According to TMZ, Wayne was arrested early this morning (Saturday, Oct 6, 2007) in Boise, Idaho and was booked at the Sheriff’s office at 7:30 AM local time.
Boise cops say Wayne was arrested immediately following his concert Friday night at Boise’s Qwest Arena. We’re told he was picked up on a felony warrant out of Fulton County, Georgia, for a felony possession of drugs charge. Authorities from Georgia contacted Idaho police and gave them the heads up about the warrant.
Cops tell us he was very cooperative and was arrested without incident. He is still in custody pending an arraignment and extradition hearing which will take place Monday afternoon.
The warrant stems from an August 14, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia when Wayne was arrested for drug possession.
In that incident, police were called to Lil' Wayne's hotel room where they found marijuana, 60 pills of Alprazolam and 59 pills of hydrocodone.
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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sigel - who's license is suspended - rented a 2007 Nissan Altima from a Payless Rental Car service in Philadelphia on July 23.
The car was due back to Payless on August 13, but police claim Sigel never returned the car.
While Payless continued to charge Sigel's credit card for holding on to the car, the company reported the vehicle stolen on September 6.
"Apparently there was some misunderstanding over when it was to be returned or whether or not payment was continuing to be made," Sigel's attorney Fortunato Perri, Sigel told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We're now working out a time for him to surrender on Monday."
The Altima was returned to the dealership yesterday, just as police went to arrest Sigel's at his home outside of Philadelphia.
Sigel, born Dwight Grant, was in New York on business when the police went to his home, which neighbors said has been unoccupied for months.
(L note: wtf is Sig doing in a Altima??? Im going to need Jay to give this man some real bread.)
Give your very best
When you set out to cause harm to others, you will harm yourself even more. If your intent is to deceive, you will find that you have succeeded in cheating yourself.
Make your purpose to give, and you will end up receiving something of real and lasting value. When your goal is to teach, there is much that you will learn.
When you sincerely appreciate others for who they are, you will be genuinely admired for who you are. Act with respect in each encounter, and you will be well respected.
The motives that you direct toward others will, without fail and without exception, affect you as well. You cannot escape the consequences of your own intentions, so make those intentions positive.
Intend the very best for all of the world around you, and you will benefit greatly as well. Seek to give nourishment and support to life, and you will grow stronger with each passing moment.
What you give to and wish upon your world determines what comes into your life. Give your very best at all times, and that is exactly what you'll get.
-- Ralph Marston
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Extended trailer of Irv's new reality show on VH1, GOTTI'S WAY, premiering on October 15 Read more here
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1. Whoo kid-birthday intro
2. Whoo kid-movies
3. 50 cent-get money remix (feat. jay-z diddy)
4. Jim jones-bg roll (feat. max b mel matrix)
5. D.o.e.-bottom to the top
6. Glocc-untitled track (feat. tony yayo)
7. Maino-i dont fuck around
8. Lloyd banks-death
9. Havoc-i got this (not on album)
10. B.a.-movin candy
11. Jay-z-blue magic
12. Bg-nigga owe me some money
13. Hott dolla-who the fuck is that (feat. akon and t-pain)
14. Glocc-getting richer (feat. lil scrappy)
15. Swizz beat-money in bank remix (feat. young jeezy eve)
16. Jim jones-pop bottles (feat max b mel matrix)
17. Young buck-money get right
18. Busta rhymes-let it go (feat. akon)
19. Young buck-teach em about playing (feat. c-bo)
20. Timbaland feat d.o.e.-i see you
Hip-Hop Celebrates At VH1 Hip-Hop Honors
Q-Tip might refer to himself as "The Abstract," but there was nothing hard to understand about his and A Tribe Called Quest's performance as a part of the fourth annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors tribute held at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night (October 4) in Manhattan. The show is set to air Monday at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.
The legendary Queens, New York, trio (rounded out to a quartet once again with Jarobi back in the fold for the night) was the main honoree, and the love movement was in full effect as Pharrell, Common, Lupe Fiasco and Busta Rhymes came together to pay homage to Linden Boulevard's finest.
"[Tribe] brought a real sense of the tribal aspect and togetherness to hip-hop," KRS-One said of the group on the red carpet before the show.
It poured out onto the stage for sure.
Common kicked it off, beginning the set with the group's first ever single, "Bonita Applebaum," walking past — and touching — a bevy of beauties.
Pharrell and Lupe then traded verses on "Electric Relaxation," before the Chicago MC tripped up a few words on the track.
Prior to the show, Lupe told MTV News that Q-Tip was adamant about having him spit for them as a sort of "hazing." The young rapper wouldn't clarify specifics, but it likely had to do with a posting on the Internet that circulated about Lupe not being all the way familiar with one of ATCQ's landmark albums, Midnight Marauders. Tip, it seems, put him to the test.
But if Lupe didn't pass, Busta definitely did and with flying colors.
The longtime Tribe associate roared onstage for the conclusion of "Scenario," decked out in a vintage Leaders of the New School outfit, and brought the place down.
Queens had its day, but Uptown — Harlem, that is — was also in the house without a doubt.
Producer Teddy Riley and veteran exec Andre Harrell pioneered the New Jack Swing era and Uptown Records run, respectfully. Appropriately, Diddy introduced the duo's video montage; the Bad Boy CEO interned at Uptown Records before starting his own empire, and his marriage of hip-hop and R&B was an extension of the trend Riley previously kicked off.
Ne-Yo and Keyshia Cole performed the Riley-produced Michael Jackson hit "Remember the Time," and then T-Pain went from rapper-turned-singer to TR impersonator, as he put his own vocal acrobats to Guy's "I Want Her."
Riley reunited with Blackstreet member Chauncey Black as the two hit the stage to briefly perform the group's "No Diggity."
Whodini and "Wild Style" director Charlie Ahearn and Fab 5 Freddy were also honored.
Jermaine Dupri (who used to dance onstage at early Whodini shows), Nelly and Nick Cannon paid tribute to the "Freaks Come Out at Night" group. Nelly impressed with mean Wop back and forth with one of the Whodini members during a boogie session.
Missy Elliott and Snoop Dogg continued the '90s invasion that was started last year by the Wu-Tang Clan. The lone female among the honorees, however, wasn't lost within the testosterone-fueled performances.
Missy collaborators Eve, Tweet, Ciara and Keyshia Cole paid tribute to the Virginia native; Tweet rocked alongside Timbaland for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," while Eve performed "Work It" and her verse from "Hot Boyz." There were no trash-bag sightings, à la the Hype Williams-directed "Rain" video.
Nelly Furtado, with gold tresses matching her gold bangles and bracelets, also performed, rhyming over Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On." Missy was the only honored artist who didn't also perform herself.
Snoop was the sole West Coast artist on the bill, but the L.A. rapper brought a gang of homies with him.
Bow Wow, Pharrell, Ice-T, T.I., Daz and B.G. all joined him; first T.I. and B.G. rode on "Deep Cover." T.I. was in the spirit, decked out in a full khaki suit, Chucks and a Dodgers cap.
It then turned into a full gangster party when the Doggfather went into "Drop It Like It's Hot."
Host Tracy Morgan kept the laughs going throughout the evening with a number of jokes in televised sketches.
"Have you ever been hit in the head with a cell phone by Foxy Brown?" the actor, dressed like a cab driver, asked a passenger. "Then you ain't hip-hop."
"Do you have beef with 50 Cent?" he continued.
But on this night, it was nothing but love.
Chuck D, LL Cool J, Chris Rock, Kool Moe Dee, actress Kerry Washington, Salt-N-Pepa, Michael Eric Dyson and Melle Melle were also on hand, among others.
Jay-Z Director Makes "Magic" W/ New Street Video, "It's [From] A Young Hustler's Perspective"
Jay-Z's upcoming album American Gangster -- the musical interpretation of the movie by the same name -- is being hailed as the rapper-turned-CEO's long-awaited return to the streets. Led by his first single "Blue Magic," Jay recently released a gritty, black-and-white "trailer" for the song that depicts an anonymous hustler moving product.
Up-and-coming filmmaker Rik Cordero talks about his "guerilla-style" shoot for the "Blue Magic" trailer, the overwhelming Internet response, and Jay-Z's reaction to the video.
As an indie filmmaker, Cordero is used to working around tight deadlines and modest budgets. But for "Blue Magic," limited resources were complicated by the fact that Cordero was instructed to model the trailer for the song - which he'd never heard - after a scene from the movie- which he'd never seen.
A description of the scene came from Jay-Z via Def Jam executives, who asked that the trailer be shot in black and white.
Cordero took the instructions, relied on his instincts and put the treatment together during a four-hour Harlem shoot the following day.
