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IHH TV: SoulFul Saturdays 9*22*07

That's right Ladies and gentlemen, Today marks the return of Soulful Saturdays, and what better way to start off then with this.......

"Trouble sleeping"
Corinne Bailey Rae


and alittle bit of this.....


"Closer"
Goapel


If you have a song or a request you would like me to post.
Shoot me an email at
ImHipHopNews@gmail.com
with Soulful Saturdays in the subject.
who knows maybe I'lll post it.

-L-

IHH Daily Motivation 9*22*07

Flowing abundance

If you expect to receive value without providing value in return, you will be painfully disappointed. Value, by its very nature, cannot flow only in one direction for very long at all.

If you focus only on what you want to acquire, you will experience continuing frustration. Focus instead on all the good and valuable things you have that you can give, and your eyes will be opened to the greatest possibilities.

Abundance is a dynamic thing that's always in motion. Like an electric current, if abundance ceases to move, it ceases to be.

To experience value flowing into your life, then get value flowing out from you. Remind yourself often that it's really as simple as that.

Circumstances will always work against you if you attempt to stop the flow of abundance by seeking to siphon it off just for yourself. Choose instead to support the flow, by giving the same portion of value that you wish to receive, and the abundance in your life will grow strong and vibrant.

There are opportunities in every moment to create real, unique and substantial value. Make the most of those opportunities, and watch the abundance flow.

-- Ralph Marston

Sep 21, 2007

IHH TV: Jim Jones

Here is a clip from Jim Jones's reality show.
Damn can i get a reality show????

Lyfe Jennings Explains Yung Joc Beef Rumors


“I don’t have beef with dude. It’s just a disgreement,”, Lyfe Jennings explains. According to Lyfe, things kicked off when he invited one of Joc’s DJs to his house to check out songs from his upcoming album, Change. Though Lyfe isn’t pointing any fingers, he admits he finds it oddly coincidental that a song on Joc’s latest album, Hustlenomics, bears a striking resemblance to one of the tunes he played that day.

“He [the DJ] listened to my album and heard my song, ‘Brand New.’ All of a sudden, Yung Joc got a song called ‘Brand New,’ he explains. In addition to sharing the same title, Lyfe says that both songs more or less deal with the same topic—how stardom can sometimes make people change.

Although Lyfe is not too happy about the so-called “coincidence,” he does admit that he’s attempted to talk things out face-to-face. “Let me just say he was somewhere and then I was there too ‘cuz I heard he was there, but dude didn’t really wanna holla,” he says. “But when I see the guy, I’ma get it worked out.”

Lyfe says that we shouldn’t expect a problem between the two or for things to escalate. He just wants to settle things peacefully. “I want people saying positive things about me. I don’t want my biggest celebrity to be about beef,” he says. “You gonna know I’ve got beef when I really got beef.”

In other Young Joc news, according to a UK publication, the rapper was in London this week and after a performance with T-Pain, he decided to buy himself a drink. A fight broke out in the club, fists were flying and before he knew it, someone snatched his £75,000 (equal to about $150,000) necklace .A witness to at the club said, “A fight broke out and T-Pain jumped in to save the necklace but he couldn’t stop the thief running off.” Looks like that drink was a lot more expensive than he thought….

IHH TV: Jay-z

"Blue Magic Trailer"
Jay-z


who shoots a trailer for a song????

props to Jordan as always

IHH Daily News 9*21*07

50 Cent Tops Kanye West In Europe

After losing the battle for first week sales in the States, 50 Cent can enjoy a little taste of revenge as European charts put 50's Curtis way over Kanye West's Graduation.

According to Billboard, Curtis made its debut at No. 1 on the European Top 100 Albums chart, while Graduation came in at No. 3. Billboard's European Top 100 collects data from charts in 19 major European countries. 50's album had a strong showing, scoring a chart-topping debut in both Switzerland and Ireland, while West is on top only in the United Kingdom.

In the U.K., Ye's total of 84,000 copies sold helped him debut at No.1 there, just edging out 50's tally of 72,000. Fif also managed to score an additional five other top five entries across the pond in countries like France, Germany, Austria, Holland and Norway, versus only three top five slots for Graduation, in Norway, Ireland and Switzerland. Kanye's album failed to chart well in countries like France, where the record debuted at No. 33 and Spain, where the album has yet to earn a chart position.

Both artists are also in the top 10 of the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, with 50's "Ayo Technology," featuring Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, holding down the No. 4 spot and West's "Stronger" at No. 6.

If the news of 50's European victory got Kanye down, the Louis Vuitton Don can take comfort in the fact that he can also add another No. 1 to his resume this week back home, as his single "Stronger" rebounded to overtake the Billboard Hot 100, selling a total of 205,000 digital downloads this week.


Snoop Dogg Pleads Guilty In Baton Case

Snoop Dogg has pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of a dangerous weapon. Snoop was sentenced to 160 hours of community service and three years' probation, his attorney said.

Snoop was arrested in September 2006 after authorities discovered a collapsible baton in his computer bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif. Authorities said it was a dangerous weapon. He said it was a prop for a video he was filming in New York.

His attorney, Donald Etra, said the felony conviction would be reduced to a misdemeanor after one year if Snoop Dogg stayed out of trouble. "We are very pleased with the outcome," Etra said yesterday (Sept. 20). "Snoop's goal is to make music, not make court appearances."

In the plea deal, Snoop Dogg was also ordered to make a $10,000 charitable donation, Etra said. "He wants to get on with his life," Etra said. "He will continue his music and his filming and performing."



Webbie and Lil' Boosie Hit With $1 Million Dollar Lawsuit

Webbie and Lil' Boosie have been hit with a $1 million dollar lawsuit by a Baton Rouge, Louisiana promoter who alleges they failed to perform at a concert in January.

The lawsuit says Boosie and Webbie were hired by Tracye Stafford of Ikon Entertainment to perform at Club Sonar on January 20, but they failed to show up to the concert to perform.

Stafford claims that Lil' Boosie and Webbie had agreed on January 20 to reschedule the event, but the rappers failed to show up again.

Stafford seeks $1 million for direct and consequential damages, expenses, attorney's fees, plus interest and costs.

The lawsuit also names Trill and Asylum Records as defendants.


Dr. Dre Says No Detox Until Next Year; Speaks on 50 Cent’s Beef With The Game

In his first interview in three years, Dr. Dre told the LA Times that although he is only “two or three tracks” from completing his long awaited album, Detox, the project will definitely not be released until 2008.

Earlier this year, Dre appeared in a short YouTube video with Aftermath artist Bishop Lamont and promised that his highly anticipated third solo LP would finally hit stores in September of this year.

“I was really hoping to have it out this year, but it’s going to have to be pushed back a while because of some other things I’ve got to work on,” Dre told the Times.

On of those projects includes the next Eminem album, which the legendary producer says he is devoting the next two months to finishing up. Dre also broke his silence on the subject of the high profile beef between his two former protégés, 50 Cent and The Game.

When asked whether Game’s move from Aftermath to Geffen Records came as a result of Dre favoring the higher selling 50 Cent, he emphatically denied it. “I told them, ‘I love working with both you guys. I don’t have a problem with either of you,’ ” he explains. “It was more like what is going to be the best move under the circumstances. I don’t even remember who came up with the idea of putting Game on Geffen, but it was absolutely not me picking 50 over him.”


Gucci Mane Drops The Controversy As He Preps Major Label Debut

Atlanta based rapper, Gucci Mane, is gearing up for his major label debut, Back To The Traphouse, which will drop through his own imprint So Icey Entertainment with backing from Asylum/Atlantic Records.

The rapper's major label debut is the follow-up to his wildly successful independently released gold albums, Trap House and Hard 2 Kill.

