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It Is Not Okay to Listen to Accused Serial Rapist R. Kelly

June 14, 2008, Robert Kelly shudders a sigh relief and walks out a Cook County courthouse a free man, cleared multiple child pornography charges in a trial that lasted six years. Look at him, armored in an expensive suit carefully chosen for the way its deep blue threads convey a calm and assertive innocence, look at him waving to supporters, one whom tells a reporter, "I just wish they leave the Kells alone." His face is the face a man who had his invincibility challenged and then reaffirmed, a man who would emerge from his trial by fire not only unscathed but strengthened. 

Now stop looking at Robert Kelly because Robert Kelly is a rich and powerful man and rich and powerful men can command our attention any time they choose. Instead, let your mind's eye wander over that linoleum drenched courthouse and into the city Chicago, into the home the girl who was on the tape that brought Robert Kelly to trial, the girl who at 14-years-old was raped and then had the videotape her rape played and replayed and analyzed and dissected, brutal frame by brutal frame, for a jury disbelieving strangers. Don't look away because she is not a rich and powerful man, and those who are not rich and powerful men rarely receive our attention. If only for a moment, give her your attention. 

It's been some thirteen years now since R. Kelly was first charged with child pornography possession, and since his acquittal we've settled into a drudgingly predictable pattern in which every few years the spotlight fades and then brightens again on the "stomach-churning" sexual assault allegations R. Kelly has faced, after which we see a wave intellectualized articles about separating great art from the sometimes terrible people who make great art, after which absolutely nothing happens, largely because the media's insistence on reframing R. Kelly's alleged systematic, repeated rape children as a question about art. 

"Is It Okay to Listen to R. Kelly?" asked Vulture in a recent article, making sure to credit him as a "musical genius" first and foremost before writing that he's been accused "awful things." And when we do that, when we insist on including R. Kelly's genius and music into our thinking about the things R. Kelly has been accused , it gives us a welcome escape hatch, it allows our attention to shift away from the path human devastation R. Kelly has left in his wake, away from the very real damage done to very real human beings, and into the land ideas and intellectual debate and cultural analysis, a land where it's far easier to continue to support R. Kelly because is it okay to listen to R. Kelly? If it's even a question it must be.

Ignorance is an excuse, although the weakest one, and one I know well. For years I gleefully bought and memorized R. Kelly albums, turned up the "Ignition (Remix)" when it came on the radio, wrote multiple articles about "Trapped in the Closet" alone. I knew Kelly had been charged with a sex crime, but in my mind, that trial had largely been reduced to a Chappelle Show skit, a reduction which conveniently allowed me to freely laugh at "Sex Kitchen." I'm now ashamed to admit that it never once crossed my mind that there was a child, an actual child with a name and a family and a favorite TV show, at the center those charges. And then, about two years ago, I actually took the time to read the "stomach-churning" sexual assault allegations against Kelly and suddenly I saw the very real children involved and I saw their parents putting on a brave face for their children but crying behind closed doors and I saw Kelly, unrepentant and untouched, and I was nauseated. So since that day I haven't listened to a single R. Kelly song or watched a single R. Kelly video or written a single word about R. Kelly, until now, because knowing what I now knew, how could it possibly be okay to listen to R. Kelly?

The litany allegations against Kelly, a litany that extends far beyond his one well-publicized trial, aren't classified, aren't hidden, many them are matters public record and easily accessed by anyone willing to look for them. So I have looked for them, because the stories young black women rarely demand our attention, particularly when placed against the stories rich and powerful men. Here are those stories...      

