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50 Cent may good reason to brag on his new single "Straight to the Bank."
Glacéau, makers of vitaminwater, was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company today (May 25) for $4.1 billion dollars.
50 Cent invested in Glacéau in 2004 and owns 10% of the company.
Sources say that Coca-Cola's cash purchase of Glacéau earned the rapper an estimated $400 million dollars.
Glacéau markets and sells popular energy drinks named vitaminwater.
The company markets and distributes a grape flavored energy drink inspired by 50 Cent named "Formula 50."
"This is an outstanding opportunity for both of our companies to build an expanded active lifestyle business, first in the United States and then around the world," said Muhtar Kent, president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Company. "Glacéau and its brands also provide us with highly attractive longer-term international opportunities. We look forward to discussing with glacéau's distributors and our bottling partners the best operating model for glacéau's routes-to-market."
The company will operate as separate business unit within Coca-Cola North America (CCNA), allowing the company to continue to grow and marketplace, while taking advantage of Coca-Cola's marketing, management and distribution resources globally.
"It's a perfect match connecting the hottest active lifestyle brand with the full resources of the world's best beverage company," said J. Darius Bikoff, Glacéau founder and chief executive officer. "To best understand today's announcement, you really need to go out, buy a bottle of vitaminwater and try it for yourself to see how well it works."
Glacéau's top three executives are the aforementioned Bickoff, Mike Repole and Mike Venuti.
Each one will remain with the company for a minimum of three years and other key management will remain with the company.
The transaction is expected to close in 2007 and is subject to customary regulatory review.
50 Cent's latest album Curtis is slated to hit stores Sept. 4.
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50 Cent Album Pushed Back Until September
50 Cent announced today that the release date for Curtis has been pushed back from June, until September.
"I'm an international artist," 50 Cent said. "My fans worldwide deserve to receive my album at the same time as my fans here in the US. Taking that into consideration moving the album to September was a necessary course of action."
The new release date for 50 Cent's G-Unit/Aftermath/Interscope album Curtis has been changed from June 26 to Sept. 4.
In related news, 50 Cent will host an entire week of BET's long running city video show, Rap City.
50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, will host Rap City from May 29-June 2 each day at 5:00 pm.
The rapper is hosting Rap City to promote Curtis, which is his third major label release.
During his guest hosting stint, 50 Cent will be joined by G-Unit member Tony Yayo, rap legends KRS-One and Marley Marl and Jeff Johnson.
Peedi Crack Speaks Freely, Jim Jones "Can't Rap," Papoose "Is Trash" & Yung Joc "Is Wack As Sh*t"
In a recent interview, State Property member Peedi Crack took shots at Yung Joc, Jibbs and New York mixtape standout, Papoose.
During the Q&A, the Philly bred rapper also addressed Jim Jones' rapping ability and business saavy while also applauding the South's dominance of the industry.
"They are working it and they doing it independently. Them ni**as don't wait on the label to do nothing. Them ni**as been through it all. Do you know how hard it's been for down South to get into the game? That's why I ain't mad at them. They deserve this time, they deserve the shine, let them air it out."
"I always liked Trick Daddy and ni**as like that. I like South ni**as. I ain't gon' say down South is corny, just the mainstream ni**as," he continued, "the ones that try to make them radio joints. Like f**king Yung Joc, he's wack as sh*t! Jibbs, that ni**a wack. Jibbs is horrible"
One of Peedi's associates would interrupt his rant saying Jibbs "is only sixteen" but the Philly rapper would still cling to his opinion.
"So what? He's wack!" stressed Peedi. "He could be nine, that ni**a wack. You know who else is corny for the record? Papoose is horrible, I don't give a f**k what anybody talk about. Papoose is trash."
"Pap, you garbage," Peedi added, pointing to the camera. "Ain't no disrespect to you dog but it's business. Shout out to Kay Slay, I know he's your old head. I f**k with Kay Slay. They be beefing this ni**a like he's that ni**a. That ni**a is horrible, my son rap better than you."
"My son's five years old , he'll murk you" he continued. "I don't know why Jadakiss did a song with that ni**a , Kiss you trippin'"
Surprisingly, Peedi who dissed Jim Jones and Julez Santana late last year, supported the Dipset Capo's business skills despite criticizing his lyrical ability.
"Jim can't rap but he's one helluva business man," said Peedi. "Jim used to rap better back in the day. I heard some old s**t back when Jim was with Cam'ron and Cam was fat as s**t. Jim was murking that s**t . Now he don't be murking that s**t, he be making some whatever s**t. He making that cake so I ain't mad at him. Helluva business man, straight up".
According to Peedi, his debut album will be dropping this summer via Rocafella/Def Jam.
Foxy Brown Talks "Black Roses"
It's been six years since she's dropped an album, but with the release of a new album and mixtape on the horizon, rapper Foxy Brown is primed for a comeback. The as-yet-untitled mixtape will hit the streets in June, followed Sept. 6 by the album "Black Roses," which will be released on Brown's new label of the same name.
"No disrespect to anyone, but gear up baby, because when I come, it's over," Brown tells Billboard.com in an exclusive interview. "This album is going to be a lyrical testimony of everything I've gone through and survived the last couple of years. It's just incredible."
Though Brown declined to reveal details, she did disclose she plans on collaborating with Jay-Z, Spragga Benz, Baby Cham and a few other unexpected acts. "I'm a huge fan of Amy Winehouse and Bjork," she confesses about two of the people she hopes to work with for the project.
According to Brown, who recently recovered from hearing loss and has been in and out of court following a dispute with a nail salon worker for the past year, "Black Roses," named after a Barrington Levy song by the same name, is a testament to the hardships she's faced in the music industry.
"I feel like I've had to fight that much harder than [Lil'] Kim and Lauryn [Hill] and Missy [Elliott]. But God took away my hearing for a reason -- to trip me down and build me back up and come back into this business right," Brown says.
"Barrington told me he was inspired to write 'Black Roses' when he went to Africa and there, in a garden, amongst a thousand beautiful flowers, he saw one black rose that was withered and broken, and how tourists would fly in from all over the world to take pictures of it," she continues. "I have to save some lives, and that's what 'Black Roses' is officially for. That's why the title is so perfect."
In addition, Brown recently inked a management deal with Black Hand Entertainment and plans on signing a few West Indian acts to her new label.
Lil' Flip Working On New Reality Show 'The American Rapper'
Shortly after the release of his latest effort I Need Mine, Houston rapper Lil' Flip is taking his chances in the reality TV world with his show The American Rapper.
The American Rapper will follow contestants as Lil' Flip teaches them the tricks of the trade including essentials like interviewing and networking skills.
"A lot of these reality shows is kind of a mockery of Hip-Hop," Lil' Flip told AHH. "With my show I'm gonna try to find a rapper, they get a two album deal, a chain and money. I'm teaching 'em media training. How to handle interviews, what not to say and do. How to talk to people and network, how to run commercial spots, how to construct a song, attitudes."
In the end, Lil' Flip will decide which contestant will be crowned as the American rapper.
"People think nowadays that if you're the greatest rapper then you're going to be famous," Lil' Flip told AHH. "You could be the greatest rapper, but have a s***ty attitude, and don't nobody wanna f**k with you. So I'm going to 10 states, New York, Chicago, Vegas, Houston, Dallas and a few other places. I'm gonna find the best people, then eliminate and chop them in half. It's gonna pretty cool."
