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Dec 22, 2006

Daily Update2 12*22*06

Nas' Ex Carmen Bryan Hit With Plagiarism Lawsuit

While Nas is riding a wave of success with his new album Hip-Hop Is Dead, the rapper's former girlfriend Carmen Bryan has been hit with a lawsuit over her salacious, tell-all book It's No Secret: From Nas to Jay-Z, from Seduction to Scandal--a Hip-Hop Helen of Troy Tells All.

In a lawsuit filed in Columbus, Ohio Federal Court, Tannell Davis claims to have written the book, which originally had a working title of Sex, Drugs and Hip-Hop...Oh, and Did I Mention Love?"
Bryan, who did stints at Def Jam and Capitol Records, also shares a daughter with Nas.

The 272-page-book tells Bryan's life story and her role in a vicious feud between Nas and rapper Jay-Z and her affair with both rappers as well as other trysts.

Bryan details a secret affair she had with Nas' one-time rival Jay-Z and claims she was the inspiration behind a number of hit records written by Jay-Z, including "Give It To Me, "Is That Yo Chick" and others.

The lawsuit alleges that Davis originally wrote and copyrighted Sex, Drugs and Hip-Hop...Oh, and Did I Mention Love? and that Bryan plagiarized the original version and sold the new version to Simon & Schuster under the new titled It's No Secret.

In a recent interview with AHH, Nas shared his views on the book, which hit stores in November.
"In this game, ya moms can come out and write a rhyme about you," Nas told AHH about the book. "It is what it is, what can you do? People are going to write books. I hope it’s a best seller. I hope she can buy twelve Bentleys off of it. Get out of my pockets and do her thing. I don’t respect when people jump out of their shirt; lose their shirt to cause controversy and stuff like that. That’s a different world. I’m staying out of it."
Davis seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.

Jay-Z's Ex Says She's Still His Sidechick

SOHH received a letter from a chick who is supposedly Hov's ex girlfriend Katrina (who claims she is still with him) from a few years ago.

She blasted him about their relationship when he was 18 and he was 30 both kickin in in the BK. And she's saying to this day he still sends her gifts, calls her on the regular, and remains close with Shawn Carter's family.

She wants to out him about their ongoing relationship now because after her abortion (with his baby) Jay won't leave her alone and is only using Beyonce as his puppet. But Katrina says he has much more love for her. And yes, this chick is writing a tell all book as well. The letter is posted after the jump....

The actual letter:

Dear- Editor,

I just thought you would be interested in my article as well, about my relationship with Shawn Carter.
I grew up in Brooklyn,NY and I met Shawn there and when I turned 18 of course Shawn was about to turn 30 me and him dated for two years.

And to this day me and Jay Z is still together, he in fact wants to marry me. But I keep reminding him I don't want no parts of him ever again. So what Shawn do to keep me is buy me all these gifts better gifts than he buys Beyonce and he calls me almost everyday.

And that is because I am very close with his mom Ms.Gloria Carter, his sisters Annie,Michelle. But anyways, after I broke it off with him after 2 years of dating him, I got pregnant by him in 2003 and got a abortion.
Because he was going with Beyonce at the time and me and Bee is the same age.

So I got rid of his baby and yes I feel bad and everything, I do regret it but it was for the best. And I was into my work more than him, so that is why Jay put me in his "Lost Ones".

I than had it up to there with Shawn and all his stalkish ways, so I went with his right hand man Malik Cox who is known as Memphis Bleek just to make Jay stop calling me.

And to my surprise that still did not work, so I started back talking to Jay again and to this day he will even tell you he have more love for me than Beyonce.

But the reason he not leaving Beyonce is because he want her to have his seed. Because jay know I am not having his seed, he like it that Beyonce is his puppet.

Because he know I will never be nobody puppet. So with all this said I am going to continue to air JayZ. And enclosed is my pictures of me and ex Memphis and with Shawn photo book I burned it up in his face. I am also in the process of writting a Tell All Book....

Bow Wow Talks Respect
"I definitely did not want to do a fifth album," Bow Wow told Reporters . "Jermaine [Dupri] spoke to me and got my spirits back up high and we went in the studio and did what we had to do. I was going through all kinds of B.S. and negative stuff."

Bow Wow's fifth studio set, The Price of Fame, sheds light on the costs he paid for living in the spotlight most of his life including having to deal with the passing of a close friend and obvious heartache. "I just lost one of my best friends," said the Ohio native. "Just stuff like that can really bring a person's mood down. Any artists is gonna write about their life experiences, that's just natural.

"Also, everyone knows about the situation I've been in," he added of his highly-publicized relationship with Ciara. "I'm definitely talking about that."

Ciara recently released her sophomore CD, Ciara: The Evolution, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
"I think it's pretty cool," Bow Wow said of The Evolution. "She definitely has some songs on there that are referencing me of course. There are some songs on my album that people gonna feel the same way about."
Bow and Ciara flaunted their romance on the cover of magazines and in their popular duet "Like You" from Bow Wow's fourth studio album, Wanted.

"It was something personal to me; something that meant a lot to me," said Bow Wow about how fame impacted their romance. "Anytime you do something outside the industry, you always feel that it becomes personal to you, especially when you're not in front of the cameras and you doing things on your personal time. That got blown up and that's really what turned the price of fame in to what it was for me. I had to deal with both my personal and professional worlds colliding and that caused a big earthquake for me."
His personal relationships aren't the only subjects Bow Wow addresses on his new CD. His youth-oriented hip-hop has been under scrutiny throughout his career leaving many to feel like he was just a novelty.
"Cats like [Young] Jeezy, they see me in Atlanta, they know what I am about and they know what I do," Bow Wow told of the respect he gets from older MCs. "Jeezy was like, 'I respect you lil' homie.' And even Nas said it. I found that interesting coming from cats that get that hood credibility. I always get heavyweight rappers telling me they like my record.
"Busta Rhymes was at my album release party last night," he added. "I am getting respect because I am sticking to what I do. I never try to get outside my lane when it comes to making records. I never talk about stuff I am not about. You never hear Bow Wow say I'm bustin' my guns. That's not what I am about. I'm about making the ladies scream. I'm about making the ladies faint, throw their bras and panties on the stage. That's where I win at and people respect me for it."
The Price of Fame, with guest appearances by Chris Brown, R. Kelly, and Lil' Scrappy, is in stores now.

