On Tuesday (April 4), Pepsi debuted a tone deaf commercial featuring Kendall Jenner lucidly making light of civil rights protests and Black Lives Matter. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding. if only she'd given them a pepsi pic.twitter.com/rVM8jkJrG4
— darkwing duck fan (@vmochama) April 4, 2017

If only Kendall Jenner was there to give them a Pepsi 😫 pic.twitter.com/EUe9mCBbwA
— Teymour (@Teymour_Ashkan) April 5, 2017

If only he was carrying Pepsi 🤦🏾‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/XKnOl4nWZT
— ☠️ (@cj_gsh) April 5, 2017

Would I not have been shot by police at StandingRock if I’d given them a Pepsi? The cop smiles and all is good in the world. Except that’s not the reality to the lot of brave activists   who actually have participated in these protests. It took only a day for the soft drink giant to pull the ad following a well deserved dragging on Twitter. Past and current activists were typically subjected to being attacked by law enforcement dogs, gassed, pepper sprayed and hosed down with water canons while fighting for equality. pic.twitter.com/FA6JPrY72V
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) April 5, 2017

While the ad itself wasn’t a good idea, it did unite people in recognizing that using the plight, hurt and pain of people combatting everyday issues shouldn’t be used to sell   sugary soda. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter Bernice King echoed these sentiments in a Tweet. If only we knew the power of @Pepsi… https://t.co/1z7b2iMx2h pic.twitter.com/ZtES0UEX2t
— Erin Schrode (@ErinSchrode) April 5, 2017

If only this was @pepsi being offered and Kendall was there then maybe people wouldn't have been beaten and tear gassed.🤗 #NoDAPL pic.twitter.com/0jU5lR3TKG
— Tinsel Korey (@tinselkorey) April 5, 2017

"Hold Up! We are pulling the content and halting any further rollout.” They also issued an apology to KJ   for putting her in a   position to be scrutinized. The ad sparked a Twitter storm of folks sarcastically tweeting that if only those protesters, including   Ieshia Evans   — a black woman who stood her ground   while being charged by riot police during a Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge last summer — had a Pepsi they would have been spared from police brutality. “If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi,” she tweeted along with a black and white photo of her father being pushed back by police officers. The advertisement included peculiar commodities such as Kendall ripping off a blonde wig and handing it over to the nearest black woman, radiant   young protesters smiling while holding up vague signs such as “Join the conversation,” Jenner dapping up the nearest black guy with a can of Pepsi and the most disparaging moment, her handing the ubiquitous blue can to a rather attractive cop. Clearly, we missed the mark and apologize,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday (April 5). If only Daddy would have known about the power of #Pepsi. Many decried the commercial for being insensitive. “We did not intend to make light of any serious issue. Is that Kendall Jenner holding a pepsi?" pic.twitter.com/9U1q5gQ901
— Soul Kid (@ISoulKidI) April 5, 2017

 



Knight Jr. MY FATHER NEEDS HIS FAMILY AND HIS CIVIL RIGHTS BACK BEFORE WE TALK ABOUT A DOCUMENTARY. When you look who is trying to profit off of causing chaos in my family its somebody who doesnt know nor care about my family. If he knew anybody was after him he wouldnt have pac with him in the first place. has something to say. made a post on Instagram with a picture of his father and Tupac and explained that the former Death Row Records leader would never put ‘Pac in harm’s way and described him as a big brother to the icon. My father was the Big protective brother of Pac. In a statement to HipHopDX, Culpepper said   he has “never made any statements regarding Tupac Shakur, nor have I made any statements on my client’s behalf regarding Mr. about his father’s case below. These rumors are selfish and its unecessary. Fake news will never get attention but people will stop trying to make a quick dollar off my family, especially off lies. Watch HipHopDX’s interview from last month with Suge Knight Jr. #FreeSuge ♦
A post shared by Suge Jacob knight (@sugejknight) on Apr 4, 2017 at 7:03pm PDT

This claim of “fake news” echoes a statement from Knight Sr.’s lawyer, Thaddeus Culpepper, who was initially named in a WENN article as the one who wrote the affidavit for the claims. In light of reports that   Suge Knight revealed Tupac’s killers   years after the West Coast legend’s murder and that it was actually him who was the intended target of the fatal drive-by, his son Suge Knight Jr. Shakur, written or otherwise.”
Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for murder charges stemming from a hit-and-run at a Compton burger stop in 2015. Only negative black stories get broadcasted I see, smh.



