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Make Azealia Great Again: Rapper Pens Apology To Zayn & Kills "So Ghetto" Freestyle

In heat of debacle involving Russell Crowe and RZA, Azealia Banks tries to kill her bad press cloud with a few good deeds. 

Azealia Banks is trying to make herself great again.

In her latest notion to turn over a new leaf, Banks has reached out to former One Directioner, Zayn Malik, to apologize for a previous, misguided rant that occurred back in May. She called out the then newly-solo Zayn for ripping off the creative direction of her “Chasing Time” visuals with his “Like I Would” video. While there were some similarities, Zayn didn’t pay AZ any mind but tweeted--what seemed to be--subliminal jabs at the rapper. And here lies the birth of Banks’ racial and derogatory rant.

Since then, Azealia has breached the headlines most recently with her incident involving Russell Crowe and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. Banks accuses Russell Crowe of calling her a n****a as well as choking and spitting at her as he threw her out of the hotel dinner party. But, other guests, including RZA, claims that her behavior leading up to her being dismissed from the shindig was unacceptable and that she even threatened two of Crowe's guests with drinking glasses.

Considering the "212" rapper told Us Magazine that she wants the fans and haters, alike, to “shift their focus toward her professional pursuits rather than her controversies," perhaps this open letter in addition to a newly-released freestyle could be an attempt to recover her reputation in the media. Banks released a freestyle over Jay Z and DJ Premier’s “So Ghetto” track where she strays from mentioning anything from her recent debacle. Instead, she focuses on her talent questioning “what other b***h in the booth can kick it better than [she]” and claiming the roles of the 8th, 9th and 10th wonders of the world.

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It wouldn’t be too far off of an estimate to say that these past few days have been a wake up call for Banks. Hopefully Banks can ride out this “Make Azealia Great Again” campaign until the wheels fall off. 

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“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

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Michael Jackson's Estate Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against HBO

Michael Jackson’s estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO over the upcoming Leaving Neverland documentary set to air next month. Jackson’s estate accuses the cable network of breaching a non-disparagement contract made with the King of Pop back in 1992.

"HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself," Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Jackson estate said in a statement accompanying the lawsuit, according to NBC News.

The statement adds that HBO should have “ensured that Leaving Neverland was properly sourced, fact-checked and a fair and balanced representation.”

Leaving Neverland features alleged accounts from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of molesting them when they were minors. Robson, who attended Jackson’s funeral in 2009, previously testified in 2005 that Jackson never molested him. In 2013, Robson sued the estate claiming abuse. Safechuck also sued for similar allegations in 2014. Both lawsuits were dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed. The two men hope that the film will “educate the public about how abuse like this happens.”

The estate claims that the amount of damages potentially caused to Jackson’s legacy “could exceed $100 million should HBO success in the damage it is intending to cause.” Jackson’s estate also believes the King of Pop's accusers are using HBO as part of their “litigation strategy.”

HBO plans to air the film, as scheduled. In a statement responding to the legal complaint, the network called out Jackson’s estate for going to “desperate lengths” to undermine the documentary. “Our plans remain unchanged. HBO will move forward with the airing of Leaving Neverland, the two-part documentary, on March 3rd and 4th. This will allow everyone the opportunity to assess the film and the claims in it for themselves.”

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Rico Love Wants His Lady To 'Shine' In New Music Video

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The video features a beautiful, chocolate-hued woman clad in a pinkish fur coat, who serves as Rico’s main source of love and affection. With his captivating lyrics and a soulful voice filled of conviction, the Grammy award winning songwriter is steadily making his sonic stance on the R&B world.

Love credits his stellar musicianship to his discipline when it comes to studying music. In an interview with The Fader, he details part of his learning process taking it back to his rapper days.

"It’s just like a guy who’s 6’10". He can teach himself how to dunk if he does it every day. I take everything serious that I do. I go 100%," he said. "I study. It wasn’t like I was just this rapper who didn’t listen to Queen, who didn’t understand Rufus Wainwright, that didn't listen to the Beatles. I don’t want to sound like a pompous jerk, but I have amazing taste in music. When you start loving great songs, when it’s time to write one your own ear can understand what’s a great song and what’s not."

Watch the video for "Shine" below.


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