We Went To Peter Rosenberg's 'PeterPalooza IV' And Fell Back In Love With The A$AP Mob

A$AP brought it back to New York City. 

Harlem’s very own A$AP Rocky and A$AP Mob brought out a myriad of New York City’s rap fans to Manhattan's Best Buy Theater on Thursday night (July 23). There were plenty of Millennials of all races at Peter Rosenberg’s fourth annual PeterPalooza concert. The sold out venue was on tilt for acts like the A$AP Mob, Remy Banks, Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz and more.

With host Larry Legend, draped in a black Tuxedo, providing laughs, he set the party off by introducing the opening acts. But it was Bodega Bamz -- who rocked a Department of Corrections jumpsuit -- that started the lituatation. He had fans rapping every word to “Billy Bats” and “Woopy Woop Blahzay Blah,“ both off Bamz’ recently released album Sidewalk Exec. Also, the energetic crowd turned up for Vic Mensa’s “Feel That” and his infectious verse from his Kanye West-assisted "U Mad."

However, the five boroughs and New Jersey had the most fans out to see A$AP Rocky and The Mob, and they let it be known as concertgoers grew impatient by chanting “Rocky, Rocky, Rocky.” After listening to birthday boy Rosenberg profess his love for hip-hop, the clock struck 10 PM, and the beat dropped to “Hella Hoes” with Twelvvy and Nast taking the stage -- as a mosh pit erupted in the front row. All the members of the Mob made it, and rolled through fan favorites like Ant’s “Set That Bitch Off and Nast's “Trillmatic.”

Dressed in all black, with a delightful smile, Rocky controlled the crowd with his every move. It seemed as if New York City confirmed that Flacko's music is showing the world that you can be yourself and step outside of the boundaries while still being successful.

Visiting his recently released At.Long.Last.A$AP album, that self-proclaimed Pretty Muthaf*cka slayed performances of "M’s," “LSD” and “Lord Pretty Flacko Jody 2,” which caused straight pandemonium. Being that I was sober, I could only imagine what the euphoria and energy would of felt like if I got trippy.

A$AP Ferg also banged out his solo gems, “Shaba,” and “Werk,” and even go a little emo by stating that he didn't want the night to end: "Y’all don’t understand. I haven’t performed with my brothers in years,” he yelled through the mic.

Rocky closed out the night with cuts “Wild For The Night,” and “Peso.” But it seemed like none of the Mob members wanted the event to come to a close. They even stayed on stage to dance to a couple of Young Thug tracks. It was nothing but crew love.

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Freeway Reveals Death Of 20-Year-Old Son, Jihad

Freeway is mourning the death of his beloved son, Jihad Pridgen.

The Philly native shared the devastating news on Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 29). “God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt,” he captioned a graduation photo of his son. “Please cherish your time and your [loved] ones because we’re not [promised] the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise.”

The Muslim rapper did not go into detail about how his son passed away. In closing, he asked fans to make dua (an Islamic invocation) for his son and family. Jihad, 20, was following in his father’s footsteps in becoming a rapper. He went by the stage name “Snowhadd.”

 

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God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt. Please cherish your time and your love ones because we’re not promise the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all Of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise. Ameen 😢 Please make dua for him & my family.

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New’s of Jihad’s death follows the death of the son of fellow State Property member and former Roc-A-Fella rapper, Oschino Vasquez.  “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Devastation at its finest,” the grieving father wrote on Instagram revealing that Freeway attended his son’s funeral last week. “Then I got that bad news. What [are] the chances that [we] both lose our sons. F*ck rap beef that’s fake sh*t. This is real life. I’ve never been depressed before but I [am] now.”

The cause of death is unclear, but according to varying reports, Oschino’s son and his son's pregnant girlfriend may have passed away in a car accident.

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Kenya Barris To Make Directorial Debut With Richard Pryor Biopic

Kenya Barris has signed on to write and direct a forthcoming biopic on Richard Pryor for MGM. The movie studio acquired the film in a heated bidding war, Deadline reports.

The biopic will mark Barris’ directorial debut. In addition to directing and penning the script, the Black-Ish creator will also produce the film through his company, Khalabo Ink Society. Additional producers include Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, through her Tarnished Angel imprint, and Tory Metzger for Levantine Films.

“The way Pryor did what he did — with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability – that was the power and impact of his work,” Barris said in a statement. “Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be.”

There have been several attempts to bring Pryor’s story to the big screen, including in 2016 when The Weinstein Company teamed with Jennifer and Lee Daniels on a script by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon. Mike Epps was slated to start as the comic legend, and Oprah Winfrey was going to play his grandmother, Eddie Murphy as his father, and Kate Hudson at Jennifer.

Pryor began his comedy career in the early 1960s playing local clubs around New York. By the following decade, Pryor rose up the ranks to become one of the most popular Black comedians in the genre appearing in films like Lady Sings the Blues, The Mack, Uptown Saturday Night, Car Wash, Harlem Nights, and The Wiz. Pryor was also a talented writer and producer (he wrote his stand-up comedy specials as well as other shows such as Sanford & Son, The Richard Pryor Show).

The 65-year-old comedian passed away from Parkinson’s Disease in 2005.

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Beenie Man Speaks Out After Fainting At Mother’s Funeral

Beenie Man broke his silence amid rumors that he was hospitalized after fainting at his mother’s funeral. Footage of the dancehall icon passing out in front of his mother's casket began circulating the web last weekend.

In a heartfelt message posted on social media on Wednesday (Oct. 27), the dancehall star thanked well-wishers, and poured out his grief. “One Sunday, October 25th I laid my Mom to rest. It was by far and still is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do,” he explained. “Leading up to the day of the funeral I was [physically] involved in every aspect of the planning an execution.”

Beenie’s mother, Lilieth Sewell, suffered a stroke in July. Her health began declining after she was released from the hospital.  She passed away in September at age 63.

“I kept telling myself, maybe if it remained active I will be able to function,” Beenie said. “Unfortunately, when it came down to that very last moment, it hit me and hit very hards. This would be the last time I would see my mom. Despite the noise, the singing, the mourning, all I could hear was silence while watching my mom’s body being lowered into the tomb.

“My heart broke and I blacked out for a few minutes,” he continues. “When I revived, I saw my closet friends and family were around me.”

The Grammy winner added that he was not “hospitalized,” but was comforted by friends and family. “Please continue to pray for us as we heal and moved forward.”

Read his full statement below.

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— Beenie Man (@KingBeenieMan) October 27, 2020

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