Chris Brown’s seems to have gotten himself into a bit of hot water today. The rapper recently posted a picture on his Instagram page to promote his clothing line, Black Pyramid. However, the image itself seems to be an edit from an original picture done by artist, Gabriel Picolo, from his “Casual Teen Titans” series. Picolo took to Twitter earlier to call our Breezy for lifting his artwork without proper authorization or credit.Gabriel Picolo took to Instagram to share side by side portraits of his original drawing to the edited version seen on Chris Brown’s Instagram page. “Chris Brown went all the way to edit one of my drawings and repost it on his 42 million followers account… without credit.” He wrote. He explained to Complex that “Casual Teen Titans” series was a reimagination of Teen Titans doing teenager stuff. After the photos went viral, he went on to do some promo artwork for DC Comics.
He ended up seeing the edited version of his image through a fan who sent him a screenshot through his DM’s and he wasn’t definitely not happy about it.
“I was mad as I usually get when big accounts repost my content without credit, but I was even more shocked that a 40-million-followers artist did it,” he said to the publication. “It’s beyond disrespectful because Chris would probably freak out if one of his song got plagiarized.”
After he called out Chris Brown, the image was taken down from his Instagram page. However, it was initially posted to one of Brown’s Instagram fan pages. The image has since been taken down but Picolo still has issues with the fact that Brown reposted his work without the proper credits.
“It doesn’t take the responsibility out of Chris […] On twitter people told me that this is far from being the first time that Chris reposted other artist’s work without credit.” He said to them. However, he doesn’t plan on taking any legal actions.
Since taking it down, Brown has responded to the accusations and wrote on Instagram, “No one cares about a damn instapic bruh… lame ass n*gga… suck it.”
Wiz Khalifa Album – July 13 is the day to mark on your calendars.
Of course, the cannabis gods were looking out for us today as, on 4/20, Wiz Khalifa has revealed the release date of his next album. On the international day of weed-smoking, one of the premier stoners has taken to Instagram to let us all know when to expect his upcoming project. Releasing the official version of his “4/20 Freestyle” today, Wiz was not done as he revealed that his next album would be arriving on July 13. Although fans still have a while to wait before cracking out the KK to enjoy the presumed Khalifa Kush, at least a date has been scheduled for people to continue to look ahead towards.
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With Kanye West dropping two albums, Drake’s “Scorpion” and today’s J. Cole release, the upcoming months are looking to be stellar for hip-hop in terms of variety. With bigger-name artists like Nicki Minaj throwing her name in the hat, this summer could be legendary for album releases, and Wiz is sure to do his part to drop off a few bangers of his own. While it was suggested that his next full-length would be the follow-up to Rolling Papers, the weed ambassador decided to one-up himself by tentatively naming the album after his own strain of marijuana.
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It’s not a proper 4/20 without a Wiz Khalifa announcement. Maybe when Snoop wakes up he’ll announce an album himself. In the meantime, check out our 4/20 Wake & Bake playlist to get yourself tuned into the greatest holiday in the world.
xDAC is a Decentralized Autonomous Company created and operated on xDAC Platform by one or multiple human or autonomous agent owners or a mixture of both that share a common purpose and unites in order to achieve specific, declared goals.
As a subclass of DAO, an xDAC is a company on a decentralized network with a built-in Proof of Work (PoW) incentive mechanism, a comprehensive governance and management tools, and a support system for DApps and Autonomous Agents – all housed on top of EOS. The xDAC governance is regulated by an xDAC platform – designed as a self-sustainable decentralized ecosystem consisting of businesses motivated to reap the benefits of their success without geographical limitations.
The focus of an xDAC platform is not just company creation and token distribution, but establishing standards for decentralized businesses. An xDAC platform takes full advantage of decentralized ledger technology and lets anyone create and manage company without the limitations of geography.
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTION
Centralized businesses have a single point of failure and setting up global operations come with their own set of legal and regulatory issues.
