Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Sadly, this all happened on Andre 3000′s 38th birthday. Andre 3000, who was born Andre Lauren Benjamin was raised by his single mother, who sold real estate around the Atlanta area.
According to reports, police and ambulances have been up and down the street of the home where Sharon Benjamin Hodo (mother of Andre 3000) lives at. As details remain unknown, it has been reported confirmed from a close family member that Sharon has passed away.
Reports state that she was in her early 60’s and lived in Rex, Georgia. Stay tuned as we’ll update the story when more information is known.
No word yet on cause of death, but other Atlanta rappers have begun tweeting their support.
Bless the soul of Ms. Hodo and God ease the pain of the family of Andre Benjamin.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Amanda Bynes is now claiming that the onslaught of Twitter disses she's hurled at pop superstar Rihanna over Memorial Day weekend weren't actually from her. The troubled former teen star says that someone has been posting fake tweets under her username.
"I saw a bunch of mocked up tweets about me bashing Rihanna in my mentions," she tweeted. "I'm followed by so many people that someone is always mocking up fake tweets so I feel the need to address them! Rihanna and I met and I'm sure we'll be in a music video together one day! That's one of the mocked up images, they took photos of me from outside and morphed them onto someone else's body. I am allergic to marijuana and alcohol but I smoke tobacco. Why does Rihanna smoke weed and not get in trouble for it but I smoke tobacco and people think I'm on drugs? I refuse to be treated like someone I'm not, which is why I fought for myself and am suing everyone involved. I don't need to go to rehab. There is never a drug or alcohol in my system! I'm sick of all the lies! What would you do if someone accused you of things you didn't do and yet you still had to be in jail at all over it!"
"I'm just working on my Brick Squad group album which will drop this summer. It'll be me, PeeWee Long way, Young Thug, Dolph and of course Chief Keef," Gucci explained. "I even got songs with Waka on there. I'm just gonna drop a collection of all the best songs we've been making. I dropped a mixtape for every artist on my label, so now I feel like it's just time to put our album together and show everybody the chemistry we got together. [Waka?] There was more of a miscommunication and things got misconstrued. But we got too much of a good thing. Whatever we got to work out, we always work it out."
Gucci also explained what he feels Keef brings to the crew.
"He a big fan of mine and I just see a lot of potential in him. I feel like all these years I've been in the rap game, there's a lot of things that I wish I could have did a different way," Gucci said. "So I just feel like if nothing else, I just want to give him some advice so that he can just enjoy his career. Just show him that trouble is so easy to get into. It's really more of a big brother thing. There's a business arrangement of course, but I just really like him as a person. He hard. He for real. The young people take to what's real, what they perceive as authentic."
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Lil Wayne will no longer "do" Mountain Dew ... the soda company announced it's DROPPING the rapper over a rap verse in which he compared the beating of Emmett Till to rough sex.
Wayne was a major spokesperson for Mountain Dew --starring in several commercials. Wayne began appearing in Dew ads in early 2012. Mountain Dew is owned by PepsiCo.
It's unclear when PepsiCo will stop running ads featuring the rapper.
Weezy came under fire back in February over a verse he dropped on the song "Karate Chop" ... in which he said, "Pop a lot of pain pills, 'bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels ... beat that p***y up like Emmett Till."
FYI -- Till was 14 back in 1955 when he was beaten beyond recognition, shot and dumped in a river ... after he was accused of flirting with a white woman in Mississippi. His open-casket funeral and murder trial were early flashpoints in the civil rights movement.
Wayne had sent a letter to Till's family -- saying he's sorry their feelings were hurt by the song ... but the family REJECTED the letter, saying the statement "falls short of an apology." Leave comment
Monday, May 13, 2013
The southern rap pioneers recently headlined the Red Bull Soundstage (to a capacity crowd) at SXSW this past March – a precursor of more to come this summer from Geto Boys.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Remember Foxy Brown? Well she’s made some shocking allegations about Jay Z that will blow your mind! Now, many music insiders are calling the 90′s female rapper crazy…but we’re leaving it to you to decide.
