T.I. Back To Halfway House To Finish Sentence

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Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. is once again out of federal prison and in a halfway house, his attorney said on Friday.

The Atlanta entertainer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was released August 31 from a federal prison in Arkansas where he was serving an 11-month sentence on weapons possession and drug charges.

T.I. was assigned to a halfway house in Atlanta for the last month of his sentence. But shortly after leaving Arkansas, the rapper was returned to a federal prison in Atlanta because officials had an “issue” with his ride on a luxury bus from Arkansas to Atlanta, attorney Steve Sadow said.

Prison officials believed T.I. was conducting business on the bus, Sadow told Reuters on Friday.

“But we provided them with information that he wasn’t actually conducting business on the bus,” the attorney said.

On Thursday, T.I. was transferred from prison to the Atlanta halfway house, Sadow said. The entertainer is scheduled to be released September 29.

He was sentenced in October 2010 to 11 months in prison for violating the terms of his probation on federal gun charges after he was arrested on suspicion of possessing the drug ecstasy.


It was his second stint behind bars in three years.

T.I.’s career began as a rapper in 2001, but he then branched out into other areas of the music and film industry, finding success both as a producer and actor.

Cable channel VH1 said last month that it had teamed up with the 30-year-old “Got Your Back” singer for a 10-episode series that will follow his readjustment to life outside prison and the making of a new album. The series is due to premiere on December 5.

Paul Wall and Baby Bash Arrested

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Houston rappers Paul Wall and Baby Bash were arrested Sunday in El Paso, Texas on suspicion of marijuana possession. Wall (real name Paul Michael Slayton) posted a photo of himself and Bash (Ronald Ray Bryant) handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser.

The pair of MCs were nabbed at 1:30 a.m. and were released about 12 hours later after paying $300 bond, according to the El Paso Times. They allegedly had less than 2 ounces of marijuana in a drug-free zone.

Wall tweeted right after being released, mentioning that another pal, producer BiggRoy was taken in as well. “Fresh out the El Paso County jail wit @BabyBash @BIGGROY in the same tank they held Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash,” he wrote.

The rappers were in El Paso over the weekend to perform at the Summer Jamm 2011 Saturday at Buchanan’s Event Center.

Bash is known for his tracks “Suga Suga” and “Baby I’m Back” while Wall has seen his star fade a bit after his 2005 album, “The People’s Champ,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It included the hits “Girl” and “Sittin’ Sidewayz.” Last year’s “Heart of a Champion” topped out at No. 58.

Mack Maine Talks Lil Wayne’s Impending Retirement

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With his popularity and success still at a supreme zenith, is it really close to the end for the man who will have the number one album in the country? Back in the July/ August issue of XXL magazine, Lil Wayne declared that he was retiring soon to spend more time with his children.

“I’m bowing out still on top,” Wayne said during his interview for the cover story. “I’m bowing out still on top,” he says. “I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this bitch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Fuck!’ Yeah, nigga, I’m gone.”

“…Nah I’m fuckin wit y’all man,” he would say later. “Y’all know a nigga ain’t going nowhere till he bout 31. By 31. I’m gone by 31 shawty.”

Obviously none of his fans want to see Wayne leave the game, but what does his Young Money family think?

“As far as that retirement goes, I don’t know what he’s talking about,” YM President Mack Maine told XXLMag.com. “I’m not trying to hear that… I mean technically he can. We paved the way where Young Money the brand is gonna be so big. And he’s done so much where he can just tour. But I know his love and passion for the music…. I also know he has love and passion for his kids and family and he sacrificed a lot of this life we living. So at 30, if he says he wants to hang it up and be a family and a businessman, I wouldn’t be mad at it. He’ll be like 18, 19 close to 20 years in the game. And [have put out] that many albums. He’ll be a vet at a young age. It’s not like we’re gonna need to put out albums, it’s just the passion. Can you walk away from it?”

Well luckily, listeners still have a few years for Weezy to change his mind. As for now, reports are putting the first-week numbers for Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (released August 29) as high as 900,000 copies sold. He also has two songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. “How To Love” is currently number seven while the Drake assisted “She Will” debuted at number three just last week.

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Master P Sued For Over $240K Over Unpaid Fees

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No Limit Records head honcho Master P is facing a lawsuit from former employees, who are seeking over $200,000 in unpaid fees.

The charges stem from Master P’s 2003 movie Uncle P, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. A group of people involved in the movie were never paid, although they already won a lawsuit in 2005, but P never paid up.

Master P is just one of many rappers that are facing legal and financial lawsuits lately. The man once reported as being worth $600 million is being sued for $240,000 and pushed into bankruptcy court.

The case was taken to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles, with the goal to push Master P, born Percy Miller, into bankruptcy so that an independent trustee will manage his assets.

Will Smith Getting Back In The Rap Game

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Will Smith is preparing for a musical comeback, according to a new report.

Producer La Mar “Mars” Edwards confirmed he is working with “Big Willie” on a new record.

“We’re working on Will Smith, bringing him back,” the producer, who has worked with the Game and T.I. told hip hop magazine XXL. “That’s actually him on the other line right now. Snoop’s daughter, we just put out her first single. We’re doing the whole album. Mario wants me to do a mixtape with him, we’re working on that. I’m working on Ashanti. We’re just working on as much as possible.”

No further tidbits about Will’s return to the rap world were dropped.

Will’s last album, his fifth artist LP, “Lost and Found,” was released in 2005. Will’s big hits over the years included “Getting’ Jiggy Wit It,” “Miami” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

The star is currently working on the next “Men In Black III,” which is due for release in 2012.

Rapper Big Boi Arrested For Drug Possession

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Big Boi, Rap Magazine, Rap News, Rap Music News, Hip Hop NewsOutKast rapper Big Boi was arrested by the Miami police on Sunday for drug possession. The officers found ecstasy and other drugs in his possession, Reuters reports. Later, the lawyer of the hip-hop artist said the substances were “contraband”.

Rap singer Big Boi is in trouble. On Sunday, at the end of a ship cruise, the customs officials stopped him and after a quick search they found ecstasy, MDMA powder and Viagra in his possession. When they asked him to show them if he had any prescription for the drugs, he admitted he had none. The Miami Herald reports that he was taken into police custody and put in jail in the afternoon, but was released a few hours later, after posting a 16,000 dollars bond.

The lawyer of the rapper said the drugs weren’t for his client’s own use and that ther substances were actually “contraband”. Earlier that day, Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton had tweeted “Fresh Out Baby!”. A little later he posted another message: “…they said it was the Love Boat…”. His attorney, Daniel Kane, explained that his client was spending time with some friends and that the amount of drugs found was small and not even in his own bags. “While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage.” He believes that his client will face no charges in the end. “I am confident when the entire facts are aired Big Boi will be completely exonerated.”

Rapper Big Boi, 36, started gaining popularity with OutKast, a duo that he formed with Andre 3000. They have produced six albums and had several hits, including “Mrs. Jackson” in 2002, which has earned them a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, and “Hey Ya” in 2003 which also won a Grammy in 2004. He began his solo work in 2003 and released one of his most popular singles, “The Way You Are.”

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