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So So Broke: Jermaine Dupri Loses Mansion In Foreclosure

December 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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For a few years now rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri has been trying to hang on to to his Atlanta mansion. The worst has finally happened: he has lost the battle to keep his home from foreclosure,

“A notice of sale for Jermaine Dupri’s home was filed by the new owner of the deed and stated, ‘The debt secured by said Deed to Secure Debt has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, non-payment of the monthly installments on said loan. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale’,” reports All Hip Hop.

Dupri lived at that residence for more than 10 years but his financial woes have plagued him. Once on top with his So So Def with such hit artists as ’90s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross, Jagged Edge, Da Brat and Bow Wow. “At his peak, JD earned more than $10 million per year and had a personal net worth of $60 million,” reports Celebrity Net Worth.

But by May 2011, Dupri was reportedly almost bankrupt and on the verge of losing his home and master recordings. He owed a whopping $500,000 in back taxes to the state of Georgia and $3 million to the IRS. In 2013, Dupri got a $5 million loan from Sun Trust bank, which it seems he has failed to keep paying.

Now Dupri’s net worth is reportedly just about $2 million.

With so many financial issues, it might actually be a good thing to downsize his lifestyle.

via The Jasmine Brand

Kriss Kross’ Chris Kelly Died Of A Severe Drug Overdose According To New Toxicology Reports

July 3rd, 2013 - By La Truly
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Source(s): WENN, Madame Noire

Source(s): WENN, Madame Noire

One half of the early ’90s hip-hop duo Kriss Kross, Chris Kelly passed away on May 1st of a severe drug overdose according to toxicology reports that have just recently been made public. In a recent report from the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office, heroin, coke, ethanol, hydrocodone and alprazolam were all found in Kelly’s system and their toxic mixture is what caused his death.

His mother reported to officials that he had been partying the night before his death, using both heroin and coke and that he had an extensive history of hardcore drug use. She also stated that she had to bring him home the night before his death, as she had many times before, but this time he complained of feeling nauseous before he went unconscious.

Kelly, also known as “Mac Daddy,” was only 34 years old and was found unresponsive at his home on May 1.

Chris Kelly and Chris Smith were discovered in an Atlanta mall by a 19-year-old Jermaine Dupri in 1991. They were only 13, but Kris Kross went on to become one of the most popular rap groups of that time. They influenced everything from music to fashion with their bold choice to wear their clothes backwards.

The duo performed earlier this year at the 20th celebration of Dupri’s So So Def record label and Kelly’s uncle stated that he had plans to make a comeback this year. RIP.

Jermaine Dupri In Serious Debt, May Lose Rights To So So Def Music

May 31st, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Back in 2010 popular hip-hop producer, Jermaine Dupri took out at $4.8 million loan from SunTrust Bank. Initially, all was well. Jermaine made his payments and everyone was happy. He paid more than half of the money he owed. Then, one day, the payments simply stopped. Now the bank is suing the So So Def founder for almost $2million, which includes the money he owes them, plus interest, TMZ reports.

When Jermaine first applied for the loan, he had to put up some collateral. He decided to use the copyrights and royalties that he has from  his former So So Def days from artists such as Bow Wow, Da Brat and Xscape. Jermaine doesn’t appear to have paid the remaining balance back yet, which means he may have to kiss his rights to all of that music goodbye.

Hopefully Jermaine is able to cough up the money. It would be a shame for him to lose ownership of the music that he worked so hard to help produce. This of course isn’t the first time he’s made headline for money troubles. Earlier this year he paid off a $3 million tax lien issued by the IRS. He also narrowly avoided having his Atlanta mansion foreclosed, twice.

BREAKING: Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly Of Kris Kross Found Dead In Atlanta

May 1st, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Sad news to share for ’90s hip-hop fans.

According to the AP and ABC News, Chris “Mack Daddy” Kelly from the hip-hop duo Kris Kross, has reportedly died in Atlanta today. He was announced dead around 5 p.m. this evening at the Atlanta Medical Center. Kelly was only 34 years old.

Of course, because it is so soon, authorities are unclear about the cause of his sudden death, and an autopsy will be performed soon. Kelly and Chris Smith had a huge amount of fame in the 90s, bringing us classic jams like “Jump,” “Warm It Up,” and “I Missed The Bus,” the anthem for habitually late students everywhere in the early ’90s. The duo was also known for wearing their clothes backwards, going with their name, Kriss Kross. They were discovered by Jermaine Dupri at a shopping mall in Atlanta, and the two even performed together again for the first time in years during the So So Def 20th Anniversary concert earlier in the year. There was talk of them possibly working on new music in the future.

