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Quincy Jones Says Ray Charles Got Him Hooked On Heroin, Copped From Malcolm X 

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Quincy Jones is spilling all types of tea this year. He is now claiming Ray Charles is the reason he had issues with heroin.

As HipHopDX notes the iconic producer is making his promotional rounds for his upcoming Netflix documentary Quincy. He recently made an appearance on the Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. While he discussed the movie and a host of other points of his storied career, one particular story is raising eyebrows.

When talking through his early days as a musician he noted how the late great Ray Charles introduced him to the white girl. “After we finished at the Washington Social Club and a couple of other ones, we’d all go down to Jackson Street to the Elks Club. That’s where all the bebop jam sessions were. Nobody got paid. We didn’t give a damn” he explained. “When they finished playing they’d go over in the corner and they had it on their thumb. I just snuck in the line and got me a little hit.”

Jones added how if he had not gotten injured he would have probably been strung out for the majority of his life. “The mistakes are what help you grow and learn,” he reminisced. “That was a big one. [If I hadn’t fallen.] I would have been in New York, where I was hanging out with [jazz musician] Charlie Parker. I would have been a junkie forever. Bird was always high. Thank God we did it and got it over with.”

The confession became even more fascinating when he detailed that he would buy his drugs in Harlem from a hustler named Detroit Red; the man who would later become Malcolm X.

Quincy is available now on Netflix. You can listen to the podcast here; the drug talk starts at the 26 minute mark.

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Philly Songwriter Nets $44M In Lawsuit Over Usher Song 

Usher's Birthday Celebration

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A Philadelphia songwriter was awarded a total of $44 million after a lawsuit he filed against music producers over the use of music he created for an Usher song. Daniel Marino claimed in his suit that he built the bulk of the song that would become Usher’s “Bad Girl” from his 2004 album Confessions, and said he was frozen out of profiting from the recording.

Philly.com reports:

Daniel Marino was awarded the sum in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court last week, when a jury issued a verdict ordering defendant William Guice to pay $6.75 million in compensatory damages and $20.25 million in punitive damages.

The verdict joined a settlement earlier last week in which Destro Music Productions, owned by codefendant Dante Barton, agreed to pay Marino $17.35 million as part of a stipulated judgment, bringing his total award to $44.35 million. Marino also received a third of the ownership rights to the song in question, a transcription of court proceedings in the settlement indicated. Guice, Barton, and Destro were represented by attorney Jason C. Berger of Margolis Edelstein

According to a civil complaint, between 2001 and 2002, Marino worked with Guice and Barton to create and record “Club Girl,” a song that would later be recorded and released by Usher on his 2004 album, Confessions, retitled as “Bad Girl.” Marino, who was represented by Francis Alexander attorney Francis Malofiy, said via the complaint that he created a majority of the song, including its guitar hook, tempo, chord progression, and other elements, while Barton and Guice added a beat and lyrics, respectively.

Ouch.

Songwriters and producers, get your paperwork right before you’re looking at a big bill like this.

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Hobosexual Hottie: Dave East Admits Good Looks Helped Keep Roof Over His Head 

Dave East + Styles P In Concert - New York, NY

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Dave East has become something of a sex symbol along with being respected as one of the dopest rappers in the game. However, during his early days, the Harlem artist says his good looks helped him charm his way into getting a roof over his head in tough times.

Page Six writes:

“Yep, I have had the experience of being homeless. I had slept in cars for a minute. I was homeless throughout the whole year,” the Harlem native told us at an Irving Plaza show to benefit Hoodies for the Homeless. “It was more [that] I did not want to ask my moms and pops at the time [for help], and I felt like I was grown so I went through my little phase.”

But even though he was down on his luck, “I am not going to lie — my looks helped me,” he added. “I stayed with a couple of girls . . . shout-out to them, they know who they are.”

After Nicki Minaj mentioned East in her summer hit “Barbie Dreams,” other celebrities have been reaching out to him via DM.

“Celebrities have hit me up . . . but why would I tell you that?” he mused. “I would never tell on myself . . . You can get caught up in it . . . But after a while, you realize it don’t mean nothing and it just comes and goes.”

Dave East and Styles P recently released a joint project Beloved, and the LOX rapper also spoke with the outlet to talk about his bout with homelessness.

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Marcellus Wiley Says New Book Will Uncover Drake & Kendrick Lamar Beef 

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Marcellus Wiley says that his upcoming book will reveal the root of the Drake and Kendrick Lamar subliminal beef war on wax. In his book Never Shut Up, Wiley claims that something was said between the pair on the set of his former ESPN show and that the footage might still exist.

Wiley was a guest on Power 106 Los Angeles’ The Cruz Show speaking with host J Cruz, and minutes into the discussion, the Drizzy and K-Dot beef took center stage.

“There’s a beef that’s out there that never got settled, never got the proper characters and the proper assessment but I was witness to it on one of my shows,” Wiley said to Cruz.

“The Drake/Kendrick beef when it was really starting to brew. I was on Sports Nation at the time, and we taped an interview with one of the people and that one person went in on the other person. We were ready to let this go, but then that one person’s team made sure that didn’t get out,” Wiley added.

He goes on to say that he’ll reveal all in his book, Never Shut Up, which hits shelves on October 23.

Watch Marcellus Wiley speak on the Drake and Kendrick Lamar beef below. Hit the 3:25 mark for that part of the discussion.

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Hypebeast Alert: Balenciaga Sued By Little Trees Air Fresheners Company For Ripping Off Design 

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Balenciaga is, without doubt, one of the top fashion brands in the world, introducing style trends in recent years at the streetwear level and beyond. The Spanish company is facing a lawsuit from the parent company of the Little Tree car fresheners after Balenciaga crafted a key-ring version of the rearview mirror smell-goods with their logo.

TMZ reports:

Car-Freshner Corporation — which owns the rights to Little Trees Air Fresheners — claims Balenciaga is selling leather key rings that look almost identical to its signature product.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Little Trees claims it snagged the trademark back in 1952 and its Little Trees are so famous and popular big companies have licensed them … including Buffalo Wild Wings, Discover Financial Services, Kia Motors and Capital One.

But, Little Trees says Balenciaga never asked for permission and started selling copycats last month at its NYC store and at Neiman Marcus. Little Trees says Balenciaga was so brazen it went as far as copying the specific colors associated with the most popular scents.

Car-Freshner Corporation is asking in the lawsuit wants Balenciaga to hand over profits made from the key-ring, which sell at a whopping $275 a pop in comparison to the $3 price of Little Trees at your local gas station or corner store.

This isn’t the first time Balenciaga has been called out for biting as Swizz Beatz did the same last year, claiming the company copied the Ruff Ryders logo.

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Oyinkanade Drops His Sophomore Single ‘Sweetim’ 

One thing for sure is the fact that this lad can truly sing. He’s in the music industry for the long haul.

Talented Nigerian Versatile Artist Oyinkanade unveils his second official
single for the year 2018. The MTN Project Fame Season
5’ finalist delivers something different from the usual on “SWEETIM”. This
‘Kentee’ produced single, is a catchy mid tempo song with the right
lyrics, melody and arrangement to keep you refreshed in love. The melodious
rhythm with a live guitar Input from ‘G-Clef’ is a song that would resonate with lot of music aficionado in the coming days.

Listen To Sweetin.

 

ADA ONIANWAH: THE MULTI-TALENTED OAP AT VIBE 105.5FM TORONTO, CANADA & PRESENTER AT FEVA TV 

Growing up I was always told I’d make a good lawyer because I like to talk/argue a lot. I guess my family thought this was an important characteristic to acquire to be a good lawyer. That thought didn’t stick with me though. In 10th grade I made the decision that I wanted to use that skill to become an OAP – Ada

The one very obvious thing about Nigerians is the fact that we are swift in associating ourselves with any successful person with a Nigerian roots anywhere in the world. Can the team Anthony Joshua stand up? (Laughs). Don’t blame us, we sharp at that. But I think we can do a better job by connecting with these folks early and not when they reach their El Dorado. Sometimes, we might have lost them to other countries before we stood up to be counted.