Bent has already released several gems, including “Rotten Apple Seeds” and the   Complex Simplicity   LP, both of which clearly set him apart from his peers. Kweli just wrapped up his The 7 Tour with Styles P. WANT MORE? malik ninety five   – “need to know”

As New Orleans artist Malik Ninety Five   prepares to drop his new album, The Paradise Project, he’s back with another single titled “Need to Know.” It’s a slow, laid-back track touching on why he prefers to do things solo, although the track is co-produced by fellow Big Easy artists   CLBTS and Westline. The DX Digest for Wednesday (April 5) finds a surprise return from Evidence and producer Alchemist with a beautifully shot visual for “Throw It All Away” sitting in the top slot while Kevin Gates channels ’90s singer Joan Osborne to ask “What if God is one of us?” We also feature   D.R.A.M.’s episode of Noisey’s The People Vs.,   Talib Kweli’s 64 Bars freestyle at Red Bull Studios, and a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Danny Brown’s demented “Ain’t It Funny” video. In this clip, the “Broccoli” rapper addresses kids eating vegetables and, of course, his haters. – “the people vs.”

D.R.A.M. CHECK OUT TUESDAY’S DX DIGEST. lil niqo – “the city”

Lil Niqo is back with a video for “The City” that features   the blossoming rapper exuding nothing but energy as he spits from the roof of a building. The duo was releasing material   under its Step Brothers moniker for a while, but it appears this isn’t technically a Step Brothers creation — it’s simply made by the same people. dj Nu-mark   – “zodiac tracks: Aries”

Always on time, DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 has delivered the next installment of his Zodiac Tracks series, this time in honor of his Aries peeps. kyle bent   – “love someone”

Kyle Bent has returned with a new single, “Love Someone,” which finds the young Massachusetts artist questioning that crazy thing called love. The nearly eight-minute mix features music from Q-Tip, Bill Conti, Al Green, DJ Premier, Redman, Pharrell Williams, Large Professor, Diamond D, Larry Coryell (RIP), Chance The Rapper, Elton John, and Biz Markie. Fresh music from Malik Ninety Five, Kodak Black, Kyle Bent, and Suni MF Solomon, as well as an incredible Zodiac Tracks mix from DJ Nu-Mark complete the list. He’s “shaking like he’s giddy” and getting “jiggy” throughout the three-minute offering. His latest offering comes in the form of “Why They Call You Kodak,” which hails from the Florida native’s debut album, Painting Pictures   and is produced by Ben Billions. kodak black   – “Why they call you kodak”

Kodak Black is usually under scrutiny for his constant legal issues, but in between jail stints, he continues to make music. participated in Noisey’s new series, The People Vs.,   which has each artist read through YouTube comments on their videos and react to them on camera. D.R.A.M. Check out the video above. kevin gates   – “what if”

Although Kevin Gates is still sitting in jail, he’s managed to release a new single, “What If,” which appears to draw   inspiration from the 1995   hit by Joan Osborne, “What If God Was One Of Us.” As he raps about the “scars on his heart,” it’s clear Gates is going through some tough stuff. He ends with the words: “respect yourself.”
talib kweli   – “64 bars (Red bull studios)”

Talib Kweli   recently visited   the Red Bull Studios, where he proceeded to spit a raw freestyle for the company’s 64 Bars series. Evidence has kept a low profile for the past few years since releasing 2014’s Lord Steppington with Alchemist, but that is obviously about to change. Evidence & Alchemist – “Throw It all Away”
Directed by Stephen Vanasco, Evidence’s new black and white visual for “Throw It All Away” captures the spirit of the melancholy song, which was produced by longtime affiliate Alchemist. Starring filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Growing Pains   sitcom mother Joanna Kerns and Brown, the video’s original concept revolves   around “Uncle Danny” and his opioid-fueled rage. Cop it here. suni mf solomon   – “just another day”

Suni MF Solomon has bravely taken on Queen Latifah’s 1993 hit, “Just Another Day,” with an updated version of her own and dropped a subsequent video. Danny Brown & Jonah Hill – “Making of Ain’t It Funny”

After sharing the violent video for “Ain’t It Funny,” which was directed by actor Jonah Hill, Danny Brown has shared a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the visual. Following a performance at SXSW and another appearance on   Sway in the Morning,   the track finds the Atlanta MC   reflecting on her own hood on the westside of Atlanta. Niqo, of course, was a runner up on the first season of Jermaine Dupri’s The Rap Game. Check out the live video above and the SoundCloud version here. Ooooh ladies first.



