This week, Rick Ross ended up becoming the target of a drive-by shooting. The Maybach Music Group boss, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, crashed his Rolls Royce into a building after suspects fired shots in his direction. Meanwhile, Chris Brown and Frank Ocean had a run-in at a California recording studio, allegedly over a parking lot. Ocean took to Twitter to speak on the matter, while Brown is yet to comment. Finally, Jay-Z made big moves with the announcement of signing his longtime collaborator Timbaland to his Roc Nation imprint.
Rick Ross Escapes Assassination Attempt, 50 Cent & “Freeway” Ricky Ross Respond
Rick Ross had a brush with death this week. Early in the morning of his 37th birthday, the Teflon Don was driving through Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a female passenger when a car pulled up next to his vehicle, firing more than a dozen rounds in his direction. The rapper tried to escape the gunfire, losing control of his Rolls Royce and crashing it into a building. Shortly after news broke, his foe 50 Cent took to Twitter to state that the incident was “staged,” posting a picture of the car and noting that it had no bullet holes. While Ross is yet to speak on the matter, HipHopDX spoke with “Freeway” Ricky Ross, who said that he’s “not surprised” that the shooting took place, as well as Gunplay, who has talked with Ross and confirmed that he’s “good.” Pusha T also shared the same news after checking on Ross through their mix engineer, while Ross reportedly hired 24-hour security for protection.
Chris Brown & Frank Ocean Come To Blows At Los Angeles, California Studio
Chris Brown and Frank Ocean had some R&Beef this week. On Sunday evening, the two were at the same studio and got into an altercation over a parking spot. Reports indicated that Ocean and friends stopped Chris Brown and told him, “This is my studio. This is my parking spot.” Breezy then attempted to shake Ocean’s hand but then Ocean and his entourage reportedly attacked the singer. Ocean, who reportedly wants to press charges against Brown, stayed on the scene to talk with police while Brown stormed off. An eyewitness later said that Brown was the first one to throw a punch in the fight, and “managed to break almost everything in the [lobby]” when the fight moved inside. That night, Ocean, whose debut Channel Orange was certified gold and will perform at the Grammy Awards, took to Twitter to say that he got “jumped” by Brown and a couple of guys and that he wishes his dog Everest was there to back him up.
Jay-Z Signs Timbaland To Roc Nation
After years of working together on classic hits, Jay-Z and Timbaland finally made their relationship one of business. This week, Hov posted a picture of Timbo to his Life+Times site, confirming that he signed the veteran producer to his Roc Nation imprint. It is currently unclear if Tim signed to the label itself, or for management. The pair have worked together throughout their careers, helming songs including “Big Pimpin,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Off That” featuring Drake. Most recently, the two worked together on Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie,” which the singer will perform during a Super Bowl gig tomorrow night. Timbaland, who recently linked with 50 Cent as an investor for his SMS Audio company, is yet to speak on the signing.
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