Jay Z and Beyoncé bailed out protesters in Baltimore and Ferguson, activist says

An activist and film-maker who has worked with Jay Z claims that the hip-hop star contributed “tens of thousands” of dollars to free protesters who could not pay their bail following anti-police brutality demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The activist, Dream Hampton, later deleted her tweets and called them “error-ridden”, but confirmed to the Guardian that Jay Z helped bail protesters out.

Hampton’s original tweets claimed Jay Z (given name Shawn Carter) and his wife Beyoncé helped supply bail money for protesters, and discussed the difficulties of organizing when protesters are thrown in jail.

They were later deleted, but were screengrabbed by the hip-hop magazineComplex.

“I’m going to tweet this and I don’t care if Jay gets mad,” wrote Hampton, at 8.38am on Sunday. “When we needed money for bail for Baltimore protesters, I asked hit Jay up [sic], as I had for Ferguson, wired tens of thousands in mins.”

Another tweet read: “When [Black Lives Matter] needed infrastructure money for the many chapters that we’re growing like beautiful dandelions, Carters wrote a huge check.”

She continued: “… and more stuff, too much to list actually, that they always insist folk keep quiet.”

Hampton wrote that the alleged donations were important when protesters were being held on exorbitant bail. For example, in Baltimore, teenagers photographed smashing a police car were held on $500,000 bail.

“They’re waging war on black resistance in a multitude of ways, many of them financially. Protest is literally punished with tariffs,” Hampton wrote. “When they fine and arrest people for protesting, more opportunities for exploitation by the state are possible with each encounter.”

Hampton then deleted the tweets. “Welp, I just got the ‘can you shut the fuk up & head to brunch’ text. Gonna erase my error ridden rant. Hope you got your little screenshot,” she wrote.

In an email, Hampton told the Guardian that Jay Z helped bail protesters out of jail, but did not provide specifics on who or when people might have been bailed out. The Guardian has not independently confirmed the reports with Jay Z.

Hampton worked with Jay Z on his 2010 autobiography Decoded. Her latest project is a documentary about the killing of a black transgender woman in Detroit.

Hampton has organized celebrity protests as recently as December 2014, when players from the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat NBA teams wore shirts reading “I can’t breathe”, MTV News reported.

The shirts’ message was a reference to the last words of Staten Island, New York, resident Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.

HOVA rips Spotify and YouTube moments ago in a freestyle at the Tidal Concert

BREAKING!! HOVA rips Spotify and YouTube moments ago in a freestyle at the Tidal Concert

Posted by DatPiff on Saturday, May 16, 2015

BREAKING!! HOVA rips Spotify and YouTube moments ago in a freestyle at the Tidal Concert

Posted by DatPiff on Saturday, May 16, 2015

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“Gotta Have It” Official Video by Benny Barrz


Benny Barrz, A.K.A. “Da Barrz”, Downriver Detroit born and raised, came up in the Detroit Hip Hop Scene around 2010, but has been writing and perfecting his craft since 2004-2005.

Influenced strongly by the whole mid to late 90’s Boom Bap Era, going into the mid 2000’s when Hip Hop started to go in another direction. You can tell who Benny Barrz main influences are when listening to his high energy music.

Since 2010, Benny Barrz has been rocking the stages of venues in Detroit and Downriver Detroit with the best of the best emcees on the scene.

Securing distribution with GTMG, “Raizing The Barrz” Benny’s debut LP has officially released along with his highly anticipated music video, “Gotta Have It”. After watching, you literally, Gotta Have It !

Be on the lookout for much more music and videos from Benny Barrz.

Jay Rock – Nothin’ Change (prod. Dr.Dre)

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Amber Rose Says Travi$ Scott Ghostwrites Kanye’s Music

arrives at the 2009 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

arrives at the 2009 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

“Stop playing niggas I used to fuck,” said Rose. “Why don’t we play the nigga that writes the songs for the other nigga—Travis Scott. Let’s go…He writes the songs for the other nigga. Let’s go.”

As music blog Fact points out:

We’d take her claims with a big pinch of salt: it’s well-known that the sessions for ‘Yeezus’ were group affairs, with various artists contributing to lyrics (The Weeknd, for instance, was involved but didn’t have an official feature on the final album, and King Louie has claimed that he contributed to several songs on the record).
Now, Amber, if you could please put down the mic let these good people get back to dancing.

Michael Bentley: Can’t Knock the Hustle

Michael Bentley is expanding his reach in the entertainment industry with the launch of his music label Slam House Music Group this fall. Bentley is hoping that Slam House can become another successful entity of his fledgling entertainment business career.
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The thirty-one year old Bentley has climbed the ladder of the music industry with jet plane quickness moving from a publicist, to an A&R and now a label owner in just three years. He has worked with top of the line clients as a publicist, helped unknown artists land major record deals as an A&R along with starting up and executive producing his own sports/hip hop radio show Thru the Wire.

Birdman Didn’t Show Up In Court And Now He Has To Pay Turk

Earlier this year, Turk sued Cash Money and Money Mack Music for $1.3 million in unpaid royalties.

Birdman didn’t respond to the suit by the March 11 deadline, and then ignored it again after his attorneys bought him a one month extension.

So earlier this week Turk’s lawyer filed a default motion, which would award Turk a settlement without a trial.

Today, the former Hot Boy jumped on Instagram and said he won the motion, and will soon be $1.3 million richer.

It could be that Birdman knew Turk was going to win the case, so he decided rather than waste too much of his lawyers’ time he’d just make Turk sweat it out and eventually default. But that doesn’t explain why he bothered to ask for that extension.

So maybe Cash Money is in disarray, financially or otherwise.

We’re pretty certain they won’t default on Lil Wayne’s $51 million case against them, though.

Update: Turk won’t necessarily get the $1.3 million he is asking. By granting default, the judge will determine the final amount.

Mark Wahlberg and Diddy Place $250K Bet on Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight

Either Mark Wahlberg or Diddy will be $250,000 richer afterFloyd Mayweather takes on Manny Pacquiao on May 2.

Diddy is predicting Mayweather will win, while Wahlberg is throwing his support behind Pacquiao. The friendly wager started at $100,000 before Wahlberg upped the ante to $250,000, per Showtime Sports:

Both of the stars have countless millions in the bank, so that kind of figure is just a drop in the water in terms of their overall net worth.

Plus, that bet is nothing compared to the $1.6 million 50 Cent said he planned to bet on Mayweather.

Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Fresh Dressed’

After premiering earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the official trailer for Fresh Dressed is here. Directed by Mass Appeal‘s Creative Director, Sacha Jenkins SHR, the film explores how hip hop fashion influenced the larger industry and ultimately affected mass culture. The trailer opens with Kanye West—an artist whose brand is a synonymous with style as it is music—speaking about the importance of “getting fresh,” which he argues is more important than money. Nas, Pusha T, Puff Daddy, Andre Leon Talley, and more share their thoughts on the importance of hip hop fashion, and are just a handful of the numerous icons that appear in the film.