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Ninjaman is set to work with troubled inmates behind bars as part of a prison initiative he has been working on since his sentencing last month.

The dancehall legend was sentenced to life in prison for his November 20 murder conviction. He will have to serve 25 years before being eligible for parole. A rep for Ninjaman told Dancehall HipHop that he plans to use his time behind bars to mentor troubled inmates to stay out of trouble and lead a positive life. We’re also told that he himself is taking the sentencing very well and is not daunted by the prospects of spending the rest of his life in prison.

“Despite how many of his fans might feel saddened about his sentence, Ninja is upbeat and positive, we all saw him smiling when he was leaving court, while telling us to hold our heads up,” his rep said. “That’s the type of person that he is and now he is taking some inmates, particularly the younger guys, under his wings to help them change their mindsets. A lot of the younger generation look up to Ninjaman and he can simply just go and serve his time and not care about anyone else, but that is not who he is. He may never be a free man again, but a lot of these young guys will one be released back in society.”

Ninjaman, born Desmond Ballentine, is still weighing his options about appealing his conviction, but judging from the case, the odds are stacked against him. The prosecution presented an ironclad case against the dancehall icon with numerous witness, including a man who is placed into the witness protection program who identified Ninjaman as the person who pulled to trigger to kill Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson in March 2009 during a domestic dispute. The jury unanimously found the three men, Ninjaman, his son Janeil, and Dennis Clayton, guilty of charges ranging from murder to shooting with intent.

Ninjaman will be 76 years old before his first parole hearing.

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Wrapping up 2017 with a growing catalog, Jahmiel delivered a solid body of work, which resulted in him being billed for some upcoming major festivals in Europe and Africa where he will perform for the first time.

Jahmiel, who is currently getting ready for his first U.S. tour, Strongest Soldier, is set to hit 15 cities over a 3-week time frame. The trek will take Jahmiel across some major US cities including Arizona, Kansas City, Oakland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Raleigh and Charlotte just to name a few. At the end of the US leg he will have little down time before he packs his bags and heads to Africa for the first time in his career. He has a highly anticipated performance at The Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia.

The trip to Gambia, will also give Jahmiel an opportunity to partake in some charitable work as well as connect with some of the youths who his songs has resonate with.

“Definitely pleased at the direction my career is going and the ability to show growth over the past two years. Going to Gambia is definitely something I have been looking forward to since we received the call last year and looking forward to delivering and greeting my fans” Jahmiel told Dancehall HipHop.

On January 13th Jahmiel will perform on the 25th anniversary of Rebel Salute, a show he says that he is looking forward to performing on since this will be the first time he is returning to the annual event since Mavado first introduced him a few years ago. The “Heaven” singer has had a phenomenal year last year with a slew of hits and some well received performances on some big shows. This year, he is certainly looking to repeat that success and broaden his international appeal. Stay tuned for more tour dates to be announced by his team later this month.

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Vybz Kartel and Popcaan have not made peace despite some recent reporting.

The self-proclaim Worl’Boss celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday and a number of his past and current allies took the timeout to wish him a happy birthday on social media. We saw artists like Popcaan, Sean Kingston, Tommy Lee Sparta, Spice, and NotNice post images of Kartel while sending birthday greetings his way. Kartel liked all the posts except for Popcaan and fans took note and criticized him for it.

The Unruly Boss shout-out his former mentor twice during separate performances in the Caribbean over the holidays. But it’s his post on Instagram that causing some fans to speak out. “Popcaan you is a two face snake, you never go visit the boss not once but you trying to get a hype by posting this, leave the boss name out your bad mind mouth,” one fan wrote in the comments.

Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Popcaan has yet to visit Vybz Kartel behind bars since his incarceration in 2011. We’re also told that he has in the past requested a visit but Kartel denied it. This is a clear sign that these two former friends, who had a father and son-like relationship, are not making peace anytime soon. The below images show Vybz Kartel liking posts from everyone while snubbing Popcaan.

“The boss like everybody posts except for yours yo no have no shame, come off a the man name and stop post up picture with the boss like you and him a friend,” another fan commented.

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The Weeknd is the latest celebrity to sever ties with fashion company H&M over claims of racism.

Twitter erupted in anger on Monday after H&M posted an image from an ad showing a black kid wearing a hoodie with the words “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle Gym.” Folks started calling out the fashion brand for the racist gesture and The Weeknd, who has been doing business with the outlet for over a year now, quickly condemned the brand in a scathing tweet saying he will immediately stop doing business with them.

“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with H&M anymore,” he wrote on Twitter along with posting the questionable image. The R&B singer, born Abel Tesfaye, started working with H&M last year by promoting gears from the fashion brand before he started collaborating on different pieces through his own XO brand. Sources close to the singer has indicated that he will continue to release new lines from his XO brand without a retailer behind it or through possible new partnership.

woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. i’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 8, 2018

The Weeknd also currently has a partnership with Puma and his gears have been selling out fast. As for H&M, the company has since released a statement apologizing for the ad while vowing to get to the bottom of what really happened. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said in a statement (via USA Today). “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

Since the news went viral, the company has been getting hammered by celebrities and fans alike who are showing no mercy on social media.

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Lil Yachty says he was left confused and devastated when the first week sales for his debut album Teenage Emotions came in.

While the year started out great for the “Peek A Boo” rapper, for the most part, 2017 was a devastating year for him as he became the fast of whack rap. The rapper, who is known for his positive way of life and always smiling, went through some dark days with some hip hop fans and industry commentators, like Joe Budden and Charlamagne Tha God, openly trashes him on their platforms.

One thing particularly hit home for Lil Yachty and that was his first week album sales for his debut project Teenage Emotions. The LP was released in May and sold something like 44,000 in the first week of release. While some may say those numbers are not that bad, others may argue that for mainstream hip hop those numbers represent the worst of the worst. Even Yachty himself told Interview Magazine that the numbers left him dumb-founded at best.

“When I first released my Teenage Emotions album I thought that shit was fire, as you should! Then the sales came back and it did 44,000 first week and I was devastated and so confused, I worked so hard,” the rapper revealed. “But I disconnected with my fans because I tried to do this other stuff, you know?”

Yachty says he himself thought that the album was exceptional, but the fans showed him that he is not always the best judge of his music. Nevertheless, he has a chance to undo the damages caused by that project with his upcoming mixtape Lil Boat 2.

While there is no release date for the project, Lil Boat announced on Instagram Live that he has wrapped up the recording process. So it’s now time for his label to do what they do best and market and release his next body of work.

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