Lil' Flip's latest album I Need Mine was released March of this year and reached #14 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
DJ Jazzy Jeff &The Fresh Prince To Record New Album In November
The rumors have been running rampant, but DJ Jazzy Jeff has now confirmed that he and Will Smith AKA The Fresh Prince will re-connect this November to begin recording a new album.
"We've been asked so many times by fans but now Will really wants to do it. We talk about it all the time but recently he came up to me and said he was very serious about it and wants to do something very soon...we're aiming for November."
The twosome first hit the scene in 1985 with Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble and since then have gone on to sell over 10 million records worldwide.
The dynamic duo have also won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards, as well as an MTV Music Award.
IT’S NOW OFFICIAL – ANIKA NONI ROSE CROWNED ‘PRINCESS’
Last month, actress Anika Noni Rose was hesitant to break out the champagne and start toasting premature news of her casting in Walt Disney’s upcoming animated musical, “The Frog Princess,” as it was then called.
Well now, it’s official. The studio has announced that Rose, who starred opposite Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls," will voice the lead character of Princess Tiana in Disney’s "The Princess and the Frog," as it is called now.
Criticism is already surrounding the project, Disney’s first animated feature with a black princess. Tiana’s name was originally Maddy, but the suits at Disney reportedly changed it after receiving complaints that Maddy sounded too much like a slave name.
There have also been gripes about the description of Tiana being a chambermaid, and that her love interest is a European prince.
Set in the fabled French Quarter of New Orleans during the 1920s, "The Princess and the Frog" is slated for a holiday 2009 release nationwide. Rose, meanwhile, will be seen next week opposite Debra Messing and Joe Mantagna in USA Network's miniseries "The Starter Wife." Rose also co-stars with Danny DeVito in the comedy "One Part Sugar."
N.O.R.E. To Release New Album Independently;
When most people think of N.O.R.E., the word "pioneer" might not come to mind. But the Queens, New York, rapper was one of the first artists to work with both Swizz Beatz and the Neptunes before the producers reached multiplatinum success.
And now, with his forthcoming album, Global Warming 11368, due in late summer, you can add another first to N.O.R.E.'s list.
"I think I got the first T-Pain record without him using the voice-box thing," he said, laughing. "The dude can actually sing without it. That's his trademark, so I guess he's sticking with it. But I didn't care what he gave me. I was a big T-Pain fan before he blew up, so I was just excited, and he did it in such a prompt time. He got it right back to me. He's just a real person. He said he wanted to work with me, I said I wanted to work with you. So I referenced the hook [for him], and he sent it right back to me. He really kept it real. So big up to him for that."
N.O.R.E. is going to need plenty of favors like that to make his album a success. Global Warming 11368 is his first project since parting ways with Def Jam earlier this year to go independent. The album title is a reference to his pursuit of worldly sounds through reggaetón (Global Warming) and his attempt to remember his grittier roots (11368 is his native LeFrak City, Queens, zip code).
N.O.R.E. has recruited old friends Swizz and Pharrell, along with Bun B, Kurupt, Jadakiss and Scott Storch, who produced the T-Pain collabo "I Want (a Girlfriend)."
Although N.O.R.E. is set on putting out the album himself, he said he's been surprised by the tabloid-like rumor mill surrounding possible future label homes.
"It's crazy," he said. "I know that people know I'm a free agent, but when they see me with T.I. — I was just kicking it with him on the 'Make It Rain' video set — the next day it says [on the Internet], 'He's with Grand Hustle!' It's powerful, man."
For now, though, N.O.R.E. said that the rumors of him signing anywhere — Grand Hustle, the Inc., etc. — are all false.
"Maybe the rumors will help us talk about it later," he said, laughing. "But I want to do it on my own. I really want to take a chance. I'mma go out there and bug out. If I fall on my face, I don't got anyone to blame but me. If I get up and get next to God [it's so good], like he's in 15A and I'll be on 14B, then I can take credit for that. I'm only 29, but I feel like I'm too old in this game to be a person to complain about record labels. So I'mma go out there and get mine."
Memphis Rapper, Tela, Wanted for Unpaid Child Support
Rapper Tela, a Memphis native, is wanted in his hometown for some $128,000 in unpaid child support.
According to a report from Memphis’ Eyewitness News, Tela—whose real name is Winston Rogers—has failed to pay support in over five years. The warrant was issued after he failed to appear in Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court to explain the reason for the lapse.
“We’ve been looking pretty much everywhere trying to identify where he is or where he might be,” says Mitch Morgan, Child Support Director of the Memphis & Shelby County Juvenile Court. “Even to the extent where we thought he was going be here doing a concert in Memphis.” Tela’s attorney, Arthur Horn, attributes his client’s failure to pay to a lack of income over the last five years due to a dispute with his record label.
According to Horn, the issue has now been resolved and Rogers plans to return to Memphis soon and “clear up the mess.”
According to Dekalb County police Jeezy, whose real name is Jay Jenkins, was arrested at Stroker's nightclub in Atlanta at 3:31 a.m. this morning. After being charged with disorderly conduct, Jeezy's bail was set at $280 and he has since been released, Dekalb County Spokesperson Officer Mickey Jones told reporters.
While details surrounding the incident remain unclear, reports have circulated that members of Jeezy's entourage caused a disturbance while trying to pass security in order to enter Stroker's. After Jeezy stepped in to calm the situation he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
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Pras Shuts Down Fugees Reunion
In a recent interview with SOHH, former Fugees member Pras shut down any hope of reuniting with Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean for another album with the 90s super group.
Just a year ago, The Fugees appeared poised to drop an album in time for the 10-year anniversary of their classic CD, 1996's The Score. The trio even released a single, "Take It Eazy" in late 2005, but the LP doesn't seem so likely now. [Watch Pras Interview]
"Straight dead," Pras said when asked of the status of The Fugees' reunion album. "You know, unfortunately Miss Hill, she got some things she needs to deal with. I wish her the best, but life goes on."
Pras is once again focusing on his solo career and is presently working on his third solo album. Though he's tight-lipped regarding the project, he offers that it will drop on Sony BMG this fall. In addition to music, he also has several films on the table.
"You know I'm doing movies hard, man. I'm doing a bunch of different movies," Pras revealed. "Actually I gotta shoot a movie after I finish my album with my man Josh Lucas, Tim Roth, doing another movie with Warren Beatty. So we're just making it happen, man."
Miri Ben-Ari Injured In Car Accident
Hip-Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari was injured in a serious car accident today (May 23) and was sent to the hospital minor head injuries.
Sources told reporters that the Grammy Award winning violinist's Mercedes C Class 550 was hit by a UPS truck from behind today (May 23) around 3:15 pm.
Ben-Ari struck her her head on the dashboard and was thrown against her seatbelt.
Doctors ordered Ben-Ari to rest for 48 hours.
Ben-Ari has recorded with rappers like Twista, Kanye West and others.
Miri Ben-Ari's latest most recent album The Hip-Hop Violinist was released in 2005.
‘NIGHT’ FALLS ON CED THE ENTERTAINER
Cedric the Entertainer is stepping up his Hollywood game to tackle a serious role in “Night Watch,” a cop drama to be directed and co-written by “Training Day” scribe, David Ayer.
Keanu Reeves stars in the film as a veteran LAPD cop who begins drinking after the death of his wife. Things get worse when he is framed by his former mentor, played by Forest Whitaker, in the murder of a fellow officer.
