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Jay Z is using his substantial influence to reform the criminal justice system for rappers who go on trial in New York.

The 51-year-old rap mogul has joined forces with other rap activists to end the unfair practice of using harmful lyrics against rappers in court.

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Rappers typically glorify murder, violence, drug dealing, prostitution and burglary in their rap lyrics. But most of them don't live that life when they leave the recording studios.

According to Rolling Stone, Jay Z, government name Shawn Carter, has teamed up with Meek Mill, Big Sean, Fat Joe, Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland, and Yo Gotti to urge lawmakers to sign and support the "Rap Music on Trial" bill.

The rappers argue that rather than acknowledge rap music as a form of artistic expression, police and prosecutors interpret rap lyrics literally. They say the tactic gives prosecutors "a dangerous advantage in the courtroom."

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"This is an issue that's important to [Jay-Z] and all the other artists that have come together to try to bring about this change," Alex Spiro, Jay-Z's lawyer, told Rolling Stone. "This is a long time coming. Mr. Carter is from New York, and if he can lend his name and his weight, that's what he wants to do."

Rolling Stone reports the bill passed through the New York Senate Codes Committee on Tuesday. The bill is headed to a full vote on the Senate floor.

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Jay Z insulted legions of Michael Jackson fans worldwide when he called his wife, Beyoncé, an "evolution" of Michael Jackson.

The 52-year-old semi-retired rapper divided Black Twitter during a conversation with singer Alicia Keys and others on a recent Twitter Spaces chat.

Jay Z said:

"It goes back to evolution. If we don't think that people gonna be better than what we created, then we don't believe in evolution. I can give you a million reasons... and Bey's gonna be mad at me for saying this but Michael Jackson ain't never had Coachella."

He claimed Beyoncé was an evolution because she performed at Coachella. As if she ever sold out 50 concerts at London's 02 Arena.

Michael's fans were outraged after Jay Z compared the music icon to a studio singer.

Others called it an insult to mention Beyoncé's name in the same breath as Michael's.

One fan brought up old headlines about crazed Stans stealing a plane and selling a child for a Beyoncé ticket. As if that proves anything.

Beyonce should slap Jay Z's face for embarrassing her like this.
 


 
Check out what Black Twitter has to say about Jay Z's delusions below:
 

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Black Twitter clowned rapper Future Hendrix for making dubious claims about his rival, rap icon Jay Z. The father-of-6 compared his success to Jay Z, saying he can get Ye, formerly Kanye West, to pull up at a moment's notice.

Future also bragged that he will earn a billion dollars before Jigga -- who needed his wife to reach that financial milestone.

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The 32-year-old rapper tweeted: "I'm the only one can get YE [Kanye West] to pull up whenever wherever..tuh. Everything I do legendary or it want get done. Tuh."

In his last tweet, he wrote: "In the streets im bigger then jigga. Ima run me a B up easy [sic]."


 
Black Twitter disagreed with Future's boasts.

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Many grew up listening to 52-year-old Jay Z's classic songs that are as relevant today as the day they dropped.

Others noted that Jay is a good father to his children by Beyoncé.

One person asked Future: "But are you bigger than Russell Wilson in your son's life?" in reference to the son he fathered with retired singer Ciara Wilson, wife of the Seahawks quarterback.

Another person wrote: "Bro you fell off."

While a third user tweeted: "You were never on."

Questions: Do you agree with Future? Is he bigger in the streets than Jay Z? Can you name one Future Hendrix album?
 


 

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Roc Nation singer, Maeta, was bitten by a snake while filming a music video this week. The 21-year-old "Habits" singer shared a video clip of her scary moment on Instagram and Twitter.

She captioned the clip: "What I go through to make videos for y'all." In a follow-up post, she wrote: "never again."

In the video, the R&B singer lay on the floor while 2 exotic snakes slithered on her chest. One of the snakes mistook her for a warm furry mouse -- a snake's preferred meal -- and bit her on the chin.

