A rising rapper is trying to halt the release of a song by Kanye West and French Montana over allegations it is similar to one of his own tracks. Rapper 9gotti claims Montana's track titled Gucci Mane, which was produced by West, has been adapted from one of his tunes, and representatives for his Chinga Chang Records have sent a cease and desist letter to both West and Montana, accusing them of plagiarism and asking them to halt the release of the song.
According to TMZ.com, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Rick Ross have also been named in the legal letter, but it is unclear how they were involved in the track.
Legal action has been threatened if the rap stars do not comply.
Rapper Gucci Mane's prison term has been shortened by 12 months. The Icy hitmaker, real name Radric Davis, was sentenced to 39 months in jail after pleading guilty to a gun charge in August (14).
The charge stemmed from incidents last year (13), when he was caught in illegal possession of a weapon by police officers.
His lawyers asked a judge to consider giving him credit for time served and the request was granted this month (Sep14).
According to TMZ.com, his 39-month sentence will now end in December 2016. Upon his release, the star will be supervised for a further three years and limitations will be placed on his travel.
Gucci Mane's rap affiliate Peewee Longway had to skip a concert in Montgomery, Alabama on Sunday (31Aug14) after he was arrested on suspicion of drug possession. Longway, who is signed to Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, was taken into custody by police shortly before he was due onstage at Club Luxe and was subsequently charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana.
His bail has been set at $30,000 (£1,767), reports XXLmag.com.
Gucci Mane, a convicted felon, is facing his own legal troubles - he was recently sentenced to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges relating to two separate incidents last year (13).
Rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal firearms charges. The Icy hitmaker, real name Radric Davis, pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in May (14), in relation to two separate incidents in September (13), when cops found Davis, who was a felon at the time, with a gun and marijuana.
On Wednesday (20Aug14), a federal judge sentenced the 34 year old to three years and three months in a federal prison and added three years of supervised release with limitations on travel. He was also fined $5,000 (GBP2,941), according to ABCNews.com.
Gucci Mane's lawyers asked the judge overseeing the case to consider giving their client 11 months credit for time served, but the judge explained that decision was best left up to officials at the Bureau of Prisons.
Rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to serve two years behind bars after reaching a plea deal in his gun possession case. The Icy hitmaker, real name Radric Davis, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on Tuesday (13May14), in relation to two separate incidents in September (13), when cops found Davis, who was a felon at the time, in possession of a firearm and marijuana.
The charge carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, but he's only expected to receive 39 months - minus 10 months credit for time served - under the plea deal, according to TMZ.com.
Davis, who has been behind bars since September (13), will be officially sentenced in July (14).
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Looks like spring break really is forever. According to ScreenDaily, a sequel to Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is in the works, and is currently in the middle of acquiring a cast and funding. But if you're looking to see Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith go on more insane, illegal spring break adventures, we've got some bad news for you: Spring Breakers: The Second Coming will focus on brand new characters. Though there will be a few allusions to the girls from the original film, the sequel will introduce a new group of spring breakers, who must take on "an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them."
Writer/director Korine is also not returning for the next installment, and those responsibilities are being taken over by Trainspotting novelist Irvine Welsh and famed music video director Jonas Akerlund. There's been talk about a possible sequel to Spring Breakers for some time now, although the most common rumor was about a prequel centered on the friendship between James Franco's Alien and Gucci Mane's Archie. However, Korine has seemed reluctant to make a sequel, so his absence from The Second Coming isn't surprising, but it does mean that Akerlund and Welsh are faced with the challenge of essentially creating a Harmony Korine film of their own.
The biggest challenge facing the pair is matching the tone of the first film. Spring Breakers relied on a balance between a commentary on pop culture and society, the shock value of the sex-drugs-gun culture that these girls embrace, and the neon-colored aesthetics of a spring break party movie. Therefore, it would be easy for The Second Coming to lean too heavily in one of these directions, resulting in a cheesy, stereotypical film about spring break, or a movie that attempts to be even more outrageous and controversial than the original at the risk of losing the message underneath the debauchery. Without that balance, the artistry of Korine's film is lost, and the cultural commentary becomes less important than the controversial surface. It's not the ridiculous behavior of the characters that makes Spring Breakers a successful film, but the way it uses that ridiculousness to make a point.
