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BET Awards Weekend: 1 Killed, 5 Others Injured at Pre-Show Parties in Los Angele

One person was killed and at least five others injured when violence unfolded at two BET Awards pre-show parties this weekend in Los Angeles.

In one incident, a man was shot to death and four others injured at an overnight gathering at Monalizza Restaurant and Banquet Hall in the 1100 block of North Vermont Avenue, Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap.

The shooting occurred around 5:17 a.m. on Sunday when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of partygoers, the LAPD said. It was unclear if the shooting happened inside or outside the restaurant, police said.

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Three of the victims were rushed to local hospitals by ambulance, including an adult male who died a short time later. Two other people were taken to the hospital in private vehicles, according to police. Their conditions were not known.

Video from the scene, aired on local TV station CBS Los Angeles, showed partygoers filing out of the restaurant as paramedics performed CPR on one of the victims.

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In a separate incident, a man was stabbed at a BET Awards pre-show party on Saturday night at Lure Nightclub in Hollywood.

The stabbing unfolded around 9 p.m. at the nightclub, which is located in the 1400 block of Ivar Avenue, the LAPD told TheWrap.

The victim, who was described as being in his 30s, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He suffered a puncture wound and a laceration to his stomach, and was listed in stable condition, police said.

A security guard inside the club told CBS Los Angeles that chart-topping rapper The Game was among those attending the party when the stabbing took place.

The hip-hop star was not injured, the security guard said.

Also read: Kerry Washington, Robin Thicke Join 2014 BET Awards Lineup

Both incidents remain under investigation and no arrests have been made in either case.

While organizers touted both gatherings as BET Awards pre-parties, the LAPD and a BET spokesperson said neither gathering was officially sanctioned by the cable network.

“The two isolated incidents over the weekend occurred at locations with events that were unauthorized and unaffiliated with the BET Awards, BET Experience at L.A. LIVE or their partners,” BET said in a statement obtained by TheWrap. ”Security remains the number one priority for all official BET events and the network and all organizers will continue to maintain a safe environment for all planned activities,” the statement continued.

The BET Awards are taking place on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The post BET Awards Weekend: 1 Killed, 5 Others Injured at Pre-Show Parties in Los Angeles appeared first on TheWrap.

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50 Cent Lands TV Show Deal With Comedy Central

50 Cent says he's sold another TV show and adds Comedy Central's name to the announcement.

50 Cent has sold a TV show to Comedy Central, according to the rapper. 

"I bet a HATER will get tired of hating. Before I lose passion,I just sold another TV show,COMEDY CENTRAL #smsaudio #power," he said. 

The rapper currently has Power, a show airing on Starz TV. The show's star, Omari Hardwick, recently spoke about 50's involvement on the set of the series. 

"It was pretty amazing," Hardwick said. "He's tried... and proven in other parts of his life, as a mogul, as a Rap artist. It was really interesting for me to see him take on the executive producer hat of a show like this. He had done producing before...but to see him be active and take my phone call on the dime...If I'd call and go, 'We really need you on the set today.' We have an incredible cast, so it wasn't just me, it would be me speaking for the cast and going, 'Folks need your energy today.' And he'd be down in like 30 minutes. He was really active...He's great to work with."

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College Basketball Analyst Jay Bilas Meets His Favorite Rapper - Young Jeezy
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T-Boz To Rihanna: I Don’t Do Twitter Beefs. I’m Not Hard To Find


Parts of this feud between Rihanna and T-Boz started over what T-Boz considers “booby cakes”. Recently, T-Boz was videotaped responding to her recent back-and-forth Twitter exchange with Rihanna.

On June 5th, three days after Rihanna wore a revealing outfit at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards in New York City, T-Boz and Chilli spoke with Australian news station Channel 7′s Sunrise. Neither T-Boz nor Chilli mentioned Rihanna by name, however they did speak on the ills of selling sex and criticized artists exposing their “booby cakes”. Rihanna responded on her personal Twitter account soon after by changing her Twitter background to a picture of TLC topless and covering their breasts.

Last night (June 26th), T-Boz clarified that there was not Twitter beef with Rihanna and invited her to meet up face to face:

There was just her exchange. I don’t do Twitter beefs. I’m a grown as* woman. Okay? You want to holla, you know where to find me. It ain’t hard. It ain’t hard AT ALL and you know what I mean.

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Ice T’s Grandson Arrested For Allegedly Murdering Roommate
Ice T’s grandson may or may not took his grandfather’s group

Body Count’s name to a disturbingly real manifestation. Earlier today, reports surfaced that Elyjah Marrow was arrested for allegedly murdering his roommate.

According to reports, the 19 year old fatally shot his roommate Daryus Johnson on yesterday (June 26th) in their Georgia apartment accidentally while playing with the gun. Marrow was charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Marrow is currently being held at Cobb County Jail


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Soul Legend Bobby Womack Dead At 70, Cause of Death Unknown
Bobby Womack beat cancer, but today (June 27th) he has left the fight. Earlier today, 

reports surfaced that Bobby Womack had passed away at the age of 70.

