SOHH Whatcha Think: Rihanna Roams The Streets Following Hotel Fire

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012 11:03AM

Written by Jeezis Peace

Rihanna's back in the news. Nah, no new boyfriend or anything, just a little romp in a hotel overseas.

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

Life is never boring for Ri-Ri. Less than a month after cats were throwing bottles over her birthday cake, the island beauty was kicked out of her hotel after a fire forced Corinithia Hotel officials to force a mass exodus. Of course, she tweeted about it.

Rihanna escaped from a hotel fire in London yesterday morning, after a small blaze broke out in a lift. The singer was evacuated from the Corinthia Hotel in Whitehall just after 6am. Although the fire was minor, 300 hotel guests were ushered out and made to stand outside in the cold, Metro reports. The singer found shelter in a black cab, tweeting and uploading pictures of the incident onto Instagram. She wrote: "Roamin da streets since 6am! Fyah in da telly #evacuationlife."(NME)

A rep for the hotel spoke out on the incident, saying the fire was caused by an electric malfunction.

A spokesman for the Corinthia Hotel said: "At approximately 6.30am, one of the service elevator motors burnt out. There was a slight discharge of smoke and because of our robust fire management policy, the alarms were activated and a full evacuation of the building was carried out." They added: "As a matter of procedure, the fire brigade were called to carry out full safety checks throughout the building. All guests were safely accounted for and allowed back into the hotel soon after 7am." On Sunday night (June 24) Rihanna brought BBC Radio 1's Hackney Weekend to a close, bringing Jay-Z on stage with her. Rihanna is due to headline Wireless Festival, which runs from July 6-8 in London's Hyde Park. Drake and Deadmau5 are the event's other headliners.(NME)

In other news, Chi-town spitter and outspoken activist Rhymefest let his feelings be known about the sudden rise of fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef. Fest says artists like Keef serve no other purpose that to stunt the growth of the black community, and that he was more of a puppet than artist. Ouch.

"Chief Keef is a 'bomb,' he represents the senseless savagery that white people see when the news speaks of Chicago violence," he said. "A bomb has no responsibility or blame, it does what it was created to do: DESTROY! Notice, no one is talking about the real culprits, the bomb maker or the pilot who is deploying this deadly force (labels, radio stations). It's easier to blame the bomb...who is bank rolling this operation and why? This could only be described as an opportunity for this young man if he was receiving artist development, responsible mentorship and counseling for his obvious trauma...major record labels always put million dollar life insurance policies on artist of this nature so that they get paid one way or the other."(RhymeFest)

SOHH Watcha Think: Are artists like Keef representers of their community and simply sharing their story, or is there a force behind the scenes pushing "less conscience" rappers to the forefront in hopes of keeping blacks down?

[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]

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