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NYPD 'Hip-Hop Police' Monitor Stars Such As Drake & Chris Brown

8/30/2014 5:07pm EDT
In the wake of Marion "Suge" Knight's shooting at a club in Los Angeles, a police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars is stepping up its surveillance of hip-hop stars.

The elite squad is known as the "Hip-Hop Police" and reportedly focuses its work on musicians such as Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.

The squad monitors rap concerts and nightclub appearances by those who allegedly cause trouble. According to the New York Post, law enforcement officials are increasing their efforts following the shoo...

The Morning Roundup: Kate Gosselin Suing Ex For Identity Theft, Kelly Clarkson Bashes VMAs, Breaking Bad Recap

8/27/2013 9:41am EDT
Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin has filed a huge lawsuit against her ex-husband Jon, accusing hime of hacking into her computer to get information for a tell-all memoir. Jon reportedly stole her hard drive and was able to get his hands on bank records and phone logs. She's suing for a reported seven-figures for invasion of privacy and identity theft. (story)

Kelly Clarkson summed up the 2013 MTV VMAs with just one tweet: "#pitchystrippers". The singer didn't name any names, but she was reportedly appalled by the performances of "a couple" of stars at the award ceremony. We gather she's referring to Lady Gag...

Fat Joe Begins Serving Prison Sentence For Tax Evasion

8/26/2013 11:07pm EDT
Fat Joe
Rapper Fat Joe is set to spend the next four months behind bars after surrendering to authorities at a prison in Miami, Florida.

The star, real name Joseph Cartagena, began serving his time on Monday at Miami's Federal Detention Center after he was convicted of tax evasion in December.

Fat Joe pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for failure to pay his fair share on his earnings in 2007 and 2008. He was sentenced to the jail time along with a $15,000 fine and a year of probation at a hearing in a Newark, New Jersey federal court back in June.

The rapper...

Fat Joe Heading To Prison For Tax Evasion

6/25/2013 12:55pm EDT
Fat Joe
Fat Joe has been sentenced to serve four months in prison for tax evasion.

The rapper pleaded guilty to two counts of tax evasion in December for failing to pay over $700,000 to the IRS in 2007-08; and he was also fined $15,000 and handed a year of probation, according to

Fat Joe, real name Joseph Cartagena, claims his accountants were responsible for his financial troubles.

"You gotta understand we hire guys who are supposed have Harvard degrees to take care of us," he told RapFix Live in a recent interview. "All the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when yo...

The Morning Roundup: George Lucas Weds, Fat Joe Sentenced, Paula Deen Support, Jodie Sweetin Leaves 3rd Husband

6/25/2013 10:50am EDT
George Lucas and Mellody Hobson
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson over the weekend in Marin County, Calif. The couple have been together since 2006. Hobson, the president of Ariel Investments and Chairman of the Board at DreamWorks animation, is a contributor to CBS News. The couple were engaged in January, and according to the Huffington Post, Lucas's son Jett was his best man while daughters Katie and Amanda were bridesmaids. Several big Hollywood names attended, like pals Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Singer Van Morrison reportedly flew in to provide the entert...

Fat Joe Splits From Wife Of 17 Years

1/24/2012 10:29am EST
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Rapper Fat Joe has split from his wife of 17 years, according to reports.

The Lean Back hitmaker, real name Joe Cartagena, and his wife Lorena recently parted ways amid claims of his infidelity, reports

The hip-hop star, who has shed more than 100 pounds in the past year, has a five-year-old daughter, Azariah, with Lorena.

He also has two elder children from previous relationships.

Lil Wayne And Fat Joe To Coach Charity Basketball Tournament

11/10/2011 3:37pm EST
Lil Wayne
Rappers Lil Wayne and Fat Joe are set to become sports coaches for a day as part of basketball star Dwight Howard's charity tournament this weekend.

The pair will coach professional NBA players such as Matt Barnes, Gilbert Arenas and Vince Carter as they play ball for the D12 Foundation's All-Star Celebrity Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

Sunday's event will help to raise funds for Howard's youth education organization, the D12 Foundation, and he has publicly thanked the two hip-hop hit-makers via

The Orlando Magic center writes, "This weekend is going to be crazy. I got my ...

Fat Joe On His 100 Pound Weight Loss: 'I Don't Wanna Die, So I'm Trying To Eat Right'

11/3/2011 9:10am EDT
Fat Joe
Rapper Fat Joe has no intention of changing his stage name after slimming down by more than 100 pounds - insisting he'll always be "fat at heart."

