Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Allen Iverson‘s bank account has been commandeered by a Georgia judge … who’s garnishing the former NBA star’s earnings so A.I. can repay a 6-figure debt to his flashy GA jeweler.
According to court papers obtained by TMZ … Iverson was sued back in 2010 for allegedly stiffing Aydin & Company Jewelers on a $375,000 bill.
The records show … A.I. never responded to the lawsuit … so a default judgement was issued in favor of the jewelry store … allowing A&C to collect $859,896.46 for the bling, court costs, interest and attorneys fees.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Bronx, New York rapper Cory Gunz was arrested yesterday (January 28), after police found him in possession of a loaded handgun.
Police caught the rapper with a loaded, unregistered Taurus .9mm handgun.
Cory Gunz, born Peter Pankey Jr., is currently in custody in the Bronx.
His father, rapper Peter Gunz, told MTV News that his son was the victim of an illegal search.
“It was definitely an illegal search,” Peter Gunz told MTV News.
Peter Gunz further elaborated on his 24-year-old son’s arrest.
The rapper was exiting a cab when plain clothes officers aggressively approached him.
“He just got out of a cab and police ran up on him and they were in plainclothes,” Peter Gunz told the New York Daily News. “He didn’t know they were cops – he thought he was getting robbed.”
Peter Gunz said his son was currently in Central Booking, where he is being processed.
Although its his first offense, Corey’s father is worried that New York’s strict anti-gun laws will have an adverse affect on his son’s career.
The same laws sent Lil Wayne, the CEO of Young Money, Cory’s label, to jail for eight months in 2010.
“At the end of the day, there’s a reason for everything, but at the same time, in New York, it’s mandatory jail time,” Peter Gunz told MTV News. “To go to a precinct and see your son, your junior, in handcuffs, it’s heartbreaking. Anytime you see your child in jail, in the cell, in handcuffs, it’s very hard.”
Even though its his first offense, Cory Gunz faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 3 and 1/2 years in prison.
Just when you thought you had heard it all, this story about a Chicago-area man getting busted for kicking a kitten happens.
Back on Monday, police arrested a man for animal cruelty on the South Side of Chicago after watching him kick a kitten (not pictured) nearly fifteen feet.
After his kick, he decided to do a made field-goal signal in some sort of celebration:
The officers immediately arrested a laughing Percy Love, 22, after he allegedly kicked the small black cat Monday afternoon in the 6200 block of South Campbell, police said.
He told officers: “This is my cat, Nightmare. He is tough, we play like that all the time. It’s just a cat,” police said.
Officers cared for the cat until Animal Care and Control workers took custody. The officers immediately arrested a laughing Percy Love, 22, after he allegedly kicked the small black cat Monday afternoon in the 6200 block of South Campbell, police said.
He told officers: “This is my cat, Nightmare. He is tough, we play like that all the time. It’s just a cat,” police said.
Officers cared for the cat until Animal Care and Control workers took custody.
Love was being held on $50,000 bond and his hearing is set for Feburary 1st.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest and most prolific voices of today's generation. But at the Grammy Awards, rap has had a long-lasting losing streak in the top categories.
The hip-hop sound first recognized at the 1989 Grammys has garnered numerous prestigious nominations over the years, and for 10 of the last 14 years, rap acts have either led or tied for most Grammy nominations. But rarely will a hip-hop act win one of the show's top four honors- album, song and record of the year, along with best new artist. Instead, rap acts tend to win rap awards.
50 Cent, who won his first and only Grammy two years ago, believes Grammy voters are out-of-touch and need a fresh outlook on what's going on in contemporary music. "I think that the board is a lot older and they're conservative, so some of the content in the music is offensive on some level," said 50 Cent, who famously interrupted Evanescence's best new artist speech by walking onstage when he lost to the rock group in 2004. "There's a lot of people that don't accept that hip-hop culture is now pop culture."
This year, hip-hop leads the Grammys in nominations again, with Kanye West earning seven; it's his third year as the show's top-nominated act, and his fourth overall (he tied Mariah Carey and John Legend for most nominations at the 2006 Grammys). While his song All Of The Lights is up for song of the year, his critically revered fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, didn't score an album of the year nomination, a shock to many. Even Jimmy Jam the chair emeritus of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was surprised by West's snub.
"I think he's one of the genius artists, and I'm saying this as a person who's worked with Michael Jackson and Prince, so I don't throw that word around lightly," Jam said. "So, yes, I was surprised."
West's album with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne," was also left out of the top album category; both CDs are nominated for best rap album.
