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Ray J To 'Daily Mail:' "The Story You Put Up Is False And Corny"

Earlier this week, Daily Mail reported that Ray J was in talks with The Trump Administration to pardon Suge Knight. Well, Ray J shut those rumors down.

Today (Nov. 8),  the R&B singer uploaded an Instagram video, where he denied being in talks with the Trump Administration.

@dailymail pls stop reporting false stories about me! This is the second time y’all trying to pull a stunt like this! The story you put up is false and corny! I’ve been working very hard building my companies and staying out of BS! If you wanna post a story about me pls make sure it’s true. I’m extremely proud of my @rayconglobal team and my @loopelectricmopeds #ScootEBiketeam! We’ve built these companies from scratch and it’s not an easy task so I will NOT let you sabotage me and ruin my name! I’m working hard for my family!!! The Devil won’t win!!! God Bless and swipe left if you wanna know facts about me and what I’m doing! @rayconglobal #[email protected] @williamrayla”

The entrepreneur added that he never had a problem with Daily Mail before encouraging the news outlet to confirm stories that stories are true before publishing them.

"It's false. It's not ture, which is the same thing, and it's corny," Ray J continued. "Why can't we talk about the businesses that we're involved with? Why can't we talk about pushing the narrative for Raycon Global.

 

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@dailymail pls stop reporting false stories about me! This is the second time y’all trying to pull a stunt like this! The story you put up is false and corny! I’ve been working very hard building my companies and staying out of BS! If you wanna post a story about me pls make sure it’s true. Im extremely proud of my @rayconglobal team and my @loopelectricmopeds #ScootEBike team! We’ve built these companies from scratch and it’s not an easy task so I will NOT let you sabotage me and ruin my name! I’m working hard for my family!!! The Devil won’t win!!! God Bless and swipe left if you wanna know facts about me and what I’m doing! @rayconglobal #ScootEbike @loopelectricmopeds @williamrayla

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Reportedly,  Ray J and Suge are doing business together, though.  In October,  TMZ reported that Suge Knight signed over his life rights to Ray J, with the hopes that the reality television star will create some lucrative deals for the Death Row CEO. According to the report, a Suge Knight and Death Row Records documentary is in the works, as well as a Tupac album. There are even talks of reviving Death Row Records.

According to the report, a Suge Knight and Death Row Records documentary is in the works, as well as a Tupac album. There are even talks of reviving Death Row Records.

Suge Knight,is currently in prison serving a 28-year sentence for manslaughter for killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle Sloan with his car on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton January 2015.

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The Michael Jackson-inspired teaser, released on Thursday (May 14), went viral almost immediately, wracking up more than 1 million views on Taylor's Instagram and millions of views across Twitter.

In the video clip, Taylor pays homage to the King of Pop’s “Smooth Criminal” (and possible nods to Janet's “Alright” music video) with a colorful spin. “No games this time around,” the Harlem native wrote on Instagram.

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“THE ALBUM”• June 2020 📸: @danielsannwald

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Taylor's new project is a followup to her 2018 debut studio album, K.T.S.E. (Keep That Same Energy).  In an Instagram Live interview with Red Bull promoting her documentary, Assembly Required: Teyana Taylor’s House of Petunia, Taylor announced that The Album is officially done.

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