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RECORD EXECS SEEK PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR MR. BIGGS
With less than two weeks before his incarceration date for tax evasion, Ron Isley hopes a presidential pardon will be his get out of jail card.
Def Jam record execs are using their marketing wares to drum up support for an executive presidential pardon for the beloved member of The Isley Brothers family and singing group.
Last September Isley was sentenced to three years in prison on five counts of federal income tax evasion. IRS agents said Isley, 65, who had pleaded "not guilty" on all counts, had assets in the millions at the time of his indictment and had gone to great lengths to hide them in different bank accounts and by signing them over to relatives.
Isley had unpaid taxes between the years 1997 and 2002 of $3.1 million. U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson in Los Angeles called Isley a "serial tax avoider."
Isley's attorney, Anthony Alexander, had argued that his client deserved probation due to his frail health, citing stroke he suffered two years ago and a recent battle with kidney cancer. Isley must report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where due to his health condition, he will most likely spend his time in a federal hospital.
Ronald Isley's career spans over 50 years, with countless accomplishments and a legacy of uniquely American music that has influenced everyone from the Beatles to Notorious B.I.G.
Isley supporters are urging his fans to call, fax or email the White House immediately to help him stay out of prison.
1. To contact the President of the United States:
2. To contact The Congressional Black Caucus:
Go to www.congressionalblackcaucus.net - Click on "meet reps" and find your representatives.
3. To contact your local senator or congressperson:
Go to www.congress.org - Click on the "take action" link and put in your zip code and you will be linked to the representatives of your area.
Girbaud Jeans Pulls A "Cristal" Move On Hip Hop
It's 2007 and despite dominating popular culture, Hip Hop is still continuously being hated on.
Once popular jeans designer, François Girbaud took his stance on Hip Hop while speaking to the New York Observer recently:
"To be just connected in the hip-hop stuff is other brand; there is people like Russell Simmons or Damon Dash or Puff Daddy or all this kind. I'm not the rap people. Sure, we introduced the baggy jeans, we introduced stonewashed and all this stuff in the 60's or 70's, I never target just to be ethnic. It's stupid."
Has he learned NOTHING from the Cristal fiasco? Apparently not, because the article continues:
"I have to talk like that"--he flashed a gang hand-sign--"and speak like that"--he flashed another gang hand-sign--"and move like that"--he grabbed his crotch--"and it's ridiculous!" Now he was shouting. "What we bring into the market was always innovative, and I feel now I am trapped and I have to just talk the same way, like I have to have skulls and some kind of snakes. It's boring, it's really boring!""
Akon Speaks Out Against Explicit Lyrics In Music
R&B singer Akon has echoed music mogul Russell Simmons' call for hip-hop to be censored for broadcast, declaring the urban scene is "talented enough to write lyrics" without curse words.
Simmons believes recording and broadcasting authorities shoulder censor the words n**ger, bitches and 'hos from hip-hop, which has caused controversy within the urban music industry.
Akon agrees the words are negative and there's no need for their placing in hit songs.
He says, "I think words like that are not necessarily needed in the song to make it a hit.
"Me personally, I would have no problem getting rid of it, words on any record for anybody, I think we are talented enough to write lyrics for songs without using that type of language. I think it's a good thing for the positivity of hip-hop in general.
"And at the same time, I look at it like, words in general, stuff like that, words are only what you make it. At the end of the day, it's just a word - it wouldn't mean anything if we didn't react on it, so it's more of a mindstate, people just have to be willing to change."
Cassidy Addresses Claims Of Dissing 50, Lil Wayne, & TI
Gearing up for the release of his third LP, B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrien Reese Story), Philadelphia rapper Cassidy has been hard at work as of late.
After taking time off due to a near fatal car accident, Cass has returned to the industry with a vengeance dropping numerous mixtapes and freestyles—some of which are speculated to be disses towards 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, and T.I.
In a recent interview with Real Talk NY, Cass took the opportunity to address the speculation. “Every time I do an interview, they always think that. Crazy part about it is, I never even mentioned anyone’s name—So for people to think that I was referring to certain people, it’s like the streets are telling them what I said is true. It’s gotta be true if the person listening automatically jumps to that conclusion” said Cass.
“I didn’t say any of it to start any trouble, but I’m in the streets everyday, and I know what people in the streets are saying. People have been saying, “oh that hustler dance, I’ve seen that some where, or that I get money, I’ve heard it before, or even split personality” So I just decided it to say it in songs cause it’s what they were saying to me.” He Continued.
“I’m not trying to cause any problems because I know I’m not going to benefit from it. I know the dudes that think I’m talking about them or even the ones that know I’m talking about them, I know they don’t want any real trouble either. The business and the people around it are not kids, so I know they don’t really want real beef, it’ll just be some industry stuff.
They can stay on that industry stuff and say what they say, the same way I can say what I wanna say. I said “I never kissed my dad, I don’t get my lil wayne on.”
I’m not trying to diss em, I’m just saying how I feel. I mean, he’s not even really his biological father—and even if he was, you still shouldn’t be kissing him in the mouth and I’ll never approve of that. There’s no way that you can word it to make me approve of that, so I’m going to let that be known. But if you do approve of it, then fuck it, you approve of it, and I don’t. He’s just saying, he does it and I don’t, I’m cool with that.
It’s not a diss is just saying you do something different than what I like to do” said Cass.
B.A.R.S. is currently scheduled for a September 14th release.
Bob Dylan Agrees To Hip-Hop Remix Of One Of His Songs
In a monumental move, Bob Dylan has agreed to let producer Mark Ronson do a Hip-Hop remix of one of his songs.
According to the UK Times, Ronson will remix Dylan's "Most Likely You'll Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)" from his 1967 album "Blonde on Blonde."
The song will debut next week on BBC Radio 1 on the Zane Lowe show.
“It’s the first time Bob Dylan has given anyone the original multi-tracks of his songs to do remixes," Ronson told The Times. "I’m a huge Dylan fan, so it’s a great honor, along with the fact that he heard it and approved it, because, as you imagine, he’d be quite picky.”
Ronson and Columbia Records UK Managing Director Mike Smith decided on the song due to its "rhythmic breakbeat" and deep lyrical content.
"We hope the fans will see this as an addition to the canon, not a desecration," Smith said. "It’s a new interpretation of Bob’s world and adds to the mystery. We all approached the remix with respect and awe.”
A member of duo Floetry is being replaced.
At press time, is it unclear if the change is permanent of just for the date of the tour. ...
VH1 & ?uestlove Search The Net For Aspiring Producers
VH1 & The Roots' Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson have joined forces for an online competition titled "The Score," which will seek out an aspiring producer to craft the official soundtrack for this year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors."
Contestants can post sixty second beats at thescore.vh1.com and three finalists will be selected by a panel of music industry judges. Viewers will then decide the winner via online voting.
The winner will be mentored by ?uestlove during a session where the winning score will be professionally produced. The winner will also receive show credit and will be flown to New York for the taping of the "VH1 The Hip Hop Honors" program in October.
