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In 1995, Drew Dixon was working her dream job as an executive at Def Jam Recordings, helping to oversee a chart-topping album and a ubiquitous single by Method Man and Mary J. Blige. But as her star rose, Ms. Dixon, then 24, was spiraling into depression, she said, because of prolonged and aggressive sexual harassment by her direct supervisor, Russell Simmons, the rap mogul and co-founder of the label.

On work calls, he would talk graphically about how she aroused him. At a staff meeting, he asked her to sit on his lap. He regularly exposed his erect penis to her. Late that year, Mr. Simmons raped her in his downtown Manhattan apartment, Ms. Dixon said. She quit Def Jam soon after.

“I was broken,” she said.

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Drew Dixon, who says Russell Simmons sexually harassed her repeatedly when she was an executive at his label, Def Jam Recordings. She said he raped her in 1995. CreditEmily Andrews for The New York Times

In recent interviews, four women spoke on the record about a pattern of violent sexual behavior by Mr. Simmons, disclosing incidents from 1988 to 2014. Three of the women say that he raped them.

In each case, numerous friends and associates said they were told of the incidents at the time. The women said they were inspired to come forward in the aftermath of the accusations against Harvey Weinstein, as victims’ stories have been newly elevated and more often believed.

Told in detail about the rape accusations and other misconduct, Mr. Simmons, 60, said in a statement: “I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

He added: “I have enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power.”

[Read Russell Simmons’s Complete Statement]

Last month, Mr. Simmons — a forefather of hip-hop who went on to great success in fashion, media and more — apologized for being “thoughtless and insensitive” and announced he was stepping down from his companies after the screenwriter Jenny Lumet became the second woman to publicly accuse him of sexual assault at the time.

“I have re-dedicated myself to spiritual learning, healing and working on behalf of the communities to which I have devoted my life,” he said in his statement on Wednesday. “I have accepted that I can and should get dirt on my sleeves if it means witnessing the birth of a new consciousness about women.

“What I will not accept is responsibility for what I have not done. I have conducted my life with a message of peace and love. Although I have been candid about how I have lived in books and interviews detailing my flaws, I will relentlessly fight against any untruthful character assassination that paints me as a man of violence.”

The most powerful men and companies in popular music have thus far gone largely unscathed in the national reckoning over sexual abuse. A major reason: Sex and debauchery are built into the music industry, where the boundaries between work and play blur in late nights at clubs and studios, and many women have scant power or incentive to complain about being mistreated.

These women still face powerful industry gatekeepers like Mr. Simmons, whose pedigree and ability to make or break careers allowed his abusive behavior to go unchallenged for decades, his accusers contend. “Russell was like the king of hip-hop,” Ms. Dixon said.

She said she was later harassed by another boss, L.A. Reid, the music legend known for his work with TLC and Mariah Carey, driving her from a business where women had little autonomy. In a statement to The New York Times, Mr. Reid did not address the specific claims but apologized if his words were “misinterpreted.”

Black women, especially, felt powerless against Mr. Simmons and his cohort in the small world of urban music, with several saying that misconduct against them could go unchecked because their place in the industry was so tenuous. They feared being ostracized, or worse.

Three of the women now accusing Mr. Simmons were pursuing careers in the music industry that they said were disrupted or derailed in part by their experiences with him.

“I didn’t sing for almost a year,” said Tina Baker, a performer who said Mr. Simmons raped her in the early ’90s, when he was her manager. “The second he agreed to work with me, my budget increased, the label was paying more attention to me,” Ms. Baker recalled. But after the assault, she said, “I went into oblivion.”

‘He Pushed Me on the Bed’

First known as a hyperactive party promoter turned manager from Queens who helped boost Run-DMC, Mr. Simmons was among the first to view hip-hop as a big business and cultural force. In 1983, with the producer Rick Rubin, he made Def Jam the defining rap label of its era, with hits by the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J and Public Enemy.

Even after Mr. Simmons sold his remaining stake in Def Jam for a reported $100 million in 1999, he served as an ambassador for hip-hop through comedy (“Def Comedy Jam”), clothing (Phat Farm) and activism. Today, his company Rush Communications oversees an array of businesses and nonprofits, including the politically minded media company Global Grind.

In 1987, Toni Sallie, a music journalist for the trade magazine Black Radio Exclusive, met Mr. Simmons while on assignment. She found him to be a charming, if gruff, playboy. They ended up going on a few dates before Ms. Sallie, then 28, decided they were not a match.

