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What’s your favorite thing about September? Grandparent’s Day? Labor Day? That it’s also National Potato Month? Well, fuck all of the above (fuck you too, while I’m at it!), because Dean Blunt’s label World Music has just kicked off a month-long residency at NTS Radio.
Every Friday, the label will take over NTS for an hour (10 AM EST) and play unreleased songs and mixes with “friends & various artists.” Today’s premiere installment, titled “ZUSHI,” features Panda Bear, DJ Escrow, jonatan leandoer96, Mica Levi, Joanne Robertson, A$AP Rocky, and Sauce Walka. Amazing.
I was kidding about the “fuck you too,” by the way. To make up for it, I’ve gathered the proper embed code so you can stream the debut takeover from the convenient little space below this paragraph and above some nasty ads:
American rap icon A$AP Rocky has been found guilty of assault in Sweden following a street altercation earlier this summer, though he will avoid jail time. Rocky’s trial began July 30 in Stockholm, following the rapper’s detention in a Swedish prison for one month. After the three-day trial wrapped on August 2 the “Distorted Records” emcee was allowed to return to the US to await his verdict.
Rocky was initially detained alongside team members Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers for allegedly attacking Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30. Prosecutors allege that the trio beat, kick, and threatened Jafari with a bottle.
“Based on statements from two witnesses, the court finds that the defendants were not subject to a current or imminent criminal attack,” the ruling said.
Because the court could not prove a bottle was used during the attack, Rocky, Rispers, and Corniel will not have to serve further jail time. The conditional sentence given to Rocky means that he will be subject to a probationary period of two years. The court awarded damages of 12,500 Swedish Krona ($1,300) to the victim, “for violation of his integrity and pain and suffering.” The defendants were also ordered to pay fees of 80,610 Swedish Krona (nearly $8,400) for the victim’s lawyer.
While Rocky’s lawyer maintains that the artist is “disappointed” with the outcome, the artist has evaded additional jail time in Sweden which means he can return to touring and creating music, though Rocky has clearly stated he will never return to Sweden.
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Over the past month, American rapper, A$AP Rocky has been detained in Swedish jail after facing an assault charge alongside team members Bladimir Corniel and David Rispers for allegedly attacking 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30. Prosecutors of the case allege that the trio beat, kick, and threatened Jafari with a bottle. Rocky’s camp has plead not guilty to the charges, maintaining that they were fighting in self-defense and that they never involved a bottle in the fight.
The Swedish court ruled Friday that the rapper would be allowed to return to the US to await the results of the trial, which are expected to be shared August 14. The artist has been in custody since July 3. Swedish prosecutors asked that the rapper face a six-month sentence and remain in jail up until the official trial results arrive, deeming him a probable flight risk.
In light of his imminent return to the US, Rocky posted on his official social media accounts, thanking fans for their support. He says the experience has been both “humbling” and “very difficult.”
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Swedish authorities have officially charged A$AP Rocky with assault for his connection to an altercation that took place in Sweden last month.
The Harlem rapper’s lawyer, Slobodan Jovicic, continues to argue that his client was defending himself, but Swedish courts have sided with the prosecution and will maintain custody of A$AP Rocky and his two co-defendants until their upcoming trial, which could start as early as Tuesday, July 30.
While clips of the incident posted to Instagram show Rocky and company ask the two alleged victims to stop following them, Swedish public prosecutor Daniel Suneson says that he has “had access to a greater amount of material than that which has previously been available on the internet,” which is likely to include local surveillance and texts from A$AP Rocky’s team. According to a report from TMZ, Swedish prosecutors are not likely to recommend Rocky serve a full two year sentence in the event he’s convicted. Furthermore, a panel of four judges will reportedly hear Rocky’s case, and a conviction will require three of four judges to agree on Rocky’s guilt. Following the trial’s conclusion, a sentencing is expected within a week.
The story has garnered international attention, with everybody from Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian to President Trump himself all calling for A$AP Rocky’s release. However, Swedish authorities insist that they will not be swayed or influenced by mounting global attention.
A$AP Rocky has been in Swedish custody since July 3.
A$AP Rocky remains incarcerated in Sweden following an alleged physical altercation in late June, and while the entire country continues to lose clout points by the day, the public’s call for Rocky’s freedom continues to grow louder. In fact, Congress, and even the White House, have reportedly gotten involved. Amid the continually unfolding situation in Sweden, Swedish House Mafia threw their support behind the Harlem rapper, revealing a collaboration tentatively titled “Frankenstein.”
