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DMX's Arizona Home Raided; Pitbulls, Guns Seized


Authorities raided DMX's home in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday morning (August 24), seizing his pitbulls and guns.

According to local television (KPNX), Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies seized 12 pitbulls, which they described as distressed, as well as an unknown number of weapons during their raid.

X, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was not home during the raid.

Although DMX was not immediately available for comment, TMZ.com did get into contact with DMX's attorney Murray Richman, who claimed the rapper would not intentionally harm his dogs and that he "loves" them.

"Earl has a caretaker, who obviously wasn't taking care. Earl loves those dogs," Richman told TMZ.com.

The attorney said that someone reported that the dogs were at risk due to the extreme heat of Arizona.

He also said that the rapper hasn't been in the state in months because he's working on a new project.

IHH Daily Update 8*24*07

Saigon Released On $1500 Bail

New York rapper Saigon was released on $1500 bail after cops found a gravity knife during a traffic stop.

Police stopped the rapper for a traffic violation near 11th Avenue and W. 29th Street in Manhattan around 1:30 am.

When officers searched his vehicle, they uncovered the gravity knife. He was charged with weapons possession.

“This is another example of New York’s finest targeting a member of the rap and entertainment industry,” Saigon’s Attorney Scott Leemon told AHH.

“The car that Saigon was driving was not owned by him. More importantly, the small pocket knife was found in a console in the car, not on his possession.”

Saigon was released on $1500 bail and is due back in court on December 5.

“I am hoping after further investigation this will be another example of a rapper being wrongfully arrested,” Leemon continued.


Amy Winehouse Involved In Fight With Husband

British singing sensation Amy Winehouse who’s most commonly known in the hip hop world for her high profile collaborations with rappers Jay Z and Ghostface was involved in a physical altercation yesterday morning with her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

According to reports, Winehouse- who was recently treated for a drug overdose and is currently nominated for four Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, was seen meeting a young female who handed her a small package outside of her hotel.

The singer returned to her hotel room and within hours other guests complained of raised voices, clattering furniture and screaming.

Things calmed down after the hotel staff was called by patrons however, at around 2.30am, guests said the fight sounded like it had restarted – then Winehouse was seen sprinting down the corridor to the elevator, pursued by her badly bleeding husband.

“Amy was in floods of tears. This guy was screaming at her.” Said a guest who happened to be in the elevator as the couple entered.

“She was cowering in the corner and I thought he was going to hit her. When the lift door opened, she took off across the lobby at a real pace.

“He was chasing after her and was about five paces behind by the time she got to the main hotel entrance.”

The couple then dashed into the street.



An eyewitness said: “Just after 3am, Amy came sprinting out and down the road.

“She was in a real state of panic. Blake was running after her, but couldn’t catch up.

“Amy was so hell-bent on getting away from him that she ran into the middle of the street and flagged down a random car that happened to be full of girls.

“She was saying, ‘Quickly, I have to get in, I have to get away, please help me’.

“Her voice was breaking, you could tell she was scared.

“The car drove off at speed and ended up about a mile away at Charing Cross station. Amy got out and went into a 24-hour shop to buy cigarettes.

“She was looking completely out of her head. Blake ran after the car for a while. He spent the next halfhour or so wandering around in a daze with blood over his face, looking in doorways for her, shouting her name out.

“Eventually, he got through to her on the cellphone.

“There were a lot of tears and shouting, but they calmed down and met up at around 4am and slowly walked back to the hotel arm-in-arm. They got back at 4.45am.”


You can view more pictures of the incident here



R. Kelly Shuts Down Tour Rumors In Midst Of Child Pornography Trial

Rumors of R. Kelly embarking on a tour in October have been discounted in a statement issued yesterday (August 23) by the crooner's spokesman.

"Reports that R. Kelly is planning a concert tour in October are not true," the statement read. "Kelly is currently focused on preparing for his trial and has no definite plans for anything beyond that."

Various media outlets had claimed that Kelly would be heading on tour with R&B singer Keyshia Cole.

As previously reported, Kelly is facing 14 counts of child pornography stemming from a video tape that allegedly features the Chicago bred singer engaged in sexual acts with a teenage girl.

Earlier this week, the judge overseeing the trial said the aforementioned tape will be allowed to be shown in court. prosecutors revealed they plan to bring in an expert witness who has examined the vein patterns of the man's hand in the videotape, which they believe is consistent with Kelly's hand.

Kelly's trial is set to begin on September 17. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted


50 Cent, Jay-Z & Oprah Among Celebs Subpoenaed In $900 Mil Lawsuit Against Canada

50 Cent, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Oprah Winfrey are reportedly among over three dozen celebrities who have been subpoenaed to testify in a Detroit producer's $900 million federal lawsuit accusing Canadian border officials of discriminating against rappers and African-Americans.

As previously reported, Jerome Almon, CEO of Detroit-based label, Murdercap Records, filed the lawsuit in January, claiming that for over a decade he has faced lengthy interrogations and has been consistently turned away when trying to cross the Canadian border. Almon says he is not the only one facing this problem, claiming he shares this experience with a slew of hip-hop's most popular rappers.

Almon's suit blames Canada's alleged prejudice on African Americans and rappers "in an effort to both blame them for the increased gang violence and gun murders in the cities of Toronto and Vancouver."
According to The Detroit Press, Almon subpoenaed black celebrities such as Oprah, Spike Lee and Snoop on Wednesday (August 22) because he wants them to testify about their own problems when trying to enter Canada.

The Detroit CEO has not ended there, also subpoening white celebrities as well, such as Martha Stewart and Paris Hilton, who have both done jail time, to testify about how comparatively easy it is for them to cross the border.

"The Canadian government is dirty, they know it and I know it," Almon said. "They been caught and now they trying' to figure out how they keep the rest of the rap stars like 50 Cent, Eminem, Jay-Z , etc from suing them too."

Almon feels now is the time for all in hip-hop to pull together, and this is as good a time to start as any.

"There is a global war on hip-hop, they blaming us for everything and anything, and we got to stand up right now," he continued. "We got to take our hands out of our pockets and drop our backhand on them."

Almon is not alone in questioning the treatment of rappers hoping to cross the boarder. As SOHH previously reported, during a stop on his 2005 tour, 50 Cent expressed his frustration with Canadian Immigration after key members of G-Unit, including Young Buck and Tony Yayo, were denied entry into the country.

"Somebody got shot the other day and they said it was my fault and didn't want to let me in the country," 50 told a Vancouver crowd. "I was in immigration for about two hours today and I thought about turning back. Young Buck got turned back. And Tony Yayo, Mobb Deep and M.O.P. But I stuck it out...@#*$ the police!"

According to the Detroit Free Press, Canadian officials have denied that they discriminate on the basis of race.

Lawrence A. Dubin, a law professor at the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, revealed to the Detroit News that he doubts the celebrities will show up to give depositions in Almon's lawsuit. He also added that the celebrities who receive the subpoenas can seek court orders to overturn them.

"Without being well-versed on the facts of the case, I think that autograph-seekers should not start lining up for the event," Dubin explained.

The celebrities' depositions in Almon's lawsuit are scheduled to take place at the Cobo Center in Detroit on September 22.

Emails sent to the Canadian immigration office have not been answered at press time.



PRAS CONTINUES LAURYN HILL RANT

More evidence that chances of a Fugees reunion are all but dead comes from former member Pras, who tells AHH.com that Lauryn Hill's behavior continues to be the biggest obstacle.

"Before I work with Lauryn Hill again, you will have a better chance of seeing Osama Bin Laden and [George W.] Bush in Starbucks having a latte, discussing foreign policies, before there will be a Fugees reunion," Pras told the Web site. "At this point I really think it will take an act of God to change her, because she is that far out there."

Pras continued: "I was really a fan of Lauryn Hill's and I felt that if she would have honed her skills she could have definitely been one of the greatest emcees. There is no way a reunion will happen."

Pras is currently working on his sophomore album, Experience, due later this year. His film Skid Row, a documentary about homelessness in Los Angeles, will open nationwide later this year.


Ice Cube In Talks With Fred Durst For New Sports Flick

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is looking to direct a new dimension film project starring Ice Cube

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Durst is currently in negotiations to direct Comeback, the inspirational story of 11-year-old quarterback Jasmine Plummer, who led her football team, the Harvey Colts, to the Pop Warner Super Bowl as the first female player in league history.

Comeback stars Ice Cube, as Plummer's uncle, a former high school football star, and centers on the poor Illinois town that is uplifted by the team's success.

The spec script for Comeback was written by former writer/co-producer of the television show "The Guardian," Nick Santora, who read an article about Plummer and convinced her family to sell him the rights to their story. Santora spent five years unsuccessfully pitching the project before hooking Cube, who will also produce the film alongside Santora and Cube Vision partner Matt Alvarez.

"The lead was an 11-year-old African-American girl," Santora said. "It was a tough sell."