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  • Kelly met Aaliyah when she was 12-years-old and then married her when she was 15, he was 28 at the time. He falsified marriage documents stating that she was 18, the marriage was later annulled and Aaliyah signed an NDA nondisclosure agreement] preventing her from speaking about Kelly and their relationship. Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah's uncle and Kelly's then manager, writes a letter to Kelly's attorney in an attempt to get Kelly psychiatric help for his "compulsion to pursue underage girls." 
It Is Not Okay to Listen to Accused Serial Rapist R. Kelly
  • Tiffany Hawkins sues Kelly, alleging that beginning when she was 15-years-old he repeatedly had group sex with her and other underage girls.
  • Patrice Jones sues Kelly, alleging that beginning when she was 16-years-old Kelly had sex with her repeatedly, impregnated her at 17 and then forced her to have an abortion. According to Jones' lawyer, "That abortion haunts her to this day. She’s under psychological care now. It’s changed her life.” 
  • Tracy Sampson sues Kelly, alleging that Kelly began having sex with her when she was a 17-year-old intern at Epic Records and that Kelly impregnated her. 
  • Chicago prosecutors charge Kelly with 21 counts child pornography centered around a tape that purportedly shows Kelly having sex with, and urinating on, his goddaughter, who was 14-years-old at the time. According to Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago-Sun Times reporter who covered the trial and wrote several stories investigating Kelly's alleged abuses, "You watch the video for which he was indicted and there is the disembodied look the rape victim. He orders her to call him Daddy. He urinates in her mouth and instructs her at great length on how to position herself to receive his 'gift.' It's a rape that you're watching." Kelly is acquitted after his attorneys successfully argue that the tape could have been manipulated to make the man in it look like Kelly.
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  • During the trial, Lisa Van Allen testifies that she began having sex with Kelly when she was 17-years-old and had participated in group sex along with the 14-year-old girl in the tape. In her testimony, Allen also says that she once broke down crying during a taped sexual encounter and Kelly became angry because the footage was now useless. “He couldn’t watch that, he couldn’t do anything with that,” she said.  
  • Kelly is arrested in Miami on 16 additional charges child pornography, authorities claim they found multiple photos nude, underage girls and photos Kelly "involved in sexual conduct with the female minor" while searching his residence. The charges are dismissed because the search warrant was deemed to be invalid.
  • An unnamed young woman alleges in a more than one-hundred page lawsuit that when she was 14-years-old Kelly discovered her at a Chicago school, Kenwood Academy, and began to have sex with her along with other underage girls he recruited from the school, giving them sneakers and other gifts. She says she's "scarred" by the experience and later attempts to kill herself by slitting her wrists.
  • In 2004 another sex tape leaks and the woman in that tape, Deleon Richards, says that she began having sex with Kelly a decade earlier when she was a teenager.
  • According to DeRogatis, there have been "Dozens girls - not one, not two, dozens - with harrowing lawsuits," all which have been settled by Kelly. DeRogatis also recounts that he also routinely fields calls from other women who say they can't sleep because they're haunted by Kelly's sexual abuse them as a teenager. It's important to note that all the examples above, dozens examples, only include women who went as far as filing lawsuits against Kelly. There are also reportedly several other examples in which Kelly settled with women before a lawsuit was filed, and droves other women allegedly abused by Kelly who never pursued any action against him. For example, a woman told the Chicago Sun-Times that Kelly began having sex with her when she was 17 after they met at a video shoot, another said she was involved in group sex along Hawkins, another said she was one the other girls from Kenwood Academy whom Kelly routinely had sex with, and Chicago area police twice investigated Kelly for completely separate incidents than the incident he was eventually charged for, but dropped those charges when the women declined to press charges. 
  • Kelly's longtime publicist, Regina Daniels, abruptly quit saying that Kelly has "crossed a line" by having sex with their then college-age daughter, who Kelly had known since she was seven.  
  • Kelly’s brother, Carey Kelly, alleges that Kelly attempted to get him to say he was the one in the sex tape, which he refused to do. He also alleges that he was routinely asked to find girls who "looked underage" at Kelly's shows and get their phone numbers.  
  • Demetrius Smith, Kelly’s longtime friend and personal assistant, publishes a memoir, The Man Behind the Man, in which he writes that: “Underage girls had proven to be Kelly’s] weakness. He was obsessed. Sickly addicted."

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When we read about R. Kelly's career and the allegations surrounding him we ten see words like "complicated" thrown around, except there's nothing complicated about our relationship to R. Kelly's continuing career at all. It's exceedingly straightforward, at least once you've seen the full scope and horrific weight the sum allegations brought against him. You can choose to believe that those dozens women, Tiffany Hawkins and Patrice Jones and Tracy Sampson and Lisa Van Allen and Deleon Richards and the girl who slit her wrists in a failed attempt to kill herself and all the broken, anonymous women who never sued and have called Jim DeRogatis simply because they need someone who will believe them, are all liars, all them, in which case you can listen to Kelly's music without burden. Or you have to believe that R. Kelly is a serial rapist who routinely preys on children. It really is that uncomplicated, there is no gray area, no middle ground, no haze. And if you believe that R. Kelly has done nauseatingly terrible things to children and you still choose to buy his albums and attend his concerts and listen to his music, then you're choosing to support a serial rapist. It's exceedingly straightforward. 

