SPOTTED: Nas OUT & ABOUT In West Hollywood

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Nasty Nas is in L.A. wrapping up his upcoming Life Is Good album (dropping 7/17).  And he was spotted out and about in West Hollywood yesterday with Capricorn Clark–Bad Boy’s Marketing Exec.  We’re not sure what’s going on there–but we’re sure they’ll maintain they’re friends and/or just working together.  Pics inside…

After grabbing lunch in his bright green Adidas track suit and Jordans, Nas hit the streets of West Hollywood to likely head to the studio:

It’s been a big week for the sexy Mr. Jones as he dropped his brand new "Daughters" video featuring his own little girl Destiny.  And he just revealed that he will be unveiling his brand new website and upcoming tour dates tomorrow.

About the meaning of his new album’s Life Is Good title, Nas told Complex magazine this month it’s all about getting to a point where you master your own life, and not letting thieves and money bring you down:

I never liked dealing with money. It comes between real shit. Friendship, loyalty, and love is the real shit. Money is the other shit. I have one way of dealing with money, and then you have educated people, who know how to deal with money, and we have conflicts there. It’s like in the movie Wall Street, my man Gekko says, “Pay attention. Money’s a jealous bitch. Either you’re going to pay attention to her, or she’ll find someone else that will.” And mine has definitely found other people who appreciate her more. [Laughs.] I’ve neglected her and abused her. I let a person take her from me—and I don’t mean my ex-wife, I mean some bad business from, like, six years ago that’s affecting me now. And I take responsibility for it, because it’s my problem. But I still see that as something I have to fix, because if you don’t fix money, it’ll fix your ass.

Check out more highlights and pics from his new Complex spread HERE in case you missed it.

Pics via WENN

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Did Drake Get “Stunted On” By A Billionaire On Twitter?

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-05-2012

That would be a resounding yes! YMCMB’s Drizzy Drake was bragging on Twitter about money and tweeted out, “The first million is the hardest.” Drake’s tweet was spotted by billionaire T. Boone Pickens, who decided to put him in his place by tweeting out: “The first Billion is a helluva lot harder.”

Pickens is ranked by Forbes as one of the wealthiest people in the world and was probably trying to remind Drake that he has a long way to go before he can start bragging about ends.

Check out their tweets below:

Drake decided to stick his tail between his legs and give Pickens his props by tweeting: “@boonepickens just stunted on me heavy.”  Yes, he did Drake, yes he did.

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Roots Affiliate Dice Raw Offers a Guide to The Roots Picnic; New Single “Rear Window” Drops Tomorrow

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-05-2012

(AllHipHop News) Roots affiliate and member of the Money Making Jam Boys, Dice Raw, is prepping the release of his new single ,”Rear Window,” for release tomorrow before this weekend’s 5th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia.

Dice, who has appeared on 10 of the Roots’ 11 studio albums, will release the free “Rear Window”, which is featured on the rapper’s upcoming The Greatest Rapper Never: The Transformation project, just in time for his hometown’s popular event.

The two-day lineup for this year’s 5th Annual Roots Picnic includes performances from the legendary Roots crew, De La Soul, Rakim, Wale, Kid Cudi, Mr. MFN eXquire, Danny Brown, and many more.

In anticipation of this weekend’s Roots Picnic, DJ Low Budget was commissioned to put together a one-of-a-kind official mixtape for the event which features tracks and remixes from a number of the Picnic’s performers. You can check out the mixtape here.

Check out Dice Raw promoting this weekend’s Roots Picnic and touting his Raw Life roster and upcoming album below:

Tickets for The Roots Picnic can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Is Diddy Getting Ready To Sign The Weeknd?

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-05-2012

We are hearing rumors that Diddy is getting ready to sign Canadian singer and Drake collaborator, The Weeknd, to Bad Boy Records. The R&B crooner, who is most known for singing the hook on Drake’s hit “Crew Love” as well as getting into a Twitter war of the words with The-Dream, was spotted chilling with Diddy and Cassie in Miami over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Check out a few photos The Weeknd posted on his blog from his weekend after being courted by Diddy:

The Weeknd, who is part of Drake’s OVOXO crew, has blown up in just one year, thanks to his mixtapes House Of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes Of Silence featuring fan favorites like “High For This” and “D.D.” Do you think The Weeknd will make a good addition to the Bad Boy roster of French Montana and Cassie?

Side note – Cassie looks like a straight model in this photo. I can see why Diddy keeps her around.

Check out the video below of Diddy and The Weeknd at Mansion 360:



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HOTTIE ALERT: Vanessa Simmons ROCKS A Slinky CATSUIT For Sexy Photoshoot

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 31-05-2012

Vanessa Simmons recently kept it extra sexy for a photoshoot with Robert Ector.  See the pics inside and find out what she said about her new lingerie line.

Designer Vanessa Simmons posed for Taylor-Ector Studios photographer Robert Ector in Los Angeles, CA, for The Dark Room, recently where she dished on her new lingerie line she recently launched called "ROSE By Vanessa Jean." 

