Jun 16, 2007
Jun 15, 2007
Funeral Arrangements Set For Stack Bundles
Final arrangements have now been made for slain rapper Stack Bundles, who was killed in New York earlier this week.
The rapper's funeral is set to be held on Monday (June 18) at the J. Foster Philips Funeral Home, located at 179-24 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica, Queens. According to the funeral home, the service will be open to the public and fans as well as mourners. Well wishers are welcome to send flowers and or cards to express their condolences.
The funeral home also indicated that there will most likely be a heightened police presence at the ceremony as well.
The former Byrd Gang Records signee is expected to draw thousands of mourners from all over, including Jim Jones and the Dipset as well as former collaborators like Fabolous and DJ Clue. Both Fab and Jones's Byrd Gang Records released official statements earlier this week expressing their condolences to the rapper's family and friends.
As previously reported, the 24 year-old Stack Bundles (born Rayquon Elliot) was shot twice, once in the head and once in the neck in the lobby of his Redfern Projects building in Far Rockaway, Queens early Monday morning (June 11).
Police said the rapper had been out with his friends. One of Bundles' friends who had walked off while the rapper was in the lobby, told authorities that he ran back when he heard gunshots but by the time he reached the scene the suspect had run off.
According to local Rockaway newspaper The Wave police have currently intensified their search for Bundles' killer specifically around the Redfern Projects.
DJ Drama Returns With New Gangsta Grillz Mixtape; Urges Supporters to Take Charge
Less than six months after being at the center of the scrutiny surrounding the mixtape industry, DJ Drama has reemerged with the release of his latest mixtape, Gangsta Grillz 16.
The new project, titled The Streets Been Waitin,’ features exclusive new releases and unreleased tracks from a variety of artists, including Young Jeezy, Lil’ Boosie, Gucci Mane, Big Kuntry and the Aphilliates Music Group’s own Willie The Kid.
Unlike previous Gangsta Grillz mixtapes, the latest installment of the series will be hosted by DJ Drama instead of a celebrity.
The Streets Been Waitin’ is Drama’s first official Gangsta Grillz mixtape since his arrest in January.
"All these artists and DJs who have benefitted off the mixtape game and found success need to step up and take charge," Drama told AHHcom. "The mixtape game is too important for us to let it go to the wayside."
DJ Drama and Aphiliates co-founder DJ Don Cannon were taken into custody following a Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)-sanctioned raid on their Atlanta offices.
The pair were held on racketeering charges while nearly 50,000 CDs were seized by authorities.
The turmoil surrounding the incident sent shockwaves through the hip-hop community as DJs faced intense scrutiny from outside forces.
Despite the legal pressure, mixtape supporters stood behind Drama through the ordeal.
DJ Drama still maintains his position as rapper T.I.’s official tour DJ, in addition to hosting the Streetz in Watchin’ and Gangsta Grillz Radio shows with fellow Aphilliate cofounders DJ Don Cannon and DJ Sense.
The turntablist, who pledged to feed the streets for the rest of his life, feels more needs to be done to protect the important resource mixtapes have become.
With the arrest behind him, Drama is moving forward to re-establish himself as he works on the next Gangsta Grillz installments.
Fans can look forward to collaborations between Drama and Fabolous, Gucci Mane, Gorilla Zoe and Willie The Kid over the next few months.
Although Drama is putting the finishing touches on his Atlantic Records project Gangsta Grillz the Album, there is currently no release date set for the release by the label.
Eve Takes Over Rap City
Eve will be taking over BET’s Rap City for the entire week beginning June 18 in anticipation of her new album Here I Am.
In celebration of Black Music Month, the pitbull in a skirt is bringing in some of hip-hop’s most influential women to discuss the current state of women in hip-hop and the power of women in the industry.
Expected guests include Remy Ma, Dr. Roxanne Shante, DJ Jazzy Joyce, former Vibe editor Mimi Valdez and Monie Love. Also expected to drop by are fellow Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff, Common and Swizz Beatz.
Rap City airs each weekday at 5:00 p.m. Here I Am arrives in stores on July 12.
RAY J AND SNOOP PLUG WEED IN NEW SONG
Porn director/star Ray J takes yet another turn behind the camera to direct a music video for his song “Smoking Weed,” a track featuring Snoop Dogg and Slim Thug that extols the virtues of marijuana.
Ray J insists the song is meant to point out the medicinal properties of the drug, which he says he was prescribed three years ago to help him battle insomnia, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Web site.
"In Los Angeles and in nine other states you can smoke weed legally because that's my medication,” the site quotes him as saying. “Like it's hard for me to go to sleep at night... I have insomnia.
"So they (doctors) prescribe marijuana for me so I can relax at night and just be cool. ... I've been a patient for two, three years. Snoop's a patient. ... Slim Thug's a patient, so what you're doing is you're watching a video of people just using their medication to help them relax.”
The actor-singer further explains: "It's hard to go to sleep at night, being an entrepreneur and being on the grind every day."
Minnesota Twins Owner Purchases Hip-Hop Radio Station
According to the Associated Press, Carl Pohlad, owner of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins has purchased B-96 FM, a Hip-Hop station in Minneapolis. Pohlad purchased the station for $28 million from Radio One Inc.
The Twins owner recently launched Northern Lights Broadcasting with the hopes of making inroads into the radio business. KTTBFM or B-96 FM is the first acquisition in what is expected to be several more. President and CEO of Northern Lights, Steve Woodbury, says that he has been tasked with finding other radio and TV stations with potential and starting a small media group.
B-96 FM will retain its Hip-Hop format along with all on-air personalities.
Cali Rapper Paperboy Busted For Selling Weed
California rapper Paperboy, well known for his 90's hit "Ditty," was arrested by Merced authorities on Wednesday (June 13) for allegedly selling marijuana.
According to The Merced Sun Star, authorities revealed Paperboy (born Mitchell Johnson) had been under investigation for several weeks before he was pulled over in his black 1990 Honda Accord and arrested.
The rapper was booked into the Merced County Jail on charges of possession and sales of marijuana, possession of more than one ounce of marijuana, and transportation of marijuana for sale.
Paperboy remains held at Merced County Jail on $20,000 bail. Fresno Action News reported that police are currently investigating the rapper's cell phone for information on his possible clients.
Merced Police Commander Tommy Martin divulged that Paperboy told members of the gang unit that he squandered away all the money he earned from rapping and is now living in poverty.
50 Cent Let Off The Hook In Allen Iverson Assault Lawsuit
50 Cent will reportedly not have to testify in an upcoming assault trial involving NBA Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson.
According to the Associated Press, Iverson is being sued by two unidentified individuals who claim the hoop-star hit one of them with a bottle during a fight between members of Iverson's security and patrons at a downtown Washington bar in 2005.
50 (born Curtis Jackson) was not involved in the fight but the lawyers of the plaintiffs claim that the G-Unit boss knew some of Iverson's security and could testify at trial about their behavior.
50 argued that since he was not involved in the fight and is not named in the lawsuit, he could not be forced to travel from his home in Connecticut to testify. A federal judge agreed with the rapper saying she did not have jurisdiction because he lived more than 100 miles from the court.
Iverson and his entourage are charged with assault, conspiracy and other charges. Their trial begins on June 27.
Usher & R. Kelly Chasing The Same Girl?
People truly believed egos would erupt when Usher and R. Kelly hooked up for their latest single, "Same Girl". According to their video director Lil' X, that is far from reality.
"There was no ego when they got together...They were playing basketball on lunch breaks, it was all good. No egos. No gangs. It's all straight, it's all good. Just the chemistry and good vibes. You'll feel it off the screen," he told MTV.
The song, which deals with Usher and Kelly falling for the same girl, is said to have a story to it as well.
"It's been a while since we had the resources to do it big, with the music industry how it is ... [but fans] can look forward to the song really coming to life with a little extra something...We didn't go too dancey in this. We do definitely get a nice performance part in this, but for the most part it's really the story. A little movie and I give people a little moment."
