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Whether or not he's high (that's debatable), Beanie Sigel has some choice words to say about fellow Roc-A-Fella member Kanye and Pharrell.
Amidst stuttering and repeating himself, Beans had this to say: "Now look who hot...now look who everyone wanna be like...they wanna be like Kanye and Pharrell! Them dudes is not cool! They not cool to be. That's not cool to be in the hood...like they whole image. Who would wanna be that?"
The Phillidelphia rapper continued his criticism, as he gave his personal opinions on what Kanye dresses like, "Like you wearin' Louis Vitton driving shoes! Like who does that in the hood? Who dresses like that? Silk shirts with the buttons, with the chest hair out and all that? Who does that? Like they trying too hard..."
Finally, Beans dropped this gem: "Where I'm from, you walkin' down the street like that, you liable to get something happen to you. Yeah, you might as well come out the closet, homeboy."
The interview, shown in the following video, will be featured on the Beef IV DVD.
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Foxy Brown Rejects Plea Deal; May Face Jury In Florida Assault Case
These charges stem from that dust-up at a Florida beauty supply shop, where Foxy Brown allegedly threw a tantrum -- and then hair glue at the shop's owner.
A Broward County Court official tells TMZ that Brown decided not to plea out on the rap at a hearing this morning in Judge Joel Lazarus' courtroom. Because of this, Foxy is expected back in court on September 24 to face trial. Foxy could get up to a year in jail on the misdemeanor battery charges.
Judge Lazarus had previously issued an arrest warrant for Brown in March, when she didn't show up in his courtroom for a hearing
J. Prince Back In Court Monday On Assault Charges
On Monday, May 21, boxing manager James Andrea Prince, owner of Houston's J. Prince Boxing company and Rap-A-Lot Records will appear in a Houston courtroom to answer to a Misdemeanor Charge of Assault brought against him by Complainant Ronald Eugene Bookman.
Bookman, owner of Houston's multi-million dollar Studio 7303, one of the country's premiere music recording studios, alleges that he was beaten at the instruction of Prince by seven other men at Prince's Prince Recreation Center's gym in Houston after being lured to the gym by Prince for a supposed business meeting. Bookman suffered severe head injuries, a broken nose, fractured ribs and had both eyes blackened, one of which requires surgery. The business meeting was ostensibly to be about Bookman receiving clearances from Prince for a Rap-A-Lot artist to perform on a single from the new CD of Bookman's first artist on his fledgling label, 7303 Records. Click on the link below for Local Houston TV news coverage of the imbroglio. Click Here: Check out "News Video On Demand KHOU.com News for Houston, Texas"
This latest charge against Prince follows an earlier attempt by Bookman to charge him with a Misdemeanor Charge of Assault which was filed by Houston Police Department Investigating Detective David Hernandez on Friday, May 4 , which was dismissed by Judge M. Harris on the same day. The new charge was filed Monday, May 7, and an arrest Warrant was issued for Prince's arrest on Wednesday, May 9. Prince has since made bond and is due in court on May 21, 2007.
"I think maybe we're finally getting some of the politics out of the way with this case and we're moving forward now. We're going to get down to the nitty gritty of what happened, who was involved and what is going to happen next," Bookman said.
"And by my standing up, I expect anybody else here in Houston or elsewhere that they have done this to or jumped on, need to find their voice and their feet. They need to stand up and be heard. This is ridiculous. It don't make no sense. We're free and we should be able to function as businessman and not heathens. This kind of conduct seems to be a pattern of Rap-A-Lot and apparently is condoned by the head of Rap-A-Lot. This is an evil pattern of intimidation, coercion, and interference in business matters. He is not the gatekeeper to legitimate business in the city of Houston."
Ciara Becomes The New Face Of Rocawear
Ciara has recently signed on to become the new face of Jay-z's Rocawear women's line, and will be featured in upcoming ad campaigns.
The new campaign, titled "I Will Not Lose," will feature testimonials by individuals who have overcome various hardships -- including a speech by Amy Steele, editor of the Virginia Tech's college newspaper.
"I love Rocawear. The clothes are so cute. The stuff is great. I am so happy to be able to do the campaign," Ciara told US Magazine.
The 21-year-old pop star celebrated the new deal in New York on Wednesday night (May 16) by having dinner with Jay-z and rapper Young Jeezy.
The campaign featuring the singer is slated to launch later this year.
ROBIN THICKE TELLS ALL TO GIANT
R&B singer Robin Thicke – the son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring and fixture atop Billboard’s R&B charts with his single, “Lost Without U” – is the featured cover story in the June/July issue of Giant magazine, due on newsstands June 5.
Inside, the artist speaks freely about his once waning self-esteem, issues in his marriage to actress Paula Patton, and his fourteen year ride to overnight stardom.
Here are a few excerpts from Thicke’s interview with Giant contributor Celia San Miguel:
• ON HIS PERSONAL DEMONS: “I understand struggle because I’ve struggled with my own demons, my own ability to love myself. I might have grown up in an aesthetically larger building, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t felt pain. That’s what the whole (expletive) album is about. It’s about a dude who needed to believe in himself when the world said, ‘We don’t love you.’”
• ON STRAINS IN HIS MARRIAGE TO PAULA PATTON: “She was having sex scenes with the guy who won Album of the Year (Andre 3000), and I pretty much had no record deal. She didn’t come home during the three months of filming (Idlewild) because she was so focused. I started believing she didn’t need me anymore, and when she came home, I started projecting that onto her and pushing her away. That’s what ‘Complicated’ (a song from his album) is about – me saying, ‘I wish I could stop thinking I’m not good enough because, otherwise, I won’t be able to get this girl back.”
• ON BEING JEALOUS OF JESUS: “I was seven years old hearing about how wonderful Jesus is, and I was like, ‘I’m special. I’m able to be righteous. How come Jesus gets to be the Son of God and not me? Why don’t I get to be as loved by God as Jesus was? I believe we should all get to be the sons of God.”
• ON THE VIRGINIA TECH MASSACRE: “I started writing this song last night about the guy who did the shooting. I figured if anybody needed love, it was him. He was reaching out, but nobody listened. And, you know, everyone said he was quiet. I started writing about feeling like you’re a shadow. And even though I’m not him, I know what that feels like. There is so much hurt and struggle, so many people who need hope.”
Ice-T, Coco Set To Play Host For 2007 Players Toast Awards Show
Rapper/actor Ice-T and his wife Coco are scheduled to play host for this year's upcoming Players Toast Awards Show, taking place at the Playboy Mansion.
The event is held to raise money for the Hollywood & Vine Recovery Centers and this will be Ice-T's fourth year acting as host for the event, which he is very excited about this year, with their choice of location.
