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Raekwon Featuring Akon “Call Of Duty”

Raekwon unleashes the first single from his forthcoming solo album, F.I.L.A.. Featuring vocals by Akon, Rae hits the track with lyrics about overcoming all odds...

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Raekwon Featuring Akon “Call Of Duty”

Now that Raekwon's back on board for the new Wu-Tang album, the rapper also gives a push to his solo effort FILA (FLy Interational Luxurious Art)...

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Lloyd Lake, a former business associate of infamous Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, is accusing Knight of being a conniving government informant being used by the United States to regulate hip-hop, and he's attempting to pull out all the stops to prove his case. Lake is campaigning to raise funds for a tell-all documentary titled Justice For Tupac & Biggie, uncovering the truth behind Suge Knight, his involvement with the government and the many legal cases which Knight has been involved with, most notably the murder cases of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

The documentary is essentially seeking to identify Knight as a snitch, though the film may never actually be made. The documentary purports to feature interviews with Tupac’s former bodyguard and a suspect in his killing, Reggie Wright, as well as lawyers who reveal the U.S. Justice System’s unwillingness to prosecute those involved in the crime. Lake put the project first on Kickstarter, then on Indiegogo in an attempt to meet a $150,000 goal, after which the documentary will be released to the public. The campaign isn't going so well, however.

Lake, who’s known Knight since 1994, has a bone to pick with him, particular after being indicted after an incident with NFL star Reggie Bush, and wants to address the question of why Suge Knight has never served serious time in the U.S. prison system outside of the four years he spent locked up following a probation violation in 1997. It's an interesting proposition—one which whets many a conspiracy theorist's appetite—but one that hasn't held much weight despite Knight's repeated arrests in the past decade.

So why push for this documentary now? It all stems from the incident with Bush in 2008, when Lake spoke about giving the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back and his family $300,000 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits between Nov. 2004 and Jan. 2006. The deal was a verbal agreement in exchange for Lake’s management agency, New Era Sports and Entertainment, representing Bush. Bush and Lake would eventually reach a settlement in a civil case regarding the dissolution of the matter, but Lake has contended that Knight's involvement caused Bush to go to the FBI, getting Lake indicted and somehow still getting off without major criminal investigation.

Alongside Wright, Lake's film is looking to dismantle a perceived injustice dating back nearly two decades and make the hip-hop community aware of Suge’s "snitching" activities, often bringing up the name of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was protected throughout a decades-long criminal enterprise by funneling information to the FBI on his enemies, as a comparison. Conspiracy theorists or not, Lake and Wright’s accusations still contain some element of plausibility.

"The fact that 17 years has gone by without anyone being prosecuted, and there are 17 deaths connected with Tupac’s murder for which no one has been charged, this forces us to look at the glaring fact that the legal system failed," Lake said during an interview with XXL. "It’s my goal with this documentary to put not only those involved on trial, but to reveal the shameful cover up and reveal the truth and facts in the case."

Whether or not the documentary ever sees the light of day, XXL spoke with Lake and Wright to try and get to the bottom of their claims, fantastical or otherwise. The story remains far from over. —Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP)
Lloyd Lake, a former business associate of infamous Death Row Records founder Suge Knight, is accusing Knight of being a conniving government informant being used by the United States to regulate hip-hop, and he's attempting to pull out all the stops to prove his case. Lake is campaigning to raise funds for a tell-all documentary titled Justice For Tupac & Biggie, uncovering the truth behind Suge Knight, his involvement with the government and the many legal cases which Knight has been involved with, most notably the murder cases of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.

The documentary is essentially seeking to identify Knight as a snitch, though the film may never actually be made. The documentary purports to feature interviews with Tupac’s former bodyguard and a suspect in his killing, Reggie Wright, as well as lawyers who reveal the U.S. Justice System’s unwillingness to prosecute those involved in the crime. Lake put the project first on Kickstarter, then on Indiegogo in an attempt to meet a $150,000 goal, after which the documentary will be released to the public. The campaign isn't going so well, however.

