Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meek Mill Aims For December Release

Meek Mill isn't saying much about his upcoming debut album, but the Maybach Music Group rapper did reveal few things about the project in a recent interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez. Mill even gave fans an estimation for when the album will be hitting the streets.
"Actually, I'm working on my album, trying to get my album right for the beginning of December [2012]," he said. The rapper also revealed that having a young family to care for has helped him stay focused, but also has been stressful due to his hectic schedule.
"My baby's eight-months [old]," he explained. "I make it happen, though. You always gotta go home, at least once a week and make sure everything's straight…I'm in a relationship. It's rough sometimes, you know how it gets, leaving home for a month [to tour]…we make it work. I ain't married, I'm only 24 right now, but things gonna happen."
"My girl's a rider. I was in jail before [MMG blew up], locked up nine months. My girl was riding, com[ing to] see me every week…[that part of my life's] over. It was a learning experience, it was a good thing for me, though," he shared. "I just had to see it and know that's not what I want to be. I get to come out and tell some young boys that that's what they ain't want to be. It put me on a straight path."

will.i.am Album Details Emerge

will.i.am has revealed that there will be a laundry list of A-list guest stars on his upcoming album #willpower. The rapper/producer has announced some of the guests on the project; he's already released the single "T.H.E." with Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez.
"#willpower is just a reminder to myself of staying contestant with the dream – keeping the dream alive," he explained. "It was all a dream when I was 15 years old – 20 years later I managed to take the dream from an idea to physicality. So #willpower is uplifting songs, encouragement for those that need it."
"I have a song with Alicia Keys – me, Alicia and Swedish House Mafia," he continued. "I have a song with The Beats, which is pretty grand. Me and Shakira have been trying to finish the stuff we started, and me and Britney is really crazy."
"So we got a song with me, LMFAO and Eva Simons," will added. "A song with me and Busta Rhymes and Swizz Beatz. I got a whole other bunch of collaborations."

Bow Wow's Tax Issues Worsen

Rapper Bow Wow was revealed to owe the IRS more than $90,000 back in November 2011, but it appears the Young Money star is in more trouble than was reported previously. In what seems to be an ongoing problem for YMCMB artists, the rapper faces some serious tax issues.
TMZ reports that a new tax lien was filed on January 9 in Georgia, saying Bow Wow owes $15,279.62 for unpaid taxes from 2008 and another $19,700.91 from 2010.
Bow Wow owes a total of $126,086.14.

Maino Explains "I Still Love You"

Maino decided to clear up the speculation surrounding his track "I Still Love You," which appeared to be about Lil Kim. Maino says the two's relationship was strictly platonic, and the song was about how they may no longer associate with each other but he will always love her for their bond.
"I think people are taking it way out of context," Maino said in an interview. "You know when you have relationships with certain people, you may have real genuine love for them but you just can't f*ck with them. That's all I was saying. ... I still got love for you, we don't really f*ck with each other but I still got love for you. You know the thing is, I saw the comments, 'Oh Maino's in love with Lil Kim.' They forgot in the song that I said, 'I was your brother.' ... You know when you got love for somebody but you can love them from afar, you want them to do their thing but y'all aren't built for close proximity. That's all."

Gabrielle Union Talks Relationships

Gabrielle Union doesn't always talk about her relationship with NBA baller Dwyane Wade, but Gabby opened up in a recent interview about her life with the Miami Heat star and what her plans are for the future. Could babies be somewhere down the line?
"D and I have a life together, too. I love my life in Miami, I can't imagine functioning without both, I love the design district, I love Midtown, I love what's happening downtown now. I can be at People's Bar-B-Que or Sustain or Prime One Twelve, and I'm comfortable. It's rare for me to feel that level of freedom. Miami represents joy for me."
"I was never someone who thought about having kids – I mean, they're great in theory, but I never imagined having one [myself]. Maybe over the next five years I could wrap my brain around becoming a mother and what that would mean in terms of sacrifice and dedication. I don't do anything impulsively, so more toward the five years out than the one-year."

Machine Gun Kelly On Diddy's Rant:

Diddy went ballistic on Twitter at the news that Bad Boy artist Machine Gun Kelly had been arrested in Florida this weekend. But MGK says that he talked to his boss and everything has been smoothed over.
According to Kelly, Diddy just didn't quite know everything that had happened.
"You can tell he's, like, playful with it, but there's a serious tone behind [it]," Machine Gun Kelly told MTV News. "I talked to Puff today, and he's like, 'It's all good. Do what you do. You did what you had to do.'"
Diddy also thought MGK was involved in a car wreck that did include one of the young rapper's friends. "He thought I was in the car too, so he thought I got arrested twice. It was like the first arrest was cool, like, all right, he'll let it slide. But when he [thought it was two arrests], he was like, 'What the f---? You got arrested two times? Something is wrong with you, man?'"
"He was, like, spazzing out," Kelly added. "I think all the label is on edge about how we rock."

