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American Music Awards Winners List

American Music Awards 2021:
The Full Winners List

The American Music Awards aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Hosted by Cardi B, the star-studded awards show featured performances from BTS with Coldplay, Olivia Rodrigo, Tyler the Creator, Måneskin, Walker Hayes, Mickey Guyton, Bad Bunny, Tainy with Julieta Venegas, Carrie Underwood with Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, New Edition and New Kids on the Block. Diplo was on DJ duty for the ceremony.

Rodrigo and the Weeknd led the nominations with seven and six nods, respectively. Bad Bunny, Doja Cat and Giveon each received five nominations. The show’s winners are voted on by fans, with new categories this year including favorite trending song, favorite gospel artist and favorite Latin duo or group.

BTS took home the prestigious artist of the year award, as well as favorite pop duo or group and favorite pop song for “Butter.” Megan Thee Stallion also received three wins, for favorite trending song for “Body,” female hip-hop artist and hip-hop album for “Good News.” Doja Cat had the same amount of honors, winning collaboration of the year for “Kiss Me More” with SZA, as well as favorite female R&B artist and R&B album for “Planet Her.” Rodrigo, meanwhile, won new artist of the year.


The 2021 American Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative and Jesse Collins Entertainment. The show is sponsored by Xfinity.

See all the night’s winners below.


Ariana Grande



Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd





Masked Wolf

Olivia Rodrigo (WINNER)




24kGoldn ft. iann dior “Mood”

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More” (WINNER) 

Justin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon “Peaches”



Erica Banks “Buss It”

Måneskin “Beggin’”

Megan Thee Stallion “Body” (WINNER)

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

Popp Hunna “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)”



Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open”

Cardi B “Up”

Lil Nas X “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” (WINNER) 

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd “Save Your Tears”




Ed Sheeran (WINNER) 

Justin Bieber

Lil Nas X

The Weeknd



Ariana Grande

Doja Cat

Dua Lipa

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift (WINNER)





Glass Animals

Maroon 5

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak)



Ariana Grande “Positions”

Dua Lipa “Future Nostalgia”

Olivia Rodrigo “SOUR”

Taylor Swift “evermore” (WINNER)




BTS “Butter” (WINNER)

Doja Cat ft. SZA “Kiss Me More”

Dua Lipa “Levitating”

Olivia Rodrigo “drivers license”

The Weeknd & Ariana Grande “Save Your Tears (Remix)”



Chris Stapleton

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan (WINNER) 

Luke Combs

*Morgan Wallen



Carrie Underwood (WINNER) 

Gabby Barrett

Kacey Musgraves

Maren Morris

Miranda Lambert



Dan + Shay (WINNER) 

Florida Georgia Line

Lady A

Old Dominion

Zac Brown Band



Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Gabby Barrett “Goldmine” (WINNER) 

Lee Brice “Hey World”

Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”

*Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”



Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”

Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends”

Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones” (WINNER) 

Luke Combs “Forever After All”

Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”



Drake (WINNER) 

Lil Baby

Moneybagg Yo

Polo G

Pop Smoke



Cardi B

Coi Leray

Erica Banks

Megan Thee Stallion (WINNER) 




Drake “Certified Lover Boy”

Juice WRLD “Legends Never Die”

Megan Thee Stallion “Good News” (WINNER) 

Pop Smoke “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon”

Rod Wave “SoulFly”



Cardi B “Up” (WINNER)

Internet Money ft. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAV “Lemonade”

Lil Tjay ft. 6LACK “Calling My Phone”


Pop Smoke “What You Know Bout Love”



Chris Brown



The Weeknd (WINNER) 




Doja Cat (WINNER) 


Jazmine Sullivan

Jhené Aiko




Doja Cat “Planet Her” (WINNER) 

Giveon “When It’s All Said And Done… Take Time”

H.E.R. “Back of My Mind”

Jazmine Sullivan “Heaux Tales”

Queen Naija “missunderstood”



Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak) “Leave The Door Open” (WINNER) 

Chris Brown & Young Thug “Go Crazy”

Giveon “Heartbreak Anniversary”

H.E.R. “Damage”

Jazmine Sullivan “Pick Up Your Feelings”



Bad Bunny (WINNER) 

J Balvin



Rauw Alejandro



Becky G (WINNER)

Kali Uchis


Natti Natasha




Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga (WINNER) 

Calibre 50

Eslabon Armado

La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De Rene Camacho

Los Dos Carnales




Kali Uchis “Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios)”

KAROL G “KG0516”


Rauw Alejandro “Afrodisíaco”



Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez “DÁKITI”


Farruko “Pepas”

Kali Uchis “telepatía” (WINNER)

Maluma & The Weeknd “Hawái (Remix)”




All Time Low

Foo Fighters

Glass Animals

Machine Gun Kelly (WINNER)




Carrie Underwood (WINNER) 

Elevation Worship

Lauren Daigle

Zach Williams



Kanye West (WINNER) 

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Maverick City Music

Tasha Cobbs Leonard



David Guetta


Marshmello (WINNER) 








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Safaree's Baby No. 2

Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels' second child is here!