Lake, who’s known Knight since 1994, has a bone to pick with him, particular after being indicted after an incident with NFL star Reggie Bush, and wants to address the question of why Suge Knight has never served serious time in the U.S. prison system outside of the four years he spent locked up following a probation violation in 1997. It's an interesting proposition—one which whets many a conspiracy theorist's appetite—but one that hasn't held much weight despite Knight's repeated arrests in the past decade.

So why push for this documentary now? It all stems from the incident with Bush in 2008, when Lake spoke about giving the former Heisman Trophy-winning running back and his family $300,000 in cash, living arrangements and other benefits between Nov. 2004 and Jan. 2006. The deal was a verbal agreement in exchange for Lake’s management agency, New Era Sports and Entertainment, representing Bush. Bush and Lake would eventually reach a settlement in a civil case regarding the dissolution of the matter, but Lake has contended that Knight's involvement caused Bush to go to the FBI, getting Lake indicted and somehow still getting off without major criminal investigation.

Alongside Wright, Lake's film is looking to dismantle a perceived injustice dating back nearly two decades and make the hip-hop community aware of Suge’s "snitching" activities, often bringing up the name of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was protected throughout a decades-long criminal enterprise by funneling information to the FBI on his enemies, as a comparison. Conspiracy theorists or not, Lake and Wright’s accusations still contain some element of plausibility.

"The fact that 17 years has gone by without anyone being prosecuted, and there are 17 deaths connected with Tupac’s murder for which no one has been charged, this forces us to look at the glaring fact that the legal system failed," Lake said during an interview with XXL. "It’s my goal with this documentary to put not only those involved on trial, but to reveal the shameful cover up and reveal the truth and facts in the case."

Whether or not the documentary ever sees the light of day, XXL spoke with Lake and Wright to try and get to the bottom of their claims, fantastical or otherwise. The story remains far from over. —Emmanuel C.M. (@ECM_LP)
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Is The Government Using Suge Knight To Control The Rap Industry?

In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison over his fight for a colorblind South Africa. He served 27 years behind bars.
In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison over his fight for a colorblind South Africa. He served 27 years behind bars.
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Hip-Hop Reacts To The Passing Of Nelson Mandela

As today marks the untimely death of world icon Nelson Mandela, the hip-hop community wanted to bid the noble leader an appropriate farewell...

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Snoop Lion Is A Menace To Society In The New Video For “Tired Of Running”

Snoop returns in Lion form breathing life into his last LP ,Reincarnated, with the cinematic visual for the song "Tired Of Running," from the project...

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2 Chainz To Present At The American Music Awards

2 Chainz has just been announced as one of the presenters for the 2013 American Music Awards.  Airing Sunday November 24th, the B.O.A.T...

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Akon Doesn’t Believe Monogamy Is Realistic

Akon caught up with TMZ the other day and decided to dish out his thoughts on monogamy. Explaining that he believes that it's an unrealistic concept and that  America should attempt to adapt to polygamy, simply because having one women doesn't come natural to a man and the average man tends to have multiple women anyways...

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Hip-Hop Endorsement Deals That Went Wrong


Endorsement deals seem to be a winning situation for all involved. Brands get to advertise on a larger scale, fans feel like they are getting a piece of their idol by buying the product, and artist get multiple figure pay checks...

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DJ Khaled Featuring Scarface, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, Akon, John Legend & Anthony Hamilton – “Never Surrender” (Video)

In two days, DJ Khaled will share his agony, releasing his LP, Suffering From Success. Over the past week, the We The Best boss has liberated a few tracks off the album including "Hell's Kitchen" with J...

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12 Best Hip-Hop Instagrams Of The Week

Hip-hop was the center of Instagram this week. With Trina in the hospital, Juelz Santana flicking it up lil cousin Terio, and 2 Chainz reuniting the Hot Boys in his new video ; things were quite entertaining...

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