A Chicago judge has given the Chicago Sun-Times a week to respond to a motion asking for one of its reporters to testify in R. Kelly's child pornography trial.
According to the Associated Press, the defense wants to reporter Jim DeRogatis the origin of the alleged R. Kelly sex tape came from when he received it in 2002.
They also wanted to know if he had copied to the videotape as well.
A lawyer for the paper says DeRogatis' actions should be privileged under the First Amendment.
The judge will make a ruling on the motion May 30th.
On Wednesday (May 21), four witnesses identified the allegedly victim, who is now 23, as the one on the sex tape, although she has denied that notion all together.
The girl's uncle and aunt, however, identify her as the one in the tape.
Additionally, a former best friend of the girl, Simha Jamison, took the stand yon Wednesday as well, where she told prosecutors she recognizes her friend as the one in the tape. Jamison also identified Kelly as the man on the tape after spotting him in the courtroom.
While the prosecution continues to try to prove that Kelly is, indeed, the man on the videotape, the singer's defense team maintains that it is not, and further claim the image has been digitally altered.
"Something could have been done to put a different head on that body," Defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. said, according to the AP.
Under cross-examination Adam confronted the alleged female victim's uncle and aunt. He asked the aunt, Delores Gibbon, why she didn't go to authorities when she suspected the tape might be child pornography. Gibson said that she was torn.
Adam told the courtroom that Gibbon hoped to "extort Kelly" in a possible civil lawsuit. She denied the accusation.
The teenager who killed Juvenile's four year old daughter along with his mother and sister was indicted today (May 23) by a Gwinnett County jury.
As reported earlier, 17-year-old Anthony Tyrone Terrell shot and killed his mother Joy Deleston and his two sisters, Micaiah and Jelani, at their Gwinnett County, Georgia home in February 28.
Deleston, 39, was a seven year veteran of the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office who worked in the sex crimes unit. She was also an actress and had appeared in various locally produced films.
Deleston and Juvenile had a daughter from their relationship, four year old Jelani. Micaiah, 11, was a sixth-grader at Richards Middle School.
According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Terrell was indicted on three counts of murder and aggravated assault Friday. He remains without bond in the DeKalb County Jail where he has been held since his arrest.
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Governor David A. Paterson announced today (May 23) that he has granted Ricky "Slick Rick" Walters a full and unconditional pardon of his 1991 attempted murder and weapon convictions, in order to allow Walters to seek relief from deportation from the federal immigration courts. Walters was incarcerated for six years, and was released from prison in 1997.
“Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years,” said Governor Paterson. “In that time, he has volunteered at youth outreach programs to counsel youth against violence, and has become a symbol of rehabilitation for many young people. Given these demonstrated rehabilitative efforts, I urge federal immigration officials to once again grant Mr. Walters relief from deportation, so that he is not separated from his many family members who are United States citizens, including his two teenage children.”
Slick Rick released the following statement to the media:
"My family and I are eternally thankful to Governor Paterson, my attorneys Michael Krinsky and Craig Kaplan at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman and to all of the people who have supported me throughout the past seventeen years. This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all. I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life."
In 1991, Mr. Walters pleaded guilty in Bronx County Supreme Court to two counts of attempted murder and eight weapons offenses arising from an incident in which Walters shot his cousin and an innocent bystander, both of whom survived the shooting. Walters’ cousin had made previous threats against Walters, and Walters believed his cousin had arranged at least one previous attempt on his life. Walters, who was 25 years old at the time of the incident, was sentenced to a term of 3⅓ to 10 years in prison. He was released to parole in 1997, and was discharged from parole supervision in 2000.
In June 1995, an immigration judge terminated deportation proceedings against Walters and granted him a waiver of inadmissibility and an adjustment of status that allowed Walters to remain in this country despite his convictions. The judge’s decision was based on, among other things, the “unusual and outstanding equities” of his case. Later that year, the Board of Immigration Appeals found that this relief “appears to be in the best interest of the country,” but the Board later vacated its decision on a technical ground – that it had no authority to act because on the day of its decision, Walters had served five years and 33 days in prison, 33 days more than statutorily permitted for a waiver of inadmissibility. Walters’ legal challenges to this decision have been unsuccessful, and he could soon be deported, unless the immigration courts agree to reconsider his request for adjustment of status in light of the Governor’s pardon.
