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"CELEBRITY SPY NETWORK"
Video girl Rosa Ascota (who used to be linked to Soulja Boy and Rob Kardashian) made waves when she and her "pretty girl crew" took a trip to Dubai.
Rosa Acosta (pictured directly above and top photo) is a nice person and she's appeared in videos by Drake, 50 Cent and Jamie Foxx.
Yet a whisper campaign started after it was revealed that Acosta and her girls were in Dubai.
Although it may have been an innocent trip.
Back in the 1990's, royal recruiters for the Sultan of Brunei used to recruit girls from modeling agencies, malls and beaches (like Heidi Fleiss) to fly to Brunei where they would service men in the royal family. These women were paid $30,000 per weekend and in some cases $2 million for three months. To get through customs, the women were paid in expensive bling, when they arrived in L.A., they were instructed to go to a particular pawn shop connected to the royal family. There, they would cash the bling out.
One of the girls filed a lawsuit which ended this practice.
Now Dubai has taken over where Brunei left off.
Keep in mind, there are no legitimate paying gigs in Dubai for Western women. American females (affiliated with modeling and escorting) go there for one reason only.
Female adult stars are also in demand, several have relocated to Dubai.
These adult stars are housed on the entire floor of a 5-star hotel. A Prince picks up the tab. 15-20 girls are there at any given time under the pretense of being paid $70,000 for three months of modeling; when in reality, they are high priced call girls.
Kanye is so madly in love with Kim that he refused to sign her to a prenuptial agreement but Kim insisted on a prenup and here's why.
With Kris Jenner as an alleged consultant, Kim will receive $1 million per year for every year of marriage and there is no custody clause (pertaining to North).
Kanye even put the Bel Air mansion in Kim's name and he allegedly gave her carte blanche to all of his financial assets.
And Kim is the sole beneficiary to Kanye's life insurance policy valued at $20 million. The way its set up, in the event of a divorce (and not death) Kim will receive a portion.
The money Kim earns on her reality show, the Kardashian clothing line and promotional appearances will be considered separate and sole income YET Kanye's income is allegedly considered joint income.
Allegedly, the following tweet was made on Lisa Bonet's twitter account:
"According to karma or past actions, one's destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky...Nothing stays in the dark 4ever."
Due to the fact that Anonymous (the hacker group) has sided with the Ferguson Missouri protesters, the KKK is allegedly threatening to shoot them.
The KKK is also referring to them as n*gger lovers.
The following was posted online:
"You pathetic n*gger lovers are going down, we're not hiding. We're not ashamed of who we are and what we represent.
The Invisible Empire cannot and will not be overthrown.
You'll be strung up next to the chimps. On display for the world to see. The Klan is feared, not threatened."
"OLD SCHOOL-CELEBRITY SPY NETWORK"
It was reported (via a book on Motown) that Flo Ballard's husband Tommy Chapman was shot in the head execution style while playing pool in a bar yet others insist that he died of an massive heart attack. Oddly, it's been reported that his three daughters (with Flo) still aren't sure of the cause of death.
The official cause of death, from the man that employed Tommy Chapman, was that he had a massive heart attack yet a few Motown artists claim that he died of a gunshot wound to the head-execution style.
Police records and the local newspaper were checked and there was never an accounting of Tommy Chapman being murdered.
According to the lady he was living with at the time, he was stricken suddenly and basically laid down on the bed and died.
Chapman was uniformly disliked by Motown people. One well-known female artist simply said "He was no good for Flo." She would not elaborate.
Tommy was also bitter towards Diana Ross. He accused Ross of being the reason that he could not have custody of his daughters.
However...in Baton Rouge, Chapman drove a bus for LSU students and was employed by the city. The students loved him and his stories of "Supreme" days. His supervisor had nothing but glowing things to say about Tommy, adding that he was one of his best employees.
His lady friend said he did have a dark side and used aliases. Well, one can speculate that meaning.
