Word on the street is Erica Mena had to make some major shake ups in her personal story line in order to stay on the current season of Love & Hip-Hop New York so she went the lesbian route. In previous seasons she mentioned that she "smashes" women but these days she's allegedly in a relationship with the previously straight Cyn Santana.
Whispers are saying that the relationship was fabricated to created tension with Rich. Who better to put in the middle of a love triangle with two women? Cyn Santana has also been trying to get her Instagram modeling career off the ground so why not go for it, right?
Sounds plausible. Maybe it will by Erica another season on the show.
A court has ruled that the embattled city of Detroit can now file for bankruptcy, a landmark decision.
This represents the largest bankruptcy filing in the history of the United States.
The city now has protection from its creditors and will submit a plan to restructure its $18 billion in debt, according to a new report from the BBC.
A judge said that the city had made a good faith effort to pay creditors, but was unable because of the vast extent of the debt. The ruling will also protect the pension pay out of the elderly.
The report also said that roughly 40% of Detroit's streetlights don't work and there are about 150,000 vacant lots and buildings in the city.
Right now, the city's population is about 700,000, a dramatic decline from the 1950 peak of 1.8 million.
Detroit still offers a vibrant music scene that touts a number of notable Hip-Hop acts.
Ashanti says she still has love for Irv Gotti despite his past comments about her.
Following an interview in which Irv Gotti, founder of The Inc, may have alluded to former the Inc artist Ashanti being disloyal, the Long Island songstress has come forward to share her side of the story.
Before sharing her thoughts on the matter during an interview with Hot 97 this week, Ashanti first revealed that there is no beef between herself and Irv Gotti and she only wants to "set the record straight."
"Me and Irv we are—there's no beef," said Ashanti. "There's definitely no beef. But for me again, just me talking about my movement and being brave and Braveheart and kinda just revealing a little bit more of myself at this point in my career. I feel like Irv kinda paints a picture of what happened with me and Murder Inc, very one-sided. You know, I hear him a lot talk about 'Oh, she's disloyal. Oh, she didn't throw up the M's. Oh, she didn't do this and that.' And I feel like it's time to kinda set the record straight on what it really is."
The singer went on to explain that she stayed silent when Irv Gotti spoke out against her because of all the ill occurrences surrounding both Gotti and The Inc, including an investigation by the Feds and a feud with Queens rapper 50 Cent.
"Regardless, I'mma always have love for Irv, regardless. We've made history together," she said. "Our chemistry together in the studio is amazing, but I'm not gonna sit here and let the picture be painted one-side anymore. You know what I mean? Cause I feel like, I'm like 'Alright, I'm cool.' Irv was hurt through a lot of the situations because there was a lot of things that happened and a lot of things that went on, so I kinda just stayed silent. But now I just feel like when I hear the interviews and he's going on about being disloyal. I gotta just make it duly noted that's not what it was."
Ashanti recalled one particular incident where Gotti informed her to not come to the studio and instead record with Nelly, a rapper the singer has dated on and off for nearly a decade.
"I remember specifically him being like 'Well, maybe you shouldn't come to the studio. You over there with Nelly…Go record over there,'" said Ashanti. "You know what I mean? So, for him to put out there like 'Oh, I'm just so disloyal and I didn't throw up the M's and I didn't hold it down.' That's not what happened at all…It was just tough after that dialogue. It was like 'What do you mean? So, what am I supposed to do?' It's causing friction and it all comes out of we were in a great space. Everyone was making records and making money and traveling and then the Feds and 50 and this whole black cloud. And everyone—it just made it really complicated for everyone."
"The bottom line with Ashanti is I love Ashanti," said Irv Gotti during his interview in September. "You know what I'm saying? And so, when you love somebody when they do things that you may not agree with, you react differently. But it's only because I love that girl. We did something…We over here throwing those M's up til we die. You know what I'm saying? I don't know if she wants to do that."
Kanye West also compares himself to Prince, Lauryn Hill, OutKast's Andre 3000, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and Miles Davis.
During a recent Kanye West interview, the producer-rapper-designer spoke about the instrumentals for tracks in The Notorious B.I.G.'s catalog while discussing Hip Hop's changes over the years.
