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(Bobby Shmurder leaving the precinct after his arrest on Weds. night)
Bobby Shmurda (real name Ackquille Pollard) has pled not guilty to gun and drug trafficking charges.

During a press conference today at Manhattan’s One Police Plaza, Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Police Commissioner William Bratton and others displayed a table covered with 21 different guns and updated the media on their task force investigation into Brooklyn’s G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang activity which culminated in the arrest of 15 members, including rising rap stars Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel.
The statements included charges of crack sales, use of crack revenue to fuel gang activity, as well as serious accusations of violence.
At one point, the prosecutor alleged that Rowdy Rebel was involved in a shooting and then went to the Barclay Center and got onstage wearing the same clothes. (See photos from that night)
As of now, Bobby Shmurda and his crew are still in custody and Shmurda’s bail has been set at $2million dollars, a clear sign of the severity of the indictment…but his lawyer Howard Greenberg says bail will be posted. Earlier this year, Bobby was arrested for weed possession and then gun possession.

Here is a screenshot of Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel’s charges…it’s significant to note that Bobby’s conspiracy charges reportedly include “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree murder” and “conspiracy to commit 2nd degree assault.”:

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Explanation: According to one legal website, “Conspiracy to commit murder” means that you “aided” one or more persons’ plan to murder, and it could even just mean that you knew about the plan and didn’t do anything to stop it from happening.

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Watch What Happens Live - Season 11

Nicki Minaj continued her promo run for The Pinkprint album with an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday night. Sitting down with host Andy Cohen in an all-black skin-tight bustier, things got wild right from the start as Minaj had a slight nip slip on the show, which soon became a big topic on Twitter last night.

Cohen and Nicki touched on her past wardrobe malfunctions on GMA and at this year’s MTV VMAs, and played a game of “Plead the Fifth” where Cohen allowed the Young Money rapper one veto on the subjects of Solange and Jay Z’s elevator incident, the most well-endowned rappers in the industry, and if she’s ever slept with labelmate Drake.

Along with taking a “Shotski” with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, Nicki left Cohen with a gift basket and opened up more after the show on working with Beyoncé. “The best part about working with Beyoncé is I know that she likes what I do,” she said. “It’s pretty amazing that someone I looked up to for such a long time respects what I do as well.”

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Drake and the Toronto Raptors returned with the 2nd annual “Drake Night” on Tuesday night. The celebration centered around the NBA franchise and Toronto’s Grammy Award-winning artist, kicked off during the Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets matchup at the Air Canada Centre. Along with a special edition OVO x Raptors t-shirt given to the 19,000 in attendance commemorating the night, the 28-year-old rapper returned to the scorer’s table as PA announcer, introducing the starting lineups with a comedic twist.

Sitting down with ESPN’s Mark Jones and Jon Barry for an in-game interview, the Raptors Global Ambassador spoke on the team’s recent success, changes he would make as NBA Commissioner, and championship goals. “Yeah, I’m working on some great things for the beginning of the year, just trying to keep people excited,” Drake closed the live chat with, possibly alluding to a rumored mixtape coming in the new year? Watch below.

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Following the surprise announcement and new single “Sugah Daddy,” more details about D’Angelo’s Black Messiah LP are coming to light. Just moments before the soul singer is set to debut his first album in 14 years on Sunday night at a listening session in New York City, D’Angelo explains the meaning behind the album’s title.

At the listening event sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy and Afropunk, lyric pamphlets were handed out to attendees. Along with the revelation that Q-Tip and Funkadelic’s Kendra Foster made contributions, the 40-year-old singer gives his meaning of Black Messiah. “Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood,” he says. “For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.”

You can read more of D’Angelo’s words below, plus check out the 12-song tracklisting courtesy of Pitchfork. UPDATE: Q-Tip took to Twitter, announcing the album arrives tonight. UPDATE #2: The Roots Questlove, plus an official announcement during the listening session confirms Black Messiah drops on iTunes at midnight.

