Jayda Cheaves Addresses Arrest In Jamaica For Gun Possession

Jayda Cheaves has broken her silence after she was arrested in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on suspicions of gun possession.

The Atlanta Entrepreneur and Instagram model, who is also the mother of a child for rapper Lil Baby, was reportedly arrested on Monday (September 27) afternoon in Jamaica as she tried to make her way back to the United States.

According to several news outlets, Jayda Cheaves, who also goes by Jayda Wayda and Wayda, was on the island on vacation for her 24th birthday. However, she was detained Monday afternoon by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) along with members of her entourage after they attempted to leave the island. Two guns were in their possession, which led to them not being able to leave Jamaica.

Sources within the JCF say that the team which flew into the island via private jet on Friday were only detected carrying the guns as they wrapped up their vacation and were leaving when the two 9mm pistols were found in their possession.

Jayda has been sharing her Jamaican vacation with a number of posts showing her going rafting, partying, going horseback riding, and sunbathing near the Caribbean Sea.

Days before coming to Jamaica, Jayda had shared a video online of herself strutting in black shorts and carrying a Chanel bag on her wrist while she had her gun in her hand pointed to the ground as she walked quickly for the camera.

Police sources told Urban Islandz that the weapons are licensed in the United States but not in Jamaica hence why Jayda and her friend were taken into custody. We’re told that they brought the gun into the country last week when they flew down from Atlanta via a private jet.

“We ascertain that the two weapons were license and registered in the US, but not in Jamaica which is where the problem arise,” police told us.

Jayda Cheaves in Jamaica

It’s apparent that the Instagram Model and her friends were not searched prior to entering the island, which has a high rate of gun-related crimes and murders and has been named among the top five deadliest countries alongside Colombia when it comes to gun violence.

The police confirmed that Jayda and her friends are being interviewed by the St James police in the presence of their attorneys.

Meanwhile, Jamaicans online reacted to the news of her arrest as many recalled her buying her gun and walking around with it un-holstered.

In addressing the arrest, Jayda Cheaves wrote, “Act normal I’m good for now y’all.”

Meanwhile, fans are reacting to the reports on Twitter.

lmaoo jayda keep it on her pic.twitter.com/YCfOqW6Z6f

— K. (@canaryies) September 23, 2021

Lil baby getting Ready to go bail Jayda out in Jamaica ? pic.twitter.com/su3vkx0WNt

— Candy Grl ? (@sweeticygal) September 27, 2021

Me waiting for lil baby to pop up in Jamaica & surprise Jayda Wayda for her birthday… pic.twitter.com/qSg5eTA2Hq

— BabyZaddySlayer????? (@_TayStackss) September 25, 2021


R.Kelly found guilty of racketeering and sexual assault.

Jayda Cheaves detained for guns. Weapons are licensed in the US but were taken to Jamaica without authorization.

— Dadrian Gordon (@MsDadrian) September 27, 2021

Lil baby on his way to Jamaica with Jayda’s bail pic.twitter.com/PSh11hsuPx

— Dawnielle? (@dawnielle__) September 27, 2021

Waydamin not me hearing that Jayda in jail in Jamaica pic.twitter.com/VgYXitww7G

— Candy Grl ? (@sweeticygal) September 27, 2021

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Popcaan – Live Some Life Lyrics

Karey (Woii yoii)

[Verse 1]
Killy them out, weh ‘pon the outside
Jet ski wave, we say boat ride
Girl a massage me ‘pon the beach side
I’m so rich, bees hive
Rolling like Pablo Escobar
Them never want Poppy reach so far
Big spaceship, a no Grand Vitara
I’m not playing like guitar

Work hard day and night, so me haffi live some life, yeah
Skillful, work hard day and night, deejay haffi live some life
Mhmm-hmm-hmm-hmm, yeah

[Verse 2]
Stock the US in a million, ’cause house haffi pretty and broad, yeah
Pon the title couple millions gone, no mе no see no land lord, yeah
Yacht haffi a pull up ‘pon the dock with couple girl wеh p*ssy fat a behave like a maniac, yeah
Chrome pretty girl and some weh black
Me tell them bring them friend them fi Skillibeng and Crazy Shot, yeah
Work hard day and night, Portmore haffi live some life

Mhmm-hmm-hmm-hmm, yeah
Work hard day and night, Jacques Road haffi live some life

