"Can't Help But Wait"
Aug 31, 2007
Lil Kim Stopped By NYPD, Whips Lambo With No Plates
Lil' Kim caused a stir in New York's Westside yesterday (August 30) when she was stopped by police for driving a Lamborghini without license plates.
According to the New York Post, Kim (born Kimberley Jones) was pulled over by police around 6 p.m. on Thursday as she was entering a gas station. Authorities would also discover the Brooklyn bred rapper did not have her drivers license with her.
The Lamborghini reportedly had a temporary out-of-state registration and Kim's lawyer, Bernie Jackson, came and drove the rapper and the vehicle away. During the stop, Kim interacted with fans and signed autographs.
It was not revealed whether Kim was issued a ticket for not having plates or a driver's license with her.
In a similar instance last year 50 Cent was also stopped by NYPD officers and arrested for driving his lamborghini erratically. After being stopped, cops issued him four traffic tickets for making an unsafe lane change, having no plates, driving without insurance, and having an expired license.
As previously reported, Lil' Kim is currently working on a book titled The Price of Loyalty which will be released later this year by publishing giant St. Martin's Press.
50 Cent's "Curtis" Leaks 1 Day After Kanye West
After Kanye West's new disc Graduation leaked on the net yesterday, 50 Cent's Curtis has also followed suit making its way on the world wide web.
With Curtis Fif decided to open up his rolodex and share mic time with big name rappers and beatmakers. The disc features guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Akon, Eminem, and G-Unit as well as production from Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and others.
Yesterday, West's third solo album also sprung a leak. The album, Graduation has appearances from Mos Def, Coldplay singer Chris Martin,T-Pain, Lil' Wayne, Daft Punk and DJ Premier.
With the SoundScan showdown only two weeks away, the leak's effects on 50 and Kanye's rivalry will be revealed soon enough.
50 Cent's album Curtis and Kanye West's Graduation both hit stores September 11.
Q Tip & Common Form Group
In other news, A Tribe Called Quest frontman, Q-Tip,has revealed to XXL Magazine that he’ll be forming a new group with Common entitled “The Standard.”
Me and Common [are] getting ready to form a group,” Q tells XXL. “We’ll probably run it through the Uni [Universal Records] joint because we’re both on Universal.”
The group, which came as an idea from Common, we’ll start recording material for an album once the two start touring together. According to Q Tip, production will be handled mostly by him however they will be getting Kanye West for a couple of tracks.
“I’m probably gonna do a lot of it,” ‘Tip tells XXLMag. “And we’ll get Kanye [West] on a couple things, but you know, that cat is busy.”
MARLEY FAM TO SUE OVER NEW VERIZON/UMG DEAL
Just days after Verizon and Universal Music Group announced with glee its new service offering Bob Marley ringtones, the late singers family has fired back with a lawsuit claiming the companies never sought their permission for the deal.
As previously reported, Verizon and UMG on Tuesday announced it had secured exclusive access to Marley's catalog for master ringtones as part of UMGs overall 35th anniversary celebration and re-release of his album, Exodus.
According to Fifty Six Hope Road Music Limited, the agreement was signed "without the permission of the Marley family" and was "not in accordance with Marley's longstanding contract with Universal Music Group," reports Billboard.
Wyclef Jean Readies "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant"
Wyclef Jean returns to Columbia Records with "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," the artist's first full-length album for the label since his third solo album entered the Billboard Top 200 at #6 in June 2002. "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is slated for release this autumn.
With "The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant," his sixth full-length studio album, Wyclef Jean continues the autobiographical musical odyssey he began a decade ago with his 1997 triple-platinum debut solo album, "Wyclef Jean Presents The Carnival Featuring Refugee All-Stars" (aka "The Carnival"). Wyclef gave his fans their first taste of "The Carnival II" with the release of the album's lead-in single, "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)," featuring Akon, Lil' Wayne and introducing Niia. Released in August, the single rapidly made its first Billboard chart appearance entering the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at #3. "Sweetest Girl (Dollar Bill)" is now available digitally.
According to Wyclef, "The Carnival II" is "a continuation of 'Gone Till November" (his 1997 Top 10 signature hit from "The Carnival"). I focus a lot on the songwriting." For his much anticipated new album, Wyclef has once again called upon his friends, showcasing his musical dexterity as he draws from an extraordinary and diverse roster of collaborating guest artists including Paul Simon (on "Fast Car"), Mary J. Blige, T.I., Norah Jones, Akon, Serj Tankian (of System Of A Down) (on "Trouble Again"), Lil' Wayne, and Shakira, to name a few. Wyclef produced the entire album with his long-time production partner, Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, with whom he has worked since the beginning of the Fugees.
"The Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant" is the first full-length album from Wyclef Jean since 2006, when the artist struck a chord in mass pop consciousness with "Hips Don't Lie," the chart-topping Grammy-nominated international smash hit duet with Shakira.
J-Hood Exits D-Block Partnership
In an online statement, J-Hood explains why he left the label. He had this to say.
“Around 3 1/2 weeks ago I asked to be released from the label I’ve been signed to. After that occurrence all legal procedures have been properly handled in accordance. Basically there’s an instance in which we all run out of patience and take upon action to better our situation. I think I’ve been loyal since the beginning to the label and the individuals that run it. I have devoted six years of my life to making our movement prosper with no realistic reward or success, knowing my worth and what I’m capable of. If for any reason I happen to fail to accomplish what I intend to which is be successful, I feel more comfortable knowing it will be from a decision I made, and not one that was made by the next man”
The 22-year-old rapper also dispelled rumors that his D-Block chain was taken away after he announced his departure from the label.
“The chain that supposedly was taken away from me is and has been in my possession since it was purchased, but I refuse to wear it because I have mentally moved on, meaning I’d rather have no type of affiliation with D-Block at all. I’m past that point in my life I have a whole new focus, which is concentrating on making my new movement as strong and successful as possible.
“And for the record, the chain was not given to me by the label but instead purchased by me, so picture me letting someone take it away from me. To put everything in perspective, I will be releasing multiple freestyles and songs on various mixtapes under my own company.
“So now that I have clarified the situation. I will give you a glimpse of what’s to come. I will be signed to my own label ODG Ent. (On Da Grind) as of next week. Last but not least, you can log on to YouTube.com to see the five-minute video interview of me showing the chain and actual release form. Say goodbye to D-Block and say hello to ODG!”
Chamillionaire Launches Platinum and Gold Plaque Giveaway
Houston rapper Chamillionaire has announced he will be giving away 600 plaques for fans that purchase his sophomore album, Ultimate Victory, on September 18.
Fans can mail in their official retail store receipt and 100 entries will be randomly chosen to receive a special album plaque, 200 fans will get a gold plaque once the album sells over 500,000 copies and another 300 winners will receive a platinum plaque if Ultimate Victory sells over one million copies. Each plaque is valued at $300 and will be autographed by Cham himself.
“Last year, I purchased over 300 platinum plaques to thank the executives, featured artists, producers, DJ’s and other who helped drive the success of Sound of Revenge,” Chamillionaire says. “I know that the fans are also very responsible for an artist’s success and feel like they deserver to be recognized. This time I wanted to do something to show them how much I appreciate their support.”
Ultimate Victory will drop on September 18 through Chamillitary/Universal Motown Records. The tracklisting for the album is as follows.
