Dr. Dre Too Busy Smoking Chronic to Produce Eve’s Album?

By: Rizoh Many people have been wondering why Eve’s new album is being helmed by Swizz Beatz instead of Dr. Dre, who signed the Pitbull-in-a-skirt after she left Ruff Ryders. Wonder no more. According to Eve (born Eve Jihan Jeffers), the good Doctor is just way too busy with other production duties to make substantial contributions to her project. In the absence of Dre, Eve’s longtime friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz was forced to step in and take over as one of the executive producers of Here I Am (due out in August). “The decision was to have Dre start off the album, but Dre is kinda busy,” Eve explained in a recent MTV interview. She added: “Swizz is my brother. He knows how to work with me. What was supposed to happen, (Swizz) was just going to do a couple (of tracks), but once we get together, we can’t stop working. He knows me really well.” She’s also in high hopes that Dre will contribute more than the one song (“Fire”) to Here I Am before its August release date. We hope so too.

Baby Mama Drama

By: Hot Gossi Gal Even though she dragged him through family court about how much he should be paying her for their son Marquis, 50 Cent refuses to put her name on wax and you know what..I gotta give him props for that. Too many baby mommas and daddy’s running around badmouthing each other and the only people that suffer at the end of the day are the kids. If Shaniqua is entitled to more money she gonna get it but on the real, as far as I see it 50 was taking care of his bizz anyway without the need to take it through the courts. Big up to all the daddy’s out there who support their kids and their baby momma’s even if they not together.

T.I., Ciara, T-Pain Announce Scream Tour Dates

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Earlier this month, T.I. and Ciara announced that they would be headlining the 2007 edition of the Scream Tour. Now they have announced the dates and that T-Pain, Lloyd and Yung Joc. The tour will launch on August 3 in New Orleans at the New Orleans arena and will run until September 1, ending in Universal City, Ca. at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk. There is a possibility that more dates and more artists could be added to the tour. Last year’s tour featured Pretty Ricky, Yung Joc, Mario, Sammie, Jibbs and One Chance. Here’s the current tour itinerary: 08/03/07 New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena 08/04/07 Houston, TX, Toyota Center 08/09/07 Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Ctr. / Cleveland St. Univ. 08/10/07 Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena 08/11/07 Saint Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 08/12/07 Kansas City, MO, Kemper Arena 08/16/07 Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena 08/17/07 Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair 08/18/07 Washington, DC, Verizon Center 08/19/07 Norfolk, VA, Norfolk Scope Arena 08/22/07 New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena 08/23/07 Philadelphia, PA, The Wachovia Spectrum 08/24/07 Baltimore, MD, 1st Mariner Arena 08/25/07 Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum 08/26/07 Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 08/29/07 Englewood, CO, Coors Amphitheatre 08/31/07 San Jose, CA, HP Pavilion At San Jose 09/01/07 Universal City, CA, Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk 09/02/07 Universal City, CA, Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk

Usher’s Lady is Pregnant, Drops $600K

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Usher’s album isn’t the only thing the singer is expecting to drop this fall. Apparently, the R&B star is also going to be a daddy. Yesterday Usher announced that he and their fiancé Tameka Foster is expecting a baby. "We are extremely excited at this point in our lives planning our wedding and the joy that comes with expecting our first child together," the couple said in a statement released to The Associated Press. "We hope people will be happy for us and respect our privacy during this happy period in our lives." This will be Usher’s first child and Tameka’s fourth! Yes, Tameka is about 10 years older than Ush and has three children from a previous relationship. They have yet to announce a wedding date. In other Usher news, he recently dropped $600,000 into his charity, Camp New Look. The camp teaches children about the business side of sports and entertainment. "The coolest part about the camp is that they get to have water balloon fights,” Usher said about the camp.

Fat Joe “Makes It Rain” 1 Million Times

By: Rizoh Remember Fat Joe’s 2006 album Me, Myself, & I? Well, me neither. Despite that album’s overall poor performance on the chart, its lead single, “Make It Rain,” definitely left an indelible impression on the minds of many cell phone users. Thanks to a stellar Scott Storch beat and a catchy hook from Lil Wayne, Fat Joe has now sold over 1 million ringtones of “Make It Rain,” as certified by RIAA’s Platinum Ringtone Program. “Fat Joe and Terror Squad Entertainment have been great to work with and are a prime example of what we can bring to a project,” commented Neil Levine, Imperial Records Senior VP/GM in a statement. Fat Joe’s Me, Myself, & I was released last September via Terror Squad Entertainment/Imperial Records. It debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 Chart. Relaunched in 2006, Imperial Records is EMI Music’s independent urban label division. “Make It Rain,” which reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, is Imperial’s first Top 10 song in more than 40 years.

