Rap News Rundown: Rick Ross, Travi$ Scott, Birdman, Dr. Dre

Rick Ross gets sued, Travi$ Scott assaults his own security guards, Birdman gets sued (twice) and Dr. Dre apologizes.

The promotions company Conexts is suing Rick Ross over a failed Super Bowl party. In its legal docs, the company claims  it offered Ross $55,000 up front to perform at the party at Scottsdale Mall Amphitheater and another $55,000 afterwards. In return, Ross was expected to heavily promote the event via his social media accounts for two weeks prior. The Boss man posted only one Instagram, and the company had to cancel the event and issue refunds to patrons. Conexts is asking for its $55,000 back plus damages.

In related news, an Atlanta-area judge recently relaxed Ross' travel restrictions; with prior authorization, he will be allowed to travel and attend concerts. The rapper was charged with aggravated assault, battery and kidnapping following a June assault against two service workers who threw an unauthorized party on his property.

Seems no one is safe at a Travi$ Scott concert—not even the security people. The G.O.O.D. Music entertainer was performing at SLS in Vegas last week, when an overeager fan attempted to get on stage. Security intercepted him, and while they struggled to contain him, Scott joined in the tangle and began assaulting the security team. Eventually, the fan made it onstage alongside the rapper before surfing the crowd.

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Rick Ross Sued Over Super Bowl Party

The promotions company Conexts is suing Rick Ross over a failed Super Bowl party. In its legal docs, the company claims  it offered Ross $55,000 up front to perform at the party at Scottsdale Mall Amphitheater and another $55,000 afterwards. In return, Ross was expected to heavily promote the event via his social media accounts for two weeks prior. The Boss man posted only one Instagram, and the company had to cancel the event and issue refunds to patrons. Conexts is asking for its $55,000 back plus damages.

In related news, an Atlanta-area judge recently relaxed Ross' travel restrictions; with prior authorization, he will be allowed to travel and attend concerts. The rapper was charged with aggravated assault, battery and kidnapping following a June assault against two service workers who threw an unauthorized party on his property.

Travi$ Scott Fights Security At Concert

Seems no one is safe at a Travi$ Scott concert—not even the security people. The G.O.O.D. Music entertainer was performing at SLS in Vegas last week, when an overeager fan attempted to get on stage. Security intercepted him, and while they struggled to contain him, Scott joined in the tangle and began assaulting the security team. Eventually, the fan made it onstage alongside the rapper before surfing the crowd.

It was not the first time Scott's concerts have gotten unruly. His set at Lollapalooza was cut short after he incited the crowd to break through the security barricade.

His highly anticipated debut album, Rodeo, will be released Sept. 4.

Birdman Sued By Former Employee

It looks like mo' money problems for Birdman. The music mogul was recently hit with a lawsuit by Javier Nuno, a former Cash Money Records employee who claims he wasn't paid for more than two and a half years of work, September 2012 to February 2015. Nuno says he worked about 70 hours per week at the label exec's Florida home for an agreed salary of $4,000/month. He is seeking $129,000 for his regular schedule, $48,275 in overtime compensation, and damages.

Music producer DVLP also recently filed a suit against Birdman. The exec owed more than $200,000 for work he did for Cash Money artists. He apparently continually promised to pay the producer via text message, but never came through.

Thus far, Birdman hasn't responded to either suit.

Dr. Dre Releases Statement Regarding Past Domestic Abuse

Last week, Dr. Dre released a statement in response to accusations of physical abuse by several women, including former girlfriend Michel'le, music journalist Dee Barnes and labelmate Tairrie B. "I apologize to the women I've hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives," said the producer in a statement to The New York Times.

Apple, which recently purchased Dre's Beats company, also released a statement, saying, "Dre has apologized for the mistakes he's made in the past, and he's said that he's not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed."

He didn't mention the women by name, and so far they haven't publicly reacted to his apology. Many remain critical of his timing, which coincides with the release of Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the rise of rap group NWA—especially in light of his tendency to dismiss the allegations in the past.

 


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