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DJ Khaled (L) and Nipsey Hussle attend DJ Khaled's Platinum Dinner at Catch on August 25, 2017 in West Hollywood, California.
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DJ Khaled Shares Working With Nipsey Hussle On "Higher": "I've Cried Many Times Watching The Video"

Nipsey Hussle's appearance on DJ Khaled's latest album Father of Ashad is a clear standout and a reminder to the super producer of the late rapper's special influence.

Khaled spoke with MTV's Sway Calloway about how the track "Higher" which also features chilling vocals from John Legend came together. "Higher" is Hussle's first posthumous feature and one of the final music videos he shot before his death. Khaled says the two were deep in cloth talk when he asked the rapper to be apart of his album.

"I've known him for a long time but I asked him where he was from and we started talking about our kids, then we started talking about entrepreneurship, leadership and just really talking real life," he said Friday (May 17) in New York for MTV's Khaled-Con special. "When he would speak, I would be speechless. It amazed me because he was such a beautiful person with a beautiful soul and he was always looking out and I love that."

After speaking about Hussle's family ties, he urged the rapper to channel it all into his verses for the album. "I was sharing how Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie and Scarface and like a [Rick] Ross would talk about where they come from," he recalled. "Nas would touch on pyramids, etc. and you feel it and you see it when you hear it from the big boy icon rappers that are legends like a Snoop Dogg or a Dr. Dre. You hear it and you feel it, the songs. Everybody knows Nipsey is a great rapper but I told him, 'I see where you're going.'"

With the album being 90 percent completed at the time, Khaled played the project for Hussle in hopes of getting him on "Higher."

"I played him the album because I explained to him that I'm treating every song like it's the one," he said. "That's the only way to make a classic album. I played him the beat for "Higher" and he was vibing. I [saw] him taking it in and I told him, 'Your voice will cut through this sample easy, it's like gospel,' and I told him I had a hook idea and he said, 'Don't play the hook yet' and I thought, 'Oh he's special.' He was already writing in his head."

After hearing Nip's first verse, Khaled was inclined to make the song without any other features. After they completed the song, they filmed the video in Hussle's hometown. Four days later, he was shot and killed by suspect Eric Holder.

"When I got the second verse, I sent him a piece of Legend's vocals to surprise him. The beautiful thing about the record was that we both were excited about it and shared how special it was, everyone on his team loved it. So now, we shoot the video. We were on this rooftop in Crenshaw, where he's from. It was just so beautiful so we shot the video and then like four days later...the whole world cried."

Khaled also shared how emotional the video has been for fans and himself. "He's a prophet, he's a king, he's a father, he's beautiful. When I watch the video, I cried so many times already," he said. "When people play the video, they cry and have the same reaction, it's so beautiful. The marathon continues and long live Nipsey Hussle. It was a blessing for me to work with him. I thank God that I got to work with him and for his fans to hear the music."

Watch Khaled Con below.

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Justice For Junior: Testifying Witness Says Hit Has Been Placed On His Life

Kevin Alvarez, one of several Trinitarios gang members responsible for the barbarous June 2018 murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz, was indicted on murder charges.

However, after striking a deal with the prosecution, which involves flipping on his co-conspirators, Alvarez pled guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy and faces 25 years in prison. According to the 20-year-old, a death sentence has been placed on him for "doing something bad" like snitching to cops.

“They go out and look for you in groups until they find you and kill you,” he said. Alvarez said for "doing something bad

In a packed courtroom, Monday (May 21) he nervously identified the five others responsible for the vicious stabbing death of the Bronx teen. Alvarez said he drove one of the four cars to chase Junior and revealed the 15-year-old tried to run into nearby St. Barnabas Hospital for help, but blocked him, which is why Junior then ran into a bodega.

Alvarez said he assumed Junior was in another gang and involved in a rival shooting.

He then explained that he was the one who pushed the bodega door open, helped to drag Junior out and repeatedly punched and kicked Junior in the head while he was down. Junior tried to tell him he wasn't the person they were looking for, but Alvarez and co. didn't listen.

Video of Junior’s murder played again in court in slow motion. Junior’s mom with their heads between her knees, cried quietly throughout. #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/APqZ2k8Odh

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) May 21, 2019

The prosecution then played the heartwrenching footage from the bodega. Reportedly, Junior's mother turned away and kept her head between her knees crying.

If all members of the Trinitarios gang are convicted, they face life in prison.

