T.I. and his long-time girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle welcomed their newborn son early this morning.
According to People magazine, Tiny (formerly of 90s R&B group Xscape) gave birth to a healthy baby boy today at midnight. Weighing in at 5 lbs., 15 oz, Major Harris, is the couple's second child together, and T.I.'s (born Clifford Tip Harris) fifth.
"God has blessed us with another miracle," T.I. said.
The proud parents youngest son, King Harris, is 3-years-old.
May 16, 2008
T.I. and his long-time girlfriend Tameka "Tiny" Cottle welcomed their newborn son early this morning.
The long-awaited child pornography trial of the Grammy award winning superstar R. Kelly is set to get underway, as jury selections concluded yesterday but tension between both sides were sparked as the defense accused the prosecution of racial bias.
According to the Associated Press, of the 12 jurors who will open the case, eight are white and four are black. With the four alternate jurors comprised of two blacks, one Hispanic and one white.
Before the panel was finalized, R. Kelly's attorney's accused prosecutors of deliberately removing black jurors. Objecting several times, the defense charged the prosecution used challenges to have several blacks dismissed from the jury pool.
"I think they're using these (challenges) to get rid of African-Americans," said Sam Adam, Sr., one of Kelly's lawyers.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the aforementioned challenges the defense protested, in particular was displayed when the prosecution dismissed a black man -who's hair was in cornrows like Kelly's- because of his criminal record. The man was rejected for concealing his criminal record when filling out his questionnaire, and was dismissed by the judge for being dishonest.
When the motion was contested by Adam, Judge Vincent Gaughan fired the defense didn't argue when white males were dismissed.
"You haven't said anything about all the white males you've dismissed," Gaughan said.
In response, Adam protested the prosecution "used 50 percent of their challenges on African-Americans."
Prosecutor Shauna Boliker shot back, telling the judge that the defense had used all six of their preemptory challenges - strikes that usually require no explanation - on removing whites from the jury.
As previously reported, five jurors were picked for the panel on Tuesday (May 13). Consisting of five men and three women, the jurors were an even split of both black and white. Three jurors were selected prior to the five, two African-American (a man and woman) and a white man.
Among the six jurors chosen Thursday, a young woman told Judge Gaughan that she was a victim of rape and she could put the traumatic experience aside and hear the case fairly. Despite objections from defense attorney Ed Genson, Gaughan denied the defense request, saying the victim had looked Kelly in the eye and promised him a fair trial. She was added to the panel.
One juror, who was later named an alternate, told the judge that pictures don't always reveal the whole truth of the situation. As the young man spoke, Kelly looked up and nodded his head in agreement.
A 68 year-old man who immigrated from Communist Romania 38 years ago, praised the U.S. justice system, saying he understood the accused are presumed innocent, stating the "the score sheet at the beginning of the trial- zero, zero."
Of the final two women selected as alternates one was a retired Cook County sheriff's deputy, who worked in the same complex that the trial is being held, said she knew little about the case and could be fair.
Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges in June 2002 for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. The girl in question, now 23, says it's not her on the tape. Kelly has pleaded not- guilty.
If convicted, Kells could face up to 15 years in prison.
Foxy Brown is thoroughly unhappy with her most recent release, Brooklyn's Don Diva - so much so that she sent Miss Info a statement explaining the situation.
In her statement, Foxy explained that Brooklyn's Don Diva is a mixtape street album, released in anticipation of her upcoming fourth studio album, Black Roses.
According to Foxy, Brooklyn's Don Diva was compiled without her permission while she was in prison.
My fans have waited seven years for an in-store release and deserve my very best."
The rapper then revealed that next month, Koch Records will be re-releasing Brooklyn's Don Diva with five new records, videos, publicity, mass-marketing and promotion.
Foxy added that she believes Koch and I will deliver the biggest street album in female rap history."
Rockstar Games announces the May 20th release of Liberty City Invasion: Music from and Inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV produced entirely by The Evil Genius Green Lantern.
