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Mar 14, 2008

Remy Ma Trial Update: Witness Says Victim Begged For Her Life

New developments in the Remy Ma trial surfaced yesterday, as a witness testified that the victim, Makeda Barnes-Joseph, pled for her life after being shot last summer.

New York's Daily News reported that Krystal Bolton, an aspiring rapper and friend of the Barnes-Joseph, told jurors in Manhattan Supreme Court that she was sitting in a parked car outside a Meatpacking District bar when the 23-year-old victim was shot in the stomach last July.

Bolton told the jury that Barnes-Joseph pleaded, "Don't let me die."

However, Bolton did reveal that she did not have a clear view of the shooting.

As proceedings began Tuesday, Remy's defense attorney Ivan Fisher said the shooting was an accident and that the gun had gun off during a struggle for the weapon between the Bronx-bombshell and Barnes-Joseph.

The incident allegedly occurred when Remy discovered $2,000 missing from her purse and accused the victim of stealing the money.

Currently, Remy Ma is free on $250,000 bail and could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The Roots Rising Down Cover & Tracklist


Rising Down Tracklist

The Pow Wow (Intro)
Rising Down (f/ Mos Def and Styles P)
Get Busy(f/ Dice Raw & Peddi Crack & Jazzy Jeff)
@ 15
75 Bars (Reconstruction)(ft Tuba Gooding Jr.)
(Up Theme) Becoming Unwritten (instrumental)
Criminal (with Truck North & Saigon)
I Will Not Apologize (ft. Porn & Talib Kweli)
I Can’t Help It (f/ Malik B & Porn)
Singing Man (f/ Porn, Black Thought, & Truck North)
(Up Theme) Unwritten (f/ Mercedes Martinez)
Lost Desire (f/ Malik B & Talib Kweli)
The Show (f/ Common)
Rising Up(f/ Wale & Chrissette Michelle)
Birtday Girl (f/ Patrick Stump)

Rising Down rises in stores everywhere on April 29.


Via Riz

Remy Ma Says "I Am Not Engaged To Papoose"

As previously reported Papoose recently denied the gossip saying him and Remy "share a friendship" and the engagement rumors are just rumors. "It's not true," he said. "[We're] friends."

In This statement Remy confirmed Pap's comments.

"I am not engaged and rumors of my engagement to Papoose are absolutely false, Papoose is like a brother to me," Remy said. "There must've been a misunderstanding between Egypt and a third party......the end."

The woman Remy is talking about is radio and TV personality Egypt, who first reported about the engagement rumor on BET's Black Carpet. Egypt's publicist, Katrina Boswell, reached out to SOHH with this statement in response to Remy:

"There was no misunderstanding of their conversation and Egypt has no further comment. Thank you."

(L note: Ok 1st Pap denied it, Now Rem is. Can we say Lets all get our story straight)

IHH TV: Prodigy- Money Is a Weapon

"Money Is A Weapon"
Prodigy

Mar 13, 2008

FAT JOE Says Prodigy’s Not Relevant No More

Prodigy of Mobb Deep recently raised some eyebrows when, in a recent blog post on his social networking web site hnic2.com, he wondered out loud how people can listen to some of the music being put out by a number of his peers, including Fat Joe.

I GOTTA BE BRUTALLY AND NO HOLDS BARRED HONEST……………WHO THE FUCK REALLY LIKES ANY OF THESE OTHER RAP MU’FUCKAS? YOU REALLY LISTEN TO FAT JOE? YOU REALLY LISTEN TO CASSIDY? SHEEK LOOCH? MAX-B? JIM JONES? CAM? BLACK EYED PEAS? LUPE FIASCO? TALIB KWALIB? RED CAFE? JOE BUDDENS? UNCLE MURDER? FROM THE EAST COAST TO THE WEST COAST AND ALL IN-BETWEEN, IT’s TOO MUCH BULLSHIT TO NAME IT ALL, I MEAN THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND LETS BE FOR REAL HERE, ALL THAT SHIT SUCK TO THE MAXIMUM POINT OF SUCKING.