Kim Kardashian Wants Tim Tebow?

A strange rumor is floating around the web that a certain serial-dating socialite may have set her eyes on a virginal quarterback for the Denver Broncos. That's right, Kim Kardashian has reportedly sent her henchmen to fetch Tim Tebow.
But word on the street is Tim isn't interested.
“Kim needs to rehab her image to get her career revved up again,” explained a source. “Dating someone like Tim Tebow would certainly do the trick.”
“Tim’s been made aware of Kim’s crush, and although flattered, he’s not interested,” said another unnamed source. “He’s an avowed virgin who’s saving himself for marriage and is looking for a woman with similar values, not someone with two failed marriages AND a sex tape in her past!”

Amber Rose Slams Kanye AGAIN

For someone who loves her current boyfriend Wiz Khalifa, Amber Rose sure has spent a lot of time talking about her ex, Kanye West, lately. The buxom beauty was again slandering her ex during an interview this past weekend with the New York Post.
"He is your typical rapper in the industry," Amber said. "He can't be faithful, and it's not just with one person. He's just unfaithful with a lot of different women. I got to the point where I thought, my heart can't take it anymore. I don't deserve this. I don't care when people say that I owe him my life because I'm famous now. I don't owe him nothing."
Wiz is starting to sound more and more like a rebound. Is she over Kanye?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cory Gunz Busted For Gun Possession

Young Money rapper Cory Gunz was arrested for gun possession in the Bronx, New York this weekend. The star was busted this past Saturday (January 28) afternoon, and his father, rapper Peter Gunz, detailed to MTV News what happened to his son.
"The details are still sketchy, but I can confirm that he was arrested with a firearm yesterday in the Bronx," Gunz told MTV News. "They caught him around 2 p.m. in the afternoon with a loaded gun in his knapsack.
"It was definitely an illegal search," Peter Gunz added.
"I spoke to the arresting officer, and so far, what I'm hearing from him is that they got a phone call at the station saying they should 'look out,' " Gunz said. "According to [the officer], they didn't know he was Cory Gunz. They just saw a bunch of kids following him around. What I will say is that the officer that arrested Cory actually happened to be a cool dude. After arresting Cory, sitting down with him and talking, he felt bad about the situation."
"To go to a precinct and see your son, your junior, in handcuffs, it's heartbreaking," he said. "Anytime you see your child in jail, in the cell, in handcuffs, it's very hard. He's walked down some of the same paths that I walked down, but you never want to see your kids go through what you went through."

Nicki Minaj Performing With Madonna

While it's been known for months that pop icon Madonna will be taking the stage at this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show, the Material Girl's performance details have been shrouded in mystery. At least, that was the case until last week, when it was announced that Cee-Lo Green will also play a part in the show.
Now it looks like another superstar from the world of hip hop could be onstage with Madge. Nicki Minaj gave an eyebrow-raising statement on Twitter about her busy schedule that revealed a Super Bowl performance alongside the Queen of Pop.
"Super Bowl rehearsals w/the Queen ;) ----> RT @HumbleNika: @NICKIMINAJ what does your agenda contain today Nic? :)," she tweeted.

Drake Performs At NHL All-Star Game

Drake showed some love to his home country's favorite sport by performing at the NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa yesterday (January 29.) The Young Money star appeared at Scotiabank Place, wearing a custom NHL "Drake" jersey and performed his hit "Headlines."
He also let fans know that it was special for him to take the stage at the event.
"If you're proud to be Canadian tonight, I want to hear you make some noise one time!" Drake shouted to the crowd. "Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Drake, I grew up on the sport that we are here celebrating this evening, and this is one of the greatest honors I've ever received. I grew up playing hockey. I used to play right wing."

French Montana Is A Bad Boy First

Rapper French Montana joined Diddy's Bad Boy Records on his own terms. According to Montana, he has become the first artist in the history of one of hip hop's longest-running labels to own his publishing. In an interview with Real Talk NY, the rapper explained his situation.
“I think I’m the first person - and I ain’t tell this to nobody - I’m the first person in the whole history of Bad Boy not to sign my publishing to Bad Boy or Puff,” he said. “Everything I asked for, Puff kept his word. In my eyes, he a real n***a for that. So far, so good. I have no complaints.”
Montana also spoke on Diddy's reputation for not quite being square with his artists.
“I feel like a person, as a man, should never judge somebody on his situation with other people. You should always judge a person based on their situation with you. The situation you got with each other is the only way you can judge a man,” he continued. “I find it kind of weird. How can someone jerk you and give you the paperwork for your lawyer to see… It’s not like they’re tricking you. It’s not like words get up in the middle of the night and change on the contract. You just gotta get good lawyers. Of course, Puff is going to have the best lawyers.”