Containing eight brand new tracks crafted exclusively for DJ Green Lantern's "Liberty City Invasion" radio show on the in-game radio station “The Beat,” as well as eight new songs directly inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV, The Evil Genius DJ Green Lantern has created an epic urban soundtrack. This special album release features a lineup of hip-hop, reggae and R&B artists including Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Fat Joe, Styles P and Fabolous as well as up-and-coming artists Mavado, Uncle Murder and Future Green Entertainment’s own Johnny Polygon, Qadir and more.
Singles include “Where’s My Money” from Busta Rhymes and “Nickname” from the brand new artist Qadir. The track “I’m So Fly,” featuring Fat Joe and Fabolous is inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV and while included on the album is not in the game.
“The Grand Theft Auto games have always featured stunning soundtracks and the amount of eclectic music in Grand Theft Auto IV goes above and beyond anything we have been able to do before” said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games, "DJ Green Lantern’s contributions give the soundtrack a true New York flavor and we’re excited to be releasing his full album to fans.”
“From making mixtapes, to being on the radio, to touring with the biggest artists on the planet, and then for the biggest video game title to solicit me to create exclusive music is something most people could only dream about, it’s like a graduation,” said Green. “Rockstar Games understood what I bring to the table as far as not just presenting music, but creating music.”
Green Lantern makes his official production album debut with the release of Liberty City Invasion: Music from and Inspired by Grand Theft Auto IV. It will be available at all major digital retailers on May 20th with a physical release coming soon.
May 15, 2008
Hit-making hook man T-Pain led all artists with five nominations, as the nominees for the upcoming BET awards were announced today.
Kanye West and Keyshia Cole each got three nods, while Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Flo Rida received two nominations.
T-Pain is a singer in his own right, with hits like "Bartender," and "In Love Wit a Stripper," to his credit. But he's also become the go-to guy for catchy hooks and many artists have invited him to guest on their record.
"T-Pain is everywhere," BET Executive Vice President Stephen Hill told the Associated Press. "He's got five nominations, none of them for his own work."
Soul music legend Al Green will be honored with a lifetime achievement award and Quincy Jones will receive an award for his humanitarian work.
The BET Awards will be presented June 24 in Los Angeles.
Uncle Murda was arrested at LAX last night (May 15).
According to TMZ.com,Roc-a-fella artist Uncle Murda was arrested for using a fake ID.
Reports say that airport security pulled Murda out of line and questioned the authenticity of his ID. When it was discovered the ID was fake, he was arrested.
Law enforcement officials tell TMZ.com that Murda paid $500 for the ID.
Murda was taken to the station where he was cited and released. His court date is June 4.
DMX was arraigned today (May 15) in an Arizona courtroom on various drug charges stemming from a raid of his house last week.
As reported earlier, DMX's house was initially raided in August 2007 after authorities were tipped that dogs were being abused on his property. 12 malnourished pit bulls and the remains of three dead dogs would be found on the property.
DMX, who wasn't at the house during the August raid, was not formally charged until last week when authorities raided his house early Friday (May 9) morning. During the raid, police would find five pit bull puppies and drugs.
The Yonkers bred rapper would be arrested and charged with seven misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and drug possession. He would be released after posting bond hours later.
According to The Arizona Republic, DMX was arraigned Thursday on three felony drug charges, including two counts of marijuana possession, and one for drug paraphernalia.
DMX entered a not-guilty plea to the charges and has yet to be arraigned on the animal cruelty charges. He is expected to return to court on July 2nd.
The Roots' Rising Down remains at the top of the Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart' this week.
After 2 weeks on the charts, Rising Down has sold a total of 74,600 copies.
Seated at No. 2, Rick Ross earns his second gold plaque as Trilla passes the 500,000 sales mark. Trilla pushed 17,500 discs this week, pushing its total to 501,500.
Posted at No. 3 is Atmosphere. When Life Gives You Lemons... scanned 13,400 copies in its third week on the charts. So far, the album has sold a total of 64,000 discs.
Flo Rida moves up one spots to No. 4. Mail On Sunday reels in 10,6000 this week, bringing the album's total sales to 224,600.
Right behind him is Snoop Dogg at No. 5. Ego Trippin' scanned 8,700 units this week. To date, the album has sold 310,200.
