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“You Gotta Just Grow Up”: Keyshia Cole Has Some Words For Estranged Husband Daniel After His Depression Reveal

October 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Keyshia Cole’s personal life has been filled with some ups and quite a few downs as of late, including being arrested for fighting over Birdman and constantly having to answer questions about the state of her marriage to Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. Recently, while promoting her new album The Point of No Return on “106 & Park,” Cole was again asked to confront the rumors and questions about her love life. And she did, in her own way. Check out what she had to say about Gibson claiming he dealt with depression after she left him, and what she had to say to fans about her recent arrest.

On Daniel Saying He Went Through Depression Because Of Her: 

“[Laughs] Well, we parent our child together, so I speak to Daniel all the time. As far as his depression is concerned, I think as a friend, he has to understand as well that things that bring you to that point of being depressed, or losing something that matters to you more than anything, you can’t repeat the same thing that got you there in the first place. And so I think as a friend, that would be something that I would have to express to him. You gotta just grow up.”

If She Wants To Speak On Getting Arrested For Fighting Over Birdman:

“Oooh girl, we getting into something now. Girl…get me all uncomfortable and everything…No thank you. I appreciate that though. I appreciate that because my fans do mean a lot to me and I really do appreciate my fans rolling with me over the last 10 years and being in reality television. But I’ve learned that some things you have to keep to yourself.”

And yet, Cole just put either Gibson or Birdman on blast this week for trying to win back her love with money. So much for keeping things to yourself.

Check out her conversation with Keshia Chanté below and let us know what you think about her responses.

Was It From Booby Or Birdman? Keyshia Cole Posts Bribe Money On Instagram

October 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Keyshia Cole has been going through it in the past year or so. Her marriage is ending, rather publicly, though neither of them have filed for divorce, and then most recently she got into a fight with another woman over Birdman. Poor Keyshia. It’s always something.

But by the looks of her Instagram, Keyshia might have had enough of the shenanigans from the men with whom she’s been romantically linked.

A few days ago, she posted this wad of cash on her Instagram page. As these things usually go, it was the caption that told the deeper story.

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Cash gifts are always nice. Don’t change shit tho! This @daniel_gibsonjr money tho. I don’t need it. Just put it up for him.

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Ooo.

Naturally, the picture and caption are leading folks to think that the money came from Birdman…or Booby, her ex husband. But considering Booby last played for Cleveland in 2013 before getting injured, it’s more likely the cash came from Birdman.

People think money goes farther than it actually does. While Keyshia accepted it, she made it clear it doesn’t mean anything.

And then after the picture of the money, she posted this quote:

“And a mistake repeated more than once is a decision.” 

This quote is making me think that it could have been directed toward Booby though. How many times has Birdman messed up? Either way, it’s just entirely too much mess.

Woman Attacked By Keyshia Cole At Birdman’s Home Says Assault Was Unwarranted, Cole Says “You Can’t Force Loyalty”

September 22nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you last week that Keyshia Cole was in police custody early Friday morning for fighting a woman inside of the home of Cash Money Records Co-Founder, Bryan “Birdman” Williams. TMZ reported that Cole has been involved with Birdman on the low-low, and that when she arrived at his LA penthouse early Friday morning, she wound up attacking the woman and leaving marks and scratches all over her face. Cole had to fork over $46,000 to get out of jail and once she got out, the singer attended the BET Hip Hop Awards later in the weekend.

Well, according to TMZ, the victim of the assault is a woman named Sabrina Mercadel, and she reportedly works for Birdman through Cash Money and has been for more than 10 years. According to sources close to her, Mercadel says she is not romantically involved with Birdman, so she doesn’t understand why Cole attacked her. Mercadel says that she has known the entrepreneur and rapper since they were young, but is not doing anything with him other than business.

Sources say that Mercadel wasn’t even alone with Birdman when Cole arrived at his penthouse at 5 a.m.–there were four other people there. They say that Cole came in the home and questioned Mercadel about the extent of her relationship with Birdman once the employee was spotted walking out of his bathroom.

Mercadel is currently resting at home taking pain medication for her injuries, while Cole is out of police custody posting stuff like this on Instagram:


 

“Man love is a muthaF**ka.”

