Hip Hop Mourns Geto Boys Legend Bushwick Bill

    Richard Shaw — better known by his rap moniker Bushwick Bill — may have been born with dwarfism, but his presence was larger than life. Sadly, the Geto Boys MC passed away at a Houston hospital on Sunday (June 9), roughly four months after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 52.

    Alongside Scarface, Willie D and the late DJ Ready Red, the Kingston-born artist laid the foundation for the horrorcore genre with their dark lyrics and ominous tones.

    In the early ’90s, the Geto Boys were propelled to national recognition following the release of their 1991 album, We Can’t Be Stopped, which spawned the massive single,”Minds Playing Tricks On Me.” The track peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and landed at No. 1 on the U.S. Hot Rap Songs chart.

    The We Can’t Be Stopped cover art depicted a photo of Bushwick being rushed into surgery moments after he accidentally shot himself during an argument with his girlfriend. Unfortunately, the incident cost Bushwick his right eye.

    On the flip side, the graphic and controversial image equated to more album sales, and the project was eventually certified platinum by the RIAA in 1992.

    The 3-feet, 8-inch tall rapper released six solo albums during the course of his career and is considered a bona fide legend by countless fans and peers alike.

    Hip Hop came out in droves to mourn the loss of Bushwick. Check out the reactions below.

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    DJ Khaled Reportedly Suing Billboard Over Disqualified “Father Of Asahd” Merch Sales

    DJ Khaled is reportedly planning a massive lawsuit against Billboard for allegedly failing to count over 100,000 of Father Of Asahd sales.

    Page Six reports Khaled’s attorneys have issued a letter to Silvio Pietroluongo, Billboard’s Senior Vice President of charts and data development, threatening to sue.

    A source close to Khaled said, “When Khaled’s team tried to appeal, Billboard refused to budge.” As a result, Tyler, The Creator’s IGOR debuted at No. 1, while Father Of Asahd took the No. 2 spot.

    The source point out Tyler’s bundle deal figures were included in his total sales, making the situation even more “unjust.”

    Last week, Khaled had a meeting with chairman and CEO of Epic Records Sylvia Rhone regarding the matter. The source explained, “Khaled was frustrated his label didn’t fight harder for his bundle sales to be included.”

    A Billboard source said the 100,000 units were disqualified but admitted an undisclosed number of his sales weren’t counted due to “strange anomalies in the data.” Their decision was actually based on chart rules following talks with Khaled’s management, Sony Records and Nielsen.

    In a recent article, Billboard announced was reviewing its bundle deal rules for 2020.

    According to Hypebeast, Chief Operating Officer at Roc Nation Desiree Perez called bundles “confusing and demeaning to the art.”

    She added, “We’re obviously not fans of bundling, nor should anyone who cares about artists making music. But our hands are being forced by Billboard’s desperate, last-ditch effort to keep streaming from eliminating what’s left of music downloads.”

    Meanwhile, Tyler continues to subtly throw shots at Khaled as he celebrates the success of IGOR, his first No. 1 album.


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    Lee Daniels Confirms Jussie Smollett Will NOT Be Returning To “Empire”

    HOLLYWOOD, CA – After Variety ran an article proclaiming Empire writers were preparing for Jussie Smollett’s return earlier this week, series co-creator Lee Daniels swiftly shut that rumor down.

    On Tuesday (June 4), Daniels responded to a post about the article on Twitter, confirming the disgraced actor wouldn’t resume his role as Jamal Lyon for Season 6. It’s the first time Daniels has stated that publicly.

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    Five worst Dow Jones industrial performers as trade dispute escalates

    The stock market has endured a bumpy two weeks since President Donald Trump said he would raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports from 10% to 25%, producing some winners and losers.

    The damage spread last week after China said it would hike retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports to that country to as much as 25%.

    While the Dow Jones industrial average has pared severe losses several times over the period as hopes for a settlement wax and wane with each Trump tweet or White House update, the Dow was down 178 points, or 0.7%,last week after recovering much of the losses suffered Monday and Tuesday. It has also fallen 741 points, or 2.8%, during the past two weeks.

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