Lil Jon Plays Santa

BME Grammy Award winning recording artist Lil Jon will be passing out toys this today (December 22nd) at Hot 107.9 radio station to help benefit the Boys & Girls Club Single Parent Initiative. Later that day Lil Jon will make a stop at ‘Toys R Us' to personally hand out gift cards he purchased for foster children from the Neighbor To Family organization.
The Boys & Girls Clubs promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Beginning in October-2005, the Single Parent Initiative selects an artist from the music industry to sponsor teen girls to come on BET 106th & Park whom are currently residing at the Boys & Girls Clubs from in Los Angeles, Houston, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Dallas, Atlanta and Baton Rouge. Neighbor To Family provides safe, nurturing foster care for sibling groups in a home setting and in close proximity to the family of origin. Their mission statement is: Contributing to a better society by supporting the family unit with focused programs to keep siblings together through strong partnerships with families, foster parents and communities.

Nas' DJ/Producer L.E.S. Ignores Beef, "I'll produce for 50...I'll produce for Jim Jones"

L.E.S. has quietly been holding down Nas for years. The Queensbridge, NY producer recently took time to chat to recount the making of the Nas/Jay-Z collabo and discuss his production.

Amidst heavyweights like DJ Premier, Large Professor and Q-Tip, L.E.S. managed to craft a stand out track on Nas' Illmatic, "Life's A Bitch." Since then, Nasir Jones' longtime friend has contributed countless tracks to the QB lyricist. Furthermore, he's been behind the one's and two's during Nas concerts, served as an A&R for his Ill Will imprint and co-executive produced Street's Disciple.
"I started as a DJ and a producer cause when he got a record deal, I wound up getting the first record of my career on his album," L.E.S told reporters "Doing more production and deejaying for him then going into executive producing. I've been an Ill Will A&R for his company, bringing in talent."
L was fortunate enough to score Nas and Jay's long-anticipated collaboration, "Black Republicans." But according to him, it wasn't in the cards -- it just sort of happened.

"Producers would call me up or see me in the streets and be like, 'Yo, I got this beat for Jay and Nas," L revealed. "For a minute there, it was like, 'Hold up, are you forgetting that this man is working on an album. So you're only submitting them beats because it's Jay and Nas?' You're telling me that if Nas is just working on an album, you're not gon submit him a track? We're talking about Nas here, you know what I'm saying.

"I was playing him [Nas] some tracks, so when he heard the 'Black Republicans' [beat] he was like that's crazy right there, so he started writing," L continued. "The next day he called me and he's like, 'Come into the studio.' I get to the studio, the beat comes on and the first thing you hear is Jay going, 'I know you can feel the magic. I'm like what?' The thing was, it wasn't planned. Nas was just in the studio working. Jay came by just to check up on him, make sure everything was good with the album and I guess when he walked into the studio he heard the track. Jay was like, 'yo, I need to get on that.'"

L.E.S is often overlooked for his outside contributions. To date, the producer has worked with Will Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Fat Joe, Big Pun and R&B singer Joe, among many others. With more work lined up with Crisette Michelle and Jadakiss, L is looking to expand even more.
"I'll produce for any artist, for 50 [Cent]. I'll produce for Jay. I'll produce for Jim Jones. Everybody think, 'oh he produce for Nas, how can he do a beat for 50 or Jim Jones,' it's not even about that," L explained. "I'm a producer. I make music I don't control what people say over the record. That's my whole motive on that."
Nas' Hip-Hop Is Dead, which features four songs produced by L.E.S, is in stores now.

Daily News 12*22*06

Nas addresses Young Jeezy and Ludacris.

Wasn't Nas on Funkmaster Flex's show like last week? Whatever the case may be, God's Son appeared on New York's Hot 97 earlier this week.

The Queens lyricist revealed that Jeezy called him immediately after appearing on Monie Love's show to explain himself. Nas also spoke on Ludacris's "Hip-Hop Ain't Dead" t-shirt. "Ludacris, who is my boy had a t-shirt that said, "hip-hop ain't dead, it lives in the south," Nas told Flex.

"Some people called me up like...what's up with Luda I'm like, 'he's representing his town. He's speaking from what he believes in.'

"I'm cool with Luda. I'm cool with Chaka [Zulu]. I ain't got no problems with them, but a lot of artists might have saw that as...he's setting it. And now let's jump in," Nas continued. "Hold up, Luda hip-hop does not live in the south. Let's get that straight. It lives in New York, the south, the west everywhere and the south has had a great moment and we love that.

And it's nothing against the south. So I don't want people to say, it lives in one area, it lives in New York, it only lives in the south. You know what I'm saying, Luda."

Diddy in Controversey Over Fashion Label

Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Comb's fashion label Sean John is at the centre of controversy after an animal rights charity discovered his 'faux fur jacket' is actually made from raccoon fur.
The Humane Society Of The United States (HSUS) claim Macy's department store chain is selling a coat advertised as having an "imitation rabbit fur collar" and "nylon/faux fur/goose down".

The HSUS bought the article, only to find the labels stated the jacket was made from "genuine raccoon fur".The HSUS is doing DNA testing on the fur to determine whether or not the fur is raccoon dog, a breed of Chinese dog whose fur resembles racoon.

If DNA tests prove conclusive, Macy's will remove the coats from their stores because they have a strict no dog or cat fur policy.