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Cam’ron posted an instagram video on Weds which was touching for those of us who knew and loved his late friend Huddy, but the message that went along with it also shocked Killa Cam music fans…

“Fresh off da flight.. To see my brother.. HUD 6 told me lastnite.. #AChangeGoneCome ..my last album.. #PurpleHaze2 this summer.. It’s been fun.. But HUD said we got other things to do. #Hud6″

Could this really be true? With the DJ Atrak x Cam’ron Federal Reserve project still unreleased, and a recent flow of hood movies and mixtapes…is Cam’ron really retiring from rap?

I reached out to Cam to get more details and here’s a short version of our convo…

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After announcing their breakup on Friday night, the Chris Brown-Karrueche Train fiasco has turned into quite the hot topic on social media the past 24 hours. Fueling the chatter has been a back-and-forth between the former lovers, after Brown revealed the two called in quits during his set at Power 106’s Cali Christmas.

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran are done. The couple have ended their much-publicized relationship, each person announcing their separation publicly via different outlets. A clue that things between the young couple had ended late last month, when Karrueche posted on Twitter “Looks like I’m a single lady again.” At the time, Brown had stayed silent on the subject until Friday night at Power 106’s annual Cali Christmas concert.

Before going into “Loyal” with special guest Tyga, Brown had asked the crowd “How many single ladies we got in here tonight?.” After the screams from females in the audience, he responded “Well, I’m single too. Fuck that bitch!.” Shortly after the performance, Karrueche responded on Twitter saying “Ni**as be in they feelings when you break up with them lol.”

Chris Brown seemed ready to move on from the on-again, off-again relationship, as he shared a picture on Instagram, backstage with Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Khloe Kardashian.

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With Christmas Day just weeks away, Mariah Carey got into the festive spirit by appearing on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center special on Wednesday night. Live from New York City, the pop diva was backed by young dancers as she performed the song “All I Want For Christmas,” a record that’s being celebrated on its 20th anniversary.

The 82nd annual NBC tree-lighting ceremony didn’t go without controversy, as Carey was originally scheduled to tape her performance the previous night. TMZ reports that the singer showed up 3 hours late, leaving fans in the cold and rain which prompted NBC executives to kick her off the show. It’s reported on Wednesday morning things changed and Carey was re-added to the lineup. “Last night’s situation was beyond my control,” Mariah posted on Twitter. “I apologize to all that showed up, you know that I would never want to disappoint you

The Grammy Award-winning singer’s first annual “All I Want For Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity” Christmas concert series takes place from December 15, 16, 18, 20 & 21 in New York City.

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Kelly Rowland is mourning a major loss in her family. The R&B singer’s mother, Doris Rowland Garrison, passed away on Tuesday in Atlanta. The 66-year-old went into cardiac arrest on Monday, and to the attack, never recovering. A publicist for Rowland confirmed the news (via E! News) following the tragic moment.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my mother, Doris Rowland Garrison. She was an incredible soul who made countless sacrifices so that I could become the woman—and now mother—I am today,” Rowland said in a statement Wednesday. “We humbly appreciate all the love and support and only ask for privacy during this difficult time.”

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for the Destiny’s Child member, who gave birth to her first child Titan Jewell Weatherspoon in November, with husband Tim Weatherspoon.

Previously:
Kelly Rowland – “Mommy’s Little Baby (A Lullaby)”
Kelly Rowland Gives Birth to a Baby Boy

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NY1 has received word a grand jury has reached a decision in the Eric Garner death case. According to sources, the panel has voted not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s choking death.

Despite the incident being caught on video footage, and months of deliberation, once again a police officer has gotten away with killing a citizen. The Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Garner’s death a homicide caused by “compression of neck (chokehold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” (NYPost)

Police Commissioner William Bratton said the NYPD is prepared to deal with protests in NYC.

“I think that there will be an ability that people will get to have their voice heard without disturbance. We, on the other hand, on the police side, will naturally gear up to deal with any potential contingency that might occur,” Bratton said.

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