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.”
Black Eyed Peas Launch "Masters Of The Sun" Graphic Novel
Los Angeles, CA – The most recent musical release from the Black Eyed Peas was their star-studded 2016 music video for the re-vamped version their 2003 hit “Where Is The Love.” Now, they’re back to tell a different story — graphic novel.
On Wednesday (August 9), will.i.am, Taboo, and apl.de.ap celebrated the release their newest creative project titled Masters the Sun – The Zombie Chronicles. This took the form an in-store signing at Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles and a livestream Q&A.
The plot, which was written by will.i.am and inspired by his personal story, sees Los Angeles being attacked by aliens, while humans are transforming into zombies. The main character, Zulu-X, lands in the middle the action and uses his wits to fight an ancient order.
In an interview with the three BEP members in attendance (minus Fergie — who Will said in June was still in the group, despite previous reports), Taboo told HipHopDX, “We’ve been working on it for four years. I just brought up the collaboration with Marvel.”
apl.de.ap explains further: “It’s what’s going on in our community right now, still. Even all the way to the Philippines. We just want to really relay a positive message. It’s a parallel story. These kids trying to save their community and trying to bring positive vibes.”
When asked about upcoming music, will.i.am made sure to keep the focus on the book.
“We’re in the studio right now, fine tuning the record. We say, ‘We’re going back to our roots.’ We’re going back to our roots,” he adds with a laugh.
The graphic novel collaborators include noted artist Damion Scott and co-writer Benjamin Jackendf.
Exclusive merch (including Masters the Sun autographed graphic novel, poster, VIP signed laminated badge, and graphic T-shirt, each featuring Damion Scott’s cover art) is available at meltdownnetwork.com.
Watch the full livestream below.
J. Cole & Bas Surprise Fan Diagnosed With Rare Cancer
Dreamville Records lived up to its name this week, as Bas and J. Cole teamed up to literally make a young fan’s dream come true.
On July 29, a man by the name Robert Griffin sent the following tweet to Bas, about his son Collin:
“@Bas My 11 year old son @ his first concert in 2015.Just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and all he wants is to meet J Cole.Please help me Bas”
Attached to the tweet was a photo Griffin’s son with Bas and two others.
Fast-forward nearly two weeks later, and a series photos Griffin uploaded to Twitter shows his son backstage with both Bas and J. Cole at a recent concert.
“@JColeNC Dreamville truly is a family. They made my sons dream come true tonight.I will never be able to thank you all enough. Much Love!,” Robert Griffin tweeted.
According to a GoFundMe page, which has raised nearly $17,000, Collin was recently diagnosed with a rare type cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.
“For those you who don’t know Collin personally, he is by far the most caring, compassionate, loving individual I’ve ever met in my life,” a description on the GoFundMe page reads. “He will go out his way to help anyone in need at anytime and he never fails to put a smile on your face. He’s been so extremely strong so far and I know this is an uphill battle that we’re going to win.”
The Kidd Creole Formally Indicted In Stabbing Death
New York, NY – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s The Kidd Creole has ficially been indicted for the August 1 stabbing death a homeless man, according to the New York Daily News.
The pioneering Hip Hop artist didn’t appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on Tuesday (August 8), but the District Attorney’s fice said a grand jury voted on his case.
Creole reportedly told investigators he felt threatened by the victim, 55-year-old ex-con John Jolly, when the stabbing occurred. The 57-year-old New York native thought the man had made a pass at him, prosecutors say.
Fellow Furious Five member Rahiem told HipHopDX he believed something similar. “I can only assume he maybe asked him for money, and maybe based on how he responded, he and the homeless man exchanged words,” Rahiem told DX. “I don’t know, but that’s what it seemed.”
The indictment is still sealed, but Creole is reportedly due back in court for his next arraignment on August 23.
(The original version this article was published on August 2, 2017 and can be found below.)
