*Rick Ross has a whole new perspective on life after suffering two traumatic seizures last October, setting him back just a bit.
“When you sitting down at a desk and you’re jotting down your ideas on the calendar, of course you never penciled in those few setbacks,” Rick Ross said when he appeared on ‘RapFix Live’ on August 1. “Regardless of what they were, it’s a setback, and a setback goes against what you’re trying to accomplish.”
But because of his inner circle and the people who keep him going, Ross was able to get back out there and finish what he started.
“We dusted that off and went back to work immediately,” Ross said, crediting manager Gucci Pucci, Maybach A&R, Spiff TV, and the staff at Def Jam Records for holding things down.
Family also kept him motivated, he admitted.
“They soldiers. My family are soldiers, from my mom all the way down to my beautiful daughter and my little son,” he said. “They were right by my side, really, when I was at the hospital.”
*The Maybach luxury vehicle that Kanye West and Jay Z had customized for their new “Otis” video will be auctioned off to aid East African drought relief efforts.
In the clip, the two rappers chop up the car, turning it into a vehicle with an open top and sides that they use to take a group of girls around on a joy ride. [Watch below.]
The clip closes with the message, “The vehicle used in this visual will be offered up for auction. Proceeds will be donated towards The East African Drought Disaster.”
Meanwhile, Jay Z is also raising money for cancer research by donating a portion of proceeds from his merchandise sales to charity.
Jigga is encouraging his fans to buy a special edition white T-shirt, emblazoned with lyrics from his remix of Kanye West’s single “Power,” to benefit the City of Hope organization. The shirt is being sold on FanFire.com and retails at $21.95, with at least 50 percent of all profits going to the charity.
*Birdman made a huge, ridiculous purchase for $7.8 million, not on a yacht or house, but on a car.
The Cash Money label’s head man dropped nearly $8 million on a Mercedes Maybach Exelero. Birdman, whose real name is Brian Williams, is reportedly worth $100 million. So the vehicle purchase is just a drop in the bucket.
“8million 0n a whip all red.blievetht.custom made.ymcmb” with a picture of his new ride.
The German car really is a beauty, outfitted with a v12 twin turbo engine, a top speed 218 MPH, and a high-class, futuristic design.
Read/learn the history of the Maybach at Wikipedia.
*A trial for rapper Ja Rule could start as soon as this week in a gun-possession case stemming from a July 2007 stop of his luxury sports car. He was scheduled for a court date Monday.
Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of his $250,000-plus Maybach after it was stopped for speeding following a Manhattan concert. The chauffeured car also had a suspended registration and no insurance, police said.
The platinum-selling rapper, born Jeffrey Atkins, has pleaded not guilty to criminal weapon possession. His lawyer has said the traffic stop was unjustified and has questioned a type of DNA analysis used in the case.
Ja Rule was leaving the Beacon Theater when his car was stopped. Police said they smelled marijuana and found a .40-caliber semiautomatic gun in the rear driver’s side door. He wasn’t charged with drug possession, and a judge threw out the rapper’s statement to police that he had “a little bit of weed” in his pocket.
If convicted on the gun charge, the 34-year-old could face up to four years in prison.
Separately, rap big Lil Wayne also was arrested on a gun-possession charge after the same concert, which he headlined. At the time, the two had recently joined forces on a single called “Uh Oh.”
Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Carter Jr., pleaded guilty last year to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He admitted he’d had a loaded, semiautomatic .40-caliber gun on his tour bus, which was also stopped after the show.
The 28-year-old spent eight months in the city’s Rikers Island jail complex, releasing an album, “I Am Not a Human Being,” while behind bars. He was freed last month.
*After finishing a sentence for weapons charges earlier this year, T.I. was poised to have the comeback of the fall.
The multiplatinum rapper starred in the nation’s No. 1 movie, recently married his longtime girlfriend, taped a music special for VH1 and was wrapping up a new album. But after an arrest Wednesday in California, there are questions about whether he’s returning to the music charts – or prison.
The Grammy-winning hitmaker, who is on three years of probation, was taken into custody with wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle on suspicion of possessing methamphetamines after police pulled over their Maybach in West Hollywood. They were released on $10,000 bail early Thursday.
While charges have yet to be filed, the case has the potential to put one of music’s top names in behind bars yet again.
“We’re not making any observations at this time,” said Ed Garland, a defense attorney for T.I. “This is an unfortunate occurrence, and we do not know what the outcome will be.”
His music label, Atlantic Records, also said it “would be premature to speculate about the current situation given that there is an ongoing investigation of this matter.”
*Diddy says he sees nothing wrong with giving his son Justin a $360,000 car for his 16th birthday in January.
In an interview with ABC’s “Nightline,” the rapper got defensive when asked if he thought it was appropriate for him to present Justin Dior Combs with a silver Maybach as his first car.
“I think it’s appropriate to give my kids whatever I want to give my kids,” he told Martin Bashir. “I feel the way I raise my children, I don’t have to explain to you or anyone else, ’cause nobody knows the way I raise my children.”
Without getting into details, Diddy suggested that he had talked about money with his brood.
“Nobody knows the lessons that I’ve taught my children to understand, if they are mentally ready for that,” he said. “It wasn’t even about a lesson; it’s what I wanted to do. I could do whatever I want to do and you can’t question me about it.”
Diddy’s lavish gift made headlines in February when it aired as part of MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.”
Earlier on in the ABC interview, Diddy revealed that his children, all six of them, “deserved more (of his) personal time.” In response, Bashir suggested that having six children by different women was setting a bad example for his fans.
“All of my kids are taken care of,” Diddy responded. “They all go to the best schools.”