MADAME TUSSAUDS UNVEILS WHITNEY HOUSTON FIGURES
Feb 2013 07

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Whitney Houston has been immortalized in wax by Madam Tussauds. The figures feature four of the late singer’s most memorable looks throughout her 30 year career. They will be housed in the museum’s various locations throughout the U.S.

Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston, gave it all great reviews saying in a statement:

“We were extremely honored when Madame Tussauds approached us about doing four figures of Whitney from different points in her 30-year career.  This is something we are excited to do for the fans.”

The NYC statue will be revealed today (Thursday) in the city.  Check out more details over at the museum’s website.

‘LOVE & HIP-HOP”S MENDEECEES HARRIS SEXUAL ASSAULT TRIAL BEGINS
Feb 2013 07

YandyThe sexual assualt trial of Love & Hip-Hop star Mendeecees Harris began earlier this week. As previously reported, Harris has been accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl in his Lodi, New Jersey home back in 2009. Yesterday (February 6th), the victim — now 19, testified, saying that Harris “coerced” her into having sex with him.

According to The Cliff View Pilot, the woman told jurors that Mendeecees went from a “father figure” that she could trust to someone who forced her to have sex for money after she moved into his home in the summer of 2009. She said that the molestation left her feeling guilty and ashamed.

  • She told the Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Demetra Maurice that she didn’t have a connetion with her mother, so she confided in Harris. She said said one day when no one else was home she was in the shower without a towel, so she asked Mendeecees to get her one. She said, “Then he came into my room and suggested I let him masturbate on me, but I just laughed.” She said he continued to ask until she finally said yes. She said that Harris gave her$15 or $20 “for lunch or maybe a ball game.”

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The young woman then said that Mendeecees coerced her into providing oral sex. She explained, “He told me he knew I had been raped when I was 8 years old and he found out from my mother. He said that he told her that ‘Your mom doesn’t want you here’ before exposing himself. She said that she did perform oral sex on him to “get back at her mom” for telling Mendeecees about her rape.

The woman also said that when her little brothers would ask him for money, he would tell them to “talk to your sister. She knows what she has to do.” She said that the relationship ended when her mom found out about it when she found a message on her cell phone from Harris.

  • Harris was offered a plea deal last month that would have led to a five-year jail sentence. He refused. If convicted of the seven counts of illegal sex with the girl, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
  • Harris was free on bail but now is reportedly being transported between the county jail and Bergen County Court to attend the trial after surrendering to authorities last week because of the drug trafficking charges he is facing in Rochester. Harris will be arraigned in Rochester after the trial in New Jersey ends.

KANYE WEST WANTS SKIRT PICS REMOVED FROM INTERNET
Feb 2013 07

kanye-west-kiltKanye West reportedly wants photos of him performing in a kilt to be removed from the Internet. According to Gawker, Getty Images confirmed that they were asked to remove images from his performance from the Sandy Benefit Concert in December. This request comes on the heels of Brand Nubian‘s Lord Jamar’s recent song “Life Up Your Skirt” where he dissed Ye.

He spit, “Instagram, Black man lookin’ half a f*g/ With a blazer and vest, I’m just amazed at the mess/Pioneer of this q*eer sh*t is Kanye West/He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene/Then he wore a f*cking skirt on the video screen/Then he wore it again at a memorial/I can’t pretend that this sh*t ain’t deplorable/I bet this n*gga thinkin’ he lookin’ adorable/Your music’s good but your ego is horrible…”

  • Lord Jamar said about his lyrics, “First of all, it’s not just jabs at Kanye West. It’s anybody promoting the feminization – of the Black man in hip-hop culture. Anybody that I see out there, rocking dresses and all of that type of sh*t, I might shoot a jab at. But Kanye is one of the ones right now that’s representing that movement.”
  • He continued, “He’s one of the first ones that you see in a skirt. Now you got other people following suit and rocking full-out dresses or they’re trying to rock kilts. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that’s not hip-hop.”

BEYONCE’S PUBLICIST WANTS UNFLATTERING PHOTOS OF HER REMOVED FROM THE INTERNET

Kanye isn’t the only celeb who wants photos of himself removed from the Internet. According to The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed published a story entitled “The 33 Fiercest Moments from Beyonce’s Halftime Show” and they received a call from Bey’s publicist, who asked them to remove unflattering photos of the star.

