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    Toys R Us stores will be back this holiday season, this time with a tech partner

    This holiday season, some shoppers will once again be able to shop in a Toys R Us store.

    The retailer will open two permanent stores in November – at Simon Property Group’s Galleria mall in Houston and at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey.

    The stores are product of a joint venture between software retailer b8ta and Tru Kids, the company that is helping to manage the brand names left in the wake of Toys R Us’ liquidation last year.

    After the company shuttered its 800 U.S. stores, lenders including Solus Alternative Asset Management and the Angelo Gordon investment firm took control of the company’s Toys R Us, Babies R Us and Geoffrey brand names.

    The revived Toys R Us brand is hoping to avoid past wrongs. Critics have pointed to several factors that led to Toys R Us’ downfall: crippling debt load, competition from Amazon, overconfidence, failure to invest in stores and the rise of big-box retailers like Walmart that slashed toy prices to help lure shoppers.

    Toys R Us, like many retailers, struggled to revamp its enormous business as quickly as the retail landscape was changing around it.

    “I don’t think there’s many times where you can take such a great storied brand as Toys R Us and get a chance to repaint the canvas,” said Richard Barry, president of Tru Kids and the former chief merchandising officer of Toys R Us.

    The company hopes to open 10 stores around the U.S. in 2020, possibly including a larger flagship in New York or California. The new stores will be smaller, spanning 6,500 to 10,000 square feet, compared with the 40,000 they used to take up.

    “While we have a smaller footprint, we believe we will present a super exciting set of experiences in the store and products,” said Barry.

    B8ta, which has more than a dozen of its own stores in malls around the country, including the new Hudson Yards in New York, will help take care of those experiences. Its in-house technology platform, which is also powering pop-up marketplaces within some Macy’s stores, will work with the toy brands to help them create their own mini shops within the spaces. B8ta also says it will contribute its retail as a service platform to help those brands simultaneously grow online sales.

    Toys R Us infamously relaunched its website during its crucial — and ultimately failed — 2017 holiday season in bankruptcy that subsequently forced its liquidation.

    B8ta will also be giving Tru Kids access to data and analytics to track things like foot traffic in and out of the stores to allow the company to make smarter decisions, according to Phillip Raub, b8ta co-founder and president. “This year is going to be an opportunity for us to test and learn.”

    The partnership with b8ta gives Tru Kids a negotiating tool as it tries to woo back brands to sell in its stores. Part of what made Toys R Us unique was its access to the best and sometimes exclusive products. But the relationship between toy brands and the retailer was frayed in its liquidation, which led to companies big and small losing money in the process.

    Barry said talks with toy and entertainment companies have been “very positive.”

    He added the brands are giving the company “credit for innovation,” and they like getting a chance to control their own brand experience in the stores.

    The new Toys R Us will be announcing the brands that are going to be sold in its stores in “short order,” Barry said.

    Source: CNBC

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    Van Jones Believes Meek Mill’s 2008 Conviction Will Be Overturned

     

    Meek Mill was back in court on Tuesday (July 16) with hopes of having his 2008 gun and drug conviction that has impeded much of his adult life overturned by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

    Though a ruling wasn’t immediately given following the 30-minute proceeding, political commentator Van Jones shared his confidence that the rapper’s conviction will be vacated in a timely manner.

    “We think we are three to six weeks away from a decision in this case that will right an injustice that has been on the books and ruining Meek’s life,” the REFORM Alliance CEO told the crowd of reporters outside the courthouse.

    “This hearing was an extraordinary moment where you have attorneys on both sides saying that a new trial should go forward,” he said. “I have been in criminal justice for 25 years, I’ve never seen a district attorney’s office be calling for a new trial at the same time the defendant is calling for a new trial.”

    The original arresting officer of Meek, Reginald Graham, has been discredited and placed on the District Attorney’s “Do Not Call” list for his misconduct as an officer. The controversial judge in Meek’s case, Genece Brinkley, has also been accused of having unfair bias against the Philly native in her rulings. “That cop cannot be called in the case. So if a new trial is ordered, it is hard for us to imagine the District Attorney being able to go forward,” Jones stated.

    Source: BillBoard.com

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    Lil Wayne Talks American Eagle Teaming, Touring With Blink 182

    Only Lil Wayne can transform a New York City high school into his own colorful playground, as he did during the debut of his American Eagle X Young Money collaboration Monday afternoon (July 15).

