AMP Music Minute 21st
Pitbull Cites First Amendment in Lohan Lawsuit-
So remember that time Lindsay Lohan sued Pitbull for saying “I got it locked up, like Lindsay Lohan” in his 2011 hit single “Give Me Everything”? Well, that’s still going on. But Pitbull isn’t stepping down without a fight.
After failing to end it lightly by inviting Lindsay to be his date to the Video Music Awards (she didn’t respond.) Pit has decided to take up the fight using freshman U.S. History. That’s right, the 1st Amendment: Freedom of Speech.
While Lindsay says his lyrics caused her “tremendous emotional distress,” Mr. 305 countered claiming he has the right to use Lindsay’s name because of the free speech clause historically protected by the First Amendment. Hs lawyers go further to say that the case should be thrown out, lest the civil liberties of other artists come into question.
Basically it would set a precedent for being sued over using celebrities’ names in any art, like a song, poem or painting. Also, it would end rap as we know it.
Pitbull’s lawyers cite a fan favorite, Eminem who in 2009 rapped: “Hello Lindsay, you’re looking a little thin, hun/How about a ride to rehab?” they argue that since she didn’t sue him, her claim that the song damaged her standing as “an actress of good repute” doesn’t hold up because it had already been done before.
Snoop Promises Love and Care on New Album-
When you think of Snoop Dogg’s rhymes, you often think of smoking, drinking, partying, girls, but on his new album Reincarnated, he wants to show another side of himself.
He didn’t want to give away too much but admitted this project was special too him. “It’s a project where it’s more about the element of surprise, but at the same time it’ll be talked about in due time,” Snoop said. “It’s special; it’s a real special project to me because it’s like the reincarnation and the birth of me becoming who I really am.”
Though his emergence in hip hop placed him at the center of Gangster rap in the early 90s, by 2000 Snoop had been noticeably distancing himself from street life. He promises this album will help his evolution even more. “I never really knew who I was through the music,” Snoop admitted. “I was always a very peaceful, kind, loving, caring individual and making music to symbolize that sometimes never was my key.”
Now that Snoop is up there in years, he seems to be looking to make his mark on the industry that made him. He’s thinking legacy, “This record, and this project will symbolize that and gives me the opportunity to step into the world of the stadium and then do those kind of songs that last 40, 50 years to go along with what I’ve already done,” he said.
Nicki Minaj Scores Pepsi “Pop” Endrsement-
You can add another one to the list for Miss Nicki. One step closer to the throne, the Queens-bred rapper already has “MAC, OPI, and a fragrance too” as she so eloquently rapped in Drake’s “Make Me Proud.” Now she has Pop!
Pepsi is unveiling a new beverage and have tapped the Harajuku Barb to be there spokesperson. But knowing Nicki, she didn’t come cheap, and signed on for no less than a multimillion dollar deal.
She already filmed a commercial for the drink last month. Derek Jackson of Glu Angency, who brokered Lil Wayne’s Mountain Dew deal, said we should expect to see the ad in a couple months.
“That’ll be a segue into a new beverage Pepsi has, called ‘Pop,’” Jackson said, “and she’ll be the face of the brand … it’s going to be explosive.”
If her Grammy performance is any indication of how she does TV, then we’re dying with anticipation!
-Khellie Braxton, AMP Radio