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Robin Thicke and Paula Patton

Another seemingly perfect, beautiful, successful, supportive Hollywood supercouple hath bitten the dust. Robin Thicke and his actress-wife Paula Patton have separated. The couple, who met when Robin was 14 years old, have been married for 9 years, and have a four-year-old son named Julian Fuego.

While the Patton-Thicke’s publicly expressed their love on every occasion, do you think that the past year’s series of award show “happiness” on the part of Paula, and award show “raunchiness” on the part of Robin contributed to their marriage problems?

Read Robin Thicke and Paula Patton’s statement…
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doe b

Sad news this Saturday morning. According to Rap-Up, Hustle Gang rapper Doe B, real name Glenn Thomas, was shot and killed in Alabama in the early hours of this morning (Dec. 28). He was 22 years old. The fatal shooting, which reportedly injured others, occurred at Centennial Hill Bar and Grill (formerly Rose Supper Club) in Thomas’ hometown of Montgomery.

Doe B made standout appearances on Hustle Gang’s G.D.O.D. compilation and built a strong buzz from his Baby Jesus mixtape over the summer. A rep from Doe B’s management confirmed his death and issued the following statement:

UPDATE: New details have emerged via AP. One other person was killed in the shooting and six were wounded. Doe B was rushed to Baptist Medical Center South, where he was later pronounced dead. Even more tragic, the rapper had two young children and a third on the way.

T.I., Drake, Juicy J, Trae Tha Truth and more react to Doe B’s death…

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lord infamous

Lord Infamous has passed away. He was 40 years old. According to DJ Paul and Da Mafia 6ix’s publicist Dove Clark (via HHDX), Infamous passed away at his mother’s home in Memphis Friday night (Dec. 20). While the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, it is believed he died from a heart attack. Infamous was a founding member of the legendary Memphis rap collective Three 6 Mafia and released his debut solo album, Lord of Terror, in 1994.

Many Memphis rap figures including Juicy J, Gangsta Boo and his half-brother DJ Paul have reacted to Infamous’ death on Twitter.

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wale complex

Leave Wale off your end-of-year list, and receive an angry phone call full of threats. That’s what Complex Magazine discovered on Wednesday afternoon as the MMG rapper phoned Associate Editor Insanul Ahmed and expressed his outrage that The Gifted wasn’t included on their list of 50 Best Albums of 2013. Folarin’s emotions escalated over the three-minute call as he accused Complex of holding a personal bias and favoring albums like Juicy J’s Stay Trippy over his, before threatening physical violence.

I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking n****s the f*ck out. Alright. I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Get the security ready.

We’re not going to sit here and pretend like this kind of thing hasn’t been happening since the dawn of hip-hop journalism, but threatening a publication and its staff for not giving your music love is no laughing matter. Come on, Wale.

Listen to the audio after the jump…

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gucci mane waka flocka

The ongoing war between Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame has entered another bitter chapter. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gucci is suing Waka, as well as Waka’s mother Debra Antney, OJ Da Juiceman, Zaytoven and Khia Stone, for fraud, racketeering, theft and breach of contract.

The lawsuit accuses Antney of taking control of Gucci’s 1017 Records, LLC in 2009 — during which time he was incarcerated — and establishing at least three separate companies without his consent. She also allegedly stole jewelry from Gucci, failed to report tax information on her income and withheld payments and records on 1017 Records from the rapper.

But that isn’t all: Big Guwop is also accusing his former manager of fraudulently inflating the costs of some record label expenses and then using the excess for her personal spending.

Related:
New Music: Waka Flocka Flame “Ice Cream” (Gucci Mane Diss)
Gucci Mane Apologizes For Recent Behavior, Admits Lean Addiction & Plans to Check Into Rehab
Gucci Mane’s Downward Spiral: Twitter Rant, Near-Public Fist Fight, Arrest, And Hospitalization

5 pointz

The battle to save NYC graffiti mecca 5 Pointz looked like a lost cause ever since developers Jerry and David Wolkoff proposed to demolish the buildings to make way for a luxury housing project back in May. And last night, the iconic hip-hop site, sadly, met its demise as the owner had the walls painted over white. This comes just days after hundreds of supporters held a rally to prevent its demolition. Graffiti artists even attempted to use legal action to save the Long Island City landmark last month, but a 10-day restraining order was the best Judge Frederic Block could do.

R.I.P. 5 Pointz (1993 – 2013).

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kanye-west-seattle-yeezus-1

Not good news for fans anticipating their chance to witness Kanye West’s “Yeezus” tour. Due to an accident in Vancouver, resulting in a custom-made video truss and 60-foot circular LED screen getting damaged, the fall-trek with has been put on hold according to a statement released by Def Jam Records. The Vancouver, Denver, and Minneapolis dates have been postponed, with details on other stops to be announced shortly.

UPDATE: DONDA Creative Director Virgil Abloh confirms reports that surfaced on Monday revealing the two Chicago stops have also been postponed. “Stage still being repaired. New Chicago dates and pop-up shop will be announced soon,” tweeted Abloh. There is no current update on the Columbus, Ohio, show that is scheduled between the two Chicago stops.

Read the official statement about the tour delay below….

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jimmy-henchman

Former music executive James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was sentenced to life in prison on Friday afternoon in Brooklyn Federal Court. The past hip-hop mogul was found guilty of running a multi-million dollar drug trafficking ring, laundering millions from drug proceeds through his Czar Entertainment management company. Serving as CEO of Czar Entertainment, Rosemond also orchestrated narcotics to be shipped in crates, hidden in various pieces of musical equipment.

“His image as a music impresario was a cover for the real Jimmy Rosemond, a thug in a suit,” says Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. “My resilience and determination will overcome all adversity and history will vindicate and be kinder to me,” Rosemand said in a statement to AllHipHop via his publicist. The 48-year-old previously managed artists such as The Game, Brandy, and Sean Kingston.

Previously: Jimmy Henchmen Arrested By Drug Enforcement Agents in Manhattan

Howard Homecoming weekend is the stuff of legend, and one of the biggest kick off events, the Yardfest music festival is one of the most anticipated. Everyone from Kanye West to Drake to 2Chainz have performed for the crowds of students, many of whom traveling from other HBCUs (Historic Black Colleges and Universities) to attend.
This year was a bit different because for the first time, Yardfest organizers instituted a $5 ticket charge. Seems like a bargain though for a lineup that includes Big Sean, Juicy J, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, A$AP Ferg and Gyptian. No?

Well, apparently, the new charge and the new fence caused some dangerous disgruntled pushing and shoving at the entrance…Not to mention some defiant wall-climbing.
Local Washington D.C. news outlets report that at least 5 people went to the hospital with minor injuries, as well as 2 police officers. But after a brief delay, order was restored, and the concert was restarted.
In fact, Big Sean posted this photo from the stage:

Oh, but fear not, horndogs…the drama has not deterred some women from dressing for success.
See example photo…
And more video from the chaos.
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rock the bells

It’s a sad day for Rock The Bells. Despite making two successful stops in L.A. and San Francisco earlier this month — the former where Eazy-E and Ol’ Dirty Bastard were resurrected in hologram form — the touring hip-hop festival has been forced to cancel its remaining two shows in Washington, D.C. and the New York area due to poor ticket sales. Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Pusha T, Kid Cudi and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were all on the bill for the respective Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 4-5 dates. According to XXL, Rock The Bells will take a $3 million loss from the cancellations, but will refund all tickets.

Related:
Finally! ASAP Rocky Meets Aesop Rock at Rock The Bells 2013
Eazy-E Is Resurrected at Rock The Bells 2013 Kickoff in Los Angeles
Ol’ Dirty Bastard Returns In Hologram Form at Rock the Bells 2013

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