"I look forward to this event every year and this year we are really looking forward to being at the mansion," said Ice-T. "We are expecting a great crowd and to raise awareness and hopefully respectable funds for 'Hollywood and Vine.' It's all about giving back."
The Players Toast Awards were developed through the eyes of Michael Carter, who introduced this vision to three other individuals -- Rick Appling, Ice-T and Darnell Gilbert. From the introduction, a great partnership was born and The Players Toast Awards became a reality.
"We all grew up together and have been through good times and bad," said founder Michael Carter. "The mission of the organization is to recognize high profile individuals, who have accomplished great tasks during their careers, never forgetting their roots, who reach out to help others along the way, making sure awareness is brought to the cause and the person behind the efforts is what we stand for."
Each year the Players Toast Awards partners with a non-profit foundation, in hope of raising greater awareness and funding for those in need. It continues to build long-standing relationships with corporate partners, the entertainment industry, professional sports industry and local community.
A new website for the event is currently under development at PlayersToastAwards.com.
Pastor Troy Forced To Change Album Title
Atlanta MC, Pastor Troy, is changing the name of his upcoming album from Saddam Hussein to Tool Muziq. Three of the major retail chains refused to carry the album with the original title, forcing Troy to pick a different name.
Timbaland To Premier New Video This Monday Night On WWE Raw
Timbaland will premier his new video for the song "Throw It On Me" this Monday night (May 21) on WWE Raw. Timbaland enlisted the help of various World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) divas to replace the traditional video vixens. Divas taking part in the video include: Ashley Massaro, Torrie Wilson, Layla El, Brooke and Kelly Kelly.
"The reason I asked the Divas to be in my video was because I didn't want the typical casting for this," Timbaland said in a press release. "I wanted women who mean something. The Divas have a fan base of their own. They're all stars. Each in their own way, they all mean something."
WWE's next pay per view event is Judgment Day and takes place Sunday May 20.
Timbaland's new album "Shock Value" is currently in stores.
Styles P Weighs In On New De Niro/Pacino Film
Oscar award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are set to star together in the upcoming film Righteous Kill, an indie suspense film written by the same man behind Spike Lee's Inside Man, Russell Gewirtz.
Variety recently announced that De Niro and Pacino have signed on to star together in the police thriller Righteous Kill, allowing the two actors to team up again for the first time since Heat. Fans can expect to see more of Pacino and De Niro together this time around; unlike Heat, where the actors only shared two scenes, Righteous Kill will put them onscreen together for much of the film. The news is already being celebrated within the hip-hop community, where the two stars are particularly well regarded.
"That's fantastic. Heat was a great film and having them on screen together will be even better. De Niro and Pacino are both interesting people and extremely credible entertainers; two of the best actors in the game," Styles P told reporters after hearing the news.
The D-Block rapper's own enthusiasm for Pacino and De Niro is well documented. In fact, Styles P sometimes uses the moniker "Paniro," a combination of the two actors names.
"The types of characters they play appeal consistently to the young, impoverished people in the ghetto; characters who came from nothing and became something. The genres of film they make and the roles they choose prove continuously that they understand the mentality of the poor. De Niro's role in Taxi Driver and Pacino's role in The Panic in Needle Park were both phenomenal and are perfect examples of this," Styles P explained, when questioned about rappers devotion to the two actors.
The $60 million independent production follows De Niro and Pacino as cops chasing a serial killer. The film is being produced by Nu Image's Millennium Films and Emmett/Furla Films. Jon Avnet has signed on to produce and direct the project.
Righteous Kill is scheduled to begin shooting August 6 in Connecticut. Parts of the film will also be shot in Manhattan.
David Banner Up For Role As Villian In New Batman Movie "The Dark Knight"
MTV News has learned that rapper/actor David Banner auditioned this week for a role in “The Dark Knight,” the super-secretive sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins.” According to the beefy “Black Snake Moan” supporting actor, he would play a villain named “Gamble,” another criminal to help fill out the rogue ranks alongside Heath Ledger’s Joker.
Banner, a long-time comic book fan who named himself after the main character in the TV version of “The Incredible Hulk,” could barely contain his excitement when we caught up with him in South Central Los Angeles on Wednesday. The star was in town to film a cameo for the music video to “International Players Anthem,” a track by UGK featuring OutKast.
After several years of making his Hollywood aspirations known, the role of Gamble could mark a big step in Banner’s career in front of the camera.
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The Good folks at onsmash just realesed a "gang" of Jada related video's (not really a gang more like 4) So i thought i would post them for ya'll to enjoy.
"Games People Play"
"40 Bars Of Terror"
"Summer's Over '06"
"Professional Hood Shit"
The Come Up 14 DVD (Notorious K.I.S.S. Edition): ON SALE NOW.
Some Of The Vids You'll See On It: (not a complete list)
Thug It Out feat. Swizz Beatz
Pay Attention (from The Predator Is Here mixtape)
Air It Out (from Kiss Of Death)
40 Bars Of Terror (from Champ Is Here mixtape)
Professional Hood Shit (from Champ Is Here mixtape)
Still Feel Me (from Kiss Of Death)
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Top Secret Documents Reveal Rappers Jay-Z, Diddy, Others Monitored Before 2004 RNC
The New York Police Department monitored and spied on various rappers months before the 2004 Republican National Convention, which was held in New York. The details were revealed in 600 pages worth of secret files released yesterday (May 16) by the New York Civil Liberties Union, who is suing the city on behalf of demonstrators arrested during the questioning.
According to the documents, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Jay-Z, LL Cool and Alicia Keys were all put under surveillance in the months before the 2004 Republican National Convention arrived in New York. Each one of the artists attended a rally held by Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network in Aug. Of 2004, to support voter registration and to address various political issues.
"These documents paint a picture of a surveillance program that was broad, clumsy, and often unlawful," said Donna Lieberman, NYCLU Executive Director. "The NYPD failed to differentiate between unlawful behavior and behavior that is not only lawful but should in fact be cherished and protected. Today the public can finally bear witness to that failure."
The documents reveal that undercover NYPD officers infiltrated political meetings and monitored listservs for years before the Republican National Convention. The NYPD is accused of recording information about activity that was completely peaceful and lawful.
New York officials attempted to block the documents from going public, but a judge ruled in favor of the NYCLU on May 4, ruling that the documents should not be kept under wraps.
Reps for the rappers were not available for comment at press time.
Eve Prepares New Album & Talks DUI
Eve's new album is getting ready to drop. As she puts the finishing touches on the LP, she opened up about singing, lyrics and her D.U.I.
