The Inside Scoop on this week in Hip Hop.
Week of: 1/15-1/19
Written By: Natalie Hinds
Whats new this week in hip hop news? From Naomi Campbell pleading
guilty to assault charges, to T.I.s newly acquired talent, DJ Drama
hitting the bricks and Toni Braxton getting dismissed, seems like 2007 is
off to a wonderful start for these candid celebrities we love to read about
Grammy award winning singer Toni Braxton has been
released from Blackground/Universal Motown Records. In addition
to her departure she is suing her former personal manager, Barry Hankerson,
on claims that he owes her $10 million for convincing her to leave Arista
and join Blackground. According to the suit, Braxton hired Hankerson
in late 1997; a year later she negotiated a 5-album deal with Arista
that netted her more than $20 million in advances. Their relationship
wouldnt last after Hankerson began fabricating creative disputes
with the label. By 2003, Braxton was ready to leave Arista and sign
with Blackground. When this situation became unstable she tried to fire
Hankerson as her manager, which turned him against her. Well since shes
not with the label anymore, time to find another way to get money! I
can hear her now, NO I will not go bankrupt again!
other Diva news, Ms. Naomi Campbell has pled guilty to misdemeanor assault.
She was originally charged with wreckless assault in the third degree
for throwing a BlackBerry at her assistant last March. She was sentenced
to five days community service and two days of anger management courses.
She was also ordered to pay off her assistants $362.32 medical.
Her duties must be completed by May 21 2007. Do you think anger management
courses will suppress the fire inside Diva with a tude Campbell??
Fulton Country Swat Team along with the Clayton County Police rushed
into the Aphilliates Music Group offices, arresting 28-year old Tyree
DJ Drama Simmons and 27-year old Donald Cannon. The County
officials also seized approximately 50,000 CDs along with 7 employees
who were taken in for questioning. DJ Drama and Cannon were both charged
with racketeering and placed in the Fulton County Jail.
got a website that theyre advertising from, thats where
you place your orders and thats how the orders are shipped out,
said Matthew Kilgo of the RIAA. Statistics show that you can make
up to a 90% profit just off the resale of counterfeit CDs
Wow! Talk about cha-ching! Both Drama and Cannon have since been released
on a $100,000 bond.
getting the boot from the The Source magazine Ray Benzino
Scott and Dave Mays have founded a new publication titled Hip Hop Weekly.
Unfortunately, The Source issued papers to the pair ordering them to
cease and desist using the phrase from the creators of The Source
in the masthead of the magazines cover. According to the letter,
The Source claims that Hip Hop Weekly is in violation of their trademark
rights, prohibiting them from any false designation of origin
or false or misleading representation of fact that is likely to deceive
as to the affiliation, connection or association, with The Source. This
has not put a damper on the confidence Dave Mays has about this publication,
Hip Hop Weekly signals the beginning of a new era in hip-hop media
and will lead to a whole new category of magazines over the next few
years, just like we did The Source. They say confidence keeps
you grounded, sounds like hes stuck to the cement!
Until next week my humble readers, this is ya girl Miss Hinds
and Im out!