Foxy Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, has revealed that her ticket to rap success came at a price — and that it all happened while she was underage. She says the man who put her on to the rap game, Jay Z (then 27-years-old), took her virginity when she was just 15-years-old — adding Hova (who she says has a ‘horse dick’) funded her shopping trips and pampering at hair and nail salons while she was still in high school…all to get into her panties!
But that’s not all!!! Foxy claims Jay Z is an undercover tranny chaser. She says she learned that after a tranny began calling and harassing her, not long after Jay Z gave her gonorrhea. WTF?!?! Foxy says one of her sex sessions with Jay Z was all caught on tape. That’s when Foxy says she and Jay weren’t alone. Their company was the real “Wanda” from In Living Color…Mr. Jamie Foxx. According to Foxy, Jay Z signed her to “multiple gag orders for where she, Jamie and Jay engaged in a threesome” and that not long after the incident the tape was ironically robbed from her home. Foxy insists Jay Z had everything to do with that robbery.
Besides alleging that Jay Z chases tranny’s, Foxy says there was one constant man in Hova’s life. According to Foxy, Jay Z and Larry Johnson were ‘fuck buddies.’ This doesn’t seem so far-fetched given the fact that Jay once shared an apartment with the NBA baller who once repped Rocawear.
During her no holds barred account of her experience with Jay Z, Foxy was reported to clearly display a strong disliking for Jay’s wife, Beyonce.
Here’s what Foxy had to say about Mrs. Hova:
“Now he is with Beyonce…Fuck that halitosis-infected heffa.”
If true, this is beyond sad. Know why? Because we’re talking about a victim here…not just a victim of an STD, but a then teen who fell victim to statutory rape. If you recall Jay Z blacklisted R Kelly after the singer was accused of child molestation. If Foxy’s allegations are true, how is Hova any different?
Story from my man Jacky Jasper
MY Word: “Foxy got you hot cause you kept your face in her puss” Remember that quote from Nas in the diss song “Ether” Nas would know wouldn’t he? There were rumors about this circulating back when none other than Wendy Williams brought it up way back in the 90′s when MrsWilliams also reported to the world that Jay-Z and Rocafella Records were down with an underground Gay Hip Hop movement called “Blacktino” Remember that? and remember how Wendy was removed off of New York radio shortly after when she made the same allegations about Diddy? We also have heard the same allegations pop up about Jaime Foxx most recently from One Howard Stern? wow what are your thoughts on this? You know the old saying ” If the same rumor that has been circulating for years continues to pop up? maybe it’s more than just a rumor. Just saying
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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired Facebook will announce quarterly earnings today
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired
Facebook will announce quarterly earnings today, with investors scrutinizing how well the company is growing mobile revenue, what rates it’s charging for ads, and how quickly the company is piling up users and earnings.
The company’s near-term performance will color how Wall Street judges a financial pinch that is taking several quarters to unfold: Facebook’s new revenue lines are a long ways off while its costs are spiking right now. A string of new products in the first four months of this year — Graph Search , a new News Feed, and a mobile app suite called Facebook Home — are either trickling out to users slowly, lack advertising, or both as Facebook takes its time getting details of the products right. Facebook has said its costs, meanwhile, will rise 50 percent in 2013 as it hires aggressively.
“Aside from ads, I do want to temper near-term expectations a little bit on revenue lines coming from other areas, like Gifts or Graph Search,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during Facebook’s last quarterly earnings call, in January. “I think these can be big opportunities for us long term, but for the foreseeable future the most important thing for us is to continue building out great consumer experiences around these products.”
So Facebook will likely be sweating this summer as costs continue to rise and new sources of revenue remain distant on the horizon. The company’s best hope for taking the pressure off is to make plenty of money on its old revenue lines, i.e. its existing mobile and desktop advertising products, sold on stalwart Facebook app and website sections.