Cedric tells Blackfilm: "I play an informant named Scribbles. There are all these corrupt cops and they getting information from this modern day "Huggy Bear," but it's not comedic. I'm a street guy and I'm on some drugs a little bit. The director said that this would be a great serious role for me."
Also starring in “Night Watch” are rapper Common, “Everybody Hates Chris” star Terry Crews and “Pirates of the Carribean” actress Naomie Harris. The film is due in theaters next year.
CIARA FRUSTRATED WITH SINGLES SCENE
R&B songstress Ciara says it’s hard out here for a single gal looking for a long term relationship.
"It's definitely tough at times," the 21-year-old tells People. "I'm now past my year mark of being single, and I've got to say I'm a big fan of love. Being in a relationship is one of the most beautiful things, and I'm looking forward to being in a relationship."
Ciara famously dated rapper Bow Wow for a year before they broke up in April 2006. Despite her single girl woes, the entertainer says she’s taking her time to find a bonafide keeper.
"I'm also at a place where I want to be patient and do it right," she says. "I'm one of those girls that when I date, I date to marry, so I like to take my time and really get to know a person. I do meet people and run across people, but it's all about building a friendship."
Her wish list when it comes to a potential mate? "I look for someone who is down to earth, has a great personality and is respectful – someone who just loves to have fun and has goals," she says.
As previously reported, Ciara will make her film debut in the big screen adaptation of the off-Broadway musical "Mama, I Want to Sing!," which begins filming next month.
Lil' Wayne Inks Deal With Straight Up Brands Liquor
Lil' Wayne has signed a deal to develop a new Wayne branded alcoholic beverage with the assistance of Straight Up Brands liquor.
Lil' Wayne will assist in the development of the liquor and will play a big role in the marketing and branding of the product.
Straight Up Brands acquired Diplomats backed Sizzurp liquor via its acquisition of Rappin' Brands earlier this year. The company also currently has deals with Foxy Brown, Lil' Flip (Lucky Nites) and DJ Clue (Storm Vodka).
Xzibit has inked a deal with Australian record label Illusive. The rapper will release his album Full Circle in the country independently, according to The Herald Sun.
"I am in total control of every aspect of my career," said Xzibit, who is currently in talks to host a new season of the hit MTV series, Pimp My Ride. "Even though the popularity of my film and television career have taken off, it doesn't mean I have to make music to appeal to that audience." According to Xzibit, the new album features production by legendary Bomb Squad producer, Keith Shocklee. "I've worked with Dre and Timbaland. I've worked with a lot of different producers, but there is a special place in my heart for the Bomb Squad," Xzibit said.
The rapper is scheduled to perform at the Metro in Melbourne, Australia on June 29.
Jay-Z, Omarion, 50 Cent and More Join Forces On "The Simpsons Movie" Soundtrack
A Hip-Hop and R&B heavy guestlist, with a touch of Rock, make up the soundtrack for the much anticipated "The Simpsons Movie" set to hit theatres worldwide July 27th.
U Can't Shine Like Me- Lil' Romeo
If You Let Me Go - Jay-Z featuring Omarion
So Emotional - 1 Chance
High Away from You - Lifehouse
I Don't Wanna Understand - Jennifer Lopez featuring Three 6 Mafia
I Believe You - Lyfe Jennings
The Way You Roll With Me - T.I.
Dancing Machine - Maroon 5 featuring Lil' Flip
Simpson - Beanie Sigel featuring Jazze Pha
Since You Get Off The Computer - Fall Out Boy
Back Again - Kai featuring Akon
I Will Kill You - Panic! at the Disco
You Gave My Heart - Keyshia Cole featuring Ludacris
The World Is Yours - N.W.A.
In the Rain - Young Jeezy featuring Lil' Wayne
Lockdown - Joe Budden featuring The Game and Mike Jones
Roll Tide - Ja Rule featuring Lloyd and Nelly
I'm Your Mama - Chris Brown featuring Nas
Go to Bed - David Banner
I Don't Wanna Your Stupid Of Me - Ben Folds
Get Off The Porch - Obie Trice featuring 50 Cent and Eminem
Tank Is Back, Ne-Yo "Makes Things Better," Bone Thugs Show Their "Strength"
In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Tank comes back with a vengeance, Ne-Yo continues his quest for R&B's top spot and Bone Thugs lose some ground.
Debuting at No. 2 this week is R&B crooner Tank, who, after a short hiatus, returns with his latest offering Sex, Love and Pain. On the heels of the success of the record's first single "Please Don't Go," the muscle-bound singer moved 103,100 copies of his new release.
Close behind but slipping three spots from last week to No. 7 is singer/songwriter Ne-Yo with Because Of You. Still riding the wave the album's title track, Ne-Yo pushed 54,700 more CDs to bring him to a total of 395,400 records sold.
Just barely staying in the Top 10 is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony with their seventh album, Strength and Loyalty. Tumbling seven spots and landing at No. 9 the Cleveland trio hustled an extra 52,700 discs to round out their total sales at 172,300 units moved.
Coming in at No. 12 is the newly wed Amy Winehouse who got a 7% sales increase from last week as a wedding gift. Her set Back to Black sold an additional 38,100 records to bring her numbers to 404,600 albums sold overall.
At No. 14 and 15 are Bobby Valentino and Akon, respectively. After entering the charts last week at No. 3, Bobby V dropped eleven places this week, with his Special Occasion shifting another 33,500 copies across registers to balance his total sales at 125,500 records scanned. Already reaching double-platinum status, Akon's Konvicted continues to rake in the sales, with another 32,400 copies finding their way into fans' hands. The set has now sold 2,345,000 discs.
Fergie's The Dutchess is still making waves on the charts in its quest for the double-platinum status, settling into the No. 18 position this week. Pushing another 25,900 long-players, her solo set has managed to move a total of 1,899,900 copies.
Blue-eyed soul champion Robin Thicke is continuing his steady stride on the charts, coming in at No. 21 with The Evolution Of Robin Thicke. Peddling 25,300 more copies of his version of mood music and recently conquering the platinum plateau, The Evolution's numbers round at 1,102,100 albums moved overall.
At No. 24 this week is Justin Timberlake with his FutureSex/LoveSounds. Still bringing sexy back, the album popped off 23,200 more units to bring it's grand total to 3,251,000 records sold.
Beyonce's B-Day celebration is still going on with 21,200 additional party favors handed out this week. At No. 27 on the charts, the album's total reads 2,688,700 units pushed.
Virginia beat-king Timbaland found a home at No. 33 this week with his CD Shock Value. Taking a slight 5% dip, Timbo still got off 17,900 copies, with the grand total coming in at 328,200 albums sold.
Dropping five spots this week is Joe who comes to a stop at No. 39. Shoveling off 16,600 discs of Ain't Nothing Like Me, the crooner's LP has raked in a total of 168,900 records. Corrine Bailey Rae's self titled album pushes 16,500 more copies, rounding out at 1,509,600 and landing at no.41. Following is Philly singer Musiq Soulchild at No. 42. After 16,400 copies of Luvanmusiq left shelves for the week, the record's total sales come in at 379,400 copies.
Joss Stone's Introducing Joss Stone finds itself at the No. 43 spot, moving 15,900 records this week and 368,600 total units. With some help from his single "Get It Shawty," Lloyd' s Street Love put 14,300 more copies on the street and lands at No. 48. The album has moved 385,100 units so far.
