Uncle Luke Calls JAY-Z “Token Black Guy” Over Super Bowl LIV Halftime Performance

By KTLE EUSTICE

Uncle Luke of the infamous 2 Live Crew is the latest of JAY-Z’s peers to speak out against his alliance with the National Football League.

During an interview with TMZ, the veteran Hip Hop artist referred to the Roc Nation head honcho as the “token black guy” and explained how it’s possible Hov being used

“[The NFL is] basically showing that, ‘Aye look, let me go get a token black guy, throw him out there, say we’re dealing with systemic racism and say we’re having him involved with the entertainment,” Luke says in the clip. “It specifically said that JAY-Z would be involved with the systemic racism and the entertainment. Right now, that’s an F.”

He later added, “If they did this and you were at the table… then JAY-Z should have put in his resignation at that point. If he does not resign or they don’t make this right then [the NFL] is actually using him.”

Last month, Luke penned an op-ed for the Miami New Times criticizing Jay and the NFL’s selections of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez for the Super Bowl halftime show. He’s adamant local Miami artists such as Rick Ross, Pitbull, Trick Daddy, Flo Rida or DJ Khaled should’ve been chosen for the gig instead.

“Pitbull, AKA Mr. Worldwide, along with Flo Rida and Rick Ross, should really be the headliners of this halftime show,” he wrote in part. “J. Lo and Shakira should be Pitbull’s invited guests since he did songs with them.

“And Flo Rida should be inviting Trick Daddy, Trina, and other Miami superstars to share the spotlight. The NFL is going about this ass-backward.”

Several special guests are expected to be added to the roster — it may or may not include Pitbull.

LL Cool J Reportedly Returns Home To Def Jam Recordings

By KYLE EUSTICE

 LL Cool J signed his first record contract with Def Jam Recordings in the 1980s as the imprint’s first artist.

His debut album, 1985’s Radio, featured iconic singles such as “Rock The Bells” and “I Can’t Live Without My Radio.” With the exception of the Jazzy Jay-assisted “I Need A Beat (Remix),” all songs were produced by Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin.

According to AllHiphop Ladies Love Cool James has returned home to Def Jam. Sources at the label reportedly couldn’t divulge when he’d be putting out new music but said it “could be” soon.

After 13 albums with Def Jam — including 1990’s Mama Said Knock You Out — LL left the label in 2008. Over the course of his career, he’s been nominated five times for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yet to be inducted.

He currently hosts his own SiriumXM show called Rock The Bells and is still playing NCIS Special Agent Sam Hanna in the CBS crime drama television series NCIS: Los Angeles. 

In 2017, he became the first MC to receive Kennedy Center Honors.

Def Jam has also reportedly struck a deal with DMX to rejoin their roster. Swizz Beatz confirmed the news during a recent interview with The Breakfast Club.

Michael Jackson’s Estate Reportedly Made Nearly $2B Since His Death

By DANA SCOTT

The MICHAEL JACKSON ESTATE has raked in massive profits since he passed away, making him one of the most lucrative artists in the entertainment industry.

According to The Blast, the late singer’s legal team revealed the King of Pop’s estate has earned $1.7 billion in profits since his 2009 death in a document submitted to the Los Angeles Count

The Jackson estate’s executor and lawyers reportedly are working to balance his finances and redevelop his brand.

“With the assistance of their counsel, the Executors have successfully rebuilt and enhanced Michael Jackson’s image, solidified the MJJ business as a significant entity in the entertainment industry, entered into and continue to enter into unprecedented business deals that have produced, and will in the future produce, significant revenues for the Estate,” his team said in the document.

Jackson died in June 2009. He left his fortune to his three children Blanket, Paris and Prince.

Nas Mourns Death Of “Belly” Actor Louie Rankin

By KYLE EUSTICE

Nas and actor Louie “Original Don Dada” Rankin appeared together in the 1998 cult classic Belly. In 2016, they reunited for DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done” video and were able to spend some quality time together getting reacquainted.