Here is the entire forcast for 2007(props to hnnlive)

*Def Jam Line Up*
Beanie Sigel - Return Of The Bad Guy (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam?,Or DDMG, OR Koch Records)....I dunno the official word of where he's supposed to release his last album. He says this will be his last gift/album. I heard he's trying to get an early out....I dunno

Ludacris - Theater Of The Mind (DTP/Def Jam)

Young Gunz - From Pieces To Change (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

Young Chris of Young Gunz - Now Or Never (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)

Freeway - Free At Last (G-Unit & Roc-A-Fella/DefJam)

Fabolous - From Nothing To Something: Loso's Way (Def Jam/Desert Storm)

* Interscope Line Up *
Ca$his - A Talk With Cashis (Shady/Interscope)

50 Cent - Before I Self Destruct (G-Unit/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Young Buck - Buck The World (G-Unit/Interscope)

Stat Quo - Statlanta (Shady/Interscope)

Ma$e aka Murder Mase aka Pastor M - The Suicide Note (G-Unit/Bad Boy/Interscope)

Dr. Dre - Detox (Aftermath/Interscope)....Please...I'm prayin this will drop

Rich Boy - Rich Boy (Interscope)......Throw Some D's on that b*tch!

* Atlantic & Bad Boy Line-Up *
The Notorious B.I.G - Greatest Hits (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

Boyz N Da Hood- Back In The Chevy - (BadBoy/Atlantic)

Ness - Nessesary (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

Babs - TBA (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

8ball & MJG - Ridin High (Bad Boy/Atlantic)

Jody Breeze - A Day In The Life Of Jody Breeze ( Bad Boy/Block Ent.)

(Jody Breeze - Gangsta Grillz: Best Kept Secret (GrandHustle).....This is a mixtape for you slow people)

T.I. - T.I. Vs T.I.P.(GrandHustle/Alantic).....Looking forward to this!!

Young Joc - The Jocumentary (Block ENT/Bad Boy)

Young Dro - Young And Restless (GrandHustle/Atlantic)

* New York*
Fat Joe - My World (Terror Squad/Virgin)

Ja Rule - Love Is Pain (The Inc/MoTown)

Papoose - The Nacirema Dream (Jive/Street Sweepers)

* Hip Hop Aint Dead....It's Dropping Albums N The South *
Master P - America's Most Loved Bad Guy (New No Limit/Universal)

C Miller AKA C-Murder - Screamin 4 Vengeance (New No Limit/Universal)

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal/Roc-A-Fella), I kid, I kid, No Roc signs from Weezy anytime soon.

Curren$y - Music To Fly To (Young Money Ent./Cash Money/Universal)

Lil Jon - Crunk Rock & another LP Crunk Aint Dead (G-Unit, BME/TVT)

Chamillionaire - Ultimate Victory (Universal)

Slim Thug - Boss Of All Bosses (Star Trak/Interscope)

Paul Wall - Get Money Stay True (SwishaHouse/Rap-A-Lot)

Timbaland - Shock Wave...Tim is in between labels right now

* In The Works??? *
Hot Boyz Reunion??? Mannie Fresh, B.G. & Juve were taking about a tour earlier this year...but now since B.G. & Baby have made up and Juve's still salty...I can't call it...

Sean P (from Youngbloodz) - Solo Album? That's what I've been hearing. But he's ran into some 5-O trouble lately...

Joe Budden - The Growth.....Another one I wish would drop!

J-Kwon - Louisville Slugger

Luca - Against The Grain (Underworld Ent.)

Cam'Ron - Shade Of Black.....This is the rumored album...I'll burn it lol

Twista - Adrenaline Rush 2010

Lil Fizz aka dat B2K dude - Pay Day
once again major shouts out to Freezefiya

Rappers Respond to Hip Hop Is Dead

"He Was Illmatic, Now He’s A Crackhead With A Bad Habbit." - Jim Jones
props to realtalkny

Dec 21, 2006

"It's Official," Wu Tang Clan Sign Album Deal With SRC

SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind recently announced that he has reunited with the Wu-Tang Clan for a new album.

Wu-Tang, who first came to prominence via Rifkind's now-defunct Loud Records, have not released a group album since 2001. During their six year hiatus, all nine members of the New York bred rap collective have released solo albums.

The group's most infamous member, ODB (born Russell Tyrone Jones), died in 2004 from an accidental overdose while recording his third solo project.

"I just got off the phone with Divine and RZA from Wu-Tang, we are coming back, we are joining forces for one album, coming up in 2007," said Rifkind via a video on his blog , "I don't know what the name of the album is but we are back, its official. Wu-Tang and Steve Rifkind are back together."

source sohh

BROOOOKLYN! Jay-Z Moves Nets In Time For '09 Season

Jay-Z's New Jersey Nets will be soon be calling the rapper's hometown of Brooklyn, NY their new home, all thanks in part to the approval of a $4 billion development project which will include the building of an arena for the NBA franchise.

According to New York's Daily News, the state's Public Authorities Control Board yesterday (December 21) voted unanimously to authorize the Atlantic Yards development, a sprawling reuse of an area near the downtown Brooklyn rail yard that would include a new home for the Nets, office towers and thousands of apartments.
If the project proceeds as planned, the Nets would play their first season in Brooklyn in 2009-10.
"I look forward to seeing [developer] Bruce Ratner and [architect] Frank Gehry's grand vision turned into reality and to eating a hot dog as I watch the Brooklyn Nets play in Brooklyn's new arena in the 2009-2010 season," Governor Pataki told the Daily News.

The Nets move to Brooklyn would make them the first major professional sports team to play their games in Brooklyn since the departure of the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958.

Styles p Freestyle.

From when he was on rap city

Diddy Delivers

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Kim Porter Deliver Healthy Twin Girls

Music and clothing mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and girlfriend Kim Porter received early Christmas presents, as Porter has given birth to two healthy twin girls.

