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Lil’ Kim Touches Down at ‘Rip the Runway’

RapUP

Lil’ Kim was back in black at Wednesday’s taping of BET’s “Rip the Runway.” The petite rap diva strut her stuff in a black leather outfit and turquoise heels as she made the red carpet rounds. Kim, who debuted her new song “If You Love Me” earlier this month, will perform at the fashion-meets-music event at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.




Chris Brown Has Some Serious Symbolism On His ‘Fortune’ Album Cover

Idolator


Chris Brown seems to have finally dropped his beloved graffiti imagery and is going for a futuristic vibe on the cool blue cover art for his new album, Fortune. (At least we think that’s the title — what font is that, wingdings?) Fortune, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning album F.A.M.E., will be released on May 8, just three days after his 23rd birthday. Let’s hope between now and then, Breezy manages to keep himself controversy-free. (We’re not holding out breath.)

VIDEO: Jim Jones Attacks Fan During Concert For Throwing Cup On Stage

Taletela

Jim Jones has attacked a fan at a concert after he threw a cup at the rapper while he was on stage.
The rapper can be seen standing on stage surrounded by a large entourage, and performs the first few seconds of a song before a cup goes flying past his face. A furious Jim then demands to know who threw the cup, saying: "Point him out."
Jim then disappears from the stage, only for him to reappear and bodyslam the culprit by jumping from the stage.
A huge crowd then gathers around the brawl before the police intervene and try to defuse the situation.
Jim has had a turbulent week, in which he has been arrested three times. Check out the footage of the brawl below...

The Breakfast Club Grills Maino on Lil Kim, His Rumored Relationships, and More

Vibe News

Brooklyn rapper Maino hit up the Power 105 radio station for an interview with The Breakfast Club. With a number of rumored relationships with Olivia and Dollicia Bryan, Charlamagne, DJ Envy and Angela Yee grilled Maino. He also talks about Lil Kim and his alleged love song about her. Watch the interview below.

Candids: Kanye West and 50 Cent out and about 2/29

Kanye West out for dinner at Caviar Kaspia in Paris, France on February 28, 2012. Guest of the NBC Studios came and went from the location in New York City, New York on February 28, 2012. Pictured is 50 Cent
















Rick Ross Cops Investigating Murder at Rapper's Florida Pad

TMZ

Cops are looking to speak with rapper Rick Ross ... after a 40-year-old man was shot to death in front of his Miami Gardens home this morning ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Ross was NOT home at the time of the shooting and at this point in the investigation, he's not considered a suspect.

We're told cops found the victim laying inside a gate at the home.

Sources tell us ... investigators don't know if the victim has any connection to Ross, but since he is listed as the owner of the property, cops want to ask him a few questions about the situation.

So far, no comment from Rick's camp.

UPDATE: Say what now: Eddie Murphy Dating Toni Braxton

US Weekly

The singer, 44, and comic actor, 50, "are seeing each other and very into it," a source tells Us Weekly, adding that the romance started up four months ago.
The Tower Heist star -- who has eight kids from previous relationships -- even cheered on the mother of two (who's been separated from singer Keri Lewis since 2009), backstage at her Feb. 19 L.A. concert.
While Braxton's rep insists "Toni and Eddie are just friends and have been fans of each other's work for a long time," the insider says, "Their kids have met and everything. It's getting very serious."

In addition to first wife Nicole Mitchell, Murphy dated former Spice Girl Melanie Brown from 2006 to 2007, and exchanged marital vows with Tracey Edmonds in 2008 in a "symbolic" ceremony that was never made legal. Back in the late 1980s, Murphy was linked to another big-voiced R&B superstar: the late Whitney Houston.
Braxton's search for love after her …