The "girl" in the video was one that was picked at a casting.
"Just like the lyrics, 'Coca-Cola red bone' from the ATL...We put the word out, it's so many people representing girls with all the magazines and agents, it's not like back in the day when we had to find our own [models]. Now people send us pics. There's people out there hunting."
I don’t slide like Usher,
Forbes recently revealed their annual Celebrity 100 list, naming the most wealthy celebrities of the year and for the first time, the magazine introduced a new category called Hip-Hop Impresarios.
Among the hip-hop alumni who made the list, Jay-Z was the man at the top of the totem pole, ranking in at no. 9 on the Power Rank chart, beating out the likes of Donald Trump, Howard Stern, Kobe Bryant and even Diddy and 50 Cent.
The mag reported that Jay-Z earned a whopping $83 million in 2006, thanks to the sale of his Rocawear clothing line for a reported $204 million to Iconix. Other business ventures in his portfolio includes a small stake in NBA team, the New Jersey Nets, and two locations for this 40/40 nightclubs.
Jay-Z also ranked at no. 7 in Pay Rank.
50 Cent slided in at no. 32, with reported earnings of $33 million from his vast empire that includes a record label, clothing line, books, ringtones and videogames. His stake in Glaceau was also mentioned, but will count toward next year's rankings.
The rapper owned a 10% stake in the company, which was recently bought by Coca-Cola for a reported $4.1 billion, earning the rapper an estimated $100 million in the deal.
50 Cent also ranked at no. 26 in Pay Rank.
Bad Boy Records co-founder, Sean "Diddy" Combs, was positioned at no. 43, as Forbes reported his earnings in 2006 at $23 million, due to his Warner-backed Bad Boy Records, Sean John clothing line and Unforgivable cologne label. He landed at no. 55 in the Pay Rank list.
Others on the list included Will Smith at no. 57 with earnings of $31 million, Kobe Bryant at no. 23 with earnings of $33 million, Shaquille O'Neal at no. 25 with earnings of $32 million, Lebron James at no. 48 with earnings of $27 million, and Tyra Banks at no. 61 with earnings of $18 million among others.
Oprah Winfrey topped the list though with Tiger Woods right behind her. They had reported earnings of $260 million and $100 million respectively.
In addition to taking second, Woods also set a record, becoming the first athlete in history to earn $100 million in one year, thanks in part to a raise given by longtime endorser Nike, according to Forbes.
The power rankings were based on each celebrity's rankings in pay, presence on the web, press and TV.
Seeing this list reminds me of what Jay spit on "go crazy remix"
"...more than a hustla I'm the definition of it"
"If money talks, the whole world's bout to hear me out
See I'm a hustla's hope, I'm not his pipe dreams
So when they speak of success, I'm what they might mean"
is it just me or hasn't jay really become " a hustlers hope"
does this list really surprise anybody?
My only question is where is Dr Dre?
Jun 14, 2007
Fabolous left court a free man Thursday after a judge dismissed illegal weapons charges that put him behind bars for a night last October.
A prosecutor said authorities were unable to prove that the 28-year-old Brooklyn emcee or three co-defendants were the owners of two loaded handguns found in a car in which they had ridden.
“He’s more relieved than happy,'’ the rapper’s lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, said. “He should never have been here in the first place.'’
The Brooklyn rapper, born John Jackson, was arrested Oct. 17 after he was treated for a minor gunshot wound following a wild night at Justin’s, Manhattan restaurant and club owned by rap mogul Sean “Diddy'’ Combs.
The trouble at the celebrity-studded night spot began when someone snatched a $50,000 chain off the neck of then-Boston Celtics point guard Sebastian Telfair.
Some time later, gunfire broke out in a parking lot near the restaurant. Fabolous was hit in the right thigh, then escaped the scene with three other men in a Dodge Magnum SUV.
While the rapper was being treated at a hospital, police searched the vehicle and found two handguns, a .40 caliber and .380 caliber semiautomatic. Neither gun was registered and police said the serial number on the .380 had been scratched off.
“There were four guys in the car,'’ he said. “My client jumped in the back seat of the car after he was shot. It was not the car he came to the club in.'’
Ebanks suggested in October that Telfair, who came out of Coney Island to become a first-round NBA draft pick, and Fabolous were victims of robbers who were targeting the club’s high-profile clientele.
“These were people preying on celebrities,'’ Ebanks said at the time, “and my client was obviously targeted because he is a high-profile celebrity and platinum-selling artist.'’
Detectives later had Telfair view police lineups with suspects in the chain theft, but he failed to identify anybody.
Fabolous was in the courthouse Thursday, but elected to stay outside the courtroom after his lawyer told him the case was being dismissed.
Fabolous’ latest hit, “Make Me Better,'’ is one of the top rap singles in the country.
The rapper (real name: Inga Marchand) was given the good news by Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson, reports the Associated Press, after a positive report from her probation officer.
"I see a positive probation report here," said Judge Jackson, who also said Foxy would not have to return to court.
According to the AP, Jackson said that over the past two months the rapper had kept appointments with her probation officer, gotten permission before leaving the state, passed her drug tests, and attended required anger management classes.
"I'm going to restore her to probation," the judge said over objections by a Probation Department lawyer. "There's no necessity for the court to monitor her."
"It was a real struggle to get you on board. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life," continued the Judge Jackson.
Attorney Mathilda Leo of the Probation Department argued that two months was not long enough to says Foxy had really improved her attitude and that the judge should wait another two months before restoring her to probation.
Foxy had been serving a three year probation sentence for a 2004's incident at Bloomie Nails in Manhattan, where she attacked two manicurists over allegedly trying to overcharge her.
The rapper was accused of violating probation when she went to Florida back in February of 2007 and was arrested for battery and resisting an officer with violence during an incident at a South Beach beauty supply store.
She was released after posting $1,500 bond. The case is still pending.
T.I. f/ Wyclef Jean - “You Know What It Is”
We Takin Over Female Remix ft Trina, Lil Mo, Jacki-O & Remy Martin
GAME REJECTS PLEA DEAL IN CAB CASE
Rapper The Game has rejected a Manhattan prosecutor's offer Wednesday of a guilty plea for a sentence of time already served on charges of impersonating a police officer in New York.
According to the Associated Press, the artist was given the chance to plead guilty to the misdemeanor charge in exchange for the time he spent waiting to go to court following his November arrest. The deal would have put the case to bed once and for all, his lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman said.
But The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, didn’t feel the terms were fair.
"Why should he plead guilty to bogus charges for a non-jail sentence if he's innocent," Lichtman said outside court. "And he is innocent. It's rare that I have a 100 percent innocent defendant, but this is one."
As previously reported, the 27-year-old Compton native was arrested after he allegedly told a New York cab driver that he was an undercover police officer and persuaded him to run a series of red lights. The cabbie drove about 13 blocks before he was pulled over, police said at the time.
Funkmaster Flex Speaks On Snitching & 50 Cent
Flex also had to wonder aloud about the rise of apparent "hustlers in hip-hop", saying, "I'm starting to feel like the street element is seeping into the game too thick and too strong. I really don't care who gets offended. There used to be a separation of the music and the hustle. I'm not really feeling that it's separated anymore. The hustlers are managing the rappers."
Flex went on to place part of the blame on the success of 50 Cent. "I don't know if the whole 50 Cent success has made rappers feel they have to say something negative about a person that's coming out." His guest, Fabolous, responded, "50 has said he's fueled a lot of this stuff. I [never] seen dudes pull them hammers out on them DVD's like that until 50 did it. I'm not gonna lie."
"50 Cent is a different animal," Flex continued. "He has thought out his process for the last 10 years. This dude don't move unless he thought about it and has thought about what he's gonna do, when he's gonna do it. 'Cause at the end of the day, for y'all tryin' to be like 50, he's really laughin' at y'all countin' about 200 million on islands. I don't know if you noticed, but this dude has never really been at a nightclub or standin' on a corner."
