Archive for December, 2005

Rapper Pimp C Released From Jail

December 30th, 2005 | By Administrator

Rapper Pimp C, one half of rap group UGK, has finally released from prison Friday after rappers and fans lobbied via the aggressive ?Free Pimp C? campaign throughout 2005.

The Houston-bred rapper, who turned 32 on Thursday, served roughly half of an eight-year sentence. He was incarcerated in January 2002 after violating probation by missing community service and wielding a firearm after an argument at a shopping mall.

Upon leaving a state prison facility in Huntsville, Texas, Pimp C was greeted by several people including rap partner Bun B.

In March, Rap-A-Lot Records released The Sweet James Jones Stories, his first solo set. Bun B would later release Trill, his solo foray.

Pimp C, whose real name is Chad Butler, will be on parole until December 2009.

D4L: ‘We Have No Beef With Dem Franchize Boyz’

December 30th, 2005 | By Administrator

Two Atlanta, Georgia rap cliques riding the top of the charts have become entangled in a dispute, after accusations of dance copycatting and stage sabotage surfaced in numerous media interviews.

Rap group D4L (Down 4 Life) recently issued a statement addressing “negative comments” allegedly made by Dem Franchise Boyz in various interviews. The four-man groups are currently enjoying massive chart success, as D4L’s song “Laffy Taffy” is #4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, while Dem Franchise Boyz song “I Think They Like Me,” featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Bow Wow is #4 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

D4L’s manager Johnny Cabbell said Dem Franchise Boyz have publicly blamed D4L members for sabotaging a show featuring both groups, as well as stealing a two-step dance.

“We have no beef with Dem Franchize Boyz or with any other group,” Cabball said. “We understand, however, that sometimes when acts have nothing positive to talk about in their careers they resort to criticizing other acts that they feel are more successful. I think that’s the case here.”

Cabball?s statement comes on the heels of accusations by Dem Franchise Boyz that D4L copied their unique style in various interviews.

“They [D4L] try to follow in our footsteps,? group member Jizzal Man told in November. ?We’re trendsetters?we dropped ?White Teez,? then people came out with ?Black Teez, Red Teez?. All for [some of our] success.”

Both groups have been credited with ushering in a new Atlanta sound called “Snap” music, which incorporates snapping and light instrumentation.

Cabbell said he was willing to work out any differences between the groups “in a professional manner, so that all parties can move forward in a positive direction.”

Rapper Lil’ Flip Featured In NBC’s ‘Las Vegas’

December 30th, 2005 | By Administrator

Lil? Flip will be featured in an upcoming episode of NBC?s television show ?Las Vegas.? The episode features Delinda (Molly Simms) starring as a model in Lil? Flip?s poolside video shoot at the fictitious Montecito Casino.

The production is cut short when Lil? Flip discovers the real diamonds used as props have been stolen and replaced by fake ones.

According to NBC?s summary of the episode, Danny (Josh Duhamel) and Ed (James Caan) must rely on ?amateur sex video footage to track down the thief.?

On NBC?s website, the original version of the show was supposed to feature Terror Squad leader Fat Joe.

?Las Vegas? centers on an elite surveillance team that must maintain the security of the city?s largest casinos and resorts.

The show is written by Gary Scott Thompson, writer of ?The Fast and the Furious.?

The episode, titled ?Bait and Switch,? airs Monday Jan. 2 at 9pm EST.

B.G. Arrested On Gun Charges

December 23rd, 2005 | By Administrator

Former Cash Money Records artist B.G. was arrested by police on Sunday (Dec. 18) in Detroit, after police found a concealed weapon in his vehicle.

B.G., born Christopher Dorsey, was pulled over on the Lodge freeway near the Detroit suburb of Southfield for a traffic violation.

According to reports, the rapper was driving with a suspended license when officers stated they found a concealed weapon and marijuana in his vehicle.

Police arrested the rapper and charged him with possession of a firearm and drug possession

B.G. moved to Detroit in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Police Investigating Canceled Paul Wall/Mike Jones/Chamillionaire Concert

December 19th, 2005 | By Administrator

Prosecutors in two counties are investigating a canceled rap concert in Dothan, Alabama, that was to feature Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Chamillionaire on Dec. 9.

Attorneys in Coffee and Houston Counties were contacted by local businesses who sold over $4,000 worth of tickets.

According to police, the show was promoted and advertised on Dothan radio station WDBT and was booked by a promotional company named Top Dog Entertainment.