[Verse 3]
Big fat Benz man a push, a no Mark X
Walk ‘pon the haters them like carpet
Three mill US everyday a the target
Food everywhere, something like harvest
Strap up any time me touch the road like harness
Girl them a cheer fi the GAD like Hornets
p*ssy them a pray fi me dead like Garnet
But me a have them gyal a sing ‘pon the f*cking cordless
Hoii (f*cking cordless)

Work hard day and night, Beatie haffi live some life
Mhmm-hmm-hmm-hmm, yeah
Work hard day and night, Unruly thugs them a live some life
Mhmm-hmm-hmm-hmm, yeah
Killy them out, weh ‘pon the outside
Yuh f*ck
Psycho business
You know the ting go man, Karey
Work hard day and night so we haffi live some life, yeah

Dc The Midi Alien – Riot Gear Lyrics

[Intro: Termanology]
*They better have the riot gear ready*
Check it out
They promised us change
I want real change
The only thing that changed is the face of the common enemy
Different face, same agenda
It’s a war

[Hook: Trademarc]
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it

[Verse 1: Termanology]
Ayo, ain’t shit changed since the Bible days, we still
Lie and frame people that get paid and rely on the government to tell us the way
We gonna live, gonna think and we gonna behave
Like modern day slaves and what about aids
Given to us to keep the death toll raised
And I got my gauge, cause I’ma fight back
If they think I’ma [?]
City’s under attack, like Iraq
Kids are crying tears, cops in riot gear
But I don’t fear shit, p*ssy I’m fearless
Since I can’t fix shit I’ma just flip shit
We got bulletproofs too, f*ck your blue suits
[?] bluetooth murdering our hood youth
Even if we got proof, they still gon’ walk
So I’ma leave you in chalk with this thing right here

[Hook: Trademarc]
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it

[Verse 2: Singapore Kane]
I’m still [?] the US voted for Obama
But the changes that hit my hood [?] cause I still got drama
I’m 730 I’m 420 without no scholar
And the cops look at me like I hid Osama
Profound cause I’ve been to the East and I ain’t afraid of the beast
My scars resemble a terrorist fleece
We go up hating police cause they kill us in getaway
Everyday mom’s eyes water like pepper spray
f*ck what the papers say, cause most of them are bias
You call us terrorists, the people call us freedom fighters
They like to [?] views sort of like Fox News
f*ck Bill O’Reilly for real his shit is not news

Our country’s a wreck cause politicians copping feels from interns and [?] popping pills
Can’t [?] up to fear cause there’s [?] little here
We throwing rocks at the cops wearing the riot gear

[Hook: Trademarc]
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it

[Verse 3: Big Shug]
Gimme 50 cats with masks, weapons and tear gas
I promise you we’ll find Osama’s ass
Get deep in [?] snatch your [?] and show you that it’s all a game
Politics is all tricks like David Blaine
While my inner city fight through rough terrain
I’m from the hood and I ain’t never been a liar
And none of my peeps ever died from friendly fire
Pitbulls are our favorite dogs cause we don’t want no Portugese waterdogs
Government is all snakes and rats who ain’t never felt the kickback from a hard gat
It’s easy to tell other cats what to do
I done been bars hard for years with my crew
Dance to my old drum and stay steady
Coming for us? Get your riot gear ready

[Hook: Trademarc]
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it
Get your riot gear
We all [?] of pain and punishment
Fame is [?] when the government aim
It’s to blame all of us in the rap game
I ain’t even having none of it

*Six days of rioting left behind scenes reminiscent of war-torn cities. More than a hundred square blocks were decimated by fire and looters and few buildings were left intact. Firemen were harassed by snipers and brick-throwing hoodlums as they attempted to control the fires, many of which were left to burn themselves out. Firemen were later issued flak suits of bulletproof mesh to protect them from snipers who continued to shoot from rooftops. It took the appearance of 14000 troops to bring an end to what leaders called “insurrection by hoodlums”. Leaders were quick to deplore the unbridled lawlessness, a curfew was put into effect and the entire section declared off limits to all but residents*

Blueface Addresses Accusations Of R. Kelly Like Cult At His House After Viral Video

Rapper Blueface found himself defending his latest project, a reality series after several persons accused him of human trafficking and running a cult. The criticism can’t after a video posted by Blueface began to make the rounds on social media.

The video, which was filmed by the rapper, shows several women in a house sleeping on bunk beds. The rapper can be heard asking several of the women if they were ready to get their tattoos (of him).

The video led to severe backlash for the rapper, with his name becoming a trending topic on Twitter as users sounded off on the video.