Just Blaze Responds To His Artist Saigon's Blog Entry Calling Out Atlantic Records
Just Blaze has responded to his artist Saigon's blog entry calling out Atlantic Records for the continuous delays in the release of Saigon's debut album.
Saigon aired out his frustrations with Atlantic Records via a Myspace blog posting Saigon followed this up by saying that Just Blaze was disappointed in him for posting the blog and that he took offense to it and that's why it was removed. Just Blaze has responded to these allegations via his blog at
Partial unedited Just Blaze response:
"As far as Saigon’s infamous Myspace blog entry, and its subsequent removal, he stated that he took it down because It offended me and I didn’t understand why he would say what he said. That…. isn’t exactly the case.. it’s actually not at all. Don’t take that as me calling him a liar by any means. To me that means he was either too frustrated to really read it thouroughly (understandable) or.. well I can’t think of another reason. I have no vested intrerest in his feelings towards the label, I wasn’t even mentioned in his blog, so there was nothing fo rme to be offended about. To sum up what I said in my email to him, I explained that I didn’t understand why he would post that NOW. Now that the album is pretty much done, and the only issue holding up the release of the first record is a sample clearance issue, which Craig Kallman (President of Atlantic) is personally handling directly with the sample’s publishers, as well as the management of the group that was sampled. Please believe that does NOT happen very often, especially not with a new artist who has not sold one record. It’s usually "Well replay the sample or make a new record" If this man is going out of his way to personally get this cleared, and we (myself and Saigon) just had a short meeting about this the night before and you know exactly what is happening and who is working on what, why would you go out and slander the company he runs in the middle of him trying to negotiate something on YOUR behalf? It’s kinda like going out and sleeping with your lawyer’s wife the night before he’s about to represent you for a murder case. You’re asking to get buried. These are the people that once this record DOES get cleared, have to work, push, and market it. We don’t make pop/crunk/rock/dance/snap rap, so we already have an uphill battle.. let’s not make it more difficult for ourselves. I dont care what you personally think of the man, but now is not the time to go and kick up dirt when they are in the middle of working out something for us to finally release a record. 6 months ago? I would have understood completely, right now? Let them do what they are trying to do so we can wake up to some good news about the record being clear to release, as opposed to me being woken up at 9am because the president is pissed about your blog, when hes trying to clear your sample personally. You may not be entirely wrong, and I actually agree with a LOT of what you said.. but I feel now isnt the right time for it."
N.O.R.E. Video "Banned" From MySpace
Myspace and N.O.R.E.recently locked horns as his video for "Cocaine Cowboys" was taken down from the popular networking site. SOHH recently caught up with the Queens bred rapper to get his side of the story.
"I moved to Miami last year and one of the first movies I saw when I got here was Cocaine Cowboys," Nore said when asked to explain the concept for the video. "I liked it and recorded a song in reference to the movie and I wanted to be true to it. I did the song and the people who did the movie approached us about doing a video. It wasn't my life I was depicting but the life in the movie. The drugs were not my drugs. The money is not my money. It's all from the film." [Watch "Cocaine Cowboys" Video Here]
Though Nore maintains that his video is no different from a Hollywood script or any other artistic expression, he does in fact understand why the wildly popular social networking site banned the video.
"I understand that certain people are going to have certain feelings about it. People are on [MySpace] pretending to be other individuals, portraying to be their big brothers or whatever and they're only 12 or 13-years-old. If they're that young, then I wouldn't want them to see it, but if they're 18-25, this is reality and they're going to have to face it anyway and make their own decision. They can later say that I appreciate Nore for bringing that to us or I don't. But I am a responsible adult and I do have kids so I understand. But I never heard of that before...being banned is dope."
When contacted, MySpace reps clarified that Nore was not banned from the website but his video was taken down for failing to comply with the site's "Terms and Conditions." According to the agreement, MySpace has the right to take down footage that "may be offensive, illegal, or violate the rights, harm, or threaten the safety of any person."
In related news the self proclaimed animal thug is currently working on several projects. Besides prepping the release of his new album, Global Warming 11368, which finds N.O.R.E. going back to his rap roots, he is also working on a reunion album with former rhyme partner Capone, a mixtape dropping next week with DJ Green Lantern called "Cocaine on Steriods," and an Internet reality series dubbed "Nore-ality," which can be found on his MySapce page.
While Global Warming 11368 has no release date yet, it will reportedly feature guest verses from Jadakiss, Kurupt, T-Pain and Bun B, with production from Pharrell, Dame Grease, Swizz Beatz and Scott Storch.
Chris Lighty, Warner Music Group Partner For Artist Management Venture
Warner Music Group (WMG) announced Wednesday (June 13) that they would team up with Chris Lighty's Violator Management to create new revenue by connecting artists and brand names.
According to Reuters, the joint venture between WMG and Violator will be known as Brand Asset Group, with Chris Lighty leading the way as CEO.
Warner said that they would work closely with its senior execs to identify sponsorship and brand extension opportunities for its artists, but will not work exclusively with acts signed to their labels.
Lighty has already proven success in his brand building ability with artists. His artist, 50 cent, has numerous deals with video games, a clothing line and an investment/endorsement partnership with Glaceau's Vitamin Water, which has reportedly earned 50 a cool $200 million in the sale of the company.
Violator also manages include Diddy, Missy Elliot and LL Cool J.
The new deal by WMG is a sign that the music industry is trying to find new ways to earn revenue outside of music sales.
Usually, record labels invest money into an artist to build their brand and popularity through promotions such as videos and radio, resulting in a boost in record sales and licensing of songs to various sources. However, an artist management company can build more diverse revenue streams by overseeing everything from touring and public appearances to video games and advertising. Violator is just one example.
"As a music company, my view is we've been far too narrowly defined," Warner Music Chief Executive, Edgar Bronfman, said, according to Reuters. "The music industry is growing, the record industry is not growing. We're beginning dramatically to accelerate our view of what our business model is."
Bronfman said WMG will branch out into advertising, sponsorship, artist management, touring and ticketing.
EMINEM KISSES & TELLS ABOUT MARIAH?
Eminem isn’t quite done with Mariah Carey yet. The rapper, who claims to have had a brief fling with Mimi in 2001, although she denies it, is reportedly giving up details about the alleged encounter on his new album.
"There is more than one track that goes into really specific, intimate detail about what went on between Em and Mariah," a source tells OK! magazine.
The insider also says Carey has asked the head of her Island Def Jam label, L.A. Reid, to try and intervene.
"Mariah wishes she could sue Eminem for slander," the source told OK!. "But it's his freedom of speech."
Eminem had released voicemail messages from a woman he claimed was Carey, who pleads: "Why won't you see me? Why won't you call me?" Carey addressed the messages in Playboy earlier this year, stating: "Something is clearly askew with him. I'm curious as to why he's so obsessed with me."
Lil Mo Plans New Album 'Pain and Paper'
Lil Mo's new project Pain and Paper will be released under her new independent label HoneyChild Entertainment in late August.
Pain and Paper is the first album in four years for Lil Mo, who is known for singing on hit records like Ja Rule's "Put It On Me" Missy Elliott's "Hot Boys" and her own hit single "Superwoman," which helped launch the career of rapper Fabolous.
"I came up with the title Pain and Paper because I always felt like in order to get to the top, there is always a struggle, 'where much is needed, much is required'," Lil Mo told AHH.com. "For this album, I called everybody myself. I did it myself and they just came through. I mean we worked out, we got it in. My lawyer calls me the female Jay-Z. I mean, I'm so involved, from the way I want my hair, down to the shoes and toenail polish I want in my video."
Lil Mo, who's debut album Based On a True Story is certified gold, was once affiliated with Irv Gotti's Murder Inc. Records, but left in 2002 due to a financial dispute.
