It almost seems as if art fully imitates life as one young star of Fox's hit show "Empire" now has a record deal.
Jussie Smollett, who plays the homosexual singer Jamal, revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he signed on the line with Columbia Records.
"There will be a Jussie Smollett album. I signed to Columbia. So darling [Laughs] I'm label mates with Beyoncé and Adele and Barbra Streisand," he said in the candid conversation.
Jussie said that he wouldn't reflect the reality depicted in "Empire," but rather a flavor all his own.
"It's going to be a whole different thing. Now, the Empire family will still have something to do with it. I would love for Terrence to come and oversee the production of all of the music," he said. "And I would love for Timbaland to come on and Jim Beanz. We've all talked and they're all down to work on it."
"Empire" has continually made gains in ratings and now clocks in 16.1 million viewers as of last week. The success hasn't fully been realized by Jussie.
It hasn't clicked yet. The other day I went to Whole Foods and bought some chewable Vitamin C and got mobbed by like 15 girls. Today I was seven minutes late to work and I'm never late to work. I have been late to work two times," he said. "But a van of women were in Whole Foods and I was there to get my salad for lunch. Literally, they come up and they're like "Jamal!" And I was late because they had to stay there and try to figure out how to use their camera phones."
"Empire" co-star Malik Yoba outted Jussie as gay in real life after the 25-year-old had previously been non-committal in interviews.
Rap star Snoop Dogg continues his ascent on the silver screen and has signed on for top billing in the real-life story of him coaching his son's youth football league. A bidding war for the story took place between Fox, Paramount and Columbia for the rights to the story, landing…
The former Death Row mogul has had a myriad of health complications, including blindness.
Knight has fired his attorneys and also charged that he has been receiving insufficient health care in jail.
According to Townhall.com, he said he was blind in one eye and had roughly 15 percent vision in his other eye Monday. He also said that he's dropped about 35 pounds since he was incarcerated and Judge Ronald Coen told the court he was hospitalized.
Knight was shot 6 times in August and has had issues related to it since.
He is presently facing murder charges after running over 2 men with his truck, killing one of them.
Incidentally, Knight's next court date will be on March 9, the anniversary of Notorious B.I.G. death.
My, my, my the Bridges family keeps growing. As we know Ludacris now has a one year old "break" baby with Tamika Fuller, but it seems as if the Bridges will have another baby running around as it looks like wife Eudoxiee is now pregnant. Both Ludacris and Eudoxiee took to their Instagram pages to post the same picture of Ludacris kissing Eudoxiee's stomach with the caption "Beautiful day on the beach." In the picture it is very evident that Eudoxiee has a new baby bump. There has been speculation that she was pregnant over the last few weeks as she's been wearing only baggy clothing and posting less full body shots than usual. Hey, Hip Hop siblings being bornclose in age by different women is nothing new. Look at Lil' Wayne and Diddy LOL.
Maxwell, a member of the 1990's R&B group Brownstone, passed away on Friday night, according to TMZ.
The site reports Maxwell's husband Carsten Soulshock came home and discovered the singer unconscious and bleeding. Paramedics were called to the home, and Maxwell was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital. Unfortunately, she died from loss of blood on the way to the facility.
Authorities believe the fatal gash on Maxwell's neck was the result of a broken wine glass. It is believed she fell and cut herself on the shattered glass. Police do not suspect foul play.
There are conflicting reports regarding Maxwell's death. BET is reporting she died in Denmark. There were also sites posting rumors Maxwell was suicidal before the incident. According to The Grio, her brother Brandon refuted the suicide claims on Twitter.
Brownstone is perhaps best well known for their 1995 Grammy nominated single "If You Love Me." Other R&B chart hits include "Grapevyne" and "I Can't Tell You Why." The group's debut albumFrom the Bottom Up was certified platinum.
Baton Rouge rapper Boosie Badazz may have overworked himself last week. According to TMZ, Boosie was taken to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday after feeling weak. Doctors determined he was dehydrated and kept him overnight.
Badazz was forced to cancel his show in Charlotte. He was released the next day and continued on his tour. The "Show Da World" performer is scheduled to appear at upcoming concertdates in Louisiana, Florida, Texas, and South Carolina.
Rich Homie Quan says he has no problem with white people using the N-word when reciting his lyrics.
Rich Homie Quan has been part of many hits over the past few years and definitely knows the DNA to a catchy song. One of those catchy joints is YG's "My Hitta," on which he was featured.
Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, the Atlanta native talked about white people using the N-word when reciting lyrics, as the uncensored version of the West Coast hit requires you to use it as you sing along to the hook.
"I feel good [about it], man," Quan said when asked about whites using the N-word. "Because it's that title trap. That's what we want people to do, it's like crossover music. I feel good man, I don't look nothing by it. I [don't have a bias] so it's good man. You make music so people recite it."
The former Rich Gang member was also asked whether racism in the south is more prevalent than other areas. He responded by explaining that he himself has not experienced very much racism in his life.
"I wouldn't say racism is worse in the south only because it was so hard in the south," he said. "I think people are nicer in the south now and they don't really go back to those days. I've seen very little racism since I've been living." Quan continued by saying he has experienced the most amount of racial tension in airports.
Also during the interview, Rich Homie Quan talked about how "My Hitta" came together and noted that Jeezy was the one who introduced him to YG.
Two people were shot at a club event in Charlotte, North Carolina headlined by T.I. & Jeezy.
Gunshots brought an early end to an event headlined by T.I., Jeezy, and Yo Gotti in Charlotte, North Carolina last night (February 28).
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the shooting took place around 7:00 PM EST at a promotional event at Label night club and injured two people in attendance, one of whom is female.
"Two people injured with gunshot wounds," Captain J.D. Thomas told USA Today. "One person drove themselves to the hospital and one person was transported by ambulance. Both are non-life-threatening injuries."
No suspects have been detained and the reason for the shooting remain unclear, according to NBC News.
One clubgoer described the panic following the gunshots in an interview with USA Today. "It was packed," blogger Selena Alexander told the site. "Two distinct gunshots rang out. The artists were immediately rushed out." Alexander also says that the rappers were onstage during the shooting.