A$AP Rocky Speaks Out After Marching In George Floyd Protest

In the past few days, we’ve witnessed a revolt. An uprising, if you will, following the recent deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Many celebrities have spoken up against the injustices that have been going on across the country while others have faced a barrage of criticism for not using their platform to speak out.

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A$AP Rocky has faced backlash for comments surrounding Black Lives Matter and the 2015 Ferguson protests. It was brought up heavily when he was incarcerated in Sweden. He has since addressed the comments but recently, the rapper was spotted at the protests in Los Angeles, though he claimed he never shared it because it wasn’t for clout.


Despite claiming there were no cameras, nor was he there for Instagram, it seems like that wasn’t entirely true. Photos emerged of the rapper on the grounds looking fashionably rebellious. There’s also an AWGE trailer including a clip of Rocky posing in front of graffiti reading “Fuck 12.”

Check out Rocky’s tweet and the pictures below. 

Abra Cadabra Keeps It Gully On “Baby”

It looks like Abra Cadabra is not letting his foot of the pedal this year. Though the rapper had made rounds a few years back with singles like “Robbery (Remix)” that included appearances from Krept & Konan, the rapper went a bit quiet for a little bit. Then he made a triumphant return at the top of the year with a few freestyles and LOL: Love Or Lust?

Following an already productive year, he’s back to turn up the summer with a brand new single titled, “Baby.” Revving up the roads, his gruff delivery pumps up this banger over drill and grime-inspired production. Overall, this is supposed to be the anthem of the summer — “I don’t wanna cuff, you don’t wanna cuff/ Miss me with that.”

Quotable Lyrics
After I go opp block and I beat it off
More time I basin’ off at hers (Skkr, skkr, bop, bop)
That’s another opp boy in critical
Anytime I hear that one of them dropped
Man, it’s yute and 2-step, minimal

Police Shot & Killed A Man At Louisville Protest

As protestors across the country took to the streets to demonstrate this weekend, police responses to the protestors have grown increasingly forceful. On Sunday night, Louisville police officers shot and killed a man during a protest against police brutality in the city. 

Sparked by the death of George Floyd by police, protestors in Louisville had gathered in the parking lot of a supermarket Sunday night. In a press conference, Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Chief Steve Conrad explained that his officers and the National Guard were called to the scene at the supermarket after midnight and when they arrived, they were met with a spray of bullets. LMPD and the National Guard fired back into the crowd, and one man was pronounced dead at the scene. A local media outlet has confirmed that the victim was a 53-year old man who owned a local BBQ spot, David McAtee. According to friends and family from various reports, McAtee was a good person, who was known to give police officers free meals. His mother called him a “community pillar.”

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Conrad added that the LMPD is currently interviewing people of interest in the case, and will keep the public updated on the investigation. Conrad acknowledged, “I think it’s very, very clear that many people do not trust the police. That is an issue that we’re going to have to work on and work through for a long time.”

The civil unrest from residents in Louisville comes in solidarity of both George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Louisville woman brutally shot and killed in her home by LMPD in March. 


Drake Donates $100,000 to National BailOut

Drake donates $100,000 to the National BailOut.
On Monday (June 1), Drake posted a screenshot of a rather large donation. The 6 God gave $100,000 to the National BailOut fund, an organization built on reuniting families, creating a national community of leaders who have experienced incarceration, and working with groups across the country to transform harmful systems to keep people safe and free.. Continue reading…

YG Announces New Song “F*ck The Police”

One of Compton rapper YG’s most popular songs to date guises itself as a social activism anthem. “FDT” is an anti-Trump record, performed by YG and Nipsey Hussle, and it has become significantly resonant to the rapper’s brand. After everything that he has witnessed in recent weeks, it looks like the sequel is on the way. However, YG is aiming his lyrical weapons at a force more widespread than Donald Trump.

“#FUCKTHEPOLICE this week,” wrote YG on social media, posting a copy of his cover art, which is very understated. The artwork has the three letters “FTP” and a parental advisory sticker.

The announcement has already been co-signed by the likes of Tyga and Ohgeesy from Shoreline Mafia.

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Although YG did not specify the date of the release, it’s likely that it will be out at the end of this week. If he doesn’t care about charting figures, he may go for a release earlier in the week for larger impact.

He’s not alone in releasing music to combat all that has arisen this week with protests and riots breaking out across the nation. Conway The Machine, Denzel Curry, Ty Dolla $ign and more have all recorded songs about the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder.

Will you keep an eye out for this one?