"This album is perfect for my major label debut. It felt like the first time all over again, just so fresh and driven," Gucci Mane says, describing the energy he felt when recording the forthcoming album. "I bring a lot of experience, creative wordplay, and a crazy style, and I can't wait to showcase the album to my fans and open up to millions of new fans."

Longtime fans of Gucci Mane will immediately be hooked in by the first single, a reworked past favorite, the club bouncer "Freaky Gurl," featuring Ludacris on the remix. The single is currently no. 33 and rising on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

A Daymond John and Dr. Teeth directed video is out and also gaining momentum on MTV and BET.

The album boasts guest spots from Rich Boy and Pimp C of UGK, and Shawnna, formerly of DTP and newly signed to So Icey Entertainment.

With major backing, Gucci Mane is confident that the new album will take him to new heights in his career. And this time around, he is leaving the controversy and beefs behind him.

It all started when he was jailed for murder in May of 2005 (and later cleared for self-defense) the month his first independent album came out (see "Gucci Mane Arrested On Murder Charge"). It was a sign of things to come, with a string of beefs with former collaborators. He was cleared of the aforementioned murder charge in January of 2006 (see "Murder Charges Against Gucci Mane Dropped").

"A lot gets made about the beefs, but it isn't even about Young Jeezy or any rapper out there. This is hip-hop. It's about your swagger, showing off your skills, one-upping everyone else," Gucci explains of the controversy. "No one can rest on their laurels because they're only as hot as their last hot song. I'm out to prove myself as the cat with the best swagger, and if one-upping everyone means taking shots at those people who are supposedly at the top, so be it."

Back To The TrapHouse is slated to drop November 13.


Mos Def Expresses Outrage at Lack of Support for the “Jena 6”

Mos Def, who is currently in Jena, Louisiana for the rally in support of the “Jena 6,” is not happy with the response the Hip-Hop community has shown over the incident.

Speaking to MTV News from Jena, Mos criticized his fellow artists, whom he noted seem to have no problem showing up at parties and award shows, for not traveling to Jena for the rally. “Shame on everybody who’s not here,” the rapper told MTV News.

“I’m fuckin’ mad. I’m disappointed to always be coming to these things and it’s only one or two people [from the industry here]. If you ain’t gonna use your voice, then be quiet. I’m disappointed and ashamed.” Mos recently called upon his peers and any “influential African-Americans” to join him at the rally.

Also in Jena this week is Port Arthur, TX native and UGK group member Bun B, who jumped in his car and drove over when he heard about the demonstration. “I grew up right next to a town where it’s strictly white people,” Bun explained. “I’ve been privy to these small incidents of violence in these all-white towns. We were blessed to find out about the Jena Six and were blessed to try to make some type of impact in this community before things went too far.”


Sexual Harassment Suit Dropped Against LAPD Chief In Notorious B.I.G. Case

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the former internal affairs LAPD deputy chief who played a part in the Notorious B.I.G murder investigation was dismissed yesterday (September 19).

As previously reported, LAPD Sgt. Ya-May Christle accused Berkow of giving preferential treatment and promotions to several female officers in exchange for sex.

In addition to sexual harassment claims, Christle also charged that her computer was confiscated by Berkow and other members of internal affairs and that data she entered while investigating Biggie's murder was destroyed. After accusing Berkow of taking her computer, Christle claimed she was demoted.

According to Savannah's WSAV, a Superior Court Judge dismissed all elements of the case relating to sexual harassment and dropped Berkow as a defendant claiming that after a year of investigation and deposition, no admissible evidence supports Christle's accusations of sexual harassment.

Berkow is still slated to got to trial next week for other aspects in the case and he will be called to testify, but not as a defendant.

This marks the second time Berkow has been dismissed as a defendant in a lawsuit affiliated with the murder of Notorious B.I.G. Last month, Berkow was dropped from a lawsuit accusing him of ordering searches without warrants on the work areas of detectives investigating Biggie's murder.

Berkow's investigation reportedly was in connection with a lawsuit filed by Biggie's family, alleging rogue LAPD officers were involved in the rapper's unsolved shooting death.

Berkow, who resigned from the LAPD, is currently serving as the chief of Georgia's Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

B.I.G. (born Christopher Wallace) was shot and killed on March 9, 1997 after a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. His murder is still unsolved.


VH1 Hip-Hop Honors Weekend Begins October 5th

VH1 and NYC & Company have come together once again to create VH1 Hip Hop Honors Weekend, a jam packed weekend of events, performances, exhibits, and workshops throughout the five boroughs to celebrate the history, culture and style of hip hop. Inspired by the success of last year's collaboration with NYC & Company, the official marketing and tourism organization for the City of New York, which kicked off with a press conference with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and propelled into a full week of activities throughout NYC; VH1's Hip Hop Honors Weekend is a celebration of the heritage and tremendous impact of hip hop since its birth decades ago on the streets of New York City.

Beginning Friday, October 5 and culminating with the premiere of the 4th annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors telecast on October 8, VH1 Hip Hop Honors Weekend will be anchored each day by events throughout NYC. Highlights of VH1 Hip Hop Honors Weekend include the VH1 Hip Hop Honors tour featuring The Roots with Big Daddy Kane and MC Lyte at the Nokia Theatre in New York City on Friday, October 5 at 8PM, and our 2nd annual Hip Hop Honors Celebrity Hoops exhibition, which will take place at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University on Sunday, October 7 at 3PM.

Players for this year's VH1's Hip Hop Honors Celebrity Hoops "Old Skool vs. New School" game include Common, Fatman Scoop, MIMS, Lyfe Jennings, Nuttin' But Stringz, Matthew Knowles, Luv Bug Starski, Grand Master Caz, LA Sunshine, DJ Envy, CL Smooth, Positive K, Chubb Rock, Dana Dane, Mike C, Stevie D., Saigon, DJ Unk and more. Celebrity coaches include Grandmaster Melle Mel, Tyrone Williams, and HOT 97's EBRO. Special guests in attendance will be Salt N' Pepa, Irv Gotti, Tiffany Pollard (aka New York) and Melyssa Ford as celebrity MC. Halftime performance by Swizz Beatz, and the national anthem will be rendered by Chrisette Michele. The game is presented by VH1, Entertainer's Basketball Classic, Long Island University and HOT 97 with proceeds to benefit the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club. Tickets will be on sale beginning Wednesday, September 12. The price is $10 for general admission and available through Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171 or at Ticketmaster.com.

This special weekend also includes over 20 hip hop-themed events with over 60 partners throughout the weekend at venues throughout New York City. For information on additional activities throughout the weekend, please visit hiphop.vh1.com.

The 4th Annual Hip Hop Honors show will premiere on VH1 and VH1 Soul on Monday, October 8 at 10PM*. Hosted by Tracy Morgan, this year's show will honor A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, WHODINI, Missy Elliott, and Teddy Riley and Andre Harrell for New Jack Swing as well as a tribute to the seminal hip hop film "Wild Style." VH1 will once again pay tribute to the hip hop luminaries who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon and will feature performances by the honorees, along with Ciara, Eve, Pharrell Williams, The Game, T.I., Timbaland, Bow Wow, Busta Rhymes, Common, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole and Nick Cannon as well as an appearance by Chris Rock.

Killa's Coming, Do you Care?


Well Cam deaded the rumors of him on 106&Park, when he released this statement to Miss Info

“Although 106 n Park has been great in launching the careers of diplomat members, I’m not going to be appearing on the show next week to discuss anything. When I decide to speak on anything, I will stop by Funk Flex’s show first.”


Well seem Cam is keeping it NY, by giving Flex all info, and I aint mad at that. But here is the bigger question: Does anybody care????

We havent heard from Killa since he released his little
" youtube threat" youtube threat back in June, and to quote biggie "things done changed." His onetime right hand, Jimmy publicly said he has no problem with 50 and he hasnt heard from Cam in months. Dipset is obviously moving well without Cam.

