Posts By Bené Viera

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Trina Facing Potential Lawsuit For Playing Hookie On A Sceduled Performance

Trina May Be Sued For No Show In St. Louis

Trina may soon join the ranks of the slews of artists that have been accused (and sued) for bailing on a performance in which they’ve already been paid. TMZ reports the Miami rapper allegedly ditched on a St. Louis club performance she was paid $7,000 to do on May 19. And the promoter isn’t having it! Per TMZ, Trina’s no-show caused a lot of upset attendees to ask for their money back. TMZ learned the promoter plans to sue Trina for at least $16,000m which is $11,000 more than what the rapper was initially paid. Apparently the promoter wants the $7,000 fee, promotional costs and damages.

Most known for her 1998 debut album Da Baddest Bitch, Trina has struggled to remain on top as a female emcee. Just prior to Nicki Mianj’s rise to fame, Trina held it down as the only mainstream female rapper putting out music, but sustaining her spot hasn’t been easy. Her rep denies the allegations saying due to a conflicting schedule with other engagements, Trina cancelled long before the event . And in her southern belle way, the rep claims Trina even tried to return the $7,000, but the promoter refused. How noble of the rapper known for her raunchy lyrics yet soft voice. She is now lawyered up and is accusing the promoter of false advertisement. Trina isn’t the first and won’t be the last to cancel a performance. But we all know keeping the money for a job that wasn’t done is  the fastest way to end up in court. People don’t play about their money.

Rapper Trina Accused of Torpedoing Missouri Concert [TMZ.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Beastie Boys Adam Horovitz Says Adam “MCA” Yauch Was Not Afraid

Beastie Boys Adama Horovitz Opens Up About MCA

Earlier this month the world loss a pioneer in hip-hop when Adam “MCA” Yauch died from cancer at 47. While we mourned the death of a great musician, Beastie Boys group member Adam Horovitz lost a lifelong friend. For the first time since MCA’s death on May 4, Horovitz opened up to RollingStone.com about the group’s vetoing system, MCA’s talent and fearlessness. When asked how he’s handling the pain Horovitz replied, “I’m totally numb.” He went on to reveal a time he was walking his dog and began to cry on the street. But through the grief he shares fond memories of Yauch. Read more…

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Sample In Lupe Fiasco’s New Single “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” Angers Pete Rock, Pete Rock Tweets It’s ‘Wack’

Peter Rock Displeased With Lupe Fiasco's Remake of T.R.O.Y.

It seems as if Lupe Fiasco is always in hot water over something. Per Idolator.com, legendary super producer Pete Rock is not pleased with the Lupe’s fresh new track  “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),”  the first single from the long awaited Food & Liquor 2 . The single quickly rose to No. 3 on the Rap & Hip-Hop category of the iTunes charts, but Pete Rock doesn’t care about that. His beef is that he didn’t want anyone to sample his classic “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)” that he created with C.L. Smooth where the hypnotizing horn from Tom Scott’s “Today” blares. And don’t get Pete Rock mad. He’ll unleash his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter.

In expressing his disapproval of the use of his beat being changed Rock sent a series of tweets about why T.R.O.Y. should have been left alone. He tweets, “No disrespect to lupe fiasco and i like him alot but TROY should be left alone. Feel so violated, the beat is next to my heart and was made outta anguish and pain. When it’s like that it should not be touched by no one!” Of course his disclaimer about liking Lupe didn’t stop the pot stirrers from trying to incite a beef between the rapper and producer causing Pete Rock to tweet, “And y’all need to stop the childish games. I’m a fan of lupe and he is a great artist and a great person.” Read more…

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Lady Gaga Cries At Manila Concert Over Protests Against Her Shows And Stands Up For The Gay Community

Lady Gaga Born This Way Tour

If there’s anything Lady Gaga wants it’s for everyone to be accepted for who they are. But it looks like the megastar is having a hard time being accepted for who she is by certain religious groups throughout Asia. Recently Gaga made headlines for her controversial “Born This Way” Asian tour that has garnered attention for protesters that are against what Gaga stands for and what they perceive would “threaten morality.” Indonesian police would not grant her a permit to perform despite the sold-out concert where 52,000 attendees were expected. In South Korea those under the age of 18 were prohibited from attending the concert. In addition, the AP reported that approximately 200 Christian youth in Milana, Philippines protested against her performing in Milana. Gaga prevailed in Milana and gave over 16,000 of her little monsters exactly what they’d hoped for last night. Read more…

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2 Chainz Arrested At The Airport, What Was He Doing With Brass Knuckles?

2 Chainz Arrested at Laguardia Airport

Here’s a little PSA: Airports have security checks. Now repeat. Upcoming rapper 2 Chainz was arrested today at LaGuardia airport after airport security learned of a rather unusual weapon in his carry on bag. No, it wasn’t a gun or knife; 2 Chainz was packing brass knuckles. TMZ reports 2 Chainz was on his way to a show in North Carolina in the Delta airlines terminal when TSA discovered the weapon in his bag. We can’t help but chuckle–not at the arrest, of course–but the fact that a southern rapper was carrying brass knuckles around all willy nilly.

