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Oakland Giving Reparations to Residents with Marijuana Convictions

Back in May [2016], the Oakland City Council convened to hammer out legislation to help boost the expansion of the city’s legal medical cannabis industry. When plans for new licenses for bakers, farmers, hash-makers, and delivery services came up for a vote, as well as a proposal that would be passed to ensure that the applications of those who’ve been locked up for cannabis related offenses are moved to the top of the pile. The move was heavily disputed by proponents of the cannabis industry, who predict that such a measure will slow growth. The proposal won the favor of thousands of critics of the ‘War On Drugs.’ It promised to serve as a testing grounds for what the impact might look like, if the state afforded typically poor people of color the opportunity to open up a cana-business as a means of reparations.

Medical and recreational marijuana is projected to grow into a $40 billion industry by the year 2020. And while millions across economic and racial divides will find themselves celebrating the boom, there will be many across the nation who won’t be able to grab a piece of it. The vast majority of states still uphold rules that refuse licenses to drug felons, and where they don’t, there are often authorities who request that lawmakers bar those with past felonies from investing in the industry. Opponents of outdated drug war policies see such restrictions as a form of institutional racism, considering the distabilizing effect drug war era policies had and continue to have on communities of color.

“Slowly abolishing marijuana prohibition will eventually shrink a racially biased legal system, but more needs to be done to change the economic dynamics that favor one race over another. Only by promoting economic access can we correct the discrimination of a failed legal system. Legal reforms must be coupled with economic considerations that ensure fairness and diversity in business,” said African-American cannabis entrepreneur, Dr. James E Sulton Jr., about the kinds of measures being innovated by places like Oakland. Sulton Jr. is known for demanding that legislators do more to empower communities that have been criminalized and railroaded into poverty by such social campaigns as the ‘war on drugs.’ “Federal law mandates that a small percentage of government contracts go to economically or socially disadvantaged owners – essentially minority-owned businesses … state and local governments that have some form of legal pot should go a step further in identifying opportunities to be more inclusive regarding industry rules governing past drug offenders,” he said, in speaking concrete solutions.

While his perspective provides a segue for lawmakers to become pro-active in enabling those with drug-related arrests to pursue legal pot enterprise effectively, the Oakland model would go a step further than regulating the industry in the manner Sulton Jr. champions. He advocates leveling the playing field by ensuring that locals are not excluded from the opportunity to exploit the industry, with the recommendation that residency requirements be written in as one of the determinants of who is afforded a license. It is a suggestion that he offers in tandem with stipulations to be in place that mandate licenses be given out across the diverse spectrum of neighborhoods. He also recommends that the boards that are facilitating the growth of the industry have leadership that reflects the demographic of the communities they oversee. In Oakland, on the other hand, officials have created what they’ve dubbed their Equity Permit Program. The program which is essentially an entitlement whereby residents living within the vicinity of select police beats, or drug sellers convicted within the past ten years, can apply for “equity permits” prioritized for cannabis businesses that are majority owned by “drug war victims.”

“Policies in the U.S. have been designed to allow certain people to flourish and others to perish,” says Amanda Reiman of the Drug Policy Alliance, who acknowledges Oakland as the first place in the world to institutionalize a response to the racial and economic disparities that her research reveals to be sustained by legal barriers born out of the drug war. We have a chance with the newly legal cannabis industry to flip the script, not only by providing opportunities specifically to those most often denied them, but by showing the world that people are not their pasts.”

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Rap Radar Podcast: D.R.A.M.

Big Baby

Go ahead, call it a comeback. A year after being written off as a one hit wonder, Big Baby D.R.A.M. has defied the odds with his double platinum hit, “Broccoli”. Currently on his The Spread Love tour, the Virginia native chops it up about his success, come-up, co-signs, upbringing, and more. Subscribe on iTunes here.

photos: Calligrafist

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Amber Rose’s $8 Million Tour

Governor Rick Perry was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars”.

Plus, Amber Rose is getting paid $8 million to go on tour to talk about relationships and sex. Find out what Wendy wants to see!

