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Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Baller Alert: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released 'The College Dropout' 14 Years Ago @balleralert DD PARENTAL ADVISORY EXPLICIT CONTENT Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 2004, Kanye West released his debut studio album ‘The College Dropout’ on Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ From 1999 to the year of its release, West spent years working on the project. While working on the album, West had already established himself as a producer having done production for artists such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Doing his own production, West created a masterpiece. Not only did he develop a new sound nicknamed “chipmunk soul," where he took R&B and Soul samples and sped them up, but his lyricism also introduced us to a new style. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While many rappers of the time maintained the gangsta rap style we were used to, West instead introduced us to the story of the average joe who questions family, religion, politics, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The singles from the album, "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks", were both critically acclaimed, while “All Falls Down" and "Slow Jamz" charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Upon its release, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart having sold 441,000 copies in the first week. ‘The College Dropout’ received phenomenal reviews from multiple publications and even earned West 10 Grammy nominations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Multiple publications such as Time and Rolling Stone have named it one of the greatest albums of all time.
Anaconda, Bailey Jay, and Baller Alert: Baller Alert's Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye
 West Released 'The College Dropout'
 14 Years Ago
 @balleralert
 DD PARENTAL
 ADVISORY
 EXPLICIT CONTENT
Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 2004, Kanye West released his debut studio album ‘The College Dropout’ on Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ From 1999 to the year of its release, West spent years working on the project. While working on the album, West had already established himself as a producer having done production for artists such as Jay-Z and Talib Kweli. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Doing his own production, West created a masterpiece. Not only did he develop a new sound nicknamed “chipmunk soul," where he took R&B and Soul samples and sped them up, but his lyricism also introduced us to a new style. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ While many rappers of the time maintained the gangsta rap style we were used to, West instead introduced us to the story of the average joe who questions family, religion, politics, and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ The singles from the album, "Through the Wire" and "Jesus Walks", were both critically acclaimed, while “All Falls Down" and "Slow Jamz" charted in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Upon its release, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart having sold 441,000 copies in the first week. ‘The College Dropout’ received phenomenal reviews from multiple publications and even earned West 10 Grammy nominations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Multiple publications such as Time and Rolling Stone have named it one of the greatest albums of all time.

Baller Alert’s Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Released ‘The College Dropout’ 14 Years Ago-blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ On Feb. 10, 20...

Clothes, Memes, and Music: Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old As Brett Ratner Watched, Russell Denies Claims, Releases Statement @balleralert Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old As Brett Ratner Watched, Russell Denies Claims, Releases Statement - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Earlier this month, a woman by the name of Keri Claussen Khaligh came forward with allegations against Def Jam Recordings mogul, Russell Simmons and entertainment businessman, Brett Ratner. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to the report, Khaligh, who was 17 at the time, met the two men at a casting call. Following their initial encounter, the two reportedly took the young girl out to dinner and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her some work they had been working on. However, shortly after, the woman said Simmons began to get aggressive, tearing off her clothes and making sexual advances as Ratner watched, despite her calls for help. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Khaligh said Simmons then tried to force her to have sex with him but eventually settled for coerced oral sex, again as the then-up-and-coming music video director watched. Following the incident, the woman said she went to take a shower, as she was feeling “disgusting.” But, Simmons came into the shower and forced himself into her, but she quickly “jerked away,” and he left. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, however, both men have denied the allegations of sexual misconduct without consent. Simmons said in a statement that “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” adding that much of their night was spent with other people or in public. Ratner, on the other hand, said he could not recall the woman calling for help, but said he did not see the woman “protest” the events that took place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, according to LA Times, six additional women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Ratner. While others have named Ratner and Simmons as co-conspirators of sexual misconduct. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In incidents that took place in 1994 and 2001, the two have been accused of ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)
Clothes, Memes, and Music: Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually
 Assaulting 17-Year-Old As Brett Ratner
 Watched, Russell Denies Claims, Releases
 Statement
 @balleralert
Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old As Brett Ratner Watched, Russell Denies Claims, Releases Statement - blogged by @MsJennyb ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Earlier this month, a woman by the name of Keri Claussen Khaligh came forward with allegations against Def Jam Recordings mogul, Russell Simmons and entertainment businessman, Brett Ratner. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to the report, Khaligh, who was 17 at the time, met the two men at a casting call. Following their initial encounter, the two reportedly took the young girl out to dinner and then back to Simmons’ apartment to show her some work they had been working on. However, shortly after, the woman said Simmons began to get aggressive, tearing off her clothes and making sexual advances as Ratner watched, despite her calls for help. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Khaligh said Simmons then tried to force her to have sex with him but eventually settled for coerced oral sex, again as the then-up-and-coming music video director watched. Following the incident, the woman said she went to take a shower, as she was feeling “disgusting.” But, Simmons came into the shower and forced himself into her, but she quickly “jerked away,” and he left. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since then, however, both men have denied the allegations of sexual misconduct without consent. Simmons said in a statement that “Everything that occurred between Keri and me occurred with her full consent and participation,” adding that much of their night was spent with other people or in public. Ratner, on the other hand, said he could not recall the woman calling for help, but said he did not see the woman “protest” the events that took place. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ However, according to LA Times, six additional women have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Ratner. While others have named Ratner and Simmons as co-conspirators of sexual misconduct. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In incidents that took place in 1994 and 2001, the two have been accused of ......to read the rest log on to BallerAlert.com (clickable link on profile)

Russell Simmons Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 17-Year-Old As Brett Ratner Watched, Russell Denies Claims, Releases Statement - blogged by @...