DJ Clinton Sparks recently revealed that he will be releasing a mixtape with R&B crooner Akon titled Konnected to A Kon.
The mixtape, which will be produced entirely by Sparks, will include new exclusive tracks from Akon.
The project will also feature new tracks crafted by Sparks which feature Ludacris, Rick Ross, Jim Jones, Common, Clipse, Akon, D-Block, Fabolous, Yung Joc, Young Buck, Bun B, Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Cassidy, Lupe Fiasco, Ray-J, Kardinal Offishall, L.T. and Sev-One, among others.
According to Sparks, the project will drop in the next four to five weeks.
“The more artists hear about the project the longer I have to wait because they want to get involved,” said Sparks via a statement.
Sparks, who has released similar projects with The Clipse, Eminem and Kanye West, also revealed he has produced tracks on upcoming albums from Ludacris, Beyonce and Bun B.
Mar 21, 2008
DJ Clinton Sparks recently revealed that he will be releasing a mixtape with R&B crooner Akon titled Konnected to A Kon.
Mar 20, 2008
Since leaving his post as President and CEO of Def Jam at the end of 2007, Hovito has had everybody in the industry working overtime to guess what his next big move will be.
Many have speculated that he will utilize his connections and valuable insider knowledge of the music industry to launch his own label.
Today, the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column spoke to an unidentified insider who claims that Jay-Z wants a whopping $100 million for his rumored Carter Music Group imprint.
“He wants a label to give him $100 million for the Carter Music Group and provide for overhead, development and digital investment. It’s crazy. He wants the labels to basically be his venture capital fund - but unlike a venture cap, they won’t get 50 percent. This is not the ’90s anymore.”
(L note: Okay if Jay is going to start "Carter Music Group" whats up with Roc-a-Fella?? Somethings telling me Peedi Crack wasnt wrong after all.)
Black Eyed Peas member Taboo has reportedly been added to the cast of the second big-screen adaptation of the popular 90’s video game Street Fighter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the flick began filming in Thailand this week and will then move to Hong Kong and Vancouver.
Taboo’s role in the flick was not revealed. Other actors appearing in the film include Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein and Neal McDonough.
The first big screen adaptation of Street Fighter hit theatres in 1994 and starred martial arts star Jean Claude Van Damme. The soundtrack for the flick featured appearances from Nas, MC Hammer, Ras Kass, Craig Mack and Ice Cube.
An Atlanta federal judge today (March 20) gave T.I. permission to leave his residence to attend an Easter service this weekend.
As reported earlier, the rapper is currently under house arrest awaiting trail for various gun charges.
According to Atlanta’s WBSTV, the judge ruled Thursday that T.I. can be away from his residence on Sunday (March 23) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to attend a service sponsored by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.
The service was initially slated take place at the Georgia Dome but was moved to the church's Lithonia location due to tornado damage caused to the Dome.
The judge also said T.I. will have to be accompanied by a court-approved monitor and one of his lawyers.
T.I., who has pleaded not guilty to the weapon charges, faces five or more years behind bars if convicted.
Last night Allen Iverson, played his first game in Philadelphia since being traded to Denver in December 2006. Even Though The Nuggets lost 115-113 The night still belonged to A.I.
The ovation started when the former 76ers star trotted out for pregame warm-ups. The ovation grew louder, and then Iverson made his way to center court, where he dropped down and kissed the 76ers logo.
When Iverson was introduced, the fans showered him with a standing ovation. He worked the crowd by putting his hand to his ear and turning to each corner of the arena as the roar grew louder. The applause was only cut short by the introduction of the rest of the Denver lineup.
"It almost got to me," Iverson acknowledged. "It made me feel good. It made me feel appreciated."
Iverson even wore special shoes that read " THXPHILLA"
"They were the better team than us tonight," Iverson said after the game. "It almost ended perfect. I almost had the perfect trip back to my home away from home."