Then, Goldie Hawn reveals the real reason she never got married and Kevin Hart tops Forbes magazine’s list of the highest paid comedians.

Find out Wendy’s take on today’s Hot Topics.

Source: Wendy

Young Thug & 21 Savage Announce ‘Hihorse’d Tour’

Giddy up! Young Thug is heading out on his “Hihorse’d Tour” across the United States and he’s bringing 21 Savage along for the ride.

The 20-date trek will start galloping on Nov. 9 in Baltimore before coming to a stop Dec. 18 in New York. In between, the 300 and YSL-sponsored run will hit several cities, including Philadelphia, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

For Thugger, this will be his first big tour following JEFFERY and 21 is out to support his Savage Mode joint project with Metro Boomin.

Looking to ride with 21 and Thugger? Fans can purchase their tickets here.

Hihorse’d Tour Dates

Nov. 9 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head LIVE
Nov. 10 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
Nov. 11 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Memorial Auditorium
Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
Nov. 14 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
Nov. 17 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Nov. 22 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Nov. 26 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Nov. 27 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
Nov. 28 – San Diego, CA – The Observatory
Nov. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Expo Hall
Dec. 7 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Dec 8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Dec. 9 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Dec. 11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Dec. 13 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Dec. 14 – Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
Dec. 16 – Orlando, FL – Venue 578
Dec. 18 – New York, NY – Terminal 5


Chance the Rapper to Perform at White House Christmas Tree Lighting

Lil Chano is going back to the White House.

Chance the Rapper will join Kelly Clarkson and Yolanda Adams at the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec. 1, according to Billboard.

The Magnificent Coloring Day maestro has deep ties to President Barack Obama. His father, Ken Bennett, was once an Obama aide and more recently the POTUS included “Acid Rain” on his summer playlist. Plus, according to Chance, the Obamas are “bumping Coloring Book hard” at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Beyond that, Lil Chano was also part of Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper event in April where several artists spoke with the prez about criminal justice reform. Now, he’s excited for his return to the White House.

“Proud to announce I’ll [be] giving a private performance at the @WhiteHouse Christmas Tree Lighting,” he tweeted. “One of the biggest honors as an artist.”

Clarkson also has White House ties. In 2013, she sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” for President Obama’s second inauguration. Meanwhile, Adams was part of the White House’s “In Performance” in honor of Ray Charles earlier this year.

Want to attend the lighting ceremony? Free tickets will be given to the 94th annual event through an online lottery on Oct. 7 via The National Tree’s website.

The show will be broadcast on the Hallmark Channel on Friday, Dec. 2.


Exclusive: Chocolate Droppa Calls Out Rappers; Talks Mixtape & T-Pain Beef

Chocolate Droppa is coming back to take what’s his. At least that’s what the rapper — known to many as Kevin Hart’s alter ego — is saying.

Sunglasses on in a studio at Capitol Records’ historic Hollywood building, Droppa was adamant about this mission when asked about why he called out the likes of Jay Z, Drake, and Future on his Motown debut freestyle.

“You gotta go straight for the head on a snake before you go for the body where the babies at,” he explained. “When you cut off the head, then the babies ain’t gonna have no place to go and talk to they mama. So, my thing was, cut off the head so people don’t have no mama.”

With a serious glare, he continued: “These rappers look at these other rappers as their mama. That’s why they be catering to these other rappers. I’m not that guy. I’m different. I don’t need no mama.”

That’s the mentality Droppa is carrying into What Now? The Mixtape, the companion to Hart’s stand-up comedy film What Now? So far, Chocolate has unleashed the Lex Luger-produced lead single “Baller Alert” featuring T.I. and Migos, but he’s got a lot more up his sleeves.

In an exclusive interview with Rap-Up about his latest work, Droppa held no punches, accusing Lil Wayne, MC Hammer, and even New Edition of stealing his hits. Plus, he had a little message for his rival T-Pain.

Fans are excited about your new record. What can you tell us about the creative process?