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YG's '4REAL 4REAL' Album Cover Honors Nipsey Hussle

On May 24, YG will release his fourth studio album, 4REAL 4REAL, a feat that fans are eagerly awaiting. After debuting singles like "Go Loko" and "Stop Snitchin," the Compton native also revealed the project's cover, which is dedicated to Nipsey Hussle.

In script at the bottom of images of YG, "In loving memory of Nipsey Hussle" is cemented, canonizing YG's longtime friendship with the fallen rapper. Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 in Los Angeles, a passing that received a wave of condolences and memories shared of the 33-year-old entrepreneur/artist. The lyrical pair have a history of churning out collaborative songs like "You Broke," "I Wanna Benz," "FDT," and "Last Time That I Checc'd."

 

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4REAL 4REAL THE ALBUM. MAY 24TH! 🏁

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In a previous interview with Billboard, YG said music is his safe haven and shelters him from a dark place. "If I'm not doing music, I feel depressed," he said. "I feel like I ain't sh*t. I like to create, and right now, I know where I want to be, and I know how to get there."

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Search Continues For Missing Miami Educator Kameela Russell

It's been a week since the disappearance of Kameela Russell, a mother of two and educator who seemingly vanished while picking up her daughter in Miami.

The Miami Herald reports the 41-year-old was last seen on May 15 around 6 pm ET, when she went to pick up her youngest daughter from her aunt's house. Russell has two daughters with the oldest being 15 and the youngest, 6. Russell's aunt, Donna Blyden, said she believed she saw Russell's 2014 black Audi pull up to her driveway on Wednesday but when she checked the driveway, the car wasn't there.

Blyden then texted her saying, "‘Where are you? You were in the driveway just now, and now you’re not here. Where are you?'” She didn't get an answer. “She’s got two girls, and they need to have their mom,” said Blyden.

Russell works as a test chairperson at Miami Norland Senior High and went to work before she went missing. She didn't return to her job on Thursday or Friday. Students talked to reporters about Russell and were shocked to hear about her mysterious disappearance.

“It’s very crazy. I used to see her around a lot, always a smile. It was a real shock to see her missing and everything,” student Jamal Moss told WSVN Monday (May 20). “I’m very concerned. I hope she’s like OK, and they find her soon.”

Russell has worked for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system since 2014 and was previously a teacher at Walter C. Young Middle School and once worked for the Broward County Public School System. She's originally from Nassau, New Providence in the Bahamas.

Russell's image has been printed on handouts and seen all over social media. District officials have also taken to social media to ask for the public's help.“Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call the police if you have seen her," Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted.

Kameela’s family is incredibly worried about her and we @MDCPS are praying for her swift and safe return. Please take a moment to look at her picture and call police if you have seen her. pic.twitter.com/S75aGzSauH

— Alberto M. Carvalho (@MiamiSup) May 19, 2019

Speaking to NBC6, her older daughter Skye pleaded for her mother's safe return. “Everybody’s fighting for you. People who I haven’t even seen in years are coming out just to try and help you. Your students, we need you. Just come back.”

Friends from high school have also taken to social media to help find the mother of two. "We need to find my buddy from high school. Always smiling, super smart Kameela," Twitter user Barby Vee tweeted over the weekend.

Russell was last seen in Miami Gardens wearing gray leggings with a striped shirt and sneakers and driving a 2014 black Audi A6 with the Florida tag HBQJ20. She is 5"7 with black and purple braids in her hair.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts are asked to contact the Miami Gardens Police at 305-474-6473. You can also remain anonymous.

 

 

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Where are my tickets?!? #WCY

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— Abu Salah (@itsmesalah_) May 18, 2019

Just spoke to Kameela Russell’s family about her disappearance. They are hurting but staying strong. If you know where she might be, please contact @MGPDFL. She has two beautiful daughters who need their mom. @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/viTY3DYkDj

— Katie Johnson (@Katie_Johnson_) May 18, 2019

The @MGPDFL is requesting the public’s assistance in locating 41 year-old Kameela Russell, who has been missing since May 15th, 2019. If you have any information on her whereabouts, please contact the Miami Gardens PD at 305-474-6473. @nbc6 @wsvn @WPLGLocal10 @MiamiHerald pic.twitter.com/dQYC4D07Y9

— Miami Gardens Police Dept. (@MGPDFL) May 17, 2019

BP BREAKING| Miami Gardens Police have just updated Bahamas Press to a missing Bahamian woman, who has not been seen since May 15th. BP can confirm 41-year-old, Kameela Russell, of New Providence but worked at Norland Senior High School as a test chair. #missing pic.twitter.com/E6xHToC5Dx

— Bahamas Press (@Bahamaspress) May 19, 2019

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