Posted in UncategorizedJune 26, 2010
Posted: Saturday – June 26, 2010
California ex-drug kingpin Ricky “Freeway” Ross filed a trademark lawsuit against rapper Rick Ross in a California Federal Court on Friday June 18. According to the Miami New Times blog, Ross is suing the rapper for stealing his name, image and likeness to create a successful rap career.
Hip-hop website Allhiphop.com got a hold of the court papers earlier this week, revealing that Ross and his lawyer Melvin Sharpe Jr. are also suing Maybach Music — rapper Rick Ross’ label — Universal Music Group Recordings, Slip-N-Slide Records — the independent label the rapper first signed to before signing to a major — and Jay-Z, who was President of Def Jam Records when rapper Rick Ross signed to the label in 2006.
Jay-Z is named in the suit because, according to Ross, he is partially responsible for the trademark infringement since he allowed rapper Rick Ross to sing under that artistic name. Miami New Times reports that Jay-Z might have to testify in court, since Judge Percy Anderson has issued a summons that may require him to do so.
Allhiphop.com also reports that lawyers for Ross are seeking a temporary restraining order for preliminary and permanent injunction relief, to officially block the release of rapper Rick Ross‘ upcoming album, “Teflon Don.” The project is scheduled to be released on July 20, 2010.
Posted in UncategorizedMay 19, 2010
Posted: Wednesday – May 19 ,2010
Is this some form of Hip-Hop blasphemy or something?
Known for being part of Biggie Smalls’ clique during the Junior M.A.F.I.A. days when the rapper was alive, Lil Cease is one of the rare rappers today that can say they were actually with the late great Black Frank White.
With that being said, it’s almost puzzling that Cease would make such a claim and state that Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj are the most comparable to Lil Kim and The Notorious B.I.G.
An interview with MTV revealed what Cease finds in Ross that he saw in his late friend.
“He’s lyrically hands-on. Just his whole swag, to me, he’s just the dude. That big black dude. Every time I see him, he gives the feel of just B.I. Just his whole swag too. He’s got that confidence that B.I. had. B.I. was real confident. No matter how he looked, he would say it in rhymes: ‘Fat, black and ugly as ever.’ That’s one of the most quoted lines.”
In regards to Minaj being similar to Lil Kim, it’s all about her presence.
“Nicki ain’t really got too much competition out there. Ain’t too many female rappers out there. But she’s a female, one that’s bringing the sex appeal back to it. No matter what Kim talked about, she had the appeal to it. Kim would dress up. She looked like a lady. Kim could rap about the hardest thing ever, but she would still dress up: hair done, she still got on the flyest stuff. Nicki is kinda taking it to that same mind frame. She’s having fun with it too.”
First Diddy was saying it and now Cease? Man, it feels like the twilight zone. Next thing you know, Teflon Don is going to be Ready To Die? Let’s pray otherwise.
Posted in UncategorizedMay 7, 2010
Posted: Friday – May 7, 2010
Hip Hop’s top mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs, recently denied the rumors that he was managing Rick Ross or even Nicki Minaj.
“For the record, as I said before, don’t believe the rumors,” Diddy said on a UStream broadcast.
“I have not made no announcement yet, don’t believe no rumors about anything y’all hear. me and Nick, we just cool. I like her style. Rick Ross, he’s my brother. There’s no management announcements or none of that. So everybody, worry about what you’re worrying about. It’s all right for people to know each other and have an admiration towards each other and maybe pick each other’s brains for advice. I will be making an announcement in a couple of weeks on some things. But right now, everybody let’s chill out and be cool and stay focused on being positive…”
Posted in UncategorizedApril 23, 2010
Posted: Thursday – April 22, 2010
“Shoutout to Diddy, my Ciroc boys…we got a big announcement we’re gonna make real soon.”
Rick Ross is confirming what many have been speculating for weeks, that he’s signed on Diddy to become his new manager.
As previously reported rumors swirled that Ross would be Diddy’s newest project alongside Young Money mistress Nicki Minaj.
While Minaj has yet to confirm her partnership with the Bad Boy label head, Ross is confirming the news for himself.
In an interview with the Rickey Smiley Morning show, Ross made it official.
When asked by radio personality Head Krack if he was indeed being managed under Diddy. He came right out and said,
“Most definitely, we’re making a lot of big moves. Shout out to Diddy, my Ciroc boys…we got a big announcement we’re gonna make real soon. We got a lot ventures we’re looking to get into.”
When asked when his album would be coming out he added,
“June 29 is the attentive date as of now.”
Ross and Diddy?
Good idea or bad idea?
Posted in UncategorizedApril 20, 2010
Posted: Tuesday – April 20, 2010
There have been rumors that Diddy might be managing Rick Ross since the two have been hanging out and doing so much together, now Rick Ross has come forward to talk about it.
Beyond the rumors, Rick Ross talked about his upcoming album.
“Teflon Don, that’s actually the moniker I ever went by,” Ross revealed in an interview with DJ Envy.
“It was my first rap name so I’m coming back doing the full 360 and it just makes it more intimate. It makes it more special, it brings back so many memories so that’s why, the project, I put even more into it…I’m having more fun with the records, I’m just in the spotlight, in a good spot right now…Shout-out to the big homie, Diddy. We gonna make a big announcement soon. We got a lot of plans laid out for this year. You know what I mean? It’s all love.”
Posted in UncategorizedApril 16, 2010
Posted: Friday – April 16, 2010
Young Money princess Nicki Minaj has recently been garnering a lot of press lately.
As previously reported, Nicki recently found herself making headlines after firing her longtime manager and Waka Flocka Flame’s mother, Debra Antney. After the departure, executives and fans alike were expecting a big announcement and it seems that is what we have got.
According to the rumor mill, Nicki has reportedly hired Bad Boy mogul Sean Diddy Combs as her new manager. Although the announcement has yet to be made via either of the celebrities Twitter pages, many are speculating that the news is actually true.
A source close to the entrepreneur/rapper has confirmed that Diddy is not only co-managing Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj but also Rick Ross.
This wouldn’t be a far stretch for Diddy who has helped launch the careers of everyone from Mary J Blige, Jodeci, Lil Kim, Ma$e and his most recent venture with Dirty Money.
There is no word yet from Minaj’s camp regarding the rumors. Minaj’s highly-anticipated debut album is said to be coming in the fall of 2010 via
Young Money/Cash Money/Universal Motown.
We hope this collaboration is true, regardless of what anyone has to say about Diddy, he definitely is a hit maker. We will keep you posted as this story develops.