MUSIC NEWS// Jennifer Hudson Takes the Stand in Family Murder Trial, “Godfather of Go Go” Chuck Brown Hospialized, Dr. Dre Shuts Down Hologram Tupac Tour & MorePublished by Blair Bedford on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 9:30 am.
1. Jennifer Hudson Takes the Stand in Family Murder Trial
Jennifer Hudson has taken the stand in Chicago for the trial of William Balfour, the man accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew. Balfour has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the October 2008 killings, which prosecutors believe were prompted by jealousy over his estranged wife, Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, dating someone else. [MORE]
2. Chuck Brown, “Godfather of Go Go,” Hospitalized
Legendary musician Chuck Brown, known as the “Godfather of Go Go,” a distinct brand of funk music that originated in Washington D.C., has canceled an upcoming show due to “joint pain and inflammation that has prevented him from performing” and sent him to the hospital, reports the Huffington Post. [MORE]
3. Dr. Dre Shuts Down Rumors of Hologram Tupac Tour
With his second of two weekends headlining Coachella behind him, Dr. Dre has come forward to address rumors about the show’s scene-stealing star — the hologram of Tupac Shakur. In a video message to fans, Dre made it clear that there are currently no plans for the hologram to go on tour, despite rumors that one might be in the works.
“It was strictly for Coachella, get it right. I want to get rid of all the rumors out there. This was not done for a tour,” the Doc said while backstage before Sunday’s show. But he also didn’t completely rule out the potential for a tour at some point in the future. [MORE]
4. T.I. to Azealia Banks: Get Your Man to Address Me
While visiting the Morning Riot radio show on Chicago’s WGCI recently, T.I. weighed in on the still-simmering tension between upstart Harlem rapper Azealia Banks and his own new artist Iggy Azalea. In the interview, Tip didn’t defend Azalea, but instead lectured Banks over some recent comments she made that called him out by name.
“I know that they goin’ through their thing,” T.I. said of the Banks-Azalea beef. “But the fact that she’s speaking upon me and mine… that’s what I consider — and excuse my language — that’s b—h s–t,” he said. “I’m a man.” [MORE]