Mendeecees Harris allegedly turned himself in for outstanding drug charges. Mendeecees Harris is also facing separate charges up to 20 years in jail for sexual assault with a minor, that trial begins tomorrow January 29, 2013.
50 Cent is in talks with FOX to launch an animated comedy series based on his childhood.
50 Cent is in negotiations to sell an animated comedy series about his life to FOX.
According to Deadline, the rapper is working with feature producer Randall Emmett and Imagine TV to sell the untitled project, which is loosely based on his adolescence.
The series, written by Carl Jones, is expected to be given a pilot or presentation order, focusing on "a mischievous but well-meaning boy who often tangles with his eccentric family and neighborhood." In addition to Fif, Jones and Emmett, executive producers on the project include Imagine TV's Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo and Andrew Jameson.
I have no idea, but this is epic! Nas had dinner with Mark Zuckerberg and billionaire investor Ben Horowitz! Wow! What a crazy dinner that may have been. This is great that Nas is really blowing up again withLife Is Good.
But what exactly was the purpose of the meeting of the minds? I wonder, I wonder. I think I am going to ask around for this one. They couldn’t have been just eating with a photographer around documenting it all!
Rick Ross! That dude is getting a lot of mainstream attention thanks to the attempt on his life! But the cops are taking it very serious and they don’t think its staged like 50 Cent suggested. The popo are looking directly at the GD’s and they are looking specifically at the GD’s in Chicago! They are basically suggesting that this is coming from the man Larry Hoover! If that should be the case, s**t would be MAJOR THICK suddenly!
See, what happened – supposedly – is Rick Ross used some of the symbols and and logos of the GDs and didn’t pay the required “fees.” When Ross was in Fort Lauderdale, they opened fire with the AK-47!!!!
There’s another theory of a boss out there that wants Rick Ross’ head on a platter but I’m gonna leave that along.
50 Cent takes to Twitter to claim that Rick Ross wasn't actually the target of a drive-by shooting attempt.
Earlier this morning, Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after someone fired shots at his vehicle, prompting him to drive his car into a building.
His longtime foe 50 Cent took to Twitter shortly after news broke, posting a picture of the vehicle being towed and noting that it did not have bullet holes.
"Hahaha fat boy hit the building?lol it looks staged to me. No hole's in da car," wrote Fif.
Though the longtime beef between Ross and 50 has simmered over the past year, tensions mounted at the BET Hip-Hop Awards last September after members of the G-Unit clique got into a brawl with Maybach Music Group's Gunplay. Ironically, the ceremony was the same location where 50 publicly mended fences with Fat Joe.
Rick Ross was indeed behind the wheel of his Rolls Royce when assailants reportedly fired a dozen rounds in his direction.
Following this morning's reports of Rick Ross targeted in a drive-by shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, some additional details have now been confirmed. According to TMZ.com, police have announced that Rick Ross was indeed driving the Rolls Royce Phantom at the time of the shooting and subsequent accident. The star rapper's passenger was Shateria L. Moragne-el, a female companion. Authorities added that neither Ross nor Moragne-el suffered any injuries.
The suspects in the shooting are said to have fled the scene following the collision.
Further information has revealed that the Maybach Music Group founder was traveling from his birthday party at Miami's LIV Nightclub. Diddy was among the guests at the celebration. According to Wikipedia, today (January 28) is the rapper's 37th birthday.
Frank Ocean is allegedly going to make matters legal with Chris Brown after they engaged in a scuffle.
Last night, tensions between Frank Ocean and Chris Brown mounted after the two engaged in a skirmish at a studio in Los Angeles, California.
According to NY Post, the Odd Future crooner is looking to press charges against Brown for "punching him and starting an all-out brawl" outside of Westlake Studios.
Police claim that Ocean is "desirous of prosecution" and that they're looking to question Brown, who is on probation stemming from his beating Rihanna in 2009 until August 2014.
The alteraction last night stemmed from an argument over a parking spot. Following the skirmish, Ocean took to Twitter to confirm the incident and state that he wished that Everest, his dog, were there to back him up. The singers have been at odds for a while, with the two firing shots at one another by making comparisons to other singers.
Lil Boosie says he's written nearly 500 songs in jail and is planning to pen a memoir.
Even though he was found not guilty of first-degree murder in May 2012, Lil Boosie is still serving out a sentence for drug possession while behind bars. Now, in an exclusive interview with Spin, Boosie speaks on his time in jail and his plans after his release from prison.
Boosie discussed the trials of jail, saying that the love of his family and fans has helped him cope with his sentence. He also added that he feels his mission in life is yet to be completed, and that his time in jail has driven him to reinvent himself as both an artist and a person.
"I've coped by knowing in my heart that I'm someone special who many people love. If you lose hope in yourself, you'll make your time hard," he said. "I always felt that my mission wasn't complete. I feel I haven't reached the star power that was destined for me. That makes me keep writing and thinking of ways to better myself as a man and artist...this situation forced me to look at things differently. I had to suffer to learn things about myself, those surrounding me, and God. He put me through this pain for me to come back stronger."
Boosie also spoke on his post-prison plans, saying that he's written close to 500 songs that he believes to be some of the best of his career. He also discussed his plans to pen a memoir, titled The Truth, No Lies.
"I have about 500 songs at the moment," he said. "I feel that I'm making the best music I've ever made. The more I go through in life the better my music gets and it's been crazy the last three years. I keep my music heartfelt and stick to making real music. I wouldn't even say it's Hip Hop music. My music is 'reality rap.' Hip Hop music can make you dance and bob your head, but it can't make you cry or touch your heart like reality rap."
Of his memoir, he added, "I just felt the world needed to hear my life story so those who don't understand certain things that I rap about, like the struggle, will understand that it's the struggle that made me who I am today. I want people to know that it's bigger than rap with me. I have a good heart. I want people who never took the time out to listen to me, to give me a chance."
As previously mentioned, Boosie is currently serving an eight-year sentence for attempting to smuggle codeine, ecstasy and marijuana into jail. It is unknown when the Baton Rouge rapper will be let out of prison, although his attorneys estimate he could be released this summer.
A fire in a nightclub killed at least 232 people in southern Brazil on Sunday when a band's pyrotechnics show set the building ablaze and fleeing partygoers stampeded toward blocked and overcrowded exits in the ensuing panic, officials said.
The blaze in the university town of Santa Maria was started by a band member or someone from its production team igniting a flare, which then set fire to the ceiling, said Luiza Sousa, a civil police official. The fire spread "in seconds," she said.
A crowd stands outside the Kiss nightclub as fire burns inside.
Local fire officials said at least one exit was locked and that bouncers, who at first thought those fleeing were trying to skip out on bar tabs, initially blocked patrons from leaving. The security staff relented only when they saw flames engulfing the ceiling.
The vast majority of the victims, most of them university students, died from asphyxiation, officials said. Others were crushed in the stampede.
A victim of a fire in a club is carried by others who escaped the blaze.
"We ran into a barrier of the dead at the building's exit," Colonel Guido Pedroso de Melo, commander of the Santa Maria fire squad, said of the scene firefighters found on arrival. "We had to clear a path to get to the rest of those that were inside."
An estimated 500 people were in the Boate Kiss nightclub when the fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m., police said. Witnesses said the club, which has a 2,000-person capacity, was always busy on weekends but wasn't any more crowded than usual.
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The death toll climbed to as many as 245 dead, with hundreds more injured Sunday as firefighters searched the charred remains.
The death tally was lowered slightly, with police saying at midafternoon that 232 people had been killed, down from an initial figure of 245.
A man carries an injured man.
When the fire began, many revelers were unable to find their way out amid the chaos, confusing restroom doors for exits and finding resistance from bouncers when they did find an exit door.
"It all happened so fast," survivor Taynne Vendrusculo told GloboNews TV. "Both the panic and the fire spread rapidly, in seconds."
A police officer helps a woman next to Kiss nightclub.
Once security guards realized the building was on fire, they tried in vain to control the blaze with a fire extinguisher, according to a televised interview with one of the guards, Rodrigo Moura. He said patrons were getting trampled as they rushed for the doors, describing it as "a horror film."
Television footage showed people sobbing outside the club before dawn, while shirtless firefighters used sledge hammers and axes to knock down an exterior wall to open up an exit.
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The victims of a nightclub fire receive medical assistance in the street.
Rescue officials moved the bodies to a local gymnasium, where the deceased were segregated by gender. Male victims were easier to identify, they said, because most of them, unlike the women, whose purses were left scattered in the devastated nightclub, had identification on them.
The death toll has continued to climb in horrific Kiss club blaze.
One of the club's owners had already surrendered to police for questioning, GloboNews reported.
President Dilma Rousseff, who started her political career in the Rio Grande do Sul state where the fire happened, cut short a visit to Chile to return to visit the scene. Before leaving Chile, she broke out in tears as she pledged government help for the victims and their families.
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Relatives of victims cry after learning of the deaths at Kiss club.
"We are trying to mobilize all possible resources to help in the rescue efforts," Rousseff said. "All I can say at the moment is that my feelings are of deep sorrow."
The disaster recalls other incidents including a 2003 fire at a nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, that killed 100, and a Buenos Aires nightclub blaze in 2004 that killed nearly 200. In both incidents, a band or members of the audience ignited fires that set the establishment ablaze.
Brazil's safety standards and emergency response capabilities are under particular scrutiny as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics.
Santa Maria, with a population of more than 275,000, is about 186 miles west of the state capital of Porto Alegre.
Rio Grande do Sul state's health secretary, Ciro Simoni, said emergency medical supplies from all over the state were being sent to the scene.
Future has officially crossed over to the big leagues because everybody is talking about his baby moms going in on Ciara. I personally ignored this for the first few times i heard about it. Who cares about the disgruntled baby moms? Then, they discover Twitter and forget their ratchet behavior is logged in at the library of congress. Anyway, there’s something brewing here now.
But this is simple.
The baby moms alleges that CiCi STOLE her man from her. STOLE. Like he was a DVD at Best Buy. STOLE.
That sounds like a threat and a promise!
Anyway, according toUrban Belle, there relationship was over before it got started with Ciara.
