By: Rizoh Now that he’s convinced everyone that he’s the King of the South, T.I. wants to become the King of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurs. (Look out, Diddy!) Tip recently launched Grand Hustle Films and has started working on a new movie based on Atlanta’s car culture. He disclosed details of the movie to HHNLive.com. “We producing a film called For Sale. We finished the script and we’re just going after directors right now. We’re gonna be casting after that and it’s set in the world of car dealerships in Atlanta. There’s a lot of those in Atlanta because it’s a place where you gotta have a car.” Tip added that since ATL’s transit system isn’t “as elaborate” as New York’s, riding the bus is not always an option. And, since most people can’t always afford to shell out on a new whip, “you have tons of ‘Buy Here, Pay Later’ types of places,” says T.I. “It’s a whole hustle in itself and with that whole world. We’ve just found it easy to find humor in it.” T.I. vs. T.I.P. is due out on July 3rd, 2007.
By: Rizoh Joss Stone and Christina Aguilera became the subject of Dallas Austin’s raunchy rants, when the R&B producer alleged that the singers were exchanging sex for beats. “All these b*****s are f***ing for tracks,” quipped Austin in a video. Stone was asked about the claim recently. Here’s what she had to say to Metro New York: “I’m gonna let you decide. I never met him. I don’t know what he looks like. What can I say about that except for, ‘What an interesting high little man!’ I guess he was being a young boy and a little childish. What can I do? I don’t want to date any of them. I don’t want a boyfriend. Rather than be mad for that, I probably should pray for him because he’s got to have some issues. I think he needs to get a little help. He’s not well.” Austin later apologized for the remarks, claiming that it was done out of retaliation. “Every action generates an equal and opposite reaction. My statement about Christina Aguilera and Joss Stone was a reaction to an incident I care not to discuss in any forum, said Dallas Austin, “and while I may have felt justified, I do owe an apology to Christina, Joss and their families.”
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Fantasia Barrino surprised fans when she confessed that she didn’t know how to read and memorized lyrics by listening to them over and over again instead of reading them. Now she’s trying to make sure kids don’t go through their lives wondering what those squiggly lines are in books. She’s teamed up with Suave and Dollar General to give away a $10,000 scholarship and a trip to New York to meet her in the Suave Essay Contest. "I am thrilled to partner with Suave and Dollar General on a program that delivers such a vital message about literacy and education," said Fantasia. "Having struggled with literacy, I know the importance of reading skills and how important a good education is. I encourage all students to think about bettering their literacy skills to realize their dreams." Beginning next week, students age 5 or older are asked to submit an essay about how a role model helped them improve their life through education. You can start submitting entries on June 18 through the website,SUAVE ESSAY CONTEST One winner will get $10,000 and three runners-up will get $5,000 each towards college. All four winners will get to see Fantasia perform in the Color Purple in New York. You have until July 20 so get busy!
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For those of you who think Nick Cannon’s skits are wack on his show “Short Circuitz” or that you could take out any of those fools on “Yo Momma,” MTV is giving you the chance to show what you got and possibly get on either show. Last week, MTV launched Yo Momma and Short Circuitz where fans can upload their skits or their momma jokes for a chance to have it aired on the shows. "With YoMomma and ShortCircuitz , we’re giving our viewers a chance to see themselves on-air and commune with other fans who share a passion for dissin’ others or creating parodies of the most seminal moments in pop culture today," said Brian Graden, President of Entertainment for MTV Networks’ Music Group. "This parallel online and on-air experience reflects our unique ability to use the combined power of our TV brand and digital assets to create one unified experience that ultimately drives deeper engagement with the MTV brand and its franchises." Nick Cannon also announced that if any skit that you make gets on the air, he’ll hook you up with $1,000. And there’s no limit to the hot skits you can make. In addition, if you got some hot momma jokes, you can score a chance to get on the TV show and compete for the prize money.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Beverley Hills Cop has to drop off his DNA sample today to prove his innocence in fathering the second child of Spice Girl Mel B. She is adamant that her new babe is his and if she really is Murphy’s the pay out for her could be up to $50,000 a month. Simmons Update While Russell defends his sexuality by saying he is not gay, estranged wife Kimora is in Vibe this month wrapped around a pole. I mean its amazing what a ring and some vows can restrict people too isn’t it? Take that ring off and reality strikes.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Byrd Gang Member was shot down outside his house in NYC this morning.
