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T.I RESPONDS TO HIS CRITICS

Yesterday rapper T.I was receiving praise for allegedly helping to stop an attempted suicide in Atlanta. Unfortunately once the news hit the Internet people immediately screamed “PUBLICITY STUNT” and are still screaming “PUBLICITY STUNT”. T.I has now responded to the non-believers. Via Necole Bitchie Via Vlad TV Yesterday, TI managed to get a suicide jumper to cancel his plans in exchange for a meeting with the platinum rapper. Soon after the incident, we got a call from a source who was at []

UK NEWS: MARK RONSON ADDED TO MOBO AWARDS 2010 LINE UP

It was announced today that producer/DJ Mark Ronson has now been added to the line up for the MOBO Awards 2010. Can somebody please tell me why the annoying, pretentious and over-rated Mark Ronson has been added to the line up? First the MOBO committee ignore the most successful UK “urban” act of 2010 Tinie Tempah and opt instead to draft in US rapper Nelly as the event’s headliner like we’re in the year 2002, and now this.   All I can do is laugh.   *I’ve been told that Nelly’s latest single Just A Dream has been certified platinum Stateside,  but I am having []

TONI BRAXTON FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY AGAIN

Via BBC News Grammy-award-winning singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy for the second time, her lawyer has said. The 43-year-old has revealed she is in millions of dollars worth of debt after a heart condition forced her to cancel a series of shows in Las Vegas. Debra Grassgreen said it had been a “very difficult decision” for Braxton to make, who previously filed for bankruptcy in 1998. The star is hoping sell some of her assets to pay for off her []

MIAMI POLICE USE JAY-Z’S IMAGE IN ‘REPORT GANG ACTIVITY’ CAMPAIGN

Local authorities in Miami have created a banner (below) using two press photographs of the rapper Jay-Z (shot 10 years ago) in ‘report gang activity’ campaign. The images can also be viewed on their website. Via Rap Radar At present Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z gets on my last nerve (for a multitude reasons) BUT the Miami police department is wrong to use his image in this fashion. Plus isn’t this illegal??? I hope he sues their backsides.

RAPPER NAS SENDS ANGRY EMAIL TO ISLAND DEF JAM EXECUTIVES

My future play thing Nas isn’t very happy with his label bosses. Check out the email he ‘allegedly’ sent to Island Def Jam executives regarding the release of his new album Lost Tapes 2. Spotted @ Diary Of A Hollywood Street King From: Nas To: LA Reid, Steve Bartels, Steve Gawley, Michael Seltzer, Joseph Borrino, Chris Hicks Subject: PUT MY S**T OUT! Peace to all, With all due respect to you all, Nas is NOBODY’s slave. This is not the 1800′s, respect me and I will respect you. []

UK MUSIC: ROUGH DIAMONDZ – ‘DO IT LIKE ME’

Ruff Diamondz are London-based trio — vocalists Troy (20), Martika (18) and MC Chronz (19). First off group member Martika looks a bit like Aaliyah (Rest In Peace). They sampled the classic Dead Prez track Bigger Than Hip Hop, so Do It Like Me sounds really good, however they should have left out the rapping. The video along with their image/style is very American (late 90s / early 2000s Hip Hop/R&B). Via Brown Eyez Your thoughts please. Hit or Miss?

BUJU BANTON CASE – JUDGE DECLARES MISTRIAL

A Florida judge has declared a mistrial for the Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. U.S. District Judge James Moody declared a mistrial after the 12-person jury sent him a second note on Monday saying they couldn’t reach a verdict. They had been deliberating since Thursday afternoon after a four-day trial. Click HERE to read more…

UK MUSIC NEWS: GRIMINAL SIGNS TO UNIVERSAL MUSIC

UK rapper Griminal announced via Twitter yesterday that he has signed to Universal Music / All Around The World. Check out the photograph he posted of himself signing on the dotted line. Why artists like to post photographs of themselves signing their lives away is beyond me. I wonder if he even bothered to read the contract first. Anyway congratulations Griminal. Now the hard work begins! Click HERE to watch the video to his new single Supa Dupa.

ISLAND DEF JAM FIRES L.A. REID AND THE DREAM?

This news hasn’t been officially confirmed yet but it’s been reported that Island Def Jam bigwigs fired label executives L.A Reid and singer/producer The Dream today. Via Gyant Unplugged According to my source, Vin Vivendi, a french international media conglomerate, with activities in music, television, film, and telecommunications, is cleaning house, and Dream as well as LA Reid are out due to disappointing sales figures and exuberant spending . If L.A Reid has in fact “left the building” then I wonder where []

SINGER BRUNO MARS ARRESTED FOR DRUG POSSESSION

Oh dear. One minute your on top of the world and receiving countless accolades for your music, then in the next minute your being dragged out of a dirty toilet cubicle with white powder spilling from your nostrils. [Please note: I’m not saying that’s how it went down in Bruno’s situation]   Via Rwd This year’s breakout hitmaker Bruno Mars was arrested in the early hours of Sunday Morning for possession of illegal narcotics in a hotel toilet in Las Vegas. The singer songwriter who crafted []