While the causes of his death are unknown, Womack battled with suspected colon cancer since early 2012. On May 23rd, 2014, Womack underwent surgery to remove a tumor, which was revealed to be cancer-free. In January of 2013, it was revealed that Womack was suffering from early stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Womack’s last performance was at Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN on June 14th. Womack was scheduled to begin touring in Europe starting July 19th at Paradiso Grote Zaal in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

AllHipHop will update the story as more details emerge.

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R. Kelly Addresses Transgender Child, Jay

R. Kelly says the public should be wary of what is being reported about his transgender child, Jay.

Singer R. Kelly's 13-year-old child Jay came out as being a transgender individual earlier this month via social media but since, Jay's father been silent on the matter.

Recently sitting down with Chicago's WGCI 107.5, Kells broke his silence about his family.

“You don’t really want to open it up by saying my daughter is becoming my son,” R. Kelly said. “You gotta know there’s a back story. There’s a background. That’s why you can’t judge nobody.”

When asked about reports via "the blogs" about Jay becoming a male, Kelly said not to trust them and only "believe what you see."

“Don’t even give the blogs that kind of credit. You know what I’m saying? Real talk,” he said. “As far as that is concerned, always believe what you see with your own eyes that is. Always believe what you see. That is the best way to go about this business... I’ve heard a lot of things about a lot of people and it was never true.”

Jay has not been as shy about expressing his gender status. Born Jaya, Jay recently took to Instagram to reveal what he looks like as a teenage boy. Also, in a Q&A session, Jay said he's identified as being a boy since he was "six or seven" years old and is eager to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

TMZ recently reported R. Kelly's ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, believed her ex-husband hasn't been as accepting of their transgender child, saying he still refers to Jay as his daughter.

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Frank Ocean Fires Management and PR Team, PR Team is “Relieved”
Frank Ocean’s ties to Odd Future just became a bit odder. Yesterday (June 25th),

reports surfaced that Ocean had cut ties with Odd Future management team 4Strikes Management and Life or Death PR.

Ocean, along with the other members of Odd Future, has been managed by 4Strikes Management since 2010. According to reports, Ocean informed 4Strikes that he would be leaving the management team earlier this Spring.

Ocean also fired his PR team, Life or Death PR and has now joined Hollywood agency, ID PR. In an statement exclusively obtained by XXL, a representative of Life or Death PR stated they are “relieved” Ocean is no longer their client.

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Ja Rule Says He Beat 50 Cent Up With Bat & Crutch In "Unruly" Book

Ja Rule says he's beaten 50 Cent up with a bat and a crutch on different occasions.

Ja Rule recalls his feud with 50 Cent in his book, Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Being a Man, according to NY Daily News.

In 2000, Ja Rule says he was involved in a fight with 50. 

“50 tried to swing on me, but I dipped, then I hit him with the baby Louisville Slugger,” Ja Rule writes. “Bam! I dropped the bat. I pulled the shirt over his head. I started catching him left, right, uppercut.”

Ja Rule says 50 Cent's entourage ran from the situation. 

Rule also says he also beat 50 Cent up with a crutch he got from someone in his camp with a broken foot at the time.

“I hit him with the crutch,” he says. “We proceeded to whip his ass. I was putting in my work. 50 was crunched in the corner. I slammed the big Tannoy speaker down on him.”

Rule also says 50 Cent snitched on him. 

“When they [the Feds] asked him who he thought had shot him, it would make sense that 50 would have said, ‘Ja Rule, Irv Gotti and Murder Inc.,’ ” Ja Rule writes about the 2000 incident in which 50 Cent was shot nine times.

50 has denied cooperating with law enforcement officials. Nevertheless, Rule says 50 "secretly led them through his recordings for the answers they were looking for." 

“50 was a crazed man on a mission to destroy me," he says. 

Ja Rule spoke about his feud with 50 Cent in September 2013

“It was a lot going on in that time frame,” Ja said at the time. “You got the federal indictment. Here’s what it is, it was orchestrated very well. He was a part of the juggernauts at that moment. Eminem, Dre, they were very, very big in what they were doing as well. So, as we were big over on our side they were also big on their side. And as everything started to crumble for us as far as we didn’t have a label home anymore, ya understand? There was a lot of things that were falling apart for us. It was easy for him to get people to turn on. And there was things that were behind the scenes that y’all don’t see that also made us seem more irrelevant. Like we couldn’t go to awards shows.”

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Trick Trick Addresses Shutting Rick Ross Out From Performing In Detroit
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Documentary Helps Explain The End Of “Chappelle’s Show”
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Chris Brown Facing Jail Time After Plea Deal Falls Apart

Chris Brown was close to striking a deal that would have kept him out of jail.