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Toni Sallie, a music journalist, in the late 1980s. She first met Mr. Simmons while on assignment in 1987.

But the two remained cordial, Ms. Sallie said, and in the fall of 1988, Mr. Simmons invited her to his Manhattan apartment for a party he said he was hosting for his girlfriend. When Ms. Sallie arrived, the place was empty except for Mr. Simmons, she recalled. Saying he wanted to show her the apartment, Mr. Simmons led her to his bedroom.

“He pushed me on the bed and jumped on top of me, and physically attacked me,” she said. “We were fighting. I said no.” He raped her, she said. Two friends, Sheila Brody and Arlene Hirschkowitz, and a colleague confirmed that Ms. Sallie told them about the assault around the time it happened.

Through his lawyer, Brad D. Rose, Mr. Simmons acknowledged that he dated Ms. Sallie but denied any nonconsensual sex.

Ms. Sallie said she was too afraid to report the assault: “If I went to the police, I didn’t know how that would turn out.”

She also worried about her burgeoning career. “You have to understand, I was very much in a man’s game,” Ms. Sallie said. “Black women were just starting to break into the field.”

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Ms. Sallie said Mr. Simmons raped her in 1988. To this day, she said, “I don’t feel comfortable in a room full of men.”CreditHouston Cofield for The New York Times

About a year later, at a music conference in South Florida, Ms. Sallie, who was then working for Warner Bros. Records, said she encountered Mr. Simmons in a hotel lobby. When he tried to lead her to a dark beach, she resisted and he attacked her, grabbing her by the hair, she said, and even chasing her into the women’s restroom before she escaped to her room, where she barricaded the door. (“At no time did Mr. Simmons conduct himself inappropriately,” Mr. Rose said.)

To this day, Ms. Sallie said, “I don’t feel comfortable in a room full of men.”

Music executives she told about the hotel incident brushed it off, she added. “I felt alone for 29 years,” she said, “like nobody would listen to me.”

Following the reports of alleged misconduct by Mr. Simmons in November, Ms. Sallie said she contacted the Manhattan district attorney’s office to accuse him.

A law enforcement official confirmed that a woman contacted the district attorney’s office to report an incident from 1988 and added that a different anonymous woman had recently reported an incident from 1991. The official said the incidents had occurred so long ago that the statute of limitations had lapsed and the crimes had not been prosecuted. There are no details about the woman from the 1991 incident.

But the official said the women had been referred to the New York Police Department’s Special Victims squad so that there would be a record of their complaints if more recent allegations were to emerge.

‘I Shut My Eyes and Waited for It to End’

Ms. Baker, the singer, thought Mr. Simmons could elevate her career as her new manager. She had performed as a backup vocalist for Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, and, as Tina B, released pop and dance records in the 1980s.

One night in late 1990 or early 1991, she ran into Mr. Simmons at a club, and he invited her back to his apartment to discuss her career. “I didn’t think anything of going,” Ms. Baker said, having been there many times without incident.

This time, though, “it all got really ugly, pretty fast,” Ms. Baker said. As soon as they entered, Mr. Simmons started pouring drinks and trying to kiss her, leading to a scuffle, she said. She recalled “him on top of me, pushing me down and him saying, ‘Don’t fight me,’” Ms. Baker said. She was pinned on the bed. “I did nothing, I shut my eyes and waited for it to end.”

She cried the whole way home, she said. In interviews and email, her ex-husband, Arthur Baker, a music producer; her psychologist, Dr. Robin Goldberg; another therapist; and a former roommate all confirmed that she told them she was raped.

Mr. Simmons, through his lawyer, said he had “no recollection of ever having any sexual relations with Ms. Baker.”

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Tina Baker, a singer, said Mr. Simmons raped her in the early 1990s when he was her manager. Her career foundered afterward, and her music languished, unreleased. CreditLauren Fleishman for The New York Times

After the assault, Ms. Baker remained tethered to Mr. Simmons professionally, she said. She returned to his apartment for a meeting; Mr. Simmons liked to conduct business while working out in his penthouse. But as soon as he stopped exercising, she said, he pulled out his penis and moved toward her. She fled.

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The cover of “January February,” a dance track Ms. Baker released under the name Tina B in the mid-80s.

Amid strife with her label, she tried to extricate herself from her contract with Mr. Simmons, she said, but he ignored her. Her music — two years’ worth of songwriting and recording — languished. “I went into a deep depression,” she said, and her recording career foundered.