Michelle Chapman (his daughter) said she had been told conflicting stories as to what happened to him. The three daughters saw him only sporadically but they did attend his funeral in Baton Rouge, where Tommy Chapman is lying in an unmarked grave.
According to a source, Rachelle Ferrell recently exhibited bizarre behavior (similar to Lauryn Hill) in concert.
Allegedly, Ferrell talked about her tortured soul, demons, voices and God.
Our source added: "She appeared to unravel onstage."
The show consisted of minimum singing and lots of voice acrobatics but few extended songs.
In all, she did five songs in one hour, losing audience members along the way.
She allegedly apologized, saying she was being directed by the voice of God, who told her at one point to turn her back on her audience.
She stated that she was going to take some time off to heal herself.
Her attire was alarming as well.
She began to ask for song requests, suddenly she came alive and was magnificent.
Hopefully, this was an isolated incident.
We would like to offer condolences to the family of Jimmy Ruffin. Ruffin died on Nov. 17, 2014. He was 78. Jimmy was the older brother of David. His signature song was "What Becomes of The Brokenhearted." RIP.
CELEBRITY SPY NETWORK COMMENTS
"SPYCRAFT" (ASSASSINS WHO USE KILL DOGS AS WEAPONS)
Normally, government assassins or freelance hitters are recruited in the marksmanship category at the Olympics but not Pisces.
Months ago, we told you about a black political assassin who was fictionalized in a book, he went by the name of "Pisces," and his cover job was that of an entertainment reporter; he was so prolific in the kill trade that he executed a target in drag.
Allegedly, the book hit too close to home because the author was arrested on trumped up charges and is now serving a life sentence in prison. The book was taken out of circulation or is out of stock but you can find a few copies on the net. The paperback edition is priced at a mind boggling: $1,039.00.
Allegedly, Pisces was not only a trained sniper but he occasionally used kill dogs as weapons.
Dogs such as dobermans, alsatians and shepherds are not new to murder.
Their assassins/masters aim is to train the dogs to kill a particular subject on command.
These dogs are trained to go for the jugular vein and to react only to the presence of the subject alone, rejecting all others even in a crowd or parade.
Allegedly, Pisces used "one dog" per assignment but other assassins have used these lead dogs in packs. The additional two or three dogs are unleashed on the subject (as backups) by penetrating his security and tearing out his throat.
On a particular hit, Pisces allegedly disguised himself as a blind man with a seeing eye dog. The dog was also trained to react to the scent of the target. The dog was later released at the right moment and proceeded to kill the victim.
"SHADOWY" (CREEPY WEBSITE RECORDED LIVE FOOTAGE FROM YOUR HOME)
A website boasted of filming people through their DVR’s, security cameras, and internet cameras in their own homes! Sadly, this is not a joke, it’s the real deal and thousands are getting squandered across the globe.
People who have not set their security pass code have fallen victim to this internet website who shares footage for all to see and it’s not just here in America, it stretches over 256 different countries. Once on, the only way to get off is to request it by email but that’s only if you know about the site!!
After this story broke, the government shut down the site.
BLACK HISTORY: (THE DAUGHTER OF A SLAVE DIED AT 110 IN 2009)
Along a rural highway in central Texas sits a small white house with some cows grazing out back and a wheelchair ramp leading to the front screen door. Inside that house lives Amanda Jones, 109, the daughter of a slave. No one in her family, least of all Jones, thought she would live long enough to vote for the man who is to become the first black president.
Jones is the living link between the time when black men were owned as property and the time when a black man has been elected president of the United States.
She wears a pink gown and sits in a worn recliner. Thick glasses magnify her eyes — eyes that have witnessed two world wars, a great depression, and the arrival of jazz, television and antibiotics. Born in 1899, Jones has lived through a half-century of institutional segregation and a second half-century of attempts to erase that legacy.
"The white is over everything," she says. "I never thought the colored would rise up" and accomplish this.
She says Barack Obama's election was "a blessing."
