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Anaconda, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop 09 @balleralert WAYNE THA CARTER Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Ten years ago today, Lil Wayne released his smash single “Lollipop” from his sixth album, ‘Tha Carter III’. The song features the late rapper Static Major, with production by Deezle and Jim Jonsin. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With his heavy auto-tuned flow, Wayne and Static created a hit that took the world by the storm. Literally, everywhere you turned, the song was live and in effect. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ To no surprise, it became of one Lil Wayne's and Static Major's most successful singles, spending five non-consecutive weeks in the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Unfortunately, Major did not live to the see the song’s success, as he died almost two weeks before song’s release. However, the song does go down in history as the eighth song to hit number one after the death of a credited artist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The single became certified 5x Platinum by the RIAA with five million units sold in the United States. It also went on to receive multiple acknowledgments such as the number one hip-hop song of 2008 by MTV and number five on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2008.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 10th Anniversary of Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop”-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Ten years ago today, Lil W...

Anaconda, Apple, and Bad: Jay-Z, Diddy, and Dr. Dre Become The Richest American Musicians Of Any Genre As They Top Forbes' Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists List @balleralert Jay-Z, Diddy, and Dr. Dre Become The Richest American Musicians Of Any Genre As They Top Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists List - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Black Excellence is at an all-time high, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. From the massive, record-breaking success of ‘Black Panther’ to the many successful business ventures of our favorite Black entertainers, the culture is thriving and it’s beautiful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ On Thursday, Forbes released its annual list of the wealthiest hip-hop artists on the planet, and the top five entrants came as no surprise as it was very similar to last year’s list. However, there was a bit of a shift in the top two slots. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After catapulting his net worth from $810 million to $900 million through his Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Usse cognac, in addition to his of his nine-figure ownership stakes in Roc Nation and Tidal, Jay-Z has landed the top spot on this year’s list, dethroning business mogul, Diddy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, the Bad Boy CEO secured the No. 2 spot with the help of his interest in Ciroc and Revolt TV, increasing his network to $825 million. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In this year’s list, Dr. Dre held on to his No. 3 spot, but still increased his network form $740 million to $770 million. But, according to reports, Dre may be seeing an even bigger spike next year when he receives his Apple stock from his $3 billion buyout of Beats in 2014. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the top three contenders for the wealthiest hip-hop acts on the planet, according to Forbes, the three Hip-hop moguls have also become the richest American musicians of any genre in history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pulling up the rear of the Forbes Five list is none other than Eminem and Drake, who tied at an even $100 million apiece.

Jay-Z, Diddy, and Dr. Dre Become The Richest American Musicians Of Any Genre As They Top Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip Hop Artists List - blogged b...

Lawyer, Meek Mill, and Memes: Meek Mill Granted Post Conviction Hearing @balleralert Meek Mill Granted Post Conviction Hearing-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Rapper Meek Mill has officially been granted a post-conviction hearing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The same judge who previously sentenced him to two to four years for a probation violation, Judge Genece Brinkley of the Common Pleas Court, has now granted the Philly native a post-conviction hearing due to possible corruption of Meek’s original 2008 case. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ According to previous reports, the rapper’s original 2007 arrest may have involved some corruption as well, and on Feb.14, his attorneys filed a Post-Conviction Relief Act petition concerning his original arrest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has a secret list of suspect police officers who are not deemed as credible witnesses, one of them being Reginald Graham, a testifying officer in Meek’s 2008 trial. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The post-conviction hearing has been scheduled to determine what really happened with Meek’s case. His lawyer is confident that the hearing will result in him being released. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ “I mean, there were 800 cases that were dismissed or overturned upon discovery of this group of officers who had been committing crimes, lying about circumstances of arrests, and falsifying documents,” his lawyer said. “One of the officers is the same one who not only arrested Meek but made allegations that Meek has always denied. This is the only one that testified against Meek.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Meek heads to court on April 16.

Meek Mill Granted Post Conviction Hearing-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Rapper Meek Mill has officially been granted a post-convicti...

Meek Mill, Memes, and Police: Meek Mill Files For Immediate Release After New Report Details His Arresting Officer's History of Police Misconduct and Dirty Arrests @balleralert Meek Mill Files For Immediate Release After New Report Details His Arresting Officer’s History of Police Misconduct and Dirty Arrests - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After MeekMill and his legal team accused his prosecuting judge of malpractice in connection to his longstanding legal case, the rapper is now targeting the Philly officer who arrested him in the first place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to TMZ, Meek is demanding an immediate release from prison because the arresting officer has a history of dirty arrests. In fact, the rapper’s legal team says the officer’s entire testimony against Meek should be tossed because he reportedly lied on the stand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In new docs filed by Meek’s legal team, the Philly-bred rapper says officer Gerold Gibson claimed officer Reginald Graham, who arrested Meek back in 2007 for drug possession, lied when he said the rapper pointed a gun at him. According to the docs, Gibson said Meek only took the gun out of his waistband to discard it. He also contradicted Graham’s statement about the rapper resisting arrest, Gibson revealed he did not. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In addition to Graham’s alleged lies, Meek’s legal team has called a recent report into question, which includes a list of dirty Philly cops, who have a history of lying, abuse, and racial bias. The list details Graham’s history of excessive force and dirty arrests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a result, Meek wants his entire case thrown out and to be released from prison.