“We are at a time where, I am on Epic, she’s on Epic, I love music, she loves music. And we love being in the studio with each other. We love being around each other and that’s just what it is. The chemistry is there. It’s amazing. She makes me happy, I make her smile.”
They keep us talking, but if we stop talking about them then they should worry
According to Media Take Out, Chris Brown’s Angels got into it on Thursday. Rhianna stepped to Karrueche on Thursday at a Los Angeles club called Playhouse. Apparently, RiRi got a tip that Chris Brown’s on and off girl Karrueche was at the spot. Who knows why she was on K’s bra strap so hard, but she was – reportedly. Anyway, RiRi reportedly came to the club and went to K in VIP like WHAT. An MTO source said: “Rihanna didn’t yell or act beligerant or anything, she just said, ‘So you wanna TURN UP rice cakes.” Why Rihanna uses these racist terms for Karrueche is beyond me, but they say she does. Anyway, another source said, “We were all stunned that Rihanna was so bold. Karrueche just turned away and tried to ignore her. Rihanna’s friend [Melissa] was just there laughing.” Rihanna just left the club. Sounds like a fail to me.
Chris Brown….On Mad Drugs?
The word on the street is that people are concerned that Chris Brown is on drugs way too much. Honestly, I thought he was just touched. Nothing wrong with being touched, but when you couple that with drugs, stuff happens. Seems like people are concerned and worried. I gotta admit, CB does have “the meth look.” Unfortunately, “they” are mostly concerned with staying in CB’s good graces that forcing him to look at these hard choices.
Can’t say I didn’t see this coming. Young white, talented rapper signs to his idol’s label only to find out all is not perfect. Well, that’s what I have been hearing for a minute about Yelawolf. Like many of my rumors, I didn’t say a lot. But, basically I am hearing that Yelawolf has been unhappy for sometime now, but has a tremendous amount of respect for Eminem. So, much that he stayed in a bad situation that wasn’t benefitting him as an artist.
Now, I’m hearing that things have changed. Hearing Yela is seeing life as it is. He’s getting older and he’s seen also what the boy Machine Gun Kelly has done. He’s got a kid and he’s looking to handle his…and that means leaving Shady. Not totally sure about the paperwork, but heard he’s gone (or trying to be gone). If this is true, I can’t blame him. Yelawolf is dope! I once theorized that Eminem got Yela off the market, because he was coming up so crazy. I don’t know. Stranger things have happened to a young rapper.
LL Cool J reflects on being abused as a child on "Oprah's Next Chapter."
LL Cool J has opened up about being abused as a child, speaking with Oprah for "Oprah's Next Chapter." During the interview, he explained how his mother's friend used to beat him as a youth, kicking him out into the snow without clothes on and hitting him with household objects.
"A friend of my mother's. it wasn't sexual it was just beating, take all your clothes off. Kicked out in the snow, 'Stay outside,'" he recalled. "Just beaten with vacuum cleaner pipes. Just stripped naked, put your hands on the bunkbed. When you fall down, stand back up."
The veteran rapper is currently prepping the release of his thirteenth studio album Authentic Hip-Hop, which he announced last November. It is currently unclear if that release date still stands.
Watch the clip over at AOL.com, and check out the full episode when it airs this Sunday on OWN.
"Probably not," admitted Fif in an interview with Ear Candy Mornings on Sirius Hip-Hop Nation. "I don't know. You have people that go in different directions.
"If you have grown men involved in business transactions who are around each other... I've offered everything I could offer to G-Unit," he continued. "I allowed them to be in front of an audience the entire time, to develop their own fan base, to recognize their attributes and their defects at that point. What do you do?"
"I don't care what other people want. I give a fuck what they want," concluded 50 bluntly. "A reunion? You can kiss my motherfucking ass as far as that's concerned."
Timbaland is unhappy with American Home Assurance Company.
Timbaland has a bone to pick with his insurance company.
According to TMZ, Timbo has filed a lawsuit against American Home Assurance Company last month, claiming he paid over $50,000 to take out a policy in May 2010.
One of the items covered under the policy was a Jacob & Co. 18K white gold watch, complete with 30 carats of diamonds. In the suit, he claimed that he lost the watch in August 2010 and filed a claim with AHA, even testifying under oath that it was missing. Apparently the company has denied his claim.
Interestingly, Timbaland reported the watch as stolen two years ago. In the lawsuit, he states he believes his daughter "picked [the watch] up and played with it until she became bored and discarded it somewhere," and claims "it has never been found."
Juelz Santana got sentenced to two years probation after copping a plea deal.
Rapper Juelz Santana has been sentenced to two years probation for threatening his neighbor.
According to Cliff View Pilot, his neighbor, whose name has not been released, initially intervened when Santana was beating his girlfriend and phoned the police in Englewood, New Jersey. He claims that Santana has since "threatened me with death" and was going to "kill me," causing "problems in my marriage [and] my personal life. ... I had to move out of fear. I pay more rent now. I've been having problems with my wife."
The Dipset member, who appeared in court yesterday and said nothing to the judge, dodged a prison sentence by entering a plea deal that "substantially" reduced possible penalties. The plea deal stemmed from three charges, two of which involve assaults. "One is an allegation against his girlfriend, the mother of his children," said Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Jessica Gomperts. "The second was an innocent bystander who intervened when James assaulted her."
Santana only pleaded guilty to a single third-degree count of threatening the neighbor, who Gomberts says was "terrorized." The rapper was allowed to keep his driver's license because he needs it for work. “Probation would be a positive factor for the defendant,” said Superior Court Judge James Guida, “and incarceration an excessive hardship.”
Juelz, who recently dropped his God Will'n mixtape, isn't in the clear just yet. He is still facing charges stemming from a police raid on his "Santana's World" studios in Bergenfield two years ago, when cops found two loaded 9mm handguns, boxes of ammunitions and 17 dime bags of marijuana. He was also arrested for making terrorist threats and disorderly conduct in November 2011.
Justin Timberlake sets a Spring release for his third solo album.
Justin Timberlake has announced the release date for his comeback album The 20/20 Experience.
In a lyric video for his single "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, the former boyband singer revealed that the LP is slated to hit stores on March 19th.
JT surprised fans with the release of his new track on January 9th, shortly after confirming that Timbaland would be producing the entirety of The 20/20 Experience. Jay-Z and Beyonce are slated to appear on the project.
The album marks Timberlake's first album in six years. In 2006, he dropped FutureLove/SexSounds, which debuted atop the charts with 684,000 copies sold.
I KNEW this was going to happen! Basically, and honestly, nobody really was rocking with Snoop Lion. Keep it real. People rolled with it, but a LOT of people quietly looked at it as a way for Snoop to get some renewed press. Last year, he dumped the name Snoop Dog as somebody in Jamaica anointed him as SNOOP LION. Then he did a DVD, an album and conversion to the Rastafari religion. But did he? Here is whatTMZis reporting. Folks are threatening Snoop!
Snoop Lion, neeSnoop Dogg, has done the seemingly impossible — pissed off a bunch of ganja smoking Rastafarians — who claim he lied about becoming a Rasta just to make a movie and sell records … and now they’re threatening to sue. Bunny Wailer— an original member ofBob Marley and the Wailers— tells TMZ he’s heated about the docu-film“Reincarnated”… which documented Snoop’s immersion in the Rasta culture as he recorded his first reggae album in Jamaica last year.
Wailer claims Snoop has engaged in “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” — and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.”
And it’s not just Bunny who feels burned — leaders of something called the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council (aka Rastafari Millennium Council) — fired of a 7-page demand letter to Snoop.
In the docs they claim to have made it clear to Snoop that “smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!”
Bottom line … they want Snoop to stop using the name “Lion” … pay up the “financial and moral support” they claim he committed, and issue a public apology.
If Snoop refuses — FIRE WILL BUN FI HIM!! Or in layman’s terms … they’re gonna sue his ass. We called Snoop for comment, and so far no word back.
Alicia Keys set off the Official Inaugural Ball by tweaking one of her hit song’s to mark the occasion.
She crooned, “Obama’s on fire!” to the tune of her song “Girl On Fire” before a large group of Barack Obama supporters.
And, the New York-bred songstress set the tone for an evening of celebration for the 44th president’s second inauguration.
“He’s got both feet on the ground, and he’s not backing down,” Keys continued, “[he's] filled with catastrophe and knows he can find a way.”
Stevie Wonder, Brad Paisley, Maná, fun, John Legend and DJ D-Nice joined in the entertainment to the satisfaction of the ball attendees.
Stevie also altered certain hit records and tailored them to the occasion. He also sang his ode to Martin Luther King, Jr., “Happy Birthday.”
Later on, Obama and the First Lady were serenaded by Jennifer Hudson as they slow danced before the audience.
The pair seemed to genuinely enjoy the moment as they took in a rendition of Al Green’s “Lets Stay Together.” Towards the end of the evening, actor Jamie Foxx would sing for vice-president Joe Bidden and his wife, Jill.
D-Nice kept the party jumping with a very eclectic mixture of songs from different eras of pop, soul, Hip-Hop and R&B.
According to reports, another event is slated for Tuesday, which will feature the likes of Lady Gaga and Jay-Z.
Roughly 800,000 people descended on Washington DC to see Barack Obama sworn in as president for a second four-year term.
Amidst the festivities of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, reports are surfacing that during the President’s ceremony yesterday, Beyonce lip-synced the “Star Spangled Banner” to a pre-recorded track.
“All music is pre-recorded for the ceremony because there are so many eventualities and conditions that day,” Kristin DuBois, a rep for the United States Marine Band told Page Six. “We performed, live, the band. But we received last-minute word that Beyonce was going to use the pre-recorded vocal track. Those were the instructions we were given. We don’t know what the reason why.”
While the news of a lip synched performance comes as a shock to many in the online world , it’s not uncommon for inaugural performances to be pre-recorded.
According to DuBois, all music for inaugural ceremonies is pre-recorded as a precaution.
“That’s something we’ve done for years and years. The Marine Band did perform live throughout the ceremony but we received last-minute word that Beyoncé wanted to use the recording.”
