NEWS: The Game’s Children Injured During Fight With Fiancée Tiffney Cambridge! [KingpinTV.net]

The alleged incident between Game and former fiancée Tiffney Cambridge last month involved the estranged couple’s two young children. 

Cambridge filed a police report and was granted a restraining order against Game, aka Jayceon Taylor. She claims he repeatedly punched her in the torso and face, along with injuring her eye and breaking her nose. Their two children — Cali Dream 3, and King Justice, 6 — were present at the time and injured during the altercation, Cambridge alleges in court documents. 

She asserts that the Compton rapper wouldn’t allow her to tend to their daughter’s bleeding leg after a table broke and injured both children. 

The legal docs state that Game called Cambridge a “b—-” and told her to “Move the f— out of the way,” when she attempted to tend to their children. Cambridge also alleges the 34-year-old threatened to “end it all,” and told the children that if she called the police both parents would be carted off to jail.

Cambridge says Game finally let her take the children and leave. She made it to the hospital a day later and was told that her nose was broken. 

Game was investigated for domestic violence, but denies hitting Cambridge. “I don’t want to give fuel to these false accusations, but the truth will definitely come out,” he wrote on Instagram last week. “All I want is a change to move on with my life & be allowed to be the father to my children I have been since their births. Judge me as you may, but do know..my heart & intentions are pure.”


 
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NEWS/PHOTOS: Mimi Faust & Nikko Smith Of Love & Hip Hop ATL Releasing Sextape! [KingpinTV.net]

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“Love & Hip Hop” star Mimi Faust is finally making love not war — in a BRAND NEW SEX TAPE — and her partner in slime is her co-star and BF from the reality show.

Vivid honcho Steve Hirsch says he got hold of the sex tape starring Mimi and Nikko Smith, and then contacted them to sign off on it going public. He says “Love & Hip Hop” producers also gave their blessing … presumably in an effort to spice up the reality show for next season.

We’ve seen clips of “Mimi & Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta” … it’s the real deal and it’s intense. It’s scheduled for release later this month.

As the saying goes, when all else fails … make a sex tape.

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REPORT: Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Becomes An Informant! [KingpinTV.net]

Vybz Kartel told the police the whereabouts of several wanted men in Portmore, St Catherine and provided the authorities with information that led to the recovery of 17 illegal firearms, a highly-placed police source has disclosed.

The move by the embattled entertainer was part of an effort to gain his freedom, or at least a vastly reduced prison sentence, the police said.

The startling revelation came to light during a Jamaica Observer interview with a member of the constabulary’s top brass late last week.

“He wanted to meet with the commissioner who assigned a member of the high command to meet him. During the meeting he offered information on wanted men in Portmore and also coughed up a number of illegal firearms. He was trying to broker a deal to get the charges dropped,” the source said.

The police said several wanted men were subsequently nabbed.

Kartel along with André St John, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell and Kahira Jones were all found guilty and slapped with life sentences for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams, who police say was bludgeoned to death at a house in Havendale, St Andrew, on August 16, 2011.

The men will have to serve 35, 30, and 25 years respectively if the Appellate Court throws out their appeals, which will likely be heard in a minimum three years from now, based upon the pace at which such appeals are dealt with.

According to the police source, the artist made the offer when he realized that the walls were closing in on him, after homicide investigators were sealing up their probe into Williams’ murder.

The police also said that Kartel and a funeral director also met with a top-ranking cop after a probe was launched into whether or not Williams’ remains were cremated.

Police are also probing the disappearance of funeral home operator Jennifer Edwards, who went missing in January.

The police said evidence was suggesting that Edwards was killed and her body disposed of as she had knowledge of sinister dealings relating to Williams’ body.

“We believe she was killed because she was the weak link and she knew too much, but we are still investigating,” the source said.

Last Wednesday, Police Commissioner Owen Ellington drew the ire of defence attorney Tom Tavares-Finson when he declared that Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) was the boss of a criminal outfit that was responsible for more than 100 murders.

Tavares-Finson could not be reached for comment on the latest allegation as the Sunday Observer prepared for a press deadline.

The Sunday Observer source went even further and named a well-known gang based in several Spanish Town communities, as the gang that the commissioner was referring to.

“He was very influential in the Klansman gang. That gang used to carry out his killings for him until his Gaza Empire started doing the murders themselves. We have footage of him and a leading Klansman member bragging about the best places to kill people, whether in the church or other places. That Klansman was heard bragging that he shot eight people in a church already,” the source said.

The Sunday Observer has also been informed that the police have in their possession additional footage of the video that was shown in court where men were overheard planning murder.

The footage, the source said, showed a headless body, believed to be that of Williams, lying on the floor.

It was not clear why that was not entered into evidence during the recently concluded trial.