The complication comes not with R. Kelly himself but with our own lives. None us have any actual relationship with Robert Sylvester Kelly, and so it would be strikingly easy to cut him from our lives, except through his music he's permanently embedded into our most valued possession, our memories. We hear "I Believe I Can Fly" and think about Space Jam and remember our childhoods, we hear "I'm A Flirt" and remember how impossibly good our freshmen year crush looked that night at that house party, we hear "Happy People" and remember dancing with our aunt at our cousin's wedding and what his music means to us because it was playing while we were with the people who mean something to us and in the places that mean something to us. I remember driving down Harvard Ave. one November night, parking and then literally running into my friend's apartment to tell her about this incredibly strange and amazing....song?...they'd just played on the radio, "Trapped in the Closet." Of all the thousands hours my life I've forgotten, I still remember that hour. Our memories are sacred spaces, and so, course, we fight to protect them, wrap them in layer after layer denial and intentional ignorance if necessary to keep them pure and untarnished by the ten crushing truths we learn later. 

And so we tell ourselves that R. Kelly has never been convicted in court as if we truly believe that the justice system is a perfect reflection actual guilt and innocence. And so with each allegation, we concoct an explanation, most likely one provided by Kelly for us until the sheer volume allegations and explanations defy any logic. And so we tell ourselves that R. Kelly is a genius, detour into intellectual debates about the lines between the art and an artist's personal life as if any amount genius can be equivalent to the pain a raped child. As if you would ever look one those abused women in the eyes, women who could be your daughter or sister or mother or friend, and say, "But he makes great music." We all perform these mental contortions to avoid confronting hard truths so we can continue to live our lives in comfort, especially out fear being guilty by association, myself included in more ways than I can count, but here, in this specific case, with all these dozens  women who have said Kelly abused them, it really shouldn't be that difficult to place their pain in front our own entertainment. 

Shattering the sanctity our musical memories, our heroes, is a painful, difficult business, but I've found one force stronger than even our resistance to change - compassion. It's easy to ignore the allegations against Kelly when they're presented as ideas, a thing to be debated and thought about and questioned, it's nearly impossible to ignore them when you see those women as real, actual humans. As I write this my two daughters are sleeping and it's not hard to imagine them in the place Tiffany Hawkins and Patrice Jones, those fears come quick and devastatingly sharp to parents. I imagine them telling me they were raped, I imagine finding them with their wrists slit. I imagine them telling me who raped them, and then I imagine that man walking free out a courtroom, shuddering a sigh relief armored in an expensive suit carefully chosen for the way its deep blue threads convey a calm and assertive innocence. I imagine that man going on to gather fame and adoration and money and it's not hard to imagine because I know it's some father's reality and now I'm on the verge tears and deciding that I'll sleep in my daughter's room tonight so I can know she's protected and safe. 

If I could make you see their face when you look at Kelly, if I could make you hear their voice instead Kelly's when you listen to his music, I would, because they're all I see and hear now, and if their names are one day more well known than his, then there might be something like justice.

It is not okay to listen to R. Kelly.

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Read Future's Heartbreaking Tribute To Late Sound Engineer Seth Firkins

Seth Firkins, a sound engineer who’d been working with rappers on the Atlanta scene for years, passed away in his sleep on September 23.

Firkins was especially close to Future, and had worked as the engineer on the rapper’s 2012 Pluto 3D album. Some other major credits include American Gangster by JAY-Z and The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted by Gucci Mane. He also worked with Young Thug, Rihanna, Ciara and Trina.

Future shared a touching response on social media, writing a lengthy Instagram caption to celebrate the life his friend.

“I always gave racism a cold shoulder because my real brother Is a white guy by the name Seth Firkins,” he wrote. “I got a call saying u died in your sleep? First thing came to my mind is, why are you sleep at 5am? That’s when we record our best shit & I tell u ‘don’t’ fall asleep we got more work to do.. but somethin told me I should’ve been at home recording for some reason.”

“I was saying this in my head, then bad news beat me home! I love u beyond this post, I will cherish u forever big bro, I just wish u would’ve text me & told me u was going to sleep and i wasn’t going to be able to wake u up this time…the family will miss u 1000%!! No kap in my game kid, rest well my brother. Rest well.”

Future wasn’t the only one to pay his respects to Firkins, who passed away the age 36. Other Hip Hop producers and sound engineers, such as Mike WiLL Made It and Alex Tumay shared their grief, with Tumay saying “the world is going to sound so much worse without him.”

No cause death has been reported.

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Nas Calls Nicki Minaj His "Shorty" In New Series Of Photos

After reports emerged over the weekend that Nicki Minaj and Nas have been dating since May, the (alleged) high prile couple posted a new batch photos to their respective Instagram accounts on Sunday (September 17).

This time, the photos captured the pair posing in matching Gucci gear next to the Illmatic mastermind’s 1988 190E Mercedes-Benz, something he evidently picked up for his 44th birthday.

Nas’ caption read: Got my Bday 1988 190E Benz & picked up Shorty from Queens! We Out!”

Minaj was more elusive with her caption, writing, “Nasty Nas hopped out the illmatic ’88 benz tryna holla @ me earlier today in Queens.”

Dating rumors have been flying since May when Minaj posted a photo herself with Nas at his Sweet Chick restaurant in New York. Then last week, a video surfaced Nas’ 44th birthday party that showed the Queens MC kissing and licking Minaj’s face.

Minaj broke up with former flame Meek Mill in January and has remained tight-lipped about her private life. During an interview with daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, she did admit she and Nas had sleepovers, but they hadn’t done the “nasty.”

“We have had sleepovers],” she said. “I go to him. I just thought him coming to me was too forward. Let me clarify … I know people are going to think … no. We didn’t do the …”

“Nasty,” DeGeneres said, completing Minaj’s sentence.

“Because you know, I’m just chillin’ right now,” Minaj continued. “I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any man. I hate men. But I might make an exception to the rule for him because he’s so dope.”

Whether the recent photoshoot was simply a pressional endeavor or a symbol something more (or both) remains to be seen.

For now, check out more their photos below.

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Nas Calls Nicki Minaj His Shorty On IG, Must Be Blowing Her Back Out [Photos]

Nas took to Instagram to post pics him, his OG Benz and Nicki Minaj. He referred to the fellow Queens rappers as his “shorty.”

This clearly confirmed that Esco is surely blowing her back out, right?

You care.

Word is Nas and Nicki have been an item since May. You may recall Nicki telling Ellen Degeneres that she’s had sleepovers with the “Dr. Knockboots” rapper. What grown man you know, named Nas, has “sleepovers”? Just saying.

Peep the evidence below and on the following pages.

Also, that ’88 Benz 190E is yoga flames. Apparently, his homie Will Castro Unique Rides hooked it up and they documented the entire process.


Photo: Instagram

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Kevin Hart Side Chick Admits Money Grab, Says She’s 1 Of Many

Damn Kevin Hart, damn. The side chick at the center the extortion plot that led the comedian to come clean and apologize to his wife and kids, and light Twitter on fire, admits she was trying to score a big payday.

That’s not going to happen, so now she’s just spilling tea.

TMZ has seen the video she was trying to get Hart to pay up for in order to bury it and shared the following description:

Reportedly, the FBI is investigating.

In her statement, the clip below, she explains how Hart was drunk and high and generally wilding out and sleeping with multiple women in Las Vegas. It’s very clear she was partaking in the festivities so she still gets the side eye f g.p.

We’re not condoning Hart’s behavior since it’s apparent he did cheat. However, ol’ girl is a special kind crazy-eyed to try to extort him than play holier than thou when it failed.

What is certain, the Hart household is in shambles right now, and we sincerely hope them the best.

Photo: TMZ

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Kaskade gave a talk on the future of global music, how he got started, and more – Dancing Astronaut

IVY, the world’s first “Social University,” held an event last week that featured world-renowned DJ and Producer . While he did not hop on the 1’s and 2’s this time around, he did talk about the future global music and how to command a global audience, giving his personal perspective on the topics with over a decade knowledge and experience in the industry.

For those who may not know what IVY is, it’s a University that specializes in Arts, Entrepreneurship, Policy, Social Impact and more. Essentially, they are breeding the next generation self-starters, bringing in featured speakers every month that are Industry leaders and entrepreneurs alike. In the past, they’ve had Hugh Jackman, Daniel Radcliffe, and Jack Welch (former CEO GE) among others. This time around, they decided to bring in Ryan Raddon, who has arguably become one the most successful curators and performers dance music in history. He’s been DJing since the 90s and started making music in the early 2000s, which was before the EDM phenomenon (as we know it) began.

