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Best TV Show → Curb Your Enthusiasm
Yeah, yeah, only a few episodes in, but dammit, Larry David is the King. When it comes to being the world’s most hilarious A-Hole, the middle aged Brooklyn genius has his slot on lock. Just three shows in, Larry has already used a Tampon to stop a bloody nose, scolded a friend for “verbal texting,” cost his buddies a golf tournament, slept with an sexy anti-Semite, used his breast vision and antagonized Girl Scouts and women at a safe house. Eight seasons and LD is just getting better… I definitely have to give a honorable mention shout out to Louis CK and his “Seinfeld”-esque 30 minute romper “Louie.” The levels of inappropriateness are off the scales with LCK sleeping with Joan Rivers, visiting a “nigger” hating aunt and doing stand-up comedy about not killing his five year-old daughter and eating a friend’s booty hole. Too much!  

Best Album → MMG Presents Self Made Volume 1
Top to bottom solid. Rick Ross continues to aim for that brass ring, becoming hip-hop’s biggest boss. Not only do we find a rejuvenated Wale rapping better than he has in his career, but Pill and Meek Mill officially have graduated from the underground. The masses know their names now. While the compilation LP may not have been mammoth on the charts,  bangers like “Tupac Back,” “600 Benz,” and “I’m A Boss” have been shutting down the blogs, clubs and streets for several weeks. 

Hardest Hustler → Tyrese Gibson
Tyrese has been getting to where the action is and raking in the money. The multi-talented Watts native hustled his way into co-starring roles in the best two movies of the summer, “Fast Five” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” Rese was hilarious as the slick driving, even slicker talking Roman Pearce in “FF” and who could forget  Ty’s turn as balls-to-the-wall U.S. soldier Epps in the Transformers show stealing skyscraper action sequence in a fire fight with the Decepticons? Gibson’s first book, “How To Get Out of Your Own Way” recently became a New York Times best seller and he just dropped the single “I Gotta Chick” (with Rick Ross and R. Kelly) from his upcoming Open Invitation LP.

Sleeper Star → Ace Hood
After taking a year off, The Broward county viper literally resurrected his career with street anthems and a brand new airwave favorite. Ace Hood tapped into everyday man sensibilities with his hard edged blue collar inspirationals “Hustle Hard,” it’s remix and “Go and Get It.” Now right before his Blood, Sweat and Tears album comes out on August 9, DJ Khaled’s protégé has dropped a no brainer radio winner with the Chris Brown featured “Body 2 Body.”

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Erykah Badu Denies Producers Contacted Her For 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Erykah Badu is hitting back against dream hampton after she claimed that producers of Surviving R. Kelly contacted the singer to appear in the Lifetime docuseries. Badu claims that she was never contacted, and would like hampton to provide the receipts or apologize.

It all started when a fan pointed out that Badu and R. Kelly worked with one another years ago, which is why she allegedly chose not to be apart of the docuseries. Erykah rejected that comment, stating that she had never worked with him on music or declined to appear in the documentary.

Hampton stepped in by claiming that a producer attempted to contact Badu, but did not receive a response. "I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, 'No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly' & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards," dream tweeted.

Badu quickly responded: No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in [email protected] You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation...But for now, produce this “producer’s” request or... APOLOGIZE. It’s simple."

Badu and hampton's latest back and forth comes only days after the neo-soul artist was criticized for seemingly defending R. Kelly amid his sexual abuse allegations at a concert in Chicago. She later clarified her remarks about the disgraced singer, saying that she did not approve of his actions, but believed he was deserving of love and assistance.

Check out Badu and hampton's exchange below.

I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, "No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly" & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards. https://t.co/yYBvP8bBIj

— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019

No ma’am. I WAS NOT EVER contacted by anyone to be in [email protected] You know that’s not true. I wasn’t a necessary component. You had all the right people, the ones close to the situation...But for now, produce this “producer’s” request or... APOLOGIZE. It’s simple. https://t.co/cgBcpPePMI

— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 23, 2019

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Judge Removes Tekashi 6ix9ine's Lawyer From Racketeering Case

Tekashi 6ix9ine is in need of new legal representation. A judge has reportedly removed one of 6ix9ine's lawyers from his racketeering case ahead of his trial, XXL reports. The decision was made during a pre-trial conference on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

The presiding Judge Paul A. Engelmayer ruled that the 6ix9ine's lawyer, Lance Lazarro, would have to be removed from the case due to a potential conflict of interest. Lazarro reportedly represented Tekashi's co-defendants, Faheem "Crippy" Walter and Kifano "Shotti" Jordan before representing 6ix9ine in his racketeering case.

During the conference, Engelmayer stated that he was upset that Lazarro had not disclosed his relationship with the co-defendants previously. Lazarro reportedly represented Walter for a gang assault charge in Oct. 2018 and Jordan for numerous charges in 2009 and 2015. He explained that he didn't think the matter was important to mention.  Judge Engelmayer responded by noting that it wasn't the attorney's place to determine whether his previous work was significant.

Lazzaro will not be able to act as Tekashi's lawyer until he sends letters detailing the extent of his relationships with Walter and Jordan. If the judge finds no conflict of interest, Lazarro will be able to return as an acting attorney for Tekashi. Dawn Florio will continue as part of Tekashi's legal team.

As previously reported, the "Stoopid" artist, Walter, and Jordan are awaiting trial for a racketeering case. Tekashi pleaded not guilty to the federal charges in Nov. 2018. If convicted, he could face a life sentence in prison. His trial date is slated to begin on Sept. 4.

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Drake And Odell Backham Jr. Sued For Orchestrating Violent Attack On Man

Drake and NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. are reportedly being sued for allegedly orchestrating a violent attack on a man in a West Hollywood club, TMZ reports. According to court docs obtained by the celeb site, Bennett Sipes is accusing Drake and Beckham of telling their entourage to beat him up after a brief confrontation.

Sipes claims the incident occurred in the VIP section of the Delilah nightclub after he began to argue with Drizzy, Beckham, Kourtney Kardashian's ex-boyfriend Younes Benjima, and the rest of their crew. A source close to the incident claims Sipes was "talking smack" at the time. When he attempted to exit the area, Sipes alleges that Drake gave him the "cut throat" gesture.

When the victim entered the bathroom, he was attack by Benjima and Drake and Beckham's friends. The whole fight was caught on video, showing Benjima throwing the first punch at Sipes. Drake and OBJ are also seen on camera watching from a distance.

Sipes reportedly filed a police report following the incident, but dropped it shortly after. He is suing OBJ, Drake, Delilah and others other for an undisclosed amount.

Check out footage from the attack below.

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