    On the rooftop of New Design High School are vibrant murals displaying Wayne’s immense love for clothing, art, and sports. As avid skaters shred through the school’s rails with their aerial acrobatics, others are intently watching the 5’5″ lyrical behemoth soak in the air of his newly created paradise. Burgers, vintage disposable cameras and a bevy of Wayne records — such as 2018’s speaker-rattling “Uproar” — all make an appearance in light of his latest endeavor.

    “It’s a big deal,” Wayne tells Billboard of his new collaboration. “First of all, it’s American Eagle. You know what I mean? I didn’t think they’d consider me when they were thinking about putting something out. I didn’t think Lil Wayne crossed their mind or Young Money crossed their mind. So it’s just an honor.”

    In teaming up with American Eagle, Lil Wayne’s 25-piece capsule is set to include hats, boxers, socks, jeans, shorts, and skate decks. Though the tatted-up MC might not look like your typical A&E model, his affinity for the brand along with his fiery single “Uproar,” made him a more than worthy candidate. “We love him as an individual and thought it’d be exciting to work with him. Music is always a part of young people, and I think Gen Z is no different,” global brand president at American Eagle Chad Kessler told WWD last week.

    For fans eagerly awaiting on Wayne’s upcoming collection, don’t fret, as it will arrive at the imprint’s store Aug. 10. In the meantime, Billboard caught up with Lil Wayne to speak about his collaboration with American Eagle, what makes his a style icon, his friendship with Swizz Beatz, what tips he’s gotten from Tyga in the studio and his experience touring with Blink 182.

    You’ve been a trendsetter in fashion over the years whether it’s been your collaborations with BAPE, your TRUKFIT line and now your collaboration with American Eagle. How have you been able to be a consistent style icon with so many shifts in fashion?

    Fortunately, people just like the way I dress. People like what I put on and how I rock it. So it’s always been an idea to come out with my own line. Obviously, I was fortunate to do that years ago and for people like American Eagle to recognize that, it’s crazy.

    It’s everyday people who are out here wearing your merchandise. That has to be a special feeling.

    Definitely. That’s very special. What I mean by that is you can be just watching television and you can be watching something on National Geographic, and somebody can pop up with a TRUKFIT shirt or a Young Money shirt and they’ll let you know that that’s an everyday [outfit]. It’s like seeing somebody back in the day with a Members Only jacket, you know what I mean? Everybody gotta have one.

    Young Money once was a small label with you, Curren$y and Mack Maine and eventually blossomed into a music conglomerate with you, Drake and Nicki Minaj leading the way. What is your proudest accomplishment as CEO of Young Money?

    I would obviously and honestly say my biggest accomplishment is being able to say that we’re still here today. Longevity is always the biggest accomplishment.

    Was there a moment you ever doubted yourself during that stretch?

    Doubted myself? I’d be a liar to say I’m some kind of superhuman computer and never doubted myself. But I make that sure that whenever I do, it’s in a closed room, and I make sure that once I exit that room, that I left it in that room.\

    You and Swizz cooked up the “Uproar” record last year, and he’s one of your closest friends. What makes that bond so unique between you two?

    That’s Swizz, man. That’s the type of guy he is. That’s the type of dude he is. I’m sure you can probably have this same conversation about Swizz with a bunch of other people. That’s just him, man. That’s him. He’ll make sure that you’re living right and he’ll make sure that he can help in any kind of way, because he will. So you have no choice to be the same way him with him. Also, his family is awesome. He’s an awesome guy. That’s plain and simple.

    Because you guys are so close and have proven to have chemistry on “Uproar” and “Pistol on My Side,” would you two consider doing a project together at this point in both of your careers?

    You know, me and Swizz never ever thought about it. [Laughs.] We never thought about it. That would be crazy. If I come at him with it, he gonna send me 900 beats, so I don’t know what I’m gonna do with all that. But yeah — we never thought about that, but it would be easy. It would be easy.

    Last month, Tha Carter turned 15 years old. That’s teenager right there.

    [Laughs.] Yeah, I heard. I remember recording that joint on the bus, the whole album. You can’t record on a bus while it’s moving. We had to stop, and I remember not caring and [keeping] going.

