Jay-Z and Beyoncé Named World’s Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple by Forbes

Power couple indeed.

Forbes has named Jay-Z and Beyoncé the world’s highest paid celebrity couple of 2012 after they grossed a combined $78 million last year. B earned $40 million, while Hov tallied $38 million, largely in part to the Watch the Throne album and tour he did with Kanye West, in addition to all his business ventures.

In being named the highest paid celeb couple, Jigga and B took the title from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who were the top-grossing celebrity couple last year. They came close to repeating as Forbes top couple after taking home $72 million, just six million less than the music power couple.

Soccer superstar and global icon David Beckham and wife Posh Spice Victoria Beckham grossed a combined $54 million to come in at No. 3, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pocketed a combined $45 mil for the fourth spot. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were ranked fifth for the $40 million they earned.—Jakinder Singh

  • Me

    So what Jay did in 17 years…Drake did in 4. Regardless of what you think of dude, that’s fucking impressive. He is the obvious front runner of this generation of Hip Hop.

    • BobbyLoveless

      Its called the Internet.

  • JaySanon

    XXL STOP USING THE SAME PICTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • success05

    the last real pioneers of hip hop all that other pop rap bull ish is for the birds lets bring some real hip hop back and stop playing all singing crap non rappin skill ish word up and thats comming from a true hip hop fan peace…

  • http://jglimited.com JP

    …and Zimbabwe has more millionaires. Substance is what truly matters. Drake is ill though, but Jay has more timeless records.

  • Richie Rolex

    Honestly you have to support Beans because he is a real dude. I believe every word in this story. Beans is absolutely right Hip Hop has no substance and that is because the A&R’s and Music Supervisors killed it wanting that same old glamorous music. The economy has changed people can’t relate to poppin bottles no more. Check out the New Single “Occupy Wall Street” by Richie Rolex, for that is Music with SUBSTANCE.

  • Richie Rolex

    I respect Beans for the legitimacy of his lyrics. As far as Jay-Z goes I mean the proof is there that he just writes rhymes that will sell records, and there is very little truth in them. Hip Hop has a lot of false profits that the Music Industry has created. 99% percent of rappers have not done what their songs depict. Record Labels control what type of Music the airwaves ride on. The truth would hurt their business. Jay-Z’s style of Music helps because it makes things look good in society. Not!!!!

  • Stop It

    *yawn* at Beanie aka Mac

    *yawn* at Drake’s accomplishment when it not only was Jay he passed it was also Wayne, Em, Nas, etc. Jay didn’t put out as many radio singles as Drake so it was bound to happen. No comparison and no accomplishment. He’s still Drake compare to who Jay is and will never be considered a great or the frontrunner for any generation when the Greats are still rapping 20 years later.

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    I respect Beans for the legitimacy of his lyrics. As far as Jay-Z goes I mean the proof is there that he just writes rhymes that will sell records, and there is very little truth in them. Hip Hop has a lot of false profits that the Music Industry has created. 99% percent of rappers have not done what their songs depict. Record Labels control what type of Music the airwaves ride on. The truth would hurt their business. Jay-Z’s style of Music helps

  • ritchie rolex

    Forbes has named Jay-Z and Beyoncé the world’s highest paid celebrity couple of 2012 after they grossed a combined $78 million last year. B earned $40 million, while Hov tallied $38 million, largely in part to the Watch the Throne album and tour he did with Kanye West, in addition to all his business ventures.

    In being named the highest paid celeb couple, Jigga and B took the title from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who were the top-grossing celebrity couple last year. They came close to repeating as Forbes top couple after taking home $72 million, just six million less than the music power couple.

    Soccer superstar and global icon David Beckham and wife Posh Spice Victoria Beckham grossed a combined $54 million to come in at No. 3, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pocketed a combined $45 mil for the fourth spot. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were ranked fifth for the $40 million they earned.—Jakinder Singh

  • ritchie rolex

    Young Money is looking to have a busy schedule on their hands this year.
    .
    During an interview with Rap-Up, Mack Maine spoke about the label’s upcoming releases, notably Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. For Wayne’s release, he described it as “Wayne being Wayne” and confirms he is in a different mindset than before.

