G-Unit’s 50 Cent and Cash Money’s Birdman kept the beef refrigerated this week and decided to look out for their hometowns by dishing out turkeys to the less fortunate for Thanksgiving.
According to reports, Fif teamed up with a few businesses to provide food yesterday (November 21).
On Wednesday (November 21), Fif partnered with Feeding America, the Food Network and SMS Audio to provide Thanksgiving meals for hungry New Yorkers and victims of Hurricane Sandy at the “Our Table Is Yours” event at Cipriani Restaurant in downtown Manhattan, New York. (MTV)
The G-Unit head also discussed the importance of helping his local New Yorkers.
“I’m able to provide meals for victims of Sandy or other people in New York City that don’t actually have food,” 50 Told MTV News. The multiplatinum rap star also uses proceeds of sales from his SK Energy Drink and SMS headphones to provide meals for those in need. “[Hunger,] it’s a world issue, it’s not a third-world issue,” he explained before dishing out some pretty eye-opening facts. “One in six Americans are actually going hungry. You got kids that’s surviving based on their school lunch and more than one out of five kids are experiencing hunger.” (MTV)
The rapper’s one-time music rival Birdman and other Cash Money pals got into the holiday spirit down in Louisiana.
Lil Wayne’s mentor Birdman and his Cash Money co-founder Ronald “Slim” Williams really got into the holiday spirit today in New Orleans — handing out special Turkey Day care packages to people in need … and TMZ has the pics. Bryan “Birdman” Williams, Slim, and a bunch of other dudes from Cash Money Records dropped by A.L. Davis Park for the charity drive, distributing turkeys and other Thanksgiving Day essentials (like AriZona Iced Tea). We’re told Lil Wayne had planned to attend as well — but was advised not to travel in his current health condition. (TMZ)
Earlier this week, New York Football Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz helped serve food to his local hometown crowd.
On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Campbell’s Chunky soup and Victor Cruz, the face of the brand’s “Mama’s Boy” ad campaign, will visit Eva’s Village in Cruz’s hometown of Paterson, NJ, to donate more than 5,000 cans of Campbell’s Chunky soup to those in need during the holiday season. With Thanksgiving around the corner, the New York Giants wide receiver wanted to make a special donation to his hometown and thank members of the Paterson community for their support over the years. (PR Web)
Incarcerated rapper G-Dep recently reflected on his state of mind after getting hit with a 15 years to life prison sentence earlier this year and why he initially thought nothing of the hard time.
In Dep’s perspective, he already spent nearly 20 years living with the dark secret he killed a man.
The jury’s decision to convict Coleman pushed both his wife and his mother to tears. But when Coleman returned to Rikers and got on the telephone, nobody could believe how he sounded. “He’s like, ‘Hey, how you doing, man?’?” says Jonathan “Kwame” Owusu, who was his manager. “He was upbeat. It didn’t make any sense.” Three weeks later, a judge sentenced him to fifteen years to life. “I was happy,” Coleman recalls. “It sounds crazy to say you were happy about getting a fifteen-to-life sentence, but I was. It just seemed to me like the end of a nightmare … I was living in 1993 for seventeen years.” (NY Mag)
Over the summer, reports surfaced which claimed Dep had plans to put out an autobiography in the near future.
In this passage the imprisoned MC tells a disturbing tale from his youth. One day, 10-year-old Coleman found a gun while playing with his friends near Harlem’s notorious James Weldon Johnson housing projects. Dep vividly recounts the details of the exciting yet horrifying day, and of his adolescent crew’s plans to cash in on the score. Moreover, he does it all in verse form. (This would definitely make an ill audio book.) (Complex)
Back in May, the incarcerated rapper discussed getting 15 years to life on a murder conviction.
G.Dep told The New York Post from Rikers, where he awaits transfer, that he felt he acted responsibly when he walked into a Harlem precinct two years ago and told police officers he shot a man in 1993. He said he wanted to clear his conscience. “Maybe at the end of serving time or after looking back, someone might feel differently,” G. Dep told the paper. “But now I feel what I did was right.” The rapper says his wife, who initially discouraged him from confessing, is beginning to understand why he came clean. He also told the Post he believes his daughter understands his decision — and his sons are as aware of his circumstances at they can be at just five years old. (NBC New York)
Following the news, New York producer Dame Grease hit up SOHH with his reaction.
“I know G. Dep personally,” Grease told SOHH. “Even though probably after [confessing] he was sick about it, the whole confession was just a thing to clear his soul. I look at things differently, you know what I’m saying? When you see a man going through things, you can see something’s weighing down on him. I guess that was the thing. I just wish him all the best of luck. He’s got good fans, good friends and support for during his bid. He’s a good guy, overall. Hopefully he’ll get out on an early release.” (SOHH)
Former Bad Boy Records artist Shyne has delved into his issues with Game and questioned just how credible the West Coast rapper’s street image is this week.
