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It’s A Rap August 1
By Compiled by KENNETH MILLER Assistant Managing Editor
Published August 1, 2013


Eve said moving to London helped reinvigorate her love of music

Eve has said that female rappers today have “no unity”.

The Grammy-winning rapper praised the amount of women MCs around, but reckons they should stop fighting and join together.

“There are more female MCs now, but there aren’t so many sharing the big spotlight. When I came out it was me, Lil Kim, Missy and Trina, now there’s Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks and Angel Haze, but there’s no unity,” she said.

“They’re out there, but there’s so much beef and arguing among them. Angel Haze will grow up and become big, I’m sure. I’d like to see more female MCs and not just that, but a bigger variety in what they’re like.”

Eve – who has released her fourth album Lip Lock after label differences – revealed moving to the UK has inspired her to continue making music.

“I went through a lot of aggravation with my label over various things, then I took a step back and thought about whether I actually wanted to make music,” she said.

“Then I got inspired again, moving to London helped with that, and performing in so many other counties constantly. That helped re-inspire me, and once I was in the studio again I was fine. I had tried acting and fashion, and trying those things helped me realise it was music that was my first love.”

She added: “I’ve got the bug again, and I’m thinking about the next collaboration and next album already. It’s all different now I’m on my own label, I can do whatever I want which is really nice artistically.”

:: Eve’s latest single Eve and album ‘Lip Lock ‘ is out now.



The Game has become one of the first to ever face charges of defamation on Instagram.

A lawsuit has been filed against The Game by a woman named Karen Monroe, his former babysitter, who says he hurt her reputation, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Monroe took her complaint to the LA Superior Court. The complaint states “that Plaintiff had been fired by him for lying, stealing, screaming at his children, mistreating other children, doing very inappropriate and unbecoming things of a babysitter…”

According to the suit The Game, who goes by @handsomemurderer on both Twitter and Instagram, took to his social media accounts to rant about his children’s former nanny, Monroe.

“She was BUSTED having sex with her then boyfriend and leaving a used condom & the wrapper in my daughter’s room!!!”

The plaintiff says there can be no doubt as to whether the comments were “of and concerning” her, one of the primary elements in a defamation claim.

“To ensure that Plaintiff was appropriately identified as the target of Defendants defamatory rant, Defendant identified Plaintiff by her name, attached a picture of her on his Instagram account with the caption ‘Beware if this person is watching your children, she is a very dangerous baby sitter’, and listed Plaintiff’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.”

The Game’s posts were picked up by several publications and the lawsuit states “numerous individuals have decided to send Plaintiff death threats, ridicule her, accuse her of crimes, express their hatred for her, harass her, and hold her out for scorn and contempt.”

Monroe claims that the aftermath of the rapper’s rants caused her to lose her job and has kept her from gaining employment. She also claims she has suffers from depression.

She’s seeking an unspecified amount of general and special damages from The Game.



A veteran producer and deejay for Dana Dane, Snoop Dogg, Kam and Tha Dogg Pound reportedly went into cardiac arrest this week.

Veteran Los Angeles, California deejay and producer Battlecat was hospitalized Thursday (July 25) after suffering a heart attack. reported the incident, which still has details pending. A source close to Battlecat last night wished to remain anonymous, but told HipHopDX that he believed the artist’s health had since stabilized.

Battlecat, whose name is Kevin Gilliam, has produced singles such as Kurupt’s “We Can Freak It,” Tha Eastsidaz’ “G’d Up,” and Lucy Pearl’s “You.” After producing Dana Dane’s entire 1995 LP, Battlecat also released his own Gumbo Roots album in the 1990s, which featured Kam, Ras Kass, and Dre’sta.



Russell Simmons,  music executive Steve Rifkind, who helped launch the careers of Wu-Tang Clang and Three 6 Mafia, along with producer and filmmaker Brian Robbins, who’s work includes “Smallville” and “Norbit” have partnered with Universal Music Group for the launch of All Def Music,  a music label  centered around You Tube.

According to Billboard, the label is designed to promote, discover and nurture rising talent through the Google-owned site.  All Def Music also includes All Def Management, which has already inked a deal with rapper Asher Roth.


Did DJ Khaled go too far with his on-air MTV “proposal” to Nicki Minaj?

The two Cash Money Records stars had hip-hop fans buzzing on Thursday, July 25, after Khaled appeared on MTV in an awkward video clip professing his “love” for Nicki. Khaled even asked the voluptuous female rapper to marry him,  presenting a 10-karat diamond ring from Rafaello & Co. But no one seemed to take the Miami-based superstar’s proposal too seriously.

At least, it didn’t seem like anyone was taking him seriously.

But according to HipHop365, Nicki didn’t think the stunt was sweet or cute or funny.

The Young Money first lady has allegedly responded to Khaled’s affections by filing a restraining order in her home state of New York. According to FOX News, this is just the latest in a series of incidents where Khaled decided to show his love for Nicki. The DJ reportedly sent her flowers and various packages before. And he has unexpectedly shown up at her shows all across the country, according to reports.

A day after his proposal stunt, Khaled posted a screenshot of Nicki from his music video for “Take It To the Head” along with the caption “Beautiful.”

There is some skepticism about the restraining order claim, however. Some outlets are wondering if the whole thing is a YMCMB-concocted publicity stunt. Back in 2010, Minaj and fellow label star Drake engaged in a playful hoax where they pretended to be marrying each other.




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