On Monday, Samuels, 39, shared the happy news of his new arrival to Instagram, posting a photo of himself cradling the newborn he shares with his estranged wife Mena, 33.

In the picture, the "Paradise" rapper gazed down lovingly at his swaddled baby.

"MR Straittt Jr is here!!" Samuels captioned the photo, seemingly confirming he had welcomed a son (Straitt is a reference to Samuels' 2020 album).

He did not reveal any further details about his new addition, including the baby's name.

On his Instagram Story, the rapper did post another picture of the newborn, gripping one of his fingers.

"Another me…. That's all the world need," he captioned the moment, adding angel and laughing emojis.

Safaree Samuels

Mena has yet to post about the arrival of her baby amid their divorce. The couple are also parents to their 17-month-old daughter, Safire.

The Love & Hip Hop stars called it quits in late May after a year and a half of marriage.

Mena filed for divorce from Samuels in Georgia's Fayette County Superior Court, TMZPageSix, and Entertainment Tonight reported.

According to court documents obtained by Page Six, Mena said her marriage to Samuel is "irretrievably broken" with "no hope of reconciliation."

She also asked for joint legal custody, final decision-making authority, and requested physical custody of Safire on a temporary and permanent basis "with the parties having parenting time as determined in the minor children's best interests,".

Did Kyle Send EXPLICIT VIDS To A 13 Year Old?

Kyle Massey -- known for playing Cory Baxter on Disney shows "That's So Raven" and "Cory in the House" -- is now facing a felony for allegedly sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old girl he knew.

According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ ... Massey's been charged with one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The former Disney star's accused of electronically sending sexually explicit content to the girl during the months of December 2018 and January 2019.

We're told the case is connected to the civil suit we covered in March 2019 -- Massey was sued for $1.5 million for allegedly sending "numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos" via Snapchat ... but claimed he was being extorted.


That's So Raven cast


The girl's legal team initially opted for the civil suit against Massey, but according to the new docs, it went nowhere because she says her lawyers told her they didn't think Massey had enough money to make the case worth it. So, she says she then went to the Sheriff's Office to file a report.

Police say they began investigating in early 2020, and the girl's mother told cops Massey had known her since she was 4 years old.

According to the docs ... police were given a thumb drive by the girl's mother containing the explicit material Massey allegedly sent over Snap when she was 13. Cops say the series of recordings include a pornographic video clip and a video of a man who appears to be Massey exposing his penis.

Massey was scheduled to appear for his arraignment Monday in King County Criminal Court in Washington, but failed to show. We've reached out to his camp ... so far, no word back

Here's Gucci Mane And Keyshia Ka'oir's 4-Month-Old Son!

Rapper Gucci Mane and wife Keyshia Ka’oir have decided to let people see what their 4-month-old son looks like to promote new music, which the child inspired. The 41-year-old revealed baby Ice when he shared the cover of his latest album, Ice Daddy.

“PRE-SAVE My new album #ICEDADDY available at midnight everywhere! Executive produced by my son @icedavis1017,” he wrote. The baby boy can be seen on the cover wearing Gucci and pricey diamond necklaces, including one with his name on it.


The couple announced last August that they were expecting their first child together. Ice was born on December 23. For his 41st birthday back in February, Gucci counted his many blessings, including his son. “This is one of my best birthdays,” he wrote. “I have a beautiful healthy baby boy! An amazing wife! My label doing great! Man, I couldn’t ask for nothing else!”

Ice isn’t Gucci’s only child. He has a tween named Keitheon from a previous relationship. Keyshia has three other children from previous relationships. In 2017, during an interview with The Breakfast Club, she stated that people don’t get to see those kids because she and Gucci just want them to be kids — not in the spotlight.

“Gucci and I both have children. It’s a situation where I’m proud to be a mother, but I need it to be private,” she said. “I don’t need the kids in the limelight. I don’t want them on social media. I need them to go to school and just be children.” The couple have been married since October 2017.




