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What About Your Friends: Behind Shawty Redd's Murder Charge (Pg. 2)

In his first interview since the shooting, Squeak shed new light on the man Shawty Redd is alleged to have murdered. “Damon wasn’t the kind of guy that was all for the fame and the ‘shouting out’ and all of that. Cause it was almost obvious what he was doing. And people around seen and knew. Gucci Mane knows Choppo personally. Jeezy knows Choppo personally. They know the relationship of Shawty Redd and the Geto Kingz family. Shawty Redd calls Damon ‘big homie.’ I mean, you don’t call somebody ‘big homie’ if they’re not your big homie.”

Squeak says he met Damon Martin around 1986. "We were like 8 or 9-years-old," he says. "We were next-door neighbors actually. We grew up in Southfield, Michigan so it was the suburbs, it was a nice neighborhood. We went to Southfield High School. He was really into sports, and was actually a professional speed skater. He was a quarterback football player in high school. He was real popular."

Squeak says he was the one who inspired Martin to get into the music industry. "I’ve been making music pretty much all my life and I started building my own studio," says Squeak. "When he heard my stuff, he really gained interest and that’s what really inspired him to try to find a way to get my beats heard. This was maybe ’99 or 2000." Describing his friend as "a hustler," Squeak says, "He was selling our CDs and really just trying to get the production part of it off. He was pushing our music."

According to Squeak, Martin met Shawty Redd in 2004 in an Atlanta strip joint called Club Blaze. He remembers Martin calling him to say he bumped into a producer working on Young Jeezy’s new album. Martin’s goal became introducing his crew, Geto Kingz, to Stewart, who at the time was attempting to cement his own credentials in the music industry. According to Squeak, Martin paid Shawty Redd to make beats for Geto Kingz, and also lavishly supplied the producer with money for other expenses.

"Damon was there for him," Squeak told VIBE. "Back then, Shawty Redd wasn’t really that financially stable. [So] Damon helped Shawty Redd out a lot. A whole lot. Car payments, house payments…just anything he needed, all the way down to groceries and cigarettes. Even when he got into his car accident [in 2007], my man paid for the Benz to get out the shop. It was times Shawty Redd didn’t have anything and Damon was always there through the years. He told me that him and Shawty ripped a dollar bill in half and Shawty promised that when he got on, he would be there for Damon, because he respected him being there for him. And Damon always kept that half of the dollar bill in his wallet, and Shawty Redd did as well."

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Dolly Parton Toys With Hopping On Next 'Old Town Road' Remix

Lil Nas X is not letting “Old Town Road” ever get old. The 20-year-old Atlanta native continues to add more and more musicians to various remixes of the record-breaking song.

Last week, he enlisted Young Thug and “The Yodeling Kid” Mason Ramsey, and it looks like another country music legend is looking to hop on another version of the track.

“Y’all think i can get dolly parton and megan thee stallion on a old town road remix?” Lil Nas X asked his millions of Twitter followers at the top of the week (Jul. 15). The “9 To 5” songstress responded to the artist’s inquiry yesterday (Jul. 18) on Twitter with a horse and a unicorn emoji. Megan has not responded to the inquiry... that we know of.

Billy Ray Cyrus– the father of Parton’s goddaughter Miley– hopped on the original remix with Lil Nas X, and performed the song with him at events such as Summer Jam and the 2019 BET Awards.

The track is currently the third longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of American popular music, right behind “One Sweet Day” By Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey, and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”

🐴🦄 @LilNasX https://t.co/jD8WgNNNPI pic.twitter.com/WQWwW7sbi2

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) July 17, 2019

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Kanye West And Kim Kardashian Reportedly Lobby Trump To Free A$AP Rocky

Kim Kardashian has been vocal about people of color being behind bars for various offenses, and she’s also demonstrated her abilities to help facilitate their removal. According to reports, she and her husband Kanye West are working together to get a high-profile star out of a current situation.

Per TMZ, the famous couple reportedly lobbied the White House to get involved in A$AP Rocky’s removal from a Swedish prison. The rapper is currently locked up for alleged assault.

“We're told as soon as Kim and Kanye heard about A$AP's predicament earlier this month ... Kanye urged Kim to get on the horn and talk to Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- with whom Kim is very familiar from her previous White House work,” reports the site. “Our sources say Kim filled Jared in on what was happening, and Jared then took the info to Trump himself ... whom, we're told, acknowledged something seemed amiss.”

The write-up continues by stating that Trump reportedly believes the A$AP Mob member is being held “unfairly,” and thanks to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Department is reportedly “actively working” to get A$AP out from behind bars.

Rocky could reportedly spend up to six years behind bars if convicted.

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Young Thug Says Lil Nas X 'Shouldn't Have Told The World' About His Sexuality

Young Thug recently hopped on the second remix for Lil Nas X's record-breaking song "Old Town Road." In the midst of the response to the newest version of the track, the ATLien gave some of his thoughts about the other news pertaining to his collaborator.

According to an interview Thugger gave to YouTube's No Jumper, he believes that the 20-year-old may receive backlash for recently coming out about his sexuality, and that he shouldn't have told the world that he was gay.

“I feel like he probably shouldn’t have told the world,” Thug said. “He shouldn’t have told the world because it’s like, these days, motherf**ers just... it’s just all judgment. Like, motherf**ers just judging. It ain’t even about the music no more."

"Once you found out he was gay, everybody, soon as the song come on now, everybody, like, ‘This gay a** n***a.’ N***as don’t even care to listen to the song no more.”

In late June, Lil Nas X opened up about identifying as a gay man, stating that a deeper meaning alluding to his sexuality could be found in his song "c7osure." In an interview with BBC, he stated that he has indeed been dealing with backlash since coming out. However, he's trying to remain positive.

"It was like, I don’t wanna just live my entire life—especially, you know, how I just got to where I’m at—not just like doing what I wanna do," he said of admitting his sexual preferences.

“I just feel like, he young, and it’s like backlash can come behind anything,” Young Thug continued on the show. “So it’s like, it wasn’t a bad idea, and it was most definitely the best time to do it, during Pride. That was the best time to do it, that was a G’s move."

"But it’s like, he young, so I know what he going to be dealing with, with it in his mind, I dealt with this sh*t before. I know what he going to be dealing with. So that’s why I was like, f**k, he should have never said that, he should have never told them.”

 

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