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Celebrity sports fans from around the world are paying homage to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he died in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday.

Fellow former NBA stars Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were among the high-profile players who reacted to news of the beloved basketball player's death.

Bryant was one of nine people on a private helicopter that went down in Calabasas, California on Sunday, killing everyone on board. He was 41.

Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, was also killed in the crash, according to the NBA. The other seven victims in the crash have not been identified.

"I’m stunned. Words can’t even come close to describing it. Just an incredibly sad and tragic day," Pippen, an NBA Hall of Famer, tweeted.

Shaquille O'Neal, who played with Kobe on the Lakers, shared an emotional post.

"There’s no words to express the pain Im going through with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I love u and u will be missed," O'Neal wrote. "My condolences goes out to the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW."

Meanwhile, retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, posted a video of himself reacting to the news.

"Most people will remember Kobe as the magnificent athlete who inspired a whole generation of basketball players," he wrote in part. "But I will always remember him as a man who was much more than an athlete."

Twitter temporarily crashed at around 3 p.m. ET as news of the player's death flooded the platform. The term "Kobe" quickly became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, followed by "Mamba" and "BlackMamba."

Music stars also reacted to the news of Bryant's passing, with Drake posting a mural of Bryant on Instagram and R&B singer John Legend reminding fans to hold their loved ones close.

"I'm so sad and stunned right now. In Staples Arena, where Kobe created so many memories for all of us, preparing to pay tribute to another brilliant man we lost too soon, Nipsey Hussle," Legend, who was preparing for the Grammy Awards, tweeted. "Life can be so brutal and senseless sometimes. Hold on to your loved ones. We miss you, Kobe."

Other notable reactions throughout the day have included former President Barack Obama, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato and Kevin Hart.

"Kobe was a legend on the court and just getting started in what would have been just as meaningful a second act. To lose Gianna is even more heartbreaking to us as parents," Obama wrote. "Michelle and I send love and prayers to Vanessa and the entire Bryant family on an unthinkable day."

"This makes me so sad. Kobe you were always so sweet to me. Known you over 10 years.. not super well but we always joked about you coming over and playing that game of horse!" Lavato wrote, sharing a photo of herself with Kobe and Gianna. "You will he so missed by so many. You’re a legend with wings now. RIP Kobe."

"This honestly doesn’t make sense....I just saw you man," Hart wrote, sharing a image of Bryant on Instagram. "This hurts my heart. God please place your hands on his family and help guide them thru this unbearable time. We love you forever man...Legends never die!!!! #MambaMentality #RIP.... RIP to the other passengers as well as sending prayers to their families."

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Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesNBA icon and Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant was killed Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles, ABC News has confirmed. He was 41.

Bryant's 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died alongside her father, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement.

There were nine people on board the helicopter and no survivors in the crash around 10 a.m. local time Sunday, fire officials said in a press conference. The other victims have not been publicly identified.

The Sikorsky S-76 helicopter crashed under unknown circumstances, a spokesperson from the National Transportation Safety Board told ABC News. Firefighters worked to contain the fire that resulted.

Bryant was drafted to the NBA out of high school in 1996 and spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. He was awarded NBA MVP in 2008 and NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010.

He won gold medals as a member of the U.S. men's basketball team in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

LeBron James surpassed Bryant's all-time scoring record on Saturday during the Lakers' game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryant tweeted at James congratulating him on beating his record.

In 2018, Bryant won an Academy award for his animated short Dear Basketball, based on a poem he wrote in 2015 when he announced his retirement.

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Recording AcademyPrince is one of H.E.R.’s idols, so when she was selected to perform in the Grammy Awards tribute to the Minneapolis icon, it was a surreal moment.

“I can't believe it -- it doesn't feel real,” the two-time Grammy winner tells Billboard.

H.E.R. will be among the artists featured in a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys.

“I spoke to Sheila E. who's putting it all together. She was telling me stories about her and Prince, and how she really appreciated my artistry. The fact that she worked so closely with him... it's crazy that she could say that about me,” she continues.

“I'm so excited because I try to honor him in any way that I could, and now I can do it on a big stage alongside all the other legends who are performing,” the 22-year-old singer adds.

