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Apr 28, 2007

ImHipHop Tv: Lil Scrappy, and The Fixxers

"Livin' In The Projects"
Lil Scrappy Feat 2pac



"Can U Werk Wit' Dat?"
The Fixxers

Daily Update 4*28*07

Christian Group Demands That 50 Cent Stop Wearing Crosses

50 Cent, like most rappers, usually rocks a large iced out cross pendant around his neck, and there are some rather angry religious groups who feel he should remove it.

California based Christian organization, The Resistance, has released a public statement demanding the rapper remove the jewelry because his blatant disrespect for what it stands for via his lyrics.

"50 Cent is no Christian, and if you listen to his lyrics it becomes clear that he is more of a Satanist than anything," said Mark Dice of The Resistance, a nationwide Christian organization focused on preserving Christian values in the media.

"He is defaming the cross and committing blasphemy by wearing it while he raps about killing people for no reason because he's a big bad 'gangster.' I think a large diamond studded platinum satanic pentagram would be a little more fitting for him," he continued.

The cross 50 Cent wears is featured prominently on the album cover of his platinum-plus debut album, Get Rich or Die Trying, as well as in various photos captured of him during photo shoots and performances.

The group finds this disturbing and further says that 50 is mocking Christianity by wearing it.

"It's appalling for anyone to say they believe in God and when wear a huge Christian cross while rapping about murdering people for fun," Dice explained.

The Resistance has made headlines in the past for calling out celebrities for their cause. In 2005, they asked MTV to pull Jessica Simpson's video, "These Boots are Made for Walking," calling her "singing stripper."

The group has also recently been in the news for urging Duke University to change the name of their sports teams from the Blue Devils to something not offensive to the Christian community.

50 Cent or his camp was unavailable for comment at press time.

Ludacris, Akon & Young Jeezy to Perform at Summer Jam

New York radio station Hot 97 recently announced that Ludacris, Akon and Young Jeezy are among the acts set to perform this year's annual Summer Jam concert.

The event, which will be sponsored by Boost Mobile, will take place at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on June 3. Chris Brown, Birdman & Lil Wayne, Diddy, Keyshia Cole, Elephant Man, Ne-Yo, Ciara, MIMS, Swizz Beatz, Rich Boy and T-Pain are also slated to take the stage. Additional performers are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.

"The success of Hot 97 Summer Jam over the past few years speaks to the power of music and its influence on youth popular culture," said Daryl Butler, Boost Mobile's Director of Strategic Alliances via a statement. "Boost is committed to providing our audience with the best experiences possible and Hot 97 Summer Jam is definitely one of those experiences."

Last year's summer jam included performances from Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, The Diplomats, Jamie Foxx and Dem Franchise Boyz, among others.

Tickets for HOT 97 Summer Jam 2007 go on sale today (April 27) and can be obtained at Ticket Master outlets or via
ticketmaster.com

Chamillionaire Profanity Free; Ditches 'N' Word On New LP

With the debate over the use of language in Hip-Hop gaining momentum by the day, few rappers have spoken on the issue until now.

Houston rapper Chamillionaire has garnered much success with No. 1 hits like "Ridin" and has risen to prominence on the Houston mixtape circuit, but what most people may not know is that Chamillionaire rarely sacrifices lyrical content for profanities...

“On my new album I don’t say the word n***a, I don’t curse nowhere on my whole album,” Chamillionaire told AHH.com. “People are not even gonna know it. I guarantee if I don’t go out and say it in the media they’re not even gonna realize that. People go back and listen to all of my old mixtapes and don’t even realize that I wasn’t even doing all that type of stuff. I was saying n***a, but I wasn’t saying the 'f' word or [the] 'b' word. I was never saying those types of things...I hear that so much and it restricts your creativity and how far it can go.”

Chamillionaire, who was recently certified by the RIAA as the first multi-platinum Mastertone artist in history, is the son of a Muslim father and Christian mother.

The Grammy Award winning rapper, born Hakeem Seriki has sold millions of records.

He said that Hip-Hop is the art form that seems to be targeted the most when it comes to language, but other mediums will still promote the use of profanities.

Chamillionaire also said that the recent criticism and finger pointing at Hip-Hop was only creating a bigger generational gap. "People going to get rap CDs and rolling them over with steamrollers, what is that doing? That aint doing nothing but creating rebellion and people need to realize that," Chamillionaire explained.

Chamillionaire recently released the single "I'm Not A Criminal" featuring Kelis and a remix to the song featuring Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes.

The singles are the first releases from Chamillionaire's upcoming album titled Ultimate Victory.

“I don’t get caught up in the actual ‘This word is bad’ because with everything you take away there’s gonna be something there to replace it,” Chamillionaire told AHH.com. "Everybody needs to focus their direction on these younger kids that are looking at them. If we help raise them right this is gonna be the new generation and this new generation is gonna be more like me maybe and just don’t curse or brag about being a gangster.

"Ultimate Victory is slated to hit stores on June 5. The album features appearances by Snoop Dogg, Pimp C, Slick Rick, Lil' Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Devin The Dude and others.


Master P Re-Releases Ghetto D For 10th Anniversary

Master P will re-release his triple platinum album, Ghetto D, as a 10th Anniversary Edition with four bonus tracks that were previously unreleased or unavailable...

Ghetto D was originally released in 1997 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The album featured the hit singles “Make ‘Em Say Ugh” and “I Really Miss My Homies.” Ghetto D: 10th Anniversary Edition will be released on May 8 on Capitol/Priority/No Limit Records.

Tracklisting:
Disc 1: Original Ghetto D
1. Ghetto D w/ C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker
2. Let’s Get ‘Em w/ Mystikal, Silkk the Shocker
3. I Miss My Homies w/ Pimp C, Silkk the Shocker
4. We Riders w/ Mac
5. Throw ‘Em Up w/ Kane & Abel
6. Tryin 2 Do Something w/ Fiend, Mac
7. Plan B w/ Mia X
8. Weed & Money w/ Silk the Shocker
9. Captain Kirk w/ Fiend, Silkk the Shocker
10. Stop Hatin w/ Fiend, Silkk the Shocker
11. Eyes On Your Enemies w/ Silkk the Shocker
12. Make ‘Em Say Ugh w/ Fiend, Silkk the Shocker
13. Going Through Somethangs w/ Big Ed, Serv-On
14. Only Time Will Tell w/ Mac
15. After Dollars, No Cents w/ Silkk the Shocker
16. Gangstas Need Love w/ Silkk the Shocker
17. Pass Me Da Green w/ C-Murder, Prime Suspect
18. Come And Get Some w/ C-Murder, Prime Suspect
19. Burbons And Lacs w/ Silkk the Shocker, Lil’ Gottie

Disc 2: Previously Unreleased or Unavailable Bonus Tracks
1. Weed & Hennessey w/ C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker
2. Scream (Previously Unreleased) w/ Silkk the Shocker
3. Playa For Life w/ Rappin 4-Tay
4. Make ‘Em Say Ugh (Instrumental)


New music


David Banner - Speaker (ft. Snoop Dogg, Akon & Lil Wayne)

ImHipHop Sports:The Raiders Select JaMarcus Russell

And with the 1st pick of the 2007 nfl draft The Oakland Raiders select JaMarcus Russell of LSU.....

The 6-5, 260-pound Russell declared for the draft after his junior year. He has enormous upside and the strongest arm NFL scouts have seen since Michael Vick was drafted No. 1 overall in 2001.

Russell is not as fast as Vick, but he's bigger and stronger than the Atlanta Falcons' electrifying quarterback and soundly outplayed quarterback Brady Quinn in LSU's 41-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl.

Russell's ability to throw on the run makes him a perfect fit for Oakland, which yielded a league-high 72 sacks last season. Russell passed for 3,129 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing nearly 68 percent of his passes last season.

Russell had a 25-4 record as a starter in his career at LSU, passing for 6,625 yards and 52 touchdowns with 21 interceptions.

Davis passed on quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler in the last three NFL drafts and his team has paid for it.

Finding a franchise quarterback was clearly the biggest need for the Raiders, who are 15-49 since losing Super Bowl XXVII after the 2002 season. Oakland had just seven touchdown passes from its quarterbacks last season. That's 24 less than running back LaDainian Tomlinson scored for the San Diego Charger. So the selection of Russell makes perfect sense.

Here is a little JR hightlight reel.

(L note:This is music to my ears, anybody that knows me knows I'm a huge Raiders fan. I do believe this is the best pick for us. Damn it feels good to be a Raider. )


Apr 27, 2007

Beyonce on June's Vibe


(Damn, I'm mad at Jay right now. props to highbirdnation)

Daily Update2 4*27*07

Talib Kweli Addresses 'Girl Slap' Rumors

Rapper Talib Kweli finally addressed the rumor mill, during a recent appearance on "Miss Jones in the Morning" show on Hot 97.

Earlier this month, I posted in my word on the net post was in an uproar, stating that the rapper was embroiled in an argument at an event at 50 Cent's Connecticut mansion and his girlfriend slapped him, causing him to cry.
He denied the account.

"I was at 50's house and I got into an argument with my girl and it got physical. Wasn't nobody going into a room and crying. I'm a passionate dude and sometimes women get passionate," Kweli said on the radio. "She got out of pocket and she got checked. It was an ugly situation for both parties and it didn't make either one of us look good. I'm glad its over with."

The rapper admitted that the argument had started prior to arriving at the 50 Cent rapper's home, but boiled over after the couple began drinking.

"[Alcohol] had something to do with it," he admitted. I got passion in my life and sometimes, as a result it bubbles over. If you are in a relationship...yeah, she was out of pocket for that."
Nevertheless, the rapper emphasized that the relationship hadn't suffered to the point where he would split with his girl.

"That was something small compared to the relationship," Kweli said. "She wasn't trying to play me. She was upset and something I did so she was being disrespectful, because she was upset about something that had happened before."

He said days after the incident, he began getting pages from friends.

Talib Kweli's is set to release Ear Drum, his first solo album on Blacksmith Music.

The album is set to drop on June 19.


FAILED VENTURES NOT FASHIONING DAMON IN MOGUL STYLE

Damon Dash is struggling to remake his business empire a year and a half after splitting with former Rocawear partner Jay-Z.

An analysis of Dash's various holdings, which range from fashion to entertainment, turns up more misses than hits.

Dash's CEO clothing line has yet to take off, reality TV show "Ultimate Hustler" aired for one season and bombed in the ratings, and his foray into Hollywood with the movies "State Property" and "The Woodsman" has not produced box office hits, though DVD sales have fared better.

Meanwhile, Dash has pulled the plug on his State Property sportswear line and fledgling record label Damon Dash Music Group, according to spokeswoman Amanda Silverman. "Music is not where the money is," she said.

While a line of designer clothing by wife Rachel Roy has garnered critical acclaim, and a higher profile after Roy appeared on "Oprah," it has yet to turn a profit.

Dash's biggest win so far has been Pro-Keds, a sneaker brand he licensed from Stride Rite in 2004 and which, according to industry estimates, has more than doubled sales in the past year to exceed $22 million.

"It's not that easy to hit a home run every time," said Izzy Ezrailson, a friend of Dash's, who operates a chain of specialty stores.

For someone who has prided himself on a lavish lifestyle that includes private jets and personal chefs, Dash's return to the "trenches," as one associate put it, is a dressing down of sorts.

Not that Dash is in the poor house - owning homes in New York and Los Angeles - but he is "flying first class these days, not by private plane," one friend said.

Even such a small degree of belt tightening as flying commercial must grate on Dash given the continued success of former partner Jay-Z, who recently sold the Rocawear clothing company to the Iconix Brand Group for $204 million and remains president of the successful Def Jam Recordings.

Nevertheless, those who know Dash say they are not counting him out. "I think he'll come back strong," said Billy Rudnick, of the Dr. Jay's retail chain, which is considering buying the CEO line, but waiting for Dash to make some adjustments, such as shrinking the logos "so they are not so in your face." Other retailers also said they are holding off on carrying the line to see how it evolves.

Marianne Tessler, whose resume includes stints at Nike and Givenchy, and who now oversees the apparel ventures as president of Damon Dash Enterprises, insists that all is going according to plan.

"When you launch, you have to adapt, but there are no disappointments," she said.

Tessler added that even though the CEO line is not expected to make money until the end of next year, Rachel Roy's collection should be profitable before then, and the Pro-Keds business is expected to continue growing with the addition of apparel this fall.

Dash, who once said his goal was to amass $1 billion, still has a way to go.

Source: nypost


50 Cent Talks Timberlake Collab, Star-Studded New LP Curtis
A few years ago, 50 Cent quarterbacked an unofficial remix of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," adding some raps to the song and releasing it to mixtapes. Now, the two have made a real record together. Timberlake is one of the many special guests who joined forces with 50 for his June 26 release, Curtis.

"I actually wrote a lot of the portions that other artists are working with me on, [but] in Justin's case, I flew to Florida," 50 said of their collaboration, which is called "AYO Technology." "He was on tour with Timbaland. Timbaland produced the beat in a studio/trailer, on the tour bus. We got the music, the first time. I wrote a first verse; I didn't want to finish without the content and chorus. We got together the second time and finished the song in Houston."

Besides Timbo and Timberlake, 50 rallied an impressive group of A-list performers and producers for the album.

On previous LPs, "outside of Eminem and Dr. Dre, it has just been G-Unit around 50 Cent as an artist," he said of how he's changed up his MO for the new LP. "This time I worked with Akon, with Mary J., Robin Thicke, Will.I.Am, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Kanye West. Me and Young Buck featuring Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls. The album, for me, was finding a space where I am content and comfortable with my career, where I can go off and create with other artists and experiment a little bit."

While "Straight to the Bank," the first record from Curtis, looks at 50's current financial status, the rest of the album was inspired by his life prior to Get Rich or Die Tryin', hence the title Curtis: the name he went by before the world knew him as 50 Cent.

