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Why J. Cole’s ‘1985’ Is More Than Just a ‘Diss Track’ (Op-Ed)

J. Cole breaks down valuable lessons about age, growth & race on “KOD” closer. Some people are calling J. Cole‘s “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)” a diss track, despite the 33-year-old rapper never calling out any rapper by name. Sure, it features barbs about some of Cole World’s most vocal opponents, but it feels more like a teachable moment from a big brother than a scathing assault. Throughout the 3-minute-and-10-second KOD closer, the Fayetteville, North Carolina, rapper breaks down valuable lessons about rap’s generational gap, growth and race, while speaking from a place of experience rather than judgment. The title “1985” — a reference to Cole’s birth year — sets the big bro tone early on. Then, he approaches younger rappers without too much ju...

Meek Mill Arrives at Philadelphia 76ers Game After Prison Release

Meek Mill is wasting no time since getting released from prison. The Philadelphia native showed up at the 76ers Game 5 match against the Miami Heat to support his hometown, just hours after he was granted bail from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The team happily commemorated the occasion, posting a series of photos on Twitter of the rapper hugging various players, smiling from ear to ear. “@MeekMill has arrived.#PhilaUnite #HereTheyCome,” they wrote in the caption. .@MeekMill has arrived.#PhilaUnite x #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/pub80aDdnI — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 24, 2018 Meek loves his favorite team so much, his first Instagram post after his freedom was used to cheer on the 76ers. “Go sixers,” he wrote alongside a photo of himself sitting court sid...

Meek Mill’s Judge Will NOT Remove Herself From the Case

Meek Mill Judge Will Not Remove Herself from the Case 4/25/2018 1:00 AM PDT EXCLUSIVE Meek Mill‘s judge will NOT remove herself from his drug and weapons case … despite the Pennsylvania Supreme Court inviting her to do so … TMZ has learned. Judge Genece Brinkley maintains she has been and will continue to give Meek a fair shake, this according to her lawyer A. Charles Peruto, Jr. Peruto tells TMZ the judge does not feel the Supreme Court in any way repudiated her rulings when it ordered that Meek go free without bail, pending the next hearing in June. The hearing will determine if the drug and weapons case should be thrown out because of the testimony of a crooked cop, and Peruto suggested Judge Brinkley will not necessarily side with the prosecutor and Meek’s lawye...

Kevin Hart Visits Meek Mill In Prison & Says He’s Getting Released

Chester, PA – Kevin Hart is showing his full support for Meek Mill. The Philadelphia-bred comedian visited his fellow hometown pal at at Chester’s State Correctional Institution on Tuesday (April 24), joining big names such as Reverend Al Sharpton, James Harden and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who also made their own trips to visit the Wins & Losses rap star. TMZ captured Hart and his team leaving the facilities and report most of Meek’s meetings have been arranged 76ers co-owner, Michael Rubin. Meek is currently serving a two-four year sentence for violating his probation. A post from Hart indicates that term might be over very soon. Rick Ross, JAY-Z, Beyoncé and even Drake have all been shouting out “Free Meek Mill” since his arrest in November.

Did Kanye West Just Announce His Presidential Candidacy (Again)?

Twitter – In between sharing photos of Michael Jackson and Kanye West figurines on Twitter, the inimitable Yeezy appears to be having presidential aspirations (again). During his latest Twitter spree on Tuesday night (April 24), he wrote simply, “2024.” 2024 — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 25, 2018 West had previously expressed interest in running in 2020 against current POTUS Donald Trump but evidently he’s leaving that window open for Trump to have a second term. Considering The Life Of Pablo mastermind recently voiced his love for Trump during an interview with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden and met up with the polarizing president in 2016, it’s not exactly shocking. Coupled with West’s supportive tweet about conservative commentator Candace Owens, fans are continuing to question Ye’s mental stat...

Just as Atlantic City Stems Bleeding, Competition Closes In

Four nights of Beyonce failed to ignite lasting buzz for Revel, the $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino that flopped after little more than two years. Now the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is heading to New Jersey’s battered gambling resort with a mix for the masses: country greats, headline comics, 1980s pop stars, even a hypnotist. The oceanside city is showing signs of a rebound, after a decade-long decline led to the closing of five of 12 casinos, With two new venues set to open in 2018, Governor Phil Murphy is projecting the highest casino-tax revenue in eight years — just as more competition has arrived or is coming in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. Atlantic City, New Jersey. Photographer: Kevin P. Coughlin/Bloomberg Murphy, a Democrat who took office in January, alread...

