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Lisa Nicole Lopes (May 27, 1971 – April 25, 2002), better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter.

She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes contributed her self-written raps to many of TLC’s hit singles, including “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg”, “What About Your Friends”, “Hat 2 da Back”, “No Scrubs”, “Waterfalls”, “Girl Talk”.

She won four Grammy Awards for her work with TLC.

On April 25, 2002, Lopes was killed in an automobile accident in La Ceiba, Honduras when she swerved off the road to avoid hitting another vehicle. She was thrown from her own vehicle and later died from her injuries. The last days of her life were documented from March 30, 2002 until her death on April 25, 2002. The footage included the accident that took her life and was made into a documentary called The Last Days of Left Eye.

It aired on VH1’s rock docs on May 19, 2007, eight days prior to what would have been Lopes’ 36th birthday.

Lisa Lopes was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Wanda, a seamstress, and Ronald Lopes, an Army staff sergeant.

She had two younger siblings, Ronald and Raina. Her father has been described by music journalist and academic Jacqueline Springer, as an “oppressively” strict and demanding disciplinarian

Lopes’ parents separated when she was still at school and for the later years of her childhood, she was raised by her paternal grandmother. She attended Girls’ High School.

She was of Afro-Cape Verdean and African American descent.

TLC

TLC (band)

At the age of 17, having heard of an open casting call for a new girl group through her boyfriend at the time, Lopes moved to Atlanta to audition.

TLC started off as a female trio called 2nd Nature. The group was renamed TLC – derived from the first initials of its then three members – Tionne, Lisa and Crystal.

Things did not work out with Crystal Jones, and TLC’s manager Perri “Pebbles” Reid brought in Damian Dame backup dancer Rozonda Thomas as a third member of the group. To keep the “initial” theme of the band’s name, Rozonda needed a name starting with C, and so became Chilli—a name chosen by Lopes.

Band mate Tionne Watkins became T-Boz which was derived from the first letter of her first name and “Boz,” which is slang for “boss”.

Lopes was renamed “Left Eye”, after a compliment from a man who once told her he was very attracted to her because of her left eye. Lopes emphasized her nickname by wearing a pair of glasses with the left lens covered with a condom, in keeping with the group’s promotion of safe sex, wearing a black stripe under her left eye and, eventually getting her left eyebrow pierced.

The group arrived on the music scene in 1992 with the album Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip.

With four singles, it sold six million copies worldwide; TLC became a household name. 1994 saw the release of CrazySexyCool, which sold over 23 million copies worldwide and cemented TLC as one of the biggest female groups of all time.

TLC’s third album,FanMail, was released in 1999 and sold over 14 million copies worldwide.

Its title was a tribute to TLC’s loyal fans and the sleeve contained the names of hundreds of them as a “thank you” to supporters.

During the recording of FanMail, a public conflict began amongst the members of the group.

In the May 1999 issue of Vibe magazine, Lopes said, “I’ve graduated from this era. I cannot stand 100 percent behind this TLC project and the music that is supposed to represent me.”

In response to Lopes’ comments, Watkins and Thomas stated to Entertainment Weekly that Lopes “doesn’t respect the whole group” and “Left Eye is only concerned with Left Eye”. In turn, Lopes sent a reply through Entertainment Weekly issuing a “challenge” to Watkins and Thomas to release solo albums and let the public decide who was the “greatest” member of TLC:

“I challenge Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) andRozonda Thomas(Chilli) to an album entitled “The Challenge”… a 3-CD set that contains three solo albums. Each [album]… will be due to the record label by October 1, 2000…I also challenge Dallas ‘The Manipulator’ Austin to produce all of the material and do it at a fraction of his normal rate. As I think about it, I’m sure LaFace would not mind throwing in a $1.5 million dollar prize for the winner.”

T-Boz and Chilli declined to take up the “challenge,” though Lopes always maintained it was a great idea.

Things were heated between the ladies for some time, with Thomas speaking out against Lopes, calling her antics “selfish”, “evil”, and “heartless.”

TLC then addressed these fights by saying that they are very much like sisters that have their disagreements every now and then as Lisa stated, “It’s deeper than a working relationship. We have feelings for each other, which is why we get so mad at each other. I usually say that you cannot hate someone unless you love them. So, we love each other. That’s the problem.”