Her sophomore album Meet the Girl Next Door was met with lukewarm reception.
Lil Mo signed with Cash Money Records, but her third album, Syndicated: The Lil Mo Hour, was never released.
With Pain and Paper, Lil Mo has taken more of an interest in the business affairs of her career.
"This album was written and executive produced by myself and my business partner Russell Webster," Lil' Mo stated. "We call ourselves the 'major indie' because we're independent and do it ourselves, but we have major outlets as far as my publicity, promotion and everything else."
Pain and Paper features guest appearances from Fabolous, Trina, Da Brat, and Kat Williams, with production from Brian Michael Cox.
The first single off of Pain and Paper is titled "Sumtimes I" featuring Jim Jones. A video for the single is slated to be shot next week.
Pain and Paper is set to be released August 28th.
Reggae Artists Sign Deal To Stop Anti-Gay "Murder" Music
Three of the world’s top reggae/dancehall singers have renounced homophobia and condemned violence against lesbians and gay men. Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. They have now signed up to the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.
The agreement follows the three-year-long Stop Murder Music campaign, which resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of the singers’ concerts and sponsorship deals, causing them income losses estimated in excess of five million dollars.
“The Reggae Compassionate Act is a big breakthrough,” said Peter Tatchell, of the British gay human rights group OutRage!.
Mr Tatchell is coordinator of the worldwide Stop Murder Music campaign. He helped negotiate the deal with the three singers.
“The singers’ rejection of homophobia and sexism is an important milestone. We rejoice at their new commitment to music without prejudice,” said Mr Tatchell.
“This deal will have a huge, positive impact in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The media coverage will generate public awareness and debate, breaking down ignorance and undermining homophobia.
“Having these major reggae stars renounce homophobia will influence their fans and the wider public to rethink bigoted attitudes. The beneficial effect on young black straight men will be immense,” he said.
In the Reggae Compassionate Act the three singers pledge to:
“respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without fear of hatred and violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender”;
“there’s no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia”;
“we agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community”.
In this declaration the artists promise to not sing lyrics or make public statements, in Jamaica or anywhere else in the world, that incite prejudice, hatred or violence against lesbian and gay people. “By signing the Reggae Compassionate Act, they are stating that, in future, they will not release new homophobic songs or authorise the re-release of previous homophobic songs,” Mr Tatchell pointed out. "The Reggae Compassionate Act applies worldwide. If any of the three singers break this agreement anywhere in the world, we will resume the campaign against them. As a result of them signing this statement, for a trial period we are suspending the campaign against these three performers. If they abide by the agreement we will make this suspension permanent."
“The other five murder music artists – Elephant Man, TOK, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton – have not signed the Reggae Compassionate Act. The campaign against them continues,” Mr. Tatchell said.
The Reggae Compassionate Act was negotiated by Eddie Brown of Pride Music UK, with the support of the promoters Michel Jovanovic (Mediacom France), Klaus Maack (Contour Germany), Peter Senders (Panic Productions Holland), Fabrizio Pompeo (Tour de Force Italy), Julian Garcia (Roots and Vibes Spain) and Tim Badejo (Dubble Bubble Scandinavia).
“We would not have secured this agreement without their helpful contacts, input, patience and commitment,” Mr. Tatchell said. “We thank them for their hard work.”
New Era Recalls Hats In Cleveland With Gang Logos
New Era Cap Co. recently recalled 100 of its hats from a Cleveland store after the company was alerted it was designing caps with logos representing local gangs.
According to The Buffalo News, New Era, which designs caps for various sports franchises, pulled the hats from the shelves of a Finish Line store in Cleveland on Saturday (June 9).
Peace in the Hood, an organization for gang prevention and intervention, reportedly discovered the hats and notified the retailer who in turn informed New Era.
"We first received reports of the hats from our outreach workers, two of them being former gang members," explained El-hajj Khalid A. Samad, executive director of Peace in the Hood. "We got together with several other groups and talked about a way to proactively address the situation."
The logos on the hats represented gangs from "Da Valley" (Garden Valley housing project), "10-5," for the 105th Street gang called Waste-5 and "HVD" for the street gang on Harvard Avenue.
"We had no knowledge the logo on our cap was a gang logo," said Gerry Matos, senior vice president of marketing for New Era Cap Co. "Once we were alerted, we immediately contacted the retailer and had the caps recalled."
Mato revealed that the company plans to take steps to ensure that it never happens again.
"We plan to work with police gang suppression units to get the names of gangs across the U.S.," Mato said. " We also have told our sales force to ask 'why' if a logo is obscure."
The recalled hats were shipped back to New Era Cap Co. and will be destroyed along with their logo designs.
T-Pain "Dranks" His Way To The Top, Rihanna Takes Second Place, R. Kelly Steals Third
In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B charts, T-Pain grabs the crown, Rihanna comes in second and R.Kelly steps down.
Debuting at No. 1 on the charts this week is Florida bred crooner T-Pain with his sophomore album Epiphany. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the album scanned 171,600 discs in its first go-around.
Right behind him is Rihanna who enters the charts at No. 2 with her third album titled Good Girl Gone Bad. The disc, which features appearances from Ne-Yo and Jay-Z, reels in 162,800 units in its opening week.
Slipping three spots to No. 4 after debuting at the top last week is far from bad news for R. Kelly. Double Up attains gold status in its second week by shifting 120,500 discs. The album's tally stands at 508,900.
Also attaining gold status this week is Amy Winehouse. At No. 10. Back To Black, bags up 66,500 units after two months on the charts, pushing the album's total to 560,100.
The gold rush continues with Ne-Yo at No. 18. After 6 weeks, Because Of You has sold a total of 513,100 discs with 36,600 representing the week-in total.
Posted at No. 20 is Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Dutchess continues to keep the competition at bay as it shelves off 35,200 discs in its 38th week on the charts. To date, the album has sold 1,998,000 copies.
After leaping to No, 12 last week, Robin Thicke slides twelve spots to No. 24. The Evolution Of Robin Thicke bags up 30,800 units this week, pushing the album's tally to 1,197,300 copies sold.
Without much promotion, former Bad Boy crooner Carl Thomas makes quiet outting at No. 25. His third effort, So Much Better, shells out 28,500 CDs in its opening week. The set features appearances from Baby Cham, Brandy, Dave Hollister and E-40.
Young Jeezy and his crew U.S.D.A tumble nineteen slots to No, 26. Cold Summer pushed 27,000 units this week. After 3 weeks, the album compilation has sold a total of 172,200 copies.
Despite falling twelve seats to No. 27, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony continues to keep cash registers ringing. Strength & Loyalty moved 24,800 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 262,400.
Posted at No. 30 is Akon . Konvicted ropes in 24,700 units this week. The album has sold 2,425,900 copies after thirty weeks on the charts.
Tripping seventeen spots to No. 33 is Tank. Sex, Love & Pain rings out 21,000 discs this week. The album's tally stands at 193,200.
Justin Timberlake falls ten slots to No. 35 this week. FutureSex/Love Sounds lugs in 20,600 units week. So far, the album has sold a total of 3,314,900 copies.
Debuting at No. 46 is Lil Wyte with his third album titled The One and Only. The album, which features appearances from Project Pat and Three Six Mafia, shells out 15,500 copies in its first week
At No. 47 is Corrine Bailey Rae. Her self-titled album reins in 14, 690 units this week. To date, the album's has sold a total of 1,553,500 copies. Bobby Valentino plunges eighteen spots to No. 50. Special Occasion dials in 14,300 units this week, bringing the album's tally to 178,600. Not far behind is Beyonce at No. 52. B'Day shelved off 13,500 discs this week. Thus far, the album has sold 2,732,900 copies. At No. 54 is Timbaland. Shock Value sold 12,700 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 369,700. Hanging on to the No. 57 spot is Murder Inc's Lloyd. Street Love cashes out 11,800 discs this week. The album's tally stands at 421,300 after 13 weeks. Toppling fifteen spots to No. 59 is Musiq Soulchild. Luvanmusiq nets 11,400 discs this week, pushing the album's sales to 416,900 sold.