    “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”

    The YMCMB president also touched on another compilation from the label should be releasing soon. Before that, we can expect Drizzy’s project to drop sometime in the summer. Mack says he has heard a few tracks and says he is like 10 songs in.

    “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.” He said.
    Watch the rest of the interview below that reveals why Weezy decided to work with Kanye West’s DONDA company for the cover.

  • ritchie rolex

    Young Money is looking to have a busy schedule on their hands this year.
    .
    During an interview with Rap-Up, Mack Maine spoke about the label’s upcoming releases, notably Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. For Wayne’s release, he described it as “Wayne being Wayne” and confirms he is in a different mindset than before.

    “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”

    The YMCMB president also touched on another compilation from the label should be releasing soon. Before that, we can expect Drizzy’s project to drop sometime in the summer. Mack says he has heard a few tracks and says he is like 10 songs in.

    “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.” He said.
    Watch the rest of the interview below that reveals why Weezy decided to work with Kanye West’s DONDA

  • ritchie rolex

    Plenty of fans were eager to take a trip to the sky this past week with B.o.B, as the rapper’s sophomore album, Strange Clouds, moved just over 76,300 copies in its first week. The only other rap acts in the top 25 of the Billboard 200 were Nicki Minaj, in her fifth week, and Beastie Boys, who moved thousands of units, following the death of group member Adam “MCA” Yauch this past Friday (May 4).

    Minaj’s sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, dropped out of the top 10 for the first time since it dropped on April 3, moving 20,500 units this week to hit No. 17, which brings the femcee’s total to 435,900 to date. She seems on pace to hit gold certification by the end of the month.

    Following the untimely death of Adam “MCA” Yauch last week, a number of Beastie Boys releases jumped back onto the charts this past week. The New York City trio’s classic debut, Licensed To Ill, first released in 1986, jumped to No. 18, selling 19,100 discs more than a quarter century after its initial release. That was just one of seven Beastie Boys albums that landed within the top 200 this week. Solid Gold Hits, their greatest hits collection from 2005, moved just under 8,000, to land at No. 51; their 1989 sophomore album, Paul’s Boutique, hit No. 56, with sales of 7,700; Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2 and Ill Communication sold just over 4,000 each, to reemerge at No. 107 and 109, respectively; at No. 124, Check Your Head sold 3,700; and Anthology: Sound Of Science moved 3,300 units to come in at No. 141.

    Of more current releases, the only other top 50 placements were Drake’s Take Care and Future’s Pluto, which each moved roughly 11,600 to land at No. 33 and 34, respectively.

    With no major releases yesterday, look for similar names to occupy the charts next week. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)

  • ritchie rolex

    People are always asking why we’ve never put on the XXL Awards. Our competitors have held their award shows through the years, but XXL is usually pretty laid back and low-key, so we never really entertained the idea of doing our own.

    Things felt different at the end of last year, though. We knew we weren’t ready to host a big event, but we wanted to give out some trophies and honor those who did it big in hip-hop in 2012. And we needed to include the public in the selection of the winners so we had heads vote for the five biggest categories online. All other trophy-grabbers were picked by the XXL staff, as were all the nominees.

    We’ll even have acceptance speeches from some of the winners when they receive their trophies so stay tuned to XXL on Twitter for updates.

    Without further ado, the winners of the first-ever XXL Awards…

  • ritchie rolex

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    During an interview with Rap-Up, Mack Maine spoke about the label’s upcoming releases, notably Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. For Wayne’s release, he described it as “Wayne being Wayne” and confirms he is in a different mindset than before.

    “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”

    The YMCMB president also touched on another compilation from the label should be releasing soon. Before that, we can expect Drizzy’s project to drop sometime in the summer. Mack says he has heard a few tracks and says he is like 10 songs in.

    “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.” He said.
    Watch the rest of the interview below that reveals why Weezy decided to work with Kanye West’s DONDA company for the cover.

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    Off his recent press run for his album No Love Lost, Joe Budden stopped by Funkmaster Flex last night. During their interview, Budden decides to rap a solid verse over Clipse’s “Grindin.” Some hip-hop heads might be mad at him for reading off his iPhone, but he still did the beat justice. Watch it above.

    Side note: It seems Flex wants to stay “digital” by dropping a mixtape tentatively titled Funk Flex: Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself? That’s quite a title.