So does Cam even matter? Killa also said he has been in the studio. He’s prepping a mixtape, tentatively called “Public Enemy #1″

So are you copping???



IHH TV: Throwback Friday 9*21*07

in honor of Hovito dropping a new track i thought i would take ya'll back to one of his 1st.

IHH Daily Motivation 9*21*07

Every little step counts

A staircase composed of very small steps can reach just as high as a staircase made of large steps, and the climb is much more manageable. Every little step counts.
Doing just a little is infinitely more rewarding than doing nothing. And just a little can quickly lead to just a little more.

Five minutes a day adds up to two and a half hours a month, and thirty hours over the course of a year. If you spend those five minutes each day making minor improvements, they can steadily bring about major accomplishments.

Offer one small gesture of kindness each day and multiply it over the course of a lifetime. You'll find your world filled with rich, rewarding and genuine relationships.

Every little step counts, because the little steps are usually the ones that actually get taken. There's virtually no risk, and yet the rewards, over time, can be enormous.

What one little step would make life better for you this very day? Get in the habit of taking small positive steps, and you'll create big, lasting success.

-- Ralph Marston

Sep 20, 2007

IHH Radio: Jay-z



"Blue Magic" Jay-z feat Pharrell

Radio rip, props to Jordan as always

The Game Could Escape Prosecution on Officer Impersonation Charge


A Manhattan judge told The Game earlier this morning that if he can stay out of trouble for six months, charges against him for impersonating a police officer will be dismissed.

According to website TMZ.com, the Compton native walked into the courthouse with his attorney this morning looking happy and confident. Following the hearing, he emerged looking equally satisfied with the ruling. “I love New York, but I hate the system,” he told Reuters. “But, I hate every system.”

The rapper was picked up on November 16, 2006 in Manhattan after a yellow cab he was riding in ran several red lights. When officers questioned the driver, he told them that his passenger had identified him as a police officer and instructed him to run the lights.

In June, Game rejected a plea offer from prosecutors that would have required him to plead guilty to the charge in exchange for a sentence of time served. The former Aftermath artist is also currently facing up to five years in prison in California on charges of possession of a firearm in a school zone, exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer and making criminal threats.

Sheek Louch Responds To J-Hood’s Concert Appearance With 50 Cent


For the past month, rumors have swirled on the Internet that D-Block member, J-Hood, was parting ways with The LOX, prompting the Yonkers native to post a blog on his MySpace page announcing his departure from the crew.

While the situation was cordial at first, that changed this week when video footage surfaced on YouTube of ‘Hood disrespecting LOX member, Sheek Louch, by referring to him as “Cheek Louch” and proceeding to drag his D-Block chain on the concrete. J-Hood then made a surprise appearance at 50 Cent’s concert in the Bronx over the weekend, confirming his beef with The LOX.

In a statement to XXL, Sheek Louch responds for the first time to J-Hood, voicing his displeasure with his recent actions. Sheek’s statement is as follows.

“J-Hood is still gonna be a star and is a hot rapper,” Sheek tells XXL.

“He is just being 50’s puppet as we speak in a very childish attempt to hurt D-Block, which in no way he can. Lyrically, I would never go at it with Joshua. It’s way too many things that I’ve been there for him as a father figure that he would not like if I spoke on. Not to mention, he is nowhere on the level as me or my partners — The LOX.

Not to mention, we were never beefing. [So] for him to be talking so tough, just because we are not doing business, doesn’t mean we have to end on a bad note. Especially if you or nobody you be with is built that way. So I really don’t get lil’ guy. You see [Funkmaster] Flex and every DJ saying they will never play another J-Hood song again. He is hanging himself and I hope he gets a grip and thinks for himself like I taught him to. But I still wish ‘Hood the best in life and music.”

IHH TV:Saigon & Mobb Deep Brawl

Part 1


Part 2

IHH Daily Update 9*20*07

Saigon and Mobb Deep Brawl During Music Showcase in New York City

Pandemonium broke out during a music showcase at club SOB’s in New York City last night (September 19) after an exchange of words between Saigon and Prodigy of Mobb Deep turned physical.


Although details are sketchy, a video posted on YouTube this morning clearly shows Saigon and his crew arguing onstage with Mobb Deep and their entourage. Seconds later, a scuffle ensues and Saigon is seen punching Prodigy twice in the face as both crews jump into the mix. Saigitty is later seen running out of the venue with his crew in tow.

In an early morning blog posting on his MySpace page, Saigon explains that the altercation stemmed from disparaging comments Prodigy made about him during an interview earlier this year.


When Prodigy was asked what he thought of up and coming MCs like Saigon he replied, “I don’t like him [Saigon]. I don’t like nobody really. I’m biased. I only like Mobb Deep shit. Everybody else could suck my dick.”

In the blog post, Sai also notes that the reason he ran out of SOB’s after the confrontation was because he felt he lost the upper hand and him and his crew were clearly outnumbered. “I had already rocked Prodigy, it was time to dip up outta there,” Sai wrote. “Shout out to Big Chris for the human shield technique, he said, ‘You got em, lets go,’ and we went.”


Michael Jackson Plots Comeback & Possible Tour With Janet

Michael Jackson can't leave the game alone. The King of Pop is reportedly plotting his return to music with a new album and a tour that may include his starlet sister, Janet.

In an interview with Jay-Z producer Syience, as previously confirmed that Janet Jackson is at work on her next project, and Michael was considering doing another album.

Now, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jackson has been taking meetings with big names in the music industry regarding his plans for a new album and promotional tour that will be ready by the end of next year or early 2009.

"This is something Michael is carefully planning," a source close to Jackson told the Sun-Times. "I think the album is going to be amazing. From what I've heard, it will be as big as Thriller -- and yet will take his music in a new direction to appeal to new, younger fans -- but will still have those Michael touches his traditional fans love."

Fans can reportedly expect a bit of a family reunion on this project, as collaborations with Janet and some of the Jackson brothers are part of Michaels current plans.

"Can you imagine what a sensation it would be if Michael and Janet toured together? That is something that's being discussed," Jackson's associate added.


Keith Murray Robbed In South Africa

Rapper Keith Murray, who is currently in South Africa working on his next album with local artists, was robbed on Tuesday (September 18) and is offering a reward the returned of the stolen goods.

According to local paper Pretoria News, the rapper lost "the last 12 years of his work" stored on the Apple Mac and was now desperate to get it back.

The paper reports that two armed men stormed into the Cube recording studios in Parkview, South Africa at around 10 p.m., holding up Murray and several other individuals with him.

Two men reportedly took four laptops, cellphones and cash.

Lance Stehr, CEO of Ghetto Ruff, a local record label, said that two other accomplices waited outside while the robbery went down.

"When the guys left they even had the cheek to shout 'Hey Fassie boy, continue making hits'," Stehr told the paper.

Murray was in South Africa recording a track using Brenda Fassie's "Weekend Special," with her son, Bongani Fassie, as the producer.

Papoose Released From JIVE Records

DJ Kay Slay has announced that Papoose has been released from JIVE Records. A year after signing a deal with a $1.5 million advance, Papoose was given his release papers.

“It was like a fucking year of hell,” DJ Kay Slay said. “They meant well, they believed in the project. Unfortunately we almost became victims of A&R hell. You can not put a 60-something year-old white man on a 20-something year-old black kid’s project from Brooklyn and think it’s going to pop. We wound up with records that we didn’t want to come out.”

“We’re popping champagne,” Kay Slay continued. “We got our release from Jive Records and we’re just moving on.”

DJ Kay Slay did not specify the next move for Papoose now that he is a free agent.

“We have our wings,” Kay Slay continued “We have our shackles off.”