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Kanye West, Common & Method Man were sued yesterday (May 22) by the daughter of late Jazz musician Joe Farrell.
According to Billboard.com, Kathleen Firrantello filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New York alleging that the artists and their labels (various labels under Universal named in the suit) used her father's music without permission.
The lawsuit alleges that all of the artists used portions of a song called "Upon This Rock". The following songs alleged to have offended are named:
Kanye West "Gone"
Method Man & Redman "Run 4 Cover".
Firrantello is seeking damages of no less than $1 million and asked that no further copies of the songs be made, sold or performed, according to the lawsuit.
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A Blowback/DASH/SONY/SPLASH production Jim Jones has come a long way in the music industry, growing up in the Harlem streets, Diplomat Records success, to a full blown solo superstar and business mogul.
This film follows Jim through the life that led him to success, from his early Harlem days to the birth of DIPSET to the life he lives today. Now, Jim is on the verge of really breaking out of the box: After having the biggest hip hop song in 2006 “Ballin’” and taking a Corporate position at a Major Label, many doors are being opened for Jimmy to take his Movement to the Next Level. The question is, can Jim Jones break out from his superstar influence of Street Credibility and hood influence and Crossover to worldwide marketability, fame, success and Superstardom. Follow the journey as This Jim Jones documentary tells the Rise of Jim Jones from his early Catholic School days, Growing up in Harlem, all his Success Step by Step and seeing what’s Next for Jim.
We will follow Jim around Harlem, sit in the studio while he completes his new album, go on Music, Fashion and Movie meetings, as well as hear from the people that have lived this experience with Jim. Learn who this businessman truly is and where he is going.
In the up-coming issue of Entertainment Weekly (on newsstands May 26) Nas talks about his new untitled album and previews some of its vivid lyrical content.
Entertainment Weekly sat down with Nas and previewed three of the album's songs:
"In "Y’all My N----s," Nas defiantly addresses the controversy over his originally proposed album title ("No apologies on the issue/If it offends you, it’s meant to, simple as that"). "There’s so much confusion with the n----- word," he explains. "But we should allow anybody to talk about who they are and not feel threatened or attacked because of it."
"In "This Is Not America," Nas offers his perspective on what's wrong with our country. "America is beautiful, and it has so much to offer," Nas says, "but there’s a lot that it has to fix." He offers some pointed examples here ("The death penalty/In Texas kills young boys and girls, barbarity") over a simmering sample from David Bowie and the Pat Metheny Group’s 1985 single "This Is Not America."
"In "Sly Fox," Nas devotes the song to the Fox News Channel. "Bush tells lies and Fox trots," raps an outraged Nas. He’s particularly fed up with the way Fox pundit Bill O’Reilly criticized his sometimes violent lyrics last year: "They say I’m all about murder and kill, kill/But what about Grindhouse and Kill Bill?" Cracks Nas, "Man, Bill O’Reilly’s hatred toward hip-hop is hilarious."
Nas's new album, originally titled "N*gger" but now untitled is due in stores July 1.
(L note: Just go ahead and name the album "The N". The Double Entendre alone is worth it.)
T-Pain is looking to release his new album, "Thr33 Ringz", September 30.
According to Billboard.com, the album's first single is called "Snap You Fingers" feat. Lil' Wayne and is expected to hit radio next month.
A video for "Snap You Fingers" is in the works.
T-Pain's last album, "Ephinany", has sold 819,000 to date according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Former R. Kelly protégé Sparkle took the stand yesterday afternoon in a heated testimony, identifying both Kelly and her relative - the alleged victim - as both being in the tape.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Sparkle testified that she introduced the girl to Kelly shortly after she signed to Kelly's Rockland Records in 1996.
Sparkle says that she brought the girl, who was an aspiring rapper, to both Kelly's studio and later his home when the girl was 12 or 13 years-old. She said that a lawyer's assistant brought her the video in question in 2001 for a positive ID where she identified the girl in the video as her relative.
