Lil Peep’s Cause of Death Confirmed as Overdose of Xanax and Fentanyl

Lil Peep’s cause of death has reportedly been revealed.

According to TMZ, the Pima County Medical Examiner’s office found that the rising rapper died from an an overdose of Fentanyl and Xanax, confirming previous suspicions surrounding his cause of death. The toxicology report states there was no alcohol found in his system; however, there were traces of various other drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, Tramadol, Hydrocodone, and Oxycodone.

The medical examiner’s office deemed the cause of death “accidental.”

The news arrives nearly one month after Lil Peep was found dead on a tour bus in Tuscon, Arizona, where he was scheduled to perform. He was 21.

In the wake of his death, a number of hip-hop figures have spoken out about rampant drug use within the genre. Wiz Khalifa told Complex he has encouraged his friends to stop consuming lean; Lil Uzi Vert announced he was giving up drugs; and Vic Mensa ​called out rappers who glorify drug use in an effort to sell records.  

“To be honest, it’s like, on one hand I almost don’t even feel that I have a right to chastise anybody because I’ve fucking done it […] I regret it,” Mensa told Billboard. “I don’t rap about it anymore, but I have some lines about taking Xanax. I just think that we’re in such a dangerous place now because it’s been normalized and the drug abuse has been reduced to like a marketing tactic.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Was ‘So Nervous’ to Record “Um Yea” With Offset

Cardi B and Offset aren’t afraid to mix business with pleasure. The newly engaged couple has teamed up on a number of records, such as “Lick,” “MotorSport,” and now “Um Yea,” from Quality Control’s new Control the Streets Vol. 1 compilation. Though the latter track is the most recent, Cardi revealed it marked her first-ever recording session with her husband-to-be—a moment that may have solidified their relationship.

“[T]his was the first time I ever got In the studio with @offsetyrn. I did LICK way before he featured on it, anyways i was soo nervous cause he was looking at me like ‘let’s see if she really be doing this shit on her own,’” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper wrote on Instagram. “[T]hen I got in the booth […] Had to show his ass why he had to put a ring on this finger.”

She clearly did something to impress him. 

Following weeks of engagement rumors, Offset proposed to Cardi in October during Power 99's Powerhouse in Philadelphia. Cardi expressed her love for the Migos member shortly after, writing on Instagram: “Thank you for seeing the potential in me since you met me. For giving me advice molding me and loving me […] I can’t wait to spend FOREVAAAA with you. Lets make a lot shmoney and love together.”

The couple reportedly has another collaboration on deck. Back in September, Quavo told TMZ that Cardi would be featured on Migos’ upcoming album Culture 2, which is set to drop in early 2018.  

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Dame Dash on Allegedly Slapping Harvey Weinstein: ‘Somebody Definitely Got Smacked’

Dame Dash is coyly pumping the brakes on a borderline urban myth that he put hands on exiled executive Harvey Weinstein for some allegedly sexist behavior. In the midst of November’s seemingly never-ending stream of Weinstein sexual assault allegations, Cam’ron took to the booth and claimed Dash slapped Weinstein for his allegedly foul behavior. The statement came in the form of one of Cam’s bars on the Diplomats track “Once Upon a Time.”

“No disrespecting the ladies word from my team/That’s the reason Dame smacked Harvey Weinstein/On the set of Paid in Full y’all gave him hell about it/Some foul shit happened once Capo tell ’em ’bout it…” Cam rapped.

When TMZ asked Dash if he indeed “smacked Harvey Weinstein,” he didn’t directly deny putting the proverbial paws on Weinstein. Dash seemed to dance around the answer like someone who was acutely aware of New York’s laws about physical assault and battery.

“I could say that somebody definitely got smacked on the set of Paid in Full,” Dash said. “I’ve never really liked the way Harvey treated my culture. I didn’t like the way he talked to people. I ain’t like the way he was treating my film. I’ve owned clubs with him, and a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on.”

Dame offered more, and if you can get past the casual shade he throws at Just Blaze and Wood Harris, the statement that “a lot of things that were being alleged, everyone knew what was going on” is particularly disturbing. 

Paid in Full was released in 2002, so there were at least a good 15 years of “everybody knew what was going on” before Weinstein had to face any consequences for decades of alleged sexual assaults. 

If you can read between the lines, Dash’s refusal to outright say he didn’t slap Weinstein combined with him claiming he got sued over the smacking (without mentioning the involved parties) leaves more questions than answers.

