July 2007


well what do you know….is this a new angle of spin control, or is Usher really so in love that the revealing media reports and his mom’s disapproval really didnt stop him at all?

Big up to my longtime lil’ birdie for this juicy tip : ) and big up to INF Photos for the exclusive first look at the post-cancellation couple.

Us Weekly got this word from an Usher source…..

“People are just hating,” says the insider, who reveals the real reason they postponed the wedding was due to a pre-term labor scare.

According to the Usher source, at noon on Friday, the four-months pregnant Foster was admitted to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in New York City after suffering cramping. But upon examination, says the source, “she learned it was just uneasiness brought on by the stress of the wedding.”

At that point, the singer decided to postpone the ceremony. But no worries.

“Everbody’s fine. Tameka and the baby are fine,” Usher himself told Usmagazine.com on July 31, after the couple arrived via private plane in NYC (and Us got the exclusive photo!).

Foster chimed: “We’re good. We’re all doing great now.”

Meanwhile, another friend of the couple assures Us that there will be an “I do” do-over in the future.

“There will be a second wedding ceremony,” the pal tells Us. “This is just a postponement. They are very much in love.”

Usher, 28, and Foster, 37, became engaged in January after a year of dating. The couple announced Foster’s pregnancy at the end of June. The baby will be Usher’s first child. Foster has three children from a previous marriage.”

Brendan (Bfred) sent me a very interesting excerpt from his current issue of Scratch magazine….Wyclef speaks out on Lauryn Hill, but not about all the tales of diva-isms that I’ve gotten used to (i.e. demanding that nobody look at her or address her backstage, insisting that crewmembers address her as Miss Hill), or the stories of Lauryn’s onstage meltdowns.

Clef is actually airing out another aspect of Miss Hill’s troublesome behavior….

Megalomania and the art of stealing production credit. (yikes)

Now if you remember, Lauryn actually had to pay a lawsuit settlement to some NJ producers who sued her for not crediting her for some of Miseducation’s biggest hits. (which makes me wonder after reading Clef’s quotes below…did Pras lie on the stand?)

So here’s what Wyclef says….

(What’s going on with the Fugees reunion, or lack there of?) WYCLEF: I’m officially Paul McCartney from the Beatles now. If the Fugees wanna come back, and Lauryn wanna come back…you can’t break the format. Don’t come back and be like, “I wanna produce a beat.” That’s like me saying I wanna sing an R&B vocal. When we was working on the album, I was like, [to Lauryn], “You need to do this like this.” [And] she says, “How do you know what’s relevant? I haven’t heard anything from you in the past like three, four years?” The minute she said that I was like, I gotta go back to working.

(So what’s ultimately holding you guys back?)
Lauryn is straight up the problem, bro. She wants to be a producer. Don’t come telling us how to chop up beats so you can get credit for it.

(What makes you think she would take the credit?)
We did a remix [with] Lauryn for John Legend, for the record “How High.” John Legend was saying our names. You know what she had [him] do? She was like, “Take off Wyclef and Jerry’s names.” Because she wanted people to think that she was the one doing the beat…I’m a producer and I’m a beatmaker with my cousin Jerry Wonder, and I’m a writer. She’s a writer, a vocalist, [and] a great [vocal] composer. And she’s great at picking out samples—she got 20 billion samples but can’t chop ’em up to save her life.

(So she hasn’t made any of the beats she got credit for?)
It’s real simple—if you did the beats, where are the beats? Show us one beat that you did. If you bring ’Clef to the studio, put an MP, put an SP, put a bunch of stuff, bring a bunch of cameras [and] say, “Clef, do a beat in two minutes.” The beat’s done! Bring Lauryn Hill in the studio with the same camera, say we give you three hours. Matter fact, fuck it, we’ll give you a month—do a beat. She can’t put it together!

(make sure you check out the rest of the Scratch Magazine site)

um, because if the man I loved just cancelled our wedding on the morning of the big day, and then I allegedly went to the hospital in fear of going into early labor, the first thing on my mind would be….”Oh gosh, please let me get through to a writer at People Magazine. Please let my collect call go through to a person, not voicemail.” Well, great luck, TF, you get to keep the fans on their toes reading this latest inane update….