Maeta screamed and threw the reptile off of her. The SoundCloud singer signed to Jay-Z's label back in April.

Domestic pet snakes typically only bite humans when they feel threatened or they are mistreated (abused) by their handlers.

Meata released her debut EP "Do Not Disturb" in 2019 and "Habits" in May of this year.

Watch the video below.

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Once again, Beyonce is not following anyone on Instagram. Her husband Jay Z deleted his IG page after just one day.

The 51-year-old rapper caused a minor frenzy when he joined the platform on Tuesday, but, despite amassing more than 2 million followers, his account was disabled.

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During his brief time on Instagram, Jay only followed his wife Beyonce and she followed him back.

His first post featured a movie poster promoting the release of new Netflix western movie, The Harder They Fall.

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The film features an all-Black cast, including Idris Elba, Regina King, Jonathan Majors, LaKeith Stanfield, Delroy Lindo, Deon Cole and Damon Wayans Jr.

Jay Z opened up about opening doors for other minorities in an interview with Entertainment Tonight in October.

"I love to be a part of projects that widen the lens. Once it's widened for us, it's widened for Asians. For Mexicans. For everyone.

"[For years], one of the only things on public television was Westerns, every week, and we weren't represented in those at all. In fact, our characters were taken from us. The Lone Ranger was based on one of the characters from this film."

The "99 Problems" rapper serves as a producer for the film - which launched on Netflix this week - and he also produced the movie's soundtrack.

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Beyonce's loyal fans say the only person she would ever follow on Instagram is Jesus.

They were wrong.

Jay Z has officially joined Instagram.

The 51-year-old "Dead Presidents" rapper launched his account on the social media platform this week and so far he only follows one page.

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Jay - whose profile went live on Tuesday, Nov. 2, already has over 2.2 million followers, including his wife Beyonce. And she is the only person he follows back.

For his first post, the rap star shared a movie poster to promote his new Netflix western The Harder They Fall.

The father-of-5 serves as a producer for the film - which launched on the streaming platform on Wednesday. He also wrote the soundtrack.

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Sources say Jay Z should invest in the Bigen hair dye company since he is their biggest customer.

The rap OG reportedly wears a male unit (lacefront) and uses Bigen to dye his edges gray nearly every week.

They say he wears weave because he's vain and it's easier to conceal his gray hairs.

I guess it's too difficult to ask a narcissist to age gracefully.

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Damon Dash (left) is eager to sit down and talk man to man with Jay Z, after the rapper extended an olive branch to him during his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The two men were close friends when they co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records with partner Kareem "Biggs" Burke back in 1995 and released Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. However, they fell out when they sold their remaining 50% stake in Roc-A-Fella Records to The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Jay Z, then CEO and President of Def Jam Recordings, retained Roc-A-Fella Records' masters and ousted his former partners Dash and Burke.

Things came to a head earlier this year when Dash decided to proceed with an auction to sell his share of Jay Z's album Reasonable Doubt, despite legal action from the rapper.

However, Jay Z, 51, spoke warmly about Dash, 50, at the Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, saying:

"Shout out to Dame. I know we don't see eye-to-eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments. And I appreciate you and I thank you for that... Thank you for our journey. Thank you. Thank you for your contribution to this journey."

Dash called Jay's message "beautiful" in an interview with the New York Post's Page Six.

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"I'm glad he said it for the culture. We need to squash everything. So hopefully if that was an extended (olive branch) I'll spin one back," said Dame, pictured with Jay Z in 2004.

"I have no beef with (him) if (he has) no beef with me. Let's get the lawyers out of it then. Let's talk like men, but I definitely appreciate it.

"I would never want you to think that we have to go to the court to resolve anything. We can talk it out and the culture needs to see two strong black men working out a problem. Even if they worked together they can go their separate ways they can still be cool."

Despite their differences, Dash said he will always consider Jay Z a "brother".

"We should not be divided. We have accomplished too much to be beefing... There ain't no way I'm never gonna [not] consider [him] my brother — it's just that we don't see eye-to-eye."

