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THE SCOOP: Yung Joc, Brandy, Joe Budden, Ciara
Contributed by: Sia Tiambi Barnes
Source: bet.com
Posted on: December 27, 2007 06:29 MST
Filed under: Rap, R&B, Pop, Celebs

Yung Joc, Brandy, Joe Budden, Ciara

By the time Jasiel “Yung Joc” Robinson showed up seven hours late to his arraignment in Ohio,  he'd been declared a fugitive, an arrest warrant was issued, and his bond was raised from $50,000 to $100,000. His attorney, Stanley Jackson Jr. said the delay was due to financial and family obligations. Robinson didn’t enter a plea, according to The Associated Press, but Jackson said his client maintains his innocence.  Robinson was formally charged with a felony (carrying a possible jail sentence of up to 18 months) for allegedly attempting to board a plane at Cleveland's airport  with ammunition and a loaded gun. Robinson told police he had no idea the items were in his carry-on bag. The judge presiding over the case, Municipal Judge Michael John Ryan, reduced the bond back to $50,000 once Robinson appeared and set a preliminary hearing for Jan. 25.

It appears that despite the negative publicity generated by her involvement in Dec. 2006 fatal car crash, singer Brandy may cleared of any wrongdoing. According to TMZ.com a source from the California Highway Patrol reports that the vehicle Brandy struck was traveling at 65 mph before the driver, Awatef Aboudihaj, slammed on her brakes and first struck the car in front of her. Because the actual cause of Aboudihaj’s death remains unclear, it will be difficult to prove that Brandy was negligent in the case. The Los Angeles City Attorney has until the close of business tomorrow (Dec. 29) – when the 1-year statue of limitations runs out – to file criminal charges against her.

According to rapper Joe Budden, the buzz formulated from the MixtapeKings.com release of his Mood Muzik 3 has led to a retail release of the mixtape slated for Feb. 26. In a deal with Amalgam Entertainment, LLC, a “3.5” version of the set (minus DJ OnPoint’s voiceovers, plus two bonus tracks) is currently available on the website AmalgamDigital.com while the company prepares physical distribution. “With the "Mood Muzik" series gaining mass attention, this is just our effort to maximize on awareness,” Budden said in a statement. He also plans to record his first album since his publicized release from a contract with Def Jam Records. The album, titled Padded Room, is due out next spring.

Singer Ciara’s tribute to Diana Ross for the 30th annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night on CBS (and was uploaded to www.DailyMotion.com). Draped in silver, Ciara took the stage to perform “Upside Down” right after tributes from Smokey Robinson, Vanessa Williams, Jordin Sparks, and actor Terrence Howard. But it was a rendition of Ross’s 1970’s “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand” sung by Yolanda Adams and a 125-member choir that brought tears to the icon’s eyes. The program was taped Dec. 2 and also honors The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, filmmaker Martin Scorsese, comedian Steve Martin, and pianist Leon Fleisher. A who’s who of entertainment, business, and politics were in attendance including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. “It’s probably my favorite event of the year,” Rice, also a pianist, told The Associated Press. “I really think the arts have a marvelous role in being a unifying force across the world.”

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep will be the first artist in hip-hop to use Voxonic voice conversion technology to release foreign language versions of his album in his own voice. The technology, with reportedly  99% accuracy, will translate his forthcoming H.N.I.C. Part 2 into several different tongues including Spanish, French, and German. “The technology they use is a great opportunity for me to keep supplying my fans around the world with music to hold them down while I'm away,” Prodigy said in a statement. By “away,” he means the 3.5-year sentence he begins serving Jan. 9 for pleading guilty to charges of possession of a loaded weapon. “I want to thank Fred and Arie Deutsch of Voxonic for believing in me and recognizing the wide appeal my music carries.” H.N.I.C. Part 2 will release via Voxonic Music in March and features production by Alchemist and Havoc.
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