1. The Morning News, produced by Kane Beatz
2. Hip Hop Police featuring Slick Rick, produced by JR Rotem
3. Standing Ovation, produced by Kane Beatz
4. Won’t Let You Down, produced by Kane Beatz
5. Industry Groupie featuring KC, produced by JR Rotem
6. Pimp Mode featuring Bun B, produced by Happy Perez
7. Rock Star featuring Lil Wayne, produced by The Beat Bullies
9. The Bill Collecta featuring Krayzie Bone, produced by Play N
10. The Ultimate Vacation, produced by The Beat Bullies
11. Come Back to the Streets, produced by The Runners
12. I Think I Love You, produced by The Beat Bullies
13. The Evening News, produced by Kane Beatz
14. Welcome to the South featuring Pimp C, produced by Kane Beatz
15. You Must Be Crazy featuring Famous, produced by Dave M.G.
16. Stuck in the Ghetto (Skit) featuring Tony Henry
17. We Breakin’ Up, produced by Chops
18. Rocky Road featuring Devin the Dude, produced by Happy Perez
19. The Ultimate Victory, produced by Happy Perez
1. Somebody Gonna Get Hurt, produced by Rick Rock
2. Keep it on the Hush featuring Lloyd, produced by Matty P
Suave House To Release Rick Ross' "Rise To Power"
Rick Ross is back with the Suave House release "Rise To Power". This album contains exclusive tracks and guest appearances including Scarface, The Clipse, Next, Devin Tha Dude, Big Duke of Boyz N The Hood, Noah and more. The first single will be "Street Love" featuring R&B group Next. The album hits stores Sept. 18.
Before Rick Ross gained national success, his talent was discovered by legendary music mogul Tony Draper. The top-selling Miami rapper was one of many up and coming artists signed to Draper's Suave House Records. Ross was going to continue the tradition of seminal artists to debut on the powerhouse label until legal woes with Suave House's parent company kept the album from ever being released. With Draper's permission, Rick Ross went on to explore other options and the rest is history.
1. It's On ft. Noah And Jiggalo
2. Hold Me Down
3. Get That Bread Ft. Big Duke Of Boyz N The Hood
5. Street Love Ft. Next
6. Strapped Ft. Noah
7. Prove Me Wrong Ft. Devin Tha Dude
8. Bird Bath Ft. Noah
9. B.L.O.W. Ft. Clipse And Om'mas
10. Dear Lord Ft. Scarface
11. Realest Niggas Ft. Gillie Da Kid And Reed Dollarz
12. Simple And Plain Ft. g.p. Of carol city cartel
15. Breath In, Breath Out
Just a couple of joints from the youtube archives
and this was my theme song for a min.
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Make the most
Be honest with yourself, and with everyone else as well. There are some things you like and other things you dislike, and that's just fine.
Be fully accepting of yourself, and of others as well. You are who you are, with your dreams and passions, preferences and interests, and each person is delightfully unique.
What you run from or hide from or seek to deny, grows bigger and more influential as a result. By getting things out in the open, by seeing them for what they truly are, you become free of their control.
You are where you are and life is the way it is. The more completely you accept it, the more power you have to do something about it.
This moment carries enormous opportunity. No positive purpose is served by fighting against it.
Instead, accept what is, the way you are, the way you feel, and the things that life has brought to you. Then you can make the very most of it all.
-- Ralph Marston
Aug 30, 2007
Ruff Ryders CEO Indicted On Cocaine Charges, Faces 20 Years
Ruff Ryders CEO, Darrin "Dee" Dean, was indicted yesterday (August 29) on drug and weapons charges stemming from an arrest earlier this year.
As previously reported, Darrin Dean (also known as David Jones Green) and driver, Jerry Gilbert, were arrested on May 31 by the Palisades Interstate Parkway police after a traffic stop for a broken tail light. After smelling marijuana upon approaching the car, they conducted a search leading to the discovery of 1½ kilos of cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber handgun hidden in a customized floor compartment.
Both men were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun while conducting narcotics violations. They were released from the Bergen County Jail on bail of $342,500 on June 1.
The indictment by the Bergen County grand jury in Hackensack, NJ charges Dean and Gilbert with possession of large amounts of cocaine with intent to distribute. The indictment also charges Dean and Gilbert with the unlawful possession of an Intratec .45-caliber handgun.
Though detectives say they found evidence of marijuana, no marijuana related charges were included in the indictment. If convicted, both men could face up to 20 years in prison.
Alleged Remy Ma victim speaks "It's all to stay in the crimelight"
Makeda Barnes-Joseph knows the pain of diva rage.
Barnes-Joseph, 23, was allegedly shot twice last month by hot-tempered rapper Remy Ma.
She shook her head in disgust as she watched another rapper, Foxy Brown, carted off to prison after she was charged with hitting her neighbor with a BlackBerry.
"They feel that they can do whatever they want and get away with it," fumed Barnes-Joseph.
"They think that because they're rappers that they need to make a name for themselves."
Barnes-Joseph is still recovering from the two bullets that cops say Remy Ma, 26, pumped into her midsection on July 14.
When Brown, 27, got into trouble again last week, Barnes-Joseph was not surprised.
"It's ridiculous, the stupid things she's doing," Barnes-Joseph told the Daily News.
Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was already under the microscope when she got into a catfight with her neighbor: She was on three years' probation for attacking two manicurists last year in a dispute over the bill.
So the judge said enough is enough and jailed her.
"Because they're hard-core female rappers, they [think they] have to live up to what they say in their raps," an indignant Barnes-Joseph said.
Remy Ma - whose real name is Remy Smith - allegedly shot Barnes-Joseph after accusing her former friend of stealing $3,000 from her purse when the two left a nightclub in the Meatpacking District last month.
Barnes-Joseph, who will undergo more surgery in October, was released from the hospital early this month and sees a physical therapist every other day.
"I'm basically confined to the bed now. It's really hard. It hurts," she said.
Barnes-Joseph said the scars on her stomach are a permanent reminder of her former friend's betrayal. Also painful for Barnes-Joesph is Remy Ma's denial that she shot the former pal.
"I sit here and I try to think every day, 'Why is she doing that? How can she deny that?'"
EL DEBARGE ARRESTED, HELD WITHOUT BAIL
El DeBarge is in an orange jumpsuit at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles after an arrest for domestic violence exposed several outstanding warrants.
The singer, born Eldra DeBarge, was initially taken into custody early Sunday accused of domestic violence. The L.A. County District Attorney rejected the charge, but the crooner had a bunch of outstanding warrants including vandalism, drugs and driving with a suspended license according to authorities.
None of the infractions allow for the posting of bail, which means DeBarge will remain in custody until a hearing is scheduled.
Meanwhile, details of the rejected domestic violence charge were not available at press time. The singer is reportedly separated from his wife, Monica DeBarge.
Sgt. John Coffeen told People.com that DeBarge was "cooperative" when taken into custody, and that "an arrest like this usually involves abuse of a spouse or significant other. I don't know whose house it was."
While the down on his luck singer/songwriter sits in jail, pundits note that actress Lindsey Lohan, infamous for numerous clashes with the law, including being caught with cocaine in her possession in a police station, was not only set free, but prosecutors declined to file charges.
The 46-year-old had such hits as "Rhythm of the Night" and All This Love as lead singer of the family group DeBarge before launching a successful solo career.