I mean, when we’re talking about the process, we’re talking about the process. You know what I mean? When it comes to me being creative, nine times out of 10, it’s me going some place where I can get in my own head so that would either be Utah or Bismarck, North Dakota. Those are my stomping grounds. I’ve got real big cabins out there where I get in my zone. My process was going out there and having a mindset of taking back what’s mine.

You said that on your freestyle in front of the Capitol Records building. Why did you decide to call out names?

I mean, look, if you’re going to give everybody attention, you gotta go straight for the head on a snake before you go for the body where the babies at. You understand what I’m saying? When you cut off the head, then the babies ain’t gonna have no place to go and talk to they mama. So, my thing was, cut off the head so people don’t have no mama. These rappers look at these other rappers as their mama. That’s why they be catering to these other rappers. I’m not that guy. I’m different. You know what I’m saying? I don’t need no mama. I’m comin’ out, I’m smackin’ everybody on the hand, saying, ‘Hey! Get ya hand out that pot. That’s my food. Don’t touch that cookie. That’s my cookie. Hey, hey. Don’t you goddamn put that cookie in your mouth ’cause I was gonna eat that cookie!’ That’s me basically saying, in a long story short, that I’m ready. I’m ready for whatever they got. That’s why I come at these people’s necks. It don’t matter to me, man. I’m a different dude. I’m an alien.

Those who are familiar with you know that you’re a battle rapper. You’ve battled T-Pain. How did you transition from battling to making music?

I mean, it ain’t really a transition. You know what I mean? If you look at my battles, my battles could’ve been singles. You see what I’m saying? Making a song ain’t nothing to me. That’s second nature. When I get in there, I get in there and when it’s time to get out, I get out. So, when you got that knowledge about a song, then you good. These other rappers that just wanna battle, they don’t know how to make songs. I can put a song together whenever I want.

Chocolate Droppa

You freestyle your battles. Are you freestyling this album?

[Starts freestyling] Everything I say is straight off the dome. I don’t take no information home. Ain’t nothing written that I say. All I ask is that y’all come see me play. What am I talking about? I’m talking about today, Day…Lewis!

You’ve said Lil Wayne stole “A Milli” from you, which was originally called “A Philly.”

He did.

What other songs have been taken from your catalog that people might not know about?

Um… “This Little Light of Mine.” That’s stolen. That’s when I was gonna go Christian in the beginning and that’s something that I had. It was stole from me from Zion Baptist Church. But whatever. I let it go. I never look back. What else? “Can You Stand the Rain?” New Edition. That was my song. It was a rap song. They turned it into what they turned it into.

Do you remember the bars off that?

“Can you stand the rain? / Rain and thunder bring me nothing but pain / So I’ma ask you again / Can you stand the rain? / I know storms may come, this I know / This I know, for sure.” That’s where I was with it. They stole that. Um… “2 Legit 2 Quit.” That was mine. Hammer took that and that hurt. That hurt because he stole that from under my nose. He came to the studio session I had and all he did was commercial it up. Mines was rough and rugged and raw. My shit started off like, “Don’t matter what sport it is / I’ma come back and make it do what it is / I don’t do shit that I say I can’t / I look up and I do my rant / Because I’m too legit to quit, motherfucker, what?! Too legit to quit, motherfucker, what?!” And he stole that from me.

Let’s talk about the Migos and T.I. collaboration “Baller Alert.” What do those artists mean to you?

You’re looking at two real hot up-and-coming cats, man. When I look at T.I., I’m like, “He got a bright future ahead of him. This guy got something. There’s a lot of potential there. I need to work with this cat.” He’s a young cat in the business and it’s cool to get with those guys and point them in a good direction. I felt that this was a good thing for him. Migos, he got that energy. I remember myself when I was at his point and T.I.’s point. I can put myself in both they shoes when I was there. Now, that I sit on the throne where I’m at, I said, “Let me go back and show some love. Let me go back and do what people didn’t do for me.”

Have you met Migos?

Yeah, I met him, man.

You only met one?

There’s two of ’em?

There’s three.

Oh! Well, I met the middle one. Which one talks fast?

Well, there’s Quavo and…

Oh, that’s what they was talking about? I thought they was talking about a shot.