"He liked her spirit," Sparkle said. "She was a very jolly person at the time, very personable, a little tomboyish. She was my heart." She also said that the surfacing of the tape split their once close knit family into separate factions.
While being cross examined, Kelly's defense lawyer, Edward Genson, attempted to paint Sparkle's testimony as being motivated by money and revenge, partially stemming from her split with Kelly's label.
The defense also asked if she ever suspected or noticed things going on between the two.
"I would see little hints of something," she said. "But I would hope that it was nothing, that nothing was going on, that nothing was happening. I saw little things, nothing to get crazy about."
When Genson tried to suggest that the tape may have been doctored, Sparkle interrupted, "Sir, it's Robert and [the relative] on the tape. I know my family."
When it was pointed out that the female in the tape is seen taking money, Edwards replied, "Just like he made her do. She's a robot on this tape. You can clearly see Robert passing her money like she's a prostitute."
Sparkle, whose self-titled debut album went platinum, is best known for her 1998 hit with Kells, "Be Careful." She said that she first met the singer in 1989, and would later marry and subsequently divorce a member of his former backup band, Public Announcement.
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LL Cool J will release his last Def Jam album under his current contract, "Exit 13", on July 18.
The album's first single is a song called "I Cry" feat. Lil' Mo.
LL Cool J very publicly expressed his disappoinment in the way Def Jam was being operated while Jay-Z was at the helm. Now that Jay-Z has left his post, there are rumblings that LL Cool J may re-sign with the label.
According to Billboard.com, LL Cool J's last album, "Todd Smith", sold 335,000 copies.
In other Cool J News, LL has launched Boomdizzle.com, an online community designed for aspiring artists to record, share, and remix original music and video content.
The website's tagline is "Everybody is Famous" and is branded with LL Cool J's imagery.
The majority of the site's features, including "Battles", "Chart Climber" and "Producer Studio", are listed as "Coming Soon".
Young Jeezy will release his new album "The Recession" July 29.
The album features the lead single "Put On" feat. Kanye West. Other guests expected to appear on the album include Akon, Blood Raw, Slick Pulla, The Game, T-Pain, Young Dro and more. Production will come from names such as DJ Toomp, Eminem, Shawty Redd, Jazze Pha and more.
"The Recession" was originally titled "I Am The Trap".
Young Jeezy's last album, "The Inspiration", was certified platinum.
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R.Kelly is one of the most recognizable stars in the world. And the then underage female he allegedly bedded and videotaped seems to be easy to spot as well.
Four witnesses identified the girl, now 23, as the one on the sex tape; she herself has denied she’s the person in the video. The girl’s uncle and aunt, however, identify her as the one in the tape.
A former best friend of the girl, Simha Jamison, 24, took the stand yesterday (May 21) and told prosecutors she recognizes her friend as the one in the tape. Jamison was also asked if she recognized the man in the video and identified Kelly after spotting him in the courtroom.
The singer’s defense continued to push their strategy. They maintain the man on the tape is not Kelly and the image has been digitally altered.
“Something could have been done to put a different head on that body,” Defense attorney Sam Adam Jr. said, according to the Associated Press.
The remarks came one day after jurors were shown the infamous sex tape.
Under cross-examination Adam confronted the alleged female victim’s uncle and aunt. He asked the aunt, Delores Gibbon, why she didn’t go to authorities when she suspected the tape might be child pornography. Gibson responded she was torn.
Adam pounded the tape and said Gibbon hoped to “extort Kelly,” 41, in a possible civil lawsuit. She denied the accusation
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After losing the No. 1 spot for three weeks, Rick Ross snatches his throne back this week on Billboard's 'Top Rap Albums Chart'.
Trilla shelved off 15,600 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 517,100 copies.
The Roots slip to No. 2. Rising Down shifts 20,900 units this week. After 3 weeks on the charts, the album has sold 88,000 copies.
Atmosphere refuses to budge from the No. 3 spot. When Life Gives You Lemons... bags up 10,000 units this week. So far, the album has sold 74,000 copies.
Also staying put is Flo Rida at No. 4. Mail On Sunday scans 9,000 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 233,700.
Entering the charts at No. 5 is Foxy Brown. Her latest album, Brooklyn's Don Diva, moves 8,800 units in its opening week.
Posted at No. 6 is Snoop Dogg. Ego Trippin' reels in 7,700 units in its 10th week on the charts. To date, the album has sold 317,900 copies.
Moving a spot down to No. 7 is Trina. Still Da Baddest shells out 7,300 discs this week. In total, the album has sold 110,100 copies.
Refusi ng to budge at No. 8 is Lupe Fiasco. 6,300 folks picked up The Cool this week, bringing the album's total sales to 487,800.
Georgia rapper Boondox debuts on the charts at No. 9. His latest set, Krimson Creek, cashed out 6,200 copies in its opening week.
Wrapping things up is Kanye West at No. 10. Graduation moves 5,400 units this week. The album's tally stands at 2,103,500.
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Kentucky rap group Nappy Roots are currently gearing up for the release of their third album titled The Humdinger.
Nappy Roots, who were initially signed to Atlantic Records, will be releasing the album independently via their imprint Nappy Roots Entertainment Group, which is distributed by Fontana Records.
The group will be releasing the album's first single , “No Static,” in the coming weeks.
The Humdinger will hit shelves on August 5th.
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Saigon has secured his release from Atlantic Records.
According to Just Blaze, Saigon has been fully released from Atlantic and will retain 100% ownership of the masters.
Just Blaze posted the following statement on his blog:
"We have been quietly working to get released from Atlantic. Sometimes you need to do things without talking about them. And get what you want. We finally got that…With 100% ownership of the masters.
(Most folks who claim they own their masters when they get released may have them (or copies of them) in their possesion, but they don’t own them, so they can mixtape stuff all day, but can’t go on and ever offically release them… we are free to take them wherever we like, however we like )
((Most folks that get a release granted don’t even get their masters period and whatever label they DO end up on will have to buy them from the previous label, plus all types of overrides and fees))
Thank you Atlantic for recognizing the situation for what it really was and doing the right thing.
There are already new situation(s) in the works."
Saigon is signed to Just Blaze's Fort Knocks label. His major label debut on Atlantic was to have been called "The Greatest Story Never Told".
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The BMI Pop Awards named Polow Da Don its Songwriter Of The Year Tuesday night (May 20).
Billboard.biz reports that Polow's honors were due to his work on four specific songs:
Pussycat Dolls' "Buttons" featuring Snoop Dogg, Fergie's "London Bridge" and "Glamorous" featuring Ludacris and Ludacris' “Runaway Love" featuring Mary J. Blige.
Other winners included Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy and Christina Aguilera.
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Kanye West has cancelled the Fargo, North Dakota tour date of his "Glow In The Dark Tour".
Reports suggest that the tour stop, scheduled for Sunday May 25, was cancelled due to low ticket sales and a conflict with the rest of the tour schedule.
“I can’t really make it a secret that ticket sales were not as anticipated," Fargodome manager Rob Sobolik told Fargo’s Forum newspaper. “Obviously, we talked about ticket sales.”
Kanye is scheduled to perform in Chicago on Saturday May 24 and then Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Monday May 26.
15 trucks are needed to haul the staging for "The Glow In The Dark Tour" from city to city.
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Rick Ross is finally speaking out about the tiger attack at his "Here I Am" video shoot.
As previously reported, a trainer was attacked on the set of Rick Ross's video shoot in early May.
Ross recently spoke to MTV News about the incident.
"Forty five minutes into the shoot, the trainer is doing his thing with the tiger, and the tiger just grabbed his a--! Did his thing. You could tell they have their own little relationship. It wasn't his first time being bit — he got bit pretty good. I wasn't too far from it...It was all good — the tiger was on the chain," Ross clarified. "You had to be there to see that it wasn't out of control. It wasn't crazy, he wasn't getting mauled. It was the owner/ pet thing. He plugged him good! I let [the trainer] know he had to finish my video. He wiped the blood off, it was all good. Trilla!"