 

 

When asked what inspired her to launch the new line, Angela Simmons’ big sister Vanessa said, "I wanted to provide women with a fashion forward brand that understands the need of every woman to feel comfort with trendsetting style and glamour."

Loves these pics ‘Nessa!

 

Photos via Robert Ector

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EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Henchman Trial Day 10 – Slim Da Mobster Accused Of Robbing/Selling Kilos Of Cocaine

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-05-2012

(AllHipHop News) The DEA case agent presiding over the cocaine trial of James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond offered up some shocking testimony today (May 31) during the proceedings.

Prosecutor and lead case agent Steven Miller spent the majority of the morning testifying about evidence that was seized from Rosemond’s Brooklyn, New York luxury apartment.

Through his investigation of the “Rosemond Organization,” agent Miller and investigators managed to flip several key members of the organization, who recorded wires and testified against the mogul.

During his testimony, Miller said that Rosemond had as many as eight different suppliers of cocaine.

Agent Miller said that James Rosemond was introduced to an individual named “Two T’s,” through Compton, California rapper Game.

Two T’s, who is a member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods, supplied Rosemond with cocaine between 2008 and 2009.

Two T’s and Rosemond would ship the drugs to Atlanta, using R&B singer Akon’s name, since Two T’s had a number of drug retailers in the region.

Another individual who supplied cocaine to Rosemond was an individual known as “Superman.”

Agent Miller said that in addition to selling cocaine to Rosemond, he also supplied Compton rapper Slim Da Mobster with rifles and cocaine.

Rosemond also had a relationship with Slim Da Mobster, who allegedly sold Rosemond a firearm in 2008.

Their relationship soured, when Slim Da Mobster, an artist on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, allegedly stole $250,000 from Rosemond’s brother, Mario, who was is also charged in the case.

Agent Miller also claimed that Rosemond had information relating to the murder of a man named Kenji Harris, who was murdered in 1996.

According to agent Miller, Rosemond, who was not involved, had information about the murder, which was allegedly committed by another cocaine supplier known as “D-Mac.”

Testimony continues today.

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Beyonce Nabs A Lead Voice In Animated Film "Epic", Blue Ivy Nabs Kelly & Michelle As Babysitters

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Beyonce‘s summer of getting back to business just got more hectic.  She’s just been named as one of the lead voices for the upcoming animated film, Epic.  Deets inside, plus the fashion run down on all of her and her dancers’ REVEL concert looks, and Blue Ivy‘s famous new babysitters…

She’s already got Clint Eastwood‘s A Star Is Born leading role in her back pocket, now, Mrs. Knowles Carter has been named as one of the voices for the animated flick Epic.  The 3D CG movie is from the makers of the big budget films Ice Age & Rio.

Beyonce will voice the character Queen Tara, and plenty of other celebs are rounding out the cast: Colin Farrell as Ronin, The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson as Nod, Amanda Seyfried as Mary Katherine, Johnny Knoxville as Mandrake, Aziz Ansari as Mub, rapper Pitbull as Bufo, Jason Sudeikis as Bomba, and Steven Tyler as Nim Galuu.

According to Deadline:

The film is described as a battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and evil. When a teenaged girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters to save that world, which in turn saves the real world.

Epic will be released May 24, 2013.

And if you were wondering who was looking after almost 5-month-old Baby B.I.C. up in Revel’s Penthouse while Mama Bey was downstairs shutting down the stage–it was her Destiny’s Child besties Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams.

TMZ caught up with Michelle last night and they report:

Last night in NYC, Michelle revealed Kelly Rowland also pulled a shift watching B.I. in Beyonce’s hotel suite … during B’s concert in Atlantic City last weekend.

In the middle of the show, Beyonce thanked Michelle for babysitting — but Michelle ‘fessed up to us she had some help … and even got to go downstairs to see some of the show.

Cute!

Beyonce also posted the whole fashion run down for herself and everyone else from the 4 nights of Memorial Day performances.  Check it below (l-r):

Ralph and Russo, The Blondes, David Koma, Tina Knowles for House of Deréon Couture, (again) Tina Knowles for House of Deréon Couture and (again) Ralph and Russo.  She rocked Stuart Weitzman shoes with each look.

Her dancers rocked Dolce and Gabbana & David Koma, while her all-female band wore Alexander Vauthier.  And her trio of backup singers, The Mamas, wore Pin Up Girls Clothing.  Fab!

 

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NEWS: Exonerated Football Player Brian Banks LANDS Try-Outs With FOUR NFL Teams

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 31-05-2012

Brian Banks, the just released man who made national news after being falsely accused and convicted of rape when he was 16, is now getting his shot at the big leagues (10 years later). He landed four try-outs with NFL teams. Get the deets on his anticipated "comeback" inside………

A little backstory first in case you missed it:

Briak Banks’ life story is prime material for a "Movie Of The Week," and he hasn’t even gotten to the best part yet.  In 2002 when he was a sixteen-year-old Long Beach high school student, Brian was accused of rape by a girl he "made out" with inside the school’s stairwell.  And despite a lack of DNA evidence and the alleged victim changing a few parts of her story, he was convicted of the crime.  In fact, it was his initial lawyer who advised him to plead "No Contest" to the crime.  Brian revealed to the media recently: 

"She told me I was a big black teenager and no jury would believe anything I said."

