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Rick Ross' Super Jam 2014 Gig Dampened By Subsequent Arrest

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Rapper/hip hop icon Rick Ross was arrested Friday following his SuperJam concert in North Carolina. Despite the coincidence, the arrest had nothing to do with the gig. In fact, it was due to a previous marijuana charge, for which the rapper, whose real name is William L. Roberts, failed to appear in court.

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Ross has a history of possession charges dating back to 2008.

According to the Greensboro News & Record, the Mastermind was taken to a magistrate's office as soon as he was done performing, but he was eventually released after posting a $1,000 bond. His new court date has not been announced.

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Rick Ross Storms The Billboard Chart With "Mastermind", What Else Is New?

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Rick Ross owns the Billboard 200 chart this week. Despite Pharrell Williams’ high-profile gig at the Oscars recently, on Wednesday, Ross’ latest album, Mastermind, became his fifth studio effort to top the chart. It sold 179,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan (via Reuters).

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Rick Ross's Mastermind stormed the Billboard 100 this week.

Pharrell is trailing behind with just 112,000 copies of his G I R L sold in its debut week. The release came after a month of high-profile performances from the singer at intimate parties and awards events, culminating in his singing his Oscar-nominated song Happy, which turned into a spontaneous onstage dance party with Oscar-nominated actresses.

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Rick Ross Addresses Criticism Over Trayvon Martin Lyric

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Rick Ross is no stranger to controversial lyrics, like most rappers, he probably uses them as a publicity tool or to create a certain image.

But the 38 year-old was forced to explain himself rather quickly over the use of his most recent offensive lyric.

Ross mentioned Trayvon Martin, the 17 year-old African American who was shot dead by George Zimmerman, on the Mastermind track 'Blk & Wht'.

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Video - Rick Ross And Kris Humphries Make Appearances For The Samsung Hope For Children Charity Gala - Part 1

Hip hop star Rick Ross shows his softer side as he attends Samsung's Hope For Children charity gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. He was spotted on the red carpet alongside basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets and Kim Kardashian's ex-husband Kris Humphries.

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The Bling Ring Movie Soundtrack To Be Released June 11th 2013

Posted on17 May 2013

The Bling Ring Movie Soundtrack To Be Released June 11th 2013

Meek Mills Defends Rick Ross Alleged Rape Endorsement

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Meek Mill has used the lyrics of the late rapper Notorious B.I.G to defend Rick Ross’ own decidedly disgusting words that would appear to endorse rape.

The hip-hop world is at times a bewildering place, somewhere where boundaries are routinely crossed in thematic content with the loose justification being that these MCs are telling real stories and portraying real situations. Situations that they seem to be pretty into. Meek Mill was being asked about Rick Ross, hip-hop and the social responsibility it bore given it’s huge profile by Urban Informer, and he said "I don't even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics.” He continued "People rap about killing stuff all day. Biggie said, 'Rape your kid. Throw her over the bridge.' It was nothing, it's just hip-hop."

He did indeed say that, with Spin pointing out that Mills was saying it was all part of B.I.G’s narrative, which it may have been. However it then goes on to point out Ross’ lyrics, which say “Put molly in her champagne, she ain't even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it” and are said pretty straight, with very little in the way of narration around it. What does all this tell us? We don’t even know, but rap’s got some serious issues and the most depressing thing is that it’s become such the norm in the genre that it’ll never be fixed.

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A Week In News: Rick Ross Survives, Jennifer Lawrence Slips Up, Lindsay Lohan To Learn Fate

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Rick Ross Survives An Attack, Jennifer Lawrence Wins But Slips Up, Lindsay Lohan To Learn Her Fate In LA

You Da Boss: Rapper Rick Ross had a lucky escape this week, somehow avoiding a hail of gunfire aimed at his Rolls Royce in Miami. The Diced Pineapples hit-maker ploughed into a nearby apartment block but emerged relatively unscathed. Now who would want to kill Rick Ross?

Silver Lining? Jennifer Lawrence's Christian Dior dress let her down badly at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday evening. The Silver Linings Playbook star made her way to the stage to collect the award for Best Actress, only to see her gown literally split in the middle! What caused the wardrobe malfunction? 

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Rick Ross Vs Rick Ross Reignited Post Drive By Shooting Incident - Updated!!

