Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff Asks 50 Cent, Jay-Z & Gotti Bros To Testify At His Murder Trial
IHH has learned that former drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff is hoping to have the likes of Irv Gotti, Ja Rule, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles take the stand on his behalf next week.
McGriff is presently on trial for allegedly ordering the murder of two rivals, Queens rapper E-Money Bags (born Eric Smith) and Troy Singleton. If convicted, McGriff faces the death penalty. With the prosecution expected to rest this coming Monday (January 22), the defense submitted a star-studded list of witnesses that may be called to take the stand for McGriff. Some of the aforementioned witnesses will take the stand voluntarily while others will be subpoenaed.
There's no word on whether Irv and Chris Gotti, who were on trial for allegedly laundering McGriff's drug money back in 2005,will take the stand. The two brothers were exonerated of all charges. It also has yet to be determined whether or not Preme will take the stand on his behalf.
Though they have become rivals over the years, a 50 Cent testimony could help out Preme's case. While prosecutors accused Preme of having 50 shot throughout the Murder Inc. trial, Fif has admitted that Darryl "Hommo" Baum, a Brooklyn stick-up kid, was the triggerman.
This past Friday, a former McGriff associate testified that Supreme hired him to kill two men because they hit Murder Inc. CEO Irv Gotti. As the Daily News reported, Emanuel "Dog" Mosley, who pleaded guilty to killing Smith and Singleton after being arraigned on murder charges last year, testified as a government witness, claiming that McGriff offered him a $50,000 contract to have Singleton and another man, Nathan "Green Eyed Born" May, murdered.
MAD SKILLZ DISSIN' JAY-Z?
Ok so y'all might have heard the new cut "The Greatest MC Alive" by Skillz. If you haven't, peep it out here:
Anyways, Skillz rocks over the "Show Me What You Got" beat and seems to be taking some shots at Jay...calling out an old MC and making some comments about Beyonce's stank breath. Have a listen for yourself but it sure sounds like Skillz is Mad at Jay.
50 Cent states him and Game won't be friends due to disrespect and hes gets a quarter of every million he makes.
Had this to say about Ja Rule, I didn't go door to door telling people not to like ja rule and that you can't convince the public to like something that they already turned down.
Says hes the only artist that owns a publishing company.
Says this about Jay-Z saying yall respect who got shot I respect the shooters:"Initially when he heard it he was like, what the hell was that, he said it could easily been his issue with Camron. He goes on to say it's too indirect and even if it was, it would be punk move if it was towards him."
Talks About Diddy and Mase situation
50 Cent says he can't understand how Jay-Z and Nas is cool now.
Says Quincy Jones called Chris Lighty to get 50 Cent to back off of Oprah
Says Kanye gets the trophies and he gets the checks.
Says he worked for him on the Game's album
Lil Wayne Weighs In On DJ Drama Raid
"Smarten up," That's what Lil Wayne told MTV news about mixtape DJs. He said of the Aphilliates arrests, "It's a bad thing, but you gotta play the game fair. If you don't play fair, all kind of things can happen. You gotta watch people like DJ Clue, watch people like DJ Khaled.
They do it right."The advice from Lil Wayne seems a bit out of place since the two were planning the third album in the trio of Dedication albums that created most of the supreme buzz that Wayne rode through 2006. They had planned to release the third album early in 2007. Street CD's such as Drama's Gangsta Grillz albums have been integral to Weezy's success, especially his success in the mixtape circle.
"You gotta do it right," Wayne said, "It's gonna be a message. [The authorities] ain't playing. They gonna make an example. They gonna straighten the game out. A lot of companies take a fall with those mixtapes. Niggas be caking up off them mixtapes.
The artists can drop his album — and everybody knows that hip-hop [album sales are in] decline — nobody ain't gonna buy the album, and everybody gets the mixtapes off of the Internet or whatever way they get it. The artists ain't caking, but the nigga you made the mixtape with is caking up. Thank God I ain't got that problem, but I know a lot of people who do."
A DJ who wished to remain anonymous in case the RIAA was listening or reading, "I think they got a snitch among them . Somebody snitched on them. Drama is working for the down South artists. I don't think he's bootlegging.
