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Feb 2, 2007

Daily Update 2*2*07

50 Cent Cool With D-Block? Explains Remy Ma Rumors
50 Cent may have buried the hatchet with D-Block after being involved in a long-running beef with the crew since dropping his sophomore release, The Massacre, in 2005, going after Jadakiss.

During a radio interview with Angie Martinez on Thursday (February 1) at New York's Hot 97, 50 Cent spoke candidly about several topics, including clearing up rumors of Remy Ma being courted by G-Unit, as well as having a calm conversation with Styles P right on the air.

According to 50 Cent, even if he wanted to sign Remy, he can't because she has a gag order where she cannot work with 50 Cent or G-Unit. But, he feels Remy is a talented rapper.

"I think Remy Ma is hot," 50 Cent told Angie Martinez. "I just think she was mishandled. Lyrically, she can compete. She gives a female perspective with a hard edge."

Later on, Styles P called in and he and 50 discussed the G-Unit generals power in the industry, and how he affected Styles P's latest effort, Time Is Money.

Click here to hear!

Styles P said that 50 is a strong artist who has huge power in the industry, but he feels he needs to come back down to Earth and remember where he comes from.

"You're a strong artist, and I do tip my hat and salute you, but there's people like me... my joint went 80,000, and I really don't care," Styles P said. "I make music. I'm Styles, I walk the streets. I'm in the streets."

"I agree, if you say I'm a different person... anybody that say that money didn't change them, they just didn't make enough," 50 Cent retorted. "But, to have you out there with nothing, that's not what I intended, not for you or anybody."

Although Styles admitted that 50 may have influenced his project being pushed back, he explained that it helped him step up his business game.

"What don't kill me, only make me stronger. So him pushing me back, got me on my P's and Q's, and got me on my toes. That helped me get off the majors," explained Styles. "I ain't gonna sell no 10 million [50 Cent] is gonna sell. I ain't gonna sell no five million, and I ain't gonna make those songs, but I am the best hardcore lyricist point blank."

The conversation got somewhat heated, but overall stayed calm, ending with both parties stating they would talk off the air with the possibility of working together business-wise in the future.

Even later during the interview, the Dipset's Cam'ron called in to discuss 50's comments regarding Koch Records -- saying it was the graveyard of major record artists.

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What started out nicely, ended with Cam'ron yelling out album sales numbers, comparing each of his camp's albums with the lackluster efforts from both Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep. The call ended before 50 or Cam'ron could get really heated about either's comments.

Fabolous Opens Up About Shooting Incident; Hooks Up With Jeezy, Ne-Yo

Fabolous has always prided himself on being street-tough, beginning with his first major hit, the 2001 gangsta track "Can't Deny It." But in October, the Brooklyn, New York, rapper got more than he bargained for when he was shot in the thigh by an unknown assailant. After the incident, Fabolous was charged with weapons possession after police discovered two guns in his car.

Now Fabolous is opening up about the incident. While he says it didn't take him even two weeks to get back on his feet after being shot, he hasn't shrugged the attack off. He says he took it very seriously.

"It was a life-threatening experience, so I took it as that," Fab said Tuesday of the shooting. "Even when I got my truck back [after the shooting], I looked at [one of the shots] in the windshield — it was high enough to be a head shot. I looked at that as being more dangerous than the leg thing. My leg was better in a week and a half. I was back regular, like it never even happened. Even the hole didn't look nothing much [more serious] than a cigarette burn. The bullet didn't hit no bone. I'm a skinny dude ... I don't have a bunch of meat for it to really run through and be a flesh wound. For it to be a flesh wound, I was like, 'Wow.'

"The MC admitted that getting shot caused him to re-evaluate his inner circle as well as his priorities.

"I just fell back, took it easy," he said. "Maybe I was doing a little too much. Let some things take their course. I had never been shot before. I had to chill for a minute and got focused on the music and other things rather than being out and running around.

"It was a good thing that it happened towards the end of the year," he added of the shooting. "It happened in October, and I had two months to really think about what was going on. I didn't have my structure around me right. Once that thing happened, I had to get a structure within my life and make sure I get this sh-- moving right. I had a lot of things that wasn't moving right. Everything was moving on spur of the moment. Anybody who's in a leadership position or a boss position, you need to have some structure. You need to have certain people who ... make the whole clock keep running smoothly. I look back at the shooting like if sh-- would have been structured right, maybe none of it would have been happening."

Not only did Fab come under fire from the New York Police Department in the wake of the shooting, some fans and critics started questioning whether the whole situation was just a publicity stunt. Shortly after the incident, his new label, Def Jam, announced that he was dropping his album, From Nothing to Something, while the shooting and arrest were fresh on everyone's mind The LP was delayed thereafter.

"I think Def Jam was doing that because they really wanted to get me out," he explained about the previous December 26 release date for the LP. "I don't know if they looked at [the shooting incident] as something to capitalize on, but they definitely wanted to get me out in December. We had talks about that months before, but I guess they wanted to use [the shooting] as a opportunity to get me out because my name had lit up. It put a little bright light to my name, so why not? But I had no knowledge of trying to capitalize on being shot as a reason to put my album out. And really, [the album] wasn't ready yet. When they [made the initial announcement], we wasn't ready. So they was just doing that on their own."

Fab's LP still isn't 100 percent done, but he's getting there. He's progressed far enough with production that a March 27 release date has been set and two songs have already hit the streets: "Return of the Hustle," which features Swizz Beatz and production by Just Blaze; and "Diamonds on My Damn Chain," a collaboration with Lil Wayne and producer Steve Morales, who's best known for his work with Celine Dion.

"I actually was staying down in Miami, we was staying at a crib [Morales] works at, it has a studio," Fab said. "Steve came through and said, 'I wanna play some joints for you.' One of the joints hit me instantly. It had a chopped-up loop from the song me and Jeezy did called 'Do the Damn Thang.' I said, 'Damn, I need somebody who can talk this bling talk and still make it a good record.' Weezy was perfect for it. We go way back.

"The official first single, though, is "Make Me Better." The track — which features Ne-Yo on the hook and was produced by Timbaland — finds Fab in a very familiar mode, talking to the ladies. The strings will remind hip-hop fans of Raekwon's classic "Rainy Dayz"; as for the lyrics, Fab and Ne-Yo tell ladies they are forces to be reckoned with on their own — but with their ladies upgrading them, they're that much better.

"You want a girl that completes you and makes you better," he explained. "You don't want a girl who brings more arguments and more bills. ... You want a girl who, when you're walking around with your tie crooked, she fixes your tie. .... That's the kind of [woman] I'm looking for. Whether she's a celebrity or non-celebrity don't really matter. You just need somebody you can connect with.

"It touches so many places," Fab added of the song. "It's a sexy record, plus a swagger record, an anthem record all in one. ... I played it for a couple of dudes a week ago, and they was like, 'I'mma tell my shorty that: "Yo, shorty, you make me better. I'm cool, I'm fly and sh--, but us together, we make a great pair." ' Dudes can take it — it's giving them some game. I felt it could work on all levels.

"On the production front, while Timbaland helped man the boards on Fab's debut, Ghetto Fabolous, the rapper and super producer actually didn't get together in the studio this time.

"I never got to actually hook up with Tim," Fab said. "But I was in Miami working for two and a half months. So I would see him out, see him around. I seen him in [Miami hot spot] the Forge a couple of times, and a couple of his records would come on and I'd be like, 'This is what I need.' He'd be laughing and say, 'All right.' He definitely knows I respect his work. [When I went to record 'Make Me Better'] Ne-Yo came in and attacked them strings. He already had a vision. When I came in, all I had to do was put the spice on the sh-- and it was ready. It was smash already to me."