Now in its fourth year, "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" continues to pay homage to icons of the hip-hop culture through performances from today's talent. Past honorees have included Big Daddy Kane, The Notorious B.I.G., the movie Boyz N Da Hood, LL Cool J, Eazy-E and MC Lyte, to name a few.
This year's "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will be hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan and will pay tribute to Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliott, Wild Style's 25th Anniversary and producers Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell.
"VH1 Hip Hop Honors" will air on October 8 at 10 p.m.
will.i.am's Up-Coming Solo Album To Feature Only One Guest
Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am says he's "really excited and nervous at the same time" about becoming a solo artist with the Sept. 25 release of "Songs About Girls."
"I was like, 'How and why should I put out a solo project?' I could just do another Black Eyed Peas record," he tells Billboard.com. The hook, he says, was making "Songs About Girls" a semi-autobiographical conceptual piece "where all the songs could tell a story of falling in love, falling out of love, trying to get back in love, destructing love and destroying love and then starting a new situation. That journey is what makes this unique."
The first single from "Songs About Girls," a club track called "I Got It From My Mama," is currently on its way to Top 40 and Rhythm Crossover stations. The album features only one guest star, Snoop Dogg, on the electroclash-styled track "Donque."
Besides the album's 12 songs, will.i.am shot videos for eight of the tracks and stitched them together into "a movie about making a movie" that will accompany the CD. The album will also include a new digital platform developed by will.i.am and Interscope Record chief Jimmy Iovine that allows fans to share in revenues generated by sales and sharing of the player.
will.i.am plans to perform some of the "Songs About Girls" material live when Black Eyed Peas hit the road for a two-month international tour on Sept. 4 in Israel. The group will play in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America and Mexico but not in North America. "There's no Black Eyed Peas record out," he explains, "and America's weird like that. If you ain't got nothing in the marketplace, (the fans) ain't showing up."
ICE-T GOES BACK TO HIS FIRST LOVE
Although to prime-time TV addicts, he's probably best known for his most recent role as a police detective, Ice-T is going back to the talent that put him on the map: rapping.
Next month the actor/rapper will perform as part of concert tour featuring Mano Brown, MV Bill, Black Alien and others. The concert kicks off August 9 in Sao Paulo and will move to Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Porto Alegre.
Born Tracy Marrow, Ice-T is one of the original gangster rappers. His 1992 song "Cop Killer," performed with his heavy-metal band Body Count, landed him at the center of a controversy.
These days Ice-T portrays Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola on NBC's series "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
2 Chamillionaire vids for ya'll
Hip Hop Police
Chamillionaire Feat. Slick Rick
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aight ya'll since I'm about to go on Vacation, I thought throwbacks would have a common theme. Enjoy
Im going somewhere nice like in this video
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Thoughts of abundance
The abundance in your life is precisely what you think it is. It can be great or small, meaningful or useless, conditional or unlimited, based on how you imagine it to be.
Why do some people seem to enjoy extraordinarily good fortune? Because they realize how truly fortunate they are.
You receive all the abundance you are willing to accept and allow. When you long for anything, that is your way of telling yourself to stop fighting it and to let it be.
What you desire has always been yours. You can live it and fulfill its reality whenever you choose.
You are already immersed in much more abundance than you could ever need or desire. The abundance you're able to make use of is the abundance you choose to see and to accept.
Consistently focus your thoughts on the best you can imagine. The ability to make it real has always been yours.
-- Ralph Marston
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"Shesus Khryst" Trailer
Ok Rem, I gotta give you your credit. Right now you are the best female rapper out, but isn't that like being the best bullfighter in Delaware???
The fact is credible female M.C.'s don't exist. Kim is to busy trying to be more important than what she is. Foxy is just wildin' out like she don't understand what jail is. Lauryn Hill??? Lets not even go there. Eve got a buzz right now, but let's be real, aint nobody rushing to the stores for her album.
So who's Left? For my money it would Be Ra Digga. But I haven't heard her spit since the "touch it" remix. So who knows where her head is at? You can bring up jean Grae, but she lacks the mainstream attention. So for all intents and purposes Remy holds the crown, But so what?
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Feds Attack ATL's Black Mafia Family, Indict 16 More Members
Sixteen more members of the Atlanta based gang The Black Mafia Family (BMF) were indicted yesterday (July 25) for participating in a nationwide cocaine distribution.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, federal authorities claim BMF engaged in violence and trafficked thousands of pounds of cocaine, earning the gang over $270 million.
The gang gained notoriety by flaunting their diamonds, holding extravagant parties, and rubbing shoulders with various rappers, including Young Jeezy, while trying to develop a record label.
BMF's leaders, Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory, along with seven other members were indicted and arrested on drug trafficking in October 2005.
Federal authorities say the Flenory brothers went from selling $50 bags of crack in high schools throughout southwest Detroit in the mid-1980s to masterminding a criminal enterprise operating in eleven states.
"The government is one step closer to eradicating one of today's most violent and notorious drug trafficking organizations," said DEA Special Agent, Rodney G. Benson. "The Black Mafia Family wreaked havoc from coast to coast. Their bold image and in-your-face reputation once propelled them into the media spotlight. Today, we are proud to cast an ominous cloud over this once-thriving criminal network."
The indictment charges carry a penalty of between 10 years and life in prison and up to a $4 million fine.
"The Black Mafia Family once had billboards towering over Atlanta boldly proclaiming that the world was theirs," U.S. Attorney David Nahmias told The Journal. "This indictment is a rejection of that claim. First in Detroit and Orlando, and now here, the government is shutting down the BMF's once-flourishing drug empire."
Federal authorities are still searching for several associates whose names were blacked out on the indictment.
As previously reported, Jacob The Jeweler, well known for providing hip-hop's biggest names with high-end custom jewelry, was indicted for money laundering by a Michigan District Attorney last May for allegedly accepting money from Black Mafia Family and giving them jewelry in return without reporting the transactions.
Jacob (born Jacob Arabiov) has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is awaiting trial.
BEYONCE’S REP TALKS ABOUT ‘THE FALL’
By now, everyone has seen Beyonce’s unfortunate "slide" down the stairs during her concert Tuesday night in Orlando. A rep for the singer has come forward with attempts to put the tumble in its proper context. (See it below while you can before it's removed.)
"Beyoncé's fall on stage last night in Orlando, Fl. during her performance of 'Ring The Alarm' was a mere spot on an otherwise sensational, flawless show," the rep told People magazine Wednesday. "It was a case of her coat's hem getting caught in her shoes, but Miss Knowles picked herself right up, without missing a beat, showing to all that she is the best."
Bey, dressed in a trench coat and high heels, somehow escaped serious injury in the fall, her rep said. People magazine quoted concertgoer Anette Nelson, who said of Beyonce’s spill: "Everyone gasped. But she got up right away and acted like nothing happened. I don't even think she missed a word of the song! Everyone started cheering her on, because she recovered like a real professional."
DMX To Resurrect Hip Hop, Preps New Album
Controversial New York rapper, DMX, will be making his return to music with his 7th studio album, The Resurrection Of Hip Hop. The album, which is expected to be released towards the end of 2007, is currently being formulated as a response to Nas’s “Hip Hop Is Dead.”