Porter, 36, gave birth to the twins at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York around at 7:56 am.
Combs was filming the television version of A Raisin In The Sun in Toronto, Canada, when he learned his wife was going into labor.

According to representatives for Combs, the 37-year-old mogul flew in from Toronto and made it just in time to witness the delivery of the twin girls.

The couple announced the news of Porter's pregnancy in August and revealed that she was expecting twins.

Combs and Porter already have a son, 8-year-old Christian.
Combs has another son, Justin, 12, with fashion stylist Misa Hylton-Brim and Porter has another son, Quincy, from a previous relationship with Al B. Sure


Iverson Watch.

ok, i have gotten alot of emails asking why am i covering A.i. so closely. What athlete is more hip hop that Allen Iverson???? Any more questions???

Here is an interview he did with Steven A. Smith Regarding the trade and such, peep out the throwback nuggets fitted......

part 1

part 2

part 3

Daily Update 12*21*06


The Black Eyed Peas are currently working on a new album to follow up their four million-selling 2005 CD, “Monkey Business.”
Group member tells that the set is "almost finished" and "will come out this time next year."
"We have 12 songs," says, "and we'll probably do another 30 or 40 songs."
The album, much of which has been recorded while on tour, will be “a fun record," notes, but will also deal with some social and political issues.

"We are not complaining," he says. "It's not, 'Oh, everything messed up! Oh my gosh, we're doomed!' It's a thinking record. It brings up what's happening in the world. 'Monkey Business' didn't do that."
The group is also preparing to throw its third annual pre-Grammy Awards Pea Pod event, which this year will honor Interscope Records chief Jimmy Iovine.

Mobb Deep Concert Erupts In Violence

Mobb Deep's Belgium performance last Friday (December 15th) was marred by an over-zealous fan, who, upon being kicked out of VIP, began fighting with security who apparently wanted no part of him.

After leaving the club, the fan returned with his cronies, all of whom began spraying the VIP area with bottles, one of which ricocheted off the wall, cutting 40 Glocc's hand.The response by 40 Glocc and team was swift causing the goons to quickly leave the club.

40 and Mobb Deep were then able to leave the club safely.The remaing dates of the Mobb Deep European tour include tonight in Dublin and Friday in Munich.

40 Glocc will then return to the US to promote his upcoming mixtape hosted by DJ Whoo Kid which will drop in January 07.

Beef on Scream Tour

Well have you wondered why all the old acts besides Bow wow are on the tour?....I didn't give a damn either..but word is there is a little beef between Omarion and Bow Wow when it comes to the tour money. Word is Bow was out shining Omarion. O wasn't too fond of the attention Bow was getting so he slipped in and asked the tour management not to invite Bow Wow and guess what?.....Bow was replaced by Yung Joc. Guess there is trouble in teen paradise after all.

TOP 10 Couples Of 2006

Concrete Loop has a list of the top 10 couples of 2006 geuss who's number 1

See the rest of the list here

Nelly, Trick Daddy, Others Give Back for Holidays

Many hip-hop and R&B artists are stepping up and giving back to their hometown communities this holiday season.

Trick Daddy will be distributing food and toys to Miami youth as part of an annual Christmas Toy Drive sponsored by his Trick Luvs Da Kids Foundation. There will be a gathering on Dec. 23 at Gould Park in Miami, and Pitbull is scheduled to perform.
Meanwhile, St. Louis rapper Nelly is donating clothes to the Allie Mae Williams Multi Service Center, which provides shelter to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Daphne LaSalle – the winner of the 2006 Apple Bottoms’ model search – helped out by distributing apparel yesterday at the community center.

Keyshia Cole is also giving back to her native Oakland and Bay Area. Cole recently purchased $10,000 worth of toys, and is currently distributing them to several foundations between now and Christmas Eve. Lastly, joined with Houston-based Target Hunger to present its 5th Annual Christmas Carnival Extravaganza on Saturday.

The event featured rides, games, and live performances, and each child who attended received a bag full of groceries and a gift bag from Planet Toys.

More Fish???

Ghostface is telling folks he's releasing 2 albums per year from here on out.

Either it's going to be him or his team as one of the 2--but it will be 2 nonetheless.
He also said the next LP will be a mixture of leftover tracks from More Fish and some new tacks. That's "classic" talk right there.

Jay Still throwing Shots

Anybody else catch that subtle sonning of Jimmy Jones by Hov at the Nets v. Cavs game last ngiht? Hov and Beyonce kicked it on the sideline while the interviewer asked Jay about the Nets moving to Brooklyn and how that's going to work out. Apparently, according to Jay, it's already a done deal. And he started off his response with a loud ass BROOOOOOKLYYN. And he snuck in a BALLLLIN in the interview to top it off. Funny funny.

COCO in Smooth magazine

with these pics She makes the ImHipHop Dime list, easy.

Air brushed or not, that Ass Looks crazy

props to for the pics

Dec 20, 2006

Daily update 2

"Hip-Hop Is Dead" Predicted To Do 200K In First Week

One day after the release of Nas' 8th solo album, Hip-Hop Is Dead, the Queens lyricist is expected to carry on Def Jam's fourth quarter onslaught by putting up solid numbers.

"The day it [Hip-Hop Is Dead] dropped, a lot of people bought it, Tuesday night, Wednesday morning," Kevin Weeks, an employee at Times Square's Virgin Megastore in New York City, told Sohh "He's gonna do well."

With albums steadily flying off Best Buys and Virgin shelves, experts expect the CD
to sell at least 200,000 copies in its first week.

"I'm gonna say 200 [thousand] first week," Raphael George, Billboard's R&B Charts Manager, told Sohh. "He's got a lot of attention right now, a lot of people are talking about him. A lot of people are talking about what he said about 'hip-hop is dead,' people, especially from the south are taking offense to that."

