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Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic' Highlights Tribeca Friday

4/18/2014 10:18am EDT
Nas' 'Time Is Illmatic' Highlights Tribeca Friday
With the first weekend getting underway at the Tribeca Film Festival, organizers are expecting some of the biggest rush lines they’ve ever had. If you’re stuck without a ticket, I’m here to help you navigate through the limitless options you have and stick to the best films (Later today, I’ll be updating this column with a new post featuring best bets for Saturday and Sunday).

TIME IS ILLMATIC - 6:00pm, AMC Loews Village 7

Twenty years ago last week saw the birth of Illmatic, one of the most influential hip-hop albums in music history. Before we go any further, if you’re not familiar with...

9 Music Videos Once Considered Controversial

4/17/2014 5:03pm EDT
Fiona Apple
Entertainment boundaries change all the time and while musicians have always been provocateurs, some of their music videos end up laughably formulaic after a few years. Here are 9 music videos once considered controversial.

Criminal - Fiona Apple. The song that made Fiona a hit in 1997 was attached to a dim music video that seemed to follow heroin addicts. The frail singer drapes herself across furniture and in bathtubs in various states of undress. When it was released, critics saw it as an advertisement for drug use and even child porn thanks to Apple's slight stature.

Dirrty - Ch...

50 Best Rap Songs Of 2013

12/28/2013 1:00pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
Ranking favorites from throughout the year is one of the most time-consuming and arduous things to do.  All of the rap songs on this particular list of rap songs from 2013 all stood out to me in some regard.  Are they ordered correctly – most likely not.  Is there complete analysis of each provided below or even a sound reason why they were selected… um…well now… Basically, provided is a statement of a thought, a reaction, or possibly a reason why I though each song was special.  

1) “Blood On The Leaves”

Kanye West

Album:  Yeezus

By far, the best track from Yeezus and arguably the be...

Rumor Patrol: Dianna Agron Banned From 'Glee' Tribute, Mariah Carey's Divorce, More

10/12/2013 3:07pm EDT
Dianna Agron
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Dianna Agron Kept Off Glee Set: One question fans of the FOX show kept asking after their tribute to Cory Monteith was, "Why wasn't Quinn (Agron's character) there?" In the first season of the show, Cory's character Finn was in a relationship with Quinn. RadarOnline reports that Ryan Murphy and Lea Michele "intensely disliked" Dianna and decided to keep her away.

Verdict: Appears False. E! claims Diann...

Kanye West Celebrates B-Day Without Kim

6/11/2013 3:05am EDT
Kanye West
Has everyone gone mad?  Kanye West celebrates his 36th birthday in New York and his pregnant girlfriend is in Los Angeles, but the gossip is only about her not being able to fly?  Ok, let's break it down.

On Friday, Mr. West had a birthday party in New York City that included, of course, Jay-Z, Beyonce', Nas, and other celebrity guests.  Girlfriend, Kim Kardashian was absent.  Yes, we know that she is too far along in her pregnancy to fly (at least, we're all guessing).  But he's mega rich, isn't he?  Surely he has enough money to have his party near his girlfriend so she wouldn't have to ...

Eva Universe Joins With Harmony Project For 'Sing For School' Video Contest

4/3/2013 12:15pm EDT
Eva Universe
Pop singer Eva Universe has teamed up with the non-profit organization The Harmony Project to launch a "Sing For School" viral video contest that enables fans to win money for their school by performing her new single and uploading the clip to YouTube.

The goal of the contest is two-fold: to draw attention to the need for the arts in education, and to provide three winning schools with money to support or potentially start their arts programs. The first-place video will take home $10,000, with second place earning $5,000 and third place $2,500.

Universe said in a statement included in the...

Kendrick Lamar Is MTV’s Hottest MC In The Game, Kanye West Angry About Being #7

3/9/2013 12:34pm EST
Kendrick Lamar
MTV has chosen this year’s “The Hottest MC in the Game,” and it’s Kendrick Lamar, who beat 2 Chainz and Rick Ross.

Lamar topped the 2013 list following the success of his debut album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City.”

He commented on, "It's very important for hip-hop. I love that they have debates like that. We need that. It's competitive. Even though we (are) doing these collaborations and stuff like that and we cool, at the same time, this is still rap. It's still competitive and I'm trying to compete with everybody to be the best."