"Everything goes in phases and cycles and stuff," Kanye West said during an interview with Atlanta radio station V103. "You got Run-DMC and then you started going into Rakim and then Rakim and KRS-One. That opened a little gate, a door for [A] Tribe [Called Quest] to come in. And then you had on the other side N.W.A. and then Snoop [Dogg] came through and then that opened up the door for what [Dr.] Dre was doing. Then you had Biggie come back and Biggie used to actually like the Tribe sound more, the [DJ Premier] sound. Puff was the one who was like - of course, you know the story - Puff was like 'You gotta rap on "Juicy." You gotta rap on this.' Biggie was so cold. We the geminis. I'm just like Biggie.
"Man that 'Juicy' beat, I don't like that beat man, and I don't like the beat for ['Big Poppa']," West continued. "I don't like the Dr. Dre worm noise on the chorus at all, to this day when they play it. And I don't imagine Biggie liked it that much either. But Biggie was so cold, that he could make you like anything."
Kanye West Compares Himself To Prince, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur
During the interview, West also compared himself to The Notorious B.I.G. and several other artists.
"People just saw me perform for 80 percent of the show without seeing my face," West said. "They was like, 'We paid all this money to see him and he didn't show his face for 80 percent of it and we still cool with that.' That's some gemini shit right there. That's some Prince, Lauryn Hill, [Andre] 3000, 'Pac, Biggie Smalls, Miles Davis, Kanye West gemini shit. Biggie Smalls made you think that that 'Big Poppa' beat was cold. It was not a cold beat."
Kanye West Discusses Screaming In Interview With Sway Calloway
"It was so funny," West said. "With 'The Breakfast Club,' I'm so prepped for anything. But with Sway, it was like...I think it was more my fault to get turnt up. But I get frustrated with dumb-ass questions. How could you give me an example of how you failed at something and you gon' tell me how I'm gonna succeed at something?"
Gucci Mane faces a maximum of 10 years each for two federal gun charges.
Gucci Mane has been charged in federal court with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon, leaving the rapper facing major jail time.
CNN reported the charges, which stem from two September incidents during which the rapper showed a gun and threatened police, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
At the time of his arrest on September 14, a friend had flagged down police, stating that he was concerned about Gucci's behavior.
Police say the rapper became "increasingly agitated" and threatened the officers. He was taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and carrying a handgun.
The federal prosecutor provided a news release. "On September 12, 2013, Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm," the release said. "Then, just two days later, on September 14th, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun. On both occasions, Davis displayed the loaded firearm, acted erratically, and made threats to individuals, including police and his attorney."
Atlanta Police Chief George Turner applauded the arrest. "We cannot tolerate convicted felons ignoring the law by carrying firearms and endangering our citizens."
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates also spoke on the matter. "This is how people get hurt, and we are committed to ensuring that convicted felons not have guns," she said.
A federal grand jury indicted Gucci on November 19. Each charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In March, Gucci was arrested for hitting a man over the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub.
It has been seven years since the public has been able to purchase a project released by OutKast, and it's been 13 years since a full length album featuring both members trading bars on a majority of the tracks. Rumors of tension between the duo have constantly popped up over the past decade, but with Big Boi and Andre 3000 set to reunite for a tour in 2014 the ATLiens took to social media to show they are currently hanging tough.
While there is no guarantee that the creators of classics like Aquemini and Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik are back in the studio making more music together, the upcoming tour and the pics do provide hope that 2006′s Idlewild may not be the last time Kast fans gets to hear a record from Sir Lucious Left Foot and 3 Stacks.
Rolling Stone names Kanye West's "Yeezus," Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" and Danny Brown's "Old" in its Top 20 in the Best Albums of 2013.
Rolling Stone has named its "50 Best Albums of 2013."
Kanye West had the highest ranked Rap album on the list with Yeezus. Rolling Stone wrote about the project, which was #2 on the list, and how it ranks in West's discography.
"Kanye's electro masterpiece is his most extreme album ever, which is saying something," Rolling Stone writes regarding Yeezus. "No wonder the late, great Lou Reed embraced Yeezus, since it's basically the Metal Machine Music concept translated into futuristic Hip Hop, all industrial overload and hyper-tense egomania and hostile vibes."
During a September interview with BBC Radio One, Kanye West spoke about Yeezus' sound.
"I was able to start making exactly what was in my mind again," Kanye said, speaking about Yeezus. "Not having to speak the textures of the time. Cause you know Cruel Summer is definitely Kanye West…If you look at it 200 years from now it's not gonna stand out in the way that 808s or Yeezusstands out. And can completely push or redefine or make people say 'Hey, I completely hate that' or 'I completely love that.'"