WHITNEY AND BOBBY STILL FIGHTING OVER CUSTODY
In newly-released legal papers filed last month, Bobby Brown claims that his ex-wife, Whitney Houston, is actively preventing him from seeing their 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
"Since Whitney has been awarded sole legal and physical custody of Bobbi Kris, she has attempted to eliminate me from Bobbi Kris' life," the singer states in court documents.
"I did all I could to see my daughter,he added. I also paid approximately $10,000 for Whitney and Bobbi Kris to live in a nice hotel while Whitney was going through rehab ... I basically lived out of my car."
Brown said in court papers: "I have not seen or spoken to my daughter since early June and I have no prospect of speaking to her or seeing her anytime soon due to Whitney's actions."
Brown filed the documents with the court before he was photographed with a smiling (and puffy-eyed) Houston leaving Joe's Crab Shack in Alpharetta, Ga. Amid rumors of a reconciliation, a rep for the former New Edition star said they were only meeting to discuss custody arrangements for their daughter during the forthcoming school year.
The Game and Timbaland Sued Over "Put You On The Game"
The Game and Interscope are among the defendants in a new copyright infringement lawsuit over an illegal sample on The Game's platinum-selling 2005 debut album The Documentary.
Saregama India filed the lawsuit in Manhattan Federal Court, claiming the song "Put You on the Game" violated copyrights owned by the Indian-based firm, which was formerly The Gramophone Company of India, one of India’s largest recording companies.
Saregama is also one of the oldest recording company's in India and owns almost 50% of all the music ever recorded in the country.
"Put You On The Game" was produced by Timbaland who is also named in the lawsuit along with co-producer Nate "Danjahandz" Hills.
Also named are Universal Music Group, Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records, Czar Entertainment, Timbaland's Virginia Beach Music and The Game's Black Wall Street imprint.
Saregama India is seeking an undisclosed amount.
A Nas concert scheduled in Ottawa, Ontario Canada for Oct. 1 has been cancelled amidst controversy over the rapper's lyrical content say students.
The concert was scheduled to take place at the Ottawa Congress Centre as part of the Rock The Vote campaign encouraging concertgoers to vote in the Oct. 10 election in Ontario.
Student groups at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa were told two weeks after confirming Nas’s appearance at the centre that they would not be able to use the venue.
According to Isaac Cockburn, vice-president of student issues for the Carleton University Students' Association, he was told by the centre’s vice president of food and beverage, Peter Seguin, that the centre has a policy banning Hip-Hop and rap.
"He in fact said that he'd had over 200 requests for Hip-Hop shows that he's turned down over the past couple of years," Cockburn told the CBC. "He said that it was an increased security risk and that it was a vulnerability that the Congress Centre was not willing to take on."
On Monday (Aug. 27), the students received a phone call from the centre's vice-president of client services, Paul Keogh, who said the problem did not stem from the internal policy.
Instead, Cockburn said, Keogh told the group that Nas' lyrics promote gun violence.
The group voiced their disappointment to the centre's president and Tourism Minister Jim Bradley, stating that the policy was culturally insensitive.
Neither Seguin nor Keogh were available for comment, said Lynne Martichenko, a spokeswoman for the centre who disputed the students’ claims as she denied that the problem did not lie with Nas or rap music.
According to her, the centre is designed for meetings, trade shows and conventions.
Rock The Vote organizers are currently looking for another place to hold the concert.
NE-YO GAVE HIS BRITNEY SONGS TO PUSSYCAT DOLL
Ne-Yo wrote a number of tracks for the long-gestating Britney Spears comeback album, but when her head-shaving episode and subsequent rehab stalled the recording process, the singer-songwriter took his tracks and shopped them elsewhere.
"I have no idea what's going on with Britney Spears right now," Ne-Yo told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show Wednesday.
Ne-Yo explained that he wrote six to eight songs for the project "before she shaved her head and went into rehab again."
"When that happened, I lost all contact with her A&R people, with her label," he said, adding Camp Spears was no longer returning his calls. I was like, I guess they weren't interested no more."
Enter Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger.
The pop vixen loved two of the tracks "Happily Never After" and "Save Me From Myself" and quickly spent money to secure them for her upcoming album, Her Name Is Nicole, due Nov. 6 from Interscope. After that transaction, Ne-Yo claims Spears' folks suddenly renewed their interest in the tracks.
"I'm like, uh, hold on. Y'all didn't cut me no check," said Ne-Yo.
Meanwhile, two tracks rumored to be from Spears forthcoming fall release were leaked to the Internet and touted as possible first singles, but Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the uptempo song "Gimme More," produced by Timbaland protégé Nate "Danjahandz" Hills, is the albums official first single and could arrive at radio as early as next week.
A controversy is brewing in Southern Florida after a Lee County Sheriff, Mike Scott, publicly blamed “gangsta rap” for a string of crimes.
Akon, Fabolous And Yung Joc "Jack Da Juice"
While the Myspace artist has become all the rage, JF Media and a slew of established artists are hoping to usher in the return of the Hip-Hop music conference. Akon, Fabolous, Yung Joc, Killer Mike, Da Brat and Freeway are just a few of the names to be featured during the inaugural "Jack Da Juice Hip-Hop Music Conference," which will be held in Atlanta's TWELVE Hotel from October 12-14.
VENUS WILLIAMS LAUNCHES FASHION LINE
Shortly before beginning play this week in the U.S. Open, Venus Williams attended the official launch of her fashion line EleVen at retailer Steve & Barrys in New York.
The store partnered with Williams in the creation of the 120-piece collection, the largest ever launched by a female athlete.
The line includes nine styles of athletic footwear in a variety of color ways, track suits, fleece outerwear, street active apparel, graphic t-shirts, puffy down jackets with removable sleeves, denim jackets and jeans, velour items, tote and gym bags, jewelry, sports socks and bras.
The collections signature item is the V-Court, a high performance, on-court sneaker which Williams will wear throughout her run at the U.S. Open.
The athlete said the name EleVen comes from the address of the home where she first lived in California, together with her sister Serena and the rest of her family.
I love fashion and the idea that I am using my design education to actually create clothing and footwear that I will wear on and off the tennis court is a dream come true for me, said Williams. The vision has been to create a collection that will allow women to easily transition throughout their active lifestyles and still look fashionable. Im thrilled with everything weve created to launch EleVen.
The line will be available in November exclusively at Steve & Barry's stores nationwide. Additional information and store locations can be found at http://www.steveandbarrys.com/.
Talib Kweli "Sells Out," Fergie Is Unstoppable, Swizz Beatz Comes Up Short
In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts, Talib Kweli takes the top spot, Fergie continues to ascend and Swizz Beatz comes in third.
Debuting at No. 2 on the charts this week is Talib Kweli with his third solo album Ear Drum. The set, which features appearances from Norah Jones, UGK and Justin Timberlake, reels in 60,600 copies in its opening week, according to Nielsen's SoundScan.
The first lady of the Black Eyed Peas' continues to be a force to reckon with as she moves up one spot to No. 6. Fergie's debut album Dutchess ropes in 50,300 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 2,539,100.
Entering the charts at No. 7 is Swizz Beatz with his sophomore album, One Man Band Man, which features appearances from Chris Martin of Coldplay, Drag-On, Lil' Wayne, Jadakiss and R. Kelly, among others. The set moves 45,200 copies in its opening week.
