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50 Cent raised the stakes in his beef with 3 rap heavyweights — publicly insinuating Diddy, Rick Ross and former record exec Steve Stoute are gay together … but he backed down minutes later.
The shots were fired Sunday — Fiddy posted the 2 pics on Instagram, one showing a pink-shirted Stoute embracing a pink-shirted Diddy. The other shows Diddy and Rick Ross from an angle that makes it look like they’re kissing.
Underneath, 50 wrote the caption, “I ain’t saying nothing, but something ain’t right. Lmao.” He yanked the pics down a short time later.
Read more on this hip hop feud on TMZ.com
Rick Ross is in hot water again for his lyrics, and this time, it’s for bringing up Trayvon Martin.
Ross has a new album called Mastermind that he streamed yesterday for fans, and in track 11, called “BLK & WHT,” Ross says this:
“Too close to a ni–a as a mother–king bomb/ Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target/ Bitch ni–as hating, tell me it’s what I’m parking…”
And just that quick, people were speaking out against the lyric:
“funny how rick ross raps. when he gets to something important and he knows thats going to stick with the listeners, that, that is when he says the most incoherent bulls**t he could think of”
“What’s “interesting” is anyone with half a brain would know this is the kinda line that COULD be interpreted wrong EASILY. Yet no one on his PR team felt the need to prevent that. The s**t people do for publicity these days.”
The response was so quick that Ross actually sent a full statement exclusively to VIBE to explain what he was trying to say:
It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I’m never going to let the world forget that name. In my song ‘Black and White’ off Mastermind I say, ‘Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target’. There I’m reminding people that if you’re a black person or a person of any color for that matter in this country, you have to be accurate, whatever moves you make, stay accurate. Even when you’re walking down the street, playing music from your car, you have to stay on point.
Black men are being killed and their killers [are] beating the trial. It hasn’t been this much violence against black men since the ’60s. I am Trayvon Martin, we’re all Trayvon Martin. He was from South Florida. That could have been me or one of my homies. So, stay alert and never miss your target. Whatever that target may be. Getting out the hood, providing from your family. Stay sharp. Stay alive. Trayvon, Rest in Peace.
But are we buying it? In all honesty, after reading the lyric, I was more confused than enlightened. It read more like, ‘never missing my target’, as in, George Zimmerman didn’t miss his target when he took the life of Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. And seeing that Ross often gets in trouble for saying things that he thinks are deep, I’m not sure if this was the best idea.
Of course, last year, Ross faced major backlash for his lyrics on the Rocko song, “U.O.E.N.O.” after he said, “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it.” He lost a Reebok shoe deal and issued an apology afterwards, because women’s groups said it was promoting rape.
This also isn’t the first time Ross has made a reference to Trayvon Martin, doing so on the Usher song “Let Me See”:
“You with a big boy, so we do the big things/Had the valet park it, Chanel hoodie on/Looking like Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman on warning”
Yeah…I didn’t really get the purpose of that reference either.
And he also referenced Martin in his song, “I Wonder Why,” picturing himself as the teen when he was being followed by George Zimmerman.
What do you think of the Trayvon Martin reference, and what Ross had to say about what he meant by all of it?
We’re sure rapper Rick Ross is breathing a sigh of relief. He has made a settlement deal on a $2 million lawsuit filed against him over a canceled concert, reports RadarOnline.
British company Zons P.R. sued the Ross in 2012, claiming they paid Ross $87,500 to promote and perform at the Star Mega Jam in 2011. Star Mega Jam is an annual Nigerian concert with attendance of about 50,000 fans.
Not only did Ross cancel, but Zons says he didn’t do any of the promised promos. Ross said he canceled due to a matter of security, citing “the violent events in Nigeria.”
So of course Zons wanted its money back. He sued and sought more than $2 million in damages.
There’s no word on the settlement amount, but whatever it is surely Ross can afford it. He is worth $25 million, according to Prefix Magazine.
Ross is in a middle of his own lawsuit. He and producer Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson of The Runners are suing LMFAO, reports Hip Hop DX. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross and Jackson are suing LMFAO for copyright infringement over the 2010 song, “Party Rock Anthem.”
Ross claims “Party Rock Anthem” uses his single “Hustlin’” without giving him his proper due.
Rick Ross is heading to court alongside Jermaine Jackson over what they’re calling copyright infringement.
According to the legal complaint, Rozay says LMFAO’s 2010 hit “Party Rock Anthem” includes a line — “Every day I’m shufflin’” — that is “the creation of an unauthorized derivative work.” In other words, it sounds a little too much like the line “Every day I’m hustlin’” from Ross’ 2006 song “Hustlin.”
“It’s further alleged by the plaintiffs that the phrase is ‘performed in a manner to sound like’ Ross’ own, and “is an obvious attempt to capitalize on the fame and success of Hustlin’,” The Hollywood Reporter continues.
But it’s not just artistic integrity that’s got Rick Ross riled up. He sees money; the money that LMFAO has made from the song. Ross’ lawsuit attributes a number of business endeavors, including a clothing line and licenses to use “Party Rock Anthem” in movies, to the line.
No comment yet from LMFAO, but this should be an interesting one. There certainly is some similarity, but is it enough to award Ross legal compensation? Not sure about that.
