El-P gets back to back weeks of chart debuts. The Company Flow alum achieves his highest career marks with "Cancer 4 Cure." Strange Music also gets a one-two punch with Prozak and Krizz Kaliko.
For the second consecutive week, a fully-produced album by El-P debuted on the Top 200. Following El's musical half of R.A.P. Musicby Killer Mike the previous week, the Brooklyn, New York native's third vocal album, Cancer 4 Cure as a soloist nearly scored a Top 50. Also this week, as Strange Music's Krizz Kaliko is the most recent label project, Kickin' & Screamin', to appear on the charts, last month's Paranormal effort from Michigan emcee Prozak made an encore with a strong sales boost.
El-P Diagnoses Fans With His Cancer 4 Cure
In a career that spans nearly 20 years, producer/emcee El-P garnered his highest charting position to date with Cancer 4 Cure. The Company Flow co-founder has also produced full albums for Cannibal Ox and earlier this month, Killer Mike, but the #61 position for his Fat Possum Records release is a benchmark, topping I'll Sleep When You're Dead's #78 spot from 2007. C4C, a self-produced LP, features Danny Brown, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire and Mike, among others. The independent solo effort, and El's first since his Def Jux label went on hiatus, was backed by the single "The Full Retard."
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
(AllHipHop News) It’s no secret that Kanye West loves to be fashionably relevant. From setting clothing trends worldwide, to partaking in Fashion Week events in Paris, France, West has embraced the fashion world with open arms.
His “kicks” game is apparently no exception, as Nike revealed the intricate design for his Air Yeezy II shoes, seeking to blend classic Nike court breakthroughs with the performance and aesthetic demand of West himself.
The shoes feature skived anaconda-textured, leather quarter panels, complimented with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh.
The molded rear is sculpted with a reptilian inspired spike, while an engineered strap with scaled down spikes was developed to offer a greater sense of symmetry and lock down.
Nike sought to celebrate the iconic Nike cross-training silhouettes, with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
Inspiration for the shoe came from the late 1980s basketball shoes and the original Nike Air Yeezy, and is built on the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole.
The foot-hugging tongue and plush collar were made with comfortable and breathability in mind, while both parties sought to make the shoe slimmer than the original by tailoring it to West’s foot, while lowering the collar.
Kanye and Nike’s obsessive approach to materials resulted in a luxurious mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon, and soft nubuck.
The shoes are completed with hieroglyphics that spells out ‘YZY’ on the forefoot strap.
Each screw on lace aglet is obelisk shaped, and the anaconda texture is echoed on the eyelets and leather lace toggle that carries the Roman numeral ‘II.’
The Nike Air Yeezy II in the Platinum and Black editions will release June 9 at select global retailers in limited numbers.
After years of hosting "106 & Park," Terrence J and Rocsi are moving on.
Terrence J and Rocsi, the longstanding hosts of BET's "106 & Park," have announced that they will be leaving the show.
The duo announced their departure on Tuesday (May 29) during the show.
"The first day I cracked the mic on 106, I was staying on a cot in a basement," said Terrence.
Rocsi continued, "Until the moment we leave, we pledge to bring you young Black culture. It continues to be our honor to do this for you."
BET.com provided a statement from Stephen J. Hill, President of Music Programming & Specials for BET Networks:
Today, after seven exciting years, 106 & Park hosts Terrence J and Rocsi announced that they will be leaving the show. It is no secret that there are a number of opportunities coming their way and we’re fortunate that they’ve been with 106 & Park for so long. They will be staying on the show for a while, so that we can have a “victory lap” — a celebration of their years at the helm of 106 & Park — before their departure. Terrence J and Rocsi are destined for great success and we at BET Networks will always take pride in being their original home — and be a place where I hope they’ll always feel welcome.
"We are humbled at the opportunity to be a part of your lives," added Terrence during the show, assuring fans that "we have a huge farewell show coming for you guys. We're going to be leaving with a bang."
It just keeps getting worse and worse for Rihanna. Meek Mill and Drake can’t seem to stop sub-tweeting that they’ve allegedly been with the Bajan star, and from the outside looking it, it seems as if they are purposely rubbing it in Chris Brown’s face.
In the process, the three are dragging Rihanna’s name through the mud, calling her a “ho” and “eeeasy”. In one tweet, Drake even spells girl “gyal,” which is spelled in a Caribbean accent – leading one to believe that he is, in fact, speaking about Rihanna.
Check out a few of the tweets the three have recently posted.
Breezy also tweeted, “I’d like to send the b*llshit a BiG F*CK YOU from the bottom of my ballz! Lol.. Real nigga! Goodnight”.
All this alleged sleeping around is really catching up to Rihanna, isn’t it? She needs to follow the advice written on her shirt above and leave the boy or, in her case, boys alone before her heauxing blows up in her face.
PWInsider.com is reporting WWE talents were mostly shocked than they were upset by the Chris Jericho flag incident in Brazil.
The report says while it became a big deal online, backstage the talent didn't feel it was anything that hadn't been done before and were upset to see him suspended. The feeling from WWE management is while Jericho was being himself trying to get heat from the crowd, because the incident breaks local laws, the company is forced to respond with an action so they suspended him.
Jericho has been insisting on Twitter, he is done with his current run in WWE no matter what.
Boxer Paul Williams was paralyzed Sunday after being involved in a motorcycle crash in the Atlanta suburbs and doctors said it is unlikely he will continue his career, his manager said Monday.
"From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He's in very good spirits, though," George Peterson told The Associated Press from his home in Aiken, S.C. "He still believes he's going to fight again."
Williams, 30, severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from his motorcycle Sunday morning in Marietta, Ga., Peterson said. Williams has been listed in serious but stable condition on Monday at an undisclosed hospital, Peterson said.
The crash happened Sunday morning in Marietta after Williams tried to avoid another car in the next lane that was negotiating a curve and then had to maneuver to avoid an oncoming car. Williams was in the area to attend his brother's wedding Sunday afternoon, Peterson said.
"I know he's going to make a statement after surgery on Wednesday, because he's that kind of person," Peterson said. "He's 100 percent coherent and still has the will to want to get back on the motorcycle."
Williams was scheduled to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on Sept. 15 in Las Vegas but that event has been canceled, Peterson said.
His longtime promoter, Dan Goossen, confirmed the cancellation of the fight on Monday evening.
"Right now, there's no thinking about any fights right now except for the fight that's facing Paul right now - to get movement back in his body and keep the movement that's above his waist," Goossen said.
Peterson said he continues to hope with Williams that the boxer's career isn't over.
"I want to think along with him, `cause I've seen him do things in his boxing career that shouldn't have happened," he said.
Williams is among the most versatile and unusual athletes in boxing, making him a highly undesirable opponent for the world's best fighters during his lengthy, successful career. He has competed effectively in an impressive three weight classes against much shorter foes, even comfortably making the 147-pound welterweight limit despite his lanky 6-foot-2 frame.
Williams won his first major welterweight title in July 2007 with a decision over Antonio Margarito. He struggled to land fights with the sport's biggest stars because of his pronounced size advantages, a high-volume punching rate and his relative anonymity, but was considered one of the world's top pound-for-pound stars.
He earned victories over Carlos Quintana, Winky Wright, Sergio Martinez and Kermit Cintron, but Martinez abruptly stopped Williams' rise in November 2010 with a second-round victory in their rematch. Williams ended up face-down on the canvas with his eyes wide open in perhaps the most spectacular knockout in recent boxing history.
Williams was unimpressive in his next two fights, but his bout with Alvarez - the popular young Mexican star - at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden was his return to the big time - and a chance to win Alvarez's WBC 154-pound belt.
"We want his fans to know he's going to be all right and he'll be back," Peterson said. "He said if he wasn't going to be boxing, he's going to be a stand-up comedian."
Lil Wayne and Drake say they never knew about a club appearance that led to a lawsuit.
Lil Wayne and Drake are refusing to pay a $400,000 judgment to a company named Imperial Entertainment Group that sued them for missing a club appearance because they say they never knew about it.
According to TMZ, the Young Money rappers have banned together to fight the judgment, which totals $432,337.50. IEG claims that they originally booked the pair for an appearance in 2011 but they bailed on their committment.
Wayne and Drake say that they were never told about the appearance, never signed contracts and were never given papers to show up in court. They also state that IEG booked them through a third party that didn't have the authority to do so.
The rappers are seeking to have the judgment dismissed.
Sean Garrett joins the growing group of artists who owe money to Uncle Sam.
Though Sean Garrett may have written hits for the likes of Ciara, Nicki Minaj, and countless others, he apparently hasn't found a way to pay his taxes.
TMZ reports that Garrett owes the back taxes for the years 2006 and 2007, totaling $732,553.57.
The report further provides that BMI, which collects Garrett's royalties, to garnish the singer/songwriter's wages.
Garrett inked a deal with Roc Nation/Columbia in 2010, after it was widely reported that he was signing to Lil Wayne's Young Money Records. Garrett had worked on Nicki Minaj's "Massive Attack," which was featured on the rapper's debut album, Pink Friday.
Garrett has produced an astonishing 15 number one singles in his career.
It looks like G-Unit may be on the verge of officially falling apart. 50 Cent has reveled that he and Lloyd Banks have not spoken in nine months, and in the same breath, says that Banks is “a baby.” Check out what 50 said below:
“He goes through these things where there’s no communication, and he goes off and does what he wants. It’s set at that point, because I’ve spent marketing dollars so he can go wherever he wants to go and actually go do shows, make money, and do other things,” 50 told radio host Big Boy.
“At that point, it’s fine for him to move around and go do it by himself. I want them to be individuals and operate on their own away from me, I’m fine with it. … We can get on the phone together, but I haven’t spoken to him. I haven’t spoken to Banks in nine months. But this is not the first time this has happened. He’s a baby. He’s the youngest in the actual G-Unit; he got really rich at 19. Both him and Tony [Yayo] have made over $9 million. With [Young] Buck, it was almost $8 million.”
This is a true “Signs The World Is Coming To An End!” A 22-year old woman who was 9 months pregnant is lucky to be alive today. The woman was kidnapped, set on fire, and shot once in the back in Warren, Michigan.
Police say she was dropping her ex-boyfriend off early Saturday morning after a movie date, and as the two pulled into the garage, the door closed behind them.
“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “She was ordered to the ground.”
Duct tape was placed over her mouth and wrapped around her hands and feet, and she was blindfolded, before being put back into her car and driven to a field in Detroit, Green said.
The woman told police she felt liquid being poured on her, heard a match strike, and then was set on fire.
“She was able to get out of the car and start rolling on the ground, trying to put the fire out,” Green said. “And when that happened, two shots were fired, and she was struck once in the back.”
The woman played dead, and the assailants fled. That’s when she unbound herself, drove to a local gas station and called her mother, who picked her up and took her to the hospital.
Police took the woman’s ex-boyfriend into custody on Saturday and named him a person of interest in the case. He had expressed to several people that he did not want the child, and police say he did not and has not called 911 after she was kidnapped.
The woman went into labor following the attack and gave birth to a baby boy. Both she and the infant are expected to survive.
Pusha T has taken the beef with Lil’ Wayne one step further and has released a visual for his Weezy diss record, “Exodus 23:1″. It looks like Pusha got all of the homies from the ‘hood to participate in this video. Check it out below:
Well, Meek Mill pretty much confirmed both rumors via his Twitter the other day, and threw some shade at Breezy at the same time. Check out Meek Mill’s tweet below:
Meek Mill deleted the tweet shortly after it posted, but it seems as if Chris Brown may have seen the confession. Breezy later tweeted “She’s a dream chaser! There are alot of dreamers so she’ll be running forever!”
This is subliminal overload! Rihanna’s done started a Twitter war between these two. Expect a freestyle addressing the matter from one of these two soon.
Now this is strange. So, strange, it is, I am not sure how factual it is. There are a couple variables that come into play here. Basically, rumor has it Mike Tyson has recorded many videos of himself in the bed doing many famous celebrities. The rumor goes he’s got Janet Jackson, pre-marriage Jada Pinkett, Angie Stone, Angela Bassett and even Mary J. Blige. Now, I’m not so sure I believe this, but I got to thinking that it may be true. Mike was a beast back in the day, and I don’t mean in the bad way. I mean in the good way as a ferocious athlete. Then came that rape situation. It has been speculated that after that bid in jail, Iron Mike began to record his romps in the bed as insurance that he didn’t rape the women he knocked down. Only thing, is I’m not sure I can see these ladies doing anything with a post-rape Mike. Well, maybe Mary – lol – just kidding. Anyway, we know Robin Givens KO’d Mike back in the day and I never heard of any other chicks in his life. This may just be a crazy rumor. I don’t think we’ll see “evidence” of the truth anytime soon unless Mike REALLY wants to make some money.
The suits have knocked off the superheroes at the box office.
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' sequel "Men in Black 3" debuted as the No. 1 movie over Memorial Day weekend with $55 million domestically from Friday to Sunday.
That bumps Disney's "The Avengers" into second-place after three blockbuster weekends on top for the superhero sensation. "The Avengers" took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie ever to top half a billion dollars.
Distributor Sony estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, "Men in Black 3" will have pulled in $70 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.
Universal's "Battleship" was No. 3 in its second weekend with $10.8 million, raising its domestic earnings to $44.3 million. Paramount's comedy "The Dictator" took in $9.6 million to finish fourth in its second weekend and lift its total to $41.5 million.
The Warner Bros. horror tale "Chernobyl Diaries" opened at No. 5 with $8 million.
"Men in Black 3" launched with a bit more cash than its two predecessors, which both had opening weekends of just above $50 million.
But the original "Men in Black" debuted in 1997 and "Men in Black II" premiered in 2002, when admission prices were much lower than today's. That means "Men in Black 3" sold fewer tickets than the previous installments.
"Men in Black 3" reunites Smith's Agent J and Jones' Agent K as they battle a new alien menace that travels four decades back in time to do away with the younger Agent K (Josh Brolin).
Among the movie's box-office highlights overseas were debuts of $19.5 million in China, $18.9 million in Russia, $8.5 million in South Korea and $8 million in Japan.
Distributor Disney estimates that "The Avengers" will take in $47.1 million for the four-day holiday weekend, lifting the film's domestic total to $523.8 million. That will put "The Avengers" within $10 million of "The Dark Knight," the No. 3 movie on the all-time revenue chart with $533.3 million domestically.
"The Avengers" will pass "The Dark Knight" in the coming week, leaving only two movies above it: "Avatar" at $760.5 million and "Titanic" at $658.5 million.
With $26.3 million overseas, "The Avengers" raised its international total to $781.6 million, and its worldwide revenues to just under $1.3 billion. "The Avengers" will soon overtake "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at $1.33 billion to become the No. 3 film on the global revenue list, again behind "Avatar" at $2.8 billion and "Titanic" at $2.2 billion.
Overall domestic receipts for the four-day Memorial Day weekend will come in well behind last year's record of $276 million. Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com, estimated that four-day revenues this time will total $195 million to $200 million, about 30 percent below Memorial Day weekend a year ago, when "The Hangover Part II" delivered a $100 million-plus debut.
Hollywood remains on a record pace this year, with domestic revenue so far at $4.24 billion, up 12.5 percent over 2011 receipts, according to Hollywood.com.
But "The Avengers" and now "Men in Black 3" have been the only notable successes for the summer season so far, with big releases such as "Dark Shadows" and "Battleship" fizzling on the domestic front.
"We really need to get going if we don't want to have play catch-up every weekend through the summer," Dergarabedian said. "Some of these summer movies are just not doing the business people had hoped for in North America."
Flavor Flav may be headed to jail for unpaid child support, according to recent reports.
The iconic entertainer owes his kids’ mother, Angie Parker of Albany, NY, $111,186, reports TMZ. He’s supposed to pay $837.72 per week in support for the three children that he has with Parker. The rapper faces 180 days in jail.
Further compounding his situation, Flavor Flav also missed a court date compelling an Albany County magistrate to put the rap artist in jail and revoke his passport.
Flavor Flav, 53, is due in Albany Family Court on June 19.
Flavor Flav, nee William Drayton, is known as the hype man of Public Enemy, but he’s also renown as a celebrity in reality television.
