AMP Music Minute May 23rd
Usher Speaks Up and Breaks Down at Child Custody Trial-
TMZ released footage of Usher testifying during his trial against ex-wife, Tameka Foster. Usher is suing for increased visitation rights for their children together, four-year-old Usher V and three-year-old Naviyd.
Tameka’s lawyers are attempting to prove that Usher is not a good father and would rather party than be a dad. While we here at AMP have trouble believing that of Usher, we also realize it isn’t our job to decide. In court, when faced with the allegation and a noticeably frustrated Usher shed tears and tried furiously to explain himself in photos that emerged of the R&B singer in Europe. Her lawyers have also thrown out allegations of drug use in front of the children.
Usher maintains that while he has done marijuana in the past he doesn’t do it in front of the children.
In another video released by the site, Usher explains an incident where Tameka allegedly left their children unsupervised in her home, whilst she attacked him and his girlfriend.
“She walked over to the car, pulled the door open, and she wanted to fight. She told her, ‘I’m a kick your ass. B**ch get out of the car. How dare you bring this woman in my subdivision, in my house,’” Usher explains. “I tried my hardest to prevent the situation from escalating into something far worse, but she continued to swing, spit. At this point she pulled the door open, tried to swing at her,” said Usher to the full courtroom.
The trial continues…
T.I. Looks to Retire from Rap but Still Has ‘Obligations”-
With the second season of his VH1 family
reality series documentary on the slate for early September, T.I. has been making the rounds to talk about the show, his upcoming, album and his future in the music industry.
Tip got real about his opinions on the state of music today and admitted he would rather sit it out than be a part of something he no longer believes in. “I want out, man. What the game is going to and what has evolved… it goes against what I represent,” he told interviewers.
“What I embody, this game contradicts that,” he explained. “I want out. I’m in it because I love music and I have obligations, contractually.”
So while he has to fulfill his legal obligations to make music for his label, he let the people know that people the industry, in his opinion, isn’t even about being accountable anymore. “At one time this music was about speaking to the people who felt like you feel. Now, the people I’m speaking to, they don’t necessarily feel like how I feel. In my day, if you were rapping about something you weren’t really living, that was a strike against you. You were held accountable,” bemoaned the “Live Your Life” rapper.
“Nowadays, nobody even expects you to live up to the things you rap about. That goes against what I represent, what I stand for,” Tip complained.
He concluded his rant declaring that if his music doesn’t sell in this climate, it’s just more of a reason to gracefully walk away from the game. “So if they outsell me, then that’s just all the more better for me to fade to the back and cross my legs on my desk.”
T.I. is finishing up his eighth studio album, Trouble Man, due for a September 4th release.
Katy Perry Promises Tasteful Mention of Brand in Documentary
Making the rounds to promote her new 3D Concert movie “Part of Me,” Katy Perry touched base with Ellen and revealed to the audience that her divorce from Russell Brand will indeed be included in the upcoming documentary.
Katy cited her desire to portray reality and honesty as reasoning for included that hard time in her life. “I thought it was important to show everything in between,” said the 27-year-old singer. “I think sometimes people think that we’re perfect, and we know we’re not perfect, at all.”
“I think it’s important to start breaking down the idea that to achieve your dreams, you always have to be perfect or flawless or live in some kind of fantasy world,” added Perry. “So that’s why I decided to put everything into the film. In the most tasteful way.”
Overall, she wanted to make sure her fans walked away with the bigger picture. “But mostly it’s about how I got there and the ride along the way, which can be bumpy. But mostly, it was extremely fun,” she concluded.