The Kidd Creole pioneering ’80s Hip Hop group Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five has been charged in the fatal stabbing a homeless man. The stabbing occurred in Midtown New York sometime on Tuesday (August 1), according to News 4 New York.
Sources say Kidd Creole (real name Nathaniel Glover) confessed to stabbing the man — identified as 55-year-old John Jolly — after he was questioned and subsequently arrested on Wednesday (August 2) at the 13th Precinct in Manhattan.
Legendary New York City promotor Van Silk confirmed to HipHopDX that Kidd Creole is, in fact, “in jail.” The Furious Five is scheduled to perform as a group for the first time since 2013 on August 20 in Philadelphia. Rahiem, one the members the Furious Five, spoke to DX exclusively about the situation.
“It’s definitely a downer,” Rahiem told DX. “It’s an unfortunate circumstance. We don’t really have all the information what happened, but I would just go out on a limb and say this person he had the incident with was a homeless person, so I can only assume he maybe asked him for money, and maybe based on how he responded, he and the homeless man exchanged words. I don’t know, but that’s what it seemed based on what the Daily News reported. I believe he’s incarcerated, so I don’t think we will have an opportunity to speak with him and get his side the story directly.”
Glover reportedly has four prior arrests on his record. According to police, he was arrested for possession a knife. In 1995 and 1982, he was arrested for possessing a gun and a fourth arrest is sealed.
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five formed in the Bronx in the late 1970s. They’re most known for their influential 1982 rap song, “The Message,” which as been sampled in countless Hip Hop songs, including Ice Cube’s “Check Yo’ Self,” Puff Daddy and Mase’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” and 2Pac’s “2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted” featuring Snoop Dogg.
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Over the years, various members the group have broken out on their own, most notably Grandmaster Flash, Scorpio and Melle Mel.
“He’s not close with his family, so I don’t believe anyone in his family is in contact with him, but I hit Melle and Scorpio because they’re in Europe,” Rahiem explains. “I’m sure by now they’ve heard. I think that their reaction is probably going to be very similar to mine. But Melle Mel and Scorpio have been doing shows on their own for the last few years now without the group. They’ll probably keep doing that.”
The group broke up in the late ’80s and in 2007, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame. Rahiem has come to terms with the fact Flash won’t be joining them anytime soon.
“Grandmaster Flash is content to work without the Furious Five,” he says. “He’s been working exclusively doing DJ gigs for the past 17 years. In my humble opinion, if I were him, I wouldn’t look back either. For the sake Hip Hop, I would, but you know, there’s some things I don’t think Flash could put behind him as the result his interactions with certain members the group — not me laughs]. As a result that, he’s not willing to put himself back in that situation.”
Van Silk, who was instrumental in getting The Furious Five back together for the 2013 reunion and the upcoming East Coast run, is in disbelief. He’d been talking to Public Enemy’s Chuck D about a mini-tour with the whole gang, but he’s convinced this could be it.
“To be honest, depending on Kidd Creole’s situation, this might be the end the Furious 5,” Van says. “With that being said, that Cowboy is no longer here. Personally, I was looking forward to the guys being back on stage together after nine months just talking. Rahiem and Scorpio talked for the first time since 2013. We tried to reunite then, but only did a few shows. I had talk to Chuck D about doing a Public Enemy and Furious Five mini-tour, which we were supposed to start discussing this month. My heart is broken.”
Rihanna's Crop Over Festival Attire Had Chris Brown Taking Notice
Barbados – When RiRi looks like a snack, the internet is likely to lose its collective mind. After Rihanna posted photos from the Crop Over Festival in Barbados to her personal Instagram account on Monday (August 7), Chris Brown came out the woodwork, fans fered up nearly four million likes, and the photo was shared and praised by thousands.
One the more noticeable and possibly notorious comments on Rihanna’s photo came courtesy her ex-boyfriend Brown, who commented with a pair eye emojis.
