Geto Boy Willie D Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud...Awaits Sentencing
Former Geto Boys member Willie D plead guilty today in a Houston, Texas court to wire fraud charges. As Hip-Hop Wired previously reported, Willie was arrested for selling iphones on the Internet and originally plead not guilty to 15 counts.
Willie D, real name William James Dennis, allegedly posed as an online salesman for a company that was selling the iPhone. Dennis would then proceed to take the orders through eBay as well and other online channels.
The crime being considered is once the funds were sent; they were transferred into the rapper's account. In order to fool the buyers, he sent out fake tracking numbers, but never sent them the iPhone. When the buyers tried to get in contact and figure out where their purchase was, Dennis reportedly told them that their package was lost in the mail. He would not provide refunds for the buyers until he was able to find the whereabouts of the alleged phone.
The case was made known when an overseas purchaser made a complaint with the authorities which makes the crime international.
Returning from a trip overseas, Dennis was detained by federal authorities at Bush Intercontinental after being indicted for his relationship with a company named Texas One Wireless. He was released on bail in May after posting bond.
Willie D will be sentenced on April 23, 2010 and could spend up 20 years in the bing and is looking at a $250-thousand fine.
Ice-T Takes on Digital Label
Fed up with the current state of Hip Hop and what he calls “bubblegum Pop” rapper and actor Ice-T has decided to create his own digital label.
According to the New York Daily News, the Law & Order: SVU star will be launching his digital label which will be put out by EMI in the near future.
“I’m starting a digital label through EMI,” Ice-T explained to the Daily News. “I’m trying to get back to more Hip Hop. To me, music right now is like Disco. It’s very sing-songy, and nobody’s dealing with content. That’s what I miss. I miss Tupac and Big. You got Lupe Fiasco and T.I. now, but in general, we’re swamped with bubblegum Pop.“
Ice-T currently has five artists from different parts of the country signed to his label.
“We’ve got an artist from L.A., a group called Certified from Washington state, Born Twice from Houston, and a Korean kid from New York. I’m playing the whole map,” Ice-T revealed.
In 1987, Ice-T released his first album entitled Rhyme Pays. Since the release of Rhyme Pays, Ice-T has gone on to release upwards 10 albums. In the late ’90s, he had operated a previous label, Coroner Records, where he released his 1999 Seven Deadly Sins album. He has starred in a number of films including Breakin’ and New Jack City.
Lil Wayne Smacked Down & Arrested in NO
At around 10:15 Pm central standard time, Dwayne Carter “aka” Lil’ Wayne was arrested on one count of second-degree aggravated assault, one count of disturbing the peace, and two counts for possession of a firearm.
According to an eyewitness the incident took place in the VIP lounge at Club Dream in downtown New Orleans. The eyewitness reports that an up and coming rapper performing that night who goes by the name of Lil’ Dee, approached Lil’ Wayne with an intent to start a fight.
The two exchanged words when Lil’ Wayne got out of his lounge chair headed of VIP. According to the eyewitness then, Lil’ Dee grappled Lil’ Wayne’s arm and turned him around.
When Wayne’s bodyguard approached Dee, Wayne reportedly laughed it off and retorted, “What you gonna do to me uh Im the fucking man of this city!” Wayne then continued heading out of the VIP area. Sources state that Lil’ Dee grabbed Lil’ Wayne once more and without a moments hesitation punched him in the face. Lil’ Wayne was knocked down causing the room into a frenzy.
Jefferson and Orleans Parish Police Officers arrived on the scene as security guards ushered patrons out of the area. There they arrested both men for aggravated assault and disturbing the peace.
Witnesses say officers found two unregistered pistol on Wayne and immediately arrested him.
[Source: Uptown Media Group Providing New Orleans Hip Hop News and Events Since 2001.]