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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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Ohio Teen Filmed Himself Having Sex With 14-Year-Old Must Register As A Sex Offender

An Ohio teen must register as a sex offender for the next 25 years for secretly filming himself having sex with a 14-year-old and then showing the sex tape to friends.

The New York Post reports Jeremiah Horton showed four of his friends at North College Hill High School the tape. Those friends then showed others, resulting in Jeremiah's expulsion.

In addition to registering as a Tier 2 second offender, a judge ordered him to spend six months at River City Correctional Center, a rehab facility for nonviolent felony offenders. Horton faced up to three years in a correctional facility.

“I don’t think that’s appropriate, but you did something you shouldn’t have done, obviously,” Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Patrick Dinkelacker told the teen. “And there’s a price to pay.”

Charges were filed in December when the 14-year-old girl's mother found the tape and took it to local authorities. Jeremiah was one of four teens prosecuted for his part. While in court, Horton pled guilty and apologized to the victim and her family.

“I’m not proud of what I did,” Horton said.

 

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Michigan Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Serving 46 Years On A Wrongful Conviction

When Richard Philips was 27-years-old, he was found guilty of dragging a man named Gregory Harris out of his car and shooting him to death. Harris' brother-in-law corroborated the story and told investigators he met with Philips in a local bar to discuss the murder.

Yet despite the statement from the victim's relative, Philips maintained his innocence. It wasn't enough, however, and Philips went onto spend 46 years in prison.

Then in 2010, Richard Polombo came forward and admitted to the killing. It would be another four years before the Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan's law school heard Polombo's confession, and another three in legal proceedings before Philips was granted a new trial in 2017.

In March of 2018, Philips was a free man. CNN reports that Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has awarded Philips $1.5 million, $50,000 for each year he was imprisoned. The money will not be taxed and Philips won't lose any of it in lawyer fees.

In 1990, Philips began painting to "to stave off loneliness," and began selling his artwork in prison to fellow inmates. The money he made went into purchasing more supplies. Philips' watercolor paintings echoed themes of hope and survival.

Now, at 73 years old, Philips rents a small apartment and hopes to buy a home with his money. For now, he's enjoying life's simple pleasures and along with his new home, he says he also wants a German Shepherd puppy.

"He is pretty well-adjusted. He says that he is not bitter," Gabi Silver, Philips' attorney said.

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Facebook Bans Maryland Artist For Turning 'MAGA' Hats Into Klan Hood And Swastika

A Maryland artist says her livelihood is in jeopardy after Facebook banned her page prohibiting her from contacting her followers of upcoming art shows. The offense? Turning Donald Trump's 'MAGA' hats into Ku Klux Klan hoods and Swastikas.

Kate Kretz says she rips apart the well-known red Make America Great Again hat and turns them into other divisive symbols. While speaking with WUSA 9, she said her art is meant to start a dialogue.

"The armband is actually titled, 'Only the Terrorized Own the Right to Name Symbols of Terror,' and so if people are afraid of people that are walking around with MAGA hats because they’re afraid of violence," Kretz said. "It’s not really up to the wearer to say 'oh you shouldn’t feel afraid of me.' "

Kretz said she mostly received positive feedback, but about four or five days after an image of a reimagined Swastika band made from the red MAGA hat appeared, Facebook shut down her page citing it violated community standards. Kretz appealed the decision but says she hasn't heard anything.

The Mount Rainier, Md resident said she buys knock-off MAGA hats for her art. "I wanted to make sure I wasn’t putting any money in [Trump’s] pocket,” Kretz said.

And while she knows art is subjective, as one of the many artists that help to make Facebook, she thinks Facebook should exercise more diplomacy.

"I understand doing things for the greater good," Kretz said. "However, I think artists are a big part of Facebook’s content providers, and they owe us a fair hearing.”

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