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SINBAD, STILL NOT DEAD
An e-mail proclaiming that comedian Sinbad had died of a heart attack Wednesday morning spread like wildfire across the Internet Thursday and had folks as famous as Lionel Richie calling the comedian/actor to find out if it was true.
Well, it most certainly was not.
As reported yesterday, Sinbad, born David Atkins, is very much alive and had nothing but jokes about his untimely demise while speaking via phone with EUR’s Lee Bailey Thursday afternoon.
“So what did you tell Lionel Richie?” asked Bailey.
“I told him you’re talking to a ghost,” Sinbad joked. “I’m trying to get a track from him, so I said I’m real sick. I need some music for my daughter.”
Sinbad’s brother and manager, Mark Adkins, told us yesterday afternoon that he began receiving calls about the death rumor on Saturday.
“I started getting a lot of comedians calling me saying that they heard Sinbad had passed away,” said Adkins. “Then it had died down for a couple of days, and we thought it was just a little local rumor, but then it went across the country. I got calls from Detroit and New York; radio stations calling. I guess there’s some sort of obituary or something on the e-mail blast that people had that made it seem real.”
Moved by the widespread concern, Sinbad told us: “I wish that people would’ve called me back like this when I was alive. I gotta die more often.”
He also joked that people were taking his death so hard because he owes those people money.
“Seriously, folks are worried that they ain’t gonna get their cash back,” he said.
“I’m writing a movie about this now,” he continued, noting that he hasn’t made a film in 10 years. “Seriously, my death is gonna be my comeback.”
The rumor seemed to have come from a hacked-into page on Wikipedia, a widely used Internet encyclopedia that allows anyone to contribute information. The page, seen here, said Sinbad “succumbed to a fatal heart attack on the morning of March 14, 2007.” The page also lists a biography and filmography for Sinbad, which seemed to offend him even more than the fake death.
“They had some jacked up stuff there, man,” he said. “Like come on, man. Give me a good sendoff. …They had me in Maxim magazine interviewed, they said [I was] the worst comedian of all time. I was like, don’t put that on the obituary. You supposed to like a man in death.”
Considering even more benefits of his fake passing, he said: “I’m hoping the IRS don’t know. Hopefully, I can keep this death thing going a little while longer.”
Getting serious for a brief moment, Sinbad admitted that this was actually the second time he has been the subject of a death rumor, and the news is always hardest on family members, close friends and the people who aren’t aware of the truth.
Sinbad said of the person who started the rumor: “If somebody has nothing better to do today, then I’m happy that it gave you something to do. Because if that’s all you have to do in your life, you have a sad life. If the best you could do is create a page that said somebody is dead, then your life is already dead.”
“Think about the energy it takes to do something like that,” he continued. “You have to have so much negative energy in your system, that you’re the walking dead.”
Tyrese Comes To The Defense Of Oprah
Tyrese has come to the defense of Oprah Winfrey over criticisms leveled against her in respect to her school in South Africa. The media has been critical of the various rules and regulations placed upon the students and have questioned Oprah's motives for opening the school.
Tyrese released the following statement through his publicist:
"There is a staggering amount of millionaires and billionaires out in the world that do nothing to effect positive change within society. The fact that Oprah Winfrey took a monumental step to create a school in South Africa for the betterment of African children rather then just speak of change is commendable. The bible says- ‘No good deed shall go unpunished,' and there are many critics out in the world turning up negative stones to find a flaw in this wonderful gift donated to South Africa by Oprah Winfrey. I stand with Oprah in the fight for change and positive world reform and I hope that people realize there will always be struggle and without struggle there is no progression. Please leave her alone and let the blessings she is offering outshine the public scrutiny she is facing."
Ludacris, Russell Simmons Honored For National Poetry Month
The two will be honored for their philanthropy and encouragement of spoken word.
America SCORES, a group that uses art to empower students in urban communities, is honoring Russell Simmons and Ludacris for their encouragement of spoken word and the performing arts. They will be honored in a ceremony on April 30 at the HBO Theater in New York City, an occasion will also signify the end of national poetry month.
For the past three years, a joint grant initiative between Simmons' Rush Philanthropic Arts and the Ludacris Foundation (along with the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network and Pepsi), have donated to America SCORES; most recently, they enabled 30 young poets to participate in a National Poetry Slam.
The ceremony will include the America SCORES National Poetry Slam!, and a meet-up with the participating young poets and their coaches. Benefit tickets are available for $1000 by calling 646-660-0407.
Busta Rhymes Shoots Film In NJ, Despite NYPD Beef
Undeterred by the New York Police Department's gripes that prevented him from participating in the production of a movie in NY earlier this week, Busta Rhymes wrapped up three days of filming in New Jersey yesterday (March 14).
As previously reported, Busta (born Trevor Smith), who is a cast member of the crime drama Order of Redemption, was not allowed to partake in the film's production in Manhattan after the police department raised public safety concerns.
Busta and the NYPD have been at odds due to his lack of cooperation in the investigation of the shooting death of his bodyguard Israel Ramirez early last year.
According to The Newark Star-Ledger, Busta shot scenes at the Riviera Hotel and on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark on Wednesday. The rapper plays a murderous villain who crosses paths with a once-prominent defense attorney, played by Tom Berenger, who is attempting to resume his career after struggling with drug addiction and a family tragedy.
Jason Webb, a producer of Order of Redemption, revealed Busta throws a baby out of a windo in one scene. "Busta Rhymes is an extremely talented actor, "explained Webb. "He is appreciative of us sticking with him."
Lupe Todd, a spokeswoman for Mayor Cory Booker, said the city of Newark had no problem with Busta shooting in their city.
"As far as we know, Busta Rhymes was acting accordingly and we thank him for his business," said Todd.
Slip-N-Slide Records Awarded $9.1 Million Judgment Against TVT Records
Pitbull was discovered by Jullian Andres Boothe, who recorded songs featured on Welcome to the 305 in 2001 and 2002, pursuant to a contract with the rapper. Pitbull later released two albums through TVT, M.I.A.M.I.
