"Still Got Love"
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According to Compton rapper, Lil Eazy-E, the son of the late great Eazy-E (one of the founders of N.W.A.), these so-called gangbangers in hip-hop are phonies -- specifically Birdman and Lil Wayne. And he is sick of it.
"First of let me start of by saying much love to all my Crips, Pirus, and Bloods out there that have lived and shed blood for what they believe in and represent, but all this extra fake gangbanging going on is really getting out of hand," the rapper said. "I'm seeing this n--- Baby (Birdman) on three songs Blooding and Lil Wayne 'soowooping' at the awards. Enough is enough. This don't have nothing to do with them Blooding; if they was Cripping, I would have the same reaction."
The rapper feels that others such as Birdman and Lil Wayne are making a mockery of the lifestyle that has left many men, women and children dead. Not because they have a past in the culture, but rather because it's the trendy thing to do at the moment.
Eazy is calling on "real gangsters" to stand up against the fakes.
"Those of us that are true to this need to stand up and say enough is enough," says Eazy. "I got homies who are in jail fighting for there lives and homies who are RIP behind this thang. And for these fools who are clowning and making a mockery of us, I'm telling you no more.
"This is part of the problem as to why the West is not winning right now. These n----s have taking our style and way of life and destroying it. Well I have had enough. For every action there is a reaction," he continued.
Lil Eazy-E has plans of putting Compton back on the map, just as his father did in his heyday. He was signed with Virgin Records where he planned to drop his debut, titled Prince Of Compton, but was later released.
As of Saturday, November 17, his official Myspace reads N.W.A. Ent. as his label, via a venture with Good Game, Blackground and Universal.
There is no current date for the release of his debut album.
DJ Drama Ft. Nelly, T.I., Twista, Jeezy, Yung Joc, and Willie Da Kidd
Feeling the progress
If you merely wish for more, what you'll get the most of is frustration. Yet when you make use of what you have, what you'll get is real accomplishment.
When you complain about your situation in life, what you'll get is a lot of destructive, depressing anger and resentment. When you use your situation as a platform from which to move forward, what you'll get is the life you choose.
What you have does not matter nearly as much as what you decide to do with it. Where you are now is trivial when compared to the direction in which you are moving.
And you can move yourself in a positive, fulfilling direction no matter where you happen to be. You can create the life of your dreams no matter how much or how little you have with which to begin.
All the money in the world cannot equal the value of being alive, aware, and able to take action. That's exactly what you have in this very moment, and it's a treasure beyond compare.
Take the magnificent opportunity that is this day, and point it solidly, decisively in the direction of your dreams. Before the day is over, you'll already be feeling the progress.
-- Ralph Marston
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“I guess they have their rules that apply individually to each artist separately: ‘Oh no, he can’t say that, ’cause he feels like that about that person,’ ” he said. “But it’s not a rule that applies to everybody else. Matter of fact, my next single, I’m going to start it [with], ‘It’s Britney, bitch!’”
MTV also made 50 change the name of his new single from “I’ll Still Kill” to “I Still Will,” which he also felt was a double standard:
“It’s [renamed] ‘I Still Will’ for MTV,” he added. “It’s amazing because right after that [video plays], they’ll have a group on TV called the Killers. There’s always more pressure on hip-hop music. It’s the stepchild of entertainment. … In fact, my new project with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Donnie Wahlberg will be out April 12th called ‘Righteous Kill.’ Nobody has a problem with that, but ‘I’ll Still Kill’ is the wrong title for a song. It’s easier to fight one CD, one artist at a time — that’s really what they’re doing.”
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(L note: 50 makes hella sense here, I thought it was just me who wondered that, But that's the double standard. and I'm sure it doesn't hurt that Brit is blonde hair and blue eye'd now does it?)Read more here
1. A Little Story (Intro)
2. Go Girl (Feat. Trina & Young Boss)
3. Dookie Love (Feat. Trick Daddy & Fabo of D4L)
4. I Don't See 'Em (Feat. Cubo and Aim)
5. Midnight (Feat. Casely)
6. The Ying & The Yang
7. The Anthem
8. The Truth (Interlude)
9. Candyman (Feat. Twista)
10. Sticky Icky (Feat. Jim Jones)
11. My Life (Feat. Jason Derulo)
12. Secret Admirer (Feat. Lloyd)
13. Get Up (Leventate)
14. Fuego DJ Buddha (Remix)(Feat. Don Omar)
15. Stripper Pole (Remix)(Feat. Toby Love)
16. Un Poquito (Feat. Yung Berg)
17. Tell Me (Remix)(Feat. Frankie J & Ken-Y)
18. Mr. 305 (Outro)
In a recent interview with XXL, the rapper discussed several aspects of his career, the most discussed is how he was the first artist in his camp to only go gold. Although it was looked at as a failure by most, including Yayo at one time, he feels differently about it today.
"They put us in a certain category. If someone from G-Unit does go platinum from G-Unit, it's a failure," Yayo explained to XXL. "That's how I felt about a lot of the media and a lot of people was looking at 'Hey Yayo, he's the only gold artist on G-Unit,' so they looked at my project as a failure, when it wasn't.
"Even I looked at it as a failure at the moment, but then I looked at it like 'Hey, my album went gold, sold 800,000 worldwide and I was on house arrest. What am I crying about?' Then I think about me being in a cell and think about me used to selling drugs before, and I think about everything I didn't have and what I have now... I ain't have sh-- [before I started rapping]. The drug ring didn't give me nothing," he continued.
But, his outlook on his debut album's success isn't the only thing that has changed, his whole mindset toward hip-hop and the industry has as well.
"The day my mom's crib got shot up, I changed," he admits. "I just don't care anymore.