Dimension Films has since signed on to release the film. Akeelah and The Bee writer, Doug Atchison has been recruited to rewrite the screenplay for Comeback.

If Durst's role is finalized, it won't be his first time in the director's seat. He recently directed another drama, The Education of Charlie Banks.

Nick Santora is currently a writer/executive producer on "Prison Break" as well as the co-creator of "Beauty and The Geek." Ice Cube most recently starred in the comedy sequel Are We Done Yet? and next appears in the crime comedy First Sunday.



Bizzy Bone To Release Solo Album

While the Swizz Beatz backed return of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony proved that the relationship between Bizzy Bone and his former brethren is still somewhat rocky, his upcoming solo album finds him mending fences with another rapid-rhyming Midwesterner. "Money," the lead single from Bizzy's A Song For You, features the former Eazy-E protege rhyming alongside Chicago's Twista. The feud between Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Twista was well documented in the movie Beef, but has long since been settled and Twista is one of many A-List artists to appear on Bizzy Bone's album.

"I can't wait for my fans to hear my new music," says Bizzy Bone. "For the first time in my life, I've truly been able to put aside all my demons and just focus on making the best music possible. Don't believe what you've heard--I'm back, I'm bringing it, and I'm here to stay."

A Song For You will feature guest appearances by DMX, Trina, Jim Jones and others. The album, which will be released on After Platinum/Virgin Records, is Bizzy's first major label release since 1998's Heaven'z Movie, which was certified gold. Although no official release date has been given, tracks and additional information are available on Bizzy's official Myspace Page.


Nas Talks New Reality Show, Fashion

couple of years back, no one would have expected the self proclaimed “God’s Son” to star in his own reality tv show with his wife of 2 years, Kelis.


Nas, who has been called by many one of the industries most mysterious rappers says he himself could not believe he was doing it.

“Sometimes I feel like “This is cool, man; I have TV cameras following me wherever I go,” he says in the new issue of Fashion Rock magazine, sipping a margarita from a plastic cup.

“Other times I want to crawl under a rock.” His mouth turns down stubbornly. “I feel like an idiot–’Did I really agree to this?’ It feels so self-absorbed, so self-indulgent.”

“It’s going to be great, baby,” says Kelis in the calming tones of someone used to this conversation. “It has to be great, because if

it’s not great we won’t let them put it on TV.”


On Fashion:

“Before I met Kelis, I wore Gucci or whatever was hot,” says Nas.

“I didn’t dress badly, because there’s no excuse to disrespect the gods of the stage with some bummy shit: I always say you better rob, cheat, or steal threads to look good up there because hip-hop is about being fresh from your head to toes. But this is a whole different level. Kelis has really made me get my spirit up and step up my clothes game.”

No word yet as to when the series will air.


Havoc Overlooks Koch For Solo CD

After years of working alongside partner-in-rhyme Prodigy, Mobb Deep's Havoc is ready to step out on his own. With the release of his indie debut, The Kush, just around the corner, SOHH caught up with the Queensbridge MC/producer to discuss why Koch was not an option for him, speculations about dissent in the G-Unit camp, and his new DVD.

Having played the back for most of Mobb Deep's tenure, Havoc says that he felt the time was right to drop his first solo effort.

"I had a little time on my hands between the Mobb Deep and G-Unit albums and basically had the opportunity to do it," Hav said. "So I figured, why not now."

Like Prodigy, Hav felt it was more beneficial to put his record out through an indie, but unlike his partner he didn't want to go the Koch route.

"I [chose to] come out on an indie because there's a little more freedom, less politics and more money on the back end," He explained. "Koch is really feeling themselves right now and they're starting to become like a major independent, so I went with Nature Sounds. I don't wanna be where everybody else is at. I'm a leader, not a follower."

Hoping that Mobb fans will gravitate to The Kush more than fans connected with the duo's G-Unit debut, 2006's Blood Money, Havoc is skeptical of his die-hard fans' inability to watch the group grow.
"I think the fans prejudged that situation and that album before it even hit the shelves," Hav said. "Without hearing the music, they were upset already. Fans, you gotta love them, but they're like parents. You want to see your child grow up and get bigger but when you see them growing up, they don't like it."

"I was actually happy with the results of that record [Blood Money]," Hav continued. "I didn't expect to sell 2 million records. I look at all of my projects and have high expectations but I'm realistic. Just because you're down with G-Unit doesn't mean you're going to sell 5 million albums. Who the @#*$ said that?"

Hav also says that people misconstrued 50's comments when he said he lost money on the Mobb album and that there is no truth to rumors about dissention within the G-Unit ranks.

"When he [50] talks like that, he's talking from a major label perspective," he explained. "I think people were trying to look at him like it was his fault if these projects don't live up to someone else's expectations. He was just saying that he's not going to let people depend solely on him, that you have to go out and get it for yourself and ain't nothing wrong with that."

"G-Unit is not over," Havoc added. "People like to make things up. we just did the screamfest, all of us together on stage. If it was like that, that wouldn't have been the case."

As far as his own project, Hav says The Kush is a return to the dark, grimy, New York hip-hop he is known for. Yet while he is going back to his roots, he has also believes he has grown as a producer and a lyricist.

"I'm constantly trying to out do myself," he said. I feel like I have a lot more to accomplish as a producer. You're never supposed to just be satisfied where you are. The rhymes have grown as well. Rhyming alongside one of the best lyricists in the game, Prodigy, you have no choice but to get better. People are going to be pleased with this album."

The Kush hits stores on September 18 on Nature Sounds records.


THE RETURN OF MR. LUVA LUVA

Dancehall superstar Shaggy launches a new joint venture with Big Yard and VP Records with the Oct. 16 release of his forthcoming album, "Intoxication."
For the project's first single, "Bonafide Girl," Shaggy recruits "It Wasn't Me" partner-in-crime Rik Rok and Tony Gold. Other guests on the album include Akon, Collie Budz, Kalonji, Mischieve, Nasha and Sizzla.

"While creating the album I wasn't signed to any particular label so I didn't have the usual interference into my creative process." Shaggy tells Billboard.com. "That's what I was trying to get back to with 'Intoxication' -- both hardcore dancehall and reggae. It's a climatic musical roller coaster ride for all to enjoy."

Other tracks on Intoxication include "Can't Hold Me," "Out of Control" featuring Rayvon ("Angel"), and "Church Heathen," where Shaggy criticizes organized religion. Lyrics in the song include: "Preachers dip into the collection basket for Benz payments / and women doing the Dutty Wine Saturday night look for salvation on Sunday."

Akon sings the chorus to the breakup song "What's Love," while Budz and Sizzla reggae-chat about social ills on "Mad Mad World."


Missy Elliot Partners With Doritos For New Ad Campaign

Billboard.com is reporting that Missy Elliot has partnered with Doritos for a new ad campaign.

In a TV spot that debuts Sept. 17, Elliott is seen working on a new track and then pausing to snack on Doritos Collisions chips. Inspired by the two different-tasting chips in the same bag, Elliott has an epiphany: her song needs two different musical styles. So, she immediately injects her hip-hop track with a little bit of country twang.

Missy's manager Mona Scott of Violator says the campaign offered her client the perfect creative outlet. "The whole idea of the mash-up is so prevalent and popular in music today," Scott says. "It's so Missy. And the fact that the campaign takes place in a studio means that Missy remains in her element, which makes the whole thing authentic."

Missy will appear in TV and Internet spots, with the web portion providing fans a link to Elliott's Web site, where they learn more about the artist and her forthcoming, new album (tentatively titled "The Countdown"), due in December from The Gold Mind/Atlantic Records.

Visitors logging on to snackstrongproductions.com will be encouraged to create their own mash-ups (or "collisions"), using Elliott's track as the foundation.


Ja Rule CD Pushed Back, Rapper Teams Up With Game

Not quite ready to toss his hat back in the game just yet, Ja Rule's comeback disc The Mirror has been pushed back from it's original release date in September to November.

As previously reported, Ja is gearing up to release his first album in three years, and has teamed up with Lil' Wayne on the album's first single, "Uh Ohhh."

According to Rolling Stone, the Hollis, Queens mc also got assistance from longtime 50 Cent rival The Game, collaborating on the song "Sunset." Before Game, Ja Rule and 50 had a long standing beef, on and off wax. Yet this isn't the first time rule has worked with the former G-Unit emcee; Game first reached out to Ja for his "One Blood" remix last year.

"I don't think people were expecting that," Rule told Rolling Stone about linking up with the West Coast rapper. "but we got a hot record on the album."

Rule also took a page out of The Beatles' book, as his latest album is set to feature the track "Father Forgive Me," an update of the legendary rock group's song "Eleanor Rigby."

"Hopefully, I make The Beatles proud," says Rule. "Big shout out to Paul McCartney and the whole gang, Ringo and everybody!"