J. Cole speaks on a possible project with Kendrick Lamar, hashing things out with Diggy Simmons.
During an appearance on DJ Drama’s radio show on Shade45, rapper J. Cole reassured fans that a project with Kendrick Lamar is likely going to happen. J. Cole revealed that while the project may end up being released for free he plans on approaching it as an album.
“Kendrick, that’s definitely gonna happen. I don’t have a timeline but you know if he lands here at 12:00 tonight, we get in for two days, he’ll fly out, we’ll do that again when we can. He’s working on his album. First we gotta make the music,” said J. Cole. “I would shoot for an album. If we put it out for free then I guess that’s just the day and age we live in, but I’m not making it like a mixtape.”
J. Cole also spoke on his sophomore album and the fact that there’s a lot less pressure and a lot more freedom when it comes to creating this album.
“I have way more freedom. It’s already improved upon because I’m pressure-less,” J. Cole explained. “The label didn’t even expect me to do the numbers I did. You know what I’m saying? So with that type of freedom it’s like I haven’t been in this place creatively since before my record deal, a little after my record deal. Right before the labels started asking me for a single and it started messing up how I make music. I’m back to the place I was before that.”
As far as his relationship with Diggy Simmons is concerned J. Cole explained that he’d be willing to talk it out with the rapper if it ever came down to it.
“I’m not even thinking about it, but if I see him of course,” said J. Cole when asked if he would speak to the rapper. “What am I gonna go beat Diggy up or something? That’s not gonna happen. It’s Diggy Simmons, just remember this. He’s a kid. He’s good, he’s talented, but he’s a kid. I was really surprised when people was making that an issue…That’s not the type of beef you wanna be involved in.”
Honestly, I don’t know who the feature is, but it must be a big deal for it to be a rumor. Maybe, Master P? LOL! Or Gillie Da Kid? What about Jae Millz? I know he’s been on deck so long, he needs to get something out of the deal! Anyway, don’t expect any of the bigger dogs to get in this, but Drake seems compelled to comment on anything that comes at Wayne.
I ain’t see Wayne jump up when Common was coming at Drake’s Young Money neck. I’m just saying.
Anyway. I’m off to the beach.
I’ll be adding as I see foolishness unfurl!!
Right now, Pusha is looking like the Hulk and Lil Wayne, Loki. LMAOOOOOO!!!! Man, I’m out!
Drake took the time to speak on the intense friction between Pusha T and Lil Wayne at a tour stop in Washington D.C.
“If you was doing 16s when I was 16 and your s**t still flopped and you switched teams, don’t talk to me my n***a,” Drake reportedly said.
The feud has continued to intensify and Lil Wayne has since released his own song going at Pusha-T.
On “Exodus 23:1″, Pusha said, “Contract all f***d up, I guess that means you all f***ed up/ You signed to one n***a, that’s signed to another n***a, that’s signed to three n***as, now that’s bad luck.”
Ever since the Rihanna incident, it seems no matter what he does, Chris Brown will always have people who truly hate him. His career has been a rollercoaster of good and bad, and today is no different for the crooner. Rumors are swirling that Breezy bribed a key production member for the Grammys in order to win his first ever Grammy earlier this year. According to an inside source, there are alleged e-mails that show Breezy offering large sums of money in exchange for the Grammy for Best R&B album.
The executive in question is Ken Ehrlich who is responsible for putting together the Grammys telecast. Ehrlich was recently fired from his position, and the reason for his dismissal was “indiscretion and violation of the Academy’s ethics and integrity in rewarding talent.”
Neil Portnow, The President of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released a statement saying, “With almost ten years of being President for The Academy, I would have never predicted that this would happen. My lack of blessing for Chris’ nomination was known, but as I’ve always respected by colleagues’ insights, I mustered all I could not to fight it so much. I have worked alongside Ken for years now, and I am heavily disappointed, and will have to raise the conduct around this board. will see to it that nothing of this caliber of humiliation will happen again.”
Breezy’s rep’s are calling the story “bogus,” but the evidence is stacking against them. Let’s just hope those e- mails never see the light of day.
Rocsi Diaz sure does love her older men, doesn’t she? First, she was rumored to be homewrecking Lisa Raye’s marriage and seeing her then-husband, Michael Misick.
Then she was spotted on vacation with Tony Toni Tone lead singer, Raphael Saadiq.
And now the 106 & Park host is rumored to be dating legendary funny man, Eddie Murphy! The two were spotted grabbing coffee together in Los Angeles and from the looks of the pictures, they let go of each other’s hands as soon as they spotted the paparazzi. Check out the photo of them below.
Rocsi has already commented on the rumors and said that they are friends getting coffee together. Yeah right! It looks like Rocsi is trying to secure a sugar daddy, especially now that it’s been announced that she will be let go from her hosting gig at BET at the end of her contract.
Unclear on its origins, the city speculates that Meek Mill’s “Bike Life” viral video is what caused the youth to recently emulate the bike-riding affections of the Maybach Music Group-signed artist.
In hopes of curbing the loud bikes, wheelies, and high speed races, the City of Philadelphia is confiscating as many bikes and ATVs as possible, and the police are asking residents to tell them if they know of any hidden bikes.
“They’re glorifying it, but obviously these guys are good riders you can see that. But then again, you may have a kid 14 or 15 who may try to do the same thing, and he’s going to get hurt. He’s going to get killed,” said Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Evers.
It would seem, however, as if the police are fighting an uphill battle against Meek Mill’s popularity in the city, as this weekend the MMG rapper was asked to perform at Jay-Z’s “Made In America” Labor Day Weekend Concert overlooking Ben Franklin Parkway in the heart of downtown Philly.
“The Mayor does not condone illegal activities or actions that endanger the public. The glorification of illegal activities through music videos is an issue that consumers need to consider as they make market choices,” the Mayor’s Office said in a statement about the illegal bike riding.
Meek Mill was unable to be reached for comment at the time of print.
Jay-Z and Kanye West have plans for a sequel to their collaborative album, Watch The Throne.
Producer Mike Dean, who worked on WTT and several of West’s projects, confirmed that the duo were going to release Watch The Throne 2 at the Cannes Film Festival. West debuted a new film called “Cruel Summer.”
Dean has indicated that actual recording has not started yet.
Jay-Z will lead the musical direction over a big budget update of the classic movie “Annie,” which will star Willow Smith.
Furthermore, Jay-Z is expected to write new songs for the movie, despite claiming to be taking a break a press conference promoting his “Made In America” festival.
Will Smith confirmed in an interview with Good Morning America that he would produce the movie, which will have an updated script as well. A director has not been named.
The original “Annie” movie hit theaters in 1982 and was set in a 1933 New York City.
The new version will be set in a present day New York.
Jay-Z sampled the soundtrack to “Annie” to yield one of his biggest records in “Hard Knock Life” in 1999. The song was produced by legendary beat maker Mark The 45 King and appeared on the mogul’s third album Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life.
“Annie” began in the 1920′s as an orphan, her dog and caregiver Daddy Warbucks. It became a highly successful play in the 1970′s.
According to several sources within WWE, the incident with Chris Jericho denigrating the Brazilian flag at WWE's 5/24 Sao Paulo live event, and his subsequent suspension, is completely legitimate and is said to be a major issue for WWE at the moment.
WZ has learned that Jericho was nearly arrested for the incident, and several within WWE feel the incident will irrevocably effect the company's relationship with the country of Brazil.
"This was not a case of Shawn Michaels sticking a Canadian flag up his nose," a source told WZ. "This is a different era, one in which you don't do things like this. You'd think WWE or Jericho would have learned from the mistake Dave "Fit" Finlay made."
We will continue to bring you the latest information on this story as it develops.
Birdman gives his side of the story in Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj's differences.
Lil’ Kim has explained several times why she has beef with Nicki Minaj, tracing their differences back to a business deal gone sour with Birdman and Cash Money. But according to Baby, there is no truth to her accusations.
Kim claimed that a song she recorded with Baby and a then-unknown Nicki was recorded with the promise of making it a huge single release. But Kim claimed that Baby deaded the record.
During an interview with MTV2’s “Sucker Free,” he said that there’s no truth to her accusations. “Nah, ain’t no truth to that,” he explained. “We based on creativity. If you know about YMCMB and you ever followed us and been a part of our music, biting and stealing that shit just ain’t for us. All [those] rap wars, we just grinding for the money, sun up, sun down. It’s Nicki Minaj all day everyday.”
M.I.A. joins forces with Jay-Z's Roc Nation for management.
It looks like Meek Mill isn't the only hit-maker to join Roc Nation's management team. Now, singer-songwriter M.I.A. has signed on with the house of Hov for management.
According to Rap-Up.com, Roc Nation announced earlier today through their website that the Sri Lankan singer had joined its management team. Fellow Roc Nation management signee Rihanna congratulated M.I.A. on Twitter today, saying "welcome home."
T-Boz from the legendary R&B girl group TLC is back in financial trouble. The group famously made headlines back in 1995 when they filed for bankruptcy protection at the height of their success. Now, TMZ is reporting that Honda is looking to repossessing T-Boz’s 2005 Honda Odyssey. Wow, the car is seven years old – you would think it would be paid off by now.
The singer tried to file for bankruptcy back in 2011, but she didn’t fulfill the paperwork required to garner protection from her creditors.
T-Boz also owns a 2006 Mercedes Benz CLS 500 and a 2001 Cadillac Escalade, so hopefully she won’t be “riding in the passenger side of her best friend’s ride” anytime soon. Good luck to T-Boz.
It looks like G.O.O.D. Music’s Pusha-T has really done something to push Lil’ Wayne’s buttons. Last night, Weezy sent out a very direct tweet calling Pusha-T out by name to his followers. Check out the tweet below:
We hear Lil’ Wayne is upset because Pusha dropped a new track last night called “Exodus 23:1″ that many feel is taking shots at Drake and Weezy. The lyrics is particular that we believe Weezy is taking offense to are below:
“Contract all f—ed / Explain up I guess that means you all f—ed up / You signed to one ni— that signed to another ni— that’s signed to three ni— / Now that’s bad luck”
Whoa, this is going to be one h*ll of a rap battle, if it actually happens. If you remember back in 2008, Lil’ Wayne and Pusha T went at each other when Pusha and Malice aka The Clipse, accused Weezy of stealing their style. Pusha went in on both Wayne and Birdman in the intro for their mixtape, “We Got It For Cheap Volume 3″, saying, ”Don’t make me turn daddy’s lil’ girl to orphan, that mean I’d have to kill Baby like abortion.” The refrence to Baby is ofcourse Lil’ Wayne’s play father, Birdman. Nothing really materialized from this former beef, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Weezy takes his disses from Twitter to wax.
Killer Mike receives his strongest debut since "Monster," while Krizz Kaliko nearly reaches Top 40.
Like last week, there were two big additions to the charts this week. Strange Music's Krizz Kaliko's fourth solo album very nearly landed a Top 40. At #42, Krizz garnered his strongest chart performance to date and the latest in a run of Strange Music successes outside of Tech N9ne releases. Killer Mike's sixth solo album, produced entirely by Brooklyn's El-P, independently achieved a Top 100 placement, along with some of the biggest critical praise in an already heralded career.
Also debuting on the charts is Interscope Records-backed rapper-singer Rye Rye's first solo album, Go! Pop! Bang!. Her album features production from The Neptunes, Bangladesh and Play-N-Skillz. Mac Miller and Bad Meets Evil also returned to the Top 200 after hiatus with some releases being down, moving room on the bottom of the charts.
Krizz Kaliko's Kickin' & Screamin' Sets A New Personal Best
With 2009's Genius achieving a #85 debut, Krizz Kaliko nearly doubled his personal best with Kickin' & Screamin' first-appearing on the charts at #42. The Strange Music release features platinum stars such as T-Pain, Chamillionaire and Twista, with the Kansas City native toying with EDM and Dubstep on some of his production. K&S arrives after extensive touring with Tech N9ne in 2011 and 2012.
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
50 Cent says he will drop his album regardless of label support.
50 Cent has had enough of delays on his fifth album. The G-Unit leader, who released his new mixtape The Lost Tape yesterday, spoke with AllHipHop about plans to drop his consistently pushed back LP on July 3rd regardless of label support.
“There’s a lot more business involved [in putting out an album] than the general public is aware of. And that part causes the actual delay with [Interscope]. I’m releasing my album July 3rd, whether is has commercial promotions or not,” he said. “My birthday is July 6 and I planned for it. And I’m doing everything that I planned to do regardless if its huge airplay or not. I could care less, I’m putting the record out.”
Fif stressed that he doesn’t need to sell records and that he wants to simply put out the album to keep his career moving.
“I don’t need a record to sell. How much money you think I’ma make off record sales? You think I’ma sell 13 million records? Its starting to feel like that corner that I left,” he continued. “I ain’t going to keep sitting on the records. Even if everything ain’t in order, album five will be out July 3 and they can wait another two years for me to give them another one.”
Flo Rida proves why he's a digital record-breaker, as Slaughterhouse joins top-selling singles from Nicki Minaj, B.o.B., 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa and E-40.
In addition to album sales, HipHopDX now shares some Digital Singles charts highlights each Wednesday. This week's big addition came from Shady Records' Slaughterhouse, who have Cee-Lo Green's assistance on their Corona-interpolating "My Life," which nearly nabbed a Top 50 spot. Along with Pop-friendly artists such as Flo Rida, Pitbull and Nicki Minaj, E-40'sBlock Brochure: Welcome To The Soil Volume 2 single remained poppin' on the charts.
Flo Rida Continues The Digital Reign
Holding a Top 5 spot in its 21st overall week on the charts, Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" continues to be a download-draw. The Atlantic Records artists' second single from the album of the same name follows the success of "Good Feelin'." The track is co-produced by Axwell of Swedish House Mafia. Wild Ones, due in July, will follow up Flo Rida's 2010 third album, Only One Flo (Part 1), which failed to score a Top 100 debut as an album. This week, Flo released a video to third single "Whistle."
Slaughterhouse & Cee-Lo's "My Life" Makes Strong Debut
At #55, "My Life" is a strong second single to the foursome's sophomore album, and first for Shady/Interscope Records. The Streetrunner-produced track interpolates Italian Dance-Pop duo Corona's 1994 hit "Rhythm Of The Night." This follows "Hammer Dance" as Slaughterhouse makes way for Welcome To Our House, which is still reportedly planned for June release - despite only recently being confirmed complete.
Hip Hop Digital Singles Sales: The Week Ending 5/20/2012
#5. Flo Rida f. Sia - "Wild Ones" - 151,000 (2,286,000)
In a new interview with David Letterman, Will Smith explains why he lightly-smacked Vitalii Sediuk for an unwanted gesture.
Emcee-turned-actor Will Smith (f/k/a The Fresh Prince) is presently on a press campaign for the third film in the Men In Black franchise. During a Moscow, Russia red carpet gala this week, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native was unexpectedly kissed on the mouth by Ukrainian prankster-reporter Vitalii Sediuk. Smith reacted with by shoving Sediuk, asking, "Come on, man. What the hell is your problem?" followed by a small smack on the man's face.
TMZ.com has video footage of the event posted below, where Smith explains his actions moments later. "He's lucky I didn't sucker-punch him. Oops, sorry, I said that on camera," Smith said with a smile.
Anyway, there is another fail on deck with a slice of signs the world is coming to an end. So, there is a rumor that a man reportedly shot up the block as he listened to Dreamchasers 2 by Meek Mill. As the story is told, he is so amped up that he goes shoots up the block and then turns around and decides to see “who got hit.” So, dude got so amped up over listening to Meek, dude airs out the block, trying to kill somebody, and then also wants to see who got shot. Got it? Right.
Here is the real foolishness.
Dude tweets it and then, on top of that, he @’s Meek Mill. Meek proceeds to add it to his Instagram, which then leads to everybody calling him an idiot. I have not been able to determine if he was just poppin’ junk or actually did shoot up the block and tweet a crime to a rapper that then sent it to his network of 1.2 million followers on Twitter.
Singer D’Angelo is on the comeback trail, and has sat down for a revealing interview with GQ, the singer’s first interview in 13 years. D’Angelo was thrown into the spotlight back in 1995, when he released his platinum selling album, “Brown Sugar”. He soon turned into a full fledged sex symbol and the leader of the neo-soul genre of music when he released his single, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”.