It was reported Thursday that Whitney Houston requested a default judgment in her divorce from R&B singer Bobby Brown in an attempt to fast-track the process.

The document, filed on Dec. 28 in Orange County Superior Court, also indicates that there are "no issues of division of community property" in the divorce, according to the website, which reported it.

Houston’s divorce filing in October sought custody of the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, and that Brown, 37, be allowed visitation rights.

Lil' Flip' s New Cd Hits Shelves Next Month

Lil' Flip recently confirmed an official release date for his delayed third solo album titled I Need Mine.

The album, which was originally due in stores last year,
was setback after it leaked online. It was also hindered by a dispute between Flip and his former record label, Columbia/Sony Urban.

According to Flip, who recently spoke to Billboard, his relationship with Columbia/Sony turned for the worst during the run of his last album, U Gotta Feel Me. Flip (born Wesley Weston) felt it deserved better promotion, despite the fact it sold more than 1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen's SoundScan.

"Everybody wanted to sign me and I had fans. With that type of ammunition, Sony was able to take me to platinum with barely any promotion," Flip explained. "I had two videos and went over platinum. Most rappers need three to four videos to go platinum. Imagine if someone was really behind me. At this point in my career I can't settle for part of a promotional campaign, and Sony would not give me 100%."

Flip and Columbia/Sony would part ways this past summer. The Houston bred rapper would then sign with Asylum Records, which roster includes Cam'ron, UGK and Paul Wall.

I Need Mine will hit shelves on March 27. The album features appearances from Lyfe Jennings, Big Pokey, Lil' Keke, Nate Dogg and Mannie Fresh, among others.

Battle Over 'Diddy' Name Continues In London Court

The battle over the name "Diddy" continues, as London-based producer Richard "Diddy" Dearlove has accused Sean "Diddy" Combs of breaching an earlier agreement that stopped Combs from using the moniker in the United Kingdom.

According to the Associated Press, Dearlove filed a lawsuit in High Court in London today (Feb. 1) claiming that Combs is in breach of an agreement struck on Sept. 5, 2006, in which the Royal Courts of Justice in London, ended the dispute between the producer and Combs over the use of the mark “Diddy” within the United Kingdom.

Combs was ordered to pay Dearlove significant damages, all of his costs of the litigation, and Combs was barred from using the moniker in the United Kingdom.

He claims that Combs is in breach of the agreement because Combs is still using the "Diddy" moniker on his page and his YouTube channel.

Combs had already directed British users that visited to another website that did not use the "Diddy" namesake, but Dearlove's lawyer said that Combs was not able to do the same thing with websites like MySpace, where his profile has been viewed nearly 10 million times.

"We want him either to use a neutral name like P. Diddy or to shut them down," Dearlove's lawyer Iain Purvis told The Associated Press. "It may be tough for him, but that is just unfortunate. He has made his bed, he should lie in it."

Dearlove is seeking an injunction to prevent Combs from using the name on the popular websites. Dearlove may also seek damages.

Dearlove has produced singles for Blondie, Ultranate, Dolly Parton, Sugababes under the name "Diddy."

Eddie Murphy Disrespects Black Women?

Najee Ali is at it again, and this time, Eddie Murphy is in his cross hairs.

The southern California activist, who recently made headlines over Brandy being charged with man slaughter is upset with Murphy and his new movie, Norbit.

Ali, and other Black leaders in the LA area will host a press conference at noon, calling for Murphy to “apologize” for the way Black women are depicted on a promotional billboard and in the movie.

"Eddie Murphy's billboard disrespects Black women and continues to perpetuate negative stereotypical images that large Black women are sexually aggressive, unattractive, violent and promiscuous. These types of negative images are damaging to our community and to have this ad campaign unveiled during Black History Month is a slap in our face and disrespectful," a press release for the protest states.

If you’ve been hiding under a rock (or bootlegging all your movies), you can see the movie trailer here:

Has Murphy gone too far or are some leaders too sensitive?

Toni Braxton Refiles $10 Million Breach Of Contract Lawsuit Against Ex- Manager

Toni Braxton refiled her $10 Million lawsuit against former manager, Barry Hankerson, in New York State Court-- setting off a public feud between the two even before the case goes to trial.

According to a statement released by Braxton's camp, the singer's attorney Peter Haviland, said the move to state court is "the fastest route to getting Braxton free and clear of Hankerson, since we avoid wasting time on any possible dispute over federal jurisdiction of her claims."

After Braxton's re-filing became public, Hankerson's Blackground Records released a statement claiming that the six time Grammy award winner "voluntarily dismissed her lawsuit against the defendants" after the court ordered her to "justify the basis of her lawsuit."

As previously, Braxton originally filed a $10 Million lawsuit, in Manhattan, against her former manager accusing him of breach of contract.

On Wednesday, January 31st, Hankerson issued a new statement via Blackground's attorney, Samuel E. Chilakos.

"Neither Blackground Records nor Barry Hankerson have been served with the new lawsuit; nevertheless, we are quite confident that this new lawsuit will ultimately be deemed devoid of merit. Both Blackground Records LLC and Barry Hankerson have fulfilled all of their obligations to Ms. Braxton and find it disappointing that she has chosen litigation instead of working with Blackground Records to make a hit album that could have revived her recording career," says the statement.

Hankerson claims that Braxton's original lawsuit comes just two days after he dropped her from Blackground when she collected an advance for an album that she later refused to deliver.
According to Hankerson, Braxton was released from Blackground Records on January 10, 2007.

Feb 1, 2007

Breaking News

Kenneth Supreme McGriff Found Guilty!!!

A jury has found Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff guilty of killing two rivals in 2001.

The jury reached a verdict today (Feb. 1) after five days of deliberation and found McGriff guilty of paying $50,000 to gun down rivals Troy Singleton and Eric "E Money Bags" Smith.

McGriff was convicted of murder conspiracy and drug dealing charges for masterminding the 2001 slayings of Smith and Troy Singleton, reputed rival drug dealers.

McGriff ordered surveillance of Smith, who was gunned down in his SUV in July 2001.

The government accuses McGriff of ordering the murder to avenge the death of Colbert "Black Just" Johnson and for allegedly assaulting Murder Inc. mogul Irv Gotti.

Singleton was murdered execution style in 2001. He was shot four times, in the body and head outside a sports bar, the Club Van Wyck in Queens.

Prosecutors allege McGriff ordered Singleton's slaying as revenge for an earlier double homicide Singleton allegedly committed.
Officials have claimed that McGriff secretly controlled rap label Murder Inc, which was founded by mogul Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo and is home to superstars like rapper Ja Rule and songstress Ashanti.
Gotti and his brother Christopher Lorenzo were acquitted of laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds for McGriff in 2005.

McGriff was the founder of The Supreme Team, a Queens, NY based drug dealing organization that was chronicled in Ethan Brown's book Queen's Reign's Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent and The Hip-Hop Hustler.

McGriff's attorneys maintain that he stopped dealing drugs in the 1980's to pursue a legitimate career in the music industry.

A jury will decide if McGriff will face the death penalty for his crime, although Federal Judge Frederic Block said that it was unlikely McGriff would get the death penalty.

"There's no chance in the world there would be a death-penalty verdict in this case," Judge Block wrote in a letter. "This is an absurd prosecution, based upon what I have heard...If I'm wrong, I will have egg on my face, but I will not be incorrect."

McGriff's attorneys maintain that he stopped dealing drugs in the 1980's to pursue a legitimate career in the music industry.

Gangsta Rap: The Glockumentary

Something tells me this movie is going to be Funny As Hell


Before I start The news today, I wanna Give a R.I.P. Shout out Mike Lord From 103jamz in Va. Our Prayers go out to His family and Friends.

You Will be missed Brother.