H.E.R. often plays the ”Purple Rain” guitar solo to close her concerts, so don’t be surprised if she performs the Grammy- and Oscar-winning classic.

In high school, H.E.R. was told she would be a failure. Now with ten Grammy nominations in two years, she’s proving her critics wrong.

“It's crazy to think that I've [accomplished all of this] in just two years and that my first nomination became a win. [Best R&B Album for H.E.R.],” she says. “You question the path that you're on sometimes and I have no right to do that now! I know I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be." 

H.E.R has five nominations for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, for “Hard Place,” and Album of the Year for I Used to Know Her. 

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ABC/Lou RoccoAfter Terry Crews weighed in on the controversy surrounding Gabrielle Union's America's Got Talent firing -- which came following her claims of a toxic work culture -- Union is now seemingly calling out Crews for his comments.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Union appeared to react to an interview Crews did on the third hour of NBC's Today show, during which he called the AGT set "the most diverse place" he had ever worked in his career.

"Why anyone would gleefully get up on TV and tell lies that NO ONE disputed...But we already know," Union wrote, responding to a fan who said it was "wild to see people pretend that the glaring racism doesn't exist."

She then seemingly questioned the "diversity" that Crews said existed on set.

"Can someone please ask abt what happens to all that diversity folks are talking about BEHIND THE SCENES," she tweeted. "Like, legit... where the hell is all that diversity in the production though homie? In the decision making ranks who control the fate of the diversity in front of the camera?"

She also seemingly addressed Crews' assertion that because Union didn't send out an official statement, her allegations hadn't been confirmed.

Referring to the investigation into her complaints that NBC is conducting, she wrote, "Maaaaaan...We all agreed to let the investigation be completed before speaking but if we doing this, ohhhhh baby let's gooooooooooo!"

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set.  Her firing resulted in immense backlash, and Union then confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesFollowing the coroner’s report that Juice WRLD’s death was the result of an accidental drug overdose, his estate announced it plans to share unreleased music.  

"You guys meant the world to Juice and by listening to his music, watching his videos and sharing your stories about him, you are keeping his memory alive forever,” his family wrote in a statement posted on Juice Wrld's Instagram page.  “We plan to honor Juice’s talents, his spirit, and the love he felt for his fans by sharing unreleased music and other projects that he was passionately in the process of developing.”  

The statement also revealed there will be a public tribute in Juice's hometown, Chicago, with details to be announced soon.

As previously reported, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office announced Wednesday that the rapper, born Jarad A. Higgins, died as a result of oxycodone and codeine toxicity. 

Higgins died on December 8, only six days after his 21st birthday. He suffered convulsions at Midway Airport in Chicago following a flight from Los Angeles. 

The “Lucid Dreams” rapper went into cardiac arrest as federal agents were searching his luggage for guns and drugs. Forty-one bags of marijuana were allegedly found, along with prescription codeine cough syrup, two .9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity ammunition magazine and metal-piercing bullets.

Law enforcement officials say Juice swallowed several Percocet painkiller pills in an attempt to hide them from the feds.

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Steve Granitz/WireImageLauren London is honoring the legacy of her late boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle, with the new fashion collection, “Hustle and Motivate.”

The ATL actress, who has a three-year-old son fathered by The Marathon Continues rapper, posted a photo on Instagram of her posing with YG, J. Stone, Killa Twan and Pacman Da Gunman, wearing the new line.

The 35-year-old actress also posted a solo shot wearing a “Hustle and Motivate” T-shirt with the embroidered message, “We, The Marathon Clothing, honor the endurance and unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”

The “Hustle and Motivate” collection is a partnership with Hussle’s Marathon Clothing and Puma. An official relese date for the collection has not yet been announced.

Last month, London shared some of the campaign images from her new "Forever Stronger" collaboration with Puma.

At the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, John LegendMeek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG will perform a tribute to Hussle, who was fatally shot on March 31, 2019 at age 33. 

Nipsey is nominated for three Grammys: Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Racks in the Middle," featuring Ricch and Hit-Boy, and Best Rap/Sung Performance for "Higher," his collabo with Khaled and Legend.

