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Jun 8, 2007

IHH Daily Update 6*8*07

The Game Pleads Not Guilty To Assault Charges

Compton, CA rapper The Game pleaded not guilty to felonious charges of assault yesterday (June 7) stemming from an altercation in which he allegedly punched an opposing player in the face and then pulled a gun out, during a game of basketball.

Charges were officially filed against The Game on June 4, in connection with the February incident. According to prosecutors, the incident occurred at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex in South Los Angeles.

The rapper allegedly punched the player during the game and then pulled a gun out of his red Cadillac Escalade and threatened to shoot the individual.

In May, Los Angeles Police Department officers searched The Game's house seeking evidence in connection with the altercation.

He was arrested after officers concluded the search of his Glendale home and made headlines around the world, when footage surfaced of the rapper grimacing and making faces in the back of a police car, as officers took him to jail.

The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, faces three counts, including making a criminal threat and showing a firearm in the presence of an officer.

He is free on $50,000 bail. If convicted, The Game faces up to five years in prison.

50 about to fire G-Unit??

50 Cent is a boss above all, and he talks G-Unit business in the July issue of Vibe, making it clear that some members of the crew should keep their résumés current. "I'll fire everybody," he said.

"I don't give a f---. They're capable of all of their responsibilities, but when they start slacking, they gotta get the f--- outta here." Young Buck gets a good performance review — "He is the clean-up man because he's actually selling" — with one caveat: "Sometimes he says things without being totally conscious of what he's saying, so he's gonna make mistakes."

And Tony Yayo, well, he's set for life. "Yayo can't be dropped, period," 50 explained. "He doesn't even need to sell records. As long as I'm breathing, he's gonna be good. And if I'm not breathing, then he's gonna be real good." That's right, 50 confirmed: Yayo's in the will.

Eve Helps Celebrate Puerto Rican Day Parade with Performance

Puerto Rican Day parade attendees will have something extra to enjoy on Sunday (June 10) when rapper Eve makes an appearance to help celebrate the event's 50th anniversary.

Eve will treat fans to an exclusive performance on a float provided by New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR-FM).

In addition, Power 105.1 on air personalities Ed Lover and DJ Clue will host the float, which will drive up 5th Avenue in New York City.

The parade is one of many events put on by the National Puerto Rican Parade Inc., an organization established to create a national awareness and appreciation of Puerto Rican culture and its contribution to the culture and the society of the United States.

The event is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Eve's performance at the parade comes as she prepares for the release of her new album Here I Am on Aug. 7.

Fans can also catch Eve on the first episode of the new VH1 reality series Bridging the Gap alongside fellow rapper/actress Queen Latifah.

The half hour show, which currently has no air date, centers two established artists that have mutual respect for each other as they discuss their lives and music during the span of a day while creating a new song.

D12’s Denaun Porter Sells Beats for as Low as $50 on New Website

D12 producer and rapper, Denaun Porter, is launching a new website,, giving independent artists the ability buy his beats at an affordable price.

The website will live on June 15 and membership is free. “I’m always getting demos from people who want to work with me or just want feedback,” says Porter. “Unfortunately a lot of their work is not good because the music lacks quality. I can’t work with everyone but this site provides opportunities for them to have a direct link to my production.”

Denuan is selling some of his beats for as low as $50, while other users are offered the opportunity to browse an “exclusive beats” section where they can purchase full ownership of Porter’s beats, complete with pro-tools sessions. “If the music industry was driven by more innovative producers and visionaries, I believe there wouldn’t be drastic drops in sales,” Porter says. “I have a tone of beats in my arsenal for artists that want to be creative and don’t want to sound just like everyone else that’s out there.

One of the biggest problems of the music industry today is that majority of the artists being pushed are carbon copies of each other. There’s no creativity. All the production sounds alike. It’s time for people to step outside the box and go beyond the norm.”

BET's 106 & Park To Air In Japan This Fall

BET's popular countdown show 106 & Park will premier this Fall on MTV Japan as part of the network's continued expansion.

A weekly best of 106 & Park show will air along with exclusive content on Hosts Rocsi and Terrence recently traveled to Japan to tape footage for the premiere episodes which will be broadcast in English with Japanese subtitles. While in Japan, Rocsi and Terrence checked out the local music scene and hung out with local DJ's and MC's.

"Visiting Japan was quite the cultural experience," said Rocsi.

"I was surprised they were not that far behind when it comes to hip-hop and I'm proud to share our black culture with our newly-found Japanese fans," said Terrence.

"Black American culture has incredible appeal around the world and transcends barriers of race and ethnicity," said BET Chairman Debra Lee. "There are places around the globe that hunger for what BET has to offer. It's our plan to build a footprint of international partners to help us deliver that content.”

Bobby Valentino Assists NBA All-Stars In Big Tigger AIDS Fundraiser

Big Tigger and his host of celebrity friends head to Atlanta this weekend to join together for his 6th Annual Celebrity Classic, which aims to raise public awareness of HIV/AIDS while also serving as a fundraiser for the cause.

The event, which is presented by Big Tigger's Street Corner Foundation, kicks off today (June 8) through Sunday, June 10 in Atlanta, Georgia. Tigger, who currently hosts CBS Radio's WPGC's "Afternoon Drive" and the internationally syndicated "Live In the Den with Big Tigger," will be joined by celebrity friends from television, film and music as well as the NBA and NFL, all in support of raising funds for and heightening public awareness of HIV/AIDS.

Now in its sixth year, Big Tigger's 6th Annual Celebrity Classic will feature events such as a Youth Sports Clinic, an HIV/AIDS Testing Initiative, Welcome Reception & Silent Auction and Sponsors VIP Luncheon. One of the weekend's most popular events is Saturday's All Star Celebrity Basketball Game which will be held at MorehouseCollege's Forbes Arena. Tickets are currently available through Ticket Annex (

The goal of this weekend's Classic is to distribute at least $50,000 in grants and donations to deserving HIV/AIDS charitable organizations. Sponsors of Big Tigger's 6th Annual Celebrity Classic include Brand Jordan, New Era Caps, T-Mobile, Atlantic Records, Finishline/Man Alive, Head Gear, Hpnotiq, Rides, XXL, King, Volkswagon, Delta, Courvoisier, Harley Davidson USA, BET Rap-It-Up and Gino Green Global.

Personalities expected to be on hand this weekend include Allen Iverson, Vince Young, Terrell Owens, Bobby Valentino, Kenyon Martin, Warren Sapp, Terrence J, Rosci, Lyfe Jennings, Melyssa Ford, Anthony Henry, Brentson Buckner, Cousin Jeff, Darnerien McCants, Darren Sharper, Darrin Henson, Deon Grant, Essence Atkins, Fred Smoot, Ginuwine, Herkules, Hydeia Broadbent, Jerry Porter, Leigh Bodden, Lil' Mo, Michael Phillips, Sharmba Mitchell, Sinorice Moss, Tank and Victor Hobson.

Jay-Z & Alicia Keys Grace The Cover Of Vanity Fair's "Africa Issue"

In an historic move Vanity Fair magazine is set to feature twenty separate covers for its upcoming "Africa" issue, including shots with some of the continent's most famous supporters like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys .

The issue, which is guest-edited by U2 front man Bono, is set to hit newsstands this month and will feature a host of celebrities, political figures, and clergy who are involved in improving the overall condition of Africa through various humanitarian works, charitable organizations, and financial contributions for health care and HIV/AIDS research.

Jay-Z recently went to Africa in an effort to bring clean drinking water to the continent using special PlayPump water systems, while Alicia Keys has been doing her part by serving as the global ambassador of the organization Keep A Child Alive known for purchasing AIDS medicine for children and families in need.

