Friday, March 30, 2012

Joe Budden Arrested

Rapper Joe Budden was arrested prior to a performance by his group Slaughterhouse at New York City's Best Buy Theater. The supergroup took the stage without Budden on Thursday night (March 29th) as the rapper had been taken into custody by the NYPD.
The hip hop star was reportedly arrested for a warrant stemming from a 2007 traffic violation. The audience began chanting "Joey, Joey, Joey" in Budden's absence.
"We love Joey too, chanting for him ain't gonna get him outta jail," responded Royce Da 5'9.

"Freeway" Ricky Discusses Lost Case

"Freeway" Ricky Ross lost his lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross over the rights to the 'Rick Ross' moniker, and the former drug dealer voiced his frustration with the judge's decision. In an interview with AllHipHop, Freeway Rick shared his thoughts on what went wrong for his case.
“Basically they’re saying [I waited too long], I should have filed a lawsuit five days after I got out of prison,” Freeway Ricky Ross told AllHipHop. “I feel that the law has let me down,” Freeway Rick said. “I feel not only have they let me down, but they’ve let down the black community as a whole."
“You have these people going around portraying us in an image that’s not what we are,” Freeway Ricky Ross continued. “I didn’t sell drugs so I could sit in everybody’s face, drive around in a Rolls-Royce and wear big gold chains. I sold drugs because I was poor, illiterate, didn’t know any better and had no other opportunities.”
Despite his own history, Ricky says he doesn't endorse the lifestyle portrayed by the rapper Rick Ross and those like him.
“They talk about murder and mayhem as if it’s a sport and that’s not what we are about and that’s not what our people are about,” Freeway Rick says.

Beanie Sigel Signs New Deal

Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel has signed a new distribution deal with EMI. According to AllHipHop, the deal was spearheaded by industry executive Chris Schwartz and Sigel shared the specifics surrounding the new deal and how it will affect his music going forward.
“That’s what kind of pushed me to really do this album. I was sought out by Chris Schwartz. He had a situation at EMI and was looking for an artist,” Sigel explained. “I had just recorded a couple songs in the studio. Somebody heard a record and was like, ‘You should check out Beanie; he hasn’t been doing anything.’
“The first conversation was kind of generic – it was like, ‘Uhh yeah.’ I had deals on the table; I’ve been approached by everybody from everywhere – from E1, well to Koch first, to E1 to Asylum," he added. "For me to sign to a major, it’s like, ‘For what?’ I’m too far advanced in my career to go to a 360 deal. I’ve learned too much of the business to put myself in that position now.”

Nas On Divorcing Kelis

Rapper Nas opened up about his highly-publicized 2008 divorce from pop/R&B star Kelis. In an interview with RapFlix, the Queensbridge rhymer said that it was the first time he experienced what it was like to have tabloids intrude upon his personal life.
"Life is crazy. I [wound] up paying more money to baby mommas than what some of my rap brothers and sistren make," he said. "I've always been away from too much limelight and that right there put me in your... No one's exempt from people probing into your life once you get into the game. So it put a lot of my business out there, man. It was like, people weren't thinking I was making that kind of money, and now they knew."
"I was always low key with it in a lot of ways. It was hard with people being all in your business, and it was just ugly. Divorce can be crazy," he continued.
He also gave a little advice to couples. "Man, if you're happy... Love is a beast, man. Hold on," he shared. "Be prepared for any way it may go, and be honest."

Birdman Wants To Retire With Wayne?

The closeness between Lil Wayne and Cash Money CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams has been well-documented. Birdman added another twist to the legendary 'bro-mance' in a recent interview, when the mogul revealed that he doesn't plan on stopping--at least not until Weezy does.
“One thing about my son is that what he says is what he means," Birdman said. "When he does retire, that’s when I’m going to stop f**king with it altogether because it ain’t gonna be no need. He’s going to take us where we need to go. When he retires, that’s when I stop."
Wow. These guys are really joined at the hip.