    [via RapRadar]

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    Young Money is looking to have a busy schedule on their hands this year.
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    During an interview with Rap-Up, Mack Maine spoke about the label’s upcoming releases, notably Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. For Wayne’s release, he described it as “Wayne being Wayne” and confirms he is in a different mindset than before.

    “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”

    The YMCMB president also touched on another compilation from the label should be releasing soon. Before that, we can expect Drizzy’s project to drop sometime in the summer. Mack says he has heard a few tracks and says he is like 10 songs in.

    “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.” He said.
    Watch the rest of the interview below that reveals why Weezy decided to work with Kanye West’s DONDA

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    Young Money is looking to have a busy schedule on their hands this year.
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    During an interview with Rap-Up, Mack Maine spoke about the label’s upcoming releases, notably Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and Drake’s Nothing Was the Same. For Wayne’s release, he described it as “Wayne being Wayne” and confirms he is in a different mindset than before.

    “When he does the I Am Not a Human Being, he actually taps into a different part of his brain where he just talks out of his mind and out of this world. So just expect him being Wayne, but more edgy, saying what he wants, a lot of fun, you know, a lot of high energy.”

    The YMCMB president also touched on another compilation from the label should be releasing soon. Before that, we can expect Drizzy’s project to drop sometime in the summer. Mack says he has heard a few tracks and says he is like 10 songs in.

    “Knowing him, that’s only like 4 songs, he probably won’t keep 6 of them. He’s a perfectionist though.” He said.
    Watch the rest of the interview below that reveals why Weezy decided to work with Kanye West’s DONDA company for the cover.

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    Forbes has named Jay-Z and Beyoncé the world’s highest paid celebrity couple of 2012 after they grossed a combined $78 million last year. B earned $40 million, while Hov tallied $38 million, largely in part to the Watch the Throne album and tour he did with Kanye West, in addition to all his business ventures.

    In being named the highest paid celeb couple, Jigga and B took the title from New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen, who were the top-grossing celebrity couple last year. They came close to repeating as Forbes top couple after taking home $72 million, just six million less than the music power couple.

    Soccer superstar and global icon David Beckham and wife Posh Spice Victoria Beckham grossed a combined $54 million to come in at No. 3, while Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pocketed a combined $45 mil for the fourth spot. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were ranked fifth for the $40 million they earned.—Jakinder Singh

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    I respect Beans for the legitimacy of his lyrics. As far as Jay-Z goes I mean the proof is there that he just writes rhymes that will sell records, and there is very little truth in them. Hip Hop has a lot of false profits that the Music Industry has created. 99% percent of rappers have not done what their songs depict. Record Labels control what type of Music the airwaves ride on. The truth would hurt their business. Jay-Z’s style of Music helps

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    *yawn* at Beanie aka Mac

    *yawn* at Drake’s accomplishment when it not only was Jay he passed it was also Wayne, Em, Nas, etc. Jay didn’t put out as many radio singles as Drake so it was bound to happen. No comparison and no accomplishment. He’s still Drake compare to who Jay is and will never be considered a great or the frontrunner for any generation when the Greats are still rapping 20 years later.

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    I respect Beans for the legitimacy of his lyrics. As far as Jay-Z goes I mean the proof is there that he just writes rhymes that will sell records, and there is very little truth in them. Hip Hop has a lot of false profits that the Music Industry has created. 99% percent of rappers have not done what their songs depict. Record Labels control what type of Music the airwaves ride on. The truth would hurt their business. Jay-Z’s style of Music helps because it makes things look good in society. Not!!!!

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    Honestly you have to support Beans because he is a real dude. I believe every word in this story. Beans is absolutely right Hip Hop has no substance and that is because the A&R’s and Music Supervisors killed it wanting that same old glamorous music. The economy has changed people can’t relate to poppin bottles no more. Check out the New Single “Occupy Wall Street” by Richie Rolex, for that is Music with SUBSTANCE.