Shawn Campbell, another police source said, may have been a victim of loyalty to the ‘Worl’ Boss’ as he now faces the possibility of serving a 25-year sentence after refusing a deal to plead guilty to accessory before or after the fact and serve a

three-year sentence.

The police said that Campbell may not have known that Williams and the prosecution star witness Lamar Chow were earmarked for death when he accompanied them in a taxi driven by a man known only as ‘Need For Speed’, to the ill-fated house.

“We have information that he was under the impression that the men would be beaten for their carelessness in the disappearance of the two guns. When he arrived, we heard he was surprised to see so many strange men, who we believe to be members of the Klansman gang, and that is why him tek weh himself.

“We know that it is only after the voice notes were revealed that he became aware that he, too, could have been harmed over the guns. Maybe he would have acted differently if he had heard some of the things that came out in court,” the source said.

All four convicts are now being housed in a maximum security section of the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre on Spanish Town Road in Kingston where high-risk inmates are kept at the State’s pleasure.

(Jamaica Observer)

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VIDEO: Keyshia Cole Ft. Juicy J – “Rick James” [KingpinTV.net]

Keyshia Cole advising us that she will have her feet “All up on your couch.”

Rick James is the first single from her upcoming album “Point of No Return” due out later this year.

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VIDEO: Drake Disguised As A Reporter (I Witness News)! [KingpinTV.net]

Drizzy having fun courtesy of some unsuspecting people.

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NEWS: Big Sean Calls Off Engagement To Naya Rivera, Cheating & Stealing Accusations! [KingpinTV.net]

It's all over: Just six months after getting engaged and one year after they started dating, Naya Rivera and Big Sean's wedding is off

It’s all over: Just six months after getting engaged and one year after they started dating, Naya Rivera and Big Sean’s wedding is off (pictured in December 2013)

They announced their engagement in October after just six months of dating, however Big Sean and Naya Rivera’s wedding has already been called off.

And the split quickly turned nasty, with Naya taking to Twitter on Wednesday to accuse her former fiance of stealing from her.

In a tweet which has seen been deleted, but obtained by TMZ, she wrote: ‘@bigsean stealing rolexes from a lady’s house now. Maybe cuz I’m on Glee and making more money or something. #triflin.’

Sean did not respond to the tweet or the allegations in it, but the rapper’s representative told Us Weekly that it was Sean’s decision to end the engagement and denied recent reports in Star magazine that he cheated on her.

His rep said: ‘After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off.’

Most likely referring to both the cheating and stealing claims, the rep said: ‘The recent rumours and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue.’

While he didn’t reveal the current status of their relationship, the rep alluded to some ‘issues’ but added Sean, real name Sean Anderson, hoped to work them out.

The representative added: ‘Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.’

Life goes on: Naya looked relatively happy at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party in Hollywood on Tuesday night

Life goes on: Naya looked relatively happy at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party in Hollywood on Tuesday night

Sources told TMZ the Rolex actually belonged to Sean who gave it to Naya to borrow but not to keep.

Star magazine claimed Naya, 27, ended the engagement after discovering 26-year-old Sean was cheating on her.

A source told the publication he got cold feet and ‘it was too much, too fast for him’.

However, an insider close to the pair insisted this was not true.

 

Trouble in paradise: Naya was spotted without her engagement ring on March 29, over a week before their split was announced

Trouble in paradise: Naya was spotted without her engagement ring on March 29, over a week before their split was announced

 

The source told Us Weekly: ‘Sean did not cheat on Naya and the allegations are 100 per cent false and untrue.’

As recently as April 4, they appeared to be engaged after Naya tweeted ‘thanks’ to Cosmopolitan magazine for listing the pair on their ‘most wonderful, absolute cutest engaged celebrity couples’ list.

A source told TMZ that Sean never cheated, but decided to call off the wedding weeks ago because she was too ‘controlling’ and ‘jealous’ over women he worked with.

It was a different story in January when Naya gushed to Cosmopolitan For Latinas about the rapper.

‘I think he’s going to be an amazing husband, and he’ll make a great father someday,’ she gushed of the star – whom she met on Twitter early last year before taking their budding romance offline. ‘He’s so kind to people.’

Happier times: Naya showed off her huge engagement ring as she cuddled up to rapper Sean in December last year

Happier times: Naya showed off her huge engagement ring as she cuddled up to rapper Sean in December last year

 

Identifying the most with her Latin heritage – she’s half Puerto Rican, a quarter African-American and a quarter German – the star proudly admitted that she inherited the tough, independent traits that come with it.

However, in Sean, she believed she had found someone who is equally strong, which she said was part of what drew her to him in the first place.