Lil' Wayne Faces Another Million Dollar Lawsuit For Concert Melee
Another Morgan State University student is suing Lil' Wayne after suffering injuries during the pandemonium that ensued when the rapper threw money into the crowd of students at a homecoming concert.

According to the Maryland Daily Record, Carlisa Dixon has filed a lawsuit in Baltimore City Circuit Court against Lil' Wayne (whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter) claiming she was "impaled" by a metal pole as the crowd pushed forward in a panic to grab the falling cash at a concert last fall.

In her lawsuit, Dixon, who was a 20-year-old junior at the time of the incident, says the crowd forced her into the "bicycle type metal barricade" separating the performers from the audience. Dixon's left thigh was punctured by a fence support, requiring surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and resulting in "the embarrassment of scarring and disfigurement," the suit states.

As previously reported, last month fellow Morgan State student Tyrique Layne also filed a $1 million suit against Wayne as well as Universal Records Inc., Cash Money Records Inc. and his touring company, Young Money Touring. In her suit, Layne alleges she was trampled at the homecoming concert and continues to suffer from headaches, memory loss and difficulty concentrating as a result of her injuries.

Dixon is also seeking $1 million from MorganState, claiming the university was negligent in managing Hill Field House concert and reacting to the incident last October.

A spokesman for Morgan State, Clinton R. Coleman declined to comment on the suit, citing school policy. Coleman said the university considered pressing criminal charges against Lil' Wayne but decided not to pursue the matter.

"He has not been banned from the campus, but [the incident] is certainly something that would be taken into account if and when someone else wanted to ask him back," Coleman told the Daily Record.


Too $hort To Release New Up All Nite Crew Album

Too Short is set to release his team The Up All Nite Crew's new digital release Set Up Shop on October 16, 2007. A follow up to 2006’s Gangsters & Strippers compilation, Set Up Shop will introduce the world to artists that $hort feels has what it takes to have long careers of their own. The difference here is that unlike its predecessor, Set Up Shop features artists who are self-made, only needing the proper push to get noticed.

Being that Set Up Shop was recorded in $hort’s second home, Atlanta, it was only right that he showcased artists like Lil Red and Young Bay who hail from the Southern Rap capital. Lil Red, signed to Up All Nite through the group Murda Mob is the lone female rapper on the compilation, but her song “You Know What It Iz,” lets it be know that she can hang with the fellas. 21-year old Young Bay, formerly known as Baby D from $hort’s Dangerous Crew days, comes in as a baby-faced 10-year veteran and it shows on his track, “Ride With Ya Boy,”and midwest rappers Ice Mizzle and Lay It Down

Too Short hit the music scene in the early 80's with his unique style of rap, Too Short was instrumental in exposing the raw sounds of West Coast rap with songs that set the standard for Hip-Hop to the masses.

"The whole object of SET UP SHOP is me getting back to my roots," says $hort. "I live and die by the funk but I also roll with the trends. At the end of the day, I'm a music man and a music fan."


Kanye West Makes History, 50 Cent Comes Up Short, Fergie Continues Her Reign

In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts, Kanye West emerges as the "Champion," 50 Cent comes in second and Fergie gets dethroned.

Debuting impressively at No. 1 on the charts this week is Kanye West with his third solo album Graduation. According to Nielsen's SoundScan, the album shifted 957,000 discs in its opening week making it the highest selling album of the year in first week sales. The album features appearances from Lil' Wayne, Mos Def and Coldplay front man Chris Martin.

Entering the charts at No. 2 is 50 Cent. His third solo album, Curtis, which features appearances from Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, reels in 691,000 units in its opening week.

After leading the race last week, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas slips four spots to No. 6. Dutchess, which is still grinding out after 52 weeks, scans 40,500 discs this week. The album's tally stands at 2,679,100.

Justin Timberlake continues his reign on the charts as he elevates two spots to No. 10. FutureSex/Love Sounds cashes out 30,900 units this week, pushing the album's total sales to 3,603,100.

Timberlake's partner in hit record production, Timbaland, leaps thirteen spots to No. 36. Thus far, Shock Value has sold a total of 641,900 copies with 27,300 units representing the week-in total.

Also moving on up is Common, who takes three steps up to No. 17. Finding Forever hustles 26,400 discs in its seventh week on the charts. To date, the album has sold 353,300 copies.

Posted at No. 13 is Def Jam crooner Rihanna. Good Girl Gone Bad shelves off 26,300 discs this week. The album's tally stands at 662,100 after 15 weeks on the charts.

Atlanta representer T.I. slips three slots to No. 19. T.I. Vs. T.I.P. bags up 25,700 copies this week. In total, the album has sold 1,053,100 copies.

Controversial British singer Amy Winehouse slumps eleven lots to No. 20. Back To Black bagged up 25,100 units this week. After 27 weeks, the album's tally stands at 1,178,200.

Four steps behind her is Slip-N-Slide standout Plies at No. 24 20,600 truth seekers picked up Real Testament this week, pushing the album's total sales to 228,300.

Bad Boy R&B groupB5 debut at No. 27. Thanks to their lead single, "Hydrolics," their sophomore album Don't Talk Just Listen pushed 18,500 copies in its first week out.

A %14 increase in sales pushes Talib Kweli eleven spots up to No. 28. Eardrum sells 18,100 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 118,500.

Yung Joc continues to struggle to find a solid spot as he plunges nineteen slots to No. 30. Hustlenomics netted 17,400 units this week. After 3 weeks, the album has sold 114,100 copies.

Two steps down flirting with the "Bartender" is Florida crooner T-Pain. Epiphany moved 16,700 discs this week, pushing his total numbers to 650,600.

Akon slips four spots to No. 37 this week selling 15,100 copies of his sophomore CD. After forty four weeks on the charts , Konvicted has sold 2,658,400 copies.

Serenading at No. 39 is Jamaican sensation Sean Kingston. His self titled album moves 14,900 units this week , bringing the album's tally to 219,100.

H-Town duo UGK fall on hard times as they plummet fifteen spots to No. 40 Underground Kingz scoops up 14,800 discs this week. To date, the album has sold 316,700 copies.

Floating a level up to No. 54 is Fabolous. The tally for From Nothing To Something stands at 457,600. the album scanned 10,700 copies this week.

New York bred singer Chrisette Michelle continues her steady incline as she weaves four spots up to No. 56. I Am rakes in 10,300 units this week, pushing the album's total sales to 147,600.

Cupid, the man behind the popular "Cupid Shuffle," debuts on the charts at No. 57 with his first major label project titled Time For Change. The set,which features T-Pain , B.O.B. and Shorty Da Kid , reins in 10,300 copies in its opening week.

Holding fort at No. 59 is Ne-Yo. This week, Because Of You flipped 9,800 units this week. To date, the set has sold 794,100 copies.

Robin Thicke slips sight spots to No. 67. Evolution Of Robin Thicke lugs in 9,000 units this week, bringing the album's total sales to 1,410,100.

DJ Khaled slides six spots to No. 80. We The Best rings out 7,700 discs this week. To date, the album has sold 214,700 copies. There is no buoy in sight for Swizz Beatz as he sinks twenty seven spots to No. 84. One Man Band Man lugs in 7,600 copies this week. After 4 weeks , the album has sold 78,800 copies.

Chi-town singer R. Kelly rolls in at No. 84 this week with Double Up moving 7,300 discs. The album's tally stands at 855,200. Corrine Bailey Rae registers in at No. 91. Her self titled album scores 6,800 units this week, pushing the album's total sales to 1,696,700.

Aesop Rock sneaks back into The Top 100 landing at No. 96. In its second week, None Shall Pass, garners 6,100 copies. The album's tally stands at 25,200. Wrapping things up is the legendary singer Prince at No. 98. Planet Earth scoops up 10,000 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 213,800.