Posted at No. 6 is Trina. Still Da Baddest shelves off 7,300 CDs in its sixth week on the charts. So far, the album has sold 102,700 copies.
Holding fort at No. 7 is Lil Mama. VYP (Voice Of The Young People) ropes in 7,300 units this week, pushing the album's total to 25,900.
Lupe Fiasco stays put at No. 8. The Cool rakes in 6,900 discs this week. The album’s tally stands at 481,400.
A seat away is Kanye West at No. 9. 5,500 people picked up Graduation this week, bringing the album's total to 2,098,000.
Wrapping things up is Soulja Boy at No. 10. Souljaboytellem.com moves 5,200 units this week. So far, the album has sold 895,700 copies.
Remy Ma and the woman she was accused of shooting outside a Manhattan nightspot last year reportedly got on New York radio yesterday (May 15) and blasted each other.
As reported earlier, Remy Ma was sentenced to eight years behind bars on Tuesday (May 13) for shooting Makeda Barnes-Joseph in the abdomen.
The shooting occurred in car while the two women were arguing over money that Remy claimed was taken from her purse by Barnes-Joseph.
According to The New York Post, Makeda Barnes-Joseph called into Hot 97's Miss Jones in the Morning to give her account of the story while the show's hosts were discussing the verdict handed to Remy Ma.
“It was me and Remy in that car. I know who shot me,” Barnes-Joseph said while crying. “My stomach is crazy! I don't even know if I can have kids - I might not be able to have kids.”
Moments later, Remy Ma would call in from her lock up offering no apology and proclaiming her innocence.
“I was there. I'm not agreeing with y'all and telling you I'm wrong and I'm sorry for something I didn't do,” Remy Ma said. “I don't gotta shoot no girls - girls!?”
Lauren Raysor, Barnes-Joseph’s laywer, revealed to The Post Wednesday that her client will be filing a lawsuit against Remy Ma.
Barnes-Joseph filed an $80 million civil-suit against Remy Ma in December but she would withdraw the suit.
Listen to the audio belowMakeda Barnes-Joseph Calls Miss Jones
Remy Ma Calls Miss Jones
Lil' Kim was awarded a half million dollars by a judge yesterday after winning a lawsuit against former friend, Junior M.A.F.I.A. rapper Lil' Cease.
Kim sued Cease (born James Lloyd) and his company, Ground Zero Entertainment - which puts out street DVDs - for wrongly capitalizing on her fame with a film about the click.
She also put the breaks on a second DVD, The Chronicles of Junior M.A.F.I.A Part II: Reloaded, with a court order forcing Cease to stop production.
Lil' Kim had originally sought $6 million in damages from Cease, who testified against her in a criminal trial in which she was convicted for perjury. Kim was sentenced to one year and a day in prison for lying to a federal grand jury about a 2001 shootout that took place outside of New York's Hot 97 radio station.
50 Cent is reportedly in negotiations with media giant News Corporation for a $300 million deal which will encompass the rapper's music and various ventures.
According to Thisis50.com, the agreement between 50 Cent and News Corp is projected to be a 10 year deal which will house the G-Unit label under MySpace Records which is owned by News Corp.
Also under the agreement, News Corp will create a new entity to finance and market 50 Cent's touring and will also help the G-Unit honcho launch a studio to release film and TV projects.
The deal will also include News Corp in 50 Cent's website(Thisis50.com), his publishing and G-Unit book company.
A major part of deal will be in stock making 50 Cent one of News Corp's largest shareholders.
If negotiaons go as expected, the deal will be effective in 2009 after 50 Cent and G-Unit release their last projects with Interscope Records.
May 14, 2008
Big Boi is currently in the studio recording his debut solo album entitled "Sir Luscious Left Foot ... Son of Chico Dusty" due for release later this year.
According to Billboard.com, Big Boi hopes to finish recording the album by the end of August.
The album features the first single "Royal Flush" feat. Andre 3000 and Raekwon. The second single, produced by Mr. DJ, is called "The World Is Too Big" and features Mary J. Blige.
