Kanye West checked in with fans on his official web site’s blog on Wednesday (April 9), alluding to the death of his mother Donda last year. He writes, “I don’t do anything I don’t love anymore… I loved the ‘Flashing Lights’ vid so it didn’t matter 2 me if someone one else didn’t. While people chase money I pursue happiness. So many people talk about there investments or how much money they have but there’s so many rich people who spend a lot of that trying 2 buy a piece of happiness. If there’s anything my mom taught me is to enjoy life. I just recorded my first verse in the last 6 months 2 days ago at Bape’s Studio in Japan. It felt good and I was inspired. I absolutely lost my mind (in a good way) on the new Glow in the Dark tour. The constant hours of creating helped me 2 keep from loosing my mind in a bad way. Chris Milk told me tragedy can produce great art and this is definitely true. I am a total mad man now, up till 3 am every night, trying 2 fight pain, board-um, and uncertainty with creativity. All that said, life is good….. good as finding the perfect fabric for a simple one button casual blazer with matching pants.”
The New York Daily News reports 50 Cent is being sued by his ex, Shaniqua Tompkins, who accused the G-Unit mainman of trying to kick her and the 10 year old son she shares with 50 out of the Long Island house he bought them. “She didn’t go to school and she nursed him back to health when he got shot nine times,” her lawyer Paul Catsandonis argued. “She’s been with him since day one, and she’s not some gold digger.” Read more.
50 Cent tells Vibe magazine that he enjoyed hanging out with Robert De Niro when the pair filmed the upcoming film ‘Righteous Kill’. “I’d hang out with him [whenever] I could, because I get a chance to feel normal when I’m around Robert,” the G-Unit mainman explained. “His celebrity is so strong that I get a chance to feel like a normal person.”
Panama City, Florida rapper Blood Raw is out with the video to his new single ‘Bitch I’m Real’, featuring an intro and outro from an advice giving Young Jeezy, from the rapper’s upcoming debut album ‘My Life: The True Testimony’, out April 8th on Def Jam. Watch it below the fold.
Dr. Jan Adams appeared Tuesday night on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’, where he was asked by King whether fallout from the death of Kanye West’s mother Donda had impacted his practice. “Horribly,” responded Adams. “It’s almost destroyed.” Adams declined to speak on specifics of West’s case, citing patient-doctor privilege, but said the autopsy “said what I expected.” Check out a transcript of Dr. Adams’ discussion, where he was joined by his attorney Michael Payne, at CNN.com.
Soulja Boy Tellem posted a video clip documenting the evolution of ‘Crank That’, and how the dance turned into a YouTube revolution with 50,000 postings and practiced by the likes of Beyonce Knowles, Lil Wayne, and Ellen DeGeneres. The rapper since removed the video from YouTube.
Bizarre of D12 checked in with a video blog for fans, revealing that a new D12 album is coming soon. The rapper said, “I know what it’s like to struggle from paycheck to paycheck and try to get your dues in and be independent,” he said. “I’m all about the independent movement.” Because of that, Bizarre is offering $750 to get him on a verse. He said the special is only good until January 19th. YouTube has since removed the video.
Mike Jones took part in an interview with AT&T blue room, where the rapper talked about his late grandmother and dedicating every album to her, being “a regular guy”, his biggest musical memory performing at the BET Awards, how his success is bitter sweet because of his grandmother’s death, his ‘American Dream’ album and movie, buying Thanksgiving turkeys for the community, and other charitable efforts for those less fortunate.
Jones said he’s influenced by Jay-Z, explaining, “He came from nothing to something. Everybody came from nothing to something, but with Jay he relates to people like me. When I talked to him a few times, when he came out a lot of people weren’t hollerin’ at him either. He came out with a different sound that people were afraid to get behind. But once it blew up, everyone wanted to get down with the sound. That’s how I was in a way. I had a screwy sound that people were not familiar with. They were afraid to take a risk with it. But when it blew up, everybody was walking around, jamming stuff slow. Some people are afraid to take risks.”
Jones then took off to a photo shoot, complaining about a really really tight do-rag and showing off his Ice Age Entertainment chain – which he dropped $500,000 on. Video at attblueroom.com has since been removed.
Yung Berg checked in with fans at his Kyte channel from Los Angeles, with the rapper checking out his MySpace page while on the phone with Billy. Berg said, “I’m gonna go to the studio, probably fu** with a couple sexy ladies. You know how I do.” He then pitched his full length album, which is out March 11th on Yung Boss/Epic Records. Watch it below the fold.
The latest video over at ThisIs50.com has the G-Unit mainman with DJ Green Lantern after squashing their beef over that issue of the deejay being labeled a snitch and a traitor for his apparent phone conversation with rival Jadakiss. Also making an appearance is Tony Yayo, who was fresh out of court. Watch it below the fold.