“Hip-hop has lost that generational thing. This used to be my generation’s little secret. Now you’ve got fathers getting jiggy with it. Who wants that? My son does not think it is sexy when he’s looking for his Jay-Z album and he finds it in my CD player. Where it goes, who knows? When something goes from nothing to the most popular you usually know where it goes from there.”
(Former Def Jam President and now Chairman/CEO Warner Music Group, Lyor Cohen, talks to the NY Post)
Errol Walters, head of two groups under scrutiny over Greater London Authority cash, spent four days with Ms Emodi at luxury resort. (Question: Ladies would you want to go away on a ‘dirty weekend’ with this man????)
An adviser to mayor Ken Livingstone has resigned after lying about taking a free luxury weekend in Africa.
Rosemary Emodi, deputy to the mayor’s chief race adviser Lee Jasper, last week denied visiting a £200-a-night resort in Nigeria last November.
But when the BBC confronted her on Tuesday with evidence she flew there with airline Virgin Nigeria, Ms Emodi immediately tendered her resignation….Continue Reading
(shaking head…….) How embarrassing………
Rapper Lil’ Wayne was arrested near Yuma, Arizona by law enforcement officials and members of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last night (January 22). While details are sketchy, it reported that the rapper is in the custody of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Department, where he will be arraigned on felony charges of possessing dangerous drugs, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. The rapper is scheduled to appear in court today (January 23). Lil’ Wayne, born Dwight Carter, performed at the Tucson Convention center on Sunday (January 20) as part of the “The Tucson Takeover” concert. Continue Reading
(rolling eyes…) In all seriousness though this is just messed up. I’m tired of reading about these rappers being arrested and charged for madness. I’m tired of seeing careers being put on hold, over shadowed by looming court cases and possible prison sentences. Its depressing! Just depressing!
Anyway in regards to this latest incident I will reserve judgement for now…
Douglas “Biggs” Ellison has filed a $20 million dollar lawsuit against Island Def Jam, claiming the label attempted to steal R&B artist Chrisette Michele from his Queens-based production company, Four Kings Productions Inc. Ellison filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court, claiming that Island Def Jam Music Group, Shalik Berry (A&R) and Michele’s parents Lynette and Lemuel Payne engaged in unlawful business practices in an attempt to get the Grammy nominated singer out of her exclusive contracts with Four Kings. “As soon as the artist’s mother saw that Chrisette was receiving money, all a direct result of the efforts of the production company under its contracts with the artist, Lynette Payne quit her job as a teacher and, in willful disregard of the artist’s contractual obligations to Four Kings, usurped management functions regarding her daughter’s newly found success, in an effort to keep the money in the family,” Ellison claims in the lawsuit. Continue Reading
Def Jam did nothing with Chrisette. I mean one minute she was billed as being the next big singing sensation, then all went silent after her album dropped.
According to insiders, Def Jam bigwigs have given rapper Nas an ultimatium. Change the name of your new album or find a new label home!
Nas is currently refusing to change the name of his upcoming album, ‘Nigger’, and label heads are furious.
A label source says,
“There is no way that we can put out an album with that title. Many retailers have already told us – flat out – that they won’t carry an album with that title. If Nas doesn’t change his mind, he’ll be dropped. And he doesn’t have too much time to come to that realization.”
Hollywood actor Heath Ledger has been found dead at his home in Manhattan.“He was found unconscious at the apartment and pronounced dead,” the New York Police Department said, adding that pills were found near the body….Continue Reading
Ledger also starred in A Knight’s Tale, The Patriot, and played a suicidal son in Monster’s Ball. He will also star in the soon to be released new Batman film, where he plays The Joker.
“People forget that the success is one great aspect of your life, but behind that there are problems, there are dark sides, there is loneliness and unhappiness. In this business people are shallow, they are dishonest. You can’t trust them.”