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ESPN Host Completely Nails The Part Of The Sterling Controversy Everyone Has Ign
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Complex's 10 Excuses Rappers Make When Their Album Flops

Complex’s “10 Excuses Rappers Make When Their Album Flops” is as follows:

1. “My album was under shipped.”

2. “My album leaked.”

3. “I made this album for myself.”

4. “My label failed to properly promote my album.”

5. “My fans don’t want to hear me grow musically.”

6. “I don’t measure my success by album sales.”

7. “My album will gradually sell more over time.”

8. “My album was only sold by select retailers.”

9. “My fans aren’t supporting me at SoundScan.”

10. “I don’t care about record sales."

By Edwin Ortiz. Read the full story at: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/04/10-excuses-rappers-make-when-their-album-flops/

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Heisman FSU QB Jameis Winston Caught Shoplifting...Crab Legs
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Celebs Interested in Buying the Clippers...Oprah, Diddy, Jay Z, Mayweather

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Smoking Weed with the President of Uruguary
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QuestLove: How Hip Hop Failed Black People

What do John Bradford, Albert Einstein and Ice Cube have in common?

Well... nothing.

But in the first installment of QuestLove's Vulture.com series entitled, When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America, the Roots rhythm man employs quotes from all three to make a stunning -- and controversial -- point.

Bradford once said, "There but for the grace of God go I," a quote often used to remind us to have compassion for the "less fortunate" among us.  Einstein once described quantum entanglement as "spooky action at a distance," a statement that Questlove interprets as a belief that all creatures of Earth are all connected, "whether or not there's a clear line of connection."  Ice Cube's contribution? "Life ain't nothing but bitches and money."

Questlove's own philosophical "quest" begins right there, at the point where the compassionate "connections" described by the previous two philosophers began to erode.

He has also grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

"Meaninglessness takes hold because meaninglessness is addictive," he posits. A bold, brave statement.

So, will hip-hop "be back?" Or has it outlived and outgrown its usefulness, and failed the Black community in the process, as Questlove suggests?

"Time will tell. Time is always telling. Time never stops telling," Questlove writes.

Read part one of the series at this link www.vulture.com/2014/04/questlove-on-how-hip-hop-failed-black-america.html

By Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
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Beyonce "Pretty Hurts" Video Premiere

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Lil Boosie: Lean Nearly Killed Me

Lil Boosie on lean: "Once you on, it's hard to get off. It's damn near impossible."

Lil Boosie says he nearly died multiple times from drinking lean.

"[Lean has] fucked up a lot of rappers and the culture of Hip Hop," Boosie says, according to TMZ.

Boosie's quote was in response to a TMZ report regarding Actavis, which says it is stopping its production of cough syrup due to it being used to make lean. 

Boosie has reportedly stopped using lean. He spent five years in prison, earning an extended sentence due to an attempt to smuggle codeine syrup into prison. 

"Once you on, it's hard to get off," Boosie says. "It's damn near impossible."

Boosie is set to release two albums this year, he said in a report earlier this week.

“Right now I think I am gonna drop two albums this year," he said. "Drop one July 15 and I am gonna try to drop in December also."

Source: Hiphopdx.com

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Jhene Aiko GQ Photo Spread Released by Def Jam

Jhene Aiko's GQ photo spread has been published by Def Jam

The record label posted several images from the GQ shoot on its official website. The photographs are scheduled to be included in the May issue of the magazine, according to Def Jam. 

Aiko was mentioned by Pusha T in an article published today (April 24). "I'm not really listening to much rap," Push said. "Right now on the daily, I listen to Jhene Aiko. I like her a lot. I like her music. I was sort of last on it, too. I saw her video with Childish Gambino and it was just a good song. It was one of those things where I had been seen that video and it just clicked. I was like, 'Man, I want that record.' I went, downloaded the EP, bought it and I've been listening to it a lot." 

Aiko's GQ photographs are below. 

Source: Hiphopdx.com

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Beyonce on Time's "100 Most Influential People" List...Jay-Z Falls Off

The Earth’s population is roughly 8 billion people and TIME magazine has once again narrowed that down to “The 100 Most Influential People”. For the second year in a row, Beyonce was named on the list and appears on the cover for the issue.

Last year, both Jay Z and Beyonce appeared on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list in the Titan and Icon categories, respectively. Howver, Jay Z was omitted from this year’s list. While his Samsung deal for Magna Carta Holy Grail‘s release was innovative, Beyonce’s album release strategy was apart of the reasoning for her selection on the list, according to Sheryl Sandberg, the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of trustees:

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Beyonce's Dad Off the Hook for Now on Child Support

's dad -- the onetime millionaire manager of Destiny's Child -- just got a pass from a judge on his child support obligation ... because he grossly overpaid in the past.

As we've reported ... baby mama Alexsandra Wright has dragged  Mathew Knowles in and out of court for months ... accusing him of falling behind in support payments for their 3-year-old son.  