"I don't have a problem with calling 50 Cent my boss. My second solo project, I wanna call it I'm 50's Tax Write-Off. The reason why is because it's the truth. Everytime 50 makes money, I make motherf---in' money... He's the one who changed my life."
According to Yayo, he came up with the idea for the title while watching "Hannah Montana" on the Disney Channel with his daughter.
"I was watching 'Hannah Montana's' father and her father was saying 'When you don't have fun with the music no more, leave it alone,'" he recalls. "That's when I decided to call the album I'm 50's Tax Write-Off. I don't give a f--- what anybody say. I'm gonna have fun again and not worry about record sales. I just wanna do the music and say what I wanna say."
Maybe Yayo is on to something. It's no secret that hip-hop record sales and record sales in general have been on a constant decline for years. Maybe getting back to recording music for fun, instead of worrying about singles and spins, could be helpful to the decline of the music industry.
At press time, there is no word on when Yayo's sophomore release is expected to hit stores or where he is at exactly in recording the album.
But in the meantime, Yayo will be working on the release of G-Unit's second album as a group, titled Shoot To Kill, which is expected to hit stores in December.
Former Rocawear Model Accepts Settlement from Tabloid over 50 Cent Sex Rumor
Danielle Lloyd, the former face of Rocawear UK, has reportedly won “substantial damages” in a lawsuit over a British tabloid’s claim that she had sex with rapper 50 Cent.
Foxy’s Manager and Black Hand Entertainment CEO Chaz Williams to be Featured on BET’s American Gangster
Chaz Williams, the CEO of Queens, NY based Black Hand Entertainment, and manager of Foxy Brown, will be profiled on an upcoming episode of BET’s American Gangster series. Williams is said to have robbed over 60 banks during the 1970’s before he was eventually caught and sentenced to a 95 year prison sentence.
Freeway Ready To Return, "The Whole Roc Break Up Really Took A Toll On Me"
Once known as the "freshman of the Roc," Philly rhyme-slinger Freeway is no longer a rookie to the game. With his sophomore effort, Free At Last, set for a November release date, SOHH caught up with Free to speak about his new album, why he's been away from the spotlight for so long and why he's still a force to be reckoned with.
"I just been grinding," Freeway told reporters about the happenings between his first Roc album, 2003's Philadelphia Freeway, and Free At Last. "You know the whole Roc break up really took a toll on me and kind of even held my career up a little bit, but I been working and I'm ready to get back out. It was a couple of things. The whole family structure wasn't in place like it was. There was a time when I could just go to Bassline [studios] and knock it out but it wasn't like that this time."
Though the old Roc roster may not be in tact anymore, Free says that he's still cool with all of his former label mates and State Property brethren. He even suggested that a new State Prop album is in the works for the upcoming year. But not having the support of his fellow Roc La Familia wasn't the only change in Freeway's life of late. The Devout Sunni muslim also went on a pilgrimage to Mecca recently, a trip on which he seriously considered giving up rap altogether.
"It was beautiful there," he said. "It was a good experience. I was out there and the Sheiks told me that if I go back doing the same things as I was before, then I really didn't get anything out of it. But music is one of my passions, I do it well, I get my point across and people love it. This is also how I feed my family and support myself. I still got the hunger and I gotta feed a thousand growling stomachs."
Surely Free's fans are glad that he didn't decide to put down the mic permanently. With a hefty guest list for his sophomore LP including "big homies" Jay-Z and 50 Cent (who co-executive produced the album), Scarface, new Roc signee Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes and beats from Chad West, Don Cannon, Dame Grease and Needlez, Free is set on making sure that fans have not forgotten about him.
"Yea, I feel like I've got something to prove [with this album]," Free explained. "I want the people to know that I'm still relevent. I'm still here. I still do what I do. Hip-Hop has changed since the last time I dropped. Now the South is running it and they do what they do. But I want to show people that I'm not affected by any of that or who's running what."
"I'm going harder with the lyrics," he adds. "I've been away for a minute so I had a lot to talk about. I'm a reality rapper so I'm just talking about my reality. I rap about what I see. This album is crazy. It's from the heart and I hope people take me into their hearts."
Free At Last hits shelves on November 20 on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam.
50 talks about his final album
After losing the highly publicized first week sales competition with Kanye, 50 cent is back in the news, In an interview with Mtv, he talks about his new album, as well as Eminem and Halie.
When discussing his current tour in the UK 50 stated..
“The tour is great I’m really enjoying myself I’ve had to make some minor changes because I’ve been using a live band in parts… it’s a really different show to anything I’ve done before- There’s a lot more showmanship.”
He even explained the reason why he seems to tour more than his good friend Eminem.
“I’ve toured more than him because he has Hailey and he likes to physically be at the house, a lot of people don’t know the reason behind him touring less- but Hailey would put boxes in front of the door thinking this would stop him going.”
50 went on to talk about the amount of traveling that Eminem would have to do to try to make up for the time he lost with his daughter from touring.
“He (Eminem) would fly back on a private plane after the show so he could drive her to school in the morning so for him the tour was exhausting.”
While discussing what should be his final studio album 50 talks about the track that he did with kanye as well as the direction of this album "Before I self Destruct"
“This album is more aggressive and darker- I’ll produce something that hands down will be the best record of that time period. There’s no duet with me and Kanye, there was a track that I created and Kanye produced but it’s not made it to the album.”
Keith Murray Speaks On Being Robbed In South Africa
Keith Murray is back in the US and speaks out about a recent trip to South Africa. There have been numerous reports and inaccuracies in the press since his return regarding a so-called “robbed at gun point” incident. An accurate assessment follows which sheds some light on the episode and what Murray calls “a lesson learned”.
During his stay in Da Vale and Johannesburg Murray worked at a local studio. On the night in question a gate was inadvertently left open. Some desperate and downtrodden members of the community took this as an opportunity and seized what they could. In addition to taking Murray’s laptop, three other computers were stolen as well as cell phones and some food.
