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Swizz Beatz Singles Out Balenciaga For Jacking Ruff Ryders Logo Design

Not cool. 

Swizz Beatz is not happy with French, high-fashion brand Balenciaga after the latest stunt it pulled during its menswear Spring/Summer 2018 runway show at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday (June 21). According to the producer, the brand totally jacked the Ruff Ryders' original 2000 logo design.

As unveiled on Instagram following the runway show, one male model appeared to be rocking a pair of slacks and a green, satin kimono-inspired jacket. Under the overcoat, was a button-down shirt with a print that looked pretty similar to the entertainment label's logo. Swizz put both shirts side-by-side to give fans a better comparison, and in fact, the two looked almost identical. The only difference was that the Ruff Ryders name had been switched to Balenciaga's.

Surprisingly, Swizz didn't seem too upset by the culture-jocking, but did demand to have a chat with Balenciaga. He also offered a solution that could benefit hip hop. "What are we doing??? Call me back blessings. I might just want you to open up a fashion school in the Bronx or Harlem Just so you can give back to the culture," he captioned the collage. A fashion school might not be a bad idea. At least that way, the designs would be original.

Balenciaga has yet to comment on allegations, but it wouldn't be the only high-fashion brand to supposedly steal an original design. Gucci was recently the center of controversy after many fans noticed similarities between one of the Italian label's 2018 Cruise collection garments and Dapper Dan's famed, fur coat made from Louis Vuitton bags. Following fan outrage, the brand said they were not trying to steal the design, but "pay homage" to the designer's originality and vision.

Furthermore, the fashion scene hasn't been meshing well with hip hop artists altogether. Raury also found himself at odds with Dolce Gabbana after he staged a protest while walking a runway show. His silent protest was in opposition to the brand's t-shirt, in which it mocked boycotting. Swizz and the rest of the Ruff Ryders may not be planning a protest, but let's see if they address the issue of designers taking from hip hop at their recently announced reunion tour, coming this fall.

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Boosie Suggests 6ix9ine Will Be Murdered For Snitching When Released

Boosie is not a fan of Tekashi 6ix9ine at the moment. The Baton Rouge artist hopped on Instagram on Thursday (Feb. 14), to shared his thoughts on Tekashi's current racketeering case. According to Boosie, 6ix9ine has put himself and his family in danger for snitching.

The new Instagram post discussed how Boosie used to be a fan of the "Fefe" rapper and how that quickly changed. "WHEN YOU FIRST WENT TO JAIL I WAS LIKE FREE DUDE CAUSE I DONT LIKE TO SEE NO ONE N DAT CAGE LIKE DAT‍♂️BUT ONE THING I DONT CONDONE OR SUPPORT IS RATS," Boosie wrote of Tekashi's initial incarceration on federal charges.  “YOU GOTTA SAY U A B***H A** N***AS WHO WAS JUST WAS PLAYING H*E GAMES WITH EVERYBODY. YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ON WAX THAT YOU A H*E A** N***AS FROM NOW ON."

Boosie went on to suggest Tekashi would be murdered if he was from Louisiana and snitched on someone. "I AND I DO UNDERSTAND YO SITUATION N***A. I WAS FACING A NEEDLE. (Lethal injection) N AINT BEND BREAK R FOLD #realn***as like myself WE HATE RATS," he added. "IDK ABOUT NEW YORK BUT N LOUISIANA U WILL BE MURDERED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER YOUR RELEASE FRFR YOUR KIDS WILL BULLIED N SCHOOL FOR THE DECISION YOU MADE. YOU PUT ALL YOUR FAMILY N GRAVE DANGER FOR LIFE CAUSE OF THIS BS, DID U THINK BOUT THEY SAFETY? Keep it u DONT care bout nothin but YOU SMH."

Boosie's outrage stems from recent reports that claim 6ix9ine has been telling on gang affiliates who were involved in the attempted shooting of Chief Keef. A newly released transcript from his federal case said the rapper has pointed the finger at a number of people in his inner circle, including the person who pulled the trigger, in hopes of reducing his sentence.