Jay-Z, who once boycotted the Grammys because of the show's lack of love for hip-hop, says Grammy nominations are "cool," but he doesn't use the accolades as a barometer of his success.
"The Grammys and all of those other things, they're fine and it's a good way for everyone to get together amongst their peers and collect some trophies at the end of the night, but my whole thing is for the people, as long as the people accept it that's my real Grammy," Jay-Z said. "As long as it connects with an audience in a way."
But Steve Stoute, the former record executive who accused the Grammys of being irrelevant last year in a full-page advertisement in The New York Times after Eminem and Justin Bieber lost top awards, says there is a bigger problem. Stoute believes The Recording Academy doesn't have board members who understand hip-hop as a true art form.
"If (The Recording Academy) understood that, then (rappers) would be scoring technical points," he said. "They don't get the technical points."
In Grammy history, 14 hip-hop albums have received nominations for album of the year. Lauryn Hill has the distinction of being the first hip-hop artist to win album of the year for The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill in 1999, but the album, while featuring rap, was heavy on R&B. Hill also won best new artist that year, the second time a rap-based act had done so following Arrested Development's win in 1993. A rapper hasn't won the award since.
OutKast, the alternative, genre-bending hip-hop duo, followed in Hill's footsteps with an album of the year win in 2004 for the double disc Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It, too, was not strictly hip-hop, as Andre 3000 blended rock and even jazz for his half of the project.
But while there have been high-profile wins, what stands out more are the losses. No rapper has ever won record or song of the year, and both Eminem and West, each nominated three times, have failed to win the album of the year trophy in years where they appeared to be critical favourites.
At last year's Grammys, three of the five songs nominated for record of the year were rap smashes. Lady Antebellum's crossover hit, Need You Now, ended up taking away the record and song of the year honors.
Ahmir Questlove Thompson, the leader and drummer of the Roots, says the hip-hop community shares some of the blame for its losing streak. He says those in the genre aren't involved enough with The Recording Academy, its community and its events.
"We're not active members of (The Recording Academy) and I promise to take a more active role in that," said Questlove, who has won three Grammys. "I should definitely come and be more involved in that. It's taxing time-wise, but you know, I can either sit and complain ... or do something about it."
Jam says rap's losses are also a reflection of the Grammy membership, which he said is "traditionally very heavy" with members of the country, jazz and classical music worlds.
"We're a membership organization and the members vote. So, if the numbers of members who consider themselves of the hip-hop genre ... if those numbers are lower, then the results probably point to that fact," Jam said.
But Stoute, who is the author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, had harsh words for Jam, a founding member of funk-soul band The Time and best known for producing multiple hits for Janet Jackson, Usher, Boyz II Men and more with partner Terry Lewis. Stoute and Jam had a conversation after last year's awards, and Stoute was upset that Jay-Z's Empire State Of Mind wasn't up for song of the year: At the Grammys, a track is not eligible for that award if it contains a sample or if it's not an original piece of work; that disqualifies much of rap, which relies heavily on sampling (Empire State Of Mind samples The Moments' Love On A Two-Way Street).
Stoute said Jam should be helping hip-hop, and blasted the renowned producer.
"What he's doing is not right," Stoute said of Jam. "And if he's supposed to be the guy who understands urban music because of his famed career as a producer ... (and) if he's not going to be sensitive to the creativity around hip-hop, I am sorry, we're in trouble."
Jam, who was The Recording Academy's chairman from 2005 to 2009, says his goal was to diversify the Grammy community, and if people have an issue with traditional Grammy rules, they should demand a change.
"You can write a proposal," Jam said. "I hope ... people step up to the challenge rather than dismiss it, which is the easy thing to do.'"
Jam also said he helped bring forth the best rap song award at the 2004 Grammys, which honors rap tracks that contain samples. Jam also implemented a new rule in 2009 that allowed anyone nominated for a Grammy to bypass the regular application process and automatically be made a member for a year. He said he did it so that nominated acts would easily be involved in the organization the following year.
"If hip-hop is the most nominated, then they should be the best represented according to what I did," Jam said.
“Fear Factor’s” latest stunt — serving contestants glasses of donkey semen, with a chaser of urine — had NBC executives living in terror, TMZ.com reported.
Sources close to the production told the gossip site that the network had several meetings over whether or not to include the tasteless taste test in the episode airing Monday. Ultimately, the challenge was allowed to run.
Contestants were apparently required to drink every last drop from both glasses to advance.
The show’s host Joe Rogan had warned the Daily News just before “Fear Factor” returned to the air last month that contestants were in for some stomach turning moments
“I say, in the real world, in a healthy society, you’re not supposed to eat animal d - - k, but guess what, here you have to eat animal d - - k if you want to win $50,000,” Rogan told the News.