Erykah Badu, Malaysia Show; Singer Sad But Understands Ban

HuffingtonPost

Soul singer Erykah Badu said Wednesday she holds no grudge against Malaysia's government for barring her from performing after a photograph of her body art offended some Muslims.
More than 1,500 people had bought tickets to watch the Grammy-winning American singer at a Kuala Lumpur auditorium Wednesday, but Malaysia's information minister announced on the eve of the concert that it could not proceed because a promotional photo of Badu with the Arabic word for Allah painted on her bare shoulders was "an insult to Islam."
"It's sad, because we traveled a long way," Badu told a news conference. "But I'm totally understanding of (the minister's) protection of the laws and its people. He doesn't want anything to happen. I'm good with that."
The photograph ignited criticism from some politicians and religious groups in Muslim-majority Malaysia after a newspaper published it Monday in a feature to promote Badu's show. T…

Okay? Mary J. Blige on ‘The View’: ‘I’ve Never Done Crack, Just So we’re Clear’

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Soul songstress Mary J. Blige candidly spoke about not only her feelings about Whitney Houston’s death, but about her own former drug demons as she sat in for Whoopie Goldberg on Tuesday’s ABC-TV’s talk show ‘The View.’
Blige, who is known for not holding her tongue when it comes to speaking her mind, reflected on the recent passing of Houston, who apparently had been a great influence in her life. Blige admitted that she never attends funerals because she was traumatized by them as a child but felt compelled to go to Houston’s because they were so close:
“This was really sad (funeral) because Whitney was everything to women like us,” she lamented.
Blige even divulged a conversation that she had with Houston about how important she was to the world. “I got a chance to express to [Whitney] what I felt about her and how I didn’t like seeing her like that.” Blige was referring to Houston’s much publicized battles with drug addiction.
The 41-year-old singer, songwriter has in th…

Chris Brown makes a meal for his special lady in his life Karrueche

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The multi-talented Chris Brown showed off another one of his skills in the kitchen. His girlfriend Karrueche Tran showcased his fried chicken dinner he apparently made her. Check out the yumminess below...
So much for all those rumors--which Kae says she's "Stevie Wonder" too--that Chris is thisclose to hooking back up with his ex Rihanna. Karrueche reminded folks who's his main chick...for now. And tweeted this below saying "Yup.. Get mad!"



Apparently Chef Breezy chopped it up in the kitchen making fried chicken, corn on the cob, mac and cheese, greens, green beans, and more. Now whether they were at his mom's house and Chris was simply turning over the chicken is still a possibility. Especially since he tweeted the pic of himself in the kitchen above saying:

I don't know what the hell I'm doing! Hungry????

Wendy Williams Pleads Rihanna to Keep Her Duet With Chris Brown Professional

AceShowBiz

Wendy Williams is one of those who is alarmed by Rihanna and Chris Brown's musical reunion. The radio and TV personality is worried that their professional relationship might turn it into a romance one, so she pleads the Bajan singer not to go to that direction.

"Please don't go back to him romantically speaking. The girl is too young to be giving a woman-beater a second chance," Wendy sends her message when doing an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. She additionally says, "Now, if they're going to do music together, fine."

Though she's fine with Riri and Breezy's musical collaboration, Wendy still thinks that it's not a wise decision. She's worried that the duet reunion could send a wrong message to young fans who may confuse it with the romantic one.

Earlier this month on "The Wendy Williams Show", she discussed what she thought about Breezy and what he should do to rebuild his image. "Chris I think that…

Not Hot: Frank Ocean Threatened with Lawsuit Over ‘Hotel California’ Sample

RapUP

Don’t expect to see Frank Ocean perform “American Wedding” at Coachella in April. Eagles founder Don Henley has reportedly threatened the Odd Future singer with legal action if he performs the “Hotel California”-sampled song live.

Ocean’s version, which appears on his 2011 debut Nostalgia, Ultra, borrows from the Eagles’ 1977 classic. The sample was not cleared and the project was never commercially released.
“Don Henley is apparently intimidated by my rendition of hotel california,” revealed Ocean, who performed the song live during his brief tour last year.
But instead of getting upset over an impending lawsuit, he’s taking it as a compliment. “He threatened to sue if I perform it again. I think that’s fuckin awesome.”
Ocean has been cooking up “sonic goodies” for his first Def Jam release and will appear on Odd Future’s compilation The OF Tape Vol. 2, due March 20.

