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Flavor Flav Reportedly Suing Public Enemy For Unpaid Royalties

The artist claims he hasn't been paid for his songwriting credits and more for years. 

Flavor Flav reportedly has a bone to pick with Chuck D and Public Enemy. The artist and TV personality is reportedly suing all parties for an undisclosed amount over unpaid royalties, Billboard reports.

According to court documents obtained by Billboard, the lawsuit alleges Public Enemy’s management attempted to minimize Flav’s role in the group, which sufficiently cut his pay. “Despite Drayton's position in Public Enemy, the group’s management and related companies have for years attempted to minimize his role in the Public Enemy business, while continuing to rely upon Drayton's fame and persona to market the brand,” documents reportedly state.

In addition to Chuck D, the documents reportedly name several other people, including Eastlink Productions producer, Gary "G-Wiz" Rinaldo, SLAMjamz Records, Reach Music Publishing, Inc., Sounddome Entertainment, Inc., manager Clifton "Greg" Johnson and Xecutive Entertainment. Flav, whose real name is William J. Drayton, claims that he wrote more than 50 songs for Public Enemy, yet he hasn’t received a dime regarding songwriting royalties in years. Besides songwriting, Flavor Flav also claims her hasn’t been compensated for Public Enemy merch that was sold using his name or image.

Furthermore, the lawsuit states that the artist was alarmed when he learned that his voice and image were used on the recently released Public Enemy album, Nothing Is Quick in the Desert without his permission, according to Billboard. Although Flav reportedly went into the recording studio, he alleges he had "no input on the creative direction of the record" and was under the impression that the material that was recorded was not final.

The amount that Flavor Flav will receive in royalty payments, if any, will reportedly be determined when the case goes to trial.

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YG Shares Fourth Album Title Ahead Of May Release Date

YG is preparing to bless fans with a highly-anticipated full-length album since he announced its release for May 3. Now, in an interview with Billboard, the "FDT" rapper shared the fourth studio project's name, 4REAL 4REAL.

The 29-year-old artist revealed that being in the studio is where he feels unabashedly free, especially given this tough time since his longtime friend Nipsey Hussle was murdered on March 31. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

The Compton native's previous album, Stay Dangerous, hosts singles like "Big Bank," "Handgun," and other cuts featuring Jay 305 like "Bulletproof," "Slay" with Quavo," and "Power" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

"From my first album to my second album, and from my second album to my third album, it took me two years to put out each project," he said. "That wasn't my choice. Life was changing: I got shot, I had a daughter. It was crazy—it took a little longer."

YG's upcoming project was originally slated for a mid-April release, but when the shocking news of Hussle's passing hit, the famed rapper placed a halt on the soundscape's debut. During his first weekend set at Coachella, YG said he was able to push through the performance given his consumption of alcohol. "But my ni**a gone," he said, per HipHopDX. "I got to deal with the sh*t. So I decided to push my album back to May 3."

 

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It ain’t right that the homie is gone and not here with his kids and family this Easter. With all the love that’s bein shown & everything great the homie set up and left behind for his family and kids I STILL DONT UNDERSTAND! Forever @nipseyhussle the gr8 😢💙💙💔💔

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T.I. Bails 23 Nonviolent Offenders Out Of Jail For Easter

T.I. did a remarkable thing this Easter (April 21). In the true spirit of the holiday, T.I. bailed 23 nonviolent offenders out of the DeKalb County Jail in Georgia.

T.I., Love & Hip Hop's Scrapp Deleon, and the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga reportedly worked together to bail out seven women and 16 men who were locked up for first-time or nonviolent offenses. The deed was done as part of the church's "Bail Out" program.

"It's almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan – somebody who you don't know that you didn't see coming," senior Pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant said good deed. "They're appreciative to be able to press the refresh button."

The philanthropic work doesn't stop after the men and women are released, however. The "Bail Out" program also connects the newly-released citizens with a certified mentor for weekly check-ins. A portion of the donations received by the program will be used to establish college funds for former inmates with children.

According to Fox 5, New Birth Missionary launched the "Bail Out" program on Lent (Mar. 6). They pledged to raise $40,000 in order to bail inmates out of jail just in time for Easter Sunday. As soon as T.I. got involved, donations reportedly skyrocketed to $120,000.

We should take note of their courageous efforts.

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Kanye West Debuts New Song "Water" At Coachella 2019

Kanye West took fans to church with his Sunday Service series at Coachella 2019 on Easter Day(April 21). In addition to running through his past hits, Ye debuted a new song called "Water."

West stood atop a hill at the festival grounds surrounded by celebrity friends. "We are water / Clean us like the rain in spring / Take the chlorine out of conversation," he sang.

Elsewhere during his special performance, Kanye and his choir delivered soulful renditions of "All Falls Down," "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1," "Jesus Walks," and Kirk Franklin’s "Brighter Day." Chance the Rapper and Teyana Taylor also took the mic to perform "Ultralight Beam" and "Never Would Have Made It" respectively.

Celebrity guests included Ty Dolla $ign, DMX, Kid Cudi, 070 Shake, the Kardashian-Jenners, and more.

"Water" is believed to be from Kanye's forthcoming album, Yandhi, but it has not been confirmed at this time. Check out Kanye West's Sunday Service in the video below.

[email protected] premiered a new song titled "Water" live at the #SundayService inside #Coachella pic.twitter.com/VvyS7RG8lj

— GDE (@GlobalDanceElec) April 21, 2019

 

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