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Young Buck's Bankruptcy Converted; Rapper To Seek Royalties

Young Buck's bankruptcy case continues to wind through the court system in Tennessee, as a judge converted his bankruptcy plan from Chapter 13 to Chapter 11.

Creditors recently approved a new trustee to administer the rapper's estate in Chapter 11, which means Buck's label Cashville Records will earn the money to pay off his debts, as opposed to his personal assets.

According to lawyers representing Young Buck, the new structure was needed because the rapper is more engaged in business.

The rapper recently filed a motion to hire a Nashville-based entertainment lawyer named Robin Joyce, to help him secure his royalty payments and record deals to generate income for his estate and business.

On January 31st, Young Buck will do battle with Wells Fargo and their upcoming attempt to seize his 2002 BMW X5, claiming he has missed seven months worth of payments.

If Young Buck fails to meet his obligations in Chapter 11, it could then be converted to Chapter 7 and all of his personal assets would be seized again and distributed to his creditors as payment. 


Yelawolf On Signing To Shady Records

In an interview with VIBE, Shady Records latest signee discusses breaking the news to his mother, his sophomore set, and how his deal came about.

“Keeping quiet was the hardest shit in the world, honestly. I was just so excited for a while. And everyone from my team who did know was really responsible about not letting it out. But I met with Eminem about four to five months ago in Detroit. Paul and Em flew me and my manager out to just kick it and get acquainted. From that meeting, I had no idea it would turn into this situation. I remember Paul was asking me about the meth problem in Alabama and I told him that I wrote ‘Pop The Trunk’ based off that issue. Next thing I know, Em starts rapping some of my lines from the song. I can’t even describe how that felt, I actually got super nervous. Em’s a real hip-hop fan, he knows about everything that’s going on.”


Andre 3000 Pops Up On Ke$ha's 'Sleazy' Remix

It seems the only way to find spankin'-new Andre 3000 lyrics these days is on the odd remix, and the ATLien definitely picked a left-of-center choice for his latest feature.

On Friday (January 14), a remix of Ke$ha's Cannibal track "Sleazy" hit the Web, outfitted with some brand-new bars from the elusive Outkast MC. The southern spitter uses the revamp to muse about a young kid dealing with a deadbeat dad over the song's bouncy thump.

"We start out so cute in our baby pictures/ That mama shot for our daddy so that he wouldn't forget you/ He forgot anyway, but hey, one day he'll remember/ If not, he's human, I'm human, you human, we'll forgive him," he spits.

After sounding off about daddy issues, Stacks then rhymes about his playful relationship with the glitter-friendly poptress.

"I call her Keisha, she like it because it's hood to her/ She call me Andre 6000 because I'm good to her," he says.

The remix follows a slew of random guest appearances on records by everyone from DJ Unk to Rich Boy as fans await another full-length release from 'Dre. Back in 2008, the Love Below lyricist broke down his affinity for jumping on the occasional remix to MTV News, explaining that cooking up another quality solo record is no easy task.

"I've been doing remixes here and there, and let me tell you, thank God for remixes. I wanna tell everybody who's been checking out the remixes and things like the John Legend song ['Green Light']: In this day and age, those are the things that have kind of been keeping me alive. Because it takes me awhile to record albums," he said. "I have to kind of build up something to say."

What do you think of Andre 3000's verse on Ke$ha's "Sleazy" remix? Let us know in the comments!


Nicki Minaj To Perform On 'Saturday Night Live'

Nicki Minaj has been tapped as the musical guest for an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Young Money MC will join "Social Network" star Jesse Eisenberg, who will serve as host, for the show's January 29 broadcast.

THR also reported that Linkin Park will perform during the February 5 episode, which is set to feature hosting duties from former "SNL" castmember Dana Carvey.

Known for her out-of-the-box fashion and manic rhymes, Minaj will likely perform her new single, "Moment 4 Life," featuring Drake, as she brought the tune to her appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier this week. Eisenberg's and Minaj's upcoming appearance marks the first time for both on the sketch show.

"SNL" isn't the only treat Minaj has up her sleeve for her fans. Minaj recently teamed up with Rihanna to shoot the music video for another one of the MC's new singles, "Fly." When E! News asked about the concept for the upcoming clip, Nicki remained tight-lipped, saying, "We're going to save the world in more ways than one with the video, and that's all I can say about that."

However, it was the duo's TwitPics that sent the Internet ablaze when rumors circulated that Nicki and Rihanna were living together. The MC took to Ryan Seacrest's radio show to clear the air. "I don't know where people got this really insane, hilarious, random rumor that she and I were living together," she said. "We just shot the video for a song I have on the album I have called 'Fly,' and when I saw her, the first thing I said was, 'So, did you hear we're living together?' and we just started cracking up laughing. She was like, 'Yo, I can't believe that people are, like, this ridiculous. So we TwitPic'd ourselves, and she put it on Twitter and said 'Me and Nicki at our new pad' or something."

