Friday, April 25, 2008

Anger Outside the Courthouse

Crowds and news crews gathered at the Queens Criminal Court building in anticipation of the verdict in the Sean Bell shooting trial. (Photo:Robert Stolarik for The New York Times)

Updated, 9:50 a.m. | The crowd continues to express anger for the cameras, but is relatively calm as supporters of Sean Bell’s family wait for them and the Rev. Al Sharpton to emerge to make a statement.
“They got away with murder in there,” said Calvin B. Hunt, a man in the crowd, which continued to spill into two of the three westbound lanes of Queens Boulevard, slowing traffic to a crawl.
William Hargraves, 48, an electrician from Harlem brought his 12-year-old son, Kamau, to the courthouse this morning. He said this verdict parallels the outcome of previous police shootings of black men. “Connect the bullets,” he said. “How many times did they shoot Diallo? Forty-one times. They were acquitted. They got a pension.”
His son said: “I think it’s not right, because they shot him 50 times. They knew he was hurt, and they kept shooting him. He didn’t even have a gun.”

9:30 a.m. | A crowd of Sean Bell supporters outside the courthouse is surrounded by television cameras and reporters. Some are loudly and bitterly denouncing the verdict, while others watch. Lines of uniformed police officers are trying to keep the crowd contained to the sidewalk, but some have spilled into an eastbound lane of Queens Boulevard, all but stopping traffic. Many are waiting for the Rev. Al Sharpton to arrive and speak. Some in the crowd are yelling at Patrick J. Lynch, the head of the police officers’ union, who is behind a barricade speaking to reporters. “Every time a police officer goes on the street there is never a script,” he said. “We have to deal with circumstances as they come.” CONTINUE

3 Detectives in Bell Shooting Acquitted

Detectives in Bell Shooting Acquitted


Three detectives were found not guilty Friday morning on all charges in the November 2006 shooting death of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queens.

Times Topics: Sean BellThe verdict prompted several supporters of Mr. Bell to storm out of the courtroom, and screams could be heard in the hallway moments later.The verdict comes 17 months to the day since the Nov. 25, 2006, shooting of Mr. Bell, 23, and his friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield, outside the Club Kalua in Jamaica, Queens, hours before Mr. Bell was to be married. CONTINUE


APRIL 23, 2008

Terrance J. from 106 & PARK, celebrated his 25th birthday @ Prime Nightclub Manhattan, NY. This event brought out the celebrities in numbers.. L.L. Cool J, Melyssa Ford, Joe Buddens, Dennis the Menace, Ne-yo, Miss 2008 New York, as well as many others. He was also joined by his friend and co-host of 106 & Park, Rocsi. It was a night to remember. The party started off with rapper Joe Buddens gracing the Red Carpet, To view the pics from this exclusive event click here

Friday, April 18, 2008


Friday, April 18, 2008

Inga “Foxy Brown” Marchand (pictured above with her mother) was released from jail today. The rapper, who has been in jail since last Sepetember was pictured smiling as she left Rikers Island. I hope she learned her lesson!! (more pics after the cut)

In related news, Foxy will also start filming for her VH-1 reality show soon. The show will follow Foxy’s life out of jail as she starts to push her next album “Brooklyn’s Don Diva.”story from

Thursday, April 17, 2008




As a child freestyle prodigy, Yung Berg never took his talent for granted. Following the success of his 2007 hit “Sexy Lady,” Yung Berg has been on the road promoting his own music, and of course his appearance on Ray J’s current Top 10 hit “Sexy Can I.”

The release of his long-awaited full-length album Look What You Made Me is finally on the horizon, but a successful guy can’t work all the time.

When he’s tired of the limelight and need some “me” time, what does he do? He hops on the PS2!

We took a few minutes of Yung Berg’s time on one of his busy days to discuss the leisurely art of gaming. What [platforms] have you played on, and what's your favorite?

Yung Berg: I still like the PS2, PS3 is cool but I still like the PS2. I don't even know why - it's gonna be my favorite system forever. I guess it's just a true Madden and NBA Live [fan]. That's what I learned on, so I just gotta stay with it. So you just like the controllers better on PS2?

Yung Berg: Yeah definitely. The controllers are way more user friendly, I don't need all that extra s**t. What game do you find yourself playing the most?

Yung Berg: Live, I'm a basketball fanatic. Do you play with one particular team all the time?

