Bay Area Legend Keak Da Sneak recovering after shooting in Richmond

After speaking to a very close source keak is alive but in critical condition.

The hyphy-era legend was shot this morning.

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East Oakland rapper Keak Da Sneak was shot in Richmond, CA around 5:30am, Monday morning following a show he played in Oakland. Police found him in front of a 76 Gas Station at the intersection of Carlson Boulevard and Imperial Way.Richmond police are currently investigating the shooting the  gas station in the early morning hours of Monday, August 21. The 39-year-old rapper born Charles Kente Williams was later admitted to surgery, but is out and recovering according to various close sources including KTVUand a now-deleted Instagram post from a friend. No other details are available at this time.

Keak was a pioneer of hyphy, the Bay Area subgenre rooted in high energy, frenetic dancing. He coined the term in 1994 and released hits well into the mid-2000s. This June, he released the new track ‘Thunderdome’ and has been teasing a new album for 2017.Keak Da Sneak who has contributed a ton to the Bay’s rap scene since his debut with Dual Committee in 1992, with various Hyphy Era classics, work as part of 3X Krazy, and his contribution to E-40’s “Tell Me When To Go”, was also shot in January of this year and left with minor injuries.

Tupac Shakur collaborator Big Syke is found dead inside his California home at the age of 48

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Big Syke aka Mussolini “Real Souljah’s never retreat”, says Big Syke. From Little Psycho to Big Syke, the name represents the graduation of each grade from the school of the streets. Born and raised in Inglewood, California, Big Syke comes from where hip-hop was born; the spot where the mind is challenged against circumstances, “You gotta be crazy to survive in the jungle”. Drugs, sex, and violence lured him and many of his comrades into destruction until Syke decided to turn to the solace of music. Big Syke starts telling his story with ‘Evil Mind Gangstas’. EMG was not a rap group or a crew per se; rather a collection of like-minded individuals who hung out together, supported each other, and just happened to record their history by making rap songs. Using his hustling skills, Syke sold thousands of EMG’s first album, “All Hell Breakin’ Loose”, which became the soundtrack to the lives of so many inner-city youth. The hard work put toward EMG built up his street credibility and led him into new musical relationships. In 1991, Big Syke met Tupac Shakur and they quickly became, ‘Closest Road Dog’’s, (Tupac Shakur, Until The End Of Time). This relationship marked another grade of street graduation, as Big Syke also became Mussolini – the first of Tupac’s OUTLAWs. The two made lots of songs together, starting with, ‘T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.’, which is one of many songs that was never released in its original form. Big Syke was also featured on, ‘How Long Will They Mourn Me’ and ‘Cradle To The Grave’ from the ‘THUG LIFE’ album that ultimately reached platinum status. Being a part of THUG LIFE meant more than just making music. THUG LIFE is an acronym that stands for The Hate U Gave Lil’ Infants Fucks Everybody. It is a consciousness, a movement, and a way of thinking that encourages the disadvantaged in society to rise above the challenges faced in the streets. Like EMG, Big Syke found another family of like-minded individuals who bonded for the purpose of prosperity. Tupac featured Big Syke more on his songs than any other artist, which is a testament to their brotherhood. From Tupac’s ‘All Eyez On Me’ album, Syke was featured on ‘All Eyez On Me’, ‘Picture Me Rollin’’, and ‘Check Out Time’. On October 16, 1996, Big Syke released his first solo album, ‘Be Yoself’ from his own label ‘Rideonum Records’. The album was well received by music critics and fans alike, and made way for more opportunities. Syke worked with artists like Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Spice 1, Nate Dogg, and more, making cameo appearances on their albums. Syke did sign on with Rap-A-Lot Records, but decided to continue to move independently before the release of his second solo album, ‘Big Syke’. As well as making music, Syke is pursuing other avenues of the entertainment industry. Dabbling in film, with the writing of a movie script, and fashion, with the imminent launch of his female lounge gear. The near future will realize the fruits of Sykes hard work, just like music has so far. A hustler at heart and a Souljah to the end, Big Syke rises above adversity and is still moving forwardBIG SYKE MEMORIAL.jpg

BLACK HEART FAMILIA RECORDS.JUST WHAT THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA MUSIC SCENE NEEDED.

