By: Hot Gossip Gal Well Kobe’s bodyguard has spilled the beans about the indiscretions of the Lakers’ player in a book titled ‘Dead Women Tell No Tales.’ Even the title was enough to send a shiver down my spine. But the book gives an insight to the rape charge, just what Kobe gets up to as a married man and how money talks regardless of the crime.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For anyone not keeping up with the Saigon and Atlantic Records situation, here’s a quick recap. Just Blaze scored a label deal with Atlantic Records and launched his label, Fort Knocks Entertainment almost two years ago. The first artist Blaze signed was Saigon and plans for his debut album, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”, was initially scheduled to be released in early 2006. the album never came out and is still waiting for a release date. Frustrated, Saigon indicted Atlantic Records was the reason for the hold up of the album and not him. He called Atlantic the home of “ringtone making artists” and threatened to leak his album online. Now Just Blaze, gaining internet fame with his new blog at http://themegatrondon2.com, has responded to Saigon’s claims saying the real hold up is a sample clearance issue. “We (myself and Saigon) just had a short meeting about this the night before (Saigon’s blog post) and you know exactly what is happening and who is working on what, why would you go out and slander the company he runs in the middle of him trying to negotiate something on YOUR behalf?” Blaze wrote. “It’s kinda like going out and sleeping with your lawyer’s wife the night before he’s about to represent you for a murder case.You’re asking to get buried.” Blaze also goes into detail about the entire sample clearance process and even announces that he charges between $50,000 to $80,000 for a beat. He also goes after Atlantic Records for not supporting Saigon. “How do I feel about Atlantic?” He wrote. “I have mixed feelings about certain things. I DO feel 100% that once itpicked up the little bit of steam it had, they should have gotten behind "Pain In My Life" Regardless of whether or not they thought it was a great song or understood it. That record got Saigon spins on Hot 97, rotation on BET, a FULL WEEK of hosting Rap City (who else has that? 50 i think?) and MTV exposure. And that’s without a single person pushing a button on it in the building.” To read the entire entry, check out http://themegatrondon2.com/2007/06/14/strictly-business.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Back in October, Fabolous was arrested after getting shot during a party at Diddy’s Justin’s restaurant and club in Manhattan. While Fab was getting treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh, police searched the Dodge Magnum where they found two guns a .40 caliber and .380. The attributed the guns to Fab and the three men he was riding with. Fab’s defense that it was not his car and he was trying to escape the gunfire that went off in the club and got in any car he could. Apparently this proved to be true.
by: Hot Gossip Gal This kid looks quite content chilling with Jay and B on the French Riviera, but who is he? Is this the child that should be calling Jay Z daddy??? Hmmm one to ponder on.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Akon makes his apology through song….will someone please tell me this is a joke. What was he thinking? He is still going to have to dig deep in his pockets to avoid the threat of being a Konvict again for throwing that kid off the stage. Word is the kids parents are looking for a few hundred g’s to hold them back from pressing charges. Anyhow take a listen here to the song SMH: http://www.ihiphop.com/popupPlayer.hhc?trackId=1045 A little too late maybe homie but hey with the way music is you probably got a number one there anyway.
