The recording industry can be treacherous for new artists. Record labels and crooked managers often prey on the uniformed. However, if they are lucky enough to survive those initial years in the business and get out of bad contracts – artists generally gain a lot of valuable knowledge, and should fare much better in future deals.
Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas is an exception to that rule. Although we haven’t heard about her having to deal with bad contracts yet. The singer admits that after 26 years, she’s learned next to nothing about the business side of the industry. Instead she relies on her parents, lawyers and a therapist to insure she doesn’t get taken advantage of.
“Well, I’m still learning about the music business because it’s changing. There are all these different things coming up because of technology. It was a different world back then; it was very straight and simple: You got a record deal, you made an album, you got new fans. Now it’s all these 360 deals and all these different… You know what? The business side of it? That’s not my cup of tea. Will.I.Am’s great at it. He thrives on it. It’s just not my personality. I want to get straight to the art. The other part of it? I have my business team explain it to me. I actually have conference calls where I have my mom and dad on the phone, my accountant, my lawyer… Once in a while, I even have my therapist on these calls,” she told Billboard
I’m not kidding. Because there’s so much smoke… I’m very cut to the chase; that’s my personality. I don’t like to speak in circles. So when people do that I’m trying to find out, “OK, guys, what are we really talking about here?” So my therapist listens in. Because it’s very important to make informed decisions. I can be very impulsive, which is great as an artist but not as a businesswoman. So I have to slow down and surround myself with a great support team. So that’s what I’ve learned, that I need to surround myself with a team that can help me. It’s part of knowing that you don’t know it all.“
Hopefully Fergie’s people are looking out for her best interests. I’d hate to hear about her being broke in the future because of mismanagement.
Rapper’s generally aren’t the first people you think of when it comes to answering questions about political issues.
That’s not to say that rhyme sayers aren’t aware of what’s going on in the world.
Take Roc Nation CEO Jay-Z, for instance. He’s developed a friendship with our current President, Barack Obama. Also one of his good friends Kanye West, has recently been raked over the coals for five year old comments he made about former Commander In Chief, George Bush.
When the Associated Press asked about the Kanye West situation, Hov defended his friend.
“I think what Kanye went through was, he himself became that, over the Taylor Swift incident. People said he was racist. And he’s not a racist person, so it made him reflect on the comments that he made. But I 100 percent agreed with the comments that he made, because again … it felt like it was being done to black people. Like all you saw on the news was black people with help signs and all this stuff, and then you have this picture of the commander in chief, who we all rely on, just flying by. It’s like, What is that? If that had happened anywhere else besides New Orleans, would the response been so slow? Would Bush been on the ground? You have to ask these sort of questions. Just the fact that he thinks that the worst thing that happened to him is Kanye saying something about him. Like, what? That alone shows you where his mind is. Are you kidding me?” Hov said
A lot of people don’t remember that Hov got into a serious legal jam back in 1999, when he stabbed record executive Lance “Un” Rivera. At the time Jay-Z thought Lance had leaked his new album ‘Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter.‘ He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge that resulted in a sentence of three years probation.
Hov was asked to compare his situation to Lil Wayne’s recent incarceration on gun charges.
“The same sort of thing almost happened to me, and I pride myself on being a disciplined person. I was looking out for that sort of thing. I was trying to avoid it, and it still happened to me, so it just goes to show how difficult it is. Once you become a so-called celebrity, your life or your decisions don’t stop. You have to make smarter decisions, because you’ve grown up living your life a certain way. Most people grow up and just smoke weed. You just smoke weed and think, “OK, I’ll keep weed in my pocket.” Now that you’re a celebrity, it’s a whole different sort of thing. Celebrities need to be conscious and know who they are, because the same choices they made as a civilian will cost them years as a celebrity.“
Finally Jay weighed in on the current troubles President Obama has been facing.
“I believe the same thing about Barack that I believed at day one. What he represents is bigger than any political agenda that he can pass across the House, Senate or whatever. I think that right now he’s going through a difficult period because people are putting the last eight years on his table and they’re judging him by it. You can’t expect a man to clean up eight years of mess in two years; it’s just bad math. It’s impossible.”