Solo career

After the release of FanMail, Lopes began to expand her solo career. She became a featured rapper on several singles, including Spice Girl Melanie C’s “Never Be the Same Again”, which topped the charts in thirty five countries, including the United Kingdom.

She was also featured on “U Know What’s Up”, the first single from Donell Jones’ second album,Where I Wanna Be, and she rapped a verse in “Space Cowboy” with ‘N Sync on their 2000 album,No Strings Attached.

On October 4, 2000, Lopes co-hosted the MOBO Awards alongside Trevor Nelson, where she also performed “U Know What’s Up” with Jones.

She also collaborated on “Gimme Some” by Toni Braxton from her 2000 album The Heat.

In 2001, she appeared in a commercial for Gap Inc. Three years earlier in 1998, Lopes hosted the short-lived MTV series, The Cut. A handful of which would be pop stars, rappers, and rock bands who would compete against each other and were judged. The show’s winner, which ended up being a male-female rap duo named Silky, was promised a record deal and funding to produce a music video, which would then enter MTV’s heavy rotation.

A then-unknown Anastacia finished in third place, but ended up securing a record deal after Lopes and the show’s three judges were impressed by her performance.

In July 2001, Lopes appeared on the singers’ edition of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire along with Joey McIntyre, Tyrese, Nick Lachey, and Lee Ann Womack.

She dropped from a $125,000 question and won $32,000 for charity. She would later appear again in the audience alongside Tyrese.

A year later, in 2002, the episode of her drop was shown and was dedicated to her.

Lopes created “Left Eye Productions” to discover new talent. She mentored the R&B trio Blaque, and helped them secure a record deal with Columbia Records.

Their self-titled debut album was executive-produced by Lopes, who also made a cameo appearance in their music video “808” and also rapped in their second music video “I Do”. Lopes was also developing and promoting another new band called Egypt.

They worked with Lopes on her second album under her new nickname, N.I.N.A., meaning New Identity Not Applicable.

Supernova

Lopes spent much of her free time after the conclusion of TLC’s first headlining tour supporting Fanmail recording her debut solo album,Supernova.

It includes a song titled “A New Star is Born”, which is dedicated to her late father. She told MTV News:

“That track is dedicated to all those that have loved ones that have passed away. It’s saying that there is no such thing as death. We can call it transforming for a lack of better words, but as scientists would say, ‘Every atom that was once a star is now in you.’ It’s in your body. So, in the song I pretty much go along with that idea. … I don’t care what happens or what people think about death, it doesn’t matter. We all share the same space.”

Other tracks covered personal issues, including her relationship with NFL football player Andre Rison. In 1994, Lopes infamously burned down Rison’s Atlanta mansion, resulting in the loss of all his possessions.

Among the album’s thirteen tracks was also a posthumous duet with Tupac Shakur that was assembled from the large cache of unreleased recordings done prior to his murder in 1996.

Initially scheduled for release on a date to coincide with the eleventh anniversary of her grandfather’s death, Arista Records decided to delay, then cancel the American release.[

The album was eventually released in August 2001 in various foreign countries. The Japan import includes a bonus track called “Friends”, which would later be sampled for “Give It to Me While It’s Hot” on TLC’s fourth album 3D.

N.I.N.A.

After numerous talks with Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, Lopes severed her solo deal with Arista (despite remaining signed to the label as a member of TLC) and signed with Knight’s Tha Row Records in January 2002, intending to record a second solo album under the pseudonym “N.I.N.A.” (New Identity Not Applicable).

She was recording with David Bowie for the project, who she was also trying to get involved with the fourth TLC album. The project was also to include several songs recorded with Ray J along with close friend Missy Elliott.

After Lopes’ death in April 2002, Death Row Records still had plans to release the album in October 2002, but after legal issues with Arista Records, the album was cancelled. In 2011, all the tracks from the album were uploaded onto YouTube featuring artists from Tha Row Records. Lopes’s unreleased songs were also sampled by TLC for their fourth album 3D after she died. Another track, “Too Street 4 T.V”, was released on the soundtrack to the film Dysfunktional Family.

Eye Legacy, Forever… The EP and “Fantasies”

In 2008, Lopes’ family decided to work with producers at Surefire Music Group to create aposthumous album in her honor,Eye Legacy. Originally set to be released October 28, 2008, the release date was pushed back to November 11, then to January 27, 2009.

