R. Kelly Is Losing His Chicago Crib

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Hip-hop crooner R. Kelly, who has had his share of legal issues in the past, is facing another: He may lose his mansion near Chicago to foreclosure. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has filed a foreclosure action against the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, saying he hasn’t paid his mortgage in a year.

With the foreclosure, Kels, as he is known to some fans, joins a long list of rap and R&B stars before him who failed to pay their mortgage bills.

Last year, we reported that Chamillionaire, the lyrical mind behind the hit single “Ridin,’” defaulted on the loan for his Houston mansion. Atlanta-based “Prince of the South” and southern gangsta rapper Lil Scrappy was reportedly foreclosed on late last year, along with his girlfriend Diamond, of the hard-core rap group Crime Mob. Rapper Xzibit, of “Pimp My Ride” fame, faced the music in 2009, after missing $21,000 in payments on his California home. Hip-hop record executive Damon Dash lost his TriBeCa duplex last year to foreclosure. Even Nelly (remember “Country Grammar” and “Hot in Herre”?) was accused by a former manager of being in danger of losing his home to foreclosure, although he denies it.

All of this brings up some interesting questions about hip-hop artists and their thoughts on real-estate, one’s obligations vis-à-vis private property and debt, and the economic crisis. We know from their lyrics that rappers love money, and claim to have a lot of it. We also know from music videos and TV shows like MTV’s “Cribs” that rappers also like big houses and flashy cars. But does foreclosure even register with rhyme-sayers, or are they too busy living the high life to care?

Rap Genius, a website devoted to hip-hop lyrics, shows that 12 hip-hop songs contain the word “foreclosure,” and 7 more with some variation of the word “foreclose.”

Staten Island native and Wu-Tang protégé Trife Diesel, for example, in his song “World Today,” which starts with an audio sample of Barack Obama giving a speech about the economy, raps, “FDA approved medicines, killing off us Americans / Homes in foreclosures, we being kicked out of residence / It’s time to represent, for our next to kin.” He stops short of proposing a solution to the foreclosure crisis, but offers this analysis of tightening of mortgage-lending standards by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: “People with A1 credit can’t afford steak sauce.”

Other rappers have taken on the economy, too. Statik Selektah, for example, in “So Close, So Far,” wistfully imagines a world without the GM and AIG bailouts and the subprime loan mess: “Wouldn’t it be nice if the banks didn’t f— up the loans / And people ain’t have to move out they homes? … That the world I’m talkin’ about is where we would like to be / Worried about debts, recessions and foreclosure…”

Perhaps not surprisingly, a lot of rappers are in caught up in foreclosures of their own doing. Chicago’s Real Estate Daily, citing an unnamed source, reported that R. Kelly “stopped making payments on the mortgage in an attempt to force the bank to negotiate a modification of the loan.” It’s a tactic adopted by many American homeowners, who find that banks are unable or unwilling to negotiate a new loan or interest rate for them unless they have missed payments. Chamillionaire’s case, too, was a strategic default, or so he told celebrity-news website TMZ last year.

If we are to believe the hype, hip-hop artists probably have the money to pay their mortgages, but seeing continuing weakness in the housing market, choose not to.

From the point of view of economic self-interest, you can hardly blame them. Wasn’t it Ice-T who first said, “Don’t hate the playa / Hate the game”?

DMX Extends Jail Time

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DMX will need to spend at least another week incarcerated at Arizona State Prison. X was jailed on November 19th 2010, for violating his parole and was held on a number of charges, the principal being drug use. He was sentenced to serve one year with no chance of bail. In mid-May, it was announced that the artist could be getting off earlier than expected, if he met the terms for good behavior. That date was officially set for July 13th.

New reports suggest the MC hasn’t met those terms. Since January, DMX has managed to accumulate seven disciplinary violations at the prison, some of which include: unauthorized smoking, disrespect towards staff, possession of narcotics and disorderly conduct.

The man behind the chart toppers, Party Up and Who We Be, has had his share of run-ins with the law, starting in 1994 with an arrest for drug possession, and in 1998 a rape charge, which he was acquitted for due to DNA evidence. The charges have accumulated since that time, the latest being a 2009 conviction for animal cruelty and drug possession, and a 90 day jail sentence in 2010 for a reckless driving charge.

DMX has been working on his 7th album, Redemption Of The Beast, for over a year now. He’ll be collaborating with artists like Sean Kingston, The LOX, Tyrese, as well as known producers Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, and Dame Grease.

A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Corrections has confirmed an anticipated release date of July 19th for DMX.

REVIEW: BIG SEAN – Finally Famous: The Album

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Big Sean maybe new to a lot of people, but he has actually been around for a cool minute. Sean met Kanye West at a radio station in 2005 and left him his demo tape. Dropping mixtapes and remixes paid off as Kanye signed the Detroit native to his G.O.O.D Music record label in 2007. Four years later, the 23 year old dropped his debut album Finally Famous: The Album.

There are two things that can sum up the project: One, is the over packed guest appearances. Features from Chris Brown to Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West to Wiz Khalifa to Rick Ross is a little much. And the second being, he is in the Drake/Wiz Khalifa catalogue…a rapper singing. Not that it is a bad thing. But at times, it’s easy to forget who you are listening to.

