Weekly News Wrap Up: Timbaland’s Done With Hip Hop, Kid Cudi Gets Kicked Off Tour & T.I.’s In A Halfway House?

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Once hip hop producer Timbaland, has officially called it quits with hip hop and claims “it’s just not the same”.  He got his start working with artists like Missy Elliot, Ginuwine and Aaliyah to name a few, now is focusing more towards  generic pop sounding records, that probably’s going to make him more money than a hip hop record these days. Timbaland explained his decision saying:

“I was done with hip-hop a long time ago. Once my generation left, I left. I do it, but there’s nobody from my generation besides Jay-Z who’s doing it. I look at Lil Wayne as being from my generation. Some people are still acceptable. Kanye (West) is acceptable from my generation. It’s just not the same. By it not being the same, I kind of fade to black. I did music that fits where I was going to in my age bracket.

“I figured it out a couple of years ago with Nelly (Furtado) and Justin (Timberlake) and myself. We had a tremendous run. I think it was good for me to do that. But I got this run, I’m not gonna stop until I wanna stop.”


Only a month into his tour with Lady Gaga, Cudi has decided to leave the tour due to supposed time conflicts. Cudi’s people issued this statement:

Kid Cudi has decided to take an early leave of absence from Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour, in order to balance his schedule surrounding the recording of his next album and acting commitments. Cudi does not want to disappoint his fans and will move forward with his individual show dates in December and throughout the month of January.”

It’s being reported that an incident that happened at a Vancouver show where Cudi punched a fan has played a role in his leaving the show. Someone threw a wallet at him on stage and he took out his ear piece and punched the kid. Who knew Cudi could be so gangster?


Reports are surfacing that T.I. is going to be released from the Arkansas Forrest City Prison soon. T.I. has been incarcerated since May, but according to T.I.’s lead counsel Steve Sadow, the rapper has a projected release date possible the fourth week of March 2010.  It is also being said that he will serve the remainder of his sentence in a halfway house, Sadow says:

“Now it is up to the [Federal] Bureau of Prisons to decide whether someone should be placed in a halfway house prior to the projected release date. The Bureau of Prisons can do that and typically does it either a month before, or two months before… as much as six months before the projected release date.”

“We are hopeful that T.I. will be placed in a halfway house within the next month or so, which would be about two or three months before his projected release date. We are hopeful for that, we do not have any control over it. The Bureau of Prisons makes that decision entirely on its own, they don’t share that decision with the public and they don’t share that decision with the defense lawyers,” he said. “But we are hopeful because we know that T.I. has handled himself accordingly and conducted himself correctly while he has been incarcerated, we are hopeful that the Bureau of Prisons will give him two or three months of halfway house.”