2 Chainz and Ross (who was last year’s winner), pl...

Promoter Sues Nas Over Alleged Kidnapping Ordeal

12/24/2012 8:52am EST
A promoter in Angola is suing Nas for $10 million over allegations he was kidnapped after the rapper failed to stage a concert in the country last New Year's Eve.

Patrick Allocco claims he and his son were snatched at gunpoint last December and interrogated for several weeks after Nas missed his flight from the U.S., resulting in the festive show being called off.

Allocco was allegedly released when Nas returned the fee he was paid for the concert.

He is now suing the star over the ordeal.

In a $10 million lawsuit filed in America on Friday and obtained by, Allocco claims he wa...

Nas Donating Money From U.K. Show To Amy Winehouse Foundation

10/21/2012 11:01am EDT
Rapper Nas is donating a portion of the proceeds from his upcoming U.K. gig to a charity foundation set up to honor his late friend Amy Winehouse.

The pair developed a close relationship after meeting through their mutual friend, music producer Salaam Remi, and they teamed up to record together before the "Back to Black" singer's death last year.

Now Nas is boosting his pal's lasting legacy by giving $1.60 from every ticket sold for his March gig at London's O2 Arena to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

The late soul star's father Mitch tells Britain's The Sun, "Nas has announced that £1 fro...

Nas Loses Home To Foreclosure

10/15/2012 8:50am EDT
Apparently even celebrities are having problems holding onto their homes. Rapper Nas has reportedly lost his Georgia home to foreclosure.

The singer reportedly defaulted on payments for a two-bedroom home he bought in 2004 for $585,000, according to SunTrust bank has claimed the property to recover $507,000 Nas allegedly owes officials.

The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it at public auction for $348,500 last month.

Meanwhile, Nas and Lauryn Hill are preparing for a 10-city tour that starts Oct. 29 in Dallas, Texas.

Nas & Lauryn Hill Team Up For 10-City Tour

9/20/2012 8:45pm EDT
Rapper Nas and reclusive former Fugees star Lauryn Hill are teaming up for a 10-city autumn tour.

The hip-hop superstars will take their Life Is Good/Black Rage tour on the road beginning with a gig in Dallas, Texas on October 29.

Announcing the dates on Wednesday, Nas simply said, "Better late than never. Life is good!"

The pair performed together at the Hot 97 Summer Jam in June.

Nas Defends Gwyneth Paltrow: She's 'A Real N***a'

6/11/2012 9:44am EDT
Another black musician has come forward to support Gwyneth Paltrow for her infamous but highly criticized "N*ggas in Paris" tweet last week.

Nas told CBS Local exclusively, "I would slap the s**t out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow. She's the homie, she's cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this s**t is. We don't interrupt Italians when they say 'Wop' to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don't interrupt us. We pick and choose... Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n***a, that's my homie. That's how I'm on it. Some people get a pass."


Nas: 'Kelis Was My Courtney Love'

6/8/2012 4:37pm EDT
Kelis and Nas
Rapper Nas refused to heed warning signs that his marriage to Kelis was doomed because he thought the couple could be an inspiration to the hip-hop generation.

The couple's four-year union ended with a very messy divorce and custody battle shortly before their son Knight was born in 2009, and now the I Can hitmaker admits he should have known the marriage wouldn't work.

He tells Complex magazine, "It (relationship) was a problem I was attracted to. It was rock and roll. I saw Kelis as Courtney Love - but I also saw her as a mahogany queen. I saw us as a beautiful thing. I saw us as insp...

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

5/16/2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...

Nas Opens Up About Concert Promoter's Kidnapping

3/29/2012 9:52pm EDT
Nas has opened up about the recent kidnapping of his former concert promoter Patrick Allocco, insisting the U.S. businessman was ill-prepared to stage a gig in Angola and blamed the axed show on the rapper when it all went sour.

Nas and his opening act Jemiah Jai were due to perform in Angola at a New Year's Eve party hosted by Henrique Miguel and they were paid $315,000 for the heavily-promoted performance.

However, when both stars missed their flights from America and the show was scrapped, AllGood Entertainment CEO Allocco and his son were allegedly snatched at gunpoint, interrogated a...

Concert Promoter Kidnapped In Angola After Nas Fails To Show Up For New Year's Eve Show

1/3/2012 9:48pm EST
Concert promoter Patrick Allocco has been kidnapped in Angola after rapper Nas failed to stage a show there on New Year's Eve.