And according to Necole Bitchie, Cole posted this message before deleting it:

“And finally you realize…you cant force it to be something. You can’t force consistency, loyalty or even honesty… You can’t force them to keep their word or to communicate, or to realize something special is in front of them.”

What a mess Cole has found herself in…

Uh Oh: Keyshia Cole Arrested For Assault On Woman At Birdman’s Penthouse

September 19th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Keyshia Cole might have made nice with her estranged family members, but she reportedly wasn’t so nice to a young woman she found in Birdman’s penthouse. I’m sure you’re wondering why she would care about who’s in Birdman’s home…

According to TMZ, Cole spent Friday morning behind bars for this:

They claim the singer popped up at Birdman’s home in Los Angeles in the wee hours of the morning to see the rapper, producer and Cash Money CEO. Their sources claim that the two are (or were) dating, and when the singer arrived and was able to gain access to his penthouse, there was another woman there.

It’s unclear what happened from there, but she wound up putting her hands on the woman and left scratches on her face. The police were called and Cole was arrested for battery and an outstanding reckless driving warrant but was released on $46,000 bail.

That’s a hefty bail for some foolishness…

No comment from her reps as of yet, but she did put up two cryptic messages on Instagram two hours ago:

I personally don’t believe that Cole and Birdman were dating (but hey, people do rebound with the darndest folks), so I’m thinking that maybe she was hanging out with him and a few others and things got out of control. Whatever the deal is, as a mom, getting arrested for fighting is a big no no. C’mon, Keysh.

Pay Up! 15 Artists Sued Over Their Songs

June 17th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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One song can make or break an artist’s career. The right song can put them on the map, but the wrong song can send them to court, which was the case with these artists sued over their songs.

Artists Sued Over Their Songs

The Notorious B.I.G.

Even though he’s been dead for almost two decades, The Notorious B.I.G. still isn’t exempt from being sued over his music. Lee Hutson, former lead singer of The Impressions, is suing Biggie’s estate over the alleged illegal use of one of his songs. Hutson accuses the Brooklyn rapper of using a sample of “Can’t Say Enough About Mom” in his 1994 song “The What” featuring Method Man and he only noticed it two years ago. Bad Boy Records filed a pre-emptive claim a few days before Hutson saying any claim about a sample is past the statute of limitations. Negotiation between the two sides broke down and it looks like the suit will be headed to court.

Who Finally Beat Jay Z? Check Out Forbes’ Top 5 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists Of 2014!

April 17th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Forbes‘ Top 5 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists list has remained unchanged for three years — until now! Jay Z can no longer claim his throne as the second-richest rap mogul in America. And while Diddy (unsurprisingly) tops the list again, he’s about $120 million richer this time around!

Diddy can now boast to being worth a whopping $700 million — a sweet upgrade from last year’s $580 million, thanks to a majority equity stake in Revolt TV, a new channel focused on up-and-coming music aficionados.

“Right now my focus is Revolt and making it the number one, most-trusted, most credible worldwide brand for music,” he recently told Forbes in an interview. “And to get Revolt to be the quintessential definition of real time. I think that’s the future.”

Diddy is closer to becoming a billionaire than ever! At $700 million, Ciroc Obama — as he once dubbed himself — damn near can’t be surpassed.

Jay Z and Dr. Dre, however, have been neck-and-neck for years with Hov having the slight advantage. But this time, the Beats headphone tycoon penned a deal with Carlyle for a cool $500 million — “Beats’ value is soaring toward $2 billion,” Forbes adds. Dr. Dre pushed Jay Z out the way and secured second place with a net worth of $550 million; he was at $350 million just last year!

Jay Z falls down to third place with a net worth of $520 million, a step up from 2013’s $475 million. Much of Jay Z’s recent growth comes from Roc Nation, the sports management agency that the Holy Grail rapper added to his record label.

Birdman, founder of Cash Money, has seen a slight jump in his net worth — $150 million to $160 million in one year. The record label includes hip hop’s most lucrative artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne. “Diversification is on the way with Cash Money Content, a YMCMB clothing line and GT Vodka,” Forbes adds.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson saw his net worth increase by $15 million. Currently worth $140 million, the laid-back rapper owes his fortunes to his VitaminWater venture.