At the time, it seemed that Rogan was being metaphorical.
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Toledo Police are searching for a woman they say, along with her son, robbed the Liberty Tax store on Monroe Street in Central Toledo.
Sonia Watson and her son walked into the store around 7 p.m. on Thursday and waited in line before presenting a curling iron wrapped in a bath towel, police say. A Liberty Tax employee thought the iron was a gun, and handed over about $300 in cash.
This was not Watson's first trip to this Liberty Tax location, though. Police say she was there a few days before to have her taxes done. Employees recognized her, and had her personal information on file from earlier in the week.
"It was a total shock that somebody who actually had been a customer, where we have every piece of their information, their private information, would come in and attempt something like that," said George Hack, manager of the Liberty Tax location.
When an employee realized the suspects did not have a gun, witnesses say she fought back with a plastic soda bottle, and a customer threw a chair at the suspects.
Watson and her son fled on foot, and were pursued by a Liberty Tax employee standing outside the store dressed as the Statue of Liberty. The employee was unable to catch the suspects.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Roderick says he hired his former best friend Pastor to perform a music concert at an event he was promoting. He says the concert was canceled because Pastor was arrested. Roderick says he rescheduled the concert only to have Pastor bail on him again! Pastor says he was receiving death threats and for his safety and for the audience safety he thought it was best not to show up.
Sean Combs, the entertainment impresario known as Diddy, is planning to launch a music-themed cable network, according to three sources with knowledge of his plans. The channel is called Revolt and is aiming to launch at the end of the year–12/12/12, to be specific.
Sources with knowledge of the Revolt playbook describe it as a music and music news channel with an urban skew. One described it as the old days of MTV, but for more of the African American audience. The venture is well funded, say the sources. Comcast will provide distribution as part of its commitment to the FCC to help launch minority owned networks.
Hip hop star Jay-Z's club in New York was shut down one day after its celebrity studded relaunch for countless health-code violations.
The city's health department said it closed Club 40/40's restaurant on Thursday after inspectors found a number of problems which put diners at risk of food-borne illnesses.
The venue racked up a shocking 69 violations including failing to keep refrigerated food cold enough, not keeping hot foot hot enough, and letting workers prepare food with their bare hands.
A night earlier, the new father held an A-list party to reopen the exclusive club, which was closed for 10 months for a $10 million makeover.
It now faces the dreaded 'C' grade, The New York Post reported, which is the lowest grade for hygiene a restaurant can receive in the city.
The inspector found perishable food at dangerously warm temperatures inside a walk-in refrigerator and discovered “hot” food left out on the counter, Health Department sources told the Post.
The West Coast emcee is ordered by the court to pay a hefty tab.
A judge has ordered Mack 10 to pay back two loans with extremely high interest.
Mack 10 made two deals; the first was to pay back a $35,000 loan from Tadayuki on April 24, 2010 with $70,000 by August 31, 2010 - 100% interest over the course of three months. The second was to pay back $130,000 on September 30 on a $65,000 loan obtained from Ito on April 28, 2010.
According to TMZ, California law prevents excessive interest on loans. However, the judge entered a default judgment in favor of Ito in the amount of $229,668.86 because Mack 10 failed to show up for court.
The figure includes interest and attorney's fees.
Mack 10 has been the subject of several lawsuits as of late, getting taken to court over unpaid studio time and for allegedly failing to pay producers for beats.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
A British woman who's become a celebrity in the U.K. because she was born with two fully formed vaginas may finally be able to cash in on her crotch ... TMZ has learned she's just been offered $1 MILLION to bone on camera.
Her name is Hazel Jones -- and the 27-year-old beauty has been making the media rounds across the pond to discuss "uterus didelphys" ... a condition which caused her to develop 2 sets of female reproductive organs. In other words, two vaginal canals with two openings.
Hazel recently told British tabloid The Sun that she's not shy about her condition -- insisting she and her husband have shown it off at sex clubs around the U.K.
Enter Vivid Entertainment honcho Steve Hirsch ... who heard Hazel's story ... and immediately reached out to the woman with a MASSIVE offer to film her double hoo-hah in action.
In the letter, Hirsch writes, "You are obviously an extraordinary woman and I would like to make you an offer to star in an upcoming Vivid production. We would pay you up to $1 million for your services."
For the mathematically challenged, that's $500k per vagina.
To sweeten the deal, Hirsch says Jones can pick any XXX partner she wants in her movie -- adding, "We would fly you out to L.A. as soon as you are available and provide you with first class accommodations."