Drake Is Not Responding To Common

Drake says that he's done with the Common feud. Common himself recently said that he was moving on, only to make a few more backhanded comments in interviews and freestyles about the Young Money star. But Drake says he will not be responding to anything Common says in the future.
“No," Drake said when asked about responding further to his nemesis. "Because despite how it’s been worded by him, that situation is not a ‘hip hop moment’ or a ‘battle for the sake of musical integrity'--it’s a ploy for attention around the release of an album."
“More than anything it was just disappointing cause what kid isn’t a fan of what Common has done for our genre," Drake continued. "A guy who made such an incredible career for himself based off expressing genuine feelings about life and love is now targeting me for sharing my story.”

"DRAKE" Tattoo Story Takes Weirder Twist

This story just seems to never go away--and every week it gets weirder and weirder.
Everyone recalls that an obsessed Drake had the rapper's name tattooed across her forehead. The tattoo led to a strange feud between Drake and the artist, Kevin Campbell, that gave the woman the controversial tat. Well, now, an equally-ridiculous fan has one-upped that woman in the weird department.
A girl posted a Facebook pic of her latest tattoo--a tattoo of the original crazy woman with "DRAKE" tattooed on her forehead.
That's right. An obsessed fan got a tattoo of an obsessed fan's tattoo.
This is starting to feel like Inception.

Amber Rose's Relationship Stories

Amber Rose loves talking about Wiz Khalifa. She doesn't care if you think she shares too much. She doesn't care if you think she's just a fame-chaser with a rapper fetish. She doesn't seem to care about much of anything other than loving her boo-thang.
"We both travel a lot, so when we do see each other, we lay up in the bed, get sticky with each other, and watch movies," said Amber. "If Wiz felt insecure about me dating Kanye, I wouldn't be with him today. Everyone is someone's sloppy seconds, unless you're a virgin."
"Like every poor person, I used to dream about winning the lottery," said Amber. "I didn't just get money, though. I got fame. And I got fame before I got money, and it was scary. It f---ing sucks."

Oprah Is NOT Blue Ivy's Godmother?

Blue Ivy Carter has been the subject of more Internet gossip than celebrities that have been around for decades. The weeks old infant supposedly got the greatest of fairy godmothers last week, with Momma Beyonce and Poppa Jay-Z reportedly giving Oprah Winfrey the illustrious title.
Except there's no truth to it. At least that's what Oprah's longtime BFF Gayle King says.
"It's absolutely not true that she's the godmother," King said. "She's friends with them, of course, and likes them both very much. She's working on sending them a baby gift. She hasn't even had time to send a baby gift because she's been away. Let me just say, if (that report is) true, it is news to her. It is news to her. You know, she was heading to South Africa when the baby was born."2012.

Tyler, the Creator & Tony Hawk

Tyler hung out with legendary skater Tony hawk this weekend. Hawk interviewed Tyler while the two were hanging out at Australia's Big Day Out Festival. Tyler shared his enthusiasm for skateboarding, skater culture and video games.
"I did music and then I got into skateboarding because my friends did," Tyler explained. "This is like around Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 around 2002. As corny as that sounds, that's my sh*t. Then from there on, all my friends skate. Yeah. By the way, Tony Hawk Underground is in my top three games. Ever.
"Whenever people use my skateboarding, songs at their f*cking parks and sh*t, I be stoked as f*ck," he added.

Diddy Spazzes Over MGK Arrest?

As the news that Bad Boy rapper Machine Gun Kelly had been arrested in Florida over the weekend, it appears that a very important man in MGK's life and career was the last to hear about the bust. Bad Boy head Sean "Diddy" Combs went off in a series of panicky tweets directed at his young star that seemed to imply that Diddy had no idea what was going on with Kelly.
"Did anyone hear waht hapopened to @machinegunkelly tonight???!!! Did he get arrested?????!!!!!! Wt," Diddy tweeted. "@machinegunkelly where the f*ck are you at? Are you ok? Do you need Bail or a lawyer?????!! Eveyrone hit him to see if he's ok!"
"@machinegunkelly WtF!!!!!! Call me at miami crib now!!!!!" Diddy's tirade continued. "Everyone hit him and tell him to call me NOW!!!!! Pls thanks!!!!"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Mac Miller, & Busta Hit Studio

Superproducer Pharrell Williams, upstarts Mac Miller and Kendrick Lamar, and legendary rhymer Busta Rhymes are working together. Though it isn't yet known what they were recording, a star-studded quartet have been in the studio--and are keeping mum about exactly what they have coming up.
The foursome posted pictures on BBCleeCream of all of them in the studio, alongside singer Leah Labelle.
Labelle is recording her debut album with Williams and superproducer Jermaine Dupri. But the photo was enough to get the Web's attention, with fans wondering what music could possibly come from such an interesting group.

Nas Mentoring Tyga?

Young Money rapper Tyga received some unexpected mentorship from a hip hop legend. Queensbridge lyricist Nas gave the younger rapper some career and life advice in what Tyga says was an unexpected phone call.
"Yeah man, I sent Nas a song like six months ago and I never heard back from him but out of the blue, he called me like, 'Yo, you doing your thing. I want to be a part of what you doing, I like everything you doing. Keep working hard," Tyga tells XXL. "I sent him the 'Kings and Queens' that night and he did it the next day. I was like, that sh*t is crazy. Nas always talks that sh*t. The song, man, [his bars] added the cherry on top. It's a real classic song. People are gonna like it."
"I wanna think of a dope video," he added. "The storyline of the song, the whole King and Queens [theme], it's motivational."

Biggie Confronted Too $hort Over Lil Kim?

Rapper Too $hort shared the story of his first, somewhat-tense meeting with the Notorious B.I.G. $hort says that Biggie was very protective of his protege Lil Kim, who the $hort Dog was looking to record with.
"I paid for the tickets for Kim and her manager to come to Atlanta," $hort told RapFix. "And I went to pick them up to take them to the studio and who gets off the plane? No Lil' Kim, it was Biggie." Apparently, Biggie wanted to make sure the Oakland rapper's intentions were positive. "So what's goin' on with you and Kim? What's happenin'?" Too $hort remembered Biggie asking.
"He wanted to know what was goin' on with his little thang before he let it happen," $hort said. "So I explained it to him... and sure enough she showed up on the next flight. We got in the lab and we worked it out."
$hort says that even though he and Kim were two of the raunchiest rappers in hip hop, their collaboration "Call Me" didn't meet fans' expectations. "Believe it or not, we did the song and everybody said, 'Man, it's not dirty enough,' " $hort laughed.

J. Cole Explains Meeting Jay-Z

J. Cole is now an established star for the Roc Nation imprint, but the North Carolina native explained just how his journey to Jay-Z's label began. Cole told the Muve music Sessions the track "Lights Please," which would come to be included on his 2011 debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story, was the spark that got the elder Jay's attention.
“’Lights Please’ is a J. Cole classic. Meaning that all my fans or true fans that’s really been there for a minute are gonna recognize that song because it was on a mixtape I got called 'The Warm Up,'” J. Cole explained. “I did a show in 2009 in the summertime…and I said it onstage as I was performing the song in front of most of these people [who] didn’t really know me they might have heard [of me]. I was like, ‘Yea I’m about to do this song. I wanna do something for ya’ll it’s called ‘Lights Please.’ Even if I drop my album in 2012 this gonna be on the album.’ I said that not really knowing that my album would really almost drop in 2012. I said it just as a joke, but I was serious. That’s how much I love that song. That’s the song that got me so many meetings in the industry. It got me my meeting with Mark Pitts. Mark Pitts played it for Jay-Z. Jay-Z heard that song and that’s the reason why he even wanted to see me was from hearing ‘Lights Please.’”

Rihanna Fires Back At Tattoo Critics

Since unveiling her 'THUG LIFE" knuckle tattoos, pop superstar Rihanna has gotten a lot of flack from fans of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. With angry Twitter followers berating her for the ink, Rih-Rih spent a significant portion of the last few days blasting back at anyone criticizing her decision.
"@rihanna lol you're not a thug, stop it," one person tweeted, to which Rih responded, "#DUH shut up b*tch, swallow!!
Rih's baiting tweets only escalated from there. "I'm thinking I shoulda got a tear drop instead!!! #THUGLIFE maybe next time. All eyes on Rih, betta picture me rollin' #THUGLIFE," she tweeted. "I can't deny it, ima riot..u don't wanna fuck with me! #THUGLIFE haaaaaaa. RIHpac back!!!"

Drake Done Beefing With Tat Artist?

Young Money star Drake seems to have squashed his 'feud' with L.A. tattoo artist Kevin Campbell. Campbell infamously tattooed "DRAKE" in huge letters across a woman's forehead, only to criticize the obsessive fan for being so devoted to a 'goofnugget R&B dude.' Drizzy didn't take the incident too well, and promised to confront Campbell. And he did, sort of. Campbell later said Drake sent his goons into his tattoo shop to 'warn' him about mocking Drake.
But according to Campbell, the whole thing is over now.
"Drake beef officially squashed...Everybody can now move on. Only positivity from here on out," he tweeted. "@drake Nice talking to you buddy, glad everything's cleared up. It's good that something positive came out of this whole fiasco. Stay up."

Thursday, January 26, 2012

G.O.O.D. Compilation 1st Single Revealed

Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint is still putting the final touches on its highly-anticipated compilation album, which is due in the spring. But a few details have emerged regarding the project, not the least of which is what exactly the first single will be prior to the album's release.
According to FakeShoreDrive, an executive at Def Jam has announced that the first single is expected to be a track called "Lamborghini, Murci."
The song reportedly features Kanye, Pusha T and Big Sean.
The entire G.O.O.D. Music clan is reportedly in London recording and mixing the album.

Birdman On Nicki's New Album

Nicki Minaj is hard at work on her upcoming sophomore albumPink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and Cash Money head Bryan "Birdman" Williams raved about the project and his young starlet's growth as an artist since her 2010 debut.
The album was pushed back from February to an April release, but Birdman says fans can expect something great from the famous femcee.
"I just came from listening to her album. She's grown so much as an artist. She's so talented that this s*it is scary," he said in an interview. "Like, wow she really is the female [Lil Wayne] Weezy. Hands down she bad as a motherf*cker. Her talents, skills, and what she done with her music and the way she is in front of a camera. She's just so talented to be so young. It's a brand new style. I'm just so glad she's on our team."

Fat Joe Busted Cheating?

Rapper Fat Joe may be on the verge of losing his marriage. Rumors are flying that Joey Crack and his wife of 17 years Lorena Cartagena are about to call it quits. According to Bossip, Lorena suspects Joe of cheating with a 'Muslim woman from Dubai.'
Joe allegedly was also flying the woman around the world and even taking her to New York Knicks games.
Also, it is being claimed that one of Joe's own Terror Squad associates blew the whistle on the rapper's infidelity; and Joe supposedly is also cheating with "Love & Hip Hop" star Emily Bustamante, baby momma to Fabolous.
Sounds like a big ole mess...

50 Cent Got Mayweather's Son Tattoos?

Rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather are good friends. Such good friends, apparently, that Floyd let 50 take his 13-year old son to get tattoos up and down his arms at 2:30 am. The two went back-and-forth on Twitter about the incident and it was unclear if Floyd was angry or joking when Fiddy posted the pic of Koraun's new tats on Twitter.
"What the hell is wrong with @50cent got my son hanging out getting tattoos at 2:30am on a school night," Mayweather tweeted. To which 50 responded: "Man @FloydMayweather mad at me I took his son to the tattoo spot. He’s 13 he’s a big boy MONEY TEAM."
When was it okay for a 7th grade-age kid to get a tattoo? And its hard to tell if Fiddy and Floyd were messing around or if there may be a major beef brewing amongst the "Money Team."
Stay tuned.

50 Cent Challenges Birdman

Rapper 50 Cent has responded to Cash Money head Bryan "Birdman" Williams claim of betting $5 million on the New England Patriots in the upcoming Super Bowl. While 50 didn't match Birdman's gaudy gamble, he did make a wager to Birdman on his own hometown New York Giants.
"I'm up 500,000 off the last one. f*ck it ill bet it back Ill put a 1,000,000 on my G MEN. STUNNER you got the # hit me if you want it.," Fiddy tweeted to Birdman. "I know what he said fool RT @AbuArije: @BIRDMAN5STAR said 5 @50cent not 1 million"
"I just check the spread Hold up the M casino in vegas said patriots-3 I'm have to bet over there unless STUNNTER giving up points," 50 Cent added. "Get at me"

Drake Wants To Fight Common?

Rapper French Montana may have added fuel to the Drake vs. Common fire. During a recent appearance on Angie Martinez's radio show, the Bad Boy artist said that, while Drake hasn't responded to Common's numerous digs at him in the media, the Toronto rapper may be planning a physical confrontation if he ever bumps into Common on the street.
At least that's how French Montana made it sound when the subject of the beef was brought up.
"I think it was over [Serena Williams] or something like that," French said of the feud. "Shout-out to Serena Williams. I'm staying out of that. With them, you've gotta look at it like it's hip-hop, it's competition, it's good for the music. I think Drake wants to fight. Yeah, I think Drake wants to fight. He said he can't wait to run into him. Man, I'm gonna hit him. I'm gonna let him know [we don't want him fighting]. Shout-out to Drake."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Drake Still Considering Acting Roles

