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|Sat, October 21, 2023 at 7:27 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
JADA PINKETT SMITH RECALLS DEVASTATING MOMENT SUGE KNIGHT DELIVERED HER 2PACS ASHES Jada Pinkett Smith is still making the rounds to promote her new book, and in a new conversation she opened up about the time Suge Knight brought some of 2Pacs ashes to her in the wake of his death.
The actor and author sat down with Extra in an interview shared on Wednesday (October 18). Referencing the portion of Worthy where she discusses the topic, Pinkett Smith elaborated on the seemingly callous interaction with the Death Row mogul.
Having to receive Pacs ashes in that way was a really devastating moment & to just get him in this little cardboard box, she explained. And yeah, I was very rageful about the whole thing. He was [cavalier about the delivery.]
When asked if Suges energy made her believe he was behind 2Pacs murder, Jada chose not to pass judgement.
One thing Ive learned not to make assumptions, she responded. Lord knows so many assumptions gave been made about me of what people think they know front-facing. And theres always more to the story so I cant make assumptions.
You can watch the clip below:
Amid Duane Keefe D Davis recent arrest in relation to 2Pacs murder, Suge Knight was accused of holding up the investigation by a retired LAPD detective with intimate knowledge of the case.
The claim was made by Greg Kading, who was the lead detective of an interagency task force launched in 2006 to investigate Biggies 1997 murder and who wrote the 2011 book Murder Rap: The Untold Story of the Biggie Smalls & Tupac Shakur Murder Investigations.
His book theorizes that 2Pac was killed by South Side Compton Crip Orlando Baby Lane Anderson, who was allegedly handed the murder weapon by his uncle and fellow gang member Duane Keefe D Davis.
Davis the only remaining suspect who is still alive was recently charged in the rappers murder, marking the first-ever arrest in the 27-year-old case.
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In an interview with Rolling Stone published earlier this month, Kading blamed Suge Knight for Pacs 1996 death going unsolved for almost three decades.
If theres anybody in the world to blame for this taking 27 years to solve, its Suge Knight, he said of the Death Row Records co-founder, who was in the car with 2Pac when he was fatally shot. He knew the moment it happened who did it.
And all Suge had to do when Las Vegas [PD] asked him to come in and sit down for an interview, all he had to do was say, They pulled up alongside, I looked right across the car, I saw Keefe D in the front seat. Thats all he had to say: I saw Keefe D. That alone, that witness statement wouldve changed everything.
He added: Theres nobody else who could have helped more than him, and he didnt, because evidently, his reputation was more important than 2Pacs life.
Kadings comments come shortly after Suge Knight broke his silence on Keefe Ds arrest, telling TMZ that he wont testify against the 60-year-old if called to do so and that he doesnt believe Orlando Anderson was the one who killed 2Pac.
I never had nothing bad to say about Orlando because [&] he wasnt the shooter, he said. It wasnt Anderson, so thats all I got to say about that part.
|Tue, October 3, 2023 at 1:12 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LAURYN HILL EXTENDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR WITH NEW DATES Ms. Lauryn Hills 25th Anniversary Tour for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill hasnt even kicked off in North America yet, but due to overwhelming demand, shes already adding new dates.
On Monday (October 2), Ms. Hill announced 10 additional stops across North America including Vancouver, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta and more. All North American dates will be co-headlined by Fugees, with tickets for the new dates going on sale this Friday (October 6) at 10 A.M. local time.
In a statement, Ms. Hill noted the importance of the tour as well as the lasting impact made by both the album and Fugees:
Ive almost felt compelled to carry a torch or to keep a light shining regarding the continual performance of the Miseducation album, she said. I believe theres been a reason for thatand the Fugees coming back together for performances too feels like unfinished business were destined to handle. The connections are real and uncanny, and the magic and synergy between us has not been deterred by time.
She continued: I believe the messages that we and the art we made embody something moving, meaningful and important for us and for the world. We gave voice and image to possibilities that emblazoned so many musical directions after us. As we were inspired, we also inspired countless artists who have shown up to express themselves in this musical space.
Both the Miseducation and the Fugees material challenged and expanded convention, by paying homage to the past, while richly embracing the present, and emblazoning the trail for the future. We represent not just ourselves but our influences and our peers who took art, culture and inspiration very seriously- who reshaped the landscape for ourselves and for those who would follow after us. Im grateful to be able to celebrate this classic material and re-present it to an audience in this time.
Check out the full list of North American dates below.