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On Monday morning Rick Ross and his girlfriend Shateria Moragne-el were caught up in a drive by shooting when a car pulled up next to Ross' Bentley and opened fire. As Ross raced away he crashed the car into the side of the building. Since then police have opened a criminal investigation, Ross has called for 24/7 armed security, 50 Cent has laughed it off and said it was all staged, and Freeway Ricky Ross has reignited his disdain for the enormously successful rapper.

According to Freeway, rapper Rick Ross stole his name. A former Los Angeles drugs baron who spent 13 years in prison having been caught for his crimes, Ross' name became synonymous during the 90s with hardened gang crime and drug smuggling, as Antonio Moore explains on the Huffington Post. It is this reputation that Freeway thinks Rick Ross stole having adopted it for his stage name. Freeway is even set for a court showdown with Ross in August 2013, with numerous music industry honchos handed subpoenas for the trial, including ex-Warner executive Lyor Cohen, current CEO Stephen Cooper and Warner director Edgar Bronfman Jr.

Now that Ross is in the direct public eye with rumours of gang death threats having been levelled against him, Freeway is having his say once more."Im not surprised that it happened given recent ongoing, when someone doesn't understand the street rules they get confused and incidents like this can take place," he told HipHopDX. "I'm still dealing with ongoing litigation about something as basic as using my name and identity, that should have been dealt with properly a long time ago. No ill will is wished upon anyone, but when you tell these stories about the streets you have to be careful. We covered it in more depth in the Power of the Name Rick Ross piece." 

Rick Ross Gets Scared, Steps Up Security After Drive-by Shooting

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Despite Rick Ross saying that he "Ain't never no checks getting cut" in response to gang threats via YouTube, it does appear that a drive-by shooting on Monday (28th Jan) has got him scared. In response to the perceived threat, according to TMZ, he's stepped his security up. A lot.

He is now looking to employ a full time armed security guard, to protect himself. For a while he has used armed guards to escort him through major public events such as concerts and special public appearances, but that clearly wasn't enough and now he feels he needs it night and day, 24/7.

Although he has been receiving threats for a while in gang related YouTube videos as well as from a man who claims to be the 'original' Rick Ross - accusing the other Rick Ross of stealing his name and identity - he hadn't yet taken any of them seriously. But when a car pulls up to your Rolls Royce and opens fire, even the boldest of us may crumble.

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"I Can't Believe I'm Alive" Rick Ross Raps About Drive-By Shooting Already?

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Most people, if they’d just survived a drive-by shooting, would probably stay home awhile, possibly start scouting for security firms, if they knew they’d been an intended target. Possibly do some online shopping for bulletproof vests and alternative body armour. Not Rick Ross, though. Rick Ross heads to the studio to rap about the drive-by shooting. Rick Ross reworks a song by rapper of the moment Kendrick Lamar, entitled ‘B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe.’ None of which has helped quell the speculation that the whole thing was staged.

Rick Ross’ street cred has been a bone of contention in the rap community, according to The Hollywood Gossip and not everyone’s convinced that Ross would really have dodged the “hail of bullets” that were reportedly aimed at his Rolls Royce but landed, instead, in the windows of local businesses. Ross eventually crashed his vehicle into a local apartment building.

He’s since been in the studio and recorded a remix of “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ which includes the lyrics “I can’t believe I’m alive / disrespectful to n*ggers who wanna take me alive / wishing death on you n*ggers we never see eye to eye.” Ross goes on to say “I’m just raising the bar,” which will no doubt irk whoever was shooting at him, presuming it was a genuine drive-by shooting that occurred early Monday Morning (January 28, 2013) on Las Olas Boulevard.  

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Wrath Of Caine: Pusha T Mixtape Lands Online Ahead Of Album Release, Feat. Rick Ross, Kanye West

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Big news in the land of hip-hop today, as Pusha T drops his mixtape, Wrath of Caine. And no, we don’t think he’s talking about Michael. Wrath of Caine is a seriously star-studded affair, boasting production from Kanye West, Renegades, The Neptunes, Jake-One and B!nk. He’s also drafted a guest appearance from hip-hop heavyweight (and recent lucky survivor of a drive-by shooting) Rick Ross.

Ross wasn’t the only one to drop by the studio though, Pusha also got French Montana, Troy Ave, Andrea Martin, Kevin Gates and Wale to pop in and lend their skills. The mixtape’s now online for stream and download, after Pusha T teased fans with a tracklist as well as two new songs and details on the collaboration with Wale (‘Only You Can Tell It’).

