Papoose Named Head Of Hip-Hop At Tunecore + Encourages Rappers To Stop Signing “Bad Deals”

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Brooklyn rapper Papoose has just been named the head of hip-hop at music distributor Tunecore. In a brief message, he also says he would like for rappers to sign with them and stop singing bad deals. Brooklyn rapper Papoose has just announced that he is the head of hip-hop at music distributor, Tunecore. Papoose, who […]

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Roc Nation CEO Will Sit For Deposition In Megan Thee Stallion, 1501 Case: Report

The ongoing legal battle between Megan Thee Stallion and 1501 Certified Entertainment recently received another ruling. The rapper has been hush-hush following Tory Lanez’s conviction, and as she gains support from her followers, a judge ruled about Roc Nation’s CEO, Desiree Perez.

According to Billboard, Perez will have to sit for a deposition in the case. Megan’s legal team attempted to have the deposition blocked, citing 1501 was “harassing” the industry leader.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 12: COO at Roc Nation Desiree Perez accepts the Executive of the Year Award onstage during Billboard Women In Music 2019, presented by YouTube Music, on December 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Billboard)

The rapper and her label have been at odds for years. She wants out of her contract and stated she’d fulfilled all necessities to end her agreement with 1501. However, they claim she still owes them another record because one of her projects shouldn’t be counted as an album.

Things have also spilled over onto social media as 1501 boss Carl Crawford often appears with opinions about the Houston Hottie. Following Megan signing a management deal with Roc Nation, the company’s attorneys reportedly told her that the 1501 deal was “well below industry standards.”

The label wanted Perez to sit for a deposition because they called her a key witness. However, Megan’s team tried shielding her with the apex doctrine.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JUNE 15: Megan Thee Stallion performs onstage during 2019 Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash at State Farm Arena on June 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
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The apex doctrine states that “busy top officials only need to testify when they have unique info that can’t be derived from other less burdensome sources,” writes Billboard.

However, 1501 responded by saying Perez was “directly, personally, and substantially involved in the underlying facts of the lawsuit.”

A date hasn’t been shared for the deposition, nor has one been set for the jury trial.

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Megan Thee Stallion Claims Her Label Is Harassing Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez

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Megan Thee Stallion is known to have problems with her label, 1501 Entertainment, but someone new could have issues with them. She is accusing the record label of harassing Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez. Leave Her Alone! Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion, who just received justice in her case against Tory Lanez for shooting her, […]

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Suge Knight Empathizes With Megan Thee Stallion, Speaks On Tory Lanez Conviction

Now that Tory Lanez has hired David Kenner, former attorney to Suge Knight, people have been curious about what the Death Row founder had to say about the case. Knight is currently serving a 28-year sentence connected to the death of Terry Carter in 2015. Rolling Stone briefly spoke with Knight recently, and he chimed in about Lanez’s case involving Megan Thee Stallion.

“I understand what Megan goes through because when Tupac and I got shot in Vegas… I got a fragment and a bullet an inch to my skull today,” he said.

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“They didn’t remove it because they said if it went another inch, I’d have been a vegetable or dead,” Knight continued. “So, I know what it’s like when people say, ‘You didn’t get shot, this didn’t happen, she’s lying.’ They accused me of stuff (too).”

Additionally, Knight believes if he had Kenner as his attorney for his case, “I wouldn’t be having this conversation from prison.” Knight further emphasized that he believes a better legal team would have helped him exponentially.

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Rolling Stone reported they spoke with a source who claims Lanez regrets not testifying at his trial. It was a risky move considering, and in the end, a jury found him guilty of three counts.

“If he’s guilty, that’s one thing,” said Knight. “But if he didn’t have the right person representing him to get a fair shake, that’s another thing.”

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“Right now, Tory is probably going through [the] worst days of life, because the county jail [is] so horrible and dirty,” the former music executive also shared. “The food is garbage, the cell is freezing, it’s dirty and nasty. You could be sitting in your bed at night, and a rat might run across your chest, or it might bite you. Roaches is all over your bed.”

Lanez has revamped his legal team and is looking forward to appealing his conviction. Meanwhile, he will face sentencing on February 28.

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Tory Lanez’s Lawyer Suggests There Were Mistakes Made During Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Trial

Tory Lanez recently hired a new lawyer to his team, Jose Baez, who famously defended Casey Anthony and Anthony Hernandez. Baez wasn’t on board during Lanez’s trial in December, which ended with a guilty verdict on all three counts. However, it appears that he’s hopeful that he could appeal.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 16: Rapper Tory Lanez performs onstage during the Meadows Music And Arts Festival – Day 2 at Citi Field on September 16, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Baez briefly detailed his role on Tory’s team, as well as the possibilities of an appeal with TMZ. He explained that he wished he “had come in sooner as opposed to later.”

