Nicki Minaj’s Relatives Believe Mistaken Identity Led to Cousin’s Murder

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Relatives of rap superstar Nicki Minaj have told RadarOnline.com that they believe the brutal shooting of her cousin Nicholas Telemaque was a case of mistaken identity.

The slaying of Telemaque, 27, during the early hours of Monday morning has left Minaj, 26, and her relatives reeling. According to RadarOnline, he was shot close to his home in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, around 2.40 a.m. after leaving the C-PAC nightclub with a group of friends.

His cousin Carol Clarke told the website: “He was shot in the chest as he walked towards his car close to his home. Nicki is absolutely devastated as are all our family – she was very close to her cousin but now he has gone.

“She has reached-out to Nicholas’ mom Victoria to offer her words of comfort but she is too distraught. Nicholas was a quiet person but he could be the life and soul of the party too – he did not run with gangs or anything like that.

“His friends have told us there wasn’t any trouble that night and we believe it could have been a case of mistaken identity but the police are still investigating the case.

“We are still trying to make arrangements for his funeral but I will really miss him because he was a good person.”

As previously reported, Minaj (real name Onika Tanya Maraj) has taken to her Twitter to pay tribute to her cousin and post photographs of him.

She wrote: “My cousin Nicholas. Also goes by Juse, or @brolicalcohilic. Murdered. Last nite. Near his home. Brooklyn, NY.”

Nicholas Telemaque was rushed to Kings County Hospital but he died as a result of gunshots to his torso.

He had prior arrests for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license – police are still investigating the case and looking for more witnesses to come forward.

DMX Has No Plans To Say I Do

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A lot of rumors having been floating around about DMX and his post-prison release plans, where the rapper would sign and even whom he might marry.

In an interview with VIBE, X clears the record about the personal matter of his love life. DMX tells the magazine that he in fact in not engaged to model Yadira Borrego.

“No! We absolutely were living together, and at one time we were engaged,” X told the publication. “But um, no. I’m recalling that she wants to work it out, but I really don’t see that happening. I’m not going say it won’t work, but this last time in jail, with me focusing on the mental, allowed me to see who’s there for me and who’s not. It’s easy to say, ‘I got your back. I’m there for you.’ But when it comes down to it, like I said, I’m not even talking about money and things like that. I’m good. I got fans sending me money. I’m good with that.”

X’s most recent prison stint has drastically altered his perspective on life and has him wanting to make changes.

“In a way, yeah. I realized that [change] is something that I want do this time,” X answered when asked if he’s learned his lesson following his latest stint in prison. “Like the last few times I couldn’t wait to get out and go have a drink. Like all my focus was on going to the club or things of that nature. Now, I’m in a frame of mind where I’m like ‘right into the studio and get my grind on.’”

DMX is currently scheduled to be released from jail on July 13.

Jagged Edge Releases New Album ‘The Remedy’

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Grammy nominated R&B group Jagged Edge released their 7th studio album titled The Remedy via Slip-N-Slide Records/EMI on June 21. The quartet returns to replenish what’s been missing from R&B with an album that has that classic Jagged Edge sound: Timeless, sensual and honest R&B music that millions of fans adore.

The Remedy features the singles Baby, Tip Of My Tongue and future singles Flow Through My Veins and Lipstick featuring Rick Ross.

The first music video off the album was for Baby, directed by renown director Yolande Geralds. It was the hot joint on BET’s 106 & Park and was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Urban AC radio charts. The second video is for their current single titled Tip Of My Tongue, featuring Trina and Gucci Mane. In support of The Remedy, Jagged Edge plans on touring this summer. Dates will be announced at a later time.


Ted Lucas, CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records, says, “Jagged Edge will help usher in a new era at Slip-N-Slide Records with The Remedy. We are excited about the release of this album and watching Jagged Edge climb up the charts again.”

Feds Offer Jimmy Henchman A Plea In Return For Missing $100K

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A key witness against former rap manager/mogul James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond is close to striking a plea deal with prosecutors, according to reports.