At this event, he talks about everything from family, collaborations, performing, utilizing social media, making it in the industry and more. We’ve got the full summary  his talk right here on Dancing Astronaut, however be sure to check out the live feed on IVY’s Facebook page here:

The talk was mostly a Q&A, however the mediator does a great job at honing into the key elements Kaskade’s career and getting his two-cents on where dance music is headed. He starts f by talking about collaborating with big name artists and how he’s mostly worked with A-listers during the remix process. “The big people that I have worked with is typically on remix stuff…Early on in dance music, people were trying to take singles that didn’t have a lot traction on the radio and saying] hey, it’s a good song, let’s have this guy reproduce or remix it and then it can be played in the nightclubs…cool people hanging out nightclubs.” Raddon has remixed everyone from Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Imagine Dragons (more recently), adding in that his dream collaboration right now would be . His remixing ability has definitely proven to be one his best attributes, as those compositions are what usually gets the crowd moving when he’s playing the festival mainstage.

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He also talked about the future the industry, and how it’s moving in an exciting direction with the addition streaming services as a way to consume music. He mentions that for most his career, labels were broke, but now with Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, labels have the funds to get behind the creativity artists to help things flourish. “Very hard to create when your stone cold broke and nobody believes in you.” Now that money is finally trickling down to the artists, he says that “over the next 10 years, we will see streaming platforms work and flow money into the artists…there will be a lot more people out there making great music.”

When asked about the current state dance music, he thinks that it is still in its infancy and wants to see the next wave. He said that any new music that is breaking, is more the surface level stuff. “There is a whole other tier dance music that might not fit pop radio, but is awesome. From to they are doing incredible stuff.”

He is asked about touring the world as a full-time DJ and whether or not it’s been hard for him at times. “None it ever seems like a chore.” Towards the beginning, when he played his first small show overseas in the 90s, he was sleeping on the promoter’s floor and was questioning whether or not he wanted to stick to that career path. However, he’s been fortunate enough to have a steady progression over the past 20 years, making it to bigger and better shows (and more comfy sleeping conditions). This is coming from the guy who is arguably one the happiest-looking DJs when it comes to getting behind the decks. He thinks he’s played around 5,000 shows. At 46 years old, he’s probably still having more fun than anyone in the crowd.

Kaskade gave a talk on the future  global music, how he got started, and more - Dancing Astronaut

On the topic social media, he mentioned that while it has allowed him to have a direct and more personal connection with his fans on a global scale, it has also had a major impact on the industry in general. “It has been bridging the gap and has changed things, where you have a lot kind- famous people instead just a small amount famous people.”

When asked about the most important thing to focus on if you’re looking to make it big as a DJ/producer, he said just “the music.”

Lastly, he talks about how through all the craziness touring and what the gig requires, he’s been able to stay grounded and start a family. With a wife and three kids, family is the most important thing to him. “My rise was very steady and slow and not overnight…so I really appreciate where I am now.”

He may be 46, but expect to see a lot more from Ryan Raddon moving forward. In a genre that is constantly changing, Kaskade seems to be right at the forefront.

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Nintendo Is Giving The NES Classic An Extra Life In 2018

Good news Nintendo enthusiasts, if you didn’t get your hands on a NES Classic this past November when it first released, you will have another chance in 2018.

Due to popular demand for the retro system, Nintendo will bring back the highly popular product back next year.

No details have been revealed as to when they will release it but nevertheless, this is awesome news. Especially since Nintendo’s rollout for these retro systems have been quite suspect *coughs* Super NES Classic.

Speaking SNES Classic, Nintendo also plans to bump up the number units that will shipped due to excitement for the system. So if you were one those people who was sleeping, literally, when the pre-order linked dropped you may have a chance to get another opportunity to cop September 29, when it ficially launches.

SNES Classic will retail for $80 if you don’t have to deal with the resale struggle and features 21 classic games such as Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, Mario Kart and Street Fighter II Turbo to name a few.

We wish y’all good luck in your pursuit these retro goodies, you’re gonna need it.

Photo: Screenshot

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Hip Hop Week In Review: Lil Wayne, Battle Rap Film "Bodied" & 50 Cent's "Power"

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Lil Wayne was hospitalized after enduring multiple seizures in a Chicago hotel room on Sunday (September 3) and was released shortly thereafter. The Eminem-produced battle rap film Bodied made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival to much fanfare and 50 Cent mended fences with STARZ over Power, announcing there will be less a wait to see its fifth season.

Lil Wayne Won’t Let A Few Seizures Phase Him

On Sunday (September 3), Lil Wayne suffered multiple seizures and was found on the floor his Chicago hotel room. After being admitted to the hospital, he was quickly released but doctors suggested he should slow down.