Houston's most popular rap duo, UGK, slip four spots to No. 10. Underground Kingz hustles 35,000 units in its third week on the charts. So far, the album has sold a total of 255,900 copies.
Poppin' big things at the No. 13 spot is T.I. The Atlanta rapper's latest effort , T.I. vs. T.I.P shifts 33,200 copies in its eighth week on the charts. To date , the album has sold 973,700 copies.
Controversial crooner Amy Winehouse refuses to budge from the No. 14 spot. Back To Black shelves off 32,900 discs this week, bringing the album's total sales to 1,095,900.
Chicago emcee Common dips five spots to No. 15. Finding Forever cashed out 30,300 CDs this week. After 4 weeks , the rapper's seventh solo album has sold 282,300 copies.
A 31% drop in sales plummets Florida rapper Plies twelve spots to No. 21. His debut, Real Testament, only moves 26,600 copies this week, pushing the album's tally to 161,900.
Posted at No, 26 is Jamaican phenomenon Sean Kingston. His self titled debut rings out 24,400 units this week. Thus far, the album has sold 165,200 copies.
Right behind him is Barbadian sensation Rihanna at No. 27. Her third effort, Good Girl Gone Bad, scoops up 23,700 discs this week. To date , the album has sold 593,400 copies.
Alcohol enthusiast T-Pain leans four seats to No. 31. Epiphany generates 20,800 in sales in its twelfth week on the charts. The album, which features appearances from Akon and Canadian spitter Kardinal Offishal, has sold 597,100 copies to date.
Six spots below is Virginia bred producer Timbaland at No. 37 . 19,600 folks picked up Shock Value this week. After 21 weeks. The album's tally stands at 576,200.
Holding it down at No. 40 is Justin Timberlake. FutureSex/Love Sounds' longevity continues to pay off as it scans 19,000 discs this week . The album's tally stands at 3,525,300.
Def Jam crooner Ne-Yo stays put at No. 48. Because Of You moves 13,600 in it's in its seventeenth week. To date, the album has sold 763,300 copies. The legendary Prince slumps ten spots to No. 51. In its fifth week on the charts, Planet Earth bags up 12,900 units, pushing the album's total sales to 191,000. Fabolous drops seven slots to No. 54. The tally for From Nothin' To Somethin' stands at 424,600. The album scans 12,600 discs this week. Three seats below is R. Kelly at No. 59. Double Up shelves off 11,500 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 831,000.
Akon slithers two spots to No. 64. Konvicted sells 10,400 copies this week. The album has sold 2,603,400 copies after 41 weeks. Serenading at No. 70 is Robin Thicke. Evolution Of Robin Thicke continues to grind it out as it nets 10,100 discs this week. To date, the album has sold a total of 1,381,400 copies. Chrisette Michele floats up two levels to No. 80. I Am scored 8,600 copies this week. The album's total sales stands at 118,700. Corrine Bailey Rae slips six slots to No. 90. Her self titled album shifts 7,800 units this week, bringing her album's total to 1,674,900. Beyonce putters eleven places to No. 92. B'Day shells out 7,600 copies this week, pushing the album's total to 2,852,900. Wrapping up the Top 100 is Bone Thugs & Harmony. Strength & Loyalty lugs in 7,300 copies this week. To date , the album's tally stands at 396,000.
Next week look for Yung Joc, Lil' Mo, N.O.R.E. and Raekwon's protégés Icewater to make an appearance on the Hip Hop and R&B charts.
Work your way through
Some of your efforts will bring valuable results. Other efforts will bring valuable experience.
No effort is wasted when you choose to value it. Everything you do serves to eventually move you forward.
Anticipate what might go wrong and take steps to avoid those things. But don't make the mistake of avoiding action altogether just because there might be problems.
When the goal is worthy and meaningful, get busy and make it happen. Focus on the end result, expect the best, and make the commitment to deal with any obstacles that might arise.
Sure, it's easy to compile a list of excuses for not taking action. But that will get you precisely nowhere.
Though you know it won't always be easy going, take bold steps forward anyway. Be willing to meet the resistance that you know will come, and to work your way through, and real achievement is surely yours.
-- Ralph Marston
Aug 29, 2007
Foxy Brown Isolated At Rikers
Former inmates of Rikers Island, where a pregnant Foxy Brown is currently being held, claim that the Brooklyn bred rapper is kept isolated and is desperate for human contact.
According to The New York Post, ex-inmates Teresa Pandolfo and Donalay Thomas revealed that they were threatened by jail guards not to look or talk to Brown, who spends her days in a cell reading the bible and complaining about her hair weave.
"Everyone who passes by looks at her, she's usually sleeping or reading her books," said Pandolfo, who was housed in a cellblock near Brown. "Her hair looks like w@#*ver did it ran. That's how much the weave is coming apart."
Thomas divulged that when her and other inmates passed by Brown's cell while heading for recreation time, Brown would bang on the door saying, "I want to go to rec, too!"
"She's alone all day, every day," Thomas explained. "They're just keeping her away from everybody."
Thomas also added that Brown (born Inga Marchand) waves to other inmates when they yell out to her. "She's friendly, she's not uppity," Thomas said.
The former inmates also revealed that Brown heats up Ramen noodles on a hot plate in her room and washes them down with orange soda bought from the jail commissary.
A spokesman for the City Correction Department told The Post that Brown is forced to take her meals and recreation time by herself because of security reasons.
Brown was put in jail last week after violating her probation. Yesterday (August 28) a judge denied the rapper's plea for an early exit.
Brown is slated to remain detained until her next hearing on September 7, a day after her 28th birthday.
Lil' Wayne Sued For $1 Million
Tyrique Layne, of Fort Washington, Md filed a $1 million lawsuit Tuesday (Aug. 28) claiming she was injured at a Lil' Wayne concert last October Morgan State University in Baltimore.
Layne claims she was knocked down and trampled when cash was thrown into the crowd during a performance by Lil' Wayne.
The woman said she spent a night at a hospital and still suffers severe headaches, neck and back pain, memory loss, fatigue and other symptoms.
The suit names Lil' Wayne, Universal Records, Cash Money Records and Young Money Touring.
Sean Kingston Will Not Be Playing Biggie, Casting Is Still Open
Rookie R&B singer, Sean Kingston, will not be playing the role of Biggie Smalls.
According to reports, the “Beautiful Girl” hit maker announced he will be playing The Notorious in the upcoming biopic titled “Notorious” during Nickolodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.
“My management had told me about it. And then you know, I auditioned for it. And then I met with the director, the big director, and I nailed it. So he’s giving me a shot now, in being in the movie.” Said Kingston.
However, according to Wayne Barrow—Biggie’s long time friend and the films Executive Producer, the role is still up for grabs.
“Sean Kingston nor ANY other individual has been cast for the role of Christoper “Notorious B.I.G” Wallace or any other characters which will be portrayed in the biopic of B.I.G.
We will continue to search for the individual to fill the shoes of B.I.G in this film.” said Barrow.
Hopefuls still have a chance to get cased by uploading their videos at BiggieCasting.com for a chance to play the rap legend.
The winner will be chosen by producers Wayne Barrow and Mark Pitts (Wallace’s former managers) and his mother, Voletta Wallace.
D. Woods Of Danity Kanye Says Group Is In Tact; Talks Rapping
According to D. Woods, Danity Kane are not breaking up and still in tact as a group.