With the access to social media, the world is shrinking into a small global village. It’s providing us easy access to identify one another and support in terms of shining spotlight on all the great jobs our fellow Nigerians (in any form) are trying to achieve; and maybe by so doing, we will build the best coalition of leaders that will takeover government and guarantee us a better future. From the Oceania, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia or the Caribbean regions, the numbers of Nigerian descent doing great works in those countries are enormous. We know we are everywhere. lol.

One of those Nigerian by roots contributing massively to radio and television broadcasting in Toronto Canada is the multitalented Ada Onianwah a.k.a Ada OHH. She’s an OAP at VIBE 105.5 FM, Toronto’s Best Urban Music Radio station, and also, she doubles as a presenter and program producer at FEVA TV, Canada’s first Black Entertainment Television Network, owned by her father, Robert Onianwah. Ada who has her roots from Delta Igbo; loves her job to the fault. She’s one of the most respected new generation broadcasters in Canada right about now.

Hooking up with her on social media was an interesting experience. Hardly have I met a lady so hardworking, uber-creative and still yet, ready to learn and also down to earth. I will make this assertion about her all year because I know so many OAP divas in this industry with less than a fragment of the knowledge Ada possesses. Her expertise cut across photography, editing, television and radio program production. Join all of that to her presentation skills; there you have a queen of broadcasting. There’s just so much about her that will make one proud.

In detail, talk about you (family, growing up, schooling…) and how
broadcasting started?

My name is Ada Onianwah but they call me Ada OHH. Ada Ohh came about
because I wanted to use the sound of the first letter in my surname “O”,
it’s just a short form of my name really. I grew up in an upper-middle class
family, born in Vancouver, British Columbia, raised in the Greater Toronto
area. Throughout my childhood – teenage years I played many sports, this is
where I adopted my competitiveness and disciplined attitude. I’ve always
strived to be the best in everything I did, in sport, school, creativity,
etc. I played every sport, started off as a gymnast then, soccer, swimming,
basketball, cheerleading, track and field, I even did provincial
trampoline. I did everything, literally. I graduated from high school with
many horary awards, Vice Principles award given to me by my Vice Principle,
Co-Op award, I don’t really know what that meant at the time but I
appreciated the scholarship money lol.

My interest for broadcasting started I believe in 10th grade. I didn’t know
what I wanted to do with my life in regards to career choices and for some
reason at that time I felt this urge to figure out what I’m doing for the
rest of my life. I knew I wasn’t going to have any “traditional” career, I
wasn’t going to be a Doctor, Engineer, or any other stereotypical
profession immigrant parents want for their children. I knew I wanted to be
happy in my profession for the rest of my life and I wanted to have fun in
whatever I was doing.

I begged my parents to get me a DSLR camera, when they bought me one; I started taking pictures of everything

Growing up I was always told I’d make a good lawyer because I like to talk/argue a lot. I guess my family thought this was an important characteristic to acquire to be a good lawyer. That thought didn’t stick with me though. In 10th grade I made the decision that I wanted to use that skill to become an OAP and get into the media industry. It first started with photography. I begged my parents to get me a DSLR camera, when they bought me one; I started taking pictures of everything.

This evolved into shooting videos. I enrolled in the Communications
Technology course offered at my high school and became the executive
producer of my HS web series until I graduated. This experience broke me
into all the roles it takes to create a production. I became well rounded
in directing, producing, audio, editing, lighting, etc. I wore many hats as
a producer and learned a lot while doing so.

I applied to Ryerson University, downtown Toronto, for the Radio and
Television Arts Program in my final year of high school. The program is
known for being the best in the country and competes with the top media
production programs in the world. After the extensive and lengthy
auditioning/application process, I spent the next 4 years in Ryerson. I’m
currently finishing my degree and expected to graduate in the spring of
2019.

Talk about your experiences thus far in the profession, the highlight
and lows. Also, your dream targets

I started off radio when I was 16. I got an internship through my high
school at a local radio station; at the time it was called CHRY 105.5 FM.
The station was a community-based station that had a variety of
programming. My internship extended into the summer where I met my DJ partner who I originally started the show with at the time, DJ Hotshot. Hotshot was starting a show at the time called ‘On The Rise’, a show
focused on highlighting emerging hip-hop artist from the city. Hotshot
said he was looking for a co-host and at the time I was very deep in hip-hop culture so it was a perfect match.

In 2015 the station went through an entire rebranding phase. It was no
longer the CHRY and there was no more ‘On The Rise’, everyone lost his or her shows. By the beginning of 2016 I was back on air with a new station called VIBE 105.5 FM, Toronto’s Best Urban Music. It was #me, Hotshot, and Apollo P. Hotshot eventually left us and then there were two, me and Apollo hosting the ‘A-Team’ every Friday 6-8 PM.

In conjunction with my radio career, my Father, Robert Onianwah, formed Canada’s first Black Entertainment Television Network, FEVA TV. I quickly found myself very busy achieving my media career goals in both radio and television. Within FEVA, I wear many hats as well. Being the first and largest of its kind in Canada, I’ve learned a lot about the media landscape in Canada. They’ve never seen anything like us before (a black owned network) which I look at as an asset because there was opportunity for us to really dominate in a niche market, which we’ve achieved. FEVA TV is available 24hrs nation wide and has expended to 12 islands in the Caribbean with additional expansion in the US and UK expected by 2019.

In conjunction with my radio career, my Father, Robert Onianwah, formed Canada’s first Black Entertainment Television Network, FEVA TV. I quickly found myself very busy achieving my media career goals in both radio and television

FEVA TV is the first of its kind in Canada with diverse programming such as music shows, drama series, documentaries, Nollywood movies, and much more from all over the African diaspora. Both Radio and Television has created amazing opportunities to experience the best within the media industry. Whether it me being on the red carpet for the Toronto International Film Festival with the top A-list celebrities in Hollywood, or flying to New York for the annual One Africa Music Festival and witnessing history of all the best artist Africa has to offer. I am fully committed to being one of the most well known personalities internationally from Nigerian decent.

Talk about what your radio show is all about? You can also talk about the most interesting interviews or conversations you have had.

I think the hardest thing that I’ve had to overcome being in this industry
was interviews. I use to be terrible at interviews. I would just be very
awkward, or not say much at all. I overcame this by figuring out that I
need to be more personable. I need to not look at the people I interview as
intimidating and look at them as equals, as in we are both here trying to
achieve the same goal aren’t we?

The A-Team is an interactive/variety hip-hop show. We highlight the best
hip-hop music from the city and across boarders. We talk news hits, pop
culture, we have our specialty segments like ‘What’s The Report?’ and ‘Battle of The Sexes’. It’s a two-hour show, so there’s a lot of music to cover and conversation to be had. My co-host Apollo is a very brash, matter-a-fact type of guy who is heavily imbedded in hip-hop culture. I take on more of the neighbourhood sweetheart personality that is very vocal on cultural issues.

Can you talk about any other person with Nigerian roots in the broadcasting industry in Canada?

I don’t know anyone else that is Nigerian on Radio within Canada.
I do admire Julie Adenuga from Beats 1 radio in the UK. I love what she’s
doing on the international scale. As well as many other OAP’s in Naija from major radio stations that are doing their thing. I’m still creating my story but I know a part of my end goal is to bridge Nigeria, Africa, and the diaspora to the rest of the world in music, television, and film.

Words By Sesan Adeniji

Sour Christmas: Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’, Twitter Reacts 

Iron Fist and Luke Cage from Luke Cage Season 2

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Harlem’s Hero for Hire just got curved. Today (Oct. 19), Netflix announced that Marvel’s Luke Cage will not be returning for a third season. 

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Netflix and Marvel said in a joint statement per the Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

That announcement comes a week after Marvel’s Iron Fist also got canceled. Marvel’s Daredevil premiered its third season today, leaving said series and Jessica Jones, which got picked up for a third season, and The Punisher as the remaining Marvel shows on Netflix.

Maybe we can get a Heroes for Hire (Luke Cage + Iron Fist) or Daughters of the Dragon (Misty Knight + Colleen Wing) over at Disney’s new streaming service?

Per THR, the cancelation was due to “creative differences and the inability to agree to terms for a third season.” Luke Cage’s showrunner was OG Hip-Hop scribe Cheo Hodari Coker.