10/17 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center (with Fugees)
10/19 Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays (with Fugees)
10/21 Washington, D.C. @ Capital One Arena (with Fugees)
10/23 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Arena (with Fugees)
10/26 Toronto, ON Scotia (with Fugees)
10/28 Chicago, IL @ United Center (with Fugees)
10/30 Fort Worth, TX @ Dickies Arena (with Fugees)
2 Denver, CO Ball Arena
5 Los Angeles, CA @ Kia Forum
7 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
9 Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
17 San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
21 Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
25 St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center
27 Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
29 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
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1 Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Arena
8 Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
10 Miami, FL @ Kaseya Center
13 Boston, MA @ TD Garden
The trek is Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michels first tour as a group in years. The trio had initially planned to hit the road in 2021 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their debut album The Score, but it was later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the New Jersey collective did reunite on stage at The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia this past June
|Tue, October 3, 2023 at 12:54 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
SUGE KNIGHT REFUSES TO TESTIFY AGAINST 2PAC MURDER SUSPECT KEEFE D Suge Knight will not be testifying against Duane Keefe D Davis in the 2Pac murder case, despite being an eyewitness of the 1996 shooting.
TMZ spoke with the Death Row Records co-founder over the phone on Monday (October 2) to get his thoughts on the recent developments in Pacs long-running homicide investigation, which saw Keefe D arrested by Las Vegas police last week.
The 60-year-old former gang member has been charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang, marking the first time charges have been made in the 27-year-old case.
Well, surprise, number one, Suge said while reacting to the news. Because I dont think Keefe D would ever get arrested, nor do I want to see him get arrested.
Lets get one thing straight, first and foremost: me and Keefe D played on the same Pop Warner football team. And whatever circumstances if he had an involvement with anything, if he didnt have an involvement with anything, I wouldnt wish somebody going to prison on my worst enemy.
Knight, who is currently behind bars serving a 28-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, also claimed that Keefe Ds nephew, Orlando Anderson, was not the shooter, contrary to popular belief.
There were only two people in the car; Pacs not gonna tell the story, I aint gonna tell the story, said the former record executive, who was sat next to 2Pac and also wounded during the fatal drive-by shooting.
But I can tell you this: I never had nothing bad to say about Orlando because [&] he wasnt the shooter [..] It wasnt Anderson, so thats all I got to say about that part.
When asked straight-up if hell take the stand if called to testify against Keefe D in the case, Suge replied: I wouldnt be. Well, number one, Im not gonna get on the stand and testify on somebody for what? [&] I wouldnt go, I wouldnt testify. None of that shit.
Suge Knights comments echo those of a witness who testified in the weeks leading up to Keefe Ds arrest that Orlando Anderson wasnt the shooter. The witness told a Las Vegas grand jury that it was actually Deandre Big Dre Smith who shot 2Pac. Smith was allegedly sat in the backseat of the car from which the shots were fired. Detectives believe Anderson was sat next to him, while Keefe D and another man named Terrence Brown were sat up front.
Keefe is the only suspect who is still alive. He is alleged to have orchestrated the hit as retribution against 2Pac, who alongside his entourage had attacked Anderson in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas the night of September 7, 1996.
Hours later, a car pulled up alongside Pac and Suge Knights BMW sedan at the intersection of East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane and opened fire. The All Eyez On Me rapper was shot four times, while his label boss was struck in the head by a bullet fragment.
2Pac died in hospital six days later after succumbing to his injuries. He was 25 years old
|Wed, September 20, 2023 at 3:05 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
BIRDMAN BELIEVES THE SOUTH WILL 'NEVER' LOSE GRIP ON HIP HOP DOMINANCE
Birdman has claimed that the South will remain at the top of the Hip Hop food chain for years to come.
The Cash Money Records co-founder recently sat down for an insightful conversation on the 85 South Show, where reflected on Southern Hip Hops early struggles in the 1990s be taken seriously by the East and West Coasts, who at that time were the dominant regions.
The East and the West was the last two places that would embrace our music if you were from the South, Birdman said. Its always been a competitive thing for us with them cause they felt like they was better than us and we felt like we was better than them, especially in our neck of the woods, the South.
He continued: Youll have a hit in the South and itll take a long time to hit in the East and the West. But once they caught onto us like it is now, I dont think theyll ever get it back. We here forever, cause they had it forever. The East and the West, they had it forever.
It was challenging for us coming up. Very, very challenging because they wouldnt play our music in no kinda way.
