Beyoncé, JAY-Z & DJ Khaled Dedicate Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin Amid Reports She’s “Gravely Ill”

On Monday night (Aug. 13), after reports emerged saying that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” and living her last days, Beyoncé and JAY-Z dedicated their “On The Run II Tour” concert in Franklin’s hometown of Detroit to the Queen of Soul.

After performing their first song, “Holy Grail,” at Ford Field, Beyoncé told the cheering crowd “This show tonight is dedicated to Aretha Franklin.” Queen Bey added, “We love you and thank you for changing all of our lives with beautiful music.”

DJ Khaled, who served as the opening act of Monday’s show, got the crowd excited when he played one of Franklin’s biggest hits, “Respect.” After playing the song, Khaled shouted: “Make some noise for Aretha Franklin” as the audience cheered.

The touching dedications came just hours after news broke that the iconic singer was dying of cancer.

CNN reported late Monday that Franklin is in hospice care, and Detroit news anchor Evrod Cassimy, who has been in touch with the R&B/Soul legend’s loved ones said she was being “surrounded by friends and family” and “asking for your prayers at this time.”

Stevie Wonder and Jesse Jackson are among the singer’s friends who have visited Franklin at her home in Detroit over the last few days, according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. Mariah Carey tweeted that she was “praying for the Queen of Soul,” as did Ciara and Missy Elliott.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Facing Up to 3 Years in Jail, Could Be a Registered Sex Offender

Tekashi 6ix9ine could spend the next 1-3 years of his life behind bars if prosecutors get their way.

The controversial rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, appeared in court Thursday (Aug. 9) to answer to charges related to a sexual misconduct case from 2015 in which he was charged with the use of a child in a sexual performance and was found guilty.

Tekashi 69 was accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl in February 2015 and later distributing at least three videos of the incident online.

According to the criminal complaint, in the first video, “the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video.”

The other two videos show the child sitting on 6ix9ine’s lap while Anderson groped her breasts and later sitting naked across Anderson and 6ix9ine. The rapper claimed to have “no sexual contact” with the girl and denied knowing she was a minor.

Tekashi also claimed to be 17 years old at the time of the incident, although the birth date listed in the complaint against him and in his statement to the police shows he was actually 18 at the time.

The judge over the case gave him a conditional release and deferred his sentence for two years. The deal stated that Tekashi cannot get into any trouble of any kind, must complete community service hours, have a mental health evaluation, obtain his GED, and write an apology letter to the victim.

Had he met the terms of the deal, 6ix9ine would have essentially received a slap on the wrist—three years probation and he would not have to register as a sex offender. However, prosecutors are now saying that 6ix9ine violated the terms of his plea agreement by getting arrested in Houston and Brooklyn.

According to the Blast, the Manhattan D.A. is now recommending the rapper be sentenced to 1-3 years in a state prison and be registered as a sex offender.

Even though Tekashi has claimed he was a minor when the incident occurred, officials are adamant he should be “sentenced as an adult for the crime he committed against a child and accept the consequences of that conviction, including registration under the Sexual Offender Registration Act.”

The letter to the judge states “Defendant has had over two years to demonstrate to this Court that the role he played in the sexual exploitation of a thirteen-year-old child was an aberration in his otherwise law-abiding life. He has failed to do so.”

Tekashi 69 will be sentenced on October 2nd.

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XXXTentacion’s 4th Murder Suspect Pleads “Not Guilty” After Arrest

The fourth and final suspect in XXXTentacion’s murder case has finally been arrested.

Nearly two months after his involvement in XXXTentacion’s shooting death, 20-year-old Trayvon Newsome was arrested in Broward County, Florida on Tuesday (Aug. 7), according to online jail records.

Newsome was booked on two charges: murder in the first degree and robbery with a deadly weapon. He turned himself in through his lawyer after being at large for several weeks, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators believe Newsome was one of the two trigger men in XXX’s June 18th murder. The other alleged gunman, 22-year-old Michael Boatwright, and the remaining two murder suspects—22yo Dedrick Williams and 22yo Robert Allen—are also behind bars.

