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Russell Simmons Defends Jay-Z’s Supposed Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Jay-Z has someone in his corner on this.

Jay-Z has had another person come to the defense of his supposedly anti-semitic lyrics on his new track “The Story of O.J.”

After Israeli-American talent manager Guy Oseary recently said some people took the lyrics out of context, Russell Simmons has now echoed Oseary’s statement. He stated that Hov’s lyrics about business savvy Jews should be seen as a “guiding light to the black and specifically the hip-hop community.”

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Kanye West Leaves TIDAL Over Money Dispute. Company Threatens Legal Action

Duel lawsuits between Kanye West and the company he helped to put on the map, TIDAL, could be forthcoming.

TMZ reports that West has left JAY-Z’s company in a money dispute. The “Blame Game” rapper claims he’s owed more than $3 million. He says the company reneged on 2 crucial parts of his contract. It allegedly failed to reimburse him for music videos and backed out of an agreement to pay him a bonus when his “The Life of Pablo” album generated 1.5 million new subscribers, for the music streaming service.

Within the last month Kanye’s legal team informed TIDAL that they were in breach of their client’s contract, forcing him to bolt. The two sides attempted to work out the issues, but failed to come to an agreement. A second letter was then sent to TIDAL reaffirming West’s position.

TIDAL claims West never delivered the videos and is threatening to sue him if he enters into an agreement with one of its competitors. In a letter sent to the G.O.O.D. Music CEO, he was informed by TIDAL that they still consider his exclusive contract to be valid. 

West says he has no plans to sign another exclusive deal with any other music streaming service, and will deliver the music videos once he’s paid.


R.I.P: Rap Legend, Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dies at 42 Years Old

TMZ reports:

Prodigy, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas …

His publicist says he was hospitalized “a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis. As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth.”

The publicist added … “the exact cause of death has not been determined.”

Prodigy was in Vegas over the weekend performing with the Art of Rap tour … with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and Ice-T … to name a few. Mobb Deep performed Saturday night.

Prodigy and his partner, Havoc, formed Mobb Deep in NYC in the early ’90s. Their biggest hits include “Quiet Storm” and “Shook Ones.”

He was 42.