Young Buck faces an obstacle that most rappers never want to come across during their music career. The Tennessee native and former G-Unit signee may have to sell his rap moniker as a result of his current bankruptcy case.
The Tennessean newspaper reports that the trustee administering the 30-year-old rapper’s estate plans to sell his trademarked “Young Buck” name along with other assets. Buck filed for bankruptcy in 2010, and Judge George C. Paine II recently signed an order converting the case from Chapter 11 reorganization to Chapter 7 liquidation.
“My name, Young Buck, has been with me since I was 12, 13 years old,” Buck stated. “At the end of the day, it’s ridiculous. My name wasn’t given to me by G-Unit Records. They didn’t name me Young Buck. My mother calls me Young Buck.”
The conversion of his case does little to help Young Buck, born David Darnell Brown, who was close to signing with Birdman’s Cash Money label. The deal would have helped move the ‘Straight Outta Cashville’ rhymer out of debt slowly, being able to pay back child support he owes as well as the more than $10 million he reportedly owes 50 Cent and G-Unit Records.
Buck has been locked in a bitter legal dispute with the record label since 2008, which prevents him from recording any new material.
Tyler, The Creator was arrested last night following a show at a nightclub on the famed Sunset Strip.
The rapper, 20, who is known for violent and explicit lyrics, was charged with vandalising sound equipment in an LA nightclub.
The star, whose real name is Tyler Gregory Okonma, was performing with his rap group Odd Future at the Roxy Theater night when an electric soundboard was destroyed, causing the venue’s security team to call police.
‘Suspect Okonma exited the location and was placed under arrest by deputies for felony vandalism, due to the value of the electronic soundboard,’ said a spokesman for the West Hollywood Sheriff’s station.
‘As he was being escorted to a nearby radio car, the crowd exiting the venue became angry and rushed into the street towards the deputies.’
West Hollywood is a Los Angeles-area city in which many of the Sunset Strip clubs are located.
Footage from celebrity showbiz website TMZ.com showed the rapper being jovial while sitting in the back of a police car, while amateur audience video showed the rapper kicking items around stage before leaving the venue.
TMZ also reported that the rapper was taken into custody in front of his mother.
But Tyler, The Creator, who received the best new artist award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, took to Twitter on Friday to deny the reports.
He wrote: ‘I Wasnt In No Jail Or Arrested Or Nothing,’ before posting a video that showed a raucous crowd jumping onto the stage during the Roxy show.
A representative for the rapper could not immediately be reached for comment at this time
As Atlanta police on Friday continued to search for a suspect in the slaying of rapper Slim Dunkin, several hundred people gathered at a church in Stone Mountain for the young music artist’s funeral.
Mourners, some wearing T-shirts and sweatshirts with “R.I.P. Mario Hamilton” and “R.I.P. Dunk”, gathered at Berean Christian Church for the simple 11 a.m. service for the 24-year-old rapper.
The service included biblical readings from the books of Isaiah and John, a prayer, a solo, tributes from several individuals, including his brother, Marcus, a video presentation, a selection from the church’s choir and a “message of Christian hope” from Berean’s pastor, the Rev. Kerwin B. Lee.
Noticeably absent from the program, however, was any reference to “Slim Dunkin.” The program was nearly void of the stage names that are as much a part of a rapper’s identity as the music itself. It listed as one of the honorary pall bearers “Juaquin Malphurs” — a.k.a. Waka Flocka Flame, one of Slim Dunkin’s closest friends. The program did refer to Malphurs as “Waka” in a special acknowledgment at the end. He reportedly helped foot much of the cost for the funeral.
The program also provided a more complete account of Mario Denzel Hamilton’s life, including his years growing up in Detroit and New Jersey before moving to Atlanta. It said he “loved basketball, played with a semi-pro football team in the Atlanta area; and soon after his passion for sports went to his music.” The program, however, didn’t mention the rap music Slim Dunkin was pursuing to make a name for himself.
After the funeral, the casket carrying Slim Dunkin’s remains was to travel through the rapper’s old neighborhood on Rex Road in Clayton County, according to Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home. Burial would be at Hillandale Memorial Gardens in Lithonia, the funeral home said.
The suspect in the Dec. 16 fatal shooting at a southeast Atlanta recording studio was identified as another local rapper, 28-year-old Young Vito, whose real name is Vinson Hardimon.
“We are urging Mr. Hardimon to turn himself in to authorities because we have reason to believe he may be in danger,” the Atlanta Police Department said in a release Thursday. Police said Friday the search continued for the suspect.
A Twitter posting earlier this year identified Young Vito as an “east Atlanta Zone 6 … street legend turned rapper” who was about to “embark on capitalizing the rap, fashion, & movie industry.”
