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Chris Brown apologizes for homophobic Twitter tirade, sort of: Are you convinced?

chris-brownImage Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.comChris Brown has issued a statement regarding his angry Twitter exchange with former B2K member Raz-B, in which he directed a stream of homophobic insults toward the other singer. “Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from an attention seeking Raz-B,” Brown says in a statement provided by his publicist. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter.”

That’s a pretty piece of pseudo-apologetic doublespeak. Brown blames the target of his hateful outburst in the same breath as he expresses regret for “what transpired,” an evasive phrasing meant to spread the responsibility around instead of owning it himself. Sure, Raz-B was probably seeking attention when he tweeted about the true fact that Brown brutally assaulted an ex-girlfriend in 2009. But no one forced Brown to respond with those nasty gay-baiting epithets or to mock Raz-B’s past allegations of sexual abuse. He went there all by himself.

Brown’s statement continues with some slightly more direct thoughts: “I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone,” he writes. “Molestation and victims of such acts are not to be taken lightly; and for my comments I apologize — from the bottom of my heart. I love all of my fans, gay and straight. I have friends from all walks of life and I am committed, with God’s help, to continue becoming a better person.”

What do you think of Brown’s latest comments? Do you think he’s genuinely contrite about the obnoxious things he said, or just sorry that it happened in public view? Sound off in the comments, below.

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Chris Brown launches into homophobic Twitter feud with former B2K member Raz-B

Chris-Brown-Raz-BImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Koi Sojer/PR Photos Chris Brown launched into a profanity-laced Twitter feud for several hours today with former B2K member De’Mario Thornton — a.k.a. Raz-B — in which both Brown and Thornton employed homophobic slurs and taunts. The exchange began after Thornton tweeted, using the Twitter handles for, respectively, Eric Benet, Brown, Halle Berry, and Rihanna, “I’m just sittin here Thinking how can n—-s like @ebenet & @ChrisBrown disrespect women as Intelligent as @HalleBerry11 [and] @Rihanna.” Brown quickly tweeted in response, “@razb2k, n—- you want attention! Grow up n—-!!! D— in da booty a– lil boy,” and followed up with several tweets taunting Thornton over his accusations that he was molested by his ex-manager and one of his former group mates. Thornton replied by accusing Brown of being on the down-low (i.e. in the closet).

By the end, both Brown and Thornton had apologized for using homophobic slurs and appeared to have moved on to tweet another day. It was all a masterful display of debate at its finest.

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Usher accidentally kicked in the face while seducing a fan on stage

Usher‘s OMG tour made its way through New York’s Madison Square Garden on Monday (Dec. 13). As I said in my review, it was filled with booms and pows from pyrotechnics and explosions. But there was one bang received that Usher totally didn’t expect when brought a fan on stage to sing “Trading Places.”  Excited, she was eager to get close to the R&B stud. Seemingly living out a dream, she wrapped her legs around him during their hug and then the two slow danced. But things got a little rough after he led her to the couch.

She started off lying on his chest as he sang into her ear and pecked her on the cheek. Then as he prepared to cap off the song–just eight words away from the end–she sprouted up. Attempting to straddle Usher, she whipped her leg up and almost across him. Her heeled shoe caught Usher’s face before it got there, though. Ouch. Gasps filled the Garden. Embarrassed and so very sorry, she immediately apologized. The star took it all in stride. “We play rough in the bed,” he joked. “We kick each other in the face and all kind of good stuff.” They hugged and that was that.

Check out the video below. Things go south around the 9:15 mark.

I’ve seen fans try some bold stuff at shows before but this is by far the most awkward moment I’ve laid eyes on. Can you think of any you’ve seen in the past? What would you have done had you been in that position? Let us know.