"I think right now he's got a lot going in his corner," George added. "Even though radio
right now might not say that, but Nas, his stuff doesn't really hit radio like that."


Amil Has an interview at hiphopgame check it out here

Young Jeezy Enters Atop The Billboard 200

Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy debuts at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with his second Def Jam album, "The Inspiration," The set sold 352,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, more than doubling the 172,000-unit first week for his 2005 debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation."

First single "I Luv It" is top 30 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. The Beatles' "Love" (Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol) also remains at No. 8 on a 17% boost to 178,000, followed by Mary J. Blige's "Reflections (A Retrospective)" (Geffen), which is new at No. 9.

The set sold 171,000 units, good enough to debut behind Young Jeezy's "The Inspiration" at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Il Divo's "Siempre" (Columbia) slides 6-10 on a miniscule sales increase to 167,000.

Last week's No. 1, Ciara's "The Evolution" (LaFace/Zomba), plummets to No. 11 on a 51.5% drop to 164,000, while last week's No. 2, the Eminem-reared compilation "Eminem Presents: The Re-Up" (Shady/Interscope), slips to No. 13 on a 51% decline to 151,000. Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" (Interscope), which opened at No. 3 last week, drops significantly (No. 14, 149,000).

Fantasia's self-titled sophomore album for J debuts at No. 19 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 133,000 copies. Her first set, "Free Yourself," started at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 in 2004 with 240,000 on its way to 1.7 million copies sold to date.
The only other debut inside the top 50 this week is Tyrese's "Alter Ego" (J), which lands at No. 23 with just shy of 116,000. The double album also charts on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums at No. 4 and on Top Rap Albums at No. 2. Meanwhile, Ghostface Killah only managed a No. 71 debut on The Billboard 200 with his second Def Jam album of the year, "More Fish," which sold 36,000. In April, "Fishscale" started at No. 4 on the big chart with 110,000 and at No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Overall, album sales are up 24% from last week's count and are down 5.6% compared to the same week a year ago at 23.39 million units. Sales for 2006 are down 4.6% compared to 2005 at 543 million units

How High???
IF you thought Nas sounded under the influence on his chart-topping records, you were right.

The rap legend - who celebrated the re lease of his new CD, "Hip Hop Is Dead," at a Hennessy Paradis dinner at Gin Lane - told guests including Kelis, Mark Wahlberg and Miki Howard he was flying high during many of his early re cording sessions.

"Hennessy is responsible for at least my first three albums, so all of this makes sense," he crowed.

Daily Update 12*20*06


All you people that think Jadakiss is signing to Cash Money - NOT. I have the real scoop, homey, and he's absolutely not going to Cash Money Records. Jada hit AHH and said, "I'm not going to Cash Money, but let's just say I'm like AI." AI has been traded, but I take this to mean that Jada is being scouted by a number of places in the music industry. Hey, if the money is right, I'm sure 'Kiss could be persuaded. Styles just dropped a CD, Time Is Money! COP IT!

Redman Set To Deliver Two Albums In 2007
Redman is currently in the studio working on two albums for release in 2007.The Hip-Hop veteran is set to release his next album, "Red Gone Wild", in March of 2007. But it doesn't stop there. Red has also begun putting work into the follow-up to "Red Gone Wild" titled "Muddy Waters 2" which is slated for release in November 2007."The Muddy Waters 2 is me kinda taking it back to old-sounding beats," Redman recently told the Denver Post."I want to give you some of that Redman flavor you've been missing, that old grungy shit for my fans. I'm really doing this for my fans." Both albums are slated for release on Def Jam.


This is what we know for a fact - Lloyd Banks of G-Unit had a show in Montreal, Canada on December 17 at EB Lounge. The rest is shrouded in rumor! I had a number of sources there and they are all telling different variations of what happened. Here is a combination of them all. Now, some people suggested that Banks hit somebody and rolled out. I heard that somebody was hit, but it wasn't Banks doing the punching. At any rate, Banks reportedly attempted to perform his show, but only got through about four songs when something went wrong. Some group of men got on stage and started a ruckus of some sort. A melee broke out with chairs, bottle and mics flying everybody. G-Unit security was on their Job and no harm came to Banks. At that point, the G-Unit crew ended the show and left. Some of the video is circulating online too.

Nas- on Rap City
Nas was on Rap city Yesterday, Props to Eskay for the vid


There will be no black Miss USA this year. Tamiko Nash, a.k.a. “Miss California,” will remain the runner up behind troubled crown holder Tara Conner, who was close being kicked out of her position due to underage drinking, excessive partying and alleged cocaine use.

"Tara is going to be given a second chance," pageant head Donald Trump said after meeting with Conner earlier on Tuesday. "Tara got caught up in the whirlwind of New York. "She made some very, very bad choices," he said. "She admits that she made mistakes."

Nash was widely reported to be announced as Conner’s replacement Tuesday, but Trump told the press that he believes in giving folks second chances.

In a statement after the news conference, Trump said Conner's duties would be "limited as she receives the help she needs during this personal time."

The game Covers the Source. (whats up with those Colors, blood?)

The Answer Speaks.......

Here is another post form A.I's Blog

Super Duper props go to realtalkny for the pic

Denver Nuggets After goin all deep in my open letter, a deal has finally been made.
Im very happy bout the trade.

Denvers style of play fits my strengths. Im lookin forward to playin wit Carmelo, the rest of the Denver Nuggets, & for George Karl, who is a proven winner.

Id like to thank my fans in Philadelphia. Theyve been wit me every step of the way, through all the ups and downs. I will always be grateful to the 76ers organization, & I wish them the very best.


