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Feb 29, 2008
Mystikal's Request For Parole Denied, Set To Release Low Battery Next Year
Three years after releasing his smash album Tarantula, Louisiana rapper Mystikal was hauled off to Louisiana State Prison.
The bid stemmed from a 2004 incident in which he demanded sexual acts from his hairstylist after accusing her of stealing $80,000 in checks.
A recent bid for parole, which would cut his 6 year sentence down to 4, was shot down by the Louisiana parole board.
Despite the rejection, Mystikal still has his chin up.
"Mystikal is in great spirits, despite the parole boards decision not to release him," a source told All Hip Hop.
"He's been writing and focused on his career once he is finally released."
Hoping for the same success as 2001's Tarantula, Mystikal plans on having his 7th album, entitled Low Battery, in stores early this year.
Jury Selection In Remy Ma Assault Case To Kick Off Next Week
The jury selection process in Remy Ma's assault and witness tampering case will kick off next week.
As reported earlier, Remy is accused of shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen inside a car after they both left a Manhattan nightspot in July 2007.
Remy was initially charged with attempted murder but prosecutors would drop the charges to assault after evidence revealed that the gun went off accidentally.
The Bronx bred rapper is free on $250,000 bond.
The witness tampering charges stem from an August 2007 attack on the boyfriend of a witness at a Bronx nightclub which prosecutors claim Remy orchestrated with the help of her male friends.
According to USA Today, a Manhattan judge February 28 scheduled March 6th as the beginning date for jury selection in the case.
Remy, who has denied the charges, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Ja Rule Puts Home Up For Co-Defendants Bail
Ja Rule catches the ire of a New York State Supreme Court Judge after the rapper put up thousands of dollars to bail out two co-defendants in his gun possession case.
According to Associated Press, "Justice Micki Scherer feels that the rapper has put himself in the position of perhaps controlling the outcome of the case".
When asked the Judge said "I think the potential for it is a big problem".
The case dates back following a Lil Wayne concert at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan.
After being pulled over by the NYPD, officers discovered a .40 caliber handgun, and arrested Rule along with both of his friends, Mohamad Gamal, and Dennis Cherry.
Ja had to put up his Saddle River, NJ mansion to make up for their combined bail of $320,000.
His attorney, Stacey Richman, told the court that the defense would try to come up with separate bail packages for the other two men.
The Judge is expected to rule next month on the prosecutor's request for DNA samples for the defendants.
Judge Sides W/ Diddy In Assault Case
It's too soon to decide whether or not hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will have to turn over his financial information, said the judge presiding over his assault case yesterday (Feb. 27).
Diddy is accused of punching a man in the face outside a Hollywood hotel back in February of 2007.
Michael M. Marzban, lawyer of the alleged victim Gerard Rechnitzer, wanted to get into Diddy's financial records in order to seek punitive damages if his client wins the case, according to the Associated Press.
Combs filed a declaration opposing the efforts to obtain information on his financial worth but the judge said it's too early to dig into the rapper's personal affairs anyway.
"If you were to get a finding of fraud, oppression or malice, some or all of this information you would be entitled to," Superior Court Judge Robert L. Hess said. "I'm not persuaded at this point to give it to you today. We have privacy issues here that are very important."
As previously reported, Diddy was investigated for allegedly assaulting Rechnitzer outside Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel. Rechnitzer claimed the altercation started after Diddy tried to invite his fiancé to a private party. Combs was cleared of criminal charges in July, but Rechnitzer filed a civil suit last March.
Combs said it didn't happen that way.
"Any contact ... was caused by his forward motion against my open hand," Diddy declared in his court certification.
"People do not bounce off hands with their face/body, they get punched," Marzban said in a written response. His client also has four eye witnesses to back up his claims.
The trial date is set for May 27.
Don Diva Delivers Dave Mays And Benzino Cease & Desist
After finding success in branding Hip-Hop Weekly to newstand readers, former Source magazine publisher David Mays and longtime business partner, artist and friend Raymond "Benzino" Scott have opted to launch an urban mens' lifestyle magazine in Monsta. The first issue released earlier this month.
