Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Rapper Rick Ross, like many other Americans, was deeply affected by the tragic shooting spree that took place at a premiere showing of The Dark Knight Rises at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Speaking with 106 KMEL about the alleged killer, James Holmes, Ross offered sympathy for the victims and shared his anger at Holmes' behavior in court.
“You know, first and foremost, I send my condolences out to the family members of the victims. It’s just so senseless,” he said. “You think you’re in the movie, and as I watched him sitting in the courtroom, now he dizzy. Now he dazed. With all the pictures of him and everything that was leading up to the event, he’s smiling and this and that. Now you dazed. Don’t be dazed now. We need you to be focused when this comes down on you, because that was senseless. It’s unfortunate. Don’t be blinkin’ and all that. It could be one of his approaches to his defense, like he ain’t know what was going on. But that ain’t gon’ help you on this one.”
Monday, July 23, 2012
Kimbella's pregnancy hasn't exactly been a secret--the world has known she was expecting a baby since last winter. But the "Love & Hip Hop" star didn't divulge much information over the next several months other than the baby's daddy being Juelz Santana.
But a few details have come out.
Kimbella is apparently ready to pop any day now. Also, she's expecting a baby girl.
Her pregnancy was revealed shortly before her best friend Yandy Smith announced her pregnancy. Yandy gave birth to a baby boy last week.
Frank Ocean spoke at-length about his coming out letter and revealed that it had been written back in December of 2011 to be released alongside his album sleeve. He planned to announce his bisexuality via that method to address any potential speculation that the songs onchannel ORANGE were about men.
"I knew that I was writing in a way that people would ask questions," he said. "I knew that my star was rising, and I knew that if I waited I would always have somebody that I respected be able to encourage me to wait longer, to not say it till who-knows-when."
"People are just afraid of things too much ... Sure, evil exists, extremism exists," he added. "Somebody could commit a hate crime and hurt me. But they could do the same just because I'm black. They could do the same just because I'm American."
Kile Glover, the young son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Raymond died this weekend from heart failure after he was taken off of life support. The 11-year old suffered permanent brain damage earlier this month after he was involved in a jet ski accident. He was declared brain dead after the incident.
Several celebrities shared their sadness over the news.
":( My condolences & support go out to @TamekaRaymond @UsherRaymondIV #RIPKile," tweeted Lil Kim.
"RIP Kile. Usher's 11-years old Stepson," added Meek Mill following the news. "RT for respect."
"The unthinkable for Tameka, Ryan and Usher. my heart is so heavy..." Russell Simmons tweeted. The family issued a statement following their loss, as well.
"We know God's in control, and are leaning on our faith in Him and His word at this most difficult time," the family said in a statement to CNN. "We firmly believe in the power of prayer and ask that you all continue to pray and lift Kile up, as it's the best way we can all support him now."
50 Cent has founded his own boxing promotion company, TMT Promotion. The "TMT" stands for "The Money Team," the moniker that 50, his longtime friend Floyd Mayweather and several of their associates have used as the name of their crew of affiliates.
50 has reportedly licensed the TMT brand in New York, and is in the process of applying for a license in Nevada.
According to Sports Illustrated, 50 plans to work alongside Mayweather. He is also expected to sign former featherweight title holder Yuri Gamboa and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell.
Friday, July 20, 2012
Nafessa Williams covers this months issue of VIGOR’E Magazine. Her spread is from pages 38 to 45. The photographer for this shoot is Stephen Hudgins, and makeup artist/ hair stylist was Annagjid Kee Kee Taylor.
Nafessa Williams is an actress from Philadelphia. Many may know Nafessa Williams for playing “Margo Ivey” on CBS’s The Bold and The Beautiful, and “Deanna Forbes” on ABC’s One Life to Live, or even “Nicole Gordon” from the movie Streets starring Meek Mill.
Superstar Alicia Keys may have been busy on mommy duty for the past few years, but she's prepping her comeback to the spotlight and she's going to do it with a slightly-different look. The sexy singer cropped her hair and shared the pics of the 'new Alicia' on Instagram.
“Look what I done did!!;-)))" she tweeted. "Its an #aknewday in EVERY way!!!!"
Her superproducer husband, Swizz Beatz, gave his gal the thumbs-up, as well. He shared his enthusiasm for her trimmed tresses.
“My baby done cut it all off New Day 4 real amazing !!!!” he tweeted.
Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator revealed on Formspring that he was well-aware that his OFWGKTA bandmate Frank Ocean was bisexual. Despite the rapper having been criticized by some for homophobic lyrics, he says that he knew Ocean's sexuality long ago and supported his friend.
