8 People Dead in Manhattan Terrorism Incident (UPDATE)

UPDATED October 31 9:20 p.m. ET: ​29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov of Tampa, Florida has been identified as the attacker. NBC is reporting law enforcment sources as saying Saipov left a note in the rented vehicle​ in which he writes that he commited the attacks for ISIS. 

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Eight people were killed in a terrorist event in downtown Manhattan Tuesday afternoon, and more were injured. The incident occurred when a truck ran onto a narrow bicycle path, hitting numerous people along the way.

The NYPD held a press briefing alongside Mayor DeBlasio. They confirmed that the driver  struck a number of pedestrians and bikers before hitting a schoolbus. The suspect, a 29-year-old male driving a rental truck, then exited the vehicle holding a gun, and was shot by an officer and taken to a hospital. A paintball gun and a pellet gun were recovered from the scene, police said. No other suspects are outstanding.

Eight fatalities were confirmed by the NYPD, with several more people suffering life-threatening injuries. The driver made a “statement,” which was “Allahu Akbar!” according to some eyewitnesses. This, according to the press briefing, was confirmation that the incident was “a terrorist event.” The FBI has been brought into the case.

Social media reports of the incident started popping up around 3:00 p.m. local time.

Roughly 90 minutes after early reports of the incident, the NYPD confirmed that a vehicle had entered a pedestrian/bike path, resulting in “several fatalities” and numerous injuries before crashing into the bus.

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Kodak Black Drops Four New Songs

On Saturday night, Kodak Black hit up Instagram to announce he would release new music around 9 p.m. ET. And, thankfully for fans, he came through.

The Florida rapper dropped a track called “Snap Shit,” followed by “Roll N Peace,” “Down South,” and “Right Now” on YouTube.

And, no, it isn’t a special occasion. Kodak said he decided to share the tracks simply because he was bored. 

You can listen to the songs below. 




The tracks arrive a little over a month after Kodak dropped his Project Baby 2 mixtape, featuring Offset, John Wicks, and more.

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Vince Staples Addresses Eminem’s Trump Freestyle (UPDATE)

UPDATED 10/14/17 2:20 p.m. ET: Vince Staples wasn’t done. Hours after he explained his criticism of Eminem’s BET Hip Hop Awards freestyle, the Long Beach rapper returned to Twitter to answer more questions on the matter.

Staples reiterated that his problem wasn’t necessarily with Eminem; it was with the people who applauded the “trash” freestyle. He spoke about his respect for the Detroit rapper, but insisted his bars received more praise then they deserved. Staples said he believed this was a result of white privilege, which many Shady fans fail to acknowledge. 

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Vince Staples is entitled to his own opinion. One in particular, where he weighs in on Eminem’s Trump freestyle at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards, might have been taken out of context. At least, according to him.

Pitchfork ran a story this evening with the headline “Vince Staples Calls Eminem’s Trump Freestyle ‘Trash.” In the piece, Staples is quoted from his appearance at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art for the publication’s In Sight Out series. He says Em’s freestyle was “trash” and that “he can do better.”

He later explained if he were to rap those same lines, he wouldn’t of have the same impact. “If I said, ‘This is for Colin/Ball up a fist/And keep it balled up/Like Donald the bitch,’ they would be like, ‘Get this ni**a out of here.’”

Vince did share what he actually liked about the freestyle. “My favorite thing about the Eminem freestyle is the wall of dark-skinned black people behind him,” he said. “That was great.”

Shortly after the piece was published, Staples went on Twitter to clarify his words and said it was all in good fun.

In other Vince Staples news, he shared a new freestyle over YBN Nahmir's “Rubbin Off The Paint” on his Beats 1 radio show, which you can listen below.

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Travis Scott’s New Collection With Ksubi Is Finally Here

Australian label Ksubi has released its highly-anticipated collaboration with Travis Scott. The limited 10-piece capsule collection includes tees, jeans, a hooded sweater, a bomber, and an oversized denim jacket.