Daily update 2*1*07

RZA Speaks on New Bobby Digital Album, Afro Samurai Soundtrack

Anyone wondering whether Wu-Tang Clan rapper/producer RZA will resurrect his rhyming alter ego Bobby Digital for another musical run can rest easy.

The lyricist, recently entered the studio to lay down tracks for a new Digital album. RZA, born Robert Diggs, admits to having fun working on the project which is he said was tentatively titled DigiSnacks.

"Yeah yeah, I'm wilin' out," RZA told "I just got serious about it for the last two months really. We buggin' out on there. We having a good time, Grizzly Adams style. It's grizzly."
While he prepares to unleash Bobby Digital, RZA can be heard on the score and soundtrack for the new film Afro-Samurai.

Composing the film's music proved to be a challenge for the versatile beatmaker as he found himself relying on other means in light of not receiving the film beforehand.

"The music was done before the animation. I had to work off of something called Animatics, it's just like storyboards, that moves," RZA explained. "It was kind of deep for my but I did it. A little harder than normal, but I did it."

Based on a graphic novel by Takashi Okazaki, Afro Samurai is an animated series starring Samuel L. Jackson as a black samurai who is out to avenge the death of his father by hunting for the gunman responsible.

The film's soundtrack, featuring Big Daddy Kane, GZA, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli and the extended Wu Tang Family, is in stores now.

The Afro Samurai show, which recently premiered on Spike TV, is scheduled to be released on DVD this spring.

The Wu-Tang Clan also recently announced a reunion album titled 8 Diagrams, the group's first album in over six years.

Dr. Dre "The Biography" On The Way

A Book entitled "Dr. Dre : The Biography" by (Ronin Ro) that talks about the history of the One and only Andre "Dr. Dre" Young will be released this month. The book discusses Dre's early years all the way up to his glory days as one of Hip-Hop's most prolific producers.

The book consists of 336 pages filled with facts and remarks on his entire career including his early days with N.W.A., his time on Death Row, the chemistry with Snoop and The Game.

The Book is scheduled for release on Feb 27-2007 .

Jay-Z Enters Trump's World For $65K

Jay-Z is set to move into a plush new $65,000 per month apartment in Trump World Towers in New York City.

According to the New York Post, the hip hop mogul will be upgrading to a luxurious 14-room condo on one of the top floors of the swank 90-floor East Side complex. The Brooklyn-born MC will also become neighbors with New York Yankee all-star, Derek Jeter, who also resides in the building only one floor below.

The condo comes with equipped with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two fire places, two powder rooms, a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings, a library, unobstructed city views and a maid's quarters. The building also boasts a full service health club and spa, complete with an indoor pool, wine cellar, a residents-only garden and room service from popular Japanese restaurant Megu.

The Def Jam CEO's former residence, a 4,800 sq. ft, $40,000 per month apartment in TimeWarnerCenter in Manhattan, was recently sold for $27 million. Jay-Z has been known to show interest in high-profile residences in the past, even attempting to acquire Robert Dinero's Tribeca triplex in 2004 for over $13 million.

Ja Rule Set To Appear In Saw IV

With Saw IV slated for an October 26, 2007 release, production would have to get under way soon in order to make that date. David Hackl is rumored to direct.

Now comes the first bit of casting and plot buzz about the sequel. According to a scooper at who claims to have read the script, Ja Rule has been cast in the film.

The site claims the rapper-actor will appear in the film's opening scene, which will also reportedly be the first scene shot when principal photography supposedly begins in Toronto in March.

It is also reported that Angus Macfayden's Saw III protagonist Jeff will return for the sequel, although there's no word yet on whether Macfayden himself will play the role again.

So i guess it Really is Muuuuurrrrrrrddeeerrrr (Sorry i couldn't resist)

Nas - Where Are They Now Remixes

Nas - Where Are They Now (80's Remix)

features Grandmaster Caz, MC Shan, Raheem (Furious Five), Doctor Ice (UTFO), Kangol (UTFO), Kool Moe Dee, Sha Rock (Funky Four Plus One), Tito (Fearless Four), Lique (Isis of X Clan), Dana Dane, Pebblee Poo & Just Ice.
props to Rizoh

Nas - Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix)

Ft. Breeze, Kam, King Tee, Candyman, Threat, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Conscious Daughters (with scratches from DJ Bobcat).

Whats next?? the Dirty South Version Featuring the entire No Limit roster???

Tyra Banks Talking about Putting on Weight

Tyra Dont worry, you can still get it. With the Lights on.

Jay Rome No TV's in that whip.

Pretty Ricky Snatch The Title, Young Jeezy Slides, Eminem Holds Tight

In this week's Hip-Hop Charts, Pretty Ricky grabs the crown, Young Jeezy drops and Eminem holds tight.

Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is Pretty Ricky. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the group's sophomore effort, Late Night Special, has dialed up 132,000 units, thanks to their hit single "On The Hotline."

Young Jeezy continues to hold rap's highest rank on the charts despite dropping four spots to No. 18. The Inspiration reels in 31,100 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 773,100.
Continuous decrease in sales keeps ruining the platinum chances for Eminem and his Shady affiliates. The Re-Up, standing at No. 32 this week, only hustles in 22,600 units. To date, the compilation has sold 814,700 copies.

Nas continues to struggle as he slumps thirteen spots to No. 35. Hip Hop is Dead moves 20,000 copies this week, bringing the disc's total sales to 580,600.

Snoop Dogg slips eight seats to No. 36 with The Blue Carpet Treatment scanning 19, 330 units this week. After 10 weeks, the album has sold a total of 732,600 copies.
After keeping the No. 29 spot warm for the past two weeks, Jay-Z tumbles down to No. 40 this week. Kingdom Come shifts 18,300 discs this week , bringing the album's total sales to 1,302,100.

Still trying to stay alive in the rap marathon, Birdman and Lil' Wayne jog five spots up to No. 43. Like Father, Like Son cashes in 16,900 copies this week. The total for the album reads off at 569,900.

On the slower side of things, Dreamgirls soundtrack slides, Akon loses his footing and Robin Thicke continues to ascend. Dreamgirls soundtrack slips four spots to No. 6 this week. Despite the loss of rank, the CD still has the attention of consumers as it pushes 55,700 units this week. The soundtrack has sold a total of 633,000 copies in eight weeks. Akon staggers two spots to No. 7 this week. Konvicted still has registers ringing, scanning 50, 400 copies this week. The total for the album reads off at 1,379,000. Robin Thicke continues to rapidly climb the charts. Evolution Of Robin Thicke makes a jump from No. 16 to No. 8 by moving 44,800 copies this week. The album's tally stands at 371,514. A decrease in sales shoves Justin Timberlake four spots to No. 10 this week. FutureSex/LoveSounds pushes 39,000 copies this week, bringing the albums total sales to 2,560,600. After an amazing jump from No. 32 to No. 4 last week, Corrine Bailey Rae falls seven spots to No. 11 after moving only 38,203 units. After 32 weeks, her self titled CD is a foot away from platinum with a total of 910,900 copies. The grind keeps getting tougher for Omarion as he trips seven spots to No. 34. 21 scans 20,800 copies this week, bringing the albums total sales to 230,000.

Next week look for Jill Scott and Sean Price to shake things up on the Hip-Hop Charts

Jan 31, 2007

Daily Update2 1*31*07

Nas Drafts 90's All-Star Lineup For "Where Are They Now" Remix
Nas officially answered his Hip Hop Is Dead track "Where Are They Now" by releasing a remix that features several of the once famous hip-hop stars that have since fallen into obscurity.