In addition to Hov and Keyes, the magazine cover will also feature such notable icons as Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, President George W. Bush, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Bill and Melinda Gates, Djimon Hounsou, Iman, Madonna, Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Queen Rania of Jordan, Condoleezza Rice, Chris Rock, Desmond Tutu, Oprah Winfrey, and Bono, with all the photographs being shot by noted photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The covers will all have dual pairings, with Jay-Z's covers being paired with both Alicia Keys and George Clooney, and Keys being paired with former super model Iman.

"It's like what do all these people have in common? They don't, but one thing they do [share] is their passion for Africa and they believe the problems of Africa can be solved," said Bono. "That's what this issue of Vanity Fair is all about, to bring some sex appeal to the idea of wanting to change the world."

The magazine will also donate $5, for every subscription that is purchased online in June, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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IHH TV:Lil Boosie

since its a slow news day I thought i would post a requested video.

"Wipe Me Down"
Lil Boosie featuring Webbie and Foxx

IHH TV: Throwback Friday 6*8*07

This was hot back in the day.

and for the females

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

Jun 7, 2007

Jermaine Dupri Involved In Car Accident

Jermaine Dupri was involved in a minor car accident this morning in New York City that sent his driver to hospital with minor injuries.

Publicists report that Dupri was in his Cadillac Escalade shortly after midnight when a woman ran a stop light at 49th Street and Park Avenue and struck the SUV.

The Cadillac Escalade was totaled and Dupri's driver/security guard was sent to hospital with a broken arm.

IHH Daily Update 6*7*07

Big Worm From "Friday" Accused of Assault & Battery

Actor Faizon Love, best known for playing Big Worm in Friday, is facing a lawsuit from an L.A. stage manager who claims he got rough with her after she rejected his sexual advances.

According to TMZ, stage manger Beatrice Eliza filed a lawsuit against Love in Los Angeles County Superior Court yesterday (June 5). Eliza claims Love groped her after she picked him up from Burbank Airport in March, and refused to stop "until she threatened to kick him out of the car."

In her lawsuit, Eliza says the actor "barbarically assaulted and battered her." In addition to the groping, she alleges that several days following the initial incident, the two got into a shouting match on the set of their production, ironically titled Irresponsible Behavior, that eventually became violent.

Eliza says the argument began over a bathroom key before escalating into shouting, cursing and threats. Besides chairs being thrown, Eliza also says Love grabbed a Louis Vuitton handbag he thought was hers and "attempted to throw it out of the second story window." After a producer on set intervened, informing Love that the bag was not Eliza's, the actor picked up Eliza's Gucci handbag and tossed the it out the window. Eliza's attorney says his client then dialed 911 and LAPD officers arrived on the scene shortly afterward.

Eliza claims she has "suffered great mental, physical and nervous pain" as a result of the alleged incident and is suing for unspecified damages.

Afro-Cuban actor Faizon Love has been in such films as A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Don't Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood, The Players Club, B*A*P*S, Money Talks, 3 Strikes, and Idlewild. He has also appeared on television, including "That's So Raven," "The Parent Hood" and "The Wayans Bros."

The Game Officially Releases Leftover "DA" Tracks

As many of our readers know, several tracks were leaked from The Game's "Doctor's Advocate" recording sessions a couple of weeks ago. Although it was never confirmed, some of the tracks were rumored to be produced by the likes of Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil, and Focus.

In an unexpected turn of events, The Game has officially released these tracks for paid download. Go to to download the tracks and support The Game.

Chris Brown Calls Himself 'R&B Tupac'

During his set at Hot 97's Summer Jam on Sunday in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Chris Brown pulled out a red jacket similar to the one Michael Jackson wore in the "Thriller" video, donned a sparkly white glove and paid homage to the King of Pop.

Instead of imitating Jackson onstage Brown might soon get to perform with him. Brown is trying to get MJ to sing on a Will.I.Am-produced track that would appear on the teen sensation's second album, Exclusive, due August 28.

"He called me for my birthday, and I told him we should do a song," Brown said. "He was up for it.

"Man, it was crazy," Brown continued. "He actually spoke to me like a regular person, and he was like, 'I like your music.' He said his favorite song was 'Shorty Like Mine' that me and Bow Wow did. I appreciated talking to him."

Lil Wayne, Juelz Santana ("Those are my brothers from another mother," Brown said) and the Game are just a few other strong candidates to appear on the album, while Tank, T-Pain and Will.I.Am have already put their stank on Brown's new body of work.

"I'm gonna work with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake, so I'm probably gonna do something with Justin [singing on it]," Brown revealed. "Me and Scott Storch did a record, and we was gonna put Game's verse on it, but we don't know if we gonna use that record yet. I got collaborations with Mary Mary. I got a song called 'Throwed' with Bryan-Michael Cox that's crazy. I got this Will.I.Am record me and Tank wrote called 'Picture Perfect' and this other one called 'Kiss Kiss' I wrote with T-Pain that T-Pain produced."

Brown said "Kiss Kiss" will definitely make it onto the album. "At first we was making it a little grown, but my manager shut it down," he said of the song. "First [the lyrics] was 'She's chunky, chunky/ She's thick, thick.' But we said, 'Nah, we not gonna do that.' We gotta keep it PG-13 at least. The beat is a hard beat. We changed it to 'She wants that lovey dovey/ That kiss, kiss/ In her mind, she fantasize about getting with me/ 'Cause they hating on me/ They wanna dis, dis, but she's fine, so fine/ And thick as can be.' It's a real chanting record.

"I call me and T-Pain 'the Dynamic Underdogs,' " he added. "Both of us are on the same label, we came out at the same time and we're trying to take it over. I respect him, he respects me. We did a tour early. We already know how to grind as new artists, so we know how to stay focused. He's one of my closest friends — he's down-to-earth. We did two records together that's crazy. It was fun in the studio. We knocked all our songs off in two hours."

Brown's wish list for his tour, which kicks off in October, includes Pain, Rihanna, Bow Wow and Lil Wayne. He says he wants Exclusive to show the maturity in his voice. For inspiration, he's listened to a lot of gospel, including the Clark Sisters, KiKi Sheard and Kim Burrell. He also has had a lot more input on the record in terms of production and songwriting.

"The freedom making this album is just me being able to write a lot more," he said. "I wrote almost every song. I think I'm writing about the same topics [as the last album] but just a little older. I'm not leaving my kid audience, but I'm being who I am and just going in and having fun."

Brown has recorded dozens of records for the album and will narrow them down to the best of the best this summer. "I'm trying to be the R&B Tupac," he said. "I'm trying to make as many records as I can so when I'm out of this world, y'all can still have music from me nobody has heard yet."

That kind of thinking propelled Brown to come up with the album's title.

"First of all, the title sounds dope," he said. "The title is hot. But at the same time, 'exclusive' is something everybody can't get. So when people do get it, it's special to them."

Fatman Scoop and Wife sign TV, book deal

Former Hot 97 radio personality Fatman Scoop and his wife Shanda have inked a TV, DVD, and book deal with MTV, for their series “Man and Wife.” The series which gives viewers an in-depth look in their personal lives debuted earlier this year as a weekly podcast, and has garnered a huge following since.

“Now we want to bring our expertise to an even wider audience and we think MTV offers the perfect way to connect with today’s viewers,” said Scoop.

“Fatman Scoop and Shanda are not only made for each other but are made for television,” said MTV series development and animation vice president Tony DiSanto. “Their hilarious and frank discussions could help usher in a new era of public discourse on everything from sex and sexuality to romance in a committed relationship and bring Scoop and Shanda to an even wider audience.”