Rapper Drake says that he has not forgotten his first career as an actor. The Young Money star got his start starring on the teen soap "Degrassi," and he says that a return to acting could be in the works. He does, however, insist that he does something remarkable, not just the expected 'rapper' roles.
"I've been reading scripts for a while," Drake said in an interview. "I want to do something great. I really want to do something a movie specifically for my culture, the younger people that are still in tune with everything going on. I'm actually writing with my friends right now -- they have a production company called By Any Means Necessary, so we're writing together trying to figure out the right movie."
What would be the ideal role for Drizzy?
"Something that's not a rapper or a basketball player, which is all the scripts that I get," he says.

French Montana On G.O.O.D. Music

French Montana surprised many of his fans by signing with Diddy's Bad Boy Records in late 2011 after a long flirtation with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint. In an interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, Montana explained exactly why the deal with G.O.O.D. Music wasn't right for him.
"I met up with him one time and then I met up with him again. There were things that I was used to ’cause I was already moving. I’m like a money train," he said. "Kanye doesn’t have a phone. If you need to get in contact with Kanye, you have to email him. You can’t tell me how to do that. I don’t know how to use an email, so I guess me and you is never gonna talk. And I’ma put my career in your hands? He’s definitely talented and I felt like if I went there, we would have definitely made history."
"When I met up with Puff, everything he promised me came through," Montana added. He also acknowledged Rick Ross and Maybach Music was a potential label home, as well. "And Rozay was definitely there for me too."

Ne-Yo Moves To Motown

R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo is leaving his longtime label, Def Jam, and joining Motown Records, where he has also been named senior VP of A&R. Ne-Yo will be moving his entire Compound Entertainment imprint to Motown as well, where he will mentor and produce for new talent and current Motown acts.
"I'm honored that I've been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson -- these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it,” said Ne-Yo.
"His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark," added Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss. "But this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012."

Mary J. Blige Upset Over Oscar Snub

Mary J. Blige was expected to be nominated for an Academy Award for her song, " " from the critically-acclaimed film The Help. But the song was not nominated, nor were songs by fellow superstars Elton John and Madonna.
The Best Original Song category normally features five nominations, but these year only two were included. The move surprised many--not the least of whom was Blige.
"I'm so thankful for true fans like you all," she tweeted. "It saddens me & feels like the Academy is being mean. 2 only nominate 2 of the 5 slots is......."
The only songs nominated for Best Original Song are "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets and "Real in Rio" from Rio.

Ciara Split Up 50 Cent & Chelsea Handler?

50 Cent and Chelsea Handler always remained coy and playful about whether or not they were dating back in 2010 and early 2011; but in an appearance on Howard Stern's radio show, Handler revealed that the two indeed had a relationship.
Handler also revealed that they broke up because of 50 Cent's other rumored love interest: pop star Ciara.
“You’re telling me this girl wants to get back with you but she’s upset that you’re dating me,” Handler questioned. “Is that what you’re saying…Whatever I called him was probably the worst thing you could say to a black person, short of calling him the N-word. Like I said…you’re a street person basically something along the lines of being a gangster. And it was really, really offensive and I hung up and I’ve never spoken to him again.”

Estelle On Heartache

R&B/hip hop starlet Estelle is prepping her new project All of Me for release, and in an interview with London's Evening Standard, the songstress shared the pain of her recent breakup. Estelle says the hurt of that failed relationship makes it difficult for her to sing her Akon-penned single "Thank You," and she reveals just how much trust she put into this man.
“When I first met him I asked him not to mess with me. I asked him to be 100 per cent with me. Please! Three years down the line he did the exact opposite," she said, as her voice begins to crack. “So 'Thank You' is about growing up, turning into a woman and not being bitter. Not being angry at myself for choosing the wrong guy."
“My American friends – an actress, a glasses designer, a school teacher and my homegirl – came round and physically held me up," she adds. "They took me bowling. I didn’t have a chance to cry; they wouldn’t let me. They kept telling me I did too good by him. ‘You’ve left him; f*** him!’”
“I might have to prepare a ten-page questionnaire for each potential lover to answer," she says with a laugh. "Otherwise I’m going to end up that girl who gets hurt again, gets depressed and starts drinking. And no one wants that to happen. It’d be a mess.”

Kelly Rowland Fawns Over Blue Ivy

Just after Solange promised to spoil Beyonce's brand new baby girl, Bey's BFF Kelly Rowland couldn't contain her joy at the little girl that has seemingly become the most famous infant in the world. Kelly talked to E! about the baby and Beyonce and Jay as new parents.
"She is just more precious than a diamond. She ’s just so stunning," she said. "I'm so happy for my sister and her husband. She ’s beautiful."
"She’s an incredible mother. I' m so incredibly proud of her, so proud of her," Rowland also said. "She’s in Mommyville and I'm so happy for her and her husband's in Daddyville, and the baby is very beautiful."

Nick Cannon Vs. Chelsea Handler Pt. II

Seems like Nick Cannon has fully recovered from his kidney scare earlier this month. The actor/comedian/TV personality got irked when talk show host Chelsea Handler decided to diss Cannon's wife, superstar Mariah Carey, during a recent interview with Howard Stern.
“She’s worse than Elizabeth Taylor," Handler said about Carey. "She’s just so ridiculous with her body. You see her one day and she’s like 50 pounds heavier or lighter. I mean, what is she doing? I don’t even understand what hemisphere people like that operate in. There’s nothing real about her and her Hello Kitty whatever…”
Nick wasn't having it, though.
"When miserable people see happiness they must attack it," Cannon tweeted. "You know me, I'm always up for a good joke or wise crack but when people talk about my family the 'Hood' in me wants to come out!"
"I've learned cooler heads prevail," he continued. "Life is too short to focus on negativity!"
Back in 2010, Cannon and Handler exchanged words via Twitter after Handler made disparaging remarks about Carey.

Evelyn Lozada In MAXIM?

"Basketball Wives" castmember Evelyn Lozada talked about her relationship with her boyfriend, NFL star Chad Ochocinco, in the recent issue of Maxim magazine. The sexy Rican revealed that Chad's BIG personality can be a nuisance sometimes and also revealed that his softer side is what wins her over.
"Chad is animated 24/7, and it drives me a little crazy sometimes," she says in the interview. "He’s very energetic with tons of jokes. But he’s not as arrogant and cocky as people think. When he’s home he’s very polite, and a gentleman. But he’s always on."
Evelyn says you won't be seeing her goodies on South Beach anytime soon, either. "I would never do that. Being topless on South Beach is not a good look," she shared, before admitting that her big-uns are quite lovely. "My breasts. They're pretty," she answered when asked about her best asset.
She also reminded everyone that her business savvy goes beyond being a famous baller's chick. When she was asked what else she would do outside of reality TV, her answer was to-the-point.
"Full-time entrepreneur," she answered. "Before 'Basketball Wives,' I was very busy in Miami with my shoe store, Dulce. I love shoes. And the only reason I signed on to do the show was to help promote my store. So if my life wasn’t so non-stop now, I would be at my store 24/7."

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Andre 3000 Talks Veggies

Andre 3000 doesn't appear to be too concerned with music. But that hasn't stopped the Outkast member from dabbling in a myriad of other interests including animation, fashion and--cooking? Three Stacks recently shared his recipe for kale and collards to Bon Apetite.
"Being that I'm from the South, I've eaten collards, mustard and turnip greens all my life," he says. "I was introduced to kale a few years ago and fell in love with the way you can instantly stir fry or pan fry it. Kale is also nutritious, and by not boiling it to death like classic Southern greens, most of that nutrition stays in tact."
The vegan rapper's recipe is:
About a cup of water. 1 or 2 heads of kale.
A few garlic cloves. A couple teaspoons of coconut oil.
A dab of soy free magarine. A couple shakes of Herbamare (Brand) seasoning
A pinch of cayenne. A pinch of black pepper. 

Drake Performs At Sundance

Drake performed for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Toronto-born rap superstar took the stage at the Microsoft Bing Bar, but was reportedly several hours late for his performance.
Comedian Aziz Ansari, of "Parks & Recreation" fame, helped the rapper bide some time by doing stand-up as fans waited for Drake.
Drizzy performed a rendition of his hit "Headlines" as well as "Crew Love." It was the first time the Young Money rap star performed the latter song live.

Diddy Launching Revolt Network

Sean "Diddy" Combs has announced his latest business venture. The Bad Boy head will be launching a music television network called Revolt, which is scheduled to hit airwaves on December 12, 2012. The network will be strictly focused on music and videos.
Very few details have been released regarding the network's distribution and availability, but it is expected to be distributed by Comcast and Time Warner Cable service providers.
Andy Schuon, former MTV programming chief, is also involved with the project. Comcast's expected involvement will feature as part of its ongoing effort to launch minority-owned networks, with a projected 10 networks planned over an eight-year period. Comcast's merger with NBC Universal also includes two such networks to be launched by early 2013.

Amber Planned To Steal From Kanye?

