December 29, 2013

Karrueche Tran Says People Won’t Understand Unconditional Love for Chris Brown

The model says all the hate has made her stronger.

By Dorkys Ramos
Posted: 12/27/2013 12:06 PM EST

For as long as she’s been in a relationship with Chris BrownKarrueche Tran has been fielding a lot of comments from critics who think she’s insane for forgiving him time after time. Not only was he under fire for hitting Rihanna in 2009, but he’s left Tran for the singer multiple times only to come running back to the model’s arms when things went sour with RiRi. In a recent interview with BlogXilla, Tran opened up about her relationship with Breezy and why no one will understand the unconditional love she has for him.

“It’s different,” she explained. “And it’s something that a lot of people won’t and will never understand, which is why I get so much flack and hate because you know looking from the outside in it looks messy. Nobody knows the real story, nobody knows what I went through.”

Still, that negative feedback keeps her from being an open book on social media and she admits to keeping certain thoughts to herself so that the public doesn’t jump to conclusions. 

“Sometimes I hold back from tweeting certain things. Sometimes you’re emotional and you want to tweet a lyric or whatever it may be, I can’t do that because if I do it’s ‘oh this means this and that she must be going through this…’ It’s like what the hell,” she said.

There’s no denying that her relationship has thrown Tran into the spotlight and the public has seen her as fair game when it comes to criticizing her decisions without even knowing her. But she says that she’s used the situation to find herself and find strength despite the hate she receives.

“I’ve discovered myself a little more, personality wise just being put through certain situations, whether being in the spotlight, heartbreak, friends coming and going, family. I’ve grown and I’ve matured and I kind of like that. Even going back to the haters, it’s messed up what they say but that’s made me stronger and it’s built me into who I am today and I am completely fine with that.” always gives you the latest fashion and beauty trends, tips and news. We are committed to bringing you the best of Black lifestyle and celebrity culture. 

Kanye West The Subject Of Textbook Regarding His “Cultural Impact”

Kanye West The Subject Of Textbook Regarding His "Cultural Impact"


Kanye West is the subject of “The Cultural Impact Of Kanye West,” an academic textbook by Julius Bailey, due March 2014.

March 6 will see the release of The Cultural Impact of Kanye West, an over 300-page examination of the Kanye West and his impact on music and culture.

The description of author Julius Bailey’s unofficial academic textbook says it’s an in-depth analysis of the “moral and social implications of West’s words, images and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas.”

Bailey has been an ambassador for Hip Hop’s purge of academia in the past. He’s been the editor of a collection of essays on Jay Z’s impact in music culture and has written a book on the fusion of Hip Hop and Philosophy. Julius Bailey is also a professor of philosophy at Wittenberg University and a leading voice in Hip Hop pedagogy.

This is not the first time Hip Hop has entered the halls of academia. Numerous universities across the United States have included Hip Hop as a discourse for learning. More notable examples include 9th Wonder’s fellowship at Harvard and his professorship at Duke University. Jay Z is also the subject of a class at Georgetown University.

See The Cultural Impact of Kanye West’s full synopsis below (via Consequence Of Sound):

The ability of popular art to offer societal critiques and challenge received ideas has been recognized throughout history. Through rap and hip hop, composers, singers, and entertainers have recently provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of the times. This book offers an in-depth reading of the works and cultural impact of Kanye West. Looking at the moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.

Beyonce’s Self-Titled Album’s Third Week Sales Projections

Beyonce’s platinum selling self-titled visual albums is projected to reach #1 for the third week in a row.

Songstress Beyonce is slated to gain her longest-running #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her self-titled visual album, which has been certified platinum, is projected to stay atop next week’s Billboard 200 for a third consecutive week, according to

Based on sales forecasts from numerous industry sources, Bey could sell more than 250,000 copies ofBeyonce by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, December 29. 

Beyonce released her fifth solo studio album unexpectedly on December 13. The singer’s new project includes collaborations with her husband, Jay Z, and their daughter, Blue Ivy, among others, including DrakeFrank Ocean and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche. It also includes videos to accompany all songs. Within the album’s first 10 days of its release, the album sold 991,000 copies.

If Beyonce attains the top spot for a third week in a row, it will be the diva’s longest-reigning chart-topping album. All five of her studio albums have reached #1 at some point during their release.Beyonce's Self-Titled Album's Third Week Sales Projections

The new Billboard 200 top 10 will be revealed on Thursday, January 2.

Jim Jones’ Fiancee Chrissy Lampkin Arrested For Aggravated Assault & Disorderly Conduct

The “Love & Hip Hop” star was reportedly involved in an altercation that warranted a hospital visit for the victim.Jim Jones' Fiancee Chrissy Lampkin Arrested For Aggravated Assault & Disorderly Conduct

According to a report released today (December 29) byTMZ, “Love & Hip Hop” cast member Chrissy Lampkin was arrested early in the morning stemming from an altercation with another woman in a New Jersey bar.

Lampkin, who is well-known in part due to her publicized engagement to Harlem rapper Jim Jones, was featured as a main character on “Love & Hip Hop” throughout the series’ first two seasons. A spin-off series chronicling the lives of the couple, titled “Chrissy & Mr. Jones,” was launched in September of 2012. The second season of “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” premiered in October of this year and concluded with a season finale earlier this month.

TMZ cites a police department source from Edgewater, New Jersey, the locale in which the incident occurred, as providing the news that Lampkin was taken into custody shortly before three in the morning. The same source told TMZ that the injuries sustained by the victim were severe enough to warrant a visit to a nearby hospital as she required stitches above one eye.

The gossip site describes the altercation as beginning when the victim “accidentally bumped into someone” while sitting on the same sofa as the “Love & Hip Hop” cast member.

Lampkin was released on bail shortly after being detained. According to TMZ, Chrissy’s fiance, Jim Jones, provided bail.

The arrest comes as the second in recent months for the “Chrissy & Mr. Jones” couple. As reported by HipHopDX in October, Jim Jones was arrested for driving under the influence after being pulled over in New York. Jones refused a breathalyzer at the police station and the rapper was reportedly booked for driving under the influence of drugs.

That DUI arrest was only the most recent legal trouble Jones faced in 2013. Even earlier this year, in February, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct after failing to cooperate with police officers near his home in New Jersey. According to an article released by the Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch, Jones “got out of line” with the officer, denying the warrants’ existence, and refusing to travel to the police headquarters to settle the warrants. As a result, the Dipset emcee was taken into police custody.

Saigon Says Everybody Is On A Reality TV Show

The “Greatest Story Never Told” rapper says “if ya’ll are gonna put me on a reality show anyway I might as well do it myself.”Saigon Says Everybody Is On A Reality TV Show

Saigon recently spoke to VladTV about filming “Love & Hip Hop” and the nature of the reality TV show.

The rapper, who first appeared as a recurring character on the series’ fourth season earlier this year, began with an explanation of his decision to join the cast. “I joined ‘Love & Hip Hop’ because it’s a reality show and that’s where the world is going and you want to stay in the loop when you’re trying to get your point across,” he said. “It’s not about what you’re doing, it’s all about how you do it.” 

The New York emcee continued with a comment that the show represents an opportunity to control his online footprint. “I think everybody’s on a reality show,” he said, “and I’ve said that before. If you don’t believe me, get into a fight in public and whatch how many cameras is on your ass. Get into an argument where you look like you’re about to get into a fight in public and everybody gonna pull their phone out.

“But that’s content you can’t control, because it’s gonna get uploaded to the net. You could have a fight among your people, if there’s somebody with a camera there they’re gonna upload it and say ‘Worldstar‘ and now ‘Q’ is getting paid for my fight,” he said in reference to the website’s owner, Lee ‘Q’ O’denat. “When I had a fight with Prodigy I didn’t want that shit online, but it was all online. I talk to a girl, curse her out and she makes a video and goes on Worldstar, I don’t want that online. So if ya’ll are gonna put me on a reality show anyway I might as well do it myself and this way get back in the loop so I could make it conducive to putting my music out, ‘cause they were doing it to me anyway. I wake up, ‘Yo, you’re all online, you’re all over the place,’ and I’m like ‘Huh?’ And it’s a video somebody took and put it online.”

Describing the type of content that producers curate for the show, Saigon added that there’s an obvious motivation to capture the more dramatic parts of a cast member’s life. “That’s the thing, reality TV is tricky because if you go on thinking you’re gonna be the nice guy, your shit won’t make the cutting room floor,” he said. “It is reality TV and people tune in for a reason. You can’t go into something that you know what it’s about thinking ‘Oh, I’m gonna reinvent this TV show,’ that’s bullshit. Even my moment on that show, I told them, I said ‘Look, I’m not in a good mood…me and homegirl is not in a good space,’ you know what I’m saying? There’s a lot going on with my son, there’s a lot going on and I didn’t wanna film, but you sign a contract.” 

