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Lil Jon, other “Apprentice” hopefuls owe back taxes

So, why do famous people go on shows like “Celebrity Apprentice?” Maybe it’s the fun of meeting Donald Trump and listening to him yell “You’re fired!”

Or maybe it’s to make a little money.

It seems several of the contestants on the new season are in deep hock to the feds or to their states. Here’s a list that the Detroit News compiled detailing the tax woes of “Apprentice” hopefuls.

Among the list is rapper Lil Jon. The IRS filed a $638,937 lien against him in South Carolina, the report said.

Star Jones, LaToya Jackson, Gary Busey, Dionne Warwick and Jose Canseco are also mentioned for owing back taxes in varying amounts.

But tax trouble need not keep you from following your dreams – just ask Richard Hatch. The former “Survivor” winner has been dealing with tax problems for years. He actually spent time in the klink after his trial for tax evasion, but hasn’t been one to let his troubles get between him and the cameras. He had been serving part of his sentence at his sister’s home in Rhode Island but was returned to the slammer in 2009 after granting several media interviews; prison officials were not amused.

Let’s hope that if he wins “Apprentice” he’ll spend time with a good CPA this time.

95 comments Add your comment

Music Fan

January 18th, 2011
4:24 pm

Thugs and liberals don’t pay taxes!

David

January 18th, 2011
6:49 pm

If you saying lil jon is a thug then you not a music fan.

Samantha Truth

January 18th, 2011
7:00 pm

Maybe they should call “Title Max” – I saw their commercial the other day and it said “Title Max got your money, your money, your real money…”

sha

January 18th, 2011
7:05 pm

pay your tithes and your taxes :)

No thugs for you

January 18th, 2011
7:16 pm

Music Fan is right. Thugs typically have a darker skin tone than others and therefore are more likely to affiliate with the democratic, liberal party. Such affiliation equates to a sense of entitlement, which white liberals are only too inclined to indulge to their white guilt, which results in the said thugs paying their fair share, because they believe the system, and “the man”, owes them. Elementary, my dear Washaun.

Derrick

January 18th, 2011
7:25 pm

Alan what makes you think they have no education. Because of their names? It seems that you are the uneducated one my friend!

Rob

January 18th, 2011
7:34 pm

No Thugs for you…. So what do you think about Lil Jon’s son that plays hockey? Thug too? What about Gary Busey? Does his name lend him to being a drug addict? By your definition, I guess so because he, Tom Sizemore and all the White people you probably love are always looking to make a ‘lil (no pun intended) extra bread to support their habits. I’ll tell you what… You stop making blind and misguided assumptions and statements about African Americans and I’ll stop thinking you’re an idiot.

David

January 18th, 2011
7:51 pm

Ice Cube and a lot of rappers is college educated and graduates. I am sorry you have a lil archie bunker in your system, thats cool sometimes you just dont know any better.

David

January 18th, 2011
7:55 pm

Mike Miller and Brad Miller both do have tats its an american right to have a gun, I am not understanding your point. Bernie Madoff had not one tattoo what does that mean nothing. Its really profiling and if you in 2010 and this is your thought process well damn.

Bill

January 18th, 2011
8:21 pm

For some white people, “Thug” is the N word. Clever, eh?

Truth

January 18th, 2011
8:38 pm

It is a shame that people are still racist in USA. You all need to wake up, until we work together this country will never be better.

sethook

January 18th, 2011
8:42 pm

Of course “The Donald” will think all these people on the show are the pillars of society and should be role models to all. Looks like this year’s group will be thugs and has beens. Maybe their winnings will go straight to the IRS.

Tee

January 18th, 2011
8:54 pm

Lil Jon and Nene going to represent the A! YIKES!!! Is anyone surprised that a rapper blew through all his money???

David

January 18th, 2011
8:56 pm

Jay-Z is a rapper thats sitting on 600 million dollars

Tee

January 18th, 2011
9:01 pm

for every Jay-Z I’ll show you a 1,000 dead end “rappers”

T.O

January 18th, 2011
9:14 pm

It is clear now that The Apprentice is a home for washed up celebrities. I mean Jose Canseco?? Cmon. Half these guys are totally broke!

fan

January 18th, 2011
9:29 pm

pick up a guitar and learn how to play it then you’ll be a musician.