Gucci Mane Celebrates His Birthday With A Precious Photo Of His Son Ice -  Essence

Big Daddy Kane says Biz Markie is "getting better"

According to Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie is in rehab after suffering from a stroke that affected his brain. After reportedly suffering a stroke, Biz Markie is showing some promising signs of recovery, according to his friend and collaborator Big Daddy Kane. During a recent interview,  the legendary MC gave fans a hopeful update on the status of Markie’s health. “He’s getting better,” Kane told the morning show. “He’s in rehabilitation now. He’s getting better and stronger every day. Last time I talked to him on the phone, he got a real light voice, but last time I talked on the phone. He stuck his middle finger up at me, so I think he’s coming along.”

Rapper Biz Markie hospitalized for weeks due to diabetes
Biz Markie Health Update Following Stroke – SOHH.com















Family Accused of Selling Bleach as COVID-19 Cure

A family in Florida has been accused of selling tens of thousands of bottles of bleach as a "miracle cure" for the coronavirus and other diseases. Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons -- Jonathan, 34, Jordan, 26, and Joseph, 32 -- were accused of fraud and violating civil court orders to stop selling the bottles, according to federal court documents filed Friday. They marketed the bottles as "Miracle Mineral Solution," or MMS, which contained a sodium chlorite solution that they recommended mixing with an acidic activator to become chlorine dioxide, or bleach. In 2019, the FDA issued a warning to not drink Miracle Mineral Solution or similar sodium chlorite products, which can be deadly and are typically used for industrial water treatment. "Drinking any of these chlorine dioxide products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration," the FDA wrote. "Some product labels claim that vomiting and diarrhea are common after ingesting the product. They even maintain that such reactions are evidence that the product is working. That claim is false." The family created the solution in a backyard shed in Bradenton and sold it under the guise of a church called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which they created in 2010 to avoid government regulation, according to the court documents. The solution was marketed as a cure for cancer, autism, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, malaria, hepatitis, herpes, HIV and AIDS, and other disorders and diseases. After they began marketing the solution as a COVID-19 cure in March 2020, the family had a jump in revenue from $32,000 per month to $123,000 per month, according to the court documents. They've sold more than 28,000 bottles, which earned them more than $1 million. In April 2020, the U.S. filed a civil case against the family to halt them from distributing the solution, according to court documents. But the defendants continued to distribute the bottles and threatened that if the government enforced the court orders and halted the distribution, they would "pick up guns" and instigate "a Waco," court documents say In July, federal authorities seized evidence from the property, including dozens of chemical drums with 10,000 pounds of sodium chlorite powder and thousands of bottles of the solution, according to a news release issued Friday from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida. Two of the sons -- Jonathan and Jordan Grenon -- were arrested last summer and are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday. Mark and Joseph Grenon are in Colombia, the attorney's office said. The indictment charges each person with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and two counts of criminal contempt. If convicted, they could face up to life imprisonment.



Dr. Dre has been ordered by a court to pay $500,000 to his estranged wife’s divorce lawyers.


Dr. Dre deletes post about daughter's acceptance to USC after $70M donation  resurfaces

Nicole Young — who has been married to the hip-hop icon since 1996 — had asked Los Angeles Judge Michael Powell to force Dre to pay $2 million per month in spousal support and $5 million for her attorney fees.

But, during a hearing on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, a  Superior Court judge ordered Dre to pay her lawyers $500,000 within 10 days, while a decision on the spousal support issue has been delayed until another hearing on July 8.


In a written ruling, the judge said: “Pending the next hearing dates on this matter, the Court grants only $500,000 in attorney’s fees to petitioner’s (Nicole’s) counsel … Fees are to be paid to petitioner’s counsel, no later than May 7.”

The 56-year-old star has agreed to continue paying for Young’s monthly expenses and will also continue to pay the mortgage on the Malibu home she lives in.

However, the producer has insisted he won’t pay for her security costs.

In January, Dre agreed to pay Young, 51, $2 million in spousal support, which was to cover the period up until April 14.

Young had been asking for more than $2 million a month, but Dre’s lawyer previously told the court her client has been voluntarily paying all her expenses since they split.

Young also sought $5 million in attorney’s fees, but her estranged husband said he has already paid close to $1 million voluntarily, even though the divorce documents weren’t even filed until June last year.

Dre has denied Young’s allegations of emotional and physical abuse.

