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Young Thug has always been known for his androgynous style, often pushing the boundaries in a culture that can be relatively homophobic. In a picture making rounds on social media, Young Thug can be seen wearing some sort of see through plastic outfit, as he poses for the camera. The image has already received a tremendous amount of backlash online, with many questioning the Atlanta rapper’s sexuality because of it. Thoughts?

Source: instagram.com

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Tone Are

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Article Image: Recordings Reveal Suge Knight May Have Attempted to Bribe Witnesses

Prosecutors working the impending Suge Knight murder trial are accusing Knight and his attorney, Matthew Fletcher, of attempting to pay people to provide false testimony on behalf of the fallen music executive. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charge that transcripts from a series of phone conferences between Knight, Fletcher, Knights business partner Mark Blankenship and his fiancee Toi-Lin Kelly reveal a plot to procure witnesses for his defense who would give fabricated accounts in exchange for money.

Fletcher appears to be the party responsible for introducing the idea on the recordings. “I’ll pay anything. If we can get the two or three versions from the bikers on tape,” he is cited as saying during one conversation. “It’s going home time. Right? That’s a fair motherf***ing investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars to pay to these motherf***ers to get home.” Upon learning of the recordings, the prosecution reportedly tapped an informant to solicit Knight, who then allegedly put him in contact with his lawyer. Attorney Fletcher is said to have then offered the informant money to give false testimony.

Because Knight would contact Fletcher through his partner or fiancee, who’d connect them via conference call, their communication is no longer confidential. Fletcher maintains that there was never any wrongdoing on the calls, telling the New York Daily News that they “were sending people out to try to find versions of the videotape” of the 2015 killing of Terry Carter, and that they never paid anyone. However, the prosecution insists that the opposite is true.

“The defendant and Fletcher knew that to secure this testimony, money would have to exchange hands,” one prosecutor reportedly told the publication. “This is the essence of bribery: to influence a witness in exchange for him providing material testimony in a criminal proceeding.”

Source: latimes.com

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The tables have continued to turn in the ongoing case against Usher and his health status. New information has reportedly come to light clearing the singer of exposing an STD to the accusers.

READ Usher And James Corden Let It “Burn” In Latest ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Sandra Rose reports a close member of the singer’s camp dispelled claims the singer paid his former babysitter and celebrity stylist Maya Fox-Davis $1.1 million in the case brought to light by Radar Online. The source added the court documents shown are the site aren’t facts, but mere accusations that weren’t proven to be true in court. The site also adds the image of the $2,754-check made out to Fox-Davis was from accounting firm David Weise & Associates for her babysitting services in 2012.

The source continued to question the authenticity of the documents which haven’t been shared, just referenced by any other news or gossip site–including TMZ. The singer has kept quiet on all the claims because he has his own plan to launch a defamation case against the accusers and their legal representation.

It isn’t known if the defamation suit would apply to the later accusers. On Monday (Aug. 8), former Usher fan Quantasia Sharpton held a press conference with lawyer Lisa Bloom, claiming she was exposed to herpes after having sex with the singer after meeting at his concert.

Sharpton, admitted she tested negative for the STD while Bloom agreed she didn’t know for sure if the singer had the disease. On Tuesday (Aug. 8) social posts from Sharpton showed her discussing her financial situation, explaining that she “needed money.” “Enjoying [her] last couple of hours as a regular girl,” she posted under the alias Angel Valentino on Facebook, just hours before her press conference with Bloom.

Take a look at the court documents in question, here.

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New STD Lawsuit Against Usher, 2 More Women and a Man

The Usher scandal — that he allegedly has herpes and had sexual contact with individuals without telling them — is about to get bigger, because 2 women and a man are going to file a lawsuit claiming Usher exposed them to the STD.

Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom says she’ll file the suit Monday in California and hold a news conference in NYC to correspond with the filing. One of the women will appear at the news conference. The 2 others will remain anonymous and will appear in the lawsuits only as Jane Doe and John Doe.

Bloom says all 3 individuals claim to have had sexual contact with Usher after 2012, and he failed to warn them he allegedly had an STD.

We reached out to Usher’s camp … so far no word back.