‘He wears the pants in our relationship, which I love,’ she said. ‘We Latinas are very independent and strong, so it’s even sweeter that I’ve found somebody who can let me out of that role for a minute.’

The last photo featuring Sean on Naya’s Instagram page was posted three weeks ago, describing him as one of her ‘favourite men’.

Staying silent: The Glee star has not yet commented on the split or allegations that Sean cheated on her

Staying silent: The Glee star has not yet commented on the split or allegations that Sean cheated on her

 

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REPORT: Al Sharpton Was An FBI Informant On The Mob! [KingpinTV.net]

 

The Rev. Al Sharpton has served as an outspoken civil rights activist, presidential nominee, television host, and, if a new report is to be believed, a key informant to the FBI.

According to a lengthy report by website The Smoking Gun, Sharpton, 69, served as “Confidential Informant No. 7″ in the 1980s, playing a prominent role collecting information on New York City’s most prolific mobsters. Sharpton has denied the claims.

In a Tuesday morning press conference, Sharpton said that he wasn’t an informant but rather he was merely cooperating with the FBI. “I’m not a rat, I’m a cat,” Sharpton reportedly said, according to journalists live-tweeting the event. He continued that the only thing he was ashamed of were “those old fat pictures” that have been shown in conjunction with the reports.

The Smoking Gun’s report — based on interviews, court records, and hundreds of pages of documents obtained as the result of requests invoking Freedom of Information Act — claims that Sharpton worked for a joint FBI/NYPD crime task force that was primarily pursuing the notorious Genovese crime family. Sharpton allegedly was sent out to talk to mobsters with a bugged briefcase. The website said that information he obtained led to the bugging of two Genovese family social clubs, three cars and a dozen phone lines approved by eight different federal judges.

During Tuesday’s press conference, he admitted with working with the FBI for two years and wearing a wire to record conversations. “The conversations were recorded, and I would record them today,” he said. “We are victims trying to stop something.”

In a previous interview, Sharpton told the New York Times, “Most of what I’ve looked through [on The Smoking Gun] does not remind me of anything I was involved in.” The site says that Sharpton denied its claims in an interview, particularly ones stating that he was “flipped” after a drug deal. “The claim is I helped get the mob, not that I was in the mob,” Sharpton said. “I was never told I was an informant.”

It has long been known that Sharpton worked with the FBI in the 1980s to assist in an investigation against boxing promoter Don King. He told the New York Daily News that he contacted authorities after Gambino family member Joseph Buonanno and others sent him death threats for trying to help African-Americans succeed on the business side of the music industry. “If you’re a victim of a threat, you’re not an informant — you’re a victim trying to protect yourself,” he said. “I encourage kids all the time to work with law enforcement, you’re acting like it’s a scandal for me to do that?”

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BREAKING NEWS: Jonas Valanciunas Charged with Drunk Driving! [KingpinTV.net]

This sucks man. It’s not something I associate with Jonas, but we all have our crosses to bear and having a drink and going for a drive is apparently his.

This happened in Wasaga beach apparently, which is not surprising. Young Zarar has taken a few trips to Wasaga beach during his youth and I can attest that such behaviour is rather endemic around those parts. It’s something to do with the water, sun, scantly clad women, lack of police enforcement, private “picnic” areas, shady groves, and most of all, very readily available alcohol and other substances. Then again, all that doesn’t start till after May 24 weekend, so I’m not sure what Jonas is even doing there in April in a rainstorm. But hey, if he likes ice fishing when others are rolling in Vegas, then I’m not really surprised by this.
RR firmly stands behind Jonas in this tough time. We’re like the wife of the senator as he delivers his apology press conference after sending out pictures of his junk to random strangers. Yes, we’re almost like that wife, almost. She’s strong, supportive and most of all judgemental. RR is not judgemental. That is something we are not.

I’ll be curious to see if the team suspends him for such behaviour (they should), even though it might put our 50-win target and playoff positioning at risk.

Come back strong big fella.

(RR)

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CANCON VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Peter Jackson ft. Waka Flocka Flame – “Havana” [KingpinTV.net]

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NEWS: Dancehall Artist Vybz Kartel Receives Life Sentence! [KingpinTV.net]

A undeniable, yet divisive, talent, Vybz Kartel has entered into a career phase his seemingly invincible ego, as the self-designated as the World Boss, might have never envisioned: a life sentence, handed down today by Justice Lennox Campbell in Jamaica’s Supreme Court. Several roads were closed within the vicinity of the downtown Kingston courthouse in anticipation of today’s sentencing, which was originally scheduled for March 27th.

Kartel will not be eligible for parole until he serves 35 years of his life sentence, while Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years of their life sentences; Andre St. John will be eligible for parole after serving 15 years of his life sentence.