"I'm singing the whole song," she recently told MTV of the Pharrell produced track where Eve primarily sings. "I just didn't want to sing! Because I've sung hooks before, but to sing a whole song, that's something I actually have to do on stage. I think [about it] in that way. Like, what if I mess up? What if there's a frog in my throat? I made it a point, though, to sing like I might just regularly sing, where anybody can sing it. At a tone where I'm not trying to be Alicia Keys. I'm not trying to blow at all, because I'm not that kind of singer. But it's nerve-racking. I'm used to going in the booth and doing what I have to do and then I'm out. With singing, it becomes a chore. But it's one of my favorite songs on the album now...I actually got to sneak back in and put, like, eight bars of rap in [the song]."
When she does rap, she now takes it easy on the profanity.
"I get it. I get it completely. I barely say bitch. I do say it. I usually don't say ho. The N-word, more than anything, holds a negative connotation. It's a word I grew up with and that's a word that's never threatened me and I've never used it in a threatening manner. But I also get it. And I feel like if that's a word that's going to be removed, it has to be a movement and we all need to do it at the same time."
"It's not just hip-hop, and that's the thing that makes me mad. Those words have been a part of everyone's vocabulary at some point in everyone's life. Black, white, whatever. Hip-hop, pop, rock. So it makes me mad that the fingers are being pointed at hip-hop for those certain words. There are movies that come out every year where a woman is being smacked up and beat down by a man. Let's talk about domestic violence. No men will stand up [for that]. They want to say, 'I want to take these certain words out of a song.' But a lot of men that are hitting women won't stand up and say, 'You know what? I'm gonna stop hitting my women today.' That's what we need to be fighting. Stuff like that. There are a lot of different issues."
On her DUI.:
"Things happen and this is the nature of the business I'm in...I just feel blessed and happy that all the good things completely outweigh anything negative in my life."
The album, which features Swizz Beatz, Mary J. Blige, T.I., Sean Paul, Timbaland and Robin Thicke,is almost ready for a release.
Beyonce Leads '07 BET Awards Nominee Pack With Six Nods
BET announced the nominees for their 2007 BET Awards on Wednesday (May 16) and singer Beyonce came out leading the pack with six nominations -- including Video of the Year.
Fresh off the success of her latest album B'Day, Beyoncé is up for Best Female R&B Artist; Best Collaboration for her duet with Jay-Z on "Déjà vu" and "Upgrade U"; Video of the Year for "Irreplaceable" as well as her sultry turn with Shakira on "Beautiful Liar"; and in the Viewer’s Choice Award category.
Coming behind Beyonce, also with multiple nominations include Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, R&B singing sensation Ciara, Akon, and the soulful duo Gnarls Barkley, who are nabbed three noms a piece.New kid on the block, Robin Thicke, scored his first pair of BET Award nods for best R&B Artist and Viewer's Choice for his chart-topping hit "Lost Without You."
Other two-fers include Ludacris, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, the late Gerald Levert, Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Mary, Mary and Corrine Bailey Rae.Hosting the show for the third time is the hilarious comedienne, actor and author Mo’Nique, who kicked things off last time around with a show-stopping rendition of Beyoncé's "Crazy In Love," which was voted the number one moment of any BET Awards show and one of TV Guide Channel's Greatest Moments of the year (2004).
This year's special honorees include legendary songstress Diana Ross who will be in the house to receive BET's Lifetime Achievement Award. Joining the former First Lady of Motown is award-winning actor and activist Don Cheadle, who will be honored with BET's Humanitarian Award for his efforts to bring an end to the genocide in Darfur.
"Diana Ross' impact on the cultural landscape is almost impossible to measure," said Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment, BET Networks. "Her achievements as an artist extend across the medium and decades. Don Cheadle is one of the best actors today -- period. He uses the credibility he's built with the audiences to call attention to one of the most pressing global crisis in the world today. We’re grateful for his art and his heart.
"50 Cent and T.I. are the first two performers announced so far, but others should follow soon.The 2007 BET Awards takes place on June 26 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
It will air live at 8 p.m. ET.
50 CENT DEFENDS RAP LYRICS
During yesterday's press conference in Hollywood to announce details of the BET Awards ’07, one of the scheduled performers, 50 Cent, was grilled about the post-Don Imus backlash against negative hip hop lyrics.
As a rapper who regularly uses the b-word, n-word and h-word in his lyrics, Lee Bailey asked 50 if he would “get with the program” and voluntarily remove offensive lyrics from his music. The rapper took offense at the phrasing of the question and said the following to Bailey:
“Are you familiar with politics? Are you familiar with the President’s No. 2 man? You’re familiar with him resigning based on him using, maybe what we’d call a dating service? Maybe he’s hanging out with hoes that we mention in the music. If that doesn’t make you aware of a situation that exists….
“Music is a mirror, and hip hop is a reflection of the environment that we grew up in. It’s the harsh realities that end up in the music. If I ask you to paint a picture of the American flag and not use the color red, you’re gonna have a difficult time. To capture what we try to capture in the art form, I’m sure some conservative Americans can’t [identify] with it because of their lifestyle and the way they’ve actually been brought up, and they haven’t been exposed to those realities.”
Bailey used Master P as an example of a rapper who made the decision to sign positive rappers from now on who do not use the three aforementioned words in their lyrics.
“Well Master P doesn’t sell CDs anymore,” 50 said calmly, which caused the room full of reporters to burst out laughing. “You can tell him I said it. Cameras is rollin’ right? …‘Curtis,’ June 26.”
Chris Brown To Get Exclusive Guests On New Album
Chris Brown's Exclusive already gained anticipation. Recently, his label let out more secrets to build an even greater buzz. The album will now be released August 28.
New acts have been unveiled as guests for the LP. Pharrell Williams, Will.i.am and Bryan-Michael Cox are all set to appear on the singer/dancer's album.
Cox opened up about what Brown is going through now.
"It's that transition from being a teenager to a man. We're talking about more mature things, but not too mature. He's singing, dancing, he's only getting better. He's more focused than he's ever been. Chris is very competitive and his competitive sprit motivates the people around him. His competitive spirit motivated me to make nine records in seven days. I think all nine are going to make it. We're trying to create a creative synergy," he told MTV.
Jazze Pha may join the list of guests, as he explained.
"I'm doing some stuff for the Chris Brown album as we speak...It's been going good. I just need for him to hear the record. He's been running. I've sat and listened to a few of [Chris' new] records. I think he's going in the right direction. They keeping him young, they keeping him hot. It's a little more edgy on this album, but he's growing up. He's not vocally challenged, he's pretty good. He's pretty hot with his vocals. I don't think anything will be a problem for him."
Again, the LP should be released August 28. For now, his single "Wall to Wall" has already been released.
NELLY DREAMS OF MARIAH AND JANET THREESOME
Rapper Nelly has a plan. The St. Louis artist is currently sowing the seeds for a track on his upcoming album that would feature singing superstars Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
Jermaine Dupri recently explained the logistics to MTV: “He wants Janet to rap a 16-bar verse, he wants Mariah to sing the hook and he's gonna do two verses. He has it all planned out. You ask him about it. This is what he wants; he's 100 percent deadlocked into it."