Nas and his opening act Jemiah Jai were due to perform at a party hosted by Henrique Miguel and they were paid $315,000 for the heavily-promoted gigs, but when both stars missed their flights to Angola, and the show was scrapped, AllGood Entertainment CEO Allocco and his son were allegedly snatched at gunpoint and interrogated for nearly seven hours.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy stepped in to aid in the safe release of the pair and the two are now "in residence" ...

IRS Claims Bow Wow Didn't Pay His Taxes

11/28/2011 8:54am EST
Bow Wow
Rapper Bow Wow has been accused of failing to pay a hefty tax bill dating back to 2006.

A tax lien for the sum of $91,105.61 was recently filed against the hitmaker by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials in Florida, reports

The 24 year old, real name Shad Moss, isn't the only hip-hop star to fall behind on his tax payments - Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne and Nas have all previously fallen foul of tax authorities.

Hip Hop Stars Mourn Heavy D's Death

11/9/2011 9:14am EST
Heavy D
Nas, Common and rap mogul Russell Simmons are among the stars leading the tributes to hip-hop icon Heavy D, who died on Tuesday at the age of 44.

The rap veteran was reportedly found unconscious near his home in Beverly Hills and admitted to a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was pronounced dead.

His passing has sent shockwaves through the hip-hop world and a host of stars have taken to their blogs to express their grief at the tragic news.

Nas writes, "RIP TO A REAL HIP HOP LEGEND HEAVY D!", while Common tweets, "Heavy D one of Hip-Hops (sic) finest. Your art ...

Nas' Child Support Payments Slashed

1/7/2011 10:08am EST
A judge has granted Nas' request to have his child support payments to ex-wife Kelis reduced by half.

The hip-hop couple split in April, 2009 after four years of marriage, with divorce papers filed just months before the singer gave birth to the pair's son Knight.

The divorce was granted in May, but they continued to thrash out the details of the settlement. Shortly before the union was officially dissolved, the rapper filed a request asking for his $10,000-a-month child support payments to be reduced, and a judge at Los Angeles County Superior Court has now granted his wish.

The paym...

Nas To Serve Christmas Dinners In Harlem

12/20/2010 11:21pm EST
Rapper Nas is helping to spread some festive cheer among families affected by the deadly HIV/AIDS virus this Christmas by serving up a holiday feast in New York.

The "I Can" star will join HIV/AIDS activist Maria Davis and restaurateur Melba Wilson to provide food to over 250 people and their relatives at the Second Annual Christmas Dinner in Harlem on Wednesday.

Author Maria Davis, whose Souls of My Sisters Books/Kensington Publishing Corporation will also support the event, tells, "An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and yet one out of five don’t know i...

'The Best Of Nelly Furtado' Out Nov. 13; Features All Her Hits & Three New Songs

10/6/2010 10:30pm EDT
Nelly Furtado
Multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning global superstar, actress, philanthropist and recent Canadian "Walk of Fame" inductee, Nelly Furtado, will celebrate her first 10 years of recording with her first greatest hits compilation, "The Best Of Nelly Furtado" (Geffen Records). The album, to be released November 16th, features #1 Pop smashes, collaborations and three previously unreleased recordings and will be available in standard and double-disc deluxe editions.

Of the previously unreleased recordings, "Night Is Young," the album's first single, was co-produced by Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fu...

Tila Tequila Is An Alien With Too Much Botox

7/22/2010 8:11pm EDT
Tila Tequila
Tila Tequila performed in London on Wednesday wearing black hot pants and a loose black, white & yellow blouse that clearly showed her tattoos. She kind of looks like an alien who had too much botox.

Tila also joined Damian Marley to celebrate his birthday at London's Kyashii club along with Nas and Amy Winehouse.

The reality star recently blogged about meeting Winehouse - one of her favorite stars. She wrote, "I am not fans of many 'celebrities' however Amy Winehouse is the only person that I truly enjoy and admire. I really like her as she is different than the 'HOLLYWOOD' types."


Is Amy Winehouse Pregnant? (Pics)

7/22/2010 11:34am EDT
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse wore a pink swimsuit with denim hotpants during a night out at Kyashii club in London on Wednesday night after dinner with a friend and a trip to a Soho sex shop. Looks like she might be pregnant - either that or she has a serious pot belly. What do you think?