Murray traveled to South Africa to not only explore the lands but to perform at the Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.
Mr. Murray’s loss of personal property was non-consequential albeit disheartening to say the least but states that “this was not a personal attack.” He went on to say that, “it was a robbery but not an attack; they never pointed a gun at me or spoke to me. It seems they were as nervous as the other people in the room. My only fear was the gun going off by mistake and someone getting killed. I would like to say thank you to everybody for their concern and support. I don’t have any bad feelings toward Africa, this could have happened anywhere”
Will.i.am Fills in for Kanye West at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show
Kanye West pulled out of a scheduled appearance at this year’s Victoria Secret Fashion show in the wake of the sudden death of his mother, Dr. Donda West.
Jay-Z Says Being Rich Ain't What He Expected
Jay-Z may be the richest man in hip-hop, or at the very top, but with all the money and fame, he says it's not all that he expected.
In a recent interview with Blender, the rapper -- whose estimated net worth is around $286 million -- says he expected a lot more from being as wealthy as he is.
"All I got is this big house, couple cars, I don't bring half them sh--s out... How many times can I go to Mr. Chow's?" He asked.
"In the context of the album, it was that 'Scarface' moment when Tony Montana sits in the restaurant and looks around and says, 'This is all it's about?'" Jay tells the magazine. "You get to that point where it's like, 'OK, I drove the Rolls Phantom around the corner and... nothing happened.' And you ask yourself, 'That's it? I thought blondes was gonna be jumping on my hood."
Despite the gripes, there are perks to the money he admits. For example, Jay enjoyed some very expensive once while on vacation that cost him a staggering $20,000 for one bottle.
"I had a $20,000 Petrus 1945 at a place called Graycliff in the Bahamas," explained Jay. "It was definitely full-bodied. Incredible. You could almost taste the barrel. It was one of those things where you say, 'Come on, how good could it be? What's the difference?' But you really could taste the difference. It was damn near like smoking weed. It was a high."
To read the interview in its entirety, visit Blender.com.
Mos Def Signs New Label Deal, Drafts Kanye West For Upcoming Project
Before the ink has dried on his new deal with Downtown Recordings, rapper Mos Def is back in the studio working on a new album.
According to Downtown head Josh Deutsch, super producer/rapper Kanye West will produce several tracks on Mos's album, which has not yet been given a title. West and Mos are no strangers, Mos Def recently did a cameo on Kanye's "drunk and hot girls" which appeared on the Chicago Mc's 3rd album "Graduation."
Mos Def's last album "Tru3 Magic" did not do so well selling 86,000 in the united states and downtown records has no intentions of rereleasing it on their label.
Pete Rock To Release First Album In Four Years
Hip-hop producer/DJ/MC Pete Rock is set to release his first album in four years. Titled NY's Finest, the album will be released in February 2008 in a joint venture between Soul Survivor Records and NY based indie label Nature Sounds.
The record features a roster of artists that includes Wu-Tang's Raekwon and Masta Killa, Dipset's Jim Jones, Papoose, D-Block and Redman amongst others. The first single "We Roll" features Jim Jones and Max B. Other tracks currently circulating are "914" featuring Styles P and Sheek Louch, "The PJ's" featuring Raekwon and Masta Killa and "Til I Retire" featuring Pete Rock himself.
Born in the Bronx, NY by Jamaican parents, a teenage Pete Rock first hit the scene in the late 80's when he joined legendary DJ/producer Marley Marl on NY station WBLS' show "In Control With Marley Marl." The popularity of the radio show soon led Pete Rock to experiment with production. In 1991, he was joined by up-and-coming rapper CL Smooth and released the debut EP, All Souled Out. In 1992, the duo dropped Mecca And The Soul Brother, one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop albums of all time. Pete and CL eventually released The Main Ingredient in 1994. Although the album was very well received by critics and fans alike, the project marked the last effort for the duo.
Since then, Pete Rock has lent his production skills to some of the greatest MC's. He crafted and remixed hits for Nas, Biggie, Jeru The Damaja, and, more recently, Jim Jones, Talib Kweli’s Ear Drum, Redman’s Red’s Gone Wild and Ghostface, for whom he produced tracks for Fishscale, one of music critics’ favorite hip hop albums of 2006.
The past is safe and certain, and yet it is gone. The future is filled with endless uncertainty, and yet it is also filled with limitless possibilities.
Something will happen today that you didn't expect. It might be uncomfortable, it might be inconvenient, and it might even disrupt your life in a big way.
And yet, how terribly bland and unbearably tedious life would be if nothing unexpected ever happened. Though uncertainty is a bit frightening, it also brings much richness to life.
You are designed and equipped not only to deal with life's uncertainties, but to in fact transcend them. Out of a little uncertainty you can create a lot of positive value.
If you attempt to hide from uncertainty, you'll also be hiding from the best things life has to offer. Instead, accept and embrace uncertainty, and know that you can make the best of whatever comes along.
Today does not come with a guarantee. And because of that, you have the opportunity to make of it whatever you choose.
-- Ralph Marston
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Buckshot, of Black Moon, Heltah Skeltah (Sean Price and Rock), Smif N Wessun, and Tek, of Smif N Wessun all recorded original music for ESPN's College Basketball programming.
The music will be featured throughout the complete season of men's college basketball, which kicked off this week.
Buckshot "All Business" produced by Tai Dealz
Tek, of Smif N Wessun "Get in the Game" produced by KB
Heltah Skeltah feat Buckshot "Getcha Team" produced by Optiks
Smif N Wessun "Push It" produced by Sic Beats
Essence: How do you deal with the 24-hours-a-day gossip that comes out on the Internet?
Gabrielle: Just last week somebody gave me a baby. This isn’t Perez Hilton or the White gossip people, these are women of color, specifically Black women who, for whatever reason, don’t like the company I keep.