All of the pieces were designed with Scott's creative direction. The Ksubi and Travis Scott collaboration also features flash-activated paint on the back of the bomber and denim jackets that light up when hit by the flash of a camera. 

The collection is now available in stores and will be up for purchase on the label's website at 12 p.m. ET on Oct. 13. Head to KSUBI.com to cop online or you can visit Barneys, Browns, Farfetch, General Pants Co, Kith, Ksubi, Ron Herman, Ssense, Superette, The Local by General Pants Co., and the Webster to cop in person. 

The collection is expected to sell quickly so if you're planning to buy some pieces make sure you do it quick. Prices range from $120 – $450 USD. 

You can check out the collection below, and get a more in-depth look in the video up top.

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Azealia Banks Accuses Cardi B of Being a ‘Poor Man’s Nicki’ (UPDATE)

UPDATED 11:20 p.m. ET: Cardi responded to Azealia Banks' criticisms with a pointed tweet. She shared a short video of Banks singing along to “Bodak Yellow” in a crowded club. To go along with the clip, Cardi wrote, “One of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1 cuz even the HATERS LOVE IT !!”

Banks struck back with a vicious social media message of her own, accusing Cardi of using a ghostwriter. “Great songwriting,” she wrote. “Might get the nigga to write for me too!” 

Banks also included an audio message naming the person who she says wrote “Bodak Yellow.” “We know the nigga from Harlem who wrote the song,” she said. “His name is Cole. He's friends with your boyfriend from jail… Everybody in the hood knows you fuck for raps… A bum bitch from the Bronx like you, it's great that you made it. I'm sure it inspired a lot of other bum bitches.” 

You can see and hear Banks' message for yourself below.

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It's no secret that Azealia Banks is opinionated. Perhaps, one of the most opinionated rappers of our time. Under the username @XoCheapy, Banks took to Twitter on Monday night to deliver yet another opinion on the heels of Cardi B's widely celebrated No. 1 single, “Bodak Yellow.” In a series of now-deleted tweets, Banks gave her take on what contributed to Cardi's success.

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“I'm sorry,” she started off. “Black industry men are too hype for this Latina girl I've never seen them jump like this for remy or nicki.”

She continued: “Spinning this 'for the culture' story when they are simply letting white men at Atlantic buy them into hating their own women.”

She then made a pretty bold fucking statement: “Charlemagne and black men in hiphop should have gotten me, remy AND nicki a number one before they gave cardi or iggy one.”

Pause: I'm sorry, how exactly did they give her a No. 1? Don't you earn a No. 1? Has Cardi not been out here busting her ass, performing non-stop at sold-out shows, dropping remixes of the song to keep it fresh, staying active on social media, and building with another hot rapper who's a part of the biggest group in hip-hop right now? What?

Anyway, Azealia went on to say that white men in the industry are deliberately trying to “buy black men away from black women” and claimed Cardi is only considered as black when it's convenient for a success story. And then, she capped the rant off with a particularly offensive statement: “I wanted spicy Latina and she gave me poor mans nicki.”

One: at this point, it's just lazy to keep comparing Cardi to Nicki. They're both over it, and it's a tired analysis. Two: there's nothing wrong with being mixed race. There's nothing wrong with being Latina. There's nothing wrong with a mixed-race or Latina rapper being successful. 

Regardless of whether Cardi caught wind of this or not, she seems to be just fine. On Monday, when “Bodak Yellow” officially reached the top of the charts, she tweeted this:

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspended 6 Games by NFL Following Domestic Violence Investigation (UPDATE)

UPDATED 6 p.m. ET:

On Friday afternoon, Elliott's lawyer responded with a statement that invoked alleged text messages sent by the Cowboy running back's ex-girlfriend, where she purportedly asked a friend to lie to police about the incident. That statement said, in full:

We just learned of the NFL’s decision to suspend Mr. Elliott for six games for allegedly engaging in ‘physical force’ against the accuser. Mr. Elliott and his team of representatives are extremely disappointed with the NFL’s decision.