Chris Brown and the attorneys involved in the singer’s case regarding his alleged October assault outside of a Washington, D.C. hotel were close to agreeing on a plea deal in the case, but the agreement was not reached, according to the AP.

Brown may face jail time now that his defense team and prosecutors did not agree on what Brown would say happened during the 2013 incident. 

The singer was reportedly approached at approximately 4:30 am October 27 by two women who wanted to take a picture with him in front of the W Hotel in Washington, D.C., according to law enforcement. When two men attempted to get into the photo, Brown allegedly used a gay slur before allegedly throwing a punch at the alleged victim.

At the time of the alleged incident, Brown was on probation for his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna and the Washington, D.C. incident could be viewed a violation of his probation. If so, he could be sentenced to prison for up to four years.

The prosecutor in the case said today (June 25) that their team offered Brown and his team a deal in which he would plead guilty to simple assault and time served, according to the AP story. The deal fell apart because the defense and prosecution were unable to agree on what happened during the Washington incident. 

"They wanted him to read from a script that wasn't true,” Brown’s attorney Mark Geragos said after the hearing.

The trial regarding this incident was scheduled for September 8.

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News Report: Beef Between Migos & Rap Group "2-G" Causes The Death Of A Fan At H
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Movie Trailer)
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Lebron James Is Now A Free Agent: Opts Out His Contract With The Miami Heat
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Rick Ross Speaks On Not Performing At Detroit Concert
After two days of news stories about why Rick Ross decided to cancel his headlining performance at Hot 107.5′s Summer Jamz 17 in Detroit, the man himself speaks out about the incident. In an

interview with Felisha Monet of 99 Jamz, Ross says he never made it to the venue and never spoke to anyone directly about being blocked from the event.

[ALSO READ: Rick Ross Blocked From Performing In Detroit; Reportedly “In Fear Of His Life”]

“The team head over to the gig, so my team is always in front of me. Just to make it clear, I never even made it to the venue,” said Ross. “Me and whoever this gentleman is – we never crossed paths. He never spoke with Rozay, and I expect him to clarify that.”

The “gentleman” Ross is likely referring to is rapper Trick Trick. There were reports that it was Trick who orchestrated the blockade that prevented Ross from entering Chene Park Amphitheater where Summer Jamz was being held. Allegedly, Trick had placed the Maybach Music Group leader on a “No Fly Zone” list which meant the two would have needed to speak before Ross could perform.

“The caravan is on the way to the venue. They get there, and someone has locked the gates to the venue,” explained Ross. “This I didn’t see myself - there was supposed to be gentlemen here who were talking with the police, and it was very peaceful for my team that made it there. They didn’t even know it was a problem.”

Ross says he then went to a local casino, and it was there that he heard it was supposedly a “gang” outside Chene Park waiting for him.

“That’s totally false,” said Ross. “I let that breath for a whole day just expecting somebody to step up and say that’s not true. No one spoke to MMG.”

Ross’ statement is different from what the promoters of Summer Jamz have said about his reason for not performing. Hot 107.5′s program director Jay Hicks said Ross was met by 100 people outside and was “in fear of his life.”

Shahida Mausi of The Right Productions, Inc, which manages and operates Chene Park, said there were 100-150 people outside the site led by “a local rapper” that “prevented and threatened to harm Ross if he entered the grounds to perform at Chene Park Amphitheater.”

“FYI, if this is the scenario, I didn’t see it. Rozay ain’t make it to the venue,” adds Ross. “For any upcoming artists don’t never feel the need to shoot your way into any venue to perform. You not getting paid for that.”

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Joe Budden Suggests He’s Not Returning To “Love & Hip Hop”
Slaughterhouse member Joe Budden has spent the last two seasons as a cast member of VH1′s reality show Love & Hip Hop. According to a tweet Budden posted last night, he is “retired” from the New York City based


[ALSO READ: Joe Budden Will Battle Hollow Da Don At Eminem’s “Total Slaughter” Event]


Joe Budden TweetThere is no official word on whether Budden will be returning to the program for season 5. If he is walking away from LHHNY, the New Jersey native will become the second rapper-turned-reality star to announce his departure from the show using social media. Saigon declared he wanted “no parts” of the franchise any longer on an Instagram post back in May.

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K Camp- However I Like (Official Video)
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Vine Comp Of The Week Pt. 69: Iggy Twerking & More
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Robin Thicke - Get Her Back (Official Video)
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Chris Brown Goes Ape Over Rihanna Played In The Club

Chris Brown is still clearly not over Rihanna, and made it painfully obvious in a L.A. nightclub, when he demanded that the DJ played her songs.

Star Magazine says:

“An employee at L.A. hookah lounge The Spot tells Star that the singer threw a fit during a recent visit when the DJ queued up songs by his ex. “Chris was in good spirits until Rihanna’s song “Diamonds” started playing,” the eyewitness explains. “Suddenly, he was fuming, pacing around like he was about to start a fight!”