G-Unit's Young Buck claims the No. 57 spot with his Buck The World dropping five more places this week. The record moved an additional 11,400 pieces this week to bring the album's numbers to 312,200 copies scanned. Close behind is Paul Wall's Get Money Stay True, coming in at No. 60. Slinging 11,000 copies, the discs weighs in at 214,600 records pushed.
MIMS and Young Jeezy, holding down No. 73 and 76 respectively, are separated by only 200 disc-buying fans. MIMS' Music Is My Savior brought in 9,400 barcode scans to push the album to 207,200 total sales, while the Snowman's Inspiration: Thug Motivation says goodbye to 9,200 more inspirational tools, bringing it's total to 1,062,700 units sold.
Rounding out the rest is DukeDaGod at No. 87, Fantasia at No. 91, Ciara at No. 92 and Rich Boy bringing up the rear at No. 96. DukeDaGod's More Than Music Vol. 2 sold 8,200, bringing it to 31,600 total. "The Color Purple's" Fantasia moved 7,900 more units of her self-titled CD, bringing her grand total to 380,500 records sold. Ciara's Evolution squeeked out 7,800 more units, bringing it to 1,159,700 CD's moved and Rich Boy's self-titled debut managed to shell out 7,500 more discs, taking it to 296,800 total scanned.
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The wide receiver, who also expected to receive an offer from the Oakland Raiders, is expected to announce his decision at a Wednesday afternoon news conference at his alma mater of USC, his agent, Jerome Stanley, told ESPN.com's John Clayton.
Johnson will pursue a broadcasting career with ESPN.
"Following Keyshawn's retirement announcement we plan an announcement on his joining ESPN," the network said Wednesday.
"The timing of it was just right," Stanley said of Johnson's decision. "There were a couple of slots open in broadcasting. He was either going to retire this year or next year, but the timing just turned out to be right now."
Johnson, who turns 35 in July, was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this month after the Panthers drafted Southern California wideout Dwayne Jarrett. He had 70 catches for 815 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina in 2006.
Johnson, the No. 1 pick in the 1996 NFL draft, has started 162 of 167 games in his 11 NFL seasons that spans stints with Carolina, Dallas, Tampa Bay and the New York Jets. He retires with 814 career receptions for 10,571 yards and has 64 touchdowns.
He worked as an analyst on ESPN's televised coverage of the the NFL draft last month.
Johnson had visited the Titans on Friday and met with coaches and watched film. Titans coach Jeff Fisher, who became friends with Johnson while he played at USC and Johnson was a ball boy, said Monday he thought Johnson's numbers and production spoke for themselves.
"He still played at a high-level last year. He takes very good care of himself," Fisher said. "He hasn't had any injuries per se. Anytime you get a chance to bring an experienced veteran in to add to your roster then it's a good thing."
But Johnson decided to leave the field for the broadcast booth -- though he was coy about his plans.
"Out of respect for the announcement I plan to make, I just want to wait until the press conference for everyone to find out," Johnson told The Associated Press. "If there's a lot of rumors and stuff out there, that's fun."
Jay-Z and Damon Dash have been hit with a $15 million dollar lawsuit by a Philadelphia man, who claims that Roc-A-Fella stole the concept of the hit movie State Property from his novel.
Antonne Jones filed the lawsuit earlier this month in Manhattan Federal Court, alleging that State Property was based upon his novel The Family: A Philadelphia Mob Story, which centers around "four men seeking 'ghetto glory' - money, power and fame."
Jones claims he met with the pair in 1998 and wanted $500,000 for the rights to the movie.
The lawsuit says Jones rejected a $50,000 offer from Jay-Z and Damon Dash and never heard from them again.
State Property was released in 2002 and starred Beanie Sigel and his State Property rap collective as the "ABM," a group that attempts to corner Philadelphia's drug trade.
In addition to Jay-Z and Damon Dash, the film's distributor Lions Gate is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
In related news, a former waitress at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club has sued the rapper in Manhattan Federal Court, alleging that the popular nightspot refuses to pay employees the legally required amounts for work performed.
According to The New York Post, Celese Williams claims the club keeps a cut of workers tips and doesn't pay the legal minimum wage rate for working or for overtime.
According to management for the 40/40 Club, Williams only worked at the club for four days in Dec. of 2005 and the allegations are false.
Despite Williams' short length of employment, her attorney Maimon Kirschenbaum claimed that these types violations were rampant throughout out other New York City restaurants as well.
Foxy Brown Ordered To Take DNA Test In FL Spitting Incident
Foxy Brown must submit a DNA sample to Broward County prosecutors, in an attempt to determine if she spit on the owner of a Pembroke Pines, FL beauty supply store.
Brown was arrested and charged with battery, when she became embroiled in a dispute with the owner of the Queen Beauty Supply store on Feb. 15.
The rapper was sampling hair products in the bathroom of the shop when the owner ordered her to leave because the store was closing.
Brown allegedly became irate, threw hair glue at the man and allegedly spit on him during the fracas.
An officer found Brown in the shopping center, but when he attempted to bring her back to the Queen Beauty Supply store, Brown allegedly resisted, forcing the officer to "use a takedown maneuver to gain control" of Brown.
Brown, born Inga Marchand, was charged with battery and obstruction of justice. She was released after posting $1,500 bond.
Brown turned down a plea deal on May 18 and will stand trial on Sept. 24.
If convicted of the charges, she faces up to a year in prison.
Brown held a press conference at Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn shortly after her arrest and proclaimed her innocence.
"The only crime I am guilty of committing is being a young black female celebrity in Broward County," Brown said. "I am the victim of an overzealous police department who engaged in police brutality and a money hungry store owner whose motives are for me to pay his mortgage on his house and his children's tuition."
Diamond of Crime Mob Arrested In Stabbing Incident
Diamond of the rap group Crime Mob was arrested on aggravated assault charges stemming from a May 15th stabbing incident on board the group's tour bus.
According to a source close to Diamond, the rapper and another woman aboard the tour bus were arguing over a man when another female on the bus (alleged to be a friend of Diamond's) intervened and slashed the woman's face with a sharp object, possibly a knife.
Police were called to the scene but no search of the bus was conducted for weapons. Diamond had apparently left the scene before police arrived. The source insists Diamond is a victim of mistaken identity.
According to Dekalb county records, a Brittany Nicole Carpentero, 19, alias "Diamond" was arrested on May 20th (Diamond's birthday) and booked into the Dekalb county jail. She was released on $20,000 bond early morning May 22nd.
Crime Mob is best known for their 2004 breakout hit single "Knuck If You Buck". The group recently released a mixtape "Mob Sh*t" hosted by DJ Scream. One of the tracks is titled "Beat Yo Face Up". Their current single is "Rock Yo Hips" from their latest album, 'Hated On Mostly', in stores now.
Eve Pleads Not Guilty To Drunk Driving Charge
TMZ.com has learned that Eve has pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence during her infamous Maserati crash on Hollywood Blvd. last month.
An attorney for Eve entered the plea for the superstar, who was not present in the Los Angeles courtroom -- the same courtroom where Paris Hilton was sentenced o 45 days in jail.
As previously reported, Eve was handcuffed and arrested on April 26, after cops say she crashed her gold Maserati into a center divider around 2:45 a.m. Police sources told TMZ.com that Eve's blood alcohol level was "double the legal limit".
Eve is due back in court on June 28.
OPRAH ‘UPSET’ OVER DAD’S PLANNED BOOK
Oprah Winfrey said she was blindsided recently when one of her staffers approached her with news about her father’s latest project.