1 on the Billboard 200, and   2012’s Strange Clouds. B.o.B was with the label for a decade and released albums such as   his 2010 debut B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray, which debuted at No. The project serves as his inaugural independent album since his split with Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records. ETHER (album) • May 12th 2017
A post shared by B.o.B (@bob) on Apr 5, 2017 at 9:40am PDT The Decatur, Georgia artist, born Bobby Ray Simmons, Jr., revealed the cover art via his Instagram account early Wednesday (April 5) and also dropped the first single   “4 Lit” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and T.I. Marking his first album since 2013’s Underground Luxury, B.o.B   is making his   return with the announcement of his forthcoming album, ETHER, which is expected to arrive on May 12. Check out the new cover art below.



— bagel (@salugsuganbagel) April 4, 2017

Tyler The Creator : *deletes his twitter* Me: pic.twitter.com/zOzRYSu0HC — Danilo Lamanna (@danilolamanna) April 5, 2017

At least one user did have the ingenuity to question whether this was, in fact, a stunt — considering that his other social accounts remained   intact. .@tylerthecreator IS BACK EVERYONE I TAKE BACK MY TWEET ALL IS WELL IN THE LAND OF TWITTER — AOL.com (@lukasbattle) April 5, 2017

In other Tyler news, check out this clip from his Cherry Bomb documentary premiere. Understandably, fans are relieved. Jaden Smith, Nicki Minaj, and Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei, for example, have all dropped the platform — even if just temporarily. Although his bio, which fans managed to snap before the account went down, read “high chance I delete this and insta,” some fans didn’t take the threat seriously, especially given the nature of Tyler’s hilarious and often erratic timeline. @tylerthecreator deactivated his account so album coming soon… ???‍♂️
—? pic.twitter.com/c5JCW7yyEg
— lucylu (@lucyandersonn) April 4, 2017

Me when I saw @tylerthecreator was gone pic.twitter.com/w7WSkVyzFz — Josh (@WHUJosh) April 5, 2017

my life is officially over. @tylerthecreator DEACTIVATED HIS TWITTER. i’m so sad. Take a look at some of the reactions below. i miss you already @tylerthecreator @fucktyler twitter won’t be the same without you. Tyler has now   reactivated the account, just as   followers were beginning to figure out how to continue living in a brave new world without having his   Twitter as a source of entertainment. He has since made a glorious return, but reactions on Twitter during the downtime ranged from the reposting of his infamous cyber bullying tweet in memorial to comically dramatic outbursts. GOODBYE. After making it through a death hoax   in March, 3.7 million Hip Hop fans woke up this week   to a grim discovery — Tyler The Creator’s Twitter account had been deactivated. (@liluzithug) April 4, 2017
Tyler was not the first artist to quit Twitter, to the horror of fans. The social media reset   strategy is one that   Meek Mill,   Future   and Kendrick Lamar have all experimented   with within the past six months on Instagram.



But as anyone that has ever taken a risk in life knows, a lot of lumps are taken before the success comes and HG opened up about one incident that almost made him quit the game before his career even got started. Gave me dap.” That shit made me wanna quit almost but then [I realized] I’m buggin.’” Things are going much better these days for the young rhymer who played three blazing new tracks for #DXLive but it was that day that he learned one of the most important lessons of his young career. Check out the full interview above, be sure to tune in to #DXLive every Thursday from 6-9pm EST and submit your songs for a chance to be played and critiqued on #LitnessTest. “You gotta charge that to the game. The Hunnedgang-affiliated MC stopped by the HipHopDX headquarters to chop it up with #DXLive’s Trent, Marcel and Jake about his new music, his recent success and tearing down one of Hollywood’s hottest nightspots Bootsy Bellows with his close friend Fetty Wap. “I realized I got scammed and then I’m like ‘Ah shit’ and then Ty Dolla $ign pulled up on the little [golf cart]. You take L’s before you win,” he summarized. We got there, got through the first gate, gave ‘em my name got through the first gate I’m like ‘Alright this shit official.’ When I got there I’m like ‘I’m about to open up.’ I told them, they were lookin’ like ‘Yo, who are you?’” HG remembered. “Somebody sent something in an email to me about, it was a Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign tour so they sent it to me and everything, they were like ‘You’ve been selected to open up when they come to your city.’ Sent them some bread and all that, like close to a stack or something like that and [they said] ‘You’re good. “I got my whole crew we went out to Long Island. You’re about to open up and everything.’ There was a whole little contract and everything. The BX rhyme bomber is currently doing spot dates across the country in promotion of his bubbling single, “Handle That” and previewed a couple of potential heaters in “Energy” and “Gwan Do” during the #DXLive broadcast. I was like ‘alright, this shit might go through.’”
After bringing his whole team out to the show, HG found out the hard way the gig was too good to be true. Los Angeles, CA – For the first time in years, the Bronx has a new voice carrying the torch for the venerable borough in HG Locks. “I got got about two, three years ago,” HG recalled.



