Nicki Minaj Finds New Manager, ‘Dismisses’ Diddy

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POSTED: MONDAY – OCTOBER 18, 2010

Early Monday morning (October 18), breakthrough female emcee Nicki Minaj announced that rap mogul Diddy has been “dismissed” as her manager in favor of industry vet Benny Medina. Medina, who famously managed the careers of superstars like Mariah Carey and Brandy, will be the third manager for the Young Money rapper this year.

According to a statement by Minaj, “By now, everyone should know that I am really strict when it comes to my representation. I had sympathy for [Diddy], however, I feel as if I haven’t gotten the guidance the manager is supposed to give his client. Personally, I feel like I’m being managed by mother. ”

“Even if you play the smallest role on my team,” she continued. “I wish to see progress. I’d like to thank him for everything he has done for me; for taking me under his wing. I wish him the best with repping Rick [Ross]. But now that my album is about to drop, it’s time to get serious and stop playing games.”

This month, Minaj took home 3 BET Awards including Best New Artist and Best Female Hip-Hop Artist. Prior to Diddy, Minaj, whose much-anticipated album Pink Friday is set to drop on November 23, enlisted Waka Flocka Flame’s mother Debbie Atney as manager until April 2010.

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Michael ‘Eyedea’ Larsen Dead At 28

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POSTED: MONDAY – OCTOBER 18, 2011

In the indie rap world, Michael “Eyedea” Larsen was seen by some as the underground Eminem. The talented Midwestern rapper and turntablist, who recorded under the name Eyedea for the Rhymesayers label, died suddenly over the weekend at his St. Paul, Minnesota, home at age 28.

His mother announced Larsen’s passing — a cause of death was not given at press time — writing on the MC’s Facebook page, “It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away … At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss. We do, however, welcome your kind words, memories, and positive thoughts.” The family has set up a PayPal account for donations to pay for the cost of funeral services.

Known for his rapid-fire delivery and freestyle skills, like Eminem, Larsen cut his teeth by impressing fellow hip-hop heads in lyrical battles while still in his teens. He took the top prize at 1999′s Scribble Jam in Cincinnati and went on to win 2000′s Blaze Battle in Chicago as well, releasing his debut album, First Born, in 2001 in collaboration with his longtime musical partner DJ Abilities. Together they were known as Eyedea and Abilities and recorded for the hometown Rhymesayers record label, home to such fellow underground faves as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Grayskul, Mr. Dibbs and Slug.

The duo often collaborated with their Rhymesayers brethren, recording songs with Atmosphere as well as other like-minded acts like Aesop Rock, Sage Francis and Blueprint. For 2006′s This Is Where We Were, released on his own Face Candy label, Larsen was backed by a live jazz group of the same name, recorded during a four-year hiatus from releasing Eyedea and Abilities music.

The duo returned, however, in late 2007 for a tour and again in 2009 as part of the Rock the Bells outing. The pair issued their final joint album, By the Throat, last year. His mom said Larsen had finished a new Face Candy album before his death, as well as a book of poetry, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.

Larsen was reportedly in good spirits on Friday night when he hung out at Minneapolis’ First Avenue & 7th Street Entry to watch a show featuring Abilities and L.A. rapper Pigeon John.

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Rapper T.I. Sent Back To Jail For 11 Months

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POSTED: FRIDAY – OCTOBER 15, 2010

T.I.‘s road to redemption will include an 11-month pit-stop in prison.

A federal judge in Atlanta revoked the rap superstar’s probation in reaction to his arrest last month in Los Angeles on suspicion of drug possession, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office told the Associated Press. T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, Jr., had been on probation after serving 10 months in prison on weapons charges.

Before the judge’s ruling, the Grammy winner had pleaded for mercy, telling the court that he needs help for drug addiction.

The sentence caps an emotional week for the 30-year-old Harris, who talked a suicidal man off the ledge of an Atlanta skyscraper Wednesday.

“I told him it ain’t that bad. It’ll get better, to put the time and effort into making it better,” T.I. said told the AP Wednesday. “I just reminded him know that I know. It looks bad right now, but it can turn around.”

The rapper and record producer documented his drug addictions and legal problems on the MTV reality series, “T.I.‘s Road to Redemption.”