IAA NEW MUSIC VIDEO: ACE HOOD F/ FUTURE & RICK ROSS – ‘BUGATTI’
Feb 2013 07

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Ace Hood stopped by “106 & Park” to drop off the video for his Mike WiLL Made It-produced single “Bugatti” featuring Future and Rick Ross.  Check out the video

T.I. SAYS GANGSTA RAP IS DYING
Feb 2013 06

TIT.I. has revealed his mindset while recording his new album Trouble Man. In an interview with The Source, he said, “The main thing I noticed was that there was a shortage of gangsta sh*t. That’s what I came into the game admiring, and that was the genre I wanted to dominate: gangsta rap music. I felt like my genre was dying, you know? If not dying, extremely injured, in critical condition like a m’f—a. It just made me anxious to get out and do something to re-energize the soul of what we grew up listening to.”

  • In other news, T.I.’s wife Tiny has revealed that she and Tip have a sex tape. She said on her Tiny Tonight: V Day Special, and said that it was so nasty she could never watch it again. She said, “[It was] real nasty. [Claudia: On a scale of one to ten?] Fifteen. They were nasty. They were outside and everything. It was ridiculous. I had fun and the police got it [when they raided our house] and they probably had fun with it too.[…]I just wanted to see if it looks as good as it really is. Our sex tape was like…we could probably get ten million.”

CONSEQUENCE APOLOGIZES TO KIM KARDASHIAN
Feb 2013 06

consequenceConsequence has apologized to Kim Kardashian for putting her personal business on blast. As previously reported, Consequence and his girlfriend Jen the Pen revealed on the radio that Kanye and Kim were having sex while she was with Reggie Bush. In a radio interview, Consequence said, “We owe an apology to Kim Kardashian because she was an innocent bystander. Her business got put out there and I’m a get real deep: She’s carrying Mrs. [Donda] West’s grandchild. Mrs. West was my heart, one of the realest people I encountered in my life. She was the spirit behind G.O.O.D. Music when we all started. She was frontin’ the bread when Dame [Dash] wasn’t sure so I owe Kim an apology.”

After his radio interview, reports say that Joe Budden confronted Cons for some things that he heard that Cons said about him. The two squashed their issues.

  • Consequence also had a few words to say about Pusha T. In an interview with Vlad TV, Consequence said, “I would just think that Pusha T is busy waiting on a boat load of cocaine to be worried about what Confucius said. It should be coming in about 3, right?”

CONSEQUENCE AND JEN THE PEN ADDRESS RACIST RUMORS

Consequence’s girlfriend Jen the Pen took to Twitter to defend her comments about being white. On Monday’s (February 4th) episode of Love & Hip Hop, Raqi Thunda told Jen, “Have fun trying to get hot” and Jen responded, “I’m white, honey it will get done.” Raqi also made a comment that Jen was an “entitled honkie” and Jen responded, “I’ll get on with my whiteness.”

  • Cons tweeted, “Jen is NOT a Racist. The h*e made her MAD n she defended herself in a racially insensitive manner. I wasn’t there n we are arguing about it.” Jen wrote, “Please be clear anything regarding race was heat on the moment, the devil will bring out the worst in you. Racist is the last thing I could EVER be. But being called an ‘entitled HONKY’ on national is okay?”

IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW- 2TONE- DALLAS’ HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 06

2tone ProPic 3Anthony “2Tone’ Stewart started his career at  the tender age of 15 yrs old. He fell in love after writing his first song with Dubb City Boyz. After the released of their first project, “Gravity” through JMD Records, Dubb City Boyz took a minor split after member Donny B joined the army. Since then 2Tone has started his own camp called St*rGang and has been working on his solo projects.  Striving to bring Hip/Hop back, his main goal is to have a positive impact on his listeners. He wants to create a personal connection with his audience through his music.  2tone is here to bring, positivity and authenticity back to the hip-hop world.

IAA:  What is your music background?

2TONE:  I spent a lot of time going to church with my MeMa growing up.  She used to sing in the choir. So as a young child I experienced music first hand listening to her and other family members. Watchinf friends of mine create their own music, inspired me to make music.  Just being in that environment was crazy, from free styling to actually writing out verses, I got a firsthand look on how to produce music.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

2TONE:  I want to do music, because I have a tough childhood growing up. I want to be able to just speak on things that I know other people have gone through. Through my music, I just want to say that, “I’m here or I’ve been there.” I know for me, songs touch me and help me through daily struggles so with that in mind I want to express my side of the story and what I have experienced. Put it this way, I want to be that MC that stopped a young kid from making a bad decision.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

2TONE:  To break it down, my mix-tape material is a variation of emotions. As fas as my album, I like to put out positive songs speaking on things from bad to good times. I would describe it as inspirational, laid back music. Being Rasta I’ve working on spreading the word of Jah. I want to bring unity to hip hop. I write about living life to getting over fears, overcoming diversity, to partying, and just past lifestyles.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

2TONE:  I want to say from the ages 16 – 25. Reason being at 16 I made a lot of poor decisions. Decisions that at that age you don’t realize how much it effects your life until you get older. High school was a joke for me and then going to parties, man you can really get side tracked quick. Then I say up to 25 and over, because I’m definitely an old school music head.  My vibes in my music bring out a jazz and old school hip hop feel. I’m directed to anyone that has a mature mind set on being successful.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

2TONE:   Rakim for his skills on word play and knowledge. From KRS-ONE, Pac and Biggie, to Ludacris. After watching Jim Jones’ documentary, I really jumped into making my business talk just as well as my Hot 16. The main reason I want my own label stemmed from his story! On the artist side as a far as dropping tracks. Lil Wayne, all I can say is “Nino Brown Story 2.’

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

2TONE:  Definitely something you never heard before. Off top I let people know, “Yea I can make the same type of music that gets spins on the radio, but I’d rather speak on the stuff they don’t play and still kinda keep it in the same flow.” My music will make you relax, smile, and want to do something productive. All in all I’m my own genre.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

2TONE:  I think what really sets me a part is, I’ve really gone through what other artist rap about. But yet I don’t talk about it in my music as much. I make smooth riding music, the type you listen to when you get tired of hearing the radio.  My lyrics are deep and make you think about what I’m actually rapping about. I like to paint a picture. I think my style brings memories of the past back, and that’s why people seem to connect more with my music. From all the feedback, my followers tell me my work ethic is surprising! Like I said it’s about unity and I don’t forget anybody!

IAA:  What are some up coming projects, you are currently working on?

2TONE:  The latest project I’m releasing is called Road 2 Zion. This is just a follow up mix-tape from the first one called Road To Zion. Road 2 Zion picks up right after living in Dallas and taking a short stay in Arizona. Road to Zion was my journey to Dallas from Ohio and all the songs I made during that time. Right now I’m just giving people a music timeline of my life. After that I want to release a mix-tape with my camp G-Minded Stars and push their music to get them exposure as well. I’m also in the process of recording 3 more singles for my album.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see your self in 10 years?

2TONE:  My plans include starting my own label “Live Entertainment,” and having my artists in position that allow them to grow. I also want to have multiple plates whether it be gold or platinum even though diamond is the main goal! I want to at least have my  “Change The Tone” foundation in position to launch.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

2TONE:  WEBSITES

http://www.soundcloud.com/its2tone

http://www.facebook.com/its2tone

http://www.facebook.com/2toneSG

http://www.facebook.com/2toneSG*

http://instagr-am.appspot.com/user/54197178/*>

http://www.unsigned.com/2tone

https://twitter.com/Its_2tone

http://www.reverbnation.com/its2tone

http://www.youtube.com/its2toneSG

http://www.youtube.com/its2toneSG

Dubb City Boyz “Gravity Mixtape” April 25, 2011 (JMD Records) https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/dubb-city-boyz/id430601259

Various Artist “Casino MMG” September 9, 2012 (Galafati Music Group) http://www.datpiff.com/Rick-Ross-Casino-MMG-mixtape.392706.html

2tone “Road To Zion” September 21, 2012 (Galafati Music) http://coast2coastmixtapes.com/mixtapes/mixtapedetail.aspx/road-to-zion

 

 

 