No Malice Sides With Drake?

G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T may have clowned Drake on his "Don't F--- With Me" last fall, but it doesn't seem like his newly-religious brother No Malice shares his contempt for the Young Money superstar. In a recent interview, No Malice revealed that he not only doesn't have an issue with Drizzy--he wants Pusha T to back off of the Toronto-born rapper.
"I want Pusha to stop picking on Drake, I like Drake," No Malice told BET. "Yeah I like Drake."
Wonder if that'll convince Pusha T to leave Drake alone?

Birdman On Jay-Z Diss:

Birdman spoke up recently about Jay-Z's perceived dig at him on the track "It's Good." Back in 2010, Jay tossed off a line about having 'baby money,' that everyone interpreted as a diss aimed squarely at Bryan "Birdman/Baby" Williams--and the Cash Money CEO shared his reaction to hearing the song for the first time.
"I thought that was funny for a n*gga to holler out 'baby money,'" Birdman says. "I was like, "Wow, f*ck, what do you mean 'Baby money'? N*gga, that ain't no little money. We around here getting it. It wasn't nothing, we ain't trip. I was like, 'Yeah, since it's such a big deal, f*ck yeah we got 'Baby Money.' That Bugatti and that Lauder jet comes from 'Baby Money.'"
"I don't think ['It's Good'] is a diss record. It wasn't more than what he said. N***as was G'ing up about what was said," Birdman continued. "We did that, done that, off that brother. We're on our money train."

Diddy Bans Shoes?

Diddy doesn't play when it comes to his home.
The hip hop mogul reportedly bans any and every guest from entering his luxurious Miami mansion with shoes on. Regardless of how A-list you may be, Mr. Sean Combs' rules are set. Diddy threw a huge Ciroc Vodka party at his mansion on Star Island during the Ultra Music Festival and everyone got to experience his house rules firsthand.
Diddy reportedly made everyone wear slippers--and he didn't make any exceptions. "There is a no-shoe rule," an insider said. "Everyone gets slippers as they enter."

Hoopz & Shaq Still Together

Despite rumors that have been flying around for weeks that their relationship ended, former NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal and his reality star girlfriend Erika "Hoopz" Alexander are still very much together. There were stories that the Hall of Fame hooper had security kick his girl out of his house back in February.
Nonetheless, Shaq told Shade 45 that there was no truth to the gossip.
“We fine. We good. Period." Shaq said. "When I want y’all to know something, I got the number up here. I’ll call. If I try to respond to what everybody say, I would have to rent this building out and rent out every floor."
Shaq went on to dismiss gossip sites that spread untruths.
"They make a business out of getting clicks and getting advertising money... more power to ‘em," he said. "You can’t like, take pictures and then say 'This is a story.'”

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ne-Yo Discusses Working With Kanye

Singer/songwriter Ne-Yo revealed his admiration for superstar rapper/producer Kanye West--and his hope that the two will be able to collaborate in the near future. Speaking to SOHH, Ne-Yo explained his respect for West's artistry and approach.
"I would love to do something with Kanye West," Ne-Yo said. "I love his artistry, I love his originality, I love the fact he takes time to make sure something is as good as it can possibly be. I love that about him. We've had a couple opportunities but with my schedule [and his], it just hasn't come into fruition yet. I'm a huge fan of Drake. I love how he's kind of carving out his own niche in this thing. I would love to do something with him."
Ne-Yo also revealed what other hip hop figures he was currently into.
"Big fan of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj," he shared. "Big Sean is making some noise right now, I'm a fan of what he does."

