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Russell Simmons' Children to Get $40,000 a Month (UPDATED)

Thanks to both and for this info - Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Simmons are to receive $40,000 each month in support from their father per an agreement filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The monthly checks will come until 2019 for Ming Lee (8) and 2022 for Aoki (5). Kimora Lee, 33, filed for divorce in March after nine years of marriage. She has asked for primary custody of the kids and that Russell be granted "reasonable child visitation - accompanied at all times by the children's nanny and security personnel."

UPDATE - Mr. Simmons spoke to and had these comments: "The fact is, we've had a pretty good partnership at sharing the girls in the past. There have been a few bumps in the road, and those bumps have led us to negotiate a minimum amount of time I'm guaranteed to see my kids. Kimora is a excellent mother and is doing a great job with them. Their mother manages all of those luxuries and I'm happy to provide for that."
Flo Rida, DJ Khaled, Snowgoons, Dame Grease & More New Videos

Here are the latest videos to debut in the RR newsfeed, starting with Flo Rida's "In the Ayer" featuring

Next up is DJ Khaled's "Out Here Grindin'" featuring Akon, Plies, Trick Daddy and more!

And if you're interested Koch Records has this exclusive BEHIND THE SCENES clip from the video shoot.

On a more underground note here's Snowgoons' "Who?" featuring Outerspace.

And here's a video for Dame Grease's "Coke Talk."

Last but not least and JUST FOR LAUGHS here's a video of Jon Lajoie's "Show Me Your Genitals." Thanks for checking out the new videos on the RR newsfeed!

Meet Death Row's Newest Owner

From Suge Knight to Suge WHITE, times have sure changed at Death Row Records. If you want to see who the newest corporate mogul is for the Death Row label, you can meet Susan Berg and see a video of her at below.

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2008's Noise For The Needy Fesitval Raises Over $33K

Noise For The Needy, a Seattle-based non profit organization whose goal is to raise money for charitable causes through the production of live music shows, is proud to announce that it has raised over $33,000 for Urban Rest Stop during this year's fest-which included shows from Talib Kweli, Matt and Kim, Two Gallants, Black Angels and scores of other amazing musicians and bands.

Urban Rest Stop provides a clean, safe and welcoming facility where homeless individuals and families can come and use restrooms, shower and laundry facilities at no cost. The organization's program manager, Ronni Gilboa, explains where the money is going: "The Urban Rest Stop will use this most generous gift to assist in covering the increased daily operating costs caused by our facility expansion. With the addition of a Women's restroom , doubling our laundry capacity and waiting room space and the coming provision of on-site nursing services (in cooperation with Harborview Hospital), the Urban Rest Stop has experienced an 75% increase in service delivery. Funds will be used to pay for the increased utility, cleaning and hygiene supplies, repairs and other related costs. During the summer, the Urban Rest Stop experiences a daily foot traffic of 800 individuals , provides 225 showers, 150 laundry loads and 500 restroom uses daily."

Noise for the Needy and Urban Rest Stop would love to thank everyone who attended, performed at or volunteered for this year's festival, and wish to encourage those who haven't to visit the organizations' websites, and -both sites feature information on how to donate, volunteer and more.
First Week Phonies

By now everyone has seen the undeniably fabricated first week sales numbers of Lil’ Wayne’s latest album. Personally, when I heard the final tally I had visions of Rick Ross and Jay-Z, both of whom were given a sizable sales boost by virtue of their own label picking up a large number of their albums to create inflated numbers. Let’s set the record straight; there is no way in an industry where the biggest of artists are down 60% and rap artists, on average, are down even more, that Lil’ Wayne not only didn’t go down in sales, but went up by over 100% from his previous effort. There’s an old pro wrestling term for the folks who believe Wayne’s first week numbers are real; marks. This post isn’t going to be about all the ways I feel those numbers have been falsified, though, rather I’m going to turn my attention to the actual importance of first week sales numbers and why, in the long run, we’d all be better off if we didn’t know them.

Jacob the Jeweler Gets 30 Months in Prison

Thanks to for this update - the New York businessman known in the hip-hop world as "Jacob the Jeweler" was sentenced Tuesday to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for lying to investigators looking into a multistate drug ring. Jacob Arabov, 43, pleaded guilty in October to falsifying records and giving false statements as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, who asked U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn to impose a minimum sentence of three years and one month. Cohn decided to shave off seven months from that recommendation, citing Arabov's extensive charity work. Cohn also ordered the Russian immigrant to pay a $50,000 fine and to make a $2 million forfeiture payment to the government. "I feel ashamed that I broke the laws of this country, a country that has been so good for me," Arabov said. "I will carry this shame for the rest of my life." Arabov was arrested in 2006 at his Manhattan jewelry shop. Authorities accused him and others of conspiring to launder about $270 million in drug profits.
DMX Arrested AGAIN

According to 411 DMX is in trouble with the law yet again. He was was arrested again yesterday in Miami for driving without a valid license after already being arrested twice last month, once for reckless driving and once for illegal drug and firearm possession and mistreatment of animals. We'll bring you more details as they're available.
Metermaids Bring Life to the Night

Some groups come together because it just makes sense. That was the reasoning that brought NYC based rap duo Metermaids together. After Swell (right in pic) and Sentence (left in pic) rocked a number of shows where shared the bill they decided that they liked each other’s styles enough to hit the studio together to record a few tracks. Shortly after those sessions they toured together with brokeMC, Domer and DJ Halo. According to Sentence, “toward the end of the tour we both mutually decided that we should form a group because we thought that the combination was such a stronger presentation than what either of us could do by ourselves.” Now, over a year after that decision was made, an album, Nightlife, has been completed. This week I’m sitting down with Swell and Sentence to find out more about the record, why they named themselves after such an awful group of people, and what happened on their first major tour that made them seriously question their paths in life.

Read the full interview at:
Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" Hits 'A Millie' in One Week!!

In what seems to be an impossible task in today's hip-hop declining album sales, Lil Wayne beat the odds by selling more than one million units of "Tha Carter III" a week after its release. According to Billboard, "Tha Carter III" is the first album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" in March 2005 to break a million copies sold in the first week. Kanye West's 2007 "Graduation" was the closest to hit the platinum mark by selling 957,000 units in the first week. Below is a video blog from Wayne showing his gratitude to the fans who went and bought his album. Watch here.
Young Jeezy Arrested

Thanks to for this breaking news - Young Jeezy was arrested early this morning in his Atlanta hometown on a variety of traffic infraction charges. According to an inside source, Jeezy was locked up for driving recklessly under the influence and released on bail this morning. We'll have more on this story as soon as it's available.

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