*Ever since DJ Khaled made his bizarre proposal – via a now-viral video message via MTV – to Nicki Minaj, we – along with a bunch of other folks – have been trying to figure out what that was all about.
“I want to be honest with you. I love you. I like you. I want you to be mine,” Khaled said in the video. “The only reason I’m not telling you this face to face is because I know that you’re busy … Nicki Minaj, will you marry me?”
He then held up a 10-karat ring from Rafaello & Co. reportedly worth north of $500k to his YMCMB labelmate.
You know, we did think it was sorta curious that Ms. Minaj didn’t respond … at least publicly to the proposal. But rumor has it that she filed a restraining order against him although there are no reports of him stalking or actually harassing her.
On top of all that madness, we found out via Rejina’s “Gossip Fix” newsletter that Khaled is actually … married! Hello.
OK, this is really getting “interesting.” Well, sorta. But now we know what all the bizarreness was all about. Courtesy of Eben Gregory‘s newsletter we got the info below.
*Nicki Minaj, 30, received an elaborate marriage proposal from “All I Do Is Win” rapper DJ Khaled during a segment for MTV News.
He presenting a 10-karat, radiant-cut diamond ring from Manhattan’s Rafaello & Co., worth about $500,000 and said, “Nicki Minaj, I’m at MTV. I love you. I like you. I want you to be mine.”
“I’m here at MTV because it’s a worldwide network,” he continued. “Only reason I’m not telling you this face to face is because I understand that you’re busy. I’m gonna be honest with you, I want to marry you.”
“We got the same symptoms, we both suffer from success,” he added. “You out there touring, you’re out there hustling, you’re out there making music and you’re out there winning. And I understand.”
“That’s why I feel you need a man like me in your life that’s gonna take care of you and respect you,” he said. “If you have to take your time and think about it, I understand. But I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and how serious this is to me. I want to let your fans know, my fans know, my family, your family, that I want to marry you.”
Minaj wasn’t there to witness the event, and there’s no word from her camp on whether she’ll accept the proposal. But the singer did retweet a link to the video, seen below.
*MTV2’s debut of the original comedic-game show series “Hip Hop Squares” premiered strong this week as the network’s highest rated original series launch in the age 12-34 demo, and the most watched original series premiere among the same group in the network’s history.
The series is MTV2’s take on the original “Hollywood Squares,” but with rappers replacing celebrities in the squares.
The second episode will premiere on Tuesday, May 29th at 11pm ET/PT on MTV2, featuring appearances by comedian/actor J.B. Smoove, rappers Biz Markie, Fat Joe, Ghostface Killah and Maino, record producer and artist DJ Khaled, pro-skateboarder and “Jackass” crew member Bam Margera, comedian Donnell Rawlings, comedian Ralphie May, radio personality and writer Miss Info and host Peter Rosenberg.
*MTV’s sister network MTV2 has greenlighted a rap version of the classic TV game show “Hollywood Squares.”
Titled “Hip Hop Squares,” the new show will premiere May 22 and star Nick Cannon; “Jackass” alum Bam Margera; Kat Graham; DJ Khaled; rappers Fat Joe, Biz Markie, Ghostface Killah, Mac Miller and MGK; and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ LaMarr Woodley, among others.
Radio DJ Peter Rosenberg will host, while Nicole Lyn will serve as DJ.
“The show will refresh an iconic format and create a fun, dynamic series that’s unpredictable, heavy on personality and much more ‘party’ than ‘game show’,” said Paul Ricci, Head of Programming for MTV2.
*Rick Ross has now taken to buses to after suffering two in-flight seizures last week. According to TMZ, he’s heading back to his native Atlanta on a friend’s tour bus.
Ross was hospitalized twice in Alabama on Friday when he suffered two separate medical emergencies. Sources close to the pair say Khaled has now offered to take Ross back to Atlanta via bus, so he doesn’t risk another in-flight emergency.
The 400 mile journey is expected to get underway at some point on Monday. The rapper was due to perform in North Carolina on Saturday night, but cancelled less than an hour before he was expected on stage.
*After being hospitalized twice in 24 hours, Rick Ross is now out running the streets – and has appeared in tweeted photos to assure fans that he’s just fine, reports MTV. [See above.]
At approximately 9:30 p.m. ET, the rapper’s DJ, Sam Sneaker tweeted a photo of the Maybach Music Group head with the message: “The Boss is good…@rickyrozay #MMG.”
Around the same time DJ Khaled tweeted a similar photo with the message: “My brother ROZAY!!IS GOOD!!! @rickyrozay @Iamguccipucci #powercircle.”
In both photos Ross, Khaled and MMG’s Gucci Pucci posed in front of Rozay’s Memphis, Tennessee Wing Stop restaurant.
On Friday Ross suffered a pair of medical emergencies. The first came during a flight from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Memphis. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing and Ross was treated.
The MC attempted to board a private jet to make his way to a Memphis concert when the aircraft had to once again make an emergency landing after the rapper suffered a second medical emergency. Ross is believed to have endured a pair of seizures, but his exact diagnosis has not been officially been confirmed.
*Soul Train rolled out the purple carpet for its 2010 award show taping Wednesday night in the ATL.