Darryl

January 18th, 2011
9:31 pm

David (with your second comment) and Truth are on target. The rest of the comments are part of the problem with the biased thought process. Note: I don’t disagree with some observations or comments but more so with the attempt of substantiation of the view or observation . None the less some of these aforementioned were in the right place,right time and some put hard work into their success, none of these could not manage it.That would put them in the incompetent category. The overall problem is also the root of our success as a Nation ,a built in check valve, which is free capitalism. I am in support of this economic system ,which obviously most Americans are since these people are making the money above and beyond the average person. BTW who watches The Apprentice and really takes it seriously?? Another proof of what I just stated ..GREAT MARKETING

Lil Jon, other

January 18th, 2011
9:36 pm

David

January 18th, 2011
9:37 pm

For every Donald Trump I can show 1000 washed up CEOs or failed Realty People what does that mean in every industry their is failure and success but its not because they black or white sometime life happens.

Truth

January 18th, 2011
9:39 pm

This person ‘No Thugs for You’ commenting above is an idiot. His knuckles must drag on the ground when he or she walks.

Can't Get Right

January 18th, 2011
9:39 pm

Music Fan….Conservatives and Repubs just lobby their counterparts to add and re-word code with the IRS to AVOID paying taxes. Why do you think there are new and revised forms, schedules, publications every years genius? It’s definately not there to benefit people that take the standard deduction such as yourself. I mean, your trailer is only worth sooo much. I doubt the value rose much in the last 34 years (unless you added a second story of course).

douche nozzle

January 18th, 2011
9:42 pm

What??? OKAY!!!!

David

January 18th, 2011
9:43 pm

For every hit tv show I can show a million that failed

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David

January 18th, 2011
9:53 pm

As a Man I dont have to resort to name calling. Your grammer wont get you into heaven but the way you treat people so I am good, by the way just because your are educated in college doesnt mean you graduate.

Happenstance Reader

January 18th, 2011
9:53 pm

Not surprised at the haters… The opinions expressed by some illustrate the old adage: opinions are like butt-holes — everybody has one. If anyone could be in the top 1% income bracket by playing a kids game and wearing a bunch of Tats he probably would; he’d otherwise be a candidate for being a dummy.

bigdawg88

January 18th, 2011
10:01 pm

No Thugs for You is correct. The extra melanin that we have makes us more prone to violence and anti-social behavior (like non-payment of taxes) due to sun poisoning. It’s a scientific fact. I believe Gary Busey and Bernie Madoff (along with a lot of the California liberals) made frequent trips to suntanning salons, which explains their anti-social behavior.
Me, I try to stay out of the sun so I can feel the need to pay my taxes. Oh, to be white and right….

Hee, I’m evil!

weezilgirl

January 18th, 2011
10:06 pm

Children, I am 67 years old. I am female. I am white. I happen to thoroughly enjoy “Lil Jon”. I have seen him on two talk shows and he is not only smart, he is really funny. If a young black rapper can be comfortable with the WHITEST millionaire on this earth, more power to him.

I will watch this year because I think he will win.

For all of the rude and inappropriate remarks that have been posted here……..this is for YOU…….

IGNORANCE CAN BE FIXED BUT STUPID IS FOREVER!

Music Fan

January 18th, 2011
10:10 pm

Sorry…a thug is a thug! What talent do these idiots have? In my opinion, Rap is noise, not music. Where else can you glamorize violence and shooting, killing, sleeping around and using the “N” word and get away with it? Rap is Crap and just corrupts future generations..

bigdawg88

January 18th, 2011
10:32 pm

Music Fan,what music do you listen to? Certain genres of jazz, blues, rock, and country glamorize violence, killing, sex, and drugs. I guess you only listen to classical music?

Can't Get Right

January 18th, 2011
10:35 pm

Music Fan listens to Sarah Palin….that is music to his/her ears

David

January 18th, 2011
10:44 pm

So you dont like rock and roll and are you mad cause you might get beat up for saying the N word if you had Black Friends you can say it with them but since you are Archie Bunker you dont have Black Friends. Rock and Roll have Tatooes and talk about the same crap. The Roots, Public Enemy, Common, Tribe Called Quest, L L Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Tupac, Jay Electronica, Rakim, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, Run DMC, Rev Run, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, J-Cole, Epmd, Erick Sermon, Its Many HIPHOP artist all over the world that talks about more than what you are talking about, but when you dont take the time to listen to anything at all and lump everything together thats foolish. No matter what genre you listen to you dont all the artist thats in it.

