Hip hop DJ legends Grand Wizzard Theodore, Grand Mixer DXT and Grandmaster Flash are inducted into Hollywood’s iconic RockWalk. (March 7)
*Grandmaster Flash, best known for the 1982 rap anthem “The Message,” was among those artists inducted into the store’s RockWalk museum, along with deejays Grand Wizzard Theodore and Grandmixer DXT.
The trio added their handprints and cement signatures outside Sunset Boulevard’s Guitar Center on Thursday, where the RockWalk is located.
The museum also honored the 25th anniversary of the song “Parents Just Don’t Understand” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, which ultimately launched the career of actor and musician Will Smith.
DJ Jazzy Jeff hosted the ceremony and introduced the three icons as “the Mount Rushmore when it comes to DJs.”
While rap legends Run-DMC joined hundreds of other acts already inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in 2002, Thursday’s inductees mark somewhat of a departure for RockWalk’s board, which says the contributions to music history made by Grandmaster Flash and other deejay legends can no longer be ignored by the museum.
Grandmaster Flash, Grand Wizzard Theodore and Grand Mixer DXT join the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Iron Maiden on the RockWalk.
The rapper was released just after 7 p.m. Wednesday from the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, where he had been serving an eight-year sentence on drug charges.
The 31-year-old rapper — whose real name is Torrence Hatch — remains on supervised parole until 2018, according to the AP.
Boosie’s Angola stint began in 2009 after pleading guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge. Since then, he’s faced numerous accusations, including a highly publicized murder trial in the 2009 killing of Terry Boyd. He was acquitted of first-degree murder in Boyd’s death in May 2012.
The warden said the time and date of Hatch’s release wasn’t made public “just to keep everything calm.”
Reps for Lil Wayne have vowed to investigate allegations the rapper owes more than $12 million in unpaid taxes.
As previously reported, Weezy is accused of failing to pay $5.8 million in taxes for 2011 and $6.3 million for 2012, according to a tax lien obtained by TMZ.
Wayne’s publicist Sarah Cunningham has now confirmed his team is on the case, telling editors at Gossipextra.com, “Lil Wayne’s tax attorneys and accountant are looking into the matter… They are certain that this will be resolved.”
Lil Wayne previously found himself in financial trouble for failing to pay $7 million in taxes for the years 2008 and 2009, but he has since cleared the debt.
*In case you missed Kanye West’s “Yeezus” tour, or you’d like to relive your experience at the concert, the rapper has you covered with a Hype Williams-directed film of the outing’s North American leg.
On Thursday, ‘Ye shared a brief trailer from the upcoming film on his official site. The video features rapid-fire clips of a variety of scenes from the tour…and of course, some random horses running through snow.
The film will appear in theaters, according to the trailer. [Click through to watch.]
Williams directed a number of West’s music videos, including “Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” “Stronger,” and “Gold Digger.”
Last week, novelist/screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis confirmed in an interview with Noisey that he is collaborating with West on a film project. Ellis is best known for his books “American Psycho” and “Less Than Zero,” both of which were adapted into films.
After serving more than three years for cracking a former NFL cheerleader over the head with a bottle during a 2007 nightclub fight, Da Brat will also have to pay her victim $3.7 million dollars after losing her case in civil court.
As previously reported, the civil trial hit a snag Wednesday when a juror in the case admitted he wasn’t a U.S. citizen — but the new jury quickly reached a verdict today,according to TMZ.
Shayla Stevens, who cheered for the Atlanta Falcons, sued Da Brat in 2009, while the rapper was serving her prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault.
The jury found Da Brat — real name Shawntae Harris — responsible for causing Stevens’ permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment, and severe mental pain.
Instead of doing a traditional set on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Tuesday, guestKanye West gave the host a career-spanning greatest hits performance on Meyers’ second night on the air.
In silhouette, Yeezy started out with “Jesus Walks,” then quickly moved into “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All of the Lights,” “Mercy” and “Black Skinhead” before wrapping with a strobe light and a toss of the mic stand before exiting the stage.
In his pre-performance interview, ‘Ye said that ending the Yeezus tour on Sunday night was kind of a melancholy affair. “I thought it went really good and it’s kind of sad when it’s over,” said the rapper, sporting black leather pants, brown boots and a white short sleeved shirt. “You put to much into it and so many people are excited to see it. It’s fun to express something that you created.”
Asked to describe the difference between how he approaches fashion design and music-making, Kanye said, “Everything in the world is exactly the same.” Caught off guard, Meyers joked, “Okay, great. I don’t think we’re done, but I’m going to sign off.”
The actual explanation, though, was much more complicated, touching on: Daniel Day Lewis, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, your favorite eighth grade teacher, synesthesia, architecture, “sonic paintings,” Michelangelo and the frustration of being a celebrity who just wants to use marble to create sculptures.
“No you can’t do this, you have to do this kind of [fashion] line,” West clarified, as Meyers sat intently staring with a look of concentration on his face. “I’m in the process of breaking down walls people will understand 10 years, 20 years from now.”
In a deft pivot, Meyers then shifted the focus to the recent 10-year anniversary
of “The College Dropout,” commenting that final song “Last Call” is similar to Kanye’s current thoughts on being ahead of his time. “You sort of tell the story [on that song] of how everybody told you you couldn’t make that album,” Meyers said. “It’s like you made a movie and put the DVD commentary on the movie when it was released. The album’s not even out and you recorded a song basically saying, ‘It’s a hit, it worked.’”
Kanye also said being a dad to baby North will definitely change his artistic approach. No, he won’t be the hip-hop Wiggles, but he will make, “artistic, intellectual, kid-friendly songs … If you think about the Yeezus album, cursing was definitely necessary,” West said. “It’d be like if you talked to Quentin Tarantino [and saying], ‘Are you gonna make G-rated movies?’ It’s Quentin Tarantino!”
Watch a portion of the interview below. View his performance here.