Nashville, TN – A 28-year-old woman is reportedly suing Drake and Future for $25 million after she was allegedly raped after their Nashville, Tennessee concert at the Bridgestone Arena last August.
According to The Tennesseean, the unidentified woman was viciously attacked by 38-year-old Leavy Johnson after he told her he could get her backstage to meet both artists. Johnson claimed he was an employee at the venue. As soon as they were alone, he reportedly pushed her down in a corner and raped her.
Johnson was indicted for rape in January and after evading police for months, he was finally found in Tampa, Florida. He was arrested, extradited back to Nashville and charged with rape in May.
The alleged victim believes Drake, Future and arena employees should’ve known Johnson had outstanding warrants for assault at the time the alleged attack, and potentially posed a threat to the public.
Drake and Future have not addressed the allegations.
Russian police raided a Moscow nightclub on Sunday, August 6 — an incident that a witness declared to be unprecedented in its severity. “I haven’t seen such violence before in my music and club experience in Moscow,” the witness said the excessive force displayed during the raid.
Several attendees at Rabitza, the nightclub targeted by police, were detained by men dressed in “plain clothes.” As the scene developed, policemen sporting body armor entered the club wielding batons and clubbed several staff members as well.
Police reportedly took eight staff members into custody, flanked by ten club goers. Two those detained were charged, with one the counders Ivan Radzievsky having been brought in for drug fenses. Radzievsky was later released by police, but is not permitted to leave Moscow. The ten Rabitza attendees were likewise released.
The nightclub was previously inspected by police a month ago, although police notably announced themselves before entering the venue. A video the August 6th raid has since surfaced and may be viewed below.
In case you hadn’t realized by his tongue in cheek mashups or quirky artwork tendencies, Swedish newcomer has quite the sense humor. That isn’t to say that his run solid, genre-defying releases has been child’s play though. Back after a brief Summer hiatus following his May She Propser EP, the young Nordic talent jumps back with a quick reminder that his ear for a slick beat still comes second to none. Warping the soundtrack to Katy Perry’s questionable public meltdown, “Bone App The Teeth” is part side slapping bootleg and part essential set weapon, cutting into LIOHN’s urban chops to assert that this could well be a very real-time discovery the Swedish producer’s next evolutionary step.
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Fulton County, GA – After R. Kelly was accused holding women against their will in a sex cult last month, it looked like another crushing blow to the legendary R&B singer’s career. In wake the controversial news, four Kelly’s concerts were reportedly canceled due to poor ticket sales, which he vehemently denied.
Now that the proverbial dust has settled around the allegations and people have largely resumed focus on other matters, the Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has announced his fice is not currently investigating Kelly, according to Atlanta’s FOX 5.
Fulton County commission chairman John Eaves, who is currently running for mayor Atlanta, called a press conference on Friday (August 11) to demand an investigation into the situation. He alleged the investigators who were working the case had found new information that raised some concerns.
“I’m going to stress to the Fulton County] district attorney that a full investigation be done, because I believe questions should be answered,” he said.
Ahead the conference, he also released a statement to the media. “Today, I am asking District Attorney Paul Howard and his investigative ficers and prosecutors to fully review the report the Johns Creek Police and follow every lead — no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice,” it read.
Despite his request, D.A. Howard revealed shortly after the conference that no criminal investigation into Kelly’s actions is being conducted at this time, but he will “examine the R. Kelly file to determine next steps.”
Buzzfeed broke the story in July and reported several young women were being held in some kind sex cult by Kelly in Fulton County. Six women i were said to have been brainwashed and forbidden to contact anyone but Kelly unless they had his permission. One the women, Jocelyn Savage, claimed she was fine after her parents called a press conference confirming the allegations and saying they haven’t been able to talk to their daughter.
Kelly responded to the allegations in a statement to FOX 5 Atlanta his publicist. “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” the statement said. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”
In a video the 50-year-old singer posted on social media, he called the entire situation a “bunch crap.”
“It’s your boy Kelz,” he said. “And I just wanted to let all my fans out there know that despite all the crap that y’all hearing. I will be coming to the East Coast to do my show. And believe me y’all. It’s a bunch crap. Aight? I hope to see y’all there. I love y’all.”