Just before the game started, Iverson went down the sideline to the Sixers' bench and hugged his former coach Maurice Cheeks, the first time the two got together since he was traded 15 months before.
"It felt great for him to do that," said Cheeks. "We didn't want to make a scene. I thought everyone was excited about it when it happened."
"I didn't actually have tears in my eyes, but they were burning," Iverson said of the ovation he received. "At one point I had to hold my head up so they wouldn't fall.
"But when I'm back at my hotel all by myself later tonight, they'll come out."
It was a rare site in sports today, for the fans to realize and pay their respects to a man that gave them all he had for 10 years.
"It was emotional, and it made me feel like the time I spent here was worth it," Iverson said.
According to Allhiphop, Makeda Barnes-Joseph,The woman that Remy Ma is accused of shooting, has withdrawn a $20 million dollar lawsuit against the Remy.
Barnes-Joseph (Seen here with Remy Ma) filed the civil suit in December of 2007, claiming that Remy Ma, born Remy Smith, shot her twice in the abdomen during a dispute over $3000 dollars that was missing from the rapper’s purse.
The shooting took place after Remy Ma accused Barnes-Joseph of stealing the cash, after a night of partying in Manhattan in July of 2007.
Remy Ma, who was charged with assault and witness tampering in the case, is currently on trial for shooting Barnes-Joseph.
According to Barnes-Joseph, the argument took place in her car, after Remy Ma, jumped into Joseph's vehicle demanding to inspect the contents of her purse.
Barnes-Joseph claims that Remy Ma shot her after she denied taking the money, refusing to empty her purse for Smith's inspection.
Barnes-Joseph was shot in the stomach and was hospitalized for three weeks following the shooting, undergoing three separate surgeries.
Remy Ma faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges against her, including first degree assault.
Barnes-Joseph has the option of refilling the lawsuit at a later date.
She indicated that she may be awaiting the outcome of the trial before proceeding with the civil case.
1. For the streets
2. Gangsta party (feat. nate dogg)
3. Sacred (feat. marques houston)
4. Fuckin' with me
5. Cold world (feat. musiq soulchild)
6. Take it off (feat. thara)
7. Ghetto america
8. Star in you (feat. suzzy q)
9. What's up (feat. newz)
10. I want you back
12. Better off without you (feat. megan rochelle)
13. The future
14. Through and through (feat. kobe)
15. Three sides to a story
16. Still my hood
17. For a reason
Mar 19, 2008
G-Unit is in search of a few good promoters. Actually, they want the best promoters in the country, as 50 Cent and the Unit prepare to release their sophomore set, Shoot To Kill.
According to ThisIs50.com, G-Unit Records is looking for candidates, who possess what it takes to bring the label and G-Unit brand to the next level. With over 50 million records sold worldwide, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and Young Buck are ready to add to that grand total with their new album.
Interested candidates must be at least 17-years of age or older, and have access to a digital camera, a computer and an email address. To apply email your name, age, hometown, mailing address, target areas for promotions in your area, a brief description explaining why you would be the perfect candidate to
Rick Ross has the highest selling album in the country this week with his sophomore set Trilla, which scanned just under 199,000 copies and will land at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. Powered by his T-Pain assisted single “Boss,” the Carol City native managed to outsell the latest installment in the notoriously popular NOW That’s What I Call Music compilation series by nearly 20,000 units.
Next up we have Snoop Dogg’s latest project, Ego Trippin. With help from his smash single “Sensual Seduction,” the Doggfather moved nearly 137,000 and will take the No. 3 spot.
Rounding out last week’s rap debuts is Fat Joe with his eighth solo album, The Elephant in the Room, which moved about 46,200 discs and will land at No. 6 on the Billboard Top 200.
(L note: Damn Ross out sold Snoop by 60,000 plus units??? Now that is crazy. Are they going to "blame" Hov' for this since this album was supposed to be released while he was C.E.O.?)
The Cash Money Millionaires had a full-blown reunion on Sunday night (March 16) in New Orleans... well, almost.
