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Don Bleek Interviews G-Unit’s 1st Femcee: Precious Paris Talks About How She Linked Up With 50 Cent, Female Rappers, Mixtape & More

50 Cent’s protégé Precious Paris recently released her debut mixtape, entitled From Paris With Love. The 11-track disc has guest appearances from 50 Cent, Kidd Kidd, Twane and Shaun White and boasts production from Havoc, Rahki, T-Minus and more. I caught up with G-Unit’s first femcee at the label’s office in NYC. While there, this Southside Jamaica Queens native and I talked about how she linked up with her boss, mixtape, female rappers & much more.

You rose to fame in 2011, after being featured on 50 Cent’s track “Queens”. In the past, what other projects did you worked on with 50?

We worked on “Kitty Cat” on the T.O.S. album and LL Cool J’s “Feel My Heartbeat” from his Exit 13 album.

In the past, you worked with producers Midi Maffia and Danngerous LLC, Who also happened to give 50 your demo. A week later, 50 called you into his office; do you recall that first meeting and how was it?

I was a nervous racked. I think water was dripping from my palms, I was really stiff and I didn’t move or say a lot. It was my first industry meeting.

How was 50 Cent’s personality?

It was the same as it is today and the same it was back in the days when he was living in Southside.

50 did not initially sign you to G-Unit after the 1st meeting, did that motivated you to work harder?

Yes, of course because I knew deep down inside that he would come back.

So, after the first meeting, how long did it take for 50 to call you back?

It took a couple of years.

How did you feel when 50 finally called you back and told you he wants to sign you?

I played it cool. I said, “Okay, I’ll call you back when I can.” Then I hung up the phone and jumped up and down. “I think my head hit the ceiling.”

Wow, you told 50 Cent that you will call him back?

Yeah and he waited for my call. I was at work.

When did you officially sign to G-unit Records?

September 2011, this was the happiest moment of my life.

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Cameras Flashing: Nicki Minaj Covers Complex’s 10th Anniversary Issue

Love her or hate her, there’s no denying that Nicki Minaj is winning. At the current moment, Minaj is the biggest Hip-Hop artist (male or female) in the world. Over 15 million likes on Facebook and over Nine million followers on Twitter. Minaj’s multi-platinum debut album, Pink Friday definitely put this Queens native on the map. She is featured on the cover of Complex‘s 10th Anniversary Issue. Pop singer Justin Bieber is also featured on the cover. Minaj was interviewed by celebrity blogger and Hot 97′s news editor Miss Info. In the cover story, Minaj and Info talked about branding, working with Jay-Z, her 10 years plan, artists being puppets, exceeding her goals and expectations, whether record labels could create another rap brand like hers and much more. Below are some excerpts:

What wows you these days? Everything that comes your way keeps becoming bigger, bigger, bigger.
If I wasn’t doing it, I wouldn’t believe it’s possible. I remember when I was working with Jay-Z. It was like, “Oh my God. Did I really just do a song with Jay?” I worked with Mariah and it wasn’t commercially successful. But I had fun and I made a real friendship with her. It was, obviously, a life-changing moment for me. It does feel like every moment is getting bigger and bigger. Not only did I get a call to do a song with Madonna, but then I got a call to do a video with Madonna, and then—oh, by the way—you’re going to do the Super Bowl with Madonna. This is not really happening.

When you’re constantly exceeding your own expectations, how do you set new goals?
Doing the Super Bowl with Madonna doesn’t really change Nicki Minaj’s personal goals. My goal right now is still to put out Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, sell five million copies eventually, and tour every country in the world. That’s what I’ve been working toward. So while the world is talking about, “Oh my God, I can’t believe Nicki Minaj was at the Super Bowl!” I’m mixing and mastering my music. In my scheme of things it’s way bigger.

I always got a kick out of the endless debates over who was managing you. I’ve known you through three sets of managers [Deb Antney, Puffy and James Cruz, and Hip Hop Since 1978] and in every case, it was always clear that…
Little do they know, I manage myself.

