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[MUSIC NEWS] Offset Receives $70,000 Ric Flair Chain for His Birthday

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Offset’s extravagant birthday gifts continue to roll in. Quality Control CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas gifted the newly minted 26-year-old a $70,000 chain made in the image of Ric Flair.

According to the folks at TMZ, Naitch Jewelry, which was created by Wafi Lalani at Jewelry Unlimited in ATL, put together the ultra-flossy chain and pendant. The chain itself is comprised of 27 carats. An additional 25 carats were embedded into the Ric Flair pendant. The pendant was modeled after an image of Flair rocking his signature caped-wrestling costume.

Not too surprisingly, Flair, who’s long been admired by the rap world, loved Offset’s new jewels. “Thank You For All The Respect @offsetyrn You Are Stylin’ And Profilin’ Sir! WOOOOO! Ric Flair Drip! 😎,” the famed wrestler wrote in an Instagram post to Offset, who references him on his Metro Boomin-produced track, “Ric Flair Drop.”

News of Offset’s new Ric Flair chain comes just a couple days after it was revealed that the rapper had received a Rolls-Royce Wraith from his fiancee Cardi B. Clearly, Offset’s living his best life. Salute. Now, hopefully he can gift us Culture 2 and a solo album.

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[Single] Coupe Daze – Anxiety @coupedaze

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Virginia rapper, producer 1/2 Beatmaejors & CEO of Dream Reality entertainment coupe digs deep with this ‘Anxiety’ record

Coupedaze “Anxiety” (Single) Review
Written by Medallio Green
“Anxiety,” written and performed by Anthony Porter and produced by Thirty Mil, is lyric gold. The first song to be featured on Coupedaze, focuses on the struggles of the everyday human-being that are normally overlooked in mainstream rap, “Trying to see the light/Story of my life/Demons in my life/Feeling sick of life…” Nothing about the song touches the past flavor of hoes in different area codes, but instead it is uniting with the current rap movement where the words are once again the main feature. This song causes you to sit back and just listen to the truth that Anthony is spinning and twisting into something that actually stays on topic and describes anxiety. No heavy base dropping that turns the listener away from the lyrics, just a style that keeps the listener’s attention from the first melodic piece to the last.

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[Video] Kayana Latrice – All Night Long @KayanaLatrice

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Kayana Latrice is far from your typical 20-year-old college student. While studying Sociology at El Camino she is also raising her daughter and pursing her music career. Despite having so much on her plate, Kayana seems to be stress free in her new video for “All Night Long” where she turns up with her girlfriends as they get ready for their night out. This record is backed by an undeniable hook with a melody that is as infectious as Kayana’s personality on this record. “All Night Long” is definitely an anthem for anyone looking to function as the title implies but there is much more layers to Kayana’s character than just partying. Make sure you check out “If She Only Knew” to get a better understanding of Kayana’s catalog, she is a multi-dimensional singer/songwriter with a number of narratives to explore. Stay on the look out for more from Kayana Latrice.

Twitter: @KayanaLatrice

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[Music News] Gun Used in Tupac Shakur Murder Has Gone Missing

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Even though Tupac Shakur‘s murder remains unsolved, the weapon reportedly used to kill the late rapper was previously found back in 1998. However, according to TMZ, the location of the handgun used to fatally shoot the hip-hop icon is currently unknown.

Producers of the A&E docu-series, Who Killed Tupac?, discovered the police documents that detail a .40 caliber Glock being discovered in a citizen’s backyard nearly 20 years ago. The Compton Police Department booked the weapon as found property on May 30 of that same year. When L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. took over Compton’s law enforcement in 2000, the handgun was part of 3,800 confiscated firearms that were transferred to them.

In 2006, Deputy T. Brennan recognized the address where the weapon had been discovered from the documents, which was reportedly the home of the girlfriend of a Crip member who had previous issues with Tupac. That same year, the department ordered testing of the handgun, which came up as a match for the same weapon that was used to tragically kill the rapper in 1996.

Fast forward to today, and law enforcement members are now unaware of the location of the handgun.

A&E premiered Who Killed Tupac? back in November, and is still unveiling facts about the death of the late hip-hop star. Be sure to tune in.

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[Music News] NYPD Lieutenant Reveals Chinx Was Murdered Over a Six-Year Grudge

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Chinx’s 2015 murder devastated the family, friends and fans of a Far Rockaway rapper on his way to music superstardom, leaving countless questions unanswered. After an investigation that spanned more than two years, police arrested two suspects yesterday (Dec. 14) and have settled on a motive, claiming the killing stems from a conflict that dates back nearly a decade, an NYPD official tells XXL exclusively.

According to Lt. Richard Rudolph, Commanding Officer of the Queens South Homicide Squad, Quincy Homere, 32, and Jamar Hill, 26, “hunted” and killed the budding rap star due to a clash that took place while Chinx (born Lionel Pickens Jr.) was incarcerated. According to Rudolph, Chinx and Homere—an aspiring rapper himself who went by the name Qwality—fought each other on Sept. 27, 2009, while both were housed on Rikers Island.

“We’re not exactly sure what the fight was about but our perpetrator Quincy probably got the worst of it and he wanted to get back at Chinx,” Rudolph tells XXL. Chinx had previously served more than three years in jail on robbery and drug charges from June 2005 to October 2008, but was taken back into custody shortly thereafter due to a parole violation. “When he saw Chinx’s career starting to blow, he took it real personal and figured that his [own] career was going south… It just festered inside of him.”

Rudolph says the feud picked up again years later, when Homere showed up at a Chinx performance at SoundGarden Hall in Philadelphia on April 24, 2015, a night when French Montana, Uncle Murda and Neef Buck were all slated to hold court. There, the two men were involved in a verbal altercation. “[Quincy] was blacklisted from the other rap stars,” Rudolph said. “Quincy’s steaming since that concert… I think that’s when he started to feel a fire inside of him to take his revenge out on Chinx.”

Less than one month later, Homere and his friend Hill learned that Chinx would be performing at the now-defunct Red Wolf Lounge in Brooklyn on May 16, 2015, presumably thanks to a flyer that he shared via Instagram. The two followed Chinx after the show to a hookah bar, and continued to tail him as he drove Queens Boulevard. When Chinx pulled up to a red light at 84th Drive around 4 a.m., Rudolph says Homere fired a 9-mm handgun into the rapper’s Porsche, striking and killing Chinx and wounding his friend and Coke Boys affiliate Yemen Chee$e (real name Antar Alziadi).

“Jemar Hill, he took part in the whole execution of Chinx… but there is only one shooter, and that is Quincy Homere,” says Rudolph. “They were just waiting for an opportunity. So they both acted in concert to kill this kid.”

Hill and Homere have each been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Homere was already in federal custody on charges of robbing a bank in November 2015. Hill was also locked up on a five-year sentence for a robbery conviction that he began serving in May. Both face 25 years to life in prison if convicted for Chinx’s murder.

The report of Homere’s arrest was first broken by Lisa Evers yesterday morning. TMZ followed shortly after with a report about Hill’s charges. Both plead not guilty to their charges yesterday at Queens Criminal Court.

“There was nothing about this investigation that was easy,” states Rudolph, who commended Det. Thomas Scalise and Det. Vincent Santangelo for their work on the case. He cites yesterday’s arrest to extensive research, interviews with Chinx’s family and affiliates, cell phone data and link analysis. “We chased literally hundreds of investigated leads and hit a lot of brick walls. But the guys just kept on digging. I take pride in my people, the job that they did, that they never quit, they never gave up when most detectives would’ve walked away from the case.”

Rudolph denied earlier police speculation that Chinx’s murder was related to his friend and music peer Stack Bundles’ shooting death in 2007.

“I’m happy for their family,” he says. “It doesn’t help that Chinx’s baby is without a father and Chinx’s mom is still without a son and Chinx’s wife is still a widow. We can only do what we can do, so I’m happy that they have some closure in this.”

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[Music News] Al Sharpton’s Letter Calling for Judge to Be Removed From Meek Mill Case

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Reverend Al Sharpton has once again stepped forth to support Meek Mill, who was recently sentenced to two years in prison for violating probation charges. This time, his support comes in the form of a letter to Judge Shelia A. Woods-Skipper, who operates as the president judge of the Court of Common Pleads of Philadelphia.

In his letter, which he delivered on Friday (Dec. 15), Rev. Sharpton urges Judge Woods-Skipper to remove Judge Genece Brinkley from Meek Mill’s case because he believes she’s been “deaf to the questions raised about her potential conflicts of interest with” the MMG rapper.