This is a follow up to 2011’s Fear Of God mixtape and Pusha will be releasing his debut studio album My Name Is My Name in March this year. Wrath of Caine is a neat interim release, a chance for Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music buddy to get everyone ready for the major release, which is due out as a joint promotion between G.O.O.D. Music and Def Jam Recordings.

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Rick Ross Suspected Drive By Shooting Feared To Be Gang Related In YouTube Death Threats

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Rick Ross, the Teflon Don, Rick Rozay, whatever he's calling himself these days, was involved in a car crash yesterday (28th Jan) and as CNN reports there are fears that Ross was driving away from gunfire, which may have been related to street gang threats against the rapper.

Neither Ross nor his female passenger were injured in the alleged drive by shooting, but YouTube videos say that a gang is after him. "We're pulling up on you," a man who identified himself as a member of the Gangster Disciples warned in one of the videos, according to CNN. "Whatever city, whatever state, the pressure on." They're after money from Ross who uses a star of David for one of his albums, which they claim refers to one of the founders of the Gangster Disciples and their music. They seem to have forgotten about Judaism. "We need that cash right now," they said.

Ross retorted, however that he "Ain't never no checks getting cut". Adding, "I don't play those games. I consider that extortion."

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Dear Whoever Tried To Kill Rick Ross, You're A Terrible Shot

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Whoever emptied their weapon - allegedly an AK47 - in the direction of Rick Ross' Rolls Royce on Monday (January 28, 2013) was not fully trained in how to use his or her firearm. In fact, we're pretty sure they'd never, ever, picked one up before. In their search for the criminal, investigators should make it mandatory that all potential suspects take a test in which they shoot at a cardboard cut-out of the Miami rapper. The attempted murderer is the one that misses completely.

Ross was returning home from birthday celebrations when a car travelling in the opposite direction opened its window and shot in the direction of the rapper. Fred Grimm of the Miami Herald - a journalist who lives two blocks from where the incident took place - said he heard ten gunshots. "An outbreak of gangsta rap warfare in the old hood," he wrote. The problem is, not only did the ten shots miss the fairly sizeable Rick Ross (or his girlfriend), they missed the entire Rolls Royce. And Rolls Royce's are massive. The sheer incompetence of the gunman left Rick Ross' rival 50 Cent concluding that the whole thing must have been a set up. "Hahaha fat boy hit the building? Lol it looks staged to me. No hole's in da car," he said on Twitter, before adding, "Hahaha that boy was spooked. I ride like OBAMA level 6 bulit proof bomb proof, you already know. [sic]"

Despite 50 Cent's doubts, police say they are treating the shooting as an "an active and ongoing criminal investigation." Experts have advised Ross to step up his security in the coming days.

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Sherlock Homes: 50 Cent Decides Rick Ross Hit And Run Incident Was 'Staged'

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Whilst everyone else was breathing a sigh of relief that rapper Rick Ross had managed to escape a drive-by shooting attempt on Monday morning (January 28, 2013) 50 Cent reckoned he’d spotted something that we’d all missed – the whole thing was a set-up, a hoax. Oh.

That’s right, after taking a cursory look at some blurry Instagram photos of the crime scene, which showed Ross’ Rolls Royce smashed up and riddled with bullet holes, Fiddy – presumably aping TV detective Hercule Poirot right down to the squint - concurred that the whole thing was fake. “Hahaha fat boy hit the building? Lol it looks staged to me,” tweeted the rapper. “No hole's in da car. Hahaha that boy was spooked” he continued, adding “I ride like OBAMA level 6 bulit proof bomb proof, you already know. [sic]” We’re not sure quite what that last bit means.

Of course, as the Daily Mail points out, the last person Ross would be expecting any sympathy from would be 50 Cent. The pair have been locked in a dispute ever since Ross mouthed off about his contemporary in the song ‘Mafia Music’ back in 2009. No comments as yet as to whether officials have asked for Fiddy to bring his quick-sharp eye and devilish perception to the investigation, though they are treating the incident seriously. Ross’ girlfriend Shateria L. Moragne-le was also in the car but emerged unscathed from the incident.

