Sunday, February 10, 2013
State Property's Beanie Sigel reportedly appeared in court this week, months after getting arrested on drug and gun-related charges.
According to reports, Beans appeared in court Friday (February 8) morning to waive a preliminary hearing.
Shackled and wearing prison blues, Sigel, born Dwight Grant, stood before Magisterial District Judge Edward Christie and waived his preliminary hearing on all charges. The portly but seemingly slimmed down defendant said little during the brief proceeding, but smiled when the judge wished him good luck. Assistant District Attorney Lindsay McDonald said the rap artist's case will be "fast-tracked" to allow him to begin serving his federal time. "We expect to have the matter resolved in Media in the next few weeks," said defense attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr. Sigel is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Media on March 6. (The Reporter Online)
Last year, fellow Philadelphia rapper Cassidy spoke to SOHH about Sigel's publicized woes.
"Yeah, that's a sad situation because you know Beanie is from my city. He was one of the first cats to get on and get it popping and take it to a whole other level, and he's really lyrical," Cass toldSOHH. "It's sad that he has to go away for the [tax evasion conviction] situation. Everything happens for a reason, so hopefully he'll be able to build from the time where he's sitting down. Be able to develop. Learn more about himself. Learn more how to move when he finally gets the opportunity to get back out here, so when he does get back out here he can take it to a whole other level. That's definitely sad. I don't wish nobody to go to jail. I've been there before. I know what that life's like, and it definitely ain't a fun place to be so it's sad to see him have to go away." (SOHH)
Although slated to begin a two-year jail sentence for a tax-related crime on September 12th, Beans had to start his bid immediatelyfollowing a late August arrest.
"At this point, the Federal authorities will take him into custody and he'll begin serving the sentence that he was going to start on September 12 anyway," Sigel's longtime attorney Fortunato N. Perri told XXL. "He had bail set on the new charges, but the Federal authorities have issued a detainer--a warrant, essentially--that will transfer him to Federal custody and he'll start serving his sentence." (XXL Mag)
Details of his unexpected drug and gun-related arrest hit the Internet days prior.
Police say Sigel, 38, whose real name is Dwight Grant, was a passenger in a Ford Fusion that was initially pulled over for driving erratically on I-95 southbound near Exit 8 in Tinicum Township. Upon further inspection, Pennsylvania state troopers found several prescription bottles and a small amount of marijuana on the driver. Sigel was arrested after troopers confiscated more than $4,600, a bottle of codeine syrup with a scratched off label and prescription pills wrapped in plastic bags, according to authorities. Troopers also found a firearm in the center console of the Ford. Both are convicted felons and neither is allowed to possess a gun. (NBC Philadelphia)
New York rapper Lil Mama has reportedly landed a role in an upcoming biopic for late TLC group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
According to reports, rap veteran MC Lyte broke the news during Grammy Awards festivities.
You heard it here FIRST! Lil Mama has been cast to play the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez in the upcoming biopic about the R&B group TLC! MC Lyte broke the news to HipHollywood while out and about during Grammy week. "I'm going to put my focus and concentration on helping a sister who is talented, smart, witty and just had her chances cut too short, Lil Mama, cuz that is a talented young woman. I want to see her do some beautiful things." She went on to say how she is looking to take Lil Mama under her wing and get her the shine she deserves! VH1 has already begun production on the TLC biopic and both T-Boz and Chilli serve as consultants and executive producers on the film. (Hip Hollywood)
Last month, Mama and Lyte hooked up for an event days prior to the presidential inauguration.
Lil Mama and MC Lyte could've passed for college roommates as they posed for photos at the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball on Sunday (January 20) in Washington, D.C. -- and that's not even shade. Pass the ramen noodles pon de left hand side. The event, originally launched by Russell Simmons, recognizes hip-hop's instrumental role in President Obama's re-election. The "Lip Gloss" rapper joined Yo Yo in hitting the stage to pay tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award honoree MC Lyte. (Crunk Tastical)
Recently, West Coast rapper Game paid homage to the late TLC member with a tattoo.
Rapper The Game is showing his respects to a fallen R&B icon with some permanent ink. No, it's not Aaliyah this time--well, not yet. Check out his new Dia' De Los Muertos-inspired tattoo of the departed Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, which pays tribute to both the fallen TLC member & the mexican holiday in a pretty dope way. "Got a Dia' De Los Muertos version of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes tatted on the left side of my ribs by @petertattooist ... Gettin a Dia' De Los Muertos version of Aaliyah on the right side of my ribs next...... 2 rib tats in one day.... #BitchImThuggin Pain.... Aint nobody got time for that ha ha ha......" (VIBE)
A fatal car crash ended Lopes' life at the age of 30 back on April 26, 2002.
Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, member of hip-hop R&B group TLC, was killed in a car accident Thursday in Honduras, her record label reported early Friday. She was 30. The head-on collision on a treacherous two-lane country road occurred shortly before 6 p.m. outside La Ceiba, a town on the Atlantic coast, said Carlos Bakota, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy. Lopes, who was driving, died instantly, he said. The singer was one of eight people in the vehicle at the time of the accident. Three members of Egypt, a new band, were taken to Dantoni Hospital in La Ceiba. (CNN)
Check out MC Lyte break the news:
R&B singer Chris Brown reportedly avoided a potentially life-threatening fatal wreck this weekend but still managed to total his Porsche after getting chased by paparazzi in Los Angeles.
Details of what reportedly went down Saturday (February 9) afternoon have started to circulate online.
Police in Beverly Hills say Chris Brown escaped injury after crashing his Porsche into a wall while being chased by paparazzi. Lt. Lincoln Hoshino said the collision occurred around noon Saturday. Brown told police that he lost control of his black Porsche during the chase. Hoshino said police will investigate the incident. He said he didn't know whether the paparazzi in the pursuing vehicles have been identified. (ABC News)
One of his representatives confirmed what went down and placed the blame on local paparazzi.
The singer's rep tells E! News, "Chris Brown was in a car accident this afternoon after being ruthlessly pursued by paparazzi. He was in his vehicle by himself headed to the Debbie Allen Dance Academy for a Symphonic Love Foundation event when two vehicles cut him off." (E! Online)
Despite the nasty wreck, the rep said Brown did not have any serious injuries.
"The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and agressively approached his vehicle," the rep continues. "In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris' vehicle was totaled due to this agressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay." (E! Online)
Shortly after the headline-generating incident, Brown reportedly linked up with R&B love interest Rihanna.
Brown had his car towed from the scene. According to Hollyscoop, he headed to Soho House in West Hollywood afterwards to meet up with Rihanna. They were seen "embracing in a passionate hug." The star famously made headlines the night before the Grammy Awards four years ago after getting into a scuffle with Rihanna, landing her in the hospital with her face covered in bruises. (Yahoo News)
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em recently delved into his financial stability and why he is too smart, and cheap, to ever go broke after a short run in the music industry.
According to SB, he cashed-in on the first million bucks while still in his teenage years.
"I feel like it ain't nobody's business, but at the same time, I'm sitting on M's. You got some rappers, that's been rapping 10-plus years, they just now getting their first million," SB said when asked about the reality of his financial situation. "My first year I started off, I did my first million dollars when I was 17. Of course that's going to come with some haters. Look at Perez Hilton, how old he is? 35? 34? Lying about a 17-year-old. Blogging about a 17-year-old with a million dollars. You don't think he wishes he had a million dollars at 17? But who cares? As long as I'm handling my business, and as long as I know I got M's stashed up, I feel like I'm in the Matrix. I feel like I got unlimited money. I feel like Rick Ross--I'm going to be rich forever. My hustle is just so immaculate. If I go broke today, and I have zero dollars in the bank account today, I have so much work that I could go do, that I'm going to make it right back." (Complex)
The 22 year-old rapper also credited his tendency of being a cheap spender for helping keep a large sum of money in the bank for rainy days.
"Yeah, man. Look at the ones that came and went before me. Look at all the one-hit wonders and all the people that were hot at one time and ain't hot no more," Soulja added. "You have to learn from that. And at the same time, to be honest: I'm a cheap a** n*gga. I'm a millionaire that live with a hood mindset. 'Cause I still feel like I'm in the hood. Once you've been broke before, you had no money, you had nothing to eat, you had no car, nobody wanted to give you nothing, once you get rich, you ain't going to go that broke. You got a lot of n*ggas that was silver spoon fed, and born rich and born with money, and if they go broke, they're gonna kill themselves. But I know what it feel like to be broke. I'm not trying to go back there." (Complex)
Just a week ago, Soulja boasted about winning $200,000 in a high stakes Super Bowl XLVII bet.
Soulja Boy HIT IT BIG last night ... coming up victorious on a $200k Super Bowl bet thanks to the Baltimore Ravens ... and the rapper says he already has a plan to spend the money. Soulja was hanging out with Sean Kingston in L.A. last night after the game ... and explained why he felt so confident bettin' on the birds. It's pretty solid logic. So what's he gonna do with his winnings? The 22-year-old says he plans on dividing the money between his retirement account and a low-risk mutual fund ... JUST KIDDING HE'S GONNA BLOW IT ON SOMETHING REALLY EXPENSIVE!!!! (TMZ)
A couple years ago, fellow Atlanta rapper Killer Mike spoke to SOHH and killed the idea of Soulja only making money off album sales.
"I like Soulja Boy, I always have," Mike told SOHH. "I don't really have no opinion on record sales because I don't understand [them]. I can't lie to you and tell you I can't believe that some of this isn't designed. The same time Soulja Boy sells 13,000 physical copies, he probably sells a quarter million, half million if not more ring tones. So I think record companies are still making a gang of money off Soulja Boy. I don't think anybody's sad over there. I mean the record company or anyone around his team. So I mean, sh*t happens. Soulja Boy's gonna keep dominating." (SOHH)