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Cassidy Preps 4th Album; Backed By NBA Star Carmelo Anthony

(AllHipHop News) Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has revealed plans to release his first album since 2007’s release B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrian Reese Story).

The new album is titled C.A.S.H., which stands for “Cass Always Stays Hard” or “Cass Always a Straight Hustler.”

Cassidy told MTV.com’s Mixtape Daily that the first single will feature a big-name artist, but before that single drops, he will release a street record titled “Face to Face,” and a new mixtape titled Apply Pressure 2.

“They say it's a recession. I call my album C.A.S.H. because everybody needs money,” Cassidy told MTV’s Mixtape Daily. “I feel as though everybody that's a fan of hip-hop or a fan of music period, they need to come and support artists like me, because you gonna see hip-hop fall off the map, like other forms of music, if you don't.”

Although he's no longer signed to producer Swizz Beatz's Full Surface imprint, the pair still have a cordial relationship.

As the first artist signed to the label, Cassidy and Swizz produced hits and club anthems like “Hotel” featuring R. Kelly, “I’m a Hustla” and “My Drink N My Two Step” while dropping albums like Split Personality (2004), I’m a Hustla (2005) and his most recent, B.A.R.S. (2007).

Cassidy's C.A.S.H. album will be released through his own imprint Larsiny Entertainment, with distribution through E1.

In November of 2008, Cassidy inked a deal with NBA star Carmelo Anthony’s Krossover Entertainment, which is backing the Philly rapper’s latest album.

 

 

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“It’s heartbreaking for everyone on that set, past, and present, and for every actor out there who stands in the face of harassment, discrimination, assault, and injustice,” Williamson wrote. “As a black woman, an artist, an actor, in 2019, my speaking the truth, standing up for myself, and leaving an unsafe work environment changed things for a lot of people: black women, artists, actors, victims, and survivors of injustice and discrimination.”

Demetrius Grosse’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, called Williamson's claim "completely meritless."

"My client was libeled all over the media before any of the claims could even be verified. No one should publish serious allegations like these in such a reckless manner. Demetrius lost multiple jobs as a result of being falsely accused. We’re glad that the investigation has been completed and are grateful to eOne for its unwavering support. Onward.”

In a separate statement, ABC expressed gratitude the investigation was over.

“We are glad that eOne has completed an investigation into allegations on the set of ‘The Rookie.’ We are confident that eOne takes these matters seriously and that they will continue to look for the best ways to surface concerns and address complaints.”

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Footage Of Tekashi 6ix9ine's Alleged Kidnapping Surfaces

A new video showcasing the kidnapping of rapper Tekashi69 last year in Brooklyn by his former Nine Trey Bloods associates has been obtained by The Daily News. Although we don’t see Tekashi or his accused kidnappers—Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Ellison’s friend who goes by “Sha”—we do hear the whole ordeal as they drive through the dark, rainy streets of Brooklyn.

When the footage of the kidnapping ends, the video transitions into scenes with Jorge Rivera, Tekahi’s driver, who attempted at following the vehicle in which he was kidnapped and retrieve the license plate number. We hear Rivera calling 911 in Spanish to come to Tekashi’s aid. Rivera immediately became a witness in the case.

The “FeFe” rapper’s alleged feud with Ellison came after a dispute over how the rapper (né Daniel Hernandez) would share all his earnings with the gang.

During his recent testimony at Manhattan Federal Court earlier this week, the 23-year-old recalled the kidnapping stating the gang members ended up going against each other. “The gang, it was divided. We’re all part of the same gang but we’re attacking each other,” Tekashi revealed.

Hernandez also detailed that the kidnapping began around 4 am ET when Ellison crashed a stolen car into Rivera’s Chevy Tahoe SUV at Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Ave on July 22, 2018.

According to Tekashi, Sha opened the door of the Chevy armed with a gun and demanded that he get into the car with him and Ellison. Ellison was allegedly armed as well. In the video, you can hear Tekashi trying to reason with Ellison about the situation.

“I put money in your pocket, bro, I’m scared, bro…I don’t know...everybody is saying extortion this, extortion that,” he said.

“I’m pleading with my heart...yo, don’t shoot,” Tekashi would later say in court about the incident.

Ultimately, after the rapper obtained several injuries from both Ellison and Sha beating him up and demanding that he say loud that he is no longer part of the Bloods gang, they came to a settlement. If Tekashi relinquished all of his jewelry, they would let him go.

“We came to an agreement. If I gave them the jewelry, they would let me go,” Tekashi said.

Eventually, the crew made it to his girlfriend’s home where they retrieved the jewelry. Later, Tekashi would allegedly escape from the backseat and get into a random car which dropped him off at a precinct.

During part two of his testimony, Hernandez also revealed other inner workings of the gang and their attempts to fatally shoot rappers like Cheif Keef, Casanova and Trippie Redd.

More details on the fate of Tekashi’s case are still pending. You can hear/watch the alleged kidnapping over at The Daily News.

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This conversation was highlighted when Amara La Negra shared her experiences on The Breakfast Club and on Love & Hip Hop: Miami. Additionally, Cardi B who's of Dominican and Trinidadian descent, recently said she considers herself a black woman. Both of these artists have encountered backlash for their stance on their identity.

During a recent visit to Hot 97, Fat Joe echoed their sentiments and talked about Africa’s prominent influence on Caribbean music and its people. "All the music is African….let's speak about Latinos not being black. Latinos are black. In Cuba, at one time, there were eight million Cubans," he said.

"Five million, unfortunately, were slaves. Three million were actual Cubans, and they integrated and had babies,” he continued. “Same thing with Puerto Rico when you go to Loíza. You talk about Santeria, that came from the motherland, Africa. Sometimes, Latinos may even identify themselves with African and black culture more than black people. This ain't no crazy thing. Fat Joe ain't on crack. He knows what he talkin' 'bout."

Joe also commented on Brazil’s colonization by the Portuguese and how they're influenced by Africa. “The Portuguese colonized Brazil. Brazil is pretty much Africa but they speak Portuguese.”

Rosa Clemente, a Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies shared her thoughts on black identity in Latin America with The Huffington Post.  

"Afro-Latino is not about being black and Latino, Afro-Latina means to be a black Latina/Latino hence why the term Afro-Latino came about in the late ’70s," she said. "Since Latino is not a race, it's really not even an ethnic group, it is false to say that folks are black and Latino, we are racially black and then many refer to their ethnicity or i.e Afro-Boricua, Afro-Dominican."

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