A crowd showed up to the Farm Center, only to be greeted with a sign that stated the concert was canceled with no reason given.

Fans of the rappers went to the local businesses demanding refunds for the concert. One local retailer said he shelled out over $1500 in refunds to appease his angry customers.

According to The Farm Center?s manager, promoters never paid the remaining deposit to secure the building or returned phone calls inquiring about the balance.

Paul Wall confirmed with that he was not aware of the concert and had not been booked to play in the area.

JD Teams With Cartier For Limited Series Eyewear

December 16th, 2005 | By Administrator

Jermaine “JD” Dupri and Cartier have collaborated to create a limited series of eyewear to benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund.

The specially designed, limited series of eyewear was created by Dupri and Cartier to benefit an important charity to both, the Hurricane Relief Fund.

?I’ve been a long time supporter of Cartier and they know this,? Dupri explained to ?So, I was in the store one day getting something fixed and the thought [to create the eyewear] came to my mind. I asked for the manager and I’m thinking they gonna say ?hell no,? but they took a shot and thought it was a cool idea.?

The eyewear combines rimless frames with bubinga wood, a platinum finish and a fade lens.

Jermaine Dupri?s signature is etched in the lens and the frame is adorned with the classic Cartier ?C? logo.

Dupri recently hosted a Cartier private fund-raising event last week (Dec. 7) at the House of Cartier in Atlanta, Georgia.

Slim of 112, Usher, Monica and Nelly attended the star-studded invitation only event. Other notable guests included Kenny Burns of RyanKenny clothing, Atlanta Hawks’ Kevin Willis.

The limited edition glasses are valued at $1,500 and can be purchased exclusively at the Cartier boutique in Atlanta, located at Lenox Square Mall.

?I wanted to do something that had my thoughts and prayers on it, so I was thinking of something special that would let the victims know I really care,? Dupri said of involving the Hurricane Relief Fund.

A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Atlanta Community Food Bank and City of Refuge ? both local liaisons for the Hurricane Relief Fund.

Master P. ‘Dancing With The Stars’

December 16th, 2005 | By Administrator

Mogul/rapper Master P. is replacing his son, rapper/actor Lil? Romeo in the upcoming reality competition, ?Dancing With the Stars,? debuting in 2006 on ABC.

Lil? Romeo was originally tapped to star in the show – which requires competitors to master ballroom dancing ? but had to be replaced when he suffered an injury playing basketball.

Master P. will be partnered with Ashly Delgrosso, a professional ballroom dancer who danced with former New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre last season.

Each Thursday, the couples perform a ballroom or Latin American dance to be judge by other professional dancers and judges.

Last seasons judges, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, return to judge Master P. and other celebrity dancers.

Three-time Super Bowl champ Jerry Rice, WWE star Stacy Keibler, actress Tia Carrere and Emmy Award-winning journalist Giselle Fernandez are also competing.

All of the dancers have gone through extensive training in preparation for the first live show.

Viewers vote for their favorites and the following evening a 30-minute show runs called Dancing with the Stars Result Show.

Couples will the lowest totals are eliminated from the competition.

Last season, the show averaged almost 17 million viewers, weekly making it one of the year?s most successful reality series.

?Dancing with the Stars? debuts with a two-hour special on Jan. 5 at 8pm EST on ABC. ?The Dancing with the Stars Result Show? premieres Jan. 6.

Lil’ Flip Launching Watch Collection

December 16th, 2005 | By Administrator

Houston, Texas rapper Lil? Flip is entering into the jewelry business and launching his own line of luxury time pieces called Clover G. Watches, with Houston area jeweler, Johnny the Jeweler.

?I got three different prices for the three different type of classes, the hood class, the middle class and the ni***s who just go money,? Lil? Flip told

According to Flip, fans that purchase his upcoming album I Need Mine will have the chance to win one of the watches, as well as several other valuable prizes.

?I’m giving away five Clover G chains and five watches; there are ten tickets, so you will win a watch or a Clover G chain,? Flip said. ?My whole career, I’ve been given the fans s**t. I am probably one of the few artists that’s still taking show money and goes and prints up his own t-shirts, bandannas to give ’em away.?

Flip will continue his generous ways with his upcoming album, which also comes with a limited edition companion DVD.

The album will also be available in a chopped and screwed version and features appearances from MJG, Lyfe Jennings, Yukmouth, Nate Dogg, ZRO and others.