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Quavo and Donald Glover Are Back in the Studio

Quavo and Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) are up to something.

On Friday night, the Migos member shared an Instagram photo of him and Gambino standing in the studio, presumably working on a new project. He captioned the image: “H U N C H O G L O V E R N A W F A T L A N T A.”

 

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Fans have been holding their collective breath for a Gambino x Migos record since 2015, when the “Redbone” rapper revealed he had contacted the trio’s management to get something rolling. Anticipation grew after Gambino’s 2017 Golden Globes acceptance speech for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The Atlanta creator praised the trio for contributing to the series and delivering one of the biggest hits of 2016.

“I really want to thank the Migos—not for being in the show [Atlanta]—but for making ‘Bad and Boujee,’” Gambino said. “Like that’s the best song ever.”

Shortly after the awards ceremony, Gambino told TMZ that a collaboration between him and Migos was inevitable.

“I have to. They're Zone 6. That's Atlanta,” he said.

Offset also confirmed a collaboration was on the way.

“When we did the [Atlanta] episode, I went ahead and told [Gambino], I was like ‘We got to get into the studio after this […] We going to keep building an empire with this. We might as well get into the studio’,” Offset told TMZ. “[Gambino] was also with it.”

Back in October, Quavo shared a silent video of Migos, Gambino, and Lil Yachty hanging out in the studio. Because there was no sound or any details—other than an Oct. 8 timestamp—fans were left to speculate. Could the long-awaited Migos x Gambino record be around the corner? Could it appear on their upcoming Culture II album? Stay tuned.

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Floyd Mayweather Accuses Ex-Girlfriend of Stealing Money From Him in New Lawsuit

According to TMZ, a lawsuit Floyd Mayweather just filed against his former girlfriend Shantel Jackson sees the undefeated boxer alleging that Jackson funded several personal shopping sprees for herself by gaining unauthorized access to his credit card accounts, in addition to taking cash that was scattered around his house. He also says that, in an effort to keep her spending a secret, she had several items that she purchased shipped to a secret location.

In a bizarre twist, Mayweather's suit says that Jackson praised him in public whenever he got crappy press for the sole purpose of gaining his trust. “As a result of that confidence, Mayweather, whose education ended at eighth grade, did not audit or otherwise inspect either his cash or his credit card statements for theft by Jackson,” it reads, though the boxer's reps later clarified that he actually left school four years later, in the 12th grade.

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Finally the claim says that Mayweather only learned of the alleged deceit when one of their mutual friends informed him that Jackson was bragging about it. Though there no specific dollar amount is available, Mayweather is suing her for theft. He says he wants “triple damages.” As if that wasn't complicated enough, she's also suing him for a number of things, including invasion of privacy, defamation, and domestic violence, the last of which is expected to get a trial date in the very near future.

Jackson first sued Mayweather back in 2014, where she alleged that he choked her during an argument, accused her publicly of aborting their twins, and pointed a gun at her head. The couple had a romantic relationship that lasted for eight years, and they lived together from 2008-2013.

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Meek Mill Reportedly Released From Solitary Confinement

While Meek Mill’s freedom hangs in the balance, news emerged that the embattled rapper won a small victory of sorts. TMZ reports Meek has been transferred from The State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill to a different facility.

“An official at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA tells TMZ … the rapper was just transferred to their prison and out of Camp Hill,” TMZ reported, citing unnamed sources. “He’s now in general population and he has his own cell.”

The State Correctional Institution in Chester is classified as a medium security facility, and the move to a different prison takes Mill roughly 120 miles west. Perhaps more importantly, the transfer takes Meek out of solitary, a change his team lobbied for after arguing that solitary confinement can “wreak havoc on a person’s mental state.”

The move to Chester is the latest twist in Meek’s ongoing legal drama, as Meek was reportedly denied a bail hearing Friday, as that hearing was allegedly canceled due to an administrative error.

As it currently stands, Meek is sentenced to two-to-four years for a probation violation originally stemming from a 2008 conviction for gun and drug charges. Meanwhile, authorities are said to be investigating the judge who handed down the sentence, amid allegations that she has a personal vendetta against Meek for refusing to mention her in a song and sign a management deal with Charlie “Mack” Alston.

You can read the full report on Meek’s alleged transfer and removal from solitary confinement via TMZ

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Meek Mill Sentenced to 2-4 Years in Prison for Probation Violation

On Monday afternoon Meek Mill was given a sentence of 2-4 years in prison after a judge ruled that he violated multiple provisions of his probation.