Check out Boosie's full statement below.

 

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WHEN YOU FIRST WENT TO JAIL I WAS LIKE FREE DUDE CAUSE I DONT LIKE TO SEE NO ONE N DAT CAGE LIKE DAT🤷🏼‍♂️BUT ONE THING I DONT CONDONE OR SUPPORT IS RATS “YOU GOTTA SAY U A BITCH ASS NIGGAS WHO WAS JUST WAS PLAYING HOE GAMES WITH EVERYBODY 🤷🏼‍♂️YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ON WAX THAT YOU A HOE ASS NIGGA FROM NOW ON (period)I AND I DO UNDERSTAND YO SITUATION NIGGA. I WAS FACING A NEEDLE. (Lethal injection) N AINT BEND BREAK R FOLD #realniggas like myself WE HATE RATS 🐀 IDK ABOUT NEWYORK BUT N LOUISIANA U WILL BE MURDERED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER YOUR RELEASE FRFR YOUR KIDS WILL BULLIED N SCHOOL FOR THE DECISION YOU MADE ,YOU PUT ALL YOUR FAMILY N GRAVE DANGER FOR LIFE CAUSE OF THIS BS, DID U THINK BOUT THEY SAFETY? Keep it 💯u DONT care bout nothin but YOU SMH

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Ja Rule Hints At A New And Improved Fyre Festival

Ja Rule isn't ready to give up his dreams of creating an iconic music festival. Despite the disaster that ensued due to 2017's horrific Fyre Festival, Ja Rule hinted at trying to put on another music event similar to it, but under a different name.

TMZ caught up with the rapper at LAX on Thursday (Feb. 14), where he talked about the failed festival. When asked whether he took a peek at the two documentaries about the festival on Hulu and Netflix, Ja admitted he had not seen either of them. "I lived it, man. I ain’t got to watch it," he noted. "It’s not funny to me, man. It’s heartbreaking to me. It’s something that I really really wanted to be special and amazing. It didn’t happen that way."

Ja isn't all tears though. The rapper recently debuted his Iconn app, which is essentially a celebrity entertainment booking & concierge service. The app is similar to the one that was originally attached to the festival.

"In the midst of chaos, there’s opportunity," he said. "It is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the Iconic Music Fest, but you didn’t hear it from me."

As you may know, the Fyre Festival gained viral attention after a photo of a cheese sandwich–the concert's official "gourmet" food– surfaced on social media. Ja Rule and his business partner in the whole debacle, Billy McFarland, were sued for $100 million in a class action lawsuit. McFarland was also arrested and charged with wire fraud, and sentenced to six years in federal prison.

Stay tuned for more details about a potential Icoic Music Fest. Check out Ja Rule's full comments below.

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21 Savage Says ICE "Definitely Targeted" Him In First TV Interview

21 Savage sat down with ABC News for his first TV interview since his arrest by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency earlier this month. During the interview, he claimed that he was "targeted" by the immigration agency.

According to 21, his arrest was somewhat of a blur. He claimed that he was driving one minute and then arrested the next. "I was just driving. And I just seen guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone," he told ABC News' Linsey Davis.

When asked if he was told that he was under arrest, the rapper said: "No. They didn't — they didn't say nothing. They just said, 'We got Savage.'" "It was definitely targeted. There was helicopters," he added.

In the full interview, Savage also commented on the wave of support he has received from the hip-hop community, including Jay-Z, T.I., Migos, and more.

As previously reported, 21 Savage – born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph – was detained by ICE in Atlanta on Feb. 3. ICE claimed the rapper, who was born in the United Kingdom, overstayed his visa after entering the country with his family in 2006. The agency also claimed that he was arrested in connection to an aggravated felony charge, but they later dropped that charge from his case. Savage was released on Feb. 12, and is awaiting an immigration court hearing.

21 Savage's full interview with ABC News will air on Friday (Feb. 15) at 7 a.m. EST. Check out a clip from the episode in the video above.

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