J HOOD GIVES HIS DEFINITION OF LOYALTY WITH IN HIS PREVIOUS RELATIONSHIP WITH D-BLOCK.
HE DISCUSSES ALL D-BLOCK FORMER ARCH RIVALS SUCH AS ROCAFELLA,G-UNIT, BEANIE SIGEL.
HE ALSO MENTIONS BEING ON D BLOCK FOR 6 YEARS AND NOT DROPPIN AN ALBUM
Sep 28, 2007
Tony Yayo Associate Arrested in Queens Drug Sweep
The Queens, NY District Attorney’s office recently announced the arrest of Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, a self proclaimed member of 50 Cent’s G-Unit crew, during a massive drug sweep in the Far Rockaway section of Queens.
According to the DA’s office, Lowell was a lieutenant in a local faction of the Bloods street gang that ran a large-scale, multi-county narcotics trafficking operation.
Authorities claim the gang brought in as much as $15,000 per week from their distribution of narcotics throughout Queens and surrounding areas. A total of 34 alleged Bloods gang members and their associates were also nabbed in the sweep, including Robert “Dead Eye” Baley, an aspiring rapper and purported leader of the crew.
In May, Fletcher was charged with menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and assault in connection with the alleged assault by Tony Yayo of G-Unit rival Jimmy “Henchmen” Rosemond’s 14 year-old son.
According to police reports, Fletcher stands accused of flashing a handgun at the boy. Yayo, who was also charged in the incident, and claims he has a witness who can clear his name, is due back in court on October 30.
Kanye West's Mom Says Her Son Is Comparable To Jesus Christ
In a recent interview with the Baltimore Sun, Donda West, Kanye West's mother, said her son was comparable to Jesus Christ.
"Kanye keeps it real," she said. "He touches the people. You never know how words can save a person's life, physically or otherwise. People like Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi or, in my view, Barack Obama, or Jesus Christ — people whose job it is to tell the truth — I see that in Kanye. Now, people like you are gonna go, 'Oh, Kanye's mom said he's like Jesus!' but ... when you have a gift, you didn't get it by yourself. ... Your truth is your truth."
Donda was in town promoting her new book "Raising Kanye" which chronicles her time raising Kanye West as a single mother.
Kanye West's new album "Graduation" is in stores now.
Diddy's Banned Unforgivable TV Ad Gets Ok In U.K.
Despite it being banned in the U.S. for being "too raunchy," Diddy's TV commercial for Unforgivable Woman fragrance line has been given the go in the U.K. -- but only after 9 p.m.
According to the MediaGuardian.co.uk, the TV ad will launch on Friday night (September 28) at 9.45p.m. on Channel 4.
The clip details Diddy's encounter with a glamorous model (played by Jessica Gomez) in a hotel lobby in New York. Across the bar, they catch eyes then head off for a night of steamy passion.
After U.S. television executives banned the commercial and ordered it to be edited before it would air, Diddy responded by saying he refused to edit the clip and leaked it to the internet instead.
"I feel strongly that this movie needs to be viewed and judged by the public rather than by executives," he said in a statement. "Some people may be uncomfortable with the sensuality and sexual content, but it is important for them to make that decision personally."
The perfume is the latest from Sean John Fragrances, a division of Estee Lauder.
Mary J. Blige Releasing New Album "Growing Pains" Nov. 27
Mary J. Blige will release her new album "Growing Pains" November 27.
The album's first single, "Just Fine", was unveiled yesterday (Sept. 27). The song was produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Jazze Pha.
Little information about the new LP has been release but it will feature contributions by Sean Garrett, Rodney Jerkins and Bryan-Michael Cox.
Mary's last album, "The Breakthrough", sold 2.96 million units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Young Buck Readies Cashville Records Comp, Jewelry Line
G-Unit's Young Buck is currently gearing up for the first release off his Cashville Records imprint.
The compilation, titled Young Buck Presents: Product of the South, will feature new music from artists on the Memphis rapper's label, which included 615, C-Bo and Tupac's homies, the Outlawz.
The first single off the set is "Driving Down The Freeway," featuring the Outlawz.
Buck (born David Brown) is also preparing for the launch off his jewelry and apparel line called David Brown Clothing. Fans can take a peek at his upcoming brand at davidbrownclothing.com
A release date for Young Buck Presents: Product Of The South has yet to be determined.
Bay Area Vet, B-Legit, Preps Throwblock Muzic
Bay Area veteran, B-Legit, is returning with a new album after a nearly two year hiatus from the game. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming release, Throwblock Muzic.
The 16 track offering will be introduced by the first single, "Hands On Them Knees." The rest of the album will feature guest appearances by the likes of Bay Area superstars such as E-40, Mac Dre, and Clyde Carson, while producers like Mike Mosely, Goldfingaz, Stix, Troy Sanders and E-A-Ski contributed as well.
Due to these long hours in the studio, B says he had a lot of material to pick and choose from to create this new album. "I stay recording, so I have songs that I love but didn't fit on my last album and don't fit on my new album," he said. "So I took my favorite ones, touched 'em up, recorded some new songs and came up with Throwblock Muzic."
Additionally, some of the tracks that appear on Throwblock Muzic initially appeared on mixtape, but the rapper remixed them and added new artists to each track.
Throwblock Muzic is only the first phase in B-Legit's Block Movement, also the titled his last release in 2005. "My last album hit before the hyphy movement broke," explained B. "I'm known for that classic mob music, so I fell back and went to work. I gave the kids a chance, but now I have to step in and do what I do best. Throwblock Muzic is to hold you over until Block Business."
Throwblock Muzic is slated for release November 20 on SMC Recordings, while Block Business is set for release March 2008.
Since I repped my Virginian Side yesterday, I felt it only right to rep my Cali Side today
1. Keak-welcome to oakland
2. Yukmouth - roll tha dice
3. Bavgate - straight outta oakland
4. Bavgate ft. keak da sneak & mistah fab- i'm rich
5. The team - how beautiful
6. Mistah fab - oakland
7. The whoridas ft. delinquents, bavgate & keak da sneak - east & west oakland
8. J. stalin ft. clyde carson - oakland's home
9. The team ft. keak da sneak - stunna mayne
10. Too $hort ft. casual, richie rich, g-stack & e-mack- oaktown
11. 3x krazy ft. dru down & luniz - pistols blazin
12. Bavgate - west oakland
13. J. stalin - my 808
14. Black mafia ft. mistah fab, geezy & g-stack - o.a.k.
15. The team - grow up
16. Richie rich - side show
17. Dru down ft. yukmouth - rescue 911
18. Mistah fab ft. bavgate & g-stack- n.e.w. oakland
19. Too $hort - fuck my car
20. Yukmouth - i'm on the run
Have you experienced lately how offering a little kindness can refresh your very soul? All around you are opportunities to do just that.
Kindness is its own reason. Kindness is its own reward.
Are you weary from all the anxiety, frustration, worry, anger and confusion that seem to continually build up within your life? A little kindness can quickly help to melt all that away.