Source: Complex

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Styling On Them Lames: Don C Wearing A $3,000 Givenchy Rottweiler Jacket & Just Don Mitchell & Ness Snakeskin Caps

Kanye West’s good friend and fashion designer/owner Don C (owner of RSVP gallery and Just Don snapback caps) and Chris Julian (owner of Fruition LV and Unknwn) were spotted out in Paris for the Valentin Yudashkin Fall/Winter 2013 show. Don C was styling on them lames in a $3,000 Givenchy Rottweiler stadium jacket from the Fall/Winter 2011 collection and his Just Don Mitchell & Ness snakeskin caps. Chris Julian wore a black Lanvin archival coat. Peep the pictures below:

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Ladies On The Scene: La La Vazquez-Anthony, Lil Kim & Ciara Making Their Rounds

Yesterday Monday (March 20), media personality, reality star and business mogul La La Vazquez-Anthony was spotted walking in Manhattan before the premiere of her show La La’s Full Court Life. As usual, she was all glammed-up in $995 Christian Louboutin Summerissima Sandals. She paired her sandals with a print layered blouse and blue silk pants.

Over this past weekend, Lil Kim was out in Oakland, California. She performed at Bay area’s Bench & Bar. Tomorrow Wednesday (March 21), Kim will be performing on BET‘s ‘Rip The Runway’.

Ciara is revamping her image to redefine herself as an artist and actress. She is now sporting an edgy comb over style blonde hairdo. On June 15th, Ci Ci is set to star in the movie That’s My Boy with Adam Sandler.

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PLEASE ARREST GEORGE ZIMMERMAN: Trayvon Martin’s Girlfriend Reveals Details Of Their Phone Conversation Up To The Moment He Was Killed

Last week, I reported that a Black 17-year-old boy was shot to death by a White neighborhood watchman in Florida, last month. This is a sad story, it brings tears to my eyes and it sadden me that I am even posting a story like this in the age of Obama. 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead after he took a break from watching the NBA All-Star game to walk 10 minutes to a convenience store to buy snacks including Skittles candy requested by his 13-year-old brother when he was killed by 28-year-old neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, while returning home from the store. As of posting Tuesday (March 20), Police still haven’t arrested  Zimmerman because he claimed self-defense, but now the FBI and U.S. Justice Department are finally investigating the murder as a possible hate crime.

After numerous requests from Martin’s family and the general public, The 911 tapes were released over this past weekend. I’m so glad that the tapes were finally released because it gives everyone just a taste of what really happened. ABC News also got a hold of call logs on Martin’s phone that show he was talking to his 16-year-old girlfriend seconds before he was killed and she heard everything that happened firsthand.

The girl would only talk to attorneys who recorded her statement and her parents won’t give out her name, but she said when she was talking to Martin as he was walking back home in the rain and he was telling her about this strange guy who was on a phone following him:

He said this man was watching him, so he put his hoodie on. He said he lost the man. I asked Trayvon to run, and he said he was going to walk fast. I told him to run but he said he was not going to run.”

Trayvon did eventually decide to run but he was eventually cornered.

Trayvon said, ‘What, are you following me for,’ and the man said, ‘What are you doing here.’ Next thing I hear is somebody pushing, and somebody pushed Trayvon because the head set just fell. I called him again and he didn’t answer the phone.”

After that the line went dead and it was just seconds later that Trayvon was killed.

On the contrary, when George Zimmerman called 911, he told police that Martin was acting funny, looked suspicious and seemed to be on drugs, WHICH IS TOTALLY FALSE! Martin was talking to his girlfriend and trying to figure out why a strange man in an SUV who was on his cell phone, was following him while he was trying to get back home to finish watching the All-Star Game. He put on his hood because it was raining and he was scared, which is a very uncomfortable feeling. Every 17-year-old, don’t matter what race they are, would most likely run if there was some strange man, staring them down and following them in an SUV.

When Travon’s father Tracey Martin heard the girlfriend’s statement it gave him further proof that George Zimmerman needs to be in jail for the murder of his son.

“[Trayvon] knew he was being followed and tried to get away from the guy, and the guy still caught up with him and that’s the most disturbing part. He thought he had got away from the guy and the guy back-tracked for him.” “When George Zimmerman is arrested, tried and convicted I will get a little rest.”

Meanwhile, his ex-girlfriend has been completely traumatized by what she heard and had to be hospitalized. According to the family’s lawyers:

She couldn’t even go to his wake, she was so sick. She spent the night in the hospital. She is traumatized beyond anything you could imagine.”

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Source: ABC News | USA Today

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Dope Girl Fresh: Nicki Minaj Rocking Jeremy Scott x Adidas Denim JS Wing High-Top Sneakers

Nicki Minaj recently landed in Japan for her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded promo tour. The disc is scheduled to hit stores and iTunes on April 2 and has collaborations with Nas, Lil Wayne, Drake, Cam’ron, Rick Ross, Chris Brown  among others. Yesterday, I reported that Minaj signed a multi-million dollar Pepsi deal. She was seen arriving at the airport in Japan wearing a pair of $200 Jeremy Scott x Adidas denim JS Wing high-top sneakers. She paired her sneakers with a  mulch-colored vest and pink Adidas track pants. Are you feeling Minaj’s look?

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Moving Out: Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys Selling Their NYC Penthouse For $18 Million [With Pictures]

One of the music industry’s most powerful couple are putting their NYC penthouse on the market for a cool $17,950,000. Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys luxurious 6,167-square-foot triplex features 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 4 powder rooms. In 2010, Swizzy and A. Keys purchased the home from Lenny Kravitz for $12,750,000. The penthouse also has a nice view of SoHo, a private wine cellar, master suite with spa, gourmet eat-in kitchen, and floating glass staircase. Painted portraits of Muhammad Ali, Sade, and Alicia herself covers the walls of the house. Peep some pictures below:

Spotted: Rap-Up

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All Grown Up: Romeo Miller Shows His Abs & Chest On The Cover Of Brave Magazine

Rapper, Actor and College Basketball player Romeo Miller is showing the ladies his abs and chest on the April 2012 issue of  BRAVE Magazine. On the cover, the New Orleans native posed shirtless in a pair of blue denim jeans. Inside he talks about the industry’s evolution, his new role in Tyler Perry’s new upcoming film Madea’s Witness Protection and his upcoming guest appearance on VH1’s show Single Ladies. Romeo also gives the ladies a few tips on what it takes to get his attention. Master P did a great job raising his son. Romeo and I grew up together in the same era and I believe both of our parents did a great job raising us. We’re both well-educated, spoken and talented. Below are some excerpts:

On what type of woman keeps his attention:

“I love a smart girl and a girl who loves her family! I do everything for my family and it’s nice to have somebody who understands how important that is to me. I can’t wait to have a little Romeo Bunch one day, haha. But, physically I love eyes. The eyes just say so much about someone. I also love nice curves and a woman who knows what she wants out of life. Someone with focus, determination and is God-fearing. My biggest turn-off is if a woman doesn’t have a real passion for something… and bad breath!”

On how the industry has evolved:

“I feel that the next generation is a lot younger and more talented. With technology you can now be your own record company, director, producer, etc. If you have talent you can display it on the Internet and the world will tell you their thoughts in the matter of seconds! Look at how many new artists have emerged from YouTube videos. Entertainment as a whole has changed, but what doesn’t change year after year? To be successful in this industry you have to learn to adapt. The business was different 10 years ago; people did it for the love and the feeling they get when they perform. Nowadays it’s more about the fame.”

Read more excerpts over at Finally Brave.com

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Behind The Scenes: French Montana’s “Everything’s A Go” Visual Shoot

Last week, Bad Boy rapper French Montana began filming the visual to his single “Everything’s A Go” in the Bronx, NY. The visual shoot features Mob Wives star Drita D’Avanzo. Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, and DJ Khaled were also on set. On July 17, Montana will be releasing his first major debut album, entitled Excuse My French. The disc is being executive produced by Rick Ross and Diddy. Montana revealed that an unreleased track with Max- B will be feature on the album. He also revealed that he was recently in the studio with Mase, who is also featured on the disc. Peep the pictures below:

Source: UrbanPartyLife.com 

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Out & About In NYC: Jay-Z, Beyonce, & Their Parents Spotted At The Greenwich Hotel

Last night Monday (March 19), was a family affair in NYC. Beyoncé attended a fundraiser for the Obama re-election campaign at the Greenwich Hotel. Tickets started at $5,000 for a photo with Michelle Obama and $25,000 to chat with her. Beyoncé was accompanied by her mother Tina Knowles and mother-in-law Gloria Carter. Bey was styling on them hoes in a blue Victoria Beckham dress and Nicholas Kirkwood heels. After leaving the Greewich hotel, Bey met with her husband Jay-Z for dinner in Tribeca. Peep the pictures below:

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