The "Where Are They Now" remix features 90's rappers Redhead Kingpin, Rob Base, Original Spinderella, Father MC, Monie Love, Mike Gee of the Jungle Brothers, E-S-T of 3XDope, Positive K, Das Efx, DoItAll of Lords of the Underground, Chip-Fu of the Fu-Schnickens and Dres of Black Sheep spittin' over the "Where Are They Now" track blended with beats from their 90's hits, including "It Takes Two," "We Want Efx," "True Fu-Schnick"and "The Choice is Yours," among others.

One by one the quieted MC's re-emerge with lyrics and flow, exemplifying why they are - as one Das Efx member puts it-"your favorite rapper's rapper's rapper." Though upbeat, the spirited remix also features lamentations that Pac and Big aren't alive to witness it. Nas also offers a shout out to Native Tongues rapper Chi-Ali, who is currently jailed.

Where Are They Now (90’s Remix)
props to Eskay and OnSmash

What's Going On With G-Unit?

What ever happened to Olivia? Has 50 shelved M.O.P's record? Who is this Young Hot Rod?

The streets and the message boards have been asking questions like this for quite some time. Sha Money XL of G-Unit finally has time to clear things up.

Contrary to some rumors, all three artists mentioned above are still officially signed to G-Unit. But, don't hold your breath for any of the acts' albums to surface this year, except for Hot Rod's. In fact, his first single's video has already been shot. Expect Rock to It to hit the airwaves and video shows soon.

So, what about M.O.P.?

"Honestly, I think they have an amazing album," he noted.. "Those kinds of guys, you just can't market; you got to just let them run wild. They're some ugly guys — what you want to do, get them a face-lift? You got to just not spend too much money and make it a profitable situation. I would like to say, 'Yeah, [they're gonna come out this year],' but I don't wanna lie."

50's Before I Self Destruct is also set to release in '07, but we will wait to see if that album hits shelves before the year's end.

Pretty Ricky Debut At #1 On Billboard 200

"LATE NIGHT SPECIAL," the new album from Blue Star Entertainment International/Atlantic recording group Pretty Ricky, has made a triumphant debut in the #1 spot on both the Billboard 200 and "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" charts. With total sales of over 132,000, the album's explosive first week in stores gives the Florida-based foursome the biggest-selling chart debut of 2007 thus far.

"On The Hotline," the first single/video from "LATE NIGHT SPECIAL," leaps to #6 at Urban radio and to #8 at Rhythmic Top 40, where it enjoys the most increased airplay this week. In addition, the album's second single, "Push It Baby," is set to impact at multi-format outlets in February.

Pretty Ricky - rappers Slick 'Em, Baby Blue, and Spectacular, and singer Pleasure - kicked off the release of "LATE NIGHT SPECIAL" last week with a stellar performance on BET's 106 & Park, where the "On The Hotline" companion video spent several days at #1 on the daily countdown. Now in "Heavy" rotation, the clip was BET's most-played video of the week. What's more, Pretty Ricky closed out the week with an additional pair of BET appearances, guesting on the January 27th installments of the network's Hosted Saturday and Top 25 Countdown.

Pretty Ricky has also been highly visible on MTV, including a visit to MTV's Total Request Live, where the "On The Hotline" video quickly entered the countdown's top 10. The clip has just been added to the MTV playlist, while also blowing up in "Simmerin'" rotation at MTV Jams.

Pretty Ricky will also make their late night television debut February 20th when the group will perform "On The Hotline" and "Push It" on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

"On The Hotline" is a massive ringtone hit, currently standing at #5 on Nielsen Ringscan's "Top 200 Mastertones" chart. Pretty Ricky is also hugely popular online, with nearly 400,000 friends registered on their MySpace page, placing them in the top 3 of MySpace's "Top Artists." At YouTube, the group's recently launched "Pretty Ricky TV" - which features a variety of exclusive videos - has already hit the top of the site's rankings as the month's #1 Most Subscribed Channel, as well as reaching the top 10 of YouTube's all-time Most Viewed Musicians pages.

Over at their own Pretty Ricky has just begun an exclusive sweepstakes where fans can win a trip for two to New York City to see the superstar quartet perform live in concert. Concert winners will also get to travel to the show in a limo, and meet the members of Pretty Ricky backstage.

Pretty Ricky will reveal tour plans for 2007 shortly. In late-2006, Pretty Ricky introduced fans to "LATE NIGHT SPECIAL" with show-stealing performances on the "Scream Tour 5: Ruff & Ready, Young & Sexy." The BET-sponsored trek saw Pretty Ricky commanding arena stages across America with some of R&B and hip-hop's hottest new stars, including Omarion, Ne-Yo, Mario, and Yung Joc.

In other news, Pretty Ricky will be featured on the March cover of Black Beat magazine, which hits newsstands on February 13th.

The Game Pleads Not Guilty In Police Impersonation Case
L.A. rapper The Game entered a not guilty plea to charges of impersonating a police officer in a New York court yesterday (January 31).

As previously reported, The Game (born Jayceon Taylor) was arrested on November 16 on charges that he pretended to be a police officer after hailing a cab and flashing a fake badge to his driver. New York City prosecutors claim the rapper told the driver he was an undercover officer and encouraged him to run several red stoplights on Lexington Avenue before being pulled over.

According to Game's lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, who spoke to the New York Post, the charges are false and his client, who is constantly followed by hip hop police, is the real victim.

"The police are harassing him," Lichtman said. " They don't even have a witness - no supporting deposition. It will be a slam-dunk acquittal or dismissal, it's up to the D.A."

"They offered us time served today and I didn't even lift my head to respond. It's an embarrassment for them," he continued. " The cops follow him from the moment he lands to the moment he leaves. A limo driver freaked out, that's it. They are harassing him, but there will be some harassment going the other way at the trial."

A representative for the New York Police Department responded to Litchmain's claims saying, "If he feels he's being harassed, he should file a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board."

The Game, who admitted earlier this year that he was aware he was being followed, released a statement in November declaring his innocence and citing the incident as "a ploy by the hip-hop police to humiliate" him.

Word On the Net

Since I got such a positive response with my rumors last week, I thought I would bring them back and give them there own post.


Word On the Net is Young Buck is Suppose to have a reality show upcoming. word to illseed and Freeze Fiyah!!!
Its suppose to come out with his album, but they keep pushing the album back.

Word On the Net is Hi-Five, you remember them, ( i like the waaaaay, you kiss me when we playing the kissing game) anywayz they have a new song feat. Mike Jones and Paul Wall. Don't Belive me???? Here it go.

Word On the Net is Runs house will be back in April, They are Still dealing with the Lose of their newborn.

Word On the Net is Mariah Carey is in Playboy this month. Sound like a good deal, but she Didnt take nothing off. How wack is that??? She should just pose in maxim then.

Word On the Net is Remy ma, Jacki-o and Shawnna, have a name for their group. I thought B.W.A. but they going with 3sum.

Word On the Net is Eddie Murphy wants to play James Brown in the Biopic that Spike is doing.
But apparently Usher has already been cast in the role. Sooooo looks like Spike got a choice to make. To bad James ain't here to pick for himself. What happened to the Rick James movie????

Word On the Net is J.D. is going to be the V.P. of Def jam. Which Means he will be under 1 Shawn Carter. Also J.D. Is Bringing over his Whole So So Def Staff.

Word On the Net is Game's Little homie Juice Got Stuck For his Jewels.

Word On the Net is Some Miscellaneous rapper has a sex tape online, nothing major, i just thought i would put him out there for a sec.