Meek Mill Files For Immediate Release After New Report Details His Arresting Officer’s History of Police Misconduct and Dirty Arrests - blog...

America, Anaconda, and Bailey Jay: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released 'The Score' @balleralert igees The core Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released ‘The Score’-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 22 years ago today, The Fugees released their second album ‘The Score’ on Columbia Records. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The body of work arguably became the hip-hop trio’s best album. With an alternative hip-hop sound, the group created a sound and moment that would later go on to dominate the hip-hop industry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With three smash singles: “Ready or Not”, “Fu-Gee-La”, and “Killing Me Softly”, the album was a major success for the group peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B-Hip-Hop Albums chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ With their lead singles, The Fugees showcased impeccable lyricism and amazing production techniques that allowed them to gain worldwide recognition. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ By October 3, 1997, ‘The Score’ was certified six times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The album earned the group two Grammys in 1996 for “Best Rap Album” and “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for “Killing Me Softly”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ In addition to the awards, the album has been praised by many publications and included in multiple “Top 100” lists. In 1998, the album was listed in The Source's 100 best rap albums list, and in 2003, ‘The Score’ was ranked number 477 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ What was your favorite song from the album?

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: 22 Years Since The Fugees Released ‘The Score’-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ 22 years ago today, Th...

Children, College, and Energy: LICNAIRE WENTOR CHEERS TO ABETTER FUTURE. Start small and strive for a better F*CKING life! 🍾 - Living a life of excellence takes effort, but at the same time is rewarding and gives you energy so that you can keep up your work. Here are a few ideas that you can implement to strive for excellence👇 - ✔️Feel your emotions. Stop muffling your emotions underneath a big blanket and putting your fake-happy-neutral face all the time. Learn from children, who are sad, happy, excited and tired over the course of less than an hour. Feel what truly goes on within yourself, and simply accept it. ✔️Identify your values. To make the right choices in your life, you need to know what truly matters to you. Keep a list of your core values, and write your observations on how you and others live according to these values as well. Revisit your list often to focus your energy on what you value most in life. ✔️Define your limiting beliefs. What is holding you back? What cultural conditioning is keeping you from stepping out from the crowd? Do you think you can’t do it because you’re too old-young, because you haven’t gone to college or because you are a woman? Define your limiting beliefs, and then release them into the wide open. 😉 ✔️Practice gratitude. Learn to be grateful for all positive experiences that come across your path on a given day. Keep a list of 10 things that you are grateful for, every day. When dark days are upon you, be grateful for your health, for life, for your pet… anything that can give you a little spark! ✔️Smile. Light up your face and the heart of another person with a smile. - life cheers success millionairementor

Start small and strive for a better F*CKING life! 🍾 - Living a life of excellence takes effort, but at the same time is rewarding and gives ...

Anaconda, Baller Alert, and Billboard: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Wu-Tang Clan Released "C.R.E.A.M." 24 Years Ago @balleralert THE ANG 36 CHAMBERS 9 WU-TANG CLAN Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Wu-Tang Clan Released “C.R.E.A.M.” 24 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ On January 31, 1994, Wu-Tang Clan released their smash single “C.R.E.A.M." (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) from their 1993 album, ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ To this day, “C.R.E.A.M.” remains a hip-hop classic that made us fall in love with Wu-Tang and their raw, street demeanor. For those that weren’t hip to their impeccable storytelling skills, the single also showcased their lyrical capabilities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it comes to pop culture, you can often still hear the term be used or referenced by the likes of Drake to Bryson Tiller’s verse in “Wild Thoughts”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ To this day, “C.R.E.A.M.” remains one of the group’s highest charting singles, peaking at 60 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ On January 29, 2009, the single was certified Gold by the RIAA, almost 15 years after its release. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ In addition to its impact on hip-hop, the single has also received an array of accolades. Time listed the song on its list of All-TIME 100 Greatest Songs. Rolling Stone magazine also ranked the song 11 on their list of 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Wu-Tang Clan Released “C.R.E.A.M.” 24 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ On January 31, 1994, ...