Diddy Plots Bad Boy Invasion This Summer

Sean "Diddy" Combs is planning a Bad Boy invasion this summer with his imprint releasing six new albums before the end of the year.

Yung Joc will kick things off with his sophomore album, Hustlenomics, which is slated to hits shelves on July 31. The set's first single, "Coffee Shop", which features Gorilla Zoe is already getting rotation on major radio stations.

Following Joc is Boyz Na Da Hood with their sophomore album Back Up N Da Chevy. As previously reported, the set features appearances from Yung Joc, Rick Ross and Ice Cube. Back Up N Da Chevy hits shelves on August 8.

A week later, Elephant Man will release his Bad Boy debut titled Lets Get Physical on August 14. The self proclaimed "Energy God" is currently enjoying the success of his single "Five-O' featuring Wyclef Jean.

Pop singer Jordan McCoy will release her untitled debut on August 21 while Cassie will wrap up the invasion on October 2 with her sophomore album, The Return, which reportedly features production from Ryan Leslie and Robin Thicke.

The Fixxers Ball 4 Real on Streetball Tour

DJ Quik and AMG, who make up the group The Fixxers, will take their live show on the road this month for the Ball 4 Real Streetball Tour. The basketball tour is made up of former And 1 players who came together to form their own streetball tour. In addition, before each game, the players will throw a block party featuring a live DJ, food, merchandize and a car show. Quik and AMG will perform at five of the events in June. The tour dates are as follows.

Las Vegas – June 6th – Orleans Arena
Sacramento – June 8th – Arco Arena
San Diego – June 10th – Cox Arena
Oakland – June 15th – Oracle Arena
Los Angeles – June 16th – Home Depot Center


Rapper 50 Cent has set up a new high-end boutique where folks can immerse themselves in the promotion of his upcoming album, “Curtis.” But there’s a catch – the shop is located in a virtual universe.

Zwinktopia, the fashion-conscious virtual community from IAC/InterActiveCorp, has struck a deal with 50 to launch a boutique that will plug his upcoming September release, reports Reuters. The virtual store will allow Zwinky members to dress up characters in 50 Cent gear for free and provide a chance to listen to forthcoming tracks from "Curtis."

Elsewhere in Zwinktopia, a separate virtual store for bands represented by merchandiser Bravado International Group will charge users for a Ramones T-shirt, or other goods, in the virtual Zwinky currency, known as Zbucks.

Users can win Zbucks by playing online games, but eventually the Web site will offer the opportunity to buy Zbucks with money as well. Ultimately, Zwinktopia aims to create a marketplace for virtual and real merchandise among one of the most sought-after audiences for advertisers -- teenagers and young adults.

"Our users have asked for everything from fashion brands like Prada and Juicy Couture, as well as more entertainment entities," said Scott Garell, chief executive of IAC's consumer applications and portals division.

Andre 3000 To Star As Sammy Davis Jr. In New Film

Andre 3000 (Outkast) will play the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. in a new film entitled "Sammy and Kim".

The movie tells the story of Sammy's affair with screen siren Kim Novak. Sam Kashner is currently writing the screenplay and the project will be produced in part by Damon Dash and will be directed by Earle Sebastian.

An additional Sammy Davis Jr. film is in the works based on Wil Haygood's "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis Jr." Denzel Washington and Brian Grazer are attached to the project.

Ja-Rule Promotes Gang Intervention

Ja-Rule may have been a bit distant from music lately, however, he has been involved in the community. He, along with Erica Ford, Executive Director of LIFE Camp Inc. (a non-profit organization co-founded with the GRAMMY Award winning rapper) and community organizer Al Kanu, have launched a city-wide (New York City) gang intervention and prevention campaign Saturday, with a town hall meeting.

Participants in the forum included Idris Elba, Hassaan Johnson (Wee-Bee from The Wire), Ed Lover, Cheryl "Salt" James-Wray, Ja-Rule, Setwya Shakur (Tupac's sister), Chaz Williams (CEO of Black Hand Entertainment) and rapper True Life.

Participants in the open forum discussed what they see as some of the main problems in society.

"One thing I can't stand, is to celebrate the negative in our culture," said Idris Elba. "You were given one brain to figure out how to make your own steps."
Ja-Rule agreed, "The biggest problem is ourselves."

When asked about the motivation behind this campaign, Ford answered, "At LIFE Camp, we have always been committed to young people, even the ones that society has abandoned. Gangs stay active in our communities because many young people don’t believe that they have other options. With the Repping for LIFE campaign, we’re showing and giving other real options.” She adds, “It’s time to love LIFE, not death. Together, we can help end street violence and build a better future.”

Scream Tour '07 To Feature T.I. and Ciara

Over the past 7 years, the SCREAM TOUR has become synonymous with showcasing the best that the R&B and Rap world has to offer to thousands of screaming youth. Year after year, the SCREAM TOUR series continues to bring bigger stars, bigger productions and bigger crowds together in cities across the country. This summer's show will be no different. This year's SCREAM TOUR, aptly titled SCREAMFEST '07, has confirmed an all-star lineup of talent, including one of the most successful R&B stars of this era; the sexy and electrifying-Ciara. Also starring on the SCREAM stage this summer will be one of the hottest rappers of our time, two time Grammy award winning-T.I. After dominating record sales in 2006, T.I. will be gearing up for the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album entitled "T.I. vs T.I.P." which will be released on July 3rd. As for Ciara, after receiving numerous awards including a Grammy, AMA, Billboard and others, her certified platinum second album, "Ciara: The Evolution" was released on December 5, 2006, and debuted at number one selling more than 338,000 copies in its first week. Supporting acts for the tour are forthcoming and will be announced in the coming weeks. Producers also confirm that there will be other special guest performers in cities along the way.

Whether it’s bonafide young stars in the R&B and rap world, or establishing those on the brink of stardom and even those hoping to break into the industry, the SCREAM TOUR sets the stage for them all. From Ne-Yo to Bow Wow, B2K, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Pretty Ricky and Omarion, they all have hit the SCREAM TOUR stage and are apart of the notable line-up of SCREAM TOUR alumni.

This year’s SCREAM TOUR is being produced and marketed by Michael Mauldin and Mauldin Brand Agency for SCREAM Star Entertainment and promoted by Jeff Sharp for AEG Live and Atlanta Worldwide Touring. SCREAM Star Entertainment is a multi-dimensional, youth focused artist development platform, which for the past seven years has focused its attention on reaching the youth through its ‘LIVE’ concert model—the SCREAM TOUR.

“We are, without a doubt, catering to the youth and giving them something to SCREAM about; making their summer unforgettable via a ‘LIVE’ show,” said Mauldin. “The SCREAM TOUR has become synonymous with bringing the youth’s favorite artists and the best live stage show to their city.”

SCREAMFEST ‘07 is slated to kick off in late July and is scheduled to hit 24 cities on the tour. Complete routing for the tour will be confirmed in the coming weeks, however the producers have confirmed that the tour will be going to all the favorite SCREAM TOUR hot spots, including Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Baltimore and DC, just to name a few.

R. Kelly Takes The #1 Billboard Spot

R. Kelly finds himself in a familiar spot atop The Billboard 200 with "Double Up," his sixth No. 1 on the tally. The Jive set moved 386,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, aided by the popularity of his new single "I'm a Flirt," which peaked at No. 2 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Each of Kelly's 10 studio albums have reached either No. 1 or No. 2 on the big chart.

After debuting at No. 1 last week, Maroon 5's A&M/Octone effort "It Won't Be Soon Before Long" slips to No. 2 with 172,000, a 60% sales hit. Another former chart-topper, Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.), falls 2-3 with 126,000 (-36%).