Amber Rose's former publicist has made some damning accusations against the model. Janero Marchand, head of the Marchand Group, is planning to expose Rose in a new documentary called "Michael Jordan of Models: This Is Janero."
Marchand blasted Rose via Twitter today (Janaury 23) and claims that Rose stole his commission for arranging her appearance in the "Robocop" video. He also says she planned to steal from her ex-boyfriend, hip hop star Kanye West; and that the plot was why the couple split.
“Set the record straight. Yes, introduced Amber Rose to Kanye West for the ‘Robocop’ video. She stole my 20% of her $100,000 for the video,” Marchand tweeted today. “Amber & her brother Antonio were going to Hawaii plotting & stealing money from Kanye. I didn’t want anything to do with it so YES I told Ye.”
“If she tries to refute what I say I have emails to back up everything,” Marchand tweeted. “Kanye is a good person & it’s not right what Amber is doing to him.”

Lil B Blasts Current Rappers

Lil B had some harsh criticism for the current state of hip hop. Whether or not B is just salty that his online buzz has dried up since last year is unclear, but 'The Based God' said that rappers aren't real anymore so the genre is losing its credibility.
This from the guy who last summer couldn't decide if he really was or wasn't gay.
"I've [taken] rap one hundred percent seriously for so long, that I see it now, it's a joke to me now because with a lot of the rap artists that are in it, they're not truly authentic," Lil B said in an interview. "How I feel about 'authentic' is that my whole past is there. Anything that I talk about, you can just check up -- Do I think rap's a joke and I'm having fun? I'm not going to lie. Right now, it is a joke because my life has been so real. Life is so real, bro. I almost lost my life numerous times, like in the streets and everything."

Kimbella On Kimbella

Kimbella may sometimes be portrayed as the evil villainess of "Love & Hip Hop," but the fiery hellraiser spoke to Necole Bitchie about her image and what her initial expectations were when she joined the show this season.
"Of course it wasn’t what I expected. I don’t think there was any way I really could’ve been prepared for it but I’m really happy," she said. "But I do wish I wasn’t as nice as I was. I wish I would’ve shown my more aggressive side."
But, as the interviewer points out, Kimbella's been in numerous fights on the show.
"Yes but that’s what I mean. People take my kindness for weakness," Kimbella adds. "I don’t judge anybody. Basically people pre-judge me. And watching it, I realize I should’ve had my guard up with each individual. I’m not as nice as they made me seem. Anything that comes my way, I do not back down. I hold my own. I don’t care who you are, I’m gonna fight for who I am, take it or leave it. Some of the girls wanted to judge me and they didn’t know me and it’s pitiful."
The model announced in the season finale that she's expecting her second child with rapper Juelz Santana.

Solange Plans To Spoil Blue Ivy

Solange Knowles, in the upcoming issue of Style Magazine, shares her excitement at being an Auntie. Beyonce's little sis is featured in a spread--keeping in line with her refocusing her modeling career--but also takes time to gush over little Blue Ivy and how she plans to dote on the child.
"This may sound awful, but I’m excited to let the baby do whatever it wants, in the same way my sister’s done with my son," Solange says. "I’m going to get her back for all those late-night popcorn sessions and just spoiling my child to no end."

Birdman Bet $5 Mil On the Patriots?

With the Super Bowl set, and the New England Patriots slated to face the New York Giants in a rematch of the 2008 game, sports enthusiasts all over the country are placing their bets and taking sides. So, of course, Cash Money head Bryan "Birdman" Williams has to make an outlandish announcement regarding an outlandish bet.
Both Birdman and label superstar Lil Wayne are well-known sports nuts, and Birdman says he's put a lot of money on Tom Brady and his boys.
"I like New England.my nephew play RB# 42.I'm Bet 5million 2 any n*ggaaa.like tha Giants YMCMB.BabyMoney anybody kan Getit.," he tweeted.
Birdman famously claimed to have made a million dollars from last year's Green Bay Packers victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mack 10 Ordered To Settle Debt

Rapper Mack 10 has been ordered by a judge to pay off two loans with extremely high interest. The Inglewood, CA native was ordered to settle two debts owed to his business associate, Tadayuki Ito. The first loan was originally for $35,000, with Mack promising to pay $70,000 in August of 2010. The second was a $65,000 loan that Mack agreed to pay back $130,000 to settle in September of 2010.
The judge entered a default judgment in Ito's favor in the amount of $229,668.86 because Mack 10 never reported for any of his court dates. The rapper is being charged interest and attorney's fees.
Ito previously threatened to sue when Mack 10 did not meet the deadlines. California law prevents excessive interest on loans. Nonetheless, the rapper is being ordered to settle his debts with Ito.

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