"Based on that [description] I just updated that kind of concept and added a little spin to it from a young hustler's perspective," Cordero said. "It was totally like no permits, really renegade. The main kid was like an intern at Def Jam. The girls in the video were friends of one of the producers. It was put together really quickly."
Cordero edited the trailer that night and brought it to Def Jam offices the next morning, when Jay-Z invited the filmmaker into his studio to view the rough cut together; it was the first time the pair had met directly.
"In the studio we watched it like 20 times," Cordero said. "He loves the scene where the girl blows smoke at the camera; his reaction was just amazing. Here's this guy who's used to working on million dollar videos, and he sees this thing we just put together and is moved by it. That made me realize there's something to it, there's something to just going for the vision and just creating without over-thinking it."
"I know he gave the green light to do it," Cordereo added, "but I guess he didn't realize that it would capture something really raw that I think people responded to when they saw it."
Although the intention for the trailer was a "straight to YouTube, straight-up Internet blast," the Internet response has been so overwhelming that VH1 has picked up the trailer, and BET is set to air it this Friday (October 5) on Rap City.
"It really threw them [Def Jam] for a loop, because the response on the Internet has been crazy," Cordero said.
Although Hype Williams has shot the official video for "Blue Magic," Cordero said he is "on call" for the mini-films that Def Jam plans to release for each song on American Gangster.
"I haven't heard anything personally, but I know we're on the radar for stuff like that if that happens," he said.
This isn't the first time a straight-to-Internet video has blown up for Cordero, whose work with Joell Ortiz on "Brooklyn Bullsh*t" also made its way to BET.
"It was our take on it, but people responded to it because it just set the tone," Cordero said. "Not just because it was a moving product kind of thing, but because it was like Jay being accessible to the streets again."
"It's a young hustler's perspective," he said. "It's moving music, so there is an obvious negative connotation to drugs. But it was played so serious; it was played very straight ... and that's kind of how it was when the single dropped. It's product on the street."
Jim Jones Signs Multi-Million Dollar Joint Venture Deal With Sony
According to Missinfo.tv, Jim Jones has signed a multi-million dollar deal joint venture deal with Sony.
“I just left the lawyer’s office. I signed a multimillion dollar joint venture with Sony. My boss is Rick Rubin and Hip Hop (Kyambo Joshua) is doing my albums with me. What you think Jay-Z is gonna think about that?" Jim Jones said to Miss Info in a phone call.
Miss Info reports that Jones is already in the studio recording his new album due in 2008 and he has even recorded a song with Sony boss Rick Rubin. The next phase of Jones deal will also see him signing artists and releasing them under his own imprint via Sony.
“What’s crazy is that they gave me the same deal that Un and them fucked up back in the day when they got the Sony/Untertainment deal….I got that joint venture, that 50/50 split, they don’t give those out anymore. That’s a Dame Dash, Ruff Ryders deal. And I’m bout to go crazy with it. I’m gonna be a problem.”
Prodigy (Mobb Deep) Gun Trial Begins
Prodigy of Mobb Deep went on trial yesterday (Oct. 4) in Manhattan on gun charges resulting from the discovery of a .22-caliber in the car Prodigy was riding in last year.
Prodigy insists that he had no idea the unlicensed, fully loaded firearm was in a console compartment between the driver's seat, where he sat, and the front passenger seat, where record producer The Alchemist was sitting.
Prodigy (real name is Albert Johnson) already has two gun convictions and he is facing up to 15 years in prison in this case.
Yesterday, two plainclothes anti-crime cops testified that they pulled over the heavily armored SUV at 2 a.m. last October after watching it make a U-turn and begin heading the wrong way on Ninth Avenue at West 31st Street. Both cops told jurors they then saw Prodigy's hand either on or near the open console door.
That alleged gesture, along with the SUV's heavily reinforced doors and windows, gave cops the right to search the vehicle, prosecutors said.
Prodigy and The Alchemist were arrested at the scene. Charges against The Alchemist have since been dropped.
The defense case is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
Kanye West will support his new Billboard-topping album "Graduation" with a world tour set to begin a week from today in Nashville.
The artist will visit Vancouver, Winnipeg, Philadelphia, Boston and Miami through November. In the midst of those North American stops [listed below], he will make a quick jaunt overseas to perform in Dubai, and then travel to Europe in November.
West's "Graduation" made chart history last month by grabbing the No. 1 spot on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales reaching nearly 957,000 units. The album also beat 50 Cent's new album "Curtis" in a promotional sales race and scored the biggest debut of any album since the Grammy winner's sophomore set, "Late Registration," two years ago. "Graduation" also established a new one-week digital sales record, logging more than 132,000 album downloads.
Here are Kanye West's tour dates:
12 - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University
17 - Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
18 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
19 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center
29 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden
10 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Ginuwine Sues Over Fake Record Deal
R&B artist Ginuwine has launched a $2 million lawsuit against a company he says signed him to a fake record deal.
The singer says he signed a $1.75 million recording deal with King Music Group in May 2007. He alleges that the company has yet to pay him an agreed upon $500,000 advance and the suit says Ginuwine now believes the record label "does not exist."
He has checked corporation records in numerous states, and "no such entity named King Music Group Inc. is registered," says the suit.
Ginuwine signed to the label because he was friends with the "company's" chief Michael Bourne says the singer's lawyer Corey Boddie.
"He'd known Michael for a while. They were friends," Boddie said.
"[Bourne] promised him the world, and nothing happened."
Make this the day
Make this the day you come fully to life. Make this the day you take real, meaningful steps toward fulfilling the best of your possibilities.
Make this the day you experience, more completely than ever before, how great it feels to create a positive difference. Make this the day you commit to using your extensive skills, interests and resources to produce a real and lasting contribution to life.
Make this the day you hit upon a unique and valuable way to express the beautiful, authentic person you are. Make this the day you truly see the profound beauty that is in every little detail of life.
Make this the day you let go of the useless and destructive negative attitudes you thought for so long that you needed. Make this the day you connect with the power of sincere and positive intention.
Make this the day you rise above the pettiness and triviality that seek to drown you in a sea of futility. Make this the day you open your eyes to the grand and brilliant possibilities that are your life.
Everything up to this point has served as perfect preparation for the day that is now in your grasp. Make this the day you make it all count for something truly great.
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Foxy is personally involved in the content contained on this website. Fans can write to Foxy behind bars through the website.
Foxy states, “I devoted my career to building an affinity with my fans who have supported me unflinchingly and no barbed wire fence or prison wall will stop that. I am in great spirits and very focused, and needed a forum to communicate to the people.”
Foxy’s new album, Brooklyn’s Don Diva, will be released on November 20th, 2007.
Foxy Brown first made a name for herself after winning a talent contest in her hometown of Brooklyn and was soon featured on tracks by LL Cool J, Nas, Case, Toni Braxton and more. She later joined the hip-hop supergroup The Firm in the late ‘90s with Nas, AZ and Nature. The group released an album in 1997 titled The Firm: The Album, which sold over 900,000 units.
Brown released three solo albums: Ill Na Na (1996), Chyna Doll (1999), and Broken Silence (2001) which sold a total of 3 million records. Foxy was the first female rapper to release an album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with Chyna Doll.
Jadakiss' Drug & Weapons Charges Dropped
A year after being arrested on both drug and weapons charges, rapper Jadakiss is seemingly in the clear, after prosecutors have decided to drop said charges.
The pending dismissal comes on the heels of the WestchesterCounty district attorney's office asked a judge last week to dismiss the charges against the rapper. Jadakiss (born Jason Phillips) and associates Darnell Frazier and Kristen Smith were arrested in October of last year in Yonkers, NY and were indicted on the charges in February of this year. Police allege that they detected the smell of marijuana coming from the car that the three were in and upon searching the vehicle discovered a weapon.
According to the Associated Press, a jury last month acquitted Frazier of all charges after DNA tests didn't link any of the three to the gun that police found.
Jadakiss' attorney, Clement Patti, said the rapper "has had this cloud over his head for a year, affecting his career." She also expressed her discontent with the longevity of the case, stating that it was, "a travesty that the case went this far."
The dismissal of charges will become official after the prosecutor's motion is granted by the judge.
Nelly Vs. America, They "Wanna End The Glorification & Not End The Problem"
A week after BET premiered "Hip-Hop Vs. America," a town hall meeting featuring Nelly, T.I., Chuck D, Reverend Al Sharpton and columnist Stanley Crouch, Pimp Juice caught up with SOHH to address hip-hop's alleged glorifying ways.
