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Virgil Abloh Dead At 41 After Privately Battling Rare Cancer

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It is with profound loss that we announce the death of designer, Virgil Abloh.

According to LVMH and a statement via Virgil’s Instagram account, the renowned artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the Off-White label, passed away after privately battling “a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.” He was 41 years-old.

“We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,” according to the statement posted on Abloh’s’s Instagram account. “He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.”

Abloh is responsible for the artwork of several hip hop albums, including JAY-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne, ASAP Rocky‘s Long.Live.A$AP and Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, just to name a few.

LVMH’s CEO Bernard Arnault issued the following statement: “We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.”

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Hit-Boy Back Working with Kanye West; Beef Is Over

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Back in November, HS87 producer Hit-Boy revealed on the Rory & Mal podcast that he and Kanye West had a falling out and West tried to have him blacked balled from the industry.

“I haven’t been a fan of Kanye on a personal/ human level since he told me face to face he stopped picking my beats because I worked with Beyoncé,” Hit-Boy told Rory and Mal. “This is after I produced n*ggas in Paris , clique, and a myriad of other songs / projects for him and his label GOOD Music in the 2 years I was signed with them.”

However, Hit-Boy revealed today that he is officially back to working with Ye, presumably for DONDA 2. The producer was seen in the studio with him and The Game and was given production credit on Ye’s latest release, ‘Eazy.’

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Nicki Minaj’s Harassment Lawsuit Dropped

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Jennifer Hough, the woman who was suing Nicki Minaj and Kenneth Petty for alleged harassment and intimidation in efforts to get her to recant her account that Petty sexually assaulted her, voluntarily dismissed her case against Minaj on Wednesday, January 12.

According to TMZ, there was no financial settlement that made Hough drop the case, however, Petty still remains a defendant, meaning the case against him is still active.

“The case was voluntarily dismissed as to Nicki in NY,” Hough’s attorney, Tyrone Blackburn said in a statement. “The case against Kenneth is ongoing. This does not mean that Nicki Minaj is in the clear. In fact, she’s probably in a worst position now than prior to when the case started. So, I would say, stay tuned.”

Petty was convicted of assaulting Hough in 1995 and served four years in prison. Hough spoke about the incident publicly on The Real, back in October.

Minaj has not addressed the dismissal, but tweeted a unicorn emoji in response to a tweet that quoted her verse on Tasha Cobb Leonard‘s 2017 release “I’m Getting Ready,” which read, “I don’t gotta talk the lord defends me.”

The Queen rapper’s attorney,  Judd Burstein, responded to the dismissal by e-mailing Hough’s lawyer.

“In my view, your conduct in pursuing this case against Nicki represents the worst of our legal system: bottom-feeding lawyers who pursue frivolous actions against a celebrity assuming that they will be paid off if they throw enough dirt.”

Judd continues, “You forced my client to spend over $300,000 in fees to defend a case which even my labradoodle, Gracie, could see was frivolous on both the facts and the law.”

Petty is to return to court in March for sentencing after accepting a plea deal back in August for failing to register as a sex offender in the state of California.

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Baby Blue Sentenced To 20 Months In Prison

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Diamond “Baby Blue” Smith of Pretty Ricky has been sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in August.

The sentencing comes as a result of the Florida rapper’s October 2020 arrest for filing fraudulent loan applications in order to receive funds from the Paycheck Protection Program. Baby Blue received a loan of $426,717, for his business Throwbackjersey.com LLC, and $708,065 for his other company, Blue Star Records LLC.

Receiving a total of $1.1 million, the rapper didn’t put the money towards his businesses. He instead used the money at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and purchased luxury items including a $96,000 Ferrari. The car was seized back in August when he was taken into custody. Baby Blue also admitted to falsifying documents.

In addition to his 20-month sentence, Baby Blue has been ordered to pay $1,111,345 in restitution and $1,134,782 in forfeiture.

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