In the interview with GQ, D’Angelo recalls an encounter with pop star Madonna that could have ended up in the bedroom. Did D’Angelo take the bait and get in the sack with her? Check out what he told the magazine below:
When Madonna turned 39, she asked him to sing “Happy Birthday” at her party. One press report had her sitting on his lap and French-kissing him. In fact, two sources say that ultimately D rebuffed her advances at another gathering not long after. At that event, the sources say, Madonna walked over and told a woman sitting next to D, “I think you’re in my seat.” The woman got up. Madonna sat down and told him, “I’d like to know what you’re thinking.” To which D replied, “I’m thinking you’re rude.”
Ha! He is probably one of only a few men who turned Madonna down. You can check out D’Angelo’s full interview with GQ here.
Miami rapper/Lil’ Wayne’s alleged new girlfriend, Trina, is about to be sued for allegedly not showing up for a scheduled performance in St. Louis. According to TMZ, a local promoter paid Trina 7 racks in advance to perform at a club called Imperial Palace in St. Louis on May 19, and says that he lost thousands of dollars when Trina was a “no show” at the club.
The promoter is alleging that several people asked for their money back, and he is suing Trina for a total of $16K in fees for promotional costs and other damages. Trina’s people are countering that account, saying that Trina told the promoter about a conflict in her schedule way in advance and even tried to give back the $7K advance, but the promoter refused it.
Trina’s rep believes the promoter falsely advertised the event as a Trina concert, knowing in advance Trina wouldn’t be performing. Trina’s rep says the rapper is now weighing legal options of her own.
The crazed Florida mom who allegedly killed her four children before killing herself last week pumped 18 hollow-point rounds into the kids, some at point-blank range, according to a coroner's report.
Tonya Thomas reloaded her Taurus .38-caliber revolver three times to finish the children off before turning the gun on herself in the garage of the family's Port St. John home on May 15, Florida Today reported.
Wow. In a weird, morbid way, its refreshing to hear rumors that Drake has cancelled two dates on his Club Paradise tour. The sad part is that, I am hearing that is grand mother is very sick and that the super star rapper has gone to take care of her. The dates in North Carolina and Virgina have been deaded so that he can be with the family. I don’t really know much more. In fact, this is still the stuff of rumors. Hoping his family is strong in this time of need. Respect for Drake for not being sucked up in the evil music matrix…all the way.
This is a good rumors, whether it should happen to be real or not. A Rapper MAY care about something other than money. Good money!
“RALEIGH, NC we on da wayyyyy!!! TurnUPPP,” he said via the social network.” 2 Chainz was en route to Raleigh to join Drake and Meek Mill for the Club Paradise.
He also posted a picture of himself boarding a private jet from Instagram (seen below).
The rapper also spoke to his detractors who expressed joy that he was temporaroily locked up. “Sorry to alll the negative people who wanted me out the way…kant let u have the game bak that ez…”
2 Chainz also expressed frustration that he lost other material goods from the airport, but was ultimately happy to be free.
Earlier today (May 22) at the BET Studios in New York City, Stephen Hill, President of BET’s Music Programming and Specials, was on hand to announce the 2012 BET Awards show’s nominees, recipient of the “Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award,” and host for the awards, to take place on July 1 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
After a number of comedians were tasked with hosting the awards show in years past, and for 2012 BET has given host duties to the highest grossing actor of all time, Samuel L. Jackson.
“We are massively excited about having Sam Jackson host the BET Awards,” Hill exclaimed. “His wit, presence, and gigantic personality are the perfect match for our show.”
Hill also revealed that, alongside a panel that included 2012 BET Awards nominees like A$AP Rocky, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, DJ Khaled, Diggy Simmons, Astro, and Mindless Behavior, Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj would be performing at this year’s show. He promised that more announcements regarding performers would be made in the near future.
“Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient Frankie Beverly was also on-hand at the nomination event to speak on the prestigious honor of being recognized as part of the group Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
Regarding nominees, Kanye West unsurprisingly leads the pack with seven nominations, some of which include “Best Collaboration,” “Video Director of the Year,” and five more with Watch The Throne member, Jay-Z.
Beyonce received six nominations, such as “Best Female R&B Artist” and two nods for “Video of the Year” for “Countdown” and “Love On Top.”
Speaking on his Best New Artist nomination, A$AP Rocky told AllHipHop.com, “It feels great, and I’m happy. That’s a really big deal so I’m happy for that. You couldn’t tell me in May of last year that we would be doing this. I wouldn’t have expected it, so I feel blessed and I just thank God all the time.
“The fans are the most ultimate importance of everything,” A$AP Rocky stated. “Without them there is no movement, and I’ve got a lot of supportive people right now and it’s crazy ’cause I didn’t expect this. I didn’t imagine none of this.”
Deadline is reporting that rapper T.I., who is no stranger to the acting world, has been cast as a bounty hunter in director Seth Gordon’s new Universal Pictures film, Identity Theft.
Identity Theft, which stars comedians Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), is the story of a man, played by Bateman, who has his identity stolen.
T.I. will play a bounty hunter who is after both Bateman and McCarthy, who eventually become allies on the run, despite McCarthy’s character being the culprit behind Bateman’s stolen identity.
Currently, T.I. can be seen on the second season of his VH1 reality show, “T.I. and Tiny’s Family Hustle,” as well as in a guest role on the Starz original series, “Boss.” His previous film roles include Takers, American Gangster, and ATL.
Identity Theft also stars Jon Favreau (Swingers), Jon Cho (Harold and Kumar) and Clark Duke (Kick-Ass).
Recently-signed G.O.O.D. Music rapper 2 Chainz, famed for his T.R.U. Realigion mixtape and the song “Spend It”, was arrested today (May 22) at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
According to TMZ, 2 Chainz was detained at approximately 1:45PM for allegedly carrying a set of brass knuckles. The rapper, born Tauheed Epps, was entering the Delta terminal for a flight to North Carolina when TSA found the weapon in his bag.
Upon finding the brass knuckles, police were called and Chainz was taken into custody for misdemeanor possession of a criminal weapon.
At press time, 2 Chainz was still in custody with the New York police.
Another awards show, another round of Chris Brown bashing.
The 23-year-old R&B singer took to the stage at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, but it didn't take long for fans and celebrities alike to call him out for his pronounced lip synching.
Pink led the pack on Twitter.
“One day if I lipsync i hope i do it as well as him...” she wrote after witnessing Brown mouth his way through his hit “Turn Up the Music.”
Later, she shared a few more of her thoughts.
“Oh my lord, its so easy...its so damn easy,” she commented. “Keep it coming people, this is some good reading...”
The act featured Brown and several bikers riding glow-in-the-dark bikes on a giant ramp onstage.
Pink’s husband, motorcycle racer Carey Hart, had a few words of his own to add to the conversation.
“Im pretty sure I saw my wife did that same performance, but she was 3 months pregnant and actually sang the song,” he tweeted, referencing Pink’s 2010 performance of “Raise Your Glass” at the American Music Awards.
Shortly afterward, he was pounced upon by Katy Perry fans who mistakenly thought he was referencing their singing idol.
He later clarified that he was bashing on Brown’s performance, not the “California Gurls” singer, but not before managing to get a slight jab in at Perry's KatyCats.
“Looks like someone else’s fans got a bit wound up!” he wrote. “Funny, that performance looked real familiar too.”
The army charged Monday that the top leaders of the hyper-violent Zetas drug cartel ordered underlings to leave 49 mutilated bodies in a northern Mexico town square, then had banners hung around the country denying responsibility in an effort to have their enemies blamed for the massacre.
The allegation came during a news conference to present the alleged Zetas local leader detained in the killings, Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramirez. He allegedly got orders from Zetas leaders Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales and Heriberto Lazcano to dump the bodies in the town square of Cadereyta in the border state of Nuevo Leon.
Brig. Gen. Edgar Luis Villegas said Elizondo Ramirez, despite his nickname of "El Loco," or the Crazy One, apparently got nervous about dumping the hacked-up bodies in the town and instead dumped them on a highway outside Cadereyta. The bodies with their heads, hands and feet hacked off were found May 13.
A video posted later on a Mexican website that covers drug crimes showed gunmen in the dark dumping the bodies and unfurling a banner claiming responsibility for the killings signed by the Zetas, who are locked in a battle with the rival Gulf and Sinaloa cartels. Villegas said another suspect who is still at large made the videotape.
An army soldier stands next to a banner displaying mug shots of persons detained or killed by the Mexican Army during the media presentation of Daniel Ramirez, alias "El Loco", not pictured, in Mexico City, Monday, May 21, 2012.
In the days after the bodies were found, banners appeared on freeway overpasses in other Mexican states denying that the Zetas were responsible.
Villegas said the denials were part of a Zetas strategy to "cause confusion among authorities and the public" and put the blame on the cartel's rivals.
Elizondo Ramirez tried to escape arrest Friday by tossing a hand grenade at troops before they captured him in a suburb of the northern city of Monterrey, the general said. He is being held without charge at a special detention facility while prosecutors build their case against him.
Forensic experts examine the area where dozens of bodies, some of them mutilated, were found on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in the town of San Juan near the city of Monterrey, Mexico, Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Villegas said Elizondo Ramirez had confessed to killing members of the Gulf cartel and burning or burying their bodies in another area of Nuevo Leon.
He said Elizondo Ramirez also acknowledged accompanying Zetas second-in-command Miguel-Angel Trevino Morales to Guatemala in 2008 to assassinate a rival drug capo, Juan Jose "Juancho" Leon. Leon was killed in an ambush that year in the neighboring country, where the Zetas have expanded their operations in recent years.
Authorities found more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana floating in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Orange County, Calif., on Sunday.
The pot was packed into 160 bales atop a crate near Dana Point, and is estimated to be worth at least $3.6 million, according to CBS Los Angeles.
A boater first spotted the suspicious bales floating about 15 miles from shore around noon on Sunday, according to the Orange County Register.
"The Orange County Sheriff's Department responded and recovered numerous bales of marijuana, and turned the narcotics over to the U.S. Border Patrol," U.S. Border Patrol Agent Supervisor Michael Jimenez said in a statement.
Three Harbor Patrol ships and a Coast Guard cutter were sent to retrieve the bales from the water — a total of 7,263 pounds.
An investigation is ongoing to determine where the pot came from.
Jimenez says the case is highly unusual, as marijuana bales are usually only dumped when someone is trying to flee authorities.
"At other events, they've dumped the bales to get rid of weight if they're being chased," he told the Orange County Register.
"Generally, in these cases, we're aware they're being dumped,” he said. “What's more unusual is that the bales were floating with no boat in sight."
XXL brings in Lil' Cease to pen a letter to the Notorious B.I.G. on what would be his 40th birthday.
Today marks the 40th birthday of slain Brooklyn rapper the Notorious B.I.G., and while it's been 15 years since the legendary Bad Boy emcee has past, few have let him slip from their memories. Now, XXL reached out to Biggie's Junior M.A.F.I.A. partner Lil' Cease to write a letter to his friend.
In the letter, Ceasar Leo wrote to his deceased companion to thank him for helping establish his own music career and "showing [him] the real meaning of life at a young age." He also promised to help take care of Big's family in anyway possible and to also represent his legacy to the fullest possible extent.
"It's not a day that goes by without me thinking about all the good times from rocking the stages and chilling on St. James with the homies," he wrote. "You're def missed down here B.I.G., by you family, friends and fans. Your moms and kids is doing very well down here and you know I'ma hold them down to thee best of my ability...Thank you for giving me a career, positive path and showing me the real meaning of life at a young age. I'm keep your legacy alive and going the best I could B.I. 15 years later and you're still crowned the King of New York."
After a minor issue over a video shoot, Future explains that he and Drake are on good turns.
During the Sunday night (May 22) stop on his "Club Paradise Tour" in Atlanta, Drake brought out ATL native Future.
The move was perhaps surprising, because last year, Future called Drake's failure to show up for a video shoot for his single "Tony Montana" a "slap in my face."
However, Future says there's no issue between the emcees.
"It was nothing. [I got a call] like, 'Man, I'mma put you on the jet, come through,' " said Future to MTV News.
"I was in Orlando, Florida, because I [had] a show so it was just a matter of the time, and we timed it down to the T, and I'm here."
"[It's the] first time we performed together onstage; it's turnt up," he explained. "[There are] no issues at all, and we've got a lot more to come, so stay tuned—me and Drizzy got some more shit coming."
T.I. is not feeling the state of Hip-Hop right now, and has said in a recent interview with Power 105.1′s “The Breakfast Club”, that he is contemplating leaving the rap game. Check out what he said below:
“This is what everyone fails to realize. I want out. I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved into from a personality standpoint, it goes against what I represent. What I embody, this game contradicts that. I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually.”
“It was at one time, this music was about speaking to the people who felt like you feel. Now, the people I’m speaking to, they don’t necessarily feel like how I feel. In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable. Nowadays, nobody even expects you to live up to the things you rap about. That goes against what I represent, what I stand for. So if they outsell me, then that’s just all the more better for me to fade to the back and cross my legs on my desk.”
For the second time in the past month Lil Wayne and his entourage of skateboarders have been accused of assaulting a fan or paparazzi looking to snap a candid photo.
According to TMZ, a fan by the name of Alfredo Marino claims to have been knocked to the ground from behind with a skateboard, which casued him to bleed from the head.
Marino also says that he suffered a concussion and vertigo during the incident.
Marino asserts that Wayne and his crew began making threats to him.
“Don’t you know all it takes is a word and these motherf**kers are going to f**k you up?” Wayne allegedly said.
“[Marino] will enforce all of his rights under the law and all individuals responsible for this outrageous incident will be blamed for the damages that my client has suffered and continues to suffer,” said the victim’s lawyer, Craig Chisvin.
For Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it was quite a week — from birthday, to IPO, to I DO.
A day after the historic Facebook stock offering, Zuckerberg on Saturday wed 27-year-old Priscilla Chan, his girlfriend of nearly a decade, according to a guest authorized to speak for the couple. The person spoke only on the condition of anonymity.
Zuckerberg gave his new bride a ring he had designed with a "very simple ruby" to end an incredibly eventful week, according to the guest.
The couple married at his Palo Alto, Calif. home in front of fewer than 100 stunned guests who thought they would be attending a party to celebrate Chan's graduation from medical school.
On Monday, Zuckerberg turned 28 and Chan graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, where she'd studied pediatrics.
Then on Friday, Zuckerberg took his blue-and-white web behemoth public in one of the most anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history.
The seemingly well-coordinated timing was largely a coincidence, the guest said. The wedding had been planned for months and the couple was waiting for Chan to finish medical school, but the date of the IPO was a "moving target" not known when the wedding was set.
Attendees, including Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, were told after they arrived that they were not mere party guests but wedding guests.
"Everybody was shocked," the guest said.
The person would not discuss the names of others who attended to protect their privacy.
Ditching his trademark hoodie and sneakers, Zuckerberg sported a dark blue suit and tie with a white shirt for the ceremony, while Chan wore a traditional white wedding dress with veil and lace.
Food was served family-style and included dishes from the couple's favorite Palo Alto sushi restaurant.
Zuckerberg met Chan at Harvard, where he founded Facebook in a dorm room in 2004, and have been together for more than nine years.
Chan's own Facebook page, which now lists her as married to the founder, said she is a native of Braintree, Mass., and attended high school in nearby Quincy.
She graduated Harvard in 2007 then taught science to fourth and fifth graders at the Harker School in San Jose for two years before starting medical school, according to her profile.
Her page also says she "loves cooking and soft things."
Even after the IPO, Zuckerberg, who grew up in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., remains Facebook's single largest shareholder, with 503.6 million shares, and he controls the company with 56 percent of its voting stock.
The site has grown into a worldwide network of almost a billion people and made its founder, Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2010, one of the most famous businessmen of the Internet age.
Iggy Azalea clears up T.I.'s recent comments about her involvement with Interscope.
In a recent interview, T.I. threw fans for a loop when he revealed that Iggy Azalea was not, in fact, signed to Interscope, and called her a "free agent."