Shyne specifically took note of the lack of injuries Game’s rap rival 40 Glocc endured after a physical altercation last summer.
“First, every record that Game raps, it’s ‘Oh, I’m doing my time with Shyne. Oh, free Shyne. Oh, I’m going to smuggle Shyne out of Belize.’ … So how you go from being my biggest cheerleader — to now you have this issue, that issue. … Listen, Game ain’t not gangster rapper. He’s a dude with a butterfly on his face and a tongue ring, that’s what they said he had, he used to be a stripper. These dude’s is fronting man. All that 40 Glocc, that’s a joke. I don’t know what part of the hood he from, but in Compton and South Central dudes ain’t letting you walk away. I know they not letting you walk away in Brooklyn because if you get lucky and there ain’t no gunplay, you going in a coma, you going to be brain dead, all your fronts [teeth] gonna be missing, eye sockets, broken jaw, something. What world, what culture do we live in where he let home boy walk away and everybody thinks he’s a gangster.” (“The Breakfast Club”)
Prior to his response, Game went off on Shyne via Twitter with a slew of accusations earlier in the week.
“@originalshyne only reason u had a career is cause Diddy’s d*ck being stuck in ya throat made u sound like BIGGIE !!!,” Game tweeted November 13th.
“@OriginalShyne u bust the 1st shot at the ceiling like Police do in movies & sh*t.. Then yo scary a** shot into a crowd & hit a black woman.”
“@OriginalShyne if that make u gangsta…. I don’t wanna be 1, u fake jew, cute curly sideburn havin a** n*gga.”
“@OriginalShyne suckin all that d*ck in prison… N*gga lost his voice. & that’s how u survived 10 years p*ssy. Tell us the truth C*M stomach” (Game’s Twitter)
A few days ago, the deported rapper released a response record called “Psalms 68 (Guns & Moses)” aimed at Game.
“This little busta named Game wanna rhyme like Po/ Cause I rhyme like gold, I rhyme like I be climbin’ out that Rolls/ The Nine I’ll let it blow, put five up in your clothes/ Head shots leave ya slumped, dumped, reclining at ya door, oh,” Shyne spits acapella to set things off. The former Bad Boy MC goes on to charge that Game patterned his rap style after the one he came into the game with back with his 2000 self-titled debut. “Only God knows, I’m the idol that you bow too/ Realest alive, your red flag is a costume,” he continues before mocking Game’s new album title spitting: “Tell Jesus peace and I’ma smile at your wake.” (RapFix)
The response followed Game’s “Cough Up A Lung” music video freestyle diss.
“Let’s address that b*tch a** n*gga going at Kendrick/Say the album’s trash, n*gga you full of gas / Poke holes in you, let you fill up a New York cab / N*gga in Belize all into his feelings ’cause he did 10 years for shooting at the ceiling / Then he gave you a mil, little n*gga should have chilled / Cute curly sideburns, talkin’ ’bout he real / Check my resume, any n*gga want it, I bury ‘em / Butt f*ck this n*gga, he can’t get into America.” (“Cough Up a Lung”)
Philadelphia rappers Cassidy and Meek Mill appear to be back at each other’s necks, hopping on Twitter to boast about their fame and fortune.
Cassidy got Meek’s blood boiling first after taking credit for paving a lane for Philly hip-hop artists.
“I been popping for over a decade! N*ggas get 1 year in and get carried away.. I paved the way for these dudes.. N*ggas is scared! That would be the easiest 100k I ever made in my life.. It’s like taking candy from a baby..,” Cass tweeted November 15th.
“F*ck all this tweeting and sh*t.. Put that sh*t in a rap, battle me, and get your f*cking head bit off..” (Cassidy’s Twitter)
Meek proceeded to unload an army’s worth of disses back at Cass.
“Why n*ggas Tryna pump Cassidy 2 battle I said I wanted him and Mook 2 battle…a battle I wanted 2 c..he gotta get poppin first 2 battle me!,” Meek tweeted.
“You can’t pave the way wit “come 2 my hotel” @CASSIDY_LARSINY”
“And ya swagg corny as sh*t u don’t even represent Philly n*ggas right n*gga! @CASSIDY_LARSINY paced the way!”
“N*ggaz wanna battle “get a single popping and ill do it for free!”
“If n*ggas wanna get popping ill do it! Lol”
“From now on I’m not letting these n*ggas talk about sh*t in they raps they not about…I’ma start exposing y’all weirdos lol” (Meek Mill’s Twitter)
Meek also questioned just how much Cass has contributed to their hometown.