Jones is a deeply religious woman. On the wall, next to pictures of her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is scripture from Joshua and framed sheet music from The Old Rugged Cross.
Her father was Emmanuel Alfred Roberts, who was emancipated in 1865 at the age of 12. He took the name of his last master, a farmer and rancher named Abe Roberts.
He eventually married Moriah Josephine Washington. They farmed on Alum Creek, east of Austin, and had 13 children. Amanda Jones is the sole survivor.
She remembers very little of what her father told her about slavery days.
"When he was a little boy, he herded [the master's] sheep," she says, and he protected them from mountain lions that then prowled the forests of central Texas.
She went on to marry C.L. Jones, who farmed and ran a small grocery in Bastrop County. She worked as a maid before raising 10 children of her own.
The first president Jones voted for was Franklin D. Roosevelt. Like all black citizens, she had to pay a poll tax to vote.
"We would pick cotton and save our money to pay taxes," she recalls.
The poll tax was finally abolished in Texas for all elections in 1966.
Obama's election gave the extended Jones family — and millions like it across the country — a new standard for their children.
Jones' daughter, Ruth Jones, is 73.
"And I told my youngest grandson, [who] is 10, 'You can be anything you want to be. You can even be president of the U.S.,'" Ruth Jones says. "He thought that was so funny. He really did. He said, 'I can be the president!' I said, "You sure can, but you really have to apply yourself.'"
The family is planning a large reunion at an Austin hotel when Amanda Jones turns 110 next month, under the nation's first black president-elect.
Jones died a month after this article was published.
Chris Brown recently made an upgrade to his Lamborghini by calling on a tattoo artist to paint the lyrics to Tupac's song "Lord Knows," onto the car. The paint job goes from the hood of the car, all the way to the back and onto the sides.
Snoop is firing shots at Bill Cosby. He posted a Cosby pic on his IG with the caption, "Gimme That," featuring Bill Cosby.
Kerry Washington relies on her family to keep her grounded and relaxed. Washington credits them for helping her wind down after a long day of playing Olivia Pope on the set.
by: Shoshana Walter & Reyhan Harmanci for the Center for Investigative Reporting:
This year, nearly two dozen people are scheduled to enter a federal courtroom to face charges related to the sale of Ecstasy and other drugs, including heroin, across Northern California and the country.
On its face, the case appears like any other federal drug sting. It was built over four years and began when a man named Michael Lott pulled a silver Mercedes-Benz into the parking lot of the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, a struggling city about 30 miles from San Francisco, and allegedly tried to sell heroin to an undercover agent.
At the time of his arrest, Lott was the self-proclaimed CEO of Thizz Entertainment, the rap label started by Andre Hicks, the late rapper and mogul widely known as Mac Dre (pictured above).
The label once promised to put the Bay Area hip-hop scene on the map, bringing with it a tight-knit group of rappers from the Crest, a working-class neighborhood in Vallejo notorious for drugs and gang violence. Hicks' crew helped popularize the Bay Area brand of party-centric hip-hop music called hyphy, launching rappers to major record stores and MTV.
But Hicks was killed, his violent death left unsolved. And now a decade of law enforcement scrutiny has cemented the fate of the independent label and the Bay Area rappers who once aspired to mainstream success.
For police, the record label's dramatic decline was predicted by listening to the music. Over two decades, Hicks and his rapping associates virtually taunted law enforcement.
Amid the rising popularity of gangster rap, prosecutors increasingly mined its lyrics for evidence in criminal matters. In 1990, prosecutors tried three members of 2 Live Crew on obscenity charges after a lurid performance at a Florida nightclub. Prosecutors used Snoop Dogg's "Murder Was the Case" during the rapper's 1996 murder trial. The rappers were acquitted in both cases.
In 1992, some of Hicks' songs, released through his own Romper Room Records label, implicated him in a series of robberies associated with the Crest's Romper Room Gang. Although Hicks' friends claimed the rapper was never an active participant in the crimes, he and two others were arrested and sent to federal prison. Hicks served five years.