There’s Takeoff and Offset.

Okay. Okay. Okay. I got it now. I got it now.

And as far as T.I. He’s got a lot of records and a lot of hits.

How many albums he got out?

He’s got a lot.

Ah, he must have put those out when I was on my community college tour.

Community college tour?

Well, it was basically one of the biggest tours to ever hit the market. You’ve gotta ask yourself, how many people don’t go to college and then go, “Man, I wish I would’ve went to school,” but it’s too late because a college is like, “We can’t.” They don’t know what to do. All those people gotta go somewhere so they go to community college. So, when you look up, you probably got somewhere north of 300,000 community colleges in the States. I definitely toured all of those colleges. It’s a good market. It’s like a church market, except it’s community colleges. I went there and built up a fan base and it ranges from age 18 to 76.

You’ve shared a lot of things that people don’t know about your music, but what about the person that is Chocolate Droppa? The soul? What do people not know about Chocolate Droppa that they need to know going into this project?

I mean, my name. A lot of people don’t know my birth name, which is Target Subway Best Buy. That’s my birth-given name. My parents spent a lot of time at Target, they loved Subway sandwiches, and they went to Best Buy to get deals on some of the hottest appliances. That’s my name. Another thing people don’t know is I almost made it into the Olympics for badminton. I’m a phenomenal badminton player. I can tie both of my shoes with my left hand. Yeah, that’s pretty dope. And in a 40-yard dash, I run a 2.3.

Musically, where are you taking listeners on What Now? The Mixtape?

Musically, I don’t know how many of you guys have ever been to the moon, but I have. So, if you haven’t, be prepared to go with me, man.

What artists will you be working with besides Migos and T.I.?

I can’t…Come on, man. I can’t give you that. I mean, you gon’ have me here all day. You trying to get exclusive-exclusive-exclusive. Just know that I got artists, man. I got your biggest rapper. Your biggest singer. Your biggest poet. Oh my God! Who’s this? Your biggest jazz player. Oh, what else we got? The biggest. The biggest what? The biggest something. You name something that somebody has done, they’re gonna do it on my album.

What about producers?

I mean, right now, Metro Boomin is somebody I’m working with. He’s dope. Me and DJ Drama have done past work. I’m trying to get Kwame, Tone Loc, MC Brains, Vanilla Ice would be nice. Like I said, man, you talking to somebody that just…I understand music. I get it. But I need somebody to get my sound. To do the same thing I do.

Finally, is there any beef with T-Pain or have you squashed it?

I mean, if we see each other, it ain’t all love. I’m not breaking my neck to go get to him, but I feel like if he wanted to come to make sure that we’re straight, he can come and do that, but I’m not gonna go out and extend that hand after I’m fresh off a destroy. You gotta come and you gotta put that stuff on your voice and you gotta be like, “Are we cool?” But you gotta do that in Auto-Tune.

–Words and photos by Andres Tardio


Beanie Sigel Opens Up About The Game/Meek Mill Beef, Altercation

Beanie Sigel speaks out. The Broad Street Bully opened up about The Game and Meek Mill’s beef and the recent incident where he was punched at the “Bad Boy Family Reunion” concert.

During a two-hour-long “Tax Season” podcast episode, Beans didn’t mince words when addressing Mill. “Your fuckery is becoming transparent,” he said. “You’re in a place where ni**as is saying you misrepresenting Philadelphia.”

But things were all good less than a month ago when Beans joined Meek Mill and Omelly on their “Ooouuu” remix diss aimed at Game. According to Beans, he wrote some of those lyrics, a topic he clarified on this episode.

“I didn’t write Omelly’s first verse,” he said. “I didn’t write all of his second verse, but the majority of it. That’s facts. You ni**as is playing games, lying, saying I ain’t write that shit.”

However, after the song was released, Mac fell out with Meek. “He started rambling,” Beanie said of Mill. “Talking about how I’m broke…and he could put a bag…and I clicked. I didn’t wanna hear that. You gon’ put a bag on who? You know what? It ain’t no more rap.”

As this was happening, Beans and The Game made peace.