by: Rizoh By now you may have heard about the death of Dipset-affiliated rapper Stack Bundles (born Raquon Elliott). Some of Stacks’ friends in the hip-hop community have responded to the tragic news. Lupe Fiasco’s paid a tribute to his late friend via MySpace: “My Dear Friend…it hurt so much to wake up to this…So sad,” writes Lupe. “…I’ve watched from the humble beginnings…when he used to live with me out in Chicago we rocked together everyday…He’d write rhymes in one room and I’d be writing rhymes in the other…He was there with me through many a milestone in my life, the up’s and the downs, and I was so proud and happy to see him achieve success in his life at what he loved…Hip-Hop…Stacks was the first person that was signed to 1st + 15th way back when it first started. FYI…Even beyond that I considered Stacks family…My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends in this time of sadness…We all lost a good friend today…But He wont be forgotten…May God have mercy on his soul, Forgive him for his sins in this Life, and watch over him in the next… “(I) love my ni**a, I only shed tears for a few and I shed tears for you… R.I.P. My homey Stack Bundles…” Jim Jones, who signed Bundles to his Byrd Gang Records label, also issued a statement expressing his grief over the loss of a friend. “Not only did we lose a member but we lost a brother and a friend,” said Jones. “Rayquon Elliot a.k.a Stack Bundles was a joy to be around, charming, very intelligent, compassionate and concerned about the upliftment and enrichment of his community and the people in it.” Freekey Zeke, president of Diplomats Records, described Elliott as a “true soldier” and sent his “thoughts and prayers to his family especially his sisters.” Stack Bundles was shot in the head and neck at about 5 am Monday on a Queens street, according to police. Authorities were investigating whether the unidentified shooter stole a chain from the rapper. We at ihiphop.com express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Raquon Elliott.
by: Rizoh One of singer James Brown’s daughters, Yamma Brown Lumar, allegedly tried to kill her husband with a butcher knife on the eve of her father’s burial, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution. Yamma Brown Lumar was arraigned in Fulton County, where she was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the March 9 attack. Yamma’s husband, Darren Lumar, reportedly told authorities that the couple had argued and struggled when she broke free, went to the kitchen to get the knife and then stabbed him in the right forearm as he tried to stop her. JB’s daughter claimed she was only acting in self-defense, but her husband said “she was going for my chest. I have no doubt that woman was trying to kill me.” Neeedless to say, the couple are in the midst of divorce proceedings.
by Hot Gossip Gal …again. Is Eminem showing his own Stan like tendencies with his obsession with Mariah Carey? She is once again the focus of a song on Em’s new album. Now even if these two did really date or if Em just hit it, he needs to let this shit go. Its getting played out. Or maybe he is trying to get M some shine as she has seriously struggled being thirty something…but I doubt it.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno For those of you who thought T-Pain was a one-hit wonder with last year’s “I’m In Luv (With a Stripper)”, think again. The vocoder singer has a new hit with “Buy U a Drank (Shawty Snappin’”, selling over 800,000 ringtone downloads and his new album “Epiphany” is currently number one on the Billboard charts. Another thing you may not know, T-Pain has a wife and has been married for two years. How does she fell about T singing about strippers and trying to get girls drunk? “My wife doesn’t mind,” he told the Miami Herald. “All the money goes back to her. And that, she don’t mind at all.” His album dropped last week and moved 171,000 copies, which is pretty good considering this day and age of downloading. But there’s still no slowing down for T, he’s continuously working on new music with R. Kelly, Chris Brown, Usher and even Britney Spears.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Canibus dropped his new album, “For Whom the Beat Tolls,” this week and even old fans are coming back around. According to Canibus it’s probably because he came in with a different mentality this time out. "I gave it 100% and the rhymes on there are explosive. There are some records that came out in the past and sometimes, the lyrics would be explosive, but the concepts were over people’s heads," Canibus said. "At the same time, my fans are the ones who have always known me as someone that’ll put their minds in overdrive. It’s poetry, it’s not just rap to me. I’m taking these concepts and trying to make them rhyme, so I’m not missing a beat." The album features contributions from Vinnie Paz, GZA, Killah Priest, K-Solo, Scram Jones, J. Wells, Zinn Deadly, and Capital Gang Movement.