Although Young doesn’t work, she’s claimed she “played an important role” in Dre’s career, which included being “integral” to the naming of his record label, Aftermath.

Young later filed another lawsuit, claiming she co-owns the trademark to her estranged husband’s name, along with that of his 1992 album, The Chronic.


Evidence DEEBO' OF 'FRIDAY' didn't die from covid!

Tommy “Tiny” Lister — best known for playing ruthless neighborhood bully Deebo in the Friday film franchise — passed away last year at the age of 62.While his cause of death wasn’t immediately known at the time, TMZ reports the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner concluded Lister succumbed to hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (more commonly known as heart disease) following the autopsy. 


Friday' Star Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Jr. Passes Away at 62 | TheReal.com
Friday' Star Tommy 'Tiny' Lister Died From Heart Disease, Had COVID


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AIRS 04-29-21

NFL Draft 2021: start time, schedule, online streaming, picks, order and more

The first round is tonight (Thursday, April 29). The draft begins at 7:00 p.m central time and will run for three or four hours as 32 picks are made. The second round will kick off at 6:00 p.m. central on Friday (April 30), with the third round following right after. The 2021 NFL Draft will air in the US on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network, as well as ESPN Deportes for Spanish speakers. In addition to airing on ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network, the draft will also stream on the ABC app, the ESPN app, the NFL app, and on NFL.com (cable authentication is required).


First round order

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans through Miami Dolphins)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins)
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints
  29. Green Bay Packers
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft is just hours away, and five teams bring home their quarterbacks of the future Thursday night. Let's jump right in!


Pick 1

Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence

Clemson · QB

Lawrence has been the pick for months. The Jags aren't changing their mind about this one.

Pick 2

New York Jets
Zach Wilson


The Jets begin the Robert Saleh era by selecting a quarterback whose rating is higher than Sam Darnold before the 2018 draft. Wilson will fit nicely into this new offense.

Pick 3

San Francisco 49ers
Mac Jones

Alabama · QB

Kyle Shanahan goes with his gut and takes the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft to put in the center of his offense.

Pick 4

Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts

Florida · TE

The trade offers still aren't good enough for Atlanta to pass on Pitts, arguably the best player in this draft class. This is a huge weapon for Matt Ryan -- a playoff-caliber QB -- and his already-explosive offense.

Pick 5

Cincinnati Bengals
Penei Sewell

Oregon · OT

The Bengals debate between protecting Joe Burrow and adding a game-changing weapon in Ja'Marr Chase, but ultimately go with Sewell in an effort to keep the second-year QB upright. 


Pick 6

Miami Dolphins
Ja'Marr Chase


The Dolphins add a big-time playmaker to help further the development of second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.


Pick 7

Detroit Lions
DeVonta Smith

Alabama · WR

The Lions need to upgrade their receiving corps. What better way to do that than by drafting a guy who's been labeled a mix of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley?


Pick 8

Carolina Panthers
Rashawn Slater

Northwestern · OT

After trading away Teddy Bridgewater on the eve of the draft, the Panthers go get their QB1 Sam Darnold a left tackle. They could also trade back and still get Slater.


Pick 9

Denver Broncos
Justin Fields

Ohio State · QB

With Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater already on the roster, the Broncos add another player to the QB room. They are determined to get the position fixed.


Pick 10

Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Surtain II

Alabama · CB

Dallas snags one of the best defensive players in the draft to pair with Trevon Diggs, giving new DC Dan Quinn two good, young cornerbacks.


Pick 11

New York Giants
Kwity Paye

Michigan · Edge

Big Blue desperately needs an outside pass rusher, and it's a close call between Paye and Jaelan Phillips.


Pick 12

Philadelphia Eagles
Jaycee Horn

South Carolina · CB

The Eagles fill a longtime need by nabbing a top CB prospect. They can add a receiving weapon on Day 2 or 3.


Pick 13

Los Angeles Chargers
Alijah Vera-Tucker


The Bolts continue to rebuild the O-line to protect reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert.


Pick 14

Minnesota Vikings
Teven Jenkins

Oklahoma State · OT

The offensive line has been a problem area for quite some time. Jenkins immediately helps improve the unit.


Pick 15

New England Patriots
Trey Lance

North Dakota State · QB

There are a lot of options for New England when it comes to the quarterback position, and it doesn't stops with Cam Newton. Do they trade for Jimmy G? Do they draft a guy early? In this case, they snag a QB with a lot of upside.


Pick 16

Arizona Cardinals
Jaylen Waddle

Alabama · WR

Kyler Murray gets a Tyreek Hill-esque deep threat to help stretch the field.


