Petey Pablo Says Arrest “Looks Terrible”

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Posted: Tuesday – September14, 2010

Following his arrest on Saturday (September 11) for being in possession of a gun while attempting to board at flight to Los Angeles at North Carolina’s Raleigh Durham Airport, Petey Pablo spoke with local radio station K97.5 FM’S radio host Shena J about the incident.

According to southern rapper, despite how things look, this was not a stunt to drum up some publicity for his forthcoming projects, but a genuine mistake.

“It’s sad because I do have some new stuff coming out, but that’s not why it happened and I don’t want people to think that,” said Pablo. “A lot of people were disappointed. Understand, the situation, like for one, anybody that knows me knows that I ain’t gonna do nothing stupid.”

Adding, “We don’t do stupid things,” in reference to his culture.

Pablo also says he did feel the gun loading down his luggage but assumed the weight of his carry-on was due to the two Apple laptops that he usually takes with him when he travels.

“At the same time, I apologize to anybody that I may have let down. Understand, I did something that I felt was right at the particular time…I’m not on that ‘rah rah’ no more.”

Check out part of Petey’s radio interview in the video below:

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Teen Responsible For Murder Of Juvenile’s Daughter Sentenced

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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The teen responsible for the murder of Juvenile’s four year old daughter, Jelani, and her mother, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s deputy Joy Deleston, and 11-year-old sister, Micaiah, in 2008 was sentenced on Friday (September 10) to two consecutive life sentences.

Anthony Tyrone Terrell, then 17, murdered his mother and sisters, following an argument with his mom about a girl he had over the house without supervision. He shot Deleston twice with her service gun in front of Micaiah, who started to scream. He turned to the pre-teen and shot her several times, and then went upstairs to find Jelani, who he kissed before aiming the gun at her chest and shooting her twice.

“I never planned what happened that day,” said Terrell while reading from a prepared statement before sentencing. “My mom and I got into a disagreement and things just spiraled out of control.”

Adding, “That night my plan was to take my own life, but in the end I was unable to shoot myself.”

Juvenile was not present at the hearing and did not attend his daughter’s funeral back in 2008. At that time, a representative for the Louisiana-bred rapper said that he skipped the services in order to prevent the extra media attention that his presence would have brought.

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Jay-Z, Will Smith Comment On Willow Smith’s Deal With Roc Nation

Posted: Thursday – September 9, 2010

Jay-Z has confirmed that he has signed Will Smith’s daughter Willow to a new deal on his label, Roc Nation.

The rapper/mogul appeared on Ryan Seacrest’s show this morning and confirmed rumors that he snatched up Willow, whose song “Whip My Hair” has generated an instant buzz.

“We at Roc Nation are excited to work with Willow,” Jay-Z told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “She has an energy and enthusiasm about her music that is truly infectious. It’s rare to find an artist with such innate talent and creativity at such a young age. Willow is about to embark on an incredible journey and we look forward to joining her as she grows in all aspects of her career.”

Willow, 9, already has a career, having landed roles in I Am Legend and in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

“After meeting with several record companies, it was clear that Jay-Z, Ty Ty, Jay Brown and the Roc Nation staff was the unquestionable choice,” Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith told AllHipHop.com in a statement. “Their passion for Willow combined with their boundless vision and artistic integrity made Roc Nation the perfect home for our little girl.”

According to Jay-Z, Willow’s advanced beyond her years and has a vision for her career in the music industry, despite only being nine. He noted that superstars like Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder started their careers off young.

“I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like man that record’s a smash,” Jay-Z told Ryan Seacrest. “I believe in superstars. I believe on big records on superstars and I think she has both.”

Rap runs in the family’s blood.

In 1985, Will Smith started off as a rapper in known as The Fresh Prince, from the streets of Philadelphia, along with his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Willow’s 12-year-old brother Jaden also raps on a song called “Never Say Never” with teen idol, Justin Bieber.

And their mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, front a hard rock band, Wicked Wisdom.

A release date for Willow Smith’s Roc Nation debut was not available as of press time.

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Waka Flocka Release Debut Album

Posted: Thursday – September 9, 2010

Waka Flocka Flame will release his debut LP on October 5th. The album, which is titled Flockaveli, will feature his hit singles O Let’s Do It, Hard In Da Paint, and No Hands featuring Roscoe Dash & Wale.

The southern rapper is a part of the Gucci Mane-led 1017 Brick Squad along with OJ Da Juiceman, but neither Gucci nor OJ make a guest appearance on the album. The collaborations instead include the likes of Slim Dunkin, Pastor Troy, YG Hootie, Uncle Murda, French Montana, and Gudda Gudda, amongst others, while Hard In Da Paint collaborator Lex Luger mans most of the production on the album. Despite rumors of problems between Gucci and Waka though, the former showed up at a recent listening session for the project.

In other news, Waka was nominated for the title of Hottest Breakthrough MC by MTV and also received two nods from the BET Hip Hop Awards in the categories of Rookie of the Year and Best Club Banger.

The Georgia rapper will release the music video for No Hands soon and according to him, “The concept is just girls, sexy women. No hands, we in the club, we in our party, we in our zone. It’s about the women. She’s sexy, she’s elegant. We just went from there.”