The Lean Back hitmaker's portly frame earned him his rap moniker when he was young, but he recently underwent a drastic diet overhaul to help him shed the excess weight.

Now the star, who openly admits he's "addicted to food", has managed to get his weight down to 260 pounds, but he's dismissed speculation he's set to adopt a new stage persona to reflect his new figure.

He tells WENN, "So far so good, I'm Fat Joe. I'm fat at heart.

"Let me te...

Fat Joe Opens Seafood Restaurant

3/10/2011 4:17pm EST
Fat Joe
Heavyweight rapper Fat Joe is cashing in on his love of food by launching a seafood restaurant in his native New York.

The Lean Back star has teamed up with chef Mark Thomas to open the Caribbean-inspired Express in the Bronx, the first in a chain of eateries. And Fat Joe is hoping to build on his food venture and take it to the small screen to share his favorite recipes with fans.

He says, "I'm working on a cooking show... Who else can you trust other than Fat Joe to tell you what food is good or not? Me and my guy Chef Mark - he's an incredible chef - we got that studio audience, we g...

Celebs Who Should Avoid Celebrating National Junk Food Day

7/21/2010 8:16am EDT
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July 21 is "National Junk Food Day." It's a day to commemorate Little Debbies, Tasty Cakes, and Ho Hos. It's a day we don't have to feel guilty for shoving our faces with Fritos, Doritos, and Cheetos.

In the world of celebrity gossip, it is also a day to point out some stars who have been in the spotlight due to their weight issues (like Val Kilmer above).

Jessica Simpson is no stranger to the tabloids following her every move and pointing out a tiny little roll here or a section of cellulite there. She was recently placed on the "List of Fat Celebrities" on the NY Post website and has be...

Fat Joe Says Lil Wayne Is In 'Great Spirits'

7/9/2010 10:30am EDT
Fat Joe
Incarcerated Lil Wayne has something to smile about while in jail - the rapper is much "funnier" now he's behind bars and sober, according to his hip-hop pal Fat Joe. The star is currently serving a year-long sentence in a New York prison after pleading guilty to gun possession charges in March.

However, prison life seems to have been a positive experience for the Lollipop hit-maker - because he can no longer get high on his preferred drink, promethazine-codeine syrup. The rapper famously quit the cough-syrup drink in preparation for his stint behind bars, and Fat Joe, who recently visite...

Fat Joe Cleared Over Groping Allegations

6/25/2010 11:00am EDT
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Fat Joe has been "officially cleared" over false allegations he sexually assaulted a woman following a concert on Sunday, according to the rapper's lawyer.

The Lean Back hit-maker was detained by cops in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend following a complaint from an unnamed woman who alleged she was inappropriately groped by the hip-hop star and his entourage. The female accuser claimed the alleged incident took place during a limo ride with Joe - real name Joseph Cartagena - and his pals following a gig in the city. The star was questioned by police and later released without charge, and ...

Fat Joe's Lawyer Slams Sexual Assault Allegations

6/23/2010 8:06am EDT
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Fat Joe's lawyer has categorically denied the hip-hop star and his crew inappropriately groped a woman following a concert on Sunday.

The Lean Back rapper was detained by cops in Madison, Wisconsin last weekend following a complaint in the early hours of Monday from a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by Joe and his entourage. The unnamed female claimed she was the victim of "inappropriate touching" during a limo ride with Joe - real name Joseph Cartagena - and his pals following a gig in the city.

The star was released without charge after several hours of questioning, while...

Police Question Fat Joe Over Allegations Of Sexual Assault

6/22/2010 9:11am EDT
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Rapper Fat Joe has been questioned by police in Madison, Wisconsin, following allegations he and his entourage were involved in a sexual assault on Sunday.

A 33-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, filed a police complaint in the early hours of Monday, claiming she had been travelling with the hip-hop star and his crew in their limo as they headed to a hotel following a gig in the city.

The female claims the ride soon turned into a nightmare for her, accusing the Lean Back hitmaker, real name Joseph Cartagena, and his friends of "inappropriate touching."

The police repor...

50 Cent Q&A: 'Blood On The Sand,' Rick Ross As A Pizza Guy & More

2/25/2009 12:48pm EST
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50 Cent's weapon of choice is a 9 mm handgun - at least for his new third person shooter video game "Blood on the Sand." In a call with the hip hop star/actor/video game producer, Starpulse got the scoop on the rapper's battle with Rick Ross, his thoughts about how women are portrayed in his game, and much more!

