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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Inmate Sentences May Be Getting Reduced

This is good news for those of you who have family members locked up in prison. The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system, after a remarkable political shift from Republicans who voted in large numbers to save money by reducing prison sentences, handing a rare bipartisan victory to President Trump.

The First Step Act passed on a vote of 87 to 12, with dozens of Republicans, including longtime holdout Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), joining all 49 members of the Democratic caucus to approve legislation that even some GOP supporters fear could leave them vulnerable to charges of being soft on crime.


“This will keep our communities safer, and provide hope and a second chance, to those who earn it,” he wrote on Twitter. “In addition to everything else, billions of dollars will be saved. I look forward to signing this into law!”

The product of years of negotiations, the legislation represents a major pivot for the GOP, which decades ago embraced a law-and-order rallying cry and war on drugs campaign as crucial to winning votes. But as crime rates have dropped and states have pursued cost-effective ways to cut the prison population, Congress has favored changes to the system, with GOP lawmakers arguing for rehabilitating some offenders rather than longtime incarceration.

The bill would revise several sentencing laws, such as reducing the “three strikes” penalty for drug felonies from life behind bars to 25 years and retroactively limiting the disparity in sentencing guidelines between crack and powder cocaine offenses. The latter would affect about 2,000 current federal inmates.

It also overhauls the federal prison system to help inmates earn reduced sentences and lower recidivism rates. A different version passed the House this year, so the House would have to pass the latest draft before it can be sent to Trump for his signature. The House is expected to endorse that bill when it comes up for a likely vote later this week, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) has expressed support for the legislation.

The bill, which does not cover state jails and prisons, would through reductions in sentencing do the equivalent of shaving a collective 53,000 years off the sentences of federal inmates over the next 10 years , according to the Congressional Budget Office — though some advocacy groups dispute this figure. There were about 181,000 federal inmates as of Dec. 13, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

The bill received a major boost last month when Trump endorsed it as “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.” His thinking was heavily influenced by his son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner, who has long advocated sentencing restructuring and marshaled endorsements of the bill from a diverse coalition including law enforcement, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

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@missmusicdiva x @DjFlizzyFlame "BadBitch" By @ganstamarcus @FreeDoe1

Miss Music and Dj Flizzy Flame recently teamed up for the release of "The Take Over" which features track from Lima, Ohio rapper Gansta Marcus featuring Oklahoma's Free-Doe titled "BadBitch."

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Usher Unleash #NewVideo "Peace Sign"

The R&B superstar divides his time between Los Angles and Atlanta in the clip. He cruises through downtown L.A. in a Lamborghini, eats at a diner, and posts up in front of the neon marquee at the Orpheum Theatre. Ursh also showcases his hometown of ATL and the famed gentlemen’s club Peaches of Atlanta. Zaytoven makes a brief cameo at the diner.

After dropping his collaborative project with Zaytoven ‘A‘ earlier this year, Usher releases a visual for the standout track “Peace Sign.”

Usher released his surprise project ‘A‘ in October to celebrate his 40th birthday. The 8-song set, produced entirely by Zaytoven, features appearances from Future and Gunna.

Eric Bellinger Drops Off #NewMusic "King"

Eric Bellinger is back out with new music titled "King" coming off his anticipated new album The Rebirth 2. The heavy-hitting song is available on all streaming platforms but Eric uploaded a special extended version to his Soundcloud which features an open third verse for aspiring artists to jump on.

The Rebirth 2 is due out in early 2019. The 2 CD set will include one disc featuring all new original songs, while the second disc will highlight Eric’s greatest hits from recent EPs and mixtape projects.

#TuneIn To Anghami Release of "Swang" #NowPlaying @anghami

Nieman Marcus new single "Swang" is now playing on Anghami Music. "Swang" is the new hip-hop track that has a dancing feel to it. Word is, if the song gets enough attention, it will have the release of a music video for its presence.

Go to Anghami for all the music you love, and all the freedom you need. Arabic and International in one place. Organize all your music and access it with a click.

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Link To Swang on Anghami

Imastarr (@ImaSTARRduh) - "Tru" | Shot by @whoisdread

Jackson, Mississippi multi talented artist and Team No Pressure member Imastarr releases his official music video for his record called "Tru" shot by Dread.

Parkway Man (@Parkway_Man) F/ Milli Montana (@1MilliMontana) - "Fashion Killers"

Jackson, Mississippi artist Parkway Man releases his new single entitled "Fashion Killer" featuring Milli Montana.

Biishop (@Chrissme23) - Biishop

Biishop's self-titled mixtape "Biishop" which was hosted by DJ Buu & DJ Plugg, released 12/14.

One of the most anticipated artist from the south Biishop explains his wonderful journey through the struggles of Atlanta. Light and dark stories about wins and losses and loyalty and betrayal.

@StillPaidMu - Hittin

The time has come for Atlanta-native, Money Mu to release his highly-anticipated music video for his hit single “Hittin”. The video was directed by up-and-coming director, Terrius Mykel.  Rich with new money flare and exotic women – the “Hittin’” video represents the song extremely well. This visual will definitely aid in the spread of the song and the artist’s influence to the national stage.  Money Mu is also preparing to release his first full length project in early 2019.

His infectious hit single - "Hittin'" spread voraciously through the clubs thanks to DJ Ant Durty and has found a home on the FM stations in Atlanta - thanks to Streetz 94.5's FlyGuyDC and Ferrari SimmonsIf the last month has been any indication of how 2018 will go for Money Mu - this is definitely his year.

The Three Amigos Tour Hit Big Numbers

Drake and the Atlanta rap group Migos teamed up for a major show that did $79 Million in revenue. Drake and the Migos had one of the biggest tours of the year with their joint Aubrey and the Three Migos Tour.

The tour was a box office hit and entered the Top 10 highest grossing tours of North American in 2018. Drake reportedly left the run with $47M while Migos went three-way on the $24.5M earnings from the tour.


Drizzy previously entered this list when he went on tour with Future for their Summer Sixteen tour. The duo accumulated $5 million more than the 6 God did with the Migos, but that could be because they played for 11 more dates.

2018 Top 10 North American Tours:


277.3 Taylor Swift 1,268,706
166.4 Jay-Z / Beyoncé 1,298,038
166.0 Eagles 964,245
114.4 Kenny Chesney 1,297,731
110.0 Justin Timberlake 791,780
105.0 Ed Sheeran 1,136,497
97.8 Journey / Def Leppard 1,000,272
95.3 Pink 688,558
88.3 Springsteen On Broadway 173,461
79.0 Drake 678,410