Kodak Black Will Reportedly Be Released From Jail in 5 Months

Kodak Black’s legal problems are getting smaller and smaller.

Nearly two months after the 20-year-old rapper had three charges dismissed, prosecutors have reportedly dropped the remaining felony counts stemming from the January police raid on his Florida home.

The Blast reports Kodak was cleared of the marijuana and gun possession charges after he pleaded guilty to two probation violations: driving on a suspended license as well as “associating with people committing crimes.”

This was a huge break for Kodak, as it has significantly reduced his sentence in county jail. He was initially facing up to 12 years behind bars before the charges were dropped. The rapper’s attorney, Bradford Cohen, says Kodak’s projected release date is Sept. 17; once he is free, Kodak’s probation and community control will also end.

“The State and Judge were professional and fair,” Cohen tweeted. “I am happy not just for a client, but for a friend. There are great things in store for him, and he is glad to have this behind him.”

As previously reported, Kodak was arrested and booked on seven felonies earlier this year after authorities swarmed his residence on Jan.18. The raid, which was captured during Kodak’s Instagram Live broadcast, resulted in his arrest as well as multiple charges, including child neglect and grand theft of a firearm.

Cohen reportedly questioned the legality of the raid, specifically pointing to the lack of body cam footage as well as the task force’s involvement.

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Young Thug Says He Wants to Work With XXXTentacion

A Young Thug and XXXTentacion collaboration? It could happen if Thugger gets his way.

On Friday night, the Atlanta rapper hit up Instagram Live to share a snippet of a low-tempo track that could eventually feature XXX.  

“I want y’all to tag [XXXTentacion],” he said before previewing the cut. “[…] I like this young nigga.  He’s one of the only young niggas that I like. He’s really dope. I want y’all to tag him. I want him featured on this.”

It’s unclear when the track is expected to drop, as Thug previously announced he would not release any new material until 2019: “I’ve got a deaf brother,” he told Hypebeast back in February. “I’ve got a brother who can’t hear or talk, so I want to act deaf for a year. So I ain’t going to put out no music this year.”

Some fans are skeptical about the claim, especially in light of Birdman’s recent announcement that he and Thug may deliver Rich Gang 2 before summer’s end. Could this newly previewed record be part of the upcoming Rich Gang project? We’ll have to wait and see.

As of Saturday afternoon, XXX had not responded to Thugger’s video.

The 20-year-old Florida rapper faced more assault allegations late last month, after a newly surfaced video from 2013 showed him punching a woman. XXX's legal team, however, claims the video was not as severe as it seemed, and suggested the alleged victim is simply interested in making a quick buck.

“This ‘terrified’ woman decides to post this video now, conveniently, when [XXX] becomes famous,” attorney Jaclyn Broudy told TMZ. “Draw your own conclusions.”

On Saturday, XXX announced he would host a paintball “war” to raise awareness about gun violence.

“OK, so next Saturday, we're doing an event called Put Down the Guns,” he said in a video. “Paintball war. Broward vs. Dade County. Come.”

 

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Tiffany Haddish Will Never Spill the Tea on #WhoBitBey Because She Signed an NDA

As much as we beg, Tiffany Haddish is not going to tell us who sank their teeth into our beloved Beyoncé. That’s because, as she explained in an Instagram Live session, the comedian signed a non-disclosure agreement on the matter. Bey is notorious for using NDAs and locking down info that is strictly need-to-know, so this revelation comes as no surprise. “NDAs are real, so I’m not saying shit about nothing,” Haddish said on Instagram while getting her hair done.

Haddish teased her viewers, who were obviously watching with bated breath, waiting for the scalding tea. “You wanna know who bit Beyoncé? I’m gonna just tell you all. And it’s the last time I’m talking about it, I ain’t going to say nothing else about it. Let me sip some of my tea,” she said while sipping a glass of water. “I’m going to tell you who did it then I’m never talking about it again because really it’s done. People should be focusing on the real issues at hand, like did you do your taxes? Because taxes is due real soon. Can your children read and write? Have you been working with them on their reading and their writing? Is your house clean? That’s what we need to be focusing on. But y’all wanna know, everybody’s going crazy about who bit Beyoncé. I’m going to tell you so this can all be done with.”

The Girls Trip star then made a fool of all who were watching. “I’m going to tell you who bit Beyoncé: it was Stormy Daniels,” she joked. Nice one, Tiff. “Pay attention to what’s really going on!” she said. “That’s not real news—Who bit Beyoncé is not real news!”

Bey herself, according to a source close to the singer, doesn’t want her assailant to face the Beyhive’s wrath. But many, like Chrissy Teigen and myself, just want to know because we’re curious. Unlike Chrissy, most of us not famous or well-connected enough to figure it out on our own (please Chrissy, we’re desperate).

So far Lena Dunham, Sara Foster, and Sanaa Lathan have all been suspected culprits—and all three have denied the claims. But Haddish does have a point. Could all this time spent on finding Bey’s assailant have been put to better use? Is this emblematic of our desperation to focus on anything but our crumbling government? Does it even matter #WhoBitBey?

Of course it does! Hopefully someone cracks and finally gives us the goods.

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Lupe Fiasco Isn’t Here For Criticisms On His ‘Black Panther’ Movie Review

Amid all of the box office success and praise for Marvel's Black Panther, rapper Lupe Fiasco took to Instagram to share he was slightly less impressed than the rest of us. While he didn't exactly disparage the film, he wasn't as enthused as most other people have been about it, prompting some media outlets to label him as a hater. Now, the rapper has his own words about the pushback.

“Look at the comments for the article that you put up, and this is Blavity and The Grio,” the rapper said on Instagram Live. “Nobody fucking agreed with you,” he added, reiterating that many across social media didn't take to their summaries. He would go on to say that besides his controversial comment claiming former president Barack Obama is a terrorist, nobody cares about his opinion on politics. The Grio posted about Lupe's Black Panther comments with a decidedly critical headline, “Watching Lupe Fiasco trash ‘Black Panther’ proves his cookout invite is revoked,” while Blavity referred to his opinion as unpopular in theirs. This criticism prompted him to also take to Twitter to respond. “Explain to us the correlation between giving BP an A- & failing black as a whole,” he tweeted at a writer for The Grio. Additionally, he called Blavity's take “malicious.”

In his original comments, Fiasco suggested that viewers may be watching the film mainly with cultural impact in mind, and not so much for its artistic merit. Though he mentioned the acting in the movie was decent, he was a bit let down. Ultimately, he gave the film an A-, saying it fell just short of outstanding. Fiasco has never been one to back down from having a differing opinion but made it clear in his original critique that he still liked the film, even acknowledging its importance as a cultural product.

With or without Lupe's feedback, Black Panther still might cross the threshold to become the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time.

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Rick Ross Takes Jab at Birdman Over Report That He’s About to Lose a Mansion

Rick Ross is going to constantly remind Birdman about his money problems and legal situation with Lil Wayne until he pays up.

The latest jab comes from Renzel’s Snapchat, responding to an AllHipHop report (via The Blast) that Birdman is selling his Miami mansion on Palm Island. Stunna bought the 19,000 sq. ft. mansion for $14.5 million in 2012, which was once owned by former Rockstar Energy CEO Russell Weiner and Scott Storch.

In June, he listed the home for $20 million to recoup the renovations he’s done over the years. You can check out images of the mansion below.

In his Snap, Ross breaks down the logic behind Birdman’s purchase. He allegedly took out a loan in 2015 for $12 million from a company named Easy Money EMG that's based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He put the mansion as a collateral for the loan.

“You ain’t have no money in six-seven years, n***a. You should have came and borrowed some from Rozay. Now you want to fuck that old lady life up too. You probably borrowing some money from her,” Ross says.

“I might go buy that house on the water,” he adds. “Just to keep my boat at it. I won’t even stay there, that shit is too small.”

 

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Earlier this year, Ross called out Birdman for not paying Lil Wayne and countless other Cash Money producers on “Idols Become Rivals.” He hasn’t stopped spreading the message, urging Birdman to “pay that man.” And this is after Birdman exploded on Instagram Live about all the chatter surrounding him and Weezy, telling his followers about their history and that he’ll make sure he’s “straight” when the timing is right.

If Birdman can’t pay for his mansion, what makes us think he can pay Wayne’s $51 million lawsuit?

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Kodak Black Disses Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert, Says He Doesn’t Listen to Them

Kodak Black loves to talk. It seems like every other day, a new soundbite pops up from the Florida rapper. One minute, he's casually shitting on black women, the next minute he's going in on D.R.A.M. for allegedly jacking his sauce. On this day, we're being treated to yet another installment of Unsolicited Thoughts From Kodak Black.