The song “Crank It”, which features Lopes’ sister Reigndrop, was released as a promotional single. The first official single from the album, “Let’s Just Do It”, was released on January 13, 2009 and features Missy Elliott and TLC. The second official single, “Block Party”, features Lil Mama andClyde McKnight. The album largely consists of reworked versions of tracks from the Supernova album. In November 2009, Forever… The EP was released which contained international bonus tracks not used on the Eye Legacy album. The EP was only available to download. An unreleased track featuring Lopes was uploaded to SoundCloud on the eve of the 10-year anniversary of her death by block Starz Music.

A portion of the proceeds from the song “Fantasies”, which features rapper Bootleg of The Dayton Family, will go to the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

Personal life

Lopes was often vocal about her personal life and difficult past. She readily admitted that she had come from an abusive, alcoholic background and struggled with alcohol problems herself. These problems became headline news in 1994, when she set fire to Andre Rison’s tennis shoes in a bathtub, which ultimately spread to the mansion they shared, destroying it. Lopes claimed that Rison had beaten her after a night out, and she set fire to his shoes to get back at him. However, she said burning down the house was an accident. Lopes later revealed that she did not have a lot of freedom within the relationship and was abused mentally and physically, having released all her frustrations on the night of the fire.

Lopes, who was sentenced to five years probation and therapy at a halfway house, was never able to shake the incident from her reputation. Her relationship with Rison continued to make headlines, with rumors of an imminent wedding, later debunked by People magazine.

Lopes revealed on The Last Days of Left Eye documentary that her meeting with a struggling mother in rehab left a big impression on her. She subsequently adopted the woman’s 8-year-old daughter. Ten years previously, she had adopted a 12-year-old boy.

Lopes had several large tattoos. Most prominent was a large eagle on her left arm, which she said represented freedom. Later, she added the number “80” around the eagle, which was Rison’s NFL number while in Atlanta.

She also had a tattoo of a moon with a face on her foot in reference to Rison’s nickname, Bad Moon. On her upper right arm was a large tattoo of the name Parron, for her late step brother who died in a boating accident, arching over a large tattoo of a pierced heart. Her smallest tattoo was on her left ear and consisted of an arrow pointing to her left over the symbol of an eye, a reference to her nickname.

Roughly two weeks before her own death, Lopes was involved in a traffic accident that resulted in the death of a ten-year-old Honduran boy.

As reported in Philadelphia Weekly, “It is commonplace for people to walk the roads that wind through Honduras, and it’s often difficult to see pedestrians.” The boy, Bayron Isaul Fuentes Lopez, was following behind his brothers and sisters when he stepped off the median strip and was struck by the van driven by Lopes’ personal assistant. Lopes’ party stopped and loaded the boy into the car, and the Philadelphia Weekly goes on to explain that “Lisa cradled the dying boy’s bleeding head in her arms” while “Someone gave him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as they rushed him to a nearby hospital.”

Lopez died the next day and Lopes paid approximately US$3,700 for his medical expenses and funeral, and later compensated the family around US$925 for their loss, although it was apparently agreed upon by the authorities and the boy’s family that his death was an “unforeseeable tragedy”, and no blame was placed on Lopes or the driver of the van.

In the documentary The Last Days of Left Eye, Lopes is shown in a local funeral home choosing a casket for the child. Earlier in the documentary, Lopes mentioned that she felt the presence of a “spirit” following her, and was struck by the fact that the child killed in the accident shared her last name, even thinking that the spirit may have made a mistake by taking his life instead of hers.

Charity

Shortly after the death of Lisa Lopes, her family started the Lisa Lopes Foundation, a charitable group dedicated to providing neglected and abandoned youth with the resources necessary to increase their quality of life. Her spiritual motto is the one that she used for her foundation: “Energy never dies…It just transforms.” Her foundation went into various underdeveloped villages and gave away brand new clothes to needy children and their families.

In 2012, the Foundation began hosting an annual music festival, known as “Left Eye Music Fest”, in Decatur, Georgia.

On April 25, 2002, in La Ceiba, Honduras, while driving a rented Mitsubishi Pajero around a bend in the road, Lopes swerved to the right slightly then again to the left as she tried to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was in her lane ahead of her (it is not clear as to the direction of travel of the other vehicle at the time of the accident). The vehicle rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes and three others out of the windows.

