The horribly disfigured woman above is none other than rap legend Lil Kim. Kim, who is a mere shadow of her form self, performed for the masses at the Winterbeatz Music Festival yesterday in Melbourne, Australia. Rappers Fabolous, 50 Cent, and singer Mario were also on the bill.
Loyal reader, and music industry veteran, Malcolm Lee, took a photo with Da Brat this weekend at Club Ritz where she hosted the v103 car & bike show after party. Malcolm, whose Twitter page is @iamMLee, tweeted, "She's cool as a fan!" He is singer Sammie's former manager.
Good morning! Here's a rare Saturday morning post for you weekend lurkers. Beyonce's sster Solange, 25, performed a DJ set at Merah Club in London yesterday. Is she losing weight? I heard a rumor that if the DJ'ing thing doesn't work out for her she will segue into a career as a fashion model. Good luck with that, Sol!
Puff daddy's 2nd baby mama, Kim Porter, was spotted leaving Trousdale Nightclub in West Hollywood, CA last night. I remember when I photographed Kim's 38th birthday party at Justin's in 2004. Click here to see the pics. Puffy seemed so in love with her. Kim blew out the candles on her cake too quickly and I wasn't able to get the shot. I will never forget the look of disgust on Puffy's face when I missed that shot. He glared at me disapprovingly, then he shook his head slowly and walked away.
Even though I photographed private parties for him and Kim over the years, Puff has never once referred to me by my name. I was always "hey, miss" to him. If Puffy thought you were beneath his status, he made you feel like you were the smallest person in the room. A great man realizes that he is a man among giants, and he treats everyone accordingly. Puff is not that man.
Amber Rose switched up her hairstyle this weekend by throwing a curly wig on top of her head because she was bored. What else does she have to do with her time?
I love how this blog refers to amber as a "model," lol. By the way, the pics below show Amber before she gained fame as Kanye West's bald headed beard and constant companion. She wore her naturally curly hair past her shoulders back then.
In the pics below, Amber is posted up with her boo, Tiffany, who once had a thing for trannies.
On February 6, 1995, the late poet, actor and rapper, Tupac Shakur was sentenced to serve 1½–4½ years in Clinton Correctional Facility in New York for a sexual assault. In one of many letters that Tupac penned to family and friends from his prison cell, he shared his thoughts on someday finding that elusive wife who only existed in his dreams.
In long, run on sentences, Tupac wrote:
"I am forever in search of her. I have been with many married women from wives of powerful drug lords to the wives of broke everyday Joes to the wives of quite a few very famous and rich singers/actors and seeing their wives hungry for someone else has shown me that only by being able to completely satisfy a woman in every way, shape & form can I truly find a happy & trusting faithful relationship."
The day before Tupac was to be sentenced in the sex assault case, he was ambushed by several men who shot him five times and robbed him as he entered the lobby of Quad Recording studios in New York.
In the same letter, written to Sistah Souljah, and later published in the book Tupac: Resurrection; Tupac described his injuries and the aftermath of the shooting:
"My health is fine. I truly feel blessed that other than mentally I have no other scars or lasting problems from my "ordeal". I still have the complete use of every nerve, limb and muscle and more surprisingly I can still make love and have babies after taking a shot to my scrotum!"
Remember when lil Tevin Campbell released his bubble gum R&B hit "Tomorrow (A Better You Better Me)" and we all thought he would be the next Michael Jackson? Then he dropped his debut album T.E.V.I.N., which ended all speculation that he was destined to be an icon.
The album did spawn the hit single "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do", which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
Just when we thought Tevin would be a two-hit wonder, he came roaring back with his followed up album, I'm Ready, which yielded the romantic ballads, "Can We Talk" and "I'm Ready".
It looked like Tevin was well on his way to being an R&B success. But like many others before him, Tevin gave in to the temptations of drugs and alcohol, which ravaged his choir boy looks.
In September 1999, Campbell was arrested for soliciting sex from a male undercover police officer. He pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay a stiff fine and to attend AIDS awareness classes. The court order sparked rumors that he was HIV positive.
Now 34, Campbell is struggling to resurrect his music and acting careers.
Rapper Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, left, and singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of TLC performed onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2011" finale show held at Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles yesterday. T-Boz's thick appearance prompted a slew of pregnancy rumors on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook last night. T-Boz, 41, suffers from Sickle Cell Anemia and has been in and out of hospitals. In 2009, T-Boz talked about her battle with a brain tumor. T-Boz has a 10-year-old daughter, Chase Anela Rolison, who was fathered by rapper Mack 10.
According to the NY Post's Page Six, the former manager of singers Akon and Brandy, Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, is on the lam from the law.
A Federal arrest warrant is out for hip-hop mogul Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond, who manages Brandy, Sean Kingston and Akon. Sources say the warrant was issued last week for the Czar Entertainment chief after he was indicted for alleged involvement in cocaine distribution, and he has yet to be located. A law enforcement official confirmed that a fugitive warrant is out for Rosemond. His lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, said, "Although a federal prosecutor has told me that there is an arrest warrant out, they have refused to provide me with the warrant or a copy of the charges."
Rosemond also managed rapper The Game, singers Groove Theory and Mario Winans, among others. He's most notable for being accused of setting up rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot multiple times during a botched robbery at a New York recording studio in November 1994. 2Pac survived his wounds only to be assassinated in Las Vegas in September 1996.
Rosemond also made the news in 2005 when G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo was arrested and charged with assault for smacking Rosemond's then 14-year-old son, Lil Henchman.
