First Dibs: How’s Lil’ Kim Kicking Off 2014?

Madonna picks a special guest to join her for a big initiative, it seems Tupac Shakur was poised to be a big-budget movie star, and Kanye West doesn’t want his face on your currency.

  • Rapper Lil’ Kim unfortunately has to start looking at legal documents as the new year begins. She’s been sued for allegedly using album art that she grabbed from an artist via Reddit. [Perez Hilton]
  • Madonna’s Art For Freedom project has its new guest curator — Katy Perry! The “Roar” singer will be sifting through users’ creative submissions to find artistic expressions of personal freedom and the collective fight for human rights. Rock on, ladies! [Rolling Stone]
  • According to a report, Tupac Shakur was actually considering auditioning for the role of Mace Windu in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Had the rapper not been slain, we’re now wondering if he would’ve been as widely recognized for his acting as he was for his rhymes. [Stereogum]
  • It seems a little difficult to amuse Kanye West these days. At least that’s the view from the computer coders who created Coinye West, a bitcoin variant inspired by Yeezy. However, Ye and his lawyers aren’t laughing and are trying to put a stop to the whole thing. [MTV News]