Amy joined reggae singer Damian Marley and rapper Nas for the evening to celebrate Damian's birthday. The trio partied well into the night at the London sushi hotspot before moving on to the Runway club, around the corner, before returning to Kyashii to carry on partying until almost 5 a.m.

We hope she's not partying t...

Kelis & Nas Are 'Friends' Following Divorce

7/3/2010 3:38pm EDT
R&B singer Kelis has put her differences with ex-husband Nas behind her, insisting they've become "friends" months after settling their bitter divorce battle.

The "Milkshake" hitmaker filed for legal separation in April 2009, and their marriage was officially dissolved in May.

The former hip-hop supercouple also fell out over child support payments for their baby son Knight, 11 months, but the stars have since moved past their legal problems and Kelis claims they are now back on friendly terms.

She tells, "Everything's fine. We are divorced, but there is no point to fighti...

Nas & Kelis End Marriage Battle

5/25/2010 8:43am EDT
Nas and Kelis' marriage is officially over - the former couple has been granted a divorce.

The hip-hop couple split in April, 2009 after four years of marriage, with Kelis citing irreconcilable differences in her divorce papers, which were filed just months before she gave birth to the pair's baby son Knight.

The pair has been locked in legal wrangling ever since over various issues including custody of their son, as well as spousal and child support payments. Legal documents filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday reveal their marriage is now officially over.

However the...

Nas Going Through 'Hell' To See Son

5/10/2010 4:30pm EDT
Rapper Nas has blasted his estranged wife Kelis for putting him through "hell" every time he wants to see their young son.

The hip-hop couple split in April, 2009 after four years of marriage, with Kelis citing irreconcilable differences in her divorce papers, which were filed just months before she gave birth to baby Knight.

They have been locked in a bitter legal battle ever since, with a judge ordering Nas to pay more than $87,000 in late spousal and child support and told to cover the Milkshake singer's legal and accounting bills. The rapper's monthly spousal support payments were a...

Nas Can't Afford To Pay Kelis So Much Child Support

5/6/2010 10:30am EDT
Nas has begged a judge to reduce the amount of cash he has been ordered to hand over to estranged wife Kelis in child and spousal support because he can't afford the payment.

Kelis filed for divorce from the "I Can" hitmaker, real name Nasir Jones, last year, just months before the birth of their first son, Knight.

The couple has been caught up in a bitter legal battle for custody ever since and last month, Nas was ordered to pay more than $87,000 in late spousal and child support and told to cover the Milkshake singer's legal and accounting bills.

The judge also set the rapper's monthly...

Kelis Returns To The Stage

4/23/2010 8:53am EDT
Kelis returned to the stage for the first time since becoming a new mom last year on Wednesday night in New York.

The colorful R&B star took a break from her bitter divorce battle with estranged husband Nas to hit the stage at Santos Party House in Manhattan - for the first time in four years.

Wearing a figure-hugging white body suit, cape and tiara, the Milkshake singer raced through classics and new tunes like 22nd Century, 4th of July and Brave, which she wrote after becoming mom to baby Knight.

She even threw in a rendition of Madonna's Holiday.

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Kelis Asks Judge For A Quick Divorce

4/20/2010 12:00pm EDT
Kelis is so desperate to make her divorce from Nas official she has filed legal papers asking a judge to terminate the pair's marriage "as soon as possible."

The Milkshake hit-maker has been embroiled in a bitter battle with her estranged husband, real name Nasir Jones, since she filed for divorce last year, just months before the birth of their first son Knight in July.

Nas was hauled into court earlier this month when a Los Angeles judge ordered him to hand over more than $290,000 in late child and spousal support payments, in addition to covering Kelis' legal and accounting bills.


Nas Ordered To Pay Over $290,000 To Kelis

4/13/2010 10:00am EDT
Rapper Nas has been ordered to pay more than $290,000 in backdated support payments and legal bills to ex-wife Kelis.

In January, the Milkshake hit-maker asked a judge to summon her former partner to court, alleging the hip-hop star had failed to keep up with spousal support payments and child support for their son, Knight. In court papers, Kelis' legal team claimed the rapper had fallen behind by $56,911.

Nas was ordered to Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, and the judge presiding over the case ruled the star must hand over an immediate payment of $47,249 in backdated child ...