Never one to take the high road, Chris brattily demanded that the DJ strike RiRi from the playlist. “Things got pretty heated,” the employee recalls, adding that the DJ retaliated by playing “Started From the Bottom” by Rihanna’s on-off boyfriend Drake!
“Chris was absolutely livid,” the spy adds. “Thankfully, the DJ laughed and changed the song — but it did make a few good minutes of entertainment at Chris’ expense!”

Talk about case of the ex…

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Authorities Say Shooting Involving Schoolboy Q Seemed To Be Targeted
Top Dawg Entertainment emcee Schoolboy Q was involved in a shooting that took place outside the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado on Thursday night.

While Schoolboy was not harmed after shots were reportedly fired into a SUV, three other people in the vehicle were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities believe the incident was not a random act.

[ALSO READ: Three People Shot Following Nas, Flying Lotus, Schoolboy Q Concert]

“This is not just a coincidence. We think there is probably more to it than that,” stated Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jacki Kelley. “It does seem to be more targeted than random.”

The shooting took place in the parking lot outside Red Rocks, but the victims managed to drive into Denver where they were stopped by police. Schoolboy and another uninjured person were briefly detained by officers at the scene, but no one in his entourage was arrested.

The three suffering from gunshot wounds were eventually taken to Denver Health Medical Center. One victim has already been released.

No arrests have been made as of yet, but authorities claims to have received numerous tips about the incident. According to reports, police are looking for a man armed with a rifle. It is still unclear if Schoolboy was the target of the attack.

“We’re trying to identify and locate the suspect,” said Kelley.

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Aaliyah Biopic To Cover R. Kelly Marriage

The Lifetime network is scheduled to begin production on "Aaliyah: Princess of R&B" this summer.

With production scheduled to start this summer, a Lifetime network film chronicling the life and career of R&B singer Aaliyah will reportedly incorporate a long denied marriage to R. Kelly.

In 1994, Aaliyah and R. Kelly were reportedly married while the Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number singer was 15 years old (Kelly was 27). While both artists denied the claims, Vibe published a copy of a marriage certificate with Aaliyah’s age falsified as 18. The singer’s parents reportedly annulled the marriage the following year.

According to Rolling Stone, the Lifetime network movie Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is built on a 2002 biography of the singer titled Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.

In a comment published by the New York Post, the Lifetime movie’s executive producer Debra Martin Chase claims that the R. Kelly narrative "will be explored with care." 

"Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect," she said. "Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent."

Still, Rolling Stone reports that the singer’s family has publicly denounced the Lifetime production, saying, “she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut.”

"Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was–and is still–an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash," a statement released by the family said.

"Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah," the statement said. "Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck.  We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay!"

Disney Channel alumni Zendaya has been cast for the role of Aaliyah and is slated to record at least four of the singer’s original tracks for the movie.

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Meek Mill- I Don't Know (Official Video)
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DJ Khaled- They Don't Love You No More (Official Video)
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If Black People Said The Stuff White People Say
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Rick Ross Blocked From Performing In Detroit; Reportedly “In Fear Of His Life
Rick Ross was

scheduled to headline HOT 107.5′s Summer Jamz 17 in Detroit this weekend, but reports coming out of the city is that the Maybach Music Group boss was not allowed to hit the stage.

[ALSO READ: Rick Ross Permanently Brands Himself “Rich Forever” With New Face Tattoo]

When it was time for Ross to perform an announcement was made that the Mastermind rapper did not make it into the venue. He was reportedly stopped by large group of people outside.

“We had Rick Ross right outside here tonight. At about 11 o’clock, when he was pulling up to come into Chene Park, he was met by 100 individuals outside,” 107.5′s program director Jay Hicks told the crowd. “We have tried to pull every resource together and asked him to come back. He is in fear of his life.” reports rapper Trick Trick may have placed Ross in the “No Fly Zone” which is also the name of the Goon Sqwad member’s new single. That would mean Rozay cannot enter Detroit without the approval of Trick aka “The Mayor of Detroit.”

“[Ross] may never come back to Detroit,” Hicks added.

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Mary J. Blige - Suitcase (Official Video)
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Rapper Schoolboy Q In SUV That Was Shot Up At Red Rocks
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The Wedding Ringer (Starring Kevin Hart) (Movie Trailer)
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Planet Of The Apes [Movie Trailer #3]
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Smileyface - 100 (Official Video)
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Is Tim Duncan’s Ex Outing Him As Gay?

Tim Duncan was just on the top of the world a few days ago, after winning the NBA Championship, but now he’s taking an L in the tabloids. According to, Tim and his wife Amy entered into divorce proceedings in March. In June, the rumors of him having a gay relationship with his best friend emerge. But, it seems that Amy hired an investigator to dig up this dirt. She didn’t just start some crap on a blog. She allegedly unearthed evidence that Tim had an affair with a man while they were married.

