Two of R. Kelly’s Mansions Just Got Cleaned Out While He’s on Tour

R. Kelly’s career has somehow remained afloat amidst all of the scandals and accusations that he’s faced this year (and all those years prior). Currently out on tour, it looks like the 50-year-old singer's schedule is packed even with people calling for him to get kicked off Sony. Although his plate may be full, two of his mansions now aren’t. Police recently discovered that Kelly's homes in Johns Creek, Ga. have been ransacked, left nearly empty.

While the entertainer was in New Orleans for a performance, Alfonso Walker, whom investigators were able to link to the thefts, broke into both homes and took most of the furniture, electronics, and personal items. Some of the neighbors reported seeing men loading furniture from both houses into cars. Walker, who has worked for Kelly in the past, is wanted on two counts of burglary, two counts of theft by taking, and two counts of theft by deception.

Kelly's Atlanta mansions were the subject of discussion back in July when he was accused of holding multiple women against their will. According to alleged former members of Kelly’s circle, the singer controlled all aspects of the women’s communication with their parents and had them reside in houses he owned in Atlanta and Chicago. Police in Johns Creek said that as the women are over 18, no crime is being committed. R. Kelly has denied the accusations.

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Man Running for Mayor of New Orleans Was Caught Masturbating in an Uber

Frank Scurlock is running for mayor of New Orleans. Frank Scurlock was also allegedly caught masturbating while in the backseat of an Uber by his female driver. Frank Scurlock will most likely not become the mayor of New Orleans. 

The incident allegedly occurred on February 10 when Scurlock was picked up from a West Hollywood hotel. While on a freeway near Santa Monica, the Uber driver heard noises coming from the backseat. The driver guessed that Scurlock was pleasuring himself and pulled the car over. Upon getting out of the vehicle and opening the backseat door, she allegedly found Scurlock​ with his pants to his ankles, shirt pulled up because he didn't want to make a mess on himself, and his hands around his erect penis. 

Formal charges were not filed until August 31 due to some issues around jurisdiction, and the would-be mayor will be arraigned in Los Angeles Criminal Court on October 16. If found guilty, he must register as a sex offender. 

Scurlock's lean mayoral platform, which is posted on his website, runs only two paragraphs long. “My platform is simple. I’ll fix what’s broken and honor history,” it begins. Honoring history, to Scurlock, translates to preserving statues and monuments to the Confederacy and white supremacy. He also makes vague mention of fixing a “dysfunctional” city hall and making the city safer. Scurlock's campaign slogan is “Let's Make New Orleans Fun Again!” 

Scurlock, in a campaign video posted to his Facebook account, talks of wanting to “Uberize” the police department. I'm just going that leave that alone. 

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The NFL’s Most Likable Player Isn’t Who You’d Expect

If we asked you to guess who you think the NFL’s “most liked” player is at the moment, who would you pick? At this exact second, it would be a little bit hard to argue against J.J. Watt. The guy has single-handedly helped raise more than $25 million—and counting!—for the city of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

It would also be hard to argue against a guy like Drew Brees, who has meant so much to the city of New Orleans over the course of the last decade. There are also a handful of players—Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, and Matt Ryan come to mind—who have been fantasy football beasts over the last few seasons, which makes them plenty “likable” in the eyes of many NFL fans out there.

But the guy who is actually the “most liked” NFL player? According to a recent poll conducted by E-Poll, it's…

Larry Fitzgerald?

That’s right. The Cardinals wide receiver, who is now entering his 14th season, topped the list of the NFL’s most likable players. The poll was based on a variety of factors, including “awareness,” “dynamic,” and “exciting.” While Fitzgerald didn’t land at the top of the rankings for all of those factors, he did rate very favorably among them all. That helped him land the title of “most liked” player in the NFL.

Fitzgerald was joined in the top 10 by Watt, Brees, Jordy Nelson, Derek Carr, Brown, Von Miller, Rodgers, Dak Prescott, and Rob Gronkowski.

NFL fans aren’t the only ones who like Fitzgerald: according to a report that came out this week, Fitzgerald has gotten into the habit of offering to pay fines for defensive players who hit him high instead of going low and taking out his legs. Lions safety Glover Quin revealed that Fitzgerald is more than happy to pick up the tab for opposing players if it means extending his career.

