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Ludacris Teams With Netflix For New Animated Series ‘Karma’s World’ 

Karma's World

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Ludacris has been M.I.A. from the rap scene for a minute and though he’s been keeping a low profile. But the Atlanta rapper and certified actor has been making moves as he’s now a part of Netflix’s new animated series Karma’s World.

Karma's World

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Inspired by Luda’s oldest daughter, Karma Bridges, Karma’s World revolves around a little girl who aspires to be a famous rapper and finds herself constantly daydreaming of the day her talents will be recognized by the world. Encouraged by her supportive father (Ludacris), Karma feels that the world is hers for the taking.

Per the Netflix synopsis: “Smart, resilient, and deeply empathetic, Karma pours her soul into songwriting, channeling her feelings into whip-smart rhymes with passion, courage and her signature brand of humor. In this series, Karma is only beginning to grasp the incredible emotional power that words and music can have. She doesn’t just want to share her music with the world…she wants to change the world with it!”

Naturally it seems like Karma might have a hater or two, but from the looks of things she’ll be able to brush them off and realize her dreams in the end. This really seems like a must-see series for proud fathers and their little girls.

Check out the trailer to Karma’s World below and let us know if you’ll be checking this out when it hits Netflix on October 15.

Hypebeast Alert: Kanye Drops Yeezy Knit Runners, Ye or Nay? 

Yeezy Knit Runner

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People have slandered Kanye’s latest adidas releases like the Foam Runners, the Slide slippers, and even the 450 Slates, but his latest and weirdest release might be getting the most hate of them all, and it’s lowkey well deserved.

The new Yeezy Knit Runner’s no doubt resemble a blimp on feet, but they not only have hypebeasts drooling, they actually sold out within minutes of their release today (September 23). Needless to say Kanye’s been pushing the envelope with his designs all across the board, from his zipper-less Gap down jacket to now his shapeless footwear, but regardless of how weird and eccentric things may get, it becomes a hot commodity amongst customers so he seems to know what he’s doing.

Looking like some knitting fabric stitched to a rubber sole, the Knit Runners seem comfortable for what it’s worth, but just kinda weird looking all around. The first “Sulfur” drop features a mustard and tan colorway that definitely stands out, and given the fact that it sold out as fast as it was probably made, a black and red colorway is sure to be as sought after as a pair of Bred Air Jordans. Still, today’s drop is already reselling for $500+ so you can only imagine what a popular colorway would fetch on the secondary market.

Check out the Yeezy Knit Runner below and let us know if you think it’s all hype or the design is next level.

Who Asked For This?: Kim Kardashian To Host ‘SNL’, Young Thug Among Musical Guests 


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The first hosts and musical guests of the new season, its 47th, of Saturday Night Live have been announced, and at least one person in the former group will raise eyebrows. Kanye West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian has been tapped to host SNL.

We gotta say it—Who asked for this? Who suggested it?

Besides Kardashian, the hosts, announced by the usual tweet of an image of dates and names on Post-Its is a murderer’s row of actors. Owen Wilson will hold down the season premiere on October 2, followed by Kardashian the next week and then Rami Malek and Jason Sudeikis on October 16 and October 23, respectively.

For Hip-Hop heads, mark your calendars for October 16 when Atlanta rapper Young Thug will be the musical guest. The other acts slated for the start of the new season include Kacey Musgraves, Halsey and Brandi Carlile.

Last we saw Kardashian she was channeling a Yeezy-like aesthetic at the Met Ball by donning an all-black outfit that included a full face mask. There’s also the matter of Wack 100 claiming he has an unseen Kardashian and Ray J sex tape, but we aren’t holding our breath when it comes to the merits of that claim.


Jermaine Dupri Shades Diddy with Songwriters Honor: “I’m At Tables Puff Can’t Pay For” 

VERZUZ: Fat Joe Vs Ja Rule

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Jermaine Dupri hasn’t played games when it came to calling out Diddy for a Verzuz battle and recently revealed not only why, but also why his credentials show his arms are actually longer than Diddy’s when it comes to hits.

As previously reported, during an Instagram live session, Diddy, JD, and Snoop Dogg joined Fat Joe to discuss the potential battle. Diddy previously stated that he only wanted to battle Dr. Dre.

“Ayo, short arms. You need to chill out short arms. You hear me? Ayo, I love you. First of all, I want the world to know that this is one of my best friends. You know, one of my best inspirations,” said Diddy to JD.

Dupri stopped by The Kenny Burns Show on Atlanta radio station V-103 earlier this week, to discuss his accomplishments and bring more facts to the table about why he’s more than qualified to battle Brother Love, throwing a few jabs Diddy’s way by pointing out that he actually produces and sits behind the boards to create records in addition to writing songs.

“Let me say this to y’all, everybody, be clear,” Dupri said. “I just want to make sure everybody understands this. I am in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I am in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Puff Daddy’s not in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Steve Stoute and the Trackmasters are not in the Hall of Fame.”

The So So Def head honcho then went on to shout out fellow musicians from his era to hold the same accomplishment.

