October 24, 2005

GOSSIP 2 GO 10/24

THE mystery gunman who pumped the nine bullets into 50 Cent that helped make him a rap superstar was a Brooklyn stick-up artist named Darryl "Hommo" Baum, a new book reveals.
New York magazine music editor Ethan Brown's "Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent, and the Rise of the Hip-Hop Hustler" (AnchorBooks) reports that Baum — whose nickname was short for "Homicide" — was himself fatally gunned down three weeks after he shot 50 in June 2000.
While 50 has implied in interviews that his assailant was killed in retaliation for shooting him, Brown reports that Baum, 34, was actually offed because one of his street thug pals had killed a member of Brooklyn's notorious Cash Money Brothers crew.
50 may have cheered the news of Baum's violent demise, but Mike Tyson, a close friend of Baum, was so despondent that he stopped training for his fight against Lou Savarese. Baum's death proved not to be too much of a distraction: Tyson scored a knockout after 12 seconds of the first round.
Among the other highlights of Brown's look at the connection between hip-hop and the criminal underbelly:
* Jam Master Jay — the legendary Run DMC deejay who was fatally shot in the head in a Queens recording studio in 2002 — turned to dealing drugs when he fell on hard times. "By the mid-'90s, Jay had become so desperate that he began running small amounts of cocaine — two or three kilos at a time — down Interstate 95 from New York to Baltimore to one of the city's most well-connected distributors, according to a source who worked closely with the distributor in Baltimore," Brown writes.
* In his first public statement about the federal investigation into Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. hip-hop empire, Russell Simmons refuses to support his former friend, imprisoned Queens crack kingpin Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, whose ties to Murder Inc. are at the center of the probe.

After 18 long years, the existence of Janet Jackson’s child with former husband James DeBarge has finally been validated. James’ younger brother, Young DeBarge, revealed on New York’s WQHT-FM that Janet and James have a daughter named Renee who is 18-years-old.
"James and the Jackson family kept everything real close, real tight,” said Young. “No one really knew how it was working out until things kind of surfaced."
DeBarge and Jackson eloped in 1984 when Jackson was 18-years-old. The marriage was annulled the following year, largely due to DeBarge's drug habit. In the years that followed, rumors began surfacing that Jackson and DeBarge had a baby who was given to Janet’s older sister Rebbie to raise.
Young said that Renee still lives with Rebbie. He claims the situation has caused the relationship between the sisters to be somewhat strained.
He said: "I think there's a little despondence. She hasn't really revealed that, but I'm sure that there's some feelings there. It's only natural that you wonder about what is and how it's come to be that way."
Jackson’s rep Patti Webster did not deny the claims when contacted by media outlets Friday, but said the singer had no comment.

Cam’ron says he’s okay and ready to get back into the studio after being shot in both arms outside a nightclub in Washington D.C.
In town to celebrate Howard University’s homecoming weekend, the rapper was the victim of an attempted carjacking outside of H20 nightclub at 2:10 a.m. Sunday. The Diplomat Records CEO was behind the wheel of the same electric blue Lamborghini he was rolling in last July in New York when arrested for driving with a suspended license. That car now sits at a police evidence lot with its driver’s side window blown out by gunfire.
The Harlem native said two men in a vehicle rolled up on him and demanded that he give up the ride. When he refused, several shots were fired into the vehicle, with a bullet entering each of his arms. After the shooting, the gunman and another man sped off in their own car and police chased them to U Street where they crashed, then ran off. Cam was taken to Howard University hospital where he was treated and released.
While leaving the hospital, Cam told a news reporter for NBC4: “I roll with the punches. The people who did it, they was real sloppy, so I’m lucky to be here. I’m blessed.”
When asked why he wouldn’t just give up the car, the lyricist said: “I didn’t give the car up because I paid $250,000 for it and I’m not just giving up anything to anybody because they waving a gun around.”

In an e-mail sent out to entertainment industry folk on Friday from publicist Holly Shakoor of BWR Public Relations, recipients were informed of an alleged racist action directed toward her client, Gabrielle Union, by the owner of a posh L.A. nightclub, reports E! Online.
"I think you should all be aware of an incident that occurred with my client Gabrielle Union and the owner of Mood," the message began. "Mood was going to host her birthday party which is a week away. Once the owner found out she was African American he not only cancelled her party but he proceeds to say that he 'didnt' [sic] realize Gabrielle Union was black. I thought she was the white volleyball player. I don't want her kind of people in my club.' I want to make you all aware of this so you can discourage your celeb clients from going and also doing any events with him."
When reached by phone Friday, Mood owner David Judaken denied the account in the email, calling Shakoor's recounting of their conversation "completely false."
"All the statements written in her email are untrue," he told E! "To say that this event was canceled over race or creed is hurtful and slanderous."
Judaken, born in South Africa, says his decision to cancel Union's party had nothing to do with race; it was strictly financial, as a more lucrative offer came in from another party looking to do an event at the club on the same date. He claims the Union party was "never finalized in writing or otherwise."
Judaken, who also says he did not confuse Union with volleyball star/model Gabrielle Reece, is now mulling legal action against the Beverly Hills-based PR firm, citing his reputation may have already been damaged by the publicist's claims and the proposed boycott.

Much has been written about the meltdown of Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton's friendship, with most of the commentary coming from Hilton's side – but now Richie is addressing the rift. "We really haven't been friends in probably about two years," says Richie in a new interview with Jane magazine. According to the Simple Life star, the duo's friendship actually failed some time ago, but she's still mum about what caused the falling out. "I know that Paris loves to talk about it and that stuff, but that's just not my style," says Richie. So is there a chance of a reconciliation? "No not at this point," she tells the magazine.

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