Lloyd aka. “Mr. Long Hair Don’t Care” surprised his fans today via twitter (@lloyd_yg) when he revealed that he cut off his trademark braids for a worthy cause. The R&B star, who began growing his hair over 10 years ago, felt like it was time for a change, and time to give back, “I’ve been growing my hair since 9th grade. It’s time for a new me.” said Lloyd. He went on to say, “The fact that my hair will go to someone that needs it more than me, makes me feel great about my decision.”
Lloyd has always been an avid supporter of non-profit charity work, especially when his efforts go toward benefiting children in need. Non-profit organization Locks of Love will use Lloyd’s donated hair to provide a hair piece for a financially disadvantaged child (under age 21) suffering from long-term medical hair loss. The organization was happy to work with Lloyd, and both parties hope that their partnership will inspire others to donate.
Mahogany Wright, Lloyd’s long time hair braider gave the artist one final braid, then did the honors of cutting off the 12 inch lock of hair. Moments before, Lloyd had this to say, “I’m doing this for me. I feel like it’s time for a change and now is the perfect time.” Lloyd’s childhood barber, known simply as “Parker The Barber”, who was the last person to cut his hair when he was just 14, finished the job, giving the artist a fresh new look. After his cut, Lloyd simply stated, “I feel liberated.”
Lloyd has been busy prepping his 4th studio album and Zone 4/Interscope debut, ‘King of Hearts’ which will be lead by the new single “Lay It Down” produced by Awesome Jones (aka Polow Da Don). He now has a new look and new energy to go with his new label situation and new album.
A Memphis family hired rapper Kia Shine to perform at a Sweet 16 party only to charge later that the rapper had spoiled the affair by being hours after most party-goers had left.
Victoria Allen, the mother of daughter Latranae, planned a Sweet 16 celebration a year in advance with friends, limo, a new car and rapper Kia Shine. Allen alleges the event would have been perfect if Shine had not been hours late and performed a far shorter set that agreed upon.
Allen says she paid Kia Shine $1,000 up front to perform at least 20 minutes.
"I was like, that would be cool to have a local rapper from Memphis to be the spotlight and special guest at her special event," Allen said to wreg.com. "Everything was perfect, til it got to the entertainment. And when I say entertainment, I'm talking about the artist Kia Shine."
In addition to his fee, Allen says she paid for a stage, high quality microphones, and a sound system that also cost $1,000.
Shine was expected to perform about 9 pm when the party had about 150 teenagers celebrating Latranae's birthday.
After contacting Shine, Allen said the times continuously changed until he arrived at 11:45 pm with about 15 kids in front of him. Furthermore, he reportedly performed slightly over 5 minutes.
Allen wants her money back, but Kia Shine defended his actions to WREG.
Kia Shine told WREG, "Contractually Kia Shine showed up, Kia Shine performed, Kia Shine did exactly what he was supposed to do."
He also said that Allen was partially to blame for the incident.
"Her mother had the opportunity, to say 'Hey Shine, if you're not going to be here at 9, 9:30, 10 or whatever, then just don't come.' And then fine, I wouldn't have come and her money would have been refunded back to her completely without any issues," Shine said.
He said he would be willing to give back half of money, because of the truncated performance, but would keep $500.
"It's just like going to a restaurant and saying, hey, eating a sandwich, eating a sandwich or whatever, and waiting to get to the last bite and saying, 'Hey, I want to take this sandwich back, I don't like it.' And you expect a full refund? C'mon, that's not how it works!" Shine said.
Allen plans to take the case to court, but she said her daughter's Sweet 16 experience is irreparably damaged.
"It's that one time. Birthday parties, you know, you're only 16 one time," she said.
Former Atlanta Mayor Andy Young has weighed in on the arrest of T.I., claiming the rapper may have been stopped for "DWB - Driving While Black."
T.I. and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Cottle were arrested after they were stopped in the rapper's Maybach on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, for allegedly making an illegal U-turn.
Police allegedly smelled the odor of marijuana, searched the vehicle and uncovered a small amount of ecstasy and what is reported to be meth-amphetamines.
Young questioned the police's initial intent when they stopped the chart-topping rapper/actor, who recently starred in the #1 hit movie, Takers.
“There’s another culture in L.A. that I don’t understand,” Young told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Most people in Los Angeles would wonder why he was stopped. I don’t know why they should have been stopped ... When a black man is stopped and not speeding … you call that driving while black.”
Young, who officiated T.I.'s wedding to Tiny in July, also counseled T.I. after the rapper pleaded guilty to federal drug charges.
T.I. immediately notified his probation officer of the arrest, as required by the terms of his probation.
At press time, T.I. is heading back to Atlanta. He will most likely have to appear in court where Judge Charles Pannell Jr. could revoke his probation and send the rapper to jail.
"T.I. is going to be back on his way to Atlanta in the next 24 hours," Don Samuel, one of T.I.'s lawyers, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's almost certain he'll end up appearing before the court here. But without knowing all the facts, it's premature to speculate what the court is likely to do."
According to the terms of T.I.'s probation, the rapper cannot possess or use any narcotic, or frequent any place drugs are sold, used or administered.
Lil’ Wayne told Funkmaster Flex last month that after his release from Rikers Island, he wanted to collaborate with indie king, Tech N9ne. Tech told VIBE he was surprised by the mention and that the wheels are in motion. Welcome to the best of both worlds
“I’m still surprised by what Wayne said—we’ve never meet him, so for him to acknowledge me was a shock,You think people of a certain stature don’t know about you. I just wonder what songs he listens to. His people have been contacting us already, so I’m anxious to see what he sends me. I’m hearing his camp is all ready to send over some music. And I’ll be in New York soon so hopefully I can visit him before he gets out.”
“I just want to thank Wayne for even mentioning me. I’ve been following his career since he started. Just watching him evolve—he was always clever with the rhymes. My own quest was always to get my music out to everybody in world and working with Wayne is truly a way to get it out there.”
Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper releasing a book on November 16th. The same day, Trick Daddy’s set to drop his autobiography, Magic City: Trials Of A Native Son. According to the description:
Magic City: Trials of a Native Son, chronicles Trick Daddy’s story against the backdrop of Miami, the Magic City. It is an extraordinary story, of a childhood marked by poverty, a crime-laden adolescence, an incarceration, a meteoric rise to fame, and a struggle with a potentially fatal medical condition. It’s the story of a boy whose father was a pimp; who, left to his own devices, learned to hustle to survive and whose only role model was his brother, the drug dealer he watched plying his trade on the block. But while his story is remarkable, the most astonishing part is that he is not only still alive, but that he got out.