"This album is Big Boi to the extreme," the rapper says. "It's like a recession special. I'm talking about what's going on in the world, with everything from rising gas prices to the election. It's just my insights on life up to this point."
Nate Dogg is alive and well, according to his manager.
The former Death Row artist’s MySpace page was hacked into over the weekend and a post was made saying Nate Dogg had passed. The singer suffered a stroke late last year and has been recovering in private since.
“It”s a vicious rumor,” Rod McCrew told XXL. “And it’s run amok.”
There was also confusion initially when the singer was hospitilized after his ailment. Reports surfaced that Nate Dogg had a heart attack when instead he suffered a stroke. The singer at the time was paralyzed on the left side of his body as a result, but McCrew said Nate Dogg’s recovery has been going fine.
“We’re pleased with his progress,” McGrew said.
(L Note: Its a Va Thing)
"Street Runnaz 14"
1. Rick ross & dj spinatik - intro
2. Rick ross, plies, akon, boosie, trick daddy, ace hood & lil wayne - out here grindin
3. Shawty lo ft rick ross, jim jones & baby - foolish (remix)
4. Lil wayne ft tyga & gata - stacks on deck
5. T.i. - no matter what
6. Young jeezy ft kanye west - put on
7. Yo gotti ft rick ross - miami
8. 2 pistols - been throwin money
9. Rich boy - she wanna
10. Lil wayne ft tyga - california love
11. Kiashine - new style
12. Playaz circle - look what i got
13. Bun b ft lil wayne - damn im cold
14. Young buck - im out here
15. Alfa mega ft busta rhymes - head banger
16. Lil cali ft lil boosie - all that
17. 2 pistols - blinded by the light
18. Taydism ft tpain & rick ross - beam me up
19. Lil wayne ft short dawg - me & my drank
20. 2 pistols ft tpain, twista & lil kim - she got it (remix)
Lil Wayne gave out a DNA sample in a Manhattan courthouse yesterday(May 13) to be used in his pending weapons possession case.
As reported earlier, a .40 caliber handgun was found by authorities in Lil Wayne’s tour bus last July following a performance with Ja Rule at Manhattan’s Beacon Theatre.
According to The New York Post , authorities claim that the .40 caliber had a DNA sample . Prosecutors requested a judged to order Lil Wayne to give out a DNA sample to see if it matches the sample which was found on the gun.
Lil Wayne reportedly swabbed his own cheeks with a Q-Tip in one of the courthouse's hallways under the monitoring of a detective. It will take two to three weeks for the sample to be tested.
Lil Wayne, who has plead not guilty to two felony charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, faces up to three and a half years in prison due to New York’s strict gun laws.
Plies is getting ready for his eagerly awaited new album, and to help celebrate its release, he's preparing for a nationwide promo tour.
The tour will see the rapper paying tribute to his fans in the U.S. military with a series of appearances in association with Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) and Navy Exchange Service Command.
As far as the upcoming album, titled Definition Of Real, it's already becoming anticipated as the single "Bust Is Baby Part 2" begins to take off on both radio and TV. The video is in heavy rotation on BET and has recently been added to MTV2.
In conjunction with the upcoming release, Plies is holding a special "Real Things" promotion in which two diamond chains will be awarded to a pair of very lucky fans. The promotion -- which will run for three weeks, beginning on the album's June 10th street date -- allows fans to enter for a chance to win either a diamond "Plies Bust It Baby" chain or a diamond "Goon" chain.
The rapper is also offering exclusive swag to fans who pre-order the album via the Atlantic Records Media Store. In addition to an immediate MP3 download of "Bust It Baby Part 2," buyers will receive their choice of a men's "Certified Goon" t-shirt or a girl's "Bust It Baby" baby-t.
Additionally, he also is giving fans signed up to his official fan club at PliesWorld.com a chance to score tickets to shows in their area, first look at videos, photos and other exclusives.
Definition Of Real is slated for release June 10.
Capitol Records has been sued over the Ice Cube song "Jackin' For Beats."
According to TMZ.com, Flo & Eddie, two members of the group The Turtles, have filed a lawsuit against Capitol Records. The duo claim that their 1972 song "Buzzsaw" was sampled in Ice Cube's "Jackin' For Beats."