Mr. Simmons said he “did everything he could to professionally promote her career” while Ms. Baker was signed to a label, and then stopped representing her, according to his lawyer.

The events took a heavy toll on her romantic relationships. “I didn’t have sex with a man for almost nine years,” said Ms. Baker, now a lawyer. “I went into a cocoon.”

‘I Was Cornered’

Drew Dixon left Stanford University in 1992 to join the hip-hop revolution.

After about two years on the fringes of the business, Ms. Dixon — whose mother, Sharon Pratt, was mayor of Washington, D.C., from 1991 until 1995 — had a professional breakthrough: Russell Simmons, whom she had met through friends, was looking for a new A&R executive at Def Jam to scout talent and coordinate hit records.

She said he was a decadent figure, complete with a Rolls-Royce — the “living, breathing personification of hip-hop and glamour mixed up” — and his sexual advances started right away and became relentless. At a restaurant, Mr. Simmons pushed Ms. Dixon into a broom closet, she said, and tried to kiss her. At work, he would close the door to her office and expose himself, leading her to give a copy of her key to a male co-worker.

“I was like: ‘If I ever buzz you, don’t pick up, don’t call me back — just open my door. That means Russell is in here and he whipped his’” penis out, she said.

Through his lawyer, Mr. Simmons acknowledged that he engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with Ms. Dixon while she worked at Def Jam.

Fending him off “was a full-time job,” Ms. Dixon said. “It was exhausting. It was like making a record while swimming in rough seas.”

At the same time, Ms. Dixon knew Mr. Simmons valued her expertise. She had an ear for emerging talent, even bringing a rising Notorious B.I.G. to the office.

“I didn’t want to cut off my one conduit to having any hope of a career,” she said. “I thought if I could survive long enough to have a hit — a real bona fide hit with my name on it — I would move categories,” from sexual object to respected colleague.

In 1995, Ms. Dixon thought she had found her lifeline. Her first major project — a soundtrack for the music documentary “The Show,” featuring Tupac and A Tribe Called Quest — went platinum. She and Mr. Simmons were listed as executive producers.

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Ms. Dixon when she was an executive at Arista.

One night, as she left the Bowery Bar near Mr. Simmons’s apartment to get cab money from an A.T.M., she ran into him. “You have the No. 1 record in the country; I’ll order you a car,” she recalled him saying.

Waiting for the ride, she let her guard down and entered his apartment. “I remember realizing I was cornered,” said Ms. Dixon, who said she rejected Mr. Simmons’s sexual advances that night directly — “many ways to say no” — as well as explaining that she had just had a gynecological procedure and could not have sex. He told her he didn’t care, she said, “and I just blacked out.”

“The last thing I remember was him pinning me down to kiss me on the bed,” she said. The next thing she recalled was being in Mr. Simmons’s hot tub, both of them naked and Mr. Simmons gleeful. (Ms. Dixon said she had not been drinking and did not think she had been drugged; rather, she said, she had disassociated from the experience.)

Denise Gayle, a friend who was then staying with Ms. Dixon, recalled her coming home in a daze. “She pretty much told me right away that he had sexually assaulted her, that she had told him no, cried and that he didn’t seem to be interested in stopping,” Ms. Gayle said. “She mentally deteriorated instantly.” Three others confirmed that Ms. Dixon told them about the assault and harassment around that time.

Mr. Simmons “emphatically states that he did not have sex with her,” his lawyer said.

Soon after, Ms. Dixon said she composed her resignation letter to Def Jam by hand, humiliated and in a panic, crossing out her mistakes rather than starting again. “I was going to give up,” she said.

Ms. Dixon considered escaping to graduate school. But the success of “The Show” soundtrack had made her taste a commodity, and she started at Arista Records, as an A&R executive under Clive Davis, in 1996. She enjoyed more success, helping to orchestrate smash singles like Whitney Houston’s “My Love Is Your Love,” Aretha Franklin’s “A Rose Is Still a Rose,” and Santana’s “Maria Maria.”

But even at Arista, the long shadow of Def Jam remained, partly over a dispute about what she said were unpaid business expenses. Ms. Dixon hired a lawyer and threatened to sue Mr. Simmons for sexual harassment, as well as outstanding bills from the label. In 1997, the parties settled out of court. Mr. Rose, Mr. Simmons’s lawyer, confirmed the settlement.

