NICKI MINAJ WINS FAVORITE RAP/HIP-HOP ARTIST

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What a match up bringing 50 Cent and ‘Nashville’ star Hayden Panettiere together to announce Nicki Minaj as the winner of the Favorite Rap/Hip Hop Artist category at the 2012 American Music Awards. It’s pretty awesome to see the size difference between the two, but what’s head scratching is the fact that Panettiere stars as an uber famous country singer on her show, and would’ve been a shoe in to announce the winner of a country artist category or country performer — but hey, we don’t set up the show, despite our best efforts.

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Kid Cudi Wins Custody Battle

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Kid Cudi’s waving the white flag in his bitter custody dispute with his baby mama — agreeing to let his baby mama take full custody of their daughter … TMZ has learned. The custody war has been quietly raging on for over a year — with Cudi and his baby mama arguing back and forth over who should get full custody.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY E-40!

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Celebrate 40 Water’s 45th Birthday! Watch E40 & Too Short “Ballin Is Fun” Feat. B-Legit.

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Freestyle Rap Is Proven Good For The Brain

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When rappers slip into freestyle mode — as opposed to using pre-existing lyrics — their brain activates a unique neural network that may enable creativity and improvisation. Researchers from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used MRIs to study the brain activity of 12 freestyle rap artists. (Interestingly, researchers used only performers who have been rapping for at least five years.) The scientists scanned the rappers’ brains as they performed two different activities

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No More Music From Andre 3000…..Maybe

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Andre 3000 says that he is “kind of up in the air” about making new music. With five-plus years since their last project Idlewild, fans have been feverishly anticipating the return of the original ATLiens Outkast. Now, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the duo’s less prolific member Andre 3000 speaks on the possibility of his solo career and a reunion with his partner Big Boi.

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Lil Scrappy Left With No Roof and No Money

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Lil Scrappy says he was left with no money and no roof over his head after a concert promoter screwed him over … on a messed up night that culminated with police intervention. Scrappy tells TMZ, he was scheduled to perform at Club Vizion Sunday in Louisville, KY, but when he showed up to do the show — the promoter didn’t have the money to pay him … so Scrappy refused to take the stage.

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