Beyonce has yet to comment on the situation, but she did post photos on her Instagram, just days before the performance as she prepared a pre-recorded version of the national anthem
Trinidad James is gearing up to depart on the first headlining tour of his career.
Although his name may still be new to many Hip Hop fans, that isn't keeping Trinidad James from establishing himself as one of Hip Hop's most exciting new acts. Now, according to Rap Radar, the Atlanta up-and-comer has announced his first solo tour titled "Don't Be S.A.F.E."
To usher in the release of his upcoming single "Females Welcomed," the newly signed Def Jam rapper will embark on an 11-date tour through the Midwest and Eastern seaboard regions. The tour, which begins on February 20th in Cleveland, Ohio, marks the rapper's first headlining tour.
“I want people to understand where I come from," he said in a statement. "I’m not perfect, we may forget a word or two but we are always gonna turn up together. At the end of the day, you will always remember the experience”
February 26 – Greensboro, NC Green Street Music Hall
2 Chainz will hit the small screen on the night after the Grammy Awards.
2 Chainz has been tapped to appear as a special guest on CBS' comedy series 2 Broke Girls.
According to THR, Tity Boi is scheduled to make a cameo as himself on February 11th, which is the day after the Grammy Awards.
On the episode, Max (played by Kat Dennings) meets a record label employee who falls for her and offers to fly her and Caroline (Beth Behrs) to Los Angeles, California for the Grammys on a private plane. The "No Lie" rapper will appear as the last passenger waiting to board the plane.
Russell Simmons says that he and his brother Rev Run didn't steal anything from Rasheed Young.
Earlier this week, fans were shocked to learn that Russell Simmons' former business partner Rasheed Young has accused Simmons and his brother Rev Run of stealing millions of dollars from their footwear venture Pastry shoes. Now, in a recent interview with TMZ, the Def Jam co-founder responds to the allegations.
Simmons refuted any of the claims that he or his brother stole Young's shares in their company. Simmons added that Young is a disgruntled former employee, and revealed that he personally had to step into to prevent Young from losing his job on multiple occasions.
"[Young]'s a nice enough guy, he worked for me," Simmons said. "I fought to keep his job a numbers of time, he didn't have a job and I went back to our partners and kept him working. I'm sorry he's disgruntled, but that's what happens. Anybody can say anything in this day and time and if a celebrity's name is attached to it, people like to sometimes believe dirt, and so it spreads…the story, it's not true."
President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Sunday. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha.
"All right, thank you everybody," the President then said to a handful of family members, before hugging and kissing his wife and his daughters.
"Good job, dad," Sasha could be heard saying.
"I did it!" Obama replied, before the family filed out of the room.
The swearing-in went off without a hitch, unlike at Obama's first inauguration in 2009, when Roberts flubbed part of the oath, leading the White House to hold a second private swearing-in later that day to ward off any potential legal questions about the legitimacy of Obama's presidency.
Vice President Joe Biden kisses U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor after taking the oath of office.
Obama recited the oath on Sunday in accordance with the Constitution, which dictates that a President's term ends at noon on Jan. 20.
Because Jan. 20 fell on a Sunday this year, the official inauguration celebration was moved to Monday. And so Obama will take the oath again Monday - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - in a midday ceremony in front of the U.S. Capitol before VIPs, hundreds of thousands of spectators on the National Mall and a worldwide television audience. He also will deliver an inaugural address.
While not fully open to the public or media, Sunday's ceremony was attended by a pool reporter and a television crew that transmitted it for live broadcast. It took only one minute, concluding at 11:57 a.m.
Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and bright blue tie, Obama looked relaxed, while Roberts conspicuously read the 35-word oath from a sheet of paper held in his left hand. Obama took the oath with his left hand on a bible that has been in the First Lady's family since Mother's Day, 1958.
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Plumbing Supervisor Ken Feaga of Architect of the Capitol helps to line-up chairs for the presidential inauguration at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol.
Vice President Joe Biden took the official oath for his own second term shortly before 8:30 a.m. at his residence on the grounds of Washington's Naval Observatory.
At Biden's request, his oath was administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice - and Bronx native - Sonia Sotomayor.
Between the two swearing-ins, the President and Vice President met at Arlington National Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and attended a payer service at honoring King at the 175-year-old Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, which in the past hosted pre-inaugural prayer services for former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.
The Presidential Oath reads: ""I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Obama, like most presidents, said "swear."
Obama added "So help me God" at the end of his oath, as most commanders-in-chief also do.
Mikel Ruffinelli has the biggest hips in the world! Measuring a staggering 8ft in circumference. This mom of four is happy with her figure stating, “I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don’t have health problems. I love Mexican food, English breakfasts and chips. My husband finds my shape sexy and we have an amazing time in bed – there’s no position we can’t do! He tells me I’m beautiful every day. Men don’t fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.”
With a 40-inch waist and 42D bust, she insists she is happy with her figure, saying: “In the past, I was self-conscious about my hips and tried milkshake diets, but they didn’t work.
Mikel, 39 says “I was an athletic teenager and weighed 10st. I never had problems with my weight, although big hips do run in the family. My mum, gran and great gran all have them but theirs aren’t as big as mine. After having Andrew(her first son) in 1994, I went from 13st and a size 16 to 17st and a size 20 and couldn’t shift it. And, as three more children Destynee, 13, Autumn, nine, and Justyce, seven followed over the next decade with Reggie, and I reached a size 30st and a size 32″.
She says: “I put it down to my pregnancies. I don’t see why else the weight would go to my hips, although, I do eat lots.”
Mikel vows she’ll never diet, Mikel says her husband of 10 years, Reggie Brooks, 40, a computer technician, adores her figure.
Mikel, 39, says: “I love my shape and I see no reason to diet because I don’t have health problems. I love Mexican food, English breakfasts and chips. My husband finds my shape sexy and we have an amazing time in bed – there’s no position we can’t do! He tells me I’m beautiful every day. Men don’t fancy skinny girls, they like an hourglass figure.”
Mikel who’s only 5ft 4 has to shuffle through doors sideways, has steel supported chairs at home and drives a truck as she can’t fit into a car. She even sleeps in a 7 feet wide bed.
She adds: “It sounds like a lot to have 3,000 calories, but for someone my size, it’s not really. I might have a breakfast of two eggs with sausage and bacon and a handful of potatoes. Lunch is fried fish and French fries, but dinner’s my big meal. I like to make barbecue chicken with rice or mash. I have a big portion – but I’m not greedy. I snack on peanuts, granola bars and crisps.”
“As I got older, I learned to love my body and now I’m not afraid to show it off. Being healthy is the main thing. I do water aerobics to keep fit I can’t run on land! I struggle to buy sexy underwear, though. I get most of my knickers custom made.”
Robert F. Chew, best known as Proposition Joe on HBO’sThe Wire, passed away on Thursday according to The Baltimore Sunat the age of 52.
Former cast members and celebrities took to Twitter expressing condolences and shock of the news.
“R.I.P To My Brother Robert F Chew AKA Prop Joe from The Wire…Love You Man You Gave Me A lot of WISDOM”, The Wire’s Tray Chaney (Poot) wrote on Twitter.
Jamie Hector (Marlo Stanfield ) tweeted, “I didn’t want to believe this #RIP Robert F Chew,” on ”Prop Joe will always be remembered Robert Chew will always be loved and missed!”
“RIP Prop Joe, great actor,” tweeted Russell Simmons.
Wendell Pierce expressed his condolences, “To the beloved Robert Chew, a man was real Bawlmore, and created the iconic character of “Prop Joe”, may you RIP, A teacher & friend.”
The Wire creator, David Simon, sent an email to The Baltimore Sun expressing admiration for the actor’s commitment to the arts and his community.
“Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore,” wrote Simon. “He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working.”
Chew, served as a mentor to aspiring actors, and even coached the young actors of season four.
Born in Baltimore, Chew got his first TV break in 1997 in an episode of NBC’s “Homicide.” In 2000, David Simon created the mini-series, “The Corner”, where Chew also had a role.
Funeral services for the teacher, actor and friend will be held in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.
“A businessman such as myself does not believe in bad blood with a man such as yourself – it disturbs the sleep,”Proposition Joe
Ludacris enlists New York Jets QB Tim Tebow for a deal with his headphone company Soul Electronics.
Even though pro quarterback Tim Tebow didn't have a particularly awe-inspiring season on the New York Jets' bench, that isn't keeping the football star from expanding his brand. Now, in a recent article from Mashable, it appears that Ludacris has enlisted Tebow to design a line of headphones for his company Soul Electronics.
Earlier this week, Luda and Tebow unveiled Tebow's new line of Soul Electronics headphones at 2013 International CES conference. According to the product description, Tebow's line of headphones will feature two models - one a more sport friendly version called the Combat+, and the other made for more casual listeners called the Jet.
"I was so interested in having something comfortable I could practice on the field in before games," said Tebow. "So many headphones can feel good and sound great, but when you're warming up, they fall off and that is a big distraction. We came up with these Combat models to help you keep that focus. People who try them out will hopefully believe in them. We have headphones for athletes who want to train and some for those who want to fly or even sleep. They are even great for moms who are doing the dishes and listening to their country or gospel music. Whoever you are, whatever you are doing, we have something that fits you."
Game compares Dr. Dre's fabled "Detox" to Jesus, asking, "Will you ever get to see Jesus? It's like a hip-hop Jesus."
Dr. Dre has been taking his sweet time with his long-awaited and oft-delayed final solo album Detox, which has been in the works for over a decade. Game, who has worked with the West Coast veteran on the LP since the onset of his career, recently chopped it up with VIBE, discussing how fans may never end up hearing the project.
"Detox, it's like Jesus," he said. "Will you ever get to see Jesus? It's like a hip-hop Jesus."
Even after Dre released a few singles over the past couple of years, Game doesn't think that the rapper will ever release the album until he's truly satisfied with the final product.
"Dre's a hard guy to please," adds Game, also stating how his Beats by Dre company interferes with the album. "He's so critical... If he doesn't become 100 percent happy, then we'll probably never end up hearing Detox. I'll say never."
Well, there is a new development that I think will help him. I heard the dude about to have ANOTHER BABY. I don’t have the developments and I don’t know if its another baby moms. But, the word is there is another babino on the way for Shawty Lo.
