Archive for February, 2007

Ludacris, Ludacris Foundation Awarded 2007 Spirit of Youth Award

February 27th, 2007 | By Administrator

Grammy Award winning rapper and accomplished actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and his foundation, The Ludacris Foundation, are scheduled to receive the 2007 National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) “Spirit of Youth” award in Chicago this Nov., for their work and dedication in helping America’s youth.

Ludacris recently won a Grammy for Best Rap Album for Release Therapy, which includes the tragic “Runaway Love,” a narrative commenting on the mental and physical abuse, which inevitably leads to children running away from home.

“Since the release of ‘Runaway Love,’ Ludacris and The Foundation’s commitment to helping runaway youth and letting people know about the help they can receive by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY has only increased,” said NRS executive director Maureen Blaha.

Since The Ludacris Foundation and NRS came together in late 2006 the NRS experienced a 17 percent increase in calls, and a significant increase in the number of visitors to its website.

Ludacris and Roberta Shields, president of The Ludacris Foundation, will accept the award on Nov. 1 in Chicago.

The National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth.

The crisis hotline is 1-800-RUNAWAY. For more information, visit http://www.1800runaway.org.

Ludacris is currently mourning the death of his father, Wayne Bridges, who died Sunday in an Atlanta hospital after a long illness.

Project Pat Off Sony Records

February 27th, 2007 | By Administrator

Rapper Project Pat is now a free agent in the music world.

Sources told AllHipHop.com that the Memphis, TN rapper, who is best known for his albums Ghetty Green and Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin’, was released from Sony Records on Monday (Feb. 26).

The move represents a turning point for Project Pat, who had been with Sony since 1998.

Despite the release from Sony, Project Pat is still an artist on Hypnotize Minds and continues to stay busy as a stand in member for Three 6 Mafia, while promoting his latest album Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story.

Additionally, Project Pat can be seen on the Oscar-winning group’s new reality show Adventures in Hollywood.

Project Pat will also reprise his role as “Big Pat” in Choices 3: The Return of Big Pat, the third installment of Three Six Mafia’s film series, Choices.

Adventures in Hollywood is scheduled to air April 5 on MTV.

Attorneys Prepare For C-Murder Retrial

February 26th, 2007 | By Administrator

Attorneys for No Limit Records rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller will have another chance to prove their client?s innocence, as the rapper’s retrial for murder is scheduled to start today (Feb. 26) in New Orleans.

Miller is accused of shooting and killing Steve Thomas, 16, at a nightclub in 2002 during an argument.

After a controversial trial, Miller was convicted of murder in 2003 and was sentenced to life in prison.

His conviction was later overturned and he was released on appeal, when it was discovered that prosecutors withheld information pertaining to the criminal background of some of their witnesses.

Miller was freed in 2006 on $500,000 bail and has been on house arrest since July. He is also facing trial for two counts of attempted murder in Baton Rouge.

Miller recently released a new single titled “Posted On Tha Block,” taken from his upcoming album Screamin’ 4 Vengeance.

The album is a collection of songs that address the circumstances surrounding his incarceration for the murder of Thomas.

“A lot of people want to know what’s going on with me and what my personal feelings are as far as what I’ve been through the last five years,” Miller said. “I expressed it on ‘Posted On Tha Block.’ The public’s getting a basic picture of what I’ve been through, how I feel and what’s going on in my mind from that song.”

The video for “Posted On Tha Block” was directed by Estevan Oriol, who shot the clip in New Orleans.

C-Murder could not appear in the video due to a court imposed gag order.

Ludacris’ Father Passes Away

February 25th, 2007 | By Administrator

Wayne Bridges, the father of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, died from unknown causes early this morning (Feb. 25) in Atlanta, GA.

Bridges died just two weeks after Ludacris won two Grammy Awards on Feb. 11, for Best Rap Album (Release Therapy) and Best Rap Song (?Money Maker.?)

That night, he dedicated both wins to his father, who watched the 49th Annual Grammy Awards show from his hospital bed.

“He introduced me to all of my major musical influences and he will live on through me,” Ludacris told AllHipHop.com. “He bought me my first Hip-Hop record when I was five years old and I fell in love with it from that day on.”

Ludacris moved in with his dad at the age of 14 and has had his father by his side since.

Bridges made numerous appearances at numerous events for his son’s non-profit organization The Ludacris Foundation and was also featured in the video for ?Grew Up A Screw Up.”

Bridges condition was first brought to the attention of the public during Ludacris’ Grammy acceptance speech, as an emotional Ludacris proclaimed his love for his ailing father.

“I’m celebrating his life knowing that he has moved on to a better place and I will continue to make him proud,” Ludacris told AllHipHop.com.