Minus Lil Wayne, because he is currently overseas on tour, and Turk, well, he's locked up. But the remaining members snapped photos and seemed to enjoy the atmosphere together.
At Dreams in New Orleans Sunday, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, B.G., Cash Money Records founders, Baby and Slim, were all on hand at the club for the Core DJs' annual weekend gathering.
The label, where all the aforementioned artists began their careers, planned to reunite the original Hot Boys during a performance at Dream for NBA All-Star weekend, but due to a shooting outside the venue, the reunion were halted before it could even take place.
The moment would have been a historic performance, since the group parted ways years ago for several reasons -- one being over money disputes.
"It was just going to be a moment in hip-hop history," B.G. told MTV a day after the reunion was to take place. "We all haven't been under the same roof together in over four years. It was gonna be a moment, and who knows what would have happened once we got in there? But due to it being Chopper City and it being New Orleans, they had a shoot-out in front of the club before we could even get there, and three people got shot, so they shut it down."
While there was no performance Sunday night, it was good to see the former comrades back together, on good terms.
According to MTV, Lil Wayne and Juvenile are slated to appear on B.G.'s song "Ya Heard Me," from his upcoming album, Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood. The collabo will be the first time in seven years the trio will appear on the same record.
Mar 18, 2008
"Hip Hop Saved My Life"
Lupe Fiasco Feat. Nikki Jean
Def Jam has long been known as the hub for Hip Hop releases. With the industry dealing with tough times selling records, the label's A&R sheds some light on new releases and lingering issues.
“Things at Def Jam are looking great,” Lenny S says. “We signed Jadakiss to Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam so that’s coming, we have another Fabolous album, another Young Jeezy album coming. And another Ghostface album by the end of the year."
One of the more interesting deals has to do with Jadakiss signing with Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. Many are curious what to expected from Jada's Def Jam debut.
“It’s hot! No seriously it is," Lenny jokes. "We’re like 8 songs deep. He’s been working in D-Block studios in Yonkers knocking out joints. He knows what he’s doing so it’s not like a daily hands on over the shoulder kind of thing.”
“It’s hard. It’s definitely hard and it’s definitely street," he continues "You won’t hear anything out of the ordinary. He’s got a record on there called ‘Letter To B.I.G.’ and he’s telling B.I.G. everything that has happened since he’s been gone. Very hot.”
There's no firm release date on the album as of yet but expect it to be coming late spring/early summer.
Just hours after an incendiary L.A. Times piece was published yesterday (March 17) associating Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond with the 1994 shooting of Tupac Shakur at a NYC studio, both men issued statements denying their involvement.
As Previously reported, Diddy called the article "beyond ridiculous," and "completely false," while Czar Entertainment CEO Henchman threatened a lawsuit saying he's already consulting with his attorneys about his "legal rights regarding this libelous piece of garbage."
But the music business heads haven't had the last word. The reporter, Chuck Phillips --who broke the story, citing first-hand interviews of witnesses to the crime as the basis for his four-page article - isn't backing down. He says he put six-months into that piece and he did his due diligence.
"I try to go and find people who are directly involved or know people who are involved in the actual crime," Philips told BET.com. "I work the same as police do except I'm not a cop so people are not afraid to talk to me because I'm not going to arrest them."
In addition to the witnesses, Phillips also claims to have twice given Diddy the opportunity to respond and he said he reached out to Henchman as well.
"[Diddy] knew what the story was going to say. He decided not to comment," Phillips said.
Rosemond didn't want to talk to the reporter either.
"He refused to talk to me, so we printed what his lawyer said," Phillips said of Henchman.
And according to Phillips, the Czar honcho has his info wrong anyway.
"Read his statement and go look at when Biggie got in the car accident," Henchman said. "He's putting false information out there. Biggie didn't get into the accident, until after Tupac was killed in Las Vegas."