Further down the ladder, Joss Stone sinks twenty five levels to No. 65. Introducing Joss Stone scans 10,700 discs in its twelfth week on the charts, bringing the album's total sales to 406,900. Things turn from bad to worse for Lil' Boosie & Webbie as they plummet thirty two spots to No. 67. Survival of The Fittest only shifts 10,300 units this week and after 3 weeks the album has sold a total of 57,300. Leanin' at No. 80 is Joe. Ain't Nothing Like Me hauls in 8,600 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 201,200. Rounding out the top 100 is MIMS at No.100. Music Is My Savior has sold 230,600 copies thus far with 7,400 representing the week-in total.
Next week look for Fabolous, DJ Khaled and DMX to shake things up on the Hip-Hop & R&B charts.
Jun 13, 2007
The good folks at XXl(eskasy and co.) interviewed Jimmy about his feeling regarding Stack's Death. I thought i would post it for yall.
Hip-hop meant everything to Dipset affiliate Stack Bundles. It was more than just music. It was his creative outlet—a way for him and his Squad Up crew to put Far Rockaway, Queens on the map. Tragically, though, it was the same neighborhood he embraced that ultimately took his life. On the morning of June 11, 2007, Rayquon “Stack Bundles” Elliot was murdered outside of his Queens apartment in what appears to be a robbery attempt. His death came at a time when he was on the cusp of greatness. After grindin’ on the mixtape circuit and appearing on various DJ Clue mixtapes with artists such as Joe Budden and Fabolous, Stack signed to Jim Jones’ Byrdgang Records imprint last year. Capo wasted no time thrusting the rap rookie into the spotlight. In just one year, Stack appeared on Jones’ third solo album, Hustler’s P.O.M.E., A Dipset Xmas and the M.O.B. (Members of Byrdgang) mixtape. Before he died, Stack was recording material for his debut album and working with Jones on a Byrdgang compilation. In a somber interview with XXL, Jim Jones reminisces about his fallen homie and lets the world know he’s going to do everything in his power to keep Stack Bundles’ legacy alive.
This must be a tough time for you. How are you holding up?
I’m holdin’ up. I [lived] a very tough life. I grew up as a strong individual. Certain things in life make you take two steps back. But you gotta keep your will up and [your] hope alive. You gotta keep faith. I can’t slow up now ’cause Stack’s spirit wouldn’t want me to slow up now. He was a great dude. He was an inspiration for me. He was one of the main reasons why I continue to do music. He had so much energy and so much to prove. He gave me that feeling again.
Where were you when you heard the news?
I was sleeping. I kept hearing my phone ring. I flipped it open and I saw a couple of calls. I was like, “I gotta see what’s going on.” And when I called my man Chubby, he told me what happened. It’s been a downhill spiral ever since then.
Despite all your success, do you feel as if you can’t escape incidents like these?
If you listen to my music, I tell people all the time this rap game is just like the crack game because we can still end up dead or in jail. Unfortunately, [Dipset affiliate] Max B is incarcerated and Stack Bundles had his life taken by a nigga who don’t know what life means or what the value of life is. A pure dickhead took his life, man. It just goes to show you that life as musicians and entertainers, we still takin’ a hellafied risk out here. It really is no different than the streets. When we tryin’ to make this money, you got haters, you got jealousy, you got envy, you got people that just don’t want to see you make it. And when you come up in the projects it’s like a barrel full of crabs and it’s hard to come up outta there. Fortunately, Stack was having a hell of a time in his life. He really was enjoying life. He was pursuing the only thing that he wanted to do and that was the music. That was his dream. I will let his dream live on. He can vicariously live through me. We’re gonna hold Stack down. We’re gonna go over-hard, because I got so much to prove to people now.
How did you and Stack hook up in the first place?
I used to listen to Stack’s music all the time. I met him five or six years ago. He approached me in the club and had this big blue mink on. He was young, still probably a teenager. He was like, “Yo, I’m Stack Bundles, I need to get on a song.” I was like, “Whoa, whoa, man, what’s up with you? Who’s your boss? Who you work for?” He was like, “I be with Clue and them.” So I said, “You tell Clue to holla at me, you know how I do things.” He got a little offended, but I was still listenin’ to his music and he did this freestyle to this 50 Cent beat. He said, “I know you love Cam and that Dipset shit/Screamin’ squad down/Disrespectin’ my shit/I know you don’t love me.” When I heard that, I asked somebody to get him to the studio for me. This was about two years ago. Got him to the studio and [I] made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He was ready to ride, change his life up and go for the gusto. That’s exactly what the fuck we was doin’—goin’ for the gusto.
What was it about him that made you believe in him as an artist?
I don’t know if I saw him as an artist, I just knew what he was going through in his life. I understood his life, coming from the projects. He had his own movement behind him. He had some strong niggas and he knew he had to make it good for them to get out of the hood. [He was] a pretty boy and had a lot of swag. He loved the fast life. Everything he talked about he was livin’. That’s what I could really appreciate—someone substantial, as opposed to an artist who just loves music and he’s gonna talk about somebody else’s life. Where we from, this is Dipset/Byrdgang, we talk about the things that we go through on a daily basis. We ain’t livin’ a façade here. As you can see, this is all real, man.
People are wondering why Stack was still living in the projects. Did you ever talk to him about leaving that sort of environment alone?
I offered Stack townhouses and apartments in Jersey, but he was just so stuck on he can’t leave the people that he grew up with. They all need to leave together or else he’s just gonna wait for his turn to make it and they all gonna get up out of there gradually. Far Rock was his haven. It was so important for him to put Far Rock on [and that] people understood where he was from. A person of so much hatred just robbed him of that. All he was trying to do was uplift his hood. This is what he really believed in. I don’t want people to think he didn’t have no opportunities, because the boy had plenty of opportunities to do whatever it is he wanted. But, unfortunately, you can’t force a grown man to do anything. You can give a person an opportunity, but it’s up to them to take it. What he did was, he took the opportunity in life I gave him, as far as the music, a new career and life. But, as far as his personal [life] and the dream he had, and the goals and obstacles he wanted to get over, he wanted to keep it there and do it on his own regard. He was very, very strong-minded about that. We argued numerous amounts of times about that. I’m going through a lot with myself with things like that, because I know what people may think and shit like that. But, trust me, people don’t know the half. I’ma fighter. I know the story. I know what goes on out there in them streets. I try to set an example way before anybody gets caught up.
What about his music? Are you gonna release the album he was working on before he died?
We gonna put out a Stack album, hopefully by September. I’m about to put out a single on him. He was currently doing the Byrdgang album. But I think I’m gonna fall back from that and do this dedication album to Stack. This was all he dreamed of—puttin’ an album out and gettin’ a video going and things like that. We was on the verge of doing that, we was about to shoot the video for the first Byrdgang video in about 10 days called “Make A Chick Go Ooh.” It’s just fucked up, man.
Do you know the motive behind his murder?
I don’t know. They say the good die young, so I guess my days are numbered. That’s how I take it. If the good die young, my days are numbered. That’s as serious as it can be. The same rules apply to everybody when you playin’ in the ghetto. We learn everything we can from the hood—how to hustle, how to grind, our ambition. When we fall, we get back up. But the wolves and the savages are still there. You cannot get caught slippin’ in the hood because the hood has no love, ultimately. It’s serious, no matter who you are or what power you possess. Please, be smart about the things you do. Don’t get caught slippin’ for nobody, man. It’s terrible out there. People still starvin’, people still tryin’ to come up and the value of life, the value of Black life is damn near nothin’.
If you knew anything, would you go to the cops with any information?