According to documents obtained by Complex, Newsome pleaded not guilty to his charges and also filed for a demand for discovery, which is standard procedure and means the state of Florida must provide any and all evidence related to the case to his attorney.

With Newsome’s not guilty plea, all four of the suspects have affirmed their innocence.

Additionally, Michael Boatwright will reportedly undergo a mental examination before proceeding to trial, and if he is found unfit to go to trial, he could be involuntarily hospitalized and receive prescribed treatment.

On June 18th, XXXTentacion withdrew $50,000 in cash from the bank and put it in a Louis Vuitton bag. As he was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, FL, the four suspects attempted to rob him, and when he refused to hand the bag over, they shot and killed him and ran off with the money.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel called the incident a “tragic shooting” and vowed to “bring those who did it to justice.”

XXXTentacion’s family, friend and fans should be able to rest a little easier now knowing that all four of his alleged killers are now behind bars with murder charges.

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Drake’s “In My Feelings” Video

Drake has finally released the highly anticipated video for Scorpion’s biggest single “In My Feelings,” the fifth single from the album following “God’s Plan,” “Nice For What,” “I’m Upset” and “Don’t Matter to Me.”

The video for the song that sparked the summer’s biggest dance craze and viral #InMyFeelingsChallenge stars La La Anthony as Drizzy’s love interest Kiki, Phylicia Rashad as Kiki’s overprotective mother, and Instagram Shiggy—who helped propel the song to #1 by starting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge—as an annoying, loud-mouthed Production Assistant. It also features cameos from Yung Miami of the City Girls, New Orleans rapper Capito and Big Freedia.

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The visual begins with Drake, with a gold grill in his mouth, standing outside of Kiki’s window after she ignores his texts. “I’m trying to tell you, I love you, girl, for real,” he says using a terrible New Orleans accent before her mother (Phylicia Rashad) shows up and tries to get him to go away. From there, the 6 God takes over New Orleans as girls perform the “In My Feelings” Challenge all over the place.

At the end of the video, Drake wakes up in his production trailer, where he reveals it was all a dream. “I just had some dream that I made some song about some girl,” he explains to his friend CJ. “I was from New Orleans, grill in my mouth. And then this kid from New York that spits when he talks all the time did some dance to it. And then the world did the dance, and Will Smith was there. Nobody would stop. It was terrible.”

The video ends with viral videos of celebrities doing the dance, including DJ Khaled, Odell Beckham Jr., Will Smith, Lil Duval, Leslie Jones, Ciara & Russell Wilson, Millie Bobby Brown, Shiggy, and more.

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Jaden Smith Joins J. Cole & Young Thug on “KOD Tour”

A few new acts have been added to the lineup for J. Cole’s “KOD Tour” featuring Young Thug, and one of them is Jaden Smith.

The “Icon” rapper’s IG handle @c.syresmith was tagged in a post on Instagram from J. Cole about the addition:

Atlanta rap duo EarthGang, who are J. Cole’s artists, will also be joining the tour, as well as Cole’s rumored alter ego “Kill Edward”

According to Hip Hop DX, Young Thug will not be performing at all of the shows, and Jaden Smith, Earth Gang and “Kill Edward” will be filling in for him, and vice versa.

Check out the tour dates below:

8/9 Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena
8/11 – Tampa, FL @ Amelia Arena +
8/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Center $
8/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
8/14 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
8/17 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
8/18 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
8/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena $
8/22 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl SDSU
8/24 – Los Angeles, CA @Staples Center
8/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
8/29 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena *
9/2- Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena *
9/4 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
9/5 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center
9/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
9/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena
9/10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
9/12 – Little Rock, AR @ Verizon Arena *$
9/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
9/17 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
9/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
9/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
9/21 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesar’s Arena
9/22 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
9/23 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
9/25 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center *
9/26 – Hartford, CT @ XL Center
9/28 – University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
10/1 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden $
10/4 – Toronto @ Air Canada Centre
10/5 – Montreal @ Bell Centre *
10/6- Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
10/8 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena $
10/10 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden

* Jaden Smith not performing
+ Earthgang not performing
$ Young Thug not performing

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Bow Wow Throws Temper Tantrum on Twitter, Says He’s Quitting Rap to “Work at Gamestop”

WTF is going on with Bow Wow right now? Someone should go check on him because he’s having another one of those meltdowns again.

