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DJ Khaled, Megan Thee Stallion, And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

 

DJ Khaled – Father of Ashad

DJ Khaled's Father of Asahd is finally here. The project, which is said to be "executive produced" by Khaled's son, Asahd, features guest appearances by Cardi B, Nipsey Hussle, and more.

Ahead of the album's release, Khaled shared a statement about his upcoming single called "Higher" with the late Nipsey Hussle.  "Recently, I embarked on a soul-searching journey down a road I never thought I would travel in a million years," Khaled said. "It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend, Nipsey Hussle." Khaled also revealed that he plans to donate all of the profits made from the song to Nipsey's two kids.

Listen to Father of Asahd below.

Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

Megan Thee Stallion has had quite the year, and it's about to get even crazier. The Houston native dropped her debut album, Fever, featuring guest appearances from Juicy J and DaBaby. The project also includes the pre-released singles, "Sex Talk" and "Realer." Ahead of the album's release, Meg also previewed the album art, which appears to be inspired by Pam Grier and blaxploitation films.

Listen to Megan thee Stallion's Fever below.

Wu-Tang – Of Mics & Men

Wu-Tang Clan has dropped their new EP, Of Mics and Men, which is in support of their four-part docuseries of the same name on Showtime.

Wu-Tang announced the project only days of ahead of its release. Of Mics and Men marks the ensemble's first project since 2017's The Saga Continues and 2014's A Better Tomorrow. Their 2015 album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which only marketed one copy, was bought by convicted Martin Shkreli and is involved in a strenuous legal battle.

Listen to Of Mics and Men below.

Tyler The Creator – IGOR

Tyler, the Creator's IGOR is finally here. The LP serves as a followup to his fifth studio album, Flower, which dropped in 2017. IGOR's album art features two different images. One is a portrait of the artist rocking a retro hairstyle. The other, is an illustration by artist Lewis Rossignol.

Listen to IGOR below.

Duckwrth – The Falling Man 

Duckwrth's new EP is here. The eight-track project features Rico Nasty, Kiana Lede, Terrace Martin, Allan Kingdom, and Nombe. The Falling Man includes the pre-released single "Love is a Moshpit," featuring Rico Nasty and Medasin. The EP also serves as a follow up to Duckwrth's 2017 mixtape An Xtra Uugly Mixtape.

Listen to The Falling Man below.

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Obie Trice Arrested For Felony Assault After Shooting Incident

Detroit rapper and D-12 associate Obi Trice was jailed after a domestic incident that ended with his girlfriend’s 18-year-old son getting shot. According to court records, Trice was booked into Oakland County Jail early Friday (Dec. 6) morning for aggressive felony assault against a family member and contempt of court for violating a protection order.

Neighbors called police after hearing commotion coming from Trice’s home, TMZ reports. Trice, who had allegedly been drinking all day, got into a physical altercation with his girlfriend when her son stepped in to take her out of the home. Before they could leave, Trice went to get his firearm. The gun went off during a struggle between the son and Trice, hitting the young man in the groin. He was able to drive himself to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

Trice, 42, was allegedly carrying a gun when police arrived, but was arrested without incident. The former Shady Records artist who launched his own record label, Black Market Entertainment, released his fifth studio album, The Fifth, this past August.

 

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Taraji P. Henson Says She Developed Anxiety After Trayvon Martin Shooting

Taraji P. Henson opens up about anxiety, mental health, menopause, and the myth that black women have to be strong at all times, in a new cover story for Self Magazine.

In one portion of the interview, Henson explains how Trayvon Martin’s death served as a turning point in her mental health journey. “All my life I've been bubbly and the life of the party,” said the Empire star. “Things started to shift for me when Trayvon Martin —when that happened.”

Martin, 17, was gunned down in 2012 on his way home from the store. His killer, George Zimmerman, was later acquitted of second degree murder. Adding insult to injury, Zimmerman recently filed a $100 million lawsuit against Martin’s family.

Henson’s son, Marcell Johnson, is close in age to Martin. “That's when I noticed anxiety started kicking in,” she says explaining a fear that many black people face daily.

“They're not going to [recognize] Taraji's son out here on these streets,” added Henson. “It's me that is the star. He's not.”

Henson fears are shared by her 95-year-old grandmother. “She worries about her children, her children's children, and her great-grandbabies because she knows that at any given moment you can be picked on or killed for the color of your skin.”

Later in the interview, Henson talks about depression and explains how generational trauma carried over from slavery, everyday racism and the current political climate, can be overwhelming for black people. “[It’s] 2019, going on 2020, with even more microaggressions against us every day that we got to see on the news…and we're supposed to be okay. It's a lot.”

Henson, who launched The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation last year, has been an advocate for erasing the stigma around mental health in the black community.

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Central Park Five Exoneree Raymond Santana Gets Engaged To Deelishis

Central Park Five Exoneree Raymond Santana is wrapping up whirlwind year with an engagement. Santana popped the question to former Flavor of Love star Deelishis, on Thursday (Dec. 5).

“Yea [it's] official..ya can really hate me now!! @iamsodeelishis is officially off the market… [she’s] all mines…#GODgavemethegoahead..,” Santana captioned a video of the surprise engagement during a lunch date in Atlanta.

 

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Yea its official..ya can really hate me now!! @iamsodeelishis is officially off the market... shes all mines...#GODgavemethegoahead..

A post shared by Raymond Santana (@santanaraymond) on Dec 5, 2019 at 1:01pm PST

The couple met over the summer at a birthday party for Kandi Burruss’ husband, Todd Tucker, Santana revealed in an interview with TMZ Live on Friday (Dec. 6).

“I had so many blessings this year, this was like the icing on the cake,” he said.

Santana, who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned  in the Central park jogger case along with Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, and Yusef Salaam, also spoke on former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s run for president, and whether or not he would accept and apology from the billionaire for avoiding settling their multi-million dollar lawsuit against the city of New York.

The exonerees sued the city for racial discrimination, malicious prosecution and emotional distress in 2003. The suit was eventually settled for $40 million in 2014, after Mayor Bill DeBlasio took office. An additional lawsuit against the state of New York was settled for $3.9 in 2016.

Hear Santana’s thoughts on Bloomberg, and more on his engagement, in the video below.

 

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