Music video by Brandy featuring Chris Brown performing Put It Down. (C) 2012 RCA Records, a divisoin of Sony Music Entertainment
Music video by Brandy featuring Chris Brown performing Put It Down. (C) 2012 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Hip Hop mogul Chris Lighty was laid to rest today in New York City. His funeral was attended by some of the biggest names in the business.
50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, Maino, Grandmaster Flash, Nick Cannon, Rev. Run, Michael Bivens, Gayle King, Q-Tip, Lyor Cohen, Mary J. Blige and more paid their respects at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.
“He was somebody that gave me advice,” Brooklyn rapper Maino told the New York Daily News. “I don’t like to see this. I don’t like to see families like this. We’re talking about a legend. He helped artists become superstars and moguls.”
Lighty was laid to rest in a dark suit, surrounded by arrangements of white flowers. A slide show depicting his life appeared on a screen.
According to MTV, Warner Music executive and close friend Lyor Cohen shared some touching words on Lighty during the funeral. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip also added their personal memories of the man who helped shape their careers.
Lighty was 44-years old at the time of his death. He leaves behind a wife, 17-year old daughter and 5-year old son.
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Joe Budden made his way to SOB’s in New York City for what turned out to be a memorable show. It was the first time Joe would be backed by a live band.
During a performance of “Truth or Truth” the Slaughterhouse MC was overcome with emotion when he got to the verse about his 10-year old son.
It was a rare moment. Check it out below.
On Thursday, in New Jersey Court of Appeals it was decided that Max B, a now 34 year old Harlem rapper who is currently incarcerated for his part in a 2006 robbery and murder of David Taylor in a Fort Lee Holiday Inn hotel room, will continue the remainder of his 75-year conviction.
The rapper, real name Charly Wingate, was convicted after Bergen County prosecutors argued that he arranged for his stepbrother, Kevin Leerdam, and his girlfriend, Gina Conway, to be at the the hotel to commit the robbery.
The targets of the robbery, David Taylor and Allan Plowden, were seen driving a 2007BMW and flashing a lot of money in Harlem during September 2006 – a few day before Max B’s hotel scheme.
Plowden, who was an inmate during the trial in 2009, admitted to obtaining the money from mortgage and credit card fraud.
During the trial Conway testified to being the bait, saying she met Plowden in Harlem and he took her to the Mahwahhotel. After, she told Max B that Plowden had a lot of money and the rapper devised a plan making his stepbrother the muscle of the operation.
The next day, Conway and Leerdam confronted Plowden who was at the time being entertained by a prostitute while staying at Fort Lee’s Holiday Inn.
When they failed to find the money in the room they ordered Plowden to call on Taylor. In a few minutes when arriving to the room, Taylor was shot in the face by Leerdam.
The two only left with a few things like a lap top and a thousand dollars.
Due to her plea deal, Conway received a 15 year sentence.
Leerdam who also got his appealed denied, is serving a sentence of life plus 35 years.
Info via: NorthJersey.com
UPDATE #2: The supposed track list for G.O.O.D. Music’s “Cruel Summer” is released.
G.O.O.D. Music’s debut compilation Cruel Summer has been delayed.
According to a press release, the album, which was originally slated for release on August 7th, has been pushed back to September 4th.
So far, a few singles have been released from the project. “Mercy,” which features Big Sean, Kanye West, 2 Chainz and Pusha T, lodges its fourth week at No. 1 on Urban and heads to No. 5 as this week’s Greatest Gainer.
Additionally, “New God Flow” featuring Kanye West and Pusha T was released earlier this month. The crew debuted the song during their performance at the 2012 BET Awards, which also included a rendition of “Mercy.”
UPDATE: The official artwork for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer has been revealed.
UPDATE #2: The reported tracklist for G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer has been revealed through HMV Japan and Tower Records (DatNewCudi via 2DB).
01. To The World (Kanye West & R. Kelly)
02. Clique (Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean)
03. Mercy (Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T & 2 Chainz)
04. New God Flow (Kanye West, Pusha T & Ghostface Killah)
05. The Morning (Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi & D’Banj)
06. Cold (DJ Khaled)
07. Higher (The-Dream, Pusha T & Ma$e)
08. Sin City (John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce & Malik Yusef)
09. The One (Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz & Marsha Ambrosius)
10. Creepers (Kid Cudi)
11. Bliss (John Legend & Teyana Taylor)
12. Don’t Like. (Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean & Jadakiss)