“Nas is my dog, and he put out Hip Hop Is Dead—and it pretty much IS dead. But, I’m gonna resurrect it with his help and the real artists in hip hop” DMX told MindWhirld TV.
“There are so many people making records, that are not artists. They have absolutely no talent whatsoever. To the point that I’m ashamed to even be associated with them..ashamed to be in the same sort of music.” He continued.
Rumored collaborators include 50 Cent, The Game, Nas, Mary J. Blige, Swizz Beats, Eve and Bone Thugs N Harmony. While production will be handled by Swizz Beats, Scott Storch, Jonathan Rotem & The Alchemist.
“I just wanna clear up all the gray areas and let em know what real hip hop is, who the real artists are and put rap back on the map.”
Protest Planned Against Swizz Beatz Performance
Community and religious leaders are now planning to protest an appearance by Swizz Beatz at the “Peace on the Streets” rally scheduled for today in Camden, NJ.
According to the Courier Post, a group led by Rev. Tim Merrill of the Bethel United Methodist Church is asking the event’s organizers to either cancel the rally or remove Swizzy from the bill. The Camden Police Department withdrew its support of the gathering yesterday (July 25) after concerns arose over Swizz’s lyrics and their perceived anti-snitching message.
Chamillionaire Premieres New Video On BET, Exposes "Hip-Hop Police"
Chamillionaire is scheduled to premiere the video for "Hip Hop Police," the first single off his sophomore CD Ultimate Victory, July 26 on BET's "Access Granted."
The clip, which is directed by Mark Klasfeld, will be a two part video joined with the song "Evening News." Legendary rapper Slick Rick, who is featured on "Hip Hop Police," also makes a cameo in the video.
"I decided to make two separate videos and put them jointly together because the new album itself plays like a motion picture, with one song setting the stage for the next, before coming together at the very end to convey the message of Ultimate Victory," Chamillionaire explained via a statement. "I felt the best way that I could drive my point across is to show the visual of both records back to back."
Ultimate Victory, which hits stores September 18, features guest appearances from Lil' Wayne, Krazyie Bone, Pimp C and Devin The Dude, among others. Production on the set is supplied by The Runners, Play N Skillz, J.R. Rotem and The Beat Bullies.
In related news Chamillionaire recently released a mixtape and DVD combo last week titled Mixtape Messiah 3, currently available for free on his official website.
The video for "Hip Hop Police" will debut at 8:30 p.m. tonight on BET (July 26).
Little Brother "Get Back" Minus One
After championing the underground sound, indie favorites Little Brother found critical acclaim with the release of their 2005 major label debut, The Minstrel Show. Now after a series of setbacks; switching labels and losing their producer 9th Wonder, LB's third disc, Get Back, is ready to see the light. SOHH caught up with Phonte and Big Pooh to talk about the new album, new label, and life after 9th Wonder.
"It really wasn't a delay, it was just a label change," Phonte explained. "During the time we started [Get Back] things went sour, so we decided to try to bounce from Atlantic Records. That's what kind of maybe slowed it up, but now we got everything straight so now we're looking at September 25 as the release date."
When comparing LB's major label effort with the new album, Phonte seemed less burdened by label politics.
"It's a lot different feel than The Minstrel Show," Phonte continued. "It's a lot lighter, it's not as dark as the last album. It's a bright record, very energetic. Minstrel Show was a dope record. But it's like, looking back now, Get Back is less about worrying about what's going on around you, bull@#!* in the industry with the labels and just getting back to what we feel in our hearts."
Rapper Big Pooh agreed with Phonte's sentiments.
"We just got back to making music and stopped thinking about it," he said. "We got as close as we could to that feeling when we first started doing this. When we went into The Minstrel Show, we just had so much going on and a new situation that I think we put too much into it."
Being released on ABB Records, the album will feature beats from producers including Justice League members Khrisis and Illmind among others. And while they have no problem running down the list of collaborators behind the boards, the duo is less than eager to reveal which MC's they will be sharing mic time with on the album.
"We got that dude, we got ya man, some of your favorites, some of our favorites, and then we got ya boy," kids Big Pooh. Phonte adds, "Yea, all of them are on there. We tried to get that @#*$% but he was over that dude house and, well, you know how that goes."
Get Back will also mark the group's first album without long time member and producer 9th Wonder. And while fans may have been shocked at the break-up, the group insists that it was less of a surprise than some may think.
"The thing about it that a lot of people didn't realize is that early on, pretty much after [our first CD] The Listening, from late 2003 on, we were pretty much doing our own thing as far as producing, revealed Phonte. "Not beat making, but producing. We were going to the studio, getting beats from 9th or whoever else and sitting down with our engineer and the three of us working on the track. So as far as working on this album without him, it really wasn't any difference. I mean, I haven't been in the studio with 9th as Little Brother since like '04."
With all of the changes the group has recently undergone, Phonte ensures that one thing that will undoubtedly be the same is the quality of the music.
"What you can expect to hear from this record is just two cats making music out of the love of their hearts and just having fun man," Phonte offers. "It's a lot of stuff out there that's trying to sell you a fantasy, trying to make you believe this and that, but this is music that's rooted in reality. So if you looking to escape, you looking to feel like a million dollars, and got your ice on, this ain't it. This ain't that record. This is a grown up hip-hop record."
Get Back hits stores on September 25 via ABB Records.
The Fiancee of Sean Bell Sues NYPD
The fiancee of Sean Bell, an unarmed black man killed by police in a 50-shot barrage hours before his wedding, sued the New York City Police Department and several of its officers on Tuesday for wrongful death and civil rights violations.
The fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, and two of Bell's friends involved in the shooting, seek unspecified damages in the suit. It accuses five police officers of recklessness and negligence for firing at Bell and his two friends outside a strip club where they were holding a bachelor party.
The killing of Bell, 23, generated outrage among blacks in New York and sparked memories of previous cases of police shootings of unarmed black men.
A white and a Hispanic detective face criminal manslaughter charges and a third, who is black, was charged with reckless endangerment. Two other officers were cleared of criminal charges.
But the civil suit filed on Tuesday names all five officers as well as the police department, which the suit says had not adequately trained its officers and had "failed to tear down the 'blue wall of silence'" surrounding police bias.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne declined to comment on the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Brooklyn.
The five officers shot at Bell's car around 4 a.m. on November 25 in the mistaken belief someone had gone to fetch a gun to settle a dispute inside the club in New York's Queens borough, police said.
Bell's two friends, Joseph Guzman, who was shot 16 times, and Trent Benefield, also sued for false arrest and imprisonment and for emotional and physical distress.
A lawyer for the plaintiffs said the civil suit could not proceed until the criminal trial had finished.
T.I. Steps Away From The Throne, Fergie Keeps It Moving, Amy Winehouse Peeks At Platinum
In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts, T.I. loses the throne, Fergie continues to ascend and Amy Winehouse trails close behind.
Despite sliding two spots to No. 3, the "King of the South" T.I. continues to knock 'em out the park selling 93,500 copies in his third week. So far, T.I. Vs. T.I.P has sold total of 737,700 discs.
