Lil Wayne Speaks On His Situation With Roc Nation: “Jay Z’s A Good Guy. He’s Gonna Be Helping Me”

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Is Lil Wayne a member of Roc Nation?

He alluded to that fact at a concert earlier this month, but didn’t provide much in the way of details. The 34-year old rap superstar, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., sat down recently with Skip Bayless on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” show and clarified his comments.

“[Jay Z’s] just a good guy, man,” Wayne said. “It was nothing but a simple thing. Just friend to friend, ‘I just wanna help you.’ Simply, that’s all it was. ‘I just wanna help you, man in any way I can.’ And right now he’s just gonna help me, in any way he can and that’s just what it is.”

When asked if he was completely free from Cash Money Records, Weezy indicated that he wasn’t.

“No, we haven’t done that yet,” he replied. “We’re still working on that. That’s a situation, but like I said Jay’s just a good guy. He just wanna help me … And so he’s gonna be helping me.”

Wayne currently has a $51 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records on the table.

Check out Wayne’s comments about Roc Nation in the video below starting at the 13:30 mark.

Snoop Dogg Talks ‘Neva Left’ Album, Being Confused By President Trump, Tupac Shakur “We Were Like Brothers”

 

 

Snoop Dogg recently sat down with Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHopTV to talk about his forthcoming album titled “Neva Left,” which will be released on May 19th.

On the album’s direction

I wanted to make a record that could represent who I’ve always been. Who I’ve been for the past 25 years and at the same time put a brand new twist on it. Musically, sonically and lyrically. And just do what I do best. Representing hip hop, the way that I represent hip hop.

On the KRS One and Too Short features 

A lot of the old school artists and music … it’ll never die. It’s all about how you present it. One thing we like to do is present music in a fashion to where it’s musically first and it makes you feel good. Dynamically, you can’t put a time or an era or period on it because it feels good right now. Anytime you play a record that feels good right now, it’s gon’ feel good later in life as well. 

On the difference between his last album “Coolaid” and this one.

I believe that album was more about me creatively making a record that was about that moment. And really wasn’t about me making a statement. It was just me throwing a record out that I felt good about, ’cause I wanted to do it.

This one is more about a statement to be made as far as … I really wanted to go in and fine tune it. And make sure it was lyrically on point, the production was tight, the concept was on point. And that the record had a meaning. So, when people heard it and listened to it they knew what it was about as opposed to trying to figure it out.

On not being opposed to collaborating with other writers

I’m open to let other people get down with me ’cause that’s how I got my start, writing for Dr. Dre. I’m never too big to say you can’t write for me or present me something. But on the ‘Neva Left’ record I went in 100% by myself. ‘Cause I felt like it was statement time. Sometimes you gotta go to war by yourself. That way, in case it don’t work you get all the blame. And if it do work, you get all the blame.

On Tupac Shakur

We were like brothers. If you know anything about siblings. You argue, you fight, you love, you got each other’s back and you do anything for each other. That’s basically our relationship wrapped up in one big ball.

On where we’re at as a country

Man, I don’t know where we’re at as a country. It’s like [Trump] is running audibles at the line of scrimmage. What is his playbook? I’m sitting back watching like y’all. I don’t want to offend nobody and say nothing the wrong way, but at the same time I’m confused.

Rick Ross Avoids Jail In Kidnapping Case But Will Be On Probation For Five Years

Rapper Rick Ross avoided jail time in court today (April 4), in relation to his kidnapping and assault trial.

Rick Ross and his bodyguard were accused of pistol whipping his groundskeeper, when they allegedly walked in on the man what was labeled as a cocaine fueled party.

Rick Ross was accused waving a gun at Jonathan Zamudio, before striking him in the face, and breaking his jaw.

The rapper struck a deal with prosecutors, which allowed him to plead guilty to one felony count of aggravated assault.

Rick Ross avoided jail time thanks to the plea deal, which also sentenced him to time served, in addition to having to fork over $10,000 in fines.

However, the rapper pleaded guilty to a bunch of misdemeanors, which will have him in the clutches of the long arm of the law for the next 60 months, while he servs probation for the crimes.

According to reports, the rap star’s travel will not be restricted

Suge Knight Reveals “Alleged” Killers Of Tupac Shakur, Believes He Was Intended Target

Former CEO of Death Row RecordsSuge Knight who was with Tupac Shakur on the night that he was killed in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996, has claimed that he was the real target of the drive-by shooting that killed Pac, and that his ex-wife Sharitha and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie Wright Jr. were behind it reports The Daily Mail.

According to the directors of the new documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton, Richard Bond and Michael Douglas Carlin, they have a signed affidavit from Suge’s attorney Thaddeus Culpepper confirming that everything in their documentary is true.

Culpepper reportedly wrote that Suge has known “for many years that Reggie Wright Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight”.

The affidavit also claims that Knight has also alleged details of Wright’s involvement in the shooting of Shakur’s nemesis, Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace – in 1997.

Marion Suge Knight, who is currently behind bars since January 2015 on murder and attempted murder charges has always refused to reveal the identity of the person he believed was responsible for Tupac’s death. He has also long been suspected and accused of Pac’s death due to inconsistent testimonies, one of which he suggested Pac faked his own death.

Fabolous Talks How He Built His $20 Million Empire

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Entrepreneur Network partner Kelsey Humphreys chats with rapper, entrepreneur Fabolous about his eight keys to sustained success.

Kelsey: Talk about your social media brand. What to post. What not to post.

Fab: I mix all of it up. My social media tag is ‘MyFabolousLife,’ so I kinda try to show what I do in my daily life. I show people what I’m doing. The things that I’m involved in. Advertise whatever I’m doing as well. My following came from me just doing that.