Pick 17

Las Vegas Raiders
Caleb Farley

Virginia Tech · CB

Farley was the top cornerback in this class prior to his recent back surgery. Even though he won't be in Cleveland to bro hug Roger Goodell, one of the most complete defensive players in the draft goes to Las Vegas at No. 17.


Pick 18

Miami Dolphins
Jaelan Phillips

Miami · Edge

Some feel Phillips has the most potential of any pass rusher in this class. He proves to be the apple of the Dolphins' eye here.


Pick 19

Washington Football Team
Micah Parsons

Penn State · LB

The best defensive player in the draft joins the league's second-ranked defense from 2020. 


Pick 20

Chicago Bears
Kadarius Toney

Florida · WR

With a lot of the same skills Minnesota's Justin Jefferson possesses, Toney gives the Chicago offense a speed receiver to help stretch the field.


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Saweetie New "Risky" Video


Saweetie is back with a brand new single called “Risky,” that features Los Angeles rising rapper Drakeo the Ruler. The track is a release from her new EP ‘Pretty Summer Playlist: Season 1,’ which is now available.


The project will also feature collaborations with Bbyafricka, Kendra Jae, Lourdie, and Loui. Earlier the year, she tapped Doja Cat for “Best Friend.” Last week, Saweetie teamed up with Gwen Stefani for a re-release of her single “Slow Clap.” Along with the song and project comes a video co-directed by Saweetie herself alongside FakeDell. Check it out below. Saweetie’s debut album ‘Pretty Bitch Music’ is set to drop later this year.


DMX Livestreamed On Youtube!

DMX fans will get one last chance to honor the late rapper at a public memorial service Saturday. The "Ruff Ryders’ Anthem" singer, whose real name was Earl Simmons, died at age 50 earlier this month after suffering a heart attack. He was placed in the critical care unit in New York’s White Plains Hospital, where a source claimed he was in a "vegetative state." 

Following the musicians’ death, a public event is set to be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, April 24 ahead of a private funeral at a New York City church scheduled to take place the following day.


DMX will be honored at a public memmorial service ahead of his funeral.

Although it is considered a public event, it was announced on the rapper’s Instagram that health restrictions in New York will prevent anyone except close friends and family from physically attending the memorial. However, it will be streamed live on DMX’s YouTube channel at 4 p.m. ET. Then on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., BET will broadcast a homegoing celebration live on its YouTube channel.  Simmons' family previously confirmed news of his death in a statement eulogizing the singer as a "warrior who fought till the very end."
DMX'S ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, left, and his fiancé Desiree Lindstrom embrace during a prayer vigil outside of White Plains Hospital, Monday, April 5, 2021, in White Plains, N.Y. Supporters and family of the rapper DMX have chanted his name and offered up prayers outside the hospital where he remains on life support. The 50-year-old was admitted to the hospital following a heart attack.

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Shock G of Digital Underground dead at 57

Digital Underground member Gregory "Shock G" Jacobs has died at age 57.

The group's social media team confirmed the information. The legendary hip-hop musician was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, according to TMZ, The cause of death was unclear but no signs of trauma existed. An autopsy is expected to be performed. As Shock G, Jacobs led Digital Underground, a hip-hop group with an ever-changing lineup that gave rise to legends like Tupac Shakur, Chopmaster J and more.

Gregory 'Shock G' Jacobs of Digital Underground has died. (Getty Images)


Tupac Shakur performed on Digital Underground's 1991 song "Same Song" and appeared in the music video. Jacobs and Shakur remained close collaborators, and Jacobs helped produce Shakur's debut solo album, "2Pacalyse Now,". Furthermore, Shakur's "I Get Around" features Jacobs. With Digital Underground, Jacobs was known best for his work on the song "The Humpty Dance."


Shock G and his bandmates earned their one and only Grammy Award nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group for the single in 1990. He formed the group with Jimi C. "Chopmaster J" Dright Jr. and Kenneth "Kenny-K" Waters in the late 1980s. The group featured a new lineup with each album and tour.

Shock G's cause of death is currently unknown. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Jacobs also released a solo album called "Fear of a Mixed Planet" featuring the songs "Weesom Hustlas," "Let's Go" and "Keep It Beautiful."  Outside of Shakur, Jacobs racked up an impressive production resumé, having worked with Prince, Saafir and more.

R.I.P Humpty Hump from 97.9 Jamz!



Netflix Newest Documentary

Chadwick Boseman, star of Black Panther, dead at 43: 'A king on and off  screen' - CNET

Netflix is gearing up for the release of a new documentary about the late Chadwick Boseman, which will only be available for a limited time.

The film is called Portrait of an Artist and will premiere April 17. According to Entertainment Weekly, the film, which is described as “a conversation to explore Chadwick Boseman’s extraordinary commitment to his craft in an intimate look at the Oscar-nominated actor’s artistry, and the acting process which informed his transformative performances,” will only be available on the platform for a month. Boseman died in 2020 after a 4-year long battle with colon cancer. His passing shocked fans and co-stars because he fought the illness privately, continuing to film. “Everyone wants to talk about what a great actor Chad was, but he was something much rarer than that,” says Brian Helgeland in the trailer. Helgeland was the screenwriter for 42, in which Boseman portrayed baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

R.I.P. Chadwick Boseman 1976-2020 Tribute Video

Cardi B Debuts Apparel Collection With Reebok

Cardi B is following in the fashion footsteps of Beyonce and dropping her own super stylish athleisure line with a major brand. Cardi’s collaboration with Reebok now features apparel.

“I’m so proud to announce my first apparel line with Reebok,’ Cardi said in an official press release. “This collection gives every woman the product they need to feel sexy and confident; the waist-snatching tights and curve hugging silhouettes make every body look amazing.”

Cardi’s collection consists of 90s inspired line that boasts bold summer-friendly colors and shape-flattering silhouettes. According to the official press release, Cardi worked closely with Reebok to conceptualize a collection that includes, “Reebok silhouettes that are modernized with contouring cutlines and waist-cinching details including tops, bras, jackets, and tights alongside footwear.” And even better, the line is size-inclusive offering sizes from 2XS to 4X with fabrics that look flattering on everyone. In other Cardi news, the rap superstar recently appeared on the cover of XXL Magazine where she gave us high fashion looks and a short cut that means business. The “Up” rapper continues to rule the airwaves and break records. Her single “Up” broke the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the “Top Triller U.S. Chart” after getting a super boost from her performance at the Grammy awards. It’s also the third best selling single of 2021. It’s up for Cardi!


Cardi B X Reebok


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Bobby's Red Table Talk

R&B legend Bobby Brown will join the Red Table Talk show, joined by his wife Alicia, and will speak about his addictions, controversies that have followed him for decades, and the tragic death of his son Bobby Brown Jr.  During the sit down, Brown will also reveal who he think is responsible for the deaths of his ex-wife Whitney Houston and his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. The hit series, Red Table Talk, is hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her 20-year-old daughter Willow, a leading voice for her generation, and her old-school mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Each episode is shot at the Smith’s family home where these three passionate and opinionated women bring their unique perspectives to real issues affecting real people. Red Table Talk is filled with honest, intimate, and inspiring conversations on topics impacting each of our lives.

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Fake Usher Bills @ Strip Club?



You’ve heard of bitcoin, now get ready for Ushbucks. R&B singer Usher is getting flack on Twitter for allegedly using fake money with his own name and face on it at a strip club. However, the club tells Page Six it’s all a big misunderstanding. Dubbed “Ushbucks” by one wag on the social media site, the cash, in denominations of $100, $20 and $1, was previously seen on Usher’s official social media channels — stuffed in a see-through suitcase — on April 3. The story began with a woman going by beel0ove on Instagram, who posted pics of the money to her private account Monday. A friend of hers then shared it, tagging both the strip club — Sapphire Las Vegas — and gossip site The Shade Room, who later posted it to their own Instagram. From there, the star’s supposed attempt at usher-ing in his own form of currency quickly spread across social media, trending on Twitter by Monday afternoon. Sources say “He (Usher) and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage,” and “left a generous tip for the staff!”

“Apparently someone in his team left some Usher dollars on the floor to promote his Vegas residency,” Wilson continued. “That is where it seems the confusion came in. But real actual cash was used for tips. We would love to host him again.”  announced a Las Vegas residency at Caesar’s Palace — set to begin in July — to September. Ironically, his most recent post shows him wearing a bucket hat made out of $1 bills. The singer has yet to weigh in on the burgeoning scandal publicly. 

Usher reportedly made it rain in the club with fake money and Twitter has a  lot to say


Twins On The Way!

Jack of all celebrity trades, Nick Cannon, 40, is expecting his second set of twins! This time, two twin boys with Abby De La Rosa! You maybe asking, “How many kids does Nick Cannon have?” With this announcement, Nick Cannon will now have a total of six children. Cannon shares 9-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, with ex-wife Mariah Carey as well as two children with model Brittany Bell, daughter Powerful Queen who was born in December 2020 and a 4-year-old son Golden. Plus the upcoming twins by Abby. Congrats Nick! Check out her photo shoot.

Nick Cannon Has Twin Boys On The Way As Pregnant Abby De La Rosa Confirms  He Is The Father - That Grape Juice

Nick Cannon and Abby De La Rosa are expecting twins - Light Home


Kid Cudi SNL Performance



The frenzy around Kid Cudi performing on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live in a floral gown with a fitted bodice and spaghetti straps seals it: The dress is shaping up to be one of the defining menswear fashion silhouettes of 2021. If male-identifying celebrities have one fashion super-power, it’s that their wearing something amounts to both an endorsement and a permission slip. The more famous guys wear something, the easier it is for regular guys to try it. So every time another style icon—Harry Styles, Dan Levy, Jeremy O. Harris, and let’s not forget Young Thug all the way back in 2016—wears a silhouette borrowed from womenswear, it means many more young men are going to say yes to the dress. (Or at least, “Maybe.” It’s been a long road!)

Kid Cudi Rocks Dress On 'SNL' For Kurt Cobain Tribute
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Swizz Beatz Pays Respect!

Hip-Hop culture across the globe is in mourning after the untimely passing of DMX. Many were close with the rapper, but one longtime collaborator particularly close to Dark Man X was Swizz Beatz, who eulogized his late friend. Some of X’s most memorable hits were produced by Swizz, including “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “Blackout,” featuring Jay-Z and the Lox. On Saturday (April 10), Swizz took to Instagram to thank people for their support, while speaking on the greatness of his fallen friend. “Since the day that I met him, he lived his life for everyone else,” says Swizz says in the 8-minute clip. “You ain’t ever seen him next to a Lamborghini… You ain’t ever seen him iced out with no jewelry, he did not care about any of that… He was the biggest because he prayed for everybody else.” X’s signature “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” was Swizz’s first production placement. Throughout the years, Swizz marveled at how X always remained true to himself no matter the stardom and circumstances. “Everybody threw millions of dollars,” said Swizz, who is clearly hurting from the crushing loss. “You could not buy DMX. You couldn’t buy him, he was never for sale. His loyalty for who he loved was never for sale. His family was never for sale. His integrity was never for sale. You might learn something from him. He taught me a lot.” Our condolences go out to the Simmons family. 

Swizz Beatz Remembers DMX:

Swizz Beatz Sends DMX A Message After Overdose Coma - YouTube

DMX Feat. Swizz Beatz - Get It On The Floor - YouTube

Erica Banks Turns Down Da' Baby!

The trajectory of Erica Banks has been skyrocketing following the #BussItChallenge, which made her “Buss It” single a hit. Now that she is becoming a household name, we are beginning to learn more about her career, and the offers that she turned down. Speaking with Clinton Sparks, Banks revealed that she turned down an offer from DaBaby and the Billion Dollar Baby label before entering her deal with Warner Records and 1501 Certified Entertainment.

“I had already turned everybody down,” said Erica Banks. “I personally did not sign with DaBaby because I was very excited, it was my second offer, I was like, ‘hell yeah’. I was about to get all the planning done. But then I called my mom, like, ‘this is what I’m about to do, I’m about to go sign with DaBaby.’ She’s like, ‘oh no, we need to slow down. This is only the second offer. We’re not gonna just jump on whatever.'”

Cardi B's New Pics

New York rapper Cardi B is demanding all the attention. The hip-hop superstar has lit up social media with a stash of new pics from an upcoming XXL magazine photo shoot.

Cardi B goes topless and braless for XXL magazine shoot | 750nobs

Cardi B Interview - New Album, 'WAP' Impact and More - XXL


The Bronx native went to her Instagram page to share both her cover feature and a handful of mind-blowing pics. The shots are a perfect mixture of jaw-dropping with Cardi donning a short hairstyle and eye-opening fashion fits.


The pics come just days after Cardi blew people away with a wild outfit in California. Paparazzi spotted her donning an epic-looking and very steamy piece with her husband Offset nearby.

Wearing a skintight, transparent dress by the designer Pierre-Louis Auvray, Cardi B was photographed in Beverly Hills on Friday. The eye-catching look featured a galactic-print over a female silhouette on sheer fabric, with a sweater shrug and full-body border helping to create an optical illusion on the rapper. Unsurprisingly, onlookers stopped to take photos of the Hustlers star’s look.

