This week in Friday Feuds accusations of culture vulturism fly and an NY-bred crooner is put in cuffs. Plus, rumors about an R&B singer being hot for the president’s daughter implode the Internet, Kylie Jenner’s other half lands in heap of legal trouble, and more…

Theophilus London vs. Cab Driver

This week Theophilus London aka NY Theo discovered just how unforgiving his home city can be. The singer was arrested outside of a movie theater in Manhattan following a dispute with a taxi driver. London, who was held for less than two hours, took to Twitter to clarify the situation while in jail and following his release…

It sounds like quite the adventure.

DJ Quik vs. YG

DJ Quik is a verifiable West Coast legend and while he normally keeps a fairly low profile this week he took to social media to call out fellow West Coast native, YG, for what he felt was a huge slight. According to Quik, YG never properly credited him for is contributions to the rapper’s popular single, “My Nigga…”

YG acknowledged the shots fired.

Hopefully these two can work things out.

Ray J vs. The Internet

This week part-time singer and full-time Love & Hip Hop Hollywood cast member, Ray J, got a nasty little surprise when he found his name attached to Malia Obama, the POTUS’s daughter. According to the internet (which while entertaining isn’t always reliable), Ray J made an attempt to slide in lil Malia’s DMs. Ray J, who is reportedly getting married today, was not happy to have his name in any mess, so he took to Instagram to respond…

Had to address this!

A video posted by rayj (@rayj) on

Tyga vs. Police

Last week Tyga’s adolescent bae, Kylie Jenner, celebrated her 19th birthday. As any doting boyfriend would Tyga went above and beyond in the gift department, purchasing the social media maven a new car, more specifically a Mercedes Maybach valued at $189,000…

Thank you baby @kinggoldchains

A video posted by King Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

Aside from celebrating the youngest Jenner’s big day, Tyga also had a court appearance he failed to attend that Tuesday. The summons was allegedly to resolve a dispute with a former landlord who claims Tyga agreed to pay $16,000 per month to stay in his home. According to the plaintiff Tyga stopped paying the rent leading him to launch an eviction attempt…

The plaintiff further claims that when the “Make It Nasty” rapper finally moved out sometime in 2012 he left $480,285 worth of damage as a present. We can only imagine Tyga’s very expensive and very public gift to his girlfriend that very same week did little to assuage the landlord’s ire. A judge responded to T-Raw’s absence by issuing a warrant for his arrest.

DJ Vlad vs. Bankroll Fresh’s Uncle

This March many in the Atlanta hip-hop community and beyond were shocked by the death of rising rapper and 2Chainz affiliate Bankroll Fresh. 28-year-old Fresh, born Trentavious Zamon White Sr., was gunned down at around 11pm in front of Atlanta’s Street Execs studio following a disagreement with a childhood friend. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Initial reports indicated that over 50 shell casings were found at the scene leaving many outraged at the level of violence surrounding the crime…

Fresh’s uncle, Marvin Shadi Powers, was just one of the rapper’s family members left heartbroken by his murder. He recently called out DJ Vlad of VladTV for treating his nephew’s slaying insensitively. Following the killing Vlad invited fellow Atlanta rapper and Fresh’s former friend, No Plug, to sit for an interview and speak on the situation. Plug essentially copped to the murder while implying that Fresh had been jealous of him…

Powers was understandably upset by the interview but even more affronted that Vlad did not reach out to any of Fresh’s family members to get their perspective. In response Powers penned an open letter essentially accusing Vlad of being a culture vulture who was profiting from the family’s heartbreak…

“Dear Vlad, (VladTV)
You disrespectful culture vulture. I offered you to talk to my family, (Bankroll Fresh’s family) when my nephew was first killed. Did you call us or reached out to the Street Money Worldwide family or his father and mother to get a rebuttal to No Plug’s story? None of that!

When I asked you to interview Bankroll PJ and how he was continuing the legacy, you had a subordinate call me to tell me, you’re passing on PJ. He had just released a new single out plus he’s starring in a new FX TV show (Atlanta) this fall with Childish Gambino but no that was too positive, huh? Not enough black on black crime?

But you gave this coward a forum and put this hating coon on your platform like it was some light humored story. Sitting there smiling and talking about how he love my family. Where was the remorse with all that chuckling? And then the story he was telling you were straight bullsh-t with more holes in it than the police’s reasons for killing Alton Sterling. You’re an poor excuse for an journalist, if we can even call you one. And while the whole black community were coming together to protest “cops killing black men”, you drop this one sided interview of an open investigation for an unsolved murder of Bankroll Fresh. Was that strategic Vlad? You wanted to show more black on black violence on the same day? All you do is take from our community!

My nephew is dead and you’re having a light humored conversation with an alleged killer like it’s just another interview with Taxstone or Charlamagne. What’s funny? This sh-t ain’t funny!!! Even as a responsible journalist or the leader of urban news as you claim, you should have had the rebuttal interview with our family and/or other people who was there. Then you let him talked without confirming anything beforehand? Did you talk to the D.A.’s office or the APD Homicide? Even if no charges was brought, it doesn’t explained the real truth on why he was at the studio in the first place! It’s only his side of the story! Where’s the other sides??? Where’s the TRUTH???

No other man of another color or race should have that much power over the narrative of what happens in black communities. Our stories, our lives and even our music and don’t even give back at all. And then you get slick every now and then and subliminally try to drop other vultures like Slim Jesus in our psyche to see if you can get away with it. You’re really a pornographer that found a better hustle: “pimping black culture”. I know you. I worked for you. You don’t give back to our community! How much of that 50K a month, do you donate to the black community. Ad agencies use your site to pimp everything from fried chicken to Coca Cola and pay you well. Words from your own mouth! Cavario from Don Diva warned me about you back then. Eben Gregory from warned me about you.

You’re worst than Harvey Levin over at TMZ but most of you cats who make money from black people stick together. Y’all always trying to get money out the hood, one way or another. Corner store or a rap label, covering urban culture or making black movies for black people. But you don’t give a damn about us, you’re worst than the police because you’re killing us slowly with the crap you feed our youth everyday. Just so you can get traffic and views because that’s the new “guns & butter”, advertising dollars for unique visitors. You think we’re stupid.

Since the Hip Hop Nation co signed you and every other idiot who want to be seen or want to remain relevant jumps in front of your camera on some “Steppin Fetchin” sh-t and take us back 50 years in morals and principle. The internet ain’t killing my people, you are with your VladTV. You’re irresponsible and you will be checked for it when the opportunity presents itself. Your end is near.

So are y’all finished or are y’all done??? You trying to destroy my nephew’s legacy after someone took his life? I’ll see you when I see you, clown. Let’s have some tea or break bread or something? But you will put some respect on Bankroll Fresh’s name. That’s a promise. Stay tuned for the real exclusive Bankroll Fresh news on Revolt, AllHipHop and WSHH among others, from my brother and Bankroll’s father, and COO, K­Rich, Street Money Boochie and Quick Trip from Street Money Worldwide. Shame on you, thief! There’s 3 sides to a story, there’s, our’s and the TRUTH!!! You should have done your job, crook! I’m still Nat Turner to you!!!!

Shadi Powers
VP Digital Marketing
Street Money Worldwide”

Shadi Powers
Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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