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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII, Issues Statement On Colin Kaepernick 

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Gladys Knight has been tapped to sing the National Anthem ahead of the upcoming Super Bowl LIII game in Atlanta, seizing the moment as a means to unite the country. The veteran vocalist issued a statement regarding her appearance at the game, which also reflected on Colin Kaepernick‘s protests in a seemingly critical light as well.

Variety reports:

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” she wrote. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

“I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

The entire bulk of Glady Knight’s statement can be read by following this link.

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What Took So Long?: R. Kelly Dropped By Sony Records 

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It’s a wrap, finally. R. Kelly has reportedly by dropped by Sony Records. 

Variety reports that the label has decided to severe it ties with the controversial recording artists, whose alleged past and continued history as a sexual predator was rehashed in the recent Surviving R. Kelly documentary.

Nevertheless, although the crooner will no longer be release new music via the label, his back catalog of hits will remain on  RCA/Sony.

RCA, which merged with R. Kelly’s initial recording home of Jive Records in 2007, covers the span of his professional music career, which includes his solo work and as part of R&B group Public Announcement.

Considering the guy’s streams have actually increased since the damning documentary, they’re clearly not trying to give up that revenue. Maybe donate some of those proceeds to charities that help sexually abused women?

Just a thought.

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Dave Chappelle Recalls How He Hilariously Clapped Back At King of R&Pee R. Kelly & His Goons 

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We heard from Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neil Brennan about the time R. Kelly sent goons to confront Dave Chappelle. Now we get to listen to the story about the confrontation from the comedian himself and how he how he hilariously clapped back the king of R&Pee.

Chappelle opened up about the incident to crowded room during a standup set in West Hollywood, Wednesday night. With friend and Chappelle’s Show collaborator, Donnell Rawlings asking him to recall what happened the night R. Kelly approached him at a Common show in Chicago about the 2003 “Piss On You’ skit he responded:

“His [R. Kelly] goons bust in my room. I don’t know if it was his goons, but they sure did like him.”

In the TMZ shared clip Chappelle tells the crowd that R. Kelly asked him how “How you gonna do a video of me peeing on a b*tchh like that?” In the most Chappelle way possible he responded:

“How YOU gonna do a video of you peeing on a b*tch like that?”

Chappelle did share this story on his show back in 2003, but it’s still funny to hear it now. The skit is now the subject of debate and scrutiny as some people are making a claim it  “normalized” Kelly’s sick behavior. Do you think that is fair criticism? Let us know in the comment section below, and watch Dave retell the story in the video below.

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Smoke Detector: Casanova 2X G Checks Soulja Boy For Screaming At A Woman [Video] 

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Casanova 2X confronted Soulja Boy and his entourage after the rapper allegedly yelled at a woman. The incident reportedly occurred at Sirius XM and there is video of the convo. 

The Brooklyn rapper can be seen calmly telling Draco, “You screamed at a lady, you bugging the f**k out homie. You got sh*t all over your face. Are you bugging out? You high? You smacked? I understand, but you buggin’ out homie.”

SB copped pleas, saying he wasn’t high. Cas added, “I’m saying you high on weed. I’m not saying you on drugs.”

Semantics aside, Cas continued, “You don’t see how she ran out?”

But Big Draco kept copping pleas. “You don’t understand how they treat me, bro. If they females, they need to talk like females. Why she talkin’ like she gangsta?”

To this Cas asked SB, “What, you going to hit the female?”

SB said that would never happen. Casanova then used that same energy to get at SB’s security, noting that his body language made it seem like he wanted the smoke. He did not.

We’d be remiss not to mention that Casanova was indicted last year for allegedly assaulting a woman in an NYC diner.

Props for the G check, though. But someone tell both of these men to use “females” as an adjective, not as a noun. Trust us.

Watch cooler heads prevail below.

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Future Releases His Allegedly Final Album on Epic, ‘The WIZRD’ [Listen] 

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It’s been two years since Future‘s dropped his last studio albums Future and Hndrxx, and though he has released a mixtape and made a few guest appearances to keep his name buzzing on these streets, fans have been waiting patiently for a new label backed project. And just like that the dry spell comes to an end as the ATL representative finally releases his seventh LP The WIZRD.

Featuring production from the likes of ATL Jacob, Southside, and TM88 amongst others, The WIZRD comes in at 20 cuts deep and bolsters just three guest appearances: Young Thug, Gunna, and Travis Scott. In other words, you’re gonna be getting a whole lotta Future.

This also marks the last album that Future owes his label, Epic Records. Will Future go out and start his own label or will he sign with another label for a lucrative deal? Only time will tell but until then check out The WIZRD below and let us know your thoughts on the album.

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You Care: Azealia Banks and Grimes May Be Subpoenaed in Elon Musk Lawsuit 

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Azealia Banks continues to make the news for anything but her music. In the latest piece of struggle, a judge ruled that she may be subpoenaed in order to preserve evidence for a lawsuit against Tesla founder Elon Musk. 

