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‘LHHATL’ star Scrapp DeLeon shares insight from his prison experiences

ROLLINGOUT.COM — As seen on “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” rap artist and television personality Scrapp DeLeon is known as the ladies man.

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By Regine Stepherson

As seen on “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” rap artist and television personality Scrapp DeLeon is known as the ladies man who always finds a way inside a love triangle. Now that he’s out of prison and back at home, however, viewers get to see a glimpse of how he’s become a changed man — in mind and in heart.

DeLeon recently sat down for an exclusive interview with rolling out and opened up about his experience in prison and how it has shaped his life personally and professionally.

How did your setback change your mindset from then to now?

When I was in prison, I actually utilized that time to strengthen myself physically, mentally and spiritually. I took that time to develop and mature. When you sit in a cell and you’re by yourself, you have a lot of time to re-evaluate everything and self-reflect, so I just took that time to master self — self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control, self-love, all of these things with myself — so I just really learned who I am and found my purpose.

Do you think being a part of a gang or a mob is a part of the survival guide in prison?

It’s unfortunate, but gangs run the prison. Whether you’re a Crip or Blood, GD [Gangster Disciple], it’s sectioned off into organizations. You have Muslims — and, actually, I’m Muslim — so in the prison system, they like to consider us a gang since there are so many Muslims. But being a part of a gang from what I have seen can make it a lot harder due to the affiliation, so if something is going on with the Crips, you’ve got to ride for them regardless [of] whatever it is. But at the end of the day, when you [are] a solid individual and you [are] a real person, they feel that. So, if you just [are] who you are, you really don’t have anything to worry about.

Would you say that you found people in prison who you could call family or friends?

Most definitely. [There are] a lot of real men in prison — and what I mean by real men, I mean men who just take care of their family despite their situation, what they stand for and their morals and integrity — and a lot of them won’t be coming home to their kids, wives or mothers. I definitely met some people that I would consider friends who kept me on the right path. It would be a time or two where [I was] about to get into something [when they] told me, “Scrapp, you need to go home to your kids. Be real to Papii and King, forget the other two.” So, I definitely have some individuals that I got love for and all my Muslim brothers, of course.

Click here to watch the full interview.

This article originally appeared in Rollingout.com.

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Homophobic 50 Cent shames Young Buck for posing with Lil Nas X

ROLLINGOUT — In a move that won’t surprise pop culture fans, rapper 50 Cent tried to shame Young Buck for posing for a photo with Lil Nas and posting it on Buck’s Instagram page.

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By Terry Shropshire

Young Buck must owe 50 Cent some money.

In a move that won’t surprise pop culture fans, rapper 50 Cent tried to shame Young Buck for posing for a photo with Lil Nas and posting it on Buck’s Instagram page.

This is the same Fifty, by the way, who publicly disowned his own son, despite the fact that Marquise Jackson looks just like him.

Lil Nas X, as most music fans are aware by now, came out at the end of the Pride Month to announce that he is gay. And Fifty is trying to use Nas’ sexuality to taunt Buck with the following Instagram post:

Young Buck, 37, born David Darnell Brown, was simply congratulating the 21-year-old Lil Nas X for the phenomenal success he’s experienced right out the gate with “Old Town Road,” his camp told TMZ. As rolling out reported, the single is No. 1 on the Billboard charts for the 13th consecutive week, setting a new record for a rap song on the pop charts.

Also, the photo with Lil Nas X, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, was taken at the top of June, long before Nas decided to come out to the world. Buck’s people told TMZ he doesn’t care about Nas’ sexual orientation nor Fifty’s taunts. Buck just believes Fifty is trolling Buck, his former labelmate, over some past contract dispute that has never been rectified, TMZ reports.

What do you make of Fifty’s trolling of Young Buck and Lil Nas X?

