Rapper, producer and reality TV star Mally Mall's Las Vegas home has been raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents as part of a human trafficking case. Officials from the FBI's public corruption squad executed search warrants on the mansion and headquarters of Las Vegas Concierge - an escort service the rap star owns - on Monday morning (29Sep14).
Mall, real name Jamal Rashid, was not at the property at the time of the swoop as he is currently shooting his reality show Love and Hip Hop Hollywood in Los Angeles, reports TMZ.com.
No arrests were made during the raid and no further details about the case were available as WENN went to press.
The Wake Up In It star, who has been associated with Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown and Drake, has yet to comment on the story.
Trouble appears to be following singer Chris Brown wherever he goes - a man was stabbed after the R&B star's performance at a Drake and Lil Wayne concert afterparty in California on Monday (22Sep14). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is desperate to turn his life around following a string of legal issues and a three-month prison spell earlier this year (14), but now his name has been linked to an incident outside Supperclub in Hollywood, where Brown performed on Monday.
An unidentified clubber was hospitalised after he was stabbed as he was exiting the venue, according to TMZ.com.
This isn't the first incident that has occurred during or after a Chris Brown club appearance in Los Angeles - in August (14), Marion 'Suge' Knight was shot at Brown's MTV Video Music Awards pre-party at 1OAK nightclub. A fight also broke out at the VIP Room in New York earlier this month (Sep14), while the singer was hosting an event at the venue.
Reports indicated Brown's entourage was involved, but he has since dismissed the rumours.
The man stabbed on Monday night is expected to make a full recovery.
British singer Sam Smith looks set to win big at the 2014 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards after scoring four nominations on Tuesday (23Sep13).
The Money On My Mind hitmaker received a nod in the Best Song category for his hit Stay With Me and Best Album for his debut disc In The Lonely Hour, as well as Best Male Act and Best R 'n' B Soul Act nominations. He will compete against stars including British rapper Tinie Tempah and Fuse ODG in the Best Male category, while Rita Ora, Jessie J, Katy B and Robert Pattinson's rumoured girlfriend FKA Twigs will battle it out for Best Female Act.
Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran is among the artists who will compete against Smith in the Best Song category, with his track Sing going up against Stay With Me.
Beyonce, Chris Brown, Drake, Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams are among those competing for the Best International Act trophy.
British hip-hop duo Krept & Konan also picked up four nominations, closely followed by FKA Twigs with three.
The singer/songwriter, real name Tahliah Barnett, is also up for the coveted Mercury Prize this year (14). Actor Idris Elba received a MOBO Inspiration Award at the nominations party on Tuesday morning. The rest of the winners will be announced at London's Wembley Arena on 22 October (14).
Chris Brown has distanced himself from reports suggesting members of his entourage became embroiled in a brawl at a New York club, insisting he and his friends were not involved.
The R&B star was hosting an event at the VIP Room in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) when a fight broke out at the venue. According to the New York Post, bottles were thrown as some people in his crew clashed with another group sitting nearby and one reveller caught up in the fracas suffered an eye injury.
Police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. Brown has since taken to his Twitter.com blog to clear up rumours suggesting he was involved, claiming the fight had nothing to do with his entourage.
He writes, "There was no brawl involving me or anyone from my camp last night at VIP room. The devil is in full effect at all times. God is the way." Meanwhile, representatives for VIP Room have verified Brown's account of the clash in a statement issued to WENN, which reads: "An incident unrelated to Chris Brown occurred between two patrons, approximately 50 feet away from Brown and his group... "Chris Brown was completely oblivious to the incident and had nothing to do with what transpired nor was he or any of his group affected in anyway (sic). VIP ROOM is cooperating with the police and their investigation."
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker is no stranger to club controversy - he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub in 2012.
R&B star Chris Brown found himself in the middle of another club brawl in the early hours of Thursday (11Sep14) after members of his entourage clashed with revellers in New York. The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was hosting an event at the VIP Room hotspot when some people in his crew became embroiled in a heated altercation with a group sitting nearby.
Bottles were reportedly thrown as tempers flared and one person suffered an eye injury as a result of the fight.
Police were called to the venue to investigate, but no arrests were made, reports the New York Post.
It is not yet known if Brown himself was directly involved in the scuffle, which took place two years after he faced-off with rapper Drake in a similar brawl at another Big Apple nightclub.
The news comes a week after Brown was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to a misdemeanour assault following an incident in Washington, D.C. last year (13).
The hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following the altercation. He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
R&B superstar Usher has removed his forthcoming album from the 2014 release schedule in a bid to spend more time perfecting the project. The Yeah hitmaker had been expected to unveil UR, his eighth studio disc, by the year's end to accompany his upcoming tour, The UR Experience, but he has since decided to delay its release.
