Top Hip-Hop Headlines Of The Week, 5/20 – 5/26
Is Tim Dog dead or alive? This question has been on the minds of many who were once associated with the "F*ck Compton" rapper. There’s no record of him at the Atlanta’s coroner’s office, but he still has an active P.O. Box address and now a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Noisey’s Drew Millard went into in-depth detail to find the origins of Tim Dog’s controversy and whereabouts, but the mystery has yet to be solved.
But this wasn’t the only thing making headlines. Apparently, Katy Perry and Chief Keef had a little Twitter feud. Plus, Birdman makes another major move by signing Paris Hilton to Cash Money. To top it all off, we gave Trinidad Jame$ a smart interview in response to A-Trak’s ‘License To Pill’ blog post in the Huffington Post. Here is this week’s top headlines in hip-hop.
1. Arrest Warrant Issued For Reportedly Deceased Rapper Tim Dog
The victim of Tim Dog’s 2011 fictitious business deal Ester Pilgrim alleged that the rapper faked his death to avoid his court ordered payments. Now, after investigators were unable to find death certificates for the rapper, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for the rapper.
2. Action Bronson, Travi$ Scott And Other Guests Command XXL Freshman Show In New York
Angel Haze and Ab-Soul were unable to attend the show, but the other eight MCs—Action Bronson, Dizzy Wright, Kirko Bangz, Trinidad Jame$, Logic, Joey Bada$$, Travi$ Scott and ScHoolboy Q—put forth strong performances with authority.
3. Scott Leemon Reveals New Details On Chris Lighty’s Death
Back in September 2012, Leemon launched an independent investigation with P.I. Les Levine to examine the circumstances surrounding Lighty’s death. In an update on their findings, Leemon states that many questions are still left unanswered.
4. Paris Hilton Signs To Cash Money Records
The Bling Ring star says she is working on her sophomore album. It is set to feature hip-hop acts such as Lil Wayne and Afrojack will be producing the project. Hilton hopes the album comes out in the summer. “This is a lot different than my first album. It’s really going to be house music.”
5. New York Jets QB Geno Smith Joins Roc Nation Sports
FOX News reports that Geno Smith—a rookie quarterback for the New York Jets—has joined Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management firm. The move will also bring Kimberly Male under the Roc Nation Sports umbrella as Smith’s contract.
6. Trinidad Jame$ Admits “Doing Drugs Is Not Right”
Earlier this week, DJ A-Trak—Kanye’s former tour DJ and founder of Fool’s Gold Records (home to hip-hop acts like Danny Brown and GrandeMarshall)—published a story on Huffington Post about hip-hop’s infatuation with drugs. In calling him out, A-Trak mentioned that Trinidad would be a good jumping-off point in any ensuing discussion, literally writing, “I even think the pill popping Trinidad James himself deserves a smart interview… He probably has more insight than we think.”
7. Chief Keef And Katy Perry Hug It Out On Twitter
Sosa had some choice words for Perry, who had voiced some displeasure days earlier about the content of Keef’s single “Hate Being Sober”. Perry must’ve caught wind of Keef’s vulgar response, because she took to her Twitter last night to extend an olive branch, even adding that she’s a fan of “I Don’t Like.” And with that, all was forgiven.
8. Division II College Hoops Standout Arrested For The Murder Of Lil Phat
Another man has been arrested in connection with the 2012 murder of rapper Lil Phat. Decensae White, 25, the leading scorer on San Francisco State University’s basketball team this past season, has been extradited from San Mateo County, CA to Atlanta, GA to respond to charges associated with the slaying.