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An xDAC Platform is focused on creating a comprehensive framework for entrepreneurs, teams, autonomous agents and investors in crypto space – all of whom benefit from a decentralized entity.
xDAC PLATFORM FEATURES
The focus of an xDAC Platform is based on company creation and token distribution. It also establishes standards for decentralized businesses. Whether it’s taking full advantage of decentralized ledger technology, automated dispute resolution or security of stored information, the platform lets anyone create and manage any kind of company without the limitations of geography.
TOKEN DISTRIBUTION & USE OF FUNDS
A token sale will distribute 40% of tokens within investors and 20% of tokens will be used to incentivize early adopters of the platform. The remaining 40% will be retained with the project team. Proceeds from a token sale will primarily be used for R&D, operational expenses and marketing.
XDAC Token Distribution
40% Token Sale (Pre-Sale and ICO)
20% Community (Token Airdrop, xDAC Team Members and Arbiters)
20% Team, Early Backers and Advisers (Vested 6 months)
20% Foundation (Vested 1 year)
Use of Funds
40% Research & Development
25% Marketing and Community Management
5% Legal & 5% Reserve
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xDAC ICO Key Points
Pre-sale:45 percent bonus
Token Sale: March 2018 – August 2018
Token Supply: 100,000,000
Tokens Available for Sale:40,000,000
Soft Cap: 1,500 ETH
Hard Cap: 35,500 ETH
Price:1 XDAC = 0.001 ETH
Payments accepted: ETH, min purchase 0.1 ETH
Barred from Participation: None specifically precluded from participation. Participants will be governed by their country legislation.
What Is xDAC’s Offer?
Any xDAC ecosystem can be seen as a number of distinct technological layers that are strategically connected. Through the utility token and employment of open, smart contracts, xDAC allows for the implementation of key aspects of expansion, providing the base building blocks that enable governance for DApps and management of autonomous agents in a rapid organic setup.
Project and team management, scheduling and monitoring of tasks as well as automated payments are all faster, more fluid and more cost-effective on the xDAC platform.
How Does It Work?
xDAC eliminates the traditional constraints associated with expansion, as well as much of the expense generated by needed oversight. There is no longer the need for the typical considerations around expansion, nor the usual large tax on the company coffers in implementation, as all of the management and many of the developmental issues are now decentralized and tightly governed on the blockchain.
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xDAC has responded to business needs in the 21st century and epitomizes the savvy application of blockchain to the world’s affairs. With the reality of the global marketplace now entrenched, providing a carefully built and intelligent platform that enables clients’ business ambitions cannot go unnoticed.
With the token issue scheduled for January 2019 post the initial publicity and fund-raising stage, xDAC’s prospects look bright. Early uptake of the ICO comes with staggered rewards, based on first response, with early adopters being given a healthier bonus issue than those further down the line.
Kodak Black was arrested in January following an Instagram Live feed that went wrong and now he’s been sentenced to one year in jail.
The Florida rapper’s legal team were able to have multiple charges dropped such as possession of weapons or ammo by a felon, grand theft of a weapon, and child neglect, however Kodak had to plead guilty to driving with a suspended licence and associating with people engaged in criminal activity. The plea deal will see Heart Break Kodak serve one year in jail minus the 90 days he’s already spent behind bars.
His lawyers were also able to have his previous house arrest and four year probation removed from his record in an effort to lessen Project Baby’s chances of going back to jail once he is released.
Attorney Bradford Cohen had this to say about the case:
“Kodak and I are extremely happy to resolve this case with an excellent resolution. It was very nice to deal with a fair judge who understood the circumstances – along with prosecutors.”
DJ Esco’s “Kolorblind” cements his status as one of Atlanta’s top talents.
DJ Esco’s “Kolorblind” cements his status as one of Atlanta’s top talents.
While some may simply know him as Future‘s DJ, DJ Esco has built a platform for himself to fully separate his art from that of his Atlanta contemporaries. From 2013’s No Sleepto this year’s Kolorblind, the producer has curated masterful works involving Future but making full use of his personal talent. As one of the top talents in a thriving Atlanta scene, Esco has a lot to live up to and he has consistently delivered with major hits like “Too Much Sauce” and most of the Project E.T. mixtape.
