AR-Ab on Being Shot 13 Times Before Heading to Prison Over Drug Case

The journey AR-Ab took to sign to Cash Money was a long and treacherous one of many. Both he and Dark Lo faced some serious hurdles before AR’s deal with Birdman. In 2010, AR was fighting a gun and drug case simultaneously, and though he felt the gun case was going to put him behind bars, he was actually found guilty for the crack case and faced 3-6 years. Dark Lo says the team was crushed, but they maintained such a tight-knit circle that they held OBH down until his return. “You can’t imagine the state everybody was in. Later that night, I went to the studio, and I’m talking about that’s when I knew how much power I had.” AR explained, “Everybody was in there ready to cry. When I say everybody was ready to cry, we [are] talking about killers.”

For AR, the sentence came right after his mother and grandmother’s death, and he says he had to start his prison date the day after his brother was released after serving 9-years upstate. To make matters worse, AR says he was shot several times as well. “It was a crazy time, I just got shot, I got shot three times, then I got shot ten times five months after that, then five months after that my grandmom died, then a month after that my mom died.”

Further into the conversation, Dark Lo and AR-Ab talked about jail & gun culture being normal in Philadelphia, and why he left his strict, religious household for the street life at 15.


Man Who Ran on Football Field in All Lives Matter Gorilla Suit is Black

The streaker who ran onto the Soldier Field grounds wearing a gorilla suit, during Week-4’s Bears game in Chicago, has been identified as 31-year-old Angelo Graham of Maryville, Tennessee.

In a stunt that was widely considered to be racist, Graham impeded upon the Bears’ match-up against the Detroit Lions, when during the fourth quarter he took to the field with a t-shirt that read “All Lives Matter” on the front, and “Put Down the Guns” on the back. Fans and players watched with a mix of amusement, shock, and confusion as the fur-clad Graham darted halfway up the field and back before pounced by four security guards.

With Colin Kaepernick’s Black Lives Matter inspired protest movement having occupied the NFL over the course of the 2016 season, the incident revived question as to the controversial nature of the “All Lives Matter” slogan. Along with its timing, the location of Graham’s stunt being Chicago was also controversial, with “Put Down the Guns” striking a sore note as the city continues to deal with its devastating toll of homicides having surpassed the total of those recorded in New York City and Los Angeles combined.



Eva Mendes for New York & Company

What Wendy’s Wearing:

• Black “Margot” sweater dress by Eva Mendes for New York & Company

• Caramel fishnet tights by Nude Barre

• Silver hoop earrings by Charming Charlie

• Silver cuff by Marlyn Schiff

• Wendy’s own silver and gold watch by Cartier

• Wendy’s own diamond bracelets

• Wendy’s own gold charm bracelet by Louis Vuitton

• Black on black midi-cateye glasses by Divalicious Jewelry

• Nude patent leather “Pigalle” pumps by Christian Louboutin

• Nude “Moreover” pointed toe flats by BP

Source: Wendy

No Panty: Bodega Bamz on Latinos Not Representing Correctly After Big Pun

No Panty a group formed by Hispanic rappers Joell Ortiz, Bodega Bamz, and Nitty Scott stopped by VladTV to talk their new project, working with Salaam Remi, how the group formed, and their Latino backgrounds. The group told Vlad that Salaam Remi reached out to Joell Ortiz who then reached out to Bodega Bamz. Bamz explained, “So I got a call one night feel me, from Joell Ortiz to tell me about an opportunity and he was telling me like yo listen Salaam Remi reached out to me. He’s tired of the representation of Latinos in music, and he wants to bring a project forward to showcase that talent.” Joell told Remi about Bamz, and they set up a studio session, and the rest was history.

The trio also spoke about how they all are of Puerto Rican decent, but don’t tend to incorporate Spanish in their raps. The project was initially for the Puerto Rican day parade before the group went down to Miami to record with Remi. Vlad asked the group if they felt it was a coincidence that Remi had a hand in all of the Fugees hits, and now their group is formed in the same fashion being two guys and a girl, and the group had plenty to say. ” I think it is; I think it’s a coincidence. But it’s also a very divine like how things come full circle because he hand picked us you know for what we would bring to the records, but I don’t think it was like, I’mma recreate the Fugees,” Nitty expressed to Vlad.

So why the name No Panty? The group joked it was because Salaam Remi is a “freaky ass n**ga,” but it was a random name that they chose to stick with. “He had mentioned he wanted to create a party in the city and call it No Panty Thursdays… I guess we took on the shape of that party through the music…so when you looking for the Spanish spot to go to it’s us. Plus when No Panty also means you get right to it, and that’s what I feel we did on this project, got right to it.”

Check out the clip above.


Alicia Keys Announces New Album ‘HERE’

Alicia Keys is HERE. The R&B songstress has announced a title and release date for her long-awaited sixth album.

The follow-up to 2012’s Girl on Fire will arrive at retailers on Nov. 4 and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. The stunning black-and-white cover art features a makeup-free Alicia with natural curly hair.

HERE serves as an ode to her hometown of NYC. “This album is so much about life, New York City, us as people, all the stories I saw growing up,” Alicia said during a recent appearance on the “Today” show. “It sounds like the New York that I know. It’s aggressive, it’s raw, it’s me being my most truthful…It is such powerful music. You are going to go crazy.”

The 16-track set features the single “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” featuring A$AP Rocky. The song, dedicated to Swizz Beatz’ son, Kasseem Dean Jr., celebrates her and her husband’s ex Mashonda’s “commitment to each other with support and true growth.”