Sanaa: She’s talking about the gossip sites.
Essence: The blogs.
Sanaa: That are run by Black women.
Gabrielle: And now because everyone is clamoring for celebrity tidbits, the bigger gossip sites and even mainstream entities are picking up on it. No fact-checking, no nothing. And in one week’s time, there were like five different dudes, a baby—I’m a homewrecker. In literally seven days. I can’t point the finger at the White media. They don’t care about us. Paparazzi are not staked out in front of any of our houses. They are not going through our garbage because they don’t care about us in that way. So when you hear crap about us, it is coming from our own community, which hurts.
Nia: We are some of the few Black actresses whose passions are rooted in our community.
Gabrielle: There is this idea that there is integrity in journalism; if it’s written it has to be true. But that’s not the case. When blogs or any of the magazines get it wrong, there’s no accountability. In the next breath, they’ll complain on the blogs that we don’t have enough Black stars. Well, you rip us to shreds every two seconds from our nose to the weave to the clothes to the shoes to the ashy ankles.
(taken from concreteloop)
(L note: I often get asked why don't i have gossip on my site, and here is a main reason why: First let me say I'm a man so i don't do alot of gossiping anyway, but second my blog is really just straight news, I try not to give my personal opinion with these stories, and if i do its separate in a little "L note" You have a gang of sites that do "dish gossip, so the Internet doesn't need another one. The information that i post is proven facts, if I think its a rumor, I tell you its a rumor. I'm not knocking any of the gossip sites, because i often visit them myself, but as far as me gossiping it ain't me, so you wont see that on my site.)
Former Diddy Associate Files Motion to Prevent Mogul from Distributing Court Records
James Sabatino, a former consultant for Bad Boy Records, has filed a motion to prevent the mogul from distributing FBI interrogation records that suggest that Sabatino was connected to the murder of Tupac Shakur.
According to the Associated Press, the motion was filed on Wednesday (November 14) in Miami’s federal court. Sabatino, who is currently imprisoned on fraud charges, filed a lawsuit against Diddy last month seeking $19 million for audio and video recordings of the Notorious B.I.G. that he claims he was never paid for. The interrogation records that he wants suppressed contain testimony from an unidentified informant who claims that Sabatino was present at the Quad Studios in New York on the night in 1994 when Tupac was shot in what appeared to be a robbery attempt.
According to the informant, Sabatino showed no concern when the rapper appeared in the studio bloody and wounded, and yelled out, “Get that piece of shit out of here!”
The informant also claimed that Sabatino said the rapper needed to be “dealt with” before he was sent to prison. ‘Pac was due to be sentenced in his rape trial the next day. In the motion filed on Wednesday, Sabatino suggests that Diddy is now distributing the interrogation records as part of a smear campaign.
No law enforcement agency has ever charged Sabatino in connection with Tupac’s murder.
CHICAGO STATE TO HOST MEMORIAL FOR DONDA WEST
A memorial service will be held for Dr. Donda West on Friday at Chicago State University, where the former professor once served as chair of the university's English, Communications, Media Arts & Theater Department.
Because of the former professor’s widespread popularity and love of teaching during her 24 years at CSU, the service "will really be a celebration of her life," university spokeswoman Robyn Wheeler said Monday, per the Chicago Sun-Times. "We are bringing together a number of faculty members who knew her well to organize an upbeat celebration. Her spirit was such that this requires a feeling of fun."
The news comes as a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner's office announced it may be weeks before an exact cause of death is determined for Kanye West's mother, who died Saturday – one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday, but the cause of death will not be confirmed until results of toxicology tests are known, officials said.
Los Angeles coroners are examining whether West died from "possible complications of surgery." Dr. Jan Adams, a plastic surgeon, has come forward to say that he performed a tummy tuck and breast reduction on Dr. West, but that he did nothing wrong to cause her death. He told TMZ that she may have died from a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or massive vomiting.
Adams, who is being investigated by the state medical board, has been the target of numerous malpractice lawsuits and has paid out nearly $500,000 in civil settlements.
A close associate of Kanye West’s — himself in tears Monday — spoke to the Sun-Times about how much of a toll the death has taken on the rapper.
"Donda was his rock. They were so close and had such a magical relationship," said the unnamed source. "Lots of sons and mothers have good relationships, but I’ve never seen one where the two people were so in sync with one another."
AccessHollywood.com has posted on its Web site an audio tape of what may have been Dr. West's last interview. She spoke with Providence’s 95.5 WBRU radio DJ Souleo less than 48 hours before her death on Saturday.
“During the interview, Dr. Donda West was very candid and highly introspective about her life as a mother to Kanye, views on the world, and future goals,” Souleo told Access Hollywood. Listen to the audio here: http://www.accesshollywood.com/news/ah7448.shtml
Six People Arrested For Counterfeiting Rocawear, Coogi, Other Urban Lines
Six individuals were arrested Wednesday (November 14) for importing nearly $20 million worth of counterfeit urban clothing labels from China.
According to Reuters, federal authorities took down six people in New Jersey, California and New York, charging them with conspiring to import clothing with fake labels, and laundering the proceeds between 2003 and 2007.
Some of the brands counterfeited include Rocawear, Coogi and Evisu.
Of the men arrested, one was a man based in China who manufactured the clothing, and another in Los Angeles, a freight forwarder, who transported the illegal clothing to New York where it was sold to wholesale and retail customers.
The investigation was built, in part, from FBI confidential informants, who bought some of the fake clothing at cheap prices at stores in New York and intercepted telephone calls by some of the defendants conducted in Arabic and e-mails detailing the imports, according to the complaint unsealed in Manhattan federal court, reports Reuters.
A court ruled yesterday (Nov. 14) The Game will get $40,000 that was seized by the government.