Here is the rest of the run down:

An anonymous source claims that Duncan met his male lover during his college years and lived together throughout college, as well as years afterward. The source claims the alleged lover even lived with Duncan and Amy during the their first two years of marriage, before Duncan finally bought the man a condo of his own.
The source claims that Duncan is now working to have a gag order placed on Amy to keep his bisexuality a secret. “Amy treated Tim like a bitch throughout their marriage because she knew he was f**^*ng his BFF. Tim knows Amy was cheating on him but he’s willing to give her whatever she wants, because he doesn’t want Amy to tell the world that he’s bisexual.”
Here is Tim, his estranged wife and the man she claims tore them apart – allegedly!

Tim's lover in the middle...hmm

Talk about dirty ballin’ – sheesh!

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Wiz Khalifa Named In Lawsuit Over Alleged Assault & Battery
Taylor Gang leader Wiz Khalifa was among the

defendants named in a lawsuit filed in West Virginia.

Ryan Smith is suing Khalifa (born Cameron Thomaz), along with Rostrum Records, 4.0 Entertainment, Tunez and Cue LLC, Daryl Tyler Jr., Drew Ellison of HowFlyHipHop, Leyonne Pryce, Courtney Williams, and 40 unnamed others, for an alleged assault that took place on April 11, 2013.

[ALSO READ: Kanye West Hit With $800,000 Lawsuit Over Sample]

According to The West Virginia Record, Smith claims he was attacked at the Tunez and Cue restaurant in Morgantown, and as a result he suffered a broken jaw and other injuries which led to him undergoing reconstructive surgery and dental work.

The suit states the defendants’ acts and omissions were the direct cause of Smith’s loss of income, disability, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. The complaint was filed on May 26 in Monongalia Circuit Court.

Smith says he attended the Taylor Gang Goodstock Tour event organized by Rostrum Records, 4.0, and HowFlyHipHop at Tunez and Cue. During an intermission Tyler and the unknown defendants allegedly started an “unprovoked” assault against Smith. The alleged attackers were said to be contracted by the named defendants.

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Artists Videos May Soon Be Deleted From YouTube
It appears Google-owned YouTube is now involved in the “major vs. indie” debate that has been ongoing in the music industry for years. According to reports, 

the video streaming site is on the verge of completely deleting content from some independent artists.

[ALSO READ: Buckshot & Ebro Have Heated Debate About Hip Hop Radio, Battle Rap & “Minor Artists”]

YouTube is set to add a subscription service in the coming days. Reportedly named YouTube Music Pass, the new service will allow users to avoid ads and download music directly from the site.

“Music Pass” has led to new licensing deals with major labels and 90% of the industry, but indie labels are reportedly being offered “highly unfavorable” terms as compared to the big companies.

Some indies are refusing to participate. The independents argue they account for 35% percent of all music traffic on YouTube and that should be justification for a percentage of the revenue from Music Pass.

Google apparently has responded by threatening to omit the independents from the new YouTube service and remove their videos from the free site as well. Videos on Vevo should stay active since the site has separate licensing agreements.

“While we wish that we had 100% success rate, we understand that is not likely an achievable goal and therefore it is our responsibility to our users and the industry to launch the enhanced music experience,” stated Vice President and Global Head of Business at YouTube Robert Kyncl.

This development could have an enormous negative effect on the success of independent artists. Forbes‘ Hugh McIntyre writes:

Perhaps more important is the fact that many up-and-coming artists may have a harder time sharing their music and videos… Barring lesser-known names from the most popular streaming site in the world could seriously damage the growth of independent artists, and hurt the careers of future stars.

It is not clear at the moment how Google’s decision will affect unsigned acts.

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DMX’s Wife Wins Big Settlement Against Rapper
DMX’s problems have just gotten a bit deeper, as his living

wages have been garnished by the state to ensure he pays child support.

Tashera Simmons, who is technically still married to DMX, will now get $15,000 per month from DMX’s checks from Universal Music Publishing.

This ruling is in accordance with income withholding docs filed in New York state, says TMZ.

Additionally, the documents reveal that $10,000 will specifically go to the four kids they have together and the other $5,000 goes to unspecified support.

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Kanye West Says Barack Obama Can't "Effect Change From Inside The White House"

Kanye West makes a few declarative statements about creativity, says he's on a "mission from God."

Love him or hate him, whenever Kanye West speaks, people listen.

Recently talking with Power 106, the super producer/rapper spoke on a few subjects including the highest office in the land. West says President Obama lacks power without money and that good ideas and "extreme genius" is cheap.

"You can’t effect change from inside the White House like that," he said via quotes provided by Radar Online. "You gotta have the money... Good ideas usually aren’t connected to money as much... Creativity and extreme genius are extremely cheap."

Kanye also said he's on a "mission from God" and that one shouldn't go against "the power."

"You do not want to go against the power,' he said. 'I’m working on one mission, and that’s a mission from God... Don’t worry about how I’m saying what I’m saying. "Look at what I’m saying and how I feel and how my intent is."