Continuing his reign of success, Esco most recently dropped off Kolorblind, an album that features some of the best curation we have seen on the part of the producer and DJ. Making an album that people will enjoy listening to from top to bottom is a difficult task but Esco’s eleven-song tracklist runs long enough to entertain fans for a while and introduces a flurry of new voices via stacked features that bring different elements to the table throughout its runtime.
We had the pleasure of speaking with DJ Esco in the last week to discuss all things pertaining to his new album, his studio process, what it’s like working with Future and his favorite album of all time. Our interview is available below.
HotNewHipHop: First off, congratulations on the album. Our readers really love it. What was your favorite track to make on Kolorblind?
DJ Esco: I appreciate it, man. I think probably working on the Nas beat [for “Walk Thru.”] I actually had to go up to New York, you know I’m from Atlanta so I had to catch a whole different feel. That one I think I liked working on the most cause we really did something completely different. I’ve never done anything like that before.
What was it like working with Nas? Did you get to meet him in the process? Because that’s one of a lot of peoples favorite tracks on the album.
Oh yeah, I don’t do songs with people that I don’t know personally. If we haven’t met yet, then I won’t do a song with you until we meet because I wouldn’t know how you are as a person. You know what I’m saying? So I met Nas on a plane. We were on a red-eye to San Francisco and he was just behind me in the seat. I took up the courage to turn around and talk to him and then we ended up exchanging information and I just tried to keep in touch with him. Tried to come up with an idea that maybe he would be up to for making a song. I didn’t know if he was acting right now or writing or if he was just making movies you know, I didn’t know what his mindset was. That’s why I like to get to know the person first, just to know what mindset [they’re in.] And he was ready to create some music and I specifically wanted him to create some street music cause I knew people were gonna think he was gonna drop something political and I was like “man, would you be willing to make a street song?” And he was like “yeah, I’m actually waiting on somebody to ask me to do something like that.” So it worked out perfectly. OG Esco, DJ Esco. I thought it was good history behind the name Esco between the two of us so I thought that was dope.
You always work with Future. How did you first meet him?
He didn’t go to the same high school [as me] but we had mutual friends and we got introduced and we just started really hanging out a lot. He was just trying to get his name out there, not in rapping but kinda still in the streets. The closer we got as friends, the more I think we started talking and taking music more seriously and we decided to do something together.
Along with you and Future, it seems like everyone is coming out of Atlanta right now. What do you think about Atlanta’s hip-hop scene?
I think it’s a modern-day Motown. It’s just rap and hip-hop instead of R&B, even though there’s still R&B mixed in the scene of Atlanta too. But to me it’s just the modern-day Motown. I was watching the [miniseries] “Temptations” the other day and, Detroit at that time, everyone was trying to get a contract in music or as a group and was singing in the corner, trying to get studio time. Somebody would come down the street in a new car cause they just got signed. Motown – it’s the same thing happening in Atlanta, it’s just modern times. It’s the same thing. There are groups everywhere trying to get signed, producers trying to give beats, trying to get signed, background singers and dancers trying to get signed, it’s just a big thing. And it’s not many people from Atlanta anymore so like, even Metro, he’s from St. Louis, you know what I’m saying? So it’s like Lil Uzi, he’s from Philly but he’s in Atlanta. A lot of people just come to Atlanta because it’s like a melting pot, it’s like a Motown.
Is there one song on Kolorblind that you think could be considered a ‘hidden banger?’
The “Showed You” song with A Boogie, Young Thug, DeJ Loaf and Future, that’s one of those feel-good songs that sounds a little different than everything else. I made the beat a little more, not as trap, it was kinda like more smooth. I really like the “Showed You” song, I think it’s a different type of sound.
How would you describe your production style and studio process at this point in your career?
