R. KELLY Trial Heats Up, Lil Tjay Breaks Silence After Near Fatal Shooting

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The Wrap Up with L’Orèal Luchi, keeping you informed on everything that happened in hip hop culture this week:

Irv Gotti:

On the recent episode of The Murder Inc. Story, Irv caught heat for detailing how his 20-year-old relationship with Ashanti started. He spoke on an interaction they had after a studio session one night, and Black Twitter wants to know why he keeps going on about Ashanti.

We caught up with Irv at the VMA’s, and THIS is what he had to say:

Fetty Wap:

Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute drugs from the West Coast to Long Island and possess controlled substances. The NJ rapper is currently awaiting trial in jail. Fetty was first arrested last year in October for drug trafficking, no trial date set as of yet.

FN Meka:

Houston rapper Kyle the Hooligan, is the original voice of the avatar rapper, known as FN Meka, and he’s black. However, in 2019, Anthony Martini and Brandon Le, co founders of the virtual reality record label Factory New, who are not black, helped Kyle devolp the AI launch. After Capitol announced they’re signing FN Meka, black creators felt it was a slap in the face, especially since the rapper used the N word in his music, and it wasn’t always Kyle’s voice behind it, however, Anthony claims the voice behind the robot was always black. Capitol released a statement announcing they severed ties with FN Meka. 

In the latest update, Kyle the Hooligan claims Anthony & Brandon promised financial compensation and then “ghosted” him. Anthony wrote a statement replying to Kyle’s claims.

Lil Tjay:

Lil TJay broke his silence after being shot seven times back in June. He posted a video online, saying he survived, and he thanked his fans for the love. He said, 

“Seven shots, it was tough, you know. Most people don’t survive it, but I’m here for a reason. New music coming soon, we’re going to come back stronger than ever.” A 27-year-old man named Mohamed Konate was arrested in connection with the shooting, he’s charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, and weapon related offenses. 

Check out his new “BEAT THE ODDS” detailing his recovery from the shooting. 

R. Kelly:

R. Kelly’s federal trial continues on in Chicago. Jurors watched graphic clips of R. Kelly’s “infamous sex tape.” She testified she had sex with kelly 100’s of times when she was a minor, then he paid her and her family to keep quiet. A man named Charles Freeman claims R. Kelly and his team made a verbal agreement to pay him $1 million to secure videos of R kelly allegedly sexually assaulting a minor. The trial, is expected to end by the end of the month with testimony from more alleged underage victims.

Rap Lyrics Bill:

A California Bill could restrict the use of rap lyrics in court. The bill was passed in the Senate and Assembly, and it could become law by the end of September once Gov. Gavin Newsom signs off on it. The bill is meant to prevent rap stars’ lyrics from being weaponized against them. Gov. Newsom has until Sept. 30 to sign the legislation, If he neither signs nor vetoes the bill by the deadline, the measure will automatically become law, and it will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.