Rick Ross will release his new album, "Deeper Than Rap", in the fourth quarter of this year.
Ross says the album is going to give people his view on life and the streets
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As R. Kelly's child-pornography trial began in earnest on Tuesday morning (May 20), the prosecution and defense completed their opening arguments, and a juror who was the victim of a rape was removed from the jury. The removed juror had called the court to express concern over the financial hardship the trial would cause, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The juror's employer would not pay for the time away from work during the trial, which is expected to take several weeks, making it difficult for the juror to make mortgage payments, the paper reported. An alternate (juror #66) was rotated in.
The sex tape at the center of the trial — which allegedly depicts Kelly having sex with an underage girl — was played in court on Tuesday. According to the Tribune, Kelly watched intently, at times resting his chin in his palm, and he apparently shook his head as he leaned in to talk to his attorney; jurors either took notes or fidgeted.
After the tape was played, the trial nearly ended just hours after it began: Former Chicago police investigator Dan Everett, who testified that he first obtained the tape in February 2002 from a Chicago Sun-Times reporter, used the word "investigation" — Judge Vincent Gaughan had previously issued an order forbidding the use of the word. Gaughan immediately stopped the testimony and asked the jury to leave. The judge reprimanded Everett and the prosecution: "If they do it again, I certainly am going to grant a mistrial," he said.
Everett then corrected his wording to say "interview," and the jury was let back in.
On Tuesday morning, the media was admonished by the judge, who said that anyone who recreates images from the sex tape could be charged with reproducing child pornography. This could cause legal difficulty for any members of the media who have played the tape in an effort to verify the identities of the people in it.
Kanye West was named Hottest MC last week by an MTV news staff roundtable, the people have spoken, and The Game is the people's choice for the list.
While the network was promoting their 2008 Hottest MC list, they were running an online poll that included 30 names of rappers, where the fans could vote ... and it was The Game who came out on top by a landslide, according to MTV.
MTV did, however, explain why the Compton rapper was left off this year's list after coming in at no. 3 on the 2007 list. They said it was due to inactivity.
The Game beat out rappers such as Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Kanye West and even Jay-Z, to take no. 1 by voters.
Another surprise was Styles P coming in at no. 2.
The vote was tallied by more than 66,000 votes, reports MTV, from 125 countries, and The Game garnered 29% of the votes, while Styles took 17%.
MTV's pick, Kanye West, sat at no. 7, while MTV's no. 2, Jay-Z, tied with no. 8 with Joe Budden and T.I.
The voter's list is as follows:
2. Styles P
3. Lupe Fiasco
5. 50 Cent
6. Lil Wayne
7. Kanye West
8. Joe Budden
(L note: This is a little better than the original list, but i still don't see how Lupe is over Nas, and if your going to include SP, where is 'Kiss?? ImHipHop's 10 Hottest Mc's in The Game is coming soon.) Read more here
Nas' upcoming album has had a titled that has drawn more than enough attention to it. Nigger was the name of the prolific lyricist's ninth studio album - the key word is was.
According to EW.com, a Def Jam representative has confirmed that Nas will no longer be naming his upcoming project Nigger. Instead, Nasir Jones will opt for a less controversial title: Nas.
It seemed that Nas and Def Jam were comfortable with the eyebrow raising title. Island Def Jam Music Chair, L.A. Reid, even went so far as to say "Anything Nas wants to do, I completely stand beside him," in an interview last year.
But as the release draws near, Nas spoke to MTV about the increasing pressure to change the title.
"Everybody is trying to stop the title," Nas stated. "Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what's gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?"
It seems that the phrase "pressure busts pipes" has finally reared its head as the controversial title has effectively been changed.
No comment as of yet from Nas or Def Jam regarding the change as of press time.
(L note: I called this back in Nov. When I did the guess spot on Va's 103 jam's,Shout outs to Pavar and the Budda Fam. I did say he was going to change the name to "The N". Dame Esco it would have been a dope album. So I guess we'll never see this) Read more here
The Brooklyn rapper, who has an ownership stake in the team, will represent the Nets at the NBA Draft Lottery, which is set to air live May 20 on ESPN at 8pm.
