Written by Cyrus Langhorne
Today, the man responsible for helping in the 2006 murder of T.I.'s friend and assistant Philant Johnson has confessed his role in the fatal shoot-out.
Pardon Thomas pleaded guilty to multiple charges including manslaughter and assault.
Padron Thomas, 41, pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter, tampering with evidence and five counts of felonious assault. Thomas admitted he was driving a vehicle north on Interstate 75 in a May 3, 2006, incident when his younger brother, Hosea Thomas, fired several shots into vans carrying TI and his friends. The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, wasn't hit but his friend Philant "Big Phil" Johnson was killed and three others wounded. The official sentencing date is Nov. 17 but the judge indicated Wednesday he will impose the 10-year sentence and allow it to run at the same time as Thomas' federal prison sentence. Hosea Thomas was upset he'd been hit in the head with a bottle at a Roselawn party attended by TI and his posse following a concert. Enraged, he got in the vehicle and the brothers chased the rapper's van up the interstate before Hosea Thomas opened fire. Hosea Thomas is eligible for parole in 2074 when he is 100 years old. (Cincinnati News)
Tip testified last fall and recounted what happened during the shoot-out.
Describing the aftermath, T.I. explained what happened when he noticed Johnson laying prone, after being shot in the head. "We called Phil's name out, Phil didn't respond," T.I. said. When asked what his friend looked like, he responded: "Lifeless." "I saw blood running down his face, his shirt was wet...He had an injury wound to the left temple." Three other members were reportedly wounded, however Tip did not suffer any injuries. (Associated Press)
Despite testifying against his brother and possibly facing no prison time, Padron still landed nearly 20 years behind bars.
Opening statements began earlier this week as jury members were told Cincinnati local Thomas was responsible for the murder. Hosea's brother, Padron, who was also involved in the shoot-out, stepped forward to testify against him. He now faces no prison time for his role in the murder of Johnson. (MTV)
The shoot-out allegedly stemmed from a club incident in 2006.
Details emerged last June 2008 explaining that both men took issue with T.I. and his entourage, when they were denied didn't allow them access to exclusive areas at a late night party and performance. Upon being turned down, a member from Tip's crew allegedly struck one of the brothers in the head with a bottle and later taunted them. This led to the Thomas duo following the rapper's crew in SUVs and exchanging gunfire. Johnson reportedly died as a result of this gun fire. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
A new snippet track off of 50 Cent's upcoming Before I Self Destruct album called "Strong Enough" has landed online and features the G-Unit leader tossing a jab at former members Young Buck and The Game.
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In the reference, Fif explains why his five-member Unit was slimmed down to remaining rappers Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks.
"That Big Poppa, I'lll send your monkey a** to see Allah," Fif raps. "These n*ggas ain't strong enough, they money ain't long enough, when they bump heads with me...When I say I'll kill ya, I'll kill ya/As a kid I wasn't fittin' in/Special Ed kid in the back on Riddelin' -- Hooptie all f*cked up/Pockets all f*cked up/Now n*gga what's up?/I'm rich now, n*ggas know about my dividends -- Crib the size of a New York City clock now/Okay, okay, try me and get shot down/I'm like a Zebra, I got so many stripes/I'm the f*cking general/I run my ciick right/There was five of us, all of us millionaires/Now one's a junkie and one's a f*cking queer/Now it's three of us/That's the way it started..." ("Strong Enough")
Fif's tracklisting from the upcoming album landed online today (October 26).
Before I Self Destruct: The Invitation, Then Days Went By, Death To My Enemies, So Disrespect, Psycho, Hold Me Down, Crime Wave, Stretch, Strong Enough, Get It Hot, Gangsta's Delight, I Got Swag, Baby By Me (Featuring Ne-Yo), Do You Think About Me, Ok, You're Right, Could've Been You (This Is 50)
Speaking with radio personality Big Boy last week, Fif said he did not understand The Game's "G-Unot" campaign back in 2005.
"I doubt that strongly," 50 said about collaborating with Game in the future. "I never really understood, I didn't know what the motivation was for The Game issues. Initially it was a decision on his part, I went over it in my head like a million times...I didn't have a long period of time with Game, we worked for five days. [Dr.] Dre spent a year in the studio with him, so he had a chance to be around him and gauge what kind of character he is. Right after [his debut] was out, it was like, 'I'm hot,' because of the actual number of records he sold at that point...You'll see Rick Ross out there as if he was a correctional officer when I went into his background. This guy is rapping like he's a drug dealer when he's a correction officer. Game background, when you went into that, he used to be a stripper. He used to work at his mom's strip joint. So it was interesting themes that I seen from both of them but it didn't match what the content was and then I seen the transformation myself." ("Big Boy's Neighborhood")
Game previously apologized to the Unit and said his past "G-Unot" taunts were due to his youth.
"Jimmy [Iovine] always says, 'Man, I told you guys not to break up the Beatles,'" Game said in an interview. "He says he told John Lennon the same thing a long time ago. But I was young, man. I was dumb. I did a lot of dumb things. I felt me and 50 clashed. I'm not gonna diss 50. I'm not gonna go back on the plane. He had his side, I had my side. I did what I felt was necessary for me and my career to have longevity and survive in hip-hop and music to be around when I'm Quincy Jones' age -- not just be Quincy Jones' age, but be a Quincy Jones. Now, four albums in, I can honestly say from Banks to Young Buck to [Dr.] Dre to Yayo to whoever, if it would have kept going, endless paper. Millions of albums sold --- because we were great together. Me and 50's chemistry was like how Method Man was to Redman when they get in. You know when Method Man gets with Redman, it's going down." (MTV)
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Let’s hear it for New York! Jay-Z has confirmed that he will be performing at the World Series.