You can tell people all day long that you really care, and many will still not believe you. Yet give some genuine kindness on a regular basis and you won't have to tell them anything; they'll know.
Are you strong enough and confident enough to give of yourself out of pure kindness? Just do it, and you'll discover that you are indeed.
There can never be too much kindness in the world. Create some more today, and find real joy in its warm glow.
-- Ralph Marston
This is part 1 of an interview with J Hood prior to the comments made by Sheek in XXL. He speaks on his relationship with 50 Cent, his D-Block situation and the comments made by Funkmasterflex.
Sep 27, 2007
Timbaland Calls Dr. Dre His "Daddy"; Talks Jay-Z, Missy Elliott
In a recent interview with MTV News, producer Timbaland talked about his "daddy" Dr. Dre:
"I gotta go against my daddy," he said Friday from the ABC studios in New York, where the super-producer is filming a guest spot for the soap opera "One Life to Live." "I call [Dr.] Dre my daddy. To make it be some talk, I gotta go against my big brother. He's my big brother. [Who are] the two quarterbacks? Peyton Manning and Eli? When they have to go against each other, it's like, 'Do I really wanna go against my big brother?' Dre is my mentor. That would drive people to the stores. Like, 'Oh snap, Tim and Dre!' That would be big. I asked Jay-Z who he would go against. He said, 'The only person I would go against is my other homeboy: my friend Eminem."
Timbaland also talked about getting involved with Jay-Z's new project "American Gangster":
"He wants me to do the next single," Tim said. "He just does it for fun. We talked about [his next album]. He says it's just a hobby, ain't nothing else to do. When a person tells you that, what you supposed to say? 'You crazy'? He said, 'I don't wait for nothing. I'm there. I'm doing it for the love of music.' What am I supposed to say? 'You wack for doing it'? ... Some people think Jay fell off. Or he's just over people's head. I think that's what it is. That's another thing: It could hurt him or it could make him be not the legend he is. That's the only thing I'm scared of for my friend."
Timbaland went on to discuss working on Missy Elliott's much anticipated new album. "I probably won't do the whole thing 'cause I gotta get my own thing up and poppin'," he said, referring to his Mosley Music Group label. "I can't make [Missy's recording home] Atlantic [Records] money. Nothing personal. We had a time and a crazy run, but I gotta get my own indie label poppin'."
Ja Rule Says Homophobic Statements "Taken Out Of Context"
After being shunned by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for statements that they felt to be offensive and prejudice, Ja Rule is shedding light on his stance on homosexuality.
As previously reported, the rapper recently spoke with Complex magazine to express his feelings on the congressional hearings aimed hip- hop's lyrical content and imagery. During the interview, Rule said he believed MTV's dating shows were more damaging to Amercian youth than rap music.
"Lets talk about all these f--king shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can't watch this sh-t," he said. "Dating shows that's showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let's talk about s--t like that! If that's not f--king up America, I don't know what is."
"No fair-minded person can look at Ja Rule's interview with Complex magazine and believe for one second that his children could be more harmed by what they might see on television than by the vulgarity and prejudice that comes out of their father's mouth," GLAAD responded via a statement.
Now, Rule is taking the opportunity to put an end to what he feels is an unfair portrayal of his actual views towards homosexuality.
"I'm a very avid speaker for all people's rights and people having their own preference," the rapper told Spinner.com. "I was taken out of context. My statement was more about where our mind state is as a people. We're focused on the wrong things like, our country is at war right now. These things are more of a problem to me. Like another case I just read about -- young ladies being raped by six white men. These are the stories that should be popping up on my TV screen. That's what I was talking about, and somehow it got spun into some other sh-t."
When asked how he would feel if one of his own children told him that they were gay, Ja said he would still love them.
"That's their own preference," he replied. "I'm going to love them regardless. I have relatives that are homosexuals and, you know, they come over for Christmas, hang out. It's something that starts with us. That's why my album is named 'The Mirror' because everybody has to look at themselves and take it upon themselves to educate."
"It's my responsibility to educate my children, not the TV," he continued. "I think a visual is more influential than audio, but that goes without being said. You know, that's the world we live in and people are tight in the collar about a lot of issues."
The Queens-bred rapper also responded to a question asking his stance on gay marriage by saying, "It's really not my business. I really could care less. It's not something that bothers me."
Ja will be releasing his seventh solo album The Mirror in November via Mpire/Murder Inc. /Universal Motown Records. The album features guest appearances from Lil' Wayne and The Game with production supplied by the Top Dawg team.
Young Joc Denies Chain Snatching Reports
Young Joc has shut down reports that his massive H pendant and rope chain were snatched off his neck during a brawl at a MOBO award after party.
According to early reports, Joc and T Pain were involved in in a melee at a post-MOBO party at the Crystal Club, which doubled as Yung Joc’s birthday bash.
“A fight broke out and T-Pain jumped in to save the necklace but he couldn’t stop the thief running off.” Said A witness.
Young Joc however claims thats not what happened.
“Pain was talking to this chick and this big football-player-looking dude came up. He was big as hell” Joc tells MTV News.
“The dude grabbed her arm and she was like, `I’m not leaving…’ The next thing you know, the dude started talking s**t to Pain. The dude poured his wine out and… I looked back at my security (guard), gave him my chain.
He put it in my case and handed it to (manager) Rico. “Then the dude hit T-Pain’s partner in the head with a glass in his hand.” The attacker attempted to flee the club but was stopped by a member of T-Pain’s entourage – and a fight broke out.
But Joc’s $150,000 jewellery was kept safe throughout: “The craziest part about this is I’ve never seen so much hype about a piece of jewellery.”
Pharrell Williams Serves As Consulting Producer On New ABC Series
Pharrell Williams has signed on to be a consulting producer on the new ABC series Limelight.
Limelight follows students and teachers at a performing arts school in New York, similar to the one Williams attended while growing up in Virginia.
The series makes its way to ABC after an intense bidding war between rival networks Fox and CW.
"This project reminded me a lot of my own life growing up, coming from a different environment where we stuck out for having abilities that we later learned, after attending a school like this, were actually gifts and talents," Williams told Variety. "The moral DNA for this project is that it's OK to dream, but to bring it to fruition requires hard work."
One of the show's Executive Producer's is McG who has directed videos for Cypress Hill, Korn, Wyclef Jean, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth.
"Pharrell is the ultimate embodiment of credibility in this space," McG added. "He attended a performing arts high school and went on to become the most prolific producer of our generation."
Limelight is still in development with the network.
Trina’s New Single, “Single Again” Stolen from the Studio
Trina’s record label, Slip-N-Slide Records, announced yesterday (September 26) that the Miami rapper’s new single, called “Single Again,” had recently been stolen from the studio.