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Mr. Simmons in 1998. CreditJim Cooper/Associated Press

Ms. Dixon said she accepted about $30,000 — around $3,000 for the expenses and the rest for legal fees — and stayed quiet. “I was like, ‘I do not want to be famous for being sexually harassed by Russell Simmons,’” Ms. Dixon said, citing the lingering criticism of black women like Anita Hill, and Desiree Washington, who accused Mike Tyson of rape. “I want to make records and be famous for that.”

Ms. Dixon hoped to move on with her career at Arista. But in 2000, L.A. Reid replaced Mr. Davis atop the label. Mr. Reid began sexualizing her, Ms. Dixon said, and would turn cold when she denied his unwanted overtures.

Ms. Dixon said she tried to parry his come-ons as best she could without offending him. But when she openly defied his demands — declining his invitation to meet him late at night at his hotel; wearing jeans when he insisted on skirts — she worried that her artists would receive short shrift.

“It was a quid pro quo: ‘I have power, you want access, sleep with me — or I’m going to be really mean to you the next day. And there will be consequences,’” she said.

Mr. Reid left this year as the chairman of Epic Records following accusations of sexual harassment. Told in detail of Ms. Dixon’s allegations this week, he said in a statement to The Times: “I’m proud of my track record promoting, supporting and uplifting women at every company I’ve ever run. That notwithstanding, if I have ever said anything capable of being misinterpreted, I apologize unreservedly.”

In 2002, at the top of her game, Ms. Dixon left the music industry for Harvard Business School. She concluded that no matter how many hits she had, “I could not have success in this industry unless I slept with somebody — a gatekeeper,” she said. “And the fact that I would be doing it to advance my career, I would hate myself.”

‘The Truth Is Coming Out’

Post-Def Jam, Mr. Simmons rebranded his image from high-rolling modelizer, partying with Donald Trump and Naomi Campbell, to “Uncle Rush,” a spiritual yogi and elder statesman. He released books like “Success Through Stillness” and “The Happy Vegan,” while focusing on philanthropy and political advocacy.

Ms. Dixon said that years after her experience with Mr. Simmons at Def Jam, he apologized to her at an industry event. “He said, ‘I have daughters and I do yoga now, Drew, and I know what I did was wrong, and I’m sorry,’” Ms. Dixon said.

Yet this Mr. Simmons is not the one that Christina Moore said she encountered in Miami at Art Basel in 2014. Ms. Moore, who was 26 at the time, and a friend bumped into Mr. Simmons in the elevator of Soho Beach House.

The women were meeting friends at a bar there, but were lost, Ms. Moore said. Mr. Simmons suggested he knew where to go. Ms. Moore and her friend followed him; he led them to his room. “I felt duped,” she said.

Immediately, Mr. Simmons began to run a bath, Ms. Moore said, and then pushed her up against a column in the room — “hands all over my body, up and down,” she said. “I felt assaulted.” He told Ms. Moore that she was a bad girl and threatened to tie her up, she said. Ms. Moore and her friend bolted.

Mr. Simmons recalled meeting Ms. Moore and her friend. He said the women followed him to his room of their own accord and asked him about getting into parties. His lawyer said running the bath was Mr. Simmons’s “signal to Ms. Moore and her friend to leave.” He denied any misconduct.

The whole interaction lasted about five minutes, Ms. Moore said, but it stayed with her. “I felt a lot of shame and guilt at ending up in that situation,” she said.

When reports of Mr. Simmons’s alleged sexual misconduct began circulating, Ms. Moore grew more alarmed and decided to come forward. “I would hate to think what would have happened if I were alone,” she said.

Ms. Baker, too, spent years feeling guilt over how she handled the situation with Mr. Simmons. After the Weinstein revelations, “I started to get very agitated and emotional,” Ms. Baker said, scanning for mentions of misconduct by Mr. Simmons. She concluded that she had a “moral duty” to tell her story.

Ms. Sallie said speaking out was a form of affirmation, and relief. “I still cry,” she said. But, she added: “I’m happy that the truth is coming out. I’m ready.”

The professional price Ms. Dixon paid was steep, she said. She cannot listen to the taste-shifting music she helped create; it’s too emotionally taxing. Her promising career was curtailed, her ear for talent wasted.

“I gave up something that I loved to do,” she said. “I erased myself.”

Now, “I want people to know why.”

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Timmy Roberts

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Jeezy has resurfaced on the scene with two singles with rap newbie Tee Grizzley and the legendary Puff Daddy, sparking speculation that his eighth studio album would be on the way. Last week, the Atlanta rapper announced his project Pressure with its accompanying cover art. Jeezy is keeping the momentum going by revealing the project’s full tracklist along with its star-studded lineup on Instagram. “#PRESSURE 12/15 pre-order Now JeezyShop.com #TrustYaProcess#SnowSeason,” he captioned the photo.