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Rapper T.I. Stops Suicide Attempt

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Posted: Thursday – October 14, 2010

Clifford Harris is one of the richest and most successful men in music. Of course, you might not know Clifford Harris by his real name, but by his rap name: T.I. He’s done a lot of things in his short lifespan, from releasing hit records and founding a highly successful nightclub to spending time in jail on gun charges. Now T.I. can add another star to his CV for his successful tenure as a suicide prevention counselor. T.I. was able to talk a suicide jumper off the roof of a 22-story building in Atlanta yesterday.

T.I., an Atlanta, Georgia, native, heard about the potential suicide jumper on the building from a report on a local radio station. So, he went down to the building. Rather than just gawk, T.I. offered to help. He was able to lure the man off the edge of the building with the promise of a face-to-face conversation. The two talked, and the man no longer wanted to leap to his death. I bet he works at Foxconn.

As for T.I., I imagine this will only help his case as he faces sentencing on drug-related charges in Los Angeles while on parole. Hopefully being a good Samaritan will help him stay out of the pokey again. This is a pretty good deed to do, so good for you, T.I.!

Rap World Shocked over the Death of Huddy 6

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Posted: Thursday – Oct. 14, 2010

Rap music suffered another tragedy yesterday as high-profile rapper/promoter Andre Hudson, better known as Huddy 6, died in a car accident on the George Washington Bridge.

Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman said: “The driver was traveling southbound towards New Jersey on the George Washington bridge when his vehicle struck a truck. Hudson was pronounced [dead] on the scene and the female passenger was taken to a local hospital.” (MTV.com)

Outside of his work with rapper Mase’s Harlem World rap group in the late 90s, Huddy 6 was best known for his long-time relationship with Cam’ron, who credits Huddy for saving his life after he was shot twice in 2005.

Since his death, fellow artists have Tweeted the impact it has made upon them:

Busta Rhymes: “I can’t believe that we just lost a good brother, friend and fellow comrade (Huddy 6). U R Already being truly missed! God bless ur (sic) whole family.”

Juelz Santana: “A! R.I.P. HUDDY 6 @hud6 SMFH if u don’t or didn’t know who he was jus know this, he was HARLEM!!!!.”

Ron Browz: “R.I.P. Andre Hudson. Aka Hud6 HuddyCombs. Aka MR Harlem!”

N.O.R.E.: “Damn it’s a real sad day right now that shit fucked my mind up for real can’t think str8 right now r.i.p huddy.”

Rap has seen its share of deaths in 2010 with the loss of Boston rapper Guru (Keith Edward Elam) in April, 90s rapper Apache (Anthony Peaks), and Killa Sha (Sha Lumi) of The Super Kids. Huddy will be remembered for his work in progressing the Harlem rap scene.

Justin Bieber Displays His Rap Skills In New Twitter Video

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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Having given fans a taste of his rapping skills during live performances of “Baby” when he tackles the verse Ludacris recorded for the tune, Justin Bieber is now displaying his keen spitting prowess in a new video posted on his Twitter. In the grainy clip, Bieber rhymes along to a track titled “Speaking in Tongues,” and in a message posted on the webpage, he announces that his rap alias is Shawty Mane.

“Speaking in tongues freestyle… who knew I could rap lol,” he wrote. “My alter ego rap name is Shawty Mane… hah.”

The video features shots of Bieber in the studio and hanging out in the streets rocking some glasses. Early on, he gives a shout-out to Lady Gaga: “Call up Lady Gaga on my on my telephone/ Hello doll/ You’re my girl/ Beats no metronome.”

He then talks up his own capabilities, rhyming, “So I’m raptor/ Tearing it up like a tractor/ Matter fact you’re not feeling this track you’re a slacker.” Later, he raps, “Stop, drop and roll/ Justin Bieber’s on fire/ It’s time to realize it’s time to call me young sire.”

At the end of the clip, Bieber — who hangs out with such hip-hop heavyweights as Drake, Kanye West and the aforementioned Luda — has a little message for those listening to the track. “You guys might know me as the guy who sings ‘Baby’/ You know, uh, I’m a singer, pop singer/ I’m white/ But, um, you know I just wanted to do this just to prove that/ You know I got skills, on, on, on the rap game.”

Last December, Bieber’s pal, rapper Asher Roth, defended his buddy’s rapping skills to MTV News. “He lived like a block away from me. Watching him is like watching your little brother. It’s crazy,” Roth said, referring to their time in Atlanta together. “He can rap. I put him on a remix, but I don’t think his mom would like that very much.”

What do you think of Bieber’s lyrical skills? Talk about it in the comments!

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