Monday, July 8, 2013

Dame Dash Faces $2.8 Million Tax Lien

Warning to entertainers; when the IRS wants their paper, they are going to get their paper. Dame Dash is the latest hip-hop celebrity to draw the direct attention of the IRS, collecting a $2.8 million tax lien, according to a report by TMZ.

As previously reported, Dame detailed his financial woes in a five-page court document back in May saying he was in debt and close to losing his suburban Carmel, New York home. It looks like things will get worse before they get better for the Roc-A-Fella co-founder. The IRS has filed documents claiming Dame also owes $2.8 million for unpaid taxes from 2005 and 2011. The Harlem entrepreneur reportedly owes $2,614,918.10 from 2005 and $187,544.20 from two years ago. Not covering a debt to the Government can lead to more than just an IOU. Both Fat Joe and Lauryn Hill have both recently been sentenced to jail time for failing to pay Uncle Sam.
A few days ago Dame was spotted taking in Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail at a Manhattan barbershop.

Ice Cube Blasts Dwight Howard At Concert, Calls Him "Dwight Coward"

Many Lakers fans have taken exception to Dwight Howard bolting from L.A. to join James Harden in Houston, with some perhaps over-reacting and burning their Dwight Howard Lakers jerseys. 

Los Angeles native, The Game, said even he plans on burning his Howard Lakers jersey. Now another prominent L.A. rapper has come out and put the former Lakers big man on blast.

Performing at the “Kings Of The Mic Tour” alongside vintage hip hop acts like LL Cool J, De La Soul, and Public Enemy, Ice Cube took some time out of his performance to voice his distaste for Dwight. As reported by HipHopDX, Cube calls him “Dwight Coward,” and also verbally goes in throwing some strong hate at Howard:

“F**k Dwight Howard, goddamn it,” Cube said. “We love LA! We don’t need no punk-ass muthaf**kas on our team. We don’t give a f**k about a Dwight Coward. We don’t need no bi***es on our team, homie. You don’t deserve to go up on that goddamn wall. So, I predict tonight Kobe [Bryant] will win another championship before Dwight Howard ever sniffs one.”
Can’t imagine Dwight is spending much time on the internet or watching sports these days, as he never has seem to handle it well when someone doesn’t like him, and now he has some of the more notable names in L.A. hip hop using some harsh words to describe his choice to “flee” L.A. for, as Shaq put it, the “little town” of Houston.

Maybe Slim Thug will come to the new H-Town center’s defense and fire back at Game or Ice Cube.

50 Cent Reportedly Looses MLB All-Star Party Gig Over Domestic Violence Charges

Rappers are starting to learn the hard way that anything they say or (allegedly) do can have repercussions when it comes to the companies they do business with. 50 Cent has reportedly been axed from a gig performing at Major League Baseball’s All-Star bash in New York City after being charged in an alleged domestic dispute last week, according to a report by TMZ.

Fif was slated to make an appearance at the July 14 event, but sources close to the site say he’s been dropped from the lineup over his recent legal issues. Flyers which once displayed 50 as a live performer have been replaced with ones that now say “surprise performers” will take the stage.

As previously reported, Fif was charged with five misdemeanors for his alleged involvement is a domestic dispute with his ex girlfriend. Jackson is accused of kicking the woman and breaking things in her California condo. He has denied the allegations. He is scheduled in court July 22.

An attempt to obtain a comment from Fif’s camp were not returned as of press time.

Nicki Minaj Gets Hands On At Perfection Strip Club

Fans can now rejoice that Nicki Minaj is officially on Instagram and we get to peep her random adventures like a hosting gig at the strip club, Perfection, in Queens, New York. Click through for more snapshots of Nicki's night out.

After Nasty Split from Epic Records, Death Grips Lands New Label Deal

The controversial hardcore punk-rap will launch Thirdworlds in partnership with Harvest, a subsidiary of Capitol Music Group.
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After a very public break up with Epic Records last year, it seemed unlikely Death Grips would return to a major label. But sure enough, as it announced today, the Sacramento hardcore punk-rap outfit has teamed up with Capitol Music Group and its indie-leaning subsidiary Harvest to launch the band's own imprint called Thirdworlds.

As Pitchfork reports, the band has also confirmed it has retained the rights to its NO LOVE DEEP WEB album that it leaked itself last October and was the source of a lot of drama from YouTube copyright seizures to Facebook trash talking.

The band also released the label's new logo -- a double-headed serpent wrapped around an egg (see image at right). Thirdworld's distribution will be handled by Caroline and the band has a new LP in the works for tentative release next year.

Wiz Khalifa Confirms Getting Married To Amber Rose

New Music: Jay-Z 'Dead Presidents III' (Unreleased)

It's officially Jay day.

During an intriguing Twitter chat via his seldom used @S_C_ account, Hov gave Young Guru his blessing to drop a lost gem, "Dead Presidents III," which previously existed only in snippet form. The track was recorded during the American Gangster sessions nearly seven years ago, completing a trilogy that dates pre-Reasonable Doubt. Some vintage Jay right here. Cop the physical version of Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail tomorrow (July 9). -

Lauryn Hill Checks Into Prison For 3 Month Tax Evasion Sentence

Lauryn Hill has begun her sentence at Federal Correctional Institution.
Lauryn Hill was able to whittle her tax evasion sentence down to 3 months, as she successfully paid her $900,000 debt in full back in May. TMZ now reports that Hill has checked in and begun her prison bid at Federal Correctional Institution as of 11:15 AM EST.

The Danbury prison is a "minimum security type facility," where prisoners occupy "barracks type" cells.

Hill will be amongst the general population of inmates, as opposed to having an isolated stay.
Just before sentencing, Hill signed a million dollar recording contract with Sony. The deal allowed her to pay back her debt, but also means we will likely be hearing new music from her in the near future.