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Despite paying close to a million dollars in federal back-taxes, Lauryn Hill is headed to prison. The Associated Press reports that the emcee/vocalist was sentenced to three months in prison today in a federal court based in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey.
Hill was facing up to three years in prison, but received a reduced sentence. Following a guilty plea, Ms. Hill and her attorney were seeking probation. She paid her $900,000 tax bill this weekend.
This will be Hill’s first stay in prison. She could be released in as soon as a month.
Wiz Khalifa has sued concert promoter, It’s My Party. According to a report from TMZ, the Taylor Gang’s leader alleges that the company agreed to pay him $85,000 for a show at George Mason University in Virginia. The report continues that the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania says the event without reasonable notice, and no pay.
As a result, Wiz is suing It’s My Party for $1 million in damages, citing that his reputation suffered from the disappointed fans.
TMZ obtained a reaction from the concert promoter. They allege that low ticket sales and lack of a signed contract negated the agreement, and thus the suit.
There is no word on whether this lawsuit will go to court.
UPDATE: TMZ has now learned that Wiz Khalifa’s $1 million lawsuit has been dismissed for failing to provide a signed contract.
The same weekend Tyga controversially performed at Harvard, Yelawolf was slated to perform at Louisiana State University for their annual Groovin’ On The Grounds free spring concert on Saturday (April 13). However, the college’s newspaper, The Daily Reveille, reports that Yela did not complete his set, and instead stormed off stage. The Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/Interscope Records sensation left the stage, after he was reportedly reprimanded for the language in his set.
LSU Student Government President Taylor Cox claims this was in Yelawolf’s $17,500 contract to appear. “Apparently [Yelawolf's] management did not tell him about [the curse-free clause] until moments before his performance,” Cox believes, who also adds that Yela’s contract is null-and-void due to his failure to meet the agreement.
Lupe Fiasco, Groovin’ On The Grounds’ headline, did perform, according to reports. A week ago, Lupe ended a concert after he was struck by a glow stick thrown by a fan.
Lauryn Hill claims she stiffed Uncle Sam on a massive tax bill for the same reason she fell off the map after the ’90s — scary threats to her and her family.
Lauryn just filed legal docs asking for mercy before her sentencing later this month, claiming there was a good reason she failed to file tax returns for 2005, ’06 and ’07 … when she earned a total of more than $1.8 million. She already pled guilty and faces several years in prison.
According to docs … Lauryn stopped paying taxes “when she withdrew from society at large due to what she perceived as manipulation and very real threats to herself and her family.”
She’s not specific about the threats — but it’s a new explanation for her mysterious disappearance from the music scene after her rise to fame in the ’90s.
Lauryn previously claimed she went underground to get back in touch with her musical roots.
Lauryn’s asking the court to consider a bunch of other factors before her sentencing — including her claim that she can pay off the debt much faster if she’s not behind bars.
Lauryn is begging for probation. A judge will be merciful — or not — on April 22.
Yesterday, Atlanta, Georgia rapper Gucci Mane was released from custody after being incarcerated since March 26. The Warner Bros. Records star and his lawyer were believed to have posted the $75,000 bond to allow the rapper freedom. Previous statements indicated that Gucci would be taken to DeKalb County, where his was on probation from a previous misdemeanor violation.
It appears that Gucci Mane never reported to the court. TMZ reports that within one day of his release, Gucci was apprehended today for a probation violation.
Details are still emerging, but the Brick Squad 1017 leader is believed to be back in custody at this time. Gucci was presently pending trial on an aggravated assault charge, for battering a U.S. soldier with a bottle, which he was indicted for earlier in the week.
Lakers forward Jordan Hill’s ex-girlfriend is suing him over an alleged domestic violence incident — the same incident he pled no contest to in criminal court last year … TMZ has learned.
According to the suit filed by Darlene Luna today in L.A. County … she and Hill got in a knock-down, drag-out fight at his Houston apartment back in February, 2012.
Luna alleges Hill punched her in the legs multiple times … “as if they were punching bags” — and also threw her down and put her in “a choke-hold, constricting her throat for a terrifying duration.”
Hill was charged criminally for the incident last year and struck a deal — getting a one-year deferred sentence and a $500 fine in exchange for his ‘no contest’ plea.
Luna is now seeking unspecified damages. She’s represented by Gloria Allred.
A call to Hill’s rep has not been returned.
Rick Ross just learned a hard lesson about rape and money … you embrace one, you lose the other … because he was just DUMPED by Reebok.
As TMZ previously reported … Ross has taken a ton of heat for his song, U.O.E.N.O … in which he happily sings, “Put Molly [Ecstasy] all in the champagne. She ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain’t even know it.” Translation — date rape.
Reebok tells TMZ … “Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand. Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so.”
Reebok goes on: “While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”
Eleven years ago, Queens, New York natives Nas and Large Professor graced the cover of Mass Appeal’s 18th issue. Now, Nas is a partial owner of the respected lifestyle magazine and website. Forbes.com reported the undisclosed six-figure investment this morning.
“I always liked what Mass Appeal represented,” Nas told the wealth and business publication. “They invested into the culture … I saw their vision for what they planned and I thought I could add value across the board.”
Nas is not Mass Appeal’s only new investor. White Owl Capital Partners, which is said to be a newer investment group with international holdings, also invested in the quarterly—which is resuming after a five-year print break.
With one of Nas’ onetime collaborators, Ray Benzino having rather notoriously owned a stake in The Source magazine in the 1990s and 2000s, a publication that praised releases from the Boston, Massachusetts rapper/producer. Nas was asked how he will broach such conflict. Responding to what could be potentially written of the Def Jam veteran, Nas said, “I don’t want to see it until it’s out. I won’t get involved with that at all … I won’t touch anything, they’re free to say whatever they want. They can say I’m a psychopath, they can say I’m a sweetheart.”
The full interview on Nas’ business ventures is available at Forbes.com. Mass Appeal’s 52nd issue features Earl Sweatshirt, and an A$AP Family Tree.
With both the popularity of “U.O.E.N.O.” and the controversy surrounding the record, the song’s creator, Atlanta rapper Rocko, has found himself in a position where he may “have to change” the record if he hopes to take the song to mainstream radio.
Rocko spoke on the record, which has been engulfed in controversy thanks to Rick Ross’ verse, during an interview with New York City’s Hot 97 earlier today.
“The record instantly became a smash over the All-Star Weekend and stuff like that. It just became a smash in the streets. So with me, I feel like I’m a street artist so I feel like the record with Ross that will always be the original record,” Rocko explained. “But because of the type of attraction the record has as far as like radio and all over the country and things of that nature it puts me in a position to where I have to change it.”
The “U.O.E.N.O.” crafter later revealed that there are quite a number of artists who have recorded verses for a new version of the song. Among those artists is Young Jeezy who Rocko confirmed did pen a verse for the song but couldn’t confirm if the rapper will in fact appear on the updated version.
“In life you have to put everything on the scale,” said Rocko. “You know what I’m saying? If it’s not weighing up then you just have to do what you have to do. With all respect to the homie Ross…It’s crazy because it’s a Catch 22. Cause it’s like I don’t want to take him off…It doesn’t matter who I put on the song that’s gonna always be the original version of it. It’s not like I can do another verse and be like, ‘Okay, this the original right here.’”
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