*Luther Campbell is the latest celeb to have his unpaid tax situation exposed.
According to TMZ, the 2 Live Crew veteran owes the Internal Revenue Service $74,000 for money earned in 2012.
Campbell is the latest rapper to find himself in trouble with Uncle Sam. MC Hammer, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri and Damon Dash have all faced accounting issues in the past year.
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* Lord Jamar may be generating news on his views of hip hop, but it appears the Brand Nubian MC has found a new target in Omar Epps.
So much so that the “Resurrection” star took it straight to Jamar regarding the rapper’s commentary on what he said was a “skirt” Epps wore during a recent visit to “The View.“ Epps went on Twitter to address his appearance on “The View” (wearing what could be construed as a skirt) and Jamar’s lack of knowledge about the garment and its significance.
“The uninformed couldn’t understand my contemporary ode to my Zulu warrior roots. The Maasai, Fante, etc. It’s tribal, study our history..,” the actor tweeted.
*Trai Byers (“All My Children”) and Grace Gealey have signed on as series regulars for Fox’s hip-hop themed drama pilot “Empire.”
The series stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public.
Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as a tall, brilliant and compelling individual with a dark side. Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire and Lucious’ current lady friend.
Sean Combs stops for lunch at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood, California on February 21, 2014
*Bloomberg is reporting that Sean “Diddy” Combs has bid about $200 million for the music-themed cable channel Fuse, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.
The plan would be to convert the channel into his own Revolt TV, which would give his fledgling network wider distribution and higher subscriber fees, according to one of the sources.
Fuse, owned by New York-based Madison Square Garden Co., is available in about 74 million homes through pay-TV systems including DirecTV, Dish Network Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp., compared with Revolt TV, which reaches about 22.8 million homes and is carried by Comcast and Time Warner Cable Inc.
Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, appears at a news conference in New Orleans, Monday, March 10, 2014.
*Rapper Lil Boosie held a press conference Monday in New Orleans to discuss his plans after serving time in a Louisiana prison on drug charges.
“I feel like I’ve got more stories to tell,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a lot to say about my life, about what I went through in prison and about what my family went through.
“I’m a much better person. I’m much stronger. I know who my real friends are and I know who ain’t.”