Birdman then gave props to Jermaine Dupri for kicking down doors for Southern Hip Hop.
Jermaine Dupri really broke that barrier for us down South cause he went up there and really made them play our music cause they wouldnt play our music at all, he said of the So So Def hitmaker, who in addition to his solo success played a key role in the careers of Da Brat, Kris Kross and other 90s rappers.
I got a lot of respect for Jermaine Dupri. They wouldnt play our music and Jermaine Dupri went up there and was fighting for us. Our music would be his down bottom, and itd be four, fix, six months before itll be hit on the East and West Coast.
But now, it aint like that. Our music hit more up there than down here, but aint nothing but love for the East and the West. Birdmans sentiment is one that is shared by many Southern rap acts although the question of who is responsible for putting the South on the map is a hotly-contested one.
During an interview with AllHipHop last month, CeeLo Green said that his legendary Atlanta rap group Goodie Mob deserve credit for paving the way for Southern raps eventual dominance.
I think thats definitely our contribution to the culture and to community being able to spearhead and set into motion the rise and reign of Southern Hip Hop, he said. We fought those first wars, and we fought for the civil rights and the equality of Hip Hop. And with that equality, we gave the sentiment and the sound a certain kind of quality.
He continued: There was an accountability here of where we wanted to do it pridefully, effectively and successfully. It was very important to have integrity as a curriculum as we taught it to be as it flowed through and was passed down as an inheritance to the ones who wave that banner today. Meanwhile, Jermaine Dupri previously took credit for New York radio stations playing Southern Hip Hop, echoing Birdmans above comments.
The reason New York plays down South music on the radio is because of me, JD said during a December 2022 appearance on The Gauds Show. Bone Crusher and the YoungBloodZ were all over Hot 97 in a way that like nobody could ever imagine. And I hired DJ Envy to work for me.
He added: My attack on New York radio and the New York streets from the South is like no other. Nobody, no other company, nothing. Not as far as back then, now everybody else moving forward, that door opened cause I was out there beating the streets.
|Fri, September 8, 2023 at 1:53 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Popcaan and 10Tik appear to have traded subliminal shots on social media following their appearance at the Unruly Boss back-to-school event last month. Video from the charitable event showed that Popcaan interrupted 10Tiks performance, allegedly due to his use of profanity in front of young attendees.
Some onlookers viewed Popcaans intervention as a sign of disrespect towards 10Tik, who gained significant attention in 2021 with his hit Roll Deep. Others argued that 10Tiks choice of language was inappropriate for the charitable event.
On Monday drawing inspiration from a recent incident where Popcaan attacked Dancehall singer Denyque over a suggestive t-shirt depicting him eating a watermelon 10Tik seemingly seized an opportunity to mock the Inviolable deejay.
He posted a video of himself smashing a watermelon on the roadside and teased a supposed diss track, titled Wrong Fruit. Sweet sweet Jamaica! We nuh response a WHOO!!! #wrongfruit, he captioned the video.
In a subsequent Live video, 10Tik a former firefighter further addressed the situation, arguing that the word he used isnt considered bad globally and should only be deemed inappropriate when used disrespectfully.
Stop talk bout bad word and youths. You cant teach youths nuh fi cuss bad word and den when dem reach 18, bad word ah weh dem ah get paid fi cuss. Bad word is weh dem get admired fi cuss, the deejay said. Because the word is not bad anywhere else in a di world, so how ah word fi be bad? Weh di the word mean? Di word have meaning? he continued.
So dats why you see people a grow up a tun fvcking ediat. A bay double standard teaching and principle uno in ah. The only time a word bad is when yuh ah use it against a person, even mi friend dem, it nuh matter wah di word is, he said.
He elaborated further on the power of words and their impact: It could ah even be a t-shirt. You nuh see a melon we use and kill boy & ah we represent fi di yute dem in a real life.
Popcaan, not one to stay silent, took a more indirect and comical approach in his response.
On his Instagram Stories, he appeared to take a jab at 10Tiks dental hygiene, writing, Quick fun facts, you are not allowed to dis or style nobody if you have rotten teeth!!! accompanied by a series of laughing emojis.
Meanwhile, fans online have criticized 10Tik for his statements. You haffi guide the youths right, said an IG user.
Others commented, Yo this is pure ignorance to the highest. Man ask if word have meaning? and, So dat mea[n] say u teach dem fe smoke, gamble and drink because dem ago tun 18 and dweet anyways? >
Teach fi u pickney that not other people pickney, remarked another.
