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Ol' Dirty Bastard's Estate To Release ODB Themed Cryptocurrency

ODB Cryptocurrency is on its way, folks.

These days, it's hard to escape the craze of cryptocurrencies, the digital-first, blockchain-based alternative payment form which has seen its most (in)famous iteration, Bitcoin, explode in value in recent months. And it has quickly infiltrated the music biz, too: last November, Björk announced she would be selling her latest album via four different cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin; in December, more than 35 artists including Mariah Carey, G-Eazy, Toby Keith, Fall Out Boy and Kaskade announced they would be accepting the open-source currency Monero for their merchandise during the holiday season through its Project Coral Reef; and artists such as Gareth Emery, Gramatik and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan have launched their own coins or opened their own crypto-centric companies of late.

Now, a second Wu-Tang Clan member is getting involved in the crypto game, albeit a touch more indirectly. Today, marketing and business development firm Link Media announced a new partnership with the estate of Ol' Dirty Bastard to release the Dirty Coin, a blockchain-based cryptocurrency that is set to be traded on the AltMarket via the TAO Network with the exchange symbol -- what else? -- ODB.

"Music thrives creatively and financially when it’s in the hands of the artist themselves," said said Bryce Weiner, CEO of AltMarket, in a statement announcing the Dirty Coin. "By removing the price tag of experimentation, we’re able to deliver for both the artist and their fans."

According to a press release, the Dirty Coin's function will be to help fund future music-related projects from ODB's estate -- including giving fans access to merchandise and music, among other things, from the late Wu-Tang MC -- with the initial goal of helping to fund the forthcoming debut album from ODB's son, Barsun Jones, who raps under the appropriately-selected name Young Dirty Bastard.

"My career has been spent helping artists build and own as much of their careers as possible,” said Link Media CEO Hakim Draper in a statement. "So it is an absolute honor to be partnered with Young Dirty and the ODB estate as we discover and implement exciting new ways for artists to connect with, and empower, their fans."

The Dirty Coin will officially debut on the AltMarket in the summer of 2018, after which YDB will announce the details of his album, which is currently in progress and slated to come out this fall. The album's release will precede a North American tour some time later this year, alongside Digital Underground.

"Bitcoin is the future of money and all the fans want a part of the future of Ol' Dirty Bastard," YDB said in a statement. "In the past, dad's music was ahead of its time, so it makes sense that he would be ahead of the technology of money now."

This story was orginalyl posted to Billboard.com.

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The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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