Meek Mill is taking the officers involved in his November detainment to court for false imprisonment.
Back in November, it was revealed that Meek Mill was forced to miss his own release party for his album Dreams and Nightmares after Philadelphia police detained the emcee with no charges. Now, in a recent report from HipHopWired, it looks like Meek is looking for a little compensation in the matter.
Meek Mill, born Robert Williams, is apparently suing police officers Andre Boyer and Michael Varga and the city of Philadelphia over the nine-hour ordeal. He is suing for a litany of charges, including false imprisonment, civil rights violations, civil conspiracy and invasion of privacy.
The Maybach Music Group rhymer is seeking punative damages in the case.
"On October 31, 2012, at approximately 7:30 p.m., plaintiff was driving a Range Rover SUV when Philadelphia Police Officers Andre Boyer and Michael Vargas, without cause or justification, conducted a motor vehicle stop," the complaint reads. "Following the vehicle stop, police officers Boyer and Vargas handcuffed plaintiff at the scene, transported him in custody to the 22nd Police District, took photographs of plaintiff which the officers posted and published...on Instagram and other social media websites, depicting plaintiff in police custody...without being charged with any criminal activity and having caused plaintiff to miss a scheduled promotional appearance in Atlanta, Georgia."
Chief Keef must serve two months for violating his probation stemming from a firearm incident.
Chief Keef has been sentenced to two months at Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles, Illinois for violating probation.
According to Complex, the rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, will serve a two-month sentence at the center after he was convicted on Tuesday. The news comes courtesy of management member Idris "Peeda Pan" Abdul Wahid.
Keef was served his sentence after prosecutors claimed that he violated his probation by conducting an interview at a gun range. They also targeted the 17-year-old for failing to complete his GED in time to meet a court order.
UPDATE:Chicago Sun-Times reports that Keef pleaded guilty with Judge Carl Anthony Walker in order him to not be sentenced to juvenile detention. He broke into tears several times, but the judge did not grant clemency for his "blatant violations of the court's order."
Following the sentencing, his manager said that Keef would release a new single today.
50 Cent is taking Sleek Audio to court over an unpaid promissory note worth $261,000.
Fresh off his legal victory yesterday, it looks like 50 Cent is jumping back into the courtroom in a new case. In a recent report from AllHipHop, it appears as if the G-Unit mogul is suing his former headphone partners Sleek Audio.
According to the suit, Fif is seeking $261,000 from the company for a longstanding debt. Sleek Audio, however, is fighting the charges, saying that Fif cut the company out of their business arrangements to create a new line of headphones.
Prior to 2011's botched headphone deal for the "Sleek by 50" wireless headphones, Fiddy claims Sleek Audio signed a promissory note of $285,000 plus interest to be paid before July 31, 2011. Sleek also had the option to pay the Queens rapper after the company earned upwards of $750,000 aggregate gross proceeds.
As of now, however, 50 Cent says he has yet to be paid by Sleek. Fif did receive an arbitration award for the money owed, and is now looking for the court to confirm the award.
If you stalk, I mean, follow Cam’ron on Instagram and other places, you will see that the Harlem dude has a chocolate girlfriend named JuJu. Well, the word on the street is that Cam and JuJu are all set to get married! I never thought I would see the day where some of rap’s biggest playboys would eventually settle into this domestic void, but that seems to be the case. Its a cool thing. Cam put a $100k ring on her finger, says Gossip Daily. I see a reality show finally for Cam. He’s shunned that light unlike his Capo Jim Jones.
Check out JuJu…she looks like a new, doper Foxy Brown.
Rumors of an impending Outkast reunion have gotten louder this past week, when on January 12th, Frank Ocean released a remixed single entitled “Pink Matter” featuring guest verses from Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Fans of the former duo quickly became excited at the prospect of seeing – and hearing – the two of them back together.
But those hopes were dashed with a single statement from Andre 3000, who has always been more than a little reluctant at the thought of getting back together with his old partner in rhyme.
“I never want to mislead our audience – I worried that some would think these were Outkast collaborations,” he toldSpinin response to the songs release. “These songs are not Outkast collaborations.”
The message also states that Big Boi’s verse was an after thought and Dre was completely , “surprised to read about these remixes.”
For his part, Big Boi has so far kept quite on the situation, choosing instead to use his Twitter account to promote his performance, alongside Indie pop duo, Phantogram, on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live Show’ last night.
2 Chainz truly gets his gold album in "Based On A T.R.U. Story" while Chief Keef is breathing down his first six-figures in album sales.
In the second week of 2013, no new Hip Hop additions cracked the Top 200. However, a shuffle took place in the rankings, with T.I. re-claiming the top spot with his Trouble Man. Additionally, one major label vet hit a powerful point in his promotion, while an artist 18 years younger is on the cusp of his first six-figure achievement in sales.
Next week's appearance of A$AP Rocky's LongLiveA$AP may bid for a #1 spot and inevitably shake things up, as this week remains the last true carry-over from 2012.
2 Chainz' Based On A T.R.U. Story Eclipses Gold 500,000 Sales Mark
Arguably the biggest Def Jam Records star of 2012, 2 Chainz has finally reached the gold benchmark with his solo debut, Based On A T.R.U. Story. Released in August, the 25 year-old G.O.O.D Music affiliate's break-out since Playaz Circle featured Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne as well as Scarface. Production was divided between The-Dream, Mike WiLL Made It, 40, Mike Posner and others. The album reached gold in 22 weeks.
Chief Keef's Finally Rich Nearly Reaches 100,000 In Sales
Chicago street sensation Chief Keef is breathing down a benchmark of his own with his studio debut, Finally Rich. The Interscope Records-backed teen star still maintained a Top 50 appearance after four weeks on the chart. The Glory Boys Entertainment artist's album is extensively produced by Young Chop, with appearances by Interscope label-mates (and current nemeses) 50 Cent and French Montana, along with Rick Ross.
Shawty Lo fires back at Oxygen to get his controversial reality show on the air.
After Oxygen halted production on Shawty Lo's controversial reality show "All My Babies' Mamas," the rapper has responded by creating a petition to get the series on the air.
According to RumorFix, the Southern rapper's rep Kali Bowyer says that they're going to fight back. Bowyer explains that they've received more than 123,000 emails to their Atlanta, Georgia offices wanting to save the show, and have started a petition of their own that has 153 supporters as of press time.
The show initially came under fire with a petition that amassed almost 40,000 signatures. Oxygen released a statement yesterday announcing plans to shelve the show.
Once he was settled in, Rhymefest reached out to an uncle who had a friend, who said he had located his estranged father.
“It was not until I hugged him that I realized how much I missed having a dad around,” Rhymefest said.
According to Rhymefest’s father Brian Tillman, he lost track of his son due to his drinking problem, which he is currently receiving treatment for.
“I have a drinking problem. I can admit that now. It has prevented me from doing a lot of things, including being a part of his life,” Tillman said. “I am getting treatment for my drinking and developing a relationship with my two grandkids.”
Rhymefest said he would do what he could to help his father, who is still living in the homeless shelter.
Chief Keef was incarcerated after a judge found him in violation of his probation.
Chief Keef was jailed earlier today after a judge found that he had violated his probation stemming from a 2011 incident where he pulled a gun on policemen.
According to Chicago Sun Times, the 17-year-old rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, went to Cook County juvenile court where Judge Carl Anthony Walker found him showing a "willful disregard" for the court. He will be held until Thursday when he will be sentenced.
The incarceration marks a victory for prosecutors who said that he violated his 18-month probation after conducting an interview at a gun range in New York last June. The incident went against judge's orders that he cannot have contact with firearms.
Keef most recently released his debut album Finally Rich, which debuted at No. 27 with 50,000 copies sold.
Well, it looks like everything is off the table now. Whoever has the biggest guns, crew and all of that is over. The word on the streets is that Coco cheated and its all coming out. Well, we pretty much knew that, but I think people were hoping that, for Ice’s sake, it wasn’t true. But, they are shopping pics for sale, and teasing possible customers with pics. I still don’t know if they will get a lot of money for them but they are here. There are pics of this white dude (explained later down in the HSK exclusive) and AP.9 clutching the booty of Coco.
Ice gotta nip this in the bud.
Here is the report from Jackie Jasper:
HSK Exclusive – The former manager of one Las Vegas nightclub – reported to be the setting for Coco’s secret date with rapper AP.9 – seems to be pulling rank over the newly named Peepshow headliner. That’s because an image of Mustafa Abdi – aka Moose Diesel – grabbing Coco’s backside is something Mrs. Ice T failed at trying to order off of Twitter. According to our sources, the Coco-grabbing shot of Moose (ARIA Resort & Casino’s Haze Nightclub former manager) was taken while Coco, AP.9, Moose Diesel, and a few members from the cast of Ice Loves Coco partied the night away at the Sin City hot spot. We’re told it was only after Moose posted the pic to his Twitter account when Coco deemed the image as “not a good look”. Here’s what AP.9′s homey, Moose Diesel, had to say in response to Coco’s plea: “It’s not a good look for you, not me . You knew what you were doing when you took the pic.” Here’s what AP.9 exclusively revealed to HSK: “I took Coco out on a date to Haze nightclub. She brought some friends…some of the crew from Ice Loves Coco even showed up too! We had a steamy one night stand. I hate being called a liar…cuz I’m not.” Is AP.9 going to blow up after he releases his new song with R. Kelly? I don’t know, but I do know three scandalous pictures of Coco and AP.9 (attached to polygraph testâ¨results) are currently on the mainstream media bidding table. Don’t believe me.. Ask Barry Levine.
But there are new rumors bubbling. Just as the headline says, I’m hearing the pair are looking to have a kid. They reportedly want to ease into the lock down phase of life. Some have suggested that it is Cassie the really wants to have the kid with Diddy, but maybe The Bad Boy Supreme has had a change of heart. You know there are other rumors that they are planning to get married soon. There are other rumors that perhaps Diddy is still tapping Kim Porter’s well, but who cares? Cassie has won!
I wish she was just a bit more popular…she she would be on the cover of GQ or Complex.