” Tameka Foster is finally speaking out about the swirl of rumors surrounding her canceled nuptials to Usher this past Saturday.

“No one knows why we canceled the wedding, but I can tell you that all of the reasons that everyone is speculating and writing about are completely untrue,” Foster told PEOPLE Monday, but she declined to reveal more about why the nuptials were called off. ”

Oh, and as for that alleged visit to the hospital….

Tameka says:

“We had a scare,” she says. “But, I am fine and the baby is fine.” The couple announced in June that they were expecting their first child together, due this fall.

Hmmm, that hospital visit sounds more like an Usher got a quick leash tug.

my girl at Access Hollywood just hit me because…rumor has it, Tameka Foster is in an Atlanta hospital, in pre-term labor (? is she already that far along in her pregnancy?) and Usher is with her (obviously). Allegedly she was admitted on Sunday, one day after this happened.

Hopefully this is not true. I don’t usually post totally unsubstantiated rumor (like to get some reliable confirmation first) but in this case, I’m telling right now….I have no idea if this rumor is credible at all. So that’s my disclaimer.

Update: According to SandraRose’s blog, local radio host Ryan Cameron has reported that Usher and his fiancee are still together, they’ve just postponed their wedding (seems like a lot of trouble for just a raindate)….Also, Sandra is reporting that someone has confirmed that Tameka is in the hospital. So if that is the case, I’m putting this topic on pause until further notice.

Here is a video of the scene outside of the cancelled wedding. Looks like a really elaborate set up…more like a compound.

 

(photo spotted at thepopculturejunkie blog)

yes, well its all over the news. As guests were brushing their waves and lotioning up to go to the Hamptons estate of LA Reid for the wedding of the….um, weekend. Usher and his prego fiance Tameka were deciding how to freeze 20 pounds of crab claws for later….lol, ok, maybe not, but something like that was going on…

Usher and Tameka released a statement on Sat (thru their 3rd publicist this summer, the very professional and respected Patti Webster) that said “It was announced today that the wedding ceremony for Usher Raymond, IV and Tameka Foster was canceled. No additional information will be given regarding the circumstances of the cancellation, but we hope the privacy of this matter will be respected.”

umm…not a chance. The speculation has the media already goin’ crazy…

People Magazine says:

” Saturday’s canceled wedding of Usher and Tameka Foster – who is due to have the couple’s baby this fall – was the result of the past few bumpy days for the couple, a source tells PEOPLE.

At issue were family matters and the event itself.

“Usher’s mother [and former manager, Jonetta Patton, whom he fired in May] is against the wedding. That is one of the main obstacles,” according to the source, who also said of the bride, 37, and groom, 28: “They only decided two weeks ago to have a wedding. They wanted to have it take place before the baby bump started showing.”

But as another source tells PEOPLE: “Usher changed his mind.”

Usher (full name: Usher Raymond) and Foster, a stylist, also “had a lot of differences about the details. For example, the bride wanted barbeque, [and] he wanted to have [renowned chef] Jean Georges cook,” said the source.

As a result of the differences, the wedding “was on again off again for the past few days. [Foster] was calling it off because she wasn’t getting the things that she wanted. The mother was calling it off. … Usher was calling it off.”

“The tents were up,” an insider tells PEOPLE. “And they paid all of the people, the vendors, so that wasn’t an issue. … Hotel rooms were an issue. Janet [Jackson] was coming, but she had eight security people. Ashanti and Nelly were coming.”

The source added that it was a possibility that the wedding may still come off. On Saturday, however, Webster would not comment on whether Usher and Foster were still engaged or even remained a couple.”

And then TMZ wrote……

He’s got it bad: The nuptials for R&B smoothie Usher and girlfriend Tameka Foster were called off, but that hasn’t stopped would-be wedding guests from grumbling about gifts.