Interestingly enough, during the raid police found nothing in terms of drugs or weapons but stated that during confiscations of this variety, they usually find that type of "trouble".
Diplomats head of A&R, DukeDaGod said of the Aphilliates' drama, "This is like D-Day in hip-hop."
"DJ Drama is like our favorite mixtape DJ," he said.
"Everybody loves Drama. It's crazy. It's like it's in your own backyard when it comes to Drama. He helps a lot of artists out. It's kinda messed up. I think they're trying to make hip-hop illegal or something. They're trying to make too many regulations on it. This is one of the worst days ever I can remember in hip-hop. I remember when Biggie got shot, when Pac got shot, it was crazy, but this right here is bad because it could determine the future of our music."
DukeDaGod says the fans will be the ones feeling this most, "Why are [the RIAA and FBI] getting involved?" Leave us alone. Let us make our hip-hop. Nobody is dying, nobody is killing nobody. It's just music being made. Everybody is gonna feel it whether you're on the radio, not on the radio. Even if you're a consumer, you gonna feel it, 'cause it's gonna be hard to find certain tapes. Certain people are not going to carry the mixtapes anymore because they know what could happen. It's so many people that wanna hear our stuff.
We get e-mails from all over the world. They don't care about the RIAA, they wanna hear some Dipset, they wanna hear some Drama. So it's messed up for the whole world."
KRS-One pays tribute to Nas.
Kris may give an annoying interview, but he's indisputably a hip-hop legend. For the blastmaster to honor Nas on record tentatively titled "Nas Tribute" must be mind blowing for the Queens lyricist. Spitting over a hard hitting Marley Marl track, Kris praised God's son with lines like,
"Nastradamus, I seen that/ You was ahead of your time then, man a prophet, I mean that/people ask where Dr. King's dream at/I think it's hip-hop, we've already seen that." Kris also gives Nas kudos for keeping hip-hop alive and sparking debate with his latest album. The song is off Kris's upcoming LP.
Prodigy Goes Solo
After last year's Blood Money, Mobb Deep's Prodigy is prepping his next solo project. Although it is a solo album, he's enlisted the help from a certain Shady producer/DJ.
The album, Return of the Mac, is coming really soon. this will be followed up by the highly anticipated H.N.I.C 2. Here's another treat for Prodigy fans: The album will be produced solely by The Alchemist. It will also be released via Koch.
Stuck on You will be released as the first official single from the album. This will be followed by two "underground" videos, according to a press release.
Return of the Mac is set to be released March 27th.
The track listing is slated to be as follows:
1. Intro 8. Intermission
2. Return of the Mac 9. 7th Heaven
3. Mac 10 Handles 10. Bang On Em
4. Raining Guns and Shanks 11. Nickel and a Nail
5. The Rotten Apple 12. Legends
6. Words From Majesty 13. Stop Fronting
7. Take It From The Top 14. Stuck On You
NEW RICK JAMES ALBUM DUE IN MAY
A new album from the late funk legend Rick James will be released in early May via Stone City Records, his business manager Ron Kramer confirmed.
The material, led by first single “Deeper Still,” was recorded during the two to three years before his death in 2004 of a heart attack. The as-yet-untitled set was originally due in Aug. 2005 via Sanctuary.
"This is one he really wanted out," Kramer told Billboard.com. "He really didn't want anybody else on these songs. He wanted to prove himself again. He wanted people to enjoy him; his music."
A 30-second snippet of “Deeper Still,” due at urban radio later this month, can be heard on James’ Web site (http://rickjames.com/).
In other Rick James news, his autobiography “Memoirs of a Superfreak” – written while James was in Folsom Prison for assault from 1993-1995 – will be released in April via Amber Communications.
Also a James biopic has just been given the green light with a script penned by Sheldon Turner ("The Longest Yard").
Kanye West Working With Chris Martin On New Album
Kanye West is hard at work on his next album, Graduation, tentatively due in late 2007 via Def Jam.
The artist tells Billboard the likely first single from the album will be "Homecoming" featuring Coldplay's Chris Martin, who recently guested on a track from Jay-Z's comeback album, Kingdom Come.One collaborator from West's 2005 album Late Registration who will be returning for Graduation is multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion.
"We'll be working together again on the new project," West promises. "Jon wasn't just a producer -- he was such a good friend and a great person to bounce ideas off of in the studio. It was the whole experience.
