Jay-Z & Beyonce’s Bodyguards Control Lenox Hospital ICU

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012


Over the weekend (Jan. 7), the music industry’s ultimate power couple welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter. But not everybody is over the moon about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new bundle of joy. One Brooklyn man is fuming over Bey and Jay’s presence at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital and insists that the celeb couple’s security denied him access to visit his premature newborn twins and wife in the intensive care unit.

Now, Neil Coulon is demanding an apology from the world’s favorite music couple, whose presence at the hospital seems to be having a disruptive effect. Allegedly, Bey and Jay’s bodyguards upset multiple New Yorkers by keeping new parents and their relatives out of the wards, waiting rooms and even hallways in order to protect Beyonce and Jay-Z’s privacy.

Coulon told New York Daily News “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway.” The father continued, “They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? “All I want is an apology.”

According to Coulon, the notoriously private celeb couple seriously crossed the line trying to ensure their seclusion in the hospital. “I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy [Bedford-Stuyvesant], but the treatment we received was not okay … My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins … Nobody needs this … This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.”

Lenox Hill Hospital spokeswoman Anne Silverman responded to Coulon’s accusations saying, “We take patient satisfaction very seriously. This is the first time I’m hearing about it.”

Do you think Coulon and his family deserve an apology? And will Hov and B oblige his demands?

BREAKING NEWS: Beyonce’s Bouncing Baby Blue

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Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012


Beyonce has given birth to a baby girl. As E! News reports, the superstar welcomed Blue Ivy Carter late Saturday night (Jan. 7), delivering via planned C-section at New York City’s Lennox Hill Hospital. Reps have yet to confirm the story, and according to the New York Daily News, the baby’s name is actually Ivy Blue Carter.

Either way, famous friends have already begun tweeting about the momentous event. Russell Simmons congratulated the singer and husband Jay-Z early Sunday morning, followed minutes later by Rihanna.

“Welcome to the world princess Carter!” the singer tweeted. “Love Aunty Rih.”

The diva’s pregnancy has made headlines from the day Bey announced her baby news at the MTV VMA’s this past August. Since then, Mrs. Jay-Z has been accused of faking her pregnancy bump, reportedly built a 2,000 square foot nursery in her Manhattan penthouse, been given a crystal-encrusted baby bathtub for a shower gift and, oh yeah, released four music videos and a live concert DVD. Girlfriend had one busy pregnancy!

Congrats to both Bey and Jay. We can’t wait to see baby pics!

NAS’ KIDNAPPED CONCERT PROMOTER

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Nas’ concert promoter who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Angola is still stuck in the country — caught in a legal stalemate between Nas and the guy who allegedly kidnapped him .. and it’s getting worse by the day.

TMZ broke the story … Patrick Allocco — a U.S. concert promoter who booked an Angolan New Year’s Eve show starring Nas — was kidnapped after the Angolan concert promoter sent Allocco a $300,000 advance for Nas and the rapper ended up being a no-show.

We’ve learned Allocco — who was released from custody but is still prohibited from leaving the country — sent Nas the $300k, but now the Angola promoter wants not only the $300,000 back, but an additional $50,000 in expenses.

Here’s the deadlock. Nas is willing to send $300,000, but not the addition $50 grand. In addition, before Nas sends ANY money, he wants a letter from both Allocco and the Angolan concert promoter — releasing him from any liability.

So there’s a stalemate. And Allocco is stuck in a foreign land.

PUSHA T: ‘WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF’ VIDEO FULL OF CANDY

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Clipse rapper Pusha T has dropped off a drug-inspired visual for ‘What Dreams Are Made Of,’ one of the darker songs from his 2011 EP, ‘Fear of God II: Let Us Pray,’ which features the G.O.O.D. rapper amidst a mountain of coke lines, scales, straws, cash and bubbly, and even a live python.

The Jason Goldwatch-directed video was shot back in November, but premiered on Thursday (Jan. 5), thanks to Red Bull.

“[The clip] is arrogant, it’s a bit brash, it’s about excess, fast living and articulating a lifestyle, a lifestyle that we know very well,” Pusha revealed, while on set. “Lyrically, it’s about how our people fell victim to drugs, but it wasn’t all our fault: [Ronald] Reagan had a lot to do with that; don’t just blame us. If you love what I’m about and what I’ve been doing all these years, then it’s for you, and I’d be cheapening [the project] if I didn’t shoot a video for one of the harder records off of the EP.”

While the video generally illustrates the images conjured in the song, keen-eyed fans will note one item that stands out — a jar of jelly beans. When MTV queried as to the reason for the confection’s inclusion, Pusha explained that the jelly beans are a tribute to former president Ronald Reagan.

“Ronald Reagan was an avid jelly bean lover, so we’ve got to pay homage to him. We have to: He had a lot to do with this … the Ronald Reagan era was a tough time and a detrimental time to the black community, but we adapted,” Pusha explained. “I have a very mean couplet in this song that describes what Reagan did and how Nancy [Reagan] tried to be down too, so we decided to showcase that with the jellybean.”

Nicki Minaj’s Turns Gospel (VIDEO)

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As reported by The BoomBox, Nicki Minaj’s smash hit ‘Super Bass’ has received unlikely covers by everyone from country music star Taylor Swift to 8-year-old YouTube sensation Sophia Grace Brownlee. Now, it looks like the female MC’s hit has gotten the remix treatment from one of the most unlikely sources of all.