Writer/director Ava DuVernay and producer Pharrell were among the many who responded to the Barbados native’s sultry photos social media.
“I don’t think slay is appropriate. It ain’t enough. Need a new word for this all-out forest fire heat + flames,” DuVernay tweeted.
Some have even upgraded the singer to a heavenly being and basked in her thickness. This comes after Rihanna was fat shamed for recently gaining weight, which she handled with a Gucci Mane meme. Evidently, she’s proud who she is.
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R&B star The Weeknd is considering ditching his stage name.
The “Starboy” hitmaker, born Abel Tesfaye, has found huge success in the music industry as his alter ego, but the 27-year-old admits he may make a change for future releases.
“Kind like pulling a Ziggy Stardust,” he tells Harper’s Bazaar magazine his future plans, referring to the persona once used by late rocker David Bowie. “Maybe I’ll retire from being The Weeknd, or maybe I’ll just give him a break.”
The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter does not share whether he will start using his real name for his next project, but one thing he is sure is keeping certain aspects his life away from the public eye.
“I’m not in a rush to let people know everything about me. Mystery is always great,” the Canadian says. “Luckily, the only thing the world demands me is music. I don’t have to give them anything else for the rest my life.”
The Weeknd’s comments appear to refer to his personal life, particularly his high-prile romance with pop star Selena Gomez, who he began dating earlier this year, weeks after his split from supermodel Bella Hadid.
While he is hesitant to share any information about his current relationship, his girlfriend Selena has been a little more open, and in her new interview with InStyle magazine, she insists their romance works so well because they have very separate public identities.
“I don’t depend on one area my life to make me happy,” Justin Bieber’s ex explains. “It’s really important for me to love and nourish my friends and family and to make sure that I never get influenced by a guy.
“Before, I was so young and easily influenced, and I’d feel insecure. You want someone to add to your life, not to complete you, if that makes sense. I’m lucky because (The Weeknd is) more a best friend than anything else.”
Jason Mitchell & Algee Smith On Importance Of Detroit Riots' History
Detroit, MI – The young careers Jason Mitchell and Algee Smith have already been promising. Breaking out as Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton and Ralph Tresvant in this year’s New Edition biopic respectively, both Jason and Algee’s trajectory couldn’t be higher.
Kathryn Bigelow’s visceral and harrowing new movie Detroit based on real events brings the two together with the 1967 civil uprising in Detroit as the backdrop. Algee plays Larry Cleveland Reed, lead singer soul group The Dramatics and Jason depicts 17-year-old Carl Cooper, who was viciously executed by a white Detroit police ficer.
HipHopDX was able to catch up with both Jason and Algee in Detroit as they got ready for the world premiere the film to discuss their young careers and the importance stories like the one told in Detroit.
“It has] been an awakening,” Jason exclaims. “When you have talent you always have something inside you that] you feel like you need to show to the world but you go through a thing where you’re like, ‘Am I crazy? Am I tripping?’ So it’s good to finally be able to show myself to the world and they respond the way we thought they would.”
Algee chimed in, smiling, “For me, I’ve always known I wanted to be in entertainment and I’ve always seen myself like that but dealing with projects that actually mean something to culture, touches peoples hearts, and makes people walk away feeling a different way? That’s something I never could ask for. But it has just been overwhelming with all the love that we get. People genuinely see you on that screen and feel like they’re connected to you. Just getting that love has been the best.”
The Algiers Motel Massacre, which claimed three Black lives while ruining several others, is something that touched both cast members and allowed them to be educated on history through this movie.
“Me personally, I knew a little bit about the riots,” says Algee. “All the rebellions that took place within the U.S. period but] we just found out during the course shooting this movie] that there were over 350 rebellions that took place within 1965 to 1969. So you could see the energy people back in that time. This has just been a learning experience for me. Like I said, I didn’t really know nothing so getting into this role has just been, everyday we’re on set it’s just learning. Like, ‘Damn this is really what they had to do?’”
Jason added: “You go through this process where you constantly have to humble yourself. We’re very prideful people. We got a whole lot soul and a whole lot spirit but when you realize how naïve you are because up the street this is going on and you think social media is updating you? This happened 50 years ago. Why don’t we know this? But this is why we did this film and we’re just giving people a block history to go check out to] educate yourself.”
Drawing on similarities between 1967 and today, Algee eloquently touches on the challenges we still face. “One the taglines for the movie, and you can see it on the poster, is ‘It’s Time We Knew,” Algee emphatically states. “I feel like this is a perfect time. We see the clear reflection back in the day and today. There’s really no difference within that system, that justice system we’re looking at right now. It’s time that we know. It’s time it doesn’t get swept under the rug and that Hollywood knows – that everyone else outside Hollywood knows. It’s amazing that they’re telling these stories now. They’re pushing them through and we get to be a part that.”
Detroit is currently in theaters in theaters nationwide.
Don't Call Pete Rock An "Old Head" Unless You Want Him To React Like This
New York City, NY – Legendary producer Pete Rock recently took great fense to an Instagram post that lambasted Hip Hop pioneers’ new era complaints, while also referring to said culprits as “old heads.”
The Instagram post was made by fellow New York City producer and entrepreneur Darrell “Digga” Branch. The Harlem native, who’s responsible for hits scored by JAY-Z, 50 Cent and Cam’ron, posted a self-created meme himself which read: “Old heads, stop complaining and show this generation why you’re still here. You have a lane. It’s up to you to drive it down.”
Early Friday morning (August 4), the 47-year-old Chocolate Boy Wonder slid into his mentions to voice his absolute disapproval for the pic, writing, “Dont demean then fer advice. We old heads not 80 years old. You want people to listen to you after your “Old Head” comment? GTFOH smh ??♂️ there is a better way to say what you saying without the name calling. We still here because we are the true real passion that still exist. Thats why im still here. Tired post from randoms talking shit like somebody gonna listen to you. Come better than that. FOH @sixfigga_digga.”
Rock continued, “That bullshit old head comment can kick rocks mo. Looking for attention with that comment i guess. That aint no life. Try doing what i do instead throwing jabs at true muthafuckas. Post is fucking stupid. I have no ego but one thing i dont have is tollerence from a person who has no fucking clue how to do what we do and the shit we have to endure from clowns that make post like this. I got a history to back up anything you come out your face with. Sick mos talking shit about pressionals who made a mark. Eff you with that garbage. @sixfigga_digga”
The social media spew was nearly identical to last year’s spectacle when Rock went at both Young Dolph and Lil Yachty for brandishing the type music he deemed his as garbage. Similar to both instances, Six Figga Digga didn’t let the OG’s commentary go down without a rebuttal.
“Woah, woah, woah. Legend.Calm down,” Digga explained. “You’re taking the quote the wrong way. My point is simple. Old heads, veterans or whatever you want to label us (including myself I’m 42) need to continue growing with their audience without worrying about the younger generation. By complaining, we are missing out on building an audience for the next 20 years. I wanna hear and create music until I die. I don’t wanna waste to on young mos who won’t be around next year. Your résumé speaks for itself and so does mean. All I’m saying is, the path is there for whoever wants it without worrying about the youngins. Nothing personal against you. I just believe the energy should be directed towards shining a light on why WE are great. The fans wanna hear that. Rock artist rock on until they die. In my opinion, Hip hop artist are putting an age limit on the music because the quality. Just like anything in life. Music is better coming from creators with experience. That’s my message. Nothing personal OG.”
Flashback Friday: Newly christened freestyle critic Lil Yachty had his work critiqued by Rock last year.
Rock’s last project, the Don’t Smoke the Rock collaboration album alongside Smoke DZA, dropped at the tail end 2016.