Dear Rick Ross:
As someone who survived several rap beefs, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the threats and attempts on your life. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of your debut album, Port of Miami, in 2006. You’ve arrived, buddy.
But all this gangster bullshit is jeopardizing your career. No club or arena is going to risk people getting shot. You can forget about doing any tours or CD signings. And if you can’t make money, watch how fast Warner Bros. Records turns on you. I know from experience how venues and the music industry would like to black ball you.
You have the Gangster Disciples breathing down your neck because you’ve named-dropped Larry Hoover, the gang’s founder, in your music. Unlike the record and book publishing industries, these bad dudes don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting rich forever by rapping about their leader, and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube talking about how you need to go see them and cut a check.
It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your earnings on heavy security or risking your freedom by purchasing an arsenal. Remember, that’s what landed T.I. and Lil Wayne in prison. You don’t want that to happen to you. However, those are the consequences of rapping about being something you’re not.
Hip-hop has a rich history of college guys who never committed a crime rapping about moving kilos of cocaine and taking out snitches. Every gangster rapper takes on the role of a real hood legend to build up street cred. But I don’t want you to fall into the trap of believing you are really a gangster.
Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Biggie Smalls or Tupac. It’s time you squash your beefs.
T.I. is covering the Feb/March 2013 issue of The Source magazine. Find out about T.I. possible 75 million deal and his role in “Identity Theft”.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards wil take place this coming weekend at the Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center in Atlanta and will air Tuesday, October 9.
50 Cent and Fat Joe are rumored to put their long standing feud aside this weekend in the name of their late manager, Chris Lighty. Complex is reporting that former acts from Violator management including 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and more will perform a medley of hits in a tribute to the Hip-Hop super-manager. BET’s Vice President of Communications Tracy McGraw refused to confirm the details of Complex’s report. When asked if BET could deny the same thing, McGraw explained: “That’s a good question. I think we’ll just go with ‘Could not confirm.’”
Chris Brown is prepping up for another tour. The singer was spotted rocking his natural black hair again while hitting the club with Sean Kingston last night in L.A.
Rocking his shiny black hair again (which he debuted during his probation hearing earlier this week), “Strip” singer Chris Brown was spotted arriving at Supper Club in Hollywood to host his Black Pyramid party.
Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the takedown of two violent street gangs that terrorized East New York for three years, the Rockstarz and the VCG/Weez Gang (Very Crispy Gangsters), and four separate indictments charging 49 members of the two gangs.
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The report goes on to say that TMT Promotions, which just announced this past July, is no more, with the lawyers of one TMT’s fighters reporting that their client will be repped by Mayweather Promotions after being told 50 Cent was no longer promoting bouts. But even more head scratching, it seems that initially the plan was for 50, Mayweather and Pacquiao were to form a company, according to Pac Man’s advisor Michael Koncz..
“50 Cent and I have been talking now for maybe the last two months. They approached us with the idea to form a promotional company. Initially it was going to be 50 Cent, Manny and Floyd. But right now I don’t think Floyd is going to be a part of it. I explained the idea to Manny. We already have a promotional company, MP Promotions, and we have already done three separate promotions from Top Rank…on a small scaler. I have to take the blame for that. I’m in charge of it. There is an element missing there, but I have so much to do with Manny – that I haven’t got that company to where I want it,” Koncz told BoxingScene.com.
“I think with 50 Cent, with his entertainment connections and his popularity there, combining that with Manny’s popularity and expertise in boxing – we can bring a new flavor to boxing – we can excite some young boxers and I think we can sign some top quality boxers. I spoke to 50 Cent tonight and confirmed that we’re going to go forward. Manny is coming here this weekend for other business, but we’re all excited about it. With 50′s influence in the music industry – we want to put a different flavor on the shows.”
5 Killed In Crash In City Of Ontario, CA After Drunk Driver Tweets “Drunk As F**k…YOLO”
By now, we all know we’re not supposed to drink and drive — it’s one of the most important lessons before getting behind the wheel. Likewise, we know we’re not supposed to text and drive. So really, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that a combination of the two — being drunk behind the wheel and tweeting about it as it happens — contributed to a fatal car crash this weekend in California.
Early this morning, the Internets were all in a huff over slanderous tweets that were thought to be coming from Havoc of Mobb Deep and aimed at his long time rhyme co-d Prodigy. In a series of tweets, Havoc’s @THEREALHAVOC account called Capital P everything but a child of God while alleging that he engaged in homos-xual acts while he was locked up. The fellow Queensbridge rapper and accomplished producer also threatened P with the fade on sight. Well in a dramatic turn of events, by social media standards, Havoc claims that it was all a case of a stolen cell phone.
The H.A.V.O.C. issued the following statement:
“Just getting back into NY after my Easter weekend with family and friends in Jersey. I left my phone at a gas station yesterday evening while on my way to Jersey after a glorious Knick’s game. To all Mobb Deep fans: it’s business as usual! It’s Mobb Deep all day!!! My twitter account @THEREALHAVOC will be down until further notice. The only other real account is @PRODIGYMOBBDEEP. Ignore the rest. One!”
Earlier this evening, Prodigy—who recently told Hip-Hop Wired about Mobb Deep’s formula for longevity—issued a short statement of his own, via Twitter. “ATTENTION: TO BE CLEAR
@PRODIGYMOBDEEP IS A FAKE PAGE I DONT EVEN KNOW WHY SH-T IS VERIFIED TWITTER PEOPLE R ON SUM BULLSHIT RIGHT NOW SMH..,” he tweeted. “IM A FATHER ,AN ADULT, IM NOT HERE TO BEEF IM HERE TO MAKE MUSIC.”
This whole debacle sounds suspicious. What do you think?
Spotted @ HHW
Damon Dash’s response to Curren$y’s legal claims comes from the desk of his attorney:
My client’s initial reaction to the lawsuit was that of surprise, particularly in light of Curren$y’s numerous statements that the Muscle Car Chronicles would be released by BluRoc.
On March 15, 2012, the plaintiffs appeared in Federal Court to argue for a preliminary injunction seeking to enjoin my client from the continued distribution of Muscle Car Chronicles.
The plaintiffs’ application was denied in open Court by Federal Judge Andrew Carter and the album was permitted to remain available through iTunes and other retailers. While the situation remains ongoing, we are hopeful that an amicable resolution can be reached.
My client wishes Curren$y the best in all of his future career endeavors. However, he has expressed a deep concern with respect to the manner in which the artist’s attorney and manager have conducted themselves. He sincerely hopes that Curren$y is not being misled or pressured into making unwise decisions, such as the filing of what appears to be a potentially frivolous litigation.