Wayne’s daughter Reginae Carter took to Twitter following the frightening news to assure fans that her Dad was doing just fine. Weezy was originally scheduled to headline the Paid Dues Hip Hop Festival in Los Angeles on September 16, which has since been postponed.

Despite claims his latest episode being linked to his love for lean, Tunechi’s manager Cortez Bryant told TMZ it was due to his relentless schedule and not getting enough sleep.

“He a workaholic,” Bryant told TMZ. “That’s what got him to where his is now, man. He’s in the studio all the time trying to make music.”

Grammy Award-winning producer Scott Storch posted a picture two back in the studio, confirming Bryant’s words.

Read more about Lil Wayne’s seizure scare here.

Eminem-Produced Battle Rap Film Bodied Is A Hit

On Thursday evening (September 7), the battle rap satire Bodied premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to an audience 1,200, and they apparently loved it. The movie was produced by Eminem and the same people who brought the world 8 Mile.

While the film’s director, Joseph Kahn, joked about how the film could possibly sink his career due to the range crass insults slung from the mouths battle rappers, all four showings the two-hour movie were sold out.

The movie featured Austin & Ally‘s Calum Worthy, MAD TV‘s Debra Wilson, The Breakfast Club star Anthony Micheal Hall, Charlamagne Tha God and former King Of The Dot champion Alex “Kid Twist” Larsen, who also helped write the script alongside Kahn.

Read more about Bodied and peep the fan reactions here.

50 Cent Promises Less Of A Wait For Season 5 Of Power

50 Cent let fans STARZ’s hit series Power know they won’t have to wait as long for season 5 as they did for season 4.

The Power executive producer shared the news on his Instagram on Tuesday (September 5), thanking the network’s CEO and President Chris Albrecht for the support and money. The news comes after 50 threatened to leave the series over the amount episodes the network ordered and admitting he leaked the final two episodes the show.

Read more about 50 Cent’s battle with STARZ over Power here.

DXclusives: 10 New-School Lyricists, Lonzo Ball & Hurricane Harvey

Class In Session: 10 New-School Lyricists To Get Your Mind Right

Justin Ivey took the time to list ten new-school lyricists that exist but may be flying under the radar because the music isn’t coming from a meme-able, trap-tastic SoundCloud rapper. The list includes Joyner Lucas, 3D Na’Tee, Montana 300 and Conway The Machine, just to name a few.

Check out the full list 10 New-School Lyricists To Get Your Mind Right here.

Lonzo Ball’s “Outdated” Nas Comments Emphasize Rap’s Generation Gap

Aaron McKrell examined rap’s generation gap in light Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball referring to Migos and Future as “real Hip Hop” as opposed to Nas, spinning the heads Hip Hop purists everywhere.

McKrell described Ball’s comments as asinine and fered a different outlook for his words.

“What Lonzo should have said, and possibly meant, is that nobody from his generation listens to Nas,” McKrell wrote. “And for the most part, he’s right. The kids listen to pop rap, trap and mumble rap. Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, and, as Lonzo said, Future and Migos dominate their earbuds. I recently spoke to a kid who told me as much. I was in Pittsburgh last week talking to a student at Carnegie Mellon University. The conversation turned to Hip Hop and he brought up Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2.”

Read the full examination Rap’s generation gap here.

Social Fads Exist But Don’t Make Hurricane Harvey One Of Them

In a new op-ed, HipHopDX’s Editor-in-Chief Trent Clark is encouraging people to not just participate in the social media foray hashtags and retweets in the efforts to help those in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“In today’s social media stratosphere, getting awareness out to the public has been made just as easy as a few taps on the keyboard,” he wrote. “There have been plenty hashtags, retweets and shares on top tens millions donated to the relief cause. And while the aforementioned support is nothing to scf at, the immediate issues are still prevalent on ground zero.”

Read Trent Clark’s full op-ed on Hurricane Harvey here.

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Ja Rule Performing At HennyPalooza, That Fyre Festival Still Happened, Though

Ja Rule is trying to put the bad publicity the Fyre Festival behind him. The Queens rapper will be performing at HennyPalooza this Saturday (Sept. 9) in Coney Island. 

You remember the Fyre Festival, right? It was supposed to be a “luxury” music festival catered to fans with deep pockets but it ended up being a sh*tstorm struggle that included tent cities and cheese sandwiches.

Hennypalooza will be way classier, get your tix here. Don’t sleep, the rapper born Jeffrey Atkins has a gang hit records.

Photo: WENN.com

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