The family of Cali Swag District group member M-Bone has decided to open the funeral up for fans and the general public, who would like to show support for their fallen family member.
“There has been a tremendous outreach of concern and the family would like to have the funeral open to the public and fans that would like to support,” Cali Swag’s publicist said.
For fans wanting to attend, services will take place this Friday (May 27th) at 11 a.m. PT at Faithful Central on 333 W. Florence Avenue in Inglewood, California.
M-Bone, born Montae Talbert, was shot twice in the head and killed on May 15th, while sitting in his car on La Brea Avenue in Inglewood.
No arrests have been made and homicide detectives are still looking for a motive.
M-Bone’s death comes as Cali Swag District celebrates the success of their 2010 single “Teach Me How to Dougie,” which has been certified platinum.
The group is also up for a BET Award for Best New Group.
The Inglewood Police Department is asking anyone with information to come forward and call the homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number: (888)-41-CRIME or (888)-412-7463.
Eminem and his newly signed artist Royce Da 5’9″ recently sat down with MTV’s RapFix Live to talk about the much-anticipated collaboration EP, Hell: The Sequel, and why Dr. Dre is absent from the project.
While Hip-Hop fans are excited about the reunion, legendary producer and longtime Eminem collaborator Dr. Dre is not providing beats to Shady and his new partner.
“I think Dre is, like, really cracking down on getting Detox finished, so I think he’s more so focused on that,” said Eminem.
“I really didn’t say anything to Dre till kinda like the last minute. We didn’t really say anything to anybody about what was going on because we weren’t sure what was going to happen with it,” continued Em. “It wasn’t like I said, ‘Yo Dre, can we get a beat for this project that we’re workin’ on?’ Because it wasn’t really necessarily a project yet.”
Slaughterhouse member Royce added that the duo didn’t really reach out to any producers in particular, saying they were “just cuttin’ random.”
Hell: The Sequel features production from Havoc, Bangladesh, Sid Roams, Mr. Porter, DJ Khalil and Supa Dups.
St. Louis, Missouri rapper Nelly is reportedly working on another project to follow his last album, 5.0.
While Nelly was unhappy with the album sales of 5.0, the album’s break out single “Just A Dream” earned him a Grammy nomination and sold over 4 million copies, proving the rappers star power.
“I’ll hopefully have a new album coming out at the end of this year. I’m going back in,” he told Today Show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “The last album, 5.0, was phenomenal- ‘Just a Dream,” 4 million and things.”
In between recording, appearing on VH1′s Behind the Music and touring recently in Australia with Snoop, Bow Wow and Game the multi-platinum rapper is releasing a workout video which features his famous friends various exercises.
Nelly also recently shot a video with Keri Hilson for the single “Lose Control,” the next single off her No Boys Allowed LP.
The Young Money rapstress switches up her management team and links up with Gee Roberson and Kyambo “HipHop” Joshua.
More than a year after signing with Sean “Diddy” Combs and James Cruz as managers, Nicki Minaj is no longer associated with the business moguls. According to XXLMag.com, the Harajuku Barbie is now being managed by Gee Roberson and Kyambo “HipHop” Joshua from Hip-Hop Since 1978, which also manages Lil Wayne, Drake and more.
The news may be surprising for Lil’ Kim fans, as Roberson and Joshua previously served as A&Rs for Atlantic Records for her 2005 album The Naked Truth. The Queen Bee also made a similar move earlier this year by linking up with Fendi, who is credited with launching Nicki’s career.
Before Diddy, Nicki was managed by Debra Antney’s firm, but switched over after firing Antney in April 2010. Rumor has it that she expected Diddy to be more hands-on with her career, and decided to move on when she realized he wasn’t as involved as expected.
This year’s BET Awards will feature many old faces returning to glory and a plethora of new faces to come onto the scene.
Making a return is Chris Brown, who released his album F.A.M.E. this year. Brown leads the field with 6 nominations including Viewers Choice, Best Collaboration, and Best Actor.
In the category of Viewers Choice and Best Collaboration, Brown’s songs Look At Me Now and Deuces will be going head to head with his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, and her collaboration with Drake on What’s My Name.
Rihanna will also be among heavy competition in the best female R&B category. Other nominees include Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, and Marsha Ambrosius.
Just days after the death of their member M. Bone, Cali Swag District was nominated for Best Group alongside Diddy’s Dirty Money, N.E.R.D., New Boyz, and Travis Porter.
This year’s Best Male Hip-Hop Artist will be an extremely tough category with all of the contenders having an opportunity to take the crown. The nominees are Kanye West, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and Drake.
The Best New Artist category is also shaping up to be a battle pitting Bruno Mars against the likes of J. Cole, Willow Smith, Miguel, and Wiz Khalifa.
The show airs live on June 26th from the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium.