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Drake Disses Chris Brown’s “Puny” Album Sales on Aaliyah Track

According to Hollywood Life, the beef between the rapper Drake and Chris Brown continues on wax.  At least they’re not throwing bottles at each other’s heads.  In the recent collaboration with the late Aaliyah, Drake goes in on Chris and the number of copies his album Fortune sold last month. “Selling under 150, you ni—s gotta be kidding, is this even a discussion?” Drake said. This is an obvious swipe at Chris Brown’s record sales, as if that now equates to the size of your sex organs. Chris’ album “Fortune” sold 134,000 copies during the first week, which is a steep drop from the 270,000 copies that he sold during the same time period on his previous album.   In the album sales category, Drake has a lot to brag about.  His latest release, “Take Care,” sold 631,000 copies in its first week.  So, if they’d both come out at the same time, it wouldn’t have been a contest. Our question is whether or not selling the most records really makes you the better man.  Secondly, we wonder what would happen if they released their albums at the same time.  Would Drake’s sales be lowered or Chris’ sales?  We don’t expect Chris to say much about the record sales issue, and since he’s a pop/R&B singer, there isn’t a whole lot of room for him to diss back.  But we’re sure this one is far from over.   Read More »

Frank Ocean Cancels A Slew of European Appearances, Shortens Show In Norway

Singer Frank Ocean Cancels European Performances Frank Ocean has unexpectedly pulled himself out of the line-up for Sweden’s “Way Out West” festival yesterday. He also cancelled a slew of other European dates, including a stadium tour with Cold Play. Ocean suddenly brought his concert to an end after only performing four songs at the Oya Festival in Norway on Friday. Festival announcers attributed the short performance to his losing his voice. Whether Ocean’s vocal issues are the reason behind his tour cancellations remains unknown. A statement on the Way Out West festival’s website yesterday read: “ Frank Ocean has just informed us that he will be unable to perform this evening at Way Out West. Both Frank Ocean and we hoped for the best, but unfortunately he will not be performing. ” Way Out West also posted a statement from Ocean – offering little explanation for his cancellations. “ Let me start by saying I feel like an asshole right now but a tough decision had to be made in regard to my schedule over the next months and the casualties of that decision include my appearances at upcoming festivals in Europe and my opening slot on the European leg of the Coldplay world tour. Sorry as fuck, I’ll be back if you’ll have me. ”     Read More »

Christian Rapper Bizzle Goes After Jay-Z and Kanye West

If you’re an ex-pimp and turn yourself into a Christian rapper, this apparently gives you the moral authority to judge and confront other people.  That’s what the Rapper Bizzle is communicating to The Christian Post.  The rapper, who was once a pimp in real life, has turned his life over to God and is now calling out artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West for glorifying sin. Mark “Bizzle” Felder said this to the Christian Post: “My financial situation got so bad. I was sleeping on a friend’s floor and my car was a closet for my clothes,” he said. “A woman who was a prostitute liked my music. I had friends that were getting paid in that way, (so) I fell into this situation where I was pretty much a pimp and she was my prostitute.” Bizzle says that he changed his life after going to pick up the prostitute’s brother at a local church. “(Her brother) was a drummer in a church, that was her family’s church. The problem was that I didn’t feel as guilty as I should have,” Bizzle said. “I knew it was wrong but because of the money that was coming in, I wasn’t going to tell her what the Lord was telling me. Eventually I came to Christ after realizing how far I had gone from him. That scared me.” Bizzle has done it all, opening for the biggest names in hip-hop, including Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana and Lil Boosie.  But says that as he got closer to God, he wanted to change his ways. In his song, “You Got Some Explaining to Do,” Bizzle calls out Jay-Z for writing lyrical content that he says is a direct assault on the teachings of Jesus Christ. “Not all secular artists glorify sin. I can’t condemn all secular music,” Bizzle told CP. “I (ask) people are (artists) fully against your beliefs or are they promoting sin? If they are, you’ve got to ask yourself why you are listening.” Will the mainstream public ever embrace Christian rap?  Maybe some people have.  Bizzle has a strong following on Twitter, and anything is better than some of the garbage that gets spit out of artists these days.  But do hip hop and religion actually mix?  It’s hard to tell.  But maybe Bizzle’s onto something. Read More »

Singer John Legend Admitted to the Hospital with “Flu-Like Symptoms”