Three albums sold roughly 50,000 copies this week, with only a difference of a few dozen between them. Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" rockets up 11-6 (+28%) with help from a $7.99 sales sticker at Best Buy this week. "Cold Summer" by hip-hop trio U.S.D.A., Young Jeezy's collaboration with Slick Pulla and Blood Raw, descends 4-7, a -48% change. Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing" (RCA) climbs 9-8 on a 3% increase.

Album sales are down less than 1% from last week's total at 8.31 million units and down 10.6% compared to the same week last year.

"Ring The Alarm Man," Swizz Beatz Album Pushed Back

Fans expecting to hear Swizz Beatz' new album this July will have to be a little more patient, as the super producer's solo set has been pushed back to a later summer release.

Originally set to hit shelves on July 17, Swizz' One Man Band Man will now make its way to record stores on August 23, according to label reps. While no official word has been given as to the reason behind the delay, some are speculating that Swizzy needed more time to put the finishing touches on the album after a bout with meningitis that briefly sent him to the hospital last month.

Swizz is currently enjoying the success of his single "It's Me Snitches" while his latest record, "Money In The Bank" is also beginning to generate a good amount of radio play.

He also further heightened fans' anticipation for the album with a memorable set at this year's Hot 97 Summer Jam, in which he was involved in an impromptu beat battle with WindyCity rapper/producer Kanye West.

The album is said to feature a long list of guest spots from artists including Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, Coldplay, Kanye West, Nas, Ciara, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and wife, R&B singer Mashonda. While Swizz did a healthy dose of the beats on the disc, he also enlisted producers Buckwild and Just Blaze to lend a hand with the tracks.

One Man Band Man will hit stores on August 23 on Full Surface/Universal.

R. Kelly "Doubles Up" At No. 1, Amy Winehouse Jumps Back In The Race, U.S.D.A. Trip

In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B charts, R. Kelly scores his sixth No. 1 album, Amy Winehouse rises and Young Jeezy's U.S.D.A. crew descends.

Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is R. Kelly with his ninth solo album Double Up. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the album sold 388,400 discs in its first go-around.

Amy Winehouse floats five spots to No. 6. The British crooner continues to keep cash registers ringing as Back To Black moves 49,900 units this week, pushing the album's total sales to 493,500.

Young Jeezy and his group U.S.D.A, who debuted at No. 4 last week, dip three slots to No. 7. Cold Summer shifts 49,800 units in its second week. So far, the album has sold 145,100 copies.

The current buzz of his latest single, "Can You Believe," helps Robin Thicke make a leap from No .30 to No .12. The Evolution Of Robin Thicke shells out 45,300 discs this week. After 35 weeks, the album's tally stands at 1,166,500.

Posted at No. 13 is Ne-Yo. Because Of You continues to be a force to reckon with as it shelves off 40,500 CDs this week. To date, the album has sold 476,400 copies.

Fergie slides four ranks down to No. 14. Dutchess reels in 33,800 units this week, bringing the album's total sales to 1,962,800.

Puttering four spots to No. 16 is Tank. Sex, Love & Pain netted 31,900 discs this week. After 3 weeks, the album has sold 172,200 copies.

Right behind the crooner at No. 17 is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Strength & Loyalty hauls in 31,300 units this week. The album has brought in a total of 237,500 after four weeks on the charts.

Akon sinks two levels to No. 21. Konvicted has sold 2,401,200 discs thus far, with 27,600 representing the week-in total. [Watch SOHH's exclusive video interview with the Senegalese singer here]

Floating three spots up to No. 25 is Justin Timberlake. Future Sex/Love Sounds rings out 22,100 copies this week. The album's tally stands at 3,294,300.

Bobby Valentino trips six spots down to No. 32. Special Occasion bags up 17,300 units this week, bringing the album's total sales to 164,300.

Two slots below is Corrine Bailey Rae. Her self titled album sells 16,600 discs this week. To date, her album has sold 1,538,800 copies.

Lil' Boosie and Webbie, who debuted at No. 35 last week, plunge eighteen spots to No. 35. Survival of The Fittest only moves 16,100 this week, pushing the compilation's total to 47,000.

Beyonce refuses to budge from the No. 37 spot. B'Day reins in 15,500 copies this week. Thus far, the album has sold a total of 2,719,300.

A 7% increase in sales helps hoist Joss Stone five places up to No. 40. 14,100 folks picked up Introducing Joss Stone this week. After 11 weeks, the album has sold 396,100 copies.

Slipping four slots to No. 42 is Timbaland. Shock Value cashed out 13,700 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 356,900.

Musiq Soulchild springs two spots up to No. 44. Luvandmusiq ropes in 12,800 units in its twelfth week on the charts. The album's tally reads off at 405,400.

Meanwhile, Joe jumps six places up to No. 48. Ain't Nothing Like Me rings out 11,800 discs this week. Thus far, the album has sold 192,500 copies.

"Gettin' It" at No.49 is Murder Inc's Lloyd. Street Love hustles 11,700 units this week, rounding out his album's total to 409,500.

Further down the totem pole, Fantasia makes a leap from No. 85 to 65. Her self titled opus dials in 9,200 copies this week, pushing her album's total to 397,800. Paul Wall staggers eight spots to No. 71. Get Money, Stay True sold 8,700 copies this week, bumping its tally to 233,400. Rich Boy steps his game up and climbs twenty five spots to No. 79 . His self titled album sells 8,400 this week. After 12 weeks on the charts the album has sold a total of 311,900 copies. MIMS rises three spots to No. 85. Music Is My Savior, which has shifted 223,200 so far, shelves out 7,990 discs this week. Leanin' at No. 8 is Young Buck. Buck The World shelves 7,900 discs this week, bringing the albums total sales to 329,400. Rounding out the top 100 is Young Jeezy at No. 92. The Inspiration scans 7,500 CDs this week. To date , the album's total reads off at 1,078,500.

Next week look for T-Pain and Rihanna to shake things up on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.

IHH TV: Styles P

"Rap City Freestyle"
Styles P.

IHH TV: American Gangster

Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and T.I. in American Gangster

Jun 6, 2007

IHH Daily Update 6*6*07

Hip-Hop Producer Marley Marl Suffers Heart Attack

Pioneering Hip-Hop producer Marley Marl suffered a heart attack yesterday (June 5) sources revealed.

While details are sketchy, sources said Marley Marl, born Marlon Williams, is in a New York area hospital and is in stable condition.

Marley Marl is one of the most influential producers in the history of Hip-Hop.

In the early 80's and 90's, Marley crafted seminal records for rappers like Eric B. & Rakim, MC Shan, Big Daddy Kane, LL Cool J, TLC, Masta Ace and Kool G. Rap.

Marley Marl's Juice Crew was also involved in rap's most famous feud with KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, a beef which produced a number of classic Hip-Hop singles like "The Bridge" by MC Shan and KRS One's answer record, "The Bridge is Over."

Marley Marl and KRS One have since ended their feud and released an album together titled Hip-Hop Lives, which was released last month via Koch Records.

Representatives for the producer would not release any details as of press time, but asked fans to pray for Marley Marl's speedy recovery.

According to the most recent statistics released by the American Heart Association, Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) rank as the number one killer of African-Americans, with 1 in 5 suffering from some sort of CVD.

Akon Being Investigated By Police After Tossing Fan Off Stage

R&B singer Akon is currently under investigation by police for throwing a concertgoer into the audience on Sunday (June 3) during a show in Fishkill, New York.