Wyclef Steps Up For Haiti
Grammy Award winner and Fugees member, Wyclef Jean, testified on Capitol Hill yesterday (March 14) about development efforts in Haiti.
During his testimony before the Subcommittee of the Western Hemisphere Committee on Foreign Affairs at the U.S. House of Representatives, Wyclef addressed Haiti's need for economic and social development. "After some 200 years of neglect, almost everything is a priority in Haiti: health, education, infrastructure, jobs, security, justice — all that's needed to achieve a healthy economy and a stable, vibrant society," he said.
After the hearing, Wyclef also announced that his foundation — Yele Haiti — was forming a new partnership with KATA, a U.S. development program. The partnership will advance economic stability in Haiti through job creation and education. Haiti, which is the poorest country in the western hemisphere, has been a big focus for Wyclef. His foundation, Yele Haiti, was formed in 2005 and funds projects in education, healthcare and community development.
Kid Rock Accused Of Assault
A 28-yearold Milford woman claims Kid Rock assaulted her last week at his home, according to a report filed with the Oakland County Sheriff's Department.
The alleged assault is still under investigation, and a person has yet to be interviewed by deputies as a possible witness, Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said.
McCabe said that Kid Rock, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, invited the woman and a man to his home to listen to music after meeting them the night of March 8 at the Clarkston Union Bar & Kitchen on Main Street in Clarkston. Members of the group have admitted to drinking alcohol the night of the alleged assault, McCabe said.
According to the woman's allegations, they were listening to music when she decided to go home to be with her children, McCabe said.
That is when Ritchie allegedly became angry because he wanted her to spend the night, McCabe said.
According to the woman's report, the rock star allegedly became loud and verbally abusive when she refused to stay, McCabe said.
The woman also claims Ritchie grabbed her by the back of the neck twice when she was outside his home and pushed her toward her car, he said. That push, the woman alleges, caused her to fall into a snow bank, McCabe said.
She has also claimed her nose was hit, but no information as to how that happened was given, he said.
Ritchie has admitted to deputies the woman and man were invited to his home to listen to music, McCabe said.
According to his statements, the group was listening to songs from his upcoming album when she began acting rudely, critiquing his music and acting obnoxious, McCabe said.
Ritchie claims he asked her to leave because of her behavior and she allegedly made claims she was going to accuse him of assaulting her, he said.
The man who was with the woman has corroborated her story after being interviewed by deputies, McCabe said.
But a third man, claiming to be witness, has sided with Ritchie and deputies are expected to interview a woman who was there, as well, McCabe said.
"At this point, we have two people who say one thing and two other people that say something else," he said. "Once the investigation is completed, a report will be given to the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office."
TERRENCE HOWARD TURNED DOWN BY BERRY AND UNION
In the new April issue of Essence magazine, on stands now, actor Terrence Howard admits that he tried to talk to two Hollywood beauties, and was ultimately shot down both times.
"I tried to talk to Halle [Berry] for a bit. Didn’t call me back," the married man says in the cover story. "Tried to talk to Gabrielle Union. Didn't call me back, either."
Regarding his estranged wife Lori, the star of new film “Pride” said: "The only woman I really love is my wife. The hardest thing to do is to let go of somebody you really care about."
Funkmaster Flex interviews Fabolous part 1
Young Buck - Reality TV show snippet
Props to the Folks at hybirdnation. for posting this 1st.
Damn, Jay was Raw. This was before he became Hova, before Beyonce, Before Def jam. This is my Favorite Jay-z song of all time. This and "People Talking." Read more here
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and for the homie Jay in Cypress, Ca. All the tru Pac-a-holoics gonna love this one
2pac The Real Greatest Rapper of All time) When My homies call
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Maynor hit a 15-foot jumper with 1.8 seconds left in the Rams' 79-77 upset victory over the Blue Devils on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Jadakiss and Super Nova Slom - Gangstas Salute
Ghostface - Chunky (Prod. by Pete Rock)
Joe Budden - My Life
Redman - Gimme One (Prod. by Pete Rock)
Mims- It’s Alright
Omarion feat. Usher- Ice Box Remix
DJ Drama ft Young Jeezy, T.I. & Rick Ross -Takin Pictures
Fabolous feat. Ne-Yo “Make Me Better” Snippet
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GRANDMASTER FLASH ROCK HALL SCANDAL?
Less than 48 hours after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five as its first ever hip hop act, there is talk that the group did not actually earn its fifth place vote.
Fox411.com columnist Roger Friedman quotes sources who say British group The Dave Clark Five actually placed fifth in the final voting of the nominating committee, not Grandmaster Flash. But the final count was ignored by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, who recently appointed himself chairman of the Foundation after the death of Ahmet Ertegun, according to Friedman.
R.E.M., Van Halen, The Ronettes and Patti Smith received the most amount of votes, with Grandmaster Flash finishing fifth when the votes were counted on the first date ballots were due in to the Rock Hall office, Friedman writes.
“But when all the ballots were counted a few days later, the DC5 had pulled ahead,” writes Friedman. “Wenner decided to ignore that and stick with the earlier tally.”
A source told Friedman: "We begged Jann to allow all six acts to be inducted. But he insisted that he couldn't because there wouldn't be enough time. He wanted to have Aretha Franklin come and perform in memory of Ahmet Ertegun."
"Jann went back to a previous ballot instead of taking the final vote as the last word," the source continued. "He used a technicality about the day votes were due in. In reality, The Dave Clark Five got six more votes than Grandmaster Flash. But he felt we couldn't go another year without a rap act."
Providence, RI Officials Cancel 'Street Dreams Concert'
The Street Dreams Tour date in Providence, RI was canceled yesterday (Mar. 14), when city officials could not reach an agreement with the 18-year-old promoter on a license restriction.
