Dee 1 Reacts To R Kelly Doc, Says We Should Ban Pro-Drug Rappers
Hip hop artist Dee-1, performs his song 'Sallie Mae Back' during the Washington Ideas Forum at the Harman Center for the Arts September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC./Getty images

Dee-1 Explains Why The Buck Doesn't Stop With R. Kelly

The rapper wants pro-drug and violence rappers to be held accountable as well. 

The telling stories in the Surviving R.Kelly Docuseries have generated a slew of opinions surrounding R.Kelly's inability to be subject to cancel culture. With many celebrities leaving their two cents about the changing legacy of the R&B singer, Dee-1 has stretched the conversation to include other troubling aspects of the music industry.

"It shouldn't just stop with R. Kelly because in this industry we have known wife beaters, we have people who openly glorify selling dope and poisoning our community generation after generation, so the real question is where do we draw the line," the 29-year-old said.

Last year appeared to be the deadliest for the rap industry as a reported 26 notable artists died from drug abuse or gun violence. Artists such as Lil Peep and Mac Miller died from overdoses while rappers like Young Greatness died from gun violence.

Continuing to question the system, the "Sallie Mae" lyricist urged listeners to expand their condemnation for Kelly's reported actions to other artists who have abused their power while providing chart-topping hits.

"It can't just stop with one person," he said in the video posted to Instagram. Dee, even managed to take responsibility for his compliance writing a caption where he set standards for himself writing his wants to do better.

Standing behind what many have been saying since the 6-part series aired, the rapper–who is under the same record label of the disgruntled songwriter– stands beside the victims with his bold reservations.

READ MORE: J.R. Smith: ‘Meek Mill Can Go To Jail… But 'Nothing Happens’ With R. Kelly?’

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/8rH0O5OAAo

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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They Don't Want You To Win: D.J. Khaled Joins 'Bad Boys' Sequel

D.J. Khaled knows they don't want you to win, but that hasn't stopped the producer and performer from doing just that.

Variety reports Asahd's father will star alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the forthcoming action-comedy Bad Boys For Life. It's unclear at this time what role Khaled will play.

Also joining the cast is Vanessa Hudgins, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano reprises his role as the irritable Captain Howard.

Smith and Lawrence play detectives Mike Lowery, and Marcus Burnett respectively. While Lowery shoots first and asks questions later, Burnett, the family man, tries desperately to incorporate a more pragmatic approach.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will helm the film and Jerry Bruckheimer returns as the franchise producer. The first Bad Boys was released in 1995 with a $23 million budget and earned $141 million in the box office. Bad Boys II released in 2003 had a $130 million budget and earned $273 million.

The third installment of the buddy-cop film revolves around a new specialized unit that clashes with Lowery and Burnett's old-school tactics when a new criminal threat emerges in Miami.

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