LOS ANGELES, CA – Today former hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was officially charged with murder and attempted murder in a Compton hit-and-run that occurred on Friday.
Adding to Knight’s woes, his bail of $2.025 million bail was revoked after homicide detectives petitioned the bail commissioner, plus this will be a third strike for the Death Row Records founder.
The 49-year-old Knight was arrested early Friday after going to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station, accompanied by his lawyer. Earlier that day Knight is accused of running over two men following an altercation.
Fifty-five-year-old Terry Carter was killed and actor Cle “Bone” Sloan was injured when Knight backed over the pair in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup and then ran over them as he fled the scene.
Knight’s attorney claims he was trying to escape an attack when he accidentally struck the victims. A homicide lieutenant said Knight argued with Sloan through the driver’s side of the truck and then purposely struck Sloan and Carter while in the parking lot outside of Tam’s Burgers in Compton.
Knight has been officially charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case. He was out on bail for a robbery charge.
Authorities said bail was revoked since Knight is considered a flight-risk. They were also concerned about witness intimidation due to his criminal past. The District Attorney has confirmed this would be his third strike if convicted.
Knight faces life in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
COMPTON, CA – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested for murder after two men were mowed down by a truck driven by the troubled artist, killing one and injuring the other.
Los Angeles police Lt. John Corina told CNN that witnesses said it appeared that the driver of the truck intentionally hit the two victims, so they are handling the investigation as a homicide. Knight’s bail was set at $2 million.
According to reports, Knight had an argument with 55-year-old Terry Carter and 51-year-old Cle Sloan, on the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film about the rap group N.W.A. The argument continued in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers.
Knight allegedly tracked the two men down in the parking lot and backed his red Ford Raptor over the victims and then ran over them a second time as he left the scene, killing Carter and injuring Sloan. Officers later found Knight’s Raptor abandoned in Westwood.
Knight, who was accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.
Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, is no stranger to violence. In 1996, while Knight was driving a car in Las Vegas, Tupak Shakur, who was a passenger in his car, was shot to death.
Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2006 after Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions, adding to his troubles he had ongoing feuds with Dr. Dre, Snoop Lion (Dogg) and others.
Last August Knight, along with two others, were shot while attending a party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the evening before the MTV Music Awards. Then in October he was arrested for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.
In October, he was busted along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams for allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera.
MONTGOMERY, AL – Up and coming rapper Doe B and another person were killed early Saturday morning at a nightclub in Montgomery, Alabama.
According to Montgomery Police, officers responded to the 900 block of Highland Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of multiple people being shot at the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill.
When officers arrived, they discovered 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson and 22-year-old Glenn Thomas, known as rapper Doe B suffering from gunshot wounds. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Doe B was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
There were another six victims at the scene who also suffered gunshot wounds. All of the injured were taken to a local hospital and transported by either emergency personnel, or by personal vehicles.
The Mayor of Montgomery, Todd Strange, announced on Sunday that the city was forcing Centennial Hill Bar and Grill to shutter its doors, claiming the club posed “an imminent threat to public safety.”
In a written statement Strange said, “I believe it is not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ the next tragic incident occurs at this business. That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately.”
Mayor Strange said the shooting occurred despite the club’s security and repeated warnings by the City.
Doe B was no stranger to gun violence. The rapper was known for his signature eye patch, which was the result of another shooting several years ago.
Mayor Strange’s statement in full:
“Effective immediately, the City of Montgomery has taken action to close the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue, which operated previously as the Rose Supper Club. We do not take this action lightly, but believe this decision is compelled by clear evidence that continued operation of this establishment poses an imminent threat to the public’s safety. Just this morning a 21-year-old young woman and a 22-year-old young man were shot and killed there, and six other young adults were shot and wounded. The shootings occurred despite the presence of the club’s security and repeated cautions from the City. I have been in consultation with the city’s Legal Department, the Montgomery Police Department, Fire Department, Public Safety Department, City Council members and the ABC Board. At the same time, the Montgomery Police Department’s investigation into this senseless shooting is proceeding, and we have every confidence that the individual or individuals responsible will be identified and apprehended. We are working to bring the perpetrators to justice, but we also must take protective and preventive action. I believe it is not a matter of “if,” but “when” the next tragic incident occurs at this business. That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately.”
SACRAMENTO, CA – Lil Wayne’s ‘America’s Most Wanted Tour’ hit Sacramento as Wayne and his posse descended upon Sleep Train Arena (aka Arco Arena).
Now when we say hit Sacramento, any Lil Wayne fan knows what we mean by that, and if you were there, you definitely know what we mean by that – just saying.
On the evenings menu was Lil Wayne’s hand-picked group of rappers T.I., 2 Chainz, Hit Boy, Adrien Broner and G-Eazy.
Oakland’s own Gerald Earl Gillum, better known to fans as G-Eazy kicked it off with his obscenity laced rap as he worked the few fans that had arrived for the 7 p.m. start time. G-Eazy did a decent job of getting the crowd on their feet, but many fans were streaming in and searching for their seats.