According to The Providence Journal, an earlier agreement reached between the Board of Licenses and promoter Lowell Williams fell apart, causing the Mar. 29 date at the Dunkin Donuts Center to be canceled.
The board demanded that none of the artists appear at any after parties in the area, to reduce the risk of violence.
The artists agreed, but the deal fell apart when the board also demanded that performers be paid their remaining fees at least 12 hours after their performances, in order to guarantee that the rappers abided by the terms of the agreement.
Last week, The Providence Police Department voiced their concerns and objected to the Mar. 29 Street Dreams Tour date, which features headliners Young Jeezy, Jim Jones, Lil' Wayne, Baby, Fat Joe and Rich Boy.
Police said Jones' association with the Bloods street gang could cause bloodshed, because the Providence metropolitan area is mainly Crip territory.
The police also labeled Cash Money Records CEO Bryan "Baby/Birdman" Williams and platinum selling rapper Lil' Wayne as gang members.
Williams lawyer Robert D'Amico said that the performers were unwilling to wait that long to be paid the remaining balance of their performance fees, where are normally paid prior to the artists performance.
Despite the fact that The Street Dreams Tour has played two dates with no issues or reports of violence, Deputy Police Chief Paul J. Kennedy was pleased with the board's decision to revoke the license and cancel the concert.
Kennedy said the decision was made on Jones' and the other rappers ties to gangs and had nothing to do with Hip-Hop music.
“It’s really important that the city and the Police Department look at the history of specific bands and specific acts," Kennedy said.
C-Murder Granted Permission To Leave House
Two weeks after he was allowed to promote an album and a novel in media interviews, rapper C-Murder got permission Tuesday to leave the confines of house arrest so he can continue his recording career.
However, Corey Miller did not get all he wanted; a Jefferson Parish judge denied his request for free travel throughout the New Orleans area four days per week, including trips to a recording studio in St. Tammany Parish and to Baton Rouge to seek a new home for his children.
"He'll be allowed to go to work, but we'll have to know the exact time and location," 24th Judicial District Judge Martha Sassone said in reining in Miller's request to modify the rules of home incarceration.
Miller, 36, is awaiting retrial on a second-degree murder charge in the Jan. 12, 2002, killing of Steve Thomas, 16, who was shot in the chest during a brawl in the now-closed Platinum Club in Harvey.
For the past year, Miller has been under house arrest as a condition of the $500,000 bail Sassone set after the state Supreme Court upheld her order granting him a new trial.
Miller already is allowed to attend religious services on Sunday mornings and Bible study on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sassone noted.
But she declined his latest request to leave his residence from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., four days per week. She told him and his attorney, Ron Rakosky, that she will consider each request to work "as it comes."
Though home incarceration is rare for people charged with murder in Jefferson Parish, it is not unheard of for judges to allow people under house arrest to leave their residences to work, court records show.
The house arrest "severely and adversely" affects Miller's ability to earn money to pay for his defense and support his family, Rakosky said. "He needs to be able to get back to work."
Miller also wanted permission to help his ex-wife and their three children, displaced to Houston by Hurricane Katrina, find a new home in Baton Rouge, Rakosky said. He also told Sassone that Miller might eventually want to move to St. Tammany Parish, where he wants to work in a recording studio, which was not named.
Jermaine Dupri Signs His First Artist As President Of Urban Music At Island Records
Not wasting any time, Jermaine Dupri has signed his first artist in his new position as President of Urban Music at Island Records.
JD has inked a deal with Compton based rapper Hot Dollar. Dupri officially announced the signing on his blog yesterday (March 14th) at his Myspace page here:
Dollar's debut Island single will be called "Streets On Lock" and his album is expected to drop in the fourth quarter of '07.
For more information on Dollar, visit www.myspace.com/hotdollar
Diddy Still Tempted By Other Women
Hip-hop mogul SEAN 'DIDDY' COMBS is still tempted by other women, regardless of his serious relationship with former model KIM PORTER.
The star admits he can't cope with monogamy - despite being the boyfriend of four years to Porter, the mother of his nine-year-old son CHRISTIAN and twin girls D'LILA and JESSIE, who were born in December (06).
And Combs confesses he can't even get ready for a night out without an all-female entourage keeping him company.
He says, "When I dress, I like to put on some MARVIN GAYE. I invite a few women into my room and we have a few drinks.
"We sort of have a little party getting dressed. For me, it has to be a very sensual experience, so of course I have to have some women around me as I dress. I don't just find women beautiful to look at - I love their company.
"I try to be good, I really do. But sometimes that's just too hard."
WHO HUNG THE DOGS OUT...
The group Baha Men, best known for their hit “Who Let the Dogs Out,” are suing their management company for holding out on thousands of dollars owed to them for an album they were producing and ruining their reputation within the music industry.
According to TMZ, the group filed the $500,000 lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Activate Entertainment. They claim the company never paid them the promised thousands of dollars to cover production costs for an album, which caused the group to spend their own money for expenses. According to the lawsuit, "This led to overdrawn accounts," which in turn led to rubber checks.
Also in the lawsuit, the Baha Men say they "did not receive the additional $180,000 that was owed to them," and lead singer, Isaiah Taylor lost "his home to the bank for lack of funding."
The band also says they were unable to pay their production crew, which "severely damaged the reputations of the Baha Men group members within the tight knit music community."
Timbaland Teams Up With Rockstar Games For Beatmaking Game
Producer Timbaland has announced that he is teaming up with Rockstar Games to create Beaterator, a new music maker for the PSP (Playstation Portable).
Rockstar, who is responsible for the wildly popular Grand Theft Autu (GTA) series, describes Beaterator as a powerful music mixer with robust beatmaking features that is accompanied by a collection of original music and rhythm games, and challenge modes.
"Two years ago, we launched a web-based version of Beaterator on our own website and people really embraced it," said Sam Houser, Founder and Executive Producer of Rockstar Games. "That inspired us to build and create something very interactive and unique. Having Timbaland involved in the game is a real honor and only adds to our excitement about the title."