In addition to the aforementioned panelists, "Hip-Hop Vs. America" also featured Mike Jones, Professor Michael Eric Dyson, author Nelson George and model turned actress Melyssa Ford, among many others. Moderated by BET's Jeff Johnson and Toure, the discussions had the speakers weighing in on hip-hop's relationship with crime, its degradation of women, lyrical accountability and the glorification of the black community's ills. Discussions often heated up with panelists sitting on opposite sides of the issues.
"This is what is sort of misleading from the show if you look at it in a way," Nelly said. "Cause once the cameras are off, everybody is cool. But, it also was some debating when the camera goes off, cause everybody is speaking from their view point. And the point is, nobody is wrong. I just think people are pointing the finger at the wrong thing as far as the blame."
"People wanna say that rap is glorifying the problems from the neighborhood," Nelly continued. "The thing is, even if you gon' glorify it, it's still a problem. People wanna end the glorification and not end the problem. We're attacking hip-hop as a copout and it's an easy way to diverge everybody because older people don't like it. When we first started listening to hip-hop, my granny and them thought Run-DMC and them was straight hoods. She didn't get it. She's from a different era in music and it's the same thing as what's going on right now."
At one point during the discussion, former Essence Magazine editor Diane Weathers, who had previously been "angry with Nelly" because of his controversial "Tip Drill" video, acknowledged that she had misjudged the rapper.
"You know Nelly, it's nice to sit here and see how intelligent you are and that your children are doing well, because I was very angry with you over 'Tip Drill,'" Weathers told Nelly during the telecast.
"That's the whole point. When she said that, that should have been the end of the show," an animated Nelly stressed. "Because that's all you gotta do. Nobody comes to us and talks to us. Nobody gets our perception because they take in our entertainment."
"We're entertaining because we do go to these clubs," he added, before pointing how sweet Weathers was in their post show conversations. "Of course you're not gonna get the music, because you don't go to clubs. When's the last time she's been to a club? When's the last time she's been in there partying off of Miles Davis. I'm sorry, Miles ain't gon' get the club crunk. It's just that simple. You have to understand the era that you live in and understand the people before you can judge what it is that they're doing. You're judging what they're doing and not knowing where it's coming from."
Nelly's Brass Knuckles is scheduled to hit stores in November.
Eminem Speaks On Racial Slurs Made In Old Recordings On New Song
Eminem is on his way back. After recently revealing that he was in the process of recording a new record, an untitled track has made its way to the internet.
On the new song, Em speaks on a series of tapes leaked by The Source magazine back in 2003, where he was heard using racial slurs and referred to black women as dumb gold diggers and bitches.
At the time the tracks made their way to the net, the rapper came forward to explain that the recordings were made before he was the age of 18, immediately after he had broken up with a black girl who broke his heart.
At press time, it is not known if the new untitled track would appear on his forthcoming as-yet-titled project.
Em revealed in September, during an interview on New York's Hot 97 radio station, that he has been in and out of the studio over the past year, despite being quiet in the public eye.
"I'm always working -- I'm always in the studio," the rapper said during the interview. "It feels good right now ... for a while, I didn't want to go back to the studio ... I went through some personal things. I'm coming out of those personal things (and) it feels good."
There is no current date for the new project, but Dr. Dre, who said recently that he will release his long-awaited Detox album in 2008 (see "Dr. Dre's Detox Not Coming Until '08"), revealed that he is busy working on Em's next album, which is the reason for the even longer delay for his last album.
Fans itching to hear new Eminem material will not have to wait too long though. He is slated to appear on DJ Whoo Kid's next installment of his G-Unit Radio mixtape series later this year.
Def Jam Speaks On American Gangster Project
"Blue Magic" entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at number 35 this week, and since its release your favorite bloggers and everyone else has put their two cents in concerning Jay-Z's American Gangster album. But Def Jam has been relatively quiet on the subject. In an interview with Billboard, Def Jam's Senior VP of Marketing Tracey Waples confirmed reports that Denzel Washington, who stars in American Gangster, lobbied unsuccessfully for Jay-Z to create an official motion picture soundtrack, before being shot down by Brian Grazer. Waples also explained how the label plans to promote the project.
"We're in talks to be a part of the future movie trailers," said Waples. "But we're going to do a very aggressive street campaign promoting the album and the soundtrack in and around the movie theaters the week of release. American Gangster is akin to Streets Is Watching with a modern-day balance through the online component. We're expecting to reach both a new younger and older demographic, along with the loyal 30-plus crowd through the American Gangster film association."
Waples also explained that Def Jam plans to release a mini-film for each song. Depending on the initial responses the first short could be aired in theaters, with others following online, in an effort to create a dialogue with fans. Should the formula succeed, it wouldn't be the first time Def Jam/Roc-a-Fella used a film tie-in to boost an album's sales. According to Nielson Soundscan, the Streets Is Watching compilation sold 348,000 copies when paired with the direct video release, while Beanie Sigel's The B. Coming sold 292,000 copies in 2005 when it was released in conjunction with State Property.
Slip-N-Slide CEO Ted Lucas Talks Split W/ Trick Daddy, "Sometimes Men Have To Go Their Separate Ways"
As CEO of Slip-N-Slide Records, Miami music executive Ted Lucas has played an active role in the careers of Trick Daddy, Trina, Rick Ross and Plies. In this SOHH exclusive Lucas opens up about how he got in the game, addresses the rumored strife with Trick Daddy and reveals what's next for the label.
His accomplishments as a music industry executive have won him "Major Player in the Game" accolades from VIBE and a spot in the The Source Magazine's Power 30, but Lucas revealed that running a label wasn't initially his intention. In fact, he credits Trick Daddy and his brother, Hollywood for pushing him in the right direction.
"Hollywood was the first one to really enter us into the music business," Lucas said. "I was a concert promoter... After a couple different concerts at the big arenas didn't go the way I planned, I changed my mind and said I'd rather be the one that is getting paid at the end of the night, instead of the one taking that big risk if the arena is not packed. I graduated from being a concert promoter and with the help of Trick's brother, Hollywood, decided to run my own record company."
Nearly 15 years after starting Slip-N-Slide, Lucas is currently embroiled in a very public parting of ways with one of the label's greatest assets - Trick Daddy. Lucas confirmed that rumors of Trick's discontent at the label are true, and although Trick is a Slip-N-Slide artist at the present moment, they are currently working out the details of his departure.
"As of today (October 3) he is still signed to Slip-N-Slide," Lucas said. "He has asked to be released from the label. We are in the process of making that decision; most likely Trick will no longer be on Slip N Slide going forward."
According to Lucas the root of Trick's problem stems from his relationship with their parent label, Atlantic Records.
"He wasn't happy with how his last project went with Atlantic records and that caused a little problem between me and him, because he felt I should have did some things that would have prevented the way it went out with Atlantic," Lucas explained. "His last album didn't do as well as previous albums did but I think Trick Daddy still has a great future. He is one of the best rappers to come out of the South period."
The struggle with Trick Daddy has weighed heavily on the executive, who shares a bond with his artist that approaches familial.
"It ain't something easy," Lucas said of their troubles. "Trick Daddy is not just an artist, that's my brother. I look at him as one of the first ones that helped me get off the streets. I didn't want to be CEO of a record company really, it was just something God had planned to go that way. Sometimes men grow up and have to go their separate ways. If that's the decision that's made I understand that and regardless of the decision that is made I'm going to support him."
Even short a major player, Slip-N-Slide is promising to deliver big in the coming months. The label continues to promote Plies' debut album The Real Testament which has earned him a BET Hip-Hop Award nomination. Lucas also revealed that Rick Ross is working to complete his album Trilla in preparation for a December 18 release date and that Trina plans to drop her next project at the top of 2008 in February.
EVA LONGORIA'S SEX TAPE IS A PRANK
Will Ferrell's humor site funnyordie.com strikes again. A rumored sex tape involving Eva Longoria has turned out to be nothing more than the latest product from the actor's Internet portal for video pranks.
The clip (click here to see it), a spoof of Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon's infamous night-vision sex tape, features actor Eric Christian Olsen (in character as "Perry Hilton") and Longoria romping around on a bed – also in the green night vision.
"I'm so amused. It's so funny. Oh my gosh. I've gotten like 100 calls on it saying it's so hilarious," Longoria told Ryan Seacrest during his KIIS-FM radio show Tuesday. She said her husband, NBA star Tony Parker, thought the skit was "freaking hilarious," but they have not made a sex tape of their own because they are "very square."
London's Sun newspaper reported this week that Longoria and her husband star in a sex tape that has been circulating on various Internet pay-per-view sites. Longoria's spokeswoman told the Daily News: "We find it humorous that Web sites are claiming to have this tape. There is no sex tape out there. This was meant to be funny and done with that intention only."