We are honored to be hosting the Powamekka Cafe pop-up at Sweet Chick, and help bring his vision to life with the dishes that he loved.”

Tupac's vision for his restaurant, Powamekka Café, was conceived on three handwritten pages in his notebook more than 21 years ago. For one day, the eatery featured a menu of ‘Pac-inspired bites, including the California Love Chicken Sandwich and Thug Passion cake pops. The announcement of the Powamekka Cafe location at Sweet Chick comes months after another restaurant created its own version of ‘Pac’s vision. This Friday his vision comes to life for 3 days only in NYC. “As a restaurant, we embody everything he represents — music, style, food, and neighborhood. “Sweet Chick is about community and culture at its core, and so was Tupac,” Seymour said in a statement. New York, NY – A vision backed merely by three handwritten pages in one of Tupac’s notebooks will soon become reality. Last September, Take 3 Burger in Fresno, California, held a one-day Powamekka Cafe pop-up. Powamekka Cafe is currently accepting reservations for its three-day run. Make your reservation // link in bio. Powamekka Cafe, a concept ‘Pac wrote about in those few notebook pages, is set to open in the space currently occupied by the Nas and John Seymour-owned Sweet Chick. Additionally, patrons at Powamekka Cafe can expect to dine on a variety of Southern favorites, including meatloaf, gumbo, and Tupac’s cousin Jamala’s fried chicken wings. A post shared by Tupac Shakur (@2pac) on Apr 5, 2017 at 9:14am PDT

The cafe will boast a “carefully curated collection” of personal photos, poetry, and music memorabilia from the late rapper. The cafe, which is backed by the estate of Tupac, will be open for business at the New York City location for three days only (April 7 – 9).



Los Angeles, CA – Wednesday, April 12 is the Los Angeles advanced screening of “The Fate of the Furious” starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges and   guess what, we have tickets for you! We have 20 seats available to give away so tell everyone you know to start sending out tweets! Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. We will contact you via Twitter so make sure you are looking out for our DM! On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious. The premiere will be   Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00pm at AMC Century City and will be shown in IMAX. To enter to win you must follow us on Twitter (@HipHopDX) and tweet “Hey @HipHopDX, I want to win tickets to see the advanced screening of   @Furious8Movie   in Los Angeles! But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. #DXF8.” Remember, you must be following us and you must tweet using the #DXF8 hashtag in your tweet.



Sonos has developed three different Spirit Houses, which allow fans to enter the virtual world that the Gorillaz animated characters 2D, Murdoc, Noodle and Russel exist in. “The launch of their first album in seven years is such a big moment for Gorillaz fans and we’re excited to invite people all over the world experience it using Sonos.”
Admission is free, but those lucky enough to be in the city where the Spirit Houses are popping up must RSVP here. Watch the trailer above. “Gorillaz have always been inspiring artists who ignore the limitations of any medium or format,” Sonos VP of Global Brand Dmitri Siegel   said in press release. After revealing the title and tracklist for their forthcoming album, Humanz, last month, the Gorillaz team has conjured up a brilliant marketing plan with Sonos, which sees the Spirit House depicted in the new “Saturnz Barz” video come to life. Expected to arrive April 28,   Humanz boasts contributions from artists such as Danny Brown, Vince Staples, De La Soul,   D.R.A.M., Carly Simon, Grace Jones, and Mavis Staples. Beginning April 21 and culminating May 6, Sonos and Gorillaz plan to transform three raw spaces in Berlin, Germany; Brooklyn, New York and Amsterdam, Netherlands into   Gorillaz Spirit Houses. Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn — the musical geniuses behind the Gorillaz — could never simply drop an album without making a grandiose   event out of the impending occasion. Each space includes a real-life manifestation of Murdoc, 2D, Russel and Noodle’s lounge in Gorillaz’s own home, using physical installations and projection mapping technology.



