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Busta Rhymes released from jail on DWI charge
(May 3, 2007) Busta Rhymes has been released on $7,500 bail, after being arraigned earlier in the day, according to officials.
Representatives for Rhymes told AllHipHop.com that the rapper was formally charged with misdemeanor DWI and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), which is a violation, not a criminal offense.
"According to the complaint, he blew a .067 BAC at the station .08 BAC is legally drunk in New York," Rhymes' attorney Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com. "His license was not suspended and he was immediately released on an agreed upon bail of $7,500 cash."
The rapper is expected to appear in court again Tuesday May 8 to answer the DWI charges.
Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, was also arrested on Feb. 22 in Manhattan for driving with a suspended license.
12 May 2007 by News Team
Busta Rhymes arrested for DWI in Manhattan
Rap star Busta Rhymes was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) (May 3, 2007).
Police stopped a Yukon Denali driven by Rhymes on 51st Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan, because the tint on the SUV's windows was too dark.
Officers allegedly smelled alcohol on Rhymes' breath and the rapper was arrested for DWI and booked at the 28th St. precinct in New York.
His attorney, Scott Leemon declined to comment when contacted by AllHipHop.com.
The rapper is still in police custody and is expected to stand in front of a judge this evening.
Superstar rapper 50 Cent has put his 52-room mansion in Farmington, CT up for sale for an undisclosed amount.
According to Radaronline.com, the rapper originally bought the mansion from Mike Tyson's ex-wife in 2003 for $4.1 million.
The 48,000-square-foot mansion also has a recording studio, servants' quarters, in-door and outdoor pools, a boathouse and other amenities.
Mike Tyson originally bought the house in 1996 for $2.7 million.
He sold it to his ex-wife Monica for $1 in 2002 as part of a divorce settlement.
12 May 2007 by News Team
Young Buck and entourage deny involvement in weekend shooting
Contrary to previous reports, rapper Young Buck and his crew have denied being involved in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Hilton Garden Inn in Kennewick, Washington on Saturday (Apr. 28).
At least six shots were fired by two weapons during the shoot-out, which sent one man to the hospital with a single bullet wound to both legs and left patrons of the hotel terrified for their lives.
Police told Kennewick's Tri-City Herald that they were investigating reports that the shooting was a result of a fight that had broken out between Young Buck’s entourage and rival rappers, after Young Buck’s performance at Club Paradise.
Young Buck himself and a witness have come forth, proclaiming the rapper’s innocence in the situation.
“I had no involvement in that situation. None of my entourage was involved," Young Buck told AllHipHop.com. “We stayed at the hotel where the situation happened, I had no argument with nobody, I had none of my entourage involved in no fights. There were no robbers, or no shooting between us or no other rappers or none of that s**t.”
(May 1, 2007) The Source magazine and Source Entertainment Inc. have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan on Friday (Apr. 27) Dow Jones wire services reported yesterday (Apr. 30).
According to court documents, The Source is still struggling to recover from dishonest business practices and negative publicity brought on by former management, which caused various advertisers to withdraw support for the well known brand.
The Source also converted and consolidated a previous Chapter 7 filing in Friday's court proceedings and listed assets of about $1.3 million and liabilities of $35 million.
In early 2006, investors in The Source Entertainment ousted founders David Mays and Raymond "Benzino" Scott from the company, when ad revenue and newsstand sales plummeted, after the pair became engaged in bitter feuds with a number of rivals, including 50 Cent and Eminem.
Christian group urges 50 Cent to stop wearing cross
Throughout his career, 50 Cent has stood toe to toe with a number of rappers during various battles.
But now, the G-Unit leader has a new opponent in the form of a Christian group that wants him to stop wearing his diamond-covered cross.
The Resistance, a nationwide Christian organization focused on preserving Christian values in the media, is taking issue with 50 Cent for wearing the large cross as a fashion statement.
For the organization's founder Mark Dice, the cross contradicts what the rapper is saying in his music.
“50 Cent is no Christian, and if you listen to his lyrics it becomes clear that he is more of a Satanist than anything” said Dice, who offered what he feels is a better choice for 50 to wear.
“He is defaming the cross and committing blasphemy by wearing it while he raps about killing people for no reason because he’s a big bad ‘gangster.’ I think a large diamond studded platinum satanic pentagram would be a little more fitting for him” Dice said.
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12 May 2007 by News Team
Jodie Foster quotes Eminem at Penn University
May 16, 2006 - Having already picked up two best actress Oscars and starred in well over 50 films, there's not much left for a woman like Jodie Foster to achieve. The glamorous 42-year-old added photography and rapping, along with an honorary degree, to her bow when she visited the University of Pennsylvania on Monday, however.
The renowned performer, who already holds both a degree and a doctorate from Yale, took to the podium at "Penn" to mark this year's graduation ceremony. After provoking laughs from her audience by taking photographs of them, the mum-of-two delivered a heart-felt speech calling on alumni to build a fairer, more compassionate America.
There was on oddly familiar ring to Jodie's closing comments, though, as she told those present: "You better lose yourself in the moment. You own it, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, so do not miss your chance. Don't blow this opportunity � it comes once in a lifetime."
Hip-hop fans among the audience were the first to twig she was quoting controversial rapper Eminem from his hit single Lose Yourself. And giving a light-hearted twist to what had been an otherwise impassioned speech obviously had the right effect, as the 6,000-strong crowd immediately rose to its feet and honoured their VIP guest with a standing ovation.
D12 partner, longtime friend encourages fans to focus on Proof's life, not death.
April 14, 2006 - After two days of private mourning, Eminem broke his public silence late Thursday on the death of his best friend Proof, as the slain rapper's lawyer refuted police reports that he shot first in Tuesday morning's incident at Detroit's CCC Club.
"You don't know where to begin when you lose somebody who's been such a big part of your life for so long. Proof and I were brothers," Eminem said in a statement regarding the death of his D12 partner, longtime onstage hype man and closest friend (see "D12's Proof Shot And Killed At Detroit Club"). "He pushed me to become who I am. Without Proof's guidance and encouragement there would have been a Marshall Mathers, but probably not an Eminem and certainly never a Slim Shady. Not a day will go by without his spirit and influence around us all. He will be missed as a friend, father and both the heart and ambassador of Detroit hip-hop."
Though the focus since Tuesday's incident has been on reports from police that it was 32-year-old Proof (born DeShaun Holton) who fired first, shooting bouncer Keith Bender Jr. in the face before he was fatally shot by another man, Eminem encouraged fans to remember the life of Proof, not his death.
"Right now, there's a lot of people focusing on the way he died," Eminem said."I want to remember the way he lived. Proof was funny, he was smart, he was charming. He inspired everyone around him. He can never, ever be replaced. He was, and always will be, my best friend".
D12 Plans A New Album With Pre-Recorded Proof Verses
Denaun Porter of the Detroit rap outfit D12, which includes Eminem, says the group will continue to make music, including a D12 album that's in the works, despite the death of their friend and bandmate Proof.