Wanting to differentiate himself from an atmosphere that he feels is centered around conflict, Rule says that he refuses to be a part of any negativity and simply wants to make good music.

"The whole industry is so focused on beefin' with each other - it's like the WWF of rap right now," Ja said. "i'm stepping out of the arena. I don't want to be a wrestlin' rapper." adding, "Somebody's got to come in and make it positive. You have to make records that make people feel like having a good time."

Even though Ja says that much of the album is geared towards him expressing himself through feel good music, there is also a serious side to the disc, with the album's cover being an actual mirror representing the introspective nature of the album.

"This record is like my confessions, I'm shedding my skins," he says. "The mirror is your only real moment of truth. It's the place where everybody can go and be honest with themselves."

The Mirror is scheduled to hit shelves in november on Mpire/Murder Inc./Universal Motown Records.



Stat Quo's Shady/Aftermath Debut Pushed Back


Stat Quo's Shady/Aftermath debut "Statlanta" has been pushed back from an August 28 release to sometime in October.

Stat will soon release two videos for the singles "Here We Go" and "We Get Higher".

Production on "Statlanta" comes from Eminem, Dr. Dre, Three 6 Mafia, Marc Batson and more. The album features guest appearances by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Scarface, Devin The Dude and more.

Stat Quo is only the second artist signed under both Aftermath and Shady with the first being 50 Cent.

IHH TV: Throwback Friday 8*24*07

Its friday so its time for the throwbacks.
holla at me on my gmail, if you have some old videos you wanna see.


This was that ish



I dont call this a throwback, but i just wanted to take it back to the streets

IHH TV:DJ Khaled

"I'm So Hood / Brown Paper Bag"
DJ Khaled Featuring T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Plies, and Young Jeezy

IHH Daily Motivation 8*24*07

Live on purpose

Live this moment, live this day on purpose. Choose to create the world around you according to your most deeply held values.

Life is not a random accident. Whatever is happening in your life at any time is the result of some specific set of thoughts and actions.

Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones. Reach down into the purpose that is within you and connect that purpose with all you do.

When your actions have no real basis in meaning, then the slightest setback can stop you cold. By contrast, when you give true purpose to each day, even the most difficult challenges will serve to lift you ever higher.

Your most treasured dreams are yours for a very good reason. You are the one special person who can make them real.

Do yourself a big favor and give this day a meaningful purpose. Feel the stimulating, dynamic energy of life as you truly make a positive difference in your world.

-- Ralph Marston

Aug 23, 2007

IHH 1st Look: Keyshia Cole’s album cover


Keyshia Cole’s album cover Just Like You set to drop September 25th.
You know i gotta show love to her she from The Bay.

IHH TV:Screamfest 2007



here is footage of last nights Screamfest in NYC
Props to my folk over at highbird for this.

IHH Daily Update 8*23*07

Saigon Arrested for Felony Weapons Possession

Saigon was arrested yesterday morning (August 22) after police allegedly found a gravity knife inside his vehicle.

Police stopped Saigon for a traffic violation near 11th Avenue and W. 29th Street in Manhattan around 1:30 am.

When his vehicle was searched police found a gravity knife which is a tool similar to a switchblade.

Saigon was charged with possession of a weapon.

Saigon, who has appeared on the hit HBO TV show "Entourage", is currently preparing his debut album "The Greatest Story Never Told". The album is executive produced by Just Blaze and features the single "Come On Baby".



BEYONCE'S JANET JACKSON MOMENT

Yesterday, we reported Beyonce's unintentional flash of her "girls" earlier this week during her Toronto concert.

At least that's what it appeared to be in some folk's eyes. Others say you didn't really see anything because she was wearing a flesh colored bra.

(If you didn't see it, or if you want to see it again, click here.)

Well the bottom line is that Miss B can be thankful that her inadvertent flash did not take place in the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia, or she may have been fined and thrown in jail.

Due to protests in the Muslim-majority country by conservative critics who feel Western performers can corrupt their youth, Beyonce has agreed to tone down the sex appeal of her stage show when she takes the stage on Nov. 1.

Malaysia's government guidelines for public performances require a female artist to cover up from the top of her chest to her knees, including her shoulders.

"We've informed Beyonce's management about this issue of clothes, but it takes some of the fun out of it," said Razlan Ahmad Razali, chairman of Pineapple Concerts, which is organizing Beyonce's concert.

Performers in Malaysia may not hug or kiss, and their clothes must not have obscene or drug-related images or messages, reports AP.

"Beyonce won't be able to do the kind of show here that she does elsewhere," Razali told The Associated Press. "She's a fashion icon, and we know that she often wears miniskirts and clothes that expose her navel during her performances. It's a pity to restrict her, because her costumes are all tasteful and glamorous."

Gwen Stefani recently amended her show during a concert in Kuala Lumpur, and a Pussycat Dolls concert last year caused its Malaysian organizers to be fined $2,857 after the group was accused of flouting decency regulations.


Daz Dillinger Gathers All-star Lineup For New LP, Gangsta Party

Tha Dogg Pound’s Daz Dillinger has gathered an all-star lineup for new solo album, Gangsta Party. The LP will be released on September 25 through High Powered Music/KOCH Records.

Producer John Silva will helm the boards for the 15-track album, which will feature guest appearances by Joe Budden and Jagged Edge on “Caught Up,” Redman on “Got What You Want,” Spice 1 on “Start a Problem,” Jayo Felony on “Do What I Wanna,” Mistah F.A.B. and Keak Da Sneak on “All About The Money” and E-40 and Kurupt on “Get Money.” Snoop Dogg, The Outlawz’ Young Noble and Hussein Fatal and Yukmouth will also make appearances as well.

As previously reported on XXL, Tha Dogg Pound — Daz and Kurupt — recently signed to Cash Money Records to release the next DPG album, West Coast Aftershock.

50 Cent Sees "Starz," Hosts 2 New Shows On Cable Network

Next month, 50 Cent will be starring in a new original show and hosting a new program on the cable movie network Starz.

The new show, entitled "50 on 50," set to premiere on the Starz In Black network, will be a 30-minute video show hosted by 50 himself. The G-Unit boss will also be joined by Tony Yayo on the show's premiere episode, as the two will discuss music as well as play videos 50's latest videos off his upcoming cd Curtis, including "Straight To The Bank," "I Get Money" and "Ayo Technology" featuring Justin Timberlake.

The Vitamin Water poster boy is also set to host a list of some of his favorite movies as part a new segment on another Starz channel called "50's Picks." 50 will introduce one of his favorite films on the Starz Edge network, every night until September 10 including The Professional, He Got Game, Rush Hour and Carlito's Way.

Both shows are meant to coincide with Curtis' September 11 release date.

"50 on 50" premieres on September 7 at 11 p.m. EST on Starz In Black while "50's Picks" will launch on Starz Edge on September 7 at 9 p.m.


Method Man to Release DVD

Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan is getting ready to release a live concert DVD titled "Live From the Sunset Strip."

The DVD, which was shot at Hollywood's House of Blues, is set to be released on October 30. The DVD will feature some of Method's biggest hits, such as Method Man, Judgment Day, All I Need and Bring the Pain.

In addition, the DVD will contain interviews, a photo gallery and a hidden scene. The tracklist is reported as follows:

Intro (Album 4:21)
Method Man
Bring The Pain
Ice Cream
All I Need
Grid Iron Rap
How High
What The Blood Clot
Suspect Chin Music
Fall Out
Ya’Meen
Is It Me
Problem
Say
Wu Tang Clan Ain’t Nothing To Fuck With
Triumph
Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Tribute to ODB)
Brooklyn Zoo
Judgement Day
Da Rockwilder


Tha Block DVD Gives Fourth Volume Away For Free

After selling more than 40,000 DVDs during it's first three volumes, the West Coast based DVD has new plans for its fourth release.

Staying ahead of the curve, Tha Block DVD's owner, Flawless, announced Monday (August 20) that instead of dropping his fourth release as a DVD, he will be giving it away free to his viewers.

Via his newly launched online video site, BlockStatusTV.com, all features and content meant for Volume 4 will be available exclusively, for free, in online streaming format over the next few months.

"I'm giving it away for free", says Flawless. "Via my newly launched online format, fans can check our exclusive high quality video features on BlockStatusTV.com, a video lifestyle website, guaranteed to blow your mind.

"Over the next few weeks, I'll be delivering all of Volume 4's content exclusively to BlockStatusTV," continued Flawless.

Some of the exclusive on-camera interviews slated to drop on the site include Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Tyrese, DJ Lady Tribe, Paul Wall, JT The Bigga Figga and the Dogg Pound, among others.

BlockStatusTV.com is a newly launched video lifestyle network, featuring video content in music, film, sports, video games and more.


R. Kelly and Keyshia Cole To Tour This Fall

In a recent interview with MTV News, Keyshia Cole confirmed that she would be touring with R. Kelly this Fall.

"We're actually going on tour together in October" said Cole.

