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BEASTIE BOYS LICENSE THEIR MUSIC FOR CAMPAIGN AD AGAINST THE LATE MCA’S DYING WISHES — BUT IT’S TO HELP JOE BIDEN

Beastie Boys License Their Music For Campaign Ad Against The Late MCA's Dying Wishes — But It's To Help Joe Biden

The surviving members of the Beastie Boys — Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond — made an historic move on Sunday (October 18) when they allowed 1994’s Ill Communication single “Sabotage” to be used in a Joe Biden campaign ad that focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic’s affects on the live music industry.

The trio famously refused to license their music to be used in commercials in an effort to stick to their punk rock ethos. In fact, it was the dying wish of the late Adam “MCA” Yauch whose $6.4 million trust, assumed by his wife in 2012, explicitly forbade any use of the Beastie Boys’ music in any advertisement.

While the Beastie Boys have sued Monster Energy and GoldieBox for unauthorized use of their music, they did allow “Sabotage” to be repurposed for Star Trek and the video game Destiny 2 trailers.

The ad in question, which aired during the Pittsburg Steelers versus Cleveland Browns NFL game, features Ann Arbor, Michigan bar co-owner Joe Malcoun who runs the Blind Pig establishment. In the spot, he blames the bar’s shutdown on Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19 as “Sabotage” starts to play in the background.

“This is the reality of Trump’s COVID response,” he says in the clip. “We don’t know how much longer we can survive without any revenue. A lot of restaurants and bars that have been mainstays for years will not make it through this.

“This is Donald Trump’s economy: There is no plan and you don’t know how to go forward. It makes me so angry. My only hope for my family and for this business and my community is that Joe Biden wins this election.”

BEASTIE BOYS CREDIT ADAM ‘MCA’ YAUCH FOR BLAZING A TRAIL TO ENLIGHTENMENT

Yauch was diagnosed with cancer of the parotid gland, a salivary gland in the throat, in 2009 and succumbed to the disease on May 4, 2012. During an interview with HipHopDX, Diamond and Horovitz, along with director Spike Jonze, credited Yauch with blazing a trail of enlightenment for the rest of the group prior to his death.

“In 1999 or so, it was extra not cool to be political,” Jonze tells DX. “Adam [Yauch] starts talking about how appalling what happened at Woodstock [’99] was and that the bands need to step up and have better security, look out for women at these festivals and shows. There were no other artists talking about that at the time. It was really moving.”

Mike D added, “We weren’t supported in the room. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh yes! I’m glad someone’s finally saying it.’ We all need to talk about it because it was happening, but nobody wanted to talk about it. Nobody wanted to admit it was happening.”

Ad-Rock said, “Yeah, absolutely. Being around Adam Yauch and him saying things he did, taking stands he did publicly was inspiring for me to be like, ‘Oh, you can make fart jokes and actually also care about people and respect your place in the public, that you have a platform to say things and people will listen.’ Whether they give a shit or not, I don’t know. He was always inspiring — like if Yauch can do it, I can do it.”

Revisit the “Sabotage” video below.

 

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PAPOOSE REVEALS WIFE REMY MA ISN’T PREGNANT MONTHS AFTER ALLUDING SHE WAS

Papoose Reveals Wife Remy Ma Isn't Pregnant Months After Alluding She Was

Papoose is doing some damage control months after alluding his wife Remy Ma was pregnant with another child. During an interview with Fox Soul’s Out Loud With Claudia Jordan, the veteran rapper admitted he spoke prematurely and explained they’d only just started the IVF process.

“Within that in vitro process, there are necessary steps that we have to take for us to have a baby,” he explained. “At the time when I made that announcement, my wife woke up one day and said ‘Hey, I’m ready now since it’s Covid, we’re locked in. I don’t think it’s going to stop me from working. Let’s do it.’” As a result, they went to the doctor and “started the procedure,” as he put it.

Papoose continued, “When we started the procedure, I was so excited and I opened my big mouth and I said something about it and people not knowing how the procedure goes, that there are steps you have to take, they took it as she was already carrying our child. But what I was expressing was, ‘Yo, we’re having the next baby. She’s ready because we already have the embryo.’”

