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R. Kelly’s Music Royalties Reportedly Seized To Pay Back Rent On Chicago Recording Studio

The 52-year-old singer also made $22,000 for an hourlong club appearance. 

R. Kelly has found a way to keep a flow of money coming in amid his pending sexual assault case, but he’s still deep in debt. Kelly’s former landlord, Midwest Commercial Funding, subpoenaed Sony Music Holdings, Inc. to freeze $264,535 of his biannual music royalties to cover the back rent on his Chicago music studio, The Blast reports.

Midwest already collected $154,527. 22 from one of Kelly’s accounts but he still owes nearly $53,000, according to the celebrity website. In January, the city investigated Kelly's recording studio and subsequently hit him with 66 code violations.

Last weekend, the 52-year-old singer made $22,000 for an hourlong club appearance at the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield, IL. Only around 50 people came out to see Kelly who interacted with fans and sang the opening lyrics of “Bump & Grind,” according to TMZ.

Apparent fans reportedly paid up to $100 to watch Kelly “perform” for 28-seconds.

Prior to the club appearance, Kelly popped up on Instagram to ask the media to “take it easy” on him. "I got an event to do tonight in Springfield, Illinois, so I want the media to take it easy on me, man," he said. "This is how I got to get paid for right now, so I've got to go do this event and it's a party. So when you see me in the club with drinks in my hand and chillin’, please, take it easy. Appreciate y'all. Thanks."

In February, Kelly turned himself in on multiple felony counts of criminal sex abuse. He was later released from custody after posting $100,000 bail. Last month, Kelly was jailed and released again, after paying more than $160,000 in back child support.

Since the airing of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly documentary unveiled disturbing detailed accounts of Kelly’s alleged reign of sexual abuse against young girls and women, the Chicago native (who maintains his innocence) has been having trouble booking jobs.

Late last month, Kelly requested permission to travel to Dubai for what he claimed was a concert in the city, and a meeting with the city’s royal family. Dubai’s government denied Kelly's claims.

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A$AP Rocky Says Beef With Travis Scott Is "Old" And "Played Out"

Harlem's A$AP Rocky hit the stage at the Rolling Loud festival this weekend. Between his set, the uptown-bred decided to unload a freestyle for his fans.

"Another victory be flawless like the skin on me, damn/Please don't compare him and me, you offendin' me," Rocky rapped. Many fans assumed that this was a line aimed at Travis Scott.

"This ain't a diss and we ain't enemies," Rockky continued. "They concerned with making hits, I'm more concerned with breaking history/The loudest n***a in the room the weakest/I guess them quiet dudes need better speakers."

Fans claim during ASAP Rocky’s set he dissed Travis Scott 👀 Do y’all agree or are they reaching? pic.twitter.com/L8CrTdjfIX

— The D.H. (@thedailyhood) October 16, 2019

Apparently fans didn't believe Flacko. He took to Twitter to further addressed the situation.


— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) October 16, 2019

Over the years, A$AP Rocky has not been too happy about being compared to Travis Scott, however there has never been bad blood between the two rappers. Last year during an interview with Peter Rosenberg, Flacko praised the G.O.O.D Music artist.

"There's times when I feel like I pioneered a lot of shit, but don't get acknowledgement from certain people or artists. I think a lot of people see it too," Rocky said.

"I think Travis Scott... he makes cool music,"  he continued. "He just had a baby, I'm happy for that."

In other A$AP Rocky news, the "Purple Swag" MC opened up about his addiction to sex during an interview with Angie Martinez for her Untold Stories of Hip-Hop series on Wetv.

"I've been a sex addict for some time," he said. "I can't be embarrassed about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don't do nothing that I'm not proud of speaking on."

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Ludacris To Assist Entrepreneurship In Entertainment Program At Georgia State University

Ludacris is celebrating his homecoming at Georgia State University in a memorable way. The school's former student now mega-star announced a program that'll set students down a path of entrepreneurship in the entertainment field. The university's Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) will receive the Atlanta native as an artist-in-resident this fall semester.

"Georgia State is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country," he said in a statement, per Georgia State University News Hub. "I couldn't imagine a better place to work with students than CMII." The program was founded in 2014 as a gateway for students to utilize their degrees to enhance Atlanta's music and film sectors and beyond.

In the late '90s, Ludacris pursued a degree in music management. Now, he'll be able to share tips and lectures on successful entrepreneurship and work in tandem with professors.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” Brennen Dicker, CMII executive director, said. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

Hey @ludacris, time to update your PantherCard! We’re excited to welcome Chris Bridges back to campus this fall as an artist-in-residence in @cmii_gsu. That’s #TheStateWay! https://t.co/mrMNXETPAE pic.twitter.com/ODj5tnuTz5

— Georgia State University (@GeorgiaStateU) October 15, 2019

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Talks To Reprise 'Matrix' Role

Earlier this year, it was announced that The Matrix would return for a fourth storyline. Although a release date has yet to be announced, box office names like Keanu Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Anne Moss, and now Jada Pinkett Smith have been attached to the franchise's upcoming installment.

According to Deadline, Pinkett Smith may step into her previous role of Niobe from the films The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Her agent is allegedly in negotiations with the movie's producers so it's not set in stone as of yet, but fans of the franchise hope to witness Pinkett Smith's appearance on screen. The Matrix premiered in 1999, depicting a sci-fi story of a battle between humans and machines.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pinkett Smith said her husband and fellow actor, Will Smith, auditioned for the lead role of Neo (played by Reeves). “I knew it would be revolutionary,” she said. He ultimately passed on the character, stating "I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”

The mother-of-two auditioned for Trinity but the role ended up going to Moss. However, the movie's visionaries Lana and Lilly Wachowski wrote Niobe with Pinkett Smith in mind. “I thought Carrie-Anne was the perfect Trinity, and there was no way I could do what she did,” she said. “And that’s the only time in my career I’ve said that about losing a role.”

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