Trina Appearance Interrupted By Gunshots, Seven People Wounded

February 24th, 2007 | By Administrator

A 17-year-old was arrested early this morning (Feb. 24) for shooting and wounding seven people outside a Pompano Beach, FL strip club, shortly after rapper Trina arrived for a scheduled appearance.

According to Broward County police, a fight broke out inside of the Synn City nightclub, shortly after Trina arrived.

One shot was fired inside of the club during the fracas, before several people connected to the fight were removed from the club.

The shooting continued, when additional shots were fired at the club from the outside.

Two security guards were shot and three other males were injured and treated for their injuries at the North Broward Medical Center.

Two other gunshot victims went from the club to the hospital on their own, bringing the total number of victims shot to seven.

The 17-year-old shooter was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in public. He was also sought on two previous warrants for battery.

According to police, officers have been called to Synn City several times over the past six months for disturbance calls, one robbery, one battery and one shooting.

Jermaine Dupri Partners with Travis Barker for So So Def Clothing Line

February 23rd, 2007 | By Administrator

Famed music producer/songwriter Jermaine Dupri is unleashing a different type of creation on consumers with his new So So Def clothing line.

The limited edition collection, which will include co-branded hooded jackets, t-shirts, hats, belts and belt buckles, will be sold at 200 better specialty and boutique stores across the United States beginning in April.

The venture marks the first time Dupri has stepped into the fashion arena, as he partners with Blink 182 and +44 rocker Travis Barker’s clothing company, Famous Stars and Straps, for the project.

The pair developed the concept and created the designs for the Famous Stars and Straps and So So Def line, which was unveiled earlier this month at the MAGIC fashion and apparel trade show in Las Vegas.

Dupris is the latest celebrity to debut a new line of clothing.

Dupri’s clothing line comes on the heels of the Grammy award winning hitmaker’s appointment as the new president of Island Records Urban Music, a new division of the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJ).

Paul Wall Joins Hip-Hop Supporters For Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Saviour’s Day

February 21st, 2007 | By Administrator

With words of empowerment and a knack for finding peaceful resolutions to beefs among rappers, Minister Louis Farrakhan has become an inspirational force within the Hip-Hop community.

So much so that Houston rhymesayer Paul Wall is voicing his appreciation for the revered leader.

“From start to finish, the journey of Minister Farrakhan has been unbelievable. It’s amazing to see him, after all of these years, still fighting strong. He has inspired me,” said Wall. “Everyone in Hip-Hop should show love to the Minister because back when many people talked down on our genre, he was one of the few leaders that took the time to understand us. He helped us grow, took a stand for us and now it’s only right we show gratitude.”

Wall joins a host of emcees who have supported Farrakhan over the years. The Nation of Islam leader is currently preparing to deliver his Saviour’s Day 2007 public address, “One Nation Under God,” Sunday (Feb. 25) at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

The event is being supported by co-chairs Russell Simmons, Jermaine Dupri, Congresswoman Carolyn Kilpatrick and Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick as well as fellow chairs, Sean ?Diddy? Combs, Susan Taylor Reginald Hudlin, Michael Eric Dyson, Cathy Hughes, Londell McMillan, Esq., Magic Johnson, Rev. Run, Steve Harvey and Damon Dash.

Farrakhan’s appearance at the event comes a little more than one month after he underwent 12 hours of surgery on Jan. 5, to correct severe damage caused during treatment of his prostate cancer.

Numerous celebrities and activists — including Rakim Allah, Common, Black Ice, Will I. Am, Erykah Badu, RZA, Doug E. Fresh, The Game, Dr. Benjamin Chavis, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Chuck D, Jim Jones, Capadonna and BET?s Jeff Johnson — are expected to attend Savior’s Day.

Wall, who recently made a contribution to the Millions More Movement, will be absent from the event due to a scheduled performance for soldiers in Iraq.

The rapper has also discussed future joint projects with the organization in an effort to revitalize communities in Houston.

The rapper’s willingness to help serves as “a prime example of the far reaching influence of the great work done by the Minister and it’s affect on the youth of America regardless of color”, according to MMM spokesman Minister Deric Muhammad. “This is what the enemy fears. His support should eliminate the excuses of others who would shun the Minister for fear of industry brass. Paul Wall and I plan to help a lot of underserved people in the community this year. The MMM looks forward to working with him”.

Doors for the Saviour?s Day program will open at noon. Pre-program starts at 2 p.m. followed by the program at 3:15 p.m. For tickets, visit www.sd2007.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Bun B. Sells Out Museum of Fine Arts During Film Screening

February 19th, 2007 | By Administrator

Houston, Texas rapper Bun B. of UGK was honored during the “Movie’s Houstonians Love” film series at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston on Feb. 13.