Boxer turned rapper, Adrien Broner, took the stage with Band Camp, leaving little doubt that Broner has his eyes set on moving up in the ranks of rap music and possibly leaving his boxing career on the mat.
Rapper Chauncey Hollis better known as Hit-Boy followed Broner. Their positions in the line-up should have been reversed, or better yet he should have opened the show, as he was more miss than hit. The crowd just didn’t seem to get into it with Hit-Boy, but that could have been that fans were anticipating the meat of the show with T.I., 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne.
As things started heating up, Sleep Train Arena started filling up, but never quite reached capacity, with the upper deck pretty empty.
Tauheed Epps also known as 2 Chainz lit up the stage with a huge replica of the front of a yacht with the words B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time making a play on his new album of the same name due out in September.
The controversial rapper has found himself on both sides of the law over the last couple of months. In San Francisco he was robbed while outside of a pot dispensary and a couple of days later found himself getting hauled off a plane after checking baggage that contained marijuana and promethazine.
Promethazine is the key ingredient used for making ‘sizzurp’ a dangerously potent drug popularized in the southern rap scene. Several months ago Lil Wayne was rumored to be on his deathbed after bingeing on sizzurp, but those rumors were never proven to be true.
After years spent recording as a part of hip-hop duo Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz has gained notoriety and has seen major success in the last year. “It’s surprising when people ask to take my picture at the airport,” 2 Chainz told the Huffington Post. We think he may be confused with getting his mug shot.
2 Chainz brought his A-game and, here again, we believe there was a mistake in the line-up. 2 Chainz should have been second to Lil Wayne rather than T.I. While the both did a fantastic job, 2 Chainz’s performance was more polished and the set more dramatic than T.I.’s.\
T.I. turned in a lack-luster performance even though he performed some of his hits such as “Top Back,” “Rubber Band Man” and “U Don’t Know Me.” His choice of songs was questionable as he went from past hits to more recent material, leaving his better material on the cutting room floor.
By the time Lil Wayne took the stage, fans were well into the munchies after enduring a twenty minute set-change in between acts.
When Weezy took the stage he was flanked by skate ramps, complete with skaters and a pair of catwalks jutting out to the front of the crowd. Pyrotechnics ruled the night along with huge video screens flashing a hybrid butterfly in the likeness of Wayne, which was Lil Wayne’s own play on his new album I Am Not a Human Being 2.
With Wayne shooting lyrics in rapid-fire fashion, the crowd couldn’t help but get into the moment as he hit fans with hits such as “No Worries.” Wayne also ran into trouble as he condensed some of his bigger hits in favor of full versions of his more recent work like “Love Me” and Karate Chop.”
While fans really appreciated and totally rocked out to Lil Wayne’s set I believe the currently controversial 2 Chainz may have been better off head-lining the show. Not to take away from Lil Wayne’s star power and fan attraction, but at the end of the day 2 Chainz had a bit more energy and a bit more polish.
The 25-year-old rapper stirs up some controversy with his buddy 26-year-old rapper Kendrick Lamar. The epic song, lasting over seven minutes, never made it to his upcoming album ‘Hall of Fame,’ due to mixing issues.
Some of the more potent lyrics has Kendrick rapping:
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s I’m rhymin with but this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is, and that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller. I got love for you all but I’m try ta murder you n—-s. Try ta make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s.”
Big Sean informed fans that his ‘Hall of Fame’ album is expected to drop on August 27 and explained to his Twitter followers:
“Since my new album #HallOfFame is avail for preorder in a couple hours Can I drop something that didn’t make the album?! straight rap sh**… This one that didn’t make the album cuz of the sample BUT IT IS NOT no radio sh–.. Straight rap… I’m talking 7min sh** … Grimey sh**”
Big Sean is somebody to be reckoned with as he recently released a new video for “Fire” featuring Miley Cyrus. He is currently working with girlfriend Naya Rivera from the hit TV show ‘Glee’ on a new song.
So far, no rappers have responded to the lyrics, but you can be sure some of them will respond in kind.
WINNFIELD, LA – Rising rapper and Meek Mill Protege Lil Snupe was shot and killed early Thursday morning. CBS affiliate KNOE was the first to break the story.
Snupe suffered two fatal gunshot wounds to the chest early Thursday morning at the Maplewood Apartment Complex in Winnfield. Paramedics were on scene and were unable to revive him.
Lil Snupe, born Addarren Ross, recently inked a deal with Mentor and Dream Chasers. Meek Mill, the CEO for Mentor and Dream Chasers, was performing at a concert when Snupe was able to pass a demo of his work to the rapper.
Snupe released his first mix-tape, ‘R.N.I.C.’, earlier this year and featured DJ Khaled, Curren$y, Trae the Truth, Meek Mill and Yo Gotti.
Meek Mill tweeted, “The streets killed my Lil nigga Snupe…I always told him don’t try 2 keep it real wit the streets…. Bcuz they won’t keep it real wit you”
Officials say they have a person of interest, but have yet to determine a motive in the killing.