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Rick Ross Advised To Take "Lots And Lots Of Security" After Shooting

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Miami rapper Rick Ross was the target of a drive-by shooting Florida on Monday (January 28, 2013), narrowly escaping the attack but not before crashing his car into a nearby apartment block. Detectives are on the hunt for the perpetrator though in the meantime, Ross has been advised to bulk up on security. Though it's entirely possible it was a random attack, there's also the belief that somebody out there wants the rapper dead.

"I think the next step for Ross to take is security. Lots and lots of security," he said. "There is no shame in having security depending on your level of celebrity. Certain artists just can't do things that regular people can do," said Brian B. Dot Miller of RapRadar.com. Hip-hop music has been marred by violence in the past - leading to the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG - and it almost became all too real again on Monday. "I think this is a sad day for hip-hop because a lot of times we all partake in the entertainment of it, without realizing that hip-hop was always built on the foundation of realness and keeping it real," said Kim Osorio, editor in chief of The Source magazine.

Fort Lauderdale police have confirmed that Ross was driving his silver Rolls Royce when the shooting occurred at 5am near the intersection of Southwest 15th Avenue and East Las Olas Boulevard. 

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Rick Ross' Car Shot Up In Drive-By Shooting: Who Was The Gunman?

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Rick Ross' car was shot up in a drive-by shooting in Florida, in the early hours of Monday morning (January 28, 2013), leaving the Miami rapper and a female companion crashing into a nearby apartment building. Ross' silver Rolls Royce was sprayed with bullets in the shooting, which occurred as the rapper was returning from celebrating his 37th birthday.

According to the Daily Mail, neither Ross nor his friend was injured in the shooting, with the rapper staggering from the car once the assailants had taken off. Beth Balk, a waitress at a nearby restaurant, said she was asleep on the couch when she heard the crash, confirming that the intended victim was indeed Rock Ross. The incident occurred at around 5am, with shots fired along Las Olas Boulevard, according to Detective DeAnna Garcia. They were fired from another vehicle that was travelling eastbound on the same road. Neither individual in the Rolls Royce were hit by the gunfire, police confirmed. 

Ross - real name William Roberts - is considered one of the biggest rappers in the world, having seen his records Port of Miami and Trilla top the Billboard charts. He is also known for his several run-ins with the police, and his long-running feud with 50 Cent.

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Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review

Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of dusty old desert songs you could imagine. It's a soundtrack that packs just as many punches as his movie and brands those wincingly visceral scenes into your mind as if it was an 'r' on Jamie Foxx's face.

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From Ennio Morricone to Rick Ross it's a thrilling OST that somehow manages to modernise the western without completely ruining it in the process, I mean perhaps Rick Ross out of context is a little jarring, but John Legend's 'Who Did That to You?' is the smarmy second gun in Foxx's hand after you think he's all out of bullets. It's drawling guitar line wails with a lone gunman swagger as Legend's R&B vocals cry out with an over the top pulp. This more than any other song on the soundtrack encapsulates your thoughts of not what a Tarantino western is, but what it should be. 

It's difficult to pick out tracks here that are better than the rest, they're all good, but this isn't a record in the usual sense, it's a soundtrack, obviously, and therefore it's about the feeling it brings with it and Tarantino's choices of tracks like 'Freedom' ring with the authenticity of classic slavery hymnals. It's a record that feels as sadistic and redemptive as the tale is on screen and it's a testament to these musicians that you don't need to see the film to understand the tale. It's spliced with some of the finest cuts of dialogue and death from the movie which add an extra layer of texture to this inspired collection and mean that you get to hear Christoph Waltz say, 'five thousand dollar n***a, that's practically my middle name' as much as you bloody well please. 

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Quentin Tarantino Opens Up On Original Score For Django Unchained

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Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Django Unchained, which scored well both with the critics and financially on its Christmas day release, features an original composition from Rick Ross and John Legend.

Tarantino is famous for the music in his films, while Django should be no different, this is the first time that he's employed tracks written specifically for his work. "[I've] never really asked an artist to write a composition for any of my movies because I don't know if I'm going to like it, and even if I do like it, I don't know if it will work with one of my films," Tarantino explained to MTV News during a recent press event for the film, "I never wanted to put myself in that embarrassing situation." 

So how did 9-time Grammy award-winning artist John Legend manage to convince the auteur that his tunes were right for the film? He went retro and sent him a cassette tape. Not a cd, USB flash drive, or an email - a cassette tape. "He had heard about the movie," Tarantino explained. "I think he had seen the commercial or something, and he liked the idea of what the movie was about so he wrote a song, not having read the script, he wrote a song that he thought could fit into what he thought I was trying to do and put it on cassette tape. I don't know if I would have actually listened to it if he hadn't have put it on a cassette tape. Well, I might have listened to a CD. If he had sent [a flash drive] to me, that would have sat in my hotel room never to be listened to."

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Frank Ocean's Django Unchained Track Released Via The Singer's Tumblr

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Quentin Tarantino rejecting his song hasn't deterred Frank Ocean from wanting the public to hear it. Currently untitled - but rumoured to be called Wiseman - the track can be found on Ocean's own Tumblr site.

Tarantino, in a statement, explained why he chose not to include the Odd Future star's song in his new movie. "Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way," he explained, "there just wasn't a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that's not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn't want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they'll realize it then." Instead, the film's score will feature new tracks from Rick Ross with the film's star, Jamie Foxx, as well as Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, and legendary composer Ennio Morricone, plus 2Pac and James Brown. Tarantino himself collaborated with musicians on several of the tracks, as well as the film's score.

This isn't the first statement the legendary filmmaker has had to make to appease fans. In response to myriad complaints at the use of the 'N-word', Tarantino said, "I think it's kind of ridiculous (the criticism), because no one can actually say with a straight face that we use the word more than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi. So since they can't say that, what they're basically (saying) is I should lie. I should pretty it up. I should lie, and I don't lie when it comes to my characters and the stories I tell."

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Out Now: US Album Releases, Django Unchained OST Features Rick Ross, Chief Keef Banks On Hip-Hop Heavyweight Support, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Revisited

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A mixed week for US albums releases; old classics given an airing, a major movie soundtrack launched and hip-hop arTIsts new and old having a stab at chart success. Currently, the top of the US album chart is dominated by Taylor Swift, who’s back at the top with Red, Wiz Khalifa, riding high at number two with O.N.F.C. and Rod Stewart’s festive compilation album, Merry Christmas, Baby.

Eric Clapton’s Slowhand gets a 35th anniversary reissue, having been remastered from the original “1/4 tape. There are four album session outtakes, entitled ‘Looking at the Rain,’ ‘Alberta,’ ‘Greyhound Bus,’ and ‘Stars, Strays and Ashtrays.’ A second disc contains a live performance at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, from April 27, 1977.

One for the completists, then – and more a case of Clapton’s record label rubbing their hands in glee at a cash in, than any real significant moment in his career. The re-release of Slowhand has hardly set the music press alight and we probably don’t need to fetch any fire blankets for the albums chart, either.

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‘Rick Ross Threatened’ - Rumours Played Down By Maybach Music Leader

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Was Rick Ross threatened by a Chicago gang? When Rick Ross cancelled the remainder of his tour, rumours started to spread that he’d been threatened by members of the Gangster Disciples. Ross has played down the rumours, but local police in Chicago were not quite so ready to brush the allegations under the carpet – even if they’d not been made by Rick himself.

In an interview with Miami 99’s Jamz, he explained “I canceled the rest of the tour due to the promoter, he wasn't really handlin' his business… Once they began to unravel, I shut it down. Never was it due to any threats. Any dude can stand in a crowd with 30 or 40 dudes and everybody real, everybody trill, everybody 'bout that life, everybody gangsta. But when the choppers come out, everybody fold.” Speaking about himself in the third person, for reasons unknown, Ross also said “Ricky Ross is a boss. You can't cancel a Ricky Ross show without Ricky Ross' permission.”

The Chicago Police Department weren’t so sure that Ross’ bravado wasn’t covering up something more sinister, though. According to Huffington Post, they have “launched an investigation into death threats” made against Ross by the gang. In October, it was reported by the Chicago Tribune that over a quarter of the city’s 400 murders in the last year were carried out by the gang.

Update: Rick Ross Explains Cancelled Tour Dates

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The latest update on the cancelled Rick Ross tour dates – the rapper talked to Felisha Monet on 99Jamz, adamantly denying any claims that he’s fallen victim to gang threats.

Rozzay once again explained that the only reason for the cancelled shows were problems with the promoter. Ross went on to explain that one of the concerts in the second leg of the tour had to get cancelled due to poor organization. Despite his efforts to sort things out from Tucson, where he was at the moment, two more dates had to get cancelled, at which point Ross apparently decided that there was no point in continuing with the tour at all.