In a series of erratic tweets Monday (Jul. 30), the 31-year-old rapper/actor went off on his critics, said he wanted to give away all of his money, and threatened to quit music and get a job at GameStop.

It all started when someone on Twitter accused him of cheating on his girlfriend Kyomi Leslie. Bow Wow went all the way off on them, tweeting, “Bitch get the f*** off our timeline. U live in nyc! Dont be tweeting my wife that dumb ass sh**. For you get your f***ing block knocked off. Die slow bitch.”

Then Bow Wow went off on the rest of the world, including bloggers and “ugly I shop at Lane Bryant bitches.”

He tweeted: “I dont do cameras u stupid bitch! Come in my section recording! So we shut your bright a** camera down u got mad so u tweet my bitch. Id pay a bitch 1000 to slap the lacefront off yo dusty a**! This goes for the rest of you hoes! Leave me and mine the f**k alone.

“Yo! I’ma say it once and last! I’m tired of you dusty ugly bitches. Im not the one! I will go to jail over mine think Im f***ing playing. U ugly broke dirt around the neck a** bitches leave us the f*** alone. And I say this with love.

“I don’t give a f**k about that lil money or your cheap a** phone. Dont ever come for me or mine ever you ugly bitch! You can clown all day about me but once u put my girl in it I’m trippin! F*** this famous sh**.”

Bow Wow then said in another series of since-deleted tweets: “Ima quit all this sh**. Down size my home. Sale everything. And go work at gamestop. Id probably be the happiest man in the world. Trade my cars in and buy a PROBE.

“I hate all you fucking bloggers too! Shaderoom I f*** with. All you other gossiping a** hateful sites F*** YOU!” he said. “SMASH OR PASS BULLSH** I WOULDN’T F*** YOU UGLY I SHOP AT LANE BRYANT BITCHES EVER! F*** YOU!

“When I land I gotta go see my therapist. I SEE RED AGAIN IM [BOUT] TO DO SOMETHING TO SOMEONE TODAY! Mafukkas keep playing with me. This go for you bloggers to… I’m not done I got time today.

He also vowed to give away all of his money and posted a screenshot of him sending a fan $500 as proof.

“Im cash apping all my money away today,” he wrote on Twitter.” So if you want some free money yall can have it… Lets see if you think money makes you happy.”

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Bow Wow also brought up how he’s set to join his mentor Jermaine Dupri on the upcoming So So Def 25th Anniversary tour, but because he’s the “one that stirs up stuff,” he’s considering not being a part of it.

“I really dont want to mess up the so so def tour so im thinking about not going,” he tweeted. “Im the one that stirs up stuff im always in the news jd nem dont need that. So if I have to fall back I will.”

Fans were quick to point out Bow Wow’s erratic behavior, and his name was a trending topic on Twitter for a couple of hours.

Bow Wow has since deleted all of those tweets and simply posted this:

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Bruno Mars Has Already Found Cardi B’s Replacement for the 24K Magic Tour

Bruno Mars was blindsided by news of Cardi B pulling out of their joint tour to take care of his newborn baby, so much so that it’s being reported that his team is “scrambling” to find a replacement ASAP.

From TMZ:

Sources connected to Bruno’s tour—slated to kick off in September—tell us he’s without an opener and, so far, there has been no replacement made for Cardi. We’re told Bruno’s people were burning up the phones Friday … starting conversations with reps from a number of musicians but nothing is close to being locked down.

Our sources say Cardi’s decision to back out of the tour has created some issues … dancers were hired, costumes made and stage backdrops built.