But the greatest reason the tracklist could be fake is because “Humble.” isn’t listed on it. Dot brewing for a while   now, even if they sounded oh-so-harmonious on the   good kid m.A.A.d. Granted, he said he only listened to some of the beats King Kendrick was considering for the album, but still. Annotators on Genius have begun speculation that both “The Heart Part 4” and “Humble.” take shots at Big Sean and Drake. Moving right along, what will Kendrick’s new album say? Let’s break down what else we know about the project so far. In an interview with the New York Times, Compton’s good kid shared that his new album is “very urgent” before explaining how he’s moving forward from the message of the project, which received a perfect 5.0   from HipHopDX. Perhaps a guest appearance from D’Angelo is a bit of a stretch, but if anybody can get the legendary singer on a track right now it would be Kendrick, right? Producer Syk   Sense spoke with internet sensation   EricTheYoungGawd about what he’d heard from the project and said it’s “some of the hardest shit”   he’s heard   and that it was like Memphis in Los Angeles. We know he’s all about the homies and putting on for his city. Production will most likely come from some of those frequent collaborators. Starting with the basics, the presumed release date is April 7, which comes from Kendrick himself on “The Heart Part 4,” where he warns the rest of the rap game “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all shit together.”
Other than that, there is no known title, cover art, or confirmed tracklist for the follow-up to the Grammy-winning   To Pimp a Butterfly. Most of the speculation says that it is, in fact, a new album — even if K. Fellow TDE-er ScHoolboy Q posted on Snapchat about his labelmate’s “Humble.,”   confirming that   the single is part of a full LP. 4/7
A post shared by Dacoury Natche (@djdahi) on Mar 26, 2017 at 6:31am PDT

Mike WiLL Made-It produced   “Humble.” after featuring Kendrick on his   Ransom 2 album alongside Rae Sremmurd and Gucci Mane. city collab “Poetic Justice.”
But the LP will probably be much denser than a bunch of subliminals aimed at those few who dare to consider themselves Kendrick’s competition. Something from Kendrick Lamar is coming April 7. There has been a sort of cold war between Drizzy and K. Dot or TDE hasn’t confirmed it. “My focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” he said. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Lamar’s music has always explored spiritual themes, from “Faith” off his 2009 self-titled EP to President Barack Obama’s favorite song of 2015, “How Much a Dollar Costs.”   The world is on high alert to hear how Kendrick moves the narrative forward from here. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. DJ Dahi recently shared a pic from the studio with Kendrick. After the politically charged   To Pimp a Butterfly, which was literally used as a rally cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, where does Cornrow Kenny go from here? “To Pimp a Butterfly was addressing the problem. Production is listed from Sounwave   and Terrace Martin (usual suspects) as well as DJ Dahi, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Cardo, Alchemist and Swizz Beatz (whose young son produced a song on   untitled unmastered.). The YouTube video was taken down — at Syk’s request, according to XXL   —   soon after reports started circulating about the interview. The Eardrummers leader told The Breakfast Club   that he has even more tracks with the West Coast MC on the   new album. A rumored tracklist surfaced shortly after the release of “The Heart Part 4,” and it’s fairly convincing with features from Kanye West, Q-Tip, André 3000, Anderson .Paak, Anna Wise and Bilal.



The last time anyone heard a single from him was last year’s lyrical sledgehammer “Campaign Speech,” which Slim Shady did say was the precursor to an album. Does that really say "April 9" or are we looking way too far in this picture? “So we gon’ work that out. Stans!? Mysteriously captioned “It’s been a long time… #7elevenseries,” the pic has both individuals at a 7-Eleven convenience store. Though Eminem caught much attention following his guest verse on Big Sean’s   I Decided. Fans have noticed some illegible writing on Slim Shady’s palm with many believing it reads April 9th. Obviously, many speculate that’s a project release date. “Denaun called me yesterday [when] him and Em were working on the album and he was telling me, and I haven’t really been in the room with [Eminem, since leaving Shady Records], that shit that happens is still what they say when they mention me,” exclaimed Stat. guess who's back, back again, shady's back #7elevenseries pic.twitter.com/OqU0AF1RZc
— ari // eminema (@fackingshadyy) April 5, 2017

#7elevenseries part 1, 2, 3 with @Eminem and @rosenberg pic.twitter.com/U2dJCsl0hS
— Eminem Pictures (@eminempicsx) April 5, 2017

In early March during a DX Live session, former Shady Records MC Stat Quo had this to say about the upcoming Eminem album. pic.twitter.com/WXntWmjU0P
— Eminem & Shady News (@ShadyFansite) April 5, 2017

i cant imagine how EMINEM and paul rosenberg jus CASUALLY WALK INTO A 711 AND TAKE A MASTERPIECE SELFIE SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THEY DO IT
— annalisa//∃ (@annalisaxshady) April 5, 2017

Or, it could mean nothing at all and that both were simply enjoying some cheap nachos and a Big Gulp. track “No Favors” when he sent shots at Donald Trump and Ann Coulter, he’s been relatively quiet on the music front. #Eminem @ConfidentSword #Stans #eminem #slimshady pic.twitter.com/qI1Kalrxkk
— Noah (@valid_nobo) April 5, 2017

What do you think, does Eminem really have April 9 written on his hand in the new pic? An Instagram photo from Em’s manager Paul Rosenberg Tuesday night (April 4) led many to speculate that something is on the way. When he comes out here [to LA], I’m pulling up [and] I’m going over there with him and Dre… and we gon’ figure that out.” Ok..



