The Wall Street Journal reports that the Yonkers, New York native filed documents yesterday (July 29) in Manhattan court stating that he has $50,000 in assets, while owing between $1 and $10 million in debts. X told authorities he filed for Chapter 11 “to enable me to reorganize my financial affairs.”
DMX's debts include over $1 million in child support and over $20,000 in automobile lease payments.
Last year, DMX released his seventh album, Undisputed, which was his first independent release. Including involvement from longtime producer Swizz Beatz and Machine Gun Kelly, the album was a Top 20 debut.
UPDATE: On behalf of DMX, the rapper's publicist, Domenick Nati, told HipHopDX the following: "DMX's financial strains have been inhibiting his career for several years. Poor financial management by prior representation have caused him to be ineligible to retain a passport. The purpose of this bankruptcy filing is for reorganization so he can perform for his fans oversees. We are currently planning a tour in Europe and Africa for the fall of 2013."
Robin Thicke's radio hit "Blurred Lines" featuring T.I. and Pharrell has been dominating the airwaves; it now holds the record for the highest radio audience.
Robin Thicke’s single “Blurred Lines” has been the #1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 for seven weeks in a row. The T.I. and Pharrell assisted track recently shattered the record for highest radio audience ever. As of this week, the track has reached more than 242 million listeners, much more than the previous record of 188 million.
This milestone follows up “Blurred Lines” breaking the record for this years biggest-single week downloads (428,000 during the week ending on June 23.)
“Blurred Lines” is the first Robin Thicke song that has made it to the number one spot on BILLBOARD’s Hot 100. He surpassed Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” for the longest stretch at #1 so far this year. “Thrift Shop” stayed atop the charts for six nonconsecutive weeks according toBillboard.
The record is an international success and has reached #1 in 80 countries around the world. “Blurred Lines” has been certified triple platinum with more than 3.5 million in sales to date. The visually stimulating video, directed by Diane Martel has about 113 million views.
Yesterday, (July 29) Grand Hustle Records founder T.I. was discussing the video’s controversial and nudity-filled elements with the ladies of ABC’s hit television show “The View”. They announced that they would be chopping it up with Robin Thicke on Friday, he will be a co-host of that show and fans can expect promotion of his forthcoming project. The 36 year-old crooner drops his sixth album Blurred Lines today.
Many media outlets believe the controversial video helped propel the single to the top of charts. MTV just announced that the music video may win “Video of The Year” at the 2013 VMAs; it’s competing against Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors," Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz, and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble."
Robin Thicke has worked with rappers like Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Busta Rhymes, and Lil Wayne, among others. The Beverly Hills, California-based artist is currently on a promo round promoting Blurred Lines. His upcoming appearances are below.
Nicki Minaj is asked about Drake's status with Young Money Cash Money Billionaires and she says her answer sounds "like a riddle but maybe one day you'll be able to unravel that one."
Nicki Minaj has responded to questions regarding Drake's status with Young Money Cash Money Billionaires. During a recent interview with New York radio station Hot 97, Minaj was asked whether Drake is in Young Money or not and Minaj offered what she said sounded like a riddle as her answer.
"Is he not in Young Money?" Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex said to Minaj. "I'm not saying it wrong but something is definitely not the same as the first album [with Drake]. That's how I feel. How do you feel?"
"Peoples' perception of their reality is their perception of their reality," Minaj said. "Sometimes people make moves based on their perception of what reality is. I know that sounds like a riddle, but maybe one day you'll be able to unravel that one. All I can say is this, Lil Wayne is everything to me. I can't speak for anyone else. What Young Money and Cash Money did for Nicki Minaj, I can never repay them for. So, I am forever indebted to them. Whatever happens with any other artist, I don't know.
"[Drake's] so talented," she continued. "Sometimes, we've seen this. Sometimes when you're really intelligent and you're really talented, you also think a lot. Sometimes your mind is racing with thoughts. It is what it is. People go through their own motions and you've gotta respect it and keep it moving. We all love the team. We all love Wayne. That's what's gonna always hold us together. Drake is my baby because that's how it was when we came in. So whenever I think of him, 'That's my baby.' Whatever is going on now, obviously we're all very busy and you know, shit happens. It gets a little hard to have a real connection when people are on different sides of the world, working on different things. You just never know who people got in their ear or what they're feeling or maybe they felt wronged in some way. I don't know. I just know that Drake is my baby and Wayne is my everything."
"On a lot of his songs, he makes references to making appearances or people asking him for appearances on a song," Flex said to Minaj. "I hear him talk about that or people sweating him for a verse...Did you ever feel like he was responding to somebody specific? Did you ever feel he was referring to you on those songs or not really?"
"I've never taken that personal," Minaj said. "I think that when you are in a place where Drake is, which is, everybody is asking him for a verse or a feature, sometimes, it is what it is. He's speaking the truth. However he decides to take that, whether he is taking that as a compliment or not, I don't know. But, he's speaking the truth and I think he's speaking about every-damn-body. I'm not exempt from that and neither is anyone else. If you've been asking him for a verse or a song or done a verse or a song with him, then maybe you are included. I don't know, but he's not lying."
Drake and Nicki Minaj have collaborated on several songs, including "Make Me Proud" and "Champion." Drake has said that he feels Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne are "iconic."
“Nicki is such a character and Wayne is such a character," Drake said in a 2011 interview with Power 106. "There’s people that dress up like them for Halloween. There’s people that wanna talk like them, be like them, get tattoos like Wayne, and do their hair like Nicki. I mean they’re so iconic. That’s also something I always try to push myself with my music 'cause I feel like that’s the only way I can be iconic. I’m just sort of a more stripped down individual as far as image wise, so that’s always something I pay attention to.”
Drake said in the same interview that the relationship he has with Minaj can become "competitive."
“As much as it’s loving, it’s also competitive because competition pushes," Drake said. "We push each other. When I hear Nicki get on a verse and kill the way she does, it doesn’t even become a male/female thing because it’s beyond that. Like she’s rapping better than a lot of males out there period, so it just becomes a verse thing."
Drake has denied rumors that he's leaving Young Money for years. “I’ll tell you if you wake up in the morning and you think Young Money ain’t my team, you out of your mothafucking mind,” he said at a 2011 concert.
2 Chainz also says that 50 Cent is crazy, but that he followed his blueprint for success.
2 Chainz wanted to approach Jay-Z about appearing on his forthcoming B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time album, given some of the people Jigga worked with on his Magna Carta Holy Grail album, including Rick Ross and producer Mike WiLL Made It. 2 Chainz said he talked briefly with Jay-Z at the Wireless Festival in London earlier this month, but didn't ask him directly about appearing on his forthcoming album, which is due September 10.
"I see who Hov rocks with," 2 Chainz says during an interview with Whoolywood Shuffle. "Hov rocks with people who he respect and who has glimpses of trap on their resume. I'm a recovering d-boy. I'm a recovering d-boy and he is, too...I just told him, I don't know if he caught it or not, but basically I was saying, 'Damn. I like that you and Ross record.' That's what I was saying in my head. 'I like that Mike WiLL beat.' Some of them joints, I be thinkin' I could have killed them, 'cause I like his album."
The Atlanta rapper says that he did ask Kanye West, though, about putting Jigga on a particular B.O.A.T.S. II song. "I do have something I thought would be cool for this album, but I got to talkin' to 'Ye. I'm like, 'Ye, what you think about putting Hov on this one?'" 2 Chainz says during the interview. "He was like, 'Me Time,' in all caps. He just told me just to go hard on niggas."
A potential 2 Chainz-Jay-Z collaboration will have to wait, but 2 Chainz says he has another dozen or so features he's recorded with other artists that have yet to be released. He also said that he's open to reuniting with Dolla Boy to bring back their group Playaz Circle. "If it makes sense," he says. "That's all it is. I just want to be successful on every level right now. The 2 Chainz thing is really working and really popping. But that is my partna, so who knows. We prolly could go get us a few dollars, go get us a little money or something right quick. We did have some good records together. We still do, so they should be on the lookout."
As for 50 Cent's appearance on 2 Chainz's "Riot" remix, 2 Chainz says that he wants to work with the G Unit general again, too. "He's the smartest nigga I ever met in my life, but he's crazy," 2 Chainz says. "He need to put me on something. I told him he need to put me on something. I told him, 'Let's do something.'
"50's always been dope to me and he had a real story and that's why people I think bought into it and followed it," 2 Chainz continues. "That's what it's about. I learned from a lot of stuff getting to this point and 50 had a dope blueprint to look at, too."
Unrestricted NBA free agent Daniel Gibson surrendered to police Monday to face a second-degree battery charge.
Gibson is accused of breaking another man's jaw with a punch during an argument at a nightclub on July 8, New Orleans Police spokeswoman Remi Braden said. Gibson's wife, Keyshia Cole, sang at the Essence Festival on July 6.
Online court records show he was released on $20,000 bond.
Gibson said he was protecting his family when the fight occurred at a club where he and Cole had gone to celebrate while in New Orleans.
"It was toward the end of the night,'' Gibson said. "We encountered a couple of people and I don't know what their motives or intentions were but they came off the wrong way. This guy got real aggressive toward my wife and myself and I did what I felt was necessary to handle the situation.''
Gibson said the man said "something'' to his wife but wouldn't go into details. "He was very disrespectful toward my wife,'' he said.
Braden said Gibson's accuser is from St. Rose, about 25 miles from New Orleans. She did not identify him.
Gibson played seven years for the Cleveland Cavaliers but was out with injuries much of last season. He said he turned himself in because, "I felt like I had nothing to hide.''
Gibson said he has been in contact with a few teams throughout this summer.
"Then something like this happens and all they (teams) see is that it looks as though I'm out there doing crazy things and I wasn't raised that way. There are a lot of accusations being made and I just want to protect my family and everything I've worked so hard for.''
OHHHHH snap! I’m hearing that there may be a full version of Jay-Z’s “Beach Is Better,” the song on his album that’s less than a minute long. I am hearing that a nearly 4-minute version of the song is on the way. The whole album is pretty good, but a lot of people are totally confused as to why this particular song is so bumping, YET so short! So, I’m hearing that this may be in the works after the “Picasso Baby” fervor is over.
Aaliyah’s status has almost reached the coveted mythic status these days. She has people like Drake and Chris Brown singing with her even thought she’s not here physically. DMX stays dissing those dudes. Timbaland is saying its not too late to apologize even thought he knows he’s the one that needs to be putting out new Baby Girl.
OH…here’s something else to rile up the fans of the one and only Aaliyah.
There is a crazy rumor that the chick Solange has landed the role to play Aaliyah an upcoming biopic. Now, the rumor is Solange went out for the role earlier in the month and ended up getting it this week. She reportedly will be working with the same people that did the movie “Think Like A Man.”
I don’t know. I didn’t even know Solange was any sort of actress. But, she almost never has her hair straight like Aaliyah did. This is as close to Aaliyah as could see with Solange.
Lebron James helps the royalties for Jadakiss, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross and Daft Punk.
Following Jay-Z's soundtrack supervision of NBA 2K13, another high profile personality has been called upon to curate the tunes to the leading video game franchise. Miami Heat star and NBA Finals MVP Lebron James will tackle NBA 2K14's music supervision. The game will release on October 1.
Aswad Ayinde, the MTV award-winning video director of The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly" was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual assault. He's believed to have raped and impregnated several of his own daughters.
The MTV award-winning director of The Fugees' "Killing Me Softly" video was sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexual assault Friday (July 26), according to The NY Daily News. This will be added to a 40-year sentence Aswad Ayinde received more than a year ago for similar charges regarding the sexual abuse of his daughters.
Ayinde has been under investigation for raping his daughters and forcing them to have his children. The 55-year-old fathered six children with his daughters between the 1980s and early 2000s, performing the deliveries himself and burying children that didn't survive, according to the NY Daily News.
The 50-year prison term was given to Ayinde in a trial regarding the abuse of his now 35-year-old daughter. He was convicted of abusing her repeatedly from the time she was 8.
“I can’t describe how much you hurt me and my sisters,” his daughter told Ayinde in court, according to NorthJersey.com.
Ayinde had nine children with his former wife Beverly and more with two other women in New York, according to court records. His former wife Beverly testified in a pre-trial hearing in 2010, saying that Ayinde believed the world was going to end. "He said the world was going to end, and it was just going to be him and his offspring and that he was chosen," she said in the hearing.
Prosecutors said that Ayinde hoped to have a "pure" bloodline. He molested five of his daughters and fathered six children with them, the family and their attorney said, according to NorthJersey.com.
New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services faced scrutiny due to this case. Some of Ayinde's crimes were reportedly committed while the family was under investigation by the agency. Some of the crimes were also committed after Ayinde acknowledged that he tried to take his children from a hospital where they were being held when the state had temporary custody of them in the early 2000s.
Ayinde beat the children using wooden boards and steel-toed boots, according to the NY Daily News report. Ayinde's former wife Beverly says fear kept her from speaking to authorities. "I was afraid to ever accuse him of being demented or being a pedophile," Beverly said in court in 2010. "I knew the word, but I wouldn't dare use it because it would result in a beating."
In order to avoid further investigations, Ayinde reportedly moved the family often, at one point spending time in an abandoned funeral home in New Jersey.
When Ayinde moved to Brooklyn, he met and lived with Subhana Rahim, an attorney who reportedly lived with him from 2001 to 2004. Rahim says she discovered that Ayinde was abusing his children while she was pregnant with his child in 2002. "He was this successful artist who had worked with The Fugees," Rahim told the paper. "I was shocked when he told me they were his daughters and that he'd been sleeping with them...I didn't try to understand something so ridiculous."