Athletes React to Meek Mill’s Prison Release

Meek Mill Athletes React to Prison Release 4/24/2018 2:14 PM PDT Breaking News The sports world is freaking out over Meek Mill‘s release from prison … with some of the biggest athletes showing support for the rap superstar. Philadelphia Eagles star Jay Ajayi kicked off the celebration by tweeting “MEEK FREE!!!!! Philly Lit” Torrey Smith praised Sixers owner Michael Rubin for his contribution and “for simply being a good friend and lending his platform to help others,” and adding “Thousands of people are treated unfairly daily by the criminal justice system. I can’t wait to see @MeekMill help lead the way for others that don’t have a voice. Welcome home!” Karl-Anthony Towns — who showed support for the rapper with a customized jersey at...

Little Molly in ‘Annie’ ‘Memba Her?!

Little Molly in ‘Annie’ ‘Memba Her?! 4/25/2018 12:01 AM PDT Toni Ann Gisondi is best known for playing the pint-sized orphan Molly — opposite Aileen Quinn as Annie — in the classic 1982 musical movie “Annie.” Guess what she looks like now!

76ers Owner Picking Up Meek Mill from Prison

76ers Owner Picking Meek Mill Up From Prison 4/24/2018 1:09 PM PDT Breaking News 1:58 PM PT — Our sources tell us the plan is for Meek to attend Tuesday night’s game, but the key issue is time.  If Meek can get formally checked out of prison and then get to the arena in time for the game, which starts at 5 PM PT, he’ll be there as the team’s VIP guest.  It’s a 12-mile drive from the prison to the arena.  LET’S GOOOOO!!!!!!! Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin says he’s on his way to Chester State prison to personally pick up Meek Mill when he’s released … and it’s a good bet the rapper will be at the game tonight.  Rubin and Meek have become very close — with Rubin not only visiting him several times since Meek was inc...

Meek Mill Walks Out of Prison for First Time Since November Sentencing

Meek Mill Walks Out of Prison … First Time Since Nov. 4/24/2018 2:10 PM PDT Meek Mill just stepped out of prison for the first time since being thrown behind bars in the fall … directly onto a waiting helicopter!!! The Philly-based rapper walked out of Chester State Correctional Institution on Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered bail for Meek so he could go free … overruling Judge Genece Brinkley, who wanted to keep him in there for at least another 60 days. We broke the story … Meek was ordered to be released Tuesday, and he issued a statement thanking the District Attorney’s Office, the PA Supreme Court, his legal team and all of his friends, family and fans who showed support while he was locked up. He was facing a 2-4 year prison sentence ...

Floyd Mayweather’s Happy for Meek Mill, ‘Deserves to Be Home’

Floyd Mayweather Happy for Meek Mill ‘Deserves to Be Home’ 4/24/2018 2:11 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE We just broke the news to Floyd Mayweather that Meek Mill is being released from prison … and Floyd says he’s really happy for the rapper.  Floyd and Meek have supported each other over the years — Floyd’s publicly praised Meek’s music and Meek attended the Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight.  So, when we saw Floyd out in NYC shopping for jewelry, we had to ask what he thought about Meek getting out of prison after 5 months.  “I’m glad he home,” Floyd said … “He deserves to be home.” We also asked Floyd about the shooting in Atlanta but he didn’t really want to talk about it. However, his bodyguard Greg La Rosa who w...

Cardi B Reacts to Meek Mill Getting Released from Prison

Cardi B Meek’s Out? Yeeeahhh, Boyyy! 4/24/2018 4:12 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE Cardi B has just a few words for Meek Mill now that he’s getting out of prison — but they’re quite telling, and in the same vein as … awww sh******eeeeetttt!!!!! We got the “Bodak Yellow” rapper Tuesday as she was heading into LAX, where we asked if she had any thoughts on the big news of the day … namely, Meek getting sprung. We broke the story … the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overruled Judge Genece Brinkley and ordered bail be set for Meek’s immediate release. The justices cited the alleged corrupt police officer used as a “critical witness” in the rapper’s OG criminal case as a main reason. Cardi’s clearly happy for Meek, but she’...