The publication offered kudos to the rapper who they referred to as “a political force as an anti-violence campaigner.”
The residents of Chicago will vote for mayor in 2019. Chance’s various acts of service have not gone unnoticed by those outside of his fanbase. Last month, it was revealed that the rapper was featured at #46 on Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders list. “We think if you ran, you would win…You’re already making change in our city: your work supplying coats for people experiencing homelessness, your long-running Open Mike for high school students, and your million dollar donation to CPS all demonstrate a commitment to empowering Chicago’s marginalized populations,” the open letter reads. Chicago, IL – Given that Chance The Rapper fans have already been heavily vocal in their support of the Windy City rhymer running for president in 2020, it’s no surprise that they’re also pushing for the rapper to run for mayor of Chicago. / From your cubicle desktop what a beautiful view.”
😤 👊 🚮#chano4mayor https://t.co/xl60lJ3SRz pic.twitter.com/KtqMTEhD8f
— #Chano4Mayor ✨ (@chano4mayor2k19) April 5, 2017

In addition to the occasional Chano lyric, Chano4Mayor.com also includes a handful of factoids on past elections in the city of Chicago. An open letter on the website applauds Chance for his recent acts of service in his hometown   and expressed confidence in his ability to win the election. Chano4Mayor.com, a fan-created website, serves as the latest move to push Chance towards running for political office. The website is littered with politically and socially-charged lyrics from Chance, including this one from 2013’s “Acid Rain”: “Funerals for little girls is that appealing to you? One particular entry takes note of the fact that voter turnout in the city was under 33% at the time of the last election.



“His wife called me at 8 p.m., crying, just two hours later like, ‘He just died’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about? According to Short, before Dre left California he worked on Michel’le’s album, specifically the 1989 track “Something In My Heart.”

“I don’t know the whole story, but I know he worked on that song,” he says. “I’m shocked,” Too Short tells HipHopDX. He was the sound guy on that tour and I was the guy that went on before N.W.A. “He called some friends and then called us at the studio. “He spent some time with his wife and right before he passed, she said that he told her to lean over and he was rubbing on her face. “She said that he got off the phone, and that he was in a really, really, really good mood,” he continues. I just talked to him,’” he says. After Dre worked on the Straight Outta Compton Tour in 1989, Bay Area legend Too Short eventually took Dre on tour   with him as his sound engineer   and the two soon became like brothers. Dre like playing keyboards in the studio. Born Andre Bolton, Dre had a hand in crafting   some of gangster rap’s seminal albums, including N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy E’s Eazy-Duz-It,   and Above The Law’s Livin’ Like Hustlers, as well as Michel’le’s self-titled debut. Needless to say, his sudden passing was unexpected, although Dre had suffered a stroke just six weeks earlier. “We put together a really nice studio in L.A., and then he had the stroke,” he explains. We told him we loved him and that we were holding the studio down and everything. Fad, DJ Speed (who helped start Ruthless Records) and The   D.O.C. #RIPLADre
— Eric Classic (@Classic1983) April 4, 2017 Damm We Lost Another Westcoast Pioneer RIP #LADre (Far Left) If You Don't Know About Him He Was A Big Part Of Ruthless Records Worked On A lot Of Albums,He Was A Big Part Of #Michelle Debut Album He Was A Writer,Producer,Played Keyboards,He Was Currently Working With Too Short Also RIP #KMG #AboveTheLaw (Next To LA Dre) #GoneNeverForgotten
A post shared by DJ Speed N.W.A (@djspeednwa) on Apr 4, 2017 at 2:47am PDT

