Philadelphia rapper Freeway, who has been battling kidney failure for years, finally received a transplant. Freeway, whose real name is Leslie Pridgen, told fans doctors had finally found a healthy kidney donor for him and he was in a Baltimore hospital awaiting the operation. A member of the rap group State Property, Freeway was on Jay-Z’s former label, Rock-A-Fella Records, in the early 2000s. After a decade working with other record companies, he released his latest album, 2018’s “Think Free,” on the rap mogul’s current label, Roc Nation, last year.
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Hov has written an op-ed for The New York Times in which he argues that Mill’s case “is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”
The Roc Nation head goes on to call probation “a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”
Speaking specifically to Mill’s situation, he reiterates the well-referenced fact that both the prosecutor and the parole officer recommended no additional jail time, suggestions Judge Brinkley ignored in her sentencing. Further highlighting how unjust Brinkley’s ruling is, JAY-Z points out that the Mills probation status stems from an 11-year-old case, and that the charges that led to the recent violations were all thrown out. JAY writes,
“In March, [Mill] was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped against Meek. In August, he was arrested for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle on his video set in New York. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend traffic school.”
Yes, there were no actual charges against Meek Mill, yet he still is being sent to jail “..It’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” JAY-Z continues. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
Fat Joe hit up TRL today. It wasn’t his first time considering his reign in hip hop stretches as far back as the 90’s and appeared on the show prior to it’s cancellation. While he did pop by the show to perform a medley of “All The Way Up” and “So Excited,” he also had some other things to address. The rapper hit the set to discuss working on his relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
“I was home with everybody watching the news, thinking about how we could help the people of Puerto Rico. I started harassing Desiree, who’s my manager from Roc Nation. We both started harassing Jay-Z and then, we came back and they bluffed me. And they were like ‘Alright, Jay-Z’s gonna pay for a plane but it fills 200,000 lbs. You gotta fill it up,” he said. After reaching out to all of his famous peers, he ended up saying that they not only reached their goal but exceeded it.
“Everybody got together for a joint effort and we raised two million pounds,” he said, “we got five planes going out but we need to fill up another five.”
Along with discussing his relief efforts, he also ended up judging the “All The Way Up” remix competition. The competition had two rappers going off of the dome over Fat Joe’s “All The Way Up.” He later ended up performing the single on the show along with “So Excited.”
SIGNED will serve as a music competition between aspiring hip-hop acts and R&B singers vying for an opportunity to sign with a record label. With Ross (Maybach Music Group), The-Dream (Radio Killa Records) and Lenny S (Roc Nation) representing their respective companies, the trio of executives will head to Atlanta and scout the crop of talent available to them.
The contestants will undergo a series of auditions, challenges and workshops in order to move a step closer to a finale performance showcase. In the midst of their journey, the competitors will engage in personal sessions with the show’s executives, while also working with surprise collaborators including Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, and producer Bangladesh. At the end, one lucky winner will have the opportunity to sign to either MMG, Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.