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Warner Music Group Donates $100 Million to Social Justice Organizations

The music industry is taking action.

A day after Blackout Tuesday, Warner Music Group–home to stars including Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, and Bruno Mars–announced a $100 million fund to support charitable causes related to the music industry, social justice, and campaigns against violence and racism.

According to Variety, an advisory panel made up of appointees from Warner Music Group and the foundation of its primary owner, Len Blavatnik, will establish procedures to identify and support those in the music community, and organizations strengthening education, and promoting equality, opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.

“This fund will support the extraordinary, dedicated organizations that are on the front lines of the fight against racism and injustice, and that help those in need across the music industry,” said Steve Cooper, CEO of Warner Music Group. “Our advisory panel, which will draw from a diverse cross-section of people from our team and the wider community, will help us be very thoughtful and accountable in how we make an impact. We’re determined to contribute, on a sustained long-term basis, to the effort to bring about real change.”

The donation comes after artists including The Weeknd called on major record labels and streaming services to “go big” with their donations. The singer donated $500,000 to Black Lives Matter organizations on Monday.

In honor of Blackout Tuesday, the music industry including brands like Spotify, Apple, and Live Nation paused operations to protest the killings of black citizens at the hands of police and reflect on what actions need to be taken to support the black community.

“The music industry is a multibillion dollar industry,” read a message on “An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our mission is to hold the industry at large, including major corporations + their partners who benefit from the efforts, struggles and successes of Black people accountable.”

Republic Records announced that they would be postponing releases scheduled for Friday, instead “using the time to reflect on the injustices happening to the Black community in America, and discuss how we and our artists can use our voices to impact and create real initiatives for change in our communities.” Interscope has also pushed back music by its artists including 6LACK, Jessie Ware, and Smokepurpp.

Live Nation and Apple have also made donations to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit focused on criminal justice reform. “To create change, we have to reexamine our own views and actions in light of a pain that is deeply felt but too often ignored,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.


Cardi B Calls Out Reporter Who Claims She Was Promoting Violence

Cardi B is firing back at a reporter who claims she was inciting violence.

KTLA entertainment anchor Doug Kolk ran a segment using part of the rapper’s Instagram video where she addressed the protests across the country following George Floyd’s death. Kolk claimed that Cardi was using her “massive platform to promote the violence.”

“People looting and going extremely outraged, you know, it makes me feel like, ‘Yes! Finally! Finally motherf*kers gonna hear us now. Yeah!’” she can be heard saying in the aired clip. “As much as people is so against it, at this point I feel like I’m not against it, even though it do scare me.”

But her Instagram video was cut before she could finish her thoughts. In the non-televised clip, she also encouraged her followers to vote in the upcoming election. “Another way for the people to take power… I don’t want to make everything political but it is what it is. It’s by voting,” added Cardi.

After hearing her words taken out of context, Cardi called out the reporter on Twitter. “@DougKolk why your no lip square head having ass ain’t put the part were I said to vote ? You cottage cheese breath having bitch,” she said. “Why don’t you post how a conservative Christian trump supporter post my adress and encourage people to loot my home(which by the way he goin to jail ).”

Her reaction prompted an apology from Kolk. “I apologize to @iamcardib if I took her words out of context,” he tweeted. “I respect her for using her platform to connect with people during these difficult times and it was wrong of me to not let her full voice be heard. I will make sure that is corrected during my next segment.”

KTLA also aired a segment including an apology from Kolk. “I recognize now how I misconstrued her words,” he said. “I ask Cardi and her faithful fan base for forgiveness, and let this serve as a learning experience for me, not only as a journalist but as a human being.”


Former Officers to Be Charged in Killing of George Floyd

Charges will be filed against the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd.

After its initial review of evidence in the investigation, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to announce a decision regarding additional charges on Wednesday afternoon, according to a tweet from Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleaded “I can’t breathe,” was arrested last Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. His charge will be upgraded to second-degree murder.

According to Minnesota state law, second-degree murder is not premeditated or planned in advance. Chauvin faces a maximum penalty of 40 years behind bars for the charge.

Officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and a fourth officer, Tou Thao, who stood near the others, will also be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

The announcement comes more than a week after Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking global protests demanding an end to police brutality against black citizens.