He tells Billboard.com, "The album isn't scheduled anymore. I've basically taken it back. I'm taking my time with it. At the end of the day, all of this is just about having fun. You get in the studio (and) go with how you feel."
Usher has already recorded tracks with guests including Nicki Minaj, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran, Skrillex, Diplo and Drake, but there's one additional artist he has also been spending time with in the studio - Chris Brown.
He reveals, "There is another record that we worked on for the album. The relationship is great... we've been able to build."
A new release date for UR has yet to be set, but The UR Experience tour, with R&B newcomer August Alsina, is still set to kick off in Montreal, Canada on 1 November (14).
Outkast star Andre 3000 is planning to retire from rap next year (15) after he turns 40. The Ms. Jackson hitmaker, who will mark the age milestone in May (15), is convinced hip-hop is a young man's game and he confesses he can no longer keep up with his new peers.
He tells the New York Times, "I remember, at like 25, saying, 'I don't want to be a 40-year-old rapper.' I'm 39 now, and I'm still standing by that. I'm such a fan that I don't want to infiltrate it with old blood."
Andre 3000 reveals he recruits his teenage son Seven, with R&B singer Erykah Badu, to critique his verses on tracks by artists like Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean, because he is no longer sure what will be a hit with young fans.
He explains, "I struggle with the verses. I don't sit around and write raps, I just don't. Now the only time I'm really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, 'Hey man, I want you to do this,' I don't want to let Future down. I don't want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them...
"My son, he's 16. Him and his buddies, they'll be in the car, and I'll say, 'Hey, what do you think about this verse?' That's my gauge at this point. I don't have the pulse. Part of art is knowing when not to put paint on. And when to change your medium."
A police force tasked with monitoring personal appearances by controversial hip-hop stars to prevent violence is stepping up its surveillance in the wake of Marion 'Suge' Knight's shooting. The elite squad, known as the 'Hip-Hop Police', reportedly works off a watchlist of potentially troublesome stars which includes Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, Fat Joe, Drake and Chris Brown.
They are charged with monitoring rap concerts and nightclub appearances by any artist suspected of attracting trouble, and editors at New York Post gossip column Page Six report the team is now ramping up its efforts following the shooting involving music mogul Knight in Los Angeles at the weekend (23-24Aug14).
A source tells the publication, "All New York club owners are required to inform the Hip-Hop Police in advance if anyone on the watch list is coming in. They want to be there to monitor the crowd and in case any trouble starts. They don't want any situations like the Suge Knight shooting. If something does go down, they want to already be on the scene."
Another source adds, "Their job is to investigate crimes and curtail violence in the hip-hop industry. So when they find out there is a beef between rappers, they monitor it. They are plainclothes cops, they go to clubs and shows."
Death Row Records boss Knight was reportedly shot six times, in the stomach, chest and arm, at a party hosted by Brown at an L.A. nightclub in the early hours of Sunday (24Aug14). He was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.
Drake and Chris Brown's plans to reveal their collaborative track during a live show have been scuppered because Brown's criminal record restricts the countries he can visit, according to a U.S. report. The now-reconciled former rap rivals sparked rumours of a team-up when they were snapped together in a studio in July (14), and editors at TMZ.com report Drake had invited Brown to join him on stage at OVO Fest in his hometown of Toronto, Canada on Monday (04Aug14).
However the plans have now reportedly been scrapped after Brown's management team realised Canada's strict laws on allowing convicted criminals to enter the country would make it difficult for the Kiss Kiss singer to cross the border from the U.S.
Brown was released from jail in June (14) after more than two months behind bars for failing to complete a court-ordered stay in a rehabilitation facility. He is due to stand trial in September (14) in a separate case for allegedly assaulting a man in Washington, D.C. in October (13).
Rapper Busta Rhymes has left his record label, Cash Money Records, due to creative differences. The Touch It hitmaker has been with the company since 2011, but the hip-hop veteran has officially parted from the label, which is also home to artists such as Lil Wayne, Drake and Nicki Minaj.
In an interview with DJ Sway on his SiriusXM radio programme, Rhymes revealed he has departed from the label since he wasn't seeing eye to eye with Cash Money bosses.
He explains, "Nothing happened in a negative way. I was there for two years and the opportunity was a great opportunity at the time because of the type of deal that was done. For me, with this particular project and all of the sacrifice that went into it - recording the album for five years, I lost (manager) Chris Lighty making this album, I lost my father making this album - the s**t that I was putting into this album, I'm not compromising my vision for it."
He adds, "If I feel like if, in the slightest way, we ain't facilitating everything necessary for the vision to be seen and executed in the way I'm envisioning this s**t for the last five years, let me live and die in my own own inequity, homie."
Rhymes never released an album on the label, and he has already moved on from the split - he's preparing to debut his upcoming record, E.L.E. 2.