LL Cool J tells OK! magazine his 14-year marriage to Simone is not in trouble after internet gossip began over the veteran rapper being spotted without his wedding ring. “I promise you, I’m not breaking up,” he insisted. “Kill that rumor.” LL said he wasn’t wearing the wedding band because “I’m getting my wedding ring upgraded. I’m getting it hooked up… She’s going to get hers upgraded too.”
Tonight’s episode of ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ will be honoring Missy Elliott. The show will feature Missy performing ‘Shake Your Pom Pom’ and the four remaining dance crews will all be performing dances inspired by her classic videos. Tune into MTV at 10 PM ET/PT to see all the action.
T.I. spoke with People magazine about becoming the spokesperson for the Hip-Hop Caucus’s new Respect My Vote campaign, despite being unable to cast a ballot himself due to his recent conviction on federal weapons possession charges. “I can’t vote,” the 27-year-old said while in Washington D.C. on Monday. “So I said, ‘Okay, so if I’m going to have to be minus my own vote then the least I could do was urge the masses.’ I can replace my vote with at least a million, two million others.” Read more.
After hearing Noel Gallagher had said he “liked” Jay-Z, despite criticizing over his Glastonbury headlining gig, MTV Base spoke with the rapper about the apparent feud. “I haven’t spoken to him,” Jay-Z said. “I heard he was reaching out, but I haven’t spoken to him.” Though Jigga dissed Oasis at the event, he said he’d be open to working with the veteran British rock group. “Anyone. Oasis as well – it doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I don’t bear any grudge, it’s all good. I just believe in good music and bad music, I’ve always said that. You look at any interview from the beginning of time, I’ve always stated that I don’t believe in the lines and classifications that people put music in so they can easily define it.”
After it was announced in February that Jay-Z would top the Glastonbury bill, Noel Gallagher of Oasis was vocal in his opposition to the move. “Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” he said. “I’m sorry but Jay-Z? No chance. I’m not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It’s wrong.” Jay responded to the criticism Saturday night by performing the Oasis hit ‘Wonderwall’ to open his set. Watch it at YouTube.
Kanye West is weighing on the war of words between Ice-T and Soulja Boy, after Ice-T said Soulja Boy was destroying hip hop and Soulja Boy fired back that Ice-T was old and out of touch, among other insults. “Soulja Boy is fresh ass hell and is actually the true meaning of what hip hop is sposed to be,” Kanye writes at kanyeuniversecity.com. “He came from the hood, made his own beats, made up a new saying, new sound and a new dance with one song. He had all of America rapping this summer. If that ain’t Hip Hop then what is? A bunch of wannabe keep it real rappers that ain’t even relevant, recycling samples trying to act like it’s ’96 again and all they do is hate on new sh**? Niggas always talk about the golden age but for a 13 year old kid, this is the golden age!!! That song was so dope cause everything he said had a hidden meaning… That’s Nas level sh**… He just put it over some steel drums which is also some Nas sh** if you had the 2nd album cassette with the bonus track ‘Silent Murder’ on it. In closing… new niggas get ya money $$$$$$$$$$ Keep this sh** fresh and original…. ain’t no fu**in’ rules to this sh** and that’s what real hip hop is to me.”
During a performance in Angola last week by 50 Cent, a man walked up on stage and grabbed the G-Unit mainman’s chain, quickly dashing off as chaos ensued prompting an interruption in the show. 50’s spokesman at Interscope told the New York Times that the rapper’s chain was recovered and the thief was prevented from leaving the venue. Check out footage at YouTube.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs tells People magazine he’s making moves to reposition himself as an actor, leaving the New York City nightlife for a new life in Los Angeles. “I think that it’s important for me to mature and evolve as an artist,” the Bad Boy boss explained. “I’m trying to get my Black Bruce Willis on.” Diddy added that he realizes he has “a lot of work to do as an actor and I gotta prove myself.” Read more.
People magazine has learned Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles filed their signed wedding license Friday in Scarsdale, New York, listing their wedding date as April 4th. So far, the couple have remained silent about the nuptials, though the former Destiny’s Child star was spotted with a wedding ring shortly after the wedding. Read more.
People magazine reports Kanye West and Alexis Phifer have broken off their 18-month engagement, she confirmed on Tuesday. “It’s always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends,” Phifer said. “I wish him the best in his future and all of his endeavors. He’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met.” A friend of the rapper told the magazine, “They’d been having problems. Kanye is really focused on his show; he’s putting everything into the show right now. Alexis is a nice girl, but Kanye has been going through a rough time. They hit a rough patch and for now they’ve split.” Read more.