Nas On Trayvon Martin:

As hip hop continues to voice its concerns over the slaying of 17-year old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL, rapper Nas discussed the controversial killing with Angie Martinez. Martin's death at the hands of neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman has drawn international attention and thrust the ongoing racial tensions in the U.S. back into the national conversation.
"You never want to hear that kind of news," said Nas. "When it happens, you remember how many Trayvon incidents happen everyday all over the world. ...It doesn't seem like the race problem will ever get solved. I like to be optimistic, but it doesn't seem like it'll ever get solved."
Nas wore a hoodie during the interview in honor of Martin.
"That's a sickness that needs healing, that this guy Zimmerman is dealing with, and all the Zimmermans around the world," he added. "They're dealing with a self-hatred, ignorant, sickness. They're living in fear. So I'm rocking a hoodie for my man."

Beanie Sigel Is A Drake Fan?

While some hardcore hip hoppers have dismissed Young Money superstar Drake for his singsongy musical approach and 'Sensitive Guy' persona, Philly's Beanie Sigel voiced his appreciation for the Toronto-born rapper.
"You can't front on him. Drake's gonna be around for a long time. His talent is going to outrun whatever you say about him," Sigel says. "His lane is so crazy. I got Drake's album. I bought his album like three times. Like, he got everything. Like, it's everything on there you can rock to. You can rock to everything -- he go R&B, he go hip-hop, he go lyrics."

Tami Roman Had A Heart Attack?

"Basketball Wives" star Tami Roman reportedly suffered a mild heart attack this week. She was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and later tweeted to her fans the news and updated them as to her well-being.
“Thx 2every1 for the get well wishes. Never thought I’d have a mild heart attack at 41," she tweeted. "God has a way of bringing things into perspective. Finally going home 2my kids-heart meds and all. I’m off twitter 4 awhile, no stress recovery, but I appreciate ALL the positive energy & the negative 1′s-get a life-I sure appreciate mine.”
Not coincidentally, Tami had previously tweeted--just a few hours before the episode--that she was a little ill.

Wiz Khalifa's Pittsburgh Mansion

Rapper Wiz Khalifa has reportedly purchased a luxurious mansion right outside of his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The home is worth $900,000 and is described as an ultra-modern, high-tech, 5-bedroom, 4-bath house in the suburb of Canonsburg.
Wiz has maintained that, despite his meteoric rise to fame over the past two years, he has remained close to his hometown. The home purchase comes on the heels of Wiz's announced engagement to longtime girlfriend Amber Rose.
The mansion also has 3,891 sq. ft. of Brazilian wood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite tops and 15-foot ceilings.

Iggy Azalea Hits the Gold Room

Iggy Azalea's getting more and more attention--both online and in the real world--and it doesn't hurt that the sexy Australian has come under the wing of one of the most respected men in hip hop. Iggy was spotted hanging out in Atlanta with her mentor, Grand Hustle head T.I.--and his wife, Tiny.
The celebs were spotted out partying at Atlanta's Gold Room this week. Several other Grand Hustle affiliates were spotted in attendance--as well as a few
The trio were presumably celebrating the release of Iggy's single "Murda Bizness" this week.

Bobby Brown Slapped With Charges

Singer Bobby Brown was charged with three misdemeanor charges following his arrest for suspicion of D.U.I. earlier this week. On yesterday (March 28th), Brown was slapped with two-DUI related counts and another charge for driving on a suspended license.
Brown's attorney, Tiffany Feder, has previously released a statement denying that Brown was driving unsafely when he was pulled over.
Feder subsequently said she could not comment on Brown's case because she had not yet received the police report and other documents.

Rihanna On Ashton Rumors:

Rihanna bristled at a reporter's question regarding her rumored late night fling with Ashton Kutcher. The gossip mill went into overdrive after the sexy singer was spotted visiting Kutcher's home late at night, but at a press conference in London, Rih-Rih dismissed any notion that she was in a relationship with Ashton.
A British journalist remarked to Rihanna, “You’re so good at connecting with people that I think that we actually feel we know you. Things are clearly going brilliantly in your career. I just wondered if you are as happy in your private life, and will we see a certain Mr. Ashton Kutcher perhaps making a trip over here?”
“Wow, how disappointing was that question?” she added, with obvious irritation, before responding sharply. “I’m happy and I’m single, if that’s what you’re really asking.”