Though Korine's method of shooting tends to differ from project to project, all of his films feature some shared stylistic elements that characterize them as a "Harmony Korine film." While his use of abstract images and non-linear storytelling might seem easier to emulate than a director with a very rigid, direct cinematic style, it also means there is more room for interpretation, and therefore will be harder for Akerlund and Welsh to match Spring Breakers in tone and style. Since the sequel features both new characters and a new creative team, the tone of the films is needed to keep them connected; otherwise, it's just a film about college students on vacation, that happens to be using the Spring Breakers name to gain attention.
However, both Akerlund and Welsh have an advantage over many other directors and writers who might ahve signed on for the project, thanks to their individual styles and experience. Spring Breakers utilized both pop music and pop culture references and imagery in order to comment on modern culture, and so Ackerlund's time working with artists like Lady Gaga and Britney Spears makes him a great choice to take over the directors chair and bring the neon-lit world of spring break back to life. His videos tend to have a distinct style - dramatically lit to give the clips a distinct mood, artistically shot, and featuring plenty of abstract imagery - which is very similar to the kind of pop video imagery that Korine used. His glossy, high-concept style will be balanced out by Welsh's gritty realism, as his most acclaimed work proves that he won't shy away from the darkness and debauchery of the spring break culture, and isn't afraid of depicting the grim reality of a situation, even if it's controversial.
Which means that while we wait and see whether Ackerlund and Welsh's styles will combine to make another entertainingly insane installment of Spring Breakers, we can focus our attention on predicting which actor will whisper about spring break through their grills this time around.
Rapper Gucci Mane has been charged with federal gun charges and could face up to 20 years in prison. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, was indicted on two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon by a federal grand jury last month (19Nov13).
The charges stem from two incidents in September (13). Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm and just two days later he was caught carrying a different gun. Both times, he acted erratically and made threats to police and his attorney, according to the federal prosecutor.
Consequently, he was detained by cops on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon. Since he violated his probation in the incidents, he was sentenced to jail and is currently serving six months behind bars.
Each charge of carrying a firearm as a felon carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 (£152,000).
Davis has been dogged by legal troubles for years - he walked free from his most recent jail stint for a separate issue with his probation, linked to a conviction for aggravated assault, in May (13). He is also due to stand trial later this year (13) after pleading not guilty to allegations he hit a soldier over the head with a bottle in an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub in March (13).
Embattled rapper Gucci Mane has been ordered to surrender his weapons to the authorities, according to a U.S. report. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, has reportedly been ordered to hand over his two guns, a .40 caliber Glock and a .45 caliber Taurus, to U.S. government officials.
According to editors at TMZ.com, the order relates to the rapper's arrest in September (13), when he was detained by cops in Atlanta, Georgia on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has apologised after he was caught on camera making derogatory remarks about TV legend Oprah Winfrey. The hip-hop star sparked fury among the chat show titan's fans earlier this week (begs18Nov13) after old video footage of him making lewd comments about Winfrey were leaked online.
In the video he dubbed the star an "ugly b**tch" before making a sexual reference, but now the No Hands hitmaker has spoken out to say sorry.
He tells TMZ.com, "I feel obligated to take responsibility for my actions and publicly apologize to Oprah. My remarks about you were both extremely unnecessary and disrespectful. This regretful situation made me look at women and how I address them in a more responsible way."
It's the latest controversy to hit the star, who is being sued along with his manager mother Debra Antney by fellow rapper Gucci Mane over claims of fraud. The rapper, who was also managed by Antney, alleges the pair released his music without permission and failed to pay him royalties.
Waka Flocka Flame's manager mother has addressed her former client Gucci Mane's decision to sue her for fraud, insisting she has no hard feelings towards the rapper for filing suit. The Icy hitmaker has filed a lawsuit targeting Debra Antney and her hip-hop star son over allegations they released his music without permission and collected the royalties.
Now Antney, who looked after Mane's career for four years from 2006, has spoken out for the first time since he filed papers, revealing she has nothing but respect for the star.
A statement from Antney reads, "This situation with Gucci is hard for me to accept. I have a history with him that only he and I can truly know the value of, and I have a love for him that money can't buy. Gucci and I have been through it all together.
"Our struggle gave us a relationship that is unbreakable. Even through this, I stand by him. Our history is a strong one, so this is very tough. That's all I think I'll say on Gucci, specifically, because I still hold him close to my heart, I'm still rooting for him, and I still value our bond. If he called me today and he needed me, I'd be there. I'd cuss him out, but I'd be there. Because that's family, and that's what family does."
Mane, real name Radric Davis, is suing the pair for fraud, racketeering and conspiracy, and has asked a judge to freeze their assets.