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Jay-Z and Damon Dash hit with $15 million lawsuit; and more
Jay-Z and Damon Dash have been hit with a $15 million dollar lawsuit by a Philadelphia man, who claims that Roc-A-Fella stole the concept of the hit movie State Property from his novel.
Antonne Jones filed the lawsuit earlier this month in Manhattan Federal Court, alleging that State Property was based upon his novel The Family: A Philadelphia Mob Story, which centers around "four men seeking 'ghetto glory' - money, power and fame."
Jones claims he met with the pair in 1998 and wanted $500,000 for the rights to the movie.
The lawsuit says Jones rejected a $50,000 offer from Jay-Z and Damon Dash and never heard from them again.
State Property was released in 2002 and starred Beanie Sigel and his State Property rap collective as the "ABM," a group that attempts to corner Philadelphia's drug trade.
In addition to Jay-Z and Damon Dash, the film's distributor Lions Gate is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
BY BEN WIDDICOMBE, MICHAEL WHITE and ALISON GENDAR DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Sean (Diddy) Combs' top choreographer - who took a star turn on the rap mogul's MTV reality show "Making the Band" - has accused him of threatening her with a chair during a heated argument that ended their partnership.
Laurie Ann Gibson filed a complaint with the NYPD claiming Diddy picked up a chair and menaced her with it during an argument over the lackluster performance of the TV show's latest group of contestants.
Sources close to Diddy denied he grabbed the chair, and they insisted the argument was part of the theatrics of the TV show and that Gibson overreacted.
Diddy's lawyer simply rejected the allegations.
"This is just another example of a false accusation by someone trying to take advantage of Sean's success and celebrity status," said attorney Benjamin Brafman.
Nas launches European tour; New date planned for canceled show in Croatia
Rap superstar Nas has embarked upon an 25-date tour, which kicked off on Tuesday (May 15) at a sold-out show in Amsterdam.
The rapper will hit a number of major European cities during the trek, which includes stops in Berlin, Warsaw and Madrid.
A tour representative also addressed recent reports that Nas skipped a performance in Croatia, due to security concerns.
The rapper was due in the capital city of Zagreb on June 3, for a show promoted by Croatian promoters and local label Aquarian Records, but allegedly backed out for safety reasons.
According to Nas' International tour representative Anthony Saleah, the rapper did cancel the show in April, due to concerns about his safety in the country, which has been stable since 1995.
"We pulled out of the Croatia show in early April due to Nas not being totally comfortable with his safety," Saleah told AllHipHop.com. "We gave them notice early enough. After the way this tour is going now he does feel more comfortable traveling in all parts of Europe and we do have all intentions of rescheduling his show in Croatia on our next tour in Sept. We also plan to hit Asia, Australia and Africa."
The June 3 date in Croatia has been replaced With a show in Groningen, Netherlands.
Yeah, this is the old video from Eminem & 50 Cent with Lloyd Banks and Ca$his, but since we haven't posted it before...
17 May 2007 by News Team
Top secret documents reveal rappers Jay-Z, Diddy and others monitored before
The New York Police Department monitored and spied on various rappers months before the 2004 Republican National Convention, which was held in New York.
The details were revealed in 600 pages worth of secret files released yesterday (May 16) by the New York Civil Liberties Union, who is suing the city on behalf of demonstrators arrested during the questioning.
50 CENT DEFENDS RAP LYRICS TO EURS LEE BAILEY: Rapper breaks it down during BET Awards 07 press conference.
*During a press conference in Hollywood to announce details of the BET Awards 07, one of the scheduled performers, 50 Cent, was grilled about the post-Don Imus backlash against negative hip hop lyrics.
As a rapper who regularly uses the b-word, n-word and h-word in his lyrics, EURs Lee Bailey asked 50 if he would “get with the program” and voluntarily remove offensive lyrics from his music. The rapper took offense at the phrasing of the question and said the following to Bailey:
“Are you familiar with politics? Are you familiar with the Presidents No. 2 man? Youre familiar with him resigning based on him using, maybe what wed call a dating service? Maybe hes hanging out with hoes that we mention in the music. If that doesnt make you aware of a situation that exists…
Cashis has just updated his MySpace with a new layout. You can check it out HERE.
Cashis has also just recieved an official Shady Records website. Check it out HERE.
Cashis - County Hound EP (Out May 22nd)
17 May 2007 by News Team
BET Awards: 2007 award nominees
BET Awards: BET Unveils Its 2007 Award Nominees By Ivory M. Jones, BET.com
Posted May 16, 2007 -- BET unveiled its nominee list for its 7th Annual BET Awards today at a press conference held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Hosted by comedienne Mo’Nique, this year’s event promises to be jam packed with laughs and electrifying performances from some of today’s hottest performers and entertainers.
This year’s festivities will air live on Tuesday, June 26 from Los Angeles’s historic Shrine Auditorium (8 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (CT), tape delay to Mountain and Pacific Time Zones) and will honor the best in 15 categories in music, film, video and sports. Nominees such as T.I. and Robin Thicke were on hand when this year’s award contenders were announced. Beyoncé led the pack of nominees with six nods under her belt. Ciara, Akon and Jennifer Hudson followed with three nominations a piece.
Superstar diva Diana Ross will be honored at the award ceremony with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award for her significant musical career, while actor Don Cheadle will take home this year’s BET Humanitarian Award for his dedication to humanity. This year’s awards mark the third time that Mo’Nique has hosted the event.