"West has also been busy behind the boards, having recently produced tracks for Nas' Hip-Hop Is Dead and The Game's Doctor's Advocate. And, as previously reported, the artist will soon be featured in an HBO series "loosely based" on his life. Curb Your Enthusiasm mastermind Larry Charles will executive produce.
Mixtape Vets Trade "Raid" War Stories, Look To Organize DJ Union
The RIAA-fueled charges against Aphilliates members DJ Drama and DJ Don Cannon have left the mixtape community reeling, but their arrests are just the latest and most publicized. In this exclusive Marc Ferman and DJ Chuck T talk about their legal battles over mixtapes.
Miami native and current owner of hip-hop clothing site keepitclassic.com, Marc Ferman started selling mixtapes as early as 1993 and moved his business online to mixtape.com in 1998. Business was booming, until one day in November 2000.
"My office door opens, cops comes in, the RIAA comes in, the federal post office inspector comes in, they put me in handcuffs. They froze my bank accounts, they took my money, they confiscated everything. I was watching the news about Drama and it looked very familiar," Ferman told IHH.
Like DJ's Drama and Cannon, Ferman was only jailed for one night before posting bail, but his legal nightmare would last for six months.
"My lawyer cost a fortune, all my money was taken. I was dealing [with] the labels at the time, they were sending us music to put on the mixtapes, no one backed me on that -- the mixtape DJ's -- I didn't rat them out, but I was still brushed off afterwards. No one really supports each anyone in this business. Once you get pinched you're on your own," Ferman said. "I was the first person in Florida to be charged with what I was charged for. I pleaded no contest, I have no criminal record; it's been expunged. I got one year probation, they kept all the money they seized and I can no longer sell mixtapes."
Two years ago DJ Chuck T was fined by South Carolina police after raids on bootleg operations turned up a number of his mixtapes.
"The RIAA never got involved in my situation. The Goose Creek city police came through, ran up in the spot, seized the CDs and charged us with fraud. In 2005 I was charged with 1 count of fraud for every illegal or pirated CD they found in my possession. Failure to disclose origin of the manufacturer, that's the actual law that they used to levy the fraud charges, that's one of the ways they define pirated CDs," Chuck T revealed.
"It's been a problem since the inception of mixtapes, but a lot of DJ's didn't take it seriously because mainly stores got hit. This is the first time a big DJ who is endorsed by all the record labels has been arrested. DJ's feel like if the stores get hit they'll rather just find another store than take a stand. It's a double-edged sword - we get the music from the labels and the permission from the labels and the record reps to put their labels music on our CDs, but until we get written permission it's not legal. It's a double standard," Chuck T said.
"All it takes is one person to make a complaint. I had a very successful company and within five minutes it was gone. It was hard to see myself shut down as all these other sites popped up, just sitting there watching it, wondering why I was busted and nobody else was," Ferman added
"This thing with DJ Drama was only a matter of time. A store that he sold to could've gotten busted- they could've had his information, phone numbers... Now he just got raided, they took his computers, with all the addresses and phone numbers he might have, the RIAA would have everything they would need to go after whoever they needed to," Ferman said.
DJ Chuck T is hoping to prevent future problems for DJs by organizing a union.
"A lot of the DJ's looked to me to start it, because I was one of the few to be hurt by the law, but we were having trouble finding big name DJs to stand behind it because a lot of them feel like they were above the law. This proves that nobody is safe - one of the key points in the union was getting mixtapes legalized, we know they'd have to be regulated, but we're cool with that. We also want to go about getting mixers and radio DJs fair wages and health benefits. We are still trying to get members for the DJ coalition and anyone that wants to sign up can email DJChuckT@aol.com"
"Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary" Licks Shots Into L.A.Theaters
GANGSTA RAP: THE GLOCKUMENTARY will have its theatrical release Friday, March 2 on nearly two dozen screens in the L.A. area. The feature-length comedy is independently released by Ill Ville Films/Big Business.Written and directed by Damon "Coke" Daniels, who co-wrote My Baby's Daddy with Eddie Griffin for Miramax, GANGSTA RAP: THE GLOCKUMENTARY owes its street cred to Daniels' extensive turn in the world of hip hop, during which his group Madkap (Loud Records) toured with the likes of Notorious B.I.G, The Pharcyde, Twista, Common, The Alkaholics and the Wu Tang Clan.Daniels also served as producer, alongside Craig Chapman, Chris Dreyer and Paul Stewart, who also handled the film's music supervision.