In a new interview with Rhapsody, Fat Joe responds to P’s comments and wonders where the sudden animosity is coming from:

Did you read Prodigy’s blog entry talking about how he doesn’t know who likes rappers like you, Cassidy, Max B, Jim Jones, etc.?


Prodigy? Before he was down with G-Unit, he might’ve did like 10 songs with me. I didn’t even know he said all that. I know that he fell off and that [G-Unit] are very irrelevant in the hip-hop game today. He’s not relevant no more. We had a big-time relationship and done did songs together. That really surprises me that he’s talking like that. If he said that then I guess that’s his opinion. I could tell you a million things about him, but I ain’t gonna say nothing. I’m really disappointed with them Prodigy comments because I haven’t been disrespecting him. He’s in the gutter right now. I ain’t speak with him ever since he got down with G-Unit.


Click here to read Rhapsody’s full interview


The Game Confrims Prison Rlease, Apologizes For Confusion


The Game today (March 13) released a statmenet confirming that he was recentlty released from the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility and apologized for the conficting reports.

"I apologize for the conflicting news on my release, but due to the sensitive negotiations on this matter I felt it appropriate not to give an exact date on my release," Game explained. "I am truly grateful to my attorney, family and management for doing a great job in this respect. Upon my release I went directly to the studio with producers Cool & Dre and recorded several records, including my street record 'Big Dreams.' Thank you to all my fans as well for the support."

As reported earlier, Game turned himself into the Twin Towers on March 3rd to serve a 60 day sentence for weapons possessions in relation to an altercation between him and another man at a basketball court located at a South Los Angeles school in 2007.

On Monday (March 10), reports would surface claiming that The Game had been released from jail after only serving 8 days of the sentence.

The rapper's lawyer would confirm the release but Game's management and representatives discounted the reports saying th at Game was only transferred and was still incancerated.

However, a rep for the Twin Towers would divulge Tuesday (March 11) that The Game's inmate status didn't indicate that he was transferred and could only mean he was a free man.

The Game will be releaisng his third solo album titled L.A.X. Times in June and his single "Big Dreams" will impact radio stations shortly.


R. Kelly Ready For Trial, New Witnesses Step Forward

R. Kelly now has two new state witnesses to worry about in his upcoming trial on child pornography charges.

The Chicago Tribune reports, two new state witnesses are expected to bolster the prosecution's case by corroborating claims about the identity of the girl who was allegedly videotaped having sex with the Pied Piper of R&B.

With the trial set for May 9th, Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan has agreed to the addition of the two new witnesses.

At a court hearing yesterday (March 12) R.Kelly's lawyer, Edward Genson expressed some frustration at new witnesses being added so close to the trial date, however he did not object to the new witnesses.

Assistant State's Atty. Shauna Boliker told the court that the new potential witnesses "just recently came into our knowledge."


Genson told the court that he has already interviewed one of the new witnesses, who is from the Chicago area, however he said he hasn't received any information about the second witness. Gaughan said both sides can question the two witnesses before the start of trial.

Prosecutors in the case have been facing denials from the young woman, allegedly videotaped having sex with Kelly, who says she does not appear in the video. In January Gaughan turned down prosecutors request to allow expert testimony about the alleged victims denial.

The 40-year-old R&B singer was indicted on child pornography charges in June 2002 for allegations he had videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl. Prosecutors have said the girl may have been as young as 13 when the tape was made.

According to Tribune sources, both witnesses knew Kelly and the girl around the time the video was made. One witness worked for Kelly and met the girl, while the other was a friend of the girl who'd met Kelly.


By judge's order, all witnesses' identities are being kept secret. Both are also under a gag order.
Gaughan called the last-minute request to add witnesses "extraordinary." While he agreed to allow the new witnesses, he added that he prefers not to delay the trial any further. He noted Kelly's case has come up on his docket 112 times.