Timbo is equally excited, stating he's been a fan of the company for quite some time. "I've always been a huge fan of Rockstar and love playing their games," said Timbaland. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with them and making music for Beaterator. I cannot wait to get this in the hands of our fans."
The game is scheduled for release on the PSP in the summer. In the meantime, fans can check out an online version of Beatertor at RockstarGames.com/Beaterator.
Video:Ne-Yo - Because Of You
50 says June 19th is the day
Fabolous -From Nothin to Somethin Tracklisting, Release April 17th
1. Yep, I’m Back
2. Return Of The Hustle - (featuring Swizz Beatz)
3. Change Up
4. Make Me Better - (featuring Ne-Yo)
5. So Fabolous
6. Diamonds - (featuring Lil Wayne)
7. Hustler’s Poster Child - (featuring Cassidy)
8. Real Playa Like - (featuring Lloyd)
9. Foggin’ Up The Windows - (featuring R. Kelly)
10. What Should I Do
11. Back To School
12. All Jokes On You
13. I Shine, You Shine - (featuring Makeeba)
14. First Time
15. Paperman - (featuring Ne-Yo)
17. Chirp Back - (featuring Blue DaVinci)
18. Gangsta - (featuring Junior Reid)
19. This Is Family - (featuring Freck The Billionaire/Ransom/Joe Budden)
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The Notorious B.I.G. Resurrects New York, Akon Continues His Reign, Young Jeezy Keeps Gettin' It
In this week's Hip-Hop Charts, Biggie snatches the crown, Akon contimues his dominance and Young Jeezy slides.
Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is The Notorious B.I.G. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the late rapper's Greatest Hits compilation sold 99,100 copies in its first go-around.
The CD includes bangers like "Hypnotize," "Big Poppa" and "Who Shot Ya," as well as two unreleased tracks featuring Fabolous, Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule.
Young Jeezy continues to reach for platinum status despite falling five spots to No. 27 this week. The Inspiration scans 22,800 discs in its 24th week on the charts, bringing the albums total sales to 931,000.
After keeping the No. 52 spot warm for the past two weeks, Eminem and the Shady crew drop twelve slots to No. 64. The Re-Up has moved 915,100 units thus far, with 11,900 representing the week-in total.
Birdman and Lil' Wayne slide six spots to No. 66. Like Father, Like Son pushes 11,800 discs this week. To date, the album has sold 658,300 copies.
Hanging close by at No. 67 is Nas. Hip Hop Is Dead bagged up 11,700 units in its twelfth week, bringing the album's total sales to 672,800.
Diddy's momentum has begun to fade as he slips eight seats down to No. 75. Press Play hustles 10,600 discs this week. So far, the album has sold total of 564,800 copies.
After making a noteworthy debut at No. 21 last week, B.G and The Chopper City Boyz plummet sixty six spots to No. 87. We Got This only moved 9,400 units this week, rounding up the albums total to 37,800.
Toppling nineteen spots to No. 89 is Snoop Dogg. Tha Blue Carpet Treatment reels in 9,300 copies this week, bringing the album's tally to 815,900.
A sharp decrease in sales pushes Jay-Z twenty three spots to No. 92. Kingdom Come only ropes in 9,100 units this week. After 16 weeks, the album has sold a total of 1,388,300 copies.
Also hurting the sales department is The Game who plunges twenty two slots to No. 101. Doctor's Advocate shifts 8,000 discs this week. The total for the album reads off at 878,000.
Making a weak debut at No. 113 this week is Consequence with his first studio album, Don't Quit Your Day Job. The CD shells out 7,000 copies in its first week
Slim Thug & The Boss Hogg Outlawz, who debuted at No. 63 last week, sunk seventy four levels to No. 137 this week. Serve and Collect lugs in 5,900 discs in its second week, pushing its total numbers to 19,000.
Turning the page, Akon "loses one," Robin Thicke descends and Justin Timberlake follows suit. Dropping one spot to No. 4 doesn't stop Akon from keeping cash registers ringing. Konvicted scans 76,000 discs this week. After seventeen weeks, the album has sold 1,792,400 copies. Slipping five spots to No. 10 is Robin Thicke. The Evolution of Robin Thicke continues to sell like hotcakes pushing 47,200 discs this week. To date, the album has sold 772,000 copies. Justin Timberlake loses his swagger and slips five slots to No. 11, FutureSex/LoveSounds shifts 46,100 discs this week, bringing the albums total sales to 2,917,500. Posted at No. 13 this week is Fergie. Duchess moves 42,600 units. So far, the album has sold 1,562,400 copies. Corrine Bailey Rae staggers six spots down to No. 15. Her self titled album sells 41,100 discs this week, bringing its tally to 1,263,200. Slow sales trips the Dreamgirls soundtrack which falls sixteen steps to No. 24. The disc ropes in 25,000 units. After 14 weeks, the soundtrack has sold 886,900 copies. Gerald Levert slides nine spots to No. 25. In My Songs snares in 25,070 units this week. The total for the album reads off at 279,900. Standing at No .32 is Pretty Ricky. The group's sophomore project, Late Night Special, shells out 18,800 CDs. After 7 weeks, the album has a sold a total of 355,700 copies. Beyonce falls seven spots to No. 33 after moving only 18,700 units this week. After 27 weeks, B'Day has sold 2,330,600 copies. After an impressive jump last week, Ciara tumbles fifteen slots to No. 44. Evolution has moved 1,042,100 units thus far, with 16,100 representing the week-in total.
Next week look for 8Ball & MJG, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Musiq Soulchild and Amy Winehouse to shake things up on the charts. Read more here
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Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Hip-Hop history was made last night (Mar. 12), as Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As Hip-Hop pioneers, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were one of the first Hip-Hop groups to incorporate deejaying and emceeing in a group.
