Upon hearing of 21 Savage’s battle for release from ICE custody, Jay-Z has offered assistance. The billionaire rapper-turned-philanthropist has hired a lawyer to work on 21’s case.
Declaring 21 Savage’s circumstances “an absolute travesty,” Jay-Z has hired an attorney to assist the detained rapper. February 6th, Jay issued a statement explaining his decision via his Team Roc twitter account.:
This is No Coincidence
Jay-Z went on to share two additional tweets. The first references the U-Visa 21 Savage applied for in 2017 along with the mention of the extended version of “A Lot”, a single featuring J. Cole released in 2018. In the next tweet, Jay quotes the line that may have sparked ire from the feds. With lyrics that call out immigration injustice, 21 says:
“Been through some things so I can’t imagine my kids stuck at the border”
Jay-Z added, “This is no coincidence. #FREE21SAVAGE
Alex Spiro has been hired to represent She Yaa Bin Abraham-Johnson, aka 21 Savage, at the behest of Jay-Z. The 36-year-old lawyer has experience in both civil rights and trial cases, having notably prosecuted Rodney Alcala, “The Dating Game Killer.”
In the past, Spiro has represented artists like Mick Jagger and Jay-Z as well as athletes like DeMarcus Cousins and Matt Barnes. Once media outlets began reporting he would be involved in 21 Savage’s case, Spiro released a statement to TMZ:
“We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out, or in front of a judge…What we have here is a someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for 4 years – not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed, but by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.”
21 applied for a U-Visa Twice
Four years ago, 21 Savage’s lawyer applied for a U-visa, which is set aside for victims of crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse in the U.S. This form of visa was most likely selected due to the 2013 shooting which took place on Abraham-Johnson’s 21st birthday, where he was shot 6 times and the life of his brother was taken. The application was submitted almost immediately following a judge vacating his drug conviction but it sat in limbo – neither rejected or approved. In 2017, 21 and his lawyer resubmitted an application for a U-visa but it is still pending. Celebrity supporters of 21 Savage have called upon lawyers to argue that there is sufficient law that insists the rapper should be released on bond rather than held in ICE detention.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.