Both sides are due back in court April 1 to discuss jury instructions.

Kelly, who has denied the charges, was present at Wednesday's hearing but he did not speak. He could be sentenced to 15 years in prison if convicted.
(L note: Who wanna bet something happens where the trial gets pushed back, again)

Comedy Central Orders Animated Snoop Dogg Series

The Comedy Central network on Wednesday (March 12) announced that it has ordered a pilot of a new animated comedy series featuring Snoop Dogg for the 2008-2009 season.

According to Variety, the as-yet untitled show will chronicle the adventures of a 15 year-old Snoop growing up in 1980’s Long Beach. The project will be executive produced by the rapper and Tom Lynch, who helmed Class of 3000, Andre 3000’s animated series.

“We’ve been looking to get into business with Snoop, who’s always fantastic on our roasts,” said Lauren Corrao, Comedy Central’s senior VP of programming and development. “He’s one of those people who truly crosses over between music and comedy.”

The show is one of many new series that the network hopes to pick up for full runs in the coming year.

Eminem And Royce Da 5'9" Squash Beef


Detriot's two most prominent emcees, Royce Da 5’9” and Eminem, have officially resolved their longstanding differences.

“I been talking to Em,” Royce revealed. “I didn’t even really wanna tell nobody [yet]. That was kinda like a secret thing. I don’t really know where it’s gonna go. Right now we’re just really focusing on repairing the friendship. That’s the most important thing to me.”

And what did the two old friends discuss in their first conversation in years? Not music, says Royce, “We just been talking about intangible shit like movies, our favorite movies, just realizing how much shit we always had in common. That first conversation we had we talked for like two hours, just about everything. We did a lot of catching up.”

What the two original “Renegades” have rumored to have newly in common is a reunion track produced by DJ Premier, but Royce explains that a new recording session between the two has yet to take place. “We haven’t really spoken in-depth [yet] about anything creative,” says Royce. “That session hasn’t happened yet. He told me he had some of the best shit recorded right now that he’s ever done in his life. I ain’t even got a chance to get with him to hear it yet. He ain’t heard what I got [new], and I ain’t heard what he got [new]. That’s kinda like what our friendship is, it’s always been real competitive. It’s always been that we motivate each other. And I think we at a point in our careers where we both need that.”

Em and Royce’s long overdue reconciliation was ironically initiated by one of Slim Shady’s newest rhyme partners taking shots at one of his oldest. “The Cashis thing was like a blessing,” says Royce of the recently released video interview wherein which Cashis threatens Royce over alleged insults made about Eminem. “That [situation] is what got me and Em [back] together. That’s why I didn’t really [address Cashis' comments]. He was just talking, not knowing who he talking about. I wasn’t gonna move [on him] until I found out what Em’s thoughts were [on the situation]. We done been through too much.”

Royce’s current feelings about Eminem’s newest protégé are thankfully all positive. “My thoughts on Cashis is I don’t have no problem with him,” says Royce. “I think he felt he was doing good. He felt like he was ridin’ for Em. But I’m just glad it didn’t get to [be beef]. So if I see Cashis, I’ll show him nothing but love because Em vouched for him. He told me that Cashis said he was sorry, and I can’t really say nothing after that.”

(hhdx)

Mar 12, 2008

IHH TV: G-Unit - Rider 4 Real

"Rider 4 Real"
G-Unit

Details Emerge In T.I. Assistant's Murder

Details surrounding the murder of T.I.'s personal assistant and friend, Philant Johnson, have recently been revealed.

As previously reported, Philant Johnson (seen here with T.I.) was killed on a Cincinnati highway in a hail of bullets on May 2, 2006 after an altercation broke out between Tip, members of his Grand Hustle label and another group of patrons at Cincinnati's Club Ritz.