“Hahaha yeah, ive know for a while, he told me a long time ago," he said. "It was just funny cause i was getting bashed as a homophobe or whatever and i kept saying dude how am i one?"
"I have gay friends like what the f**k leave me alone haha," he continued. "Yeah thats my n***a tho, sh*t is hard for him but he did that.”
Superproducer Pharrell Williams was spotted at the premiere forThe Dark Knight Rises with his girlfriend Helen Lasichanh, and there are rumors buzzing that the Neptunes frontman and his lady may be more than dating. Williams hasn't confirmed anything himself, but the word on the street is the two have long been engaged.
It is being reported in some circles that he and Lasichanh have been engaged for a year, actually.
Lasichanh was sporting a sizeable (engagement?) ring at the premiere. The two have a son named Rocket.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar is partnering up with BET Networks' Music Matters to present a 23-city tour. The tour kicks off in Norfolk, Virginia on September 7th and continues through October 18th.
“More than a Hip Hop show, it’s an experience worth a life time,” says Lamar regarding the tour. “Kendrick is one the most prolific and phenomenal artist emerging today. His music, style and flow brings a fresh and important perspective to Hip Hop and we are proud to leverage the BET Music Matters brand to expose his amazing talents to the masses,” added Kelly Griffin, BET Senior Director Music Programming.
Pusha T knows that fans are getting anxious for details regarding the G.O.O.D. Music album Cruel Summer, and he revealed in a recent interview that he's just as clueless about the project as everyone else.
"I'm in the dark just as much as you guys," Pusha told Billboard. "Nothing is conventional with these guys. It's to the point now, and it's so bad, because [Kanye West]'s been so unconventional… that people won't even accept conventional shit from him. I know we're not gonna start now."
"I'm like, 'Yo, what are we gonna do for the BET Awards?' He goes, 'Oh, I got something.' I walk out, it's like a f**king 50-foot f**king Lamborghini!'" explained Push. "You know what he tells us? He tells us things like what color to wear. 'Hey, bring white or black.' 'Okay, what are we doing?' 'Bring white or black.'"
"I felt like nothing was forced -- things were experimental at times, and I think you're gonna see that," said Pusha. "You're gonna see the experimentation in guys like Common, who is looked at in a certain way. And it was so great to be on a record that may have a bit of a different flow than what you would know Common for… He's in there like 'This sh*t is hot, this sh*t is good, I'm getting on this!' It's so funny, because we're sitting there, dying laughing, and then it kicks in that Common is really writing his verse. Then he lays the verse. And then you realize his verse is sustained and better than yours! It's things like that that happen during those processes. It was so fun in that sense, because it was just all type of fun and surprises."
Swizz Beatz is once again being targeted by authorities for his executive role with now-defunct file storage site MegaUpload. Despite Megaupload attorney Ira Rothken previously stating last year that Swizz Beatz was never an acting CEO of the company, federal authorities have countered MegaUpload's request to dismiss a federal indictment against them by filing a 20-page motion citing US citizens David Robb and Kasseem Dean (Swizz Beatz.)
The motion was filed after MegaUpload tried to have the case dismissed on the grounds that they are a foreign corporation and cannot be prosecuted in America.
Part of the motion reads:
"After Defendant Dotcom became Defendant Megaupload’s Chief Innovation Officer, the company appears to have employed at least two Chief Executive Officers in the United States: first David Robb and then Kasseem David Dean (also known as Swizz Beatz). These individuals represented the company before the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) in relation to Megaupload.com’s inclusion on the Notorious Markets Review, and more recently, Mr. Dean through counsel has refused to cooperate with the government’s investigation. Delivering a summons to Mr. Dean, a resident of the United States, in his capacity as apparent Chief Executive Officer should also constitute proper service of process upon an officer of the company."
Rapper Nas' new album, Life Is Good, is being projected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album would give Nas his sixth number one album. That puts the Queens-born legend in company that includes Eminem and Jay-Z.
1996's It Was Written, 1997's The Firm with Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature, 1999's I Am, 2007's Hip Hop Is Dead and 2008's "Untitled" all hit number one on the charts.
Life Is Good could possibly be the only title that will sell over 100,000 this week, Billboard reports.
Here are a couple behind the scenes training photos for the SlickforceGirl project. In these shots I am being harnessed by Alex Wen & his stunt team to learn techniques essential to my character's prowess.
