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Rapper Gucci Mane just lost a $270,000 battle in court -- after a New York jewelry company sued the rapper for stealing a buttload of diamonds ... and won.
Rafaello & Co. retained attorney Vivian Uchitel (no relation) to file the lawsuit earlier this year in Henry County, claiming it loaned the rapper a $130,000 diamond pinky ring ... in addition to a diamond necklace and bracelet worth $110,000.
According to the lawsuit, Gucci had 15 days to pay for the goods or return them -- and he did neither ... coughing up only $40,000.
Rafaello sued for a total of $274,523.34 -- the $200,000 jewelry balance plus interest and attorneys' fees.
Gucci never showed up in court, so a default judgment was entered against the rapper in April. A lien was then placed on the rapper's property.
2 Chainz Breaks Down Work With Ma$e, Beyonce, Drake And More
Rapper details his song with the Harlem MC, his non-'ratchet' Me Timetracks and his respect for Mrs. Carter.
By Anthony Roberts, with reporting by Sway Calloway (@realsway)
Riding high on the heels of the release of his third solo album, 2 Chainzmade his way to the "RapFix Live" couch to talk about some of the guest appearances that made the LP's final cut.
B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time, released on Tuesday, has been fueled largely by the rapper's collaboration with super producer Pharrell for the album's lead single "Feds Watching." But those who pick up the project will discover a handful of names they may not have seen coming.
"I like doing features that are not so cliché. Something that people wouldn't think of," he explained.
The album features guest spots from Fergie, Chrisette Michelle, T-Pain and Rich Homie Quan, among others. In addition to speaking on the LP's opening skit, which features his mother, the rapper formerly known as Tity Boi spoke on sharing mic time with Ma$e.
"First of all, I'm a fan of Ma$e," 2 Chainz said. "[Ma$e] was someone that people didn't really realize I knew."
The two linked up for a song on the album titled, "Beautiful Pain," which also features R&B crooner Lloyd. The rapper also acknowledges that the title may sound contradictory to some.
"I guess the best way to describe it would be like a tattoo. But it would be a tattoo of a portrait of someone that passed away," he explained. "So you have that pain of getting the actual ink, the pain of having the actual portrait, but it's a beautiful piece of artwork."
While fans may know him for some of his more colorful lines and verses, "Beautiful Pain" is somewhat of a detour from what many have heard from the MC thus far.
"It's not as ratchet as people think all my tracks should be. I'm smart enough to know what people expect from me, but at the same time I have to show the growth. I have to show them what I can do."
2 Chainz hooked up with Lil Wayne and Drake on the track, "I Do It." Having had a smash hit alongside Drizzy with 2012's "No Lie," it was a no-brainer for the two to get in the studio again.
"We just had sessions for two or three days where me and [Drake] were just working because we felt like we had good chemistry with 'No Lie' and we're pretty cool as far as communicating." Known for popping up on features for a who's who list of artists, 2 Chainz said that he very rarely is asked to change his verses. But one superstar did ask him to alter his rhymes, a request he took in stride.
"I did a record for Beyoncé. It ended up being on Dream's album, but I did a record for Beyoncé," he said, speaking of the song "Turnt" from The Dream's 2013 album IV Play. "She asked me to change it, but the way she asked me made me really realize why she's in the position that she's in and the whole diva thing, and I just had mad respect for her."
The MMG camp stopped by MTV News to speak on the third installment of their collaborative album, Self Made Vol. 3, but original Maybach Music member, Meek Mill, couldn’t leave without speaking on the next volume of his Dream Chaser mixtape series.
Meek is certain that his fans will appreciate the upcoming street banger. He plans to put all of the material that he has been recording as of late on Dream Chasers 3.
“I'm dropping all my heat in the mixtape and I'm dropping more heat for the album,” the Philly representer said with confidence.
Additionally, the "Amen" MC says he’s not worried about running out of material for his upcoming studio album. There is clearly an appetite for his mixtapes. Dreamchasers 2 was downloaded 1.5 million times within the first 6 hours that it dropped on the mixtape website DatPiff.com. It’s now well over the 4 million download mark on the site.
“I came with street music and unfortunately right now in this game it's not a lot of street rappers that's rapping right now,” he said in defense of the number of units His debut LP,Dreams and Nightmares, moved. "That's kinda like not almost in style no more. I'm the guy that come up under Nas, DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Rick Ross, Jeezy, TI, I come from that era.”
Meek feels that he's the last of a dying breed and claims that he faced the same problems that Jay Z encountered on his Reasonable Doubt debut, which peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard 200, but went went platinum years later.
“Unfortunately, the album ain't go the farthest that I wanted it to go," he added. "Jay Z's album didn't go the farthest he wanted it to go.”
Meek’s debut reached #2 on the Billboard 200 despite the fact that Hurricane Sandy, the deadliest and most destructive hurricane to hit the east coast in years, devastated most of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania the day before his release date, keeping his core fan base from fully being able to go out and support the project.
Because of Sandy's interference, Meek's album didn't perform as well as he'd hoped, but he doesn’t blame himself for that, and certainly doesn’t believe there was any mishaps in the recording process.
With the competitive fire Meek has displayed in lyrical battles, his proclivity for dropping multiple mixtapes, his countless guest features, collaborative albums and his a solo project under his belt, it goes without saying that he'll continue working on his craft while keeping the same formula that's made him one of the hottest MC's in the game.
“I'm going on my 2nd album and I think should be a cake walk and on the way to the third," he said.
Migos, the Atlanta trio whose FADER profile just went online today, have already followed up their summer-making Young Rich Niggas mixtape with another, the factually named Streets on Lock, a joint tape with Rich the Kid. The tape continues Migos’ successful run with producer Zaytoven, an Atlanta institution who we interviewed last week (“[Migos] don’t wanna just work with somebody that sounds like me,” he said. “They wanna come to the guy they were listening to years ago”). Chief Keef, Soulja Boy, Riff Raff, Kevin Gates, OJ Da Juiceman, Rich Homie Quan, Trouble and Lil Durk all guest.
Just days after the June release of Migos’ third tape, Drake shared a remix of “Versace,” the Atlanta trios calling card. Soon after, longtime Drake fan Justin Bieber posted a short video of himself rapping along. This burst of internet momentum followed a couple years of steady growth for the Atlanta trio. Quavo, 22, and his 19-year-old nephew TakeOff visited New York this month to perform a handful of buzz-riding performances. (The group’s third member, Offset, was incarcerate halfway through the recording of Y.R.N. He called Kevin “Coach K” Lee, the manager Migos now share with Gucci Mane, from prison during our interview, and we spoke briefly. He said he’s heard Y.R.N., that the staff where he’s locked up are fans of the tape, and that, pending a successful appeal, he’ll be out before August.) In New York, Quavo and TakeOff talked about sharing a house as kids, Drake’s interest in their hometown and why, even though breaking a song on the internet is free and fast, befriending strip club DJs is still a good way to get your foot in the door in Atlanta.
How did you grab the attention of Atlanta’s rap elite from Gwinnett, the suburb where you grew up? QUAVO: The movement started in Gwinnett, on the North Side, with the Juug Season mixtape two years ago. Gwinnett gets overlooked because it’s so close to the city. But we just kept being annoying in the local clubs. TAKEOFF: Paying the DJs, getting them drinks. QUAVO: Keeping one consistent song in rotation, instead of just coming to the club with a different song every time. TAKEOFF: And showing face, back to back to back nights. So as much as they keep hearing our song, they see us too.
How did music become your dominant ambition at such a young age? QUAVO: I was a sport fanatic, I played football. Rap was actually his dream. TAKEOFF: He was trying to do sports and music, whenever one took off first. I ain’t never did no sports, I just always wanted to rap. When Quavo was out doing sports, I was in the studio, what we call the bando, making music, going hard. QUAVO: We never took music serious till we dropped the first mixtape, my 10th grade year. I didn’t finish high school. TAKEOFF: I didn’t ever tell him to stop doing football—if that was what he wanted to do he was gonna do it. I knew what I wanted to do and we kept on working.
How did Offset come into the fold? QUAVO: Offset is fam. He’s been around us every since 6th grade. We got him to rap in high school. We always stayed in the basement messing around with the beats. He did one song and his voice sounded good. He had a good voice. TAKEOFF: He was snapping too. Back then, that’s what the trend was. QUAVO: His verse wasn’t all that, but his voice was good. So he had to work.
What was it like to grow up together, as uncle and nephew? QUAVO: We moved from Athens to Gwinett when Takeoff was in elementary and I was in middle school. His momma took care of everything, and us. We always stayed in the same house. We share everything. He’s basically like a brother. TAKEOFF: I don’t look at him as my uncle, but more as my brother. But we always have clowned on each other. He is my uncle, so I gotta clown on him. You gotta be funny. QUAVO: You gotta practice against each other. We get Offsett the worst, cause he’s got the haircut, he’s the most different one. We tried to get him to grow out his dreads, but every time we do he cuts it.
How long have you been growing your dreads out? TAKEOFF: About five, six years. My momma’s my hairdresser. I don’t really get them done much. I feel like they’re dreads and they should just be how they’re supposed to be. But if we got a video or something we’ll go get em cleaned out.
What’s more important, writing clever lyrics or delivery that sounds good? QUAVO: Whatever makes their head nod, that’s what I’m gonna do. You gotta throw something funny in it. TAKEOFF: You gotta have fun with a song, make somebody laugh. You gotta have character. A hard punchline can make you laugh, but you gotta know how to say it. QUAVO: It’s all about delivery, and how much energy. You can really hear that we’re turned up in the booth. It don’t sound like we’re dead. TAKEOFF: You might just punch somebody listening to the music. It’s got so much energy. QUAVO: You might be so amped up you just jump out the window. “Hannah Montana” made me go crazy. I really do jump around on that song.
How do you improve your delivery? QUAVO: We listen to ourselves a lot. You can hear the progress we’ve achieved since the first mixtape. Every time we’re gonna drop a tape we’re gonna notch up, with different delivery, more delivery. TAKEOFF: We do like seven songs a day. QUAVO: Like he might just go in by himself and do a bunch of verses. We kinda leave like homework for each other. And then when we go in the studio together, it’s just like 10-15 minutes and we’ve got it. TAKEOFF: We’ve got a 15 minute rule, we can’t be in the studio for longer than 15 minutes. That kills the vibe. No one will wanna do the song no more. Afterward, you listen to the song and see what you did, how the song sounds. QUAVO: When you drop a song and wake up in the morning and hear the song you dropped last night, that’s the best feeling. The song will tell you then. TAKEOFF: Maybe you weren’t feeling it last night, but you wake up a listen and it’ll be hard. You’ll be like, I didn’t even know it was that hard! QUAVO: Sometimes we’ll record something and be so geeked up about it, like, It’s a hit, it’s a hit! When that happens we’ll take it right out of the booth and go to the strip club. TAKEOFF: Follies and Magic City.
Your clothes have gotten flashier over the past year, and you’ve started performing shows outside Atlanta. Are you concerned with your image, and becoming more professional as performers? QUAVO: We don’t really practice for the stage. Our first time rehearsing was when we did Birthday Bash with B.o.B. I didn’t like it, I was bad at rehearsing. They wanted us to do it like we were really performing, but there was no one there. Rehearsal is weird. TAKEOFF: I can’t get turned up if there’s not people there.
Did Atlanta adopt Drake, or did Drake insert himself in Atlanta? QUAVO: I don’t know, but he’s good on my hand. We met him at Birthday Bash. TAKEOFF: A good friend of ours introduced us to Drake. He was backstage, eating some wings or whatever, and he walked up to us and started naming songs off the mixtape: “I like ‘Pronto’, ‘Bando’, ‘Chirpin.’” We’re looking at him like, You Drake! We’re like, you gotta get one in and he’s like, “I gotta get on that ‘Versace’ pronto.” We sent him the song and he sent it back ASAP. QUAVO: They say the record’s doing good right now. He really knows we got some good music. The first line he said was my bars, so you know he’s really rocking with it.
Have you heard from Miley Cyrus? QUAVO: We haven’t heard from her, but we’d love to have her in the “Hannah Montana” video. Tell her to come and do a verse on the song, her first rap song. TAKEOFF: Tell her I’ll write her verse.
ABOVE: MIGOS' QUAVO (LEFT) AND TAKEOFF. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHEN BERCOVICI
In June, Drake released a remix to a song called "Versace," a booming pop-trap confection that serves as preamble to the September release of his album, Nothing Was The Same. It's a lot of fun. There's a certain thrill to hearing Drake lay claim to Illuminati membership on account of his Versace Medusa pendants, and repeating that brand's name over and over somehow creates a sticky earworm of a chorus. But "Versace" is not a Drake track—not technically, anyway. He just added a verse to a song by the very young and almost famous Atlanta-based trio Migos.
Two-thirds of Migos, Quavo and TakeOff, made their first trip to New York this week. They arrived sans their third member, OffSet, who is currently incarcerated, present only through the often-repeated "Free OffSet!" ad-libs at the start of their tracks and the #FreeOffset hashtag all over their Twitter feeds. After a flurried media schedule, the two were taking a break at a warehouse for Rocksmith, a streetwear brand, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A man snapped photos of the two, both decked out in —what else?—Versace chains over tight t-shirts.
Diane "Shabazz" Varnie, the publicist putting together the Migos New York whirlwind, came up rocking a snapback emblazoned simply with the word "MOBBING," the standard keepsake from events thrown by Surprise Party. She was worried about New York haters she had encountered online earlier that day.
"They were saying, 'They gonna get booed, they can't handle New York, they need a Drake hologram,'" she sighed.
Such concerns will probably be put to rest tonight, when Migos takes the stage at Westway, the ex-strip club hot spot in the West Village. They've seized upon a formula that works with or without the presence of Aubrey Drake Graham. The trio takes the already spare trap sound and strips it more, dropping quick pitter-patter rhymes over drill snares and then repeating one half-nonsense phrase—"Hurricane wrists," or "Trapped out the bando," or, hilariously, "Hannah Montana"—to create a super-catchy hook.
Quavo and TakeOff chatted candidly in the Rocksmith basement as their manager, former Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane impresario Coach K, and other entourage members prepared for the days ahead. They seemed excited. They were getting their teeth molded for golden grills, their first pairs, immediately after the interview.
NATE FREEMAN: How do you guys like New York?
QUAVO: It's our first time but it's really turned out good. It's busy, a lot of traffic.
TAKEOFF: You can get run off the road!
FREEMAN: Is there anything particular you guys want to do?
TAKEOFF: I wanna go shopping. This is supposed to be the fashion state! I haven't seen anything yet!
QUAVO: They get everything before we do.
TAKEOFF: I want to go shopping, and the designer stores, on Fifth Avenue. They close early!
FREEMAN: Well, you can go down to Soho, they have all the same stores, they stay open later.
QUAVO: I'ma go where everybody goes.
FREEMAN: I hear you guys are gonna stop by 1Oak tonight.
QUAVO: We just come to pop bottles, talk to some models.
FREEMAN: Well, it's in the Meatpacking District. There's plenty of that there.
TAKEOFF: We're gonna have one of those nights. We're going crazy.
FREEMAN: I want to know more about how you guys grew up, in Athens, and then Atlanta. I don't even know how old you guys are.
QUAVO: I'm 22, he's 19. Growing up in Athens, my mom ain't got no home, ain't got no father figure around. Mamadukes, man, she took care of us.
TAKEOFF: Now it's time to take care of them.
FREEMAN: And how did you get into the scene?
TAKEOFF: In about seventh grade, that's when we started playing around with beats, rhymes. Then we moved to Atlanta. Two years ago, that's when we really got serious about music.
QUAVO: Turned a lot of negatives into positives.
FREEMAN: The mixtape sounds great.
TAKEOFF: A million-plus views!
FREEMAN: You hear "Versace" blasting out of cars all the time. That's the best metric to figure out how hot a song is.
QUAVO: Everyone's talking about Drake hopping on that.
TAKEOFF: We met him at [Atlanta Hot 107.9's] Birthday Bash, he said he listened to the tape on the way down, started naming songs off the tape. He liked "Adios," "Chirpin'," "Bando."
QUAVO: We sent him "Versace" and he got on that.
FREEMAN: So what's next for you guys?
TAKEOFF: We got a lot of visuals coming out, a lot of videos.
FREEMAN: I saw the "Chirpin'" video came out today. I loved all the doves. Nice touch.
QUAVO: We let the bird go. It was our first time holding birds in our hand.
FREEMAN: "No animals were harmed in the making of this film."
TAKEOFF: [laughs] No, no animals were harmed. But there was doo doo on our hands!
QUAVO: We let 'em go and they just went all the way back home, into the wild.
FREEMAN: Who do you want to work with next?
TAKEOFF: If they wanna work with us, we wanna work with y'all!
FREEMAN: Anyone in particular?
TAKEOFF: Yeah, you know, Jay-Z. They say he's one of the greatest.
FREEMAN: Have you heard his new album?
TAKEOFF: It sounds good! I only heard a little bit, but it sounds really good.
FREEMAN: What about the new Kanye West?
TAKEOFF: I ain't heard none of that yet.
QUAVO: That's the Yeezus?
QUAVO: Nah, I ain't listening to that.
FREEMAN: Tell me about the chains you guys are wearing.
TAKEOFF: I got that rose gold Jesus piece, yellow gold Jesus piece. Then the Pharaoh, this is the custom Versace piece, I ain't go in the store to get this, nobody ain't got this.
FREEMAN: You've got a lot of Medusas. You wanna address Drake's illuminati reference?
TAKEOFF: Aw, nah, we believe in God.
FREEMAN: What else?
QUAVO: These right here is the Rolex, and the two Jesus pieces, and this mini rose gold piece.
TAKEOFF: Versace belt, Pradas, leather shirt, denim...
FREEMAN: You guys still need to go shopping more?
TAKEOFF: Yeah, we need to go shopping.
MIGOS' MIXTAPE YUNG RICH NIGGAS IS OUT NOW. TAKEOFF AND QUAVO WILL PLAY WESTWAY IN NEW YORK CITY TONIGHT.
Ah, now things are beginning to make sense. Gucci Mane's reckless (and hopefully hacked) Twitter rant confused many onlookers and provided laughs for everyone else. Unfortunately, the source of the Atlanta rapper's digital aggression may have spawned from a fallout with Atlantic Records. According to FADER, Gucci is no longer with Atlantic. An anonymous former rep emailed the publication with the news.
Gucci also alluded to the fact that he is no longer represented by his longtime manager, Kevin “Coach K” Lee on Twitter:
Tell craig n julia suc my dick at Atlantic records
With over 60,000 people crowding the Ben Franklin Parkway at this year's past Made In America Festival, maneuvering around the sea of people was no easy task. As I was talking to a young lady who worked for MTV, there it was: the text from my editor letting me know it was go time. Through late email correspondence, I was one of a select few given access to interview Wiz Khalifa. I made my way over to a well-guarded section of the press area, where it looked like a Pittsburgh Steelers linemen meeting rather than a green room.Introductions were made and I could already tell that the same laid-back persona that Wiz puts on stage and portrays through his music is whom he was when the cameras were off. We shared small talk, talking about how he randomly met my father in an airport, and how he thought Ishkabbible’s, my favorite Cheesesteak spot in town, had declined over the years. Afterwards, we got down to business.
So tell me about your new album, “Blacc Hollywood?”
“It’s really an artistic expression, and a lifestyle and a feeling. I’m saying things that people couldn’t really say on an everyday basis. It’s ‘80’s inspired, punk-inspired’ and you basically take whatever it is you have and make it the sh*t. That right there is what the album is all about.”
Coming into the game with some time in the industry, with your new sounds and your willingness to blend sounds together, do you see this happening all over?
“Yeah, I see people experimenting and having fun. Being through different cycles of the game, I’ve seen things change and come back full circle. I enjoy meeting new people, and younger people with fresh ideas. It keeps me sharp and keeps me creative. “
What are your thoughts on “Made In America?” and what it does for the music industry?
“I love it. It brings artists together who’ve heard of each other and might even be fans of each other in one space, and those meetings are how some really creative sh*t can come together. And it’s good for the people, fans of different genres being introduced to new music and taking that home with them, it’s a dope experience.”
So with your label mate “Uncle Juice” (Juicy J) dropping his new album, “Stay Trippy” recently, how do you feel about the project?
“Man, Juice is a legend. He knows how to work and go in the studio and just knock out bangers. For him to have a career for so long and touch so many fans across that span of time, it’s amazing. I learn so much from him on a day-to-day basis. And the album is 100% Juicy J, you know what you’re getting from that, and I’m sure the people will really love it, as well.”
It's no secret that most budding hip-hop artists from the city of Compton all have the same dream of one day connecting with Dr. Dre and watching their records ascend up the charts.
However for Keenon Jackson, better known as YG, his aspirations are different.
The 22-year-old Compton-native, who recently signed to Young Jeezy's Corporate Thug Entertainment (CTE) imprint, has handed over the executive producer reigns for his debut album to the Snowman as well.
Their relationship may mirror that of Dre and Game or Dre and Kendrick but Jeezy is no Grammy-winning producer and YG is comfortable with that. Instead, the renowned thug motivator shares his experiences with the Young Gangster (YG), whom he calls his little brother.
“Jeezy told me he just wanted to see me win,” YG tells VIBE at Def Jam headquarters. "He told me he ain’t never had no artist that had what it takes and always wanted to see a nigga win but he never had an artist [like that].
Jeezy’s mentorship eventually led to a slew of features for YG, culminating in a CTE compilation mixtape entitled Boss Yo Life Up Gang.
As YG continued to strengthen his craft and work towards his pristine project, Jeezy approached him with a candid recommendation.
“He was just like 'What’s the album title?,” YG recalls. “And I told him I’m 4rm Bompton and he was just like ‘I fuck with it but you bigger than that, you don’t gotta do that, niggas already know what’s up.' He gave me a lot of advice."
YG recently revealed his new album title as My Krazy Life on Rap Fix Live. The “K” he says, has no significance and dispelled any gang affiliations. YG says the project will consist of a narrative that tells the story of who he is and the hardships he faced growing up in Compton.
“Game told it his way, Kendrick told it his way, I’ma tell it my way,” he insists. “That’s what it is, and we all from the same city but we’re not the same people. We didn’t go through everything the exact same ways. Our rapping style is different, so how I’m coming at shit that's finna’ be different. You feel me? At the end of the day it’s all the same, talking about money, bitches and homies. It’s all the same shit it’s just different ways.”
My Krazy Life is currently scheduled to be released on November 19th.