Skillz brings us his 2011 rap up. The beat on this one is crazy, and I think he definitely came back strong from last’s years rap up. What a year 2011 was! Listen in and reminisce. Happy 2012. Cheers to last year.
@DJFlash4eva Grandmaster Flash just tweeted that Heavy D has passed away. He was recently on tour in Europe where he caught pneumonia. His subsequent death is said to have been triggered by that illness, and he was rushed to the hospital in Los Angeles late last night. If true, this is a sad day for hip-hop. Hev had just performed at the BET Hip-Hop Awards this year, and was looking as good as ever. Heavy D was just 44 years old.
More to info to come as we get it…
Crazy, after months of deliberations, evidence, and more, the case is finally closed..what do you all think?
Murray showed no emotion as the clerk read the verdict, reached after 10 hours of deliberation.
“Yes!” said Jackson’s sister La Toya Jackson in the audience section of the courtroom. Other Jackson family members and fans shouted in joy.
At his sentencing on Nov. 29, Murray faces a penalty ranging from probation to four years in prison.
Throughout the six-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Murray, 58, as a reckless doctor who for $150,000 a month sold out the Hippocratic oath, and to treat Jackson’s insomnia, gave the King of Pop a nightly drip of propofol, an unpredictable and potentially fatal anesthetic.
“It’s bizarre behavior from anyone, let alone a doctor, this extreme criminal negligence,” Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told jurors in his closing argument Nov. 3.
During the case, prosecutors attempted to show that Murray set the stage for tragedy by also failing to use proper monitoring equipment and devices to help Jackson breathe under heavy anesthesia. The doctor, they said, also repeatedly left Jackson’s bedside to check e-mails and make phone calls, which Walgren characterized as “abandonment.”
Defense attorneys showed that, before Jackson hired Murray as his personal doctor for his “This Is It” tour, he’d concluded that propofol was the only treatment for his insomnia. The attorneys and their medical expert, Dr. Paul White, suggested that Jackson injected extra propofol, and swallowed several tablets of the sedative lorazepam, during moments that morning when Murray’s back was turned – causing Jackson to die so suddenly that Murray could not have saved him.
They also suggested that Murray was in the difficult position of safeguarding the health of a past-his-prime pop star who got routine demerol injections from his dermatologist and who was under extreme pressure to perform 50 sold-out concerts in London. When Jackson paid the ultimate price for his peculiar pharmaceutical predilections, Murray became the fall guy, they said.
“He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond,” defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury.
Conceding that Murray didn’t do everything by the book in his treatment of Jackson, Chernoff said Murray nonetheless should be acquitted because the prosecution failed to prove that these shortcomings caused Jackson’s death.
Walgren said that even if the jury believed that Jackson took the extra drugs behind Murray’s back, Murray still was responsible for Jackson’s death by leaving fatal drugs within reach of someone he believed had a drug addiction or obsession.”
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
Sad, sad, sad. All too sad. My heart goes out to her family, and all of her fans. Entirely too soon, and I know that she was very troubled, but damn…read the full story below.
Absolutely all jokes aside, I think of the song “Live Fast, Die Young” when I saw this this morning. Ryan Dunn, of Jackass fame, died early this morning in a high-speed car crash outside of Pennsylvania.
According to TMZ, “The West Goshen Township Police Department says officers found Dunn’s 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 ‘off the road and in the woods.’”
Dunn was seen drinking hours before the crash. RIP.