*Fat Joe was recently in headlines for tax evasion.
In an interview with MTV’s Sway on “Rap Fix Live,” the rapper shared his thoughts about finances. He also discussed Chris Lighty’s untimely death along with his reconciliation with 50 Cent.
“You gotta understand, we hire guys who are supposed have Harvard degrees to take care of us,” he said. ”The one thing I can say is, all the time you see artists, the first thing they did to you when you caught money was introduce you to a bunch of fancy guys with bow ties who are gonna take care of your money and all that and then you always see an artist or a celebrity or somebody like that going down for it and these guys never go down for it. But we didn’t go to Harvard for that.”
He went on, opening up about how he grew up poor and giving props to Chris for helping him land his first record deal.
Joe spoke about the suspicion surrounding Chris’ death.
“I don’t wanna offend nobody, but I think it’s 2013. I think — a guy so important like that — they weren’t gonna overlook if he committed suicide. See, none of us want to think that our friends or someone we love would commit suicide,” he said. “What kind of a lawsuit would that be for a guy as rich as Chris Lighty who did so much? What kind of lawsuit would that be for the NYPD? I don’t think they’re gonna fumble the ball on that.”
Chris Lighty’s death was also an integral force in squashing the beef between 50 and Joe.
“He had a lot of respect for Chris Lighty, I had a lot of respect. We went over there and we did the tribute together,” he said. “So when a man stick out his hand for me like ‘Yo it’s for Chris, it’s peace,’ it’s peace. And I don’t anticipate ever having a problem again with him in my life. Because once I give you my word and I give you my hand, it’s love.”
*Late hip hop great, Heavy D, who passed away November 2011, left a decent estate.
While his life and death impacted so many, one could imagine how deeply it affected his daughter, Xea Myers.
According to the rapper’s family, she will inherit her father’s entire estate when she is of age.
TMZ reported that there may be some controversy brewing. Heavy’s brother, Floyd, filed court documents seeking control over his estate, referencing an outdated will that doesn’t name his daughter, parents or other siblings.
But Heavy’s mom Eulahlee Myers tells TMZ … the entire family SUPPORTS Floyd … because they believe he will protect Heavy’s fortune for his daughter — until she’s an adult.
“Heavy’s Estate needs to be managed,” Myers tells us … adding, “It cannot be self-managed or self-administered and it has to be Court approved. Open bills, unfinished business, taxes and day-to-day decisions including future plans for his daughter all need to be done. This management needs someone who is capable, smart, honest and close to this family.”
According to Heavy’s mother, the family wants his brother to be in control of the estate.
“All of Heavy’s assets are going to his 13-year-old Daughter Xea — including his Social Security, Pension, and future Royalties. All of Heavy’s personal belongings are in storage for his Daughter until she gets a bit older.”
Marvin Sapp at the Verizon’s Celebrating Your Story and Empowering Your Network breakfast
*Hardship is no stranger to gospel singer Marvin Sapp, who entitled his latest album “I Win” as a declaration of his struggles through life.
Sapp, who has three young children, lost his wife, MaLinda, in 2010 to colon cancer. Prior to losing his wife, he had suffered the loss of his father, his spiritual guide and his musical mentor.
Sapp said that he was in a position “I was never in before, and it was hard.” However, he went on to say that he had learned through his experience in life that to come out on top, you have to think the right way.
The latest album “I Win” is the first Sapp has produced without the help of his wife to guide him. He says that she was always there to encourage him and listen to his first ideas about the songs but this time was very difficult for him doing it alone. However, he said he now uses his kids to help him make decisions as to what musical lyrics will go into the songs.
Sapp says that one of the songs on his new album, “Keep It Moving,” was inspired by his late wife who used to tell the family to “Keep it moving” on a regular basis to keep up their spirits.
Included in the album are some songs whose lyrics were written by people from social media. Sapp says that he wanted to give someone the chance to write songs that would be heard and also to earn some money in royalties. Sapp admits that he’s not that good at writing songs.
*According to Deadline.com screenwriter Michael Starrbury has been brought onboard by Morgan Creek Productions to rewrite the biopic on the iconic late rapper, Tupac Shakur.
The film was originally penned by Steve Bagatourian, Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson.
The rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is set to executive producer; alongside producers James Robinson, David Robinson, and LT Hutton.
Tupac was killed in 1996.
Starrbury penned “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” about two abandoned small boys trying to survive in the city. That film will be showcased at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
Michael Starrbury, screenwriter, TUPAC
*Cissy Houston is telling all the business about her late daughter, Whitney Houston.
The book has been described as “honest and heartbreaking, a mother’s story of tears, joy, and her greatest love of all – her daughter, Whitney.”
She tells the story of her daughter from her first musical steps in the church choir, to her destructive drug addictions intermingled with her success.
“She started partying and she didn’t really know how to stop,” says Cissy. “I used to wonder what she was doing at night, where she was.”
The grieved mother also admits that she doesn’t blame Bobby Brown for her daughter’s drug use, but she holds him responsible for the way he treated her.
Overall, Whitney’s death still lingers, tormenting her.
“I’m angry she died alone, in those conditions,” she says. “I’m still mad about that.”
*Oh god. This can’t be good.
According to TMZ, Katherine Jackson actually needs Conrad Murray’s help.
Mrs. Jackson is suing AEG for the wrongful death of her son, Michael Jackson. Her claim is that they negligently hired the doctor without providing proper supervision.
Yes, it sounds like she actually expects Conrad Murray to admit he “needed” supervision.
She has subpoenaed the doctor because he must be on record detailing the arrangements made with AEG; and in effect, acknowledge that it was AEG that masterminded the plan to bring him onboard.
Murray’s not having it though, and his lawyers, Valerie Wass and J. Michael Flanagan, are looking to fight the subpoena on “technical” grounds. If Katherine Jackson persists, and the judge okays, this opens the door for a potentially hostile witness. Need we say more.