During the trial that ended Friday, Superior Court Judge Raymond Reddin, spoke with Ayinde about his actions.
“By 13, most fathers are taking their daughters to the park...teaching them to ride a bike,” he said, according to the NY Daily News. “You took her in the bedroom and repeatedly raped her to complete your disgusting, revolting fantasies.”
After finding that Ayinde fathered other children with other women, his daughters contacted authorities in 2006.
“We found out we had other siblings, young siblings, and we had to put him to a stop,” one of his daughters said after the sentencing hearing, as per NorthJersey.com. “Even though we were healing, they could still fall victim.”
One of Ayinde's daughters had four children with her father. Two have genetic illnesses, which doctors believe were likely related to incest. One of her children died in 2010 of spinal muscular atrophy. She was 9.
Ayinde faces further investigation for abusing his other daughters and could face more prison time pending the results of future trials. He faces at least three more trials regarding the sexual abuse of his daughters.
The Director of Al Sharpton's National Action Network responds to Bill O'Reilly's criticism of Sharpton's dealings with the house that Slim and Birdman built.
Recently, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly joined in the joined in the criticism following the announcement that Al Sharpton would be receiving a book deal from Cash Money Records.
During his segment, O'Reilly criticized Sharpton for being "in business with people who put out entertainment that his harmful to children ...The fact is, Al Sharpton is allowing a company that harms black children to distribute his book."
In response, Tamika D. Mallory, executive director of Sharpton's National Action Network, issued a statement in response to The Huffington Post.
"As National Executive Director of National Action Network (NAN) and head of the Decency Initiative, I find it a blatant contradiction that Bill O’Reilly would question our President, Rev. Al Sharpton writing a book on the evolution of his principles and ideas, detailing among other things why he is against certain lyrics in hip-hop and has stopped himself from using specific words," stated Mallory. "Being published by Simon & Schuster in a joint venture with the parent company Cash Money Content, which itself has a relationship with the parent company of Cash Money Records, I find Mr. O’Reilly’s assertions a contradiction because I sit on the Diversity Council of News Corp that owns Fox News and the New York Post in the seat designated for National Action Network. Both of these media are frequent, consistent critics of Rev. Sharpton and NAN, and have done things that many of us disagree with in terms of aspirations of the Black community."
Mallory argued that it is possible to be affiliated with an organization even if you don't agree with all of its policies. "News Corp also continues to support National Action Network functions and events financially, so if Rev. Sharpton can say we disagree with the News Corp entity, but should be open to dialogue, by what standards might he say to Simon & Schuster, that we are not open to doing business with Cash Money, especially since he can express his problems with lyrics and language in the book? Either we have one standard or not."
"Secondly, I was in the meeting between Pepsi executives, the family of Emmett Till and Rev. Sharpton. There was nobody from Cash Money in that meeting because Pepsi had severed all ties with Lil’ Wayne, and Cash Money and had done so at the urging of both the Till family and Rev. Sharpton. The purpose of the meeting was for Pepsi to assure the family and Rev. Sharpton they were not going to reinstate the Lil’ Wayne deal. To insinuate that there was some deal in the meeting is a blatant lie. The fact remains that Pepsi had still withdrawn any relationship with Lil’ Wayne, so what would there be a deal around? The book deal with Simon & Schuster and Cash Money Content was signed through Massenburg Media and Rev. Sharpton last year and the book was in publication even before the Lil’ Wayne/Pepsi controversy occurred. The evidence of that is that the galleys are already out. Finally, as Rev. Sharpton often says, “We can have different opinions, but we can not have different facts.
-Tamika D. Mallory, National Executive Director, National Action Network"
Sharpton's book deal with Cash Money came as a surprise to many, not least of all because Cash Money artist Lil Wayne dissed Sharpton on Tha Carter III track "DontGetIt." Sharpton's book, titled The Rejected Stone is due out on October 8.
It appears that Drake and his former homeboy have gotten current again. The word on the streets (which I am sure is probably all over the internet) is that they were in the studio last night. Basically, Drake posted it on his instagram and its on.
Fifty grand might not be anything to a person like Jay-Z, but lost scholarships and play eligibility are sort of important to college players. Luckily, the South Carolina Gamecocks deemed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s reported “regular contact” with Jay-Z as ok.
According to a handwritten statement by the South Carolina’s assistant director of athletics for media relations, Steve Fink, none of the contact between emerging sports agent Jay-Z and Clowney was against NCAA rules:
“Based on the facts that USC has gathered, Jadeveon Clowney has not had any impermissible conversations nor has he received any impermissible benefits,”
While improper contact between sports agents and collegiate athletes has been an epidemic for decades, NCAA rules allow contact as long as the agent pays for nothing for the player during the contact, including meals and transportation.
Either Europe is killing him or Frank Ocean needs to take it easy on his vocal chords as he has canceled his second European tour for vocal problems.
According to a statement from LiveNation, Ocean suffered “a small tear to one of his vocal chords”:
After last night’s concert in Melbourne at Festival Hall, it was necessary to seek medical advice due to vocal issues Frank Ocean experienced during the show.
Frank’s “tight tour schedule” will prevent him from making replacement dates, however LiveNation is “working to confirm a return to Australia as soon as is practical” and refunding tickets for those shows.
This is the second time in less than a year that the channel ORANGE singer has canceled tour dates due to vocal problems. In August of 2012, Ocean canceled his European tour, which included opening for Coldplay because “a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months,” according to the singer’s statement. Prior to making this announcement, Ocean ended a performance at Oya festival in Norway after four songs due to losing his voice according to organizers of the festival.
Jay-Z says he didn't sleep for two days following the conclusion of the George Zimmerman trial, offers his thoughts on race relations in the U.S.
Following the announcement of a not guilty verdict in the trial of Sanford, Florida resident and neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, many who followed the trial, including rapper Jay-Z, were left with high emotions.
Jay-Z, who appeared at a Trayvon Martin rally last weekend along with wife Beyonce, says he found himself “really angry” following the announcement of the verdict and was unable to sleep for two days. The rapper also addressed race relations in the United States and stated that when it comes to issues concerning race we still have “a long way to go.”
"I was really angry, I didn't sleep for two days. I was really angry about it, that the thing that we all knew it was still a bit of racism in America, but for it to be so blatant,” said Jay-Z during an interview with Elliott Wilson. “If you just ask the question, ask yourself the question, 'Didn't Trayvon have the right to stand his ground?' He was being chased, he was being chased and fought back. You know, he may have won. That doesn't mean he's a criminal, he won. If you chase me and try to attack me and I defend myself, how can I be in the wrong? How is that right? This guy went to get some Skittles and go back and watch the All-Star game. He had plans…He had no intentions of robbing anyone's home. It’s just a thing where it’s like again a reminder of we still got a long way to go.”
Prior to speaking on the Zimmerman trial and Martin, the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper gave his thoughts on comments made by actor Harry Belafonte last year. While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Belafonte called Jay-Z and Beyonce out by name as he spoke on high-profile artists turning “their back on social responsibility.”
In his interview, Jay-Z revealed that he was “offended” by Belafonte’s comments and referred to his presence as “charity.”
“Yeah, I’m offended by that because—This is gonna sound arrogant, but my presence is charity,” Jay-Z revealed. “Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope whether he does anything. The hope that he provides for a nation and outside of America is enough. You know what I’m saying? Just being who he is…I feel like Belafonte he just went about it wrong.”
Jay-Z's marathon rap session of "Picasso Baby" in Pace Gallery will be edited to air on HBO next month.
Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z is continuing to push boundaries with the release of his 12th studio album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Most recently, the Roc Nation founder appeared at New York City’s Pace Gallery yesterday (July 10) to take part in what’s described as a marathon performance of his album cut “Picasso Baby.”
According to Pitchfork.com, Jay-Z performed the record for six hours straight and will use video from the lengthy performance for the official “Picasso Baby” music video.
Among those in attendance at Pace Gallery during Jay’s unique performance were DMV-based emcee and The Gifted crafter Wale and director Judd Apatow.
On the Timbaland-produced “Picasso Baby,” Jay-Z makes reference to a handful of artists both new and old as he raps, “It ain't hard to tell, I'm the new Jean Michel…Leonardo Da Vinci flows, Riccardo Tisci Givenchy clothes.”
Elizabeth Velasquez and Azia Davies both want eight figures from Tyga over his 2012 XXX "Make It Nasty" video.
Tyga's in hot water over the explicit version of his "Make It Nasty" music video.
TMZ reports that Alissa Rae Ross, Azia Davis, and Elizabeth Velasquez have filed lawsuits claiming that their nipples were exposed without their permission.
The lawsuit claims that when they auditioned for their roles in the video, the casting ad specifically stated, "There will be no nudity involved in the video, and all the girls will be tastefully shot."
According to the lawsuits, the women were asked to appear topless in some scenes, but were assured their nipples would be "covered" or "edited out."
Frank Ocean disses Chris Brown on "Versace," recalls this year's Grammy incident on the unreleased record.
Just when it appeared that the feud between crooners Frank Ocean and Chris Brown had begun to simmer, the beef between the pair has been reawakened thanks to the release of the lyric sheet to Ocean’s upcoming record, “Versace.”
The Channel Orange singer doesn’t call out Brown by name on “Versace,” but he does refer to this year’s Grammy incident in which Brown did not stand up (although he did applaud) when Ocean was awarded the Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, a category Brown also received a nomination for.
Ocean also makes mention to the Fortune songster’s music being “sloppy” in the soon-to-be controversial lyric.
“You could stay seated I’m taking that Grammy/Your music is sloppy/Niggas is heated they keep on repeating the evening in slow mo,” read the “Versace” lyric, which was made public via a Tumblr post.
Ocean joins a handful of artists Brown has feuded with over the past few years. Among those artists is Young Money singer/rapper Drake who was involved in last year’s notorious fight between Brown’s camp and his own at W.i.P. nightclub in New York City.
Jermaine Dupri cites Sun Trust's inability to fulfill payment arrangements and more in a new counterclaim.
Atlanta-based producer Jermaine Dupri is now taking action in a lawsuit filed against him by SunTrust Bank several weeks ago. According to AllHipHop.com, Dupri recently filed a counterclaim against the bank, which is currently seeking nearly $2 million from the So So Def Records owner.
In his counterclaim, Dupri states that SunTrust failed to fulfill a number of payment arrangements the two parties previously agreed upon.
Among the arrangements was one that would have allowed the bank to pull money from Dupri’s EMI publishing royalties as loan repayment for his taxes. According to the Atlanta beatsmith, SunTrust failed to do so and as a result he was penalized by the government.
Dupri also claims that loan documents were never made available for review to his legal team and that he never received the closing papers for his loan agreement with SunTrust.
Last month, it was revealed that SunTrust would be suing Dupri for a sum of $1.9 million due to a loan he defaulted on. As a result, the producer could possibly lose various properties, including his home, due to the lawsuit.
2 Chainz reacts to Ludacris' public announcement that Luda still gets paid off of his former DTP artist.
Earlier this month, Ludacris revealed during an interview that he receives a percentage of the profits from 2 Chainz's solo projects, adding that he still collaborated with Chainz and that he was proud of him.
While 2 Chainz didn't take offense to the statements, it appears that some around him did.
"I mean it didn't bother me, but I think it bothered people around me," said 2 Chainz in an interview with Power 105.1's Breakfast Club.
2 Chainz admitted that he had to pay money to leave Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace label, where he record as Tity Boi from 2002-2010. "For the most part, people probably want me to say or do something negative, so I don't. Truth of the matter is, I been wanting to leave the label, when I left, I guess they knew or had some type of vision that I wasn't gonna stop there, because I was turnt up when I left and I told them, so yeah I had to pay to leave.:
2 Chainz said the deal will work in his favor. "I don't even know who else is on the roster of DTP, but the amount of money that I paid them is not gonna balance out my trajectory."
2 Chainz then specified that he paid $100,000 to get off the label, and that, ultimately, his experience on DTP was a learning experience. "I learned a lot from the previous situation I was in. It is what it is. I learned it a long time ago when dealing with that situation that there's really no such thing as loyalty out here."
In the end, Chainz holds no ill will towards Luda. "For me, I don't have anything negative to say. ...Actually, [Ludacris] was the first person to give me a bank account. I didn't even have a bank account. I just had shoeboxes of money."
It looks like Soulja Boy is taking his losses in a bad way. See, I didn’t care that he got “Rich Gang” tatted on his head. I didn’t care that he wasn’t on the Rich Gang album. But, there goes Twitter. He went and took it to twitter. Apparently, SB is upset that he wasn’t given a feature on the new Birdman-helmed Rich Gang OPUS! He was not invited to the party in NY either. Don’t worry SB, I wasn’t invited either. We all in the same gang. Anyway, here is what SB was subliminally tweeting to the streets yesterday.
Now, RhymesWithSnitch says that this all happened, because Soulja Boy was messing with Lil Wayne’s sidepiece, Superhead. Now, was that snatch worth it? Now SB got “Rich Gang” on his damn head and he ain’t in the crew.
Last week Stevie Wonder made news when the legendary singer announced that he would not play any shows in Florida as a form of protest against the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. The statute gained national attention after Trayvon Martin was killed by George Zimmerman in 2012 and the not guilty verdict in Zimmerman’s murder trial on July 13.