    I know you were happy to see Tyga pay homage to you on “Light Skin Lil Wayne.” I loved when he paid homage to “A Milli,” when he walked out the trailer.

    Man, that was my favorite scene. [Laughs.] I got locked in soon as saw that. I was like, “Oh, he rocking it out.” Then, when he started going to other videos, I was like, “Oh, they spent money. This is honorable right here.” That was love to me, most definitely right there.

    Tyga’s growth has to be amazing to you because when he first come out, he went from dropping “Coconut Juice” to being a strong hitmaker.

    First of all, when I met him, he told me and I told him, I was like, “You teaching me something.” See, we as artists, I always look at, “Oh, I gotta get in this mood for this song. Now I gotta think like this for this song. Like you’re showing me that you’re staying the same mode, but whatever the subject is, you’re still staying tight. So every time I met you, you’re putting out a hit, that’s why you’re over here.” We’re always going to be putting out hits and we’re still here.

    You would think because you’re a legend at this point that you wouldn’t be implementing different things to from other artists in order to get better.

    I look at certain things. It ain’t about the music. I look at certain things and how he approached things. So the way that he approached the song was every song was supposed to be a single. Like every song is supposed to be a hit. I don’t wanna compare, but he reminds me of Flo Rida. Every damn song Flo Rida put out, we may have not heard of it and you may not hear it, but I bet you somebody overseas done heard it. I bet you it’s the No. 1 song on somebody’s charts. That’s why I like Tyga, he knows how to go in there and say, “No. This is song ain’t about to be No. 15 on an album.” If somebody has 15 songs on the album, then we’re about to shoot a video for all 15.

    Let’s segue into a sports for a bit. I know you’re a Lakers fan, but which duo do you think right now as the potential to make the most noise in the league next season.

    Like you said, I think everybody knows I’m a Laker fan, so I’m trying to see Anthony [Davis] and LeBron [James].

    Speaking of duos, you and Drake are debatably the strongest duo in hip-hop. What makes you two such a strong team in the rap arena.

    The versatility, plain and simple. You know, him by himself, he’s a group. [Laughs.] He’s singing and rapping and all that, so when you add me, I guess whatever I bring to the table, that’s just what makes us go.

    Going back to being a Lakers fan, I know you and Kobe have a dope relationship and you once released a record dedicated to him. What similarities do you see between you and him?

    Motivation. Work, work, work. From what we all know of Kobe, he never stopped. He still out here working and I’m still out here working. And it looks like he approached every single thing he does the same way. So meaning, if today he’s going with his daughter to cheerleading practice, he’s going to be the biggest cheerleading practicing dad that day. He’s going to be the top dude.

    Madden 20 just announced four NFL players in DeAndre Hopkins, Arnold Donald, Khalid Mack and Bobby Wagner all receiving 99 overall scores. If you could pick one player to start your franchise with, who would it be and why?

    Oh, man. I think I would have to go with Aaron Donald. I’m a defensive guy. I love defense, and if I’m going to go between him — and to me, Khalil Mack — then I’m picking Donald, because he’s a little younger and that’d probably be the only reason why.

    You’ve recently started your joint tour with Blink 182. Talk about Travis Barker and what makes him such a special collaborator in the hip-hop world?

    Man, Travis, plain and simple, his swag is great. He knows what to do with that. Once he gets behind that drumset, boy, it ain’t about nothing else. Music is music. Once you hear that drum, he knows what he’s doing. Again, it’s his swag, he knows how to relate. He’s a cool kid, though.

    What’s the difference you’ve noticed in touring with a rock band versus touring with rappers?

    I mean, there’s a huge difference in crowd energy. Those folks are energerized off of every song. You know, they’re there to have fun and that’s not to say that when we go to hip-hop shows that we’re not there to have fun — but you know, we also fly and we don’t wanna get too sweaty, and we don’t wanna look too crazy. You know, we don’t wanna lose our minds. They don’t have none of those restrictions. They wanna look too crazy, they wanna get sweaty and they wanna lose their minds. [Laughs.]

    Source: BillBoard.com

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    Beyoncé, Pharrell, Childish Gambino & More Featured On “The Lion King” Soundtrack

    Disney has unveiled the tracklist for its star-studded Lion King soundtrack. Beyoncé and Childish Gambino, who play Nala and Simba in the live action remake, have connected for a rendition of “Can You Feel The Love Tonight,” which was previously teased in the upcoming film’s trailer.