Damn, Just Heard That Andre "L.A. It was a real big deal. It kind of hit me hard because he’s the one guy who has a lot of knowledge about everything in the building, and he had a hand in hooking everything up. We all met on that tour. He couldn’t really talk, but he was waving and throwing up the peace sign, smiling and laughing a little bit. “Me and Dre didn’t do a lot of music together. on Monday (April 3), Short received a FaceTime call from Dre, who had been in the hospital since his stroke, although   he had no idea it would be the last time he talked to him. “He did other stuff with Dr. I never heard of anyone dying like that and I think it was just the greatest thing.”
Short suspects Dre had a feeling his time was up and those phone calls served as his final goodbyes. “It caught all of us off guard. We worked a lot together, but he was the sound guy for N.W.A on the Straight Outta Compton Tour, the one they depict in the movie. I picked up and he was on FaceTime, sitting up in the bed. He kept saying, ‘I love you, I love you, I love you,’ then he told her to kiss him and as soon as she kissed him, he grabbed his chest and took his last breath. He knew how to wire the studio.”
At 6 p.m. Producer/keyboardist L.A. “Basically, we were in the process of doing this new thing. That’s the first time me, Eazy and Ice Cube all hung out and really bonded.”
In 1993, Short moved to Atlanta and Dre followed a year later. Dre, who was an affiliate of   Ruthless Records in the late ’80s/early ’90s, passed away on Monday (April 3), according to former N.W.A publicist Phyllis Pollack and longtime affiliate Too Short. “His wife told me he was instructing her to make some phone calls on FaceTime,” he says. Later, after he moved to Atlanta, he wasn’t a sound guy on tour with N.W.A anymore, so I started taking him on the road with me and did my tour for about 10 years.”
While Short and Dre stayed in touch over the years, most recently they teamed up to open a Los Angeles-based studio and were just nearing its completion when Dre suffered the stroke. His wife had been the only one there when he passed and I guess when the family came to the hospital, they were looking at the body and were like, ‘Why is he smiling?’   He died with a smile on his face.”
Dre played a significant   role in Warren G’s recent documentary, G-Funk,   and will undoubtedly be remembered by the countless artists he worked with, including members of J.J. Check out some of those reactions below   and find the documentary here. Dre" Bolton Passed Away… #RestInPowerLegend
— Mista T-Dot Davis (@muzikscribe) April 4, 2017

@WESTCOASTDOC Sorry to hear.



The terms of Ross’ probation do not include any restrictions on his travel — which will really free him up to shoot that movie with Gucci Mane. The sentence also stipulates that Ross can’t use drugs or alcohol, must undergo anger management, can’t possess firearms, and must have no contact with the victims. More of what he had to say at 11. Atlanta, GA – Rick Ross, real name William Leonard Roberts III, will not face any jail time after pleading no contest to several charges   stemming from an incident in 2015. The incident came after the two service workers threw a party at Ross’ estate without permission, and when   Ross found out, he allegedly pointed a gun at his groundskeeper and forced him into a guesthouse, where he beat him with the weapon. @wsbtv
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This is the statement the Fayette County DA put out regarding his decision to reduce felony charges to misdemeanors for rapper Rick Ross. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,   Rozay pleaded no contest to all of the charges. Ross’ no contest plea evaded the need for a full trial, something judges often take into account when rendering a sentence. The two claimants in the case had argued that both Ross and his bodyguard had pistol-whipped them at Ross’ Fayetteville home, leading to charges of aggravated assault, battery and pointing a pistol at someone. @wsbtv
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Ross   has been on Twitter since the court’s decision, praising God before getting back to business. A search clause is also included in the probation. Ross spoke briefly to a reporter about his decision to plead no contest:

Rapper Rick Ross takes my microphone before giving it back as he makes a statement about pleading no contest to 5 misdemeanors in a Kidnapping and assault case. God is Great
— Yung Rénzél 🏇 (@rickyrozay) April 4, 2017

back to da money
— Yung Rénzél 🏇 (@rickyrozay) April 5, 2017

Perfect day to boss up
— Yung Rénzél 🏇 (@rickyrozay) April 5, 2017 He was sentenced to time served and a $10,000 fine for the felony charge (Ross is a first-time felony offender). For the misdemeanor charges (including a fifth charge for possessing cannabis), Ross was sentenced to 60 months of probation — meaning that he won’t see the inside of a cell.



knows his manager, so we’ve connected already. Tech N9ne, Eminem, Elton John and Billy Joel together on one record would be a thing to behold, but if Thundercat can recruit Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, then anything is possible. As he told HipHopDX last month “My lawyer out there in L.A. While it’s all up in the air, Tech says a collaboration with Sir Elton John might be a possibility. It was when discussing the structure of Kendrick Lamar‘s monster new single “Humble” that Tech began to explain the primary catalyst for his upcoming album — Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” His grand vision of Planet is a seamless listen — not unlike Billy’s timeless classic — that never stops, but instead changes. Later in the interview he described how the situation with Sir Elton John presented an opportunity to bring his plans to fruition. Minnesota, MN – Indie rap legend   Tech N9ne and his longtime collaborator Krizz Kaliko recently stopped by Minnesota’s Go 95.3 and not only shared the story of working with Eminem on “Speedom” for his critically acclaimed fifth studio album Special Effects, but also provided   some insight into the unlikely inspiration for his upcoming album,   Planet. We just haven’t gotten on the phone yet. “It will take you on a ride, where you never have to fast forward,” he explained. I thought, maybe Elton John can hook me up with Billy Joel!”
Tech also revealed he had big plans for a potential feature. “When Elton John said my name while looking for a record of mine in Vancouver, I thought about how him and Billy Joel toured together a lot. “I really need to talk to him [Billy Joel] because I have a big plan for me and Eminem on this record,” said Tech before quickly clarifying that he hadn’t actually told anyone about it yet. I can’t wait.”
Watch the full interview below.