There would be several issues that would need to be addressed before a tour could happen. R. Kelly's trial is slated to start September 17 and is expected to last over 4 weeks. There is also the issue as to whether Kelly would be able to travel outside the state of Chicago as previous restrictions required him to seek permission to travel outside of the state. According to MTV News, Kelly has yet to seek permission to travel outside of Chicago in October.

"I love R. Kelly," Keyshia Cole said. "He's surpassed so much. I think people love someone that can go through things and overcome things. [A tour together] should be hot."

Neither Cole nor Kelly's reps have confirmed plans for a tour.


UGK Lead The Pack, Fergie Continues To Climb, Plies Refuses To Leave The Top 10



In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts, UGK lose the throne, Fergie continues her reign and Plies slips.

After debuting at the top spot last week, UGK slide four slots to No. 5. According to the Nielsen SoundScan Underground Kingz reels in 60,200 copies in its second week, bringing the album’s total sales to 220,904.

Fergie is still making moves after 48 weeks on the Charts, sitting proudly at the No. 7 spot. The Dutchess scanned 53,000 discs this week, bringing her total numbers to 2,488,799.

Florida rapper Plies slips seven spots to No. 9. The Real Testament scans 38,590 CDs in its second week. To date, the album has sold 135,200 copies.

Riding Plies’ coattails is Chi-town veteran Common at No. 10. Finding Forever ropes in 38,580 units in its third week. So far, the album has sold 251,900 copies.

T.I.’s run on the Top 10 ended this week as he trips two places to No. 11. T.I. Vs T.I.P. is a foot away from platinum with its total sales standing at 940,500. This week the album raked in 37,600 units.

Three spots away is Amy Winehouse at No. 14. Back to Black continues to be a force to reckon with as it shelves off 36,000 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 1,062,900.

Sean Kingston slips five spots to No. 19. 28,800 copies of the crooner’s self titled debut were purchased this week. So far, the album has sold 140,800 after spending three weeks on the Charts.

Rihanna putters two places to No. 23. Good Girl Gone Bad reels in 25,100 units this week. After eleven weeks, the album has sold a total of 569,700 copies.

Posted up at No. 27 is T-Pain. Epiphany rounds up its seven day cycle with 22,900 CDs sold. To date, the Tallahassee “rappa ternt sanga” has sold scanned 576,300 discs.

Super producer Timbaland staggers three seats to No. 32. Shock Value rings out 21,100 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 556,600.

Justin Timberlake continues to cash in as FutureSex/LoveSounds sells 19,500 copies in 49th week. Sitting at No. 35, the album has sold a total of 3,506,300 copies.

The legendary Prince tumbles twenty one slots to No. 41. Planet Earth garners 17,000 in sales this week. To date, the album has sold 178,000 copies.

Entering the charts at No. 45 is 2Pac’s Nu Mixx Klazzics Volume 2. The set, which features appearances from Styles P, Boot Camp Click and Snoop Dogg, netted 15,000 copies in its opening week.

Fabolous slumps twelve spots to No. 47. From Nothin' to Somethin' cashes out 14,400 discs this week, bringing the record's total sales to 412,000.

A step behind at No. 48 is singer/songwriter Ne-Yo. Because Of You reins in 14,300 discs this go-around and after 16 weeks the album has sold 749,600 copies.

Debuting at No. 49 is South Central rapper WC with his third solo album Guilty By Affiliation. The set, which features appearances from Ice Cube, The Game and Snoop Dogg, shifts 14,100 copies in its first week.

R. Kelly continues to stay afloat at No. 57. Double Up bags up 12,100 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 819,500.

Robin Thicke stalls thirteen slots to No. 59. Evolution Of Robin Thicke checks out 11,600 copies this week, To date, the album has sold 1,371,300 copies.

Wobbling eight spots to No. 62 is Akon. Konvicted reins in 11,100 copies this week, pushing the album's total sales to 2,592,900.

Further down the totem pole at No. 81 is Beyonce. B’Day hauls in 8,400 units this week. To date, the album has sold a total of 2,845,200 copies. Chrisette Michele plummets ten spots to No. 82. I Am shelved off 8,300 discs this week. Thus far, the album has sold 110,000 copies. Two steps behind is Corrine Bailey Rae at No. 84. Her self titled album sold 8,300 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 1,667,100. The Shop Boyz plunge nineteen spots to No. 90. Rockstar Mentality only moves 7,800 copies this week. After nine weeks, the album has sold a total of 173,300 copies. Wrapping up the Top 100 is Bone Thugs –N-Harmony at No. 92. Thus far, Strength & Loyalty has sold 388,600 copies with 7,700 units representing the week in total.

Next week look for Talib Kweli and Swizz Beatz shake things up on the Hip-Hop ; R&B Charts

IHH TV: Remy Ma

"Shesus Khryst"
Remy Ma

TI Makes History In NYC


TI invaded New York City’s Madison Square Garden last night for 2007’s Screamfest tour and he didn’t come alone.

The rapper, who’s last album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts, brought out hip hop’s elite with him igniting a frenzy of cheers from the crowd of 20,000.

According to MTV, T.I., Jay-Z, Diddy, Swizz Beatz, Ciara, Kanye West and 50 Cent were all on stage performing and partying together—at the same time.

50 who isn’t on the Screamfest bill popped up to perform with rumored girlfriend Ciara as well as “I Get Money” in which the G Unit took the stage to perform alongside their boss, Lloyd Banks, Mobb Deep, and Tony Yayo were all present.

As if that wasn’t enough a surprise to please the fans, during T.I.’s performance of “Watch What You Say.” After the first verse, a banner of Jay-Z’s hands throwing up the dynasty sign rolled down the back of the stage followed by the man himself appearing on stage to finish of his bars.

Jay then announced that the ROC was in the building prompting Kanye West to appear on stage where he began to perform _“Can’t Tell Me Nothing.” According to MTV, As Yey performed, Fif rushed the stage—but there were no incidents and no signs of rivalries — as Kanye rapped, 50 ran around the stage like he was doing a victory lap, stopping along the way to bump shoulders and say what’s up to Tip, ‘Ye and Jay.

Not missing a beat, Diddy also jumped on stage with the other heavyweights as Kanye continued to perform.

You can view pictures of the event here

IHH Daily Motivation 8*23*07

First impressions

First impressions are helpful and important. Yet they are certainly not everything.

A quick first impression can give you a feel for what's going on. Still, there's much substance that lies beneath the surface.

Allow your instincts to guide you without letting them dominate you. Do the work and dig deeper before making any long-term judgments or commitments.

In presenting yourself, seek to make an excellent first impression. Be sure, however, to also have the depth of substance that will faithfully back up that initial positive impression.

Those who are quick to judge, without considering all the facts, often make serious and irreversible mistakes. More often than not, hasty judgments lead to trouble, alienation, anger, frustration and regret.

Pay attention to your first impression. And let that first impression be a starting point rather than a final conclusion.

-- Ralph Marston

Aug 22, 2007

IHH Daily Update 8*22*07

Foxy Brown Headed To Jail

Trouble-prone rapper, Foxy Brown was ordered to be taken into custody until her next court appearance on September 7th.


According to reports, Brown had been on probation on assault charges, but two incidents in recent weeks violated her probation.

On August 14, Foxy was arrested on charges of assault, menacing and possession of a weapon after her neighbor claims the rapper assaulted her with her Blackberry cell-phone.

The very next day, the Brooklyn native was pulled over in Mahwah, NJ for talking on her cell-phone while driving and disregarding a stop sign. When questioned by the police, she initially gave them an incorrect spelling of her name.

Foxy was later issued seven separate summonses and released.

She will be housed at the Rose M. Singer Center, a women’s jail on Rikers Island.

The jail time came as a surprise for the rapper who is rumored to be pregnant and getting ready to wed.

Kanye West Names His Biggest Competition In The Game, Thanks 50 For The Hype

Keeping his name in the news, rapper & producer Kanye West has named his biggest competition in game—Justin Timberlake.

According to Kanye, the pop star which has yet to do a collabo with the Chicago MC is his biggest inspiration as well as his biggest competition.

“My biggest inspiration and biggest competition is Justin Timberlake. He’s the only other person that gets an across-the-board response and respect level – black radio, white radio.” Kanye says in the October issue of XXL Magazine.

“If Justin hadn’t come out and killed the game, I can’t say that my album, singles and videos would be on the same level that they’re on.

“We push each other. I look at me and Justin like Prince and Michael Jackson in their day.”

Kanye, who will be going up against 50 Cent on September 11th also told MTV how he felt about the so-called “rivalry.”

“I think we push each other,” Kanye told MTV backstage at the V Festival in Stafford, England, on Saturday. “I feel I wouldn’t have some of the tracks on my album if it wasn’t for 50, and he wouldn’t have some of the things he had if he wasn’t up against me.

