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Rising L.A. Artist Kalan.FrFr Signs With Roc Nation

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In 2008, Roc Nation signed its first artist, Bridget Kelly.

As the years began to fly, the label signed J. Cole, Rita Ora, and many others has they began partnerships with labels like Sony Music, Universal and Warner/Chappell. Kicking off 2021, Roc Nation has signed rising Los Angeles artist, Kalan.FrFr, in a joint deal with First Class Entertainment.

“Kalan gives you star power upon walking in the door. He commands a room, studio, and/or stage! Signing him was a no brainer for us!,” said Shari Bryant & Omar Grant, Co-Presidents at Roc Nation.

In celebration of the new deal, the 25-year-old will be releasing his first project on the label imprint titled, TwoFr 2, on March 12. Serving as a follow-up to his 2018-project, Two Fr, the sequel will feature contributions from  Stunna 4 Vegas, Mozzy and Cypress Moreno and will contain his lead single, “Scoring.”

“Being with Roc Nation feels like we set our goals and now we’ve accomplished them,” Kalan said about the deal. “We’re just excited to take it to the next level. I just wanna prove to everyone that believes in me…I wanna prove them right.”

 

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TwoFr 2 tracklist:
1.  Look At Me
2.  Ima Ball
3.  Scoring
4.  Never Lose You
5.  I Like / Good Love
6.  Big Dog
7.  Get In ft. Stunna 4 Vegas
8.  Tidal Wave
9.  Run Away
10. I Gotta Know
11.  Pray
12.  No Love ft. Mozzy & Cypress Moreno
13.  Identity Fraud

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AR-Ab Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison In Drug Trafficking Case

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Philly rapper AR-Ab has been sentenced to 45 years in prison following the conviction in his drug trafficking case.

Born Abdul West, the 37-year-old rapper is accused of turning his Original Block Hustlaz label (OBH) into a drug trafficking ring which led to the 2017 murder of Robert Johnson. While appearing in front of U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson in a Philadelphia courtroom on Thursday, Baylson told the courtroom that the murder of Johnson and the content of his West’s lyrics weren’t taken into account during his sentencing.

“You could have been a hero instead of a criminal,” he said. “But you became a drug dealer. You made that decision. That’s why you’re being punished.”

AR-Ab responded to Judge Baylson stating that he “doesn’t understand his culture.”

“The court, the FBI agents, and the prosecutors don’t understand my culture. We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers. We rap about where we grew up. So we rap about drug dealing. We rap about violence.”

During the trial, a number of witnesses revealed that West’s alleged drug ring obtained drugs including crack cocaine, heroin and meth from a distributor in California. These witnesses also told the judge that the drugs were being stored in an upscale Center City apartment, in an effort to draw less attention from law enforcement.

To OBH’s demise, however, FBI agents raided one of the stash houses at the One Water Street Apartments in Old City and seized 10 kilograms of cocaine. AR-Ab went on to rap about it on his “Beef (Freestyle).”

“Quarter million loss, got a broke heart,” he rapped. “And they snatched my dog, that’s the worst part/One rat destroy everything you work for/I pray to God that he don’t tell them who he work for.”

Dontez “Tez” Stewart, a key witness in the trial who was charged with the murder of Johnson, testified against AR-Ab in exchange for a lighter sentence.

“I’m not saying I’m innocent. I’m saying I’m not guilty of all them charges,” said AR-Ab before being escorted by U.S. Marshalls out the courtroom. The rapper plans to file an appeal.

 

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DMX Passes Away at 50

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It’s with profound sadness that we announce that Yonkers rapper-actor DMX, born Earl Simmons, has passed away at age 50.

On Friday (Apr. 9) afternoon, his family issued a formal statement to friends and fans, after conducting numerous brain activity tests on Thursday. According to the brain functioning test results, DMX showed no improvement in his brain activity which led to the family making the tough decision to take him off life support.

“We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50-years-old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” read the statement. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

“We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized.”

The White Plains Hospital, where DMX was admitted, also shared a statement: White Plains Hospital extends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Simmons, as well as his friends and legions of fans who expressed their unwavering support during this difficult time. Earl Simmons passed away peacefully with family present after suffering a catastrophic cardiac arrest.”

DMX was rushed to the hospital on Friday, Apr. 2, after having a heart attack.

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DMX Reportedly Suffered from Overdose & In Critical Condition

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DMX has reportedly suffered from an overdose.

According to TMZ, the rapper, born Earl Simmons, had the overdose on Friday (Apr. 2) night at around 11 p.m. and was rushed to a hospital in White Plans, New York. Sources from the hospital told TMZ that DMX has had “some brain activity,” however, is reportedly in a “vegetative state” and may not make it, according to doctors overseeing his care.

Rick Ross took to Instagram Stories that he was sending prayers to the rapper.

Back in 2019, DMX sought rehab following his year-long bid in prison for tax evasion.

DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, confirmed with ABC7 that DMX had a heart attack and is now on life support.

“I received a call this morning that Earl Simmons was in the hospital, at the White Plains Hospital, and that he had a heart attack, and I’m not sure how it was induced and that he’s on life support,” said Richman.

Richman did not confirm whether or not the heart attack was a result of an overdose. “I’ve spoken to the family and the family and I are quite close with each other. I am concerned about his well-being and mindful of his significance. I have known Earl for over 25 years and I believe that his music is quite poignant, very important. He’s truly a poet of our time,” Richman said.

Ja Rule on Twitter: “🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾Prayers up for my brother DMX… 😔 / Twitter”

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As of Saturday, April 3, at 5:51 p.m., Richman told Pix11 that X has been “taken off the life support system and he’s breathing on his own.”

PIX11 News on Twitter: “Here’s what DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, told PIX11 News Saturday afternoon. MORE: https://t.co/yBATmKlUeV pic.twitter.com/BHzJTa3nkQ / Twitter”

Here’s what DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, told PIX11 News Saturday afternoon. MORE: https://t.co/yBATmKlUeV pic.twitter.com/BHzJTa3nkQ

As of 8 p.m. ET, DMX’s attorney tells Rolling Stone that he was “given wrong information” and X is still on life support.

Following Richman’s report to Rolling Stone, TMZ has received word from one of DMX’s family members’ that paramedics tried resuscitating the rapper for 30 minutes and the lack of oxygen has severely impacted his brain. A family member has also told TMZ that his children are flying in to him.

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