Rapper Rick Ross is involved in a paternity dispute with a Georgia woman, who claims he fathered her son.
A 36-year-old woman named Tyrisha Childers filed the paternity suit against Rick Ross in Broward County, Florida,TMZ.com reports.
The woman claims that Ross fathered her three-year-old child and is not paying up.
Childers says she has a zero income, aside from a $694 per month disability payment.
But Rick Ross has already filed a response to Childers’ paternity claims and denies he’s the father of her child.
The rapper is seeking a DNA test to prove that he is not the father.
Legal documents filed on behalf of the rapper claim that he never even slept with the woman.
Representatives for Rick Ross were not available as of press time.
Legendary R&B singer Etta James has died at the age of 73, it was announced today (January 20).
The singer died from complications related to leukemia, in a Riverside, California hospital.
Etta James was discovered by R&B pioneer Johnny Otis, who recorded James’ first hit “Dance with Me Henry.”
She was later signed to Chess Records by Harvey Fuqua of The Moonglows, where she recorded classic sides like “Something’s Gotta Hold On Me,” “Tell Mama,” “All I Could Do Was Cry,” and her best known song, “At Last.”
Etta James’ career was turbulent at times, due to an addiction to a variety of drugs, including heroin, alcohol and prescription painkillers.
Etta James won her first of three Grammy awards in the 1990s and in 1993, she was inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
“Three-time Grammy winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Etta James leaves behind a dynamic legacy spanning six decades,” Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said. “Her music knew no boundaries as she explored diverse genres including blues, soul, R&B, rock and roll, gospel and jazz. She will forever be remembered for her timeless ballad “At Last,” and a powerful voice that will echo around the world for generations to come. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, fans and all who have been stirred by her soulful songs and passion for music.”
Etta James’ music has been sampled by a number of Hip-Hop artists throughout the years.
Common sampled Etta James’ “Something’s Gotta Hold On Me” for his song “This Is Me,” while Kanye West sampled “My Funny Valentine” on his 2005 track “Addiction.”
Jay-Z’s wife, Beyoncé Knowles famously played Etta James in the movie “Cadillac Records,” which also starred Mos Def as Chuck Berry.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Earlier this week, the Hip-Hop world was shocked to learn super producer Swizz Beatz is the CEO of prominent Internet file-sharing service Megaupload.com. If having his cover blown wasn't enough to ruin Alicia Keys' hubby's workweek, today's news that the federal government shutdown the popular site and indicted many of his employees certainly should.
According to reports, the U.S. Department of Justice shut down Megaupload on Thursday (January 19) in an effort to stop online piracy. The federal indictment accuses Megaupload of being responsible for over $500 million in lost revenues as a result of unlawful file sharing. The shutdown is timely considering the recent Internet-wide buzz surrounding controversial anti-piracy legislation SOPA and PIPA that are currently up for consideration in the U.S. Congress.
In a statement released today, the U.S. Department of Justice described the takedown as "among the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought by the United States.” According to the statement, the site's executives will be charged with "racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement."
The site's founder, Kim Dotcom (formerly Kim Schmitz), was reportedly arrested this afternoon in Auckland, New Zealand and will be charged along with several of his company's top executives for violating current Internet piracy laws.
Swizz is yet to comment publically on the charges and there is no indication that the prolific hitmaker has been arrested or indicted at this time.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A Los Angeles woman was arrested on suspicion of prostitution after she allegedly offered sexual favors in exchange for Chicken McNuggets, Burbank police said.
Khadijah Baseer was seen opening customers’ car doors in a McDonald's drive-through on the 1700 block of Olive Avenue late Wednesday night, Officer Joshua Kendrick told the Burbank Leader.
A customer told police that Baseer asked for free Chicken McNuggets in exchange for sexual favors. The man said he declined the offer.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A vandal defaced a sign in front of a North Carolina Baptist Church to call Jay and Bey’s baby “Satan”…
ay-Z and Beyoncé’s baby, Blue Ivy Carter, hasn’t been on Earth for more than a week and is already being deemed satanic.
According to a sign in front of West End, North Carolina’s Beulah Baptist church, which was defaced by a vandal, Bey and Jay’s new bundle of joy is actually the devil incarnated. “Beyonce had her baby. Satan is on Earth,” the sign reads.
The pastor of the church, who insist his team had nothing to do with the apocalyptic message, tells TMZ he discovered the vandalism yesterday (January 9) after receiving numerous complaints from locals, and removed it immediately.