According to TheSmokingGun.com, Khalil Abdullah, one of Rosemond’s associates and top members in the collective known as the Rosemond organization, is close to making the deal, if he returns a missing $100,000 to the government.

Abdullah allegedly entrusted the $100,000 to an unnamed associate, whom he cannot locate.

In order to receive the plea deal with prosecutors, Abdullah must forfeit the $100,000, which Abdullah allegedly stole from the Rosemond organization, which helped trigger the current federal investigation.

According to an indictment, Abdullah’s thieving helped lead to a bigger investigation into the Rosemond organization’s trafficking conspiracy.

DEA agents claim that the organization used Federal Express and other overnight couriers to send millions of dollars worth of narcotics and proceeds from New York to the West Coast, and back.

Abdullah, who knew that he was in the process of being indicted for his role in the cocaine distribution conspiracy, was the original person to contact lead prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, with information on the conspiracy.

Abdullah allegedly faxed a letter to prosecutors from a Kinko’s on April 25th, where he told agents about of a shipment that was being sent to a recording studio in New York, in a “road case” for music equipment.

When agents seized the road case they found $790,000 in $20 bills, which helped lead Kaminsky to indict the investigation’s main target, James Rosemond.

Abdullah, who is facing at least 10 years in prison for his role in distributing the cocaine, is seeking to receive a lesser sentence by testifying.

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was apprehended by authorities in New York on June 20th, after being on the run for nearly 2 weeks.

The following day, he appeared in Brooklyn federal court, where he pleaded not guilty to intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice.

Police are also investigating Rosemond involvement in a murder for hire plot that resulted in the death of an associate of 50 Cent named Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, who was killed last year, for allegedly smacking Rosemond’s son during a dispute in March of 2007.

Common Leaves Universal Records After 10 Years, For Warner Bros.

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Chicago rapper Common has inked a new deal with Warner Brothers Records according to reports.

Common and Warner Bros. co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz made the announcement yesterday (June 24th), during an outdoor concert in New York.

According to Billboard.com, Common addressed the crowd in the Warner Bros. records courtyard, where he expressed gratitude for the new deal.

“I’m very grateful to be a part of this family, to be a part of this team,” Common told the crowd, which gathered to watch the free outdoor concert.

“We have very inspirational, exciting music to team up with you. We’re just open to what this change can bring,” Common said.

Common began his recording career on Relativity Records, which was eventually acquired by Sony Music Entertainment.


The rapper/actor released three albums with Relativity, including 1992′s Can I Borrow a Dollar?, 1994′s Resurrection and 1997′s One Day It’ll All Make Sense.

Common’s stint with Universal began in 2000, when he signed with MCA Records and released his first album for the label, Like Water for Chocolate.

Common, had been signed to Universal Music for the past 10 years.

His last album was 2008′s Universal Mind Control.

Rapper Missy Elliott Has Thyroid Disease

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Rap star Missy Elliott says she has Graves disease, a thyroid problem that caused her hair to fall out and shut down her nervous system. But the condition is rarely life-threatening, and the 39-year-old Grammy winner is exercising regularly under medical supervision.

“My nervous system shut down, you know,” Elliott said in an episode of the show “Behind the Music”, which will air on June 29 on VH1. “Your skin is dry, your hair falls out, you wake up, and your eyes feel like they’ve got rocks in them.”

Elliott, who is known for the hit songs “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”, was diagnosed with Graves disease in 2008 but kept her condition private, her publicist Anne Kristoff revealed. “Elliot pretty much exercises every day, so she’s committed to her health,” she added.

Graves disease cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be mitigated with treatment, according to the medical organisation, Mayo Clinic. Patients with Graves disease have a thyroid gland that overproduces the hormone thyroxine, which increases the body’s metabolic rate and can affect a person’s appearance and energy levels.

Elliott gained fame in the mid-90’s and has won four Grammys since then. However, she has not released a new album since The Cookbook, which came out in 2005. Currently she is working on an album tentatively titled Block Party, with producer and rapper Timbaland.

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