Reports Business Insider:

A court has granted a motion by investors to serve subpoenas to preserve documents to the rapper Azealia Banks and the singer Grimes in a lawsuit against Tesla and Elon Musk, according to new court documents.

On Tuesday, the US District Court of Northern California granted the motion to serve document-preservation subpoenas against Banks and Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) as well as Business Insider, The New York Times, and Gizmodo.

Adam M. Apton of Levi & Korsinsky, the firm representing the investors, told Business Insider he planned to serve all five parties subpoenas to preserve evidence.

The subpoenas will exclusively call for the parties to refrain from destroying certain documents, messages, and other potential evidence, as opposed to calling for them to provide the evidence to the court.

Investors are suing Tesla and Musk in a class-action lawsuit, alleging that Musk made “false and misleading statements” via a tweet where he claimed he was taking the company private at $420 a share. The plaintiffs are claiming Musk negatively affected stock owners while the SEC fined him and Tesla $20M each.

As for Banks, you can read up on her bizarre Elon Musk entanglement right here and here. And here too.

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Benzino Pleads Guilty in Felony Molly and Weed Case 

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Benzino has managed to avoid jail time. The former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star pled guilty in his felony drug case in Georgia, avoided an involuntary vacation in the bing. 

Reports Page Six:

A rep for the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office tells TMZ … Raymond Scott (Benzino’s real name) pled guilty to all 3 charges he was facing Thursday morning. We’re told he was sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $500 … plus surcharges. 

We broke the story … the music producer was arrested in January 2017 after cops raided his ATL apartment and found drugs inside. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of 6 MDMA pills, and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed.

If Benzino had gone to trial and been found guilty, he would have face up to 15 years in jail.

Despite initially saying he would fight the case and claiming he was being targeted due to his race, he took the plea deal.

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Lamar Odom Sued For Allegedly Bailing On Payments To Travel Agent 

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Lamar Odom might be living clean and getting his health back in order, but he’s got some issues on the legal front that he’ll have to contend with next. The former basketball star was slapped with a lawsuit from a travel agent who claims Odom bailed on paying out nearly $25,000 in fees for tickets all around the world.

The Blast reports:

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a guy named Omar Rahmani claims Odom personally placed several orders through him for airline tickets.

Rahmani claims he provided tickets for flights with travel to cities like Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, New York, Las Vegas, Portland, and Hong Kong. The tickets ranged between economy, business, and first class and were often for several people.

In total, Rahmani claims the flights added up to $24,629.47.

The outlet adds that the suit is for fraud and breach of contract, along with additional damages.

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Killer Of Morgan Freeman’s Granddaughter Gets 20 Years Behind Bars 

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The man who stabbed Morgan Freeman‘s granddaughter to death outside a New York apartment building in 2015 is now seeing justice for the crime. Lamar Davenport was given 20 years behind bars after he killed the actor’s step-granddaughter, E’Dena Hines.

TMZ reports:

E’Dena Hines’ killer, Lamar Davenport, was sentenced Thursday in NYC … according to Manhattan D.A. Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

Davenport was convicted of manslaughter last May. As we reported, he killed Hines — who was his girlfriend at the time — in August 2015 outside of their NYC apartment. Witnesses said he repeatedly stabbed her as he screamed about religion.

Davenport was acquitted of second-degree murder after his lawyer argued he was messed up on PCP when he attacked E’Dena. However, a judge subsequently found him guilty of first-degree manslaughter.

Hines was 33.

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Ella Mai “Shot Clock,” Ar’mon and Trey ft. NBA Youngboy “Right Back Remix” & More | Daily Visuals 1.17.19 

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Ever since bursting onto the scene with “Boo’d Up,” Ella Mai’s been the object of many a man affections. Wait, is that still an acceptable term these days or nah? Well, y’all know what we mean.

Either way, Ella Mai knows this but her time is money so if you’re planning on shooting your shot you better James Harden it because according to her basketball themed clip to “Shot Clock” you only got 24 seconds to swish it or brick it. Timid fools obviously need not apply, b. Or you can get Mike D’Antoni to teach you a thing or too about the seven second offense.

Ar’mon And Trey meanwhile find themselves busting moves behind bars like it’s all good in the NBA Youngboy visual to “Right Back.” Must’ve been a minimal security joint.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Little Simz featuring Cleo Sol, Bali Baby, and more.

ELLA MAI – “SHOT CLOCK”

AR’MON AND TREY FT. NBA YOUNGBOY – “RIGHT BACK REMIX”

LITTLE SIMZ FT. CLEO SOL – “SELFISH”

BALI BABY – “PROFESSOR FINESSOR”

POPCAAN – “SILENCE”

DOT DEMO – “SIMMER DOWN”

ASIAHN – “LIKE YOU”

BOOKA600 – “OJ”

QUEEN KEY – “HEY”