    The soundtrack features new recordings of nostalgic classics from the original 1994 animated version, which was written by Elton John and Tim Rice and composed by Hans Zimmer. Pharrell handles production on “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Hakuna Matata,” “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Mbube.”

    The film also includes a new song, “Never Too Late,” sung by Elton John and an African choir, as well as appearances by Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, John Oliver as Zazu and Billy Eichner as Timon.

    The Lion King remake will be out in theaters July 19. The soundtrack will be available to stream July 11.

    Check out the 19-song tracklist below, except for song No. 14, which has yet to be announced.

    1. “Circle of Life”/“Nants’ Ingonyama” – Lindiwe Mkhize & Lebo M
    2. “Life’s Not Fair” – Hans Zimmer
    3. “Rafiki’s Fireflies” – Hans Zimmer
    4. “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” – JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph & John Oliver
    5. “Elephant Graveyard” – Hans Zimmer
    6. “Be Prepared” (2019 Version) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
    7. “Stampede” – Hans Zimmer
    8. “Scar Takes The Throne” – Hans Zimmer
    9. “Hakuna Matata” – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary & Childish Gambino
    10. “Simba is Alive!” – Hans Zimmer
    11. “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” – Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
    12. “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” – Beyoncé, Childish Gambino, Billy Eichner & Seth Rogen
    13. “Reflections of Mufasa” – Hans Zimmer
    14. TBA
    15. “Battle For Pride Rock” – Hans Zimmer
    16. “Remember” – Hans Zimmer
    17. “Never Too Late” – Elton John & Lebo M
    18. “He Lives In You” – Lebo M
    19. “Mbube” – Lebo M

    Source: Hip Hop Dx

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    Tupac Shakur Estate, Tom Petty Estate, Soundgarden & More Suing UMG Over 2008 Fire

    LOS ANGELES, CA – The bombshell New York Times Magazine article published last week about the devastating Universal Studios Hollywood fire 11 years ago has reportedly sparked a lawsuit.

    According to Rolling Stone, the Tupac Shakur Estate, Soundgarden, Tom Petty’s ex-wife Jane, Hole and Steve Earle have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a class against Universal Music Group. They are seeking damages related to the 2008 blaze.

    The suit accuses UMG of negligence, as well keeping the extent of the damage concealed from the artists affected by the fire while “simultaneously pursuing litigation and insurance claims to recoup losses.”

    The suit insists UMG accepted settlement proceeds and insurance claims valued at $150 million. Now, the class wants damages worth half that as well as any additional losses.

    Although the fire was covered extensively at the time it occurred, the sordid details weren’t revealed until the NYT ran its story. The article claims 500,000 song titles were destroyed, including master tapes and unreleased material from Tupac Shakur, Eminem, 50 Cent, Louis Armstrong, The Roots, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Nirvana, and Janet Jackson.

    The suit argues all potential members of the class “have an expectation that under their recording agreements with UMG there will be a 50/50 sharing of revenues derived from” the use and release of their work. It also claims UMG “violated good faith and fair dealing in all those contracts by allegedly failing to take reasonable measures to preserve and maintain those recordings.”

    Furthermore, it states UMG issued a “systemic and fraudulent scheme of misrepresentation and misdirection” in the aftermath. It includes quotes UMG gave to media outlets such as “We only lost a small number of tapes and other material by obscure artists from the 1940s and Fifties.”

    In the wake of the damning NYT story, UMG denied the severity of the incident. But, UMG CEO Lucian Grainge fired off a letter to his employees earlier this week imploring them to be as “transparent” as possible.

    “We owe them answers,” he wrote in part. “I will ensure that the senior management of this company, starting with me, owns this.”

    While the suit doesn’t name any particular albums or songs that were destroyed, The Roots’ Black Thought told HipHopDX in an exclusive statement the master recordings of two classic Roots albums succumbed to the blaze — Do You Want More?!?!??! and Illadelph Halflife — and referred to the NYT article as “depressing.”

    “We had a couple classics destroyed in the fire as well,” Black Thought told DX. “In short, that was the most depressing article ever. Not ‘EVER,’ but it was pretty heavy. I remember when it went down.”