The 30-year-old rapper was on probation due to a 2008 conviction for gun and drug charges. For those charges, he did an eight month bid (in addition to the probation sentence). Also, in 2016, he was placed under 90 days of house arrest for violating that probation after embarking in some unapproved travel.

According to a TMZ report that was released last week, this most current violation was likely to earn him a sentence in the neighborhood of 20 months (which appears to be pretty accurate).

We will update this post with more information as it becomes available.

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Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Excluded From Meetings Between Players and NFL Owners

On October 25, ESPN reported Colin Kaepernick was expected to be invited to a forthcoming meeting between NFL owners and players scheduled for November 3. The meeting was spearheaded by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as part of the NFL Players Coalition’s ongoing dialogue with league owners centered on players protesting racial inequalities during the singing of the national anthem. A Slate report filed Sunday cites league emails as well as emails from Kaepernick’s attorney denying any invitation has been extended to Kaerpernick.

The chances of a potential meeting between Kaepernick and a group of NFL owners seemed slim, given that Kaep filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners for reportedly blackballing him for his political beliefs and forms of protests.

It's unclear if this is merely a matter of semantics, as Jenkins previously told TMZ that Kaepernick was invited, while Kaepernick's attorneys are maintaining that no formal invite was ever sent. You can see Jenkins remarks about Kaep being invited in the video above at the 1:46 mark.

As Kaepernick remains unsigned in favor of less accomplished quarterbacks, the perception that owners conspired to keep him out of the league has only grown in some circles. Meanwhile, an email obtained by Slate states Kaepernick’s attorney group has confirmed he “is open to participating in, and discussing the ideas he has led, at the next meeting in a meaningful way.”

The proposed meeting comes as players and ownership remain divided on the protests initiated by Kaepernick last season in response to multiple incidents of unarmed black citizens being killed by police during routine stops. The situation has been further inflamed as several NFL owners co-opted Kaepernick’s kneeling protest to use as a response to President Donald Trump saying owners should fire players engaging in such protests. 

With Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to bench any player he felt disrespected the flag, things intensified. A subsequent revelation that Houston Texans owner Bob McNair referred to players as “inmates” further angered other players.

Whether or not Kaepernick attends Tuesday’s meeting, there appears to be a clear rift between owners unhappy with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the protests. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter report Jones is spearheading a group of 17 owners intent on halting Goodell’s contract extension. Given how Goodell has botched the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, brokering peace between players and ownership over peaceful protests and “Deflategate,” Jones' actions aren’t particularly surprising.

Depending on how the next round of meetings plays out, there is a potential scenario where both Goodell and Kaepernick would both be out of the league within two years of the protests Kaep initiated last season.
You can read Stahl’s full report via Slate.

 

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Jemele Hill: ‘I Put ESPN in a Bad Spot, I’ll Never Take Back What I Said’

ESPN is expected to lift Sportscenter co-host Jemele Hill’s two-week suspension Monday, October 23. And while there has been much speculation about what went on behind the scenes and if Hill would leave the marquee sports network after her second suspension in a month for political remarks on Twitter, we haven’t heard much directly from Hill. Aside from a few re-tweets and a cameo appearance on Cari Champion’s Instagram Stories feed, Hill’s Twitter has been relegated to a few re-tweets since October 10.

“I deserved that suspension,” Hill told TMZ during an impromptu airport interview. “I violated the policy. Going forward, we’ll be in a good, healthy place. It’ll be fine. The only thing I apologize for is I put ESPN in a bad spot. I’ll never take back what I said. I put them in a bad spot, and that’s the truth of it. I regret the position I put them in. I regret the position I put a lot of the people I work with and our show in. I’ll never take back what I said.”

Hill drew her initial suspension for calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist and a bigot via Twitter on September 11. The suspension led to Trump calling for her to be fired, and Hill’s supporters essentially asking, “Where is the lie?”

Weeks later on October 8, Hill tweeted that those offended by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ threat to bench players kneeling during the national anthem should boycott his advertisers. Shortly afterward, ESPN hit Hill with the two-week suspension.

The suspensions come amid conservatives claiming the network leans liberal. ESPN has struggled with handling the perception, notably removing play-by-play announcer Robert Lee from a Virginia vs. William & Mary game in August because he shares the same name as the infamously defeated Civil War General.

Read the full story, which also includes Hill's thoughts on athlete activism, at TMZ.

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