it was not greenlighted until yesterday (April 7th.)
The network behind it? The show will live on STARZ, the network that has really made Curtis Jackson (50’s government) a player in the space.
No date has been announced, but we can expect it late this year or early early next (2021). COVID-19 has basically had its hands around the throats of production studios, shutting down filming of any kind due to rigid and important self-distancing requirements.
Starz CEO Jeffrey Hirsch shares: “This is a project Curtis has always been incredibly passionate about and we are excited to have him as our partner in bringing it to life.”
“Black Mafia Family has all the hallmarks of a great drama, from the larger-than-life Flenory brothers to the deadly, high-stakes world they inhabited.” He further reveals, “This series is going to be an incredible ride for audiences around the world.”
Those who know the street lore, understand the real and complicated the story of the Black Mafia Family.
Founded in the late 80s, founding brother Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and Terry "Southwest T" Flenory hustled all over the country, allegedly competing with the most legendary cartels to flush the streets with soft.
To launder some of their money, they reportedly hosted rap concerts and started a record label. In 2005, the DEA snagged the brothers under the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statue and sentenced them to 30 years apiece. They didn’t go down alone, and in the end, over 150 others were locked up.
BMF was getting that bag: Sources say that over 25,000 worked for them and they made over $270 million throughout their run.
We are interested to see how 50 tells their story.

Royce Da 5'9 Steps Up To Fight Coronavirus After Family Member Catches Disease

(AllHipHop News) Slaughter House’s Royce da 5’9, like so many in our nation, has been personally impacted by the ravishing pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus.An unspecified family member has contracted the coronavirus and has rocked the clan to its core.
“This thing is real, man,” Royce told The Detroit News. “It hit really close to home for me, so I just want to make sure I do my part."
Despite promoting his new album, The Allegory, Royce da 5'9 has been educating people on making charity a lifestyle, not a tax write off.
Just do a deep dive on his Instagram and check out the many ways that he is supporting people in the community during this time.
On Monday, April 1st, he joined Detroit’s Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair to talk about the pandemic and how disproportionately Black people are dying from the disease.
Then on Monday, April 6th, he fed people at the Beaumont Hospital/ Medical Center, Dearborn.
On Tuesday, April 7th he brought attention to the Last Prisoner Project, to speak about low-level crime prisoners who are at risk of contracting the disease while they are incarcerated. #LetThemOut
Royce has also been educating the masses who are so critical of Black people’s hesitancy to leap at every magic cure or vaccination, by highlighting some of America’s shameful past.
On Wednesday, April 8th, he posted information on the Tuskegee Study that used Black people as guinea pigs and injected them with Syphilis— under the guise of them getting free healthcare.
Royce is not doing one or two acts, he is incorporating into his life, ways to help his people through this tough time.
AllHipHop.com extends a heartfelt, peace and blessings to Royce as he and his family grieve the loss of their family member.
It is in tragedies like this that Hip-Hop as a community finds fortitude in not only the muse of our music but the shared camaraderie of our culture.

Mary J. Blige Explains The Influence Of The Clark Sisters On Her Life

(AllHipHop News) Mary J. Blige was thrilled to be asked to be part of a new movie about gospel group The Clark Sisters because she grew up with their music.The "Family Affair" singer Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah are among the executive producers of the new Lifetime TV movie, which debuts on Saturday (April 11th), and Mary reveals she and her famous pals bonded over their love for the quartet.

"My grandparents would play The Clark Sisters and I've been wanting to meet them; they've been a part of my life as a teenager, as a grown-up, and they helped me to heal...," she told Good Morning America. "They've been my earth angels and they wanted to tell their story and I just wanted to be a part of telling their story.
"Myself, Missy and Queen Latifah, we've had many days on the phone, when we've cried and listened to The Clark Sisters together and healed... They're a big deal and they're some of the most remarkable vocalists on the planet... They're just phenomenal."