Conceptually "Blood on the Sand" is very different from his first video game, "Bulletproof." Gamers play as 50 Cent, who performs for a war torn country and discovers his payment, a diamond skull, is stolen. 50 and G-Unit battle across two middle eastern countries to "unleash ...

Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter III' is the Biggest Release of 2008

6/19/2008 7:30am EDT
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Cash Money/Universal Motown Records multi-platinum recording artist Lil Wayne expands his dynasty with Tha Carter III. The new CD is the biggest release by far for 2008, selling over 1 Million copies it's first week, reigning #1 on Nielsen SoundScan, besting Mariah Carey's record-breaking release earlier this year. Not since 50 Cent's The Massacre in 2005 has an artist sold over 1 Million albums their first week. "This is truly a proud moment for the Cash Money family, says Cash Money co-founder Ronald 'Slim' Williams. "Lil Wayne is truly changing the game of hip-hop." Cash Money co-founder...

Ashanti Returns With New Album, 'The Declaration,' In Stores June 3

4/6/2008 9:00am EDT
Making her stunning entrance in a dizzying cascade of piano and layered vocals, The Inc./Universal Motown Recording Artist Ashanti puts it all on the line in the powerfully soulful and grandly dramatic "The Way That I Love You," the first single and video from her upcoming album The Declaration.

The home truths of Ashanti's "The Way That I Love You" are drawing a loud "Amen" from the radio and video outlets that have supported her from day one of her multi-platinum career as an artist and songwriter. The track is the No. 1 most-added song at Urban-formatted radio in it's first week, wi...

Celebs Rock Out With 'Rock Band' At The Grammys

2/12/2008 4:00pm EST
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To coincide with the Grammy awards, Microsoft invited dozens of celebrities to play Rock Band while at the event's Style Studio. Xbox LIVE users were free to join the celebrities online and live the dream of playing in a band like Foo Fighters and The Roots as part of the Game with Fame program.

Among those that attended and shredded on Rock Band were Akon, Ali Hewson, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Dave Koz, Emerson Drive, Emily King, Fat Joe, John Legend, Lang Lang, Lil Mama, Miranda Lambert, Natasha Bedingfield, No Doubt, The Pussycat Dolls, The Roots, Ryan Shaw, Snoop Dogg, Solange Knowles,...

DJ Envy & Red Cafe To Release 'The Co-Op' September 25

9/23/2007 10:00am EDT
DJ Envy
(New York, NY) – KOCH Records is pleased to announce the release of a new collaboration album, The Co-Op, by acclaimed mix tape guru/HOT 97/Sirius Radio personality, DJ Envy and esteemed lyricist Red Café. The album will be released on September 25th, 2007 and features guest appearances from some of the biggest names in hip-hop including Fabolous, Fat Joe, Styles P and Sheek Louch, , Paul Wall, Nina Sky and many more.

The 1st single pair of singles off the new album will be "Dolla Bill" which features Fabolous and JD and "Things You Do" featuring Nina Sky.

DJ Envy is a two time J...

Taking Back Sunday To Headline Live Tour Dates For Boost Mobile Rockcorps

6/7/2007 5:12pm EDT
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday announced today that the band will perform a string of headlining dates for Boost Mobile RockCorps (BMRC), a national youth volunteerism movement that harnesses the power of music to motivate young people to get involved in their communities. The upcoming concerts, which are free to anyone volunteering four hours of community service to season wrap concert at Radio City Music Hall.

"Communities are like gardens," notes lead singer Adam Lazzara when asked why they chose to get involved with BMRC. "Without upkeep and care, without maintenance, it is impossible for the...

Exclusive Performances, Rap Battles, And Rare Interviews On 'Hip Hop Life'

3/27/2007 11:00pm EDT
Hip Hop Life
Screen Media will release Hip Hop Life, a documentary featuring some of the country's top underground freestyle rappers as they face off in a battle royale for "Rhyme City Supremacy"--in stores April 3, 2007.

The documentary pitts Houston vs. Detroit. Detroit's toughest MC battle rappers, who have appeared on Showtime, VH-1 and MTV, face Houston's best street rappers, all on the verge of stardom themselves. Only one 'hood' will survive this intense verbal slaughterhouse and be crowned the ultimate MC Battle city.

This quest for Rhyme City Supremacy is uncensored, unpredictable a...

Freestyle Rappers Face Off In 'Hip Hop Life,' On DVD April 3; Watch The Trailer Here

2/26/2007 8:30pm EST
Hip Hop Life
Screen Media will release Hip Hop Life, a documentary featuring some of the country's top underground freestyle rappers as they face off in a battle royale for "Rhyme City Supremacy"-in stores April 3, 2007.

