Mayor de Blasio is working in conjunction with Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito in closing Rikers, which will happen over time according to a media announcement. You guys watching and your compassion made this happen. De Blasio drew praise for his actions from Jay Z and John Legend, keeping in line with a growing sentiment against mass incarceration. Rikers Island is an expression of a national problem. Carter (@S_C_) March 31, 2017
John Legend followed with a pair of tweets and has long been a vocal critic of prison overpopulation. “In closing Rikers, New York City takes a crucial step towards ending #massincarceration. pic.twitter.com/Vvnt9tDBeR
— Mr. Now the hard work begins.”
Others that have spent time behind bars at Rikers Island include Tupac and Bobby Shmurda. Jay Z published a rare tweet in support of the move, referencing Kalief Browder, the troubled young man who was imprisoned in Rikers. — John Legend (@johnlegend) March 31, 2017 Thank you. Kalief is a prophet. — Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 31, 2017
Thanks to @NYCMayor, @NYCCouncil, Judge Lippman, @CloseRikers & @glennEmartin for your commitment to end #massincarceration. On Friday (March 31), New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Twitter that his administration is taking steps to close the infamous Rikers Island prison facility. Browder was the subject of the Time: The Kalief Browder Story documentary with Jay Z serving as a co-executive producer. Browder spent three years on the island and took his own life once he was released. “Thanks to @NYCMayor, @NYCCouncil, Judge Lippman, @CloseRikers & @glennEmartin for your commitment to end #massincarceration,” Legend wrote in the tweets. https://t.co/13T4aFlaVR
— John Legend (@johnlegend) March 31, 2017
In closing Rikers, New York City takes a crucial step towards ending #massincarceration. His story will save lives. The mass incarceration era did not begin in New York City but it’s going to end here. The tweets from Mayor Bill de Blasio and John Legend can be viewed below. Now the hard work begins.
The trek kicked off Friday (March 31) evening in Baltimore but it will be without 50 Cent. Kendrick and Drizzy have been in a silent lyrical war for some time now and now there seems to be some type of issue with Sean Don. Read more here. I was really thankful for that. Read more here. (@Zabinasrey @TRawTkThatShh @NoMoreWarTy) pic.twitter.com/Ha5TrKDGHC
— UTOR 🤘 (@UtorOfficial) April 1, 2017
However, most seemed to love the show Chris and his featured guests put on. Genasis and Kap G as featured guests on the 33-city tour. “This run wasn’t handled correctly, I’m still on set filming Den of Thieves.”
As for how last night’s Party Tour show went, it appears some fans had a hard time enjoying Breezy’s dance moves because the stage setting was too high. Chris Brown Hits The Road (Without 50 Cent)
Chris Brown announced his Party Tour in February naming 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. “Scarface said, ‘You really should go solo man ‘cuz I think people want to hear you,’” he shared. 😍😍 #PARTYTOUR pic.twitter.com/bV4Uim9eGW
— e♛ (@enyaa_w) April 1, 2017
Read more here. “Even Little J from Rap-A-Lot asked about it too. Elsewhere, in an exclusive interview with DX, Bizzy Bone dismissed rumors that rest of the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony members aren’t doing well after it was announced that he and Krayzie Bone are making music as Bone Thugs. HIPHOPDX – This week in Hip Hop, XXXTENTACION was released from jail and voiced his frustrations over Drake allegedly copying his cadence during his first interview after getting out. He also gave his first radio interview to Miami’s 103.5 The Beat where he talked about his time behind bars and his issue with Drake, who he says lifted his “Look At Me!” flow for the More Life song “KMT.”
Then, to add fuel to the fire, the 19-year-old internet sensation said he thinks Drizzy’s mom is “kinda cute” while rumors (which were not true) circulated that he signed to Atlantic. “I would never say my friends can’t afford me,” he captioned on an Instagram screenshot of the TMZ report. Last Saturday (March 25), an unproven tracklist surfaced and revealed features from André 3000 and Kanye West, among others. Also, Chris Brown’s Party Tour kicks off sans 50 Cent and Kendrick Lamar musical release rumors swirl as April 7 inches closer. Fiddy took to Instagram to clear up the speculation. It was reported that 50 was off because the tour deal wasn’t right financially, saying that Brown couldn’t afford him. They were real cool and down with it. I went to the Odd Squad and asked my group members what they thought. “After you’ve been in the business for 20 years, sometimes certain artists fall off and can’t feed themselves.”