Kodak Black Says He Needs A Knife To Protect Himself From Inmates In Prison

(AllHipHop News) Rapper Kodak Black has promised to defend himself behind bars during a message posted earlier today (April 8th) from his prison cell in Kentucky.The rap star posted a message to Instagram to complain about his treatment inside of the Big Sandy Prison in Kentucky, where he is serving out three-year prison sentence for lying on a Federal application to buy guns.
Apparently, Kodak Black had some sort of altercation, which could lead to charges for the Pompano Beach, Florida rap star.
"These Ppl Stay Trynna F##k Me Ova, All This #Coronavirus S##t And Yall Talkin Bout Trynna Charge A N##ga For A Bogus Fight. If Y’all Gonna Charge Me DO IT NOW then, Don’t Try To Wait Until I’m Almost Home, Hell Naw, Then If Y’all Was Charging Me Why Y’all Letting Me Out Da Box?!"
According to Kodak Black, he's being held in an area of the prison where there are only four other inmates from the state of Florida, leading the rapper to fear for the worst.
"They Send Me To The Compound Where It’s Only 3 N##gas From Florida There, So Regardless Of Who Talkin Like They Got My Back Imma Need Me A F##kin KNIFE bcuz I Don’t Know Nobody," Kodak Black said.
Check out Kodak Black's full post below:

The Stephon Marbury Documentary ‘A Kid From Coney Island’ Arrives On Digital Platforms

(AllHipHop News) On March 5, A Kid From Coney Island premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. The documentary about the life and career of former NBA player Stephon Marbury is now available on Apple, Amazon, Youtube, Vudu, FandangoNow, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, and other digital platforms.A Kid From Coney Island was distributed by JDS Sports, an investor in SLAM Media, RTG Features, 1091 Media, Five-Star Basketball, VidMob, Transmit.Live, and INFLCR. In addition, SLAM Media is including the Coodie and Chike-directed film in its series of “SLAM Movie Night” events hosted on their social media channels. 

“During the shutdown, we're launching SLAM Movie Night, in which we'll be choosing basketball films available on VOD and streaming platforms and driving tune-in for our audience to watch those movies ‘with us.’ It will be a way of bringing our audience closer together during a moment when everyone is physically further apart than ever,” says Adam Figman, Editor-in-Chief and Head of Content at SLAM.
Peter Robert Casey and Matt Aronson, the operating partners at JDS Sports, add, "From day one, JDS Sports has been focused on end-to-end content solutions and synergies. Our mix of portfolio companies allows for control, flexibility, and quick adaptation — being able to develop content through RTG Features, distribute through 1091 Media, and promote through SLAM makes it possible to shift quickly from a theatrical window to accelerated digital availability, and give basketball fans fresh new content to enjoy together while we're all physically apart."

Lil Wayne Names His Favorite Current NBA Players & Favorite Current Rappers

(AllHipHop News) Last month, Lil Wayne let the world know that Quality Control Music's Lil Baby is his favorite rapper at the moment. The New Orleans-bred Hip Hop legend has now turned his attention to professional basketball. Wayne made a remote appearance on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson's All The Smoke show. The trio talked about sports, COVID-19, music, and the late Kobe Bryant. They discussed the Young Money leader's favored NBA players too.

The self-described Los Angeles Lakers fan shouted out the entire LeBron James-led team. In addition, Tunechi namedropped All-Star veterans Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden. 
Standout NBA rookies Ja Morant and Zion Williamson were recognized by the Grammy winner as well. Wayne also doubled-down on his support for Lil Baby. Plus, he mentioned the late XXXtentacion and Memphis rapper Young Dolph.
2020 has been another commercially successful year for Lil Wayne. His Funeral album arrived in January and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The Platinum-selling musician told Barnes and Jackson that he is interested in hosting a virtual concert from his home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Future Shares His Thoughts On Rapping About Drug Use & Juice WRLD's Death

(AllHipHop News) Two years ago, Nayvadius "Future" Wilburn and Jarad "Juice Wrld" Higgins teamed up to create a joint project titled Wrld On Drugs. Fourteen months later, Higgins was dead at 21 from an accidental oxycodone and codeine overdose.Before his passing, Juice WRLD actually admitted that Future was the recording artist that influenced him to experiment with drinking lean. Juice told Vulture in 2018, "That’s the first thing I told [Future]. He just was like, 'Wow.' He kind of apologized."

Future is now preparing to release a new solo album. The 36-year-old rap star spoke to XXL about his forthcoming LP. He was also asked about the drug references in his music possibly influencing other people like Juice WRLD.
"It was heartbreaking about Juice. Still to this day, I’m [heartbroken]. Rest in peace to Juice Wrld. He’s a great artist. He had so much more to do," said the "Life Is Good" hitmaker in the interview. 
Future then pointed out that Rock and Pop artists have been talking about drug use in their music for decades. The Atlanta-raised rhymer did acknowledge that his lyrics played a role in glamorizing drinking codeine and promethazine as well as taking oxycodone and MDMA.