Reports the Daily News, the millionaire couple registered for their wedding at Crate & Barrel and Williams-Sonoma. Among the items on their wedding wish list, $8 asparagus tongs and a $4,000 espresso maker. Some guests thought the registry was tacky.

“You’d think that he’d invite people to give to a favorite charity,” the source said. “Does he really need another toaster?”

But I agree with LT Dinwiddie from the Sohh’s ATL blog. He thinks the real reason Usher got cold tap shoes, was because…oh, I dont know….maybe a little article in that bastion of reliable journalism (ha) The Enquirer. Tameka’s own sister sold her soul and told The Enquirer about Usher’s future baby mama’s sordid past…..including petty theft (Noo!), welfare fraud (Whaaa!), and an ex-boyfriend thug who was shot down (Burn her at the stake!)

Click here to read all the ridiculous details from Tameka’s shiesty-ass sister, Valencia…. Gotta love this quote: “The 36 year old bride asked her father to give her away at the wedding in the Hamptons. But Tameka threatened to ban her mother from the ceremony—because she had lost her false teeth! Tameka told her, “You’re not coming to my wedding without teeth!” says Valencia.

Hey guess what. I stole a lipgloss from a drugstore in 3rd grade and my mom made me return it and apologize. I regularly look for broken parking meters so I can park for free. And on a more serious note, I also dated a very good person who was passed away from gun violence. Which I only say to say….So Friggin’ What.  That Enquirer story is bulls–t.

But Usher and Tameka are still a trainwreck. And I just put a bag of popcorn in the micro’……

So far the list is…

10 Jim Jones

9 Common

8 50 Cent

7 Jay-Z

6 Jeezy

5 Kanye West

4 Andre 3000

3 The Game (huh?)

2 TI

1 Lil’ Wayne aka Weezy F Baby Please Say the Baby

……

and I’ll share the rest when it airs on saturday, I dont want to be a spoiler. But I will say, #3 is absurd, lol….in my humble opinion. But that’s the beauty of what the MTV hip hop braintrust is doing….they’re putting their opinion out there, and sparking passionate debate. There isnt going to be a single person in the world who agrees 100% with them. In fact, within the show each person walks away thinking the rest are wrong. Isnt there a saying that a fair compromise leaves everyone a little bit dissatisfied? lol….

And I definitely respect a bunch of the folks in the MTV braintrust and they have the right to their own picks, it is their list. Or, in the immortal words of Pimp C….”feelings are like booty holes, everyone got their own fit.” (wait, a second, what exactly does that mean?…..uh, it sounded good but now that I think about it….hmmm)

One other thing….the problem with hotness as it relates to hip hop…whatever it is at the time, it wont be 5 minutes from now. So if you tape that debate a few weeks ago, yeah 50 Cent was ice cold. Now that he’s dropped “I Get Money…” his temperature has changed, no?

And that’s true for every artist. We live in an age of singles and remixes. sigh.

The full debate show comes on Sunday at 2pm on MTV2. Make sure you check it out. And then go out to the Rock The Bells show, The Rock Steady Anniversary show, or the Wild Style Anniversary. (if you’re in the tristate, obviously)

According to Entertainment Weekly, which has extensive shameful Lost coverage…..

The writers/producers of Lost appeared at Comic Con today and…

“Though loath to reveal any more details about season 4, they did tip off fans to a few, often cryptic, coming attractions. Jack and Claire will likely figure out that they’re brother and sister. We’ll find out why Ben came to the survivors’ side of the island in the first place. The Kate/Jack “flash-forward” in the last episode last season does not take place at the end of the series. Libby, who’s backstory will be explained this season, may have been a Dharma employee. And remember those  mobisodes? They’ll hopefully, finally launch in the fall. The pair also tipped Con-goers off to a few questions fans should be asking: “Who’s in the coffin?” and “Who’s on the freighter, and what do they want?” Then just when you thought you couldn’t get more confused, the duo unveiled another choppy Dharma Initiative reel, which you can see by going to ABC.com today at 5 p.m.”

Great. Now I have to go to a damn website at 5pm. So much for….having a life!