“Our offices have been engaged in this matter since last July and have worked hand in hand with the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL with their respective investigations. Accordingly, we are fully aware of the full body of evidence that exists in connection with this matter.

“The NFL’s findings are replete with factual inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions and it ‘cherry picks’ so called evidence to support its conclusion while ignoring other critical evidence.

“For example, both the Columbus Prosecutor’s office as well as the NFL investigators expressly concluded and conveyed to our office (and others) that the accuser was lying about an alleged July 22, 2016 incident whereby she accused Mr. Elliott of pulling her out of her car and assaulting her. An allegation that was ultimately undermined by her own friend’s affidavit which stated that no such assault occurred. The affidavit also outlined the accuser’s plan to orchestrate a story to police to in order to corroborate her false allegation of assault. In addition, the NFL’s own medical experts concluded that many of her injuries predated the week in question and likely occurred during a period of time when Mr. Elliott was not in contact with the accuser. During the upcoming weeks and through the appeal a slew of additional credible and controverting evidence will come to light.”

It remains to be seen whether this changes the league's mind or not.

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The NFL has suspended Ezekiel Elliott six games following an investigation into domestic violence accusations made against him in July 2016 by an ex-girlfriend. The suspension was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Elliott is expected to appeal the suspension, according to Schefter, and he has three days to file his formal appeal. At that point, an appeal hearing will be held within 10 days.

The NFL released a statement shortly after Schefter reported on Elliott's suspension. The league revealed it uncovered evidence during its investigation that showed Elliott “engaged in conduct that violated NFL policy.”

Elliott was accused of assaulting a then-20-year-old woman he was reportedly dating in Columbus, Ohio last July. The woman claimed Elliott hit her while she was seated in her car. She denied medical treatment at the scene of the alleged incident, but she told police she had pain in her wrist. She also reportedly had a red mark on her arm.

Elliott denied assaulting the woman, and he was not arrested. But the woman later filed a second police report and accused Elliott of hitting her on several occasions between July 16 and July 20, 2016. She also posted photos on Instagram that showed bruises on various parts of her body.

In September, the Columbus City Attorney’s Office announced that it would not pursue criminal charges against Elliott. They said they had received “conflicting and inconsistent information” about what took place between Elliott and the woman.

But the NFL launched a separate investigation into the incident and referred to their investigation as “active and ongoing” in late 2016. According to ESPN, the league examined text messages exchanged between Elliott and the woman and gathered medical and legal insight from experts before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rendered his final decision.

As recently as this past weekend, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he did not believe Elliott would be suspended by the NFL. But it seems the league disagreed with his take on the situation.

If Elliott’s suspension is upheld, he will be one of three Cowboys players who will be suspended at the beginning of the 2017-18 NFL season. Defensive end Randy Gregory (full season) and defensive end David Irving (four games) will also miss time due to suspensions.

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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Released on $300,000 Bail (UPDATE)

UPDATED 7/2/17 3:15 p.m. ET: Fyre Festival organizer William “Billy” McFarland has been released on $300,000 bail after spending at least one night in a New York detention center following his arrest on wire fraud charges.

“The judge, Kevin N. Fox of United States District Court in Manhattan, set Mr. McFarland’s bail at $300,000, to be secured by $50,000 in cash or property,” reported Ben Sisario of the New York Times. “Mr. McFarland’s lawyer, Sabrina P. Shroff, said that he had been released after the hearing on Saturday, and that he had one week to satisfy the bail conditions.”

The Times also reports Shroff is a public defender, and Shroff told reporters McFarland was unable to pay his previous lawyers enough to continue representing him.

McFarland’s assets, or lack thereof, will likely be a point of contention during the trial. An unsealed, Department of Justice criminal complaint against McFarland released Friday, accused McFarland of misrepresenting his assets and his company's worth to convince investors to financially back the Fyre Festival.