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    Wallace’s murder remains unsolved and there are many theories regarding the identities and motives of the murderers. Immediately after the shooting, reports surfaced linking the Shakur and Wallace murders, because of the similarities in the drive-by shootings.[43]

    In 2002, Randall Sullivan released LAbyrinth, a book compiling information regarding the murders of Wallace and Shakur based on evidence provided by retired LAPD detective, Russell Poole.[12][44] Sullivan accused Marion “Suge” Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records and an alleged Bloods affiliate, of conspiring with David Mack, an LAPD officer and alleged Death Row security employee, to kill Wallace and make Shakur and his death appear the result of a fictitious bi-coastal rap rivalry.[45][46] Sullivan believed that one of Mack’s associates, Amir Muhammad (also known as Harry Billups), was the hitman based on evidence provided by an informant, and due to his close resemblance to the facial composite.[45][46] Filmmaker Nick Broomfield released an investigative documentary, Biggie & Tupac, based mainly on the evidence used in the book.[44]

    An article published in Rolling Stone by Sullivan in December 2005 accused the LAPD of not fully investigating links with Death Row Records based on Poole’s evidence. Sullivan claimed that Sean Combs “failed to fully cooperate with the investigation” and according to Poole, encouraged Bad Boy staff to do the same.[12] The accuracy of the article was later refuted in a letter by the Assistant Managing Editor of the LA Times accusing Sullivan of using “shoddy tactics.” Sullivan, in response, quoted the lead attorney of the Wallace estate calling the newspaper “a co-conspirator in the cover-up.”[47]

    The criminal investigation was re-opened in July 2006 in the hopes that new evidence might help the City defend the civil lawsuits brought by the Wallace family.[48][49]

    In January 2011, the case was reinvigorated as a result of new information reported by Anderson Cooper’s AC360 “Cold Case” show and blog[50] that it was being re-investigated by a law enforcement task force composed of the LAPD, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office, and the FBI.[51] In April, the FBI released redacted documents about their investigation into the shooting, revealing that the bullets were 9mm Gecko ammunition manufactured in Germany and rarely found in the US. The documents reported that LAPD officers monitoring the party Wallace was attending were also employed as security personnel for Knight, and speculated that the Genovese crime family was withholding evidence about Wallace’s death.[52]

    Retired LAPD detective Greg Kading, who worked on the Biggie Smalls murder case for three years, alleges that the rapper was shot by Wardell Fouse (a.k.a Darnell Bolton and “Poochie”), an associate of Suge Knight, who was later killed in July 2003 after being shot in the back while riding his motorcycle. Kading believes Knight hired Poochie via his girlfriend “Theresa Swann” to kill Biggie to avenge the death of Tupac[53], whom Kading alleges was killed under the orders of Sean Combs.[54]

    In December 2012, the LAPD released the autopsy conducted on Biggie, hoping it would uncover more leads. This move was criticized by the long-time lawyer of his estate, Perry Sanders Jr.[55] Following this, the LAPD apologized to the family of Biggie for the “premature release of the documents due to an administrative error.”[56]

    Lawsuits

    Wrongful death claim

    In March 2005, the relatives of Wallace filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Los Angeles based on the evidence championed by Russell Poole.[46] They claimed the LAPD had sufficient evidence to arrest the assailant, but failed to use it. David Mack and Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. Harry Billups) were originally named as defendants in the civil suit, but were dropped shortly before the trial began after the LAPD and FBI dismissed them as suspects.[46]

    The case came for trial before a jury on June 21, 2005. Several days into the trial, the plaintiffs’ attorney disclosed to the Court and opposing counsel that he had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be a LAPD officer and provided detailed information about the existence of evidence concerning the Wallace murder. The court directed the city to conduct a thorough investigation, which uncovered previously undisclosed evidence, much of which was in the desk or cabinet of Det. Steven Katz, the lead detective in the Wallace murder investigation. The documents centered around interviews by numerous police officers of an incarcerated informant, who had been Rafael Perez’s cellmate for some extended period of time. He reported that Perez had told him about his and Mack’s involvement with Death Row Records and their activities at the Peterson Automotive Museum the night of Wallace’s murder. As a result of the newly discovered evidence, the judge declared a mistrial and awarded the Wallace family its attorneys’ fees.[57]

