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Gov. Cuomo Signs "Raise The Age" Bill Into Law With Akeem Browder By His Side

"We finally say: no more. Not in the state of New York."

While signing "Raise the Age" into law, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ended New York's status as one of two states (the other being North Carolina) that charges 16- and 17-year-olds as adults on Monday (April 10), DNAinfo reports.

Since compromising with lawmakers to include the bill in the Empire State's budget, the politician took to Harlem where he was joined by Rev. Al Sharpton and Akeem Browder, older brother to the late Kalief Browder who spent three years on Rikers Island for allegedly stealing a backpack at the age of 16.

“This was a hard one. This was difficult to do,” Cuomo said. “We’ve been talking about this for 12 years. Every year everyone would set their hopes high and every year the bill would die.”

Rather than facing time in adult facilities, young offenders will be subject to rehabilitation and diversion programs. Juveniles' records can also be sealed under the legislation if they commit no crimes over a 10-year period. “This [bill] says that a 16- or 17-year-old who makes a mistake is a 16-, 17-year-old that makes a mistake,” the governor continued.

According to the Associated Press, the agreement will raise the age gradually to 17 by October 2018 and 18 in 2019. However, all 16- and 17-year-olds on Rikers Island will be required to be removed under the measure according to Cuomo.

“Don’t tell me it takes 10 years to fix that abomination,” he said while taking aim at Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to shut down the notorious jail complex within a decade. “It’s not Arkansas or some state in the middle of the country… it’s New York State, New York City, the most progressive capital of the world, the most liberal people in America."

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Producer brandUn DeShay Accuses Joey Bada$$ Of Failing To Pay For Beats

The migration of popular mixtapes from today's top rappers to streaming platforms has left room for error for those who produced the music we adore. This seems to be the case for Joey Bada$$, who has been accused of failing to pay for productions services by Chicago's brandUn DeShay.

DeShay, who also goes by the music alias of Ace Hashimoto, took to Reddit Wednesday (March 20) to share the lack of communication he's had with the Brooklyn's rapper camp over unpaid services. The songs in question are "School High" and "Last Cypher," tracks that were included on Pro Era's breakout compilation mixtape, Peep the Aprocalpyse. Originally released in 2012, the project featured members of the popular posse like Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight and the late Capital STEEZ.

Posted on the Hip Hop Heads channel, DeShay acknowledges the beats were free considering they were on free projects. With the move to platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, the producer explained how he wasn't contacted for clearances or payment.

"I never asked for bread because technically no one was getting paid," he said. "Until recently (December 12/23/18) Joey re-released the PEEP the Aprocalypse mixtape on all streaming platforms. Therefore generating bread off streams and DID NOT ask my permission, did not do splits or even work out a deal to just buy my share of the publishing from me."

"I hate takin s**t like this public cuz usually I think that s**t is corny asf," he added. "But I'm still tryna avoid taking this to court to retrieve the [payment]. I hope Joey reaches back so we can figure this out... the "producer x rapper" relationship in Hip-Hop deserves some success stories."

Prior to his Reddit post, DeShay posted his frustrations on Twitter back in February.

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