Word On the Net is 50 Cent has a track on his new album "Before I Self Destruct".feat. Jay-Z produced by Dr.Dre Word is Jay-Z shouts out the unit at the start of the track and even throws in a "GGGGG-Unit". Dont shot the messenger I got it from the mad writer(tell em why you mad son, tell em why you mad)

That's it for this week ya'll So tell me what you think

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Daily Updates 1*31*07

Juelz Santana Lands High Profile Nike Cameo, Confirms Lil Wayne Collab & New Album

Rapper Juelz Santana was recently tapped to be featured in Nike's new marketing campaign, "The Second Coming: Our Game, Our Time,” which features NBA basketball stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire, Rasheed Wallace, Jermaine O’Neal, Tony Parker, Paul Pierce, Shawn Marion, and Chris Paul.

The new :60 second montage was produced by Nike, Wieden & Kennedy and acclaimed music
video director Dave Meyer.

Dipset member Juelz Santana and super producer Just Blaze provided the soundtrack for the commercial, which debuted last week in major markets across the country.

"The commercial is so powerful without no music behind it, I kinda had an idea once they told me what they wanted, they said 'Juelz we just want you to do you but we want you to make that power'" Santana revealed to AHH. "And that's what Dipset and juelz santana is known for, just making powerful music. It wasn't hard. I sent them the first version. It was Nike, there were a couple of things I couldn't say and I had to take out, but other than that, they loved it, they loved the energy and they loved the feel behind the song.

Here is the Commercial

On Jan. 29, Nike celebrated the new ad campaign at Niketown New York, where Juelz and Kobe Bryant were on hand to speak to local high school students and basketball fans about the importance of hard work to achieve greatness in sports.

While Bryant unveiled his newest signature basketball shoe from Nike – the Zoom Kobe II, Santana revealed details about his upcoming album with Cash Money Records' star artist, Lil' Wayne.
The collaboration, titled I Can't Feel My Face, is finished, according to Santana.

Santana, who is from the Bronx, said that a recently leaked mixtape was just a taste of what he had in store with Lil Wayne, who hails from New Orleans.

"That's done, everybody who thinks that not happening, we did a mixtape, and the mixtape leaked," Santana told AHH. "We did the tour together and we got over 40 records, so that's definitely going down."

Santana said the
two would select the best of the songs they recorded to produce I Can't Feel My Face, which is due in stores this year.

"It's something that's never been done before, a dude from the north and a dude from the south, especially with the south being so hot, and me being one of the hottest dudes in the north," Santana boasted. "We just gonna let the music talk. Me and Weezy just put out a single 'Black Republicans.' We Black Democrats running those Black Republicans out of office."

Santana is putting the finishing touches on the follow up to his hit album What the Game's Been Missing, which is certified platinum.

The album, Santana's third, is titled Born To Lose, Built to Win (The Reagan Era).
Santana explained that the album's title is reference to the time Ronald Reagan served as President of the United States (1981–1989), which is also the time period crack cocaine hit the streets of inner cities in the country like a plague.

"The Reagan era was the biggest crack era ever and I feel like I am human crack in the flesh. When I say that I don't want people to confuse it. My music is so potent, you get addicted to it."
Santana said that he would be finished Born To Lose, Built to Win (The Reagan Era) and would turn it in to Def Jam, Santana's recording home.

YouTube To Pay For Videos

YouTube has become an internet main stay for wild and crazy videos and old school classics. Now, the company is getting ready to pay users for quality video.

The company has not announced just how it will split revenue with users, but some speculate that the split may be 50/50, according to a Business Week article.

"We are actively exploring a variety of ways to help the community to monetize content,” a You Tube spokesperson says of the new venture.

The proposal is not without problems. YouTube will also need to ensure that uploaded videos do not violate current copy right laws and keep a closer eye on sexually explicit material.

"I think this is somewhat of a me-too move for YouTube, and I don't think they necessarily need to do it," former Zuba CEO Thomas McInerney says.

"People upload content to YouTube because there is an ego in broadcasting yourself. People like the attention.”

Sticky Fingaz to Play Hip-hop Cop on NBC’s Law & Order

Former Onyx front man Sticky Fingaz will appear on the hit NBC show Law & Order: Criminal Intent on February 13. The episode revolves around a rapper, played by Fab 5 Freddy, who is gunned down as he is leaving a radio station after debuting his new song and sitting for an interview.

Major Case Squad Detectives Logan and Wheeler question Sticky’s character who is the sole witness to the crime. Sticky’s character reveals that he is actually an undercover cop working on a task force that specializes in crimes within the hip-hop world.

Detectives on the show become suspicious of the undercover cop when witnesses begin to turn up dead. The show’s plot seems to be loosely based on occurrences at New York’s Hot 97 radio station in recent years, and the rumors of an NYPD task force dubbed the “hip-hop police” who have been accused of racially profiling high profile rap artists.

Nuthin' But "Dogg Chit" For Tha Dogg Pound

KOCH Records announces the release of Dogg Chit, the new studio album from Tha Dogg Pound, on March 27th , 2007.In July of 2006, Tha Dogg Pound quietly released their comeback album Cali Iz Active through Snoop's Doggystyle Records.

The under-the-radar project spawned an incredible West Coast peace offering in the album's title track and ground breaking video, along with a slew of other dynamic comeback tracks.

Universally praised by the music press, this whetted the appetite of West Coast rap fans everywhere.Now, less than a year later, Tha Dogg Pound is back with an even stronger effort titled Dogg Chit.

Fans of the classic West Coast G-Funk sound will absolutely love this album.The first single from Dogg Chit will be "Vibe With A Pimp" featuring Snoop Dogg. It's already begun receiving airplay on Power 106/Los Angeles. The track will be serviced everywhere shortly.

Daz Dillinger says, "We got a new album coming out March 27th, first Dogg Pound album entirely produced by us since Dogg Food nawwhatImean? We doin' it again, we ready. First single is ‘Vibe With A Pimp' with Snoop."

It was over ten years ago that Tha Dogg Pound laced the music world with their multi-platinum-selling debut album, Dogg Food. Since then, the group has released numerous hits that define the G-Funk sound.

Daz Dillinger is also world-renowned for having produced some of the biggest hits of the Death Row era for artists like 2Pac and countless others

A Tentative track listing for Dogg Chit is as follows:
1. Get Out My Way
2. I'll Bury Ya
3. EveryBody
4. Anybody Killa Featuring The Game
5. Mo' Murder
6. Vibe With A Pimp Featuring Snoop Dogg
7. Can't Get Enuff Featuring Too $hort
8. Dat Ain't My Baby
9. Thiz Gangsta Chit Iz Our'z
10. 1 N 1 Out
11. Where U From Featuring Bad Azz
12. Throw Ya Hood Up
13. It's A Good Azz Day
14. Pull Ya Drawz Down Featuring Snoop Dogg
15. Blast On' Em Featuring Brotha Lynch Hung
16. Bucc'm Featuring Snoop Dogg & RBX
17. Blaze It Up Featuring G.Malone, Jayo Felony, B.G Knoccout, Dresta

Jim Jones, Trick Daddy and Rich Boy to Participate In Gridiron Celebrity Hoops Charity Game

Jim Jones and Rich Boy are scheduled to participate in the Ninth Annual Super Bowl Gridiron Celebrity Hoops basketball game on February 3 in Miami. The game, which is officially sanctioned by the NFL, will raise funds for Junior Achievers Motivated to Succeed USA, a charity which strives to enrich the quality of life of today’s abused, abandoned and neglected youths who have been placed within the foster care system.

Also participating in the game will be Miami rapper Trick Daddy, and NFL players Terrell Owens and Vince Young. Model and actress Melyssa Ford and BET personality Rocsi will serve as coaches of the opposing teams. In addition to the game, performances are expected from Jim Jones, Rich Boy and Mr. A.P. and artist on Vince Young’s Next Level Entertainment record label.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the University of Miami’s Bank United Center.