    On April 16, 2007, relatives of Wallace filed a second wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. The suit also named two LAPD officers in the center of the investigation into the Rampart scandal, Rafael Perez and Nino Durden. According to the claim, Perez, an alleged affiliate of Death Row Records, admitted to LAPD officials that he and Mack (who was not named in the lawsuit) “conspired to murder, and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace”. The Wallace family said the LAPD “consciously concealed Rafael Perez’s involvement in the murder of … Wallace”.[58]

    United States District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted summary judgment to the city of Los Angeles on December 17, 2007, finding that the Wallace family had not complied with a California law that required the family to give notice of its claim to the State within six months of Wallace’s death.[59] The Wallace family refiled the suit, dropping the state law claims on May 27, 2008.[60] The city never answered the amended complaint, and with the agreement of both sides, the suit was voluntarily dismissed on April 5, 2010 without prejudice.[61]

    Defamation

    On January 19, 2007, Tyruss Himes (better known as Big Syke), a friend of Shakur who was implicated in the murder by television channel KTTV and XXL magazine in 2005, had a defamation lawsuit regarding the accusations thrown out of court.[62]

    Posthumous career

    Sixteen days after his death, Wallace’s double-disc second album was released as planned with the shortened title of Life After Death and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, after making a premature appearance at No. 176 due to street-date violations. The record album featured a much wider range of guests and producers than its predecessor.[63] It gained strong reviews and in 2000 was certified Diamond, the highest RIAA certification awarded to a solo hip hop album.

    Its lead single, “Hypnotize”, was the last music video recording in which Wallace would participate. His biggest chart success was with its follow-up “Mo Money Mo Problems”, featuring Sean Combs (under the rap alias “Puff Daddy”) and Mase. Both singles reached No. 1 in the Hot 100, making Wallace the first artist to achieve this feat posthumously.[3] The third single, “Sky’s The Limit”, featuring the band 112, was noted for its use of children in the music video, directed by Spike Jonze, who were used to portray Wallace and his contemporaries, including Sean Combs, Lil’ Kim, and Busta Rhymes. Wallace was named Artist of the Year and “Hypnotize” Single of the Year by Spin magazine in December 1997.[64]

    In mid-1997, Combs released his debut album, No Way Out, which featured Wallace on five songs, notably on the third single “Victory”. The most prominent single from the record album was “I’ll Be Missing You”, featuring Combs, Faith Evans and 112, which was dedicated to Wallace’s memory. At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Life After Death and its first two singles received nominations in the rap category. The album award was won by Combs’ No Way Out and “I’ll Be Missing You” won the award in the category of Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group in which “Mo Money Mo Problems” was nominated.[65]

    Wallace had founded a hip hop supergroup called The Commission, which consisted of Jay-Z, Lil’ Cease, Combs, Charli Baltimore and himself. The Commission was mentioned by Wallace in the lyrics of “What’s Beef” on Life After Death and “Victory” from No Way Out but never completed an album. A song on Duets: The Final Chapter titled “Whatchu Want (The Commission)” featuring Jay-Z was based on the group.

    In December 1999, Bad Boy released Born Again. The album consisted of previously unreleased material mixed with guest appearances including many artists Wallace had never collaborated with in his lifetime. It gained some positive reviews but received criticism for its unlikely pairings; The Source describing it as “compiling some of the most awkward collaborations of his career”.[66] Nevertheless, the album sold 3 million copies. Wallace appeared on Michael Jackson’s 2001 album, Invincible. Over the course of time, his vocals were heard on hit songs such as “Foolish” by Ashanti and “Realest Niggas” in 2002, and the song “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” with Shakur the following year. In 2005, Duets: The Final Chapter continued the pattern started on Born Again, criticized for the lack of significant vocals by Wallace on some of its songs.[67][68] Its lead single “Nasty Girl” became Wallace’s first UK No. 1 single. Combs and Voletta Wallace have stated the album will be the last release primarily featuring new material.[69]

    Legacy

    Wallace is considered one of the best rap artists, described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop”.[3] The Source named Wallace the greatest rapper of all time in 2001.[70] In 2003, when XXL magazine asked several hip hop artists to list their five favorite MCs, Wallace’s name appeared on more rappers’ lists than anyone else. In 2006, he was ranked at No. 3 in MTV’s The Greatest MC’s of All Time.[6]