On March 13th, Kartel, born Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of the August 16, 2011 murder of his former associate Clive “Lizard” Williams, the outcome of a 58-day trial, which commenced on November 18th, 2013 — said to be the longest in the history of Jamaica’s Circuit court. Guilty verdicts were also handed to Shawn Campbell (dancehall artist Shawn Storm), Kahira Jones and Andre St. John, who each received life sentences today. The fourth co-accused, Shane Williams, received the jury’s sole not guilty decision. Minutes after the verdicts were announced, juror Livingston Cain was charged with bribing the jury foreman to influence a not guilty verdict; Shane Williams is now charged in another murder case.

Palmer’s lawyers will appeal today’s conviction, a process expected to take between 6-12 months, said Christian Tavares-Finson, who along with his father Tom Tavares-Finson have represented the embattled dancehall artist since the trial started. The defense maintains the prosecution presented evidence that had been fabricated and otherwise manipulated including text messages reportedly sent from Palmer’s phone, after it was confiscated, allegedly boasting of the butchering of Williams’ body, which has never been found.

In August, Palmer will face charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice as related to the Williams murder case; police reported that Kartel’s protégé, singer Vanessa Saddler, a.k.a Gaza Slim, and an associate, Andre Henry, went to a Kingston precinct where Saddler filed a statement claiming she had been robbed at knifepoint by Williams five days after Palmer was charged with his murder. According to police, evidence exists, including phone records, indicating that Palmer instructed Saddler to report the robbery.

“Jamaica feels this because Vybz Kartel has contributed a lot to reggae, no matter what anyone says, and we will support him in any way that we can,” says Tad Dawkins, founder of the Kingston/Miami based reggae independent Tad’s Records who have released three albums by Kartel, including his 2013 set, “Kartel Forever Trilogy,” which reached no. 11 on the Reggae Album chart.

Vybz Kartel’s conviction/sentencing is the dishonorable cap to a career strategically propelled by controversy, from the graphic sexuality on songs like “Tek Buddy” to the gruesome thug exploits recounted in “Real Bad Man,” a grizzly parallel to the alleged events that brought his judgment (“mi lass (cutlass) dem fi choppin’/mi trick him, mi trap him, di rifle dem whop him”), to the years of traded song disses between The World Boss representing his Gaza consortium of artists/supporters and dancehall artist Mavado’s Gullyside crew. The artists’ lyrical salvos were sometimes taken literally by fans with numerous fights, in defense of their preferred artist, taking place at dancehall sessions, even in schoolyards, before peace was declared in late 2009. Prior to his murder conviction, Kartel’s most debated action was the lightening of his skin from its natural chocolate brown to pasty beige to better display his multiple tattoos.

Each contentious step resulted in greater media attention, something Kartel skillfully manipulated yet proudly mocked, as he told Billboard.biz in a December 2009 interview at his Kingston Gaza studio. “I am amazed at how stupid the media can be because there are so many serious issues in Jamaica. The governor of the Bank of Jamaica is in a big scandal over money. The price of flour raise, sugar raise but everybody is on this Gully/Gaza thing, it is like a ploy to take the people’s minds off the real issues and the media is just playing along because they are simple-minded. I know how to control them and I always do.”

Kartel’s clever, often contested lyrics brought him numerous hits while his entrepreneurial savvy transformed his controversial actions into several successful products branded under his Gaza Empire. For example, prior to admitting to skin bleaching he referenced the practice in his hit singles “Straight Jeans and Fitted”, followed by “Cake Soap” then created a line of Vybz Kartel Cake Soap, generating further outrage and publicity. Whether or not Vybz’s Cake Soap actually lightened skin as he claimed, and despite the self-loathing many associate with the procedure, Vybz’s Cake Soap sold out of its initial shipment of 2,000 units in Jamaica in May 2011, without an island-wide distribution network.

Kartel’s Gaza Empire also included Daggering Condoms, the Vybz Wear line of tees, belt buckles and dog tags, and Addi’s shoes, the latter inspired by his massive 2010 single “Clarks” (featuring his Gaza Empire artists Popcaan and Gaza Slim) which prompted a surge in the price and sales of the venerable English shoe brand in Jamaica.

Despite the variety within his abundant repertoire, it’s the Kartel songs that are the aural equivalent of porn or blood splattered gangster films that have brought his farthest-reaching celebrity. Some contend his scatological verse brought the dancehall genre to an unprecedented low, an argument that surrounded dancehall superstars Yellowman and Shabba Ranks, in their respective ‘80s and ‘90s heydays. Yet both artists are now hailed as genre standard bearers. Time will tell if Kartel’s provocative brand merely pushes the envelope in more permissive times, as reflected in movies, television and other musical genres, or if he is truly an aberrant, corrupting force among a predominantly young fan base.

