Spilt Milk — May 16, 1998
1. Benjamin Banneker Reveals the Dark Side of Mega-Producer Gloon
There’s no low like your girl leaving you for another man, unless that man is producing your album.
When Benjamin Banneker first entered the studio to record EPHEMERIS, he had to be excited having a heavy hitting producer like Gloon behind the tracks.
That is, until he walked into the studio to cut a track and found his girlfriend, Twila “Stripes” Wiggins, sitting in his producer’s lap making out with him.
“I need a man,” she told Benjamin as he stood there dumbfounded, “not whatever you are.”
Banneker, who took his rap name from the free Black American scientist, surveyor, almanac author and farmer from the 1700’s, took the high road and didn’t resort to the violence he wanted to commit.
“I’m trying to be a role model, but man it’s real hard sometimes.” Banneker admitted later.
He finished EPHEMERIS with Gloon producing and Stripes by Gloon’s side and kept his cool throughout the recording sessions.
It wasn’t until two weeks after the release of EPHEMERIS, that Banneker called the two out on a mixtape he put out called TIDE TABLES.
In the song Giving Up, he not only called Stripes out for leaving him, he called Gloon out for being a domestic abuser.
Gloon has never faced charges, but the hit to his reputation has stayed with him ever since.
2. Viet Kong brings Jump Jump to Ground
When Viet Kong showed up to Jump Jump’s party, he thought it was an oversight that he never got an invite.
That is, until the bouncer wouldn’t let him through the door.
Having come up out of the Miami Rap scene together, Viet Kong knew enough of Jump Jump’s past to lay down the details of a murder Jump Jump committed back in the day during a home invasion robbery.
On the track, Viet Kong also gave up witnesses and the location of the storage unit where the murder weapon was still hidden.
Viet Kong pre-released the track along with video footage of the incident to the Miami Dade police and leaked it to the public after Jump Jump’s arraignment.
How Viet Kong came by the footage is a mystery that will most likely never be solved as Viet Kong was killed in a freak auto accident shortly after the song’s release to the public.
Jump Jump is currently serving a 30 year sentence for the crime.
3. Torscha Lane Taxes Her Ex
R&B crooner Olivier liked to flex his wealth every chance he got.
Considering that he was evading his taxes and buying cars, property and other big ticket items in the name of a dead relative whose expiration was never reported, he probably should have treated his then-girlfriend R&B Diva Torscha Lane much better.
He dumped Torscha and abandoned her in the middle of what was supposed to be a romantic trip to Spain.
He took his private plane back home and she was left to buy her own ticket on a commercial flight to return to America.
Once back home in Los Angeles though, she immediately went into the studio.
What came next was a track she called Taxing Questions. The song gave all the details the feds needed to build a case against her ex.
Olivier is currently in the second year of his three year prison sentence.
4. Trixie Mei Exposes Glock & Spiegel
The Gangsta rap duo Glock & Spiegel are used to having the world talk about their misadventures. From the random acts of violence to their affinity for setting fires, they have somehow managed to beat or plea down every charge.
Their sense of entitlement didn’t end there though.
They decided that there was no reason to pay their opening act, Trixie Mei what they owed her while touring together.
Trixie asked them nicely one last time to the tune of Glock and Spiegel’s laughter.
They wouldn’t hear another peep out of her until she posted video on her website of both Glock and Spiegel backstage wearing women’s lingerie and putting their stage clothes on over it.
The images spread quickly and the third leg of the tour was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
Soon after, they were dropped from their label and are now trying their hand at designing intimate wear for ‘gentlemen’.
5. Mr. Sizzle Pulls His Own Card
R&B crooner Mr. Sizzle had a number one hit with his song Royal Flush, which speaks of an illicit affair he had in Las Vegas.
The song was hot in every way imaginable.
Apparently, so was the encounter, because Mr. Sizzle’s mistress couldn’t wait to tell her best friend about the steamy sex she had while in Vegas attending a conference. The problem being, of course, that her best friend was Mr. Sizzle’s wife, actress Sondra Lawrence.
Upon hearing the song, Sondra quickly recognized the similarities between the song lyrics and her best friend’s story. She promptly filed for divorce.
Sales of the single helped him pay the $4,000 a month spousal support payment she was awarded in their divorce settlement for a little while, but he’s now selling off everything he can and driving around in a beat up Ford Pinto.
Now, with his newest single, Can’t Scratch Fever not performing so well, we can only imagine how desperately he needs another winning hand to keep himself in the game.
By: Kyle Ryder
NOTE: Photos are model portrayals of fictional characters.
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