Early Friday morning (April 27), a new 50 Cent track — labeled as being produced by Mobb Deep's Havoc and titled "Fully Loaded Clip" — surfaced. The lyrics of the song transplant 50 back to his drug-dealer days, and he wastes no times calling out names, mentioning some of hip-hop's famous couples such as Jermaine Dupri and Janet Jackson as well as Diddy and Kim Porter.

"While Jay and Beyoncé was 'mmwa, mmwa' kissin'/
I was cookin' 1,000 grams in my kitchen,"
"While Nas was telling Kelis, 'I love you, boo'/
I was shining my nine/
You know how I do/
... "While Trina was telling Weezy, 'I love you, boo'/
She was just running game/
She told Buck that too."

50 had considered calling the album Curtis SSK — for "SoundScan Killer" — but the album title has been shortened to just Curtis. The "SSK" was intended to address the pressure he feels to succeed.

"The pressure stays the same, [but] the climate is different," he said. "You see some hip-hop music sales being down, and [people] are looking at it like, '50, you gotta fix it! Let's go!'
"I think CD sales have been down because of a lack of quality [in the albums] that have been released," he continued. "It wasn't [as] good as the standards that they hold at Shady/Aftermath. Dr. Dre, Eminem and myself — [we collect material until we've got] what we feel is the best possible music by the time I come out. That's my formula to selling to the hip-hop community."

50 told MTV News late last year that his next LP would be called Before I Self Destruct That album has been set aside and is now slated for release in February 2008. While some reports said that he'd merely changed the title of that album to Curtis, they are actually two different albums.

In fact, back in January, 50's DJ, Whoo Kid, even predicted that 50 would release a double album

Chingy Is Back With DTP

Chingy has officially returned to Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace imprint after having a falling out several years ago.
The St. Louis bred rapper began his career on the DTP label in 2003 and gained national attention with his hit single "Right Thurr" which was featured on his multi-platinum debut album, Jackpot.

In early 2004, Chingy would sever ties with the label after claiming his money was being mismanaged. He would then release three albums on Capitol Records, Powerballin' and Hoodstar, respectively. Both albums would suffer from low sales.

A track by the rapper, titled "Make That Money" recently leaked onto the net where he confirms his come back to his old camp. "Was gone for a minute, back with the crew /Who?/ DTP so if you on top, we came to move you."

Details on Chingy's upcoming album on DTP are yet to be revealed but it has been confirmed that he will appear on DTP's compilation album, Strength In Numbers, which will hit shelves in early July.

As previously reported, Shawnna amicably left DTP earlier this week. During her run with the label, she released two solo albums and a DTP group album.

DJ Khaled Thinks Big,

Only a year after dropping his debut CD Listennn: The Album Terror Squad rep DJ Khaled is back with a brand new collection of joints entitled We The Best. The self-proclaimed "Beat Novacaine" recently caught up with SOHH to talk about his new album and why he's the best DJ out.

Set for a June 12 release date, We The Best is jam packed with an all-star line-up of guest appearances including Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., Akon, Juelz Santana, Trick Daddy, Fat Joe, The Game, Rick Ross and Jadakiss, among others. Khaled explained how he was able to get some of hip-hop's most elite to be apart of his projects.

"Real recognizes real," said the Miami-based DJ. "A lot of these artists I've had relationships with throughout my career and vice versa. It's just about brothers grinding and coming together for a common cause because I'm all about unity.


Khaled also managed to unify a few of the game's top notch producers for the album as well including The Runners, Cool & Dre and Timbaland's protégé Danja. Though the list may seem diverse, Khaled feels that the differences in the producers' respective styles help to contribute to an overall strong album.

"I felt like I wanted different types of sounds but it all leads to one sound. When you're working on an album, you have to please every listener, every type of ear and that's what we did."

Khaled has his eyes set on more than just the duties of your average DJ. With power moves in sight which include lending his A&R skills to several projects as well as putting out artists of his own, the Terror Squadian is ready to make his name ring bells in the industry.

"I'm here and I ain't going nowhere. Big records, big music, I'm trying to be one of the biggest executives in the game," Khaled proclaimed. "With the energy I bring to the game, I'm breaking the cycles and kicking in the door and now people have to accept me."

When asked how he stays relevant he confidently replied, "I stay relevant by making good music. Sales have been going down with downloading, bootlegging and all of that. You can't stop that. You just have to get smarter with your business and stay relevant because relevance is what feeds you. I'm relevant. And if not the best, I'm definitely one of the best DJ's out there."

DJ Khaled's We The Best hits stores on June 12 via Koch records

Lil' Kim Comments On Diddy Collaboration, Preparing New Clothing Line

Lil' Kim is making her return to Hip-Hop by re-teaming with Sean "Diddy" Combs on the remix to "Last Night," taken from Combs' latest album Press Play.
The cameo appearance is the first official release from Lil' Kim, since she served over a year in a Philadelphia prison in 2005-2006, for lying to a grand jury about her knowledge of a broad daylight shooting in front of Hot 97 in 2001.

Lil' Kim was a member of Notorious B.I.G.'s Junior M.A.F.I.A. Combs produced her 1996 solo debut, Hard Core.

Combs also produced her second album, 2000's Notorious K.I.M. The album's best known single was "How Many Licks" featuring Dru Hill member Sisqo.

The pair have not collaborated since the release of Notorious K.I.M.

"We've always had amazing chemistry together," Lil' Kim said in a press release. "It was a great feeling to pick back up where we left off years ago and do it again."

There are also several additional remixes to "Last Night," which feature The Game, Busta Rhymes, Rich Boy, Noreaga, and Yung Joc.

"I appreciate all of the people who have constantly supported the album and also appeared on the remixes," Diddy said. "And a special 'thank you' to Keyshia Cole for blessing this track with her beautiful vocals."

Lil Kim is also preparing to launch a new clothing line, 24-7 Star and a new book, Price of Loyalty.

I LOVE NEW YORK PART II

As just about everyone predicted there will be another season of I Love New York. Since Tango dissed N.Y. on the reunion show - Now I'm not a big fan of this show but some of you might be.

So here is the casting call information:
Company: VH 1

Contact:
State: CA
Posted On: Apr 24, 07
Expires On: Apr 24, 07
Description:
CASTING 2ND SEASON OF I LOVE NEW YORK
HEY MY FELLOW SEXY SINGLE MEN. YES IT’S OFFICIAL I’M CASTING SEASON 2 OF “I LOVE NEW YORK”. I’M CASTING ALL TYPES AND ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS. MY BREAKDOWN IS THIS AND PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT UNLESS YOU FIT THE BREAKDOWN AND FOLLOW SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.
STRAIGHT MEN AGES-21 TO 36
ALL RACES:
EXTREME PERSONALITIES:
(L note: I know the dates look crazy, but thats what it says on the VH1 website)

Pitbull Prepares To Release "Boatlift"

Miami Hip-Hop artist Pitbull will release his new album "Boatlift" on May 22nd via TVT Records.
The album is slated to feature guest appearances from Lil' Jon, T-Pain, Fabo (D4L), Trina, Trick Daddy and more. The possible lead singles from the album are "Sticky Icky" with Jim Jones and "Go Girl" featuring Trina.

In regards to the Trina track, Pitbull told MTV News:

"That's more uptempo," Pitbull said of the Trina track. "It's definitely a club joint, but with a street twist.

Pitbull's previous release, "El Mariel", was released earlier this year


Lil Wayne & Baby to Perform at AIDS Awareness Concert in Houston

Lil Wayne and Baby are scheduled to headline a free AIDS awareness concert this summer in Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, the show—organized by State Representative Borris Miles—is free of charge to anyone between the ages of 15 and 30 under one condition. In order to receive their free tickets and qualify for the free transportation to and from the venue, potential concertgoers will have to submit to an HIV test.

As of next week, clinics across the city will begin offering free, 20 minute HIV exams to young people. While they wait for the results, they will watch a video on HIV awareness. If their results come back negative, they will be given their concert tickets. Should they test positive for the virus, they will still get their tickets, as well as counseling and referrals for medical attention. Rep.

Miles says that the Houston area district that he represents has the highest AIDS rate in the state of Texas. The goal of Mile’s program is to test between 3000 and 6000 youths prior to the concert on June 30.

In Houston and Harris County, blacks represent just 18% of the population, but account for 54% of all HIV infections since 1999.

ImHipHop Tv: ThrowBack Friday

This right here defined the golden age of hip-hop


Classic joint


I dont call this a throwback, but its a nice joint


if you have any old vids you wanna see shoot me an email at imhiphopnews@gmail.com make sure you put throwback in the subject. The best ones I'll post.

Apr 26, 2007

Daily Update 4*26*07

Snoop Dogg Barred from Australia

Rapper Snoop Dogg has been refused entry in Australia, according to Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews.

The rapper's visa was canceled because he failed the country's character test, which takes previous criminal convictions into account.

Snoop Dogg, who recently pleaded no contest to drug and gun charges, was due to co-host the MTV Australian Video awards on Sunday (Apr. 29).

"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Andrews told Sydney's Macquarie Radio. "This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang, and is still associated with it apparently, that's been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area."

Andrews also added that the rapper was given a warning for staying in Australia two extra days past his visa date during a visit last February.

Snoop Dogg's lawyer, Donald Etra, said he had not heard from the rapper and could not comment.

The rapper has 28 days to make an appeal.

This will be the second time this year Snoop Dogg has been barred from entering a country.
Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, was banned from the UK and was unable to perform with Sean "P.Diddy" Combs at the "One Love Peace Tour" in March 2007.

In that incident, officials in the UK said Snoop was denied a visa and banned from the country because of an Apr. 2006 brawl between his entourage and airport security in London's Heathrow Airport.

Snoop was issued a caution over the fracas, which left several airport security guards injured.

EVE Busted For DUI

Rapper Eve was arrested this morning (Apr. 26) in Hollywood, CA, after she crashed her gold Maserati on Hollywood Boulevard.

According to reports Eve was driving through Hollywood around 2:45 am when she struck the center divider.

Eve, born Eve Jeffers, was riding with two passengers at the time of the accident.
She was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and taken to the Los Angeles County Jail. She was released from custody shortly after posting bail.


Eve, who starred in her own sitcom titled Eve on UPN, recently released the single
"Tambourine," taken from her upcoming album Here I Am, which hits stores Aug. 7.

She is currently feature on the cover of Giant Magazine.

Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes Documentary To Reveal Singer's Last Days

Wednesday, April 25 marked the five year anniversary passing of TLC's Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, and in some revealing news by MTV, it seems as though fans will get the chance to see how she lived out her last days.

According to MTV, the hip-hop singer documented the last month of her life in video form, and that footage will be aired on in a VH1 documentary called "Last Days of Left Eye.

"The documentary will, in addition to telling her story in Honduras where she passed, take fans through the beginning of her life, her career and into her tragic death.

Lopes was killed in a car accident on April 25, 2002, while in Honduras. She had reportedly visited the country for spiritual and physical healing for a 30-day pilgrimage with family and friends, but it was cut short just days before she was expected to return to the U.S.

MTV reports that "Last Days of Left Eye" will be told through the voice of Left Eye just like the documentary film, "Tupac: Resurrection." She will tell her story through interviews, unreleased home videos, photos and other famous footage captured of the slain star.

The Laurin Lazin directed film will also give viewers some insight into the childhood of Left Eye and how she became the wild woman she was, as well as reveal the chapter in her life with fiancé/ NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Rison, where she breaks down the domestic dispute between the couple, which later led her to burn down the football player's house.

VH1 held a screen of the film in Atlanta last week during the Atlanta Film Festival. Celebs, friends and family such as Monica, Ron DeVoe of New Edition, 112, Big Boi, Rico Wade, India.Arie and Cee-Lo were all in attendance, said MTV.

If the singer was alive today, she would be turning 36 this year. May she rest in peace."Last Days of Left Eye" is slated to debut on VH1 on May 19 at 9 p.m.

Cam'ron Explains 60 Minutes Interview; Issues An Apology For Comments

Cam’ron has come forward to clarify statements he made during a controversial episode of 60 Minutes.

During the interview, which aired Sunday (Apr. 22) on CBS, the Diplomats member (born Cameron Giles) told Anderson Cooper that sales of his music would suffer and his "code of ethics" would be violated if he helped bring criminals and killers to justice or cooperated with police.

Cam’ron's stance on the issue drew criticism following the interview from those who disagreed with his views.

As a result, the rapper is making an effort to explain his view point by citing a near fatal experience from his past. Cam'ron hired 5W Public Relations to help with the barrage of press inquiries he's received since making his controversial statements.

"In 2005, I was a victim of a violent crime," Cam'ron explained to AHHcom in a statement. "I was shot multiple times without provocation by two armed men who attempted to carjack my vehicle. Although I was a crime victim, I didn't feel like I could cooperate with the police investigation."

The Cam’ron interview was part of Cooper's report on the concept of "snitching" and how certain artists’ message to shun the police has undermined efforts to solve murders across the country.

In addition to Cam'ron, Cooper spoke with Geoffrey Canada, an anti-violence advocate and educator from Harlem who noted how the refusal to cooperate with police has now become a "cultural norm that is being preached in poor communities."

Cam'ron explained that the threat of violent retaliation in poor communities often keeps witnesses from coming forward to help police in their investigations.

"Where I come from, once word gets out that you've cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence," Cam'ron explained. "That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I'm not saying it’s right, but it’s reality. And it's not unfounded. There's a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities."
Despite this reality, Cam’ron is quick to say that "my experience in no way justifies what I said" on 60 Minutes.


"Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime," he stated. "Please understand that I was expressing my own personal frustration at my own personal circumstances. I in no way was intending to be malicious or harmful. I apologize deeply for this error in judgment."

Mike Jones Denies Sex Tape, "At No Time in My Life Has a Sex Tape Been Made On Me"

Mike Jones, whose new album will be released in May, recently caught up with SOHH to set the record straight on an alleged sex tape that leaked on the internet.

