Hip Hop Week In Review: Jussie Smollett Indicted & R. Kelly’s Viral Interview

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts. Also, R. Kelly sat down with Gayle King for an interview on CBS and opened up in regards to the sexual abuse and misconduct allegations in opposition to him. Lastly, a radio ban was positioned on Michael Jackson‘s music following HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary.

Jussie Smollett Indicted On 16 Felony Charges

On Thursday (March 7), a grand jury indicted former Empire actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts. He’s been accused of submitting a false police report a few hate crime in Chicago.

The Chicago Police Department decided Smollett staged a homophobic/racist assault as a result of he allegedly wasn’t too completely satisfied together with his pay at Empire.

His fellow Empire household withdrew their help upon this revelation, and Smollett’s alternatives in Hollywood have dried up as properly.

His arraignment is scheduled for March 14.

Read extra about Jussie Smollett’s indictment right here.

R. Kelly Gives Emotional Interview Over Sexual Abuse Allegations

R. Kelly was interviewed by Gayle King on CBS This Morning in regards to the sexual abuse allegations highlighted in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docu-series.

Kelly denied all allegations and even steered Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage, whom he considers his girlfriends now, had been bought to him by their dad and mom.

“What form of father, what sort of mom would promote their daughter to a person?” he stated.

“So you’re saying the dad and mom handed their daughters, Azriel and Jocelyn, to you?” King requested. “Is that what you’re saying?”

“Absolutely,” Kelly replied.

The disgraced R&B singer turned very emotional through the interview and needed to be given time to regain his composure. He went on responsible every thing on social media, which has turned his interview right into a viral clip and meme.

“You can begin a rumor on a man like me or a star similar to that,” he stated. “All it's important to do is push a button in your cellphone and say: ‘So and so did this to me. R. Kelly did this to me.'”

Despite his claims, extra tapes of Kelly allegedly partaking in sexual exercise with underage women have surfaced. However, he's nonetheless making bail regardless of being locked up twice for the reason that doc aired.

Kelly was most just lately jailed for failing to pay $161,633 in baby help to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly. He was launched after an unidentified individual paid the quantity in full on Saturday (March 9).

During his interview with King, Kelly stated he solely had a bit over $350,000 in his checking account.

Read extra about R. Kelly’s explosive interview right here.

Michael Jackson’s Music Banned From Radio

Radio stations are starting to ban Michael Jackson’s music following the allegations made in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary. According to CNN, main stations in New Zealand and Canada are amongst these to formally enact a ban on his music.

The Simpsons’ 1991 episode “Stark Raving Dad,” which options Jackson, has additionally been pulled by the present’s producers because of the documentary.

Leaving Neverland particulars the alleged sexual abuse of choreographer Wade Robson and James Safechuck by Jackson. Both beforehand testified in help of Jackson however have since modified their tales.

Read extra on Michael Jackson and the response to Leaving Neverland right here.

#DXclusives: Spice 1, Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill & Throwback Thursdays

Spice 1 Recalls Eazy-E’s Last Days & Weighs In On Migos Vs. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Spice 1 is making ready to unleash his forthcoming Platinum O.G. album and in an interview with HipHopDX, he shared his emotions about Bone Thugs-n-Harmony latest beef with Migos.

“That’s loopy as a result of I’m pissed off about it ’trigger there’s no respect for us,” he stated. “But, it’s like OK, no matter. We earn our respect. We ain’t gonna sit again and say, ‘Oh give us respect simply trigger we OGs.’ We nonetheless hit it and if we don’t, we don’t, but when we final then we blast [laughs].”

Read the total interview with Spice 1 right here.

Frank Ocean Was Polite Enough To Ask Gang Of Four’s Andy Gill For Sample Permission

Frank Ocean’s monitor “Futura Free” from the 2016 album Blonde samples Gang Of Four’s basic “Love Like Anthrax.” Group member Andy Gill appreciated the R&B singer reaching out for permission to make use of it, as he revealed in a latest interview with DX.

“I actually respect that as a result of everyone knows that you just’ve simply obtained to alter it a bit bit and nobody’s going to know,” Gill informed DX. “It’s like nobody’s going to know, so who cares? In this point in time when lots of people are dishonest a bit, to have somebody be that simple and sincere, I used to be like, ‘Wow, yeah. Great, good for you.'”

Read the complete interview with Andy Gill right here.

#ThrowbackThursdays: Dr. Dre Drops “Friday” Classic “Keep Their Heads Ringin”

On March 7, 1995, Dr. Dre launched “Keep Their Heads Ringin'” on the Friday soundtrack. It peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Read extra about this #ThrowbackThursday hit right here.