Reports began circulating that other high-profile stars like Jay Z, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Madonna, Alicia Keys, The Rolling Stones, Rihanna, and Usher were joining Wonder’s refusal to perform in Florida.The Huffington Postis now reporting that list of stars has been mostly discredited.
The story was first reported by American Urban Radio Networks’ White House correspondentApril Ryan. In Ryan’s article she claimed that sources close to Stevie Wonder confirmed the list. According to HuffPost several of the performers representatives have stated off the record that their clients are not involved in the boycott.
Rihanna,Alicia Keys, and The Rolling Stoneshave been confirmed to not be participating. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z apparently have not committed to the boycott either. Sun Life Stadium, the venue for the Miami stop of their joint tour, issued a statement on itswebsiteyesterday saying, “the Legends of The Summer Stadium tour with Justin Timberlake and JAY Z will take place as planned.”
Ryan updated her original post on Tuesday:
I obtained from multiple sources early Monday a list of artists and entertainers who my sources told me had committed to a boycott of Florida following the George Zimmerman acquittal. Since publishing that list I have heard from several representatives of the artists named who say, on behalf of their clients, they are uncomfortable being identified on that list and are seeking additional information.
As of now the only acts on Ryan’s published list that have publicly announced that they will be boycotting the state of Florida are gospel groupMary Mary and soul singerEddie Levert.
Diplo may have been on to something. Less than two week after the Major Lazer producer claimed Beyonce had scrapped 50 songs from her upcoming album and has started over according to a source speaking with The Hollywood Reporter.
The list of writers who’s songs have been scrapped reads like a R&B hit all start team with The Dream, Diane Warren, Ne-Yo and Sia being a few of those writers.
According toThe Hollywood Reporter, Beyonce’s current Mrs. Carter World Tour, which features no new music, was not initially intended by her record label Columbia.
Ace Hood has a career moment with "Trials & Tribulations." J. Cole goes gold with "Born Sinner." Kevin Gates puts on for Baton Rouge, while Mayday!'s "Believers" sets a career best.
For the second week in a row, Jay-Z held the top spot on the charts with Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jay sold just under 130,000 second-week units, nearly double that of #2 artist Sara Bareilles.
Ace Hood's first album since leaving Def Jam Records is also the highest-charting of his career. Trials & Tribulations, Hood's debut with Cash Money/We The Best/Universal Republic Records scored a Top 5 on the charts, a first for DJ Khaled's longtime protege. The LP sold over 33,000 first-week copies, also a benchmark feat for the five-plus-year veteran.
J. Cole crossed the 500,000 mark with Born Sinner, making it the second Roc Nation album to grab a RIAA plaque this month, after the aforementioned the M.C.H.G.
One of Atlantic Records' newest artists, Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Kevin Gates hit the charts for the first time with Stranger Than Fiction. Available for free stream online, the digital-only release features label-mate Wiz Khalifa, and Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J.
Also hitting the Top 200 is Strange Music band ¡Mayday!. Another Florida act, ¡Mayday!'s second group effort in as many years, Believers, follows band-member Wrekonize's own The War Within, which debuted on the Top 200 earlier this month.
Ace Hood Thrives After Five Years Of Trials & Tribulations
In his fourth album, Ace Hood hit record-high's in chart position and first-week sales. We The Best's flagship artist found 2013 success in the single "Bugatti," which features both Rick Ross and Future. Now moved to Universal Republic and backed by Cash Money, the Florida vet continues his collaborative history with Lil Wayne on Trials & Tribulations, in addition to work with Meek Mill, Chris Brown, and '70s Soul/Disco singer Betty Wright.
¡Mayday! Has Plenty Of Believers
Another Sunshine State act, ¡Mayday!, hit the charts for the second time in as many Summers. The group's fourth album, and second nationally-distributed effort with Strange Music, features label-mates Tech N9ne and Stevie Stone, along with Kardinal Offishall, and Kansas City, Missouri independent sensation Irv Da Phenom. The LP includes the video single, "HighRide."
Timbaland speaks on Nas' "Sinatra In The Sands," willing to create something "phenomenal" for the rapper.
Following the death of Brooklyn-born singer Aaliyah, a number of posthumous records were released following the songstress’ untimely passing, and in the past year a handful of artists including Drake and Chris Brown have gone on to release records featuring the late singer. But according to Virginia producer Timbaland, who worked closely with Aaliyah before her passing, the posthumous collaborations featuring the singer will never work because he didn’t create them.
In Timbaland’s latest interview with Revolt TV, Timbaland briefly touched on Drake and his attempts at creating a record with Aaliyah before giving his approval of the Young Money singer/rapper.
The beatsmith also spoke on a conversation he had with Jay-Z in which he informed the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper that Drake would be an artist to be embraced.
“In music, people always say ‘I [wanna] do a song with Aaliyah.’ It would never work. Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. Aaliyah music only work with a soul mate, which is me,” Tim explained. “That’s why when Drake did ‘Started From The Bottom’ it was a total different sound. Then Drake told me, he said ‘Man, I had to really battle with myself. I want to be the first person to change.’ So, when he said that I was like ‘He’s gonna be around for a long time.’ So, talked to big brother Jay and I was like ‘Yo, we gotta embrace this young soldier. You gotta embrace this guy. We gotta put out hand around him’…And we adopted Drake.”
Timbaland later addressed “Sinatra In The Sands,” the Nas record featuring Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake, which the producer previewed earlier in the week.
“I told Jay this, I said, ‘The person who gets me from Hip Hop now, there album’s gonna be phenomenal.’ And that’s Nas. Nas got a song right now with him, Jay, and Justin. It’s completely stupid,” he revealed. “It’s called ‘Sinatra In The Sands.’ And Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra.”
Chris Brown is being sued over an alleged incident at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Orange County, California in June. The alleged victim initially said she just wanted an apology from Brown.
Chris Brown is being sued for battery, assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress by a 24-year-old woman who says that the singer shoved her to the ground last month at the Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim, California, according to TMZ.com. Deanna Gines says that she was injured during the fall, tearing ligaments in her right knee, the site reports. Gines' lawsuit is seeking $25,000 minimum from Brown, even though she was initially only seeking an apology from Brown, TMZ.com says.
Gines recently called in to TMZ live. She said during the interview that the alleged assault started when a female Brown was with did not like where she was standing. "He pushed me full force with one of his hands," she says. "His girlfriend had his other hand."
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When Gines is asked why, if she is injured and will need a medical procedure to repair her injury, would she accept an apology from Brown and not ask him to pay for her medical bills, Gines said, "I don't feel comfortable answering that question."
When the interviewers say that her response doesn't add up, Gines says, "There's a lot of stuff going around on the media that's referring to [me as a] gold digger, that I'm trying to sue him and get rich and famous. That's not what I'm trying to do at all. That's not what I want to do. That's not what I'm trying to do at all. That's why I'm saying an apology, yes, that's definitely what I want is an apology because if anything, yes, it hurt my knee physically and it also hurt emotionally at the same time. That isn't OK and he just needs to know that it's not OK to run around putting your hands on females, males, whoever just because of who you are. That's not an OK thing for you to do. That's not something that someone of your standards should be promoting to other kids, people that look up to you."
On June 24, the owner of the Heat Ultra Lounge allegedly contacted TMZ.com to clear Brown's name. The owner says that Gines was asked by security to leave the club. Further, he says that police were called due to her disruption. "Heat staff and security did what they had to do," said the man, whose name was not printed in the TMZ.com story. "[Chris Brown] was a complete gentleman."
After the incident, Gines said that wanted an apology from Brown, not his money, according to TMZ.com. Brown did not apologize to Gines, TMZ.com says.
Vybz Kartel's name is cleared in one of the murder charges the Dancehall star currently faces.
Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel has been granted $3 million bail in the Jamaican Supreme Court earlier today for his alleged murder of Barrington "Bossie" Burton earlier this year.
Though the singer was granted bail, it does not necessarily mean that Kartel will be released from prison, as he is currently facing another murder charge. He will appear with three others suspected in the murder in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court to make bail applications.
UPDATE:According to The Jamaican-Gleaner, Vybz Kartel has been acquitted of the murder of Barrington "Bossy" Burton. Both of the Dancehall star's co-defendants were also cleared after two witness statements were not admissable by Supreme Court Judge Bryan Sykes. The 12-person jury acquitted Kartel and two others.
Kanye West & Kim Kardashian's $11 million mansion to include a Swarovski-encrusted freezer and beds worth $174,000 each.
When it comes to their new home, rapper Kanye West and reality star Kim Kardashian have spared no expense furnishing their soon-to-be pad with the most elaborate of furniture. Even the couples various bathrooms will receive the royal treatment once they’re fitted with $750,000 worth of toilets plated with gold.
According to HipHopWired.com, West and Kardashian have ordered four, gold-plated toilets for their $11 million mansion.
In addition to the gold-plated toilets, the couple will also have a Swarovski-encrusted fridge freezer and special-edition beds, which retail for $174,000 each.
Musically, Kanye has not shied away from making his interest in all things extravagant known with lyrics that namedrop high-end designers and luxury shops including Gucci and Versace. On “The Glory,” West makes reference to the Italian-based boutique as he raps, “My hat, my shoes, my coat, Louis Vuitton stitch, with Donatello Versace/ That’s Louis Vuitton bitch.”
As of now it’s unclear when the Yeezus rapper’s Bel Air, California home will be complete, but in the meantime the couple, who recently welcomed their daughter North West, are currently staying with Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner.
CBS Evening News’ Jim Axelrod reports Alex Rodriguez could be dealt a lifetime ban for using performance-enhancing drugs, citing Major League Baseball sources.
From CBS New York:
“My understanding is he’s trying to make a deal,” a source told the website. “But I don’t think it’s going to happen (Monday).”
Rodriguez is the biggest remaining name linked to MLB’s Biogenesis investigation following Monday’s suspension of Ryan Braun. The evidence against Rodriguez is ”far beyond” what the league had against Braun, according to ESPN.com.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Monday Major League Baseball is expected to suspend Rodriguez at least 50 games within two to three weeks.
Rodriguez admitted to using steroids before MLB’s penalties were in place, but has never been suspended. He is, however, expected to face a suspension longer than the 50 games first-time offenders must serve for violating MLB’s substance abuse policy.
Heyman reports Rodriguez declined to answer questions MLB investigators had when they interviewed Rodriguez about his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. If the league can prove Rodriguez was using performance-enhancing drugs before or after their interviews with Rodriguez, he could be facing a 150-game suspension. That’s the length reported by the New York Daily News that has been denied by Rodriguez’s representatives.
A sentence involving Spike Lee, Veronica Mars and Zach Braff rarely ever happens. However, Spike Lee has joined Veronica Mars and Zach Braff as the latest celebrity to ask fans to help fund their next project for his untitled film about “blood addiction” that “isn’t a vampire movie.”
Spike Lee is currently campaigning for $1.25 million on popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Speaking withVariety, Lee attributes his inability to get Hollywood financing from big studios on the movie industry’s current preference for high budget blockbuster movies:
I understand now that, with the amount of money it costs to market a film, the studios need films that are going to be tentpoles. But I will go to my grave believing that there are still audiences that want something different. Not to eradicate these type of 3D, blow-up-the-world, ‘Transformers’-type movies. They’re cool, but now it seems like that’s the only thing they’re making.”
He also revealed that the current movie landscape would have made some of his previous movies impossible to make stating ““Universal would not make ‘Do the Right Thing’ today.”
Even George Lucas echoed similar sentiments in a 2012 interview about his movie Red Tails. According to Lucas the movie inspired by the all-Black Tuskeegee Airmen of World War II was delayed from being released due to race:
It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all…I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.
Lauryn Hill’s body might be locked up but her pen is still moving freely. Hill wrote a letter to her fans that have been sending mail to her while in prison on her which was posted on her personal Tumblr account.
Ms. Hill thanked all her fans for their kind words and even updated them on her life in prison:
I have known since very young to look for the purpose and lesson in everything, including the trials. Although it has taken some adjustment, I cannot deny the favor I have encountered while in here, and general warm reception from a community of people who despite their circumstances, have found unique ways to make the best of them. Thank you for the letters of concern and well wishes that I receive in the mail every day. Although I may not be able to write everyone back, please know that they have been received, read, acknowledged, and appreciated.With Love back, MLH
Ms. Hill is currently serving a three month prison sentence stemming from pleading guilty to tax evasion charges regarding unfiled earnings from 2005-2007.
The record industry has been attempting to find innovative methods to embrace the digital age for years. Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons, filmmaker Brian Robbins, and music executive Steve Rifkin are trying a unique approach of connecting online media to the music business. According to Billboard the three entertainment veterans have joined forces for a new label venture centered around YouTube.
All Def Music is a partnership with Universal Music Group to discover, promote, and develop rising talent through the Google-owned video sharing site.
ADM will also include All Def Digital Management which has already signed internet comic sensationSpoken Reasonsand Pennsylvania rapper Asher Roth. Roth will appear in the unscripted music program “Lemonade.”
“The exponential growth of Internet-based video has created a powerful new outlet for music and music-based content, and the launch of All Def Music is a part of our broader strategy to partner with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs in media and technology to identify future stars and develop powerful content on the world’s fastest growing media platform,” said UMG chairman Lucian Grainge.
“This is the most exciting new terrain for me, to move talent across all media platforms, and I couldn’t have better partners in Brian and Steve, and the most innovative of music executives, Lucian Grainge,” added Simmons.
