I'm told this is the cover art for LL Cool J's upcoming CD Exit 13. The album is due to drop on August 26. It took me all of 27 seconds to process the fact that there's a gigantic microphone rammed into the asphalt.

But where's LL Cool J? Is it a good marketing idea to release an LL Cool J album without a steamy pic of LL's ripped abs?

The fast single off Exit 13 is "Baby" featuring Dream. Click here to watch the music vid.


No doubt about it: pseudo-singer Cassie owes her career to the Stunt Meister, Sean Combs. All that publicity stunt hype has paved the way for the release of Cassie's new single featuring Lil' Wayne entitled "Official Girl".

I'm pouring out a little liquor for the brain cells I lost while listening to this hot steaming garbage. I should have known better: the girl can't sing a lick AND Lil' Wayne is on it. Double strike!

Jacob the Jeweler, real name Jacob Arabo, will report to a federal prison in January to begin serving his 30-month sentence for money laundering and other federal offenses. But until then, Jacob is calling in all favors and moneys owed by his celebrities friends.

Jacob doesn't have much time, so he's suing customers who fail to ante up the cash they owe for jewels they bought but never paid for. One such customer is rapper/producer Wyclef Jean whom Jacob says owes him approximately $300,000 in unpaid jewelry purchases.

In a lawsuit filed in a Manhattan court Tuesday (7/29), Jacob and Company Incorporated claims between March 2002 and January 2006, the 35-year-old musician purchased $765,100 worth of assorted ornaments, including several watches, but only paid half of the price. Jean apparently still owes the company $319,680 despite "repeated demands for payment."

At least we know Wyclef's bling is the real deal.


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Not all rappers are dumb as doorknobs. Rapper Ludacris, real name Chris Bridges, knew exactly what he was doing when he called Sen. Hillary Clinton the B-word on his new track in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

"Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant," declared Luda on the track titled "Politics: Obama is Here" As you can imagine, the track is causing quite a commotion in the offices with the high glass ceilings.

Obama's camp was swift to denounce the lyrics contained in the song. But Luda knew that would happen. I'm sure he counted on the media to jump all over the lyrics -- which they did. Mind you, these are the same misogynistic lyrics rappers have been using to describe their Nubian sisters for at least 3 decades.

"I hope Senator Obama has the presence of mind to denounce and distance himself from Ludacris," Sen. Clinton's former national finance co-chair, Yashar Hedayat wrote in an email to the Huffington Post.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton released a tersely worded statement condemning Ludacris and all rappers like him who use offensive language under the guise of "artistic expression":

"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."

Ashamed? No. Paid? Yes. After all, who cares about mothers and children when it comes to the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

Oh, and expect Luda's publicist to issue a carefully worded prepared statement apologizing for his "unintended" offensive lyrics in 5...4....3...2...

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Fellow celebrity blogger Style Razzi hipped me to an exclusive Monica interview conducted by StraightFromTheA.com's ATLien, who is a member of this community. Monica touches on her life as a mother and soon-to-be-wife and she talks about the night her baby daddy Rocko proposed to her.

But Mo had a few words to say about a message left on a blogger's voicemail that was quickly turned into a video viral sensation (the video received 25,000 views and sparked interest from media types like Wendy Williams who wants Mo on her new TV show).

Wow…a video? I had no idea it was THAT serious! It’s not that I even care that it was posted on all those sites cause I don’t. I said what I said because I felt that the truth had to be told. No matter how small the lie. I reached out because I wanted to clear up any misconceptions about my relationship with Beyonce. Any time you can stop a lie you do yourself a favor by speaking the truth.

Monica stated that she personally did not even see the original post that implied she was beefing with Beyonce…but her family and friends notified her about it. For the record, she didn’t even mention Beyonce’s name but a few bloggers simply speculated that she was speaking of her. READ MORE...

This Rick Ross lying mess has crossed over to the mainstream with some national media types turning to their black counterparts to break through the wall of confusion.

The National Public Radio reached out to Jon Caramanica, music writer for The NY Times to better explain why a black man is denying his positive past.

It's kind of sad listening to the black guy explaining to the white woman why the black community has a problem with a black man holding down a steady job:

"First, there's a historically fraught relationship between the African American community and the police.. And I believe there's some skepticism toward people who represent the law." says Caramanica. Jon C. goes on to explain that Rick Ross "positioned himself as someone moving in the shadows of the law [and his past history as a corrections officer] throws the whole idea of authenticity into light"

This whole thing is really embarrassing -- not just for Rick Ross, but for those of us who have to explain to our white friends who simply don't get the whole "you ain't a thug unless you have a criminal record" mentality.

I just had a long conversation with a friend who stated quite frankly that she plans to "try" Barack Obama when he slides through the ATL. Oh, she doesn't mean now - she means "after he becomes president".

You see, my friend knows what all the successful jump-offs know: that a powerful man is a pu$$y magnet - and no man is that disciplined to turn all those free gifts down.

My friend says Obama is on guard right now because he has a goal and a mission to accomplish. But once that mission is accomplished -- oh, it's on! Obama will let his guard down and there will be another Monica Lewinsky situation. Maybe not in the White house - but it's going down somewhere! And what Michelle doesn't know won't hurt her! :)