The Hip–Hop Socialite recaps the hottest celebrity news and gossip of the last week, and drops a few exclusives…
“The SCOOP” Catches Up With Drag-On!!
If you’re a die-hard fan of 90s hip-hop, then you’re familiar with the name Drag-On, who burst on the scene in the late 90s as one of the original members of the Ruff Ryders Entertainment imprint.
Currently promoting his latest single “ChopaTree”, Drag-On continues to record music and is starting to develop talent on his own label. I recently caught up with Drag-On to get the deets on all of that and more. Get the “SCOOP” below!
ON WHAT HE’S BEEN WORKING ON:
I have been creating many freestyles, which have had millions of videos. I stay busy in the studio and writing music. I’ve also been working and putting out music, including my new single “ChopaTree”.
I came up with “ChopATree” because I was considered nice and a hot rapper. But I feel as though that I haven’t made it out the woods. The only thing in front of me was a tree. I felt that it has always been a tree that I need to get around, so I am going to chop it down.
ON ARTISTS HE’S CURRENTLY DEVELOPING ON HIS LEVEL:
I have one female rap artist named Louisiana Red that will be bringing some heat in real soon.
ON THE RUFF RYDERS REUNION TOUR:
Unfortunately, the Ruff Ryders Reunion Tour has been cancelled. We
performed three shows: The Barclay Center, Atlantic City Beach, N.J. and the Foxwood Casino.
ON WHO FROM HIS RUFF RYDERS FAMILY HAS HE STAYED IN CONTACT WITH:
I have maintained contact with DMX.
To keep up with all of Drag-On’s endeavors, be sure to follow him on Twitter @IamDrag_On.
Takari Lee Christie: “I’m Not Begging For Acceptance Anymore”
The most recent season of Basketball Wives (BBW) pretty much centered on Jackie Christie. The wife of former NBA star Doug Christie has always made for good TV because of her complicated and often messy relationships with her cast mates, but over the last few months, it hasn’t been those relationships that has everybody talking.
Takari Lee Christie is Jackie’s oldest daughter, but the relationship between the two is more Mommie Dearest than Soul Food. Accusations concerning Jackie’s alleged mistreatment of Takari have dominated the blogs and social media since earlier this year, and created a rift in Jackie’s friendship with BBW executive producer Shaunie O’Neal.
Although Takari has taken to social media to speak her truth, the mother of three is also releasing a book called “Lights to her Shadow: The Takari Lee Christie Story”, which hits bookstores tomorrow. Check out highlights from my recent chat with Takari below.
ON JACKIE BLOCKING HER FROM BEING ON BBW:
It’s the first time I’m hearing it verbally, but I knew that was the reason why I hadn’t been invited [on the show]. In all honesty, she resents what I’m doing, so she’s obviously not going to do anything that’s going to offer assistance or anything like that like as far as putting me on the show to let me explain my side of the story. This is a situation where she ust wants it to be one sided, and that’s why I think random things are being said about me that are not true at all, but it’s being said. So at this point, she’s against the book, and she’s letting it be known.
ON IF SHE WAS INFLUENCED BY ANYONE TO WRITE HER BOOK:
No, I was not influenced by anyone at all. Like I said, there’s ust statements being made right now, so that’s another one of the statements being made that’s not true.
ON IF SHE’S BIPOLAR:
I was informed that that was stated [during her mom’s “Breakfast Club” interview], but again, that’s another statement that’s being said that’s not true. That’s something that can be proved. If I had any diagnosis from any clinic or doctor – no one has ever diagnosed me with depression or bipolar, so it’s just a comment being made.
ON JACKIE’S CLAIMS THAT SHE PROVIDES FOR TAKARI AND HER CHILDREN:
She sends them Christmas presents. They haven’t seen her in about, almost five years, but like earlier this year, or when she was speaking to me in December of last year whatever, they had cell phones, and she was communicating. They would send her text messages, and she would respond to them or whatever, but as financially taking care of us, no. Like I said, a Christmas gift – pretty much what was shown in her text messages [that she posted on social media].
I try to notify her and my sister prior to their birthdays, you know, like their birthday is coming up, give them a call. Depending on if they get the message in time or whatever, she’ll send something …she’ll send them like a hundred dollars or whatever, and I’ll take them to the toy store, but that is as far as it goes. It doesn’t go past that – there’s no one financially taking care of us, like oh, she’s having another baby for me to take care of, that’s not what’s going on here. They have a mother and a father who’s doing everything they possibly can every day to take care of them.
ON SOCIAL MEDIA TROLLS:
I’ve been through a lot of different things that allowed me to be humble and just to kind of see my life in a different view, you know. I try to rationalize with people. Those people on the internet know a snippet of my story and my situation – most of them, they know one part, or they have one thing the took and ran with and that’s what they’ve speaking on, and that’s why I try not to pay them no mind. It’s whatever – people are going to have their opinion, period.
ON DOUG’S ROLE IN THE DRAMA:
I think him and my siblings, they’re doing the right thing by distancing themselves from any involvement. It’s really in a sense not coming out good; I didn’t anticipate all this happening surrounding the book or whatnot, but it has. I’m not really even a part of this beef, the back-and-forth and whatnot. I stated what I had to say, and I’ve stated it since day one. If anything, it’s just been proven with the back-and-forth with my mom posting texts and stuff like that, but I don’t think they necessarily need to have a place in this. I don’t hold any fault to them, oh you need to be over here standing up for me – I’m not looking for that. I know what my truth is, and I’m one hundred percent solid in it, and that’s what I go with. So I don’t know what Doug’s stance is – I don’t know how he feels. I haven’t spoken to him in years.
ON IF THERE’S ANY HOPE FOR RECONCILIATION:
It’s not on me, so I can’t answer that question. The best way I can say it is before I was beating my head against this hard, steel door trying to get in, and now I’m just standing here waiting for the door to open. That’s my stance on it. I’m not begging for acceptance anymore.
To order Takari’s book, visit her website at www.TakariChristie.com.
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