Yung Berg: I switch it up, I try and play with the underdogs. I even got the PSP for when I'm not even in front of a TV or something, I could just be on a flight playing it. So I switch it up, it should be the [Denver] Nuggets where I f**k with Carmelo [Anthony] and A.I. or the Bulls from Chicago. So do you challenge your friends? I assume when you're on the road you play quite a bit.

Yung Berg: Yeah definitely, we be playin' for money. A showdown [with a] $100 buy in. Do you lose often?

Yung Berg: Nah, I'm Prince [from the Chappelle's Show sketch]. As far as other games, do you ever play any role playing games or anything [other than sports]?

Yung Berg: Not really. The only other games I'm really into are driving games like car games and things of that nature. I mean I'm old school too. I'm not afraid to say I still love Nintendo 64, like I'll play 007 [James Bond] all damn day with four of my homies and go hard on that. With the driving games, which one has been your favorite to play?

Yung Berg: I can't really say. I'm kinda torn on that. I gotta go look in my bag because I just bought a new game when I was in the last state, I just can't remember the name of it. But the O.G. driving game is always gonna be Need For Speed. Are you looking forward to Grand Theft Auto 4?

Yung Berg: Oh yeah, fa sho. I play Grand Theft as well. I'm into games like that because they have a story behind it and you could really feel like you're a part of the game. Have you been able to beat [Grand Theft Auto] San Andreas?

Yung Berg: Hell no. As soon as I start losing missions I just get on bulls**t and start killing people, causing police problems and seeing how many stars I could get and if I could run from the police all day. With Grand Theft Auto 4 they actually have multi-player action…

Yung Berg: That's gonna be hot. I can't wait for that. So you might have to get the PS3 I think. You're gonna have to upgrade.

Yung Berg: Yeah, I'm gonna have to upgrade, but I gotta wait until the new one comes out. Once the new one comes out and everybody's talking s**t about it and saying it's crazy I'll have to go get it. If you could being back any old school game and make it current, what would it be?
Yung Berg: Nintendo, the O.G. one where you had to blow in the cartridges to make it work. I'm sure you've gotten opportunities to put your music on soundtracks. What games do you feel your songs would fit best with?
Yung Berg: Every game, all you gamers come holla at me. My music doesn't stop, I got too much music. You have a new single out, right?
Yung Berg: Yeah it's called "Do That There" and that would be perfect for Live or Madden or anything.


Wednesday, April 16, 2008 REVIEW OF PRODIGY NEW CD#links#links REVIEW OF PRODIGY NEW CD#links#links ALLHIPHOP.COM




In the mid nineties, P came out with guns blazing alongside Havoc. His persona was like a shank sharpened on the concrete and had the bars to match. Going past the new millennium it seemed Mobb Deep weren’t holding the same weight they previously did with their last couple of albums all getting lukewarm responses. Amongst footage of getting sucker punched and sitting in bing for another two and half years, Prodigy still pushes on with the sequel to his underrated debut and most likely his darkest effort yet H.N.I.C. Part 2 (Voxonic).

The album opens up strongly with “Real Power Is People.” The conspiracy theory themed newscast followed by a slew governmental grievances cajole you into believing that the album is going to focus on the heightened state of enlightenment P has accumulated
since his prison inducing arrest. Instead he keeps it mild as he denounces the almighty dollar and explains the true meaning of power over solar system synths and heaving drums.

“Illumanati” leads the listener to believe that the track might pick up where "Power Is People" left off. No. But regardless of the theme, V.I.P. stomps all over the track with brollic wordplay and some mature reflection (“I was fast sleep but now I’m wide awake / I was under the spell of reserve notes / religion and fashion / I used to be flashy”).

The album’s gloomy aura is at its apex with the first single “ABC.” Produced by Sid Roams, the track sounds like peyote fueled hike through a Hip-Hop haunted house. A mash up of possessed organs and creepy guitar licks, P assures all adversaries he is still not one to be played with. Other noteworthy selections include “Veteran’s Memorial 2” where he opens up on the lives of his fallen crew and the evil guitar driven “New Yitty.”

Past the eighth or ninth track the disc looses its’ steam. Prodigy’s elementary lyrics coupled with his it doesn’t rhyme but I’ll make it rhyme flow (“Let me prepare you, for that rectangle box / you deserve to die you dirty little f***”), make joints like “Field Marshall P” and “3 Stacks” forgettable. Additionally, the Havoc collaboration “I Want Out” doesn’t hit as hard as long time fans of the Infamous duo would expect.