Meanwhile, Parker has been asked by his San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich not to play for his hometown French team for the next two years so that he can remain fresh for his NBA squad.
"I've discussed the last European championship with Pop (Popovich)," Parker posted on his Web site Wednesday. "He clearly told me I would not play the next Euro qualifiers next September. He wants me to rest a bit during the off season. However, he is not opposed to my participation in the European championship in 2009. It means I will have a two-year break from France."
France finished last month's tournament in eighth place and failed to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.
Izod Beats Out Rocawear & Southpole; Wins Arena’s Naming Rights
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority has awarded naming rights to Continental Airlines Arena to the clothing maker Izod.
The building will be called the Izod Center.
Izod is a division of clothing and apparel maker Phillips-Van Heusen, and is already a sponsor of the New Jersey Nets basketball team which plays there.
Two other clothing companies – Rocawear and Southpole – had also been bidding to have their name on the arena.
Continental opted to take its name off the 26-year-old building now that the New Jersey Devils are leaving for their new home in Newark.
Ice T's Coco on 'SVU'
Ice T's wife Coco will make a guest appearance on his NBC drama "Law & Order: SVU" in an upcoming episode, the veteran rapper revealed to the New York Daily News.
VIN DIESEL AGREES TO 'FAST AND FURIOUS' SEQUEL
For years following his 2001 breakout role in "Fast and the Furious," star Vin Diesel has refused to participate in subsequent sequels in the popular franchise. But it appears as if the fourth time's a charm.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor has finally agreed to join his original co-star Paul Walker in the latest installment for Universal Pictures. The story line is being kept top secret, but the project is tapped for a spring start in Los Angeles, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
The first "Furious," released in 2001, was a surprise hit, grossing more than $144 million and putting Diesel and Walker on the Hollywood map. Only Walker returned for John Singleton's 2003 sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious," and he sat out the third installment, 2005's "Tokyo Drift."
Diesel did make a cameo appearance at the end of "Tokyo Drift," which went over so well with audiences that it was even mentioned in ads. The film's director, Justin Lin, will return to helm the fourth installment.
Meanwhile, next for Diesel is Fox's "Babylon A.D."
Steve Rifkind Officially Secures Loud Name, Plans Return With The Wu
Steve Rifkind, founder of SRC Records, has officially secured the Loud name for a second time, 15 years after the label was originally launched.
Although it's not news that Rifkind planned to resurrect the label that was shut down in 2002 and then went on to become a part of Sony BMG, it was only recently that he actually secured the name once again.
In an exclusive statement given to BallerStatus.com, the music executive expressed his excitement saying he was "extremely happy" that Loud Records is back.
Just how Loud entered the game in 1993 with the Wu-Tang Clan, they plan on repeating history once again.
"It's full circle for all of us," Rifkind told BallerStatus.com. "We came in together and now we are going to do it for a second time. 36 Chambers came out in '93, [this time], they're going to get a whole new audience."
The Wu-Tang Clan's debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was Loud Records first release. But, the label went on to release successful albums from Big Pun, Mobb Deep, Tha Alkaholiks, Lil Flip and Xzibit before closing its doors in 2002.
Marking its return will be the Wu, with a new album in the works titled 8 Diagrams, their first album as a group since 2001's Iron Flag.
Due to recent news of the group getting clearance for the first ever Beatles sample, Loud has pushed back the album's release from November 13 to December 4.
The Isley Brothers To Release First Christmas Album
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, the first holiday album ever recorded by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, will arrive in stores October 9th on Def Soul Classics. The new album was executive produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis for Flyte Tyme Productions, Inc., with all tracks recorded and mixed at Flyte Tyme Studios in Santa Monica.
Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees the Isley Brothers, who now include Ronald Isley and his brother, guitarist and singer Ernie Isley, celebrated their 50th year as a recording group in 2007. Their new album’s 10 songs are a mix of contemporary Christmas standards (“Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” with passionate guitar work by Ernie); traditional fare (“Silent Night,” and the medley of “The First Noël/What Child Is This?/Joy To The World”); and two songs co-written for the occasion by Jimmy Jam (James Harris III) & Terry Lewis that are destined to become classics: “I’m In Love” and “What Can I Buy You?” (the latter also featuring Ernie on guitar).
The Isley Brothers are joined by jazz guitarist Doc Powell (known for his work with Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, and dozens of others) for an unforgettable version of Mel Tormé’s “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).”
The final sequence for I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is:
1. Winter Wonderland *
2. I’m In Love *
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas *
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas *
5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town *
6. Christmas Medley * Medley (The First Noel, What Child Is This?, Joy To The World) 7. What Can I Buy You?
8. The Christmas Song featuring Doc Powell *
9. White Christmas *
10. Silent Night.
I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS follows up the May 2006 release of Baby Makin’ Music by the Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley a.k.a. Mr. Biggs, their first album for Def Jam’s Def Soul Recordings. The album, which hit #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #5 on the pop side, went on to win the Soul Train Music Award in March 2007, for Best R&B/Soul Album, Group, Band or Duo.
Keyshia Cole Lands At #2, Jill Scott Scores Her Highest Debut Ever, Kanye West Plays Musical Chairs
In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Keyshia Cole, Jill Scott and Jagged Edge all debut in the Top 10, while Kanye West and 50 Cent continue their sales slide.
R&B songstress Keyshia Cole debuts at No. 2 this week with Just Like You, pushing 281,400 copies in its first go-around according to Nielsen's SoundScan. The sophomore album features guest appearances from Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Diddy, T.I. and Too $hort.
Two spots down is Jill Scott at No. 4. The Philly native's third studio album,The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3,. scanned 148,500 copies in its first week.
Rapper/producer Kanye West slides three spots to No. 5 with Graduation. The album sold 133,300 copies this week, bringing the Louis Vuitton Don's three-week total to 1,317,000.
Three spots down is Atlanta quartet Jagged Edge, debuting at No. 8 with their sixth studio album, Baby Makin' Project. The Project sold 78,100 copies in its first week and features a guest spot from Ashanti, plus a cameo from So So Def in-charge Jermaine Dupri.
Falling six spots to No. 9 is 50 Cent, who has yet to reach platinum status after three weeks on the Charts. The G-Unit general's Curtis moved 70,900 units this week for a total of 906,200 copies sold.
Rapper/actress Queen Latifah enjoyed her highest-ever debut withTrav'lin' Light, which sold 51,000 in its first week, while also nabbing the No. 11 spot.
Seven spots down, Bad Boy rapper Gorilla Zoe checks in at No. 18 with 35,200 copies sold of his debut album Welcome to the Zoo. The album features appearances from labelmate Yung Joc and group Boyz N Da Hood.
Landing at No. 25 is Fergie's The Dutchess, which moved 31,600 copies this week, falling 11 spots. After 54 weeks on the chart, The Black Eyed Peas singer turned solo star has amassed a total of 2,745,600 discs sold.
Four spots down is former *NSYNC heartthrob Justin Timberlake, whose FutureSex/LoveSounds lands at No. 29 this week. The album sold 27,500 copies in week 55 for a total of 3,662,800.
In it's second week on the Charts, Chamillionaire's Ultimate Victory plummeted 22 spots to No.30. The album sold 27,300 copies this week, for a total of 106,700. The Houston native's sophomore effort features guest spots from Slick Rick, UGK and Lil' Wayne.
Three spots back is Timbaland's Shock Value, which falls 5 spots to No. 33. The superproducer's solo effort moved 22,900 copies this week, for a total of 687,500 sold after 26 weeks on the chart.
Five spots down is Songs About Girls, the debut solo album from Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am, which lands at No. 38. In it's first week, the album has sold 20,900 copies.
Def Jam songstress Rihanna drops 11 spots to No. 40 with Good Girl Gone Bad. The album sold 20,500 copies this week, bringing her total to 704,900 after 17 weeks.
Hyperspeed rapper Twista nosedives 38 spots to No. 48 this week with Adrenaline Rush 2007. The Chicago native's seventh album sold 17,200 copies for a two-week total of 58,000.
Clocking in at No. 55, Dipset rapper Hell Rell sold 15,600 copies of his debut album, For The Hell of It in his first week.
Fourteen spots down, Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane scores the No. 69 spot with Trap-A-Thon, which sold 12,300 copies in his first week.
Next week look for Soulja Boy, J. Holiday, Trey Songz, Boyz N Da Hood and The Federation to make an appearance on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.
Cut challenges down to size
Unlike most things, challenges almost always look bigger and more imposing from a distance than they do when you get close to them. Most of the challenges you're avoiding will not seem nearly so overwhelming when you choose to actually face them.
The challenges that intimidate you require your assistance to do so. On their own, they're really not so tough, yet in your imagination they can grow to monstrous proportions.
The way to cut those challenges down to size is to get busy working on them. Once you're immersed in the details you'll realize that they're not so bad after all.
How many times have you desperately avoided something, only to discover later that there was really no reason to avoid it at all? Very often, the effort spent avoiding a difficult challenge is more demanding and burdensome than the challenge itself.
What have you been avoiding because you just didn't want to deal with it? Imagine how great it will be to have that burden fall completely away.
Go ahead, pick a challenge that has been intimidating you, and get busy working your way through it. Then, instead of living with constant intimidation you'll be enjoying the real value you've just created.
-- Ralph Marston
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1. Hood newz-madison square garden screamfest (intro)
2. 50 cent-i get money (remix) (feat. jay-z p. diddy)
3. 50 cent-so serious uk style (feat. chris rock)
4. 50 cent-family matters (sabrinas baby boy)
5. Young buck-class is in session
6. 50 cent-no more new niggas (feat. eminem)
7. Hood newz-search for camron
8. 50 cent-dont wanna talk about it
9. 50 cent-curtis 187
10. 50 cent-coke life (feat. tony yayo and lloyd banks)
11. 50 cent-i still kill (feat. akon)
12. 50 cent-southside (feat. tony yayo and lloyd banks)
13. Young buck-get down
14. 50 cent-officer down (original version)
15. Hood newz-search for camron 2 (jim jones speaks)
16. 50 cent-im on some shit (feat. tony yayo and lloyd banks)
17. 50 cent-smile
18. Young buck-ride
19. Dj whoo kid-pimpin ken (skit)
20. 50 cent-part time lover
21. Dj whookid-kenny chesney (skit)
22. Young buck-personal (unity)
23. Dj whoo kid-camron found (hood newz)
24. Dj whoo kid-down to ride (feat. jim jones)
25. Dj whoo kid-hot 97 plug
26. Dj whoo kid-outro
For the past six years, J-Hood has patiently waited for his time to shine. After signing with the LOX and their D-Block Records imprint, the self-proclaimed “baby-faced gangsta” prepped for the release of his debut solo album, Tales From the Hood. The LP was intended to drop in 2004, but three years later, the 21-year-old’s career is still in limbo. Frustrated with the delays over his album, J-Hood asked to be released from D-Block Records earlier this year. While the breakup seemed cordial, the situation quickly turned into a verbal brawl between Hood and LOX member Sheek Louch. A YouTube video surfaced on the Internet two weeks ago showing Hood dragging his D-Block chain on the concrete and appearing on stage with 50 Cent during a concert in the Bronx. While Sheek fired back in an interview on XXLMag.com last week, it’s now J-Hood’s turn to tell his side.
Obviously, the question on everyone’s mind is what prompted this war with D-Block?
The past six years I was with D-Block they were prolonging my project and just dragging it along. As an artist, I was supposed to see progress and instead I saw myself regress and stay stagnant. I felt I couldn’t grow. There were a lot of reasons, on top of that, which caused me to leave.
Why has this beef turned into something personal between you and Sheek, then? Why are you only calling him out?
There is no beef between Sheek and I, because beef is when you ain’t safe to walk the street and your moms can’t go to the grocery store. The real issue is, we can’t see eye-to-eye. I think he definitely did a lot of bullshit. The streets and the world needs to know what he did by holding me back, prolonging my project and just being jealous, period. The problem I have with Sheek is on some other shit that I am more or less upset about - how he turned out to be regarding my deal. I don’t have a problem with Jada and Styles.
Throughout this whole ordeal, your character has continually been questioned. Do you feel like your reasons for leaving have been ignored by the public?
Everyone will have their opinions on what is going on, but they will never know until they actually sit down and talk to me. I don’t have an actual beef record towards them. The only reason I showed up on stage with 50 Cent is because I had a meeting with him prior to the concert. We had a five-hour meeting discussing different things and he gave me his opinion on a lot of things. The only reason we had the meeting is because I am still searching out a label for a deal and everyone knows when you’re looking for a deal, you have a meeting with different companies, regardless [of] if it’s Cracker Jack Records. You aren’t supposed to discriminate against nobody. I know we were supposed to have a little problem with [50 Cent] when I was on D-Block, but I ain’t with that camp no more. So for me not to talk to him wouldn’t make any sense. The only reason I was there was to enjoy the show because [Tony] Yayo called me and told me they were doing a show at that spot and told me they were on their way to get me. I didn’t go to the show to be a part of it. 50 asked me to come on stage and that’s how it happened.
So if there’s no beef and this isn’t a publicity stunt, why release a YouTube video dragging your D-Block chain on the concrete?
I know it looked kind of crazy on the YouTube [video] because the way they showed me dragging the chain and saying “Cheek Louch.” But I want to let people know that I didn’t mean any type of disrespect-to Styles and ‘Kiss-by dragging the chain. I mean, when I did it, I was fed up with the rumors about homie [Sheek] taking my chain. But it definitely wasn’t set up like that. I can actually say that the decision to drag the chain may have not been a good one because I did go overboard, but it was frustration.
What did you think of Sheek’s interview with XXLMag.com last week?
He’s a funny dude. He can call me little man and all that because I probably do look little to him. I mean, he’s in his late 30s and overweight, so I must be a little dude to him. So he got a little funny off calling me by my government name, Joshua. But I can easily call him Shawn if I wanted to, but it makes no sense. I was with them for six years and Sheek is currently dropping his third album. It’s funny because Sheek is trying to put out more albums than ‘Kiss and P because he is used to hearing people talk about Styles and Jada from the Bad Boy days. Even back then, people were saying they were the hot ones of the group. Then, when I came along, he looked at me as competition instead of an artist on his label. That is why I never came out, because he didn’t want anyone else in his camp to be considered hotter than him and that is no way to run a label. It’s not my fault he always felt inferior and intimidated. So for him to do this fake bully shit is wild.
Sheek feels 50 used you as a puppet to get at D-Block. Do you feel that way?
He definitely would say that because what else is he going to say? If you actually look at it, 50 went on the radio and said we had a meeting and that I was a nice MC and he felt Sheek was moving me around. So of course he is bent out of shape because that is the first time 50 ever said his name through the whole ordeal. Even when [D-Block] was beefing, 50 never said his name. They all just ignored him. The fact that he went as far to say that when I get a deal, come holla at him and he “might” let me out. Come on, saying all of that makes him sound like the perfect hypocrite. That’s the same thing they [the LOX] was beefing and crying to Bad Boy about and then you turn around and threaten me? It’s foul for him to do me like this when I was the one who was there sticking by them, riding with them while they were doing me dirty. I found out that he and Super Mario [D-Block general manager] were the only people authorized to release any funds on the D-Block label. So what they did was took $140,000 of my $250,000 budget and split it.
So at the end of the day, you didn’t get your push because your budget was taken?
Yeah, they took half of my budget and the project didn’t even start yet. On top of that, my house had burned down last year and I lost everything. [I] was three minutes from being killed myself. And while all this is happening, I’m sitting there waiting for my advance from KOCH [Records]. At that point, I had been waiting nine months for my advance, and as an artist who was signed, I was really only supposed to wait no longer than three and a half months. If I am supposed to be a part of your crew, why am I the only one waiting when everyone else had they money? The only reason I received $25,000 is because my house burned down. It took my house [being] burned down for them to even go to the label and get them to release my funds. Sheek went with the whole sob story, so the label cut me a check for $60,000, and once again, they took my money.
Are you afraid of being blackballed in the industry? Funkmaster Flex already said he’ll never play one of your records.
He [Sheek] is definitely doing that because he told someone else that I was a great writer and [I was] going to be a star, but I wasn’t going nowhere because he was going to make whatever calls he had to make to stop me from getting out there. So I was already prepared for that kind of action. But with Flex, he doesn’t know any better. He is only going off what he thinks he knows and it doesn’t seem that he cares to know the real story. He is just going off what he heard from them.
Musically, what do you plan on dropping in the immediate future?
I’m about to really turn it up. My mind is clear now and I feel better on every level. I have a mixtape coming out called the Rebirth, which is going to show and prepare everyone for what I am about to bring. Right now my hunger is strong. It has no guest appearances because I wanted everyone to listen to what I have to say. People don’t realize I was held back for six years by the same people that I was helping get situated. A lot of people are running around acting like my album never dropping was my fault, like I didn’t have any songs ready, which was not the case. I appreciate everything they did for me, as far as giving me the opportunity to be heard. But if it wasn’t for the skills I possess, it would be totally irrelevant right now because they definitely didn’t help me like other labels help their artists grow. These dudes knew I am taking care and providing for my mother who is recovering from liver disease and my sister who has autism and they still didn’t look out for me. They still did that to me and that shit ain’t right.
What else do you have planned?
Well, I have a contract cleaning company called Clockwork Cleaning Services. We get paid to clean offices and banks. I did that because I’m trying to do different businesses besides music. I’m also venturing into acting. I have already been featured in a film called Devil Dogs 2 that airs on Black Starz. I’m really just getting to the point where I’m [letting] people know who J-Hood is. I have been in the background for so long that I’m finally going to put my name in the forefront.
Beanie Sigel Auditions For Notorious B.I.G. Biopic "Notorious"
According to MTV News, a few days ago Philly rapper Beanie Sigel auditioned for the role of The Notorious B.I.G. in the up-coming Biopic on the slain MC.
"Yeah," Beanie smiled, while sitting in the Def Jam offices on Tuesday, describing what inspired him to go out for the part. "The fact that I'm a huge Big fan from the gate is why I did it.
"Then taking myself outside of myself and looking back, who else better to play that role, man?" he added. "That's not me being biased or tooting my own horn. I'm not comparing myself to Biggie career-wise or lyrically, but to pull that off, and have people believing that, I don't think nobody else could play that role better than I could. I know how much passion I'd put into it. I know how far I would go. I would treat that like Jamie [Foxx] did 'Ray.' "
Beanie says that whether or not he gets the role, he will be very opinionated on whom the producers ultimately choose for the role being a Biggie fan himself.
"To me, dudes like Big and Pac are special n---as," he said. "You don't f--- with n---as' legacies. I wouldn't do [the movie] just to say I played the role. I don't know nobody else in the rap game who could do it and pull it off, as far as who you believe, who's lyrical enough and fits that image. If I'm watching that joint, I wouldn't just want to see an [ordinary] actor. Some people might feel some type of way to see Beanie Sigel [playing] Biggie, I don't know. But I'd love to have a shot at it."
Producers for the film are on an exhausting search for the person to play Biggie and have been holding several open casting calls.
SUPERHEAD VS. BIG TIGGER
Former BET host and Washington D.C. radio personality Big Tigger is fuming over statements made by Karrine "Superhead" Steffans during her recent appearance on Jamie Foxx's Sirius radio show, The Foxxhole.
While there to discuss her latest sex-based tell-all, "Vixen Diaries," Steffans said she witnessed Tigger having sexual intercourse with another dude, something she has also claimed in past interviews.
Two years ago, when Steffans was promoting her first book "Confessions of a Video Vixen" in an interview with Miss Jones of New York's Hot 97, she claimed to have walked into her boyfriend's hotel room and caught him naked and in sexual relations with Tigger.
Tigger was alerted to the interview and later called in to Foxx's show to deny her allegations. It is also rumored that he is planning to file a lawsuit.
Listen to the entire Steffans' interview on The Foxxhole here. (Language content not safe for work!)
RAY J. TO WRITE "SEX MACHINE"
The tome appears to be the male version of Karrine Steffans' "Vixen" tell-alls and recounts tales of his sexual encounters with more than 1,100 women since the age of 10, including ex-girlfriend Kim Kardashian, with whom he made and sold a sex tape.
Speaking of Steffans, she has also been linked romantically to the 26-year-old artist, born Willie Norwood Jr., as has singing diva Whitney Houston, and rapper Lil' Kim.
The book will also discuss the family turmoil surrounding his older sister Brandy's car crash, which led to a fatality.
Lil' Wayne Responds To 50 Cent Diss, Hip-Hop Police, And Snorting Coke
Lil’ Wayne recently spoke about his thoughts concerning the diss from 50 Cent. When asked about 50 making a statement about Weezy jumping on everyone’s track, The New Orleans rapper said, ” OH MY GAWD! I’M BIG! [sarcastic voice] I’m big, man! I didn’t know that dude knew me! What’s up 50? I got beaucoup 50 Vitamin Waters. He got the coldest one, the rest of ‘em are really nasty. For real – don’t get that Revise – that other purple one. Naaaah, you gotta get that Formula 50. I done been fooled like that plenty of times. 50 got like the best-tasting Vitamin Water.”
So does that mean he doesn’t have a response? Well, he also went on to say, “A person like 50 Cent (can) say anything about me, you gotta understand, that’s what makes them who they are. So me getting mad, that would be outta Lil Wayne’s character. There’s been plenty of recorders right here in my face saying, What you think about such-and-such saying…? Nothing! I don’t think nothing! That ain’t me, I’m from New Orleans, man, we kill, for real, I’m not gonna stress that!”
When asked about being arrested this past July in NY at the Beacon Theatre, Lil’ Wayne said, “When they locked me up in New York and they asked me about Jay-Z, 50 Cent, G Unit and no fucking gun or weed like they made it look like on TV? Ask me what I told them – Nigga, I’m from New Orleans! I will murder ya’ll up in this bitch! Fuck that, why would I murder a rapper?! I’m gonna listen to his shit on the way to go murder another nigga!”
“They ain’t ask me a damn thing about no gun or no weed. That could have been the gun that shot Kennedy, they didn’t give a fuck! All they wanted to know was, [in cop’s serious voice], ‘So what’s the beef with you and Jay-Z? You and 50 Cent?’ I said, ‘Sir, let me tell you two words – Beef who? [slaps his chest where his heart is] New Orleans, murder capital, man!”, he continued.
Growing up in hip-hop, Wayne explained about his life so far, stating, “I signed my contract at 11, I put out my first solo album at 15 and I’m 25 and I’ve been living in that ever since. I haven’t sold a brick. I haven’t had to see one unless I wanted to snort it!”
R. Kelly To Tour In November Despite Looming Trial
It originally had started as a rumor by Keyshia Cole, but it appears R. Kelly will indeed be going on tour this November despite his looming trial.
Kelly's representative told MTV News that once it became clear the trial, originally scheduled to start September 17, was not going to happen "anytime soon," the singer had to make other plans. R. Kelly has yet to inform the court of his planned tour, although dates and venues have been released.
· 11/14 - Columbus, GA @ Columbus Civic Center
· 11/15 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
· 11/16 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
· 11/17 - Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Arena
· 11/18 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Bobcats Arena
· 11/21 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Wachovia Center
· 11/22 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
· 11/23 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
· 11/24 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena
· 11/25 - Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
· 11/29 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena
· 11/30 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
· 12/1 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
· 12/2 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
· 12/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
· 12/7 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
· 12/8 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
· 12/9 - Memphis, TN @ FedEx Forum
· 12/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
· 12/15 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
· 12/16 - Sacramento, CA @ Arco Arena
· 12/19 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
· 12/21 - St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
· 12/22 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
· 12/23 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
· 12/27 - North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Coliseum
· 12/28 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Arena
· 12/29 - Columbia, SC @ Colonial Center
· 12/30 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
· 12/31 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
· 1/3 - Louisville, KY @ Kentucky Exposition Center
· 1/4 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University
· 1/5 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
· 1/6 - Dayton, OH @ Ervin J. Nutter Center
· 1/9 - Savannah, GA @ Savannah Civic Center
· 1/11 - Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
· 1/12 - Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum
The Illinois attorney's office told MTV News on Wednesday (October 3) that Kelly has not yet sought permission to tour November through January. Kelly's representative said that if permission had not yet been sought, it soon will be: "He knows what the rules are."
Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography in 2002 (seven of which were later dropped) for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a girl prosecutors said was 14 years old at the time; he pleaded not guilty.
A new date for the trial has yet to be determined. The next status hearing in the case is set for November 2. If Kelly is convicted of the charges, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Keyshia Cole Has Dreams Of Becoming A Vet
R&B singer Keyshia Cole revealed in a recent interview that she dreams of opening an animal hospital with her earnings from her music career -- a dream she's had since she can remember.
The Oakland, California raised singer/songwriter always wanted to become a veterinarian as a child, and to this day, hasn't given up on her dream.
"I had everything when I was a child -- hamsters and guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs, cats... so, if it be the Lord's will, I will have enough money to open up a veterinary hospital," Cole said.
But apparently, just opening the business is not her only desire, she also wants to go to school to get more knowledge of the field.
"I could just hire doctors to come in and I could go to school (to study)," she said.
School is definitely one of her priorities. According to reports, Cole has been putting time into her studies as of late, recently completed her high school diploma while taking lessons in between shows.
"I definitely want to go further because I want to do something else besides this," Cole admitted.
But, school will have to wait, at least for the next few months. Her sophomore album, Just Life You, dropped last Tuesday (September 25), so she should be quite busy promoting in for the months to come.
The album's first single, "Let It Go" featuring Missy Elliott and Lil Kim, is currently at no. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts.
T.I, Soulja Boy Join List Of Performers At BET Hip-Hop Awards
With BET's Hip-Hop Awards just around the corner, Atlanta's own T.I. along with newcomer Soulja Boy have been added to the roster of those taking the stage at this year's festivities.
Hosted by funnyman Katt Williams for the second consecutive year, the highly anticipated event is set to take place at Atlanta's Civic Center on Saturday, October 13 and will air on BET on Wednesday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. In addition to T.I., who lead this year's list of nominees with nine nods, viewers will also witness performances by Nelly, Lil' Wayne, Kanye West and Common. Other celebrities set to make appearances include Wyclef Jean, Keyshia Cole, Cassidy, Dizzee Rascal, DJ Premier, Joell Ortiz, Kardinal Offishall, Lil Mama, Phonte of Little Brother, Ras Kass and Stat Quo.
This year's awards will also see several extras including legendary hip-hop artist KRS-One, who will be honored with the "I Am Hip Hop" Icon Award and Soulja Boy, who will present his fans best videos of his "Crank Dat" dance, as a backdrop to his performance.
Fans interested in submitting their clips visit www.bet.com/contests for more information. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, October 7.
The Bet Hip-Hop Awards will air on October 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Gucci Mane's Former Label Responds, Says Atlantic Is Trying To ''Hijack" Album
After being accused of releasing unauthorized material from former Big Cat Records artist Gucci Mane, label CEO Marlon Rowe is speaking out in his own defense.
As previously reported, Gucci Mane left his former recording home, Big Cat Records, earlier this year to sign a deal with Asylum/Atlantic Records. The label recently released Gucci's final indie album, Trap-A-Thon, which was recorded last year after he was released from jail. The album also includes the original version of Gucci's current hit single, "Freaky Gurl."
GM recently spoke out against his former lebel releasing the material, claiming that Big Cat is simply trying to capitalize off his recent success.
Now, Big Cat CEO Marlon Rowe is coming forth and refuting Gucci's claims, alleging that Atlantic Records is in fact trying to take advantage of him.
"People are saying the Trap-A-Thon album is Gucci Mane's best so far and we agree," said Rowe via a statement. "Even though our issues with his new label have become public, we still feel that Gucci Mane is one of the best in the game. His work on Trap-A-Thon, recorded last year after he was exonerated and released, is as street as it gets."
Though diplomatic in his statement, Rowe also took the opportunity to express his displeasure in a recent interview.
"They're trying to hijack my record," Rowe told the New York Times. "They have the resources and the money to create their own hits. They can work with any producer they want in the world. We're just a small independent out of Atlanta. It's not fair."
Big Cat claims Asylum Records approached the label with an offer to buy 'Freaky Gurl' for $15,000. A person close to Asylum, who asked that their identity not be revealed because of the legal issues surrounding the case, disputed that account, saying it was Big Cat that first made overtures about selling the song, and that the price demand ran into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Keyshia Cole Debuts At #2; will.i.am Flops On The Charts
Keyshia cole's new album "Just Like You" debuted at a strong #2 on the Billboard charts while will.i.am's "Songs About Girls" sold a disspointing 21,000 copies debuting at #38.
Cole's "Just Like You" sold 281,000 copies, beating the No. 6 peak of her 2005 debut The Way It Is.
The September 11th titans, Kanye West and 50 Cent, both saw sales of their albums slip with Kanye's "Graduation" slipping 2-5 with a 41% sales slip to 133,000. 50's "Curtis" took an even harder hit descending 3-9 moving 71,000 units, a 50% decline.
Other notable debuts include Jagged Edge’s Baby Makin’ Project No. 7 with 78,000, Queen Latifah's Trav’lin’ Light at No. 11 with 51,000 copies and Jill Scott's new album at No. 4 with 148,000.
DJ Statik Selektah Gathers All-Star Lineup for Debut Album
After releasing highly successful mixtapes with artists such as Nas and G-Unit, Lawrence Mass. native, DJ Statik Selektah, will release his debut album, Spell My Name Right, on November 6.
The LP looks to highlight Statik’s production prowess, as the acclaimed DJ helms the boards for the entire album.
“People are gonna be real surprised when they hear some of the collabos I put together on there,” Statik tells XXL. “It’s gonna help label me more as a producer than just a DJ.”
Indeed, as the album features an all-star lineup of MCs such as Jadakiss, Talib Kweli, Kool G Rap, Freeway, Cassidy, KRS-One and AZ. Spell My Name Right will be released as a collaborative project between Brick Records and Statik’s Showoff Records imprint.
The tracklisting for the LP is as follows.
01. Intro Ft. DJ Premier & Termanology
02. “Stop, Look, Listen” Ft. Styles, Termanology & Q-Tip
03. “Express Yourself 08″ Ft. Termanology, Talib Kweli, & Consequence
04. “6 In The Morning” Ft. Joell Ortiz, Kool G Rap, And Sheek Louch
05. “What Would You Do!?” Ft. Freeway & Cassidy
06. “Make A Movie” (Interlude) Ft. DJ Khaled
07. “Bam Bam” Ft. Red Cafe, Termanology, & Mims
08. “G Shit (Showoff Mix)” Ft. Uncle Murder, Sev-one, Termanology &
09. “Back Against The Wall” Ft Cormega & Royce 5′9
10. “Hardcore (So You Wanna Be)” Ft Reks And Termanology
11. “No Mistakes Allowed” Ft. Doug E. Fresh, Tony Touch, Scram Jones,
DP-One, DJ Gi-joe, DJ Revolution, and Esoteric
12. Clinton Sparks Interlude
13. “Punch Out” Ft Big Shug Of The Gangstarr Foundation
14. “The Good Life (Give It Up)” Ft. M.O.P.
15. “Big Dreamers” Ft. Reks
16. “No Holding Back” Ft Cormega And AZ
17. “Got Me Goin’ (Hip Hop)” Ft. Slum Village And Granite State
18. “Time To Say Goodbye” Ft Evidence & Alchemist
19. “It’s Over Now” Ft. Termanology & AG (DITC)
20. “Talk To Me” Ft. Jon Hope, Reks & Skyzoo
21. “Did What We Had To Do” Ft. KRS-One, Larry Cheeba, & Large Professor
G-Unit Radio Part 25 Tracklist below
1)Madison Square Garden Screamfest feat T-Pain intro
2)50 Cent feat Jay Z ,P Diddy - I get Money Remix prod by Apex
3)50 Cent - So Serious - UK style feat Chris Rock
4)50 Cent - Family Matters - Sabrina’s Baby Boy
5)Young Buck - Class Is In Session
6)50 Cent feat Eminem - No More New Niggas
7)Search For Camron - Hood Newz - with Dick sh*tman
8)50 Cent - Dont Wanna Talk about it
9)50 Cent - Curtis 187
10)50 Cent feat Tony Yayo ,Lloyd Banks - Coke Life
11)50 Cent feat Akon - I still Kill
12)50 Cent feat Tony Yayo ,Lloyd Banks - Southside
13)Young Buck - Get Down
14)50 Cent - Officer Down - original version
15)Search For Camron 2 - Jim Jones Speaks - Hood Newz with Willy Good
16)50 Cent feat Tony Yayo ,Lloyd Banks - Im On some sh*t
17)50 Cent - Smile
18)Young Buck - Ride
19)Pimpin Ken - skit
20)50 Cent - Part Time Lover
21)Kenny Chesney skit
22)Young Buck - Personal(Unity)
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Eve's New Album Pushed Back Until 2008
Originally scheduled for release on October 16, Eve's new album has been delayed until 2008.
A spokesperson had no comment on the reason for the delay.
The first singles from the album, "Tambourine" and "Give It To Me" Feat. Sean Paul, have been met with lukewarm response. "Tambourine" saw modest chart success on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at No. 17.
"I wrote this album after a breakup," Eve told Billboard in June. "So it's very 'Look who's single' and flirty. I wanted to make a happy, good summer album, that you can play when you're getting ready for the club ... Though a lot of my rhymes were entertainment [before], I was definitely much rowdier at that time. I've learned how to curb my temper."
Lupe Fiasco Tries To Reaffirm His Spot
Barely a year after the release of his Grammy-nominated Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco is prepping to drop his sophomore disc, The Cool. SOHH caught up with the lyricist to revisit his debut's missteps, the execution of his follow-up CD, and the drama surrounding his incarcerated partner, Chilli.
SoundScan numbers aside, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor was quite successful. The LP garnered critical acclaim and received three Grammy nominations, including two for its lead single, "Kick Push." Still, the Chicagoan feels he has much to prove.
"I don't think we made enough of an impact to go away," Lupe said regarding the short gap between his freshman and sophomore albums. "I think if I go away, people will forget about me. So I gotta come back and hit them with another one...to just reaffirm my position. I think people are kinda uncertain about Lupe Fiasco. I don't think I'm that strong of a brand yet. It's coming though."
"We didn't get to do everything we needed to do on Food & Liquor," he continued. "From the leak, to going back in, to the period of time in between that and sample clearances, everything kinda hit at the 14th hour. It really kinda set us back as far as what I wanted to accomplish. The Cool is different because we got the opportunity to do that, to sit back, do everything we wanted to and see it through its fruition."
The Cool is slowly coming together and features production contributions from Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Patrick Stump of rock band Fall Out Boy and in-house producer, Soundtrack. Fiasco will be executive producing the effort along with his incarcerated 1st & 15th partner, Charles "Chilli" Patton. Patton was sentenced to 44 years on drug charges back in June.
"His [Patton] appeal is going next month," Lupe revealed. "And hopefully he'll be home either this time next year or a little bit before this time next year to come back and fight it all over again on appeals, but this time with less charges and hopefully more stuff in our favor."
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool is scheduled to hits stores December 18.
Saigon Finally Dropping Debut Album
He made headlines earlier this week for his run-in with Mobb Deep,but Saigon isn't focused on the beef -- he's focus on his long-awaited album, which he revealed recently now has a release date... finally.
The New York rapper phoned into MTV recently where he revealed that his Just Blaze-produced long overdue album, The Greatest Story Never Told, is scheduled to hit shelves December 4.
According to Sai, he's confident his buzz is up enough to come out during the fourth quarter. "I feel good about the timing, and I'm totally confident about coming in the fourth quarter with the big dogs," Sai told MTV.
Sai and Just Blaze filmed a video for the rapper's first single, "Come On Baby," in New York during September with director Edwin Decena.
He also recently leaked a remix of the track featuring a guest verse from Jay-Z, which he played at Jay's 40/40 sports club in Manhattan on Saturday night (September 29), according to MTV.
Wu-Tang's "8 Diagrams" Release Date Moved
The release date for Wu-Tang Clan's highly anticipated new album "8 Diagrams" has been moved from November 13th to December 4th.
The reason given for the delay was the clearing of a Beatles sample that is being used on the album track tentatively titled "My Guitar". The song features an appearance by Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles member George Harrison.
"8 Diagrams" was originally expected to be released in September of this year but has seen various delays.
The album's street single, "Watch Your Mouth", has already circulated widely online and in the streets.
Sizzla & Elephant Man Concerts In Toronto Cancelled Amidst Protests
Toronto concerts scheduled for last Friday (September 28) and this Friday (October 6) featuring Sizzla and Elephant Man respectively have been cancelled amidst protests over each artists perceived anti-gay lyrics.
The Toronto Star reports the cancellations follow outcries from a coalition of some 20 organizations known as Stop Murder Music Canada, who pushed to have Sizzla and Elephant Man banned from entering the country, citing their music as hate propaganda.
"They shouldn't have been allowed to get visas to perform in the country," Stop Murder Music founder Akim Larcher told the Star. "It's not about censorship or artistic freedom. That stops when hate propaganda is involved."
Prior to the cancellations, police had already said they would have a presence at each concert listening for hate speech.
"The record companies have supported these artists and they have a responsibility not to release those tracks anymore and to remove their CDs from shelves," Larcher said. "They need to be aware to make sufficient steps that their songs does cause harm in society. We're calling for a Canada-wide boycott of those artists to take the necessary steps to renounce violence against gays and lesbians."
At the time of the cancellation, ticket sales for Elephant Man's performance were poor, with only one-third of tickets sold.
TYRESE AS THE GREEN LANTERN?
Warner Bros. has not confirmed, but word has it that Tyrese Gibson is in the running to play the role of Green Lantern in the upcoming "Justice League of America" film, reports the Web site Mania Movies.
Last week, Variety reported that Jessica Biel had dropped out of contention for the Wonder Woman role. However, Ryan Reynolds is still considered a front runner for playing The Flash.
Warner Bros has already said they will not confirm any casting choices for individual characters until a full ensemble cast has signed on the dotted lines.
Green Lantern is a DC Comics character who possesses a "power ring" that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it.
Tyrese has at one time or another been considered to play big screen versions of comic book characters, including John Singleton's "The Black Panther" and "Luke Cage" projects.
Jim Jones & Juelz Santana Headline "Stay-In-School" Concert
Dipset rappers Jim Jones and Juelz Santana will team up with a host of entertainers, sports stars and industry executives for the 2nd Annual Stay-In-School concert at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom on October 17.
Along with Jones and Santana the concert will also feature performances from New York rappers Papoose and Red Cafe, R&B sister act Nina Sky, teen sensations Lil Mama amd Jason Fox and Hot 97's DJ Envy as well as appearances from Warner Music Group executive vice president Kevin Liles and New York Knicks legend John Starks. The event, which will be hosted by HOT 97 and MTV personality, DJ Cipha Sounds, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.
"Our goal with this event is to show our children through entertainment that education is important," said Tonya Lewis, executive director of Entertainers 4 Education Alliance (E4EA), via a statement. "The goal of this event is to raise awareness of the alarmingly high dropout rate in the United States and send a powerful message to over 2500 New York City inner city youth encouraging them to make smart choices about their future and to stay in school."
According to Lewis, the dropout rate in New York City is at a "shocking all-time high:" 49% of NYC's Public High School students do not graduate from high school, with 500 students dropping out each day. New York State has the highest dropout rate for Black and Hispanic students in the nation.
Jones was involved with a similar educational initiative in January of this year, when he partnered with E4EA for the "Achieve Your Dreams Poetry Contest."
New CDs From J. Holiday, Trey Songz, Soulja Boy & Boyz N Da Hood Hit Stores
New albums from J. Holiday, Soulja Boy, The Federation, Boyz N Da Hood and Trey Songz are hitting record store shelves today (October 2); while the hype hasn't reached 50 Cent vs. Kanye West proportions it should be interesting to watch R&B and hip-hop bump heads this Super Tuesday.
Capitol Records signee J. Holiday has been making a lot of noise since arriving on the scene. The R&B newcomer is off to a huge start thanks to his #1 single, "Bed" and a spot touring with Keyshia Cole. In a recent interview with SOHH Holiday emphasized the importance of holding his own on his debut Back of My 'Lac.
"You can still make good music and good albums without chasing names, because a lot of people are using names and collabos to sell their albums nowadays because they can't stand on their own two feet," Holiday said
The momentum couldn't be any bigger for 17-year-old Mississippi rapper Soulja Boy, whose debut album souljaboytellem.com has finally arrived. Boosted by his #1 hit single "Crank Dat (Soulja Boy)," the rapper has sparked a nationwide dance craze so powerful that even 50 Cent couldn't resist the urge to perform it. Yet despite all the haters, SB told SOHH that's he's not a one-hit wonder.
"Ain't no one hit wonder status, ain't no ring tone rapping," Souljah Boy exclaimed. "People are going to have to realize that it's real talent here and whether you're a hater or a fan, you're going to have to accept and realize that, like it or not."
Back on the R&B front Trey Songz makes his return with Trey Day, his sophomore album on Atlantic Records. Songz hit a high note last Spring with first single "Wonder Woman," but his follow-up "Can't Help But Wait," has been stuck at #26 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Charts. Despite going up against newcomer J. Holiday, Songz has been confident about his comeback, telling reporters "You can feel it in the air, that people is waiting for my album to come out."
Also back for the second time, Atlanta trap rappers Boyz N Da Hood, whose album Back Up N Da Chevy follows their block-hugging self-titled debut. The lineup this time around has changed, with Gorilla Zoe stepping into the spot vacated by Young Jeezy, but Zoe and fellow Boyz, Big Gee, Duke and Jody Breeze are spitting the same brand of Southern street music that won earned them a following in the hood. Back Up N Da Chevy features guest appearances from Ice Cube, T-Pain and Yung Joc.
It's Whateva, the follow-up album from Bay Area trio The Federation marks the group's first release on new label home, Warner Bros. Credited with helping pop off Northern California's Hyphy movement, the group has experienced some delays with their second release. But after pushing back the release date multiple times Its Whateva has finally arrived with appearances from Snoop Dogg and Travis Barker of Blink 182.
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