DETROIT, MI – Three days after Aretha Franklin was reported to be “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospital, the Queen of Soul has passed away.
The music icon reportedly died peacefully at her Detroit home after suffering from advanced pancreatic cancer for many years.
Naturally, numerous members of the Hip Hop community are coming out in droves to express despair over losing the soul legend. Many of them sampled her music at one time.
Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, Common, Talib Kweli, DJ Premier and Nas are just a handful of those paying their respects on social media.
Check out the reactions below.
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on August 13, 2018 and can be found below.]
As the news of Aretha Franklin’s medical condition continues to spread, members of the Hip Hop and R&B community have come out in droves to show their support.
Franklin — who iconically earned the distinction as the Queen of Soul — is reportedly “gravely ill” in a Detroit hospital. WDIV-TV anchor Evrod Cassimy broke the news via Twitter on Monday morning (August 13).
“BREAKING NEWS: I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” he wrote. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time. I’ll have more details as I’m allowed to release.”
According to Showbiz 411, Franklin was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. The 76-year-old’s last performances include the Elton John AIDS Foundation gala and the Philadelphia’s Mann Center last year.
Franklin was born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee. Over the course of her career, she’s pumped out 42 studio albums, culminating with 2017’s A Brand New Me. She’s responsible for timeless classics like “Respect” and “Son Of A Preacher Man.”
The 17x-Grammy Award winner’s music has been sampled by countless Hip Hop artists, including 3rd Bass, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Kanye West, Big Sean, Nas, EPMD, Outkast and Dr. Dre.
Missy Elliott, DJ Premier, Ciara, Mariah Carey are just a handful of those sending a little prayer to Ms. Franklin on social media.
Check out their posts below.
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Days after the chart-topping artist made the announcement, a handful of fans have come forward to reveal they were one of the lucky few to receive cash from the Astroworld creator. Although it’s unclear if Scott spent the entire $100,000, one fan — Peter Valdriz — received $800 from the musician to help cover costs for his mother’s funeral.
Valdriz told TMZ his 51-year-old mother passed away last week due to complications from a brain virus.
OK I GOT 75K LEFT. SEND YOUR CASH TAG AND TWEET #ASTROWORLD TO BE NEXT!!— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) August 15, 2018
“For not much but hope can help,” Travis Scott wrote in a message that accompanied his $800 gift to Valdriz.
In return, Valdriz offered his thanks to Scott.
“Knowing that someone is out there trying to help us during this difficult time means the world to us,” Valdriz said while speaking to TMZ. “I personally want to thank Travis Scott for really making a tough day for my family into a day we can cherish.”
"How dare you bite the hand that feeds you,” Nicki said Tuesday morning.
Safaree responded, writing, “Unless I really cared still I could not let the mention of someone's name get me that riled up.”
Nicki clapped back with a series of tweets about their relationship and specifically took a moment to drag Safaree’s hairline into the conversation.
Samuels continued responding to his exes tweets, arguing that their relationship ended because it was too toxic. He also claimed Nicki once cut him so badly he almost died, and that she was allegedly cheating on him with Meek years before their split.
Most importantly, Safaree clarified that he and Tyga don't have the same hairline treatment doctors.
Before raging an online battle with her ex, Minaj had her Twitter fingers aimed at DJ Self over some disparaging comments he made about her album. Nicki claimed Self only made those statements because she'd refused to be affectionate toward him, but he quickly rebuked that claim.
This is also related to her beef with Safaree, because both Self and Samuels are part of the Love & Hip Hop network of shows, and are cool.
Self-appeared opposite Cardi B in several scenes, while the Bronx rapper was on LAHH for two seasons. This week, Self-seemed to suggest that Nicki's album didn't deliver as much as Cardi's. In response, Nicki promised to spill what Self formerly said about the "I Like It" rapper. No one says Cardi's name directly, but it's quite obvious given Cardi and Self's turbulent history together on the show.
It's impressive that Minaj is finding time to drag everyone online in between press stops for her new album. We'll have to wait and see if all this drama has any effect on her streaming numbers, but as they say, all press is good press. *sips tea*
Blac Chyna was photographed without her usual bum.