It’s clear with H.N.I.C. Part 2, we get Prodigy on his own terms. There are no promising attempts at radio or club hits, and definitely no cream puffs asking for forgiveness from their monogamy challenged girlfriends. On the flipside, the album lacks a true consistency to land on a 2008 top ten list. Bottom line Prodigy could have dunn more on this occasion.



Tuesday, April 15, 2008




Is Beyonce ready to retire? The 26 year old superstar [and wife of rapper Jay-Z] is currently working on a new album, but her cousin, Angelica Knowles, has reportedly told sources that it will be her last. Instead, Beyonce plans to scout talent for Jay-Z's upcoming label, The Carter Music Group. Beyonce's first protege is rumored to be an R&B artist named Chelsea Thomas. Her reps couldn't be reached for comment....... continue

Monday, April 14, 2008

Dr. Phil" Posts Bail For Teen Accused In Beating

Dr. Phil" Posts Bail For Teen Accused In Beating


The teen accused of masterminding a videotaped “animalistic” attack against a fellow teenage classmate is out on bond, and she has celebrity talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw to thank for it, according to a bail bondsman.

The bondsman told media gathered at a Polk County jail Friday that Dr. Phil posted Mercedes Nichols’$30,000 bond. Ironically, Dr. Phil had an upcoming show about teen violence slated.

Dr. Phil has some huge balls, doesn’t he?

When Nichols was released from jail, a man arrived and identified himself as a Dr. Phil producer and ordered local media to leave the area because the Dr. Phil Show had exclusive rights to the story, according to reporters on scene.

The man refused to comment about why Dr. Phil would help someone accused of such a violent crime leave jail, and he would not confirm if Dr. Phil paid for her bond.

A spokesperson for the Dr. Phil show issued the following statement:

“We have helped guests and potential guests in the past when they need financial assistance to come on the show - assisting with clothing allowance, lost wages, accommodations, travel and necessities. In this case, certain staff members went beyond our guidelines (re: the bail being paid). These staff members have been spoken to and our policies reiterated. In addition, we have decided not to go forward with the story as our guidelines have been compromised.”

Needless to say, Dr. Phil’s show about teen violence has had the plug pulled on it. When is this bozo going to get a clue?


Sunday, April 13, 2008



Saturday, April 12, 2008
Jay-Z and Beyonce aka The Carters were spotted sitting court side at the Houston Rockets basketball game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, April 11 in Texas.

They still haven’t publicly confirmed those marriage rumors, but we all know what’s up. They look good though. Gotta love it.





Check out Serena Williams getting her pose on in the annual Body Issue of Jane Magazine. The Tennis player rocked silver Moschino pumps and a hand full of flowers for the shoot. Other celebs who took it off for the mag included Eva Mendes & Joss Stone.

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By Nolan Strong
Fans and loved ones gathered in Detroit this afternoon (April 11) to remember slain D12 member Proof and commemorate the two-year anniversary of his death.
"Since he's been gone he was the head of everything, so I'm trying to straighten things up and it’s hard. No one can fill those shoes," D12 member Mr. Porter told
A candlelight vigil will be held from 4-6pm EST at Woodlawn Cemetery, where the artist was put to rest six days after his death in front of a crowd of 2,000 people, including best friend Eminem who eulogized Proof.
Proof, born Deshaun Holton, was shot at the age of 32, following an altercation outside of the CCC Club on East Eight Mile Road.
According to police and eyewitness reports, a fight broke out between Proof and 35-year-old Keith Bender inside the nightclub, which was operating after hours illegally.
The fight continued outside, where Bender was allegedly shot first by Proof, who then suffered a gunshot wound to the head at the hands of bouncer Mario Etheridge.
The shooter also happened to be Bender's cousin.
Bender died on April 18th, 2006 of gunshot wounds sustained in the incident.
Proof, who actually founded D12 in 1990, was heralded as one of the most important figures on Detroit's Hip-Hop scene.
Known for hosting several rap battles around the city, most notably at the legendary Hip-Hop Shop where all six members of D12 first met, Proof was the inspiration for Mekhi Phifer's 8 Mile character Future.
"He taught me how to be a leader," Eminem said during Proof's funeral two years ago. "I'm sure everybody who has ever met him, even just once, can testify to the fact that he illuminated a room when he walked in it. I believe that Proof loved people and people loved him. He was a magnet. He lured you in. You wanted to learn about him, follow his swagger. Without Proof, there would be no Eminem, no Slim Shady, no D12. You're the man."
"Proof is the one," added Shady Records labelmate Obie Trice, who had coincidentally also been the victim of a shooting in Detroit only 3 months before Proof's death. "He is the pioneer of Detroit music."
The candlelight vigil at Woodlawn will be followed by a gathering at the GoodLife Lounge in Detroit.
Later tonight, Detroit's Hip Hop 4 Habitat Detroit will host the Hip-Hop & Habit Game and concert in honor of Proof, featuring Almost September with MC Lyte, Big Herk, Ray Ray and others.
Proof is survived by a wife and five children.


