The New York Daily News’ Mitchell Fink is reporting that the reason Sean Puffy Combs is trying to shop his Bad Boy Records label to other suitors is the insistance from BMG/Arista that he downsize his company by 50%.
Industry insiders though say that is the reality of the post 9-11 environment and that he’s unlikely to find a label to justify giving him any better deal than BMG’s. In fact, both Antonio (L.A.) Reid, Arista’s CEO, and P. Diddy could both be canned soon by the label.
Davey D of Daveyd.com is reporting that Dr. Dre “wants to express the anger and outrage many are feeling with regard to terrorism” in a menacing rhyme directed at terror kingpin Osama bin Laden.
D12 and cartoon band Gorillaz have joined forces to create a track which is yet to be named. A source told the Sun, “Damon was nervous, but it turned out brilliantly.”
The Daily Mirror reports a plane carrying the members of D12 (not including Eminem) were on a Virgin Atlantic flight that was nearing its destination of JFK Airport from London Heathrow when a bomb threat was called in.
Jawn’s Juice reports that despite his thanking of a ‘father-in-law’ during his MTV Video Music Awards acceptance speech, Outkast’s Andre is not married… he just misspoke as he meant to thank his stepfather. Andre’s mother had just recently gotten married.
News of the World reports Eminem has been seeing ex-wife Kim as the two have been seen on dinner dates. Also, earlier this week in court, Eminem’s pistol whipping case was delayed until February.
Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman reports Sean Puffy Combs, supermodel and perhaps girlfriend Naomi Campbell, and pal Jay-Z were turned away from the Michael Jackson post concert party Friday night at Tavern on the Green. The trio went to nearby club Eugene’s instead.
The New York Post is reporting Puffy crashed at the Hudson Hotel’s penthouse apartment and overstayed checkout time leaving the suite in shambles. A Nautica rep told the Post, “The room was trashed, and we couldn’t set up for our show. There were wine, beer and champagne bottles all over. He finally woke up, and now we are going to be late.”
Puffy sent an apology letter along with a bouquet of flowers to try and sooth things over.
The New York Post is reporting Suge Knight has hip hop’s Jermaine Dupri, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg running scared after his release from jail.
A source told the Post, “Suge is mad because he discovered Lil’ Bow Wow and when he was sent to jail, those three took [Lil’ Bow Wow] out of Death Row Records. Jermaine even produced Bow Wow’s last album.”
MSNBC’s Jeannette Walls reports Snoop Dogg brought a huge posse of security for his appearance on the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me.
An insider told Walls, “I’ve worked with a lot of major stars, but I’ve never seen security like that. He could have taken over a small country with that army.”