Lil Kim Addresses Nicki Minaj's "Stupid Hoe" Single
2 Chainz Arrested For Carrying... Brass Knuckles?
Lil Boosie Gets 8 Years in Prison on Drug Charges
Kriss Kross "Live" 20TH Anniversary Concert
R&B Singer Vest Williams Found Dead At 53
Jermaine Dupri Talks About So So Def 20th Anniversary
Rapper DMX Talks About Drugs, Dog Fighting And Recovery
Lady Gaga Dabbles In Cocaine, Not Sex
Gaga also tells her interviewer that she avoids having sex for fear of losing her creative drive. "I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone they're going to take my creativity from me through my vagina," she explains.
In the cover story for Vanity Fair's September issue, Lady Gaga admits that she occasionally does cocaine. The singer says that she uses the drug "a couple of times a year" but doesn't condone drug use to her fans because it has "led to disaster" for her in the past.
Motown Legend Nick Ashford Dies at 70
Nick Ashford, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died at age 70.
Ashford and Simpson's relationship stretched more than four decades. They met in 1964 in a New York City church. Ashford, a South Carolina native, had come to the city to pursue a dance career. Simpson was a music student, and after connecting with her, they decided to start to write songs together.
Their first major success occurred when they came up with "Let's Go Get Stoned" for Ray Charles. The bluesy, gospel-tinged song became a huge hit for Charles, and soon, they came to the attention of Motown Records and began penning hits for their artists.
The duo, married for 38 years, helped sell millions of records for several artists. In an industry where marriages and partnerships are fleeting, Ashford and Simpson stood the test of time.
A member of Nicki Minaj's team was killed, and another man critically injured, after a stabbing in Philadelphia in the early morning hours of Wednesday. De'Von Pickett, 29, Minaj's tour manager, died after being rushed to a local hospital, while Eric Parker, 27, remains in critical condition.
'We believe that both of the victims, as well as the perpetrator, were all inside of this bar and that’s when an argument started,' said Chief inspector Scott Small. Small said that they expect Parker to survive.
And while the incident was possibly caught on camera, the man responsible for the stabbings is still at large, having been last seen driving off in a gray Buick LeSabre. He is believed to be around 30-years-old.
According to witnesses, the stabbing had to do with a recently fired employee, though police have yet to verify that story. Minaj's tour begins next month in Europe in support of her new album The Pinkprint.
Nicki Minaj Tour Manager Stabbed To Death
Cali Swag District's M-Bone Killed in Drive-By Shooting
Montae Talbert, known as M-Bone of the West Coast hip-hop group Cali Swag District, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood, Calif., according to multiple reports.
An Inglewood police spokesperson who says that M-Bone "sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the head" while in his car on La Brea Avenue. He was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.
Cali Swag District is best known for setting of a dance craze with its hit "Teach Me How to Dougie," which sold 1.6 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 9 on Hot Hip-Hop/R&B Songs and No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2010.
Rapper Slim Dunkin Shot Dead in Atlanta
Fantasia Announces She's Pregnant: 'I Don't Have to Hide It'
Teena Marie Cause of Death Unclear Following Autopsy
Investigators say an autopsy on 54-year-old R&B singer Teena Marie whose real name is Mary Christine Brockert revealed no signs of trauma, but it likely will be weeks before a cause of death will be determined.
Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said that toxicology tests that could determine Marie's cause of death take about six weeks.
Winter says her body showed no signs of trauma and no illegal drugs were found in the Pasadena home where she died.
Marie, the singer of hits like "Lovergirl" who was often called the "Ivory Queen of Soul," was found unresponsive by family members in her home.
Police said in a statement that the death appeared to be from natural causes.
Bobby Brown: 'I'm Not the Reason' Whitney Houston's Gone
Not Necessarily Music News, But It's Damn Sure Entertaining
A suburban Atlanta jury awarded $40,000 to a man who says musician Kid Rock and his entourage beat him and smashed his cell phones during a 2007 fight at a Waffle House restaurant.
Harlen Akins sued Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie, and five members of his entourage over the fight.
DeKalb County State Court Judge Johnny Panos dismissed two of the defendants.
Akins' lawyer Eric Hertz reiterated after the verdict that it wasn't about money. "We feel vindicated and we are very satisfied," he said.
Rapper Ja Rule is set to serve two years in prison stemming from a July 2007 gun bust, when both he and rapper Lil Wayne were arrested following a concert performance. The plea deal was reached in a Manhattan courtroom, during when the Murder Inc. rapper plead guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony in the second degree. If the Queens native had gone to trial and been found guilty, he could have faced up to seven years in jail. Now, he'll likely serve 16 months in prison followed by a year and a half of probation.
Ja Rule is expected to be sentenced in February 2011. "Minor setback for a major comeback," he tweeted after reaching the deal.
Last year, Lil Wayne reached a plea deal in his case as well, and began serving his one-year sentence March of this year. He completed his time and is currently in probabion for another incident that took place in Arizona.
The son and second wife of Teddy Pendergrass are locked in a battle over the late R&B singer's estate. Teddy Pendergrass II and Joan Pendergrass have produced conflicting wills since the singer died of colon cancer in January.