That’s not in my position to go to the cops and things like that. I wasn’t there. There’s a certain way we handle ourselves out here. There’s nothin’ wrong with police. The police do a hell of a job when it comes to crime and things like that. I hope that they do their job as well as they can when it comes to Stack Bundles. But everyone knows what life is about when you come up in [the] hood. Certain things you just can’t talk, there’s an unwritten rule. People know exactly what I mean. But we have nothin’ against police.
What’s your fondest memory of Stack?
The first time I took him to Miami for a big ass party inside Club Prive. Gabriel Union was in there partying, he went crazy when he seen [her] in the V.I.P. He was just so elated to know his life was about to change. He started to see what was going on. He got so drunk that night. He left out the club so drunk he was in the car with his head in his lap. He went to the room that night and he had, let’s just say he had a nice little entourage with him and he fell asleep on ’em. The next day, we started snappin’ on him all day, like, “You fell asleep, ah-ha.” Stack…man, he’s a good kid. I miss him and every experience. Everything that I got to do with him I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. As far as talent, there wasn’t nobody that could fuck with him when it came to rap—at all. He was way more talented that I will ever be and that’s serious.
"Rest In Peace," Fabolous & ByrdGang Records Bid Farewell to Stack Bundles
Both Fabolous and Jim Jones' ByrdGang Records released statements today expressing their grief over the passing of rapper Stack Bundles, who was shot and killed in New York June 11.
As previously reported, Bundles (born Rayquon Elliott) was shot once in head and once in the neck in the lobby of his Far Rockaway building early Monday morning. He was 24 years old.
"Where do we begin? The Dipset/ByrdGang family is deeply saddened by our loss. Not only did we lose a member but we lost a brother and a friend," manager Yandy Smith said. "Bundles was a joy to be around, charming, very intelligent, compassionate and concerned about the upliftment and enrichment of his community and the people in it. Unfortunately his goals and aspirations were cut short by the hands of dream stealers."
"We can not stress enough that a young star's light was put out before he had a chance to shine in front of the world," she continued. "We would like this to be a lesson to the rap game...too many of our talented artists are losing the battle of life before their voices have a chance to be heard. Something must change..."
Bundles, who hails from Queens, made a name for himself in New York's mixtape circuit via collaborations with DJ Clue, Fabolous and Joe Budden. After recently signing to Jim Jones' Byrd Gang Records, Bundles has appeared on Jones' third album, Hustler's P.O.M.E. (Product of My Environment) and The Dipset Xmas album.
"First and foremost I want to say rest in peace to Stack and condolences to his family," Fabolous said. " He was a good dude, who was eager at his chance to bring his music to the world. It's a shame he was cut short on his chance. On behalf of me and Street Fam, I send my love... God Bless."
Chamillionaire Readies Sophomore Album, New Single; Reveals Free Mixtape
As Grammy Award winning rapper Chamillionaire readies the release of his highly anticipated sophomore album, Ultimate Victory, he has announced its first official single, "Hip Hop Police."
The JR Rotem produced track, which features Slick Rick, is expected to hit radio this month. But before fans gear up for the rapper's new album, he is ready to hit them with yet another free mixtape and DVD.
"I've been hard at work, putting the final touches on Ultimate Victory while my fans have remained patient and overwhelmingly supportive of me," said Chamillionaire. "Now that the new album is finally complete and the first official single, 'Hip Hop Police' featuring Slick Rick is ready for release, I'm back on my mixtape grind. In addition to giving away Mixtape Messiah 3, the release of the DVD is just an extra token to show my appreciation to the fans that have supported me over the years."
According to Cham's camp, Mixtape Messiah 3 will be more of the quality music the Houston rapper is known for. The accompanying DVD will feature an hour of exclusive interviews, show performances, backstage tour footage, as well as recent in studio footage, all thoroughly documented throughout the past year and half.
Both the new mixtape and DVD will be available for free download in its entirety on Chamillionaire's official website, Chamillionaire.com on June 18th, exactly three months before the release of Ultimate Victory.
Ultimate Victory features guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Krazyie Bone, Pimp C, Lloyd, Famous and Devin The Dude to name a few, while production credits include Happy P, The Runners, Play N Skillz, The Beat Bullies, Kane Beatz, David Banner and others.
The rapper's official sophomore release is slated for release September 18.
*The second season of BET’s reality show “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” will begin airing this fall with episodes showing the making of her sophomore album “Just Like You,” tentatively due on Sept. 18.
Next week, Benny Boom will shoot a video for the first single, “Let It Go,” featuring cameos from guest artists Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim.
Cole and her manager, Manny Halley, are serving as executive producers for the second season of “The Way It Is,” which will also focus on Cole's mother's recent release from prison.
The Bay area native’s debut album, also titled "The Way It Is," has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The breakout hit "Love" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
T.I. made a surprise appearance at Harambee Charter School in West Philadelphia yesterday on June 11 according to Philly’s WPVI-TV.
Gucci Mane Inks Deal With Asylum/Atlantic For So Icey Imprint
Rapper Gucci Mane recently entered into a deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records to form his own label, So Icey, where he plans to release his next album.
The rapper has sold more than 500,000 albums independently and enjoyed major success with the 2005 hit single, "Icey," which featured Young Jeezy.
"Since releasing his first album two years ago, he has emerged as a compelling true-life storyteller with a unique voice and undeniable star power. I am thrilled to welcome Gucci and his So Icey label into the Atlantic and Asylum family," said Atlantic Chairman/CEO, Craig Kallman.
"It was a great coup for us to land Gucci Mane," added Todd Moscowitz, President of Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG). "He's one of the most charismatic and acclaimed rappers on the street, with an extraordinary life story and the authenticity and talent to back it up."
The Birmingham, Alabama born rapper is currently in the process of putting together his third album and the first released through the newly formed venture. Among those featured on the new album are Pimp C, Rich Boy, and R&B group Silk, with production from Zaytoven, Nitty, Shawty Redd, Butta, and SupaSonics.
Gucci Mane earned local notoriety in Atlanta with his debut single, "Black Tee," which lead to a deal with Big Cat Records. His debut album, 2005's Trap House, hit no. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and yielded his first national hit in "Icy." His second album, Hard To Kill, came in 2006.
Currently, Gucci Mane has released three new buzz records called "Pills," "Bird Flu," and "Freaky Gurl."
Cee-Lo Pens Theme Song For The Cartoon Network's Summer Programming
The Cartoon Network has announced that "Get Away", a song written and performed by Cee-Lo (Gnarls Barkley, Goodie Mob) will serve as the theme song for the network's summer programming.
The network's summer programming includes "Class of 3000" created by Andre 3000 of Outkast and "Storm Hawks," an action series depicting the adventures of five mismatched teens as they struggle to defend their people from an evil empire.
Cee-Lo and musical partner Danger Mouse are in the studio working on a new Gnarls Barkley album to follow-up their critically acclaimed and wildly commercially successful debut album "St. Elsewhere".
Tech N9ne Preps First Collaborative Album
Midwest rapper and independent legend Techn N9ne is gearing up for the release of his first collaborative album, titled Tech N9ne Collabos: Misery Loves Kompany, scheduled for July.
The new album sees Tech rapping alongside friends and labelmates over Southern-styled beats -- including collaborations with artists such as Yukmouth, Big Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Skatterman, Snug Brim, Prozak, Big Scoob, T-Nutty and Dalima, among others.
"I took a chance, like I love to do, by not sticking to the everyday, crazy, hardcore Tech N9ne stuff," the rapper explained. "I went and got some Southern styled beats and it worked."
Up-and-coming producers Michael "Seven" Summers and David Sanders II created the majority of Misery Loves Kompany, whose highlights include the sexually charged "That Box," the lyrical exercise "Midwest Choppers," the infidelity meditation "I Can Feel It" and the socially moving "Message To The Black Man," creating a well-rounded effort, says the rapper.
"There's a lot of stuff on this album," Tech N9ne said. "It's a variety. It's not just sexual. It's not just party. It's just like the normal Tech N9ne rollercoaster. There's something on there for everybody."