Two autopsies, one by the county medical examiner and the other commissioned by Floyd’s family, determined that he died by homicide. The four officers were fired, while Floyd’s family and protesters have called for the officers to be arrested and convicted for the killing.

“George died because he needed a breath,” said Ben Crump, a lawyer for Floyd’s family. “He needed a breath of air.”

The music industry is reacting to the charges. Prior to the announcement, Drake prayed for justice. “The decision on the other officers will be announced this afternoon and it BETTER reflect the cries and outrage of the people,” he wrote on Instagram.

“this is an opportunity for those in power who are used to protecting each other to show the nation they are being heard…pivotal moment in history is upon us and I am praying for harsh JUSTICE …can’t say I’m not nervous though.”

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Ice Cube commended Ellison for “doing the right thing” and urged him to “follow through,” while Meek Mill wrote, “Step 1!!!”

Trey Songz applauded protesters for using their voice to demand justice. “Never let them tell you how to use your voice,” he tweeted. “Your voice brings about change. This is why we march. Don’t let them convince you that You didn’t make this happen!”


Bhad Bhabie Enters Rehab for Trauma and Substance Abuse

Bhad Bhabie has entered rehab to attend to some personal issues.

According to TMZ, the 17-year-old rapper, whose real name is Danielle Bregoli, checked herself into a facility at an undisclosed location a few weeks ago. She is reportedly being treated for childhood trauma along with substance abuse in the form of prescription pills.

She was apparently aware of the severity of the issue, which is why she decided to seek assistance. She is doing well and is optimistic about her progress, and plans to remain in rehab for 30-90 days.

Bhad Bhabie has remained off Instagram since mid-May, which caught the attention of rapper Chika, who called her out for her silence on George Floyd. “bad bhabie lil chickenhead ass been silent, too. we really ain’t caught her outside not once. hmm,” tweeted Chika.

On Tuesday, Bhad Bhabie posted a black square in solidarity with the #BlackoutTuesday and Black Lives Matter movement. Her management has also released a statement on her Instagram page addressing her decision to seek treatment.

“Danielle has been working hard for the past few years and made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to attend to some personal issues,” reads the statement. “For past weeks, she has been in a treatment center receiving and continuing to receive professional support. She loves her fans, and has promised to return better, and healthier than ever. Please respect her and her families privacy at this time.”


Stream Run the Jewels’ New Album ‘RTJ4’

Run the Jewels, the duo of Killer Mike and El-P, have released their new album RTJ4 two days ahead of schedule.

The album is available for streaming and as a free download across all digital platforms. The 11 tracks include contributions from Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Mavis Staples, 2 Chainz, Josh Homme, DJ Premier, and more.

“Fuck it, why wait? The world is infested with bullshit so here’s something raw to listen to while you deal with it all,” said the duo. “We hope it brings you some joy. Stay safe and hopeful out there and thank you for giving 2 friends the chance to be heard and do what they love.”

Over the weekend, Killer Mike delivered an emotional speech at the Atlanta Mayor’s press conference, pleading with protesters not to vandalize his city. “I am duty-bound to be here to simply say: That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy,” he said. “It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize.”

The duo is also joining the fight for justice by encouraging donations to organizations that support justice, change, and equity in America.

RTJ4 is the fourth installment in the Run the Jewels series, which started in 2013. Their most recent project, Run the Jewels 3, was released in 2016.

Stream RTJ4 below.


New Album: Run The Jewels ‘RTJ4’

The saga continues.

It’s been a long time coming, but Run The Jewels are back and release their fourth collaborative album, RTJ4.

Due to the current state of affairs, the two have decided to release the album two days early than its initial scheduled release (June 5).

Here, Killer Mike and El-P draw inspirations from their hometowns on the triumphant anthem “Yankee & The Brave (Ep.4)” and then continue their victory laps with “Ooh La La” with Greg Nice and DJ Premier. The set which follows 2016’s RTJ3, includes 11 tracks in total with guest features from 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Zack de la Rocha, Josh Homme, and Mavis Staples. The LP is available with a free download on their website here.

Last Friday (May 29), Killer Mike spoke at a press conference along with T.I. regarding the protests and the rioting in his hometown of Atlanta. Run it!

Source: Rap radar