The 42-year-old father made the announcement in July during another interview with Jordan.

“I love being with my family,” he said. “I get to spend so much time with my amazing wife and my daughter. We’re just making the best out of it and moving forward. Some good things are actually coming out of this. You know, we gonna have a new child soon.”

 

The Meet The Mackies stars welcomed their first child together in December 2018 after what Papoose described as “tough labor.” In an Instagram post dated December 14 of that year, he wrote, “My wife is still fighting through it. She’s a warrior! Keep us in your prayers. #thegoldenchild is on the way.”

‘MEET THE MACKIES’ STARS REMY MA & PAPOOSE JUST MADE A HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT

Days after giving birth, Remy — who was 38 years old at the time — was transported back to the hospital for excessive bleeding. The post-birth complications required emergency surgery and a blood transfusion. Remy has an 18-year-old son named Jason, and Papoose has a 15-year-old daughter named Dejanae, along with two other older children.

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NICKI MINAJ’S SON NOW HAS A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF BABY ADIDAS YEEZYS

Nicki Minaj’s Son Now Has A Lifetime Supply Of Baby Adidas Yeezys

Nicki Minaj and her husband Kenneth Petty welcomed a baby boy into the world on September 30. Now, Kanye West and his team at adidas are making sure their son’s footwear is handled.

On Sunday (October 18),  Nicki thanked adidas and Yeezy for the assortment of gifts in an Instagram post showing off the tiny kicks with her silky verse from Sada Baby’s “Whole Lotta Choppas” remix blaring in the background.

“What a lucky little infant,” the “Super Bass” rapper wrote. “Thank you Team Yeezy/adidas. Thank you Dolce & Gabbana. so thoughtful of you guys.”

 

Last week, Nicki revealed she gave birth to a baby boy when sharing all the congratulatory messages and care packages she’d received. The who’s who list of stars included some gifts from Beyoncé, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, “Tusa” collaborator Karol G and model Winnie Harlow.

NICKI MINAJ’S ‘SORRY’ LAWSUIT COULD CHANGE HIP HOP AS WE KNOW IT

“Tusa” earned a pair of Latin Grammy Award nominations in the Song of the Year and Record of the Year categories. Nicki even found some time away from being a mommy to record a verse for the Detroit rapper’s “Whole Lotta Choppas” remix, which was released on Friday (October 16).

Revisit it below.

 

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50 CENT SAYS ‘VOTE FOR TRUMP’ AFTER SEEING JOE BIDEN’S TAX PLAN: ‘I DON’T CARE TRUMP DOESN’T LIKE BLACK PEOPLE’

50 Cent Says 'Vote For Trump' After Seeing Joe Biden's Tax Plan: 'I Don't Care Trump Doesn't Like Black People'

50 Cent apparently isn’t a fan of Joe Biden’s proposed tax plan. After seeing a news report on the top tax rates by state, the New York City-based television mogul took a screen grab and headed to Instagram to urge his 26.2 million followers to vote for Donald Trump.

“WHAT THE FUCK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT,” he wrote in the caption. “FUCK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway. I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya fucking mind.”

 

50, who amassed an estimated $30 million fortune during the course of his career, clearly doesn’t want Uncle Sam taking such a massive cut from his income. Under Biden’s plan, New Jersey and California residents who make more than $400,000 per year could also face a more than 60 percent tax rate, while the rates in New York state could reach 58 percent.

After gaining the approval of Pierson and conservative Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren for his Trump cosign, the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ vet followed up with another Instagram post that read, “I just remembered i’m bankrupt, so i’m looking for a gracious loan can anyone help a brother out. LOL.”

 

50’s posts are often filled with sarcasm, so it’s unclear if the Power co-creator will actually cast his vote for Trump in the November 3 election. However, he’s one of the latest rappers to catch heat for seemingly helping siphon votes from Biden, making Trump’s re-election much more plausible.

On the Fourth of July, Kanye West announced he was running in the 2020 presidential election and was immediately accused of trying to help Trump secure the win. The American Independent Party then admitted they chose Ye to run as vice-president in California with Rocky De La Fuente to steal votes from Biden.