The groundbreaking group went on to create such hits as "The Message," "Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel," and countless others.
Rap mogul and Def Jam Records president Jay-Z introduced the group during the introduction ceremony. Jay read their induction speech from his Blackberry. "Thirty years later rappers have become rock stars, movie stars, leaders, educators, philanthropists, even CEOs," Jay-Z said. "None of this would have been possible without the work of these men."
Formed in the South Bronx, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five have come a long way since their first single "Superrappin" hit the streets in 1979.
The annual event took place at New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel and other inductees included R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith, and Van Halen.
Give R. Kelly A Call At The Chocolate Factory!
It seems as if R. Kelly has taken a page from Mike Jones’ book as the R&B singer has a phone number for anyone to reach him. While you don’t get to speak to Kells personally, you do get to hear a message from the singer as he previews songs from his new album, Double Up:
“What’s up yall’, this Kells, I’m glad ‘yall called. I’m in the studio right now…since ‘yall called, I’ma give ‘yall a snippet of what I’m about to hit ‘yall with. Hold on, turn it off…this song called ‘Blow it Up’ with Jeezy…and I got Young Dro on here, they killin’ it.”
Following this message is a brief sound byte of the song Blow it Up. After the song finishes playing, R. Kelly comes back on:
“Can’t give ‘yall the whole song. This next song I’m doin, it’s called ‘Leave ya name,’ you feel me?”
The song Leave Ya Name plays out like a musical version of an answering machine message. In a similar fashion, R.Kelly previews the songs Double Up ft. Snoop Dogg, Freakin’ In the Club, Put Some Money on It ft. Rick Ross, Hookin’ Up with Kanye West, and Rock Star with Ludacris.
As for the album, Kells promises the fans that it is “about 70% hip hop,” though it is not exclusively upbeat hip hop tracks, and will include some slow R&B.
After the message ends, you can leave your own message for R. Kelly. If you’re calling from a cell phone, the messaging system will text you with information following the call.
The phone number to reach the Chocolate Factory Hotline is 312-278-3965.
The album Double Up is set to be released May 29th.
Jim Jones is still celebrating the chart topping success that came from Baallin. Now, he's got his sights on bigger things, new music and Timbaland beats.
"I been thinking about my next album, thinking about the music I wanna hear, the production...All my albums been about my life, so I'm not worried about the content. I'm living fast, having fun, so it's always a story to tell. But I been thinking about the music — the production, where I want to take it. Every album I've evolved or I've felt like I've evolved. I don't know if everybody else felt like that, but I wanna take them all the way there next time. ... I'm not trying to offend nobody, but y'all know what I am capable of," he told MTV recently.
He also went on to speak on a producer that he's wanted for some time.
"Right now I would like to get a Timbaland beat...That's something I been thinking about for years. The boy got it! Let me get some of that Timbaland music. I'm just trying to have fun...It feels good, me getting called to get on people's records is amazing...I hope they keep calling."
He also made time to speak on the current beef between his label and 50 Cent.
"I been telling people that this music game is built on aggressive competition," he noted. "Just like basketball is a full contact sport. Sometime you might catch a elbow or a little foul pick. Most people that play the sport, they kill each other on the courts, afterwards it's all good. If that's the direction we going in, I'm good with it."
So, how does he feel about the way Cam is handling the situation?
"Cam could never do no wrong in my eyes...If that's how he's feeling, that's how he's feeling. That's my brother. But it was two dons going at it — 50 and Cam — nobody else got in it. It's all good. Me, I'm into my money."
Camron Makes Another Hot 97 Appearance
Ice Cube will introduce each episode, which features a different reformed gang member, drug dealer or criminal, who takes on the responsiblity of rehabilitating another person with similiar circumstances.
Good in the Hood is being executive produced by Ice Cube & long time collaborator Matt Alvaraz, along with Dave Broome, Colleen Conway and Rob Sharenow.
"One of the most powerful elements in the show is the personal connection of the two subjects." People who are still in thrall to drugs or violence are more apt to respond to someone who has walked in their shoes," Co-executive producer Rob Sharenow told Variety.
Last year, shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter, Intervention and reruns of The Sopranos helped improve A&E's viewing audience by 4% among adults 25-54, 13% among adults 18-49 and 24% among adults 18-34.
"This show is a way to demonstrate what is going on in a positive way in the urban community," Ice Cube said in a statement.
Good in the Hood is Ice Cube's latest foary into reality television.
In 2005, the rapper rapper/actor/filmmaker teamed with R.J. Cutler and produced the series Black.White, which was broadcast on FX and featured a white family and a black family sharing a home in the San Fernando Valley.
Aftermath Signee Joell Ortiz Is No Sellout, "Dr. Dre Makes You Bigger, He Doesn't Change You"
Though the days of artists yelling "please listen to my demo" may be fading, don't tell that to Joell Ortiz. This Brooklyn lyricist caught the ear of Dr. Dre after the super producer heard his CD and in no time Ortiz went from ashy to classy. While J.O.'s "not eating Spaghetti O's out the can no more," he can still eat up your favorite rapper without breaking a sweat.
"My deal didn't come from me running around New York all crazy everyday rhyming everywhere. Mine came from Dre getting the CD and saying 'play that again, he's crazy, let's fly him out,'" Ortiz said
"The mistake that people make is that they start rhyming about what happens to them, cars, house, etc. None of that helped you get here," Ortiz continued. "I rap for the audience who loves the art. You ain't gonna hear flossy shit from me cause that's not my style. I'm raising the bar. Dudes are out here doing 16's, I'm doing 125's."
Though signed to Aftermath, Ortiz will be delivering fans his frist album via Koch Records. The Brick (Bodega Chronicles), which takes it's title from O's 125 bar verses, features guest spots from Big Daddy Kane, Maino, Ras Kass, M.O.P. and Immortal Technique and beats by Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.) and The Alchemist.