The backlash he's gotten from yesterday's story hasn't deterred Phillips. Currently, the writer is working on another story about the murder of East Coast rap icon The Notorious B.I.G.
"I deal with a lot of criminals in my work and I treat them with respect and I'm very secret about the information I gather from individuals and anybody that I work with," Phillips said. "There are some dangerous people who I work with, but their information is safe with me."
Federal prosecutors have continued to investigate the attack on Tupac as well as the still-unsolved murders of Pac and Biggie.
Busta Rhymes Sentenced For Assault & DUI Charges
Busta Rhymes was today (March 18) sentenced in a Manhattan Criminal Court for assault and DUI charges that he plead guilty to earlier this year as part of a plea deal.
As reported earlier, Busta was accused of assaulting a fan who spat on his car and punching a former employee during a monetary dispute.
He also faced charges of driving drunk and driving with a suspended license.
To avoid trial and jail time, Busta plead guilty to the aforementioned charges in January as part of plea agreement which now requires him to be on probation for three years and do 0 days of community service.
For the DUI and driving with a suspended license, Busta was ordered to pay $1,250 plus court costs and enroll in a drunken driving program. He was also ordered to give up his driver's license for six months.
“If you mess up, you're going to jail,” Judge Larry Stephen warned Busta Rhymes on Tuesday. Busta faces a year in jail if he violates the probation.
“I thank the judge for giving me a chance and I thank everybody for being supportive,” Busta told reporters outside the courthouse.
In related news, Busta is currently working on his eighth album titled Back On My Bullshit which is slaled for release this year. The album will feature production from Dr. Dre, Green Lantern, Cool & Dre, Danjahandz, Nottz and Timbaland, among others.
$130 Million Civil Suit Against Diddy & Shyne to Get Under Way
Sean “Diddy” Combs has completed his deposition in the $130 million civil suit filed against himself and former Bad Boy MC Shyne in relation to a 1999 shooting at a Manhattan night club.
Shyne was convicted of assault, reckless endangerment and gun possession and sentenced to 10 years in prison after he fired a weapon in Club New York on the evening of December 27, 1999. Diddy, whose honor the rapper was supposedly defending, was acquitted of all charges in the case.
According to MTV News, lawyers need to take just one more deposition from Bad Boy employee Derek Ferguson before the trial can begin. The suit was brought by victim Natania Reuben, who was shot in the face during the incident. A judge will have to decide whether or not Shyne acted alone or as part of the Bad Boy collective when he fired his weapon before the case goes to trial. If both Diddy and Shyne are required to stand trial, it will be up to a jury to decide who should bear responsibility for the shooting.
Shyne, who did not testify during the criminal trial, may be required to take the stand and testify about the incident. The rapper is currently incarcerated at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York State, and is expected to be released as early as this year.
Game In More Legal trouble
After being involved in the incident that sent The Game to prison, Shannon "Royal" Rodrick, has allegedly filed a lawsuit against the Compton rapper.
According to the lawsuit, Rodrick claims he got into an "exchange of words" during a basketball game in Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex, when Game punched him and then pointed a gun at him, while making threats.
Game would eventually have to suffer the consequences of this incident when he was sentenced to 60 day's in jail last month. He served eight day's after turning himself into the Los Angeles Twin Towers Correctional Facility on March 3rd.
Rodrick's lawsuit claims that "he suffered extreme and severe mental anguish and humiliation from the incident as well as physical injuries."
In the suit he also names people that sponsored the basketball game saying that "they neglected to protect him and provide a violence free environment."
Rodrick has asked for punitive damages as well as attorney's fee's, and medical expenses.
Scott Storch Sells $20 Mil Yacht On Ebay For $600 K
Mega-producer Scott Storch recently put his yacht on the market via ebay, fueling rumors that his estate is in financial distress.
According to TMZ, Storch allegedly paid $20 million on the boat and is now hocking it on ebay for $600,000. On the ebay posting it says the reason for the rock bottom asking price is because the "owner bought her and got short on money."