"It's unfortunate that people use the internet to spread untrue rumors that are harmful to people on a personal and professional level," Mike Jones said. "At no time in my life has a sex tape been made on me. And if you look closely you will see that that man is not me. Where are the tattoos? I have them all over my arms, hands, neck, everywhere."

"My mission is about uplifting people especially kids, 'The American Dream,'" Jones continued. "I wouldn't be surprised if more lies and scandal came out because my album is about to be released. I normally wouldn't have given this type of thing any time of day but with the internet things get blown out of proportion and I have to address it. A note to my fans: don't believe everything you see or hear on the internet."

The H-Town rep is currently gearing up for the release of his sophomore solo album, The American Dream. Trey Songz, T.I., Bobby Brown, Pimp C, Latoya Luckett and Lil' Mo are among the artists featured on the CD.

The American Dream hits stores on May 8 via Swishahouse/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records.


DIDDY’S ‘UNFORGIVABLE’ SCENT GOES ‘PLATINUM’

Sean “Diddy” Combs, the one-time “king of the remixes,” has just dropped a new remix of his successful fragrance line, Unforgivable.

The scent, launched in 2006, is now available in a limited edition version called, Unforgivable Multi Platinum, reports AP.

"In the world of fragrances, perfumes and colognes, the actual products we use are based on `the juice.' There are different grades of `juice,'" Combs said during a recent phone interview. "This is the luxury version."

At $65 for 2.5 ounces, Unforgivable Multi Platinum costs $10 more than the regular version and contains subtle notes of bergamot and iris. Diddy admits that the product’s limited edition status is a strategic marketing move to paint the scent as a must-have.

"I'm definitely attracted to something that won't be around a long time," Combs said.

Meanwhile, Unforgivable Woman will be in stores this fall with notes of bergamot, grapefruit and pina colada — smells from a hot tropical night.

"In fragrance, you have to have these dreams and fantasy," Combs said.


Styles P Concert in the U.K. Cancelled After Police Warning

A Styles P concert that was scheduled for last night (April 24) at club Corporation in Sheffield, England was cancelled after a vague warning from local police. According to The Sheffield Star, club owner Mark Huntley received an unspecific warning from police and decided to cancel the performance and refund the cost of purchased tickets.

“They simply recommended it did not go ahead. They must have been concerned about something as they would not say this without reason,” said Huntley. “For them to say something is rare, but they must have received some sort of intelligence.”

A police spokesman confirmed that the police advised the club on the matter, but denied that they recommended or insisted that the show be cancelled.

50 Cent To Lead "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather To The Ring On May 5th

50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) will lead "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather into the ring for his WBC super welterweight championship fight against "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per- view. 50 Cent will be performing his new song "Straight to the Bank," for the very first time ever in front of a live audience.

Mayweather, the recognized "pound-for-pound" best fighter in the world, and 50 Cent are good friends and were recently seen together in the premiere episode of HBO's "De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7," a four-part series currently running Sunday nights at 10:30pm on HBO, which takes an inside look at the fighters and their backgrounds.

"50 Cent is a great friend of mine and it means a lot to me to have him walk me in to the ring and debut his new song," said Mayweather. "With this fight being the Super Bowl of boxing, the fans and celebrities coming out to the fight and everyone watching around the world will see the greatest show ever."

"It will be great to walk Floyd to the ring for the biggest fight of his career," said 50 cent. "Fans will get a taste of my new song and then Floyd is going to show the world why he is the best in the business."

Curtis releasing June 26, 2007, is 50 Cent's highly anticipated third major label album. The new album features guest appearances by Eminem, Akon, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Nicole Scherzinger from the Pussycat Dolls.

De La Hoya vs Mayweather "The World Awaits" is for the WBC super welterweight championship, Saturday, May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, the fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes and in 176 countries around the world.



New music

ImHipHop Tv: Rihanna

"Umbrella"
Rihanna ft. Jay-Z


(Lnote: Super duper props to RealtalkNy, damn homie do you work for def jam???Lol)

Apr 25, 2007

ImHipHop Tv: Mya ft. Lil Wayne

"Lock You Down"
Mya ft. Lil Wayne

Tony Yayo Case Adjourned Until July


Today [Apr. 25], G-Unit rapper Tony Yayo made his first appearance in court to fight allegations that he backhanded and verbally assaulted a 14-year-old last month.

Yayo's case has been adjourned until July 24, while the parties wait for a decision on defense motions that are expected at the end of May.

The charges Yayo faces include one count of misdemeanor assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.

Yayo and his defense adamantly deny the allegations that he smacked the 14-year-old son of long time rival Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond on Mar. 20 in New York.

"After a detailed investigation, I stand here to steadfastly and unequivocally state that Tony Yayo did not slap anyone,” Tony Yayo’s attorney Scott E. Leemon told AHH.com in a statement. “The allegations made against him are false and I am sure when the People finish their investigation they will have no alternative but to come to the same conclusion--Yayo is being falsely accused.”

Yayo and even G-Unit founder 50 Cent have received harsh criticism from the public and various community leaders regarding this incident and the treatment of minors.

“Everyone in the public needs to know that Yayo, himself, a parent of a young child, would never do what he is being falsely accused of doing,” said Leemon. “This is nothing more than a set up and the truth will eventually come out.”

Meanwhile, Cynthia Reed, the mother of the 14-year-old held a small rally with Stephanie Ramirez, the mother of one of Israel Ramirez' children. Ramirez was gunned down on the set of a Busta Rhymes video.

While Yayo has never been charged, police seek to question him in Ramirez' murder, but Yayo refuses to talk to the police.

"We don't want Marvin Bernard [Tony Yayo] to think we forgot his crime is against a child and there is no room in our community for that," Reed told AHH.com. "What is even more disturbing is that Curtis Jackson [50 Cent] or no one from the record company has said anything against this horrible crime which makes them just as guilty."

50 Cent has issued multiple statements denying his involvement and condemning any violence directed at children.

Ramirez, who attended the Rally on behalf of Israel Ramirez' family said her family "were still looking for justice for Israel Ramirez who died for Hip-Hop, we will always remember him."

Ramirez was gunned down on the set of the video for the "Touch It (Remix)" by Busta Rhymes. Police claim over 25 witnesses saw the shooting, but most have refused to come forward and cooperate with police.

About a dozen protesters held up picket signs that said "Ban 50 Cent and "Ban Tony Yayo."

Daily Update2 4*25*07

Shawnna Is "Ecstatic" About Split With DTP, "It's Time to Sew My Royal Oats"

After parting ways with her long time crew and recording home Disturbing Tha Peace, Shawnna spoke exclusively to give her feelings about the split and what's next for her career.

As previously reported, Jeff Dixon, co-CEO of DTP Records stated that the official announcement of Shawnna's departure will be made at a press conference tomorrow (April 26). In an effort to clear the air and dispel any misconceptions that her fans may have, Shawnna gave her two cents on the situation.