Now, fellow fashion and culture figurehead Virgil Abloh has offered up a proper preview of the new track at Germany’s Melt Festival, where Rocky was also billed to perform this summer. As the Off-White founder queues up the track, Abloh tells fans, “With this we’re gonna get Rocky home right quick,” before going on to instruct the festival crown to, “Pull out your phone, record this one, this a very rare one.” See the preview of Swedish House Mafia and A$AP Rocky’s “Frankenstein” below.
A judge granted the request from prosecutors to keep Meyers in pretrial detention until at least July 25 so they may complete their investigation. The prosecutors contended Meyers was a flight risk as grounds for the decision. Meyers’ attorney, Slobodan Jovicic, told reporters the decision was “disappointing” following the hearing.
“I think it’s very unjust. He is very tainted (by) this,” Jovicic went on to say.
Recently, Donald Trump made a statement on the matter at the behest of First Lady, Melania Trump:
“Actually, the one who knew about A$AP Rocky was our first lady. She was telling me about, ‘Can you help A$AP Rocky?’” he said.
“We’ll be working with the State Department and we hope to get him home soon,” The First Lady said in response.
“Many, many members of the African American community have called me, friends of mine, and said, ‘Can you help?’” Trump said in the Oval Office. “So, I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky, but I can tell you that he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country and when I say African American I think I can really say from everybody in the country because we’re all one.”
Since Meyers’ incarceration, many advocates in the US have been very vocal in demanding the Harlem-native rapper’s release; even going so far as to make calls to Congress.
Fellow musicians alongside social activists like Rev. Al Sharpton have taken up for Meyers with the hashtag “#JusticeForRocky” becoming widespread across the internet.
H/T: NBC News
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Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the USA congress, disclosed to TMZ in a brief video interview that he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus will be continuing to “weigh in forcefully [to the Swedish government] until A$AP Rocky is free.” The American rapper had been arrested in Stockholm earlier in July 2019 under assault charges following a video posted to his account depicting a physical incident between himself, his security, and people harassing them on the street. As a result, A$AP was forced to cancel numerous events abroad—including Wireless Festival in the UK, and Tomorrowland.
Andre Carson, a fellow Black Caucus member, and Adriano Espaillat, who’s part of the Hispanic Caucus, joined Representative Jeffries on the Capitol steps earlier today, July 17, to call on Sweden for A$AP Rocky’s release, and the State Department is also reportedly involved in the case. “The situation with A$AP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed,” voiced Jeffries.
For yrs, the hip hop police harassed artists in NYC, LA, the dirty South & beyond.
Some thought those days had ended.
But racially-charged policing endures.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) July 13, 2019
Photos credit: Andrew Chin / Getty
Local forest fires brought Croatia’s Fresh Island Festival to a halt Tuesday morning, as thousands of attendees were forced to evacuate. The cause of the fire is still unclear, though local officials have confirmed the blaze began in a pine forest just a few miles from the beachfront festival on Pag, a northern island along the Adriatic Sea. No injuries have been reported.
Three firefighting planes were dispatched to extinguish the fire, which temporarily consumed nearby roads. Ante Dabo, mayor of the nearby town Novalja, told national radio that nobody had been injured and that the fire was under control.
— Antonio Simmons (@antonio_simmons) July 15, 2019
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Swedish House Mafia has mastered the art of keeping fans on their toes, with plenty of teases long before material gains official release. Ultra Europe saw a continuation of this trend after the trio previewed a new rumored collaboration with A$AP Rocky. At its core, the track leans hip-hop, showcasing a new direction from the Mafia. The trio played the release for two minutes before dipping back into their canon of electronic hits.
Trending hashtag #JusticeforRocky took over the stage LEDs as the trio crowd-tested the new joint, which is rumored to be titled “Frankenstein.” A$AP has been incarcerated in Sweden following the rapper’s involvement in a physical altercation two weeks ago. It was after headlines broke about the rappers’ incarceration that Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso started teasing the forthcoming collaboration via social media channels. A release date for “Frankenstein” is yet to be announced, but as Swedish House Mafia continues to tease new music during their live performances, fans can only hope that the music sees the light of day soon.
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