One user said, “Someone please help me understand this foolishness…make it make sense!!! These young women really find this acceptable and okay. Next question who raised these kids…#Blueface included!! Ladies…this right here is NOT OKAY!!!”

Several other users questioned if the rapper was running a cult, while others accused him of human trafficking. Fans compared Blueface to R&B legend R. Kelly, who is in jail awaiting trial for several state and federal charges that include accusations of sexual assault, abuse of a minor, making indecent images of minors, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

Blueface really got his girls in bunk beds and getting tatted to stay on his reality show ? pic.twitter.com/ky6AW4ABEY

— My Mixtapez (@mymixtapez) April 25, 2021

Fans of the rapper came to his rescue. One Twitter user commented, “Y’all stop trying to make #Blueface a predator man that’s a house full of grown ass women that’s choosing to do all that shit.”

Meantime, in defense of the series, which airs on the rapper’s Only Fans account, Blueface tweeted, “Wtf is a cult?” He went on to explain the show’s concept saying, “For those who are curious my show is a 3 week series I move women in from all over the US fly them out to cali put them under one roof I own 2 homes I don’t stay there I take care of all there financial needs while they are here i promote there brands etc we film all day tune in.”

As it relates to the issue of the bunk beds, Blueface defended himself, saying, “Americas next top model was on bunk beds but y’all mad at me.”

He added, “we don’t tolerate any sexual conduct between men and women so the women do tend to grow interest in each other because of this but they are adults at the end of the day it’s only so much I can control so what they do with each other is apart of the show.”

Blueface’s highly controversial series is actually in its second season. The “Thotiana” singer told fans in a recent tweet that he would be doing auditions for the show’s third season soon.

Wtf is a cult ?

— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) April 26, 2021

For those who are curious my show is a 3 week series I move women in from all over the US fly them out to cali put them under one roof I own 2 homes I don’t stay there I take care of all there financial needs while they are here i promote there brands etc we film all day tune in

— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) April 26, 2021

we don’t tolerate any sexual conduct between men and women so the women do tend to grow interest in each other because of this but they are adults at the end of the day it’s only so much I can control so what they do with each other is apart of the show subscribe rn to see more

— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) April 26, 2021

Season 2 is wrapping up if you are interested in being a contestant on season 3 follow my Instagram @bluefasebleedem to see when Auditions start

— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) April 26, 2021

Americas next top model was on bunk beds but y’all mad at me ????? https://t.co/HMrTW7FqTU

— blueface (@bluefacebleedem) April 26, 2021

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MP Lisa Hanna Bats For Ganja Lab And Gets Support From Entertainers

Jamaica announced that it would authorize a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalize small amounts of weed in 2015, but they are yet to cash in significantly like other countries in the world. In the US, where a similar approach was taken in multiple states, Forbes Magazine reported that the marijuana industry had raked in US$17.5 billion in 2020, which represented a 46% increase from 2019. Jamaica’s industry hasn’t scratched the financial surface like this.

Just two months ago, Jamaica faced a shortage of the herb due to an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers. She added that the island faced heavy rains, which were followed by a drought. Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna may have come up with a solution to help aid the industry. She recently suggested that the government use money, which was intended for a new parliament building, to construct a ganja lab instead.

During a parliament sitting in March, she said: “The government must establish and fund a facility in partnership with one of our universities to allow small farmers to manufacture and process their raw weed, for a fee, into products that the market demands.”

She added: “This must be a national lab, so when the Israelites or Americans hear about it, they know that they can come to the Jamaican national ganja lab. This lab must also have the responsibility of promoting Jamaican ganja- the best in the world.”

Her suggestion was met with elation from several marijuana advocates and entertainers. The MP explained her plan further and indicated that the ganja lab would help to drive the scientific research for cannabis. This would bring standardization to the product that is grown, which can then be used to make products for export. According to reports, the new parliament building would cost about US$50 million (about J$7.5 billion). That’s according to the Urban Development Corporation.

Veteran conscious dancehall entertainer, Tony Rebel, was one of the entertainers who believe that the idea should be welcomed by the government. The “Jah By My Side” singer, who spoke with the STAR said that Hanna’s ambitions were in line with persons like Professor Manley West and Dr. Albert Lockhart. Two men who were instrumental in the medical marijuana research field and whose study eventually contributed to the glaucoma treatment called Canasol.

“So in the request of making a lab in Jamaica, it is very important as the lab could service our own people nationally and possibly the Caribbean,” he added. He, like many others in the industry, is waiting for the export market to open up for the real profits to begin rolling in. He added: “but the exportation of it hasn’t been opened up as yet and that’s where my interests are.”

Another reggae artiste and marijuana supporter, Chezidek, also spoke with the STAR and shared his thoughts on the matter. He would be happy to welcome the lab as “the youths have to come and study the marijuana to the fullest.”

The artist, who is most popularly known for his hit single “Leave The Trees”, also said the idea was good for breaking the barriers about how people consider the herb. It could help to erase the old way of thinking of marijuana as a drug, he added.

For Chezidek, there should also be some sort of compensation from the government for all the years of persecution as well. He saw the situation as one where the persecutors were now making all the profits off of those that they had persecuted for years. He added, “for the use of a tree given to us by the Almighty that they are now trying to capitalise on.”

His stance on the matter comes because he wants to ensure that the poor man will also be able to benefit from the decriminalization of marijuana. He believes that it should now be treated like any other crop.

“The Government should work with the people like they do for other crops. I want to see the poor man benefit from ganja. Give us the space to grow our own ganja and sell it and redesign the system so that the small man isn’t limited to just five trees,” he continued.

JACANA’s quality assurance manager Stephen-Jon Brown also agreed with the sentiments being expressed and urged the government to move forward with a plan for a ganja lab.

“As it stands now some labs are making efforts to improve, especially the Bureau of Standards Jamaica. However, if these labs don’t act quickly, we will fail to get credible results and this will greatly affect our chances of exporting,” he said.

MP Hanna has also taken issue with the fact that the small farmer is yet to reap the benefits of the marijuana industry. During the same parliament sitting in March in which she suggested the marijuana lab, she said: “Today, no small farmer with historical know-how will ever meet the standards required for production. The licensing authority is approaching it as if every applicant wants to be an exporter. This established bureaucracy is locking out our small farmers.

She added: “The same ones who created the product so many years ago and suffered at the hands of the police for something which is now a global sensation and is legal in several countries have no way of getting a slice of the pie. If those small farmers never go up in the hills for three/four months and hide, you wouldn’t know ’bout Jamaican good ganja,” she said.

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Young Stoner Life & Young Thug – Superstar Lyrics

(Wheezy outta here)

[Chorus: Future]
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, might not see tomorrow
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, fuck fancy broads
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars
Stickin’ to the models, yeah
Drinkin’ out the bottle, yeah

[Verse 1: Future]
What have you done to deserve this?
You gon’ have to keep a gun if it’s dirty
Spend a mansion on a car and park it in the slum
Got diamonds on me, got a Glock, holdin’ thirty drum
We buss a check up down the middlе, now it’s figures
I packed the hood out on thе jet when I first came up
Money brought pain before the fame, I was painless
Shit ain’t the same, you get more money, it get more dangerous
It could be a motive when you litty and you famous
Fuck on her few times, ’til it feel like she a stranger

[Chorus: Future]
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars

[Verse 2: Young Thug]
Abu Dhabi trips with a US broad
Back to back Lamb’s, need an extra garage
Lamborghini keys, touch screen when it start
Smokin’ on exotic, you can smell when it tar
Blicky, blicky, put it extendo on the FN with me
Let me spray it in the air, now it’s sticky, sticky
We just came up from the dead, now I’m the shit-shit, yeah
Rose gold diamonds in my mouth when I smile, bitch
I just brought it to the spot, it changed the climate
I got bitches in the back and on the side of me
He didn’t bring me all my racks so now he gotta leave
I just wanna smoke him ’cause he shot at me
Cash out in the mall, it’s worth a quarter key
Bread gang so we get a lot of keys
Prayin’ to the God and my rosary

[Chorus: Future]
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, might not see tomorrow
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, fuck fancy broads
Everybody wanna be a superstar
Get a lot of money, drive fancy cars

Spice Says Jamaica Is Always Home For Her Despite Team Spice Atlanta Expansion

Spice insists that Jamaica is always her home and assured her local fans that she isn’t going anywhere as she expands Team Spice in Atlanta.

Dancehall artiste Spice has certainly been expanding her craft globally, so much so that the “Needle Eye” singer made the decision to expand her team to the North American market. In March, she announced she would be filling positions on her team for Atlanta. As a result of this move, she hosted a massive job fair that saw quite a large turnout. While she will always call Jamaica home, the deejay says based on her needs in the US market, it became imperative to have a team there also.

She told The Gleaner, “Since I started spending more time in Atlanta, I had to always wait until I go back home to Jamaica to shoot a music video because that is where my team is. But when I am in Atlanta, I don’t want the work to stop for me.”

She went on to explain, “That is the real reason why I am expanding Team Spice in Atlanta and the whole reason I am doing the job fair.” Spice also noted that while she has work to do in the US, Jamaica will always be home as that’s “where my heart is.” She hosted the job fair to find video directors, dancers, make-up artists, and content creators to make up her team in Atlanta.

From the looks of things, the audition was a huge success, so much so that she revealed she did not even get to meet with all who turned up. She also admitted that the persons she did get a chance to see were quite impressive.

Spice is expected to drop another single from her soon-to-be-released album “Ten” on April 30, 2021. She will also use that opportunity to reveal who made the cut for Team Spice in Atlanta.

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YG Uploaded Censored Version Of “Meet The Flockers” After YouTube Yanked It

YG released censored version of “Meet The Flockers” after YouTube yanked the original.

As the disturbing and ugly trend of hurting Asian people continues in the US, some social media companies have been trying to be proactive in removing any anti-Asian hate speech from their platforms. YouTube was one of the first to announce stricter measures aimed at weeding out any vitriol that appeared on its platform that might be perceived as hatred towards Asian people.

They stayed true to their word and have already begun to remove a lot of videos. The first sign that some rappers will be affected by their decisions is the removal of YG‘s song “Meet The Flockers,” which has been removed from the platform. The song tells a story of committing a robbery in an Asian neighborhood.

At first, YouTube didn’t look like they would be targeting music videos, but it seems after several calls from critics and mounting pressure, they decided to take the song off the site. Both the track and the video have vanished. What’s interesting is that if you search for YG’s “Meet The Flockers” on YouTube, you’ll be directed to a video that has news coverage about a robbery that was allegedly inspired by the song.

Some fans have tried to re-upload the song, which resulted in a number of low-quality audio that youTube will more than likely delete soon. Some live performances of the song remain for viewing.

Over the last two weeks, there has been a significant upsurge in violence towards Asian people, with the trend gaining momentum. In one of the latest attacks, which seems to mostly target elderly Asians, a woman was sadly stabbed to death in California while walking her dogs. Authorities believe that the attacks are motivated by the perception that all Asians somehow caused the Coronavirus pandemic. So far, authorities have labeled most of these acts as hate crimes.

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Dancehall Artist Khago Says He’s Suing NotNice, DJ Frass & Seanizzle

Khago sounds the alarm as he plans to sue more dancehall producers for unfair business practices.

“Nah Sell Out” deejay Khago seems dead set on dragging more music producers before the courts after his big win over Kemar “Flava” McGregor in the US courts. The dancehall artist was just awarded over $763,000 settlement via a countersuit he filed against McGregor over copyright breaches. Although we may not have heard much from the artiste in the past few years, he has started to hit out at a few local-based music producers and is already gearing up to get his next set of litigations in motion.

Entertainment Report caught up with the artiste recently at his Manchester home. He did not mince words when he named out the music producers who will face the music. Among the names he called are Seanizle, Not Nice, Jordon McClure, DJ Frass, DJ Sunshine, and GT Taylor. He told host Anthony Miller, “Mi a guh sue Seanizzle, mi a guh sue Jordan, mi a guh sue DJ Frass. Mi neva meck dolla outta mi hit song dem. Mi did jus waan done wid dah one deh first (Flava McGregor’s case).”

“Mi tell dem how long call mi wife and call and talk to mi manager, because a 10 year now mi do Naw sell out Mi fren Dem,” Khago said. “A di biggest song fi di decade; nuh mek nobaddy fool yuh enuh. An Missa Miller, how yuh fi take mi song dem an mi neva yet get dolla, an a act like a your own. Is not your own, is ours.”

The aggrieved entertainer further expressed his disgust that after voicing on a rhythm, the producers told him that the song was not his.


Khago, however, now seemed to have gained some insight and knowledge on his rights when it comes to his music and is using his newfound wisdom to reclaim what is “rightfully his.” During his interview with Anthony Miller, Miller made suggestions that would imply Khago should have been a bit more mindful of what was happening. He quickly responded saying, “Him shouldn’t put out mi ting! Yuh don’t put it out den. Or yuh nuh teck everything fi yuhself. Wi a si some different man pan mi song a seh 25 percent fi guh to him. Who gi yuh dat rights?”