According to JD, who would produce the track, Nelly is refusing to take no for an answer.
“That's what he wants. If he could convince them to do it, it would be crazy,” said Dupri.
Federation Prepare To Release Sophomore Album June 26
Bay Area rappers, Federation, will release their new album - It's Whateva - on June 26 on Reprise Records. Veteran producer Rick Rock (Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, E-40) pushed the trio - Doonie Baby, Goldie, and Stresmatic - to further diversify the bass-heavy, rapid-fire hyphy sound, and deliver more than what fans may expect to hear from these pioneers.
It's Whateva has already received early critical acclaim: "Considered originators of the rap microgenre, hyphy, the Feds are back with the biggest dread-shaking album of the year. The bangin beats on '18 Dummy' and 'My Rims' will blow back your wig," raves Stuff Magazine, while Vibe says, "A label switch and admirable persistence have honed the group's energy - on this strong follow-up, Rock and Federation again advance the movement.
"The forthcoming album will feature new songs, including the single, "College Girl," "Shooter" and "She Go." The album has Hyphy elements, but goes beyond that with both the usual suspects and some surprising collaborations - e.g. Travis Barker (Blink-182), Snoop Dogg, E-40, and more.
Federation formed in 2002 in Fairfield, CA, near Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Federation's 2003 debut The Album, with its homegrown hits "Hyphy" and "Go Dumb," encapsulated the burgeoning hyphy scene with witty wordplay, catchy chants, and bombastic bass lines. The group are proud of their early success, "From four people sharing one hamburger, we've been through it all with each other," says Doonie. Adds Goldie: "We're beyond brothers."
1. Playtime Is Over
2. 18 Dummy (skit)
3. 18 Dummy
4. Get Naked You Beezy
5. College Girl (skit)
6. College Girl
7. Got Me Fucked Up
8. My Rims
9. Scraper 2 A Benz (feat. E-40)
10. Baby Mama
11. We On Your Line (feat. Cashis)
12. Move It Move It
13. She Go (feat. Marty James)
14. I Met Yew
15. Black Roses
16. Ridin The Kite (skit)
17. Fly Away (feat. Walter Hawkins Choir)
18. Whitee (main)
19. When I Was Your Man (skit)
20. When I Was Your Man
21. Bang Bang
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Score, Bobby Valentino Gets "Special" Treatment, Dipset Add A Lil' "Suga"
In this week's Hip Hop & R&B charts, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony debut on top, Bobby Valentino follows close behind and Ne-Yo slides.
Debuting at No. 2 on the charts this week is Bone Thugs N-Harmony with their seventh group album titled Strength and Loyalty. The album, which features appearances from Mariah Carey, Twista and Akon, scans 119,500 discs in its opening week.
Right behind them is Bobby Valentino entering the charts at No. 3. Special Occasion, which features appearances from Fabolous, Timbaland and Ludacris , shelves off 92,000 CDs in its first week.
Ne-Yo, who debuted at No. 1 last week, slips four slots to No. 4. Because Of You shifts 88,900 discs in its second week. So far the album has sold a total of 340,600 copies.
Sliding one spot to No. 12 is Akon. Konvicted continues to keep cash registers ringing as it moves 38,100 units this week. The album's tally stands at 2,312,500.
Also going down a step is Amy Winehouse at No. 14. Back To Black shells out 35,600 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 366,400 after nine weeks.
Robin Thicke floats a level up to No. 16. Evolution Of Robin Thicke has moved 1,076,840 copies thus far, with 31,100 representing the week-in total.
Holding on to the No. 18 spot is Fergie. 27,100 folks picked up Dutchess this week, pushing the album's tally to 1,870,960.
Justin Timberlake moves four steps to No. 17. Future Sex/Love Sounds sells 27,000 more discs in its 35th week on the charts. To date, the Memphis bred crooner has sold a total of 3,227,800 copies.
Six slots below is Beyonce at No. 25. B'Day is still a proving to be a hot seller as it rings out 23,200 copies this week. The total for the album reads off at 2,667,500.
Debuting at No, 26 is Dipset A&R DukeDaGod's More Than Music Volume 2. The compilation, which features all of The Diplomats affiliates, including Cam'ron, Jim Jones and Juelz Santana, pushes 23,000 copies in its opening week.
Joss Stone slithers three spots down to No. 27. Introducing Joss Stone lugs in 22,940 units this week. So far, the album has sold a total of 352,700 copies.
Taking five steps up the ladder to No, 5 is Musiq Soulchild. Luvanmusiq sells 21,000 copies this week. The album has brought in a total of 363,000 after nine weeks on the charts.
R&B crooner Joe plummets twenty spots to No. 34. Ain't Nothing Like Me shifts 20,600 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 152,300.
Posted at No. 37 is Corrine Bailey Rae. Her self titled album bags 20,000 units this week. To date, the album has sold a total of 1,493,000 copies.
The Dreamgirls soundtrack leaps five spots to No.39. The CD has sold 993,200 copies thus far, with 19,000 representing the week-in total.
Nose-diving fourteen floors to No. 40 is Timbaland. Shock Value only nets 18,800 copies this week. After 6 weeks on the charts, the album's tally stands at 310,300.
Also dropping drastically is Murder Inc's Lloyd who falls fifteen spots to No. 46. Street Love reins in 16,100 copies this week, pushing the album's total to 370,700.
Paul Wall's steady decline on the charts continues as he falls five slots to No. 50 this week. Get Money, Stay True hustles 13,100 copies in its sixth week on the charts. Thus far, the album's tally stands at 203,500.
The grind keeps getting get uglier for Young Buck as he plunges fourteen spots to No. 52 . Buck The World reels in 12,700 copies this week, bringing the album's total to 300,700 copies.
Further down the totem pole, MIMS staggers eleven spots to No. 71. Music Is My Savior sold 10,000 copies this week, pushing its tally to 197,800. Young Jeezy keeps on pushing despite slipping five spots to No. 77. The Inspiration scans 9,400 discs this week . To date the album has sold 1,050,500 copies. Ciara trips ten slots to No. 89. Evolution shells out 8,600 copies this week, bringing the album's total to 1,151,900. Rich Boy free-falls thirty spots to No. 92 this week. His self titled album has moved 289,200 copies thus far, with 8,600 representing the week-in total. Wrapping things up is Fantasia who makes an amazing leap from No. 112 to No. 93. Her self titled album shifts 8,500 units this week, bringing her album's total to 372,500.
Next week look for Tank and Mistah Fab to make an appearances on the Hip-Hop and R&B charts.
