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Meek Mill’s Attorney Responds To Judge's Bail Denial

“This ruling from Judge Genece Brinkley simply reaffirms the fact she has turned Meek Mill’s case into a personal vendetta.”

The judge presiding over Meek Mill’s case reportedly denied the rapper's request to be released on bail. On Monday (Apr. 2), Mill's lawyer Joe Tocapina said it was a perfect illustration of Judge Genece Brinkley’s “personal vendetta” against the 30-year-old rapper.

Brinkley's decision is antithetical to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner being unopposed to the MMG member being released on bail while the court decides if Brinkley should be removed from the case, resulting in an overturned sentence.

“This ruling from Judge Genece Brinkley simply reaffirms the fact she has turned Meek Mill’s case into a personal vendetta,” Tacopina said in a statement. According to CBS Philly, Brinkley said the court found him “in technical violation of his probation for the fifth time, and as result, revoked his probation and sentenced him to a term of two to four years state incarceration.” The judge denies allegations of stepping into Mill's personal and professional life and said she won’t recuse herself from the case, according to the New York Daily News.

"This bald allegation has no basis in reality. There is zero evidence to support this claim," she wrote according to court documents obtained by the Daily News. "The court has repeatedly told Defendant that he cannot demand special treatment just because he has chosen to be an entertainer."

Mill’s team of lawyers filed a motion on March 20 to have Brinkley removed from his case on grounds of her allegedly exceeding “the judicial role by sometimes essentially acting as prosecutor, and at other times taking an unusual interest in, and trying to interject herself into, Mr. Williams' personal and professional life.”

It was revealed a couple months ago (Feb. 14) that Mill's arresting officer, Reginald Graham, appeared on a list composed by the city’s District Attorney’s Office of officers who breached legal codes and conduct. Despite this, Brinkley remains steadfast in her support of Graham’s testimony.

Tacopina said Mill's team has filed petitions with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to overturn this decision.

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Boyega's newly founded record label is called UpperRoom Records. Tasked with more than overseeing the picture's tracklist, the label is expected to deliver emerging African artists like YoungstaCPT, who is set to feature on the project. The record label's team will include VP of Production, Yara Shaikh, and Stefan Wade, Head of A&R.

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

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Future Is Officially Lean-Free

Future is officially off the lean. In a new interview with Genius, Future admitted that he has been lean-free for sometime now, but he was nervous to announce it to his fans for one particular reason.

"I didn’t wanna tell nobody I stopped drinking lean," Hendrix told Rob Markman. "I didn’t tell… Because I felt like, then they gon’ be like ‘Oh, his music changed because he stopped drinking lean. Oh, I can hear it when he changes…’ It just be hard when your fans so used to a certain persona, you be afraid to change."

As the rapper mentioned, his music has been heavily tied to his lean consumption throughout the years. Songs like 2017's "Mask Off" have romanticized his drug intake. Fans and music critics have also credited Future's music to promoting the new wave of "drug music" in the hip-hop community.

Future is gearing up to drop his newest project, The WZRD on Jan. 18. It will be interesting to see if his music takes a shift in focus as he steers clear of his drug of choice.

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