"My feelings...I'm ecstatic. This is something that I've been pondering for a while," said the Chicago-bred MC. "When I first got with Luda, I let him know that I had to go back to the crib. But we had a wonderful run, I put out two great albums with them and I just feel like right now, it's time for me to do something independently. You can be more instrumental in hip-hop being solo. John [Monopoly] and Hustle are behind me and we're about to do it."

Feeling that the transition is more of a growth experience than anything, Shawnna maintains she was not dropped from the label, but rather asked to be released, stating that there are no hard feelings involved and that she remains close to her DTP affiliates.

"Luda understands. That's my nigga outside of this rap shit. We're both kind of hurt about it, but we know that we're going to [continue to] work together. I still love everybody over there. This is more like a graduation."

Signed to co-CEO of G.O.O.D. Music John Monopoly's Hustle Period management, the newly released free agent insists that she has been constantly recording, revealing that she has an entire album along with two mixtapes ready to go, but will take some time to figure out what her next move will be.

"I'm just about to flood the system with my music," she said. "I don't want to jump out of one situation straight into another one. I'm going to wait it out. I'm not just trying to be another artist on a label. I want to be a CEO."

Having always repped for the ladies in the game, Shawnna also sees her new found freedom as an opportunity to be one of the first artists to usher in a new era of female MCs that are able to compete, on every level, with their male counterparts.

"We 'bout to do what the boys are doing," she stated emphatically. "The girls, they tell me what to put out. I listen to them and they tell me what they want to hear. The girls, we want to make it rain in the club too, we want to buy out the bar, own companies and just have that swag. We about to move around just as freely as the men. We're not just Chanel-rocking females, ya dig? We about to do it like Ciara said, like the boys."

With seemingly a renewed hunger, the Chi-town rhyme-spitter is adamant about proving herself as one the best MC's period, regardless of gender.

"I spent a lot of time being down with the team. Now it's time for you to hear Shawnna with Mannie Fresh, Shawnna with Scott Storch, etc.," she said. "It's time for me to sew my royal oats. When you pick up these major rappers' albums, you don't see no Shawnna feature on there, and they're about to pay for not reaching out. They're about to stop playing with me. I'll air out 85% of these male rappers out here. I'm tired of playing. Ya'll are going to have to honor me."

LL Cool J In Talks To Star On Broadway

LL Cool J is currently in talks to star in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

According to the New York Post, LL Cool J (Todd Smith) would handle the leading role of Brick. The play is set to be directed by Debbie Allen who worked with Cool J on the hit NBC sitcom "In The House". Anika Noni Rose and Phylicia Rashad are also set to appear in the production.

LL is currently in the studio working on his new album, "Todd Smith 2: Back To Cool", which is slated for release this year.

TI and Tiny Expected to Marry

It was reported about a month ago that Tameka "Tiny" Cottle lost the baby she was carrying for rapper TI. The couple's loss was tragic news throughout the Hip-Hop community.

However, according to www.mediatakeout.com, the tragedy may have brought the couple closer together. Shortly before the incident, the couple announced that they were ending their nearly 3 year relationship but according to sources, they have since reconciled.

Mediatakeout.com also reports that a friend of Tiny's says the engagement is officially back on.

The source explains, "TI proposed again a few days ago, and Tiny is wearing the ring again. When they were going through all that pain, they realized how important they were to each other...now they want to make it official."

No official date has been set but this story is still developing.

(L note: Now please keep in mind Mto.com is a rumor site, so this may not be true)

Rapping Fire Fighter Suspended Over Lyrics

A firefighter who moonlighted as a rapper has been put on administrative leave for releasing a record that called police "pigs" and threatened to turn cops into "bacon bits."

According to Executive Chief Daniel A. Williams, Akbar was removed from his duties at Engine Company 9 in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia.

Akbar, who also served in the U.S. Army, created an outrage when lyrics to the song hit the Internet promoting his album Sin City Vol. 1.

On the song Akbar rapped: I got a surprise for them cops I hope the news is taping this/ 'cause I'm gonna turn pigs into bacon bits.

Local Fraternal Order of Police members demanded a written apology for the lyrics by Sunday (Apr. 22) and when none came, the President of the local FOP chapter demanded that Akbar be fired.

"As a result of the recent events concerning Philadelphia Firefighter Rodney Jean Jacques and his failure to apologize to members of the Philadelphia Police Department and Fire Department, as well as to the citizens of Philadelphia, the Fraternal Order of Police stands firm on our initial recommendation that he be dismissed from city employment," said Robert V. Eddis, president of Lodge 5 of the FOP, in a written statement.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said the incident is under review while Akbar is on administrative leave.

Akbar, who recorded a fire prevention song titled "Take It Outside,"
for a national fire prevention campaign, is also a member of the group Larsiny, which features fellow Philadelphia rapper Cassidy.

See "Take it Outside"


Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 4/22/2007

Rounding out the top 10 this week is Timbaland, whose album Timbaland Presents: Shock Value slips from #5 with 39k on the week (236k to date). Right beneath him is Robin Thicke, whose Evolution of Robin Thicke jumps from #19 to #11 with 38k on the week (981k total). Look for Mr. Thicke to go platinum next week.

Paul Wall is having a little trouble, though he remains in the top 20 - barely. Coming in at #20 is his album Get Money, Stay True, with 27k total this week, 156k overall. MIMS is having a rough go of it as well, as Music is My Savior drops from #32 to #41 with 16k units moved this week.

Young Jeezy holds on to the #55 spot this week, after having gone platinum last. Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 pushes another 11k, bringing the Snowman's total to 1 million and change. Four spots below are the Gym Class Heroes with As Cruel As School Children raking in another 10k (299k overall).

Continuing last week's slowly increasing trend, Musiq Soulchild manages to move up 6 spots to #29, with Luvanmusiq selling 20k copies this week (306k overall). Crime Mob enjoys a little success as well, as their album Hated on Mostly movesfrom #133 to #127, with 6k this week (57k overall).

Finally, it seems as if all the hip hop controversy of late has helped Snoop Dogg, whose Blue Carpet Treatment is back on the charts at #199, with 4k on the week (849k overall).

Daily Update 4*25*07

Hov on the Comeback trail?

The last couple of guest appearences we've heard from Jay-Z are Ne-Yo's "Crazy" and Rihanna's "Umbrella," but it looks like Hov is finally doing a record with a person the streets have been dying to hear him collaborate with: T.I. Chances are Jigga will appear on T.I.'s T.I. vs. T.I.P. LP which is due early this summer.

"We got word back that Jay did a verse for this song I got," T.I. said last week at his Grand Hustle Studios in Atlanta...

When asked about the cameos, Hova laughed and said, "I'm getting my Andre 3000 on right now," referring to the string of sterling side appearances Mr. Three-Stacks has been making on songs like DJ Unk's "Walk It Out" remix and Devin the Dude's "What a Job." Since we're on Andre, well the cat has been let out of the bag that he will likely appear on T.I. vs. T.I.P. as well.