During a recent Instagram Live session, fans asked Kodak for his opinion on some of his contemporaries. Specifically, a couple of the most popular Lil rappers of our time: Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. Kodak let it be known that he's busy enough working on his own music. 

 

You won't catch #kodakblack listening to #liluzivert or #lilyachty. More info in link in bio

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“Aye listen here, man listen,” he starts out. “I got some new albums coming out. I am not like these other niggas.”

Then, he launches into a brief, random-ass freestyle about Uzi and Yachty

“I don't even listen to Uzi/These niggas dick in the booty/They confusing the community… I don't even listen to Yachty/He don't even be dropping no knowledge,” he raps.

Toward the end of the clip, Kodak admits that he's “forever a project nigga,” and he misses the adrenaline rush from “hitting licks.” For his own sake and future, he should probably listen to that little voice of reason we all have inside and move in the opposite direction. Far, far away. Maybe paintballing could help distract him? Hey, it worked for Chief Keef.

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Joel Embiid’s Beef With LaVar Ball Just Took Another Crazy Turn

It’s going to be at least three or four years before the 76ers and Lakers are both good enough to make it all the way to the NBA Finals—and that’s probably being generous—but if and when they do ever make it that far, the two teams are going to have one hell of a series.

A beef seems to be brewing between the two sides, and it’s all because of—who else?—LaVar Ball. During the NBA Draft in June, LaVar went on ESPN and said that he thinks the Lakers are going to be a playoff team now that they have added his son Lonzo to their roster. Lakers head coach Luke Walton immediately downplayed LaVar’s comments, but LaVar is, as usual, not backing down from what he said and once again trying to will his words into existence.

It’s nothing new for him, but LaVar’s playoff remarks led to this response from Sixers rookie Ben Simmons, who called LaVar “crazy” for his postseason prediction:

It also led to Simmons’ outspoken teammate Joel Embiid sending out this not-so-cryptic tweet about LaVar and Lonzo a short time later:

And LaVar responded to Embiid and Simmons during a radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic. He didn’t hold back as he ripped the Sixers players for talking too much on social media.

“When you don’t win and don’t even make the playoffs and don’t even stay on the court long enough, that’s the best thing you can do is tweet,” LaVar said. “These guys ain’t played a game, always hurt, and at the bottom of the totem pole. So guess what? Get your asses off the goddamn Twitter, and get in the gym.”

Embiid and Simmons didn’t respond to LaVar’s interview right away, but on Sunday night as Embiid was hosting an Instagram Live session, someone asked him a question about LaVar. And while he didn’t provide a lengthy response to the question, he did share three words that seem to sum up exactly how he feels about LaVar at the moment.

“Fuck LaVar Ball,” Embiid said.

NBA fans predictably went wild over the comment:

At some point, all of this will be settled on the court. But as of right now, it’s clear there’s no love lost between certain members of the 76ers and Lakers. And if the two teams ever do get good enough to make consistent Finals runs, this could be a fun rivalry for years to come.

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Kodak Black Says He Doesn’t Like Dark-Skinned Women Because They’re ‘Too Gutter’

Kodak Black is back on his colorism bullshit. This time, ChaneyTV caught the rapper at Master P's charity basketball game and asked him once again about his controversial comments about women. The Florida rapper said nothing we hadn’t heard already—he said prefers lighter skinned women—​but he definitely added more unnecessary fuel to the already raging fire this time around. 

Referencing a hypothetical other man, Kodak Black said that “if he prefers skinny women more than a chubbier or heavyset woman, if he can say that and nobody can get mad him, I just said I don’t like women with my complexion.”

He continued: “I love African American women, but I just don’t like my skin complexion. We too gutter, light-skinned women more sensitive.” 

This whole mess is starting to sound like a larger psychological problem that Kodak Black has with himself and his skin color that simply won’t get solved by tweeting at him or angrily commenting on social media feeds. That said, it also doesn’t seem like the Florida rapper is at all willing to educate himself on the implications of what he’s saying over and over again. 

This latest ChaneyTV interview is unfortunately only the latest failed attempt by the Florida rapper to explain the kind of women he prefers. In an Instagram Live video last week, Kodak Black answered questions from fans about which famous women he’d like to have sex with, and he eventually admitted that “I don’t really like black girls like that.” 