The son claims a will from May 2009 names him executor and sole beneficiary. The widow claims a later document on which she signed her name as the singer's attorney gives her control. Teddy Pendergrass II tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that his father left him in charge of the family. Joan Pendergrass' attorney denies a money grab, saying the estate has few assets. Attorneys for both sides met with a judge last week but failed to reach a compromise.
Teddy Pendergrass is best known as the singer of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and other hits.
R & B singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy a second time, claiming she has run up debts of between $10 million and 50 million. The 43-year-old previously filed for bankruptcy in 1998 for debts of $3.9 million. All of her personal household possessions were tagged and marked for sale to pay off her creditors, including her prestigious awards. She said at the time that the highly publicised bankruptcy had taught her a lesson and that she subsequently changed her business strategy. 'I learned that I had to believe in myself and not just to be comfortable with the opinions of others. 'I'm just more in control; I dot the I's and cross the T's ... I finalize everything. Either way it seems little has changed over the past twelve years, as she files for chapter 7once again.
In the bankruptcy documents Braxton lists amongst her creditors: AT&T phone company, The Four Seasons Hotels, DirecTV, Neiman Marcus [an upmarket department store], Tiffany & Co. BMW Financial Services, American Express and Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.
Despite selling 40 million records the IRS filed a lien against her for $396,000 earlier this year.
Nicki Minaj's former manager Debra Antney, who happens to be the mother of Waka Flocka Flame, recent reviewed Minaj's debut album, "Pink Friday." Ms Antney said that she feels the album let fans down. It’s terrible. I like some stuff, but she went too left. I don’t think people were ready for her to come [out with pop]. When I had Nicki, I really wanted her to sing. That’s why I took her for training cause Nicki loves singing, but she kept saying to me, ‘Deb, I can’t do it yet because people won’t understand.’ And that’s why the [rap] mixture was done to introduce them to all of Nicki. I think [Pink Friday] was very disappointing to a lot of her fans. She didn’t need a lot of [the] features. That was one of the biggest things like… you gave people so many features, give them you now. Nicki could be so much better because—outside of anything that people say—she’s very multi-talented. I really wish that she would learn to be more of an artist.
I didn’t particularly care for ["Roman's Revenge"], but when Eminem came in I liked it. He made the song. [Nicki] didn’t have to go there with [Lil' Kim]. My views on that is that she came too far to go back that route. So I was just a little disappointed [by her album], but if she likes it, "I Love It".
Rapper Khia Calls Nicki Minaj A "Weezy-Wannabe Wh*re"
It seems like every once-popular rap female is trying to get a piece of the Nicki Minaj success pie. The latest rapstress to go at Nicki is "My Neck, My Back" femcee Khia, who took to her blog to blast Nicki and her recently-released "Pink Friday" album. Read what she had to say below.
"This b**ch needs to be SHOT on site…It smells WORSER than the gas that's coming out of my *SS, from all of the Turkey that I ate over the Thanksgiving weekend. Someone needs to give this B**CH a FLEET Enima [sic] and "FLUSH" her IMMEDIATELY, She is nothing but a "Ghostwritten", Weezy-wannabe WHORE! "I can't believe I wasted my $13.99 on this BULL S**T, I told yall that it aint no damn Barbies in the hood. I can't wait for Matel [sic] to sue this b**tch for all of the $3.60 that she earned! When is this b**ch gonna learn that they stealing all of the money?"
"Worser"? Really? Sigh. And there's more. She also took shots at Foxy Brown, saying, "Nicki, please give Inga [Foxy Brown] the number to your plastic surgeon and your shrink while you are at! Maybe, you guys can tag team!"
Although no one's been convicted for the death of Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace since his 1997 slaying, it appears a task force made up of local and federal law enforcement agencies is still actively searching for the killer. According to CNN, two sources close to the investigation say the agencies began to pursue leads again a couple of months ago when they came across new information involving the Los Angeles Police Department, L.A. County District Attorney's Office and the FBI.
Biggie, 24, was killed in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, after leaving a music industry party. The gunman pulled up to his Suburban driving a Chevy Impala and opened fire on Biggie, who was sitting in the passenger seat. Retired Los Angeles Police Detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Notorious B.I.G. case, told CNN he believes Knight was behind Biggie's murder, although he was behind bars for violating his probation at the time of the killing. He added that he retired early from the LAPD, in part, because he was discouraged from following leads in the case that involved police officers, some of who worked off-duty for Death Row Records.
Nine years ago hip-hop and R&B lost a great soul too soon. Rapper, singer, dancer and songwriter, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes lost her life in a fatal car accident in Roma, Honduras at the age of 30.
Lopes was working on a documentary of her "spiritual journey" and headed to herbal healing village, The Usha Herbal Resource Institute, when she lost control of her rented Mitsubishi, veered off the road and turned over several times. Lopes died on the scene.
Lopes is best known as being the outspoken, feisty rapper in R&B group TLC. The multi-platinum group was behind such No. 1 hits as "No Scrubs," "Waterfalls" and "Unpretty". TLC sold 15.6 million albums in the U.S. and is the second-biggest selling female R&B group of the past 20 years.