Houston rap legend Devin the Dude also revealed how Scarface encouraged him to pursue a solo rap career outside of Odd Squad. Overall, Fans Had a LIT Night at @chrisbrown's #PARTYTOUR but many not happy w/ floor seat view. “Humble.” however, was missing. “They eatin’, they got some money, they rent paid, and they doing good,” Bizzy said. New Kendrick = New Rumors
Kendrick Lamar promised that all these rap cats have until April 7 to get their shit together and as the date comes closer, rumors surrounding the impending release of his fourth studio album follow. DXclusives: The Breakdown, Bizzy Bone & Devin the Dude
Justin Hunte took on rumors that Kendrick Lamar’s words in “The Heart Part 4” were penned especially for Drake and Big Sean. XXXTENTACION Free On Probation & Immediately Rekindles One-Sided Beef With Drake
Budding Florida rap star XXXTENTACION was released from jail this week and on Wednesday (March 29) he wasted no time connecting with his fans via Periscope upon acquiring his freedom three days prior. Ultimately my solo album started sounding like it would with the group because they were always involved with it anyway.” He even uploaded a photoshopped family photo of himself and Drake’s mom holding a baby Aubrey in their lap and made it his Twitter profile pic. With the release of “The Heart Part 4,” rumors also sparked up that some of the lyrics from the surprise release were aimed at Drake and Big Sean. First, fans were blessed with an incredible visual for his latest single “Humble.” directed by veteran Dave Meyers. “Humble.” further spearheaded those rumors, with the main target being Big Sean.
That's not a place for nobody! Lil Twist’s last mixtape, Anger Management, was released last August. Twist posted a photo to his Instagram page the day he was freed, and another photo the following day expressing his gratitude. The Dallas native served just over seven months of his 1-year sentence he was hit with last November, although he was facing a potential 25 years had he been found guilty on all charges. Lil Twist, an artist signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records imprint, was freed from jail Wednesday after pleading no contest to six felony charges last November.
I Thank God! Man! #YoungCarter Otw! A post shared by !@ Lil Twist #TeamTwist (@liltwist) on Mar 30, 2017 at 8:49am PDT
The 24-year-old rapper was charged with burglary, making criminal threats, grand theft, battery and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. According to reports at the time of the event, Twist was said to have beat up Chris Massey and stole a Rolex watch. Twist’s legal troubles began back in November 2014 when he allegedly broke into the apartment of Massey’s brother, former That’s So Raven actor, Kyle Massey. Twist, born Christopher Moore, was charged with the 2014 assault and robbery of former Nickelodeon child actor, Chris Massey.
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Feel It (f. GAWVI interned with Pharrell back in the day and was later mentored by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. GAWVI is seeking to make his mark on the EDM world with his debut album, We Belong. The right connect will happen and the stars will align.”
GAWVI’s We Belong album stream, cover art and tracklist are below. Wordsplayed)
Something Bout U (f. The Reach Records artist has 14 tracks on the project, including “God Speed” with labelmates Andy Mineo and KB. Rock n Roll (f. “I was just so involved. People that just started they think it can come overnight. Other features come from ELHAE, Jordan Powers, Zach Norman and Wordsplayed. The album comes after GAWVI shared a series of EPs, Lost In Hue and Holding Hue and he brings those colorful vibes onto his first full-length project. Andy Mineo & KB)
Like We Belong
The Sickness (f. “Every day I surrounded myself with people that wanted to do music because I wanted to know all about it,” he said. I think people need to put in the dues and allow the time to really work hard on their craft and then something will happen. ELHAE)
God Speed (f. Last fall, he spoke with HipHopDX about how his personal journey in the music industry came together. Jordan Powers)
Closer (f. Jocelyn Bowman)
Cumbia (f. Robbie Lee & Julissa Leilani)
Steady (f. Jawan)
Hold On (f.