By Roman Wolfe
Rapper Eminem will give a rare performance in June, when he performs at Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday party.
According to reports, organizers contacted Eminem last month and he agreed to perform for the former South African president and former head of the African National Congress (ANC).
While Eminem's name had surfaced in earlier reports about the celebration, it was not clear if he would take part in the event.
Fellow rapper Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith are hosting the star-studded celebration, which takes place June 27 in London’s Hyde Park.
Eminem will join a growing roster of stars that will pay tribute to Mandela, who was imprisoned from 1964 until 1990 for opposing apartheid.
The concert, which is expected to draw over 45,000 people, will help raise money for Mandela’s 46664 AID’s charity.
Other performers confirmed for the event include Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Razorlight, Keane and others.
According to reports, The Spice Girls, Sir Paul McCartney and U2 may also join the bill but these artists are not confirmed.





Trey Songz is always popping up in the news over something. If its not him leaping in the crowd like Wolverine, he’s getting brutalized by the cops. This time, I heard he was at St. Josephs University in Philly and had a lil’issue. I guess the sound man wasn’t on the case all that much and he let the crowd know alllllllllllllll about it. Well, I think the fans took offense since they were there just to hear the homey sing. Well, the crowd reportedly started hurling things at the stage. (This is happening too much, people throwing stuff.) Well, Trey is a real R&B G as I told you. He jumps in crowds and he let it be know that he would kick the collective a** of the crowd if they didn’t stop. Security did manage to pinpoint one person that was pushing the issue and his security was reportedly on him! The boy, security and Trey went outside of the venue and hasn’t been heard from since. The Trey Songz Triangle.

There is more to this story, but I saved it for the end. You won’t believe it…or maybe you will. Either way, it’s a crazy phase.
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Vanilla ice arrested

Vanilla Ice Arrested


Rapper Vanilla Ice was arrested Thursday night for domestic battery, according to Palm Beach County, Fla., sheriffs.

The musician, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, is currently in police custody and is due in court Friday, according to Lt. Tim Temperato.

Van Winkle, 40, was booked at 10:42 p.m., the sheriff's Web site shows.

On Friday, a judge "will determine if there was probable cause for the arrest," Temperato said.

No further details of the arrest were available.

If the judge decides the arrest was justified, Van Winkle will either be given a bond, or be released on his own recognizance.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008




By Nolan Strong
The mother of a teenaged boy assaulted by associates of Tony Yayo filed a civil lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court today (April 9).

The lawsuit, filed by attorney Richard Reich, accuses G-Unit member Tony Yayo, Lowell Fletcher and others of assaulting the teen, who is the son of Jimmy Henchmen, the CEO of Czar Entertainment.

Czar manages a number of artists, including former G-Unit member The Game.

The two parties have a well documented history of violent disputes.

According to the lawsuit, the teen was backhanded on March 20, 2007, as he walked to Czar's offices, "simply because he was wearing a shirt displaying the name of a business rival. Tony Yayo, born Marvin Bernard, admitted in Criminal Court that he harassed the teen and "glared at him in a manner meant to threaten him." Fletcher admitted in Criminal Court that he smacked the teen, while acting in concert with another.

"My son James was 14 years old when he was attacked by Tony Yayo, Lowell Fletcher and other adult men," the teen's mother Cynthia Reed told in a statement. "Because of the injuries suffered by James, and the lack of remorse and arrogance displayed by Yayo, G-Unit and all named in the lawsuit, I feel obligated as a mother to bring this suit and obtain justice for my child. Even though Yayo plead guilty in Criminal Court to harassing my son and Fletcher plead guilty to endangering my son, neither Yayo nor G-Unit members have ever apologized to my son or me."

While the men have yet to apologize, Yayo was sentenced to 150 hours of probation in February for his role in the assault, while Fletcher was sentenced to nine months in prison.

"We are seeking compensatory damages for the injuries suffered by James,as well as punitive damages for the attack upon a child by adult men," Richard Reich added.

