According to the Village Voice, Rikers Island corrections officers conducted a surprise inspection of rapper Lil Wayne's prison cell and found earphones and a charger.
No audio device was found in his cell, so officers searched the cells of the other inmates until they came up with the missing mp3 player.
Before turning himself in to begin serving a 12-month prison sentence on weapons charges, Wayne told Rolling Stone magazine that he planned to keep working while in prison: "I'll have an iPod, and I'll make sure they keep sending me beats."
The only problem with that is, inmates aren't allowed to have electronics such as iPods or cell phones in their possession.
The MP3 player was discovered in the cell of another inmate in the unit. And, in a kind of tragic detail, it turns out Lil Wayne had hidden the original contraband--the charger and headphones--in a snack bag in the garbage can of his cell.) He's being charged with an infraction--possession of contraband, says our source. Inmates are allowed to purchase an AM/FM player and earphones from the commissary, but what Wayne had wasn't authorized. Before you yawn, realize that everyone in Rikers--even the celebrities--is forbidden to possess any form of non-sanctioned mobile electronics, whether cell phones, videogames, or otherwise, and the fact that Lil Wayne was found with an iPod in his cell means that someone had to smuggle it into him.
Weezy's minor infraction will probably mean additional time tacked onto the end of his sentence. Last month prison officials fired an overeager female prison guard who entered an unauthorized area to peek in on Wayne. The former guard is filing a wrongful termination suit against the city.
Remember back in the days when singer Trey Songz was 3X harder than he is now -- or at least he pretended to be. I dug deep into the SR archives for this video jewel.
Back in 2007, Trey was performing in a hole in the wall club on the chitlin' circuit when a hater tossed a couple of ice cubes his way.
"Who throwin' ice?" Trey demanded to know. When a chick raised her hand, Trey and his bodyguard leaped off the stage and beat ol' girl beat down! Trey would probably look back on that azz whippin' as the highlight of his career.
I bet some of you ladies yearn for the good ol' days when Trey at least pretended to hard as a rock.
About 30 minutes ago, troubled rapper Gucci Mane walked out of the Fulton County Jail a free man. Gucci, real name Radric Taylor, was arrested last November by his parole officer for violating his probation a second time.
Gucci held a press conference outside the jail where he read a prepared statement to a swarm of media, bloggers and photographers who jockeyed for his attention.
During his stint in jail, Gucci kept busy by writing lyrics and recording his latest mixtape, The BurrrPrint 2HD, over the phone with the assistance of his producer, DJ Holiday.
Gucci also started up a new label, 1017 Brick Squad, and fired his longtime manager Debra Antney, who is rapper Waka Flocka's mom
In this exclusive interview by AllHipHop.com, Debra Antney, the former manager of Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj, discusses her former clients. I recall last year when Debra called me to defend Nicki after I wrote this post.
I have much respect for Debra because she is fiercely protective of her artists and her community. I remember our very first run-in back in my paparazzi days after I uploaded photos to Getty Images of Ludacris and his foundation giving back to the Bankhead community during Christmas 2003.
They say that pop singer Rihanna is being pushed by her mentor Jay Z to be the face of a new chain of burlesque themed nightclubs. Rihanna and her bestie, Melissa, partied at the swanky Mahiki nightclub until 4:30 am last night.
Over the weekend, Keri Hilson along with Cat Deely of "So You Think You Can Dance" was invited to a private dinner at Neiman Marcus...
Usher's live performance on the Oprah Show today was spectacular! He performed his entire routine without losing his breath or his step. That's the mark of a consummate professional!
Usher and Will.I.Am performed his #1 hit "OMG" while Oprah giggled like a school girl on the side of the stage. At the end of his performance, Usher tossed his sweaty sunglasses over at Oprah who caught them and put them on! Great performance!
Right off the bat, new mommy Christina Milian is showing her tendency to be a hands-off mom by using a nanny. A lot of new moms are timid like that. Plus, Christina has a fading music career to resurrect (if that's at all possible).
Christina is looking fine as I don't know what with all that white on. While shopping yesterday, I picked up a few all white outfits for myself. LisaRaye is starting a new trend!
I missed Jay Z and Betty White on Saturday Night Live over the weekend (I don't watch much TV), but I hear the ratings for the 35th anniversary of SNL was through the roof!
I'm sure the ratings weren't affected in the least by Jigga's appearance on the show -- though he may think he had something to do with it. No, the ratings bonanza was all Betty White's doing. SNL's execs caved under the pressure after legions of Betty's fans signed a Facebook petition to get the 80-year-old "Golden Girls" star on the show.
Past SNL alumni also returned to make this episode one of the most watched in years!
Aside from looking pretty good without makeup, rapper Remy Ma looks like she's put on a few pounds while inside the rock. As you know, Ma was sentenced to 8 years to life at Bedford Hills Correctional facility for shooting a former acquaintance in the abdomen outside a Manhattan nightclub in July 2007.
The friend survived the shooting, but Remy (at least in this video) still does not express remorse.
Prison life has been good to the rapper and she says things have calmed down considerably since she first arrived there in March 2008. Remy, who married her boyfriend Papoose while in prison, said she misses her son and her family the most.
She also touched on the beef with rapper Nicki Minaj, who allegedly had a lesbun relationship with Remy which Remy denies.
The 28-year-old Bronx native is scheduled to be released in 2013.
Bobby Brown was in Jacksonville, Florida performing with Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill when he called his lady and baby out on the stage, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. He said this time he will work harder on this one than he did on the last one. This happened Friday Night, May 7th.
Rap Diva Trina wanted the world to know that her reunion with former boyfriend Kenyon Martin was not a ploy to help promote her new album. So she packed him off to Atlanta yesterday to sit by her side while she signed CDs at DTLR sporting goods store in Camp Creek (a suburb of Atlanta).
This is how closely Trina monitors Kenyon's every move like a hawk! My spies tell me that while Trina was signing autographs, Kenyon received a call on his iPhone. She immediately jumped up and demanded to see his phone. Once she was satisfied that the call was innocent, she resumed signing CDs.