Dec 19, 2006

Iverson update

The Denver Nuggets have reached an agreement in principle with the Philadelphia 76ers to acquire Allen Iverson, according to NBA front-office sources. The trade, pending league approval, some two weeks after Iverson demanded a trade in Philly, would send Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two 2007 first-round picks to the Sixers for Iverson and perhaps another minimum-salaried player or two. It was expected to be completed later Tuesday barring any snags.
The Sixers had been hoping to take back only expiring contracts in any Iverson deal, unless they were receiving a top-flight young player like Minnesota's Randy Foye or Shaun Livingston of the Los Angeles Clippers.

This deal will bring Philly a former league assist leader in Miller, Smith's expiring salary of nearly $7 million and those two first-round picks in June -- projected to be in the 20s -- to go with their own lottery pick. Miller is averaging 13 points and 9.1 assists per game -- third-best in the NBA -- while Smith, an 11-year veteran, has played little this season, averaging only 13.5 minutes and 5.1 points per game.
The Nuggets' interest in Iverson dates to last February and has only increased since the Sixers made him available to the whole league earlier this month. Their chief motivation is pairing Iverson with Anthony in coach George Karl's up-tempo attack, but acquiring Iverson now -- just a day after Anthony and J.R. Smith were suspended for 15 and 10 games, respectively, for their roles in Saturday night's fight with the New York Knicks -- gives a much-needed jolt to Denver's depleted roster.

Iverson has been in exile for the past 11 days, languishing on the Sixers' inactive list while still accruing his per-game earnings of $156,218.
Iverson, 31, is averaging 31.2 points per game -- second only to Carmelo Anthony's 31.6 ppg -- in 15 games this season. He has a career 28.1 ppg scoring average in 11 NBA seasons, all in Philadelphia. He led the Sixers to the 2001 NBA Finals, where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, but the team has seen little playoff success since.
He was Rookie of the year in 1997 and MVP in 2001. He has led the NBA in scoring four times, most recently in 2005, finishing in the league's top three every year since 1999, and twice led the league in steals.

Mixtape of the week

The Game: The Dope Game #2Mick Boogie (Hosted by The Game)

Slangin' The GameFresh off the success of his much publicized Doctor's Avocate sophomore smash, The Game is back at it alongside the newly crowned Midwest Mixtape DJ of the Year, Mick Boogie.Hooking up with Cleveland's finest, The Game is back where he started (the mixtape game) on this major sequel to his first mixtape with Mick,
The Dope Game.This time around the recipe is the same — a bunch of original blends/remixes, all the recent joints and a play-by-play from the West Coast's big game rapper — and so is the result. Another Dope mixtape.

Track Listing
1- Mick Boogie - Intro
2 -Game Welcomes You To The Dope Game
3 -Game & Dr. Dre - The Remedy (Mick Boogie remix)
4 -Game & Nas - Hustla (produced by Dr. Dre)
5 -Game - Homicide
6 -Game, Lil Wayne & The Clipse - Dope Game (Mick Boogie Mix)
7 -Game Speaks About One Blood Remix
8 - Game - One Blood (East Coast remix) feat. Jim Jones, Fabolous, The Clipse, Juelz Santana, Nas, Jadakiss, Styles P, Fat Joe, N.O.R.E. & Ja Rule
9 - Game - I’m Chillin
10 - Game Speaks On Wack-Ass Mixtapes
11 - Game & Jadakiss - Bang Bang 2006 (Terry Urban Mix)
12 - Game & Biggie - Let’s Ride (Kontempt remix)
13 - Game Introduces Compton remix
14 - Game & Eazy E - Compton (Mick Boogie remix)
15 - Game & Dr. Dre - Here We Go
16 - Game, Juice & Ya Boy - So High
17 -Game Speaks On Signing 50 to Black Wall Street
18 - Game & Snoop - Gang Bangin’ 101
19 - Game - One Blood (Dirty South remix) feat. Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Twista, T.I., Chamillionaire, Pitbull, Slim Thug, Young Dro & Bun B
20 - Game, Kanye West & Jay-Z - Wouldn’t Get Far (Mick Boogie remix)
21 - Game, Cyssero & Ya Boy - Fire In Ya Eyes
22 - Game Speaks On Doctor’s Advocate
23 - Game & Busta Rhymes - Doctor’s Advocate
24 - Game & Xzibit - On Bail
25 - Game & Rich Boy - Throw Some D’s (remix)
26 -Game, Rick Ross, Bun B & The Lox - Push It (remix)
27 -Game - One Blood (West Coast remix) feat. Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, WC, E-40, Crooked I & Glasses Malone
28 - Game - Outro

you can order it here

Nas- HipHop is Dead Black and White party

Hip Hop's Casket

Nas, Destiny and Kelis

Big Daddy kane

Monie Love and Ja

Beyonce and Kelis

Last night, it appeared that Nas attempted to memorialize and resuscitate Hip-Hop at the same time with the likes of Jay-Z, actor Tracy Morgan, Spike Lee, Chamillionaire, Busta Rhymes, Ja Rule and numerous others that packed Manhattan's club Capitale.

The Queenbridge-born rapper hosted an exclusive dinner affair and black tie party to celebrate the release of his new album Hip Hop Is Dead.

With a strictly enforced black and white dress code, party goers weretreated to a makeshift funeral home setting at Capitale, a former bank converted into a club.

In the night's theme, a hearse was parked outside the revamped bank, as stars posed on the black carpet. As revelers walked in, they walked over the image of "Hip-Hop" outlined in chalk on the carpet. Caskets lined the inside of the area, wreaths adorned the stage and even faux crows loomed above the crowd. DJ Goldfinger manned the turntables with a live organist, violinist and drummer playing along with the records.

After making an entrance shortly after midnight, Nas addressed the crowd briefly and ad-libbed through a few of his classics before Hip-Hop legends Dana Dane, Greg Nice, Just-Ice, Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel, Raheem, Monie Love, Joe Ski Love and others moved the crowd through performance.

Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Spike Lee, Chris Webber, MarkWahlberg, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and others attended the party.