She explained to New York Daily News columnists Rush & Malloy: "One of my assistants said, 'The Daily News is calling. They say they heard your father is writing a book about you.' I said, 'That's impossible. I can assure them it's not true.'
"But then my sister said, 'I think you should call your father.' I called him and it turned out he is writing a book. The worst part of it was him saying, 'I meant to tell you I've been working on it.'?"
Vernon Winfrey – who took in his 14-year-old, pregnant daughter after her mother in Milwaukee grew frustrated with her bad behavior – is indeed “working on” a book tentatively titled, “Things Unspoken,” reports Rush & Malloy.
The elder Winfrey has been quoted as saying he should have been tougher on teen Oprah, because she was "out of hand and an unruly child."
Upon hearing news of the book, Oprah told the columnists: "I was upset. I won't say 'devastated,' but I was stunned. The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey. The last person."
The talk show host has always given Mr. Winfrey full credit for straightening her behind out and teaching her the importance of education.
"I have a good relationship with him," Oprah said Sunday, when she received the Elie Wiesel Foundation Humanitarian Award in New York. Though she hasn't seen her father since he tagged along on her trip to Africa a few months ago, she added, "We talk, we talk, we talk."
That's why "I would have preferred to have known my father was working on this. It would have been a nice gesture, a courtesy," she said.
Benzino Thinks Big, "If Me & Eminem Got Together, It Would Be Big for Society"
Benzino may not have been willing to speak with SOHH just six months ago, but after going through two draining trials, Zino swears he's done with the controversy. In fact, he says drama is just petty to him these days.
"I don't got no beef with nobody," he said. "I just wanna do music. I just wanna keep moving forward."
You've read right. Zino says he doesn't have beef with anyone, even his longtime nemesis Eminem.
"I think if me and Eminem ever got together, it would not only be big for hip-hop, it would just be big for society," Benzino said. "Hip-Hop is a bridge to white and black races. I think there's still a lot of youth out here confused about race in America and with him being as influential as he is, as far as who he represents and vice versa, I think it would do good for a lot of kids."
"I think we've made a lot of strides as far as race relations in America," he continued, "but I think we have a long way to go and I think he can be a very important voice to make that happen. If it was to ever happen, I'd be with it."
As previously reported, while Zino was acquitted of sexual harassment and gender discrimination during The Source trial this past October, he was found guilty of defamation. The plaintiff former Editor-In-Chief, Kim Osorio, was awarded $4 million for retaliation and $3.5 million for defamation to be paid by Zino.
He's presently appealing the verdict. And despite the judges ruling, Zino says he has yet to pay.
"Kim hasn't received a dollar yet," he said. "I was reading somewhere when the trial was over where she said she was getting $15 million," he offered. "But that's so far of a lie that you can't even believe it."
During the trial, rumors spread that Zino was intimidating opposing attorneys. Yet, in perhaps an even more eye-opening gesture, the rapper wore t-shirts and hoodies throughout the trial.
"I felt that the jury should see me for who I am, especially in this incident," he explained. "It was just a situation where I felt like this trial was totally ridiculous in the first place. I mean, she's suing us for gender discrimination when she's making more than any woman out there. It's just ridiculous that she was making over $150 thousand a year, that I'm the one who actually gave her the job in the first place. To this day, to me, the charges were ridiculous. It was no disrespect to the court, I just felt like I'm gonna be who I am. I'm gonna dress the way I dress. This is hip-hop."
"Don't get me wrong. When I was in Boston [during my Federal Tax trial] I did wear a suit. I felt that them people up there, being in Massachusetts, an all white jury, I felt like they might not understand that," he continued. "But in New York, in this type of trial, I felt that it was a different type of environment. If I felt that it was gonna hurt me, I would have put on a suit."
Tyrese, Ginuwine And Tank Form R & B Group
Together Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank have released an impressive 13 albums and continue to release chart-topping singles.
"With all the support our fans have given us individually over the years for our distinct signature styles, collectively we felt our fans deserved to hear great music in a way that they could never have imagined," Tyrese aka Black Ty said. "I've known these guys for years and they truly are like brothers, so it only felt right to come together as a trio to make history"
Ginuwine labeled the new group "a dream come true" and said the group will reshape R&B music.
"Basically the world of R&B needed a change, and there were only a few chosen that could do it, R&B needed a pick up, R&B needed TGT," Ginuwine said.
TGT can be heard together on the remix to Tank's current single "Please Don't Go," but the newly formed group has new plans for TGT in the future, including an international tour.
The tour, entitled The Shirts Off Tour, will make stops in major American cities including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami this fall.
While on tour TGT will also have auditions to find its fourth member in an American Idol type format.
TGT is currently in the studio now working on their debut album.
ASHANTI VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT
A 28-year-old woman accused of stealing the identities of singer Ashanti and actress Nia Long will be arraigned Wednesday (May 23) in federal court in Rochester.
Shameika Drain Curry turned herself in to US Marshalls yesterday. She's to be arraigned today before US Magistrate Jonathan Feldman. Her lawyer, John Parrinello, says she'll plead not guilty.
To secure a $36,000 loan and purchase a 2003 Honda Infinity from an Irondequoit auto dealer last year, Shameika Curry allegedly impersonated Ashanti Douglas. Shameika was also alleged to have impersonated actress Nia Long to write and cash a check for $8,300 made out to a cleaning service Shameika Curry herself runs.
Meanwhile, her husband, Charles Curry, was said to have impersonated his father to secure a $31,000 loan that allowed him to purchase a 2000 Mercedes Benz from a Webster auto dealer. The couple also is charged with defrauding a bank of $45,000 to open a credit line by assuming the identity of an elderly Rochester woman.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, if the couple are convicted, they will face a $1 million fine and a maximum penalty of up to 30 years in prison
MySpace to Share Sex Offender Data
Faced with legal demands from state attorneys general, MySpace.com said Monday it will release data on registered sex offenders it has identified and removed from the popular social networking Web site.
The company, citing federal privacy laws, initially rebuffed a demand from North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper and colleagues in seven other states who last week asked for data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live.
MySpace agreed Monday to provide the information to all states after some members of the group filed subpoenas or took other legal actions to demand it. The company said last week such efforts were required under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act before it could legally release the data.
JOE FRAZIER REFILES LAWSUIT AGAINST DAUGHTER
It all started in April of this year. Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier had filed a lawsuit against his daughter and former manger Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde for the return of his records that were allegedly in her possession.
But he suddenly withdrew the suit as his daughter, a lawyer, was in the midst of a campaign to become a Philadelphia Municipal Court judge. She won the primary, only days later to be hit with a refilling of her father’s lawsuit against her.
"Joe just didn't want to ruin his daughter's judgeship (race)," Frazier’s lawyer Michael P. Kelly told the Associated Press Thursday.
The original and current lawsuits were filed in an attempt to recover documents relating to possible business ventures that may bring him extra income. Joe Frazier’s legal team believes he may be missing out on film royalties, product endorsement fees or other income perhaps promised in his old contracts.
Frazier-Lyde turned over some of the documents that are being sought, but hasn't fully accounted for the money she managed for her father from 1989 to 2004, Kelly said Thursday.
In 2000, Frazier-Lyde exchanged her legal briefs for boxing shorts at age 38 and managed to win titles in three different weight classes during her stint as a professional fighter.
She placed second among Democrats last Tuesday and is poised to secure one of two open seats this fall, given the city's overwhelmingly Democratic voting rolls. The job pays $148,000 a year.
