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Static of Playa, Aaliyah Fame Passes Away February 26, 2008

Filed under: General News,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 5:24 pm

Stephen “Static” Garrett, one-third of R&B group Playa and a songwriter for Aaliyah and Ginuwine, among others, has died. He was 32.

According to unverified sources, the singer-producer died unexpectedly at home in Louisville, KY from a brain aneurysm.

At the time of his death, Static had worked with many chart-topping artists, including Brandy, Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, David Banner and recently Lil’ Wayne, with whom he recorded the collaboration “I Got My”. He most famously composed “Pony” for Ginuwine and “Are You That Somebody?” for Aaliyah.

Our condolences go out to Static’s friends and family.


Princess from Crime Mob Sets the Record Straight

Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 5:23 pm

Princess from Crime Mob came out to talk to SOHH Gyant about the friction and drama going on in her group that led to Diamond’s departure.


Nasir & Shawn To Team Up For Joint Album?

Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 5:23 pm

Illseed is reporting there’s word floating around that Nas and Jay-Z may do an album together titled Kings of Hip-Hop that will come out on yet another new label from Jay-Z, the “Jay-Z Carter Music Group”. I don’t care if it comes out on Amil Sets Up The Blue Light Special Records, this is something I hope is actually in the works IF they do it right.

In the meantime, here’s a new Nas track called “What It Is” produced by DJ Khalil from the upcoming N*gger.


JAY-Z SUED FOR $5 BILLION IN REPARATIONS CASE: Man claims mogul’s tie to new Nets arena in Brooklyn also links him to slave trade

Filed under: Entertainment,Hip Hip — Ryann Hayman @ 5:08 pm

The New York Observer is reporting that Brooklyn activist Clive Campbell is suing Jay-Z, developer Bruce Ratner and Barclays bank for $5 billion in a “claim of lien” action that seeks the money for slavery reparations.


      The lawsuit’s three targets are all involved in the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, which will soon be the home arena for the New Jersey Nets and more than 6,000 apartments. Campbell claims Barclays profited from the African slave trade, and continues to make money through its new partnership with Jay-Z and Ratner.


       Jay-Z, a partial owner of the Nets, has been a major supporter of the project, appearing at press conferences to tout its merits. Barclays owns the naming rights to the arena, and has been accused of having links with the slave trade—an accusation the bank denies, according to the New York Observer.       

       Campbell’s lawsuit claims that Ratner and Jay-Z worked “in concert” with Barclays, and “profited from the African Slave Trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress Black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth.”       

       The lawsuit was filed in October along with a group called the DA Black Defense League.


‘DONDA WEST LAW’ TO BE PROPOSED IN CALI: Bill would require patients to get medical clearance before undergoing plastic surgery

Filed under: Entertainment — Ryann Hayman @ 5:07 pm

A California Assemblywoman is sponsoring new legislation that would require all patients receiving elective plastic surgery to receive clearance from a licensed doctor.


       On behalf of Kanye West’s family, Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter announced Friday (Feb. 22) that she has proposed the “Donda West Law,” which would allow doctors to ensure that patients are healthy enough to endure the potential rigors of general anesthesia.       

       “Most people who do cosmetic surgery are certified and do a good job, and they do require patients to have physicals,” Carter told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Friday. “But some do not, and as we have seen, it can cause problems, and that’s why we want to make this a requirement across the state.”      

       Dr. Donda West, the mother of Kanye West, died Nov. 10 at a hospital in Los Angeles a day after undergoing breast reduction surgery, a tummy tuck and liposuction. An autopsy revealed she likely died of heart disease, coupled with complications after the surgery, “but the final manner of death could not be determined,” the report concluded.


       Yolanda Anderson, a niece of Donda West, reached out to Carter to suggest the legislation.           

       “I didn’t want her death to be in vain,” said Anderson, 45. “I wanted her name to live on so this wouldn’t happen to other people.”       

       Anderson said she spoke with Kanye on Friday afternoon while he’s on tour in Australia and told him of Carter’s involvement.       

       “He is ecstatic and very grateful,” Anderson said. “He said, ‘You started this. Now run with it and let me know how I can help.”‘       

       Anderson said there’s an effort to get similar legislation pushed in Illinois, where Dr. West lived for many years, as well as Oklahoma, where she was born. Kanye West also suggested New York, where his mother did business on his behalf.


related story: TURNER’S TWO CENTS: Donda West Law Won’t Work & Kanye Needs To Cool Out