Fans began speculating that the Australian emcee had been dropped from Interscope, a notion which she has now denied.
“I wasn’t dropped by Interscope,” said Iggy in an interview with XXLMag.com. “I’m still managed by [Interscope], but when T.I. came on board and it became a Grand Hustle thing. We were working on restructuring and we worked down to the final deal. There’s things that change when other people get involved. For me, I choose my involvement with Tip because that’s my family over other things, so I’m thankful that I have him and he can kinda get me out of that situation; now it’s just strictly Grand Hustle.”
Interscope VP of Publicity Yvette Gayle confirmed that Iggy never officially signed to Interscope, but it managed by Interscope management.
“I’m not in a rush to sign anything with anyone,” said Iggy. “I have some really great things coming up that you will see why and maybe it will make more sense why I chose what I’ve chosen. I can’t elaborate on them yet.”
Lil’ Kim and rapper Charli Baltimore recently came face to face with one another at the HOT 97 studio in New York City. The two were at the radio station for separate interview opportunities and were allegedly left together in an artist waiting area. Back in the 90′s, Charli and Lil’ Kim both famously dated the Notorious B.I.G., and earlier this year, Charli was very outspoken about Kim not being Biggie’s girlfriend but only a side thing. Check out what she said below:
“Kim goes out of her [Faith Evans] way to say she was B.I.G.’s girl. No, Kim wasn’t his girl! Straight up! She wasn’t! She benefited from the situation because she became Lil Kim. She has a career, and she’s grateful to a n*gga for helping her in that aspect, but she was never his girl!”
Anyway, our source tells us that the two ladies sat in the waiting room together at the radio station and completely ignored one another. Lil’ Kim sat in her part of the room with her crew, and Charli on the other. It must have a been a tense and unexpected meeting. I’m glad cooler heads prevailed, and nothing heated went down.
50 Cent was hospitalized after eating a bad burger.
50 Cent was hospitalized earlier this week after consuming a tainted burger, complaining of stomach pains and facing the possibility of surgery. But Fif is back in action, speaking with MTV News about how Eminem phoned him to advise that he doesn't bite the dust because of eating a bad sandwich.
"I'm in a dead serious moment like, 'Damn, I don't believe this is happenin' right now,'" he said. "[Eminem] goes, 'Yo Fif, you were shot nine times man if you die over a burger, this sh-- ain't gonna go right. People ain't gonna be feelin' this.'"
The G-Unit general was worried that he would have to go into surgery to remove a blockage in his small intestines, but he managed to avoid any further medical procedures. "I'm feelin' better; I'm in good spirits," he said.
Young Buck will enter prison to serve an unspecified amount of time behind bars.
Young Buck is scheduled to head to prison in two months.
During a vlog, the former G-Unit rapper said that he’s heading back to the clink to serve a bid for an unspecified amount of time. He didn’t explain the reason for his pending incarceration.
“I got to go to the penitentiary for two months. Fuck with me for real, hold me down,” he said. “And when I get out of the penitentiary, all you rap niggas better get the fuck out the way. I ain’t even gonna say no names, but it’s a good thing I’m about to go to the penitentiary.”
Earlier last year, the rapper was facing a 10-year bid after being indicted on gun charges. He later filed for bankruptcy and faced liquidation of his assets, including his name.
Talented actress Raven Symone, who is best know for playing Olivia on “The Cosby Show”, has allegedly started shacking up with another woman according to The National Enquirer. Her alleged girlfriend is AzMarie Livingston, a former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant.
The gossip rag has spilled the beans that Raven, who is in New York City playing the lead in “Sister Act” on Broadway, has been living with AzMarie in a condo in Manhattan. Rumor has it that Raven’s parents are furious that she has decided to lead a lesbian lifestyle.
Raven was initially mum on the rumors, but has now taken to Twitter to address the chatter. Check out what she wrote below:
“I’m living my PERSONAL life the way I’m happiest. I’m not one, in my 25 year career to disclose who I’m dating. and I shall not start now. My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life. However that is my right as a HUMAN BEing whether straight or gay. To tell or not to tell. As long as I’m not harming anyone. I am a light being made from love. And my career is the only thing I would like to put on display, not my personal life. Kisses!”
Back in the day, Raven was a pretty good rapper – she even released a few albums executive produced by Missy Elliot. Man, I wonder why so many female rappers are rumored to play for the same team?
September 11 is many things depending on your point of view. No need to get all up in the conspiracy theories.
But, apparently, the Queen of Disco, Donna Summer felt very strongly that the residue from Sept. 11 was the reason she succumbed to cancer.
According to a number of reports, she lived down near Ground Zero when the planes hit and the towers fell. She told many people close to her that the chemicals and the dust infected her with the now-fatal cancer that we hate. This is not inconceivable.
According to TMZ, Donna became nearly fanatical about it and would spray disinfectant and hand sheets wherever dust was present.
She said to another outlet, “I was really freaked out by the horrific experiences of that day. I couldn’t go out, I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom. I went to church and light came back into my soul. That heaviness was gone.”
She also said that she had a vision that terrorists would attack America. She thought this was some attack on Christianity, not an inside gig or an attack on America’s financial system as others have theorized.
“My husband and I were walking down the street. I had this feeling. I said, ‘Honey, I feel like terrorism, high on top of the buildings. I knew something was going to happen. When it did, I flipped out.”
About 1,000 people have died from 9/11 Dust and 350 of them are from cancer. I think the numbers have to be higher than that.
According to Waka Flocka, his Brick Squad Monopoly is the new Wu-Tang. Oh yeah, they’re also the new Roc-A-Fella. And, oh yeah, they’re the new Cash Money as well. Sheesh! Waka sure does think highly of his crew, doesn’t he?
The crew consists of Waka Flocka, Wooh Da Kid, Frenchie, YG Hootie, Papa Smurf & Bo Deal…hey wasn’t Gucci Mane a part of the crew?
Waka is currently on the cover of XXL, and does a h*ll of a job bigging up his rap crew. Check out what he told the magazine below:
“I don’t feel like a celebrity, or this quote-unquote star everybody talk about. I guess Waka Flocka like a job, honestly. I’m at my job right now, so I gotta do it to my fullest. … I got a whole label, man. We fire. We the new Wu-Tang, Roc-A-Fella. We what these labels are trying to create right now. We the new Cash Money. Squad! Flockaveli was the return of gangsta. I brought gangsta back, man.”
Those are some big shoes to fill Waka! Let’s hope they live up to Waka’s hype. Below is their track “Everything Brick Squad”. Are you guys feeling it? Do you think they have the potential to be the new Wu-Tang?
While everyone was raving that Serena Williams may have a bit of raw talent in the booth after her rap song leaked last week, Serena was home fuming. The tennis champ is super upset that the song leaked because she did not give her approval for the release. Check out what she told the Atlanta Black Star below:
“Well, I was in the studio with friends and I wanted to do something and so they said – do this and it was for me. The next thing I know — that was one or two years ago and then I read online that I was a rapper and so my back-stabbing friends did that to me and so if I see them, I will act like a rapper — if you can get my drift.”
I guess we won’t be getting any new Serena Williams music anytime soon; and whoever leaked that music better watch their back. Serena doesn’t sound like she’s playing!
Drake surmises that he'll bow out of the Rap game before he hits middle age.
Much like Eminem and Lil Wayne before him, Drake has misgivings about rapping into his later years. And though Shady, who turns 40 in October of this year, has yet to hang up the mic, Drizzy sounds fairly certain that he will exit the Hip Hop game earlier than some of his fellow emcees.
In an interview with i-D Magazine, the Young Money emcee addressed the matter without putting an expiration date on anything.
The topic came out of a discussion about balancing relationships and making music. "I personally think that when I find that person and when it is established that we're gonna enter a serious relationship-I mean I don't even know if I'll still be making Rap music. I don't know how long I necessarily want to make Rap music for."
"You know, there are artists who are thirty-five and up that still make Rap and that still works for them," continued Drake. "I don't know if I want to be that guy. A lot of my music is about being young and figuring it all out. I don't know if I can still make my brand of music when I'm up there. Maybe I'll be just acting or whatever it is.
"I plan to make as much music as I can until a story from Drake doesn't impact you as it used to. I guess I'll find my way someone else."
The Queen Bee, Lil Kim, was a guest on New York morning radio show, “The Breakfast Club”, and was really outspoken about her dislike for the Notorious movie focusing on the life of slain rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.
Kim cites one her main reasons for not liking the movie as her feeling that the people who made it didn’t know Biggie. One person in particular, according to Kim, is Biggie’s very own mother, Voletta Wallace. Check out what Lil’ Kim said below:
“See, Big’s mom doesn’t know Biggie, and she barely knows Christopher.” said Lil’ Kim. “It’s the truth.”
“She used to kick him out daily. She did not care to know him, or get to know him during the time….she didn’t know him.”
Wow, that’s harsh.
During the interview, Charlamagne The God hit Lil’ Kim with a very direct question about her cosmetic surgery. The Queen Bee was not amused. Check out her response below:
“Why would you ask me that, but there’s so many people who have surgery? I don’t know where that question is coming from.”
Kim addressed the plastic surgery at the 18:29 mark of the interview. You can watch the video here.
Do you think it’s right for Lil’ Kim to comment on the type of relationship Biggie had with his mother?
The NY Daily News is reporting that according to a source inside the Kardashian camp, one of the main reasons Kim Kardashian is dating Kanye West is to get close to his A-list friends, in particular, Beyonce. The reality star may get her chance this week.
Kim K. is currently in London accompanying Yeezy, where he will be performing alongside Jay-Z for their “Watch The Throne” concerts at London’s O2 Arena beginning on Friday.
“Kim wants to travel everywhere with Kanye, but she’s also trying to do whatever she can to get close to Beyoncé,” says the source.
“So, if Bey and Jay are going, she’s going,” the insider adds.
The insider also admits that Kim is “very into Kanye,” and that Kanye “absolutely adores her.”
Kardashian’s spokeswoman has said that Kim has had the London trip “on her calendar since last year” to promote her perfume and do press.
“It’s a coincidence that the concerts are at the same time,” she says.
If I start seeing pictures of Beyonce hanging out with Kim Kardashian, I am going to flip my lid. Don’t do it Beyonce! She’s not in your league!
Donna Summer, once proclaimed the Queen of Disco, has died after a prolonged bout with cancer.
Summer was 63.
Summer, a Grammy Award-winner, had a number of hits in the 70′s and 80′s. Songs like “Last Dance” and “Bad Girls” represented the sound of a generation.
Summer continued to make music as she battled cancer.
“We spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago … who says she didn’t seem too bad.,” reported news/gossip site TMZ. “In fact, we’re told she was focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on. “
Incidentally Donna Summer’s nephew is a rapper named Omega Red. They recorded a song called Angel. The song is below with other hits from the legendary songstress.
Ab-Soul sells over 5,000 units in three days, as B.o.B. hits six figures. Meanwhile, TVT Records re-releases some vintage Pitbull to chart-worthy success.
There were two additions to the charts this week. Ab-Soul is the second Black Hippy member and Top Dawg Entertainment artist to crack the charts with a half-week digital release, following Schoolboy Q's January effort, Habits & Contradictions. Meanwhile, Pitbull's old home, TVT/The Orchard, hit the charts with a compilation of the Florida rapper's early '00s hits and feature work.
Ab-Soul Sells 5,000-Plus Units Digitally
Veteran TDE artist Ab-Soul sold approximately 5,300 units in an abbreviated week. On Friday, the Carson, California emcee released his fourth album, #ControlSystem. Now with Interscope Records backing, the veteran emcee who has toured and worked extensively with Murs worked with Black Hippy, BJ The Chicago Kid, and various other frequent collaborators on the acclaimed project. This is the follow-up to 2011's Longterm Mentality.
B.o.B.'s Strange Clouds Crosses The 100,000 Unit Mark
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
Lawda Mercy! Now rappers are beefing because of a blunt! How petty can one be. In a recent interview with MTV’s “POV“, Wacka Flocka says the beef with Wiz Khalifa started when the two were in a studio together, and Wacka claims he gave Wiz three ounces of weed and Wiz couldn’t hang.
Somehow the info that Wiz couldn’t keep up with Wacka’s smoking ended up on Twitter, and in his defense, Wiz tweeted, “nah lil’ homie” and Wacka though that was “disrespectful”.
Wacka also goes on to say that he is responsible for Wiz’s sound. Check out what he said below:
“I gave him [Wiz] a whole CD of Lex [Luger] beats and that’s how he got that sound.” “I ain’t personally give it to him, I gave Lex his stuff and that’s how they hooked up.”
Wiz must have heard about the interview with Wacka. Check out what he just tweeted below:
This all sounds a little petty to me. This can’t be the real reason Wacka is beefin’ with Wiz. This just can’t!
Grand Hustle rapstress Iggy Azalea was reportedly signed to a joint deal with Interscope Records and T.I.’s Grand Hustle Records, and was even quoted as saying that her deal at Interscope was “restructured” to include Grand Hustle. Well, now it seems like her deal with Interscope has fallen apart.
T.I was recently a guest on the MTV show POV, and said that his prodigy Iggy Azalea is a “free agent right now”. So I guess that’s confirmation that the deal with Interscope is no more, right? Man, we don’t know. T.I. or Iggy, holla at us and let us know what the real deal is!
There has been quite a shake-up at BET with their flagship show “The Game” announcing today that it has fired two of the main characters, Melonie, who is played by Tia Mowry-Hardict and Derwin, who is played by Pooch Hall.
Now, we are hearing that BET is not going to be stopping there and will allegedly be serving pink slips to both Terrence J and Rocsi of 106 & Park! The two allegedly only have three months left on their contracts, and BET is looking to go into a new direction for the show. With Terrence J’s blossoming acting career, we have a feeling he will be just fine. Rosci, on the other hand, may end up becoming another Free. Where is Free anyway?
The source inside Tupac’s estate says that the rapper was not homophobic, and points to his close relationship with the late designer Gianni Versace, who lived his life as an openly gay man. Tupac was also a huge public supporter of Versace, and even walked in one of his fashion shows in Italy back in 1996.
So, there you have it. Do you think Suge Knight is making up stories about Tupac to stay in the limelight? Is his hate for Dr. Dre that deep that he is lying on a dead man to get revenge? This is some sick stuff!
The legendary musician had been previously diagnosed with pneumonia about a week ago.
Brown is considered the man that pioneered Go-Go music, an art form that HIp-Hop has embraced through the years. Wale, a rapper on Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, used to rap heavily over Go-Go beats. “RIP to the Legend …Chuck Brown. u will be missed worldwide,” Wale said from his Twitter account. Also, in the late ’80s “Da Butt”was a song Hip-Hoppers loved from the group EU.
But Brown was the pioneer of the accomplishments from the aforementioned artists, and his influence goes back to the 1970s. In 1978, he and his band The Soul Searchers scored a major hit in “Bustin’ Loose,” which hit #1 on the charts. Nelly sampled the song in his 2002 smash record, “Hot In Herre.”
At the time of his death, Brown had cancelled several performance dates.
Jay-Z says he supports President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage and says that, "[It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."
A longtime supporter of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z has recently spoken about why he backs the current president in his bid for reelection. The Brooklyn emcee spoke with CNN about why he agrees with President Obama's stance on same-sex marriage and why he feels the president has done a commendable job thus far.
"I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back," Jay-Z told CNN of the fact that same-sex marriage has not been allowed in the past. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."
"I think it's the right thing to do," he added. "It's not about votes; it's about people. Whether it costs him votes or not, I think it's the right thing to do as a human being."
Jay-Z went on to add praise for the president, noting the job President Obama has done with regards to the nation's economy.
"Reversing the direction of the decline was a full time job in itself, so I think that it's stabilizing a bit now as some of the numbers show," he noted.