The lovely Paula Patton attended the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on behalf of GREY GOOSE on Saturday, May 7. According to Eileen Arias of EA Publicity, Paula was a vision in white wearing a Vivian Westwood dress and the exclusive GREY GOOSE hat. As per the tradition, the hat will be auctioned for a charity of the celebrity's choosing, this year via charitybuzz.com. Paula's new movie 'Jumping The Broom' took in a respectable $13,700,000 which was good for #3 at this weekend's box office.
Singer Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas (Usher's ex) also attended the Kentucky Derby. The 40-year-old beauty is finally beginning to show her age.
Singer Jordin Sparks is enjoying all the attention she's getting after losing all that weight. But why did she look so out of place at this year's Kentucky Derby?
Old Skool rappers Cheryl "Salt" Wray, left, and Sandy "Pepa" Denton graced the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby. According to Splash News, Cheryl is selling her upstate New York McMansion for 2.25 million. No, it hasn't gone into foreclosure, Cheryl and her husband want to downsize to something more economical. "It has been the perfect house for me and my family," said Wray, 47, who shares the estate with her husband Gavin her daughter Cornin, 19 and son Chapele, 11. The 6,000-sqaure foot house lies in a sleepy mews in leafy Melville, New York. "It's a beautiful area, the homes are gorgeous," added the Grammy winner. The "Whatta Man" singer likes to keep fit and the luxurious home also comes with a massive, fully equipped gym as well as a recording studio.
In the "So what else is new" category, aging rapper Lil Kim went off on her arch rival Nicki Minaj on Twitter.com last night.
Kim, who hosted a party at Velvet Room on Sunday night in Atlanta, went on a sustained Twitter rant, calling Nicki all kinds of "cheap stocking cap glued $10 bag hair wig wearing bitch," among other quotables.
I missed the excitement last night as I was fast asleep in my bed when it all went down. But apparently the whole thing started when one of Nicki's Stans suggested that Kim name her new puppy after the cartoonish "Pink Friday" rapper.
"I would never name her "Shitty Garbaj"!!! My dog is way prettier than that bitch!!!," an irate Kim tweeted back.
Yesterday, a loyal reader requested that I post this video of the reigning rap king Lil Wayne planting a wet one on his "daddy" Baby's lips back in the day.
Many believe that this show of affection between the two close friends was an attempt to start a trend that signifies the thug brotherhood, similar to the greeting that defined the Italian mafia in the 60s and 70s.
Except that the personal greeting between Lil Wayne and Baby backfired badly. Ever aware of the homosexual connotations of such a greeting, none of the hard legs in their tight clique could be persuaded to plant a kiss on the lips of Baby or any other dude -- at least not while cameras were around. So the trend faded quickly.
I thought this post would be a good time to post pics of other rappers bonding with their soul mates. It's always good to see black men showing affection toward each other instead of killing each other.
Thanks to loyal reader Nicole B. for sending this in! She told me I forgot one.
The last time singer Lauryn Hill performed live in Atlanta, she left her most loyal fans feeling frustrated and unimpressed.
According to an industry insider who attended the concert for free at Atlanta's Center Stage theater in January, the 35-year-old mother of 5 hit the stage 3 hours late for her advertised 9 p.m. show.
Lauryn promptly confused her fans by announcing that she was tired of "playing the same music night after night." Hill told the shocked audience that she wanted to play something different. She then instructed her band to speed up the music, which rendered her classic hits unrecognizable.
The insider said Hill urged the audience to sing along, saying, "I want crowd participation."
"But nobody could participate because NOBODY knew the music!," said the fan. "Everybody was looking around like 'WHAT SONG IS THIS???'"
"It was new music completely," the frustrated fan continued. "The lyrics were the same, but you had to be on ecstasy to follow the music!"
Well, Lauryn Hill and her road manager, Atlanta's own sexual chocolate, Bumni, heard all the complaints and they want to make it up to enraged Atlanta fans. When Lauryn Hill hits the stage tonight in Atlanta, she promises to be on time and drama free.
Hill tweeted the following message to her followers on Twitter.com yesterday:
(ATLANTA) March 16, 2011 - Season 2 of the popular ATL LIVE ON THE PARK showcase series, hosted by Kenny Burns and founded by Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols, kicked off last night at Park Tavern with R&B veterans Jagged Edge headlining an unforgettable show. As usual, industry VIPs were in the building, including Ludacris, Kelly Price, RL, Jazze Pha, Chaka Zulu, Bryan Michael Cox, Devyne Stephens, Latavia Roberson, Mychael Knight, Takeo Spikes, Real Housewives of Atlanta's Peter Thomas and Lawrence Washington and more.
Newcomers Winston Warrior, Stephani Parker and Xavier Lewis (winner of the Georgia Lottery's All Access Music Search) opened the show before JE hit the stage and thrilled the crowd with classics such as "Let's Get Married," "I Gotta Be" and "Where the Party At." Kelly Price even surprised the audience with an impromptu performance of her single "Tired." ~ Saptosa Foster
Latavia Roberson (formerly of Destiny's Child)
Industry execs Shawn "Tubby" Holiday, left, and Devyne Stephens
Singer RL (formerly of the group Next) and his longtime fiancée
According to my sources inside rapper Diamond's camp, her new facial tattoo is just a lipstick tube.
Diamond's new tattoo caused hysteria across the Internet when she tweeted a pic of what appeared to be a bullet tattooed near her left ear earlier in the week. "It's just lipstick, not a bullet" said my source.
The source went on to say that Diamond, whose last big hit was "Rock Yo Hips", is not following in the footsteps of other mentally challenged rappers who disfigured their faces with large tattoos. "Diamond's tatt is covered by her hair weave," said the source. "It isn't visible to the public until she moves her hair out of the way."
The former Crime Mob member will turn 23 on May 20.