According to CBS, the singer was performing at the Annual KFEST concert at Dutchess Stadium, when a young fan threw a piece of paper at the singer who then called security to grab the kid and bring him on stage. Once he was brought onto stage, Akon hoisted him onto his shoulders and tossed him into off the side of the stage onto the ground, all of which was caught on video.

Although it is unknown if the fan suffered injuries from the incident, police are currently seeking the boy for questioning.

"We're trying to identify that kid, just to find out whether or not we have any kind of criminal offense," Fishkill Police Detective, Lt. John Berlingieri told the Poughkeepsie Journal. "We are looking to speak to him. No victim. No crime."

In addition to trying to find out who the fan was, police are also considering to question Akon as well.

The incident comes on the heels of another investigation Akon was the center of as of late, when he was caught on camera at a concert in Trinidad simulating sex with an underage girl on stage.

Akon did apologize for the incident, but stated he was unaware that the female fan was underage.

"I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me onstage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert," he said in a statement.

In the aftermath of the controversy, Verizon Wirelss pulled their sponsorship from the singer's tour with Gwen Stefani.

Judges Throws Out Weapons Charge In Busta Rhymes Assault Case

A Manhattan judge ruled yesterday (June 5) that prosecutors could not charge Busta Rhymes with possession of a weapon, after a machete was found in his SUV following an arrest on an assault charge.

As previously reported, Busta (born Trevor Smith) was arrested in August 2006 on charges of assaulting a man who reportedly spat on his car. During the arrest, authorities would find a machete in the rear seat pocket of his SUV.

According to New York Newsday, Busta stood silently during the brief hearing before Criminal Court Judge Shawndya Simpson rejected the prosecutions request for the additional charge against the Brooklyn bred rapper.

Busta would then tell the courtroom sketch artists, "I love it when you make me look good," before leaving the courthouse.

Earlier last month Busta rejected a deal that would have sent him to jail for a year for two assault chares and a drunken driving charge. The deal would have also required Busta to attend an alcohol treatment program and pay a $1,500 fine.

The rapper is due back in court on December 11.

50 Cent To Retire At The End Of His Contract?

50 Cent is planning to disappear after he releases his next two projects.
However, he’s not planning to follow in the footsteps of Jay Z or Master P and announce his retirement. Instead, the disappearance is Fif’s way of following in the footsteps of label mates Eminem and Dr. Dre.

"For me, right now, I feel like I love music, so [fans] should expect me to make music afterwards," he told MTV in a recent interview. "But I'll make it organically, like [Dr.] Dre makes a record. It may take five or seven years. ... They'll be looking for my record, like, 'Yo, come on, when you making a record?' "

Despite his latest album, Curtis being pushed back, 50 is looking beyond this release. In fact, he’s looking to the end of his contract with current industry powerhouse Interscope Records. 50 says he is only a few songs away from completing his fourth album, Before I Self Destruct (which was scheduled to be released this year before the 50/Cam’ron beef).

His fifth album of his five album deal will be a greatest hits release.

"I recorded 10 records to the concept of Before I Self Destruct, but I put them aside when I started to create Curtis," he says of the project. "Before I Self Destruct is scheduled to be released February 4, which is the anniversary of Get Rich or Die Tryin'. And it'll be my final studio recording for where I'm at, for my deal. I did a five-album deal, and the fifth album is a greatest-hits CD."

Fif doesn’t rule out the possibility of retirement after his contract, and even alludes to it on "Smile", a track from his upcoming album.

"Smile n---a, my next album might be my last/ ... Got what I came to get, the stacks and the stash," he spits on the track.

For now, 50 has his hands full with G-Unit Records, his upcoming solo release and planning his Eminem like disappearance from the game, which he says will make his celebrity grow larger.

"Em ain't put out an album in five years," he says of the man who brought him to the mainstream. "It builds anticipation because he's away. And he really doesn't enjoy what comes with the success. He likes to just be away a lot more, just be shy toward people. And then the less common you appear, the bigger your celebrity. So then he isolates himself, [and] he becomes more popular. People are more excited."

Lil' Wayne Talks Enrique Iglesias Collaboration

In the newest issue of Scratch Magazine on newsstands now, Lil' Wayne discusses his much talked about collaboration with Pop superstar Enrique Iglesias. When asked if we might hear him play guitar on a song anytime soon, Wayne had this to say:

"I've already done it I'm featured on the new Enrique Iglesias single, "Push Up On It." I played the guitar on that song. I also played on my artist Currency the Hot Spitter's first song, "Staring at the World." So I've already recorded and laid the guitar down [on tracks]. I'm on tour right now and I've played the guitar at every show, so I'm good. So the question isn't, "Am I gonna start puttin' the guitar in music?" I've already done it. Enrique Iglesias, homie. Holla at ya boy!"

The writer went on to inquire how the Cash Money MC hooked up with the Latin heartthrob singer and Wayne made it clear that it's all about being a good artist:

"'Cause I'm cold, my nigga! That's how we hooked up. When you cold, everybody gon' hook up with you. When your good at what you do, it don’t matter if it’s Whitney Houston, it don't matter if it's Yung Joc, it don't matter if it's Lil Bow Wow to Enrique Iglesias. It's gon' happen if you’re good. If you good they gon' call you. Nah, but real talk, shout out my man Steve Morals---that's one of the producers who worked on my album and he did the beat for that song and he recommended for me to be on there."

Lil' Wayne is currently in the studio working on his new album "The Carter 3". Enrique Iglesias' new album, "Insomniac", is due June 12.

Justin Timberlake Announces First Signing To His New Label

Justin Timberlake has announced Esmee Denters as the first signing on his Tennman Records label. Denters was discovered via YouTube when she began posting cover performances of Beyonce, Alanis Morrisette and Alicia Keys. 18 year-old Esmee Denters hails from Oosterbeek, Holland, where she has had 21 million views on her YouTube site since she posted her first performance less than 9 months ago.

Esmee will join Justin Timberlake on the summer leg of his "FutureSex/LoveShow" Tour.

“In completely unpredicted news to all YouTubers and bloggers, we are proud to announce Esmee Denters has signed to Tennman Records and she will be joining me on tour this summer. Esmee is the real deal and I cannot wait for the world to hear her, but all of her fans on YouTube should not worry…we will keep you in the loop every step of the way,” announced today by Justin Timberlake, Chairman/CEO of the label.

“Words can’t describe how amazing it is. I am so excited! It is something I have always dreamed of doing. I have to thank YouTube and its viewers for giving me the opportunity to show the world my voice. I also have to thank Justin, one of the biggest artists in the world, for believing in me and making my dreams come true,” says Esmee Denters.

Fans should watch for her debut album late 2007.

Chingy back in the mix with DTP

Chingy recently buried the hatchet with former label/rivals Ludacris and Disturbing the Peace, and is now crafting a new album, titled “Love It or Hate It”. He spoke with the local Post Dispatch about his career moves, and his progression with this new cd.

“It’s going to be more lyrical [and] have more serious topics.” “The reason I’m calling it that is at this point in my career, either you accept me or not. It doesn’t matter to me, because I’m still going to do my thing.”

“This album is definitely going to be more reality,” Chingy continued. “I’m not saying the last three weren’t reality, but this one will be even more real.I was always lyrical when I was younger, but then I became geared to making hit records.”

He also addressed the rumors that tensions between he and fellow St. Lou rapper Huey were boiling beneath the surface. “The rumor said I was going to smack Huey and this and that,” Chingy said. “Of course I didn’t say any of that. That’s all rumors, so I want to clarify: Huey is my homeboy. There are no problems.”

