Daily Archives: June 2, 2010
While the idea may sound rather sentimental and come off as a nice gesture, too many have had to learn the hard way that tattooing the names of their significant others is never the best option to scar their body with.
For Nas, a substantial amount of grief, and even more reported child and spousal support has come from a woman that he left inked on his right arm.
There are now reports, however, that the rapper has chosen to get rid of the reminder and will build upon it instead of having it completely removed.
“Kelis said her milkshake bring all the boys to the yard, then Nas went, and tattooed the b*tch on his arm.” -50 Cent
Another up close look at BEFORE:
Khloe Kardashian is two months pregnant. Her sister Kourtney gave birth to son Mason Dash Disick on December 14, 2009 and Khloe is so in love with the baby that she wanted one of her own! Khloe married Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom on September 27, 2009. “Khloe was inspired by Kourtney having a baby,” a source close to the family tells RadarOnline.com. “Lamar is happy and ecstatic” about having a baby with Khloe.
“Khloe is having cravings of fruit and ice cream,” the source told RadarOnline.com.
“They’re really happy, but Lamar is a little weary of exposing his baby on TV. He already doesn’t like his life being played out for everyone to see eight months of the year.”
Lamar’s misgivings stem from the fact that Khloe’s pregnancy is sure to be featured on the family’s reality TV show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
So much so, the Kardashian clan has gone into lockdown over our report.
Our sources reveal a cautious Khloe wants to keep the announcement secret until it could be announced on the show — and until she passed through the vital first trimester.
Lamar has two children with Liza Morales, who has been critical of her ex and Khloe in various interviews.
Rematch of the 2008 Finals when the Lakers were all finesse (no Bynum who was injured and Artest who wasn’t there) and Celtics were a little younger (but now Rondo is more experienced as is Perkins). Lakers have home court advantage and the “real” best player in the NBA. But Celtics have three legit hall of famers and one (Rondo) who looks like he is on his way. Will Lamar Odom and Lakers bench wilt under the Celtics defensive pressure? Will the Celtics be able to run wild with Rondo at the point? Who wins and how many games? Lakers have home court: Games 1-2 in LA, Games 3-5 in Boston, Games 6-7 in LA.
Teyana Taylor was spotted getting her dance on at Compound Nightclub in Atlanta. While popin it hard Teyana lost a little bit of her top a few times and bam! No one should be mad at all, it happens. The girl can sure can dance. She
must be a dancer because I’m still not sure what she does beyond having a great publicist.
So they say the record industry’s dying? Somebody forgot to tell Warner Music’s Boss of Bosses.
Complex.com: You can call Lyor Cohen by his official title: Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group. Or you can simply call him “the check writer.” Starting in the ’80s as Run-DMC’s road manager, the now 50-year-old American-born “tall Israeli” has become hip-hop’s industry standard, having helped build Island Def Jam into a juggernaut by signing acts like Jay-Z, DMX, Slick Rick,and EPMD. In 2004, he moved over to Warner and has continued molding stars, including T.I., Trey Songz, and Lupe Fiasco. Cohen recently sat with us to discuss why his son doesn’t like talking rap with him, his disappointment over not signing Drake, and the reason he doesn’t see much of himself in today’s young music executives.
A lot of people say that the music industry is moving toward music becoming free. Is that a viable model going forward?
Lyor Cohen: If it’s free, then how would record labels support paying their staff and signing new artists? I think it would be bad for culture and the art if artists and people who develop the apparatus to support those artists don’t get paid. How about this: Look at the vibe around the world about America and Americans after eight years of Bush. People who adored us and aspired to our democracy and our society turned their backs on us. Content that’s generated out of America, whether it be film or music, has, in my opinion, much greater impact in sustaining our credibility and our place as a cultural capital. This is our great export.
What does it say that Gucci Mane, one of your biggest artists, made his name by releasing a slew of original material for free?
Lyor Cohen: Well, I’m not convinced he didn’t get paid, because a lot of those mixtapes were sold. I don’t doubt that mom and pop stores sold them, but a lot of people got them for free. That has more to do with some of the corrections that need to happen in our business and the delivery of our music, whether it be radio or new Internet programming. He may have been frustrated that he wasn’t able to get his music out.
You’ve played an integral part in hip-hop for 25 years. Nowadays, people complain about the state of rap. What do you say to people who think hip-hop’s best days are behind it?
Lyor Cohen: I like moments of staleness and mildew, simply because it creates the lane for change. Remember when everything was full of color and happy-dappy when Bad Boy was running everything and then we came with DMX? Do you remember that summer? How excited people got? That’s my favorite moment—when I sit on a porch in the summertime and the air gets really thick. There’s no breeze. The birds start darting around. And then all of a sudden a violent storm comes through—raindrops as big as cups; lighting and thunder. I know when things get stale there’s someone making an opportunity. Rap now is multi-generational, which has its own issues. My son is a big Cudi fan, but he does not like talking to me about Kid Cudi.
It’s not like you don’t know anything about Cudi. Why wouldn’t he want to talk to you?
Lyor Cohen: Fuckin’ kids don’t want knowledge from their 50-year-old dad. Kids want to have their own shit. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the business.
Speaking of new artists, many people were expecting Drake to sign with you at Warner Music. Did it disappoint you that he ended up going with Universal Motown?
Lyor Cohen: A very disappointing thing. But I’m a lover of rap music. I want good things to happen to this industry. I have so much good fortune and already have everything. I feel like we have a terrific company, and we’re very old-school in that once we grip someone’s hand, fundamentally we believe that’s a deal. But that’s not this generation. They’ll grip someone’s hand and say they’re coming, but if someone offers them more they will renege. That’s not how we get down.
Did Drake do that?
Lyor Cohen: I’ll keep that between Drake and myself.
Have you met any young executives that you see a lot of yourself in?
Lyor Cohen: I haven’t. Only because this generation is handicapped by the era of excess. I grew up in an era of love and swimming upstream, determined to prove people wrong. We had chips on our shoulders, like, “We belong here.” But now it’s the most popular, biggest segment of the industry. We’ve had a decade of private planes and Maybachs. That’s not the era that I came from. The era I came from, I had zero expectation that I was going to make any money. I was determined to prove to the gatekeepers of the industry that we had a place here and we weren’t going to relinquish our opportunity. I never had to keep up with nobody because we were all on subways. So it was never like, “My subway is bigger and flyer than your subway.” And there was a real fraternal order. We were backstage with Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring, and we had zero fucking money. But everybody wanted us in the VIP room because we were doing something that was so important to them. People understood that it wasn’t if it was going to happen, it was when it was going to happen.