Also named in the lawsuit is 50 Cent, G-Unit Records, Interscope Records, Shady Records, Universal Music Group, Violator Records, Violator Management and Chris Lighty.




ahhh, psych. Death Row in a movie, silly.

According to Variety…50 Cent is signing up for yet another movie. This one, called Spectacular Regret stars unknowns such as Danny Huston (Marie Antoinette), John Ortiz (American Gangster) and Kelli Garner (Thumbsucker).

“[50 Cent] will play a death row inmate whose imminent execution has made him a cause celebre. The drama interconnects with four Angelenos struggling to overcome past events.

Leonard is an actor who has co-directed the docu “Beautiful Losers” and helmed short “The Youth in Us.” He also lugged around a camera as one of the stars of “The Blair Witch Project.”“

The movie itself sounds, ehhhh….but what’s interesting to me is that this seems like 50’s first foray into that murky realm of indie films. Maybe he’ll start stretching outside of his comfort zone of monosyllabic tough-guy roles?



Stacey Dash is on the cover of the new issue of King magazine.

Yes, she's really 42 years old.

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Yes, it's the chick from Clueless.

Sunday, April 6, 2008



By Houston Williams

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Beyonce Knowles hosted an extravagant affair for their closest friends and family on April 4, and according to published reports, are now a married couple.

An extremely close source confirmed with that they are husband and wife.

There have yet to be any official confirmations as to the entertainer's marital status.

Attendees at the super-exclusive evening party included Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Solange Knowles Gwyneth Paltrow and husband Chris Martin of Coldplay, Beyonce’ parents and Jay-Z’s mother. .........For more click here

Friday, April 4, 2008

Judge Rules 50's Ex Must Leave Mansion


By Tai Saint Louis
Rapper 50 Cent has won the latest round in a series of court battles with ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins, the mother of his 10-year-old son.

A Long Island housing court judge ruled yesterday that Tompkins must vacate the $2.4 million Dix Hills, New York home, where she has reportedly been living with 50's son as well as her daughter from another relationship and her boyfriend.

During a hearing yesterday (April 3) at the Suffolk County Third District court, a judge recognized 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, as the rightful owner of the 5,000-square foot house.

The judge ordered that Tompkins must find a new living arrangement by the end of the 2007-2008 school year.

She must also pay Jackson a total of $9,000.

In a February court appearance, a judge reduced the amount of child support 50 was responsible for from $25,000 to $6,700 per month, which was to provide Tompkins the funds needed to find a new home.

The G-Unit boss and his attorney maintain she's made no attempts to do so.

"To have her living there with her boyfriend and several other people is inappropriate," the artist said following the two hour hearing. "She's in the house with people I'm not responsible to pay housing for."

The hearing came after Tompkins filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Wednesday (April 2), accusing 50 of "breach of contract," alleging that he promised to provide housing for her and her children. thanks for this article



Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter is expected to sign a 10-year-deal, $150 million dollar “360” deal with Live Nation, that will include Roc Nation, a new entertainment venture for the rapper, The New York Times reports.

If the deal goes through, Jay-Z, 38, will add more than $60 million dollars in cash to his bottom line.

The rapper, who owes one more album to Def Jam, is currently on his biggest tour outing in three years, headlining the “Heart of the City” tour with Mary J. Blige, which was produced by

Live Nation envisions handling all aspects of Jay-Z’s entertainment, recording, tours and endorsement deals.

Under the terms of the deal, Jay-Z will receive an upfront payment of $25 million dollars, a general advance of $25 million dollars and an advance payment of $10 million dollars per album, for at least three albums.

Jay-Z will also receive a series of payments totaling about $20 million dollars for publishing, licensing and the rights to other endeavors produced by Roc Nation, as well as another $25 million dollars to target investments or acquisitions.

Finally, Live Nation will provide $5 million dollars a year to Roc Nation to support the new company’s overhead for the next five years.

Last Monday (March 31), Live Nation announced that they had signed rock legends U2 to a 12-year global contract to expand and run the band's global music enterprises including touring, merchandising, and the band's website,

In October of 2007, the company announced a similar deal with Madonna.

Live Nation was created in 2005, when corporate giant Clear Channel Communications was split into three separate companies: Clear Channel Communications (radio), Clear Channel Outdoor (billboard advertising; outdoor display ads) and finally, Live Nation. thanks for providing this story

Thursday, April 3, 2008


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Snoop Dogg Converts to Mormonism

DIAMOND BAR, California (AP) — In what some may consider an unexpected move, rap artist “Snoop Dogg” has reportedly converted to Mormonism after nearly a year of study with the fast-growing, Utah-based faith.