On Monday (September 30), Rankin was involved in a fatal car accident in Ontario, Canada. As the news spread, Nas took to Instagram to memorialize his late friend with two photos of them together on Khaled’s video set

“Louie Rankin,” he wrote in the caption. “Great working with this man. A legend. In Belly you stole the show. “ You Wana Rump with bombaclot me??!” In @djkhaled video Nas Album Done, your presence was super live wire much needed. RIP Don Dada.”

Rankin played Jamaican drug kingpin “Ox” in the Hype Williams-directed film while Nas was cast in the role of “Sincere.” DMX, Method Man and Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins of TLC also starred in the movie.

Nas’ character begins to question his life of crime but reluctantly agrees to help DMX’s character “Tommy” sell a new batch of heroin. Subsequently, they begin transporting the drug from Queens, New York to Omaha, Nebraska.

Rankin also acted in other films such as 2002’s Shottas and 2014’s We Run These Streets. 

Details surrounding the crash are scare but are expected to be released soon.

Hip Hop Pioneer Jimmy “Super Rhymes” Spicer Passes Away @ 61

By KYLE EUSTICE

Hip Hop pioneer “Jimmy Super Rhymes Spicer” has lost his battle with cancer. According to veteran New York City promoter Van Silk, he passed away on Friday (September 27) afternoon.

The tributes have started to roll in on social media. Van shared his sentiments via Facebook.

“Jimmy was supposed to perform at the 46th Anniversary Of Hip Hip this past Saturday (September 21),” he wrote. “The last time we talked was in August, but I got a call from his daughter Angelina that her father will not be able to perform. Jimmy asked me to do him a favor.

“Please make sure  that the rights to his song ‘Dollar Bill Y’all’ revert back to his family and I told him I will make the connection and put your family in touch!! We were able to have an award for him which will be presented to his family from last week event. EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN’T MAKE IT TO PERFORM, HE WAS THERE ANYWAY. MAY YOU SLEEP WELL MY BROTHER.”

Spicer was diagnosed with advanced brain and lung cancer last year. Despite putting up a valiant fight, his condition took a drastic turn earlier this month. Kurtis Blow said Spicer had recently been moved to hospice care.

Subsequently, his daughter Janel launched a GoFundMe to help with medical and funeral costs.

Spicer was 61.

Many of his Hip Hop peers have expressed their condolences on social media, including Russell Simmons, Snoop Dogg, Questlove, MC Debbie D and Cozmo D from Newcleus

Remembering: Cutty Cartel Of Atlanta Rap Group Jim Crow

By www.deando.com/ JUSTIN IVEY

Singer, Rapper, Dancer, Photographer, Businessman, Son, Father, Brother, Uncle, Nephew, Friend & Homie! Decatur G.A’s Own will be missed.

Cutty, whose real name was Ricardo Lewis, was a member of the trio Jim Crow alongside Mr. Mo and multi-platinum selling producer Polow Da Don. The late artist and his group were part of the Attic Crew, an Atlanta-based collective that included notable artists such as YoungBloodz, Shawty Putt and Playboy

Jim Crow released two LPs, 1999’s Crow’s Nest and 2001’s Right Quick, during their run and became best known for their single “Holla At A Playa.” The Attic Crew also released an album together, 2002’s Finally, featuring the T.I. assisted track “Dope Boi Fresh.”

Outside of his work in Jim Crow and Attic Crew, Cutty made an impact through his guest appearances on multiple noteworthy singles.

During his career, the ATLien contributed hooks to songs such as YoungBloodZ’s “85” and “Cadillac Pimpin,” Trillville’s “Some Cut” and Big Boi’s “Shutterbug.”

Cutty’s death has sparked an outpouring of tributes and mourning on social media, particularly within the Atlanta Hip Hop community. Rest In Peace Ricardo Lewis & Heather Lewis.

What Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro, has said about Brazil’s Indigenous Peoples

Jair Bolsonaro has made many racist and offensive remarks about indigenous peoples in Brazil, over a long period of time. This is a selection.

Jair Bolsonaro, a far right, nationalist politician, took office as President of Brazil on 1 January 2019. 

The former army captain, he has made many racist and offensive remarks about indigenous peoples in Brazil, over a long period of time. This is a selection. 


On wiping out the “Indians”

“Too bad the Brazilian cavalry was not as efficient as the American, who exterminated the Indians” 

“It’s a shame que the Brazilian cavalry has not Been the efficient to the Americans, who exterminated the Indians. ” Courier Braziliense newspaper, April 12, 1998

Article from Courier Braziliense, April 1998, that includes Jair Bolsonaro's quote "It's shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn't been as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians."

Article from Courier Braziliense, April 1998, which includes Jair Bolsonaro’s quote “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry hasn’t been efficient as the Americans, who exterminated the Indians.” 

Racist remarks

“The Indians do not speak our language, they have no money, they have no culture. They are native peoples. How can they get 13% of the national territory”

On indigenous people as an obstacle to mining & agribusiness

“There is no indigenous land where there are no minerals. Gold, tin and magnesium are in these lands, especially in the Amazon, the richest area in the world. I do not enter this bullshit to defend land for Indian ”

“[Indian reservations] stifle agribusiness. In Brazil you cannot reduce one square meter of indigenous land”


On the demarcation of indigenous territories

“I’ve had a fight with Jarbas Birdie in here. I fought in a homeland crime he committed by demarcating the Ianomami reserve. Criminal.


” There will not be one centimeter demarcated for indigenous reserve or maroon” 

“Not a centimeter will be demarcated either the an indigenous reserve or as a quilombo [territory for descendents of African slave communities].” 

“You can be sure that if I get there [elected President of Brazil] there will be no money for NGOs. If it’s up to me, every citizen will have a firearm in the house. There will be a centimeter demarcated for indigenous reservations or quilombolas. ”

“If I take over [the Presidency of Brazil] I will not have an inch more for indigenous land”

He later corrected himself, and said he meant “not one millimeter” in this interview with Globo News, August 3, 2018 (at 1:23:30)

“This unilateral policy of demarcating indigenous land by the Executive will cease to exist, the reserve that I can reduce its size I will do there. It’s a big fight that you will fight with the UN ”

__ “This one-sided policy of demarcating indigenous land by the Executive will cease to exist. Any book that I can reduce in size, I will do so. It will be a very big fight that we are going to have with the UN” __


On abolishing existing indigenous territories

“In 2019 we will clear [the indigenous reserve] Raposa Serra do Sol. We will give rifle and weapons to all farmers”

On forcibly integrating indigenous people

“Let’s integrate them into society. Because the Army does a wonderful job of it, incorporating Indians, that’s right, into the Armed Forces. ” 


On dismantling FUNAI (Brazil’s department for indigenous affairs)


“ If I’m elected, I’ll serve a blow to FUNAI ; a blow to the neck. There’s no other way. It’s not useful anymore ”

Hasbro Toys Now Owns Death Row Records

By KYLE EUSTICE

Deathrow Records has reportedly been acquired by the Hasbro toy company, the same entity responsible for several classic toys such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe.

According to Rolling Stone Hasbro announced on Thursday (August 22) they had purchased Entertainment One, a multimedia company that owns the children’s franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks.

eOne also has a music division, which just happens to be one of the largest independent labels in the industry. During this year’s first quarter, the company took in $30 million worth of revenue.

“Hasbro will leverage eOne’s immersive entertainment capabilities to bring our portfolio of brands that have appeal to gamers, fans and families to all screens globally and realize full franchise economics across our blueprint strategy for shareholders,” CEO Brian Goldner told Deadline, “We are excited to welcome eOne’s talented employees from around the world into the Hasbro family.”

eOne has owned Death Row’s catalog for several years. The company spent roughly $280 million to buy it in 2013, seven years after the legendary Hip Hop label was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Toys Against The World?