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Nathan Congleton/NBCAmerica's Got Talent host Terry Crews apparently had a very different experience on the set of NBC's variety series.

Amid the network's investigation into Gabrielle Union's departure from the show following claims of a toxic culture, Crews tells NBC's Today that he begs to differ.

“First of all, I can't speak for sexism because I’m not a woman, but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments. That was never my experience," he said. "In fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my 20 years of entertainment."

"The Top 10 acts were Asian, women, older, younger, black, white, it was everything in the gamut,” he continued, defending the shows' diversity.

Crews went on to say that he even sought out the advice of his wife, actress Rebecca King-Crews, and her thoughts on what she should do in the wake of Union's claims.

"She was like, 'first of all, if it's coming from an unnamed source – because Gabrielle Union has not made any statement to this day about any of these allegations publicly …if she hasn't made a statement, why would you?'"

When asked if he's spoken to Union, beyond his tweet in December where he told Union she "will be missed," Crews replied, “I haven’t reached out, but I haven’t heard anything,” he said.

As previously reported, Union was fired from America's Got Talent following her reported complaints about the allegedly racially insensitive work environment on set. Following the immense backlash about her firing, Union confirmed that she met with NBC to discuss her complaints and "express [her] unfiltered truth."

Crews, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are all expected to return to AGT for its next season.

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Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesYG was arrested Friday morning at his home in Chatsworth, California.

According to ABC Los Angeles affiliate, KABC-TV, the LA County Sheriff charged the “Big Bank” rapper with robbery, and he was taken to the Men’s Central Jail.  No further details about the alleged crime were revealed. 

The 29-year-old artist is being held on $250,000 bail and will be arraigned Tuesday. 

Last July, homicide detectives arrived at YG’s home with a search warrant in connection with a fatal crash. Police say his vehicle was involved in a crash and shootout with deputies and a gunman that resulted in the death of an innocent bystander. YG wasn't charged and denied knowledge of the incident.  

It was unknown as of Friday afternoon whether YG would be free in time to make his scheduled performance with John Legend, Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, and Roddy Ricch in a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle Sunday night on the Grammy Awards.

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Guy D'Alema/Courtesy of OWNRobin Givens' return to television in a lead role has officially been cut short.

In a new Instagram post, Givens revealed to fans that her soapy nightime drama Ambitions has been cancelled after one season.

"#mood," Givens wrote, sharing a photo of herself with a serious face. "Found out last week #Ambitions  wouldn’t be returning for a second season."

In the family drama, Givens starred as Stephanie Carlisle, the wife of an Atlanta mayor who, in addition to wanting to rule her family firm, also wanted to become one of the most powerful players in her city.

The series also starred Brian WhiteEssence AtkinsKendrick CrossBrely Evans and Erica Page.

The news of Ambitions' cancellation follows the renewal announcement for some of OWN's other series. Those shows include David Makes Man for a second season, and renewals for Love & Marriage: Huntsville, Ready to Love, Black Love, and Black Women Own the Conversation.

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Recording AcademySheila E. and Usher will be featured in a special tribute to Prince Sunday night on the Grammy Awards.  April 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the death of iconic singer/guitarist. 

Their performance will be a preview of a two-hour special, titled Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, which will be recorded January 28, two days after the Grammys. The show at the Los Angeles Convention Center will air in April on CBS. 

Sheila will be the musical director for the salute along with former members of The Time, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The Time will perform at the event, as will Prince's former band, The Revolution.

Other artists on the bill include Usher, Alicia KeysColdplay's Chris Martin, Earth, Wind & FireJohn Legend, H.E.R., Mavis Staples, and Common. 

Also at the Grammys, Legend will join Meek Mill, DJ Khaled, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch and YG in performing a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle.  

Legend will also be involved in a tribute to Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who is completing his 40th and final Grammy Awards as producer. Debbie Allen will choreograph a special segment featuring Common, ballerina Misty Copeland and more performing "I Sing The Body Electric" from the 1980 film Fame. Allen starred in the movie, as well as the Fame TV series.  