Next week look for Twista and Chamillionaire to make an appearance on the Hip-Hop & R&B Charts

Melyssa Ford In Black Men’s Magazine

Me and one of my friends where just talking about how bad Melyssa is. and she goes and do something like this..............






(Props to the N for posting these 1st)

Jay-Z Releasing New Album, "American Gangster", November 6th


Jay-Z will release a new album called "American Gangster" Tuesday November 6th.

The release is Jay-Z's first concept album and is inspired by the up-coming movie of the same name starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington.

According to the New York Times, the album came together over the past few weeks after Jay-Z was shown the film, directed by Ridley Scott, in which Denzel Washington portrays Frank Lucas, a early 1970s Harlem heroin kingpin.

Jay-Z has already recorded nine tracks for the album almost every one prompted by a specific scene.

“It was like I was watching the film, and putting it on pause, and giving a back story to the story,” he told the Times.

The first song from "American Gangster" entitled "Blue Magic" is expected to be released Sept. 20. The track is produced by the Neptunes Pharrell Williams. The song is said to have a 80s New York feel to it.

Denzel Washington had reportedly asked the film's producer, Brian Grazer to persuade Jay-Z to record the film's soundtrack.

“I just didn’t think there’d be enough for Jay-Z to do,” Mr. Grazer said, explaining that he resisted because he and Mr. Scott felt the movie required an authentic 1970s feel.

"No Hook", a song on "American Gangster" has Jay-Z rhyming the following lines:


"Please don’t compare me to other rappers. Compare me to trappers.

I’m more Frank Lucas than Ludacris. And Lude is my dude, I ain’t trying to dis.

Just like Frank Lucas is cool, but I ain’t tryin’ to snitch.

I’m-a follow the rules, no matter how much time I’m-a get.

I’m-a live and die with the decisions that I’m-a pick."

On another new song called "Pray", Jay-Z touches on his swagger:

"‘Mindstate of a gangster from the 40’s, meet business mind of Motown’s Berry Gordy,’"

Sep 19, 2007

50 Cent Releases Statement On Sales Loss To Kanye West


50 Cent has released a statement in response to losing the "Curtis" Vs. "Graduation" sales battle with Kanye West.

As previously reported earlier, West's Graduation debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 by shifting 957,000 copies of his discs. 50's Curtis came in at No. 2, selling 691,000 copies.

"I am very excited to have participated in one of the biggest album release weeks in the last two years," 50 told the Associated Press. "Collectively, we have sold hundreds of thousands of units in our debut week. This marks a great moment for hip-hop music, one that will go down in history."

Kanye's "Graduation" has now captured the largest first-week sales since 50 Cent's last album, "The Massacre", which opened with 1.1 million copies in its first week in March 2005.

Word On The Net: "The Hardest Dude Out, Since Reasonable Doubt."



Word on the Net is Jay-Z will be calling his next album
Boss Hova.
Now, That may change but, That’s the name of the month.

I havent heard a release date, but we all know how fond Jay is of the 4th Quarter. If not then its going to be a hot summer. Word is Jay intends to adopt a more retro feel that will remind fans of the Golden Era of Roc-A-Fella. Think "Reasonable doubt 2008" he’s already got a song with Beanie Sigel and Bleek.

So far word is you can expect production from the usual Roc-a-fella producers (Kanye & Just Blaze) but also 9th Wonder, and DJ Toomp.

no word on Primo yet tho.

So what ya'll think would you buy another Jay-z album?


IHH Daily Update 9*19*07

Kanye Crushes 50 Cent In Huge Album Sales Week

After a much hyped battle of the titans, early leaks of both Kanye West and 50 Cent's albums proved to be a non factor as fans came out in full force, helping West graduate at the top of the class, surpassing 50 Cent in first week sales.

According to Billboard, the Chicago-bred MC/producer debuted at No.1 on the charts, as the Louis Vuitton Don managed to push 957,000 copies of his third solo disc, Graduation. That total crushes 50's Curtis first week numbers by more than a quarter of a million records, with Curtis' first week totals rounding out at 691,000 copies sold. Both records outsold country singer Kenny Chesney's Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates, whose album was seen by some as a possible threat, with his final numbers coming in at 387,000 copies, scoring a No. 3 position on the charts.

Graduation has now become the largest seling CD since 50 Cent's last album, The Massacre, opened with 1.1 million copies in it'd first week in March 2005. Kanye's sophomore release, Late Registration, released in August of 2005 was the last album to surpass 800,000 copies in first weeks sales, when it scanned 860,000 also in '05.

Possibly sensing defeat, 50 recently accused West's recording home, Def Jam, of inflating the rapper's numbers by purchasing copies of the album.

"He's never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has," Fif said. "They could have only one scan and have it count four times. West's entire career hasn't sold half what I sold on my first album."

But disputing Fiddy's claims was Billboard's Geoff Mayfield, who rebutted 50's accusations by saying that there is a slim chance that Def Jam would have doctored the sales figures.

"The people who built SoundScan put safeguards in place to track sales that don't look kosher," Mayfield explained.



Fat Joe Renews Deal With Imperial Records; Preparing Eighth Album

Imperial Records, a division of Capitol Music Group and Terror Squad Entertainment have signed a new deal to distribute Fat Joe's next album entitled The Elephant in the Room, slated for release in early 2008. Fat Joe's new release is a follow-up to his previous critically-acclaimed album, Me, Myself & I, featuring the double platinum single, "Make It Rain."

Fat Joe's The Elephant In The Room will feature production by the multi-platinum powerhouses that previously worked with Fat Joe on his earlier hits, including Scott Storch, Cool and Dre, DJ Khaled, Danjahandz and the Runners, as well as guest artists P. Diddy, Rick Ross, Fabolous and more.

This news comes on the heels of Fat Joe's hit single, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" which surpassed 1 million ring tone sales and was certified Platinum in RIAA's Digital Ringtone program. Me, Myself & I, released on Imperial Records/EMI in 2006, continues to sell and make a strong statement for independent music. Some of the other impressive milestones Imperial has accomplished with Fat Joe and Terror Squad include Imperial's first Top 10 single in more than 40 years, "Make It Rain (featuring Lil' Wayne)" on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Chart, peaking at #6. The single also reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The album Me, Myself & I, peaking at #3 on the Billboard R&B/Hiphop Album Chart, debuting at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. The album also received rave reviews in VIBE, the Source, Washington Post and the LA Times, among other publications.

Fat Joe said, "Working with Imperial is one of the greatest moves I ever made in my life! I never made as much money in my career as I have since I went independent. The Elephant in the Room is guaranteed to be a classic! Believe Dat!" Imperial Records will again spearhead the marketing and promotion efforts for the album.

Neil Levine, Imperial's Senior VP/GM says, "Fat Joe is in a zone on this album which is now his 8th solo work and I think it's his strongest to date. It's truly amazing to be working with an artist that's getting better and better over time. He's never sounded more confident. I'm extremely pleased to be working with Joe once again and we're getting ready to do big things!"

Lee Trink, President, Capitol Music Group comments, "I couldn't be more thrilled to continue working with Fat Joe. Three things are certain: death, taxes, and Fat Joe delivering hit records. He is Hip Hop royalty and a jewel in the (Imperial) Capitol Music Group crown."

Ronnie Johnson, Executive Vice President adds, "I'm excited to be working with Joe again! He's a great ambassador for the label and a great partner."


Twista, Killer Mike and Others Hold Benefit Concert for "Jena 6"
Twista and Killer Mike are just two of many hip hop artists slated to perform Saturday Sept. 29 at the "Jena 6 Empowerment Concert," which is a part of the "Let Freedom Ring Weekend."

The "Let Freedom Ring Weekend" will be used to raise awareness and show support for the Jena 6 - six black students facing what many people believe are unfair charges for an attack on a fellow white student in Louisiana.