He won a motion that was filed to retrieve the money, which was seized from his Glendale home last May, according to TMZ.
As previously reported, Game (born Jayceon Taylor) is being accused of making criminal threats, possessing a firearm in a school zone, and exhibiting a firearm in the presence of an officer; all the result of an incident that took place at South L.A.'s Rita Walters Educational Learning Complex on February 24. The Game pled guilty to all charges in September.
The entertainment news cameras caught up with the West Coast emcee as he was leaving court. The first thing the rapper apparently wanted to do after leaving his motion hearing was announce that his infatuation with fallen pop princess Britney Spears is over.
"Naw, I'm over Britney. I seen a picture where she had some extensions in her hair and some fishnet stockings with like Wonder Woman panties. I don't know where she was coming from or where she was going, but she wasn't coming to my house with that on," Game told the cameras. "I'm breaking up with Britney."
The rapper also gave a quick tour of his new candy red flatbed truck, with red and black leather seats with "The Game" monogrammed into the headrests.
"I'm gonna start my own landscaping business," he said. "I really deal with like sunflowers and tulips, daisies ... I don't do roses."
Amid other ramblings, he did offer his condolences to Kanye West for the loss of the Louis Vuitton Don's mom just last week.
Game and Ye collaborated on "Wouldn't Get Far," among other songs
He said Donda West was "one of those mothers that's always around. Kanye's in the studio, his mom's there ... to lose somebody like that is catastrophic."
Jay-Z and MSN Air NYC Concert for Free
Jay-Z has joined MSN's Control Room to broadcast his sold out American Gangster show at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday (Nov. 11).
Beginning November 19, anyone can access the concert for free by visiting music.msn.com/jayz. This lets fans who weren't quick enough to get tickets to the concert (which sold out in 5 minutes) to get to witness the concert in its entirety.
The concert is centered around Jay-Z's newest album, American Gangster, which sold well over 400,000 in its first week, giving Hov his 10th #1 album. This ties Elvis Presley's record, leaving Jay-Z behind only the Beatles, who have 19.
"It’s a true testament to Jay-Z’s greatness to create this amazing conceptual body of work clearly not intended to be measured by commercial standards; yet he still achieves this monumental and historic accomplishment of his 10th #1 and tying Elvis." said L.A. Reid, Chairman of Island Def Jam.
Alicia Keys Expected To Debut At #1 With New Album
According to various reports, Alicia Keys new album "As I Am" will debut at #1 next week with nearly 500K copies sold.
Billboard.com is reporting that Keys is tops on Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart.
Numbers suggest that Alicia Keys will debut at #1 next week with just under 500K copies sold, beating Celine Dion with her new album selling around 350K.
Keys new album features the singles "No One" and "Like You'll Never See Me Again."
Ghostface Teams With MTV For Self-Help Book
MTV Press recently announced that they are teaming with Staten Island MC Ghostface to release a new book, The World According to Pretty Toney, on January 8, 2008.
MTV says that the motivational manual “offers nuggets of street wisdom on the key elements to becoming your own personal success story: livin’, hustlin’, lovin’, eatin’, and the all-encompassing Toneology.” It also comes with an exclusive audio disc containing over 20 minutes of Ghost speaking on various subjects.
The book is based on a series of promotional shorts that Ghost did with the network back in 2005, where the MC’s alter ego Pretty Toney dropped jewels on life. The shorts were co-created by MTV Promos writer/director J. Brightly, who also co-wrote The World According to Pretty Toney. MTV will start airing a new set of shorts on the network in December.
50 Cent will give fans an exclusive look inside his sprawling Farmington, CT mansion when he takes over an entire episode of MTV’s Cribs.
50 and members of his G-Unit crew will host the episode and take viewers on a guided tour of the 17-acre estate, which includes 19 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms, and point out of some of his favorite items.
Highlights include a movie theater with a database of over 3000 films, a custom Gucci billiards room an ATV track and 50’s own on site strip club. MTV will also be providing separate, unseen footage online at MTV.com.
The episode will air at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29 with an encore presentation to follow on MTV2 on December 2.
Killer Mike and his Atlanta based label, Grind Time Official, have joined forces with Bay Area based record label, SMC Recordings. The first release from this partnership will be the continuation of Killer Mike's critically acclaimed Pledge series and will be titled, I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II.
The first single from I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II will be released in December, the street date for the album release will be early 2008. Pledge II boasts an impressive line up of both Southern and Bay Area rappers, which will include appearances by 8 Ball and MJG, UGK and Trae, with more to be announced. As he did with “I Pledge Allegiance to The Grind I”, Mike will reunite with producers Chaotic Beats, Heatwave and The D Majors for part II and also will include beats from Marvelous J and The Beat Bullies.
Killer Mike is excited about teaming up with SMC, about being his own boss and is looking forward to bringing new music to his fans, “If you work hard and grind hard, it will pay off in the end! I was a worker, now I'm a boss!”
Will Bronson, co-owner of SMC Recordings, is ready for the 2008 release, “All we wanna do is release great records by dope and refreshing artists- Killer Mike and the Grind Time Official artists embody that. Needless to say, (Killer) Mike is f**king perfect to kick 2008 off with!”
Grind Time and SMC are looking ahead and after kicking off the partnership with I Pledge Allegiance To The Grind II at the on-set of 2008, they plan to continue their partnership with a release from SL Jones and other members of the Grind Time Rap Gang.
Lupe Fiasco "Cools" In December, New Album On The Way
Due out December 18th, the album serves as Fiasco's follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut Food & Liquor.
According to Billboard.com reports, The Cool finds Fiasco in high-concept territory, rapping from the perspective of characters that include Michael Young History, the Streets (considered a "female embodiment of an urban area's corrupt allure"), the Game ("male personification of a hustler's damaging influences") and, on "Gotta Eat," even a cheeseburger.