Justice Campbell is weighing the option of allowing Kartel to record in prison after determining if he can be transferred from the New Horizon Remand Center, where he has spent almost three years awaiting the conclusion of his murder trials, to the Tower St. Correction Center, which is outfitted with a recording studio. The judge must also ascertain whether proceeds from such recordings can be awarded to the family of Clive “Lizard” Williams.

Whether or not Kartel records new material, the strategized controversies that elevated his career trajectory are now beyond his control.

“Kartel entered the game as one of its most compelling stars and stayed that way; the impact of his conviction/sentencing will be measured over time but he changed Jamaican music,” comments Pat McKay, Director of Programming, Sirius XM, The Joint/ Kirk Franklin’s Praise (Reggae and Gospel). “How it is changed,” she says, “is on the shoulders of current music makers.”

(Billboard)

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NEWS/PHOTO: Benzino Shot By His Nephew During Funeral Procession! [KingpinTV.net]

Reality TV star Benzino was injured after being shot by his nephew on a Massachusetts highway Saturday while riding in a funeral procession for a family member, according authorities and Benzino’s hip-hop magazine.

Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, is a cast member of the VH1 reality show “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly. The magazine confirmed on its website Saturday night that Benzino had been shot.

The 48-year-old Benzino was travelling on Route 3 south of Boston just before noon when 36-year-old Gai Scott pulled alongside and fired several shots into a red SUV driven by Benzino, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Officials say there had been growing tension between the two.

Benzino, of Mansfield, Mass., got out of the SUV after being struck and was taken by a passerby to the Duxbury Police Department and then transferred to a hospital.

Hip-Hop Weekly said he was shot in an arm, and his back was grazed by a bullet.

He was listed in good condition, a spokeswoman for South Shore Hospital in South Weymouth said Sunday morning.

The magazine said Benzino was in the area to bury his mother. He was heading to a church in Plymouth at the time of the shooting, the District Attorney’s Office said.

Police responding to the scene found the red SUV in the middle of Route 3 with bullet holes and a reddish brown substance believe to be blood inside the vehicle. Officials said shell casings and projectiles also were found at the scene.

Gai Scott, of Randolph, Mass., was taken into custody and charged with assault with intent to murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in the Plymouth District Court.

The “Love & Hip Hop” series is known for its over-the-top drama and fights — making it a ratings success, but also a target for criticism. The fourth season of the show’s New York series ended in January. The third season of the Atlanta spinoff debuts in May.

Benzino is a former co-owner of The Source magazine. At its prime, The Source was the pre-eminent magazine for rap, and it helped fuel the rise of urban magazines such as XXL and Vibe.

Benzino left the publication in 2006 and later launched Hip-Hop Weekly, which chronicles the lives of urban music stars.

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NEWS: NYU To Offer a Full Course On Sean “Diddy” Combs! [KingpinTV.net]

The Clive Davis Institute of Recording Music at New York University is offering the class “Topics: Sean Combs & Urban Culture.” Jayson Jackson, former VP of Marketing and Promotion at Diddy’s Bad Boy imprint, will teach the class, adding a first-hand perspective of the subject given his year’s working with the entertainment mogul.

“No single personality dominated the landscape of urban mainstream popular culture in the 1990s (and since) more than producer, rapper and entrepreneur Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs,” reads a description on the course. “By 2013, hip hop and black culture have become globally mainstream; the immense popularity that hip hop enjoys today is directly rooted in the profound cultural changes that Combs and his peers instigated.”

The course aims to “investigate the social and cultural and political changes of the 1990s” and how the 44-year-old was “catapulted to success by those changes.” 

Diddy’s story will be “discussed and dissected” through “critical reading” along with “viewings and listening assessments.” 


 
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CLASSIC SOCA VIDEO: Biggie Irie – “Nah Going Home” (2007) [KingpinTV.net]

Throw back Soca!

 

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VIDEO: Huie V – “Trippin” [KingpinTV.net]

New banger from unsigned artist Huie V

 

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VIDEO: Jonn Hart ft. Shanell – “I Can’t Feel My Leggz” [KingpinTV.net]

Jonn Hart blesses the blog with new visuals featuring Shanell.

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HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO: Intelligent Hoodlum – “Grand Groove” (1993) [KingpinTV.net]

Classic from the “Intelligent Hoodlum” aka “Tragedy Khadafi”

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NEWS: Drake Gets $300,000 In Government Money For His OVO Fest! [KingpinTV.net]

In its first three years, Drake’s OVO Fest can only be described as a monumental success, and evidently, the Ontario government agrees. Yesterday, Global News reported that the two-day festival was awarded a $300,000 tourism grant. People weren’t impressed. At first glance, giving a millionaire rapper that much of tax payers’ money seems absurd, especially given the infrastructural uncertainties solidifying under Kathleen Wynne’s watch.