Speaking to the nature of filming on a reality show, Saigon added that he didn’t feel like he needed to act a certain way to be considered for the series. “I didn’t look at it like, ‘Ok, you gotta be ratchet to get on ‘Love & Hip Hop’ because I don’t believe that,” he said. “There’s some people on the show who conduct and carry themselves as they would in regular life, like myself.”

Adding that the schedule of “Love & Hip Hop’s” filming can be extensive, Saigon also spoke to the fact that the show catches its cast in real-life scenarios. “When they tape you for six months they’re gonna find some moments where you’re not the happiest guy in the world,” he said. “They tape your life for six months, that shit ain’t no overnight shit. Not everyday, but three days a week, sometimes four days a week.”

Earlier this month, Saigon told MTV that he’s “always exposed [his] life to people.” “I don’t haveInterscope Records, I don’t have a major label,” he said. “Me being independent, this is perfect for me because I’ve been putting my life out there, it’s just that nobody was listening.”

B.o.B. Denies Drake Collaboration Rumors

B.o.B. also addresses the tone of his upcoming album, “Underground Luxury.”

B.o.B.’s upcoming album, Underground Luxury, hits stores December 17. In an interview on Vlad TV, B.o.B. spoke about the tone of the project.

“I consciously just wanted to be in the clubs more,” said B.o.B. “Just being 24, I want to party, man. I just want to hear my music in the club. But at the same time, I still got that musician side of me where I want to pick up a guitar and turn some shit up. That’s always going to be there, always. But, I think this album’s just a different direction.”

B.o.B. continued discussing the album. “It’s a breath of fresh air for me,” he said. “Not that an artists should ever filter themselves, but it’s just really an unedited-type twist to it.”

During the interview, B.o.B. was asked about a 2010 tweet from B. Rich, his manager, promising a collaboration with Drake. “I don’t know, man. I never really was ever was working on a song with Drake,” said Bobby Ray. “I don’t know where that came from. Maybe he knew something I ain’t know. You know how management is. I don’t know.”

B.o.B. addressed the possibility of doing a song with Drizzy. “If the right song… It’s gotta be the right record,” he said. “Something that shows… I’m an artist. I’m like him. He’s really into his world, and I’m really into my world sonically, so it’s gotta be the right fit.”

B.o.B. also offered praise for Drake’s latest project, Nothing Was The Same. “He’s mastering his sound. I think that’s the beauty of all artists in this point in their career, when you get into your second and third album, now it’s like an effortless thing.”

Watch the interview below:

“I want to say that this project is a project that is kind of like a contrasting title, you know, Underground Luxury,” said B.o.B. in a recent interview with Montreality. “I would say, to paraphrase it, this is connecting the dots, from who I was as an artist before the major success to where I’m at now. And it’s a lot more unfiltered and unedited than anything I’ve ever done. So I think it’s going to be a great project, great, monumental, career shifting project. I’m actually done with it, but we’re really just having fun with it, man. We’re making a movie, you know, me and my team. We’re just kind of sitting back and watching everything, watching how people respond to music.”

‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Arrested for Brutal Bar Fight [Photo]

‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Arrested for Brutal Bar Fight [Photo]

December 29, 2013 Leave a comment


Mugshot courtesy of TMZ

Mugshot courtesy of TMZ

Love and Hip Hopstar Chrissy Lampkin was arrested early Sunday morning for allegedly beating up a woman inside of a  New Jersey bar.

According to TMZ:

Edgewater PD tells TMZ … Lampkin was popped around 2:30 AM for aggravated assault and disorderly conduct … we’re told it was bad enough that the victim required hospitalization.  She was bloodied and doctors had to stitch up the area above her eye.

This wasn’t pure theatrics … cameras were NOT rolling.

As for what started the fight … we’re told Chrissy got pissed that the alleged victim sat on the sofa she was sitting on and accidentally bumped into someone.  Sounds like self defense to us.

Lampkin was released a few hours later … after her fiancee Jim Jones bailed her out.

And to think we thought the violence was all made for TV…

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