Hip Hop’s 46th Birthday

By KYLE EUSTICE

BRONX, NY – D.j. Kool Herc, changed the course of music forever on August 11, 1973 when he threw a Back To School Jam at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx.

At the time, admission to the event cost ¢.25 for the ladies and ¢.50 for the fellas, but little did they know what they were witnessing was the birth of Hip Hop.

Although there’s been some debate over who actually coined the term “Hip Hop,”  legendary New York promoter Van Silk credited Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5’s Keith Cowboy for naming it and the late Lovebug Starski for making it popular.

“The term Hip Hop was coined by Keith Cowboy from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5 and Lovebug Starski popularized it,” Silk explained“Now, both of our brothers are gone and can’t dispute it. But I guess they discussing it now together. I’ve just seen many articles written by what I call fake industry news giving Lovebug credit for the term. I want to tell the truth to those who were not there.”

On Hip Hop’s 46th birthday, a slew of Hip Hop artists have taken to social media to show their appreciation for the genre.

Kool D.j. Red Alert,  who was instrumental in blasting Hip Hop to the masses through his WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM radio show, Bahamadia, DJ Premier, Snoop Dogg and Run-DMC’s Rev Run are just a few of those celebrating the monumental day.

#TommyBoycott Continues: De La Soul Implores Fans NOT To Stream Their First 6 Albums

By KYLE EUSTICE

The De La Soul and Tommy Boy Records saga is at an end — at least for now.

After the legendary Hip Hop trio revealed both parties were unable to come to an agreement, Pos, Dave and Maseo have shared another Instagram post thanking their fans and explaining why streaming anything De La under the Tommy Boy umbrella is detrimental to them.

“Thank you friends and fans,” the caption begins. “Your kind positive words mean a lot and your support goes even farther. As frustrating as it is and as crazy as it may sound, your act of NOT purchasing or streaming anything musically De La Soul, falling under the Tommy Boy banner (until further notice) helps us immensely and can possibly aid others experiencing these similar woes.

“Thank you @nas …thanks Pete @bittenbender and @massappeal for your committed support and promising business relationship. We’re in the stew working on new music and will continue to celebrate this wonderful journey we’ve been blessed to experience. Thank you @djpremier and @realpeterock for your diligence and support.”

Elsewhere in the caption, De La revealed a special 30-year commemorative release in on the way and issued an ominous warning for future or current Tommy Boy artists.

“30 years is a helluva milestone,” they continued. “We’re so proud to be able to share our celebration with you all. Look out for our 30 year commemorative release coming very soon #delacoinz Your support will directly fund future endeavors and projects.

“Just to put the final nail in the coffin.We wish Tommy Boy no ills but we do call for a boycott of anything bearing the name. Karma will do the rest… that old enslaved record label contract dinosaur is long dead and gone, but unfortunately still stinks. For those who may not have had a similar experience with Tommy Boy, be thankful, be wise and stay alert… the devil does not rest and is never satisfied.”

The group ended their caption with a list of music they consider safe to stream, including 2016’s And The Anonymous Nobody and the recent DJ Shadow collaboration “Rocket Fuel.” 

“Seek and check out these De La Soul releases: Impossible Mission mixtape #grinddate De La Soul: Are You In? Nike + Original run #smelltheda.i.s.y.#andtheanonymousnobody. Tom Misch feat. De La Soul ‘It Runs Through Me’ @djshadow feat. De La Soul ‘Rocket Fuel.’”

De La and Tommy Boy’s negotiations started months ago. Maseo admitted the whole situation has caused “a lot of pain and suffering.”

But as their most recent post states in all caps: “POSITIVE ENERGY AND CONSTRUCTIVE ATTITUDE WILL YIELD SO MUCH REWARD.”