Mekhi Phifer To Produce Rap Album

Actor Mekhi Phifer (ER, 8 Mile, Clockers,) has collaborated with writer Ronnie Warner to form two separate production companies, Facilitator Films and Facilitator Music.Facilitator Music has teamed up with producer Todd Mushaw to release Face, a rapper from Reston, Va., who has gained regional recognition with the mixtape Face'N Tha Streetz Vol. 1.

In addition, the film company will executive produce This Christmas, a family movie starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, Loretta Devine, R&B heartthrob Chris Brown and Idris Elba (Daddy's Little Girls,The Wire), which began filming Jan. 8.

This follows their first project, the stoner comedy Puff Puff Pass, which Phifer also directed."Being able to develop projects for film, television and music has always been a passion and goal of mine so I am thrilled to be launching Facilitator," said Phifer via his publicist. "Both Ronnie and I share a creative vision and drive to create a variety of diverse projects across the entertainment spectrum."

OC Returns With "Hidden Gems"; Works On New Studio Album

Next Mill Entertainment, LLC announces the release of "Hidden Gems", a collection of rare, classic and never heard before songs from OC. U.S release date March 27th Coming off the heels of 2005's "Smoke and Mirrors" album released on Hiero Imperium OC returns with "Hidden Gems" a collection of rare, remixed, 12" only records and a few new songs.

Hidden Gems features such artist as Jay-Z, Organized Konfusion, The late Great Big L, DITC, Jeru the Damaja, Sadat X, Da Ranjahz and a host of great producers.

Whenever people talk about slept-on emcees, the name OC is always mentioned. Omar Cradle's history of under-promoted albums and sample clearance issues is familiar to anyone who knows their hip-hop history.

In 1994 his classic debut album Word…Life knocked the wind out of people's chests and put the Bushwick, Brooklyn emcee on the map. But somehow after 13 years, 5 solo albums, 1 group album and a dozen movie soundtrack inclusions, OC has remained largely unnoticed by the masses.

Throughout his career OC has giving the world; Word…Life, Jewelz, Bon Appetit, Star Child, Smoke and Mirrors and collaborated with his DITC crew on the Diggin' In The Crates self titled album amongst several 12" singles. Through ever album process there was tracks that didn't make the album some became 12" singles and other never seen the light of day or got remixed.

To hold his fans over til the next album and give all the die hards a chance to complete their OC collection OC's Mushine Inc and Next Mill Entertainment created "Hidden Gems".

Hidden Gems shows the evolution of the artist known to us as OC, from the first to last track is vintage OC that you fell in love with from Fudge Pudge. Hidden Gems is packed with unreleased songs, rare 12" songs, and a few new joints exclusively for your listening pleasure.

The first single "The Inventor" b/w "Yes Sir" f/ Sadat X, impacting at radio February 7th and hitting shelves February 27th.

"Hidden Gems" Tracklisting

1. Snakes – (Unreleased) – Producer Unknown
2. Ozone (Original Unreleased Version) Producer Unknown
3. Word…Life Remix
4. Stronjay (Original Unreleased Version) - Produced by Ogee
5. Crooklyn 2 f/ Chubb Rock & Jeru the Damaja - Produced by Dj Premier
6. You Won't Go Far f/ Organized Konfusion - Produced by Medicine Men
7. Day One f/ DITC - Produced by Show
8. Get Yours Rmx f/ Big L – Produced by Show
9. King of N.Y. Produced by J .Love
10. Bonafide f/ Jay- Z – Produced by Buckwild
11. Wordplay f/ Ranjahz – Produced by Buckwild
12. U-N-I – Produced by Buckwild
13. Half Good Half Sinner – Produced by Buckwild
14. Emotions Rmx f/ Ja Shawn - Produced by Keon

*Bonus Tracks*
15. The Inventor (New) – Produced by Ogee
16. Yes Sir f/ Sadat X(New) – Produced by OgeeExpect

a new studio album from OC entitled "My Soul 2 Keep" dropping fall of 07' featuring production by Frequency, B-Money, Locsmif, Madlib, Ogee, Marco Polo and Quincy Tones.

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Concert Ends Early After Brawl Breaks Out

A Bone Thugs-N-Harmony concert in Los Angeles came to an abrupt end on Friday night (January 26) after several fights broke out, leaving one person injured and another under arrest.

According to the Associated Press, one unidentified man was hit in the head with a barstool and beaten unconscious during the melee at the historic Warner Grand Theater, located in the San Pedro area of the city.

When the fighting started, police in riot gear attempted to disperse the crowd of about 1500 people, however many concertgoers refused to leave and tried to reenter the venue. One man who swung at a police officer was arrested and charged with resisting arrest.

Pastor Mason Betha- Extra Ordinary

Wouldnt Get Far Video -Game Feat. Kanye West

Throw Some D's on it Live

Jan 30, 2007

Random Video

Mims- this is why im hot (video)

Jadakiss & Bleu Davinci on Smack tv

Kevin Federline’s Super Bowl Commercial

Chris Rock's New movie- I think I Love my Wife.
(props to realtalkny)

Jay-Z's Team Nets $400M from Ex-Slave-Trade Co.

Will Jay-Z boycott his own team -- the New Jersey Nets -- for taking $400 million from a bank that some say was built on profits from the slave trade?

The Jiggaman was all smiles recently when the team announced that its new arena in Brooklyn, Jay-Z's hometown, would be called the Barclays Center, after UK-based Barclays Bank, which is paying $400 million over 20 years for naming rights. But just after the January 18 announcement, local politicians and journalists quickly rang the alarm on the deal, criticizing the team and its majority owner, Bruce Ratner, for taking money from a bank whose founding family profited from its ownership of slaves in the 18th century and was involved in controversial dealings with the South African government in the 1980s.

Since then, Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), his rep told reporters that there would be no statement given or action taken by Carter. The rapper has a history of boycotting: Last year, he stopped drinking and serving Cristal champagne after an executive with Cristal's producer made disparaging remarks about rappers and their affinity for the bubbly.

Barclays, for its part, says its slave-trade past should be understood in the context of history, and says that it will spend $2.5 million on enhancing basketball courts all over the borough of Brooklyn.


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Daily Update 1*30*07

Rich Boy Album Cover

Remy ma's Remix of throw some D's on it Get it here.

RichBoy's official "Throw Some D's On It" remix ft. Jim Jones, Andre 3000, Lil Jon, Murphy Lee, and Game.

Two Jurors Kicked Off, Judge Mocks Prosecution

Two jurors from Queens, NY were pulled from former drug lord Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff's double murder case.

One juror, a Queens lady, requested to be taken off the case after recognizing someone from McGriff's camp. She reportedly told Judge Frederic Block she was concerned cause McGriff's associate knew where she lived. Meanwhile, the second juror admitted that he read the papers and was aware of the media coverage surrounding the case.

"You've got to really, really, really not read the newspapers," Block told the jurors. Two alternate jurors joined the case today (January 29). McGriff is charged with ordering the murders of two of his rivals, Queens rapper E-Money Bags (born Eric Smith) and Troy Singleton. His escapades as a drug kingpin were featured in Queens Reigns Supreme, which graphically detailed the drug-laden streets of Queens, New York in the 80s.

If convicted, McGriff will be sentenced to prison without parole or be executed by lethal injection. Judge Block recently mocked the prosecution for seeking the death penalty, even calling the government's attempt, "absurd." The death penalty was eventually thrown out.

Chamillionaire Announces First Single; Retires His Grill

Houston rapper Chamillionaire announced Monday (January 29) that the first single from his highly anticipated sophomore album will be "Not A Criminal" featuring Nas' wifey, Kelis.
The Styalz Fuego-produced single will be the first off Ultimate Victory, which will be released through the rapper's Chamillitary Entertainment/Universal Motown.

According to the rapper, the track is somewhat of a therapeutic song about the prejudices he receives for his success.

