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Lloyd Banks Arrested on Assault, Robbery Charges in Canada

G-Unit's punchline king, Lloyd Banks, was arrested in Ontario, Canada during the early morning hours of Saturday (Jan. 9), after he and three associates reportedly assaulted a promoter over money.

According to MTV, the rapper (real name: Christopher Lloyd) and his crew got into a dispute with a promoter -- whose name has not been released -- at a local hotel over payment for a performance and appearance fee.

The promoter alleges that on early Saturday morning, Banks and three others -- Nicklas Sloane, Shawn McGee, and Tyrell Cooper -- held him in his hotel room against his will, assaulted and robbed him, following a performance at Club NV in nearby Blandford later Friday.

All four men were arrested, and charged with forceful confinement, aggravated assault and robbery.

They made a court appearance on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 10), via video, and are due back in court sometime this week.

At press time, the four men remained in police custody.

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Jussie Smollett Released On $100K On Bail

Jussie Smollett was reportedly released from Chicago police custody on Thursday (Feb. 21), after posting $100,000 bail, CNN confirms.

Police and prosecutors held a press conference, in which they listed a series of evidence that would corroborate their claim that Smollett staged the homophobic and racist attack that occurred against him in Jan. 2019.

The prosecutors confirmed a chronology of the events leading up to and after the attack. They cited phone and credit card records from both Smollett and the Osundairo brothers who were reportedly paid $3,500 to act out the incident.

As previously reported, the Empire actor was arrested and taken into custody in Chicago earlier this morning on one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. The police claimed the actor staged the attack because he was upset about his low salary.

"Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said. "Why would anyone especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? ... How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?"

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"All The Stars" musicians Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not perform their Oscar-Nominated song during Sunday's awards telecast.
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Black Panther's 'All The Stars' Won't Be Performed At The Oscars

According to Deadline, Kendrick Lamar and SZA will not be performing their Oscar-Nominated song “All The Stars” during Sunday’s Academy Award telecast.

Per the site, the Pulitzer Prize-winning MC has been heard at work and focusing on creating new music abroad. Due to his schedule, creating a stage performance that would do “justice” to the stand-out track from Black Panther would be difficult to achieve.

“As such, the mutual decision between all parties, Lamar’s camp and Oscars, was to forego a performance of the song on Sunday,” the site says of the nixed performance. “None of the other nominees, i.e. SZA, wanted to perform the song live without Lamar. ‘All the Stars’ is a complex, nuanced, beautiful song, and not having Lamar perform it, didn’t make sense.” Due to his schedule, Lamar did not appear at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards earlier this month.

In the past for ‘Best Original Song’ performances, the Academy would pair musicians to perform covers of the nominated tracks. However, “All The Stars” is a song that not just anyone can perform.

The performers that will be singing on the telecast include Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born‘s “Shallow,” and Bette Midler for “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns.

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Drake's 'So Far Gone' Debuting In Top 10 On Billboard 200

Ten years ago, college campuses were enthralled in Drake’s romantic verses and relatable sonic vignettes on his ubiquitous mixtape, So Far Gone. It was conveniently released the week of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 13. At the time, he dropped the free project without much commercial push.

Now, a mere decade later, the mixtape is climbing to its debut on the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Since its tenth anniversary, the project has garnered slots on prominent streaming services starting the week of Feb. 15, Billboard reports.

It’s projected that the compilation might debut at No. 5 on the charts next week, and can end the week of Feb. 21 with 45,000 album units. If Drizzy is able to receive this accolade, it will make this his tenth album that’s reached a top 10 slot on the charts.

In typical Drake fashion, when he was creating So Far Gone, he was grappling with a relationship that seemingly went sour, which served as his main source of inspiration. During a 2009 interview with Complex, he detailed the message behind some of the album's songs.

“It starts with this monologue, 'Lust For Life,' of me crying out, in my head the things that I never say. The things that I was just thinking, that was my mindset. Then it goes to 'Houstatlantavegas' which is about what I felt about the girl I was with,” he said.

“I just felt that nothing was ever good enough, and she was always searching for more excitement and then we move into 'Successful,'" he continued. "I say at the end of the song, 'There are so many things I want to say but I just don't know how to say it to you.' I know exactly what I want to say, you know, I just want to be successful, but I don't know if I can do it with you and then it goes into 'Let's Call It Off,' which is the breakup.”

While it must have been heartbreaking, the end of that relationship kicked off his musical career. “And then coincidentally when I broke up with that girl a week later I went to Houston and met Lil Wayne and that's where 'November 18' comes from,” he explained.

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