Tyrik Ballard is a singer/songwriter from Harlem, NY, and Curren$y drops a 16 bar verse onto this R&B banger, If You Wanna Be. The song was produced by K-Quick whose credits include, J-Cole.
Staten Island Brothers Anthony and Harvey Christian were recently convicted of running a drug empire for two decades and murdering rival drug dealer Jerome Estella in 1999. Their trial is in the sentencing stage now, and their lawyer Michael Gold just dropped a bit of a bombshell.
He presented evidence that the FBI suspected Wu-Tang members RZA and Raekwon of ordering the death of Estella and also Corey Brooker — who was murdered soon after, and whose case remains unsolved.
The FBI’s theory was that Estella had robbed RZA’s brother and that Brooker had robbed Raekwon’s cousin. So RZA put out a $30,000 hit on both men.
“These reports seem to suggest someone else was liable for those murders. I’m not suggesting that Wu-Tang committed these crimes. The FBI did,” Gold told the Staten Island Advance. “What I’m trying to ascertain is their stated belief in an official file that Wu-Tang ordered this homicide.”
In other words, Gold is trying to get his clients off because Wu-Tang may be the real culprit.
The prosecution in the case against the Christians disagree. They state that Gold had access to the FBI’s Wu-Tang files during the trial, and should have presented the evidence then. They also argue that Estella and Brooker being thieves as well as drug dealers would have brought more police heat into the Christians’ neighborhood, and thus would have just increased the Christians motive for knocking them off.
Charges were obviously never filed against RZA or Raekwon, and so far neither has commented on the new/old allegations against them.
Angels Like Rebels, a record label that engages fans in talent discovery and promotion, launches its crowdfunding platform on November 5 at noon, ET.
Angels Like Rebels held auditions in New York (chaired by Grammy-winning producer Gordon Williams, best-known for his work with Lauryn Hill and Amy Winehouse), Los Angeles, Miami and Boston, and used referrals from recording studios, producers and vocal coaches to select its first group of artists from over 600 applicants.
The crowdfunding campaign will continue for 17 days. Artists who reach the funding target, set at $200,000, will have a 3-year deal with the label to record and release two albums. Fans receive various rewards in exchange for their contributions, including albums, concert tickets, and artist branded merchandize, not to mention bragging rights for launching the next generation of music stars. “The music industry is looking for a new business model. We offer a solution,” says Alexander Volgin, the label’s 20-year old founder.
“We turn fans into angels: we invite everyone who loves music to support talented artists and benefit from their success.”
Fans may also enroll to promote their favorite artists and share 20 percent of net royalties earned by these artists during the term of a record contract. Artists keep 70 percent of net profits, and they don’t have to repay the money contributed by their fans – unlike recording advances in a typical record label deal. Artists also maintain full creative control over their music. “There is wide support for our cause among artists and fans who are not satisfied with how the music industry treats people who create music,” added Volgin.
“We are rebels! Our goal is to empower artists.”
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