Tha Rap Critic

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Snoop Plans to Help Suge Knight

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Recently, Snoop Dogg has been in a peaceful mood. Last month he brokered a West Coast Peace Treaty where he squashed all his beefs, including his most infamous one with former boss Marion "Suge" Knight. Now, Snoop speaks so highly of Suge, some sort of collaboration between the two doesn't seem like as much of a pipe dream as it did even three months ago.

"I feel like I can help him like he helped me," Snoop continued. "It's just a matter of us trying to come together and me looking at the situation. You know, when you see a brother down, do you kick him or do you give him a hand? I was taught to give him a hand. So I'm just trying to help. I don't have any problem with Suge Knight, Death Row Records, more power to them. I wish them success and luck."

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Gucci Mane wanted for Murder

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An up-and-coming Atlanta rapper whose debut album hits record stores Tuesday was expected to turn himself in to DeKalb County authorities Thursday night on a murder charge.

The rapper, known as Gucci Mane, is wanted by DeKalb police in a shooting last week that left one man dead.

Mane, 25, was notified Wednesday of the murder warrant, said his attorney Dennis Scheib, who will accompany him to the county jail when he returns to Atlanta following a promotional show in New York.

"He's got nothing to hide," Scheib said. "Once he found out what the warrant was for, he said he was coming down to straighten it out."

The charge stems from a shooting at a home on Springside Run in Decatur on May 10.

Mane, whose real name is Radric Davis, was visiting a woman when five men stormed into the house with guns and duct tape, Scheib said. Mane fired at the men, who later fled.

"It was self-defense," Scheib said. "They came into the house with the intent to either shoot him or kill him."

The body of one of the men, Henry Clark, 27, was found three days later near Columbia Middle School. An anonymous caller told police they had seen the body in a wooded area on Columbia Drive.

A department spokesman said Mane's contention that the shooting was in self-defense is yet to be determined. "That's his story for right now. That's coming from his camp," Sgt. Herschel Grangent said. "He hasn't made a statement to us yet."

Mane, whose single "Icy" debuted this week at No. 24 on Billboard magazine's Hot Rap Tracks chart, has in recent days been making the rounds promoting his album "Trap House," which is slated for release Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Episode 3 Expected to Jumpstart Lagging Box Office

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The movie business is suffering its worst losing streak in at least a decade, with attendance down 8 percent and ticket sales in a slump that has lasted 12 straight weeks. That beats the record 11 weeks of decline suffered in 2000.

That could all change after midnight tomorrow as "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" opens in theaters nationwide. The final chapter in George Lucas' six-part space odyssey is expected to bring audiences out in force and reverse the Hollywood slide.

"The focus will shift to box office boom," predicts Paul Degarabedian of Exhibitor Relations, a box office tracking firm. "What we need to be talking about in a week is box office records, lines at the movie theaters."

If "Star Wars" succeeds in creating gridlock at the multiplex, it's good news for the entire industry, because other pictures will benefit from spillover traffic. On tap for Memorial Day weekend are two potential blockbusters, the DreamWorks animated family film, "Madagascar," and the Adam Sandler remake of "The Longest Yard."

"If people go to the movies to see 'Star Wars' and can't get in, they're not going to go home," says Degarabedian. "Memorial Day weekend could be beat last year's record, where in four days, close to $250 million worth of tickets were sold."

Revenge of the Sith Estimates at $600 Million

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George Lucas's ``Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith'' will probably generate $600 million in worldwide ticket sales after the film, made by Lucasfilm Ltd. and distributed by News Corp., opens in the U.S. May 19, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co.

``Revenge of the Sith'' is the fastest-ever selling movie for online ticket seller Fandango.com, accounting for 98 percent of sales this week. The film probably will bring in $80 million worldwide over the weekend, Dergarabedian said.

The sixth and final film in a series that began in 1977 with ``Star Wars,'' ``Revenge of the Sith'' will debut on about 3,700 screens in the U.S. and Canada and may bring total ticket sales for Lucas's saga to $4 billion. The film may help draw viewers back to theaters, where North American sales so far this year have fallen 5 percent to $2.78 billion compared with the same period last year, according to Exhibitor Relations.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Jay and Dame Reunite at B-Day Party

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Dame Dash had a pretty busy birthday night on Tuesday. He had his b-day bash at his New York club, NA; Jay-Z and Cam'ron — who pulled up in his blue Lamborghini — were among those in attendance. The mouthy mogul also made an appearance at Glo, where Lyor Cohen and Kevin Lyles officially welcomed P. Diddy and Bad Boy Entertainment to the Warner Music Group. Usher, Naomi Campbell, Swizz Beatz, Mashonda, Irv and Chris Gotti, and Zac Posen came out for that event as well.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Lil Kim's Troubles Continue

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They say that when it rains, it pours. But for embattled hip-hop diva Lil' Kim, it's been monsoon season these last few months. She is now being sued by songwriters Anthony Jeffries and Vincent Hart.

According to court documents obtained by "Celebrity Justice," both Jeffries and Hart — who are seeking $100,000 in damages — say they were hired by Lil' Kim (born Kimberly Jones) to help her write the tracks "Hold It Now," "Can You Hear Me Now?" and "The Jump Off." The suit also charges that the duo were commissioned to provide vocals for the song "Tha Beehive."

Furthermore, both men say their images appeared in Kim's retail videotapes and DVDs, but that they were never asked to sign consent forms authorizing the use of such imagery.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Pac's Godmother Wanted for $1 Million

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Authorities posted a $1 million reward Monday for a Black Liberation Army member convicted of fatally shooting a New Jersey state trooper 32 years ago, and added the woman to the FBI's domestic terrorist list.

Joanne Chesimard escaped from a women's prison in Hunterdon County in 1979, after she was convicted of the 1973 slaying of Trooper Werner Foerster. She made her way to Cuba and was granted political asylum.

New Jersey officials have failed to persuade Cuba to hand over Chesimard, 57, who goes by the name Assata Shakur, the late Tupac's godmother.