    Since his death, Wallace’s lyrics have been sampled and quoted by a variety of hip hop, R&B and pop artists including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Nelly, Ja Rule, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Game, Clinton Sparks, Michael Jackson and Usher. On August 28, 2005, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Sean Combs (then using the rap alias “P. Diddy”) and Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Wallace: an orchestra played while the vocals from “Juicy” and “Warning” played on the arena speakers.[71] In September 2005, VH1 held its second annual “Hip Hop Honors”, with a tribute to Wallace headlining the show.[72]

    Wallace had begun to promote a clothing line called Brooklyn Mint, which was to produce plus-sized clothing but fell dormant after he died. In 2004, his managers, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, launched the clothing line, with help from Jay-Z, selling T-shirts with images of Wallace on them. A portion of the proceeds go to the Christopher Wallace Foundation and to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.[73] In 2005, Voletta Wallace hired branding and licensing agency Wicked Cow Entertainment to guide the estate’s licensing efforts.[74] Wallace-branded products on the market include action figures, blankets, and cell phone content.[75]

    The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation holds an annual black-tie dinner (“B.I.G. Night Out”) to raise funds for children’s school equipment and supplies and to honor the memory of the late rapper. For this particular event, because it is a children’s schools’ charity, “B.I.G.” is also said to stand for “Books Instead of Guns”.[

  • stevieg

    In March 2005, the relatives of Wallace filed a wrongful death claim against the city of Los Angeles based on the evidence championed by Russell Poole.[46] They claimed the LAPD had sufficient evidence to arrest the assailant, but failed to use it. David Mack and Amir Muhammad (a.k.a. Harry Billups) were originally named as defendants in the civil suit, but were dropped shortly before the trial began after the LAPD and FBI dismissed them as suspects.[46]

    The case came for trial before a jury on June 21, 2005. Several days into the trial, the plaintiffs’ attorney disclosed to the Court and opposing counsel that he had received a telephone call from someone claiming to be a LAPD officer and provided detailed information about the existence of evidence concerning the Wallace murder. The court directed the city to conduct a thorough investigation, which uncovered peviously undisclosed evidence, much of which was in the desk or cabinet of Det. Steven Katz, the lead detective in the Wallace murder investigation. The documents centered around interviews by numerous police officers of an incarcerated informant, who had been Rafael Perez’s cellmate for some extended period of time. He reported that Perez had told him about his and Mack’s involvement with Death Row Records and their activities at the Peterson Automotive Museum the night of Wallace’s murder. As a result of the newly discovered evidence, the judge declared a mistrial and awarded the Wallace family its attorneys’ fees.[57]

    On April 16, 2007, relatives of Wallace filed a second wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles. The suit also named two LAPD officers in the center of the investigation into the Rampart scandal, Rafael Perez and Nino Durden. According to the claim, Perez, an alleged affiliate of Death Row Records, admitted to LAPD officials that he and Mack (who was not named in the lawsuit) “conspired to murder, and participated in the murder of Christopher Wallace”. The Wallace family said the LAPD “consciously concealed Rafael Perez’s involvement in the murder of … Wallace”.[58]

    United States District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted summary judgment to the city of Los Angeles on December 17, 2007, finding that the Wallace family had not complied with a California law that required the family to give notice of its claim to the State within six months of Wallace’s death.[59] The Wallace family refiled the suit, dropping the state law claims on May 27, 2008.[60] The city never answered the amended complaint, and with the agreement of both sides, the suit was voluntarily dismissed on April 5, 2010 without prejudice.[61]

    Defamation

    On January 19, 2007, Tyruss Himes (better known as Big Syke), a friend of Shakur who was implicated in the murder by television channel KTTV and XXL magazine in 2005, had a defamation lawsuit regarding the accusations thrown out of court.[62]

    Posthumous career

    Sixteen days after his death, Wallace’s double-disc second album was released as planned with the shortened title of Life After Death and hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, after making a premature appearance at No. 176 due to street-date violations. The record album featured a much wider range of guests and producers than its predecessor.[63] It gained strong reviews and in 2000 was certified Diamond, the highest RIAA certification awarded to a solo hip hop album.

