Earl Simmons, better known by his stage name DMX, is in the critical care unit after suffering a heart attack triggered by a drug overdose.
TMZ reports that the American rapper had overdosed in his home in New York on Friday, 2 April 2021, around 11 pm local time. He was then rushed to a hospital in White Plains, where his family confirmed that he hooked to a life support machine because he cannot breathe by himself.
News that DMX condition has reached a critical point has spurred many celebrities and brands to start offering prayers on his behalf online. We hope he recovers soon.
Don Jazzy reveals he was once married
Michael Collins Ajereh, known professionally as Don Jazzy, revealed that he had been married before to a woman named Michelle Jackson about 18 years ago, in 2003. But the marriage ended because he chose to pursue music.
You can read all about this here: Choosing music over family cost Don Jazzy his first marriage at 22
Quavo and Saweetie elevator fight video
It appears that the public exchange over their breakup is not the last we will hear of Quavo and Saweetie’s relationship. As the embers sparked by the Migos member allegedly taking back his car gift died down, TMZ started another fire.
The entertainment news outlet posted surveillance footage of the estranged lovers in an elevator fight over a Call of Duty box. In the video, which went viral within minutes, Quavo is seen shoving Saweetie, and she appeared to be injured.
However, the couple later commented that the video was from 2020 when they were still together. Quavo, on his part, denied ever assaulting Saweetie, while she also didn’t point fingers and only called it a disagreement.
Burna Boy dragged for Wike’s N10m gift
Controversy trailed Burna Boy’s Homecoming concert in Port Harcourt city, Rivers State, Nigeria. Critics called out the artist for what they perceived as faux patriotism when details emerged that he had received cash gifts and land from under-fire Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike.
The singer had gotten a king’s welcome as he returned to Nigeria for the first time since winning the Grammy Award for the Best Global Music Album at the 2021 edition. But the jubilation soon turned sour as the artist, who many (including himself) have compared to the patriotic late Fela Kuti, failed to meet expectations.
Jay Z Ascension album April fool prank
Another April Fool’s Day came, and you would expect people to be wiser from past experience. However, many fell for the prank that Nigerian music blog Notjustok.com started. In a post, Notjustok.com claimed that American hip hop legend Jay Z was releasing an album titled Ascension which features African artists like Olamide, Sarkodie, Femi Kuti, and Nasty C.
The prank came with complete artwork as well as tracklisting as well. It was obviously a prank because the news was circulated only in Nigeria and Ghana. Additionally, none of the artists alleged to be appearing on the album even posted anything about it. The most obvious reason was that the blog that started the rumour even said so at the tail end of the post.
Mr P releases debut solo album
Mr P of the now-defunct P Square group released his debut solo album this past week titled The Prodigal. The album featured Nigerian upcoming artist Singah and other superstars like Tiwa Savage, Mohombi, Simi, Teni, Tamar Braxton, DJ Switch, OviKelz, and Wande Coal. You can listen to and download the complete album on our website.
“World” by Bella Shmurda
Bella Shmurda, Nigerian Afrobeats sweetheart, also dropped a new song as well titled “World”. If the early hype around the song is anything to go by, it will soon be a chart-topping smashing hot single to vibe to.
Justin Beiber’s “Peaches” tops weekly charts again
Speaking of music charts, “Peaches” by Justin Beiber (featuring Daniel Caesar & Giveon) off his Justice album dominated music platform charts like Spotify and YouTube Music in the US. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, Naira Marley and Busiswa’s “Coming” are the most popular songs of the week. We provide the complete charts here.
Nike sues MSCHF over Lil Nas X Montero video
Another trending song in the US this past week is Lil Nas X’s Montero. The song launched with a highly controversial video that featured visuals from hell. However, besides the beauty of the video, depending on how you see devilish images, there is also a lawsuit tied to it.
A New York-based company MSCHF Product Studio is selling the “Satan Shoes” from the video and Nike is suing them for it because they are just really customised Nike Air Max 97 sneakers that contain red ink and the alleged ‘human blood’ in their soles.
Nike says that the 665 shoes, which were sold out within minutes at $1,018 per pair, infringed on their copyright. It also caused significant confusion as the religious crowd believed the athletic shoe company had authorised the design and are calling to boycott the brand. See more: Nike sues New York company over Satan shoes in Lil Nas X Montero video.
Britney Spears reacts to New York Times documentary on her
Britney Spears revealed last week that the ‘Framing Britney Spears’ documentary by New York Times made her cry for two weeks. Her response comes over a month after the 74 minutes video aired.
It centres on the singer’s career, her popularity within American culture, and provides insight into the conservatorship that she has been under since 2008.
Godzilla vs. Kong impress on opening day
Godzilla vs. Kong, one of the most anticipated films of 2021, finally debuted in US cinemas on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 and it made a considerable $9.6 million on its opening day. It screened in 2,409 venues in the country.
Before its US release, the film entered cinemas worldwide on 24 March 2021 (one week earlier) and made $70 million in China in that period. Its total weekly earnings was a staggering $132.7 million nearly the production budget of about $160 million to $200 million. See other details about the film here.
Burglars attack Beyonce, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello in crazy week
Los Angeles burglars struck the property of Beyonce, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello all in March 2021. Reports claim that Beyonce had even been a victim twice in that duration and that the burglars carted away expensive handbags and dresses worth about $1 million from her storage units.
Meanwhile, couple Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were at home when burglars attempted to enter their apartment. The sound of their window-breaking alerted them and they raised alarm. The burglars then fled but had enough presence of mind to grab Shawn Mendes’ Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon keys and drive away with the car.
The Los Angeles police are still working on unravelling both burglary cases but have not announced any arrests publicly.