Sean 'Diddy' Combs Wins At 35th Annual FiFi Awards; Makes History In The Process

Hip-Hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs made history last week when his fragrance Unforgivable won Men's Fragrance of the Year at the Fragrance Foundation's 35th Annual FiFi Awards in New York.

Combs' win at the FiFi Awards makes him the first African-American to take home an award at the coveted event.

"Somebody from fashion had come up to me, an African-American man and he had tears in his eyes because the fashion industry is such a segregated industry and he was just stating that I didn't realize that I was the first African American to ever win this award," Combs said. "I've won Grammy's and other awards, but to really win this award is a crazy honor. It's a part of history so it feels great."

The exclusive award show included presentations by Combs, Paula Abdul, Daisy Fuentes, Carol Alt, Zac Posen, Jane Seymour and a performance by R & B crooner John Legend, while fashion icon Donna Karan received the Hall of Fame award.

According to Combs, the sultry fragrance, which was recently released in a "Platinum" version, is still selling out of stores across the world.

"I felt like there was a void out there. The success of [Unforgivable] is based on the way it smells, it's not really based on my celebrity," Combs said. "It's based on the way it smells. I think a lot of men and women are tired of men smelling like their grandfathers."

Making sure to keep the ladies in mind, Combs also has plans for the release of Unforgivable for women later this year in September.

"We made something that was very sensual, very sexy, very clean," Combs told "It was a huge void in the marketplace and it’s infectious. People smell it, they wanna smell it all the time. It’s the only fragrance they wanna wear."

This fall, Combs will launch a campaign for Sean John women in department stores across the country and Sean John clothing will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

Rakim, Dead Prez to be on "All-Pro Football 2K8" Soundtrack

2K Sports, responsible for the NBA 2K series, have collaborated with DJ Z-Trip for their upcoming game "All-Pro Football 2K8." Z-Trip, who received acclaim from is album Shifting Gears, relishes the opportunity: "One thing I really appreciate about 2K Sports is they take chances when it comes to their music selection, and I'm all about that...Working on the All-Pro Football 2K8 soundtrack gave me the opportunity to really mix things up. The music fits perfectly in the game, making you want to nod your head and tackle someone at the same time."

The tracklist features renowned hip hop acts Rakim and Dead Prez, as well as underground favorite Slug. “Since 2K Sports’ All-Pro Football 2K8 is taking football to the next level with landmark gameplay innovations, we wanted the soundtrack to reflect the latest in music innovations,” said Tim Rosa, 2K Sports’ Director of Brand and Lifestyle Marketing. “The logical step was to sign DJ Z-Trip, who has literally pioneered the art of the mash-up and set the standard for quality remixes. We’re proud that our games and soundtracks have paved new roads in the video game industry.”

Here is the official track listing, from

1. "All-Pro Intro"
2. "Something Different" featuring Chali 2Na & Keno 1
3. "Sudden Death" featuring DJ Faust
4. "Let the Rhythm Hit ‘Em 2007" featuring Rakim & Chevelle

5. "Doin' It Like This" featuring Clutch
6. "Automatic At It" featuring Aceyalone
7. "Go Hard" featuring Gift of Gab & Dub Trio

8. "On My Side" featuring Lateef & Slug
9. "I Don’t Need This Trouble" featuring Natural Self
10. "Sure Shot" featuring Casual & Pep Love

11. "Rock, Shock, Break" featuring Backyard Bangers
12. "Locked and Loaded" featuring Deftones & Dead Prez
13. "Tom Sawyer (Z-Trip Remix)" – Rush

DMX Embarks On Summer Tour

After seemingly disappearing from the scene, DMX will return this summer for a 17-city tour. The tour begins June 15 at B.B. King's in New York City and will touch down in 17 cities before it finishes up July 22 at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

A full tour schedule has yet to be announced however tickets for select performances are now available through Ticketmaster.

Def Jam will release a greatest hits album from DMX entitled "The Definition of X: Pick Of The Litter" on June 12.

"Definiton of X: Pick Of The Litter" Tracklisting:

1. "Prayer II"

2. "Ruff Ryders Anthem"

3. "Get At Me Dog"

4. "Stop Being Greedy"

5. "How's It Going Down"

6. "What These Bitches Want"

7. "Black Out"

8. "What's My Name"

9. "Where The Hood At"

10. "Party Up"

11. "X Gonna Give It To You"

12. "It's All Good"

13. "Who We Be"

14. "The Rain"

15. "Here We Go Again"

16. "No Love For Me"

17. "We Right Here"

18. "1 More Road To Cross"

19. "Slippin'"

20. "Prayer I"

Jun 5, 2007

IHH Daily Update 6*5*07

The Game Hit With Felony Charges; Faces Five Years In Prison

Criminal charges were officially filed against The Game June 4 in connection with a February altercation during a game of basketball in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors claim that The Game, born Jayceon Taylor, was involved in an altercation in which he allegedly punched a player on the opposing team and then pulled a gun out of his red Cadillac Escalade and threatened to shoot the unnamed victim.

The incident took place Feb. 24 at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex.

In May, Los Angeles Police Department officers searched his suburban Glendale, California home seeking evidence in connection with the altercation.

The Game was previously arrested in connection with the incident and released on $50,000 bail.

Today he was charged with making a felony count of making a criminal threat, felony possession of a firearm in a school zone and a felony count of exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer.

The rapper will be arraigned on June 5 and faces up to five years in prison.


The headline over at celebrity Web site TMZ read “Shemar Moore DUI -- The Young & Arrested.” E! Online wrote: “Shemar Moore’s Criminal Bind.”

The star of CBS’ “Criminal Minds,” who first became famous as Malcolm on “The Young and the Restless,” was arrested early Friday morning in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence.

According to TMZ, the actor was pulled over for speeding down Santa Monica Blvd. at around 1:30 a.m. During the traffic stop, police said Moore “displayed signs of alcohol impairment and a DUI investigation was conducted."

He must’ve failed a field sobriety test because he was arrested and taken to the police station, where he underwent a breathalyzer test and was eventually booked. The Bay area native was released a few hours later on $5000 bail.

*Speaking of former “Young and the Restless” stars, Victoria Rowell is basking in the success of her new memoir, “The Women Who Raised Me.”

According to Roger Friedman of Fox411, the book about her experience in the foster-care system “reads like non-fiction Terry McMillan — and it's already got a cult following on among customer reviewers.”

Friedman also describes Rowell’s current absence from “Y&R” as “on leave.” Although her character, Drusilla Barber Winters, was never confirmed dead after falling over a cliff, there were rumors that Rowell had decided to quit the CBS soap for good.


Record exec Jermaine Dupri has invited the press and his famous friends to experience his newest business venture, a 12,000-square-foot nightclub northeast of Atlanta called Studio 72, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Patterned after New York’s legendary disco destination Studio 54, Dupri’s venue features a 600-gallon aquarium filled with exotic fish and hues of brown, silver and champagne, according to the AJC.

The music producer reportedly spent $1 million renovating the nightspot, located at 3965 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.

Studio 72 is scheduled to host a silver carpet grand opening on Saturday.

Ray J Becomes New Trojan Man

Ray J's recent ascent into adult film industry popularity has spawned an offer from Trojan to promote its select brand of condoms.

According to the Associated Press the R&B singer was enlisted to sponsor Trojan after his sex tape, with millionaire heiress and socialite Kim Kardashian, went public and was eventually distributed by Vivid Entertainment. [T-Pain explains Ray-J's endorsement qualifications, here.]

"At this moment you can either sit back and watch everything just go or you can capitalize and come up with a way to make $20 million a year," says Ray J.