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Metallica guitarist accidentally kicks a child off stage

MetallicaMetallica guitarist Kirk Hammett blasted a lot more than some great riffs last week during a show in Sydney, Australia. Rolling Stone reports that he also knocked a little girl off stage after accidentally kicking a balloon at her. A number of black balloons—which more resembled the oversized inflated workout balls found in gyms—decorated the stage and for fun fan interaction the band threw and kicked some out the the audience.

But in Hammett’s case, the ball didn’t get to float up and out into the crowd. The girl was at the edge of the stage (by the way, who let their toddler on a Metallica stage?) and felt the impact instantly as it left his foot and flew back until she flew off the stage. Oddly enough, the incident happened while they were playing “Seak And Destroy.” She’s reportedly fine and not injured.

You can check out the video after the jump.

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Rapper Gucci Mane arrested in Atlanta for reckless driving, but charges dropped

Just months after being released from jail, Atlanta rapper Radric “Gucci Mane” Davis was arrested yesterday in his hometown. Access Atlanta reports that an off duty police officer spotted him driving a white Hummer on the wrong side of the road. When officers later found him and his parked car, Davis was charged with driving on the wrong side of the road, running a stop sign, damaging government property, driving without a license, and not having proof of insurance. After allegedly resisting arrest, he was subdued with pepper spray.

Gucci finished a sentence at Fulton County Jail for parole violation last May. His new album, aptly titled The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted, hit stores late September. Warner Bros., his record label, has yet to respond to our request for a comment.

UPDATE: Prosecutors have dropped all charges against Gucci,  Access Atlanta reports. He was released today after spending Tuesday night in jail.

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Our review of Gucci’s 2009 album, The State vs. Radric Davis

Justin Bieber tells Patriot Tom Brady to get a haircut in new rap freestyle: Watch here

brady-bieberImage Credit: Winslow Townson/AP Images; Pamela LittkeyThis kid just does it all, huh? Justin Bieber is known for eliciting squeals from tweens by way of singing and dancing. But last night the Biebs made his debut as a rapper. Over Cam’Ron and Vado’s “Speaking in Tungs,” a huge hip-hop record in New York’s tri-state area, Bieber confidently steps to the mic in a short Youtube clip. Honestly, he’s pretty good. Lyrically it’s pretty light on substance. But that’s okay. He’s only 16! And rich. He rhymes about buying a girl diamonds, being on fire, and being fly. But there is one line that’s a cut above the rest, where he takes a shot at New England Patriot Tom Brady – who’s been getting a lot of heat for sporting Bieber’s hairstyle. Apparently there can only be one mop cut king.

“Call up Mr. Brady,” Bieber spits as he gets into quarterback stance. “Tell him leave his hair to the guy who sings ‘Baby‘.” It’s all in good fun, of course. Don’t expect a rap album from Bieber any time soon. “I just wanted to do this just to prove that I have skills on the rap game,” he says when the track winds down. Mission accomplished. Check out the clip after the jump and let us know what you think of it. Is it time for Brady to meet a pair of scissors now?

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'Bed Intruder Song' singer Antoine Dodson performs at 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards

BET helped YouTube sensation Antoine Dodson add about three minutes to his designated 15 minutes of fame last night. Dodson, who became an Internet celeb after his rescue rant about a Huntsville, Ala., rapist on the loose was remixed and auto-tuned this summer, surprised an audience of the rap world’s elite at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards last night. He and Michael Gregory — creator of the “Bed Intruder Song” — appeared at the ceremony, much to the delight of the audience. Shots of the crowd reveal more than a few laughing faces — though it doesn’t appear that Keri Hilson was amused. And really, neither was I. It was one of the cornier moments of the night. Looked to me that most of the people doubled over were laughing at Dodson and not with him. I just changed the channel. Did you?

Check out the clip — and the original viral video starring Dodson — after the jump.