Now, according to Atlanta radio station, V103, sources claim that authorities know who the triggerman is and have also learned the motive behind the crime through another unrelated arrest.

During "The Ryan Cameron Show," the radio host reported that the motive for the shooting may be over a promoter mistakenly thinking he had T.I. booked for an after party. The promoter supposedly found out that he had been duped by a person who said they could secure an appearance from the rapper. When they found out that T.I. was at another party he went to the location with several other men and waited for T.I. to leave the club.

The men allegedly used a .25 caliber pistol and a 9 mm handgun in the attack on T.I. and members of Grand Hustle, including Johnson. Reportedly one of the assailants was also hit, in apparent exchanged gunfire. He escaped though, and averted detection by being treated for his wound across state lines.
Cameron went on to report that authorities are currently holding two suspects in custody and a warrant will be served on the shooter later this week.

At press time, the police have not confirmed the reports.


Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff Associate Attacks Lawyer In Court W/ Razor

A man convicted in a drug case with ties to Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff lunged at a federal prosecutor with a razor in court yesterday (Mar 11).

Victor Wright, who was facing a mandatory life sentence, snuck a razor into the Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Tuesday. He stood without cuffs before the judge awaiting sentencing while the assistant United States attorney, Carolyn Pokorny, who had successfully gotten him convicted on drug charges in '06, stood a few feet away.

Suddenly, Wright attacked Pokorny right there in the court room.

"He looked at the judge and he looked at Carolyn with total rage in his face and just lunged at her with a razor shiv he must have secreted somewhere from his body," court reporter Ronald Tolkin told The New York Times. Tolkin jumped on Wright as he choked Pokorny but failed to cut her.

Wright's own lawyer Harry Batchelder also jumped into the frey.

"As soon as Victor brushed past me and I heard Carolyn scream, I wasn't going to worry about the attorney-client privilege," he said. "I joined the party."

Both Pokorny and Batchelder received medical attention for minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the United States attorney's office.

Wright was convicted in '06 on federal drug charges as part of a case involving Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff and has apparently held a grudge against Pokorny since then.

McGriff is serving a life sentence behind bars because of racketeering charges, narcotics trafficking and conspiring to murder aspiring Queens rapper E-Money Bags and a former associate Troy Singleton.

"[Wright] thinks she framed him, and you could see he really hated her," Tolkin said.

Wright had previously told his lawyer as much.

"When I spoke to him beforehand, he asked me, 'Do you think Ms. Pokorny has any remorse?' " Batchelder said of Wright. "I said, 'Remorse? She's just doing her job.'"

Wright's sentencing was delayed and he will probably face more charges. He was being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center.


Juelz Santana Headed To Court For Weed & Bullets Bust

Dipset affiliate Juelz Santana is expected to appear in New Jersey Municipal Court this morning (March 12) to face charges of driving with a suspended license and being in the possession of marijuana and hollow point bullets.

According to The New York Daily News, Juelz was pulled over in his Bentley by police last week as he was approaching his home in Teaneck, NJ.

Authorities would smell marijuana coming from the rapper’s vehicle and saw a green leafy substance on the car’s center console as well as marijuana roaches and Dutch Master and White Owl cigars.

A hand rolled cigar laced with marijuana would be found in Juelz shoe.

In the car's trunk, cops would find 29 hollow-point bullets wrapped in a sock and $19,500 rolled in small bundles in a plastic bag also filled with Jolly Rancher candies.

A plastic bag with marijuana would also be found in the backseat of the car where Juelz was seated after he was arrested.


The Mix-Up Continues, Prison Rep Says The Game Is A Free Man


So is The Game in jail or not? The answer to that question continues to conflict daily as a representative for the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility recently revealed that the rapper is a free man.

As reported earlier, Game turned himself into the aforementioned prison on March 3rd to serve a 60 day sentence for weapons possessions in relation to an altercation between him and another man at a basketball court located at a South Los Angeles school in 2007.