By: Rizoh Industry insiders are dishing that the lack of public interest in 50 Cent’s third album, Curtis, was a key factor in Interscope’s decision to postpone the album. 50 releases two singles: “Amusement Park” and “Straight to the Bank.” Despite the big budget music videos for both songs, they failed to connect with his audience. This, according to spywitnesses, was the decisive factor in the album’s pushback from June 26 to September 4. The G-Unit General is rumored to be frustrated about the situation and is “attempting to salvage the situation.”
By: Rizoh While you were busy partying over the weekend, Jermaine Dupri was probably mourning the loss of his Cadillac Escalade. Jermaine Dupri emerged unscathed from an accident over the weekend, but his driver wasn’t so lucky, as he suffered a broken arm and had to be hospitalized. JD was on his way to Kanye West’s birthday party when another vehicle rammed into his Cadillac Escalade from behind. The accident occurred shortly after midnight on the corner of 49th and Park Avenue. Both Dupri and the driver are said to be doing fine.
By: Hot Gossip Gal For fear that inmates will take pics of her. Her toilet is in her cell and what she feared has allegedly happened..another inmate has snapped her by smuggling a cell phone into the prison in her panties. The camera was supposed to be confiscated by guards but not before the pic was e mailed. Street value on the pic is around the 500 g mark. Paris is refusing to eat and drink now for the fear of using the toilet. I have no comment.
By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno For years hip-hop artists sampled from legendary Stax artists such as Isaac Hayes, the Bar-Kays, Booker T & the M.G.’s and a host of others. Now Stax Records has been re-launched and to celebrate “50 Years of Stax: A Concert to Benefit the Stax Museum of American Soul Music” will go down on June 22 at Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Chuck D, alongside American Idol judge, Randy Jackson will host the event. "The logo of Stax says it all,” Chuck said. “That finger snap graphic brings a funky sound effect by just looking at it. With it comes a catalog of soul heroes and heroines whose heart, souls and passions still echo across this planet today." The legendary record label re-launched with Angie Stone, Soulive, Lalah Hathaway and N’Dambi as its marquee artists. They will all perform at the concert with Isaac Hayes, Booker T & the MGs (featuring Steve Cropper & Duck Dunn), Mavis Staples, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, the Soul Children, and the Reddings (honoring the legacy of their father Otis Redding). Check out the museum here:SOULSVILLE USA
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno It’s been a good year for Rihanna so far. She has a hit single with Jay-Z, she on the top of the charts in the U.K. and now she was named 2007 Venus Breeze Celebrity Legs of a Goddess. Venus Breeze in the Gillette razor for women who have also called on Rihanna to help judge a contest looking for the best legs in America. "I’m thrilled that Venus Breeze thinks my legs are award-worthy and I’m excited to kick off the search for the woman with the best legs in America," Rihanna said. "This contest is a fun way for women to showcase confidence, charisma and gorgeous legs on the runway." The search for the “Legs of a Goddess” will begin next month in San Diego and continue until the end of August in Boston. Women can also enter online at VENUS BREEZE. The winner will receive a yet to-be-determined “Goddess Getaway.” Here are the search dates: 1. San Diego, July 11 2. Dallas, July 25 3. Chicago, August 2 4. Miami, August 9 5. Boston, August 22
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By: Hot Gossip Gal The man who claims to be the Mel Gibson of the music business threw his Birthday bash in NY at the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue last night. Everyone was in the house, from CEO’s to sports stars to pretty much the A List of Hip-Hop and R&B was in attendance and of course his momma and the soon to be Mrs West. No worrying about the big 3-0 for the big E-GO
By: Rizoh The Game, who has been charged with threatening to shoot a man at a basketball game in Los Angeles, pled “not guilty” to the criminal charges. The 27-year-old west coast wordsmith entered the plea in an LA Superior Court. Game was hit with three felony counts of making a criminal threat, possessing a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer. During a Feb. 24 pickup basketball game, the Game allegedly punched another player, then pulled a gun from his red Cadillac Escalade and threatened to blast him. He was briefly detained, following that incident, but was released on a $50,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to five years in behind bars.
By: Rizoh There’s no doubt that Chris Brown is a Michael Jackson wannabe, but the teen sensation is now hoping that his idol will collaborate on a will.i.am-produced track for his new album. Brown told MTV News that Jackson had called him on his birthday and that they discussed the possibility of jumping in the studio together. “Man, it was crazy,” Brown said. “He actually spoke to me like a regular person, and he was like, ‘I like your music.’ He said his favorite song was ‘Shorty Like Mine’ that me and Bow Wow did. I appreciated talking to him.” For now, Brown will just have to settle for the collaborations he’s already scored with the Game, Juelz Santana, Lil’ Wayne, and others. Chris Brown’s sophomore album, Exclusive, is due out on August 28.
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