This article originally appeared in the Rollingout.com.
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US Women’s soccer champ Megan Rapinoe quotes Nipsey Hussle after victory

ROLLINGOUT — To call soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe “bold” is an understatement. She is one of the few athletes audacious enough to take up the cause with Colin Kaepernick and kneel during the play of the national anthem. She has publicly declared that she may never sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” again because of the multiple instances of inequality in America.

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Megan Rapinoe with girlfriend, WNBA legend Sue Bird, after the USA Women’s soccer team took home the World Cup. (Photo: Instagram – @mrapinoe)

By Terry Shropshire

To call soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe “bold” is an understatement.

She is one of the few athletes audacious enough to take up the cause with Colin Kaepernick and kneel during the play of the national anthem. She has publicly declared that she may never sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” again because of the multiple instances of inequality in America.

Most of all, Rapinoe generated all kinds of quakes when she told outlet “Eight by Eight” that she’s “not going to the f—-ing White House” if the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup — which it did — inciting a vicious backlash from the right wing of America, especially from the Oval Office.

Furthermore, when Rapinoe won the most valuable player of the record-breaking U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) that won the World Cup on Sunday, July 8, 2019, one of the first things she did during the post celebratory festivities, was quote the late, legendary rapper, Nipsey Hussle.

Rapinoe, an activist athlete who ardently advocates for gender and racial equality, posted this message on her Instagram page as an ode to the slain founder of The Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles.

Rapinoe, who is dating basketball legend Sue Bird of the WNBA, has also quoted Martin Luther King Jr. as sort of a clue into her sociopolitical philosophy.

This article originally appeared in Rollingout.com. 
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Willie D of the Geto Boys is also running for Houston City Council

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — The Geto Boys’ Willie D is moving into politics in his hometown of Houston. He made the announcement last week, about three weeks after his Geto Boys group member Scarface said he was doing the same thing. Willie also asked for donations in his post.

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By Defender News Service

The Geto Boys’ Willie D is moving into politics in his hometown of Houston.

He made the announcement last week, about three weeks after his Geto Boys group member Scarface said he was doing the same thing. Willie also asked for donations in his post.

“What’s better than one Geto Boy running for City Council?” asked Willie on Instagram. “It’s on family! This is the next step in my evolution to serve and I need your help!”

The 52-year-old will be running for city council in District B, and Scarface will be running for District D in Houston.

In the comment section of Willie’s post, the “My Block” rapper sent his group member encouraging words and told him that he’s making the right decision.

“Congrats Will!! What better way to make change in our community From it, of it and love it!!” he wrote.

Willie D and Scarface aren’t the first two rappers to go into politics.

In 2010 Chicago rapper Rhymefest ran for Alderman of the 20th ward in his Windy City hometown but lost to incumbent candidate Willie Cochran by a slim margin.

In that same year, Wyclef Jean announced that he was running to be the president of Haiti where he was born, but his application was rejected because he never lived in the country for at least five years.

And in 2018 Dupre “Doitall” Kelly, from the ’90s rap group Lords of the Underground, ran for a city council seat in his hometown of Newark, N.J., although he didn’t win.

After Willie D made his surprising announcement, people seemed pretty excited about it.

“You got my vote,” one person wrote on Instagram.

“You were Born and raised there,” wrote another. “After all Who’s not familiar with the geto boys! You know the ppl the ppl know you. I say good for you and I’m praying that you have a very successful campaign.”

Both rapper’s announcement about their campaigns come shortly after Bushwick Bill, the third member of the Geto Boys, passed away from pancreatic cancer on June 9 at age 52.

This article originally appeared in the Defender News Network

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Trouble already? Stevie J and wife Faith Evans unfollow each other on IG

ROLLINGOUT — About a year after producer Stevie J and singer Faith Evans’ quickie wedding on July 17, 2018, where the two got hitched without prior notification in a Las Vegas hotel, trouble seems to be brewing in the couple’s household.

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Singer Faith Evans and husband and producer Stevie J (Image source: Instagram – @hitmansteviej)

By Terry Shropshire

About a year after producer Stevie J and singer Faith Evans’ quickie wedding on July 17, 2018, where the two got hitched without prior notification in a Las Vegas hotel, trouble seems to be brewing in the couple’s household.