The six black teens were charged with attempted second-degree murder after they allegedly assaulted their classmate. The violence was in result of racial tensions being high at the school due to three nooses being hung under a tree at the school, which was believed to be a response to one of the black students sitting under the tree.

The "Let Freedom Ring" weekend will begin on Friday Sept. 28 with a press conference at the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum at 1 PM, followed by a peace rally at Parker High School at 4 PM.

The concert, which will feature Twista, Killer Mike, Rasheeda, B5, Lloyd, Kandi, Jagged Edge, Baby Boy, Tank and Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz, will begin on the 29th at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center at 6 PM.

"What's happening to the Jena 6 is not an isolated incident; it could happen to any of us," commented Baby Boy.

Tickets for the concert are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com/.


Akon In The Studio with Madonna, Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson

Multi-platinum superstar Akon is currently in the studio working with Pop legends Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Madonna.

"He's incredible," 'Kon testified to MTV News of M.J. "He's a genius. Just to be in the same room [with him], I felt everything I wanted to accomplish in life has been achieved. That aura ... that's how incredible that aura is. We about to shake the world up, man. You know how you be with somebody and you can't even explain [the feeling]? I used to sit and think, 'How does somebody sell so many records and dominate a whole business genre, to a point [where] nobody can't be a part of that without associating with you?' The way he thinks ... some artists think regional, some think national, I was thinking international. He thinks planets. It's on another level."

Akon has yet to get in the studio with Madonna but says he expects to shock the world with her new material. As he works with the King of Pop, Akon is also putting in time with Whitney Houston.

"I'm starting on Whitney's project," he said. "She's the truth. She's undeniable. She's got so much to think about, sing about. This album is going to be one of the biggest albums she decided to put out. She has so much energy, so much happiness and sadness to incorporate into the album. Her voice is strong enough to deliver any message she wants to sing to the world. It's outta here."


Timbaland to Perform on ABC Soap Opera, One Life to Live

Super producer Timbaland and R&B singer Keri Hilson are scheduled to perform on an upcoming episode of the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.

The pair will perform their hit single “The Way I Are” during the episode, which is scheduled to air on October 9. “This is a new experience for me,” Timbo said in a statement. “I am looking forward to having a great time and sharing my music!”

“The Way I Are” appears on Timb’s latest LP, Shock Value, and is currently ranked No. 4 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart.


Scratch Magazine Calls It Quits, 50 Cent & Timbaland Grace Last Cover

After a recent attempt to expand its audience, Scratch magazine has officially announced that it will no longer be publishing the producer-friendly magazine.

The final cover will feature 50 Cent and super-producer Timbaland on its 20th issue with additional stories on Just Blaze, David Banner, The Alchemist, Irv Gotti, The RZA, 9th Wonder and a special feature on Chicago "Juke" music.

Editor-In Chief of XXL magazine Elliot Wilson had recently taken over an advisory role over the publication as the magazine was transformed into XXL Presents: Scratch. The move was intended to revamp the mag to appeal to a wider audience while still keeping its core fan base of DJ, producer, and engineer enthusiests. The first issue of the newly fused magazine hit newsstands on February 6 and saw XXL online editor Brendan Frederick as the editor-in-chief.

"We're taking XXL's savvy take on hip-hop one level deeper with the new Scratch," Frederick explained. "While XXL focuses on MC's personalities, Scratch will dissect the art of making music. Since the magazine already has a solid foundation with producers and DJs, we're focusing on attracting the everyday hip-hop fan who wants to discover the blood, sweat and tears that goes into popular music's most innovative genre."

According to the magazine's Myspace page, the Scratch staff is positive about the magazine's end, saying, "But don't mourn us, remember the good times, rap nerds!"


Havoc Blesses NYC With Free Concert

Mobb Deep's Havoc will be holding a free concert in New York City this week in support his indie debut The Kush.

Havoc's show, which will be part of LiveNDirect's 10th Anniversary, will take place on Friday (September 21) at The Highline Ballroom. Hav is scheduled to hit the stage at midnight.

200 free tickets will be issued at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Free tickets can also be obtained at Fat Beats, ALIFE and Supreme.

The Kush hit shelves yesterday (September 18) and is produced entirely by Havoc. The album feature appearances from 40 Glocc, Nyce, Un Pachino, Nitti and his group mate Prodigy.


Yung Joc to Perform at Controversial Fraternity’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Atlanta’s Yung Joc has signed on to perform at the upcoming 100th Anniversary celebration of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity’s Cornell University chapter on October 12.

According to The Cornell Daily Sun, while the University itself has sponsored shows by big name artists in the past, there is “no precedent” for a fraternity itself booking such a major artist. “Not everyday does a frat have an opportunity to bring in one of top hip-hop artists in the world,” said Kevin Mendel, social chair of ZBT. “We had an opportunity and decided to run with it.”


Proceeds from the show will go to the Children’s Miracle Network, an alliance of premiere hospitals for children. The Cornell chapter of Zeta Beta Tau came under fire in 2004 when the largely white brotherhood threw a “Ghetto Fab” themed party, at which attendees were encouraged to dress up in hip-hop style clothing and emulate rappers. A party attendee lodged a complaint with school officials about the “apparent disrespectful stereotypes regarding people of color.”

The frat later issued an apology.


Baltimore Jumps Aboard Baggy Pants Ban?

Baggy and sagging pants seem to be the latest target to the hip-hop generation.

After a highly-publicized attempt to make it illegal to show your boxer shorts of thongs in Atlanta, Georgia (see "Atlanta Considers Outlawing Sagging Pants"), it seems that Baltimore is one of the latest cities to attempt to follow suit, but they aren't -- at least at the moment -- considering citations.

According to the Baltimore Sun, councilwoman Helen L. Holton has introduced a resolution to implore the city's youths to pull up their trousers, due to adults feeling uncomfortable with the youth exposing their underwear.

"There is a wide sentiment across lines of people in this city that have a problem with young people wearing these baggy, low-hanging pants," Holton told the paper. "They're offended by the fact that they have to look at their underwear.

"Perception is reality. When they see young people out like this, there's a heightened sense of, 'Oh, they must be up to no good. They must be selling drugs. They must be a part of this violent crime that is plaguing the city.' So it sends a very negative message," she continued.

Despite her concerns, other people higher in the city's food chain aren't pressed to force a mandatory law against baggy pants, but do agree with uniforms in schools. "Right now I'm dealing with more, in my opinion, important issues," Mayor Sheila Dixon said. "I believe in uniforms for schools. And that's what I'm pushing. Every kid needs to be in a uniform."

Others like Antonio Gray, a buyer for popular urban chain store DTLR (Downtown Locker Room), told the paper that Holton's proposal to do away with low-dipped pants may have worked better five years ago when the trend was bigger, but nowadays, hip-hop is moving to a "slimmer, sleeker look."

"She's completely late," he said. "My fashion-forward customers are guys who four or five years ago might have had on a jersey or a bigger T-shirt, and today that same guy is going to have on a more form-fitting T-shirt or track jacket with a slimmer jean."

The styles change and so do the ladies' opinions of what looks good on a man and a lot of young women aren't feeling the baggy look any longer. "I don't like the baggy look myself. I don't think it's attractive," 20-year-old Sierra Myers, a senior at Morgan State University, told the Baltimore Sun.

Gray however is concerned when politicians try to legislate fashion, arguing how you can regulate something as general as "baggy pants." "How do you say what's too baggy? Are you going to measure it by the inch? Are you going to measure it by how much underwear is showing?" he asked. "If that's the case, you'll be fining plumbers."