When I go to the studio, I don’t let anyone else in. It’s only me, and I pretty much do 90% of my beats in my basement at my house in Atlanta. I lock the door. I lock myself in. There’s no clocks in there. Even on my computer, I got the clock in the corner so that’s it’s off. You can’t see the clock in the corner. When I was a kid, I read in a magazine that Dr. Dre didn’t let anybody in the studio when he made beats so I read that and I always wanted to do that so I took that from Dr. Dre. I don’t let nobody in there cause I don’t want nobody to do what I’m doing. I see a lot of producers that make beats and they put them on YouTube and they’re showing their talent, which is cool, and then they get mad when someone makes a beat like them. It’s like, ‘n—a, you the one that fucking put this out.’ *laughs*
Other than removing clocks and locking yourself in, do you need to have anything in order to feel comfortable when you’re producing or when you’re recording?
If you were locked on a secluded island and you could only listen to one album not named Kolorblind, what would it be?
One!? Aw man, you killed me with that. You know what, I know this album word for word. I know this album top to bottom, and it’s home team so I gotta with it. If I had one album, I would listen to ATLiens, Outkast’s second album. I know that shit word for word from the first song to the last song. I would be on the island just ‘ATLien’ out.
With the ‘Psychedelik Smoke’ though?
With the Psychedelik Smoke.
You spent 56 days and nights in a jail in Abu Dhabi. How did that experience shape your life and bring your music to this point?
It allowed me to become Kolorblind, that’s why I named the album that. Having your back against the wall and being the only American, being the only one really speaking English, figuring out that language really is 80% non-verbal like they say. You learn things like that, you learn things about cultures and religion and race that I would have never known if I didn’t experience those 56 nights. I still might have had the same prejudices that they try to implant in your head. The definition of Kolorblind is not having any prejudices towards anything. That’s why I named the album Kolorblind cause I learned not to be prejudiced to anything during those 56 nights. I met Arabs, Muslims, people from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Dubai, Cameroon, Nigeria, South African. You name it and I met them and I talked to them the best I could. That’s why it’s Kolorblind.
There’s one thing you can always count on: game recognize game. That’s why it’s not very surprising that Denzel Washington, one of the greatest actors of our time, is also a fan of Cardi B. The Root caught up with him recently and asked him about the Bronx rapper, and he immediately knew exactly what the interviewer was talking about.
Without even being prompted, Denzel started rapping some of the most memorable lines from one of Cardi’s biggest hits. He basically had one line from “Bodak Yellow” in his head, namely: “I let him get what he want/he buy me Yves Saint Laurent/and a new whip.” He even imitated a little bit of Cardi’s flow as he rapped the lines, which is truly a treat.
The best part of the video, though, might actually be how smug Denzel is that he knows Cardi and a few lines from her biggest song. The dude is 63 years old, which, admittedly, might be beyond the target age range of “Bodak Yellow,” but Denzel’s “I know what the kids are up to” attitude is very cool.
Denzel also had some sage advice for the “Bodak Yellow” rapper. “Stay true to herself. Don’t believe the hype. Keep it real, for real,” he said.
In case you’re wondering: yes, Cardi has seen the clip. She said she’s taken the advice, and is staying true to herself.
K. Michelle Rushed To Hospital Over Silicone Butt Infection – jamlot.co
The last week or so has been really bumpy for singer K. Michelle who is crying tears of joy. K. tells fans the silicone on her butt spread around, causing her legs to shut down. She says since last week, she’s had to have TWO blood transfusions and take medication to fight an infection.