The New Jersey-based magazine received a cease-and-desist letter yesterday from Don Diva editor Robert G. Lopez. In addition to his duties at Don Diva, Lopez contributes to Ozone and other publications.
Lopez' reasoning lies in his copyright retention and trademark "Monsta," "Monsta News," and "Monsta: The Global Ghetto News Report" are his, which has been violated by the fledging publication.
Mays and Benzino have yet to comment, though documents verify that the party's law firm was served with papers earlier this week.
The Lox Prep New Album, Live, Suffer & Celebrate
The last time fans heard an album from the Lox, Diddy was still Puffy, and the shiny suits were still popular.
For a long time, no one really thought that their would ever be another Lox album at least not under the name LOX. The last time Jada , Styles, and Louch put out a group effort it was 2000 with the album "We Are The Streets". But in a recent Interview with Yo! Raps, Sheek had some good news, about the crew. As well as his own solo career.
"Yeah tell them asap man it’s called "Live, Suffer & Celebrate". We got a lot of songs done we keep recording we going in strong.
We all know The Lox are great MC's and have plenty of material recorder and man I know it's going to be hard to make that final tracklisting, it's D-Block ya'll!" said Louch.
Louch also has his solo effort on the way and according to him, it's ready to go. The name of the album, tentatively titled "Silverback Gorilla," will be released through Koch records.
The First single will be "Good Love," produced by Red Spyda. "Silverback Gorilla" will feature cameos from Jadakiss, Styles P, Bun B, Jim Jones, The Game as well as many more.
Bun B Preps New Album , Grabs Partnership With Zune
Bun B, one half of the award winning group UGK, is read to release the debut of his highly anticipated sophomore solo album, II Trill. The album is scheduled to be released April 29th of this year. II Trill will include guest features by artists that include the late great Pimp C, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, 8 Ball and MJG, David Banner, Rick Ross, Z-Ro, Mya, Mike Jones, Junior Reid, Webbie, Chamillionaire , Expensive Taste (Paul Wall, Skinhead Rob, & Travis Barker) and Slim Thug. The Houston rapper also collaborated with hitmakers Mr. Lee, Scott Storch, Jazze Pha, Bigg Tyme, Black Out Movement, Khalil, Clinton Sparks, Enigma and Chops to name a few.
Currently on a national promotional tour to promote II Trill and its first single, a JR Rotem produced track titled “That’s Gangsta” featuring Sean Kingston, Bun has partnered with Microsoft Zune on a series of promotional events and programs focused on making a more direct connection with his fans through a strong presence on the road, at retail, and on Zune digital platforms. While on the road, he will be making appearances at several Boys & Girls Clubs. Bun is also a part of Zune Social, an online music community where he is able to share his experience on the road and interact with music lovers.
Bumpy Johnson's Widow Releases Tell-All Book, Calls Frank Lucas A Liar
Mayme Johnson, the widow of infamous Harlem gangster Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson has written a book on her late husband, offering a glimpse into his storied life.
Aiming to clear up the many misconceptions of Bumpy, Harlem Godfather: The Rap on my Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, is a collaborative effort between the 93 year-old Johnson and best selling author, Karen E. Quinones Miller.
The book gives detailed accounts on many of the personal aspects of Johnson including his upbringing in Charleston, S.C., his migration to Harlem as a teenager, his rise to Harlem crime boss, his much hyped gang war with mobster Dutch Schultz and his death in 1968 at the Harlem eatery, Wells Restaurant.
"Most of the information that people think they know about Bumpy is wrong," said Mrs. Johnson via a statement. "That's because he never used to give interviews, so the newspapers and magazine back in the thirties and forties just made up stuff. And later on it got repeated so often people just took it for the truth. I never got upset because I knew that people just didn't know better."
A particular aspect the Mrs. Johnson hopes to clear up is the nature of the relationship between Bumpy Johnson and Frank Lucas, who has long claimed to have been the protégé of Johnson.