What is SlickforceGirl? I can't reveal that just yet. I can tell you, however, that this massive multimedia project is the brainchild of international photographer Nick Saglimbeni of Slickforce Studio. (Photographer for The Kardashians, with over 100 covers of various glamour, fashion, and mainstream publications)
More info about SlickforceGirl, and BTS goodies on the way! Your viewers can stay tuned at www.SlickforceGirl.com
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Former Cash Money Records star B.G., born Christopher Dorsey, was sentenced on Wednesday (July 18th) to fourteen years in prison following his pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and conspiring to obstruct justice.
Judge Helen Berrigan also sentenced the rapper to three years of supervised release following his prison term.
In December, Dorsey pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2009. He had three felony drug convictions from 1998 to 2003. He had previously claimed he had no idea there were guns in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All has announced details for their late summer/early fall 22-date North American “Camp Flog Gnaw” tour. The trek will begin in Norfolk, Virginia August 31st, continuing until the Odd Future Carnival on September 30 in Los Angeles, California.
Check out a full list of cities for the tour below:
08-31 Norfolk, VA – TBA
09-01 Philadelphia, PA – Made in America Festival
09-02 Baltimore, MD – TBA
09-05 Portland, ME – TBA
09-09 Buffalo, NY – TBA
09-11 Cleveland, OH – TBA
09-12 Columbus, OH – TBA
09-14 St Louis, MO – TBA
09-15 Milwaukee, WI – TBA
09-16 Chicago, IL – TBA
09-18 Columbia, MO – TBA
09-21 Boulder, CO – TBA
09-22 Boulder, CO – TBA
09-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – TBA
09-26 Portland, OR – TBA
09-30 Los Angeles, CA – Odd Future Carnival
Rapper Juvenile shared his thoughts on B.G.'s 14-year prison sentence. He said that he is very disappointed in the news and offered his sympathy to his old bandmate's family.
“I don’t feel good about it. It’s one of those situations where you get sick in your stomach,” Juvenile told AllHipHop. “I wish nothing but good things for him and his family, his kids, because you don’t want to see nobody go get locked up that long and be away from their family."
“I try to tell all the youngsters out there man, if you want to be gangster and go out there and thug-out and go out there and do certain things, just know there’s consequences,” Juvenile added. “It was a situation where it shouldn’t have happened; I wish it would have never happened. I wish he never would have got pulled over or whatever, but it happened. I just wish and am hoping that all you other cats out there take heed to that and don’t make the same mistake.”
Rick Ross talked a bit about his upcoming album God Forgives, I Don't, and revealed the reasons for working with heavyweights like Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on the project. Rozay shared his enthusiasm for sharing the studio with two of the industry's biggest names.
"I just collaborated with people who I'm huge fans of, such as Dr. Dre for the first time. Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on the same record by the name of 'Three Kings,'" he shared. "Just witnessing that and being in the studio with both of them dudes was a hell of an experience. It's just something I could never even really see happening, so on a personal level, that was big for me."
First single off the upcoming debut solo album by AL 1Thing "Street Pop: New Genre" releasing August 22nd on iTunes, Amazon and Reverb Nation. Visualized by Donway Films @LBS215 and crafted into a classic. Follow @AL_1Thing on twitter, reblog and like this video. #1thing4sure
Soundcloud Link: "Too Damn Hot" http://peoplelikeusmedia.us5.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=0953bb3076edb3b155a784ab0&id=c7824671d3&e=6b99334a4b
Bio - AL 1Thing
Born Robert Alexander Ward, Al 1Thing is a Philadelphia-based rapper, singer and songwriter who is described as the future of Philadelphia’s musical landscape. A Southwest Philly native, Al was raised with street smarts and the ambition to hustle for what he wants.
Al’s musical influences include a plethora of genres and styles. He cites his favorite artists as John Mayer, Pusha T, Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5 and Jay Z, among others. Al has taken these influences and combined them into a new genre of music that his manager, Chad Fain, calls “Street-Pop.” Fain describes Street-Pop as pop melodies and R&B hooks paired with street- based lyrical experiences. This distinct combination, along with Al’s hip-hop swagger and charming personality, separates this up and coming Philadelphia artist from the rest.
FOLLOW AL ON TWITTER : @AL_1THING
Bio - People Like U$ Media
People Like U$ Media was started in July 2011 in Philadelphia by Chad Fain, but the company has roots that trace back four years earlier. The name “People Like U$” was originally created in 2007 by Chad’s late cousin, Michael Perkins, who named the company such because the team would create music and film products for “people like us.” Together, the cousins planned to make a distinctive brand that also resonated as a lifestyle that people can identify with.