With any legal troubles on the back burner, Kelly can turn his attention to his upcoming performance at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in College Park on August 25. Live Nation, the company managing the tour, has said that the event will still go on as scheduled despite the call for its cancellation.
"Friends" Co-Creator & Other Non-TIDAL Subscribers Can Now Watch JAY-Z's "Moonlight" Video
JAY-Z’s visual for the 4:44 single “Moonlight” has been out for a while, but Friends co-creator David Crane still hasn’t seen it. The Friends-inspired music video was released exclusively through TIDAL on August 4.
On Friday (August 11), a week after its initial release, the video has made its way to YouTube and all non-TIDAL subscribers can now watch it. So far, the visual has amassed nearly 700,000 views.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Crane mentioned he didn’t have a subscription to TIDAL, alluding that was the reason he hadn’t seen the video.
“I don’t have TIDAL,” Crane said. “I’m just happy that the show is still part the cultural zeitgeist after all these years.”
Directed by Master None co-creator Alan Yang, “Moonlight” stars an all black cast — Issa Rae, Hannibal Buress, Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jerrod Carmichael and Lil Rel Howery.
Watch the full “Moonlight” video below.
Kanye West & Kid Cudi Photo Sets Off More Collab Speculation
Japan – To say that Kanye West and Kid Cudi have chemistry together is an understatement. They’ve fallen out on multiple occasions and reconciled their differences publicly. Together they’ve made some incredible music, and, if we’re lucky, they could be joining forces again.
Talk some kind collaboration from the two, possibly called Everybody Wins, has been revitalized thanks to a recent trip to Japan where they linked up with artist Takashi Murakami, the man behind the cover for Graduation and the artwork featured in the “Good Morning” video.
On Friday (August 11), Murakami posted a picture on Instagram that features himself, Cudi, and West, standing in front a wall at his studio. The caption below reads “Long to no see @kidcudi and #kanyewest. Thank you for coming to my studio. It was fire???.”
Mention a possible project comes from Coodie Rock, the co-owner Creative Control LLC and long-time Kanye video collaborator, and Greg “Olskool Ice-Gre” Lewis, the first A&R for G.O.O.D. Music, who also posted photos the same visit to their accounts.
Rock’s group photo contains the three artists with the caption, “Coming Dec 31st! #EVERYBODYWINS #GODisGREAT.” Lewis’ picture also featured the three artists with the caption “Coming Dec 31st #EverybodyWins.”
Fans began to speculate about a joint project last December when Cudi’s tour drummer Mike Moore uploaded a video to Instagram featuring an in-progress Cudi project with West vocals. The post was quickly deleted but the video was captured by KanyeToThe.
Last month, West and Cudi were spotted in Los Angeles, along with their former manager Plain Pat.
With production credits in The Life Pablo and Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’, Pat’s inclusion could mean that something really is in the works.
West and Cudi collaborated on “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” f West’s latest album, The Life Pablo. DX named it the third best song 2016.
Q-Tip Gives Phife Dawg Ultimate Salute During ATCQ's Final Denver Show
Morrison, CO – A Tribe Called Quest descended on Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado on Thursday night (August 10). As Tribe continues to mourn Phife Dawg’s untimely 2016 death, Q-Tip, Jarobi, Consequence and Ali Shaheed Muhammad honored him in such a way that his spirit was felt throughout the nearly two-hour set.
With the spotlight on an empty microphone stand and the Five-Foot Assassin’s photo looming behind, any time a Phife verse would start, Jarobi, Tip and Cons would turn their backs on the crowd, and look at Phife’s photo, allowing his bars to take centerstage.
There was one particular moment when Tip couldn’t hold his composure as he talked about his late friend, someone he’d known since they were little kids running around the streets New York City. As his eyes welled up with tears, there was such a long, dramatic pause between words, the Hip Hop luminary apologized to the crowd.
“This will be our last show in Denver, but we want y’all to keep listening to us and enjoying us,” Tip said with an interim pause. “We appreciate it … I apologize for that. You know, I know that when Phife and I first started rhyming we were like 9 years-old] and we heard ‘Rapper’s Delight,’ and he was the one who encouraged me. When Run-DMC came out, because they were from our neighborhood, he was like, ‘So we can do it, too.’ You know, I know my man is here enjoying this, so we just wanted to play one our favorites.”
The song he was referring to was “Butter,” which appears on Tribe’s 1991 classic, A Low End Theory. When Phife first heard the beat, there was a little battle over who would appear on the song.
“When I first did the beat, he came in the studio with some chicks,” he said. “I was in there working all night in the studio, so I played the beat, Ali’s in there, he’s like, ‘Yo this is my solo shit.’ I was like, ‘Nah, we both on it. He was like, ‘Nah fuck that. This is my record.’ And it is his record. It’s my favorite. Enjoy it.”
From “Award Tour” and “Dis Generation” to “Electric Relaxation” and “We The People,” Tribe enthusiastically spanned their entire catalog, performing a packed setlist.
Afterwards, in the catering room backstage, Tip, Jarobi, Cons and Ali Shaheed took some time to talk to the small handful people with the appropriate credentials. Tip touched on Phife and his struggle with diabetes.
“It was hard for Phife,” Tip told HipHopDX. “He was addicted to sugar.”
It was a difficult subject for Tip, but he was open to talking about it, and admitted he was moved to tears during the show. Judging by their deliberate choice to honor Phife throughout the entire set, they clearly have no intention letting Phife’s spirit dwindle nor will they ever try to replace the irreplaceable. After all, he had his own mic the entire evening and no one else ever touched it. It was as if he was there all along.
Remember when Eminem rapped, “Hold your nose because here goes the cold water?” Well, for SoundCloud, today’s water was looking ice cold. But after wrapping up the largest financing round in the company’s history, it looks like the platform isn’t going anywhere.
A vote by company stakeholders could’ve been the final nail in the cfin for the music giant, one that’s helped artists like Post Malone, Bryson Tiller and Chance The Rapper find fame. The company’s future was hanging in the balance last month, but Ljung was confident in its survival.
“SoundCloud is not going away. Not in 50 days, not in 80 days or anytime in the foreseeable future. Your music is safe,” SoundCloud CEO Alex Ljung wrote on the streaming site’s blog just over a month ago after it was seemingly rescued by Chance The Rapper.
As it turns out, that celebration was slightly premature.
According to The Industry Observer, the streaming giant’s saving grace was actually the result new investment from Raine Group and Temasek for a combined $169.5 million. But its “saving grace” still needed to be voted on by the existing shareholders on Friday (August 11). Fortunately for the millions users worldwide, the outcome was positive.
“I’m happy to announce that together with investors The Raine Group and Temasek we’ve just wrapped up the largest financing round in the history SoundCloud,” Ljung wrote on his blog. “This financing means SoundCloud remains strong, independent and here to stay. As I said, we’re not going anywhere.”
So, why wasn’t the vote a no-brainer? As explained in The Industry Observer report, this “bailout” caused initial investors’ liquidity preference to be slashed by 40 percent or more so that the company can pay f its (massive) debts. That’s not very attractive, which made a “no” vote plausible.
This massive save brings with it new leadership. As Ljung explained, “I’m excited to also announce that this new partnership also brings talent to our SoundCloud family. From prior Vimeo-fame (a platform we love!) comes Kerry Trainor and Mike Weissman, two awesome leaders who will be joining SoundCloud as CEO and COO, respectively.”
This new leadership won’t oust Ljung himself, as previously reported by Techcrunch. “Am I leaving? No, absolutely not,” he continues. “After a decade balancing the roles Founder, CEO and Chairman I’m excited to hand the CEO reins over to Kerry to allow me to fully focus on the role the Chairman and the long-term.”
It looks like the massive catalogs music on the platform are safe.
“We’re all just getting started,” Ljung writes optimistically. “The first 10 years are done, and now we’re onto decade II. SoundCloud, just like music, will continue to evolve, but importantly, both will always be a key part life.”