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Well, by now we should know that problems don’t go away just because you’ve acquired a certain amount of wealth. Drake is the latest star to find himself in a bit of legal trouble since becoming “THE” Drake.
The actor turned rapper is being sued by promoters from Chicago because Drizzy failed to perform at two concerts in March 2012, according to TMZ. They claim he initially agreed to do the shows after being paid a set amount of money but he then told the promoters that if they wanted him there, he would need to be paid a “fame premium.”
A “fame premium?” That definitely sounds like some “new money” stuff that people come up with when they finally get a little something in their pockets.
When the promoters didn’t come up with the money (or maybe, couldn’t come up with the money), Drake bailed. There’s no word on whether or not they had to cancel both shows altogether or if they found replacements but either way, they want their money back.
They (by the way, their names haven’t been released) are allegedly suing Drake for over $200,000.
By the way, the venue that was holding the concerts held 8,500 people and the venue in Chicago he performed in a few months later held…28,000 people.
There has been no comment from Drake’s camp. This story is slightly surprising because why would Drake, in 2012, agree to do such a small concert? He was already selling out arenas at this point and bigger companies were actually sponsoring his concerts.
I guess we’ll have to see what happens.
Whatever you just said to yourself, I’ve already said it. Deal with it and let’s move on. Rapper Plies recently showed off his brand new Trayvon Martin Tribute gold chain.
Rapper have always been known to find their own unique ways to show love, honor and respect to someone or something that meant a lot to them. We know that many of them were deeply affected by the death of Trayvon Martin and the results varied from rap songs in dedication to tattoos in Trayvon’s memory.
Earlier this week, Plies posted a video on Youtube showcasing his new Trayvon Martin tribute gold chain. In the video, he stated:
“…Wanted to make sure I had the homie around my neck at all times. He impacted my life just that much. Double salute to the whole Martin family. I wanna tell you rest in peace, homie. I’ma keep you around my neck at all times. It’s just that important to me, man. Trayvon, you’ll forever live on.”
Sure, there’s a lot you can say about this. “Oh, why didn’t he donate some money to the foundation?” “This is stupid.” I’m sure there are valid thoughts and opinions across the board; however, this is what he thought was most appropriate for him. Plies is not known for intellectual rhymes (he might be the most recent king of ratchet and raunchy music) so I don’t think anyone would expect him to write some deeply moving article or anything (but don’t get it twisted – he’s actually not an ignorant man at all).
That said…I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Check out the video below!
Whether they’re rapping too fast or singing too low, we can never understand what these entertainers are saying once they get behind the mic. We still love them, of course, but we’d just like to know what exactly they’re saying on a track every once in a while .
Okay, what’s really going on between Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled?
SO remember we told you producer/DJ Khaled made a video proposal with a ring and everything? Yes, we thought it was pretty left field and kind of a weird thing for him to do out of the blue.
Well, allegedly, so did Nicki.
According to 365HipHop, Nicki has gotten a restraining order against DJ Khaled. I know, right? Well, according to them, Nicki has filed the restraining order in the state of New York because this isn’t the first time Khaled has pulled little stunts with Nicki. They don’t have all the details but this is a bit of a surprise because I don’t think anyone knew Khaled was being a nuisance behind the scenes as well.
This isn’t an example of being the best, now is it, Khaled?
I always got the impression that all members of We The Best (Khaled’s label) and Young Money (Wayne’s label) were very close – almost like a blended family - but maybe that’s not exactly the case.
Nicki hasn’t responded to the proposal or the rumor of her getting a restraining order against him. This sounds like a publicity stunt but you know, stranger things have happened.
With the BET Awards fast approaching, it’s only fitting to relive some of the most memorable BET Awards show moments ever. You know BET is the only channel that can have gospel sets mingled in with rappers dropping expletive bombs every other second while censors struggle to keep up with the bleeps. The BET Awards has never failed to be the highlight of a conversation with the hairdresser, over lunch with a girlfriend, or at the Sunday dinner table with family. Check out these most memorable moments.
On why he can’t seem to settle down:“[…] Because of my attitude, my greed. The nature of a man I embody that. I’m a living embodiment of all the flaws, greed, the selfishness. I’ve got all of those things. I’m just knowledgeable enough to speak on them and I’m secure with where I am in my life. A lot of men keep it inside or are living in denial. I just live my life that way.”
“I went through years at a time where I didn’t even really believe in it. I thought it was all chance and chemical imbalance. It was kinda euphoria, when it’s like the right time, the right place, the right shape, the right situation. When you think something is going on in your mind and in your heart but in actuality it’s all lust. As I’m growing I’m still trying to figure out what love is to me. But I think it is different to everybody though. I really do think there’s a different internal definition that’s beyond words for everybody [and] for what love is. There’s relationships where people really can feel love but there not magnums. So, everybody’s description of love might be different and I’m still trying to figure it out.”
“Emotion is a taboo in hip-hop. I don’t know when that started. But I just feel like we are supposed to be poets and we cant sing and do all that – emotion is suppose to come through our words. So when you take that emotion away, you’ve got a bunch of s**t that’s monotone and you’re not really feeling nothing. […] I feel like emotion is good in hip hop. [They'll say being emotional] is like being a woman or whatever. That’s how it is. […] I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m kind of an emotional person. That’s what makes me make songs like “Lotus Flower Bomb” or a lot of things people fell in love with on my mixtape.”How do you feel about his candor? Do you agree with his philosophy on Black men, hip-hop and love?
Well, wasn’t that a nice gesture!
During J. Cole’s “secret show” Wednesday night at Irving Plaza in New York City to support his new album, Born Sinner, he surprised the crowd and brought out Drake. The two have recently come together to record music, including the “Jodeci Freestyle.” Yes, like Jodeci the music group.
But after the show, the two went on a little shopping trip a few blocks down to Best Buy where Drake decided to show serious support for his friend and fellow artist, J. Cole. Drake cleared the entire section of Cole’s Born Sinner on the late night trip caught on video, which also shows fans shouting out support for both rappers.
As the video comes to a close, you hear the young lady checking Drake out saying that Cole has been outselling Kanye West’s Yeezus album, which was released on the same day, at that location. You can also hear Cole saying, “We need that scan…we fighting Yeezus.” Both men are expected to sell at least 200,000 copies with Kanye likely coming out on top.
Drake’s total ended up being about $880 which also included an album from Sade as well as his own album, Take Care.
That was pretty cool of him. It is no secret that record labels by massive amounts of albums when they want a certain artist to do well so there’s nothing wrong with one artist showing support to another by doing something very similar.
By the way, Drake also recently revealed that his new album, Nothing Was The Same, will be released September 17th.
Good luck to both of them with their albums (and I’m sure we’ll be following up more on Drake in the upcoming weeks and months)!
Check out the video!
Where in the world are the Grandmaster Flashes of today? You know the rappers who told a story that many folk could relate to. Nowadays hip has hopped its way into the bowels of shame. No, I’m not talking the Talib Kweli’s of the world either, I’m talking mainstream rappers whose controversial rhymes are landing them in hot waters, mainly because of heavily misogynistic-laced lyrics. Some have offered apologies to the public, while others would rather snub their nose at us than muster up an “I’m sorry.” It truly is a jungle out there for some of these rappers, and it makes one wonder if they’ll keep from going under. Ah-huh-huh, huh, huh.