Keak Da Sneak Shares New Outlook After Prison

Keak Da Sneak has a new outlook following his release from prison last month. The Bay Area rap icon, who is currently in a wheelchair, has been enjoying his freedom after serving five months in Amador County in California State Prison for gun possession.

“I’m just so blessed, I’m happy, I’m free,” he told San Francisco's KPIX news before sharing an optimistic perspective on his legal troubles. “God works in mysterious ways, I think he just wanted me to see how fast you can throw your life away, or throw your freedom away.”

Keak was originally sentenced to 16 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm, which he began carrying after surviving two separate shootings in 2017, including one incident where he was shot eight times at a gas station. Given his health condition, Keak made a public plea for a house arrest sentence instead of prison time. The public outcry led to an online petition that resulted in Keak being moved to his own prison cell.

Prison staff took care mostly took care of him while in custody, with one exception. “As far as on the medical level… they [were] there for me. As far as my pain medication…they wasn’t really giving me no meds for pain.”

Now that he's free, Keak is back in the recording studio. Last weekend, the Oakland native whose birth name is Charles Kente Williams, hit the Rolling Loud Bay Area stage as a special guest of G-Eazy. “It’s a natural body high like, ‘Wow, they love me still,’ you know what I mean?” he said of the performance. “I really needed to see that.”

Although doctors aren’t sure if he’ll regain use of his legs, the “Super Hyphy” rhymer is in physical therapy, and has every intention of walking without his wheelchair one day. “This chair is going out the door, so my fans can look forward to me walking,” he said while showing that he can life his leg. “I need a lot of support.”

The 41-year-old rapper also shared some advice for aspiring recording artist. “Hard work and dedication, and there ain’t nothing but drama on the street after midnight, so with that being said, be indoors.”

See the full interview in the video above.

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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