"People treat you like you committed a crime when you speak the truth about what's really on your mind," confesses Chamillionaire. "People act like its wrong to have an opinion about things, especially when your views are different than theirs. "

I feel like setting the goal to be a successful entrepreneur should be looked at as a good thing and should not come with all the unnecessary hate and resistance. The business world can be a cruel place and even though I work hard at being successful and staying on top of my business, some people will look at me like I'm a criminal because of it, when I'm actually just working hard, so my company can grow and I can remain successful," adds the rapper. "Even though one may have money through hard work, you still get judged and have to deal with prejudices and problems. I plan on doing what I feel is right for me and not worrying about anyone that feels otherwise."

Cham is so frustrated with being looked at as criminal, that he is retiring his grill, so people will take him more seriously. "I need people to pay attention to what I have to say, instead of just staring at my mouth," explains the rapper. "I speak with a purpose and definitely want people to know that I'm not just some rapper with diamonds in his mouth. As soon as they get past the materialistic stuff and listen to the message on my album then I will feel like I have won."

Following up last year's platinum plus debut, Chamillionaire says he plans to get more personal with his fans, sharing his feelings and experiences, as well as expressing his opinion on the good and bad things that come with fame and money, tension towards the South, to friendship, love, media, the industry, beef, politics and life.

He has worked with a slew of hit making producers for Ultimate Victory including Three Six Mafia, Rick Rock, Play N Skillz, The Runners and JR Rotem, among others. And guest appearances can be expected by artists such as Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Pimp C, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Slick Rick, and Devin The Dude. Currently, Cham is putting the final touches on the new album, which is slated for release in the spring 2007.

R. Kelly Is Back In the Closet With New Album

R. Kelly has gone through a lot in recent years. The singer went from being one of R&B's most beloved acts to one of its most notorious. After scandals, singles and beefs, Kelly is ready to come back with new music.

His new album has been confirmed. It's tentative release date is reportedly sometime in May, but few other details have been released. Early reports do indicate that the infamous "Trapped in the Closet" saga will continue.

Meanwhile, The R has been staying busy with various guest spots and remixes. You can catch him on "Make it Rain (Remix)" which also features T.I. Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Baby and Ace Mack. He is also on Jeezy's next single, Go Getta. Videos for both tracks were recently made. Currently, he is also on Snoop's "Pass That" single/video.

Many have asked if R will respond to Jay-Z after their public dispute. Jay lightly touched on the matter on his last album, Kingdom Come. No word on whether or not R. Kelly will respond.

As of now, reports indicate that Kelly and Co. are working on picking the first single for the new LP, which has not been given a title as of yet.

Katt Williams Rap/Comedy Album On The Way, New Films, TV Show In The Works
With appearances in various music videos and television shows as well as two best selling ringtones, Katt Williams could qualify as one of the busiest entertainers around.
The comedian's hit HBO stand up special Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, recently hit stores on DVD. And now the popular funnyman is preparing a new rap/comedy album titled It’s Pimpin’, Pimpin’.

The album is dropping this spring on Cam'ron's Diplomat Records/Warner Bros and features cameos from Snoop Dogg, Da Brat, E-40, Lyfe Jennings, Paul Wall, Mike Jones and Lil’ Jon.
"Everything, everywhere is comedy material," Williams told in a statement. "To watch and view the world via television, newspapers, movies and music translates our world into funny. There is no subject where funny doesn't exist."

Williams is bouncing back from a Nov. 6 arrest at the Los Angeles International Airport, for allegedly carrying a stolen, concealed weapon.

In Dec. 2006, Williams was sentenced to three years probation, after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor firearm charge.

The comedian is now in high gear, as he prepares a variety of upcoming movie projects.
His most recent success is a major role in the upcoming comedy film Norbit, which features an award-winning, all-star cast that includes Eddie Murphy, Cuba Gooding Jr., Eddie Griffin, Marlon Wayans, Thandie Newton and Charlie Murphy.

The comedian will also star in the upcoming Christmas comedy Perfect Christmas [working title This Christmas], opposite Terrence Howard, Queen Latifah, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union.

Williams is also set to travel to Australia to begin work on another upcoming comedy called Fools Gold.

The Warner Bros. feature will star Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey as a reunited couple who take part in an adventurous international treasure hunt.

Despite the busy filmwork, fans of Williams will not see less of him on the small screen. The comedian will star in Nick Cannon Presents: Short Circuitz, a new MTV half-hour series featuring sketches, impersonations, parodies and other comedic elements.

"It's the best I ever feel when I'm on stage, putting the thoughts from my head into those of an audience," Williams said. "Applause is my drug of choice."

Jay-Z To Release New Single "Hollywood" Featuring Beyonce

Jay-Z will release "Hollywood" featuring Beyonce as the next single off of his album "Kingdom Come". Reports say that Beyonce will release her new single, "Upgrade U", around the same time as Jay's release and that a video will be filmed connecting the two songs.

"Hollywood" is expected to impact radio in the next few days while shooting on the split video for "Hollywood" and "Upgrade U" is expected to begin early February.

Black History Month...BET Style!

BET is set to honor Black History Month, in a way that only BET can.
Kicking off its programming will be a series of documentaries for Hip Hop History Weekend and the 25 Events that (Mis) Shaped Black America .

Tupac: Thug Angel is the first documentary set to air. The program covers the late emcees life through the eyes of friends, scholars and artists he worked with. Pac’s legacy will further be explored. Angel airs Friday, Feb. 23 at 8 pm .

The origins of the emcee get showcased next in The MC: This is Why We Do It, which airs Saturday, Feb. 24.

No Hip Hop history weekend would be complete without examining Hip Hop’s ever evolving role with the police gets the once over in Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip Hop Cop. New York ’s rapper profiling practices get put on blast. Black and Blue airs Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 pm .
Rounding out Hip Hop History Weekend is The Art of 16 Bars (pay attention, aspiring emcees). This documentary shares the writing and freestyling techniques of some of the game’s biggest. Bars will air Feb. 25 at 3 pm .

Hot off the heels of last year’s Worst Moments in Black History, Paul “I no longer use the N word” Mooney is back with the 25 Events That (Mis) Shaped Black America . Commentary from cultural critics, comedians and others takes an intelligent look at several missteps in Black History.

Timbaland Ready To Bring "Shock Value"

Timbaland is already acknowledged as one of music's most inventive and distinctive creators. Yet the artist/producer's forthcoming album, just his second solo album, promises to shock the world. Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Mosley Music Group/Blackground/Interscope) is set for release March 27, 2007.

The first single, "Give It To Me," featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, launches February 1.

"My mission is to blow up the boundaries and tear down the limits," says Timbaland. "I'm taking my music outside of the box. I'm not getting away from what I'm known for; I'm just going to a place where it's all about the music, not about the labels on the music. That's why I call it Shock Value--from the artists to the production, it will shock the system."

Timbaland is coming off producing the majority of the tracks, including the #1 "SexyBack," on Timberlake's #1 charting, multiplatinum FutureSex/LoveSounds album, which followed their work together on his previous smash Justified. He is also a special guest on Timberlake's current 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour. Timbaland's performance marks not only his first tour in many years and, his first world tour, but also the debut of some beats and original music from Shock Value.

Shock Value is sequenced like a movie, Timbaland reveals, with a non-stop flow that tells a story. With off-the-wall beats, raps, hooks, and his signature sound, the album fuses genres from rap and hip-hop to pop, punk pop and garage rock to South Asian influences. The album's guest artists range from Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado; from The Hives, She Wants Revenge and Fall Out Boy to Elton John (on piano) and newer artists such as Sri Lankan hip-hopper M.I.A. and Keri Hilson (the latter signed, as is Furtado, to Timbaland's Mosley Music Group, a joint venture with Interscope).