Though the producer rakes in millions every year and has made beats for the likes of Lil' Wayne, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, Beyonce and other hit-making artists, this isn't the first time his finances have come into question.
Back in January of '06, Storch's baby's mom, Dalene Daniel, took him to court, claiming he was two months behind on $7,500 a month child support payments. She also said the producer was "habitually late" in paying child support, and has bounced checks.
Around the same time, The New York Post printed a story saying Storch owed $435,602 in back taxes on his house in Miami and that he also never paid for a $7,500 painting he had on display in his home, prompting the Miami gallery owner to reclaim the art.
At that time, Forbes placed Storch's income at $17 million for the year, or $1.4 million a month.
Gnarls Barkley Release Date Moved Up
After announcing an April 8th release date for their sophomore album The Odd Couple, Gnarls Barkley now says the project will hit stores March 25th.
As previously reported, Gnarls Barkley's new album The Odd Couple leaked online two weeks ago, although, according to Billboard reports, the leak has not been blamed for the change in release dates.
"They felt the timing was right to just go for it," a post on the duo's website reads. "With the shifting seasons, furtive romantic entanglements and fierce college basketball rivalries, the latter half can be confusing. People need to be soothed and inspired now."
The duo recently released a video for their lead single "Run," which is currently #36 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.
Thus far Gnarls hasn't committed to a full tour to promote The Odd Couple, however the group have already scheduled a number of performances, including an April 12th visit to "Saturday Night Live."
"Believe it or not, I still can't afford to take my entire family on the road with me," Cee-Lo Green explained to Billboard . "[But] it's an entirely different thing to walk out onstage to the love and embrace of a crowd that's singing along with something you could have very possibly been alone in. And it's about that too. It makes me able to complain a whole lot less."
The Odd Couple hits stores March 25th via Downtown/Atlantic Records.
Kia Shine Wants To Keep You Krispy With Clothing Line
After selling almost 500,000 ringtones of his hit single "So Krispy," Kia Shine is getting ready for the second round, as he prepares new street and sophomore albums. And, to keep with the "Krispy" theme, he's also gearing up for his own clothing line.
It only makes sense, since his single was about being fresh, that he'd get into fashion. But instead of just coming out with yet another streetwear line, Kia Shine is shooting for the more high-end clientele who love to stay 'krispy' no matter what it cost.
The upcoming line is called Krispy Clothing.
"It's gonna be a line for the upper echelon," Kia told reporters. "It's a line for those who appreciate good clothing and good material, and don't mind paying for quality. That's what the line is all about -- the simplest form of self expression, which is clothes."
According to the Memphis rapper, the line is not geared toward just the hip-hop community, but will appeal to a more universal audience and will create styles to supply that demand. It will have styles that will fit those with a conservative look, a preppy look, and even a person who has that rock look.
At press time, there was no date when the line would debut, but Kia Shine said to keep any eye out because his clothes will pop up soon.
In addition to diving into clothing, the rapper is also preparing to hit fans with new music. First up is a new street album and DVD called The Kush (The Krispy Underestimated Southern Hustler).
The first single from the album will be a new anthem called "Co-Pilot," which is a metaphor for your female partner in crime. "It's like every fly dude need a fly female to fly with him, that makes her a co-pilot," Kia Shine explained of the upcoming single, which he says will leak in June.
Before "Co-Pilot" though, Kia Shine plans to leak a couple buzz singles to prepare fans. He says around April fans will start hearing the album's title track "The Kush" and/or a state anthem track called "Tennessee's Finest" featuring fellow Tennessee rappers 8 Ball and Young Buck.
He's also working his next major label album as well, the follow-up to his debut Due Season, which will be titled Past Due. Kia Shine hopes the release will take his career to new heights.
