Tupac’s Love Letters to be Auctioned off with the Notorious B.I.G.’s crown

Tupac’s Love Letters to be Auctioned off with the Notorious B.I.G.’s crown

Tupac’s Love Letters to be Auctioned off with the Notorious B.I.G.’s crown

On Sept. 15, Sotheby’s will celebrate hip hop’s history.

Next month, several hip hop treasures, including the Notorious B.I.G.’s crown, Tupac’s love letters and other hip hop treasures will go up for auction. The artifacts along with 120 other items, are listed in an auction at Sotheby’s in New York, and are to be sold to celebrate the history and cultural impact of hip hop.

“Since its birth in the Bronx in the 1970’s, hip hop has become a global cultural force, whose massive influence continues to shape all realms of culture — music, fashion, design, art, film, social attitudes, language and more,” Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department Vice President and Senior Specialist Cassandra Hatton said in a statement.

“This sale is a celebration of the origins and early eras of that influence,” she added. “We are pleased to announce the auction with two renowned and beloved icons whose lives and lyricism continue to resonate—Biggie and Tupac—with lots that offer an introspective look, in their own way, at the personalities behind their respective public personas.”

The crown of Biggie was depicted in his famous K.O.N.Y. (King Of New York) portraits, which were clicked by Barron Claiborne, three days prior to his death. According to Complex, the crown was offered up for auction by Claiborne, along with three special-size prints of rapper K.O.N.Y’s 10th anniversary portrait and contact sheet. It is estimated that all three items would be worth anywhere between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000.

The collection also includes 22 of Tupac’s love letters that were penned down by the rapper at the age of 16. The letters were written by the West Coast legend and addressed to Kathy Low, his high school sweetheart, who was a student at the Baltimore School for the Arts along with Tupac. It is predicted that the letters could be sold for $60,000 to $80,000.

The auction will not only include Tupac and Biggie artifacts, but also other hip hop memorabilia items and gems including pictures, jewels, luxury goods, brochures and posters, artwork and more.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Queens Public Library Foundation’s hip-hop and Building Beats programs, wherein educational programs are offered for underserved youth, who are taught business, technology, music, and leadership skills. The auction is scheduled for September 15.


Officer investigating cop who shot rubber bullet at demonstrator says, “He’s a good guy”

Officer investigating cop who shot rubber bullet at demonstrator says, “He’s a good guy”

Officer investigating cop who shot rubber bullet at demonstrator says, “He’s a good guy”

After Sgt. Jeffrey Newman was accused of being biased, he was removed from the investigation of a cop injuring a protester.

After Fort Lauderdale Police Sgt. Jeffrey Newman made a biased comment, he will no longer be permitted to investigate a case wherein a cop shot a protestor with a rubber bullet. A few days after the death of George Floyd, civil rights activist LaToya Ratlieff was shot in the face with the less-lethal round, as a clash erupted between protesters and police.

Sun-Sentinel reported that Newman told Ratlieff that Detective Eliezer Ramos, the police officer responsible for her injuries, is actually a “good guy.”

“I’ve worked with [him] before. He’s a good guy,” Newman allegedly told Ratlieff. “I know he didn’t intentionally mean to do it. And it’s my job to investigate and to see what happened.”

Because of these comments, Newman was removed from the police department’s internal affairs office and will no longer pursue the investigation. An internal memorandum has accused him of “creating serious doubts … about his ability to investigate the matter independently.” According to the Sentinel, the comments made by Newman also revived doubts about the reliability of the department, particularly among local activists.

“LaToya was in shock when Sergeant Newman told her about his relationship with Officer Ramos and that he had seemingly predetermined the outcome of an investigation which had barely began,” Ratlieff’s attorneys, Michael Davis and Benedict Kuene, wrote in a written statement.

“Victims deserve fair and impartial investigations which prioritize justice based on the facts. The days of friends investigating friends need to come to an end. The city must pursue fundamental changes to the way it handles internal affairs investigations.”

“It definitely gives me some concern,” added Rodney Jacobs, assistant director of the city of Miami’s Civilian Investigative Panel. “One thing we definitely champion in our office is that we are unbiased; we champion layers of transparency so the community has trust in us.”

Footage released from the Black Lives Matter demonstration wherein Ratlieff sustained injuries showcases police officers laughing as they fired less lethal rounds at demonstrators. The Sentinel reported that some cops were caught saying “Get that motherfu*ker” and “Pop his ass” about demonstrators.

It was claimed by Ramos that he was not targeting Ratlieff, but was aiming at a man behind her who was accused of hurling tear gas canisters at authorities. Due to the Florida Police Officer Bill of Rights, the investigation has been on hold. The internal affairs investigations are suspended by law while Florida is in a state of emergency, which has been since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


In New Visual Rich The Kid, Quavo, and Takeoff are “Too Blessed”

In New Visual Rich The Kid, Quavo, and Takeoff are “Too Blessed”

In New Visual Rich The Kid, Quavo, and Takeoff are “Too Blessed”

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic across the world, Migos have been vowing to release a Quarantine Tape, which would come before the Atlanta trio’s official follow-up to Culture II that topped the charts. The latest track labelled “Too Blessed,” comes after the previous releases of “Taco Tuesday,” “Need It,” which was created with the assistance of YoungBoy Never Broke Again, as well as “Give No Fxk” with Travis Scott and Young Thug. The new release features group members Takeoff and Quavo collaborating with Rich The Kid for a party on wax, produced by DJ Durel:

“Running the streets, just flex, my gang, they having baguettes, carats around my neck, bad b***hes taking X, the checks, nevertheless, we too blessed, never possess, it ain’t no stress…/”

The video is in line with the debaucherous nature of the song as it features cars, money, jewelry, and many beautiful women at a fun pool party.

