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In November 2017, Meek Mill was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison after violating parole on petty criminal charges, and after months of protests, petitions, and multiple appeals by the MMG rapper’s legal team, Meek was released from prison last month.
And ever since his release, the Philadelphia-born and raised hip-hop artist has been on a media tour speaking about his experience in prison, how he’s grown as an individual, and how his story can spark prison and judicial reform so that unheard voices don’t become a cog in the prison industrial complex.
Now, Meek Mill has finally returned to the stage for the first time since his release as a surprise guest at this year’s Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida. Meek was introduced by none other than DJ Khaled and was met with roars and gratitude from the crowd.
Meek then went on to perform hits like “On The Regular” and “Litty” alongside Tory Lanez, but also took time to address his wrongful sentencing stating the following, “They tried to take my freedom, they tried to crush my dreams… But now we in Miami going the f*** up.”
Meek has become an influential pillar and somewhat of a martyr in the culture due to his faults and the corruption of the justice system, and it looks like the universe has a bigger plan for the hip-hop artist. With that said, check out Meek on the stage for the first time after being locked up.
After postponing 2017’s headlining Coachella slot due to her pregnancy with twins, Beyoncé made a historic return to the main stage to close out the second night (April 14) of the festival in Indio, Calif.
Prior to what would ultimately turn out to be a new career-defining peak, rumors swirled that the pop megastar would reunite Destiny’s Child and bring out 100 dancers to back her up. And just hours before performance began, she took to Facebook to shout out her fans, and let them know to get in formation during the hour intermission before the games began.
“I am so excited to see the BeyHive tonight at Coachella,” she wrote. “We have been working hard and have a special show planned for you so please be safe and stay hydrated. We need your energy! There will be an hour intermission before my performance, so mark your spot, charge your phones, grab your drinks. Can’t wait to see y’all at 11:05pm!”
The speculation and rumors were accurate: Not only did Beyoncé reach a new creative peak, but she did it all while making it look effortless. Throughout a ceaseless two-hour set, the pop icon took the swelling Coachella crowd back to the days of feverish high school pep rallies and college homecomings. On stage, a tiered set of bleachers scraped the sky as a brass band and dozens of dancers backed what was indisputably the weekend’s most stunning performance, with guest appearances from a reunited Destiny’s Child (for a series of their classics), as well as cameos from her husband JAY-Z and sister Solange.
Most importantly, though, Beyoncé made history, not just in her own career — turning her music and performance into high art — but at the festival, which is now in its 19th year. “Coachella, thanks for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline,” she said before bringing out Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?”
Even by Beyoncé’s standards, the show went above and beyond. It was impeccably choreographed, designed and directed, right down to the minute details — Bey tapping her fingers across her knees in time to the beat on “Partition,” the exact dance moves done for her rendition of “Baby Boy,” the little teases of hits from the past as songs segued from one to the next.
“This is a very important performance for me,” she told the crowd between “Sorry” and “Bow Down/I Been On.” “I’m happy to be back home on the stage tonight.”
But above all, Beyoncé did it without breaking a sweat, an almost superhuman feat. Whether she was soaring over the crowd during “Drunk in Love,” or hitting micro-choreographed dance moves with the best backup dancers available while growling, “Suck on my balls” during “Sorry,” she proved that she’s truly pushing her art form forward, in both creative scope and the breadth of music she’s recorded. It was invaluable context, even, to get glimpses of her roots throughout the performance, whether Bey was singing with JAY-Z for “Déjà Vu,” dancing with Solange for the extended version of “Get Me Bodied,” or traipsing through her Destiny’s Child days with Rowland and Williams as if the chemistry had never wavered.
Of course, when it comes to Beyoncé, nothing ever wavers. Not only did the Queen set a new standard for herself at Coachella, but she set a standard for the entire festival and its future marquee performers — not just as the first black woman to headline the fest, but as an artist whose creative prowess will continue to be nearly impossible to match.
Tyrese was caught off guard at his Valentine’s Love Jam set in Detroit when a fan rushed the stage and tried to give him a hug. The famed singer reacted by quickly shoving the woman, who was escorted off the stage by security.
Tyrese seemed apologetic but startled in the video, which you can check out in full up top.
YFN Lucci spent a bit of time in police custody on Saturday, April 1. In fact, the ATL rapper’s arrest is said to have involved drama, as he reportedly found himself facing the barrels of several police firearms before being detained.
According to the police report, YFN ignored orders to pull over as police trailed his ride in downtown Atlanta. The rapper did eventually get around to complying, but did so under duress, with officers having trained their guns on him as he slowly exited the vehicle. While no substance was recovered, the car reportedly reeked of marijuana. Three weapons were reportedly recovered.
YFN Lucci would later take to Twitter to confirm his arrest on Sunday, writing, “I went to jail last night man I swear when u living they just won’t let u live.” Shortly after being taken in he was released and flown out to Florida on a private jet, where he’d perform a show at around 2 a.m. in Ocala.
The internet has been on fire since The Game publicly through shots at Meek Mill at his concert and dropped a record dissing the Philadelphia rapper, and now we may finally know the reason why. According to TMZ, The Game is reportedly accusing Meek Mill of being a snitch because of the investigation into a robbery involving Sean Kingston at an L.A. club.
If you remember, Kingston got hit in the head with a bottle before his $300,000 chain was ripped off his neck. Both Game and Meek were in the club during the incident and Game allegedly believes Meek told Kingston’s team that Game or someone in his crew was involved in the robbery.
Meanwhile, Meek has responded to the feud with his own Instagram post featuring a picture of him with Nicki Minaj at his side. “U wanna fight? Next morning a diss raps…… Then the pre-order links! THE JIG IS UP YALL GUYS REAL RAPPERS! Make sure y’all go support them industry cats!”
The Game has a problem with Meek Mill. The 1992 artist was filmed at Story in Miami dissing Meek onstage for being a “snitch” and seemingly threatening to “beat [his] ass.” According to Uproxx, Game’s anti-Meek comments were made on Thursday. Meek hasn’t directly responded to Game’s comments just yet, but he did hit up Instagram with what may be a subtle reply early Friday morning.
VAIN has toured and performed with many of Hip Hop’ s Greatest. Earlier this year he toured and collaborated with the Late Great Big Kap before his death. “Ain’t No Nigga Like Me,” which is featured in this Live Performance footage , along with Vain’s new hit single “Hello” was a personal favorite of Big Kap’s. So much so that he performed it live on stage with Vain and that rare performance footage is featured in VAIN’s “Ain’t No Nigga Like Me,” Video.
With VAIN’s new single “Hello” at #84 on the Urban Mediabase Chart and climbing, VAIN has been touring and performing extensively this year. He performed both songs in his set when he opened up for Yo Gotti at Club Moon in Tallahassee, Florida this year. A Highlight of Vain’s Music Career was when he opened for Snoop Doggy Dogg himself at the Catalyst Club in California recently. Check the Footage of Vain’s Snoop Dogg Opening Performance which features both the hit single “Hello” and “Ain’t No Nigga Like Me.”
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