If this photo is anything to go by, Blac Chyna's having second thoughts about her famous butt implants. The opposite of the usual before and after photos, the one on the left shows her fully pumped up with filler, while in the righ-hand photo she looks thoroughly drained. Ms. Chyna could be taking a similar route to Kylie Jenner, who recently stopped using lip filler after having a kid. Blac Chyna has not had a kid recently, but she is dating a very young man.
YBN Almighty Jay, who is 18, has been Blac Chyna's main (if inconsistent) love interest recently. She's been harshly criticized for it so far and doubtless will be again after these photos. Considering the photos in relation to her recent relationships a certain Kanye West line comes to mind: "Blac Chyna fuckin' Rob, helped him with the weight." The line could now be reversed to include YBN Almighty Jay and some weight being surgically removed.
For all you #Roommates planning to get it lit at the “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour, check ya tickets!
It’s being reported that the tour, which is supposed to start Thursday in #Utah, will now begin Aug. 10th in #KansasCity, Missouri, TMZ reports. Other cities affected by the late start include St. Paul, Toronto, Salt Lake City and Denver. A show scheduled for Aug. 20th in Chicago has been canceled.
A tour source says the show’s production was not ready and that the team and the artists want fans to get the full experience. We’ll keep you updated on the latest, #Roomies.
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Offset done got himself into some trouble #Roomates! He is currently sitting behind bars after cops pulled Offset over and allegedly spotted a weapon up in the car.
According to TMZ, sources told the site that he was cruising outside Atlanta in his whip when he was pulled over for tinted windows. A witness said officers found one gun in his SUV. The problem with this is that Offset is a convicted felon and is currently on probation.
We will keep you updated on this story.
LONDON – With a platinum pen that has written dynamite hits such as Rihanna’s “Umbrella” (No.1 in more than 20 countries), Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (which nabbed the 2010 Grammy Award for Song of the Year) and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” (the most certified song EVER), it’s safe to say Terius Nash b.k.a. The-Dream is a damn good artist.
And instead of waiting for the aforementioned records (among several others) to trickle down into riches, the celebrated singer/songwriter has struck a deal with the Merck Mercuriadis-founded company Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited to sell off 75 percent of his catalog for a reported $23 million.
The deal includes 302 songs and Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited’s own resources will dole out the payment. The remaining 25 percent will be retained by The-Dream.
“It’s critical for us to set the highest standards with our first acquisition,” Mercuriadis, who once famously managed Elton John and Guns N’ Roses, told Music Business Worldwide. “The-Dream is not only arguably the culturally most important songwriter of his generation but he has written the marquee songs for the culturally most significant artists of our time including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, JAY-Z and Kanye West.
“It’s an honor for this to not only be our first order of business but also to welcome Dream to our Advisory Board. He is a catalyst on so many levels and a big part of our future.”
The-Dream has a highly active career outside of his own solo projects. In the past year alone, he worked with Hip Hop Heavyweights such as JAY-Z, Nas and Kanye West, and appeared just as enthused to enter into his new situation.
“I’m proud to be part of this beautiful venture,” the 40-year-old star added. “Merck is a music titan who began his career well before I ever imagined having one. His futuristic views captured my attention and instantly made an impact. Merck sees me as I see myself. I sought out to be my generation’s Babyface and Dr. Dre, he sees the same. In making this decision I said to Merck, ‘I need a Jimmy Iovine in my life,’ not just to nurture my songs but to also help solidify the legacy I seek for myself and my songs even after I’m gone, for my children and beyond. His reply was simply ‘I Got it!, and after [that] came action like the one you see playing out today in real time.”
Music legend Nile Rodgers of Chic and “Get Lucky” fame also attended the big signing at the London Stock Exchange building.
The pop/R&B queen — who is ranked at #53 on the list – pulled in $355 million this year, while her Hip Hop mogul husband JAY-Z yielded a whopping $900 million.
Their immense wealth is nothing the couple is shy about owning. On the song “Boss,” which is taken from their joint album EVERYTHING IS LOVE, Beyoncé raps, “My great-great-grandchildren already rich. That’s a lot of brown children on your Forbes list.”
Hov’s fortune comes from various business endeavors, including TIDAL and Sprint’s subsequent investment, which valued the company at $600 million.
Beyoncé, on the other hand, makes most of her money from touring, endorsements and album sales. However, she does own a healthy slice of TIDAL as well.
The couple is currently overseas in the middle of their On The Run II Tour, which hits the U.S. on July 25. They are scheduled to headline the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in South Africa this December.