Roc Nation artist J.Cole recently did an interview with Bootleg Kev of Las Vegas’ Hot 97.5, and has spoken out about his dislike for rappers over-sharing and “fighting for attention” on Twitter. Check out what he said below:
“I’m not on Twitter no more, I’m not doing it and I’m not going to. I’m sitting and on watching all these artists who I respect — some of them are big artists — on Twitter fighting for attention. Every tweet is like, I’m looking for attention. Retweet me! It comes from this place of fear, like I don’t want people to forget about me. But really your body of work speaks for you, so it’s doing work even when you’re not knowing it. But because people ain’t talking about you on Twitter or your mixtape ain’t trending, you feel a certain kind of way. But when it’s my time, I’m gonna load up all my clips and I’m gonna empty ‘em out.”
Get ready to see Kanye West on reality TV this season. E! Online has confirmed that Yeezy will make several appearances on both “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” (KUWTK) and “Kourtney & Kim Take New York”, and has already been featured in a TV spot for KUWTK.
Kim, who has been very outspoken about her relationship with Kanye, has said that she wants to show her life and Kanye is now a big part of it and so he will be on the show. “If we are having dinner and he does show up, I’m sure we’re not going to go, ‘Stop the cameras!” said Kim.
“I’m not going to be taking a bubble bath and drinking champagne or on a sex swing like Khloé [Kardashian Odom] and Lamar [Odom] do,” Kim added. “It’s not going to be like that.”
“Keeping Up With The Kardashians” premieres this Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. on E!. So, keep an eye out for Yeezy!
R&B star Usher Raymond is currently in the middle of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife, Tameka Foster Raymond, over their two young children together. Although the proceedings are supposed to be private, Hip-Hop Enquirer has exclusive coverage, and has revealed all of the scandalous details being spilled in court.q
Among the accusations are that Usher has allegedly slept with two of Tameka’s bridesmaids. Damn, that’s messed up if it’s true, but what does that have to do with a custody battle? Tameka should have brought that up in their divorce hearings.
Usher has estimated that they have ran through about 11 different nannies who all eventually quit because of Tameka’s unbearable ways. A few of the nannies have also testified that Tamika spends all day locked in her room and they believe that she is “depressed.” They have also testified that there is rarely any food in the house, and shared a story revealing that Tameka once left the house to go to the movies and did not return for 2-3 days. They also testified that she is “neglectful” to her children and leaves them alone to be supervised by their 10-year old cousin. This is crazy.
You can read the full play-by-play of the court proceedings here
G. Dep explains why he doesn't regret his decision to confess to a murder he committed nearly 20 years ago.
G. Dep was recently served a 15 years to life sentence after confessing to a murder that took place in 1993, but he doesn’t regret his decision for admitting to his past mistake.
During an interview with The New York Post from Rikers Island, the former Bad Boy rapper says he is content with his life choices. “Maybe at the end of serving time or after looking back, someone might feel differently," he said. "But now I feel what I did was right."
Dep spoke on what he would tell his teenage self if he had the opportunity now. “I would have told myself to stop playing with guns,” he said. “Sometimes you think things happen for a reason, and if I wasn’t who I was then, like maybe my daughter would have never been born.”
He said that he still hasn’t forgiven himself but that he’s “working on it.” He also said that his family is starting to understand why he confessed to the murder nearly 20 years later.
“I think my daughter understands why,” he said. “My sons, they know that I’m in jail. I talk to them a lot.”
Shortly after signing with Cash Money Records, Mystikal returns to jail.
Rapper Mystikal has been ordered back to prison for a three-month bid on account of probation violation.
According to The Advocate, state District Judge Tony Marabella tacked on the sentencing because he violated his five-year probation in an extortion case when he was arrested in February on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse battery.
Mystikal was released from state prison in 2010 after serving a six-year term for sexual battery and extortion.
The judge has given him a nine-day credit on his three-month sentencing for the time he was detained following his February 22nd arrest. He will report to prison on May 14th.
UPDATE: Mystikal has checked into a Louisiana prison this morning where he will serve an 81-day sentence. He was originally handed a 90-day sentence for probation violation, but was credited with nine days after he was detained in jail for a February arrest. He is expected to be released in early August.
Jay-Z says he's going to focus on raising his daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, instead of writing new raps.
Jay-Z appeared in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania earlier this morning to announce the two-day Budweiser “Made in America” festival, taking place in September.
While on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, Hov chopped it up with Billboard’s The Juice, explaining that he won’t be releasing new music anytime soon on account of his baby daughter, Blue Ivy Carter.
“I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter,” said Jay. "I want to enjoy this time for what it is. I'm sure that bug to get back in the studio will come back at some point."
He also spoke on his relationship with Anheuser Busch and why he decided to partner with the company for the “Made in America” festival. He wouldn’t reveal who is on the bill - it’s being announced on May 21st - but he said that he’s got roughly 70 percent of the lineup locked in.
“I had a relationship with Anheuser Busch going back to Bud Select [in 2006], and all those things came together and piqued my interest as another way to make an iPod playlist that's gonna play for two days live,” he said, naming who he’s currently feeling in music at the moment. “I like all the new guys in the industry as far as rap. I discovered this new song - it's not really new, but it's a song that I love by Michael Kiwanuka. I really like what he's doing. There's a bunch I just can't think of right now.”
In a new blog, former Def Jam head and music mogul Russell Simmons has come out swinging and is defending Rihanna’s right to sleep with whomever she wants without it ended up in a rap song. Last week, both Chris Brown and Drake allegedly dissed Rihanna in two separate tracks, and basically called her out as an industry jumpoff. Uncle Russell did not appreciate that very much and says these rappers need to stop being the pot calling the kettle black.
Read the full letter below:
There have been a lot of artists recently talking about “good girl gone bad,” Rihanna. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see why everyone has their panties up in a bunch. It’s just that she is out there allegedly f*ckin’ the rockstars of her dreams and you out there fuckin’ groupies. You can’t be mad that she was seen walking out of Ashton Kutcher’s house late one night, cause you know if you were seen walking out of Adriana Lima’s house late one night, you would be in the studio the next day rapping about it. I mean, you all got like 50 girls in your videos drooling over you and you dissing Rihanna? I can’t blame a girl for being independent, having fun and living her life the way she wants to. I am certainly not condoning indiscriminate sex, but don’t get mad cause the girl…
Remember, I was a manager once and I have seen these types of young men on the road. I was with Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Whoodini and saw all of the girls after the show line up outside the dressing rooms. I mean, Whoodini even wrote a song about, “I Am A H*e” and went on to rap, “I rock three different girls after every show.” So, I know how this shit works. You all got 10 times as many girls as Rihanna has men, and you know that. I love you guys, and this certainly ain’t a diss, but I gotta keep it real.
J. Cole says he and Kendrick Lamar are four or five songs deep on their joint project.
A collaborative mixtape between J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar has been long-rumored, but now, it appears that the project is finally becoming a reality.
“I just started working with Kendrick the other day," revealed Cole in an interview with Hot 97.5's . "We got it in, finally, again. [It's gonna be an] album, man,” he clarified.
“We actually worked, bouncing ideas, which was great. The vibe was so good that it was like, man, that’s absolutely gonna happen," he added.
“We got maybe four or five [songs] together."
During the interview, J. Cole praised Kendrick and Top Dawg Entertainment for placing a value on each of their releases. "So when Kendrick blows, you can go back and buy his mixtapes - because he called his mixtapes albums. So I really respect how they did it."
Forget about tennis. Serena Williams is now trying to master the sport of….rap! Ms. New Booty has just released her debut record, and I guess she picked up a flow or two from Drake and Common, because lil’ mama is actually doing her thing. On the track, Serena raps:
“I ball hard, no tennis racket/ I can’t see these haters through my Gucci glasses/ I make hits like batting practice/They be like Serena/ is you really rapping?”
Meek Mill has done several interiews this week proclaiming that contrary to the rumors, he and Rihanna are just friends, or to put it the way he did, “She likes my music, and that’s that”.
The rapper recently opened up and told Rap-Up.com that the media linking him to Rihanna has been “ruining his life,” specifically his love life. You see, Meek has a girlfriend back home in Philly. Check out what he said about the alleged affair below:
“Rihanna, she was on Twitter talking about she liked a few of my songs on Twitter. And I think the blog game took it to another level. I actually got a girl at home. I be arguing with my girl about blogs and interviews about her. I don’t really be trying to go there with my girlfriend over blogs. It be f*cking up my life a little bit,” stated Meek.
Wait, but what about Rihanna celebrating his birthday with him at a strip club? Meek has an answer for that, too.
“[Rihanna] might have been at the same place as me, but that don’t mean we was together. She a cool person, I met her before, she like my music, and that’s that.”
Well, I guess Meek isn’t getting a slice of that “cake” after all.
While Master P’s new artists mark his resurgence into the Hip-Hop game, Percy Miller has been taking notes on what the game’s been doing, as he plots to make his next $75 million independently.
“I’m taking this generation, and I’m listening because that’s what music is about, keeping up with your swag and keeping up with your game and being able to get in these clubs, and that’s basically what I’m doing,” Master P told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive interview. “Man, I got a team of youngins around me that’s sick. Miss Chee, Bengie B, T-Bo, we the next generation of this [No Limit Records], and Romeo the boss, and I’m the Chairman, and we all gonna play our role.”
In keeping up with the times, Master P has been paying close attention to how fellow New Orleans mogul, Birdman “Baby” Williams, has built his Cash Money/Young Money empire.
“Me and Baby always been cool, man. People don’t know, but I’ve always been in competition, because Baby always pushes me, you know what I’m saying, and I always push him. Like right now, he’s on top and that’s what’s pushing me. Now I’m like, OK, I gotta check out what they doing. I respect it,” Master P explained. “Now I’m back in this thing, and that’s kind of like my motivation now, you know what I’m saying? I love him because he’s from New Orleans, and I want to see him do well, but now I got to get out there and do my thing. He got some big artists over there, so it’s like a friendly competition thing now, you know what I’m saying? So I wish him all the best. Nicki Minaj, Drake, Wayne, I mean, you know, they doing they thing, but they motivating me.”
Master P took special note of Baby’s recent acquisition of former No Limit Records artist, and now YMCMB artist, Mystikal.
“That’s the thing about music. Something’s got to motivate you to take your game to the next level. Miss Chee, Bengie B, T.E.C., T-Bo, I mean, it’s enough room for all of us to eat. All friendly competition, you know what I’m saying? Nothing serious, you know, we from the streets, man, so it’s never been about nothing but a friendly competition,” Master P said.
“So you know, I feel like right now, I ain’t have my game together, and one of my prizes dun went over, and now I’m I kinda like, ‘Damn Mystikal, alright, that was a nice little piece right there.’ So now I’m like, ‘Ok, now I gotta you know…’ That’s how bosses do it, we gotta get on that hustle game and get out there, so we can get that next new talent that’s out there. It’s kind of like different fields of business now, because they big now in the music business, and I’m like starting from the bottom, climbing from the bottom. But I’m gonna climb quick, because I know this business, you know what I’m saying? And I’m ready, my swag so sick right now, man,” he added.
He allegedly became involved in an altercation with a man who turned out to be popular personality Waleed Coyote, who is also CEO of Othaz Records and President of the Slip-N-Slide DJ coalition.
Now, Waleed is challenging Chris Jericho to a three-on-three match to settle the dispute.
“The thing that bothered me about this dude is that we weren’t formerly introduced and he acted out of line and you can’t do that in North Carolina,” Waleed Coyote told AllHipHop.com. “He would have done that to anyone in this state and you can’t do that.”
When Waleed and Chris Jericho were involved in their verbal confrontation, Jericho was accompanied by wrestler R. Truth, as well as a WWE referee.
Waleed Coyote, whose song “DJ Hero” with P. Wonda is getting air around the country, is challenging all three men to meet him in the ring.
Waleed said he will bring two men to compete in a 3-on-3 “No Rules” match.
“It was him [Jericho] the ref and R. Truth who wanted to pop off at me and my cousin and I don’t fight, but this time it’s different,” Waleed told AllHipHop.com.
According to Waleed, he will donate the proceeds of any such match to music charities throughout the state of North Carolina.
Reps for Chris Jericho could not be reached as of press time.
Mystikal says he's "ashamed" of having to go back to prison.
Fans were surprised to hear Mystikal, after completing a six-year prison sentence for sexual battery and extortion and subsequently signing to Cash Money, was headed back to the pen for 81 days.
In a recent interview with Billboard.com, Mystikal candidly discussed the new sentence, which stemmed from a violation of probation for a misdemeanor domestic abuse battery charge.
"Disappointed isn't the word for it -- ashamed," admitted the emcee to Billboard. "It's hard to show up. If I stole your money and I gotta come face you again and you ask me about the money, it's gonna be hard for me to face you in the eye. So the proof is in the pudding."
"Everything I was doing, the 81 days was right there riding with me -- in the SUV, come on, who's that?" he added. "My 81 days. Everywhere I went, it was keeping me in check, and it's a fight. I can tell myself all kinds of things, I can sit there and mope, or I can get out and thank those fans the way I'm supposed to, the way they deserve to be thanked. So of course I am."
Tampa resident and WWE superstar John Cena has filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart and wife of only 3 years, Liz Huberdeau, saying the marriage is "irretrevably broken." The soon-to-be-ex-Mrs.Cena has armed herself with powerful Miami attorney Raymond Rafool, best known for going head to head with Hulk Hogan in his nasty divorce battle against ex-wife Linda. In that case, Rafool allegedly took Hogan for 70% of his assets. Huberdeau hopes for something similar, but it's not going to be easy. Cena, worth over $18 million, has a 2009 prenup that is said to include the ability to take back all gifts and presents.
Another insider warns that this isn't going to be pretty, saying "This is going to dwarf the Hogan divorce in nastiness." Yikes.
While it seemed like Chris Brown and Rihanna had reconciled a few months ago when they collaborated on two tracks together, it looks like the honeymoon is over. Last night, Chris Brown tweeted a freestlye over Kanye’s “Theraflu” instrumental, and it sure does look like he’s taking a dig at Rihanna. Check out the lyrics and the track below:
Don’t f**k with my old b-tch it’s like a bad fur Every industry n***a done had her Shook the tree like a pumpkin just to smash her B-tch is breaking codes, but I’m the password
After Breezy tweeted the link, Rihanna unfollowed her ex and commented: “Aw, poor dat #neaux1currr.” Anyone know what that means?
It has come out recently that Rihanna was dating Meek Mill, after already being linked to Drake. Could that have put Chris Brown over the edge? Or, could it have been all of the shade Rihanna was throwing his girlfriend Karrueche’s way on Twitter?
In related news, Drake may have also gotten tired of chasing after Rihanna. He just released a song with 2 Chainz titled “No Lie”, that seems to be dissing Rihanna and calling her out as a jumpoff as well. Check out the lyrics below:
“She came through, she brought food/She got f—ed, she knew wassup /She think I’m the realest out /And I say “damn, that makes two of us” /Oh that look like what’s her name /Chances are it is whats her name /Chances are, if she was acting up /Then I f–ked her once and never f—ed again /She could have a Grammy, I still treat that *ss like a nominee /Just need to know what that p—y like so one time, it’s fine with me”
Damn, Rihanna, all of your dudes are turning on you. Maybe it’s time to slow down, baby!
Maybach Music Group's Meek Mill joins Wale under the management branch of Roc Nation.
Joining his fellow Maybach Music Group rapper Wale, Meek Mill has signed a management deal with Roc Nation.
During an interview with Life+Times, the 23-year-old rapper, who recently released his new mixtape Dreamchasers 2, revealed that he signed with the management branch of Jay-Z's label.
"Yeah, that’s the new deal I put together. Me coming up in this rap game, I was always an underground artist coming up by myself and making all of the moves by myself," he said. "And my manager – he’s just like me, we’ve been coming up in the streets by ourselves. So we just decided to partner up with Roc Nation and take things to another level."
Meek, who said that he's still considering doing a mixtape with Ace Hood, revealed that he's working with Jahlil Beats, Cardiak, All Star, Key Wayne and Young Jerz for his debut Dreams & Nightmares, releasing this summer.
We have all heard about Ricky Rozay’s recent health problems, but could those issues have forced him to go under the knife to lose weight via a “lap band”? According to Media Take Out, a rock solid insider tells them that Ross underwent the stomach surgery a little more than a month ago. Check out a photo of Ross at the MET Gala recently. Does he look like he lost weight to you?
