T.I. wins 2 awards from prison; Kayne a no-show at BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta

Posted: Sunday – October 11, 2009

T.I. didn’t need to attend the BET Hip-Hop Awards to win two trophies on Saturday.

The rapper, who is locked up in an Arkansas penitentiary on a federal weapons conviction, won the best collaboration award with Rhianna for the song “Live Your Life” and the album of the year award for “Paper Trail.” His fiancee Tameka “Tiny” Cottle accepted his awards at the ceremony in Atlanta and read a letter by the rapper, who began serving a yearlong sentence in late May.

“Although I’m not there with you all, I’m there in spirit,” Cottle quoted the rapper as writing. “My road to redemption is almost over. … Thanks for the support.”

Jay-Z was honored as the “MVP of the Year,” while Drake took home “Rookie of the Year,” and Ice Cube received the “I Am Hip-Hop” icon award.

Ice Cube said he was humbled by the award, and he believes his career as filmmaker could earn him more honors in the future. He helped launch the gangsta rap genre with the group NWA, and he starred in “Barbershop” and “Friday,” which he also co-wrote.

“When you get recognized by your peers for a life of work, you got to be humbled,” the rap veteran said. “I’m honored by this. I have 20 more years of work left in me. I hope (BET) is ready to give out two of these awards.”

Rapper Busta Rhymes presented the award for “DJ of the Year” to DJ AM, the celebrity spinner who died of an accidental drug overdose in August.

Kanye West, meanwhile, couldn’t hijack the stage, because the rapper was a no-show. West had been expected to attend the fourth annual awards show. He fell under scrutiny for interrupting Taylor Swift’s award-winning moment at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Jay-Z took the stage with Young Jeezy to perform “Real as It Gets” and rap group Goodie Mob performed its 1995 song “Cell Therapy.”

The award show will air on Oct. 27.

Source: DailyPress

Pharrell In Legal Dispute Over Leaky $14 Million Condo

Posted: Tuesday – July 14, 2009

Neptunes producer Pharrell Williams is currently embroiled in a legal dispute regarding water leaks his $14 million dollar, Miami condominium.

The Virginia broadsmith has been named in a lawsuit against Ugo Colombo, the developer of the Bristol Towers complex, and the individual who sold Williams the condo back in 2007.

The lawsuit was prompted by Hector Lopez, whose unit has been damaged by the unfixed leaks in Pharrell’s 40th floor penthouse unit.

According to his separate 2007 suit, which names Colombo, Williams, and the condo association as defendants, Lopez alleges he has not been able to live in his property for the last 2 years due to persistent water leaks.

The association settled the case for $525,000, and is now pursuing Colombo and possibly Williams to cover the costs.

In court records, the waters leaks are estimated to be coming from at least six sources in the home, such as the penthouse pool, plant watering system, and Jacuzzi.

Pharrell’s attorneys argue that their client was aware of his neighbor’s lawsuit at the time of his purchase, and Ugo Colombo agreed to cover any subsequent legal judgments from the water issue.

“We’re hoping they get fixed in the next six months,” said Karl Sturge, attorney for Pharrell’s PW Continuum company.

In his defense, Ugo Colombo is arguing that the pipe’s water leaks are the responsibility of the condo association.

At press time, Pharrell Williams has confirmed he’ll be collaborating with Rihanna on her forthcoming album.

Source: Allhiphop.com

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