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Game Discusses Trayvon Martin

Rapper Game has become the latest hip hop figure to address the killing of Trayvon Martin. Martin was shot by neighborhood watch 'captain' George Zimmerman though Martin was unarmed. Zimmerman has not been arrested. The murder of the 17-year old Black teen in Sanford, FL has raised the ire of many across the U.S. and the world, and hip hop stars have tweeted about the killing and spoken at-length about what the incident says about race relations in America.
"I think that from the beginning of mankind, we as a people have always been targeted," he said. "For some reason, people don't think that they need any excuse to kill us, beat us, hit us, run us over, disrespect us or anything like that...I'm far from racist. I'm very educated and intellectual and I understand how life works and how people of all colors exist under the sun, but it just seems like more than not black people are, I don't know, there's always some negative occurrence that goes on in our existence. This is just another reminder that stupidity still exists."

Birdman On Business Ventures

Cash Money CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams has some interesting business deals on the horizon for his ever-expanding brand. The mogul spoke about Cash Money's latest single "Take It to the Head" and the label's projects that are in the pipeline while on the set for a Drake video shoot.
“‘Take It To The Head,’ that’s a hit. That b*tch bubbling. It came out today,” Birdman said. “I also want to update ya’ll on all the other sh*t. The books, the movies, the clothes. The f**kin GT Vodka. The TRUKFIT. Everything that we doing as a team. And he [DJ Khaled] also got a production team.”
“Also, we done did us a book deal. I had to do that with my n***a," he added. "We gone turn the book that he doing straight into a movie. We’re working on that script right now."

DJ Drama Teams With 50 Cent

50 Cent will be teaming with mixtape guru DJ Drama for their first ever "Gangsta Grillz" collaboration. 50 Cent and DJ Drama have both been important figures in the mainstreaming of mixtapes in the 2000s.
"I'm dropping another mix tape called the lost tape with DJ drama," 50 Cent tweeted. "My first gangsta grillz mix tape."
50 is also prepping his fifth album, which is currently slated for release on July 2nd.

Nicki Minaj On Working With Madonna:

Nicki Minaj opened up about her time collaborating with pop diva Madonna and what the experience meant to her as a fan and taught her as an artist.
"When I walked on set and saw Madonna, I literally gasped because I felt like I was looking at Marilyn Monroe and I'm so obsessed with Marilyn Monroe," Nicki told Miss Info. "Like, I have Marilyn Monroe pictures all over my house. When I saw Madonna, she really to me was Marilyn Monroe and it was very surreal because it's like, I almost felt like I was doing a video with my two idols at the same time. It was like, very very strange. She had these distant, sort of like very dreamy eyes like Marilyn, like kind of distant but very there and very in charge--but almost like in their own world. And it was just so surreal, you know, just to walk downstairs and see her standing there. I was just like, Wow."
"I think that when she started, she was mentally where I am now," Minaj continued. "Feeling like, 'If people would just leave me alone and let me do me, they'll see the great things that I have to offer.' Right before I met her, I watched her documentary Truth or Dare, and because of that, I felt so connected to her when we got in the studio. Madonna's the only humongous artist I ever worked with that actually sat with me in the studio."

Azealia Banks On Celebrity Fans:

Azealia Banks may have gotten some big name celebrity cosigns--including from superstar rapper/producer Kanye West and Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow--but she isn't sweating her 'Rising Star' status or the love she's getting from the A-list.
"I definitely have more money [now] and sh*t," she admits, "but that's all virtual stuff. I've been making music for a while. And I could read about myself on the Internet for a while."
And about those major celebrity kudos?
"It's cool, but they're just people," she added. "The skies don't part and glow orange."