Alicia also released the single “In Common” earlier this year, but it’s currently absent from the iTunes tracklisting.

She will perform a free concert for fans in NYC this Sunday (Oct. 9) and host her annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball on Oct. 19 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. Plus, she is set to take the stage at the TIDAL X: 1015 show on Oct. 15 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.


New Music: Bruno Mars – ’24K Magic’

It’s showtime! Guess who’s back again?

Nearly four years since his last album and two Super Bowl halftime performances later, Bruno Mars sets the party off with his new single “24K Magic” (pronounced twenty-four karat magic). And boy does he deliver. The synth-heavy track features a heavy dose of retro funk. Donning cuban links and designer minks, Bruns gets down to business on the dance floor.

“Put your pinky rings up to the moon / What ya’ll tryna do? / 24K magic in the air,” he sings on the infectious hook.

“24K Magic” serves as the first single and title track off Bruno’s third album, the follow-up to 2012’s Unorthodox Jukebox, due Nov. 18. The nine-track set is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Check out the vintage cover art and listen to Bruno’s next No. 1 smash below.

In the video, which dropped moments after the song, Bruno takes over Las Vegas. From the moment his private jet lands at the MGM Grand, he gets the party going. Clad in Versace, Bruno and his Hooligans have tons of fun driving drive down the Strip in a convertible and riding through a casino in motorized scooters while throwing money in the air.

Of course, there are also plenty of bikini-clad babes for all the playas. And like a true baller, he even rides a jet ski through the Bellagio fountains. Look out!


New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Thick of It’

After debuting her new single “Thick of It” on stage over the weekend, Mary J. Blige delivers the studio version of her newest breakup anthem.

Detailing her divorce from Kendu Isaacs, “Thick of It” allows the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul to once again channel real life experiences with her lyrics.

“I was there when no one wanted to stay with you, baby,” she sings. “You know I deserve all of this / Yes, I do / So tell me who’s gonna love you like I do?”

Mary filed for divorce from Isaacs in July, following 12 years of marriage. During an interview with Philadelphia’s WDAS, Blige opened up about the song.

“If you know me, you know what I’m dealing with right now,” she said. “The ‘Thick of It’ is the divorce and all this stuff that’s going on right now. It’s the heaviness of it and the whole thing…That’s where I am. I’m in the middle of a divorce and it doesn’t feel good. It feels terrible, but I have strength to get through and I get through by any means necessary.”

She continued, saying that she doesn’t mind being an open book with her music. “It’s not hard to be transparent when you’re actually trying to heal from something,” she said. “There’s no embarrassment.”

Mary has been working on Strength of a Woman, the follow-up to her 2014 album London Sessions, along with the likes of Hit-Boy and Jazmine Sullivan. Blige says Kanye West will also appear on a song titled “Love Yourself.”

She revealed how she came up with the album title. “For so many reasons,” she said. “We find that strength in us to not just survive these trials, but to thrive, to live, to get something out of it to not make the same mistakes again.”

Mary’s expanding her career horizons too. The singer recently interviewed Hillary Clinton on her new Apple Music program, “The 411.”

Next week, Blige is heading out on the “King and Queen of Hearts Tour” with Maxwell, starting Oct. 13 in Switzerland.


New Music: John Legend – ‘Love Me Now’

John Legend is back with a song for the lovers. Three years since his last album, the R&B crooner returns with “Love Me Now,” the first single off his upcoming fifth album Darkness and Light.

“It’s all about lovin’ and livin’ to the fullest, don’t wait till tomorrow,” explained Legend during a Facebook Live Q&A. “Hold the people you love close to you right now.”

With an emotional tone, Legend sings about the power of love and its effects. “Pulling me further, further than I’ve been before,” he sings. “Making me stronger, shaking me right to the core.”

The hook is an ode to love in the moment while acknowledging its finite existence. “I don’t know who’s gonna kiss you when I’m gone,” he sings over the galloping beat. “So I’m gonna love you now like it’s all I have / I know it’ll kill me when it’s over / I don’t want to think about it / I want you to love me now.”

Likely a dedication to Legend’s supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen, the song’s artwork features the new parents in an intimate moment.

Darkness and Light is due later this year and features a dedication to the couple’s daughter Luna called “Right by You.” The follow-up to 2013’s Love in the Future also features Chance the Rapper, Miguel, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.

“It’s my best work yet,” he promised.

Watch Mr. Legend perform “Love Me Now” live from his living room below.


Prince’s Home Opens as a Museum

Prince’s Paisley Park compound opened as a museum today. Is it too soon?

Then, Tori Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott are expecting their 5th child and Mariah Carey shined on last night’s episode of Empire.

Plus, find out what happened when Rosie O’Donnell came face-to-face with Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

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Watch Mariah Carey & Jussie Smollett’s ‘Infamous’ Duet on ‘Empire’

Following several teases, Mariah Carey finally made a guest appearance on “Empire” last night.

The superstar’s character Kitty joined Jussie Smollett’s Jamal Lyon for “Infamous,” a poetic and catchy new love song, produced by Jermaine Dupri.

“All things are possible,” Smollett sings. “Come drink my cup, it overflows / Right now, we face the sunrise of love.”

Mariah comes in with her iconic vocals from there. “Your body closes in on mine,” she sings. “Wishes break in and justify / Sweet hurricane of love flowing with the tide.”

In its third season, “Empire” is continuing its streak as a star-studded show. Xzibit and Romeo Miller are also guests this season. Meanwhile, Mariah is set to premiere her new E! docuseries “Mariah’s World” on Dec. 4.

Watch her and Smollett’s “Infamous” duet below.