Dre has also been talking to Rick Ross about getting in the studio for Ross' upcoming Trilla. Tying it all together, Jay-Z has already recorded a song for Trilla, a duet with Ross called "Maybach Music."

" You already know what it is," said Ross, who was also in Atlanta last week, of the track. "I'm not going to say too much about it. ...

Tony Yayo To Make Court Appearance, Rally Taking Place Outside Courtroom

Over a month after rapper Tony Yayo’s altercation with the 14-year-old son of Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond, Yayo is finally expected to make his first appearance in court on Wednesday (Apr. 25).

Yayo's court appearance stems from allegations stating that the rapper slapped and verbally assaulted Rosemond’s son as he was walking to Czar Entertainment for an internship on March 20...

Yayo's charges include one count of misdemeanor assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.

On the day of Yayo's court appearance yet another rally is expected, but this time the rally will take place outside of the courtroom by supporters of Cynthia Reed, the mother of the 14-year-old victim.

Attendees of the rally will include local councilmen, community leaders, and the family of Israel Ramirez, the bodyguard who was gunned down on the set of a Busta Rhyme's video.

The first rally took place on Apr. 2 and was held in the hopes of creating a call for action in order to create change in the music community.

Tony Yayo has already served two consecutive sentences for weapons possession charges received in Dec. 2002.

Rep For Akon Responds To Loon's Accusation; Trinidadian PM Wants Investigation Of Dirty Dance

Akon didn't knowingly steal a song from rapper Loon says Bu, the co-CEO of Akon's Konvict Muzik.

Loon, formerly of Sean "Diddy" Combs Bad Boy Records, claims that his vocals were stripped from the song "Who Is That" and another artist was added with vocals from T-Pain and Akon.

"Akon had heard the instrumental with T-Pain on it, and without any knowledge of Loon's involvement, quickly gave it to his artist, Dolla, to record to," Bu told AHH.com.


"Given Akons current track record of making writing and producing hits, it is very unlikely that he would have 'stolen' a record form Loon. T Pain had no knowledge of what was happening once the song got leaked."

In a previous statement, a representative for Loon expressed the artist's grievance in the situation.

"They now are trying put the record out with Akon, T-Pain, and Their new artist Dollar," a representative for Loon said in a statement. "Why does Konvict Records feel they need to steal hits from Loon? Loon is a bonafide hit song writer so let's expose these people and give Loon his bona-fide dues." In the song, T-Pain can be heard shouting Loon out at the beginning of the bass-heavy track.

At press time, no resolution was reached.

Akon has another pending situation that refuses to go away as well.

Patrick Manning, the Prime Minister of Trinidad, has demanded a formal investigation of a raunchy dance act between Akon and a 14-year-old girl.

The girl's father, Pastor Dave Alleyne, wants to hold Club Zen responsible for allowing his daughter in the venue.

"This whole Hip-Hop thing is a guise and I don't want any part of it, I don't want to be any part of it. I thought it was going to be normal," Alleyne said to the Trinidad Express, but didn't acknowledge that Akon is an R&B singer. "I got carried away, I started to dance as well but I never thought it was going to be like that. I was shocked, my head was hitting the floor."
According to the report, club goers must be at least 18-years-old.


Prime Minister Manning said, "I have taken very careful notice of this matter and the owner of Zen owes it to the public to take responsibility. I will be interfacing with Zen because that kind of thing should never be allowed to happen in this country."

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old girl at the center of the controversy said she is done with Hip-Hop and now dances for the lord.

"Look at what I have to go through with one mistake that I made. My dad warned me
everytime and I didn't listen. I am sorry

PROBLEMS BETWEEN WHITNEY AND CLIVE?

Veteran gossip columnist Janet Charlton reported Monday that creative differences between Whitney Houston and her producer/mentor Clive Davis are threatening to hold up the scheduled June release of her anticipated comeback album.

Charlton wrote on her website:


“She and her producer Clive Davis are clashing- he wants one thing and she wants another. Whitney wants to stick to her successful old formula and use her own people on the album while Clive has new ideas. He wants new people like Christina Aguilera to collaborate with Whitney. Whitney seems to think she doesn't need any new people while Clive insists they change with the times.

“Whitney's pal Ray J has a song he recorded with Whitney that he's dying to release on his album, but Clive's label, Jive, isn't cooperating. Whitney's a handful, but Clive knows she's worth it.”

Beyonce's B'Day Over?

Three weeks after celebrating her second B'Day, Beyoncé is pulling the plug — at least for now — on the re-release of her recent solo LP. Thanks to a pending lawsuit over her cover of Des'ree's "I'm Kissing You" on her B'Day - Deluxe Edition album and video anthology, the singer and her label have agreed to stop distributing the albums and DVDs that include the song.

When Beyoncé sat down earlier this year with MTV News to discuss the new material featured on B'Day - Deluxe Edition, she mentioned that her version of the song — which is called "Still in Love (Kissing You)" on the reissue — wasn't originally intended for release and that she had just recorded it because she "always loved it."

"It was one of my all-time favorite songs," she said "It gives you this emotion — I don't care who you are, you just feel it. So I just did it for myself — a lot of songs, I do like that — and I let people hear it and they were like, 'You are crazy, you have to put it on the album.' So I did. It was a last-minute decision."

Indeed, Beyoncé's team's paperwork — included in the copyright-infringement suit filed in New York's Manhattan Federal Court last week — depicts a rush to get permission to use the song, with letters sent back and forth up to and including the day of the deluxe edition's release. According to the suit, Beyoncé's team originally sought clearance on February 13 to use "interpolations" of the Des'ree song, which became a hit when it appeared in the Leonardo DiCaprio/ Claire Danes movie "Romeo + Juliet" in 1996. Lawyers for the two sides (Beyoncé and Des'ree's publishers the Royalty Network) started talking, and by March 3 — a month before Beyoncé re-released her album — Beyoncé's side had a "confirmation letter and license request" ready to submit.

On March 5, the Royalty Network's lawyers answered by submitting a counter proposal in which they granted permission — within certain limits. For one thing, they would allow use of the song, but not in video form. They would also allow use of the song only if the title were not changed. The Royalty Network's lawyers at Epstein Levinsohn Bodine & Weinstein said in the complaint that "despite follow-ups," they didn't hear back from Beyoncé's camp. And on March 27, according to the complaint, they discovered that Beyoncé and her record label planned to proceed with their plans to include the song on the re-release anyway. In a letter they wrote to Beyoncé's lawyer and her distribution group Sony, the Royalty Network called the move "completely unacceptable."

"First, no agreement has been reached in connection with [the song]," the letter read, "and Sony has no right to proceed ... absent an agreement. Second, the retitling of the composition puts TRN at risk for claims from more than one third party, and this is a risk that [Beyoncé] and Sony were or should have been aware of in light of the circumstances surrounding the discussions relating to this potential license."

The Royalty Network then asked Sony to cease and desist from distributing the album with the song under a new title, and when Beyoncé and her label did so anyway on April 3, the Royalty Network deemed that "willful disregard." So a new letter was sent that day, saying the offer to allow Beyoncé to include the song on her album was withdrawn.