Prior to the recording of "Jackin' For Beats", a deal was signed for the derivative song but Flo & Eddie claim Capitol went beyond the agreement to make more money.
The duo wants a minimum judgement of $25,000 but no more than $70,000.
"Jackin' For Beats" is from Ice Cube's 1990 release "Kill At Will" EP.
May 13, 2008
Mobb Deep's Prodigy will be releasing a DVD containing videos of songs from his latest album H.N.I.C. Part 2 this summer.
The DVD, titled H.N.I.C. Part 2: The Video Collection, will also feature exclusive footage and videos for songs that never made the album including “The Dough”, “Get Trapped,” “Represent Me” and “When I See You” featuring Cormega.
Prodigy, who is currently serving a 3 ½ year sentence on weapons charges, shot the videos before his incarceration.
“In the few months before he went in, he didn't do too much recording. He was more in video mode. Seemed like he was just shooting a new video everyday,” explained Mobb Deep affiliate The Alchemist via a statement. “He was more like, 'let me get this video shot,' and before he knew it, he'd filmed a video for every song. Up until the last day, he was filming!”
H.N.I.C. Part 2: The Video Collection will hit shelves on June 17th.
Remy has been sentenced today (May 13) to 8 years in prison.
Remy was sentenced on weapons and coercion charges in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Prior to delivering his judgement, the judge gave a statement.
"I've learned Remy is an intelligent and charitable young woman...She's overcome a difficult childhood. Her music has inspired people in need. She's loved and has support from her family...This is somewhat of a pattern. This is not the first time she has been engaged in a violent act. She never took responsibility for her actions. This has nothing to do with rap it's about the actions of one person. Remy is an extremely angry young woman who feels the rules do not apply to her."
Remy Ma herself addressed the court while weeping.
"I stand here today as Remy Mackie. I'm a loving wife, mother and loving daughter and loving sister to my brothers and sisters."
Remy also addressed Barnes-Joseph. "I apologize for not saving you from your physical and mental scars."
After the sentencing, Papoose got into a shoving match with a court officer. "All y'all want is f*cking money," he yelled. "This is bullsh*t."
Remy's mother and others, who had painted Remy on their faces in red, had to restrain Pap.
“Lock me up! Lock me up!” he then shouted to court officers, who instead escorted him to an elevator and out of the courthouse.
(L note: Damn ma, hold ya head.)
Jay-Z has responded to Oasis front man Noel Gallagher's comments in regards to Jay-Z headlining this June's Glastonbury Festival.
"Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music... I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong" commented Gallagher.
In an exclusive interview with Bizzare, Jay-Z responded with the following.
"We don’t play guitars, Noel, but hip-hop has put in its work like any other form of music...We have to respect each other’s genre of music and move forward."
Jay-Z went on to say that he's never had a concert cause this much controversy and he's looking forward to the show.
"The world has to change. It just can’t be one thing — and that’s the beautiful thing...The artists of yesterday paved the way for the artists of tomorrow and that’s just how music is. For us rappers to arrive at this point has taken years.”
May 12, 2008
The scheduled Remy Ma and Papoose wedding at Riker's Island on Monday (May 12) was called off after Pap was caught trying to sneak in handcuff keys.
According to a report from the New York Daily News, jail officials abruptly stopped the scheduled wedding service, when they found "jail contraband" on the groom, they said.
"A wedding was scheduled today and a visitor to that wedding service was found to be in possession of jail contraband, so the wedding was canceled," the official told the paper.
"The key that was found today easily opened handcuffs that we and other law enforcement officials use," he continued.
Due to the incident, Papoose will not be able to see his fiancé until November -- or six months.
He was asked to leave after the key was found, but was not charged after he surrendered the key to authorities.
Defense attorneys for R. Kelly have argued that the publicity surrounding the superstar's trial has rendered an entire jury pool irrevocably tainted. However, this morning the judge and attorneys for both sides attempted to find 16 suitable jurors (including four alternates) to decide the guilt or innocence of one of the biggest superstar's in R&B.
