Last night, Rihanna’s ”Diamonds” world tour hit Atlanta. So of course, afterward she hit the strip club, in this it was ATL mainstay Magic City. Rih Rih entered the establishment with Def Jam exec Bu Thiam. That would be the Akon looking dude next to her who is actually Akon’s younger brother. Also on hand, since this was “The A,” were T.I. and his wife Tiny as well as Grand Hustle artist B.o.B.
A year ago this month, Joie Manda was appointed Def Jam President. But today, he announced his resignation and new position as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records. No word as to his successor, but in statement he said the following.
“Despite having to move back to Los Angeles for personal reasons, I am truly grateful to Barry, John and Jimmy Iovine (Chairman & CEO, Interscope Geffen A&M) for this exciting new opportunity. I’ve learned a lot from Barry in the last year and am very appreciative of everything he has done for me. I am now looking forward to being part of the Interscope family, a company uniquely positioned for success despite this challenging marketplace.”
Young Jeezy is responding to allegations that he owes his former friend $5 million, by disputing the claim. Ellerbee Demetrius filed a lawsuit against Jeezy last year, claiming that he is owed back pay from a minimum of four of his albums. Demetrius (who also goes by “Kinky B”) asserts that he deserves pay for projects including 2006′s The Inspiration, and The Recession, released in 2008. Stating that he’s been friends with the Atlanta native since 1995, after meeting at boot camp. The duo started a two record companies together, dropped mixtapes, and worked to build Jeezy’s career. After signing to Def Jam, Demtetrius says that he was still involved in Jeezy’s recording process, executive producing the albums. Unfortunately for Demetrius, Jeezy says he’s lying. The 35-year-old filed legal documents denying that they founded any companies together, never entered into any business agreements with him, and therefore owes him nothing. Of course Jeezy isn’t the only person to be sued by a “former friend,” but time will tell what will happen here. The case is still pending.
Gunplay has apparently been doing a lot of learning as of late. The Maybach Music Group emcee, who was released from house arrest recently, spoke about new perspective in an interview with XXL. ”The industry is so made-up and smoke-and-mirrors,” explained the Def Jam rapper when asked about lessons learned from being signed to a major label. “You just have to be yourself and let them know that you’re not perfect. Because a lot of people aren’t perfect; nobody’s perfect.” ”Niggas fart and shit. [Laughs] I’m that voice–that’s me right there,” he added. “I’ll let the perfect people do what they do. They’re good at it. They’re good at being perfect, they’re good at having their life look spotless to the media. I don’t have that luxury or luck.” Gunplay also discussed advice from his boss, Rick Ross, regarding his house arrest. “‘Man fuck all these n*ggas, man. Fuck ‘em. Get your shit, man. Fuck everybody. Don’t love none of these niggas–do you with a cold heart.’ That was his advice.”
Russell Simmons and his brother, Reverend Run, are likely facing legal action. Lawyers for Rasheed Young, president of Run Athletics, sent the brothers a letter in November accusing them of funneling millions in revenue from their Pastry brand of footwear into a company Young had no part in, reportsTMZ. Young claims that Rush and Run have stolen tens of millions, and that the duo hasn’t responded at all to Young’s letter or demands. Young demands changes in the company’s structure and his share of the shoe profits, or he says he will sue.