The insider says that last fall, Ross got “LAP BAND” surgery, which reduces the amount of food he can eat…and that he’s got a new diet and an exercise regiment, meant to get him into TIP TOP SHAPE. They say he’s already lost 20 pounds.
I’m not sure I believe this one. Isn’t being heavy set a part of Ross’ appeal? And what about that new “big and tall” deal he signed with Reebok? Wouldn’t that be null and void if he became a skinny dude? Some people just aren’t meant to be skinny – just look at Power 106′s Big Boy. He looked better with the weight.
What do you guys think? Is losing weight a good look for Ross?
It looks like rapper Canibus is coming out of rap retirement to partake in the “Vendetta: Battle Royale” against rap battle veteran, Dizaster. The spit-fest will take place on June 9 in Los Angeles, California, and will mark the first time that Canibus goes into the ring for a one-on-one rap battle on Pay-Per-View.
Canibus released a diss record, “Rip The Jacker 2″, toward Dizaster a few months back, which sparked the matching at the Battle Royale
That was pretty hard! But although Canibus has an impressive battle record, famously taking on LL Cool J, Eminem, and Wu Tang, Dizaster has won countless battles in the three-round, no time limit format and is a heavy crowd favorite.
If you want to catch the battle, you can order it through the King Of The Dot’s Ustream page.
A highly anticipated biopic about Jimi Hendrix’s life in Europe that was to star Andre 3000, could be delayed by the late singer’s estate.
Experience Hendrix LLC issued a statement to the Wall Street Journal, stating that the movie “All Is By My Side,” could not be made without their full participation.
The flick is supposed to start shooting later this month at locations in Ireland.
“Experience Hendrix has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
Jimi Hendrix’s sister Janie Hendrix, who is the CEO of the famed singer’s estate, has not ruled out a biopic about the singer in the future.
A number of Jimi Hendrix’ memorable hits are included on his debut album, Are You Experienced, which was created during the time period that the Andre 3000′s movie would have focused on.
They were not clear if “All Is By My Side” starring Andre 3000, would include any original material created by Jimi Hendrix.
“Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and the EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.”
Keyshawn Johnson -- former NFL star and current ESPN commentator -- unwittingly let a freelance photographer into his gated neighborhood who got busted for spying on the Kardashians.
Sources tell TMZ ... Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, were shooting their reality show Monday in The Oaks ... the double-gated Calabasas community where Kourtney lives. They noticed a Dodge sedan parked near the shoot which lasted nearly 8 hours.
We're told at the end of the shoot, the Kardashian trio walked past the Dodge, when the person inside poked a camera out the window and started shooting. The girls confronted the dude, saying he was shooting in a private, gated community, and the guy began profusely apologizing.
We're told Kourtney called the cops and The Oaks community security who came a-callin', and quickly determined the photog had a pass to get into the community by another resident -- Keyshawn Johnson.
Our sources say security told Kourtney that Keyshawn would be fined $1,000 for letting the guy in.
We spoke to Keyshawn who says he did approve a pass for the guy -- but only to make a delivery to his home. He also says he hasn't heard anything about a fine ... which, by the way, would have to be voted on by the homeowner's association.
Keyshawn says he went to Kourtney's house later that day to apologize.
B.o.B. soars for the "Strange Clouds" while Santigold gets her strongest debut to date with her own sophomore, "Master Of My Make Believe" in a week that should make Atlantic Records quite pleased.
All three of last week's Rap-related debuts in the Top 200 were gone a week later. This past week, B.o.B.'ssophomore album surpassed early sales predictions and scored a Top 5 slot. Atlantic Records label-mate Santigold just barely snagged a Top 20 with her own sophomore, following a subtle name-change from three years ago. An otherwise docile week maintained the status quo for the most part, otherwise.
B.o.B.'s Strange Clouds Sells Over 75,000 First-Week Units
Following the gold-certified success of 2010's debut album, The Adventures Of Bobby Ray, Decatur, Georgia's B.o.B. made a strong first-week showing for his latest effort. Strange Clouds, which has been garnering mixed reviews in the media, mixes between Pop and Hip Hop, with appearances from Taylor Swift and Chris Brown, as well as T.I. and Playboy Tre. The effort moved offer 75,000 first-week units, scoring a #5 on the charts.
Santigold Returns Strong With Master Of My Make Believe
Electronic/Hip Hop vocalist Santigold followed up her 2008 acclaimed self-title debut. The Atlantic Records sensation scored her best performing chart position to date, following '08's Top 100 debut with a Top 20 showing in Master Of My Make Believe. The new effort features production with Q-Tip, following three years of feature work, including with Jay-Z, Beastie Boys and Lonely Island.
* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.
Rihanna is either really free with her sexuality, or she sure is one freaky chick. The good girl gone bad uploaded a photo of her with Ricky Rozay from the MET Gala along with the caption, “We Gonna Have Babies.” Check out the pic below:
In related news, Rihanna must have partied a little too hard at the MET Gala because the NY Post is reporting that she had to be hospitalized for exhaustion and dehydration after the event. When a fan on Twitter asked the star why she had been quiet all day, Rihanna tweeted the photo below of her arm hooked up to an IV.
While Rihanna may just be suffering from a bout of sickness, some are worried that the star’s partying has gotten out of control.
Star Magazine alleged today that Rihanna is on a “party binge.”
“Rihanna loves to party but this past month she’s gotten really out of control. She’s been drinking almost every day and talking about smoking weed a lot too,” a source tells the magazine. “Everyone is telling her to slow down and think about therapy, or even rehab.”
Now, please take this with a grain of salt, but MediaTakeOut is reporting that Lil’ Wayne has broke things off with his rumored fiancé, Dhea. According to their source inside the YMCMB camp, Dhea posed for a photo shoot for a popular men’s magazine and Weezy was having none of that. She also created a Twitter account much to the dismay of Lil’ Wayne. We looked through Weezy’s tweets and found the one below that solidifies that her alleged actions in his mind are cause for dismissal.
According to their source, Weezy felt like she was trying to capitalize off his name and get a little fame “Amber Rose style.”
Now this is one crazy rumor! Our source tells us exclusively that Nicki Minaj allegedly has a sex tape that is set to leak any day now, and you will never guess who her co-star is! No, it is not her rumored fiancé, Safaree, or her Young Money boss, Lil’ Wayne.
Our source tells us that the man who is in the alleged sex tape with Nicki Minaj is none other than G.O.O.D. Music rapper, Big Sean! In the words of Big Sean, “Hold up Hold up, whoa there, let’s capture this moment.”
The two allegedly slept together right around the time they shot the music video for Big Sean’s “Dance (A$$)” remix, and the whole thing was caught on tape. Our source tells us that Big Sean has possession of the video, and whether Nicki is aware that the alleged romp in the sack was filmed is unknown.
Last month when Big Sean was on New York City radio show, The Breakfast Club, he was being teased about Nicki grinding on him in the music video, and he replied, “Yeah, she felt my Big Sean!”
G. Dep has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a murder he committed almost two decades ago.
G. Dep has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a murder that he allegedly committed in 1993.
According to the NY Post, the former Bad Boy rapper was given the lengthy sentence for the crime, which took place nearly two decades ago. "The circumstance of your being before the court now suggests to me a maturity and decency that wouldn't have been evident at the time," said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Obus. "It was the right thing to do, even though it landed you in the position you find yourself in now."
G. Dep, whose real name is Trevell Coleman, walked into a Harlem precinct two years ago and admitted to shooting a man that authorities later matched to the murder of John Henkel. In the wake of the sentencing, Dep's lawyer, Anthony Ricco, says that he admitted to the crime to clear his conscience and hopes he never regrets his actions.
"My hope is that Trevell never wavers from his decision," he said. "Fifteen years is a long time. Fifteen years in the penitentiary for putting yourself there is an even longer time."
The first-week numbers come in just under B.o.B's "B.o.B Presents... The Adventures of Bobby Ray."
The first week sales projections for B.o.B’s sophomore album Strange Clouds have been revealed.
According to Hits Daily Double, Bobby Ray’s latest release is projected to sell 70,000 to 80,000 copies in its first week. His debut album, B.o.B Presents… The Adventures of Bobby Ray, sold just above the projections, moving 84,000 copies in its first week. That album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, while Strange Clouds will most likely miss the top spot, as Carrie Underwood’s latest Blown Away is expected to bow atop the chart with 275,000 to 295,000 copies sold.
Strange Clouds has already spawned the platinum "Strange Clouds" featuring Lil Wayne as well as “So Good,” which is nearing platinum status.
Well. Looks like we can chalk up another big loss for Charles Hamilton. He says he was beat down last week by some “flamin’ f@ggots” and admits to being “biblically homophobic.” Peep the unedited story here……
Got jumped by some flamin’ faggots near Webster Hall Thursday night. Mad at me because I’m, quite Biblically, homophobic. Despite the MAGICAL night I had with …Dilla, George and Jack, I still had to scrap it out. First of all, one of these homos was starting a fight with a woman. He spit in her face and flexed at her like he was going to backhand her. So I intervened. You don’t hit a woman. Period. And he SPIT on her. So I walked over and checked him. “Homie, why you spit on her, b?” He was like “That’s my bitch, yo! I can do what I want to her, bro!”
Fuck outta here. Called him pussy and walked off. He calls his peoples from out the restaurant. Another homo who I had to check about 10 minutes before walked up to me like he was they leader, so I swung on him first. He was dundone. Then the other’s grabbed me, punched me, and ironically, kicked the areas in my back which were hurting me for ages. Shit felt crazy good. Oh man. Shit felt sooooo mean. Niggas was really kicking my knots, yo. Anyway, I got up, cracked all them niggas, they ran (yo, I made niggas run?!), and I got walked to the hospital. I miss my nigga Bred (George), Dilla wylded (Mav?) and Jack is Jack (CYANIDE!!!!!, for those long term readers). Cyanide, the beef is very simple. My exhales were your inhales. And that shit BOTHERED me.
AYE: to those that don’t like me, shut the hell up. Corny trollers. I don’t even have a log in to respond to your wack a$$ comments. Go eat a nail sandwich with extra lead – hold the mayo, Brudda!!! I ain’t been back 24 hours and you filthy roaches can’t keep me out of your mouth. Better yet, here’s another one for you to hate!
On to the rumors! Here is one for all the people out there in North Carolina! Word on the streets is that top WWE wrestler Chris Jericho has fallen out of the graces of the Hip-Hop scene there in NC. Here is what happened per one of my main sources down there. First, here he is again in case you don’t know him (like me):
Last night, Chris Jericho was down in the N. Cakalack at a popular club, from what I heard. And, he was just doing his thing, I suppose, but got a lil’ too gassed up on how hot he is in these streets. Well, somebody took a picture of him in the club, and Chris saw them do it. After he saw it, the big guy went and snatched the phone, deleted the picture, and threw the phone across the club! Here is where it gets nameless to protect the people that may get Jericho! Little did Jericho know, but he threw the phone of a popular NC DJ! And dude took to his network and let it be known how he was treated by the WWE sensation that mistook him for a common fan! Now, from what I understand there’s goons that are out to get ol’ Chris! Furthermore, all the DJs have commanded their minions to boo Jericho, because he and others are apparently down there to perform at a WWE event. I heard the event is tonight, but I don’t know if the “boycott” is going to ramp up soon enough. We’ll see, eh?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent aka “The Money Team” have grown extremely close to one another. Unfortunately for them, their bromance has also has rubbed off on their exes, Josie Harris and Shaniqua Tompkins, who have teamed up to spill the beans and share their dirty secrets, and it ain’t looking good for the Money Team.
The two ladies have collaborated for an exclusive interview with Mommy’s Dirty Little Secret.com, and they are dishing about everything from Mayweather’s alleged domestic violence to 50 Cent allegedly burning down his ex’s home, as well as the alleged cheating ways of both men.
Just so you have some background information, Josie Harris is the ex of Mayweather, and the two have three children together who are 8, 11, and 12 years old. She is also the woman who accused him of domestic violence, which he was convicted of, and will be serving 90 days in jail for in a few weeks.
Shaniqua Tompkins is the mother of 50 Cent’s 15-year-old son Marquise and the woman who accused him of burning down her house with her son still inside.
Check out the Q&A below – it’s crazy!
Patricia Dean: How is your relationship with 50 right now?
Shaniqua Tompkins: It has its ups and downs. It’s a hard relationship to explain. He’s a bitter man, very bitter.
PD: Why is he bitter? Because you tried to sue him for $50 million?
ST: I didn’t sue him, he took me to court for child support, he sued me for defamation of character. The only time I tried to sue him is when he tried to evict me and his son from our home, the home he promised to give me.
PD: Why did he sue you for defamation?
ST: Because at the time the house burned down, I was asked in public who I thought burned my house down and I said he (50 Cent) did. When your money’s very long you can pay someone to do something. But that’s still you doing it, you’re just as guilty.
PD: Do you hold a grudge against him for that?
ST: No, because God wants you to forgive. I just had to let it go. Call it Karma, it all comes back. I don’t have to be mean or vindictive; we all get what’s coming to us.
PD: Are you still in love with him?
ST: No, I love 50 like a cousin maybe; I’m not in love though.
PD: Josie, how’s your relationship with Floyd? With all the cheating and domestic violence, do you forgive him?
Josie Harris: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a d***. I have forgiven him, I’m over it. I did my s***. I’ve hit him over the head with a Tonka truck when I found out he was cheating on me. We had a pretty volatile relationship. Anyone who knows us, knows that. For him to put another ring on another chick’s finger, then come over to my house and try to control me and who I’m having sex with (C.J. Watson)… I mean that’s just him. She ain’t the only one that got a ring. He the ring master, there’s a couple people that got a ring. He’s just about that life. I didn’t deserve the abuse, my kids didn’t deserve to see that. We have gotten into to it before but what was most disturbing is that my son had to get help for me because had no idea how long it was going to last. Floyd’s beyotch-ass friend was watching the whole time as he put his hands on me, he even tried to block my kid from leaving.
PD: Who was it? Do we know who this ‘friend’ is?
JH: He was a friend, we won’t say any names. Somebody in Floyd’s camp, who is very relevant. I don’t even feel comfortable with my kids around him because I think he’s a snake. Any real man that see another man seeing red and putting his hands on a woman should intervene, he didn’t so s***.
D: How about you Shaniqua, did 50 ever get violent with you?
SH: Yes. When he put his hands on me in front of my daughter is when I knew the relationship was over. I’d never fight any of the girls he was messing around behind my back with though. Hoes are going to be hoes. I did have to call Meagan Good once. She claimed 50 was just a friend and he was helping her to get over a break up. She played her part well, as a good mistress does.
D: How about 50 and Chelsea Handler? I heard she said he is ‘adequate’ in bed, and surprisingly he had no response to that. Is it true? How is he in bed?
ST: 50 is a bully, but he’s afraid of Chelsea, she’s bigger than him. As for him in bed…he’s okay.
PD: How about Floyd, how’s he in bed?
JH: He’s boring in bed.
Alrighty then! You can check out the full interview here.
Yesterday (May 7) marked the third day of testimony in the first degree murder-for-hire trial of rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch.
The prosecution called their first witness of the day, Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding.
Louding is accused of being hired by Lil Boosie to murder Terry Boyd in October of 2009.
The prosecution said in a taped confession that Louding admitted that Torence Lil Boosie paid him to kill Terry Boyd.
While on the stand, Louding testified he never told police he shot Terry Boyd.
Louding said he was at Torence Lil Boosie’s house on the night of the murder and the two never left.
Prosecution lawyer Dana Cummings originally said that she expected Michael Louding to lie.
After Louding’s initial statement on the stand, Cummings ordered that the interrogation tapes be played to refresh Louding’s memory.
On the interrogation tapes, Louding gave an account of what happened the evening Terry Boyd was killed.
He told investigators that he and Adrienne Pitman, along with Michael Judson, went to the residence of Boyd in a white SUV.
He said that he shot Boyd through a window, while he sat on the couch.
Louding said once he got back to Boosie’s house and the phone calls came in that Boyd was dead, Boosie gave him $2,800.
After the tapes were played Michael Louding was called back to the witness stand.
He again denied having any involvement in the murder of Terry Boyd or being hired by Lil Boosie.