A group of University of Florida students have remade Minaj’s rap song into a Christian tune about falling for a fellow Christ lover, and have renamed it ‘Super Grace!’ The parody was written by University of Florida student Raychel Manko, who made an accompanying music video with her UF friends to enhance the holy experience.

In the visuals, Manko pays tribute to Minaj’s eccentric fashion sense by rocking an electric-blue wig.

She raps in a church while standing at a pulpit, replacing Nicki’s lyrics with, “This one is for the boys with the boomin’ system/ Top down, AC with the coolin’ system/ When he come up in the club, he be blazin’ up/ Got stacks on deck like he savin’ up,” with her own holy verse, “this one is for the boys with the true religion/ And love with the lord and done with sinnin’/ When he come up in the church he be praisin’ up/ Always tithes, but he’s still savin’ up.”

Manko herself calls the spoof “a humorous, somewhat exaggerated commentary about the single Christian girl’s struggle to appreciate the wonderful Christian man in her life while still guarding her heart and waiting patiently upon the Lord.”

Watch the ‘Super Grace’ video below!

Common Says “I’m to Hip-Hop What Obama Is To Politics”

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“How can I say this? Fuck it, I’m the greatest!”

Common is pacing the room like a prizefighter, his left arm extended above his head as he mouths the first 10 words to “Sweet,” a song off his new album that is anything but. As the speakers rattle at Roc the Mic Studios in Manhattan, Common nods along to the rhythm and echoes weighty declarations like, “I’m to hip-hop what Obama is to politics,” and “I’m the franchise, so I rock my own chain.”

“Sweet” may be the cockiest track that Common has ever recorded, but it feels at home on his insatiable new album, “The Dreamer/The Believer,” released Dec. 20, 2011, on Think Common Music/Warner Bros. Records. Ditching the electronic vibe of 2008′s disappointing “Universal Mind Control” (G.O.O.D. Music/Geffen), Common has regained his soulful swagger on his ninth studio set with the help of No I.D., who produced the entirety of “The Dreamer/The Believer.” The project debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 with 69,000 copies sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan) and scored favorable reviews from such magazines as XXL, Paste and Prefix.

Common had grown up in Chicago working with No I.D.-the producer was heavily involved in early Common projects “Can I Borrow a Dollar” and the rapper’s breakthrough, “Resurrection” (which No I.D. also produced in its entirety) — but the pair hadn’t stayed in close contact as No I.D. moved on to helm tracks for artists like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah and G-Unit. After running into each other at the 2006 premiere of Common’s film “Smokin’ Aces,” the two bonded again, and in September 2010 they laid down a handful of tracks at No I.D.’s Los Angeles studio.

“Working on this, it was more like, ‘We need an interlude, we need an emotional song, we need a single/radio song, we need a club song,’” says No I.D., who was named Def Jam executive VP of A&R in August. “You can think about the whole process, knowing what’s there already, versus going in to work with somebody and not knowing what else they’re going to get from somebody else.”

Common had wrapped primary work on the album in March when an invitation from first lady Michelle Obama to attend a poetry event at the White House pushed him in the middle of a conservative media cross-examination. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin condemned the rapper’s track “A Song for Assata,” which focuses on the controversial conviction of former Black Panther member Assata Shakur and appears on his fourth album, “Like Water for Chocolate,” as a plea for Shakur, who has maintained her innocence in the 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer. Common, who attended the May 11 reading without incident, says the media scrutiny simply helped spread the message of “A Song for Assata.” “Even if they did delve into my lyrics, they’d see that I was speaking up against police brutality,” he says.


The political controversy certainly didn’t scare away Warner Bros. Records: After spending a decade on Universal Music (and the past seven years under the umbrella of fellow Chicago native Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, where No I.D. served as label president), Common announced a distribution deal with Warner on June 24 for his own imprint, Think Common Music, which will primarily handle the release of “The Dreamer/The Believer.” “That was more of us wanting to take control of our assets, in a situation where we could own our masters,” manager Derek Dudley says.

“The Dreamer/The Believer” was originally slated for a Nov. 22 release, but was pushed back to Dec. 20 partly because of Common’s commitment to “Hell on Wheels,” a new western TV series that filmed its first season last summer in Calgary, Alberta, and premiered Nov. 6 on AMC. Show creators Joe and Tony Gayton describe the rapper, who stars as a freed slave named Elam, as the hardest-working man on the set.

“He was the first major part cast in this thing,” Tony Gayton says, “and we wanted to be very clear with him of the privations he would be suffering during the production of this television show-that it was going to be cold and rainy, there could have been snow, and it’s a basic cable show and there’s a brutal shooting schedule. He kind of smiled and said, ‘I’m up for all that.’”

In addition to “Hell on Wheels,” Common stars in the forthcoming independent film “L.U.V.,” scored a supporting role in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” lent a voice-over spot to “Happy Feet Two” and appears in a bit part in the ensemble comedy “New Year’s Eve.” The acting gigs have ultimately helped spread the word about “The Dreamer/The Believer,” with recent appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and “Chelsea Lately” used to promote both his acting roles and the new album.

Common will likely hit the road next year, and Dudley says the rapper’s camp has discussed the possibility of a co-headlining tour with Nas, who appears on the new album track “Ghetto Dreams.” “There’s nothing set in stone,” Dudley says.

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