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Ari Lennox To Release ‘Shea Butter Baby Remix’ EP

“Can you guess who is on the project?”

It’s almost a year since Ari Lennox received a digital standing ovation for the release of her debut studio album, Shea Butter Baby. The Dreamville signee’s May 2019 musical output served as a masterclass on the soulful meaning of R&B in the span of 12 songs.

From “Chicago Boy” to “Up Late” to “Whipped Cream,” the album’s musicality complimented Lennox’s vocal range and down-to-earth lyrics. The album also features Dreamville’s captain J. Cole, and label mate, the wordsmith JID. Now, Lennox is prepared to release a remix EP of the project this Friday (March 27).

“Shea Butter Baby Remix EP drops this Friday!!” the songbird tweeted on Tuesday (March 24). “Can you guess who is on the project?” In the comments section, fans name-dropped R&B crooners like Lucky Daye, VanJess, Kehlani, EarthGang, Summer Walker, 6LACK, Queen Najia, BJ The Chicago Kid and more vocalists to make for a soothing brew of tones to get listeners through this quarantine.

In VIBE's NEXT profile around the time of the album's release, the Washington, D.C., native said the soundscape's title is a resounding statement from black women across the globe. “I just wanted to make it clear that I’m here with a message. I just want people to get hip," she said. "This is what black women and natural women, in general, have to go through, your pillows will get f**ked up, somebody will get mad, you know? This is what we do to make sure our hair is healthy and moisturized.”

Revisit the video for the album’s title track featuring J. Cole below.

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Kodak Black Sentenced To 12 Months In Jail For Gun Charges

Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty to a weapon charge after he was stopped at the Canadian border crossing near Niagara Falls last April.

According to Local10 news, the "ZeZe" rapper was arrested after he drove a Cadillac Escalade across the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge into the United States with three other men. Police say the men had marijuana and a loaded pistol without a permit when they were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Niagara County Court. On Monday (March 30), Kodak received 12 months, which will run concurrent with his 46 month federal prison sentence.

In November, Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for illegally buying a gun in his home state of Florida. The New York sentence will be served concurrently with the federal one, according to State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch.

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Prince’s Siblings Reportedly File Petition To Get Money From His Estate

The heirs to Prince’s fortune want his estate to pay up. According to The Blast, the music legend’s siblings, Norine, Sharon and John, filed legal documents in hopes of green lighting “payment for service and efforts provided to the Estate.”

The trio claims that while “others” have been compensated, they have yet to be paid after putting time and energy into “business matters” related to the estate, which is being run by Comerica Bank.

“As this Court is aware, the Estate has now been on-going for over three years,” the documents reportedly state. “In this time, millions have been paid to the Personal Representatives, their accountants, attorneys, and legal advisors.”

The heirs accused Comerica of making money decisions without notifying them, which the bank has denied. Last year, a Minnesota judge denied the siblings’ request to limit the bank’s power over the estate.

Prince’s brothers and sisters want a judge to force Comerica to compensate them so that they can get out of financial ruin, including paying legal bills.

The Purple One’s estate is worth an estimated $200 million (down from $300 million) since his death in 2016. Prince died without a will but a judge ruled that his estate would be split between his six half-siblings. His brother, Alfred Jackson, who was 1/6 of the estate heirs died in 2019. Last December, Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, sold off a chunk of her percentage of the estate to cover legal bills.

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Inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival Postponed Until Summer

The inaugural Lovers & Friends Festival has been postponed until the summer, adding to a long list of music events like Coachella and the 2020 Broccoli City Music Festival, which met the same fate due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.

Lovers & Friends was originally scheduled to go down on May 8 and 9. The festival will now take place on Aug. 8.

In the coming weeks, ticket holders will be informed of details on potential refunds, and more. “All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order,” read a tweet from the festival’s Twitter account on Thursday (March 26).

Hi Friends! Thanks for your patience as we figure out how to make the show go on. Lovers & Friends has been rescheduled to Sat, Aug 8 (one day only). All purchasers will be notified in the next few days with details about their order. We look forward to hosting you this summer.

— Lovers & Friends Festival (@lvrsnfrndsfest) March 26, 2020

The sold-out music extravaganza was also trimmed from a two-day event to one day. Lauryn Hill, TLC, Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon remain on the bill as headliners. The packed lineup also included Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Jhene AIko, Lil Kim, Brandy, Nelly, Monica, Genuine, Fat Joe, Saweetie, Ma$e, Tweet, Amerie, Montell Jordan and Nina Sky.

Lovers & Friends Fest will go down at The Grounds Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Calif.

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