Khago also touched on his recent win with the McGregor case. He, however, did not call it a win but feels that justice had finally been granted. In February, a South Florida court awarded the artiste monetary compensation for his albums “Spirit,” “Walk A Mile,” and “Dancehall Soca.” He is set to receive US$300,000 for copyright infringement, $99,568.59 for tortious interference with business relationships, US$298,705.77 in punitive damages for tortious interference with business relationships, and US$65,352.00 in reasonable expenses and his attorney’s fees. All of which amounted to a total of US$763,626.36.

McGregor had reportedly sued Khago for fraud, breach of contract, defamation of character, and copyright infringement in 2018. However, Khago’s team filed a countersuit. It has been years now that Khago has maintained that he was not getting his share of the pie as it relates to royalties and publishing rights. Back in 2017, he did an interview where he highlighted this. It is good to see that current artists appear to be more conscious of what is taking place on the business side of the industry, with quite a few not just getting involved in the music but also seeking to learn the business of music.

In a separate interview recently, Likkle Vybz, son of incarcerated dancehall act Vybz Kartel, also highlighted the reasons why artists should learn the business of music.

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Wu-Tang Clan Imposter Sentenced To 7 Years For $300K Hotel Scam

One of two Wu-Tang Clan imposters was sentenced to 7 years in prison.

A Florida man, who pleaded guilty last year of committing wire fraud while pretending to be a member of the Wu-Tang Clan and Jay-Z’s Roc Nation company, has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Aaron Barnes-Burpo of Crestview, Florida, received the sentence last Monday, March 15, according to David Estes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. He will also have to pay nearly US$300,000 to 19 businesses he defrauded

His co-conspirator, 52-year-old Walker Washington, is still awaiting sentencing in the matter. Barnes-Burpo was caught after staff at a Fairfield Inn and Suites in Augusta, Georgia, picked up on some discrepancies and notified the authorities. He claimed to be a representative of Roc Nation and tried to book 10 rooms. He also tried to have US$2,500 credit applied to a king suite supposedly for an artist and his entourage.

He also requested that the hotel staff not charge the credit card he gave as he wanted to pay using a certified cheque. He used an email address resembling Roc Nation to try and make his claim seem more legit. However, the hotel director of sales noticed that someone using the same address tried to book rooms weeks before. Following a call to a legal representative at Roc Nation, it was confirmed that it was a scam. A representative at Roc Nation also confirmed that at least four hotels had called with similar queries.

He was eventually caught red-handed by special agents at the same hotel. After a search of Barnes-Burpo’s vehicle, they found keys from hotels from across the country and a paper with credit card numbers written on it. According to Acting U.S. Attorney Estes: “For several weeks, these men defrauded multiple businesses by posing as famous musical artists and their retinue.”

Other reports indicate that the men walked out on two tabs worth $45,000 and $39,000 at Georgian Terrace Hotel and Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Barnes-Burpo will also have to serve three years of supervised release after finishing his prison term.

Dancehall Artist Khago Awarded $763K In Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Lawsuit

Khago has won a major lawsuit against his former producer as the artiste has been awarded U$800,000 in damages against Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor.

The damages claimed were part of a countersuit against McGregor, who is the principal of Streaminn Hub Inc, in a South Florida court presided by district judge Jose E Martinez last month.

The wife and manager of the artiste, Francine Gayle, has confirmed Khago’s win and says they are happy and relieved that the case is now over. “Khago is very happy for the fact that out of all that has happened; we have gotten the final judgment. It’s been a long time’ we have waited for how long it took. Finally, the victory is here. To God be the glory, great things he hath done,” she said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor and his lawyer failed to attend the final hearing, but the judgment was handed down in spite of their absence. The judgment also included an order by the court that McGregor was to cease marketing of Khago’s music, and using his likeness, images on any platform in addition to the damages.

The breakdown of the damages includes U$300,000 in statutory damages for copyright infringement, US$99,568.59 for compensatory damages for tortious interference with business relationships, and US$ 65,352.00 in reasonable expenses and attorney’s fees, which all rounded off to US$763,626.36.

The lawsuit stemmed from a dispute between Khago and McGregor, whose business was hired to recoup royalties for Khago in the United States. McGregor eventually took Khago to court for fraud, breach of contract, defamation of character, and copyright infringement in 2018. The two fell out over Khago’s albums “Spirit, Walk a Mile and Dancehall Soca.”

McGregor’s claim was thrown out in 2020, and Khago then filed a countersuit. Gayle said that the lawsuit brings to the fore the need for artists to know the business of music not only from their performance side but earning passive income from their talent.