“He’ll tell you on the field, like, 'Hey, bro, I’ll pay your fine for you,'” Quin said. “Like, 'Don’t hit me in the legs.' He’ll rather you hit him up high. Don’t take his legs, because obviously, you need your legs to run.”

The NFL might not necessarily want to hear that, due to all of the controversy surrounding concussions these days. But it sounds like Fitzgerald has turned into a real people-pleaser both on and off the field.

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How Sickamore Went From Hustling Mixtapes to Crafting Platinum Albums With YG and Travis Scott | The Culture

Randall “Sickamore” Medford may not be a household name, but if you're anywhere near the rap game you know he's been an integral part of the success of hip-hop heavyweights like YG, Travis Scott, and more.

Now a senior music exec at Interscope Records, Sickamore continues to play a key role behind-the-scenes for established and up-and-coming acts alike, and based on his track record, you'd be wise to bet on what and who he's working with. In our new episode of The Culture, Jinx chops it up with Sickamore to find out how the Brooklyn representative turned his passion for music into a career hip-hop heads could only dream of.

A major turning point in Sickamore's journey can be traced back to his days of selling bootleg mixtapes on Canal Street in Manhattan, which then led to an A&R gig with Atlantic Records at the age of 21.

The jump from hustling to corporate didn't effect Sickamore's drive, who saw the transition as an opportunity to capitalize on something he always believed. “I wanted to show people that you could really be in it. You can be on tour, you can be engaged, you can find records. You can make something,” he explained. “You know how they always have that term for the culture? I understand it, but it's never been a point in my life where it's not been for the culture.”

Sickamore's path hasn't always been on a positive trajectory. Two years after joining Atlantic, he left to start an artist development company and managed Nicki Minaj early in her career. His ambitions spread him thin, though, to the point that he lost Nicki as a client. That moment, while disheartening, helped Sickamore refocus his goals.

Check out the full episode above, where Sickamore talks about building a special bond with YG, how Travis Scott's “Antidote” was initially a freestyle, and also shares a hilarious encounter he had with Drake. DJ Clark Kent and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua also talk about their experiences working with Sickamore.

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‘Preacher’ Star Ruth Negga Hints At The Future Of Tulip & Jesse’s Relationship In Season 2

The ‘Preacher’ cast teased what’s to come during our set visit in New Orleans.

Chance the Rapper Apologizes for ‘Disrespecting’ Dr. Dre and Aftermath

Chance the Rapper has apologized for “publicly disrespecting” Dr. Dre and Aftermath on his Be Encouraged Tour. In a series of tweets Thursday, Chance said he made a mistake by including images of Dre and the Aftermath label during a segment aimed at satirizing major labels.

“I want to formally apologize to Dr Dre, and all of Aftermath for publicly disrespecting their hard work and contributions to music,” Chance said. “When I went on the Be Encouraged tour I made LED content to satirize and degrade major labels. I made the mistake of including Imprints which not only dulled my overall point of trying to uplift [artists] but also singled out artist-owned ventures that have only worked to progress the culture.”

Chance added that Dre is a great example of someone who's made space for creatives to have ownership in an industry designed to give them the opposite. “I set out to empower and I completely missed the ball and I know that now,” Chance said.

On his Be Encouraged Tour, Chance projected altered versions of major record label names. Aftermath Entertainment, for example, was mockingly referred to as Can't Do Math Entertainment.

 

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Chance's Be Encouraged Tour continues next month in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Concertgoers on the Travis Scott ‘Riot’: Arkansas Wasn’t Ready For a Show Like That

Arkansas is not exactly what you would call a hotbed for hip-hop. The South's influence on the genre is undeniable, but that region's sound has been broadly defined by specific cities, like New Orleans, Atlanta, and Houston. That is, not Rogers, Arkansas. So Travis Scott bringing his Birds Eye View tour to the city was a big deal, both for people excited to attend and the less enthused locals who looked on skeptically.