Police are seeking the public’s help in finding Young Vito and said calls can be made to Atlanta Crimestoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or contact the Atlanta Police Department’s homicide unit at 404-546-4235.
Fellow rappers Waka and Gucci Mane reportedly were picking up much of the cost of the funeral. Slim Dunkin was a childhood friend of Waka’s and appeared on Gucci Mane and Waka’s “Ferrari Boyz” album released over the summer.
Slim Dunkin was a member of Waka’s Brick Squad Monopoly. According to Rapfix.mtv.com, Waka attended a a public viewing Thursday at Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta “and although he was noticeably upset, he also remained composed throughout the night.” The web site also said other members of the Brick Squad, including Wooh Da Kid, also were present.
Witnesses told police Slim Dunkin, 24, got into an argument before a video shoot at a studio on Memorial Drive about 5:30 p.m. last Friday, and the altercation may have started over a piece of candy, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News.
Atlanta Detective David Quinn told Channel 2, “Someone came in and struck him and a fight ensued. Now the information we’re getting and it’s unconfirmed but witnesses are saying that this whole thing started over a piece of candy”.
The person he was arguing with pulled out a pistol and shot Slim Dunkin in the chest, witnesses told police. Hamilton was pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital.
According to the web site HipHopdx, Slim Dunkin was at the Memorial Drive studio to attend a recording session with Gucci Mane and another rap artist, V-Nasty, for a “Push Ups” video when he was killed.
Quinn told Channel 2 police have pushed all week to get the witnesses to open up about the shooting.
“I want the family of Mr. Vinson Hardimon to give us a call, let us know,” the detective said. “We are fearful for his safety, because we don’t want anything to happen to him.”
A one-time No Limit Soldier has officially enlisted with the Cash Money army. CM labelhead Birdman announced today (December 13) the latest acquisition of the YMCMB family: fellow New Orleans legend Mystikal.
“It is an honor to get the opportunity to work with Mystikal, as we have a long history together,” Birdman said in a statement. “It has been a truly long time since I have felt like a rapper and with this signing, and partnership, Birdman and Slim have given me my life as a rapper back,” Mystikal, who has been signed to the label since last month, added in release to the press. “I am ready to go. I am going to put my red Superman drawers, cape and boots on and go! This is a huge moment for me and I am truly excited to be with Cash Money Records.”
Birdman and Mystikal aren’t wasting any time with their new allegiance. The two are putting out “Original,” Mystikal’s first single, later on this evening via Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. According to their reps, Birdman and Mystikal have been sequestered in Miami’s Hit factory recording a gaggle of records, including “Original.” Besides The #1 Stunnna, the track features Lil Wayne. Mystikal’sCash Money debut is due this Spring.
Ironically, prior to signing his new deal, Mystikal had been hard at work on several records that were produced by former Cash Money staple, Mannie Fresh. Just this past September, the 41-year-old MC told MTV News he was working on “rebranding” himself and creating new hits with Fresh.
“We been working,” Mystikal said of his Fresh collaborations. “Last couple of weeks, we been coming with some monsters in that studio. I still gotta give [the fans] that vintage me, because that’s what I am, but I found a way to kinda bring it up to speed and still be contemporary.”
Mystikal’s signing comes on the heels of Birdman and his brother Slim signing Busta Rhymes last month.
The recently-freed rapper told Billboard.com that Eminem helped him with his own drug addiction, which started off with medication for oral surgery.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak to Em since I’ve been home,” Tip said. “I heard that while I was down, he was trying to get in contact with me, but I don’t know if the dots just didn’t connect. [Eminem] overcoming his own adversities, winning the battle against his own demons and continuing to break the mold and re-set the standard of what it means to be the most successful hip-hop artist in the game … I salute that to no end.”
Oakland police are investigating the shooting of at least eight people, including a 1-year-old boy, during the filming of a rap music video.
The boy was in critical condition after being shot in the head Monday night, and an adult also was in critical condition with unspecified injuries, police told the Oakland Tribune. Other victims were in stable condition Tuesday.
The shooting occurred in a liquor store parking lot, where dozens of people had gathered, possibly for a taping by Oakland rapper Kafani. Officials said he was at the scene but unhurt, although Kafani, on his Twitter account, contested that report.
“News reports wrong I did not shoot a video today,” he tweeted. He later added, “Just cuz a promo van with my picture on it there don’t make me there!!!! I drive a bentley not a promo van!! pray for my lil cuz thx.”
Police say that an argument broke out and bullets flew, striking the rapper’s van and littering the parking lot with at least 50 shells.
It was unclear Monday night where the victims were located during the shooting, but police said more than one shooter was involved.
Police were searching for a dark-colored Buick occupied by three teenagers and a man in his 30s.