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Rico Love On Nelly Comeback: 'I'm Laughing In Their Faces Right Now'

One of the biggest music stories of 2010 has been the surprise return of pop rap superstar Nelly with his omnipresent radio hit “Just a Dream.” The St. Louis-born act, who last enjoyed Top 40 Billboard chart success with his 2004 double album Sweat and Suit, was essentially written off by critics following disappointing sales of 2008’s lackluster Brass Knuckles. It was a sizable fall from commercial grace for the melodic rapper whose albums (including his 2000 landmark debut Country Grammar and 2002’s Nellyville) and a string of hit singles (such as the no. 1 album title track “Country Grammar,” “Ride Wit Me,” “Hot in Herre,” the Kelly Rowland-featured “Dilemma,” and “Over and Over,” an unlikely duet with country music superstar Tim McGraw) have sold close to a combined 30 million copies.

For Rico Love, who co-wrote the Jim Jonsin produced “Just a Dream” with Frank Romano, being involved with the major comeback of Nelly has been a highlight of his thriving career.  “It’s the most gratifying situation ever because everybody doubted Nelly,” says the writer/producer, who has hammered out hits for Beyonce (“Sweet Dreams”); Usher (“There Goes My Baby”); and Diddy’s Dirty Money (“Hello Good Morning”). “A lot of people in the business were telling me, ‘Yo, don’t waste your time…Nelly can’t come back…he’s over.’ So to see his success on such a large scale, this is amazing to me. I hate non-believers…I can’t deal with those kind of people. It’s almost as if I’m laughing in their faces right now.”

Love says the success of Nelly’s “Just a Dream” which will be featured on the rapper’s 5.0 album due out November 16, can be attributed to the natural progression of the track. “It happened organically,” the 27-year-old recalls of the making of the song.  “Nelly and I set up a recording session and did a few joints. Jim Jonsin came in the studio and played this great track and Nelly started humming out a melody. I wrote down the concepts for the verse and came up with the line ‘I was thinking about her, thinking about me’ which eventually became ‘Just a Dream.’ I felt like I wanted to say something I knew that was comfortable for Nelly’s tone and his range. Nelly and I played off of each other in that sense. It was just us having fun in the studio.” 

Beyond “Just a Dream,” Love has been making his own noise. He recently inked a label deal (Division 1 Music Group) with Universal Motown. Love’s first artist set for release is former Young Gunz MC and Jay-Z protégé Young Chris. “I don’t have a favorite musical genre,” Love says when asked of his overall striking diversity from pop to R&B to rap. “At the end of the day, I might want to hear just Mozart or Billy Joel the next day or Biggie. I’ve educated myself on other forms of music to keep myself knowledgeable.”—Keith Murphy 

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Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

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Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuates After Bomb Threat On 6th Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School was reportedly forced to evacuate its students and administration on Friday (Dec. 14), after receiving a bomb threat, CNN reports. The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the school's tragic mass shooting.

Newtown, Connecticut Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde stated that the threat didn't appear to be substantial, but they decided to  evacuate the facility as an extra precaution.

Bomb squads reportedly swept the school and surrounding area for explosive devices but did not discover anything on the property. They later concluded that there was no immediate threat. The school administration dismissed students and faculty for the rest of the day however, considering the previous incident.

As previously noted, Sandy Hook endured a horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult, staff members.

Earlier this month, thousands of documents were released about Lanza that revealed his mental state and social status in the years leading up to the shooting.

The shooting is not believed to be in connection to the recent string of bomb scares around the nation that targeted major politicians including the former first families Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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