Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss J. Cole’s NFL Boycott on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska celebrate the show's 100th episode while diving into some news, like J. Cole calling for an NFL boycott because of Donald Trump, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's rumored pregnancy, and much more. The group also jump into a number of new music releases, including Rapsody, Kevin Gates, and Young Thug

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Future’s Money Phone Selfie Might Be a Response to Jay Z

Did Future just send a message to Jay Z?

Following the release of Hov’s highly anticipated 4:44 album, many people suspect the hip-hop mogul of taking shots at the “Mask Off” rapper. Some pointed to lines that seemed to reference Future’s family, specifically how Ciara (the mother his child) is now in a relationship with Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson:

“In the future, other niggas playin' football with your son/You had lost it, 13 bottles of Ace of Spade what it did to Boston”

 

Just days after the album dropped, Future shared a selfie on Snapchat that is believed to be a response to Jay. The photo features the rapper holding up a “money phone” with the words “U ain’t got the juice like dat. MOOD” written across the bottom. 

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Image via Snapchat

For those who don’t know, “money phones” were also referenced in the 4:44 track “The Story of O.J.” In the song, Jay calls out rappers who try to flex on social media by holding up stacks to their ear and pretending to speak through it: “Y'all on the 'gram holdin' money to your ear,” he raps. “There's a disconnect, we don't call that money over here.”

Boosie Badazz claimed he was personally offended by the line, but it seems Future is using the lyrics to mock Jay.

Or if we want to look into even more, Future could be responding to a photo by ex-fiancée Ciara. Notice how Future uses the word “juice” and how Ciara uses it to describe her son (“Juicy Man”).

 

MJ, Russ, & Juicy Man. 4th Of July. #FunTimes! ⛳️

A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Jul 3, 2017 at 5:40pm PDT

Whatever mood Future is in, it's certainly directed towards someone.

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Kevin Gates Could Be Released From Prison in June 2018

Kevin Gates was close to being released from jail earlier this year, until a separate weapons charge landed him in prison for another 30 months in a different state. But based on public records, it looks like he'll be up for parole much sooner than that sentence would indicate.

As you can see in this image provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections (via DJ Akademiks), Gates' parole date is in late-June 2018, which would have him out of prison—at least for this sentence—in just under 14 months:

This is a photo of Kevin Gates.
Image via Illnois Department of Corrections

There's no guarantees, of course, and we've seen things go south for Gates in the recent past. The prosecution for his 2015 assault case originally asked for a 60-day sentence (alongside probation and anger-management classes) only for a judge to triple the sentence. As the end of his stay in prison for kicking a woman neared, Gates had his release taken off the table when a separate, unrelated weapons charge was discovered in the state of Illinois. Upon discovery of the charge, Gates was transferred from Florida to the midwest and had his request for bail denied.

A 2018 return to the public would be nice to see for the Baton Rouge native, whose career and life has gone off track over the last couple years as he's dealt with these legal issues. His debut studio album Islah was a definite success, peaking as high as No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and eventually being certified platinum by the RIAA last August. Just as he appeared to be on the rise as an artist, Gates found himself on the wrong side of the law.

If he can keep his nose clean in prison—and assuming no more outstanding charges pop up on the radar—Gates could be returning to a speaker near you next summer.

 

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Kevin Gates Reportedly Sentenced to 30 Months for Weapons Charge

Kevin Gates will reportedly serve 30 months on a weapons charge, TMZ reported Wednesday. Gates appeared in court Wednesday, pleading guilty to a felony gun possession charge. Sources told TMZ Wednesday that Gates is expected to be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Gates was denied bail at a Bridgeview Courthouse hearing earlier this month. Weeks earlier, Gates was close to being released from Polk County jail after his six-month sentence for allegedly kicking a woman at one of his shows had been reduced. Once the weapons-related warrant was discovered, however, Gates was re-arrested and transferred to Illinois, only to then be denied bail.

Following last month's re-arrest, Gates' wife Dreka Haynes shared a message with fans asking for prayers and positive energy. “To everyone that's rooting for Kevin right, THANK YOU, but PLEASE shift your thoughts, prayers, energy, etc. towards the idea of being home and enjoying life as a free man,” Haynes wrote in an Instagram post. “Do NOT dwell on the things that have been put out by the media. Their only goal in anything is to grab/seek attention, not necessarily to release information that is FACTUAL.”