Lizzo, who leads all artists with eight nominations, will also perform on The Grammys, as will H.E.R., Charlie WilsonRun-D.M.C. with Aerosmith and more.

Alicia Keys hosts the Grammy Awards Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Young Money/Republic RecordsLil Wayne's highly anticipated solo album, Funeral, will arrive January 31 via Young Money/Republic Records. 

The album's now available for pre-order and there are a variety of merch bundles available, including t-shirts, stickers, hats, hoodies and cassettes.

Funeral, Weezy's 13th studio album, is the follow-up to his 2018 release Tha Carter V, which debuted at number one.

Last year, Wayne toured with Blink-182. Last week, the Louisiana native released the track "Playoff" as part of a partnership with ESPN around the College Football National Championship Game, during which the home state LSU Tigers defeated Clemson.

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Asanka Ratnayake/Getty ImageAndré 3000 fans have been anxiously waiting for a solo album, but it's been 14 years since the release of the last Outkast album and there's still no sign of one.  André  says he's not really sure when -- or if--  his solo music will see the light of day.

Following all his success, André says he wants to change his musical direction, but he’s such a perfectionist that he feels his music isn't ready for public consumption.

"[I] lost a certain confidence to try things like I used to,” he tells ABC Audio.

Outkast released several multi-platinum albums, including 2003's Speakerboxx/The Love Below, which has been certified for sale of over 10 million units.  Between that and huge hits like “Hey Ya!,” “Ms. Jackson” and “The Way You Move,” Andre feels he's got a very high standard to maintain.

“I think once you’ve done a certain thing for so long and the stakes are high, you kinda lose a certain confidence,” he adds. "You start to nitpick at things…Maybe one day I’ll come back around to it.” 

But just because the artist hasn't released a solo album doesn't mean he hasn't made any music.  In fact, he's hoping to win his seventh Grammy on Sunday; this year, he's up for Best R&B Performance for “Come Home” with Anderson .Paak.

Born André Benjamin, the 44-year-old entertainer has focused on acting over the past 14 years, with starring roles in the films Four BrothersBe Cool and the Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All Is by My Side.

His latest role is in the new series, Dispatches from Elsewhere, which will premiere March 1 on AMC.

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Asanka Ratnayake/Getty ImagesOlympian Usain Bolt is officially adding to his family tree. The retired sprinter and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett, have announced they're expecting their first child together.

An excited Bolt shared the news in a new Instagram post on Thursday, showing a photo of a pregnant Bennett wearing a billowing red dress.

“I just want to say a KING or QUEEN is about to be HERE. @kasi.b,” he wrote, captioning the beautiful image.

Bennett also took to Instagram to share the news, along with additional photos from her pregnancy shoot.

"Our biggest blessing," she captioned one photo, where she's seen posing on the deck of a boat. In another photo, captioned "Our greatest celebration," Bennett holds a bouquet of balloons as she gives a big smile.

In a final photo, Bennett, a marketing manager, cradles her belly and offers the caption, "Our golden child Coming soon..."

In May 2017, Bolt spoke about his interest in settling down and having kids.

“I have [had] a girlfriend for four years now [and] it’s going steadily, so we’re thinking about kids very soon,” the Jamaican sprinter told People. “We’ll see how it goes, we’re taking our time.”

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StarzPower executive producer Courtney A. Kemp is giving fans some rare details on the highly anticipated Power spinoff, Power Book II: Ghost.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kemp says the new crime drama -- which is expected to launch sometime this summer -- will feature Mary J. Blige as Monet, a "very successful woman in Queens who runs her business 'with an iron fist.'” 

"Power obviously is a masculine show but has very strong female characters," Kemp said. "For Mary’s character, we use all the power and presence of the actress to communicate how this is a woman who is remarkable and unique in her abilities."

"She’s as smart, savvy, and strategic as Ghost ever was, but her learning doesn’t come from books," Kemp  continued. "We always said Ghost was a bookish kid who read all the time. This woman’s acumen comes from the streets.”

Kemp also revealed that while the spinoff will include "a bunch of new characters" like Method Man as an "ethically challenged lawyer," and LaToya Tonodeo as Monet's daughter, the series will also have characters from the original series.

