Month: October 2011

Rick Ross Drops Two New God Forgives Songs BY Dr. Lawson

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It remains to be seen if there’s truth to DJ Khaled and Drake’s declaration that Rick Ross’s upcoming album, God Forgives, I Don’t, is a classic-in-the-making.
And while fans will have to wait until the December 13 release date to make that determination, on Tuesday night, they got a head-start after the Bawse dropped two promising singles. Rozay gave fans just a taste of his fifth solo LP last night when he visited New York radio disc jockey Funkmaster Flex and premiered “I Love My Bitches” and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “You the Boss” on Hot 97.
“I wanted to most definitely go to another level and make sure my sound continued to evolve and take people somewhere different,” Ross told Flex. “I wanted to collaborate with Nicki in another way, her breaking down and just letting us hear her beautiful voice.”
The syrupy slow “You the Boss” has a 1980s soul vibe. Ross starts the record off with one of his patented grunts and then whispers sweet nothing’s before telling the object of his affection, “I deserve you!”
Nicki’s complementary hook channels a loyal lover who will do anything for her “boss” Ricky Ross. It’s a more romantic tone for the Maybach Music CEO, who has grown into an unlikely sex symbol, and “You the Boss,” with its promises of lavish shopping sprees and companionship, may only raise his stock.
The Just Blaze-produced “I Love My Bitches,” while also aimed at women, is dramatically different. Over a sped-up soul sample, the Teflon Don is far less gentlemanly as he laments, “Awww, man, I love my bitches.” Lyrically, Ross aims the record at the streets, mixing more tales of lavish sprees with stories of selling bricks of cocaine. With little to no regard for continuity, he goes back and forth in his verses, seducing women and talking to his boys about daily dealings in the same breath.
It’s clear on “My Bitches” that Ross feels like he’s on top of the world as he spits lines like, “Living life to the fullest, what’s the emphasis/ Making love to Mary J’s ‘Reminisce.’ ”
Interestingly enough, Mary J. Blige also appears on God Forgives, I Don’t. While Rozay isn’t sure that the song will be a single just yet, he holds it in high regard. “That’s the Queen. I can just tell you about the experience,” he told MTV News of working with MJB. “We made some magic.”
“Me making my album is just a real tedious process that I go through,” Rozay added. “The response from the people that I did play a few records for, the feedback is incredible.”
Share your reviews of the brand-new Ross singles in the comments!

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Michael Jackson Phone Recording: ‘I Had No Childhood’ BY Dr. Lawson

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After bringing a succession of Dr. Conrad Murray’s girlfriends to the witness stand, on Wednesday (October 5), prosecutors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician focused on the kinds and amounts of drugs Murray ordered in the months leading up to the pop star’s death at age 50 on June 25, 2009.
The most anticipated moment of the day was the promise of the full recording of a slurred-sounding Jackson recorded on Murray’s phone in the weeks before the “Thriller” singer’s death. Bits of the tape were played during the prosecution’s opening statements.
Among the testimony Wednesday:
» In the much-hyped phone recording, Jackson talks to Murray about his grand plans for the This Is It shows, including raising enough money to start the Michael Jackson Children’s Hospital. “I love them because I didn’t have a childhood,” he says of why kids are his primary cause. “I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt.” When Jackson goes silent for 13 seconds, Murray asks, “Are you OK?” Jackson’s response: “I am asleep.”
» Medical-supply rep Sally Hirschberg testified that Murray put in drug orders that were a bit unusual for a cardiology clinic, including ones for Lidocaine and IV bags. The former is typically used as a local anesthetic to relieve skin irritation from the injection of anesthetics such as propofol, the surgical anesthetic Murray administered to Jackson on the night of his death.
» Hirschberg also said she refused to send supplies to a private address Murray provided in California because of company policy, sending them instead to the doctor’s Las Vegas office. The day after Jackson’s death, Hirschberg said she got a call from Murray’s office asking her to cancel an order for medical supplies.
» DEA computer forensics examiner Stephen Marx discussed emails on Murray’s phone containing medical information about a patient named “Omar Arnold,” which is reportedly one of the aliases Jackson used to obtain prescription medicine.
» Investigator Elissa Fleak from the L.A. County Coroner’s office testified that when she inspected Jackson’s bedroom the day he died, she found a variety of prescription pills at his bedside, including heavy sedatives Diazepam, Lorazepam and Temazepam, as well as a blue bag full of propofol vials, the same bag security guard Alberto Alvarez mentioned during his testimony.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.

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Michael Jackson Doctor Called Girlfriend As MJ Died by Dr. Lawson

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Prosecutors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, called one of the cardiologist’s girlfriends to the stand Tuesday (October 4) in an attempt to nail down what Murray was doing as his famous client was dying of cardiac arrest.
Houston, Texas, steakhouse waitress Sade Anding told the jury that six minutes into a phone call with Murray on June 25, 2009, Murray suddenly disappeared as she was telling him about her day. “I realized he was no longer on the phone,” she said of the call that took place less than a half-hour before Murray placed a frantic call to Jackson’s assistant asking for help. At one point, she described hearing coughing, mumbling and other voices on Murray’s end, as if his phone was in his pocket. The call was one of a half-dozen that phone records show Murray made during a crucial time when prosecutors say he should have been monitoring Jackson’s vital signs closely.
Other testimony on Tuesday:
» Another woman, Michelle Bella, said she got a text message from Murray that morning, and an employee of the doctor said she exchanged eight minutes’ worth of calls with him during the final hours of Jackson’s life.
» Murray’s current girlfriend and the mother of one of his seven children, Nicole Alvarez, 29, at first denied knowing that the doctor was pulling down $150,000 a month for treating Jackson. She said she met Jackson in 2008 and that she spent time with the pop star and Murray several more times after their son was born in 2009. Alvarez also testified that by June 2009, Murray was leaving their apartment at 9 p.m. almost every night and returning in the morning and that she signed for packages in April, May and June of 2009 but didn’t know they contained the powerful anesthetic propofol. She told prosecutors that she planned to travel with Murray to England for Jackson’s planned string of 50 This Is It shows.
» Alvarez said she spoke to Murray as the doctor rode in the ambulance to the hospital with Jackson’s body, one of four calls the two exchanged on the afternoon of the singer’s death.
» ABC News reported that none of the propofol bottles recovered from Jackson’s room had the pop star’s fingerprints on them, a detail that may deal a blow to the emerging defense theory that Jackson dosed himself with the surgical anesthetic while Murray was out of the room and caused his own death
» Pharmacist Tim Lopez told prosecutors he sent Murray 225 vials of propofol in total, as well as 20 vials of lorazepam and 60 of midazolam in April 2009, with some sent to a Santa Monica address that was likely the apartment the doctor shared with Alvarez.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.