"It's called Past Due... Basically it takes you to where I left off with my last album, for my story. Now, what I'm trying to do is take my music more national, more global," the rapper said. "New Season was a great introductory, but now, I'm trying to show people I'm a producer, as well as an artist and CEO. I'm trying to grow with the music to let people see what I really been doing. Even before 'Krispy' I put out records for other artists, and produced for other artists before 'Krispy.' I've produced for Ruff Ryders, Juve and T.I.P., and individuals like that. I want people to see the producer side of me and see how far I can really go with this music and change my range."
The album is expected later this year.
Early last year, police found 89 pounds of marijuana worth $400,000 and arrested six people after two FBI agents canvassing a neighborhood for an earlier cocaine case got a tip leading them two nearby homes. The Ringleader of the operation was identified as Gillie Da Kid.
Gillie was charged with conspiracy and possessing narcotics with intent to deliver.
All charges have now been dropped.
The good news for "GDK" doesn't stop there however, the rapper has also inked a deal to bring his Figgas 4 Life Entertainment to Koch records.
His forthcoming CD, Get It How You Live It, will be hitting stores later this year.
The manager for Eminem's rap group D12 was on March 17 charged with rape and drug charges for allegedly assaulting two teenage girls and giving them cocaine.
The 35-year-old Jeremy Geffen was arrested Friday (March 14) for allegedly sexually assaulting two 16 year old girls in Hollywood clubs and his home between 2006 and 2007.
Accusations of Geffen giving the girls cocaine became public Monday as The Associated Press reported that he was charged with 14 felony counts including rape by use of drugs, rape of an unconscious person, and furnishing cocaine to a minor.
Authorities revealed last week that Geffen had been under investigation since last October after a teen came forward.
Geffen's bail, which was initially $1.1 million at the time of his arrest, now stands at $2 million.
Jeremy Geffen runs Jeremy Geffen Entertainment which also represents Sean Paul of The Young Bloodz and producer Young L from the Bay Area group The Pack.
Mar 17, 2008
Turmoil erupted last night after a Spring Break rap concert, in Galveston, Texas as multiple fights broke out leading to 12 arrests.
According to the Associated Press, Houston's Party 99.3 KPTY's "Spring Break Party Beach Bash," turned chaotic yesterday (Mar. 16). The Galveston police department tried to restore order after performances from Webbie, Universal Republic recording artist 2 Pistols, Konvict Muzik's Colby O'Donnis and Lil' Wil & Lil' Keke.
Galveston police Lt. Jorge Trevino stated that it took officers almost four hours to clear the streets after multiple fights took place on the beach at Galveston.
Apparently, four officers were initially assigned to patrol the concert but due to the crowd's disorderly conduct, all of Galveston's on-duty officers were sent to the scene.
No one was reported injured or hurt at press time.
Makeda Barnes Joseph, the shooting victim in the Remy Ma assault case trial, took the stand against the Bronx-bred rapper on Friday (Mar. 14).
According to the Associated Press Joseph, 24, testified that Remy Ma jumped into her car and demanded that she empty out the contents of her purse so the Remy could look for the $3,000 that had come up missing during a party.
Joseph said she didn't take the money and refused to hand over the bag, which resulted in a scuffle that led to the rapper shooting her in the abdomen. While on the stand, Joseph described being shot, saying that she feared for her life and that she had to undergo three separate surgeries as a result of the shooting during her three-week hospital stay.
"I swung (my arms) down and that's when she shot me," Joseph testified. "I saw the flash. All the smoke was in my face, and I sucked it in. It felt like a burning sensation, coming up."
She also said that a friend rushed to help her as the blood spread in an irregular red pattern over her white dress. She says that she told Krystal Bolton, "The bullet is moving up. It's moving to my heart. Tell my mommy I love her."
Bolton took the stand herself earlier last week, saying that she was in a parked car close to the shooting last July and that Joseph pleaded with her for her life, saying "don't let me die."
Prosecutors allege that Remy jumped into her SUV and fled the scene after the shooting, slamming into a parked car a few blocks away. They claim that she then abandoned her SUV and made her way to a friend's apartment in Harlem.
