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Freddie Gibbs Remembers Funny Uncle Big Time Watts After His Passing

Big Time Watts reportedly passed away in Mar. 2017. 

Freddie Gibbs' hilarious uncle, whom appeared in a majority of his music projects and social media posts throughout the years, reportedly passed away in Mar. 2017 from unknown causes. In honor of his late uncle, Gibbs remembered him on Instagram and dedicated his latest project, You Only Live Twice to him.

Since Big Time's death, Freddie has shared numerous social media posts in celebration of his memory, including videos and images of the two together. His latest post, which he shared on Instagram on June 8, showed the two celebrating Big Time's birthday with cake and a bottle of Hennessy. "The summer ain't gon be the same without U Unc. I love U and I miss u like crazy," he captioned the image.

Back in Mar. 2017, Gibbs also shared a lengthy message in memory of his "far from perfect" uncle, dedicating his album to him as well. "U were my uncle, my big brother and my father when I needed u to be," he wrote. "It's U that I get my confidence from. My n***a u were far from perfect, and u never kept no money, lol. But u always walked around like u had a million dollars in your pocket, lol."

Big Time Watts was mostly recognized by Gibbs' fans as the alcoholic, yet funny voice who was featured on a number of tracks. Gibbs also posted videos on Vine, featuring Big Time cracking jokes and discussing various topics. Fans have also shown support for Gibbs and his family during the difficult time on Twitter, paying tribute to some of Watts' funniest moments and sending their well wishes.

It is still unclear what circumstances led to Big Time Watts' death. Check out posts from Freddie Gibbs and fans below.

#TBT the summer ain't gon be the same without U Unc. I love U and I miss u like crazy. #BTW #RIP

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Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

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With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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Stalley Announces U.S. Tour, Releases 'All So New' Single With Jansport J

Ohio rap staple Stalley has returned with news of a new nationwide tour, and new music to go along with it.

On Monday (Sept. 16), Stalley announced The Head Trip Tour, a U.S. trek with 12 dates so far and more shows to be announced. The tour begins in Chicago on Nov. 7, before touring throughout more of his midwestern stomping grounds and rocking Los Angeles before several shows on the East Coast.

Stalley also released "All So New," a single produced by Los Angeles musician Jansport J. The song is his first new release since Human, an EP he dropped earlier this year.

After entering the game with his breakthrough mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, Stalley built his own fan base and eventually signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. He has since left and gone indie, releasing his own music with guest appearances from the likes of Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, 2Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

In a press release, Stalley said that his upcoming material is more personal than ever now that he's working without the restrictions of a label.

"With this music it’s more spiritual - it’s my story," Stalley said. "I've been getting closer to my fans lately, so I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters."

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Rihanna Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

Rihanna continues to make our jaws drop and we just can't get enough. After two successful New York Fashion Week events with her Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her fifth annual Diamond Ball event, the world's richest female musician has signed a global deal with Sony/ATV Music publishing.

Billboard reports the announcement was made on Monday (Sept. 16), stating that the deal will cover the artist's full songwriting catalog and future projects.

Rih also made history as the first entertainer to follow Jon Platt, chairman, and CEO of Sony/ATV, after he stepped into the executive seat in April 2019. Their partnership first began in 2015 at Warner/Chappell before Platt moved to Sony/ATV, according to Variety.

"I'm proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career," he said. "Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna's position as one of the biggest icons in the world."

The Bajan-beauty has numerous musical achievements including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No.1s, nine Grammy Awards, and seven RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums. Her elite status doesn't stop there since she snagged 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2017 Songwriter of the Year at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Her last seven albums have reached platinum status 22 times in the United States.

"It's an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV," Platt said.

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