While Mrs. Johnson believes some things were misconstrued because people were simply ignorant to the facts, she contends that Lucas deliberately falsified accounts of their dealings together, even concerning Bumpy's death.
"There's a difference between being wrong and lying, and what Frank Lucas did was lie," she said. "I understand it was probably to give himself some street credibility because he snitched and Bumpy never did, but Frank still shouldn't have lied. Frank even went and told those Hollywood people that Bumpy died in his arms. Frank wasn't nowhere around when Bumpy died."
The book also gives accounts of the late gangster's social life, including rubbing elbows with the likes of Billie Holiday, Sugar Ray Robinson, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Lena Horne, among others.
A preview of the book can be viewed by logging onto harlemgodfather.com
Harlem Godfather: The Rap on my Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson will hit shelves during the first week of March via Oshun Publishing Paperback.
Lil' Wayne Inks Jae Millz To Young Money
Lil' Wayne has signed Harlem rapper Jae Millz to his Young Money Entertainment imprint, with a new remix set to hit radio in weeks.
Weezy recently made the announcement during a concert to a packed house in Newark NJ.
Millz confirmed the deal to Complex magazine.
"Yeah, we just drawing up the paperwork, but I've been rocking with [Lil Wayne] since the first week in 2008," the rapper said via a text message. "I've just been keeping stuff low, but Young Money is what it is, and I'm still Wanna Blow. The 'Holla At A Playa Remix' is going to be out in two weeks. We're moving, Young Moola Baby!"
Jay-Z Finally Goes Platinum, Jim Jones Makes A Not So Gangster Debut, Alicia Keys & Amy Winehouse Swap Spots
In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts Jay-Z hits the platinum mark, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse trade places, Mary J. Blige hold tight to the Top 10 and Dipset's Jim Jones debuts in the Top 20.
Alicia Keys may have been edged out by Amy Winehouse last week, but she climbs back to the No. 2 spot with 53,100 copies sold of As I Am in the past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. After 15 weeks, Keys continues to dominate to the tune of 3,149,600 albums sold.
British crooner Amy Winehouse continues her post-Grammy sales surge, sliding one spot to No. 3 with 51,500 copies sold of her debut album, Back to Black. After 50 weeks on the charts, Winehouse has scanned 1,700,700 discs.
Mary J. Blige holds onto her No. 9 spot this week, selling 34,900 copies of her eighth album, Growing Pains. Ten weeks in, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul has sold 1,260,500 albums.
Keyshia Cole climbs six spots to No. 12 this week, pushing 29,900 copies of her sophomore effort, Just Like You. After 22 weeks, Cole has scanned 1,198,800 discs.
Right behind Cole is teen phenom Chris Brown, who lingers at No. 13 this week with his second album, Exclusive. After scanning 29,400 discs this week, Brown has amassed a sales total of 1,317,300.
Dipset rapper Jim Jones debuts at No. 19 this week with Harlem's American Gangster, a not-so-subtle reference to Jay-Z's concept album, American Gangster, which finally went platinum after 16 weeks on the charts. In week one, Jones' album sold 24,900 copies.
Next up is Chi-town rapper Lupe Fiasco, who lands at No. 30 with his second album, Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, which sold 19,500 copies this week. After 10 weeks, Lu has sold 358,900 copies.
In a continuing theme, Fergie continues to reign after 75 weeks on the charts. The Black Eyed Pea singer and solo star dropped two spots to No. 33 this week, scanning 18,700 copies of The Dutchess for a total of 3,468,600 albums sold.
Def Jam hitmaker The-Dream climbs 10 spots to No. 36 this week with his debut album Love/Hate, which sold 18,400 copies in the last seven days. The songwriter behind Rihanna's hit "Umbrella" has sold 244,500 copies after 11 weeks.
Speaking of Rihanna, the Good Girl Gone Bad drops three spots to No. 38 this week with 17,600 in sales. After 38 weeks, Rihanna's totals stand at 1,077,900.