14333056_1764978943740674_1247744945937350210_nIF YOUR THINKING “WHY SHOULD I CARE “WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT BLACK HEART FAMILIA RECORDS.WELL YOU SHOULD CARE.A COLLECTIVE OF ARTIST WITH THIS LEVEL OF TALENT DIVERSITY AND DEDICATION TO MAKING DOPE MUSIC HAS NOT EXISTED PRIOR TO THE FORMATION OF “BHF” .ARTIST LIKE “V” “BOOG” “ROSE LEEO””SINBAD” “KROWN VIC”  MAKE UP JUST A FEW OF THE ARTIST THAT MAKE UP THE COLLECTIVE “BHF”.I RECENTLY INTERVIEWED THE OWNER AND FOUNDER OF BLACK HEART FAMILIA RECORDS “B RAY”  A.K.A “BOBBY HUSTLE” I WAS IMPRESSED BY THE AMOUNT OF DEDICATION AND EVEN MORE BY THE AMOUNT OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT “BHF” PUTS INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS.I RECENTLY REVIEWED THE “BLACK HEART FETISH” PROJECT BY “BHF”ARTIST ” V” AND I MUST ADMIT AFTER HEARING THE WAY IN WHICH THE VALLEY PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT LANDMARK IN THIS MUSIC I WAS LIKE YEAH FINALLY GOOD TO HEAR SOME NON BIAS RAP.NO POLITICS HERE .BHF ALSO PRIDES ITSELF ON PRODUCERS “SINBAD” AND “CASH” ARE TWO TALENTED BEAT MAKERS.LAST YEAR I WAS INVITED ON A ROAD TRIP WITH B RAY & SINBAD WHERE WE MET UP  WITH BAY AREA LEGEND SAN QUINN.SINBAD AND SAN QUINN SMOKING ON THE LOUDEST OF THE LOUD IN A SMOKE FILLED STUDIO IS THE BEST WAY I COULD DESCRIBE THE SCENE. IVE SEEN THAT “BHF” IS MAKING PROGRESS DRIVEN BY AN INDIVIDUAL WHO ISNT THE ARTIST OR THE PRODUCER.WHICH SURPRISED ME.USING MYSELF  AS AN EXAMPLE MOST VALLEY MUSIC LABELS ARE OWNED BY THE SOLE ARTIST OR MAIN ARTIST ON THE LABEL NOT THE CASE WITH “BHF”THE VALLEY HAS MANY REPUTABLE LABELS AND SOME MAJOR TALENT OUT THERE IF YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A TEAM PLAYER “BHF”MIGHT HAVE ROOM FOR YOU ON THE ROSTER. THIS IS YOUR BOY BISHOP DEVILLE AS ALWAYS LIVE AND IN EFFECT .

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Rapper Pitbull To Launch Tour In Fresno

Rapper Pitbull is scheduled to launch his tour at Fresno’s Save Mart Center, according to a statement by Live Nation.

According to the statement, the rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, will kick off his “The Bad Man Tour” at Save Mart Center on July 6. Tickets for the event, according to the statement, will go on sale for the general public on Saturday.

According to the statement, Fresno is the first of six California cities the rapper will perform at, the others being Anaheim, Los Angeles, Mountain View, San Diego, and Sacramento.

Armando Christian Pérez, (born January 15, 1981) better known by his stage name Pitbull, is an American rapper. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon‘s 2002 album Kings of Crunk, which featured Pitbull rapping over Jon’s production. In 2004, Pitbull released his debut album titled M.I.A.M.I. (backronym for Money Is A Major Issue), under TVT Records; the album included production from high-profile producers Lil Jon and Jim Jonsin. Pitbull later released his second album El Mariel, in 2006 and his third, The Boatlift, in 2007.[4] His fourth album, Rebelution (2009), included the hit single “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)“, which was his first internationally popular song, and ultimately peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Pitbull’s 2011 album Planet Pit, featured the single “Give Me Everything“, which was his first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song reached number one worldwide and featured fellow artists Ne-Yo, Nayerand Afrojack. Pitbull also released “Timber” in October 2013 from his EP album Meltdown and was a global hit, reaching number one in many countries and making it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart for a total of 20 number-one positions worldwide. The song has charted worldwide making it his second one to do so. He performed the song in different award show including the 2013 American Music Awards, in which he was the host. Pitbull has performed as a featured artist on the remixes of other hit singles. He was chosen by FIFA and Sony Music to write and record “We Are One (Ole Ola)” along with Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte, which served as the official song of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[5]Blog-2014-Pitbull-Rapper-Wallpaper-Photos

Natalie Cole has died at age 65

88Chart-topping R&B singer Natalie Cole, who followed her legendary father into the music business with hits like “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and “Unforgettable,” died at age 65.

“Natalie Cole, sister beloved & of substance and sound. May her soul rest in peace,” tweeted the Rev. Jesse Jackson on New Year’s Day.

Natalie Cole has died at age 65.LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS

Natalie Cole has died at age 65.

Cole, who had struggled with a variety of health issues in recent years, died Thursday night, according to publicist Maureen O’Connor. The cause of death was reportedly congestive heart failure.