"I don’t know where that came from but it ain’t true" D. Woods says in respect to the rumors of the group breaking up. "No one has left the group. Everyone is good!"
Woods feels some of the break-up rumors were a result of her solo aspirations.
"I know the rumor (of our breakup) stems from some of the other things that I have been involving myself with...I got bars. I got a mixtape son and I’m rapping! I got a writing team here in Atlanta called The Girls Club. We did a mixtape called The Girls Club Mixtape: Vol. 1."
And there is one surprise feature on that mixtape that many people wouldn't be expecting.
"Aubrey (Danity Kane) did a feature. Aubrey’s rapping! Don’t even front…she’s the new Eminem right now!"
Paul Wall & Tone Loc Coach Celebs In New MTV Competition, "Celebrity Rap Superstar"
MTV is breaking into the talent competition genre with "Celebrity Rap Superstar," a new series giving Paul Wall, Warren G, MC Lyte and other hip-hop stars the chance to make celebs like Perez Hilton freestyle battle-ready.
The show takes eight celebrity contestants and pairs them with rap celebrity mentors like Tone Loc and Wall, who will prepare them to compete against each other by performing covers of some of raps greatest hits, creating original raps and freestyling.
Each week stars from TV, film, music and sports will step up to the mic in front of a live studio audience and a panel of expert judges. After each week's performances the viewing audience is asked to vote on their favorite contestant. Week after week the celebrity contestant with the least votes will be eliminated until the best remaining new MC is crowned winner.
Viewers can meet the cast, access the show blog, and see exclusive cast interviews by visiting MTV.com. They can also text and call in toll-free to cast their votes on MTV Mobile.
"Celebrity Rap Superstar" premieres this Thursday, August 30 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on MTV.
Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 8/26/07
While the High School Musical 2 soundtrack continues to lead the charts, steamrolling towards platinum status with 983k sold in two weeks, Talib Kweli's latest, Eardrum, debuts at #2 this week with 60k copies sold. Meanwhile, Swizz Beatz debut, One Man Band , hits the charts at #7 with 45k sold.
UGK's Underground Kingz falls 4 places this week to #10 with 35k sold (256k total.), and Linkin Park holds steady at the #12 spot for the third week in a row with Minutes to Midnight selling 34k (1.6M total). T.I's T.I vs TIP still creeps towards the coveted platinum status with 33k sold this week (974k total).
Despite reports of addiction and attempted suicide, Amy Winehouse's Back to Black holds the #14 spot for the second week in a row with 33k sold (1.1M total).
Common's much talked about Finding Forever drops 5 spots to #15 with 30k (282k total), while the eclectic sounds of M.I.A's Kala debut at #18 with 29k sold. Plies' Real Testament drops from #9 to #21 with 27k sold this week (162k total).
The only difference between needing more and having enough is your attitude. At any time, in any circumstance, you always have the option of deciding that you are enough, and that you already have enough for the moment you're in.
Always longing for more will eventually wear you down into a painful, frustrating and overwhelming sense of disillusionment. Having enough, on the other hand, puts you into a peaceful, positive and productive state of mind.
Just imagine how completely satisfying it would be to suddenly have everything you need. You can know that satisfaction right now, in this very moment, just by allowing yourself to have enough.
It costs you nothing to decide that you have enough. For having enough does not preclude you from creating more abundance in your life.
In fact, having enough sets your creativity free and allows your effectiveness to soar to new heights. When you get away from the stifling mindset of lack and limitation, truly magnificent things will happen.
By having enough, your struggles disappear and are replaced with countless opportunities for real joy. See right now that you have enough, and delight in the warm and genuine richness it brings.
-- Ralph Marston
Aug 28, 2007
Foxy Brown Ordered To Remain In Custody
Foxy Brown's request to be released from incarceration was denied yesterday (Aug. 27) by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice.
Foxy, who is currently serving time on Riker's Island, filed a lawsuit against the Correction Department, claiming that she is suffering on Rikers Island, since being incarcerated last Wednesday (August 21) for alleged parole violations.
Brown, who recently revealed she is pregnant, is not due for a hearing until Sept. 7.
Manhattan Criminal Supreme Court Justice Laura Ward denied Brown's request.
Brown was arrested on August 14, after she allegedly assaulted her 25-year-old neighbor. The following day (Aug. 15) she was arrested again for traffic violations.
Representatives for the rapper said they would appeal the ruling.
50 Cent Cosigns Maino, Helps Rapper Land Deal With Atlantic
Brooklyn rapper Maino has just signed a new deal with Atlantic Records.
In a statement released yesterday (August 27), that revealed support from two of the hottest MCs in hip-hop, it was announced that Maino has been signed to a major label deal with Atlantic Records.
"With the help of 50 Cent's personal phone call to Craig Kallman (CEO of Atlantic Records), Maino has found a new home at Atlantic Records," read the statement. "This new venture has cultivated a strong alliance with label mate T.I. and his Grand Hustle team, which allows Maino to explore the opportunity of expanding his Hustle Hard brand."
The winner of last year's Most Consistent Artist on a DVD Award from DVD Magazine, Maino has made his move from an underground staple to a major label artist to be contended with. He is currently in the studio at work on his debut album Death Before Dishonor, which is scheduled for an early 2008 release.
Maino is also expanding his business horizons, having recently established Hustle Hard Publishing. The book publisher's first title Gangstas Don't Die is expected to be on shelves later this fall.
DMX “Devastated” Over Loss of Dogs
DMX’s attorney, Murray Richman, told reporters on Monday that his client is “devastated” by the loss of 12 dogs confiscated during a raid on his Cave Creek, Arizona home on Friday (August 24).
No charges have been filed against the Yonkers native as of yet. According to The Arizona Republic, Richman continued to deny any wrongdoing on his client’s part. “My client is totally innocent of all the charges here,” Richman said. “Well, there are no charges.”
During the raid, Maricopa County deputies confiscated the 12 dogs, plus a cache of guns and a substance they believe to be illegal narcotics. Deputies also dug up the bodies of three dead dogs on the property, one of which appeared to have been burned. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says they believe the unidentified substance to be methamphetamine, but they are waiting on lab results for confirmation. “Hopefully, by tonight, we’ll have a result,” Arpaio said.
A disagreement has also arisen over when exactly the rapper last visited the residence. While Richman says his client hasn’t been there in “several months,” Arpaio says neighbors have reported seeing X at the home within the last three weeks.
Snoop Goes it Alone for Next LP
For anyone that wasn't counting, 16 out of 21 of the tracks on Snoop Dogg's last album, The Blue Carpet Treatment, had features - some more than one. So why is it that the Dogg Father plans on having his next LP, the appropriately-titled Ego Trippin' sans any guests?
"Me and Pharrell [Williams] went into the studio last night, and we're gonna start on this album called Ego Trippin'," Snoop told MTV. "I'mma do the whole record, me by myself. I don't want no guest rappers, no singer, nothing. Just Snoop Dogg. I want you to feel me. When I think of all the greats before me ... I bought Rakim's album the other day for the hundredth time, no guest rappers. I bought one of KRS-One's albums the other day for the hundredth time, no guest rappers.