Nas has teamed with Hennessy to take part in the brand’s award-winning “Wild Rabbit” campaign that has featured such luminaries as Manny Pacquiao, Martin Scorsese and Erykah Badu.
Nas will acting as the latest brand ambassador for Hennessy as part of the “Wild Rabbit” campaign, which took home the Cannes Silver Lions Award in Film Craft last year.
“This partnership with Hennessy has been almost two decades in the making,” Nas said in a statement released today (January 14).
“I am honored to be included in the group of previous partners Hennessy has selected over the years and hope this campaign will inspire others to ‘never stop, never settle,”’ Nas added.
“Our ‘never stop, never settle’ mantra communicates a value at the core of who we are as a brand and resonates with our consumers: pursuing one’s potential comes from an inner drive continuously grow, continuously improve and seek greater levels of mastery,” said Rodney Williams, Senior Vice President, Möet Hennessy USA. “Nas is not only a master in music, but is blazing new trails in film and philanthropy, among other passions”
Tomorrow evening (January 15), Nas and Hennessy are hosting a private event to celebrate the new partnership at R Lounge in Manhattan.
The private, VIP event will be shown live for fans around the world via Livestream.com.
Legendary Miami rapper and community activist Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell will be featured on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
The season premiere of the award-winning series examines how Uncle Luke has used his notoriety as a member of the rap group 2 Live Crew to better his community of Liberty City through youth football programs.
After a highly publicized battle with the Supreme Court over what was perceived by much of the 1990′s media as raunchy or obscene music, Uncle Luke and 2 Live Crew won their case, which thrust them into mainstream stardom and popularity.
“Don’t miss this tale of an outrageous rapper turned role model,” the narrative says.
HBO will air the season premiere episode January 22, 2013 @ 10PM ET/PT.
Chief Keef was a police target after he pointed a gun at armed cops in 2011.
Details have emerged in Chief Keef's arrest in December 2011 stemming from an incident where he pointed a handgun at officers.
According to DNAInfo.com, Keef left his grandmother's home holding a coat over his hands in front of his waistband. A policeman stopped to question the rapper, who dropped the coat, flashed a blue-steel handgun and ran away.
Officers chased then 16-year-old Keef, who turned around several times and pointed the gun at them. The policemen "discharged their weapons," but missed. They caught him a half-block later and recovered the pistol, which was loaded.
Keef was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a police officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He was also given a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest.
The "I Don't Like" rapper will return to court later this month for a probation violation hearing for conducting an interview at a gun range and failing to complete his GED before deadline. If he in fact violated his probation, it is unclear how much time the 17-year-old would serve. In some cases, underage felons are detained with adults at Cook County jail.
Contrary to the support President Barack Obama has received from artists such as Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Common, not every emcee voted Democrat in 2012.
In an interview with Huff Post Live, Big Boi recalled an instant when someone assumed that he voted for Obama.
"Well, I was, you know, leaving to go out of town, and it was a lady -- a Caucasian lady -- and she was like, 'Oh yeah, congratulations on y'all win last night,' you know, with like an attitude," remembered Sir Lucious Left Foot. "And, you know, just to let her know I was on my P's and Q's, I was like, 'I don't know what you talkin' bout, I voted for Gary Johnson.' And she looked shocked to even know that I knew there were other candidates on the ballot, you know what I’m saying? So, you can't judge a book by its cover."
Daddy Fat Sax explained his political stance. "I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he's a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they're standing on right now just didn't agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that's what I'm with."
The New York post is reporting that Mick Foley will be inducted into this year's WWE Hall of Fame, which takes place at Madison Square Garen in April. Foley debuted in professional wrestling in 1986, as a young man from Long Island.
Throughout his WWE career, Foley played many characters from Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and even his own name. Foley would be included in many monumental spots in the WWE, including the infamous Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker, as well as winning the WWE Championship on an episode of Raw that would begin the change from WCW's dominance to WWE's resurgance. Foley is an 8 time WWE Tag Team Champion, 1 time Hardcore Champion, and 3 time WWE Champion.
DMX is well know to not be a fan of Drake, but female rappers? In a recent, twitter post, the dog apparently dissed all of the current rap chicks! I was shocked because in an act of humor, he included Drake. But if you know like I know, you know that all is not what it seems. Apparently, this is a fraud account with just a few followers.
It was fun while it lasted. The real DMX is just “DMX” on twitter. This dude is “iamDMX” and as fake as a $3 bill. Enjoy the tweet. But its fake.
Days after the highly anticipated debut of Love & Hip-Hop’s third season, one of the show’s newest characters is at the center of another drama.
Yandy Smith’s baby dady is in hot water for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a minor.
Mandeecees Harris, a 34-year-old actor on the VH1 reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” is charged with performing various sexual acts with a 15-year-old girl and inappropriately touching her at his former home inLodi.
Bergen Countyprosecutors allege that Harris asked for and received oral sex from the girl and fondled her on various occasions between September 2009 and April 2010.
He was arrested later that year and charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and child endangerment.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Harris remains free without bail. He was not present in state Superior Court inHackensackduring jury selection Wednesday. Court officials expect to have a full panel of jurors by Thursday, and attorneys are scheduled to make opening remarks on Jan. 29.[NorthJersey.com]
Here we thought Yandy’s biggest problem with Mandeecees was him hitting the club the night of their baby shower.
A family squabble between Teddy Riley and one of his daughter’s seems to continue on, with the super producer’s filing of a lawsuit against his own child, Taja Riley.
While the full details of the lawsuit have yet to be filed, here’s what can be exclusively reported thus far.
Teddy Riley filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against 20-year-old Taja Riley, aka Foxx Monroe on January 9.
In 2010, Taja Riley was attempting a signing career with a group known as RaidR, featuring her two other sister Deja and Tiarra.
But the lawsuit, which was filed in California Central District Court State Court, names EMI Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, EMI Virgin Music Inc., Sony ATV Music Publishing LLC and Sony ATV Music Publishing Acquisition as defendants and not any of the other Riley children.
Readers may recall in late 2009, Teddy Riley and Taja Riley hit the gossip sites, after a wild altercation during a family gathering, at his Los Angeles mansion.
The fight resulted in six LAPD officers and a helicopter being dispatched to residence, where Teddy Riley was cuffed and restrained, because police thought he had a gun.
“My heart is heavy and it grieves me to watch it play out in the media,” Teddy Riley said in a statement shortly after the altercation, which resulted in Taja filing a restraining order against her father.
“I feel sad and humiliated that we’ve been put in a situation where it’s necessary for these details to be released to the public, as I am a firm believer that family matters should remain discreet and worked through privately together,” said the producer, who admitted that he should have “talked” to his daughters more.
Teddy Riley and Adida Music are being represented by Harry E. Douglas, IV, Joseph E. Porter, III of the Law Offices of Joseph E. Porter III.
Nas was rushed to the hospital earlier today after suffering from vertigo.
It looks like Nas suffered a minor medical scare earlier today. In a recent report from Rap-Up, it was announced that the Life Is Good emcee was hospitalized this morning with vertigo.
News broke earlier today that the Queensbridge legend has been rushed to the hospital suffering from vertigo. Nas, who was slated to perform on the "Live with Kelly and Michael" prior to the emergency, took to Twitter to update his fans on his condition.
Kanye West joins a number of entertainers to auction clothes for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Kanye West has aided Hurricane Sandy relief efforts with his music by way of a benefit concert.
Now, Kanye is aiding the effort with his other passion: fashion.
Billboard reports that some of the entertainment industry's most prominent figures are joining forces for Re/Create, a series of fashion auctions held to aid in Hurricane Sandy relief.
Among the participants, in addition to 'Ye, are Skrillex, Michael Stipe (formerly of R.E.M.), Anne Hathaway, Mark Jacobs, and Kate Moss.
Kanye's contribution included an autographed pair of his signature Yeezy IIs.
"Like many New Yorkers, we were saddened by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and motivated to help," says Re/Create on their website. "To assist the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts we are proud to present this auction of personal, one of a kind items donated by prominent members of our creative community."
To place a bid on or view the items, visit Re/Create's website here.
According to The Wrestling Observer, as of this writing, the following are the top four matches currently scheduled to take place at WrestleMania 29:
-The Rock vs John Cena for the WWE Title
-Brock Lesnar vs Triple H
-CM Punk vs The Undertaker
-Randy Orton vs Sheamus for the World Title
These matches/plans can of course change at anytime, but we have been reporting over the past couple weeks that WWE has a pretty firm idea of what the top of the WrestleMania card will be, so it's likely the above four matches are a lock for the big PPV this year.
A 90-year-old-woman was shot in New York, caught in the middle of a gun fight. Check out this report fromABCand tell m what you think? Thank goodness she didn’t die. The gun law hounds are going absolute gaga over this one.
A 90-year-old woman was shot three tiems in East New York, Brooklyn. It happened at around 4:25 p.m. near the intersection of Blake and Miller Avenues.
The victim, who police say was shot twice in the arm was taken to Brookdale Hospital and remains in stable condition. Officials say the woman was with her home health attendant at the time of the shooting. She was shot and hit in the elbow.
The streets of East New York were cordoned off with crime scene tape Wednesday night, and what a crime it was. Think of all Gloria Johnson has seen in her 90 years, but she never saw this coming. On the way to the Laundromat she was shot twice.
“She didn’t know she’d been shot until she saw the blood,” said Ellen Johnson, the victim’s granddaughter.
Stephan works at a nearby deli and he came out to help Mrs. Johnson.
“She couldn’t talk, she’s was just nervous like shaking. She saw the blood and that’s when she got worried too much,” said Stephan Ali, an eyewitness.
Police believe the 90-year-old woman was caught in a gun battle between two people who had a beef that had nothing to do with her. But people in the community were not eager to hear any excuses.
“Shame on you for busting shots at 90-year-old ladies, shame on you, embarrassing that this has happened in our community. It’s bad enough that we are going through enough troubles in life, to have a 90-year-old lady shot in our community,” said John Rodriguez, a resident.
This as the governor and lawmakers are considering new gun laws.