Stewart, who founded PMP, a promotions company associated with Island/Def Jam and Loud Records, has also served as music supervisor for the Oscar-winning Hustle & Flow and Four Brothers, starring Mark Wahlberg and Terrence Howard, as well as the Barbershop franchise. Myles Nestel, who was founding partner of Cobalt Media Group, which financed the Oscar-nominated House of Sand and Fog, Swimfan and Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers, and Mike Medlock, are executive producers.
Shot in mockumentary style, with Daniels in the role as filmmaker, GANGSTA RAP follows the flickering fortunes of Gangsta Rap, "the hardest group you've never heard of," a trio of old school, West Coast rappers: Murder Mike, Du Rag and DJ Ballistics. Despite run-ins with the law, shady dealings, numerous child custody cases, and a serious slide into irrelevance with the public, these self-proclaimed godfathers of gangsta rap are hell-bent on staging a comeback.With fresh tracks such as "My Mamma's A Bitch" and "In My House Shoes," Gangsta Rap is angling to re-establish their supremacy.
The group originally burst on the scene in the mid-eighties, virtually ruling the West Coast underground into the next decade. Following a slew of setbacks and some vicious in-fighting, the O.G.s put the past behind them to take one more stab at success.The film features an ensemble cast of both real-life rappers and stand-up comedians, including Howie Bell (P. Diddy Presents...The Bad Boys of Comedy; Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza), Gerald Johnson (aka, Slink Capone The Cutaluff, produced by Too Short), Schuylar Harvey, Leslie (aka Leslie Jones; HBO's Def Comedy Jam; Girlfriends; National Security) Tomy'a Bowden (The Steve Harvey Show; Dahmer), Clifton Powell (Ray; Woman, Thou Art Loosed) and Sam Maccarone, director of the recently released National Lampoon's TV.
The Movie and also features cameos by rappers Too $hort and GLC.The soundtrack from the film will be available on Delicious Vinyl.
OPRAH WINFREY TOPS TWO MORE LISTS
Billionnaire talk show host Oprah Winfrey sits atop Harris Poll’s list of America’s favorite TV personalities for the fifth consecutive year, and ranks No. 1 on Forbes magazine’s inaugural list of "The 20 Richest Women in Entertainment."
As reported yesterday, Denzel Washington was named America’s favorite movie star in the annual Harris Poll, which grilled 1,162 U.S. adults online between December 12 and 18, 2006. On the TV side, Oprah beats second place personality Jon Stewart, and Bill O’Reilly at No. 3.
Meanwhile, Oprah and her estimated $1.5 billion in amassed earnings throughout her career are perched atop Forbes’ “20 Richest Women in Entertainment" list ahead of second place “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling with $1 billion, and homemaking maven Martha Stewart at No. 3 with $638 million.
Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson placed 6th and 7th with $225 million and $150 million respectively, while Jennifer Lopez came in at No. 9 on earnings of $110 million.
To make the list, these working female megastars needed a minimum net worth of $45 million amassed over the course of their careers.
Forbes and E! Entertainment have teamed up for a one-hour TV special about the list, which premieres on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. ET.
Here is the first-ever list of Forbes' 20 Richest Women in Entertainment:
1) Oprah Winfrey $1.5B
2) J.K. Rowling $ 1B
3) Martha Stewart $638M
4) Madonna $325M
5) Celine Dion $250M
6) Mariah Carey $225M
7) Janet Jackson $150M
8) Julia Roberts $140M
9) Jennifer Lopez $110M
10) Jennifer Aniston $110M
11) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen $100M
12) Britney Spears $100M
13) Judge Judy (Sheindlin) $ 95M
14) Sandra Bullock $ 85M
15) Cameron Diaz $ 75M
16) Gisele Bundchen $ 70M
17) Ellen DeGeneres $ 65M
18) Nicole Kidman $ 60M
19) Christina Aguilera $ 60M
20) Renee Zellweger $ 45M