Peace officer

January 18th, 2011
10:47 pm

Well, music fan…. Let me maybe enlighten you something. All rap is not noise, which glorify shooting, killing, sleeping around, and the “N” word. I mean, Music Fan you are correct to a certain degree, there are alot of artist that frequently promote this lifestyle. However, rap or “Hip Hop” as it is globally known, is a broad specturm of raps. In fact, you would be amazed at the quanity of positive hip hop artist that are available. To a, Tee, Alan, it is shocking to see the resent toward another race in the midst of Dr. King’s birthday. Wow!!!! We should all just try to agree to disagree as best we can as “people” not as beings that have simply categorized ourselves into small provincial racial blocks. Like Jay-Z say….. “When looking from a far at two people arguing, its hard to tell who the fool is”!!!! @ you Music Fan :-) So to all whom identify themselves as racists, bigots, idiots, and other.. GOD bless!!!!

Pause IV the Cause

January 18th, 2011
11:01 pm

You demean yourself by responding to idiots who make generalizations and assumptions. Igonrance is inherited or embedded in your psyche…some people are not worth saving & worse some are too set in their ways to be rehabilitated. As a society we are only as strong as our weakest link & some of the weakest minds in America found themselves on this blog…there is no value in justification or proving points to racist, bigots, or idiots. Forgive them…for they know not what they do, nor the error of their ways & that’s what makes America great…they have the right to be pure, raw, unadulterated idiots…so laugh at them…thats what Im doing…of course Lil John is not a thug….thats merely his name from middle school…Moreover, Lil John is a persona…perfect example…I dislike 50 cent…curtis jackson is a cool dude though-I know from personal experience…its an image people buy into…having tats makes u as much a thug as having a college degree makes you intelligent…wake up folks…PS…Some of you guys should get your own column…You are Funny & I appreciate the laugh! In a world as messed up as today we can use your points of views as comic relief…thanx again & each I teach I…

Pause IV the Cause

January 18th, 2011
11:03 pm

Ignorance… my bad for the typo…Im sure the criticism will flow

Wake up people

January 18th, 2011
11:15 pm

It’s funny how those who claim to be racially tolerant are bigots and racists on blog boards…..identify yourselves and let the world know your true thoughts (cowards)…..or just shut up and stop trying to hide a blog. BTW……..it is caucasian youth (via their parents’ money) who buy the majority of the music (legally) created by “thugs.” It seems the teens and college kids can’t get enough. You guys turned a piece about fiscal mismanagement into a full blown race war! I hope all contestants can get their lives on track and remedy their pasts.

Music Fan

January 18th, 2011
11:15 pm

“Rap is noise”…is my opinion. And reading the comments from Peace Officer confirms what many know….the minute someone states a difference in opinion from a liberal…you are painted as a bigot or a racist. “it is shocking to see the resent toward another race in the midst of Dr. King’s birthday”. WHAT? What does race have to do with this discussion? It says alot about you when you quote someone like Jay Z after making a comment about being in the midst of Dr. Kings Birthday. No comparison and you should be embarrased…and one more thing…to assume I’m not black because I do not like rap music is pretty silly too. I am an educated black man who wants to break this cycle of glorifying thugs and punks. We have plenty of role models and it should start at home with moms, dads and clergy. We can’t have intelligent dialogue until we stop making everything a Black/White issue. Dr. King would be appalled at what our black “leaders” have done since his death. Appalled!

David

January 18th, 2011
11:21 pm

You sir are uneducated in HIPHOP

Pause IV the Cause

January 19th, 2011
12:00 am

Music Fan, I was on a radio show about the state of affairs of the music industry & I made a mistake similar to yours and saw the errors of my ways. If you recall a song called Laffy Taffy….I called that song noise. My point is RAP=Rhythm & Poetry…it has a melody, hook, bars, choruses, and hooks, regardless of whether it appeals to you it is music. Your ideology is synonymous with saying Pornos are not movies….because of the corny plots and story lines & lame music…sorry if my analogy is crude, brute, or lacking taste…but pornos are movies just as rap is music…just as blacks were once viewed as being 1/3 human and therefore, slavery was justified. You must expand your mind & it begins with the simplest of things such as embracing the notion that while it is not music you like or gravitate towards…rhythm & poetry is music…personally I like Hip Hop…Rap is dead…Hip-Hop is alive & thriving…also, Dr. King would not only be upset with our leaders but also appalled at the state of our affairs, our union, and our people…WE as a people better wake up & acknowledge what we have or it will be taken from us…ALL MUSIC IS OURS…even stuff in Nashville…do your homework