The game with a virtual Kanye West battling Nicki Minaj and Lil B clones is now available, despite no authorization or affiliation with the superstar rapper.
According to Kotaku.com, a video game version of Windy City rapper Kanye West will serve as the protagonist in a newly-released, Japanese role-playing game (RPG) titled “Kanye Quest 3030.” Created by Phenix, "Kanye Quest 3030" is described as “a hip-hop-themed science-fiction 2D roleplaying game starring Kanye West” that’s set in the year 3030.
The game, which is not actually endorsed by West, also features artists such as Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Lil B, Tupac, and the Notorious B.I.G. But unlike West, the other rappers featured in the game are clones who are controlled by a “god-like dictator.”
“Kanye Quest 3030” is far from the first video game to incorporate a rapper or other musician. Beginning in 2003, Def Jam began to release a series of Hip Hop-heavy video games. The first, titled “Def Jam Vendetta” was a wrestling video game, which featured DMX, Joe Budden, Ludacris, and a handful of other artists.
Hip Hop has also been prominent in the soundtracks of various video games including “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” and “NBA 2K13.”
The trailer for “Kanye Quest 3030” can be found below.
Drake refers to the controversy surrounding J. Cole's autism lyric as "a learning lesson."
Just one day after J. Cole released an apology made in regards to his “offensive” line about autism on Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle,” the Canadian singer/rapper has followed suit with an apology of his own. Similarly to Cole, Drake used his own Website, Octobers Very Own, to express his regret for the use of the line.
In his apology, Drake went on to take “responsibility” for Cole’s lyric and referred to the situation as “a learning lesson.”
“J.Cole wrote a beautiful and moving apology to individuals and families affected by autism who were understandably hurt by a verse in ‘Jodeci Freestyle’. I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. Individuals with autism have brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted,” said Drake in a blog post made yesterday (July 22). “This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right, responsible, and respectful decision to remove the lyric from the song.”
In the particular lyric, which has gone on to garner a modest amount of criticism following the release of “Jodeci Freestyle,” J. Cole addressed his critics as he rapped, “Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started/ I'm artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded."
Criticism for the song reached its peak last week when the mother of an autistic son penned an open letter to both Drake and J. Cole, stating that the two artists were putting her son “in danger” by using the word “autistic” in such a “negative” manner.
“You are putting my son in danger. You see, he is getting closer and closer to middle school, and we know that kids start separating into groups and picking on other children at that time,” Flannery explained in her letter. “When you throw out the term 'autistic' in such a negative way, you are planting a seed in children’s minds that people with autism are less; less intelligent, less important, less than human.”
J. Cole’s autism lyric has since been removed from “Jodeci Freestyle.”
Music icon Stevie Wonder was the first to announce that he would no longer perform in the state of Florida. Wonder made the unexpected announcement during a performance this month in Quebec City, Quebec.
"I decided today that until the 'Stand Your Ground' law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world,” said the singer.
Despite reports that Jay-Z has joined the Florida boycott, The Huffington Post also reports that both Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake will still appear at their August 16 “Legends Of The Summer” show in Miami.
Other artists who have reportedly joined the boycott include Usher, Young Jeezy, R. Kelly, and close to 30 other acts.
On July 13, Sanford, Florida resident and neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The verdict consequently sparked a number of rallies and protests with Jay-Z and Beyonce attending a rally alongside Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, over the weekend in New York City.
As of today, variations of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” laws exist in at least 23 states.
Timbaland appears to call out posthumous Aaliyah collaborations with two artists he's also worked with. Tim also hints to a reunion with Nas, following a 14-year hiatus.
Last month Chris Brown released the single "Don't Think They Know," which featured posthumous vocals from R&B sensation Aaliyah. The RCA Records digital single follows "Enough Said," a 2012 track Drake recorded, also made with unheard Aaliyah vocals tracks.
The late singer's mentor, Norfolk, Virginia producer/artist Timbaland recently spoke his opinion on these tracks to Revolt TV. "In music, people always say, 'I would do a song with Aaliyah.' It would never work," said Tim, who produced the bulk of Aaliyah's 1996 sophomore album, One In A Million, and two singles from her 2001 self-titled third LP. "A lot of these rappers out here are awful. Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah]; it won't work. Drake could do a record with Aaliyah; it ain't going to work." To the Roc Nation Records artist and founder of Mosley Music Group, there is only one logical pairing. "Aaliyah music only works with its soul-mate, which is me."
In 2012, Tim, along with another of Aaliyah's mentors and fellow VA artist, Miss Elliott, spoke out against a reported Drake-executive-produced Aallyah LP. Incidentally, Timbaland has worked with both Drake and Chris Brown, on Thank Me Later and F.A.M.E., respectively.
Additionally, Timbaland confirmed a music reunion with one of his former emcee collaborators. "I told [Jay-Z], the person who gets me from Hip Hop, now, their album's gonna be phenomenal. And that's Nas." In 1999, Tim worked on both Nas' albums, I Am... and Nastradamus. On the latter, Tim laced the single "You Owe Me."
Chris Brown to surrender himself for booking following not guilty plea in hit-and-run case.
R&B crooner Chris Brown has pled not guilty in the hit-and-run accident which took place in Los Angeles in May. According to TMZ, as a result of Brown’s not guilty plea the singer will now have to turn himself in to authorities since he was not arrested at the time of the accident. Brown currently has until August 6 to be booked for the hit-and-run.
Although the hit-and-run was only a minor car accident and no charges were filed from the other driver, the Virginia songster allegedly refused to provide his license and gave false insurance information and consequently sparked an investigation by the LAPD. As a result, the L.A. City attorney is now looking to press charges against Brown.
The May hit-and-run is just one of a number of legal obstacles Brown has faced over the past few years. Just days ago, the singer’s probation was revoked as a result of the hit-and-run. And last year, both Brown and Young Money artist Drake made headlines following a club brawl at W.i.P. nightclub in New York City.
At this moment, it’s unclear if the hit-and-run will in fact serve as a probation violation for the singer.
Brown’s next court appearance will take place on August 15.
Kanye West may or may not be heading to jail after being videotaped and photographed assaulting a member of the paparazzi but what is known is that no matter what happens….Cher has his back.
Following Kanye’s scuffle with an overzealous photographer at LAX airport, Cher took to her personal Twitter account to 1. voice her support for Kanye West and 2. spew some vitriol towards paparazzi at large (and 3. remind you she’s Cher):
On the surface this seems like an odd union but Cher has a documented history of being anti-paparazzi. In a recent June interview, Cher said celebrities are “screwed” when it comes to maintaining privacy during the age of the paparazzi.
Check out archival footage of Cher letting a member of the paparazzi know how much of a “slimy, low-life as*hole” he is:
Future is about to embark on a type of multitasking no man should wish on his worst enemy. A month after Future admitted to being the father of Brittini Mealy’s child and requested to set up child support payments, Mealy is back for more.
After Future filed legal documents on June 8th requesting child support payments be set up, Mealy alleges therapper singer entertainer has already missed months of child support payments.
Future is also seeking joint custody of his 10 year old son he fathered with Jessica Smith after she requested more child support money. Smith alleged Future was lying about his income and pointed to recent comments he made about always having $25,000 on his person.
Life imitates art in the most serendipitous ways at times, other times it helps add light irony on heavy topics such as a famed R&B singer being lost at sea. That is exactly happened with the “Survivor” singer, Kelly Rowland, was rescued after being stranded at sea for 12 hours.
Rowland and a half dozen others embarked on a whale watching expedition on Friday morning (July 19th) but soon encountered 5 foot waves, disorienting fog and got off course.
The captain of the boat became groggy due to the conditions, however Harbor Master triangulated the position of the boat to the Coast Guard after the boat carrying the “Sail On” singer was late on its return.
TowBoat U.S. captain Noah Santos rescued everyone and returned them to back around 11p.m. on Friday (July 19th). According to Santos everyone “ were just a little shaken up” but he later received a personal thank you from Kelly Rowland herself:
“I ran into her the next day while I was out at dinner with my wife and she bought us dinner. She told me I was her hero.”
No word yet from Kelly Rowland or her team regarding the incident.
Check out a photo of Kelly with her rescuer, Noah Santos:
J. Cole says his comments about people with autism on Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle" were "wrong" and left him "embarrassed."
J. Cole has apologized for an "offensive" line in his verse for Drake's "Jodeci Freestyle." The line in question makes a negative reference towards people with autism.
"Fuck your list you, lame niggas and doubters
I'm undoubtedly the hottest and that's just me being modest
Go check the numbers dummy, that's just me gettin' started
I'm artistic, you niggas is autistic, retarded"
The above scheme faced backlash soon after the track was released. Among the many who criticized Cole for this rhyme was Flannery. In a letter, Flannery wrote about her son's struggles with autism. "Please help me," Flannery wrote in an open letter to Cole in the Connor Chronicles. "I’m fighting, we’re fighting, for our son’s future; his survival and ability to navigate the world depend so much on what happens in these early years. Please don’t make our uphill climb an exercise in futility. We, and so many others, will never forgive you for that. Do the right thing. Lift our children up, don’t tear them down."
Late Sunday (July 21), Cole apologized for the line with a letter of his own. The letter was attached to a Twitter post. It can be read below.
Recently there’s been a trend that includes rappers saying something
offensive, only to be attacked for it in the media and pressured to
apologize. I have to be completely honest and say there’s a part of me
that resents that. I view rap similar to how I view comedy. It’s going
to ruffle feathers at times. It’s going to go “too far”. I do not
believe that an apology is needed every time someone is offended,
especially when that apology is really only for the sake of saving an
endorsement or cleaning up bad press.
With that said, this is not the case today. This letter is sincere.
This apology IS necessary.
In a recent verse on the song “Jodeci Freestyle”, I said something
highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a
comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away
that what I said was wrong. I was instantly embarrassed that I would
be ignorant enough say something so hurtful. What makes the crime
worse is that I should have known better.
To the entire Autism community who expressed outrage, I’m moved and
inspired by your passion, and I’m amazed at how strong you are as a
unit. I have now read stories online from parents about their
struggles and triumphs with raising an Autistic child and I admire how
incredibly strong you have to be to do so. It’s touching. It also
makes what I said even more embarrassing for me. I feel real shame.
You have every right to be angry.
To anyone suffering from Autism, either mildly or severely, I am
sorry. I’m bound to make mistakes in my life, but in my heart I just
want to spread Love.
I want to educate myself more on Autism, and I’ll gladly own my
mistake and serve as an example to today’s generation that there’s
nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.
People with this disorder and their loved ones have to go through so
much already, the last thing they need is to hear something as
ignorant as what I said. I understand.
To the parents who are fighting through the frustrations that must
come with raising a child with severe autism, finding strength and
patience that they never knew they had; to the college student with
Asperger’s Syndrome; to all those overcoming Autism. You deserve
medals, not disrespect. I hope you accept my sincere apology.
According to Autism Speaks, which Cole referenced in the title of his letter, 1 in 88 American children are now on the autism spectrum. Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD for short, and autism are general terms for different disorders. As Autism Speaks explains, "These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome."
A judge concludes that neither Drake nor Chris Brown will pay a cent in the $16 million lawsuit filed against them by Entertainment Enterprises.
Following the infamous nightclub brawl, which reportedly took place between Chris Brown, Drake, and their entourages at W.i.P. nightclub in New York City last year, a number of lawsuits were filed against the pair of artists and W.i.P. nightclub. Today (July 22), both Drake and Brown have one less lawsuit to worry about now that a $16 million lawsuit against them has officially been dropped by a New York judge.
According to HotNewHipHop.com, Greenhouse, a nightclub located across the street from W.i.P. filed a lawsuit against the two artists, stating that due to the neighboring location of W.i.P., the brawl resulted in a financial loss.
Despite their claims of financial loss, a judge in the matter ruled that neither Drake nor Brown will have to pay anything to Entertainment Enterprises, the owners of Greenhouse.
The notorious nightclub fight took place a little over a year ago and has resulted in a feud between Drake and Brown that has held strong in the year following the brawl. The fight reportedly occurred over comments made in regards to Rihanna and as a result numerous clubgoers were injured due to the number of bottles thrown during the raucous incident.
The So So Def founder and former top executive at Island and Virgin Records has a growing list of debts.
So So Def Records founder Jermaine Dupri (f/k/a JD) once rapped "Money Ain't A Thang" on his 1999 breakthrough single. Now, the Atlanta, Georgia-based executive, producer and onetime artist will be taken to task over that statement. Dupri was sued by exotic car dealership Premier Financial Services over missed payments on a Lamborghini Murcielago.
In 2011, Dupri was sued by the dealer for approximately $79,000 in missed car payments on the $330,000 Italian sportscar. Dupri's Lambo was reportedly repossessed that same year. Two years later, according to TMZ.com, a judge has ruled in favor of the dealership. The mentor to Bow Wow, Kris Kross and Da'Brat now must pay the balance.
This image provided by Marvel Comics shows cover art from "Age of Ultron" No. 10. Written by Neil Gaiman. Photo …Marvel, the studio that brings us the biggest superhero movies around, brought the big guns to Comic-Con's Hall H Saturday night.
Joss Whedon concluded the hour-long panel by introducing a teaser trailer showing what appeared to be Iron Man's mask getting deformed by unseen forces. Then the familiar voices from "Marvel's the Avengers" begin talking about how they aren't a team, they're a "time bomb," and the like. But as we pan-out we see the mask is not Iron Man at all. And just as we're wondering who it is, a graphic flashes across the screen: "Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron."