There has been a lot of back and forth over Jay Z’s involvement with Barneys New York in light of the racial profiling allegations against the upscale store. Until now Jay Z has been basically quiet other than to say he wasn’t pulling out of the deal.
Jay Z raps: “See what I did to the stop and frisk?/Brooklyn on the Barneys like we own the b***h/Give the money to the hood, now we all win/Got that Barneys floor looking like a VIM.” For those who don’t know, VIM is a Brooklyn jeans-and-sneaker retailer.
Under the Barneys partnership, Jay Z has pledged to donate 100 percent of all profits gained from his products sold through the store to his Shawn Carter Foundation, which provides scholarships and funds to “individual[s] facing socio-economic hardships.” Initially, Jay Z had signed a deal with the retailer to release a limited edition holiday line, with 25 percent of the proceeds earmarked for the foundation.
There was pressure on Jay Z to pull out of his deal with Barneys following reports that black shoppers were detained by police after purchasing designer items from the store.
Prior to the new Ross song, Jay Z has issued an open letter published on his own website Life + Times in which he defended his decision to continue with the joint venture as an opportunity to “use my voice to affect [sic] change to this disturbing issue.”
“The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem,” he wrote. ”I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head-on.”
Shopper Trayon Christian claimed he was targeted by store detectives as a “young black American male” and detained at a precinct in a cell for more than two hours after he was accosted by undercover NYPD officers. Police said that a Barneys staff member had raised concerns after Christian bought a $349 Ferragamo belt.
“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” Christian told the New York Daily News.
Also, pregnant shopper Kayla Phillips, 21, claimed that she was approached by police after she purchased a $2,500 Céline handbag from the store.
Both Phillips and Christian are suing the retail store.
She’s been making the rounds, so it’s only likely that we would be hearing some new music from her. Well, that day is here ladies and gentleman. The single from the upcoming album Braveheart is called “I Got It.” In this new song Ashanti talks about how even though she doesn’t normally get down like that, she’ll be generous with this dude. The song, cowritten by Future, also features a verse from Rick Ross. The production for the song is nice but something, whether it’s Ashanti’s vocals or something else–there’s something missing.
Take a listen to the song below and tell us pass or play?
Taye Diggs looks older and more mature with facial hair. When he shaves it all off he looks like a little boy waiting for puberty to start.
Why do folks love getting around celebs and acting a complete fool? The latest chuckle-worthy video to hit the web features rapper Rick Ross and the MMG team at a fan meet and greet to promote their upcoming collaborative LP, Self Made Vol. 3. It’s unclear what went down before the camera began filming, but in the video, a scantily clad and squealing woman approaches the table where Rick is sitting and screams “You so s*xy!” before falling out.
An obviously amused Rick then says, “Yo she fainted. She alright?” as a group of people crowded around her. Ironically, no one offered to help her up. A few seconds later the woman pops back up.
“This ain’t fake! This is real!” she exclaimed before blowing a kiss and walking away.
I guess it’s safe to say that Rick Ross is her favorite rapper. While it’s clear that the woman’s reaction to Rick was dramatic and way over the top, some have speculated that the entire scene was staged by MMG. Even if it was staged, they could’ve at least given ole’ girl some lotion for those ashy knees first!
Watch the video on page two. Does it look like the scene was staged to you?
Celebrity or not, there are some things people just shouldn’t wear after a certain age – or until they reach a certain age. But there’s really no point in telling these 15 celebrities who don’t dress their ages. They’re just as famous for their talents as they are for their age-inappropriate wardrobes.
This 43-year-old mommy of two definitely doesn’t let age govern the clothes she rocks. From super low plunging necklines to super high thigh slits, Mariah Carey shows no signs of slowing down (or covering up) anytime soon.
The struggle in the church regarding whether or not Christians should listen to secular music has been a long-lived debate. While some feel that it’s okay to listen to genres other than gospel as long as good judgement and moderation are implemented, others believe that genres such as hip-hop should be avoided altogether. It appears that the Mt. Salem Baptist Church of North Carolina may be on of the ministries that are against it. According to Praise DC, the ministry’s youngest pastor to ever be installed, 26-year-old Rev. Rodney Wills, was fired after he attended a Rick Ross concert.
Ironically, the young pastor was let go shortly before the church was scheduled to celebrate his 4th pastoral anniversary. According to reports, the 14 deacons of the church met Saturday just before midnight to decide on their next course of action after they learned of Wills’ actions. After some deliberation, 26-year-old Wills was reportedly voted out 11 to 3. The way the story is being told, when Wills arrived at the church for Sunday morning service the next day, he was surprised to see that his parking sign had been removed and his name had been taken down off of the office door. He later learned that he’d been let go.
“We cannot have our leader supporting people of this world who are tearing down the kingdom of God,” said Deacon Miles Langley of the incident.
We also hear that this isn’t the first time Wills was spotted at a hip-hop concert. According to reports, he appeared before the church’s board after a few young people saw him at a Lil Wayne concert 9 months prior.
“We know that many saints will have mixed opinions from our actions, but this is not how we do things here at Mt. Salem. We cannot have a pastor praising the world one minute then praising the Lord the next. Period,” Langley continued.
We can’t say for sure is this is the only reason the 26-year-old pastor was let go, but we can say that the ministry’s decision has been widely criticized among social media users.
What do you think? Should Rev. Wills have been fired.