In other recent Kanye West-related news, the rapper released a statement via Def Jam Recordings in regards to the absence of Annie Leibovitz as photographer for his wedding. West recently talked about the famed Vogue photog and was disappointed she wasn't in attendance. 'Ye has since forgiven the situation since as the statement relayed, "Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding."

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Lil Wayne Confirms Two Albums In 2014

Lil Wayne says he's releasing two albums this year.

Lil Wayne has announced that he is set to release two new albums this year. 

“I'm dropping two albums," Lil Wayne says in the latest episode of "Weezy Wednesdays," which is available in HipHopDX's Media section. "This year, look for two albums from me because I kinda been out the game for a second, ya dig, album wise.”

Recently, Wayne spoke about his upcoming Tha Carter V album

Tha Carter V is about growth, flat-out," he said at the time. "My thoughts are wiser. I still say what I want to say—it just sounds better and makes more sense. That all comes with growth and maturity.

“I never try to send messages through music," he continued. "Music is about self. It’s supposed to be personal, a reflection of me, unless you have somebody writing it for you, and everybody know I’m not that artist. I’m not sending a message because that message may not get across. Whatever message you take from it is your choice.”

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Common Feat. Vince Staples - Kingdom (Official Video)
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Amar'e Stoudemire & Cousin Sal Prank Metta World Peace
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Conquering His Fear: Kevin Hart Screaming For His Life On A Roller Coaster
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Kim Kardashian Talks Down on Baby Blue

Kimmy Cakes may have gotten a little beside herself and her nanny is spilling the beans…

Life and Style is reporting that the porn reality star is full of herself and her baby, and even speaks ill of baby Blue Ivy.

“All moms think their kid’s the cutest – but most don’t go as far a s saying unkind things about other children! Yet when Kim Kardashian, 33, praises North, 1, it sometimes comes at the expense of Beyonce’s mini-me.

“She brags that Nori is cuter than Blue Ivy,” dishes an insider. ‘She loves it.’”

It’s ok to praise your child, but to do it at another kid’s expense by throwing them under the bus is a different story.

And then you wonder why Jay and Bey declined that wedding invite…

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Aaliyah’s Family Working To Halt Lifetime Biopic
The Lifetime network recently announced its plans to turn the life of R&B singer Aaliyah into a TV movie, but the family of the late performer reportedly does not approve of the

channel producing a biopic about her.

[ALSO READ: Aaliyah Biopic Headed To Lifetime Network]

TMZ reports Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah’s uncle and owner of her label Blackground Records, is upset Lifetime did not contact the family about the movie. Hankerson also expressed his desire to have a film about his niece be a full theatrical motion picture and not a television production.

Hankerson adds the family will try to block any use of Aaliyah’s music in the film, and they have hired an attorney in order to get the movie shut down completely. Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B was set to feature Disney Channel regular Zendaya Coleman in the starring role.

Since her death in 2001, the presentation of Aaliyah’s likeness has been a contentious topic. On the music end, Drake wanted to release a posthumous album using her vocals, but fans of the One In A Million star rejected the idea when it was reported that Aaliyah’s longtime musical partners Timbaland and Missy Elliott would not be involved in the process.

Drake’s producer Noah “40″ Shebib later admitted negative reaction to a Drizzy/Baby Girl LP without Tim and Missy contributed to the project being cancelled.

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Tracy Morgan Is No Longer In Critical Condition
A little over a week after being placed in critical condition as a

result of a gruesome accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7th, Tracy Morgan’s health has improved. According to his publicist, the 45 year old comedian was upgraded from critical condition this past Monday (June 16th).

Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay also adds that the comedian’s famous comedic wit is starting to return following the accident:

Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement.  His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.

No word on a timetable of when Morgan will be released from the hospital.

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Young Thug, Migos Sign With Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles & Todd Moscowitz's 300 Label

Kevin Liles looking to reward artists "taking risks" with his new record label, 300.

Following the release of Young Thug’s debut single “Stoner” in October of last year, there has been much confusion surrounding the Atlanta, Georgia rapper’s label situation.

During a recent interview with Revolt, record executive Kevin Liles confirmed that Thug is in fact signed to his 300 label, which Complex reports is an imprint of Atlantic Records.

“Our business motto is this, if you’re out there taking risks, we wanna reward you with a great deal,” Liles said while speaking with Revolt. “There should be no cookie-cutter deal. There should be a smorgasbord of deals that we could do with entrepreneurs. We built a platform, similar to what we did with Roc-A-Fella, Murder Inc., Disturbing Tha Peace, Ruff Ryders, we just provided platforms for people to build companies.”

Prior to this week’s announcement, it was reported that Young Thug had signed with Cash Money Records. The rapper allegedly made the reveal while walking into a club with Birdman during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans in February.

“Yeah,” Young Thug said, according to a Mass Appeal story published in February. “I signed.”

