Pharrell And Quincy Jones Take Home Top Honors At ASCAP’s Rhythm And Music Soul Awards

By Rob Markman

The 2012 BET Awards aren’t the only thing cracking out in L.A. this weekend. On Friday (June 29) ASCAP honored Quincy Jones and Pharrell Williams at the 25th annual ASCAP Rhythm Soul Music Awards.

Music’s brightest and most accomplished writers, producers and artists were in attendance. Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders award, while Skateboard P waked off with the ASCAP Golden Note award, but they weren’t the only winners.

Drake’s producer and right-hand man Noah “40” Shebib won the Songwriter of the Year award thanks to his work on Drizzy’s Take Care LP. Miguel and Happy Perez took home the Top RB/Hip-Hop Song award after they worked together penning Miguel’s 2011 single “Sure Thing” and Jean-Baptiste Kouame II and Wesley Pentz won the Top Rap Song award for their writing work on Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now.” Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis also added more hardware to their legendary run with the Top Gospel Song award for their work on Kirk Franklin’s “I Smile.”

Fabolous, Marsha Ambrosius, Wayne Brady, Astro, No ID, Tha Bizness, Drumma Boy and Meek Mill were also in attendance. The awards ceremony was also marked by a Meek Mill performance, the Maybach Music MC rocked his “House Party” single.

Who was your favorite songwriter and producer of the year? Let us know in the comments!

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50 Cent ‘Feeling Fine’ After Car Accident

50 Cent just put a new meaning into the term ‘man of steel’.

Riding around in a bulletproof SUV might seem a bit eccentric for some, but after getting shot nine times in 2000, moving around with that type of security became a standard for 50 Cent. Well, it seems the special sports utility vehicle may have saved Fif from serious injury after his car accident on Tuesday morning.

“We spun off into the rail. We would’ve flipped if it was a regular truck, but the truck weighs over a ton because it has additional stuff in it,” 50 Cent told MTV News on Friday (June 29) in an exclusive interview.

The G-Unit CEO’s vehicle was rear-ended while driving down the Long Island Expressway in New York. While Fif’s condition was still unknown at the time, pictures of him on a stretcher with a neck brace were published on his This Is 50 website. The “In Da Club” MC insists that he is fine, but he and his driver were taken to a hospital.

“We were just riding down the LIE and a Mack Truck — he said he lost control of the vehicle later to police officers because his load shifted,” 50 explained. “He tried to brake, his load shifted, and he lost control and he ran into the back of the truck. It did more damage to the Mack Truck than it did to my truck, ’cause I got a level six; it’s a bulletproof vehicle. It’s the same standard as what they’re moving Obama around in.”

Besides a little stiffness the next day, Fif assured us that he is doing good. What seemed more troublesome to him was the critics who charged that the multiplatinum MC and music mogul used the accident as a publicity stunt to drum up excitement for his new album Five (Murder by Numbers), which he is releasing next week, on July 3.

“Trust me, I have enough money to not hit myself with a Mack Truck to try to get a few dollars,” he said. “What’s the thought process on this? It makes no sense to me.”

Stick with MTV News next week as we bring you much more from our exclusive sit-down interview with 50 Cent.

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Game Shows Affection For Kim Kardashian In ‘Pop That’ Freestyle

By Carter Maness

After he returned to his comfort zone over Meek Mill and Big Sean’s “Burn” earlier this week, L.A. rapper Game has followed-up the track with a freestyle over French Montana’s strip club anthem “Pop That.” Game, focusing on the ladies this time, has some notably choice words for Kim Kardashian.

Referencing Kanye West’s current girlfriend, Game thinks that there is more than enough of her to go around. “Cop that Yeezy, never wear that, though,” he raps, referencing West’s line of Nike sneakers. “You f—in Kim K, you better share that ho.”

Becoming more and more lady-friendly over the song’s huge beat, Game also professes his adoration for Amber Rose, Meagan Gone and, most of all, Tyga’s current girl Blac Chyna.

