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Kendrick Lamar Reportedly Threatens To Remove Music From Spotify

Spotify's new hate policy has allegedly triggered Kung Fu Kenny to consider pulling his catalog from the music streaming service. 

Spotify's battle to clear problematic artists from popular playlists has become more difficult and Kendrick Lamar's team isn't making it easier. Since revealing their new hate speech policy earlier in May 2018, the music streaming service has faced negative backlash from users, artists and the music industry alike.

According to Bloomberg, representatives for the Top Dawg Entertainment artist have reached out to Spotify's Chief Executive Officer Daniel Ek and head of Artist Relations Troy Carter to express their disagreement with the new rule. They've also threatened to remove Lamar's catalog from the music streaming service if policy changes are not made.

K. Dot's pushback shouldn't be much of a surprise. Last year, the TDE rapper supported XXXtentacion, despite the allegations, when he dropped his surprise album 17. Kendrick tweeted the link to the LP and told fans to "listen to this album if you feel anything."

Shortly after Spotify made the decision to omit artists like R. Kelly and XXXtentacion, TDE's President Punch voiced his opinion on the curve ball policy announcement.

“Whoa. Are they censoring the music? That’s dangerous,” Punch tweeted.

Although Spotify allegedly plans to walk back a portion of their new-born policy, the Swedish entertainment company is reportedly consulting with label reps and civil rights activists to finalize their policy.

No one from Top Dawg has confirmed or denied their wishes to pull Kendrick Lamar's music from  or their other artists off the platform. Hopefully, Spotify makes a final decision on their new policy sooner rather than later.

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Remy Ma Under Police Investigation Over Irving Plaza Attack

Remy Ma is reportedly under investigation in New York over her involvement in an alleged attack that took place backstage at Irving Plaza, TMZ reports.

Remy Ma was scheduled to perform at the event alongside Fat Joe. Things apparently took a wrong turn in the backstage area, however. Love & Hip Hop star Brittney Taylor claims Remy Ma punched her in the right eye Tuesday night (April 16) during the Pretty Lou Benefit Concert at the concert venue. She reportedly went to the hospital for treatment before filing a police report.

According to law enforcement, Brittney alleges and Rey "exchanged words" in the greenroom relating to an attack on Remy's stepdaughter, Dejanae, that occurred weeks ago. The State of the Culture host allegedly accused Taylor of knowing about the attack. That's when Remy allegedly threw the first punch.

Taylor shared a photo of her black eye on Instagram after the incident. "So, here am I on my way to a very important meeting and it’s hard to even focus because of what occurred last night," she said. " I didn’t wanna bring it to social media because It's pretty embarrassing and not a good look tbh. I tried my best to cover it up with makeup and move on but that still didn’t work. My Question is @remyma why did you really do this?"

Taylor and Rem have a history of beef on the VH1 reality show. Remy is currently on parole following a 2007 attempted murder charge. No arrests have been made, and no new charges have been filed.

 

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So, here am I on my way to a very important meeting and it’s hard to even focus because of what occurred last night. I didn’t wanna bring it to social media because Its pretty embarrassing and not a good look tbh. I tried my best to cover it up with make up and move on but that still didn’t work. My Question is @remyma why did you really do this? #WHATHAPPENEDTOWOMANEMPOWERMENT #BlackLove? Smh 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Cleveland Rapper Q Money Arrested And Charged With Murder

Cleveland area rapper, Q Money was reportedly arrested for murder in Georgia, the Dekalb County Sheriff's Office confirms. The rapper was reportedly taken into custody on Thursday (April 18) where he was charged with one felony count.

The arrest warrant, which was initially issued on Monday (Apil 15), alleges Q Money fatally shot the victim, Calvin Alexander Chappell, at his home in Decatur. A witness claims to have found the 23-year-old rapper – Qamar Williams – standing over the victim, Cleveland.com reports. Officers reported discovering the deceased lying face down in the living room near several bullet casings.

According to police reports, the victim's roommate and cousin also saw Q standing over the victim and quickly acted to remove the gun from the rapper's hand. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office said Q Money was arrested shortly after without incident.

Q Money gained attention in 2018 with the release of his single, "Work." That same year, he inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records and Think It’s A Game Records.

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Nicki Minaj Reportedly Splits With Longtime Managers Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson

Nicki Minaj is reportedly moving on from her longtime managers, Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson, subsequently severing her relationship with Blueprint/Maverick Management. According to Billboard, the business decision was “mutual” and “amicable” but Minaj doesn’t have a new team yet, sources told the outlet.

Minaj parted ways with the team prior to her surprise appearance on Ariana Grande’s headlining Coachella set last Sunday (April 14), Variety reports. No other details were reported about the reason for the apparent split with Roberson and Bryant who head the Blueprint Group, an Atlanta-based company that formed a conglomerate with Maverick.

The “Barbie Dreams” rapper has been managed by Blueprint for the most of her career and remains on the company’s website under their list of clients which includes Lil Wayne, The Roots, Rich the Kid, CyHi the Prynce, and Jill Scott.

In other Minaj news, the 36-year-old recording artist wrapped up the European leg of her Queen world tour late last month. Minaj has yet to announce the dates for her U.S. installment of the tour.

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