She died of neck injuries and severe head trauma, and was the only person fatally injured in the accident. Raina Lopes, in the front passenger seat, was videotaping at the time, so the last seconds leading up to the swerve that resulted in the fatal accident were recorded on video. In the video, Lisa appears to not be wearing a seat belt.

Her funeral was held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia on May 2, 2002.

Thousands of people attended her funeral. Engraved upon her casket were the lyrics to her portion of “Waterfalls”:

“Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you.”

Lopes was buried at Hillandale Memorial Gardens, in Lithonia, Georgia.

In a statement to MTV, producerJermaine Dupri remembered Lopes:

“She was determined to be something in life. She was a true Hip-Hop star. She cared about some press. She was the star out of the group. She was the one who would curse on TV. She had the tattoos. You could not expect the expected. When you see Lisa, you could expect something from her. That is the gift she carried.”

Controversy over leaked autopsy photos led to a protest by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

In response, Earnhardt, Jr. and his DEI teammates Michael Waltrip and Steve Park painted a single black stripe next to the left headlight decals of their Chevrolet Monte Carlos for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway to protest about the display of her autopsy photos.

A similar controversy had befallen Earnhardt, Jr. himself after his father’s death in the Daytona 500 a year earlier.

A documentary showing the final 27 days of Lopes’ life, titled The Last Days of Left Eye, premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in April 2007, for an audience that included many of Lopes’ contemporaries, including Monica,Ronnie DeVoe, 112, Big Boi,India.Arie, and CeeLo Green.

VH1 and VH1 Soul broadcast the documentary on May 19, 2007. Much of the footage was shot with a hand-held camera, often in the form of diary entries filmed by Lopes while on a 30-day spiritual retreat in Honduras with family and members of the R&B group Egypt.

  1.  In these entries, she reflected on her personal life and career. A calmer side of her personality was on display, showing interests in numerology and yoga.

She was in the process of setting up an educational center for Honduran children on 80 acres  of land she owned called CAMP YAC as well as another center, CREATIVE CASTLE

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Hip Hop The Culture The Movement Is Still Alive

maxresdefault (1)Some of you may know that I am one of the  host’s of grind hard radio which airs on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 p.m. Pacific Standard Time 10 p.m. Central Time and Eastern time is at 11 p.m.

On August 10th 2017 the topic was on hip hop culture. And I’ve decided that that would be an excellent blog post to discuss. I know there’s a lot of hip-hop heads out there who keep this ever-changing movement alive. Who stick to the Hip Hop code  of raw and authentic  -real experience – unapologetic- essence of Hip Hop; TRUE HIP HOP IS ALIVE.

Let’s talk about hip hop culture… It’s  a movement through music, art, expression, and experiences. It’s a way of life putting it in simple words.

The Realms of this ever-evolving culture stem from :

graffiti paintings that tell the  story  of reality  of the lives of so many.

 

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pop locking, popping, breakdancing, on down to the B girls and B boys. The hip hop style can’t be duplicated but often failed to be replicated because it’s a way of life and it is our lifestyle.

Our  attitude bleeds Hip Hop.

When I think of Hip Hop I think of names like:

Cowboy Wiggins from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five  one of many pioneers:

And Afrika Bambaataa from the Zulu Nation.

Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins, a member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, has been credited with coining the term  in 1978 while teasing a friend who had just joined the US Army by scat singing the made-up words “hip/hop/hip/hop” in a way that mimicked the rhythmic cadence of marching soldiers. Cowboy later worked the “hip hop” cadence into his stage performance. The group frequently performed with disco artists who would refer to this new type of music by calling them “hip hoppers”. The name was originally meant as a sign of disrespect, but soon came to identify this new music and culture.

It’s funny how people don’t realize that the words through music – through anger – love – through hate or even happiness are all strong and play a part in the world OUR evolution.

A member of the Zulu Nation name Bee Stinger described Hip Hop as having six elements:

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1. Conscious awareness

2. Civil rights awareness

3. Activism awareness

4. Justice

5. Political awareness

And last but definitely the most essential is…

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It has been noted and written in the history of hip-hop time that hip hop originated from English speaking blacks from Barbados who where in the South Bronx New York such as ;

Grandmaster Flash and

DJ Kool Herc

That’s the scratch of the surface in naming some of the founding fathers. These icons introduced salsa, afro conga, bongo drums, jazz, funk, ragtime, and disco by mixing samples and creating loops and breaks which later people like Grandmaster Flash , Kool Moe Dee, LL Cool J, Mc Lyte, Roxanne Shante and others would rhyme over these beats.