Rita Ora & Tinie Tempah Drop 'R.I.P.' Written For Rihanna By Drake

Taletela

Nearly three years since signing to Jay-Z's Roc Nation, Rita Ora has finally dropped her first official single.
Ora reached out to fellow Londoner, Tinie Tempah to feature on a track named 'R.I.P.' which made it's official radio premiere this morning.
The 21-year-old Kosovan born singer's who is tipped for huge success this year, managed to grab her first number one with DJ Fresh's 'Hot Right Now' earlier this month.
The track produced by dubstep duo Chase and Status, feature samples by Nigerian artist Nneka and was written by Young Money protege, Drake and is also sampled from his unreleased single 'I'm Ready For You'.
The single was widely believed to be written with Rihanna in mind to feature on the vocals, but it seems she has been bumped for Rita.
The debut of 'R.I.P,' comes after Rita gave her first U.S. radio interview last week and was joined by music mogul Jay-Z Z100 to premiere her new pop single named 'Party and Bu…

Whitney Houston’s Death To Be Ruled An Accident, Sources Say

HollyWood Reporter

Those closest to the singer confirm that foul play and suicide have been ruled out of the investigation.Whitney Houston‘s Feb. 11 passing left a lot of unanswered questions for fans, but sources close the singer and her family confirm that her death will be ruled an accident.

Whitney, who was 48, showed no signs of struggle or indications of anything other than an untimely accident, E! News reports.
“[There was] nothing suspicious,” the source said. “She had no marks on her body whatsoever to indicate a struggle, and she was the furthest thing from trying to kill herself.”
We wish the family the best during this difficult time.

Bobby Brown’s Sister Leolah: Bobbi Kristina ‘Is Not Safe Right Now’

AccessHollywood
Bobby Brown’s sister, Leolah Brown, is speaking out for the first time since Whitney Houston’s death, defending her brother and sending a warning to Bobby & Whitney’s daughter — Bobbi Kristina. “I am concerned about my niece Bobbi Kristina, yes,” Leolah told Access Hollywood of her 18-year-old niece, who she refers to as “Krissy.” “Krissy is not safe right now. I want to say to Krissy that it’s very, very, very important that she does not trust anybody at this time. Anybody except her father, her grandmother Cissy and myself. And I mean that.“Right now is the time to just really shut the door,” she continued.Leolah and her attorney, Reginald Mason, remained unspecific about who may try to harm Krissy.“There are persons that possibly would want to take advantage of Bobbi Kristina’s fragile state of mind,” Mason claimed.Leolah claims her brother Bobby is not doing well, but says he is not to blame for Whitney’s demise.“Bobby has nothing, nothing at all to do with Whit…

WTF? Rihanna On Her Starring Role In Battleship: 'I Loved the Feeling Of A Gun In My Chest'

Taletela, The Sun

Pop wildchild Rihanna has revealed she was particularly excited by the gunplay on the set of her upcoming blockbuster, Battlefield.
The former Bajan army cadet got to use a range of guns while filming the naval-themed flick, playing the role of Petty Officer Raikes, a war ship weapons specialist.
However, it sounds like RiRi might have been slightly too involved in her character, telling the Sun all that shooting began giving her the thrills.
"I would come back to the set with black gunpowder everywhere — it was crazy. But it was so much fun. I loved it, every moment. I loved feeling it in my chest."
"The one on the boat was so powerful, on the ribs, every time, ugh, I remember."