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The disastrous Fyre Festival from this spring that resulted in hilarious memes and a very public dragging of Ja Rule, will potentially have more serious results for its founder, Billy McFarland. Friday, the Department of Justice announced the unsealing of a criminal complaint charging McFarland with wire fraud.

“As alleged, William McFarland promised a ‘life changing’ music festival but in actuality delivered a disaster,” acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said. “McFarland allegedly presented fake documents to induce investors to put over a million dollars into his company and the fiasco called the Fyre Festival. Thanks to the investigative efforts of the FBI, McFarland will now have to answer for his crimes.”

In April, the inaugural Fyre Festival was canceled at the last minute, leaving some attendees stranded in the Bahamas, as paid celebrity promoters and previously booked music acts distanced themselves from the event. 

The charge of wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, though the DOJ noted the potential sentencing was only disclosed for illustrative purposes. 

According to the unsealed complaint, Fyre Media earned less than $60,000 in revenue from approximately 60 artist bookings between 2016 and 2017. However, the DOJ accuses McFarland of telling investors that Fyre Media earned millions of dollars in revenue from thousands of artist bookings from at least July 2016 until April 2017. The report went on to blast McFarland for providing “materially false” information to investors and putting on a festival that was “widely deemed to have been a failure.”

You can read the entire criminal complaint against McFarland and Fyre Media LLC at the Department of Justice website.

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Producer Claims Future Filed Copyright Claim Over Desiigner’s “Panda” (UPDATE)

UPDATED 6/20/17 10:30 a.m. ET: Mike Dean has sent in the following statement to XXL:

“The kid lost the stems to the beat. It had some samples in the original from a film. I recreated some of the stems enough to patch up the beat and remove the samples. I was gonna recreate the whole beat then I found a way to keep it. Major labels don’t play with samples not being cleared The song would never have come out or cleared legal at Def Jam. If that’s nothing, then he’s right.

“He should have better file management skills if he works at an electronics repair shop.

“He should get facts straight before he speaks on my name. I let the claim go because I have better shit to do than fight with people over BS. Hope he enjoys the bread and appreciates what I did to help him make $$. That’s about it. Menace, put some respek on my name.

“And thank god Mike Dean removed your samples, youngin. Should throw me a few points from his pocket my way, but I am doing ok with or without the “Panda” bread.

“P.S. He should also thank Plain Pat (the best A&R in the world and my favorite co-producer) who made us (G.O.O.D. Music) all aware of “Panda” in the first place.”

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Desiigner’s 2015 debut single “Panda” catapulted the rapper into hip-hop stardom. The track dominated the airwaves, earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, topped the Billboard charts, and was sampled by Kanye West. It was the kind of introduction many rappers dream of; however, the mastermind behind the “Panda” beat hasn’t received the same success. In fact, he claims he’s still waiting on payment.

In a recent interview with DJBooth, 23-year-old Menace said he hasn’t been fully compensated for producing “Panda” due to a legal claim filed by Future.

“There was a situation with Future putting [an infringement] claim in because apparently, he said that ‘Panda’ sounded like ‘Fuck Up Some Commas.’ So we were just about to see the checks but there’s been a lot of delays so we won’t see anything until next year anyway,” Menace said. “Not only [Future], Mike Dean, Kanye West’s producer, he put a claim in as well saying that he did something to the beat and he never did. I don’t think we’ll see a check until probably next year. Right now, it’s just going through negotiations. The problem is that once someone puts a claim in, it just stops everything.”  A representative for Future denied Menace's claims, saying that they are “not true.”

People have been comparing Desiigner to Future for some time now, pointing to similarities in their rap styles. During a 2016 interview with Complex, Desiigner shared his thoughts about the comparisons, insisting he had no beef with Atlanta rapper.  

“God gave him a blessing, but he gave me a blessing too. I ain't gonna doubt the man's music. He make beautiful music too. Music is made every day,” he said. “Big ups to him, big ups to Future. I actually like Future’s music. I like his music, you feel me. I’m not a hater or a critic on him, you know, I do me. God bless him, God bless me.”