Now this is "suppose" to be and old Game track, pre Doctors advocate.
what do ya'll think?
Here are the words
50 cent diss:-
let me tell you a story about this bitch I know,
grew up on the south side sucking dicks for doh,
give her a half a dollar and she’ll put on a show,
do anything to be in a dr dre video,
the bitch went hollywood, the bitch went west coast,
he got fucked by this white bitch had her legs wide open,
as long as my pockets were fat i didnt give a **** where the ***** was at,
my pretty young ***** keep my nuts drained
but all the time she was plotting on my aftermath chain,
***** couldnt stay in here lane,
started running with this hoe from the south
gold grill in her mouth, she put her on the track,
gave her, her first thong, introduced her to her two girlfreinds from back home,
****ed the industry, tryna take the fast route,
ran into a gangster and he turned they ass out,
jay z diss
from the projects hustled allday, *****s called her sophie from around the way,
used to play hard to get, so they thought she was gay,
booshie bitch who ever thought she was raised in b.k,
moved out the hood, changed her name to jay,
told everybody she’ll be working with a mill one day,
i was introduced to her back in ‘96,
she has wavey haircut and some big ass lips,
at first she was hard to hit, come to find out the last 10 years she been sucking big ****,
got a family now, a house made of bricks,
four grown ass kids and aint none of them ****,
she still my ***** so i stayed around,
but she always tryna dash when other dames around,
she tryna play the game, but i got the ***** number,
she said she wont, but she’ll be back next summer,
suge knight diss
last but not least my gangsta *****,
from compton always in and out of jail and ****,
***** tried to burn snoop, stole chronic from doc,
blew the whole west coast, even tried to **** pac,
type of ***** to stand on beverley hills,
word on the street’s he got a few real *****s killed,
i look up now she on my ****, telling me how she gonna be my *****,
pop up at award shows always following me,
***** doing dumb ****, got a college degree,
no pre-nupt, one ***** got stick with her,
i was smart knew always not to **** with her,
what goes around comes around, scandolous **** - somebody tried to kill that *****
burnt the bridges and aint had one freind left,
*****s that know her called her the devil in that red dress
So now what's next? Well last week, 50 appeared on BET's "106 & Park" and said Cam'ron was basically in his house, scared to come outside because of a recent altercation he had at a New York nightclub with Roc-A-Fella recording artist Tru-Life.
Cam'ron immediately responded, posting a videotape message online from his vacation home. He appeared on camera standing poolside and wearing blue boxer shorts, a white iPod tank top and socks to match. He told 50 enigmatically, "You ain't left alone, brother. You're not left alone." Cam also warned that it would be a "hot summer" — that he's off probation now and that, when his vacation ends Friday, he's going to give 50 the middle finger. "Get my pool in the back," he said to the cameraman as he walked off. A second part of the Cam footage that surfaced showed a close-up shot of the usually tapered-up MC with his hair and mustache unkempt.
50 Cent sent a message to the fans the same day via Hot 97 radio personality Miss Info. In it he said, "My whirlpool is bigger than Cam's swimming pool. And he shouldn't be in front of no camera with Daisy Dukes on."
On Monday afternoon, 50 talked to MTV News, elaborating more on the situation.
"It doesn't make sense," he said. "For him to shoot a video message in front of his pool in underwear, it doesn't make sense. I think he's delusional. For him to make any financial reference, being in the financial space he's in and where I'm at financially, doesn't make sense. He's just upset, he's angry.
"He's mad because he knows the perception of him and his situation," 50 added. "He's doing more damage to his crew than I could ever do. He's put them in a real awkward situation with his choices. When they had momentum, they had Jimmy out there doing records, Juelz was out there, they was doing good. Then they let this guy out there and look what happened. It's gonna be a 'hot summer.' What is he talking about? I'm waiting for the summer."
50 won't give Cam credit for inspiring him to title his album Curtis, — or its in-your-face artwork — but he did shrug off the NYC Harlemite's using his birth name to dis him.
"He's delusional," 50 reiterated. "For a person to think that calling you the name your mom gave you at birth is disrespectful is beyond belief. He's punished himself more than I can punish him. He's made a fool of himself. There's nobody asking me about Cam'ron. ... I think people lost interest in it, based on the situation. He's not even relevant. You're talking about a guy who sold 270,000 [copies] his last record. I sold 9.8 million my last record. I'm not going to exhaust my audience by talking about somebody they have no interest in."
(L note: I know Curtis does alot of crazy things, but you gotta agree with his logic, and I have to agree with this. After all is Cam suppose to be the leader?? If the head is weak the body will fall)
Method Man Arrested On Marijuana Charges In NY
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Method Man was arrested in New York on Thursday (May 17), after being pulled over by authorities with almost 30 grams of marijuana in his vehicle.
A Battery Tunnel police officer noticed that the tags on the Grammy Award winning rapper's 2005 Lincoln Navigator were expired and promptly pulled him over.
When Method Man rolled down his window, the officer said he noticed the strong scent of marijuana.
The arresting officer also said he noticed two "blunts" and a plastic bag with more marijuana in plain view.
The rapper also admitted to having more marijuana underneath the drivers seat.
He was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of marijuana, operating a motor vehicle under the influence and driving an uninspected motor vehicle.
Method Man, born Clifford Smith, was released on his own recognizance early yesterday (May 18) morning.
The rapper, who starred in the 2001 pot flick How High with fellow smoker Redman, is working on a new album with the Wu-Tang Clan titled 8 Diagrams and he is also featured DJ Jazzy Jeff's latest album, The Return of the Magnificent.
Busta Rhymes Settles Lawsuit
Busta Rhymes settled a suit yesterday just one day before he was supposed to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court to try to convince Justice Emily Jane Goodman to throw out Melvin Smith's $100,000 judgment against him.
Smith's suit charged that Rhymes and a bodyguard beat him when he approached the rapper for an autograph in 2005.
Rhymes defaulted in the case late last year, but recently filed papers saying he didn't know about the suit because he'd never been served with a copy of the legal papers. He said Smith's process servers had mistakenly gone to where his five cars were registered - his ex-girlfriend's home in Baldwin, L.I.
"While I own the property, I have no access to it," he said.
"I was required" by court order "to provide this home for the mother of my three children, from whom I am estranged and with whom I have been embroiled in child-custody proceedings for over two years," he said.
In the same affidavit, he insists he never assaulted Smith during their run-in at the Gramercy Deli on Park Avenue.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
R. Kelly Compares Himself To Martin Luther King Jr?
In a recent magazine interview, R. Kelly, compared himself to Muhammad Ali, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and even the late Martin Luther King Jr. in preparation for the release of his double album entitled; Double Up.
Kelly, the Chicago R&B artist made the comments while being interviewed for the spring and summer issue of Hip-Hop Soul magazine.
The most surprising comment the artist makes is: "I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now."
New York Post ran the quote last night and it's been a hot topic amongst music critics.
Kelly's publicist, Regina Daniels, said the interview took place about a month ago. Adding "He doesn't think he's Martin Luther King. He's comparing the fact that he is a prolific songwriter of his time; now it's turned into something else. Whatever Rob said, any way they can stick it to him. If he breathes it's a problem."
The interview and photo shoot took place in the presidential suite of the Hotel Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. The article also calls Kelly "our generation's answer to Ray Charles and Marvin Gaye" and "an ambidextrous soul genius." Kelly's quote came in response to this comment from the interviewer. "The things that have been written about you make lesser men wither or simply want to give up.."