The sixty day sentence was a part of a plea deal which Game received after he plead no contest to a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone. The agreement also came with 150 hours of community service and three years probation

On Monday (March 10), reports would surface that Game had been released from jail after only serving 8 days of the sentence,

Hours later, a rep for the rapper told reporters that the report was 'false' while Game's manager, Jimmy Rosemond, would also discount the report to various media outlets saying the rapper was only transferred and was not free.

Accord ing to MTV News, a rep for the Twin Towers divulged Tuesday (March 11) that The Game's inmate status doesn’t indicate that he was transferred, which could only mean he is a free man.

Rosemond and Game's lawyer could not be reached for comment.

ImHipHop News Break

Remy Ma Trial Update: Witness Says He Saw Rapper With A Gun

A friend of the woman who was allegedly shot by Remy Ma testified in Manhattan's State Supreme Court today (March 11) that he saw the rapper with a gun on the night of the incident.

As reported earlier, Remy is accused of shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen when they got into a dispute inside a car after leaving a Manhattan nightspot in July 2007.

According to The Associated Press, 21 year old student Oluwole Ajudun, who claims he has known Barnes-Joseph for about six years, testified Tuesday that he saw Remy Ma cock a .45-caliber handgun and get into a car.

“I saw her cock it back and jump in Makeda's car,” Ajudun said.

Ajudun said that minutes later he heard a pop and then saw Remy leave the car.

Crystal Ricks, another witness, would take the stand after Ajudun saying she saw Remy get into Barnes Joseph’s car but did not see her with a gun. Ricks said she heard a pop and saw a flash and then Remy jumped out of the car, but she never saw a gun.

Jason Berland, Barnes-Joseph's lawyer, opened the trial yesterday (March 10) saying that Remy shot his client over money missing from her purse and fled the scene.

Ivan Fisher, Remy's lawyer, argued that the incident was an accident and that Barnes-Joseph was twisting facts in hopes of gaining a large monetary settlement from Remy.

Remy is being charged with first-degree assault and witness intimidation. She was initially charged with attempted murder but the charges were dropped to assault after evidence revealed that the gun went off accidentally.

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.

Remy, who has denied the charges, could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. She is free on $250,000 bail.



Hip Hop Police Crashes Snoop's Album Release Party

Snoop Dogg had a chance to even step into the Touch nightclub in NYC and get a two step in, his invitation only album release party had already been taken over by the New York City Police Department.

According to LiveNews, ten NYPD cars moved in on the nightclub near Time Square in what appeared to be a raid.

The police seemed to get ansty when the party goers became hostile, eventually calling for back up.

To make the situation worse, there are rumors that someone set off the fire alarm, in result causing the Fire Department to arrive at the scene as well.

Winner of America’s Top Model ,Jaslene Gonzalez, was also at the club but was not let in. You can check out video of the awkwardness here.

Snoop eventually showed up a little after twelve and the crowd had to be subdued by the officers.

No Arrest were made and the NYPD did not give a reason for showing up. They have yet to release a statement explaining why they had such a presence at the venue.




Polow Da Don Robbed At Gun Point?

After reports of hit-making producer Polow Da Don being robbed at gunpoint last night hit the net, the Atlanta-based producer released a press release about the story.

Early reports say masked gunmen broke in on a recording session and forced him and a group of men alongside him to the floor. It's been speculated that Polow and the other Zone 4 affiliates in the studio were robbed of money and jewelry but no one was hurt.

Polow released a statement this afternoon calling his attackers weak and saying their attempt failed.

"They thought they came to rob me, but I have heart and I have God shawty ...These crack head ass n*ggaz I guess called themselves robbing me, but we robbed them. I wasn't scared I was mad," Polow said via his Blackberry. "I was likes 'these dumb ass, weak ass n*ggas.' n*ggas don't get it. You gone have to shoot me because until then, I don't believe you. I am a man and nine times out of 10, a n*gga calling himself a robba, a thug or a gangsta is a cover up for being too weak (whether it be physically, spiritually or mentally) to be a man. It's hard to learn how to be a man. Luckily, my teacher stuck with me ... Thanks Dad, I love you! Kids, do you know where your father is right now?"

