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Trump Supporter Rapper Bestowed With “Kodak Black Day” In Florida 

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Florida is going to Florida, on all levels. Trump-supporting rapper Kodak Black was just honored with “Kodak Black Day” in the Sunshine State.

A TMZ reports, June 11 is now Kodak Black Day in Broward County.

Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness presented Kodak with the proclamation, stating June 11 will forever be known as a day honoring the rapper.

Holness bestowed the honor on Kodak Friday at a charity basketball tourney in Coral Springs.

Kodak was clearly moved, saying the proclamation means more to him than any platinum album.  The proclamation lists some of Kodak’s charitable work and personal accomplishments over the last few years.

The basketball tournament raised $5k to benefit the Lippman Youth Shelter.

Hey, we can’t be mad at the charity work (the proclamation give him props for his myriad of donations that include diapers, turkeys, and toys), so kudos for that.

Recently, he pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in sexual assault case he was facing in South Carolina and managed to duck a possible 10-year sentence, which has been suspended. He is currently on probation because of it, though.

As for rocking with Donald Trump, Kodak has been extra grateful to the Orange Overload since he pardoned the rapper at the end of his one term as POTUS. The rapper served about two years of a 46-month sentence for federal firearms charges.

But don’t expect Trump to donate to any of the causes Kodak has been getting props for since they won’t be benefitting him in anyway, just saying.

 

 

Pooh Shiesty To Remain Behind Bars After Judge Revokes His Bond [Video] 

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One of Hip-Hop’s rising stars might not have the bright future he had hoped for. A judge has revoked Pooh Shiesty’s bond thus mandating him to remain in jail.

Things are not looking good for the New 1017 Records talent. On Tuesday, June 8 the “Back In Blood” rapper surrendered himself to court to face charges that claim he participated in a shooting at the King Of Diamonds gentlemen’s club in Miami during Memorial Day weekend. He faced Judge Venzer, the same magistrate he saw for his 2020 shooting case, who apparently did not take this second appearance lightly as she did the first. She is quoted as saying “there is not a chance I am giving this kid a bond right now”. She also mandated that he stay away from KOD as well. In the court appearance he is shown wearing a green jail gown which is commonly associated with Miami Dade County inmates who are suicidal.

The man born Lontrell Williams is accused of shooting a security guard in the leg as he was trying to exit the establishment on May 30. Video footage later surfaced on Instagram showing in what seems to be a tense situation between him and fans while on stage. The clip claims someone swiped about $40,000 dollars from his pants pocket while at the club but he later denied the rumor saying “FALSE ALLEGATIONS NOTHING NEVER BEEN TOOK FROM ME” he wrote in the caption.

If convicted he could face 20 years if convicted.

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Migos “Avalanche,” Cordae ft. Young Thug “Wassup” & More | Daily Visuals 6.11.21 

Last night the Migos returned to the rap game with the drop of their latest LP Culture III, so naturally to accompany the release the three-man group drop some visuals in support of their latest effort.

Having debuted their latest single “Avalanche” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the ATL trio now come through with some visuals for the cut in which they keep that Blues Brothers vibe poppin’ with matching suits and fedoras in the studio while they lay it down on the cut.

From the studio to the underground, Cordae gets ready to put hands on his rivals in his Young Thug assisted clip to “Wassup” where Fight Club is the name of the game and the young rapper is feelin’ froggy!

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Kodak Black, Sean Paul, and more.

MIGOS – “AVALANCHE”

CORDAE FT. YOUNG THUG – “WASSUP”

KODAK BLACK – “FEELIN PEACHY”

SEAN PAUL – “LION HEART”

GUCCI MANE FT. POOH SHIESTY – “LIKE 34 & 8”

2FEETBINO & CRISTO – “OTR FREESTYLE”

ANKHLEJOHN & ROME STREETZ – “STOVE TOP SERENADE”

YUNGEEN ACE – “GIVING UP”

Hip-Hop Wired Presents: CRT FRSH [Certified Fresh] Playlist 6.11.21 

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We at Hip-Hop Wired pride ourselves on being fully immersed in the music of the culture we rep proudly. Part of our duty as a publication and crew is to school the masses on who is doing what musically and there’s no better way to do that beyond our CRT FRSH (Certified Fresh) bi-weekly playlist.

We open up this week’s playlist with the Migos marking their return with Culture III, and the Drake-assisted “Having Our Way” track, which caught some ears for reasons that have already been documented time and again. We follow that with the return of Tina Snow aka Megan Thee Stallion and her high-powered summer anthem “Thot Sh*t” and we added Kodak’s “Feelin’ Peachy” from his Happy Birthday Kodak project.

We then take it to Memphis with Gucci Mane and Pooh Shiesty showing off definitive chemistry on “Like 34 & 8,” a clever nod to Shaquille O’Neal and the late, great Kobe Bryant. Lil Durk and Lil Baby’s Voice Of The Heroes recently dropped and the title track shows off how great these two legends in the making sound together. We also want to give Lil Yachty a strong shout for taking it to Michigan and tapping in with the state’s rising talent and matching the manic style of Detroit’s Tee Grizzley on the track “Dynamic Duo” from the Michigan Boy Boat project.