Sony & EA Postpone PlayStation 5 Reveal Events

This Thursday, June 4th, Sony intended on staging one of the first PS5 reveal events, meant to lift the veil on some of the expected launch titles. Today, however, Sony has officially issued a statement confirming that the event has been delayed, alluding to the ongoing protests honoring George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all victims of racially-fueled police brutality. 

“We have decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4th,” begins Sony’s statement. “While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel like right now is a time for celebration, and for now we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.” It should be noted that while George Floyd wasn’t mentioned directly by name, it’s clear that Sony understands the impact of his growing legacy and the movement that his tragic death has sparked. 

Likewise does EA, who also postponed their own “Madden 21” PS5 event in solidarity with the movement. “We stand with our African American / Black community of friends, players, colleagues, and partners,” writes EA. “Our immediate attention is on actions we can take to drive change against the unjust treatment and systemic bias that is plaguing the nation and world.” 

Check out both statements below. As of now, both Sony and EA have postponed their respective events indefinitely. 

Gregg Popovich Offers Scathing Rant On Donald Trump

Gregg Popovich is just like Steve Kerr in the sense that he is an NBA coach who has no problem with voicing his opinion on very pressing political issues. The latest big topic that everyone has on their mind right now is police brutality. Following the death of George Floyd, protesters have hit the streets of the United States to stand up against all of the injustices that have been committed over the last few centuries.

President Donald Trump has done nothing but tweet since the start of the protests and people are extremely upset with his lack of leadership. During a conversation with Dave Zirin of The Nation, Popovich spoke on Trump’s divisiveness and delivered a scathing rant in the process.

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Per Popovich:

“He’s not just divisive. He’s a destroyer. To be in his presence makes you die. He will eat you alive for his own purposes. I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say ‘Black Lives Matter.’ That’s why he hides in the White House basement. He is a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like a grade-schooler. Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There is nothing he can do to make this better because of who he is: a deranged idiot.”

These are very strong words although many are feeling the exact same way right now, especially those who play in the NBA. Popovich has always had the backs of his players and these comments are further proof of that.


Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Walkout To Protest Trump Post

A couple of Facebook employees decided to stage a virtually boycott today, in response to the company’s stance on Donald Trump’s posts and in light of the protests for George Floyd’s murder. The virtual walk-out involved employees of Facebook requesting time off and creating an out-of-office response to their email accounts alerting senders of their organizing.

As pointed out by numerous publications, the phrase Trump used, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” originated from the 1960s, when a white police chief in Miami responded to civil unrest in black neighborhoods. Trump denied any knowledge of this racially charged history when he himself used the slang when attempting to offer an explanation for his choice of words.

The particular post is still available to view on Facebook, despite fellow social media site Twitter hiding the tweet and applying a notice over it for violating site rules about glorifying violence. Facebook did nothing. 

Where some Facebook employees are virtually protesting in response to this, others have started to petition for more diversity within the company, while others have threatened to resign if Zuckerberg doesn’t change his stance.

Over the weekend, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penned a lengthy statement defending the company’s position to keep the violent post up on the site that actually contradicts a previous vow Zuckerberg made to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. A few months ago he said, “If anyone, including a politician, is saying things that can cause, that is calling for violence or could risk imminent physical harm…. we will take that content down.” In Zuckerberg’s response, however, he states: “we think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force.”

A spokesperson for the social networking site said in a statement, “We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community,” they continued, “We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.”


Ty Dolla $ign Shares New Song About George Floyd & Racism

People are sick and tired of having to read about another black man killed by the police after George Floyd lost his life last week. The 46-year-old man lost his life due to asphyxia by way of sustained and forceful pressure to his neck and back, cutting off his airway. Protests have taken place across North America and several artists have spoken out by way of their music. 

We have already shared new songs from Conway The Machine (“Front Lines“) and Terrace Martin with Denzel Curry (“Pig Feet”) and now, Ty Dolla $ign is contributing with some powerful lyrics about the current state of affairs in the country.

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“Rip #georgefloyd and all the others that lost there life to police brutality and injustice. Shits been happening for far too long now. It’s time for change and we demand it,” wrote Ty Dolla $ign before sharing a snippet of his new song with Skrillex, Ant Clemons, and more on Instagram.

“I know you see it/My people dying in the streets and they ain’t breathing,” he sings. “I know you heard about it/You know the issues but the problems you ain’t speaking/How many more of my brothers do I gotta lose till I see change.”

The full version of the track has not yet been released. Listen to the preview below.