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Tinashe Got Dragged for Claiming the Black Community Hasn’t Accepted Her (UPDATE)

UPDATE 12:43 p.m. ET: Tinashe has taken to Twitter to respond to people talking about her “colorism” comments. At the time of this writing, she hasn't released an official statement, but she has been replying to users, saying that the colorism comment was not “about colorism in the industry,” and that it is being “taken out of context.”

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Today, the world is waking up to Tinashe trending on Twitter and, sadly, it isn't because Joyride, the long-awaited follow-up to 2015's Aquarius, sprung a leak. It's over some surprising comments she made in an interview with The Guardian, which is doing no favors for her career.

Things started out fine enough. When asked about where her career is going, Tinashe kept it 100: “Things haven’t always gone according to my original plan, but that’s life, and things change.” As the interview progressed, the concept of being a woman in the music industry crept up, and Tinashe voiced her frustrations about the unfair boxes women are painted into. “There are hundreds of [male] rappers that all look the same, that sound the same, but if you’re a black woman, you’re either Beyoncé or Rihanna. It’s very, very strange.” After it was suggested that Ciara made a go of it, Tinashe agreed, saying “It felt like they almost had to sacrifice someone because there wasn’t enough room, which isn’t true. Ciara’s an amazing artist, Beyoncé’s an amazing artist, Rihanna’s an amazing artist, and they’re all very different!”

It was after this that Tinashe dropped the comment that's gotten her into hot water. Explaining that being mixed has been an issue for her in the industry, Tinashe said “There’s colorism involved in the black community, which is very apparent. It’s about trying to find a balance where I’m a mixed woman,” she continued, “and sometimes I feel like I don’t fully fit into the black community; they don’t fully accept me, even though I see myself as a black woman. That disconnect is confusing sometimes.”

And with that comment, Twitter was off to the races with comments about Tinashe as an artist, and why many feel her comments are off-base.

It's understandable that Tinashe would feel some kind of frustration about her career, but these comments were a misfire. The question is, will she be able to battle her way back into the public's good graces when Joyride finally drops?

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Why Beyonce Is Going to Get Snubbed Once Again at the Billboard Music Awards

The 2017 Billboard Music Awards are set to take place Sunday, and if you're expecting Beyoncé to score big at this year's event, you're going to be sorely disappointed.

We don't say that as a slight to Beyoncé's 2016: Lemonade is a classic, “Formation” is undeniable, and she truly dominated the stage with her tour by the same name. But as we saw at the Grammys earlier this year, that kind of acclaim doesn't necessarily equate to awards show accolades.

The criteria for the nominee and winner selection process for the Billboard Music Awards is different than the Grammys, in that they place more weight on the commercial success of an artist and their work. Lemonade moved an impressive 2.1 million album-equivalent units in 2016. However, that falls behind Adele's 25, which moved 2.3 million. And keep in mind, 25 sold much more than that when it came out in late November 2015; this fall, it went diamond

And at 4.1 million, Drake's Views outpaced both in 2016. Beyoncé is up against Drake and/or Adele in four categories, so kiss those goodbye.

There's also the Weeknd factor. While his recent album Starboy hasn't sold as much as Lemonade, he's been more of a visible figure than any other pop artist over the last six months, with successful singles and a major headlining tour to boot. And you can never rule out Rihanna's star power.

If you still don't think this is a possible outcome, check back on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. Beyoncé was coming off the surprise release of her fifth solo album and received seven nominations, including Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top R&B Artist. She went home with zero trophies.

​I think she'll earn more awards this time around, but not in the bigger categories. My Beyoncé-related predictions:

  • Top Artist: No
  • Top Female Artist: No
  • Top Billboard 200 Artist: No
  • Top Billboard 200 Album: No
  • Top Touring Artist: Yes
  • Top R&B Artist: No
  • Top R&B Album: Yes
  • Top R&B Tour: Yes

You can catch the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, May 21 at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC to find out how Beyoncé fares.

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