But what if it’s a good thing?

OVO Fest is scheduled yearly at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, a Toronto venue with an official capacity of 16,000. Global will tell you that they’re limited to that number; as someone who worked behind the scenes at the first two OVO Festivals, I can tell you that’s a lie. But the fact Live Nation can swarm the lawns well beyond official capacity isn’t what’s relevant here: Instead, it’s the gaggle of fans that can’t get in worth focusing on.

Every year since its first, OVO Fest has been known as much for its guests as its headliners, and while last year’s fest was thrown a wedge when Frank Ocean’s voice blew out, limiting it to one day, Drake and co. still managed to bring out some pretty big names—no Stevie Wonder, but Kanye West wasn’t bad as a compromise.

Where I’m going with that is this: Those guest spots aren’t always favours. Look at Québec’s massive Festival D’été, which last July the Government of Canada pledged $1.3 million toward. Its 2014 line-up hasn’t yet been announced, but that money has gone to everyone from Metallica to Elton John in years’ past. So why are we fretting over Drake getting a fraction of it? This is how this works.

More than anything, it’s easy to forget that while Drake considers himself an ambassador for the city—and he is—he’s still in it to make money. He didn’t sign on with the Toronto Raptors because he grew up watching Vince Carter, he did it to solidify his brand. And while OVO Fest can likely afford to use its own money to put towards bigger acts, why should it have to?

Until now, the annual hip-hop festival has benefitted from Toronto’s Caribana festival spill over. Every year, hordes of Americans cross the border to walk the streets and take in the Carribean festival’s mix of urban and island culture. In OVO Fest’s first year, that meant the usual crew of fringe basketball players—I still remember the hyper-pleasant Morris Peterson stuck in line for hours—but within years NBA champions Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were hanging out backstage. Last year, it spiralled into OVO’s basketball tournament, which brought out Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings, Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, plus the requisite Canadian cadre of Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins.

Basketball players hanging out in Toronto in the summer is nothing new to anyone who remembers all of the “White Vegas” think pieces from a few years back, but the OVO tournament is closely tied to Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The CIS isn’t the NCAA—these student athletes are actually students, and the organization can really use the exposure.

Global points out that OVO Fest now gets $7,000 more than the TD Toronto Jazz Fest. Okay. But OVO Fest isn’t funded by a national bank.

What this $300,000 amounts to is an even more enhanced ambassador program. It allows Drake to keep more of his money, which in turn means he’d be more enthused to spend on big guests. Ontarians lost more than $1 billion in the gas plant scandal. At least this gives us Outkast.

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NEWS: Apollo Nida & Phaedra Parks Of Reality Show #RHOA Are Divorcing! [KingpinTV.net]

Apollo Nida and Phaedra Parks may have more legal drama to contend with in the coming weeks. The Real Housewives of Atlanta couple are headed for divorce.

Nida and Parks are reportedly already separated following Nida’s indictment on several counts of fraud and identity theft. He is currently on house arrest pending trial, but could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

Parks, a lawyer herself, is allegedly looking to clear herself of any charges related to Nida’s legal troubles. The reality star, who has been spotted looking considerably thinner in recent weeks, is struggling to keep her public profile clean of her husband’s wrongdoings, according to sources.

But divorce may not protect Parks from the law. The attorney and businesswoman is reportedly listed as a co-owner on several of her husband’s businesses, though its not clear if those businesses are under investigation by authorities.

No word on how — or if — the couple’s legal or marital drama will play out on Real Housewives of Atlanta. Parks’ planned spin-off show, Rich People Problems, is reportedly on hold for now.


 
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CANCON VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Choclair ft. Bishop Brigante & Darryl Riley – “End Of The Road” [KingpinTV.net]

Salute to the city for real! Toronto rap vet Choclair returns with a heater called “End Of The Road”, featuring fellow Scarborough (subsection of Toronto) natives Bishop Brigante and R&B crooner Darryl Riley. Peep the vid!

 

 

** CANCON stands for Canadian Content – The music/video must have either a Canadian artist, producer, or created in the country of Canada **




 
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MOVIE TRAILER: James Brown Biopic “Get on Up” Releases August 1st! [KingpinTV.net]

 

Universal is promising plenty of funk, singing, dancing and pathos with the first trailer for “Get on Up,” the James Brown biopic set for U.S. release on Aug. 1.

“42″ star Chadwick Boseman (pictured) portrays the Godfather of Soul in the film that recounts his impoverished childhood, time in prison and ascendancy to super-stardom. The story also follows Brown’s mother, played by Viola Davis, who abandoned him at age 6, and his aunt (played by Octavia Spencer), who raised him in a brothel.

