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Olivia & Drake's "Control" Producer Releases Statement

Earlier today, VIBE reported that Drake's guest verse on Olivia's buzz single, "Control," was indeed unauthorized.

The singer denied being aware that the track—produced by Montreal DJ Raffi "Special K" Kenadjian—was not recorded exclusively for her collaboration, stating that she had no intention of including it in her forthcoming second album, Show The World. Drake also addressed the issue to AllHipHop, apologizing to his fans for being "duped into thinking that ‘Control’ was a collaboration [with Olivia]"

With clarifications from both Olivia and Drake, the only person left silent was Kenadjian, but the producer released a statement painting his take on the matter: "Drake's performance on Olivia's "Control" was paid for by Souled Out Records. Souled Out Records approached the then up-and-coming artist in 2007 in recognition of his talent. Souled Out Records is shocked to hear that Drake has not authorized Souled Out Records to use his recorded performance, as the service was already paid-for," he says. "Olivia's contribution, through Dollaz Unlimited, elevated the reach of the record and was a win-win situation for Dollaz Unlimited, Souled Out Records and DJ Finesse."

Kenadjian also stated that Souled Out made several attempts to reach out to Drake. No comment was made addressing the track's original vocalist, Leia, who recorded an undisputed version with Drake, titled "All Night," in 2007. —Tracy Garraud

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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Bun B's Lawyer Provides Update On Attempted Armed Robbery Aftermath

On Tuesday (April 24), Bun B confronted an armed robber, who was later identified as 20-year-old DeMonte Jackson. The latter attempted to rob the legendary rapper's home but acted swiftly with his own registered firearm. When Bun B's wife, Angela "Queenie" Walls answered a knock on the door, a masked Freeman entered with his weapon but was later met with the Trill rapper's fire and was detained at a hospital while being treated for his wounds.

In a statement provided to XXL, lawyer Charles Adams said he doesn't expect charges to be filed against the Texas native. "In Texas, you can defend your home. And if an armed home invader breaks into your home and puts a gun at your wife's head, you can shoot the guy if he's still in your home," Adams said. "Honestly, this might sound cheesy, thank God that Bun had a gun. Thank God that he was courageous enough to defend his home and his wife [Queenie]. And thank God Queenie was courageous enough to not let the man go upstairs."

As Queenie led Jackson to the garage, Bun B, born Bernard Freeman, became aware of the incident from another part of the house and opened fire on Jackson. The latter was charged with one count of burglary plus two levies of aggravated robbery.

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Former Felons May Have To Pay Court Fines Before Voting In Florida

Florida made history when it passed Amendment 4 restoring voting rights to the state's nearly one million former felons.

However, on Wednesday (April 24) the GOP-House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay court fees, fine,s and restitution prior to voting. The Senate bill requires that just restitution be paid. If this measure is passed it could prohibit thousands of ex-cons from being able to vote.

The state reportedly also doesn't have a method to properly tally restitution and to create a system could cost millions. On Wednesday, the House considered a proposal by the Senate that would allot $2 million to hire more workers at the Florida Commission on Offender Review to review the applications of former felons.

That commission would then report their findings to local supervisors of elections.

“Obviously, the individual is responsible for determining whether they’ve completed all the terms of their own sentence,” Sen. Jeff Brandes “If they have questions, they should go to local supervisors of elections.”

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