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Tributes for rap icon Coolio continue to pour in

Tributes have continued to pour in for the late rap legend Coolio. The 'Gangsta's Paradise' hitmaker's longtime manager, Jarez Posey, confirmed the rap legend, who was 59, was found dead at a friend's house in Los Angeles on Wednesday (28. 09.

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A$AP Rocky apologises to fans for Rolling Loud set: “I am so hurt right now!”
A$AP Rocky has shared a statement apologising to fans for his shortened set at the Rolling Loud festival in New York this weekend.On Saturday night (September 24), Rocky headlined the festival but ended up arriving on stage late and only performing nine songs.“I am so hurt right now!” he told fans in a statement posted to social media on Sunday. “Last night was supposed to be a turning point in my live shows from the old to new! I will take full responsibility for the circumstances of what led to last nights show being everything it was and everything it wasn’t.”Rocky added: “I also want to acknowledge that even tho I prepared the best show for my fans, detail for detail , over the course of MONTHS…“I was unfortunately not able to bring my vision to fruition and Im hurt about that and I want to apologize to all of my fans and continued supporters, and thank y’all for showing up for me regardless!!”See the statement in full below.pic.twitter.com/V5GOERfOCt— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) September 25, 2022Earlier this month, A$AP Rocky released a vibey new song titled ‘OUR DE$TINY’, on which he collaborates with Playboi Carti.‘OUR DE$TINY’ is Rocky’s sixth release for the year, following ‘Arya’ with Nigo, ‘Doja’ with $not, ‘The God Hour’ with A$AP Ant, the solo joint ‘D.M.B.’ and ‘Strangers’ with Danger Mouse and Black Thought.It comes amid a slew of legal drama for the rapper, who, less than a month ago, pleaded not guilty to two recent charges of assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
Kanye West claims his publishing catalogue is “being put up for sale without my knowledge”
Kanye West has come out with claims that his publishing catalogue is “being put up for sale” without his approval, involvement or even awareness – contesting reports that his team had pitched the sale to prospective buyers.Earlier this week, Billboard reported that West was “quietly and intermittently shopping his publishing catalog”, and that representatives for the rapper had met privately with prospective buyers to “explore what kind of valuation” his extensive discography could net.It’s said that West is eying a valuation as high as 35 times that of the net publisher’s share – around $175million (£153.9million), based on the estimation that West’s catalogue earns him $5million (£4.4million) of annual revenue.West has now denied his reported involvement in the potential sale, taking to his Instagram Story overnight to declare that his catalogue is “not for sale”, noting that “just like Taylor Swift, my publishing is being put up for sale without my knowledge”.The situation West is referring to is the 2019 sale of Swift’s material released between 2006 to 2017, which was acquired by Scooter Braun (with whom Swift had long feuded) when he purchased her former label, Big Machine Records, for $330million (£290million). That sale was enormously controversial, with Swift herself describing it as her “worst case scenario” and leading her to re-record two of the albums she no longer owns the original masters to – 2008’s ‘Fearless’ and 2012’s ‘Red’ – with the suffix of ‘Taylor’s Version’.The rights to West’s catalogue currently lie with Sony Music Publishing.
Vic Mensa donates $10,000 in fuel alongside weed joints to Chicago residents
Vic Mensa donated $10,000 (£8,779) in fuel and also gave away some pre-rolled weed joints to Chicago residents earlier this month.The Chicago rapper visited his Southside neighbourhood over the recent Labour Day weekend (September 3-5) to promote his new cannabis business, 93 Boyz, with plenty of freebies for unsuspecting locals.According to a press release [via HipHopDX], Mensa helped fuel approximately 200 vehicles at a local BP gas station and handed out a pocket-full of pre-rolled cannabis joints.In a video clip shared by TMZ, an emotional woman is seen telling Mensa that she showed up at a pump with $5 (£4.39) and was worried that she wouldn’t be able to buy enough fuel to get her granddaughter to work.A post shared by @vicmensaMensa founded 93 Boyz, which is Chicago’s first Black-owned cannabis business, over the summer.Cannabis has been legal in the state of Illinois since January 2020 and as part of the brand’s mission the company will continue performing acts of charity for inner city minorities.“The brand was founded by Chicago-born musician and activist Vic Mensa with a vision of lifting up the neighbourhoods around him while lifting spirits across the state. That vision paired with the heaviest, headiest gas available anywhere is what fuels 93 Boyz today,” a statement on the company website reads.Elsewhere, Mensa recently joined forced with Chance The Rapper to launch a music festival in Ghana.The Chicago rappers are set to launch The Black Star Line Festival on January 6, 2023 in Accra, Ghana’s Black Star Square.“Everything we’re doing is with the goal of uniting and building a bridge between black people of the diaspora and the globe, with the continent,” Mensa previously said.