Misery Loves Kompany comes just nine months after the release of Everready (The Religion), the fastest-selling album of Tech N9ne's career. The album has already sold more than 95,000 copies, a tremendous accomplishment for Tech N9ne, who released the album independently on his Strange Music imprint in November 2006 in the midst of a crumbling music retail climate.
Misery Loves Kompany is slated to drop July 17.
MURPHY VOWS TO ‘DO THE RIGHT THING’ IF CHILD IS HIS
Cameras were in place outside of a Beverly Hills clinic Monday to capture the arrival of Eddie Murphy, who had just been ordered by a judge to provide a DNA sample that will determine if he fathered the two-month old daughter of his ex-girlfriend, Melanie Brown.
The actor missed the London premiere of his latest film, “Shrek the Third,” so that he could finally address the paternity issue that has been in question ever since he voiced his doubts on a Dutch TV show.
The ex-Spice Girl and her baby, Angel Iris, were at the same Beverly Hills clinic earlier in the day, where the child also submitted DNA.
Despite having denied that he is the daddy, Murphy said he will “do the right thing” if the paternity test proves him wrong, according to British newspaper The Sun.
T-Pain Debuts At #1; Beats Paul McCartney and Rihanna
T-Pain's new album "Ephinany" featuring the hits "Bartender" and "Buy U A Drank" has debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts beating out Paul McCartney and Rihanna. T-Pain moved just over 166,000 copies of his new album while Paul McCartney and Rihanna moved just over 162,000 copies respectively.
This week's top 10:
1. T-Pain (Jive/Zlg) 166,203 Epiphany
2. Paul McCartney (Hear Music) 162,640 Memory Almost Full
3. Rihanna (Def Jam/Idj) 162,168 Good Girl Gone Bad
4. R. Kelly (Jive/Zlg) 110,475 Double Up
5. Maroon 5 (A&M/Octone) 109,693 It Won't Be Soon Before Long
6. Big & Rich (Warner Bros. Nashville) 101,080 Between Raising Hell And Amazing
7. Linkin Park (Warner Bros.) 95,514 Minutes To Midnight
8. Daddy Yankee (Interscope) 87,994 El Cartel: The Big Boss
9. Marilyn Manson (Interscope) 85,216 Eat Me, Drink Me
10. Amy Winehouse (Universal Republic) 65,360 Back To Black
Jun 12, 2007
Timbaland Arrested In Germany After Bar Brawl
Producer Timbaland was reportedly arrested in Germany on Monday (June 11) for allegedly assaulting a bar patron.
According to reports, the producer and a man identified as Robert f. got into a heated argument after Timbo allegedly flirted with his girlfriend at Hotel Intercontinental in Cologne, Germany.
The argument spilled into the streets where the victim was said to have called Timbaland a racial slur, resulting in fists being thrown, followed by two other men coming to Timbaland's aid, who along with the producer beat up the man bad enough to put him into the hospital.
Timbaland was arrested, taken into custody and later released on approximately $1,000 bail, according to TMZ.com.
German authorities say the incident is currently under investigation.
KRS-One launching Hip Hop TV Station
Today on New York's Power 105.1 FM station on the Ed Lover show, KRS-One announced that he's launching a Hip Hop TV station as an outlet for the entire hip hop artform.
KRS said that the new station that should be launched on a premium channel by the summer will have a basic version made available to New Yorkers for free due to New York being the birthplace for hip hop. But besides that, the premium channel should be exclusively for everyone on cable through satellite and will provide and showcase underground hip hop, old school artists, international talent, independent acts, unsigned acts, mainstream acts, R&B influenced by hip hop, etc.
Kris said that no one will be excluded from the network. Kris made clear that the RHN, which is short for the Real Hip Hop Network will cover the whole hip hop genre, which he stated was in desperate need as an alternative to the commercialized BET and MTV.
KRS claims that there is no true alternative on television for hip hop music, which is why he has taken the route of formulating a platform for everyone. Also according to Kris, the network may contain a various amount of programs dealing within the hip hop cultures with round the table discussions featuring a variety of artists, children programming in the form of hip hop, documentaries, a female MC version of American Idol, and so on.
In addition, the RHN will assist in breaking new acts by possibly helping to make videos for unsigned acts and then providing video outlets for them on top of that. Kris stretched the point that it's important for hip hop to be in charge of it's own image and how it's perceived to the world in this day and age, where hip hop is being given a black eye and is basically the scapegoat for the ills of today's society.
Young Jeezy Parts Ways With Longtime Manager Coach K
Young Jeezy has officially parted ways with longtime manager Coach K, who helped guide the Atlanta native to stardom and even helped recruit U.S.D.A. member Slick Pulla to the group.
Although Jeezy is moving on to a new page in his personal biography, he is not doing it manager-less. He has enlisted his Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) business partner -- and is also the label co-founder -- Kinky B to steer his career.
"I just launched my new manage company, Hush Management," Kinky B revealed to Ballerstatus.com. "I'm already his partner at CTE... Me and Jeezy have been together for the last 15 some odd years, so who better to manage him then his best friend?"
The changes for Young Jeezy were put into effect as of two weeks ago, when Coach K was dismissed from the position. Kinky B declined to comment on details regarding Coach's departure, but stated, "There ain't no beef, but I can't comment further."
Kinky B's Hush Management currently manages Young Jeezy, Slick Pulla and an R&B artist named London, who is currently signed with Universal/Motown.
In other CTE news, the camp is continuing to work tje Young Jeezy Presents U.S.D.A.: Cold Summer project, which topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart during its debut week.
They are also wrapping up solo projects from U.S.D.A. members, Blood Raw and Slick Pulla. One of the albums -- it's currently undecided -- is expected to drop in the third quarter of the year.
Additionally, Young Jeezy is working on the launch of his 8732 clothing line, slated to debut in the fall through Rocawear.
He is planning to launch a flagship store for the line in Atlanta.
T.I. WONDERS WHY LUDACRIS HAS A GRAMMY
Beef is sizzling once again in the ATL following T.I.’s recent comments about his fellow Atlanta-based rap rival, Ludacris.
According to WENN, T.I. feels he should have received the 2007 Grammy for Best Rap Album instead of the Ludacris CD, “Release Therapy.”
"I had the album of the year whether I won a Grammy for it or not,” WENN quotes the rapper as saying. “I think numbers show that. I think that if you go out to anybody on the streets and ask them, they'll tell you.
"I think that it's a no-brainer. You ask him [Ludacris], he'll probably tell you the same thing. Come on, man, who in hip-hop doesn't know that? If you a supporter of hip-hop, who doesn't know that ‘King’ is the only platinum album that dropped last year... that was platinum by the time the New Year’s bell rung? At 12:01, January 1, 2007, who had the hottest album of the year? I think it's unanimous."
Tension between the two lyricists was sparked by a scene in one of Luda’s music videos, which featured a man getting beaten up while wearing a shirt with an emblem that resembled the symbol of T.I.’s record label, Trap Muzik.
Former Bad Boy Artist Chopper Inks Deal With Cash Money RecordsAfter a conversation with Cash Money's Bryan "Baby" Williams, Chopper, who also goes by the name of Young City, decided to make the career-altering switch.
"It's just one of those situations where, you know, I wasn't new to [Cash Money/Universal]. I have seen them, grown up around them. I knew who was who," Chopper told AllHipHop.com. "And you know, I wasn't comfortable with P. Diddy--even though the album went platinum, 'cause I just couldn't be myself. Then I talked to Baby- he said come over to Cash Money. Thing didn't work out as first--you know how things are. But now I know it was destiny."
Chopper received national attention as a member of Da Band on MTV’s Making The Band 2.
Although Da Band released a hit album in 2003 titled Too Hot For TV that debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 chart and moved over 200,000 copies the first week in stores, the group never realized its full potential.
