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Injury Reserve’s Jordan Groggs dies, aged 32

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Jordan Groggs, known best as Stepa J. Groggs in hip-hop trio Injury Reserve, has died, aged 32. The group confirmed the death in a Twitter post today, alongside a photo of the late MC.

“REST IN POWER Jordan Alexander Groggs a loving father, life partner and friend. (6/1/1988-6/29/2020),” the group wrote.

Injury Reserve also shared a GoFundMe page for Groggs’ family, which said he is survived by his partner Anna and their four children Joey, Jayden, Toph, and Ari.

“Groggs’s heart has touched everyone he has came across. He will live on through his family, supporters, and the communities he was apart of,” the fund’s description reads.

All donations to the fund will go towards family support and services. No cause of death has been released.

Injury Reserve collaborator Aminé took to Instagram to pay tribute to Gross, writing, “rest in power to the kindest soul and one of my favorite rappers. love you Groggs.”

Stereogum writes that Groggs met future Injury Reserve member Nathaniel Ritchie at a Vans store in Phoenix in 2012, which Ritchie’s mother owned and where Groggs worked. The pair bonded over music, with Groggs, as the older of the two, acting as a mentor. Injury Reserve eventuated when they met prodigious and experimental young producer Parker Corey through a mutual friend. They found their own niche in Arizona, without much of a rap scene to speak of at the time.

Injury Reserve released their first mixtape, ‘Live From The Dentist’s Office’, in 2015 – recorded in an actual dentist’s office. Their second mixtape, ‘Floss’, arrived a year later. 2019 saw the release of their official eponymous debut album, with features from JPEGMAFIA, DRAM, Freddie Gibbs and more.

Groggs’ last recorded appearance released to date was a feature on Jockstrap’s latest single ‘Robert’.

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Watch Stefflon Don and more play virtual Wireless Festival

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The virtual Wireless Connect festival, a replacement for London’s cancelled Wireless Festival, is being held online this weekend.

Last night (July 3) featured performances from Stefflon Don, Saweetie and more – watch footage of the performances below.

Wireless Connect is being hosted online this weekend (July 3-5) as part of Wireless’ new partnership with MelodyVR, and comes after Wireless 2020, set to be held in London’s Finsbury Park, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Stefflon Don is among a number of acts — also including Steel Banglez and JAY1 — who have pre-recorded performances at London’s Alexandra Palace, which are being broadcast both in 360° virtual reality on the MelodyVR app, and on Wireless’ Facebook and YouTube channels.

Watch Stefflon Don perform as part of Wireless Connect and a highlights video of the festival’s first day below.

As well as these new performances, which include Saweetie performing from Los Angeles, additional Wireless 2019 shows by the likes of SkeptaYoung ThugRae Sremmurd and more will be available to watch as part of this weekend’s festival.

Skepta was meant to headline this year’s Wireless Festival alongside Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky. See the full lineup for Wireless Connect here.

Speaking of the Wireless Connect event, Melvin Benn of promoter Festival Republic said: “There’s no more forward-thinking festival than Wireless, and there’s no more forward-thinking way of hosting a festival than in 360 VR.

“We’ll be filming artists in MelodyVR’s amazing studio space in LA, built just for this purpose, and in the historic theatre at Ally Pally, which MelodyVR will turn into Wireless Connect. No one has done this before…”

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Police injured after breaking up illegal music event in London

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Seven police officers were injured in London last night after breaking up an illegal music event.

Police were called to White City in West London yesterday evening (July 3) following reports that a large number of people gathered for an unlicensed music event.

A number of items were reportedly thrown at police when they attempted to approach the group, before they were forced to retreat, according to The Guardian.

Specially trained public disorder officers were later deployed to the scene before they too were met with further violence, with seven officers sustaining injuries.

In a statement, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “Officers have responded to residents complaining about a large gathering, noise, anti-social behaviour and violence. These gatherings are illegal and also pose a risk to public health.”

Taylor continued: “The violence shown towards officers this evening was totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it in any form. Officers encountered bricks and other missiles being thrown at them.

“Our robust police response demonstrated that we will police incidents like these firmly and stop those intent on causing harm or disruption to our communities.”

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Last month (June 12), two illegal raves took place in Greater Manchester where a man died of a suspected overdose, a woman was raped, and three people were stabbed.

