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Bloggers Shoot Back At ICE [Pg. 2]

Nigel D (RealTalkNY.net)"I feel it was a matter of time until certain sites would be taken down. Some blogs are excessive with the posting of MP3s, and any site that only posts MP3s can't expect to exist very long. With that said there needs to be a process for taking down sites, warnings should be first sent and if changes aren't made the site should be taken down. Labels need to step up and let blogs know what is appropriate to post and what is not. Things get sketchy when songs are sent from labels, marketing companies and/or artists. While labels might not need blogs for their huge artist, the majority of artist need the blogs for exposure.

John Gotty (SmokingSection.net)"While there's ambiguity in the law, I understand the strategic legal move by both parties—the government and music labels. Still, it's counterproductive when you consider that the involved groups could all work together to benefit artists and improve the music industry's declining physical health. Instead of pitting themselves against each other, labels and music sites could do much more for the greater good by working together to properly promote deserving musicians and likely do it at a fraction of the cost associated with legal fees."

Blogxilla (GlobalGrind.com)"The ICE raids make my stomach turn. How dare they attack hip-hop blogs for doing the work of the people! Yeah, I said it, the work of the people. We get music out, tell people what's hot, what's not and most of the stuff we post comes from the labels directly. It's really upsetting and it's telling people you cannot make a living because we will shut you down. On the low though I can't understand how they can shut down Dajaz1.com and OnSmash.com yet cannot do anything about these Wikileaks crap. If anyone I know dies in service of this country I'm going to blame ICE for shutting down Splash and not Wikileaks. #AssBackwards."

Navjosh (HipHop-N-More.com)"I think last week’s developments have definitely sent some shockwaves through the hip-hop blog community. In today’s world, blogs are the ultimate platform for any artist to promote and showcase his/her music to the world and their importance has been invaluable in the past few years towards amelioration of the quality of music. Drake, B.o.B, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa and others would have probably never experienced the kind of success they are enjoying right now if it wasn’t for the hip-hop blogs.

Though I do think that piracy has somewhat affected the music industry in an adverse way since the explosion of the Internet, shutting down an entire website for a few copyright violations without a show cause notice or a prior warning is unjustified to the core and not the solution to the problem we are facing. Rather there should be better standards and laws drafted to tackle copyright infringements in a way that the music lovers, website owners, music labels and the government agencies can all live together in a sound environment. Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything."

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Childish Gambino wrapped his This Is America Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (Dec. 17) with a special tribute to his father, Donald Glover Sr. The multi-talented artist revealed that his dad passed away a couple of weeks ago, and commemorated his life by previewing a new single.

"I lost my father a couple weeks ago," he announced in a video that was posted on Reddit. "I wanted to play him some of the new songs, but he didn't want to hear them, because he was like, 'I know they're going to be great.'"

He added: "I'm not saying that to talk about music — I say that to talk about trust. That's what love is. I hope you guys get to feel that kind of love."

He later previewed one of the songs he wanted to share with his dad, as seen in a video a fan posted on Twitter. The song sounds like an uptempo tune with heavy horn instrumentals.

The announcement comes shortly after Gambino returned to the stage after suffering from a foot injury. Ahead of the tour, the "Feels Like Summer" rapper also announced that his next album would be his last project under the moniker Childish Gambino. It's unclear if the new track will appear on the final album.

Check out Gambino's tribute to his father in the video below.

@donaldglover unreleased song #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #thisisamericatour pic.twitter.com/ToGHrAnApo

— Alexis Andrade (@alexisarealtor) December 15, 2018

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

In an interview with Elle, Nancy Dubuc shared her plans to rebuild the outlet since reports of sexual harassment allegations, unlawful HR practices and the stepping down of Shane Smith came to light this year. Changing the bro culture has removed content and replacing it with more substantial content and finding gems that will also replace the gap left by Desus & Mero.

The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

In an interview with Bossip over the summer, the guys revealed their contracts were cut two months early after news about their deal with Showtime went public. They show consisted of the two commentating on the latest in politics and pop culture while interviewing big names like Gabrielle Union, Rachel Maddow, Diddy, Vic Mensa and Tracee Ellis Ross. They also opened up about their organic approach in comedy was nearly butchered when the network demanded them to work 24/7.

“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

“We were literally the LeBron of that network,” Mero added. “As a dad, you wanna be around for milestones for like graduations, birthdays…and it’s obnoxious to have to be like, ‘I can’t go to my kid’s graduation because we leave the studio at 3 o’clock and the graduation is at 4.’”

Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

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— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

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Meek Mill To Man Who Vandalized Grandmother's Home: 'Just Don’t Let Us Catch You'

An unidentified man spray-painted a racial slur on Meek Mill's grandmother's Philadelphia home, and the rapper is sending a warning to the vandal who did the deed.

The Championships MC wrote on Twitter that a white man painted "racial remarks" on the South Philly home. Surveillance footage shows that the word "ACORN" was written, which is a term reportedly associated with white supremacists.

"A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged [sic]," the "Going Bad" rapper wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 18).  "The crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this! Just don’t let us catch you coward!"

Meek also revealed that his family just purchased the house, and the area's gentrification has given way to home remodeling.

Meek's allegiance to his home city has always been clear. After returning from a four-month stint in prison, he rang the Liberty Bell at a Sixers home game. His song "Dreams and Nightmares" has also become an unofficial anthem for the area. It's a shame that his family and many others re experiencing racism in 2018, but we're certain that there are authorities working to fix the situation and find the perp.

 

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A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged.... the crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this!! The funny part is we just bought this house ... after its remodeled more blacks coming soon ! 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

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A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged.... the crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this! Just don’t let us catch you coward! T… https://t.co/ieIA61NUyY

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