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July 2018

R&B’s Favorite Bad Boy Arrested

Chris Brown was arrested on Thursday night, moments after wrapping up his concert in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The 29-year-old singer was taken into police custody by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for an out-of-county warrant, according to online court records.

Police waited for Brown to finish his set at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre before immediately escorting him into a cruiser, #TMZ reported.

He was booked at 11:00 p.m. local time and placed on $2,000 bond. Brown posted the bond and was released just before midnight, according to records.

The warrant was for felony battery and was issued in April 2017 by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, a spokesperson for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office told #PEOPLE.

Police said Brown allegedly “sucker punched” a 29-year-old club photographer in Tampa during a paid appearance at AJA Channelside around 1 a.m. local time on April 17. The alleged victim claimed that Brown attacked him because he was taking photos after Brown arrived at the venue for an afterparty “showing.”

Brown had left by the time officers arrived on the scene and the victim declined medical attention, though he suffered a “minor” cut to his lip, according to police. The victim said he intended to prosecute.

In a statement on Facebook at the time, the club wrote, “Incidents like the ones caused by Chris Brown and his team are very sad to see. As everyone witnessed he showed up to the club at around 1:30am. After only a few minutes of being there, Chris Brown himself and his team assaulted our club photographer and proceeded to walk out of the venue.”

“AJA Channelside and our employees apologize for the inconvenience,” the statement continued. “Assault charges were pressed and we are dealing with the proper authorities accordingly. We appreciate your constant support!”

Hate Him Now….

#Nas is one who never has to worry about money…. He’s hit the jackpot once again. This time with his latest investment. #PillPack was just bought by #Amazon for $1 Billion… as if he’s not rich enough!

The artist picks the right kinds of business ventures. A recent announcement revealed Amazon’s acquisition of an online pharmacy called PillPack. The startup offers a door-to-door service, enabling their customers to stock up by ordering online and having their products delivered directly to their homes.

PillPack was backed by Nas’ Queensbridge Venture Partners as an early investor in 2014. The fund is said to have raised $8.8 million. Since then, a total of $118 million was amassed in private capital investments before Amazon’s involvement. The deal is set to be finalized this fall. TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen, the owners of the online pharmacy, are each making $100 million from the deal. Nas and his crew are more than like to have hefty cheques coming in too.

Nas has been winning big in business on the low. This is the second time Amazon buys out one of his investments. In March, the retail giant shelled out $1 billion to purchase Ring, a smart doorbell company. Nas came out of that deal with a cool $40M. Queensbridge Venture Partners also had a hand in Lyft, Genius (FKA Rap Genius) and more. It seems like the New York City native moves in silence for the most part. Folks should not be fooled by his humble demeanor. #scmradio #djmshypnotique.

Cardi B Becomes First Female Rapper With Two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s

​Cardi B knows how to celebrate!

The 25-year-old pregnant rapper took to Instagram on Monday night to ring in a milestone accomplishment. Cardi became the first female rapper to land two No. 1 singles atop the Billboard Hot 100 list, thanks to her track, “I Like It.”

She scored her first no. 1 with 2017’s “Bodak Yellow.”

In honor of the special occasion, Cardi posted a video to Instagram with the caption, “Number 1 Again.”

In the clip, Cardi is walking around a bedroom, shouting, “Number one! I’m number one, I’m number one,” while leaning against the bed and twerking it out – baby bump and all!

This isn’t the first time Cardi has twerked during her pregnancy. In April she showed off her moves during her Coachella performance. Shortly after, she announced on Instagram that she was taking a break from performing ahead of the arrive of her first child.

“Shortie keep growing. I be looking like I be moving and everything, but in reality, a b**ch barely can breathe!” she said at the time. “I want to thank y’all for understanding. I’ll be back for the Bruno Mars tour and everything.”

Cardi’s no. 1’s aren’t the only thing the rapper has to celebrate recently. In addition to her baby girl on the way, she also recently announced that she and rapper Offset had secretly tied the knot last September.

“There are so many moments that I share with the world and there are moments that I want to keep for myself!” Cardi tweeted. “Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do but we was so in love we didn’t want to lose each other, was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married. We found someone to marry us. And she did, just the two of us and my cousin. I said i do, with no dress no make up and no ring!”

LeBron James agrees to four-year contract with Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA’s premier free agent is leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career – this time to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

James will join the Lakers on a four-year contract worth a total of $154million, according to a press release by Klutch Sports Group.

Earlier Sunday, James had contact with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were hoping to hang onto the best player in franchise history.

Shortly after the 12:01 EDTam start to free agency, Cavs general manager Koby Altman spoke on the phone to both James and Paul, the person said.

While there was a feverish flurry of activity involving big-named players in the opening hour of what has been billed as the Summer of LeBron, James did not announce where he’ll play next season and it’s not known if other moves, such as Paul George staying in Oklahoma City and Chris Paul staying in Houston, have affected his thinking.

The meeting with the 76ers was first reported by ESPN. James wasn’t expected to drag his choice out over several days.

He knows what he wants and he’s very familiar with the Cavaliers after leading them to four straight NBA Finals since returning as a free agent in 2014 following four seasons in Miami.

Because they own his ‘Bird rights’ the Cavs can offer James more money than any other team – a five-year, $207 million deal.

But the 33-year-old has interests beyond basketball and the massive Los Angeles market would give him a bigger stage and platform.

The Lakers have a young, talented but inexperienced roster and they were hoping to land both James and possibly George.

But the All-Star forward opted to stick with the Thunder and will sign a four-year deal when teams are permitted to finalize contracts on June 6.

It was previously thought that George’s choice could sway James to sign a short-term deal with Cleveland, but the Lakers were determined to get their hands on the four-time MVP.

The Cavs, on the other hand, have been mostly operating in the dark.

While there had been dialogue between Paul and Altman since the season ended, James had not given the team any sense of his plans.

That’s made it tough for Cleveland to upgrade its roster, but the Cavs remain committed to bringing back James even for just one more year.

On Friday, James formally became a free agent when he informed the Cavs he would not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season, making him an unrestricted free agent and the prize catch in the 2018 class.

Drake’s “Scorpion” Breaks All-Time 1st Day Streaming Record

With over 170 million streams, Drake’s Scorpion just broke his own Apple Music all-time record for the most streams in a single day. The 6 God’s More Life playlist previously held the record with 89.9 million streams in its first day.

But according to Apple Music, the album also set a new record for the most single-day stream on all streaming services.

“Drake’s Scorpion has broken the all time first day streaming record with more than 170 million streams on Apple Music,” Apple relayed to HipHopDX via email. “That is also the most streams in a single day on any service, ever.”

Scorpion was released on Friday (June 29) and sold 122 million copies on Apple Music within 24 hours. It now holds both the U.S. and global streaming records for Apple. The service heavily promoted the album and even launched a site allowing users to create their own Scorpion cover art.

Scorpion also crushed Spotify’s single-day global record for album streams as well.

According to data on SpotifyCharts.com, the album pulled in 132,450,203 streams, over 50,000,000 more than Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys, which previously held the record with 78,744,748 streams globally on its first day of release.

YoungBoy Never Broke Again Drops “Reloaded” Version Of “Until Death Call My Name”

YoungBoy Never Broke Again has added seven songs to his debut album, Until Death Call My Name, for a new deluxe edition billed as Reloaded.

The extended version of the LP features 20 songs, including new collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert and Offset. The project arrives a little over a month after the Baton Rouge native released a nine-track mixtape titled Master The Day of Judgement.

Check out YoungBoy’s Until Death Call My Name Reloaded stream.

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