Thursday, November 8, 2018

Tupac Shakur Items Donated to Temple University

Items owned by Tupac Shakur have been donated to Temple University, including a bullet-dented golden medallion the rapper was wearing in 1994 when he was shot five times.

The rapper’s items will be on display at the school’s main campus at the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection. The collection consists of roughly 500,000 items detailing “the global black experience.”

“For a hip-hop head, this is truly a dream come true,” said Aaron Smith, a professor of Africology and African American Studies who teaches a Shakur-focused class at Temple.

About a dozen items that belonged to Pac was donated to the collection by Runnemede, New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions. Among the pieces included are handwritten lyrics for tracks like “It Ain’t Easy” and “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” as well as handwritten track listings for unreleased albums Shakur was working on before his death in September 1996 from a still-unsolved drive-by shooting.

Also included in the donation is the diamond earing Shakur wore while pictured on the cover of his 1996 highly acclaimed album “All Eyez On Me.”

Jewelry plays a significant role in Shakur’s story, according to Smith. “There is a lot of mystery around 2pac & his jewelry,” he said. “To have some of it here means a whole lot.”

Diane Turner, the collection’s curator, said Thursday that the Blockson Collection will increase its focus on hip-hop culture with the addition of Shakur’s items.

“This is just the beginning of a long journey to collect and preserve hip-hop culture,” Turner said.

Chris Cornell's Family Sues Doctor Over His Death

Family members of Chris Cornell are suing a doctor they say overprescribed drugs to the rock singer, leading to his death.

Cornell's widow, Vicky Cornell, and others sued Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The lawsuit alleges that Dr. Robert Koblin was negligent in prescribing the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam & other medication to the Soundgarden frontman from September 2015 until his death in May 2017 in Detroit.

The suit says the doctor knew Cornell had substance abuse problems and didn't examine him during that time.

Coroner's investigators ruled Cornell's death a suicide. The autopsy noted prescription drugs in his system but said they weren't a contributing cause.

The lawsuit says the drugs caused erratic, impulsive behavior that led to Cornell's death.

The doctor's office had no immediate comment.

Shakira Scores Record Earnings From Miami Concerts

Shakira’s El Dorado World Tour has marched across Europe, Asia and Latin America throughout 2018, but it's six new reports from the tour's North American leg that land her on the Hot Tours recap (see below) dated Nov. 3, 2018. According to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore, the Latin superstar is No. 5 on the latest tally with $7.9 million in the bank and 69,552 tickets sold.

The El Dorado World Tour is Shakira’s grand return to the stage, ending her seven-year absence since The Sun Comes Out World Tour in 2010-11. Her time away has paid off, as she averages $1.28 million per show across 18 North American reports, up from the $970,000 average of the 2010 tour. The tour’s high mark was the two-night stint at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Aug. 17-18. There, Shakira brought in $2.8 million, making it the third highest-grossing engagement of her career, her largest ever in the continental U.S. and the venue’s biggest in 2018. (Her only other engagement in the U.S. to tally bigger earnings was at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan on Oct. 14-15, 2011.)

Shakira’s 2018 tour is named after her album El Dorado, released on May 26, 2017. The record features the crossover hitmaker singing mostly in Spanish and resulted in her seventh No. 1 album on Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart. Aside from the commercial success of the album and the tour that followed, Shakira has added to her trophy case, winning a Grammy Award (best Latin pop album), Latin Grammy Award (best contemporary pop vocal album), Latin Billboard Music Award (Latin pop album of the year) and an iHeartRadio Music Award (Latin album of the year)

Tiffany Haddish Working On Rap Album

Comedic actress Tiffany Haddish apparently wants to dip her toes in the rap world. In a new interview with The New York Times, the breakout star talked about what she wants to do outside of acting, which includes “dabbling in music” & “trying to make a rap album.”

Although Haddish didn’t specifically discuss any details surrounding her rap goals, she did open about her meteoric rise to superstardom & confess a sexual assault at 17-years-old almost ruined her.

“I literally wanted to kill myself,” she said. “I felt like everything in my life & everybody that came around was out to hurt me.”

At 21, her stepfather confessed he’d snipped her mom’s brakes & intended for Haddish & her siblings to be in the car. To this day, she’s unsure if he was telling the truth or trying to lure her out of her depression.

At the urge of a therapist, Haddish started doing stand-up comedy and the rest is history.

“The end goal,” Haddish said, “is to create intergenerational wealth and spread joy, and make sure everyone who works with me can spread the same thing and have it trickle down.”

Haddish isn’t the first comedian looking to make a rap record. In 2009, comedian Mike Epps actually pulled it off and released Funny Bidness: Da Album featuring song titles such as “The Bitch Won’t Leave Me Alone” and “Trying To Be A Gangsta.”

Young Dro, Slim Thug, Too $hort, DJ Quik, Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg and Young Jeezy were among those who contributed to the album.