Are you excited for Nicki's "SNL" debut? Tell us what you think!


Cee Lo Performs "Crazy" & "F-ck You" at Liv in Miami


Rich Kid Shawty (Grand Hustle) - "How We Do It"


Big Meech All Hip Hop Interview Pt. 2

In the second part of's feature on convicted, incarcerated drug boss Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory goes deep into the annals of street history. Flenory, who is serving a 25-year sentence in Georgia, reveals the origins of B.M.F., a drug gang accused of selling tons of kilos of cocaine and laundering over $270 million dollars in proceeds.

In Part 2, Meech explains a variety of incidents, including the murder of Sean "Diddy" Combs' childhood friend/bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones. Wolf was so tight with Combs that he was a co-defendant in Combs' high profile trial over a 1999 shootout involving J.Lo and Shyne. According to Big Meech, he was not involved in those murders, or the litany of drug charges he plead guilty to. 

Big Meech explains Wolf's murder, his relationship Diddy, as well as  his brother, mother and father and his penchant to engage cops in high speed chases during traffic stops.

Big Meech is currently hoping to have his appeal heard in front of The Supreme Court in Michigan.
In addition to the massive amounts of cocaine they say you trafficked, the amount of cash was mind blowing. How was it all transported to the clubs without any major violence? I saw you guys blow at least $100,000 in one night in Atlanta. 

Big Meech:
What I'm saying is, everybody is happy. everybody is making money. I been around a place like Atlanta for a long time. I lived there since the 1990, been there since 1988. I didn't have the problems other people had I been through a lot of things. Almost 90 percent of the cities I touched down in, I had nothing but love. So it was never no problems. And we don't do no robbing, we just never had no problems. When you got a crew that's hungry, they might turn on you.
You have a business acumen about yourself that's a lot different. Where does your CEO mentality come from. 

Big Meech:
That's what I was before I left the streets, I was CEO of BMF, the label.
I know that, but I'm saying you ended up at the top, you were in a leadership role, some people are followers.

Big Meech:
It always been a dream of mine, I always had a love for music growing up. Being able to bring all these brothers together and do something positive with it and not be known as some drug gang or gang members period. That's why I consider all family. We never was a gang. All my friends were involved [in the music business], like Puff, JD, Jeezy, Slim Thug, Nelly. These people were involved in music and it made me want to be more hands on. I seen how a lot of artists was getting jerked at the time and still are today and that's something I was going to change, once I got my foot all through the door. But the government seen me with my foot almost closing the door and they end up giving me these trumped up charges. The advertisements you had popping off in Atlanta for years -

Big Meech:
Yeah I had four of them.
Do you think the ads help escalate the government pursuing you guys?

Big Meech
: It probably did from a prosecutor or an agents point of view, because we had these billboards up. But remember, I got shot in the ass and two people got killed. And they accused me of being a double murderer. In the paper they had me labeled as a double murderer. I'm trying to be in entertainment, so I'm trying to clear my name and market and promote my entertainment. It aint like it was 1.800-buy drugs on the sign. I had a magazine and a record company at the time.
Speaking of the double homicide, you mention you were an associate of Puff. How did the double murders of Wolf and Lamont Girdy impact your relationship, not only with Puff, but withy Jeezy, who was signed to Bad Boy at the time with Boyz N Tha Hood?  (Editors note: Puff's longtime bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones and a man named Lamont Girdy were killed in a parking lot shootout with member of BMF in 2003). 
Big Meech: Ahhh I mean, at the end of the day, I done had the best time of my life with Puff. That was his childhood friend growing up. I am sure that it put a damper on our relationship, at the that time. I think more so after the word got out it kind of cleared me from it. I got love for the dude, and I am sure he got love for me any time he is on the stage screaming 'he think's he's Big Meech' any time he is on the stage with Rick Ross. We just weren't right there with each other like we used to be before it happened. I was on house arrest, a lot was being said at the time and it just didn't look good. What about Jacob the Jeweler. He was caught doctoring tax documents and was eventually sentenced to two years for helping BMF launder money. You guys still talk? 

Big Meech:
I haven't spoken with Jacob since all this happened. I have no problem with Jacob, I don't think he has a problem with me. Jewelers take cash all the time from - I won't say drug dealers - but people from the streets. Just so happens because we were under the camera being surveillance. He got caught up over stuff he and my brother did. And the one lame ass dude who was married to Kim Kardashian - Damon Thomas. He was gonna be a witness against Jacob and my brother.
Why you call him lame? 

Big Meech:
I don't know the man but he was ready to rat. He was willing to cooperate. My brother would give him the money and pay him a little extra to give it to Jacob. That was how they did their business. Like I said, there's a lot I got caught in because we are brothers. You don't see T on none of the BMF DVD's, because he had nothing to do with it.
With your case, the government said you had multiple aliases throughout the years. How did you operate with 20 different identities? Did you have to fool everyone, women anything? 

Big Meech:
I never fooled nobody. Everybody knew who I was. It was just for flying through the airport, drivers license purposes. I haven't' had a license since 88. How could I fool somebody when I put myself out there like that as flamboyant as I am.
That's true. 

Big Meech:
It was just for driving purposes in case I get stopped, if I stop. In most cars, if I am in a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, I'm not even stopping for the police.
So you are going to keep going? 

Big Meech:
Of course, I like to drive fast and play. I'm from the Motor City [Detroit] originally.
How many times have you done that?

Big Meech:
So many times I can't even count on both hands.
You actually just rolled out on the cops? 

Big Meech:
Man smash out. I might look up at them crazy and just smash. They can't tell the difference between a Ferrari or a Lambo, so they couldn't say what it is. And once you get it up to 150-160, I done tried to push it to 200 mph so many times. Any time I'm in something like that. When I am in the Rolls I just chilled.
What do you miss the most since you've been locked up?

Big Meech:
 I miss my freedom, being able to help people and being able to raise my son. Just the freedom of being hands on to raise my boy.
How old is your son? 

Big Meech:
He's 10 now, he was five when I left the street.
How is your family? I know your pops got caught up in the drug sweep. 

Big Meech:
He's home, he just got off supervised release, so he's good. He's got
diabetes but he's doing alright. They just miss us.
Nice. I heard you are working on a ringtone? 

Big Meech:
Yeah with Myxer. They came up with the idea of doing the ringtone. I put a couple out there and they like them. it should be available soon.
How do you make money? Are you allowed to keep the proceeds since you are serving time? Most of the time you can't make money off your crime or benefit from criminal activities. 

Big Meech:
That goes to the person I gave my life rights to and the person I gave power of attorney to.
Why did you call the organization Black Mafia Family? 

Big Meech: That's one name, which is why we use the initials. It could stand for Blowing Money Fast, Big Meech's Family or Big Meech Flenory, that's why we used the initial. As far as the Black Mafia thing, it's just that we are all from somewhere else. And being as organized as we are, we called it Black Mafia Family. Nothing crazy, but I guess when Black folks get together like that, the government couldn't take it.


Usher Gets Sick, Walks Offstage Mid-Show In Berlin

Usher was forced to delay the kick off of his European OMG Tour on Wednesday night in Berlin because of illness. In a statement released to fans, the singer apologized for the last-minute scratch, saying he felt he was suffering from a "sinus complication." Although the gig was rescheduled for Thursday night at the O2 World arena in Berlin, his German fans apparently weren't appeased by his effort.

"I am truly sorry to all my fans in Berlin who were inconvenienced by tonight's postponement of the show," the singer said in a statement about Wednesday's aborted concert. "I was ill and felt that I would not have been able to give them the show that they properly deserve. ... I am looking forward to performing tomorrow and giving Berliners a great show."

According to the statement, the singer received treatment from doctors for a sinus issue that affected his balance, but a visibly still-ailing Usher was unable to finish the Thursday make-up show, reportedly abandoning the stage after just five songs.

On Friday (January 14), a follow-up statement from his spokesperson confirmed that he was too ill to play Thursday night's Berlin date and has been forced to reschedule the next three dates on the tour as well. The Rotterdam show originally scheduled for this week has been moved to March 1 and a show in Antwerp, also slated for this week, has been bumped to March 7.

The statement also updated the singer's condition: "Usher is suffering from upper respiratory illness, which is currently preventing him from performing a proper show. After consultation with doctors, he has been advised to reschedule the upcoming dates in order to get the rest he needs to ensure a complete recovery."

Footage posted on YouTube that was purportedly taken at the make-up performance in Berlin shows Usher standing silently at the microphone seemingly unable to sing, with fans booing him at first and then chanting, "Usher, Usher," as he approaches the microphone and apologizes to them for his struggles. "I appreciate your support," he told the fans wearily.

"I have been very excited about my European Tour and I deeply regret having to reschedule the shows," the singer said in the new statement. "I am truly sorry for any inconvenience I have caused my fans. My fans are the best in the world and I am looking forward to getting better so that I can give them the show they deserve."

Usher wrapped up the North American leg of his tour in December and his overseas dates are slated to last through the spring.

What do you think of the fans' reaction to Usher's walking offstage mid-show? Tell us in the comments.


Killer Mike Recruits T.I., Young Jeezy & Gucci Mane for Grand Hustle Debut 

Atlanta rapper, Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga, is dropping PL3DGE, the newest addition to his “I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind” saga, this spring.

Bigga’s album will be releasing through Grind Time Official/ Grand Hustle / Tree Leaf / SMC Recordings, and the first single, “Ready Set Go,” features the King, T.I., himself. The Atlanta all-star also recruited the talents of Young Jeezy, Gucci Mane and Twista. NO I.D., The Bizness, DJ Speedy, Raz, Zone, and Sweatbox will all be taking care of the beats.

PL3DGE is set to hit stores on March 22.


B.o.B. 2010 Highlight Reel