“What have you heard is only the beginning,” the trailer promises.

Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine Entertainment, while Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman are producing under their Jagged Films banner.


 
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VIDEO: Jennifer Lopez ft. French Montana – “I Luh Ya Papi” [KingpinTV.net]


 
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NEWS/VIDEO: Vybz Kartel Found Guilty Of Murder, Busta Rhymes Attends Sentencing! [KingpinTV.net]

 

Dancehall and reggae star Vybz Kartel has been convicted of murder. In a high-profile trial under heavy security, Kartel and three co-defendants were found guilty of killing an associate, Clive Lizard Williams, in a row over a missing gun. One defendant was cleared of wrongdoing.

On Thursday, Jamaican police in riot gear guarded streets outside, and parts of the capital Kingston were cordoned off in advance of the verdict to prevent any disruption by fans of the entertainer. However, shortly before the jury started to deliberate in the afternoon, about 200 people briefly broke through barricades at one intersection shouting “Free Kartel!”

Prosecutors alleged Williams was beaten to death at the reggae performer’s home in August 2011 after being lured there to answer for two missing illegal guns. His body has never been found. Police testified they retrieved a text message from Kartel’s phone saying Williams was chopped up in a “mincemeat” so fine that his remains would never be found. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, has been in jail for about three years since his arrest in connection with the case.

Defence lawyer Tom Tavares-Finson had told jurors that the prosecution’s case against Kartel was “dishonest” and “incompetent”, noting that witness statements and a compact disc with evidence saved on it somehow went missing. After the verdict, he said he was planning to appeal on behalf of the convicted men.

Last year, another murder case against Kartel and two other co-defendants collapsed after prosecutors failed to produce evidence to support allegations that the trio killed businessman Barrington “Bossy” Burton in 2011.

In addition to the conviction, a male juror was arrested last Thursday evening on charges of attempting to bribe the jury foreman in an attempt to influence the panel to free Kartel. Authorities confirmed the arrest but gave no further details.

According to local media, the 65-day trial was the longest running criminal hearing in the history of Jamaica’s circuit court system. Kartel will be sentenced in court on 27 March.

Kartel’s songs are played widely in Jamaica, and many young people, especially those in blighted slums, consider him a hero of sorts.

(The Guardian)

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HIP HOP CLASSIC VIDEO: The Almighty RSO ft. Mobb Deep – “The War’s On” (1996) [KingpinTV.net]

Remember when Prodigy would just rip a track to pieces?

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NEWS: Drake & Rihanna Are Spending A Lot Of Time Together In Europe! [KingpinTV.net]

They’ve rarely left each others’ sides in recent weeks, and have been partying it up together in London, Amsterdam and Paris over the past few days alone.

And rumoured lovebirds Rihanna and Drake continued their string of date nights as they hit a Manchester bowling alley until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Once inside, London’s exclusive Cirque Le Soir nightclub, the pair enjoyed a special preview of a new performance for the debauched club’s new £500,000 Frat Party installation ahead of its 4th birthday celebration next week.

After partying up a storm, the on-off couple headed up north to All Star Lanes, where they enjoyed a fun-filled evening out after Drake’s performance at the city’s Phones4U Arena on Tuesday night.

The pair were spotted leaving the venue at 4.30am alongside numerous members of their respective entourages, but once again, made sure they weren’t photographed together as they headed home for the evening.

Drake has also recently been seen with his former flame at Soixante Dix Neuf nightclub in Paris, Hooray Henry’s in West Hollywood, Nobu restaurant in London, and Izakaya in Amsterdam.

Last month, the Hold On hitmaker – born Aubrey Graham – invited Rihanna onstage the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy.

Riri and Drizzy – who dated in 2010 – performed her track Pour It Up, as well as their flirty 2011 duet Take Care, in front of 17,000 screaming fans.

(Daily Mail)

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CANCON FASHION: LTF (Love Thy Fitted) Headwear – [KingpinTV.net]

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So there I was randomly having a good time at a house party in Mississauga when I couldn’t help but notice this young ladies head wear. As a Hat aficionado,   had to step to her and ask where she copped it.

She proceeded to show me the Instagram posts of the designer. I was hooked and contacted them to feature them on the blog site.

I look forward and I hope you do to for more innovative designs.

Say above the brim!

For more information log on to: www.ltfheadwear.com

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** CANCON stands for Canadian Content – The Designer must have created the fashions in the country of Canada**

 

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NEWS: Karrueche Tran Dumped Chris Brown! [KingpinTV.net]

Rihanna secretly visited her troubled ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during his recent stint in a Malibu rehab — causing his on-again, off-again girlfriend Karrueche Tran to blow her stack.

