By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Verizon already announced last week that they were dropping Akon as a sponsor for committing unspeakable acts on a 14- year old girl on stage at a recent concert. The phone company responded by terminating the endorsement contract, removing his ringtones and music from its online stores and pulled all the TV and radio spots featuring Akon and his music. Now to add insult to injury, Verizon is also pulling their sponsorship out of Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape national tour, where Akon is the opening act. According to Billboard, Verizon’s sponsorship of Stefani’s tour could be worth $1 to $2 million in costs, which is used to pay for production costs, employee salaries and other tour expenses. According to Stefani’s tour manager, Akon has been a PG-rated performer for the entire tour.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno While a handful of hip-hop heads think Three Six Mafia’s MTV show, Adventures in Hollyhood is cooning and minstrel at its finest, Three Six Mafia is hoping that it will hope promote their upcoming album to platinum glory. After announcing that the album would drop in April and then in May, the group is now saying that, “Last 2 Walk”, will drop on July 3. In a recent interview with Billboard the group said that the show is a pretty good example of their everyday life. "You see us in meetings, recording, trying to come up with songs, trying to do movie deals, even trying to pick up women," group member DJ Paul recently told Billboard.com of the show. "Our lives are like a circus," added Juicy J. "You wouldn’t believe the crap we go through everyday." The album will feature appearances from Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, 8Ball & MJG, Akon, the Game, Lil’ Jon and Lil’ Wayne. The first single, “Doe Boy Fresh,” is wearing out its welcome, but plans for a new single are in the works.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The super entrepreneurs were out in full force this past weekend in Vegas. Jay Z held the after party of all after parties for the Floyd Mayweather fight. As you can see, Diddy was in the house, Fiddy who had just won pretty big after gambling a mill on his boy, Nelly was there, Jeezy was there. Hip-Hop was represented. Shout out to Mayweather for his win. This party also cleared up the rumor that Nelly and Ashanti were over as they were there looking all happy and content.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Is going to be his son Marquis, who has the moniker 25 Cent and who is going to be dropping a record in October. Now I had heard this story a while a go but I was hoping it wasn’t true, but having heard it four times now I have to report on it as there may just be some truth in it. There may be an album coming around Christmas time is what I have heard and a single is supposed to drop in the fall. Jimmy Lovine Gotta be Pissed Akons OTT stage performance in Trinidad has cost the sponsorship of Verizon for his up and coming tour opening for Gewn Stefani. His simulated sex scene with a minor has caused Jimmy Iovines top girl to lose her sponsorship too. Akon is going to need to eat some serious humble pie right now as messing with Jimmy’s money is a serious No-No-No.
By: Rizoh 50 Cent’s 52-room mansion in Farmington, CT is now up for sale, according to agent Curt Clemens of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford. 50 bought the 48,000 square-foot home from Mike Tyson in September 2003 for $4.1 million. Tyson paid $2.7 million for the house in 1996. 50 reportedly spent a whopping $6 million on renovations on the house, which now includes a helicopter pad and stripper poles. Curt Clemens, owner of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford, told the Hartford Courant Wednesday that he toured the house a few months ago after being contacted by representatives of the rapper who said he wanted to sell the property. “I was surprised it hadn’t come on the market because we were expecting it,” said Clemens to the Hartford Courant. “He’s put a lot into it, and it’s all very tasteful, except the stripper poles.”
By: Rizoh The rumors are true. Cam’ron has been banished from the Dipset crew, according to the Dips capo Jim Jones. Miss Info (of Hot 97) detailed a recent conversation with Jones, in which he admitted that the inner wrangling within the Diplomats crew had been brewing for some time now. Jones told Miss Info that he “kept quiet” on the issue out of loyalty even though he hadn’t spoken to Cam in a year. “I felt like if we can’t be friends, then at least we can do business together. Me and Cam’ron havent spoken to each other in a year… I kept quiet out of loyalty, I felt like if we cant be friends then at least we can do business together….But now I can’t be next to you….I’m through wit being in hot water because of you….We still the Diplomats. We worked too hard to achieve our own success and now we’re gonna do something new….” Although he did not disclose any specific details for his dissension, Jim will speak in depth on the issue today when he’s scheduled to visit Funkmaster Flex’s radio show. No other Dipset member has spoken out publicly about their relationship with Cam, but various sources indicate that Juelz Santana and a few others don’t seem to share Jones’ sentiment and are even surprised by his statements. Well, insiders have been speculating about this discord ever since Cam’ron ran away from the Rucker Park and allowed Jimmy to catch the beating of a lifetime.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The aftermath of Brandy’s December 30 car accident that killed 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj is continuing to mount. She is already facing a lawsuit from the victim’s parents for a cool $50 million while a lawsuit on behalf of Aboudihaj’s two children, 14 and 10, was filed in February. Now the victim’s husband, Maroune Hdidou, has filed a lawsuit against Brandy, and another driver in the accident, accusing them of wrongful death and vehicular negligence that calls for unspecified damages from the defendants, including medical and funeral expenses, legal fees and a host of other punitive damages. The California Highway Patrol recommended to prosecutors that Brandy be charged with misdemeanor manslaughter for her part in the multi-car accident which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Charges have yet to be filed.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After the embarrassment of getting arrested on camera and having Sean Penn trying to bail you out, Eve will be returning to court to face Driving under the Influence charges. Eve was arrested on April 26 after she ran into concrete center median on Hollywood Blvd. Officers gave her a breathalyzer test that showed Eve with a blood alcohol-level of .08 or above according to the city attorney’s office. Even will be arraigned on the DUI charges on May 17 faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The city attorney’s office told Billboard that a minimum sentence would be three years probation, a fine of $390, and a required alcohol education class.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Oh my oh my..how is the hotel heiress going to deal with that? She starts her sentence on June 5th and if she fails to show up she will have her sentence doubled. Hmm no comparison is there…a Hilton Hotel or a Cali all female detention center…a reality check coming right up The most unknown music industry wife Through all the controversy over the age limit her husband is supposed to desire when playing away from home..one wife who really keeps out of the spotlight is Andrea Kelly, the wife of R Kelly and the mother of his children. She gives up her side of all the controversy in Essence this month and still to this days says that is not her man in the video that was the creme de la creme of internet porn back in 2002. Wow that is loyalty for you. Lil Kim going back to her roots? Turns out Lil Kim is taking a walk back down memory lane with Sean Combs as it has been reported by a couple of sources that the Queen B is looking to sign with Diddy and is working away in the studio with him. I mean maybe she is doing it to repay him for the party he threw her last year when she got outta jail..but seriously signing with Diddy ain’t right when he is still trying to be a rapper himself.
