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Da Rumor Mill
By Tenisha Renee Miller
  What up doe! Da Rumor Mill is turned up and ready to set off sparks before the fourth of July. 
    When it comes to sparks, Tiny and TI are gettin’ it in on their reality show “Family Hustle”. While they’ve been accusing one another of cheatin’, word has it that they’ve been gettin’ it in off set. Say it ain’t so. Rumor has it that Tiny is pregnant again. If so, this would become the estrange couple’s fourth child together. TI’s girlfriend Bernice Burgos allegedly hopes it’s just a rumor too. If true, Tiny is proving that she’s still fertile at 41. Hopefully, it’s only a rumor cause I can’t wait to see Xscape come back together and go on tour. Those were my girls back in da day.
  Another rumor pressing against Da Rumor Mill is that Halley Barry is pregnant with her third child. A big belly pic was posted of the actress. She denied the rumors, blaming it on good eating. Dang girl…haven’t you heard of Spanx and Body Magic. 
     Speaking of Body Magic, rapper Remy Ma is threatening to perform some magic on Nicki Minaj’s body, when she performs in New York. Remy tried to give Nicki an old school beat down by laying down the track, “ShETHER”. But, Universal Music derailed the project. Reportedly Remy didn’t get permission to sample beats from a Nas song that the company owns the right to. So, she’s allegedly threatening to bust in on Nicki’s performance and give her a real Homecoming. Somebody betta hold her back before she catches another case and whine up back behind bars for violating her parole. 
     Well singer Ciara is not looking to pound anyone to the ground. Instead she’s shedding pounds. The 31-year-old singer reportedly admitted that she gained 60 pounds during her pregnancy with daughter Sienna Princess Wilson. She and hubby Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, welcomed their baby girl into the world on April 28. Ciara says she’s been working out and has already shed 20 pounds. She’s on a mission to bounce back into shape. 
     And, on that note, we’re bouncin’ outta here. Peace out

Notorious BIG to be honored posthumously
PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will host its 30th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The exclusive event will honor hip-hop legend, Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, with the esteemed ASCAP Founders Award upon the 20th anniversary of his death. His mother, Ms. Voletta Wallace, his wife, singer/songwriter Faith Evans, his children, and his former managers and estate consultant Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts will accept the award. ASCAP will also honor its songwriter and publisher community with awards for the most performed ASCAP songs of the past year on the R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.
     The ASCAP Founders Award is ASCAP's most prestigious honor and is presented to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Each recipient is a musical innovator who possesses a unique style of creative genius that will enrich generations to come. Previous recipients include: Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Gene Simmons & Paul Stanley of KISS, Ricky Skaggs, Elliot Goldenthal, Carly Simon, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge, Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Neil Young and many more.
  "Biggie was a legend in his own time and his legacy lives on through his music," said ASCAP President Paul Williams. "Like all songwriters, he was a master storyteller, but it was the realism in his rhymes that captured so many."
  The Notorious B.I.G. is widely known as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of all time. The Brooklyn-bred rapper released his critically acclaimed debut album Ready to Die in 1994, which is certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). At a time when West Coast hip-hop was immensely popular, the success of the album led Biggie to be credited with reviving the East Coast hip-hop scene. He immediately saw pop chart success with his first single "Juicy/Unbelievable," followed by songs such as "Big Poppa," which soared to #1 on the rap charts; and "One More Chance," which sold over one million copies. Biggie was also featured on gold and platinum selling singles, "Player's Anthem" and "Get Money," released by his protégé group, Junior M.A.F.I.A, which included Lil' Kim and Lil' Cease.
  In 1997, after Biggie's death, his second album, titled Life After Death, was released. It hit #1 on the Billboard charts and was certified with diamond status in 2000. The album spawned #1 hits on Billboard's Hot 100 charts including the lead single, "Hypnotize," as well as follow-up "Mo Money, Mo Problems," featuring Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Mase.
  The Notorious B.I.G.'s legacy continues to survive and inspire other artists. On May 19th, two days before what would have been his 45th birthday, Faith Evans released a tribute album titled, The King And I, featuring duets between her and her husband.
  During the ASCAP ceremony, awards will also be presented for ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Songwriter of the Year, Publisher of the Year, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song, Top Rap Song and Top Gospel Song. The evening will feature performances by several award-winning songwriters/performers, and will be attended by some of the top names in the music and entertainment industry.