“This is very exciting and I hope my nickname “Lucky Lefty” holds up,” Hov said in a statement.
The Nets only have a 1.1 percent chance of landing the top pick in the draft held June 26. This is the first time the team has been in the draft since 2001, the season before Jason Kidd teamed with Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin to lead the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances.
Jay-Z, along with Nelly (Charlotte Bobcats) and Usher (Cleveland Cavaliers), are the only hip-hop or R&B acts with a minority ownership stake in a professional sports team. All three can regularly be seen at games. Jay-Z is also an avid support of relocating the Nets to Brooklyn, New York from New Jersey
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In the interest of insuring a fair trial for R&B superstar R. Kelly, the judge in the singer's case has denied a media request for access to sealed documents.
"Of paramount concern is that the defendant gets a fair trial," Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan wrote, as reported by The Chicago Sun-Times. "The torrent of media interest in this case has prompted entry of the order which prevents the serious and imminent threat that this case would be tried in the media."
The Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Associated Press and Chicago Public Radio have all teamed up in order to get access to the records of the closed-door hearings, citing the constitutional right of the public to be informed. Yet because of Kells' celebrity status, the judges said opening up those documents could actually violate the crooner's constitutional right to a fair trial.
Gaughan cited the 2004 ruling in the Michael Jackson criminal case to back up his ruling.
"If it wasn't for the press, we wouldn't have the type of justice we have today," Gaughan said in court. "Nobody wants to inhibit the press."
The judge said the documents will be opened at the trial's close.
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Trick Daddy has inked a deal to bring over his crew and record company, Dunk Ryders, to Cash Money.
The Miami-based outfit are currently working on their debut group album. Before the Dunk Ryders release their proper debut, however, fans can hear them on their new mixtape, Dunk Ride or Die.
The mixtape is hosted by Philadelphia’s DJ Beatstreet and features the Dunk Ryders’ hit “Fuck the Other Side” as well as several Trick Daddy freestyles.
The long-time Slip-N-Slide rapper recently left his recording home and is currently a free agent. Trick brought his company over to Cash Money, but is still negotiating a deal for his next solo album. His last solo project was 2006’s Back by Thug Demand. The album feature the singles “Bet That” and “Tuck Ya Ice.”
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LL Cool J is gearing up to release the first street mixtape of his career.
According to MTV's Mixtape Monday, LL is putting the finishing touches on "The Return of the G.O.A.T.", the first mixtape of his career. The mixtape is expected to feature guest appearances by LL Cool J, 50 Cent and more. DJ Kay Slay is working with LL on the tape.
"LL's got an album coming out," DJ Kay Slay tells MTV. "I think he's just aware that he has to have that street presence and make people aware he still is the G.O.A.T. and he can still spit. A lot of people are under the misconception that LL is making those grown-and-sexy records, that he ain't with the street vibe anymore. I think he wanted to step back and let people know he's still the G.O.A.T."
LL Cool J's new album "Exit 13" is expected to be released later this year.
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The Game's Bentley was seized last night (May 18) by police due to having expired tags.
According to TMZ.com, The Game was stopped by police in Glendale, CA around 7:00 p.m. He was cited for not having proof of insurance and expired tags.
The Bentley was impounded and The Game will need to pay late fees, fines and show proof of insurance before his car can be returned.
The Game is gearing up to release his new album "L.A.X." on July 8th.
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DMX is currently under investigation for allegedly giving a false name at an Arizona hospital to avoid being billed.
According to The Arizona Republic, authorities believe that DMX checked into one of three Mayo Hospital Clinics in Arizona on April 15 under the name of 'Troy Jones 'and was treated for pneumonia.
The accusation is part of a May 9 search warrant which was served to Mayo hospitals in Phoenix and Scottsdale seeking for documents related to 'Troy Jones'.
Authorities say DMX admitted himself into one of the Mayo hospitals as 'Troy Jones' complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains but gave his real birth date, December 18th 1970.
They claim DMX stayed at the hospital for 8 hours and told a visitor to his hospital room that “someone in the projects is going to get the bill”.