“Me, Dallas Austin, Jay-Z, and Missy Elliott—when it comes to songwriting… I shouldn’t have to play nothing… I am in a seat that Puff Daddy can’t pay for. You have to write songs, and as far as I’m concerned, as far as I’m concerned, I don’t know if he’ll ever get in that club.”

The “Grillz” writer then went on to reveal that he had gotten a direct message on Instagram from both Steve Stoute and frequent Diddy collaborators Trackmasters telling him that his records had “no lasting impact.”

“Steve Stoute wrote me saying, ‘Jermaine, I respect your catalog, but your crazy, and your music has zero long-term impact.” Jermaine Duri said. “And I’m going to say this again, the Trackmasters have zero seats in the Hall of Fame. ZERO seats in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and I want to [add] that if I had zero impact then why are you shooting your shot at me?”

Check out the clips below.

Twista “Glock,” Majid Jordan “Summer Rain” & More | Daily Visuals 9.21.21 

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard anything new from Twista, but today Chicago’s fastest rapper returns with some new work and is still as quick with his bars as he’s ever been.

Coming through with some new visuals to “Glock,” Twista holes up in a armory laced with all kinds of heat while Twista handles and names each and every piece of toast he can get his hands on. 2nd Amendment fanatics are going to be going nuts with this joint. Just sayin.’

On a softer tip, Majid Jordan gets into the spirit of summer and for his clip to “Summer Rain” which features all kinds of visuals including some boxing, airplane ride and, well, rain. It’s kinda all over the place, but really entertaining.

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from DJ Swamp Izzo featuring Future, 22Gz, and more.









DJ Akademiks Launches ‘Off The Record’ Video Podcast On Spotify 

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DJ Akademiks is back with his brand new podcast. Actually, a “vodcast.”

Since the forever-controversial Hip-Hop commentator parted ways with Complex, Joe Budden and Everyday Struggle, most of his drama-infused content was brought to us via Twitch, but on Monday, the Jamaica-born, New York-raised media personality officially launched his new video podcast, Off the Record, which is available exclusively on Spotify.

Off the Record will release three video episodes a week. Each episode will feature “two roundtable discussions and one interview featuring an artist or celebrity driving the culture forward,” according to a press release sent to Hip Hop Wired. The podcast will also feature special live episodes on Spotify Greenroom.

Following the podcast’s first episode—which Akademiks recapped on his YouTube channel—the former Rutgers University DJ will be sitting down with rapper Rich the Kid to discuss things like the “Plug Walk” rapper’s journey and career as well as his top pics for which rappers are running things in Hip Hop’s current culture. 

Future guests for the show have yet to be announced, but what is known is this time around, Akademiks won’t be sharing the hosting stage with anyone else. In his first episode recap, Akademiks was adamant in saying, while he will likely have recurring guests, this is his platform and he will not have a co-host.

Beyond that, Akademiks said he has put a lot of energy, work, and money into giving his new podcast top-notch production value and making it one that will blow every other Hip-Hop podcast out the water.


AJ Johnson’s Wife Claims She’s Getting A Lot Of Fake Love But Little Support [Video] 

Anthony AJ Johnson Actor Comedian

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The movie industry is still hurting from the recent loss of AJ Johnson. His wife says since his passing she has received more fake love than real love.

As spotted on TMZ Lexis Jones Mason has is speaking about the recent passing of the Friday movie star. Naturally the loss was a huge one for her and the family. As the presumed primary earner for the household to it is needless to say his queen is in need of assistance now that he is gone. In an exclusive interview with the celebrity gossip website she explained while AJ has received an outpouring of emotional love from his friends and peers in Hollywood she has yet to receive the support she really needs.

In a heartbreaking vlog she reveals that the family has launched a GoFundMe to bury him. “Y’all say y’all love him but where’s the help?”she said. “We’re raising money because I have to pay for this all out of pocket. It’s just hurtful you know?”. The original goal was $20,000 to cover the funeral and ceremony but thankfully the donations have exceeded it as they have raised a little over $30,000 as of today (Wednesday, September 22). According to the page Lexis and the family are still actively accepting donations.

AJ Johnson, who had several memorable movie roles that resonated with Hip-Hop culture (i.e., I Got The Hook Up, House Party), was 55. You can see Lexis discuss the situation below.

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Microsoft’s Unveils New Surface Laptop Studio Plus Eveything Else Announced During Its Surface Event 

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Apple and Samsung have been the talk of the tech world, but Microsoft said, wait a minute, we got some things to show y’all.

Wednesday (Sep.22), Microsoft had plenty to show off to tech enthusiasts during its Microsoft Surface event. As expected, the tech giant revealed a new  Surface Pro 8, Surface Duo 2, now equipped with a camera plus some other cool features, and even a NEW weird but still cool as hell flagship laptop and much more.

So let’s get into it.

Surface Go 3

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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The Surface Go3 is Microsoft’s low-end Surface model aimed at those who don’t want to break the bank for one of Microsoft’s fancy tablets. Brand new Intel processors power this new model to give it a bit of a booth.