Proposals to ban sagging pants have popped up in several cities over the past few months. At the extreme end, wearing pants low enough to show your underwear in one small Louisiana town means six months in jail and a $500 fine, according to the Associated Press. A crackdown also is being pushed in Atlanta. And in Trenton, getting caught with your pants down may soon result in not only a fine, but a city worker assessing where your life is headed.

IHH TV; R.Kelly

"Rockstar"
R. Kelly feat. Ludacris & Kid Rock


IHH Daily Motivation 9*19*07

Steady and sustainable

When you're too busy to take a break, that's when a taking a break will do you the most good. Sometimes you reach a point at which the fastest way to go forward is to slow down a bit.

When you rush through your work, never pausing to catch your breath, you're likely to make all sorts of mistakes. Then you'll have to spend time later correcting those mistakes, so the time you gain by hurrying is quickly lost and then exceeded by the toll it takes.

Consider taking a break, clearing your mind and energizing your body. The work will still be there when you get back, and by getting away from it for a while you'll be in a much better position to handle it effectively.

It's great to be ambitious and eager to get the job done. Yet there is nothing to be gained by working until you drop.

The more you focus on the deadline itself, the less likely you are to meet it, so put your focus on getting the job done at a steady and sustainable pace. Instead of worrying about running out of time, completely let go of the worry and make calm, deliberate use of the time.

Don't put yourself behind by attempting to go too far too fast. Move at a pace that enables you to be your best, for that is what will move you ahead most quickly.

-- Ralph Marston

Sep 18, 2007

Jay-z Interview in Entertainment Weekly

El presidente had an interview in entertainment weekly. I thought I would post it for ya'll. Enjoy.

With some projections suggesting that Kanye West's Graduation could notch as many as 900,000 CDs sold in its first week when Nielsen SoundScan numbers are released tonight — leaving 50 Cent's Curtis in the dust with a still-respectable figure of more than 600,000 — no one is happier than West's boss, Def Jam CEO Shawn ''Jay-Z'' Carter. Jay called EW.com today to do a little pre-emptive gloating, talk about his favorite Graduation cuts, and reveal the real story behind his own unlikely collaboration with onetime rival 50 Cent.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So Kanye's having a pretty amazing week in sales.
JAY-Z: The Best Damn Week. What's the name of that show?

Best Week Ever?
[Laughs] Yeah, yeah! I mixed the two up, [Fox Sports Net's] The Best Damn Sports Show [Period] and [VH1's] Best Week Ever.

How does it make you feel to see Kanye performing so well with this album?
It makes me proud as someone who's watched his growth from the beginning, when he came in as a hungry producer, to now he's a rock star. I'm happy for him on that level. And I'm excited for creativity as well, because I think that's a win for that as well. You know, people mimic success. And in order to mimic that success, you have to put in a lot of work. You have to really care about the music. I was just listening to the first song [on Graduation], called ''Good Morning.'' [West sampled] an a capella of my song in the end, ''The Ruler's Back'' off of The Blueprint album. And I was with him last night, he was bragging about having the a capella. He's like, [decent Kanye impression] ''Yo, that's how I spun it, 'cause I had the a capella.'' I'm like, wow. The things he cares about! That's not a big thing, but in his mind, ''I had the a capella, so I was able to put that sample in there without any drums.''

Looking at the size of these numbers, would you say they've exceeded your expectations? Are you surprised at all?
Every time. Every single album. I mean, I never thought he would do 440 [thousand copies of 2004's The College Dropout] his first week. I never thought he would do 860 [thousand copies of 2005's Late Registration in its first week]. Every single time.

People talk a lot about rap sales declining, but this is obviously a huge week for the genre. Do you think this a good sign for hip-hop overall?
Yeah. This is certainly a one-off. This is not going to happen every day. But with the right music, the right amount of attention, you can really do some serious damage out there.

Even though Kanye beat him, 50 Cent is selling pretty well himself this week. How do you feel about that over at Def Jam? Is it a more-the-merrier situation?
Yeah, we're fantastic about that. We think 50 is a great competitor. We think he's needed in the marketplace. So we're happy for him.

Do you think the rivalry between Kanye and 50, having both their albums dropping on the same day, helped Kanye's sales?
Yeah! But I think it worked both ways. I think it brought attention to both projects. I think you [would] lower both numbers if they're not on the same day.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What factors do you think contributed to Kanye coming out on top this week? What made his music resonate with the fans so much?
JAY-Z: It's pretty much how much he cares about it. It's not done for any other reason but to be the best music out at that specific time. You know, at times you could hear [other] people's music, and you hear, ''Okay, that's your girl single, that's the thug single, that's the...'' No, it's none of that. Every single song he makes, he makes because he thinks it's the best record at that specific time. He may not think it next week, but that week, he thought that was the best record that he could make.

You think that's something he doesn't share with other artists?
No. [Laughs] We have 75 mixes of ''Stronger.'' Who does that? When I was sitting in mastering to make sure the album got done, he was somewhere in Sweden sending through mixes of ''Good Life.'' Sixteen different mixes of the song! Who does that?

What's your favorite song on the album?
Aw, man. Okay, today? I'm pretty much consistent with ''I Wonder,'' ''Champion,'' and ''Flashing Lights.'' Those are my three records. I think ''Drunk and Hot Girls'' would be a great stadium song for him to perform — it sounds like a great time to me. I can just see one of those festivals, it's overseas somewhere and it's like 75,000 people just having a great time. And I think ''Big Brother'' is the best song he's written since ''Jesus Walks,'' as far as structure, emotion, everything.

I was going to ask you about that song — obviously it's about you. Do you think that was a fair portrayal of you?
I think it's a fair portrayal from a little brother's perspective. You know, you've got your big brother and you want to go out with him, he's like, ''Nah, get back in the house!'' Things like that, until you come of age. At Roc-A-Fella, we've always lived by tough love. Everyone knows that. It's nothing given. Everyone has to work for theirs, and that's how you make strong individuals, by not carrying them. That's how you make a Kanye West. You make him fight for his position.

Kanye's last two albums both had great, full verses from you, and this one you don't spit a verse. Why's that?
Well, I was going to do ''Barry Bonds,'' but it was late in the day, so I didn't get to do it.

I just heard your verse on 50's ''I Get Money'' remix last night. How did that come together?
I just wanted to show that we're not enemies. It's a great story for this, you're the first person to ask, so you got great timing! [50 Cent] called me to ask for the remix, and I told him he couldn't put the remix out until the first week came. I didn't want it to affect any type of numbers. [Laughs] So as you see, it came out the 17th, when the SoundScan cycle is finished. So just to show, I'm still competing! We're not enemies, we're just competing.

At the end of that verse, I love how you say, ''New York is still mine.'' Even though you've transitioned into a CEO role, you still want to put that out there?
Yeah. I was in artist mode at that time. When I'm in artist mode, why wouldn't New York be mine, right?


It certainly is.

IHH Daily Update 9*18*07

50 Cent Accuses Def Jam of Rigging Sales

50 Cent has reportedly accused Def Jam Records of manipulating Kanye West's album sales.

According to New York's Daily News, 50 (born Curtis Jackson) made the accusations during an interview with British based magazine Uncut.

"He's never had a fraction of the sales 50 Cent has," Fif said. "They could have only one scan and have it count four times. West's entire career hasn't sold half what I sold on my first album.

Both rappers' released their third solo albums last week. As of Friday, Nielsen's SoundScan figures showed that West's Graduation had shifted 600,000 discs while 50's Curtis had reportedly sold 430,000 copies. Over the weekend, several music industry trade publications like Billboard and Hits have estimated West's projected sales around 800,000 copies, with 50 selling in the range of 600,000.

Billboard's Geoff Mayfield countered 50's claims saying that there is a slim chance that Def Jam would have doctored the sales figures.

"The people who built SoundScan put safeguards in place to track sales that don't look kosher," Mayfield explained.