Game is currently hard at work on his fifth album, which is tentatively titled F.I.V.E. “Just wrapped 24 hour studio session with the team,” he recently tweeted, mentioning that he is working with Chris Brown and Tyga. “10 songs, 6 ace of spaces bottles, 2 henny’s, 27 redbull’s 18 blunts later we still standing!!!”

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Snoop Dogg Fined For Marijuana Possession In Norway

By Miranda Johnson

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news since we’re talking about Snoop Dogg here, but the mary jane enthusiast got a little caught up on Thursday morning (June 28) at a Norway Airport. Snoop was detained by airport security after customs officers stumbled upon the 8 grams of weed tucked away in his luggage.

Snoop was stopped at the customs department of Kjevik Airport in Kristiansand, Norway, where officials discovered the drugs and instantly took action. Luckily for Snoop, in Norway anything less than 15 grams is only punishable by a fine. This violation cost the Doggfather 12,000 Norwegian Krone which is equivalent to about $1,980.13 American dollars. TMZ reports that Snoop was extremely cooperative and quickly took care of the fine.

Aside from that slight drama, Snoop does have something to celebrate, with his 15 year-old son recently receiving a scholarship offer to play football for UCLA. Cordell Broadus currently plays football at Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar, California and word is that the 6-2” 185 lb wide receiver has a very promising sports career in his future. Cordell joins Diddy’s son, Justin Combs who also recently accepted a UCLA scholarship but is facing scrutiny as local taxpayers claim that Puff can foot the bill for tuition.


Big Boi Ft. UGK & Big K.R.I.T. “Gossip”

After releasing his critically acclaimed ‘Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty’ album, Big Boi, 1/2 of Outkast, is back with a new single entitled ‘Gossip’, which is lifted from his upcoming ‘Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors’ album. The track features Big K.R.I.T., Bun B and the late Pimp C (UGK). Gossip was premiered on the Greg Street (WVEE, V-103) 6’oclock show in Atlanta, GA. ‘Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors’ is set to be released November, 2012.

Check out Big Boi Ft. UGK & Big K.R.I.T. “Gossip” below.

Andre 3000 on the set of the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic

Andre 3000 is already at work with the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic entitled ‘All Is By My Side’. The 1/2 of Outkast rapper/actor is currently in Dublin, Ireland shooting the film, alongside Hayley Atwell, who plays Hendrix (Andre’s character) girlfriend, Linda Keith. No release date for the film as been set. Yet peep out a few pictures here of Andre and Hayley in action.

Chris Brown, Drake Brawl: Rick Ross Defends Meek Mill’s Involvement

By Rob Markman with reporting by Sway Calloway

There is a benefit to having Rick Ross as your boss. Beside his guidance in the studio, Rozay, who released his debut album Port of Miami in 2006, has also seen his fair share of out-of-the-studio controversy. For his young flock of MMG rappers like Wale, Stalley and Meek Mill, Ross can provide some great advice.

After the June 14 bottle-throwing brawl involving Drake’s and Chris Brown’s entourages at New York’s club W.i.P., MMG’s Meek Mill saw his name come up in numerous reports. Even though Meek maintains that he had no part in the melee, the accusations alone can rattle a young artist’s cage, and that’s were a true boss can provide both guidance and reassurance. “When I seen him, I just dapped him up and told [him to] stay focused and let’s keep going,” Ross told “RapFix Live” on Wednesday.

Rozay has the utmost confidence in the Philadelphia MC, with whom he collaborated on the label’s recently released Self Made, Vol.2. “I know Meek. I know the situation he’s in, I know where he comes from. I know that’s something that he won’t get involved in,” Ross said.

Still, the swift and calculating Bawse is careful not to say too much, especially considering that he wasn’t present during the altercation. “I wasn’t there so I won’t make a comment other than it was unfortunate for everybody that was in there,” he said. “But I know the homey, we seen each other that night, and that wasn’t his mind-set. He wasn’t involved in that.”

Meek, who is set to release his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, on August 28, also addressed the incident on “RapFix.” “I hollered at Chris Brown immediately, I talked to Drake immediately,” he said. “I don’t be on no negative vibes, man. … We blessed, we get money, we rich, and leave it at that.”

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