According to Hot97 and MadameNoire.com, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” stars, Stevie J, whose real name is Steven Jordan, 47, and Evans, 46, have suddenly stopped following each other on Instagram.

While that alone does not automatically equate to marital tumult, the following cryptic tweets sent out by Stevie J have fans speculating that something nasty may be brewing just beneath the surface:

About the same time, Evans released this nugget from Albert Einstein on Instagram:

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A post shared by Faith Evans (@therealfaithevans) on Jun 24, 2019 at 2:09pm PDT

Has reality TV devoured another union?

These developments happened days after Stevie J and former girlfriend Mimi Faust came to blows about how he allegedly disrespected Faust’s girlfriend.

Some believe the Stevie-Faith relationship was doomed from the start. As they were honeymooning, another one of his exes, the notorious former LHHATL cast member Joseline Hernandez, put him on full blast and accused him of sending her love texts behind Evans’ back.

“Will you marry me,” a text from “a**hole,” Hernandez wrote in a tweet that has been deleted.

This article originally appeared in Rollingout.com
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Bow Wow ‘getting the bag’ with new businesses and upcoming restaurant

ROLLINGOUT — There is a reason why businessman Shad Moss has flung aside the long-held moniker of “Bow Wow” like an old jacket. First of all, he said he retired from the genre three years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times, although, like boxers, rappers are prone to make comebacks even after they drop the mic. Just as importantly, Moss wants to be viewed as a bona fide businessman and the Bow Wow sobriquet just wasn’t cutting it for him anymore.

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Shad Moss AKA Bow Wow (Photo by: Wiki Commons)

By Terry Shropshire

There is a reason why businessman Shad Moss has flung aside the long-held moniker of “Bow Wow” like an old jacket.

First of all, he said he retired from the genre three years ago, according to the Los Angeles Times, although, like boxers, rappers are prone to make comebacks even after they drop the mic. Just as importantly, Moss wants to be viewed as a bona fide businessman and the Bow Wow sobriquet just wasn’t cutting it for him anymore.

The Buckeye-born and bred Moss (Columbus, Ohio), 32, is able to boast of his business ventures, which he unabashedly does at regular intervals, which he says includes having the No. 1 selling durag line in the market.

In addition to his duties as executive producer of the hit reality TV show “Growing Up Hip Hop,” Moss is working on producing his first movie for TV One, according to The Jasmine Brand. And he is about to drop his own wave control brush and pomade.

And then there is the matter of enrolling his daughter in acting classes, for which she has shown that she inherited some of her father’s swag:

The biggest project that he is going to undertake in the future is the opening of his restaurant. He has yet to divulge the name of the establishment or the kind of eatery it will be or where it will be located. But Moss is letting folks know that he is handling his.

This article originally appeared in Rollingout.com.

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Missy Elliott Inducted to Songwriters Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON INFORMER — Iconic rapper and songwriter Missy Elliott has become the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott, 47, was inducted into the prestigious academy Thursday night in a New York City ceremony by her longtime friend and fellow rapper Queen Latifah.

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Missy Elliott (Photo by: Atlantic Records | Wiki Commons)

Iconic rapper and songwriter Missy Elliott has become the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Elliott, 47, was inducted into the prestigious academy Thursday night in a New York City ceremony by her longtime friend and fellow rapper Queen Latifah.

Among fans who offered congratulations were former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle.

“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama said in a video message played during the event. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”

An emotional Elliott was barely able to contain herself as she stepped to the podium in acceptance of her latest achievement.

“Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said with tears in her eyes as the audience erupted with cheers and applause. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers: Do not give up. We all go through writer’s block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too.”

Elliott is also the third rapper — after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri in 2017 and 2018, respectively — to be inducted into the Hall.

This article originally appeared in the Washington Informer

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