And Kelly's reply also includes this comment: "So I have to walk with a certain humility. I have to walk with love in my heart for those that hate me. I have to. I have to get out and touch people in order for me to continue to feel the pulse of the world."
The Rev. James Meeks, the state senator who ministered to Kelly during the early days of his legal case, quoted Scripture: "We should be careful about praising ourselves and leave that to other people. That would be my admonition."
Kelly spokesman Allan Mayer protested the way the quote was lifted in the Post. "What I would suggest to anybody who is put off by that quote is read the entire interview, which I think much better reflects what Rob was trying to say."
Kelly will appear in court again Friday for the latest hearing in a case that started nearly five years ago.
Kelly is charged with 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself engaging in sex acts with an underage girl.
The Cook County state's attorney's office filed the charges in June 2002 after the Sun-Times turned over a videotape it received anonymously following an article about underage girls suing Kelly for allegedly engaging in sexual relationships with them. Those suits were all settled out of court.
Kanye West Prepares To Graduate
Kanye West is putting the finishing touches on one of the most anticipated albums in Hip-Hop, as he wraps up The Graduate. The Graduate is the follow up to his two critically acclaimed albums The College Dropout and Late Registration.
Expect to see a variety of collaborators on the album such as Lil' Wayne, but also expect collaborators off the album. One of those collaborators is Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whom Ye has been working with lately.
Murakami, who designed for Louis Vuitton, also helped The Louis Vuitton Don for the artwork on Ye's latest single "Can't Tell Me Nothing." Beyond this, he has helped design a necklace for West, and has also created an animated video clip for a track on the newest LP from the Chicago native.
"He did a three-minute animated piece for one of the songs...Murakami, his work has been stunning to me because pop art is really expressive, representative and expressive and emotional, and it looks like something you can do yourself. [But] you cannot do no Murakami sh-- yourself. You cannot do this at home. He has this studio out in Japan that has 30 artists working at one time. I love Japanese culture and I was always into art, and Murakami is really a god in the art world," Ye told MTV of his collaborative endeavors.
Later, West insisted that Murakami's artwork will also be seen on other Kanye projects in the near future.
"Every single that's coming out for my album, he did the artwork for the covers. ... And all the merchandising for the new album is Murakami."
The Chicago MC is currently planning a tour, which will be called "Glow in the Dark." No dates have been set yet but keep your eyes and ears open as they will be coming along soon.
Clipse Leave JIVE Records According To Group Member Malice
According to a recent interview with group member Malice, Clipse have left JIVE Records and are now free agents. In an interview conducted with Toronto publication Eye Weekly Malice said:
"Right now Clipse are free agents. There are a few labels that are interested."
JIVE has yet to confirm these claims however the troubles between the duo (Pusha T and Malice) and their label are well documented. In a 2006 interview group member Pusha T said:
“I hate Jive with all my heart and all the passion in my soul.”
Clipse most recent album "Hell Hath No Fury" was released in 2006 after many delays to huge critical acclaim but lackluster sales.
B.G. Addresses VL Mike's Departure From The Chopper City Boyz
After B.G. introduced his Chopper City Boyz crew earlier this year with their debut album, We Got This, one of the members have opted to part ways with the group.
Group member VL Mike has left to chase solo aspiration and although rumors have circulated citing beef as the culprit, the Chopper City Records camp say that is far from the truth.
"We are not beefing with Mike or anyone else," said Chopper City Records co-CEO Carol Dorsey and B.G., via a statement. "We have done our best to put our stamp of approval and endorsement on The Chopper City Boyz in effort to blossom their careers and create opportunity for the vast array of talent that New Orleans has to offer..."
According to the camp, B.G. felt as though the split with VL Mike was over a minor disagreement and ended in peace, but have learned different since then.
Mike is rumored to be holed up in the studio presently, as he records a mixtape about B.G., which the former Hot Boy can't understand, being that he gave him his start.
"In group settings, it is common to disagree, but we never imagined that Mike would overreact in such a manner," expressed Dorsey. "All me and B.G. offered him was an opportunity to become successful."
With or without Mike, the Chopper City Boyz' debut effort was an independent success for the label and has achieved gold sales in excess of 500,000 copies, according to the camp, so they plan to keep it moving.
Currently, B.G. is focusing on his soon-to-be-released Atlantic Records debut, Too Hood To Be Hollywood, which will executive produced by T.I., B.G. and Dorsey.
It is slated for release in September.
Additionally, B.G. plans on getting The Chopper City Boyz back into the studio to begin work on their second album. Being they are now down to three members, the label revealed that they plan is to host a contest to find a fourth member to bring the group back to its original four member ensemble.
More information will be released through their official website at ChopperCityMusic.com.
Ciara and Patti LaBelle To Star In New Film
Ciara, Patti LaBelle and Lynn Whitfield will star in CodeBlack Entertainment's "Mama, I Want to Sing!," the feature adaptation of the Off-Broadway gospel musical.
"Mama" will start production in Baton Rouge, La., next month. It's slated for theatrical release next February under CodeBlack's multi-picture deal with Fox's FoxFaith label.
Codeblack topper Jeff Clanagan will produce with Marvet Britto ("Shadowboxer" and "The Woodsman") and Holly Davis Carter ("The Gospel"). Pic's written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright ("Preaching to the Choir").
"Mama, I Want to Sing!" tells the story of a preacher's daughter, who rises from the church choir to pop stardom; the character's based on Doris Troy, best known for the 1963 hit "Just One Look." The stage show played more than 2,400 performances between 1983 to 1991.
Deal marks the first feature role for Ciara, a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter who will play the lead.
Shop Boyz Score #1 Ringtone In The Country With 'Party Like A Rockstar'
Atlanta Trio, Shop Boyz, have been riding high on the success of their bubbling single "Party Like A Rock Star" as of late and the rollercoaster ride isn't stopping any time soon.
The Universal Republic Records recording artists have just scored the no. 1 ringtone in the country for the smash single, which many critics are calling the "next level" of hip-hop.
It has rocketed toward the top of urban radio, simultaneously holding down the no. 1 selling slot with the nation's leading ringtone distributors and wireless carriers, topping the mobile music charts of Verizon, Cingular, Sprint, Boost, and Jamster.
"Party Like A Rockstar," which hit radio in early April, was the second most added single the week of its kickoff. The video for the track has already been added to MTV2, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, BET and BET "Rap City."
Launched by OnDeck Records, the trio's initial breakthrough was forged by the Atlanta label's CEO, Brian "Bingo" Ward, who guided the groundbreaking trio's rapid trajectory into the mainstream.
The group's three members -- Fat, Meany, and Sheed -- hail from the Bankhead area of Atlanta. They inked a deal with Universal Republic back in early April (see "Atlanta Trio, Shop Boyz, Getting Into The Rockstar Mentality; Sign Deal With Universal Republic") and have been buzzing ever since.
"Party Like A Rockstar" is becoming the perfect intro for their forthcoming debut, Rockstar Mentality, slated for release June 19.
CHAPPELLE’S SHOW’ OFFERS ITS 25 BEST SKETCHES
The 25 most memorable sketches from Comedy Central’s "Chappelle's Show," including "A Night with Wayne Brady" and "Racial Draft," have been gathered for your convenience on a new DVD to be released via Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.
"The Best of Chappelle's Show Uncensored" DVD” – due in stores and at http://shop.comedycentral.com on Tuesday, June 5 – will of course have the program’s most popular sketch - Charlie Murphy's "True Hollywood Stories" featuring Rick James. Also included are never-before-aired Charlie Murphy stories.
