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Few people outside of tennis circles has ever heard of Naomi Osaka's boyfriend, rapper YBN Cordae. And most still haven't heard his music.
In fact, Naomi is tired of people asking her what he does for a living.
After Naomi defeated Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win the 2021 Australian Open and clinch her 4th grand slam title, she took to Instagram to plug Cordae's music for tennis fans.
Naomi shared a video clip of herself wearing a Lakers jacket and holding her new trophy. A track can be heard playing over the video.
Cordae wrote in the comments, "That unreleased tho [sic]."
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During a recent interview with GQ magazine, Naomi revealed she hears Cordae's music before his fans.
She said she had to do a lot of begging before he would let her hear his music.
"I had to do a lot of pleases. 'Please, sir, can I just please listen to your song?' Eventually, he let me listen to his music, which I feel really grateful and honored about, to be honest. He's a perfectionist, and I think that's sort of what I am too. So maybe that's why we get along."
Cordae added, "She's musically inclined, though. She has a good ear. I don't really trust too many people's ear like that. You get what I'm saying? She has a widespread ear. And that's the way she thinks as well: worldwide."
Naomi and Cordae, both 23, started dating in 2019, months after she won her first grand slam title, defeating Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open Championship.
In a recent interview, Naomi said Cordae had never heard of her or her tennis achievements when they first met.
Millions of people around the world say they will not take the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine if it's available.
Rappers have been particularly vocal about not taking the still experimental vaccine that was rushed to market -- even though researchers say it will not protect against contracting the virus.
The CDC says people who take the vaccine are still required to wear masks and social distance.
Rapper Plies took to Instagram on Monday to say he will roll up his sleeves for the vaccine as soon as it becomes available.
"I'm getting vaccinated the first chance I get," he wrote.
"How I look @ It I put things in my body everyday I don't know where it come from. If I done trusted the weed man (Who I didn’t know), ate from the food truck outside the club, drunk Hennessy & Red Bull & survived. I should be str8."
Plies's followers disagreed. Many said they don't trust the government.
One user wrote: "Smh u too smart 4 dat have u ever seen someone pass out off one of those things u name and still did it after them den yea go head [sic]."
Another fan added, "Difference is, the weed man, food truck guy, and club ain't tryin kill you. Cuz if u do die behind what they give u somebody goin to jail.. in this case nobody will be held responsible for what happens to u after u take it [sic]."
And a third user wrote: "True but none of them have a history murdering people in the name of "science."
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Deezer D, best known as scrub nurse Malik McGrath on NBC TV's "ER," has died at age 55.
Deezer, born Dearon Thompson, was found unresponsive at home, his brother Marshawn told TMZ. It is believed Thompson died of a heart attack. He previously underwent open heart surgery in 2009.
"I have a heart valve that is leaking and the aorta had expanded to way beyond what it is supposed to be," the actor told Radar Online at the time. "As soon as the doctor identified what was going on, he put me in here. What I was going through for the last year — that was scary. I'm fearless about the surgery."
Deezer D began his career as a young rapper in the 1990s. He transitioned into acting and landed a role in the 1991 musical comedy film "Cool as Ice" starring rapper Vanilla Ice.
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The aspiring rapper also starred in the urban comedy films "CB4" and 2002's "Crazy as Hell." He is pictured left in a 1993 photo shoot for CB4 with actors Allen Payne, center, and Chris Rock.
A new Deezer D single, "History Can't Be Stopped," was released posthumously on Friday.
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Michael Jordan may be an icon and a legend in the eyes of many, but multiple sources say he's not the nicest guy on earth.
Rapper Chamillionaire shared an encounter he had with the billionaire at an auction of Jordan's basketball memorabilia years ago.
Chamillionaire grew up in Washington, DC, and like most boys his age in the 1980s and '90s, he idolized the Chicago Bulls legend.
According to Sportscasting.com, when he saw Jordan taking photos with others at an auction event, he approached the superstar and asked for a picture.
The 41-year-old rapper had just dropped $7,000 on a Jordan jersey for charity, but Jordan cursed Chamillionaire out and told him he wouldn't pose for a photo unless he ponied up more cash.
According to the rapper, Jordan told him, "You pay $15,000 right now for a jersey from me and I'll take a picture with you."
Disheartened by the encounter, Chamillionaire walked away without paying the $15,000.
Chamillionaire has done well for himself since his days as a hand-to-mouth rap artist with hit songs "Ridin'" and "Turn It Up."
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chamillionaire has an estimated net worth of $50 million. He founded his own record label in 2004, and his investments include a self-driving automation tech company which was sold to General Motors in 2016.
Rapper Freeway is mourning the death of his son, Jihad, who was shot and killed in Philadelphia, according to The Source magazine.
Freeway, real name Leslie Pridgen, announced his son's death on Instagram on Thursday. He shared a photo that shows him posing with Jihad in his graduation cap and gown.
"God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt," he wrote in the caption.
"Please cherish your time and your love ones because we’re not promise the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all Of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise. Ameen [crying emoji] Please make dua for him & my family [sic].
Freeway is the second State Property rapper to lose a child. According to The Source, Oschino's son died last week in a car accident.
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State Troopers who stopped to assist a Virginia man who was involved in a car crash found a decomposing body in his trunk on Sunday.
The dead man in the trunk was identified as aspiring rapper Brian Trotter, 25, who was reported missing last week in Virginia, according to the Miami Herald.
Police arrested Robert Deupree Avery Coltrain, 25, and charged him with second-degree murder and illegal transport of human remains across state lines.
Coltrain was driving north on the Palmetto Expressway near Miami Lakes when he lost control of his silver Acura and crashed on the rain-slick highway near Northwest 154th Street.
Troopers who stopped to help Coltrain detected a foul stench coming from the trunk. The car was towed to Hialeah's Westland Mall, where troopers opened the trunk and discovered the body.
Trotter, who went by the stage name "Kent Won't Stop," had been shot to death.
Coltrain initially refused to speak with Miami-Dade homicide detectives. But he was allowed one phone call and investigators listening in on the call heard him apologize to Trotter's sister. He told her the death happened in Triangle, a small town about 30 miles outside Washington, D.C.
Trotter's family and friends had searched for him for days. They reported him missing and posted missing person flyers on social media.
Under Florida law the case will be prosecuted in Miami-Dade County, since the body was found there.
Detectives are trying to determine the motive.
A Texas judge lost his patience with a juvenile Crips gang member who removed his ankle monitor and shot a 1-year-old baby. The judge sentenced the 12-year-old to 7 years in a juvenile detention center.
The boy broke down and cried during a Zoom detention hearing in September. But the judge told him to save his tears.
"Every time you come in here you cry. You know that, right?" Judge Kim told rapper Lil Rodneyy. "Every single time, you beg me for one more chance. You swear to God, 'On my mama's name,' 'I'm not gonna cut off the monitor, I'm not gonna run off,'" said judge Kim.
The boy, who also answers to "30 Shotz," admitted he cut off his ankle monitor to attend a friend's funeral. But he couldn't recall the friend's name. He told the judge he only knew the friend by his nickname.
The boy's grandfather, who helped raise him, also attended the Zoom hearing.
Judge Kim told the boy he would be detained in a juvenile detention center until he turned 19.
Rodneyy's mother was interviewed after the hearing. She is a single mom who gave birth to Rodneyy when she was 16.
The boy's father abandoned his family, and Rodneyy's mom chooses not to seek child support. She said she was sent away to prison twice when the boy was a toddler. Rodneyy was raised by her father, who lovingly refers to his grandfather as "Paw paw."
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Rapper Young Buck's girlfriend was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after she discharged a firearm in the direction of his head.
Police say Lucresia Neil shot at the fleeing rapper during an argument in their home in the Tower Hill subdivision in Hendersonville, Tenn. on Tuesday.
She was was booked into the Sumner County jail on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
Buck, whose real name is David Darnell Brown, is still missing and investigators have been unable to locate him to determine if he is wounded.
This isn't the first attempt on Young Buck's life. He was the victim of a drive-by shooting in his native Nashville on March 4, 2012.
The SUV he and his girlfriend were in was hit 11 times by gunfire. The rapper lay low for a few days. When he finally resurfaced, he tweeted:
"We all go through things in life. The things I'm experiencing are Truly making me a Better and Stronger man. #GodisGood."
The 39-year-old former gang member is a former member of 50 Cent's G-Unit and the founder of Ca$hville Records.
He started rapping at age 12 and signed with Cash Money Records in 1995.
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Rapper DMX is holding daily Bible studies on Instagram.com amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 49-year-old Mount Vernon native began holding Bible study online last week to minister to those who are still on quarantine in their homes.
The rapper, who became a born again Christian in between prison stints, took to Instagram Live on Friday to preach to the unwashed masses.
The father-of-15, born Earl Simmons, has spoken candidly about his addiction to rock cocaine and other hard drugs. He began smoking marijuana laced with the drug when he was 14.
On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. A bystander said he snorted an unknown substance before collapsing. No drugs were found on the property.
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Rapper Jeezy and "The Real" co-host Jeannie Mai got engaged on March 27 - less than a year after they began dating.
The couple made their relationship Instagram Official in September, after dating just a few months.
While Jeannie says she has met her "equal" in the 42-year-old rap mogul, Jeezy's friends say he is having second thoughts.
Jeezy, real name Jay Wayne Jenkins, is said to be "annoyed" that Jeannie's name always comes before his in news articles.
While urban blogs showed Jeezy some respect, mainstream news outlets gave Jeannie the shine -- which doesn't sit well with the "Thug Motivation" rapper.
Sources say Jeezy is not pleased that his friends believe Jeannie is using him for a come up.
PEOPLE magazine broke the engagement news on Monday, April 6, with the headline: "Jeannie Mai and Jeezy Are Engaged! Inside Their 'Quarantine Date Night' Proposal."
Entertainment Tonight's headline reads: "Jeannie Mai and Jeezy Are Engaged."
E! News also gave Jeannie top billing: "Jeannie Mai & Jeezy Are Engaged!"
London's Daily Mail also lead off with Jeannie in its headline: "'YES': The Real's Jeannie Mai confirms engagement to Jeezy after rapper pops the question during 'quarantine date night."
Jeezy's fans wonder when did Jeannie Mai become a bigger star than their rap idol?
Macho men like Jeezy are used to being the king of his castle and wearing the pants in the relationship. They don't do well in relationships where the woman has more power and fame.
Sources say Jeannie, 41, began dating Jeezy because a Black man will always be viewed as her lesser in society.
Jeezy was previously engaged to an African businesswoman (pictured). He claimed her infant daughter as his own.
There are rumors that Jeannie is pregnant with Jeezy's 2nd child (he also has a grown son). But the pregnancy rumors are unconfirmed.