“Unfortunately, this is the way that it is, but he’s got me now and I’m certainly willing to give him everything I have and hopefully, we’ll get the best result possible for him,” he said.

Baez added that Tory seems to be adjusting to life in jail better than expected. Still, there are things he hoped would’ve gone the other way during the trial.

“In all of that, there are things that certainly in the trial he wished had gone the other way,” he said. “He’s trying his best to adjust to everything. In light of the fact that he’s never been in this situation before, it’s really a tough process to go through.”

Baez hasn’t appeared in court on Tory’s behalf yet, therefore he couldn’t publicly comment on the case. However, he suggested that there are flaws in the case that could warrant an appeal. He said that the court it is a “human system” that determines the outcome of each case. “There’s mistakes in trials all the time,” he said.

“Now, when you have a high-profile case, there’s a lot more things to worry about,” he explained. Baez added that this creates more concerns for the judiciary, defense lawyers, and prosecutors to ensure a fair trial.

zPEMBERTON, BC – JULY 16: Tory Lanez performs during the Pemberton Music Festival on July 16, 2016 in Pemberton, Canada. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/FilmMagic)

“So all players are now playing with additional work and need to be protecting those safeguards to ensure that there’s a safe trial to begin with,” he continued. “And I have to tell you, 9 out of 10 times, we get it wrong. So I would say that there’s probably a significant chance that there are numerous errors that are within the system and within this case that should be explored, and see if perhaps the results would have been different should it gone the other way.”

We’ll keep you posted on anymore updates surrounding Tory Lanez’s trial.

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SZA Said She’s ‘Rooting’ For Megan The Stallion In An Encouraging Post On Instagram

SZA took to social media to offer Megan The Stallion some moral support. The Texas hitmaker hasn’t said much following the outcome of Tory Lanez‘s trial. Lanez was recently found guilty on felony charges for the 2020 incident in which Megan ended up being shot in the foot. The Candian singer was charged with assault with a semi-automatic firearm, possession of a concealed, unregistered firearm, and negligent discharge of a firearm.

While Megan hasn’t publicly commented about the situation since the trial, she did open up on the stand about how the ordeal has affected her mental health over the past two years.

“I can’t even be happy. I can’t hold conversations with people for a long time. I don’t feel like I want to be on this earth. I wish he would have just shot and killed me if I knew I would have to go through this torture,” she said in her emotional testimony.

SZA, who collaborated with Megan in 2020 on a track called “Freaky Girls” from the Houston rapper’s debut album Good News, took to social media to show the rapper some love.

“Just wanted to give some love to Meg,” SZA wrote on her Instagram Story. “Your beautiful, and we’re all rooting for you [white heart emoji].”

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SZA and Megan also posed together alongside Normani on the cover of Rolling Stone for its March 2020 issue.

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SZA Sends Love To Megan Thee Stallion: “[You’re] Beautiful”

We haven’t heard a peep from Megan Thee Stallion in recent weeks, but SZA took a moment to acknowledge her friend. Next month, Tory Lanez will learn his fate during his sentencing hearing, and people are still talking about the case that shook up Hip Hop. There was a fine line drawn between supporters of both artists. Several entertainers and influencers also picked sides as the scandal unfolded for years.

SZA and Megan have collaborated and call each other friends, so it didn’t come as a surprise when the R&B singer made a mention on Instagram.

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“Jus wanted to give some love to Meg,” SZA wrote on her Instagram Story. “Your beautiful and we’re all rooting for you [white heart emoji].”

Megan’s fans have continued to send uplifting messages, but Lanez’s supporters are making their voices heard. Recently, Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, reemerged online in a video. He claimed he and his family had forgiven Megan.

However, the display only further placed Lanez in a controversial light. Following the announcement of a guilty verdict, Lanez’s family erupted in the courtroom and outside with reporters. Sonstar has vowed to take down Roc Nation for their purported involvement in the case.

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Meanwhile, Lanez faces upwards of just over 20 years in prison. He has reportedly rid himself of his former attorney George Mgdesyan and hired several new lawyers. Mgdesyan stated he doesn’t work on appeal cases; therefore, the switch-up was expected. Lanez’s team includes David Kenner, who boasts clients like Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg.

It is unclear when Megan Thee Stallion will make a return, but her fans seem to understand her absence.

Luenell Says 50 Cent Apologized to Megan Thee Stallion Because ‘He Want Some’

Luenell Reveals That She Went to Jail For Robbing a Bank Before Becoming a Famous Comedian

Luenell was out in the streets and was tracked down by TMZ. The comedian spoke on a few subjects in the quick time with the camera, the main one was 50 Cent’s apology to Megan Thee Stallion.

“He want some,” Luenell said. “He want some like everybody else do. I apologize and I haven’t done anything to her and I want some. ‘Megan, I apologize.”

Turning serious, Luenell would go on to wish the rapper more success.