He went on to explain that he would love to go to North and South Carolina, as long as everything was handled correctly. The rapper completely opposed any claim that he could be connected with any less-than-legitimate activities and made a point that that he was not at all interested in that, saying that “he could put a thousand gangsters in any hood, but that’s not what he’s here for.”

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I Will Get Back: Rick Ross Cancels The Rest Of His US Tour

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Rapper Rick Ross has called off the rest of his tour of America amidst fears for his own personal safety after a warning video linked to a local gang was posted online.

As first reported in The Charlotte Observer, Ross canceled his shows in Charlotte and Greensboro, North Carolina, this weekend (Dec 8-9) after receiving death threats from the Gangster Disciples gang, seemingly because the rapper had 'dishonoured' gang leader Larry Hoover in his track 'B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)' and scorned their gang symbol by facsimiling the design on his Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape.

Although it was thought that Ross would continue his Maybach Music Tour of the States, which also featured Wale and Meek Mill, he has decided to pack the whole thing in and return home for the meantime. The tour was supposed to last until December 16th, with Nashville, Tennessee the next scheduled drop off.

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Rick Ross Cancels Dates Over Death Threats From Gangster Disciples

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Rick Ross has cancelled two concerts in Greensboro and Charlotte on Friday and Saturday after receiving death threats from a gang named the Gangster Disciples. Meek Mill, Wale and Machine Gun Kelly were also set to perform at the high profile concerts, though a show set for Sunday evening (December 9, 2012) in Nashville remains on schedule.

Local news outlet WCNC say the cancellation relates to threats from the Gangster Disciples gang, who have a beef with Ross. They put out a YouTube video warning the rapper to stay out of Charlotte, with Live Nation complying and offering refunds for the show. Paul Scott, a minister from Durham who is also a hip hop journalist, said, "I think fans should be concerned. I think the parents should be concerned because you never know. Hip hop does not represent the real street. The commercial Hip Hop that Rick Ross promotes represents Wall Street and Wall Street cares nothing about the loss of human life if they can make a dollar." Dean Cole, a friend of Ross and also the Assistant Programming Director for Power 98 Radio, said he didn't believe that fans would have had anything to worry about and that one day Ross and the Disciples would work out their problems. Charlotte-Mecklenburgh Police released a statement on Wednesday (before the cancellation) saying officers would remain vigilant to ensure to utmost safety.

Rick Ross released his latest album God Forgives, I Don't in July 2013, to mostly positive reviews from critics. 

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On The Shelves: US Album Releases, October 30, 2012 - Neil Young, Black Country Communion, Toby Keith, Meek Mill, Rod Stewart, Katherine Jenkins

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It's going to be a tough fight to knock Taylor Swift from the top of this week's chart and looking at this week's major contenders, it seems unlikely that any of them have the commercial punch to do it. As major labels hold some of their big releases back for the Christmas rush, others will be kept back until 2013, so they don't get swamped by a barrage of festive compilations and greatest hits releases.

Neil Young releases his 35th studio album this week. Psychedelic Pill was written and recorded in collaboration with his sometime band, Crazy Horse, marking their first album of original material since Greendale in 2003. As with many of Young's latter-day releases, the quality is less than consistent, though most reviews have erred in favour of the experienced rocker and Metacritic have given it a highly respectable collated score of 82.

Black Country Communion - the super-group featuring Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian release their third album, Afterglow, this week. There have been rumours bounding around that Black Country Communion were on the verge of splitting but, with an album to promote and, that doesn't seem likely just yet. The album's been well received in the world of rock, metal and blues publications; the lure of Bonamassa may well be enough to create some mainstream appeal for Afterglow, as well.

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Rick Ross Approved Meek Mill Cagey About Dreams And Nightmares

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Meek Mill’s picked a tough week to come out with his new LP Dreams And Nightmares, given the huge acclaim that’s being given over to his contemporary Kendrick Lamar for his album good kid, mAAd city, and the Rick Ross approved artist doesn’t look like he’s going to swing much attention over either, given the curt responses he gave to Spin over questions about his new album.

The 25 year-old seemed almost to be wrapped in a vow of silence when questioned about the themes of his album, "I don't know," he replied to a question about how he approaches his album to how he approached his past mixtapes, adding "Both of them are easy." He then commented "It's more personal on my album” though refused to give an example of it on the LP. Hmm.

He has been more vocal however about the leak of Dreams And Nightmares, telling MTV’s RapFix, "I ain't tripping. If people wanna buy your album, they're gonna buy your album whether it's gonna leak or not.” Saying that fans would’ve already made their mind up, he commented "If you were going buy the original, you were always gonna buy the original," and furthering "If you were gonna bootleg it, you were gonna bootleg it — period." It’ll be interesting see who has decided to what, and with the rampant march of Lamar stepping up several notches, he’s really going to need to hope that his fans will be doing the former, if he’s to make much of an impact on the charts.

Attention-Grabbing Performance From Omarion At BET Hip Hop Awards

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Performing alongside the larger than life, beard-faced, tattoo-drenched Rick Ross, Omarion made waves with his performance at the BET Hip Hop Awards.

Male R&B is enjoying a renaissance, with the mercurial talents of Frank Ocean and the re-emergence of Usher of late, and Omarion’s performance has well and truly proved that he’s another one to be taken seriously. Bounding on stage, dressed solely in white, he accompanied Maybach Music boss, Rick Ross, who had just spat out a topless rendition of Hold Me Back. The pair sang Ice Cold together to a rapturous response from the audience, who were all mouthing proudly along to the frenetic show. Omarion, aka Maybach O, is working on his MMG debut. It has been a busy 24 hours for Ross as last night (October, 9) he dropped his most recent mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah, followed by the official video for Diced Pineapples.

All this talk of performances, brawls and trouble backstage, and one might be forgiven for forgetting that the BET Hip Hop Awards are exactly that: an awards show. And in that vein, it’s pertinent to mention Kanye West, who cleaned up. He grabbed Producer of the Year, the Made You Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style) and the Perfect Combo Award for "Mercy," along with his G.O.O.D. Music crew. The multiplatinum hit maker took home another three awards for his work with Jay Z as part of the Throne, bringing his total to six.

BET Awards Backstage Brawls- Gunplay Speaks About Rumors

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While there have been wide reports of the brawl between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, the scuffle between 50 Cent's entourage and Gunplay had been largely ignored. Now, Gunplay has spoken out to on radio in a comedic explanation of the events, referring to all partipants as 'donkeys'. HipHopDX reports that he said:

"So the donkey walks with eight other donkeys. I see him, I was getting ready to go catch my ride... I turn around and see the donkey with eight more donkeys and it was either me jump the barrier and run or stand, pull up my pants and knuckle it out with the donkey... He walks up to me with about eight donkeys and he nodded to one of the donkeys set it off and we rumbled."

Clinton Yates, in the Washington Post, made an apt comparison between the contemporary world of rap with wrestling. He said "More than ever, the game has become more about viral popularity, perceived image and one's ability to pack shows. While I genuinely think the music coming out of the speakers is as good as ever, the sideshows are reminiscent of the theatrics of [WWE]"

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BET Awards Brawl: Gunplay Denies Gunplay

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Gunplay has denied any shots being fired during the BET Awards brawl between him and 50 Cent’s security guards, reports MTV. Another scuffle broke out when Rick Ross and Young Jeezy clashed backstage in what turned out to be a bad night for the Stop the Violence Movement

"I don't know nothing about no shots fired, I'm a be totally honest with you, but all I know, I had to fight off five dudes," the MMG rapper explained in an interview with TMZ. "I never liked [50], I've always wanted to kick his ass. I finally got the opportunity to get close to him, he was hiding behind all his security. I couldn't get to him." Gunplay was pepper sprayed and left the awards in cuffs with the Atlanta cops. Though he lost his diamond studded MMG chain, Gunplay did not suffer any injuries, and was not charged. "If you're playin' with me, you're playin' with fire. Might get gunned down, ya never know," he added, which has done little to dispel the rumours of gunshots.

Gunplay was too busy scrapping with “refrigerators” as he referred to some of the guys involved, so he missed the fisticuffs between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy, which occurred backstage. "I ain't get to see what happened. Ross and them walked up ahead of me and security was still patting me down," he said. "By the time I got there, I seen a melee." BET have issued a statement addressing the conflict, calling it "unfortunate."

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Review

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Z Channel was one of the first pay cable stations ever. It's "magnificent obsession" was movies, as Z Channel became known for being the definitive place to go for those obsessed with film -- snobs, cineastes, and plain old cinema junkies.

And then its programming chief killed his wife and himself.

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Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Movie Review

Z Channel was one of the first pay cable stations ever. It's "magnificent obsession" was...