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Scarface Learned Child-Support Lesson The Hard Way

‘My advice to any father out there is that if you send anything, you send it through the courts,’ MC says on ‘RapFix Live.’
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Sway Calloway






Scarface on “RapFix Live”


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Scarface had to learn a hard lesson when he sat in jail from October 2010 to August 2011. The Houston rap legend, who was jailed for failure to pay child support after it was tallied that he owed more than $123,000, cleared the air on Wednesday’s (May 9) episode of “RapFix Live.” The MC explained that his mistake wasn’t that he didn’t pay his just due — it was that he didn’t keep proper record of his payments.

“In the system, when your kids get grown and you pay all this money direct and it’s time for the money to stop being issued out, they gonna want to appeal because there ain’t no more money coming in no more,” the “I Seen a Man Die” rapper explained to “RapFix” host Sway. “So they may go and say you ain’t pay nothing, so that how it go.”

Face’s logic is that, if he wasn’t paying child support for all these years, why didn’t his child’s mother come after him earlier? “21 years? C’mon, man. You want to do it now, 21 years later?” he rhetorically questioned. “Why you ain’t do that 20 years ago, if it really was what it was?”

Regardless of what happened in the past, the rapper, who is planning to drop a new solo album later this year, is ready to move on. “It was an experience that I like to touch on and not dwell on,” he said. “It was a learning experience, and my advice to any father out there is that if you send anything, you send it through the courts. That’s the best way to do, because at the end of the day, you not gonna get no credit for it.”

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‘American Idol’ Leaves Hollie Cavanagh With ‘Nowhere To Go’

Judge Randy Jackson says Cavanagh ‘made the wrong choice at the wrong time’ on Wednesday’s episode.
By Adam Graham






Hollie Cavanagh on “American Idol”


Photo: Michael Becker/ Fox

It’s Joshua Ledet’s Ledet’s Ledet’s World.

The “American Idol” frontrunner soared higher than ever while Hollie Cavanagh may have sealed her fate on Wednesday’s (May 9) performance episode, which saw the contestants battling for the hometown visits that await the top three finalists.

The evening saw the final four taking on two songs apiece — one with ties to the state of California and one song the contestants wished they’d written themselves. (The categories were some of the loosest in “Idol” history, but hey, they can’t all be winners.)

Joshua Ledet stepped out with Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” (his California song — Grobes hails from L.A.) and James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” the latter of which earned Ledet his latest in a long line of standing ovations and had the judges singing his praises, saying Ledet was second coming of the Godfather of Soul himself.

“Neither a man nor a woman has ever sang that good with that much compassion on this show ever!” Steven Tyler said following the performance. “I can go home right now. I never heard anything like that in my life!”

Jennifer Lopez said, “I think people at home maybe thought, like I did, that they had seen everything you had to give and how you can interpret a song. We hadn’t.” She then started speaking in Spanish. “You’re making me speak different languages now!” she said, calling his song “sickening.”

Randy Jackson put the cherry on top, calling it “one of the best performances in the history of any singing show, including ours, any show, any show, yo!” Yo indeed, Randy.

Jessica Sanchez was no slouch herself, turning in a “crazy, crazy, crazy” (per J. Lo) rendition of Etta James’ “Steal Away,” washing it down with a stunning “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” the “Dreamgirls” staple that she delivered with the fierceness of Jennifer Hudson. The performance earned her the night’s other standing O from the judges. “It was a real moment,” Lopez told her, while Jackson complimented her by telling her, “Dude, you are phenomenal.” (It’s always extra special when Jackson refers to females as “dudes.”)

Phillip Phillips, who’s been living in his own personal version of “Contagion” all season long, managed to fight his sickness enough to deliver a strong version of John Fogerty’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” (making two Fogerty songs in two weeks for “Idol”) and a splendid version of Damien Rice’s “Volcano.” Continuing with the hyperbole that has been tossed around like a Frisbee on the judge’s panel the last several weeks, Lopez said after “Volcano,” “After watching the show for many, many years and now being here for two years, it was one of the most beautiful, poignant moments a contestant has ever had.” Jackson followed by saying, “So yo, that’s wassup right there!” and calling it one of the best performances of the season.