A$AP Rocky Defends Iggy Azalea

A$AP Rocky came to the defense of his friend--and rumored love interest--Iggy Azalea. In a recent interview, Rocky blasted those that have accused Iggy of being racist due to a line about being 'a runaway slave master' in her song "D.R.U.G.s"
The line has come under intense scrutiny since Iggy's rival, Azealia Banks, called her a racist for having said the phrase.
"They gotta cut it out. That's bullsh*t. Iggy is not racist," A$AP Rocky promised in an interview. "Trust me, truuusst me. That's some bullsh*t. I think that's petty for Azealia because, come on, don't pick on her because she's White. That's a low blow."

Rihanna and Ashton Kutcher?

There are rumors flying about pop superstar Rihanna hooking up with the former Mr. Demi Moore, aka Ashton Kutcher. The singer was reportedly spotted arriving at Ashton's home in the wee hours one day last week, and Kutcher's ex-wife Demi is supposedly heartsick over the news.
“Demi is constantly keeping tabs on Ashton so when these pictures came up she was understandably devastated. Demi’s convinced something happened between them and said she felt sick to her stomach," an 'unnamed source' told Grazia magazine.
“Demi’s been acting crazy ever since, trying to find out information about the pair. Demi is in such a fragile state, even the idea of them together has affected her quite badly. She’s in a terrible way but, at the end of the day, Ashton is a single man and free to do whatever he likes," they added.
“Demi can’t believe Ashton would do this," another source claimed. "She’s really hurt by the rumours and feels humiliated he’s being linked to other celebrities just a few weeks after she got out of rehab.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lupe Fiasco Done With Mixtapes

Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco announced to a crowd in Portland, OR that he is done releasing mixtapes. Lupe acknowledged that fans have enjoyed his mixtapes thus far, but made it clear that he is no longer interested in releasing them.
"We got a long, illustrious career on the mixtape circuit, right? Some pretty groundbreaking things on those mixtapes, right?," Lupe told a crowd of Portland fans during a recent concert. "So, in light of that history of amazing, lyrical feats and superb wordsmith-ness, I am sad to say tonight that there will be no more Lupe Fiasco mixtapes.
The rapper also gave an update on his highly-anticipated album Food & Liquor 2.
"Second piece of announcements. ... Food & Liquor 2 is done. Release date? I don't know," he says. "Let's just say -- July. The only thing that's holding Food & Liquor 2 up -- is whether or not it's gonna be a double CD or not."

Shawty Lo On G-Unit Deal

Shawty Lo recently discussed his signing with G-Unit and why the deal made sense for all parties involved. Shawty Lo is expected to release a solo album and G-Unit will also distribute his D4L Records imprint. He praised the signing as a savvy career move.
“Me and 50 we got something like the same storyline,” Shawty Lo told AllHipHop. “I was upcoming and it was so hard. We were raised from struggle and ended up being muscle. That’s what I feel like I am…muscle They say ‘damn Shawty Lo so small,’ this and that, but I always been muscle. I always been like that hard little rock in the hood.”
“What interests me is when an artist gives it his all,” Shawty Lo says. “They need to give it 100 percent. You can’t just bring the demo and say ‘listen to this.’ Anyone does that. It’s like the music is the new game. I wanna check out their Internet presence , their performance presence , I wanna see it all.”

T.I. & Tiny Renewed For 2nd Season

T.I. and Tiny's popular reality show, "T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle" will be returning for a second season. The show features the couple's married family life and proved to be a hit for VH1; averaging 2.4 million total viewers.
Scheduled alongside "Love & Hip Hop" and "Basketball Wives" give VH1 the top ratings on Monday nights among 18-49 year old women.
So far, the show has been T.I.'s biggest post-prison success as he preps his first album in two years. The rapper also has several new films in the works.