Snoop Dogg Speaks On Willie Nelson’s Weed Arrest
Legendary country singer and marijuana advocate, Willie Nelson was arrested recently for carrying six ounces of the herb and when TMZ asked West Coast MC, Snoop Dogg what he thought about the arrest, the singer’s fellow weed lover wasn’t having it.
“They better leave willie the f**k alone why are the f**king with willie nelson,” Snoop Dogg told TMZ. “Sometimes y’all need to back up off certain people and have a certain amount of respect for your elders. he’s somebody who lived through many decades of the music business, and hard times. give him that respect.
The arrest was sparked on November 27th, when Hudspeth County officials took note of a marijuana aroma on Nelson’s tour bus during a checkpoint.
After a thorough search of the bus, officers found drugs belonging to the country icon.
Snoop Dogg, who has a license to legally smoke marijuana in California, was disgusted at the cop’s arrest of the of the the 77-year old musician, and went off on camera.
“Who’s the motherf**ker that arrested him? Who is the police officer that said ‘you are under arrest and have the right to remain silent,’ you dumb motherf**ker you, you stupid motherf**ker you! What you think you are going to gain by arresting Willie Nelson? He got out and he’s back smoking right now.”
A Hudspeth County Sheriff reported that Nelson was released on a $2000 bond, and if convicted, he could spend up to 180 days in jail.
“He could get 180 days in county jail, which if he does, I’m going to make him cook and clean. He can wear the stripy uniforms just like the other ones do,” said Sheriff Arvin West.
Ricky Rozay addresses the Jeezy war of words in the new issue of The Source magazine. Check out an excerpt from the article below:
Has the phone call between you and Young Jeezy taken place yet?
Nah. That hasn’t happened. It’s nothing I’m looking forward to.
You guys have worked together before. It seemed the camaraderie between you two was genuine. The last summer he put out his own “B.M.F.” freestyle, he told me personally it wasn’t abbot you. Did you feel disrespected?
I’m not sure what was going on. [the freestyle] was most definitely [disrespectful], whatever it was. Then the explanations seemed sideways, less than G.
What’s more surprising; a diss record by somebody you were cool with or by somebody you don’t know?’
It’s most definitely when we always touching distance from each other. I’m tight here. It’s not like I’m in Miami and you in New York. We see each other. That’s the only issue I had. It was sideways. So I made a record, “Summer’s Mine” just to [let him know], if we gonna play that sport, let’s put it on the table like men. If it was just a freestyle that the world took the wrong way, leave it alone. That’s how I took it.
A Pennsylvania teen has been charged with murder after confessing to the police that he killed his mother and dumped her body behind their south Philadelphia home.
Kendall Anderson, 16, has been charged as an adult in the death of 37-year-old Rashida Anderson who police say he bludgeoned to death with a hammer and piece of wooden furniture.
Police say that Anderson murdered his mother and disposed of the body in an alley behind the house they shared by dumping a dresser on top of the corpse.
He then called the police to report her missing.
After other family members suspected foul play and notified police, authorities searched the home and found a trail of blood leading to the body.
Anderson later confessed to the crimes.
Anderson has no violent criminal record, though records show he was arrested charged with theft of a laptop from his school.
He is now charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and related crimes.
Police have not released a motive for the killing.
As if the country of Haiti didn’t have enough problems, police report that throngs of Haitians fearing a cholera epidemic have murdered those whom they accused of trying to spread the disease, including through witchcraft.
According to one police inspector,
”A dozen people accused of importing cholera to a region that so far has been spared were killed with machetes and stones and their corpses were burned in the streets.
Prosecutor, Kesner Numa says many of them were killed because they were believed to be using black magic to spread the disease.
”These people are accused of witchcraft related to cholera. The attackers believed the victims were trying to ”plant a substance that spreads the disease in the region.”
According to Numa the first lynching case took place last week and since then an incident has occurred every day.
Six people were butchered or stoned to death in the town of Chambellan and five others in Marfranc and Dame Marie, according to reports.
”They really believe that witches are taking advantage of the cholera epidemic to kill, says Numa,” even to the point of some residents refusing to co-operate with investigations into the killings.
It was not immediately clear if any of the victims had cholera.
Voodoo is a very widespread practice in Haiti and half of Haiti’s population is believed to practice some form of the voodoo religion.
The cholera epidemic has killed 1,817 people in Haiti since mid-October.