Although it is unclear who leaked the track, it is believed to have been stolen from a computer hard drive and distributed across the internet via a mass email. “This mishap is extremely unfortunate [and the] official “Single Again” track featuring Trina by herself will be re-released the proper way by the end of the week,” said Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas in a statement. “I am thankful that nothing else was taken from the computer, I guess we can look at this as a bizarre experience and move forward with upcoming Trina’s project.”
Trina herself was said to be “in shock.” The Baddest Chick’s new album, Da Baddest Chick Pt. 2: Reloaded, is due out in February of 2008.
Wyclef Signs on for MTV and Clinton Global Initiative Youth Activism Event
Wyclef has signed on to co-headline an upcoming event organized by MTV and former President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative.
On Saturday, September 29 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, there will be a roundtable discussion with an interactive Q&A session featuring participants including President Clinton and U2’s Bono. Immediately following the discussion, Clef, Alicia Keys and Shakira will put on an all-star concert for attendees.
The purpose of the gathering, called Giving - Live at the Apollo, is to encourage youth activism and facilitate a discussion about ways to improve the lives of people living in the poorest communities across the globe. The concert and roundtable will be webcast live on Think.MTV.com, ONE.org and keepachildalive.org.
A special feature with highlights from the evening will later air on MTV, mtvU and MTV Tr3s.
Gucci Mane Responds to “Unauthorized” Release of Trap-A-Thon Album
Gucci Mane has issued a statement in response to what he says was the unauthorized release of his 2006 album Trap-A-Thon by Big Cat Records on September 25.
According to Gucci, the album, which was recorded following his release from prison in 2006, was released without his approval. The Atlanta rapper signed with Big Cat in 2005 and released his controversial single “So Icy” with them later that year.
The Trap-A-Thon LP features an early version of Gucci’s current hit “Freaky Gurl,” which will also appear on Gucci’s upcoming Back To The Traphouse album on Asylum Records.
Gucci’s statement is as follows:
“It has come to my attention that my former record label, Big Cat, is
trying to put out an unauthorized release of my music. Not only was this
done with out my approval, but the music they are trying to release is
unfinished and does not represent who I am today as an artist. I ask my
fans not to support this release and instead wait for the official Gucci
Mane, Back To The Traphouse album coming out on my label So Icey
Entertainment/Czar/ Asylum/Atlantic Records on November 13th, and if anyone needs to book me for a show or get in contact with me they should only call the So Icey offices.”
Kanye West Goes Platinum, 50 Cent Plays Catch-Up, Chamillionaire Debuts In The Top 10
In this week's Hip-Hop & R&B Charts, Kanye West and 50 Cent face second week sales slump, while Chamillionaire jumps into charts race.
After debuting at the top spot last week, Kanye West slides one slot to No. 2. While Graduation attained platinum status this week, it suffered a 76% drop in sales, selling 225,900 CDs compared to last week's 957,000. According to the Nielsen's SoundScan the album the album has sold 1,183,700 copies so far.
Also slipping a spot is 50 Cent who lands at No. 3. Curtis shifted 142,900 discs this week - a 79% drop from last week - pushing the total numbers of the G-Unit boss' latest album to 835,300.
Entering the charts at No. 8 is Chamillionaire with his new CD Ultimate Victory. The set, which features appearances from Lil' Wayne, Slick Rick and Devin The Dude, hustled 79,300 copies in its first week.
Debuting at No. 10 is Chicago rapper Twista with his seventh album, Adrenaline Rush 2007. The set pulled in 40,700 copies in its first go-around. The album features appearances from R, Kelly, T-Pain, Pharrell and Cee-Lo, among others.
Four spots down is Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas at No. 14. Dutchess continues to keep hang tough as it shelves off 34,900 discs this week, bringing the album's total to 2,714,000.
Former *NSYNC front man Justin Timberlake slips eight slots to No. 18. 32,100 discs of the FutureSex/LoveSounds were purchased this week, bringing the album's total numbers to 3,635,300 after 54 weeks.
Virginia-bred producer Timbaland trips fifteen spots to No. 28. His solo effort, Shock Value, reels in 22,600 units this week, bringing the album's total sales to 664,600.
Right behind him is Def Jam princess Rihanna. Good Girl Gone Bad rounds up its seven day cycle with 22,200 CDs sold. To date, the set has scanned 684,400 discs.
British crooner Amy Winehouse plunges thirteen spots to No. 33. Back To Black rings out 20,700 discs this week, pushing the disc's total sales to 1,199,000.
T.I., the self proclaimed "King Of The South," stumbles sixteen slots to No. 35. T.I. Vs T.I.P garners 19,200 in sales this week. To date, the album has sold 1,072,300 copies.
Chicago representative Common plummets twenty three spots to No. 40. His seventh effort, Finding Forever, sold 16,100 copies in its 8th week. The album's tally stands at 369,500.
Florida rapper Plies slumps seventeen spots to No. 41. Real Testament cashes out 16,000 discs this week, bringing the record's total sales to 244,300.
Ten steps below is T-Pain at No. 51. Epiphany reins in 13,100 discs this go-around and after 16 weeks the album has sold 663,800 copies.
Meandering eighteen spots to No. 55 is Akon. Konvicted lugs in 12,800 copies this week, pushing the album's total sales to 2,671,300.
Sean Kingston nosedives twenty slots to No. 59 . His self titled album checks out 12,300 copies this week. After 8 weeks, the album has sold 231,500 copies.
Rick Ross' Rise To Power, an album featuring material that the Miami rapper recorded at Suave House Records before he signed to Def Jam, debuts at No.62. The set, which features tracks from Clipse and Big Duke Of Boyz N Da Hood , scoops up 11,600 in its first week out.
Bad Boy rapper Yung Joc continues to struggle as he sinks thirty spots No. 65. Hustlenomics only bags up 10,700 in its fourth week on the charts. So far, the album has sold 124,800 copies.
Also going through a tough time to stay afloat is Talib Kweli who falls thirty eight spots to No. 66. Ear Drum hauls in 10,700 this week, pushing the album's total sales to 129,200 copies.
UGK topples twenty eight spots to No. 68. Underground Kingz shelved off 10,400 discs this week. Thus far, the album has sold 327,200 copies.
Further down at No. 74 is Fabolous. From Nothing To Something shells out 9,100 copies this week. After fifteen weeks, the album has sold a total of 466,800 copies.
Ne-Yo dips twenty spots to No. 80. Because Of You shifts 8,300 copies this week, bringing the album's total sales to 802,400. Eight seats away is Robin Thicke at No. 88. Evolution of Robin Thicke rings out 7,600 discs this week, pushing the album's total sales to 1,417, 700 copies. Wrapping up the Top 100 is boy band B5. The group, who debuted at No. 27 last week, collapse sixty eight spots to No. 95. Their sophomore effort, Don't Talk, Just Listen ropes in 7,000 CDs this week. So far, the album has sold 25,600 copies.
Next week look for Keyshia Cole, Jill Scott, will.i.am and Gorilla Zoe to make an appearances on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.
Celebrate what's working
Out of necessity, you often focus on the things in your life that are not working as well as you'd like them to be. It pays to also consider, appreciate and celebrate the vastly large number of things that are working just great.
