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Meek Mill, Lil Yachty, Rich the Kid & More Call For Officials to ‘Free 21 Savage’ Following Arrest.

21 Savage’s jarring arrest by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Sunday (Feb. 3) sent shockwaves throughout the hip-hop community. ICE spokesman, Bryan Cox, alleges that 21 actually came over from the United Kingdom in 2005 and has now overstayed an expired American visa that was only good for one year. With the “Bank Account” rapper in custody, a slew of jokes […]

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Pleads Guilty to Nine CountsThe rapper will also reportedly cooperate with government officials. Imprisoned rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) reportedly pleaded guilty on Saturday to nine counts in his criminal case and will cooperate with the government into their probe of a violent street gang, according to New York’s NBC4. The network reported that the guilty plea was entered over the weekend, but the records were sealed until prosecutors applied to unseal them on Thursday, a motion that was granted on Friday (Feb. 1). As part of the plea, Hernandez will reportedly cooperate with federal officials to provide information “against multiple violent people associated with the same criminal enterprise of which he admits, or will soon apparently admit, being a member,” read the court records. The rapper was arrested in November along with five others, all of whom were charged in a wide-ranging indictiment containing charges of racketeering and firearms violations related to a July shooting of a bystander in Brooklyn and the gunpoint robbery of one of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods’ rivals last spring. According to the Associated Press, during the plea, Hernandez said he joined the Nine Trey Blooods in the fall of 2017 and helped gang members try to kill a rival member last March. Tekashi 69 attends a Studio Session at Quad Studios on Feb. 6, 2018 in New York City. READ MORE Tekashi 6ix9ine Transferred to New Federal Facility for ‘Security Reasons’: Report In November, Hernandez was charged with three counts of firearms offense, one count of racketeering conspiracy, three counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering, one count of narcotics trafficking and another count of firearms offense; a judge denied multiple requests for bail. Hernandez’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, has previously said his client is “completely innocent of all charges.” Hernandez originally pleaded not guilty to the fedeeral racketeering and firearms charges and was headed to trial on Sept. 4. At press time, an attorney for Hernandez had not returned Billboard’s request for comment on the reported plea deal, which could help the rapper get leniency at his sentencing from what the AP reported would otherwise have been a mandatory minimum 47 years in prison if he admits to all the crimes and testifies truthfully in court.

The rapper will also reportedly cooperate with government officials. Imprisoned rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) reportedly pleaded guilty on Saturday to nine counts in his criminal case and will cooperate with the government into their probe of a violent street gang, according to New York’s NBC4. The network reported that the guilty plea was entered over […]

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Cardi B Prepping Spring Las Vegas Residency

Cardi B will have her first Las Vegas residency this spring. Palms Casino Resort announced Wednesday (Jan. 23) that the 26-year-old singer’s appearance as part of its debut of KAOS, a dayclub and nightclub amphitheater-style complex that is set to open in April. Above and Beyond, G-EAZY, Kaskade and Skrillex are among the other artists who will have exclusive residencies at the […]

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Kevin Gates Signs With CAA

‘2 Phones’ rapper had been previously represented by UTA Creative Artist Agency has signed Kevin Gates to its growing hip-hop roster, Billboard has learned, representing the “Really Really” rapper across all areas, worldwide. Gates had previously been represented by UTA. Gates has placed seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 with his single “2 Phones” peaking at No. 7 in 2016 […]

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Post Malone & Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” Is No. 1 On Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

In the week ending with January 12th, Swae Lee and Post Malone have nabbed the top spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts for their collaborative “Sunflower” joint. It now becomes the third No. 1 track on the chart for Post, who previously earned the distinction with his 21 Savage-assisted “Rockstar,” which spent 14 weeks at the top, and the […]