Check out the tracklisting for Flockaveli below:

1. Bustin’ At ‘Em
2. Hard In Da Paint
3. TTG (Trained To Go) Ft. French Montana, YG Hootie, Joe Moses, & Baby Bomb
4. Bang Ft. YG Hootie & Slim Dunkin
5. No Hands Ft. Roscoe Dash & Wale
6. Young Money/Bricksquad Ft. Gudda Gudda
7. Fuck The Club Up Ft. Pastor Troy & Slim Dunkin
8. Homies Ft. YG Hootie, Popa Smurf, & Slim Dunkin
9. Grove St. Party Ft. Kebo Gotti
10. O Let’s Do It
11. Karma Ft. YG Hootie & Popa Smurf
12. Live By The Gun Ft. Raw Diggs & Uncle Murda
13. For My Dawgs
14. G Check Ft. YG Hootie, Bo Deal, & Joe Moses
15. Snake In The Grass Ft. Cartier
16. Smoke, Drank Ft. Mouse & Kebo Gotti
17. Fuck This Industry

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Tyson Talks Friendship With Tupac; And His Regret

Posted: Tuesday – September 7, 2010

When Mike Tyson looks back on his friendship with Tupac Shakur, he thinks about the rapper’s big heart, explosive anger — and the one regret he has about their relationship.

“He always wanted me to smoke weed with him, and I never did it, and I wish I did,” Tyson said in a recent phone interview.

Tyson said he declined because he was a closet smoker and didn’t want it to get out that he smoked the drug. Now, when he looks back on the lost opportunity, he says: “That’s my biggest regret.”

Tyson’s friendship with Shakur is the subject of a new documentary, “One Night in Vegas: Tyson & Tupac,” which airs Tuesday on ESPN (8 p.m. EDT).

The 25-year-old rapper was shot after a Tyson fight in Las Vegas on Sept. 7, 1996; he died six days later.

“He didn’t last long, but the time he did last, every minute, every tenth of a moment was explosive,” Tyson said.

The documentary chronicles their relationship, which Tyson said took hold when he was imprisoned in 1992 for rape.

“Every day, he would call me or get a chance to call me or send a message,” said Tyson. “He would get word to me in prison.”

By the time Tyson was released in 1995, Shakur would be jailed for sex abuse; he was released on bond later that year. When he got out of prison, Tyson and Shakur’s friendship deepened. Both found it difficult to find people who truly cared for them, Tyson said.

“Our problem was we always had to worry about someone betraying us, our closest friends,” Tyson said.
Friendship was so important to Shakur that he criticized Tyson when he selected a song from rapper Redman as his intro music at a fight.
“He said, ‘Don’t you ever play those (expletive) songs again, they don’t give a (expletive) about you,’” Tyson recalled. “When he said that, it pierced my soul. … I felt like I did something wrong.”

After that talk, Tyson decided Shakur’s raps would be his intro music for life.

It was partly because Tyson had chosen Shakur’s music as his fight music that Shakur went to Tyson’s fight in Las Vegas. He made a special rap for

Tyson’s big night. After the fight, which Tyson won by knockout, Shakur was to join Tyson at a victory party. But he never made it.

“I felt extremely guilty because I felt if he didn’t come to this fight, that would have never have happened,” he said. “It’s just so crazy that we had talked every day for a week.”

Tyson, 44, said the world never understood the real Shakur.

“He was probably a misguided warrior. He had a heart as big as this planet,” Tyson said. “He had so much love and compassion, and you couldn’t even see it under his rage.”

It’s because of those qualities that he remains larger than life in death, he said.

“He’s going to last until the time this Earth comes to an end,” he said. “I’m glad to be a part of his life and to have known him.”

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Eminem Wins Online Music Legal Fight

Posted: Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rapper Eminem and the music production company that helped launch his career are entitled to increased royalties from digital downloads of the entertainer’s music on iTunes and other online retailers, a federal appeals court panel decided Friday.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a March 2009 jury verdict that Detroit-based FBT Productions was not owed royalties by Universal Music Group for downloads and cellphone ring tones.

The lawsuit for breach of contract was brought by FBT against Universal, which distributes Eminem’s recordings and is the world’s largest music company.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, was not a party to the lawsuit, which went to trial in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles last year, although he could benefit from the outcome.

FBT argued that Eminem is entitled to half the net receipts Universal gets from digital downloads, instead of the lower split agreed to in the company’s first contract with the rapper, signed in 1995 before the explosion in digital downloading.

The contract was amended in 1998 when FBT made a deal with producer Dr. Dre’s Aftermath/Interscope label, which is a unit of Universal, to release and market his albums. Eminem’s breakthrough, “The Slim Shady LP,” was issued in 1999.

The appeals court ruled that the contracts were “unambiguous” with respect to digital sales.

The district court “should have granted summary judgment to FBT,” U.S. Circuit Court Judge Barry G. Silverman wrote in the opinion. “We therefore reverse the judgment and vacate the district court’s order awarding Aftermath its attorneys’ fees.” Universal argued at trial that downloads from third parties such as Apple’s iTunes are no different from any other form of retail sales and are covered by royalty provisions outlined in the initial contract.

FBT, which is owned by brothers Jeff and Mark Bass, gets a percentage of the royalties Universal pays the entertainer.

At issue are the potentially huge royalties earned when Universal licenses Eminem’s music to third-party distributors, such as iTunes and cellphone companies, which market the songs as ring tones.

During trial, Jeff Bass testified that after his brother Mark discovered a 15-year-old Eminem during an open-microphone segment on a Detroit radio station in 1995 and signed him to a contract, they cut an album with him, “Infinite.”

The album was a flop, Jeff Bass said, but he and his brother nonetheless decided “there was something there.”

Subsequently, the Bass brothers wrote and produced more than a dozen songs for later Eminem albums on Aftermath, which sold almost 30 million copies around the world, Jeff Bass said. The siblings won Grammys for their work with the rapper.

Under questioning, Mark Bass said the initial 1995 contract seemed to cover “future forms of distribution,” but at the time, nobody predicted digital would become a major revenue source for the music industry.

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