Boom! Lights up. The crowd goes wild. And every geek around is shaking in their seats.
Why you ask? Because Ultron opens up a multi-universe full of possibility.
"The Age of Ultron" is a Marvel Comics ten-issue run written earlier this year (partially by Neil Gaiman), which centers around the robot Ultron, and his attempt to take over the world by hanging out in the future and using his creation, the android Vision, as a conduit of destruction in the present. Got it?
Since it's the comics, there's a ton of back story to know too, dating back to Avengers #54 in 1968. Ultron was created by Hank Pym, aka Ant-Man, aka the star (and name) of the movie Marvel is releasing in November, 2015. Pym uses his own brain waves and adamantium (the stuff that makes Wolverine tick) to create the robot.
Basically Ultron has daddy issues, becomes self-aware, rebels against his maker, then brainwashes Pym to forget about making him in the first place. Then Ultron tries to take over the universe.
Empire Magazine tweeted after the panel that they had spoken with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who said the title is "borrowed" from the comic book run, but "bears no relation to it.
See director Edgar Wright tell us how 'Ant-Man' fits into the Marvel universe:
Which would make sense, since the "The Age of Ultron" run takes place after Ultron and his Sentinels have already conquered the world. And we'd want to see that, right?
Plus, "Avengers 2" comes out in May 2015, before "Ant-Man," so it would certainly make one wonder how Ultron fits into that picture, since he would have been destroying earth six months prior.
Also complicating the matter is that "The Age of Ultron" run features Wolverine and the Fantastic Four – properties of 20th Century Fox – as well as Spider-Man – a property of Sony. Though Andrew Garfield did say he'd love to join the Avengers, as it's been portrayed plenty in the comics.
And what about the Thanos tease at the end of the first "Avengers"? What was that for, if not to tease "Avengers 2"? And why, during the most excellent "Guardians of the Galaxy" panel, would Djimon Hounsou say his Korath character would be a great "ally" to Thanos? How does "GOTG" fit into this greater Marvel Universe?
But at least we know a title. And one villain – a scary-dangerous one at that. At the end of the day, we know the story will prominently feature Ultron, who has a long rich history in the comics, and Marvel can go all over the universal map with Ultron's possibilities. They could even focus primarily on Vision, a future Avenger who kinda looks like Vin Diesel in a green suit and red make-up.
And speaking of casting, would a human play Ultron or would Marvel make him entirely CG?
Whichever direction Marvel decides to go for "Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron," they won't have any trouble filling up Hall H at next year's Comic-Con to talk about it. When we'll still be wondering what the heck the movie's about, and still be dieing to see it.
"Anybody that tells you they wouldn't run hasn't been in situations like me," 2 Chainz says in an interview with villagevoice.com. "I've been a felon since I was 15. Most kids at that age might still be sleeping in the same bed with their siblings. I'm trying to grow to be a wiser person...But you know I learned from the experience and like I said I'm striving to be a wiser person."
As for his next steps, 2 Chainz says he's almost finished with his new album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. "That's pretty much done," the rapper says of his new album, which is slated for a September 10 release. "I'm just finishing up the mixing. I'm adding a few samples, taking away a few samples. I'm still arranging the album too and also getting the credits right to make that side of the business is taken care of."
Even though 2 Chainz has become one of rap's biggest stars in the last few years, he has also been criticized by a number of writers, fans and others for subject matter that Rich Nichols, The Roots' manager, says is "a fucking object lesson in thematic narrowness, one dumbass idea repeated over and over again."
"My answer to the critics is this, and I quote: 'Smart people can act dumb but dumb people can't act smart,'" 2 Chainz says to The Village Voice. "That goes to every critic that doesn't know I never made a C in high school, just A's and B's. It just so happens I have an understanding about real life. Where I'm from no one wants Jesse Jackso[n]--they want a nigga that tells it like it is, strippers and dope dealers who ride foreign cars. I take [listeners] on a walk though that neighborhood, through that lifestyle. When I came in the game with 'Duffle Bag Boyz,' I was already wearing Gucci. That's how I came in the game. This album, of course, it's some growth. I'm talking about prosperity more but I'm not going to stop talking real shit that we see on the news. So all those critics can miss me with that shit."
In fact, 2 Chainz says his lyrics are not as basic as people might imagine. "When I say, 'All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe,' all I'm really saying is, 'I would like to have some birthday sex, please.' When I'm talking about 'I'm different,' I'm saying that when I'm looking in the mirror I see a trendsetter. No one is doing it like me."
2 Chainz says his next set of moves focus on expanding his business empire. "T.R.U. University label is my focus," he says. "Have some projects coming out on that. I'm just looking to be competitive. I got that sports edge on these fools. I eat well, get my cardio in. I want it all. I'm amicable with people, but I want everybody up outta here. I want it all."
Loon provides insight into his conspiracy charges, alludes to being falsely implemented.
According to XXLMag.com, former Bad Boy Records artist Loon, who now goes by the name Amir Junaid Muhadith, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison due to drug trafficking charges he received several years ago in North Carolina.
Loon has remained relatively silent following his arrest in Belgium, a country he attempted to flee to in 2011 and is now imprisoned, and with the conclusion of his trial the former emcee is now sharing his side of the story.
In a recording made from prison, Loon first went on to speak in detail on the charges he received and specifically explained the nature of his conspiracy charge.
“I also want to explain to you in detail, the detail of the charges I was charged with and the federal indictment from the Eastern District of North Carolina which was the conspiracy charge, which I was charged with,” said Loon. “Conspiring to possess with intent to distribute…If someone was to call you on the phone and make statements engaging in some form of illegal act, the moment that you answer that persons question or answer that person in general, automatically that falls underneath the umbrella of conspiracy. That means at that point you are conspiring to join that individual…to do something illegal.”
Later in the audio recording, Loon referred to the individuals who went on to “implement” him following their own arrests and states that there was no real affiliation with the persons he says merely crossed his path at one point.
“In my case, back in 2008, before Islam, I was affiliated—not even affiliated, I don’t want to say that, but some individuals had crossed my path who were interested at one point in the music business,” he explained. “At some point these individuals called me in regards to something that was totally away from the lifestyle and life I was living. The fact that I responded to these individuals placed me underneath the umbrella of conspiracy and therefore once these individuals were apprehended by the United States government they chose to implement me in the situation.”
The full audio recording as well as Loon’s indictment can be found below.
A Hampton University student says she can now afford to stay in college thanks to a $25,000 scholarship she won from Wale.
Walerecently helped a Hampton University student by "gifting" her with a $25,000 scholarship, according to thejasminebrand.com. Lauren Pryor, a sophomore Psychology student, won the Wale "The Gifted" Scholarship by calling into Norfolk, Virginia Hip Hop station 103 JAMZ.
“I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the twenty-fifth caller would win the prize," Pryor said to the Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, as per thejasminebrand.com. "The station said to call between 4 and 5 pm. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the fourteenth call I told myself to give it a rest then, I heard a man say, ‘Hello.’ I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide."
Wale attended Robert Morris College and Virginia State University on football scholarships before transferring to a third school, Bowie State, prior to his rap career.
Pryor received the scholarship at the album release party and concert for Wale’s The Gifted. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, The Gifted is Wale's third studio album and the second to come out while signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group.
“Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing," Pryor says. "Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith.”
Sharpton's forthcoming memoir, The Rejected Stone, tracks his progress from “personal evolution” to New York street activist to political candidate, civil rights spokesman and television host. Its collaboration with the Birdman empire was a shock to many especially after Sharpton's criticism of Lil Wayne's lyrics. Sharpton also met with PepsiCo and the family of Emmett Till when the YMCMB rapper’s offensive lyrics referenced Till and were framed in a sexual manner.
In a letter published on RapRehab.com, Carl Redding, a chef and former associate of Rev. Sharpton wrote an open letter to the Reverend calling for him to return the “blood money” he received from Cash Money after signing the deal.
"As one who has spent years publicly crusading against the harmful effect of misogynistic lyrics on our young people, it’s clear that your decision to cut a lucrative financial deal with those who propagate such destructive images in our community, is the latest example of your failed leadership," Redding wrote. "Dr. Martin Luther King, who you claim to emulate, is doing somersaults in his grave."
Redding also goes on to point out the hypocricy of the situation.
"Your decision to cooperate and do business with a record label that routinely calls black women outside of their name, is deeply problematic and begs the question: where is your commitment to the black community?"
YMCMB has received criticism over the last few years from many over the lyrics that come from their artists. Sharpton's most recent criticism of a YMCMB artist came recently when criticizing Lil Wayne's lyrics on Future's song "Karate Chop (Remix)" when he said "Beat that pussy up like Emmett Till." The Reject Stone is due out on October 8.
Superman took flight again this summer in "Man of Steel," which has so far taken in over $280 million in the US and over $620 million worldwide, making it the #2 movie at the box office for 2013 ("Iron Man 3" sits securely at the top spot). Naturally, Henry Cavill is set to step into the character's red boots again, but at the Comic-Con today, there was surprising news that he'll be joined by another caped superhero.
Batman will team up with Superman in the next movie, The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times confirmed Saturday morning. "Man of Steel" director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer (who also worked on "The Dark Knight" series) will return for the film expected to be released in 2015. Christian Bale, however, is not expected to return as the Caped Crusader.
There was speculation that Warner Bros. would follow "Man of Steel" with a "Justice League" movie that would bring together all of the major heroes from the DC Comics world, including Wonder Woman, but that has been pushed back. Instead, they will follow the Superman/Batman team up with a movie for the super-speedy hero The Flash in 2016, and follow with "Justice League" in 2017.
SUPERMAN'S SUITOne has red shorts. The other does not. Because, apparently, in 2013, we just can't take the red shorts seriously any more … at least according to Zack Snyder. Let's just say that ... more
This will be the first time the two biggest names in DC Comics will share the big screen, but it almost happened once before over a decade ago. After the embarrassing "Batman & Robin" in 1997, several reboots of the Caped Crusader were proposed, including "Batman vs. Superman." Director Wolfgang Petersen ("Air Force One") was attached to a script by "Seven" screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker that would have pitted the two against each other, but that project was eventually scrapped for Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins."
Batman and Superman, who partnered up in the comics under the title "World's Finest," will have another superhero team to watch out for when they hit the screen. Marvel's "The Avengers 2" has already been announced to open that same year on May 1, 2015.
UPDATE: Director Zack Snyder officially announced that Batman will indeed appear in his follow-up to "Man of Steel." He revealed a logo for the movie that combines Superman's "S" shield (yes, we know it's not an "S") with the Bat-symbol, which notably looked different than the one in Christopher Nolan's trilogy. They also used a quote from Frank Miller's groundbreaking graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns" where Batman and Superman engage in a fight to the finish. Batman says, "I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you." So we can assume that the two icons won't be getting along in the new movie. Henry Cavill is definitely returning, as are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, but Batman has yet to be cast.
I am sure Diddy got a million retweets and replies when he tweeted prayers for the Martin Family after George Zimmerman beat the case. But, there was one person that wasn’t impressed with the notion of “prayer” for the family. Polow Da Don, the man that once proclaimed himself to be the “King of White Girls,” was not having it! Look at how it played out on Twitter and share your thoughts.
And then Polow Da Don replied:
Polow has a point, in the notion that praying alone will not help the situation. That’s why people are taking it to the streets and trying to revoke certain laws. The biggest battle…is still ahead.
Jay-Z’shuge opening week salesfor his latest albumMagna Carta Holy Grailwere just the beginning.Billboardis now reporting that the LP will easily top the album sales chart in its second week as well.
There are no official or unofficial numbers in yet, but industry sources can already conclude that no other project seems to be threatening Jay’s reign at the top.
IfMCHGstays at number 1 for another week it will be the first time a rap album has topped the Billboard 200 for consecutive weeks since Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV in September of 2011.
Since that time J. Cole’sCole World: The Sideline Story, Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park, Drake’s Take Care, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nas’ Life Is Good, Rick Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t, 2 Chainz’s Based on a T.R.U. Story, A$AP Rocky’s Long. Live. ASAP, Kanye West’s Yeezus, Wale’sThe Gifted, and Cole’sBorn Sinnerhave all reached number, but none of those albums were able to hold onto the top spot for more than a week.
In late May, police found $8,000 in cash on Chief Keef during an arrest for speeding. Now in June, Chief Keef’s estranged baby mother has taken legal action against the star rapper over unpaid child support payments.
According to TMZ, the mother of Keef’s daughter Kayden claims he has only paid $1,900 in child support. Weeks before his speeding arrest, the rapper born Keith Cozart was court ordered to pay $3,100 a month (including $500 for daycare).
A judge has ordered Keef to appear in court in September to explain the missed payments and an arrest warrant may be issued.
This week has been a real test of the father skills of the Finally Rich rapper after his 1 year old daughter was hospitalized after being in a car accident. Kayden was placed in a neck brace.
Once the nation’s 4th largest metropolis, the City of Detroit has filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
The city is said to have over 18 billion dollars in debt that it can not pay due to population flight, mismanagement, and loss of tax revenue. According to TheDetroit Free Press at freep.com, the filing will begin a 30 day-90 day process to discover whether it can truly declare bankruptcy officially, and to determine claimants who might be entitled to the city’s limited settlement resources.
Once the Automobile Capitol of America and home to the Motown Sound, as well as a strong hip-hop scene, Detroit has experienced population flight at an unforeseen rate shrinking from a populous of over 2 million to barely 700,000 residents.