A physically weakened Cole, winner of nine Grammy Awards, was forced to cancel a string of concert performances over the last three months after a recurrence of hepatitis C linked to her earlier drug abuse.

THE APOLLO THEATER’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY DRAWS BIG NAMES LIKE GLADYS KNIGHT, NATALIE COLE, JOSS STONE AND SAVION GLOVER

The daughter of music icon Nat (King) Cole scored a huge 1991 hit with “Unforgettable” — a virtual duet with her late father. Natalie was just 15 when her father died in 1965, a decade before his daughter launched her own solo recording career.

The album “Unforgettable … With Love” spent five weeks at No. 1 on the pop charts, sold more than 14 million copies worldwide and won six Grammy Awards.

But her career exploded with her 1975 debut album that included the massive hit single “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and a pair of Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Performance.

Rapper King Louie Breaking News 2 dead, 5 wounded, including rapper King Louie, in Chicago shootings

Two men were killed, and five other people, including a prominent Chicago rapper known as King Louie, were wounded Wednesday in separate shootings in Chicago, police said.

In the Austin neighborhood, a man was shot to death in a home in the 1000 block of North Lamon Avenue about 6:17 p.m., said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. The man, age 39, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Police News Affairs did not immediately have any detailed information on the circumstances of the shooting, but Sweeney said no one was in custody.

Less than a half-mile away from the evening killing, a 33-year-old man was shot to death about 1:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of North Leclaire Avenue, said Officer Nicole Trainor, aChicago police spokeswoman.

A man and a 55-year-old woman were both wounded in the shooting. The woman told officers a gunman approached, shot the man and then fled the scene on foot, Trainor said.

The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken in grave condition to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. He was identified as Christopher Ruffin, of the 22700 block of Bridgeway in south suburban Richton Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The woman, who suffered a wound to her index finger, drove herself to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. The woman told police she was struck by a bullet fragment, Trainor said.

Numerous reports from Chicago locals have confirmed that rapper King Louie was shot in the Windy City earlier today (Dec 23).

While details remain scarce, Louie’s manager has confirmed with Chicago Sun Times writer Charles Perry that the rapper is alive and talking.

The near fatal shooting happened reportedly happened near 83rd and Pulaski in Chicago.

Stay tuned for more details on this breaking story.

King Louie was shot in the head in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side Wednesday afternoon, his management team confirmed. The rapper — whose real name is Louis Johnson — was shot while in a vehicle in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street about 3:30 p.m., according to his management and Chicago Police. Police said he was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where his condition had stabilized. Louie is said to be “up and talking.”

THE NEW / OLD FACE OF WEED BERNER/SNOOP

Berner is a special guest for the Saturday program at the New West Summit, the first-ever cannabis industry conference to zero in on trends in technology, media, and finance.

The intersection of cannabis and music is more exciting than ever — with celebrity branded strains from artists like Wiz Khalifa, B-Real and Willie Nelson, to Snoop Dogg’s new media portal Merry Jane.

By contrast, Berner’s marijuana marketing projects already gross more than $10 million annually, he states.

They include a line of branded medical cannabis dispensaries; the Cookies Clothing urban streetwear line with flagship retail shop on Haight St.; the Hemp20 vitamin drink; and partnerships with RAW papers and Santa Cruz Shredder accessories.

“This documentary series portrays the real culture and stories driving the legalization movement across the world – and especially in our backyard,” said Berner. “As a San Francisco and Northern California native, it’s only right that I debut “Marijuana Mania” at the New West Summit to some of the most influential players in cannabis today sitting here as my hometown crowd.”

Berner’s said he used crowdsourcing and a lean startup approach to rapidly produce the high-quality series. Future episodes take Berner to hotbeds of global cannabis culture, including Spain, and Jamaica.

Berner is a lifelong storyteller, with 14 music albums. He’s signed to Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang, and has tracks music with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, B-Real of Cypress Hill. He released a new EP with Cam’ron Nov. 10.

During his New West Summit talk, he’ll advocate respecting and including the once-underground industry members, hands-on CEO involvement, and a focus on business fundamentals.

The first annual, two-day, New West Summit includes 20 panels, 36 exhibitors, 60 panelists, and 1,000 CEOs, and founders from cannabis, tech, media and finance — all mixing at their West Coast epicenter, downtown San Francisco.

New West Summit is a production of New West Ventures’ Dean Arbit (TruMedia) and Jim McAlpine (The 420 Games, Snowbomb). Arbit said, “San Francisco is the global epicenter of cannabis culture, technology, media and finance, and this screening is a real crystallization of what’s going on.”

