Miami bred rapper and Maybach Music/Warner Brothers CEO Rick Ross is again enthralled with another law suit. This time its regarding a slew of charges, as a rising independent artist named Teflon Don is coming out to clear his name. According to MemphisRap.com, today (Monday, August 29) Memphis rapper Teflon Don is naming rapper Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Def Jam, Universal Music Group, Slip N Slide Records and Maybach Music Group in a lawsuit for trademark infringement, common-law trademark rights, trademark delusion, unfair competition, tortious interference and fraud and identity theft in a filing in Federal Court in Memphis, TN.”You’re not going to let anybody take anything from you and your family, I’m not going to let anybody take anything from me and my family,” Teflon Don explained. “I put too much work in and ethic in all of these things to show the world that I can make it without the major support and I’ve been doing it, I’ve been showing people how we can make new markets. Slid into the Memphis Grizzlies era, in video games and now I’m into movies.” Though he would not get into the specifics of the law suit, Teflon Don says the he and DJ Khaled worked together on a song in 2007 for “I Represent” released on Coast2Coast mixtapes Volume 10. “All these cats knew about me,” stated Teflon Don to MemphisRap.com. “I tried to be nice about everything because I got a good heart, but with this situation I’m not happy at all,” he said. Teflon Don, has an album called “God, The Government, The Game,” and says that those he is suing infringed on his brand, and that he had been building a while before Rick Ross and Dj Khaled and Def Jam put out the project Teflon Don in 2010. “It is almost belittling to me because the music he [Rick Ross] puts out is almost demeaning and the music that I put out is more positive.” the Teflon Don explained. “We have two different crowds and it is making me lose clientele based on the fact that they think that I am a negative rapper. So when they hear that Teflon Don wants to perform at a certain place sometimes they think negative and that was not the brand that I was building all these years.” Ironically Rapper Rick Ross’ obsession with the Texas Based Wingstop, made clear in his line in the the song “MC Hammer” when he raps, “She thinking Phillipes I’m thinking Wing Stop,” is coming to fruition with a location opening in Memphis, TN this fall. “After tasting Wingstop’s signature lemon-pepper flavored wings in Miami, I knew this was a franchise I wanted to add to my investments,” Ross told AllHIpHop.com’s Steve Raze in the Next 48 Hours series. Rapper Rick Ross and DJ Khaled have not been reached for a statement on the claims by Teflon Don thus far.
With The R.E.D. Album selling 98k in it’s first week, Game just scratches past The Throne (94k) to nab his third number one album. He better not get used to the top spot though, as Wayne has been projected to sell 850-900k in the first week release of Tha Carter IV. How crazy is that?
Troy “Y Teezy” Johnson, born on May 25, 1986 in northern Georgia, began his interest music at an early. He was a percussionist at the age of 7, excelling in Music and Performance throughout grade school. Troy’s first hip-hop performance was in April 2000, performing in a talent show in front of the school, which he stole the show. Troy moved Jacksonville, FL with his father in June 2000 and attended Nathan B. Forrest High School and decided to take a break from performing but his sophomore year he rejoin the marching band scene, excelling to new heights. From his leadership and talents, the Marching Rebels Drumline received consecutive Superior ratings at all major competitions and made them one the most dominate groups in Jacksonville, FL. Troy earned himself a scholarship to become a part of the Marching Wildcats at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL. He left after his freshman year. Teezy returned Jacksonville and reunited with his friends Wayne “Lil Titan” Rickerson and Darryl “D’Locstah” Shuman as a member of the rap group Hollow Pointz Clique. They were constantly recording and performing in local clubs and lounges in Jacksonville and South Georgia. After a misunderstanding the group broke up and went their separate ways, Lil Titan and Y Teezy still together. After Lil Titan left for basic training for the US Navy, his brothers Pretty Boi, Westside Lil Chuck, and Duke along with Teezy formed their own group NBK, Neighborhood Kingz. Teezy later joined the Navy 2 months later and headed to Chicago in 2006. He stopped rapping for awhile to focus on just the production area. Presently Y Teezy has linked up with some new artists to include his brother Lil Titan, Preston P, Jayres and more to rekindle the very thing he loves…G00D MuSIC!!! As of late, Teezy has taken on various projects to include “Work in Progre$$” Mixtape and a few features on the popular Coast2Coast Mixtapes & Magazines and his own. He also has a few popular singles available on your local radio stations to include “On Top” and “She’s the Truth” feat. Lil Titan, as well a single on iTunes with Mims “Dangerous”.
Dedrick Robinson a.k.a D slim is an artist,songwriter,and c.e.o born and raised in Newport, Arkansas, but has been living in Springfield Missourri for the past 6 to 7 years. Self-described underdog D slim has been doing music for fifteen years and hopes to put Arkansas on the map as well as Springfield, Missourri. D slim grew up in a big family and states that the most amazing thing about his past is his present. He states that the same people he started with are all doing their thang now. D slim states “I have embraced a past that would inspire anyone. My story is unique. It’s like a Tyler Perry movie or something. Coming from dark to light. My aim is to relate to all of life’s situations you know. I want to paint pictures in your mind like an artist is supposed to. Music is my life, my passion, my all. I feel I’m versatile, as do my people. I’m the type of artists you can put on any type of song and I will do my thang. I dont care too much for rap battles. I love to write and I don’t freestyle often. I plant to give my people hope by showing them that the stars is the limit and I thank God for having this opportunity so to the 870 and the 417, I’m out chea!!! Let’s go!!!!!!”
T.I. is going to be a free man in just a couple of days. Sources have confirmed that the Atlanta rapper, currently serving an 11-month sentence in Forrest City Correctional Facility in Georgia for a parole violation after an L.A. drug arrest, will be released to a halfway house on August 31. Tip will be walking out of jail about a month early, with his original release date listed as September 29 in public records.
Kweli made sure to draw his line in the sand EARLY in the year so his album would have the most shelf life in digital stores. Not only did the method allow for a longer promotion run, but there was also more time to iron out a great treatment for each visual. With his Blacksmith sister Jean Grae doubling as a supporting actress and rapper, Gutter Rainbows gets an added dose of cinematography with the “Uh Oh” video. Watch along as extortion, white collar criminals and premeditated murder conspire for you entertainment. Show your appreciation and check out Gutter Rainbows if you’ve yet to do so.
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