Poor Hollie Cavanagh, who has barely avoided elimination the last few weeks, may have met her end following her versions of Journey’s “Faithfully” and Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Her first song received good marks — both J. Lo and Steven Tyler called it “beautiful” (but when don’t they say that?) — but her Raitt song was slammed for being distant. “I thought it fell a little short,” said Tyler, and Lopez said the emotions of the song — or the emotions she thought she had to deliver with the song — got the better of her. Jackson was even harsher. “It gave you nowhere to go,” he said. “There were no moments for me. For me, it was the wrong choice at the wrong time.”

The two-hour episode was padded with bonus performances, including duets between Phillips and Ledet (Maroon 5′s “This Love”), Cavanagh and Sanchez (the Bangles’ “Eternal Flame”) and a performance of Foreigner’s “Waiting for a Girl Like You” tied to the upcoming “Rock of Ages,” which gobbled up a healthy amount of promotional time during the show.

One of the four singers will be eliminated on Thursday’s episode, which is also set to feature performances by David Cook and — hey, would you look at that? — Jennifer Lopez. How’d she manage that gig?

Who do you think is getting eliminated from “Idol” on Thursday? Let us know in the comments!
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Kyrie Irving Takes On 7 Year Old In 1 On 1 – David Crosses Him Over & Scores!

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Juelz Santana And Lil Wayne In A ‘Good Space’ For Team-Up Album

Santana tells MTV News he plans to drop his next solo LP Born to Lose, Built to Win later this year.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Rahman Dukes






Juelz Santana


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Juelz Santana and Lil Wayne’s I Can’t Feel My Face LP has been six years in the making and a good number of the tracks have already been leaked onto the Internet, but when fans will get an official version is anyone’s guess.

“When Wayne reached out to me at the time I just wasn’t in the position to really do things the right way,” Santana told MTV News at Meek Mill’s 25th birthday bash in Philadelphia.

During an interview with MTV’s “Hip Hop POV” host Amanda Seales, Wayne revealed that when he was released from prison in 2010, he hoped he and his buddy Elz could begin new recording sessions for the storied album, but after a January 2011 raid on Santana’s New Jersey studio left him unable to work, Weezy repurposed the beats that intended for Face for his upcomingI Am Not a Human Being II. “At the time my studio had just got shut down, I lost a lot of music so I just had to recuperate,” Elz explained to MTV News. “But I reached out to Weezy, we in a good space.”

I Can’t Feel My Face isn’t the only Juelz project that fans have been clamoring for. It’s been seven years since his last solo album, What the Game’s Been Missing! and considering it earned him an RIAA-certified gold plaque, the wait for Juelz’s next LP Born to Lose, Built to Win is quite the head scratcher. But the rapper assured that he’ll have an album out by the end of the year.

“I’ll probably drop two mixtapes before the album and we gonna get everything right, we gonna get everything back in the proper perspective where it need to be,” he told MTV News. “When I put out my music it will be well worth the wait, that’s all I can say.”

And in case you were wondering about the status of Diplomatic Immunity 3, the long-awaited reunion album with Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz and Freekey Zekey, that idea is still on the table. “Hopefully we gonna get that Diplomat album poppin’,” Santana plugged. “We just want to do that the right way.”

Which Juelz Santana album are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments.

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‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson Returns to ‘Low-Key’ Life

‘I haven’t changed at all,’ 19-year-old actor tells MTV News of his life post-’Hunger Games.’
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz






Josh Hutcherson


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Ever since “The Hunger Games” toppled the box office earlier this year, one would think that Josh Hutcherson would find it hard to go about the life he led before the film. As it turns out, not much has changed for the laid-back 19-year-old. While there has been a lot of pandemonium around the movie, the actor himself has been mostly left alone by fans of the franchise. And he’s totally cool with it.

“I’ve changed a lot. I wear nothing but high-end designer suits. I fly private everywhere,” he joked to MTV News about his superstar status. “I haven’t changed at all.

“I was expecting it to be a huge difference and it hasn’t been, and I can’t tell you how relieved that I am,” he added. “It’s been so low-key and people who do recognize me have been awesome, cool and not crazy.”

With all the hype that has surrounded the film, Hutcherson had certain expectations for how his life would change. “I did for sure [think it would be different]. Everybody was telling me ‘It’s gonna be crazy.’ I go everywhere all the time and nobody stops me,” he said. “I’m good with what I have.”

One thing Hutcherson doesn’t seem to want to give up is his love for getting inked. “The last one I got was six months ago. I have like an anchor ship creation on my back; it’s like an old sailor Jerry tattoo kind of thing. I love that old, traditional style,” he said.

Hutcherson said he’d love to get more ink, but before he gets any full-body tattoos like Angelina Jolie, he wants to make sure it won’t interfere with his acting. “I need to have the kind of career Angelina Jolie has first,” he said. “They’re not gonna hire guys covered in tattoos. I need to make sure they hire me first.”

Well, Hutcherson has some downtime until he hits the set of “Catching Fire” later this summer if he wants to squeeze one more tattoo in. In late summer he will work with director Francis Lawrence for the first time on the “Hunger Games” sequel.

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‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson Returns to ‘Low-Key’ Life

‘I haven’t changed at all,’ 19-year-old actor tells MTV News of his life post-’Hunger Games.’
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz






Josh Hutcherson


Photo: FilmMagic

Ever since “The Hunger Games” toppled the box office earlier this year, one would think that Josh Hutcherson would find it hard to go about the life he led before the film. As it turns out, not much has changed for the laid-back 19-year-old. While there has been a lot of pandemonium around the movie, the actor himself has been mostly left alone by fans of the franchise. And he’s totally cool with it.

“I’ve changed a lot. I wear nothing but high-end designer suits. I fly private everywhere,” he joked to MTV News about his superstar status. “I haven’t changed at all.

“I was expecting it to be a huge difference and it hasn’t been, and I can’t tell you how relieved that I am,” he added. “It’s been so low-key and people who do recognize me have been awesome, cool and not crazy.”

With all the hype that has surrounded the film, Hutcherson had certain expectations for how his life would change. “I did for sure [think it would be different]. Everybody was telling me ‘It’s gonna be crazy.’ I go everywhere all the time and nobody stops me,” he said. “I’m good with what I have.”

One thing Hutcherson doesn’t seem to want to give up is his love for getting inked. “The last one I got was six months ago. I have like an anchor ship creation on my back; it’s like an old sailor Jerry tattoo kind of thing. I love that old, traditional style,” he said.

Hutcherson said he’d love to get more ink, but before he gets any full-body tattoos like Angelina Jolie, he wants to make sure it won’t interfere with his acting. “I need to have the kind of career Angelina Jolie has first,” he said. “They’re not gonna hire guys covered in tattoos. I need to make sure they hire me first.”

Well, Hutcherson has some downtime until he hits the set of “Catching Fire” later this summer if he wants to squeeze one more tattoo in. In late summer he will work with director Francis Lawrence for the first time on the “Hunger Games” sequel.

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Rihanna Brings Eye-Popping Sets To ‘Saturday Night Live’

Despite early talk, singer did not appear in any of episode’s skits.
By James Dinh






Rihanna performs on “Saturday Night Live”


Photo: NBC

Marking her third appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Rihanna proved that the third time’s a charm when the pop titan took over the Studio 8H stage on Saturday for a pair of eye-popping performance sets during the Eli Manning-hosted episode.

Standing before an oversized crystallized spider web in the middle of
the black-lit stage, Rihanna began her first number with the buzzing
sounds of “Birthday Cake.” It was a surprising song selection that
momentarily suggested the possibility of an onstage reunion with
birthday boy Chris Brown, but “Cake” ended quickly, instead leading
into a medley of her tune “Talk That Talk.”

” ‘SNL,’ put your hands together like this,” she told the crowd.

With her backup dancers on hand, Rih kept the performance
straightforward, offering viewers some simple shakes, pelvis thrusts
and plenty of swag. One complaint was with the echo effect that was added to her microphone, which made the singer’s vocal sound shaky at times.

However, any issues with the opening number were soon forgotten when the pop star took to the stage for her follow-up performance of her brand-new single, “Where Have You Been.” Fronting an Arabian-themed backdrop and human props, Rihanna threw on a fierce game face and danced her way through the track with steady energy. It was a welcome change to see the Barbadian singer show off some footwork.

Unfortunately, the episode ended without any mention of “Shy Ronnie,” her first digital short, or any Rihanna-featured skits at all, even though “SNL” head honcho Lorne Michaels had told reporters on Wednesday that he was trying to work out the details on incorporating Rihanna into the
sketch lineup.

Shy Ronnie may have not made an appearance, but Saturday’s gig was the perfect vehicle to promote her just-released single as well as her big-screen acting debut in the summer flick “Battleship,” which hits theaters May 18.

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Madonna And Mix Master Mike Remember Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch’s Legacy

Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the New York Mets also pay homage to the fallen music icon.
By Rob Markman






Adam Yauch


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To his fans Adam “MCA” Yauch was a musical genus, who along with Mike D. and Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys, progressively changed the landscape of popular music, seamlessly mixing hip-hop, punk and Rock and Roll. To those that were lucky enough to call him friend, he was all of that, plus more.

“The Beastie Boys were one of a kind! And so was Adam! They were all an important part of my musical history. And integral to the musical revolution that was happening at the time,” mega-star Madonna said in statement obtained by MTV News after Yauch passed away on Friday (May 4) after a long battle with cancer. “I’m very sad to hear about Adam’s passing. G*D bless him and his family.”

Madge included the Beasties as an opening act on her 1985 The Virgin Tour. Madonna had already established herself as a formidable pop act with her first two LPs and the Beasties were just getting started. Their iconic debut album License To Ill wouldn’t come until a year later.

Mix Master Mike didn’t start out a Beastie, but his legacy before his work with the Boys is well documented. A world champion turntabilist, Mike got the call to work with the Beastie Boys on their 1998 Grammy Award winning album Hello Nasty and has been rocking with the trio ever since. He too was hit particularly hard after Yauch’s death.

“The music world has lost an Icon and i lost a brother. I give thanks to Adam Yauch for allowing me to be apart of the Beastie legacy. I am so honored to have graced the stage with my idols for 15 historic years,” he said in a statement issued to MTV News. “Thank U for your friendship and thank you for picking me to be your DJ. forever I will hold you close to my heart. My Condolences go out to the Yauch family.”

There were a number of tributes on Friday night. During Coldplay’s concert at Hollywood Bowl last night, Chris Martin and company performed a slowed down, piano-laden rendition of of the Beastie Boys’ anthemic “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party).”

The Red Hot Chili Peppers also paid their respects during their show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Friday. “We’re playing this show tonight for Adam Yauch,” RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis said to the crowd as reported by Rolling Stone.

Yauch didn’t just inspire musicians, last night during their home baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks the entire New York Mets team paid tribute to the fallen Brooklynite by playing the Beastie’s music as they each walked up to the plate.

How do you plan to honor Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch’? Tell us in the comments!

