Brandy says Whitney probably went insane
Brandy Norwood was a huge fan of Whitney Houston and one year after her death, the singer is still in shock.
Looking back on how the late Whitney’s life transformed before the world’s eyes, Brandy supposes it was the loss of her voice that eventually drove Whitney over the edge.
“I understand what that [losing your voice] feels like,” Brandy told The Boom Box. “I don’t understand to that degree, but I understand, you know, because I feel like when I don’t have my instrument, I don’t really have me … It’s almost who you are. Of course, there’s more to you than your voice, but that’s what you use to share. That’s what you use to give. It’s your purpose. It’s what you were born to do … it probably drove her insane [when it faltered]. It probably drove her insane.”
For a woman in mourning, perhaps suggesting her most admired singer went insane wasn’t the best choice of words.
Despite all of that, Brandy opened up and explained that she regrets not reestablishing a connection with Whitney over the years, adding that her passing was particularly difficult to deal with.
Brandy honored the late singer by naming her latest album “Two Eleven” which represents Brandy’s birthday and Whitney’s passing.
Russ to host hip-hop ball again
Russell Simmons will throw a second hip-hop ball to celebrate the genre’s influence in the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.
The music mogul organized the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball after President Obama became the first African-American to be voted into the White House in 2008.
The event took place following Obama’s official inauguration ceremony in January, 2009, and it honored rappers T.I., LL Cool J and Young Jeezy for their work inspiring young people during the 2008 race.
After the President’s second win at the polls last month, Simmons has announced he will be hosting a second ball, set to take place at the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C on Jan. 20.
Ticket prices start at $500 and proceeds will benefit Philanthropik, an organization which encourages philanthropy.
Game’s wishful reunion hope
While promoting his latest album, Jesus Piece, Game recently discussed an issue from his past. In a recent interview with BET, Game was asked about past beefs with Jay-Z and 50 Cent. While discussing this, Game expressed his feelings on a possible collabo with Jay-Z and said how G-Unit could reunite.
“It wasn’t that I resented Jay-Z or had any real beef,” Game explained, when discussing his lyrical feud with Jigga. “I just wanted to pick a fight and maybe he would spit at me and I could spit at him and get into a lyrical war…I tried and he responded with little lines here and there and I think the possibility of a song happening over the years kind of got tainted. But it’s a new day. I’m a new person. I’m a little bit older. Hopefully one day we’ll be able to make that happen. If not, I’ve had a glorious career. I’m on my fifth album and not really looking for anything else to fall out the sky for me so it is what it is.”
Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper he’d collaborate with. Game stated he and 50 Cent could collaborate in the future and there’s still a chance of “G-Unit reforming.”
“What 50 gotta do is let go of his ego. I don’t hold grudges. I was mad for the time being when we were going through that and after that, I immediately graduated to a neutral ground where that could have happened but it’s 50, man. Once he calms his ego and realizes that there still could be the possibility of G-Unit reforming, then who knows? But I know you can’t put together G-Unit without Game and you can’t do it without 50,” he said. “It’s kind of like that John Lennon/Paul McCartney thing. Jimmy Lovine used to say that a lot.”
X did not mark the spot
Someone has had his fill of “The X Factor.”
Antonio L.A. Reid, a judge on the Fox singing competition alongside Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and Simon Cowell, will not return to the panel next season, a representative for Epic Records said Thursday.
He’ll be exiting the show to devote more time to his day job as chairman of Epic Records, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I have the utmost respect for Simon Cowell. He is the very best and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from him,” Reid said in a statement obtained by THR. “Working with him on ‘X Factor’ has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’m honored to have sat on the panel with such incredible talent.”
Added Reid: “Of course I will miss the show. In my opinion Simon attracts the best talent, but I’m looking forward to getting back to my core business and the responsibility of running Epic Records.”
Reid joined the American version of the show in 2011 after leaving his job as chairman and CEO of Island Def Jam Music Group, where he helped launch careers for acts like Rihanna and Justin Bieber.
At Epic, his roster includes Sade, Fiona Apple, Karmin, Ciara and “X Factor” season one winner Melanie Amaro.
“The X Factor’s” current season finale is next week.
Rick Ross life threatened
Last week, the hip-hop community was stunned to learn that Rick Ross cancelled the rest of his Maybach Music Group tour due gang threats. Now, TMZ reports that it seems police are investigating the matter.
The Chicago Police Department is starting to investigate the threats aimed at Ross by the infamous Chicago-based gang the Gangster Disciples. Before the North Carolina leg of Ross’ tour, the Gangster Disciples put out a video threatening the rapper’s life if he performed.
From the video, the GD’s are ordering that Ross pay them for associating himself to the gang’s founder, Larry Hoover, in his song “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).” They are also stating that he stole their six-pointed star gang symbol on the cover of his mix tape The Black Bar Mitzvah.
Currently, the police are looking into the video and the groups who made the threats in it. The Real Rick Ross for using his name and image is also suing the rapper.
Fiddy beefing it up
Mr. 50 has been quite busy lately; from beefing with French Montana to calling out Game on “My Life”. These two feuds have been grabbing headlines in the hip-hop industry, but wait here comes another one. It looks like 50 reopened an old beef with Diddy’s manager.
According to SOHH, 50 went on Twitter to insult James Cruz, Diddy’s current manager and alum of Chris Lighty’s Violator Management team. Though details surrounding the insult aren’t clear, Fiddy compared Cruz to a woman, saying he acts like “one of [Diddy's] girlfriends.”
While the causes of the diss are unknown, rumors show that Fiddy’s issues with Cruz go back to their days at Violator.