The Celebrities werer out and about for the taping of the 2012 Bet Hip-Hop Awards. Rick Ross, Diggy, Meek Mill, Wiz Khalifa and a slew of others walked the red carpet. Check out the pics below:
It was a grand homecoming for Jay-Z who christened Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center with one of eight concerts on Friday night. The Brookyn-born rapper, who grew up in Marcy Projects, beamed with pride as he took the stage before 18,000 people, sporting a jersey with his last name and the number four.
Mr. Carter kicked off the show with his hometown anthems “Where I’m From” and “Brooklyn Go Hard.” He paid homage to another one of Brooklyn’s sons, Biggie, by rapping some of the lyrics from “Juicy,” and was joined onstage by BK legend Big Daddy Kane, who performed “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” and “Warm It Up, Kane.”
“I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today,” said Jay. “Like I said, everybody’s from Brooklyn tonight.”
The star-studded audience included Beyoncé, Pharrell, J. Cole, Magic Johnson, Dave Chappelle, The-Dream, Ester Dean, and Angie Martinez.
Jay-Z will play seven more shows through October 6.
There’s no denying Nicki Minaj’s love for Lil Wayne. After posting photos of the lavish gift she bought her boss for his 30th birthday, she shared some video from the moment. In the clip, Nicki hands over the keys to the $70,000 T-Rex cyclecar at Wayne’s birthday bash in Hollywood.
“For what, dawg?” said a surprised Weezy. “Thank you, dawg. You didn’t have to do it. I didn’t want no gifts.”
After checking out his new toy, he bowed to Nicki and gave her a big hug. “A ni**a love you for real,” he told her. Can you feel the love?
Some of hip-hop’s biggest stars hit the stage at the BET Hip Hop Awards 2012 taping in Atlanta on Saturday, but the real action was backstage. Rick Ross and Young Jeezy were reportedly involved in a brawl.
According to TMZ, a fight broke out between the Miami MC and Atlanta rapper that may have resulted in shots being fired.
Eyewitnesses saw them exchange heated words backstage before pushing and shoving one another. Bodyguards and BET security eventually stepped in to break things up.
After things calmed down, a member of Rozay’s entourage allegedly pulled out a gun in the parking lot and shots were fired.
The rappers, who are both signed to Def Jam, have had beef in the past with each taking thinly-veiled shots at one another on their records.
The show went on as planned and Ross performed with his MMG signee Omarion. It will air Tuesday, October 9, at 8 p.m.
The BET Hip Hop Awards are no stranger to controversy. Five years ago, T.I. was arrested before the show on gun charges.
Snoop Dogg’s response to the media’s criticism of his choice to smoke weed with his teenaged son is one that further shows the absence of influential parenting in the 21st Century.
“What better way to [learn] than from the master?” the rapper asked. ”My kids can do whatever the hell they want. For me to say otherwise would be hypocritical. A lot of motherf–ers don’t have a relationship with their kids, and that’s when they get on drugs and have suicidal thoughts and drive drunk. Me and my son is mellow. I’m his father, so I wanna show him the proper way because he looks up to me.”
Broadus claims to be a Rastafarian, a spiritual movement started in Jamaica. In July 2008, the Italian Supreme Court ruled that Rastafari may be allowed to possess greater amounts of cannabis legally, citing its use by them as a sacrament. The United States ruled that Rastafari do not have the religious right to smoke marijuana, as it is a violation of the United States’ drug laws. The same ruling is upheld in the United Kingdom.
The former No Limit Records artist Mystikal apparently has no limit to his talent. Paparazzi caught up with the rapper recently and he told them he was going to start a career in porn if his music career didn’t take off again.
The rapper told paparazzi that he already has history in the porn industry. He won an AVN award in 2003 for an adult movie he made (although he didn’t actually perform in it). When asked who he’d want to work with him in his first flick, he said Pinky. “She’s a bad bitch. I’ll take her down in a second,” he said about the female porn actress.
In 2003, the rapper pleaded guilty to sexual battery and extortion and was sentenced to six years in a state prison. The rapper admitted to forcing his hairstylist to perform sex acts. His two bodyguards accompanied him in the act, forcing the woman to perform oral sex and accusing her of stealing $80,000.
The rapper initially claimed the incident was consensual, but a videotape was found at his home shortly after the accusations were made. Negotiations during the trial held the videotape from being entered as evidence and Mystikal agreed to the plea bargain offered by the prosecution, avoiding the mandatory life sentence for sexual battery in Louisiana and expecting to receive probation. Bodyguards Leland “Pokie” Ellis and Vercy “V” Carter also pleaded guilty to sexual battery.
The web is running wild with rumors that Beyoncé may be pregnant with her second child after this photo surfaced over the weekend. At last night’s NBA 2K13 launch event, “E! News” went straight to the source, B’s hubby Jay-Z, to set the record straight.
When asked whether Blue Ivy will be getting a sibling in the near future, Jay responded, “No, not in nine months. Absolutely not.”
The Roc was in the building at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last night. A silk pajama-clad Rihanna and J. Cole joined their boss Jay-Z at the glamorous celebration, which also drew The Roots’ ?uestlove, Adrienne Bailon, Tyson Beckford, and Lyor Cohen. Guests sipped on Armand de Brignac champagne and D’ussé cognac while admiring Hov’s newest nightclub.
“I walked around here earlier and I just seen everybody busy and at work trying to finish up and it was a great feeling,” Jay-Z told MTV News. “A guy stopped me in the hallway and said, ‘Man this is a great thing for New York City.’ And that’s what the whole thing was about.”
The Roc Nation boss, who is a minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, will christen the $1 billion arena by performing the first of eight shows tonight.
Young Jeezy celebrated his bday last night with his annual birthday bash held at the Bitmore Ballroom in ATL, with an after party at Vanquish. Jeezy put on his best suit for the festivities that included the likes of Atlanta hitmakers Usher and TI.
Bobbi Kristina and companion Nick Gordon were involved in a serious car accident Sunday night in Alpharetta, GA…
Insiders tell TMZ Bobbi Kris was in the passenger seat and she and Nick were arguing at the time of the crash. No other car was involved.
Later that evening police were called to Bobbi Kris and Nick’s apartment to investigate a noise complaint, but no one answered the door.
Police found Nick’s Camaro parked outside their apartment with the front end torn off, the airbags deployed, the front tire missing and the hazard lights blinking.
The crash is under investigation.