50 Cent's 'Black Mafia Family' Series Gets Starz Greenlight

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SANTA MONICA, CA – 50 Cent’s show Black Mafia Family is finally moving forward. Starz has greenlit his long-discussed series about the infamous drug syndicate.

“This is a project [50] has always been incredibly passionate about and we are excited to have him as our partner in bringing it to life,” Starz president and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a press release. “Black Mafia Family has all the hallmarks of a great drama, from the larger-than-life Flenory brothers to the deadly, high-stakes world they inhabited. This series is going to be an incredible ride for audiences around the world.”

50 added, “I told you Black Mafia Family was coming and it’s going to be the biggest show on television. Meech and Terry are legends and I am excited to bring their story to Starz.”


The Power executive producer’s idea for the show received the blessing of BMF’s Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory in 2016. Meech wrote a letter to 50 and producer Randall Emmett in which he said they were the “perfect team” to tell his story.

Black Mafia Family will be produced by 50’s G-Unit Film and Television in association with Starz and Lionsgate Television. The veteran rapper’s new show joins his expanding TV empire, which includes ABC’s For Life and multiple Power spinoffs.

Funky 4 + 1 Pioneer Lil Rodney C Hospitalized With COVID-19


Lil Rodney C of the Funky 4 + 1 has been added to the ever-growing list of Hip Hop artists who have tested positive for COVID-19. On Monday morning (April 6), fellow Funky 4 + 1 pioneer MC Sha-Rock shared a Facebook post about his condition, putting an end to any speculation regarding his health.

“To all my friends and family,” she wrote. “I’ve received several messages and texts this morning in reference to Lil Rodney C from the Funky 4 Plus One More. I’d just spoken to him last month. Rodney has been hospitalized for the past week from the coronavirus outbreak. I’ve spoken to Rodney this morning. He wants me to let y’all know that he’s still in the hospital trying to recover. This is crazy.”

Sha-Rock also asked for some prayers for Angie Stone, who was previously married to Lil Rodney.

Shortly after Sha-Rock shared the news, Lil Rodney took to Instagram with a post of his own, expressing gratitude for the concern.

“Thank you everyone for the love & support,” he wrote. “Victory!”

Lil Rodney joins the list of artists who are battling the virus, including Fred The Godson and Geto Boys MC Scarface. The former revealed his diagnosis on Monday (April 6) as well with an Instagram post of himself in the hospital wearing a ventilator mask.

“I’m in here with this Covid-19 shit!” he wrote. “Please keep me in y’all prayers!!! #GodIsGreat.”


According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 330,000 cases have hit the United States, more than any country in the world. As a result, roughly 8,910 Americans have died.

Fred The Godson Battles COVID-19 With A Ventilator

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The spread of COVID-19 has hit another member of the Hip Hop community. Fred The Godson revealed he’s suffering from the coronavirus in a Twitter post on Monday (April 6).

Fred shared a photo from the hospital, which showed him using a ventilator. He also asked his followers to pray for him.

“I’m in here with this Covid-19 shit!” he wrote. “Please keep me in y’all prayers!!! #GodIsGreat.”

Fred joins a growing list of Americans suffering from COVID-19. More than 330,000 cases have hit the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other notable Hip Hop artists who’ve tested positive for the coronavirus include ScarfaceSlim Thug and YNW Melly.


As of April 6, the CDC has reported 8,910 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. A tracker created by Johns Hopkins University says the death toll has already passed 10,000.

Kodak Black Announces 'Kill Bill' Album From Prison

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Kodak Black has announced a new project titled Kill Bill — despite being stuck inside prison.

The incarcerated rapper shared the info with a fan-made, photoshopped image comparing him to the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Saturday (April 4). No release date for the new project was given.

“#KillBill Coming Real Soon,” he wrote on Twitter. “Until then vibe to these Championships.”

The accompanying photo features Kodak’s head on Bryant’s body from when the Los Angeles Lakers star showed off his five NBA Championship trophies at a press conference. Five of Kodak’s projects have been edited onto the trophies.

In the caption of an Instagram post with the same photo, Kodak explained how he’s more of an NFL fan than an NBA fan. But he also offered his condolences to Bryant, noting how the basketball great’s death deterred his plans of returning from prison by helicopter.


“Since I’m So #SG I Appreciate Da #SweetGesture By Comparing Me To One Of The Greatest In The #NBA,” he wrote. “But I’m #NFL Man Y’all Gone Y’all Gone Have To Put A L.J. Jersey On Me Man, Tighten Down Y’all Kno Me Betta Den Dat! @new_era8 I Swear U Got Ova A Million Yards Fam #NiggazForLife #NeverForgetLoyalty R.I.P. KOBE By Da Way. I Was Finna Come Home In A Helicopter But I Took That As A Sign #KB #KobeBryant #KodakBlack #KillBill.”

Kodak hasn’t dropped an album since 2018’s Dying To Live. His prison sentence for federal gun charges is expected to end in August 2022.

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