LOS ANGELES, CA
Former Death Row co-founder, Suge Knight, is looking at, what’s known in jails and prisons across the country, as “football numbers”, after pleading guilty to a charge of manslaughter stemming from an incident that left one man dead.
Big Suge is looking down the barrel of a 28-year prison sentence when he goes back in front of a judge on October 4, to officially be sentenced. NBC News (@NBCNews) reports, Suge Knight’s latest legal troubles stem from a 2015 incident at a promotional shoot for the Straight Outta Compton movie. Knight ran over 2 men with his truck outside of Tam’s Burgers. Terry Carter, 55 and Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51 were plowed down as Knight recklessly reversed out of the parking lot. Carter died from his injuries. Sloan survived. Knight had originally argued that his life was in danger at the time and he had no intentions of running anyone over. Knight said Carter was a friend of his. Prosecutors argued otherwise. They say Knight had a confrontation with people affiliated with the movie earlier that same day, and had come back looking for trouble. On Thursday, Knight decided not to fight the case, and pled guilty to the manslaughter charge. He also requested a new attorney. When he goes back for sentencing in October, Knight will be represented by his fifteenth (15) different lawyer since this trial started.
At 53-years old, a 28-year prison sentence is something I don’t see Suge coming home from. 28-years is a long time….unless there’s some parole involved. If this in fact, the end of the line for Suge Knight, it is a very strange ending to a story that involved the man who played a huge role in arguably the best era of music hip-hop has ever seen. Not really a surprising ending, considering all of the dirt Suge was alleged to have done in his lifetime, but……strange.
SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, CA
TMZ (@tmz) is reporting that rapper Mac Miller has passed away. The rapper was reportedly found dead in his home around noon on Friday. Mac’s death is reportedly contributed to an overdose. It’s not clear what drug was the cause of his death, but TMZ reported that Mac has had recent issues with addiction. There are no further details at this time.
BROWARD COUNTY, FL
Bill K. Kapri is a free man. I know you’re asking, “who the hell is Bill Kapri?” That’s your boy Kodak, who legally changed his name while he was in the bing.
Florida local news station, WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) reported, Kodak Black walked out of jail early Saturday morning and hopped into a black Bentley sport utility vehicle without saying much to the hordes of media that awaited him outside the jail.
“I don’t really talk too much” was all Kodak had to say to the press before he jumped in the Bentley truck and reportedly made his way to his mothers’ house to see his son.
Kodak Black pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon. He reportedly used his time behind bars wisely, earning his G.E.D and participating in other programs. While this chapter of his legal battles are over, Kodak still has a pending case in South Carolina. That one is for an alleged sexual assault. No word yet on when he will be headed to the studio, but fans of the 21-year old rap star is hoping it will be soon.
Ms. Aretha Franklin, who was known as the queen of soul passed away on Thursday morning.
CNN (@cnn) reported, the official cause of death was due to pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. Aretha Franklin was surrounded by family and friends in her Detroit home at the time of her passing.
The Queen of soul was born, Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25th, 1942. Her singing career began at the New Bethel Baptist Church as a child singing in the choir. By age 18 she was recording songs for Columbia Records. Aretha Franklin went on to sign with Atlantic Records in 1967, where she received her first taste of commercial success with songs like RESPECT and NATURAL WOMAN. By the end of the 1960’s, Aretha was crowned The Queen Of Soul. Aretha Franklin went on to record a string of chart-topping songs. Way too many to list, but here are a few you may have heard before:
- Never Loved A Man (1967)
- Respect (1967)
- Think (1968)
- Call Me (1970)
- Until You Come Back To Me (1973)
- Something He Can Feel (1976)
- Jump To It (1982)
- Freeway Of Love (1985)
Aretha Franklin also made appearances in multiple movies and documentaries throughout her career. Including:
- Black Rodeo (1972)
- The Blues Brothers (1980)
- The Zen Of Bennett (2012)
- Muscle Shoals (2013)
There will never be another Queen Of Soul. Ms Franklin will always be the sole owner of that honor and title. Rest In Peace Ms Aretha “Queen Of Soul” Franklin. You will be missed.