Fact: Drake wrapped up his four-night stint at New York's iconic Madison Square Garden on Monday (08Aug16) by surprising fans with guest appearances by fellow rappers J. Cole, T.I., Fat Joe, Remy Ma, Cam'ron and Juelz Santana. The Hotline Bling star has previously treated concert-goers to special performances from Rihanna and Kanye West on his ongoing joint Summer Sixteen tour with Future.
Fact: Rapper T.I. and his wife Tameka 'tiny' Cottle have named their newborn daughter Heiress. The hip-hop star, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., announced the tot's name on his Facebook account on Monday (04Apr16), when he posted a photo of himself holding a baby carrier and captioned it, "Welcome Home Heiress!!!The Ride Begins...." The couple wed in 2010. T.i. and Tiny have two sons together, King and Major, while Tiny gave birth to a stillborn daughter, named Leyah, in 2007. T.i. also has three children from previous relationships, while Tiny is mum to another girl from a past romance.
Fact: Rapper/actor T.I. has landed a role in the upcoming remake of classic TV mini-series Roots. The ATL star will portray a slave who joins the Union Army during the American Civil War, alongside Mekhi Phifer, who has also been added to the cast as a mute slave called Jerusalem. The line-up for the new show, which will premiere on the U.S. A+E network next year (16), also features Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, Anna Paquin and Anika Noni Rose.
Quote: "I haven't seen it. I'm TIVoing (recording) it. There was a party this weekend, so I got to see everybody and say goodbye. I've moved on!" E.R. actress Maura Tierney doesn't know how the long running TV series ends after missing the show's finale on Thursday (02Apr09) night. Instead, the star chose to party with her new colleagues from the cast of firefighter drama RESCUE ME.
Quote: "I love the Oscars, but there's no doubt they're too long... There are always 24 awards, and that will be no different this year. But it's going to be considerably shorter - your TIVo (recordable TV) should be able to handle the recording of it." Oscars host Hugh Jackman plans to make sure the 2009 Academy Awards telecast doesn't overrun.
Quote: "You know, when I'm in the moment, it all seems a bit of a blur. But then watching it back on TIVo (TV downloading site), I'm like, 'Wow! I actually made it through and didn't look too bad.'" SPICE GIRL Melanie Brown tells the Larry King LIVE chatshow audience about her disbelief at how good her performances on US TV show Dancing With The Stars are.
Fact: Georgia-based rapper TI will play Denzel Washington's nephew in hard-hitting new drugs drama AMERICAN GANGSTER. The controversial movie, which also stars Russell Crowe, revolves around the true story of a 1970s drug lord who smuggled heroin into the US by concealing it inside the coffins of American soldiers returning from Vietnam.
Fact: <p>OUTKAST star Big Boi and rapper TI are planning to get their skates on in a new Will Smith film. The pair will feature in the untitled project, which is about their native Atlanta's skating rink culture. </p>
Fact: <p>Mississippi rapper David Banner is staging a benefit concert to aid the vicTIms of Hurricane Katrina. Nelly, TWIST and TI will appear at the Atlanta, Georgia show, scheduled for 17 September (05). </p>