Kool G Rap recently discussed Rick Ross' credibility and background as a corrections officer. "He coulda just came clean and just said it like, 'Yo, I'ma real dude. I used to do this, but I'm doing this now.' So I would never try to down [him] for what he do or anything like that, I just think -- hip hop is a game where people appreciate you when you're more honest. This is a game where everybody holds you so accountable for being real....It's a lot of fake muthaf--kas that slipped right through the cracks, and get over. [They're] talking that gangsta life but ain't really -- Let me tell you something, man, there's no way you can be a gangsta and rap at the same time. You can't have your feet in both worlds. It's impossible. 'Cause a gangster gotta be on the low. And a rapper has to be in the open. So it's like, the two contradict each other. So anybody talking like, 'Yo, I'm a real gangsta and I bust my guns,' you ain't -- yeah, you might bust your guns, but we'll be reading about you soon...Or we'll be hearing about you, 'Oh, he gotta do time now.' Or, 'Yo, he got killed. They killed that dude, that rap n--ga.' 'Cause that's what being a real gangsta is." Word. [HipHopDX]

Mandy Moore refuses to record any more pop music. "I wasn't happy, and I don't think [the record company] was particularly happy," the actress/singer explained. "I wasn't interested in going into the studio and singing about shoes and boys and, you know, dealing with whatever hot producer-of-the-week they wanted to have me work with. People see me as a sweet person and I'd much rather people say that of me than anything else. But it has its limitations. I'd rather people say, 'Wow, she's an actress and musician' than 'Oh, she does all those cute movies.' I need to challenge myself so people will say, 'Wow, I didn't expect that. Cool.'" Make your paper, boo boo. [Perez]