Hip Hop Beats: Travis Scott, Birdman, Tekashi 6ix9ine & More!
TRAVIS SCOTT AND CARDI B TO HEADLINE ‘MADE IN AMERICA’ FESITVAL: Travis Scott and Cardi B have been named as the headliners for this year’s Made in America festival. According to Rap-Up, the two-day event, which is held on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia during Labor Day Weekend, will also feature appearances from Juice WRLD, James Blake, Kaskade, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Kodak Black, Jorja Smith, Blueface, Pink Sweat$, KAYTRANADA, Tierra Whack, MadeinTYO, Amber Mark, Megan Thee Stallion and Bazzi. The festival will be held on August 31st and September 1st.
BIRDMAN WANTS TO REMOVE TATTOOS FROM HIS FACE: Birdman has revealed that he wants to remove the tattoos he currently has on his face. During a recent appearance on The Wendy Williams Show, he said, "I didn't want to take the head tattoos off but I wanted to take the facials off. I just felt like me being older, I would like to get it off." Prior to appearing on ‘Wendy,’ Birdman spoke of his appearance to Forbes and said, "I just think at this point in my life, I don't need that. That stereotypes you. It takes away from the business and certain things."
NEW GUILTY PLEA IN TEKASHI 6IX9INE’S RACKETEERING CASE: According to Complex, a third defendant in Tekashi 6ix9ine’s racketeering case has pleaded guilty. On Tuesday (April 2nd), Jensel "Ish" Butler pleaded guilty to one firearms offense in connection to a robbery that took place in Midtown Manhattan on April 3rd, 2018. The robbery, as mentioned in the case’s original indictment, took place around West 40th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan. Apparently, 6ix9ine’s former friend, Scum Lord D!zzy, was robbed of his backpack, which was later discovered during a raid by authors at an apartment 6ix9ine was renting in September 2018. According to the latest indictment, the crime Butler pleaded to is that he "knowingly did use and carry firearms, and in furtherance of such crime did possess firearms, and did aid and abet the use, carrying, and possession of firearms, some of which were brandished."
T.I. ‘DISHEARTENED, DISAPPOINTED AND DISGUSTED’ BY NIPSEY HUSSLE’S MURDER: During a recent interview with TMZ, T.I. has opened up about Nipsey Hussle’s murder. He said, "Despair, hopelessness. Just, I think I'm disheartened, disappointed, and disgusted that the very people that we all work so hard to try to liberate and uplift are the ones that ultimately in the end hope to see our demise." He continued, "I think, right now, I'm just focusing on some kind of clarity and understanding and eventually, man, I know as the days continue to progress I'll find it."
2 CHAINZ HIT WITH $10 MILLION LAWSUIT ALLEGEDLY RIPPING OFF A 90S DANCE SONG: 2 Chainz is being sued for $10 million by three songwriters who claim the rapper stole their work. According to documents obtained by The Blast, Allen Georgia, Sten Stonebridge and Frederick McFarlane have filed a lawsuit against TeeFLii, 2 Chainz and DJ Mustard, accusing them of ripping off a song they own the rights to. The lawsuit claims that the three writers own the rights to the song, "Back It Up," which was performed by Robin S. of "Show Me Love" back in 1993. The writers allege that the defendants "either copied, or reproduced, the dominant theme from ‘Back It Up,’ and co-opted it as the main theme for ’24 Hours,’ with minor modifications and a tempo change." The lawsuit is seeking in excess of $10 million.