Hosts Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard posed for pics, along with Faith Evans, El Debarge, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Ginuwine, Tank, Free, Jazmine Sullivan, Chilli, and many more. [Scroll down to view.]
The 2010 Soul Train Awards will air on CENTRIC Nov. 28th.
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Faith Evans and El Debarge
*Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z collected three trophies apiece at Saturday’s taping of the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
Lil Wayne’s female protégé scored Rookie of the Year, People’s Champ and the Made You Look honor, which was awarded in recognition of her fashion flair.
Sporting a black dominatrix-like outfit, blond bob hairdo, pink nails and lipstick, Minaj took to the stage to accept her first award and was overcome by the recognition.
“Last year, I was here in anticipation of the cypher,” she told the crowd, referring to the artist rap freestyles that run in between the award presentations and performances. “Now I’m here in anticipation of my debut. ["Pink Friday," set for release Nov. 23.]
“I’m paving the way for girls,” she continued. “I wanna thank all the girls of hip-hop.”
Jay-Z, who was a no-show, earned Perfect Combo (for his Alicia Keys-assisted “Empire State of Mind”), CD of the Year (“The Blueprint 3″) and Best Live Performer.
Diddy and Rick Ross
Rick Ross earned two awards: the Miami don’s “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)” earned Track of the Year for producer Lex Luger, and the industrial-strength number nabbed Club Banger of the Year honors.
Ross also delivered one of the night’s most memorable onstage moments when he, Diddy and DJ Khaled opened the show with a pyrotechnic-enhanced rendition of his award-winning anthem before easing the Atlanta Civic Center crowd into “MC Hammer.”
“B****, I’m MC Hammer,” Ross rapped. “I’m about cream. I got 30 cars, whole lot of dancers/ I take them everywhere, I’m MC Hammer/ Started selling dough, I’m too legit to quit/ When it’s hammer time, I’m pulling out the stick.”
MC Hammer himself then appeared onstage, leading a troop of dancers dressed in ensembles honoring the Marines. The veteran superstar performed his hit “2 Legit 2 Quit.”
Harlem’s Diplomats reunited onstage for the first time since they reconciled over the summer after years of squabbling. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey gave the audience their latest offering, “Salute.”
Big Boi featuring Yelawolf, Soulja Boy Tell’em, J. Cole, Cali Swag District with Digital Underground, Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame were among the evening’s other performers.
Yelawolf and Big Boi
B.o.B brought his hometown crowd to its feet with a rousing rendition of his next single, the melancholy “Don’t Let Me Fall.”
Iconic female trio Salt-N-Pepa were honored with the I Am Hip-Hop award. Diddy (Hustler award), Swizz Beatz (Producer of the Year) and DJ Khaled (Best DJ) rounded out the winners. DJ Premier led a tribute to Guru, the late Gang Starr MC.
DJ Premier and the family of Guru of Gang Starr
The ceremony featured seven cyphers, from the father and son pairings of Ice Cube and his two boys rhyming with Reverend Run and Diggy and Jojo Simmons to the Rosewood cypher, which featured Kanye West and his G.O.O.D. Music family: Common, Pusha T, Big Sean and CyHi Da Prynce.
The latter collective upped the ante on their freestyle set by sporting black-tie clothing; including DJ Premier. West drew one of the loudest cheers of any cypher with his array of punch lines, including: ”Y’all got too many Urkels on your team, that’s why y’all win slow.” [Watch more cyphers below.]
The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards, hosted by Mike Epps, is scheduled to air Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. on BET.
Cypher 1: Vado x Farnsworth Bentley x Raychester Cypher 2: Reema Major, x Nick Javas x Laws
*Missy Elliott, Murphy Lee, Mystikal, Nelly and Paul Wall are among the artists set to attend VH1′s seventh annual “VH1 Hip Hop Honors,” which will celebrate the music, the influence and the artists from The South.
As previously reported, Timbaland was the most recent addition to the list of honorees, which include Jermaine Dupri, J Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records, Luther “Luke” Campbell, The 2 Live Crew, Master P, and Organized Noize. All will be saluted through performances in collaboration with some of today’s hottest talent.
Bone Crusher, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Dem Franchize Boyz, DJ Drama, DJ Khaled, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, Juvenile, Lil Jon, Pitbull, Plies, Rick Ross, Slim Thug, T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Trina and Ying Yang Twins are on the performance bill.
Presenters include Chad Ochocinco, Chilli, David Banner, Donald Glover, Eddie Griffin, Kelly Rowland, Ken Jeong, Kid Rock, Taraji P. Henson and Terrell Owens, generations of hip hop will bridge the gap for one exceptional night to set it off with the original style and flavor that sparked and inspired the evolution of this now global music phenmenon.
“2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South” is the first time that the show has honored a particular geographic region for its hip hop celebration. The Southern style of music and its artists, have been significant on the NYC-born genre and helped to expand its appeal worldwide.
The show will tape from NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom and air on VH1 on Monday, June 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
*T-Pain recently stopped by “Live With Kendra-G and talked about how his wife keeps him faithful; how at times it could be annoying to work with DJ Khaled; his cartoon show and how he doesn’t care if people are offended and more!!