In This Story: 10Tik, Popcaa
|Thurs, August 31, 2023 at 10:25 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Fresh off R&B singer Chris Browns crowd-flocking concert at the National Stadium on Sunday, Dancehall artist Mr. Vegas has been thinking about Jamaican acts who could independently fill out the venue. His top picks: Minister Marion Hall, reverting to Lady Saw, and Vybz Kartel if hes released from prison.
The only person right now weh can full out the stadium, and maybe not anymore a few months ago she could is Lady Saw, he said during a recent Instagram Live. But she nuh know if she deh a A or B cause she a bawl and a mek up noise pon stage and a give out Bible. Cya fill out the stadium& But if yuh did come back come sing yuh song dem, everybody come over stadium come see yuh.
Hall last performed in Jamaica at Reggae Sumfest in July, her first time on that stage since she got baptized in 2015. The closing act for Night Two, she distributed Bibles as part of her set, between sharing her testimony and performing tracks. At the event, she reiterated that she has no desire to return to her secular life or be the Queen of Dancehall.
If not the return of Lady Saw, Vegas believes the release of Kartel would drive droves of people to the stadium.
The Worl Boss is appealing a 2014 murder conviction before the Privy Council.
If Kartel come outta prison, him can full out the stadium, Vegas said. Nobody else nuh bouyah& Lady Saw and Vybz Kartel alone left inna the dancehall era weh can full out dah stadium deh& Or if somebody maybe go prison and the people dem a welcome dem home; theres no other name.
He directed his latter sentiment to Buju Bantons Long Walk to Freedom concert at the National Stadium in 2019, where more than 30,000 people witnessed his first performance since being released from prison months prior.
Beres Hammond (left) and Buju Banton at the 2019 Long Walk to Freedom concert
Vegas responded to suggestions for other Jamaicans who would have a sold-out audience there.
Sean Paul is not gonna fill the stadium not in Jamaica, he said.
Shaggy is not gonna fill the stadium in Jamaica. Beenie Man is not gonna fill the stadium in Jamaica& People dem a Jamaica see Beenie Man show so many times& Shabba Ranks not gonna fill the stadium in Jamaica. Dem see Shabba Rankin show so many times& Valiant dont reach dah level deh yet& Jah Cure cya full the stadium&
Reacting to his own name being mentioned, the Heads High hitmaker joked that he could only draw a sold-out concert at the stadium if it were to his detriment.
Anybody waan mek a money, just seh tomorrow is the stoning of Mr. Vegas. Inna national stadium ram&
Besides, he has no interest in performing in Jamaica, and said his true fans are across the UK, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Japan, and the Latin market. The last Jamaican booking he entertained was Reggae Sumfest 2023, which hes happy didnt materialize.
It went south and mi glad it never work out to how mi hear how Tanya Stephens get deal with, til all Nuffy a seh weh she a do pon it. Mi glad seh it never work out& Nobody cya call me again fi Sumfest&all if dem promise me a million dollar.
A Night Two act, Stephens said shell never perform at Sumfest again after claiming her set was abruptly cut, among other alleged administrative mishaps. Host MC Nuffy later responded by deeming Stephens irrelevant to the Sumfest stage.
Now, Vegas can only see himself performing at Rebel Salute, should he perform in Jamaica again.
I love dem people deh. Mi love Rebel Salute crowd& Rebel Salute crowd love music& Rebel Salute is the only show unno can see me pon weh unno know seh me want to be there. Otherwise from that, no.
The next international act slated to perform in Jamaica is R&B singer Trey Songz at the Sunscape All-White Brunch on November 5 in Kingston.
In This Story: Lady Saw, Minister Marion Hall, Mr. Vegas, Vybz Karte
|Thurs, August 31, 2023 at 10:12 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
When producers hired Barker to host The Price Is Right in 1972, they hit the jackpot. The game show had faded significantly from its glory days in the late 50s and had been punted by two networks before it landed at CBS.
Bob Barker, the longtime host of televisions The Price Is Right who used his combination of comfort-food charm and deadpan humor to become an American television staple, has died, according to his longtime publicist. He was 99.
It is with profound sadness that we announce that the Worlds Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us, publicist Roger Neal said in a statement Saturday.
Neal served as Barkers publicist from 1987 to 1994 and again from 2020
To commemorate the icon, flowers were placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
"Bob Barker was a television legend who was very committed to the Hollywood community as well as being a huge proponent of animal welfare," said Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. "He will be missed."