Sadly, that won’t be happening. But we’ll always have their past work, especially Totally Krossed Out. As more information comes out about Kelly’s sudden passing, we’ll keep you updated, but keep his family in your prayers and play “Jump” at least once before you call it a night friends.

Kandi Explains Why There Won’t Be An Xscape Reunion Anytime Soon

April 9th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: YouTube

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A few months ago we reported that Bow Wow was talking slick about Kandi’s decision not to attend Jermaine Dupri’s So-So Def reunion. Though Kandi explained that she had a prior engagement, we knew that there had to be a bigger reason than that to miss out on such a huge moment. Well, in an interview with “Sway in the Morning,” she kept it real and explained why she wouldn’t reunite Xscape during that reunion or any time soon.

On why she missed the reunion

“I did have something else I had to do that weekend. I’m not trying  do a reunion. I mean, no offense, but I don’t wanna be faking and have to rehearse together. Tiny and I, we get along great. But, I haven’t really talked to the other ladies in a long time, like long time.”

Kandi explained that Jermaine Dupri really went hard in convincing her to come. And even though Kandi admitted that she has the utmost respect for JD, since he was the man who helped give her her big break, it wasn’t enough to convince her to comeback.

So by now you’re wondering who is the woman that Kandi has the issue with and why?

“Let me just say — because I shouldn’t have to bring up stuff…Our group broke up like 18 years ago. But what I’m pissed off about happened more recent. You get what I’m saying? In the past, Tocha and I used to bump heads, but she’s not really who I’m (really) bothered by. It was Tamika that really pissed me off. She said some things about me. Some of the things she put out there, were straight up lies that she had made up. I was so pissed off because me and her used to be really tight and I just felt like what just what she did–to try to make me look bad to people…Instead of just saying ‘Kandi doing well’, you gon’ make it seem like I screwed my way to the top. And then add more people to the list that never existed, on my list. I’m like ‘No chick, don’t do me like that’. I never do her like that. You know that I mean?”

And apparently Kandi is not the only one with ill feelings about the other girls.

“I talk to Tiny about it. Well, she had different reasons for not necessarily wanting to do it. But she was just like she didn’t really wanna do it either.”

My My.
Kandi did say that Tamika has called and apologized. But what she’s said to Kandi and what she’s said in the media are two different things.

After she did what she did, she called me, apologized. Since then, she’s called my mom and she was like ‘I wish I could make things right’. But recently she was on the radio, she still never admitted, she still be on her BS ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with her’. Really? You know what’s wrong with me.

Kandi did say though that if she and Tamika were able to make amends she’d be open to performing with her old group again.
Check out the full interview with Sway on the next page.

What ‘Chu Say Boo? Caption This Picture Of Bow Wow All Up In This Woman’s Crotch

February 25th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: ATL Night

Source: ATL Night

Umm… yeah, this happened. Over the weekend, Jermaine Dupri and crew hosted a 20th anniversary So-So Def concert. It would only be right that his former protegee, Bow Wow take the stage and do a little something.

But Bow Wow, never one to keep it chill or low key, made his performance one to remember…and not in such a good way.

While he was performing “Outta My System” with T- Pain, Bow Wow brought somebody’s thirsty Auntie on stage to act as his love interest. He rubbed up on her in a chair for a few minutes before getting down on his knees, singing “Let Me Hold You” and “Like You.”

Bow Wow took a huge risk getting low on a stranger. You never know how seriously people take their hygiene. But it must have worked out because the woman walked off the stage toting Bow Wow’s Louis Vuitton belt.

Sooo… now we’re asking you, what was Bow Wow thinking as he was all up in it? And while you’re at it go ahead and tell us what this “lucky” woman was thinking as well.

We’re Not Really Cool: Xscape’s LaTocha Scott Talks Beef With Former Group Member, Kandi Burruss

February 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: Egypt Said So

Source: Egypt Said So

Last month we told you that former Xscape singer, LaTocha Scott had been added to the cast of TV One reality show, “R&B Divas”. Many have been anticipating LaTocha’s return to the spotlight, as there are many unanswered questions surrounding what went wrong with Xscape and whether or not the ladies had smoothed out their differences. In a recent interview with Egypt Said So, LaTocha revealed some interesting details regarding which former group members she’s still at odds with and why.

