It may be Beck‘s February release, Morning Phase, that’s been on everyone’s mind, but a recent story by TMZ is stirring up a new kind of buzz around Beck. TMZ is reporting that Beck is being sued for alleged damage and unauthorized changes to a mansion rented from Inglourious Basterds cast member, Til Schweiger from 2010-2013. The alleged damages include “substantial physical damage” which is said to total over $40,000. Schweiger, who played Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film and will appear in the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted, is suing Beck for damage repairs, along with unpaid back rent, for a total of $56,704.24. Beck states that the mansion already had problems when he moved in, from mold to electrical issues, and is suing Schweiger for an $11,000 security deposit.
Maybach Music Group member Gunplay has been having a rough couple of weeks. First the ascendant rap star was involved in a dust up with some of 50 Cent’s entourage at the taping of the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Unpleasant as that may have been, the legal imbroglio that Gunplay finds himself currently involved in probably tops that. Gunplay, born Richard Morales Jr., turned himself in to Miami authorities on October 11th for robbery, aggravated assault, and assault with a deadly weapons charges.
The warrant for Gunplay’s arrest stems from an incident last April involving an accountant, a pistol, and a man that looks a lot like Gunplay. TMZ got their hands on damning footage of the whole episode over the weekend which you can watch after the jump.
In possibly the most pleasant exchange that has ever resulted from TMZ accosting a celebrity on the street, former Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford has shyly hinted at a possible new album from the funk metal pioneers. When asked if the defunct group were working on a new album, Commerford quietly answered, “Maybe¦maybe.” Since the band’s breakup twelve years ago, vocalist Zack de la Rocha has worked on a string of collaborations with various artists, while the remaining three Rage members “ Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk “ formed Audioslave with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell. Though Rage have performed several festival dates since their official breakup, there has been no substantial news about a new album yet. The vague TMZ interview with Commerford provides the most information that fans will get about a new album thus far. That, and his apparent appreciation for Gucci Mane’s facial tattoos and his penchant for “removing teeth” as a fashion statement.
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Green Day have released another new music video. This one is for their explicit single “Kill The DJ” off their upcoming album ¡Uno!, the first of three albums to come within the next five months (the others respectively titled ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!). The video features all three band members riding motorcycles in the desert and then walking apathetically through a dance club, never breaking character. There’s also a pretty brutal cat fight, which ends with everyone at the club covered in either blood or chocolate syrup. It’s hard to tell. Anyway, tell nearby children to put on their earmuffs, and enjoy!
UPDATE: On that note, Billie Joe Armstrong has lost his voice. According to TMZ, Green Day’s singer was recently rushed to the hospital for a medical problem regarding his throat and/or vocal chords. Because of his condition, the band had to cancel their show in Italy and possibly more, depending on his recovery. Perhaps someone heard their message wrong and tried to kill the Green Day. Zing.
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The gloriously eccentric R&B singer recently let it slip to TMZ that he has committed an additional 32 chapters of his song/video series Trapped In The Closet to paper and is currently looking for investors to fund the project. The singer originally dropped hints back in March that he wasn’t done with his “hip hopera.”
It cost a lot of money to do it, so I’m looking for investors, R. Kelly said in his chat with TMZ. 32 more chapters, you guys have to find out what the package is, referring to the mysterious “package” which became the focal point of the series near the tail end of its initial run. The addition of thirty-two new chapters would bring Trapped In The Closet, our generation’s Iliad, to a staggering 54 installments in length.
R. Kelly has been on a bit of a winning streak as of late. His autobiography Soulacoaster recently received the dramatic reading treatment from The Dark Knight Rises star Gary Oldman. Kelly is still killing it on the commercial front as well; his most recent album, Write Me Back, debuted at #5 on Billboard this past June.
You can actually watch the first 22 chapters of “Trapped In The Closet” on R. Kelly’s Vevo account right now. Just tell your boss that work can wait, they’ll understand that this is more important.
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In late July, reports started coming in that rapper Soulja Boy dropped a whopping $35 million on his own private jet. What’s more, the young rapper was to trick out his new whip with an additional $20 million, tricking out the G5 with 4 liquor bars, Italian leather seating and flat screens up the wazoo. As it turns out however, the veracity of the story started to be called into question shortly afterwards and was debunked early last week by one of Soulja’s reps.
There’s a couple of reasons why we should’ve seen this one coming: for one, the concept of Soulja Boy having $55 million to drop on anything in 2011 is a little surprising (in fact, while Soulja’s spokesperson confirmed that the story was untrue, Soulja himself was slapped with a lein for taxes owed to the IRS). Also, the story was originally reported in gossip blog TMZ, and though it sounds like they had the wool pulled over their eyes as well, shame on everybody for jumping on what now appears to be an elaborate publicity stunt.
However, this whole story got us thinking about some of our other favorite hip hop artists and the money they’ve dropped in the name of a lavish lifestyle. Opulence, extravagance and luxury is the name of the game”from the hood to hood rich to just plain rich. And many of our favorites fit this description to a T.
One of those top earners, Bryan Williams aka Birdman, has certainly earned his wealth; built less on album sales and more on his position at Cash Money Records and his tenacity and success as an entrepreneur. He’s worked hard so he probably felt like getting something nice for himself as a gift. Last August, Birdman bought himself a $1.5 million dollar diamond encrusted, 900 karat watch. A $1.5 million dollar watch might seem a little much but bear in mind that there’s only two of this watch in the world. The other owner? Elton John. Check out the video after the jump for a quick peek into William’s swagged out trailer and the watch in question.