Representatives for 50 Cent and Kanye West did not return calls when contacted. Ironically, both artists are tied to the same corporation, Universal Group, which owns Def Jam and Interscope.


Nas To O'Reilly: "I’m an American psycho"

American political commentator Bill O’Reilly continues to attack the hip hop genre from the artist, the artist lifestyle, and the subject matter they discuss on their albums.

Giving his opinion on rappers such as Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, Mr. O’Reilly decided to give his two cents on one of the Hip Hop’s finest—Nas.

During a recent airing of his Fox News show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” the commentator blasted Nas’ free concert for the students of Virginia Tech as an “abomination” and “atrocity.” O’Reilly referred to Nas — or “Nazz,” as the TV host pronounced it — as a “gangsta rapper” and said his lyrics are as “violent as they come,” citing songs such as “Shoot ‘Em Up,” “One Mic,” Ether” and “Made U Look” as his musical history of violence. (The show also displayed some of Nas’ concert footage and videos, plus the scene where Jay-Z gets shot in the video for “99 Problems.”) O’Reilly called Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger “a villain” for allowing Nas to perform.

According to MTV News, Nas scoffed at Bill O’Reilly’s claim, labeling his comments “racist.”

“He doesn’t understand the younger generation. He deals with the past,” Nas continued. “The people he represents are Republican, older, a generation that has nothing to do with the reality of what’s happening now with my generation. ... He’s not really on my radar. People like him are supposed to be taught and people like me are supposed to let niggas like him know. I don’t take him serious. His show is all about getting ratings or whatever. I wouldn’t honor anything Bill O’Reilly has to say. It just shows you what bloodsuckers do: They abuse something like the Virginia Tech [tragedy] for show ratings. You can’t talk to a person like that.”Nas maintained that some of his harsher lyrics are no more rigid than the reality that inspired them.

University officials responded to the comments by saying the announcement of the concert has been getting overwhelmingly positive feedback and that the lineup would not be changed. Despite the controversy, Nas says he was asked by the school to perform and there are many people who would be disappointed if he did not come.

After the concert, which went without any major incident, Nas told reporters he would go on the O’Reilly show to discuss the comments he made.

“Whenever he wants a debate, I’ll go through it. I know Bill O’Reilly’s test scores. I know what he did, what he’s trying to be … I’m a psycho. I’m an American psycho. [Addressing O’Reilly:] “Come to Queensbridge, [record your show] out there. Come to Jamaica, Queens [New York]. Do a show in Red Hook [Brooklyn, New York].” ... I ain’t got no time to talk to a uncivilized savage. This man will go through all kinds of extremes for publicity. I will tell him I’m an American psycho, I’m his worst nightmare. “They Shootin’ ” is just the beginning.”

“I don’t downplay nothing, that’s who I am. When he wants to come holla at me, be ready for Hannibal Lecter. He don’t deserve an intelligent explanation. I’ll bite his nose off! He wants to talk to me like a animal? I will be — but only to him. With everybody else I’ll be a gentleman, including his wife. That’s right — I’m crazy. That’s how we should be to him. He isn’t here to help us, and we don’t need his help.

If Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to VA Tech, he’s gonna come dressed like the Terminator? [O’Reilly] would never say that about Arnold Schwarzenegger. But he’ll say that to me because he’s ignorant.”


Damon Dash Brings Infamous Harlem Drug Lord, Nicky Barnes, To The Big Screen

Damon Dash has partnered with Magnolia Films to bring the true life story of notorious drug kingpin Nicky Barnes to the big screen with Mr.Untouchable

The documentary, which will be released in theatres on October 19, traces the rise and fall of the infamous Harlem drug lord during the heroin epidemic of the 1970's. The film's name derives from the headline "Mister Untouchable" that accompanied Barnes' photo when he appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 1977, followed by the sub-text that read "This is Nicky Barnes. New York police say he's the biggest drug dealer in Harlem. But can they prove it?"

The movie, directed by Marc Levin (Whiteboyz, Brooklyn Babylon, Slam), features music by DJ Hi Tek. The flick also offers commentary from Barnes, his ex-wife, Thelma Grant, former members of his crime organization, "The Council," reporters, attorneys and officers from various law enforcement agencies who worked to convict Barnes.

Mr. Untouchable opens in theatres on October 19


Diddy Responds To MTV Over Banned Unforgivable Fragrance Commercial

As previously reported, a new TV commercial for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ popular fragrance, Unforgivable, has been deemed too hot for the airwaves by MTV executives.

According to the New York Post, the cable network has asked Diddy to make some edits that would allow them to air the spot, but so far the Bad Boy boss refuses to make the changes. The commercial features Diddy and model Jessica Gomez getting hot and heavy in a hotel room and stairwell.

In the scenes, Diddy is shown pulling up Gomez’s skirt and putting his hands under her dress. Another shot features a woman holding Gomez’s breast and pulling down her underwear. In 2006, Diddy faced a similar backlash over a print ad for Unforgivable that pictured him lying in bed with two women.

Now that MTV has refused to air the spot, Diddy is releasing the commercial on the Internet in protest. “I feel strongly that this movie needs to be viewed and judged by the public rather than by executives,” Diddy says. “Some people may be uncomfortable with the sensuality and sexual content, but it is important for them to make that decision personally. Since we launched the Sean John brand 10-years-ago, we have taken chances and done many non-traditional things. This three minute movie is no different; it will revolutionize the way people view fragrances forever.”

Former Da Band Member, Dylan, Inks New Deal; Preps Solo Debut

Last time we heard from Da Band's Dylan, he was getting kicked out of the group on MTV's "Making The Band 2" back in 2004, and it looked it it was over for the rapper/reggae artist.

Now, it's three years later, and after continuing to push his music, he announced earlier this August, that he has inked a record deal with Uprising Records.

"After a small bidding war and weighing out some labels, and others not having faith, I have officially signed with Uprising Records," Dylan DilinJah wrote on his official Myspace page.

Although Uprising is more known for releasing albums from rock artists over the years, Dylan says he is happy with his choice -- because of the freedom he has there.

"They have been a rock label for years and even helped 'bus' Fall Out Boy the first time out," he explained. "I have plenty control, respect and freedom here, as well as the money being right and feeling like a priority."

As far as his highly publicized falling out with Diddy, Dylan acts as if there is no hard feelings and even thanks him for the opportunity he gave him, as well as MTV.

"I remember P. Diddy's last words on the last season of 'Making The Band 2' regarding me.... he said 'It's on Dylan now... Dylan is in the driver seat now.. whatever he wants to do... it will be on him.' I'm on my own. And I thank you Diddy," Dylan wrote on his blog. "Thank you MTV, thank you to the family at Uprising Records."

"This is day 1 of my real solo career, so let's move forward," he continued.

Dylan is currently in Los Angeles putting the finishing touches on his solo debut, tentatively titled No Regrets, which currently has no official date of release.

But, a release titled Reborn, which is a mixtape hosted Tasha Rozez, may hit the streets by the end of September.


Marc Ecko Buys Barry Bonds 756th Home Run Ball

Hip-Hop mogul Marc Ecko (ECKO Clothing, Complex Magazine) bought Barry Bonds 756th home run ball last Saturday (Sept. 15) for $752,467 at Sotheby's/SCP auctions.

Starting today, fans can go www.vote756.com and choose to give the ball to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, permanently brand the ball with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown or put the ball on a rocket ship and launch it into space.

"We all have opinions about this ball," Ecko said. "Some feel it is a piece of history that belongs in the Hall of Fame. Others believe it is the embodiment of a cheating culture - not just in baseball, but in professional sports generally."

Bonds broke Hank Aaron's home record of 755 on August 7 in San Francisco.

"I bought this baseball to democratize the debate over what to do with it and allow the public to decide," Ecko explained.