Rich Homie Quan Is Stepping Away From Rich Gang and Focusing On Solo Music

Rich Homie Quan announced that he is stepping away from Birdman’s Rich Gang group to focus on his own solo career. The rapper stopped by Hot 107.9 in Atlanta to talk about the evolution of his career, and at the three minute mark he drops the bombshell news, saying that people want “Quan back.” He also adds that his affiliation with the group was cool “for the moment” but would rather get back to creating a new sound that he will show off on his new project.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Your complaints, your drama, your victim mentality, your whining, your blaming, and all of your excuses have NEVER gotten you even a single step closer to your goals or dreams. Let go of your nonsense. Let go of the delusion that you DESERVE better and go EARN it! Today is a new day!” 
-Steve Maraboli

Kanye West, Madlib & J Dilla in “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton” (Excerpt)

Kanye West, Madlib and J Dilla share the screen in a new documentary on the LA hip-hop institution Stones Throw Records, the life’s work of Californian Chris Manak—better known as Peanut Butter Wolf.
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Chamillionaire Is The “Entrepreneur In Residence” For Venture Capital Firm Upfront Ventures

Five-and-a-half years ago I first met Chamillionaire at a tech conference in LA. I saw him on stage at the event talking about how he used social media to engage audiences. This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time.

I reached out after the event to learn more. We started hanging out a bit and discussing technology and entrepreneurship. What Cham rarely tells people – he’s both private and humble – is that he started making some small co-investments with me in tech firms starting with Maker Studios where he was one of the earliest investors.

After seeing Chamillionaire interact with several entrepreneurs both at events and as an investor I started introducing him to startups in an advisory capacity. It always started the same way – a founder would ask for an intro because they figured he could help with promotion. And after one meeting they started asking for his advice about marketing, customer engagement, product design, monetization – whatever.

Cham and his long-time business associate and producer Nsilo Reddick are in our offices for the next several months. And while Cham is always the guy on stage blowing away the audience, Nsilo has always been the quiet, reflective guy in the background with all the answers. They make a great pair.

In a perfect world they would just hang out in our offices, work on tech ideas, help us evaluate opportunities, attend our investment meetings and be thoughtful advising tech companies that come to meet us. But too many people know Chamillionaire so I didn’t want to have people start Tweeting about meeting him and leave people wondering why he’s hanging out with us. We had a bit of head turning last week already. So if you don’t know, now you know …

Cham & Nsilo. Welcome to the family. We’ve already enjoyed having you around. And I can’t wait to see you guys further develop your tech insights.
Source: BothSidesOfTheTable

Man to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia after ripping up a Koran and hitting it with his shoe

A man who posted a video online of himself ripping up a Koran and beating the shredded holy book with a shoe is to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for renouncing his Muslim faith.

The unnamed prisoner, in his 20s, was given the death sentence by the country’s Sharia courts for the offence of apostasy – abandoning Islam – the Saudi Gazette reported.

Deviation from the nation’s enforced Sunni faith is harshly punished, according to Human Rights Watch.

Public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam is banned and anything deemed an insult to the faith can be treated as a crime.Saudi Arabia is the home of Mecca – one of Islam’s two holy cities – and enforces religious law

The country’s interpretation of Wahhabism demands capital punishment for a wide range of crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery and drugs smuggling.

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Death can also be the sentence for internationally condemned religious “crimes”, including apostasy, sorcery, blasphemy and idolatry.

Executions are often carried out by public beheading. That was the fate of a Burmese woman in May who was dragged through the streets of Mecca and killed in front of crowds of people in January.Protesters simulate a flogging in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington DC in protest against the 10-year prison sentence and 1,000 lashes of Saudi activist Raef Badawi (Getty)Protesters simulate a flogging in front of the Saudi embassy in Washington DC in protest against the 10-year prison sentence given to a blogger

Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim protested her innocence until the moment of her death, shouting “I did not kill. I did not kill” before she was executed by sword while being held down by four police officers.

She had been convicted of the sexual abuse and murder of a child.

Human rights groups say the Saudi justice system suffers from a lack of transparency and proper process that sees defendants often denied basic rights such as legal representation.Saudi Arabia’s two-million-strong Shia minority has long claimed to be persecuted and discriminated againstSaudi Arabia’s two-million-strong Shia minority is one of the religious groups persecuted and discriminated against (AFP)

Although the government has made limited reforms to its judicial system, it has defended it as fair and shows no sign of reducing the number of executions.

In 2014 the number of rose to 87, from 78 in 2013, and seven people were killed in the first two weeks of this year alone.

Saudi Arabian ministers will be holding talks with the British government during a UK tour this week.

Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef will have dinner with Foreign Secretary tonight at the start of the three-day visit and is scheduled to meet Defence Secretary tomorrow and then the Prime Minister and Home Secretary on Thursday.Prince Charles arrives in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, on his state visit to the Middle East, while well-wishers make it rain.Saudi Arabia has close ties with Britain, as Prince Charles’ recent visit demonstrated

David Cameron has defended Britain’s close ties with the kingdom, especially in relation to counter-terrorism intelligence and defence, despite human rights concerns.

Asked if the fate of imprisoned liberal blogger Raif Badawi and other issues would be raised, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “We have consistently raised concerns that we have and will continue to do so at every level because no issues are off the table.

“We have been very clear about those views – including in the ongoing case that many people have in mind – and we will continue to raise that.”

Mr Cameron recently travelled to Saudi Arabia for the funeral of King Abdullah and Prince Charles also visited rulers on a recent tour.

Nicki Minaj Announces ‘Pinkprint’ Tour With Meek Mill

The couple that tours together, stays together.

Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Tuesday (February 24) to announce her bae Meek Mill will join her on the U.S. leg of her ‘Pinkprint’ tour this summer.

The heartfelt Instagram post featured famed choreographer LaurieAnn “Boom Kat” Gibson and contributing fashion editor for L’Uomo Vogue and Vogue Italia Rushka. Both women have been instrumental in Minaj’s success and who will no doubt help with the production of the tour.

After expressing heartfelt gratitude towards both women, Nicki slipped in Meek will join her, as well as Trey Songz during her European portion of the tour.

Omeeka have been quite the quite couple to watch as of late, making their budding love affair known while sitting court side at this year’s All-Star game.

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