K. seems to be better now, posting up this message explaining exactly what went wrong,
Jan 12 I started a journey to correct a mistake I did over 6 years ago. The first surgery went well so we thought until my body started to shut down while I was on tour. For 26 cities I was on steroids to walk and keep down infection causing me to get off stage and be rushed to ER over 4 times and then the next day back on stage. I later found out the silicone had spread and I would be rushed back into surgery. Last Wednesday I entered surgery barely functioning with my legs and an infection. The surgery to remove all of this from me lasted a long 6 hours. The following days were spent with paramedics until i they realized my blood count was severely low and I was rushed into ER where I was admitted. 2 blood transfusions later I’ve been released and started therapy today heal and walk. I have the most skilled and amazing reconstructive surgeon in Beverly Hills and I’m blessed to be here. It hurts my heart to know there are girls out here who can’t afford to have the best and are just sitting around in pain and infection. I thought I was strong but this changed my life. I saw my life flash right in front of me. So many so called friends and family where no where to be found in this dark hour. People I’ve given my last 2. NO WHERE.?Only a few where there like @moniece_slaughter@erndukes@akbar__v, @richardlomaxbeauty, Ken, Myisha, management, my nurse Denita and my MOM by my bed every night. People had to work and were to busy be there for me. Please don’t try to call me now. I have no hate in my heart but I have no room for you. To those people who have lied on me and still continue to hurt me, I forgive you. I gotta be here for a reason now and fighting with you isn’t it. Slowing my life down now taking my time with my new music there are songs and truths 2 b told. I will sing them. But in my own time and way. My son needs me. Oh and those twins I want can FINALLY come This year because I’ll be able to actually pick them up. The small things matter most now🌻
Lil Uzi has an out of body experience and engages in an impromptu modeling session.
Lil Uzi Vert is currently on some other shit. The young man seems to be in the midst of a delightfully bizarre existential crisis, as expressed via a cryptic Instagram post. The rapper seems to address himself in the third person, writing “Hey Uzi Told me to tell y’all He Really doesn’t exist and neither does you in the next person eyes.” The strange caption is accompanied by an adventure through the rain-splattered streets of Birmingham, which seems to evolve into an impromptu modeling session.
Uzi, or whoever he may truly be, continues his mind-bending message. “Uzi said if you think of a notepad and pen it will appear in days write “Hello” on the paper lose it on purpose and you will see the word “Goodbye” everywhere Forever unless you have more paper . He also said put these emoji 🤯🍄.” While the ritual itself sounds like one in an admittedly non-scary horror movie, it does exhibit a sort of carefree, childlike imagination fans have come to associate with the whimsical artist. It’s unclear what he might be trying to convey. Either way, he’s certainly out there enjoying his best life.
One has to wonder whether Uzi’s new music will be dropping anytime soon. He recently laid down some vocals on a remix to G-Herbo’s “Who Run It,” which left plenty of day one fans excitedly praising the return of “OLD UZI!!!” While we have yet to receive that particular banger, it certainly sounds like Uzi is coming back with a vengeance.
11 potentially cancer-causing things you might use every day
Cancer-linked substances are everywhere.
Sometimes it can feel downright unavoidable: Californians now have to read cancer warnings as they sip their morning coffees, and the World Health rgOanization International Agency for Research on Cancer keeps a running tally of things that definitely cause cancer, seem to cause cancer, and might cause cancer.
All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. It fundamentally affects the way cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. Those toxic, rapidly multiplying cells then grow into unruly tumors, and can spread far and wide through the body.
Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next, or spurred by genetic changes we undergo through our lifetime.
Products like cigarettes are clear cancer-causers, while other consumables like coffee and grilled meat may up your chances of getting cancer by just a tiny fraction, if at all.
The truth is, just about every compound out there could possibly, maybe, one day contribute to cancer. Still, there are some products that scientists are starting to sense we should monitor more closely.
Here’s what we know.
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Going on birth control is a mixed bag when it comes to cancer.
While it may increase a woman’s risk for developing breast and cervical cancers, studies suggest it might also lower the chances of developing endometrial, ovarian, or colorectal cancers.
Scientists now know that eating too much sweet stuff can not only lead to diabetes, it can also actively damage your cells and up your odds of developing cancer.
But that’s not all.
New research suggests that sugar may fuel tumor growth in the body, because cancer loves to use sugar as fuel.
“The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth” Belgian molecular biologist Johan Thevelein saidwhen his latest study was released in 2017. Scientists say the groundbreaking research gives us a better understanding of how sugar and cancer interact, and could one day help create targeted diet strategies for patients.