“I never killed Terry Boyd and Mr. Hatch never paid me to kill Terry Boyd,” Louding said.
When further examined by the prosecution, Louding became uncooperative.
He blurted out “where the other eight hours of the tape?”
Cummings agreed that not all of the interrogation was recorded to which Louding replied: “sound like somebody trying to hide something.”
Cummings then played a recorded phone conversation between Louding and a man known by the nickname, “Donkey.”
During the conversation, Donkey tells Louding: “you’re gonna shake the spot ‘cause you young.”
Donkey also tells him: “The whole thing set up to take Hatch down. Ain’t nobody see you do nothing. All those tattoos and stuff…that’s what we do for the videos.”
At that point, Cummings ordered Michael Louding to be released from shackles and for him to reveal a tattoo of an AK-47 on his abdomen that read: “Yo’ Boosie Who’s Next.”
Louding said that the tattoo doesn’t mean anything and the fact that he originally stated that it meant he was a hitman for Boosie was because, “The crooked police made me say that.”
“They told me that Torrence [was] trying to kill me and the best way to deal with him is get him off the streets. They said he had a $25,000 contract on me.”
Louding explained that this was especially believable, because he had just gotten shot at a couple of nights before.
Louding also said that he felt close to Lil Boosie and Boosie was like a brother to him and he occasionally called Hatch “Pops.”
After becoming frustrated with her witness Dana Cummings asked Michael Louding one last time, “How did Terry Boyd die?”
Louding responded: “you live by it you die by it.”
Cummings then asked, “Mr. Louding, are you telling the court that you were lying when you said Torence Hatch paid you to kill Terry Boyd?”
Louding said, “Yes ma’am.”
At that point the prosecution had no further questions.
During the defenses’s cross examination of Michael Louding, defense attorney Jason Williams played the interrogation tape again, but this time let it extend past the time it was originally cut off for the prosecution.
“He reads him his rights and says alright you’ve come a long way dog …Now get it straight with me. Now what does he need to get straight if he’s telling his own story. If he’s telling his own story he doesn’t have to get it straight; just tell us what happened,” William argued.
The tape showed law enforcement saying they were not going to charge Louding with murder, but with aggravated assault and terrorism even though he confessed to murder.
Then the tape reveal Louding saying, “This dude wanna kill me? He bout to get out of jail now?”
Attorney Williams argued that law enforcement lied to Louding in order to get him to cooperate with getting his client Lil Boosie charged with murder.
The detective admitted to lying to Louding about having evidence that linked him to the case.
He said that it is not unusual to lie to a suspect and that lying is a technique taught to interrogators.
The defense also had Louding confirm that Adrienne Pitman had an outstanding beef with Terry Boyd and that Michael “Ghost” Judson, now deceased, had been robbed for $720 by Terry Boyd.
Michael Louding also admitted to receiving treatment for the voices he hears in his head.
The prosecution challenged the notion that Louding hears voices, saying that he seemed very competent and never told investigators about his mental challenges.
In regards to Pitman’s and Judson’s disputes with Boyd, Cummings then asked Louding “Are you saying you had nothing to do with the six murders?”
Louding replied, “I’m not a murderer, I’m a lover.”
Michael Louding was then excused off the witness stand for the day.
Rihanna was a no-show for her final rehearsal for "Saturday Night Live" last night -- which did not sit well with the show's producers, including head man Lorne Michaels ... TMZ says
Rihanna called in sick for the dress rehearsal, which is done live in front of a studio audience right before the actual show. We're told Michaels takes dress rehearsals very seriously and was quite upset when Rihanna bailed at the last minute.
Our sources say that in her place, Rihanna's choreographer danced to her songs.
When Rihanna showed up later looking just fine, we're told the staff was shocked ... and felt she didn't appear sick enough to have missed the dress rehearsal ... though no one from the show called her on it.
According to our sources, once the live show got going, Rihanna was seen eating an apple and walking around in between songs ... which bothered several staffers because she did not seem ill at all.
We're told producers can't even remember the last time someone has skipped the dress rehearsal.
Sources close to Rihanna tell TMZ she went through every rehearsal except the dress rehearsal (which she was in the building for) because she just felt too ill to do it. We're told RiRi had a doctor come to her dressing room before the show and administer a shot of penicillin before she went on.
A rep for the singer tells TMZ, "Rihanna was sick and needed to save her voice for the live show."
Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, Nick Fury and Black Widow are kicking off the summer movie season in style.
On its first full day in U.S. and Canadian theaters, "The Avengers," Marvel's tale about a team of superheroes, raked in $80.5 million Friday, the second-biggest single day ever at the box office behind last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which conjured $91.1 million, Variety reported.
The haul puts the Disney-distributed "Avengers" on course to gross more than $150 million through Sunday and gives it a chance to overtake "The Dark Knight," the 2008 Batman epic that netted $158.4 million its opening weekend.
The well-reviewed "The Avengers" looks to continue its Hulk-like strength. The movie received a rare "A+" grade from American audiences, according to CinemaScore, a market research firm. On Friday, Fandango, the online ticket seller, was selling 19 tickets a second to the movie, spokesman Harry Medved told TheWrap, a movie industry news website.
Depending on ticket sales Saturday and Sunday, "The Avengers" may have a shot at outpacing "Deathly Hallows," which holds a first-weekend record of $169.2 million.
Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster claims she never threatened to kill the R&B superstar, but she did admit under oath to saying "I will f**k you up" ... so you can see how he might have taken it the wrong way.
Usher and Tameka have been going through a bitter legal fight over custody of their two young children -- a fight that came to a head in a Georgia courtroom this past week.
Tameka took the stand and, as you can see in this video, was questioned by Usher's attorney about her verbal and abusive threat towards the singer -- where she allegedly said "I will kill you both," referring to Usher and his current girlfriend.
Foster went back and forth with her answer before coughing up a half-admission, saying she didn't threaten to "kill" him ... but admitting, "I did probably, out of anger, say 'I will f**k you up' and it's not acceptable."
Foster claims the menacing statement was a result of Usher gallivanting in and out of town with his new GF, which was "embarrassing" for her in such a tight knit community.
Representatives for Lil Kim have accused Harlem newcomer Azealia Banks of manufacturing a phony beef with the veteran rapper.
Azealia Banks to Twitter, where she tweeted a series of messages, presumably directed at Lil Kim.
Reports suggested that Azealia Banks, who lionized Lil Kim on Twitter weeks earlier, was supposed to collaborate on her upcoming mixtape “Broke With Expensive Taste.”
Apparently that is not the case, according to Lil Kim’s publicist CJ Carter.
“My client and azealia have NEVER spoke to one another or met AT ALL,” CJ Carter told AllHipHop.com in a press release.
“Kim was actually very flattered Azealia’s public admiration for her, which is why it’s so hard to understand how someone who claims to be a true Lil Kim fan could flip the script so easily on someone who was supposedly their idol,” Carter noted.
According to CJ Carter, Azealia Banks went right to twitter with her issues, as opposed to reaching out to anyone from Lil Kim’s camp.
Carter said that Lil Kim has no problems with Azealia Banks and will not engage in a petty, manufactured feud with the fledgling rapper.
“We have no idea what they are referencing and have no desire to discuss the matter any further as there is nothing to talk about,” CJ Carter said “It honestly seems that someone from Azealia’s team would rather have her fans buy into manufactured drama instead of buying music.”
Check out the full statement below:
Earlier today a press release went out making a claim that there was friction between Hip Hop Icon “Lil Kim” and aspiring hip artist azealia banks. The release comes as a surprise to our team,being that my client and azealia have NEVER spoke to one another or met AT ALL. Kim was actually very flattered azealia’s public admiration for her, which is why it’s so hard to understand how someone who claims to be a true Lil Kim fan could flip the script so easily on someone who was supposedly their idol. It is also VERY interesting that NO ONE from her team made any attempts to reach out to anyone from our team to voice any concerns or problems that they may have had. I have NEVER heard of anyone having a conflict with someone they have NEVER met with or personally spoke with. We have no idea what they are referencing and have no desire to discuss the matter any further as there is nothing to talk about. It honestly seems that someone from azealia’s team would rather have her fans buy into manufactured drama instead of buying music. Kim knows nothing of any beef, and furthermore has had nothing but nice things to say about her. We don’t know what this is and will not address this any further. It seems that this is another sad attempt by someone trying to use my client for publicity. We wish her nothing but the best.
Tonight (May 5th) Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26 KOs) and Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) faced off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for the WBA Super Welter Weight Championship.
The two boxers held their anticipated fight that started with 50 Cent and Justin Beiber carrying Floyd Mayweather’s numerous belts out to the ring.
Wearing red shorts with a sleeveless red and white leather hoodie outfit, Mayweather waltzed in to the ring to the tune of Atlanta artist 2 Chainz’ newest street anthem “Riot.”
While Mayweather is due to face jail time on June 1 for domestic violence charges, he battled 12 rounds with Cotto in the Golden Boy Promotions fight, winning in the final round.
Mayweather was tested in what would be a close match, as the “Money Team” boxer’s nose was bleeding heavily at the end of 8th round.
Eventually Mayweather would prove to be the new champion, remaining undefeated as the fight was scored 116-112 by most critics in the end.
“I knew the right hook was going to be my money shot,” Floyd said after the fight. “A lot of times and these days you don’t see fighters using the right hook, only the left. But tonight I wanted to use the right hook and that is what I did.
Also making appearances at the fight were Lil Wayne, P Diddy, former boxers Evander Holyfied, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard and many others.
“Money may cash out!!!” Ace Hood Tweeted when Floyd Mayweather won.
“I wanna see a rematch!,” said Juicy J
“Respect Money May’s Greatness Yo. You don’t see classic shit too often in this era…..” Charlamagne tha God Tweeted.
The victory sets up the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight that is rumored to take place in the fall shortly after Mayweather is released from jail.
A writer named Phil Mushnick says that the Nets should call themselves the "New York N-----s" because of Hov's involvement.
After Jay-Z unveiled the new black-and-white logo for the Brooklyn Nets, NY Post writer Phil Mushnick has some sharp words to share about his ownership of the team.
In an article posted earlier today, Mushnick framed the ownership in a racist context, stating that “as long as the Nets are allowing Jay-Z to call the marketing shots, […] why not have him apply the full Jay-Z treatment?”
Mushnick then said that the Nets should rename themselves to reflect Hov’s lyrics. “Why the Brooklyn Nets when they can be the New York N------s? The cheerleaders could be the Brooklyn B----hes or Hoes. Team logo? A 9 mm with hollow-tip shell casings strewn beneath. Wanna be Jay-Z hip? Then go all the way!”
Mushnick issued a statement to Village Voice's James King about the article, offering a cursory explanation of his original article.
"James - did you actually read what I wrote and what I've been writing for 30 years? I don't call black men niggas; my kids never heard the word until folks such as Jay-Z came along. I'd suggest you talk to him about it. What I wrote today was on Jay Z's artistry, and only the wishful and foolish would so badly misinterpret and mischaracterize it as you plan to do. Thanks - mushnick."
Big Sean, Meek Mill and J. Cole are supposedly joining forces for a new collaborative mixtape.
This past summer, Big Sean announced that he, Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa were in talks to assemble a super-group. Now, it looks like the G.O.O.D. Music rapper may end up working with Meek Mill and J. Cole as well.
DDot Omen reports that the trio of Roc Nation, G.O.O.D. Music and Maybach Music Group emcees are reportedly collaborating on a project. In a recent Tweet, he claimed that the three up and coming emcees are planning on working together on a new tape.
Poor Serena Williams has a broken heart. In a recent magazine interview, Serena confessed that she was planning to be single for the next 10 years because dating just isn’t working for her. Check out what she said below:
“I have given up on dating; it just hasn’t worked out well for me. I’m a really emotional person. I give my all and everything. I do make mistakes — like every human does — but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. I just can’t go through that anymore. It was hard. I just have to remove myself from that atmosphere for about the next decade or so I can’t get involved.”
Okay, so was it Drake that broke her heart or Common? Considering that Common still speaks so highly of her, I put my money on Drake being the culprit.
Birdman said it himself: “There is no Cash Money/Young Money without Lil’ Wayne.”
So, it comes as no surprise that Birdman pulled out all of the stops to re-sign the star, giving him a rumored $150 million, four-album record deal. Although Birdman wouldn’t confirm the sum, he did tell MTV that, “It’s probably the biggest deal ever in urban music.”
“I’m blessed to even do that,” Birdman said of the rumored figure. “Whatever my son want, he can get. It’s all his anyway, so it don’t really matter to me.”
The 36-year-old singer's wife, Christina Johnson, called authorities and Green was arrested two days later for "simple assault (family violence)" and "disorderly conduct." But Green wasn't behind bars for long; he was released the same day on $2,800 bail.
But the "F--k You" singer's legal problems weren't over. He failed to appear at his court date and a warrant was issued for his arrest, leading him to spend two more days in jail. Green later pled no contest to his simple assault charges and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, domestic violence counseling and random drug and alcohol testing.
Since the altercation, which happend nearly 11 years ago, Green has admitted that he has gained control of his temper -- no doubt channeling his anger into the wacky Cee Lo singing hopefuls have come to know on the talent show.
Diddy reflects on his relationship with former Bad Boy artists.
Diddy has remained quiet on G. Dep’s guilty conviction for a 1993 murder, but broke his silence yesterday during an interview with Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex. The Bad Boy mogul said that the confession most likely stemmed from substance abuse and that he wasn’t in his right state of mind.
“None of that was in G. Dep’s nature. When there were certain things that he was going through with the substance abuse situation, he would be a different person. But on an every day [basis], he was probably one of the nicest, most quietest, shyest, most humble cats that was out there. It was just so out of his character that it was mind-blowing and so when I had heard after the main announcement, he had retracted his confession and he basically said he didn’t do it,” he said. “I was like, OK, maybe he was under the influence when he confessed. And then out of nowhere, they said he was convicted which was such a shame, because he’s such a great talent. And it all stemmed from substance abuse.”
He also spoke on reuniting with another Bad Boy alum, Mase, on the remix to Wale’s “Slight Work.” Puff said that he and Mase are “cool” with one another and that if it wasn’t for him, he wouldn’t be where he is today.
“I didn’t know until I got the record. And then when I got the record, I was just like, whoa. I gotta make sure my part is tight so I could pass it off to my man right. Me and Mase are cool. We’ve kept in touch over the years. I love Mase. If it wasn’t for Mase, I wouldn’t be where I was at today. Me and him were like Batman and Robin. So it felt good to get back on a record with him, and it’s one of the hottest, most intense records in the club. That’s what I specialize in. And then talking that talk.”
Prodigy confirms that another Mobb Deep album is on the way.
Despite their bizarre publicity stunt last month where Havoc allegedly posted tweets slandering his partner-in-rhyme, Prodigy says that an album is still on the way. During an interview with MTV’s RapFix Live yesterday, P confirmed that their LP will be impacting soon.
“The Mobb is good, we're working on the next album still, steadily, making it hot," he said. "But in the meantime we're gonna put out some product for right now. The Mobb Deep album is not where we want it to be yet, so we've just gotta do something in the meantime.”
Prodigy says he has plans to drop H.N.I.C. 3 on July 3rd ahead of Mobb Deep’s next album. He said that thanks to the duo’s partnership with Sony RED, they can make their own release schedule.
“We've got a distribution deal over at Sony RED, so basically we run our own label, we run the company, we've gotta do everything ourselves," he said. "We make the release schedule, it's up to us what comes out first and if we want to change something, we change it. We've got a lot of control with this situation — it's like the best situation that you could ever be in, as far as [being] an artist and making music, this is great for us."
Junior Seau, a homegrown superstar who was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years, was found shot to death at his home Wednesday morning. He was 43.
Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau's girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said, and police were investigating the possibility that Seau's death was a suicide. Police said no suicide note was found and they didn't immediately know to whom the gun was registered.
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Junior Seau was the face of the Chargers, but more importantly, he was the face of a city, writes Bill Williamson. Blog
Seau's death in Oceanside, in northern San Diego County, stunned the region he represented with almost reckless abandon. The same intensity that got the star linebacker ejected for fighting in his first exhibition game helped carry the Chargers to their only Super Bowl, following the 1994 season. A ferocious tackler, he'd leap up, pump a fist and kick out a leg after dropping a ball carrier or quarterback.