Many continued to debate over whether or not Hip-Hop has truly met its demise."I would say Hip-Hop is dead, but it is quickly coming back to life," Melle Mel told IHH. "As long as there are people that understand the true meaning of Hip-Hop and are willing to fight for it the way we fought for it, then we are making the right steps to bring it back.

"Rapper Chamillionaire noted that the release of Nas' album is one reasonwhy Hip-Hop is not dead."The actual culture might be hurting but the music is alive," Chamillionaire noted.

Others concurred that the notion that the culture has expired is greatly exaggerated.

Teddy Ted of the Awesome Two said, "Well I think Hip-Hop needs a resurrection right now, I don't know if it's completely dead. It might be in a coma though. We need to hear a couple of things that we are not hearing right now to really bring it back."

Earlier in the evening Nas and his closest family and friends, convened to celebrate with an exclusive dinner.

The event was held at Gin Lane in Manhattan and was graced by the likes of singer Mikki Howard, father Olu Dara, younger brother Kiane Dara(jungle), daughter Destiny, celebrity photogtapher Johnny Nunez, Marc Ecko, Stephen Hill and video host Rocsi of BET, DMX's wife Tashara Simmons, D-Nice, and others like professional basketball player and producer Chris Webber.

Both Olu and Kiane Dara admitted that they were waiting for day of release to hear Hip-Hop Is Dead, and had only heard the album's lead single thus far.

Just prior to dinner, Nas entered the dinner room draped in a black and red tuxedo surrounded by video cameras and photographers. The rapper eventually took his seat at the head of the table with wife Kelis, and the couple chatted with attendees through the evening. Party sponsor Hennessy Paradis even bestowed Nas with an exclusive bottle of their sprits in honor of his overall achievements in music.

With Hip-Hop Is Dead, hitting the shelves today, Nas could perhaps received another distinction, but spurning more people to take care of the culture.

Film maker Spike Lee told IHH, "Hip-Hop is still alive through people like us."Before all of the upscale extravagance, Nas performed for rabid fans at Webster Hall, a popular venue in New York.

Hip-Hop Is Dead hit stores today.

Iverson Update

A.i. has left the Building

Recently A.I. Posted an Open Letter to all of his Myspace Friends I thought i would post it in its entirety:

An Open Letter....

The Christmas holiday season is a time for bein joyful & thankful. It is also time to appreciate those that you love & who love you back... My fans have always had my back & I need that right now.
With that being said I wanted to pen this open letter to my true fans. I want you to know that I love this game, & I love suitin up and gettin on the court playing 82 regular season games with all my heart to give the fans what they want and more. I only wish I was only able to give you more post-season victories.
To my Philadelphia family, I say thank you for 11 wonderful years together. I pray God's best for our future.

While people all over the world are making Santa Claus wishes and requests, all I want for Christmas is the opportunity to contend for a World Championship!!! For me, that didnt necessarily mean leavin my home. The city of Philadelphia will always be a part of me because I love this city & its people so much.

However, im humble enough to admit that if I am the change that is needed, im willin to accept that. Those that truly know me, know my desire to win, & know that I only want whats best for everyone. Im gonna cherish the memories of the nearly 700 games I played for the Philadelphia 76ers forever.

Throughout my career, ive played through injury and illness. I love bein out on the court, competin and winnin. Thats why it was so disheartening to be told that I couldnt play, knowin that I was ready. It hurt even more to be told not to come at all.

Nevertheless, please know that every second of the 29,082 minutes I played in a Sixer uniform were an honor & privilege I will never forget.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Daily News 12*19*06

Superhead 2.0 Taking It up A Level

Since everyone decide to support the "Support-A-Hoe" foundation, Carmen has decided to extend her stay by working on a reality show. Carmen Bryan aka (Nas Baby Moms) has decided to sign up for her own reality show which she promises to be more revealing than the book.

I guess BET has decided to bring unquiet back after all! Still after all the low down things she has done to promote this book, she still says "I still love SC (Jay-Z), and I still love Nas".

Juelz Backs Away From Jay

It seems like Dame Dash wasn't the only victim of good mixing during the Jay-Z, Jim Jones AKA Jim Ones beef. Dame admitted that he recorded vocals a long time ago before "Kingdom Done" was even mastered. Dame had no problem with Jay but Jim Jones added his vocals on "Kingdom Done" to spark a beef.

It seems that Juelz has become another victim of the mighty Jim Jones mix. Yesterday Juelz Santana told DJ Clue that he had nothing to do with the Jim Jones/Jay-Z beef. The lyrics that were recorded on the "We Fly High" Beef remix were added from the bars he spit a minute ago before the beef ever started.

In his words, Juelz let it be clear to Jay:"Nah man, when I said 'you can pay rent, and I'll be your tenant' in the bars, I wasn't talking about Jay. I can't even own the properties Jay has; but when I spit at Jay, everyone will know when I'm getting at him.

Jim added that bar to the remix but I was down...It's Dipset for life!I dunno. Sounds like Santana is backing down and pulling a Jeezy. Or pulling a Carmelo Anthony. I dunno if it's because Juelz is still under Def Jam or what but this is a bitch move.

Source: hhnlive

Merry X-Mas From Jim Jones

Dipset Xmas Cards. you can send one to your click here. (props to Eskay)

Aftermath Signee Joell Ortiz Goes The Indie Route

After signing a deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records, Joell Ortiz is now set to drop a street album, The Brick (Bodega Chronicles), on Koch Records.
The record, which is slated for a February 27 release, will include a collection of more street-oriented material and will help to serve as an appetizer until Ortiz's Aftermath debut hits shelves. An alum of The Source magazine's "Unsigned Hype" column, the Brooklyn, NY native earned a strong fan base after his many mixtape appearances, reportedly received Dre's blessing before releasing the album.