50 Cent is the first in a long list of names that should apologize to Megan Thee Stallion. During a visit to Big Boy’s Neighborhood, 50 Cent apologized to Hot Girl Meg for comparing Thee Stallion to Jussie Smollett, who was believed to orchestrate a hate crime hoax.

50 Cent stated his judgment was thrown off by Thee Stallion’s conversation with Gayle King, where she denied a sexual relationship with Lanez. 50 thought everything forward was a lie, and he was not supportive. 

“The only reason I felt I should apologize is when I heard the phone conversation, it made me feel like ‘oh shit, now I know what happened,’” 50 said, alluding to Lanez’s calls from jail.

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Tory Lanez Dad Says They Forgive Megan Thee Stallion

Tory Lanez forgives Megan Thee Stallion, according to his father.

Tory Lanez’s father, Sonstar Peterson, addressed his son’s recent conviction in a video uploaded to Instagram. Though there have been several developments in Tory’s case since the conviction, including a change in his defense team. However, the rapper is still facing down a 22-year sentence and the possibility of deportation. Peterson, specifically, addressed Megan Thee Stallion, who he said his son holds no hard feelings against.

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 16: Tory Lanez performs at Birthday Bash 2018 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on June 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)
ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 16: Tory Lanez performs at Birthday Bash 2018 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on June 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

“Both my son, myself and others of our family have long decided that we are not going to hold any animosity against Megan Pete a.k.a. Megan Thee Stallion. We forgave that girl a long time ago. A long time ago,” he said. Tory Lanez’s father added that the “principle of forgiveness is important in order to cleanse one’s heart” and soul.

“Hatred, resentment, bitterness — those things can actually diseases of the bones, it has been proven,” he continued. “And it can cause sickness in your body because you’re holding onto something that is negative against the real life force in your life.”

Tory Lanez might not hold resentment towards Megan Thee Stallion. Still, Sonstar said the “machine” won’t push them around.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 27: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Megan Thee Stallion attends the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, which was broadcast live on FOX on May 27, 2021. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

“Some will no doubt actually question: is he actually saying that Tory forgave Megan for all of what’s going on?” Sonstar said. “Yes, we have forgiven her. But what we will not back down from is the machine.”

Shortly after the verdict, court officials removed Sonstar from court for an outburst. Court reporters claim he described the justice system as “wicked” and described two prosecutors as “evil.” Afterward, he spoke to reporters where he placed the blame on several figures associated with Roc Nation, including Jay-Z.

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Ebro Clarifies Saying He Didn’t Want Tory Lanez To Go To Jail

Next month, Tory Lanez will learn his fate, and Ebro Darden is clearing up his comments about the incarcerated star. Lanez was convicted of three counts related to the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. He has long argued he wasn’t the person responsible, but Megan named him as the shooter. A jury agreed, and the singer will find out his prison sentence during a hearing on February 28.

Last year, Darden went viral after he shared his thoughts on the case. “There’s also a world where we can be sad for Tory Lanez and sad for Megan Thee Stallion,” he said during an episode of Rap Life Review last April.

Read More: Ebro Explains Why He Feels Bad For Both Tory Lanez & Megan Thee Stallion

“He was apologetic to her,” Darden also stated at the time. “In public, he was doing something else. But the reason I say that is I don’t want to see another Black man go to jail. That’s not what I want to see. That’s part one.”

He continued: “Part two, I also believe he was probably highly intoxicated, right? And was being completely ridiculous… Her version of him standing up just shooting talking about, ‘Dance, b*tch, dance,’ that sounds insane. You are not in your right mind. That sounds like you was off… He sounds like he was off the full Pusha T album. He shoved it up his nose.”

Megan’s supporters didn’t appreciate the hot take, and now, Darden is clarifying his statement.

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“I expressed how I felt about Tory going to jail, which, you know, I never wanna see a Black man go to jail,” Darden stated. “But he deserves it, and he deserves what he’s getting. So, when I was asked about it, I was like, ‘I hope he doesn’t have to go to jail.”

“But, the truth is, I’m sad. Even as Megan is getting justice, she’s not a winner in this scenario. She was abused. And then, she’s being verbally abused, and then she’s being framed in a bad way. Then, when she goes to put out music, this is gonna continue to come up all the time. That’s sad to me.”

Darden further said Lanez is “an artist we watched grow” to a hitmaker with several No. 1 projects. “His ego gets out of control,” he said. “He starts doing dumb sh*t and his toxic behavior is on display. Next thing we know, here we are in this scenario.”

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He also touched on the jail call Lanez made to Kelsey Harris that seemingly sealed his fate. Darden called the rapper an “idiot” because, on the call, Lanez seemed remorseful. However, in public, Ebro claimed Lanez gaslighted and taunted Megan.

“That makes me sad.”

Check out Ebro Darden’s initial controversial take and his follow-up above.

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