The album will contain thirteen tracks, and with the number of features, Jeezy will only be performing solo on four tracks. Apart from “Cold Summer” featuring Tee Grizzley and “Bottles Up” featuring Diddy, which we’ve heard already, the album will also feature guest appearances from artists Payroll Giovanni, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Wizkid, J. Cole, Kodak Black, YG, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, and Rick Ross. It’s always interesting how ahead of social commentary Jeezy has been with his previous projects, how he incorporates these names should make for another solid project.

Jeezy and T.I. Recently revealed that they were interested in completing their collaborative project Dope Boy Academy if Jeezy is working on music that could happen come the new year.

Take a look at the tracklisting above, what track are you most anticipating? In the meantime, Pressure is slated to stop December 15th.

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In light of the highly charged protests by NFL players which involve taking a knee during the National Anthem, hip-hop legend Luther Campbell hopped on Instagram to point out what he sees as hypocritic behavior by the players.

“My message to NFL players how could you take a knee and say you’re protesting systemic racism when you have a white agent some who are well-documented in their share of broke players,” Uncle Luke wrote on Tuesday.

The 2 Live Crew rhymer accompanied his post with the iconic photo of athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in a Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

“Now for the player’s that put up the black power fist in protest. Putting up the Black Fist is Black Power empowerment of black people. How do you put up the black power fist when you don’t support empowerment of black people by not hiring black representation or even interviewing them. That’s why I owners don’t respect your opinion,” wrote Campbell.

On Monday it was reported that the NFL had attempted to bribe players in an effort to end the ratings-damaging protests, offering up $100 million to causes including the United Negro College Fund.

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Shaina Auxilly

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Article Image: Meek Mill to Get Bail Hearing From Same Judge Who Issued Prison Sentence

Meek Mill’s lawyer’s filed a 147-page emergency motion for bail with the Pennsylvania Superior Court but was denied. Though his request was not approved, they did order Pennsylvania Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley to make a ruling on the bail hearing “without further delay.”

Brinkley sentenced Meek to 2 to 4 years in prison after a probation violation. She has been criticized for giving the Philly rapper a “harsh” sentence in relation to the crime. Meek has been on probation since a 2008 drug and gun case and was arrested this yearfor popping wheelies in New York City and a fight at a St. Louis airport, the latter charge was later dropped. He also failed a drug test. People have been protesting and petitioning for his release. His legal team has plans to appeal.

Meek’s rep, Jordan Siev, tells TMZ, “We’re pleased that the Superior Court took immediate action to direct the Court of Common Pleas to decide on the application for bail without further delay. We remain hopeful that Mr. Williams will be promptly released on bail.”

Meek’s legal team previously asked that Brinkley step down from the case, alleging that she was making it “inappropriately personal” because she had yet to rule on his post-sentence motions, therefore blocking Meek from appealing. There were other reports that Brinkley was mad Meek wouldn’t give her a shout-out in a song or sign to a label owned by a personal friend of hers.

There’s no word on when Judge Brinkley will hold the bail hearing.

Source: tmz.com

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VladTV

Contributing Writer

After weeks of Eminem’s new album being teased in the form of an elaborate joke based around a fake prescription medication used to treat “Atrox Rithimus,” the release date for Revival has finally been disclosed.

On Tuesday, Dr. Dre posted a video to his Instagram which at first glance appeared to be another “Revival” medication spoof. This one was special, however, because it features company spokesperson Trevor announcing what we’ve known all along – Revival is the name of Eminem’s upcoming album – and something we didn’t know until now: the album will be dropping on Dec. 15.

“If you happen to run into me out on the street, please don’t ask me anything about the album,” says Trevor in the reveal video. “Em told me he likes to keep people guessing. Just kidding, I…don’t know s**t…I’ve never met Eminem.”

“Walk on Water” featuring Beyonce is the only single to be released from the album so far. The Detroit rapper gave an emotional performance of the track while appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live earlier this month, with frequent collaborator Sklar Grey filling in for Bey.

Em also performed his classic hits “Stan” and “Love the Way You Lie,” with Grey performing Rihanna’s part.

Check out the reveal video up top.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Big Sean (L) and Naya Rivera arrive at the 15th Annual Trevor Project Benefit held at Hollywood Palladium on December 8, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Posted On : November 26, 2017

 

Big Sean (L) and Naya Rivera were once engaged.