Only The Hood Die Young

By: Hot Gossip Gal Who would have thought that Fabolous and Keisha Cole would be side by side on anything beyond a track. Turns out these two are set to be the leading pair in a movie called…are you ready for this…Only the Hood Die Young…SMH and the fact that Karl Lagerfield, yup the German born clothes designer is producing it is comical…what does he know about ‘the hood’…I mean with Keisha on hand I am sure she will give him a few pointers but for real WTF?

The Price People Will Pay

By: Hot Gossip Gal Gossip mag OK! are paying the Desperate Housewife and her hunky ball player Tony Parker $2 million for pics of their up and coming wedding on July 7th just outside of Paris. Well if they were waiting on Tony’s rapping career to help foot the bill for their wedding, they would be waiting a very long time.

Foxy Denies Getting Jumped

By: Rizoh Fox Boogie has done a 360 on the well-documented robbery report which allegedly left the rapper without some valuables. Foxy denied that she was robbed and stripped off her weave, credit cards and other valuable possessions, despite police reports confirming that she filed a robbery report on the incident. Chaz Williams of Black Hand Entertainment, Brown’s management company, told the New York Daily News that the BK femcee no longer has to cooperate with authorities, because she recovered her belongings. According to reports, sops have charged Roshawn Anthony, 23, with robbery. Still, Brown maintains that she was not attacked at all, telling the New York Post, “A lot of the time, people mistake me for someone else, or people always call in these false tips.” Even if Foxy scales through that spin hurdle, she still has to worry about her probation status. Brown reportedly skipped an appointment with probation officers a day before the alleged mugging incident. According to the New York Post, probation officers left an angry note outside her house yesterday afternoon, scolding her and threatening “serious consequences.” It’s been one step forward, two steps back for the troubled rapper. Earlier this month, her probation report was said to have been in good standing after she passed required drug tests and attended all court-instructed anger management classes.

Justin Timberlake Spits On Fan

By: Hot Gossip Gal Obviously JT was a little upset with a fan in Sweden as the fomer NSyncher spat on him having already thrown fruit plastic bottles and ping pong balls at Nino Antonio El-Khoury from his hotel balcony. The fan had been refused an autograph from the man who brought sexy back and was a little mad, so in typical STAN fashion, followed him back to his hotel in Gothenburg where the spitting incident took place. All i wanna know is why did JT have a supply of ping pong balls in his hotel suite???

Beyonce, J-Hud, Gnarls Winners at BET Awards

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno The BET Awards went off without a hitch last night, is probably being considered one of the best yet. Some of the highlights of the show included Jennifer Hudson uniting with Jennifer Holliday to sing the “Dreamgirls” favorite, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going”. Holliday was the actress/singer who played Effie on Broadway during the 80’s. Another moment that‘ll be talked about was the tribute to Gerald Levert, who died last year. Gerald’s father, Eddie was joined by Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, and Yolanda Adams for a tear-jerking performance of “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Erykah Badu also gave a memorable performance of “Love Hangover” in a tribute to Diana Ross, who received a lifetime achievement award, plus kind of took a shot at 50 Cent for cursing during his performance. Making headlines this week was T.I. getting into a scuffle with members of Ludacris’ management, but T.I. squashed it on national television apologizing for his part in the fracas. Anyway, we’re sure you’ll catch the re-runs. For now, here’s the list of winners: VIDEO OF THE YEAR Beyonce - "Irreplaceable" BEST GROUP Gnarls Barkley BEST ACTOR Forest Whitaker BEST ACTRESS Jennifer Hudson BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST T.I. BEST COLLABORATION Ludacris f/ Mary J. Blige – "Runaway Love" BEST NEW ARTIST Jennifer Hudson BEST MALE ATHLETE LeBron James BEST FEMALE ATHLETE Serena Williams BETJ COOL LIKE THAT Gerald Levert BEST GOSPEL ARTIST Kirk Franklin BEST MALE R&B ARTIST Ne-Yo BEST FEMALE R&B ARTIST Beyonce VIEWERS CHOICE AWARD Birdman and Lil Wayne "Stuntin’ Like My Daddy"