Predictably, that revelation infuriated fans and non-fans alike, and Kodak Black took to Instagram again the next day to defend himself, stating that “I love black African American women. It's just not my forte to deal with a 'darkskin' woman.” The backlash to his defense was so strong that he eventually deleted his entire Instagram. He's since restored his account, but the post in question is gone.  

Although it seems Kodak Black is only attempting to explain his (rather misguided) views, it’s not likely people will let him off easy. 

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Images From the Visual Component of Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ Have Surfaced

Not too long back we received a trailer for Jay Z’s new album 4:44. We also got a quick listen to one track from the album, “Adnis,” which got some airtime during a commercial promoting the partnership between Sprint and Tidal.

We know the album will be released Friday, and we have a feeling some of the biggest names in hip-hop will bless the credits, but there isn’t all that much more that we know. 4:44 remains largely a mystery. For every bit of information we currently have on the album, read this.

We’re grasping at straws for every bit of insight we can find into the album, and we got a little more information this weekend. Jeymes Samuels of The Bullits went on Instagram Live and shared what appeared to be visuals from 4:44.

Photos from the post show a number of well-known actors—Jesse Williams, Emile Hirsch, Ron Perlman, and Johnathan Tucker—in a prison scene.

We had a hint Hirsch would be involved, as he previously posted a photo from the set (and shouted out Jay Z) before deleting it.

It’s a little hard to see, but notice that each of the prison numbers ends in “444.”

Samuels, who appears to be the director, has connections to Hov. He worked with Jay Z on the soundtrack for 2013’s The Great Gatsby.

As part of the Sprint-Tidal partnership, Sprint stores across the United States will host listening parties this Thursday.

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Inside the Beef That Lead to XXXTentacion Getting Knocked Out

During the San Diego stop on his Revenge Tour, 19-year-old Florida-based rapper XXXTentacion got knocked out mid-song while performing at The Observatory. The assailant, who's identity has not been confirmed, is said to be an associate of Rob Stone, a 22-year-old rapper from San Diego who made some noise with a song “Chill Bill” but has been connected to XXXTentacion through a beef that's been stirring since April of this year.

With XXXTentacion's name being in the news circuit for most of 2017, and a flurry of theories regarding what happened in this altercation (which someone who may or may not have been the person who attacked XXXTentacion being stabbed), the question on everyone's lips is “what the hell happened?”

Let's walk back to the beginning of the beef, which reportedly features everything from grabbing mics, more violent attacks, and a rapper named Ski Mask The Slump God. Here's a look at Rob Stone and XXXTentacion's beef.

April 9, 2017: Ski Mask the Slump God escorted off stage during Rob Stone performance

To understand how XXXTentacion and Rob Stone started beefing, you have to understand Stone's beef with Ski Mask the Slump God, another Florida-based rapper who is down with XXXTentacion. According to reports, Ski Mask was escorted off the stage at a show at The Observatory on a San Diego date for Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

As the story goes, Ski Mask tried getting on the mic as Rob Stone was getting on stage to start his performance. Ski Mask got frustrated over the ordeal and decided to not leave the stage. Footage shows that he ended up getting walked off the stage by a number of unidentified men.

When word got to XXXTentacion about what happened at the show to Ski Mask, he took to Twitter to vent. The tweet, which has since been deleted, said, “Let them know whoever the fuck that is getting fucked in they mouth when I go on tour for putting their peasant hands on my brother.” Rob Stone wasn't here for it, and let it be known in his own tweet.

To which Ski Mask sent his own tweet, insinuating that there was more to the growing friction between himself and Rob Stone.

April 10, 2017: Ski Mask gets jumped

The very next night on Desiigner's Outlet Tour found Ski Mask and Rob Stone getting into it at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. At the start of Ski Mask the Slump God's set, a pair of individuals are jumped him from behind, causing the three of them to fall into the crowd. Ski Mask is said to have then jumped back on stage, and was chased by a whole squad of people.

April 11, 2017: Two sides of the same story

In two separate conversations with XXL, both Rob and Ski Mask laid out their sides of what happened in Los Angeles. Stone likened Ski Mask's set in L.A. to being the “third strike” of disrespect. Strike one was said to have been an incident where Ski Mask ran out during Rob's set in Seattle to interact with fans mid-song. Stone says, “The nigga was ruining my spot. So that was the first strike and I told the nigga, ‘Don’t do that. If you’re gonna run on my set, come on ‘Chill Bill’ at the end.’ So he was like, ‘Aight, cool’ and it was straight.” Stone said strike two was at the San Diego show. According to him, Ski Mask's lateness forced set times to be pushed back, with Ski Mask being told he's go on at 9 p.m. Around 9:25, Stone says Ski Mask finally showed up, and took to the stage as Rob Stone was about to go on. When Stone's DJ wouldn't hand Ski Mask the mic, he got aggy and stood his ground.