Eventually, Chopper was signed to Bad Boy South as a solo artist.
Chopper chose to leave Bad Boy after he and his family were affected by Hurricane Katrina and a brief stint in jail, the result of armed robbery charges dating back to September of 2001.
He was eventually sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service.
"I made a smart move," Chopper told AllHipHop.com. "It is a great feeling--a feeling I could only get with working with them. I'm proud to rock with Cash Money--and to get things started, I'm going to Miami on the 20th to work on the Ca$h M.O.E (Ca$h Money Over Everything) album."
Ca$h M.O.E (Cash Money Over Everything) hits stores later this year.
Keyshia Cole Readies Sophomore Album
Keyshia Cole is eyeing a Sept. 18 release for her sophomore album, "Just Like You." The first single, "Let It Go," features Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim; a Benny Boom-directed video with cameos from those artists will be shot next week.
Cole has also inked a deal with BET to air a second season of her reality show, "The Way It Is," which premiered last year. The new installment will air in the fall, with Cole and her manager, Manny Halley, serving as executive producers. "The Way It Is" will focus on preparation for the new album as well as Cole's mother's recent release from jail.
Cole's debut album, "The Way It Is," has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The breakout hit "Love" peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Common Wanted For Guns?
Common is known for his raps. He's always been one of the genre's most revered artists, but he's recently branched out. His acting in Smoking Aces was proof that Com can take on Hollywood and he's back to give it another go with Wanted.
In Wanted, Common will act alongside reputable actors such as Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and others.
"'Wanted' is the story of a young boy who discovers that his father is a member of an evil organization that controls the world — when he gets killed, the boy wants revenge...It's a comic book movie, but it looks real. For me, it's the same experience as 'Night Watch' and 'Day Watch' because what we are trying to do is tell a fantasy story with real drama and without conventions. Every time, we are undercutting it with reality," director Timur Bekmambetov told MTV.
The director also spoke on Gunsmith, Common's character in the film. Expect tons of guns there.
"We shot him today, in a scene with a gun...He teaches people how to use guns. He's a professional gunman."
Wanted is based on Mark Millar's graphic novel of the same name. When can we expect it?
"We're on track for next March," he said.
Lloyd Banks is missing in action
In a recent chat with MTV, Sha Money XL answered questions about G-Unit member LLoyd Banks recent lack of success, and what could be done for him to improve. 50 Cent even accused Banks’ laziness to be a reason why “Rotten Apple” did underwhelming numbers. “He said that?” said Sha. “I didn’t read the article yet.” “His original rap name was Lazy Lloyd, so his demeanor is laid back,” Sha said. “He’s the most humble one out of all them. He does have to get with the ‘time to do press’ [artists’ business responsibilities] and all that. You have to put your heart into it. His original [stance] was to just rap. It’s more than that.”
Sha also claimed that Rotten Apple may have faltered due to G-Unit’s involvement with other things, including beef. “It went from G-Unit being the hottest shit to now niggas is nitpicking because of all the outside shit going on,” Sha said. “The violence, the arguing, the hate, the divide-and-conquer. All that takes away from what we need to focus on: the music.
“The industry scorned him because he’s a rapper’s rapper,” Sha Money continued. “He doesn’t sit through marketing meetings and know the politics of radio — or even the little backlash coming. When Banks came out, he had to fight a lot of hate. It wasn’t based on music no more; it was the politics.”
Sha Money keeps his hopes high for Banks’ future though, saying “The album he’s working on is amazing and he’s coming back like Jay-Z after ‘Sunshine,’” he said. “[Sometimes] you get that one album that don’t connect, but Banks’ fans is still with him. He’s still touring and doing shows like shit is all the way right. He’s coming to beat their heads in — he on some lyrical exercise.”
JOSS STONE COMES CLEAN ABOUT RAPHAEL IN COMPLEX
British R&B songstress Joss Stone, known for her brutal honesty as much as her soulful voice, continues to speak her truth in the new June/July issue of Complex.
The artist gets candid regarding several issues, including her previous comments to Giant magazine about Christina Milian, the ex-girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend, Ben Dozier.
The singer told Giant: “I could tell you some stories about her… ,” then launched into a profanity-laced tirade against the singer-actress, even disparaging Milian’s mother.
“I’m a very honest girl. Lies f***ing piss me off,” Stone says in the new issue of Complex. “Sometimes I say things in the heat of the moment. So I said something bad about Christina Milian. I said it, and I meant it. Then I realized down the line that it wasn’t true. The person who told me is a complete wanker.”
Stone also addressed some ill comments made about her by producer Dallas Austin. In a video interview that hit the Internet last March, Austin accused Stone and Aguilera of exchanging sexual favors for music tracks from producers.
“I don’t know him. I seriously don’t even know what he looks like,” Stone says in Complex. “Maybe I’ll go see him when I go to Atlanta. We’ll have a cup of tea. Bless him. Seriously. People like that need prayer. Bless his poor little soul.”
Regarding the controversy surrounding her nude photo with Raphael Saadiq seen on the inside jacket of her new album “Introducing Joss Stone,” she explains: “That’s what I wanted to do. Even if they hated it, I wanted them to talk about it. Look at it as a piece of art, not as a sexual picture. I had to convince Raphael---he’s a little more conservative than I am. When me and Raphael make music, we’re not two separate people. I was trying to show that in the painting. Now he loves it.”
The painting in question:
New music from Fabolous, DJ Khaled, DMX, Tupac, and the Leverts are all hitting stores today (June 12).
Having generated a healthy amount of buzz with the singles "Diamonds" and "Make Me Better," F-A-B-O is finally dropping his fourth solo set, which had been delayed from its original April release date. The album, From Nothin' To Somethin', features guest spots from fellow Def Jam label mates Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Ne-Yo, as well as production help from Jazze Pha, Just Blaze, Timbaland and others.
Promising a more mature effort than his previous works this time around, Fabolous said that he would be putting all of his effort into making a great record for fans.
"I wanted to keep the same diversity and be versatile but I wanted to still evolve a little bit," said Fab in an excusive interview about the making of the album. He continued, "I think people will notice how much I put into the rhymes."
Traveling south from New York to Miami, Terror Squad affiliate DJ Khaled is also unleashing his highly anticipated sophomore set We The Best today. With a star studded guest list comprised of some of hip-hop's biggest names, including Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, T.I., Akon, Juelz Santana, Trick Daddy, Fat Joe, The Game, Rick Ross and Jadakiss, Khaled is looking to dodge the dreaded sophomore jinx with what he feels is a well rounded effort.
"A lot of these artists I've had relationships with throughout my career and vice versa. It's just about brothers grinding and coming together for a common cause because I'm all about unity," said Khaled. "I felt like I wanted different types of sounds but it all leads to one sound. When you're working on an album, you have to please every listener, every type of ear and that's what we did," the DJ said.
Khaled also enlisted production help from The Runners, fellow Terror Squad members Cool and Dre and Danja.
DMX is also throwing fans a bone with the release of his greatest hits collection, The Definition Of X: Pick Of The Litter. The set will feature some of X's best known tracks, including "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" and "Get At Me Dog," and will be released via Def Jam. Hitting the road to support the release of Definition Of X, Dark Man X will be at B.B. King's in NYC this Friday (June 15) as the kick-off to a 17 city national tour.
With yet another posthumous release, Tupac continues to feed fans' desires for more material with Beginnings: Lost Tapes 1988-1991. The record features 10 of the rapper's earlier, pre-thugged out tracks and will be released on Koch Records.
Lastly, another release from an artist that has passed away hits shelves in the form of Something To Talk About, a collaborative duets album by Eddie Levert of The O'Jays and his son, the late Gerald Levert. The second duets album to be recorded by the pair (1995's Father and Son) the album features the tracks "Close and Personal" as well as the album's title track, a remake of the Bonnie Raitt hit "Something To Talk About." The collection will be released via Atlantic Records.