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No artist wants to look out from the stage and see a fan yawning. But worse than that is going on Twitter to find out that someone in the house is telling the world that they think your show is boring and that nobody is into it.
That was too much for Slaughterhouse rapper Joe Budden on Thursday night during his show in Oakland, so the MC took matters into his own hands and tossed the offending tweeter. It all started when a woman in the crowd uploaded a photo of the show with the tag, “I wish this picture really captured how dead it is in here at this Joe Budden concert.”
Attending with her boyfriend, the woman also uploaded a picture of a box of NoDoz as a commentary on how bored she was at the gig, with the added dis, “for the Budden concert tonight.” According to her Twitter account, security came and pulled her out of the crowd, explaining that he would not take the stage until she was escorted out.
“So we are upstairs at VIP … security asks me if I’m Paige,” she tweeted. “I said, ‘yes.’ And they say, ‘Joe Budden wants you out. I feel flattered though, they said they showed my Twitter picture and found me in the club.” She later explained that she would “never heckle an artist,” clarifying that she was tossed before Budden even came out to perform, adding that she’s a fan.
Unlike nerdcore rapper MC Chris, who posted a weepy apology for tossing a fan from one of his gigs for a critical tweet earlier this year, Budden clearly wasn’t feeling contrite about his decision. Early on Friday morning (November 30), Bud tweeted, ”I wish I could rewind life so I could kick that hoe out again lol.”
Brown has not yet spoken out about the incident, but on Friday (November 30), Johnson broke her silence with a personal essay via GQmagazine, in which she says she does not regret the incident but has learned a lot from the ordeal, which included receiving thousands of death threats.
“This is not an apology. I just want to clear some things up,” Johnson began, summarizing what went down during the heated Twitter exchange.
In a previous interview, Chris Brown said he was trying to curb his “venting” on Twitter.
She wrote that she assumed people would stop talking about her after a couple days — but they haven’t.
“I didn’t want attention from all of this,” she continued. “If I wanted attention, I would have accepted all of the invitations to be on shows and to actually give exclusive interviews, but I declined all of them. I didn’t think the thousands of (misspelled) death threats I got would have people thinking I saw myself as a victim, because I am NOT a victim of anything, nor have I ever thought I was (excluding the time I paid to see ‘The Village’). I’ve had people assume I dislike Chris Brown because I’m taking up for Rihanna, I’m not. I’m on the side of good, of equality and respect for my fellow woman. I was raised to not respect a person who doesn’t respect others. And one human being physically harming another human being is one of the most disrespectful acts there is. I have never been a victim of domestic abuse, nor was I raised in a house where there was abuse. I do, however, know people who have been victims of abuse by a so-called ‘loved one’ and I’ve seen the long term damage it does.”
The feud started after Brown tweeted a photo of himself with the caption, “I look old as f—! I’m only 23.” Johnson, who has been taking comedic pot shots at Brown online for several years since the singer pleaded guilty to felony assault on ex- (and perhaps current) girlfriend Rihanna,responded with the comment, “I know! Being a worthless piece of sh– can really age a person.” Brown took the bait, leading to a vulgar exchange that included a threat to “shart” in Johnson’s mouth.
Has Chris Brown quit Twitter for good?
In her GQ piece, Johnson reiterated the fact that, as a comedian, her Twitter account is meant to be funny, i.e. not to be taken too seriously, and she took responsibility for setting Brown off in what she said was “certainly not my finest hour, but here we are.”
“Even though I promised myself I would remain quiet on this subject, I just felt the need to clear the air on these certain topics,” Johnson wrote in closing. “Don’t worry Team Breezy, your hero is still on Instagram under the handle F—YoPictures. #Classy.”
“Rihanna types don’t usually do the Danforth,” says the checkout lady at the Shoppers Drug Mart across the street from the Danforth Music Hall Theatre in downtown Toronto. “It’s usually people we’ve never heard of.”
It’s day two of Rihanna’s 777 Tour, which means we’ve landed in Ontario after our second red eye flight. We’re disoriented but fortified by melatonin and an impressive measure of Red Bull. We’re also delighted to see that the Danforth is just as intimate a space as Ri’s first show in Mexico.
To give you the lay of the land, we’re basically in an indie movie theater. Not the great, hulking megaplexes that show summer blockbusters on 11 screens but a place that has chandeliers and popcorn in red-and-white cardboard containers and two floors. It’s cute.
“This gift gives you total bragging rights, you understand me?” Rihanna yelled, waving a smartphone in the air. Dubbing it “some next level sh–,” Rihanna surveyed the crowd for a promising recipient. “DAMN, it’s got to be you. It’s definitely you, girl. You had to be 18 and over to get in here so you are a star. “Plucking a lucky — and visibly sub-18-year-old — Rihanna fan who probably ended up getting grounded for sneaking out (soooo worth it), Rihanna handed the very rare phone over that was not only engraved with her trademark “R” but also “Toronto” to commemorate the occasion.
Rihanna knocks back tequila in Mexico!
Maybe we’re just getting better at navigating a 200-member caravan of press and fans, but the Toronto stop was painless, efficient and very welcoming. The drugstore cashier during our snack run obviously wanted to run away with us. I don’t blame her. Even if that store had the BEST chips. Also, those little maple leaf sandwich cookies. They’re the best. On to Stockholm!
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Kanye West just jumped on a remix of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” and he definitely isn’t holding anything back.
“We the cause of all the commotion/Your mouth runnin’ by where is you goin?” West raps at the beginning of the new version of the song, which Rihanna posted on her Soundcloud page Friday (November 16), and he just keeps going from there, delivering raspy-voiced shout-outs to the Illuminati and Tay Zonday, quoting the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” proclaiming he’s “on his Brad Pitt,” and ripping through nimble lines like “You just look stupid to be ignorin’ the DeLorean parked in front of [the] Armani emporium.”
Click to listen: Rihanna ft Kany West – Diamonds (Remix)
At one point, he also screams out loud, curses the voices in his head, says he’s celebrating after making it through Hurricane Sandy and proudly promises that “Until my time is up/my style’s sex in the shower/fresh as f—.
Yes, there’s certainly no shortage of Kanye’s patented swagger, and the new remix also adds some clubby wallop to the laid-back track. It also comes as Rihanna is currently jetting her way across the globe on the 777 Tour, playing shows in Mexico City and Toronto, preparing for a gig in Stockholm, Sweden, and pouring plenty of drinks for the 100-plus journalists along for the ride.
MTV News is, of course, also tagging along on the trip, bringing you updates from each of Rihanna’s shows and even previewing some of the in-flight dining options. Like Kanye says, the caramel pecan brownie is fresh as f—.
Are you feeling Kanye’s verses on the “Diamonds” remix? Lets us know in the comments below!
After reportedly breaking off their brief romance in late August, Katy Perry and John Mayer have been spotted together again in the wake of the breakup news.
The two were spotted on Saturday at FYF Fest in Los Angeles. In one photo posted by a fan, the on-again, off-again, on-again couple were spotted standing side by side taking in the music. They also took a group shot with their friends, including Perry’s bestie, “Raising Hope” actress Shannon Woodward.
According to an E! News source, in addition to dancing they were also “stealing kisses” during the show.
According to photos posted on Just Jared, they were also together at the Little Door Restaurant in L.A Tuesday night.
Perry and Mayer kicked off romance rumors in June, when they were reportedly spotted hanging out at SoHo House in West Hollywood. They were finally photographed together in August leaving the famed Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. And, while a source told Us that Perry was “really upset about” the August split, the twosome looked to be back on better terms this week. No one from either camp has commented on any of the romance rumors
Whether or not Perry and Mayer are dating or just friends, Perry is up for four Moonmen at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday. Three of her noms are for her dreamy “Wide Awake” video (including Video of the Year), while one is for her fierce “Part of Me” clip.
To find out if Katy can go home with a Moonman this year, catch the 2012 Video Music Awards Thursday. Check out the “Jersey Shore” special “Gym, Tan, Look Back” at 6 p.m. before the pre-show at 7 p.m. and then the Kevin Hart-hosted main show at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards were a blast! Stick with MTV for all the VMA winners, fashion, and continued coverage of everything that happened onstage, backstage and behind-the-scenes.
Jay-Z may have grown up on the mean streets of Brooklyn, where he had to harden up pretty quickly and learn to survive, but he doesn’t see the same future for his baby girl, Blue Ivy. Since her birth at the top of 2012, she’s already donned couture most adults swoon over and hung out with the likes of celebrity A-listers — including her superstar parents.
On top of that, she’s already a world traveler (she was just in the South of France with her parents for her mom, Beyonce’s, birthday) and Jay notes in an interview with The New York Times Style Magazine that he wonders what her privileged life will teach her about the hard-knock one lurking just outside of it.
“I actually thought about that more before she was born. Once she got here I’ve been in shock until maybe last week?” he said of his baby girl, before recalling his own tough childhood and how Blue Ivy’s won’t be anything like it.
“We would fight each other. My brother would beat me up,” he says in the interview about his youth spent in the projects. “I was going to have to fight, I was going to have to go through some things, and they were preparing me.”
But Ivy “doesn’t have to be tough. She has to love herself, she has to know who she is, she has to be respectful and be a moral person,” he added.
As for the status of the Carter-Knowles family, Jay simply had this update, “Oh, my family’s amazing.”
Earlier this year, Hova opened up about the effect fatherhood has had on his music in an interview with MTV News, sharing that since Blue’s birth, the songs aren’t flowing out of him the way he thought they would.
“I thought that I would after my daughter was born. I thought I would be more inspired with all the new feelings and everything that I’d have to write about, but it really happened the other way,” he shared back in May. “I just really wanna hang out with her. I just wanna enjoy those moments for a bit and I’m sure that feeling of music will come back to me.”
Though, baby Blue has inspired one track for sure, the deeply personal “Glory,” on which she also makes a cameo. “My music has always been like that, if you listen to ‘Glory’ and you listen to ‘Regrets,’ which was on my first album, side by side, it’s exploring the same sort of emotions,” he insists. “It’s just one deals with my mom, one deals with my daughter.”
What do you think Blue Ivy has in store for her future? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
After lengthy and sometimes heated court proceedings, Usher’s divorce from Tameka Foster was finalized Friday (August 24) and full custody of the former couple’s children was granted to the singer.
The judge awarded Usher primary custody of their two sons: Usher Raymond V, born in November of 2007, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, born in December of 2008, according to TMZ.
The details of Foster’s access to or visitation rights of her children have not yet been released, but the ruling comes as somewhat of a surprise, given the emotionally charged accusations slung back and forth between Usher and Foster during the trial. Foster accused her ex of being too absorbed in his career to be a good father and that he had used drugs in the presence of his sons. She also told Global Grind that she never wanted to enter the custody battle to begin with and was satisfied with their previously agreed upon “joint custody” arrangement.
Usher was, at one point, held in contempt of court for canceling his wife’s credit card at Saks Fifth Avenue. The court ordered Usher to reinstate the card because Foster argued that she needed use of that particular credit card in order to fulfill her duties as a stylist.
Usher filed for divorce in 2009 after the couple had been married for two years. The couple’s relationship was fraught with drama with rumors that circulated about Foster reportedly controlling the singer, Usher’s mother’s disapproval, etc.
Neither party has commented on the ruling.
This is another personal setback for Foster, who is still mourning the tragic loss of her son Kile Glover. The 11-year-old died from severe injuries sustained when he was struck by a Jet-Ski in July.
The block just got a little hotter in the Big Apple. A New York state senator is trying to put the heat on Lil Wayne after the YMCMB boss told MTV News on Monday that he isn’t the biggest fan of NYC.
“Flat out: I don’t like New York,” Weezy told MTV when we caught up with in Las Vegas as he introduced his new line of sneakers with SUPRA. State Sen. Malcolm Smith was up in arms following that comment, and he announced he would be holding a press conference in Times Square on Wednesday (August 22).
“New York City is the birthplace of the Hip Hop music movement,” Smith said in a statement issued from his office to MTV News on Wednesday. “Millions of New Yorkers listen to his music every day. His comments outraged his local fans and residents. The group today will be demanding an apology of the hip hop star. Lil Wayne has had misfortune in New York with recent gun charges and a jail sentence.”
The misfortune that Smith referred to dates back to 2007, when Wayne was arrested for gun possession after a show at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Wayne was eventually convicted on gun charges and served eight months on Riker’s Island before he was released in November 2010.
Weezy’s comments about New York came after we asked what it was like to perform with Nicki Minaj during her August 14 Roseland Ballroom show, a free concert she staged for fans after she and Tunechi cancelled her scheduled Hot 97 Summer Jam performance in June. “Last week was awesome,” Lil Wayne said. “I believe everything happens for a reason and then you make the most of that reason. I think we made the most of it last week.”
Does Lil Wayne owe New York an apology? Sound off in the comments!