But Beans’ Meek feud turned violent at the “Bad Boy Family Reunion” concert where Teefy Bey — a member of Mill’s Dreamchasers crew — says he knocked Mac out.

“Boy didn’t wanna do that, man,” says Sigel. “Sometimes you just get caught up in the momentum, man. But you don’t get no props for that though, cuz. You stole me. Your big-ass put me down too. You ain’t knock me out ’cause ain’t nobody helped me up but you put me down and I seen them flashes, but it was from the blind side. You had ample opportunity in my face. We know what’s real.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Beans went on to discuss his perception of the Meek and Drake beef, pointing to Nicki Minaj as the source of it all.

“[Drake’s] a pop star,” he said. “Who cares if he not writing that shit? … It’s not taking away from your money. So what’s the real reason why you was mad at Drake? In my point of view, you was laying in the bed one night, you rolled over, and you looked at her, cuz. You asked her, ‘You fuck that ni**a?’ And she ain’t answer you in the way you wanted her to. That’s what I think. I don’t know. But that’s my P.O.V. of it and believe that’s the majority of everybody’s P.O.V. of it.”

Listen to the full interview above and see additional highlights from the conversation below.

On Drake: “Drake don’t gotta live by the rules we live by or you claim to live by,” he added. “He’s not a street ni**a…He don’t gotta live by that code. You can’t look at that man in a different light because he’s got armed security or whoever he got. He’s the fucking biggest thing in music, ni**a. A pop star.”

On Drake beef: “No disrespect to Drake but you took a loss to a singer from Canada, at that. You flying off the handle. You should’ve left it alone and took the advice I gave you when you went through it the first time…I strictly told you, ‘Don’t say nothing, Meek. There’s power in silence.’”

On Nicki Minaj: “He made a statement to me — I ain’t gonna put his statement out there — about him and his relationship with his woman. I ain’t gonna put that out, but he made a statement to me that he shouldn’t have. I told him this, ‘Off that, let’s get to some man shit. At the end of the day, Meek, you shouldn’t have told me that because what go on under your roof supposed to stay under there, especially with you and your woman. Now we on man time.’”

On his relationship advice to Meek: “Them broads will drag you. If you don’t come in the door strong, you gotta come in strong from the door. They’ll drag you, especially a chick who don’t need you, especially a broad who got a bankroll. That’s like the ni**a who come home from jail, that get with the bitch on Section 8 and he eating up all her kids’ cereal ’cause she get WIC. He drinking up all her juicy juice. But you under her roof ’cause you don’t got…At the end of the day, you living by her rules. She can tell you, ‘Get the fuck outta here. I don’t need you.’”

On Meek Mill’s street stamp: “Meek, you gotta prove yourself to yourself. You don’t have a stamp in the street at all.”


New Music: DJ Drama feat. Fabolous, Trey Songz, Tory Lanez, Jhené Aiko, & Chris Brown – ‘Wishing (Remix)’

DJ Drama’s back with another star-studded banger. Four months after premiering “Wishing” and its music video, he returns with even more big names for the slapper’s remix.

Fabolous, Trey Songz, Tory Lanez, and Jhené Aiko all appear on the 7-minute revamp, along with Chris Brown who starred in the original.

“Shawty, this gon’ be your favorite song,” Tory sings to kick things off. Then Fabolous offers his potential new girl some advice: “Stop being friendly to the fuck boys / I’m who you’ve been cravin’ for / The one that you save it for.”

After Trey Songz delivers his trademark harmonies and raunch, Aiko comes through with her soothing-yet-edgy vocals. “Granting all of your wishes,” she sings. “I ain’t nothing like none of these bitches / And I’ll have you wishing that I was your woman.”

Featuring Breezy, Skeme, and Lyquin, the original “Wishing” had a legal drama music video with a 50 Cent cameo. The track appeared on Drama’s July album Quality Street Music 2, which also featured Lil Wayne, Young Thug, T.I., Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, Mac Miller, August Alsina, Post Malone, Rich Homie Quan, and Lil Uzi Vert, among others.

Listen to the “Wishing” remix below.