Upon his release, Hicks quit rapping about robbery and moved on to partying. He dubbed his new entertainment company Thizz, a slang word for Ecstasy.
The new in-your-face branding caught on quickly and gave police a reason to keep following Hicks' career. It was only a matter of time, they surmised, before they'd catch the Thizz crew with the real thing.
"They were all rap artists first — they had some pretty big names on that label," said Sacramento County sheriff's Detective Brad Rose, who helped crack the case. "But those drugs are highly profitable."
Federal authorities would highlight the Thizz Entertainment connections when they announced their big takedown in April 2012.
But in the end, hundreds of pages of court records reveal that most of the people arrested in the operation had no connection to the label. A few were Thizz rappers and friends from the Crest. Michael Lott was not, in fact, CEO of the company, Hicks' mother said. And as a businessman and a drug dealer, he was pretty much a failure.
Vallejo's Musical Roots:
During the heyday of funk in the 1970s, international stars like Con Funk Shun and Sly Stone had connections to Vallejo and its Crest neighborhood.
"We always have been a neighborhood where we get down with each other. We come from a city that has nothing," said Jamal Rocker, a Vallejo-born rapper known as Mac Mall and a contemporary of Hicks. "Like, when you hear the word 'cuddie,' it means cousin and friend. Even 'cutthroat,' that's a term of endearment."
Both Macs — Mac Dre and Mac Mall — are named in honor of one of the area's first musical successes, Michael "The Mac" Robinson, a rapper with a pimp persona who was shot and killed in Vallejo in 1991. According to Rocker, Robinson provided the mold for many kids from the Crest — "it all started with Michael Robinson" — and fondly remembers once getting a ride in Robinson's white Cadillac, where "there was so much bass I could barely breathe."
It was within that small world in the mid-'90s that a group of around a dozen kids who grew up together became known as the Romper Room crew, first for general neighborhood mischief and then later as a criminal enterprise.
The core group consisted of Jamal Diggs (J-Diggs), Simon Curtis Nelson (Kilo Curt), Andre Cawthorne (Dre from the Bay), Troy Reddick (Coolio Da'Unda'Dogg) and Hicks.
Hicks, lean and outgoing, had been known as a rising star from a young age, making waves with a cassette tape featuring a standout single, "Too Hard for the F—-in' Radio," in 1989 as a student at Hogan High School. His flow was fast and confident, and he built upon the bouncy bass that had its roots in the funk era.
But by that time, some of Hicks' friends and collaborators had begun robbing banks. Vallejo police began focusing on the Crest with newfound intensity, and as they struggled to solve the crimes, Hicks rapped about it.
In one song, Hicks described a harrowing credit union robbery. In another song, which he dedicated to Vallejo police Detective Dave McGraw, Hicks taunted the department: "Punk police, what a one-track mind, man you can't even find who's been robbin' you blind."
In 1992, Hicks already had several arrests under his belt, for assault and weapons possession, when the department and federal authorities decided to follow him, a wired confidential informant and two fellow rappers, Diggs and Nelson, to Fresno, where Hicks recently had performed with Ice Cube.
For two days, more than 35 officers and FBI agents trailed the friends as they picked up girls, shopped for sneakers and purchased deodorant at Wal-Mart.
On the first day, surveillance agents said the group cased a downtown Bank of America by driving in circles around the block. The friends parked an extra car nearby. Agents suspected they would use it later for their getaway.
After a late night of playing dice with several women in their motel rooms, Hicks stayed behind as Diggs and Nelson returned to the bank, according to the surveillance notes.
But authorities had not been careful: A television news crew monitoring police radio traffic had heard officers as they prepared to disrupt the heist. As surveillance agents watched Diggs and Nelson park the car and take out masks, a news van arrived.
Spooked by the cameras, the two sped back to the motel for Hicks and headed home. Police pulled them over two hours later on a deserted stretch of road somewhere near Los Banos.