Analysts expect Facebook’s adjusted earnings to rise 30 percent to 13 percent per share, excluding charges related to stock based compensation. Revenue, meanwhile, is expected to grow 36 percent to $1.44 billion. But the number everyone has foremost in mind is percentage of revenue from mobile; analysts from Stern Agee and Goldman Sachs have estimated mobile will comprise close to 30 percent of Facebook’s sales, up from 25 percent last quarter and 14 percent the quarter before that.
Calors Kirjner of Sanford Bernstein, meanwhile, says he’ll be keeping a close eye on average price per ad in the U.S. Facebook has made headlines for expanding into ads based on offline shopping habits and activity on other websites rather than on social activity within Facebook; it’s not yet clear how these new ad types will affect Facebook’s profit margins.
If Facebook can’t keep revenue growing as quickly as the street would like, that will drive down the value of its shares and, in turn, the value of employee stock inventives, while ratcheting up pressure on the company to get more aggressive deploying ads, which are already an ongoing source of complaints from businesses and ordinary users alike. Zuckerberg swears that sort of pressure doesn’t affect Facebook’s decisionmaking. But it could still be a big bummer for the young company this summer.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Khloe Kardashian admits that being compared with her famous sisters Kim and Kourtney has taken an emotional toll on her
But the comparisons - and critiques - have made her a more confident woman.
"It's made me stronger. I've gained another level of confidence," the 28-year-old " Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star told the June issue.
Kardashian talks about the public hits she took after her dad died and she piled on the pounds.
"I was quickly criticized for not being a cookie-cutter sister like Kourtney and Kim. I lost about 30lbs [in 2009] before I did 'Kourtney And Khloé Take Miami.' I was feeling so good about myself and I was still so critiqued. I thought, 'Oh, my gosh, if I'm not good enough now…' And that's when something clicked in my brain: I have to do whatever is good for me… I feel that I'm healthier [now], but I don't think I'm prettier thinner."
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Kardashian has recently slimmed down again but says she'll never be stick-thin.
"I don't expect to be a size 2 nor do I want to be. I'm 5-foot-10-inches, and I like being curvy, but I also like being toned."
Kardashian also opened up about her struggles to have a baby with her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom.
"I just wanted to be, 'Hey, let's have a baby,' and we would just have one. Kourtney did. And I wish that was the way for me. But it won't be. I'll have to take hormones. I do want to have a baby, but I don't feel the urgency to have one this very moment," she said.
When she does have kids, Kardashian said she won't be a "momanger" like her own mother, Kris Jenner.
"[Once my mom told me] I was gaining weight, but she was talking to me as a manager, like I was ruining a brand deal," Kardashian told Cosmo. "It's hard to understand that and it's more hurtful when it's coming from my mom."
Now that she's older, Kardashian said she feels sorry for rather than resents her mom, especially when she and her sisters "gang up" on her.
She also admitted that Kim is her mom's favorite.
"It doesn't bother me. They're so similar - they could be the same person," she said.
As for her pregnant sister Kim, Kardashian loves the rapport the family has with the baby's father, Kanye West.
"I think Kanye knows how to deal with Kim really well. Because we've known him for so long, he'll come to us if he wants advice on a birthday present or something. I like that. Kris [Humphries, Kim's ex-husband] wouldn't even talk to us. I love that with Kanye we have that friendship. Because when you're with one of us, you're with all of us."
"I'm not home with my boyfriend all the time. We work. Every week it's 'Are they broken up? Because we don't see a photo of them,'" she told V magazine's May issue.
"I don't have time go to Starbucks with my boyfriend every morning. I wish I did, but I don't," she continued. "I'd rather chill at my house and be there for the time I actually get to spend with him. And then I'm at the studio all day. He gets up to work out at six and I come home at five from the studio."
Cyrus, 20, has been hard at work on her latest album with producer Pharrell Williams.
"I put this record before everything, and I've never done that with anything. I've put too much into this record to put anything else in front of it," "The Climb" singer and former Disney star told the magazine.