The Forbes‘ Top 5 list hasn’t seen new rappers on the list since 2010 — Jay Z and Diddy was No.1 and No.2 respectively, but Akon and Lil Wayne followed with Dr. Dre in fifth place.

And if you want to learn more about how Hov made it to the top of this list, check out the latest Moguldom Studios documentary.

Surprised? Beyonce & Jay Z Top The Billboard Power 100 List

January 24th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Bet no one’s batting an eye when this year’s Billboard Power 100 announced Jay Z and Beyonce as No. 1. Between Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail and Beyonce’s self-titled visual album — which came upon us like a thief in the night — it’s no surprise that the Carters were selected as the top dogs of the music industry.

Billboard further solidifies Jay Z and Beyonce’s throne as “King Jay and Queen Bey” by crowning them the most powerful moguls in entertainment. Last year, these two weren’t even on the list! The reason, according to Billboard, for their sudden placement on the mighty lineup are their unparalleled methods of connecting to their audience.

“They instantly changed how the industry and fans thought about interacting with music,” Billboard notes. In a symbiotic relationship, Samsung agreed to purchase 1 million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail – and offered the album for free to Galaxy S4 consumers – to rival Apple’s dominion over the market; Jay Z nabbed a $5 million deal and went platinum.

“You’ve got to have cutting-edge ideas with cutting-edge companies who are ready, willing and able to reach a mass audience. It’s great Jay Z is forcing all of us to think this way,” said Scott Borchetta, Big Machine Label Group’s CEO.

In response to going platinum, Jay Z famously tweeted “#newrules.”

Beyonce, following her husband’s philosophy, flipped the music industry upside down with an album that caught everyone off guard. Without a promo, the Drunk in Love songstress dropped 14 new songs and 17 videos on December 13.  Engulfed by the hype, almost everyone and their mamas bought Beyonce’s $16 visual album; it sold 80,000 copies on iTunes in three hours!

Britney Spears’ Britney Jean album barely sold 64,000 copies in 10 days.

“The release of Beyoncé’s album was a great way to finish the year, and a chief reminder for me that artists, songwriters and producers have really good ideas,” said Jon Platt, Warner/Chappell Music’s creative president.

Other notable people of color who’ve made the list are Frank Cooper (the CMO of global consumer engagement at PepsiCo is No. 15), Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams and Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams (No. 50), the aforementioned Jon Platt (No. 51), and L.A. Reid (No. 56). Many of the people who made the list are executives on the business side of the music industry rather than performers.

One More Chance: Rapper The Game Signs With Young Money/Cash Money Records!

October 13th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Well, The Game is making another move to push his music career to the next level: He signed to Cash Money/Young Money Records.

On Saturday evening, Baby/Birdman/Whatever you want to call him, tweeted the news making it official and welcoming The Game to the YMCB family. The Game followed with his own tweet saying it was time to “close the doors” on others.

According to Miss Info’s site, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he’d sign to the label.  His last album, Jesus Piece, was his fifth and final release on Interscope Records.

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Young Money/Cash Money has been seemingly snatching up artists left and right, but besides albums from their stars – Drake, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and the slightly lesser know Tyga – none of them have actually released anything. Bow Wow has been signed to Cash Money since 2009 and the one album that was scheduled to be released, Underrated, hasn’t been talked about since 2011. Busta Rhymes and Mystikal have been signed to the label for two years with no album releases while Christina Milian joined the YM family in 2012 with… nothing.

So we’ll see if The Game will actually ever have an album come out on Young Money/Cash Money. There’s a chance something will come out on the label seeing as though of all the recent signees, he’s the most musically successful one in recent years.

Time will tell but good luck to Jayceon (The Game’s real name)!

Apologetic Rappers: Are They Sincere Or Motivated By Money?

July 30th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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“I’m not slowing or softening,” yelled the can’t-be-tamed Eminem. “No apologies!”

Seen as crass to some and satirical to others, his murder-laden, homophobic slur-ridden, misogyny-filled lyrics provoked critics. But Eminem kept his promise and never apologized for it — and his fan base still remained loyal. Despite his kid-unfriendly music, many have considered the “Hip-Hop Cash King” to be one of the greatest rappers alive.