"I wanted to drop an indie [album] to get my fan base up, but it so happened that Dre was feeling it and they came at the same time," the rapper explained. "With The Brick, I wrote it when I was still on the grind, before the deal. People been beating me in the head with 'you gotta bring New York back' but New York never died, you can't kill it."
"This album got that early New York feeling, cause we've been shying away from what we do [lately]," Ortiz said. "I'm a nice MC, not a rapper, an MC. I know what's missing and I'm trying to start something here."
With The Brick serving as a preview to his Aftermath project, some may suspect that Ortiz would be feeling the pressure of trying to live up to a Dr. Dre co-sign. But for Ortiz, it's just another day in the studio.
"What I found out about Dre is, he makes you bigger, but he doesn't change you. He makes you a better artist but it's still you, he says. " I don't know how not to be hip-hop. I don't know how to sellout, dude. When you're lyrical like I am, you gotta be nice and say something. I just want people to say I'm consistent, that I broke down barriers and that I'm nice, and not just for a Spanish rapper. It's my turn. They better put their rain jackets on 'cause it's about to be a storm."
The Brick (Bodega Chronicles) hits shelves on April 24.
Lupe Fiasco to Testify in Business Partner's Drug Conspiracy Trial
Lupe Fiasco is reportedly expected to testify in a drug conspiracy trial involving a partner in his first & fifteenth imprint.
According to the Chicago Tribune, producer Charles "Chili" Patton and his wife Inita were charged in 2003 for allegedly running a drug enterprise supplying over 900 grams of heroin. The drugs purportedly had a street value of nearly $950,000 at the time.
The couple's trial began in Cook County Court on Wednesday (February 28) with prosecutors claiming in their opening statements that Patton was the mastermind in a conspiracy that involved cellular telephones and coded language, picked up by police listening in on wiretaps.
Former Chicago Police Lt. Robert Grapenthien testified that investigators had a wiretap on Patton's cell phones for about a month when on March 25, 2003, they heard him set up a drug sale with Jerry Warren. The day before Patton was heard making Amtrak train reservations for him and Lupe Fiasco.
Jerry Warren, who was convicted in the case in October, set up a meeting in Hyde Park, which was under police surveillance, Grapenthien revealed. After receiving the drugs, authorities pulled over Warren's pickup truck and found a plastic bag containing drugs, he said.
Patton's lawyer, Todd Pugh, countered the prosecutor's accusations by painting his client as a hard working man who was striving to be successful.
"Charles 'Chili' Patton was targeted because he was a successful African-American businessman," Pugh told jurors. "He is a young African-American man from the West Side of Chicago with braids in his hair, which lives in a middle-class home in Olympia Fields with his wife and three children. You will not find one speck of heroin in Charles Patton's hands."
Prosecutors also claimed Inita Patton played a major role in finding a storage facility in south suburban Glenwood where authorities found more than 6 kilograms of heroin. Police found a key to the storage unit while conducting a May 2003 raid on the Pattons' home.
Inita's lawyer, Glenn Seiden, said her client allowed a friend to store his furniture in the storage unit and did not know drugs were in the locker.
The Pattons' trial is expected to last several weeks. According to prosecutors, the couple could face 15 to 60 years in prison if convicted.
THREE 6 MAFIA ‘ADVENTURES’ COMING TO MTV
The show is called “Adventures in Hollyhood,” premiering tonight at 10:30pm (E/P), and it follows Juicy J, DJ Paul and their entourage as they pick up from Memphis and head to Los Angeles.
The series, shot over a two-month period, chronicles their exploits as they try to cash in on their Oscar, work on their new album, try to get along with their new neighbors, and find out if it’s harder out here for a pimp.
The duo admits that even a year later, they have still not come down from their big Oscar win, and hope that fame will bring viewers to their show. And in describing the series, the two likened it to life immediately after winning the Oscar:
“The first week after we won the Oscar we partied, drank, met some new girls – we still had the old ones, too. We had a lot of fun,” DJ Paul said. Juicy J added, “It’s real. We just kicked it; we cut the cameras on and partied. It’s everyday life with Three 6 Mafia.”
The duo say they left Memphis with both good wishes and not-so- good wishes, with some fans calling them sell-outs for heading to LaLa Land.
“Coming from Memphis and moving to Hollywood it’s different; it’s kind of weird. We passed out flyers, but maybe they didn’t want to come to a rap party,” Juicy J said.
The show, premiering tonight at 10:30pm Eastern/Pacific with eight episodes lined up, also features the rest of their crew: Big Treice, their personal assistant; Computer, their internet consultant; and finally Project Pat, Three 6 Mafia's rap protégé and underground hip-hop superstar. And also has appearances by rap cohorts such as Lil’ Jon and Chamillionaire, and other celebrity friends
Meanwhile, the two are still doing what they’ve become famous for – writing and recording songs for soundtracks – perhaps in hopes of getting another movie award. They wrote an original song for “Rocky Balboa” and “Jackass 2” and are currently working on some other projects.
“We have some other stuff in the works,” Juicy J said, “but I don’t want to say anything because the checks haven’t cleared yet.
The funny duo are counting on those witty answers and antics to get a good following for series, but in answering the question of pimp hardship, the two acknowledge that Hollywood is bit harder than home.
“It’s harder out here for a pimp,” DJ Paul confirmed. “This place is high out here for a pimp; everything’s more expensive.”
Viacom Inc. Sues Google For $1 Billion Over YouTube
Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. filed a lawsuit against Google on Tuesday (March 13) for a reported $1 billion for its use of copyrighted material on its YouTube website.
Timbaland Moves "Shock Value" Release Date To April 3rd; Says It's A "Greatest Hits Album"
Where can you hear the hottest new songs by Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dre, Nelly Furtado, 50 Cent, Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussycat Dolls, Fall Out Boy, Elton John, The Hives and more all in one place? Timbaland's Shock Value (Mosley Music Group/Blackground/Interscope), which is now set for release on April 3, 2007."