By: Hot Gossip Gal ….by none other than her Jay Z. Are these two kidding me? Tearri Marie said the exact same shit, Jay would be checking out the dudes that tried to get too close to her too. Rih seems pretty content though with Jays watchful eye and joked that she has no idea who is trying to get to her. Not quite sure what Jay’s motives are for this big brother act but I guess we all need a Plan B. Remy the Birthday Girl Well Remy is doing it large for her birthday this year. She did turn 26 on May 30th but is having a lil pool party in NYC this year to celebrate. Amazing what a little photoshop can do for a body thought isn’t it? Remy just isn’t looking herself on these shots for some reason. But anyway here is Remy’s new video for y’all to take a peek HERE
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Even though Phife’s lyric, “I never let a statue tell me how nice I am,” still rings true, that doesn’t mean some rappers wouldn’t mind walking away with a Grammy. In the case with T.I., who was nominated for “Best Rap Album of the Year” at this year’s Grammys, he actually thinks he deserved the statue over Ludacris, who won for his album “Release Therapy.” "I had the album of the year whether I won a Grammy for it or not,” T.I. told StarPulse.com. “I think numbers show that. I think that if you go out to anybody on the streets and ask them, they’ll tell you. I think that it’s a no-brainer. You ask him (Ludacris), he’ll probably tell you the same thing. Come on, man, who in hip-hop doesn’t know that? If you a supporter of hip-hop, who doesn’t know that ‘King’ is the only platinum album that dropped last year… that was platinum by the time the new-year’s bell rung? At 12:01, January 1, 2007, who had the hottest album of the year? I think it’s unanimous." In the meantime, look for T.I.’s new album, “T.I. vs. Tip,” to drop this summer and then to hit the road alongside Ciara for the Scream Tour. Over-saturation anyone?
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno After starting with one show, then going to four, the Rock the Bells festival featuring Nas, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang, Talib Kweli and a bunch of other artists has expanded into a 13-city tour. “After announcing our historic shows with Rage Against The Machine & Wu-Tang Clan headlining earlier this year, we are overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of fans who want Rock The Bells brought to their cities. There is no other hip hop music festival more vital to the artists, community, and fans it serves than Rock the Bells,” said festival organizer Chang Weisberg. “We want to build an annual event in all of these cities to serve their musical communities and prove that quality hip-hop is NOT dead. Actually, over 130,000 people have already disproved the notion and bought their tickets. By the end of the summer, over 200,000 fans will have voted that quality lyricism and deft live performances are still very much alive.” Other artists confirmed for the tour include Pharoahe Monch, UGK, David Banner, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Supernatural and Rahzel. Rage Against the Machine will only headline the dates in New York, San Bernadino, and San Francisco. Here are is the tour itinerary: Thu 7/26 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center *Sat 7/28 New York, NY Randall’s Island *Sun 7/29 New York, NY Randall’s Island Thu 8/2 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre Fri 8/3 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Sat 8/4 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre Tue 8/7 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center Wed 8/8 Houston, TX Reliant Park *Sat 8/11 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen Sun 8/12 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre (parking lot) *Sat 8/18 San Francisco, CA McCovey Cove (parking lot) Tue 8/21 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre Wed 8/22 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre Sat 8/25 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome (parking lot) Tue 8/28 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion Wed 8/29 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre Thu 8/30 Toronto, Ontario TBD
By: Rizoh Some WNBA players are clamoring for love from hip-hop brands like Apple Bottoms, Baby Phat, and Rocawear. One of the lady-ballers pushing for the hip-hop clothing-WNBA marriage is Tamara James of the Washington Mystics, who describes herself as a Baby Phat Goddess. I have Baby Phat underwear, I have Baby Phat clothes, shades, everything,” says Tamara . I think I’m going to go ahead and meet Kimora and tell her that she needs to let me go ahead and model her clothes for her,” said James with a smile. According to Rod Rainey of Sojones.com, the Washington Mystics are currently recruiting “Divas in training,” which probably borrowed its name from Kimora Lee Simmons’ Baby Phat Diva Trainer Shoes. WNBA players modeling for Apple Bottoms? Sounds like a good idea to us.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Really finding it hard to believe that I am talking about this dude again…BUT it turns out his former Baby Momma Shar Jackson has been knocked up again by Brits ex. Well I guess we all expected it, Brit did pay for her plastic surgery and now she gonna supporting K-Fed and his three kids with Shar. Will this send Brit who is looking a real hot mess back to Rehab. Why is life so so complicated in Hollywood y’all?
iHipHop Blog Team