Rappers Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were arrested on separate gun possession charges in Manhattan on Sunday.
New York City police said the two were arrested in separate incidents last night on similar charges of criminal possession of weapons.
Police said officers pulled over a speeding luxury car around 10:37 p.m. on Sunday on the Upper West Side. Police said rapper Ja Rule and two others were inside. Police recovered a .40-caliber pistol from the vehicle.
Rapper Lil Wayne was arrested about an hour later after police said officers saw him and another man smoking marijuana. They also found he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol.
Lil Wayne's real name is Dwayne Carter. Ja Rule's real name is Jeff Atkins. Both are best-selling hip-hop artists.
Immediate attempts to find their managers for comment were not successful.
50 Cent sued an Internet advertising company for $1 million Friday, claiming it illegally used his image in a game where the player pretends to shoot him.
The game, called "Shoot the Rapper," shows 50 Cent walking back and forth in an ad across the top of a Web page while the viewer is encouraged to shoot him by aiming and clicking with the mouse, court papers say.
A successful shot results in a misty cloud of red, and the viewer is then directed to another Web page where the ad firm's client sells goods and services, according to the lawsuit.
The rapper's lawyer, Peter Raymond, says the game doesn't use 50 Cent's name, but "it looks like him, and there's no doubt the character is intended to be him."
The lawsuit names Traffix Inc. of Pearl River, N.Y., as the defendant. A lawyer for the company, Ezio Scaldaferri, said he had not been served with the papers and could not comment.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, is a well-known victim of gun violence, Raymond said. He said the advertising company is using 50 Cent's likeness without his permission and suggesting that he endorses the game.
"For all those reasons, he is personally offended," the lawyer said.
Raymond said the rapper learned about the ad after one of his management people saw the it on a MySpace page.
The rapper's lawsuit asks at least $1 million in actual damages, a permanent injunction against the use of his image without permission, and unspecified punitive damages.
The State of New York has officially announced its recognition of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx as the birthplace of hip-hop and a landmark on Monday July 23rd. 1520 Sedgwick Avenue is home to a community room where the father of hip-hop, DJ Kool Herc, played in during the 1970s. The site, however, has been closed for renovations since last year, prompting hip-hop and community organizers to make a bid to have the location honored as a landmark. Today, organizers will hold a press conference at the historic location to announce the New York State Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation have approved the July 2 application to make the site an eligible historic landmark. According to the New York State Office, 1520 Sedgwick Avenue “meets the eligibility criteria being that it is associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad pattern of our history.”
As I look at which artists are the most talked about in Hip-Hop right now I can’t help but notice that the list hasn’t really changed much over the past few years. T.I. has once again sold a ton of units in his first week despite, in my opinion, falling off considerably since Trap Muzik, which was a near classic, and Urban Legend, Fabolous is tearing up the charts with another big single and Kanye West has plenty of folks talking, though his own self-proclamations are usually the loudest. With the unarguably awful state of mainstream Hip-Hop I have to wonder; what’s their longevity actually worth?
In an update to our earlier story Remy Ma has already been released from Rikers Island in New York City after her manager posted bail a few days ago. Rem is accused of shooting a friend on Saturday morning in New York in an argument over money. Rem's attorneys have asked that the media not jump to conclusions; meanwhile Remy has pled not guilty to the charges and is not due back in court until next month.
Dave Chappelle was according to www.BlackVibes.com hospitalized over the weekend for exhaustion. The 33-year-old comedian checked into an emergency room on Saturday and was released a few hours later. Publicist Carla Sims has this to say: "It was exhaustion; he had been traveling. He's fine." I hope so, but we'll keep you informed if anything else comes up. This is not the first time Chappelle has had problems - he walked away from a $50 million deal to keep "The Chappelle Show" on Comedy Central show in May of 2005.
According to www.urbanworldwireless.com and the Associated Press, Remy Martin was arrested late Saturday on attempted murder charges. Police are saying Remy shot her friend twice after she accusedthe victim of stealing $2,000 from her following a party they attended. Martin's lawyer released a statement: "I ask everyone to keep an open mind. Things are not always as they seem." RapReviews.com will keep you informed as more details become available.
On a lighter note check out this new video from Domer called "You're On to Me" that was sent to us by our very own Adam B! Domer's from the Mindspray crew, so you know this one'll be hot.
Check it out loyal RapReviews.com friends and readers! We're giving out five copies of the Scion and Vice Records compilation "Flosstradamus." The contest has ended and the winners will be announced shortly. This contest is sponsored by Vice Records, Scion Auto and Elemental Consulting.
News from www.BallerStatus.com and the Associated Press - Kanye West and Evel Knievel notified a federal judge on Tuesday, July 10th that they will use a mediator to try to settle their pending lawsuit out of court. Knievel originally filed the suit in December of 2006, claiming that the rapper infringed on his trademark by using the name Evel Kanyevel in his music video "Touch the Sky." Honestly I'd rate that more a tribute than an infringement but if they can "squash the beef" and settle out of court so much the better.
Tragic news today in the hip-hop world. Both UrbanWorld Wireless and www.BallerStatus.com are reporting that KRS-One's son Randy Hubbard Parker was found dead in his Atlanta apartment this weekend having apparently commited suicide. Parker was only 23 years old. According to his mother Simone, Parker had been suffering from severe depression for quite sometime. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office ruled that the death occured last Friday, July 6th from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. KRS-One and family are planning a private memorial for Randy in Florida on July 18th, which would have been his 24th birthday, and another in New York in August. Our condolences to everyone in the Parker family and to his friends.