Music mogul Damon Dash and Philadelphia-born rapper Beanie Sigel have made personal contributions to a reward fund for information in Latoyia Figueroa’s missing person case, as did T.G.I. Friday’s, the restaurant where Figueroa worked as a waitress. The fund, which was at $10,000 last week, is now up to $100,000. Ballard Morrill tells BlackAmericaWeb.com that the gestures show society that hip-hop figures don’t always exemplify the negative stereotypes some associate with the music. “I think it’s very, very positive because, oftentimes, the hip-hop and rap community get a negative image for what is perceived as promoting certain violence and misogyny,” Ballard Morrill said. “So when rap artists or artists in general come out and support an issue like this with dollars, then that sends a real positive message to the entire community.” The full story at blackamericaweb.com has since been removed.
Damon Dash, Beanie Sigel, and Beanie’s mother Michelle Brown attended his album screening party on Tuesday (March 8) at Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.
The New York Daily News reports Universal Music’s Island Def Jam has acquired the 50% stake it didn’t already own in Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. The Roc-A-Fella buyout, valued at about $10 million, gives Island Def Jam complete ownership of a label that includes Kanye West, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, and Cam’ron.
Beanie Sigel is out with the video to his new single ‘Feel It In The Air’, from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania rapper’s album ‘The B. Coming’, released on Def Jam. Watch it via YouTube below.
Rolling Stone caught up with Beanie Sigel before he headed to jail on drug and firearms possession and asked the rapper that because of the jail, does he think of the idea of doing time is a badge of honor in gangsta culture. “No, that ain’t a badge of honor. Not for me,” he responded. “Only fools or people who got caught are in jail. Take that to heart. If you can learn what not to do from me, then I’m good with that. But I wouldn’t believe that because I’m going to jail, now I’m hard — that ain’t what’s up. You know who glorifies stuff like jail? Suckers. People who aren’t confident enough in themselves. People who are scared when they went to jail, they use the time as a badge. They’re saying, ‘I went to jail before.’ What they really mean to say is, ‘I went to jail and I survived.’ There ain’t nothing great about this at all. I’m pissed off I got to do this. I’m so upset.”
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AllHipHop.com reports that Beanie Sigel was sentenced Friday for being a felon in possession of a gun and for possession of drugs. Sigel was sentenced to a year in prison for an April 20, 2003 incident. He was also given two years probation and must pay a $25,000 fine. In a three page letter, Sigel had requested mercy from the judge with respect to his mandatory sentence. “I had let myself get caught up in something,” Sigel said, referring to an addiction to drugs.
Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, and Damon Dash attended the Kingdome basketball tournament championship finals on Thursday (August 19) in New York City. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
The Truth album had him narrating personal stories. His follow-up project, ‘The Reason’, had him straight rhyming. Now with his forthcoming LP, ‘The B Coming’, Beanie Sigel is going back to The Truth. The full article at ballerstatus.net has since been removed or relocated.
Beanie Sigel was photographed smoking a cigar outside the Criminal Justice Building on Tuesday (April 27) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After 5 days of deliberations, a judge declared a hung jury in Sigels trial. Charged with attempted murder, Sigel, 30, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was also charged with aggravated assault and weapons offenses and was facing up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Check out pictures from GettyImages.
Damon Dash and Jay-Z were on hand with Beanie Sigel outside the Criminal Justice Building on Monday (April 26) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia rapper, born Dwight Grant, could face up to 40 years in prison for allegedly shooting Terrance Speller outside a West Philadelphia strip club in July. The jury finished its fourth day of deliberations without a verdict. Check out pictures from GettyImages.