The remix to Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” with Jay-Z is finally out. We’ve been waiting for this. Pharoahe Monch’s verse is still on there, plus Jay’s new rap where he mentions Nicole Richie, Whitney Houston, and Anna Nicole.
Mood Music Trailer
(L note : Is it just me or is Joe the internets Favorite rapper??)
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Scott Storch Sued Over $100k Loan
Music producer Scott Storch is receiving legal pressure to pay back a $100,000 loan he received four years ago, according to a new lawsuit filed on May 9.
LA Confidential owner David Menefield is suing the hit making producer and his production company Tuff Jew Productions for more than $550,000.
According to documents filed in United States Central District Court, Menefield claims he lent $100,000 to Tuff Enough Productions in 2003.
Storch had agreed to be solely responsible for paying back the loan, as well as deliver four musical tracks to Menefield, who is the former manager of rapper Knocturnal.
"I wish it didn't have to come to this," David Menefield told AHH.com.According to the lawsuit, at the time of the loan, the producer was facing foreclosure on his home.
The complaint also included a copy of a promissory note and a copy of a wire transfer receipt that Menefield's claims confirms his transfer of the money to the production company.
Attempts were made by Menefield to get the money when he contacted Storch on Nov. 15, 2006 and demanded payment.
The businessman claims he talked to Storch months later on March 14, 2007, offering another opportunity to pay as well as forego any collection costs that might be imposed.
To date, no attempt has been made to repay the loan or provide the musical tracks, court documents stated.
Damages from Storch's refusal total $550,000 Menefield claims.
"We intend to prevail," attorney Bret Lewis added.
Talib Kweli Says Gangsta Rap Ain't Selling, "Because A Lot of it Ain't Good"
With violent and misogynistic rap being targeted by the media in Hip-Hop's post Imus climate, Talib Kweli may finally get some long deserved mainstream exposure. The BK emcee caught up with SOHH to chop it up on hardcore rap and address rumors of getting slapped at a 50 Cent party.
Hip-Hop seems to be headed for a change since Don Imus' "nappy headed h*es" controversy. Oprah Winfrey called a town meeting, reverend Al Sharpton challenged record labels and Russell Simmons is seeking to ban the n-word, "h*es" and "b**ches" from clean versions of rap songs. But after generating profit for labels all these years, can hardcore hip-hop realistically be shelved in favor of more progressive content. Kweli thinks so.
"I do see it [hardcore rap] getting less play, but it has nothing to do with Don Imus or anything like that. It has to do with the fact that people aren't buying that music anymore," Kwe said.
"If you look at the CD sales of rappers who are talking about that stuff, it's on the decline. It's been on the decline for years. And it's not because it's misogynistic, and it's not because they calling them h*es, it's because a lot of it ain't good," he continued. "The art of the music has suffered where everyone wanted to get in the game and just hustle. There's nothing wrong with hustling and getting your money, but when no one focuses on the art, when the art means nothing then people are gonna stop buying."
"High School Musical! is still selling millions, R&B, there's certain country acts and certain people who take their music seriously that the music is still selling," he continued. "But hardcore hip-hop, because it's fraudulent, it's not based on reality, it's not selling."
After years on Rawkus and MCA Records, Kweli founded his own imprint, Blacksmith Records with distribution from Warner Music Group. The transition from artist to executive has been an interesting learning experience.
"It's been tough. Only because it's hard for the major to accept my position as an executive. They still treat me like an artist like I need to be protected and I don't feel like they keep it real with me all the time. And I stress for them to keep it real with me," Kwe explained. "The other part is that I've had to step my game up and be responsible and pay attention to things I've never paid attention to."
Usually absent from headlines, Kwe recently found his name all over in gossip columns. The word spread that the BK lyricist was slapped by a woman during a party at 50 Cent's mansion. Kwe identified the woman as his girlfriend and admitted to being slapped, but had a few words for the incident's reporters.
"What's crazy though is that you realize that you're a public figure and these people don't have lives. You would think that somebody who's at a 50 party is pretty comfortable with theyself because they successful, they doing they thing," Kwe shared. "But there's a lot of these dudes who need to be DJs spinning records that's actually gossiping like chicks. It's funny to them, what happened is my negative situation becomes entertainment and I gotta live with that because I'm a public figure. I was just surprised with a lot of these people. They supposed to be all gangsta, but they all in my business like chicks."
Talib Kweli's Eardrum, featuring production by Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, Madlib, Kanye West and guest spots by Norah Jones, UGK and Jean Grae, hits stores in July.
Ludacris To Appear On 400th Episode of The Simpsons This Sunday
Ludacris will appear on the historic 400th episode of The Simpsons this Sunday night (May 20) on FOX.
Luda (Chris Bridges) will play himself on the show.The Simpsons' 400th episode is called “You Kent Always Say What You Want".
Ludacris is currently working on his next solo album entitled "Theater of The Mind" due for release in late 2007.
The next release from his DTP Records will be the second Disturbin' Tha Peace compilation album.
Shortly after releasing his sophomore album, Let’s Talk About It, Bad Boy crooner Carl Thomas seemingly disappeared. Rumors swirled that he fell out with Bad Boy label head, Sean “Diddy” Combs, but Thomas says that it was something far deeper that kept him away.
“My brother Duranthany was murdered on Halloween Night in 2004," he says. "I really didn’t have anything to say as far as R&B and music,” he explains. “It was really hard going through that at that time.”
Thomas says it was the gentle pushing from friend and producer Mike City that helped pull him out of his creative rut. “He really got me back on my feet as far as getting back into the studio. He helped me to realize that I had something to say again,” he recalls.
After reuniting with City, Thomas is now ready to release his third album, So Much Better on Thom Tunes/Unsung Entertainment.
While he’s no longer signed to Bad Boy, Thomas says things ended amicably with Combs. “I never had any personal problems with Puff. I just felt like I was really pacified there. We started to bump heads creatively in the studio and I didn’t want those differences to reflect itself in the music,” he says.
Thomas’ album, So Much Better, is due in stores June 5.
RAY J TELLS ALL IN SISTER 2 SISTER
The June issue of Sister 2 Sister features a candid article on Ray J, the 26-year-old brother of singer Brandy whose private life has generated much more attention than anything he has done in a recording studio.
Regarding his sex tape with ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian, Ray J tells Sister 2 Sister’s Jamie Foster Brown: “A lot of the times when I have sex, and after I’m done, I think to myself, man, I hope my performance was something that she’ll always remember…it’s important to me.”
The singer, who claims he has a sponsorship deal with Trojan condoms, also talks about his post-tape relationship with Kardashian, as well as his romances with notorious “video vixen” Karrine Steffans and superstar Whitney Houston.