"You lose focus after awhile when you're doing an album," continued the rapper. " 'Snoop, you got a new album coming out. Who's on it?' I'll be like, 'I got him on it, him on it, them on it.' When it's time to do the video, they'll do the video with me, but when it's time to do a show with them, 'Oh, I got a show in Germany,' or, 'I got to be in Paris.' You're left one-legged. Now it's time to show artists. Can you handle the whole weight? Do you got enough to do it on your own? Did you put yourself in a position where people love you for you — or for being associated with people? This record, I'm seriously ego-tripping like, 'I don't want you on my album. Nah, I don't need you.' "
Snoop added that he was inspired by Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, as she had no guests on her album, and he felt he experienced who she was better because of that.
Snoop also discussed a record that will be on a soundtrack to a film titled A Woman's Worth. "It's going to speak directly to some of these women who speak negatively of me and who don't understand me," said Snoop. "It's going to be a movie and a record. This is something I was thinking about nine months to a year ago, but it just so happens all this hoopla is happening now This is the perfect time to shoot it into delivery."
Media Attacks BET's "Read A Book" Song
This time, the target is the animated short devoted to literacy, "Read a Book".
Recently, two of the nation's largest newspapers, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times covered the video, which has been accused of playing up to the most vile racial stereotypes about African Americans.
"Introduced on July 20, 'Read a Book,' seems to flaunt every negative stereotype in the African-American community," The New York Times article says of the video.
Representatives from BET responded, calling the video satire.
"It's meant to be very satirical, and in a real way kind of mimics and mocks the current state of hip-hop and hip-hop videos," Denys Cowan, senior vice president of animation for BET said of the piece.
The video features an animated character that bears a striking resemblance to reigning King of Crunk, Lil' Jon. He goes on to say that he used to write songs with "hooks and concepts and shit," paralleling comments from some rappers who have "dumbed down" their music to reach the masses. He says he's ditching the complicated songs in an attempt to "go platinum."
What follows is a hilarious and profanity driven ode to common sense.
Lines such as "read a book, read a book read a mutha fuckin book… not a sports page, not a magazine, but a book nigga, a fuckin book nigga," dominate the song.
Parenting, the value of buying land over material items, and good hygiene are also touched on.
But not everyone is laughing.
While the song has been lauded by many in the Hip Hop community, the new millennium Thought Police are hot on the trail of BET and "Read a Book".
The Jesse Jackson led Rainbow PUSH Coalition recently issued a statement condemning the song, labeling the video "futile", "fruitless", and "meaningless."
"The video is plenteously scornful and insulting, but not of crassness. The video insults reading, personal hygiene, family values and frugality. 'Read a Book' heaps scorn on positive values and (un)intentionally celebrates ignorance. The narrator is obviously illiterate, unkempt and disrespectful. So who takes his advice seriously?" the statement says.
Lost in the sea of criticism, is the song's creator, Washington, D.C. based spoken word artist, Bomani "D'Mite" Armah. He appeared on Jackson's radio show, August 26 to defend the song. Armah says that he's received e-mails from students praising the video for highlighting the ridiculousness of being anti-intellectual.
Jackson responded by comparing the video to the infamous "nappy headed ho" comment made by Don Imus and the "N word" blow up by comedian Michael Richards.
Regardless of the opposing stances on the song, it seems that both Armah and BET achieved their goal: to get people to talk and think.
Let's hope they read a book in the process.
NORE Prepares 2 New Albums - CNN Reunion
NORE releases his album “NOREALITY” today and is planning on releasing ANOTHER album within a couple months, titled, “Global Warming”.
“Usually you do material for an album and throw the rest of it away, but I didn’t really want to do that. I wanted to separate the album into two.”
The other half of CNN, Capone, is getting ready to release a solo album titled “What The Hood Made Me,” which is scheduled to drop in the fall.
NORE and Capone are also in the midst of gathering beats and working on ideas for their next collaboration.
“We’ve collected all the beats,” Noreaga said. “He collected beats in New York, I collected all my beats in Miami, so now it’s just about us getting in and laying hooks and laying the choruses and getting it going, man. We’re on it.” No word yet on when this project will be available.
Ludacris Returns For Second Season On XM Radio
Ludacris will return to his roots next month when he begins another season of his original XM Radio show Disturbing Tha' Peace Presents: Ludacris' Open Mic. The show will relaunch on September 8 with Luda holding down hosting hosting duties with his on-air cohort Pooh Daddy. Open Mic will continue to feature hand-selected tracks from Ludacris' personal collection as well as special guests and exclusive interviews.
As many people know, Ludacris has previous experience in radio as the former radio personality "Chris Lova Lova" on Atlanta's Hot 97.
"My show on XM is the most entertaining hour of radio period," says Ludacris. "And it only gets better with time."
The season premiere of Ludacris' Open Mic airs Saturday, September 8 at 6 p.m. EST on XM's uncut Hip-Hop channel, "Raw" (XM66).
Urban Department At Columbia Records Begins To Take Shape
Billboard.biz is reporting several hirings over at Rick Rubin's Columbia Records as the Urban department begins to take shape.
Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua has been named the president of Columbia's urban department, Billboard.biz has learned. Formerly the senior VP of A&R at Warner Music Group until 2006, Joshua began in the music industry working A&R at Roc-A-Fella Records, developing the sounds of Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Freeway.
Columbia's new urban president recruited Chicago producer and Kanye West mentor Dion "No I.D." Wilson to head Columbia's A&R department.
"Hip-Hop and I have been close friends for a long time, and now that he's the president of Columbia's urban department, it makes sense," Wilson says.
"We're trying to create an A&R position that's both an A&R and production situation. Everything needs to be correct. I'm not just looking for a title. I want to make a useful change in what's going on, it has to be more than babysitting," he continues. "Hip-Hop told me to get writers and musicians together as well as all of the resources so we can offer artists more than just direction. I hate to use the same example everyone uses but similar to how they put together Motown. We want to put together records the old way."
Joshua agrees. "When I say the old way," says Joshua, who also manages Kanye West and producer Just Blaze through his HipHopSince1978 entertainment company, with partner G Roberson.
Joshua says Columbia probably won't re-negotiate distribution for West's G.O.O.D. Music label because, "that's not what Kanye is focusing on right now." But Columbia will continue to work with G.O.O.D. groups like the quirky producer-mcs, Sa-Ra.
Joshua is in talks with singer Maxwell to get him on track to finish his oft-delayed album, "Black Summer's Night."
Step after step
How many small opportunities do you routinely ignore because you're waiting, wishing, searching and hoping for a big opportunity? That big opportunity may or may not ever arrive, yet all the while those small opportunities are there for the taking.
Every moment is an opportunity to create a little bit of value. Although the progress you can make in a single moment may not seem like much, those small moments can add up over time to big achievements.
Take one small step and it hardly seems like you've gone anywhere at all. Yet when you continue taking step after step, you can get anywhere you choose to go.
The most reliable path to success is a simple one that anyone who chooses to do so can follow. Dream big dreams and take small steps, one after another after another until you're there.
If you attempt to leap to the top of the mountain in a single effort, you will almost certainly fail. Yet make the commitment to reach the summit step by step, and you will surely get yourself there.
Right this moment there are dozens of small opportunities just waiting for you to seize. Create a little value here, a little value there, again and again, and there's no limit to where you can go.
-- Ralph Marston
Aug 27, 2007
New information has developed in the recent raid of DMX's Arizona home on Friday (August 24) and it doesn't look good for the Yonkers, New York native.
The Associated Press reports that during the search of the rappers home, which was originally during an investigation into claims of animal cruelty, police found approximately a half-pound of suspected illegal narcotics.