RZA, Common, T.I. Nominated in Hip-Hop Weekly Awards

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno David Mays and Benzino’s new venture, Hip-Hop Weekly, is now trying to honor the folks that they’ve been dissing. Hip-Hop Weekly announced this week the nominees for the tabloid’s 1st Annual Hollywood Honors and Hip-Hop Movie Awards. The awards ‘will honor top films, filmmakers, actors and actresses among all movies that have a special appeal to the hip hop culture.’ "The impact of the hip hop culture on Hollywood is undeniable," David Mays, co-founder and CEO of Hip Hop Weekly, said. "Hip hop’s Hollywood pioneers such as Will Smith, F. Gary Gray, Ice Cube and John Singleton have already made profound contributions to the film industry; it is time now to establish a proper forum to recognize the increasing impact of the vision and the talent that those from the hip hop culture are having in this key entertainment arena." There’s no word if there’s an award show or ceremony or when they will announce the winners. There will be a special issue hitting stands on July 3. Here are their nominees: Best Picture Stomp The Yard The Pursuit Of Happyness Black Snake Moan ATL Best Actor T.I., ATL Will Smith, The Pursuit Of Happyness Samuel L. Jackson, Black Snake Moan Tyrese, Waist Deep Best Actress Beyonce Knowles, Dreamgirls Gabrielle Union, Daddy's Little Girls Meagan Good, Stomp The Yard Christina Ricci, Black Snake Moan Best Supporting Actor RZA, Derailed Common, Smokin' Aces David Banner, Black Snake Moan The Game, Waist Deep Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls Taraji P. Henson, Smokin' Aces Nia Long, Are We Done Yet? Lauren London, ATL Best Director Tyler Perry, Daddy's Little Girls Chris Robinson, ATL Craig Brewer, Black Snake Moan Bryan Barber, Idle Wild Best DVD Bastards of the Party When The Levees Broke Cocaine Cowboys Chappelle Show: The Lost Episodes Best Comedic Performance Ice Cube, Are We Done Yet? Queen Latifah, Last Holiday Regina Hall, Scary Movie 4 Marlon Wayans, Little Man

Tameka Musta Got a Pass

By: Hot Gossip Gal Well she was running around in MIA this weekend without her boo. I am sure Usher had his spies out making sure Mrs Foster was behaving as she hit up DJ Iries celebrity golf event. Or maybe she was just checking in on Superhead to tell her to keep away from her man.

R.Kelly and Michael Jackson Vs. Jay-Z

By: Rizoh It’s mo’ money mo’ problems for Jay-Z these days. Michael Jackson and R. Kelly are leading a tea of a dozen music publishers that have merged forces to sue Hov’s 40/40 Club for “unauthorized public performance of musical compositions.” That’s legal jibberish for playing music at a club without paying proper royalties. The lawsuit was filed yesterday in Manhattan federal court by Broadcast Music Inc., which led the charge on behalf of Wacko Jacko and many other artists and music publishing companies. The artists are seeking damages for copyright infringement from the 40/40 club. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and and club co-owners Desiree Gonzalez and Juan Perez were named in the suit. Sounds like Kells is still salty about that Best of Both Worlds fallout?

Dame Facing More Drama

By: Hot Gossip Gal Poor Dame Dash just can’t catch a break can he since his break up with Jay..now it looks like he and wife Rachel Roy are having marital issues. Dame allegedly got loud at a party when he arrived and saw his wife all hugged up with some dude on a big comfy couch. But like in most cases, Dame walked away with nothing. Rachel stayed and enjoyed the night. JD Running His Mouth Now Well JD may be a big (in status but not in size) exec but he does have time to kill and what better way to kill it than writing a book. The book Young, Rich, and Dangerous: My Life in Music (such a creative title) is coming out on Atria dishes dirt on Mariah, Usher and Janet…this I have to read to believe. JD knows what side his bread is buttered so I doubt there is too much scandal in this book.

Babyface and Tracey Edmonds Officially Divorced

By: Rizoh Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has officially reactivated his Bachelors’ Club membership. The Grammy-winning crooner and his ex, Tracey Edmonds, have wrapped up their divorce, according to court papers. Babyface and Tracey Edmonds had been married for 13 years, and will now share custody of their two sons, Dylan and Brandon. Tracey Edmonds has a well-documented affair with Eddy Murphy, who has his own paternity problems with Scary Spice to worry about on the side.

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