A FRIEND of
day paid about $1,700 in outstanding tickets on the South Philly rapper's 2005 Maserati, freeing it from a Philadelphia Parking Authority impound lot just 12 hours before the car was to be sold at auction.
The car, registed under Beanie's real name, Dwight Grant, was booted and towed in South Philly about a month ago. PPA spokeswoman Linda Miller confirmed that the car had been recovered, but could not say who picked it up.
Beanie's new album, "The Solution," was released yesterday.
Too Tuff is free and focused
DJ Too Tuff is wasting no time making things happen since his release last week from jail. The Tuff Crew member had been locked up on a weed-possession charge that was later dismissed.
He lost 36 pounds inside the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility by eating vegetables and working out with copies of the Daily News, tied together with shoelaces, which served as the fulcrum to attach homemade weights. His manager, Tim McCloskey, sent him two books by motivational guru Anthony Robbins, which helped get him in a positive mental state. Too Tuff performs Feb. 1 with Jeru the Damaja and DJ Tat Money at Tritone (1508 South). Tix are available at brown papertickets.com. Tritone's where the Tuff Crew, old school Philly rappers, played a reunion, without him over the summer to benefit his legal bills. The guys hope to do another reunion this time with Too Tuff.
Raised Joseph Hicks, Too Tuff, 39, grew up at 4th & Girard and graduated from St. Joe's Prep. He was studying at Temple when he left in 1987 to join the Tuff Crew full time. Eager to start making music again, Too Tuff's working on putting out some unreleased Tuff Crew material. For updates, check myspace.com/djtootuff.
Actor now calling Philly home
Actor/musician Daniel Patrick Ellis has moved to Center City to be closer to his mother, who is recovering from a stroke at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The 19-year-old grew up in Florida, but his folks were both locally raised. The former child model started acting at age 10 and was part of a Disney group called Mac7. As a solo artist he has toured with Hannah Montana and Cheetah Girls.
"I left Disney because I didn't want to be a sellout pop tart," he told us Monday while aboard a bus from the Jersey shore back to Philly. He's into darker material and wants to do indie dramas.
He has played a drug-addicted street kid in a "CSI" episode and next month plays a "totally sleazy guy," in "Ventful," shooting in L.A.
He'll soon appear with Joe Mantegna in "Lonely Street."
Cute couple wed, honeymoon
Congratulations to People Paper reporter Catherine Lucey and freelance photographer Ryan Donnell, who are honeymooning in Argentina. The couple married Saturday at St. John the Evangelist (21 S. 13th).
They later celebrated at the Philopatrian Literary Society (1923 Walnut) with good food, lots of drinks and plenty of dancing as the happy couple and most guests shook their booties to the tunes of DJ Julia Factorial.
Who could it be now?
One local entertainer should win an Academy Award for pretending as though he's not totally getting off on some recent press about his new relationship. The same fella used to put his last girlfriend and some of his friends up to trying to get him coverage, all the while pretending he's too cool for school. His front could be inspired by his new lady, far more well-known than he, who has been burned by the press before. Maybe chivalry, or maybe he's just an a--hole.
Starr hires popular Palm alum
Stephen Starr has hired Raju "Raj" Jamil, former assistant general manager at the Palm, to join his Barclay management team. He'll be working at Barclay Prime, as well as at Parc, to open at 18th & Locust next spring. *
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