“Apart from enjoying the benefits of an artiste, know the business or find a reputable person or entity that can advise you. Music in Jamaica is not done in a professional way. People jus’ guh inna a studio and guh drop a track. They don’t know about their splits; about registering for royalties or copyright; about publishing. Basically, you just voice and walk away. Yet, your music is selling on all the platforms and you don’t even know how you’re going to get your money — How much per cent belongs to you and how much per cent supposed to go to the producer. You have to know the business and you have to know this. This is something he [Khago] learned, this is not a hobby. It’s a career.”

Meanwhile, the artist is set to open a studio in Manchester, Jamaica, in late March. He shot to fame after joining the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s independence contest, where he placed third for his song “If You Know.”

His hits include “Nah Sell Out,” which led to him snatching various local and overseas awards.

Jordyn Woods Ask Fans For Prayers For Karl-Anthony Towns Battling COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns has coronavirus, and his girlfriend, Jordyn Woods, is asking for prayers.

The Minnesota Timberwolves player is the latest celeb to test positive for the virus, which has already seen more than 24.1 million cases in the US over the last year. “Prior to tonight’s game, I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID. I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol,” he wrote in a tweet. “I pray every day that this nightmare of a virus will subside and I beg everyone to continue to take it seriously by taking all of the necessary precautions. We cannot stop the spread of this virus alone, it must be a group effort by all of us.”

The news is particularly heartbreaking as Towns’ mother, Jacqueline, passed away in April, a week after contracting COVID.

As the 25-year-old battles, the illness which has already claimed so many lives, the woman in his life is echoing his prayers and asking for a few more to help him get through this tough time. “Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. You’re one of the strongest people I know,” wrote Jordyn Woods in response to his tweet.

Thank you for all of the support and prayers, my family and I have all been tested and the results came back negative. ???? Let’s continue to pray for a speedy recovery for @KarlTowns

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

The model, who has been in a relationship with Towns since July, asked her fans to send prayers the NBA star’s way while confirming that she and her family tested negative for the disease.

Here’s hoping that Towns feels better soon.

Praying for you babe. I know you’re going to pull through. God’s got you and so does your most powerful guardian Angel up there. ???? you’re one of the strongest people I know. Please send some prayers up. https://t.co/wtDjYynQ2x

— Jordyn Woods (@jordynwoods) January 16, 2021

HDQ Carlene Demands Credit For Dancehall’s Influencing Hip Hop Amid Saweetie’s Backlash

Dancehall Queen Carlene is demanding more credit from other genres using dancehall culture.

Many dancehall fans expressed their anger recently on social media after US rapper Saweetie posted photos of an outfit that she wore, which many believed looked a lot like one of the designs worn by legendary 90s Dancehall Queen Carlene. The point of displeasure came because many felt that DHQ Carlene was not given her credit for the inspiration behind Saweetie’s outfit.

Many of those irate fans took to Twitter to express their annoyance with the way the outfit was used. Some even posted photos of Saweetie’s outfit alongside a few, which were worn by DHQ Carlene. Many felt that it was another form of cultural appropriation, which they said is not uncommon coming from US performers.

The STAR spoke with DHQ Carlene about her feelings on the matter, who said that while she agreed that artistes in the US borrow many styles, she thinks that Jamaican people are also to blame for not honoring their own culture and those who influence its direction.

“I have never heard a Jamaican artiste big me up for what I have done. They all come with the sex symbol kinda thing, but that wasn’t dancehall before me. You look back and see! And none of them have ever said, ‘I am doing this because of what Carlene did or what any of the original dancehall trendsetters did’,” she said.

It’s because of this that she thinks the critics should not get so worked up. “Is it because we are Jamaicans and we are entitled to it?” she added.

She further explained that she did not believe that Americans should take from the culture without giving the proper credit but that “if we want that respect, it starts right here at home.” She added that she has never been given her full credit from home or abroad for the way she helped to mold the dancehall culture back in the 90s

“Go back and look what music fashion was, especially in hip hop before the 90s. It was big clothes, heavy clothes. We changed that. I changed that,” she said while adding that instead of acknowledgment, all she received was people who heavily criticized her and tried to pull her down. She also said that she believed that if Americans knew who to credit they would. She used Lil Kim as an example.

“Way back when, Lil Kim said in one of her interviews that her look (with the blue wig) was inspired by dancehall, and so if they know who to credit, they will,” she said. When asked specifically how she felt about Saweetie’s outfits, she said while it was clear that it was borrowed from dancehall, she doesn’t think that the rapper knows who to credit.