KANYE WEST REPORTEDLY CHOSEN TO RUN FOR VICE-PRESIDENT IN CALIFORNIA TO HURT JOE BIDEN’S CAMPAIGN

More recently, Ice Cube infuriated a large majority of his fanbase when Trump’s senior campaign advisor Katrina Pierson thanked him on Twitter for helping the campaign.

Cube chopped it up with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday night (October 16) and defended his involvement with Trump’s campaign, explaining he didn’t “run” to either party. He simply wanted to work with whoever is in power to push his Contract With Black America (CWBA) forward. But, as seen on Twitter, the damage has been done and the N.W.A pioneer’s reputation has taken a hit.

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BACKED BY A MAJOR LABEL, NO ONE, NOT EVEN BKTHERULA, KNOWS WHAT SHE’LL DO NEXT

Backed By A Major Label, No One, Not Even Bktherula, Knows What She'll Do Next

When Bktherula starts a song, she’s trying to take you to a new dimension. The vocalist has crafted a groggy niche with her inventive delivery, switching almost instantaneously between revealing confessions and prideful boasts. Meanwhile, the music behind her vocals creates the kaleidoscopic feeling of floating on a cloud, grounded by booming 808s that grip you to the speakers.

Bk hails from Atlanta, and finds inspiration through life experiences rather than the city’s music. Bk’s Atlanta looks like routine adventures around the city, sounds like daily sessions and experiments in the studio, and tastes like the crispy fried deliciousness from JJ’s Fish & Chicken. “It’s like, fried chicken with crack powder on it,” she says. “I be throwing it down at JJ’s.”

Recently signed to Warner Records, Bk likes to keep to herself, and when she’s not eating, she’s probably cooking up a new sound. The withdrawn artist doesn’t know what she’ll do next, and for her, that’s exactly the point. Always on the path to true self-discovery, the young artist evolves more than once every full moon, and her music evolves with it. So rather than a concrete, set-in-stone vision for her musical future, she says it changes faster than she can keep up with.

“[My vision] changes so fast, bro,” Bktherula says. “I’ll literally be like ‘this is my sound, guys,’ and then two weeks later I have a completely new sound. It’s just crazy. I feel like I will never stop evolving.”

That experimental spirit is fully apparent in the music. On “Summer,” she opts for dreamier, sun-soaked production, pulling the corners of your mouth into a smile with the ascending synths that kick the song off. Here, Bktherula speaks of coming out of the abyss into a blissful paradise she never wants to leave. “Why’s it only me, why’s it never them?” she asks, speaking to past arguments and frustrations that caused her pain.

On 2020’s “Admit It,” the spacey instrumental meets a West Coast bounce. The first verse speaks to the range of emotions packed into her songs, starting off with arrogance before eventually conceding she misses a prior partner.

Singles like these have built mounting anticipation for Bk’s next project, Nirvana. The project will be a sharp departure from Love Santana, the swirling potion of an album that turned heads earlier this year.

Not only will it be different than the previous projects, but Bktherula says even the two aforementioned singles don’t capture the album’s sound.

“After [Love Santana], I moved on almost immediately,” she says. “I’m not that person anymore. I’m completely different, extremely different. If you hear some of my new songs, it’s not nearly the same. Even “Admit It” is old, I made that around the Love Santana time. No one knows.”

Of course, it’s not surprising. BK’s desire for evolution goes beyond music, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an activity or hobby that she wouldn’t try her hand at. Her newest side-interest is modeling, and her insightful reason for doing so: she hasn’t tried it before.

“I’ve been trying to try new things,” she says. “I’ll see where it goes. I was just like, ‘I’ve never tried [modeling],’ so fuck it, might as well. I kind of like it. At least now I know, but what if I would have had a love for it, and I never did it just because?”

For Bk, it’s all about the art. She recognizes the impact she’s made, and profoundly appreciates all the fans who have been chomping at the bit for Nirvana. Still, though, she’s focused on her next evolution, rather than getting caught up in charts or perceived notoriety.

“I think I’m at the point where I definitely made an impact, but i don’t really like labeling myself,” she says. “I’ll just let others determine that.”

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