Fergie moves two steps up the ladder to No. 6. According to Nielsen SoundScan, The Dutchess scanned 49,500 discs this week. The album's tally stands at 2,278,100.
Two spots away is Amy Winehouse at No. 8. Back to Black continues to hang tough as it shelves off 45,300 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 910,300.
Rihanna drives two slots up to No. 16. Good Girl Gone Bad reels in 34,500 units this week. After seven weeks, the album has sold a total of 454,600 copies.
Slipping two spots to No. 18 is T-Pain. 32,700 copies of the crooner's sophomore effort, Epiphany, were purchased this week. So far, the album has sold 472,200 copies after spending seven weeks on the Charts.
Posted at No. 25 is R. Kelly. Kells' 8th solo album Double Up rounds up its seven day cycle with 22,300 discs sold. After eight weeks, Kells has sold 756,600 CDs.
Heavy on the grind at No. 27 is Fabolous. From Nothin' to Somethin' cashes out 21,900 albums this week, bringing the record's total sales to 341,300.
Ne-Yo trips four spots to No. 32. Because Of You reins in 20,900 discs this week. After 12 weeks, the album has sold 681,200 copies.
The heightening buzz of his single, "The Way I Are," helps Timbaland move four spots to No. 33. Shock Value racks up 20,400 copies this week, pushing the album's tally to 470,600 in it's 16th week.
Kelly Rowland continues to struggle as she plunges twenty six spots to No. 39 . Thus far, Ms. Kelly has sold 140,070 copies with 16,800 representing the album's seven day total.
Justin Timberlake continues to show off his dominance as FutureSex/Love Sounds sells 18,500 copies in 45th week. Sitting at No. 37, the album has sold a total of 3,430,100 copies.
Akon continues to stay afloat at No. 43. Konvicted bags up 15,200 copies this week , bringing the album's total sales to 2,542,900.
Shop Boyz tumbles six slots to No. 48. Rockstar Mentality garners 13,900 in sales this week. To date, the album has sold 134,500 copies.
Entering the charts at No. 49 is Kansas based rapper Tech N9ne with his latest album, Misery Love Kompany. The set, which features Yukmouth, Kutt Calhoun and Big Scoob, nets 13,500 copies.
Robin Thicke slips four seats to No. 54. Evolution of Robin Thicke rings out 12,422 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 1,305,100.
Also skidding four spots is Beyonce to No. 58. B'Day moves 11,700 copies this week. So far, the album has sold 2,806,800 copies.
Corrine Bailey Rae falls eight spots to No. 63. Her self titled album snatches up 10,800 copies this week. The album's tally stands at 1,631,000.
A step below at No. 64 is Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Strength & Loyalty notches 10,800 units this week , pushing the albums total sales to 351,490.
Beastie Boys slump ten spots to No. 69. In The Mix lugs in 10,000 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 84,900.
After a noteworthy ascent last week, Chrisette Michele staggers fourteen spots to No. 72. I Am hustles 9,800 units this week. To date, the album has sold 72,300 copies.
Further down the ladder , DJ Khaled dips nineteen spots to No. 83. We The Best shifts 8,900 copies this week, bringing the albums total sales to 163,500. At No. 89, Young Jeezy and his U.S.D.A crew rope in 8,000 scans this week. So far, the album has sold 243,100 copies. Wrapping up the Top 100 is Tank at No. 99, Sex , Love and Pain moves 7,800 copies this week, pushing the albums total to 265,700.
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The joy of effort
There is a joy in productive effort that is like no other. When you create value, the feeling is so very good and right.
It may sometimes seem that work is a burden. Yet work is a burden only for those who decide to see it as such.
Actually, work can be one of life's greatest blessings. For it is your opportunity to create the future.
If you resent having to work, consider the alternative. Imagine how truly awful life would be if you were never able to make a positive, productive difference.
The main thing that makes work unpleasant is your attitude toward it. With a positive, thankful attitude, not only are your efforts more enjoyable, they produce more valuable results.
Make your life full and rich by taking a joyful approach to the work you do. Discover joy in the effort, and the rewards will be great.
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Lil' Wayne Didn't Own Gun Says Attorney
Lil Wayne was arraigned late Monday (July 23) on a felony charge of gun-possession in connection with his arrest Sunday night following his first headlining New York show.
According to attorney Stacey Richman, Wayne (born Dwayne Carter Jr.) was released Monday evening on $70,000 bond and will appear in court again in November on the charge, which carries a minimum prison sentence of three and a half years. Richman said the arrest — and another one just hours before of Ja Rule on similar gun-possession charges was puzzling to her.
"He [Wayne] was in the bus in his boxer shorts with a number of other people," Richman told MTV News. "Unless his boxer shorts had a pocket for this gun, I don't understand how he had it on him."
Though some reports have quoted prosecutors describing a scenario in which Wayne tossed a bag containing the .40-caliber pistol as police entered the bus, Richman said her numerous witness interviews have not confirmed that version of events.
Richman's father and legal partner, famed hip-hop attorney Murray Richman, claimed the arrest was a result of an action by New York's police-detective "hip-hop squad," which "staked out the [tour] bus." Murray Richman added that the .40-caliber gun police found in the bus was in the same area in which Wayne was changing clothes and was a legally registered handgun, but did not belong to the rapper. More puzzling to the attorneys is why the other 12 to 20 people on the bus were not arrested along with Wayne, given New York laws that require that everyone in a vehicle with an unclaimed gun be charged if that vehicle is searched by police.
The other person arrested in the incident along with Wayne was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession, given a desk-appearance ticket and released. Prosecutors claim that as police closed in on the bus — which they said they approached after smelling marijuana — the man charged with marijuana possession allegedly flushed 7 ounces of the substance down the bus' toilet, according to Jennifer Kushner, a spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney's office. The marijuana was retrieved and introduced into evidence.
A New York Police Department spokesperson would not comment on the Richmans' assertions, citing the ongoing investigation. The prosecutor's office would also not comment further on the Richmans' allegations that the incident was selective policing by the "hip-hop squad" of the NYPD or explain why the other people on the bus were not brought in on the same gun charge as Wayne.
Jay-Z Leaving Def Jam???
Jay-Z is currently said to be in negotiations to resign from his presidential position at Def Jam, in order to join Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin at Columbia Records. Rubin left Warner Music Group in May for an executive position working with Chairman Steve Barnett.
Furthermore, the firm's co-chair Rick Rubin has been planning to create a supergroup of staff. "He's creating a supergroup of staff. So it would make sense that he would want Jay on his side," a source said.
The new team will seem to work quite well. Jay-Z's girlfriend, Beyonce, is also a Columbia artist, while Jay-Z and Rubin have collaborated successfully in the past (Rubin produced Jay-Z's hit single "99 Problems" from his 2003 release The Black Album). Other reports have surfaced that Jay-Z and Beyonce are in negotiations with Apple's iTunes to create a digital record label.
According to The New York Daily News, Jay-Z will also be leaving Island Def Jam owning his entire catalog.