In the last couple of years, people have been putting out albums aimlessly. Nas used to talk about Biggie and Jay and Wu-Tang going up against each other, but now it’s like there hasn’t been that competition in rap.

In New York, [West’s] ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ is the #2 song [on the radio], and [50’s] ‘I Get Money’ is the #1 song. They’re neck-and-neck, so it’s exciting to people.”

Both “Graduation” and “Curtis” will be dropping on September 11th, 2007.


"Tupac: Assassination" DVD In Stores October 23

The new documentary film Tupac: Assassination a Bond-Age Films and Step-N-Up Enterprises production distributed by Eyecon/Fontana, a division of Universal Music Group Distribution, lays out the entire murder conspiracy plot surrounding the tragic murder of Tupac Shakur. The film was written and directed by RJ Bond and Executive Produced by Bond and Frank "Big Frank" Alexander, Tupac's former bodyguard.

Tupac: Assassination unfolds as a compelling whodunit that reveals what actually happened the night Tupac was shot and most importantly, why this happened as well as the events leading up to that fateful night and the ensuing investigation.

Two perspectives are explored in the film. First, how the shooting happened, what may have led to it and the disconnect between those facts and what the public has been told, and secondly, the testimony of Tupac bodyguards, whose provocative comments provide the answer to why Tupac was shot and killed. These men were never questioned by the police. This film allows them to finally go on the record with what they know. This eye-opening documentary points out all of the failures of law enforcement officials to fully investigate, follow up on leads and interview key parties involved. By the time this DVD ends, the smoke and confusion caused by unsubstantiated rumors, myopic myths and urban legends will dissipate and a clear picture will appear. Alexander and Bond have done something that the Hip Hop community has long awaited.


They have provided the facts that may finally bring justice for Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur - 11 years later. Is there enough evidence in this DVD to spark a Grand Jury inquiry? You will be the judge after you see this powerful film.

“Tupac: Revelation was the working title of this film and although the trailer received over 100,000 views on You Tube in just three weeks, Tupac: Assassination is a better fit because it definitely drives attention to the point of our movie. This is not a movie about Tupac's art, this is not a movie about Tupac's life, this is a movie about Tupac's death and what happened to cause it,” says the film's director RJ Bond.

"Unlike the last film that I did, Tupac Shakur: Before I Wake, which was more of a personal saga about the relationship between Pac and I, this is a film concerning things that happened the night Pac was shot and even months and weeks earlier that the police didn't bother to question some of Pac's bodyguards about. So this film is more of a news piece rather than a personal story coming from me," says former Tupac bodyguard Big Frank.

Tupacassassination.com is the official website of the film. The DVD will be in stores on Tuesday, October 23, 2007. A special limited edition, pre-order Tupac: Assassination DVD signed by Big Frank with a bonus gift of a Tupac poster can be ordered from the website until September 25, 2007.


R. KELLY BACK IN COURT

R. Kelly appeared Tuesday (Aug 21) in a Chicago court where prosecutors and defense attorneys ironed out more details in the R&B singer's child-pornography trial before jury selection starts September 17.

After the prosecution tried for a reversal, Judge Vincent Gaughan upheld his ruling that the media and public could view the sex tape that allegedly depicts Kelly having sex with an underage girl and is at the heart of the charges. Gaughan said he wouldn't reconsider his original ruling because the girl who prosecutors say is in the video isn't cooperating with investigators and denies that she's the person on the tape. Had she said she was, the judge would give her victim status and protect her from a public viewing. Instead, he ruled Tuesday that the state can't call her a "victim" but must instead call her an "alleged victim" or the "state's witness." To attempt to prove that she is in fact the girl on the tape, the prosecution wants to call an expert witness to testify that denial is a common issue with victims of child pornography, but the defense argued that the theory is not backed up by science.

Judge Gaughan delayed ruling on this, as well as whether an expert could testify that the veins in Kelly's hand are consistent with those in the hand of the man in the video. He is expected to rule on those matters at the next hearing, on September 10.

Baltimore Honors Music Exec Kevin Liles With Street Named After Him

Veteran music executive and bestselling author, Kevin Liles, will be honored by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon on September 1st with a street-renaming ceremony to honor his achievements and years of philanthropic efforts to his community.

During a ceremony and blockparty from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., the 2900 Block of Presstman Street that Liles grew up on in Baltimore, MD, will be re-named "Kevin Liles Drive."

Additionally, Liles will receive A Presidential Acknowledgement and challenge other successful individuals to revitalize their blocks through his "Adopt Your Block" Initiative.

"As a proud native of Baltimore, I am humbled to receive such a huge honor," said Kevin Liles. "I would like to thank Governor Mark O'Malley and Mayor Shelia Dixon for believing in young America because we do want to make a difference. I would like to thank the City of Baltimore for allowing me to be its symbol of hope, and show the young men and women of this city that despite your environment you can be successful by establishing a commitment to excellence within yourself."

From an unpaid internship in 1991, Liles soared though the ranks to become President of Def Jam Music Group in 1998 at the tender age of 30. As president, he was largely credited with building up revenues from less than $100 million to more than $400 million in just four years, turning what was a small but wildly successful record business into a mature corporation that become the crown jewel of Universal's music group.

He also oversaw the creation of brands such Def Jam South, Def Soul, Def Soul Classics, Roc-A-Fella and Murder Inc. Under his stewardship, Def Jam grew into one of the most influential record labels in the world just as the rest of the music industry was facing a protracted slump.

Today, he is the Executive Vice President of Warner Music Group and CEO for the Make it Happen Foundation and Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore.

"Kevin's dedication to building a better Baltimore has been proven through his constant contributions and charity work. Kevin has been instrumental in shaping the lives of so many young people with his commitment to education and improving the quality of life for our residents. This ceremony will help congratulate all his accomplishments and show our appreciation," said Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.


COP SUSPENDED FOR TRYING TO BRIBE VIDA GUERRA

A Los Angeles traffic cop who asked for naked pictures of bikini model Vida Guerra in exchange for reducing her parking ticket has been suspended, reports TMZ.com.

Last weekend, TMZ cameras caught Officer L. Salgado telling Vida’s male friend: “You got a got a naked picture of her, we make the price stay right." After Vida’s friend responds in disbelief, Salgado says, “Take some pictures back to the station… naked pictures, man. The price will cut. May be worth it.”

According to Parking Enforcement Manager Eric Ruiz, Salgado was suspended from duty, and word has it that he may even be fired.

Guerra, mentioned by rapper The Game in his song “Wouldn’t Get Far,” said in a statement to TMZ: “I think it was inappropriate for the officer to make that statement that he would remove the ticket if I gave them naked photos. It was very sleazy.”

VH1 Releases 2007 Hip-Hop Honorees And Performers

The fourth edition of VH1's Hip-Hop Honors returns for 2007 with a lengthy list of honorees and performers. This year's official list of honorees includes A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, Whodini, Missy Elliott along with Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for the sub genre New Jack Swing. Ciara, Eve, Pharrell Williams, The Game, T.I., Timbaland, Busta Rhymes, Common, T-Pain, Bow Wow and Nick Cannon will all participate in VH1's annual tribute to a selected group of Hip-Hop luminaries.

Stand up comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, of NBC's 30 Rock, will reprise his role as the event's host. The Roots will likely continue to serve as the official house band, Chris Rock will also make an appearance and the 25th Anniversary of the Hip-Hop film Wild Style will also be observed. Hip-Hop Honors 2007 will air October 8 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

The show will be taped at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 4, and while tickets for the general public will likely be limited, fans can still get involved by participating in "The Score," which will allow an unsigned producer to work with Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. Additionally, tickets are still available for the Hip-Hop Honors Tour, which features The Roots, Big Daddy Kane, MC Lyte and others. Click on the following links for additional information on Hip-Hop Honors 2007, "The Score" and The Hip-Hop Honors Tour.


Cormega Drafts DJ Premier & The Alchemist For Instrumental CD, Readies New Solo Disc

Queensbridge rapper Cormega will be releasing two projects from his Legal Hustle imprint this year.

Mega will kick off his return with the first installment of his producer instrumental series titled Legal Hustle Presents Got Beats? The disc will feature beats from DJ Premier, Alchemist, Ayatollah, Buckwild, Ski Beats, Heatmakerz and Jae Supreme, among others.

Mega will then drop his CD/DVD combo titled Who Am I. The DVD portion will be a documentary chronicling the rapper’s life from 2001-2005, while the CD will include music featured in the documentary.

Legal Hustle Presents Got Beats? hits shelves on October 9 while Who Am I drops on October 23.

IHH Daily Motivation 8*22*07

Stop merely trying

Stop trying and start doing. When you see yourself as merely trying, you don't give yourself the benefit of a solid and complete commitment.

When you're merely trying, every minor disruption becomes a major excuse for not following through. Go beyond trying, see yourself as doing, and the little bumps along the way will be much less likely to stop you.

Would you rather have a trying life or a life overflowing with achievement and fulfillment? The difference comes by replacing all your trying with the full commitment of doing.