• “Everybody makes tapes. I’ve spoken with her briefly,” he said of his ex-girlfriend and sex tape co-star Kardashian. “I’m going to try to reach out to her more and more because I want to continue to be friends with her and she’s always been a positive influence in my life.”
• “I walked down the red carpet and they’re snapping, and guess who’s standing by me? Superhead, trying to get closer and closer,” Ray J recalls of an incident at an event he attended, which was also attended by Karrine “Superhead” Steffans. I’m like, wait a minute. This ain’t no good look.”
• “I love Whitney,” he admits, adding that he and his mother consider the superstar singer “family.”
Mary J. Blige Receives Top Honors at ASCAP Awards
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) will present Mary J. Blige with the Voice of Music Award during the its 20th annual Rhythm & Soul Awards.
The esteemed Voice of Music Award is bestowed upon a select group of artists and songwriters whose music gives people's lives a voice. Blige follows in the footsteps of past honorees such as GarthBrooks, Diane Warren and Jimmy Webb.
"Through all of her struggles, [Mary J. Blige] was determined to find and maintain her own musical voice. By doing so, she has become one of the most successful R&B/hip-hop writer/performers in the country and has paved the way for many others," ASCAP president/chairman Marilyn Bergman said via a statement.
The ceremony, held on June 25 at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, will also salute ASCAP's top songwriters and publishers of 2006. 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys and Timbaland have all been honored in the past.
In related news, Blige appears in the latest issue of Essence magazine. In the interview she discusses the public's reaction to her recent personal and professional triumphs.
"People are saying, 'okay, Mary, you broke through. What are you going to do now?' What the hell do you mean, 'going to do now?' This is a whole 'nother level," Blige says about her intention to keep climbing to a higher place.
The June issue of Essence is currently on newsstands.
Afeni Shakur Teams With Evergreen Copyrights
Afeni Shakur, mother of slain hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, has inked a deal with Evergreen Copyrights to market and promote her son’s work on a global scale.Through the deal, Evergreen—an independent music publishing and marketing company—will seek out new opportunities for ‘Pac’s extensive catalog of recorded material.
“I believe that after 10 years I have done as much as I can on my own to further the creative aspect of Tupac’s music,” says Afeni. “I’m looking forward to working with Evergreen’s publishing and creative marketing teams to reach a more global market and to expand the opportunities for my son’s music.”
Some projects that are already in the works include a remix project for material from the All Eyez on Me and Makaveli LPs, a Tupac based Broadway play and a video game. Tupac Remembered, a book of interviews with political leaders, actors and rap artists about ‘Pac is also due out in 2008.
To date, Tupac’s catalog has sold 67 million records worldwide, with his posthumous releases exceeding sales of 20 million.
Snoop Dogg Hopes 'Entourage' Role Leads To A 'Wire' Hookup
The Dogg admitted he's a huge fan of the program but did have a hidden agenda for wanting to mix it up with Ari, Turtle and the gang.
"That's a great show," he explained. "I'm glad they had me do that. I love good TV. HBO is doing their thing with 'Entourage' and 'The Wire' and 'Sopranos.'
"They called me to be a part of ['Entourage'], I used that as leverage to try and be on 'The Wire,' " he continued with a smile. "You know how I get down. I'm trying to get in the system. I'm the type of person that if I love something, I'mma say it. If you an artist and you fly, I'mma tell you, 'Yo homie, I like what you do. You fly, you off the hook. Can I get with you?' That's how I was with 'Entourage,' that's how I am with 'The Wire.' They ain't call me yet. They just using my name in there."
Snoop Dogg is referring to Snoop from "The Wire" — the homicidally unabashed hit woman who goes by the same name and is played by Felicia Pearson. The Snoop born Calvin Broadus appears on "Entourage" in July. He plays himself.
MIKE TYSON DOCUMENTARY IN THE WORKS
Filmmaker James Toback first met Mike Tyson in 1985, when the boxer from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY was just 19 and on the verge of winning his first heavyweight title.
The director’s fascination with the former champ would increase throughout the years; Tyson was even granted bit parts in two of Toback’s films: "Black and White" (1999) and "When Will I Be Loved" (2004). Iron Mike will appear in yet another Toback project this year, but for the first time he’ll serve as the film’s main attraction.
“Tyson,” Toback’s forthcoming documentary about the ex-fighter, will use more than 30 hours of recently completed interviews with the former boxer and is expected to be completed in the fall, reports Daily Variety.
The film will chronicle every aspect of his rise and fall – including his marriage to actress Robin Givens, being knocked out by Buster Douglas, his prison stint for rape and biting off Evander Holyfield's ear in the ring. After Tyson emerged clean and sober following a recent rehab stint, he and Toback decided it was time to tell his story in full detail.
"The point is not to polish his image or make a cinematic apology, but rather to get a firsthand look at a very complex and epic story," Toback told Variety. "He was honest about all the things that have highlighted his life, from the bitter divorce, the ear-biting, prison, to his becoming a sex addict. He is self-aware, smart and a totally fractured personality, and he made himself completely vulnerable."
Tyson said he was "humbled and appreciate that Mr. Toback gave me an opportunity to be involved in this project. I will, to the best of my abilities, give a truthful account of myself."
Dr. Cornel West Preparing To Release Debut Album
Dr. Cornel West's upcoming album, "Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations," touches down at a time when renewed debate over hip-hop lyrics and video imaging is still swirling post-Don Imus.
Due in stores June 19, "Never Forget" will be the first release on Hidden Beach's new Hidden Beach Forum label. Tapping into R&B/hip-hop's historical role as a social force, the recording is the brainchild of Black Men Who Mean Business, an organization established by West, his brother Clifton and songwriter/producer Mike Dailey.
Prince, Talib Kweli, OutKast's Andre 3000, KRS-One, Rhymefest, the late Gerald Levert and Killer Mike are just some of the R&B/hip-hop artists featured on the disc who musically tackle such subjects as the events of Sept. 11, 2001, racial profiling, the Bush administration and the "N-word."
"It isn't a commentary on hip-hop. And I'm not coming in as a hip-hop scholar or critic," West tells Billboard. "This is an attempt to go back to hip-hop's prophetic roots, which are about truth-telling, exposing lies and having fun. It's what I call a danceable education or a singing paideia, the Greek word for deep education. If there is one person whose spirit I try to embody on this CD, it's Curtis Mayfield. His music is about love and freedom and really informs.
"This is a very political album that doesn't pull any punches," he continues. "There are critiques of the Bush administration as well as of unaccountable corporate power, unaccountable police power and homophobia. We're trying to get young people to wake up and recognize they're part of a great tradition of struggle, to become organized and fight for freedom and justice."
Although West says he is "unabashedly of the Motown, Philly Sound, Mayfield generation," he adds, "I've never met Lupe Fiasco, but I like that brother. Oh, lord, he's a free, young brother who honestly speaks his mind. That brother hits American terrorism, the American empire and still talks about his skateboard. I love that kind of freedom because, in the end, we've all got to be ourselves and that takes courage.
