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Daddy’s Home! Diddy Announces New Stage Name For Upcoming Album

March 25th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you have been feeling nostalgic about the ‘90s, fear not, because Sean Combs, otherwise known as P.Diddy, or should we say, Puff Daddy, is taking it way back for you with a new announcement.

The 44-year-old rapper and mogul decided to switch from his millennial name of P.Diddy, back to his original stage name of Puff Daddy yesterday.

The Daily News reports, Combs decided to use his old stage name for his new album MMM. The album will be the first full work the iconic producer and occasional rapper has released in four years. The name change was revealed in the trailer for an upcoming music video for his new song, “Big Homie,” featuring rappers Rick Ross and French Montana.

Tweeting from his @IamDiddy Twitter handle, Combs set the record straight for fans and followers:

Fans reacted to the news in one of two ways: by stating that Combs is a confused mess, or by letting him know that they never stopped calling him Puff in the first place.  Not realizing how invested his fans were with his multiple aliases, Puff “P.Diddy” Daddy Combs continued to poke fun by posting both a tweet and Instagram picture that read, “#DiddyorDaddy???”



No matter if you are on #TeamDiddy or #TeamPuffy (or don’t give a you-know-what either way), set a reminder for yourself to make sure that you watch the “Big Homie” video next Tuesday (clearly this is important to…um…Puff). In the mean time, catch the trailer for it, below.

Dear Rozay…Rick Ross Lands Advice Column In Rolling Stone

March 22nd, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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How many gold chains make the difference between stuntin’ or trying too hard?  Exactly how much taco meat should be shown without being offensive? What is the proper ratio between henchmen and kilos of coke? These questions and more can be answered in rapper Rick Ross’s new advice column, Ask A Boss With Rick Ross.

The MMG rapper will be penning his very own advice column in Rolling Stone magazine. The “God Forgives, I Don’t” rapper will be advising readers on everything from relationships to the work place. Rolling Stone writes:

“Coworkers driving you crazy? Relationship trouble got you down? Don’t wait any longer – get some advice from a certified boss.”

“Ever wondered how Rick Ross would handle a tough situation? Now’s your chance to find out. The Miami rap star is getting his own advice column in Rolling Stone – ‘Ask a Boss With Rick Ross.’”

Dear Abby has nothing on Mr. Aston Martin Music. Rick Ross will be taking e-mail submissions with “ASK A BOSS” in the subject line. Submissions can be e-mailed to His answers to the best questions will be featured in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone. The publication has yet to reveal when the column will premiere.

We don’t know if we’d take relationship advice from a man who once rapped about rape for fun.  Do you think Rick Ross will drop some real knowledge on readers?

50 Cent Allegedly Claimed Diddy, Rick Ross And Steve Stoute Are Gay

March 4th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From TMZ 

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.

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Rick Ross Facing Backlash For Trayvon Martin Reference In New Song “Black And White”

February 27th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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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? 

Believe It! Rick Ross Makes Settlement Deal Over Canceled Nigeria Concert

February 8th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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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 Suing LMFAO Over A Single Line In Two Hit Songs

January 3rd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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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.

Jay Z Raps About Barneys Racism Scandal In Rick Ross Song, “The Devil Is A Lie”

December 23rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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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.

But Jay Z has answered in perhaps the best way he knows how — in song. He appears on a Rick Ross track, “The Devil is a Lie,” and raps about the situation head on, reports International Business Report.

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.


Pass Or Play? Ashanti Says “I Got It” In New Song Ft. Rick Ross

November 26th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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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?

It’s All About The Facial Hair: Celebrity Men Who Look Better With Beards

October 16th, 2013 - By Meghan Reid
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If they left it up to us we would never let these guys shave. Some men just look better with hair on their face and we love when they do. A bare face just doesn’t have the same rugged sex appeal that only beards can give. Here are 15 celebrity men we prefer to see with beards.
Celebrity Men Who Look Better With Beards

Taye Diggs

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.

Dramatic Fan “Faints” In The Presence Of Rick Ross And No One Tries To Help Her Up

September 16th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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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? 

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