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.
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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."
WHITNEY TRYING TO RUSH DIVORCE
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 CelebTV.com 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
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.
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%."
"Everybody wanted to sign me and I had fans. With that type of ammunition,
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 myspace.com/diddy page and his YouTube channel.
Combs had already directed British users that visited www.diddy.com 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?
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.