UpDate: Disturbing on so many levels: Kid Cudi Shows Off His Slit Wrists Tattoos

RapUp

The old Kid Cudi is gone. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper killed off his former self, showing the bloody scars with a gruesome new tattoo.
“New Tat The old Scott is dead…slit wrists,” wrote Cudi, who released his WZRD album with Dot Da Genius today.
The project is already #1 on iTunes, but he is not happy with the way his label has supported it. “Ok so just a heads up, my weak ass label only shipped 55k physicals cuz they treated this like some indie side project tax right off,” he tweeted. “They tried to rush me thru this so i can just give em another MOTM, but guess what? Fuck that, next album is WZRD. MOTM3 on hold til 2014.”
The duo is planning to tour in support of the album and is already working on a follow-up EP.



RapRadar

Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius’ collaborative project, WZRD is in stores today. Can’t find it? Well, according to Cudi it was undershipped. As he’s done in the past, Cudder turned to Twitter and lashed out on the label for its lack of support.
Ok so just a heads up,…

Bad news for me: Birdman Hopes To Release 16 Albums On Cash Money In 2012

HiphopDX

Birdman explains that he wants to cross genre lines.Birdman has high hopes for 2012. During an interview with XXLMag.com, the Cash Money Records CEO revealed that he’s looking to release 16 albums of different genres on YMCMB this year, including full-length LPs from Nicki Minaj, Bow Wow, Lil Twist and Limp Bizkit.
“I think bringing Fred and Limp Bizkit to the team gives us a different look,” he said. “We dominate rap, but we’re also trying to grow in different areas; Pop, rock, gospel, country.”
Baby emphasized his vision to expand Cash Money beyond Hip Hop boundaries. He recently revealed plans to for Limp Bizkit on the imprint, a move that puts them in rock territory.
“We’re a brand and we don’t want to be categorized as one type of brand,” he said. “I think we’re a machine and we activate and were active as a machine. I thought this Limp Bizkit move would be big for us as a brand and a machine.”

Whitney Houston's Family Asks Authorities To Find Out Who Leaked Death Scene Photos

RadarOnline
Whitney Houston's family, spearheaded by her mother, Cissy, is asking law enforcement to look into death scene photos that were leaked to the media in the days after the pop superstar died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, including one pic of her body being wheeled out on the gurney in a body bag, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
A few days after Whitney passed away on February 11, a media outlet (not RadarOnline.com) published a photo of Houston in a body bag on a gurney being taken out of the hotel. The entire floor was on lockdown, and the area was secured by the Beverly Hills Police Department. There is surveillance video from the hallway of the person who took the picture of Whitney in the body bag, and the Houston family wants to know who it is and have asked for an investigation into the leak of the photos. The Houstons have been told by cops that after her case is officially closed, they can look into the matter.
It might not be the the Beverly H…

Azealia Banks Accuses Iggy Azalea of Being Racist

Shots Fired....

Vibe News

Don’t be fooled by the cute and eccentric appearance of Azealia Banks—she’s armed with opinions and she’s not afraid to share them.
If anyone is still left wondering whether Banks approves of recent Australian female rapper Iggy Azalea, the answer is no. Banks brought the beef to Twitter when she commented on the release of the XXL Freshmen Class list.
“Iggy Azalea on the XXL freshman list is all wrong,” she tweeted. “How can you endorse a white woman who called herself a "runaway slave master"?”
But the “212” rapper didn’t stop there. After tossing some tweets out about her shopping experience in Paris, she returned to the heated subject at hand.
“Sorry guys. But I'm pro black girl,” she wrote. “I'm not anti white girl, but I'm also not here for any1 outside of my culture trying to trivialize very serious aspects of it. In any capacity. *kanye shrug*”
While it may look like there is some heavy hostility between these two female artists, Iggy A…

Trick please: Nicki Minaj 'Not Losing Sleep' Over Lil Kim Beef

Taletela

Nicki Minaj features on the front cover of the latest issue of VIBE magazine and, amongst reflecting on her career path so far, appears to have some veiled comments for Lil Kim.
The first lady of Young Money poses with orange hair and a diamond tiara alongside the eyebrow-raising coverline 'Nicki Minaj: Notorious K.I.N.G.' on the March issue of the magazine - and that isn't the only reference to Kimmy.
Talking about balancing the aggression needed to stay on top of the rap game while keeping regard for other people's feelings, Minaj says: "I find that people in this business who walk around getting their feelings hurt don't deserve to be in the business. So I really don't lose sleep over it."
"The people I work with the best are people who understand that there are gonna be moments in this game where an artist is probably going to passionately express themselves and those things shouldn't be taken personal."
The comments particularly…

In case you was wondering where this Wiz Khalifa gets his "Good" looks from....

