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November 2007
Friday, November 30th, 2007

No Bird For Birdman
Or: The Hilarity Of Internet News

So, Lil Wayne’s sugadaddy Baby, AKA The Birdman got arrested the other day. Yesterday’s reporting was pretty hardcore. Apparently, the Number One Sunna was caught with a load of weed, a bunch of guns, and “his 18 year old wife”.

“Cash Money Records CEO and president Baby “Birdman” Williams and brother Ronald “Slim” Williams were among 16 people arrested yesterday in Kingsport, Tennessee for possession of over a half-ounce of marijuana each,” wrote HopHopDX. “The Williams brothers and the entourage were traveling in an RV on Interstate 81, when they were stopped by police troopers for allegedly forcing an 18-wheeler truck into the emergency lane for a yield.

The 38-year-old Birdman, who was accompanied by his 18 year-old wife Brittany, was held responsible for the marijuana that was discovered in the kitchenette garbage can. In addition to the Williams brothers, at least three other Cash Money Records executives were arrested in the incident… The Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is also involved due to a .45 pistol found on the scene too.”

Oh no! The internets went nuts with chat about that 18 year old. Then Baby got out of jail and someone (MTV) bothered to talk to him. Apparently the weed was a “misdemeanor amount”, and the guns were registered to his security detail, and have already been returned by authorities.

“The guns we had were good,” said Baby. “I do carry a gun and I am licensed. Tennessee is one of the states I can tote in. We know the guidelines. They make you aware of everything in [marksmanship] class.”

And the girl?

“I’m not married,” said the outraged Birdman. “Never! Been! Married! Plus, that girl was 18! I don’t get down like that! Plus, if I was married, why would I keep it a secret?”

Apparently the girl was a friend of one of the other arrestees.

Baby and his brother Slim were charged with possession of more than a half of an ounce of marijuana and released after posting $1500 bonds this morning. They’re due back in court on March 18th.

— Friday, November 30th, 2007

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

When I first heard this, I thought it was dreadful. Now I realise I was wrong. It is brilliant.

— Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Coming to a sky near you:

Government controlled flying saucers that taser you in the ASS!

Taser International, the company behind the increasingly-used and quite lethal weapons (a Polish man died recently after being tasered twice at Vancouver Airport) is currently hard at work “developing a mini-flying saucer like drone which could also fire Taser stun rounds on criminal suspects or rioting crowds”.

The company expects the crazy thing “to be launched next year and to be sold internationally”, writes AFP.

In other news, The Jackson 5 have reformed, and Morrissey is going on tour.

Good times!

— Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Monday, November 26th, 2007

I dunno how many of you know this, but I still do a little bit of music writing, to keep the wolves from the door in a not-wholly unpleasant manner. PlayLouder dot com, for instance, pays my bank loan, and in return, I crib “news” stories. Like this one:

Wu Round 2
RZA On The Rae Beef

RZA has spoken on Raekwon’s recent comments in which he aired out his
disgruntlement with RZA’s direction on the forthcoming Wu-Tang reunion
album, 8 Diagrams.

“Wu Tang belongs to the world the world… It aint just a
bunch of tough talk,” said RZA. “Raekwon’s album would be just some
punch you in the face music… and it’s like, yo – I punch you in the
face… but as you grow into a man you start respecting other men’s
positions… your music start reflecting that. Knowledge means to know
look listen observe and also, what? Respect. What he wanted was a punch
you in your face album. But we already did Cuban Links 2
already. We drop that after this, and you can punch whoever you want in
the face. You don’t hear me do no Bobby Digital rhymes on this album. I
ain’t talking about how many girls I be bonin’ and how big my joint is.
On Wu-Tang I come in a more respectful way.”

On Rae’s financial gripes, RZA added: “I ain’t never ever take no
money from nobody and I ain’t owe nobody no money. I pay my bills.”

So thurr son. Watch the whole interview, with the UK’s own Westwood, below.

— Monday, November 26th, 2007

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Following reports last week that Usher has converted to Scientology, another black superstar, Will Smith, has admitted to studying the cult’s doctrines.

“I’ve studied Buddhism and Hinduism, and I’ve studied
Scientology through Tom [Cruise],” Smith told Men’s Vogue Magazine. “Ninety eight percent of the
principles [in Scientology] are identical to the principles of the
Bible… I don’t think that because the word someone uses for spirit is thetan that the definition becomes any different.”

Scientology is evil in a way other religions could but dream of. Just look at this guy I saw in New York last year doing “personality tests” on the New York subway!

— Monday, November 26th, 2007

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Big up all for the other night! There were no arrests! It was ace! We did new songs and everything. Booya.

I am off to see Kanye at O2. Bet he’s not as good as Prince.

Photos by Pizzagirl

— Thursday, November 22nd, 2007