Ray J's business ventures won't end with his new Trojan deal. "I'm sponsoring a new drink that kind of stimulates you, like liquid Ecstasy, but over-the-counter."

In related news, Ray J's new sex symbol image has backfired, causing executives from a new Tyler Perry film to reconsider his role in their upcoming movie.

"I felt like I shouldn't have had to audition because I'd worked with the casting director on a few movies," Ray J recalls. "But I did it for him. We were going through this whole thing and I was just like, 'I've got the part.' Then they called me and asked me, 'Yo, what's up with the sex tape? We know about it.' Then they called me back and said, 'Well, Yolanda Adams is in the movie and this is gospel and we just can't do it.'"

Ray J further explains his actions and sheds light on his recent high profile relationships with Whitney Houston, Karrine "Superhead" Steffans and Kardashian in the June issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, on newsstands now.

Akon Finds Hope In Brooklyn MC, "He's Gonna Bring New York Back!"

Brooklyn rapper Red Café is officially the newest member to Akon's Konvict Music roster.

Akon announced the alliance by presenting the emcee with a Konvict Music chain at last Sunday's (June 3) Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, proclaiming "He's gonna bring New York back!"

Having survived several soured deals in the pastm, including situations with Loud, Arista, Capitol Records and Mack 10's Hoo Bangin' imprint, the emcee gained popularity by establishing a presence on various high profile mixtapes and guest appearances on other artists' songs. However, Cafe has yet to release an official album of his own.

Red, who has collaborated with a long list of hip-hop heavyweights including Fabolous, Lil Jon and Jermaine Dupri, among others, has also earned a reputation throughout the industry as a formidable ghost-writer, having penned lyrics for many of hip-hop's elite including Diddy and Busta Rhymes hit, "Pass The Courvoisier."

The rapper is also said to be putting the finishing touches on his debut LP, The Shakedown, which is slated to be released sometime later this year on Shakedown/Konvict Music. The disc will reportedly feature guest appearances from Akon, Tyrese, Remy Ma, Fabolous and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The album's production is said to be handled by Nottz, Akon, Green Lantern and the Trackmasters, among others.


While accepting a Peabody award Monday for directing the HBO documentary "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts," Spike Lee said he will shoot another film to follow up the first round of stories regarding the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

"The story is not over," he told the Associated Press backstage. "It's still something that's evolving and we want to keep on top of it."

Lee isn’t sure when he would return to New Orleans with film cameras, but now is too soon, he said.

Lee and his team were one of 35 winners of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards, given for excellence in electronic media. They included cable and network entertainment shows, as well as local and network news programs.

Onstage, he told the crowd that he befriended many of the people featured in the film.

"Most of them are still up the creek without a paddle, abandoned by their local, state and federal governments," he said. "We can't forget about them."


"This Is Los Angeles"

Amp'd Mobile Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Startup wireless operator Amp'd Mobile filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Friday, unable to meet payments due on almost $100 million of debt.

The company, which launched service in December of 2005, does not own its own network but instead rents airtime from that of Verizon Wireless to offer its service. Like other companies who do the same -- such as Helio and Virgin Mobile -- Amp'd's strategy is to offer a suite of mobile content and entertainment services targeted at a specific user group as a way to stand out in the hyper-competitive wireless arena.

While larger operators like Verizon offer services designed to appeal to a wide range of users, Amp'd focuses on the young-adult market with edgier video, games and music content-some of which it produces itself.

Analysts say operators like Amp'd need about 1 million subscribers to become self supporting. Until then, they rely on huge amounts of funding to remain in operation, with most of the money going to expensive marketing and customer acquisition costs. Amp'd has raised a total of $360 million in funding from such sources as MTV Networks and Universal Music Group.

To date, it has acquired just under 200,000 subscribers, almost half of which has come in the last 8 months. In a statement, Amp'd spun the bankruptcy filing as necessary due to its "rapid growth."

"As a result ... our back-end infrastructure was unable to keep up with customer demand," the statement reads. "We are taking this step as a necessary and responsible action to sustain and strengthen our momentum in the market place."

Mixtape of the week

"The Drought is Over: The Carter 3 Sessions"
Lil’ Wayne & The Empire

1. The Carter 3 (Intro)

2. Did It Before (Produced By Kanye West) (Carter 3)

3. How You Like Me Now (Carter 3)

4. Something You Forgot (Carter 3)

5. Scarface (Carter 3)

6. World Of Fantasy Ft.Question (Carter 3)

7. I Know The Future Ft.Mack Maine (Produced By Timbaland) (Carter 3)

8. What He Does (Carter 3)

9. Help (Carter 3)

10. Time For Us To Fuck (Carter 3)

11. Zoo Ft.Mack Maine (Produced By Rockwilder) (Carter 3)

12. Im A Beast (Carter 3)

13. Pussy MVP (Carter 3)

14. Lets Talk Ft.Dj Khaled (We The Best)

15. Diamonds And Girls Ft.Currency (Carter 3)

16. Feel Like Dyin (Carter 3)

17. La La La (Carter 3)

18. Colours

19. Get It Shawty

20. Prostitue Flange

21. Brown Paper Bag Ft.Dj Khaled (We The Best)

22. Is It Coming Out? (Outro)

Download the mixtape here
Evil Empire & Lil Wayne - The Carter 3 Sessions

Jun 4, 2007

Arenas named NBA Live 08 cover athlete

After emerging last season as one of the NBA's most dangerous offensive threats -- rising to No. 3 in the league in scoring -- and leading the Wizards to a playoff berth, Gilbert Arenas can add another entry to his illustrious resume: NBA Live 08 cover athlete.

Electronic Arts announced that the Wizards' all-star guard known to many as Agent Zero will not only grace the cover of the popular EA SPORTS title, but will also serve as spokesman for the game.

"This is a dream come true," said Arenas. "I'm a huge gamer and have been playing NBA Live since 1995. I never imagined that I would see my face on the cover of an EA SPORTS video game."

Arenas finished the 2006-07 regular season averaging 28.4 points and 6.0 assists per game. Arenas was the first player from the 2001 draft class to be named to the All-Star team in 2005 and now has three consecutive all-star appearances to his credit. In the ultimate salute to his climb from relative unknown to NBA All-Star, fans voted Arenas a starter on the Eastern Team at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.



"International Player's Anthem"
UGK & Outkast

IHH Daily Update 6*4*07

Hi-Five Lead Singer Tony Thompson Found Dead

Hi-Five lead singer Tony Thompson was found dead June 1 in his hometown of Waco, Texas.

Sources told that Thompson's body was found outside of an apartment complex around 10:00 pm.

He allegedly died of drug overdose, but the cause of death has to be confirmed.

Thompson and Hi-Five hit #1 with 1990's "I Like The Way (The Kissing Game)," which was produced by R&B/Hip-Hop producer Teddy Riley and taken from the group's debut, Hi-Five.

The album also produced singles like "I Can't Wait Another Minute" and "I Just Can't Handle It."

Hi-Five broke up around 1994 but reunited and released a new album The Return in 2006 on Thompson's record label N'Depth.

Thompson also collaborated with Port Arthur, Texas rapper Bun-B on his 2006 single "Rock Ya Body," which was produced by Play-N-Skillz.

Thompson, was working on new material for an upcoming album as well.

Fat Joe Agrees To Speak With Police On Two Florida Murders

Bronx rapper Fat Joe has agreed to talk to Miami Beach police about a shooting that left two dead on Memorial Day.

A teenage nephew originally told the Daily News that the rapper was in Russia when the killing happened, but his lawyer has since said that is not true.

Cops believe Fat Joe was a witness to the shooting because others on the scene said he was in the car with the victims.