“#Pause lol RT @CASSIDY_LARSINY: F*ck all this tweeting and sh*t.. Put that sh*t in a rap, battle me, and get your f*cking head bit off..”
“Truthfully I wanted 2 battle the underground n*ggas 2 bring more light 2 they sh*t cause I love what they doing ….cass just thirsty!”
“Get ya shots off now cause tomar ima drop some new sh*t and we gone forget about ya again!”
“beanie Siegel was the only n*gga out in them streets stunting still in da hood! And I just took it 2 the next level #freebmack” (Meek Mill’s Twitter)
Hours after the dispute, Cassidy dropped his “Diary of a Hustla” diss record.
Now, Cassidy has taken the beef to wax, releasing a diss track titled “The Diary of a Hustla.” On the song, he claims that Meek lives a lifestyle opposite of what he portrays and adds in a few low blows. “Don’t believe this n*gga hustlin’, this n*gga bluffin’ / Look him in his eyes, the only time he cookin’ pies is in the kitchen oven,” he raps. “His fake a** better break fast before he get his food ate like an Egg McMuffin / He ain’t the only n*gga f*ckin’ that chick he cuffin.” (HHDX)
Last week, Ruff Ryders producer Swizz Beatz said he would put his money on Cass in a battle with Meek.
“I’d put my money Cass just because I’m a loyal person,” Swizzy said when asked who he felt had a better shot at winning in a rap battle. “Cass is somebody that I groomed, put a lot of time into, just off of [general purpose] and loyalty, I’d put my money on Cassidy. 100 percent.” (RapFix)
Days prior, Cass reacted to Meek Mill offering a $100,000 battle rap challenge.
“Well, you know, that’s what I do, man. I mean, I’m cut from that cloth. I started off with battling so I’m into that but ever since I got a deal and started getting money up in this industry, it wasn’t really beneficial for me to battle especially with a bunch of those dudes that are battling all the time,” Cass said in an interview with radio host Q Deezy. “I know I’ma bite they head off but it’s like, really, what am I going to get out of it? … Meek got that wave right now, he a household name, bigging him up — we definitely can get a nice crowd, get some crazy sponsors and get some chicken up. So it’ll be beneficial for me to do something like that.” (Q Deezy)
All I can say is stop hating on my baby Nicki, T-Boz
TLC’s T-Boz has the Internet in a frenzy heading into the weekend after making some publicized dicey remarks about Young Money star Nicki Minaj recently joining “American Idol.”
In a new interview, Boz questions how Minaj fits into a singing-based competition television series.
T-Boz doesn’t believe in holding back with her opinions, and she recently sat down with This is Max in London to express her dismay about Nicki Minaj being an American Idol judge. “Just because you’re on TV gyrating and boning and sucking p*nises, it’s not talent, honey. Maybe in the porn industry, but over here, we entertain. I don’t respect half [of] the people I’ve seen lately. How the hell is she gon’ tell me what I should be doing when her azz can’t even sing. Why is she there? And then…now they’ve got rappers that don’t even sing judging? So, this is totally based off of popularity I guess. I mean, to each their own. Get your money, honey. All I’m saying is, I will never watch [your] shows again. (Miss Jia)
Despite the publicized comments, T-Boz has hopped on Twitter to clarify her true stance.
“I’m laughing at y’alI guess u told me huh lol My whole comment wasn’t about chick but some of the guest appearances & not Brittney at all,” she tweeted November 8th.
“& it’s not a diss these shows are based on popularity & bringing in the viewers & bringing their numbers up not based on picking talent lol”
“Oh don’t trip I meant what I said & there will be no take bk & chick can rap her a** off and she sounds good singing her song but 1 has”
“Nothing 2do w/ the other I’m in this bizz all this crap is fact & its based on bringing in numbers now and NOT really why it was originated”
“So get mad…scratch ya ass…take a picture I don’t but Remb it I’ll say what I want that doesn’t mean I don’t like or respect someone lol”
“I’ll say what I think &always will I think it’s funny the truth is the truth ha the name calling sh*t is hysterical cuz I don’t wanna watch”
“I don’t hv a problem w/ Nikki I don’t like what the shows stand for. Where’s the lil yellow bus beep beep. But if I did pls know I’d say so” (T-Boz’s Twitter)
Nicki spoke on not feeling 100 percent behind joining “American Idol” on her “My Truth” E! reality series premiere a few days ago.