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Lil’ James is a four-year-old Facebook, Instagram and YouTube celebrity known for his outgoing personality and social media videos. This little guy has gained millions followers and viewers across the internet and his popularity is going to expand even bigger since he has been cast to be in Master P’s upcoming film “I Got the Hook Up 2”. With social media stars like fatboy_sse, pioladitingancia, DC Youngfly and movie star A.J. JOHNSON who was in the first "I got The Hook Up" back in 1998. I must say, "This is going to be a funny movie."
Master P who is known for finding great talent and we can only imagine what he saw when he came face to face with Lil James. No word yet on what Lil’ Jame’s role will be, but we can say that this grand opportunity will only push Lil James to the next level.
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“Lil James Has A Lot To Say”
Born James Tucker Jr, this 4 year-old is wise beyond his years. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana James has been in the spotlight for several months now. His family said that since the age if 1 year, he has been a natural born comedian and now is a networking superstar and his Facebook and Instagram alone has caught the attention of many, including Angela Stanton, Snoop Dogg, Trina, Keisha Cole, 50 Cent, Ericka Baddu, Wshh, Unilad, Labible, BWFMediaOutlet and many others.
Lil James Tucker Jr has appeared live on Radio shows such as Power 504, Live 104.9 KZWA, 105.9 Joe Dupree morning show, and has also been featured on Black Celeb Kids and Frobabies.
Lil James enjoys watching Mickey Mouse, The Ninja Turtles, Disney Descendents and other Disney shows and enjoys cooking, helping his uncle work and playing with his little sister Jailee, cousins and friends. His family stated that he hates going to bed early and he once said that he’s a four-year-old that's trapped inside a 25 year old superstar’s body.
James’s followers includes people of every race from all over the world and his humorous videos has brought the world together via social media.
Be on the lookout for his first children’s book and his very first music/dance video. He also has a role in a movie and as I’m writing this, he presently attending the Essence Festival 2nd annual Celebrity Basketball game with rapper/actor/businessman Master P.
James is on his way to achieving stardom and we will be watching him every step of the way.
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While starting reports had Lebron James declaring his choice this coming Tuesday, his office Klutch Sports has formally spilled the beans, declaring that James has inked a 4-year, $15.3 million manage the Los Angeles Lakers.
The fourth year of the agreement will accompany a player alternative and imprints the longest contract James has marked since marking an arrangement for a long time with the Heat in 2010.
The general presumption was that Lebron would be made a beeline for the City of Angels normally to look toward another title winning time and to keep his family together as his 13-year old child is slated to play with the Sierra Canyon High School ball squad.
"On the off chance that everyone takes a gander at it with a child at that age, you would prefer not to be far from him amid that timeframe," Gary Payton noted prior in the year. "Amid the time that we're having, ball is educational time. I imagine that he needs a dad amid that time and that is it. I don't think LeBron is that sort of parent, I think he needs to associate with his child a considerable measure and see his child play a ton."
Los Angeles additionally gives another window of chance to James. As The Hollywood Reporter calls attention to, James additionally has his SpringHill Entertainment creation organization with Maverick Carter, and a move to Hollywood could make things all the more less demanding to monitor.
Right now, SpringHill has credits with Starz's Survivor's Remorse arrangement and is as of now creating reboots of exemplary movies like House Party and Space Jam.
Haaaaaa!!!! Yes! @KingJames signs with the Lakers. Finally, for the first time in years I can say this about basketball: I LOVE LA.........— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) July 2, 2018
LeBron James’ 4-year/$154 million contract averages out to 38,500,000 a year — or
$3,208,333.33 a month
$740,384.62 a week
$105,479.45 a day
$4,394.98 an hour.
So, there’s that.
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Nas' just realest his 11th album, Nasir, has arrived on TIDAL and Apple Music.
The Queens legend uncovered the project on Thursday night (June 14) at a waterfront listening party under the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
Official created by Kanye West, the seven-track collection brags commitments from The-Dream, Puff Daddy, 070 Shake and The World Famous Tony Williams. It likewise brags creation from Che Pope, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Plain Pat, BoogzDaBeast, Andrew Dawson and E*vax.
Top producer Mike Dean was obviously chipping away at it until the eleventh hour. In an Instagram video posted on Thursday, he expressed, "Nas. Not far off."