Currently, Jay-Z is experiencing unparalleled success with 19-year-old songstress Rihanna, whom he signed to Def Jam in 2004. Rhianna's smash hit single "Umbrella" featuring Jay-Z is the longest running UK number one single in a decade, since Wet Wet Wet topped the charts with their 1994 hit "Love Is All Around."
New Jersey Police Object to Swizz Beatz Appearance at Peace Rally
Police in Camden, NJ are objecting a scheduled appearance by producer Swizz Beatz at the city’s “Peace on the Street’s” rally planned for tomorrow (July 26).
Sharpton Backs Off Imus, Targets Record Industry
It appears that the Reverend Al Sharpton's crusade against what he deems to be objectionable content within Hip-Hop music is shifting fronts. During Monday's press conference to announce the formation of a Buffalo Chapter of his National Action Network, Sharpton supported a proposal by New York Senator Antoine Thompson to divest an estimated $3 billion of New York's state pension from record companies in hopes of opening up a dialogue with industry executives.
Thompson, a Democrat representing New York's 60th District said, "We just want to have more responsible entertainment where we're not using language that's offensive to anybody." The move is the latest in a series of actions that has seen Sharpton and his peers take exception with lyrics he feels are "celebrating a culture of depravity and decadence." Sharpton stepped up is efforts in the wake of the Don Imus firing and he also made a similar plea to artists during June's BET Awards.
And while many speculate the firing of Imus sparked Sharpton's renewed interest in the content of Hip-Hop's lyrics, the Reverend can be quoted in an online interview with Radar Magazine saying he wouldn't necessarily oppose an Imus comeback. "My position is that we never called for him to be permanently barred from being on the air," Sharpton said. "We'll see when he comes back, and if he comes back, what are the boundaries and what is the understanding. We'll be monitoring the situation, but we wanted him to pay for being a repeat abuser, and he paid. We never said we didn't want him to make a living."
T.I. Sells Nearly 100K In Third Week; Loses #1 Spot
The "NOW! That's What I Call Music" hits compilation series adds another trophy to its collection of No. 1 albums on The Billboard 200 this week. The 25th installment debuts at the summit after moving 223,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the 12th No. 1 of the series.
After topping the 200 for two weeks straight, T.I.' s "T.I. vs. T.I.P." (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) slips to No. 3 with 94,000, a 47% dip.
Fergie's solo debut "Duchess" ascends 8-6 in its 44th week on the chart with 50,000, a flat sales change from last week. Linkin Park's "Minutes to Midnight" (Machine Shop/Warner Bros.) keeps the No. 7 spot warm for a second week with 47,000 (-13%) while Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black" (Universal) moves 9-8 with 45,000 (-7%).
Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne' "Misery Loves Kompany" hit the charts at #49 with 13,000 copies sold.
Sales this week are down 2.2% compared to last week's sum at 8.11 million units and down 8.9% compared to the same week last year.
Rihanna has partnered with Totes, a British company considered the daddy of rainwear and accessories.
She has lent her name to five new products. They range in price from $14.99 - for a slender umbrella bearing her name - to $50 for a large, heavy-duty version.
In contrast to her sexy, flashy style, the new items are plain and simple - available only in monotones. You can buy them at www.totes-isotoner.com.
Rihanna's new album featuring the smash single "Umbrella" has been in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 for the past six weeks.
10 New Installments Of R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet" Hit Stores Aug. 21
Ten new installments of R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet" series will be released on DVD Aug. 21 via Jive.
The Independent Film Channel has come aboard as a partner in the new release. IFC will air all 12 of the original episodes in the weeks prior to the DVD and will also stream the entire 22-installment series on its Web site. It is unknown when the 10 newest chapters will be broadcast.
The new round of "Trapped" videos finds Kelly portraying an old man named Randolph, complete with a pot belly and a fake white beard that nearly falls off mid-scene, as well as a preacher in a gray Jheri-curl wig and garish orange suit. In one of the final chapters, Kelly's Sylvester character talks business with a "Sopranos"-esque mobster who is eating a giant plate of spaghetti.
The first "Trapped in the Closet" DVD has sold 233,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Dave Chappelle Helps Muslim Comics "Blow Up"
Dave Chappelle will serve as an executive producer for an upcoming concert film titled "Allah Made Me Funny-The Official Muslim Comedy Tour."
The flick will focus on three of America's top Muslim comics, Preacher Moss, Azhar Usman and Mohammed Amer, as they give light hearted live stand-up performances addressing negative stereotypes about the Muslim religion and culture in a post-9/11 world.
"Allah Made Me Funny is one of the funniest and most important comedy shows in America today," Chappelle, who converted to Islam several years ago, said via a statement. "These guys are pioneers in the world of Muslim comedy and I am proud to be attached to this project."
The film, which will also include stylized documentary elements, will be shot at the Heritage Forum in Anaheim, California on August 24 and August 25. A soundtrack based on the film is also under development and will boast music from several different genres including jazz, hip-hop and R&B.
Vibe Dumps Girl Magazine As Vixen Goes Out Of Print
CEO of Vibe Media Group, Steve Aaron, recently announced that Vibe Vixen, the female counterpart to urban music & lifestyle magazine, Vibe, will cease publication as of next month.
The announcement, which comes just two weeks after Aaron took office, repositions Vibe Vixen for only special issues. The new format will focus on specific urban culture themes slated to begin in the fourth quarter, and while the frequency of the special issues has yet to be determined, it has been confirmed that Vixen will still maintain its website.
Vibe Vixen was originally launched in February 2005 coming out twice a year. The frequency was upped to six times annually earlier this year.
Rihanna is the cover model for the final issue following in the footsteps of previous cover models Keyshia Cole, Ciara, Kelly Rowland and Janet Jackson.
OZONE Awards To Air On MTV Jams Labour Day Weekend
OZONE Magazine today announced the Second Annual OZONE Awards presented by Defient Entertainment, will air on MTV Jams, Labor Day Weekend (September 1st - 3rd). The show will air repeatedly over the holiday weekend. The star studded award ceremony will honor the best in Hip Hop music and entertainment from the South and beyond.
The presenter/performance lineup for the awards show includes Rick Ross, T-Pain, Young Jeezy & USDA, Plies, Lil Wayne, Yung Joc, Gorilla Zoe, Lloyd, Rich Boy, Fat Joe, Bun B, Pimp C, Shop Boyz, Trey Songz, Lil Scrappy, Trick Daddy, with more names to be announced. Festivities for The OZONE Awards weekend will include TJ's DJ's Tastemakers Only Music Conference, which will be highlighted in the coverage of the weekend's events. The conference has a special lineup of panelists including Mannie Fresh, Polow da Don, DJ Drama, Play & Skillz, Cool & Dre, DJ Khaled, DJ Irie, Bryan Michael Cox among many others.
"The authenticity of the OZONE Awards is what constantly draws MTV Jams to the event," stated Tuma Basa, Manager, Music Programming, MTV Jams. "The performers, nominees, and audience bring a completely unmatched level of realness and raw energy to the OZONE Awards and totally captures what the MTV Jams audience is looking for from the channel."
