Brooklyn emcee/producer JK1 presents Overstood, the new single from Hip Hop Doesn’t Love You Back, his forthcoming debut solo album featuring A.G. of D.I.T.C. and Roc Doogie.
R. Kelly might be having his revenue streams shut off one by one, as more of his hit songs get pulled from streaming services, he has his sights set on a fat lawsuit against Lifetime over its docuseries.
TMZ reports that Kelly is not flipping out about people like Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, and Ciara yanking their R. Kelly collabs. He’s dismissing those artists as “phonies” who are trying to salvage their own images on the heels of the Surviving R. Kelly allegations.
He is freaking out about what he considers “lies” put forward in ‘Surviving.’ As was reported, Kelly’s lawyers fired off a cease and desist letter to Lifetime ahead of the six-part docuseries airing. Of course, Lifetime didn’t blink and Kelly’s now pressuring his attorneys to follow through with the legal threat.
He now has daily meetings with lawyers where they not only discuss the content of ‘Surviving’ … but also attempt to dig up dirt on Lifetime execs. The way one source describes it, Kelly seems crazed about getting revenge, and will leave no stone un-turned until he gets it.
So far, though, no lawsuit … while Kelly keeps taking shots.
We broke the story … his label, RCA/Sony, has pulled all financial backing for new projects — and prosecutors in 2 cities are actively seeking potential witnesses and victims to bring charges against him.
Kevin Gates claims everything’s cool with fellow Louisiana rapper Boosie now, but he has a warning shot to anyone else thinking about doing him dirty.
The Baton Rouge MC sat down with Raquel Harper for a new episode of BET’s Raq Rants, and he insists rumors of a long-standing feud with Boosie are overblown. Boosie was tried and acquitted in the murder of one of Kevin’s rap affiliates.
Kevin now claims he doesn’t have problems with anyone, but also told Raq … he wouldn’t hesitate to “do a life sentence” if anyone tests him.
The way he said that was pretty intense, especially because his toddler son was sitting right next to him at the time.
The Pussycat Dolls are looking to kick R. Kelly to the curb … digitally, and financially, speaking.
TMZ reports the group’s label, Interscope, is currently working behind the scenes to get the song Out Of This Club, which features Kelly removed from all streaming services.
The song — produced by Kelly — was released in 2008 to mixed reviews. One music critic referred to the track as a “standard sex you up fare (you wouldn’t expect anything less from Kelly, would you?)”
In any event … the move comes on the heels of Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, and Chance The Rapper jumping on board the #MuteRKelly movement after Lifetime aired the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly.
As we reported … Gaga apologized and said she stands in solidarity with the women Kelly allegedly abused. It didn’t take long for Celine to follow suit.
Ciara is also in the process of taking Promise offline, but as has been reported … tons of artists are still streaming their R. Kelly collabs.
Rae Sremmurd ain’t going nowhere anytime soon, now that the whole Slim Jxmmi episode hinting he was leaving the group is over. Chalk it up to just a squabble with his bro that is, apparently, water under the bridge now.
The Sremmurd-panic started when Slim went on a mini Twitter rant over the weekend … saying he was no longer a member of the SremmLife. He also strongly insinuated he was going solo when he tweeted he would “sink or swim by myself.”
But TMZ reports that it’s all good now, and Slim will remain half of the duo with his bro, Swae Lee.
It’s unclear what exactly triggered the rant, other than some sort of brotherly squabble. We’re told Slim and Swae are all good now.
So good, in fact, Slim posted a throwback pic of the duo and captioned it, “Sremm 4 Life.”
Lauren London said yes to Nipsey Hussle, and then she said yes to climbing on a horse for a super cute engagement photo shoot with GQ magazine.
Nip and his now fiancee have been keeping their promise under wraps … but TMZ got pics of their upcoming GQ cover shoot, and sources involved with the production say they’re definitely engagement photos.
The couple spent about 2 hours Saturday snapping pics on a residential street in Los Angeles, and they seemed super happy the entire time.
Nipsey and Lauren have been dating for several years, and now they’re finally ready to take the next big step. No word on when they’re tying the knot.
R. Kelly’s vast catalog of duets and collaborations remains mostly available to the public, as most artists are not pulling them — most notably Jay Z, who has 2 full albums with R. Kelly.
Out of 50-plus notable songs that feature Kelly, only two are being pulled from streaming services by the lead artist — those being the tracks from Lady Gaga and Celine Dion — but everyone else hasn’t signaled a move one way or another.
A few artists who’ve collaborated with R. Kelly include Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Justin Bieber, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, NaS, Twista, Nick Cannon, Ty Dolla $ign, Mariah Carey, and The Pussycat Dolls and, of course, Hovie … who by far has the most joint works with Kelly out of everyone.
Jay and R. Kelly teamed for 2002’s The Best of Both Worlds and 2004’s Unfinished Business.
No artist is actually obliged to remove their R. Kelly collabs, but the way showbiz normally works is … celebs follow the trend. With 2 enormous artists like Gaga and Celine taking a stand on the R. Kelly scandal, you’d expect others to follow suit.
It’s interesting that hasn’t happened, so far — even as R. Kelly feels the heat from prosecutors and the public.