As years have passed, J.Cole, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross have emerge as hip-hop royalty. And they’ve also been on the receiving end of criticism for their lyrics. Unlike Slim Shady, however, all three have apologized. But how genuine are these apologies?

Rick Ross’ failure to show remorse for a “U.O.E.N.O” verse about slipping a molly on an unsuspecting woman ripped his Reebok endorsement deal right out of his hands. “At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,” Reebok told Billboard.

This sent Rick Ross flying to Twitter to apologize: “I don’t condone rape. Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape.”

Lil Wayne plunged into hot water for using the name of Emmett Till, who was brutally murdered in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a White woman, in the lyrics of one of his songs. He apologized (kind of), but Mountain Dew was not on board. They pulled a Reebok and dropped Wayne.

I could just imagine their PR reps badgering them to issue a statement of apology: “Wayne, you best put those tattooed tears to use and show em’ that you’re sorry!” “Ross you have $5 million at stake!” But I think I’ll pass on a phony apology that was sloppily thrown together to dodge the possibility of losing a lucrative deal. I’d rather accept no apology over a faux-pology. Especially since Birdman, who works closely with Lil Wayne as CEO of Cash Money, recently stated that he considered boycotting Reebok and Mountain Dew. “This is music, man; all we doin’ is makin’ music,” Birdman said. “Next time, we’re gonna stand up [against Reebok and Mountain Dew] and we’re gonna shut that s*** down.”

I understand that as a rap artist, you can’t possibly satisfy every single listener. Should they apologize for every offended person? Insisting that rappers keep it PC will just have them walking on egg shells; freedom of expression would be smothered. “I view rap similar to how I view comedy,” J.Cole said. “It’s going to ruffle feathers at times.” Still, disgracing Black history, for example, is an absolute no-no. Glorifying materialism, dropping n-bombs and drug-use, although controversial, does not seem to jeopardize rappers’ bank accounts because these sensitive topics have no major campaigns behind them.

Autism is associated with outspoken celebrities like Holly Robinson Peete, Jenny McCarthy, Toni Braxton and Kate Winslet. UltraViolet, a women’s rights group that successfully helped convince 140 advertisers to pull out from Rush Limbaugh’s radio station for his comments about activist Sandra Fluke, pressured Reebok to sever ties with Rick Ross. Some individuals and groups can attack where it hurts the most: the pockets.

J.Cole is being applauded for delivering a heart-tugging apology after Peete, mother of an autistic son, made a teary plea on Access Hollywood over lyrics on Drake’s “Jodeci Freestyle” that offensively referenced autism and retardation. In an in-depth letter, J.Cole said, “I’ll gladly own my mistake[…] there’s nothing cool about mean-spirited comments about someone with Autism.”

What adds an element of sincerity to the letter is the fact that J. Cole didn’t make it after an endorsement deal was threatened. He stepped up and owned up to a faux pas that could have been left unacknowledged. By responding, he added a positive notch to his reputation. Sometimes doing the right thing and admitting a mistake is the right thing to do simply because it’s the right thing to do.

On the other hand, if a multi-million dollar endorsement deal is at stake, in most cases, an apology is tied to it.  As a representative of a brand, hip-hop artists compromised their “artistic freedom” the minute they signed it away to Reebok and Mountain Dew.

Surprised? Diddy Is The Wealthiest Person In Hip-Hop

March 28th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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A new Forbes list puts Diddy on top of a list of the wealthiest artists in hip-hop with an estimated wealth of $580 million. Most of his money comes from his Ciroc deal rather than music and, Forbes says, the vodka is riding a wave of popularity that would significantly add to Diddy’s wealth if Diageo ever sold the brand.

Coming in second is Jay-Z with $475 million and Dr. Dre is in third with $350 million. Perhaps the biggest surprise (to me, at least) is Birdman at number four, but it totally makes sense. His $150 million fortune comes from Cash Money/Young Money, which has artists like Nicki Minaj and Drake signed to it. And rounding out the five is 50 Cent.

According to Entertainment Weekly, all five of these artists were on this list last year, in this order. But all of them have more money this year, most significantly Dr. Dre who has $90 million more to kick around this year.