Prosecutors charged Diggs and Nelson with attempted robbery and Hicks with conspiracy. They dubbed Hicks the ringleader and played some of his songs in the courtroom to bolster their case.
"They were bragging about it on a rap CD," Lt. JoAnn West said at a Vallejo Police Department news conference at the time. "It's kind of brazen for them to brag about it as though they were untouchable."
Agents claimed the trio was responsible for 13 robberies, alleging that proceeds from the crimes netted $1.5 million. In a pattern that would continue after Hicks' death, police sought to tie his success as a rapper to criminal enterprise. While it never was proven, police went on the record with statements alleging that the heists paid for Hicks' studio time.
Friends and fellow musicians disputed allegations that Hicks had anything to do with the heists. Still, he refused to implicate anyone else and did the time — and was celebrated for it. As Hicks grew in popularity, he brought his friends — less-popular performers like Michael "Miami the Most" Lott — along for the ride. Long after his death in 2004, they remained loyal devotees.
Parking Lot Meetings:
In August 2009, Brian Nehring, an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration, called Lott to set up a buy.
Surveillance agents in nearby cars watched as Lott arrived in a silver Mercedes-Benz and greeted Nehring. He handed him a plastic-wrapped Kilo Curt CD and Mac Dre DVD from his Thizz label — on the house.
Lott, a muscular man with gold-plated teeth, didn't know much about Nehring. Their relationship consisted of intermittent drug sales in and around gas stations and parking lots near the Crest, where Lott had grown up. After their first meeting — a confidential informant for the DEA introduced them — Nehring appeared to conduct his business with Lott alone. He'd call him with requests and pay in cash — $6,400 for seven ounces of cocaine base, $4,400 for 600 Ecstasy pills.
Nehring, on the other hand, knew a lot about Lott. In addition to the shared intelligence from Vallejo police, who had long known Lott as a member of Hicks' crew, Lott continually bragged to Nehring about his connections to Thizz.
During a meeting in January 2009, Lott had told Nehring that he needn't be wary of him; he was well known worldwide as Miami the Most, the famous rapper and music executive. He told him about his appearances on Jamie Foxx's radio show and in a BET documentary about the Romper Room crew. He claimed to have been best friends with Hicks, Thizz Entertainment's founder, according to the agent's notes.
In fact, Lott bragged on this particular August day, the silver Mercedes he had driven to meet Nehring once belonged to Hicks.
Lott handed Nehring 189 grams of heroin, and Nehring paid him $5,200. Over a nearly two-year period, he would pay Lott $100,000 more. Lott told friends and acquaintances that he owed his success to Hicks and Thizz, he was busy in the music studio and he entertained visitors at his upscale Hiddenbrooke home.
But Lott was not the man Nehring described in his notes. In subsequent months, the self-proclaimed mogul would be evicted from his house after he failed to pay nearly a year's worth of rent. He'd find himself without a car. He'd bury his friend and Ecstasy supplier, Marico Whitemon, who was shot dead outside a liquor store at the entrance to the Crest. A man accused of killing Whitemon, a small-time marijuana dealer, would walk away unscathed. And friends and former associates said the status Lott claimed to have — as a successful music executive — fell away.
Birth Of A Record Label:
After the Romper Room arrests in 1992, the prison time could have crushed Hicks' up-and-coming career, but he capitalized on the attention. Longtime Bay Area hip-hop producer Khayree recorded new raps from Hicks over the phone from inside prison, releasing another album on cassette while Hicks remained behind bars. In addition to the $5.99 recording, the duo also sold $10 T-shirts and $12 caps.
"They try to keep me down, keep me in a ditch, but the only thing they doin' is makin' me rich," Hicks rapped.
Eventually, Hicks decided to give himself some distance from the Romper Room Gang. In 1999, Hicks, Nelson and a San Rafael-based distributor called City Hall Records formed a new record label: Thizz Entertainment.