Fat Joe, whose real name is Joe Cartagena, left for Russia after the shooting, his attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said. And in any case, he added, his client saw nothing.

"He didn't witness the shooting," Lichtman said, insisting his client was not in the vehicle with the victims.

Lessli Paz, 25, of Jamaica, Queens, and Joey Navarro, 26, of Homestead, Fla., were killed in the violence. Cops arrested Miami resident Jermaine Chamberline, 24, on charges of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm.

Lichtman said he called police when reports surfaced that his client had been at the scene. He told cops Fat Joe could talk to them this week on the phone or in person.

No definite date was set.

Yukmouth Arrested In Los Angeles

Rapper Yukmouth was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles on Sunday (June 3) for driving on a suspended license.

According to a report from, the rapper (real name: Jerold Ellis) was picked up around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, arrested and charged with the misdemeanor traffic charge, but was also hit for an outstanding warrant.

His bail was reportedly set at $40,000, due to the warrant, which was unspecified at press time.

In other Yukmouth news, the Oakland rapper has been working on his forthcoming album, Million Dollar Mouthpiece, which is slated for the summer.

Yuk is one-half of the platinum-selling rap duo, the Luniz, along with Numskull. The duo enjoyed mainstream success in the 90s with their hit single, "I Got 5 on It," which helped catapulted their album to platinum sales.

Yukmouth later branched off to launch a solo career, beginning with a deal with J. Prince's Rap-A-Lot Records, where he released three solo albums, each selling more than 200,000 copies.

Lupe Fiasco's Mentor Sentenced to 44 Years

Charles Patton, mentor and business partner of Chi-town rapper Lupe Fiasco, will have to put a halt to his career in the music biz after being sentenced to 44 years on several drug charges.

In a Cook County courtroom last month, Judge Dennis Porter sentenced Patton to 44 years on drug charges, after he was caught with 6 kilos of heroin -- worth about $1 million on the street -- back in 2003, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The papers reports that investigators said that he had become one of the top shot callers in the Chicago drug-dealing world, using money he earned from record deals to buy heroin and flooding the city's streets with his product.

Fiasco, who owns the record label 1st & 15th alongside Patton, was never charged, but was present at the his home when he was arrested and was also forced to testify during his trial about phone conversations he had with Patton, which investigators believe were about heroin.

In recorded conversations, both Patton and Fiasco were quoted as talking about splitting up "whole yellow" and "whole red" ones," which a prosecution witness said represented the mixing and prepping of $10 heroin packets.

While testifying for the defense, Fiasco (real name: Wasalu Jaco) said that during the conversations they were referring to the mixing and prepping of music tracks, and denied any involvement in drugs.

Although Fiasco did not comment directly regarding the case, he did write a letter to the court to vouch for his business partner and longtime friend.

"I love Charles... I am deeply saddened by his circumstances and will stand by him and his family no matter what occurs," Fiasco wrote.

"Mr. Patton has played a crucial role in the development of Lupe's career," Craig Kallman, the chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records, also wrote to the court. "Through his invaluable knowledge, advice, and guidance, Lupe has developed into one of the most refreshing artists in hip-hop music."

While Patton was convicted, prosecutors could not present evidence to link the drug charges to their record label, 1st & 15th, even though they believed that he had been dealing since the 80s, years before he linked up with Fiasco to launch the label.

"There is a large amount of money that he received from the sales of heroin," Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Coughlin told the paper. "And he was able to start up a record company."

Saigon Takes On Atlantic Records

Saigon has called out his label Atlantic Records for failing to promote and release his anticipated debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, and has threatened to release the project for his fans regardless of the label's approval.

On his MySpace blog, dated on Friday, June 1, the New York bred rapper refers to Atlantic as "a home of ringtone making artists" and claims his fans will hear the album whether the label puts it out or not.

"Please don't believe that the hold up of my album has anything to do with me or my work ethic or my rate of producing great music," he wrote. "If you go to YouTube and type in JBTV Saigon you will hear snippets of my album that Atlantic doesn't seem to have the desire to release."

"I just think the once great Atlantic Records has been belittled down to a home of ringtone making artists, like they sign the great jingle writers and real artist like myself don't get a chance to showcase my musical abilities," he continued. "I feel like Tupac now...It's me against the world. Thank God artists such as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin (Atlantic artist) weren't signed in this day in time; they would've never seen the light of day."

"Not to worry though, my fans will hear my entire album very soon whether they put it out or not," he added. "If they don't I will and let yall be the judge if the music is great or not. I'm beginning to think that being my album is geared toward the betterment and not the destruction of my people the powers that be don't wanna release it...cause I know its not the skills...I am the most relevant rapper in the world by far when it comes to my people. Unfortunately they only care about $$$$...Oh well. Welcome to America... Greatest Story Never Told coming this summer...regardless." [Read Saigon's blog in full here]

Saigon, who had a recurring role on HBO's "Entourage," during the show's second season, is signed to Just Blaze's Fort Knocks Entertainment. The Greatest Story Never Told was initially set to hit stores in 2006 via Fort Knocks/Atlantic Records but has been continuously delayed. It reportedly features production by Blaze and Kanye West, among others.

Master P Denies Dropping Album To Compete With 50 Cent's Curtis

After announcing that he would release his new album on the same day as 50 Cent's Curtis, veteran rapper Master P has came out to clarify that he is not doing it to compete with the G-Unit General.

On the heels of 50 Cent's disrespectful statements regarding Master P's decision to clean up his lyrics, Master P announced he would release a collabo album with his son Romeo called Hip-Hop History on the same day 50 plans to release his third studio album.

But P says his choice to release it on that day has nothing to do with 50 Cent. Instead, he says he wants to give fans "a freedom of choice."

Master P told MTV that "the date was not chosen to compete with Curtis Jackson's delayed release, but rather to create balance in the marketplace and give kids a freedom of choice."

The album will reportedly feature guest appearances by Chamillionaire and Master P's brother Silkk The Shocker, among others. And it will not include any explicit language.

Proceeds from the sales of the album will help to fund school scholarship programs in the U.S.

Hip-Hop History is slated for release on September 4, the same day as 50 Cent's Curtis.

Keith Murray Sets Release Date For New Album

Def Squad member Keith Murray has announced a July 31 release date of his latest album, Rap-Murr-Phobia.

Executive produced by Erick Sermon, Rap-Murr-Phobia, Murray's fifth solo album will feature appearances by Tyrese, Method Man, Redman, and Junior.

Murray's clever album title, Rap-Murr-Phobia refers to a fear of what Sermon calls "real" Hip-Hop.

The first single off of Rap-Murr-Phobia, "Nobody Do It Better" featuring Tyrese and Junior, is currently in rotation on radio stations and plans for the accompanying video are in the works.

Plans for a summer tour are also in the works for Murray.

As one-third of the group Def Squad, Keith Murray aims to bring his brand of Hip-Hop to fans with his new album.

Rap-Murr-Phobia will be released on Koch Records, one of the fastest-growing music companies in the United States.


The marriage of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and his wife of 10 years, Dany Garcia Johnson, is coming to an end.

The former pro-wrestler, 35, announced their separation in a statement to People magazine on Friday.

"We've been fortunate enough to spend the last 17 years together as a couple and look forward to spending the rest our lives together as best friends and business partners," the statement said. "We will continue to advance and manage our business interests, our philanthropic efforts and most importantly the raising of our child together."

Garcia Johnson currently serves as the CEO of a wealth management firm. The pair has a 5-year-old daughter, Simone Alexander.

Johnson recently wrapped production on a big screen adaptation of the popular television show "Get Smart," starring Steve Carell.