"OZONE's past collaborations with MTV Jams have helped us grow from a small underground publication to a nationally recognized brand. The first annual OZONE Awards airing on Jams last year was a great look for everyone involved, so we're excited to be working with them again this year," says Julia Beverly, CEO of Ozone Magazine. "Expect it to be bigger and better!"
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David Banner Readies New Album For Fall Release
Mississippi hip hop icon David Banner is putting the finishing touches on his much anticipated new SRC/Universal Motown album, Greatest Story Ever Told, preparing it for a fall release. The first single from the charismatic star’s fifth studio album, “Speaker,” features a select trinity of superstar talent – Akon, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. Other stars joining the compelling producer/artist Banner on this album (either as guest artists or behind the boards) include Chris Brown, Jim Jones, UGK, Cool & Dre and Nitti, to name a few.
The prolific rap star is also slated to join hip-hop’s elite on what is fast becoming the hottest live show of the summer, the 2007 Rock The Bells North American Festival Series. Featuring a revolving pantheon of legendary street-edged/rap stars, including Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, Pharoahe Monch, Slum Village, Jedi Mind Tricks and others, Banner will kick off the celebrated journey, which will perform for nearly a quarter of a million people during its five week run in Mansfield, MA on July 26. (see dates below).
Emerging from more than a year of in-depth humanitarian and philanthropic efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Jackson, Mississippi native was eager to get back into the studio and practice his craft. “Everybody wants to hear the hits and I got ‘em,” says Banner. “But I wouldn’t be calling it ‘The Greatest Story’ if it also wasn’t truthful. My fans know I’m going to be telling it straight-up however I’m coming.”
Banner and his home-grown charitable organization, ‘Heal The Hood,’ have been honored by the Black Caucus of Mississippi’s state legislature for their Herculean efforts on behalf of the victims displaced by the terrible devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Banner’s ‘hands-on’ philosophy about ‘affecting’ positive change was in full effect during the crisis and its aftermath, with the socially conscious star personally dedicating a year out of his schedule to aid and support those in need, raising more than $500,000, and distributing the funds to dozens of southern communities and organizations in ravaged southern Mississippi, Alabama and New Orleans. The driven activist was also awarded the Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes Humanitarian Award in 2006 by Atlanta radio station Hot 107 in recognition of his selfless humanitarian endeavors.
The multi-talented Banner also made his acting debut in last year’s acclaimed Craig Brewer directed (Hustle & Flow) movie, Black Snake Moan, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Christina Ricci.
July 26th Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
July 28th New York, NY Randall's Island
July 29th New York, NY Randall's Island
August 7th Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
August 8th Houston, TX Reliant Park
August 11th San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
August 12th San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre (parking lot)
August 18th San Francisco, CA McCovey Cove (parking lot)
August 19th Sacramento, CA TBD
August 21st Salt Lake City, UT TBD
August 22nd Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 25th Minneapolis, MN TBD
August 26th Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
August 29th Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
September 1st Honolulu, Hawaii TBD
A quality life is about much more than merely accumulating a lot of stuff. A quality life is about much more than impressing others with how clever or fashionable you are.
Real fulfillment comes from making a positive difference in the world. A life of richness comes from focusing not on how much you can grab, but on the original, valuable and lasting things you can create.
When you choose to compromise your most deeply held values, anything you gain by doing so will be of no real use to you. If you must betray the unique person you are in order to feed your appetite for fleeting pleasures, you have dealt yourself a tragic loss.
On the surface, virtue and restraint may seem to be dry, boring and old fashioned. Yet they can bring a depth of richness to life that cannot be attain in any other way.
The joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning becomes a meaningless chore if you've been immediately satisfying every whim all year long. The delight of enjoying a gourmet meal loses all its appeal if you've spent the day grabbing snacks every time you're slightly hungry.
Be careful not to invest your precious life in things that disappear the moment they're consumed. Focus on what you can give, and express, and create, and you'll experience genuine satisfaction that never runs out.
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Pimp C of UGK did an interview with OZONE Magazine for their August issue where he takes shots at EVERYBODY. here are some of the excerpts running around the net.
Pimp C on Russell Simmons:
"I just made peace with the lil n*gga Short Dawg cause on the cool, it really wasn’t his fault. It was ol’ d*ck-in-the-booty-Russell Simmons fault for not taking the message back to him and telling him to change his name. Yeah, I said ‘d*ck-in-the-booty.’ I know what I’m talking about. B*tch, I’ll air you out too.”
Pimp C on Ne-Yo:
“I ain’t out here dressing up trying to be sexy licking my lips like old gay ass Ne-Yo. Licking lips and shit, n*gga. P*ssy d*ck in the booty ass n*gga wearing all that got damn lip gloss at their video shoots and letting n*ggas put makeup on their face. Yeah, I said Ne-Yo, you heard what the fuck I said. N*ggas putting all that lip gloss on they f*ckin’ lips looking like they’ve just been eating a pork chop sandwich with no hands.”
Pimp C on Mike Jones and Lil Flip’s jewelry:
“Them big ol’ plates they be wearing that look like dinner plates? Them diamonds are monkey. You need to take that monkey sh*t back cause you embarrassing us.”
Pimp C on...Young Jeezy?:
“Muthaf*ckers talking about they’ve got kilos for $17,500. B*tch, ain’t no kilos for $17,500 up there, and you know what I’m talking about. Come to Houston and get the work and pop it cause we’re right there by San Antonio and we’re going down there and gettin’ the work. And guess what, man. All y’all n*ggas talking about selling dope? If y’all n*ggas was some d-boys, guess what, man? I don’t believe you n*ggas no more cause I’m seeing you n*ggas in button up shirts getting cute and pretty trying to look sexy. N*gga, fuck you. N*gga, and I ain’t gotta say your name. Play with me and I’ll expose the n*ggas that was wearing backpacks with their pant leg rolled up back then in Atlanta when me and Big Meech used to be off in the club kickin’ it buying each other champagne.”
Pimp C on Atlanta:
“Atlanta is not the South. Atlanta is not the South, gotdamn it, when you go to Atlanta what does your clock say? When you get off the plane from Los Angeles or Texas, what time do it be over there? Atlanta is East Coast time. You n*ggas ain’t in the South.”
DJ AC Hustle & Grind Vol 8
1. Remo da rapstar-intro
2. 50 cent ft joell ortiz cassidy-i get money remix
3. Rick ross-thrilla
4. Jt the bigga figga ft ti-dont get me wrong
5. Uncle murda-suicide
6. Young buck-get money
7. Twista-pimp like me
8. Blood raw ft young buck-26
9. Messy marv ft styles p-rollie on my arm
10. Filthy ft paul wall-houston anthem
11. Jim jones ft stack bundles lil wayne-lookin at the game
12. David banner ft akon lil wayne snoop dogg-speaker
13. Three 6 mafia-we got da club
14. Bg ft young jeezy-hustle
15. Papoose ft snoop dogg-bang it out
16. Loose-ride out
17. Red cafe ft fabolous-dolla bill
18. Lil eazy ft jay-z-123 rocc
19. Freck billionaire ft rich boy-peanut butter
20. Sean kingston ft ya boy-welcome to my hood
21. Mike baggz ft jay-z-holla back
22. Joe budden ft stack bundles-what would happen
23. Fat joe ft joell ortiz-she loves
24. Rick ross ft lil wayne-shot to the heart
25. Joell ortiz ft biggy-feel good remix
26. Ti-respect this hustle
Tony Yayo rejected a 9 month prison term offered to him on Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, in exhange for pleading guilty to slapping and punching a 14-year-old boy.
