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Feb 23, 2007

Bill Cosby vs. Tupac Shakur


Comedian, author and native Philadelphian Bill Cosby posed a serious question yesterday to the audience at a Save Our Children forum in the auditorium of Community College of Philadelphia.

He first asked audience members who had lost loved ones to violence to stand up. More than 75 percent of those in the room stood.

"This is insane," he said. He then asked his question, "Where are we going as parents, as people?"

Speaking in simple, blunt terms, Cosby urged parents not to address their children in negative ways.

"Your child's name is not n-----, your 2-year-old child's name is not mother------," Cosby said, to rousing cheers and just a few gasps from parents in attendance.

Cosby's main issues in his keynote address as one of a number of speakers at the Community College-sponsored "Save Our Children - Exhoodus Tour" were parenting, education and drug-selling, all of which he touched on with just a hint of comedy.

Typical of Cosby's style of stinging and controversial commentary, he also faulted the love shown to the late rapper Tupac Shakur. He said it was crazy for Shakur, who was fatally shot in Las Vegas in 1996, and his mother to enjoy the proceeds from Shakur's drug sales.

"In the book, 'To Momma With Love,' or something like that, he is so happy that he's able to take money from selling cocaine and give the money to his mother," Cosby said.

"How wonderful. Isn't that wonderful. You've got to be kidding. How many lives have you ruined selling packets? How many mothers are not going to go to work because they want to snort? How many dead mothers because of crack, how many babies we got to make turn around because they are crack babies?"

Cosby said the house Shakur bought his mother should be adorned with the pictures of users who died due to drug use.

"Hang up the pictures of the people's lives you ruined," Cosby declared.

Cosby also briefly addressed the criticisms he has endured recently, saying that he doesn't pick on the poor but rather, he tells it like it is.

"[People say] 'Bill Cosby is picking on the poor.' I couldn't care less," Cosby said, with a little edge in his voice. "I'm telling you why your child is sad inside. I would keep my mouth shut if [parents] were doing things."

Cosby also said that he had the right to say what he says because he came from where the people he was addressing came from.

"Up to the age 26, [I lived at] 6159 N. 41st Street," Cosby said. "So don't play games with me. I've seen all of you, whether you are rich, poor or middle-income. And I know when you talk too much, and I know why you talk too much. And that's why I can say what I want to say."
Cosby was joined by Malik Aziz and Bilal Qayyum of Black Men United for a Better Philadelphia; the Rev. Derrick Johnson, of Joshua Harvest Church in Wilmington, Del; Umar Salahuddin, Atlantic City's director of health and human services; Michelle A. Simmons of Why Not Prosper, Inc.; Antoinette Jackson-Aziz, executive vice president of the Ex-Offenders Association of Pennsylvania; and brothers Lance and Todd Feurtado, motivational speakers from Queens, N.Y.
I wasnt going to print this article, because i am a self profesed Pac-aholic, but this is Newsworthy, and even if your not a Pac-a-holic you can clearly see Bill has lost his mind.

Im HipHop Update 2*23*07

Impeachment Campaign Seeks To Oust President Bush And Vice-President Cheney

With the 4 year anniversary of the Iraq War coming upon us on Mar. 17, groups of protestors have decided to take action against the current administration by launching Impeach '07.

The campaign to pursue the immediate impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney through widespread public protest, creative dissent, media activism, education, and coordinated lobbying launched yesterday (Feb. 22).

This impeachment issue has spawned support from a slew of participating organizations, which represent hundreds of thousands of antiwar, impeachment, military family peace, youth, and women activists and lawyers.

Some of the participating organizations include After Downing Street, Backbone Campaign, Center for Constitutional Rights, Citizens Impeachment Commission, Green Party of the United States and the Hip Hop Caucus.

The non-profit, non-partisan membership association was created to establish a national and international coalition of pop-culture, social, and political organizations.

"While the Bush Administration spends hundreds of billions of dollars on an immoral and unjust war, millions of people across America are without basic healthcare, housing, education and jobs," explained The Reverend Lennox Yearwood. "More than a year after Hurricane Katrina, the people of New Orleans remain abandoned by an administration that was criminally negligent of its duty to provide for their well-being."

Beginning in early to mid-March, a series of events are scheduled to educate the masses about Impeach 07's campaign objectives.

On Mar. 2-4, Cindy Sheehan, the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, will head "The Town Meeting Democracy Tour," a three-day tour of Vermont to raise support for President Bush's impeachment and withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

This will be followed by a Mar. 17 march on the Pentagon for peace and impeachment.

A "Make Hip-Hop Not War" bus tour promoting peace and impeachment will also run from Mar. 19 April 2.

"Enough is enough. If we do not demand impeachment of Bush and Cheney for war crimes, the entire world will be facing endless death and devastation," said supporter Elaine Brower, mother of a U.S. Marine who has served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"We are allowing our government officials free reign to wreak havoc unless we, the people, get a backbone to stop them," Brower said.

For more information see the Impeach '07 campaign website at
http://www.impeach07.org


Labels Dissed Timbaland?

Timbaland sheds light on how labels doubted him, who pushed him to make his solo LP, who he is going to work with and how Madonna fits into this whole thing.

We already know Elton John, Furtado, Timberlake and Fall Out Boy will be on this LP. So, what's it going to sound like?

"It flows like a movie with different parts: horror, comedy and drama. My mission is to blow up boundaries, taking my music outside the box. It will shock the system," he recently told Billboard.

He also explained that it wasn't until he kicked it off with Justin Timberlake that things really got going.

"I had some of this album in mind before I hit with Justin and Nelly...But Justin solidified it for me. He said I needed to do something for myself. I've never been this anticipated in my whole life when it comes to my own record. It's like a Jay-Z, Kanye West or Young Jeezy. But I'd really rather people like me as an entertainer versus an artist. I just like to entertain."

So, who are some of the next acts Timbo will be working with?

"Eve, M.I.A., Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Missy Elliott and Madonna...Missy and I still talk. She's like a sister to me and I'm with her till death do us part. I haven't gone into the studio yet with Madonna. I need to call someone now to talk about that further."
People didn't always believe he had it in him, though.

"I knew I wanted to do something different musically," he says of the change. "I got criticized for that. Labels wouldn't give me a shot. They were saying, 'He's lost it; he's over.' That's why I'm talking so cocky now. I got tired of people smiling in my face and then talking behind my back."

Well, now he's getting a shot. Expect Shock Value to drop March 27.


Lumidee ft Tony Sunshine - She's Like The Wind








New Memphis Bleek
Dipset Diss. Link

you think you can diss Batman and Robin not say anything???

Daily Update 2*23*07

Busta Rhymes Arrested For Driving With Suspended License

Busta Rhymes was charged with driving with a suspended license in Manhattan yesterday (Feb. 22) morning.

Police stopped the rapper for allegedly running a red light around 5:30 am this morning and took him into custody.

Rhymes, born Trevor Smith, was charged with driving with a suspended license.

If convicted, Busta Rhymes could face up to 15 days in jail.

The infraction is the latest legal issue for Rhymes, who is also facing two assault charges.


On Feb. 20, Rhymes rejected a plea bargain from prosecutors, who offered Rhymes six months in jail for allegedly assaulting his former driver in Dec. of 2006 and a fan in Aug. of 2006.

The rapper is currently considering pleading to the lesser charges of third-degree misdemeanor assault, If he accepts the offer, Rhymes would be required to serve five days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures andsix months of anger management classes.

Minister Farrakhan To Deliver Historic Speech In Detroit




Minister Louis Farrakhan is slated to deliver one of his most historic speeches on Sunday (February 25) in Detroit, addressing the importance of interfaith dialogue.




The speech, dubbed "One Nation Under God," will take place at Detroit's Ford Field with the pre-program beginning at 2:00 p.m. and Minister Farrakhan's main address at 3:15.



In a public service announcement, Minister Louis Farrakhan emphasized the oneness of God and stated, "And for those of you who prayed for my recovery, words are not adequate to express my deep, deep sense of personal gratitude. Each of you can go back to your mosques, your churches, your cathedrals, your synagogues, your temples, your cloisters. Where ever it is that you worship God, and say to your congregation, that our God, by whatever name you call him, answers prayers... How then could I come through this illness and this horrific operation, and, not thank god for a message that would be universal in its scope. And Universal in its power to heal the human condition."



The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network's Co-Chairmen Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad are among the many supporters of the monumental event. "He has been the soul and the consciousness of hip-hop. He has had the greatest influence on me and is my spiritual teacher," said Simmons. "Every one in hip-hop should be there to honor this man because he has given us so much. He has inspired our music. You can not name one rapper who has not been touched by this man in some way."



A host of hip-hop icons are expected to attend including Diddy, Jermaine Dupri, Damon Dash, Steve Harvey, Erykah Badu, Al Sharpton, Chuck D, Jim Jones, RZA and Will.i.am, among others.



Dr. Ben Chavis is calling the address one of the "most important addresses of our times" and urges the hip-hop generation to attend.



"The Hip-Hop Summit Action Network is mobilizing and encouraging not only the hip-hop generation, but all people of good will to attend and witness one of the most important addresses of our times," declared Dr. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad. "I just returned from the Middle East and I am pleased to report that there are millions of youth throughout the Middle East who want peace and justice and who will also be positively impacted by the Minister's address."



Farrakhan's speech, which may be his last major public address, will be the crowning event of Black History Month, which is also celebrating the Nation of Islam's 77th Year Anniversary. Over 75,000 people are expected to attend.



"He has had a positive impact on my life and when there is a leader like the Minister in our midst, we must support him," stated Paul Wall, who cannot be in attendance due to a scheduled tour in Iraq.


A Public Service Announcement from Minister Farrakhan can be accessed at http://farrakhanspeaks.podomatic.com.



The event will air on BET on February 25th.



First Hip-Hop Artists Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame March 12th



The hip hop culture will be forever immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 12th. New York City's own Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five will be the first rap group to be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These legends will finally be inducted after 25 years, with rock super-groups' R.E.M. & Van Halen.



Mele Mel, writer of the monumental single, The Message, two-time Grammy Award winner and the front man for the Furious Five states, "Hip Hop is long overdue to get its proper recognition with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I'm proud to be finally recognized for the achievements we've made within the music industry & pop culture and not just be recognized as Hip Hop pioneers."


Today, Mele Mel is still active on the Hip Hop scene with consistent shows both locally and abroad. Mel also recently released his independent solo album, "Muscles" and is rumored to be joining the WWE.



You can also find more information on Mele Mel at http://www.melemel.net/

Jermaine Dupri has joined forces with former Blink 182 member Travis Barker for a new venture into the clothing industry.

After stepping down from his position as president of Virgin Records' urban music branch, the Grammy award-winner was recently appointed as the president of urban music at Island Records. Now Dupri is snatching headlines again as he partners with Barker's clothing line, Famous Stars and Straps, to release a co-branded line of gear titled Famous Stars and Straps and So So Def, which will be available starting this spring.

Dupri and Barker (currently of the group +44) both came up with the concepts for the brand and created designs for the line, which made its debut at the Magic fashion and apparel trade show in Las Vegas.

The limited edition line will carry a variety of items including hoodies, t-shirts, hats, belts and buckles which will be sold at over 200 specialty and boutique shops nationwide beginning in April.




NEW REDMAN ALBUM TO DROP IN MARCH

Redman has been talking about releasing a new album called “Red Gone Wild” ever since the early days of his ill-fated Fox sitcom “Method & Red” in 2004.

The set is finally scheduled to be released on March 27 via Def Jam, while its Timbaland-produced lead single, “Put It Down,” is marking its territory at urban radio. The accompanying video will be shot in the coming days and is tipped to debut the first week of March, reports Billboard.com.

Other featured producers on "Wild" include Erick Sermon, Scott Storch, Rockwilder and Eminem. The album also features guest appearances from Method Man, Nate Dogg, Keith Murray and Biz Markie.

Having completed a run on the Rock the Bells tour just before the end of 2006, Redman is expected to perform at an as-yet-unannounced showcase during the South by Southwest festival next month in Austin, Texas.

Nick Cannon Gets Married?



Nick Cannon, star of the popular Wild 'n Out television show on MTV has been married. According to UsMagazine, reports indicate that the Love Don't Cost a Thing actor tied the knot with a Victoria's Secret Model named Selita Ebanks.



The wedding, according to reports, took place in Las Vegas. They decided to get married after only about three weeks of dating.



This comes in the wake of a public break up Nick Cannon had with Kim Khardasian. The young model was recently seen in a sex tape with singer Ray J.



According to the magazine's insiders, Nick and Selita will have a party to celebrate the occasion out in Los Angeles this weekend



Cannon's publicist has declined to comment to the news piece.


Saigon to beat Prodigy like a Pinata.

Sai could probably do that with one arm tied behind his back. But why exactly does he want to whoop P's ass?

Word is Sai was simply responding to P saying he doesn't like Sai and other rappers and that they can "suck his dick." "I'm not gonna run into the booth and make a Prodigy diss and I would lyrically destroy Prodigy," Sai told hiphopgame regarding the neighborhood asshole. "But if we run into each other and he doesn't have ten security guards or a pistol around him, I'll beat him like a piƱata. Just for that 'suck my dick' shit."





True Stories 7 Jim Jones Interview


DREAMWORKS APOLOGIZES TO MOTOWN FOR ‘DREAMGIRLS’

Dreamworks studios has finally responded to criticism of its film “Dreamgirls” and its perceived negative portrayal of events based on the story of Berry Gordy’s Motown record label.

On Wednesday, the studio took out full page ads in Hollywood's two major trade papers -- Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter -- one day after voting on the Academy Awards ended.

“Dreamgirls is a work of fiction,” the statement read. “It is also an homage to Motown. We used many wonderful accomplishments that belong to the rich Motown history. For any confusion that has resulted from our fictional work, we apologize to Mr. Gordy and all of the incredible people who were a part of that great legacy. It is vital that the public understand that the real Motown story has yet to be told.”

The film, adapted from the hit Broadway musical of the same name, is loosely based on the story of Motown act Diana Ross and the Supremes. But the film has upset a number of recording artists, writers and others connected with the label who felt Motown was falsely depicted in a negative light, Motown spokesman Paul Freundlich told Reuters.

Motown veteran Smokey Robinson has been vocal about his objection to Jamie Foxx’s character Curtis Taylor, who is said to be patterned after Gordy. In the film, Taylor launches his fictional label with mafia money and engages in the illegal practice of "payola," in which music producers pay radio stations to play their records. Robinson has said Gordy engaged in neither of those activities.

"I applaud Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures for doing their part to clearly differentiate the fictional movie 'Dreamgirls' from the real Motown," Gordy, 77, said in a statement. "I wish them all the best in the forthcoming Academy Awards."




Bizzy Bone Launches Homeless Outreach Campaign, Preps New Album

Former Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone is returning to the public eye, with plans to release a new solo album and launch a very personal campaign for the homeless.

After a long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, Ohio rapper Bizzy Bone is clean and has announced plans to launch an outreach campaign. The project, called "Walk In My Shoes," will form alliances and partnerships with non-profit homeless organizations, beginning with his hometown of Columbus.

In 2004, while struggling with his addiction, Bizzy attempted to walk on foot from Columbus to Cleveland - living and sleeping on the streets as he made his journey.

"I've learned more about life from the homeless, who are the ultimate survivors than I have anywhere else. I admire them. I've learned a lot about respect because I've seen and lived their struggles first hand. When I realized I could be useful in communicating what I had learned, I thought maybe it would inspire other people to educate themselves on this issue and do some good," Bizzy said via statement.


Bizzy has previously sponsored dinners, as well as holiday toy and clothing giveaways, for the homeless in the Columbus area.

"Working on the Walk in My Shoes campaign is a great experience," Bizzy added.


"Encouragement, comfort and hope runs all through this project. There are so many people who have nothing, while others take so much for granted. I think we owe it to ourselves to look at life as a gift and try to enjoy every minute. People need to hear and see that life is worth living and that even when times are tough, we have a God of hope, who believes in us, and love us unconditionally. I can't wait to drop some knowledge of what I've learned on the fans who understand where I'm coming from."

In related news, Bizzy recently inked a deal with Virgin Records of America and After Platinum Records. His label debut, A Song For You is slated for release later this year. Imperial Records, the urban label and artist development unit of Caroline/EMI music will assist in marketing and promoting the new album.

Bizzy currently has no plans to reunite with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony.

For more information on Bizzy and to listen to tracks from his upcoming album, visit his myspace page.



Young Buck - The Clean Up Man






you can download the whole mixtape here.
(props to Rizoh)

Feb 22, 2007

Street Dreams Tour


The dates and cities for "The Street Dream Tour" featuring Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, Jim Jones, Baby, Fat Joe and Rich Boy, have been announced.

The tour, which will last for twenty one days, will launch in Charlotte, NC on March 3 and will wrap up in Los Angeles on April 29.

Following are scheduled dates and venues for the Street Dream Tour:

March 3 - Cricket Arena- Charlotte, NC

March 11 - Convention Center- Orlando, FL

March 15- Richmond Coliseum- Richmond, VA

March 16- Bi-Lo Center - Greenville, SC

March 17- Coliseum - Greensboro, NC

March 18- Civic Center - Macon, GA

March 22- US Cellular Center - Milwaukee, WI

March 23 - US Bank Arena - Cincinnati, OH

March 24- Louisville Gardens- Louisville, KY

March 25- Gaylord Entertainment Center - Nashville, TN

March 28- Nassau Coliseum- Uniondale, NY

March 29- Dunkin Doughnuts Center - Providence, RI

March 30- Sports Arena - Toledo, OH

April 1- 1st Mariner Arena - Baltimore, MD

April 5 - Alltel Arena - N. Little Rock, AR

April 6- Municipal Arena - Kansas City, KS

April 8- New Orleans Arena - New Orleans, LA

April 14- Scottrade - St. Louis, MO

April 15- Target Center -Minneapolis, MN

April 21-Cohen Stadium - El Paso, TX,

April 29- USC -Los Angeles, CA
Im hearing there is suppose to be a show in Hampton, Va. but i dont have any info on that. So keep your eyes open, and you know with show's dates are subject to change.

Daily Update 2*22*07

Detox Will DEFINITELY Be Out This Year!

A few weeks back, a YouTube video showed Dr. Dre and Aftermath artist Bishop Lamont speaking about Detox. Claiming it would be out in late 2007.

Of course, the internet went nuts! From people claiming Detox will be the best album of the decade to others claiming that it will release in “smarch” (see: when hell freezes over).

One thing that people argued was that Dre himself didn’t say Detox was coming. Until now…


During a call into Big Boy’s Power106 radio show (in Los Angelos), Dre confirmed that the long past due album will be dropping this year.

"Trust me, this will be worth the wait, I'm trying to make this the one they remember me for. It's a lot of pressure but I'm feeling good about it. I feel like I'm my worst critic and if I'm loving it, everyone else will," said the Doctor. "I'm trying to put 12, 13 songs on the album. I'm not totally sure about the month but it will be definitely be out this year."

Another argument that went on was questioning if Dr. Dre would flood his album with just G-Unit/Aftermath artists and leave out the Snoop's, the Nate Dogg's, the Devin the Dude's, the Jay-Z's, etc.

"I'm trying to get everybody that I've ever worked with over the years to appear on the records," noted Dre. "There are gonna be some new guys that I'm working with, Bishop Lamont and Slim the Mobster…”


New Jim Jones Hot 97 Interview

New Jim Jones interview from Feb. 21st

Says Dipset got some computer geniuses(Myspace attack)

Says 50 Cent never spoke personally to him on the phone

Gets at Memphis Bleek, calls him Ms.Bleek

Says Cuuurtis, says he will keep out the 50 vs Cam beef, saying its two dons battling
Talks About How The Tru-Life Beef started



Part 1
Part 2

Eminem Looking For Producers

All you beatsmiths looking for a break, Eminem is giving you a chance. The rapper, along with his radio station Shade 45 on Sirius, have announced a remix contest allowing producers to remix "Jimmy Crack Corn" by Ca$his and Eminem from The Re-Up compilation album. All you have to do is visit Shade 45's website (SIRUS), download the acapella to "Jimmy Crack Corn", construct a beat for it and send it in to Shade 45.

The rules? No samples are allowed and all beats must be your own. They will be choosing five finalists who will win a Shady Limited clothing prize pack with the grand prize winner winning a limited edition The Re-Up plaque signed by Eminem and a trip to the Sirius studios in New York. The winner's remix will also stay in rotation on Shade 45 for three weeks. You have until March 7 to submit your beats, so get busy!

Young Buck- Get Bucked Video




Judge Extends Beanie Sigel's Probation

A judge extended Beanie Sigel's supervised release after the Philadelphia rapper was questioned in federal court about a positive drug test and association with convicted felons.Sigel had been sentenced in October 2004 to 12 months and a day, plus two years of supervised release, on gun and drug charges.

The U.S. Probation Office asked for a hearing Wednesday to change his supervised release status, saying he failed to notify his probation officer that he had been stopped and questioned by police on Aug. 20. He was with several people, at least one of them a convicted felon, at the time, police said.

Sigel also tested positive for codeine and morphine in a drug test in December.

Sigel told Surrick that he had been given a legitimate prescription by his doctor three days before a scheduled drug test. Sigel's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., provided Surrick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Curtis Douglas with a copy of a prescription and a letter signed by a doctor.

U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick sentenced Sigel to an additional six months of supervised release. He told Sigel he would have to get the situation "under control or otherwise I'm going to have to take action you're not going to appreciate."



RAPHAEL SAADIQ WORKING ON NEW ALBUM

After months and months of producing tracks for such artists as Lionel Richie, Angie Stone, Kelis and Joss Stone, Raphael Saadiq is finally ready to get behind the boards on his own behalf.

According to Billboard.com, the former member of Tony, Toni, Tone says he will enter the studio next week to begin work on a new solo album to follow up his 2004 self-released LP, “Ray Ray.”

"I just had to get everything else out of the way," explains Saadiq, who's currently touring in Europe with Joss Stone's band to promote the release of her new album, "Introducing Joss Stone," which comes out March 20 on Virgin. "There's a couple (songs) I have in mind, a couple that, once I do those, it'll set the bar for the rest of the record."

Saadiq says fans can expect "a record that you can clap your hands to -- that simple. It's gonna be Raphael. It's not gonna change too much. I have a little more confidence with every record, so this is gonna be real fun, a challenge. I never know what I'm doing next. I like to keep it that way."

The artist believes it will take “three to four months” to complete the as-yet-untitled project, which will be released on a Sony BMG label to be announced and supported by a tour.


T.I. Endorses New Mobile Phone Game

T.I. and his P$C have been tapped to endorse a new mobile phone video game, entitled T.I. Street Racing.

T.I. Street Racing is a high-octane street racing game that pits you, the player, against the KING of the south T.I., and his entire crew, the world famous Pimp Squad Click (P$C). You begin as a nobody who must earn the respect of the P$C by racing and defeating each member. On the way to becoming an honorary member of the P$C, hook up your ride, fine-tune your cars performance, and wager win cars, cash, and honeys.

The game also boasts a "hot soundtrack from T.I.", allowing you to listen to tracks from the rapper as you race the pixelated vehicles. The game is available for T-Mobile and Verizon phones.



Gerald Levert Rises From The Dead, Young Jeezy Holds Tight, Gnarls Barkley Get A Grammy Boost

In this week's Hip Hop Charts, Gerald Levert takes the No. 1 spot, Young Jeezy slides and Gnarls Barkley make a strong comeback.

Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is Gerald Levert. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the late singer's last album, In My Song, hauled in 165, 000 units in its first go-around.
Still holding on to rap's top rank on the charts is Young Jeezy at No. 37. The Inspiration reels in 28,300 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 858,400.

Gnarls Barkley, who sat at No. 111 last week, make an amazing jump to No. 44 this week, all thanks in part to their recent Grammy wins. St. Elsewhere moves up 67 spots by hustling 26,600 units. To date , the album has sold a total of 1,232,000 copies.

Also cashing in on his recent Grammy wins is Ludacris at No. 48. Release Therapy moves up seventeen spots by scanning 22,800 discs. The total for the album reads off at 1,083,950.
Eminem and his Shady crew tumble twelve slots to No. 60. The Re-Up has moved 873,000 units thus far, with 18,600 representing the week-in total.

Nas continues to struggle to find a solid spot on the charts as he slides nine spots to No. 62. Hip Hop Is Dead shifts 17,800 copies this week. The total for the album reads off at 633,800.
Falling eleven spots to No. 67 is Jay-Z. Kingdom Come bags 16,100 units this week , bringing the album's tally to 1,351,700.

Birdman and Lil' Wayne plummet sixteen spots to No. 70. Like Father, Like Son pushes 15,700 discs in its sixteenth week . So far the album has sold 619,700 copies.

Snoop Dogg continues to lose his high as he slumps fourteen spots to No. 73. The Blue Carpet Treatment rolls out 14,900 units this week. After 13 weeks , the album has sold 782,100 copies.
The Game continues to climb up the ladder as his latest single, "Wouldn't Get Far," picks up steam. Doctor's Advocate moves up three spots to No. 76 this week by pushing 13,800 units. Thus far the album has sold 847,400 copies.

Making a silent debut on the charts this week at No. 84 is JR. Writer. Writers Block 4 lugs in 12,900 copies in its first 7 day cycle.

Switching gears, Corrine Bailey Rae ascends, Robin Thicke stays put and Justin Timberlake returns to the Top 10. After attaining platinum status last week, Corrine Bailey Rae continues to rise up the charts. Posted at No. 4, her self titled disc scans 119,700 copies this week, bringing the album's total to 1,121,300. Staying on top of his game this week is Robin Thicke. The Evolution Of Robin moves 115,600 units to secure the crooner's No. 6 spot and achieve gold status. The CD, which has been on the charts for 20 weeks, has moved a total of 599,800 copies. Thanks to the heightening buzz of his third single, "What Goes Round...Comes Around', Justin Timberlake moves up three spots up to No. 7. FutureSex/LoveSounds shifts 107,700 copies this week, bringing the albums tally to 2,755,800. Despite dropping seven spots to No. 11, Akon continues to sell like hot cakes. Konvicted sold 69,751 discs this week. To date , the album has sold 1,569,800 copies. The Dreamgirls soundtrack slips four seats to No. 18 this week, roping in 45,700 copies and bringing its total to 779,300. Her memorable Grammy performance and numerous wins help Mary J Blige leap thirty six spots to No. 21. Breakthrough sold 43,300 units this week making it's total sales stand at 2,819,400. Slipping nine spots to No. 22 is Pretty Ricky's Late Night Special, which bagged up 42,500 discs this week. So far, the album has sold 283,100 copies. Also reaping the profits of his Grammy wins is John Legend who jumps twenty slots to No. 23. Once Again has moved 947,500 units thus far, with41,900 units representing the week-in total. Beyonce wraps things up by staying put at No. 25 . B'Day pulls in 39,200 this week, bringing her total to 2,265,500.

Feb 21, 2007

Im HipHop Sports

The following, is the latest trade chatter as of 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, just over 36 hours away from NBA's Thursday 3 p.m. trade deadline:



Unless one side budges from their respective hard lines in the next day-plus, New Jersey won't be trading Jason Kidd to the Lakers.


The Nets, as you've surely heard by now, are holding out for 7-footer Andrew Bynum, who happens to have Jersey ties in addition to his prodigious potential.

The Lakers refuse to include Bynum -- as well as obvious untouchables Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom -- and thus can't offer the Nets much more than cap relief, future draft considerations and role players like Kwame Brown, Luke Walton or Jordan Farmar.



Who blinks? My sense is neither side will, at least not between now and the trade buzzer.

The Lakers aren't parting with Bynum, and the Nets, according to one insider, are well short of certain that parting with Kidd and/or free agent-to-be Vince Carter this week is the best course for their future.


They're still in the East, after all. Who says New Jersey can't try to sign and trade Carter in the summer or move Jefferson as part of a smaller shakeup that surrounds Kidd and injured center Nenad Krstic with a new supporting cast that keeps the Nets in the East elite?

Sources close to the situation say Kidd never asked Nets owner Bruce Ratner to trade him. But Kidd got excited, I'm told, when informed that the teams were talking and that a move to the Lakers was a possibility.

Kidd did not respond with the same excitement, sources say, when word leaked of possible interest from his hometown Golden State Warriors. He apparently isn't itching to leave Jersey unless it's clearly a more attractive situation.

It's likewise believed that the Nets will take Kidd's wishes into account to some degree after he chose to re-sign with them in the summer of 2003 despite strong interest from San Antonio.



One of the more interesting scenarios I heard Tuesday came from ESPN's Ric Bucher, who reported on NBA Coast to Coast and SportsCenter that the Lakers recently had a deal in place to acquire Mike Bibby from Sacramento before Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof vetoed it, unable to stomach the thought of helping their playoff rivals of yesteryear.


Had that deal gone down, there would be no Kidd-to-the-Lakers talk.

Bibby going to Cleveland, however, remains a possibility. The Cavs lack the trade assets to complete a trade for Bibby, but one scenario in circulation Tuesday had Minnesota joining in on a three-team deal that would potentially send Mike James, among others, to Sacramento as Bibby's successor at the point.



The Wolves, according to NBA front-office sources, have committed to trying to move James before the deadline after he lasted just a half-season as the No. 1 point guard in Minnesota before ceding his starting spot to rookie Randy Foye.

Of course we haven't forgotten Pau Gasol.



But there's a reason we haven't mentioned him until now: Gasol-to-Chicago, by all accounts, is less likely to happen at this point than anything involving Kidd, Bibby or Carter.

The Bulls, according to NBA front-office sources, are the only bidder at the moment, but the Grizz have abandoned hope of convincing Chicago to part with Luol Deng. Ben Gordon, sources say, is the only member of Chicago's core four youngsters -- along with Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Andres Nocioni -- who has been made available.

Chicago simply isn't convinced that Gasol, who has never won a playoff game in this league, is an over-the-top acquisition, even in an Eastern Conference seemingly there to be won and in spite of its obvious need for a low-post scoring threat. The Bulls also believe that this won't be their only shot at Gasol, assuming the Spaniard is shopped again around the draft.

It seems clear, furthermore, that teams like Memphis, Chicago and Boston -- pretty much anyone with any sort of shot at a top-two pick in June -- has incentive to wait until the draft lottery in May before making major moves. Landing one of those first two picks, provided Greg Oden and Kevin Durant are both declaring for the draft, can change a club's long-term outlook in a hurry.


The Clippers never looked more like a (miserable) team waiting for a trade than they did in their humbling home defeat to Phoenix on TNT.

Yet the signals I'm getting from Clipperland continue to suggest that Maggette -- still a Donald Sterling favorite, remember -- isn't going anywhere.

I should note, however, that the most recent of those signals came before Tuesday's debacle of a loss to the Suns. The word at that hour was that Sterling has made it clear he expects coach Mike Dunleavy to reach a truce with Maggette and start getting this group playing the way it did in the franchise breakthrough of last season that suddenly seems forever ago.

It's too soon to say whether L.A.'s surrender in the Suns' 115-90 cruise in the first game after the All-Star Game might alter that position, but I do know that the organization considers making the playoffs imperative after Sterling spent money on players (and his coach) like he's never spent before

Source:ESPN.com

Daily Update 2*21*07

Prosecutors Call Busta 'Violent Predicate Felon,' Rapper Rejects Plea Deal


Busta Rhymes rejected a plea bargain offered by prosecutors today (Feb. 20) in Manhattan Criminal Court.

The rapper, who is facing two assault charges, is accused of kicking and punching former driver Edward Hatchett in a dispute over back pay on Dec. 26, 2006.

He's also accused of assaulting 19-year-old Robert Lebron, a fan who allegedly spit on the rapper's Maybach, after an Aug 12, 2006 concert on Randall's Island.

Prosecutors, who labeled the animated rapper a "violent predicate felon," offered Rhymes six months in jail for the two assault charges, which he rejected.

According to reports, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Tanya Kennedy said Rhymes could plead guilty to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

If Rhymes accepts Judge Kennedy's offer, the rapper would be required to serve five days of community service, two weeks of youth lectures and six months of anger management classes.

Once successfully completing the terms of the sentencing, all charges against Rhymes, 34, will be dismissed. If the rapper violates his probation, he could be sent to prison for a year.

Police are still attempting to question Busta Rhymes about the Feb. 2006 shooting death of his bodyguard Israel Ramirez.

Ramirez was shot and killed on set of Rhymes' "Touch It (Remix) video shoot. Police believe an argument between G-Unit's Tony Yayo and Ruff Ryders' Swizz Beatz sparked the deadly shooting.

Police believe Rhymes may have witnessed the shooting and has refused to cooperate. Tony Yayo also refused to submit to questioning until he is charged with a crime.

40 Glocc Involved In Gang Brawl In Vegas

Infamous/G-Unit recording artist, 40 Glocc, was involved in a brawl early Monday morning (February 19) outside the MGM Grand Casino.

According to the rapper's spokesperson, he and his entourage got into an altercation with group of rival gang members, resulting in an all-out brawl that spilled into the casino's parking lot.

"Niggas' wanted a problem, so we mashed them out," 40 Glocc told reporters. "I'ma real one wit this... I don't wear rags for videos and fashion, gangbangin' is not a fashion! And whoever is using it for record selling and fashion, they gotta run into me and real ones in the streets just like me and gone find out the hard way. That goes for crips and bloods."

Shots were reportedly exchanged, and one man was left with a gunshot to the hip. He declined to press charges, and police are not following up on the incident, Las Vegas police spokesman, Jose Montoya, said.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, several incidents resulted in four people being shot, including three who were critically injured, during an hour stretch that occurred between 4 and 5 a.m. at two locales, Montoya said.

Police chose to put their focus on an unrelated incident, which occurred outside the Minxx strip club on Wynn Road near Tropicana Avenue.

The Review-Journal reports that three people were shot after several patrons of the club were escorted outside for fighting. One of them opened fire, wounding two employees and a patron near the club's entrance, police said.

Although there is rumor that NFL cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones of the Tennessee Titans had been involved in the shooting, those reports have not been confirmed.Las Vegas police say they arrested 362 people since the start of NBA festivities, and 209 of them were from out of town.

Young Buck Targeted By Police, Settles Beef With DJs

Young Buck has faced many trials and tribulations on the path to release his sophomore CD. He spent much of December under threat of a nationwide DJ ban for an altercation with Lil Jon's DJ, DJ Will, been the target of police surveillance and has a committee seeking to censor him.

Fortunately, according to Buck, issues with DJ Will and the record ban have been resolved.


"Tony Neal is my best friend at this point," Buck said of the Core DJ's founder whose organization once threatened to stop playing Buck's records . "Tony was the first guy to reach out and say he had reliable people at the club where the situation happened, that came to him and said it wasn't the way the story was getting reported. He eventually reached out to show the Core DJ's were behind me, showing their support. He invited me to a party they put together in Milwaukee, I came out and they showed me a lot of love."

Buck added, "I'm too humble in my situation to fall out of pocket behind a DJ playing a record by a person that disliked me or my crew. I'm blessed for it to work itself out -- for one, I have an album coming out March 20, and for two, I'm not an overnight success, I didn't get here to jeopardize my career to make that move. I'm blessed to make it through these situations. Situations like the Vibe awards and this work themselves out as long as I don't start the problem, and I ain't going out making no problems."

Though Buck says he is steering clear of trouble, that hasn't stopped law officials from keeping an eye on him.

"I got pulled over by ten undercovers," Buck revealed of the January arrest when Nashville police stopped Buck's Escalade. "Ten fuckin undercover cars, you don't see not one government car in sight. I'm like 'what the fuck is this? What the fuck I done?' They told me they pulled me over for driving with a suspended license. I said 'Hell naw it ain't.' The nigga run my license said, 'Nah it ain't suspended, but we still gotta take you down to clear the warrant in our system...' They get me downtown and wanna question me about murders."

Buck explained that his history in Nashville has local police convinced he hasn't left the streets completely behind for rap life.

Mining these experiences for song material while recording Buck the World, Young Buck ran into a problem he never anticipated - censorship.

"You remember 2Pac used to always yell about C. Delores Tucker and how she'd try to stop shit we were saying in rap? They started that Lyric Committee off'a her and the Lyric Committee grabbed my record and listened and they scrapped two of my records, like I can't use them, it's no way that I can put them out. One of the records was produced by DJ Paul (of Three 6 Mafia) called "Fuck the Police," I speak a lot of Black Panther talk and really give game to the world on a lot of issues," Young Buck said. "How in the fuck can you tell a nigga that this is a country where you are free to say what you say, but ya'll motherfuckers gonna go through my record and tell me I can't use this song?"

Although, Buck offered to make changes to the song, the committee was unwilling to make a compromise. Anticipating potential problems from retailers, Buck and his label decided to remove the song from Buck the World.

Buck the World is slated for release on March 20 via G-Unit/Interscope Records.

Rapper Twisted Black Talks "Cocaine Rap"

Fort Worth, Texas rapper Twisted Black recently spoke to from his prison cell about his upcoming album, his real life dealings in the drug game and why rappers need to watch their mouths.

Twisted Black (born Tommy Burns) was convicted of conspiracy to deliver and distribute cocaine last year. Because it was the rapper's third strike, he faces a possible life sentence. Black started his professional music career in '95 with the release of the independent record Look What The Streets Made. While awaiting sentencing which will take place on February 22, Black explained that rappers who glorify the drug-dealing lifestyle should consider watching their words and putting more substance in their lyrics.

"[Rappers] should watch what they say [on records]," he explains. "You could end up in a situation like I'm in. While some people are just telling you what their life is, you can try to entertain without getting caught up. A lot of new cats are coming out with the 'cocaine rap' and staying on the same subject. There's no entertainment. We all heard the story of the block. There's got to be some talent in there too. There can only be one [Young] Jeezy."

Shortly before the rapper was arrested in July of last year, he signed with indie label TVT Records who will release his album, Street Fame, on March 6. Ready to release his latest project, which features production from longtime T.I. collaborator DJ Toomp, among others, Black explained that his incarceration has been both a gift and a curse when it comes to his career.

"It's rough because I can't do anything from here," he explains. "I think it will finally make people aware of me, who have been hearing so much about me on the underground level, and get them ready for other projects. I think it will help because sometimes negative publicity, people who've heard about my situation and my downfall, equals good publicity. So I think if the label pushes it the right way, it'll be a plus."


The rapper is also set to release a DVD entitled The Rise Of Twisted Black on the same day as his album through his own Scarred For Life imprint. Black hopes the DVD will shed some light on his situation and offer some encouragement to others.

"[Fans] will know the story. It'll motivate them to watch their step and they'll be entertained," he says. "Just keep pushing with whatever it is you're trying to do. That hard work pays off."
Street Fame hits stores on March 6 on TVT records.


M.O.P. News
M.O.P.'s latest single "7:30" has been picked up by CBS Sports and The New York Knicks and the song will be included in various promotional spots. The song is taken from M.O.P.'s upcoming G-Unit release reportedly titled Yearly Physical, which is slated to hit stores in May 2007.

The video for the song is being edited and will hit video outlets nationwide on Mar. 1. In related news, M.O.P. has singed on to promote the Sizzurp brand of liquor.


Sizzurp, which was sold to Straight Up Brands last year, will be featured in M.O.P.'s music videos, on tour worldwide with tour van wraps, stage banners and "on-stage pours." M..O.P. is also in the process of planning their first worldwide tour.


Tru Life talking about Dipset, Memphis Bleek claims he punked Camron.






Vanessa and Angela Simmons Debut Pastry Footwear

Young women will soon have a new line of shoes to seek out, with arrival of Vanessa and Angela Simmons' new line of shoes, Pastry Footwear.

The line will feature colorful, mid-priced athletic-inspired shoes and includes various style for young women.

In addition, each shoe will have tube of lip gloss attached to it, with its scent/color matching the shoe's theme.

Pastry Footwear is the latest venture for Vanessa, a St. John's University business communication major, and Angela, who recently launched the new teen magazine Angela's RunDown.

The Simmons sisters are best known for their appearances on their father Rev. Run's hit MTV reality show Run's House. The new season of the show will chronicle the creation of Pastry Footwear, which is scheduled to debut on March 23.

The season premiere of Run's House will air this spring on MTV.

Lil' Kim Hosts Billboard & Children Uniting Nations 8th Annual CUN Awards

CHILDREN UNITING NATIONS (CUN) and BILLBOARD, the world's most trusted source of music, video and digital entertainment news, charts, reviews and analysis, have joined forces to celebrate the Oscars® in style: hosting a series of exciting celebrity filled events during Oscars® weekend.

Hollywood's leading players and brightest stars will come together to celebrate the dreams that are created within the entertainment industry, but also, to ensure that such dreams can be possible for our foster children's futures as well.

The celebration kicks off on Friday, February 23 when rap goddess LIL' KIM and CUN founder DAPHNA ZIMAN host a private press conference and luncheon at the former Warner Brothers' estate in Beverly Hills to announce the list of 2007 honorees for the "Inspiring Our Children to Dream Awards," which will be presented at the CUN viewing celebration later that weekend. The press conference will offer an exclusive chance to sit down with this year's event host, Lil' Kim, and CUN Founder Daphna Ziman, as they discuss a newly formed partnership to help save our nation's most vulnerable children.

The weekend festivities continue on Sunday February 25th when Billboard, along with CUN and Lil' Kim host the 8TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING DINNER. The black tie event will take place at The Music Box @ Fonda and will include a formal dinner, dancing, musical performances and a phenomenal silent and live auction. During this dinner, CUN will also present special awards to a select few who have changed the lives of children in the past year. All proceeds from this spectacular event will support CUN's cause of helping foster children succeed against the odds.

And finally, the CUN AFTER PARTY begins with performances from an exciting group of artists including American Idol's RUBEN STUDDARD and DIANA DEGARMO, hip-hop pioneer DARRYL "DMC" MCDANIELS, rap legends DMX, LIL' KIM, and DJ SPINDERALLA at the turn tables.

Feb 20, 2007

My Block Virginia

Can I get My VA. on?????


MTV My Block: Virginia (Pt. 1: Pharrell, Clipse, Trey Songz, Skillz)


MTV My Block: Virginia (Pt. 2: Timbaland, Chad Hugo & Kenna, Quan, Clipse)


(props to onsmash)

Mixtape of the week

Seems I'm still on my Southern ish
























DJ Smallz aka Mr. Southern Smoke, returns with another smash just in time for NBA Allstar Weekend (Feb 15)! The South's #1 DJ puts together another masterpiece full of over 20 of the hottest, newest, and most exclusive southern bangers out now!With a little bit of something for everyone from Miami to Houston, standout tracks on this one include the the official remix for Rich Boy's smash "Throw Some Ds" as well as an exclusive remix to Young Jeezy's "I Luv It". Other notable exclusives on this banger include new joints from Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Buck, Slim Thug, UGK, Three 6 Mafia, Yung Joc, T.I. and more!


TRACKLIST:



01 - We Still Smokin' Intro


02 - DJ Khaled feat. T.I., Rick Ross, Akon, Lil' Wayne & Baby The Birdman – We Takin' Over

03 - Rich Boy feat. Andre 3000, Jim Jones, Nelly, The Game & Lil' Jon – Throw Some D's RMX


04 - Young Jeezy feat. Busta Rhymes, Trina, Jim Jones & Lil' Flip– I Luv It RMX


05 - T.I. – Clubbin' (Not On Grand Hustle Compilation)


06 - Rick Ross feat. The Clipse – Blow


07 - Boyz-N-Da-Hood – Bite Down


08 - Young Buck – Get Buck


09 - Slim Thug – Problem With That


10 - Lil' Flip feat. The Game – Lost Ones


11 - Chamillionaire feat. Kelis – Not A Criminal


12 - UGK feat. Three 6 Mafia – Player's Anthem


13 - 8Ball & MJG feat. Yung Joc – Clap On, Clap Off


14 - Three 6 Mafia feat. Project Pat – Dope Boy Fresh RMX


15 - T.I., Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne & Fat Joe – Make It Rain RMX


16 - Lil' Wayne feat. Juelz Santana – Black Democrats


17 - Fabolous feat. Lil' Wayne – Diamonds On My Chain


18 - Twista feat. Lil' Wayne – Whip Game Proper


19 - UGK feat. T.I. & Swizz Beatz – Hit The Block


20 - 8Ball & MJG – Alcohol, Pussy & Weed


21 - Pitbull feat. Jim Jones & Lil' Jon – Sticky Icky


22 - Rich Boy feat. Lil' Jon & Sean Paul – What It Do


23 - Guerilla Zoe feat. Yung Joc – Take Ya Shoes Off


24 - T-Pain feat. Yung Joc & Stat Quo – Snappin'


25 - Lloyd feat. Yung Joc – Get It Shawty

Daily Update 2*20*07

Busta Rhymes Speaks On New Album and Rumored Track With 50 Cent and The Game.

Busta Rhymes wants 50 Cent and The Game to make love - not beef. Busta Rhymes had a rant about the conflict between the tap heavyweights and offered some words of wisdom. "I have always had problem with the beef," said Busta.

"If you listen to ‘The Devil's Advocate', which is the title track on his (The Game's) album, I didn't agree with his role at how he handled the situation."

50 Cent and the Game on the same track again? It seems so unlikely, right? Busta Rhymes said he's trying to get both of his friends to join him on a track for his new album "Before Hell Freezes Over". Bus also said if it were up to him, the two would quash their quarrelling altogether.

"50, even though I don't agree with everything he has done, he is still someone of an orchestrator of the situation from a general rank standpoint. If you are an apprentice, coming under someone. there is a general pride and ego. You gotta swallow a certain thing. It's a part of being conditioned for greatness. Humbling yourself is the key when it comes to reach a certain place. That doesn't apply to everybody; certain people go about it in a tyranic manor. But 50 was with Trackmasters and was humble, he got played out. 50 was with Jay, he was humble in that situation. Jam Master Jay, he was humble in that situation. It didn't work out. He had to pay his dues and be humble."

He went on: "The Game needed to understand, even though he is a very incredible talent, a genius with his work ethic and his ability to contribute with the music in a great way, he's still gotta play a certain role."

"That's why when I go on his record; before I had to say when I get on your song I'm coming from a real perspective. He was so embarrassing in that because he is a very intelligent dude. He understands that it works to his advantage. He understands that it works in his favour, because he doesn't hide from the truth. But Game, sometimes is very impulsive. I don't fault him for that, he is still young. He will evolve into that super great thing he is destined to become."


A Fugee Reunion Looks Unlikely

Wyclef Jean feels the chances of a reunion for The Fugees are pretty slim right now. The rapper/producer is so frustrated with communicating with fellow group members Pras Michel and Lauryn Hill that he's contemplating putting together a copycat group. "The Fugees are giving me such a hard time that I'm trying to form another group with me, Akon and another girl," Jean told Melissa Rivers on 'Joan & Melissa live at The Grammy's.'





Charlotte best for Blacks

BET.com has announced the results of a multi-city research project to determine the Best Cities in America for Black Families. Taking the No. 1 spot is Charlotte, NC, followed by 2001 winner Columbus, Ohio in second place and Washington, D.C. in third.


Charlotte proved to be a city where black families can settle in communities of educated, well-paid African Americans, of whom 50% own their own houses. Amenities such as pro basketball and football teams, a thriving nightlife and the nearby location of world-class colleges and universities, including the historically black Johnson C. Smith University, make it a magnet for black young professionals who are enticed by the gentle climate as well as the relatively low cost of living and affordable housing prices.


Research showed the Worst City for Black Americans was Cleveland, Ohio.


To find out how each of the 22 cities ranked and for more information on the findings and details on the report, please log onto http://www.BET.com.


XM, Sirius Satellite Radio Announce Plans To Merge

Satellite radio giants XM and Sirius have reached an agreement to merge in an all stock deal, it was announced today (Feb. 19).

The new company, which does not yet have a name, will be worth $13 billion including debt of almost $1.6 billion dollars. XM shareholders will receive 4.6 shares of Sirius common stock for each share of XM they own.

Rappers like Eminem, Grandmaster Flash, 50 Cent and DJ Premier have channels or shows on Sirius, while XM has deals with rappers like Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli, Trick Daddy, Jermaine Dupri and others.

Under the new deal, XM and Sirius shareholders will each own approximately half of the combined company, which will be headed by Sirius' current CEO, Mel Karmazin.

"This combination is the next logical step in the evolution of audio entertainment," said Karmazin, CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio. "Together, our best-in-class management team and programming content will create unprecedented choice for consumers, while creating long-term value for shareholders of both companies. The combined company will be positioned to capitalize on Sirius' and XM's complementary distribution and licensing agreements to enhance availability of satellite radios, offer expanded content to subscribers, drive increased advertising revenue and reduce expenses."

XM and Sirius will continue to operate independently until the transaction is complete. Both companies will decide the new company's name and primary business location.
The merger still faces antitrust scrutiny from the Department of Justice.

Also, a clause in the FCC laws state that one satellite radio operator cannot own the other is expected to be a hurdle.

Analysts say the proposed merger has a 50/50 chance of passing and that the merger is likely to be opposed by the National Association of Broadcasters.

If approved, the companies expect the transaction to be completed by the end of 2007.

Buck all of ya'll

Young Buck has been in L.A., not just working with Dr. Dre on his new album Buck the World, due March 20, but also studying under the tutelage of an acting coach. Buck plans to make a movie about his life soon, and he's hoping that somewhere in the plotline will be a scene where he sells 500,000 copies in the first week.

He said that after three years on the bench, he's coming back hard — especially in the South. "It's the big payback sh-- for me," he said. "I appreciate the fans patiently waiting. That's why I worked so hard on making this another classic album. ... I got respect for them all — T.I., [Lil] Wayne, all of them — but at this point, I'm hungry for real. Between me, Wayne and T.I., we got the most anticipated albums [coming out of the South this year]. I'm trying to bust both their asses, but in a friendly way. Cause them is my n---as."

What? It's no secret that Buck is tight with Tip and Young Jeezy, who he calls his "brothers," but Weezy F? Just a few months ago, Buck was on the radio airwaves saying that he wanted to declare war on Weezy and his pa, Baby. He also clowned the two Cash Money Millionaires for kissing on the lips as a way of greeting each other.

"At the end of the day, I never said none of that sh-- behind beef," Buck clarified about his thoughts on Wayne and Baby's kissing. "It was the truth. I said it, it wasn't to create beef. I said it, but I had a chance to run into Wayne. I had a chance to see what was his take on the situation. He wasn't paying it no attention. He explained to me the meaning for [him and Baby's greeting], whatever that was, it is what it is. I ain't got no problem with nobody that ain't got no problem with me. ... We had a chance to speak about it, and it wasn't really nothing."

In fact, Buck said he's not jumping into any beefs as of right now. "I'm out in these streets for real," he said. "I'm affiliated with it, without having the illegal sh-- with it. I can't indulge myself in the so called beef situations because my sh-- is so real out here. Two weeks ago, I got pulled over. [There were] Feds and everything! They said my license was suspended. They get me down [to the police station] and want to question me about homicides. ... So at this point right now, I'm not f---ing with none of this rap beef. I'm trying to keep my head above water."

Buck said that even pertains to Cam'ron's recent feud with 50 Cent — at least for the time being. "The 50 and Cam sh--? That sh-- is funny to me," he laughed off. "I'm gonna be all the way honest. I think 50 can handle that from his own point of view. But like I said, sh-- is so real for me in the streets. ... At the end of the day, my boss, he's about capitalizing off of negative energy. When anybody brings negative energy to him, he's just a blessed child to turn it into a bank roll. F---ing with homeboy like that, you have to have your sh-- all the way together. To each his own, 'cause at the end of the day, we are on top. 50 is on top."

When he's not dealing with his own projects or G-Unit agendas, Buck Marley is working on his new label. He explains that G-Unit South is actually just a movement, but the tangible outlet he plans to put music out on is Cashville Records. The first artist he signed is California's C-Bo, and the Outlawz are in negations to join the fold as well. "My goal is to stay loyal to my crew [and] still get something for myself going," the Tennessee native said.

However, for all he said about keeping out of trouble, Buck had some on Friday night in Las Vegas during NBA All-Star weekend. He attended a party at a venue called the Ice House where Diddy and Young Jeezy hosted a party.

According to an eyewitness, Buck, who arrived at the shindig with Jeezy, got into a staredown with his old nemesis the Game, who was also at the party. Although Buck and Game didn't have the chance to get physical, our witness said the two rappers and their parties were converging at opposite sides of the DJ booth — while Jeezy was on the mic — and security had to step in between both factions. Buck and his people left shortly after, as did Game and his entourage.
G. Dep Off Rikers Island, Into The Recording Studio

Bad Boy rapper G-Dep was released from Rikers Island prison last week and is currently working on a comeback album.

G. Dep, born Trevell Coleman, knocked around New York's underground scene before landing a $350,000 contract to record for Sean "Diddy" Combs' Bad Boy Record label.

After several high profile appearances on albums like Black Rob’s Life Story, Diddy's Forever and The Notorious B.I.G.'s Born Again, G. Dep hit the charts in 2001 with the single "Special Delivery," which also featured a remix featuring Ghostface Killah, Keith Murray and Craig Mack.

The rapper was arrested last month, for breaking a display model mobile phone, during an argument at a T-Mobile store in Manhattan.

According to the New York Daily News, G. Dep's bail was set at $750, but he stayed on Rikers Island for almost a month, because he could not come up with the money.

G. Dep's $350,000 contract requires him to record five albums for Bad Boy. He released one album, Child of the Ghetto in 2001, but the rapper has spent most of his money.

"There's a lot of things I should have looked into," G. Dep said. "At the time, I didn't think about it too much."

G. Dep is hitting the studio this week with hopes of jump-starting his career. He is also planning a tour, as well as a new song and video.

Prodigy Says New Koch Album Is 'Just A Mixtape'

Prodigy is preparing the release of Return Of The Mac, a mixtape collaboration with The Alchemist, as a tool to promote the anticipated H.N.I.C. 2.

Although its being released through Koch Records, Prodigy maintains, the project is "just a mixtape," but is "gonna sell like an album."

The title is a nod to the once-popular gold mac chains, according to the rapper. "I ain't talking about mack," Prodigy explained. "I'm talking about mac, duns. Some people gonna think we talking about pimping, but when they figure out what we talking about, they gonna be like, 'Oh, sh--.'"

"We were watching an old video," The Alchemist continues, "and P had the mac chain on. We were just remembering the feeling we were giving people. We wanted to spark that feeling again. But we don't never go backwards. The rhymes on this is the future."

His label boss, 50 Cent, may say Koch is the graveyard for over the hill rappers, but to Prodigy is another avenue to lace his pockets and confirms that it's still G-Unit.

"G-Unit is still going down," said Prodigy. "Mobb Deep is still on G-unit with 50. He let us do our own thing with our solo career, and let us get our money." And later adds, "If somebody say G-Unot, we gonna beat the sh-- out of them."

"Stuck On You" will be the first radio single, and underground videos have been shot for "Mac 10 Handles" and "New York Sh--."The mixtape is slated for a March 27th release.

Here is the video for stuck on you.






For additional information check out Myspace.com/ProdigyReturnoftheMac


FOXY’S NEWEST VICTIM WANTS BIG PAYDAY

The Florida beauty shop owner who was allegedly on the receiving end of Foxy Brown’s latest rampage expects a large check to come his way as the result of a lawsuit he plans to file against the rapper.

"I hired a lawyer. I hope to pay off my mortgage with whatever I get," Hayssam Ghoneim tells the New York Post. "She definitely has to pay for what she did -- one way or another."

Brown was arrested last Thursday and charged with battery and obstruction of justice for her behavior at the Pembroke Pines beauty-supply shop. According to reports, the Brooklyn MC was addressing her weave situation in the store’s bathroom when Ghoneim announced that the store was closing and she would have to leave.

Brown allegedly responded by refusing to budge and tossing hair glue at Ghoneim. When he tried to call 911, Brown allegedly spat on him, staining his shirt. When cops showed up, she allegedly resisted arrest by swatting an officer’s hand away. It was also reported that cops had to use the “take down maneuver” to restrain her.

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Justo Faison Tribute Documentary In The Works

Revered music/mixtape pioneer Justo Faison will be remembered in a new documentary by those who benefited from his work.

DJ's Kid Capri, Whoo Kid, DJ Kay Slay and DJ Mars are among the DJs lending their support for the project, which began filming in the fall of 2006.

The project is a joint venture between companies Thermal Soundwaves and Music is My Business.

Noted for creating the annual Mixtape Awards, Faison was a well-known supporter of DJs and the DJing art form.

The 15-year promotions and marketing veteran died in a tragic car accident in Virginia in May 2005.

"Justo had a significant influence on the history of the DJ movement as well as on the business community," said Thermal Soundwaves founder C. Truth. "He revolutionized the mixtape industry, making it commercially viable."

Director Bill Duke will narrate the film, which has received additional support from Mike 5000 Watts, DJ Mecca, Tony Touch, Bobbito Garcia and DJ Premier.

The documentary will include testimonies, memoirs, and acknowledgements to Faison by those who benefited from opportunities he created.

Shooting will continue this week as filmmakers travel to Mixtapekings.com headquarters in New York to interview various mixtape DJ's about their relationship with Faison.


Akon Says Beyonce Once Had Eyes For Him

Akon insists he could once get any woman he wanted, including the singer on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

R&B star Akon claims Beyonce once flirted with him way back when. The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter says one perk of fame is having beautiful women throwing themselves at him.

He told Britain's Nuts magazine said, "Oh, man! Alicia Keys, Beyonce - I'm pretty lucky in that respect, but I guess it comes with the circles you find yourself in when you get success."
Akon, who claims he has three wives, insists Beyonce's boyfriend Jay-Z shouldn't be jealous because their liaison happened so long ago.


He said, "Nah, he's got plenty of other things to be concentrating on! The man has his own basketball team. I doubt he's going to be worrying about stuff in the past like that! And he sells records too, you know. "

Akon, who was born in Missouri to Senegalese parents, says British women are the most beautiful in the world.

He added, "Britain has some beautiful women - some of the most beautiful in the world. Every time I'm here, I'm amazed by them."