"It's a sad thing. It's hard to understand," said Bobby Beathard, who as Chargers general manager took Seau out of Southern California with the fifth pick overall in the 1990 draft. "He was really just a great guy. If you drew up a player you'd love to have the opportunity to draft and have on the team and as a teammate, Junior and Rodney (Harrison), they'd be the kind of guys you'd like to have."
Quarterback Stan Humphries recalled that Seau did everything at the same speed, whether it was practicing, lifting weights or harassing John Elway.
"The intensity, the smile, the infectious attitude, it carried over to all the other guys," said Humphries, who was shocked that Seau is now the eighth player from the '94 Super Bowl team to die.
Seau's mother appeared before reporters outside the former player's house, weeping uncontrollably.
"I don't understand ... I'm shocked," Luisa Seau cried out.
Her son gave no indication of a problem when she spoke to him by phone earlier this week, she said.
"He's joking to me, he called me a 'homegirl,' " she said.
Seau's death follows the suicide last year of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson, who also shot himself in the chest.
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ESPN LA 710's Marcellus Wiley, who was Junior Seau's teammate with the San Diego Chargers, reflects on Seau's life and one-of-a-kind personality.
• Wiley and Max Kellerman react more to the news of Seau's death. Marcellus says Junior was the "greatest teammate I've ever had." Listen
In October 2010, Seau survived a 100-foot plunge down a seaside cliff in his SUV, hours after he was arrested for investigation of domestic violence at the Oceanside home he shared with his girlfriend. The woman had told authorities that Seau assaulted her during an argument.
There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved in the crash and Seau told authorities he fell asleep while driving. He suffered minor injuries.
"I just can't imagine this, because I've never seen Junior in a down frame of mind," Beathard said. "He was always so upbeat and he would keep people up. He practiced the way he played. He made practice fun. He was a coach's dream. He was an amazing guy as well as a player and a person. This is hard to believe."
Seau's ex-wife, Gina, told the Union-Tribune San Diego that he texted her and each of their three children separate messages: "I love you." She later confirmed to The Associated Press that Seau texted the family.
Seau, who played in the NFL for parts of 20 seasons, is the eighth member of San Diego's lone Super Bowl team who has died, all before the age of 45. Lew Bush, Shawn Lee, David Griggs, Rodney Culver, Doug Miller, Curtis Whitley and Chris Mims are the others. Causes of death ranged from heart attacks to a plane crash to a lightning strike.
Gina Seau said her ex-husband sustained concussions during his career.
"Of course he had. He always bounced back and kept on playing," she said in a phone interview. "He's a warrior. That didn't stop him. I don't know what football player hasn't. It's not ballet. It's part of the game."
Gina Seau said she didn't know if the effects of concussions contributed to Seau's death.
"We have no clues whatsoever. We're as stunned and shocked as anyone else. We're horribly saddened. We miss him and we'll always love him," she said.
When Humphries joined the Chargers in a 1992 trade, he said it was obvious Seau was "the person who had the most energy, the most excited, the guy who tried to rally everybody." Humphries said Seau "brought out a lot of youngness" in older players.
He also helped younger players.
"So sad to hear about Jr Seau," tweeted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was with San Diego from 2001-05. "Junebug. Buddy. The greatest teammate a young guy could ask for. This is a sad day. He will be missed greatly."
He wasn't just a football player, he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL. This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior's family. It's heartbreaking.
” --Chargers president Dean Spanos
Chargers president Dean Spanos called Seau an icon and a friend.
"I can't put into words how I'm feeling right now. I'm shocked and devastated," Spanos said in a statement. "Junior was my friend. We all lost a friend today. Junior was an icon in our community. He transcended the game. He wasn't just a football player; he was so much more. He was loved by everyone in our family, our organization and throughout the NFL.
"This is just such a tragic loss. One of the worst things I could ever imagine. My prayers go out to Junior's family. It's heartbreaking."
Seau called many of those around him "Buddy" and often referred to teammates as "my players."
"As a young linebacker, Junior was my hero growing up and once I had the opportunity meet him I saw that he was everything I hoped he would be and more," former Dolphin Zach Thomas said in a statement. "Getting the chance to play alongside of Junior Seau, the greatest linebacker to ever play the game, made my dreams come true. I am absolutely devastated to hear this news. Today I lost my hero, my friend, my buddy."
Jason Taylor, who also played with Thomas and Seau on the Dolphins, said he was "devastated."
"It would be easy for me to say he was a great friend and teammate, and a tremendous competitor, but that would be selling Junior short," Taylor said in a statement. "Junior Seau was an individual of great honor and integrity, a leader of men and someone with a deep-rooted passion for giving of himself to make the people, the community and especially the children around him better. This is an immeasurable loss for so many. My heart and prayers go out to Junior's family, Gina and their children. I'm going to miss you buddy."
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As news filtered out of Seau's death, former teammates, friends and other athletes whose lives Seau touched reacted on Twitter. Reaction
Commissioner Roger Goodell sent his condolences to the Seau family on Twitter and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said, "The NFLPA player family today joins with the Seau family to mourn a brother lost too soon."
USC athletic director Pat Haden called Seau "one of the greatest legends" in school history.
"He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55," Haden said in a statement.
Seau's greatest game may have been in the 17-13 victory at Pittsburgh in the AFC Championship Game in January 1995 that sent the Chargers to the Super Bowl. Playing through the pain of a pinched nerve in his neck, he spread out his 16 tackles from the first play to the second-to-last. San Diego lost 49-26 in the Super Bowl by San Francisco.
Humphries also recalled Seau recovering Elway's fumble to seal a come-from-behind victory in the 1994 opener at Denver.
Seau left the Chargers after the 2002 season when the team unceremoniously told him he was free to pursue a trade. He held a farewell news conference at the restaurant he owned in Mission Valley, and later was traded to Miami.
"Junior was a fierce competitor whose passion and work ethic lifted his teammates to greater heights. His enthusiasm for the game was infectious and he passed that on to everyone who was around him. He loved the game so much, and no one played with more sheer joy," Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said in a statement.
"Junior was one-of-a-kind. The league will never see anyone like him again," Dee said.
Seau retired a few times, the first in August 2006, when he said, "I'm not retiring. I am graduating."
US PresswireJunior Seau became the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers, who lost Super Bowl XXIX to the 49ers, to die at a young age.
Four days later, he signed with the New England Patriots. He was with the Patriots when they lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl following the 2007 season, which ended New England's quest for a perfect season.
"For four seasons, after every game he played, he would always find me in the locker room just to give me a big hug and squeeze tighter than anyone I remember. It was one of the many things I enjoyed about him," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "He was passionate about football and always spoke with great conviction. He may have been one of the most charismatic Patriots player in franchise history. I loved listening to him when he addressed an audience. I will never forget presenting him with his AFC Championship ring at Seau's Restaurant in San Diego before our game against the Chargers in 2008. It was a memorable moment shared by both Patriots and Chargers fans, who that day celebrated pregame together as Junior Seau fans. He was beloved in his hometown of San Diego and quickly became a fan favorite in New England.
"Today, the fans of the teams for which Junior played -- San Diego, Miami and New England -- lost more than a legendary football player. We lost our 'Buddy.' "
Seau's last season was 2009 and last fall, finally retired for good, he was inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame.
"Twenty years, to be part of this kind of fraternity, to be able to go out and play the game that you love, and all the lessons and the friends and acquaintances which you meet along the way, you can't be in a better arena," Seau said in August.
More than 100 people gathered outside of Seau's home, only hours after he was found dead. Families showed up with flowers and fans wearing Chargers jerseys waited to get news.
Keyshia Cole will be "at her most vulnerable" on the six-episode series, airing this fall.
Keyshia Cole has announced that she is reteaming with BET for the upcoming reality television series Keyshia Cole: Family First, which is a working title.
The six-episode series will begin airing this fall, and “allow viewers to see the singer at her most vulnerable.” DuBose Entertainment’s James DuBose will executive produce the show, as will Cole, her husband Daniel Gibson and Michele Barnwell.
Cole has previously worked with BET on the reality show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, which aired from July 2006 to December 2008. On the series, Cole let cameras into her life as she recorded albums and interacted with family members.
Rihanna is about to get straight up evil if the rumors are correct. No, she’s not throwing bricks through anybody’s flat screen like she used to do with Chris Brown! No, I am hearing that she is getting her way deep into Hollywood with a new movie – Fast and Furious 6/Fast Six. Seriously, how many of these godawful movies are they going to make? Vin Diesel has to be happen since this is the only movie he appears in these days. Nevertheless, word on the block Rihanna is set to be in the movie as a villain.
According to The UK Sun, a source said, “Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship. Writers think she’ll be perfect for the role. Her character has plenty of bite and doesn’t take any prisoners — just like her in real life. It’s a step up the ladder for her and could lead to bigger action roles.’”
Not a lot more else to say other than RiRi may be playing along side of Vin Diesel, The Rock and Paul Walker.
I see how Kanye West does it. He doesn’t do press, but when there is something he needs to get out, he says it in a rap song. We’ve seen this a lot recently. So, now…he’s doing it again. A week or so ago, the dude was accused of beating on his ex-fiancee Alexis. Well, this just didn’t happen, according to Kanye West. What did he do? he jumped on a track from an obscure Chicago rapper and spit about it. I guess he’s not obscure anymore now that Ye got Pusha T, Jadakiss and Big Sean on the remix of “I Don’t Like.” Oh, his name is Chief Keef and he’s only 19 years old. (Bet you $10 dude’s real name is Keith.) Anyway, on the track, Kanye says “A girl will run her mouth only out of spite, but I’ll never hit a woman in my life.” Very simple, but he ends up answering the question and responding to the rumors.
In related news, the producer Young Chop is LIVID that somebody, he thinks Kanye, changed the beat up on his original track. “I’m mad as hell, I’m mad as f**k for the simple fact that they did not ask me to change up s**t in my beat. They don’t have no files to none of my s**t, so how the f**k did they add another melody over the instrumental. These mother f*ckers are playing me, and I don’t give 2 f**ks, I will sue the s**t out of Kanye West, and he needs to call my phone right now before I snap. I don’t like that, that s**t is disrespectful.”
After weeks of speculation, Maybach Music Group (MMG) head Rick Ross announced today (May 2) that he has signed former B2K singer and actor, Omarion, to his growing label roster.
The announcement of the Omarion addition was made at an invitation-only press conference at New York City’s Eventi Hotel. Label representatives, press, and industry tastemakers were on-hand to welcome the new artist to the roster that includes Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Masspike Miles, Teedra Moses, and others. MMG is distributed through Warner Bros. Records.
Lyor Cohen, North American Chairman and CEO for Warner Music Group, spoke at the event about Rick Ross’ growing roster, saying, “He’s not satisfied. There’s no stopping him. The possibilities that Rick and Maybach Music bring is unprecedented.
“He reminded me, he’s got the biggest office in the world, and that’s the streets. I don’t know anybody that can stop this guy,” Cohen said of Rick Ross.
Rick Ross gave an impromptu press conference interview with Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson, and producer Swizz Beatz spoke about his friendship with Ross and how he helped him get his deal with Reebok.
Omarion has been spotted with rapper Ma$e in the studio in recent weeks, prompting speculation that the two were working on new material and possibly new deals. Ma$e recently appeared on Wale’s “Slight Work” remix with Diddy and French Montana, fueling talk that he would make a return to music, perhaps under MMG.
Rumors also swirled that Ma$e would serve as an A&R representative for French Montana, whose official signing to both MMG and Bad Boy was announced to laughter at today’s press conference.
Omarion, a solo artist since the breakup of B2K nearly a decade ago, has worked as a singer, actor, and dancer since childhood. MMG’s newly proclaimed “Maybach O”, was signed briefly with Lil Wayne’s Young Money in 2009 but left reportedly due to business concerns. Most recently, he released his DJ Drama-hosted The Awakening mixtape in May 2011.
Rick Ross also announced that MMG’s Self Made Vol. 2 will be released June 26.
“This one is much better than the first,” said Rick Ross of the album. “This is more of a body of work,” chimed in MMG artist, Wale.
In addition to the MMG compilation, in August, Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares will be released, and his Dream Chasers 2 mixtape is due on May 7. Rick Ross’ God Forgives I Don’t will debut on July 31.
“Ross was and is a pioneer,” said Bad Boy Records label owner, Diddy, who reminded the crowd that the MMG head had made mixtapes more disposable. “He’s a genius to me, and he’s my brother.”
About squelching the many rumors that he was announcing the signing of Ma$e or Shawnna, Rick Ross said, “I just let the rumors circulate.”
Birdman makes some hefty claims about the figures Lil Wayne is pulling in.
Lil Wayne is undoubtedly one of Hip Hop's biggest stars. So when Birdman was able to retain the wildly popular rapper on Cash Money Records, he had no qualms about letting others know the significance of it. "He announced it last week that we extended our business together," said Stunna in an interview with MTV News.
"YMCMB start and stop with Wayne; it ain't no YMCMB without Wayne. The loyalty we have with each other, for each other, the loyalty and dedication for the team...the goal for us as a whole is to be the first billion-dollar music brand, because we never had that. Period. That's one of our goals. The move we just made was a big move to that, to make sure the pioneer of it, which is Wayne."
Birdman didn't get into specifics, but he hinted that Wayne's latest deal involved eye-popping figures. "The type of situation we did never been done in urban music; it's probably the biggest deal ever in urban music," claimed Birdman. "I'm blessed to even do that - whatever my son want, he can get. It's all his anyway, so it don't really matter to me. I live my life how I wanna; it's about him and them - my team."
Brock Lesnar had a huge blow up backstage after WWE Extreme Rules according to F4Wonline.com.
Lesnar was reportedly told leading up to the WWE Extreme Rules event that the plan for the pay-per-view was going to see Cena leaving on a stretcher, totally incapacitated and injured off television at the hands of Lesnar. Obviously, this didn't happen. Cena went over in the match, made a speech and walked out on his own power.
Backstage Lesnar apparently made a huge scene as he was upset at Cena's post-match speech. He felt WWE officials had double crossed him to make Cena look good and Lesnar weak. According to reports Lesnar was tearing things up and flipped out on Marc Carano who is the assistant to John Laurinaitis. Lesnar went on about how things were a mess in WWE.
There is speculation that some or all of Lesnar's backstage tantrum was orchestrated by Lesnar and top WWE officials to work the rest of the roster. There is also speculation according to the report that Lesnar causing a scene backstage was mostly his way of letting everyone know he isn't afraid to quit and doesn't need WWE. Some feeling Lesnar really didn't care as much about the change in booking but wanted to show off his situation of not needing to be there.
Reports also say Lesnar suggested Cena pulled the top rope down when he was standing on the apron which caused Lesnar to fall out of the ring and almost blowing his knee on that spot during their match.
Where Lesnar goes next in storylines is up in the air in WWE which is why Lesnar had the walk out moment on RAW last night to help buy some time and figure out what to do next.
50 Cent enlists Joan Rivers to help promote his energy shot.
50 Cent has enlisted personality Joan Rivers to star in an extended version of a commercial for his Street King energy shot.
In the advertisement, Fif is shown passing out SK shots to patrons at the gym. Rivers shows up and takes a shot of the energy booster, giving her a lift to help her work out.
The G-Unit general launched his Street King initiative in August 2011, intending to feed one billion children by donating a meal to youth in need for every shot purchased. In early January, he signed a deal with independent bottler Honickman Group to expand the shots' availability. It is currently sold in stores like GNC and 7-Eleven.
So, on Wednesday Rick Ross is hosting some kind of big time press release to make a major announcement. WELL, the strong word on the street is that he’s about to sign Shawnna. Now, that’s interesting, but cool. Why? It’s about time the boss got a woman in the crew. I think that Shawnna is the one for the gig. Why? Lyrically, she’s bonkers. She’s just as or more lyrical than the guys in MMG. She’s shined in other places, i.e. her former affiliation with Ludacris. I’m not sure what happened with her and T-Pain, but T isn’t bringing the pain on the charts any more. So, that’s that.