Despite a Grammy nomination for the skateboard ode "Kick, Push," Food & Liquor suffered from lackluster sales. And while Lupe previously told reporters that he's eager to affirm his position in the rap game, the Chi-town rapper does make a few references on The Cool toward retirement after another album ("L.U.P.N.").
The album features production from Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, UNKLE and in-house producer, Soundtrakk. Snoop Dogg is also featured on "High Definition."
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool lands in stores December 18, via 1st an 15th/Atlantic.
DJ Drama Advises Mixtape DJ's, "Stop F**kin' Makin' Lil' Wayne Tapes Every Other Day"
DJ Drama is back and preparing for the release of his first official major label effort entitled, what else, Gangsta Grillz: The Album. SOHH caught up with the self-proclaimed "iPod King" as he discussed T.I.'s plans to keep his throne and his distaste for the current mixtape market.
Drama, who is not only Grand Hustle's official DJ but a close, personal friend to T.I., says that he has been in contact with the label's franchise player and CEO during his recent battle with the law. Drama says that the Atlanta rapper has been taking his current situation in stride and putting his time to good use.
"Yeah I talked to Tip the other day right before he put a video out. He was good and he was cooking dinner and everything. He got a lot of time on his hands so you know he's in good spirits and everything," Drama said.
"He was doing a lot of research," Drama elaborated. "He was reading me something about TMZ, he saw even about his own case. So I think under the circumstances he's definitely staying active and you know his spirits is up. And Tip is an old soul so he handles things very well. The judicial system has to do what they do. You know, we'll see what's gon' happen."
He also said that the self-proclaimed "King Of The South" has been busy recording new material while on house arrest at his Atlanta-area home and that he feels that fans are going to appreciate the new songs that are slated to be a part of T.I.'s forthcoming album.
"Yeah he had just started working," Drama said. "I had asked him if he had started recording. He was just writing right then [and] I'm sure you know that it's definitely going to be something that people will be interested in. It's going to come out crazy. 'Cause you know right now it's his main focus so I'm excited."
The spin doctor, who's made a name for himself throughout the South with the success of his "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape series also expressed his dislike with what he feels is a lack of originality currently in the mixtape game.
"For the younger DJ's or the ones that may not have the attention that DJ Drama has I would just say keep doing your thing and stop f**kin makin' Lil Wayne tapes every other day," Drama explained. "I mean, it's not a comment on Wayne. You know Wayne is feeding the people so of course people are definitely interested in him, but from a DJ's perspective it's like by you putting Lil' Wayne on your cover every week and putting out the last songs that he's had out for the last three months, it's not doing anything for you. "
DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz: The Album, featuring guest spots from T.I., Young Jeezy, Young Buck, Jim Jones, Rick Ross, Nelly, OutKast, Lil' Wayne, Beanie Sigel and Clipse, among others, hits stores on December 4 via Grand Hustle/Atlantic.
Jay-Z Makes Music History, Chris Brown Gives The Charts A Kiss, Cassidy Grabs The 10 Spot
In this week's Hip-Hop and R&B charts, Jay-Z debuts at No. 1 for the tenth time - achieving Elvis Presley status - Chris Brown and Cassidy debut in the Top 10, and Keyshia Cole and Soulja Boy slip out of the Top 20.
Jay-Z beat all challengers in his first week out, landing at No. 1 with 425,000 copies sold of American Gangster, the hustler's diary inspired by the movie of the same name. The No. 1 debut is his tenth, tying him with Elvis Presley for the most No. 1 albums, second only to The Beatles. The official American Gangster soundtrack, on the other hand, debuted at No. 36 with 21,000 copies sold.
Teen phenom Chris Brown debuted at No. 4 with his sophomore record Exclusive, which sold 294,500 copies in its first week out. The album features appearances from hip-hop heavyweights including The Game, Big Boi, Lil' Wayne and Kanye West along with computerized crooner T-Pain on the hit single "Kiss Kiss."
Cassidy debuted at No. 10 this week with B.A.R.S. (The Barry Adrian Reese Story), which sold 63,200 copies in its first week, despite advisements from Cassidy that Jay-Z should switch his release date to avoid going head-to-head with the Philly rapper.
Keyshia Cole dropped three spots to No. 21 this week, selling 38,500 copies of her sophomore effort Just Like You. After seven weeks, the songstress has pushed 578,000 copies.
Soulja Boy cranked down six spots to No. 25 this week, pushing 32,400 copies of Souljaboytellem.com for a six-week total of 301,400 copies sold.
Kanye West pushed 31,600 copies of Graduation in a week that included the untimely passing of his mother and manager, Dr. Donda West. After nine weeks, the Chi-town native's sales totals stand at 1,644,200.
Fergie continues to hang tough, checking in at No. 31 with 26,000 copies sold of The Dutchess after a whopping 60 weeks on the Charts. The album has now moved 2,902,800 copies.
Also holding ground is super producer Timbaland, who dropped one spot to No. 33 with 24,000 copies sold of his solo effort, Shock Value. After 32 weeks, the album has pushed 834,300 copies.
Rising three spots to No. 35 is J. Holiday, whose debut Back of My Lac' sold 21,300 copies this week for a six-week total of 241,600.
Philly songstress Jill Scott drops five spots to No. 41 this week with her album Words and Sounds: Vol. 3, which scanned 18,800 discs. After seven weeks, the album has sold 349,500 copies.
Clinging to the Top 50, G-Unit boss 50 Cent fell eight spots to No. 49 this week, selling 17,500 copies of his third album, Curtis. The rap mogul's nine-week total stands at 1,086,900.
Nas debuted at No. 124 with his Greatest Hits disc, which sold 6,900 discs. The album features classic joints from the Queens rapper along with two new tracks, including the single "Surviving the Times."
Next week look for Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men to make an appearance on the Hip-Hop and R&B Charts.
(L note: This is hilarious. I'm glad they did this. I actually think its more prevalent with women. Its actually happened to me, where I meet a female on blackplanet, back when it was poppin, "you know how them girls on blackplanet be", her profile pic was crazy, but when I meet her she looked like Fred Flintsone in the face, just be careful when u looking for online love.)
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Learn to love challenge, and you'll fill your life with accomplishment. Learn to love effort, and your skills will grow more valuable with each passing day.
Learn to love making a difference, and doors will quickly open for you wherever you go. Learn to love giving freely of yourself, and you'll receive more fulfillment than you ever could imagine.
Learn to love being the authentic person you are, and everything you do will be infused with integrity. Learn to love whatever work you're doing, and that work will bring abundant rewards.
Learn to love beauty for beauty's sake, and you'll discover a wealth of it in places no one else would even think to look. Learn to love unconditionally, and there will be no limit to what your love can accomplish.
Learn to love life just because it is, and each day will be a grand new adventure. Learn to love the moment you're in, and you'll find richness in every direction.
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Investingation Opened On Dr. Donda West's Performing Surgeon
In the five days since the death of Kanye West's mother Dr. Donda West, more information about the practicing surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams continues to emerge. The Los Angeles Times reports that the L.A. County coroner launched an investigation of Adams yesterday (Nov. 13). The investigation began after a preliminary autopsy of West concluded that the 58-year-old educator and manager of her son died "as a result of surgery or anesthesia."
Adams has at least two malpractice settlements on his medical records and has also been involved in previous lawsuits with other cases.
In addition to the malpractice accusations, both the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News note that Adams has two convictions for drunken driving, one in September of 2002 and another in March of 2006 (booking photo pictured below). Both reports come after yesterday's news of Adams' various other legal troubles. The Daily News story (which is available HERE) goes on to quote Bonita Hovey, a former patient of Adams. Hovey also has a lawsuit pending against Adams, and trial is reportedly scheduled for March of 2008. Adams released an official statement regarding the matter of Dr. West's untimely death.
"I first want to express my deepest condolences to the West family at a very difficult time," said Adams. "Out of respect for the West family and in the absence of other verifiable information, any comment from me without first discussing that information with the family would be unprofessional."
Jay-Z Scores 10th #1 Album
Jay-Z tops this week’s Billboard 200 album sales chart with his American Gangster album, which sold 425,861 records in its first week. While this figure is lower than the first week sales of last year’s Kingdom Come (over 680,000), it was still enough to give Jay his tenth number one album, tying him with Elvis Presley for the second highest number of number one albums (The Beatles still have a lock on the top spot with 19). But with Kanye West’s Graduation selling over 437,000 in September, Jay failed to have the year’s biggest hip-hop opening week.
Cassidy’s third album B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story was the week’s second highest hip-hop debut, coming in at #10 by moving over 63,000 units. Nas’ Greatest Hits compilation, released by Columbia Records, landed at #124 with total first week sales of 6,882.
Jadakiss Officially Signs To Roc-A-Fella Records
After endless talks, we've learned that Jadakiss is now indeed, officially signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records.
Though details of the deal have not been revealed yet, a rep for Def Jam - the parent label of the Roc - said that the Yonkers-born MC is "definitely signed" to the Roc-A-Fella fold. Even though there had been some talks that since leaving Interscope Kiss was mulling over the possibility of heading down South to link up with Cash Money Records, the signing is not a surprise.
Jay-Z publicly admitted to trying to lure the raspy-voiced lyricist over to the label. Fans started to anticipate the announcement even more so after Jada made appearances on spot dates of Jay-Z's American Gangster tour as well as being seen throwing up the Roc hand sign in Jay's "Roc Boys" video.
Jada has not released a full length LP since 2004's Kiss Of Death.
Da Brat’s Alleged Assault Victim Retains High Powered Attorney
Shayla Stevens, an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader who was allegedly assaulted by Da Brat earlier this month, has retained prominent trial attorney Willie Gary to represent her in the case.
Da Brat was arrested on November 1 and charged with felony assault after she allegedly struck Stevens in the face with a bottle at Jermaine Dupri’s Studio 72 nightclub in Tucker, Georgia.
According to witness accounts, the two were involved in a verbal altercation and shoving match earlier that night. According to a statement released by Gary’s office, Stevens has suffered permanent injuries to her face as well as possible neurological damage, putting her career as a dancer and budding actress in jeopardy.
The statement also insinuates fault on the part of Studio 72’s management, whom Gary claims refused to eject Da Brat from the club prior to the incident and failed to seek medical attention for Stevens in a timely manner.
“Our client was physically attacked by Da Brat and has suffered significant head injuries, permanent disfigurement as well as mental distress,” Gary stated. “Ms. Stevens is a cheerleader, choreographer, dancer, actress and entrepreneur, whose career has been greatly affected by this incident.”
Gary’s track record as a litigator is well documented. He has reportedly won several multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients against corporations such as Walt Disney and Anheuser-Busch.
Mistah FAB, Royce Da 5'9 Officially End Beef
Those who haven't heard on the internet, Detroit's Royce Da 5'9 and Oakland rapper Mistah FAB have been immersed in a war of words, trading diss freestyles back and forth as of late.
The beef began after Royce spit a line for Mistah FAB on a freestyle over Jay-Z's "Blue Magic" track, following an Allhiphop sponsored battle in New York, in which Mistah FAB was declared the winner.
On the freestyle, Royce raps "$100,000 chain like my face up, tell Mistah FAB, get his cash when he wakes up." Although Royce has stated in a recent interview that the line wasn't meant as disrespect, Mistah FAB took it that way, and went directly at Royce, dropping a full diss track called "Bodied", in which Royce responded with "Who Got Bodied?"