"It will definitely have a lot of the same elements that you’re used to from Power in terms of criminality, sex, romance and the legal system," she said. "Every scene is still about power.”

Power Book II: Ghost premieres later this year on Starz.

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Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZPower's Michael Rainey Jr., who plays Ghost's hard-headed son, Tariq, is definitely feeling the heat. After a video recently leaked that appeared to show Tariq killing his father, Rainey Jr. has revealed that Power fans have taken their frustrations out on him.

"Me going through my dms tryna figure out why I have 326 death threat messages," Rainey Jr. wrote, captioning an Instagram post of him with a quizzical look on his face.

While fans appear certain that Rainey Jr.'s character is the official culprit -- after Tommy and Dre's characters were recently ruled out as the shooters -- 50 Cent tells Power fans not to be so sure.

"Your gonna have to wait to find out who killed Ghost," the Power producer wrote on Instagram, sharing an article that notes Power showrunner Courtney Kemp had production film several alternative endings featuring different shooters.

"I will leak more before this is over," continued. "I’ve prepared for every possible thing. WELCOME TO THE 50 CENT SHOW."

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Atlantic RecordsRoddy Ricch fantasizes about a wild night in a strip club in his new “Boom Boom Room” video.

The clip begins with the Compton rapper surviving a crash, and emerging from his car to see a woman enticing him to climb stairs to the “Boom Boom Room.” However, at the end of the video, as he staggers away from his car, he realizes the strip club was only in his imagination.

“Boom Boom Room” is the latest single from Roddy’s number-one debut album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and is the follow-up to his current Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit, ”The Box."

The 21-year-old rapper has five tracks currently in the Hot 100, including the #13 song, “Ballin’” with Mustard, which is certified double platinum.

Roddy continues his Antisocial tour Thursday night in Austin, TX, with concerts through February 15 in Denver. Roddy will also perform April 11 and April 18 at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA.

Roddy's also hoping to take home his first Grammy Award on Sunday night. He has three nominations: “Ballin’” is up for Best Rap/Sung Performance, while his collabo with the late Nipsey Hussle and Hit-Boy, “Racks in the Middle,” is nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

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Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in 2017; Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicJimmy Iovine has the highest praise for Dr. Dre, calling him “the greatest pioneer in producing records of the last 40 years."

The former Interscope Records executive was among those honoring Dre Wednesday night at the Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy Week celebration in Los Angeles.

The duo began working together in 1992, when Interscope partnered with Death Row Records.

“This guy’s going to define Interscope,” Iovine recalled after he heard Dre's landmark album, The Chronic, according to Rolling Stone. “I think Dr. Dre is the greatest pioneer in producing records of the last 40 years.”

Dre, born Andre Young, has won six Grammys, including Producer of the Year in 2002. He founded Beats Electronics in 2008 with Iovine, and the University of Southern California named a school after them, the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy.

The former N.W.A. member co-founded Death Row Records and was the leader of the West Coast hip-hop movement, working with Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and many others. In 1996, Dre founded Aftermath Entertainment and launched the careers of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Game and 50 Cent.

Dre told the crowd his career has been like a dream come true.

"What if you could have everything you want and never have to deal with or do anything you don’t like,” he said. “That’s my life.”

“Producing and engineering has been fascinating to me since I was a kid,” Dre added. "We have the ability and the power to make people happy, excited, emotional, make people cry, give you goosebumps and create a lifetime of memories, and that’s super powerful.”

The tribute ended with a performance by Dre’s protégé, Anderson .Paak. He's nominated for two Grammys: Best R&B album for Ventura, and “Come Home,” featuring Andre 3000, which is up for Best R&B Performance.

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Clive Davis and Whitney Houston in 2008; Larry Busacca/WireImageThe legendary music executive who discovered Whitney Houston is developing a new biopic about the iconic artist.

Clive Davis, who signed Whitney to Arista Records in 1983, tells the Los Angeles Times he was "very disappointed" by two recent documentaries about the singer, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in May.