The producer is still in good spirits and doesn't plan on letting last night's incident get in the way of his success.

"By the way, don't let this negativity overshadow the celebration of having the No. 1 song in the country," Polow said, referencing the Usher and Jeezy collabo he produced, "Love in the Club."



Ice Cube Takes Center Stage, Preps Raw Footage

Ice Cube is ready to take center stage once again with his ninth solo effort, "Raw Footage." The highly anticipated album will officially hit stores on June 17th courtesy of his own independent imprint, Lench Mob Records.

Raw Footage is expected to include guest features by artists such as Musiq Soulchild, Nas, Scarface and Dub C. The hip hop legend also collaborated with producers Maestro, Emile, DJ Crazy Toones, Fred Wreck, Palumbo Beats, Teak “Da Beatsmith” Underdue and Dee Underdue to name a few.

Currently in the studio, putting the final touches on Raw Footage, Cube is also gearing up for his own headlining concert at this year’s South by Southwest (SxSW) festival in Austin, TX on March 15th.

Performing for an expected crowd of 20,000 plus fans, Cube will carry out crowd pleasing, classic material along with current hits, which includes the controversial, breakout record, “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” featured on his forthcoming new album.

For those not able to attend the free event, Cube has partnered up with Microsoft Corp. to live stream the performance exclusively on UVNTV.com.

Co-created by Cube and hip hop legend DJ Pooh, UVNTV is the world’s first real-time streaming television network online, complete with individual channels broadcasting unique content, a TV channel guide and broadband social network.

Mar 11, 2008

G-Unit - Elephant In The Sand

"Elephant In The Sand"
G-Unit


Mixtape Tracks
1. Rat joe (skit)
2. Hollow thru him
3. Rider pt2
4. Red light green light
5. I'm on it like that
6. Hip hop cop (skit)
7. Fully loaded
8. Rat joe (skit 2)
9. Confrontation
10. Sunroof open
11. I fucked your bitch
12. Chase da cat
13. Lifetime achievement
14. Outro

Remy Ma Goes on Trial in Shooting Case

Remy Ma's court case began yesterday (March 10), for which she is charged with assault, witness intimidation and related charges.

Prosecutors told a Manhattan jury on that Remy Ma shot a NY woman, fled the scene and then tried to intimidate witnesses, according to Reuters.

The source of the argument, said prosecutors, was $3,000 missing from Remy Ma's purse. Assistant District Attorney Jason Berland explain that shortly after leaving a Manhattan nightclub, the rapper climbed into Makeda Barnes-Joseph's car, where the two women struggled over Remy's bag. Barnes-Joseph was shot in the struggle.

Remy Ma's lawyer Ivan Fisher said that the shooting was an accident, and that Barnes-Joseph was simply trying to win money from the rapper. "This case will leave you with enormous doubt," said Fisher.

"[Remy] is not the type of person to sit back and let people testify against her," said Berland, referring to his claim that Remy Ma and Papoose were later behind the beating of two men. One of the men, according to Berland, was the boyfriend of an eyewitness to the shooting.

Remy Ma faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.


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Mar 10, 2008

Snoop Dogg Feat. Too $hort & Mistah F.A.B.

"Life Of Da Party"
Snoop Dogg Feat. Too $hort & Mistah F.A.B.



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ImHipHop News Break

Juvenile A No-Show For Slain Daughter's Funeral

Despite publicly saying he was "shocked and devastated" about the murder of his 4-year-old daughter by her teen brother, rapper Juvenile was a no-show for her funeral over the weekend.