Back in February, Mars announced that Cardi would be joining him on the final leg of his 24K Magic Tour. However, last Thursday (Jul. 26), Cardi announced via Twitter that she “understated this whole mommy thing” and she’s “not ready physically” and “not ready to leave [her] baby behind since doctors explained it’s not healthy for her to be on the road.”

Bruno was supportive of Cardi’s decision to stay home and enjoy being a new mommy and replied with a heartfelt message, saying that the “most important thing is you and your family’s health” and “you are absolutely doing the right thing.”

He went to say that he loved her and would “play Bodak Yellow every night in your honor” before ending his message with “Please give your baby girl a hug from me and a hug on behalf of everyone on the 24K Magic Tour. Love, Bruno.”

And after days of working overtime to find a replacement for Cardi, it sounds like he’s already found someone to fill her spot.

Responding to a fan who asked who would be taking over, Bruno joked, “I got a cousin learning all of Cardi’s songs right now. It’s gonna be great! He’s super excited.” When asked if he would reveal who’s really replacing Cardi, Mars said “Nah.”

With the tour kicking off in September, Bruno should be making an announcement about who will be taking Cardi’s spot pretty soon. Of course, Cardi B is irreplaceable, but I’m sure he’s found someone good enough to fill her shoes.

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Who Shot Boonk Gang? Did He Shoot Himself?

Boonk Gang made headlines yesterday after he posted on Snapchat that he had gotten shot twice.

Boonk posted a photo of himself laying in a hospital bed after getting shot Saturday (Jul. 28). While details about the shooting have been scarce, a number of theories are being passed around online, with most popular one being that he may have shot himself, either accidentally or on purpose (or accidentally on purpose).

Knowing Boonk Gang, him shooting himself is no surprise. Plus, there haven’t been any confirmed news reports of him being shot, which is usually par the course anytime gunfire is exchanged between individuals and someone goes to the hospital.

According to Media Take Out, the rapper/social media personality shot himself in the leg “while recording a video FOR LIVE.” They never specified the platform Boonk was streaming on, and we haven’t seen any videos floating around of him shooting himself, so that’s probably not true. But, there is a strong possibility that he did shoot himself.

Boonk told fans he’s got “street problems” and suggested his gunshot wounds came from an enemy opening fire on him, but an insider at the hospital says his bullet wounds were “self-inflicted.” He was questioned by police, but they left without charging the social media star with anything.

Regardless of how he shot himself, Boonk appears to be fine now. He wrote on Twitter Saturday evening: “N***as get shot everyday, I’m cooling!”

He also posted a Snap earlier today showing him drinking Pedialyte. “Real n***as sip on Pedialyte, nom saying?” he said.

Prior to yesterday’s shooting incident, Boonk posted a number of troubling messages on Twitter, possibly as a cry for help:

Boonk also said on Snapchat that he didn’t know whether he wanted to live or die. “I just want this pain taken away from me,” he said.

And he also posted a bunch of videos showing him crying and clearly not in a good place:

The past 30 days or so have been pretty eventful for Boonk Gang. Nom saying?

He started randomly posting videos of him having sex on his Instagram Stories in late June and by early July was banned from the app. He also went viral last week after a video went viral of him falling and hitting his head on a wall after showing up high as hell to an interview on the No Jumper podcast with Adam 22.

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Rapper Boonk Gang Shot Twice Weeks After His Instagram Was Shut Down Over NSFW Videos

Boonk Gang showed off a disturbing image on Snapchat Friday afternoon (Jul. 28) of him lying in a hospital bed before revealing in subsequent Snaps that he “got shot twice.” One of the Snaps showed one of his gunshot wounds—a pretty big hole in his leg.

The 21-year-old rapper and social media sensation, whose real name is John Robert Hill Jr., also posted videos showing him in the car, apparently after leaving the hospital, with blood seeping through his hospital pants.

“Look, I’m bleeding through my sh**,” he said. “My fans need to know that Boonk Gang living a real life, and I’m going through real problems,” he said wincing through the pain. “F***, that sh** hurts.”

Although we’re unsure of the severity of his injuries, he looked distressed in the Snaps, even seemingly crying in one due to the pain of being shot in the leg.

“My sh** leaking bruh,” he said laughing with tears welled up in his eyes. “I got shot twice. F*** it.” He said in another video posted a couple of hours after the first few, “Boonk Gang still out here, you know what I’m saying?” before ending his Snapchat story with his trademark phrase, “Whole lotta gang sh**.”

News of him getting shot shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who follows Boonk, who brands himself as a troublemaker on social media.

He first rose to prominence last year after videos went viral showing him stealing food from restaurants like Popeyes and Dunkin Donuts and running off while yelling “Boonk Gang! Whole lotta gang sh**!” He was later arrested for that, among other things, but continued to post videos of him running off with stuff while yelling his “whole lotta gang sh**” catchphrase.

Earlier this month, his Instagram was shut down after he was caught sharing a number of X-rated videos to his IG stories. The NSFW videos showed him performing oral sex, receiving oral sex, and having sexual intercourse, all of which are against the social media app’s rules. Shortly after posting the clips, he took to Twitter to let his fans know “I like to have a lot of sex.”

He’s continued to upload NSFW videos on Twitter, where the rules aren’t as strict.

Before sharing on Snapchat that he had gotten shot twice, he posted videos of himself hanging out with friends at a pool and sharing what sounds like new music. “Yall ready for my next project or what?” he wrote in the caption of one of the clips.

But another series of videos, taken two weeks ago according to the timestamp, showed him in a state of depression. “No matter how happy I seem I’m hurting inside… badly,” the caption of one video read. Another video showed him crying and wiping tears from his face.

“I’m not a crack head or a junkie I just have real life issues going on. Celebrity/rapper I have real feelings and a good heart but the world ruined me. IDK if I wanna live or die, I just want this pain [taken] away from me,” he wrote to his fans in one post. “I been thru a lot and I want y’all to know I feel the same pain y’all feel and I guaranteed for a fact I been thru what y’all been thru. I’ma gangsta, but on some real sh** it’s hard and I try to keep a smile to keep y’all smiling. I love y’all,” he shared in another.

Earlier this week, a video went viral showing him falling and hitting his head on a wall after showing up high as hell to an interview on the No Jumper podcast with Adam 22.

Throughout the interview, he was sloppy, slurring his words and could barely put together a coherent sentence. The following day, a series of posts on Twitter revealed that he was battling depression and used drugs to numb the pain.

“Drugs make everything feel better,” he tweeted. “My whole life [people] pushed me away. Acting like they care about me. I do drugs because I feel alone. When I’m high I feel nothing. When I’m sober I feel everything.”

Boonk is obviously crying out for help, and hopefully, those around him can be there to support him. But you can only help someone who wants it.

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50 Cent Says Floyd Mayweather Slept With Friend Earl Hayes’ Wife, Caused 2014 Murder-Suicide

50 Cent went for the jugular in one of his responses to Floyd Mayweather in regards to their latest online beef.

Following Mayweather’s “Biggest Rat Sweepstakes” post, in which he promised cash to whoever trolled 50 the hardest on Instagram, Fiddy fired back with some pretty serious accusations.

According to Fifty, Floyd is the reason why rapper Earl Hayes killed himself and his wife, “Hit the Floor” actress Stephanie Mosely.

50 posted a photo of Floyd with Earl Hayes and Stephanie Moseley on Instagram, saying Floyd’s win-loss record should really be 63-0 (instead of 50-0).

“He beat 50 men, 11 women and caused 2 [bodies],” he wrote in a now-deleted post. “Keep calling me and I’m gonna show champ.” That “two bodies” part he’s referring to was explained in his next post.

He wrote in a separate post, which he has also since deleted, “Tell everybody why you was on FaceTime when [Earl Hayes] killed Stephanie and himself. Because he was confronting you about f***ing his wife. You was pumping all that Trey Songz sh**, get the f*** outta here. You didn’t give a f*** you just went to watch the ball game.”

YIKES. Sh** just got really real! It was all fun and games until 50 Cent hit way below the belt with this one.

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