Way back in 2018, Culture II was released and featured 24 tracks, and artists like 2 Chainz, Post Malone, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Drake, and 21 Savage featured in the album. Similar to its predecessor released in 2017, Culture II reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 as 199,000 album equivalent units were purchased. The three members also released independent projects — Quavo’s Quavo Huncho and Takeoff’s The Last Rocket, both of which released in the same year, while Offset’s delayed Father Of 4 released in 2019.

Even Rich The Kid is satisfying his fans with many beats, and in March, his third studio album Boss Man was released. Although it did not reach the top of the charts as music by his collaborators did, the project did deliver several hits as well as assists from many of the artists mentioned above.

Now, all we have to wait for is Migos’ Quarantine Tape soon.


Breonna Taylor’s Mom Found Out About Cops Shooting her on the News

Breonna Taylor’s Mom Found Out About Cops Shooting her on the News

Breonna Taylor’s Mom Found Out About Cops Shooting her on the News .

The night that Breonna Taylor was fatally shot was recalled by her mother Tamika Palmer, in an interview with Vanity Fair. The Louisville cops shot Taylor at night in her own home.

“Kenny [Taylor’s boyfriend] calls me in the middle of the night. He says, ‘Somebody kicked in the door and shot Breonna,’” Palmer stated. “I am dead asleep. I don’t know what he’s talking about. I jump up. I get ready and I rush over to her house. When I get there, the street’s just flooded with police — it’s a million of them.”

Then, Palmer remembers that she reached the street where her daughter used to reside and she was told by an officer that she must visit the hospital as an ambulance had already take the victim there. Once she reached the hospital, she was made to wait for more than two hours after which she was informed that her daughter was not yet brought to the hospital.

Palmer returned to Taylor’s apartment and the police questioned her if anybody would want to hurt either her daughter or her boyfriend. The officer said to her, “Well, Kenny’s at one of our offices. He’s trying to help us piece together what happened here tonight.” For several hours, Palmer stayed there. She then went to get some coffee and came back to her daughter’s apartment right after.

“It’s about 11 in the morning when the officer comes over and says that they are about done and they are wrapping up, and we will be able to get in there once they are finished,” Palmer continued. “I say, ‘Where’s Breonna? Why won’t anybody say where Breonna is?’ He says, ‘Well, ma’am, she’s still in the apartment.’ And I know what that means.”

It was only the next day that Palmer learned that it was the cops who fired at Taylor. “Someone texts me and says, ‘Did you see the news?’” she recalled. “Of course, I didn’t see the news. I didn’t know nothing about it. I watch everything on my iPad. I Google the news station and then I watch the story.”

“And I am like, ‘Why would they ask if somebody wanted to hurt her?’ Now I’m confused,” she continued. “Because you asked me whether I knew someone who wanted to hurt my daughter. But you did it. Why couldn’t you have just told me that the police did this?

Moreover, Palmer also noted how the police officers did not let her see her daughter’s corpse. She could not see the body up until she got a call from the funeral home. It has been more than six months since Taylor was shot and yet, no individual was charged or arrested in connection with her death.


Aaliyah’s Music Will Be Available To Stream on Platforms Soon, Estate Revealed.

Aaliyah’s Music Will Be Available To Stream on Platforms Soon, Estate Revealed.

Aaliyah’s Music Will Be Available To Stream on Platforms Soon, Estate Revealed.

The late singer’s debut album is her only music available for streaming

Yesterday was the 19th anniversary of the death of Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in the Bahamas post the shooting of the single “Rock the Boat’s” music video.
Her estate issued a statement in the honor of the late singer, wherein they updated fans about her music which is unavailable to stream, as of now.

“To our loyal fans,” the statement began. “We are excited to announce that communication has commenced between the estate and various record labels about the status of Aaliyah’s music catalogue, as well as its availability on streaming platforms in the near future. Thank you for your continued love and support. More updates to come!”

The statement issued by the estate about the status of Aaliyah’s catalog is not the first time that fans began to anticipate her music’s release on streaming platforms. Previously, an account posing as her uncle Barry Hankerson, who owns Blackground Records which, in turn, owns all her masters, vowed that her music will be available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Amazon Prime Music on the 41st birthday of the late singer.

After fans listened to some of Aaliyah’s songs in the Verzuz battles between Timbaland and Swizz Beatz and Ne-Yo and Johnta Austin, a hashtag #FreeAaliyahMusic was created as they hoped to get access to the music released after her debut album, which is already streaming music platforms.It seems now that they are one step closer to achieving their wishes!

Loved ones of Aaliyah have been posting heartfelt tributes praising the singer.

“Your music has always been 10 STEPS AHEAD & Your sound is still FUTURISTIC,” close friend and collaborator Missy Elliott penned in a tweet. “Your fashion always been ONE OF KIND. You rocked your outfits with SWAG & SAUCE! Just know that you are still inspiring generations til this day. We love you #Aaliyah.”

A throwback picture was posted by Timbaland, who worked closely with Aaliyah, with the caption “R I P BABEGIRL ♥️♥️♥️.”

On her death anniversary, Austin also directed a few loving words towards the “Try Again” singer.

Next to a photo of him and Aaliyah during their first studio session together, he wrote, “I post at least twice a year about you, but I lose track of the actual times that I think of & remember you, your humor, your work ethic, your attempts to learn ATL slang (which were successful) & the way you seemed to light up any environment you entered. Keep saving my place by the I’ll be along when I can.”