By: Rizoh As you may have heard by now, Busta added another bust to his rap sheet yesterday and was later released on a $7500 bail. According to TMZ, he told officers that it was “a shot of Hennessy” that landed him the DUI arrest early Thursday morning in New York. Busta was initially pulled over for having his windows too tinted. After cops smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed his “watery and bloodshot eyes,” according to the arrest report, he was given the dreaded field sobriety test. Predictably, he failed the test. But he also blew a 0.067, below the legal threshold of 0.08. and was consequently slapped with one count of operating a motor vehicle while under intoxication, and one count of operating a motor vehicle while impaired. He’s due back in court for his arraignment next Tuesday. Busta will also face trial on two assault charges after a judge withdrew a plea offer Monday that would have let the MC remain free. Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tanya Kennedy withdrew the offer that included probation, community service and a series of lectures to troubled youth.
By: Rizoh While most nine-year olds still need help organizing their toys, aspiring hip-hop entrepreneur Big Korey wants to launch a label before he hits puberty. Nine-year-old Korey hopes to be the subject of a reality TV show that will track his journey to sign new talent and develop his own music. The project’s producers, who include Disturbing Tha Peace CEO/rapper Ludacris, will begin pitching broadcast and cable networks within the next few weeks. Luda described Korey as “amazing,” adding, “He’s someone that I will definitely be working with in the future.” Big Korey has already worked with hip-hop icons Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin and Jazze Pha.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Obviously Curtis is bored of the country and is moving out west now as he put his crib on the market. The house once owned by boxer Mike Tyson is supposed to be selling for somewhere around 8 mill. I would just make sure to get those pools and hot tubs disinfected as i heard some nastiness has gone on in those over the years.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For several years Lauryn Hill has been a reclusive artist hanging out at home with her children; coming out every now and then to prove that she’s still alive. The last time we saw her was when she launched a MySpace page and made a couple of blog posts in 2006 and before that she recorded a new Fugees song, “Take It Easy,” for Verizon in 2005. In 2004 she reunited with the Fugees for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party and in 2002 she dropped her unplugged album. So for her yearly appearance she is set to play three shows in the United Kingdom in July. On July 8, 9 and 10 she will play the Hammersmith Carling Apollo in London, the Carling Academy in Birmingham and the Carling Apollo in Manchester. She also recently spit a verse on Joss Stone’s album for the track, “Music.” Apparently Hill is currently working on a new album called “Khulami Phase,” but there’s no word on when it will drop.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though fans are being held over with “Liberation”, the free album that Talib Kweli and Madlib gave away in January, fans are still clamoring for Talib’s official release. Well, it looks like “Eardrum,” Talib’s new album is officially set to drop on July 24. In a statement Kweli says the album’s title comes from "the image of the ear and of the drum, which are powerful enough by themselves, but put them together and it’s an instrument in your body that helps you hear. They’re also two very simple, yet powerful words. I wanted to focus on finding a sound that makes you move, and that’s where the word ‘eardrum’ popped in my head. We need to challenge our audience, but we also need to challenge ourselves to know that whatever our new experiences are, we can write about them, be creative, and bring that to an audience without them feeling alienated." The album features appearances from UGK, Jean Grae, Norah Jones, Raheem DeVaughn and KRS-One with production from Madlib, Kwame, Hi-Tek, Kanye West and Will.I.Am. Talib is currently headlining the Virgin College Mega tour that has already L.A., San Diego, the University of Arizona and University of West Virginia. The tour ends today at the University of Rochester in New York. Here’s the official tracklist for ‘Eardrum’: "Everything Man" "NY Weather Report" "Hostile Gospel" "Say Something" "Country Cousins" "Holy Moly" "Eat to Live" "In the Mood" "Soon the New Day" "Electrify" "Hell" "More or Less" "The Perfect Beat" "Hot Thing" "Oh My Stars" "Listen"
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