“The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too long. I’m making this tough decision so the people of Detroit will have the basic services they deserve and so we can start to put Detroit on a solid financial footing that will allow it to grow and prosper in the future,” said Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder. “This is a difficult step, but the only viable option to address a problem that has been six decades in the making.”
Rap artists have been responding to the filing on Twitter largely by retweeting the story as run on news sites. However, Slaughterhouse member and long-standing member of Detroit’s hip-hop community, Royce Da 5’9″ stated:My city has seen many lows and many highs.. I’m proud to representDetroitno matter the financial status..
Detroit’s bankruptcy filing is the largest municipal filing in U.S. history.
Webbie says God put Lil Boosie in prison "for a reason" and possibly for his own protection.
Louisiana rapper Webbie may be known to many as the artist behind the trio of Savage Life albums and singles including “Give Me That” and “This Is What I Do,” but according to the emcee he may soon be known for his sermons.
While appearing on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club this week, Webbie discussed a variety of topics and even referred to himself as a preacher halfway through the interview. He also went on to reveal that he’s already appeared in front of two churches and although he may not be a certified preacher, he still considers himself one.
“I think I’m a preacher man. I talked in front of two churches,” Webbie disclosed. “What they give you to certify a preacher? Well, look here, I ain’t go to no school and I’m a preacher. Certified.”
On top of speaking in front of two separate churches, Webbie also provided words of encouragement to incarcerated rapper Lil Boosie. According to Webbie, he once spoke to Boosie about God’s will and stated that being in prison may have protected the rapper against something far worse.
“God good man. God real,” said Webbie. “Like back to my brother, Lil Boosie, it’s crazy and you’ll never know unless you the person, but I told him. I said it, I said ‘Man, you gon’ be straight.’ I said ‘God put you in there for a reason. To protect you bruh. Cause he’s probably saying you would’ve got killed or something or something else was gon’ happen. You gon’ be straight.’”
Despite Webbie’s newfound interest, over the past couple of years the rapper has found himself in the middle of a handful of legal maladies. Just last year Webbie was accused of kicking a woman down a flight of stairs although the incident was later labeled “a misunderstanding."
Eminem reportedly turned down the leading role in the film "Elysium" when the city of Detroit was not chosen as the film's location.
Detroit rapper Eminem has always been one to show love to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan and his love for the Motor City reportedly resulted in the rapper not being chosen for the leading role in the upcoming, sci-fi flick Elysium.
The lead role in the film was ultimately given to Matt Damon, an actor who was Elysium director Neil Blomkamp’s third choice. According to Rolling Stone, top priority was given to South African rapper Ninja who also turned down the role due to location.
Despite being eyed by Blomkamp, Eminem has not expressed terrible excitement in returning to the world of Hollywood. In a recent interview with Rap Fix, the Recovery rapper stated that it would take a very “dope” script or role for him to take a break from rapping and return to acting.
"There are some things in the [works], a couple of scripts," Eminem revealed. "I guess it's more so of just waiting now to see how they come together. Obviously it's gotta be something that I feel is dope enough to make me want to say, 'OK, let me put the mic down for a second and go do this movie.' There are some things that are in the works. I guess we'll just see how they come together."
Em shocked both fans and naysayers alike with his role as Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. in the Curtis Hanson-directed film 8 Mile. The film, released in 2002, received high praise and went on to secure a number of award nominations.
Still, many users, such as Killer Mike, were dissuaded from using the app because it asked for permission to users' storage, system tools, location, network communities, phone calls and more. Citing similar complains, the Electronic Privacy Information Centre claims the app collects "massive amounts of personal information from users, including location data," reports BBC. The United States civil liberties group even filed a complaint with the FTC to suspend distribution of the app, which Epic says "also includes hidden spam techniques" that make app users promote MCHG to their friends.
Now, Samsung has replied to the complaints in a statement:
"We are aware of the complaint filed with the FTC and believe it is baseless," stated the electronics giant.
"Samsung takes customer privacy and the protection of personal information very seriously," it added.
Samsung claimed that the scope of the app's use of any information gathered has been overblown. "Any information obtained through the application download process was purely for customer verification purposes, app functionality purposes and for marketing communications, but only if the customer requests to receive those marketing communications."
"Our permissions are in line with other apps' standard permissions. Samsung is in no way inappropriately using or selling any information obtained from users through the download process," concluded the statement.
Despite any controversy, Magna Carta Holy Grailmoved over 500,000 units in its first week, not including the the units from the app.
With the end of the NCAA’s current contract on the horizon, the recently released NCAA Football 14 will be the last EA Sports title to include the organization’s name and logo. The first EA Sports college football game without an affiliation with the NCAA will be called “College Football 15,” sources told ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy.
The current contract expires in June 2014, but our timing is based on the need to provide EA notice for future planning. As a result, the NCAA Football 2014 video game will be the last to include the NCAA’s name and logo. We are confident in our legal position regarding the use of our trademarks in video games. But given the current business climate and costs of litigation, we determined participating in this game is not in the best interests of the NCAA.
The NCAA has never licensed the use of current student-athlete names, images or likenesses to EA. The NCAA has no involvement in licenses between EA and former student-athletes. Member colleges and universities license their own trademarks and other intellectual property for the video game. They will have to independently decide whether to continue those business arrangements in the future.
The NCAA, of course, is a co-defendant along with EA Sports and Collegiate Licensing Company in a high-profile antitrust lawsuit put forth by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon. O’Bannon v. the NCAA seeks damages for the use of player likenesses in video games and television broadcasts, and the case is awaiting ruling on class-action certification. If the suit is certified, thousands of student-athletes could join, pushing potential damages into billions of dollars.
“Funny is funny.” That is Bill Cosby’s rationale for returning to televised comedy specials after a 30 year hiatus this November on Comedy Central for his “Far From Finished” comedy special.
The 76 year old comedic icon’s last comedy special was “Bill Cosby: Himself” which was released on May 20th 1983 . That special contained material that birthed one of the most influential television shows of all time,The Cosby Show.
“Far From Finished” will air on November 24th on Comedy Central.
Jay-Z gets his 13th #1 album in "Magna Carta Holy Grail," while fellow Brooklyn veteran Tony Touch brings a gang of Golden Era greats to his "Piece Maker 3 (Return Of The 50 MC's).
As planned Jay-Z's first week at traditional retail with Magna Carta Holy Grail yielded the Brooklyn, New York emcee's 13th #1 album. He is still behind The Beatles' all-time record of 19, but comfortably ahead of Elvis Presley, who Jay surpassed with The Blueprint III back in 2009.
Released on his own Roc Nation label, Jay and his artist J. Cole owned two of the top three spots on this week's charts. Cole's Born Sinner had the top spot last week, for the back-to-back tandem.
Ciara took the other spot with her self-titled fifth album. Her first LP since joining Epic Records, home to her boyfriend Future, Ciara returned to the top three after a dismal #44 debut in 2010 with Basic Instinct. The Atlanta, Georgia-based singer's latest features B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, and of course Future.
With Jay-Z already receiving platinum plaques last week for his million-plus sold album, the Brooklyn icon went gold by the charts' standards in his first week at retail. The legendary emcee's sneak-attack album sold approximately 527,000 copies in its second week available to the masses, and first to those without his Samsung app.
The #NewRules roll-out actually surpassed the first week sales of Jay's last solo album, 2009's Blueprint III, which garnered 476,000 overall. Off the charts, the LP also broke two Spotify records this month to boot.
The Sony-backed LP which features Eminem's "Symphony In H" sold approximately 2,400 units. Now a prominent Shady 45 host, the onetime Sunz Of Man and RZA producer was previously signed to Tommy Boy Records, EMI Records, and Ultra Records.
A judge finds C-Murder civilly liable in the 2002 death of a Louisiana teenager, will soon face a civil trial.
Although incarcerated rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller is currently serving a life sentence after being found guilty of second degree murder in 2009, his legal woes have yet to cease. According to New Orleans’ The Times-Picayune, C-Murder will now face a civil trial in the death of Steve Thomas, the teenager whose murder was at the center of the rapper’s trial nearly four years ago.
The civil trial has been brought about due to a lawsuit filed against C-Murder by Thomas’ parents, Delores and George Thomas.
Before the trial began, C-Murder revealed his financial struggle with fans and as an inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola it’s reported that he only receives about 10 cents per hour for any work done at the prison.
"A judgment against him in this proceeding is of little consequence to him," C-Murder’s attorney, Roy Maughan Jr. revealed. "What can you take from a man who has lost his liberty? He's lost his liberty. There's no money to be taken."
Since the judge in the matter, Judge Glenn Ansardi, has already decided that C-Murder is civilly liable, the civil trial will essentially determine if the Thomas’ will be awarded damages and if so, how much.
Trey Mustian, the attorney for the Thomas’, also shared his thoughts on the upcoming trial as he revealed that Judge Ansardi’s decision to place civil liability on C-Murder will make the civil trial much “easier.”
As of now, a set date for the civil trial has yet to be announced.
Brittany Nicole Harris of West Palm Beach, Florida is accused of leaving her 3- and 5-year-old children unattended in the parking lot of the Cruzan Amphitheatre Sunday.
A Lil Wayne concertgoer faces two charges of child neglect after authorities say the 25-year-old left her two toddlers in her car unattended while she attended the America's Most Wanted Tour, according to palmbeachpost.com. Brittany Nicole Harris of West Palm Beach, Florida is accused of leaving her 3- and 5-year-old children unattended in the parking lot of the Cruzan Amphitheatre Sunday during the concert, according to the story.
“She originally said her cousin brought the kids here, but then she confessed that she came here and left the kids to stay in the car so she could watch the concert,” the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in the arrest report, as per palmbeachpost.com.
The children were observed unattended at about 7 pm by an amphitheatre employee and were in the parking lot for more than two hours, according to the report. The children told an employee that their mother had gone into the concert. The authorities were contacted and Harris was arrested as she exited the event.
Harris was released under supervision and on $20,000 bond from the Palm Beach County Jail at 3 am Tuesday, according to the story. Child welfare workers took Harris' children, according to wftv.com.
Timbaland to feature an apology song to Jay-Z on his album, says the record is reminiscent of Tupac.
The surprising, past rift between Virginia producer Timbaland and Jay-Z has very much come to the light thanks to the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, which boasts heavy production from Timbaland, and various interviews both artists have taken part in. Timbaland initially spoke on their former feud during an interview with Revolt TV as he admitted to being “wrong” in the situation and also credited their fallout to “personal stuff” and “disagreements.”
With news of their former rift now public, Timbaland has begun to speak on reuniting with the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper. The beatsmith even shared several details on “Sorry,” an apology record he created with Jay-Z in mind.
“My verse I’m saying like, ‘We copped the same Range. We talked to the same dames. Same things, same lane. Now we see each other, don’t even speak…Accept my apology’…It’s like a Tupac kinda shit…It’s deep. It’s pretty deep,” said Tim.
The song also features Atlanta songstress who has made headlines on numerous occasions thanks to comments she allegedly made in regards to Beyonce.
“Keri actually tells the story about the whole Beyonce thing and how she was sorry about it. Cause she wasn’t really talking about Beyonce, but other people—it says it in the song,” Timbaland revealed.
As of now, it’s unclear when Timbaland will be releasing his solo album.
During a recent interview with Tim Westwood, Waka hardly mentioned Gucci Mane by name and even questioned who the Brick Squad emcee was. Waka also admitted to receiving more than the three million dollars he gained while linked to Gucci, now that he’s parted ways with the rapper.
“It’s over with. It’s done. I used to fuck with Gucci when I had like three million,” Waka revealed. “I’m up man…I’m skydiving man. They skinny dipping. When they diving in the pool I’m diving out the sky. I ain’t got no limit. This shit I’m doing, everybody can’t do. The shit I’m doing you don’t gotta join Illuminati to get this money.”
Later in the interview, Waka commented on the importance of making money “above the surface” where others can acknowledge what you’ve earned.
“You gotta get money above the surface not under it,” said the Flockaveli rapper. “When it’s above they can see it. When it’s under they can just walk by. They stepping on it so it ain’t shit to them. It’s like a peasant. So, you can’t shit on the peasant’s man. We always gon’ win. You know what I mean?”
Waka and Gucci infamously feuded with one another earlier in the year with a handful of comments made via Twitter. In the months following the pair’s Twitter incident, both artist’s stated that they would no longer work with one another.
Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” video, off his The 20/20 Experience album, is nominated for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Pop Video and Best Editing, while his visuals for “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z, is up for Best Collaboration and Best Direction.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, are vying for the grand prize that is the Video of the Year award for their hit “Thrift Shop,” while their “Can't Hold Us” clip is up for the Best Hip Hop Video, Best Cinematography, Best Direction and Best Editing. The Seattle duo’s equality anthem “Same Love” is nominated for Best Video with a Social Message.
Kendrick Lamar and Drake are two of the most nominated rappers for the 2013 VMAs. Both artists received nods in the Best Hip Hop video category. Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” is up for the honor, as is Kendrick’s “Swimming Pools." Both rappers are also nominated in the category again for their work on A$AP Rocky’s “Fuckin' Problems,” which also features 2 Chainz. K. Dot’s “Swimming Pools” is also a contender for the Male Video of the Year award.
MTV has been presenting recording artists “Moonman” trophies for outstanding music videos in 1984.
The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards is set to air live Sunday, August 25 at 9 pm EST. To view the full list of nominees visit MTV.com.
