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Target Speaks Frank Ocean Blacklisting, New MMG Signee, & Beanie Siegel Gets TWO YEARS




Beanie Siegel Gets TWO YEARS Behind Bars For TAX EVASION + Publisher Farrah Gray SUES Antonia "Toya" Wright

$1MBeanie Siegel faces two years behind bars for tax evasion. Get the deets inside and find out why Toya Wright's publisher is suing her....

Beanie Siegel failed to pay his taxes for the years 2003 through 2005 and now faces 2-years serious jail time. U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois also imposed a year of supervised release after the sentence during which Beanie will payb ack taxes, interest and penalties he owes.

The IRS found that Beanie did not file tax returns from 1999 through 2002, except for a $10,000 tax payment in 2001 while he earned more than $2.2 million in taxable income for those years.  So he owes $728,536 for those six years. He was not charged with tax offenses for the years 1999 through 2002 because the statute of limitations had expired.  He has until Sept. 12 to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons.

But on a happier note, Beanie is back doing music.  Chris Schwartz, CEO of hip-hop label Ruffhouse Records, has announced that Beanie will drop his first album for the label This Time will be released August 28.  Chris said, 

“We’re extremely proud to be re-launching Ruffhouse Records with Beanie Sigel as our first artist. His  sentencing today doesn’t change any of that in the least. Regardless of this unfortunate situation, Beanie has created a tremendous body of work that is totally worthy of the Ruffhouse name. It’s almost ironic that the sentencing is happening on the eve of this record, because this record is about introspection and redemption. Beanie is truly one of the great lyricists in the hip-hop game. He stands tall among all the major MCs and he’s revered by all hip-hop aficionados around the world.”

Farrah Gray, who runs Farrah Gray Publishing is suing reality star Antonia "Toya" Wright for failing to promote her book Priceless Inspirations, which he published.  He plans to file in the U.S. Federal Court in the Northern District of Georgia with claims that Toya has engaged in ", contributory and vicarious inducement of copyright infringement, unfair competition and breach of contract."

Farrah wants $1M bucks plus court costs and attorney fees. He claims Toya sold her own copies behind his back and failed to promote and market the book. 

Toya disputes these claims as her rep released a statement saying, "Mrs. Wright consistently went above and beyond her contractual obligations which included: Self- funding a college tour promoting Priceless Inspirations, Cross promotion of her Ampro endorsement by placing the book cover on Ampro products nationwide and allowing Farrah Gray Publishing the platform to promote her book on her highly successful reality show on Black Entertainment Television."

This should be interesting........


Rockie Fresh Talks Signing to Rick Ross' MMG



Last night (July 11), Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group's roster grew by one. Rozay signed Chicago rapper Rockie Fresh in New York City, before celebrating the partnership in Queens at Club Perfections.

"I got that locked in," Fresh told XXL shortly after arriving back home in the Windy City today (July 12). "It was a long time coming, but we got it right. I let him know it was something I wanted to do earlier this week. We really cracked down. His lawyer put in work, so did mine until we got to common ground and I signed last night."

Rockie says other labels did court him, but he always knew MMG was where he would want to wind up.

"It was a crazy feeling man....I honestly did have good amount of offers on the table," Rockie explained. "Even though my situation is kinda under the radar, a lot of people took interest in the music from an industry point of view.I had some good looks, but nothing felt as real as the MMG situation.

"Knowing how Ross is, being able to be around him, he's probably one of the best dudes to be working for," the Chi-town native added. "He makes it more so feel like you are working with him. It's one of those situations that felt real good to me. I feel we gonna make a lot of bread together down the line."

Fresh joins the lineup of Wale, Stalley, Meek Mill and Omarion as Ross' recruits through MMG/ Warner Brothers. With Chicago currently booming with young talent--such as Interscope-signee Chief Keef, and Def Jam's Lil Reese and Lil Durk--Fresh says he's eager to bring some of that Windy City flavor to the Bawse's untouchable empire.

"I'm the only Chicago artist on MMG--we got our own style of music, our own vibe, our own problems and situations," Fresh said. "And just me talking about that and staying true to the sound of my city. And also on the pop level, I have a lot pop records that lean towards that direction. I feel that it gives me a different sound from everybody else on the label that adds to the team.

"That's gonna be an amazing thing for my growth as a artist in general," he added about making songs with MMG's group of rhyme slingers. "Guys like Wale and Meek are looked at as some of the top young dudes in the game right now. For me to do songs with them, I have to challenge myself to go in on verses, so it's only gonna make me a better young artist. It's going to be tremendous for my growth."

Rockie is putting together his new mixtape for the fall, entitled, Electric Highway. This summer he'll be touring as a nopener on Meek Mill's Dreamchaser 2 outing. After that, Rockie is slated to head his own headlining tour.—

Target Speaks Frank Ocean Blacklisting Claims Are False

After Frank Ocean opted to release his album, Channel Orange, one week early via iTunes, rumors surfaced that Target refused to sell the LP in stores.

The retailer reportedly cited the singer's decision to release his album early through iTunes as the reason for the blacklisting, however, his recent coming out was suspected as being the real reason.

While the store is rumored to be affiliated with anti-LGBTQ organizations, they are denying any claims that they are being discriminatory.

In a statement made to Billboard Biz, Target addressed the claims as false. "The claims made about Target’s decision to not carry the Frank Ocean album are absolutely false," they wrote. "Target supports inclusivity and diversity in every aspect of our business. Our assortment decisions are based on a number of factors, including guest demand.

Target has a longstanding tradition of supporting music and artistry that reflects the diverse landscape of American culture. Our history of partnering with diverse artists includes recent partnerships with a variety of musicians, such as Ricky Martin, B.o.B., and Gloria Estefan."

Frank's manager later apologized for contributing to the rumors. "I apologize for my comments about Target," he tweeted. "They are not carrying Frank’s album because it went digital first. Not for ANY other reason. … My response was simply an emotional knee jerk reaction. … Stop. Breath."



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