The Summit’s “Intersection of Cannabis+Music” panel Saturday at 12 p.m. will feature Will Bronson, Active Management’s manager for Berner, Run The Jewels, Killer Mike and Kool John, as well as SF musician Christopher Willits.

Drone cam footage of the Cookies garden illustrates the massive size of the plants.

San Francisco is feeling the Bern is more ways than one this November.

Billboard Top 10 Hip-Hop star and marijuana business mogul, Berner, debuts a documentary film on the origin of the blockbuster cannabis strain ‘Cookies’ to a live crowd of 1,000 technologists, venture capitalists, media and cannabis entrepreneurs November 21 in downtown San Francisco.

Berner is shopping an Anthony Bourdain-style cannabis travelog series called “Marijuana Mania”, to CEOs from tech, venture capital, media and cannabis at the New West Summit at the Parc 55 hotel next week. Smell the Truth is a media sponsor of New West.

In the film, Berner travels to rural California, links up with the creators of Girl Scout Cookies, tours farms, harvests amazing cannabis, and pollinates a new hybrid.

The footage contains never-before-seen interviews with the horticulturalists behind the million-dollar, blockbuster strain and brand. After the Saturday screening, Berner sits for a 15-minute Q&A on the Future of Branding, the rise of Cookies.

Snoop can’t technically own the Leafs By Snoop brand, because he’s not a Colorado resident.

“Since I’ve been at the forefront of this movement for over 20 years now, I’m a master of marijuana,” Snoop said. “So naturally, my people can trust that I picked out the finest, freshest products in the game. Let’s medicate, elevate and put it in the air.”

The Leafs By Snoop bud offerings include eight strains of marijuana flower — Cali Kush, Northern Lights, Blueberry Dream and others — sold as pre-packaged eighths, quarters and ounces. The same eight strains are available as concentrates, both wax and shatter. And the Leafs By Snoop edibles line includes six different chocolate bar flavors, four types of cannabis drops, two gummies flavors, four fruit chews options and what Snoop calls “peanut butter gems.”

“Leafs By Snoop is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer,” Snoop said. “LBS is blazing a trail for the industry.”

Monday’s Leafs By Snoop launch party was full of local and national media, LivWell VIPs as well as a few other industry players. A couple bags of Popeye’s Chicken arrived at the house and were taken downstairs to the green room about a half-hour before Snoop took the stage, triggering chuckles amid the crowd. But when Snoop came upstairs to greet the house party a few minutes later, he spoke for a few minutes — on his activism and his love of Colorado — and introduced a promotional video (embedded below), which showed off the Leafs By Snoop brand.

Rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg packs bowls of his new Leafs By Snoop marijuana flower for VIPs at the new cannabis brand's extravagant launch party on Nov. 9 in Colorado. (Leafs By Snoop)
Rapper and entrepreneur Snoop Dogg packs bowls of his new Leafs By Snoop marijuana flower for VIPs at the new cannabis brand’s extravagant launch party on Nov. 9 in Colorado. (Leafs By Snoop)

Then Snoop led around 30 people into a curtained-off room, where he packed and lit bowls for the curious. Empty boxes of the Leafs By Snoop edibles and concentrates were displayed on the table with the cannabis flower. Three young women in Leafs By Snoop tank tops expertly rolled blunts for the MC — and for the crowd.

A young woman asked Snoop if she could light a bowl for him, and the rapper obliged — and after he took a deep hit, he did a little dance to the delight of the crowd. Snoop stayed in the product room, seemingly happily serving up the product to anyone out for a hit, for 15-20 minutes — longer than anyone expected — and then he retreated downstairs, only to emerge 20 minutes later to take a couple photos and then take the decks as DJ Snoopadelic.

Snoopadelic’s truncated DJ set — in a suburban Denver home with fewer than 50-60 people in the living area — included tracks from Prince, Michael Jackson, Tupac, Rihanna and James Brown. The pinnacle of his set came in the form of Dr. Dre’s “The Next Episode,” where Snoop rapped his own rhymes that famously start the song. When Dre’s lyrics took over, Snoop danced along — playing along with the small audience’s fantasy of seeing a Snoop Dogg show in a large suburban home belonging to a legal weed czar.

The Leafs By Snoop deal is a substantial one for LivWell, which has suffered some significant hits to its reputation in the last 15 months. In August 2014, LivWell was sued by multiple plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company distributed marijuana-infused chocolates — instead of the non-infused chocolates it intended to give away as samples — to visitors at that year’s Denver County Fair. That lawsuit was settled in June.

A LivWell employee inspects marijuana plants on Aug. 13 at a facility in Denver. LivWell operates one of the largest growhouses in the country. (Denver Post file)

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