10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
T.I. Sued By 12 Of His Restaurant Employees
One of T.I.'s many business ventures is the restaurant he opened over a year ago in his hometown of Atlanta. The restaurant is called Scales 925, and it's billed as having "Upscale Southern Cuisine in the Heart of Atlanta." Tip now finds himself as the target of a new lawsuit because of Scales 925, as 12 of the restaurant's employees are claiming that they have been unlawfully compensated. The suit was filed against T.I., his business partner Charles Hughes, and the restaurant's management group. In seeking their due back pay, the employees cite the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
Stream Trae The Truth's "Another 48 Hours" Mixtape
Twenty years ago today, DJ Screw released "June 27th," widely touted as one of the best Houston hip-hop tracks of all time. Amazingly, the track is over 35 minutes in runtime, comprised of the back and forth freestyles of several members of the Screwed Up Click as well the continuous chopping and screwing of the master himself, who's influence is still deeply embedded in the Houston sound, over 15 years after his death.
T.I. & Tiny's Daughter Zonnique Pullins Arrested For Carrying Gun Through Airport
T.I. and Tiny welcomed a new child into their family a few months ago, with the birth of a baby girl, Heiress Diana Harris, making this their third child together but seventh child in the ATL family.
T.I. Holds Auditions For His New Strip Club In Atlanta
After proving himself as a successful artist and A&R, T.I. has set his sights on a new industry. The rapper put out an open call for dancers for a strip club he's getting ready to open up in Atlanta this weekend, and it seems he's already off to a good start, as around 1600 women came out for the job. TMZ has shared some footage from the auditions, and they report that only 100 of the 1600 hopefuls were selected to be considered for T.I.'s V Live club.
Snoop Dogg Criticizes "Roots" Reboot: "I Don't Understand America"
The History Channel has chosen to revive the 1977 miniseries Roots, airing its the first episode tonight, but despite his friend and collaborator, T.I. scoring a role on the show, Snoop Dogg will not be tuning in. Taking to Instagram today, Snoop criticized Roots, as well as other recent projects like 12 Years A Slave.
Woman Shot In Leg At T.I. Concert May Launch Lawsuit
The shooting at T.I.'s Irving Plaza show on Wednesday May 26th resulted in four victims. BSB affiliate Ronald McPhatter died from bullet wounds, while Troy Ave (who is being held in custody for attempted murder) suffered a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot to the leg.
A Recent History Of The Post-Prison Comeback Track
Yesterday was a truly bizarre day in hip-hop. It started with news of a shooting at a T.I. concert the night before in New York, and reports soon connected to the incident to Troy Ave, as the NYPD caught footage of the Brooklyn rapper opening fire in a VIP green room. That footage was released to the public, and Troy has since been arrested on charges of attempted murder, among others. Ultimately, though, it was a joyous day, made possible by the surprise return of Gucci Mane, who had been locked up in an Indiana penitentiary for almost three years.
T.I. Releases Statement On Last Night's Irving Plaza Shooting
T.I. has made an official statement following last night’s incident at Irving Plaza where Troy Ave pulled a Cheddar Bob and shot himself in the leg, before turning the trigger on others. Taking to his IG a couple hours ago, Tip had the following message for the victims of last night's senseless act...
Troy Ave Arrested, Video Appears To Show Him Opening Fire Backstage At T.I. Concert
UPDATE (05/26/16 | 7:45pm EST): Troy Ave has now been charged with attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, reports the New York Daily News. A source told the outlet that the rapper is "expected" to be charged with murder once the results of a ballistics test have been concluded. There has only been one confirmed death from last night's shooting, and that man was revealed to be an affiliate of Troy Ave's known as B$B Banga. Original text below:
NYPD Commissioner Calls Rappers "Basically Thugs" After T.I. Concert Shooting
Violence cut short T.I.'s concert at New York City's Irving Plaza last night. Among the four victims who suffered gunshot wounds was Troy Ave. The shooting resulted in one fatality, Troy Ave affiliate BSB Banga. New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton appeared on WCBS 880's Thursday morning talk show to offer his thoughts on the incident:
Multiple People Shot At T.I. Concert At NYC's Irving Plaza [Update: Troy Ave Reportedly Shot In Leg)
Details are surfacing online right now that gunshots were fired at T.I.’s concert tonight at NYC’s Irving Plaza. While information is still incoming, reports are stating that one woman was shot in the leg and a man was shot in the chest. Meanwhile, another report states three people have been injured. There’s heavy police on the scene right now, and the building has been evacuated. No arrests have been made at the moment. We’ll continue to update you with more information once it becomes available. Check out the tweets & posts below.
Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Did T.I. Accidentally Confirm Lauren London & Nipsey Hussle Are Expecting A Child?
There have been some rumors circulating that Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle are expecting a child together, and while London has denied the reports, T.I. has managed to bring the whole thing up again. Speaking on the upcoming film, ATL 2, Tip accidentally suggested the reason for the film's delay was due to Lauren's pregnancy.
T.I. Previews New Single, "Dope"
T.I. has is one of the few rappers to earn multiple number 1s on the Hot 100 track, so it's safe to say, he knows how to make a single. Today, the Atlanta rapper has shared a preview of his upcoming record, "Dope," which is sounding like one of his classic hits, and features vocals from Marsha Abrosius.The clip also gives us a look at the upcoming video, which will premiere on May 16th, and features guest appearances from the likes of Andre 3000, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Killer Mike, and Nelly. It also happens to sample Aaliyah's iconic single, "Rock The Boat".
Kodak Black Wants To Take Tiny's Daughter Zonnique To Prom, Isn't Worried About T.I.
Like most 18-year-olds, Kodak Black plans on going to prom this year, though he has higher aspirations than his male peers when it comes to his date. As of now, candidates include one Jenner and one Kardashian, but his top choice Zonnique Pullins, the 20-year-old daughter of T.I.'s wife, Tiny Harris. The singer is signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records and has appeared frequently on his and her mother's "The Family Hustle" VH1 reality show.
Review: Bankroll Mafia's "Bankroll Mafia"
Regardless of your opinion of T.I., you have to admit that the majority of the music on his Hustle Gang tapes fell somewhere between uneven at best, and total jumbled mess at worst. The two G.D.O.D. projects featured a solid enough core of Tip, Young Dro, Shad Da God, Young Booke, Doe B (RIP), Spodee, and Trae Tha Truth, but the many attempts to outfit that already seven-strong crew with a wildly varied array of guests made for "too many cooks"-style chaos more often than not.
Listen To Bankroll Mafia's Debut Self-Titled Album
Bankroll Mafia took a hit when one of its founding members, PeeWee Roscoe, was sent to prison. With Roscoe still locked up (free da goat), the Mafia has reemerged as one of the nation's strongest collectives, made up of T.I., Young Thug, Shad da God, London Jae, and Duke. Earlier this week, the group shared a video to its January banger "Out My Face," and today, T.I., Shad, and Jae dropped off a cool stoner's anthem in "Smoke Tree" along with an accompanying video. Now, as promised, the self-titled album is here, and it looks incredible.
Behind The Beat: C4
Most of Atlanta's most successful musicians were born in the city and haven't left since. The transplants that have been able to make it are mostly from the South, as Atlanta is really the only place in the region that provides any opportunity for a career in music. That's where C4 headed after he had seen DJ Spinz, also from the town of Augusta, make a name for himself in the Georgia capital.