"Bushanomics," featuring Talib Kweli
"America," featuring Black Thought, Rah Digga, Iriz & Lucky Witherspoon
"Dear Mr. Man," featuring Prince
"N Word," featuring Tavis Smiley & Michael Eric Dyson
"Welcome to Chi," featuring Rhymefest, Neo-Abassy & Malik Yosef
"Mr. President," featuring KRS-One & M-1
"Keep It PI," featuring Killer Mike, Doey, Roc & Lucky Witherspoon
"Chronometrophobia," featuring Andre 3000
"Gonne Be Alright," featuring Dave Hollister & Chuckii Booker
"Matter Of," featuring Lenny Williams
"Soul Sista," featuring Daryl Moore
"The Man's Gonna Getcha," featuring Gerald Levert
The incident supposedly happened on Spring Street in Atlanta around 12 am. According to the young woman who was involved in the car wreck, it happened when she was going north and pulled into the left turning lane while Mase was beside her in the right hand lane. She says she was about to make a left onto North Ave when Mase tried to turn in front of her truck in an attempt to circle the block to pick up a transvestite.
The victim appeared on Atlanta's Ryan Cameron Morning Show, to tell what happened with the rapper turned preacher turned rapper again and the transvestites.
"The shims their running up to the car saying 'girl, girl we seen what happened we seen everything' it's like five or six of them because they working so they run up to the car saying 'girl are you ok he's been circling around here girl like four times already tryin to pick one of these queens up'."When asked by Cameron whether or not she would go back to Mason's church she emphatically replied "Never."
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50 Cent Producer Addresses Beat-Recycling Rumor, "I Never Worked with Jim Jones"
With 50 Cent's new single "Amusement Park" slowly bubbling, Chris Styles a.k.a. Dangerous LLC is looking to add another hit to his growing catalog.
The producer recently caught up with SOHH to address his forthcoming projects, as well as the rumors that say he gave Fif's beat to Jim Jones.
Rumors recently began to spread that Styles may have given the track for "Amusement Park" to Jim Jones last year before selling it to 50. Jones used the beat for "Your Majesty," a song off his Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama, while Fif recently used the same beat for Curtis' lead single, "Amusement Park." Meanwhile, Styles denies ever giving the track to Jones or Drama.
"I don't even know DJ Drama. I don't know none of these people. I know Jim, but I never gave him a beat CD directly. You know when you on top everybody come at you first," Styles said. "The beat was done for 50 and 50 had the record for a minute. It's only two people that got the Pro Tools session, me and 50's camp. Anybody else, I don't know nothing about that. Shit leaks all the time."
"Tell Jim to come buy a record from me," he continued. "I never worked with him, but I would love to do business with him. Come buy a record from me."
In the past, Fif has scoffed at cohorts who are friendly with his adversaries. But Styles, who has collaborated with Fif for "Window Shopper," "Disco Inferno" and "In My Hood," asserts he isn't likely to land in trouble.
"Anybody saying I'ma get in trouble over one record, come on! We got more hits to make," Styles remarked. "50 been looking out for me from day one. We got a dope working relationship. He always made sure any production I did for him was in the forefront. Me getting in trouble or anything like that, it's not gonna happen."
Aside from "Amusement Park," and other production on 50 Cent's upcoming Curtis, Styles is working on LL Cool J's next album and has his own artist, R&B singer Deemi readying for a fall release.
Foxy Fu*k Up
Police were called last week in Brooklyn after a young mother claimed Foxy Brown, in a silver Range Rover, almost ran her down along with her baby in a stroller.
But the rapper shouldn't even be behind the wheel: The DMV confirms her driver's license has been revoked for failing to respond to summonses.
The alleged incident occurred Wednesday evening at the intersection of Underhill Ave. and Prospect Place. The young woman, who requested anonymity, said Brown cut her off on a crosswalk.
"I jumped back, pulling the stroller, and yelled at the driver, 'You should watch where you're going!'" she said. "She cursed at me and proceeded to drive down Prospect Place.
"I called the police, but they said that they couldn't do anything because she didn't actually hit me."
Brown has a history of driving without a license and crashed her Range Rover off Flatbush Ave. in 2000. She's also on probation for attacking two Chelsea manicurists in 2004.
A message passed to Brown through her former publicist was not returned yesterday.
Russell Simmons Disses Barack Obama
Russell Simmons recently joined the chorus of detractors for Sen. Barack Obama.
Simmons, who recently made headlines defending Hip Hop after the Don Imus controversy called the 2008 Presidential candidate a “mouse.”
In an interview with Black Agenda Report, Simmons’ sounds off on Obama being a “controlled” politician and who he’s pulling for in the upcoming race for President.
“I wish [Obama] really did raise his money on the Internet, like he said. I wish he really did raise his money independently," Simmons says of the Illinois Senator.
When asked to elaborate, Simmons added, "I think about one-fourth of his campaign contributions came from small donations made over the Internet, even though he collected more than any other.
Democratic candidate from Wall Street people. So at the end of the day, he's controlled, too. That's my point. He's a mouse, too, like everybody else."
Simmons also revealed that he admires Democrat John Edwards.
"I talk to John Edwards more than I talk to anyone. He has said more things about the conditions we need to think about."
Producer Rick Rubin Leaves Warner Bros. For Columbia
Def Jam Records co-founder and super producer Rich Rubin has left his position at Warner Bros. for Columbia Records, where he will work alongside Chairman Steve Barnett in an executive partnership.
As a part of the partnership, devised by Sony Music President Rob Stringer, Rubin will bring his American Recordings imprint to the record company, which includes a roster that boasts acts such as Slayer and a catalog with recordings by Johnny Cash, The Black Crowes, Danzig and many others.
"Having the opportunity to work with Steve [Barnett] and Rob [Stringer] to help create what we hope will be the new model for the music business of the future is going to be a fun and exciting adventure," Rubin said in a statement. "And you have to give them a lot of credit for having the vision to enlist a music maker instead of a more traditional choice.
"Both Barnett and Stringer couldn't agree more, and look forward to working with their new partner."Rick is a fantastic producer, tremendous with artists and has total respect within the industry as an honest man and a creative genius," said Barnett of Rubin's move. "It is a great opportunity for me to have in Rick a true creative partner.
""With Steve and Rick running Columbia together, they possess every skill necessary to make the label an exciting and powerful musical force in this new era," added Stringer.44-year-old Rubin helped co-found Def Jam in 1982. Two years after starting the label, he teamed with Russell Simmons and the two produced records from artists such as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, The Beastie Boys and others.The music pioneer eventually left Def Jam, in 1988, and formed his own Def American, which he later shortened to American.