Check out reactions to the cancelation in the gallery.

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Tory Lanez ft. Meek Mill “Drlp Drlp Drip,” Don Q ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan “Pick Up” & More | Daily Visuals 10.19.18 

'All White D'usse Affair'

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Since getting out of the bing Meek Mill‘s been making the most of his freedom doing everything from bringing awareness to prison reform to hopping on a few rappers tracks and today he stays on his grizzly.

Continuing to make his post-prison guest appearance rounds, Meek hops on Tory Lanez’s “Drlp Drlp Drip” the two take part in a fashion show where they steal the spotlight with all kinds of ice on their physical degrees.

Speaking of which, Don Q and Hoodrich Pablo Juan’s ice game is up to par with some of your favorite rappers as their diamonds dance in the strip club while the talent twerks like it’s a sport in their clip to “Pick Up.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from 1TakeJay, Flip Dinero featuring Jay Critch and more.

TORY LANES FT. MEEK MILL – “DRLP DRLP DRIP”

1TAKEJAY – “ARCO”

DON Q FT. HOODRICH PABLO JUAN – “PICK UP”

FLIPP DINERO FT. JAY CRITCH – “WANNA BALL”

TONY STACKS – “HARDTIMES”

Foot Locker Launches New “HOH Courtside” & “The Hunt” Features On Its App 

Foot Locker HOH Courtside/ The Hunt

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With the NBA season officially underway, Foot Locker is celebrating this week’s season kick off by trying out a new mobile pop-up shop that’s slated to, well, pop up during ball games around the country called the “HOH Courtside.”

Per Foot Locker:

The “HOH Courtside” experience will be periodically dropped in different cities around the country, starting in Los Angeles. Celebrating LeBron James’ first game in purple and gold, HOH Courtside debuted at L.A. Live yesterday, and will be open Oct. 20 and 22 from 4-11 p.m. PT.

Sounds simple enough, right? It’ll certainly have sneakerheads and ball fans glued to their phones during games and ready to hit the pavement whenever a pop-up shop is announced.

“We are excited to partner with Foot Locker on the HOUSE OF HOOPS Courtside experience,” said Brian Zappitello, GM of Nike Basketball North America via a press statement. “HOUSE OF HOOPS has been integral in how we reshape retail for the young basketball-obsessed athlete across North America and continues to make an impact this weekend in Los Angeles.”

But that isn’t all. Another interesting and what’s sure to be infuriating (for some) feature that the Foot Locker app will be using is called “The Hunt” which will lead users on a scavenger hunt with the winners getting the opportunity to cop some Nike exclusives.

Foot Locker has also released an update to its mobile app (iOS only) that integrates Augmented Reality (AR) to create a more engaging shopping experience with AR scavenger hunts. The brand will leverage this emerging technology platform to offer customers exclusive content and experiences timed to limited-release product drops, starting this weekend. 

“Foot Locker has always looked for new ways to elevate the shopping experience for our customers. It was a natural evolution to embrace AR, taking our scavenger hunts to the next level,” said Frank Bracken, VP and GM of Foot Locker, U.S. “There’s no better place to launch this exciting technology than in Los Angeles with this special edition of the LeBron 16.” 

The sneaker-obsessed consumer in L.A. will have a chance to be one of the first to buy a pair of the new LeBron 16 King “Court Purple” which LeBron is expected to wear on-court Saturday night. Access to the product will be unlocked for customers that successfully complete the AR scavenger hunt (while supplies last). 

“The Hunt” lets fans use their iOS Foot Locker app to unlock geo-targeted AR clues throughout the city that will lead them to the coveted limited-edition kicks. “The Hunt” begins on Saturday, Oct. 20, in advance of the Lakers’ home opener. 

Aw man as fun as that sounds you know a lot of people are going to be left feeling tight that they couldn’t put the clues together!

Keep your eyes on your phones (as if you aren’t all the time already) and let us know if you’ll be going out on scavenger hunts when Foot Locker comes a callin.’

Foot Locker HOH Courtside/ The Hunt

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Foot Locker HOH Courtside/ The Hunt

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