According to multiple sources, including Rolling Stone magazine, the 35-year-old rapper was taken off of a flight he boarded, after TSA discovered marijuana and promethazine in his checked baggage.
Promethazine is the key ingredient used for making ‘sizzurp’ a dangerously potent drug popularized in the southern rap scene.
Just a couple of days ago, Epps was on the other side of the law when him and his posse were robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco.
The location of the robbery just happened to be in front of a marijuana dispensary.
Last February Epps was busted when police found marijuana on his tour bus, but was found not guilty of those charges.
We believe the Atlanta based rapper will be glad to put the sunshine state behind him.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta-based rapper Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, and formerly as Tity Boi, was robbed at gunpoint outside a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on Sunday afternoon.
The 35-year-old rapper was walking down Howard Street near the Green Door dispensary with five members of his entourage at approximately 4:30 p.m., when three men approached the group demanding their belongings.
According to San Francisco police spokesman Sgt. Dennis Toomer, one of the men with a handgun fired a shot, but no one was injured. The trio made off with Epps’ wallet and cell phone and drove away in a gold or grey sedan.
Epps was visiting San Francisco prior to his show in Oakland that same evening at Oracle Arena for a hip-hop festival hosted by local radio station KMEL.
No arrests have been made in connection with the robbery.
Rick Ross is still working damage control after the release of rapper Rocko’s track “U.O.E.N.O.(You Ain’t Even Know It)” three weeks ago.
Today Reebok announced they were dropping Ross as a sponsor due to the lyrics in the song.
In the song Ross raps, “Put molly (slang for pure MDMA, better known as ecstasy) all in her champagne – She ain’t even know it – I took her home and I enjoyed that – She ain’t even know it,” bringing the full brunt of UltraViolet down on the rapper and his sponsors. Ultraviolet is a women’s rights group.
Soon after the song was released Ross said in an interview, “The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. I just want to reach out to all the queens on my timeline, the beautiful ladies that were reaching out to me… we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
Obviously the rapper has a complete disconnect with the English language.
UltraViolet was instrumental in convincing Reebok to drop Ross after launching a campaign against Reebok resulting in over 100,000 people joining the cause.
On Thursday of last week, UltraViolet supporters flocked to Reeboks flagship store in New York in protest.
Moments before the group hit the store the clueless Ross Tweeted, “I dont condone rape.Apologies for the #lyric interpreted as rape. #BOSS,” still sounding like he doesn’t believe his lyrics depicted rape.
He followed up the tweet with, “Apologies to my many business partners,who would never promote violence against women. @ReebokClassics @ultraviolet”
The result was Reebok dropping Ross as a sponsor, sending Billboard a statement that said:
“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. 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. At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross,”
In a statement Ultraviolet responded to Reebok’s decision:
“We are thrilled to hear that Reebok is joining the fight against rape culture and dropping Rick Ross. This is a huge victory for women, for the 526 survivors of rape who were brave enough to publicly confront rape culture, and for the nearly 100,000 UltraViolet members who have poured their hearts and time into this campaign. This sends a strong message that rapping about drugging and raping an unconscious woman is not only morally wrong, but has real consequences. After Steubenville, Americans expect and demand better. Thank you Reebok for taking a stand.”
The offending lyrics are, “Put molly (slang for pure MDMA, better known as ecstasy) all in her champagne – She ain’t even know it – I took her home and I enjoyed that – She ain’t even know it.” The lyrics continue to stir controversy even after Ross attempted to explain them away in an interview with Q93.
In his interview the 37-year-old rapper said, “There are certain things you can’t Tweet and certain things you want people to hear and I want to make sure this is clear… woman is the most precious gift known to man. You understand.”
Ross goes on to explain, “The term rape wasn’t used. I would never use the term rape in my records. Hip-Hop don’t condone that, the streets don’t condone that. Nobody condones that. I just want to reach out to all the queens on my timeline, the beautiful ladies that were reaching out to me… we don’t condone rape and I’m not with that.”
Many Twitter users echoed the sediment of #DirtyGames who tweeted, “Put Molly in her drink she ain’t even know it, took her home and enjoyed it, ain’t even know it” @rickrozay that’s rape bro”
Women’s rights activists are up in arms and one woman in particular, Lolia Etomi, has posted a petition on Change.org, urging anyone who takes issue with his lyrics to help force the 37-year-old rapper to make a public apology.
Etomi writes, “The dominant rape culture today has come from people ignoring and even glorifying statements like this because the song sounds good in the club. You don’t have to be a feminist to support this, but roofy-ing and rape are very serious and shockingly common problems.”
In another online petition at Ultra Violet it states, “His lyrics aren’t vague, he’s not hinting that he raped a woman–he’s clearly and proudly saying that he drugged and raped a woman who was not capable of consent.”
While some may say music is art, others will argue that this song sends a clear message.
Will he apologize? Should he?