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.
Embattled rapper Gucci Mane is suing his former collaborator Waka Flocka Flame and his manager mother over allegations of fraud, accusing them of sabotaging his career. The Icy hitmaker hired Waka's mother, Debra Antney, to serve as his manager for four years from 2006, but the hip-hop star, who has been in and out of jail, now claims the pair released his music and collected royalties without his knowledge.
In legal papers obtained by TMZ.com, he accuses Antney of allegedly taking more than the usual manager's fee of 20 per cent, resulting in a loss of money and damage to his reputation.
Gucci Mane, real name Radric Davis, is suing for damages on charges of fraud, racketeering and conspiracy. He is also demanding a judge freeze the assets of both Waka Flocka Flame and Antney, and force them to return a ring and neck chain his ex-manager allegedly took from him.
Gucci Mane served as Waka Flocka Flame's music mentor early on in his rap career and signed the 27 year old to his 1017 Brick Squad Records label in 2009, but the two stars reportedly fell out the following year after Mane parted ways with Antney.
It's the latest legal drama in Mane's life - the rapper, who is battling an addiction to prescription cough syrup, is currently serving a six-month sentence behind bars for a probation violation related to an arrest in Atlanta, Georgia in September (13).
He previously served time for a separate issue with his probation, linked to a conviction for aggravated assault, while he is 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 nightclub in March (13).
We're aware the idea of "selling out" and the backlash it used to incur against artists doesn't hold the same weight as it did in the nineties, but if we wanted to watch blatant product placement in our entertainment we'd just stick to watching Bravo TV. Musicians have been shilling products since before Wayne and Garth held up a Pepsi can, but the product placement in music videos has gone from subtle to center stage. When music videos made the shift from TV to online (remember The BOX anyone?) record labels starting pumping out music videos as a source of revenue and not just an extension of the musician's "artistic vision." Pretty soon it's going to be Geico lizards singing backup while Gucci Mane raps with a Dairy Queen Blizzard tattooed on his face
Britney Spears – "Work B ** h"
While everyone was clamoring for Brit's latest comeback single, not much has changed since her Femme Fatale album of 2011. Tanned abs? Check. Flashy Underwear? Yep. Over-the-top product placement of her latest perfume? Absolutely! Just like her video for "Hold It Against Me," where she reportedly made half a million to hold product props, her latest single, "Work B ** h," is no different — except this time she's pushing her Fantasy Twist perfume instead of Radiance. Subtle product placement is one thing, but in this video we are literally gagged with it — as one of scenes features a dancer using a Beats by Dre speaker as an S&M ball-gag. In addition to plugs for the casino Planet Hollywood where she has a two-year residency performing, Britney proves if you want to make the big bucks with corporate sponsors… you better work, b ** h.
Avril Lavigne – "Rock N Roll"
Avril Lavigne is a lot of things — but a rock star is not one of them. In her video for song "Rock Star," the product placement makes an appearance before the music even begins. Her gentle guitar strumming is interrupted by "her new Sony phone is ringing," making us cringe before she starts warbling about ripped jeans and "hipster bulls**t." She's obviously very cozy with Sony since their shiny electronics also make a star appearance in he video for "What the Hell." That's exactly what we were thinking.
No Doubt – "Settle Down"
Here's another case of an artist plugging the brand they're a spokesperson for. As Gwen is on her way driving to the uber cool party in a shipping container, she carefully applies her L'oreal lipgloss to achieve her signature red lip and makes us all ill in the process. Maybe their next video can be her sitting by her vanity applying L'Oreal RevitaLift after their live gig? Does Tony approve of this?
Ke$ha — "We R Who We R"
Given her penchant for whiskey, we would have expected to see a Jack Daniels plug in Ke$sha's videos, but it turns out the party girl prefers Revolucion Tequila, which makes plenty of appearances in her single "We R Who We R." Not that we set the bar for artistic integrity for Ke$ha very high. The song's mantra could apply to her entire career, she's unapologetic about her image and "dancin' like we're dumb," lyrics; so good for her. Tequila and flashy watches naturally fit in the dance party concept of the video, but what's with the constant reference to the dating website 'Plenty of Fish' on the DJ's laptop? Turns out, the site had a partnership with Interscope Records. Now we'll forever wonder, is that guy is REALLY DJing at the bar or his he just cruising for dates?
Embattled rapper Gucci Mane has been sentenced to six months behind bars for violating his probation, according to a report. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, was handed the punishment on Friday (27Sep13) in relation to his latest arrest in Atlanta, Georgia on 14 September (13), when he was taken into custody on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
Documents obtained by editors at worldwrapfederation.com show Mane was ordered to serve 183 days in prison.
The sentence emerges days after the rapper confessed to a 10-year addiction to cough syrup and finally admitted he needs to seek treatment in rehab to conquer his demons.
Mane has been dogged by legal troubles for years - he walked free from his last jail stint in May (13) following an arrest for an alleged probation violation. 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 nightclub in March (13).
Troubled rapper Gucci Mane has spent 10 years battling an addiction to cough syrup and has finally admitted he needs to go to rehab. The hip-hop star's erratic behaviour has hit headlines over the last few weeks, and he was most recently arrested in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month (Sep13) after an associate allegedly called cops and voiced concerns about the rapper's antics.