Brian then served five years and two months in prison and spent another five years on probation for a crime he didn’t commit.  But surprisingly, he was not bitter and credits that to his relationship with God.  

One day out of the blue, the girl who falsely accused him of rape requested to be his friend on Facebook.  Brian says he then had a talk with God and realized this may be a way to clear his name.

He began talking to his accuser and secretly recorded their conversations and her admission that the "rape" was a lie.  Once the tapes found their way to the judge who handled the case….Brian was exonerated.

And it gets better…….

Before his jail stint, Brian was a promising football player and had many colleges interested in him. Now……he’s getting a second shot at following his dreams as four NFL teams (Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins) have agreed to bring Brian in for tryouts.

Brian has been working out six days a week in preparation for the teams.  He told ESPN, "Let me show you what I can produce, I think that any team that gives me an opportunity will be really impressed with what I can do."

When asked about everything that happened, Brian said, "It’s been a struggle. But I’m unbroken, and I’m still here today."

Regardless of whether Brian makes it to the NFL, this is going to be a great comeback story.

 

SIDEBAR:  The accuser, Wanetta Gibson, and her family were awarded $1.5M after the trial after suing the school district for "failing to provide a safe environment."  Wanetta told Brian she didn’t want to "go on record" admitting the lie for fear that her family would be asked to return the money.  For now, authorities in Long Beach say there is no official investigation into Wanetta’s conduct. But in the end, she isn’t living the high life.  Court reports suggest she has few assets and spents years on public assistance!

 

Watch Brian’s documentary below:

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Hip-Hop Rumors: Did French Montana Get Bumped From HOT 97′s Summer Jam?

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 31-05-2012

Don’t go crazy just yet! YES, French Montana was bumped from Summer Jam, but it was from Summer Jam 2011! In an interview with the NY Daily News, Bronx native French Montana tells the paper that he was supposed to come out as a surprise guest during Rick Ross’ set last year, but was bumped due to Ross’ set running too long. Check out what he said about the incident below:

“I was kinda hurt,” Montana said of the missed chance to perform “Choppa Choppa Down.”

But fear not, this year Montana has his own set and he promises lots of surprise guests.

“It’s a big thing for me, especially being from New York. It’s the night that everybody talks about,” he said of the concert, adding that over the years, the Summer Jam stage has seen the biggest entertainers, from Jay-Z to Michael Jackson.

“It’s going to be the biggest event of the year,” the “Shot Caller” rapper said.

Who do you think French Montana is going to bring out during his set? Definitely Diddy, maybe Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross since they’ll already be there. Who else do you think is on Frenchie’s list?

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Kim & Kanye’s Homes BOTH Up For Sale…So They Can RENT One TOGETHER?

Posted by | Posted in Gurl Talk | Posted on 31-05-2012

And so it continues.  Kim Kardashian has reportedly just put her $4.8 mill California home on the market.  And–surprise–Kanye West just put his home on the market as well.  And word has it the two, who have been dating for a whopping 2 months, are prepping to rent a home together so they can move in, decorate it and play house.  Deets inside…

"We’re Movin’ In Together!"  We can see the "end scene" on an upcoming episode of "Keeping up With the Kardashians" now. 

TMZ reports not only has Kim, who’s still finalizing her divorce from Kris Humphries, given a "pocket listing" to a realtor (which means it won’t appear in official real estate docs), but Kanye has given a realtor a pocket listing too for his L.A. home.

Life & Style reported yesterday (before today’s reports that the twosome actually went through with putting their homes ‘on the market’): 

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Kim and her new beau, Kanye West, who have been linked since early April, are ready to take the next step. “They are preparing to move in together, it’s moving that quick,” an insider tells the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now. Kim is even giving up her beloved bachelorette pad, as she has quietly put her LA home on the market.

Although Kanye already has a house in LA and an apartment in NYC, the insider shares, "if things continue at the speed they’re going, Kim and Kanye will rent a new house together. They wouldn’t buy yet.”

This way, the couple would have a generic place that they could decorate cohesively. Because Kim and Kanye have such strong individual styles, the insider confirms, “Kim would be putting a lot of her stuff in storage. Her bathmat is KK-embroidered and that’s not changing. She’s OCD-immaculate and so is Kanye, so to have both of their items would create problems.”

This new pad will be Kim’s permanent home base in LA, “the only place she has in LA — and she always has her mom’s,” adds the insider.

Although Kanye would still keep his LA pad, the couple’s new home would be a common place, “so that they can live together without being fully domestic until they’re ready to have a family,” says the source.

But it looks like Kanye is selling his L.A. pad, and probably keeping his Soho, NYC penthouse.

And if you’re wondering if all this house listing & move-in talk was conveniently caught on camera to add to the "Keeping up With The Kardashians" storyline–that’s a yes.  Even though the season has already begun airing, Kim tweeted this morning:

Still filming. Call time was 6am… Exhaustion has officially set in.

Could be the reason for the rush….

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