    Its lead single, “Hypnotize”, was the last music video recording in which Wallace would participate. His biggest chart success was with its follow-up “Mo Money Mo Problems”, featuring Sean Combs (under the rap alias “Puff Daddy”) and Mase. Both singles reached No. 1 in the Hot 100, making Wallace the first artist to achieve this feat posthumously.[3] The third single, “Sky’s The Limit”, featuring the band 112, was noted for its use of children in the music video, directed by Spike Jonze, who were used to portray Wallace and his contemporaries, including Sean Combs, Lil’ Kim, and Busta Rhymes. Wallace was named Artist of the Year and “Hypnotize” Single of the Year by Spin magazine in December 1997.[64]

    In mid-1997, Combs released his debut album, No Way Out, which featured Wallace on five songs, notably on the third single “Victory”. The most prominent single from the record album was “I’ll Be Missing You”, featuring Combs, Faith Evans and 112, which was dedicated to Wallace’s memory. At the 1998 Grammy Awards, Life After Death and its first two singles received nominations in the rap category. The album award was won by Combs’ No Way Out and “I’ll Be Missing You” won the award in the category of Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group in which “Mo Money Mo Problems” was nominated.[65]

    Wallace had founded a hip hop supergroup called The Commission, which consisted of Jay-Z, Lil’ Cease, Combs, Charli Baltimore and himself. The Commission was mentioned by Wallace in the lyrics of “What’s Beef” on Life After Death and “Victory” from No Way Out but never completed an album. A song on Duets: The Final Chapter titled “Whatchu Want (The Commission)” featuring Jay-Z was based on the group.

    In December 1999, Bad Boy released Born Again. The album consisted of previously unreleased material mixed with guest appearances including many artists Wallace had never collaborated with in his lifetime. It gained some positive reviews but received criticism for its unlikely pairings; The Source describing it as “compiling some of the most awkward collaborations of his career”.[66] Nevertheless, the album sold 3 million copies. Wallace appeared on Michael Jackson’s 2001 album, Invincible. Over the course of time, his vocals were heard on hit songs such as “Foolish” by Ashanti and “Realest Niggas” in 2002, and the song “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)” with Shakur the following year. In 2005, Duets: The Final Chapter continued the pattern started on Born Again, criticized for the lack of significant vocals by Wallace on some of its songs.[67][68] Its lead single “Nasty Girl” became Wallace’s first UK No. 1 single. Combs and Voletta Wallace have stated the album will be the last release primarily featuring new material.[69]

    Legacy

    Wallace is considered one of the best rap artists, described by Allmusic as “the savior of East Coast hip-hop”.[3] The Source named Wallace the greatest rapper of all time in 2001.[70] In 2003, when XXL magazine asked several hip hop artists to list their five favorite MCs, Wallace’s name appeared on more rappers’ lists than anyone else. In 2006, he was ranked at No. 3 in MTV’s The Greatest MC’s of All Time.[6]

    Since his death, Wallace’s lyrics have been sampled and quoted by a variety of hip hop, R&B and pop artists including Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Alicia Keys, Fat Joe, Nelly, Ja Rule, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Game, Clinton Sparks, Michael Jackson and Usher. On August 28, 2005, at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards, Sean Combs (then using the rap alias “P. Diddy”) and Snoop Dogg paid tribute to Wallace: an orchestra played while the vocals from “Juicy” and “Warning” played on the arena speakers.[71] In September 2005, VH1 held its second annual “Hip Hop Honors”, with a tribute to Wallace headlining the show.[72]

    Wallace had begun to promote a clothing line called Brooklyn Mint, which was to produce plus-sized clothing but fell dormant after he died. In 2004, his managers, Mark Pitts and Wayne Barrow, launched the clothing line, with help from Jay-Z, selling T-shirts with images of Wallace on them. A portion of the proceeds go to the Christopher Wallace Foundation and to Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.[73] In 2005, Voletta Wallace hired branding and licensing agency Wicked Cow Entertainment to guide the estate’s licensing efforts.[74] Wallace-branded products on the market include action figures, blankets, and cell phone content.[75]

    The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation holds an annual black-tie dinner (“B.I.G. Night Out”) to raise funds for children’s school equipment and supplies and to honor the memory of the late rapper. For this particular event, because it is a children’s schools’ charity, “B.I.G.” is also said to stand for “Books Instead of Guns”.[

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