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Notorious B.I.G.’s $6 plastic crown sells for $594,750 in auction

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The plastic topper worn by Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace in his last photo shoot sold for $594,750 (including Sotheby’s “buyer’s premium” fees and taxes) during an auction Tuesday night — despite its original $6 price tag.

At the auction house’s first hip-hop memorabilia auction — which featured a one-of-a-kind Def Jam Recordings jacket, a triptych of pioneering DJs painted by Fab 5 Freddy and Judith Leiber’s crystal-encrusted handbag inspired by a boombox — the crown’s original purchaser said he didn’t buy the royal-rig for its gold content and embedded jewels.

“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s,” Barron Claiborne, a 52-year-old photographer who lives in Brooklyn, told The Post. Claiborne owned the crown and used it in the stunning Rap Pages magazine cover-photo he took of Biggie in 1997. “Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”

What did Claiborne make of the fact that his crown along with a pair of prints from the session, plus a photo contact sheet opened with a quickly met estimate of $200,000 to $300,000?

“Some people have told me that it’s too low,” Claiborne coolly stated ahead of the hammer coming down. “That shows you how strong the symbol really is. I always thought Biggie was a king.

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Veteran Yoruba actor Jimoh Aliu ‘Aworo’ dies at 86

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Veteran theatre practitioner, Chief Jimoh Aliu (popularly known as Aworo), is dead.

Aliu died on Thursday during a brief illness at the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, aged 86.

A source and close associate of the late theatre practitioner said, “The corpse of the deceased would be moved to his residence at Adebayo area in Ado-Ekiti before being taken to his hometown, Okemesi Ekiti in Ekiti West Local Government Area of the state, where he would be buried tomorrow.”

Aliu, who was working on five movie projects expected to feature top Nollywood actors, died while producing the first one titled, ‘Olowo Ite’.

The theatre practitioner, who was born in Okemesi-Ekiti, began his acting career in 1959 after joining Akin Ogungbe Theatre Group.

He left the theatre group in 1966 to form his own troupe, Jimoh Aliu Concert Party.

He had produced and featured in various Yoruba movies including Arelu, Yanpan Yarin, and Fopomoyo.

He was a former President of the Association of Nigeria Theatre Practitioners.

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Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)

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Music and fashion icon, Kanye West took his attacks on the American music industry to another level as he posted a video on Twitter on Wednesday purportedly showing him urinating on his Grammy award, while posting more tweets threatening Universal music.

This comes after he blasted Universal Music Group and other music labels for giving out slave contracts to artistes and then alleging that the company doesn’t want him to buy off his music masters because they want to make billions off him even in his death.

Now he has taken his attack to a different level, even revealing details of his contract and praising Hit boy, a Grammy award-winning producer who was motivated by Kanye’s tweets and came out to reveal he has worked for Universal music for over 10 years but is still ‘enslaved’ by their contract.

See his tweets below and watch the video below…

 

Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)Kanye West urinates on his Grammy award, then tweets more attacks at Universal Music (Tweets/Video)

 

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Judge rules in favor of Nicki Minaj in Tracy Chapman copyright dispute

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A Judge has ruled in favor of Nicki Minaj in the copyright dispute between the rapper and four-time Grammy winner, Tracy Chapman.

Back in 2018, Tracy Chapman sued Nicki Minaj for ‘stealing her song’ ‘Baby Can I Hold You.’ She alleged that the rapper used ‘half of the lyrics and vocal melody’ of the 1988 hit to make her track “Sorry.”

In her lawsuit, the American singer-songwriter sought damages and an order to prevent Nicki and her team from releasing “Sorry.” She also claimed that Nicki’s team made “multiple requests” to license “Baby Can I Hold You” and was denied.

As at that time, Minaj denied committing copyright infringement, stating that her interpolation was protected by the doctrine of fair use.

A judge has now handed Nicki victory in court on Wednesday, September 16, when she ruled that the rapper did not commit copyright infringement when she wrote and recorded her song.

Judge Virginia A. Phillips cited the doctrine of fair use in her ruling. “Artists usually experiment with works before seeking licenses from rights holders and rights holders typically ask to see a proposed work before approving a license,” Phillips wrote. “A ruling uprooting these common practices would limit creativity and stifle innovation within the music industry.”

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