It was also rumored that Young Thug had signed with Gucci Mane’s Brick Squad Records. The rapper has appeared on several mixtapes and records pushed by the label.

In addition to Young Thug, Atlanta rap trio Migos have also reportedly signed with Liles, Todd Moscowitz, and Lyor Cohen's 300 label.

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T.I. Feat. Iggy Azalea - No Mediocre (Official Video)
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Aaliyah Biopic Headed To Lifetime Network
Lifetime seems to be branding itself as the network of the fallen R&B star biopic. The channel recently announced it was producing an Angela Bassett directed movie about the late

Whitney Houston, and according to THR Aaliyah is up next.

[ALSO READ: Angela Bassett To Direct Whitney Houston/Bobby Brown Biopic]


The project is currently titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman is attached to play the “One In A Million” singer.

Coleman previously appeared on Disney’s Shake It Up! and ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and she is set to take the lead role in the upcoming sitcom K.C. Undercover also on the Disney Channel. Zendaya also released her self-titled album in 2013.



There had been talk for years that a feature film about “Baby Girl” was in the works. Several actresses/singers including Solange, Tristin Mays, and Keisha Chante had been rumored to be up for the part of Aaliyah.

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B is being produced by Aaliyah Productions. The TV movie is being written by Michael Elliot (Brown Sugar, Just Wright) and directed by Bradley Walsh (Turn the Beat Around, A Killer Among Us).

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FIFA Bans Beats by Dre Headphones From 2014 World Cup

The World Cup may be the only event where one can claim the world is watching with a high degree of certainty, so it’s advertising heaven. Today (June 17th), reports surface that FIFA’s existing licensing agreement with Sony has forced them to ban World Cup players from wearing Beats by Dre headphones.

On June 5th, days before the World Cup began, Beats Electronics released a five minute mini movie entitled “The Game Before The Game” featuring World Cup players as well as Lil Wayne and other celebrities. Even though the video has amassed over 11 million views on YouTube, FIFA has banned players from wearing the headphones in the World Cup stadiums and during media events. Sony, official partner with FIFA has provided the players with headphones to wear during those times they are not permitted to wear any other headphone brand.

This is Beats Electronics second attempt at circumventing FIFA’s licensing rule. During the 2012 Olympics in London, the headphone maker provided headphones to the U.S. Basketball team, which included Lebron James who had a stake in the company at the time.

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Jay Z Launches "40/40" Beverage In Duane Reade, Walgreens Stores

The beverage is described as an "Arnold Palmer-esque drink."

Jay Z has released his “40/40” drink in Duane Reade and Walgreens stores in the United States, according to Forbes.

The beverage, which retails for $1.99, is named after his nightclub of the same name and is described in the Forbes story as "an Arnold Palmer-esque drink” that is "intended for sports-loving males.”

Distributed by Go N’Syde, a company helmed by former Def Jam Recordings executive Kevin Liles, the Jay Z beverage also "includes an augmented reality tie-in that allows customers to point a smartphone at the container and call up a content platform connected to each act,” the Forbes article says.

“We have great tasting beverage,” Liles says. “But the second part of it is providing a new network for the brands or icons to communicate with their fans. I call it disrupting the consumer packaged goods industry by having your products actually talk to you.”

Mariah Carey has also released the Butterfly beverage through Go N’Syde.

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Brian Williams Raps "Baby Got Back"!
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Whoa! Chris Brown And Justin Bieber Crews Clash


I heard this one last night and I mulled it over and was like…REALLY? Chris Brown just just outta the bing and there are already rumors that he’s clashing. And Justin Bieber is out here calling people the N-Word and wanting to join the KKK (or something like that). And they go into the studio? So, over the weekend they reportedly went into the studio together and everything was reportedly “la la la,” I am hearing something else.

I am hearing from sources close that the crews got to fighting! This all went down supposedly at the Record Plant in Hollywood. Apparently they got into it right outside of the studio in the wee hours over the weekend. But, it had to be bad, because people were seemingly frantic to get out of there. They were Ubering and calling cabs like mad people. There were presumably a lot of girls there too. Hoping that Breezy doesn’t get himself into any more trouble Also, hoping Justin…ahhhh never mind.

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Jay Z Appears On New “Jungle Remix” In Beats By Dre Ad (VIDEO)
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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith Cleared By Child Protective Services Following In

The couple is cleared by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) following an investigation regarding their 13-year-old daughter, Willow.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith have been cleared by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), according to Radar Online

The couple was investigated after an image was published of the Smith's 13-year-old daughter, Willow, in a bed with 20-year-old actor, Moises Arias. 

DCFS reportedly found Willow had not been in danger and that the couple has been advised to remain vigilant of their children and their social media accounts. 

Jada Pinkett-Smith has commented on the image that appeared to spark the investigation. "Here's the deal: There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation," she said. "You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you're acting like covert pedophiles, and that's not cool."