Well, after the most recent track by FAB, "C.I.A.", a 12-minute freestyle over Tupac's "Hitem Up," Nas' "Ether," and Jay-Z's "The Takeover," it looks as the heated battle is now over.
According to Mistah FAB, the two rappers have spoken recently, and decided to end the beef. One reason being that they didn't wanna start any tension between their two cities, of which local MCs had begun to take offense to some of the lyrics thrown back and forth.
"This sh-- is not really the rappers, but their entourage that keep beef going, they blow it out of proportion," Mistah FAB said in a statement. "Me and [Royce Da 5'9] know it's rap. But it started becoming Detroit verse the Bay. When it started going in that direction, we felt we needed to dead it and focus on getting money. We talked for close to an hour and things are cool now."
The short lived battle was getting very intense, so it's good to see that it has officially ended.
At press time, Royce Da 5'9's camp had yet to release a statement.
John Legend Releases Statement On Death of Dr. Donda West
GOOD Music artist and close friend of Kanye West, John Legend, has released a statement on the sudden death of Dr. Donda West.
“Dr. West wasn’t just the mother of a superstar. She was an accomplished, successful, beautiful woman in her own right,” Legend’s statement said. “She raised and nurtured a brilliant son with the strength and resilience to follow his dreams and to turn tragedy to triumph. I pray that he continues to stay strong during these trying times.”
Kanye's mom, Dr. Donda West, died suddenly Saturday (Nov. 10) following cosmetic surgery.
ROBIN THICKE POSTPONES U.S. TOUR
Singer Robin Thicke was forced to put his U.S. tour on hold this week due to an undisclosed vocal ailment.
"All tour dates must be rescheduled due to doctor-ordered vocal rest until the end of the year," said a Sunday (11/11) blog posting at his MySpace page. "Thank you for your understanding and support."
Thicke toured the country last spring in support of his latest album, "The Evolution of Robin Thicke," which peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 following its 2006 release.
The son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring was scheduled to kick off the outing Monday in Englewood, CO, and visit clubs and theaters from coast to coast through mid-December. There's no word yet as to when the tour will be rescheduled.
Ludacris Joins the Cast of Untitled Sci-Fi Film
Ludacris has signed on to appear alongside Scottish actor Gerard Butler in an as yet untitled science fiction thriller from Lionsgate Films.
According to slashfilm.com, the film, which is being temporarily referred to as Game, will take place in the near future where mind-control technology allows humans to control other humans in a massive multiplayer online game. Butler, best known for his role as King Leonidas in the film 300, will play a character named Kable who is the highest ranked fighter in a game called “Slayers.”
Luda will play a member of a resistance group called H.U.M.A.N.Z. that opposes the use of prisoners in these large scale video games. The film will revolve around Kable’s attempts to regain his identity and take down the system that has turned him into a video game character.
Game, which was written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, is currently filming in New Mexico and is scheduled for a December 2008 release.
Mos Def To Perform J Dilla Tribute
Mos Def will perform a tribute to J Dilla Jan. 21 at Ann Harbor's Hill Auditorium in Michigan.
According to the Detroit News, Mos will be joined by his Mos Def Big Band, an eight-piece brass ensemble.
"I know it's going to be great," says Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey on Tuesday. "I will be behind anything that they do."
Tickets for the show go on sale 9 a.m. Friday (Nov. 16) online at ums.org, by phone at (734) 764-2538 or in person at the League Ticket Office at 911 N. University Ave. on the campus of U-M. Prices are $25-$45.
Flip Mode Now FMS - Minus Busta
Hip Hop is witnessing yet another epic breakup as Flip Mode Squad announces that they will no longer be working with Busta Rhymes.
"Rah Digga, Baby Sham, Spliff Starr, and myself. We just changed the name of the group and it’s now called FMS" said Rampage.
When asked if the group will continue working with Busta, Rampage replied, "Nah, we just decided to do our own thing...It’s not under Flipmode anymore. It’s under FMS, just me, Sham, Digga, and Starr and FMS stands for Famous Millionaire Squad."
There has been much speculation in the press about Busta's legal disputes and he is also reported as having something like a bad temper.
"Well, if they say he did it, then he did it. I ain’t with him all the time...I just don’t got nothing to do with people being murdered at video shoots or none of that. I’m just trying to do music man." Rampage said.
When Rolling Stone went to preview Foxy’s new album Brooklyn’s Don Diva, which is being released in February by Black Hand/KOCH, they caught a few minutes with her new manager, Chaz Williams.
Since September, Foxy has been serving a year on Rikers Island, and she has been in solitary confinement since October 23 after being involved in a scuffle. Despite the fact that she is scheduled to be in solitary confinement until January, and in Rikers until well into 2008, Chaz has told Rolling Stone that he has filed for Foxy’s early release and hopes that she will be home in time for the holidays.
CLICK HERE to read Rolling Stone’s full account of Foxy’s album preview.
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When you're constantly on the lookout for limitations, you invite those limitations into your life. Choose instead to allow more of the goodness and wholeness that make life so beautiful and miraculous.
Keep your focus on the positive possibilities, and put your energy into bringing those possibilities to life. When you're busy with creative accomplishment, fewer troubles will be able to find you.
Allow your thoughts and actions to be in harmony with your most cherished values. Fill your moments with sincere expressions of love, gratitude and creativity.
If you see yourself as struggling and striving, you give power to fear, pain and despair. Choose instead to see yourself as making a positive difference, and give your power to the very best things you can imagine.
You never have to live on the level at which everything is a problem or a conflict. You can decide to live on a higher level at which every situation is an opportunity to invoke and to express life's goodness.
In each moment, allow that goodness to stream into your world. With each day, lovingly bring to life the value that is yours to create.
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