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The new album is a departure for Cyrus.
"I can never say that I don't love 'Party in the U.S.A.' and that I'm not appreciative of it. It would be like my dad saying that he hated 'Achy Breaky,' Cyrus said, referring to her father Billy Ray Cyrus. "It's what gives you everything that you have. I would never take it back."
But Cyrus is also unafraid to change.
"I'm going to change, I'm going to be different, I'm going to do what I want to do. I chopped my hair and bought a pair of Docs and never looked back," she said.
While she and Australian actor Hemsworth, 23, have been engaged since last June, even Cyrus' father is uncertain if they'll wed.
"They're young, they're kids. The great news is they're great friends. They're really, really good friends," he told ABC News' " Nightline" recently. "I play it by ear, and I know whatever is meant to be, that's the way it's going to happen."
Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner's office said the 34-year-old Kelley was pronounced dead around 5 p.m. Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center.
Honey said authorities are unsure of Kelly's cause of death and that an autopsy has yet to be performed.
Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy" performed alongside Chris Smith, known as "Daddy Mac," in the early and mid-90s. The duo might be best remembered for the song "Jump" from their 1992 debut album, "Totally Krossed Out."
Wiz Khalifa is stepping into the world of business ventures again and flexing his entrepreneurship skills with a clothing and lifestyle brand named FRESHKO
The initial FRESHKO drop will include 300 pieces, 150 of which will be available at the brand’s unveiling tomorrow, May 1, while the remainder will be sold via the online store.
Taylor Gang member Berner and noteworthy fashion veteran Sketch, who helped develop and design Diamond Supply Co.’s identity with childhood friend Nick Tershay, are assisting the Pittsburgh native’s efforts, which he describes as “above and beyond your average clothing line.”
Fans in the Los Angeles area should check out the FREHSKO in-store event held by Wiz, Berner and Sketch at Tradition, located in the Beverly Center in 4PM pacific standard time, May 1.
After a boring thank-you fest disguised as a news conference in the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre, promoter Oscar De La Hoya invited Ruben Guerrero to the dais to say a few words. Virtually every other speaker had gone on in a monotone fashion, thanking every entity possible, name-dropping sponsors ad nauseum and predicting a great fight.
Ruben Guerrero, who has been trying to steal the spotlight from his son by, among other things, challenging Mayweather's father to a fight, changed things quickly.
He ranted and raved like a madman, shouting about Mayweather's domestic violence conviction that forced the pound-for-pound top boxer to spend 57 days in a local jail last year.
He started slowly, alluding to his challenge to fight Floyd Mayweather Sr.
"I am what I am, and I'm the real deal," Ruben Guerrero said. "I don't talk [expletive], man. I back it up. I back it up, baby. Any time, anywhere, like I said."
That elicited chuckles from a media audience that seemed on the verge of falling asleep. But he was only about to begin. He then took things to another level when he blasted Mayweather Jr. for his domestic violence conviction, and said he must have learned such behavior from his father.
"We're going to beat up that woman beater, the one that beat up his wife, man," Ruben Guerrero said, firing his arms into the air. "[He beat up] his wife in front of his kids. You guys like that [expletive]? You like this guy, this woman beater? He must have learned it from his Dad. Women beaters, baby. We're going to beat that woman beater. We'll see how he's going to like it. He's going to get it from a real man. Damn women beaters. We're going to beat that woman beater down. I'm serious."
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Mayweather Sr. was not on the dais but was in the audience. He shouted at Ruben Guerrero from his seat. He was enraged a few minutes later and said, "Man, believe me, I'm going to [expletive] that [expletive] up."
The news conference ended and reporters were invited onto the stage to interview the fighters.
Light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, a partner in Golden Boy Promotions, was speaking to Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe when he noticed Mayweather Sr. charging toward the elder Guerrero.
Hopkins intercepted Mayweather Sr. until Mayweather Jr.'s body guards intervened and moved the trainer away.