The Associated Press reports that the Yankees plan on bringing the Brooklyn rap legend along with them as they step on the field for their opening game on Wednesday [October 28] and take on defending World Series champs the Philadelphia Phillies. Hov accepted an offer to perform his New York street anthem “Empire State of Mind” alongside fellow New Yorker Alicia Keys.
“Thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee,” Jay told the AP today. “[It's a] once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Jigga will also be performing the song with Keys at the American Music Awards, airing on ABC on November 22. —Brooklyne Gipson
By Roman Wolfe
Kanye West received some good news today (October 23) when a court commissioner dismissed criminal charges against the Chicago rapper.
West and his road manager Don Crawley were arrested on September 11 as they attempted to board a flight to Hawaii.
The pair were hit with the criminal charges after they pair broke a still camera and a video camera in the melee with the photographers.
The case was dismissed today, because West and Crawley settled reached civil settlements with the two photographers.
West must complete 50 hours of community service in exchange for the misdemeanor charges being dropped from the rapper’s record.
West and Crawley also completed 12 hours of anger management counseling as well.
In related news, director Spike Jonze revealed the source that leaked West’s dark, 14-minute short film We Were Once a Fairytale.
Jonze told the New York Times that the flick, which was supposed to be sold on iTunes, was leaked from the post-production facility.
The flick spread across the Internet when it was linked from West’s popular KanyeWest.com website.
“I think he was like,'Oh, it’s out. I’ll link to it,'” Jonze said.
Written by Cyrus Langhorne
The Game has reportedly dropped "The" from his name and is preparing to release a new single from his R.E.D. Album in the coming weeks.
According to new reports, details on the rapper's fourth solo project have begun to circulate online.
Dubcnn has exclusive news on Game's fourth studio album The R.E.D. Album. First off, note that the correct reference to his name is now Game, it is no longer The Game. As for the album, the release date is currently set for December 8, but there is a chance that it may slip by one week. You can expect the first street single from the album as early as next week. The track is called "Crazy" and features Gucci Mane with production by Timbaland. The first mainstream single from the album will be serviced next week also. It is entitled "L.A. Girl" and features Chris Brown. The track was produced by Pharrell. Other guest appearances on the album include Akon, Diddy, Young Jeezy, Rick Ross and Beanie Sigel. The rest of the production was handled by Akon, Pollow da Don, Cool & Dre and DJ Khalil. (Dubcnn)
Writing via Twitter, Game hinted at joining forces with one-time mentor Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records earlier this month.
"R.E.D. album soon, wrappin this mothaf#$%@ up in 30 days ! Jimmy Iovine told me to tell ya when this sh!t drop, Merry X-Mas ! BWS/Aftermath," he wrote Monday (October 12). "& shout out to my new labelmate "Diddy" ! Welcome to the Ice House homie. goodlookin for your contribution to R.E.D. anybody know a street nigga from LA that can just rap like a mothaf#$%@ ??? I'm signin me a nigga today. where you at ??? holla RT !!!!" (The Game's Twitter)
Snoop Dogg recently spoke on reuniting Game and Dre for the long-awaited Detox album.
"Yeah, actually, we working on the Detox album right now," Snoop revealed in an interview. "Actually, me and Dr. Dre and D.O.C. and Stat Quo, we in there every day trying to go hard, I came and called Game up so he could come and be a part of this particular record that Dre had that was needing his vocals and needed his assistance on. We just trying to bring it all back together again. One thing about me, I've always been known to bring people together to solidify relationship. It's about what we can do, not what we did. So we doing some things to try and bring this movement back, so that's what this picture was about. It was about symbolizing the West Coast movement..." (Big Boy's Neighborhood)
Producers Cool & Dre revealed new details on Game's album and expressed their intent to produce the entire project.
"It's a f*cking great experience working with The Game," Dre said agreeing with Cool. "To know that you have someone that you consider family and the music you guys make goes, every time. Every time, it's just a great chemistry. Like 'Hate It Or Love It,' it went huge. Our first number one record of our career. 'My Life,' Top 10. 'Big Dreams,' a record that didn't get no push, f*cking charted. He's dope, the new album is so retarded. We did some sh*t, we're going up there this week. We did a couple new records. We're trying to completely f*cking produce the whole thing, but you know, it's tough. People will step up their level of sh*t for Game. So you know, it's dope because it forces us to step it up...It's dope because he goes in there and writes a f*cking classic record. You know what makes Game dope? He respects the art form, he loves hip-hop so much. Like he respects classic records." (Jessie Maguire)
The R.E.D. Album is slated to hit shelves December 2009.
In an interview with the Associated Press, rapper and producer Lil Jon [click to read] revealed that his latest project is taking much longer then he had originally expected.
Entitled Crunk Rock, the album will be a combination of just that, crunk music and rock n’roll.
“It's probably one of my best albums to date in the sense that it's got a little bit of everything that I know everybody's going to groove to,” Lil Jon told the Associated Press.
Lil Jon [click to read] also revealed that at the moment Crunk Rock is about 80 percent complete.
"We're pretty much like 80 percent done…" said Lil Jon. “I basically got the tracks that I want down, and I just need to make some final touches."
Crunk Rock is expected to be released early next year.