Hicks gained a diverse following, selling thousands of CDs in places like France, South Africa, even rural parts of the United States. One of his largest contributions to the new reigning hip-hop vernacular and crossover scene was the same word he gave to his record label: thizz. Already emerging as a more popular street drug, Hicks popularized the word and the experience, transforming the tone of the local hip-hop scene from hard and gangster to more wild, fun and carefree.
"He really was on Ecstasy pills and thizzing," said Reddick, also known as Coolio Da'Unda'Dogg, an original member of the Romper Room crew who produced and rapped with Hicks.
Hip-hop journalist Davey D said it was less a paean to the experience of taking Ecstasy than part of Hicks' character. The rapper was famous for his "thizz face" — a variant on "funk face" or "gas face."
"It has that double meaning that the music is so nasty, you gotta squint your face," Davey D said.
A Sudden Blow:
In November 2004, hyphy's rise, and the accompanying rise in all things Thizz, was dealt a shocking setback.
Hicks had just left his concert in Kansas City, Mo., when a car pulled up alongside his van — driven by Major Norton, a Thizz rapper known as Dubee, who is also a co-defendant in the current drug ring case — and opened fire. Police, who never solved the crime, found Hicks' bullet-torn body alongside the vehicle.
For a brief period, Hicks' death reinvigorated the hyphy movement, and he became its larger-than-life symbol. Tattoos, decals, shirts and more bearing his likeness proliferated. Diggs wore a gigantic "Mac Dre" chain around his neck; Lott began driving a black Hummer with Hicks' face on the side.
His birthday, July 5, became known as Dre Day, an annual holiday that drew hundreds to the Crest. When MTV showed up to film a special about hyphy in 2007, the stars gave respect to Hicks, calling him the "grandfather of hyphy."
Hicks' label, Thizz Entertainment, immediately pivoted upon his passing. The label's leaders accelerated plans to spin off the distribution arm, Thizz Nation. Hicks' mother, Wanda Salvatto, took control of Thizz Entertainment as a way of controlling his large musical catalog — overnight, Thizz Entertainment transformed from an active record label to the estate of Mac Dre.
Under new leadership, Thizz Nation expanded. Imprints such as Thizz Latin launched, and Nelson, also known as Kilo Curt, recruited many from the Crest to record under the Thizz umbrella.
"Mac Dre kept the Bay Area rap scene alive for years after his death," said Walter Zelnick, vice president of distribution for City Hall Records, which had invested in Thizz Entertainment. But Nelson "signed too many people to his label. Some of them did well; most didn't."
Ecstasy Finds New Market:
As hyphy caught on, local authorities began to notice a steady uptick in the drug's street-level sales.
"It used to be real popular with the rave clubs, and then it became more widespread on the streets," said Capt. Ken Weaver of the Vallejo Police Department. "It became the drug choice of the rappers. They started singing about it in their lyrics."
In Vallejo, detectives already believed some Thizz rappers had made the transition from rapping about Ecstasy to selling it. They kept their eyes on the Crest and the rappers' latest releases.
Their big break came in 2008, when Steve Davison, a Thizz rapper known as PSD, was caught at the Sacramento airport with 6,000 Ecstasy pills hidden in his pants. Nehring, the undercover agent, was called to the scene.
At the time, Vallejo detectives already were following Lott and other Thizz associates. Authorities said Davison's arrest confirmed their suspicions. They began working with the DEA and other agencies on an undercover operation that extended as far as Wisconsin.
Using a confidential informant, Nehring got an introduction to Lott as a potential customer in August 2008. Soon, he and Lott began meeting and talking regularly on the phone to schedule drug transactions, with agents monitoring the rapper and his associates, many who still lived in the Crest and other Vallejo neighborhoods.
Over the next two years, Lott unknowingly led the DEA into the heart of the local drug operation, in which he played the role of disorganized middleman. During their second meeting, Lott went inside his friend's apartment complex and returned with 400 Ecstasy pills, which he sold to Nehring for $1,600 in cash. The pills turned out to be a mixture of caffeine and dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, according to court records.