Soulja Boy climbs nine spots to re-enter the Top 50, landing at No. 47 with his debut album, Souljaboytellem.com. Rap's very own Teen of da South cranked out 15,600 albums this week, for a 21-week total of 799,400 sold.
R&B crooner J. Holiday, who was arrested for drug possession this week, climbs two spots to No. 49 with 15,500 copies sold of his debut, Back of My 'Lac. After 21 weeks, Holiday has scanned 539,900 discs.
Feb 28, 2008
Feb 27, 2008
Lawyer Responds To Diddy's Assault Denial, ‘[He] Is Engulfed In Fantasy And Not Reality’
The lawyer representing a real estate agent who claims he was assaulted by Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs at an Oscar Party last year has responded to the Bad Boy mogul’s recent denial of the incident.
As reported earlier, Gerard Rechnitzer filed a lawsuit against Diddy in March 2007 claiming the mogul punched him in the jaw outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles in February 2007.
Rechnitzer said Diddy attacked him while he was trying to stop the Bad Boy mogul from hitting on his fiancé. He also claimed Diddy pushed his fiancé and attempted to spit on a female who was accompanying him and his fiancé.
Diddy responded to the claims last week saying that Rechnitzer attacked him first and that ‘[He] outstretched one of his hands, which was not closed-fisted, to shield [him] self and that any contact between him and Rechnitzer was caused by the real estate agent’s forward motion against [his] stationary open hand.”
According to The Los Angeles Independent, Rechnitzer’s lawyer, Michael M. Marzban, responded to Diddy's claims via court papers filed February 20th saying that the mogul's defense is not realistic.
“People do not bounce off hands with their face/body, they get punched,’’ Marzban wrote. “ The defense is engulfed in fantasy and not reality.”
Marzban, who also argued that four people witnessed the incident, is requesting for Diddy to turn over financial information for an assessment of his income.
Rechnitzer is seeking unspecified damages.
Judge Rules That Ja Rule Can't Post Bail For Associates
A New York judge ruled Wednesday (February 27) that Ja Rule will not be allowed to post bail for co-defendants in his gun possession case.
According to the Associated Press, State Supreme Court Justice Micki Scherer told the rapper (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) that she is "troubled" that he's posted thousands of dollars in bail money for his co-defendants.
She said that he "put himself in the position of perhaps controlling the outcome of the case," and wants the other men -- Dennis Cherry and Mohamed Gamal -- to come up with their own money.
"I think the potential for it is a big problem," Scherer said, reports the AP.
Ja Rule's lawyer, Stacey Richman, said the defense would come up with separate bail packages for the co-defendants.
The judge said she'd make ruling March 20 on whether the defendants have to give DNA samples -- the prosecutor said DNA evidence was found on the gun.
The gun possession charge stems from an arrest in July 2007 when Ja Rule, along with the co-defendants, were arrested after police pulled over his vehicle for speeding and found a .40 caliber handgun.
Nas ‘Nigger' Album Gets 2½ Stars?
Men's magazine Maxim has rubbed Nas the wrong way after reviewing an incomplete version of his upcoming album titled Nigger and giving it 2½-stars.
Nas reacted to the review to The New York Post emphasizing that the controversially titled album is far from complete
“I'm finishing the album now, and it will be out April 22,” Nas said.
According to The New York Post, Maxim apologized for their untimely review.
“I'd prefer [a review from] Playboy,” Nas told The Post. “I don't know what a music rating from Maxim is . . . I don't know what it even means really.”
DJ Khaled, Polow Da Don and Jermaine Dupri are among various producers who have worked on Nigger which will be released via Def Jam.
Andre 3000 Gets Political For ‘The Shield’
Outkast's Andre 3000 will be reprising his role in the final season of FX's cop drama The Shield this summer.
The rapper initially made his appearance on the show in 2004 playing a comic book store owner trying to rid his community of drug dealers and prostitutes.
André tells Blackfilm.com that in the upcoming season of the show, his character decides to run for office.
