The Kanye West Foundation Officially Shut Down

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The Kanye West Foundation has officially closed its curtains and is no longer. The charity was set up four years ago to combat the number of youths who drop out of school and to encourage them to stay in school by way of arts and music.

Former Executive Director Joseph Collins notified associates via e-mail informing them that he is looking for work as the charity is now closed and the phone has been disconnected.

“I am reaching out to let you know that the Kanye West Foundation (kanyewestfoundation.org) has officially closed it doors after a successful 4+ years of programming and events,” Collins wrote.

“It has been an incredible experience working with Kanye and the board to realize his mother’s vision and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead the Foundation,” he continued.

The e-mail was passed on to The New York Times by two non profit group executives who previously worked with the charity.

Collins himself has not given any details about why the charity is no more. The Times points out a few possibilities in the newspaper’s story: The Kanye West Foundation raised a total of $492,000 over the four years but only paid out $18,080 over the 2007, 2008 and 2009 with a sum of $563 in 2010. The charity also appeared not to be funded by West but filed tax claims under the guise of being a private foundation.

Kanye and his camp have not released and statement yet and are refusing to comment.

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Game’s Alleged Gang Ties Raises Red Flag For Customs

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Some days ago, West Coast rapper Game (born Charles Louboutin) was detained in Canada for several hours until he was deported back to the U.S.

Apparently Game’s love for the street gang Bloods raised a red flag for Canadian Customs. The Hate It Or Love It rapper definitely reps red to the fullest. In fact, his new moniker is inspired by the Red Bottom Man himself, Christian Louboutin.

According to TMZ, a rep from the promotion company behind the tour, Substance Entertainment Group, stated that the tour promoter got a call from Canadian Customs while the Red Nation rapper was on the plane.

The rep went on to explain that customs informed the promoter that Game would be denied entry upon arrival ”due to new information received that Game is affiliated with organized crime and is an active member of the Bloods street gang.”


The Canadian promoter claims that they were hit unexpectedly with this news because concert organizers had secured all permits and received approval a week prior to his arrival.

Apparently, Game is not the only rapper try to cut through red tape to resolve legal issues with customs. In December 2010, Cam’ron and protege Vado was denied entry into Montreal, Canada because of prior felony convictions.

Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ Pushed Back

About a week ago, news leaked that Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 4th studio album Tha Carter IVmight be pushed back till June.

At the time that was a just a rumor, but Young Money President Mack Maine confirmed the rumor is true. According to Maine, the album will be released on June 21st.

Neither Lil Wayne nor anyone from the Young Money camp has given a reason to the delay. In some cases, this is due to the album not being complete, but MTV had reported a month ago that Tha Carter IV was finished and heading into the mastering stages.

Maine also confirmed that the album cover for Tha Cater IVthat leaked earlier in the week would in fact be the cover that will be used for the album.

Also about a week ago, the rumored tracklist leaked for Tha Carter IV. According to the rumored listing, many YMCMB family members such as BirdmanDrake and Nicki Minaj will be on the album. Many other big names such as Jay-ZRick RossEminemKanye West, and Gucci Mane were also on the list.

No one has yet to comment on whether this is a confirmed or a tentative tracklist for Weezy’s 4th LP. The world will have to wait until June 21st when Tha Cater IV hits stores.

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Attorney Generals In 17 States Call For Ban On Snoop’s ‘Blast’ Drink

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The Attorney Generals of 17 states in the U.S. are calling on Pabst Brewing Company to decrease the alcohol content of Blast by Colt 45, a new controversial drink endorsed by rapper Snoop Dogg.

Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan said the drink promotes abuse and “binge drinking” amongst young people, due to the packaging, flavors and the inclusion of Snoop as a spokesman for the drink.

The AG’s believe Pabst Brewing Company is purposely marketing the drink to underaged children, although reps for Pabst maintain that Blast by Colt 45 strictly for those over the legal drinking age of 21.

“Alcohol abuse among young people is a serious and alarming epidemic,” Illinois’ Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement. “A product like this only serves to glamorize alcohol abuse and promote binge drinking, threatening the safety of those consuming it.”


According to Madigan, a single can of Blast is equivalent to almost five servings of alcohol.

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LIL B’S “I’M GAY” RAP ALBUM; PUSHING FOR LESS SEPARATION – (POLL)

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Lil B’s “I’m Gay” rap album has placed him under fire and attracted death threats for the title. However, the Berkley-based rapper says he is trying to “push less separation” in the community.

Gangsta rappers and those in the hip hop world are known for their free-styling, rites of passage lyrical-killing talents, and disrespect of women, you name it.

For some, it goes with the territory, and is for entertainment only. But for others, a life of living large and degrading women and LGBT is a way of life.

With such a sensitive topic that incites violence and steamy arguments, why would Lil B title his album “I’m Gay?”

Is it his coming out ceremony, and he’s been hiding his lack of man-hood underneath the menagerie of tattoos and dark sun shades?

Not so, says the “Illusions of Grandeur” rapper; he wants to change the psyche of gender-bending and set the record straight.

“I got major love for the gay and lesbian community, and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it,” he said according to MTV.

A spokesperson for GLAAD said that while Lil B’s intentions may be good, some may confuse his “I’m Gay” rap album title as a gimmick to sell records. They are cautiously optimistic about his intentions as an ally.


“B” insists that he is straight, is a lover of women, and has no interest in men. He is trying to help foster an environment where rappers and the hip hop community can co-exist with LGBT without having to resort to vile means to boast their manhood.

Who appointed Lil B the acting spokesperson for the hip hop community as a change agent for social relations?

Perhaps he should focus on what type of artist he wants to become instead of making degrading music one minute and holding a how to get along 101 class the other.

Will you buy Lil B’s “Im’ Gay” album? Do you think his messages are mixed and offensive?

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LIL WAYNE MAKE A BIG RETURN

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The mouthful of sparkle told you exactly how Lil Wayne was feeling. Flashing his bling-crusted grin from ear to ear, the rapper (and, let’s face it, rock star) was fired up and in charge at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Wednesday night.

“This is my first time on a stage in over a year,’’ he told the shrieking sold-out crowd on the first stop of his new tour. “I swear to God, I was in a place a few months ago I couldn’t even imagine this [expletive]. But now that I’m here, it’s better than I ever could have imagined.’’

Wayne was referring to his newfound freedom after serving eight months of jail time on a weapons charge. He was an inmate at Rikers Island as recently as early November, but on Wednesday he was back to selling out arenas with a performance that was assured, steady, and oftentimes blistering.

It was hard to tell who was happier that Wayne was back: the performer or his fans. They roared as Wayne, backed by a tight band, sprayed his rhymes like machine-gun fire on “A Milli,’’ “Bill Gates,’’ and “6 Foot 7 Foot.’’

After an intense half-hour, Wayne ceded the stage to Nicki Minaj, whose set was as much about the music as her cartoonish theatrics. With a blond fright wig towering on her head and five female back-up dancers swirling around her, the rapper-singer revved up with “Roman’s Revenge.’’

While eminently amusing, Minaj came rather close to sinking her own performance with an extended set of sugary ballads (“Right Thru Me,’’ “Fly,’’ and “Save Me’’). When Wayne reappeared for a second set, Minaj rebounded nicely on “Roger That,’’ a rap-off with Wayne that proved their chemistry was sincere, their respect mutual.

Earlier in the night, Miami rapper Rick Ross was larger than life: big presence, big beard, and big beats. Meanwhile, Travis Barker held court for 30 stealth minutes drumming in synch with a DJ and posed the age-old question: “Can a drummer get some?’’

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