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    Rapper Updates: DMX, Jay-Z And Lil Nas X

    DMX’s Family, Ex-Manger and Ruff Ryders Show Support

    Following DMX’s overdose and hospitalization, his family issues a statement

    On Friday night, April 2nd, 2021, our brother, son, father, and colleague DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, was admitted to White Plains (NY) Hospital, facing serious health issues,” the family said in the official statement.

    We ask that you please keep Earl/DMX and us in your thoughts, wishes, and prayers as well as respect our privacy as we face these challenges. Thank you.”

    DMX’s Ex-Manager Chimes In

    According to X’s ex-manager, Nakia Walker, reported that the rapper is in a vegetative state.

    We’re just praying,” she told the outlet, adding that members of the Simmons family have been allowed to visit him in the hospital. Walker also confirmed with Buzzfeed News that Simmons is “still in the same condition – in a vegetative state, [with] lung and brain failure and no brain activity.”

    Most notably, members of the Ruff Ryder’s motorcycle crew — linked to DMX’s rap collective — rallied outside of White Plains Hospital. The group came to pay respects, offer their prayers for his recovery, and play his music

    Jay-Z Praises Passage of NY’s Marijuana Legalization Bill

    Rapper mogul JAY-Z is speaking out in favor of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent passage of bill S.854-A/A.1248-A.

    Residents and visitors need to get ready to roll up freely in New York. At the end of March, New York became the 15th state to join Washington D.C. in legalizing marijuana. 

    “The news of cannabis legalization in New York is incredibly exciting. It represents a long-overdue opportunity for New Yorkers, for the cannabis industry, and for social equity and social justice,” JAY-Z told TheGrio in a statement.

    “I’ve seen first- hand the harm inflicted for generations against Black and minority communities by the war on drugs right here in New York. Today, I’m proud to see my home state join The Parent Company in paving the way for a thriving and equitable cannabis market.”

    What’s in The Bill? 

    In fact, Governor Cuomo signed the bill that through the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA). The bill enables records to be immediately expunged for individuals convicted of anything less than 25 grams of marijuana. In addition, the state projects that it will collect $350 million annually in tax revenue. Moreover, 40 percent to be directed to the education system. This plan will create between 30,000 to 60,000 jobs in the process.

    “This is a historic day in New York – one that rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison sentences, embraces an industry that will grow the Empire State’s economy, and prioritizes marginalized communities so those that have suffered the most will be the first to reap the benefits.” Governor Cuomo stated.

    Lil Nas X Sends SNL Cast to Hell

    To start SNL’s latest show, cast members Chris Redd and Chloe Fineman tackled the controversial Lil Nas X video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).” To the contrary, Redd (who’s playing Lil Nas X) did not grind on Satan’s lap, he gave God a lap dance instead.

    The Cast Addresses Lil Nas X Critics

    They also weave Lil Nas X’s inflammatory “Satan Shoes” and subsequent Nike lawsuit into the skit. Fineman, who’s playing Britney Spears in an episode of the fictional Oops, You Did It Again talk show, asks Redd if the “Satan Shoes” contained real human blood as advertised.

    Redd exclaimed, “I don’t know why Nike is so mad. Their whole thing is ‘Just Do It.’ Well, I did it.”

    Next, Fineman asked what Redd thought about the backlash he received and he calls his critics “closed-minded idiots.”

    He added with a shrug, “People are afraid of me because I’m different, but really I’m just your typical gay, Black, country rap, sneaker entrepreneur.”

    Lil Nas X’s Cutthroat Response

    After seeing the skit, Lil Nas X aggressively responded: “Snl going to hell.”

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