In addition to producing albums under the Columbia umbrella, Rubin will continue his producing for artists at other major labels, including artists signed to Warner Bros.
Kanye West "Graduates" This September
The Louis Vuitton Don is planning to re-emerge on the scene just as the summer comes to a close with his latest offering, Graduation.
Though Ye's camp has been extremely tight lipped about who will be in attendance at the Graduation, the CD is rumored to feature Coldplay's Chris Martin on the title track, as well as Late Registration collaborator Jon Brion.
A snippet for the DJ Toomp-assisted track "Can't Tell Me Nothing" recently leaked to the internet in which the Windy City MC rhymes,
"I had a dream I could buy my way to heaven / When I woke I spent that on a necklace / I told God I'd be back in a second / Man, it's so hard not to act reckless."
Besides readying his new album, West has also been busy lending his talents behind the boards to Common's latest set, Finding Forever. Like Com's first project on G.O.O.D., Ye will be producing a majority of the album.
West is also gearing up to perform several spot dates including performing alongside Akon, Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Rihanna and Ludacris at this year's Live Earth concert at New Jersey's Giants Stadium in July. The concert will promote action to combat global climate change.
The self-proclaimed college dropout will also make several over seas appearances including a July 2 show in Manchester, England and a performance at the U.K.'s V Festival on August 18 and 19.
AKON TALKS WHITNEY STRATEGY
In an interview conducted before his infamous Trinidad incident with an underage girl, Akon spoke to Billboard.com about the tracks he will write and produce for Whitney Houston’s anticipated comeback album.
"We haven't actually gone into the studio yet; right now I'm just coming up with a lot of different ideas and directions," the 34-year-old told the Web site. "I just think she needs to come with great songs. I think the music will overcome all the things she's been through."
"The voice is there; I don't think anyone could ever take that from her," he continued. "As long as we apply that voice to hit records, she'll be right back where she left off."
Akon hopes Houston’s vocals can draw extra emotion from the drama of her recent drug, legal and divorce issues – including rehab stints in 2004 and 2005, a legal dispute with her father, John Houston and the roller coaster divorce from (and now custody battle with) ex-husband Bobby Brown.
Akon says all of that will likely be reflected in the songs, "so people can get a better sense of what that was and the truth. Because it's coming from (Houston), it means a lot more. And then, of course, you just forget about all the trouble, all the negative stuff and just come with happy records, things that warm your heart -- where your life is now, the direction you want to go in."
Mike Jones Sets New Release Date For "The American Dream"; Gives Fans Email Address
Mike Jones’ sophomore album “The American Dream” will now be released on July 10, 2007 instead of the original date of May 8, 2007.
The hip hop marketing genius has also set up an “Ask Mike Jones” email address where fans can reach out to him directly with whatever questions or comments their hearts’ desire at AskMikeJones@gmail.com.
Jones promises to personally answer all of his fans’ emails.“Because I received so many calls on 281.330.8004 there were many times where my friends (fans) couldn’t get through. With the email address it will be much easier for me to communicate with them because I receive emails from that address on my BlackBerry that is always with me,” states Mike Jones.
Mike Jones is also set to release a hilarious set of skits to help set up the release of his new CD called “The American Hater,” where comedian Alex Thomas plays a rapper called Money $tack$ who has nothing but hate to spew on Mr. Jones.
In 2004 with the release of his debut CD, “Who Is Mike Jones?,” the Houston rapper changed the playing field in hip hop by using a new and innovative method of self-promotion that skyrocketed his debut to double platinum status. With his colleagues Slim Thug and Paul Wall on the hit single “Still Tippin’,” Jones was able to bring the culture of Houston to the lime light with its candy paint, slowed down beats and flashy grills.
“My 64,” featuring Snoop Dogg, the current single from “The American Dream,” was one of the most added singles at radio the week of its add week and is growing at a steady pace.
The video for “My 64″ is a tribute to Eazy-E and features his son, Lil’ Eazy-E along with Snoop, in the clip.Check out Mike Jones as he premieres his new video for “My 64″ on May 18th on BET “106 and Park.”
He also has an appearance on MTV’s “Sucker Free” on May 16th and will perform on “My Super Sweet Sixteen"
Prince Sells 140,000 Tickets In 20 Minutes
140,000 tickets for Prince's recently-announced London residency sold out in a matter of 20 minutes, prompting promoters to add another six shows to the planned 21-date stint.
His Purpleness announced the concerts last week, saying they would be his last before he took a sabbatical to further study the Bible.
He also said it would be the final time he would perform back-catalog hits like "When Doves Cry" in the UK, spurring fans into a ticket-purchasing flurry that crashed the sales website.
In a prequel to the British run, last week Prince performed one of his legendary secret concerts for 1500 London fans, during which he played "U Got the Look," "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Let's Go Crazy," along with covers by Gnarls Barkley ("Crazy") and Amy Winehouse ("Love is a Losing Game"). He reportedly returned for two encores, quipping, "So many hits, so little time!"
FOX PUTS FOOT DOWN ON ‘O.J. SIMPSONS’
Not everyone finds funny a new Internet parody of Fox’s long-running animated series “The Simpsons” with O.J. Simpson in the starring role.
Lawyers for 20th Century Fox have sent letters to video hub Broadcaster.com requesting that they remove "The O.J. Simpsons," three animated clips that reimagine the Fox series starring the former football star. Broadcaster Inc. is reviewing Fox’s demand but noted Friday that fair-use doctrine protects parodies.
"We respect the rights of content owners," Broadcaster CEO Martin Wade III said. "We are examining all the issues raised by the Fox request. Our goal is to be a respecter of content rights and at the same time find legal ways to bring our community members the content they enjoy."
The three "O.J. Simpsons" clips are titled "Black and White Christmas," "Warzone" and "If I Did It," which directly references Fox and its decision to withdraw publication of O.J.’s proposed book about the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ron Goldman.
will.i.am Launching Premium Denim Line
Rapper and producer will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas is teaming up with Blue Holdings, Inc., the manufacturer and distributor of Antik Denim, to create his own line of premium denim jeans.
The line, which will be called “i.am.Antik,” will be a collaborative effort between the artist and the high-end denim line and is set to launch in August of 2007. Prior to joining the Black Eyed Peas, will attended the Fashion Institute of Design in Los Angeles, and he has styled and designed clothing for his fellow group members in the past. “I fuse genres of music and I will fuse eras and styles of fashion,” will remarked about his plans for the line.
“I want to launch and market the clothes in a way that has never been done, combining music and fashion. I want to design the line and score it the way a composer scores a film and tour the collection like a band will tour an album. I want to make a fresh stylistic collection that everyone wants but limited and special to keep them looking for more.” Read more here
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