When you see yourself as trying to achieve something, you're constantly sending yourself a message that you really don't deserve it. Instead, choose to see yourself as actively making it happen and you'll become confident of a positive, successful outcome.

If you're merely trying, what's the point? Take one more step up on the ladder of commitment, and focus your energy on making it happen.

You deserve that very best that life has to offer. Go beyond just trying, and you will make it so.

-- Ralph Marston

Aug 21, 2007

Kurupt and Gail Gotti Married Over The Weekend


On August 18, 2007 at the prestigious Rittenhouse Hotel, JoVan Brumfield and Ricardo Brown, Jr. a.k.a. Gail Gotti and Kurupt exchanged wedding vows. Philadelphia, hometown of Kurupt welcomed the couple and 170 of their closest friends and family members for this joyous occasion.

Gail said, "Our wedding was perfect. It was elegant, personal, simple and fun. The day was filled with everything I ever dreamed of and more!"

While most celebrities prefer to have large lavish weddings filled with Hollywood A-listers, and non-stop media attention, the couple wanted their day to be private and special.

While there were some high profile celebrities in attendance, the day was about the couple and their love for one another. They really just wanted to have the people who were most important in their lives be there to share this day with them.

Their publicist Melissa Haje Sera said, "this is just another example in a long list that differentiates them from other high profile couples. Everything was so upscale and elegant just like they are."

The ceremony started at 3pm and the reception began at 8pm. While the reception was scheduled to end at midnight, everyone, including the couple danced the night away into the early hours of the morning while close friends and Xm Radio personalities Dj Nina 9 & Dj Xclusive kept the party moving playing all of their favorite tunes.

Kurupt said, "I'm still speechless. Gail really outdid herself with putting the entire wedding together. Everything was perfect from the beginning to the end, and I married the perfect woman, I couldn't of asked for more!"

What is in store for the newlyweds? The Gotti's are both focusing on solo albums and they will continue to focus on the most important thing in their life; their family.

(Now anybody that knows me knows Kurupt is one of my favorite artist, So I wanna wish him and Gail the best of luck and my congratulations.)

IHH Daily Update 8*21*07

Foxy Brown Lies To Police; Reveals Pregnancy, Marriage Plans

Foxy Brown is in trouble with the law, yet again.

This time, Mahwah, New Jersey police busted the female rapper last week for allegedly giving a false name and birth date to officers after she was stopped for running a stop sign.

On top of that, she was talking on a handheld cellphone.

According to the Associated Press, the 27-year-old rapper (real name: Inga Marchand) was allegedly driving her SUV with a suspended registration while carrying a suspended license.

She was taken to the city's police headquarters where she was issued seven traffic citations and later released.

In related news, the New York Post is reporting that Foxy has recently confirmed that she is expecting a baby and is getting married very soon.

She is quoted as telling the paper, "I'm getting married in September. I'm pregnant."

The identity of her soon to be husband and further details regarding her pregnancy were unknown at press time.


KANYE, EVE ANSWER GAY RUMORS

Both Kanye West and Eve have come out recently to address gay rumors that have followed them throughout their careers.

West, in London for a surprise show Monday night, spoke to British-based publication NME about reaction he received after stating in an interview that hip hop was “too homophobic.”

"Speaking out against hip-hop homophobia, some people were like 'Oh, Kanye must be gay! Look at the way he's dressing! And why would he speak about it? He's a gay rapper'," said the artist, whose new single “Stronger” just became his first No. 1 single in the U.K. "And my whole point is, I wouldn't have spoke on that if I was gay or if I was in the closet. I would have stayed so far away from it.

"And I'm still homophobic myself to certain a extent... You know, I wouldn't go to a gay parade and feel comfortable. I wouldn't ever go to a gay club or something and just be chillin' and grab a drink."

"It's being in the entertainment world, I meet so many different gay people who are actually nice people. Where I came from, Chicago, being black and being a hip-hop artist, we used to really disrespect gay people. And the thing is, we can't get close to them with a 10-foot pole. And I realized, 'Wow, how ignorant has this been?'"

Meanwhile, writer Clay Cane spoke to rapper Eve about the subject in the new issue of HX, a glossy New York magazine covering gay nightlife. Here are exceprts:

• Do you get approached by a lot by women?

Yeah, I used to more when I first came out. I’ve had people tell me straight up and down that I was gay—I still get it from people. I get more accusations than I actually do get hit on now.

• Did it make you uncomfortable?

Gay women are way more aggressive than men—I will definitely say that. [Laughs] But it doesn’t bother me. I’ve never been disrespected in any way. If I’m like, “Yo, I get it, but I don’t swing that way,” then it’s all love. [No means no, Missy Elliott --Fresh]

• Who is your celebrity girl-crush?

My girl crush is Angelina Jolie. That’s an everybody girl-crush— that’s my dog’s crush! [Laughs] There is one more person: Dita Von Teese. I’m obsessed with her! I want a Dita Von Teese doll and I’ll be happy. She’s just bananas!

• Who’s the most important gay person in your life?

I don’t have any best [gay] friends or a “talk on the phone” kind of thing. It’s more business—friendship business.

Kanye West’s album, “Graduation,” is due Sept. 11, while Eve’s new offering, “Here I Am,” is scheduled to arrive in stores on week later.

Duck Down Records Signs KRS-One

In an exclusive interview with XXL, Black Moon front man, Buckshot, has announced that Duck Down Records has signed the legendary KRS-One.

“Yeah, we just signed KRS-One to Duck Down,” Buckshot told XXL. “He’s on my label now. We’re going hard, as far as production wise.” Buckshot, who is co-CEO of Duck Down Records with Dru Ha, is also working another album with producer 9th Wonder entitled The Formula.

The LP is the follow up to 2005’s Chemistry. “It’s a whole different time,” Buck says in regards to the album’s direction. ‘It’s a different scene. It’s a reflection of what needs to be said and it’s my manifestation. I’m trying to show people that I’m actually greater at what I do then what is perceived when I come up with concepts and stories. The things I do lyrically on this album aren’t easy. That’s the whole point of hip-hop, to do what’s not easy.”

The Formula will be released this fall.


50 Cent Planning To Launch Dietary Supplement Company

50 Cent will continue to branch out his multi million dollar business empire by launching a new dietary supplement company.

Fif, who already has his own record label, energy drink, publishing house, clothing line, and came in at number 2 in Forbes “Richest Hip Hop Stars” List, is hoping to launch his new venture in conjunction with a new movie, in which he plays a boxer.

“I’m getting ready to do a dietary supplement company, so I have a nutritionist and a physical trainer travel everywhere with me. I’m preparing for a boxing film.” Said Fif.

“I’ll be working out with Roger Mayweather, (boxer) Floyd Mayweather’s uncle.” He Continued.

50 Cent's new album "Curtis" hits stores September 11.

Cee-Lo Gives Details On Upcoming Projects

In addition to a Gnarls Barkley sophomore album dropping in the fourth quarter of 2007, Cee-Lo is also working on his third solo album, and another Goodie Mob album. "The Soul Machine" gave Rolling Stone a progress report of sorts.

When asked about the next Gnarls Barkley project Cee-Lo said, "I'm trying to allow the music to happen as organically as it did the first time. But there's a lot more self-awareness this time around, and a bit more pressure."

Cee-Lo also confirmed that he is working with Goodie Mob and that the group has "six or seven" songs completed already. While no details about a working title or which label the reunion project would be released on could be confirmed, Cee-Lo says reports of a bitter rift between the group members was exaggerated.

"Even through all the disputes and disagreements, we had to still be around each other," said Cee-Lo. "T-Mo's parents stay a street over from my grandmother."


Additionally, the crossover appeal of Cee-Lo's projects with Danger Mouse has afforded him the opportunity to cut another solo album. Animal Pharm front man Jack Splash hit the studio with Cee-Lo and apparently helped push the multi-talented vocalist's sound in yet another direction.

"I realized I haven't yet exhausted all possibilities," said Cee-Lo. "It's like a new millennium Barry White. It's kind of big-guy sexiness, big love."



MTV Kills Sean Kingston's "Beautiful" Lyrics

As rapper/singer Sean Kingston enters his third week at the top of Billboard's Singles Charts with his hit, "Beautiful Girls," MTV's popular video countdown show, "TRL," continues to edit out the word "suicidal" from the song's chorus, even as many radio stations and networks, including BET, air the original version.

"Because we know [suicide] is an issue that so many members of our audience struggle with, we do not take any references to suicide lightly," a spokeswoman for MTV explained to the New York's Daily News.

"With regards to Sean Kingston's 'Beautiful Girls,' we knew that the label had a version substituting 'suicidal' with 'in denial' so we gave them the option of submitting the version with 'in denial'," the rep continued.

The chorus for "Beautiful Girls," reads "You're way too beautiful girl. That's why it'll never work. You'll have me suicidal, suicidal. When you say it's over."