Herc created the blueprint for hip hop music and culture by building upon the Jamaican tradition of impromptu toasting, a spoken type of boastful poetry and speech over music.

DJs like DJ Kool herc would plug up on  1520 Sedgwick Avenue in South Bronx and play music for block parties; now this just wasn’t to have a party “Hip Hop” was created to break down the racial barriers between African Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other ethnic groups. Hip Hop is a movement of cultural and of unification. A testimony if one might say of life experiences be it your story or someone else’s story through the eyes of people in the trenches living and about that life.

The dominant focal point is that Hip Hop has moved many souls abroad. In our culture Hip Hop focuses on the issues ethnic Americans face and still continue to face today. Hip Hop took off and expanded because these very same testimonies can be related to across the globe. So the next time you’re listening to a song and you’re listening to your favorite artist that is a Hip Hop artist listen to the words…. close your eyes and then envision the story  that man or woman is trying to get across or bring to AWARENESS.

Some of the best songs our favorite songs stay timeless and revelant in our hearts and in the hearts of others because of the words Hip Hop cultivate. Hip Hop culture:  it’s a lifestyle it’s a mission and  a movement and it’s still alive.

Thanks for reading my love for Hip Hop

-MzChief Beatshop

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SACRAMENTO RAPPER QUICKLY BECOMING CITY’S HIP-HOP KING

Author:KXTV Staff
Published:02/27/17

Sacramento may be the capitol of one of the largest states in the country, but it’s far from being the hub of California’s hip-hop scene.

Over the years, rappers like Brotha Lynch Hung and C-Bo have briefly put the city on the map, but Oak Park native Timothy Patterson, better known by his stage name, Mozzy, is quickly becoming Sac’s rap king.

To better understand what life is like for an up-and-coming rapper in a time when a tweet or YouTube video can spark street violence, ABC10 embedded with Mozzy and his crew for a few days as they made their way from Los Angeles to play a show in Humboldt County.

Saying Mozzy’s had a good run the past couple years would be an understatement. Since 2015, he’s put out 17 albums and collaborations, and has drawn the attention of critics from Rolling Stone and Complex Magazine, who’ve hailed him as a “shooting star.”

But is he the best rapper to come out of Sacramento?

“Period,” Mozzy says, sitting on stoop the steps of an abandoned warehouse in West Oakland. “Nobody out of my jurisdiction’s doper than me. Ain’t nobody out of Sacramento doper than me. This ain’t nothing new, like, I been the dopest [expletive] in my region.”

Judging by his swift rise to stardom, it’s entirely possible Mozzy’s reign extends far beyond northern California, but up until recently, run-ins with the law, and a stint in state prison, kept him from leaving the Golden State.

In March 2014, as part of an ongoing feud between the Oak Park Bloods and the STARZ gang, Mozzy posted a music video called “I’m Just Being Honest,” which called out a rapper allegedly affiliated with the STARZ. According to court documents, that video ultimately led to a number of shootings between the two gangs in the weeks to follow. On March 21, Mozzy was picked up by Sacramento Police and found in possession of a .40-caliber handgun.

At the time of his arrest, Mozzy was already on probation for a prior weapons conviction he received in 2008. He’d ultimately plead guilty to gun possession and was sentenced to two years in San Quentin.

That’s when the letters started coming in.

“I was getting letters and they was telling me I was poppin’,” Mozzy said. “They was tellin’ me my videos was doing tickets, easily. They tellin’ me that the checks, the CD baby checks, is rolling in. I got they attention, you know what I’m saying? So when I get out this time I’m fiendin’ to blitz the market, I’m fiendin’ to blitz the market. Chow time. Feel me? Soon as they cracked the gates it was nothing but bite-down.”

Simply put, now that Mozzy was out of jail, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way of making a name for himself.

Despite what you think about his music, and its often raw, unapologetic depiction of gang life, there’s no denying Mozzy’s work ethic. If he’s not in the studio, he’s shooting a music video, and if he’s not doing that, he’s playing a show or promoting his brand, which explains why he’s been able to amass the amount of work he’s recorded over the past couple years.