Stone said that after the back-and-forth with XXXTentacion and Ski Mask on Twitter, as well as seeing XXX on Instagram Live “talking about Ski Mask gonna slap the shit outta me,” Stone decided he'd approach Ski Mask at the L.A. show, but Ski Mask showed up and hopped right on stage. “I wasn’t even trying to run onstage and do bro like that. I was supposed to get at bro behind the scenes, but he wanna run onstage and not holla at me like a real nigga, so I run onstage and take the mic from blood and then we beat his ass from the stage to the street. And that’s how it goes. And I left his ass out in the street with his ass out and his underwear. And that’s exactly what happened, from beginning to end.”

Ski Mask saw things differently, saying that AEG (who was putting on the Outlet Tour) was trying to get Rob Stone off of the tour. “Statistically, I shouldn’t even perform before him. Looking at numbers, I shouldn’t have to perform before him because it doesn’t make sense. My numbers are way higher than his in general. Then performance wise, this nigga is ass. He doesn’t do good in general in performance. So they were trying to throw him off [the tour] and he was angry as fuck.” Ski Mask also stated that the San Diego date was supposed to be his last date on the tour, but he says he might not have been getting paid.

Now, even though he says he wasn't going to perform if he wasn't going to get paid, he did indicate that he would be telling his fans “'on the mic that I'm not performing.' Because they're gonna think I didn't even pull up and they're gonna be mad.” According to Ski Mask, that's when the footage starts, where he's on the stage not being given a mic, but not wanting to get off the stage.

In the case of the Los Angeles tour date, Ski Mask said he only went there because he “didn't want to seem pussy,” indicating that he “didn’t think, even if he was gonna jump me, he was gonna do it like that, by jumping me on the stage and not even give me the heads up that he’s about to jump me or wait until I’m done performing.” As you can see in the above video, that wasn't the case. Ski Mask also alleges that around eight people attacked him, and at some point, knives were drawn and his friend was stabbed.

They both indicated to XXL that they were no longer a part of Desiigner's Outlet Tour.

May 1, 2017: Rob Stone replaced by Ski Mask the Slump God at Rolling Loud Festival

After their very public scuffles on the Outlet Tour, Ski Mask and Rob Stone would spend time clapping back and forth at each other, but the next real issue was Stone's claims that he was removed from the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. According to a tweet of his on May 1, Stone says he was paid in full in advance “not to show up at the festival,” saying that “the promoter is their boy.”

The “their” is in reference to XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God; XXX was already on the bill, and its said that Ski Mask ended up taking Rob Stone's slot. Stone later spoke out on the situation, reiterating that he was paid not to go “for 'safety & security,'” and spoke on how his issues with XXXTentacion was the cause of him being let go.

 

#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 1)

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#robstone says he was paid NOT to attend #rollingloud because of issues with #xxxtentacion (part 2)

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June 7, 2017: XXXTentacion gets suckerpunched

It's hard to tell if XXXTentacion was worrying about any flack from his shared beef with Rob Stone when hitting The Observatory during his Revenge Tour, but knowing what has gone down between Ski Mask and Rob Stone, it's hard to be surprised. During his set, someone ran onstage and knocked XXX out with a blow. The individual was immediately bumrushed by security, with a major scuffle ensuing both on stage and behind-the-scenes.

It appears that many in the building started screaming “Fuck Rob Stone.” After the incident, when XXX came to, he hit Twitter to not only say he was set up, but to throw a threat for the next time someone attacks him.

Fox 5 San Diego reports that at some point during the incident on stage, a 19-year-old was stabbed. They also indicated that, at the time, there were no reported arrests.

At the time of this writing, there's been no comment on social media from Rob Stone, though the Slump God did share a couple of tweets.

Sadly, this doesn't seem like it's going to be over any time soon. Maybe Rolling Loud had the right idea; the heat between these factions is too great to have them near each other. If someone doesn't step up to mediate the situation, this could go from bad to worse very quickly.

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