We also feature CRT FRSH past inductees such as Chris Crack, frequent collaborator U.G.L.Y. Boy Modeling, L.A.Z (formerly of Clear Soul Forces), DirtyDiggs, Skyzoo, IDK, GoldLink, French Montana, Rome Streetz, ANKLEJOHN, Akai Solo, Mavi, Sideshow, Fly Anakin, and many more.

Check out the flyness below. See you again in two weeks!

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Outside All Summer: Dr. Dre Is Officially A Single Man 

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It seems one of Dr. Dre’s biggest projects is finally complete. His divorce to his long-time wife is finally complete.

As spotted on TMZ the legendary producer officially has formally ended his marriage to Nicole Young. According to the celebrity news site the judge presiding over their case has approved the break up thus legally ending their marriage of almost 25 years. While we are sure that Dre took the judgement as good news this is far from the end of his battle with his child’s mother.

This recent decision only speaks to their legal separation but does not conclude their prenuptial agreement woes. According to Nicole she signed the papers prior to their holy union but she alleges the Compton rapper had tore up it in front of her after forcing her to sign it. “Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me. Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void” is her side of the story. But Andre claims he never coerced her to sign it nor did he ever tear up any of the copies.

The pending decision will not only give rule on whether Nicole gets a prenuptial payout but also who gets what in terms of their joint real estate properties. Dre is represented by the same lawyer who is handling Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Kanye West.

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J. Rhodes’ Hip-Hop Musical ‘It’s A Wonderful Plight’ Aims To Shake Up Audiences 

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A year after the unrest of 2020, there’s many who are wondering where all those allies that popped up back then are now. A new film that’s the brainchild of an award-winning producer looks to answer that question.

J. Rhodes (born Justin Rhodes), whose musical production work includes teaming up with Dr. Dre, Black Thought, Rick Ross and many more is the main force behind the film It’s A Wonderful Plight. The film is billed as a Hip-Hop musical that focuses on a young white man in Dallas, Texas named Scott (played by Brian Shorkey) who gets called out for his professed love of Hip-Hop and Black culture hiding his own hidden prejudices and appropriation. He gets shown the error of his ways due to help from a “woke spirit” named Josef the Hotep (played by Rhodes). Along the way, the film gives viewers an in-depth look at Black American history, with reenactments that touch upon figures from Dr. Martin Luther King to Tupac Shakur and even showcasing tragic deaths by police such as Botham Jean’s with insight and sharp wit. The producer laughingly refers to it as “A Christmas Carol meets Hamilton“.

“The beauty of the film is that it tells a story told a thousand times, in a way that has never been told before.  That’s extremely tough to do & I’m proud to be a part of the team that executed such greatness,” says J. Rhodes. This is on the heels of his Vintage Rhodes Productions creating short films that gained acclaim at the American Black Film Festival and other showcases since 2016. The film has already gotten rave reviews since being in limited release last year, landing on USA TODAY‘s list of films to see this summer.

It’s A Wonderful Plight will be available to view on Amazon Prime on June 15. Peep the trailer below.

HHW Gaming: Lance Reddick Will Play Albert Wesker In Upcoming Netflix Live-Action ‘Resident Evil’ Series 

Lance Reddick Will Play Albert Wesker In Netflix 'Resident Evil' Series

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Resident Evil, a franchise long plagued by its lack of melanin when it comes to its main characters, is finally correcting that issue.

Friday (Jun.11), to close out its Geeked Week virtual showcase, Netflix revealed the cast for its upcoming live-action Resident Evil show. During the presentation, there were teasers presented as commercials from “sponsors”  featuring Lance Reddick’s very distinguishable voice delivering messages regarding the fictional pharmaceutical company, the Umbrella Corporation.

Eventually, the hosts finally revealed that The Wire actor and the voice of Zavala from Destiny 2 would be taking on the role of Resident Evil’s iconic antagonist Albert Wesker marking the first time a person of color has been cast as the character who has been historically white in the franchise’s 25-year history.

Reddick wasn’t the only actor announced. A photo showing his castmates revealed that he would be joined by Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), Siena Agudong (No Good Nick), Adeline Rudolph (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), and Paola Núñez (The Purge TV series) in yet-to-be-revealed roles.

According to the logline provided by Netlfix, the Resident Evil TV series takes place “Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that the show will be split across two timelines. The first timeline follows Wesker’s 14-year-old daughters Jade and Billie Wesker. The two siblings relocate with their dad to New Raccoon City and slowly learn their new surroundings are hiding a deeper, darker secret that could potentially lead to the destruction of the entire world.

The second timeline jumps more than a decade in the future to a world that has been decimated by the T-Virus, leaving less than 15 million people left on Earth. The rest of humanity has been turned into dangerous monsters or B.O.W.S (bio-organic weapons). Now 30, Jade is fighting to survive while uncovering secrets about her sister and father.