The rest is history. With Fain as CEO and President, People Like U$ has successfully launched AL 1Thing as its flagship artist, established Dana Black as the next street rap star, released “Get To Know Me: The Mixtape,” filmed “Get To know Me: The Movie,” created the First/Last Cypher series and released a People Like U$ compilation album featuring many of Philly’s top emcees; all in less than 9 months. With an unparalleled combination of knowledge, drive, and talent, People Like U$ is poised for a breakout year in 2012 that will take the entertainment industry by storm.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
|Nas’ 10 th studio album Life Is Good is in stores today after his release party last night at Bagatelle in New York City. Fellow Hip-Hop artists in attendance celebrating Nas’ new album were Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Jermaine Dupri, and music was provided by Q-Tip. Here a shot of Jay-Z and Nas celebrating during the release party. The above picture is great not only considering Nas and Jay’s past combustible history, but also for the fact they’ve entered uncharted territory for Hip-Hop as two emcees two decades deep that have maintained relevance and high skill levels. As they continue releasing albums, especially of the quality Nas just dropped, it’s becoming highly difficult to rank any of their peers or predecessors above them. Just consider for a second that Illmatic came out 18 years ago and Reasonable Doubt 16 years ago. Then reflect on how many trends and rappers have come and gone since then. The majority of our greatest emcees and groups are pretty much done as far as being at a high level by their third or fourth project. It’s been an amazing run for both and hopefully a signal that future older emcees will let their music mature with their age and life experiences.|
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Frank Ocean's debut albumChannel Orange is not being sold in Target stores due to Def Jam's making the album available early via iTunes. The reasoning was confirmed despite the singer's manager initially insinuating that the company banned the album because of Ocean's coming out as a bisexual last week.
"Target has refused to carry Frank's album because of iTunes exclusive," the singer's manager, Christian Clancy, wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. "Interesting since they also donate to non-equal rights organizations."
Nonetheless, Ocean confirmed that the album won't be sold at Target.
"Album won't be available at target," he tweeted. "Blame it on a generational gap. best buy on deck though."
50 Cent's long-running issues with his label, Interscope Records, seem to have subsided at least for the moment. The rapper talked about his delayed forthcoming album and revealed that he no longer has any grievances with the company. He blamed their past differences on the pending end of their contract together.
"They're in full support of me now. We cleared up the audit issues," he said in an interview with MTV. "That's always an issue, when you get to the final album or the final requirement you end up going through the books with everything that you've done."
"Once those things are resolved, everyone is ready to get back to work, and that's where we're at," he added.
One-hit wonder Khia decided to fire some sarcastic shots at R&B star Frank Ocean. The singer came out of the closet last week and has sparked much debate in the musical community--particular amongst hip hop artists and fans. But Khia decided to take the occasion to plug her book and accuse the singer of 'fooling' women.
“Hats Off To Frank Ocean At Least He Finally Told The Truth Now All The Women He Fooled Can Finally Know The Truth!!” Khia tweeted. “I Wrote A Book About It!! Be Sure To Get It Khia’s New Book Ignoring The Signs!!! LAWD HAVE MERCEY ON THEIR SOULS!!”
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Rapper Missy Elliott is embroiled in a legal battle with Fox Valley Motor Cars. The star filed a lawsuit in Florida against the auto dealer, claiming that she entered in an agreement to buy a 2012 Matte White Lamborghini Aventador for $376,000. According to the lawsuit, made a down payment of $30,000 in cash and her 2005 Bentley.
However the dealership never shipped the Lambo, which Missy was supposed to receive by mid-year.
According to reports, Missy was told the terms of the deal had changed because the market value of the car had risen. Missy is suing for possession of her Lambo and additional damages resulting from the dealership's breach of contract.
Young Buck's assets have official gone up for auction. An auction will be held in Nashville with a preview of the rapper's goods scheduled for July 25th. Among the items to go up for sale, including Buck's recording equipment, awards and jewelry.
The rapper's bankrupcy was converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 in December, with Buck's estate trustee revealing that she planned to sell the trademarked "Young Buck" name along with other assets seized for non-payment. Creditors submitted claims totaling $11.5 million, including $10 million that 50 Cent's G-Unit Records said they were owed.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Jay-Z will be performing two additional shows at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center. The rapper was already slated perform to kick off the big September 29th opening for the luxurious complex, and today (July 9th) it was announced that more shows will take place on September 29th and 30th.
“Jay-Z is Brooklyn and is the definitive artist to open Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are thrilled that such an iconic world-class entertainer, not to mention a Brooklynite, will take the borough’s biggest stage on three consecutive nights for what will surely be a historic experience for all fans.”
Jay-Z is also a minority investor of the Brooklyn Nets and will serve as Director of the Brooklyn Arena Firm.
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