When producers hired Barker to host The Price Is Right in 1972, they hit the jackpot. The game show had faded significantly from its glory days in the late 50s and had been punted by two networks before it landed at CBS.
But in Barker, the show found its voice, and it has continued to air a decade and a half after he retired.
Robert Thompson, the director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, said one reason Barker became an iconic game show host was the sheer length of his career. Barker spent more than half a century on TV, taking over as host of the popular Truth or Consequences in 1956 and retiring from The Price Is Right in 2007.
A contestant and host Bob Barker play "The Price Is Right" million dollar spectacular on April 19, 2004 in Los Angeles.
A contestant and host Bob Barker play "The Price Is Right" million dollar spectacular in Los Angeles in 2004.Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images
From the black and white era of television right up to the new century, Bob Barker had a real presence on two really big shows, Thompson said.
Secondly, youve got some game shows where the host just stands behind a podium, but Barker really interacted with regular people who were selected as contestants. And he was particularly good at it.
Robert William Barker was born in Darrington, Washington, on Dec. 12, 1923, and at the age of 6 moved to a Sioux Indian reservation in Mission, South Dakota, with his mother after his father died in a workplace accident. His mother, Matilda, a schoolteacher, remarried and moved again to Missouri. After a two-year stint in the Navy at the tail end of World War II, Barker returned to Missouri to attend Drury College, now Drury University, and graduated with a degree in economics.
Barker landed a job at a radio station in Florida, and it didnt take long for word of his smooth delivery to travel across the wires. In 1950, he moved to California to start his own radio program, The Bob Barker Show, in Burbank.
Television producers clearly tuned in, and Barker landed his first game show in 1956, NBCs Truth or Consequences, a job he would hold for 18 years until it went off the air.
Truth or Consequences
Bob Barker with contestants on "Truth or Consequences in 1963.Herb Ball / NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images
Barker gave prizes away on The Price Is Right, which became the longest-running daytime game show in TV history in 1990, until his retirement.
And when he wasnt giving away the keys to brand new cars, he was a TV fixture in other time slots. In 1967, he began a 20-year run as emcee of the Miss Universe and Miss America pageants, and in 1969 he started a similarly long run as the host of the New Years Day Tournament of Roses Parade.
But Barkers made-for-television image took a huge hit 1994, when a former Price Is Right model accused him in a lawsuit of threatening to fire her if she didnt have sex with him. Although the model, Dian Parkinson a 19-year veteran of the show who had been fired the previous year ultimately dropped the suit, Barker was forced to admit publicly that the two had had a less-than-professional relationship off screen.
Bob Barker with from left: Dian Parkinson, Holly Halstrom and Janice Pennington in 1986.
Bob Barker with from left, Dian Parkinson, Holly Hallstrom and Janice Pennington in 1986.CBS Photo Archive / CBS via Getty Images
Barkers wife, his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Jo Gideon, had died years before, in 1981. They married in 1945.
The scandal didnt prevent Barker from being given an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Barker was also a longtime animal rights activist, ending each episode of The Price Is Right with the plea: Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered.
Bob Barker and his wife on the set of "Here's Hollywood," with his wife Dorothy Jo Barker.NBC / NBCUniversal via Getty Images
He founded a charity in 1995 that provided just such services for pet owners the DJ&T Foundation, named after his wife and her mother. His passion for the cause can be traced to the first prize he gave away as host of The Price Is Right a fur coat.
I went to Mark Goodson and told him I didnt want to be on the stage with these fur coats, Barker told CBS This Morning in 2013, referring to the shows producer. So he took fur coats off our show.
Barkers longtime friend Nancy Burnet remembered him for his work in exposing animal cruelty.
I am so proud of the trailblazing work Barker, and I did together to expose the cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and including working to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally, Burnet said in a statement Saturday.
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She added that the two had been friends for 40 years. "He will be missed.
In 2013, Barker donated $1 million to move three captive elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California.
The same year, Barker returned in a surprise visit to Price Is Right and his successor as host, Drew Carey.
People ask me, What do you miss most about Price Is Right? Barker told Parade Magazine in 2013. And I say, The money. But that is not altogether true. I miss the people, too.
Bob Barker celebrates his 30th anniversary as host of "The Price Is Right" in Los Angeles in 2001.
Bob Barker celebrates his 30th anniversary as host of "The Price Is Right" in Los Angeles in 2001.Denny Keeler