"I probably shedded more light on it and brought more attention to it from my cadence or my charisma and the way people reacted to it, but everything I said was already talked about before me," Future stated. 
He continued, "Me having an influence on that, I just feel like...that is not my intentions. My intention was just to be me. I’m just being me and what you get from it is what you get from it, but at the same time, I wouldn’t want no one to go through anything to harm theyself or to bring death to theyself and Juice WRLD is a touchy situation. I’m heartbroken by the whole thing. My heart goes out to his family, his mom."

Lil Nas X Discusses The Challenges Of Coming Out & Not Publicly Supporting Pete Buttigieg

(AllHipHop News) Montero "Lil Nas X" Hill's decision to come out as gay in 2019 was met with support, scorn, appreciation, and mockery. The "Old Town Road" hitmaker now says he probably never would have revealed his sexuality if he did not become famous."The honest truth is, I planned to die with the secret,” the Atlanta native told The Guardian. He later added, "But that changed when I became Lil Nas X.”

In the article, Lil Nas also acknowledged that he presented a straight persona in his initial music like 2018's Nasarati mixtape. He did refer to being gay on 2019's 7 EP. However, fans should not expect him to follow in the footsteps of Frank Ocean by heavily exploring his sexuality in upcoming songs.
“I 100% want to represent the LGBT community,” declared LNX. “I don’t want to encourage them to do something they don’t 100% want to do. Especially in, like, middle school or high school. Because it’s just super hard.”
The 20-year-old, 2-time Grammy winner added, “It’s easier for me. I’m not depending on anybody. There’s no one who’s going to kick me out of the house – nobody to start treating me sh*tty.”

Lil Nas X is also planning to stay away from politics for the time being. Then-presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg publicly reached out to LNX last year, but the rap star turned down the chance to appear in a campaign video for the openly gay politician.
"All I know is he’s from the Democratic party and he’s gay. So it’s like… I don’t want to base my support off, ‘Oh, you’re gay, I’m going to support you.’ Yeah, you’re gay. But I don’t know everything you’re planning when you’re running the entire country. But, yeah. That was the reason I said no," explained Lil Nas.

Swizz Beatz Breaks Down His 'Verzuz' Instagram Battle Series With Timbaland

(AllHipHop News) Super-producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s ongoing Verzuz series is one of the silver linings to emerge from the current deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Instagram users have been able to temporarily escape the bad news of the day as they witnessed several battles on the social media platform.The initial musical brawl between Swizz and Timbo entertained thousands of viewers. Other matches featured Hit-Boy versus Boi-1da, The-Dream versus Sean Garrett, Ne-Yo versus Johntá Austin, Scott Storch versus Mannie Fresh, and T-Pain versus Lil Jon.
Apple Music’s Zane Lowe connected with Swizz Beatz to talk about Verzuz. The New York-bred beatmaker spoke about how his face-off with Kanye West at Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert in 2007 was a precursor to what the stars are doing now on IG. He was also asked about a possible Kanye versus Pharrell clash.
“The people put that out there. The people are who put out big matches. But like I tell everyone, we don't just have a magic wand we can just sprinkle on people and it comes to life. Me and Tim are on the phones all day and explaining all day and letting them know that it's the people that are enjoying this,” said Swizz.
He continued, “It's not even a battle. This is education and celebration. You have two great musicians, whether you're a songwriter or you're a producer. Whether you are any type of artist, Verzuz is here to celebrate you. Just for creators, period. So a lot of people want to see a lot of big celebrations happening.”
So far, Verzuz has mostly focused on the creators behind the scenes of some of the biggest hits in music history. There have also been some requests for legendary rappers like Lil Wayne and Nas to step into the Instagram Live ring for a once-in-a-lifetime contest.
“Even though we're celebrating, it's a little bit of competitiveness with it. It's just competitive at some points. So a lot of people don't work well with being competitive like that, especially on a big stage like what we're building,” explained Swizz. “So a lot of artists are thinking about how they can do this and remain their status without another person having bragging rights.”
The Poison album creator added, “I'm like, 'Listen man, it's just fun. Just come with your 20 great songs and let's have fun’... That's what me and Tim have been really curating to where the energy stays positive. We want to keep the energy. There are a lot of rappers that are ready right now. We just wanted to make sure that the energy remains fun, and remains a celebration, and it stays on the platform and not go anywhere else. Especially to a negative place, because that's not what we're doing this for.”