will.i.am is apparently suing Pharrell for using his “I Am” in his new company name, I Am Other. According to court documents, will claims Pharrell’s logo is “confusingly similar” to his and the I Am Other brand is “likely to dilute the I AM mark and the will.i.am mark.” Lawyers say will owns the trademark to “I AM.” P’s camp denies all allegations.
Was it a case of white-on-white crime on Hot97 this morning? Robin Thicke took an admittedly hilarious dig at Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” by saying, “What’s really fun about the record is white people can dance to it.” Perhaps kicking his R&B rival while he was down, the “Blurred Lines” singer later revealed he recently recorded a new track with Timbaland.
The interview wasn’t all about JT, though; Thicke also discussed his “Blurred Lines” video, his forthcoming album and married life.
Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame have both inflicted damage on their long-standing friendship and working relationship. Back in March, Gucci tweeted that Waka had been dropped from Brick Squad and called him a “disloyal lil n***a.” In the following weeks, Fozzie Bear claimed Gucci was “jealous” and dashed any hope of future business between the pair. Still, Big Guwop believes the Brick Squad bullies can work it out.
In a new interview with The FADER, Gucci explained that this is not the first time — “the sixth or seventh time,” actually — that he and Waka have been at odds, so he’s optimistic about a reconciliation. Regardless of whether the pair will eventually kiss and make up, though, Flocka will appear on the upcoming Brick Squad album, Guwop assured. After all, it’s “all about the money.”
You’ve said you’d like to work things out with Waka, and that you’ll release a Brick Squad album this summer. Will Waka appear on that album?
He’ll definitely be on the album, just because we’ve recorded so much material to date that we were planning to put on the Brick Squad album anyway. So no matter if we work things out or not, whether he drops his next album on 1017 Brick Squad or Brick Squad Monopoly or however the situation works out, he definitely will be on the Brick Squad album. Those songs are already recorded. And we’re gonna push forward and try to let him drop the next three albums that he’s contracted to drop on my label. Cause at the end of the day it’s still business. I pride myself on being a great businessman and I think he’ll honor what he committed to and we’ll push forward.
Do you think you and Waka will be friends in the future?
I hope so. This isn’t the first time that me and Waka been at odds with each other. We always work it out. This is like the sixth or seventh time. I don’t see no difference between this and the last one.
It looked like Naughty By Nature were heading for another break up earlier this week as Treach publicly “fired” groupmate Vin Rock on Twitter. Vinnie responded by tweeting, “Business 101: You can’t Fire the Owner.” Despite later reports that the outfit hadn’t officially split up and were set to continue touring, Treach has launched another attack on Vin by dropping this diss track, “Tall Midget.” *Sigh*
According to AllHipHop, the tensions between Treach and Vin have been building up for years, and the pair haven’t spoke in about two years. Despite the personal issues, though, the trio have ensured business goes on as usual.
We never wanted to be the groups that couldn’t resolve our issues. Nobody is larger than the group. We always fit [Vinnie] in even if there wasn’t a spot for [him] to fit in. You will never see Vin do a Naughty show [alone], because he can’t. Me and KG [the group's DJ and hit-making producer] can do this for the rest of our lives. I don’t work for nobody. I’ll never say never to nothing, because I’m a business man. For now, Vinnie is on a “grown man timeout.”
It’s always heartbreaking to see a 90s rap group fall out on Twitter. We’ve witnessed the Mobb Deep drama, which was almost too much to stomach. But last night, Naughty By Nature’s Treach sent out some pretty direct tweets about the current status of the Naughty. For reasons unknown at this time, Treach felt the need to publicly “fire” Vin Rock from the group. Vin hasn’t directly responded, and Kay Gee has remained quiet. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: According to NJ, Treach and Vin haven’t officially broken up, but are at odds. “There’s some internal conflicts going on within the group,” said Naughty By Nature’s booking agent, Blair “Goast” Bryson, who also confirms that the trio will continue touring. Their next show is in Durham, NC on May 18.
Vin also tweeted:
I’m waking to drama. Spoke to my publicist. Silence is Golden. In the meantime Business 101: You can’t Fire the Owner
(K.Michelle from Love & Hip Hop ATL vs. a blogger from Bossip, via Hot97NY)
I love TV, and ever since reality TV shows exploded in number after the writers’ strike made them the saving grace for many networks…I’ve cried during Real World, laughed during Jersey Shore, cheered during Top Chef. But I can’t really deal with the forced histrionics that I see from some shows…I find myself being train-wreck entertained for the first few minutes but when spinal fluid starts leaking out from a nostril, that’s my cue that my brain is crying out for mercy.
That said…I think this clip from the Season 2 screening of the gravy-covered mothership of mess, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, is still kind of interesting because it brings up a different debate.
In the clip above, watch K.Michelle (singer and cast member) jump down the throat of a blogger from Bossip, a site that I notice mostly for their use of the term “gut full of [insert name of father]” as their preferred synonym for the word “pregnant.”
Now given that K.Michelle almost always carries herself like an enraged spitting llama on the TV show, the question is…does she still have a valid point about being mistreated by gossip blogs?
Or…is her point moot because she (along with the show and VH1) is the one capitalizing on her own tragi-comedy and offering it up to blogs for publicity?
Is there a difference between the singer who gets hunted and splayed by paparazzi and blogs who just wants their music to be the focus….and the new-age celeb who’s most prominent body of work is a weekly snippet of them arguing in a bar, complaining about men, or getting groceries in see-thru stilettos?
I want to know what you think…but my first thought is that these two masters of distraction (media-whores and whore-media) are necessary to each other like oil and vinegar. Shake vigorously.
(One thing not debatable…K.Michelle is very good at yelling at people. When I’m enraged my face gets so red and enflamed that I can’t even deliver the zingers that I’ll keep thinking about afterwards, lol. Fail.)
You can watch the supertrailer for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Season 2…
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Ciara paid a visit to Hot 97′s morning show on Thursday to discuss her love life, beef, and new album. The R&B songstress opens up about current boyfriend Future, her past relationship with 50 Cent, and lessons she has learned about privacy versus living her life in the public. The crew of Ebro, Rosenberg, Cipha Sounds and K.Foxx touch on the recent issues Rihanna’s voiced towards Ciara and their on-going Twitter wars.
CiCi also takes the time to talk about her new album, Ciara. Due July 9, the Atlanta-native explains why she changed the album title from its previous name One Woman Army, working with Mike Will Made It, and the musical direction her upcoming fifth solo album now has.
When discussing plans for his new album, Breezy reveals he wants to release ten videos in support of his new LP. He confirms a ‘couple’ records with Nicki Minaj, recently writing for Jennifer Lopez, and hoping to land a J.Lo feature. Chris mentions he hasn’t watched the Law & Order SVU episode loosely based around his 2009 incident with Rihanna, calling the show ignorant for touching on a past issue.
Waka Flocka Flame paid a visit to MTV’s RapFix Live on Wednesday afternoon. The main topic on viewers and fans wanted answers on was the status of Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane’s relationship following their war of words on Twitter earlier this month. During his sitdown with Sway, Waka says he doesn’t believe Gucci’s Twitter was hacked as his reps have said in a statement.
“Nah, that Twitter wasn’t hacked because we had a conversation before that. Real aggressive words like, ‘N—a let’s get up, let’s do this’.”
“It ain’t gonna never be no business, ever in life. No music or nothing. I don’t feel nothing he say out his mouth. It ain’t real. He ain’t it, he’s bad vibes around me. I greet fans; he punches fans. It’s a difference.”