Then there was the matter of the Cliff Watts-directed video of "Still in Love (Kissing You)" on Beyoncé's "B'Day Anthology Video Album," which was sold separately at Wal-Mart. The video, which was shot on the beach in Miami, "feels like something you shouldn't be seeing," Beyoncé told MTV News — meaning that it seemed like a home video because it was so "raw" and "natural." But the Royalty Network felt like it was something that shouldn't be seen for a different reason — because they hadn't granted audiovisual rights even when they were leaning toward letting Beyoncé use the song. In a letter sent April 6, the Royalty Network called it a "blatant violation of the terms" they had set forth.

After filing the suit on April 16, the Royalty Network — which seeks $150,000 in damages and an injunction to recall the deluxe edition from stores — came to an agreement with Beyoncé's camp, filed Friday with the court, that Columbia and Sony would "engage in no further distribution" of the album or video anthology with the song in question, at least until a preliminary injunction hearing May 4.

Beyoncé's representatives had not responded to requests for comment by press time.

Jennifer Hudson to Play Aretha Franklin in Upcoming Biopic?

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has officially begun the casting process for the upcoming stage production about her life.

The musical, which is based on "Aretha: From These Roots" is expected to debut in Franklin's hometown of Detroit in the spring of 2008.

"Since the announcement, I have a film offer and telefilm offer for the autobiography," said Franklin of the project.

According the Associated Press, Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is up for consideration for the lead in the big screen version.

The 65-year-old-Motown legend is slated to handpick performers to portray her at various ages in her life as well as relatives, close friends, background singers and colleagues including Sam Cooke, Dinah Washington, Smokey Robinson and pianist Art Tatum.

Auditions for singing and non-singing parts have been scheduled for May 1-3 in suburban Detroit.

In related news, Hudson recently recorded a version of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed" for Jamie Williams' new CD After Hours which is expected to hit shelves on May 15.

BLACK FAMILY CHANNEL TO SHUT DOWN

Multichannel.com is reporting that the Black Family Channel will air its last broadcast on April 30 before shutting down permanently.

The 16 million-subscriber network -- co-owned by lawyer Willie Gary, former baseball star Cecil Fielder, entertainer Marlon Jackson, cable veteran Alvin James and former heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield – had trouble securing significant cable and satellite distribution to remain in business, sources tell the Web site.

The Atlanta-based network began broadcasting eight years ago offering African-American-targeted, family-friendly programming, overseen by actor/producer Robert Townsend.

According to multichannel.com, the Gospel Music Channel is angling to take over BFC’s carriage deals with cable operators. BFC executives confirmed negotiations with Gospel and said, "It is not closing its doors," but would not elaborate further, the Web site reported.

Snoop Dogg Talks New Album "Ego Trippin'"; Says He Wants No Features

Snoop Dogg recently spoke to MTV News about beginning work on his new album "Ego Trippin'".

"Me and Pharrell [Williams] went into the studio last night, and we're gonna start on this album called Ego Trippin'," the Dogg revealed last week in New York. "I'mma do the whole record, me by myself. I don't want no guest rappers, no singer, nothing. Just Snoop Dogg. I want you to feel me. When I think of all the greats before me ... I bought Rakim's album the other day for the hundredth time, no guest rappers. I bought one of KRS-One's albums the other day for the hundredth time, no guest rappers.

"You lose focus after awhile when you're doing an album," Snoop added. " 'Snoop, you got a new album coming out. Who's on it?' I'll be like, 'I got him on it, him on it, them on it.' When it's time to do the video, they'll do the video with me, but when it's time to do a show with them, 'Oh, I got a show in Germany,' or, 'I got to be in Paris.' You're left one-legged. Now it's time to show artists. Can you handle the whole weight? Do you got enough to do it on your own? Did you put yourself in a position where people love you for you — or for being associated with people? This record, I'm seriously ego-tripping like, 'I don't want you on my album. Nah, I don't need you.' "

Snoop also said he was inspired in part to do a whole album on his own by listening to the new Amy Winehouse record Back to Black. She has no guests, and the D-O-Double-G said he had a better opportunity to get to know her through her music.

"[When I'm listening], I'm learning who she is," he said about the British import. "But when you listen to James Brown, he did it by himself. Curtis Mayfield, by himself. Of course they did collaborations, but the [songs] that matter they did by themselves. I don't think people have got all of me yet. Doggystyle was about 95 percent of me. But I wanted Tha Dogg Pound on my album. This record, even if this record don't sell, that might be a blessing. It needs to get back to [letting people know] who you are. I don't know whose record I'm buying right now because it's so many people on it. Is it a compilation? What is it?"

Kurupt and J. Wells Team Up For Album

West Coast lyrical great Kurupt and his newest partner in musical crime J. Wells are no strangers to a group situation. Kurupt, best known as one-half of the multi-platinum rap group Tha Dogg Pound teams with artist/producer J. Wells, a member of LA’s legendary Likwit crew (King Tee, Tha Alkaholiks, others) for their debut effort “Digital Smoke”. In stores June 5, “Digital Smoke” pays homage to Kurupt and J. Wells’ beloved city of Los Angeles with special guest appearances by Goodie Mob, Tha Alkaholiks, Kokane, Roscoe, James DeBarge and Kurupt’s fiancée, Gail Gotti.

“This is a different flavor,” Kurupt says. “This is along the lines of what J. Wells is doing and we’re letting people know that this generation of West Coast is coming with that fire.” That fire has been set ablaze with their horn-propelled lead single “All We Smoke”. J. Wells, in particular, uses the song as a way to explain his rap heritage. “I’m talking about how I came in the game and about cats that influenced me, like DJ Quik, like Battlecat, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and N.W.A,” J. Wells explains. “I talk about my addition to the West Coast and to hip-hop, period. Kurupt is on there spitting, killing it.”

Sean P's Going Solo

Hip Hop Superstar Sean P (Of the hip hop duo The YoungBloodZ) has officially changed his name to Sean P in anticipation of the summer 2007 release of his debut solo disc on Jive Records. The music which was written by Sean P is being recorded both in Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles and will feature a number of high profile producers and collaborations.

Sean P’s songwriting skill was recently honored at the 24th Annual ASCAP Awards for “Snap Yo Fingers” a record he co-wrote with E-40 and Lil’ Jon. That single was one of the top hip hop records of the year having been played over 280,000 times on U.S. radio. He was also nominated for another hit, “Do It To It” with Cherish. That single was played nearly 270,000 times with the two songs having surpassed 4.2 billion in audience.Sean P is now on a 21 day tour entertaining U.S. troops in Asia. The jaunt started April 11 in Tokyo and will include 10 U.S. bases. “Our soldiers are in need of some good ole’ down south Crunk entertainment. Everyday, these guys put their lives on the line for freedom that we take for granted,” said Sean P. “It’s because of them that I have the freedom to do what I do. They are true heroes.” Sean is scheduled to make his third trip abroad to perform for the troops in May. His first trip was in October 2006 he toured Iraq, Kuwait and Bahrain.

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