Cardi B Confesses Her Natural Hair Is A Mess But Will Get It Together  Before Baby | Style | BET |


A few days ago, Cardi B announced she’ll be launching a hair care product line later on in the year. B didn’t go into specifics about what products she will have, but she’s gone online with her hair routine before so the music star knows what she’s doing.

“This year I will be coming out with a hairline that I been working on at home for my hair and my daughters however,I think is time for people to educate themselves on nationality,race and ethnicity.Being Hispanic/Latina don’t make your hair long , don’t make your skin light or don’t make your face features slim specially Latin countries from the Caribbean islands. Dna have something to do with your hair not your nationality but guess what you can always maintain your hair …..and one more things not everyone that speaks Spanish is Mexican. The buzz about Cardi’s hair stems from her going online and showing off her natural look.

Cardi B refutes reports that Eminem declined a feature on her next album -  REVOLT


Cardi isn’t here for the tweet capping. The hip-hop star has come forward to address a wild rumor suggesting self-proclaimed rap god Eminem turned down a collaboration opportunity. The “WAP” and “Up” hitmaker lit up her Twitter page to shut down the extreme gossip. Cardi cited “big lies” over a tweet suggesting Em looked the other way when pressed for a B duet.

“BIG LIES….I get off the internet and ya makin s#@t up  I haven’t sent no songs to no artist yet. Love his work and much respect.This don’t even make sense .”

Cardi took things a step further by teasing some insane collaborations gearing up to shock the world.

“Since they like to make up LIES about me cause their so obsessed just know this .. y’all laughing about this fake rumor but wait until y’all see these next collabs ”

In March 2021, Cardi hit up Instagram with a sneak peek at herself in music-making mode with a studio pic.

New Sexual Assault Allegations

Three more women have reportedly come forward with claims of sexual assault by T.I. and his wife, Tiny Harris, but the couple continues to deny all allegations.

On Tuesday (April 6), Tip and Tiny's attorney, Steven Sadow, released a statement on the Harrises behalf. "The Harrises continue to wait for the accusers to reveal themselves publicly," Sadow said. "By hiding behind anonymous allegations, the unnamed accusers effectively render themselves not credible and unworthy of belief. We say: Stop trying to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system, and let the light shine on their identities so we can go about disproving these scurrilous accusations."


The latest statement from the Atlanta couple comes after a new report of three new accusers speaking out about being sexually abused by T.I. and Tiny. There are now 20 victims who have made allegations against Tip and Tiny. A rep for attorney Tyrone A. Blackburn, who is representing several of the other women accusing Tip and Tiny, told the outlet that Blackburn is "speaking with investigators from multiple jurisdictions to pursue criminal charges" against T.I. and his wife. Blackburn's spokesperson also shared the allegations made by a 20-year-old woman who claims that the couple drugged her. The woman alleges that T.I. and Tiny "pulled out a pill and forced her to swallow it" after meeting them at a Miami club back in 2010. The woman also alleges that she was taken to a hotel in the South Beach area of Miami and the couple's security supposedly confiscated her phone and Tip "forced her to take a powdered substance from his finger." She additionally claims that "[Tiny] undressed her and proceeded to engage in sexual intercourse. She said her body was numb, the room was slowing down, and she could not consent."


Two other women's accounts likened the 20-year-old woman's allegations. Those individuals also alleged that they had been drugged and raped. Page Six reports that one of the two women accused Tip and his male friend of "drugging and raping" her in Miami at a hotel during Memorial Day weekend back in 2010. The second woman claims that she was drugged and sex trafficked in California, Florida and Nevada. Last month, Blackburn revealed that six victims came out with sexual assault allegations of their own after he claimed to have sent letters to officials in California and Georgia back in February seeking an investigation against the couple. Prior to the six individuals speaking out, Blackburn was reportedly representing 11 accusers.

The news of Blackburn calling for an official investigation of the allegations made against T.I. and Tiny was first published in The New York Times. Since the allegations have surfaced online, production for the couple's VH1 reality TV show T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle has been suspended. The growing claims of sexual abuse against T.I. and Tiny stem from January of this year, when Atlanta-based business woman Sabrina Peterson accusing The L.I.B.R.A. rapper of putting a gun to her head. Shortly after, she shared endless accounts of anonymous sexual assault allegations against the couple on her Instagram Story.

Again, T.I. and Tiny have emphatically denied any claims made against them.



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