?Some ni***s think they too cool to give they fans s**t,? Flip continued. ?I been doing that from day one. I gave out a hundred bikes for Steve Harvey in L.A.; I gave out 50 bikes in Houston, we still giving out s**t man.?

The Clover G. Watches will retail for $800, $1500, $2500. Flip?s album I Need Mine hits stores Feb. 28.

DNA Proves Young Buck Had Fork, Rapper Sentenced To Probation

December 16th, 2005 | By Administrator

Young Buck pleaded no contest to a felony charge stemming from an assault that took place at last year?s Vibe Awards at the Santa Monica Airport?s Barker Hanger.

Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, had his charges reduced from assault with a deadly weapon and pleaded no contest to a charge of assault with a chance to produce bodily injury.

Judge James Brandlin, also sentenced the rapper to three years probation and 80 hours worth of community service for his role in the melee, which started when a man attending the awards show punched Dr. Dre as he was receiving Vibe?s Legend Award.

An arrest warrant was issued shortly after the incident, when police identified Young Buck on a videotape stabbing Jimmy James Johnson, the man who struck Dr. Dre.

Johnson was also charged in the attack and in Sept., he pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge and was sentenced to one year in jail.

Young Buck?s attorney said that the charges were reduced because DNA evidence from a knife found at the scene contained DNA from sweat that did not match the rappers? blood.

A videotaped, which proved Buck was wielding a fork ? and not a knife ? also helped the rapper gain a lighter sentence for his role in the altercation.

Young Buck will appear in court again on Jan. 26 in New York, to face felony gun possession charges, which he has pled not guilty to.

Those charges stem from an incident an arrest outside of Madison Square Garden in New York, when police found a gun on the floor of the van Young Buck and Lloyd Banks were passengers in.

Comedian Richard Pryor Passes At 65

December 11th, 2005 | By Administrator

Iconic comedian/actor Richard Pryor passed away this morning (Dec. 10) of a heart attack, after being ill for years with multiple sclerosis.

Pryor, 65, who has been sampled by such artists as Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest and others, passed away at a hospital near his home in the San Fernando Valley.

Pryor?s business manager Karen Finch stated that a private memorial service will be held by private invitation.

The family is also requesting donations to Pryor?s recently established animal charity, Pryor?s Planet.

The multi-talented Pryor was born Dec. 1, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois. Pryor was a more mainstream comedian in the mid-1960?s, until he started working profanity and the word n***er into his act.

Pryor?s second album, 1970?s Craps (After Hours) on Laff Records helped the comedian gain a larger following.

Seeking a larger deal, the comedian released the classic comedy album That Nigger?s Crazy on the Reprise/Warner imprint.

The hit albums continued for Pryor, who released hit albums like Is It Something I Said?, Bicentennial N***r, Richard Pryor: Wanted ? Live In Concert and Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip.

In 1977, the comedian launched his own television show The Richard Pryor Show on NBC in 1977.

He also wrote for the hit series Sanford & Son, hosted a controversial episode of “Saturday Night Live” and later hosted his own children?s show, “Pryor’s Place.”

In 1979, Pryor took a trip to Africa and vowed never to use the N-word in his standup comedy routine again.

In 1980, Pryor was freebasing and accidentally set himself on fire. Despite being severely burned, Pryor worked the incident into his stand up show, “Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip.”

According to Pryor?s wife Jennifer, the comedian had actually tried to commit suicide by pouring high proof rum over his body in a drug induced frenzy and lit himself on fire.

Also, in 1980, Pryor used his considerable clout in Hollywood to form his own movie production company, Indigo. The comedian appeared in almost 50 movies, including “Lady Sings the Blues,” “The Wiz,” “Silver Streak,” “Car Wash,” “Greased Lightining,” “Stir Crazy,” “Superman III,” “Harlem Nights,” “Brewster’s Millions,” “The Toy,” “Bustin’ Loose,” “The Muppet Movie” and others.

In 1983, the comedian earned $4 million dollars for his role in “Superman III,” earning a million more than the film?s star, Christopher Reeve.

Pryor was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986 and was later confined to a wheel chair. His 1995 autobiography ?Pryor Convictions: And Other Life Sentences? were released to critical acclaim.

In 2004, Pryor was voted the ?Greatest Standup Comedian of All Time? by Comedy Central.

The comedian was married six times in his life and is survived by his wife Jennifer Lee Pryor and six children, Richard Pryor, Jr., Elizabeth Stordeur, Rain Kindlin, Kelsey Pryor, Steven Pryor, Franklin Mason and three grandchildren.

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