Plastics can be dangerous, especially when they leach chemicals out through scratches or cracks in a container.
BPA is a synthetic estrogen that’s been used in many plastics and resins since the 1960s. And it’s a known endocrine disruptor, which means it messes with the natural balance of hormones in our bodies. BPA resins can be used inside products like metal food cans as sealants, while polycarbonate BPA plastics can include water bottles and food storage containers. BPA even shows up on the shiny side of receipt paper, to stabilize the ink.
While many plastic manufacturers have started labeling their products as “BPA-free,” there’s still a lot of the breast and prostate cancer-causing stuff around.
Any food that comes in a crinkly plastic wrapper, is industrially sealed, and built to last for months without spoiling may be a quick fix for a hunger pang on-the-go, but it’s also likely upping your risk for cancer.
Scientists in France recently zeroed in on a link between people who eat more processed foods, and those who develop more cancer.
They’re not sure yet whether it’s the shelf-stabilizing ingredients in the food that’s the problem, the plastic packaging, or some combination of the two. And because their study was correlative, it’s possible there’s some other hidden factor at work.
Even though the tobacco industry tried to cover this one up, we’ve known for years that tobacco smoke has at least 70 cancer-causing chemicals inside. And it’s not just smokers who are affected: people who inhale secondhand smoke can develop deadly forms of cancer too.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or at work increase their risk of developing lung cancer by 20-30%.”
People who chew their tobacco are at increased risk, too.
Smoky meats from the grill may be tender and tasty, but they probably also increase your risk of cancer. That’s because the muscle meats contain compounds called Heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
According to the National Cancer Institute, when meats like beef, poultry, or fish are cooked over a hot open flame or pan fried at high temperatures, the fat and juices they release into the fire spark flames with the dangerous chemicals inside that then cook into the meat we eat.
They’re not positive these cause cancer, but in lab tests, they change DNA in ways that might increase cancer risk.
Regular, heavy alcohol consumption can up your risk of developing several different kinds of cancer, including throat, liver, breast and colon cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute, “the risk of developing cancer increases with the amount of alcohol a person drinks.”
Salt-cured meat or fish and pickled foods
Salt-cured fish, which is popular in China, is high in nitrates and nitrites — known carcinogens in animals that may also cause cancer in humans. The chemical compounds can damage DNA, spurring head and neck cancer.
According to Cancer Research UK, “People from China, or with Chinese ancestry living in the UK, have higher rates of nasopharyngeal cancer than other ethnic groups. This might be due to their diet.”
Eating lots of pickled foods can also up your risk for stomach cancer.
Processed meats like ham, bacon, and sausages
The World Health Organization says processed meats like hot dogs, ham, bacon, and sausage can cause cancer.
That’s because the meat has been treated in some way to preserve or flavor it,using techniques like salting, curing, fermenting, or smoking.
The WHO also thinks that any kind of red meat at all may be linked to increased risk of cancers like colorectal cancer, but they can’t say that for certain yet.
Acrylamide, which is produced in small amounts when some foods are cooked and browned.
Similar to the way that cooking meat over an open flame can increase cancer risk, the browning of certain foods when cooked at high temperatures produces a chemical compound called acrylamide.
This happens naturally when foods like bread, coffee beans, toasted marshmallows or cookies are baked, in a process called the Maillard reaction.
But the dose of acrylamide in a toasty cup of coffee or a chewy cookie are probably not going to kill you; it’s dangerous when inhaled in large doses (and it is one of the toxic chemicals smokers suck in), but we don’t have solid evidence yet that a little browning is harmful.
California just mandated that coffee sellers warn their customers about the possible cancer risks of drinking in roasty acrylamide-laden coffee, even though the bulk of available scientific evidence suggests that drinking coffee is actually pretty good for your health.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, people who use a tanning bed before age 35 up their risk of developing melanoma by 75%.
Regular sun can hurt you too, so wearing protective clothing, sunscreen, and finding shade are all good ideas if you’re going to be out in the sunshine for more than 15 minutes.