Riff Raff buys ‘Codeine Castle’ in Las Vegas for $1.4 million

Riff Raff (real name Horst Simco), sometimes known as the Neon Python or the Versace Python depending on the mood, has purchased a home in Las Vegas that is so purple inside that Prince himself would drop to his little knees in jealousy.

Raff announced on his Twitter feed in March he was in the market for a home in the gambling mecca. His budget was somewhere between $1 million and $4 million he noted.

It appears this week that Mr. Raff, 33, picked up a home for a cool $1.4 million, according to his Twitter account.

Zar Zanganeh with Luxe Estates and Lifestyles in Las Vegas is handling the sale of the sprawling house, which Raff has already dubbed his “Codeine Castle” on his official Instagram page.

Denzel Washington Fought To Change The Ending Of Training Day

Detective Alonzo Harris is one of the greatest villains in cinema history, and the events of Antoine Fuqua’s Training Day do nothing to redeem him in the slightest. A corrupt cop who tries to impart his dirty ways on his new and impressionable partner, he winds up on the wrong side of the Russian Mafia. Until now, there’s only way we ever thought that the story would end, but recent comments from Denzel Washington have shown that this wasn’t always the case.

Naturally, this story will get into massive spoilers for Training Day. You have been warned.

The Hollywood Reporter recently covered an event where Washington was on stage talking about the various accomplishments of his career. Which means those who were attending were treated to some wonderful pieces of trivia involving some of his biggest roles, one of which was his Academy Award-winning performance as Harris. As it turns out, the big surprise involving his first collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua was that it ended a much different way on the page. Washington briefly recalled his creative input, as follows:

In the original script he [lived], but I was not having it.

Before we evaluate how this ending could have changed everything that Training Day stood for, let’s go back and pretend that we’ve just seen the film. To do that, we’ll provide you with the best damned scene from the whole film, embedded below.

Now imagine you’ve just finished that scene, and imagine working your way to the ending, only to find that Alonzo Harris skated away from any sort of consequences. You could imagine that the audience would be fed up with the film, considering all of the nasty stuff Harris got away with. After a career of being on the take, pissing off the Russian Mafia, and then putting Ethan Hawke’s Officer Jake Hoyt through Hell during their rounds on the day we follow them throughout the film, Harris’ escape in the original script would have pissed any good audience member off.

Perhaps Denzel Washington realized what the audience would have thought of such an ending, and made the suggestion that this wasn’t the way to go. An actor of Washington’s talent knows how to read an audience before they even put one frame to celluloid, and he obviously knew that the original ending to Training Day had “rage quit” written all over it. If the film were focused on Harris’ character as the protagonist, that ending might have worked, as we would have either been rooting for him as an anti-heroic character, or we would have been made to realize that justice is sometimes never served.

However, we’re focused on Jake, and with Jake’s story in focus, the film has to end with Harris’ death. The tone shifts with this focus, as Harris’ death ultimately redeems Jake’s decision to walk away from Harris, allowing him to be at the mercy of the gang members holding him up. Either way, you could argue which ending Training Day benefits from more, but in the case of the film we saw on the screen, that decision was made by Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua. That decision cemented the film’s success, as well as the continued partnership we’ve seen them nurture over the past 14 years. A partnership that we’ll see on display once again when The Magnificent Seven opens on September 23, 2016.

Jimmy Henchman Ordered 2005 Shooting Of Suge Knight

Back in 2005, Suge Knight was shot in the leg at Kanye West’s MTV Video Music Awards pre-party at the Shore Club in Miami. For some time now, it’s been suspected that James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was involved in the shooting, but now, due to a federal informant, details of the shooting are revealed and the informant in fact says the hit was ordered by Jimmy Henchman.

As reported by The Smoking Gun, a longtime Henchman associate, and now cooperating witness, who is a former cocaine trafficker, has told federal investigators that he shot Suge Knight at Kanye West’s 2005 VMA party and claims he got the orders and the gun from Jimmy Henchman who was also at the party.

According to TSG’s report, “immediately following the shooting, the witness reports, he and Rosemond fled the Shore Club together, adding that Rosemond paid him $10,000 for the shooting (the motive for which is not further detailed by federal officials).”

The Henchman associate and now cooperating witness is referred to as “CW-3? (confidential witness-3) in the court documents, and “CW-3? is one of several former Henchman associates expected to testify during the murder case of G-Unit associate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher.

This is the second time in recent memory that Henchman has been pinpointed for ordering a hit as the former Hip Hop mogul ratted himself out as part of his deal with the Feds, and admitted giving the order for Tupac’s 1994 shooting at Quad Studios in New York.

As we recently reported, Jimmy Henchman was sentenced to life in prison on drug trafficking charges. You can read that article

Sean Penn Slaps ‘Empire’ Creator Lee Daniels With $10 Million Defamation Lawsuit

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The Man Who Played Spicoli does not appreciate being dragged into Terrence Howard‘s domestic abuse scandal

Sean Penn is taking a shot at Lee Daniels — in court.

The “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” actor has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against the “Empire” creator over comments he made in an interview.

The comments — deemed “reckless, false and defamatory” by the suit — came as Daniels discussed the troubles of “Empire” star Terrence Howard, who’s been plagued by allegations of physical abuse against women.

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“That poor boy, [Terrence] ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of a sudden he’s some f—in’ demon,” the lawsuit quotes Daniels as saying. “That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”

“Daniels falsely equates Penn with Howard, even though, while he has certainly had several brushes with the law, Penn (unlike Howard) has never been arrested, much less convicted, for domestic violence, as his ex-wives (including Madonna) would confirm and attest,” the lawsuit reads.

The complaint goes on to claim that Daniels’ statements “have caused Penn great anguish and emotional distress and have exposed him to pre-judgments and false judgments, which have injured Penn’s credibility and reputation in his personal life, occupation and philanthropic activities.”

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Penn is seeking general and special damages “not less than” $10 million.

@Tony_Diamomds “Panamera”


Los Angeles based Independent Rapper Tony Diamonds is gaining some traction with his new song “Panamera” which first premiered on Celebrity Hip Hop site www.662online.com. You can follow @Tony_Diamonds on Twitter. “Panamera” will appear on the 662online.com Celebrity Hip Hop Mixtape hosted by Dj Big Juice from 103.7 Da Beat available later this month.

2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations Revealed

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2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Nominations
Album of the Year
Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise
Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
J. Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint
Wale – The Album About Nothing

Best Hip-Hop Video
Big Sean feat. Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign – “Play No Games”
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU”
Fetty Wap feat. Monty – “My Way”
Nicki Minaj feat. Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”
Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

Best Live Performer
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Lyricist of the Year
Big Sean
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Video Director of the Year
Alan Ferguson
Benny Boom
Chris Robinson/Lil Chris
Colin Tilley
Director X

DJ of the Year
DJ Drama
DJ Envy
DJ Esco
DJ Khaled
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard
J. Cole
Kanye West
Mike Will Made-It
Pharrell Williams

MVP of the Year
Big Sean
J. Cole
Kendrick Lamar
Nicki Minaj

Track of the Year
“Alright” – Produced by Pharrell Williams and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)
“Blessings” – Produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
“Commas” – Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside (Future)
“IDFWU” – Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane (Big Sean feat. E-40)
“Trap Queen” – Produced by Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap)

Who Blew Up Award
Bobby Shmurda
DeJ Loaf
Fetty Wap
Rae Sremmurd

Hustler of the Year
Dr. Dre
J. Cole
Jay Z
Nicki Minaj

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)
ASAP Rocky
DeJ Loaf
Kanye West
Nicki Minaj

Best Club Banger
Big Sean feat. E-40 – “IDFWU” (Produced by Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West and Key Wane)
Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced by Dds)
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced by Tony Fadd)
Future – “Commas” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Southside)
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)” (Produced by DJ Spinz and Nitti Beatz)

Best Mixtape
Future – 56 Nights
Future – Beast Mode
Future – Monster
Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2
Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West)
Drake – “My Way (Remix)” (Fetty Wap feat. Drake)
E-40 – “IDFWU” (Big Sean feat. E-40)
Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man (Remix)” (Jidenna feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj feat. Drake and Lil Wayne)

Impact Track
Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”
Common and John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”)
J. Cole – “Apparently”
J. Cole – “Be Free”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

People’s Champ Award
Big Sean feat. Drake and Kanye West – “Blessings”
Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Future – “Commas”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”
Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”

Jonah Hill Rumored To Play Rick Rubin In Def Jam Biopic


In case you haven’t heard: Straight Outta Compton, Universal’s recent biopic about N.W.A., is a massive hit. Made for just $28 million dollars (which is not that much money in movie terms), it has so far grossed over $180 million dollars worldwide, and is still going. Normally, this kind of success would immediately spawn sequels and spin-offs and shared universes and blah blah blah, but Compton pretty well covers N.W.A.’s entire career, so there isn’t really a proper sequel to be made. What’s a poor film division of a multinational mega-conglomerate to do?
The solution, it seems, may be to make a similarly-themed movie that isn’t actually a sequel.

“Universal is considering another high profile deep dive into hip hop history, this time the story of Def Jam Recordings and its co-founderRussell Simmons. We’re also hearing Michael B. Jordan and Jonah Hill mentioned as possibles for Simmons and Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin respectively, though there are no deals in place at this time.”

The basis for the film would be Simmons’ 2002 book with Nelson George, Life and Def: Sex, Drugs, Money, + God.

Now, this is all in the very preliminary stages, and could very well not happen. But how weird/hilarious would it be to see Jonah Hill as Rick Rubin? It’s not even good casting, really (Rubin is known for his Zen-like nature, Hill is known for playing characters that are extremely, um, energetic), and I imagine the only reason Hill’s name got thrown into the mix is because some studio executive thought to cast one chubby white guy to play another