IHH Daily Update 5*31*07
Fat Joe’s Fam offers Alibi, “Tell The Police They’ve Got Their Information Wrong”
Terror Squad honcho Fat Joe, who is currently being sought by Miami authorities as a witness of a double homicide during the Memorial weekend, is allegedly out of the country according to his nephew.
As previously reported, police believe that Fat Joe was in a rented black Cadillac Escalade with Lessli Paz and Joey Navarro outside a local eatery early Monday morning (May 28) when they purportedly got into an altercation with another man identified as Jermaine ”Wufgang” Chamberline.
According to an arrest report released Tuesday, a fist fight took place and “[Chamberline] reached into his right-front pocket and pulled out a 9mm handgun.” Three slugs would hit Navarro, 26, of Homestead, Florida who later died at the hospital. Paz, 25, of New York, died on the sidewalk from a gunshot wound.
When police arrived, they detained four men who claimed they were friends of the dead men but later refused to cooperate. Chamberline would be arrested minutes later and would eventually confess to shooting Paz and Navarro.
According to Joe’s teenage nephew, John Garcia, who spoke to The New York Daily News, the Bronx bred rapper is presently in Russia.
“He left the Saturday before Memorial Day. He’s on tour. I swear to God. He should be home in like three days,” he explained. “Tell the police they’ve got their information wrong.”
It is still unclear if Fat Joe (born Jose Cartagena) was directly involved in the fight and how he slipped away from the scene, if he was indeed there. Police claim they only want to talk to him as a possible witness.
“If he’s a witness, we’d love to speak with him,” said Police Sgt. Bobby Hernandez.
The Game To Leave The Game?
Is The Game about to step away from the rap game?
The firey Compton rapper claims that his third album will be the last installment of his career as a rapper, in a recent taping for QD3’s Beef IV.
The rapper didn’t expound on his exodus, but stated that he’s achieved what he sought to do in Hip-Hop.
“I think three classic albums are good for me, you know?” The Game said, eventually using the past tense. “I got my point across. I was a prominent figure on the West Coast and a bigger figure in Hip-Hop as a whole. I think I made my impact enough for my name to be said and remembered.”
He also credited producer Dr. Dre for helping him achieve his success.
“Dr. Dre, working with him and him molding me and and helping place me among Hip-Hop’s elite MC’s is good enough for me,” he said. “Last album. One more to go.”
The Game, born Jayceon Terrell Taylor, has been in a number of high-profile rap beefs and appears to feel the need to relax.
“Right now I’m taking a break from Hip-Hop and enjoying time with my family and my friends,” he said.
The Game released The Doctor’s Advocate in 2006 and the multi-platinum debut, The Documentary in 2005.
URSH READY TO WHUP SOME A** OVER FIANCEE JOKES
Usher is reportedly calling around to prominent radio jocks and requesting that they stop making fun of his fiancée, Tameka Foster, and her rumored feud with his mother, Jonetta Patton, reports the New York Daily News.
Once word got out that Usher fired his mom as his manager – on Mother’s Day to boot – folks began speculating that Foster had masterminded the whole thing. Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner says Usher recently called him off-air and threatened to “whup my a**” for poking fun at the situation, says Daily News columnists Rush & Malloy.
Apparently, Usher was particularly upset when gossip writer Jawn Murray said to Joyner during a broadcast: “I wonder if he’s going to put a pink slip in her Mother’s Day card?”
The Tameka jokes also ran wild aboard Joyner’s recent Fantastic Voyage Cruise, where LL Cool J, the O’Jays and others performed to raise money for historically black colleges and universities.
“Who’s afraid of Usher?” Joyner asked guests on the ship to explosive laughter. Joyner and his sidekick J. Anthony Brown even invited anyone in the audience who knew Usher “to tell him we’re not afraid of him.”
The recent star of Broadway’s “Chicago” is also said to have called WBLS host Wendy Williams and Hot-97’s Angie Martinez to “ask them to lay off Tameka,” a source tells the Daily News.
Usher’s rep Chris Chambers has responded to the allegations, stating: “I don’t know of my client calling or threatening anyone. Radio personalities are going to talk about current news. We can’t put a muzzle on anybody.”
Kanye West to Graduate Early
In stark contrast to 50 Cent’s Curtis, Kanye West’s Graduation will be coming out sooner than expected.
According to Billboard, the album, which was due in September, has been pushed ahead for a late August release, according to Def Jam.
West recently released a 25-track mixtape over the Internet called Can’t Tell Me Nothing, which has the Chi-town MC rapping over Daft Punk and Peter Bjorn & John samples, as well as others.
The first single, also titled “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” debuted its video last Friday. The video was directed by Hype Williams, and the song was co-produced by West and DJ Toomp.
Graduation will also feature Chris Martin of Coldplay on the song “Graduation.”
Boyz N Da Hood Return August 7th With New Album
Southern rap outfit Boyz N Da Hood will release its second album, “Back Up N Da Chevy,” Aug. 7 via Bad Boy/Atlantic.
The group, which formerly featured Young Jeezy, is joined by several high-profile guests on the upcoming effort. Among them are Bad Boy labelmate Yung Joc, who appears on “We Ready” and “Nothing Is Promised.”
Elsewhere, Ice Cube guests on “Choppas,” while Rick Ross takes the mic for “Paper” and “Table Dance.” The new album is the follow-up to Boyz N Da Hood’s 2005 debut, which opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 383,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
“Back Up N Da Chevy” Tracklisting:
“Everybody Know Me”
“Say What’s on Your Mind”
“Choppas” featuring Ice Cube
“Paper” featuring Rick Ross
“Table Dance” featuring Rick Ross
“Back Up N Da Chevy”
“We Ready” featuring Yung Joc
“Nothing Is Promised” featuring Yung Joc
Run’s House For Sale, $5.5 Mil Price Tag
The New Jersey home owned by Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons and featured on the MTV series “Run’s House” is currently on the market.
The Saddle River, N.J. home, which has appeared on TV screens worldwide, thanks to two seasons of MTV’s “Run’s House,” has been listed for sale at $5.5 million. The 6 bedroom, 5 and 2 half bath home owned by Joseph Simmons has been on the market for several months, sales agent Jeff Checkley of Weichert Realtors Ridgewood confirmed.
The Bergen County home also houses a movie theater, basketball court, recording studio and swimming pool, all prominently featured on the MTV reality series “Run’s House,” which stars the Run DMC rapper, his wife Justine and children Vanessa, Angela, Jo Jo, Daniel and Russell.
Simmons is also looking to purchase a new home, Checkley confirmed, however, he has not found a new residence yet.
“Run’s House,” which premiered in 2005 has been applauded by households worldwide for offering an intimate view of the spiritually centered entertainer and his family as they deal with everyday issues.
DWYANE WADE BECOMES A DADDY
Viewers of Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade’s Web site were greeted Wednesday with the message “It’s A Boy!”
The NBA star and his wife, Siohvaughn, welcomed a son named Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, born at 9:45 p.m. ET Tuesday in Chicago. The newborn weighed in at 6 lb, 11 oz and measured 21 inches long.
“We are very excited and blessed to welcome our second child into the world,” said Wade, 25. “We are really happy and everyone is healthy.”
The couple, former high school sweethearts, also has a son, Zaire, who turned 5 in February.
While the Wades make their home in South Florida, Siohvaughn decided to induce labor in their home state of Illinois to be close to both of their families.