The show, written by showrunner and executive producer Andrew Dabb (Supernatural), has no release date and will be comprised of 8, 1-hour long episodes. The Resident Evil live-action is produced by Constantin Films, which also just wrapped filming the upcoming movie to reboot the film franchise that starred Milla Jovovich. Netflix will also be releasing Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, a CGI Anime series starring Resident Evil 2’s protagonists Leon Kennedy and Clarie Redfield, in July.

Resident Evil is currently enjoying a new wave of energy following the highly successful release of Resident Evil: Village. We expect the live-action tv show, the CGI film, and the new theatrical movie will only add to that.

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Starz’s ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ First Trailer Previews The Ruthless Drug Lord’s Introduction To Street Life 

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The Powerverse (yes, it’s a thing) is set to expand this July.

Starz has just delivered the first trailer for Power Book III: Raising Kanan. The show described as a “sprawling family drama,” takes place in Queens in the early 90s serves also serves as a coming-of-age story detailing how Power’s boogeyman and Ghost and Tommy’s mentor Kanan (Mekai Curtis) became ruthless drug lord we loved and hated leading up to his death in season 8 of the Starz hit drama.

Here is the official synopsis per Starz:

Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, “Raising Kanan” is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. It is a sprawling family drama that revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark, Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner, and adversary, who ultimately dies in a hail of gunfire in the eighth episode of Power’s penultimate season. 

When we catch up with Kanan here, he is the fifteen-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city. Much like the original “Power,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated, and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister. 

The trailer’s release comes after some drama. Power executive producer 50 Cent hopped on Instagram, seemingly hinting that when his deal is up with the network, he is taking his talents somewhere else after he claimed Starz called him out for revealing Patina Millar’s involvement in the show as young Kanan’s hustling mother Raquel “Raq” Thomas.

Based on the trailer, it looks like Starz has another hit drama on their hands that will be the talk of the summer. Power Book III: Raising Kanan also stars Omar Epps, London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Hailey Kilgore, Joey Bada$$, Toby Sandeman, Shanley Caswell, Lovie Simone, and Quincy Brown.

Sascha Penn will serve as showrunner with Power creator Courtney A. Kemp and 50 Cent stepping into the executive producer role. Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres on Starz July 18 at 8 PM ET/PT on STARZ.

Step into the trailer below.

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El Chapo’s Wife Pleads Guilty To 3 Major Charges, Won’t Snitch On Hubby 

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A few months after authorities put cuffs on El Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, for drug trafficking and money laundering, TMZ is reporting the former beauty queen has bitten the cartel bullet and pleaded guilty to three big-time charges.

According to the report the wife of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman appeared in federal district court this past Thursday (June 10) and pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Aispuro was busted back in February at the Dulles International Airport and ultimately charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 kilos or more of cocaine, 1 kilo of heroin, 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilos or more of marijuana for importation into the U.S.

As part of her guilty plea, Aipuro reached an agreement with prosecutors which will keep her from having to offer any information to government officials about her infamous hubby’s business dealings. She’s been accused of not only helping her husband run his multi-million dollar drug empire, but also helping spring him from a max-security Mexican prison back in 2015.

She even attended damn near everyday of his three-month trial in New York City where she had to hear recounts about his extracurricular activities such as murder, rape, and even spying on her and his mistresses.

Talk about a ride-or-die chick.

The judge overseeing the case has let it be known that she could end up serving life in prison (just like El Chapo) as the drug trafficking charge alone carries a minimum sentence of a decade behind bars and be charged up to $10 million for her crimes.

That’s probably walking around money for someone like her. Just sayin.’

Meek Mill & REFORM Alliance Celebrate Criminal Justice Reform in Virginia 

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Meek Mill has been a significant activist voice for criminal justice reform, and he got to see how his criminal justice organization helped to create systemic change in the state of Virginia.

On Thursday (June 10), Meek Mill was in Richmond, Virginia along with Philadelphia 76ers executive and fellow co-founder of REFORM Alliance Michael Rubin at the invitation of Governor Ralph Northam to witness the signing of HB 2038 into law. Also in attendance were REFORM Alliance CEO Robert Rooks, and the Justice Forward Virginia, American Conservative Union, and Faith and Freedom in Virginia groups.

HB 2038, authored by Delegate Don Scott, limits adult probation sentences to a maximum of one year for a misdemeanor and five years for a felony. Meek Mill and REFORM Alliance got involved after the delegate sent out a tweet to him asking for his help late last year.

Up until now, Virginia was one of seven states in the nation that didn’t place a limit on probation sentencing which has been cited as a major factor in Black people and other people of color being sent back to prison even after serving out their original prison sentences. The law will also implement graduated sanctions which will stop people on probation from being sent back to prison on technical violations. 40% of Virginia’s incarcerated population can cite supervision violations as a reason.

“I try to balance the lines of being classy, still keeping the ear of younger people, still being able to speak to the Governor and being able to close gaps like Michael Rubin and take it as far as we can take it to better other people’s lives,” said the rapper when interviewed at the event. “I have the resources and I’m in [a] position to do better to help.”

The new law will take effect on July 1st.