Kanye West and girlfriend Kim Kardashian had an eventful Friday afternoon. After looking at potential locations for a new house, the couple took a break and popped up at a Beverly Hills restaurant. Shortly after parking, Kanye, who kept his head down to avoid photos from the paparazzi, walking right into a sign. Once alright, KimYe entered Bel-Air’s 9021Pho restaurant but Kanye soon came back outside to confront photographers, going on a cursing tirade.
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.”
Video of the interview is forthcoming, but until then, we have transcribed some of the key quotes from the interview…
Ebro: This time around, now that it’s a reoccurring incident…your preference doesn’t matter to us, you’re our brother, but what’s scary for us, is that there are crimes being committed, if you need our help our support, we’re here for that…
I know it’s a scary place and in hip hop there’s this whole bravado…and being in denial…in your heart, you’re a good person, you’re not out trying to hurt anybody but a lot of people have negative things to say. We just want to make sure that you’re okay.
Here’s what everybody wants to know…are you gay? Mister Cee: I am not gay. I’m looking in your eyes, I’m looking in Cipha Sounds’ eyes, Rosenberg’s eyes, Kay Foxx’s eyes. I am not gay. Ebro: Why then, male prostitutes? Mister Cee: Thursday night, friday morning, I was approached (there are certain things I can say) I was approached by a female latino undercover cop. Not a male cop. I have her badge number, so I know who she is. If you do your diligence, your rsch, the first story that came out in the Daily News, it was female undercover officer. Then from out of nowhere it changed to male undercover officer…I don’t know why it changed to that.
(Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly and Chris Smith, photographed earlier this year in Atlanta)
Rapper Chris “Mac Daddy” Kelly, one half of the 90s duo Kris Kross, died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday evening. The 34-year-old was found unresponsive at his Atlanta home says a representative from the Fulton County medical examiner’s office. No further details have been released as to the cause of death, as his body is set to go through further examination on Thursday, according to Billboard.
UPDATE #1: CBS Atlanta added a note to their story on Kelly’s death, saying that the police suspect “drug overdose” as the cause of death.
“A spokeswoman with the Fulton County Police Department said unless the medical examiner finds out something different, it appears Kelly died of a drug overdose.”
UPDATE #2: So So Def and Chris Kelly’s mother has issued an official statement.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that our beloved Chris Kelly has passed away on May 1. To millions of fans worldwide, he was the trendsetting, backwards pants-wearing one-half of Kris Kross who loved making music. But to us, he was just Chris – the kind, generous and fun-loving life of the party. Though he was only with us a short time, we feel blessed to have been able to share some incredible moments with him. His legacy will live on through his music, and we will forever love him.”
– Donna Kelly Pratte (mother) & The So So Def Family
Read more about Chris Kelly and Chris Smith’s important legacy as Kris Kross…
And the reaction from an Atlanta radio producer who spoke to Chris Kelly early today…
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I’m not sure whether to laugh or cringe at this. During last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the chat show host sent his Lie Witness News crew to Coachella to get the thoughts of cheery festival goers about (made-up) bands like Dr. Shlohmo and the G.I. Clinic, The Chelsea Clintons and The Obesity Epidemic (lol). Cue awkward and detailed answers like, “I just like their whole style, like, their whole genre is great, they’re kinda like very innovative and new.” Coachella, ladies and gentlemen.
(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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Gucci Mane is back behind bars, again. Just one day after being released on Friday, Gucci was arrested on Saturday for violating his probation. TMZ reports the ATLien’s bail was softened to $75,000 stemming from an assault charge in an Atlanta nightclub back in March. His freedom was short-lived as he was detained, again, earlier today.
As you probably already know, Rick Ross’ date rape lyrics on Rocko’s “U.E.O.N.O.” (“Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it”) have caused quite a stir lately, even provoking a protest outside Reebok’s flagship store in NYC. His somewhat half-assed apology hardly helped the matter. It looks like his MMG crew aren’t so keen to accept any wrongdoing, either.
Appearing on D.C. radio, Meek Mill waved off the criticism, explaining that his boss’ lyrics are simply “imaginary” and pointed to more harmful themes in other rap songs (Biggie’s “What’s Beef?” for example). Meek also called Rozay’s critics “weirdos.” We’ll see how that one goes down.
I don’t even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics. People rap about killing stuff all day. Biggie said, “Rape your kid, throw her over the bridge” back then, it was nothing, it was just hip-hop. Now you got all these weirdos on these social sites voicing their opinion about something anybody say. I don’t care, I’m from the hood. I never really cared about what nobody saying in no rap. Rap’s always been talking about killing, drugs, all types of stuff. So you can’t just criticize no one thing nobody say. It’s imaginary visual. If a writer write about somebody getting raped in a movie, that mean he a rapist or he want girls to get raped? No, he just wrote about that in a movie.
Just days after allegedly bottling a fan (who just happened to be an Afghanistan War veteran) in Atlanta, another man has come forward claiming Gucci Mane assaulted him. The victim, who asked only to be called TJ, told WBSTV Channel 2 that the rapper punched him after he tried to greet him at a concert in Philadelphia on March 18. “I haven’t ever been so humiliated in my life and disrespected,” TJ said. “He punched me on the left side of my face, right here in the jaw, knocking off my glasses. I sustained a chipped tooth in the back. I sustained also swelling on the left side.”
Gucci Mane’s movie Spring Breakers opened in theaters across the country today, but in his hometown of Atlanta, police have issued a warrant for Gucci’s arrest. According to local WSB-TV, Gucci (born Radric Davis) is wanted for “aggravated assault” after a Afghanistan War veteran claimed that Gucci hit him in the head with a champagne bottle at Atlanta’s Harlem Nights club.
The soldier, who asked only to be called by his first name, James, told [Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri] he asked a security guard in the VIP section of Harlem Nights on Courtland Street in Atlanta, if he could get a photo with the rapper. “I’m in the military. I wanted to get a picture with Gucci Mane, is it OK?”
James said he asked the security guard. “I was speaking to the security guard, and Gucci Mane hit me in the head with a bottle.”
James, who serves in the Army, returned home from Afghanistan in October. Last Friday was his first trip to Atlanta with friends to celebrate his birthday. He said he was stunned when Davis reacted violently to his request. “And as I looked at him in the shock of why, one of his friends hit me in the side of my face,” James told Viteri.
Check out a photo of the alleged victim’s injury, after the jump…..