Occasionally you'll turn the key in the ignition and your car won't start, causing hassles, frustration and delays. Yet how very many more times do you have cause to be thankful when you turn the key, the car starts right up, and you drive quickly and safely to your destination?
The problems and the pains may at times seem to be overwhelming. Keep in mind though, that the only reason you notice them at all is because they are so relatively rare.
The news each day may appear to be all bad news. However, what qualifies anything to be news is the fact that it is highly unusual.
In the normal course of life, there are so very many things which work just fine that you only notice a small fraction of them all. Open your awareness to more of them, seek to be more genuinely thankful for them, and you'll connect more fully to their immensely positive power.
Celebrate what's working in your life and in your world, and those few things that are not working will hardly be able to even slow you down. Celebrate what's working, and it will increasingly work even better for you.
-- Ralph Marston
Sep 26, 2007
According to a statement from a Bad Boy representative to AOL’s Black Voices, Diddy is looking to expand and relocate the business to a different location in the city.
“Bad Boy is seeking a larger footprint for the restaurant in the New York City area, as the size and location of the restaurant no longer fit the Justin’s brand,” the statement said. “The company sees the larger Justin’s Restaurant in Atlanta, which takes up most of a city block, as the prototype for the new New York City location. Bad Boy representatives are evaluating a number of options for a larger space in some of New York City’s prime traffic areas.”
Combs launched Justin’s, which is named after his first son, in 1997. In 1998, he followed up with the Atlanta location, which is still open for business at 2200 Peachtree Rd.
Incarcerated Witness Says He Lied About LAPD Link To Notorious B.I.G. Murder
The wrongful death suit of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. just got a little more complicated recently, when a prison inmate who had implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the shooting of the rapper renounced his story, making the unsolved case even that more of a mystery.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Waymond Anderson, who is serving a life term for murder, said in a recent deposition that he lied about LAPD involvement in the Notorious B.I.G. murder as part of a "scam" to benefit from large monetary settlement out of the city.
That's not all either. He also accused the rapper's family and its lawyer of participating in the scheme and offering to pay him for false testimony implicating the LAPD.
He said he had been offered a percentage of any settlement received if he testified that former Los Angeles Officer, Rafael Perez, had told him that another ex-officer, David Mack, was involved in the murder.
"I don't know David Mack, I don't know Rafael Perez," Anderson said to lawyers representing relatives of the slain rapper, according to the paper.
He also said he was asked to lie in court about both former officers by the family's lawyer, Perry R. Sanders Jr., who calls the notion "100%, demonstrably false."
"This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury," Sanders responded in an interview, said the paper.
Sanders disputed Anderson's accusations, claiming he was acting in support of Times reporter, Chuck Philips, who has written extensively about the Biggie murder, including articles that raised questions about the theory that LAPD officers were involved.
The Times reports that Philips had an article published earlier this year in the Times that cast doubt on Anderson's conviction in a 1993 arson-murder. Following the article, Anderson filed a writ of habeas corpus seeking his release.
Sanders said Anderson "clearly would like to please Mr. Philips, because he's singing his song, first, second and third verse and certainly the chorus."
Phillips called Sanders' theory "idiotic." "This guy clearly doesn't understand what an investigative reporter does for a living," he said. "I don't make up stories, I report them."
Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace) rose to fame as the flagship artist for Diddy's Bad Boy Records. He was gunned down during a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, shortly after leaving a music industry party in March of 1997. He was only 24 years of age.
The Game Pleads Not Guilty To 3 Felony Charges
The Game appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Tuesday (September 25), where he pleaded not guilty to three felony charges -- stemming from an incident that took place during a basketball game at a South Los Angeles school in February.
The 27-year-old rapper (real name: Jayceon Taylor) is charged with making criminal threats, possession of a firearm in a school zone and exhibiting a firearm on the grounds of a facility for minors.
He is accused of brandishing a firearm during after an argument took place with a player from an opposing basketball team at the Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex on February 24.
According to his accuser, Rodrick Shannon, The Game exchanged words with him, calling his team "garbage" before striking him with a closed fist to the face.
Shannon testified that The Game then went to the parking lot and saw the rapper reach into a Cadillac Escalade and brandish a firearm.
"He started proceeding towards me. The gun was still in his hand. He yelled that I'm a ... fool. I turned around and ran because I feared for my life," Shannon testified.
He was arrested in May for the charges, after police raid his upscale Glendale, California home.
The Game is currently free on $50,000 bail, with a pretrial hearing set for October 30.
If convicted, he could face more than five years in prison.
Documentary on Darryl “DMC” McDaniels Search for His Adopted Parents Wins Emmy Award
Last night in New York City, DMC: My Adoption Journey—a documentary chronicling Darryl “DMC” McDaniels search for his adopted parents—was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming.
Congressional Hearings Focus On Language and Violence In Rap Music
Master P and David Banner both testified at a Congressional hearing held in Washington, D.C. earlier today (September 24) to discuss the lyrical content and imagery of African-American women in hip-hop.
As previously reported, the hearing, titled "From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degradation," was put together by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, to examine the music industry's practices as it relates to explicit and controversial content.
According to The Associated Press, the hearing was also attended by Georgetown University Professor and Author Michael Eric Dyson, representatives of the National Congress of Black Women and top industry executives including Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Alfred Liggins III of Radio One, chief executive officer of Radio One, Edgar Bronfman Jr. chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group and Philippe Dauman, president & CEO of Viacom, which owns such cable networks as MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and BET.
During the hearing, music videos showing scantily clad women were played and the uses of the word "b***h", "h*e" and 'ni**a' were discussed.
"This hearing is not anti-hip-hop. I am a fan of hip-hop," Rush, who was known for founding the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers during the 1960s, said. "[But] there is a need to address the issue of violence, hate and degradation that has reduced too many of our youngsters to automatons."
All parties seemed to disagree on who was to blame for the offensive material but they all opposed government censorship as a solution.
David Banner took the panel in hip-hop's defense saying the culture shouldn't be blamed for society ills.
"If by some stroke of the pen hip-hop was silenced, the issues would still be present in our communities," he said. "Drugs, violence and the criminal element were around long before hip-hop existed."
Master P, who chose to clean up his lyrics this year, told the panel he plans to continue to release non-explicit music and hopes his peers will follow suit.
"I just made the music that I feel, not realizing I'm affecting kids for tomorrow," explained the No Limit founder. "So if I can do anything today to change this, I'm going to take a stand and do that."
E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, said the entertainment industry should be held accountable.
"We have allowed greedy corporate executives - especially those in the entertainment industry - to lead many of our young people to believe that it is OK to entertain themselves by destroying the culture of our people," she said.
Industry executives argued that they go out of their way to edit material that may be deemed offensive but they are not in the business of censorship.
"We have a responsibility to speak authentically to our viewers," said Dauman. "[But] we also believe that it is not our role to censor the creative expression of artists."
Russell Simmons was asking for a bit too much preceding a speech Monday afternoon in New York.
In honoring Project Red co-founder Bobby Shriver with the 2007 Advertising Person of the Year award, the hip hop mogul asked if it would be okay to use his usual term of endearment in reference to the Kennedy cousin, "my ni**a," reports the New York Post.
When told no, Simmons said, "You're right. There are too many white people in this room."
Shriver was also roasted by his brother-in-law Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the event held at the Metropolitan Club.
Project Red is the groundbreaking marketing initiative that marries the private sector with the buying power of the public to generate a sustainable flow of funds towards the fight to eliminate AIDS in Africa. So far it has $45 million to fight disease on the continent.
After eating dinner with Rev. Al Sharpton at famed Harlem restaurant Sylvia's recently, Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly told his radio audience he "couldn't get over the fact" that there was no difference between the black-run Sylvia's and white-run restaurants.
"It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense of people were sitting there, and they were ordering and having fun," he said. "And there wasn't any kind of craziness at all.... There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M.F.-er, I want more iced tea .'"
O'Reilly also said his fellow patrons were 'tremendously respectful' as he ate dinner with Sharpton.
The liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America called attention to the questionable quotes by distributing a transcript and audio clip on the Internet.
Both Fox News and O'Reilly believe O'Reilly is simply a victim of a left-wing smear campaign, and he was misquoted and misunderstood.
Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Paul Waldman appeared this morning (Sept 26 ) on NBC's Today show to discuss the controversy generated by the comments. When asked for his reaction to O'Reilly's defense of being "taken out of context", Waldman replied, "If Bill O'Reilly got caught robbing a bank he would say he was taken out of context"
Busta Rhymes & Ludacris Motivate Fans With Free Concert
Boost Mobile RockCorps is set to give back to thousands of youth volunteers across New York with an exclusive concert featuring some of hip-hop and rock's biggest names.
The show, which will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on October 6, will be the reward for over 5,000 youth volunteers who committed 4 hours of community service in order to earn tickets for the performance. Concert-goers will be treated to performances by Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and Fabolous, as well as rock favorites The Red Jumpsuit, Apparatus and Angels & Airwaves.
Previously hosting concerts in Los Angeles, Oakland, Miami, Atlanta, Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Portland, and Philadelphia, the N.Y. concert will mark the end of the 2007 Boost Mobile RockCorps U.S. tour. Formed in 2005, the organization has helped motivate youth to volunteer over 100,000 hours of community service this year alone, including school and playground renovations, environmental initiatives and food drives.
Those interested in volunteering through the program can log onto www.boostmobilerockcorps.com.
Keyshia Cole Drops Sophomore Set, Plans In-Store Promo Tour
Keyshia Cole, who released her highly anticipated album Just Like You yesterday (September 25), will be hitting the road to promote the new disc.
In support of the new album, which features guest appearances from Missy Elliot, T.I., Lil' Kim, Diddy, Anthony Hamilton and hometown homeboy Too $hort, Cole will be making several special in-store appearances around the country. The first, which took place yesterday in New York City at Union Square's Virgin Megastore, will be followed by three other appearances in Washington, D.C, Atlanta and Chicago.
In related news, the R&B star recently revealed to Essence magazine that she left her former group in exchange for a ticket to solo stardom.
"Well, actually, I was gonna be in a group with these two girls," admits Keyshia. "We were in Los Angeles and we were working with Damon Elliot, who is Dionne Warwick's son, and he was like, 'Keysh, if you wanna sign with the girl group, you can; but I'll sign you solo.' And I was like; 'I'd rather be solo because I do everything in the group anyway. They're just pretty.' We were gonna get, like, a $30,000 advance and split it ten/ten/ten. But I figured, 'Why should I give them my $20,000 when I can get it myself?' So I told them, 'I'm sorry, but I can't.' Then I recorded a couple songs with Damon and one of them was (the hit single) 'Love.'"
Just Like You is in stores now on Geffen Records.
Here is a complete list of Cole's remaining in-store appearances:
Wednesday, September 26
Time: 6 P.M.
Where: Downtown Locker Room
1060 Brentwood Road, NE
Washington , DC20018
Friday, September 28
Time: 6 P.M.
Where: Best Buy Edgewood
1210 Caroline Street
Atlanta , GA30307
Saturday, September 29
Time: 2 P.M.
Where: Downtown Locker Room
205 West 87th street
Chicago , IL60620
What are the odds?
The only time probability matters is when you have no influence or control over the situation, such as in the random roll of dice or the spin of a roulette wheel. For everything else, it's not the odds that make the real difference; it's what you actually do.
What are the odds of succeeding in a particular profession given your background? What are the odds contracting a particular disease?
Actually, for things like these the odds are really meaningless. Any specific outcome depends on your individual situation and on what you choose to do about it.
Those who make the commitment to succeed, and do whatever is necessary, will reach success regardless of what the odds might say. Those who depend solely on the odds to keep them in good health, and don't do anything about it themselves, will not have very good health.
Instead of pursuing things that will merely improve your chances of success, go directly toward the success itself. Keep in mind that the specific results you get are based on your own thoughts and actions, not on the statistical averages.
Rather than letting the odds give you a false sense of confidence or a wall of unwarranted fear, focus on the things you can actually control. Take full responsibility for your own outcomes, and you'll end up going precisely where you choose to go.
-- Ralph Marston
Sep 25, 2007
Kanye West's "Graduation" sold 209,953 copies during its second week in stores experiencing a 77% sales decrease. The total was enough to give Kanye another platinum album with "Graduation".
50 Cent's "Curtis" experienced an 80% sales decrease selling 128,866 copies during its second week in stores. The sales inch 50 closer to platinum.
The week's other two big Hip-Hop releases, Chamillionaire's "Ultimate Victory" and Twista's "Adrenaline Rush 2007", made a minor splash on the charts.
Cham's "Ultimate Victory" debuted at #8 selling 78,039 copies while Twista's "Adrenaline Rush 2007" came in at a disappointing #13 with 38,123.
Roc-A-Wear In Negotitations For Meadowlands Arena Naming Rights
Jay-Z's Roc-A-Wear is in negotiations to secure the naming rights to New Jersey's Meadowlands Arena.
Jay-Z, who owns a portion of the New Jersey Nets, hopes to secure the arena's naming rights which are currently held by Continental Airlines.
Izod and Southpole are also competing for the arena's naming rights.
The Bergen Country Record reports that The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which is handling bids for the naming rights, said a new name for the arena would be chosen as early as October 4th.
The winning bid will hold the naming rights for two years.
The New Jersey Nets move to Brooklyn in 2009.
"Bridging the Gap," a new show on VH1 documenting the process of two rappers from different eras in hip-hop uniting to record a song, is set to premiere next week.
The half-hour show will kick off with two episodes on Monday (October 1), featuring Eve and Queen Latifah recording a song by Miami production team, Cool & Dre, and Snoop Dogg and The Game linking up to craft the track "To The Top."
During the recording of the songs, the aforementioned artists will discuss their lives and how they have influenced each other.
"Bridging the Gap" is the brain child of The Coalition, a multi media firm that represents Eve, Fat Joe, Kelis, Mario and Jadakiss.
"Bridging the Gap has been a labor of love for all of us involved," said Coalition founder Troy Carter via a statement. "Having important artists like Queen Latifah, Snoop, Game, and Eve open up their world's to us and allow us to peek in on these incredible collaborations has been an incredible experience."
In related news, Eve is currently gearing up for the release of her fourth album titled Here I Am. Set to hit shelves via Geffen Records on October 16. The album will feature collaborations with Swizz Beatz, Pharrell, Sean Paul , T.I., Robin Thicke and Timbaland, among others.
"Bridging the Gap" premieres on VH1 on October 1 at 11 P.M.
Twista's latest album Adrenaline Rush 2007 has not received as much publicity as he would have initially wanted. Actually, he's been forced to rethink strategies due to his less than stellar album sales. Now, he's speaking on the state of the industry, why he needs to release another single and why he's hitting the stage with a cause.
"The value of a song isn't the same as it was, say, 20 years ago," he told MTV. "It's just dealing with the competition and what you have to do now. It wasn't this much competition in the beginning stages of rap. With everyone around, it's like, 'Okay, let me put two songs out.' Or, 'Okay, let me put three songs out.' Everyone is trying to top each other so much, you have to put so much more promotion into it now. You actually want to put it out. You want the label to do as much as they could possibly do. If I could have, I would have had videos for 'Whip Game Proper,' 'Creep Fast' and 'Give It Up' before the album dropped. You just have to get as much out of the label as you can."
He's also ready to become involved with the Jena 6 concerts. Recently, Mos Def spoke out against rappers who aren't showing support. Twista agrees.
"I commend Mos for what he's doing. It's definitely time for more rappers to speak their minds, you know what I'm saying? I'm going to be there to show my support. This is stuff that was always paid attention to in the early days of rap. ... You had artists like KRS-One speak up on a conscious level, and I always paid attention to him. 'Cause I was raised in that culture of Hip Hop, and to see it come up again, you just want to be a part of it. Mos Def called out to people, and I felt him. I want to stand up, and I'm a proud, black brother. I'm going to represent. And it ticks me off to see anything come our way negative, especially today with what we went through. So I'm going to play my part, you know?"
Twista's new LP, Adrenaline Rush 2007 is in stores now on Atlantic Records.
Bun B, Lil Boosie and Mike Jones Head to Washington, D.C. for Hip-Hop Summit
UGK’s Bun B, Lil Boosie and Mike Jones will head to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 29 for the Hip-Hop Summit on Financial Empowerment.
UTP Talks Split With Juvenile, How The Shop Boyz Stole Their "Rock Star" Style
Best known for their breakout single "Nolia Clap" in 2004, Juvenile's crew UTP, consisting of rappers Skip and Wacko, looked as if they were the next to blow from Louisiana. UTP talks about moving on without Juvie, how the Shop Boyz stole their rock star persona, and why "they're back like they left something."
With their sophomore disc Back Like We Left Something: Katrina Proof, hitting stores today (September 25) UTP are ready to prove to the world that they're no one-hit wonders.
"We've been trying to get back out but it's been a hard road," Skip said. "That's why we called this album Back Like We Left Something."
"We just went and got our business straight as far as the black and white, the paper work," continues Wacko. "You can be a hot rapper all day but if you ain't got that business straight..."
The duo also got their music straight, with the group's disc boasting guest appearances from Lil' Wayne, Devin the Dude, Rich Boy, Polow Da Don and former group member Juvenile, with whom the fellas say they are still cool.
"We not with Juvie no more, but he's on the album," Wacko said. "We not on the road with Juvie, doing shows with him...we not hardcore beefing like that though. He doing his thing and we doing ours. We not trying to coattail a n***a. This record right here, we got to do what we were feeling. The other album was kinda like Juvie's ideas, besides 'Nolia Clap.' We really didn't get to do us. We put that energy into this one, we put Wacko and Skip in it."
Skip finishes his partner's statement, "At the end of the day we still cool, we'll still holla. We just gotta prove to the world that we can do this, we can make a hit without Juvie being involved."
Though the pair may still be cool with Juvie, they claim that the Shop Boyz, known for their hit single "Party Like A Rockstar" blatantly ripped their style.
"The Shop Boys, they kinda clipped our toes," Wacko said. "They stealing in Atlanta, they stealing. I ain't beefing with them but they know they stealing. They used to come to our sessions when I was recording in Atlanta. We were doing that, wearing rhinestones on our shirts and our Air Force Ones to the club,"
"Ask Shawty [Atlanta based comedian] who created that style in Atlanta and he can tell you who originated that since 2005. They still ain't doing it right, 'cause they wack. The beat and the hook is cool, but them verses, wack."
UTP believes fans will be able to get a glimpse of the originators of the rock star mentality when Wacko releases his compilation Heavy Metal In The Ghetto, Vol. 1 through his own Magnolia Records.
"It ain't even got no cursing, no sexual references and we ain't saying the word ni**a on there," he says. "The swagger is just so tight. When you hear our stuff, you gonna hear who's real and who bit it."
Back Like We Left Something: Katrina Proofis in stores now via Rap-A-Lot/Asylum/Warner Music Group
Bay Area Locals Says 'Thizz' Use Is A Problem Among Teens
According to local Bay Area news channel KPIX, who talked to several people in the area -- including teens, police and rappers -- the heighten use is leading to several problems, even homicides, reports the Oakland Police.
The drug ecstasy is half psychedelic drug and half methamphetamine. Often those who use it experience a heightened sensual awareness, but as the drug has moved from suburban raves to inner city neighborhoods in recent years, police are seeing more homicides related to the drug.
"A lot of our homicides, if you talk to the suspects, a lot of them are under the influence of ecstasy when they're committing these crimes," Oakland Police Homicide Detective Tony Jones told the news channel. "I'm not saying that's the only reason we have a lot of homicides in Oakland, because I’m sure there's other things that contribute to our rate."
Even popular San Francisco rapper, San Quinn, is becoming aware of the increasing problem of ecstasy, and has gone as far as calling it the "new crack." A recovering addict himself, the rapper is worried because the cheap drug is "being introduced into increasingly demoralized inner city neighborhoods."
"Two dollars a pill, like crack was," San Quinn says. "You can get a $2 shot. You can get a $5 pill. And the kids are already mad. They're already walking around with people who they're mourning on their shirt."
Thizzin' is becoming so much of a problem in the Bay Area that police are making it a bigger priority, reports the channel. "We are working with the CHP to train more officers in the Drug Recognition Expert Program," Oakland Assistant Police Chief Dave Kozicki told CBS 5. "This will give them the skills to recognize when people are under the influence of ecstasy, particularly when they are driving under the influence."