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 DETROIT – History will be made again in the Motor City with the presentation of the Midwest Video Music Awards (MVMA) coming November 2017 brought to you by StreetNoise & PRÔS.

MVMA takes regional awards to the next level for recognition to those that have created art and found distinction in an industry that has been both challenged but that has also seen new heights.

Over the next several months artists, directors, producers, writers and many others will have an opportunity to compete against their peers, to determine who are the real ground breakers in the industry.

But let’s not get it twisted.  You’ve got to bring your “A” game to compete.

MVMA is looking for the best of the best in the Midwest. The 2017 MVMA Nominations categories include:

  • Best Pop Rock
  • Best Country
  • Best Group, Band or Duo
  • Best R&B
  • Best Hip Hop
  • Best Dance
  • Best Gospel / Christian
  • Best Effects
  • Best Director
  • Best Concept
  • Best Wardrobe
  • Best Choreography
  • Best Film Short (to include Documentary, Web-i-sode)
  • People’s Choice
  • Award of Merit
  • Lifetime Achievement
  • and more…

To view the nominees and cast your vote visit www.mwvmawards.com. For additional information on sponsorship and tickets please contact

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Discussions on the origins of trap music tend to take shape from a variety of perspectives. There are those who see it through a regional lens. Then there are those looking at it from an artistic angle, while others identify the music by the production style by sound and lyrical content. At some point during the debate – so far as it involves rappers – linguistics get introduced into the conversation, and thus begins the dispute over who actually coined the term ‘trap music.’ During an interview with Angie Martinezin April, T.I. pointed to his usage of the phrase for the title of his sophomore album, and in doing so, adamantly defends the date of its 2003 release to be the moment trap music was officially born. In an exclusive released by Montreality on Wednesday, August 2, the Grand Hustle mogul reiterated his position.

“Who had an album named Trap Muzik‘? I’m asking … Well, then that’s who started it. It’s just as simple as that. Unless there was a time before then that you can recall hearing it,” T.I. said. “That means that since it was introduced to the world there were people who came on and enforced it, and kind of spread the genre out and you know, gave it wings and life beyond its origin, but if you go back to who truly started it, I must humbly say, ‘myself.'”

Among the crop of today’s trap stars, 21 Savage has been vocal about the identity of the sub genre in an effort to reclaim its roots for those, who like him, see it as a form native to Atlanta. He recently went so far as to say that it can’t be trap music if the artist making it isn’t actually from the ATL.

In a subsequent interview, the young trapper broke down the concept of the trap beyond the music, giving nuance to what the streets refer to as “the trap.” Such analysis provides for cultural grounds off of which to base a discussion on where and how trap music began, but it also opens up how the question can be interpreted. If trap music is represented by the identifiable elements of street hustle that thrive in ‘the trap,’ opponents of T.I.’s assertion will pose that hip-hop artists were rapping about the trap more than a decade before he began rapping about the trap. And from that very argument comes the examples of times a rapper actually used the word “trap” to allude to the trap in a song, as was the case on Outkast’s song “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” off of their 1998 album Aquemini.

However, T.I. has a valid argument, especially in terms of branding. Because “SpottieOttieDopaliscious,” nor any song that used the term prior to it, innovated the language associated with the trap to capture its essence, as an actual movement. Yes, UGK, 8Ball & MJG, Master P gave birth to the style that would spawn Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Future, and 2 Chainz later on, but until T.I. showed up in the equation, were any of his predecessors claiming to make “trap music”?

Source: YouTube

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Jessica Todd

VladTV Staff Writer

Article Image: Suge Knight Indicted for Alleged Death Threats Against Director F. Gary Gray

According to TMZ, Suge Knight was indicted on felony criminal threats for allegedly making death threats against Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. Suge allegedly made the threats via text while Gray was filming the N.W.A. biopic because he was unhappy with his portrayal in the film. This was reportedly months before Knight ran over and killed his friend Terry Carter while Dr. Dre was filming scenes for the movie.

TMZ obtained court documents of the grand jury indictment, which reads, “On or about August 8, 2014, Suge … threatened to commit a crime which would result in death and great bodily injury to Felix Gary Gray.” Suge will be indicted on the charges on Thursday (August 3).

Source: TMZ

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