Singer John Legend has admitted himself to the emergency room after falling ill during a long and grueling travel schedule.  The singer got back to New York City on August 12 after a trip to South Africa, where he caught what appeared to be the flu. "He's been traveling a lot and must have picked up a flu-bug somewhere along the way, but he's fine and resting at home now," his representative told TMZ. Doctors have recommended that Legend get plenty of rest in order to recover from his hectic schedule.   He’d just returned from going to South Africa to perform a concert for Women’s Month.  The press conference after the concert was delayed after Legend complained about having jet lag. "Once we've released the new album, we'll tour all over the world, so of course we'll come back to South Africa, and then we'll do Cape Town and Durban. It's a matter of scheduling, but I look forward to coming back to South Africa," he said. He is expected to make a full recovery. The post Singer John Legend Admitted to the Hospital with “Flu-Like Symptoms” appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Flavor Flav Owes the IRS Nearly $1 million Dollars

When the reality TV shows are no longer banging down your door, those bangs get replaced by the IRS.  Flavor Flav, who opened up the reality TV bonanza that we have today, is in debt to the IRS for nearly a million dollars that he earned during the time he was on television each night. According to TMZ, Flavor owes the feds taxes on money earned from 2004 – 2006.  Most of this came from earnings on his appearances on the shows, " The Surreal Life," "Strange Love" and "Flavor of Love."  The actor owes $52, 243.47 for 2004, $303,035.93 for 2005 and $550,971.16 for 2006.  That’s nearly a million dollars he has to pay, which he probably can’t pay, now that no one wants to hire him anymore. Flavor has also caught attention for owing tens of thousands of dollars in child support.  Just one month ago, the actor avoided jail time by paying $111,000 in back child support.  He has also fought addiction for much of his life and has fallen a long way from the time when he was a leading hip hop artist with the group “Public Enemy.” The post Flavor Flav Owes the IRS Nearly $1 million Dollars appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Meet the Other Darling of the Olympics, Speed Demon Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix is not just a pretty face, she’s an absolute speed demon.   You have seen the Olympic exploits of young superstar Gabby Douglas, but Felix is right there with her.  Not only is Allyson now the most decorated 200 meter dash runner in Women’s Olympic history, she has yanked in two gold medals already and one world record. Her gold medal came in the women’s 200 meters, where she finally won after finishing second in the last two Olympic games.  Then, she ran with a super fast group of women in the 4×100 meter relay, breaking a record that was 27 years old.  Not only did these ladies break the record, they murdered it in broad daylight.  The gap of their break of the old world record, .5 seconds, is virtually unheard of in sprinting, where a few hundredths of a second can make the difference between getting a gold medal and having no one know who you are. Watch Allyson appear on Good Morning America.  She has a charming personality to go with her achievements. We wish this young lady well in her career and at the age of 26, she’s got quite a few years ahead. You can watch the video by clicking here. Read More »

Chad Johnson arrested for Domestic Violence for Head-Butting His Wife Evelyn Lozada

The bigger the star, the faster they fall.  We predicted that it was only a matter of time before the honeymoon between Eve and Ocho might be coming to an end. This might be the first sign of trouble.  TMZ is reporting that Chad Johnson was arrested Saturday night for domestic violence.   The incident allegedly involves his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, star of the TV show, “Basketball Wives.” The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is saying that Johnson allegedly head-butted Evelyn, and when police arrived, she had a mark on her forehead.  Lozada was allegedly at the hospital for hours and needed a bunch of stitches before the night was done. The argument appears to be about the usual stuff.  Evelyn allegedly found a pack of condoms in the front of Chad’s car and then went off on him about it.  Apparently, Evelyn soon found out that her man likes to fight as much as the women on her show, but the difference is that he is a powerful NFL football player.  That’s when Chad reportedly lost it and head-butted his wife. He says that it was all by accident.  We’ll let the judge figure that one out.  Chad is still in police custody.  The two were married last month in Miami.   The post Chad Johnson arrested for Domestic Violence for Head-Butting His Wife Evelyn Lozada appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Beastie Boys Take on Monster in Lawsuit

The  Beastie Boys have reportedly filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against popular energy drink company Monster over the unauthorized usage of their music in an online marketing campaign. According to a new lawsuit, the energy drink maker Monster used their music for a number of viral promotions. Underscoring the zealousness with which musicians are taking to protect their recordings and brand image, the group’s attorneys filed suit in U.S. District Court in New York on Tuesday, claiming the beverage maker used their music in promos including a video for an event called Ruckus in the Rockies, where their compositions and recordings were used for more than three minutes. They also claim Beastie Boys were used in a video posted on Monster’s website and in social media, and that Monster linked to an MP3 with a 23-minute medley of the group’s music. The video and MP3 were in turn posted to other sites, like Snowboardmag.com. ( Variety ) The Beastie Boys are now seeking a hefty cash settlement for the infringement. By featuring the name Beastie Boys in text, as well as the name of Adam Yauch , the founding member of the group who died on May 4, Monster’s promotions gave the impression that the group gave their permission, the suit states. It claims that the videos were posted on or about May 9. The suit claims copyright infringement and violation of the Latham Act, which governs trademarks and endorsement. It also cites violation of New York’s civil rights law. It seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction, as well as statutory damages of $150,000 for each infringement of their works. ( Variety ) It does not look good for Monster , as  late member Adam “MCA” Yauch’s estate reportedly claims his likeness cannot be used in any form of advertising. As reported yesterday, in a particularly badass move, Adam Yauch’s will states that he does not want his likeness or art used in conjunction with advertising. It’s likely that piece of information came to light as a result of this legal filing, stamped August 8. One point in the suit states, “On information and belief, text contained in the Video includes the name ‘Beastie Boys’ and the legal or professional name of Yauch.” ( SPIN )       Read More »