Machine Gun Kelly Discusses Influences

Machine Gun Kelly spoke with Nardwuar about his love of the punk rock and hip hop that influenced him earlier in his life. Speaking with interviewer Nardwuar, MGK commented on two albums--Anti-Flag and Ludacris' Word of Mouf album.
“This was probably one of my favorite bands growing up, definitely a huge influence on me in middle school," he said of Anti-Flag. "I fought to get the theme song for our DVD we have coming out. God dude, this is f**king nuts.”
“I was actually on a road trip and me and my friend were in the backseat. His dad was taking us. In my CD player was Limp Bizkit,Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water. And in his CD player was this record right here," he said of Word of Mouf. "He was like, ‘Dude switch with me.’ And we switched and I listened to this, and I heard ‘Roll Out’ and everything else on here. I was like, man, f**k that sh*t, I’m going to listen to this. This and DMX were what started me up. “

Nicki Minaj Rocks Japan

Young Money starlet Nicki Minaj took over Tokyo, Japan during a recent visit. The superstar performed several of her biggest hits during a show in the city that was designed to help raise already-high anticipation for her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
The album drops April 3rd and some tracks have already leaked online.
With her distinctive 'do dyed pink for the show, Nicki performed "Starships," "Turn Me On," "Moment 4 Life," "Super Bass" and several other signature cuts.

Kim Kardashian Taking Legal Action?

Reality star Kim Kardashian may be taking some form of legal action against the flour bomb attacker that made headlines last week. Kim says she wants to teach a lesson to anyone else that would attempt to crash a red carpet just to hurl flour onto a helpless celebrity.
"I said earlier no I wasn't (going to file a complaint)," Kim said. "I am just going to think about it, because I don't want someone to think they can really get away with that. So we are going to handle that. ... Now that I think about it and had some time to digest it -- I think, 'What if that was some other substance? What if that person had a dangerous weapon?' It's scary. And what's even scarier is this woman acted as if she was a part of the press. She just came out of nowhere! And so we are definitely changing things up a little bit, amping up security, taking some measures, and ... I'm gonna definitely deal with it because it is not acceptable."

DJ Khaled Thankful For Jail?

DJ Khaled spoke about his beginnings and struggles prior to becoming one of the most recognized DJs in hip hop. In a recent interview, the Miami-based star revisited his homeless days, working multiple jobs and how one event in his young adulthood helped him to refocus his energy:
Going to jail.
"I used to go to jail every weekend in Orlando," he recalls. "I had a court date in Orlando--flew [in] from New Orleans. I didn't know I was gonna go to jail when I went to court. You don't expect that. You go to court thinking it's going to be another fine, go to school. But the judge was like, 'You not learning your lesson. You keep driving.' It woke me up. I'm glad it happened. The day I got out is the day I moved to Miami."

Iggy Azalea Talks Sex

Iggy Azalea discussed her sexual-charged content in many of her songs during a recent interview with Complex. The Australia starlet acknowledged that sex is part of image--but not the total picture. Iggy also feels that her being frank about sex is only controversial in America.
"So much of what I do that’s controversial in America wouldn’t be a big deal back home. America is a highly sexualized society but people are afraid to admit what they like," she explained. "When people tell me that I have to be sexy that’s demeaning, not a lot of people, a powerful, sexy woman is vulgar. When I first came out people said, 'She only raps about her vagina.' I’m not a vagina rapper! [Laughs]. I talk about many other things."

Rob Kardashian Argued With Rita Ora?

Reality star Rob Kardashian was arrested yesterday (March 26) after he was spotted arguing with his girlfriend, Roc Nation artist Rita Ora, in the street. The paparazzi was nearby and caught the argument on tape, but Kardashian wasn't too happy to discover he was being recorded.
Kardashian reportedly chased the paparazzo into a smoke shop and the guy yelled, "He’s attacking me … he chased me … he tried to kill me.”
Rob never physically assaulted the man, but was handcuffed by the police, though he was later released since no altercation had taken place.

Bobby Brown Busted Again

New Edition member and R&B star Bobby Brown was arrested yesterday (March26) on suspicion of DUI in Reseda, CA. The ex-husband of late pop superstar Whitney Houston has been busted several times in the past and was at the center of controversy last month when he exited his former wife's funeral after an altercation with security.
Brown was also reportedly talking on his cellphone while driving--which is against the law in California.
Bobby was taken to jail in Van Nuys and was subsequently bailed out.