“That’s dancehall all the way. But I can’t bash her for not crediting dancehall because she may not even know who to credit. I have to big up (Culture) Minister Babsy Grange because she is the only person outside of the industry players themselves who make sure that people know who to give credit to for certain things,” she continued.

Dr. Dre’s Relatives Think He Might’ve Been Poisoned As He Remains Hospitalized

Dr. Dre remains hospitalized as some wild rumors started circulating.

As Dr. Dre remains in the Intensive Care Unit, reportedly resting comfortably at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, some troubling accusations have surfaced. At least one relative believes that the 55-year-old music mogul may have been allegedly poisoned, despite his medical condition ruled a brain aneurysm. The relative, who questioned how Dre could have fallen ill so suddenly, said that they are taking into consideration how healthy and active he was. They added that they believed he may have been exposed to an anticoagulant, like rat poison.

“[Dre] is very healthy, he works out multiple times a week, goes to the doctor and stays on top of everything. Something is definitely off about this,” the relative told MTO News Site. Another female relative added that she believed a lot of people are jealous of Dre’s success to date and has requested that an investigation be launched into the matter.

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According to several scientific studies, if someone ingests rat poison, it could lead to suffering symptoms similar to an aneurysm or a stroke. The person added that “someone needs to look into” the effects of rat poison on humans with regards to Dr. Dre’s sudden aneurysm. Doctors have admitted that they don’t know what caused his aneurysm as yet.

Until they can determine the cause of the condition, his doctors continue to conduct several tests trying to figure out exactly what happened. As a precaution, he’s been reportedly left in intensive care in case he suffers another aneurysm. Another source close to the matter spoke with The Sun and disclosed that “doctors are running tests to try and find out what caused the brain aneurysm, but there haven’t been any more updates yet.”

That source added, “Thankfully, he is doing much better, and it’s made everyone around him realise how short life is.” His medical struggles come as he continues divorce proceedings with his wife, Nicole Young. He’s already agreed to pay her US $2.6 million in living expenses, and the case is expected to resume on April 14.

US to seek review of non-immigrant visas like H-1B

While, the executive order, at present, temporarily bans some immigration – notably, those who were waiting for a green card outside the US, with some exceptions carved out – a review of the non-immigrant visa programmes within 30 days of the proclamation is going to put H-1B and L visas (used for intra-company transfers) under another round of stress test.

Cheaper oil, foreign flows a tailwind for rupee

India’s rupee, among Asia’s worst-performing currencies this year, could be the fastest in the region to rally as the world restarts economic activities after the coronavirus pandemic, oil prices weaken and the US dollar eases broadly, analysts said. The partially convertible Indian rupee has lost nearly 7% so far this year, despite dollar supplying intervention.

US weekly jobless claims highlight eco carnage

A record 22 million Americans have sought unemployment benefits over the past month, with millions more filing claims last week, underscoring the deepening economic slump caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Thursday’s weekly jobless claims report from the labor department followed dismal data on Wednesday showing a record drop in retail sales in March and the biggest decline in factory output since 1946.

Rupee settles at all-time low of 76.87 vs dollar

The Indian rupee tanked 43 paise to settle at an all-time low of 76.87 (provisional) against the US dollar on Thursday, amid rising concerns over coronavirus-led economic slowdown. At the interbank foreign exchange, the rupee opened weak at 76.75, and during the day lost further ground to settle at 76.87, registering a fall of 43 paise over its previous close.

Relief for Indians as US allows H-1B extension

In a big relief for thousands of stranded Indian professionals in America due to the coronavirus pandemic, the US government has decided to allow applications by H-1B visa holders for an extended stay. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

US consumer prices post largest drop in five years

The US labor department said on Friday its consumer price index dropped 0.4% last month amid a tumble in the cost of gasoline, and record decreases in hotel accommodation, apparel and airline ticket prices. That was the biggest drop since Jan 2015 and followed a 0.1% gain in Feb. In 12 months through March, the CPI increased 1.5%, the smallest advance since Feb 2019.

US economy purged 17 million jobs amid pandemic

US unemployment is rising at a jarring rate, with data on Thursday showing 17 million have lost their jobs since mid-March, as officials scramble to apply a tourniquet to stem the damage from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Reserve launched a series of new lending programs to pump $2.3 trillion into the damaged US economy, reassuring people of a revival.

Indian American co donates 3.4m HCQ tablets

An Indian American-owned pharma firm has pledged to donate 3.4 million Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate tablets to some of the key COVID-19 battleground states, including New York and Louisiana, joining the war against the dreaded coronavirus which by Tuesday had taken lives of more than 12,800 people in the US alone.