Once police were called to the scene, the rapper known for his hit track “Spend It”  was charged with possession of a criminal weapon, which is a misdemeanor. He was taken away to jail and per TMZ, a rep for 2 Chainz would only say his team is “handling the situation.” Now, about that team. Is this the same team that potentially packed his bags (yes, famous people have people to do that for them)? We can concoct a hundred funny stories of why 2 Chainz had the brass knuckles in the first place. Is this a part of his every day attire? Was he using them earlier and forgot to them out of the bag? Whatever the reason  these types of incidents are totally avoidable with a careful double check. Last week 2 Chainz released the video to “Murder” featuring Kreayshawn. Perhaps he was listening to his own song  right before he headed to the airport and thought, ‘Hey, I might need these.’

2 Chainz Rapper Arrested for Brass Knuckles [TMZ.com]

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Jay-Z Selects Eclectic Group Of Artists For Made In America Festival: Pearl Jam, Odd Future, Rick Ross And The Return of D’Angelo

Lineup for Budweiser Made in America Festival Curated by Jay-Z

Since Jay-Z’s press conference in Philadelphia last week we’ve been on pins and needles anticipating the announcement for the lineup of the Made in America festival he’s curating and headlining on September 1 and 2. Jigga man delivered on the goal he’d set for himself asking, “Is it going to push the culture forward?” With such a diverse selection of musical acts crossing multiple genres, we’d say the answer to Jay’s query is unequivocally, “Yes!”

For the two day festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly, music lovers can enjoy the tunes of Pearl Jam, Afrojack, Odd Future, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Dirty Projectors, X, the Knocks, Calvin Harris, Jay’s artist Rita Ora, Prince Royce, Janelle Monae, Santigold, Passion Pit, Wale, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, the DJ set by Savoy and the return of D’Angelo. Let’s not forget Hov will also hit the stage as the headliner. As with everything he does, Jay-Z took his job as curator seriously, and created a highly anticipated festival.

Oh, can we talk about Jay sangging R&B singer D’Angelo (who hasn’t released an album in 12 years) for a minute? Over the weekend D’Angelo made headlines when a GQ profile hit the net with him looking rather scrumptious. The singer is working on an album, and whatever Jay did to get him to perform at Budweiser’s Made in America, we salute you, Jay. As diverse as the list of performers is, even more acts will be announced next week. Jay-Z can check off successful curator from his bucket list.

Official “Made In America” Lineup Announced [Complex.com]

[Photo: Getty Images and GQ magazine]

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Destruction In “Take It To The Head” Video Featuring Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj And Lil Wayne

DJ Khaled has the most incredible musical superpowers because only someone superhuman can consistently get all of the hottest artists on one track. This go ’round he brought together Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross for the Colin Tilley directed “Take It To The Head.” Not to mention Drake, Busta Ryhymes and Baby (aka Birdman) make cameos. Next time there’s a hip-hop beef, we must call Khaled. He can get everyone toghether! Complete with crashing buses, graffiti and fire, the video is all about destruction. If the setting looks familiar perhaps it’s because you’ve been to Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Per Stereogum.com, the set was in fact shot at the Earthquake ride at the popular amusement park. Now, if the rappers could’ve rapped their verses while on the ride, that would have been impressive. Read more…

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25th Anniversary Of Michael Jackson’s Bad Honored With An Assortment Of MJ Goodies

MJ 25th Anniversary deluxe package

We still have a hard time believing its been almost three years since the incomparable Michael Jackson passed away. To think it has been 25 years since the King of Pop’s seventh album Bad, makes us feel, let’s just say, wiser. Epic/Legacy Recordings and the Michael Jackson estate has partnered together to release the Bad 25 deluxe package on September 18 to honor its 25th anniversary. This is like having Christmas in September! Read more…

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VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott Exclusive: “Le Boom Vent Suite”

All Jill Scott has to do is start singing, “boom, boom, boom” and the audience immediately claps as they immerse themselves into the feel good melodies of “Le Boom Vent Suite.” From the balcony to the front row attendees sang along with Jill about wanting a guy that doesn’t want her back. Similar to “Quick” in that the words aren’t necessarily describing an ideal situation, but the music makes one want to groove. It’s a soulful jazz sound with Jill’s one of a kind voice. And check out the man in the balcony jamming as if he were in the living room of his home. That’s what “Le Boom Vent Suite” performed live does to the crowd.

If you missed the show last night, you can watch the entire episode of VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott right now on VH1.com..

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VH1 Storytellers Online Exclusive: Jill Scott’s “Quick”

Ever so often Jill Scott’s spoken word roots find their way into her songs or songwriting. That’s exactly the case for “Quick,” a song about a relationship ending too soon. We have an exclusive clip of her performance of “Quick” on tonight’s VH1 Storytellers: Jill Scott. Like its title, the song moves and ends quickly. But the fast pace doesn’t take away from the lyrical content. Due to its fast tempo we’re almost certain this is one of the happiest songs about an ending relationship. Read more…