Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A little over a week has passed since Jay-Z welcomed his newborn daughter Blue Ivy into the world. Since then, the Brooklyn rapper has released ‘Glory,’ a tribute song celebrating the infant’s life. Now news is spreading that any future lyrics the Roc Nation founder puts out will no longer include the word “bitch.”
According to NME.com, a poem has surfaced that reveals Hov has no interest in referring to women by the derogatory term. “Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/ I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch/ I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/ Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.”
There’s been no word from Jay-Z himself confirming the poem, but fans of the veteran MC feel the rumors that he’ll kick the word to the curb are untrue. After all, many of his rhymes are littered with it. In 2001, the entertainer released the track ‘Bitches & Sisters,’ off his seventh studio album, ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.’ Then there’s one of his most lauded songs, ’99 Problems,’ released the following year on ‘The Black Album,’ which delivers the line, “I got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one.”
Jay and wife Beyonce became parents on Jan. 7, when Blue Ivy was delivered at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Fans of the hip-hop and R&B couple in L.A. have dedicated a strain of marijuana to their new child. Weed with the name OG Blue Ivy is currently sold at local dispensaries.
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012
The sequel to 2006?s Gold-certified album Like Father, Like Son is on the way according to Cash Money founder Brian “Baby” Williams.
The announcement came Saturday (January 14) when Birdman tweeted “LikeFather LikeSon 2 Tha Last MOB.YMCMB.”
This is one of the first updates on the Like Father, Like Son 2: Tha Last Mob since 2010 when Baby, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, set a tentative release date of Father’s Day 2011 for the album.
“We’re planning on putting that out Father’s Day weekend,” he said. “[We're] bringing that Cash Money/Young Money sound, that traditional hard-body rap, the music that we do together—that gangsta shit, straight up.”
Other than the recent tweet, the latest update on the album came from Birdman when he said: “We have a lot of songs we did before [Wayne] went [to jail], and we’ve been working since he came home. All we’ve got to do is pick.
And Wayne likes to be fresh with our music, so we might wait… and just knock out 20 songs right quick and put those on the album.”
Date: Monday, January 16, 2012
A female rap fan says she was permanently scarred by a Bone Thugs-n-Harmony performance … when one of the rappers flung his microphone right into her face … this according to a new lawsuit obtained by TMZ.
The woman says she was hanging out near the front of the stage at a Bone Thugs show in Missouri in 2010 … when Layzie Bone began to swing the mic in the air.
According to the suit … Layzie “lost control of the microphone, launching it into the crowd” and striking the woman right in the head.
The woman claims she suffered bruises, contusions and severe lacerations to her head which left permanent scars. She also claims she became sick, sore, lame and disordered as a result.
Now, the woman is demanding Layzie and the rap group fork over some serious cash to make things right — more than $25,000.
Calls to Bone Thugs have not been returned.
Date: Friday, January 13, 2012
The lavish hospital executive suite where Beyonce gave birth is a lot cheaper than you think … at least it’s a lot cheaper than we thought.
An official at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC tells TMZ … there are 7 suites in the VIP section where Beyonce gave birth. Each executive suite costs between $700 and $800 a night.
We’re told the suites have “reconfigurable designs.” Translation — the dividing walls are movable so the VIPs can expand into more than one suite.
In Beyonce’s case, the official wouldn’t be specific, but we’re told she had at least 4 suites — which could explain the 4 flat-screen TVs. So Beyonce probably paid $3,200 a night — she can afford it.
We’re told any patient can use the rooms, provided it satisfies the needs and treatment of the patient.
The official indicated there has been intense interest in the suites, repeatedly telling us patients can book them subject to availability.
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Drake tattoo that is as recognized as the rapper it was inspired by is still causing a stir, this time as a result of the artist who inked the permanent moniker onto a young woman’s forehead.
Tattoo artist Kevin Campbell, an employee of Will Rise tattoo shop in Los Angeles, claims the 25-year-old ‘Take Care’ creator sent security guards into his place of business to confront him regarding the tat. For those not in the know, Campbell is responsible for tattooing Drake’s name onto the forehead of a woman. Drake publicly denounced the act in an interview last month and he also threatened Campbell, calling him a “fucking asshole” and promised to “fuck him up.”
On Jan. 11, during a Twitter exchange with a user named @Matt_Kaleta, Campbell was questioned about whether the war of words with Drake ever amounted to anything. Campbell responded, revealing that the Toronto-born MC allegedly showed up to the shop he is employed at but failed to actually show his face. “guess you could call it sorted out. When Drake was in LA last, he parked out front the shop and sent in his huge security dude [sic],” Campbell tweeted.
Campbell then went on to interact with Twitter user @KingLACity, informing him that the ‘Headlines’ rhymer “sent in the troops” rather than addressing him directly. “yeah, he should have just let it go, I doubt anything would have come of what he said anyway. It just made him look silly IMO,” the tattoo artist wrote.
Do you think Drake should have faced Kevin Campbell himself? If the artist’s statements are indeed true, it would have been in the Young Money MC’s best interest to address Campbell rather than rely on security guards to test the waters. After all, his current lyrical war with Common has him skating on thin ice with critical hip-hop heads who believe he may truly be as “sweet” as the Chi-town rapper claims he is.
Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Lil Wayne is offering a literary tour of his prison days.
The million-selling rapper has signed with Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, for the memoir Gone Till November.
The book will tell of his eight months spent at the Rikers Island complex on a gun charge, Hachette said Thursday. Scheduled to come out in November, the book will be an “internal monologue,” based on diaries he kept in prison.
Lil Wayne had the best-selling album of 2008 with “Tha Carter III,” which won a best rap album Grammy.