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Tibetan Freedom Concert Part Of Adam Yauch’s Legacy

‘It’s given some meaning to me to be famous … if I can use that attention to help other people,’ late Beastie Boy tells MTV News.
By Kara Warner






Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch in 2000


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The news of Adam Yauch’s untimely death on Friday continues to reverberate throughout the world and especially the music industry. From the multitude of reactions and expressions of sympathy from celebrities to the emotionally charged words from fans, Yauch’s death has many in mourning.

MTV News took to the airwaves to express our appreciation for the influential artist with the one-hour special “Adam Yauch: Remembering a Beastie Boy,” during which we reflected on the legendary MC’s career and the indelible mark he made on music as a whole, as well as on society.

One of the more poignant aspects of the 60-minute tribute was a look back at Yauch’s involvement in founding the Tibetan Freedom Concert, the first of which drew influential acts like the Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine and raised $800,000 to help support Tibetan social-justice causes.

MTV News once spoke to Yauch about why he chose to get involved in promoting awareness for social issues.

“Whatever involvement I’m able to put in it, it definitely makes me feel good to be able to help with that,” Yauch said about the Tibetan Freedom Concert. “It’s really everyone working together. It’s all the artists who put in their time and all the people who come down to the show that actually care about it, people involved in putting it on.

“One thing Buddhism teaches is the only thing that brings us lasting happiness, that really makes us happy, is when we do things to benefit other people,” he explained. “Trying to make money, buy cool sneakers, those things don’t lead to any lasting happiness.”

Yauch said what made him happiest was being able to use his fame in a positive way.

“When you do things to benefit people from a pure place in your heart, that’s a feeling that lasts no matter what happens,” he said. “It’s given some meaning to me to be famous and be able to make music if I can use that attention to help other people — that gives some meaning to that.”

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Adam Yauch Promised To Bring ‘Rock And Roll Back’ In 1986

MTV News caught up with the Beastie Boys on New Year’s Eve in 1986, just before they were hitting the road with Madonna.
By Terri Schwartz






The Beastie Boys in 1987


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“I’d just like to say that we, the Beastie Boys, are putting rock and roll back into rock and roll, and doing just what you, the listeners, want to hear! Yeah!”

That’s the promise Adam Yauch made to MTV News back in 1986, and it’s a promise the Beastie Boys have followed through on ever since. The news of Yauch’s death meant the passing of a rock and hip-hop legend, and MTV News has spent the day honoring and remembering a man who has given us so much.

Our hour-long special “Adam Yauch: Remembering a Beastie Boy” took viewers back to 1986, to a time when the Beastie Boys had just released License to Ill to international critical acclaim and commercial success. MTV News caught up with Yauch, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz — better known as MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock — on New Year’s Eve at MTV’s sixth annual Rock and Roll Ball. They were riding high, and they promised that the next year would be even better.

“In 1987, the Beastie Boys are going to be taking over America!” MCA promised. “America, watch out, because we’ve got a new show … ”

” … And lots of stuff!” Ad-Rock added, before all three of them started yelling, “Yeah!” and banging their heads together.

The Boys were gushing about their upcoming shows and how they were going to treat their fans to the performances of their lives. It’s funny now hearing them talk about opening for Madonna, because they have since become such an important act that we can’t imagine them opening for anyone.

When asked how their show in Iowa was going to go over, Yauch answered, “Well, I think our show’s going to go over … ”

” … Very good!” Horovitz piped up.

“Very well, thank you!” Diamond finished.

As they promised, 1987 was a big year for the Beastie Boys, and 1988 was even bigger. They put out their second album, Paul’s Boutique, that year, and it’s since been considered one of their strongest records.

With each passing year, the Beastie Boys became bigger and bigger, and they likely would still be making music today had Yauch not tragically been diagnosed with cancer in 2009. He was unable to attend the group’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony last month, which sparked concerns about his health. He died after a lengthy battle with cancer of the parotid salivary gland and leaves behind his wife, Dechen Wangdu, and daughter, Tenzin Losel.

Share your memories of Adam on Twitter using the hashtag #RIPMCA.

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