Later, Lott called Nehring and told him that if he was dissatisfied with the quality of the pills, he would provide a full refund because "he wished to keep my future business," Nehring wrote in his report. But Nehring did not ask for a refund and continued placing orders, soon over the phone. Surveillance agents recorded Lott as he often scrambled to deliver, calling various connections until he found someone who could meet Nehring's needs.
After Nehring placed an order for 4,000 tablets, agents intercepted Lott making a series of harried phone calls, hoping to find a supplier on short notice. He found Nicholas "White Boy Nick" Ramirez, an alleged Ecstasy dealer from the neighboring Vallejo suburb American Canyon, according to authorities.
Ramirez made frequent trips to Vallejo, Houston, Las Vegas and Atlanta and had his girlfriend ship gift-wrapped packages containing marijuana and Ecstasy to addresses in Oklahoma and New York, according to court records. Ramirez had no hip-hop credentials.
Nor did Ung Duong, charged with supplying Ramirez and ultimately Lott with the Ecstasy Lott sold to the undercover agent.
Ramirez's alleged associate Frank Alioto, a descendant of a former San Francisco mayor, was producing hip-hop records at the time of his arrest. But Alioto's former label, Wash House Records, had no connection to Thizz Entertainment.
Yet upon announcing the arrests, authorities highlighted Lott's self-proclaimed status as Thizz Entertainment's chief executive. Listed among the 25 defendants preparing to go trial, Lott is No. 1.
Separating The Music:
After the arrests, Hicks' mother and business partners immediately sought to distance the label from Lott.
"It was quite upsetting. I was pretty shocked," said Zelnick, the City Hall Records vice president. "When I saw Miami (on the list) and they said he was CEO of Thizz, I just couldn't believe it. He's a character, he makes a lot of claims, but he's definitely not CEO."
Although Lott ran his own Thizz imprint, rap music fans said they hadn't seen new music from the rapper in years. Law enforcement officials, according to Thizz spokesman and producer Jay King, have their facts wrong.
"This isn't rocket science. It just takes somebody doing a little bit of police work and a little bit of investigation to recognize these are kids that are just calling themselves Thizz Entertainment because everyone wants to be associated with Mac Dre," he said. "You see a bunch of guys who dress up as Elvis Presley. But are they Elvis? Thizz has only one artist, and his name is Andre Hicks. Anybody else using the name Thizz is just using it arbitrarily, without merit and without authorization or permission."
While Lott bragged about his connections to fame and fortune, in the small city of Vallejo, others knew the Thizz Entertainment craze, and Lott's stake in it, was largely over.
"Vallejo is not a huge city, so everybody knows everybody," said Earlissa Ellis, whose boyfriend, co-defendant Eric Robinson, is charged with supplying heroin to Lott. The two grew up together in the Crest. "Thizz wasn't doing a whole lot of entertainment from what I was seeing."
Lott had claimed to own his own house, but court records show a series of evictions from various homes throughout Vallejo. Among Solano County landlords, Lott was considered a scam artist, a serial renter who would pay one month's rent and squat in the house until a judge ordered him out. He and his wife had trashed the Hiddenbrooke home, on a serene street overlooking the Vallejo hills, before they were forced to move on in the summer of 2011, leaving thousands of dollars worth of damage and angry neighbors.
"Garbage, maggots, it was gross. Disgusting," said Nicole Cheverier, property manager at Vallejo Realty Management, from which Lott rented one of his homes in 2008. "I was scared to deliver the eviction notice, so I had two officers come with me."
According to Ellis, the family moved into a downtown motel. Lott and his family did not respond to a request for comment.
By the time federal authorities went public in April 2012, Lott had disappeared. He was found seven months later in Las Vegas.