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Alberto "Alpo" Martinez was living under a new name in the federal witness protection program in Maine when he was killed in Harlem, NY early Sunday.

Martinez, 55, was shot multiple times as he sat in his 2017 Dodge Ram on the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 147th Street, across from a Harlem police precinct.

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The former drug kingpin had just left a nightclub in Harlem at 3:20 a.m. when a vehicle drove alongside his truck and someone inside the vehicle opened fire.

His body was found inside the truck at 3:24 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso.

The truck had paper plates from Texas. His ID was in the name he used in the witness protection program -- Abraham Rodriguez.

Authorities say he lived in Lewiston, Maine, but he often visited his East Harlem stomping grounds where he was born and raised by his single mother.

Martinez was a notorious drug dealer and convicted murderer who served 25 years of a 35-year sentence in a supermax prison in Colorado.

He confessed to 14 murders and turned government informant to help convict nearly 300 street level drug dealers in New York and Washington, DC.

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Martinez was released from a supermax prison in 2015 and went into the witness protection program.

A police source told the NY Post Martinez should not have returned to Harlem.

"You were in the witness protection program because you testified against other drug dealers," he said. "You'd made a lot of enemies who have a score to settle. When you return to the same area, word will get out very fast. He's back in the zone."

Rapper Cam'Ron played Martinez in the 1991 movie "Paid in Full." The film was produced by rapper Jay Z, Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Films.

Jay Z, Nas and 50 Cent have all recorded rap songs referencing Martinez.

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On Nov. 16, 2019, Martinez posted an Instagram photo of a young Jay Z adorned in gold jewelry. He captioned the image:

"I'm proud Sean was able to make that transition out the streets and into music.. a billion clean.. no one ever thought hip hop could acclimate that kind of money back then.. a lot of these dude got rich telling our stories."

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Remember when a sighting of Beyonce and Jay Z caused pandemonium in the streets? Those days are over. Beyonce and Jay Z were spotted in Venice on Saturday, October 16, and no one even looked in their direction. Beyonce, 40, and Jay Z, 51, were in Italy to attend a friend's wedding.

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Pregnant Eve Cooper and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Singer Brandy and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Actress Naturi Naughton and the cast of new ABC series "Queens" stopped by The View in New York City to promote the new series on Monday, Oct. 18.

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Reality TV star Angela Simmons enjoyed a sunny day on the beach in Miami, Florida, wearing a sexy multi-colored bikini. The 34-year-old single mom is the daughter of Joseph "Run" Simmons and the niece of Russell Simmons.

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As promised, Drake delivered his new album, Certified Lover Boy, without much fanfare or bizarre stunts.

The 34-year-old rapper dropped his first full length release since Scorpion in 2018 - on Friday - almost a year late due to the pandemic.

Standout collabs on the album include rappers Jay Z and mumble rapper Travis Scott.

CLB also includes features with Giveon, Lil Durk, Kid Cudi, Future, Yebba, Young Thug, Lil Baby and 21 Savage.

On "Fair Trade," Drake and Travis seek loyalty from women in their lives and they don't mind losing friends to achieve loyalty.

    "I don't know who love me, but I know that it ain't everybody
    I can never love her, she a busy body
    Baby, if you want me, can't be turnin' up with everybody, nah

    Can't be f*ckin' on just anybody, yeah
    I got feelings for you, that's the thing about it, yeah
    You know that it's somethin' when I sing about it, yeah."

In a post on his Instagram Stories, the rapper described his sixth album as, "A combination of toxic masculinity and acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking." He also dedicated the album to late Instagram models Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr who both died this year.

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Ahead of the release of the record, Drake's mom Sandi Graham sent him sweet and encouraging notes.

Her message on Tuesday, Aug, 31, reads:

"To: Lover Boy Three days more we're counting down, for us to hear the best. Everyone's excited, cause you're nothing like the rest. Three more days my pookaroo I couldn't be more proud of you! Loving mom."

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