Mystikal was sentenced
to a year in prison for tax violations yesterday (Jan. 12). U.S. District Judge
James Brady sentenced the rapper for failing to report $824,916 in earnings
in 1998 and $930,953 that was earned in 1999. He must pay back taxes in the amount
of $271,000 in addition to penalties and fines. Mystikal will serve the one-year
sentence concurrently with a state sentence for sexual battery against his former
hairstylist. The rapper pleaded guilty in 2004 of forcing a woman to perform oral
sex after he allegedly caught her writing $80,000 in checks. He was sentenced
to six years in prison. On Jan. 19, the rapper has a parole hearing at the Elayn
Hunt Correctional Facility in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, where he is currently incarcerated.
Electronic Arts and Def Jam Enterprises announced Def Jam Fight
For NY: The Takeover will hit stores this spring for the Play Station Portable
gaming system. The latest installment is the prequel to Def Jam Vendetta. Fans
can assume the roles of Busta Rhymes Lil’ Kim, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and
others. "Def Jam Interactive’s first PSP title has proven to be an exciting
and entertaining product. Again, EA has developed an unparalleled title and
we are confident that Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover will go far beyond
everyone’s expectations," said Lauren Wirtzer, VP of Marketing for Def
Award wining rapper Ms. Dynamite pleaded guilty today (Jan.
13) in Bow Street Magistrates’ Court to assaulting a female police officer
after an altercation outside a West London nightclub. Ms. Dynamite, 24, became
verbally abusive with officers after they spotted her kicking the front door
of The Paragon Lounge nightclub on Jan 6. As she was in custody, she allegedly
smacked a female officer in her face. Ms. Dynamtie’s brother Kingsley
Daley and another female associate were also charged with obstructing the police.
Ms. Dynamite will be sentenced on Jan. 17 and is facing prison time. Her brother
pleaded not guilty. Ms. Dynamite’s attorney said the situation arose from
another incident where she and her 18-year-old sister were racially abused.
The New Jersey
rapper El Da Sensei, former member of the legendary Hip-Hop duo The Artifacts,
is preparing his second solo album, The Unusual. El Da Sensei began
his career as a part of The Artifacts with partner Tame-One. El Da Sensei released
his independent solo debut album, Relax, Relate, Release in 2004. His
second solo album, The Unusual will display just how multifaceted his
talent is. “I definitely didn’t want to come like the last album,”
explained El. “I felt like Relax, Relate, Release was a little
bit personal for everybody. With this album I just wanted to go back to basics
and bring a certain kind of fire back to myself.” The Unusual
features guest appearances from O.C., Sean Price and features production by
Illmind, Jake One, Saukrates, DJ Revolution, K-Def and J Rawls. The Unusual
hits stores February 28th on Fat Beats Records.