Archive for January, 2008

Busta Rhymes Put On Probation For Assault Charge

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Bustarhymeslook225Thanks to some anger-management issues, Busta Rhymes will be working the Boy George beat.

But it could have been worse for the hit-making rapmeister, who finally agreed Wednesday to work out a deal with prosecutors in separate assault cases, thus avoiding some quality time in Rikers Island.

Instead, Rhymes, referred to in court by his birth certificate name, Trevor Smith, copped to two misdemeanor assault charges.

While the D.A. urged a sentence of one-year in jail for Rhymes’ beatdown of his former driver and a fan, a Manhattan Criminal Court justice opted to ding the hip-hopster with just 10 days of community service and stuck him on three years’ probation.

Rhymes also faced a drunk-driving rap, and wound up surrendering his license and enrolling in court-sanctioned DWI classes.

All told, The Big Bang purveyor had been facing charges from a quartet of incidents stretching back over the past year and a half. He was accused of roughing up his former chauffeur/gofer in a beef over money. He was accused of smacking down a fan who spat on the rapper’s SUV. And he racked up a pair of driving infractions for driving with a suspended license and drunken driving.

Before now, Rhymes had steadfastly refused to hammer out a deal with the D.A. The rapper’s lawyer told E! Online Rhymes was being unfairly targeted for failing to cooperate with detectives investigating the still unsolved 2006 shooting death of a bodyguard.

Wednesday’s plea doesn’t quite clear Rhymes’ docket though. He still faces a civil lawsuit filed last August by the salivating fan.

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Chuck-Dfinearts-225Chuck D believes that Universal’s decision not to fill Jay-Z’s position at Def Jam Records is a symptom of a dying industry. He says, “It’s really disappointing that Universal decided not to replace the vacated Def Jam job. Its sort of expected, and a primary reason why the music business has collapsed. I’m embarrassed at how musicians and artists in other genres of music make us appear to be greed-infested, structureless idiots when it comes down to the organization of black music and culture. The same thing that happened to Motown is Def Jam’s fate. Music, and especially this urban, black, whatever you wanna call it, is an incestuous inner circle of usual suspects that are financially trusted over black culture by a select ‘other few.’ It’s evident that we are not the same people.” — Elle Castro
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Here’s the full statement

“It’s really disappointing that UNIVERSAL decided not to replace the vacated DEF JAM job. Its sort of expected, and a primary reason why the music business has collapsed. The sports world relies on a mix of business people, coaches, ex-players and players to further an organized growing path in what it does. It’s why it does well and we remain fans. I’m embarrassed at how musicians and artists in other genres of music make us appear to be greed-infested, structureless idiots when it comes down to the organization of black music and culture.

And it’s quite clear that these folks could care less. The same thing that happened to MOTOWN is DEF JAM’s fate. In my opinion, the fact that 10 -15 individuals in the guise of hovering buzzards are given keys to the culture based on their alliances with these corporations, is a partial reason for the troubled condition it’s in. Hence music, and especially this urban, black, whatever you wanna call it, is an incestuous inner circle of usual suspects that are financially trusted over black culture by a select ‘other few.’ It’s evident that we are not the same people.”