I wanted to make sure this thing was ready to drop, and pushing it back a week gave me time to do some last minute polishing. Look at all these people on Shock Value...this isn't a dj compilation, it's a greatest hits album," says Timbaland of his album
Just before the album's release, Timbaland, one of music's most acclaimed innovators, will be coming off his special guest stint on the first leg of Timberlake's 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour, which concludes its North American swing at the end of March.
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BET's Spring Bling '07 Returns to Sunny Florida
WHAT: Spring breakers from across the country gather in sunny Florida for BET's weekend getaway, SPRING BLING '07. With whirlwinds of top performances by the best in hip-hop and R&B, outrageous games, car shows, competitions, and newly added surprises this year's beach fest will be the best yet.
SHOW HOSTS: BET VJ's: Terrence & Rocsi (106 & PARK), Julissa (BET HOST), Alesha Renee & Lamorne (HOTWYRED), Danella (THE BLACK CARPET), Big Tigger (BET VETERAN), and more celebrity surprises
WHERE: Singers Island at Riviera Beach West Palm Beach, Florida 33404
WHEN: Tapings - Friday, March 23, 2007 @ 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2007 @ 11 a.m. Sunday, March 25, 2007 @ 11 a.m. Premiere Telecast - April 5th-8th 2007 (check Local Listings for Times)
EVENT INFO: http://www.bet.com/ AUDIENCE Free audience ticket requests for persons 18 and older who TICKETS: are able to present a valid state ID, school ID or passport may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the text "SPRING BLING" in the subject line.
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Possible Set Back For 'Street Dreams' Tour Date Due To Drug Bust
The Street Dreams Tour featuring headliner Young Jeezy, Jim Jones, Rich Boy, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe, has suffered another possible set back, as a man affiliated with a Cincinnati promotions company promoting the event was arrested over the weekend, when police found 64 pounds of cocaine in the trunk of a car.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Joel Gomez, 31 and Vernon Garnett, 25, were arrested when police found the drugs, worth an estimated $2.9 million, in the vehicle they were traveling in.
Police also found found a gun in the car and passport applications. Garnett and Gomez were charged with drug possession and drug trafficking.
Garnett is affiliated with local company Garnett Entertainment, a company that is promoting the Mar. 23 date for the Cincinnati stop on The Street Dreams Tour, which is slated to take place at the US Bank Arena.
The date also features several artists on the Garnett Entertainment label, including Cross, Showtime and Tocka, who recently released his first music video for the single "Down Da Way."
Garnett Entertainment is an independent record label that was established in 2001 by CEO Alex Garnett and VP Gerald Tucker.
The company is also promoting the the "Nasty Nati All You Can Drink Remy Martin," which is also slated to take place at the US Bank Arena on June 4.
The Street Dreams Tour was recently the subject of scrutiny by the city of Providence, RI.
The public's safety came into question by the city's Board of Licenses during a public hearing, due to Jim Jones' affiliation with the Bloods street gang.
The show was approved, but security has been increased for the Providence, RI show, which takes place Mar. 29.
PARENTS SAY OPRAH’S SCHOOL IS TOO STRICT
Looks like the honeymoon is over for Oprah Winfrey’s state-of-the-art school for girls in South Africa, as some parents and students are now complaining that the rules are way too strict, reports a South African news Web site.
First on the list of gripes is the visitation policy, which had originally allowed parents to see their kids once every two weeks, but will soon be changed to once a month. Angela Conradie, whose daughter Michelle is at the school, says she’d like to visit her daughter more frequently.
"Michelle phones me in tears sometimes, and then I don't know what to say to her," Conradie tells South Africa’s news24.com.
The school also caps the number of visitors at four per student, and all visits must be approved by the school at least two weeks in advance. The names of visitors must also match those on the security guard's list before guests are allowed in.
Frances Mans, foster mother of student Gweneth Mulder, said she was held up at the security gate for half an hour during a visit on Sunday. She said she would take Gweneth out of the school if the rules don’t loosen up
"It was a nightmare,” Mulder told news24.com. “We had only two hours to see my child. Surely this isn't a prison or an institution?"
According to reports, the students are not allowed to use cell phones or send e-mails during the week, and can call their parents only on the weekends.
Another bone of contention is the food situation.
"The poor children are not even allowed to have any treats. Their diet is fruit, yogurt and sandwiches,” Mans told the Web site. “When they go on holiday for a month in April they'll be stuffing themselves with sweets and chocolates in any case."
According to news24.com, absolutely no junk food is allowed on campus, and parents aren’t allowed to even gift snacks to their kids. Any child caught with so much as a Snickers bar will lose points, which are obtained for "good behavior" and can be exchanged at a school shop for clothes and caps.
News24.com says the children were to share their concerns with Oprah herself during a satellite interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last week, but it was reportedly cancelled at the last minute by the school's management.
John Samuels, the executive head of the school, says the rules were carefully chosen and implemented for a reason.
"We have the security and well-being of the girls at heart, in every respect,” he explained. “They are our priority. If there's too much movement on the premises at the weekend, it disturbs the school spirit."
Kelly Rowland's New Album Due In June; Tracklisting Leaks
"Ms. Kelly" is finally set to drop June 26, according to Music World/Columbia Records, and the ex-Destiny's Child assures she's put "her heart and soul into this record."
During a Billboard interview last year, manager Matthew Knowles insisted the decision to push the release date from July 11, 2006, was because more time was needed to set up the project. "We want to make sure our marketing strategy is a multi-tiered approach that capitalizes on the synergies afforded by her other projects," he said.
But now, Rowland admits she is ready for the rest of the world to take a listen, especially since she decided to make this album very personal. "This album is very different from the last record. It was so alternative and this record is urban," she told Billboard.com. "I wanted to go back to my roots [because] that's where I started and that's what feels natural to me.
The first single from the album, "Like This," features rap artist Eve, and is currently being promoted on AOL Music's New Songs page and on Rowland's Myspace.com site. The second single "Ghetto," guest stars Snoop Dogg. Other tracks include the Tank-penned and produced "The Show."
"Gots To Go"
"Work Her Man"
"Still in Love With My Ex"
"The Show" featuring Tank
"Every Thought Is You"
"Better Without You"
"Wat It Do""
"Can't Do It Again"
"This Is Love"
SNOOP SAYS HE WAS NOT ‘ARRESTED’ IN SWEDEN
Not only is it illegal in Sweden to use narcotics, but it is also a violation if the drug is detected in your system, which brings us to the latest drama regarding rapper Snoop Dogg.
Early reports say the artist and a female companion were arrested for suspected narcotics use while in Stockholm for his concert tour with Diddy. However, the Long Beach rapper released a statement late Monday denying that an arrest ever took place.
"Contrary to erroneous press reports, Snoop Dogg was not arrested in Sweden,” said the statement via his publicist, Tracy Nguyen. “He was questioned and released with no charges filed. He is excited to continue his successful co-headlining European tour with Diddy."
According to Swedish police, Snoop and the companion were picked up after police noticed what appeared to be weed-like behavior.
"You can see that a person indicates that he has used narcotics in looking at his eyes or his movements. (Police) suspected that he had taken drugs," explained duty sergeant Mats Brannlund of the Ostermalm police.
Both Snoop and the woman, a foreigner, were taken into custody at 1:25 a.m. while en route to an afterparty following his gig at Stockholm's Globe Arena. He was released about four hours later after questioning and a drug test.
"He underwent some tests that will now be sent away for analysis," Brannlund said. "In two to three weeks, we'll know if he was on something."
If he is found to have been on something, the rapper could face a fine. The amount of the fee is usually based on the wealth of the offender, therefore "if he earns a lot, it can be a couple of thousand (Swedish crowns) ($280)," Brannlund said.
As of press time, he was scheduled to make Monday night’s tour stop at Norway’s Oslo Spektrum, said concert promoter Atomic Agency.
The entertainer was arrested in Los Angeles in January for deadly weapons possession after airport security found what police said was a collapsible baton in his luggage.
Jennifer Hudson turns down $3 Million Role Over Nudity
Academy Award winning actress Jennifer Hudson has turned down a $3 million role in a Warner Bros. movie because of a nude scene. Ready for the twist? It wasn’t Jennifer’s character that gets naked.
The Dreamgirls star says that she will never appear in a film that features nudity because she is a role model to aspiring young black women. So I guess we won’t be seeing a Jennifer Huson nude scene anytime soon. As stupid as that may be, you must applaud her for sticking to her convictions especially when a big paycheck it being flaunted under her nose.
KOCH Records and Doggy Style Records announce the release of "The Big Squeeze," a new compilation album presented by Snoop Dogg. The album features up-and-coming West Coast acts Westurn Union (Damani, Soopafly, and Bad Lucc), The Warzone, Terrace Martin, Azuré, and will be released on Tuesday April 24th, 2007. Snoop produced 16 of the tracks on the album and is featured on 12 tracks.
Snoop weighs in, "I basically wanted to produce these tracks from up and coming West Coast acts. I see a new West Coast and it's right here -- and it's brought to you by the King of the West Coast..."
After 15 years in the game, 9 albums to his credit, 15+ million units sold worldwide, few rappers can match Snoop's track record. His current hit album, "Blue Carpet Treatment," has re-cemented his status as THE premier rap icon of the West. On the heels of a sold-out European tour, Bigg Snoop Dogg continues to bring the heat with "The Big Squeeze."
This latest collection of bangers from his label Doggy Style Records features an all-star roster of the Best-in-the-West, featuring tracks by Snoop, Kurupt, Warzone, Westurn Union, Chuck, Terrace Martin, Azuré, Ray J and more!
The first single, "Hat 2 Tha Bacc," by Westurn Union produced by Niggaracci and will be serviced to radio shortly.
The tracklisting for "The Big Squeeze" is:
1. The Big Squeeze Intro (Snoop Dogg)
2. Killaz (War Zone, Westurn Union, and Snoop Dogg)
3. We Came to Bang Out (Dogg Pound, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg)
4. Shackled Up (War Zone)
5. We Go Hard (Katt Williams, Soopafly, Kurupt, and Snoop Dogg)
6. Hat 2 Tha Bacc (Westurn Union and Snoop Dogg)
7. Pop Pop Bang! (Kurupt, Kam, and Snoop Dogg)
8. 31 Flavors (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg)
9. All About Damani (Damani and Snoop Dogg)
10. Like Rock Stars (Bad Lucc, Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Chuck, and Snoop Dogg)
11. Spend Some Time (Ricky Harris, Chuck, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg)
12. F***in' Is Good for U (Damani, JT Tha Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Soopafly, and Snoop Dogg)
13. Get Your Body Moving (MC Eiht, KAM, Chuck)
14. Get Closer (Azure and Snoop Dogg)
15. Can U Get Away? (Goldie Loc, Ray J, and Snoop Dogg)
16. U In Trouble (Kurupt and Snoop Dogg)
17. Mr. Vice President (JT Tha Bigga Figga)
18. Get It Started (Azure and Snoop Dogg)
19. Be Thankful (Terrace Martin, J. Black)
KATT WILLIAMS AND EDDIE MURPHY TEAM FOR ‘MARSHALS’
"Norbit” co-stars Eddie Murphy and Katt Williams will work together once again in the upcoming DreamWorks comedy "Marshals," which follows the first black marshals of the Old West.
Williams will also write the script, while Murphy has signed on as a producer for the project.
In the meantime, Williams just sold-out two shows at Radio City Music Hall last weekend to launch his U.S. stand-up comedy tour. He also just finished the Chicago-filming of “The Pimp Chronicles Part 2,” a follow-up to his HBO special “The Pimp Chronicles.”
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