Other clips featured on the single disc include "Making the Band 2," "The Mad Real World," "Samuel Jackson Beer," and "Keeping It Real."
"Chappelle's Show" brought comedian Dave Chappelle's joke book to life, with episodes consisting of sketches, man-on-the-street pieces and pop culture parodies introduced by Chappelle in a stand-up format in front of a studio audience.
He left the show, as well as a lucrative television contract with Comedy Central, during pre-production of its fourth season.
Lawsuit Filed Against Aftermath and Interscope Over Eminem Royalties
The Bass Brothers' FBT Productions and Joel Martin's Em2M filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem's recordings. The suit claims that the labels should be paying half of the net receipts from downloads and master ringtones rather than the lesser artist royalty rate based on sales.
According to the suit filed May 21 in the federal District Court in Los Angeles, FBT entered a recording agreement with Eminem in 1995. FBT then agreed with Aftermath in 1998 to furnish Eminem's recording services to that label. Through a series of amendments and other agreements, FBT and Em2M were to receive accounting statements and royalties in connection with certain Eminem recordings. Eminem is not a party to the suit, which names as defendants Aftermath, Interscope, UMG Recordings and ARY Inc.
The complaint alleges that an audit of defendants by FBT and Eminem revealed that FBT and Em2M were underpaid by more than $650,000 from 2002-2005 since they did not receive 50% of the net receipts from the sale of downloads and master ringtones, among other reasons.
FBT and Em2M claim the relevant contract requires payment of 50% of the net receipts from licenses entered into for the sale of records "or from other uses." Those "other uses" are downloads and master ringtones, they claim.
Older recording contracts typically provide that artists will receive a royalty for the sale of records based on the unit's retail or wholesale price -- often 10%-14% of the retail price or double that percentage of the wholesale price. When the recording is licensed, the label and artist often share equally the net receipts from licenses.
The FBT and Em2M suit is not a proposed class action lawsuit like the two suits filed last year against Sony BMG Music Entertainment in New York over the same issue of contract interpretation. The Allman Brothers Band, Cheap Trick and Elmo & Patsy class action suit targets the Sony labels, while the Youngbloods class action suit targets the BMG labels. Both suits are still pending.
Richard Busch with King & Ballow and Mark Block with Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro represent FBT and Em2M.
Flav Adds Flavor To Comedy Central Roast
This summer Flavor Flav has been selected as Comedy Central's latest target to be roasted on television.
Public Enemy hype man and VH1 reality star Flavor Flav is scheduled to be the subject of Comedy Central's upcoming roast; scheduled to air on Sunday, August 12.
"We only roast the ones we love -- and the world is clearly crazy about this guy. This event will be full of surprises as Flavor Flav is going to experience a whole new kind of love in this Roast," Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president of specials and talent for Comedy Central said via statement.
"The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" is scheduled to tape in Los Angeles this July. The show will be executive produced by Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions, who also directed and executive produced previous Comedy Central roasts of William Shatner and Pamela Anderson. The roast is being sponsored by Anheuser Busch, Amp'd and Taco Bell.
Flavor Flav, born William J. Drayton, started his twenty-year career in entertainment as a hype man for Public Enemy and has more recently enjoyed reality television stardom via successful VH1 series' "Surreal Life," "Strange Love," and "Flavor of Love," which resulted in huge ratings. Flav is currently touring with Public Enemy front man Chuck D.
"The Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav" will air Sunday, August 12 on Comedy Central at 10 p.m. EST.
MASTER P's OPEN LETTER
IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE
Rapper-entrepreneur Master P issued the following open letter (below) in response to comments made by Curtis Jackson (AKA: 50 Cent) at a recent BET news conference.
May 20, 2007
Curtis Jackson's comment motivated me. There are a lot of immature people in the world. Oprah Winfrey is absolutely right, we need to grow up and be responsible for our own actions.
I paid for Curtis's first rap tour through the south. He was such a humble guy at the time. Most artists' mission is to sell records. My mission is to help save and change lives.
There's a lack of knowledge and false information out there. I could actually say Little Jay and Rap-A-Lot Records inspired my successful career and I will always respect them no matter what.
I wrote the blueprint for this generation. The only difference is there's no more honor and respect in the game.
Think about it: people in jail are not writing letters proclaiming to come out and do the same thing that landed them there in the first place. People in the hood don't want to stay poor for the rest of their lives. They want to change. Parents that really love their kids would rather sacrifice their own lives so that their kids could make a change to have a better life and a better education.
I'm glad that there are people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and organizations like the NAACP that are out there fighting for our rights and dignity. I have finally realized that EVERY person is either a part of the problem or part of the solution and that is why I have decided to take a stand! I'm reaching out to corporate America to form an alliance for the sake of putting the value back into our communities by rebuilding and developing schools and businesses.
First of all, it's simply disappointing to see people that are in a position to help make a change just sit back and entertain the negativity. It's sad to see Steven Hill set all of these programming standards at BET, just to contradict himself for the sake of marketing dollars or artist performances in order to create the appearance of a successful award show. The record company with the biggest marketing check controls the music video stations so we need to go after the people who actually control these programming networks if we want real CHANGE.
I guess by taking a stand, my son and I will probably not be invited back to the BET awards. But it's O.K. I got love for BET; there are a lot of good people there. Hopefully, this will help people to see the real changes that need to be made. My son and I will sacrifice our airtime because this is bigger than us, this issue desperately needed to be addressed a long time ago.
There are four things that differentiate me from artists like Curtis Jackson. One, I can honestly admit that I was once part of the problem. Two, I don't want my son to grow up and be like me. I want him to be better and do better - and that is why he is taking the time to pursue a college degree. Three, money don't make me, I make money. My goal is to educate our people in building generational wealth and knowing how important it is to own real estate. Four, I'm a TRUE entrepreneur; my boss is God not Jimmy Iovine. From one brother to another, if you misunderstand my purpose you could always pick up the phone or talk to me in person. I'm trying to be part of the solution not the problem. The media thrives on entertaining, especially the negativity no matter what the cost. I'm praying for the brothers that are lost out there.
Throughout the years, I have lost so many relatives and friends. This year, I'd like to focus on the comedy movies because we need to laugh more. The first movie that I'm producing is "Black Supaman" and thereafter will be "The Mail Man" starring Tony Cox and myself. I'm setting up a book tour for "Guaranteed Success" and a Hip Hop Business class with financial expert Curtis Oakes for those seeking knowledge. I understand that I can't change the whole Hip Hop industry; I'm only trying to do my part. If you're real, be a part of the positive movement with Take A Stand Records.com Look for the first single "I Wanna Be Like You" from the album "Hip Hop History." I'm in negotiations with Wal-Mart and Target for direct distribution. Those are all examples of the positive difference I am trying to make in this industry.
I'm reaching out to my friends Shaquille O'Neal, Will Smith, Russell Simmons, Queen Latifah, Derek Anderson, Charles Barkley, Emmitt Smith, Beyonce, and Reverend Run to help contribute to this positive movement. I will also be holding a press conference with the president NAACP and will be able to answer any questions at that time.
I am not asking any other hip-hop or gangsta rap artist change what they do; that's how they make their money. Furthermore, I am not a preacher; I'm just telling the world what I'm doing and the changes that I am making because it's something I want to do. If that's sending mixed signals to people then they need to deal with their own conscience first.
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