The distrustful locals were a central theme amongst people Complex spoke to about their experience at the show. Even before the concert took place, Rogers natives who attended the concert described an air of skepticism from a city not accustomed to hosting rap shows.

“Seeing how it was the first rap show ever in this area, besides college parties, no one really knew what to expect,” says John Stark, a resident of Rogers who says he has attended at least 10 shows at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion​. “I just don't think the adult generation in our area was ready for a show like that… you mean to tell me Jim Bob with a Confederate flag Facebook banner complaining on a local news link knows a Travis Scott song?”

As things started to heat up during his set, Scott invited fans to make one last push toward the pit if they wanted to get closer to the stage. Multiple people who spoke to Complex said he yelled at fans to take advantage of the opportunity and bypass security. “If you want to get to the pit this is your last chance,” said Scott. “Fill the pit. Security, let them through! Security, let them through!”

Rogers PD would later confirm this version of events, citing Scott's bypass of security in their statement on his arrest.

“During the concert, [Scott] encouraged people to rush the stage and bypass the security protocols to ensure concert goer safety,” said Rogers PD. “During the rush to the stage several people were injured, including an employee from the security company hired to help monitor and control the crowd, and a member of the police department.

Though some fans claimed there was less chaos than you might have expected—Stark called it a “very controlled swarm”—others described disarray and people falling everywhere, struggling to get close enough to see the MC.

“When Travis said it was our last chance to come down to the pit, it was literally like a mob of people,” said Katie, an Arkansas native who attended the show. “Of course I was going to take my chance, so I ran down and I got pushed down so many times. I jumped the gate to get in, and saw so many people getting into fights. People were losing their shoes and everything.”

“It was like the scene in Lion King where Mufasa got trampled,” added Michael Chen, a native of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In spite of warning signs about how the show was received locally—including Scott repeatedly thanking fire marshals and security in the middle of his set—people in attendance say they never expected Scott to end up being arrested, nor did most of them find out until the day after. 

“When the show ended, it felt abrupt, and you could see some authority figure backstage motioning to him,” says Chen. “I wouldn't say he looked rushed, but he sort of laughed it off when we kept telling him to repeat 'Goosebumps.' After the concert, there was a sense of, 'Damn, it's over?' and everyone was standing around for a good minute. There [were] people jokingly saying perhaps he got arrested, but I didn't find out until the morning.”

None of the fans Complex spoke to about the concert had any regret or earnest concern about what went down. Some of them even took to social media after the event to share their sadness for concertgoers who didn't put in the effort to nudge their way toward the front of the concert.

“I think the police overreacted a lot,” said Katie. “The old people at the AMP just were dying seeing anyone have fun. So it looks like we're back to country music and bands no one has ever heard of.”

Travis Scott may not be invited back to Rogers in the near future, but one thing is certain—his fans are on his side, and they'd love to see him come back one day.

“In no way at all was it anywhere near a riot,” said Stark. “It was just a bunch of people having the best night of their lives.”

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Frank Ocean Isn’t a Recluse Anymore, and the World Is Better for It

The most surprising thing about Frank Ocean’s return is that it hasn’t ended.

Mercurial and independent, Ocean is the sort of artist that doesn’t seem to need an audience—he could be just as happy singing to himself as a crowd. And so, after releasing Endless and Blonde last year, another hiatus, like the four years post-Channel Orange, wouldn’t have come as a shock.

Instead, he stuck around to work with Calvin Harris on a Picasso-referencing contender for song of the summer, and launch a radio show with Beats 1 in which he patters in his New Orleans accent about this and that, interviews Jay Z, and drops loosies that are better than other folks’ album singles. Five episodes of Blonded Radio, which seems to follow no set schedule, have aired since it premiered in February, and the three new songs he’s debuted—“Chanel”, “Biking,” and “Lens”—are discretely excellent.

“Chanel” has a more refined version of the free-association songwriting heard on “Futura Free”; it’s boastful and candid and has one of the best opening lines of the year: “My guy pretty like a girl.”

“Biking” is a wistful summer song, a style Ocean excels at. Built upon acoustic guitar and scalloped drums, it's more accessible than any single from Blonde. The meditative thinking unlocked by repetitive motion, by the hard-working peaks and coasting valleys of a bike ride, occasions wonder about marriage, children, and the limits of self-reliance. “When’s the last time I asked for some help that I couldn’t get from nobody else?”

