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DaBaby's lawyers dismissed Rolling Stone's video which seems to dispute the rapper's claims that he killed a man in self-defense.

The 30-year-old rapper, real name Jonathan Kirk, killed 19-year-old Jaylin Craig during a fight at a North Carolina Walmart store in 2018.
 
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Leaked video footage obtained by Rolling Stone shows DaBaby threw the first punch, then pulled out a gun and shot Craig dead.

The rapper claimed self-defense, but the surveillance footage shows he initiated the confrontation by sucker punching Craig's friend.
 

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The rapper's attorneys, Drew Findling and Marissa Goldberg, tell TMZ the video was reviewed by a judge and prosecutors back in 2018.

The lawyers say prosecutors concluded DaBaby acted in self-defense and therefore was not charged with homicide.

DaBaby also responded to the video, saying, "The media got they a*s brainwashed."

Since 2018, DaBaby has shot at or physically assaulted multiple people — some without provocation.

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New video footage shows that rapper DaBaby may have triggered a fight that left a shopper dead in a North Carolina Walmart store in 2018.

DaBaby, real name Jonathan Kirk, claims he shot 19-year-old Jaylin Craig in self-defense. But never-before-seen footage shows the rapper threw the first punch.

DaBaby claimed he was approached by two young men who allegedly threatened him with a gun while he was shopping with his then-girlfriend and their children.

However, the footage shows the rapper to be the initial aggressor by sucker punching Craig's best friend, Henry Douglas.

After DaBaby punched Douglas, Craig appears to pull a gun from his waistband, but then he tucked it back in before walking out of the frame.

The video ended after DaBaby shot Craig who fled into an aisle and collapsed where he was pronounced dead by medics.
 

 
Kirk told police he shot Craig in self-defense and to protect his family. Since dead men can't talk - and a weapon was found near Craig's body - the police believed the troubled rapper.

"I feel like they just swept it up under the rug," Craig's mother, LaWanda Horsley, tells Rolling Stone. "[DaBaby] knows what he did. I'm not doing this for no fame or anything, because at the end of the day, Jaylin Craig is gone."

She added: "When I found out my son was killed, everything from the bottom of my feet came up and out of me. I never knew your body could feel like that."

DaBaby was convicted in June 2019 of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

The rapper was back in the blog headlines this weekend after he teed off on one of his own artists, a Charlotte rapper named Wisdom

According to XXL magazine, the diminutive rapper came to blows with Wisdom backstage at the South Jam festival in Columbus on Friday, April 22.

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Footage from the fight shows DaBaby throwing the first punch, before the two combatants are separated by a security guard.

In related news a Twitter user claims DaBaby nearly shot a co-worker who went to the rapper's home to fix his cable.

The user tweeted that DaBaby overheard a conversation between his brother and the cable guy and assumed there was a threat made toward his brother.

The Twitter user wrote: "My co worker went to go fix his cable problems and for talking with his brother about fights and making gestures da baby thought they were squaring up and almost popped off on my co worker but his brother calmed him down.

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Jazmine Sullivan says making music in the recording studio is an "intensely personal experience" for her.

The R&B songstress opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about her songwriting process, which includes soul searching and channeling her personal drama into her music.

She is able to "talk about things that (she) wouldn't normally have talked about" through her music.

Toward the end of 2019, her mother, Pam, who once co-managed Jazmine's music career, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jazmine also endured years in an abusive relationship that ended not long before the pandemic shut down the music industry last year.

"When I'm making music and I'm in a studio, it really feels so personal. I'm just literally telling my story, and it's for me. I know people are going to hear it, but it's just me getting out these thoughts and these feelings that are inside of me."

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Jazmine's EP album, Heaux Tales, released on January 8, 2021, is described as her "fourth and bleakest" album to date.

Heaux Tales won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards, and spawned the hit songs "Lost One" and "Pick Up Your Feelings."

The EP is her first release since 2015's critically-acclaimed Reality Show.

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Themes on Heaux Tales include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming, which are all personal to Jazmine.

Among Jazmine's favorite songs on her 14-song EP is "The Other Side" - which tackles the contradictory body image feelings that women experience.

The 34-year-old Philadelphia native topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2008 with her debut album, Fearless.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA and spawned four singles, including "Bust Your Windows" and "Need U Bad."
 

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Singer/songwriter SZA is very unhappy with the way her latest Rolling Stone magazine cover story turned out.

The singer appears on "The Takeover" issue of Rolling Stone alongside rapper Megan Thee Stallion and singer Normani. But on Twitter, SZA suggested the cover didn't reflect her high morals.

"Not doing any videos Interviews or photos for the rest of my life lol don't ask," she tweeted angrily on Thursday.

Fans speculated that the sexualized Rolling Stone cover, with its dominatrix overtones, led to her tweet.

SZA added: "S/o Normani and meg tho . My sisters who I love very much and respect deeply . Honored to be apart of ANYTHING w the two of those BLACK QUEENS."

In response to a fan who replied with a picture of the cover, SZA wrote: "If u care about me delete this."

The cover was shot by photographer Campbell Addy.

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Lizzo has credited her therapist for giving her the "courage to be vulnerable as a vocalist".

The "Good As Hell" star suffered an emotional breakdown while on tour in 2018. Afterwards she decided to start seeing a therapist.

The songbird described her breakdown as "really scary". Lizzo told Rolling Stone magazine that "being vulnerable with someone I didn't know, then learning how to be vulnerable with people that I do know, gave me the courage to be vulnerable as a vocalist."

Shortly before heading out on the road for her 2018 tour, the 31-year-old, real name Melissa Jefferson, split from her boyfriend - whose identity she has kept secret.

While the split was a difficult time for the star, it's one she knew she needed to go through.

"As f**ked up as it sounds, I needed that heartbreak experience," she explained. "I'm not sad, because I use the pain so constructively. It's inevitable. The pain is human experience."

With the help of her therapist and a new outlook on life, Lizzo is working on a "relationship with my family" and opening herself "up to friendships".

"I open myself up to the idea of children, which is big for me, ’cause my albums are my babies," she added.
 

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