Rosemond, who is the son of Jimmy “Henchman” Rosemond, recording executive and manager of rapper The Game, claims Yayo hit him with his hand, “causing (his) face to strike the door of a building” and causing him “to have a headache, an earache, and caused substantial pain to (his) face.”
Scott Leemon, Yayo’s lawyer, said, “The prosecution’s nine-month offer is one Tony vehemently rejected. It’s not even a good offer for a guilty person, and Tony denies the allegations absolutely.”
Yayo was charged with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He pleaded not guilty and is free on $5,000 bail.
According to the Herald Tribune, the case was adjourned until Sept. 6, when Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross is expected to rule on Leemon’s motion to subpoena e-mails between 5W Public Relations and its client, Czar Entertainment.
Leemon refused to say why he wants to see the e-mails.
Kanye to 50 - "We Ain't Moving"
Kanye West has responded to 50 Cent’s statements regarding their highly anticipated albums colliding on September 11th.
Kanye’s “Graduation” which is the final installment in Kanye’s college series and 50 Cent’s “Curtis” have both been rescheduled numerous times throughout the last quarter of the year.
“I hope that they see and understand what’s getting ready to happen. I’m not moving. I’m coming September 11th. If Kanye come that day, then he come that day. That’d be great if he actually stays in that date. I think his people are smart. And he’s smart too. And I think they’ll move… Jay’s not gonna let that happen anyway. He’s not gonna leave him there.” Said Fif in an interview with New York’s Funk Master Flex.
In a recent interview with MTV, Kanye said he’ll be embracing the friendly competition between him and Fif by not budging out of the release date.
“I’d rather come out on a day like that, up against 50 — where people are excited about going to the stores and it’s an event and people talk about it — and be #2 on that day rather than come out and be #1 on a day nobody cares about,” West said.
“It’s about things going down in history. It’s not that much exciting stuff in hip-hop right now. I think people are going to make it more than what I’m making it myself. At the end of the day, I’m making music and I’m trying to sell.”
“I really believe I can take home that Album of the Year award at the Grammys. I’ve won my awards, but they’ve always been a category: ‘hip-hop,’ ‘rap.’ I wanna win Song of the Year, Album of the Year. I wanna deliver this album.”
Lil Wayne and Ja Rule Released on Bail
Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were both released from police custody on Monday evening after being charged with weapons possession in their separate Sunday night arrests.
Lil Wayne was arrested about an hour after Ja when police approached his parked tour bus at Columbus Avenue and 61st Street after claiming they smelled marijuana.
Afeni Shakur Files Injunction Against Death Row Records
Lawyers for Amaru Entertainment and Afeni Shakur, co-administrator of the Tupac Shakur Estate, filed for an injunction against Death Row Records, Inc. and R. Todd Neilson, as Chapter 11 Trustee, to prohibit the inclusion of Tupac Shakur's unreleased tracks, compositions or sound recordings in the auction of Death Row Records. The adversary complaint was filed in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.
The injunction sought to restrain the sale of certain assets belonging to the Tupac Estate which are being touted as part of the Death Row Records bankruptcy assets. With closed bidding ending today, lawyers for the Tupac Estate sought full disclosure by the Bankruptcy Trustee's counsel that the unreleased master recordings in question were not part of the sale. In actuality, the recordings should have been turned over to the Tupac Shakur Estate in 1997, pursuant to a settlement agreement reached with Death Row Records.
"The 1997 Death Row Agreement provided that all unreleased songs physically housed in the data vaults at Death Row Records, would become the rightful property of the Tupac Shakur Estate," said Donald N. David, General Counsel for Amaru Entertainment and shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt LLP. "Conversely, the Estate was under the assumption that it was in possession of all master recordings containing Tupac as a featured artist or side artist, as represented by Death Row. However, upon assessing the Debtor's bankruptcy assets, it was revealed that an album's worth of unreleased Tupac material was being advertised to potential buyers as the jewel in the crown of the Death Row assets, which is in direct violation of the terms of the 1997 settlement with Death Row."
At the time of his death, Tupac had recorded approximately 152 unreleased songs, which remained in the vaults of Death Row Records. Nowhere in the contract between Tupac and the record company was it provided that ownership of the unreleased material belonged to Death Row, thus at that time, the Tupac Estate sought custody of the master tapes and any unreleased recordings featuring Tupac. Unable to come to an agreement, the Tupac Estate eventually filed a lawsuit against the rap music label, ending in a written settlement obligating Death Row to surrender all physical master tapes featuring Tupac in June of 1997.
By April of 2006, Death Row Records head Marion "Suge" Knight sought bankruptcy protection for himself and the record company, claiming debts in excess of $100 million dollars. Earlier this year, proceedings began in the liquidation of Knight's assets, including the auctioning of Death Row Records and all of the label's music publishing copyrights, master recordings and trademarks.
The first component of the two-part proceedings is the closed bidding phase, when bidders submit a sealed bid for the assets on auction to the Debtor's Trustee. All bids are considered at once, with the winning bid then made public, at which time open bids are accepted. Erroneously listed as part of the label's assets were several unreleased master recordings featuring Tupac that are the property of the Tupac Estate.
"As of July 17, 2007, following repeated notices on behalf of the Tupac Shakur Estate, the Bankruptcy Trustee's counsel would not confirm whether the unreleased Tupac Shakur master recordings were excluded from the auction sale," said Mr. David. "Tupac Shakur is the highest selling rap artist in history and we are concerned that his inclusion in the sale falsely inflates the value of the property."
"Lil' Flip Is 100% Innocent," Rapper's Reps Tell Their Side Of The Story
Lawyers, managers and close associates of Houston rapper Lil' Flip are proclaiming the rapper's innocence following his recent arrest in connection for credit card abuse.
As previously reported, authorities claim that on June 8, Flip (born Wesley Eric Weston, Jr.) bought a $671 Southwest Airlines ticket to Baltimore from Houston with a credit card owned by a man named Jordan Salinger. According to court documents Salinger did not authorize the purchase.
While the rapper, who appeared in court yesterday (July 23), has stated that he is innocent of the charges and that he never made the purchase in question, his lawyer is speaking up in defense of their client.
"Lil' Flip nor anyone associated with him had any knowledge that a stolen credit card was being used by a person hired to arrange his travel," Stanley Schneider, Flip's Houston-based criminal attorney said. "A complete investigation will easily show that Lil' Flip is innocent of all charges and is actually a victim of a scam,"
Sandy Lal, Flip's manager, also indicated that the rapper will be vindicated of all charges.
"The charges against Lil' Flip are complete nonsense and will quickly disappear," Lal said via a statement. "Flip had absolutely no involvement with any sort of credit card fraud. He never personally handles any travel arrangements, that is left to promoters and travel agents. Any wrongdoing of any sort is clearly in their hands."