Its pretty safe to say that….

this roundabout response from Beanie in the new King Magazine…..

doesnt quite explain this….

but for the record, I still think this does not prove gayness. It just shows one man who is so incredibly high he can barely stand. So sometimes he choses to lean on the nearest thing. And that thing just happens to be….another man.

(big up to nahright for always hilarious insight)

Everyone is up in arms about some old French fart (no disrespect to my French people who keep it vrai, lol) who is basically said that he didnt like how his clothing line was so…um…”ethnic” (his words)

“Somewhere, the company was running too much in some direction, too much in hip-hop stuff,” Mr. Girbaud, 62, told the Transom (perhaps taking a page from the playbook of a compatriot who last year expressed disdainful befuddlement toward rappers’ loyalty to the Champagne label Cristal). He was wearing a black-collared shirt over baggy black jeans, which were adorned with a single drooping silver chain that smacked against his knee as he strode through the streamlined space. “To be just connected in the hip-hop stuff is other brand; there is people like Russell Simmons or Damon Dash or Puff Daddy or all this kind. I’m not the rap people. Sure, we introduced the baggy jeans, we introduced stonewashed and all this stuff in the 60’s or 70’s, I never target just to be ethnic. It’s stupid.”…….
When it comes to his own self-expression, Mr. Girbaud seems to think that the exigencies of marketing are cramping his style. “I have to talk like that”—he flashed a gang hand-sign—“and speak like that”—he flashed another gang hand-sign—“and move like that”—he grabbed his crotch—“and it’s ridiculous!” Now he was shouting. “What we bring into the market was always innovative, and I feel now I am trapped and I have to just talk the same way, like I have to have skulls and some kind of snakes.** It’s boring, it’s really boring!”

The reason why the whole interview didnt get my panties in a bunch is simple….For one thing……

Girbaud is clearly an idiot. And the hip hop imitations should get him punched in the face. But he needs to be mad at his own damn company because they’re the ones who are desperately trying to market to “the rap people.” I see that big ol’ weird-ass Marithe and Francois Girbaud billboard on 125th street all the time. But meanwhile….”the rap people” have long since moved on to other coveted brands. Even traditional urban brands by Puff Daddy and Damon Dash and Russell Simmons are no longer hot with the more fashion-forward hip hop consumers. Its all about streetwear now, and even that is getting stale. (ironic t-shirts and rainbow brite nostalgia gear be gone)

But more importantly…..

Why do we constantly expect the old, disconnected, owners of the brands we support to love us back? Especially when half the time, the whole detachment between their world and our world is what attracts us to their brands in the first place. (ie. Polo ski goggles and LV yacht shoes.) Why did Jay-Z launch that stupid campaign against Cristal when their CEO didnt fawn over his rap clientele the way Hennessey and Olde English have. Did you drink it because you felt some psychic connection with Louis Roederer? No, you drank it because it was the fanciest, most expensive, most-reputable pisswater you could find. And if it was specifically marketed to you, Hov, you wouldnt touch it with a 10-foot straw in a jelly jar. Which is why I’d bet that his lips never touched nare drop of Sizzurp or even Armadale for that matter. (and dont even get me started on that ridiculous scam to make us switch over to “the gold bottle.”)

I think there’s a big difference between a brand being snobby, and a brand being racist. Snobby is, we don’t need you. Racist is, we wont allow you to buy our stuff (ahem, Hermes), or we’re gonna make money by making fun of you (ahem, Abercrombie and Fitch). Anyways, sorry to vent : )

**actually, I gotta agree on this one. Skull n snakes are dead and stinking. Sucks for me cause I’m wearing one on my blog photo.

Thanks to my boy FWMJ for condensing the Pimp C 15-minute Atlanta radio rant into a concise “best of” clip….

Now if only I could figure out a way to make this my ringtone. (We could box it out, pop it out, stab it out, or talk it out….“Herro? Yes, this is Miss Info.” )

I’m not saying he’s right. I’m just saying I dont care : )

(big up to my girl JB for the original Pimp C interview in Ozone Magazine that started it all. And part two is coming next. Uh oh)

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