What's your addiction? Is it money? Is it girls? Is it weed? For Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Lil’ Scrappy, the answer is C. Momma Dee’s pride and joy failed a court-mandated drug test – a big no-no when you’re on papers (probation). That resulted in him landing back in jail, though his lawyer, Mawuli Mel Davis, is now claiming that Scrappy is addicted to marijuana. As a result, he’ll be checking into rehab before his next court hearing in June. Can you imagine him in a group session? “I love smoking the treez-nah-eee, ya feel?” Mona Scott-Young, see if you can get the camera crew inside. [TMZ]
Meanwhile, K. Michelle told the morning show crew on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” that she’ll be joining the New York edition of Love & Hip Hop, which could use a burst of new life to say the least. However she says she won’t be interacting much with the rest of the cast, saying that her appearance on that show will ultimately set up her own. As for rumors about her and Chad Johnson dating, K. Michelle acknowledged the two were friends. How good of friends are they? Well, he bought her a pet monkey.
The newly NY resident explained: “You can't bring the monkey to New York, so the monkey is in Florida and I've been trying to find it a home. I've always wanted a pet monkey. Chad approached me and he tried to date me and I was like, ‘I don't want no shoes. Everybody wants shoes. I want a monkey.’ I thought it was a sweet gesture. We have not slept together. I've been through a lot with this dating thing. I talked to Chad yesterday. We are friends. That's what we need to be.”
The next time Chad is in court over child support, how much you want to bet that monkey will be mentioned? [The YBF]
Kordell Stewart is doing his part to not sound like the horrible person recent actions suggest him to be. Said actions include him not telling his wife that he’s divorcing her – leading to her finding out via the Twitter while he was in the other room. More recently, there was the report that he locked newly estranged wife Porsha Stewart out of their home, which caused her to move in with her mama.
As for Porsha getting spousal support, “She is a celebrity, and has the income through appearances, endorsements, Bravo and other entities …(Porsha) should be capable of supporting herself but may not be able to as a result of her own financial negligence.”
So he still sounds like an awful person. Abort mission, Kordell. You can’t win this round. [Hip Hollywood]
In related “Oh, so just not gon’ tell me this is happening until way after the fact” news, D. Woods is speaking out about finding out about the Danity Kane reunion sans her in an interview with Hot 107.5′s Bijou Star. D. Woods has been in Atlanta rehearsing for a stage play when she saw the other four members out and about in Los Angeles.
On seeing her band mates reunited: “I found out when my twitter timeline went off the chain. […] We did go our separate ways in the fall of 2008. […] I’ve committed to projects and developing my own label, so I know right now, I can’t commit to splitting my focus on something like that. I don’t want to hold anyone back. If they feel like that’s what they want to do, and they want to do it right now, they’re going to do it. I mean you don’t have to wait for me. I’m going to support them as I’ve always supported them, and I hope they will support me.”
As to whether or not she’ll participate in the reunion: “Where it makes sense in my schedule and the things that I have coming up, there’s a possibility. If it was brought to me, I would definitely consider it […] I’m definitely focused on the future. I’m really not trying to rehash the past. Just moving forward.” [Necole Bitchie]
I don’t know what Rihanna’s relationship is like with her father, but based on this recent interview if I were her I’d be handing him a muzzle for Christmas…in July. Speaking with the British tabloids for a check, Ronald Fenty says of Chris Brown: “I'm still his No 1 fan – I still like Chris regardless. They have a very passionate relationship but if they split up it does not mean it's forever with them. In a couple of months they'll be back together.”
Mind you, Ronald Fenty reportedly abused Rihanna’s mother in the past as he struggled with substance abuse. Now he sells stories to tabloids about how much he loves his daughter’s ex-boyfriend who abused her. Hello, issues. [Now]
However, there’s another Rihanna ex out here showing us there’s always a better way. Super handsome and wonderfully wealthy LA Dodger Matt Kemp is donated lots of money to those afflicted by the terrible tornados that struck several areas in Oklahoma.
A son of the state himself, Matt wrote in a statement: "Dear Families of OKC: On Monday, out of concern and emotion I committed $1,000.00 for every home run I hit until the All-Star Break. It was a quick and small gesture in advance of what I knew would be my greater contribution through your rebuilding process. I am keeping my pledge and in addition, donating $250,000.00. May God bless you through this and the many generous donations coming to your aid. – Matt Kemp #PrayforOklahoma" [CBS Sports]
In case you were confused, Kenya Moore never dated Jay-Z. In response to a question about whether she had a past with the rapper, Kenya tweeted in response: “Sorry… but NO I never dated Jay-Z. Only worked on the video. He and @jermainedupri were true gentlemen. #dumbRumors #twirlonthat” [Kenya Moore]
I don’t know what’s going on with the bank account of my beloved Mary J. Blige, but someone needs a new accountant. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul owes $3,426,255.43 in back federal income taxes for the years 2009, 2010, and 2011. She also owes the state of New Jersey 901,769.65 in back taxes. And there’s that lawsuit against her for alleged defaulting on a $2.2 million bank loan. Not to mention, her charity was sued for taking out a $250,000 loan and now paying it back. God save the Queen, I don’t want her to be Lauryn Hill’s bunk buddy in prison. [Crunk + Disorderly]
Montell Jordan is no longer doing something exclusively for the honeys. The 90s R&B singer is now a worship pastor in Atlanta where celebrity pastors reign supreme. Word to Peebles. Anyhow, the 44-year-old singer turned megachurch pastor said that after a 21-day fast in 2010, “The Lord spoke to me and said 'you got to retire, you got to lay that life down.'" The start of his transition from the music industry to the ministry was diaper changing in the children’s ministry. Ultimately, he given a license to marry, baptize, and christen. Additionally, he’s working “a live concert of all new material with a newly formed collective of church musicians, called Victory World Music.” Good luck and God bless, though admittedly I’m going to always love him as the man who gave us "Let’s Ride.” [LA Weekly]
J. Cole is never scared when it comes to dropping an album on the same day as Kim Kardashian’s boo thang. The North Carolina raised rapper says he’s moving up the release date of his sophomore album, Born Sinner, to compete directly with Kanye West’s forthcoming album, Yeezus. J. Cole said he got the idea all of a sudden and immediately worked to make sure that date bump could happen.
On that, he explains: “I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J. Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought.”
Not to mention, while folks are out in stores or hitting the Web to buy Kanye’s album, might as well have yours right next to his on sale and get that curiosity purchase. [Rap-Up]
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick