Creative Weekly: Pharrell, Ice Cube, Kanye West & T.I.

This week's Creative Weekly: Pharrell threatens Donald Trump, Ice Cube reveals 'Everythang's Corrupt' release date, Kanye West quits politics and T.I. sued for allegedly defrauding cryptocurrency investors.

Pharrell Williams Sends Legal Warning To Donald Trump Over The Use Of His Music

Pharrell issues cease and desist letter to Donald Trump over the use of his hit single 'Happy.'

On Saturday (Oct. 27), few hours after the Tree Of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh - President Donald Trump during one of his MAGA rallies in Illinois decided to play Happy during the event. In response to Trump's insensitive behavior, Williams has issued a legal warning to the U.S president to stop him from ever using the song. 

"On the day of the mass murder of 11 human beings at the hands of a deranged ‘nationalist,’ you played his song ‘Happy’ to a crowd at a political event in Indiana,” Pharrell's attorney Howard King writes. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose.”

King continued, saying Pharrell "has not and will not grant Trump permission to publicly perform or otherwise disseminate his music, and claims the use of ‘Happy’ without his consent constitutes both copyright and trademark infringement.”

This is not the first time Trump is receiving such a letter and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. Other musicians who have banned Trump from using their music in his events include Aerosmith, Prince's Estate, R.E.M. and Queen.

Ice Cube Announces "Everythang's Corrupt" Release Date

Ice Cube is making a return to music with his long-awaited 10th studio album "Everythang's Corrupt." The veteran rapper announced his comeback on social media, revealing December 7 as the album's due date. 

“December 7, 2018. A day that will live in Infamy,” he wrote.

The West Coast king also shared a bloody artwork for the album.

"Everythang's Corrupt" will serve as Ice Cube's first album in eight years, following 2010's I Am the West, which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard 200. 

Kanye West Says He's Distancing Himself From Politics

And just like that - kanye West is done with politics. The G.O.O.D. Music CEO announced via Twitter on Tuesday (Oct. 30) that he's distancing himself from politics after fellow Trump supporter Candace Owens used his name on clothing endorsing support for Blexit - a campaign aimed at encouraging the exodus of black Americans from the Democratic party. 

Owens debuted the Blexit merchandise during a meeting for the Young Black Leadership Summit of young black conservatives in Washington, D.C. last month.

“Blexit is a renaissance and I am blessed to say that this logo, these colors, were created by my dear friend and fellow superhero Kanye West,” Owens told the crowd. “[West] has taken one of the boldest steps in America to open a conversation we have needed to have.”

West said he introduced Owens to the person who made the logo but he never agreed to have his name associated with the movement.

"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine," he wrote. "I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in,” he continued. “I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

The rapper/producer also thanked his family and loved ones for supporting his actual beliefs and vision.

You can read his full tweets below.

T.I. Sued For Defrauding Cryptocurrency Investors 

A group of 25 investors is suing T.I and his business partner Ryan Felton for tricking them into investing over $1 million into his failed FLiK cryptocurrency scheme. According to TMZ, investors were promised a massive deal that would see their original investment grow from 6 cents per token to a whopping $14.99 within 15 months. But according to court documents, the scheme didn't go as planned. 

Plaintiffs claim the tokens initially jumped from 6 cents to 21 cents because Felton and T.I. manipulated the price using the money they got from investors and then “dumped” their tokens and disappeared. By August 2018, the tokens became worth less than a penny. Blast reports Felton told investors that the price drop was because "T.I. had given FLiK tokens to members of his family and friends who had sold massive amounts on coinexchange.com causing rapid devaluation," 

The investors claim T.I. and felton used celebrity endorsements, and well-known industry experts to create the false impression that FLiK Tokens were a valuable liquid investment.”

The investors are suing T.I. and Felton for securities fraud and seeking no less than $5 million in damages.

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