Blue Ivy Carter was born on Saturday (January 7) at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital. Two days later, the Carters released a statement thanking their fans.
Hello Hello Baby Blue!
We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.
Chopper a.k.a. Young City of Da Band and Making The Band fame, was allegedly shot in a botched robbery attempt last night in Chicago. Chopper took to his Twitter account today to announce that he survived with only minor injuries. He also got away with his jewelry in tact.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Kid, from the group Kid ‘n Play, recently missed a hearing for a DUI arrest from 2010, according to TMZ. However, the rapper born Chris Reid, of the movie House Party fame, has told the site that his no-show was merely due to a lack of communication, and his lawyer is attempting to fix the issue.
This is not the first time that the 47-year-old has been in this situation. Back in July, he missed a similar date, and, as a result, was brought in to jail in August.
Over the weekend, Tyga, too, faced issues due to a driving incident. The Young Money rapper was pulled over and arrested in Las Vegas when, during a routine traffic stop, it was revealed that there was a warrant out for his arrest for four other traffic violations. —Adam Fleischer
Monday, January 9, 2012
Lil Wayne's skate friendly clothing like, Trukfit, is almost here. Thundercup has photos of Weezy F. Baby's new line which features skate deck, baseball hats and tees. As previously reported, the line is inspired by Tunechi's passion for skateboarding (he dedicates a segment to the sport on his weekly 'Weezy's Sport's Corner' online sports show).
Despite the fact that the Rick Ross’ Rich Forever was undoubtably the most downloaded mixtape last week, many hip-hop fans have paid closer attention to the Drake verse that was seemingly directed at Chicago rapper Common on the French Montana assisted, “Stay Schemin’” track.
Although Drake didn’t say Common’s name, Common has already replied with a diss record over the same beat and has specifically called out Drake for his use of singing during his raps and the sensitive nature of some of his songs.
“My motto is Chicago b**ch, everybody know you’re sweet, what the problem is? / Don’t play dumb, I’m the one that acknowledged it, son of a b**ch I imagine what you father is/She said how you make your oppponent?/The rapper of the moment, the style he don’t own it…
And later Common raps:
Can’t say a ni**a name but you rap about a ni**as wife, you sho’ black and white tryna live a ni**a’s life/I’m taking too long with this amateur guy, you aint wet nobody ni**a, you Canada Dry. “
While the nature of the beef is unclear, some speculate that it could be centered around professional tennis star Serena Williams, who is rumored to have been involved with both artists.
“Soft ni**a, make no mistake, I’m taking to Drake,” Common concluded.
To make matters worse for Drake, Common concluded the song with Destiny Child’s song, “Say My Name” repeating in the background of the track.
Drake has not yet replied on Twitter or in any interviews as of press time.
Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested for possession of marijuana in Texas over the weekend.
TMZ.com reports that Snoop’s tour bus was stopped at a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, in West Texas.
During the Border Patrol agents’ routine search of the bus, a K-9 reacted to something in a waste basket.
Police said they found a red prescription bottle with several joints inside, with just under a half-ounce of marijuana.
According to TMZ.com, Snoop claimed responsibility for the marijuana since he has a prescription in California, but Texas has a zero-tolerance policy.
The rapper was issued a citation for misdemeanor drug possession and released.
He faces up to 180 days in jail.
Attempts to reach the rapper’s rep were unsuccessful.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
While fans seem to enjoy artists like Alicia Keys (aka DJ AK-47), Kanye West (aka DJ Yeezy World Peace) and Lil Wayne DJing in the club, others don't find it as amusing.
Salt-N-Peppa member DJ Spinderella Tweeted about her frustrations about artists turning into DJ's. Agree???
The celebutante daughters of Run-DMC beat master Rev. Run appear to be deadbeats when it comes to taxes.
Vanessa and Angela Simmons, made famous by four seasons of “Run’s House” on MTV, owe nearly a half million dollars in back taxes, according to the Detroit News’ Tax Watchdog column.
Angela Simmons, 24, owes a whopping $225,910 based on liens filed by Uncle Sam in New York and by state officials in Sacramento, Calif., the newspaper reported.
Vanessa, 28, is behind to the tune of $224,568 according to similar filings, Tax Watchdog said.
A publicist for the hip-hop princesses did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The sisters recently told Jet magazine they hoped to turn their Pastry Footwear line into a fashion empire after studying the success of the Phat Farm and Baby Phat lines launched by their uncle Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee.
They called their reality TV fame a mixed blessing.
“The best is being able to inspire young people who look up to us to star their own business. The negative is feeling like you’re always being judged,” Angela Simmons told Jet.