While his prolificacy is impressive, we were curious as to how a city like Sacramento was able to inspire the violence Mozzy raps about. When Chicago rapper Chief Keef says “I’m from Chiraq where they be killing y’all,” it makes sense — 746 people were murdered in Chicago in 2016. But when Mozzy raps “Gangland landscape it’s murder where I live,” we wanted to find out if a city like Sacramento, particularly Mozzy’s native Oak Park, has a underreported gang problem.

Jim Hernandez, a professor and gang expert at Sacramento State, points to the construction of Highway 50 and 99 as one of the sources that transformed Oak Park from a once thriving neighborhood into a hotbed of gang activity.

“It was traditional community, long-term community,” Hernandez said. “But then they started building Highway 99, it became a freeway, so basically what you had done was cut-off Oak Park from the rest of the city. It just became kind of a separate world.”

Hernandez said there are many reasons why such environments produce gangs, and it all comes back to an embedded culture of survival.

“(The gang’s) all you got,” Hernandez said. “You don’t have a car to get downtown, all you got are your friends, and your friends basically have that street corner, or that section of the park. And, if you lose that, maybe the alternative would be out in the cold. You don’t have anything else.”

For people like Mozzy, who was able to survive the streets, and ultimately avoid long-term incarceration, Hernandez said the 28-year-old rapper has a long road ahead of him if he’s serious about staying out of trouble and focusing on his craft.

“You grow up in a particular environment that requires a particular response,” Hernandez said. “If you grow up on the streets, the response is physical. So, in a sense, you have to change, your reactions have to change.”

Following Mozzy’s stint in San Quentin, he moved to Los Angeles to further his music career, and distance himself from what he calls “Sacramento politics,” meaning gang relations and beefs. Sacramento, he said, just didn’t offer him the opportunities to grow as an artist.

“(Sacramento artists) got the [expletive]-end of the stick,” Mozzy said. “We the capitol, but it don’t feel like it, as far as musically, when you speak on the music scene, like, we overshadowed. They overlook us.”

Now that Mozzy’s probation’s has run its course, he’s finally free to leave the state and perform, but his first gig in 2017 wasn’t New York or Chicago, it was Redway, California, a small town in Humboldt County barely registering 1,200 residents. But venue sizes mean nothing to him. It’s all about his fans, whether 10 show up or 10,000.

“Without them it wouldn’t be Mozzy, so, I’m going to make sure, man, I’m going to leave an impression on each and every last one of them,” Mozzy said. “I’m going to let them know, you understand me, I’m going to let them touch me. I’m going to let them feel me, I’m going to let them vibe out with me, you understand me? The fans is not a big factor, it’s the main factor, straight up.

“There’s people who don’t understand this lifestyle, and there’s other rappers who talk about this [expletive], but they do it in a glorifying manner,” Mozzy said. “I’m going to bust it down for you and let you know the consequences. I’m going to let you know I cry, I ball up and cry in the corner.”

Those emotions are evident in Mozzy’s lyrics, which is just one of the reasons his music gained so much attention.

“We just going to stay consistent, we going to stay out of trouble, we going to tour, we going to get on these roads,” Mozzy continued. “We’re going to beat up these streets. We going to pull up in your city, we going to pull up in your residence, in your trenches, in your neighborhoods. Bounce out, shoot videos with you, you know what I’m saying? Let you know a [expletive] touchable. I’m just going to touch my people, that’s it. Two-thousand seventeen. I’m just going to bleed and touch my people. That’s it.”

Usher sued for $10M by a second woman who claims singer exposed her to herpes

700056193ml00043-2017-nba-fThe price of unprotected sex is going up for R&B hitmaker Usher.

The “U Got It Bad” singer, after a $1.1 million settlement with a woman who claimed he infected her with herpes, now faces a $10 million lawsuit from a second woman making a similar allegation.

The woman first hooked up with the married Usher in her Atlanta home back on April 16, with the singer donning a condom before they had intercourse, according to TMZ.

The woman also acknowledged performing oral sex on Usher Raymond IV during their steamy session.

Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Foster says she’s ‘good’ amid herpes rumor

The couple reconnected 12 days later in New Orleans, where they had sex in a hotel room, according to her account.

The suit alleges the eight-time Grammy-winning singer never donned protection — and never warned her that he was carrying the herpes virus, TMZ reported.

While the woman never alleges in the lawsuit that she’s infected, the Jane Doe insists she would never have slept with Usher if she knew about his herpes.