While the prosecution is attempting to paint the picture as a deliberate shooting, Remy's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, is stern in his position that suggested the incident was an accident during the struggle over the purse. That defense is in direct opposition to the testimony given by witness Oluwole Ajudun, who testified on March 11 that he saw Remy cock back a silver gun before hopping into the car with Joseph.
Fisher also noted that Joseph had withdrawn a $20 million civil lawsuit she had filed against Remy Ma, but could refile it later, suggesting she was waiting to see if the criminal trial ended in her favor.
The trial is set to resume today in Manhattan's state Supreme Court for first-degree assault and other charges related to the shooting. She faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond have wasted no time refuting allegations made by L.A. Times reporter Chuck Philips in an article published today.
In the piece, Philips claims that Rosemond took part in arranging the 1994 ambush on Tupac Shakur at the Quad Studios in Manhattan, and that Combs and late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. were aware of the setup.
During the attack, ‘Pac was shot five times in what appeared to be a botched robbery attempt. The Times piece is largely sourced by testimony from an unidentified FBI informant who claims to have inside knowledge of the incident.
In response to the article, Diddy categorically denied the allegations and called the Times “irresponsible” for publishing a story he deemed “baseless and completely untrue.”
Rosemond also denied any involvement and pointed out that he has never been questioned by authorities about the case in the 14 years since Tupac was shot.
Combs’ and Rosemond’s statements read as follows:
“This story is beyond ridiculous and is completely false. Neither Biggie nor I had any knowledge of any attack before, during, or after it happened. It is a complete lie to suggest that there was any involvement by Biggie or myself. I am shocked that the Los Angeles Times would be so irresponsible as to publish such a baseless and completely untrue story.” – Sean “Diddy” Combs
“In the past 14 years, I have not even been questioned by law enforcement with regard to the assault of Tupac Shakur, let alone brought up on charges. Chuck Phillips, the writer who in the past has falsely claimed that the Notorious Biggie Smalls was in Las Vegas when Tupac was murdered and that Biggie supplied the gun that killed Tupac — only to be proven wrong as Biggie was in New Jersey recuperating from a car accident, has reached a new low by employing fourth-hand information from desperate jailhouse informants along with ancient FBI reports to create this fabrication. I simply ask for all Rap fans and fans of Tupac to analyze this fiction for what it is along with Phillips’ motives behind it. I am baffled as to why the LA Times would print this on its website when a simple and fair investigation would reveal that the allegations are false. I am currently consulting with my attorneys about my legal rights regarding this libelous piece of garbage.” – Jimmy Rosemond
The Great Tupac Shakur has been dead for over ten years and they have yet to find the killer. But almost 15 years after he was shot five times and pistol whipped outside of a New York recording studio, new evidence has surfaced, implying that a close friend of Hip Hop Mogul Sean Diddy Combs may have been the one to set up the heist.
According to Pulitzer prize winner Chuck Phillips, Sean Combs was told personally about the planned Tupac ambush.
In an upcoming LA Times article set to hit their site today, FBI records and exclusive interviews with individuals who were at the studio that night support Pac's suspicions that Biggie and Diddy knew about the planned assault.
"Tupac was mostly right about what he wrote about [in his songs]," Phillips tells Allhiphop.
He goes on to say however, that Pac was wrong about BadBoy's involvement in the shooting.
"Tupac’s shooting at the Quad was really catalyst for everything that happened afterwards including his own death and including the death of Biggie, it started the whole thing off and if you lay it out in a timeline which I do, you can just see; it’s obvious and kind of sad for two guys to be this talented. I ended up with a much larger story than I imagined". Phillis continued.
According to Phillips, as well as sources familiar with the incident "Sabatino," the son of a reputed captain in the Colombo crime family, reportedly told Combs personally that Shakur would be attacked at Quad Recording Studio.
The article is slated to come out today, Monday March 17th, and will also have an interactive timeline, as well as audio clips from both Tupac and Biggie.
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