"I went from a troublemaker to a peacemaker over my years," Hopkins said, chuckling. "I remember [instigating] this stuff at these press conferences. How did that change? I must be getting soft in my old age. I'm getting soft."
The younger Guerrero wasn't upset by his father's antics. Robert Guerrero is normally a soft-spoken man, but he laughed as his father ranted about Mayweather.
"I didn't know he was going to do that, but I knew he was going to get a little crazy," Robert Guerrero said. "I didn't know what he was going to say or anything. He was just being himself. He's going to do what he does. I'm not going to argue with him or stop him. I'm just going to let him go.
"No, [I'm not angry at him]. He's his own man. I'm my own man. Everybody's their own man, so what he does, he does. What I do is what I do. I'm not that type of guy to tell somebody, 'Hey, don't be doing that,' or this and that, especially when it's my father and he's a man. I ain't going to tell a man what to do."
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Hopkins has pulled many a stunt at a news conference, but he said he didn't think it was a wise move for Ruben Guerrero because he said it puts yet another burden on his son's shoulders. Hopkins said Robert Guerrero already has enough to deal with facing boxing's top fighter.
"A lot of time, the fathers put pressure on their sons to box, and then to deliver," Hopkins said. "The father should sit back and be the trainer, or be the father, the wise one, the learned one, and let the emotions of the fighter go up or go down. But when a fighter has a father or a sibling in his corner and they're doing more talking and hollering and getting physically personal and challenging people, it takes away form the son. And it gives the son another thing to deal with. Hell, he has enough to deal with. He's dealing with an undefeated fighter. He's dealing with a Floyd Mayweather. He's dealing now with something else now, and that isn't good.
"His father, to me, is building up an atmosphere where the son will have to back it up. He has enough problems to worry about. I mean, come on."
Floyd Mayweather laughed it off. He was stoic when the incident occurred and afterward said, "The fighters are the ones who fight, not the fathers."
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While speaking with Civil TV, Philly emcee Meek Mill didn’t hesitate in expressing his distaste for Reebok and their handling of the situation with Ross.
“Fuck Reebok. We wear Puma’s. That’s what we do. We wear Puma’s. As far as the Rick Ross situation with Reebok, I just don’t approve of none of that. I don’t approve of no companies trying to dip and dab in our culture and then when you make a mistake they dip out on you. So, it’s like they still making money off of our brand,” the rapper explained.
Meek even went so far as to compare the relationship with Reebok and the various artists the brand works with to that of a pimp and his women.
“I’m very against that. Ross is off of Reebok now, Reebok still gonna make money off of Ross. You know what I’m saying? Before Rick Ross and Swizz and Tyga, it was no Reebok. These companies they actually follow our culture and make money off of our culture and pay us like a pimp...And me, I’m against that,” said Meek. “Any way you fire me, we gonna tear your shit back down. Ain’t nobody wearing Reebok.”
Rick Ross was dropped from his endorsement deal with Reebok in mid-April as a result of the backlash surrounding his perceived date rape lyric on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.”
One of the biggest stories emerging from the summit, and reported by Footwear News no less, is Reebok CEO Uli Becker addressing the brand's severing ties with rapper Rick Ross last month. The dispute emerged after protesters petitioned Reebok online and outside of retail locations, to drop Ross following his lyrics perceived to be condoning rape on Rocko's "U.E.N.O." Within two weeks, Reebok released a public statement announcing they dropped the Maybach Music Group CEO, citing differences of "values" at the core. Ross responded days later, formally apologizing to Reebok for his actions.
During the summit which kicked off on Tuesday (April 30), Uli Becker, who was photographed during his presentation, was quoted as deeming Rick Ross a "great guy," while criticizing his advisors as "stupid." Maybach Music and Def Jam Records have yet to respond to the claims.
Reebok CEO Uli Becker on Rick Ross: "It's unfortunate because he's a great guy, he just has stupid advisors around him." #FNCEOSummit