“Folks in Brooklyn, in Queens, in Manhattan, in the Bronx are dying out here. Our young people and now our elders are being shot with these illegal handguns and this has to stop today,” said Tony Herbert, a community activist.
Three generations of family members are just happy Mrs. Johnson is OK.
“She’s fine, she wants to go home actually. She’s strong, she’s been through a lot and we just need your prayers,” said Stacey Holt, the victim’s granddaughter.
Sources say a silver car, belived to be an Acura, pulled up near the intersection and fired at a group of people standing at the corner of Blake and Miller Avenues.
Police say the victim was not the intended target.
OK, MJ ain’t coming, back but they are really excited to see that Justin Timberlake is about to bust a move on the R&B scene. But here is the catch.
A recent report has said that Timberlake has brought in the biggest gun he could find to help solidify his return. No, not Cassidy. He’s apparently and reportedly secured Jay-Z to feature on this highly anticipated new song he’s about the release. Nobody knows for sure so this is just a rumor right now. It has already been revealed that Justin has been in the studio with Jay’s beloved Beyonce. Nothing is confirmed, but some have suggested it could be all three on one song. Sounds like overkilled to me but thats what these people do.
Lawyers for Warner Brothers and former drug kingpin/community activist Freeway Ricky Ross faced off in court yesterday (January 9), in downtown Los Angeles.
Both sides were in Superior Court, for a hearing in the ongoing battle over the name “Rick Ross.”
Judge Rita Miller finally set an August date for a trial by Jury, to hear the lawyers’ arguments regarding the case.
Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop.com that he would be deposing some of the industry’s biggest executives in the case, all of whom are associated with the rapper Rick Ross.
“We will be deposing Sean Combs, Stephen Cooper, Lyor Cohen and Todd Moscowitz,” Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop.com today (January 9).
Freeway Ricky Ross claims that despite the ongoing court battle, Rick Ross is still flagrantly ripping off his image.
The rapper recently revealed the title of his upcoming sixth album will be titledMastermind.
According to Freeway Ricky Ross, the rapper continues to subtly, or not so subtly associate himself with words, images and phrases that will fool fans – or search engines.
“He usesMastermindthat’s exactly how theWall Street Journaldescribed me and my life story,” Freeway Ricky Ross pointed out to AllHipHop.com.
Rick Ross dropped a slick trailer for his new albumMastermindearlier this week.
It featured Curtis Mayfield’s classic “Gimme Your Love,” along with a shot of the cover from the soundtrack to the 1972 movie “Superfly.”
“This guy is literally trying to have people confuse him with me as an actual person,” Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop.com. “In every interview I mention ‘Superfly’ as the movie that pushed me into powder cocaine. I even said it in theVH1′s ‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and The Crack Generation,’ that was shown around the world. Then he comes out with this new video with the ‘Superfly’ movie cover as the centerpiece?”
“The use of my name and image helps him in internet search globally. Its career launching high valueto be believed to be the only hip hop artist on this list,” Freeway Rick Ross told AllHipHop.com. “Initially it grounded his career in the confusion, now it helps clean up the inauthenticity that came out about being an officer. I don’t need my name and image diluted and confused that way without license. The use of the ‘Superfly’ movie in this new video is directly connected with me personally as said prior.”
A Jury will hear arguments from both sides in Los Angeles Superior Court, on August 27.
“We feel good about our case, and look forward to letting an LA jury make the decision,” Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop.com.
After this week’s outburst against the Boston Celtic’s Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony not only was suspended for one game but seems like he and wife La La are working to strengthen their relationship.
During Monday’s game in Boston, Garnett — well known for on court trash talking — allegedly whispered to Melo that his wife “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios.” Rightfully so, Melo lost it.
Sources close to the couple assure that there has never been an issue of infidelity but work has kept Melo and La La on opposite sides of the country.
“It is true they haven’t seen much of each other in the past few months,” says a friend of the couple. “She’s been away a lot filming her show, ‘La La’s Full Court Life,’ in London, New York and LA. They are not separated and are still together. She and Melo have a house in LA — so she’s always there when she’s doing auditions.”
But others say they’ve been going through a more rocky period. “They have been living separately for several months now,” says a source. “She’s been living in LA while Carmelo has been in New York.” The source added, “La La used to go out to the games and wanted to be seen . . . now she’s always off doing her own thing.”[NY Post]
Melo has already gone on record stating that he and Garnett were able to address the issue over the phone. No sightings of Melo and La La together yet but her VH1 cameras are sure to capture them for the new season of “La La’s Full Court Life.”
Gun violence has been in the hearts and minds of Americans from sea to shining sea in recent weeks, after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults.
Today, the wave of gun violence continued, just as a hearing with Vice President Joe Biden regarding the White House’s new “Gun Violence Task Force” was under way.
News is breaking across the wires and social media that a gunman infiltrated a school in Taft, California and people had been shot.
According to CNN local police are reporting that one student, a 16-year-old, fired at two students with a 12-gauge shotgun, critically wounding one and missing the other at Taft High School earlier this morning.
The 16-year-old suspect is a student who missed the start of his first class Thursday morning.
He entered the school in the middle of first period, walked into class and shot a 16-year-old fellow student with a 12-gauge shotgun, Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood told reporters.
The shooter then fired at a second student, but missed, according to Sheriff Youngblood.
The teacher in the class tried to usher almost 30 students out of the class and engaged the shooter in conversation, according to Sheriff Youngblood.
That teacher and another person, a “campus supervisor”, continued to talk to the shooter, and eventually the shooter put the shotgun down, Youngblood said. Police officers then arrested the shooter.
The wounded student was then airlifted to a hospital.The teacher was apparently struck in the head by a pellet, but appeared fine, Kern County Sheriff Don Youngblood told reporters.
Besides the student who was shot, a second student was taken to the hospital with possible hearing damage because the gun was fired so close to her.
A third student apparently was hurt when he or she “fell over tables” trying to leave the classroom.
Classes are expected to resume on Monday, an official said at a news conference in Taft.
U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, whose district includes Taft, tells reporters at a news conference there, “What this teacher did was heroic,”"
“Yeah, I’m sure about that,” Prodigy replied, when asked if he’ll ever record with Havoc again. “I love Mobb Deep…Mobb Deep made my life what it is. Havoc feels the same way, so we’ll be right back to work. For right now, he’s doing his thing and I’m doing my thing. I’ve got goals I’m trying to accomplish, and I really can’t let nothing sidestep me or get in the way of that. If that means I gotta put Mobb Deep on standby for the time being, then so be it.”
The year starts off with Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" leading the pack for Hip Hop on the charts, with T.I. not far behind.
T.I. and Kendrick Lamar set off 2013 by going back-to-back on the charts. After Tip's Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head had an impressively strong debut on the charts two weeks ago, he is edged out only by Kendrick Lamar on this week's SoundScan, with good kid, m.A.A.d city pulling ahead by one spot at No. 14.
Further down the chart, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' collaborative debut The Heist continues to post numbers following the success of their breakout single "Thrift Shop," which was certified platinum this week. Wiz Khalifa's O.N.F.I.C. slipped further down the charts, dropping from No. 22 to 33, while 2 Chainz'sBased on a T.R.U. Storybumped up from No. 47 to 39.
The first week of the New Year wasn't as strong for Hip Hop as usual, mostly due to the fact that there haven't been any major releases in the past few weeks. Check below to see where this week's albums sit.
Kendrick Lamar Perseveres With good kid, m.A.A.d city
Even leading into the New Year, Kendrick Lamar's success story proves to be one of music's greatest products of 2012. After initially bowing at No. 2 with 242,000 copies sold following its release on October 22nd, good kid, m.A.A.d city leads the pack for Hip Hop releases on this week's chart, moving up from No. 17 to 14 with 36,000 copies sold. It was just hundreds of copies ahead of Tip's Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, which is gradually heading towards gold certification. K. Dot's bump on the charts could have something to do with the recent release of his music video for "Backseat Freestyle," which was inexplicably removed from YouTube after less than 24 hours on the web.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Hijack The Charts With The Heist
While Kendrick Lamar could be considered 2012's greatest success story, Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are looking to be 2013's. The pair independently released their collaborative full-length debut The Heistback in October, making a strong bow at No. 2 with 78,000 copies sold. Based on the success of their now platinum-certified lead single "Thrift Shop," the guys continue to reign on the charts, surging from No. 46 to 21, even though they sold 23,000 copies - only 1,000 more than last week. Still, the duo's accomplishments show that major label backing may not be the way to go for artists on the rise.
Shawty Lo surprised the Hip Hop community with the announcement that his upcoming reality show All My Babies' Mamas focused on his life with 10 babies' mothers and 11 children.
During an interview with MTV News, the Southern rapper explained that he would never snub his family and always provides for them. "You can hate all you want to, I didn't ask for it. It just happened. Now that it happened, I'm supposed to turn my back against it?" he said. "If I wasn't taking care of my kids then you would really dog me out, but I'm taking care of my kids, providing for my family. I don't know what else to say."
The "Dey Know" spitter said that he developed such a big family because he was a big drug dealer in Atlanta, Georgia, and women flocked to him. After he felt that "a girl was your girlfriend or whatever, rubber probably came off," thereby explaining the multiple pregnancies.
Even though it's a lot to juggle, Lo says that it's top priority to take care of those around him. "Even if you ain't got the money, you gotta be a father to your child. You need to be in your child's life, 'cause that means a lot to them," he said. "Comin' up, we didn't have Thanksgiving, we didn't have Christmas, but if I had my father there, if I even had my mother there, I probably wouldn't have been that person I was in the streets."
The DJ was gunned down back in 2011 while on his way to buy marijuana
New York City deejay and on-air personality DJ Megatron, born Corey McGriff was fatally shot this morning in the city's Staten Island borough. Megatron had worked for both HOT 97 (97.1 FM) as well as BET's 106 & Park in his career.
The New York Daily News reported that Megatron was gunned down in the Clifton section, although arrest and detailed information is pending. At present, NYPD spokespeople have said no eyewitnesses were found.
Megatron was a father of three children.
HipHopDX will keep you updated.
[March 27, 2011]
UPDATE: According to police, Corey "DJ Megatron" McGriff was shot down while talking to a friend on his cell phone on his way to buy some weed and a cigar. Police are still investigating the reason behind the shooting, if any. They're also seeking information on three young men who fled the scene.
McGriff, a father of three, allegedly left his four year old child home alone.
[March 29, 2011]
UPDATE #2: Twenty-two-year-old William Williams, who fatally shot DJ Megatron in the chest back in 2011, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison as part of a plea bargain. If he hadn't, he could have faced trial on a second-degree murder charge and 25 years to life behind bars.
“After careful reflection and thought, my client decided this was in his best interest,” Williams’ lawyer, Mario Gallucci, told NYDN.
Nicki Minaj has joined forces with Kmart to launch a new clothing line this year.
It looks like "American Idol" isn't the only side venture that Nicki Minaj has lined up for 2013. In a recent report from AllHipHop, it was announced that the YMCMB emcee has teamed up with Kmart to launch a new clothing line.
Sears Holdings, owner of Kmart and its affiliate website ShopYourWay.com, has enlisted Minaj and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine to launch a series of new clothing lines. Minaj's line will boast a variety of lifestyle products, including apparel and accessories.
“I am so excited to work with this iconic, mass retailer and to bring affordable fashion to my beautiful barbz all across the US," Minaj said in a statement.
Imran Kooma, the executive vice president and president of Marketing and Online of Sears Holdings, echoed Nicki's excitement, saying, “We are thrilled to align Kmart and Shop Your Way with two of America’s superstars. We welcome Adam and Nicki into our world and look forward to capturing their energy and creativity on ShopYourWay.com and translating it into unique apparel, accessories and other merchandise.”
Both Minaj and Levine's clothing lines will debut towards the end of 2013.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian drop a lump sum on a new home.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are making big moves following the announcement that they're pregnant with their first child.
According to TMZ, the couple dropped $11 million on a mansion located in Bel Air, California. The 10,000-square-foot home is situated in a private gated community, and they purchased it several weeks ago.
Now, they're renovating the abode and expanding it to become a custom 14,000-square-foot property. It will be an Italian-style villa with a "gym, movie theater, full hair and makeup salon, bowling alley, basketball court, indoor and outdoor pool."
Shyne and Meek Mill took part in a brief Twitter spat over the weekend following the release of "R.A.I.D."
Through his beef with Cassidy, it appears that Philadelphia spitter Meek Mill has found himself in a feud with yet another artist. Earlier in the week, the Philly emcee exchanged words with fellow rapper Shyne on Twitter after Shyne allegedly praised Cassidy’s record “R.A.I.D.”
"Ayo @OriginalShyne I see u hate all the young niggas that's out here getting! I can't respect ya for that…A @OriginalShyne talkin about shout out 2 a nigga that's no good in the hood..I'm in my hood right now..iced out foreign whips..That's not G,” said Meek Mill in two separate Tweets made on January 6.
Shyne quickly responded to the comments Meek made via Twitter by calling out the rapper’s ties with Rick Ross who he compared to former undercover FBI agent Donnie Brasco and Ice T’s character from New Jack City.
“@MeekMill Your great wit the raps! You in the streets, ok! But your boss is Donnie Brasco! Ice T from new jack city! How u justify that,” Shyne questioned on Twitter.
After a series of exchanges, the online squabble between the two rappers seemed to settle down with Shyne saluting Meek as a “street general living by the rules of honor & integrity.”
Shyne previously made headlines due to his issues with Kendrick Lamar and also Rick Ross who he criticized due to the release of Ross’ The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape.
Snoop Dogg, Nas and others take the top Complex's "50 Greatest Guest Verses Of All Time" list.
It's a debate that has long plagued the most ardent of Hip Hop fans: who has delivered the greatest guest verse of all time. Now, Complex has come through with a list that awards Nas, Snoop Dogg and others with the best guest features of all time.
"It's a testament to the lyrical fortitude of Nasty Nas that he managed to stand-out on this track, considering that all four participants came off something lovely on this incredible posse cut (even non-rapper Joe Fatal kills it with his "written-by-committee" verse)," the article reads. "Opening up the track, Nas' debut appearance might just be the most hard-hitting debut in the history of rap...it was clear that this young upstart was about to usher in a new standard of excellence."
Of Snoop Dogg's verse, it says, "The diggy-diggy-doctor's G-Funk invasion wouldn't have been half as effective without the velvety drawl of a young Snoop Dogg. His contributions have all the makings of the now classic Doggfather formula—warnings against hoes, declarations of his prowess on the mic, and the obligatory spelling-out of his nom d' plume. Telling us that 'perfection is perfected' seems a little superfluous, but that was probably just the indo smoke talking."
I ain’t gonna lie. When I heard the Meek Mill diss by Cassidy, this is how I felt:
CASS WENT IN!
Well…moving on…its all out there. First things first, Meek Mill responded to Cass, but he was quite dismissive of the “R.A.I.D.” song that some are saying ethered him. I’m not sure all that happened, but I will say this Cassidy did a song worthy of a response. Hip-Hop dudes that’s engaged in this battle sh*t duel to the death or til they get tired! Now, Meek saying that we gonna forget about Cass in a few days? Hmmmm…no, he’s quite remembered for his battles. Remember that Freeway battle? Anyway, I hope we can take it like we dish it, because this Hip-Hop, baby! I know Meek has a lot more to lose at this point. Hoping he decides to respond because Cass just upped the ante in a major way. A non-response would mean that he fears Cass would get at him OR even get at the crew. Cass said enough about Ross and them to warrant a reply. No don’t quite think anybody wants that problem right now. Too much money on the line. Too much to lose. But, if Meek comes back, he will need to do it in a more scathing fashion.
Meek responds to R.A.I.D.
The internet speaks:
This pic…says a lot. Remember when Meek was signed to T.I.? That was clearly after this pic was taken.
Here they saying that Wale is reading poetry at Meek’s funeral.
This kinda funny with the pic.
Meek has moved on…though.
COME ON MEEK! GET THAT EYE OF THE TIGER BACK! BE THE KING OF PHILLY!
The ball is in Meek court, but I don’t know. That R.A.I.D. may stop the game.
Shortly after releasing his fifth album "God Forgives, I Don't," Rick Ross preps the release of another album.
Rick Ross has announced the title of his upcoming sixth studio album, releasing in 2013.
In a promotional clip published on WSHH, Ricky Rozay counts hundred dollar bills in what's assumed to be his Miami, Florida abode, later hitting the hot tub to drink Ciroc vodka as a Curtis Mayfield record plays in the background.
At the end of the clip, the Maybach Music Group boss reveals that the LP will be called Mastermind.
Mastermind comes on the heels of his 2012 release God Forgives, I Don't, which debuted at No. 1 with 218,000 copies sold upon hitting stores in July.
Rick Ross tries his hand at acting in a mafia-inspired series.
Rick Ross is slated to make his acting debut in the second season of Starz's Magic City, a mafia-inspired series set in Miami, Florida during the 1950s.
Ricky Rozay makes a quick cameo in the trailer, playing a character named The Bolita Boss. The Teflon Don lives up to his name, brandishing a shotgun and getting a quick sound byte in: "God is good... Until he ain't," he snarls.
The 19-year-old Ulysses "Chris" Gissendanner III was killed on January 2nd.
Chief Keef's 19-year-old stepbrother Ulysses "Chris" Gissendanner III has become yet another victim of Chicago, Illinois' shooting epidemic.
According to DNA Info (via SOHH), Gissendanner was shot in the back of the head on the Far South Side on January 2nd. The aspiring rapper was killed in a car near 124th Street and South Ave. while visiting his uncle in West Pullman. He later died at Roseland Hospital.
Alfonso Cozart, who claims to be Keef's biological father, was stepfather to Gissendanner, whose rap name was YPN Boomtown. Keef was related to Gissendanner through marriage.
Cozart, who no longer speaks with Chief Keef, said that Gissendanner's murder makes him worry about Keef's well being. “As a caring father, who wouldn’t worry about that?” Cozart asked. “I do want my son to have success and have a long, positive life, and I hope the best for him.”
He added that he doesn't want Keef's fame to overshadow Gissendanner's passing. "He just graduated high school, and was in college and had a job. He was a positive person,” Cozart said. “I’m not trying to get publicity of Chief Keef being my son. I want you to focus on Ulysses. He’s the one that’s gone.”
This marks yet another recent death for Chicago teens due to gunfire. Keef's alleged enemy Lil JoJo lost his life at 16, while Joshua was murdered at 18 years old, both late last year.
Hodari Sababu gives a guided tour of Compton, California in a new documentary.
Game's stepfather Hodari Sababu has released a documentary capturing the history of Hip-Hop in Compton, California, where he reveals that the rapper stripped in his club.
In a Pitchfork documentary, Sababu said that he started a male exotic club where Jayceon Taylor stripped "maybe twice." He said that 50 Cent will not let him forget it, and that he has advised him not to get up in arms about his past being unearthed.
"Me and Game's mom, we started a male exotic club," said Sababu. "What we used to do, we used to get guys that came fresh out of jail, they was buffed up and needed money. A lot of these guys can't go and fill out a application and get a job but hey, if they look good, they been working out, we put 'em on man, we get them a thousand bucks a week dancing.
"Jayceon danced there maybe twice, and 50 Cent will not let him forget it," he continued. "And somehow, somebody got pictures of him dancing in that club with his g-string on and boy, boy, boy. Whether he likes it or not, I tell him the truth. Because just like most people that achieve a certain amount of fame and fortune, that comes with the sycophants or the ass kissers, because they're around all the time to say you're the greatest thing. Because most of time, they're on the payroll. But fortunately, or unfortunately, I'm not on the payroll so I can tell you exactly what I think.”
MAN…BISH YOU WASN’T WITH ME SHOOTING IN THE KIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The state of California is trying to disrespect my boy KanYEEZY! They are trying to say that by their MANMADE BS law that he’s not the father of Kim Kardashian’s child! In fact, they are suggesting that the daddy is Kim’s husband! Check out this report from VIBE!
Kanye West is not the father, at least according to California State Law.
