Marion “Suge” Knight has formally dropped his appeal in a lawsuit he filed against Kanye West stemming from a 2005 shooting at a pre-VMA party in Miami, FL.
The former CEO of Death Row Records blamed the Louis Vuitton Don because he was shot in the leg by an unknown individual. Knight holds the rapper and his partners responsible because the suspect was able to sneak a gun into the pre-VMA party past Kanye’s security.
It seems that Suge has finally decided to end the long time battle with Kanye. According to the Associated Press, Suge’s attorney filed the dismissal in February 2011 in a Miami federal court. The dismissal comes after Knight previously appealed the decision in December 2010 because the judge granted a summary judgment for West in November of that year. Suge initially sought millions of dollars in damages from the Watch The Throne artist in the lawsuit.
During the incident, Knight was shot in the upper right leg and his bone was shattered in the process. He claimed to have had months of physical therapy, suffered mental anguish and loss of income. Both parties have reportedly settled out of court and reached a confidential agreement. The case remains unsolved until this day.
Kanye West has strong opinions about awards shows. Anyone who has forgotten this salient fact can find a reminder in West’s latest explosive interview with Access Hollywood. The rap superstar spoke out against what he sees as undeserving recent winners of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year…including, you guessed it, Taylor Swift. Oh dear. Here we go again!
“Where’s our instant replay clock?” West asked, according to Access Hollywood. “Why are the last four Albums of the Year: Taylor Swift, Dixie Chicks, Ray Charles and Herbie Hancock? Like, you know, with all due respect… that’s inaccurate.” (Speaking of inaccuracies, he forgot to mention Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, who won in 2009. Maybe he’s a fan.)
Instead, West suggested a few albums he’d rather have seen win. “It’s like ‘SexyBack’ — you know what I’m saying? Like [Justin Timberlake's] FutureSex/LoveSounds, Gnarls Barkley. How about Usher — Confessions? How about albums that sold 10 million?”
Lest you misunderstand the motivations behind these words, West clarified the larger social significance involved: “I pinpoint the Grammys and the VMAs because they have to take responsibility, because they mean something to us. Little kids, 6 years [old], that are singing in front of the mirror. They’re also thinking about their Grammy speech; they’re thinking about when there will be a VMA so these people, whoever run them… they have to take some responsibility to say what really happened in culture this year because we’re marking it down.”
What do you think? Is West right about those Grammy winners? Did Justin Timberlake deserve to win over Dixie Chicks, or Usher over Ray Charles?
Kid Cudi and Wale are at odds and the fray has spilled into the public.
The bulk of the beef manifested itself in an interview with Complex magazine, where Kid Cudi explained that he was “unfuckwittable.” He said that Wale, a former friend, made reference to him where there was a comparison to various genres of sports.
“Did you see that Wale interview that he just did, comparing us to sports? Let me clear this up: I’m incomparable to anybody. I don’t care how people take that. No one can compete with me. I’m unfuckwittable; no one can knock me off my shit. I’m an unstoppable force, I’m a bullet. My trajectory is to the sky. Niggas got to do something really spectacular to fuck with me and my realm, and niggas be so bitter that you hear it in their voice.”
The freestyle from Wale made reference to an incident where Cudi punched a man that got on stage during his performance. Cudi also said that Kanye West, who signed the Cleveland rapper to G.O.O.D. Music, doesn’t like Wale’s music.
On Twitter, Wale responded “niggas lettin that liquid cocaine get to them…..lets go then.” The remark is a slight to Cudi’s arrest in June on charges that he was using the substance. Cudi has since admitted to using it.
Cudi said he would no longer tolerate disrespect his interview with Complex.
“The last album, I let people dis me, throw out those jabs in their verses and have their little slick remarks. This time around, I’m not fucking around. I have no time to think about other niggas. These other motherfuckers like feeding off another nigga’s energy, so they mention their name. You hear me talk about niggas? I don’t even talk about Kanye, and that’s my homeboy! They talk about Kanye like they’re bosom buddies with this nigga. Talking about “I be in Hawaii”—man, shut the fuck up, why you got to tell everybody everything? Then people like Wale get mad that ‘Ye ain’t give him no beats—’Ye ain’t give you no beats because we ain’t fucking with your raps. It’s not a conspiracy theory. We don’t f*ck with you musically, so we’re not going to provide music for you. The shit is a service, it’s a quality of a certain standard. Niggas are just so thirsty it’s ridiculous. I’ve been eating humble pie forever, and people still call me an a**hole. These people don’t know my fucking life—now I’m going to give them something to talk about.”
A Virginia rapper is suing Kanye West, claiming the hip-hop superstar stole his smash hit “Stronger” from him.
According to the Loudoun Independent, Vincent Peters filed a lawsuit against West in U.S. District Court in Illinois in late June, claiming that ‘Ye stole the song in question after he submitted it to West’s business manager.
Peters, who goes by the rap moniker Vince P, says he wrote and recorded a song in 2006 also called “Stronger”, which ended up in the hands of West. Seven months later, he says West released his own version of the same song.
Peters offers an example of both songs’ similarities, including the hook:
Peters’ “Stronger”: What don’t kill me make me stronger / The more I blow up the more you wronger / You coped my CD you can feel my hunger / The wait is over couldn’t wait no longer
West’s “Stronger”: N- n- now th- that don’t kill me can only make me stronger / I need you to hurry up now cause I can’t wait much longer / I know I got to be right now cause I can’t get much wronger / Man I’ve been waitin’ all night now that’s how long I’ve been on you
In the lawsuit, Peters is demanding that West, as well as his record labels, cease production, sales and performances of “Stronger” … and is seeking an unspecified amount of money.
It’s unclear why he chose to file suit against West now, when the song was released three years earlier.
Christmas is deemed as a time for cheer and generosity and clearly rapper Kanye West feels the sentiment.
Alongside Amber Rose, the two decided to give back for the holidays and volunteers for the Los Angles Mission to help the homeless on Saturday.
Fully appreciative of what he has come to garner with his success, the rapper assisted in serving lunches to those in need.
“It’s just important [to give back] when you’re very blessed,” said West, according to TheBoomBox.com.
Los Angles Mission, a non-profit organization, has dedicated itself to providing aid for those without homes. Services include presenting food and offering employment. They are also available to further aid those that might be dealing with substance abuse as they offer a platform to seek rehabilitation.
Services have been provided to the city’s “Skid Row” district for over 70 years now.
“[It's nice to spread your blessing and take time out, especially during the holidays, to appreciate people who never get that appreciation. It makes me feel really good to come out here with my family and I just thank ya'll [the Los Angeles Mission] for allowing us to be a part of this.”
Taylor Swift was the host of SNL this past weekend, and she finally got her revenge on Kanye in a very funny way. In our opinion, it was the best way. Even if Kanye was watching, which he probably was, all he could do was laugh.