Chris Brown’s probation was revoked yesterday after he allegedly hit and left the scene of an accident without sharing proper documentation with the other motorist.
The singer will remain a free man, but if a judge finds he violated his probation, Brown could be sentenced for four years in prison, according to TMZ.
Brown pleaded his case on Twitter, claiming he did the right thing.
“I did everything I was suppose to do during the so called hit n run, I provided the correct info. There were no injuries or damages. C’mon!! My cross is heavy but God gives me the strength to carry it,” he said on the social network.
In a new interview with BBC Radio 1xtra, 2 Chainz confirmed the rate for his appearances. "Let me start, man, 'cause I know there's people out here listening: Look, I'm enjoying life, okay? You would be doing the same thing. Don't look down upon me," said the 35-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native. "[You might ask,] 'Who's gonna pay that for a verse?' Your favorite rapper paid it. Don't even worry about it."
The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi continued, stressing the added value of the six-figure fee. "The thing is, when it comes to your video, I'm gonna change clothes twice. They're never gonna see that outfit again," he said, mentioning Givenchy and Alexander McQueen as possible designers he would wear. "I'm gonna give you bars. I'm gonna wear fancy glasses and a bunch of chains you've never seen. I mean, I could help you."
With that appearance on the song and video, 2 Chainz stressed that he can affect a hopeful rapper's sex-life. "You get me. You get charisma. You get girls that's gonna come to your video shoot 'cause they know I'ma be there. So this [is] your chance to get in!"
Asked if the $100,000 price-tag is negotiable, the gold-selling solo artist waved off bargaining rappers. "I'm not doin' deals. I'm tellin' what I give you, for that number. These are the services that I offer."
2 Chainz' sophomore solo album, B.O.A.T.S 2 (Based On A T.R.U. Story 2) is planned for September 10 release on Def Jam Records.
Nas is honored with "The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship," which is established to fund scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and creative ability in the arts.
Nas is one of the most respected rappers in the history of the genre. Now the Queens, New York rapper born Nasir Jones is being honored by Harvard University with "The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship," which is being established by the Hip-Hop Archive and The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the revered Massachusetts school of higher learning. The fellowship is designed to fund scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional, productive scholarship and creative ability in the arts, as they relate to Hip Hop.
“In my rollercoaster of a life, I've endured good and bad for sure, and I've truly been blessed to have achieved so much through art in my short life thus far," Nas said in a statement provided by the Island Def Jam Music Group, which releases Nas' music. "But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, New York to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.”
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research says that Nas' affiliation will benefit the institution. “Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge," Gates, Jr. says. "The work of the Du Bois Institute is enriched by the addition of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship.”
The Hip-Hop Archive was established at Harvard University in 2002 to support and establish the emerging research and scholarship devoted to the knowledge, art, culture, materials, organizations, movements and institutions developed by those who support and follow Hip Hop. The Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute organizes and develops collections, initiates and participates in research activities, sponsors events and acquires material culture associated with Hip Hop in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Harvard University's Hip-Hop Archive has three objectives, according to the press release from the Island Def Jam Music Group. "To seek projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hip-hop tradition; to respect that tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights; and most importantly, to represent one’s creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to hip-hop and the discourse through personal and academic projects," the release says. "Personal projects of fellows may include manuscript projects, performance pieces, album work, curriculum planning, primary archival research, and exhibition preparation, among others."
“Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigor and achievement of Hip Hop performance,” says Marcyliena Morgan, Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and founder and director of the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute. “With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining, and representing Hip Hop.”
Named after William Edward Burghardt Du Bois who, in 1895, was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University, the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research is the nation’s oldest research center dedicated to the study of the history and culture of Africans and African Americans. The Institute was established in 1975 to sponsor fellowships that would facilitate the writing of doctoral dissertations in areas related to Afro-American Studies. The Institute awards up to 20 fellowships annually to scholars at various stages of their careers in the fields of African and African American Studies.
Drake has partnered with New Era to release two special edition Toronto Blue Jays fitted caps at the 4th Annual OVO Fest.
Drake will release two special edition Toronto Blue Jays fitted caps at the 4th Annual OVO Fest. The partnership with New Era consists of two limited 5950 caps featuring the Blue Jays logo. Available in both royal blue and black, the woven polyester hats also feature a stitched commemorative OVO Chro-ma Flex Patch on the fitted’s right side.
Drake's hats will only be available at the 4th Annual OVO Fest, which is taking place at Toronto's Molson Amphitheatre August 4 and 5, as well as a to-be-determined Blue Jays homestand. The hats will be available for $75.
LL Cool J alludes to Jay-Z and "Magna Carta Holy Grail" as he addresses the RIAA's updated certification policy.
Prior to the July 4 release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) was left to change its certification policy due to Samsung’s purchase of one million digital copies of Jay-Z’s twelfth studio album. The RIAA’s updated policy consequently sparked some debate in regards to album sales and among those to share their thoughts on the policy change was LL Cool J.
The Queens rapper didn’t mention Magna Carta Holy Grail or Jay-Z by name during his interview with Revolt TV, but he did allude to the project as he stated that selling millions of album copies to a major corporation will never compare to selling an album to a fan on an individual basis.
“It’s not anything different,” said LL. “I mean, if Wal-Mart buys a million records, they bought it. I mean the difference is…If I go sell five million records to Bill Gates or if I sell 10 million records to Bill Gates, I guess I’m diamond. I may not touch 10 million people, but I’m diamond. Numbers are numbers, but I think that in the numbers is truth. But in terms of touching the people it’s a little different.”
LL Cool J went on to stress his “numbers are numbers” notion as he showed his support for the policy change, but also expressed that he would rather touch people “directly” when it concerns his albums.
“I think that for me as an artist, I still want to be able to touch the people individually,” the Authentic rapper revealed. “It still matters to me that people individually went out and bought my record. Although I do think a million records sold is a million records sold, there’s no question about that. You can’t argue with math. It is what it is and that’s truth. For me, I like to touch the people directly. I like to know that a million people went out and bought my album. Not that I sold a million records to a company. That’s different…But that being said, I think it’s definitely the right move for the RIAA. I agree with that move.”
The RIAA announced their policy change in early July, stating that, “…sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date."
According to first-week sales projections, Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is expected to enter the charts at #1, with more than 500,000 copies sold its first sales week in stores.
Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell between 350,000 and 400,000 copies its first sales week in stores, making it the presumptive #1 album when sales figures are announced next week (July 17), according to billboard.com. The sales projections are based in part on pre-orders through digital retail outlets.
If Magna Carta Holy Grail does indeed debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, it would be Jay-Z's thirteenth #1 album, as per Billboard. Jigga already holds the record for the solo artist with the most #1 albums in music history. The Beatles, who have 19 #1 albums, are the only artists with more #1 albums than Jay-Z, according to the story.
Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that it was changing the way it certifies releases as gold and platinum, in part because of Sumsung purchasing 1 million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail. "Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date," Liz Kennedy, Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA, wrote on riaa.com July 1. Traditionallly, a release is certified gold once it sells 500,000 units and earns platinum status once it sells 1 million units, and had been available for purchase for at least 30 days.
Well, here is some feel goods in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin miscarriage of justice. It seems like Wayne has had a complete change of heart as to relates to the Till family. Well you know the deal. Weezy didn’t seem so eager to say sorry. But, on tour he’s changed his tune-chi. The vid below is a sample of what he’s been doing on a lot of his tour dates. Saying sorry.
"It's the most bad-ass tour this year," 2 Chainz says in Lil Wayne's Tour Passport, Episode 6 video. "It's featuring some real, Black fuckin' Rock stars...Every night, expect pure excitement. Expect crowd participation. Expect a party on stage."
2 Chainz was equally braggadocious when describing his own performance on the tour. "I'm the illest nigga doin' that shit," he says. "Fuck that shit. Let me just tell you that."
"I've got an album coming out September 10," 2 Chainz says. "I don't give a fuck who dropped this year. It's about me. The name of the album Me Time, you feel me."
The "America's Most Wanted" is slated to hit the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania tomorrow (July 16) and conclude August 31 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ticketmaster.com.
The tour video concludes with a flyer for Lil Wayne's European tour in October, which is slated to feature Mac Miller.
The hit-and-run allegedly occurred in May, when Brown reportedly refused to provide his license after his Range Rover SUV collided with a Mercedes Benz. Brown also reportedly provided false insurance information. The alleged victim claimed Brown got violent and cursed her out after she tried to take a photo of him.
Since the 2009 assault, Brown has been unable to stay out of legal trouble. In addition to the hit-and-run, in 2012, Brown was involved a bottle-throwing battle with Drake at a New York nightclub, though he managed to escape any criminal charges. In January of 2013, Brown was involved in a brawl with Odd Future's Frank Ocean, for which he may still face charges. Just last month, Brown was accused of assaulting a woman in a California nightclub.
Drake beats out Jay-Z, Kanye West and more, as he tops Networked Insights list of rappers with the most social media conversations.
Although Canadian singer/rapper Drake’s name was noticeably absent from any chatter made in regards to the plethora of rap releases made over the last few weeks, Drake has still managed to secure the title of rapper with the biggest social media presence as part of an analysis made on behalf of Networked Insights.
The Young Money artist beat out the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and other notable emcee’s to attain the number one spot on the list thanks to the number of social conversations (Twitter, Facebook, blogs) made in regards to Drizzy over the span of one year.
USA Today reports that Drake sparked a total of 46,212,641 social conversations while Kanye West, the rapper who ranked second on the list, only managed 25,418,362 social media-led conversations.
The release of both Yeezus and Magna Carta Holy Grail heavily boosted social conversations for both Kanye and Jay-Z with each rapper’s album responsible for approximately five million conversations.
The full list of rappers, as well as the number of social conversations they generated, can be found below.
But, the good folks over there atRhymesWithSnitchare saying it: DRAKE AND RIHANNA ARE BACK AT IT!
Away from the stage Rihanna is said to have rekindled her romance with Canadian rapper Drake following her break-up with Chris Brown. ‘When she was dating Chris, he banned her from talking to Drake,’ a source told Look magazine.
‘She really missed him that time – yes, they went out years before but he was also a good friend to her – so calling him was one of the first things she did when she realised she was over Chris.
This has been DMX’s life as we known it over the years.
DMX’s personal life as of late, has been hard to watch. You know, the stuff with his son Xavier, his ex-wife and the reality shows, but things seem to be looking up for the Dark Man X. He’s got a new fiancee and seems to be very happy in his life. Peep the pix floating around the internet.
The trip to Cuba taken earlier this year by the couple has reportedly inspired a new bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee dubbed "The Jay-Z Beyonce Bill."
On Wednesday, July 10, a spending bill was approved by the House Appropriations Committee. It was dubbed "The Jay-Z, Beyonce Bill" by Rep. Jose Serrano, who opposes a provision in the bill meant to enhance restrictions on travel to Cuba.
The $17 billion bill which features this provision would likely restrict travel to Cuba to educational purposes related to a degree program.
Subcommittee Chairman Ander Crenshaw, a supporter of the bill, expressed concern about the couple's trip to Cuba.
The trip taken by Jay-Z and Beyonce earlier this year “was an example of how the guidelines are not being enforced,” Crenshaw told Politico. “I think that if we’re going to say that we have this policy in place that relates to travel in Cuba that it ought to be enforced and that becomes a grey area where they’re probably not really following the guidelines.”
Serrano, who backs the trip and opening relations with Cuba, has supported Jay and Bey.
“The mistake they made was being seen in public, by that I mean they being who they are walked down the street.,” he explained. “We may consider Cuba a closed society, but even it is – it’s not closed enough so they don’t know who Jay-Z and Beyonce are.”
“What you’re seeing here is the result of a successful trip," Serrano added. "Isn’t it educational for a superstar in our country to go to Cuba and say, ‘Look who we are?’”
Nicki Minaj expresses her surprise at receiving her first acting role, plans on releasing at least three more albums.
With the release of two studio albums and a stint as celebrity judge on “American Idol,” Queens rapstress Nicki Minaj has made her presence known in both the music and television world. And with the upcoming release of the Cameron Diaz-led The Other Woman, Minaj will soon tackle the film world thanks to her role as legal assistant in the Nick Cassavetes-directed movie.
While speaking with Marie Claire, a magazine in which Minaj will serve as the August cover artist, the Pink Friday rapper shared her nervousness about her first big acting gig with fans as she answered their Twitter questions during her interview.
"I was like, 'Why does this guy believe in me?' He goes, 'I've been watching you on Idol, and you're great.' Made me seem more relatable to the everyday person. It's cracked that shell for my image,” said Minaj. “I've become something bigger than Nicki Minaj…I would be lying if I said I was not nervous. I can't blow this."
Minaj later circled back to her music and revealed that her music career could possibly be fully replaced with an acting career once she releases a few more albums.
"I at least want to do three more albums. If I can do that, I'll feel complete," she explained. "One day, when I start getting a couple gray hairs, maybe it will all be only acting. I just never know. I've kind of become the poster child for doing the things that no one expects."
The August issue of Marie Claire, which will feature Nicki Minaj’s full interview, will hit newsstands on July 16. The cover of the August issue can be found below.
Guerilla Black (Charles Williamson) has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy, unauthorized access to a protected computer to facilitate fraud, access device fraud, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges on Tuesday (July 9).
Prosecutors alleged the Compton rapper got access to over 27,000 stolen credit card numbers with around 1000 of those numbers providing $150,000 in stolen funds. The total amount of financial loss has not been calculated.