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IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – K.I – CHICAGO’S HOTTEST STAR!
Feb 2013 05

its ki pic 1Born on the west side of Chicago, K.I. was the second child to mother Tracie Shaw. With two younger sisters and one older brother, K.I. was not only looked up to, but also had someone to look up to himself. Even though his father was around, his childhood and some of his teenage life, K.I. says their relationship was never that of a father and son but more of a lack of being there when it mattered most in his life. With that being said, K.I. lived a troubled teen life from ditching school and eventually dropping out in the 11th grade, to dealing with gangs and being incarcerated at a young age. Through it all, music seems to keep him grounded and on the right path to success. With influences to the likes of Jay Z, Andre 3000, Method Man, And Eminem to name a few, K.I. has adapted his style of flow into true meaning. “I Want Every Word, Every Bar, Every Metaphor, To Have A Meaning And Make People Think About Every Possible Scenario Life Will Or  May Throw At You”, says K.I. “That Way More People Can Not Only Relate But Understand Where Other People Pick Up Their Demeanor From.”  K.I. has inspiration coming in from every angle. What keeps him striving to be the best every minute of everyday, is his two kids Isaiah and Avery. “Without Them I Don’t Know Where I Would Be In Life Right Now. They Keep Me Grounded And On The Right Track”. With goals in motion, K.I. is banking on music being a way to not only give back and teach, but also build an empire from nothing and reap the benefits when it all pays off.

 

 IAA:  What is your music background?

K.I. I have always enjoyed music ever since I could remember. My grandfather was a gospel singer.  As a child I would listen to everything from R&B to Jazz with my parents.  I have been doing music professionally for almost 2 years now. I’ve put out 1 EP titles ‘Simply Unordinary.’  I have also done two mix-tapes with MMG’s Dj Choz, and Wu-Tang’s Dj Pop Dukes. Music is my life, and I couldn’t live without it.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

K.I. I am very passionate about music.  It allows me to express myself. It is also my way of giving back and connecting with others. I want to send a message of realness and hope through my music.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

K.I. My songs are about; love, pain, struggle, hustling, fear, the streets, sacrifice, revenge, and celebration. I try to touch on situations that we go through in everyday life.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

K.I. I try to make music for all ears. My fan bases consisted of people from 18-30, all different ethnicities and who enjoy hip hop and pop.  My music is for you adults who can relate to struggle and how to overcome it.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

K.I. I grew up listening to Biggie and Tupac. I am also inspired by Jay-Z, Andre 300, and Method Man. I admire them because they are all unique and successful.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

K.I. I would describe my music as passionately refreshing, heartfelt, and relatable.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artist?

K.I. I’m determined and motivated by any and all means.  I pride myself on quality and challenge myself to learn new crafts from photography to music production.  Business wise, this allows me to cut out the middle man, shapes my budget, and make me more reliant. It also allows me to build clientele and gain fans at the same time.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

I’m currently finishing my latest mix-tape titles, ‘Its K.I.’ which will be out in April.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

K.I. I see myself signed to a lucrative record deal, and winning a few Grammys.  I have so much to accomplish, but winning a Grammy is at the top of my list.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

K.I. Facebook.com/ki2121

Twitter: @its_K_I_

Reverbnation.com/itsko

Instagram @its_K_I

Youtube.com/mrki2121

itskimusicproduction@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

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DIVORCE JUDGE ACCUSES ALLEN IVERSON OF BEING A BAD FATHER AND ALCOHOLIC
Feb 2013 04

allen-iversonFormer NBA star Allen Iverson is now officially a free man after a judge signed off on his divorce from his wife, Tawanna Iverson. Unfortunately Iverson got an earful from the judge presiding over the divorce. In the final decree, the judge wrote, “Iverson does not know how to manage the children . . . has little interest in learning to manage the children and has actually, at times, been a hindrance to their spiritual and emotional growth and development.”

  • The judge added, “For example, he has refused to attend to an obvious and serious alcohol problem, which has caused him to do inappropriate things in the presence of the children while impaired . . . He has left the children alone without supervision. He has left his young daughters in a hotel room with men who are unknown to the mother.”
  • Tawanna Iverson was awarded full physical and legal custody of the couple’s five children. Allen will be allowed visitation if he abides by several conditions which include: no alcohol for the next 18 months, attending AA meetings, meeting with a mental health professional, and not consuming alcohol within 24 hours of his scheduled visitation.