Oddly enough the Jamiacan-American artist is known for shying away from using controversial lyrics.

"I feel like with what's going on in hip-hop, people don't need to be cursing -- especially coming from a 17-year-old," Kingston said in a recent interview. "I don't need to curse in my music to make it any better. I'm trying to touch every fan base, and make everyone connect with me as an artist, I want people to know this artist is real, he writes all his own stuff, he does really good music, he doesn't have no negative stuff about him."

"Beautiful Girls" is the lead single from Kingston's self-titled debut CD, currently in stores now.


Rick Ross Announces Release Date For 'Trilla'

Slip-N-Slide Records recording artist Rick Ross has announced the released date of his sophomore album, titled Trilla.

Trilla, which is the follow up to Ross' debut Port of Miami, will hit stores on November. 11.

Port of Miami, which hit stores in August of 2006, moved 187,000 copies its first week in stores and topped hit # 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, as well as the Top Rap Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts...

The album produced hits like "Hustlin'," "Boss," "Push It" and others.

The announcement comes on the heels of Slip-N-Slide's latest success, Fort Meyers rapper Plies, whose album The Real Testament debuted at #2 on this week's Billboard Top 200 chart.

“Slip-N-Slide Records has an amazing history with Trina, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Duece Poppi, Dirtbag and now Plies that stands firmly on tradition, values and standards," Slip-N-Slide Records' CEO Ted Lucas said. "We want to take our enormous history and make a bigger impact for years to come.”

Lucas also revealed that Slip-N-Slide Records is working on expanding into the R&B and Rock genres of music.

Slip-N-Slide Records is preparing releases by Florida rappers Trina, Trick Daddy and Dirt Bag in 2008.


Swizz Beatz Brings One Man Band To The Apple Store

In celebration of the release of his solo disc One Man Band Man, New York hitmaker Swizz Beatz is set to rock a Manhattan Apple store.

The free set is scheduled to take place tonight (August 21) at 6 p.m. in Apple's SOHO branch (103 Prince St. at Green St.). It will feature the producer/DJ/MC performing various songs from his album including "It's Me Snitches" and "Money In The Bank."

Swizzy's sophomore CD, which dropped today, features guest spots from Kanye West, Nas, Ciara, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana Cassidy, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX, Coldplay, and wife Mashonda.

The performance is just the latest NYC stop for Swizz, as he recently rocked a crowd of over 600 New York area high school students as part of the "It's SHOWTIME: In Theatre Event Series," presented by Entertainers 4 Education Alliance (E4EA). In addition to taking the stage, Swizz also spoke to the students in attendance, stressing the importance of education and encouraging them to make good decisions.

One Man Band Man is in stores now on Full Surface/J Records.

On The Come up


On The Come Up is a new feature here on ImHipHop. On The Come up will feature new artist who i feel are On the come up. Real Simple right?


Todays On the Come up Artist is
Topic

Topic come to ImHipHop, by the way of Carson California, and while Im sure alot of you will bring up my West coast bias, dude is actually hot, and he from cali so why not post him? Topic has that universal flow, enough to get past that whole east coast bias thats still exist in the hip hop media today.
While searching the web I found this mixtape he did with Kay slay and dj skee. Check it out and post ur comments.

Mixtape Tracks
1. Dj skee and dj kay slay-intro
2. Creep and crawl
3. The game aint the same
4. Swagger (never gone get it) ft. akon
5. How it goes
6. Time goes by
7. Laundrymat ft. sean biggs
8. Topics the name
9. Dj skee-freestyle
10. Fear in ya eyes
11. Thats a good look
12. Music
13. Holla back
14. Thats not me ft. . eddie rap life
15. Keep it one hunnit
16. Soul bleed
17. Because i




For any other artist(signed or unsigned) who wanna be featured on the future editions of on the come up email me at ImhipHopNews@gmail.com give me a short bio, a picture and a sample of your music, who knows if i like it you may be the next artist "On The Come Up"

Aug 20, 2007

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Breaking News: Vick agrees to plead guilty in dogfighting case


Michael Vick's lawyer said Monday the NFL star will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, putting the Atlanta Falcons quarterback's career in jeopardy and leaving him subject to a prison term.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, although federal sentencing guidelines most likely would call for less.

Prosecutors, who were seeking a prison term of 12 to 18 months, have yet to formally agree to the plea.

"After consulting with his family over the weekend, Michael Vick asked that I announce today that he has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors regarding the charges pending against him," lead defense attorney Billy Martin said in a statement.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

Vick's plea hearing will be Aug. 27 at 10:30 a.m. ET, Martin said. Judge Henry Hudson said Monday that no details of the plea agreement will be made public before Vick's hearing.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from the Falcons' training camp but has withheld further action while the league conducts its own investigation. League sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Goodell will likely suspend Vick indefinitely and that a final decision on Vick's suspension will be made after his legal case is resolved.

Vick is charged with conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture.

Martin's announcement came as a grand jury that could add new charges met in private. Prosecutors had said that a superseding indictment was in the works, but Vick's plea all but means he will not face additional charges.

Three of Vick's original co-defendants already have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him if the case went to trial. Quanis Phillips of Atlanta and Purnell Peace of Virginia Beach signed statements saying Vick, 27, participated in executing at least eight underperforming dogs by various means, including drowning and hanging.

Phillips, Peace and Tony Taylor, who pleaded guilty last month, also said Vick provided virtually all of the gambling and operating funds for his "Bad Newz Kennels" operation in Surry County, Va., not far from Vick's hometown of Newport News.

The gambling allegations alone could trigger a lifetime ban under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

IHH Daily Update 8*20*07

Dr. Dre Sues Death Row Over Rights To The Chronic

Dr. Dre, filed a lawsuit in bankruptcy court on Wednesday (August 15) against defunct label Death Row Records over the rights to his 1992 solo debut, The Chronic.

According to the Associated Press, the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles claims that Dre is be the rightful owner of the copyrights of the album and that Death Row have infringed on his rights by continuing to distribute the album without the rapper's authorization.

Dre is asking the court to rescind two prior agreements, made in 1992 and 1996, that first granted Death Row permission to distribute The Chronic, and later relinquished the album's copyrights to the label.

Under the 1996 agreement, the producer agreed to sign over the copyrights on the condition that he would continue to receive royalties. In 2000, Dre notified Death Row that, due to their failure to pay these royalties, he was rescinding the two prior agreements and demanding the rights to the album be returned to him.

Because of that notice, he is once again the rightful owner of the copyrights, and also asserts that the Chapter 11 trustee currently overseeing the label is in the process of trying to sell the copyrights without proper permission.


Via the suit, Dre is asking that the label and trustee pay him restitution for all revenue Death Row received from its use of The Chronic, and would like the court to issue a permanent injunction that would bar the defendants from offering the copyrights for sale without his written consent.

Death Row Records produced a string of hit records in the 90s from artists such as Snoop Dogg, the slain rapper Tupac Shakur and Dre as well, but the label struggled when owner Marion "Suge" Knight was sent to prison for assault and weapons violations.

Since then, the once powerful Death Row empire has slowly collapsed. Knight filed for bankruptcy protection in early 2006 to maintain control of the label (see "Suge Knight Files For Bankruptcy To Maintain Control Of Death Row") after bankruptcy courts first tried to take control, then claimed he was broke in May 2006.



50 Cent Loses, Fans Back Kanye West In New Poll

SOHH recently conducted a poll about the hype surrounding 50 Cent and Kanye West's SoundScan showdown on September 11. The survey reveals that 51% of the readers that participated believe that West's Graduation will have higher first week sales than 50's Curtis.

The poll, which included feedback from over 3,000 fans between the ages of 12 and 35, was conducted after 50 said that if West sold more records than him, he would no longer release solo albums.

According to the survey, when asked whose album will have the higher first week sales 51.35% of the respondents said Kanye, while 37.16% said Fif and 11.49% believed it was too close to call. 53.47% also said they were more likely to buy Ye's album, while 20.95% would spend their cash on the new 50.

When asked if readers believe 50 will honor his claim that he will stop recording solo CDs if Kanye sells outsells him, 76% of respondents do not believe Fif will honor the bet.

In related news, during a recent interview on the British TV show "The Night Project," West finally answered 50's bet.

"I really like 50. I don't want him to retire once my album sells the most," the Chicago rapper/producer revealed. "Please 50. Do not retire once my album sales beats your album. I really like your songs, I'm a big fan."


Tha Dogg Pound Sign Deal With Cash Money Records

Just months after releasing their latest album, Dogg Chit, as the Dogg Pound in March, Daz and Kurupt have signed a deal with Cash Money Records to release their next through the New Orleans based label.

In a statement posted on the duo's official website on Friday (August 17), they confirm the signing, but give no further details, except that a "new album droppin' soon on Cash Money Records."