According to the government, Williamson bought the numbers from computers hackers who managed to lift the card information from a restaurant and restaurant supply store in the Seattle area.
Authorities say that Black presented fake credit cards during the time he was awaiting trial. He was then re-arrested and held in custody.
The 33-year-old now faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy and computer fraud charges, up to 15 years and $250,000 fine for the device fraud charge, up to 30 years and $1 million fine for the bank fraud charge, and a minimum 2 year sentence for the identity theft charge.
Two co-conspirators have already been sentenced for the plot. 22 -year-old Dutch hacker David Schrooten got a 12 year sentence earlier this year, and Christopher Schroebel, 21, was sentenced to 7 years in 2012.
Guerilla Black is best known for his voice that resembles The Notorious B.I.G. and his song “Compton” off 2004′s Guerilla City album.
Black is scheduled to be sentenced on October 10th.
Rapper/label head/sports agent Jay-Z has completely dominated the headlines this week. The Brooklyn-born businessman released his 12th studio albumMagna Carta Holy Grailthat’s heading for thenumber one spot on the charts, received a platinum plaque for the LP already, launched anew ad campaign with Budweiser, andcommandeered Twitterfor a day. It appears that Jay wants to continue his takeover of the entertainment world by adding another budding superstar to his Roc Nation Sports roster.
Yahoo Sportsis reporting that Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig is considering joiningKevin Durant,Robinson Cano, Skylar Diggins, and Geno Smithat the Roc. Puig got Jay-Z’s contact information from one of his teammates, and after meeting with Roc Nation reps last month he was said to be “intrigued” by the multi-layered deal presented.
Puig has captivated baseball fans this year after making his major league debut on June 3. Since being called up, the Cuban defector has hit .394 with 8 home runs and 19 RBI’s in 35 games. He has become a regular on SportsCenter’s “Top Ten” plays countdown with his timely homers and amazing defensive feats.
If Puig does sign with Roc Nation his current agent Jaime Torres would still be entitled to the full commission on the $42 million deal he signed in 2012.
Jay-Z spoke about why he chose to venture into the sports agent field during a recentinterviewwith Power 105.1 suggesting that the some of the old regime may not have their clients’ best interest at heart.
“I do this because it’s an extension of the bigger goal. The bigger goal is for all [athletes] to get their just due. Not get half-ass agents or people who rob them,” said Jay. “We’re talking guys who are signing for $90 million dollars are broke in four years. That’s terrible money management, because [other agents] don’t care… [Roc Nation Sports is] almost a better money management firm and then agents.”
Both J. Cole and Wale are managed by Roc Nation (where Cole is also signed). Cole's surge bumped Wale's The Gifted to #2. This week, the pair appeared on their latest collaboration, "Winter Schemes," a new track produced by Seattle, Washington producer Jake One.
Nashville, Tennessee rapper Starlito also made his charts debut this week. The digital album, Cold Turkey nearly cracked the Top 100 for the longtime Young Buck affiliate and collaborator.
Lastly, while Jay-Z's Samsung device-released Magna Carta Holy Grail did not appear on the charts this week due to Nielsen's tracking methods, Jay-Z's The Black Album, released a decade ago this November, returned to the Top 200 in a week when the Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder's name dominated media cycles.
Starlito Hits The Charts Cold Turkey
The artist formerly known as All Star Cashville Prince made his solo Top 200 debut this week with Cold Turkey. The regular Don Trip collaborator joins Kidd Kidd, Curren$y and Gillie Da Kid as another former Cash Money/Young Money Records artist to find success after failing to release a project on the veteran label.
While Magna Carta Holy Grail will be an addition to the charts in the weeks ahead, Jay-Z's biggest musical week in two years increased his catalog sales. While recent albums like Watch The Throne and Blueprint III did not reach the charts this week, fans of the Brooklyn, New York icon pushed his eighth solo album back onto the Top 200.
The November 2003 effort was the final album Jay-Z and Dame Dash made together at Roc-A-Fella Records. That partnership, which dates back to the mid-1990s, was discussed this week in Jay's Hot 97 interview, where the mogul stated that he "had love" for his onetime business partner and manager.
The Black Album was also the first time Jay and producer Rick Rubin worked together, on the album's third single, "99 Problems," which sampled Ice-T, Mountain and Billy Squier, among others. Other producers on the triple-platinum project included Kanye West, 9th Wonder and DJ Quik.
Jay-Z says Lil Wayne's reference to Beyonce on "It's Good" was never "a real threat."
New Orleans rapper Lil Wayne may be at the top of Young Money’s musical empire, but at one time theI Am Not A Human Being II emcee was very close to signing with Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records. Up until now the reason behind the deal never coming to fruition was not quite known, but during a recent interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Jay-Z spoke on the signing that never came to be.
According to the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper, the idea of Lil Wayne becoming a Roc-A-Fella Records signee started to become very bleak when a “torturous interference” letter was received shortly after Jay expressed his interest in Lil Wayne to Birdman.
“This is the first time I ever told this truth,” Jay-Z revealed. “The truth is after I had a meeting with Wayne—I had a relationship with Baby, when I used to go to New Orleans I would meet up with him…So, I felt it was only right to call him. I called him out of respect like ‘Yo, I was talking to Wayne. Just to let you know. Boom boom boom.’ So, after that I think we received a letter at our office for like torturous interference from a lawyer…And it all just went from there. I would rather lose that situation and do the right thing than the opposite. Cause I think I could have signed him. I could have signed him and then told him after. I did the right thing and I’m cool with that decision.”
Jay-Z continued to speak on Lil Wayne after being questioned about the rapper’s reference to his wife Beyonce on Tha Carter IV’s “It’s Good.” On the song Weezy raps, “Talkin' 'bout baby money, I got your baby money/Kidnap your bitch, Get that 'how much you love your lady' money.”
The Brooklyn spitter didn’t seem too concerned with Wayne’s line, stating that he didn’t take the mention seriously or see it as “a threat.”
“It was aight. It’s part of the sport and the competition. I didn’t take it serious. I didn’t view it as a threat. I thought it was just a flip of a line that I said…I didn’t take it as a real threat. I took it as a flip of a line,” said Jay-Z.
How would the media get ahold of such a personal text message exchange between 50 Cent and his son, Marquise? This whole situation with domestic violence and whatever is getting stranger and stranger by the moment. Basically, there is no “love child,” it seems. It appears that ll these matters are with 50 Cent’s real son, which seems to be obliterating the notion that he’s got another one of the way. But, stranger still is that 50 Cent and his son went back and forth on text in a way that….father and son probably should not. I think somebody needs to “pick up a phone” and call. But, according to RadarOnline, this is a real exchange between 50 Cent and his son in the weeks before the allegations of domestic violence against a woman that IS NOT Marquise’s mother. Very strange. I guess, Marquise or his mom sent this to RadarOnline, because 50 Cent wouldn’t. 50 is raw if this is real. Raw like sushi. Hopefully things get patched up.
Here is a transcript of the unfiltered and raw exchange:
50 Cent: Hey I’m outside the house at the front door.
50 Cent: I came to the front door then lights went off. What’s up?
Marquise: U lying u outside?
Marquise: Lol u fronting.
50 Cent: I saw you looking out the window good luck in life. Your gonna need it.
Marquise: Lol u fronting hard body now, how u going to see me when I’m in the basement lmao
50 Cent: F*ck you
50 Cent: You are your mother child
Marquise: Lol why would u lie about that lol
50 Cent: I need a blood test cause that d*ck sucking b*tch you call mom was f*cking the hole time
50 Cent: I don’t think your funny at all. I drove out here for nothing.
Marquise: Pops ur trippen now, why u won’t been get one u had 16 years lol, I know u lying bc u didt even call me too go outside
50 Cent: Are you f*cking crazy I don’t have time to play boy. I told you I would come see you. I came motherf*cker start turning lights out and looking threw the blinds.
50 Cent: Are you f*cking stupid. You had me drive over there why do you think I needed a address sh*t head. I saw the lights go out then some one playing in the blinds and there no party going on. F*ck you to
50 Cent: You your mother and your sister f*ck all of yal.
Marquise: I might dumb, come thru then, no need to get upset
Marquise: Stop by and say hello too ur son
50 Cent: What the f*ck are you taking about I’m not f*cking with you after this I leave Atlanta in the morning.
Marquise: So come thru then
50 Cent: F*ck you
Marquise: No need for all that
50 Cent: You are bigger enough to know better so f*ck you stop texting me
50 Cent: Tell your mother she won. She has you and ill make another. I will have nothing to do with you. Don’t text me ever again.
Marquise: U keep texting me lol
50 Cent: It’s cool I will never go out of my way again. You disrespectful little mother f*cker.
Marquise: Lol u never do I don’t know not that doesn’t even call there son for his birthday
Marquise: Or get him a gift for his b-day or for Christmas.
50 Cent: You are your mothers son. I don’t have a son anymore.
50 Cent: F*ck you all you want is a gift. Like your mother and your ungrateful sister.
50 Cent: Delete my number.
50 Cent: You never call what the f*ck I’m suppose to call you to give you something sorry
Marquise: Welp if u feel that way, I don’t about no gift it’s the thought that means the most, remember this money ain’t everything
Marquise: I’m tired of calling u, why don’t call me and please can’t wait to hear this excuse
50 Cent: Good luck with you life man. I tried to come talk to you. You din’t have to have me come all the way out there if you don’t to see me you little ass hole.
50 Cent: I don’t have to make a excuse for anything. I’m a grown ass man boy. You talking about money ain’t everything. Your right but when you don’t have any your gonna understand why I work so hard. I’m done texting you delete my number. Marquise: Thank u, and u know dang well u ain’t come out here too see, but if that’s what u want to stick then I’m sorry, and I know why u work hard, ok, god bless
The Taylor Gang's general Wiz Khalifa recently tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Amber Rose.
Yesterday (July 8), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania emcee Wiz Khalifa announced on Twitter that he married his girlfriend actress/model, Amber Rose.
Wiz and Amber have been together since 2011 in a highly-publicized relationship.
Khalifa asked for Rose's hand in marriage back in March and it was confirmed via Twitter that she said yes. The celebrity couple had a son, the first child for both, named Sebastian in February.
Their Wedding is set to take place this Fall. The Rostrum Records artist announced that his upcoming junior album will be titled Blacc Hollywood and he is gearing up to go on The Under The Influence Tour with A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, and more.
Twenty-one year old Edrick O. Stewart is the second man booked in conjunction with the June robbery-murder of Louisiana rapper Lil Snupe.
A second arrest has been made in the murder investigation of Jonesboro, Louisiana rapper Lil Snupe (a/k/a Addarren Ross). On June 20, the 18-year-old signed to Meek Mill's Dreamchasers Entertainment was fatally shot outside the Maplewood Apartment Complex.
The Shrevport Times now reports that last week, 21-year-old Edrick O. Stewart has also been arrested, booked and charged with the murder. Stewart is a native of Monroe, Louisiana.
“We are told they were betting on a video game,” Lieutenant Charles Curry told the paper. “Supposedly, [Tony D. Holden] robbed him [Lil Snupe] of money,” Curry said as explanation of the robbery charge.
The suspect responsible for the shooting has yet to be reported.
Lil Snupe's funeral was held in his hometown on June 29. Meek Mill was among among those who attended.
Damn, Breezy. This is what is comes to? Rihanna is wild. For the last couple of weeks, Chris has been saying that RiRi is going to be on his next album. As I recall, the song was not listed on an initial track list, but Chris went and tweeted this.
What made him do that. Because, Rihanna be so wild said this right after:
It appears the #NewRules movement does not just apply to the music industry. Anti-government activists have taken on a fresh approach to getting their message to the masses as well.
TheBBCis reporting that the highly publicized Jay-Z “Magna Carta” app for Samsung Galaxy Android phones was cloned by computer hackers. The real app allowed Galaxy owners to download a free version of Jay’s new albumMagna Carta Holy Grailas well as other exclusive content.
Hackers cloned the app and made it available on unofficial sites. Apparently, the cloned app worked just as the original until July 4th when a timer in the code changed the image of album artwork to a picture of President Barack Obama wearing headphones with the words “yes we scan” above it.
Obama and the US government has been heavily criticized for a recently revealed NSA surveillance program that allegedly has wide scale ability to collect communication information on Americans. One privacy rights group issuing the Obama Administrationover the program.
Jay-Z has had a very public connection with President Obama. The legendary Brooklyn rapper campaigned for Obama in 2008 and 2012, and he has mentioned the President in several songs including the track “Open Letter.”
The relationship between Obama and Jay-Z may be one of the reasons the hackers targeted fans of the rapper for their cyber attack.
Software security company McAfee discovered the cloned “Magna Carta” app. At the moment McAfee is uncertain whether the Trojan attack also collected other personal data from its users.
“The image and the service name NSAListener suggest a hacktivist agenda, but we haven’t ruled out the possibility that additional malware may target financial transactions or other data,” wrote McAfee researcher Irfan Asrar in ablogpost.
This September marks the 10th anniversary of the release of the last Outkast album Speakerboxx/The Love Below and Andre 3000 seems to be revving the engines back up for new music. In an Instagram video posted by go-to producer Mike Will Made It, Three Stacks and Mike are shown in the studio together presumably working on new music.
No official word on what capacity these two will be working in and if any music has been recording but the rarity of Andre 3000 photoed in the studio should elicit excitement. The last record Andre 3000 was apart of was Beyonce’s “Party” off her 2011 album IV.