Marion 'Suge' Knight

Marion 'Suge' Knight

Knight's Financial Worries Pile Up

Beleaguered rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight's money woes continue to mount - U.S. government officials have demanded he pay more than $6 million (£4 million) in unpaid taxes from 1996.

The former Death Row Records' boss had a tax lien filed against him in 2003, stating he had not paid the $6,578,696 (£4,385,797) bill he owed for earnings made seven years earlier (96).

He failed to hand over the staggering amount, forcing the government to re-file the claim in January this year (10), according to TMZ.com.

It's not the first of Knight's money troubles - he put his Las Vegas property up for sale in August after filing for bankruptcy in 2008. In February (10), a collection of his valuables in storage was auctioned off to cover his unpaid storage bills.

Waka Flocka Flame Brushes Off Reports Of Beating

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame has laughed off reports he was left with a bruised eye after a clash between entourage members of rap rivals Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane.

The star and his associates are alleged to have been involved in a brawl outside Walter's Clothing store in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday (04Mar10), with reports suggesting he was attacked by Jeezy's protege Slick Pulla.

A security guard for Waka Flocka Flame allegedly pulled out a gun and fired a warning shot into the air in a bid to break up the fight, reports AllHipHop.com.

Eyewitness and store employee Patrick Morrison said, "They just started going at it. Whoever he (Waka Flocka Flame) is he's got a big swollen eye now."

But the rapper has dismissed the claims, suggesting he delivered the beating.

Taking to his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Shout out to shawty (the man) who ran up wit (sic) the lumps on his face that look like Martin Lawrence...... lol."

It's the second time in weeks that Waka Flocka Flame has hit the headlines - he survived a shooting in January (10) and has since claimed he was targeted by a hitman.

Hip-Hop Star Handed Prison Sentence

Swedish hip-hop star David Moses Jassy has been handed a lengthy prison sentence after he was found guilty of killing a jazz pianist with his car.

The rapper - also known as Dave Monopoly - was found guilty of mowing down John Osnes in November 2008 in Los Angeles, with prosecutors claiming he lost his temper when the 55 year old banged on the hood of his car at a pedestrian crossing.

Jassy was convicted of second-degree murder, assault by force likely to produce great bodily injury, and battery with serious bodily injury at a hearing in L.A. last month (Feb10).

He was back in court on Thursday (04Mar10) to hear his punishment, and the judge handed him a prison sentence of 15 years to life, according to Fox News.

During the hearing at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Michael Johnson denied a request from defence lawyers to have the second-degree murder conviction reduced to manslaughter, telling Jassy: "In my mind, there is no question that this is a murder (and you) deserves every bit of punishment."