According to the BBC, 6,000 people flocked to Daisy Nook Country Park and Carrington for what have been dubbed “quarantine raves.”

Police were called to both scenes and later confirmed that a 20-year-old man died of a suspected overdose at the the country park event while three separate stabbings and an attack on an 18-year-old woman took place in Carrington.

Condemning the raves as a clear breach of coronavirus legislation, Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes said officers “were met with violence, resulting in items being thrown and a police car being vandalised.”

Greater Manchester Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Chris Sykes later explained why the raves weren’t stopped, saying: “It’s not about what we allow, it’s about how we respond to things that take place.”

With the summer festival and live music season effectively wiped out by the coronavirus outbreak, there are fears many young people will turn to illegal mass gatherings throughout the summer.

Speaking to The Guardian, Night Time Industries Association chief executive Mike Kill said “the youth of today want to be out and want to be engaged”.

“There are a lot of people out there who are socially starved at the moment. And that’s why these illegal raves are starting to pop up because [people] have been trapped inside four walls for a long time now,” he said. “I don’t think there is anyone in our industry who couldn’t see this coming.”

Kill added: “Without very clear timelines there’s a lot of people looking at creating their own opportunities, socially, and putting on raves – almost like the 80s, in some respects.”

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Ryan Adams issues apology following abuse allegations: “I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior”

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Ryan Adams has issued an apology following allegations of abuse of emotional and sexual abuse which first emerged against him last year.

Back in February 2019, the singer-songwriter denied claims from several women – including one who was underage at the time – of emotional and psychological abuse, harassment, inappropriate and manipulative behaviour.

These allegations first appeared in The New York Times, in which Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and more offered accounts of their experiences with the artist. Bridgers later issued a statement calling on Adams’ ‘network’ of “friends, bands and people he worked with” to be held to account.

Now, in a letter penned to The Daily Mail, Adams apologised for how he has “mistreated people” and claims he now seeking professional help following the allegations after a period of “isolation”.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry. It’s that simple,” said Adams. “This period of isolation and reflection made me realize that I needed to make significant changes in my life.

“I’ve gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won’t be accepted by those I’ve hurt. I get that and I also understand that there’s no going back.

“To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I’ve always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I’ve caused, it wrecked me, and I’m still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.”

He continued: “There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions.”

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The letter continued: “Realizing the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them. What pain was I carrying myself that was so poorly and wrongly being projected onto others?

“I made a promise to myself that no matter what it took, I would get to the root of these issues and finally start to fix myself so I could be a better friend, a better partner, and a better man overall. That being said, no amount of growth will ever take away the suffering I had caused. I will never be off the hook and I am fully accountable for my harmful behavior, and will be for my actions moving forward.

“In my effort to be a better man, I have fought to get sober, but this time I’m doing it with professional help. Sobriety is a priority in my life, and so is my mental health. These, as I’m learning, go hand in hand.

“But I will not bore anyone with stories of my demons or use them to excuse what I’ve done…I hope that the people I’ve hurt will heal. And I hope that they will find a way to forgive me.”

Towards the end of the letter, Adams said he’s used the period of isolation to write enough music to “fill half a dozen albums.”

He continued: “Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I’ve learned over the last few years. Those ones an expression of my deepest remorse.”

At the time of his initial rebuttal, the singer-songwriter issued a statement via his lawyer which said: “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

After the NYT report was published, Adams took to Twitter and apologised “deeply and unreservedly” to anyone he had “ever hurt, however unintentionally”, but called the article “upsettingly inaccurate”.

Last month (June 17), Bridgers discussed her experience of speaking out on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Adams, arguing that “there’s a conversation around privilege to be had” so that others can also have their voices heard.

“Once everybody knew, it was great,” Bridgers told NME. “The shitty thing was before”. She then revealed that a former Adams representative told her the exposé had been canned, only for the New York Times journalist to reassure her that the revelations would come to light.

“When a team of amazing fact-checkers and journalists unafraid of actual lawsuits are on your side…I feel really lucky I met so many people who were willing to go to bat for me,” she continued. “There’s a big conversation about privilege to be had. I, a young white female, was able to meet other young white females who had contacts with journalists. So many people do not have that.”

Adams made his first public live appearance since the allegations emerged back in January.

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