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will.i.am attacked online for 'blackface' makeup at VMAs pre-show, hits Twitter to defend himself

will-i-amImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comKanye and Taylor weren’t the only talking pieces after last night’s VMAs. Black Eyed Peas leading man will.i.am also sparked up a bit of controversy when he performed alongside rapper Nicki Minaj during the pre-show. Though not purposefully, the eccentric rapper and producer known for his futuristic costumes ticked off some of his fans after wearing an all black leather outfit and matching black makeup all over his face.

Instantly the Twitterverse hopped on their computers and smartphones to cry foul, comparing his makeup to the racist 19th century blackface minstrel shows. When Will caught wind of the criticism, he responded through his Twitter account to defend his costume choice.

“1st. just because I where all black including head mask as expression and emphasize my outfit, it shouldn’t be looked at as racial…,” he tweeted. “Let go of the past. there are far more important things 2 bark about. (Jobs, health, education) not a black man wearing all black everything,” he followed. Then after noticing that people were still attacking him, he asked, “Are you guys serious? my outfit set “black people back 100 yrs” choose your twits wisely. no education sets people back, no jobs, bad health.”

Personally, I think these accusations are nuts. In the past Will has participated in various causes for uplifting black people–really, all people. He was one of the first artists to campaign, promote, and support Barack Obama’s presidential run years ago and frequently returns the impoverished East Los Angeles neighborhood he grew up in to speak to its children. And let me not forget to mention that he does all of this philanthropic work during breaks from making huge pop records that boast positive messages.

If there’s anything that Will’s guilty of, it’s giving people the benefit of the doubt and hoping that his costume would be seen simply as interesting, fun, and artsy. I, for one, knew the peanut gallery would think otherwise. I can’t say I loved his makeup. Will probably should have known that more than a few people would be peeved and nixed it. But I’m pretty sure that there was nothing malicious behind the concept.

What do you think? Was Will’s makeup a slap in the face to African Americans or just an eccentric’s mistake? Sound off in the comments below.

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Lil Wayne phones in a verse from jail on Drake's 'Light Up'

drake-lil-wayneImage Credit: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images; Jonathan MannionBeing cooped in a Rikers Island cell won’t stop Lil Wayne from getting some work done. On the eve of his Young Money label mate Drake releasing his highly anticipated debut Thank Me Later (out now), Wayne decided that he wanted to add a verse to “Light Up.” The track already features Jay-Z schooling Drizzy on what it’s like to live in the spotlight. The obvious problem for Weezy was how he would record his verse without being able lay his vocals down in a studio. The answer was simple: Wayne took a day to gather his thoughts and rhymes, then called his crew back to have his verse recorded over the phone. Last week Wayne’s verse leaked online without the beat or appearances from Drake and Jay. This morning Drake’s engineer, 40, posted the finished product on their blog.

“I’m in my cell, reading fan mail/Wish I was Amsterdam sipping Amstel,” Wayne raps. “Behind bars, but the bars don’t stop/Recording over the phones/I hope the call don’t drop. Drizzy got the ball/I know the ball won’t drop/And I pray none of my kids ever want to be cops.”

The barely audible verse is lyrically a solid offering from Wayne. But without the polishing and mastering only a studio can provide, I doubt I’ll listen to this track ever again. Have you heard it yet? Let us know what you think of it.

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Nicki Minaj drops out of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth tour

Nicki-ManajImage Credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty ImagesJust two days after Rihanna announced that Ke$ha and Lil Wayne’s Young Money vixen Nicki Minaj would be hitting the road with her this July, Minaj has pulled out. Nicki dropped the news that she’ll miss the Last Girl on Earth tour through her Twitter account.

“I’m sorry 2 say I will not be going out on RiRi’s tour,” she tweeted about an hour ago. “I’ve decided 2 use that time 4 the completion of my album. Hope u understand.”

Granted, tours can be time consuming, but couldn’t she have found  a way to record on the road? That exposure would’ve been a great way to promote her upcoming debut album. And why didn’t she think about this before Monday’s announcement?

Sad to see Minaj go?

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