Despite the problematic results of the drug, as mentioned, researchers say that their studies of the use of the drug does not cause "violent behavior."
"Our own findings, and those of numerous other studies that we have reviewed, have not reported violent behavior as one of the consequences of ecstasy use," Sheigla Murphy of the Institute for Scientific Analysis said in a statement. "In fact, ecstasy has an international reputation as a 'hug drug' -- a substance that makes people relaxed, friendly, and empathetic."
But, results were unclear when users took several ecstasy pills over the course of an evening, as many teenagers and young adults are doing.
Something telling me that "American Gangster" the album and the movie, is going to be a major problem.
The cure for procrastination
The only cure for procrastination is action. Go beyond wishing, dreaming, considering, debating the options and get busy making it happen.
Yes, it's going to be a little uncomfortable, it's going to involve effort, it's going to require commitment, and you're going to run into difficult challenges. So ask yourself -- do you intend to make it happen or would you rather put it off again and again so that it never gets done?
What gets done is what gets done now. In a little while, in a couple of weeks, in a few years, when you get around to it -- these "somedays" never do come.
It's helpful to substitute the word "never" for someday, for that will force you to confront the issue. Give yourself the choice between doing it now or doing it never, and you'll be much more likely to do it now, if it's truly important to you.
This moment right now is loaded with great value. You can choose to take action, and make that value your own, or you can choose to do nothing and forever leave this moment's bountiful treasure behind.
Decide to accept the tremendous opportunity that is already available to you. Let go of the excuses, and make this the moment you jump into real, effective, purposeful action.
-- Ralph Marston
Sep 24, 2007
my folk over at recognizereal.blogspot.com always send me these funny little skits, and i never get a chance to post them, Then i go around "site-watching" and i find them all over the web, then i'm all "tight faceded", so i thought i would post this one. its actually pretty funny, check them out. tell them L sent you.
DOGS BURIED AT DMX HOME HAD WOUNDS
Serious wounds were discovered on two dogs found buried at an Arizona home owned by rapper DMX, authorities said Saturday.
According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, one of the dogs had bite wounds and another suffered trauma to its abdomen, but exact causes of death have yet to be determined. A third dog carcass had been burned so badly an exam was inconclusive, reports the Associated Press.
The dogs were discovered during an Aug. 24 raid on the rapper’s north Phoenix home following allegations of animal neglect. Authorities also seized 12 live pit bulls, numerous weapons, and about a quarter-ounce of marijuana in a bedroom, Arpaio said.
The sheriff initially said a half-pound of suspected narcotics was found, but tests showed the substance was not illegal drugs.
No charges had been filed against the 36-year-old rapper or anyone else, but Arpaio said that may change.
"Someone's going to have to pay for this," the sheriff told AP. "We have 12 dogs who were abused and three dogs buried in the yard — someone's going to have to pay."
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was traveling overseas and not present during the raid on his home. His lawyer, Murray Richman, said the artist hadn't been there for months and was paying caretakers and veterinarians to care for his animals. Richman on Saturday questioned how the sheriff could connect his client to any alleged animal abuse.
"How do you attribute activities to a person who has not been there, when they have knowledge that other persons have been," Richman said. "Is it because of the celebrity nature?"
Diddy talks about the "Get Money" remix, and more
There's been a lot of hoopla surrounding the remix of 50 Cent's "I Get Money," featuring three of the biggest titans in the game: 50, Jay-Z and Diddy. Was Jay going at LL Cool J? Was Diddy going at Mase? Well, according to the Bad Boy CEO, there was no type of animosity between Forbes' hip-hop cash kings when they got together to record. And he should know: Jay and Fif actually helped him write his verse, he told us.
"Everybody put all the greasy, slick-talk to the side," Diddy explained. "And we all got in the studio and cooked up something real special for the people. That would've been impossible [for us to be dissing anyone] being that we all sat in the same room and everybody helped me out with my verse, to finish it up. ... It just wasn't that type of energy, you know what I'm saying? And the song ain't really taking shots at anybody to be honest. It's really just putting down your status in the game. Everything I said on there I did. I wasn't just ... on top of the Forbes list. I was on the cover of Forbes. You know, 10 years ago, before cats even knew what the magazine was."
Diddy also put to bed any rumors of a rift between him and Elephant Man. Whispers started getting louder that the dancehall artist ran up in the Bad Boy offices in New York and put his hands on Diddy. Apparently, the Energy God wasn't too happy with the progress of his project. But Diddy said don't believe just everything you hear.
"Elephant Man's been in Jamaica," he explained. "He was here and when I was here — you see, I don't have problems like that, to be honest. That sh-- right there, that be happening to other people. That sh-- don't be happening to me. My house is all good and everybody sees the way I handle my problems, you know what I'm saying? You just kind of let it go. Everything don't need to be addressed. You kinda take that approach."
Funkmaster Flex Airs Out Remy Ma & J Hood
World renowned New York City Hip Hop DJ Funkmaster Flex took the time to express his feelings regarding two controversial up & coming artists this past week after the two [artists] appeared alongside 50 Cent on his Five Boroughs promotional tour.
“With Remy—Remy’s a talented young rapper and I know she’s passionate, she wants to make the music and the records. But sometimes there’s not always somebody to blame when you don’t sell. Sometimes people don’t want you.” Flex said.
“Stop blaming Fat Joe for your situation. Nothing stops you from putting your record on CD and burning it and giving it to every dj—if you’re hot you’re gonna get felt if you’re not, you’re not. There’s nobody to blame.” Flex continued.
BET Pits "Hip Hop Vs. America"
BET News will premiere "Hip-Hop Vs. America" this week; a cutting edge three-part program featuring some of the most outspoken voices in the black community, including rappers T.I., Nelly and Chuck D as well as scholars, critics and political leaders.
Hosted by BET personalities Touré and Jeff Johnson, "Hip Hop Vs. America" promises to tackle the controversial music genre from all sides, calling on the opinions of individuals from within the industry, as well as the Black church, academia and the political realm.
Billed as a candid town hall meeting, the program is directed at addressing the current state of hip-hop, touching on such issues as hip-hop's relationship with the streets, snitching, police profiling and brutality as well as images of Black women in rap videos.
"The battle over hip-hop lyrics, images and values is the flashpoint of conflict and debate between almost every division within our community - between men and women, younger and older generations, between economic classes and educational backgrounds," Reginald Hudlin, President of Entertainment at BET said via statement. "Our special relationships with the most important Black thinkers, icons and leaders allow BET to deliver the most complete exploration of this topic on television. This is the first of many Town Halls that BET will convene to address the most pressing issues facing our community."
T.I., Nelly, Chuck D, MC Lyte, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Reverend Al Sharpton, Stanley Crouch, Cornel West, Mike Jones, Master P, Kim Osorio, Valeisha Butterfield, Dr. Ben Chavis, Keith Boykin, Diane Weathers, Jeff Chang, Farai Chideya, Judge Mablean Ephraim, Melyssa Ford and Karrine Steffans all make appearances in the three-part special.