From a pool of 150 potential jurors, the lawyers and judge began fielding questions to determine who would sit in the jury box.
As previously reported, 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. The girl in question, now in her early twenties, says it's not her on the tape.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "Kelly remained pokerfaced, appearing at times to scan their faces and occasionally leaning over to speak with his lawyers," sitting across from several potential jurors during the selection proceedings.
"Whatever answer you give is a good one...you just have to be candid," Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan advised the would-be jurors as they waited to be questioned by the lawyers.
When the judge asked them if any of them had read or heard anything about the case since the trial's beginning on Friday, one woman raised her hand and said she'd walked by a TV and heard a report on Kelly.
"That's going to happen...we don't live in a cave," Gaughan said. He went on to acknowledge the publicity the case has gotten. "As you know, this is a high-profile case. And if you don't know, God love you. You're probably the only person on earth that doesn't."
Exactly who makes it into that jury box will be key for both prosecutors and defense attorneys, said Steve Cron, a defense lawyer from Santa Monica, Calif., who has practiced for 35 years.
"In a case where a celebrity has good and bad public images, it's critical," said Cron, who has no link to the Kelly case.
He said the defense probably won't get many R. Kelly fans past the prosecution, and the prosecution may also be seeking out well educated jurors which may help if they call technical experts.
Selecting a jury should take about a week, and the trial itself could take several weeks. If convicted, Kells could face up to 15 years in prison.
In a recent interview with MTV, Ne-Yo discussed the possibility of him hooking up with Fabolous for a "best of both worlds" style album.
Ne-Yo tells MTV.com:
"We've been talking about doing some stuff," Ne-Yo explained. "For whatever reason, me and Fab, our energies together make a lot of sense. Our voices sound good together, and it works out. So who knows? Jay and R. tried it. For whatever reason, it didn't exactly go the way it was supposed to go. Maybe we will try it. We have been definitely talking about it, but nothing is set in stone. So don't hold your breath waiting on that album, but don't assume it's just not gonna happen. It's possible."
Ne-Yo will release his third album, "Year of the Gentleman", later this year.
Remy Ma is not letting her legal issues stand in the way of her pending nuptials, as the rapper is set to marry fellow New York MC Papoose today on Rikers Island.
According WNBC, the rapper's lawyer, Ivan Fisher, said that the two will wed at Rikers Correctional facility today. Both Remy and Pap will reportedly each be allowed two guests at the jailhouse ceremony. Remy is scheduled to be sentenced after being convicted of shooting former acquaintance Makeda Barnes-Joseph after a dispute over stolen money outside of a Manattan nightclub in July of 2007.
As previously reported, Remy was found guilty on four charges, including assault in the first degree, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted coercion. She was not charged with gang assault, witness intimidation or witness tampering from a seperate incident.
Unhappy with the verdict, Remy called into DJ Kay Slay's Shade 45 radio show, saying that she believed that the guilty verdict was a result of a biased jury.
Flipmode Squad member and Busta Rhymes sidekick Spliff Star (seen here with Rhymes) was reportedly arrested on suspicion of drug possession in Sweden yesterday (May 11).
According to The Associated Press, Spliff Star (born William Lewis) was taken into custody early Sunday after a performance with Busta Rhymes in Stockholm.
Authorities claim that they found an unidentified substance in Spliff's hotel room. Busta Rhymes' room was also searched but no drugs were found.
Police spokeswoman Lotta Larsson revealed today (May 13) that Spliff Starr was released after leaving a urine sample for drug testing.
Spliff faces fines or up to six months behind bars if it is concluded he broke a drug law.
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Deathrow Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was reportedly knocked out cold during an altercation in a Los Angeles club last night (May 10).
According to TMZ, Knight was at the Shag nightclub Saturday when he got into a dispute with an unidentified man over money.
Knight and his entourage would attack the man to the ground but he would land a right hook on Knight's face leaving the Deathrow mogul out cold for three minutes.
Knight would be rushed to hospital where authorities arrived but the Deathrow mogul refused to file a report or co-operate.
(L note: Damn homie, When I was in high school, you was the man homie. What the F*** happend to you?)