Lance

January 19th, 2011
12:05 am

What is the mayor’s name in Atlanta again…. Where is he, again, but off sipping tea with the queen, i.e. the successor to the throne, whatever that’s worth…, instead of trying to make the average, African American’s life a little better… Perhaps some of this negative energy would be better off re-directed toward the politicians who say they’ll make your lives better… Maybe if so much of the “metro” Atlanta pop weren’t so busy disgracing their parents, grand parents, etc… that anything they say wouldn’t be taken as a joke… It has nothing to do with being black or white… Never has been. It’s a matter of doing what is right or what is wrong… Period. And when people finally get it, get over it and over on…. That’s when things will better better for everyone..

Music Fan

January 19th, 2011
12:12 am

You need to read the Constitution…we were never 1/3 human…you refer to the 3/5 Compromise -
On July 12, 1787, the Three-fifths Compromise was enacted. Delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia that year accepted a plan offered by James Madison determining a state’s representation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The issue of how to count slaves split the delegates into two orders. The northerners regarded slaves as property who should receive no representation. Southerners demanded that Blacks be counted with whites. The compromise clearly reflected the strength of the pro-slavery forces at the convention. The “Three-fifths Compromise” allowed a state to count three fifths of each Black person in determining political representation in the House.
By the way…slavery is over and we must move on. I don’t have to like rap..end of story. If that makes me a black racist than so be it. Makes as much sense as those who have prostituted Dr. Kings dream. Educate yourselves…Look for no more posts here from me…

unknown

January 19th, 2011
12:14 am

ALAN, They have odd names, no education, but are smart enough to have more money than you and their kids will have more money than your kids.
Jealous bigot.

Can't Get Right

January 19th, 2011
12:17 am

“Pause IV the Cause” I must respectfully disagree a bit. I don’t think it’s demeaning responding to these clowns. It’s actually fun. These people are low-lifes in society that walk amongst us biting their tongue because they are unable to voice their opinions on any venue other than their ISP (internet service provider-Alan). They are the NEW AGED KKK. Instead of the white sheets they are the Krippled-Keyboard-Klan members. What I say to them here in black and white, I say to them face to face. Unfortuately their opinions are a bit more “watered down” live and in person.

Jerrone

January 19th, 2011
12:19 am

Musicfan. You have a point. We should be move forward and do better for our kids. We’ve used this crutch long enough and if anyone of color speaks out against our so called leaders, we’re called sell outs.
Unknown. What does having more money have to do with judging success? This is part of our problem as a society and culture. Let’s end it. I’m not a big fan of rap or hiphop either!

Can't Get Right

January 19th, 2011
12:28 am

Music Fan,
If you were truely a music fan and as intelligent as you pretend to be you would be smart enough to know that there is much more quality rap, hip hop, r&b than what you hear on the radio. I agree that much of what is played commercial today is garbage but that is not even a tenth of the true talent out here making music. It is no different than the news you watch. They can report to you for an hour every negative story they can dig up. How often are positive stories “Breaking News”???? Either you will feed your mind or someone else will!!!!!!!

unknown

January 19th, 2011
12:30 am

Don’t argue with fools because people from afar can’t tell who is who.

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BOO GOT SHOT

January 19th, 2011
3:00 am

interesting to note the ethnic background of most of the slackers!!! guess white people pay their taxes. just garnish their earnings from this stupid show. trump will screw them out of the money, anyway!!!

Pause IV the Cause

January 19th, 2011
3:14 am

Music Fan, it is perfectly okay for you not to like RAP MUSIC, but regardless my brother…it is music. Period and simple as that…if you want to take it deeper to the core…it’s also a part of your culture and heritage…albeit perhaps the Urban branch of your family tree that you may shun…it still is what it is…a part of our legacy. I want you to feel how you feel…so continue to dislike RAP MUSIC for whatever reason…but make no mistake that it is still music…Also, the same Constitution that you covet also grants Free Speech…next you will say RAP is not speech also…