Whitney: Can I Be Me was released in 2017 without the cooperation of Houston’s family, followed by Whitney in 2018, which was authorized by the Houston estate.

Davis complains about the 2017 film’s "sensationalistic" treatment of Houston's marriage to Bobby Brown. He also didn't approve of how the Whitney doc focused on an allegation that she was sexually abused as a child. 

Now chief creative officer at Sony Music, Davis says he's "looking forward to putting together" a new biopic with a "great writer and a great director."

The 87-year-old music guru is hosting one of the biggest entertainment parties of the year, his annual pre-Grammy Awards gala, Saturday night in L.A. The event will be special for him because he'll present the Industry Icon award to his protégé, Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Davis, who launched Diddy’s Bad Boy Records in 1993, remembered how Combs had the vision that hip-hop could become mainstream and should be played on pop radio stations. 

"The top 40 should accommodate hip hop," Diddy told him, and Davis saw that Combs could connect him with a culture which was foreign to him.

"I was working with my divas, OK? Whitney and Aretha [Franklin] and Dionne [Warwick]," Davis says. "My contacts would not have drawn me to the street."

Bad Boy Records also began the career of The Notorious B.I.G., who will also be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on May 2 in Cleveland.

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iStock/chaiyapruek2520 Kodak Black claims he’s the victim of police brutality as he serves a 46-month sentence for falsifying information to buy firearms. His mother says she has not seen him in several weeks, and fears for his life.

“I want to make sure my son is OK! I don’t want my son to die. If they kill my son, I’ll kill myself, too, Marcelene Simmons said, according to the Miami Herald. “Please someone help me.”

The mother says she attempted to see her son before Christmas, but was denied entry to the prison.

“They don’t want my son happy,” Simmons continued. “That’s why they won’t let me see him.”

Simmons and her son’s attorneys appeared Wednesday at the Federal Correctional Institution in Miami, where Black was being held, to protest his treatment there. However, he was transferred to a federal facility in Kentucky one hour before they arrived.

Attorney Devon Jacob says he informed the Bureau of Prisons that the legal team and Simmons were coming to speak to Black.

“They knew we were coming out here, they knew we were doing this today,” Jacob said. “Their refusal to let him see his counsel is, in and of itself, a constitutional violation.”

As previously reported, Black claimed on Instagram that he was pepper-sprayed by a corrections officer, which rendered him unable to defend himself during a fight with another inmate. He added that he was laced with an unknown substance which made him feel like he was “dying slowly,” and his request for medical attention was denied.

“This near death experience felt like dogs were tearing at my skin while they were grabbing and beating me while I was under the influence of this unknown substance that mysteriously hasn’t popped up in my Urine analysis,” Black wrote.

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Scott Olson/Getty ImagesAs R. Kelly faces numerous charges, including bribery to obtain a false ID to marry the Aaliyah, witnesses say he married the late singer and actress her to avoid prosecution.

Kelly is accused to paying off a public employee on August 30, 1994 in order to  obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah. He married her in a secret ceremony at a Chicago hotel that day. Their marriage was annulled shortly after because Aaliyah was underage: while their marriage license stated she was 18, Aaliyah was only 15, a fact of which Kelly claimed he was unaware.

However, federal prosecutors claim to have evidence that the purpose of Kelly's marriage to Aaliyah, referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe #1,” was to keep her from testifying against Kelly, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“Witnesses have advised the government that the defendant engaged in this bribery scheme to obtain a marriage license so he could quickly and secretly marry Jane Doe #1 to avoid criminal charges for engaging in a sexual relationship with Jane Doe #1, who was a minor at the time,” prosecutors wrote.  “Specifically, the defendant believed that his marriage to Jane Doe #1 would prevent her from being able to testify against him in the event he were prosecuted for his criminal sexual relationship with her."

In the new court filing, the feds also say that Kelly has a “consistent pattern” of obstructing law enforcement and should not be allowed to learn the identities of two of the alleged victims in the racketeering case he faces in New York City.

“Simply put, the defendant’s past behavior reveals that if given the opportunity to influence a potential witness, the defendant will take it, and his incarceration may not be enough to prevent such conduct,” prosecutors wrote.

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