Snoop Dogg says he “can’t get enough of the Book of Mormon.”

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Snoop Dogg — whose real name is Calvin Broadus — said he considers himself extremely fortunate to have discovered such a deep sense of spiritual fulfillment at this stage in his life.

“Mr. Broadus is also very pleased to find that his family is as enthusiastic about attending church services as he is,” the spokeswoman said.

However, Snoop Dogg has not been enthusiastic about publicly sharing his experience and declined to be interviewed by CNN for this article. In fact, he reportedly informed producers of his E! reality show “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood” that this particular aspect of his family’s life was off-limits to the cameras. Still, he left open the possibility of addressing the subject in future episodes.

According to the Associated Press, Snoop Dogg was first introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as the Mormon Church is officially known, after attending a Gladys Knight concert in an LDS meeting house in Los Angeles.

Knight, who very publicly discusses her conversion to Mormonism several years ago, invited Snoop Dogg to what is known to the Mormon faithful as “Family Home Evening,” a church program that encourages families to set aside Monday evenings for gospel-centered lessons and family togetherness.

Though Snoop Dogg has been hesitant to publicly discuss his recent spiritual journey, he commented on the experience of attending his first “Family Home Evening” in a recent interview with People Magazine.

“I was hooked from the start,” Snoop Dogg said. “We talked about the purpose of life, played Mousetrap, and ate brownies. The kids thought it was off the hook, for real.”

In what Snoop Dogg now thinks was anything but a coincidence, Mormon missionaries had knocked on his door just one week before the Knight concert. He said he had initially turned them away because of what he knew about the strict Mormon health code, which prohibits members from smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs.

“Y’all know me,” he said grinning broadly. “There were just certain things the old me — the “natural man” — needed to do. And these young guys are telling me that God’s not down with disrespecting ourselves. But it’s cool now.”

Snoop Dogg said his conversion marks the end of his old life, one that included frequent run-ins with the law. Snoop Dogg was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession and charged with gun possession after a 1993 traffic stop. In 1997, he pleaded guilty in exchange for a lighter sentence.

In 1996, Snoop Dogg was acquitted of murder after a purported gangbanger was killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which Snoop Dogg was traveling.

Snoop Dogg dismisses critics who claim his conversion is intended to placate a Salt Lake County judge, before whom he is appealing an alleged probation violation.

“Listen, the haters will say what they will,” Snoop Dogg said. “I can only do what I feel is right.”

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T.I. starts work release

It took rapper T.I. less than 24 hours to fall into compliance with the terms of his plea agreement, has learned.

According to attorney Dwight Thomas, who was part of T.I.‘s defense team, the rapper started fulfilling his court mandated 1500 hours of community service on Friday (March 28), just one day after his much publicized court appearance in Atlanta.
While Thomas could not offer details on the amount or type of community service the artist performed, he was able to shed some light on how his surprising plea deal came about.
"We've been doing some good faith negotiations for some time," Thomas told "This didn't happen over a couple of days. We've been involved in some lengthy discussions, both the attorneys for the state and the defense attorneys. This was a reasonable outcome and it was in his best interest. He's expressed remorse for what he's done and accepted responsibility.
"He's committed, he's sincere, he has a passion about helping others," Thomas said of T.I. "That was one of the factors even at his bond hearing: the fact that he's such a charitable person. So I think it's gonna work out for him."
As part of his plea agreement, T.I. is to complete 1000 of the assigned community service hours, prior to his sentencing date on March 27, 2009.
During that time, the rapper, born Clifford Harris, will experience much more freedom than he has since his October 2007 arrest.
"While he is awaiting sentencing, he is under modified restrictions outside of work and religion," explained Thomas. "He's still able to perform, he's able to go to church, he's able to pursue any type of work related to his industry."
Under these modified restrictions, T.I. must obey a curfew that requires him to be at home between the hours of 11pm and 6am, unless he is working, in which case the hours are adjusted to 1am to 8am.
Once T.I. appears in court next year, he is expected to be sentenced to 365 days in federal prison, as per the terms of the plea deal.
The hours logged under curfew will be counted as time served towards the rapper's sentence.
And, Thomas explained, other factors may affect the actual sentence handed down.
"Anytime you're released, do negative things, break the law again, of course there's the possibility that you'll do more time," he says. "But then again, if you do exemplarily well, and go beyond the things you're supposed to do, you might do less time than expected."