The documentary pitts Houston vs. Detroit. Detroit's toughest MC battle rappers, who have appeared on Showtime, VH-1 and MTV, face Houston's best street rappers, all on the verge of stardom themselves. Only one 'hood' will survive this intense verbal slaughterhouse and be crowned the ultimate MC Battle city.

This quest for Rhyme City Supremacy is uncensored, unpredictable an...

2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

12/31/2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...

New CD Reviews, Nov. 15, 2006 (The Game, Neil Young, Fat Joe, Akon, Tenacious D, Sublime, many more)

11/15/2006 4:19pm EST
The Game - Doctor
A number of rap and hip-hop albums come out this week including ones from Fat Joe, The Game and Akon. Plus check out fresh music from Damien Rice, Army of Anyone, Tenacious D and many more. Keep reading for info and reviews of this week's new CDs.

The Game - Doctor's Advocate

Toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. Read review...

Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Crazy Horse at the Fillmore 1970

This was the origi...

Fat Joe's "Make It Rain" Feat. Lil Wayne Debuts At #2

11/9/2006 12:13pm EST
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Watch Fat Joe's "Make It Rain" from his upcoming Nov. 14 release, "Me, Myself and I." The song features Lil' Wayne and was directed by Chris Robinson. The video features cameos by Diddy, Scott Storch, Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Birdman, Cool & Dre and a lot of money.

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Midwest City Captures The Essence Of R&B On Their Debut Disc, "Authentic R&B"

10/22/2006 10:00am EDT
Midwest City
Every generation a group emerges whose talent shines so brightly, you feel it from the second they sing their first note... they’re going to be BIG. Midwest City captures the essence of R&B on their debut disc, Authentic R&B. The new album is the perfect blend of up-tempo, funk-infused tracks, complementing soulful ballads laced with lush harmonies. Heavy hitters such as the Trackmasters (Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey), Cool & Dre (The Game, Fat Joe, Ja-Rule), Poli Paul (Black Eyed Peas, Nas, Christina Milian), L.T. Hutton and Will Campbell lent their platinum production tou...

Fat Joe's "Me, Myself & I" In Stores Nov. 14; Watch "Make It Rain"

10/22/2006 9:00am EDT
Fat Joe
A little more than 13 years after releasing his debut LP, Represent, hip-hop legend Fat Joe is definitely certified as one of the last of a dying breed. While many of his pioneering peers from that golden era haven't since gracefully bowed out of the game, Joe has constantly found ways to evolve over the years as not only one of the premier MCs in rap, but as an astute businessman with an ear for finding and cultivating talent such as fellow legend Big Pun, female fire starter Remy Ma and R&B crooner Tony Sunshine. Joe's business savvy has surpassed working only in music as he has also secu...

Season 2 of Wilmer Valderrama's 'Yo Momma' Debuts Oct. 23

10/20/2006 6:00pm EDT
Wilmer Valderrama
MTV: Music Television announced today that "Yo Momma," the hit trash-talking comedy competition created, executive produced and hosted by Wilmer Valderrama, will premiere for a second season on Monday, October 23, at 6:00pm (ET/PT) and air daily, Monday through Friday. Celebrity guests such as Fat Joe, Chamillionaire, Jadakiss and E40 will lend their expertise to select episodes and help crown the victor.

The new season kicks off with some of your favorite episodes from season one when MTV airs a “Yo Momma” marathon on Saturday, October 21. During the marathon, fans can go to YoMom...

Producer Dre To Release Debut CD, "The Trunk"

10/16/2006 2:12pm EDT
Simply put, producers Cool and Dre are forging the soundtracks to our lives right now. With hit records for The Game and 50 Cent ("Hate it or Love It"), Ja Rule ("New York"), their mentor Fat Joe ("So Much More), Juvenile ("Rodeo") and most recently Christina Milian and good friend DJ Khaled ("Holla at Me Baby"), the Grammy nominated tandem have fulfilled their almost life long dreams to become the undeniably hottest production team in music today.

Now with their feet firmly planted in the game, it's time to embark on new goals for the duo. One half of the team, Dre, has finally liste...

Check Out Fat Joe's "Make It Rain," Featuring Lil' Wayne

9/19/2006 1:20pm EDT
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Fat Joe's "Me, Myself & I" hits stores November 14. Preview the latest single, "Make It Rain," which features Lil' Wayne.

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