Monthly Archives July 2008

Dr. Dre for US Team

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It turns out that Dr. Dre is a heavy influence on the USA Olympic basketball team just as much as Dr. J is. The dream team travelled to China in style over the weekend thanks to the rap mogul and LeBron James. The Cleveland Cavaliers star bought the entire team ‘Beats by Dr. Dre’ headphones for the long flight. Here’s to hoping that the basketball star gets paid back in gold as those crazy music accessories are worth $350 each. Talk about breaking your bank account. Hey, if it gets his teammates to pass him the ball more often than they’d really like to then it has made its point.

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Lil Wayne Rip Off Lawsuit

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Lil Wayne is getting into more trouble as he’s now being accused of ripping off the Rolling Stones. The rapper behind the lollipop song is being sued by a music publishing company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones tune ‘Play With Fire’. Abkco Music Inc. is claiming that Lil Wayne released an alternate version of the song without their permission. The company is suit for copyright infringement and is seeking unspecified damages. The company is also calling his version “explicit, racist and offensive”. If it was a rip off, he wouldn’t have done too much to make it explicit. It’s a Rolling Stones tune. It was likely to have explicit undertones to begin with.

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Chris Brown’s Reality

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Don’t be surprised if I tell you that another reality TV show is in the works. Chris Brown is teaming up with ‘Survivor’ producer Mark Burnett to make a new dance competition series with an emphasis on hip hop/street dance. The R&B sensation will pit contestants against one another in impromptu dance-offs in the as yet untitled project with Chris choosing the winner of each round. Chris commented on the show saying “Dancing is more than just a way of moving, it’s a different expression of music. That’s what I want to focus on with this show.” Burnett also commented on why he chose Chris for the show saying “Chris Brown really is a superstar, and someone who lives and breathes music and dance — so his credibility is massive in this arena. It’s his show; he’s headlining it...

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Run DMC star hospitalized

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Rap star Darryl McDaniels has been admitted to a New Jersey hospital, where he is expected to undergo surgery to remove two major blood clots later today.

The rapper had recently been suffering from pain and swelling in his left arm. The pain became so intense he went to the hospital, where doctors discovered the blockages.

It’s unclear how long the 44-year-old will remain in the hospital, but the unexpected sick-bay stay forced him out of a planned appearance at the AVP Beach Vollyeball Tournament scheduled to take place in Brooklyn tomorrow and air live on NBC.

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Akon is Free

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Akon is still guaranteed to be a free man, at least for a month more. The criminal case against the hip hop artist has been adjourned until next month, on August 6th. The case is from an incident last year when Akon threw a 15-year old fan offstage at the 2007 KFEST concert in June. In December 2007, Akon plead not guilty to charges of second degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a minor. The boy’s mother, Patricia Smith, attended the case hearing this week and said that it was pretty typical. She says “People can just hang in there long enough until the case goes in their favor.” If he gets convicted, the singer can face up to a year and 15 days in the pokey.

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Jimi Hendrix guitar to make a million

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A guitar Jimi Hendrix burnt on stage more than 40 years is about to go to auction.

The 1965 Fender Stratocaster, which he doused in lighter fluid and then set on fire at the Astoria in London in March 1967, is expected to fetch around $1million.

Hendrix injured himself after he lit the guitar and had to be taken to hospital with minor burns on his hands.

Hendrix did his burning guitar stunt twice during his career. The one up for auction is the only one still in existence.

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Hip Hop for Barack Obama

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Who knew that the Democrats were so cool? It has been revealed that Kanye West, NERD and Wyclef Jean will be performing at the Democratic National Convention in Denver next month. Hollywood Democrats who plan to attend the convention include the likes of Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Forrest Whitaker, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cheryl Hines and Ed Norton, who’s been shooting a documentary about Barack Obama’s race to the White House. That’s definitely one star-studded occasion. I wonder how the Republicans are going to compete with that. Maybe they can have Heidi Montag perform and have Spencer Pratt be the musical director for John McCain.

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Mobb Deep Lawsuit

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The members of the rap group Mobb Deep recently filed a lawsuit against their ex-manager who they claim jacked their music without their permission. Prodigy and Havoc, whose real names are Albert Johnson and Kejuan Muchita respectively, say that their former manager Norman Bell used their recordings on ‘best of’ albums that were never authorized by group members. Albums, they allege, they didn’t get any payments or royalties for. They say that Bell, who calls himself ‘Purfek Storm’ owes them over a million dollars in back royalties. Did anyone even buy those albums that they’re talking about? Bell could just have no money since no one cared about the ‘best of’ albums.

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Coldplay’s album No.1 in 36 countries

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Coldplay’s album Viva La Vida has to date been the No.1 selling album in 36 countries around the world, including in the U.S., where it held the top spot for two weeks, and in the U.K. where the album has been No.1 for the last four weeks.

Coldplay’s previous album, the 10 million-selling X&Y, reached No.1 in 32 countries in 2005.

In a number of countries, including the U.K., France, Germany and Japan, first week sales of Viva La Vida exceeded those of X&Y, and Viva La Vida has already been certified gold or platinum in 31 countries including platinum in the USA, Germany and Australia and double platinum in the U.K. and Canada.

In many countries Viva La Vida held the top spot on the album chart in its second week, including in the USA, U.K...

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The Game Stiffs The Family

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The Game is pissing off people left and right and he doesn’t seem to care just who he’s running over. The latest group to join in on the ‘Hate The Game’ movement is his own family. They claim that the rapper promised to finance part of his cousin’s funeral but when it came to paying up, they ended up getting stiffed. A family member claims that the rapper volunteered to pay half of the funeral costs but then went underground before they could get the money. The rapper then unexpectedly showed up at the funeral last weekend where things got heated when the issue of cash came up. Apparently, a brawl went down. Have you no respect for the dead?

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