Speaking in her new reality show ‘My Truth’, Nicki revealed: ‘I think Mariah met her match this time, and I don’t think she was expecting to meet her match. ‘I’m super nervous and anxious for the first day on ‘American Idol’. I’m still second guessing my decision. I’m probably going to be a hundred times guessing this decision because I’m human. It’s a big job.’ The outspoken rapper was true to her word and proceeded to have a meltdown because her new stylist had misjudged her taste in clothes mere hours before the first day of auditions, and she branded all her options ‘ugly’. (Monsters & Critics)
The Young Money rapper has also struck a cord with fellow panelist Mariah Carey.
“American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is adamant … the bitter feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj is as real as it gets — and his proof lies in simple logic. Nigel was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked for the final word — did he or did he not stage the feud for ratings??? — and Nigel replied, “I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out.” He added, “I would only do ANYTHING for ratings a month before the show went out. They’ve got my timing wrong.” Translation: keep your eyes out for a crazy “Idol” ratings ploy in three months. (TMZ)
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne got to play the role of interviewer recently, revealing getting the opportunity to sit down and chop it up with NFL superstar Randy Moss.
While details are still coming in, Wayne said fans can check out his one-on-one with the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver this weekend.
“Yo! I recently got to do 1 of the koolest things ever & that’s interview The Great Randy Moss! have to watch @ESPNNFL #SundayNFLCountdown,” Wayne tweeted Friday (November 9). (Lil Wayne’s Twitter)
This week, Moss spoke on getting a chance to talk with the platinum-selling rap star.
The interview, which features the hip hop artist asking the 49ers wideout about his remarkable playing career and many other topics, airs this Sunday morning at 7 a.m. PT on ESPN’s Sunday Countdown Show. On Wednesday, Moss discussed his appreciation for Wayne’s involvement with ESPN and the opportunity to visit with one of the most famous musicians in the world today. “I think a lot of people listen to Lil Wayne’s music over the years and for him to be able to take the music industry and mix it with professional sports, I thought it was something both sides wanted to see,” Moss said. “The music world wanted to see it; the sports world wanted to see it.” (49ers Blog)
Last year, Wayne revealed his favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers.
“Since this is the first show, I’ll let you know from this show on, you will be able to post questions to our Facebook page or to our site or whatever,” Weezy added. “You’ll be able to post questions up. I’ll get to those questions in some kind of way — I have my teams. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, I’m an LA Lakers fan, I’m a Boston Red Sox fan, I’m a Washington Capitals fan.” (“Weezy’s Sports Corner”)
The rapper also dropped a “Green & Yellow” Green Bay Packers anthem back in 2011.
Lil Wayne is clearly a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers football team. So much so, that he’s taken “Black and Yellow” — the Wiz Khalifa-helmed anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers — and remixed it to a Packers-inspired track titled “Green and Yellow.” Perfect timing for Sunday’s Super Bowl Game, where the two teams will face off for the NFL championship. (Billboard)
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em heated up the Internet this week after releasing, deleting and now apologizing over a nude self-shot photograph which landed on his Tumblr page.
After posting the explicit photo, Soulja Boy quickly deleted it and apologized to fans with a Tumblr post.
“I apologize to ever seen that, accident.,” he tweeted November 6th. (Soulja Boy Tell Em’s Tumblr)
Despite the deletion, his photo is still circulating online.
Oh dear boy… It seems Crank That rapper Soulja Boy doesn’t quite yet understand how to use social media, as dude apparently ‘accidentally’ posted a picture of his penis to his Tumblr account (above)!! The self taken snap has since been taken down and Soulja has posted an apology on his Tumblr. Holy one eyed snake! It is quite an aggressive pic! It practically looks like his peen is about to poke your eye out! (Perez Hilton)
As of last summer, Soulja Boy had a very publicized romance with fellow Atlanta rapper Diamond.
“This is my girl, so we’ll definitely have some music coming [out],” Soulja Boy tells VIBE with his arm wrapped around his main squeeze. While cupid may be on their side right now, TV cameras could also be coming to a Soulja Boy/Diamond bedroom sometime in the near future. ”I’ve been getting offers from a lot of different brands,” says Soulja Boy of his reluctance to star on his own reality TV show. The 21-year-old rapper says he isn’t quite ready to put his private life out into the public eye but admits he is entertaining a few ideas for a cable show. (VIBE)
He also discussed how much support Diamond gets from him earlier this year.
Scrap said he has no beef with Soulja Boy, and SB is also taking the high road. “This is my baby, this is my girl, so anything said about her is basically they’re saying it about me,” he said, holding Diamond’s hand. “I’m backin’ her 100 percent, and we’re just focusing on the positive. Anybody talkin’ about her name on TV, that’s just bringin’ us up more. So salute to them, we wish them the best.” (MTV)
Check out some recent Soulja Boy footage: