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Single of the Week:
"Dope," Dustin Prestige
Wire To Wire
Kid Cudi was tasered at an NBA All-Star Game party in Phoenix for wearing Jordans.
One day after being released from jail on bail, Dipset BFF King Tut was charged with stabbing a woman. (No word on whether or not she was wearing Jordans.) He was originally arrested for trying to hide drugs inside of a teddy bear, which is so not gangster.
The Rick Ross/50 Cent battle has grown increasingly interesting this past week. Ross, showing far more creativity than on his last album, launched a diss site that featured a picture of 50's son photoshopped onto the body of a monkey. 50 then responded with some less-than-respectful videos aimed at Ross and longtime silent hater DJ Khaled. Sadly, both the picture and the videos have already been removed.
In addition to being Black History Month, February will also now be known as J Dilla Month. Probably should've spaced that out a little.
We remember going to this open-mic night one time at the Laff Stop and there was this really godawful auto-parts store employee/comedian who just kept asking, "So... what do you guys want me to talk about?" because his material was tanking. It appears that Ludacris is going to try that same concept.
Lil' Kim is going to be on Dancing With the Stars. Apparently, she was about a week too late with her application to I Ruined My Career and Have Totally Destroyed My Body With the Stars.
Hey, remember "Tipsy," that insanely catchy St. Louis track from about five years ago? Turns out, that guy's still alive and has a new album coming out.
T.I. (right) gave some advice to Chris Brown, who, if you'll remember, unforgivably beat the crap out of Rihanna recently. We'd just as soon not take any advice from a guy who's headed to jail himself. That's just us being picky, though.
Are you interested in partaking in a porno/clothing line venture with Kool Keith? Then email email@example.com. That's not a joke.
Madonna made $250 million dollars last year. That means if she worked a 40-hour a week job and never missed a day or took a vacation, she'd make over $116K an hour, or over $1,939 a minute.
"Crack A Bottle," Eminem's new single that we used as an excuse to write about K-Rino, broke all kinds of download records. It was okay, but Em's contribution on "Patiently Waiting," off of 50's Get Rich Or Die Tryin', remains to be the best work he's ever done.
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T-Pain is designing an Auto-Tune app for the iPhone. Despite our countless jabs at him, we are soooo going to get it.
Houston Rap Video of the Week
Because you either missed it or forgot about it...
Fat Pat, "No Glory"