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50 SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HOUSE FIRE December 17, 2008

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Rapper 50 Cent gave a candid interview to “Access Hollywood/TV One Access” about the fire that destroyed his Long Island home, and the circumstances leading up to the blaze.       

       The G-Unit leader said his home was scorched within days of his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins being ordered to leave the residence.       

       “The courts told her she had to leave,” 50 told TV One Access correspondent Quddus. “It’s kind of more like, ‘If I can’t have you, you can’t have it.’”       

       Asked directly if Tompkins set the fire in response to the order, the rapper said: “Well, I don’t want to say that… don’t try to make me say something I don’t want to say.But the circumstances to it might seem that way.”

       TV One Access’ interview with 50 Cent is scheduled to air in its entirety at 7 p.m. on January 4.

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Remy Ma Files For An Appeal November 23, 2008

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Rapper’s lawyers hope to have her out by Christmas

Remy Ma’s legal team has filed for an appeal on her eight-year prison sentence. 

Remy (real name Reminisce Smith) was convicted March 2008 of illegal weapon possession, assault, and attempted coercion following a violent argument with Makeda Barnes-Joseph, a former friend of the rapper. Remy was sentenced in May. 

According to TMZ, Remy’s lawyers claim the trial left a trail of errors on the judge’s part. No further details of what those errors were, have been disclosed. The lawyers hope to have the rapper out in time for Christmas. 

Remy, who called the shooting an “accident,” is currently serving time at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in  New York. 

 

Stat Quo Leaves Shady Records November 21, 2008

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If you’re not Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, or Eminem they’re not really trying to put your album out”

When asked how many release dates he had during his time at the label, the rapper quipped, ‘That’s like sayin’ how many kids Shawn Kemp got?’

Seemingly forever Stat Quo has been plugging his unreleased albumStatlanta, even going so far as to visit publications to play the goods. But as of this week, the Atlanta rapper is not only album-less, but he’s also without a label. 

“I’m no longer down with Shady/Aftermath,” Stat Quo, who signed to the label in 2003, told Sixshot. “I wasn’t really seeing my career move at the rate that I wanted it to. I didn’t see an end in sight in terms of a release date for my album.” 

The rapper says that besides being on label projects like the Re-Up, he got no love. 

“If you’re not Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, or Eminem they’re not really trying to put your album out and I can understand that with the music business being the way it is. It was just my time to go.” 

Stat says his album was supposed to have dropped “three and a half years ago.” When asked how many release dates he had during his time at the label, the rapper quipped, “That’s like sayin’ how many kids Shawn Kemp got?” 

Stat, who is currently just releasing mixtape music now, says that he’s not bitter about the split.

“I’m not mad, I’m good. I thank [Eminem and Dr. Dre] for everything they did for me. I think that’s some ho ass shit when somebody leaves a team and then talks shit about them. That’s not my style.”

 

Taco Bell Sues 50 Cent November 20, 2008

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Taco Bell wants its hand in 50 Cent’s pockets. The fast-food chain reportedly filed a counter suit against a $4 million federal lawsuit Fif filed this past July. The suit accused Taco Bell of using his name to sell tacos.

Lawyers for Taco Bell are reportedly trying to use Fif’s bad ass image against him in the court filings- referring to the Queens rapper as a “self-described former drug dealer and hustler” in court filings.

“Jackson has used his colorful past to cultivate a public image of belligerence and arrogance and has a well-publicized track record of making threats, starting feuds and filing lawsuits,” Taco Bell lawyer Robert Lehrburger wrote in the filings. “At the same time, Jackson holds himself out as a giver to charity and one who wants to give back to his community. This lawsuit is another of Jackson’s attempts to burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer that Taco Bell made to Jackson.”

Taco Bell initially asked Fif to change his name to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent for one day as part of a new promotion. The restaurant promised to give $10,000 to Fif’s favorite charity if he rapped his order from a drive-thru window. Fif then filed a suit for trademark infringement, accusing TB of cooking up a publicity stunt by including his name in the promo.

Fif’s attorney, Peter Raymond had no comments regarding the counter suit. “It makes me wonder why they would decide to use his name in their ad campaign if they think he’s such a bad character,” Raymond told New York’s Daily News.

 

Kanye West Blames Himself For Mother’s Death November 17, 2008

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“If I’d never made it in the music business, it never would’ve happened”

Kanye West is still getting over the horrific loss of his mother and best friend Donda West, and now he’s pondering his role in her death last year. 

In an interview with People.com, West says that he feels his celebrity lifestyle possibly contributed to the demise of the 58-year-old. “I feel like I moved to California, then my mom moved to California, and she did stuff she wouldn’t have done if we’d stayed in Chicago,” he said. “If I’d never made it in the music business, it never would’ve happened… Now I’d rather talk it through than commit suicide. I’m super devastated.” 

On November 10, Donda West, a former professor and author, died at the Centinela Freeman hospital in California due to complications from plastic surgery. 

 

EX-SOURCE EDITOR OSORIO RELEASES TELL-ALL November 3, 2008

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In her new tell-all memoir “Straight from the Source,” Kim Osorio describes the sexual harassment she encountered as the first female editor of The Source magazine.     

      The book also details the historic court case that netted her a million dollar judgment and the music industry a legal precedent for gender discrimination, defamation and retaliation in the workplace.

 

       A press release states: “From her corner office, Kim got the goods on hip-hop’s hottest names: Jay-Z, Nas, 50 Cent, Lil’ Kim and more. She developed close — and sometimes intimate relationships with the artists she worked with.       

       “But behind the scenes; the magazine’s volatile owners would puppeteer every issue. The Source even declared war on hip-hop’s highest selling artist Eminem and began the notorious assault that would send the magazine into swift decline.       

       “After it all came to a head, Osorio was fired, but resurfaced in 2006, filing a sexual harassment, gender discrimination, defamation and retaliation lawsuit against the Source. She details the drama in this tell-all, and provides the context for a lawsuit that has shaken up the entire music industry.”

 

MTV to Pay Tribute to Total Request Live November 1, 2008

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Beyoncé, 50 Cent, Backstreet Boys and Fall Out Boy tapped to perform

After 2200 shows, and about ten years on the air, MTV’s legendary countdown show Total Request Live is leaving, but not without a bang. 

MTV is planning a star-studded farewell to TRL, hosted by the show’s original host, Carson Daly, and current host, Damien Fahey. The network has also called in Beyonce, 50 Cent, Backstreet Boys, Fall Out Boy, and surprise guests to perform. 

The finale, which has been named “Total Finale Live” will also feature a look back on all the teeny-bop popcorn memories on the show. 

“In retrospect, the name said it all: the total youth entertainment experience, shaped for the first time at the request of its audience, all going down live every day in Times Square and in homes across America,” said Brian Graden, President of Entertainment, MTV & VH1. 

“Total Finale Live” will air Sunday, November 16 at 8 p.m. eastern time.