Rapper Cool C To Be Executed Tomorrow

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Philadelphia rap pioneer Cool C is scheduled to be executed tomorrow (Jan. 8). Born Christopher Roney, the “Glamorous Life” star was convicted 19 years ago this month of first-degree murder in the death of Philadelphia police officer Lauretha Vaird. The shooting occurred during a botched bank robbery carried out by Roney and two other men, including his rhyming partner Warren “Steady B” McGlone.

Though prosecutors sought the death penalty for all three, only Roney received the sentence. (The other two men are serving life without the possibility of parole.) Roney and his mother maintain his innocence, saying they were sharing a meal during the 1996 robbery; surveillance footage and forensic evidence suggest Roney’s presence at the bank.

During his time on the mic, Roney was known as one of Philly’s foremost emcees, beloved for taking up arms against MC Shan, whom many felt had abandoned the city that gave him his start in hip-hop. The peak of his success as Cool C came in 1989 with his Atlantic debut, I Gotta Habit. His video for “The Glamorous Life” featured the first appearance from none other than Jill Scott, who starred as the love interest.

Roney was originally scheduled to be executed in 2006, but was granted a stay. He is 45 years old.

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Timbaland (@Timbaland) The Breakfast Club Interview

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Timbaland makes his return to The Breakfast Club to sit down with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlemagne Tha God. Timbaland spoke on how he got started in music and his involvement with Fox’s Empire.

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DJ Premier’s D&D Studios Closes Down

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Things don’t last forever. Even though DJ Premier flourished in 2014 with the success of this collaborative effort with Royce Da 5’9 on PRhyme, he unfortunately had to kiss one of his prized possessions goodbye. For nearly 25 years, D&D Studios was home to the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Jay-Z, Big L, and more. After DJ Premier acquired the studios back in 2003, he unfortunately had the task of watching his studio close down on New Year’s eve. Today, (Jan. 7) DJ Premier moved everything out of his studio to relocate to his new studio in Queens.

Despite one chapter closing, hopefully a new one opens up with the launch of DJ Premier’s new studio.

Monster Sues Beats Founders Dr. Dre And Jimmy Iovine

Monster, who joined forces with with Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine in 2008, is filing a lawsuit against Beats Electronics, the firm acquired by Apple in May.

Monster CEO, Noel Lee, state in the lawsuit that he and Monster created the Beats By Dr. Dre technology, and that Dre and Iovine committed fraud by pirating the headphones away from Lee and Monster. Lee states his company was “betrayed” by Beats Electronics when the two companies went their separate ways in 2012. He continues on to say that Beats has gone on to try to erase Monster’s contribution to its headphones.

The lawsuit was filed in San Mateo County Superior Court in California, and it charges that the Dre and Iovine hid the role that Monster and Lee played as it pertained to designing and engineering the headphone line, in addition to educating the pair about engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and selling the headphones that Monster and Lee invented.

Beats was purchased for $3 Billion by Apple back in May, after they severed ties with Monster. Though Dre and Iovine made a fortune as a result of the sale, the lawsuit alleges that Monster lost millions of dollars from its investment of Beats. If Lee retained his original 5% interest in Beats, his total stake in the Apple deal would have been worth over $100 million, according to the lawsuit.

HTC Invested $300 million (a 51% stake) in Beats in 2011 which netted  Dre and Iovine $100 million each Forbes estimated, even before Beats and Monster’s five year manufacturing and distribution deal ended. By 2012, the Monster and Beats decided to split. Dre and Iovine bought back the entirety of Beats from HTC in 2013. Monster lists HTC and Beats board member Paul Wachter among the defendants.

According to Joseph Cotchett, an attorney with the California-based law firm of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, which is representing Monster, those transactions were a “sham” that Beats used to exercise its “change of control rights” to fraudulently get the headphones away from Monster.” He continued by saying: “Had the partnership expired on its own terms, there would have been no transfer of Monster’s years of work on Beats By Dr. Dre.”

Monster and Lee are asking for punitive damages. Apple, who now owns Beats Electronics, had no comment on the lawsuit.

Last year Gizmodo ran a in-depth article breaks down the partnership between Monster and Beats Electronics.

[USA Today]

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