A source tells Confidenti@l that in late January, Rihanna flew on a private plane to visit Brown at the Malibu rehab center where he is serving a court-ordered stint in an anger management and drug recovery program. Brown entered the program in early November and was slapped with an additional two months by a judge in late February.

Internet rumors had placed RiRi at Brown’s center in early December, but we’re told that was nonsense. In January, our source says, she actually did arrive at the center, spent a few hours with Brown and then jetted out quickly, with only a few staffers knowing.

When she learned of the visit, Brown’s other woman, Tran, dumped him, says our source.

Brown was recently slapped with a further two months in rehab.

“With Chris in rehab, [he] and Karrueche spoke every day and she stood by his side. She took a vacation to Turks and Caicos and told friends the entire time that they were really good and happy together,” our source explains. “She trusts Chris, but when it comes to Rihanna, she has a zero-tolerance policy. Then she found out about the trip.”

Our insider says the back and forth between Tran and Rihanna over Brown has caused Karrueche to despise Rihanna. When she learned Rihanna had visited Chris, he at first denied it.

“She believed him, but he finally admitted that Rihanna had come to see him. She put her foot down and cut him off completely,” says our source.

Tran recently tweeted: “Not dating anyone stop w the bs.”

To try to put Brown out of mind, Tran has been hotel-hopping in New York and Miami for two months, with only a short work trip in Los Angeles to model.

(NY Daily News)

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NEWS: Sean “Diddy” Combs Offers $200 Million To Buy Fuse TV! [KingpinTV.net]

The performer who now just calls himself Diddy would use the music channel to boost distribution for his Revolt TV, another music service that launched in October, Bloomberg reports citing “three people with knowledge of the situation.” Comcast helped to launch Revolt to fulfill its agreement, in return for government support for its 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal, to add minority-owned networks.

But it’s been hard to secure distribution: Revolt only  reaches about 22.8M homes, while Fuse is in 74M. Madison Square Garden put Fuse on the block in September retaining JP Morgan to “explore all strategic alternatives.” Distributors pay an average of 8 cents per month for each home Fuse reaches.

Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil noted at the time that Fuse could command a healthy price because its deals with distributors enable a buyer to reprogram the network to offer “anything other than live sports.” Many MSG shareholders are eager to see the company return cash to them, possibly by repurchasing shares. The stock has stagnated in recent months. In a call with analysts in February, Vice Chairman Hank Ratner — who was CEO at the time — declined to discuss MSG’s progress with the Fuse sale. Tad Smith, a former exec at Cablevision, took the top job at MSG last month. Cablevision CEO James Dolan is MSG’s executive chairman; his family controls about 69% of its voting shares. Dolan is deeply involved in the music industry, including an investment partnership with longtime music manager Irving Azoff.


 
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NEWS: Kanye West Asks Jay-Z To Be His Best Man, Jigga Says “No”! [KingpinTV.net]

Kanye West is going to have to find a new BEST MAN for his upcoming wedding with Kim Kardashian. Cause he asked Jay Z . . . and Jigga SWERVED!!!

According to the UKs Daily Star newspaper, an insider revealed: “Jay is Kanye’s closest friend so he wants him to be best man. . . . Jay agreed initially but had one condition – under no circumstances can there be any reality TV shows filming him, his wife, Beyonce or daughter Blue Ivy during the ceremony.”

The insider continued, “[Beyonce] purposefully keeps herself away from trashy TV and isn’t prepared to lower her standards for anyone, or any occasion.”

But that ain’t gonna work for Kanye. We’re told that Kim and her kin are DESPERATE to have her latest wedding filmed for the cameras and aired in an E! News special.

When Jay Z learned about Kim’s plans – he not only TURNED DOWN Kanye on being his best man .. . . but he’s not even going to show up at the wedding.


 
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**TRIBUTE** :: R.I.P. Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls! [KingpinTV.net]


“The Best of Notorious B.I.G. Mixtape” by DJ M-Rock (free listen/download)

Born as Christopher Wallace on May 21, 1972, in Brooklyn, New York, Biggie Smalls, also known as Notorious B.I.G., became a drug dealer at a young age. He started experimenting with music as a teenager and, not long after, befriended Sean “Puffy” Combs. His 1994 debut album, Ready to Die, was a smash hit, and his long-running feud with fellow rapper, Tupac Shakur, helped to shape his career. His second and final studio album was “Life After Death”, which went on to become a diamond 10+ million sold classic. Biggie was shot and killed in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.


 
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WIGGINS WATCH: West Virginia overcomes Andrew Wiggins’ 41 points to stun Kansas! [KingpinTV.net]

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WVU pulls the upset, but Wiggins goes off for 41 in the loss

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