Just a day after what would’ve been the late Notorious B.I.G.‘s 41st birthday, his daughter T’yanna Wallace has announced the launch of her own endeavor. The 19-year old is pushing her own fashion line. Wallace is launching “Notoriouss,” a line of shirts and other clothing items. Some are taking exception with the fact that the Notoriouss line prominently features gun imagery. Biggie, born Christopher Wallace, was famously gunned down in 1997 at the age of 24. Reps for Notoriouss have yet to address the minor controversy.
After attending Lauryn Hill’s recent show in Brooklyn, Melanie Fiona was so moved that she expressed her extreme gratitude in an open letter penned to The Fugee’s Queen piece. Take a look below.
I have had many blessed, spiritual, and unforgettable moments in my life… But none more inspiring and life altering than last night. For those of you have ever listened to my music as a full body of work, heard any of my interviews, or have been to any of my live shows… Knows, that Lauryn Hill is a driving force of inspiration in everything I do. There would be no first audition for me if couldn’t sing her version of “his eye is on the sparrow”… There wouldn’t be “Felony Miona”… There wouldn’t be the artist you see today who isn’t afraid to bare her soul about life and love. And last night, I got to tell her that. After seeing her murder the stage…I personally got to express my teary eyed gratitude. A REAL dream come true for me. Lauryn Hill is the true essence of artistry that I aspire to represent… One who can break barriers, colour lines, industry standards, and ignorant minds… All while making amazing heartfelt educated music. My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry. You will feel it. Thank You #LaurynHill… You are singlehandedly, hands down, the greatest to ever do it ALL… Triple Threat… And to inspire a musical generation so starved that we still anticipate any and everything that you will do in the future. With Love, Respect, Support and Gratitude, MF xo
Kanye is currently premiering his new video “New Slaves” by projecting the clip on 66 buildings at 66 locations. Here’s a footage from Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.
Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL.
Interview on “Sway In the Morning,” Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli spoke about the recent controversies involving Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, and their losing corporate endorsements due to the public backlash against their lyrics. Kweli says that he didn’t want anyone to lose money.
“I feel like Lil Wayne and Rick Ross should get money. I was disappointed that they got dropped,” Talib told Sway. “I wish they would have came with stronger apologies sooner and kept they money. The reason I said something, I wanted them to keep their money. I don’t want to see no Black man lose nothing. These companies obviously don’t have our best interests in mind. They obviously don’t. It’s also a money thing. It’s a look. That’s also why you can’t say these artists aren’t hip-hop. You can’t say Lil Wayne and Rick Ross ain’t hip-hop. From the outside looking in, these men have dedicated their lives to the music. Whether you like their output or not, they represent hip-hop for millions of people and that can’t be fronted on.”
Hot 97 personality Mister Cee’s was arrest this weekend for soliciting a male prostitute. It is the second time Cee, born Calvin Lebrun, has been arrested on such a charge, having pleaded guilty to the charge of loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense back in 2011. The morning show DJ was arrested in Brooklyn, according to reports. He reportedly approached a man at Madison St. and Broadway around midnight, unaware that the man was an undercover police officer. Cee will reportedly address the arrest on the air this week.
Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions. It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn. My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun. I’m a Brooklyn Net forever. It’s been an honor to work with Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, Christophe Charlier, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark and all the wonderful people involved in making the Nets first class. My sincerest thanks goes to Bruce Ratner, who first introduced the idea of moving the Nets to Brooklyn. A thank you and deepest appreciation goes to the fans. You are the lifeblood of any team.
The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists. For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it’s not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net.
Brooklyn rapper Uncle Murda has the Internet in a frenzy with his new “Do Sumthin’” record where he threatens to kill former Death Row Records owner Marion “Suge” Knight. The new song surfaced online last night (April 17) and stems from Hot 97 radio veteran Funkmaster Flex‘s new mixtape. Uncle Murda pulls no punches on “Do Sumthin,” off of Funkmaster Flex’s mixtape Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself? when it comes to the former Death Row executive, Suge Knight. His gripe consists essentially in the fact that B.I.G. was killed, even though Murda never personally knew the late, great rapper. “I make Brooklyn look good homie, and I’m patiently waiting to kill Suge, homie.” (Complex) Before the track premiered, Murda hinted at it likely causing an uproar. “i promise you when that new @funkmasterflex mixtape drop tonight I’m gone have the most talked about record on there Movieeeeeeeeeeeeeee,” Murda tweeted April 17th. (Uncle Murda’s Twitter)