Part I of "Hip Hop vs. America" premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 P.M. and Part II will air Wednesday, September 26 at the same time. The third segment and additional exclusive footage will be available on BET ON BLAST, the network's broadband channel (www.bet.com/ontv), immediately following Part II's airing.
In related news, Master P has agreed to testify at tomorrow's congressional hearing, "From Imus to Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degradation." So far Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller, is expected to be the only rap artist testifying at the congressional hearing.
The decision to take part in the hearings follows plans Master P announced earlier this year to clean up his lyrics. The No Limit founder claims he was inspired to make the change after constantly turning down the radio to avoid racy lyrics while he was around his wife Sonya and their seven kids.
"I used to be part of the problem, but I've matured," Master P told New York's Daily News. "I am not trying to take away anyone's freedom of speech. I'm concerned about the constant use of profanity. And it's time to clean up hip-hop in order to preserve it for the next generation."
Master P and his son Lil' Romeo recently released a clean album called Hip-Hop History as a newly-formed group The Miller Boyz. They received an exclusive deal to sell the profanity-free CD in Wal-Mart.
Scarface Preps Return With Made
Houston rap legend, Scarface, is back. The rapper is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming album, Made, through Rap-A-Lot Records.
The first street single to leak is the ode to the street code to never snitch called "Neva," while "Love You," featuring Lenny Williams, will be the commercially released single and is one of Face's most mind-blowing tracks to date, says the label -- relying heavily on his well versed lyrics, and uncompromising style.
For Made, Face worked with several producers including Knottz, Mr.Lee, The Drum Squad, and N.O. Joe to name a few.
It was the rapper's release of Mr. Scarface Is Back that launched his solo career from the group Geto Boys in 1991. But, it wasn't until 1994 when Scarface released The Diary that he was first certified platinum. In 2002, Scarface would release his last major album, The Fix, which was praised highly by every major music publication -- The Source even gave the album the coveted five mic classic rating.
Now, as he prepares to return to the seen with Made, Face is ready to prove why he is regarded as one of the greatest MCs to come out of the South and in hip-hop period. And also why he is equally skilled at documenting the inner turmoil, self-doubt and repercussions faced by life in the streets.
From the symphonic, but confrontational song "Get Out My Face" to sultry bedroom jam "Boy Meets Girl," the new album continues his legacy.
Made is slated for release on November 27 through Rap-A-Lot Records/Asylum/Warner Music Group .
Lil' Wayne & Ghostface Killah Get Animated For New Season Of "The Boondocks"
Lil' Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah and Cee-Lo Green are all set to lend their voices to the upcoming season of the animated series "The Boondocks."
The controversial show, which is based on the comic strip by Aaron McGruder, centers around a 10-year-old black radical named Huey Freeman, his younger, rap-obsessed, brother Riley (both voiced by Regina King), and their grandfather Robert "Granddad" Freeman (played by John Witherspoon).
Other celebrities who will lend their voices to the second season include Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), Mo'Nique ("The Parkers") and Tichina Arnold ("Everybody Hates Chris"). Mos Def, Xzibit, Charlie Murphy, MTV's Sway and Katt Williams, who all appeared in the debut season, will also be reprising their roles.
Highlights of the upcoming season include the family going to see "Soul Plane 2," A Pimp Named Slickback (voiced by Katt Williams) counseling the Freemans' neighbor who fears he is losing his wife to Usher, and Granddad feuds with a famous rapper named "Thugnificent" who moves into the neighborhood.
The envelope pushing series was a bonafide hit with its debut season , earning a prestigious Peabody Award earlier this year.
''The Boondocks" hits the small screen on October 8 at 11:30 p.m on The Cartoon Network.
Still riding on the success of his album, ‘Food & Liquor’, Lupe Fiasco will be releasing a new album titled, “The Cool” in November. The title track, is a nod to a track of the same name on his debut, which was produced by Kanye West and introduced a character in the song who was a hustler who gets killed and later comes back to life. He actually digs himself out of his own grave.
“[The song ends] with him making a statement to these two kids who put a gun to his head,” Lupe explained. “And he said, ‘Hustler for death, no heaven for a gangster.’ And it kind of ends. No one really knows what happens.”
“So what I decided to do was go back and expand on his story,” Lupe continued. “And I actually went and created other characters around him. It left me the freedom to go outside the realm, I guess, of reality. So I went and got real creative with it. Another character is the Game [not the rapper by the same name], and it’s the personification of the game. Whatever the game may be — the hustle game, the pimp game, the mack game. And there’s another character by the name of the Streets [also not the British rapper], and she’s the personification of the streets. Everything about street life that you fall in love with. So I built up this trio and put a story line to it. But I didn’t do it too heavy, ‘cause I didn’t want to get caught up in chasing this story and sacrifice me doing real records, like a single. But the album is very dark. It kind of focuses on … anyone who digs themselves out of their own grave.”
So far, Lupe said only about five of the album’s tracks will carry on with the concept. He said he wanted to avoid a concept album so he wouldn’t feel pressured to chase the story. But, he explained, the story line traces back to his mixtapes and throughout his first album.
“The little boy from ‘He Say She Say’ [a song from his debut] is actually the Cool,” Lupe said. “The lack of a father, he grows up being brought up by the Game, who acts as his father figure, so he grows up to become the Cool.
“But outside of that, I just made it so it’s also good music. It can be your interpretation of what you want it to be, however you want to enjoy it.”
Lupe concluded that he may put together some type of “guide” to help fans follow along with the story.
Just for the fun of it
Children do it, animals in the wild do it, and you can benefit greatly from it too. One of the best ways to learn and to grow, to improve, and to gain useful, practical experience, is to play.
Playing is not merely for those who are young or irresponsible. Playing is for anyone who seeks to have a fresh perspective on life.
Begin to play, and you become free of prior limitations. When there is no goal or specific focus to the effort, there is no telling what wondrous and valuable things you will discover.
When you're playing and there are no serious consequences on the line, you're free to experiment with lots of different approaches. Spend some time in which the outcome doesn't matter, and the outcome will be that you gain valuable new insight.
You perform at your best when you're doing something you enjoy. Increase your play, and you can significantly improve your work.
Remember always to set aside some time, energy and resources for play. Explore and experience life just for the fun of it, and enjoy the serious benefits that come from being playful.
-- Ralph Marston
Sep 23, 2007
At a recent tour stop, Lil' Wayne announced the return of the original Hot Boy$ group featuring Juvenile, Lil' Wayne, Turk and B.G.
The group's last release was '03's "Let 'Em Burn" and the foursome have battled each other on and off record over the past several years. Currently, Lil' Wayne is the only member of the group signed to Cash Money Records.
The group’s best selling album was ‘99’s “Guerilla Warfare” which went platinum. The album featured the hit single “I Need A Hot Girl”.
No official announcement on the return of the group has been made by Cash Money.
See the annoucement here