Money isn’t far from Ocean's mind on both “Chanel” and “Biking,” and on the latter he barks and raves about the cash and what it’s affording him. The new money must feel incredible, but I wonder about the effect it’s having on Frank's conception of responsibility—for himself and the people he loves. I wonder if he doesn’t feel heavier in some way. Burdened by possible futures. Less able to depart.

“Lens” is the lightest of the trio, more empty space than song. (The beat builds so slowly, I spent my first listen waiting for something that never arrived.) Its lyrics resolve the spare tension by ending on the feeling of being seen. His grandfather Lionel, aunt Janet, and friend Matt have a lens on him. They see him, and surely they see him differently than we can.

Ocean's visibility creates a strange and diffuse sort of anticipation, altogether different from that pre-Endless and Blonde excitement. It used to be that he was the adored uncle who disappeared for long stretches of time—maybe a year or more—only to show up unexpectedly outside the house, engine of a beautiful new car you’d never glimpsed before ticking and cooling, a package tucked under his arm for you to unwrap. Now he’s become something like a cousin who lives nearby but is prone to wandering. He shows up more often than that uncle, always with a story, but you won’t quite let yourself count on his presence in your life. You’d know it would burn if you let yourself become too accustomed, because, after all, he could be gone tomorrow, no forwarding address and an unpaid phone bill that left his mobile dead.

On his Blonded Radio mixes, Ocean plays music from tragic downtown original Arthur Russell, UK Bandcamp act Bare Pale, French decadent Sébastian Tellier. His ear is impeccable and his taste wide-ranging. Hearing him transition from Guided By Voices to Grandaddy to Russell gives me the same thrill I felt upon discovering that he’d read Christopher Isherwood’s Mr. Norris Changes Trains.

That ability to remain private even in the open is a rare one, and though he’s sharing more of his work, there’s no knowing Ocean completely. There’s no anticipating the next move, no telling whether these new songs will accrete into something larger, or if these broadcasts will culminate in a new full-length. We’re watching him now, more closely than we could before, and still we see precious little. It’s enough.

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Lil Wayne on Roc Nation: ‘I’m a Member of That Team Now’

Has Lil Wayne finally joined the Roc Nation family?

During a Monday concert at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, the 34-year-old rapper sparked theories he had officially left Cash Money to sign with Jay Z’s record label. It’s a rumor Weezy fans are all too familiar with.

“Is it cool if I just say it?” Wayne said during the show before throwing up the Roc diamond sign. “It’s the Roc. You know I'm a member of that team now. We’ll talk about that later, though.”

 

I don't even know where to start of how amazing the concert was last night!! #youngmoney #weezy #lilwayne

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No, Wayne. Some of us want to talk about it now. Did the New Orleans rapper actually ink a deal with Roc Nation, marking his first-ever label move? Or is he misleading us…again?

Rumors of Wayne signing with Jay’s label have been circulating for years—even before Roc Nation was launched. In footage taken in 2005, Wayne claims he had left Cash Money to join Jay and Def Jam Records. Of course, we now know his statements weren’t true; however, in light of Wayne’s ongoing legal battle with Cash Money, the move to Jay’s team has seemed more and more possible.

In 2015, Wayne announced at the KMEL Summer Jam he had signed a deal with his “motherfucking idol” Jay Z. People immediately speculated Wayne was officially added to the Roc Nation roster, but it turns out the deal was with Jay’s streaming service Tidal.

Fans received another false alarm during Wayne’s Camp Flog Gnaw performance in late 2016, when the rapper shouted: “I’m a motherfuckin’ Roc-a-Fella millionaire.” Some expected Roc Nation to release a statement confirming their deal with Lil Wayne; however, months after the concert, we have yet to receive an official word.

Is Tunechi just taking shots at Cash Money by showing love to Roc Nation? Or did he finally ditch his longtime record label and sign with his “idol”?

We reached out to a Roc Nation representative for comment. Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

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Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle shared a special moment on stage in New Orleans for the Total Blackout Tour.