Game's On Dr. Dre & Rick Ross

Game shared his thoughts on legendary hip hop producer Dr. Dre working with Maybach Music Group superstar Rick Ross. The pairing is somewhat surprising, considering Dr. Dre has long been a mentor and affiliate of hip hop superstar 50 Cent and Ross is one of Fiddy's most high-profile rivals.
"I don't know, that's kinda crazy," Game told MTV News "I think Dre knows what he's doin'," Game continued. "Ross, his career just hit a launchpad and then went to the moon, so I think it would be a dope collaboration. I would love to hear Rick Ross over Dr. Dre's production."
"I can't speak too much for 50 Cent or Dre's intentions, but yeah, I don't know," he said.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Jeezy Speaks On Trayvon Martin

In an interview with MTV's Sway, Young Jeezy shared his feelings on the murder of 17-year old Trayvon Martin, the teen who was gunned down by Neighborhood Watch leader named George Zimmerman. The case of the unarmed young man's killing has drawn national attention due to the fact that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested for murder despite the fact that the shooting happened on February 26th, nearly a month ago.
“I feel very deeply as a community leader and as a product of my culture,” Jeezy said. “I feel like we all got to get together and stop this, ‘cause I have a son his age and I just feel like that could've been either of our children.”
Various marches and protests have been organized around the country in the wake of the slaying.
“I’m out here trying to feed the fam, and if I heard that I wouldn’t know how to take it,” Jeezy added. “My son is a good kid. Does he do stuff? Of course, that’s what kids do. But nobody’s child should be shot in cold blood for anything…especially if they didn’t hurt or harm another individual. I feel the racial lines and the tension of it. I get it, but we’re gonna stand strong on the black and the brown side on this one. We’re gonna stand together…”

Swizz Beatz Prepping Alicia Keys Album

Superproducer Swizz Beatz has been working with his wife, superstar Alicia Keys, on her upcoming fifth album. The as-of-yet untitled project will be Keys' first project since getting married and becoming a mother, and Swizz promises greatness from the Grammy winner.
“She’s working on a timeless piece,” Swizz told Angie Martinez.
“The topics that she’s speaking about are super deep and from the heart, and to me what music has been missing,” Swizz shared. “It’s the thing that makes us special as an artist. I tell her, ‘Yo, I’m proud of you because you’re making timeless pieces.’”
She’s fine tuning the project and a release could come soon. “It’s showtime,” he says. “She’s moving faster than people think. She’s tightening the bolts.”

Game Ponders Indie Move

Rapper Game seems to be planning to make good on his promise to leave Interscope after the release of his next album. While it is undetermined currently when the West Coast hip hop star will be dropping the album, currently-titled F.I.V.E.: Fear Is Victory's Evolution.
"Independent. That seems like a really, really good move where I can capitalize off of all the finances being made off of my music for once," Game says. "But, I don't know, I kinda like having a lot of help, a lot of assistance from a big label."
"I don't know, maybe we'll have a meeting about a lot of money or I'll be talking to my conscience," he added.

Nas Wages To Be Garnished

Rapper Nas is facing garnishment from the United States government. The hip hop star's wages will be garnished due to unpaid federal taxes, according to TMZ. Documents have already been filed against Nas in the state of Georgia for his wages to be garnished.
The government will take a portion of Nas' income via music publishing organizations such as BMI and ASCAP.
According to reports, the Queens native owes approximately $6 million in back taxes.

Curren$y Sues Dame Dash

Rapper Curren$y has filed suit against hip hop executive Dame Dash. Curren$y is suing Dash for releasing Curren$y's albums without the rapper's permission. Curren$y and Dash planned to agree on a deal to release music that never materialized, yet Dash is accused of releasing two albums without a contract.
Dash released music even after Curren$y signed with Warner, which had exclusive rights to his music. Dash is being sued for $1.5 million.
Dash filed a response claiming that he was given permission and that Curren$y is ignoring an agreement between he and Dash and alleging that Curren$y's warning was a violation.