Kevin Gates' most recent release was this month's single “What If,” a nod to Joan Osborne's 1995 hit “What If God Was One of Us.”

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50 Cent Filmed Punching a Female Fan During Baltimore Concert

Video footage captured 50 Cent punching an overzealous female fan this weekend.

According to TMZ, the incident occurred during 50’s concert at Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday. The hip-hop mogul was filmed on stage with Uncle Murda, reaching out to shake the hands of audience members. Moments later, a woman is seen grabbing 50’s hand and yanking him off stage, which, of course, is a big no-no for concert-goers. The rapper, who appeared to be caught off guard, reacted by punching the woman in the chest as he fell towards the audience.

It was a pretty heated and shocking moment, but 50 seemed apologetic immediately after he struck the woman. She was later invited on stage at the rapper’s request and was filmed twerking behind him during the performance. So it seems everything worked out in the end.

You can check out the footage in the TMZ video above.

This isn’t the first time a rapper has gotten violent with a female fan. In 2016, Kevin Gates was videotaped kicking a woman in the chest during his concert in Florida. Gates later said he was simply defending himself, claiming the woman repeatedly pulled at his shorts to get him off stage. Earlier this year, T.I. also had an altercation with a male fan who grabbed the rapper's ass during a performance. Though Tip didn't resort to physical violence, he did stop the concert to verbally scold the dude.

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Kevin Gates’ Release From Jail Canceled Over Outstanding Weapons Warrant

Kevin Gates was set to be released from a jail in Florida on Friday after serving the bulk of his sentence for kicking a woman at a show back in 2015. However, according to TMZ, that's not going to happen. Gates will remain in jail after authorities discovered an outstanding weapons-related warrant.

Polk County Sheriff's Office records show that the warrant in question stems from a weapons charge in Illinois. A court hearing has been set for later Friday, though it's currently unclear whether that will mean extradition for Gates. The Islah rapper was found guilty of battery in the Florida fan-kicking incident last October and sentenced to 180 days in Polk County jail.

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“I kicked them, I wanted them off me,” Gates testified in a court hearing, according to WFLA. The fan, who was 18 at the time, had tugged on Gates pants during the show. “I was trying to get his attention for my friend,” she said. At one point, Gates unsuccessfully attempted to get the charges dropped by citing the Stand Your Ground defense.

In an interview with Complex in 2015, Gates briefly opened up about the incident and its influence on his “The Truth” lyrics. “Two wrongs don't make a right,” Gates said at the time. “Life is about conduct and how we conduct ourselves. But two wrongs never make a right. But I'll say this, I'll use Nicki Minaj again cause people tell me that women love her and people love her: If I was to go front row while she was on stage performing and stick my finger in her pussy, and she kicked me in the mouth and knocked one of my gold teeth out, I would be wrong. I would be wrong for that, and that's all I'll say.”

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iHeartRadio Music Awards Narrows Down Its Best New Artists Finalists

When the nominations for the iHeartRadio Music Awards were announced in January, there were seven categories separated by genre each for “Best New Artist.” It was revealed today that the awards show has now condensed the Best New Artist category into one, with one artist from each genre making it into a sort of “finalist” category.

The new Best Artist nominations for the iHeartRadio Music Awards go to:

Chance The Rapper (Hip-Hop)
The Chainsmokers (Pop)
The Strumbellas (Rock)
Kelsea Ballerini (Country)
CNCO (Latin)
Joss Favela (Regional Mexican)
Bryson Tiller (R&B)

Interestingly, The Chainsmokers were nominated for best new pop artist, beating out Alessia Cara, Daya, Lukas Graham, and ZAYN in their own category. There was no category for Best New Dance Artist. Despite this, The Chainsmokers are still up for awards in Dance Song Of The Year for “Don’t Let Me Down,” as well as Dance Artist Of The Year.

There’s also the matter of Chance The Rapper being nominated for Best New Artist – he released his first mixtape in 2012 and has been heavily active in touring and releasing music since. The time for being a “new” artist has probably passed. Chance beat out Desiigner, D.R.A.M., Kent Jones, and Kevin Gates in the category for Best New Hip-Hop Artist before it was phased out.

The fourth iHeartRadio Awards take place on March 5, 2017 at The Forum in Los Angeles. Shawn Mendes, Big Sean and The Chainsmokers will also be performing, with Ryan Seacrest presiding over the evening’s events.

This article was first published on Your EDM.
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