According to gossip site TMZ.com, the rapper's daughter Jelani was laid to rest during her funeral in Charleston, South Carolina on Saturday (March 8) and he was not there.

A rep for Juve told the site that he made the decision not to attend because "he didn't want to divert attention away from the ceremony with further media attention."

Jelani was just one of three victims murdered. Also gunned down by 17-year-old Anthony Tyrone Terrell Jr. was 39-year-old Joy Deleston, and 11-year-old Micaiah.

Terrell was arrested on February 29 for the murders and charged with three counts of murder and three counts of aggravated assault.

Juve's manager, Aubrey Francis, told the Associated Press recently "It really shocked him and devastated him to the point where I've never seen him before. Right now he is relaxing and trying to grasp everything of what has happened."

The relationship between the rapper and his daughter is not fully known. In 2003, Juve was arrested for abandonment of a dependent child after a DNA test determined he was the father.

In 2004, Deleston brought a paternity lawsuit against Juve. The rapper's attorney Randy Kessler told the AP that the case was resolved peacefully by consent order in 2006, with both parties agreeing that Juvenile was the father. He had since been making regular child-support payments, he said.

Terrell Jr. remains in custody at the DeKalb County jail.



The Game Still in Jail

Contrary to previous reports, rapper The Game is currently still behind bars.

Although website TMZ.com previously reported that the MC had been released from the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, his manager Jimmy Henchmen confirmed to XXLMag.com that he is still in custody. The confusion over the Black Wall Street head’s release apparently arose from jail records that listed him as having been released late Sunday evening (March 9).

While he did in fact leave the Twin Towers facility, he was moved to another facility for safety reasons. According to Henchmen, Game’s camp is still anticipating his early release due to over crowding in Los Angeles jails.



Ed Lover Sued by Assault Victim

New York radio personality Ed Lover is being sued by a woman who claims she was punched in the face by the Power 105.1 DJ at a Manhattan club in 2005.

According to the New York Post, the suit—which was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court last week—asserts that Letitia Belford was humiliated when Lover characterized her as “being drunk and sloppy and asking for his autograph.” The morning show host was arrested and charged with assault and harassment shortly after the December 2005 incident at the Duvet nightclub.

According to his version of the incident, he struck Belford in self-defense after she threatened to hit him with a bottle. The New Jersey woman received 20 stitches for a gash on her face. Ed later accepted a plea deal from prosecutors which reduced the charge to disorderly conduct. Belford was irate when Lover was sentenced to seven days of community service.
It is unclear what damages, if any, Belford is seeking through the action. The suit also targets the owners of Duvet, whom she blames for not providing adequate security



Q-Tip Collaborates With Obama

Q-Tip, the former front man of A Tribe Called Quest, recently revealed that he has collaborated with presidential candidate Barack Obama on his upcoming solo album titled The Renaissance.

Q-Tip divulged to The New York Post that his oft delayed album will be hitting stores this June and will also feature an apperances from director Spike Lee.

“I've got Norah Jones on there, but Barack is the big one,” said Q-Tip. “You’ll see what happens, I can't reveal too much.”




Jay-Z Video Minus Jay-Z?

Jay-Z's latest video has a key figure missing: Jay-Z. According to Hova, this was done in order to let the art speak for itself. Recently, Jay spoke out about the direction of the Jigga-less video and the track. He and the director explained a little about what seems to be confusing so many.

"To me, that song sounded like heroin," Jigga recently told MTV. "That's what it sounded like to me. It sounded like somebody like Miles Davis was in a jazz club just high out his mind, just going off playing some of the most amazing freestyle music you ever heard. That's what it felt like. That's what happens with drugs. They don't pound you like that; they talk to you sweet. And that's the allure of it, and it pulls you in, and that's what was happening. The lyrics were harmless. It's like a love song, and so it was pulling you in. Pulling you in further and further until you've realized, now you're addicted to this drug. So that was the method behind why it sounds so sweet."

Director Phillip Andelman explained why this video was difficult at first.