Knowles had been ordered to pay Wright $12K a month as of Feb. 2013 ... but a few weeks ago, he got a judge to reduce it to $2,485 a month, claiming his income had dwindled.

But sources familiar with the case tell us ... Knowles just scored again, convincing the judge he's been OVER-PAYING all along -- arguing the entire time he should only have been paying $2,485 ... amounting to an overpayment of $110K.

The judge agreed ... giving him credit for the overpayment.   

Bottom line Knowles won't have to pay Wright  -- who has been getting $300 a month in food stamps -- ANYTHING for the next 3-and-a-half years.  Wright vows to continue her fight.

But there's a final twist ... Welfare officials typically come after the dad when the mom is on public assistance, so we're told he'll probably end up giving her something, beginning this summer.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2zqUNWqUA
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Miley Cyrus Says Mike WiLL Made It is "Disgusting = Murderous"?

Miley Cyrus is known more for being ratchet lately than anything else but even Miley must know enough to use precautions when she's having a good time with her latest boy toy, right?

Well, according to a new report, it appears that the singer's recent hospitalization might not be because of the flu but instead because she contracted an STD from her producer boyfriend, Mike Will Made It. Who would date a guy with a name like that in the first place?

Media TakeOut is claiming that the real reason Miley is on antibiotics is because she is ill from this mysterious STD, not the flu as her camp is claiming.

A friend of Miley's (Diane Martel @DianeMartelOff) is even going on Twitter and saying how "disgusting" Mike Will Made It is. So, what's the deal? Is Miley Cyrus infected or is she really sick with the flu? What do you think?

Update: 8:48pm
Today, Mike WiLL clears the confusion by sharing the text conversation he had with Martel (see above). During the conversation, you can see Martel say that disgusting is actually a slang word for good and its a compliment. She also took to Twitter to clarify.

Now we know that if someone calls you disgusting, they’re actually saying you’re hot.

Read More: http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/04/mike-will-made-shuts-miley-cyrus-rift/

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Drake -- Accused of Stealing Music and Lying About Permission
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Joakim Noah Finds Out its Snowing Outside
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L&HH Atlanta Season 3 Trailer...Wow!
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Hip Hop's Wealthiest Moguls Forbes List (Top 5)
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Land Rover Unveils Disappearing Hood
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[Video] Lil Boosie's First Performance Since Prison Release
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What Would You Do?: Teacher Finds $11,000 Cash on Road...
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D.C. Charges May Revive Chris Brown's Sentence

Chris Brown’s misdemeanor assault trial begins Thursday at D.C. Superior Court, only a few blocks from the White House, but a conviction there is the least of his concerns.


“He should have a legitimate concern that his probation could be revoked in his Los Angeles case,” said Jonathan Franklin, a prominent Los Angeles criminal defense attorney. “A person does not have to be found guilty of the new charge in order to trigger a probation violation hearing.

“A court can find that someone did not obey all laws during the term of their probation simply because they were arrested on new charges, and since the burden of proof is much lower in probation violation hearings, it is easier for the court to find that he has violated his probation terms,” Mr. Franklin said. “Furthermore, probation violation hearings are decided by the court. There is no jury to make ultimate determination of guilt or innocence.”

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/13/dc-charges-may-revive-chris-browns-sentence/#ixzz2ytbaEgMd 
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Naya Rivera Spotted Without Wearing Engagement Ring

The wedding is off -- and now the ring is, too. One day after Big Sean's rep exclusively confirmed to 
Us Weekly that he had called off his engagement to fiancee Naya Rivera, the Glee star was spotted on set without her diamond ring from the rapper.

As previously reported, the actress accepted Big Sean's proposal last October, just six months after they went public with their romance. On Wednesday, April 9, however -- on the heels of a report claiming that the rapper had cheated on Rivera -- his rep told Us
 he had ended things.

"After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off. The recent rumors and accusations reported by so-called or fake sources are simply untrue," the rep said. "Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter."

Read more: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/naya-rivera-spotted-without-engagement-ring-after-big-sean-split-2014114#ixzz2yta9ifb3 

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Love & Hip Hop ATL's Mimi Faust Releases Hardcore Sex Tape

"Love & Hip Hop" star Mimi Faust is finally making love not war -- in a BRAND NEW SEX TAPE -- and her partner in slime is her co-star and BF from the reality show.

Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch tells TMZ ... he got hold of the sex tape starring Mimi and Nikko Smith, and then contacted them to sign off on it going public. He says "Love & Hip Hop" producers also gave their blessing ... presumably in an effort to spice up the reality show for next season.

We've seen clips of "Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta" ... it's the real deal and it's intense.  It's scheduled for release later this month.

As the saying goes, when all else fails ... make a sex tape.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2ytYh2YT3
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Jhene Aiko Brings Out Drake at Coachella
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The Boondocks Season 4 Preview
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