Weekly News Wrap Up: LL Cool J Nominated For Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, Chris Brown Headlines Powerhouse Concert & Jeezy Squashes His Beef With DJ Drama
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Legendary MC LL Cool J is one of 12 nominees that could be inducted into the influential Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other nominees include artists like Kiss, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Chantels, Donna Summer, Jimmy Cliff, Laura Nyro and others. LL issued a statement saying:
“Words can’t express the gratitude I feel right now I’m truly thankful, I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me and I share the honor of this nomination with all those who helped me along the way.”
Ballots will be sent to over 500 voters, who will determine which 5 out of the 12 groups will be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Annual Induction Ceremony is slated to take place March 15, 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. To be eligible to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame an artist or group must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year they are nominated. In 1984, LL Cool J released his first single “I Need A Beat” and dropped his classic debut album “Radio” one year later with help from the founding fathers of hip hop Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin on their Def Jam label. LL has since released 12 full-length albums and has sold over 20 million records worldwide. Congratulations to LL for being recognized by the rock world and lets hope those voters love Cool James too.
Chris (I beat down my pop star girlfriend) Brown is going to be taking a break from his 180-day community service sentence next month to headline Power 105.1′s Powerhouse concert at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Brown will perform October 27th along with Fabolous, The-Dream, Trey Songz, Keri Hilson, Mario, Ginuwine and Day26. The show is the first major promotional event Brown has participated in (or rather been invited to) to hype up the release of his new album, “Graffiti”. The album’s first single, “Transformer” features Lil Wayne with production by Swizz Beatz and is set to drop soon. Pictures of Brown clearing brush and trash came out last week as the singer began his six-month community labor time as part of his sentence for assaulting singer Rihanna in February.
Jeezy Squashes His Beef With DJ Drama
The Snowman himself, Young Jeezy, recently called out DJ Drama in the September issue of XXL Magazine, where Jeezy says:
“Drama just started acting like a b*tch, Drama wanted to be Khaled, but he didn’t want to help nobody. He just changed, period. Look at his crew. The same n*ggas ain’t around him. You ain’t never been in no streets. I could never have no beef with a n*gga like that. He’s a cornball. You made millions off my mixtapes, to the point where the f*ckin’ feds scooped you up for bootlegging. I never even made the money he made off of “Trap or Die” or “Tha Streets Iz Watchin” because they were selling and distributing them and making money…I’m not hating. But we will never do a mixtape together. I didn’t charge that n*gga for [contributing a verse to the song "5000 Ones," on Drama's official Atlantic Records debut]. But then when I need [a tape for one of my artists], and you want to charge me $20,000? I’ll slap the sh*t out of Drama. He knows that. He wasn’t loyal. But me putting my hands on that man ain’t gonna make him respect what I’m saying. I’m just not gonna f*ck with him anymore.”
Drama addressed Jeezy’s comments with a statement of his own trying to explain why the two had a falling out. Drama says:
“After reading Jeezy’s unprovoked insults in that XXL article, it seems like the guy’s pretty emotional if u ask me. Now I’ve never spoken on our issues because I believe grown man business is just that, and running to the media to whine is not my thing…I never charged Jeezy for nuthin’. I did 2 Slick Pulla tapes (“4th Ward Day”, “Election Day”) for free and a “Bloodraw tape” (The Indictment Papers) for free. Anything Jeezy ever needed from me, I did without hesitation. He doesn’t want to deal with the real reason why he’s mad…The tension between us actually started when I deejayed his USDA release party (FOR FREE) and I played a Gucci Mane record. He stormed out of his own party and didn’t speak to me for about 2-3 months. Me being a DJ, I was just rockin’ the crowd and giving the people what they had been requesting. I don’t get involved in that other stuff…I could go deeper into his angry reaction to me working with Gucci but, again, I’m a stand-up guy. I’m loyal to those who are loyal to me.”
Jeezy does have the better point because Drama made tons of money off his mixtapes and besides how are you going to play a Gucci record at a Jeezy party? But apparently words are only words and the two have decided to make up and squash their beef. Jeezy officially announced the news in a recent interview saying:
“No more light. Fight is over. Grown, baby, we moving on. I ain’t really no n*gga to search for attention or do shit to get attention. I never mentioned n*ggas’ names, or said anything about anything throughout my career to get no cool points. I just mind my business. But at the same time, I’m a man first. If I feel offended, I’ma speak on it. Like you, you’re not gonna be walking along and a motherf*cker just say something crazy to you in the middle of Manhattan and you gonna just keep it moving? You’re gonna say your piece or what?