The LP will feature a slew of guest appearances from Immortal Technique, M.O.P., Ras Kass, Big Noyd, Graph and Stimuli. The disc will also feature production from The Alchemist, Showbiz, Fame of M.O.P., Moss and others.
The Brick (Bodega Chronicles) hits stores on February 27 on Koch Records

Game Gets Punked?

So 50 was spotted out in the streets of Compton this weekend. Doing what? Promoting Game's album of course. Y'all know this dude is going to get his money any way he can. But there is some bogus story floating around that some Bloods forced 50 to wear this shirt or he woulda caught a blow to the head. I'm not buying it. But if this aint a slap in the face to Game....

Tamiko Nash To Become Mrs USA

Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump prepared to announce reigning beauty queen Tara Conner's fate in a press conference Tuesday, as reports of her alleged drug and alcohol abuse and indiscretions with men continued to surface.
Conner, who turned 21 on Monday, reportedly tested positive for cocaine and moved out of her apartment in one of Trump's luxury buildings on Manhattan's Upper West Side late last week, according to local newspapers.
"She does not live here anymore," a doorman at the Hudson River high rise told The New York Post this weekend. "She is not allowed anywhere on Trump property. She is certainly not allowed to come back. I don't think it was her choice, really."
A variety of sources — most of them unidentified — have spilled tales of Conner's cavorting ways and nightclub escapades since coming to the big city last spring, after she was crowned Miss USA in April.
Rumors have swirled of Conner's alleged cocaine snorting, promiscuity, binge drinking and even lesbian make-out sessions with Miss Teen USA Katie Blair, one of her roommates.
"There's no question that she's a party girl," Trump
told the Post. "We have hundreds of thousands of young women around the world who look up to Miss USA and Miss Universe, and it's really important to set a high standard."

Conner, who until Monday was under the legal drinking age, also allegedly missed several scheduled appearances and balked at other pageant obligations.
There were conflicting reports about whether or not the disgraced beauty queen has actually already left Manhattan and returned home to Kentucky to stay with her mother.
Miss USA pageant officials said Conner took a flight out of the Big Apple on Thursday night, according to The Daily News. But the paper spoke with patrons and bartenders at the Algonquin Hotel in New York who insisted she was there Friday at midnight, sipping martinis with a male friend and carrying her tiara around in her purse.
If, as suspected, Conner is dethroned Tuesday, first runner-up
Tamiko Nash of California will inherit the crown.
Last week, Trump publicly denied that Conner was getting the boot, but did say he was evaluating her "behavioral and personal issues" and wanted to treat her fairly in deciding whether she should keep her crown.
But a source told the entertainment gossip Web site that a high-ranking pageant official has already alerted Nash she'd take the Miss USA title once Trump makes the official announcement.
"She has a really bad drug problem," one unnamed source told the Post over the weekend. "Everyone at Miss USA hated her. She slept with [the band Blink 182's] Travis Barker and she sleeps with all the club promoters."
The wild and crazy beauty queen has also been romantically linked to two of Stereo's owners and celebrities who party at the NYC hot spot, including MTV veejay
Damien Fahey according to the Post.
Conner has also been photographed clubbing with "Six Degrees" actor
Jay Hernandez and former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis.
There were also rumblings about Conner's alleged lewd behavior in club bathrooms and recreational drug use back home in Russell Springs, Ky., before she even got to New York.
"She always partied," a source told the Post. "She's had deep-rooted difficulties."
But others who saw Conner at clubs said she just looked like a typical 20-year-old — albeit a beautiful one — painting the town red.
A source close to the New York nightclub Ultra told that Conner had been there Dec. 8 with several other beauty-pageant titleholders for a private party for a photographer, held in one of the club's VIP rooms.
He said Conner wasn't drinking, but she was dancing and having fun.
"We didn't witness her drinking any alcohol," said the source, who was at the club when Conner was. "She was a young girl having a good time — she was dancing, she was having a great time, but nothing that would be out of the ordinary for someone her age."
Conner didn't appear to be engaging in any questionable sexual activity either, he said.
"We didn't see her kissing anybody," the source told "There were guys in the VIP room, but it didn't look like any inappropriate behavior. She didn't stand out as, 'Oh my God, check out this girl, she's going wild.'"
The New York club Crobar said Conner had been there too, but hadn't gotten crazy there either.
"We have seen her here before," a spokesman for the venue, who requested anonymity, told "She has definitely partied and enjoyed herself in the VIP area at Crobar ... She's not been out of control. We have not had any problems with her."
He said he didn't know Conner was underage.
"She must have had a fake ID because we check every person — no matter who they are — with our ID scanners," he said. "I was not aware she was underage. We have undercover police and security here who make sure anybody caught drinking underage or doing drugs will be escorted immediately out of the club by law enforcement."
A representative for Nash told last week that she was prepared to serve out the year if necessary.
"We're saddened to hear that there is any problem with the current title holder," said John Samatulski, a spokesman for K2 Productions, which sponsors the Miss California USA event. "But Tamiko Nash has always aspired to be Miss USA, and she would of course accept those duties if offered that."
Every Miss USA must sign a contract about what is expected of her during the year she wears the crown.
"The rules are known to them before they take the title, and it's commonly accepted that they will abide by them," Samatulski said. "I think they're role models, and they must uphold the standards to which they participate in the event."
Nash is a Los Angeles native and the third African-American woman to be crowed Miss California.
She is currently working in the entertainment industry and appeared on NBC's "Deal or No Deal" earlier this year, as well as in a number of national commercials, on rapper Snoop Dogg's new album cover and in an E! Networks behind-the-scenes show about Miss USA contestants, according to Samatulski.
It isn't the first time problems have plagued a major American pageant. In July 1984, then Miss America Vanessa Williams of New York was forced to step down after nude magazine photographs she'd once posed for were circulated. Suzette Charles of New Jersey served out the remaining two months as Miss America.

And Dont Forget Today Hip Hop Dies.I've said this before and i will say it again. if this is not your album of the year you should get smacked.

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