ATLANTA, GA – It seems 21 Savage was following 50 Cent’s “get the strap” mantra over the weekend. The Slaughter Gang rapper was caught on camera flashing a gun in the middle of a brawl on Saturday (June 9).
According to TMZ, 21 was present at a Atlanta area event called the “Big Ass Pool Party” and a large group of people crashed the festivities. TMZ’s sources claim the argument began when one of the crashers began talking to a woman in 21’s clique. A crasher allegedly pulled out a gun, which prompted 21 to grab his own piece.
Video of the incident showed 21 grabbing a firearm as the brawl spilled out into a yard. One man was knocked to the ground in the skirmish, but no shots were fired. Police shut down the party upon their arrival.
It's been rumored for years that adult film star Kakey has gotten romantic with Drake, and now she's claiming that he bought her breast implants.
Gossip site Fameolous posted a screenshot of a comment thread on one of Kakey's Instagram posts. One user commented on her breasts, saying how they were "sittin nice [sic]," and she replied, "thanks to Drizzy." Drake has yet to respond to her claims.
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Like many rap artists, Drake is no stranger to beef. But the latest involving Pusha T and his killer new diss track, “The Story of Adidon,” has left some fans and onlookers scratching their heads. Why was Drake in blackface? Where did Pusha get that photo? Does Drake really have a secret love child? And what’s all this about invoices and fashion wars, again?
On Tuesday, Pusha T dropped “The Story of Adidon” on YouTube without a lot of fanfare, but it immediately caused a sensation, garnering 2.5 million views in less than a day. And no wonder — was that Drake in blackface on the cover? (Yes. Yes it was.)
Pusha T Diss Drake. By saying Drake has a child from a kid from a stripper. Pusha T also stated that drake dad left him at the age of five. Pusha’s track was a full-on Drake diss, containing lyrics like, “Let’s have a heart-to-heart about your pride / Even though you’re multi, I see that your soul don’t look alive.” The song mocks Drake’s dad, skewers Drake’s attitude toward blackness, and accuses Drake of being a deadbeat dad to Adonis, the son he’s rumored to have fathered with a French woman named Sophie Brussaux, a former porn actress, in October 2017.
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Nicki Minaj & Eminem Dating? She Says They’re In A Relationship Fans Going Crazy!!
Real? After Dating Safaree Samuels, Meek Mills and Nas, Nicki Minaj just reveal that her newest hip-hop love is.. Eminem?!
Nicki Minaj, 35, 35, left her Barbz shook after posting an Instagram video promoting her appearance on YG’s new song, “Big Bank. In the May 25 cut, Nicki lip-matches up to her lines on the track, which likewise includes 2 Chainz and Big Sean. "#BIGBANK OUT NOW!!!!!! @yg @2chainz @bigsean Told'em I met Slim Shady. Packed away an EM!!!," she subtitled the video. The expression "packed away an Em" had one fan made an undeniable inquiry: "You dating Eminem???"
"Indeed," Nicki answered in the remarks, apparently "affirming" that she and the 45-year-old rap symbol are as one. Or on the other hand, she could have been trolling for somebody who took her verses truly. In any case, fans were cracking. "Sooooo, Nicki Minaj and Eminem dating now!? Affirmed by her by means of remark on her IG page?! Stunning! Shocker!!!," tweeted @crownme_cute, while @springbell couldn't trust it. " 'Nicki Minaj is dating Eminem' huh/exonerate? what? that is a reenactment glitch. Sorry, What?" "Nicki Minaj and Eminem are dating am I going to find out about an alternate couple I never expected ordinary at this point."
"dawg disclose to me this Eminem + Nicki thing a joke," asked @_TVDE. All things considered, TVDE, don't bounce out the window yet. It's more than likely that Nicki was simply trolling in the remarks, and that her verse on "Huge Bank" was presumably simply her parading her riches through some cleverness lyricism. "Back again/Back to back Maybach, stack the M's/Told em' I met Slim Shady, pack the M/Once he goes dark, he'll be back once more," she raps, which as Genius call attention to, "M" is a "two-sided saying" for both the millions she's acquiring and the M-logo of Mercedes' line of top of the line extravagance autos. Thus, to clarify the joke, she goes from stowing "Ms" as in millions to packing "Em" as in Eminem.
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