Kelsey: How do you keep track of your ideas? How do you know if something is a good idea or bad idea? On the creative side of things.

Fab: On the creative side, you just gotta shoot your shot kinda.

Kelsey: Blood’s Thicker, your new fashion line. How did that come about? What was the inspiration?

Fab: Blood’s Thicker, it was a merchandise line. It comes from blood’s thicker than water, which is a line that plays on the family. That’s where that came from and I kinda started using it as we’re a merchandise line. I kinda looked at my fans as family.

Recently, I put out these series of mixtapes called Summertime Shootout. The artwork for the cover was a design that was played off of pop art of Roy Lichtenstein. We took it and made our own version of it and people gravitated to it and loved it. We ended up putting it on shirts. And people wanted the shirts and whatever we would put it on.

Fabolous also talked about doing pop-up merch shows in his hometown on Brooklyn, New York, making fans a part of the show, his first record deal, DJ Clue and more.

 

Jay Z Applauds New York Mayor’s Promise to Close Rikers Island

Jay Z applauded New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement Friday that the city plans on shuttering its Rikers Island prison facility.

The rapper’s recent six-part documentary Time: The Kalief Browder Story focused on a 16-year-old Bronx kid who spent over 1,000 days in Rikers – many of them in solitary confinement – while awaiting trial for allegedly stealing a backpack.

Although the case was eventually dismissed, Browder committed suicide at the age of 22, with the severe PTSD he suffered while imprisoned at Rikers cited as the reason he took his own life. Browder’s story led to an upheaval of the criminal justice system and served as a catalyst for de Blasio’s announcement Friday.

“Kalief is a prophet. His story will save lives,” Jay Z tweeted Friday alongside a Barack Obama quote. “You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. Thank you.”

At a March panel prior to the broadcast premiere of Time: The Kalief Browder Story, the rapper was optimistic that the documentary would instill some major changes.

“We put people in office; we make the laws,” Jay Z said. “These government officials? They work for us. They speak to us like we work for them, but we are the power. Three million people watched this the first week; we need it to be 20. We need everyone to be talking about this. That’s how this stops.”

When the documentary debuted at Sundance, Jay Z promised that Time “will save a lot of lives.”

On Friday, de Blasio said in a statement, “New York City will close the Rikers Island jail facility. It will take many years. It will take many tough decisions. But it will happen. The goal is to get our overall jail population down to 5,000 people. We believe that can be achieved in the next 10 years. The mass incarceration era did not begin in New York City but it’s going to end here.”

Danny Brown – Ain’t It Funny

 

Detroit emcee Danny Brown dropped his Atrocity Exhibition album in September of last year, and now he connects with Jonah Hill to create a sitcom-themed music video for “Ain’t It Funny” song.

Watch the video below.

Buy ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ (Vinyl, CD, Digital) – http://smarturl.it/atrocity-exhibition
Stream ‘Atrocity Exhibition’ – http://smarturl.it/atrocity-stream

How one 26-year-old turned $500 into $2 million online

Zuvaa is an online store selling African-inspired clothing to customers globally. It was founded two years ago by New York-based entrepreneur Kelechi Anyadiegwu.

What started with a compliment turned one young woman’s idea into a million dollar business.

When Kelechi Anyadiegwu started her online African clothing store Zuvaa with $500 two years ago, her idea was to share African-inspired designs with consumers around the world. Zuvaa is estimated to make $2 million in sales in 2016.
After receiving a compliment on her outfit, the tech savvy 24-year-old bought a domain name and started social media accounts.
“I didn’t really know what I was getting into, I just had a vision and I was excited about where that would take me,” New York-based Anyadiegwu told CNN in an interview.
“As a women of Nigerian descent, I grew up with African prints and fabrics. I loved wearing African inspired designs, and whenever I did wear these pieces, people wanted to know how they could also shop African inspired prints.”
Instead of just referring these curious customers on to the designers she knew, Anyadiegwu saw a business opportunity.
“I decided to use my skills in social media marketing and online community building, to create a platform that would provide more exposure for the talented African-inspired fashion designers I knew existed around the world,” she said.
Her success has already landed her on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

Passion x expertise = a winning formula

While the path of a tech entrepreneur is not an easy one, Anyadiegwu’s education set her up for success.
After studying User Experience Design in the U.S., she combined her passion for representing Africa on the world stage, her keen eye for design and tech expertise.
“I’ve always been a techie. I’m very interested in how technology and design could be used to change lives.
“Zuvaa brought together everything I was ever interested in. My love for Africa, my interest in fashion and my skills in technology.”
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The life of a young entrepreneur

Anyadiegwu has been very vocal about the fact that she did not want a traditional 9 to 5 job.
And she’s not alone, according to research by Bentley University, 77% of millennials say flexible work hours make them more productive.
“My days are a lot longer than 9-5!” says Anyadiegwu. “From when I wake up to when I go to sleep, I’m working on Zuvaa. If I’m not directly working on Zuvaa, I’m definitely thinking about it.”
Anyadiegwu predicts Zuvaa is on track to make $2 million in gross sales this year, she said having a clear vision is key.
“My biggest piece of advice is to trust your vision. Your vision for your life and company are really going to be what makes you stand out.
“No one is going to be able to see this vision, that’s what makes it so special, that what will set you apart from others, that’s what will make get every morning exciting to work and build your company.”
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The name ‘Zuvaa’ comes from ‘Zuva’ which means sun or sunshine in the language of the Shona people from Zimbabwe. Anyadiegwu’s vision for the company is clear;
“We are building a movement of artisans, consumers and people around the world who want to know the stories behind their garments. Where they come from and who made them.”
“People are excited that their traditional prints are going global and it’s driven by people from their communities. Many are fascinated with the market that exists outside of Africa and how the global interest is trickling down to their local communities,” added the young entrepreneur