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Could Offset go to jail for breaking a teen’s phone?

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Could Offset go to jail for breaking a teen’s phone?: In the six years that the Migos have been in the national spotlight, Offset has frequently been in serious legal peril. Back in 2013, when the group broke thanks to their mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas) and to Drake’s remix of their single “Versace,” he was incarcerated, having violated the probation that stemmed from previous theft and burglary charges. Two years later, while the group was preparing to release its first major label album, he was arrested during a concert at Georgia Southern University and charged with a variety of offenses stemming from items found in a vehicle associated with the group; he spent more than half of that calendar year behind bars. Now, a petty and reckless legal action once again threatens his freedom.

A little over a week ago, an 18-year-old from Georgia named Junior Gibbons uploaded a 30-second clip to YouTube. The name of the video is “offset smacked my phone out my hand,” and that’s exactly what it shows: during a chance encounter at a Target in Sandy Springs, Gibbons began filming Offset without his permission, and the rapper slapped the phone out of Junior’s hand. The action did not destroy the phone — the YouTube post is a video archived from Gibbons’s Snapchat, so the device survived at least long enough to make the upload. And he captioned the encounter with two crying emojis which seems to indicate he found the whole thing, which he repeated and slowed down into mocking slow-motion, sort of amusing.

At least at first. Three days after the upload, Junior’s mom tweeted indignantly at Offset about the rapper breaking her son’s phone. And a week ago, Junior Gibbons filed a police report. Because phones are expensive, the estimated value ($800) kicks the charge up to felony territory; given that, a warrant has been issued for Offset’s arrest, TMZ reports. Offset’s lawyer, Drew Findling, tells TMZ the charge is “disgraceful and should be dismissed immediately,” claiming the alleged victim is merely seeking publicity.

This latest apparent offense piles on top of three new charges filed against Offset last month stemming from an arrest last summer in Georgia when the rapper was pulled over for making an improper lane change. He’s been hit for that incident with a felony gun possession charge, plus two misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession and the traffic violation; he’s pleaded not guilty in that case. Making matters worse, his wife Cardi B is facing a year in prison for allegedly assaulting two bartenders at a strip club in Queens last year.

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Listen to Jay-Z’s new protest playlist, ‘Songs For Survival 2’

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Jay-Z has shared a new playlist of protest songs – you can listen to the playlist on Tidal now.

Featuring records by himself, Jay Electronica, 2Pac, Nina Simone, James Brown and Marvin Gaye, the list features seventeen songs and follows the first instalment of the playlist, which was released back in 2016.

The list comes a week after Jay-Z spoke out about the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25. Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis following an altercation with police officers. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three of his colleagues, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Keung are now all facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Since Floyd’s death, protests have erupted in the US and around the world.

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After calling Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on May 30 to further amplify calls for justice for Floyd, Jay-Z issued a statement on Roc Nation in the early hours of June 1 to further elaborate on his “very earnest conversation” with Walz and thank him for calling in Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to lead Floyd’s case.

“Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me — a dad and a black man in pain,” the rapper wrote. “Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one.

“Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.” Saying that this was “just a first step”, Jay-Z added: “I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have.

“I prevail on every politician, prosecutor, and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters, and mothers in pain. And look at yourselves.”

Jay-Z and his entertainment company Roc Nation also took out full-page adverts in newspapers across the US earlier this week (June 2) dedicated to the memory of Floyd.

The advertisements contained a powerful quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. which the civil rights leader made during an address in Selma, Alabama in March 1965.

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The Streets share new track ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’

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The Streets have teamed up with Donae’o and Greentea Peng on new single ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’.

The track is the latest effort to arrive from Mike Skinner’s incoming mixtape, and follows his recent collaboration with Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker.

The track, which is rooted in neo-soul, is described by Skinner as a “match made in heaven.”

“This is a summer club song. Knowing that Donae’o is the king of UK Funky music – match made in heaven,” he said.

Greentea Peng was the perfect foil for this, her melodies are unique and she’s wicked. I’ve spent the last three weeks working on the video for this one. It better be good”.

Last month, The Streets shared a new documentary on the making of their upcoming mixtape.

The 20-minute film features footage of the creation of new collaboration-based tape ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive’, which comes out in July.

Speaking to NME about the upcoming mixtape and the new film, Skinner said: “It’s almost like a follow-on from [2004 album] ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ – that was my life without The Streets.

“That’s what this is; it’s about my life as a DJ but with The Streets removed. I haven’t shot anything yet, but we’ve decided to use real nightclubs. So we’re waiting for real nightclubs to happen again; if it’s not until 2021 then that’s when we’ll do it.

“The film’s just a caper, really; it’s a bit of fairytale, but a fairytale told in the real world.”

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Tekashi 6ix9ine pushes back release of new video “out of respect” for ongoing crisis in US

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Tekashi 6ix9ine has pushed back the release of his upcoming music video once more “out of respect” for what the US is “going through right now.”

Last week, two days before the intended release of the accompanying video for his latest single, Tekashi pushed back the release to June 5, after revealing that the video wasn’t ready.

The recently freed rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, saw big returns on his comeback track ‘Gooba’, as the clip for the song broke YouTube’s existing record for the most views of a hip-hop video in its first 24 hours.

Now, Tekashi has pushed the release back again following the death of George Floyd and the containing protests across the US in the wake of his death. In a post on Instagram, Tekashi wrote: “Music video will be pushed back again to June 12th Out of respect for what we are going through right now.”

He added: “It’s not the time for a music video right now with everything going on in the world. It will be extremely selfish. JUNE 12TH NEXT FRIDAY.”

 

Earlier this week, Tekashi sent his condolences to the family of George Floyd who was killed whilst in police custody on May 25 but added that he still wasn’t able to speak on “certain topics” since his release from prison.

“I’m still not a free man,” the rapper said while pointing to an ankle monitor he’s had since his release. “I’m home under supervised release. I can’t speak on certain topics but what I want to do and what I am gonna do is send out my deepest condolences to the Floyd family.”

Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis last week following an altercation with police officers. Floyd, who was African American, was killed when a white police officer appeared to kneel on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

Officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three of his colleagues, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Keung are now all facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Since Floyd’s death, protests have erupted in the US and around the world.

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