But there’s no need to worry because the album has a lot to offer. From fresh beats to clever lyrics, the album is fitting for the summer. The lead single My Last, featuring Chris Brown, could be the song the people will recognize but there are plenty of other good ones as well. Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay, featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash, is one that will bang in the clubs for sure. Memories (Part II), featuring John Legend, is a cool track that has Sean reminisce about his past. While Livin This Dream has Sean talking about his flashy life with some assistance from The-Dream. Celebrity, featuring Dwele, might be the smoothest track of them all. This in part has to do with Chicago producer No I.D. as he is responsible for producing half of the album. Others include The Neptunes, The Legendary Traxters, Mike Dean, Tricky Stewart, Boi-1da, and Exile just to name a few. Needless to say, there are plenty of beats to choose from. This alone makes the album a great listen.

However, there are some negative spots on the album as well. Songs like I Do It, Dance(A$$), and High are either forced or flat out corny. But thankfully, it’s only a small list. With a boost from top beatmakers and a major league guest lineup, the album is solid. It’s rare that a new artist gets this much for his debut album. But Sean takes advantage of it and delivers. Only question now is: What will be in stores for his next album? But being in a roster like G.O.O.D Music, there’s no need to worry.

Standout Tracks: “My Last”, “Livin This Life”, “Celebrity”

Lil Boosie Associate To Stand Trial For Murder of Rapper Nussie

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An 18-year-old associate of rapper Lil Boosie that is charged with six murders, will first stand trial for the killing of Chris “Nussie” Jackson.

Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding is charged with killing Baton Rouge rapper Chris “Nussie” Jackson in 2009.

According to prosecutors, Nussie was one of six men murdered by Louding during a violent streak in 2009.

He was who just 16-years-old when the string of murders took place.

Lil Boosie and Nussie were engaged in a violent war of words, when Nussie was gunned down inside of a house on American Street, in February of 2009.

Louding is also accused of killing a 35-year-old named Terry Boyd, in a murder for hire plot that prosecutors claim involves Lil Boosie.

Although Lil Boosie is not charged in the Nussie case, prosecutors originally claimed he may have ordered that hit as well, because the two rappers were feuding at the time of the homicide.


As a rapper, Nussie was the founder of Dope Celebrity Records, which released three of his albums.

Lil Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, is not charged in Nussie’s death, but he faces a first-degree murder charge for his alleged role in Boyd’s murder.

Including Lil Boosie, a total of seven men from Baton Rouge have been charged in a total of six murders.

Also charged are Ryan “Sneaks” Carroll, 16, Johnathan Rogers, 17, Kendrick Johnson, 19 Jared Williams, 20, Reginald Youngblood, 32 and Adrian Pittman, 36.

According to reports, the first hearing for Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding will take place on July 20th.

As for Lil Boosie, the rapper has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge.

Bow Wow Reveals ‘Secret’ Baby Daughter

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Bow Wow has revealed on his website that he has become a father.

“For the past three years [I've] been battling life,” Bow Wow wrote on his website. “I felt as if I had no purpose to live (thinking selfishly) until God gave me the illest gift of my life … nothing amounts to my lil girl.”

The rapper who rose to fame when he was just 13 years old explained that he kept his daughter a secret because he didn’t know how his fans would react to the news.

“I was nervous on how ya’ll would look at me. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. I love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder. Even made me treat my mother better, it’s like it made me into a man overnight.”

Bow Wow did not disclose his daughter’s age or who her mother is but it seems that they don’t live together.


And even though he now calls himself a father, that doesn’t mean Bow Wow has shortened his ways with woman. In a video on his website, Bow Wow talks openly about the throngs of women who throw themselves at him night after night.

“I love women so that’s like my weakness, women,” Bow Wow said. “It’s just too easy, man. I mean you wouldn’t believe, you wouldn’t imagine what girls do just to get backstage or just to get to the hotel. I mean there’s times when I can rock a sold out show and get back to the hotel and there’ll be just a flock of women in the lobby waiting and willing to do what ever it takes just to get to me.”

Although life on the road doesn’t sound all that bad for Bow Wow, he admits his schedule does take him away from his daughter.

“Baby gotta stay with they momma and all dat bull. I hate that! So i have to fly 5 hrs away to see her,” blogged the rapper. “I miss out on so much that I now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life. Yes! I change diapers. Ain’t as bad as I thought.”

J FAREAL PURE COUNTRY SWAG BLOWIN’ UP FROM THE ATL

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Gutta World touched down with southern country boy rapper J Fareal. With an all new video blowin’ up the web and worldwide fans spreading the word about his one of a kind county swag, we found out about what J Fareal really has going on and what to expect in the near future. If you haven’t heard of him….now you have! Well my brother snuck home the Dr. Dre Chronic album whenever I was nine years old and I knew we weren’t suppose to listen to it, but after he snuck it home I stole the cassette tape from him and listen to it all the way through and wrote down every word that Dr. Dre said throughout the album. So I had my little notebook at nine years old and I had the whole album memorized from front to back and that’s where it all started.

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