Drake Is the King of Hits

At the young age of 25, Young Money rap star Drake has set the record for the most number one hit singles on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. According to reports, Drizzy’s ten number one smash hits put him atop fellow rap stars Lil Wayne , Jay Z , and Kanye West . With this news, Drizzy passes previous record holder, Jay-Z, who had nine chart-topping cuts. Below is a breakdown of the top four artists in this realm. And just to note: the total number, like Drizzy’s 10, for example, includes both his own tracks and those he appeared on as a guest. 1. Drake [2009] – 10 (3 Lead, 7 Collaborations) 2. Jay-Z [1995] – 9 (4 Lead, 5 Collaborations) 3. Lil Wayne [1999] – 8 (3 Lead, 5 Collaborations) 4. Kanye West [2003] – 6 (3 Lead, 3 Collaborations) (Complex) Drake’s current hit collaboration with 2 Chains “No Lie” has placed him ahead of Jay Z, who has 9 #1 hits. In the chart’s 70 year history, no other rapper has ever accumulated more No. 1 hits. Drake’s latest collaboration with 2 Chainz rises (2-1) to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart to become his 10th No. 1 hit on the chart. Drake’s first single was released in 2009, while Jay-Z’s first single was released in 1995. Drake now has the most #1 hits on both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart for a rapper (10) and on the Billboard Rap Chart (12). (ATRL) Congratulations to Drake and his Young Money team.  10 number 1 hits in 3 years !!!  It is like we are watching a Tiger Woods dismantle the Golf world.  He is at the top of his game and it does not seem like he will be slowing up with the impending release of the Aaliyah posthumous album later this year. “People should be really excited. People thought it was my single; it’s not my single. It’s all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding and 40′s just doing some incredible, some incredible music right now,” Drake revealed in an interview. “To get 13, 14 new Aaliyah songs, everybody should be excited. It’s not about me. It’s not about 40. It’s about her and her fans and us just getting the opportunity to give you something that we feel is great. And the people around her, everybody from her family to her old management and label, were like, ‘If there’s anyone out that can do it right now, it’s [you] and 40.’ And that was an honor and we’re going to pull in some classic people, anybody who used to work with Aaliyah that was essential in her career we definitely hope to have them involved. So it’s great. You get a new Aaliyah album this year on top of everything.” ( Much Music )     Read More »

Nene Leakes Considering Returning to Gregg Leakes

No one can forget how out in the open Nene and Gregg Leakes' break up was on the reality show “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.  After the public watched the train wreck of a marriage go through its bumps and spirals, it finally crashed in divorce. Now, the divorced pair are reportedly going to give their marriage another try. A few weeks ago, Nene tweeted that she was going on a date with a man she loved and it sounded suspiciously like the man she was talking about was her ex-husband Gregg. An unnamed source close to the couple reportedly told Wetpaint that Gregg will be making regular appearances on the fifth season of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and it is possible that the couple will get back together. Says the source,  “Gregg has been taping regularly for season five. He’s not missing in action at all. He’s definitely part of the new season...I think this season will be make or break for them. They’re going to see if they’re better off apart or together. That will be a big part of NeNe’s story line on the show — whether or not she and Gregg get back together.” Relationship guru, Tiy-E Muhammed, who also appeared on the reality show had a chat with S2S magazine and shared that she observed that Nene and Gregg's marriage was very negatively affected by the show causing them to do things that they never thought they would do, overstepping each other's boundaries. One of Nene's friends, Cynthia Bailey aslo had a chat with the magazine and said that she believed that the couple were still very connected. Said Bailey, “I think NeNe and Gregg definitely have a comfort zone with each other. Anytime NeNe really wants to talk to someone that she really considers a true friend, she’s going to call Gregg, every single time.” In the end, even if the couple end up staying in their separate corners, at least they can say they tried, not just once but also a second time for good measure. The post Nene Leakes Considering Returning to Gregg Leakes appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

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