Her lawsuit charges that she was entirely clueless about Usher’s sexually-transmitted disease until she recently read about his settlement with the other woman.

Usher paid $1M to woman he allegedly infected with herpes

She’s seeking damages for negligence, battery and emotional distress, TMZ reported.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, who recently won a revenge porn case fo Blac Chyna against ex Rob Kardashian, claimed on Twitter that women are reaching out to her about Usher.

“How much unprotected sex did Usher have after his herpes diagnosis? Women are reaching out to me,” she wrote. “How dare he endanger women’s health?”

RadarOnline broke the news Wednesday of the December 2012 settlement where Usher paid off a celebrity stylist who accused him of infecting her.

Usher ‘impressed the hell out of’ Sugar Ray Leonard

That suit alleged that Usher was diagnosed in 2009 or 2010, around the time he split with his first wife Tameka Foster.

Photos: Celebrities at Coachella 2015

Celebrity stylist Foster swore off the drama when fans started commenting on the scandal online last week.

“Do not come on my page discussing rumors or adult people that have NOTHING to do with me” she wrote on Instagram. “I have been divorced 8 years… Some issues are not my business… Not my circus, not my clowns.”

Court documents claimed Usher’s original accuser was afflicted with fevers and vaginal sores.

He was accused of “consciously and purposefully” hiding the infection from his lover.

The “Confessions” singer is now married to Grace Miguel, a former executive chef on “The Cosby Show.”

The couple wed seven years ago — two years before the first herpes case settlement.

Usher has not commented on the allegations.

 

SoundCloud’s CEO is trying to stop rumours it’s shutting down

soundcloud-ceo-and-mike-butcherTroubled music streaming service SoundCloud has said rumours around its possible closure are “noise”, and that the company was “here to stay.”

Cofounder and CEO Alex Ljung wrote a post on Friday titled “SoundCloud is here to stay”, 10 days after announcingthe startup was cutting 40% of its staff.

The company also reportedly only has enough cash to last until the fourth quarter.

It’s generally bad news when a startup has to cut almost half its staff and says it is running out of money. But Ljung did his best to quell speculation that his company was about to shut down.

He wrote: “There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in the world right now. And it’s just that, noise.

The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe.”

There’s a curious extra dimension to the drama involving Chance the Rapper.

The musician tweeted on Thursday: “I’m working on the SoundCloud thing.”

Late on Friday, he said he had spoken with Alex Ljung directly.

The musician then dropped an exclusive release on SoundCloud.

It isn’t clear if the musician might have given some extra financial support to the company, but he’s credited the platform for helping upcoming artists gain stardom in the past.

Here’s Alex Ljung’s full post:

Hey everyone,

There’s an insane amount of noise about SoundCloud in the world right now. And it’s just that, noise. The music you love on SoundCloud isn’t going away, the music you shared or uploaded isn’t going away, because SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe.

Along with each of you, we’ve built this incredible creative community of artists, podcasters, DJs, producers and more who are the driving force in pushing culture forward in the world. That’s not going to change. Last week we had to make some tough decisions to let go of some of our staff, but we did this to ensure SoundCloud remains a strong, independent company.

Thank you for the outpouring of love and support. Some of you have asked how you can help – spread the word that we’re not going anywhere and keep doing what you’re doing – creating, listening, uploading, sharing, liking, and discovering what’s new, now and next in music. SoundCloud is here to stay.

Peace,
Alex

 

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FOX NETWORK BRINGS BACK COOKIE LYON (EMPIRE S4)

Empire_2_lgThe Lyons are coming back for a fourth season of drama and Cookie-isms.

download (21)Empire” has been renewed for Season 4, it was announced Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour by Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Gary Newman. Alongside Newman, Fox exec David Madden said Season 4 will consist of 18 episodes.

The fourth season will return in the 2017-2018 television season. Currently on hiatus, “Empire” returns with the back-half of its third season this spring on Mar. 22.

 

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The renewal is hardly a surprise, as “Empire” is one of the biggest hits to come to network television in the past decade. In its third season, the primetime family soap ranks as the top broadcast drama among adults 18-49 — a title it has held through its entire run. Though its ratings dipped this year, “Empire” still finished out the first half of its third season with nearly 8 million overnight viewers for the midseason finale. For the 2016-2017 season, the show has averaged almost 16 million total viewers, becoming the show to nab Fox’s largest total multi-platform audience.

images (61)“Empire” has received numerous Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations through its three seasons, including a Golden Globe win for star Taraji P. Henson, who has received back-to-back Emmy nods.

Along with Henson — who plays the breakout character Cookie — “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere “Yazz” Gray, Trai Byers, Grace Byers, Gabourey Sidibe, Ta’Rhonda Jones, Serayah, Bre-Z, Xzibit and Morocco Omari. The series is known for bringing on notable guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Taye Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Ludacris, Adam Rodriguez, Rosie O’ Donnell and Andre Royo.

Taraji-P-Henson-Terrence-Howard-Fight-Instagram-Video“Empire” was co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Ilene Chaiken serves as showrunner. Executive producers are Daniels, Strong, Chaiken, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri. Imagine Television produces with 20th Century Fox Television.

Also worth mentioning is the fact that “Empire” had its fair share of celebrity appearances like Mariah Carey appearing as a guest star and stars like Taye Diggs and Phylicia Rashad had recurring appearances on the series. It has also been speculated that Rumer Willis will show up in multiple episodes of “Empire” season 4.

Watch “Empire” in Australia on Fox8 channel. The show can also be streamed online on Channel Ten.

 

“Empire” has over time proved to a critical hit with multiple Emmy Awards to its name. It is also Fox’s largest total multiplatform traffic magnet with an average of 16 million total viewers for the 2016-17 broadcast session, according to a Deadline report.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Empire” season 4 will consist of 18 episodes, much like the previous two seasons. The show is currently under a three-month pause, as music drama “Star” has taken over the time slot, which prevents “Empire” from returning until March 2017.

The THR further reports that NBC’s debut family drama, “This Is Us” could prove to be a competition for the show. “Empire’s” ratings fell to a 2.5 low during the early phase of the last season before making a rebound in the final episodes.

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Khloe Kardashian Tells Rob That Blac Chyna Is ‘Ready to Leave’ Him in ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Promoby Tina Smithers Peckham 


The entire Kardashian clan has been affected by Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna’s relationship drama.

In a sneak preview at Sunday’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the sisters can be seen intervening with their brother about an argument he had with his then-fiancée. 

Rob and Chyna got into a big fight,” Kim explains to the camera. “We’re all worried about Rob.”

The teaser then cuts to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Kylie on a FaceTime call with Rob regarding his on-again, off-again relationship. “She texts all your sisters and said that she’s ready to leave you,” Khloe tells her 30-year-old brother of Chyna, 28.

Rob responds by declaring his dedication to Chyna, much to his sisters’ chagrin. “I definitely do love her and want to be with her,” he says.

“Am I crazy? What does that mean?” a perplexed Khloe asks her sisters.

The Rob & Chyna stars split earlier this year and continue to co-parent their 5-month-old daughter, Dream. The pair appears to be amicable, however, as they were recently spotted cuddling on Snapchat, sparking rumors of a possible reconciliation.

MORE: Blac Chyna Calls Dream ‘Baby Rob’ as the Exes Continue to Spark Reconciliation Rumors

Despite being chummy with her ex, Chyna was recently seen sans engagement ring while enjoying a night out with a mystery man, just one year after Rob’s public marriage proposal.

For more on the up-and-down couple, watch the video below. Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on E!.

Voting Selfies Are Now Legal in Tennessee, Thanks to Justin Timberlake

 by Lauren Tom


Remember way back in October when Justin Timberlake caused a media frenzy during election time by posting a selfie from his Memphis voting booth? Well, according to Tennessee law, that was an illegal act that could lead to a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail. Wife Jessica Biel even chimed in during the whole fiasco and totally poked fun at her “SexyBack” husband about the potential jail time.

Well, it turns out Timberlake is officially in the clear: Tennessee lawmakers have ruled that photography and other videotaping devices are now allowed to capture a filled-out ballot as of last week, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Tennessee lawmakers made it official by passing a bill to allow selfie taking in voting poll stations, with the exceptions of the acts of committing voter intimidation, fraud or selling a vote — clearly all thanks to Timberlake’s innocent blunder.

The “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer had only good intentions when he took that since-deleted Instagram picture with his ballot, which might have prompted officials to change the law in the first place. Hopefully this new law can encourage citizens to go out and vote in the next election — just as Justin intended.

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