M.I.A. is TRYING to get that baby to swagga on out…she was due today!
Ooh, Lil Wayne brought the street to the set when he sat down with that queen of gangsta culture…Katie Couric. Lil Wayne spent about 11 minutes with perky “Miss Katie”, and let her know what life was and is like for the reigning King Of Rap. Hint: Weezy is a bowling, music journalist who loves him some chronic.
Rapper Soulja Boy has launched a campaign called “Make Soulja Boy Platinum In A Week”, along with this majorly annoying vlog promoting it. Videogum puts it this way:
Soulja Boy is so aware of his fleeting fame and wealth that this video would almost be sad if he (and it) wasn’t the worst. And despite his best efforts to “get out the vote” on his new album, he’s clearly staring down the gaping maw of irrelevance and eternal one hit wonder status. He says so himself:
Couldn’t agree more. Warning, a bit NSFW.
The BET Hip-Hop Awards were held in Atlanta Saturday night, and rapper Lil Wayne, 26, announced that his first son will be born in “a couple of days.” Lil Wayne won Lyricist Of The Year, and announced:
“I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me”
He also won the MVP of the Year award, beating out Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. He dedicated the award to his daughter, Reginae Carter…who was falsely (fortunately) rumored to have died in an auto accident this August.
Singer Nivea is rumored to be the baby mama, although no confirmation’s been made. She AND Lil Wayne are rumored to be engaged, and both have been seen recently wearing rings on the right fingers.
Weezy’s got the #1 album in the country right now: Tha Carter III, which sold 400,000 copies it’s first day, and has already sold over 1 million. It’s earned the distinction of being the first studio offering since 50 Cent’s 2005 LP The Massacre to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. The Weezy Nation has spoken!
Snarkista has sad news to report today. The son of infamous rap producer Dr. Dre was found dead at his home on Saturday morning. Andre Romelle Young Jr., 20, was unconscious and unresponsive when his mother went to check on him at approximately 10:30 in the morning. Paramedics were called, but were unable to revive him. Andre Jr.’s cause of death is yet to be determined, but foul play is not suspected.
An autopsy was conducted on Young’s body Monday, but the cause of Andre’s death is pending the results of a toxicology report, a representative for the L.A. County Coroner’s office told MTV News. The coroner’s spokesperson said that Andre spent Friday night with friends. His mother told police that he’d returned home Saturday at around 5:30 a.m., and she’d heard him in his bedroom.
Dre, whose given name is Andre Young Sr, is an award winning producer who discovered the group NWA, and became co-owner of West Coast record label Death Row records. Dre increased his fame for his discovery and production of Eminem.
Dr. Dre’s publicist Lori Earl issued the following statement today on his behalf: “Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family’s grief and privacy at this time.” Snarkfood will follow up with more details as they become available. Snarkista’s prayers go out for the Young family at this extremely sad and difficult time.
Female rapper Da Brat (Shawntae Harris) is headed to the Big House. She was sentenced today to 3 years in the tank, due to an assault conviction from a fight on Halloween. This is why she’s wearing a CLOWN SUIT in her mugshot.
Da Brat set sail with Captain Morgan, and bashed Atlanta Falcon cheerleader and waitress Shayla Stevens in the head with a rum bottle. Both were attending a party at Jermaine Dupriâ€™s Studio 72. Things apparently got heated between the two, and Da Brat acted A Brat. Shayla suffered “permanant disfigurement and mental distress as a result of the attack, greatly affecting her career as a cheerleader, club model and actress”.
Da Brat has probably greatly affected her career as a rapper as well, for the better! Her street-cred resume just got longer. Those girls in prison better step off if they see the clown suit pop out. In addition to the three years in prison, Da Brat was sentenced to 7 years probation and 200 hours of community service. Clowns are EVIL sumbitches.
Obviously desperate to distance himself from any affiliation with the cops, rapper Rick Ross denounced as fake photos alleged to show him in a former career as a Florida prison guard. The Smoking Gun has blown the LID off of that shizz. Department of Corrections records show that Ross, whose rappping details the Miami gangsta lifestyle and his supposed days trafficking cocaine, did, in fact, work as a correctional officer for 18 months.
Ross (real name: William Leonard Roberts) was appointed a prison guard in December 1995 at a salary of $22,913.54, according to his personnel record shown here. According to the official document, Ross was earning $25,794.34 when he resigned in June 1997. After graduating from the DoC training academy, Ross was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County.
When a photo of a uniform-clad Ross surfaced last week on MediaTakeOut.com, the 32-year-old performer claimed to AllHipHop.com that unnamed “online hackers” put “my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples’ body. If this shit was real don’t you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything?” He added, “Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake.” The photo, which you can find here, shows a 19-year-old Ross at a DOC ceremony (he was part of the department’s 60th graduating class).