Sinead O'Connor Chastises Hip Hop

Controversial Irish pop/rock singer Sinead O'Conner issued a passionate statement about the shooting of 17-year old Trayvon Martin that took racists, hip hop, America and the world to task. In the statement, O'Connor voiced support for Martin, and chastised the music industry in general and hip hop specifically for the irresponsible message she feels is being delivered to young Black people.
"Forget bling. Forget "Get Rich Or Die Trying". That is an evil message," O'Connor said. "Evil my dears is only life backwards. Turn it the right way up. With music. The messages American black youth are being given through music are not about the spiritual and therefore strong and conquering but PEACEFUL making of YOUR country into the wonderful place it secretly is and can be.. BECAUSE OF YOU, and BY YOU!! You know not how you are adored, appreciated, valued, loved, cried for,smiled for, prayed for, all over the world. You know not how much inspiration and uplift-ment of heart you give to millions just by your presence on earth."
"Musicians all over the world should now gently demand this child's killer be arrested immediately and the family of Treyvon Martin be immediately apologized to upon bended knee," she continued. "Frankly. I myself would like an apology! America is a country I love and adore. what this man has done is un-American in the most horrific extreme. Him not being arrested is extremely embarrassing and does absolutely NOT paint the true picture of of a country and a people who for the 90% majority are the kindest, most loving, intelligent, and wonderful people you could know."

Selita Ebanks Launches SASS

Supermodel Selita Ebanks has gone from just being the woman in the designer threads storming runways to being the woman who's clothes are being showcased on runways. The beauty has launched her own swimwear line, SASS aka "Selita's Accessories, Shoes and Swimwear."
"I wanted something that will empower women and let them know that their sass is untouchable," she says. "It takes a certain kind of women to have sass — very confident, sexy and independent."
Ebanks debuted the line last night (March 22nd) on BET’s Rip The Runway fashion show.
Good to see a model that has more ambition than just being some rapper/actor's arm candy. Go Selita!

Waka Flocka Never Teamed With Suge?

Despite reports several months ago that rapper Waka Flocka Flame had signed a management agreement with former Death Row head Suge Knight, Waka is now saying that there was never any type of deal in place between he and the notorious former mogul.
"I ain't sign no partnership with Suge Knight ever in my life," Wakal said. "Suge to me, he was just an OG in the game. If a guy go [and] express his feelings towards me and tell me what he like of me or the mistakes he made so I don't make the mistakes, why not listen to him? You feel what I'm saying? Just because you talk, holla at a person or eat a burger with a person, hang with a person for a day, don't mean they handling all of your business. They scared of that sh*t, though, so they gonna throw it in the media. They don't want it with a n***a like Suge."

DJ Clue Blasts Funkmaster Flex

DJ Clue and Funkmaster Flex are embroiled in a heated feud, and Clue issued a scathing response to Flex's rants about the Funkmaster's dominance on New York City hip hop radio. Responding on his own Power 105 show, Clue blasted Flex's arrogance.
"Gotta address this clown... actually, where I would come from, we call him a ho. He a ho," said Clue. "That's what hoes do. They b*tch and moan, and they make excuses for why you number two. And you number two because, basically, you're tied for the number two spot. The station you're tied with bills way more money than you do. ...So really, you came in number three, buddy!"
"Because you're spending ninety-nine percent of your day worrying about what I'm doing, you're calling labels, telling them, 'Look, I'm not gonna play you artist's record if you don't give it to me first,'" Clue continued. "'If you give it to Clue, your artist is not allowed on the station and we're gonna drop all your records.'"
"Stop calling club owners, telling them, 'I'll do parties for free.' C'mon, man, you're embarrassing yourself. You're doing parties for five hundred dollars, or you're doing them for free!" he added.

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