Big-voiced R&B diva Vesta Williams, perhaps best-known for her 1980s hits "Don't Blow A Good Thing" and "Congratulations," has been found dead of a possible drug overdose in a Southern California hotel room.
Born Mary Vesta Williams on Dec. 1, 1957, to a disc jockey in Coshocton, Ohio, she had hits with "Once Bitten Twice Shy," "Sweet, Sweet Love" and the torch song "Congratulations," where she emotionally bids goodbye to her ex, about to marry someone else, on his wedding day.
Williams diminutive frame belied her powerful, soulful pipes. Her initial success in the music industry came as a background singer for artists ranging from Chaka Khan, Anita Baker and Sting. But she would eventually establish her career with release of her first album, "Vesta," in 1986.
Williams is survived by an adult daughter.
'American Idol' winner Fantasia Barrino announced she was pregnant to a benefit concert audience telling fans she has nothing to hide. This will be the R&B star's second child.
The 27-year-old North Carolina native was at a performance celebrating the opening of the Riverview Apartments in Jacksonville, Florida when she decided to let them in on a secret.
No word on who the father is, but the news comes amid reports Barrino is back together with her ex-boyfriend Antwaun Cook, with whom she had an affair while he was still married. In August of 2010, the 'I'm Doin Me' star was hospitalized in North Carolina after overdosing on aspirin and a sleep aid.
Georgia rapper 2 Chainz (real name: Tauheed Epps) was arrested at New York's LaGuardia Airport when brass knuckles were discovered in his carry-on bag. 2 Chainz apparently enjoys carrying around brass knuckles -- and the TSA is reportedly not too cool with the MC's latest accessory.
The rapper, who was scheduled to perform at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh was reportedly boarding a plane to North Carolina when the TSA found the brass knuckles in his bag. 2 Chainz was slapped with a misdemeanor possession of a criminal weapon charge and taken into custody.
The plot of the arrest quickly thickened when 2 Chainz's G.O.O.D. Music companion Big Sean posted on Twitter, "2 chainz ain't have no brass knuckles, it was a 4 finger ring that spelled hood.
A rep from Def Jam could not confirm the reported arrest.
Authorities say singer Patricia 'Bonnie" Pointer of the Pointer Sister has been arrested for investigation of possesing rock cocaine. Sheriff's spokeman Steve Whitmore says the 61-year-old singer was arrested in South Los Angeles after the car she was riding in was pulled over for a mechanical malfunction. Deputies say she was released after posting $10,000 bail.
In a statement issued through her manager Robert Watson, Pointer thanked the public for their support and prayers. Watson declined comment on the arrest.
The Pointer Sisters grew up singing in church. Patricia and June formed a duo and were singing in clubs when Anita and Ruth joined them. The sisters released their first album in 1973 and won a Grammy in 1974. Bonnie left in 1977 for a solo career.
Incarcerated rapper Lil Boosie was sentenced to an eight-year hard labor prison term after he pled guilty to three counts of conspiring to smuggle contraband into two state prisons.
The 28-year-old Baton Rouge native (real name: Torrance Hatch) has been accused of attempting to smuggle drugs into Dixon Correctional Center as well as Angola State Penitentiary. The rapper is currently serving time on another drug charge related to a 2009 conviction.
Lil Bossie is also awaiting trial on first-degree murder charge stemming from the death of Terry Byd. The rapper is accused of hiring Michael Louding to kill the 35-year old Boyd and has pleded not guilty to the charge.
Following the sentencing, Lil Bossie requested transfer to a drug rehab.
In his first interview since the death of Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown says it's "not true" that he introduced the late diva to drugs. "I didn't get high before I met Whitney ... I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all."
Brown said that he saw Houston just a week before her death in February, which came on the eve of the Grammy Awards. She "had this glow about her… she looked really well," Brown said, adding that he was "hurt" by the news that cocaine was a factor in her death.
"I didn't know she was struggling with it still. But at the same time, you know-- listen, it's a hard fight. It's a hard fight to, you know, maintain sobriety that way," he said. Brown, who said he's "very much clean and sober from narcotics," was charged with a DUI last month in Los Angeles.
Houston's death at age 48 was officially ruled an accidental drowning. Cocaine, as well as marijuana, was found in her system.
Music's First Couple has been hit with yet another round of divorce rumblings, this time courtesy of the New York Post, which claims that Beyonce and Jay-Z plan to call it quits at the conclusion of their On the Run world tour despite the fact that the rapper is "doing all in his power to keep the couple together." The anonymous source goes on to claim that the duo, who tied the knot in 2008, have been struggling with marital strife for years long before they were involved in the highly-publicized elevator blowup that put their relationship under the microscope earlier this year and that they decided to have a baby as a way of fixing their broken relationship.
According to the couple's so-called pal, the musical duo reconciled after Beyonce gave birth to their first and only child, daughter Blue Ivy, in January 2012: "For just a split moment, things got real for them and [Beyonce] was even talking about adding to the family," said the snitch. "But, after a while, Jay was out doing Jay and Bey was out doing Bey.