Officers in Maricopa County raided DMX's house on Friday, after neighbors complained to police that dogs were being subjected to the extreme Arizona heat and possible neglect.
As originally reported, 12 pitbulls were seized from the property, along with an unknown number of weapons, but new information has revealed that there were also remains of three burned dog carcasses that were dug up in the yard.
No charges have been filed or arrests made in the case, but according to the AP, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the investigation into alleged animal cruelty was ongoing, and the suspected drugs were being tested to confirm their content.
DMX was not at home during the raid and his lawyer, Murray Richman, has said that he hasn't been to the property in two months.
Arpaio said there was no indication the dogs seized were used in fights.
Richman also said that X has a caretaker who was supposed to be taking care of the dog and that "all sorts of people" had been staying at the home. He said he had no knowledge of any narcotics.
Although police say that witnesses have placed the 36-year-old rapper at the home within the past three weeks, Richman denies the allegations.
Remy Ma Controversy Continues...
Remy Ma has been in some hot water recently. Aside from her controversial mix tape cover for Shesus Khryst, where she is nailed to a cross while semi-nude, she's also been in trouble with the law. Now, she is awaiting trial on attempted murder charges. The DJ for her most recent album, DJ Superstar Jay, spoke about their project and the controversy surrounding Remy.
"A lot of people be like, 'Is this a publicity stunt?' Attempted murder ain't no publicity stunt. We did this mixtape before she got in trouble," he told MTV.
He went on to speak about how Shesus Khryst came about.
"The tape was originally supposed to be called The Last B---h Standing...She's talking about how everything is going on in the industry and how females get treated in the industry. Then in one of her songs, she said, 'This is the BX savior, Shesus Khrist.' I asked, 'Where did you get that from?' She said she's the female savior and she was talking about all the things she was going through, like the Terror Squad and Fat Joe not helping her out on her album. Now she's on no label. Everybody is getting it twisted and thinks she's going with the propaganda of Christ. She's talking abut how females are getting crucified in the industry. She's a prime example. Her album was a classic — she spits crazy hard — but it didn't do the numbers it's supposed to do. She feels that people done stabbed her, jabbed her, not supported her," he said.
The controversy surrounding the mix tape even hit local police, who came to investigate a woman on a cross.
"She even got scared when she seen herself on the cross. We did it on a beach location. The police came and was like, 'I heard a lady is on a cross.' We had to shoot it real quick. The song was crazy. The beat arrangement. ... That was actually the last song we did for the mix tape. She got in the car and wrote the rhyme in 15 minutes and spit it right in front of me. 'If Jay is Jay-Hova and Nas is God's Son ... ' " he added.
The mixtape also finds Remy alongside various other female rappers on their remix for "We Takin' Over".
"Before — in like '96, '97, 2000 — females were more respected. You had Lil' Kim, Foxy, Eve. They were selling the same amount of records as the males. Now you got the new females coming up, even Lil' Mo didn't get the respect she deserved. I think that whole lineup is talented, but Jacki-O doesn't get her due. Even Lazy K doesn't get her due ... I think they just came together and really said, 'We takin' over.' They did the female version of DJ Khaled's song."
Atlanta Considers Outlawing Sagging Pants
While hip-hop's lyrics have come under fire as of late, now, so has some of its fashion sense. In Atlanta, Georgia, city officials are looking to make wearing baggy pants that show boxer shorts or thongs illegal.
Under a proposed amendment to Atlanta's indecency laws, sponsored by city councilman C.T. Martin, it would be illegal to sag your pants under city law. According to the Associated Press, the amendment states that pant sagging is an "epidemic" that is becoming a "major concern" around the country.
The proposed ordinance would bar women from showing the strap of a thong beneath their pants, as well as wearing jogging bras in public or show a bra strap, said Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia.
If it passes, the penalty would be a fine in an amount to be determined, Martin said.
Seagraves says the legislation will not survive in court, because it cannot be enforced in a nondiscriminatory way due to the trend coming from the black youth culture. "This is a racial profiling bill that promotes and establishes a framework for an additional type of racial profiling," Seagraves said, according to the AP.
Martin, who is black, said he plans to hold public hearings and vet the proposal through churches, civil rights groups and neighborhood organizations. The proposal will get its first public airing next Tuesday (August 28) in the City Council's Public Safety Committee.
The AP reports that earlier this year, the town council in Delcambre, Louisiana, passed an ordinance that results in a fine of up to $500 or six months in jail for exposing underwear in public. Several cities in Louisiana have instated similar laws in recent months.
Sha Money XL Talks G-Unit Departure
Sha Money XL recently spoke to MTV News about leaving his role as President of G-Unit.
"There is no replacement," Sha told MTV News. "There's 50 Cent. 50 Cent is the president and CEO of G-Unit. He's not gonna replace anyone. He has to fix things himself now, outside of [his manager] Chris Lighty, and Chris Lighty has a lot of responsibilities with Diddy and his other clients. There's a lot of pressure. 50's under a lot of pressure. But he's really killing it. He's doing what he got to do. It's frustrating and I tried to tell him that's the frustration I used to have. I'm one man, Interscope has 500 people. Some things you just can't fix. People in L.A. are real Zen. [New Yorkers are] more aggressive. And Fif is really aggressive. He wants to see results now. The same things I tried to conquer before I brought [them] to him, I was knocking down walls myself. 'Cause you don't want it to be like always going to Daddy. But it was the same thing that happened with Banks, so he's experiencing it a year later. Last year, I was mad. But eights months later, I'm good."
According to Sha, his departure from G-Unit was a mutual decision between him and 50 Cent amidst tension leading up to the decision.
Reports suggest a meeting was held two weeks ago between Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and 50 Cent where the G-Unit group talked business for several hours.
Sha Money XL (who still manages Lloyd Banks and Young Buck) says to look out for a G-Unit group album soon along with Young Buck's new clothing and watch line, the David Brown Collection.
Tupac's Mom Receives Documentary Treatment
Young Noble of The Outlawz and American Rap Star director Omar "Ice Man" Sharif, have acquired the rights to a film chronicling the life of Afeni Shakur, mother to beloved rapper Tupac.
The movie, titled Dear Mama: The Life Story of Afeni Shakur, will focus on Afeni's life from her birth in Lumberton, North Carolina as Alice Faye Williams to her involvement with the Black Panther Party.
The flick, which will be released through Noble and Sharif's HollyHood Filmz production company, will detail Shakur's drug addiction, the murder of her son, and her legal battles to obtain the rights to Pac's unreleased material.
"The Dear Mama story is long overdue," Young Noble explained via a statement. "I'm just so blessed to be in a position to produce this movie and make sure Afeni and Pac is proud when it's done. This movie will offer hope and be an inspiration to the millions of people who will see it."
"This incredible lady defended herself in court while pregnant with Tupac during a bomb conspiracy trial, facing 352 years and was acquitted of 156 counts against her and 20 other members of the Black Panther Party," he added. "I felt that the world needs to know where Tupac got his mind, heart, spirit and courage, so I called Afeni with the idea. She was excited and gave me her blessing. The rest will be movie history."
HollyHood Filmz is presently in negotiations with various producers and directors for the project. Afeni's Amaru Entertainment will also participate in the movie's production.
Dear Mama's soundtrack will be produced by Young Buck and The Outlawz for Cashville Recordz/1nationentertainment in conjunction with Amaru Entertainment. The set will feature music from 50 Cent, T.I. ,Young Buck, The Outlawz and their protégés Stormey and Begetz, among others.
As previously reported, Afeni is also developing a feature film based on Tupac, a book, and several forthcoming posthumous albums containing unreleased music.
Kanye West Schools Kids In Election '08 PSAs
Kanye West has partnered with the Strong American Schools (S.A.S.) for their "ED in an '08" campaign which will address America's education crisis and dropout epidemic.
As part of their partnership, Kanye West will appear in television public service announcements for SAS calling for U.S. Presidential candidates to improve America's public schools and make education reform a top priority on the campaign trail.
According to Strong American Schools, 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year nationwide.
"The 'ED in '08' campaign is excited to partner with the Kanye West Foundation in advocating for new national leadership to strengthen America's schools," said Marc Lampkin, executive director of "ED in '08," via a statement. "We look forward to working with the Kanye West Foundation to raise awareness about America's education crisis and urge the presidential candidates to put forward a plan to improve America's schools because in every community in America, too many children are leaving school without the skills to be ready to succeed in college, career and life."
In addition, both Kanye and his mother, Dr. Donda West, will make a joint appearance with "ED in '08." Copies of West's upcoming album, Graduation, will also be made available via activities at ED in '08's website.
In related news, MTV recently joined forces with MySpace to launch an interactive series on their respective websites for presidential candidates and American youth to hold candid and unfiltered discussions.
MTV and Myspace users will be able to talk with the candidates in real-time by submitting questions through MySpaceIM, cell phones and e-mail and by registering feedback using live polling tools.
The discussions will be held at various college campuses from September to December. All major Republican and Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani and Barrack Obama, will participate in the events.
The inaugural Presidential dialogue will be with former Senator John Edwards in Primary State of New Hampshire on Thursday, September 27.
Keyshia Cole To Peform At NFL Opening Kickoff 2007
Rock & Roll, R&B and gospel soul will fill the RCA Dome during the “NFL OPENING KICKOFF 2007 PRESENTED BY SPRINT” on Thursday, September 6.
Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter KEYSHIA COLE will be joined by Ft. Wayne, Indiana’s VOICES OF UNITY YOUTH CHOIR in singing the National Anthem to kick off the 2007 NFL season. Indiana legend JOHN MELLENCAMP will celebrate his Super Bowl XLI champion Indianapolis Colts with a live performance.
As part of the show, the anthem and the celebratory moment will be televised live from 8 – 8:30 PM ET on NBC and the NFL Network and leads into the season opener between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints (NBC, Westwood One Radio Sports, 8:30 PM ET). For the first time, the live pregame broadcast will also be available via NFL Mobile on Sprint’s wireless service to Power Vision pack subscribers with multimedia enabled phones.
The performances are part of the celebration to kick off the 2007 season and to honor the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts and the city of Indianapolis.
Maino Signs With Atlantic Records; Aligns with T.I.: “I’m Riding With Grand Hustle”
On Friday, August 17, Brooklyn rapper Maino officially inked a deal with Atlantic Records for his Hustle Hard imprint and upcoming debut album, Death Before Dishonor.
Maino, who was previously signed to Universal Records, gained notoriety in 2004 with his song “Rumors,” an ode to taboo hearsay such as DMX’s alleged drug habit and Trina’s alleged bi-sexual escapades. Now, with his deal with Atlantic Records finalized, Maino is happy to have a new home. “I’m very happy,” Maino tells XXL. “I’m not going to be stuck in a situation where I’m stuck for a million years. I’m in a great position. I’m in a way better position than I could have ever dreamed about being at Universal.”
In addition to his new deal, Maino reveals to XXL that fellow label-mate, T.I., is co-signing the Brooklyn rapper and working with him on his debut album. “I’m signed with Atlantic but I’m riding with Grand Hustle,” he says. “It’s all in the same building.
It only makes sense to fuck with another real nigga. We’re all coming through Atlantic anyway.” While the pairing may seem odd, Maino and T.I. met in Los Angeles and quickly became friends. “We chopped it up a few times. Then when I was out in L.A. a while back, we talked about really doing business together,” Maino tells XXL. “It only made sense. It feels good. This is the first time you have a dude from New York really doing his thing and a dude who is already solidified in the game coming together from the South. It’s like terrorism, man. You put those two elements together, it’s like history we’re talking about right now.” As far as T.I.’s involvement in Death Before Dishonor, Maino says. “I pretty much have a solid foundation. He’s going to add to it.”
Dipset MC Juelz Santana is set to add fashion designer to his list of achievements, as he's gearing up to launch his RoyElz clothing line this winter.
Reportedly modeled after Santana's own personal style and rock star look, RoyElz will be designed by Mr. Slim Mils and will make it's debut at the famed Magic's Fall Marketplace convention in Las Vegas this February. The line was slated to be unveiled next week at Magic's Spring Marketplace but was pushed back due to a family member's terminal illness.
The line, which the Harlem-born rapper has been preparing for some time, will be a family affair with his mother, Deborah James, and aunt, Laura Tyler, helping with the business.
"My Sister, Juelz, and I are extremely excited about the line", says James, president of the company. "We are looking forward to the launching of RoyElz and seeing it in stores soon".
The Diplomat lyricist is also putting the finishing touches on his third solo LP, Born To Lose, Built To Win. Though known for his flashy lyrics, Santana says that this disc, which has yet to receive a release date, will be a more mature effort and that the subject matter will be expanded on this record.
"This upcoming album will show my growth as an artist," says Santana. "This time around, I'm talking about survival, maintaining my lifestyle and overcoming the obstacles and challenges life brings. The beats will be harder and the lyrics are tighter."
All Female Version of "Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show" In The Works
A new sister series of VH1's "Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show" is in the works. This time, the show will revolve around female MC's only.
The as yet untitled series has no premier date however auditions are being held in Chicago on Saturday August 25. The auditions will take place at Dave & Buster's at 1030 North Clark between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Females interested in applying should bring a CD with 3 tracks, photo and bio.
Future auditions are planned for Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
MIMS Accuses Kanye Of Swagger Jacking
New York rapper MIMS has accused Kanye West of swagger jacking his sound.
According to MIMS, he was one of the first to use speeded-up soul samples on records—a sound that is now seen as Kanye’s trademark.
“I recorded my album five years ago so I did it first.” the 26 year old told Contact Music.
MIMS is currently on tour over seas.
Amerie Partners With Hugo Fragrances For Urban Rules Campaign
Amerie has partnered with Hugo Fragrances for the second year of its UK based Hugo Urban Rules Campaign.
Starting in September, Amerie will serve as the campaign's ambassador which aims to unearth new British urban music talent.
Amerie will work alongside urban music professionals including Mervyn Lyn, RCA Label Group (U.K.) VP of A&R and business development.
Previous panel members have included Amy Winehouse and Jamelia.
Amerie will deliver a Q&A as part of a "masterclass" program of events in London, which will take place in December at the Vinyl Factory in London's Soho. The sessions will include vocal training and lessons in stagecraft.
Amerie and the panellists will then choose one band or soloist from those classes. The winner will have a single released nationwide by Hugo Urban Rules and join Amerie on stage at a future concert.
Participants are selected from tracks uploaded to the Hugo Urban Rules Web site, or mailed to the address published on the site.