Meek Mill "Wins & Losses" Album Release Party
Getty Images

Judge In Meek Mill Case Reportedly Being Investigated By FBI

Federal investigators are allegedly looking into Judge Genece Brinkley's "potential relationships" and “extortionate demands.”

The judge at the center of Meek Mill’s probation violation case has caught the attention of federal investigators. Judge Genece Brinkley is the focus of an FBI probe, the New York Post reported Monday (Nov. 13).

Brinkley’s alleged “extortionate demands” and “potential relationships” within the Philly music circuit are purportedly being investigated. According to the report, Brinkley may have a connection to Meek’s former manager, Charlie Mack, who denies knowing her.

Meek’s lawyer,  Joe Tacopina, has claimed that Brinkely showed “bias” towards the rapper when she sentenced him to two to four years for violating the terms of his probation. Tacopina also asserted that back in 2013, Brinkely privately requested that Meek remake Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee,” and give her a shoutout.

In handing down what Tacopina called a “ridiculous” sentence Brinkely went against the recommendations of the district attorney and Meek’s probation officer, both of whom requested no jail time.

“This is an investigation looking into a possible extortionate demand,” a source told the Post of Brinkely. “Undercover agents have been in the courtroom monitoring the Meek proceedings since April 2016.”

As per their policy, the Philly FBI has neither confirmed nor denied the probe.

While Meek remains locked up at a state prison Camp Hill, Penn.  members of the entertainment industry continue rallying behind him. On Monday, fans joined Rick Ross, NBA legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving, and more for a rally in the Maybach Music Group spitter's hometown.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

Chris Brown Confirms Summer Tour With Nicki Minaj

Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj are hitting the road. The duo will team up for an upcoming U.S. tour set to kick off this summer, Brown confirmed via social media Friday (April 19) after Variety reported that the tour would begin in the fall.

A potential Sept. 13 concert at New Jersey’s Prudential Center was added to the venue's website and later deleted. The site listed Brown as the marquee act, while Minaj was a featured performer.

Besides going on tour together, Minaj makes an appearance on Brown’s newly released single “Wobble Up,” which also features G-Eazy. The track is the latest music collaboration from Brown and Minaj who have worked together a few times over the years.

News of the joint tour comes a day after it was reported that Minaj parted ways with her longtime management team. The “Gonja Burns” rapper was originally billed to hit the road with Future for the North American leg of her Queen tour but the jaunt was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. The Queens native recently finished up her European tour with Juice WRLD as her special guest.

Last Sunday, Minaj took the stage as a surprise guest for week one of Ariana Grande’s headlining set at the 2019 Coachella Valley Music Festival. It’s unclear if she will hit the stage when Grande returns to perform for week two of Coachella on April 21.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Report: Ariana Grande Got Paid Twice As Much As Beyoncé For Coachella

Update: 12:42 pm ET (April 19, 2019) - There are conflicting reports regarding the earnings that Beyonce obtained for her Coachella performance. According to The Blast's sources, the singer received approximately the same amount as Ariana Grande.

This story is developing.

Original story below...

As fans continue to marvel at Beyonce's historical Coachella performance in the Netflix documentary, Homecoming, a new report about the pay discrepancy amongst the festival's headliners is also grabbing people's attention. According to Variety, Ariana Grande got paid double of what Bey earned for her performance.

Grande reportedly made $8 million from the festival, while Beyoncé only took home an estimated $3 to $4 million.

This certainly seems a little odd to fans due to a handful of reasons. For one, Beyoncé is a much more seasoned artist. Additionally, her headlining show, also known as BeyChella, was a historical moment that drew millions of viewers.

Grande also made history this year as the youngest artist to ever headline the three-day event, but the U.S. pay gap may have more to do with the huge difference between their paychecks. Black women make approximately 65 cents to every dollar earned by their white male counterparts. By contrast, white women earn 83 cents to every dollar earned by white men, according to the Pew Research Center.

Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, And More Join Lil Dicky's Animated "Earth" Music Video

Lil Dicky enlisted a wide range of A-list celebrities for his animated video 'Earth,' which aims to celebrate our home just time for Earth Day (April 22).

Rappers Snoop Dogg, Lil Yachty, Tory Lanez and Wiz Khalifa as well as John Legend, Kevin Hart, Lil Jon, Miguel and Bad Bunny voice different wild animals in the seven-minute visual, which dropped on Friday (April 19). Other voices include Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, and Leonardo DiCaprio, among several others.

The track was originally supposed to be about animals, however Lil Dicky realized he wanted to use the track to raise awareness about climate change and environmentalism.

"As I started thinking about my song, I thought, 'It’s probably a good thing that all the profits that come from this song go to charities involved in saving the environment,'" he explained to Rolling Stone. "It was always in my head that this was going to be something that helped raise money for environmental issues, but I didn’t really know the facts. I looked into it and was blown away."

Dicky says that he was working on the song for about two-and-a-half years before it was released. It's quintessential Lil Dicky, but it's also informative.

Watch the video above.

Continue Reading

Top Stories