Houston community activist Quanell X also continued to defend Flip and what he feels is unfair pressure that authorities are placing on the Houston-bred rapper.
"I believe that Lil' Flip is 100% innocent," X stated. "But the problem is that they keep putting pressure on Lil' Flip that he may give them the information on the real culprit that they are looking for and that person has a direct relationship to the person who was booking plane tickets for Lil' Flip."
The case has been temporarily recessed with the rapper scheduled to appear back in court on August 16.
Mos Def Testifies On Behalf Of Former Death Row Inmate
Mos Def reportedly took the stand in a Chicago court yesterday (July 24) to testify for a former death row inmate who is convicted of trading guns and drugs after his release from prison.
According to the Associated Press, Mos (born Dante Terrell Smith) and various other people spoke on Aaron Patterson's behalf at a sentencing hearing Monday (July 23).
"He's definitely an asset to the community. He cares a great deal for his people," said Mos Def, who claims to have met Patterson five years ago at a symposium.
Patterson spent 13 years in prison on death row for a double murder he claims he didn't commit and alleges that Chicago homicide detectives framed and tortured him.
In January 2003, Patterson would be pardoned by then- Governor George Ryan who said there was no credible evidence against him. After his release, Patterson pledged to spend his life exposing police misconduct and corruption.
He filed a lawsuit against city and county officials who sent him to death row and refused a $4 million settlement offer from the city.
In 2005, a jury convicted Patterson on drug and gun charges. Prosecutors used witnesses and secretly made recordings to convince jurors that Patterson arranged several heroin sales to a government witness, sold marijuana, and illegally bought four guns, including a MAC-10 machine pistol.
Patterson claimed he had sought to buy replicas not real guns. His attorneys told jurors he was investigating wrongdoing by law enforcement officials and ended up being set up by the officials he'd been investigating.
Prosecutors are seeking a 30-year term for Patterson and also claim he coordinated gang activities from prison.
"We Can Do Better," BET Rethinks Charlie Murphy's "Hot Ghetto Mess"
Only days prior to its BET debut, Charlie Murphy's "Hot Ghetto Mess" has changed its controversial name to "We Can Do Better."
As previously reported, State Farm Insurance Cos. and Home Depot requested to pull their ads from the show's July 25 premiere. Despite the pull, Murphy's rep contends that the name change had nothing to do with the controversy. Though the loss of advertisers had no bearing in the decision, the name change was an attempt to distance the show from the hotghettomess.com web site.
"The show is about the fact that as a society, we must do better," Murphy said via his publicist, Lyndsey Belle Tyler. "They wanted to put the emphasis there. Basically, people need to watch on Wednesday and formulate their own opinion."
Critics have reportedly complained that "Hot Ghetto Mess" perpetuates black stereotypes. Meanwhile, BET defends the program, saying that it's "a blend of tough love and social commentary."
Charlie Murphy's "We Can Better" premieres July 25 on BET.
R. Kelly Jury Selection Nears
The jury selection process in the R. Kelly child pornography case took another significant step forward Friday (July 20), paving the way toward a trial date for the R&B star.
During a Friday morning hearing at which Kelly was present, attorneys for both sides presented their jury questionnaires and the judge in the case set the next hearing date for Wednesday, according to Asst. State's Atty. Shauna Boliker.
At that time, prosecutors and defense attorneys will present Judge Vincent Gaughan with a combined questionnaire form to be filled out by potential jurors, according to Boliker, who called this pre-screening process "unique in Cook County," but necessary because of the high-profile nature of the case that has inched along since Kelly was charged in 2002.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography. The case hinges on a videotape that allegedly depicts Kelly having sex with a girl prosecutors have said could be as young as 13. The defense has not conceded that the person on the tape is Kelly, and it has suggested in past court filings that it may argue that the image was generated by a computer.
50 Cent Sues Traffix Over "Shoot The Rapper" Ads
50 Cent has sued Traffix Inc., an Internet advertising company for $1 million, claiming it illegally used his image in a game where the player pretends to shoot him.
The game, called "Shoot the Rapper," shows 50 Cent walking back and forth in an ad across the top of a Web page while the viewer is encouraged to shoot him by aiming and clicking with the mouse, court papers say.
A successful shot results in a misty cloud of red, and the viewer is then directed to another Web page where the ad firm's client sells goods and services, according to the lawsuit.
The rapper's lawyer, Peter Raymond, says the game doesn't use 50 Cent's name, but "it looks like him, and there's no doubt the character is intended to be him."
The lawsuit names Traffix Inc. of Pearl River, N.Y., as the defendant. A lawyer for the company, Ezio Scaldaferri, said he had not been served with the papers and could not comment.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, is a well-known victim of gun violence, Raymond said. He said the advertising company is using 50 Cent's likeness without his permission and suggesting that he endorses the game.
"For all those reasons, he is personally offended," the lawyer said.
Raymond said the rapper learned about the ad after one of his management people saw the it on a MySpace page.
The rapper's lawsuit asks at least $1 million in actual damages, a permanent injunction against the use of his image without permission, and unspecified punitive damages.
Diddy Avoids Charges in Alleged Oscar Party Assault
A spokesman for the LA city attorney’s office said on Friday (July 20) that no charges will be filed against Sean “Diddy” Combs in an alleged case of assault at an Oscar Awards after party.
According to the New York Post, the spokesman declined to cite the reason the case has been dropped, saying only that “There was insufficient evidence.” Gerard Rechnitzer, a real estate agent from L.A., claims that the Bad Boy mogul punched him in the face during a dispute involving the man’s girlfriend. Rechnitzer filed suit against Diddy in March seeking unspecified damages.
The story goes that Rechnitzer was on his way out of a party at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood when he stopped to use the restroom. When he exited, he saw his fiancé surrounded by a group of about six men that included Combs.
According to the papers filed on Friday, Diddy said to the man, “What the fuck you looking at dude? I’ll smack flames out of your ass!” At that point, the plantiff claims, Diddy punched him in the jaw, sending him flying backwards. “People who are superstars are always vulnerable to these allegations,” Diddy’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman said yesterday in response to the case’s dismissal.
Eve does the push back dance
Eve’s fourth album Here I Am has been pushed back one week to September 18th.
It was originally set for an August 7th date and was then moved to September 11th. Both 50 Cent and Kanye West are releasing their albums on 9/11, so this was a smart move.
She will now have to compete with Chamillionaire, Keyshia Cole, and Mya…until someone else gets pushed.
Tupac’s half-sister, Sekyiwa Shakur, Hosts “All Eyez on Him” Hip-Hop Youth Summit
Sekyiwa Shakur, the half-sister of the late great Tupac Shakur, will host a Holy Hip Hop Youth Summit in Kansas entitled “All Eyez on Him.”
According to Kansas.com, the event will include a lecture discussion by Sekyiwa about 2Pac’s faith and how it affected his music. Sekyiwa will also take place in a panel discussion regarding the cultural impact of hip-hop.
“All Eyez on Him” will take place on Friday, July 27 at the Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kansas.
The summit is free and open to the public.
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