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Local Music Notebook: Keef, Lupe, Ludacris

A loose collection of whatnot.

1. More trouble for Chief Keef.

"Troubled teenage rap star Chief Keef is facing a child-support lawsuit from a girl who alleges he fathered a 14-month-old child with her," the Sun-Times reports.

Meanwhile . . .

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2. "Rapper Ludacris appeared [last week] at the Cook County courthouse in Markham to testify at a trial over a pair of canceled appearances in the south suburbs more than six years ago," the Sun-Times reports.

Ludacris, whose real name is Christopher Brian Bridges, entered and left Judge Robert Clifford's courtroom through a rear entrance. Dressed in a gray suit, white shirt and dark tie, he calmly answered lawyers' questions amid what appeared to be enhanced security.

He testified he's been "commercially successful" in the entertainment industry since 2000, and since then he said he has never dealt personally with promoters. Instead, he said he's left that up to a manager, Jeff Dixon, who he's trusted "absolutely" for 13 years.

Ludacris , who lives in Atlanta, said he was told a November 2006 concert planned at the Jo River Center in Dolton was canceled because of a fire. His attorney said a January 2007 party appearance at a nightclub in Harvey didn't happen because the rapper wasn't paid.

Whatevs.

3. If Lupe Fiasco had done this at a George W. Bush inaugural event, a lot of the same people criticizing him now - if not all of them - would be cheering.

Slate's David Weigel reminds readers how many folks enjoyed it when that dude threw a shoe at W.

What I wrote in a Facebook thread:

"Please keep in mind that this was a private, corporate event for which he was booked, not an official inaugural event. He didn't go on a rant, he was singing a song from his Grammy nominated album. The first tweet from a co-sponsor of the event decried Lupe being political at an event that was purportedly non-political. Shows a lot of ignorance on the part of the event sponsors. Hard to see what Lupe did wrong."

Admittedly, he sang the same verse for 30 minutes. Brilliant!

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4. Rare Chicago doo-wop uploaded to YouTube on Monday by rtoledo1111.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on January 22, 2013


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