Kurupt is quoted as saying to DubCNN, "It's official, me and Daz just got off the phone with Baby, Slim and Snoop. West Coast Aftershocc n----." A release date for the album was unknown at press time.

Their last album, Dogg Chit, was released through Daz's DPG Recordz, in conjunction with indie powerhouse Koch Records. It opened at no. 77 on the Billboard 200, selling 11,837 in its first week, and featured guest spots from The Game, Snoop Dogg, Too Short and Bad Azz.

In late 2002, Kurupt caused a stir within the DPG camp when he went back to Death Row Records. All affiliate members -- including Daz and Snoop -- took several shots and dissed Kurupt harshly for making the move, and Kurupt fired back as well. The camp remained split, until early 2005 when Kurupt and Daz reunited, and began working together again.

Soon after, the two released Dillinger & Young Gotti II: Tha Saga Continuez..., followed by several other projects including their comeback/reunion album Cali Iz Active with Snoop Dogg, and Kurupt's Same Day, Different Sh--.

Currently, the duo plan to release a DVD titled "Tha Dogg Pound: The Videos," while Daz continues to release indie solo projects -- one is titled Gangsta Party and is slated for September, as well as another titled Only On The Left Side, which doesn't have a current release date.



T.I.'s Next Movie With Danny Glover

As part of his ever-growing resume, T.I. will join Danny Glover in, Once Was Lost, which will likely be released sometime in 2008, or later. We've has gained a few exclusive details about the film, which is currently in the pre-production phase.

The film will be directed by Brad Gann, the writer and director of 2006's Invincible, which starred Mark Wahlberg as a 30-year-old bartender who eventually became an NFL player with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Once Was Lost finds T.I. playing the role of Slam. When a rival gang kills Slam's best friend, he must head south to get access to some hidden cash. Slam's only means of transportation is his elderly apartment manager, Marcel Washington, who is played by Glover. As Slam starts to exact his revenge, various plot twists take place and the two men form an unlikely bond. T.I. confirmed a few details with MTV, while speaking on his role in the recently completed American Gangster.

"I play a young, money-hungry drug dealer, and Danny Glover is in it with me," T.I. explained. "He plays a senile jazz musician. He kind of tricked me into driving him to Mississippi from Harlem [New York] against my will. We learn so much about each other along the way. It's kinda like [an] older generation/younger generation, unlikely bond. [It's an] extreme pleasure to be able to work alongside a legend like Danny Glover."

While it will likely take months for more details to emerge about Once Was Lost, fans can catch T.I., Denzel Washington, Common, RZA and many more of their favorite artists in American Gangster, which will be in theaters November 2.



Jay-Z On Remix To Saigon's "Come On Baby"

Saigon recently spoke to MTV News about his up-coming album "The Greatest Story Never Told" and his new single "Come On Baby".

"Yeah, Jay's on my album. He's on the remix to the single, he aired it out. I still gotta go back and rewrite my verse," said Saigon. "He really does the 'Rain Man' thing, he doesn't sit down and write," he continued. "For mad years, I was like, 'He's too clever, I don't believe he don't write [lyrics] down. He's too on point.' But with this beat, when he came to record to it, he never heard the beat before and his rhyme went so perfect with the beat. I was like he couldn't have wrote this at home, he couldn't have had this in the stash. Maybe this dude do got more brain cells than everybody else. I tell him all the time, 'You an alien, man.' "

Saigon also said there would be a video coming soon for "Come On Baby" and he hopes to do a Rock influenced treatment for the song due to its heavier sound.

"Being that it's rock-influenced, I wanna get a rock band. Remember [Run-DMC's] 'Walk This Way'? I wanted to do it just like that," he explained of a treatment he has in his head. "Me and Just [Blaze] in one side of the studio, doing some rap stuff, they doing their rock stuff [on another side], then we banging on the wall. We wanna use 'Walk This Way' as sort of like a blueprint. The record is real rock-influenced, let's incorporate that into the video, instead of us just being in the club. "


Florida’s DJ Smallz Makes the Ultimate Posse Cut

Florida native DJ Smallz has united 30 established and up and coming artists from his home state of Florida for a monumental new track called “Welcome to the Gunshine State.”

Smallz, the purveyor of the hugely popular Southern Smoke mixtape series, conceived the track as a way to bring attention to the flourishing Florida rap scene and create a buzz ahead of the release of his upcoming LP, Southern Smoke: The Album.

“No one in Florida has found a way to unite Artists representing all hoods, counties and cities in Florida until now,” he says. “And I felt like this was a great time for me to release this record with the attention that TJs DJs conference, [the] Ozone Awards, Khaled & Plies were bringing to the state. Now with people paying close attention to what’s going on down here, it was my responsibility to the streets to make sure everyone was represented, and this record definitely shows how the whole state can be united.”

Artists featured on “Welcome to the Gunshine State” include Acafool, Brisco, C-Ride, Dirtbag, Deuce Poppi, Dukwon, Dunk Ryders, Flo-Rida, Grandaddy Souf, Haitian Fresh, Jacki-O, Joe Hound, J-Shin, Papa Duck, Piccalo, Plies, Smilez & Southstar, Smitty, Stacks, Suave Smooth, Supa Chino, Swordz, Tampa Tony, Tom G, Treal, Trinity, Triple C’s, Triple J, Wes Fif and Young Cash. The track is produced by DJ Smallz.


UNRELEASED JACKSON 5 SONGS FOUND

A whole bunch of unreleased material from The Jackson 5 is about to hit the streets after collecting cobwebs in a New Jersey warehouse for years, reports WENN.

The collection was found after Richard Altomare, the head of luggage movement company Universal Express, bought unclaimed Jackson family memorabilia from the warehouse. Many of the items were auctioned off during a big two-day sale in Las Vegas. The Jackson 5 tapes from the 1970s contain roughly 60 unreleased songs.

Altomare says he is currently in talks with Michael Jackson and his sister Janet, who wasn’t in the band, as well as recording labels – including Sony – to get the unreleased material in stores.

"I've personally talked to Michael and Janet on the phone about the tapes, and even played on a couple of songs for them,” says Altomare. "At first there was silence on the other end of the line, but that was quickly followed by giggles as if it brought them back to the day those songs were recorded."


"Raisin In The Sun" Starring Sean Combs To Air On ABC In 2008

The three-hour television movie adaptation of "A Raisin in the Sun" will air as an "ABC Premiere Event" MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Sean Combs, who reprises the role of Walter Lee, Jr., which brought him acclaim, stars along with the cast of the award-winning Broadway revival, who recreated their roles for the film, including Emmy and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad, four-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, Tony Award nominee Sanaa Lathan, plus "ER" star John Stamos.

Executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, whose big screen movie musical "Hairspray" is one of the breakout hits of the summer, said of their latest event for television: "We are honored to have brought a new movie version of 'A Raisin in the Sun' to ABC, from Sony Pictures Television, to a new generation of viewers. We are humbled by our formidable cast and are very grateful to Steve McPherson for giving us the coveted slot on the night after the Oscars."

"A Raisin in the Sun" tells the story of a family living and struggling on Chicago 's South Side in the 1950s. A fiercely moving portrait of people whose hopes and dreams are constantly deferred, "A Raisin in the Sun" was the first play written by an African American woman to be produced on Broadway. It premiered in 1959 with a cast that included Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Diana Sands, Ruby Dee and Louis Gossett Jr. A Columbia Pictures feature with the same cast followed in 1961.

Phylicia Rashad won the Best Actress Tony Award for her role in "Raisin" -- becoming the first African American actress to ever win the Tony in this category. Audra McDonald won the Best Featured Actress Tony Award for her role in the play, and Sanaa Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her performance. Sean Combs appeared opposite Halle Berry in "Monster's Ball" and made his acting debut in the film "Made."

The ground-breaking drama portrays a brief period of time in the life of the Younger family as they anxiously await the arrival of a $10,000 life insurance check made out to Lena Younger (Phylicia Rashad, "The Cosby Show"), the family matriarch, from the estate of her late husband, Walter Lee. Everyone in the family has their own ideas about how they plan to use their new-found wealth and are eager for their new lives to start.

"A Raisin in the Sun" stars Sean Combs as Walter Lee, Jr., Phylicia Rashad as Lena Younger, Audra McDonald("ABC's Private Practice," HBO's "Wit,", ABC's "Annie," and the recent Broadway production of "110 in the Shade") as Ruth, Sanaa Lathan ("Out of Time," "Something New") as Beneatha , John Stamos (A&E's "Wedding Wars") as Mr. Lindner, Sean Patrick Thomas ("Barbershop 2: Back in Business") as George Murchison, David Oyelowo ("The Last King of Scotland") as Joseph Asagai, Bill Nunn ("Spider Man") as Bobo and Cephas Jones ("Law & Order") as Willy Harris.

"A Raisin in the Sun" is a production of Storyline Entertainment and Bad Boy World Wide Entertainment Group in association with Sony Pictures Television.