“My character evolved over the years,” Andre explained. “[He] is coming back and he’s actually running for mayor.”
Lil Wayne Wants Kids To 'Stay Strapped'
Strapped Condoms recently launched a program with the intention to educate youth in identifying at risk behavior patterns that contribute to the continuous spread of HIV and STDs.
Rapper Lil Wayne has stepped up to the plate to further the cause the company, founded by Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince, wants to spread.
Via a campaign they are calling Strapped 4 Life, the condom company will launch a series of ads-PSAs with Lil Wayne as the main spokesperson.
"You need to get informed, not infected and don't forget stay Strapped baby," exclaimed Lil Wayne.
The message is targeted towards youth between the ages of 18 to 24. According to the company, the Houston Department of Health & Human Services reports that as many as 1 in 40 African Americans in Houston are living with HIV. On a national scale, Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that even though blacks account for only 13% of the U.S. population they account for about 50% of the people who get HIV and AIDS. For African Americans AIDS is a leading cause of death.
"In the mist of this crisis where HIV and AIDS is the #1 killer where our race of people is concerned, I salute Lil Wayne as an authority figure for taking a stand to inform our people to use Strapped Condoms and to Stay Strapped for Life," said J. Prince.
The Houston based Strapped Condoms was created by J. Prince back in 2005. According to their website, their condoms are made from the finest quality of natural rubber latex.
For more information about the Strapped 4 Life campaign and their condoms, visit StrappedCondoms.com.
Bow Wow Lands Thug Role In Indie Comedy Film
Bow Wow will be taking on the role of a wannabe thug in an upcoming independent comedy titled Driving Lessons.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie centers on a woman in an unhappy marriage (played by Hope Davis) who is stricken with memory loss and forgets she had an interracial affair with her next door neighbor (played by Chi McBride).
Evan Ross (ATL) will play McBride’s son while Bow Wow and Jermaine Williams will play wannabe thugs who complicate everyone's lives.
Production on the flick will begin next month in Los Angeles.
3 Ex-Terror Squad Members decide to team up and bring it to Joe.
(L note: I'm just wondering what took them so long to do this)
Feb 26, 2008
The charges stem from a July 22 incident in which Wayne was arrested following a performance at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. When police approached Weezy’s tour bus, which was parked at Columbus Ave. and 61st Street, they smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle.
After turning up a .40 caliber pistol, the rapper was taken into custody. Coincidentally, Ja-Rule—who had performed alongside Wayne at the Beacon—had been arrested on similar charges about an hour prior.
Both rappers were later released after posting bond.
According to the New York Post's Page Six, Shyne who has been incarcerated since 2001, will be released from jail this year, for good behavior.
He is currently serving a 10-year jail sentence at Woodbourne Correctional Facility stemming from a 1999 New York shooting, in which 'Po went to club with Diddy, Jennifer Lopez, and bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones, and stuck up for Diddy who had got in an altercation with a Mathew "Scar" Allen.
Three people were shot while Diddy, Shyne and J-Lo were all arrested after leading police on a short chase, the charges only stuck to Shyne. Combs and Lopez were free and clear.
(L note: I know he gets a bad rap for sounding Like Biggie, But to me, he doesn't sound like Frank at all. Now Guerrilla Black on the other hand, should play biggie in the biggie movie.)
Feb 25, 2008
Juelz Santana recently revealed to Hot 97's Angie Martinez the real reason why he hasn't been able to release any new music since his last album "What The Game's Been Missing"
After staying out of the rift between Cam'ron and Jim Jones, Juelz finally broke his silence about his own personal issues with Cam:
"Me and Cam gotta work some things out, bottom line," the rapper said. "I came in the game when I was young right, so it's no reason for me - to have accomplished and did as much as I did - to be getting treated the same way as I was treated when I just came in."
Santana also has a pending album with Lil' Wayne called I Can't Feel My Face, but could not give a firm release date, but could only say "it would be coming soon".