TheYBF

Wiz Khalifa tweeted a pic of he and his mom, Peachie Wimbush. And now we see why he loves his significant others so hard. Dude loves his mama...

Rapper Wiz posted “I Love My Mommy” and the pic above late last night in the studio. The two were celebrating her birthday. Well isn't that special...

Wiz has a new mixtape dropping called Taylor Allderdice dropping March 13th. And we hear his girlfriend Amber Rose is singing the hook on one of the tracks. Of course.

Get it Lil' Kim!! Lil Kim and fans twerking to "Birthday Cake "

ThatGoodHIT

Lil Kim has always professed her love for Rihanna, from remixing her songs “Man Down” and “Hard,” to recently proclaiming Rihanna her favorite Pop star on Bravo’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’. While at Winter Fetish 2012 the “No Matter What People Say” rapstress decided to bring a group of fans onstage to twerk down to Rihanna’s highly praised ratchet anthem, “Birthday Cake.”
Watch Lil’ Kim & fan dance to “Birthday Cake” below

Oh Damn: Amber Rose’s Ex-Publicist Janero Releases Documentary “The Michael Jordan Of Models” [Video]

Ms. Badu Has Been Banned From Malaysia For Having A Tattoo Of Allah On Her Shoulder

Bossip


Muslim-majority Malaysia on Tuesday banned a planned concert by Erykah Badu after a photograph appeared showing the Grammy-winning singer with the Arabic word for Allah written on her body.
The American R&B singer was scheduled to perform Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur, but some Muslim groups said Badu was an unsuitable role model for young Malaysians after seeing a publicity photo of her with what appeared to be temporary tattoos of the word Allah on her bare shoulders.
A government committee that monitors concerts decided to forbid Badu’s show because she has “offended the religious sensitivities” of Muslims by posing with such tattoos, an Information Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.
The 41-year-old, Dallas-born singer had already arrived in Malaysia. She can remain here as a tourist but will not be allowed to perform, the official said.
Information Minister Rais Yatim confirmed the decision on hi…

REALLY? Bow Wow Says He Had Rick Ross' "Stay Schemin'" Beat First

HiphopDX

Bow Wow explains how he had the "Stay Schemin'" beat first and says Jahlil is a favorite producer of his. Bow Wow recently spoke with Tim Westwood regarding his favorite producer and had the chance to explain the story behind the "Stay Schemin'" beat. While "Stay Schemin'" is a Rick Ross track, Bow says he had the instrumental before the MMG boss.
"Jahlil [Beats], hands down right now," he said when asked about "the hottest producers right now." This also gave him the chance to explain the story of how "Stay Schemin'" became a Ross beat.
"[Jahlil's] little brother, The Beat Bully, is the dude who did 'Schemin',' which is crazy because if you look on the blog on YouTube, I had the 'Schemin'' beat first. A lot of people don't know that. Yeah, me and Meek [Mill] was working on it in the studio. I just used the beat just for the webisode series, just to play while me an…

LORD: Jill Scott & Nicki Minaj’s Barbies Have Twitter Beef

Urban daily

Jill Scott had to defend herself on Twitter, after Nicki Minaj’s Barbies attacked the Philly songstress because she commented on Nicki’s 2012 Grammy awards performance!
“I finally watched the Minaj performance on the Grammy’s, wow” tweeted Jill, followed by “Art for art sake I suppose. She has the right to express herself and she took that right. Nuff said.”