Under California’s Family Code, estranged husband Kris Humphries is the ‘presumed’ dad to Kim Kardashian’s baby, TMZ reports. The Code presumes a man is the natural father of a child if “he is or has been married to the mother, and if the baby is born during the marriage or within 300 days after death, annulment, declaration of invalidity, divorce or after a judgment of separation is entered by the court.”
After a mere 72 days of marriage, the two called it quits only for Kimmy to fall head over heels for longtime friend ‘Ye. To strain matters further, the made-for-TV Humphries-Kardashian divorce still hasn’t been officially processed.
But for all KimYe naysayers, the fetus still biologically belongs to the G.O.O.D. Music rapper, who announced that the reality starlet was his baby mama at last week’s gig in Atlantic City. Kim just needs to present “clear and convincing evidence” in the form of a DNA test to the court to ensure that Yeezy is her baby daddy.
N.O.R.E. is undergoing yet another name change, this time sticking to the acronyms.
The artist formerly known as Noreaga has decided to call himself P.A.P.I. for his Student of the Game LP.
"I wanted to do something totally different for the album," said the rapper in an interview with MTV News.
"Sometimes if you're lost, the best way to find where you're at is to go to the beginning," he added. "My mother doesn't even call me Victor, my father has never called me Victor, my teachers didn't even call me Victor... My name in Lefrak City and my name in Queens is actually P.A.P.I., it's not even N.O.R.E."
So what does the name stand for? "I like to have my acronyms poppin' so P.A.P.I. is Power Always Proves Intelligence," he explained.
I was right the first time! The sources were messing me up in this one! I had one source or site saying that these two WERE A COUPLE based on several pictures. And after that, somebody else hit me up and told me that wasn’t the case. I was told that French and Trina were simply working together and he was going to be an executive producer on her new album. BUT…
Just the other day, an actual friend told me that these guys ARE dating. There are some particulars that I cannot reveal, but they were seen coming out of a hotel in Miami. Seems like French has crossed over totally now. Must be nice!
The controversial internet star known as Kat Stacks was released from a deportation facility in Louisiana today (January 3rd).
It was just over a year ago that Judge Jerry Beatmann Sr. told Kat Stacks, born Andrea Herrera, that she was going to be deported to her country of origin, Venezuela, after she was arrested for a felony charges that included carrying a concealed firearm in Broward County and disorderly conduct.
Then following an appeals process, Judge Beatmann signed the order to release Kat Stacks from her Louisiana immigration facility.
Kat Stacks is well known for her claims to having had wild sex with several rappers including Soulja Boy and Nelly, both of whom denied many of the allegations she spoke about.
Originally Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Kat Stacks and a judge declared “she wasn’t going to add anything to American society.”
Despite the courts stance on her citizenship, her family and lawyer said she was a victim of sex trafficking and that Herrera made up the Kat Stacks persona to survive.
Ultimately, the appeals board voted 2-1 to grant her appeal, stating that it considered Herrera’s criminal history, and declared that “Kat Stacks persona is disturbing and in no way a positive contribution to society,” but that, “other compelling factors, particularly her long history of abuse, outweigh the negative factors.”
Additionally, Kat Stacks has a child born in the United States so that was a factor that the judge and appeals committee considered.
T.I. keeps a hold on the chart, while Kendrick Lamar sees a spike in sales for his major label debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city."
After making a strong debut with his latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head, T.I. holds on to the top five behind label mate Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, Taylor Swift's Red, the soundtrack to Les Miserables and One Direction's Take Me Home. It's only a matter of weeks before Tip hits the gold mark.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar sees a huge surge in sales for his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, which launches from No. 39 to 17. The holiday bump also pushed Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. further up the charts, with the Rostrum rapper's sophomore LP jumping from No. 41 to 22. Chief Keef wasn't as lucky, slipping from No. 27 to 32 with his debut album Finally Rich.
Thanks to post-holiday and pre-NYE purchases, a few other artists managed to climb their way back up the charts. Check below for more details.
T.I. Sits Heavy On The Charts
Last week, T.I. had a huge debut with his latest album Trouble Man: Heavy is the Head. After taking a few years off from his music career since 2010's No Mercy, Tip soared back onto the charts last week with his newest offering, landing at No. 2 with just under 180,000 copies sold. This week, he keeps a hold on the top five, dropping three spots to No. 5 but selling a respectanble 74,000 units of the LP that features guest appearances from Meek Mill, Cee Lo Green, P!nk, Andre 3000 and more. Speaking of Three Stacks, Big Boi recently said that he's hopping on a remix to the T.I. and 3K collabo "Sorry," which could give the album a boost.
Kendrick Lamar Still good With His Major Label Debut
Kendrick Lamar has had an impressive sales trajectory with the release of his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. The Compton, California rapper bowed at No. 2 with 242,000 copies sold following its October 22nd drop date. More than two months later, the TDE spitter got a bump with the year-end spurge, jetting from No. 39 to 17 with an additional 44,000 sold. On top of that, he kicked off 2K13 with the release of his new video for "Backseat Freestyle," which features the one and only Sherane.
Frank Ocean closed 2012 with a run-in with the cops.
Frank Ocean may have celebrated a bit too hard before the ball dropped, and suffered the consequences.
According to TMZ, the Odd Future crooner was pulled over by the cops in Mono County, California on New Year's Eve for going roughly 90 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. As police approached the black BMW, they noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the car.
Upon searching Ocean, they found a small bag of pot on his person. He was cited for marijuana possession, driving on a suspended license and having tinted windows.
Ocean was released but his driving companion had to drive home after his license was promptly confiscated.
Iggy Azalea reveals that T.I. will no longer executive produce her Interscope debut "The New Classic."
Last year, it was revealed that Grand Hustle impresario T.I. had signed on to executive produce Iggy Azalea's impending studio debutThe New Classic. Now, in a recent interview with 16Bars.TV, the Australian rapper revealed that T.I. will no longer be working on the album's production.
Iggy explained that her most recent EP Glory featured all of the tracks that she and T.I. worked on together when he was still serving as her debut's executive producer. However, upon hearing the EP's final product, both artists agreed that Iggy should go in a different direction with her sound.
"[T.I.]'s actually not [executive producing my album] anymore," she said. "He was going to be, but originally...all the records that I had on Glory were supposed to be on The New Classic, and he executive produced what ended up being Glory. But as I was making it, I felt like, 'This isn't The New Classic; this is something else. It's not the right sound.' Not that it sounded bad, but it wasn't what The New Classic is in my head…[i]t went good, it was an experience, but after, he said and I said it's better if I just make my own music away [from him] because sometimes being around him, it influences the music I make to be a bit too much of a different sound…[it's] not because I don't love, because I love him."
Kim Kardashian has expressed great joy over the news that she and rapper Kanye West are expecting their first child.
Kim took to her blog today to confirm the news that she is with Kanye West’s baby.
According to Kim, the high-profile couple feels “blessed”and they hope to start a family together.
“It’s true!! Kanye and I are expecting a baby” Kim Kardashian stated. “We feel so blessed and lucky and wish that in addition to both of our families, his mom and my dad could be here to celebrate this special time with us. Looking forward to great new beginnings in 2013 and to starting a family.”
Along with the blog post, Kim posted a picture of her and Kanye snuggled up together backstage
Lil Scrappy and Soulja Boy take shots at one another on Twitter.
Last year, news broke that Soulja Boy had begun dating Diamond, member of the short-lived group Crime Mob and former beau to fellow crunk artist Lil Scrappy. Now, according to HipHopWired, it appears as Soulja Boy and Lil Scrappy's shared romantic history has come to a head, as the two rappers exchange insults on Twitter.
Although it is unclear how the spat first began - Soulja Boy's original Tweets have since been deleted - the two rappers' feud apparently started with the "Crank Dat" rapper taunting Scrappy over their mutual history with Diamond. HipHopWired managed to take screen pics of the Tweets in questions before they were deleted.
Scrappy responded by clarifying that his issues with Soulja Boy don't stem from the rapper's romantic history with Diamond. However, the "Head Bussa" rapper didn't mince words, claiming that Soulja Boy "take[s] pipe" and threatening to "smack the shit" out of him the next time they cross paths.
Chief Keef to appear in court on January 2 after not informing probation officers about his recent move.
Before even facing a judge on January 28 due to a probation violation case, Chicago rapper Chief Keef will appear in court tomorrow (January 2) for another violation. According to AllHipHop.com, this court appearance stems from a move the rapper made from his old neighborhood to the more affluent Northbrook neighborhood.
The move reportedly did not go over too well with Keef’s probation officers who were not made aware of the young rapper’s move to Northbrook.
Following tomorrow’s court appearance, Keef will appear in court later in the month on probation violation charges that stem from an incident in which the Interscope Records signee held a gun while at a gun range during an interview with Pitchfork Media.
Despite the numerous legal issues and other ill occurrences that plagued Chief Keef throughout last year he still managed to release his debut album, Finally Rich, in December.
DJ Premier, Cassidy and others name their picks for the biggest breakthrough act of 2012.
Even though 2012 has come to a close, that isn't stopping many publications from reminiscing about the biggest and best artists of the year. Now, in a recent interview with VladTV, the likes of DJ Premier, Cassidy and others name their favorite acts of 2012.
VladTV reached out to a host of Hip Hop figures to discuss the biggest breakthrough acts of 2012. Legendary Gang Starr producer DJ Premier named Flatbush up-and-comer Joey Bada$$ as his favorite new act of last year, comparing his rebellious attitude to that of N.W.A. and Public Enemy.
"I like Joey Bada$$," Premo said. "I like rebel attitudes because I was really a hardcore Public Enemy, N.W.A., middle fingers up type of dude."
Philadelphia veteran Cassidy also weighed in on the top act of 2012. Surprisingly, however, Cassidy's choice for the artist of the year is his current foe Meek Mill, adding that Meek's ascent to worldwide stardom from the local Philadelphia scene is deserving of recognition and praise.
"The best rapper this year, other than myself, I have to pick Meek Mill," he said. "He's from Philly, my city. He's done it big. I remember bringing up Meek Mill's name 'cus he had it popping in my city, and people wasn't even familiar with him. Now, it's like everybody in the world's talking about him. That's a huge accomplishment."