Surface Duo 2 5G

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Microsoft’s phablet is getting a significant update that makes it very attractive to people who love a good phone that also doubles as a tablet. The Surface Duo 2 features updates to the device that users of the first iteration of the Duo were screaming for. The Surface Duo 2 now has 5G capability, some nifty gaming features, a pretty decent screen, plus a cool Glance Bar that updates you about your notifications and battery life when the device is close. It also works with the new Surface Slim Pen 2.

Surface Slim Pen 2

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Yaaaay, a new pen. Apple has its Apple Pencil, Samsung has the S Pen Pro, now Microsoft has the Surface Slim Pen 2. Both Apple and Samsung claimed that updates to their stylists because that’s what each peripheral is, just with a different name, make it feel like you’re writing. Now, Microsoft makes the same claim thanks to built-in haptics designed to give you more tactile feedback while using it.

Ocean Plastic Mouse

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Microsoft’s Ocean Plastic Mouse didn’t blow anyone away unless you’re Captain Planet and The Planeteers. The mouse is eco-friendly and is made from 20 percent recycled ocean plastic and packaging that’s 100 percent recyclable. Don’t get it twisted. We are here for saving the planet.

Surface Adaptive Kit

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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Everyone deserves to enjoy technology, and Microsoft is ahead of the curve when it comes to making their devices inclusive for all, and that energy continues. Microsoft showed off its new Surface Adaptive Kit in a heartwarming presentation. The kit features labels and port indicators you can place on your Surface Pro to make it easier to use. There are even tools you can use to help you open the device. Well done, Microsoft.

Surface Pro 8

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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The Surface Pro 8 features some significant redesigns to Microsoft’s Surface line. This time around, the Surface Pro 8 has a larger 13-inch touchscreen, two Thunderbolt 4 ports (so long USB-A port), thinner bezels, and much more. Yes, it also supports the new Slim Pen 2.

Surface Laptop Studio

Everything Announced During Microsofts Fall Surface Event

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This bad boy stole the show. Microsoft’s new flagship laptop, the Surface Laptop Studio, is its new powerful notebook, and its most significant feature is functionality. This transformer features a hinge allowing users to bring the screen closer to them or convert it to “studio mode” so you can do some heaving editing while using the Slim Pen 2. This device is so incredible that it almost had the event’s host in tears while he talked about it. We are dead serious.

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R. Kelly Chooses Not To Testify In Sex Trafficking Trial 


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The Pied Piper of R&B is keeping his mouth shut. Disgraced crooner and accused predator R. Kelly has decided not to testify in his sex trafficking trial in Brooklyn.

“No, ma’am,” Kelly told U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly, per Raw Story, when he was asked if he wanted to testify on his own behalf.

R’uh’s trial began on August 18 and jurors heard testimony from victims, witnesses and others who said they observed instances of his alleged illicit behavior. The Chicago native has pleaded not guilty to a count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

The testimony has been vile, particularly when involved the late singer Aaliyah, who R. Kelly married when she was still a teenager. Last week, a witness referred to as “Angela” told the court, “I saw Robert and Aaliyah in a sexual situation,” she testified. “It appeared that he had his head in between her legs and was giving her oral sex.”

Regardless of this trial’s outcome, R. Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly. 54, is facing another trial in his hometown for similar charges.

Little Brother Asks Fans Not to Buy or Stream Early Albums Over Unpaid Royalties 

Dilated Peoples and Little Brother Perform At S.O.B.'s

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The dynamic group Little Brother is in the midst of a controversy involving their first two albums and their former label ABB Records’ shady moves behind new reissues of both. The MCs are humbly asking fans not to purchase or stream a paif of their first albums.

Rapper Big Pooh broke the news of the indie label’s behavior via Twitter on Tuesday (September 21), claiming that they re-issued their second album from 2005, The Minstrel Show, without the group’s permission. He also stated that the group hadn’t been paid appropriately for that album and for their 2003 debut project, The Listening.

Pooh closed by asking fans to not buy or stream those album reissues. “I see ABB Records has decided to put up a repress of The Minstrel Show on vinyl instead of answering for 16 years of nonpayment on TMS or answering for 18 years of nonpayment for The Listening,” he wrote. “Humbly asking that you not support bad business practices. Thank you for listening.”

Phonte co-signed Rapper Big Pooh’s request, clarifying through Instagram that he wasn’t implicating Fat Beats in the situation. “I have no smoke with @fatbeats, but @abbrecords can get the entire fuck outta here,” he wrote in the caption. “Either way, my brother @rapperbigpooh and I are asking that you don’t support any LB vinyl represses and stop running The Listening on all streaming platforms until Ben Nickleberry Jr. aka Beni B. of @abbrecords honors his fucking word and pays us what we’re owed. Thank you for listening. #LBbizness.”

He later posted a video to Instagram, thanking all of the supportive fans and shedding further light on what exactly took place between the group and ABB Records, stating that the group hadn’t received any royalties since 2004 for The Listening despite significant streaming numbers. Phonte also shared that the vinyl rights to The Minstrel Show were given to Atlantic Records in the deal made between the label and ABB Records and that he had spoken with Nickleberry as late as 2019 to try to resolve the issue quietly. “We tried, but now it’s time to get loud,” he said.

Check out the full video below.