"At first, I thought it was going to be really challenging, because it was just daunting — the thought of holding your attention for three and a half minutes without Jay, because he's a huge presence normally...[But] from the get-go, Jay said it would be a distraction if he was in it. And I think he was really right. It winded up allowing us to tell a story."

The video's star is Lenny Kravitz's daughter, Zoe Kravitz. Her performance drives the entire video but its symbolism is lost on some.

"I was just going off the beat of the song. It kind of sparkled. There's something light and airy about it...But then there's this dark side of the song. It's like a Rubik's Cube on ecstasy," Andelman explained. "I know it's bad to push the drug metaphor, but it's kind of funny. Zoe Kravitz is the girl in it, but we wanted to make it ambiguous as to whether it's one girl or four girls. No one can be 100 percent sure of what's going on [in the video]. They all have their own interpretations. And that's what makes it fun to me. It's like a riddle, and there's no right answer or wrong answers. It's like a three-and-a-half-minute head trip."

Bun B Says Another UGK Album Is Forthcoming

Despite the untimely death of Pimp C in December of 2007, there will be at least one more UGK album. In an interview with Complex.com, Bun B explains how the passing of his friend and longtime collaborator affected every aspect of his life, including the recording process for his solo album II Trill.

"We were heavy into the meat of the album before Pimp passed," says Bun. "The dedication song-the night I wrote it, I wanted it to be one of the last records recorded for this album after what happened."

Due to the volume of material UGK recorded, there should be no shortage of tracks for an as-yet-untitled follow up to 2007's Underground Kingz. The two-disc set debuted at number one on The Billboard 200, by selling 160,000 copies during the first week of its release. Bun B says plans are already underway to release what would be the group's sixth studio album.

"We’re still putting together this last UGK record too, because there’s a lot of music that we’ve already recorded for it," adds Bun B. "I think that album itself is going to be a little bit weird."

II Trill will be released on Rap-A-Lot April 29. Bun B is currently on tour through April 5, and dates are available on the Bun B profile at the Microsoft Zune website.


Plies Preps Sophomore Set, Links W/ Ne-Yo

Less than one year after debuting his certified Gold LP, The Real Testament, Florida rapper Plies is prepping the release of his sophomore album, Definition of Real.

Led by buzz track "Bust It Baby, Pt. 1," the Ft. Myers, Florida native's street single is already stirring things up at radio and hip-hop's underground. As part one to the two-part single, the song peaked at #69 last week, after 3 weeks on Billboard's Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Airplay charts.

This week, Plies personally presented the second installment, "Bust It Baby, Pt. 2," featuring multi-platinum crooner Ne-Yo, to radio across his home state. Part 2 is the first official single off the sophomore set.

Debuting at # 2 on Billboard's Top 200, Plies 2007 debut, The Real Testament, recently received RIAA gold certification. After 30 weeks on the charts, Plies' debut ranked last week at 140 on the 200 charts and #10 on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" ranking. In addition, to his chart-topping record sales, Plies has also mastered ringtones. For 23 consecutive weeks, a minimum of five tracks from the, The Real Testament, was present on Nielsen's Ringscan "Top 200 Mastertones" chart.

The Game Out Of Jail After 8 Days

The Game has reportedly been released from the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility after serving only eight days of a sixty day sentence stemming from a gun charge.

As reported earlier, The Game plead no contest to a felony charge of possession of a firearm in a school zone last month.

In June 2007, Game was hit with three felony charges including making criminal threats and possessing a firearm in a school zone, for allegedly punching a man and pointing a gun at him during a pick-up basketball game at South L.A.'s Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in February of the same year.

Game's no contest plea was part of a plea deal and he was sentenced to 2 months in jail, 150 hours of community service and three years probation. The other two counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Shawn Chapman Holley, Game's lawyer, confirmed to TMZ today (March 10) that the former G-Unit rapper is now out of jail.

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