While Team Minaj were very rude, Scott remained respectful:

Who the "F" want War?: Drake Responds To Beefs With Pusha T, Ludacris And Future

HiphopDX

Drake airs out his publicized feuds with a bevy of Hip Hop's biggest acts in the latest issue of Vibe.Drake and Common may have squashed their highly publicized beef, but that doesn't mean that the Young Money rapper is finished airing out his dirty laundry in public. Now, the rapper addresses several other feuds he has going with Pusha T, Ludacris and Future.
In the February/March issue of Vibe, Drizzy spoke on his past beefs with rappers Future, Ludacris and Pusha T. Beginning with Future's comments that Drake's absence from the video of the "Tony Montana" remix was "a slap in the face," Drake said that he has no issues with Future.
"I’ve got no issues with [Future]," he said. "I’m happy I got on the song ['Tony Montana']."
Drizzy then turned his focus to Ludacris, who attacked him and Big Sean on his song "Badaboom" over their hash-tag style of rap. He chalked up the diss record to an attempt on Luda'…

UPDate: Jim Jones is on a roll: Jim Jones was arrested for assault on a police officer following a casino brawl in Connecticut, the rapper was arrested AGAIN -- law enforcement sources

TMZ

Chrissy come get your man......

Just three days after Jim Jones was arrested for assault on a police officer following a casino brawl in Connecticut, the rapper was arrested AGAIN -- law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to law enforcement sources, Jim was pulled over earlier today in New York City -- and subsequently arrested for driving on a suspended license.

Jones has since been released.

TMZ broke the story ... Jones was arrested Friday night following a massive brawl at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods -- after which police needed to use mace to subdue him.

Jim Jones claims he DOESN'T have a suspended driver's license in New York ... insisting cops made a big boo boo by arresting him earlier today.

A rep for the rapper tells TMZ ... Jim is adamant there must have been a mistake in the computer system ... simply stating, "Jim does not have a suspended license."

The rep says Jim's lawyers have already been dispatched to remedy the situation.

The worst part ... Jim…

Hot JOINT: Brianna Perry ‘Reality Show’ video....

RapUP

Brianna Perry gets real in the video for “Reality Show,” a cut off her mixtape Face Off. The 20-year-old Florida femcee flips through channels watching shows such as “Basketball Wives,” “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle,” and “Love & Hip-Hop,” as she compares her life to the on-screen drama. The college student stays focused on her studies at the University of Miami and rocks with her band in a white room. Don’t touch that remote.



No BEEF HERE: Drake and Common Meet Face-To-Face At The NBA All-Star Game

Complex

Common already let the world know that the "beef" with Drake was over and done with, but it still seemed like the kind of thing that might take a while to completely blow over. Apparently not. At the NBA All-Star game last night, Drake and Common met face-to-face and things seemed completely friendly, with the two caught on camera sharing a laugh.

Taking a Risk Rihanna: Rihanna Has 'No Regrets' Over Chris Brown Collabo

Singersroom


While Rihanna might have regrets over telling a fan "neither is your avi" when they said collaborating with Chris Brown on "Birthday Cake" was "not a good look" this weekend, she has no regrets about anything else.

According to Rihanna, there are things she might have done differently, if given the chance to do it over, but there is no sense "in becoming burdened" over things that can't be changed.

"Regret is ruining the lives of countless people by stealing their joy! #NOREGRETS," Rihanna said beginning her several tweet discussion. "Sure u wish u did some things differently, but no sense in becoming burdened with regret over things u have no power to change #NOREGRETS. Ask God for forgiveness, and leave your regrets in the past! #NOREGRETS."

In related news, Rihanna was in London over the weekend executive producing her forthcoming show on Sky Living. Slated to air later this year, the show focuses o…

Poor Little Willow Smith: Willow Smith Posts Worrying 'Depressed' Messages On Twitter

Taletela
Willow Smith has caused worry for some fans with negative messages on Twitter, saying that she had a "depressing" day last week.
Over the last week or so, Willow has been posting messages that appear to be quite downcast for an 11-year-old girl.