Request for comment from T.I.’s camp was also not returned. The judge has yet to rule on the case as of press time. would periodically send him jewelry to examine and if they were to his liking, he could negotiate a price or return as he saw fit. It included bills for seven custom made diamond pendants valued at $145,000, $40,000 in “assorted women’s jewelry,” a $30,000 blue diamond watch, a $24,500 women’s diamond bracelet, a $13,500 men’s wedding band, two $10,000 custom-made dog tags [Editor’s note: ???], $9,500 diamond hoop earrings, a 48-carat diamond chain — and those were just the items that were formally listed. has been taking his Hustle Gang motto a little too serious. Chain Go Skateboard P @richthekid 💥💥💥
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Aydin & Co. @laflare1017 Still one of the hardest pendants made 🎅🏽🎅🏽🎅🏽 #AydinJewelers #EastAtlantaSanta
A post shared by 💎 Koray Aydin 💎 (@aydinjewelers) on Mar 17, 2017 at 1:51pm PDT Tip’s affidavit stated Aydin & Co. from suing him for any jewelry sold before 2011 and he was explicit that the company never produced any texts or emails that outlined any payment delinquency. owner Fevzi Aydin filed the lawsuit after responses for payment were left unreturned, a lawsuit that T.I. According to the lawsuit obtained by Bossip, Tip stopped making payments on his open account (which was prompted by an oral agreement) back in 2013. says barred by the statute of limitations. The Hip Hop superstar is being sued by them for a whopping $755,000 for failing to pay for shiny accessories he acquired from them, dating all the way back to 2004. Atlanta, GA – According to reputable Atlanta jeweler-to-the-stars company, Aydin & Co., T.I. Regarding that same statute of limitations, the Grand Hustle CEO asked the judge presiding over the case to bar Aydin & Co.



DMX had taken to Twitter to post the request, and judging by the level of backlash he received, you might think he had asked somebody to give him their pet dog to throw off a building. Please don't put your career on life support
— Fee 187 (@glenn_beauty187) April 3, 2017

@DMX pic.twitter.com/HP5xD9hSV2
— Cuca's Son. (@LetMicahDown) April 3, 2017

@DMX why the fuck would you want trap beats. Lock him back up
— B (@GullyCrxxpa) April 3, 2017

Lawd I never would've thought I'd see the day that DMX would be out here looking for trap beats.*BLANK STARE*
— ❤ AminahNicole 🇵🇷 (@_BarBroad_) April 3, 2017

DMX asking for trap beats on Twitter
— FOG (@ContrabandGang) April 3, 2017

.@HumbleTeej Between DMX asking for trap beats and Undertaker losing tonight I think my childhood is officially dead. Man, "Do You"
— Everythings Oh-Kay (@OhkayPaints) April 3, 2017

DMX ASKING FOR TRAP BEATS pic.twitter.com/7zNMhZhk41
— Hal Jordan (@NO_TATS_B) April 3, 2017

@DMX NO!! DMX’s tweet specifically says “Trap beats for my dog @1shotdealz.”
Trap Beats for my dog @1shotdealz iamelbarrio@gmail.com
— DMX (@DMX) April 3, 2017

A quick scan of 1 Shot Dealz’s Twitter reveals that he considers himself to be “ya favorite rapper’s trap nigga,” and further Googling brings up some of his music on SoundCloud. DMX + Trap beats?????????? PLEASE DO NOT PUT TRAP $H!T ON YOUR ALBUM. In the grand scheme of things, there are very few rappers who could make Hip Hop music with the same energy and aggression as DMX. #realtalk #notalk… https://t.co/O8wHuOBqcj
— 1SHOT DEALZ (@1ShotDealz) March 22, 2017

Taking all this into account, it seems pretty plausible that DMX was, in fact, using his own huge Twitter following to help find “trap” beats for his friend, who only has about 1,000 Twitter followers. (@HOA_Bossman) April 3, 2017

But it seems as though there could be a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. — Micah A. X’s style is close to being unique in the mainstream, so when Twitter got wind that the New York icon was “Looking for trap beats,” they were not ready to accept this change in direction. His Twitter bio also identifies him as part of the Ryderz crew. I'm Ya Favorite Rappers Trap Nigga… I'm Way Different From These Rap Niggaz! We like to think that this “look before you leap situation” will stop Twitter users from reacting so harshly in future, but somehow we doubt it. That shhh is garbage & YOU ARE A REAL RAPPER!