Hip hop founder DJ Kool Herc is filing a $5 billion lawsuit against Jay-Z, real estate developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays Bank that is seeking money for slavery reparations.
Jay Z, Ratner and several other partners joined forces to purchase the NBA's New Jersey Nets franchise in 2004 for $300 million.
They plan to move the Nets to Brooklyn and Barclays Bank reportedly shelled out $400 million to build an arena for the team and own the arena’s naming rights for 20 years,.
According to The New York Observer, Kool Herc claims that Barclays Bank was founded by profits from the slave trade and that Mr. Ratner and Jay-Z worked “in concert” with Barclays, and “profited from the African Slave Trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress Black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth.”
Herc, who is credited as the founder of hip hop and the originator of break-beat DJing, will be filing the suit with the Black Defense League today (February 25).
Barclays has denied having ties to the slave trade an d Forest City Ratner, Mr. Ratner's development group, declined to comment.
J. Holiday was arrested Thursday night (Feb. 21) on drug possession charges.
The rising star was pulled over in Salisbury, Md. while driving home from a performance "at a high rate of speed" along with another vehicle, Sgt. Frank Russo said.
According to local Maryland TV station WMDT, Russo spotted marijuana on the singer's shirt and smelled marijuana smoke, which led to Holiday's arrest.
A small amount of the drug turned up from Holiday's center console after a search.
Holiday (real name Nahum Grymes) faces drug possession charges along with the other occupant in his car, George Jackson.
The driver of the other car, Rolland Wesley, faces traffic-related charges, but is clear on the drug posession rap.
Hip-Hop icon Dr. Dre has partnered with Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd to develop and market his own line of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
This partnership has Dre linking directly with the beverage company in an equal arrangement to share the responsibilities of developing and marketing products. This deal also follows under a previous agreement made between Drinks Americas and Interscope/ Geffen/A&M Records.
Dre's drink products will join the ranks of other Drinks America partners including Donald Trump's award winning Trump Super Premium Vodka, Willie Nelson's Old Whiskey River Bourbon and Paul Newman's Lightly Sparkling Fruit Juice Drinks and Flavored Waters.
"I'm always down for a new challenge," Dre told CNN. When Drinks Americas approached me about going into business with them, I knew there was a lot of competition out there but it was the same way when I started doing music. I'm going to put the best product out there, because that's what I do."
On his partnering with Dre, president & chief executive officer of Drinks Americas, J. Patrick Kenny, said "We are thrilled to be working with Dr. Dre, a true icon, as an owner and our partner in brands that will reflect his tastes and personality. Unlike hiring a celebrity to help grow an existing brand, Dr. Dre is an equity owner of the brands and will be involved as our partner at every stage of the process."
Kenny went on to add, "We expect Dre's foray into the beverage business to rival the magnitude of his success in the music business."
Dre and Drinks Americas currently have plans to develop cognac and sparkling vodka beverages and hope in the future to enter into the premium tequila category.
Kanye's mom, Donda West, died in early November at the age of 58, and later it was learned that the cause was a heart attack due to complications of cosmetic-surgery.
An autopsy revealed she likely died of pre-existing heart disease coupled with multiple postoperative factors.
According to the Associated Press, democratic assemblywoman, Wilmer Amina Carter, says Donda West's niece contacted her and asked her to introduce a bill that requires a health check before any cosmetic surgery.
Carter introduced the "Donda West Law" on Friday (February 22).
"I would not in any way cast any negative opinion toward cosmetic surgeons because many of them do it the right way," Carter told local paper, The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "This bill is for those who don't."
Yolanda Anderson, niece of Donda, said that her cousin, Kanye, was enthusiastic about the law and offered support. "[Kanye] is ecstatic and very grateful," she said. "He said, 'You started this. Now run with it and let me know how I can help.'"
(L note: Call me foolish but it shouldnt have taken a celebrities mother to die, for this to go become law. I havent had any plastic surgery, but getting a doctors medical clearance should be a prerequisite.)
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