"It's unfortunate, him getting into the narcotics business," said Nelson who is still producing Thizz Nation albums. "We work so hard. We friends. But to come to 2012 and be labeled a drug label, it's a bad taste in my mouth. We maybe should have monitored a little bit."
As the court case inches through the system, the Crest's musical future remains uncertain. According to Zelnick, Thizz Nation and Thizz Entertainment's output has slowed to a trickle. Even their upcoming works, like a documentary on Thizz, are about memorializing the past rather than moving toward the future.
"We're still looking for the next Mac Dre," Zelnick said.
The following highlights two encounters that two separate fans had with Eddie Kendricks:
1. A couple of years ago, I told the story on this post about spending over a week and a half with Eddie Kendricks, when I was a Front Desk Manager at the old Marriott's Essex House in N.Y City, back in the 1978. This was when he was promoting his new album, "Vintage '78".
I found Eddie to be a "study of contradiction."
Some mornings (I worked the graveyard shift), he would come by the front desk and talk for quite awhile. The next night, he wouldn't say a word. Walk right past you like he didn't know you.
He was shy at times, quiet at times, moody at times, and absolutely charming the rest of the time.
Like I said, Eddie was the same as you and me: "A study of contradiction." A enigma.
In other words, he was human, with human flaws.
Yet even in his moodiness, he was still the smoothest brother you would ever meet.
2. I was an intern assigned to interview Eddie Kendricks.
I was delighted, but determined not to babble on like an idiot.
He was a little impatient at first. "I'm waiting" he said coldly after I introduced myself and told him what I'd been assigned to do.
I asked some questions, he responded with one word answers:
My heart sunk. I thought to myself, this is going be like pulling teeth.
But then I asked some really good questions and his attitude changed. He said, "Young man, I'm impressed. You know your stuff."
The interview was easy from then on.
BLIND ITEM: (WAS PHYLLIS HYMAN ALSO AN ALLEGED VICTIM?)
Phyllis despised him!
Whenever his name was mentioned in her presence, she would wince.
Allegedly, its more to the story regarding their falling out.
His image is so manufactured that when Phyllis tried to expose his real character, people accused her of being delusional or under the influence.
Was Phyllis a victim? We will never know, she took that secret to the grave.
But we do know this, if he stepped to Phyllis in an inappropriate way, she was not a woman to back down. This may have prevented his (alleged) motive of operation.
WELCOME TO THE PREMIERE OF BALLIN' 8 (BLACK OPERATIONS):
EDITOR'S CUT: (A BLACK ESPIONAGE THRILL RIDE-GLOBALLY)
Vail: (Black supermodel turned-intelligence broker/assassin-in-training).
Ryder: (CIA agent who went rogue/current enforcer and assassin for an illegal spider network).
Andreas Xavier: (The General of an illicit invisible empire named "Shadow Syndicate." This criminal conglomerate is involved in every illegal endeavor known to mankind.
Dominique Desiree: (Superstar attorney who unwittingly gets entangled in a web of deceit & deception).
Also starring: Jacks (CIA), G-Mac (Weapons Specialist), Dayna (HIV Assassin), Lear (CIA/Hollywood Fixer), Nikki (Freelance Assassin), Phelps (3-Charley/Sweeper), Lauryn (heads a cocaine banking cartel) and Cartier, (Former Black Hollywood drug kingpin/International Fugitive)......
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By popular demand! Please join us for a private screening of Ballin 5-7, available on PR for a limited time only!
Ballin 5-7, features: Jacks (CIA), G-Mac (Weapons Specialist), Dayna (HIV Assassin), Lear (CIA/Hollywood Fixer), Nikki (Freelance Assassin), and Phelps (3-Charley/Sweeper).
*Lauryn Allen (Cocaine Banking Kingpin) and her brother Cartier Allen (Black Hollywood Drug Lord) from the short story "Cocaine Banking Cartel," will be making a special appearance in Ballin' 7©.
You will be taken on an espionage thrill ride with a black shadow team of covert operatives from Dubai to Hollywood.
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