Atlanta rapper and Waka Flocka affiliate, Slim Dunkin, was mourned in a public viewing service in his hometown on Thursday night (December 22).
Jay-Z and Kanye West hit New Jersey’s IZOD Center for latest stop on their Watch the Throne Tour on Saturday.
The Cash Money crew says Ross is “like family” and wish him a speedy recovery.
Murder Inc. mogul details the fallout between him and pal Jay-Z following his attempts to sign Nas to the Inc.
The joint album from the two rap superstars finally has a release date.
Jimmy ‘Henchman’ Rosemond’s lawyer fires back at Dexter Isaac’s charges that he was paid by the industry exec to shoot ‘Pac in 1994.
By Rob Markman
Instead of celebration, what would have been Tupac’s 40th birthday has been marred by controversy as new allegations emerge about the November 1994 Quad Studios robbery and shooting of the rapper.
While fans celebrated ‘Pac’s life and legacy on Thursday (June 16), remembering the fallen icon with two trending topics on Twitter (#tupac and THUG LIFE), many of them were also debating the contents of a letter written by Dexter Isaac and posted to AllHipHop.com on Wednesday. In a note to the site, Isaac claimed to be the triggerman in the now-infamous robbery that left Shakur shot five times, two years before he was killed in a still-unsolved murder.
Moreover, Isaac (who is serving a life sentence for murder, robbery, fraud and witness intimidation), now charges that it was ‘Pac’s former associate, Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, who set the whole thing up, paying him $2,500 to do the job.
Rosemond’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, fired back, refuting Isaac’s story. “It’s a flat-out lie,” he told the New York Daily News. “Dexter Isaac is not claiming this 17 years later to clear his conscience. He’s doing it because he’s told anybody who will listen he doesn’t want to die in prison. He has kids and wants to work off his sentence. He can’t be trusted.”
“I want to apologize to his family and for the mistake I did for that sucker ,” Isaac told AllHipHop.com from prison. “I am trying to clean it up to give mothers some closure.”
Henchman and his defense team, however, are not buying it. On May 17, news broke that federal authorities issued an arrest warrant for Jimmy Henchman in connection with a drug case. Rosemond, who as head of Czar Entertainment has had ties to numerous rappers, believes that the government is using incarcerated informants to build a case against him. He attacked Isaac’s credibility in a statement first issued to XXLMag.com. “If the government is relying on informants like Winston ‘Winnie’ Harris, a convicted drug dealer and Jamaican deportee, who came to me and motioned via hand signal that he was forced to wear a wire and begged me to skip town, or Dexter Isaac, who is serving life in prison plus 30 years, then I’m sure I will not be offered a fair trial.”
The late Tupac’s onetime prot
U2′s Bono and the Edge will appear on Wednesday’s season-ending show.
By Gil Kaufman
The star-studded lineup for the two-night season 10 “American Idol” finale is starting to come into view, and it will feature a former “Idol” champ whose career is a model for finalists Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina.
The two country-singing teens will take the stage on Tuesday night (May 24) to sing three songs each — one their favorite from this season, another chosen by “Idol” producers and the third picked by one of their personal music idols. According to USA Today, those heroes will be Country Music Hall of Famer George Strait for Scotty and season four “Idol” champ Carrie Underwood for Lauren.
Underwood, who recently became the most successful “Idol” winner in history, is also the first and only country champion from the show.
Wednesday night’s finale will feature an appearance by U2′s Bono and the Edge, who will take the stage alongside the lead actor of the troubled Broadway musical “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark,” which features songs written by the iconic rock duo. The season-ending show also will include season seven “Idol” winner David Cook, who will singing this season’s elimination song, Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” as well as a performance from judge Steven Tyler.
In addition, bearded season 10 growler Casey Abrams will take the stage with “Kung Fu Panda 2″ funnyman Jack Black.
Don’t miss a special edition of “Idol Party Live” Thursday at noon on MTV.com for analysis, finale red-carpet coverage and the last “Idol in 60 Seconds” of season 10. Get in the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #idolparty! In the meantime, get your “Idol” fix on MTV News’ “American Idol” page, where you’ll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.
Pop-culture journalists weigh in on ‘Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,’ airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
By Jocelyn Vena
Lady Gaga gets personal in the exclusive MTV documentary “Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside,” airing Thursday at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV. The hour-long special delves into the moments, people and anecdotes that shaped Gaga in her formative years as Stefani Germanotta in New York City.
On Tuesday (May 24), press gathered to screen the documentary before it airs, and even the biggest Gaga experts said they learned so much from the revealing sit-down with the leather-clad star.
“She kind of had this meteoric rise to fame, so being able to see that she worked for it it wasn’t just an overnight thing. … I think a lot of us at this point, ’cause she is everywhere, just assume it was so easy, and it really wasn’t,” Julia Rubin of Stylite told MTV News after the screening.
NewNowNext’s Kate Bennert felt the special expanded on the mythology of Lady Gaga and revealed more about the star than even the most die-hard Little Monster knows. “Honestly, a lot of Gaga fans have heard the stories kind of briefly through other interviews, but I think one of the biggest things was her actually going into depth and you can see her get emotional,” she said. “You felt like you were actually with her in that room, having a conversation, like you were asking the questions.”
Fellow Gaga expert Zac Stackell of The Shout magazine was impressed by how much information he learned about the woman who worked so hard to become Lady Gaga. “The biggest reveal, I think, in terms of Lady Gaga, was the Stefani before Lady Gaga, the Stefani of New York City,” he said. “How she became the Lady Gaga of 2011. I think it gives some real definition to her path; it gives a humanity to it.”
In a sneak peek from the documentary, Gaga recalls the first albums she had as a kid. “It was Green Day, Dookie, with my own money,” she says. “But my parents got me Stevie Wonder, Signed, Sealed Delivered, and the Beatles when I was younger — A Hard Day’s Night. Yeah, they were two CDs and they were given to me with little boom box for Christmas when I was young.”
Don’t miss “Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside” to hear Mother Monster herself open up about the creative forces behind her generation-defining career. Our exclusive documentary airs Thursday, May 26, at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Show also featured a Rihanna/Britney lip-lock and a tribute to Beyonc
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