Mane, real name Radric Davis, was detained after allegedly threatening officers, who claimed to have found him in possession of a gun and a small amount of marijuana, and he has now issued a statement revealing he has been struggling with an addiction to prescription cough syrup, which is mixed with soft drinks and nicknamed "lean" or "purple drank".
The 33 year old, who remains in custody, insists he is now ready to seek help and hopes to start a rehab stint soon.
In the statement, posted to his Twitter.com account, he says, "Woke up the other day out this hospital bed & I'm so embarrassed & ashamed of my behaviour that was brought to my attention. I just wanna man up right now & take this time to apologise to my family, friends, the industry & most of all my fans. I'm sorry! I've been drinking lean for 10 plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me. I wanna be the first rapper to admit I'm addicted to lean & that s**t ain't no joke (sic). I can barely remember all the things I've done & said. However there's no excuse.
"I'm currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help. I wanna thank everyone that has stood by me during this difficult time. Please keep me in your prayers."
Gucci Mane also issued an apology to stars including Drake, Rick Ross and Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, who he recently blasted in a bizarre Twitter rant, adding, "I wanna personally apologise to BirdMan, Ross & Drake.... I 100 Per Cent Regret My Words & Actions."
Rapper Nicki Minaj was also targeted in Gucci Mane's Twitter meltdown and she subsequently urged the star to seek professional help, writing in a post on the social networking website, "I'm praying 4 (for) him. 4real (sic). He's sick and in dire need of rehab."
Troubled rapper Gucci Mane was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia in the early hours of Saturday (14Sep13). The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, was detained by cops on suspicion of disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
The arrest reportedly occurred after one of Gucci Mane's associates called police and voiced concerns about the star's behaviour.
The police report, obtained by Ajc.com, states the rapper became "increasingly agitated with officers and began cursing and threatening them".
Officers allegedly found the 33-year-old star to be in possession of a handgun and a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested and taken to a local hospital for a check-up as a precaution.
The arrest comes just days after Gucci Mane hit headlines for lashing out at Nicki Minaj in a bizarre rant on Twitter.com, prompting the Starships hitmaker to implore him to seek help.
Gucci Mane has been dogged by legal troubles for years - he walked free from his most recent jail stint in May (13) following an arrest for an alleged probation violation. 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 nightclub in March (13).
Nicki Minaj has urged fellow rapper Gucci Mane to seek help in rehab after he embarked on a Twitter.com rant on Monday (09Sep13) and alleged that he had slept with the Starships hitmaker. Mane used the social networking blog to lash out at his label bosses at Atlantic Records and a slew of stars, including Drake and Waka Flocka Flame, while he also boasted about his alleged sexual exploits with Minaj and R&B beauty Ciara.
Minaj was quick to shoot down his claims, tweeting, "May God strike me dead if I ever had sex wit that man... N**ga da way ya (sic) ugliness is set up... crackhead. Jesus strike me dead right now if I ever had sex with this animal."
She later revealed she had received an apology from Mane and shared her concerns for his wellbeing with her fans.
She wrote, "Ok Gee (Gucci Mane) called me... that was fun tho (though) I'm praying 4 (for) him. 4real (sic). He's sick and in dire need of rehab. Love".
Mane's Twitter tirade comes amid unconfirmed reports the rapper has been dropped from Atlantic Records. He is no longer listed on the label's roster on its official website.
The embattled hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, has been dogged by legal troubles for years - he walked free from his most recent jail stint in May (13) following an arrest for an alleged probation violation. He is also due to stand trial later this year (13) over allegations he hit a soldier over the head with a bottle in an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub in March (13). Mane has pleaded not guilty.
Way back in the days of yore, when shorts came in different colors and shurikens in different flavors, we met a new kind of James Franco. A James Franco who spouted his 'spicions through grille-plated teeth, cackling maniacally as he danced with the ivories over a Britney Spears sonata. That was when we knew him to be a sure-fire candidate for the Academy Awards. Yes, Franco's turn in Spring Breakers deserved an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, no doubt. As such, we put together the following Faux Your Consideration ad in celebration of the actor's performance in Harmony Korine's masterful attack on the human condition:
And now, almost six months later, the actual world has followed suit. A real For Your Consideration ad has surfaced for Franco, making a plea for his rightful passage into the Academy's roulette of award-worthy names. The Hollywood Reporter debuted distributor A24's below banner — a promotional shot from the film coupled with some high praise from Village Voice's Scott Foundas — which is the first step toward winning Franco that deserved trophy...
...well, second. We still hold fast to the fact that We started this thing.
...Okay, Franco and Korine started it. So, we were second. This is third. Either way, give him an Oscar.
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Gucci Mane's aggravated assault case is heading to trial after a judge refused to allow the rapper to complete community service in lieu of a possible custodial sentence. The hip-hop star, real name Radric Davis, entered a not guilty plea in May (13) over allegations he hit a soldier over the head with a bottle in an Atlanta, Georgia nightclub in March (13).
Davis' lawyer asked for the star to be handed a community service stint as punishment, but a Fulton County judge denied the request on Monday (19Aug13).
The musician's attorney tells Fox News the trial is expected to take place in November (13) or December (13).