A spokesperson for Mayo hospital said that they don’t reveal patients identities even under assumed names and could not disclose the amount of their bills.
A police spokesperson said he could not reveal any details about the investigation including the cost of DMX's hospital stay.
DMX has not been charged.
The hospital search warrants were served the same day that DMX's Arizona home was raided last week. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found during the raid. The rapper's home was also raided last year and authorities found 12 undernourished pit bulls and the remains of three dogs in the backyard.
DMX was arraigned Thursday on four counts of drug possession and seven counts of animal-cruelty. The rapper pleaded not guilty to the charges and will be back in court on July 2.
Last year, MTV introduced its first Hottest MCs In The Game list, which was decided by a roundtable of MTV reporters and editors, who eventually crowned Lil Wayne as hottest MC.
This year, however, the list changed somewhat, and Kanye West has claimed the no. 1 spot, beating out the likes of 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy and T.I.
According to MTV, the reason West leads the list is because he's the "best live performer in hip-hop," and that his current Glow In The Dark Tour alone cements his position.
At no. 2 comes Jay-Z, and obviously his reported $150 million landmark deal with Live Nation is one of the main driving forces ... in addition to his longstanding record of consistency.
Lil Wayne dropped in MTV's list from the throne to no. 3 this year. He's been on fire for the past year, showing up on every feature and remix you can imagine. However, why didn't MTV name him no. 1 again? Their reasoning is because of the constant delays of his highly-anticipated Tha Carter III, which would come with benefits such as an arena tour.
Rick Ross somehow made his way from not being on last year to making the no. 4 spot on the Hottest MCs list. His second-straight no. 1 debut on the charts over Fat Joe and Snoop Dogg, with Trilla, helped a lot, but it was fueled by his singles, "Speedin'" featuring R. Kelly, and "The Boss" featuring T-Pain.
Rounding out the top 5 is Snoop Dogg, who -- let's face it -- has a worldwide appeal. Even grandmothers know who Snoop Dogg is. His hit single, "Sensual Seduction," introduced a new sound for Snoop, and he garnered some country fans with his country track, "My Medicine." Who else could do a country track and be accepted for it? It's obvious why Snoop makes the list.
The rest of the top 10 include 50 Cent at no. 6, Lupe Fiasco at no. 7, Young Jeezy at no. 8, Andre 3000 at no. 9 and T.I. rounding out the list. Here is the entire list
3. Lil Wayne
4. Rick Ross
5. Snoop Dogg
6. 50 Cent
7. Lupe Fiasco
8. Young Jeezy
9. Andre 3000
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(L note: This list is always a source of controversy. I think Before you have a list determining the "Hottest", you have to define what being hot means. Also If you don't have your own album your disqualified. So no Wayne, No Andre 3000. How did 3 stacks make this list anyway??? He's nice but he hast even had his own album yet, and I know ya'll going to say "The Love Below", but that was what, 4 years ago?? Granted Wayne is on everybody's remix and has countless mixtapes out, so what. Game Has Just as many mixtapes and he's not on the list. So no Game, No Weezy. and Where is Esco? Hip Hop is dead was one of the best albums that dropped in recent years, and his new album promises to be a classic, but he's not hot? But Lupe is???? No disrespect to Fiasco cause he is my dude, but come on, you include Lupe over Nas???? Thats bs. Stay Tuned to ImHipHop because i will be posting my own Top 10 very soon.) Read more here
A G-Unit associate has reportedly shot down reports of 50 Cent's million dollar deal with media giant News Corporation.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that 50 was in negotiations with News Corp for a ten year $300 million deal which would see the rapper moving his G-Unit imprint to News Corp's My Space Records.
Also as part of the deal, News Corp would create a new entity to finance and market 50 Cent's touring and would also help the G-Unit honcho launch a studio to release film and TV projects.
According to Vibe Magazine, a source who works closely with 50 Cent and G-Unit refuted the reports today (May 16).
“If this was true, we’d know first,” the G-Unit associate said.
50 and G-Unit are currently gearing up for the release of the second G-Unit group album titled Terminate On Sight. The album is slated to hit shelves on July 1st.
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