Timbaland's enormous, critically acclaimed success as a producer has resulted in hits by Missy Elliott ("The Rain"), Aaliyah ("If Your Girl Only Knew"), Ginuwine ("Pony"), Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"), Nas ("You Won't See Me Tonight"), Snoop Dogg ("Snoop Dogg [What's My Name, Pt. 2]"), Ludacris ("Rollout [My Business]"), Furtado ("Promiscuous") and many others. As a headliner, he teamed with Magoo for 1997's groundbreaking Welcome To Our World, followed the next year by his solo debut, Tim's Bio. Indecent Proposal (2001) and Under Construction, Pt. II (2002) were once again billed with Magoo.

The 38-date North American leg of the FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour, with opening act Pink, kicked off in San Diego, CA on January 8th and runs through March.

Forthcoming shows are as follows:

Date City Venue

Jan-27 St. Paul, MN Xcel Center

Jan-30 Toronto, ONT Air Canada

Jan-31 Montreal, QUE Bell Center

Feb-2 Washington, DC Verizon Center

Feb-3 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans

Feb-6 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden

Feb-7 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

Feb-18 Buffalo, NY HSBC

Feb-19 Columbus, OH Schottenstein/Nationwide

Feb-22 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times

Feb-24 Miami, FL American Airlines

Feb-25 Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center

Feb-27 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

Mar-1 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena

Mar-3 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center

Mar-4 Houston, TX Toyota Center

Mar-5 Dallas, TX American Airlines

Mar-8 Omaha, NE Qwest

Mar-1 Detroit, MI The Palace

Mar-12 Chicago, IL Allstate/United

Mar-13 Chicago, IL Allstate/United

Mar-15 Cincinnati, OH US Bank

Mar-16 Nashville, TN Gaylord Entertainment

Mar-18 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

Mar-19 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena

Mar-21 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum

Mar-24 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun

Mar-26 Manchester, NH Verizon Center

Mar-27 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center

Mar-29 East Rutherford, NJ Continental Airlines

The Game Gives His Side Of The Story About Vid Guerra- Claims He Fingered Here

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Jamie Foxx Explains At NYC Show Why He Didn't Like Kissing Beyonce
Jamie Foxx is clearly a jack of all trades. His dramatic-acting skills earned him an Oscar and his comedy brings audiences to tears. And as for his singing, Foxx's multiple Grammy nominations and multiplatinum plaque say it all.
The actor/singer/comedian brought all his ammunition to Madison Square Garden on Monday night, breaking his Unpredictable show into two sets: One consisting of straight comedy and the other featuring singing, dancing and a brief resurrection of Ray Charles.

A few days prior to the concert, Foxx checked in with MTV News via telephone from Paris, where we was attending a "Dreamgirls" premiere. "You get the bang for your buck," he said. "I'm looking for New York to be off the chain. I want to perform. New York is hot, that whole mystique. We gonna kill that one."

The "we" he was referring to may well have been opener Fantasia, who sanctified the venue with her deep-rooted soul singing. But Foxx proved that he could give the crowd its bang for a buck all by himself.

The actor/singer/comedian brought all his ammunition to Madison Square Garden on Monday night, breaking his Unpredictable show into two sets: One consisting of straight comedy and the other featuring singing, dancing and a brief resurrection of Ray Charles.

A few days prior to the concert, Foxx checked in with MTV News via telephone from Paris, where we was attending a "Dreamgirls" premiere. "You get the bang for your buck," he said. "I'm looking for New York to be off the chain. I want to perform. New York is hot, that whole mystique. We gonna kill that one."

The "we" he was referring to may well have been opener Fantasia, who sanctified the venue with her deep-rooted soul singing. But Foxx proved that he could give the crowd its bang for a buck all by himself.

Foxx — who said on the Paris call that he "never really stepped away from the jokes" and now has "a chance to get onstage and really kill it" — indeed showed he's a premier funnyman. For 45 minutes he snapped on everything from Britney Spears' public "exposure" and Paris Hilton looking out of it at a party he threw to Eddie Murphy's questionable wardrobe and O.J. Simpson acting irrational. Foxx also riffed on how he couldn't really enjoy kissing BeyoncĂ© in a scene from "Dreamgirls" because he had it in the back of his mind that she is Jay-Z's girl. He said all he heard in his head during the onscreen lip-lock was, "Jiggg-aaah!"

At the end of his comedy set, Foxx stepped offstage to change clothes while his DJ kept the music going. A few minutes later, the big screen went up and revealed Foxx in singer mode on a smaller stage with a band, dancer and backup singers. Wearing a white suit, Foxx told the men in the crowd that they could stay if they wanted to, but that the next part of the show was strictly for the ladies.
After warming the crowd up with some slow jams, Foxx dove in headfirst with his biggest hit, "Unpredictable." "Regular ain't in my vocabulary," he sang. "When it comes to love-makin', neither is missionary/ Positions, girl, pick one/ Better yet some/ Better yet some/ Never mind that, we tryin' all of 'em."

If there were any misperceptions about what was on Foxx's mind, he cleared it up with another hit, "Three Letter Word." As he sang, he sat on a long couch that looked like it came out of a psychiatrist's office, with one of his sexy female dancers dressed up to look like the attending physician.

"Sex all the time," he sang. "Sex on my mind/ Sex everywhere I go/ Sex, I'm tryin' to let you know. Sex, it's stronger than any drug, even love."
Tony Soprano should be this lucky talking to Dr. Melfi: As Foxx sang, his dancer started to strip, garnering an "Oh sh--" from the Oscar winner.

After ballads "Get This Money," "DJ Play a Love Song" and "Love Changes," Foxx left the stage for another quick change of clothes and scenery. When the lights came back up, he was sitting at an ivory white piano in the middle of the Garden, on another small stage.
A chandelier hung overhead as Foxx, in character as Ray Charles, began singing "Georgia on My Mind." The platform on which the piano stood began rotating as he continued his spot-on impersonation. Foxx shouted out the "dime brizzels" who bought tickets, as if Charles were still alive and had picked up 'hood slang.

The music shifted to Charles' "I Got a Woman" and "What'd I Say," with Kanye West's "Gold Digger" — on which Foxx guest-sung in character as Charles — sandwiched in between.
"Say ohhh," he sang, with the audience responding to his command. "Say ahhh."

After running back to the main stage, Foxx smoothed out his finale with the sexually driven "Storm (Forcass)." Although he didn't preview any new music at the show, the singer revealed during the Paris call that he is working on another album because he wants to stay hot.

"We were very successful with this record and we're trying to get some of the same elements we had and reinvent [them]," he said. "We're going to get back with some of those same cats [who worked on Unpredictable]: Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Game, hopefully Mary J. Bilge."

Special appearances by Snoop and West have surprised some audiences during Foxx's Unpredictable run, but on Monday, all he needed was the woman who has been rolling with him on every date: Fantasia.

'Tasia, as some fans call her, still embodies the spirit of a little girl performing for her family in the living room. At the MSG show, she appeared very personable and free-spirited: The first thing the singer did when she got onstage was tell the audiences she was taking her shoes off.
"They invited the wrong one," she told the crowd. "I done kicked off my shoes. So for all you ladies who came lookin' cute ... and your feet hurt, kick off your shoes."
If you never saw her on "American Idol," don't worry about it — you weren't getting the whole package with that show. Without the shackles of a formal contest, 'Tasia seemed like she loved letting loose, shaking her hips and bringing the soul. Fantasia proved that if she were a star back in the day, when Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle reigned supreme, she might have been hanging with them.

"I ain't no pretty singer," she said of her mean-mugging, almost cartoonish facial expressions she displays when she puts extra oomph into her lyrics. "I'm a ugly singer. Be cute after the show."
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