LaTocha interestingly revealed that although she and her sister Tamika are cool with Tiny, she can’t say the same “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss. “Not very cool,” was the singer’s response when asked where she and her sisters’s relationships with Kandi currently stood. Back when Kandi announced that she would not be participating in the So So Def Reunion, she shared with Big Tigger that her beef wasn’t with Jermaine Duprri, but that she would not be particiapting because of some  unfinished Xscape business. When asked exactly what unfinished business Kandi was referring to, Latocha responded:

“My thing is the only unfinished business I can think of is the fact that we didn’t go onto the other albums that we were supposed to do. Other than that, I don’t understand where the unfinished business comes in at. I don’t know what she’s talking about.”

“We talk,” she went on. “I mean times you know…we kind of spread out. Everyone found out what life was like outside of the group so I don’t know. You know when she says unfinished business, I would have to talk to her.”

The singer also revealed that she would very much enjoy doing a reunion with Xscape and that she believes they owe it to the fans to work things out.

“Oh I would love to do a reunion with Xscape… I think we owe it to the fans, to the people. They put us all here. You know we’re successful and people were calling us because of what the fans allowed us to do and that’s the scene. You know the universe opened up for us in ’93. We were able to sign to So So Def very early on. We worked hard and to be here now, it’s like 20 years later, who can even say that?”

“But this is the thing. I don’t know why people want to continue to hold on to the negative. I think we’ve all progressed in life, you know, everybody’s doing their thing. Big ups to Tiny and Kandi for standing in their lane with the television show. It’s great for them. And I just don’t understand why we have to keep going back to the negative. I want to move forward. I want to see 20 years, you know what I’m saying? This whole 20 year reunion is big for me, but to say you’re not going to do it because you feel like we have unfinished business is…I don’t want to say it’s insulting to the fans, but it’s like come on, it’s not even about that. Let’s get out of self and let’s think about what we did for music.”

What do you think of this? Should Kandi just let go of the past and move on?


Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.


Bow Wow’s Running His Mouth…Again: Slams Kandi For Not Attending So-SO Def Anniversary Party

January 25th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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You would think that now that Bow Wow is busy with a job as “106 & Park’s” new host that he would have less time for yapping. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. Luckily, this time he’s not talking about one of the many women he’s bedded over time. No, this time he’s coming for “Real House Wives Of Atlanta” cast member, Kandi Burruss. Apparently, Bow Wow was upset that Kandi didn’t show up for J.D. for the So-So Def 20th Anniversary.

Here’s what he posted on Facebook:

“JD likes to keep quiet but… Yo Kandi is wack  for not wanting to show up for jd for “20th anniversary so so def show” put ego to the side and give the fans what they want and understand w/ out jd know [no] one would even know who you are. You aint Michael, this aint the Jackson 5. She act’n like she booked out like she too busy! Better yet dont come. The ones thats there are the ones who really got live [love] for JD and the history if [of] the label.”

Boy stop.

I’m sorry aren’t you the same guy who said J.D. didn’t allow you to be who you were when you were working with him? That you sacrificed who you were? Why are you feeling like you need to defend him against Kandi right now? It would appear that you might want to take a bit more advice from J.D. and keep quiet as well. It’s really none of your concern.Furthermore, aren’t you signed to Cash Money right now? Why are you so concerned about what Kandi’s doing?

In case you were wondering Kandi was taking care of some things as she was hosting the first leg of her “Ladies Night” tour.

What do you think, was Bow Wow right, should Kandi have been there to attend the So-So Def event?

All Grown Up: Can You Guess Which Iconic ’90s Rap Group These Men Are From?

January 16th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Eh, okay, so I use the word “iconic” loosely. But hey, when your style, from your head to your shoe game and definitely your clothes, influenced young people from the hood to the suburbs to look like a** backwards fools, it’s okay to say that these two men clearly had some pull back in the day. Not only were they rappers, but they were actors, as every young girl was screaming at the television when they both made an appearance on A Different World. And their music and image was so big, they toured with Michael Jackson, appeared in videos alongside TLC, and Run-D.M.C., and performed on the main stage of In Living Color. They tried to continue making hit music into their late teen years, but enthusiasm waned after puberty fully took over. So who are they?