Detroit rapper, Big Sean, was once engaged to Naya Rivera, one of the stars of the hit show Glee. Naya was in a relationship with the rapper from March 2013 to April 2014. At one point, they were planning to marry but their wedding was called off. In her autobiography, Sorry Not Sorry, Rivera claims that Big Sean called off their wedding via the internet after she caught him alone with,  Ariana Grande.

We’d been fighting for five straight days while he was traveling, and then on the one day that he was back in LA, he said he didn’t want to see me,” she wrote in her autobiography Sorry, Not Sorry, in which she also reveals how she had an abortion while filming Glee. Well, asshole, I’ve got a key to your house. I walk in, go downstairs, and guess what little girl is sitting cross-legged on the couch listening to music? It rhymes with ‘Smariana Schmande.’

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The Diplomats are back! The legendary rap group released a new Heatmakerz-produced track entitled “Once Upon A Time” and it gives us all the late 1990s- early 2000s Harlem feels.

Only Jim Jones and Cam’ron appear on the song. But, their barz sound as hot as ever. Jones spits: “Try to blackball me, so I ask him where the hoop at (ballin’)/ In the SOHO in LA asking the valet where the coupe at (what up with that?)/ 80 for the jet that meet with Jay and then I flew back (facts)/ The Ace of Spade. they put up on my tab a extra two stacks/ Signing my deal, they asked if I would sign for a mil (for what?).”

Cam’ron jumps in and says the most shocking part of the entire song. “No disrespecting the ladies, word from my team (why),” Killa Cam raps. “That’s the reason Dame smacked Harvey Weinstein/ On the set of Paid In Full, y’all gave him hell about it/ Some foul s**t happened once, Capo, tell ’em about it.”

With this verse, Killa confirmed that Dash fought Weinstein on the set of 2002’s Paid In Full, which Weinstein was involved with producing, along with the Roc-A-Fella co-founder. Back then, many knew that the two clashed onset of the movie. So, in light of all of the recent sexual assault allegations surrounding the disgraced Hollywood exec, Cam decided to speak about the altercation on The Diplomats’ new song. Listen to “Once Upon A Time” below.

**WARNING: Explicit language**

Just last month, Dash also did an interview discussing his beef with Weinstein from years ago. You can check that out below, as well.

Photo: Getty Images

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2017 Soul Train Music Awards - Arrivals

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Well, well, well.

Here we are again, speculating about whether Toni Braxton secretly jumped the broom with Brian “Birdman” Williams.

 

 

The legendary singer was spotted with a huge piece of artillery on her left hand during Sunday night’s taping of the 2017 Soul Train Music Awards.

The lovebirds have repeatedly denied that they took the long walk to the chapel, but the flash from this gigantic ring has us asking questions. Braxton was on hand to perform and accept the Don Cornelius Award at the ceremony, bringing along sons Diezel and Denimas her dates.

 

 

So what do you think beauties, is Ms. Braxton now Mrs. Williams?

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11.6.2017 

Meek Mill is going to prison.

A Philadelphia judge has sentenced the rapper to 2-4 years in prison for violating the terms of his probation on a 2009 drug and weapons case, according to TMZ.

The Wins & Losses rapper, born Robert Williams, learned his fate during a court appearance on Monday (Nov. 6). The sentence follows an arrest for fighting at a St. Louis airport and for reckless driving in New York City.

Meek previously violated probation in 2014, when he was sentenced to 3-6 months in jail. “Sir, I didn’t want to do this but you made me do this,” said Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley at the time. “After all the years I tried to get you on the right track.”

In 2015, he violated parole due to unapproved travel and urine test failure. The following year, he was sentenced to three months house arrest, which was eventually extended because of his inability to complete community service duties.

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Tyrese can breathe a little easier, because the investigation by child services into the alleged beating of his 10-year-old daughter has been closed.

Sources close to Tyrese tell The Blast the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services closed their investigation and will not be seeking any criminal charges against the actor.

The investigation was initially launched as protocol after Tyrese’s ex-wife, Norma Gibson, claimed in documents he hit their daughter so hard she was unable to sit afterwards.

Tyrese and Norma have been locked in court for the majority of the past two weeks, and the drama has been non-stop.

From flying planes over schools, to hospital visits and crying videos, the ex-couple continues to battle over the permanent restraining order and custody agreement.

They are all currently in court, we’ll keep you updated as we get more info.

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