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Eazy-E's Widow & Son In Legal Battle Over Ruthless Records

When Eazy-E passed away from the AIDS virus in 1995, he left behind a Hip Hop empire — Ruthless Records. On Tuesday (August 15), the N.W.A rap god’s widow and current owner the imprint, Tomica Woods-Wright, reportedly filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against her stepson Eric “Lil Eazy-E” Wright.

Woods-Wright claims Wright and his business partner, Arnold White, are unlawfully using the Ruthless Records name for prit on their website, ruthlessrecordsinc.com.

The suit alleges White and Wright tried to trademark “Ruthless Records Inc.” in 2016, but the application was rejected due to its blatant similarity to Ruthless Records. It also says the duo is incorporated as NWA-LLC, which infringes on the N.W.A trademark.

Ruthless Records was founded by record executive Jerry Heller, Eazy and Dr. Dre in 1986. The label gave birth to albums like N.W.A’s  Straight Outta Compton, JJ Fad’s Supersonic and The D.O.C.’s Nobody Can Do It Better.

The Ruthless Records story was partially depicted in the blockbuster film Straight Outta Compton in 2015.

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Tyler The Creator Creates More Confusion Over His Sexuality

Tyler The Creator has a well-earned reputation for not caring what anybody has to say about him — leading to a career where listeners have ended up thinking he is both homophobic and homosexual.

In the most recent twist, Tyler told Know Wave’s Koopz Tunes radio show in an interview that he had a boyfriend when he was a teenager.

“I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in fucking Hawthorne,” Tyler claimed. “If that’s not open minded, I don’t know what is.”

The topic ends there, without any real clarification or follow-up questions from the host (listen around the 4:10 mark below).

The Odd Future rapper appeared to backtrack on Twitter later, writing, “Figure speech to get Koopz’ ‘open-minded’ point across, I was single at 15 haha.”

Whether he was joking, or just saying that he was into guys when he was 15 but didn’t have a steady boyfriend is still up for debate. Regardless, the latest clarification has caused more confusion around the question Tyler’s sexuality, and he has yet to expand on the topic in interviews.

The comments follow lyrics on Tyler’s (excellent) 2017 album Flower Boy, where he says “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.”

It’s been a recurring theme for Tyler throughout his career. In 2015 he posted the tweet below, though it’s impossible to tell whether or not he was joking.

Check out the full interview below.

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50 Cent Casually Takes Responsibility For "Power" Leak

After receiving some positive news about Power’s ratings, executive producer 50 Cent took to Instagram on Wednesday (August 16) to celebrate the show’s success. In the caption, he seemingly fesses up to leaking three Power episodes as well.

“POWER Ratings up another 10 percent for episode 408,” he wrote. “They glad I leaked the shit now. LOL #SAVAGELIFE Now watch what I do on BET. #50Centralbet.”

Given 50 Cent’s tendency to joke around, his comment about leaking the episodes could’ve easily been his way  goading the people at STARZ. The Queens rap vet has yet to clarify any his statements.

50 first alluded to the leak on Sunday (August 13) when he wrote on Instagram, “STARZ thinks I leaked my own show.”

Although 50 may be joking, STARZ is taking the leak seriously. The network revealed its plans to launch a forensic investigation to nab the culprit and is fully prepared to take legal action against the person or persons responsible for the incident.

Check out 50’s posts above.

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Lil B's "Black Ken" Mixtape Is Here & Lil B Fans Have Lost It

Lil B has dropped his Black Ken mixtape at long last and his fans worshippers have lost their minds.

The rapper, Twitter philosopher and sports warlock released the project on his 27th birthday, August 17, and the online response so far has been over-the-top levels joy.

The album’s initial release wasn’t without complications, however, and the Based God took to Twitter to call out website Dat Piff for “stealing” the mixtape, locking him out his prile and then uploading the full thing without his knowledge.

Lil B had originally teased fans by releasing seven tracks from the whopper 27-song tracklist. The mixtape also includes “Global,” a collaboration with iLoveMakonnen.

Stream the album above and check some reaction, the tracklist and the full album art below.

1. “Produced by the BasedGod Intro”
2. “Still Run It”
3. “Bad Mf”
4. “Wasup JoJo”
5. “Hip Hop”
6. “DJ BasedGod”
7. “Berkeley”
8. “Free Life”
9. “Pretty Boy Skit”
10. “Young N****z”
11. “Getting Hot”
12. “Go Stupid Go Dumb”
13. “Global” ft. iLoveMakonnen
14. “Ride (Hold Up)”
15. “Mexico Skit”
16. “Zam Bose (in San Jose)”
17. “Go Senorita Go”
18. “Turn Up (Till You Can’t)”
19. “Ain’t Me”
20. “Raw”
21. “West Coast”
22. “The Real Is Back”
23. “Rawest Rapper Alive”
24. “Da Backstreetz”
25. “Rare Art”
26. “Show Promoter Skit”
27. “Live From the Island – Hawaii”

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Russian Rap Battle Racks Up 15M Views In 3 Days

“War and Peace.” “Crime and Punishment.” Oxxxymiron vs. Slava KPSS.

All triumphs Russian penmanship.

While even America’s most popular rap battlers generally max out at a few million YouTube views (a milestone that can sometimes take years to reach), Russian league Versus is sprinting past its competition — already racking up almost 15 million views on an hour-long video that came out on August 13.

The battle, which went down in St. Petersburg earlier in August, went crazy-viral in Russia, a country famous for its prowess with the written word.

We can’t understand any it, course, but if you’re confident in your Russian-speaking abilities then check out the battle below.

One the competitors, Oxxxymiron, had been undefeated until he came up against his opponent, who took the W after a unanimous decision from the five judges.

As one Russia’s biggest Hip Hop figures, Oxxxymiron’s battle rap showings have always generated huge interest, but nothing on this scale before.

According to a detailed piece by The Calvert Journal, “Even RIA Novosti, one the biggest Russian news agencies, has published four news stories and a large feature on the battle in the last two days.”

 

After his defeat, Oxxxymiron shared an in-depth Instagram post following the battle.

Google Chrome’s translation Oxxxymiron’s Instagram post goes on to explain why he felt he lost the clash, and why there are no hard feelings.

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Illegal rave in Surrey requires 50 police officers, one helicopter to end event

Police ficers in Surry, England found themselves in a stand f over the weekend after a massive illegal rave attracted the attention the authorities, after they were initially alerted by concerned citizens in the neighboring Dorking area.

The unlicensed music event attracted more than 500 people to a Surrey fice block at approximately 10PM on Saturday evening. When community members noticed a crowd assembled around the fice block, they phoned police to investigate the situation. It took a total fifty police ficers to terminate the rave—a helicopter circled above the building as party goers resisted ficers’ movements to shut down the event. Dorking is hailed as one the UK’s most active nightlife spots, classifying the illegal rave as a certifiable disturbance, but not all that absurd considering the community’s spirited reputation.

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Check out these sets from Zurich's Street Parade – Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones, and more – Dancing Astronaut

Upwards a million people gather in Zurich’s center each August for the Street Parade — one the last surviving Love Parade-esque events in the dance sphere. The free event brings a multitude floats, which lead into an open area equipped with multiple stages that bring world class talent to revelers free charge.

This year’s edition, which took place on August 12, saw a heavily underground-centric lineup, in which the likes Nicole Moudaber, Jamie Jones, Dubfire, and more all made appearances. Luckily, many their sets were recorded and are beginning to roll out on streaming platforms for all to enjoy.

Start the weekend f on a techno note with the sets below:

Opera Stage

Centre Stage:

BPM Float Stage

 

 

 

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Artists express their sentiments on Twitter in the wake of Charlottesville terrorist attacks

In light the fatality and multiple injuries that occurred as violence erupted a white supremacist rally Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, many artists have come forth to express their sentiments about race relations in the United States. has served as the main platform for artists in the dance music industry to come forth with messages conveying their responses to the events that have transpired over the past several days.

Bangladeshi DJ and producer, tweeted the following, which began the interaction:

Arizona born and raised artist, , responded to Jai Wolf’s tweet, which generated many responses.

responded to Ghastly, challenging his response to Jai Wolf.

After many responses that call him out for his original statement, Ghastly tweets,

Indonesian artists, then responds to Ghastly after his tweet,

Ghastly, centering the argument around himself, asks these artists who are POC to “put urself in my shoes.”

Hotel Garuda responds in two parts, 

then tweets at Hotel Garuda expressing his sentiment as a white person, saying that white people need to do better,

is next to comment, stating,

Hotel Garuda speaks up against Jauz, his tweet says, 

Hotel Garuda contines with,

At the end the fracas, Ghastly released a statement Twitter in response to the entire conversation. In it, he expouses his respect and friendship for all the producers involved and reiterates that, regardless the previous argument, he is an ally to all those who experience racial prejudice in these volatile, uncertain times.

 

Photo Credit: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post

 

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Pro-Trump Rally & Juggalo March Going Down Same Day, Same Place In D.C.

While the Trump administration battles issues ranging from the violent events in Charlottesville, Virginia to international threats from North Korea, die-hard supporters  the 45th President the United States aren’t slowing down — but now they’re about to meet some Faygo-loving Juggalos.

Trump backers and Juggalos will both be marching in Washington D.C. on September 16, according to a recent report from Consequence Of Sound.

The Insane Clown Posse-worshiping fans will be protesting the FBI’s classification Juggalos as “a loosely organized hybrid gang” at the same location that pro-Trump demonstrators are staging the “Mother All Rallies,” which organizers refer to as “the Woodstock American rallies.”

So far, Facebook event pages for both marches have received about 1,500 “confirmed” attendees. The Juggalo March starts at the Lincoln Memorial, while M.O.A.R. kicks f at the nearby Washington Monument.

ICP have been vocal about staging a march following Juggalo’s gang classification in 2011 and attempted to sue the FBI in 2014. Despite a long legal battle, the case was once again dismissed, according to the march’s ficial website. “We are back to square one from a legal standpoint,” it reads.

The site explains that the march is a serious protest against discrimination.

“As many you are no doubt personally aware, the FBI’s inclusion Juggalos as a ‘gang’ has resulted in hundreds if not thousands people subjected to various forms discrimination, harassment, and priling simply for identifying as a Juggalo,” an ficial statement reads. “Over the past five years, our legal team has heard testimonies and reports from Juggalos all over the nation who have lost custody their children, been fired from jobs, denied access into the armed forces, and the most common consequence — being ficially labeled as a gang member by law enforcement agencies for wearing Juggalo related clothing or brandishing one or more Juggalo tattoos.”

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