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    Missy Elliott Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame: “This Is Big For Hip Hop”

    NEW YORK, NY – Missy Elliott worked it and is now the first official female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The platinum-selling artist received the honor on Thursday (June 13) at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

    Queen Latifah was tasked with inducting Missy and spoke about their decades-long friendship, while former first lady Michelle Obama sent in a taped video that aired during the ceremony.

    “Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama said. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”

    As Missy was giving her acceptance speech, she broke down in tears.

    “Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block.

    “Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for Hip Hop, too.”

    Misdemeanor addressed her special evening on Instagram later that night.

    “Make sure yall SWIPE LEFT because last night my heart was full,” she captioned the post. “@Queenlatifah one of my besties your a Queen i love you & @lizzobeeating @sosobrat my sisters i Love yall & yall MERKED IT!!! Well @MichelleObama you are Everything I LOVE YOU! You are AMAZING & FIERCE most def give at da cookout electric sliding tease

    “I am humbly grateful for your kind words and to the committee of Songwriters Hall of Fame i Thank you all for voting for me i am SPEECHLESS 20 some years of writing for myself and others is worth it. Thankful to smell my flowers while i’m here and the other WONDERFUL songwriters who were inducted Congratulations.”

    Check out her posts below.

    [This article has been updated. The original article was published on January 12, 2019 and can be found below.]

    Missy Elliott will officially become the first female Hip Hop artist inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    CBS This Morning revealed the 2019 class of inductees on Saturday (January 12). Naturally, the “Supa Dupa Fly” mastermind celebrated the news on social media.

    “I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame,” she wrote on Twitter.” also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING. I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also. I love you all #SHOF2019.”

    Other 2019 inductees include British singer Cat Stevens, country-folk icon John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Dallas Austin who wrote radio hits for TLC, Monica, P!nk, Boyz II Men and Madonna.

    Misdemeanor is only the third rapper to be inducted. JAY-Z  was inducted in 2017 while Jermaine Dupri made his entrance last year. In addition to her own songs, Missy has also lent her songwriting talent to Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and the late Aaliyah.

    The 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled to take place on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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    Nick Cannon Lands New Hosting Gig At Power 106: “It’s A Dream Come True”

    LOS ANGELES, CA – Nick Cannon has accepted a position as a morning show host at Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. The move comes after J Cruz made his exit and landed at REAL 92.3 for an afternoon slot.

    In a recent interview with Variety, Cannon calls the job a “dream come true.”

    “One of my first jobs was interning at a radio station in Southern California (San Diego),” he said. “I’ve been coming to Power since 15, so to be here and now have my own morning show host is crazy. … I can’t wait to get out, connect with the people, do some events, really be in the city in a real way.”

    Cannon, who says his “Rolodex is what it is,” plans on bringing a laundry list of high profile guests on the show. He also says he doesn’t feel like he’s competing with Big Boy, who was the morning host until 2015.

    The current host of Wild ‘N Out also says he isn’t concerned about juggling all of his various endeavors. In fact, he’s used to it.

    “I’m not new to multitasking,” he explained. “Nothing else is going to lose focus or lose the drive I have for it. You’ll see a lot of stuff shifting, but this will add to everything I’ve done. It’s a great partnership to things like Wild ‘N Out and The Masked Singer — it all has to do with music and entertainment. It slides right in.”

    “Nick Cannon Mornings – Power 106 #1 for Hip Hop” will air daily from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. PST.

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    Black Moon Returns With 1st Video In 16 Years

    Titled “Creep Wit Me,” the track serves as the lead single from their upcoming fourth album, Rise of da Moon which is expected to arrive before Labor Day.

    The song’s title and chorus interpolates Snoop Dogg’s memorable opening lyric from the 1991 collaborative single “Deep Cover (187)” featuring Dr. Dre.

    The Brooklyn trio — Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee and 5 FT — dropped its last song and video “Stay Real” in 2003. It was taken from Total Eclipse, their third album and follow-up to 1999’s War Zone.

    In an interview with Complex, DJ Evil Dee confirmed Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man, Heltah Skeltah’s Rockness Monstah and Smif-N-Wessun will be featured on the new album.

    “It was so dope working with my crew on this album,” Evil Dee said. “Unlike a lot of albums today, we recorded the album together in the same studio. Mr. Walt and I came with our Beatminerz sound (heavy bass and drums) representing that boom bap. [Buckshot and 5 ft] came with the ill rhymes.

