It’s a bad week for Southern rappers and the law. Just as T.I. and Gucci Mane returned to jail over the last two days, former Geto Boy Willie D was sentenced to a year and one day behind bars this morning for wire fraud charges.
According to the Houston Press, Willie will also have to pay $200,000 in restitution and will also have to serve three years of probation upon his release.
As previously reported, the Houston rapper was busted for scamming customers who thought they were buying iPhones and other electronics from his bogus Texas One Wireles Company. Investigators claim D has made around $132,000 through the scam, where he would sell the phones online and never deliver the merchandise. He plead guilty to the charges on December 18, 2009.
Willie’s ex-partner-in-rhyme, Bushwick Bill was recently freed from jail stemming from a drug arrest. Upon arrest, it was learned that Bill—a native of Jamaica—wasn’t a citizen of the U.S. and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) tried unsuccessfully to deport Bill.
You already knew that Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne's biggest fans were eagerly awaiting the Young Money MC's release from Rikers Island prison on Thursday. But did you ever imagine a former United States president was busy thinking about life after lockup for Mr. Carter?
In the midst of a tough final push for Democratic candidates in the run-up to Tuesday's midterm election, former President Bill Clinton found the time to call in to Pittsburgh radio station 96.1 Kiss FM's "Morning Freak Show" on Tuesday to stump for Democratic candidates. That's when hosts Mikey and Big Bob asked the 42nd president his thoughts on Weezy's release. Clinton had more to say than you might imagine about the subject, without ever actually mentioning Wayne by name.
"I tell you what I think about that," a bemused Clinton said. "I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me. But I think — you know, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart. She said, 'Dad, you need to listen, all these people are smart.' This guy's smart. And he's got abilities. And he's got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it'll never happen again to him.
"You know, I think a lot of these people, they don't get successful in that — just like in any other area of life — by being really dumb. They're really smart. But a lot of them had tough lives, and they almost think it's cool to get in trouble every now and then, or they don't know how to stay out. But what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now."
Jay-Z plans to run to be US President. The rapper thinks he could do a great job as the leader of America with the help of future First Lady Beyonce Knowles but won’t put himself forward for another a few years yet.
He said: “Give me a chance. Maybe in eight years, I’ll be the president.” Although he is keen to enter politics, Jay-Z insists he isn’t disappointed with current President Barack Obama – whose Democratic Party have suffered heavy losses in the US midterm elections.
He explained to BBC Newsbeat: “In order to judge someone, you have to judge what they inherit. He inherited the worst economy, war, just a horrible time in American history. So if we think he can solve that, I mean, we don’t think he’s God, do we?
“He’s a human being. He’s going to need time to figure that out. In order to get to that sort of success and that dream, you have to go through some peaks and valleys. It’s been two years.”
Jay-Z has met President Obama since he came to office and has dined with former leader Bill Clinton. The hip-hop mogul – real name Shawn Carter – has previously admitted he finds it “mind-blowing” that American leaders even know who he is. Jay-Z – who grew up in a tough area of New York – said: “It’s unbelievable because it’s so far away from where I come from. We were the kids who were ignored by every politician. We didn’t have the numbers, the vote, to put anybody in office, because no matter who was in the office, we didn’t think that it would affect change where we lived. So nobody went out and voted.
“For me, being with Obama or having dinner with Bill Clinton is crazy. It’s mind-blowing, because where I come from is just another world. We were just ignored by politicians – by America in general.”
“I was so afraid to put out an album for fear of failure,” she later admits, stretched across a dressing room couch in a yellow Harajuku Lovers tee and flowing sweatpants. “I wanted to put my album out on Valentine’s Day of 2011. And my label was like, are you fucking crazy?”
“I’m going to talk about my family and a little bit of dysfunction – or I should say, lots of dysfunction. And I’m just going to talk about me and self-searching and why I made the choices [I did],” she says, differentiating between her aliases and Onika Tonya Maraj – her birth name. “Onika is not Nicki is not Roman. People will never be able to figure me out. I can tell you my whole life story from beginning to end, and then tomorrow, I’ll be just a different person.”
Her identity is as shape-shifting as her rainbow collection of wigs, but her history is written in stone. Growing up in Queens, New York, a young Onika attended the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (of which Fame was based), slinging her first rhyme to impress her next-door neighbor, Jennifer. “I started saying it to everybody,” she says with a giggle. “I thought that they were laughing with me, but they were really laughing at me.” “These girls aren’t mad at me. They’re mad at themselves,” she states, shooting down questions on why she never took Kim’s bait. “[It’s] jealousy, insecurity and being broke. When you haven’t capitalized and you see I’m about to capitalize on this shit like it’s never been done before, then you’re mad at yourself.”
Nicki gets the last laugh. Plotting an international Pink Friday tour for 2011, the baddest bitch in the building is climbing the charts with her singles “Right Thru Me” and the will.i.am-assisted “Check It Out.” Wayne will rejoin the Young Money fam upon his release from prison. All eyes are on the year’s highest achieving female rapper, whose debut album could position her as one of the year’s most successful musicians.
“I know that Pink Friday is a classic album. I have never been this proud of anything in my life,” she says. “I just think that it’s such a dynamic body of work. I’m no longer afraid to drop it. Now, I know it’s time.”