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Dr. Dre, Eazy E Roles Cast For N.W.A "Straight Outta Compton" Biopic

Last week, it was announced that one of Ice Cube's sons was slated to portray him in "Straight Outta Compton."

Marcus Callendar will play Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-E in the forthcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, according to

Mitchell has appeared in Broken City and Contraband, among other films, while Callendar has yet to be featured in a major motion picture.

Last week, it was reported that Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. is slated to play Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton

Universal hasn't confirmed the Cube casting. Nevertheless, the site says several individuals close to the project have confirmed the casting to The Wrap

In February, Cube spoke with The Guardian. The former N.W.A star confirmed rumors that he wants his son, O'Shea, to play him in the movie.

"Yes. I've been trying to get that pushed along," Ice Cube said at the time. "Just wanna make sure that he's the best man for the job."

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No Good Deed (Starring Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson) [Movie Trailer]
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Kanye West & Rick Rubin Working On "Yeezus" Follow-Up

Rick Rubin confirms that he is working with Kanye West on an upcoming album.

Rick Rubin has confirmed that he is working on new music with Kanye West.

Rubin made this announcement during a recent interview with BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, according to NME. "Rubin previously helped produce the 2013 album Yeezus and confirmed that recording on a follow up has begun while chatting to BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe as part of a special interview which will be broadcast in four parts (Monday [through] Thursday) next week."

According to the report, Rubin and West are gathering vocal ideas. 

"Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album," Rubin says.

Recently, Billboard published a report about a 2014 Kanye West album. In the report, Rubin was named among many acts set to contribute to the effort. Mike WiLL Made-It, Q-Tip, French Montana, Young Chop, Young Thug, James Blake, DJ Mustard and Tyga were also mentioned. 

West's last offering was critically acclaimed by some. For instance, HipHopDX awarded Yeezus with a 4.5 out of 5 in its review. However, it was criticized by many, also. 50 Cent, for example, said the following of the project“It doesn’t feel like Hip-Hop to me," he said. "It feels like a fusion of something else, like a weird combination of dance music sounds and stuff. It’s just him being an artist, you don’t have to agree with everything an artist does.

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Eve Married Longtime Mate Maximillion CooperToday, Reports

Congratulations are in order for Eve, as the rapper has married her long-term beau Maximillion Cooper today, according to reports.

Bun B and others sent their congrats over social media to the couple.

Eve and Max announce their engagement in December of 2013 after a prolonged courting period.

While details are scant, they were reportedly married in Spain.

Max is one of the founders of the Gumball 3000 race, which Bun B and others participate in annually.

Joel ‘Deadmau5′ Zimmerman won the Gumball 3000 this year.

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s Mother, Voletta Wallace, Explains Lil' Kim Rift In Unrele

"I was offended and I let her know," Voletta Wallace said of Lil' Kim. "She didn't like it and I don't give a hoot."

In a piece of unreleased footage from 2005 published to VladTV, mother of The Notorious B.I.G.Voletta Wallace explains the rift between herself and Lil' Kim following the rapper’s death.

“After my son’s death, believe it or not, Lil' Kim and I were close,” Voletta Wallace said. “But I guess she doesn’t—I’m a woman who speaks my mind. Sometimes you say things, the truth hurts, and you take it the wrong way. I did not like the way she was [parading around] national television and radio about Biggie, the love of her life. Her heart, her nose, her mouth, her butt, every part of her. Christopher is not here to defend himself. I was offended. I was offended and I let her know. She didn’t like it and I don’t give a hoot. As far as Lil’ Cease is concerned, they’re all struggling. Christopher is not here. He was a figure in their life that they looked up to and he was not here and everybody just go their separate ways. The ways that they went wasn’t the straight way. As a result they all went down the toilet. But I wish them all well. I might tell them to go to hell and mind their own damn business but deep down I wish them well.”

Asked how the group politics may have differed if her son was still alive, Wallace shared feeling like everybody would “be taking care of their business.”

“If Christopher was here today I know Kim wouldn’t be in jail. Lil’ Cease wouldn’t be on national radio yapping his mouth. They’d be taking care of their business, making beautiful music. But, hey, let’s not complain about spilled milk. It happens.”

The unreleased footage corresponds with a 2005 interview with SOHH released the same year. During the interview, Voletta Wallace also touches on her opinion of her son’s posthumously released music.

“You know when I hear posthumous stuff that makes me feel good because it's telling me that they have a great deal of respect for my son,” she said. “They love his work. They love his art. And they just want to be a part of Biggie, so it makes me feel closer to him. The only time I feel upset or violated is when they use it without asking. So when I hear something on the radio, I have to ask, ‘Did I give permission for that?’ And sometimes they say ‘yes,’ sometimes they say ‘no.’ And if they say ‘no,’ I really feel offended, not only offended but angry. Because I feel that it's downright disrespectful.”

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The Dumbest Tweets Of 2014 (Part 2)
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