    “Mixing the album was so dope. We wanted to bring back it back to the ’90s with our analog, digital mixing process. Rise of da Moon represents Black Moon’s legacy to the fullest.”

    Last year, Black Moon celebrated the 25th anniversary of its classic 1993 debut album, Enta Da Stage. 

    Their label, Duck Down Music, dropped Smif-N-Wessun’s The All in January. It boasted production from 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.

    Check out the “Creep Wit Me” video above.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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    Nas Is Dropping A Children’s Book Called “I Know I Can”

    Yes, Nas is already a world renowned MC, Grammy Award-nominated artist, actor and co-founder of Mass Appeal Records, but now we can add author to his list of accomplishments.

    On Thursday (June 13), the Queens-bred Hip Hop aficionado headed to Instagram where he announced he was releasing a children’s book called I Know I Can featuring illustrations from Michael Lukowski. He also revealed Mass Appeal was launching a new children’s brand, MAJR.

    “@MassAppeal launches @MAJR our kids brand,” he wrote in the caption. “My first book is on the way.”

    According to the MAJR website, the company is part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

    Its mission statement reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

    I Know I Can is a reference to Nas’ 2003 song “I Can” from his God’s Son album. No release date for the book has been announced.

    Source: HIp Hop DX

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    Police Say They Have Lil Durk Shooting A Man On Video

    ATLANTA, GA – An Atlanta police detective presented some potentially damaging evidence in Lil Durk’s attempted murder case.

    According to WSB-TV Atlanta, the Chicago-born rapper was in court on Friday (June 14) when the detective said they have video of Durk shooting a man near The Varsity while he was driving.

    Shortly before 2 p.m. local time, the judge found probable cause for Durk and his co-defendant to be charged with “possession and criminal intent to commit murder among other charges” as explained in a tweet from WSB-TV reporter Lori A. Wilson.

     

    Durk turned himself in on May 30 after wrapping up his most recent tour. In an exclusive interview with the news outlet, he proclaimed his innocence.

    “I have nothing to hide,” he said. “I have nothing to run from. We found out we had a warrant actually while on tour. Once I heard, I immediately came back.”

    The shooting took place in February at The Varsity restaurant in Atlanta where a 23-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    A judge has denied bond.

    Shortly after a warrant was issued for Lil Durk’s arrest, the Chicago-bred rapper surrendered to Georgia authorities.

    According to a tweet from WSB-TV’s Michael Seiden, Durk turned himself in on Thursday (May 30) around 9 p.m. local time. His first court appearance was on Friday (May 31).

     

    Before Durk surrendered, he did an exclusive interview with WSB-TV and proclaimed his innocence.

    “I have nothing to hide,” he said. “I have nothing to run from. We found out we had a warrant actually while on tour. Once I heard, I immediately came back.”

    When blatantly asked if he shot the victim, Durk said, “Um, no.”

    Legal docs stated Durk has been charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault (shooting at), unlawful for person employed by/associated with criminal street gang to conduct/participate in criminal gang activity, possession of firearm during commission of a felony (vgcsa) and possession of firearm by convicted felon.

    The charges originate from a February 5 shooting at The Varsity restaurant in Atlanta where a 23-year-old man suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    Durk remains in Fulton County Jail after his bond was reportedly denied.

    [This article has been updated. The original version was published on May 30, 2019 and can be found below.]

    A warrant has reportedly been issued for Lil Durk’s arrest. TMZ reports the Atlanta Police Department says officers have obtained the warrant, but Durk isn’t in police custody — yet.

    The Interscope Records rapper shared a somewhat cryptic Instagram post on Wednesday (May 29), indicating he was turning himself into police. He didn’t provide any further details.

    According to WSB-TV Atlanta, officers responded to reports of a person shot around 5:45 a.m. local time on February 5 at The Varsity restaurant, where they discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound.

    Officers recovered 13 shell casings from a rifle and pistol at the scene as well as a firearm. They believe at least 18 shots were fired.

    The 23-year-old shooting victim was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He survived.

     

    Police interviewed two witnesses who said the victim appeared to be in a verbal dispute with an unknown black male before the shooting. Officers have the surveillance footage and are looking for a dark-colored SUV seen leaving the area.

    Durk has yet to turn himself over to authorities. The investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear how the LilDurk2x creator is involved.

    Source: Hip Hop DX

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