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It’s A Rap (Jan 30)
By Kenneth Miller Entertainment Editor
Published January 31, 2013

Ross Escapes Gunfire

Rap star Rick Ross reportedly had a near-death experience Monday (January 28) morning after he  was shot at multiple times and crashed a Rolls-Royce into a Fort Lauderdale, Florida building. 

Details of what exactly happened have started to circulate online.

A Rolls-Royce crashed into a building on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale early Monday. Police were on the scene of the accident, which also reportedly involved a shooting. Many news outlets reported that shots were fired at the Rolls in which a Ross was riding before the car went into the building. According to reports, the near-fatal shooting took place early Monday morning.

At around 5 a.m., several people in the neighborhood overheard shots fired, said Fort Lauderdale Detective DeAnna Garcia. Witnesses at the nearby Floridian diner said that South Florida rapper Ross was in the car. No one was injured, she said. Police declined to say who was in the car. The rapper, according to reports, talked to investigators at the diner. 

SB Halftime Set Revealed

Beyonce and Destiny’s Child’s Super Bowl set list appears to have leaked. Apparently it starts with “Crazy in Love.” 

Snoop Sued?

Rohan Marley is coming to the defense of Snoop Lion, after Bunny Wailer threatened to sue the Doggfatherian for essentially being a fake rasta. 

Tina is a Swiss

After living in Switzerland since 1995, singer Tina Turner has officially been given Swiss citizenship, giving up her U.S. passport. The American rock diva has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday’s edition.

The decision still requires formal approval from cantonal (state) and federal authorities.

Well, OK. 

Fab Got No Issue with Lil Wayne

NYC rapper Fabolous may have made indirect references to Lil Wayne and his remarks about New York on his record “So NY,” but in an interview with MTV News Fab stated that he never had an issue or bad feelings towards Lil Wayne after the YM rapper uttered his dislike for the city of New York.

Speaking with MTV, Fabolous said that the city hasn’t been the greatest music wise and expressed that he was hoping to lift a the state of mind with the release of “So NY.”

“It’s his opinion,” Fabolous revealed. “So if he doesn’t like New York it’s not a bad thing. I do feel he spoke it out because it was how he felt. New York isn’t at its strongest point musically or something like that. It’s also hard to say that about any place. I don’t care if you do an interview and say ‘Yo, I don’t like Kentucky.’

The people of Kentucky are gonna have a little gripe about that…I took what he was saying and tried to empower some pride back into New York. You know what I mean, ‘I’m so New York, Weezy probably don’t like me.’ That’s what it was more about. Just making a statement and taking what he said and motivating people with it.”

Fabolous even had a chance to get the issie straight with Lil Wayne when the two rappers both showed up at Club LIV in Miami.

“I seen him at Club LIV and when I saw him I was like, ‘I’mma go over there and holler at him.’ Just to check the temperature and make sure everything’s okay because you know people hearing things and I don’t know which way they took [it],” said Fabolous. “And he actually came over to me and came and said ‘what’s up’…That was the end of it there. It was no reason to dwell on it. I even actually took a picture for my Instagram just to show the people that it wasn’t no big deal.”

Keef no Beef with $6 mil Deal

After going through bidding war back in 2012 and eventually signing with Interscope Records, Chief Keef released his debut album Finally Rich last month.

But the conditions of the deal have remained private until now. has exposed that the three-album contract that Keef signed with Interscope could be valued at more than $6 million. The contract was made public in a court filing that requires a judge’s approval to finalize agreements. The court’s approval is mandatory by law because Keef, who is 17 years old, is a minor.

Interscope approved paying Keef a $440,000 advance, giving half early and half after a judge verifies the deal. The advance will be placed into a court-administed “blocked” trust fund on his behalf that is handled by his grandmother. Keef also was given a $300,000 deal to cover the expense of recording Finally Rich. His deals are determined by album sales, as Interscope has the right to drop out of the contract if he doesn’t sell 250,000 copies of the LP by December 2013.

He also inked a separate deal to control his own label, Glory Boyz Entertainment, and received yet another $440,000 advance. Both Keef and his manager, Rovan Manuel each receive $180,000 and possess 40 % of the label. Interscope is also required to pay GBE $200,000 for “overhead expenses,” and will divide profits equally with the imprint.

Upon release in December, Finally Rich came up at No. 27 with 50,000 copies sold. Keef is currently serving a 60-day sentence for breaking his probation.

The Package Tour

Boyz II Men, New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees are hooking up for “The Package Tour,” which heads out May 31.

“We couldn’t be more excited to join New Kids On The Block and 98 Degrees on ‘The Package Tour,’” Shawn Stockman said in a statement. “This summer is going to be fun and fans will not want to miss it.”

“This has been in the works for a while. ‘The Package’ is on its way, and we’re going to deliver,” added Wanya Morris.

If you want tickets, if you’re an American Express card holder, they’re available for purchase now via now. Otherwise, they’ll be available to the general public on February 2.

So Long Sugarfoot

Sadly we have to report the death Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, frontman and founder of legendary funk group Ohio Players.

He passed away on Saturday at the age of 69, according to a post on his Facebook page. No other details are available, but an official family announcement says he passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, Ohio.

Here is the official announcement of Sugarfoot’s death

Official Family Announcement of the Passing of Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner

Yesterday, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner passed away quietly in his hometown of Trotwood-Dayton, OH. While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music, and legacy.

Sugarfoot, or Foot, or Sugar, was the founding and cornerstone artistic talent of OHIO PLAYERS and the face and sound of the OHIO PLAYERS brand, which he knit together and launched in 1964 with former members of The Ohio Untouchables. With a career spanning 56 years, he passed barely short of his 70th birthday.

Humble yet charismatic, soft spoken and of few words, the weight of his thoughts, lyrics, and music has influenced countless other artists, songs, and trends.  He will be missed but not forgotten as his legacy and music lives on.  More details and an official historical perspective of his career will soon be forthcoming.

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