The Museum, which presents the series annually, invites four popular Houstonian’s to showcase and discuss their favorite movies to the viewing public.

Bun B. chose to screen Henry Chalfont’s 1983 classic, Style Wars.

“I do believe its a validation for the Hip-Hop community as a whole, but specifically for Houston Hip-Hop,” Bun B. told local Fox 26. “For us to be asked by the Museum here in town, acknowledges the efforts we are making. This is not an opportunity that I take lightly. Being the first in anything, it’s either an opening of the door or closing of the door. ”

Former hosts of the “Movie’s Houstonians Love” film series include former First Lady Barbara Bush, Mayor Bill White, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and film maker Robert Rodriguez.

Bun B. explained that the event was a cultural exchange, exposing some in the audience to art and others to Hip-Hop music.

“We want to broaden the audience, we want more people to discover the Museum and what we have here,” added Museum curator Marian Luntz.

Bun B.’s showing of Style Wars was a sold-out success, making it the first time an artist has sold out the museum during the “Movie Houstonians Love” film series.

“I wouldn’t take all the credit for that, the love for Hip-Hop spreads a lot farther than people think,” Bun B. said.

Foxy Brown In Florida Without Permission, NY Probation Department Seeks To Incarcerate Rapper

February 17th, 2007 | By Administrator

The New York City Department of Probation is seeking to have rapper Foxy Brown incarcerated, after she was arrested outside of a beauty supply store Thursday (Feb. 15) in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Brown was sentenced to anger management classes and three years probation in Oct. 2006, for assaulting two Manhattan nail salon employees over a $20 manicure in Aug. 2004.

According to Jack Ryan, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Probation, Brown never had permission from her probation officer to travel to Florida.

“We are asking the court to violate her probation and incarcerate her,” Ryan told The New York Post.

Brown now faces up to a year in prison for violating the terms of her probation.

The fracas started while Brown and an associate were sampling beauty products at the Queen Beauty Supply Store in Pembroke Pines.

According to Queen Beauty Supply Store owner Sam Hayssam, he asked Brown to leave, because the store was closing.

“I told them they had to leave,” Hayssam told local CBS 4. “She said ‘I have to finish my hair, the glue is not working right and I need a different kind of glue so I can finish my hair.”

Hayssam said he told Brown the store “was not a salon” and that’s when Brown threw the hair glue and spit on him, before exiting the store.

Police arrived and found Brown in the shopping center and attempted to escort her back to the Queen Beauty Supply Store.

“I placed my hand on the defendants arm to escort her back and she swatted my hand away,” the arresting officer wrote in his police report. “The defendant then started swinging her arms and struggling with me. I was forced to utilize a take down maneuver to gain control of the defendant.”

Brown, born Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and resisting an officer with violence. She was released from jail yesterday (Feb. 16) afternoon, after a $1500 bond was posted.

Local CBS 4 caught footage of Brown, 27, and an unknown associate in a lime green running from the jail, into an awaiting cab.

Yesterday (Feb. 16), the store produced surveillance footage of Brown entering the store with an unknown female associate.

None of the alleged incident was caught on the surveillance footage and Brown appears to be calm upon exiting the store, while Hayssam is using his mobile phone, presumably calling police.

Foxy Brown Arrested In South Florida Over Hair Glue, Spitting, Incident

February 16th, 2007 | By Administrator

Rapper Foxy Brown was arrested and charged with battery in Pembroke Pines, South Florida yesterday (Feb. 15), after a disturbance broke out in a beauty supply store.

According to police, the Brooklyn bred rapper became involved in a disturbance at the Queen Beauty Supply Store last night.

Police said that Brown was sampling beauty products in a bathroom of the shop, when a store employee told her it was closing time.

According to reports, Brown became irate and threw hair glue at the employee, a man named Hayssamn Ghoneim.

Ghoneim called 911 during the fracas, when Brown allegedly spit on him.

When an officer responded to the 911 call and found Brown still in the shopping plaza, he attempted to bring her back to the store to address the issue, but Brown allegedly refused.

According to the police report, when the officer attempted physically escort back to the store Brown by placing his hand on her arm, she allegedly swatted his hand away and resisted.

The officer said Brown resisted so much, he had to “use a takedown maneuver to gain control” of the rapper.

Brown, born Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and obstruction of justice.

She posted a $1,500 bond and was released from the Sheriff’s North Jail in Pompano Beach today (Feb. 16).

In Oct. 2006, Brown was sentenced to three years probation and anger management classes for assaulting two nail-salon stylists, after a dispute broke out over a $20 manicure/pedicure treatment.

In Jan. of 2007, Brown told the press that her anger management and probation was making her “grow up.”

“I have matured a lot since I started the anger management,” Brown said.

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