Those potential conflicts of interest Rev. Sharpton speaks of likely have to do with the claims of Meek’s lawyer, who says Judge Brinkley threatened consequences if he signed with Roc Nation management instead of her friend’s label. Judge Brinkley has also been someone the FBI’s kept an eye on in the past.

Read Rev. Sharpton’s letter in its entirety below.

Dear President Judge Woods-Skipper:

I write to you as someone with deep respect for the Judicial Process and as a true believer in fairness and equality in criminal justice matters. You may have read of my recent involvement with the case matters of Robert Rihmeek Williams (professional known as “Meek Mill”). He is currently serving a probation violation and was sentenced to a term of incarceration, over the objection of both the local prosecutor and the assigned probation officer, by Judge Genece Brinkley. You may also be aware that I have publicly called for Judge Genece to be removed from Mr. Williams’ matter. This demand was generated by serious allegations of a conflict of interest with Mr. Williams.

It is generally held in all judicial circles that the administration of justice must be fair, equal and impartial. It is also generally accepted in the law, that the appearance of bias or lack of impartiality, is as serious as actual bias or lack of the ability to be fair and impartial. There have been credible allegations made concerning Judge Brinkley’s ability to be fair and impartial in the matters concerning Mr. Williams.

If you know anything about me, I don’t just speak up when someone of note or celebrity has a problem with equal justice under the law. I have tried throughout my ministry and advocacy to always be the voice for the voiceless, and an activist for the underrepresented. Moreover, as Reverend Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. held throughout his life, a threat to justice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere!!.

Mr. Williams, in my view, has been subjected to an injustice. Judge Brinkley has been deaf to the questions raised about her potential conflicts of interest with Mr. Williams or simply has disregarded her oath of office to carry out her duties in a manner consistent with the Code of Conduct for Judges of the Court of Common Pleas. I understand the gravity of raising such an issue concerning the conduct of a Judge. I am compelled in this matter to speak truth to power.

I believe that Judge Brinkley must be removed from the case involving Mr. Williams and a Judge assigned who can conduct and preside in a fair and impartial manner.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Very truly yours,

Reverend Al Sharpton
President & Founder
National Action Network

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[New Music] Headkrack All The Way Lit (Clean)

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[New Music] Outta Town FT. Gucci Mane YAMAGUCHI

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[New Visual] Ziico Niico- That Bag @Ziico_Niico

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Ziico Niico is a bubbling sensation coming out of The Bronx, NY. The French Montana affiliate was first introduced to hip-hop over a year ago with his single “That Bag” a song that transcends both the NYC streets and the club scene into mainstream media with over 800,000 views on YouTube. Unfortunately, Ziico Niico is fighting a case for conspiracy charges, which has been a difficult obstacle thrown his way while trying to reach the next level in his career. However, Niico has still been able to release projects such as “I’m Heem” and “Zaddy Heem” as well as placements with Bronx legend French Montana. The charisma and persona behind Ziico Niico is very intoxicating and organic to his Uptown roots, he is definitely someone to look out for coming out of NYC if he is able to get passed all of his legal troubles. Check out the visual for “That Bag” below and make sure you download “Zaddy Heem” on Soundcloud and Datpiff.

Twitter: @Ziico_Niico

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Hajji BlackStone – Hot Sauce ft. Kogniak (Official Music Video) @blackstonehaji

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Hajji BlackStone delivers on a visual for his new single “Hot Sauce” featuring Kogniak. This Afrobeat banger is backed by a hypotizing instrumental from producer Dusty Productions. The chemistry between Hajji and Dusty is clear on this record where they provide deeply rooted cultural influences in a way that comes off very natural. The autotune-driven hook is enough to catch the listeners ear, but it is the well put together verses that string this track together. It is clear that Hajji has mastered his pen game with lyrical mechanics that reflect more of a east coast emcee rather an Afrobeat singer. Director ReelEyeCons does a great job of bringing this song to life with imagery that perfectly captures the essence of the record. Bouncing back and forth from the big city to a beautiful waterfall, this video documents the lavish lifestyle of Hajji BlackStone. “Hot Sauce” will be featured on Hajji BlackStones upcoming project “Lil Senegal” look out for that and more coming from Hajji.

Twitter: @blackstonehaji

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