Weekend News Wrap Up: Help Free Max B!, BET Hip Hop Awards 09 Nominee’s, Da Brat Prison Talent Show?

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Incarcerated Harlem rapper Max B a.k.a Charly Wingate and his family are launching a free Max B campaign. Max and his mother Sharon Wingate are reaching out to fans and requesting financial support to help fund his legal defense. He was given his 75 year sentence earlier this month for his role in a robbery that resulted in a double homicide. A donation site has recently been created via Myspace. This message appears to fans:

Dear Max B Fans, we have been given a second chance to get Max B a new trial. Judge Carroll, the presiding judge over Max B’s case, has given us 22 days to retain a new legal counsel for a new trial. The 75 years sentence will be set aside. If you want to Seriously Free Max B now is your chance to show your love & support. We are urgently asking all Max B fans to show your support by sending dollars to his Legal Defense Fund. If you are unable to send a donation at this time, we are asking that you kindly forward this message to all of your friends on MySpace. Lets spread the word & really Free Max B. Thanks, Miss Sharon Wingate & Family” Another message has been posted stating:”1$ per fan will get me out of jail.”

The rapper is working on his appeal and only has 22 days to find new counsel, so give up a $1 and help free Biggaveli!


Da Brat Having Prison Talent Show?

Female MC Da Brat, real name Shawntae Harris, is trying to stay busy while serving a 3-year assault sentence. She was sentenced to 3 years in prison last year for assaulting Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens at ATL’s Lawrenceville Highway nightclub in November 2007. The rapper reportedly struck Stevens in the head with a bottle of rum, resulting in her falling down some stairs on to a cement floor causing severe facial cuts.
Trying to make the most of her time behind bars, she is allegedly organizing a talent show for her fellow inmates at the Alto Federal State prison in ATL. Basing the program on the Showtime at the Apollo series, she is calling the show “Showtime at Alto” and allowing her fellow inmates to showcase their talents. Da Brat even reached out to longtime friend DJ Nabs to provide music for the show. Da Brat hopes that prison officials will turn her idea into an annual event.


BET Hip Hop Awards Nominee List

The upcoming 2009 BET Hip Hop Awards nominee list has been revealed! Suprisingly Kanye, of all people, is leading with 9 nominations including: Best Hip-Hop Collabo, Best Live Performer, Lyricist of the Year, Producer of the Year, CD of the Year, MVP of the Year, Hustler of the Year, the Made-You-Look award (for style) and People’s Champ. Jay-Z and Lil Wayne are trailing right behind Kanye with 7 noms each, including track of the year where they go head to head with D.O.A. and Every Girl. T.I. trails behind the two Mr. Carters with 6 nominations.

This year the show is being hosted by Mike Epps and is honoring Ice Cube with the I Am Hip Hop icon award. It’s being taped in Atlanta on October 10 and is scheduled to air on October 27. The full nominee list is featured below.

People’s Champ Awards
– Dorrough – “Ice Cream Paint Job”
– Fabolous – “Throw It In The Bag”
– Kid Cudi – “Day N Nite”
– Soulja Boy Tell’em – “Turn My Swag On”
– Kanye West – “Amazing”

Producer of the Year
– Ron Browz
– Cool & Dre
– Tha Bizness
– T-Pain
– Kanye West

MVP of the Year
– Drake
– Jay-Z
– Lil Wayne
– T.I.
– Kanye West

Best Hip-Hop Collabo
– Jim Jones, Ron Browz & Juelz Santana – “Pop Champagne”
– Lil Wayne & Bobby Valentino – “Mrs. Officer”
– Rick Ross & John Legend – “Magnificent”
– T.I. & Rihanna – “Live Your Life”
– Young Jeezy & Kanye West – “Put On”

Track of the Year
– Kid Cudi – “Day N Nite”
– Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
– Young Money (Lil Wayne & Company) – “Every Girl”
– T.I. ft. Rihanna – “Live Your Life”
– Soulja Boy Tell’em – “Turn My Swag On”

DJ of the Year
– DJ Drama
– DJ Khaled
– DJ Tony Neal
– DJ Greg Street

Hustler of the Year
– Diddy
– Drake
– Jay-Z
– Lil Wayne
– Kanye West

Made You Look Award (Style)
– Jay-Z
– Kid Cudi
– Lil Wayne
– Soulja Boy Tell’em
– Kanye West

Best Live Performer
– Busta Rhymes
– Jay-Z
– Lil Wayne
– T.I.
– Kanye West

CD of the Year
Relapse – Eminem
The Renaissance – Q-Tip
Paper Trail – T.I.
808s & Heartbreak – Kanye West
The Recession – Young Jeezy

Lyricist of the Year
– Drake
– Eminem
– Jay-Z
– Lil Wayne
– Kanye West

Rookie of the Year
– B.o.B
– Dorrough
– Drake
– Kid Cudi
– Wale

Director of the Year
– Gil Green
– Anthony Mandler
– Mr. Boomtown
– Chris Robinson
– Hype Williams

Best Hip Hop Video
– “Ice Cream Paint Job” – Dorrough
– “We Made You” – Eminem
– “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune) – Jay-Z
– “Day N Nite” – Kid Cudi
– “Live Your Life – “T.I. ft. Rihanna

Best Hip-Hop Blog
– Allhiphop.com
– NahRight.com
– ThisIs50.com
– Sohh.com
– WorldStarhiphop.com


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