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Fat Trel: "Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns"

Fat Trel wants it all. The DMV rapper, once dubbed the best in the region, prepares his national takeover with the upcoming "Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns." Trel spoke to VIBE about his mixtape, his newly-free friend Chief Keef and his loft aspirations for the future. --Chris Harris

VIBE: You were named the number one artist in the DMV not too long ago. How does that feel?
Trel: It’s like I would feel the same way LeBron did when he won his first MVP. It’s like my city is acknowledging me for what I’m doing. Not only are they acknowledging me, but they’re saying that I’m the best. No matter what job you work at, if you get “Employee of the Month” at Wendy’s. It ain’t no greater feeling, you know what I mean?

D.C. has its share of crime and street violence. Any thoughts on that?
It ain’t nothing new my nigga. It probably slowed down a little bit since Barack got up there but you know, it’s D.C. DC ain’t gon’ never change.

Do you feel you have some responsibility to help the community then?
Nah, I mean as far as what? What can I do? I can’t go house-to-house and take guns out them niggas' house. You gotta understand why people get shot. People get shot because there’s money around. With the
government not giving as much opportunity as they give white America, motherfuckers result to the only way they know how to get some money. So when niggas’ getting money, that’s where killing comes from. It ain’t nothing I can do. If there was something I could do, I would.

Your good friend Chief Keef just got out of jail. Were you able to catch up with him since he’s been out?
Nah, not yet. We was supposed to hook up in Texas. He never made it to Texas. It’s a good feeling when one of your niggas come home. It’s back to the money, it’s back to everything. They couldn’t keep a good man down. Shout out to GBE.

Do you think he’ll be able to pick up where he left off?
Hell yeah bro. Do you think he’s not? Of course he is. Money motivates young niggas and he’s definitely motivated by money. There’s a
lot of money for him to make right now.

You’ve said that the title for "Sex, Drugs, Money and Guns" comes from the fact that if there was a book about you, that’s what you would name it. Really?
I feel like if I’m a book, that’s what my cover reads. I feel like if you’re a real nigga and you look in my eyes, you should be able to see sex, drugs, money and guns. That’s what I represent. That’s what all the Slutty Boyz is. All my friends, all my family, I feel like that’s what we represent. Being in DC, that’s what it’s all about. That’s an everyday thing, I’m going to wake up with my gun, I’m a do some drugs, I’ma have some sex and count some money. That’s every single day.

Sounds like a good life. So what’s next? What are your ultimate aspirations?
I gotta get a Grammy before I die my nigga. Why wouldn’t I? I want Best New Artist at the BET awards, I want Best Video at the MTV Awards. I want it all. Certain little things like that proves how great of an artist youare. I strive for the top, I want to win Best Actor. Sky’s the limit, bro. I want an Espy too.

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Grammy-Winning Producer DJ Official Killed During Double Shooting In Los Angeles

Family and friends, including DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla Sign, are mourning the loss of André Wakefield, a.k.a “DJ Official.”  The Grammy award-winning producer and father to a newborn son, was killed in a double drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles Friday (June 14).

He was 26.

Wakefield and his friend were shot while sitting outside of his home. The gunfire startled his grandfather who was mowing the lawn at the time. The killer fled the scene in a black SUV.

“All he did was go to work and come home,” Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles of his grandson. “He didn’t belong to [a] gang or nothing like that.”

According to a cousin, Wakefield was at the studio with Nipsey Hussle two days before the 31-year-old rapper was killed. One of his final Instagram posts was a dedication to Hussle.

DJ Mustard took to Instagram with a dedication to Wakefield who belonged to his 10 Summers imprint. “I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,” he wrote. “I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”

 

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I’m beyond hurt I’m devastated I’m sick to my stomach I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... i got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go 😥 a real 10SUMMER MEMBER !

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Ty Dolla $ign also shared an emotional Instagram post writing, “How the f**k they gon' take @prodbyofficial ? Who the f**k was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U n**gas is some real life jealous a** b**ches out here. We had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”

 

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How the fuck they gon take @prodbyofficial ? Who the fuck was mad at my bro ? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us . U niggas is some real life jealous ass bitches out here. we had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes . LONG LIVE OFFICIAL ❤️🤲🏾

A post shared by $ex $ymbol (@tydollasign) on Jun 14, 2019 at 9:01pm PDT

Wakefield won a Grammy earlier this year and produced for the likes of Cardi B, YG, Rich The Kid, City Girls, Chris Brown and more. He recently produced three tracks on Tyga’s Legacy album.

Police are still investigating the shooting.

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J. Cole Says He’s “Working On” Getting ‘The Warm Up’ And ‘Friday Night Lights’ On Streaming Services

On June 15, 2009, J. Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, which helped to catalyze his rise in the hip-hop genre.

“10 years ago The Warm Up dropped,” he began. “Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey. My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. Workin on it. Decade later and I’m still dreaming and tryna get better. God Bless.”

Spanning 22 tracks, The Warm Up boasts melodies like “Lights Please,” “Losing My Balance,” “The Badness” with Dreamville cohort Omen, and “Grown Simba.” With "Lights Please," Cole credited that melody with landing him a Roc Nation contract. "The best part about it is, when he’s feeling something, when there’s a line that he likes, he gives you that, 'Wooooooo!’ and he’ll let you know that he’s feeling it," he said in a 2009 interview with Complex. "It’s a three-hour meeting and we only played five songs, so the rest of the time, we’re talking and building, you know, talking about Obama and sh*t. Then three weeks later I got the confirmation text that said he wanted to do the deal. And we just went from there."

In May 2019, Cole celebrated another milestone when his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went triple platinum. The feat also publicized the fact that every album Cole has released (five albums thus far) turned platinum.

10 years ago The Warm Up dropped. Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey.

My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. workin on it.

Decade later and I’m still dreamin and tryna get better. God Bless

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 15, 2019

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Diddy Sends Well Wishes To Cassie On Pregnancy Announcement

Earlier this week (June 13), Cassie announced that she’s expecting her first child. “Can’t wait to meet out baby girl,” the “Me And You” singer captioned a photo of her and her boyfriend Alex Fine. “Love you always & forever.”

Following the announcement, Diddy, who was in a relationship with Cassie for a reported 10 years, posted his well wishes on Instagram. “Congratulations @Cassie and Alex,” Diddy wrote. “I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless. LOVE.”

The pair separated earlier this year after an on-and-off relationship. Once they went their separate ways, Cassie and fitness professional Fine began dating.

 

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Congratulations @Cassie and Alex. I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless ❤️❤️❤️ L O V E

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Can’t wait to meet our baby girl 💗 Love You Always & Forever 📸: @mikemillerphoto

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