Donald “Davante Swing” DeGrate, one fourth of the 90’s R&B group Jodeci, has been named the defendant in a breach of contract suit filed by Suburban Noise Records for $80,000. The suit, filed in Superior Court of California Los Angeles County, states that DeGrate is in default on a series of payments executed in a prior settlement agreement. According to the complaint, the situation dates back to 2010 when DeGrate signed an exclusive recording contract with Suburban Noise Records to produce a new album. Among the contract stipulations: DeGrate wasn’t permitted to be a featured performer on any other project. In addition to receiving an advance from Suburban Noise, DeGrate would also receive royalties from the upcoming album. Suburban Noise notes that DeGrate didn’t deliver the album but performed on the Jodeci reunion album “The Past, The Present, The Future”, released in March 2015 instead. After threatening a breach of contract suit, Suburban Noise executed a settlement with DeGrate whereby the singer/songwriter/producer would make a series of payments to the label starting Oct 1, 2015. Having failed to make the Oct 1 payment, Suburban Noise sates that it “seeks to recover the monies DeGrate has acknowledged he owes and agreed but failed to pay.” The lawsuit further states that “if DeGrate failed to make timely payments to Suburban Noise, judgment would be entered against him in the amount of $80,000 (less any amount he had paid), plus reasonable attorneys fees and other costs incurred in enforcing the judgment plus statutory interest of 10 percent”. DeGrate has not commented on the suit. Singer Chris Brown has never been one to keep his artistic side a secret. Often seen painting or sketching on social networking site Instagram, Brown’s love of animated work has now seeped into his music endeavors as the artwork for his new single “Zero” drew comparisons to Japanese manga series “Cry Hunter”. According to Kotaku, Twitter user Gregoire Hellot noted the similarity between the over art of  “Zero” and the popular manga, which ran from 1985 to 1991. It even inspired a film which starred Jackie Chan in 1993. Rio, the main protagonist of “Cry Hunter”, is a private detective whose interest involve women, a theme that often pervades Brown’s music. Brown’s upcoming album, “Royalty”, will be released on Nov. 27. Actress KeKe Palmer paid tribute to late R&B singer Aalyiah with a spot on impersonation of the songbird in her “Try Again” video. Watch the video where the singer performed stunts along side Jet Li while sporting a shimmery bikini top, cargo pants and a smokey eye. Palmer, an actress, singer and star of “Sceam Queens” posted the clip on Instagram and received thousands of double taps.